Published September 16, 2016 by EMMANUELLA ODUM


Like i promised earlier this week , my faithful readers need not go for long without having their succulent posts from The AMAZON ! and so far , i am keeping my promise, so keep yours by faithfully reading( as you usually do) and of course commenting.  Now , this post is peculiar because it has me dabbling into troubled waters. Lately , we have all been assaulted with   the use of the term “economic recession” , so i looked through my hive of unpublished Articles  and found one that best fits this situation.

Ironically, this article is another entry in an essay competition, however , it was particularly chosen because it embraces policy solutions which simply put is  our  “way forward”.  Please read and comment.  Let’s hear your views . You just might be the “change” being sought for! And while you’re at it , always remember, my amazing quill loves you 😉




Economic liberalization is simply the lessening of government regulatory control in a state’s economy, either through restrictive policies or mandatory dictates, in exchange for major participation by private enterprises. Succinctly put, liberalization is “the removal of controls” in order to encourage economic development.
Like shackles on horse feet stills the progressive race of the animal, the sometimes suffocating embrace of governmental policies on the market economy may not only prove stifling , but may altogether stagnate any form of development which ought to ensue from a free market economy.
The Nigerian economy, has over the years been fraught with undue governmental involvement. In an effort to modernize the economy, the early political leaders adopted a development planning strategy which allowed the country to to produce some of its consumables locally and in effect reduce dependence on external sources for the supply of such items. However the insatiable urge to quicken the pace of development gave rise to heightened demand for imports. Consequently, governmental trade policies were enacted to restrict and moderate import demand pressures and are present till date.
To effectively restructure the economy, a most viable solution is Liberalization. Economic Liberalization would require the removal of barriers to international investing since investing in emerging market countries can sometimes be an impossible task if the country has several barriers to entry. These barriers can include tax laws, foreign investment restrictions, legal issues and accounting regulations that can make it difficult or impossible to gain access to the country.
The economic liberalization process begins by relaxing these barriers and relinquishing some control over the direction of the economy to the private sector. The primary goal of economic liberalization is the free flow of capital between nations and the efficient allocation of resources and competitive advantages. An increased flow of capital into the country makes it cheaper for companies to access capital from investors as a lower cost of capital permits companies to undertake profitable projects that they may not have been able to with a higher cost of capital pre-liberalization. This may lead to higher GDP growth similar to the spurt witnessed in China in the late 1970s.
Economic liberalization is a beneficial and desirable process for developing countries and Nigeria ought to avail itself of its benefits.



Published September 13, 2016 by EMMANUELLA ODUM


It has really been a while! The good news is..i’m back!!! So here’s a new piece for my faithful readers. Its actually my short story entry for a competition. For those who missed reading it, do enjoy the musings of The Amazon. And remember my amazing quill loves you *winks*
I am different.

Not a different “being” precisely but a different expression of what the conventional African female should be. Growing up, everyone always seemed to talk about how different I was from my peers, like how I often asserted my views (“which to most, was unbecoming), or how my life would be miserable if after all my years in the academia with scrolls of certificates to my credit, I still do not bring home a man to call “husband”. Yet I stubbornly refused to conform.

I attended the best schools, graduated with the finest results, followed my innermost desires, explored my greatest talents, never allowed society dictate and quite frankly… Never got a man!
It was then I realized I had everything that kept my dream man away, so conform I did.

Without much ado I found a great guy and intentionally became submissive to make him secure. It never seemed enough though, for the more I gave the more he wanted, the more I sacrificed, the more he requested. There was no physical violence, just verbal but it was enough to weaken my essence.
So I called up Aunt Feyisayo and she ominously warned “…Oko won lo de o” which is Yoruba for “Husbands are hard to come by”
Her words proved that I had to fight for this relationship.

As each day passed, my confidence waned, flickered and eventually burnt out. Gone was the Amazon who trudged through life with determination and hope. She was no more the free spirited gazelle who had the world at her feet. Hers was a world that revolved around one man and ‘twas his to manipulate. I had to get married!
Years rolled by, but he never popped the question. I mentally attacked ME. I wished I could trade my beauty and coveted wit for some quality “homemade attitude” sold only in the departmental stores in my head.

Finally, after years of being with “Mr. Bae”, he said the words that released me from my self-inflicted sentence… “I fell in love with the woman you once were…I’m sorry”.


Published June 3, 2015 by EMMANUELLA ODUM

DSC_0056Hello Readers,
Its been ages i must confess!!! The Amazon has been quite involved in a lot of hunmanitarian activities for the benefit of World youths. Here’s something i’m quite sure you’ll love to read about.
Ever heard of the ODELL INITIATIVE??? Well, its a non profit organisation that seeks to empower youths in various rural communities in Africa.
Emmanuella Odum , is the Founder/Lead volunteer of this initiative. WANT TO KNOW MORE? Enjoy this post reblogged from the ODELL INITIATIVE’s site. You can also find out more by visiting their blog @ wwww.odellinitiative.wordpress.com.
Nothing but the best for my readers will do … and always remember , my amazing quill loves you !



The above picture tells its own story. It is the image of an empty school hall, void of not only the students but of adequate technical facilities to create a viable learning atmosphere for its intended occupants. This great hall played host to over 150 students in the just concluded training workshop,

#Project Reach-out organized by ODELL INITIATIVE in conjunction with ACI Computer Education.

A need to be met?


In Africa, by United Nations statistics, only one-fifth of the population will have access to the internet by the end of 2014! Whilst other continents such as America, Europe and Asia will have an impressive penetration rate of over 75percent of internet access!
Think about the wealth of academic opportunities that will be lost on the remnant population who either do not have access to the internet or cannot walk an efficient path online!
It is indeed a dire situation for…

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THE PRESIDENTIAL INSULT -Prince Daniel C.D .Onyemaka

Published January 14, 2015 by EMMANUELLA ODUM


THEAMAZON’S Note : Happy New year to all our readers ,thank you for making 2014 a blissful year for us on our blog, here’s wishing you all a prosperous year ahead.
Its 2015 ! Yes, the year of the anticipated  Nigerian Elections. As special as you are to us , we shall not hesitate to provide you with intriguing articles from talented writers across the globe. Support us by commenting on our posts regularly. we welcome your opinions and constructive criticisms as well. Don’t forget to tell a friend too!
To kickstart this year , do enjoy this  brilliant piece written by Prince Daniel C.D ONYEMAKA ,National President, Youths Across Nigeria (Chuxdavix@yahoo.com). Only the best for my readers will do. Remember, my amazing quill loves you ,*WINKS*

Like failed manifestos and vague promises erected on empty platforms of inconsequential annexation of helpless Nigerians, the attacks and blood-letting have remained incessantly unstoppable. We now live in the wake of a dawn of another promise heralded by the President and his spoke persons whenever such attack is launched on innocent Nigerians. The question therefore is, when will the occupants of Aso Rock run out of consolidation messages which they reel out to the people whenever  such a dastardly incident occurs without conscientious actions to arrest same.   One would have wished we had fought a civil war three years ago, at least, it would have probably been abated and freedom and safety won’t be locked up in a political cellular by now unlike the unpredictable recipe which we now face with our steps being calculated and counted like those walking on a field littered with fragmentation of bombs set to explode. Without mincing words, it is now crystal clear that the war that is being heralded and meted on Nigerians is not selective unlike the popular belief which the generality of the country once harbored.
The activities of Boko Haram are not just a target on the Christians but also on the Muslims. Innocent people who went to worship in their mosque met their early deaths due to the activities of miscreants whose line of action has been embattling the country for over three years now. If politics is not at play in these whole pretentious effort of tackling and curtailing Boko Haram, we would have long left the scene of continuous consolidation with fake message of hope which greets the image of the country whenever this obvious incident occur. The question therefore is: when will the presidency run out of this annoying and sadistic message of “we shall conquer Boko Haram?” Enough of the presidential insult!

Since the crisis in these Northern states has remained a puzzle despite the presumed effort made by series of the leadership at the upper chamber, it therefore implies that certain groups of foes whose ambitions are yet to be fathomed are bent on making the once peaceful country in Africa, a living hell.   Villages and houses has been sacked, more than 700,0000 are in the refugee camp and over 13,700 innocent citizens have lost their lives in the once assumed minor crisis which has now climaxed to the height of  intolerable siege of unstoppable and consistent abysmal killings. Our hope of a better tomorrow seems to be gliding into a hallow of hopeless hope and uncertainty.  Tomorrow has become an unachievable mirage as everybody in these regions sleep with their eyes open.
The question therefore posing fiercely on the platform pleading for attention is: where did we get it wrong? Who are the patrons of this evil conscienceless group called Boko Haram? Whose administrative antecedents did this evil that has beguiled the image of the country into the state of incomplete disorder gain momentum and emanated?  What is the view of this adamant and recalcitrant daft group whose only ideology is to kidnap, kill, maim and destroy lives and properties?     There are so many questions left unattended to and these questions may never get answer till the world ends. A Lot of complex issues that ought to have served as an alibi for proactive change of political attitude over the activities of Boko Haram by some disgruntled politicians are swept under the carpet and since change which happens to be the only constant thing in nature has been refused a leaflet into sight, these changes may never occur because the adverse effect of its mother factor was eliminated and dead on arrival.   If the truth is to be told, it will be very imperative to align our analysis with the popular opinion of what the basis of this incessant act of rebellion is all about.   The arrogation of fake and empty hope of safety by the federal Government and the absolution of ignorance not to keep same is tantamount to a charade and facade of sequential oblivion which is left unsolved after such promises are made. The lives of Nigerians are no longer safe and rather than going about our normal duties, everybody now walk on the streets with not just ultimate care of consciousness  but every bit of suspicion. It is no longer news that we are under serious attack by unknown enemies who don’t wish Nigeria any good but have her major aim tailored towards annihilation and extinction of our very existence.   It all began like a joke and now it has climaxed to its credulous crescendo leaving almost everybody dumbfounded, hapless and helpless with no valve and vision of hope light at the end of the tunnel. The law is sacrosanct and just like the right to life of every human being exiting under the surface of the sun, hence effects have been dwindled into the dark ray of soliloquy.   If the aforementioned is as true as plain, it then depicts that its objective has long been defeated in all dimensions.
It is therefore worthy to note that; with these present and unpredictable ventures Nigerians find themselves, the future of our safety is not just bleak but murky and highly acrimonious.   Before now, it was this popular belief of alluring ethnic diversification and religious jingoism as being promoted by some greedy politicians who apply such gimmicks of deceit to mislead the people whenever they fail in their duty to provide what is due to the electorate. When they lost their sense of commitment to the people, they resort to cheap blackmail and plant seed of discord among the people just to divert attention from the original stable issue on ground and make them embark on a war of ethnic and religious superiority. This is typically against the evil deeds of these miscreants from a strange world because their operations and activities are not secluded, selected or manned in targeted coordinated spheres as no religion is spared.

28th November 2014, greeted Kano State with a black cloud for over 120 persons lost their lives and 113 were badly injured. It was a black Friday which will forever go down in History courtesy of the deadly bomblast that claimed the lives of innocent Nigerians who went to register and submit their supplications to their Creator at the Mosque, all traceable to Boko Haram.   Until the people rise up to reality and come to terms by agreeing to the fact that we are under serious attack from unknown aliens and imbibe the habit defending ourselves and rendering assistance to security agencies and begin to eschew this man made hatred that is illusive, the fate and hope of harmonious cohabitation among Nigerians will be forever far-fetched.

We have to live together and forget the empty promises made by the President and his group of confused charlatans and psychophants who take pleasure in giving hopeless security hope to the masses. The affairs as it stands a now doesn’t bite them one bit because they are not directly affected. Enough of Presidential insult and failed promises of crushing Boko Haram!   He and his failed cabinet are busy planning for next year’s election without making the people they will govern as their utmost priority. I then ask: who will they govern if everybody is dead?   Let every Nigerian take heed : we are simply under highly powered coordinated attack by yet to be identified syndicate and wet blanketed faces whose purposes are yet to be fathomed succinctly.
The double acrimonious jeopardy that took place on the 14/4/2014 might have been seen by many as normal with same level of surprise which usually occur whenever an event takes place. The sad Nyanya Bus terminal bomb blast that claimed several lives and the taking into hostage of over 200 female students residing in the  hostels at Government college in Borno State at the early hours of 15/4/2014 and May 1st repeated bomb blast at same Nyanya still reverberates on our encephalic cellular. These innocent girls whose fate can best be described as a wish fall into dark doldrums are nonetheless on the forgotten lane. Yet, we have a president that is the commander of the armed forces, a president that is always quick to make a consolidation of hope as though hope truly beams at us, a president whose only major focus for now is to retain his occupant at Aso Rock, a confused personified leader who keep telling Nigerians bomb blast is not peculiar to our country.   Having birthed our hope of calmness, repeated incident took place on same month of May 18th on Kano which claimed many lives and several others which we have lost counts. These whole sad occurrences and fumitory calls for total revaluation. Helpless Nigerians has remained bemoaned by these incessant events that took place on quick succession. As helpless as they are, they do nothing order than to sleep under the stethoscope see through of AK47 and possibly hope on the creator whose mercies they have retained their trust of surviving the night and witnessing another day.   With this incident, one will begin to wonder the qualities imbibed by our soldiers who succeed in quelling dangerous upheaval in other countries and what actually went wrong with our own method of it not been combated despite the effort put in place by these men in camouflage who have sacrificed a lot. Obviously, the root debated cause of interests frustrating the fight against insurgency being pioneered by some high powered VIPS are yet to be brought to book.   The President should stop batting an eyelid and come out in full to tell Nigerians what the real matter of selective involvement in tackling these crises is all about. With the obvious pattern of suspending the massive weight of military hardware on these miscreants who has made the country a living hell, it will not be wrong to accentuate and possibly conclude that the supremacy of the powers of the President is partially shaded and not mounting her wrath on these bloody activities can best be described as a ploy of his ambition come 2015. This act of in fecundity justifies my earlier position of the subject matter; subjecting and sacrificing the lives of Nigerians at the altar of his ambition come 2015.   It is a huge shame to be sobbing when we already know the root cause of their negative sagacious act of indoor war. I remember in my family,  as a pupil during my days at Primary and Secondary school,  you dare not come home crying over the defeat of a beating by a fellow boy , if you dare do that, be sure of receiving double portion of general beating by the full house. The message depicted in that family act is that; live up to your counterparts and never report home with any pitiable remorsefulness, stand in defence on your feet and fight to reclaim your image as a true member of the family.   Even as at the wake of 1st December, 2014, after the killing of students in Damaturu University, house to house slaughtering followed suit with little and late reprisal response by our military. The president should stop insulting the intelligence of Nigerians. I do not take the lies of fake promises offensive but the insult on my intelligence is what I find hateful.
With these show of lack of respect for human lives by the terrorists, the act is a despicable and highly unjustifiable threat to our society. The question many Nigerians are asking is: how big is Sambisa Forest that it has refused and rejected to be conquered? This nightmare abode has done lots of harms to the image of the country and our dear President keep reassuring Nigerians that all will be well. It’s so painful that even at this juncture, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan lacks the sight and vision to  combat our wars and secure our borders. Let the president do the needful and draw up a pen and paper and write down his name in gold rather than ending on a shameful line wistful leisure.

Enough of this Presidential insult!


Published December 20, 2014 by EMMANUELLA ODUM


In the wake of the ground breaking declaration of a running mate for  APC’s presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, unabashed shouts of approval have continously rent the Nigerian political airwaves as the party supporters reaffirmed their unwavering support fervently emphasizing that the Professor of Law, former Lagos state Attorney-general and a representative of the Divine, Pst. Yemi Osibajo was indeed an ideal choice. This move may undeniably influence the ruling party to return to its drawing board and desperately sketch a plan aimed at quenching the seemingly growing support for its rival, in its bid to retain the coveted seat of power in the forth-coming elections.
Consequently, one may overtly assert that whatever the criteria may be in choosing an able “vice” for the presidential candidate in any political party, the issue of gender will certainly not be recognized!  As disturbing as this trend of relegating our women to the background may seem, it is nevertheless considered the norm as women are globally viewed as mere opportuned participants in the governing process of a state .However to placate the injured feelings of the female citizens, paltry reasons such as the need to present a formidable individual (in other words “a male”) to create a balance of personalities at the polls will be adduced. Other premises including the desire to ensure that the party is not unfairly ridiculed or unduly mocked, for presenting a proposed female vice-president will also be tendered. Since women aren’t known to depict ingratitude, we must appreciate the little crumbs that fall from the master’s table even when our prowess at holding leadership roles cannot be denied (as evidenced in the laudable success stories of Late Professor Dora Akunyili , Mrs. Diezaini Allison Madueke and others). These little crumbs which come our way are often cloaked in the almost –insulting title of “women leader”, or the “juicy ministerial appointments” and the increasing spate of “deputizing roles”. Oftimes we are mummified as stooges to perpetrate the act of distracting the electorate with a view to depleting the votes of an influential candidate!
Governance isn’t a term ascribed to the opposite sex alone, yet women have fought admirably to attain the silent nod of respect from their male counterparts in almost every issue beginning with the few leadership roles given as a compensatory gift. Hence for every feministic action which deviates from the accepted norm of female docility , the story of a heroine is told and recorded in history as a feat which “must never” be repeated and not necessarily one which must further depict the equality of the sexes.  To buttress this view, an apt example is the daring Elizabeth Smith Miller, who in the 1850’s rebelled against society’s hypocritical derision of women adorning “male apparels” and invented the “ladies bloomers”, a type of female baggy trousers consisting of a skirt and loose fitting pantaloons. This invention which formally birthed the ingenuity of trousers in high female fashion of the civilized world obviously riled and still does upset the proponents of certain factions with chauvinistic ideologies, yet history celebrates her not just as a woman who dared the unthinkable but whose actions must remain in the minds of society as just that … unthinkable!
In the field of leadership and political governance, the same pathetic notion is pervasive. A she-male who possesses that peculiar innate strength and capacity to govern a people, against all societal odds of gender discrimination, is virally celebrated and this is targeted at  underlining the near impossibility of attaining the seat of power even when it is a vivid reality that the she–male can indeed do it better.  It is an undeniable fact that the best candidate to adorn the regal robes of a nationally acclaimed leader is usually the vivacious and passionate female, giving the salient attributes of male domination which includes extreme corruption in the highest echelons of power and an obvious break down of Law and order. However if indeed females are better leaders, why then do we celebrate the very few women who are “opportuned” to rule (and do so impressively) whereas men are conventionally understood to be the “divinely ordained” rulers and thus need no exaggerated celebration? Could this festival of deceit be done with the aim of conveying a silent message to other women, that it is indeed a rarity to be conferred with the mantle of authority and should never be taken as a given? I think so!
In summary, it is trite to assert that most of society’s conventions and norms possess an influential origin, whether mentally warped or scientifically illogical. Tracing the origin of many of these norms has become a pastime for me especially where issues regarding the female are concerned. For most of the planet’s age, the complex matters of the FEMALE has featured in the sometimes twisted minds of society’s male dominated jury. Thus whether by religious injunctions or by scientific dictates, the female is and has always played second fiddle or sometimes been a non-existent fiddle in the creation of the harmonious melody that is life.
Think about it and while you are at it , I remain THE AMAZON and my amazing quill loves you! * winks *

Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh : Nigeria’s unsung centenary Hero!

Published December 7, 2014 by EMMANUELLA ODUM

“As a thoroughbred professional, Dr Adadevoh remained firm & clear headed. She was however intimidated by the threats of law suits and diplomatic rows…Yet, we all knew Dr Adadevoh. She was thorough, incisive, competent & compassionate.”
– Dr Benjamin Ohiaeri (CMD First Consultants Medical Centre)  .

The headlines were bold, unequivocal and startling. The dreaded phenomenon in the sub region had glided silently and surely into the already burdened confines of the Giant of Africa… Rumours grew by their dozens, fear s multiplied and tension ate into the very foundation of our beings; Yes! EBOLA was here. After 20 recorded cases and 8 deaths since the ill-fated entry of Patrick Sawyer into Nigeria, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free on Monday – October 20th 2014, with country director Rui Gama Vaz  referring to Nigeria’s containment of the virus as a “success story”.   
Undoubtedly, this story has a plot director; the University of London trained Endocrinologist- Stella Adadevoh. In an era of loud outcries for female empowerment /clamour for Nigerian women to occupy the front row seats of decision making, Adadevoh’s swift response to an unanticipated situation saved Nigeria from being ruthlessly torn apart by EVD.
Having examined Patrick Sawyer when he was brought to the First Consultants Medical Centre, Adadevoh as Chief Physician called for an incident committee to ensure that the appropriate tests for Ebola were carried out. The patient (though arriving from Liberia) had denied any contact with any Ebola patient upon questioning. He panicked greatly when he was informed of the Ebola tests being run; yanking off his intravenous line, spilling blood all over the room and insisting on proceeding to Calabar for an ECOWAS Convention. Dr Adadevoh stood her ground, maintaining that keeping him within the confines of the hospital was necessary to prevent other unsuspecting Nigerians from a possible infection.   Pressure mounted on our strong heroine as she began to receive “irate calls” from the Liberian Ambassador – Al Hassan Koike, who requested that Sawyer be released immediately. At this point, Dr Adadevoh had a choice. She could have released Sawyer and selfishly asked “wetin concern me?” as many Nigerians instinctively do when confronted with challenging “the powers that be”.  Instead, she chose the highway and refused to release him.  
In 36 hours, it was clear that Nigeria had “welcomed” her index Ebola case: It was a true relief that Sawyer had not been allowed to have physical contact with anyone else outside the hospital. However, this victory did not come without a huge price. FOUR members of staff at First Consultants Hospital eventually died from EVD – including Dr Adadevoh, who died on August 20th 2014 (exactly one month after her first contact with Sawyer) leaving behind – her husband, son and the entire nation she had gallantly protected. Gracefully, Dr Adadevoh departed mother earth saving Nigeria and comfortably wearing the shoes of a natural hero. She left us with a lasting example of the debt that all Nigerians owe Nigeria. Indeed, she gave us undiluted hope in our motherland…A hope that should be paid forward by all Nigerians (living and unborn) in centuries to come. Sleep on ma, Nigeria celebrates your deep sacrifice.

Ps : The above piece is an entry at the 2014 Young and cerebral essay competition, written by Olaoluwa Abagun, A foremost advocate for girlchild rights and founder of the “Girl pride circle” . Discover more about this organisation by clicking this link ======>(http://youtu.be/_yJ_2mBMvPA )
Only the best for my readers will do ! *winks*. I remain TheAmazon and my amazing quill loves you.


Published June 17, 2014 by EMMANUELLA ODUM

the things that are done in your name-
I mean, the things that are undone behind
The flimsy façade of Your name.”
Kobena Eyi Acquah

“keago” as she was fondly called was a woman who loved GOD. Yes, God! That Supreme Being who has been touted to know and see all.
As a childhood friend, I was fortunate to be privy to a lot about her, for little did I know that my friend would fleetingly make the headlines someday. She went about, daily evangelizing the works of the Almighty, through words and deeds, in places where angels feared to tread. Undauntingnly, she bore her cross in the valley of death, which in this case was in YOBE, a state in Nigeria where she had been called to serve.
Keago, like the Queen she was, regally fell to the onslaught of bullets fired from the murderous weapons of the hitherto faceless fanatics. She made the news briefly and was heard no more.
Friends and family were aggrieved, angry youths chimed war songs over social media and strangers expressed the requisite due shock. But what could I do? Armed with naught but my pen, I was helpless. And like the sprinkling of water on a kindled flame, this story, like subsequent tales of this nature was doused away.
IT began with a bloody trail of incessant but muffled protests, persistent killings and selected explosions that we all termed insignificant. Mere firecrackers that snuffed away strangers’ lives, lives we knew and cared nothing about. Its steady growth in murderous intentions was fed by our disbelief and our careless undermining of the beauty of resilience.
And so it was believed to be another “Maitatsine”, the remains of which shall be locked away like those of the legendary protestant. Maitatsine , another koranic scholar who claimed to be another renaissance in the emancipation of the supposedly “lost flock” , whose sad but expected end is merely muttered in hushed tones within the eerie stillness of a cremated glassware in a laboratory!
ALAS! This gory story doesn’t happen to be that of “he” stated above but of the erstwhile faceless ones who seem to have adopted another modus in the redemption of their lost adherents. One characterized by continuous bloodshed and the all too familiar wailings which reverberate our auditory senses.
Hence the questions pour forth continuously as the masses direct their queries to these masked fanatics… what have we done to deserve this?
As a little girl , I was raised to respect the tenets of my religion and for those religions I didn’t know or couldn’t quite fathom, I was made to understand that , as a general rule for the supremacy of peace to prevail, we must tolerate that which we do not understand , for we are consistently being tolerated every day. I was taught as a woman in higher institutions of learning that Religion seeks to be that agent which deters the criminally minded from perpetuating crime. It is that opium craved by the masses which promises tranquility in times of political or social unrest. However, reverse is our case in my Motherland , as Religion is used as a weapon to untimely snuff away lives , persistently delude adherents and adequately ensure the victimization of the masses , all for a precise and selfish cause…POWER!
Ironically, it has been defined as “the opium of the masses”, however it has certainly had no tranquilizing effect on the adherents so far. Day after day , imposing edifices are erected in the guise of institutions of learning and places of worship. Edifices that steal not only our breathe away in awe but also every penny earned by the poor deserving masses.
From the pastor who preaches Prosperity and fails to pay his Tax, to the smoking nuzzle of the religious fanatic’s weapon, the tenet of every religion is mocked.
From the human ritual site at SOCA, in IBADAN, to the endless tabloid stories about the financial indecencies of our churches, the aim of Religion is destroyed.
From the threats made by power thirsty politicians to the kidnap of innocent young girls from their erstwhile safe haven, the weapon of religion is used. From the misguided Idiosyncrasies of the religious fanatics that despise western education, (yet who sadistically utilize the ammunition made from a wealth of western knowledge), to the blood thirsty intentions of the basic criminal, the Nature of Religion is manipulated. And in the throes of this passionate display of Religious Deceit, political unrest and financial corruption. Our MOTHERLAND remains the greatest victim of all.
Every sphere of religion is culpable and none can be exempted . It is however not a lost cause for we may yet fight to regain lost ground . we may yet question disturbing , unhealthy and myopic choices rather than blindly following. We may probe the “overtly righteous” and demand answers to our queries and not answers that may not be queried. We may create a special kind of madness. Kobena Eyi Acquah in his poem , “In the Navel of the Soul” stated
“They say we have gone all out of our mind
If madness nurtures such lucidity
God , make us mad-
Make us even more mad”
Refute these endless ponderings like , When did we miss it? Was it during the brain washed worship or was it when we turned a blind eye?
The solution is merely attitudinal.
Think about it and while you’re at it, I remain THE AMAZON and my amazing quill loves you!
…In Loving Memory of Eucharia Nwakaego Remmy.

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