I grew up in the village with my grand parents during my teen years. Back then, life, though beautiful and simpler could be hard and grueling. Folks, it was a rustic village life then. I can recall hearing my paternal grandmother time and again in our local dialect that “Life is two times.” That is the exact translation of what my granny used to say to me then. Even though the rendering sounds too colloquial (I can find no better way of translating it. Just forgive me. I am not a linguist), the meaning of that expression will be immediately understood by the users of my native dialect. She also used to tell me that, “If you are going to the land of departed spirits (paradise), don’t forget those who are still on planet earth” struggling to eke out their daily existence. She has been late these past many years now, but her loving care and many profound words of wisdom still remain with me, intact.
Now what does this tell me in practical terms and on a day-by-day basis?
That; if you are oppotuned to find yourself in America and all the other man-made paradises of this planet earth, you must not forget about the rest of us left behind in this man-made (or polticians-made) hell of a chequered Nigeria. That, if you are opportuned to climb to the top of the ladder that your forbears laboured to lay on the wall to ease the way to your success, you don’t remove or break the ladder when you reach the top. That, God lifted you up so that you can lift up and enrich the life of others. Do not frustrate them. Do not let your folks down on that trust. After all, who really knows tomorrow? And so on and so forth…..
I have even come to personally discover that life here on earth could be two, three or four times (or terms). Litterally. I don’t mean death and resurrection now. Of course, I believe in death and resurrection.
Don’t just give up hope.
I have not and may never meet any of the subjects in the series of pictures shown below. (The pictures are all belonging to their copyright owners). I am sure you even have better shots that are more suited for the collection. You will be forgiven if you don’t recognize the main subject at first. Just keep on scrolling. It doesn’t matter which side of the political divide you are on, ensure that the morale of this story doesn’t slip through the fingers of your busy thoughts. At the end, you will see the irreducible wisdom embeded in my late granny’s witty words.
Be careful how you despise, undermine, humiliate, size-up and write-off the underdogs today. Underdogs do at times become topdogs. Tomorrow, though seemingly right-at-hand, is still too far. God Almighty is an expert at turning situations around. He can and He will turn your life around (the same way, He turned mine around) because, He is Jehovah Almighty and He has the final say. Always.