The trouble with Elu Aku

My grandfather liked to tell the story of how the world came to be. God gave man only one thing as he descended from heaven and that was a palm nut, he planted it and its leaves helped to make man’s shelter, kept the shelter and environment clean, provided kindling for his fire, the wine kept him from losing his mind in the harsh world he found himself and its fruit gave him two different oils. The oil from the pulp to make his soup and to be the bride of the king of food- roast yam (the man loved his roast yam!) and oil from the seed, or kernel if you like, to anoint his skin and hair and to save his children from evil and its manifestations like convulsion and fever. It was the second oil that put my brother and me in trouble many years ago.

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Just Do It!

Yesterday we were watching the Manchester United match, well I was trying to respond to my birthday messages on Facebook while my brother and cousin watched the match. Soon their grumblings and mutterings became loud enough for me to look at the TV. Man U was losing.


The match was ending soon, less than ten minutes on the clock, my brother fell quiet. The young man is a very enthusiastic football follower, he supports Man U and if his team is losing, he’s not a good person to be around. During the 2006 world cup he supported England because my mum had bought him an English jersey, he wore it whenever England played- he was that loyal. When C. Ronaldo crushed England’s chances of going to the semis, my brother wept. This my brother, the youngest was a rather emotional child, he cried easily as a child. The boy wept for four hours straight after watching Titanic (we hadn’t seen it before, no one knew it was that powerful or we wouldn’t have let him watch it).


So my mum became concerned as the match wore on, she would look at his face and sigh softly. Then in the 83rd minute she said “I pray this people score for Ikenna’s sake”, my brother was still rubbing his head when Man U equalised and a minute later, another goal was added to Man U’s tally. My brother and cousin were ecstatic when the match ended, three points in the bag and a fitting birthday present for Sir Alex Ferguson who was in the stands.


The incident stayed with me, it’s a lesson for the New Year. Prayer works, faith works and the impossible can become possible in less than a minute. You can speak forth things into existence, change your outcomes even if the clock seems like an enemy and love can move mountains for others. Letting love lead is always wise. 
Have a spectacular 2017! The things you want are within reach. Stand up and search for them, even if fear freezes your feet, move with frozen feet. You wouldn’t be the first or the last to scale that height with fear in veins. 

Amazing at Sixty.

It had been a stressful time for him, spending four nights on the road and greeting dawn in four different cities. The most important thing he did on that tour was taking his first child to school, he couldn’t have known how hard it would be to walk to the gate while his daughter sat on the concrete slab and looked like her heart would break. For months he had told her stories about boarding school, his tales of the comfort of school were supposed to comfort her, to make the move an exciting thing. He was wrong. Continue reading →

29 things I’m grateful for.

This post was supposed to go up yesterday, the twenty-ninth day of December is one of my favourite days in the year, you see- it is the day I get to say my birthday is next tomorrow. This year has been tumultuous, the changes I have been through seem to have been too intense for one year. However I am grateful for a lot of things, maybe more than twenty-nine, maybe less but let’s start… Continue reading →