Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Baptism, this important sacrament we ignore - Alisonomi

I often hear people say that priestly and religious vocations are the highest forms of Christian life or the best forms of Christian vocation. Some even call them special vocations. But let me scandalize those who believe that. Priestly vocation is simply an accomplishment of a secondary sacrament.
But before I explain what I mean, let me remind us of a few facts. There are seven sacraments of the Church. They are baptism, confirmation, Eucharist (Sacraments of Initiation) penance, anointing of the sick (sacraments of healing) marriage and holy orders (sacraments of service). From what we see here they are divided into three categories which are the sacraments of initiation, sacraments of healing, and sacraments of service.
Sacraments of initiation are the sacraments that lay the foundation of every Christian life. Baptism, for example, is the sacrament that changes everything in us. Pope Francis is his message on the World Mission Day said that baptism "gives us rebirth in God’s own image and likeness, and makes us members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. In this sense, baptism is truly necessary for salvation for it ensures that we are always and everywhere sons and daughters in the house of the Father, and never orphans, strangers or slaves." According to the teaching of Christ, the church is called to baptize those who believe. And those she baptizes; she sends out to proclaim the good news.
Baptism is the commencement of our life in the Church. And it is a baptism that makes us missionaries and not ordination or religious life. This is even the theme of this extraordinary month of mission: "baptized and sent". It is not ordained and sent or professed and sent but baptized and sent.
Furthermore, every other sacrament is built upon our sacrament of baptism. Confirmation is the sacrament that affirms the call we received in baptism whereas the Eucharist nourishes the faith in which we are baptized into. The sacraments of healing (penance and anointing of the sick) restore the believer to the perfect state that the baptism gives.
And the sacraments of service (ordination and matrimony) are the sacraments of service to the community in which we are baptized. These are what I call secondary sacraments. They are secondary sacraments because they are built upon the sacraments of initiation. And the sacraments of service are simply the fructification of our baptismal call.
This is why baptism is the highest form of the sacrament as it is the foundation of our Christian faith. All the other sacraments and vocations in the church are based on that, and a structure cannot supplant the foundation.
This is why when I hear some people complain about how the church is having problems because of the lack of religious vocation, I wish to remind them that it is the contrary. The problem with religious and priestly life is a result of the wrong comprehension of our baptismal life. It is the sign that we have got our ecclesiology and sacramental theology very wrong. No need saying then that the debate on viri probati, the ordination of women and importation of missionaries wouldn’t be but a discus on possible palliative measures. But that is a topic for another day.
Moreover, any church that forgets its baptismal mandate has a very serious problem and cannot but face the problems we now observe in our different churches. And even those who think they are not affected are just denying the obvious. They have not just looked well to see cancer that is quietly developing in the lungs of their ecclesiastical structure.
And thinking that one can solve the problem by saving priestly vocations or religious vocations is also an illusion. You reinforce the foundation and the structure regains its strength. And if the structure is too weak to be saved, you reconstruct it. So, we should stop thinking that the church is dying because some religious congregations or pious groups or even forms of worship are dying off. They did their time and just have to make way for other recent or older ones adapted to the need of the present-day church.
 

À la Famille Myriam — Alisonomi

Tableau de Myriam, d’espérance, Famille Myriam de Baie-Comeau Un matin gris et radieux 

Au pied de la croix de Jésus 

Chez la Famille Myriam

Marie nous montre le chemin 

Qui mène à la croix 

Un chemin de vérité 

Vers l’auteur de notre vie 

Jésus de Nazareth 

Lui qui est le chemin 

La vérité 

Et la vie. 

 

À Myriam de Bethléem

Ce grand matin d’automne 

Face à un paysage brumeux 

Où le soleil se fait timide 

Souriant au fond de son cœur 

Et ne se montre qu’à quelques-uns 

Sauf à ceux et celles qui écoutent

La parole de Dieu dans le silence 

Dans un silence abasourdissant 

Qui s’entend presque à peine 

Si l’on n’a pas le cœur d’enfants 

 

Au pied de Myriam 

Mère d’espérance 

Et de ce lieu d’amour 

Où le sourire est abondant 

Avec des femmes et des hommes

Qui se dévouent à l’amour divin

Pour écouter le Père céleste 

Parler à leur cœur des sœurs et frères  

En s’abandonnant à la volonté divine 

Pour vivre la radicalité évangélique 

En famille religieuse 

Sur les vœux de la religion 

D’abandon de soi au Christ

Et de la charité fidèle au Christ total 


Alisonomi 2019©

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Restoring Sanity to Nigerian Religious Industry - Alisonomi

With all these dancing pastors and fake miracle workers parading our cities, I believe Nigeria should follow the footsteps of the Rwandan government. Rwanda, recently, in a bid to prevent the usurpation of religion, made it compulsory for pastors to obtain a degree in theology to practice. The measure saw hundreds of mushroom churches closed down. A very hard and strict measure, one would say, but what we are seeing in Nigeria these days, calls for certain regulatory measures to be taken. Just in October alone, thanks to citizen journalism, it has been brought to the public notice the presence of many wolves in sheepskins among our Christian Nigerian leadership. We have been presented with pastors orchestrating entertainment shows to rob the faithful of their hard-earned currencies or staging up fake miracles to draw to themselves more vulnerable followers. 
This might look like a new development, but it is not. The only thing new is the method of exposing them. Seyi Rhodes has already realized an important documentary on these practices as early as 2013. In his documentary ‘Unreported World: Nigeria’s Millionaire Preachers’, he followed few popular Nigerian pastors down to their dens. In that documentary, the costume pastors, as he calls them, are trying to break through using every means at their disposal. 
Among the few ones who opened their doors to him was pastor Ofuche Ukoha known as Sign Fireman. This flirting pastor who moves around in fleets of hummer jeeps went as long as telling him that Jesus was not poor. He even accused Seyi of lying when he insisted that Jesus saying he had an accountant that followed him around. 
Of course, Pastor Fireman is not the only Nigerian pastor who believes that prosperity is an integral part of Pentecostal preaching. He is just one of those prosperity gospel preachers still trying to break into the Nigerian religious industry.
Another popular prosperity preacher, Pastor Chris Okotie, in 2011, had affirmed this to Tomi Oladipo of BBC Lagos. He stated “It is written about Jesus, specifically, that he became poor so that the believer might become rich because he recognized that poverty is not part of God’s plan for man.” A beautiful quotation that serves as a cosmetic touch to their fraudulent enterprises. 
When Mr. Seyi accosted the same Pastor Chris, comparing the lifestyle of Nigerian pastors to the life Nigerian politicians, he waved his points away with a simple argument. He reiterated : “we practice a philosophy that guarantees prosperity, God has offered an alternative, a church, where there is equality, there is prosperity, there is hope, there is faith’ According to the pastor, it is God who offered them an opportunity to rob Nigerians of their money and reasoning.
 Many other ones refused to welcome him, and some even almost maltreated him. He said he was lucky they did not beat him up as another journalist claimed to have once been in the same documentary.  
Unfortunately, even among the organized Christian setups, we also have such charlatans. A few years back, we had one fake priest called Fr Chilaka who also faked miracles. He went as far as letting one of his acolytes drop a lizard in front of a presumed sick person to deceive the people in believing that the person vomited a lizard. Unlucky for him, the guy was caught on camera dropping it. But unfortunately, many gullible Christians still followed him like rams being taken to the slaughterhouse. 
Outside the Christian circle, we also have such fraudulent religious leaders among the Islamic clerics. Recently, the Nigerian police force retrieved over 300 children maltreated and abused in a Koranic school. They were attached to chains like animals. We also know that that’s not the only Islamic school where impunity and anarchy are the order of the day.
There are even certain Islamic preachers who are trying to imitate the methods of these prosperity gospel preachers. They organize prayer sessions similar to all these popular Christian crusades and conventions. Some of them even try out their hands in healing sessions. 
And I need not say that there is no need to talk about other spiritual healers as they do not hide their fraudulent tactics. 
So, with all these incidents, there is an urgent need to act if we wish to save the future of Christianity in our nation. I do understand the political implications. It is not always good to allow the government to dictate the law to the church. But when the ethics of leadership is trodden upon by those who have both moral and religious duties to protect society, it should take over the mantle of leadership. 
On another hand, it will be beneficial to those religious leaders who strive to maintain a healthy practice. I believe that we should learn from the western experience. Christianity was vital to the development of Western society. And even at that, the younger generation is giving up religious practices, imagine what will be the consequence in a society where the churches are instead robbing the citizens. Brief, I am convinced that the consequences of allowing the government to strike the balance through certain regulations would be better than the consequences of this commercialization of Christianity in Nigeria.
 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Some Major Challenges of Every Young Missionary — Alisonomi

Being young is not a hindrance to carrying out a “successful” missionary undertaking, but it is a time when lack of experience makes missionaries look vulnerable. This is why youthfulness—not just in terms of age—is very challenging to missionaries. And among myriads of challenges they face at the very debut of their missionary work are these three points we wish to examine here. 

1. Mistaking homogeneity for universality

One of the facts missionaries learn in formation years is that the Church is universal. But one thing most fail to understand is that universality is not synonymous to homogeneity. 

When we say that the Church is universal, it means that she is true or right at all times and in all places. Its universality stems from the simple fact that it has one single Lord and received the same mission from the same Lord. This does not make her homogeneous because a homogeneous church is a church consisting of rituals, gestures, visions, pastoral activities, etc., of the same types or people that are all the same everywhere. It is a church that lacks diversity, initiatives, dialogue and growth. Brief, a homogeneous church is in a state of sameness and not a universal church. 

Young missionaries should avoid mistaking these two concepts. This they can do by taking time to read the signs of time, observing the context of their local church and dialoguing with the culture of the people to whom they are sent. It is very easy to understand when a missionary is committing this error. He or she becomes judgmental, authoritative or depressed. 

Once a missionary stops recognizing the intrinsic values in every culture; once he or she engages in an outright disrespect of people’s spirituality; reads their value from his or her own background, then the missionary has a homogeneous idea of the Church. 

And once a missionary becomes judgmental, the next temptation is the tendency of becoming authoritative. He or she tries to impose his or her vision on the people. He or she begins to see the ministry as a special one. This is among the origins of clericalism. And when his or her opinion does not matter much, the next step is falling into depression. 

2Believing that a Missionary is a Savior 

Among the greatest temptations of every young missionary is the belief that the success of a mission is based on personal credits. Of course, every missionary activity is carried out by missionaries but the result should not be seen as a credit. A mission is not a performing ground. Results are necessary but the outcome of a missionary activity is not measured in the immediate effect. That a mission is not yielding the expected result does not mean it is unsuccessful. 

And even if the mission seems successful, the missionary is not the only actor in the field. He or she is not even the only missionary. Every member of the community is a missionary. And each member of the community has a unique role to play in every missionary activity. The danger is for the young missionary to see him or herself as The Missionary. He or she is A Missionary and not The Missionary as there are many other ones in the ministry or in every mission ground for, we are all baptized and sent. 

3Forgetting that every missionary is subject to conversion 

Young missionaries tend to think that they are sent to convert others. Rarely do they take time to seek their own conversion. They often believe their formation has made them worthy and fit to go. They even sometimes see themselves as crusaders sent to bring the lost sheep of Israelite back to the fold. That is false! 

No one is perfect, not even young missionaries. Recent revelations on the ugly life of some “great missionaries,” these last decades has shown us that. And as a matter of fact, if there are people who should learn how to allow conversion processes take place in their life, they are the missionaries. Missionaries should be ready to adapt to the missionary changes. They should be ready to walk hand in hand with their missionary partners in the mission. They should, to be able to preach conversion, in truth and faith, experience true and constant conversion. It is only when they live it on a daily basis will they be able to communicate it to their fellow missionaries. 

Sunday, 20 October 2019

I had already pledge to Nigeria my Country - Alisonomi

I had already pledged to Nigeria my country 
To be faithful, loyal and honest 
Before I recognized that in Nigeria 
Faithfulness is really too cost a virtue 
That loyalty is a commodity for the gods 
And that honesty has long been sacrificed 
At the alter by our desperate cabals who are
Comfortably sitting on our national treasures  
Depleting with impunity the soul of country  

I had already pledged to Nigeria my home 
To serve her with all my strength
Before I discovered that Nigeria 
Is a country that drains our strength 
A nation that kills its own offspring 
And happily forces the remaining ones 
To seek greener pastures away from home 

I had already pledged to Nigeria my fatherland 
To defend with force her integrity and  unity 
And uphold her honour and glory 
Counting on God’s help 
Before I discovered that her own citizens 
Like her reckless and pseudo-leadership 
Have all abandoned themselves to bigotry 
Bowing to the gods of tribalism and fanaticism 
Imploring God’s help on all except the fatherland

Friday, 18 October 2019

Tshiuetin en grève — Alisonomi

Quand deux elephants se battent 
Les herbes en encaissent le coup 
Pour deux torrents en collision
C’est le terrain qui en paie le compte 

Car en guerre tout le monde meurt 
Les civils, les premiers bouc-émissaires 
Les valeureux soldats aussi y succombent 
La guerre ne choisit pas ses victimes 

Différentes sont les catégories de guerres 
Car la guerre n’est pas toujours sanglante 
Il y a celles qui sont juste idéales 
Et certaines sont simplement économiques 

Il y a aussi des guerres entre des nations 
Entre des entreprises et ses employés 
Mais elles font toutes bien des victimes 
Et s'en prennent même à des innocents 

Prendre le train du Nord était bien agréable 
Avant que les employés ne demande leur dû 
Ce qui serait bien tombé aux oreilles sourdes, et 
Les passagers en paient par malheur le compte

Alisonomi 2019©

Thursday, 17 October 2019

What a Christian Gathering is Not — Alisonomi

Have you heard pastors and priests bragging of the number of crowd they draw in each of their services? Have you imagined why the number of participants is very important to them? For some, it’s a kind of reward for their show. It reassures them that they are performing. They are doing what they are expected to do. For some it’s a sign that people are listening to what they say or are enjoying they are saying or doing. But, let’s be careful of such feelings! 
Religious gatherings are not performing grounds. And I am not saying that drawing  crowd to your gatherings is wrong. On the contrary, we always need people if it has to be a gathering. But we should never forget that Christian gatherings are not about number. We don’t perform! We gather to relate with God. 
Performers are in the theatres and auditoriums. They are crowd gatherers and we are soul fetchers. They are performers and we are servants of the word and of the Word (made flesh). They are only interested in doing what their audience wants (performing) but we are doing what is essential to the audience’s gathering. The gathering is neither around us nor for us. It’s around Christ and for him. But be careful there too! It seems our gatherings are more for us than it’s for God. We need him more than he needs us. 
I have also heard priests say, I cannot be celebrating mass daily for two, three, four or five people. I have heard them complain of the little number present. I have once thought so too.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Faith and Church Services — Alisonomi

Christianity is not always about being present at the Christian gatherings. It is not just about attending church services. For though they are not unnecessary, they are not the essence of Christianity. Christianity, if we look at it well, was not initially a religion. It was a way of being of some Jews who were in love with one atypical man of Nazareth. They never intended to form a religious group. They were only captivated by his way of relating with God; his gaze, not on the external practice of Judaism but, on the essence of it; his belief that God's love of humanity is unconditional. 
They knew he was not a good Jew - from the legal point of view. He never washed his hands like most of the Jews of his time did. He was not keeping the Sabbath holy like the law prescribed it as he harvested corns to eat when he and his disciples were hungry. He never fasted like John the Baptist and the other masters did. He healed the sick on the sabbath day and even ordered one of them, against the Jewish law, to carry his belongings and go.
The disciples knew all these! They knew he spoke with young ladies like the Canaanite woman of John 4. They knew he drank and ate with sinners like Zacchaeus, Levi, etc. They knew he had female friends and companions like Mary the sister of Lazarus and the other Marys. And in spite of all these reasons that religious fanatics could see as unworthy of his call, the disciples still followed him. 
And they did so because they saw that though he might not have been the best religious leader, figuratively speaking, he was a very spiritual man; he was authentic. His relationship with his father was free from scrupulosity and rigourism. He loved Him and voluntarily communicated with him for pure love and not out of obligation. 
He also understood his disciples and chose them not because of they were the best among their equals. 
Peter, the leader of the twelve was not the best in keeping his words. He denied him even after promising to die for him. Thomas was not the best among all the believers. Even when the women had professed to have seen him, and the other apostles, to have welcomed him, he never believed them. He was not having enough confident in them after spending 3 good years with them in the company of Christ. And Christ knew all that. 
And apart from John, all the apostles deserted him once he was arrested. They took to their heels once the one they called their master and their Lord was captured. But Christ took it not against them. He knew that love is not judgemental. He understood that they were still human, prone to fear and capable of reacting to the instinct of survival. 
And not even after the Pentecost did they become perfect. Peter still changed his practice of eating with the Gentiles when some Jewish brethren visited. Paul had to make Timothy shave his head to satisfy some rigorous brethren. Brief, they still remained perfectly human. 
So, stop being God’s police. Stop judging your brethren. Stop dictating who is a heavenly candidate and who is not. Stop pretending to be religious as religiosity without spirituality is hypocrisy. Avoid monopolizing Christianity and desist from excluding some brethren who happen to be different from you. 
Practice your faith but never believe that your salvation will come only from attending religious activities. You might not even really need that, at the end. Who know?



Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Ụmụada anyi ji eme ọnụ - Alisonomi

Nke anyi bu nke anyi mana nke onye bukwanụ nke onye. Ọ bụ ezie na egbe bere ugo bere kama na onweghikwanu mgbe egbe ga-aga chọba ugo ka ọ bia bere n'ihi na nani onye i gwara ebe mmiri siri tiba gi ga-ahapụrụ gi ọnọdụ n'ihụ ọkụ. Ọ bụkwanụ ezie na nani nwata kwọrọ aka so ndi okenye eri ihe. 
N'ụbọchi olemole gara-aga, anyi dere maka umu okorobia ndi Afrika mepụtara Afrika ihụ. Tata, anyi na ewetere ụnụ akụkọ ụmụ nwanyi ndi isi oji meputara anyi ihụ n'ụzọ di iche iche. Ha di ụzọ abua. Ndi izizi bụ ndi mere ihe ana-akpọ Black Girl Magic - ihe anwa nsi nwaagbọghọ isi oji. Black Girl magic bu  aha eji akọwa mgbe nwa agboghọ onye isi oji mere ihe itunanya nke emebeghi na mbụ, ma ọ bụ gosiri ike aka ya n'ụzọ pụrụ iche. Nke abua a buụrụ nwanyi onye isi oji nke izizi tiri ugo na nzere iji mara akwụkwọ kacha di mma nke The Booker Prize na-eme kwaa afọ. 
Nani na ngwucha izu a ka Simone Biles bu nwaada si mba Amerika tiri ugo n’ụzọ pụrụ iche na asọmupi nke egwuriegwu di iche iche. Nwaada Simone Biles di afọ 22 (Iri abua na abụa) bụrụ onye kacha tiri ugo n’akụkọ gbasara egwuriegwu nke Olimpiks n'ụwa nile. Site na akara ugo nke iri abuọ na ise, nke Simone nwetara, ọ ghọrọ onye izizi nwetara ọnụ ọgụgụ ahụ n'otu emume egweriegwu Olimpiks n'ụwa nile. Ihe mere mmeri Simone ji adaa nnụkwụ ụda abụghi nani maka ọnụ ọgụgụ akara ugo ọchi, kama ọ bụ maka etu mmeri ya nile siri di. Ogosiri ụwa n'ọdi nkwadebe kwuru jịị. 
Onye nke abụa bu nwaada Brigid Kosgei, onye Kenya nke bụrụ nwanyi izizi jiri elekere abua na nkeji iri na anọ gbacha ọsọ maratọn. Nwa agbogha a tiri ugo ahu mgbe ụbochi olemole nke onye obodo ya ọzọ ana-akpọ Eliud Kipchoge gosiri ụwa na Kenya nwere ndi mmadu n'ọsọ maratọn. Nwaada Brigid Kosgei nke di afọ 25 - iri abụa na ise, napụrụ Paula Radcliffe bu onye jii akara ugo a eri afọ iri na isi (16).  
Onye nke atọ bu Coco Gauff bu onye mba Amerika di afọ iri na ise. Nwaada Coco tiri ugo na asọmpi Tenis nke enwere na Wembledon. Site na mmeri nke ya, Nwada Coco Gauff bụrụ sọ otu obere nwata nwanyi meriri na asọmpi Tenis  n'uwa nile eri afọ iri na ise. Ọ bukwa nwata nwanyi izizi si Amerika nani ya meriri n'asọmpi Tenis eri afọ 1991. Mmeri Coco gosiri uwa na umunwanyi isi oji di nkwadebe i nọchi anya umuada Williams mgbe ha ga-ala ezumike nka. 
Na ngwucha, akụkọ ruru anyi nti na ụbọchi abua gara-aga bu na nwada Bernardine Anne Mobolaji Evaristo edenyela aha ya n'akwụkwọ ndi ọkacha mara na ide akwụkwọ. Nwada Evaristo bu onye England na onye amara-ama na ide akwụkwọ bu Margaret Atwater bu ndi meriri na asọmpi nke akwụkwọ kacha ibe ya nke ndi Booker Prize na agbazi.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Let the cabals know — Alisonomi

The toothless lions parading the jungle 
Scavenging all the available loopholes
For the remains of animals to strangle
Forcing woodchucks back to their holes 

They’re bloodsuckers on a deadly mission    
Roding our fatherland with no other vision 
Than to trample upon all they see moving 
As if they roars for others to be grooving 

From their caves located in the Abjo Rock 
And in the different secretariat of their den 
They erect walls bigger than the Mazu Rock 
And openly instruct like the masses, they ken 

But if we can really join our heroes pasts
The great men and women like Fela Kuti 
As youths with vision and a sacred duty 
The cabals will know we’re not outcasts

Alisonomi 2019©

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Umu Afrika atọ egosila ụwa na Afrika di nkwadebe — Alisonomi

Anya hụrụ ugo, fere ugo ajụ maka na ọ bughi ụbọchi nile ka a na-ahụ ugo anya. N’elu ụwa nke a anyi nọ n'ime ya, ọ bụ onye ọbụla ka ọ diri i zara aha nna ya. O nweghi onye ga-enye gi oke diri gi ma ọ bụrụ na i jighi aka gi were ya, maka na sọsọ obere umuaka ka a na-atinye nri n’ọnụ. 
Ọ bụ ihe umu Afrika atọ gisiri ụwa n'izu ụka gara-aga. N'ụbọchi monde, onye isi ala mba Ruwanda na ndi obodo ya meputara Afrika ihụ site na imeputa ekwe nti bụ akwaa-akwụrụ. Mbọ Ruwanda gbara gosiri ụwa na Afrika anaghi arahụ ụra n'ihi na ọ ebe onye ọsọ rụrụ ka onye ije ga-emeche ruokwa. Nakwa na mgbe mmadụ pụtara n'ụra bụ ụtụtụ ya. 
Nke abuọ, ụbọchi Fraide gara-aga, onye isiala mba Etiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali, turu ugo onye ọchọ udo nke afọ 2019 n'ụwa nile. Maazi Abiy Ahmed Ali gosiri na udo na ihunanya bu ihe di mkpa na mmekọrita mba ọkachasi mba nodebere onwe ha nso. Ozigbo Maazi Abiy Ahmed Ali bidoro ọrụ dika onye isi ala, ọ gbara mbọ idozi esemokwu di na etiti Etiopia na Eritria. Ọ toghakwara ndi ndọrọ ndọrọ ọchichi obodo nọ n'ụlọ mkpọrọ. O nyekwara ndi nta akụkọ ohere ikwu uche ha. 
I tiri ugo nke Maazi Abiy Ahmed Ali bu ezi ihe nyee Afrika n’ihi n’ụwa nile chere n’Afrika abughi mba udo. 
Ihe ọzọ meputara Afrika ihu n’afọ a bu mmeri onye ọgba ọsọ maratọn nke Keṅa a na-akpọ Eliud Kipchoge meriri na mba Viena na ụbọchi Satọde gara-aga. Maazi Eliud Kipchoge bu Onye jibu ugo n'ọsọ maratọn jiri otu sekond gafere ugo o jibu na mbu. Mmeri Eliud Kipchoge gosiri ụwa n'Afrika abughi nani obodo ejiri nsogbu na agha mara, kama, ọ bụkwa mba ndi na-agba ọsọ na ndi na-achọ udo.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Au Nord, chez le peuple rieur — Alisonomi

Bienvenue dans votre nouveau travail  
Mais ne vous mettez pas trop à l’aise 
Ne prenez pas trop de temps inutile 
Car, ici, il y a un secret connu de tous 
Chaque chaise est solidement éjectable

Vous êtes parmi les fils des nomades 
Ceux qui suivaient le cours du temps
Ici, on monte confortablement sa tente 
Avec vitesse en prenant tout son temps 
Car, on sait qu’on peut toujours partir 

Au Nord, il fait bon vivre ensemble 
Dans ce territoire sacré du peuple du Nord 
Où vivent les fils et les filles du peuple rieur
Qui sillonnaient, en été, le long du Saint-Laurent
Avant de monter, en hiver, vers le nutshimit

Ici, on rencontre le nord dans toute sa nordicité 
Au pays des enfants des gardiens de la forêt boréale 
Qui ont appris à parcourir la terre ancestrale 
Et qui avant l’arrivée des plastiques et des mines 
Protégeaient mieux la terre de toutes les ordures

Alisonomi 2019©

Friday, 11 October 2019

Ruwanda enyeela Afrika ụlọ ọrụ teknụzụ izizi nke na-emepụta ekwe nti - Alisonomi

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Mba Rụwanda abụrụla obodo izizi mepụtara ekwe nti n’Afrika. Tụpụ Rụwanda egosipụta ọru aka ha, obodo di iche iche dika Saut-Afrika, Igiptu, Etiopia na Algeria n’emepụtabụ ekwe nti, mana, mpakari ngwa ha ji emepụta ha si mba ofesi abia; anaghi arụ ya n’Afrika. Ọ bụ ihe mere Rụwanda jiri bụrụ mba mbụ mepere Afrika ụzọ n’ihe gbasara imepụta ekwe nti n’Afrika. 
N’emụme iji gosipụta ọru aka ahụ nke ha mere n’ụbọchi monde gara-aga, onye isi nchi ala obodo ahụ a na-akpọ Maazi Pọl Kagame gosiri ụwa ekwe nti abua bụ akwụa-akwụrụ nke ndi otu Mara rụrụ. Ekwe nti nke mbụ ha kpọrọ Mara X ga-ada ihe dika  50 000 (pụkụ naira iri ise) n’ahia ebe nke abua ha kpọrọ Mara Z ga-ada ihe dika 70 000 (pụkụ naira iri asaa). 
Ihe mere ka ekwe nti ndi a Rụwanda wepụtara bụrụ ihe Afrika ga-eji mee ọnụ bụ na ọ bụ sọsọ ekwe nti arụrụ ihe nile ejiri mepụta ya n’ala Afrika. N’emụme igosipụta ekwe nti ndi a, Maazi Pọl Kagame bụ onye isi ala Rụwanda kwụrụ na obodo ha na-enye Afrika ụlọ ọrụ teknụzụ izizi nke na-emepụta ekwe nti n’Afrika. 

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Girls of the East of Naija (I) - Alisonomi

I know a people from the East
Of the rising sun of River Niger 
Where women were once sacred 
Givers of life and sacred custodians  
Called mothers for myriads of reasons 

Mothers from their very tender age 
Little sisters but already perfect mothers 
Being moulded to fit a perfect stereotype 
Meticulously groomed to be the best of cooks
Scrub, wash, weed, sit with their legs crossed 

Once they learn to stand on two feet
Their first choice is to be good mums 
Multitasked ladies even before being girls 
Balancing loads on their heads with ease
For the future will not be always kind to them  

Happy as the children know how to always feel 
They also learn that to be a lady is to know shame 
For though perfect she might be, she's only but a girl 
Who should not look people straight at the eyes
As that’s not ladylike, thus unworthy of her sex

Alisonomi 2019©

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

A Blessed damned Nation - Alisonomi

Let’s take a journey 
To a would’ve been nation 
Once loftily deemed a giant 
Of heroic dwarves’ continent

A continent of great people 
Or a would have been one
Who failed to metamorphose  
Dwindling like burning candles

A nation of men and women 
With hidden overinflated egos  
Believing in their specialness 
Even with nothing to show off 

A nation of phoney people
Where each one appears holy 
Christians and Muslims alike 
Each one secretly faking holiness

A nation where both the leaders 
And the people they drag along  
All don scary but smiling masks 
Appearing to be truthfully genuine 

Professors harassing young ladies 
Pastors and priests on deadly mission
Imams and vaguely spiritual leaders 
All bent on milking dry their faithfuls 

Welcome to a blessed damned nation 
Where the elderlies parade indignity 
The young ones enjoying fake future
As they perform in their tragic opera   

Alisonomi 2019©

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Voici celle qui a dit OUI - Alisonomi

Navajo Madonna by The Rev. John GiulianiDans une ville de Galilée
À un petit coin de Nazareth
Apparu un messager de Dieu
À ce jeune Dame appelée Marie
Accordée en mariage à Joseph
De la maison du roi David
 
Il s’appelait Ange Gabriel
Ce messager venant de Dieu
Qui porta la parole salvatrice
De la naissance du Messie
À une jeune et humble femme
Mais qui était encore vierge
 
Je te salue, Comblée-de-grâce,
Le Seigneur Dieu est avec toi
Lança cet envoyé divin de Dieu
Sois sans crainte, chère Marie,
Car tu as trouvé grâce auprès de Dieu
Tu concevras et enfanteras ton fils Jésus
 
Salue, toi Marie de Nazareth
Toi qui n’as pas bien compris
Ce qui a été en train de t’arriver
Mais n’a pas non plus hésité
À dire fermement ton oui à Dieu
En femme d’un « Oui catégorique »
 
Alisonomi 2019©

Monday, 7 October 2019

Mais qui en fin a Raison ? - Alisonomi

https://jebkinnison.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/couple_argues.jpgNotre société avance en reculant
Et tout le monde se lance la balle 
Les jeunes accusant les anciens 
Qui ont trop misé sur l’argent 
Déterrant en tout impunité 
Tout ce qui brille au sous-sol
 
Les anciens accusant les jeunes
De trop aimer la technologie moderne 
Vivant et respirant allègrement
Des sous-produits de notre terre
De l’iPhone au voiture électrique 
En vrais ravageurs de notre terre 
 
Le Sud discrètement accusant le Nord
De voler leurs ressources naturelles 
L’or, le pétrole, le fer, le diamant, et al
Et de transformer leur terre en dépotoir 
Tout en jouant le pion du changement 
Des gouvernements et de l’environnement 
 
Pendant que le Nord montre du doigt le sud 
Le traitant de pays des shit-holes
Des paresseux, immigrés et incultes 
Pensant peu au bien-être de leur concitoyens
Corrompus et incapable de se gouverner 
Qui ne pensent qu’à déstabiliser le Nord 
 
Mais qui a raison en fin de compte
Les jeunes, l’occident ou personne 
Et que gagnera celui qui a raison 
Ou qu’importe qui a vraiment tort 
Si en fin personne ne survit vraiment
Au changement climatique actuel 
 
Alisonomi 2019©
 
 

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Angels Can Also Be Amerindians - Alisonomi

A Native American Angel by Dorin Do you know my favourite Angels? 

Not really those perfect like God 

For God indeed I love but cannot see

As I would want to see angels around 


My best Angels should be black 

But I wouldn’t mind for a red one 

Looking like my northern friends 

Sometimes beautifully chubby 


I want Angels that withstand cold 

In love with snows and forest lands 

Vested in moccasins and animal hides 

Loving to travel up north often and on 


I want to see Angels that defend lands

Fighting with our water protectors in front 

Against agents that desecrate Mother Earth  

Angels that speak Innu, Cree and Ojibway 


My favourite angels have to understand well

The plights and joys of my people of the North

Their traumas and their history of colonization 

And their tireless resilience and daily resistance  


For Angels can also be Amerindians


Alisonomi 2019©

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Angels Can Also Be Black — Alisonomi

Angels, we are told  
Are spirits not human  
But male and white 
They are often portrayed  

And all the continent they went
They presented them whites
Carefully naming them like men
Micheal, Gabriel, Raphael et al

But in what form did God Angels make? 
And if they are not indeed human 
Who then knows their sex and race 
He, She, Black, red, yellow or white

Yeah, Angels are spirits
But I prefers them human 
I like Angels with flat noses
That fly about with kinky hairs 

And though I don’t really care 
About their sex and race
I however like them more 
When they are blacks like me

For Angels can also be black

Alisonomi 2019©

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

I Pledge to Nigeria My Own Country - Alisonomi

My Nigerian National Anthem 
Arise, O compatriots
A Nigerian call, obey
to save our fatherland
From hate, disgrace and failure 
The labour of our heroes past
shall never be forgotten,
to save her from the cabals and fraudsters
one nation to be bound in freedom
Peace and united .

O God of creation,
Redirect our noble cause
Teach our leaders to be right
Help our youth our values to know
In love and truthfulness to grow
And living right and true
Great and worthy heights attain
To build a nation where peace
And justice reign

May Nigerian National Pledge 
I pledge to Nigeria my own country.
Not to be hateful, disloyal and dishonest.
To save Nigeria with all my strength
To defend our unity and rebuild our honour and future
So protect me God