Friday, 31 January 2020

Who will be Our Voice? by Alisonomi

Lexonart PhotoOur Country needs a voice 

Who would not make noise 

But on whose wise words 

The cabals shriek like birds 


Trill and gurgle of philomel 

Screeching like a young girl 

Crying as she looks for a way

To avenge her tongue cut away 


Who‘ll, in her name, shout 

Or even try to move about 

Travelling with sharp quills

And our ancestral poetic skills


Touching the hearts of our folks

And uprooting the toxic hoax 

Of the arch-enemies of the state 

So as to unity and peace reinstate 


Who will be the voice of reason 

Detecting every possible poison 

That crazy folks bring forward 

To draw our people downward 


Who will be the face of the nation 

Standing up for all her population 

To shame these herds of hyena

Beguiling us with their ballerina 


Who will really save our people 

From this tragic state of rumple 

Where rogues keep us in hostage 

While ruling the nation as a village


Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Let someone tell them that Nigerians cannot be subdued forever by Alisonomi

Ours is a nation breeding cabals 

That poison us with their sambals 

Dividing the nation with religion 

But they will see a fearless legion 

For we are the People

Alisonomi 2019©


For some time now, voices have been rising from different quarters of our nation. Insurgencies and factional groups have been multiplying year after year. And systematically, our leaders have always devised a means of suppressing the people. This last point I have to agree is a credit to their Machiavellian tactic. Besides, if all the efforts being mobilized to stop all the nascent organized oppositions in this country have been directed to organizing our nation or to stop well-armed groups, we would have been one of the best nations in the world. 
In spite of that, I still have bad news to our leaders: Nigerians cannot be Subdued Forever! Let it be said that this is not a prophecy as I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet. But I am sure of only one thing. And that is the fact that history is the only reality that does not lie. People can lie about history or mistake history, but history never makes mistakes because it is in itself the traces left behind by realities.
You do not need to be a specialist to understand the seriousness of our dilemma as a nation. A simple look at its history reveals how decayed our society is. In less than a decade after our independence, we knew a serious civil war that nearly obliterated the efforts of our founding fathers. Its outcome left the nation divided more tha ever with nobody accepting to have made a mistake in a war that nearly destroyed the entire nation. No effort to dialogue has ever been carried out and neither forgiveness nor reconciliation ever considered. And now and then we all gather together to discuss and share a fraternity that died during the war.
Today, we are left with no official account of the war, leaving each faction to tell her stories. And what the world ignores is that the victims of the civil war were not only the dead Nigerian soldiers who went about executing the orders and plans of war hatched in Christian Europe when France and some allies wanted to share in the British grip on the resources of both Bight of Biafra and Bight of Benin. It also was surely not only the ignorant soldiers who went about massacring the barehanded Biafra army just to satisfy certain Islamic messianic theory of some northern elites. I do not even know if some of the Yoruba were aware of what they were getting themselves into during those dark years of our nation. And it was not, unfortunately, only the Biafra children systematically starved to death just to maintain a one Nigeria even when no one until now understands what that means.
The other victims of the Nigerian-Biafra war are the present-day youth cut in between the caprices of old and retired generals and politicians who continue to suck our national dry like zombies. Besides, the present-day victims are neither Southerners nor Northerners, they are neither Yoruba nor Ibibio; they are neither Christians nor Muslims, they are simply the younger generation who without any decision of their own was born in this sham called Nigeria.
Our generation is the victim of the wickedness of our leaders. We are obliged to rely on the unofficial story of our country. And while those from the Nigerian extract swallow hook, line, and sinker of whatever their fathers fed them on the Biafra war, the Biafra youth keep on wallowing in our ancestors’ perceptions of their relationship with the entity called Nigeria. None, and I mean no one among all those born within and after the Biafra war has an official narrative

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Al-Masih, The New Messiah of Monotheist Religious Families? by Alisonomi

Many people think that the three greatest monotheistic religions are solely related to one another because of their belief in one God. Evidently, it is one of the things they share, but that is not all. There is this other aspect which, though is often ignored, remains one of the greatest aspects of the monotheistic belief. It is the belief in the coming of the Messiah. Yet, there are some serious differences in the ways the person of the Messiah is perceived among these different Abrahamic religious families. 
While for the Jews, being the elder brothers of the three, believe that the Messiah is yet to come, the two younger brothers believe that he has once come but will return. And outside his true nature, his mission and how he will be about it, the three communities of faith believe that the Al-Masih is the anointed one. 
There is actually as many literatures on his identity as one can imagine but the recent Netflix series of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, The Messiah has something particular to my liking. And if you are yet to watch it, I think you are missing something historical. First, I didn’t want to watch it when I heard people saying how it portrays a wrong image of Christ the Messiah.
However, after a series of brainstorming, I decided to give it a trial. And I must confess that I was positively surprised by the beautiful presentation of a Messiah, in our 21st century multi-religious society.
Carrie Mattison in HomelandBelieve it or not, the way the producers interfused two strong non-parallel fictional works into this great series appeared very authentic to me. Already, there exist many texts on its similarities with the Homeland of Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, but none have linked it yet to The Tehran Initiative (David Shirazi Book 2) of Joel Rosenberg.
On the one hand, the second major character, Michelle Monaghan (Eva Geller) of Al-Masih, seems to have been developed in line with the central character of the Homeland, Carrie Mattison (Claire Danes). And on the other hand, the major character of Al-Masih (Mehdi Dehbi) has many attributes of Mahdi, known as the Twelfth Imam of Joel Rosenberg. There are also so many parallels in the setting. But both the characters appear to be of Shia origin and seem to be a threat to Israel with CIA playing its middleman game.
But unlike the Mahdi of Rosenberg, Al-Masih seems not to be a religious freak. And though he does not deny his divine mandate, he also seems not to attach himself to a particular religion. Reasons why in Palestine, he addressed himself to Muslims, in Jerusalem, he spoke at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and in the US, he accompanies an evangelical pastor. He performed few miracles but also shot an agonizing dog of a little boy begging him to save his dog. He also seems not to be the one to tell his followers what to do or what not to do.
His unclear position posited a serious problem for religious leaders who couldn’t deny his identity but couldn’t place him either in the canon of their different religions. CIA agents, as well as the Israelites secret agency, also found him a hard nut to crack. And each of the three different major agents that came in contact with him had incomprehensible personal experience of his quasi-omniscient character.
Even though the series has not yet developed its full potential, it is clear that the producers can boast to have created something that surpasses almost narrow-minded and stereotyped Mahdi of Rosenberg and a sick but non-mentally deranged Carie Mattison of Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. They also resurrected someone who outwits and is more erudite and superior to Imam Musa al-Sadr of The Black Wave of Kim Ghattas. Brief, if they have succeeded in doing anything authentic, I believe, it is in creating a fictional Messiah that no son of Abraham can categorically appropriate or refuse.