In Nigeria; don’t kill yourself, please laugh

In 2017, Issa Shivji delivered the Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture on the College of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Issa, who taught on the College of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) for many years, mirrored on the thought of revolutionary intellectuals. He remembered a lecture given by Ali Mazrui fifty years beforehand, the place Mazrui outlined an mental as somebody who’s fascinated by concepts. ‘Even a clown is fascinated by ideas’, yelled out one of many college students.

That is true.
In the early years of the Soviet Republic, Anatoly V. Lunacharsky – the Bolshevik Soviet Folks’s Commissar of Schooling – wrote an essay known as ‘We Will Laugh’ (1920). The folks had overthrown the Tsar and his Empire, ‘a gigantic enemy’. This nice victory needed to be celebrated, however – Lunacharsky warned – ‘we are entangled by the miasmas of the old culture that poison all our air, when that enemy still triumphs all around us, waiting for the moment to inflict a new blow, in this time, without dropping our swords from one hand, we take in our other a weapon that is already sharp: laughter’. Lunacharsky made two vital factors right here: one, that the tentacles of the outdated tradition pushed previous the revolutionary present and continued to try to suffocate human progress, and two, that the folks needed to reply with their new-found energy but in addition with pleasure, the vitality that provides folks confidence.

One in all Lunacharsky’s nice insights is that it’s within the area of tradition that revolutionary actions flounder, for it’s the rigidities of outdated cultural hierarchies that resist revolutionary change; it can be crucial for revolutionaries to sharpen their understanding of those rigidities and be taught to beat them, to laugh our approach to a brand new world.

As I mirrored on clowns being clever, the battle of the ruled and people who govern, these which are laughing and people crying, the conflict of cultures, ethno-tribal and religion primarily based wars that merely saturate our areas in Nigeria, couldn’t assist discover the younger lad sitting on the barber’s rolling chair as he sang…

This life I can not kill myself
I can not kill myself o
I can not kill myself
Permit me to flex o
This life I can not kill myself
I can not kill myself o
I can not kill myself
Permit me to flex o
So right here I used to be on the barbershop and eavesdropping because the younger lads chattered away. It was their time, their season, the age…the music taking part in within the background was a real reflection. Because the younger man and his buddies sang alongside, I noticed that they actually couldn’t kill themselves. Davido popularly pop musician was going to be within the metropolis of Jos, December 1st and right here the dudes have been planning, how they have been going to deck out to the groove.

Which of the babes was accompanying whom. Logistics have been being straightened out. And I merely shook my large head. That is the long run, these are the lads that don’t simply care, and they aren’t precisely perturbed {that a} invoice is taken to Mr. Buhari in London to signal. For them the whole lot was laughter!

We can’t come and kill ourselves as a result of people who needs to be accountable to us would steal us dry after which when dragged to courtroom they all of a sudden are on wheel chair or sick past Nigerian hospitals and remedy.. The lads who’re a populate illustration of a youth that may be a time bomb can’t kill themselves any greater than they’ve been killed.

Our younger generations are largely clowns, fascinated by concepts’, I’m certain that these younger lads like many of their season don’t care that 200 alleged corrupt public officers have about N40b of their wealth, well being and nicely being stashed in accounts being investigated.

They don’t seem to be fascinated by their authorities’s 11:59 closure of land borders and the implications; there is no such thing as a sturdy debate on professionals and cons on the best way ahead. Whereas this clownish technology of social media and netizens have proudly produced some notable hope, however it’s scary that the revolutionary spirit of change for the higher is not there.

A crass sense of entitlement, with out accountability from ‘them’ or people who lead them; Sure, authorities ought to do that, and try this, however what are they, what are we doing to carry authorities accountable to what they need to be doing, infact a very good place to begin possibly to establish who ‘them’ is, or else all of us might proceed to laugh; laugh at the truth that nothing is working, nothing desires to work, regardless of the perfect efforts of presidency, all of us ought to simply laugh.

Laugh on the reality, we’re a people who pay for darkness, we laugh as we beginning youngsters of poverty, youngsters of injustice, and crime, we refuse to make substantial funding to develop new concepts in schooling and well being. We laugh on the Satan in Anambra state authorities home, we’re clowns as a result of witches and wizards are liable for our energy issues; we’re handled with comedian aid as we go religious with Guide Haram.

Budgets are being introduced throughout federating states with candy sounding clichés however a yr from now, there shall be no fascinating thought as by-products as a result of no person desires to kill himself or herself for this stunning contraption known as Nigeria. We should not have an agreeable idea, philosophy, ideology that defines patriotism, so nobody is prepared to die for a nation that kills her personal residents by means of dangerous and un-motorable roads, deadbeat hospitals, heavy handed safety brokers, un-though authorities insurance policies. Until our leaders present past cheap and irrevocable doubt that they’re prepared to die for Nigeria, the concepts that clowns may have will proceed to evoke solely laughter, and please earlier than you die for Nigeria, ask who has died for Nigeria, and the place is that individual now.

So long as Ali Mazrui’s definition of an mental being somebody who’s fascinated by concepts. The present crop of clowns will stay fascinated by the shortage of concepts, for a way lengthy—Solely time will inform

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