‘Living in bondage’

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These are not the best of times in Nigeria. There was a time in Israel of old, when it was reported that people lived in fear. “In those days, it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil” (2 Chronicles 15:5; New International version).

Events in modern day Nigeria are reminiscent of those that characterised the build up to the conspiracy and eventual tragedy that consumed the Roman king, Julius Caesar as recorded in one of William Shakespeare’s tragic plays, Julius Caesar. The events were so horrible and frightening that Shakespeare noted, “it is either there is civil strife in heaven or the earth, so saucy with the gods, where incenses insurrection.”

Happenings in the country today are clearly euphemism of  the traumatic experiences of Andy Okeke (Kenneth Okonkwo) in the popular Igbo movie, ‘Living in Bondage’, who, despite his ill-gotten wealth, lived in fear and agony as he was haunted and terrorised by his wife’s ghost until he lost everything.

Andy, in the movie produced back in early 90s, was a desperate young man who was misled into using his pretty loving wife, Merit Okeke (Nnenna Nwabueze) for money rituals.

What is happening in Nigeria today can only be likened to an insurrection of both the aggrieved gods and hungry, angry and in some cases, vicious and blood-thirsty youths who have allowed themselves to be used by the devil and invidious power brokers in the country.

As a result, the whole country is living in bondage because everybody is a victim. Everyone’s freedom is chained. As it is today, individuals have no freedom to move; speak, eat when he or she wants to, or do anything on his/her own accord. Indeed, Nigerians are in total … Read More...