Oh yes, Taruwa was just unbelievable and as if I had not had enough of the incredible for one night, news filtered in, someone had resigned in a Nigerian cabinet.
Wow! I loved Taruwa… and that Prof. Nnaji’s book Politics, Power and then DarknesWow!
Yesterday was a great day for me. I met one of my best writers from way back and we went out together. Even though that sounds normal, it is not normal to me because this is a top-notch, classy, beautiful and an adorable intellectual. Let me stop there before you all get jealous. The people you meet determine the places you find yourself right? Exactly, within the hour, I found myself at Bogobiri Maitama Sule Ikoyi, at the gathering of super stars, poets, musicians and lovers of all that is beautiful and all that are words.
The MC, a sweet lady called BB just threw me out of this world. I laughed my heart out. It was particularly cool for me to see a plus-plus-size (add 2 more for her ) woman confidently take a crowd through the night with all the confidence of a wonderfully beautiful woman as she must know she is (and I had to tell her how sweet she was after the event and made sure I saw the blush before walking away). She certainly was aware of her own beauty. I liked her instantly. My first day at Taruwa and it was turning 5 same day. I was blessed to bask in the moment of the irony and power of Efe Paul’s words even as Plumbtifex went hard on the Jonathan subliminals along with a controlled deepness.
Bassey Ikpi got me missing Lauren Hill all over again while she also got me thinking really hard about my own love letters in the days of yore. I also sang with the mic but I made sure it was before the event started proper. I sang well (what were you expecting?) and it was even more cool to see that no one knew exactly who I was. Imagine if they had realized I was the so called wicked twitter handle. Nothing beats being anonymous. Bez did us a stupid song which got the room roused to dance. There was even a male artiste called Honey. Oh yes, Taruwa was just unbelievable and as if I had not had enough of the incredible for one night, news filtered in, someone had resigned in a Nigerian cabinet. I immediately knew that was never the real story.
The stories are flying already and more will indeed fly. We will have remixes of the early ones while also getting new release rumours of the whole story. We will know the professor’s side of the story when he releases his book. I hope he calls it ‘Politics, Power, then Darkness.” In terms of how government runs here, our country’s byline should read “The Land of Secrets.” So will someone tell me below what really happened to Professor Barth Nnaji? If no one is going to tell me, I might as well wait for another of Dr. Abati’s letter to do same.
Whatever the case is, whether he willfully resigned or he was forced to do same by forces that have come to become the power brokers of our nation, the power road map now has an even more powerful excuse to be delayed or even derailed altogether. In a nation where personalities matter more than institutions, Nigeria’s quest for regular power supply under the Power Road map just took a walk out the door. Will we ever know why the professor resigned through a statement by the presidency that seeks to come clean on secrecy or are we going to need the Wall Street Journal to reveal this like they did the billions paid to outlaws by Aso Rock?
My head says Aso Rock would do everything to keep it secret and my heart says Aso Rock would do everything to keep it secret. Nigeria’s quest for reliable power supply…still a dream 52 years after nationhood.
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