Japheth Omojuwa: I loved Taruwa and that Prof. Nnaji’s book “Politics, Power, and then Darkness” (YNaija FrontPage)

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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  1. @ Andie- I try to understand this from your point of view, you have probably witnessed plus sized women being unfairly ridiculed over and again (as in the case of Sultan referring to ladies as gorodoms) hence your reaction. I thank you for your most sincere concern however, I do believe you read @omojuwa wrong.

    From what I have read he certainly meant no disrespect and I do believe like Plumb said emphasis was on the overabundance of confidence.

    Yes I am a size 20 (or 22 what does it matter?) but that doesn’t change the fact that I am beautiful, smart, intelligent, funny (and a darned good driver if I may add) and fortunately or unfortunately I am well aware of this.

    Let’s be honest alot of women cower and see the weight as an impediment as opposed to being confident in their own skin. In truth, It’s not rare to find ladies look at me in disbelief and ask me if I don’t feel weird or if I’m not ashamed, or if my weight doesn’t bother me or if Men talk to me at all or if I don’t ever want to be skinny …the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong ; I do realise the need to be a bit more fit for health reasons but hey! That shouldn’t change the person I am on the inside…that shouldn’t change me.

    I guess what I am trying to say here is, I am in no way offended by @omojuwa’s piece on the contrary, I rather enjoyed it. perhaps my favourite bit was “at the gathering of super stars, poets, musicians and lovers of all that is beautiful and all that are words.”

    I think maybe you misunderstood his true intentions and that over clouds the beauty of this piece in its entirety.

    Taruwa was MAD fun and I think maybe you should all come out 25th September for the 5th Anniv. Celeberation…so we can all erm… kiss and make up?

    I remain Bb. @oluwabibs

  2. @Andie..if it that post were poetry it would have been different but this particular post wasn't ambigous and so it's quite disturbing to have a comment like that. I'm not disappointed though,cuz I don't know you.

  3. and now a guy called Kelvin agrees with Andie. SMH.

    I know BB and I experienced her compering last night and if I were to creatively write about last night's Taruwa and BB, I would have written something very similar too. I see no pun intended with this article, it was a witty and expository writing, something only good readers with a sound mind can appreciate.

  4. @ andie is obvivously seeking for cheap attention! Even my little, very smart nephew didn't need explanations on that!

    Meanwhile on the issue of the Prof., I still await the full report. So many distractions on national issues in the year 🙁

  5. "She certainly was aware of her own beauty"

  6. Andie, please take a Second Read, for those of us who know Bibs (BB), She'd never take offence at this Article, and prolly, most Plus Sized people prolly won't take offence either…the emphasis was on Her confidence..except you wish to read something else to the article..

  7. Well, reading through this piece, I just liked the flow of the write up until I read your accusers' comment. Personally I don't think you intended any offence or that the person being referenced would have taken any offence either. However, reading through again, I feel the fact that you made a point to highlight her size could be construed to mean that you expect plus sized people to be dull and boring as such the surprise at this 'exception'. It like a white guy saying 'o this guy's so smart and to think that he's smart' you get my drift?

    However though, I think you've raised more fundamental issues in this write up and an innocent comment about a plus sized friend shouldn't take the shine off that. But again, here we are…

  8. Oh it's sad that @Andie gave a sinister interpretation to the early part of this piece. But sincerely there's nothing ominous about the writer's report. Absolutely Nothing!

  9. Sincerely, you really think this "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." lacks decency? Please read again. I was emphasizing the fact that the perception about plus size not being a beauty is wrong. You are either acusing me for no reason or you read the wrong meaning into my words. That's totally unfair really because I love the person described above and for you to try to make a mess of that feeling saddens me to my bones.

  10. I stopped reading at the point where you thought it was funny to make someone's weight a point of note. What do you mean by being surprised at how funny she was in spite of her weight? Are you kidding me? Do you even have any sense of decency at all?

    I'm ashamed I ever thought you had any sense of decency before. That's too condescending for words man. Grow a brain next time!

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