BARRISTER OLUWAROTIMI SALT IBRAHIM AND HIS WIFE OLAMIDE CUTTING THE BRIDEGROOM AND ERIDE’S PARENTS
BARRISTER OLUWAROTIMI SALT IBRAHIM AND HIS WIFE OLAMIDE CUTTING THE BRIDEGROOM AND ERIDE’S PARENTS
Agony of a mother
Madam Comfort Olore is plagued with litany of woes. First, her first set of twins died at infancy ,another set of her twins left one behind and the last set of twins also left one behind. Not only this, among the two set of twins left behind one is now totally blind and was operated on its stomach while the other is crippled , all from same mother .Taiwo Abiodun reports
As the blind handsome Kehinde used his hand to search way for himself to come into the living room simultaneously his younger sister , Taiwo too crawled from the inner room with her withered legs .It was like a movie , not funny but pathetic!
Their mother arrived later from the market with two tiny tubers of yam to prepare their food for the day, and one could read poverty written on her face .
The mother who said she had been called names narrated her ordeal:
” My name is Comfort Olore I am over 60 years old . I am married to different husbands. I have three set of twins , the first set died at seven months ( premature). Another set came and when they were three months old it was only Kehinde ( now blind) that survived while the last set of twins came only Taiwo ( now lame) survived again.
”I have three other children living in Iyere, Ondo and Lagos but they are not financially okay. I have relations but none assisted me”.
She declared that she needs help , “I sell pap and that is the only source of our livelihood , but no money to buy corns now . I want assistance from good- spirited Nigerians”, she begged .
Will your daughter Taiwo not marry?, ” Some men do come to Taiwo but they couldn’t spend, they are stingy
[Left-right] Taiwo, Kehinde and their mother, Comfort
PHOTO : taiwoabiodun.com
while those who come after sometime would run away , I believe it could be because of her condition( lame)”, she said with emotion .
Asked whether there is spiritual undertone with what she is experiencing as many thought she might be a member of a secret society , but she declared ” I don’t belong to any society , I go to church”.
“My name is Kehinde Asojo. I am 30 years old . I finished my secondary school at Adeyeri Grammar School, Owo, and I have distinctions in my subjects .I tried to further my studies when I gained admission to Rufus Giwa Polytechnic but due to financial condition I couldn’t go and I went to learn welding in Benin .My father died in 2010. We sold my father’s land and used the proceeds for my medical expenses in the year 2016 when I had a gastro intestinal operation , I couldn’t go to toilet and thanks to some doctors and good- spirited- Nigerians at the hospital ( FMC, Owo) who contributed money for the operation .
Kehinde has been crying over the pains he is having from the stomach where he was operated on , he said ” last November I started seeing the wire used for the suturing of the operation coming out and showed it to my mother.I didn’t go back to the hospital to report. This operation was done in the year 2016 .I am in agony , I am in pains .I have lost my two eyes as a result of glaucoma.
“I had a girlfriend before but I lost interest when this problem came .I have been like this since 2014. I wish to further my studies and go to Special school but who will assist me
Taiwo’s tommy:The operation was performed in 2016, and the suture or wire coming our November 2017, he is in pain.
She grabbed the edge of her skirt , crawled to where her wheelchair was and mounted it in the corner of their living room without a furniture.
“I am Taiwo and I am 24 years old, my Kehinde has died long time ago.I am not of the same father with the blind Taiwo. My condition was not like this when I was born ( her mother argued that she was like that). This wheelchair was donated to me by one sister called Titi. Things are not easy with my mother as she struggle to meet up our needs.I was learning knitting before but my boss was very hostile to me that was why l left.”
Taiwo wishes to learn a trade if assisted.
The family lives at Express- Ikare junction, Owo, Ondo State.
“I have not taken my bath since 2001”
Cleanliness is next to Godliness the saying goes, but this is not so to Prophet Wale Olagunju the Presiding Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries, Ibadan. The man of God , Olagunju claims that God instructed him not to bath since 2001 , and he has therefore not.
The Man of God who lives with his family but sleeps in another room to avoid having sex with her wife , he said “since God instructed me in 2001 to avoid sex, stop bathing , I have then separated myself as I sleep in another room . It is God that instructed me to do so”.
Asked when he would have his bath. He responded ” when God asks me to go and bath. Am I smelling ?, No” , he answered.
Asked whether some critics would not take him for a mad man, he again responded ”
On his table are various newspapers where his yearly predictions were published. He packed all his personal effects in a room where he sleeps .
He admonished those who faulted his predictions early this year that Obasanjo will quarrel with President Mohammed Buhari, ” now you can see what happened sometimes ago as all Nigerian newspapers are awashed with OBJ’s letter he wrote to President Buhari”, he said.
The man of God said ” I made a mistake voting for Buhari, he is not our Messiah but then NIGERIA needed him to wrestle power from Jonathan .I voted last during the late Obafemi Awolowo’s election and that was in 1979, but thinking President Mohammadu Buhari would perform , I voted for him see what he is doing now, he has derailed”
I have not taken my bath since 2001″Yes , precisely 16 years and that was 2001 to date I have not taken my bath and the instruction is from God almighty .I move from mountain to the church and my office ..seeking the face of God in holiness .
“People cannot run away from me because I am not crazy .I am not a mad man . I live a normal life , if I don’t tell you I have never taken my bath you will not know”
“On my nails ,everything is okay ,look at my nails now .If I wear my shoe you won’t see it like this , that is the point”.
The man whose predictions always come to pass every year said he is a God – sent …
2018 PREDICTIONS OF PROPHET WALE OLAGUNJU
1. God Almighty warns Nigerians not to rely on current set of leaders but on Him as the only solution to their myriad problems as they are not the Messiah that will take the country to the promise land.
2. God says Nigerians should continue to pray and rely on Him as the much anticipated Messiah that will rescue them from the task master and take them to the Promised Land will soon emerge.
3. God revealed to me that President Buhari is still carrying terminal disease and if Nigerians failed to pray for him, the stress of office will lead to his collapse and this might result in sudden death. God warns that the President should commence serious Prayer now to avert the type of incidence that terminated Yar’adua’s regime.
4. Before year 2018 runs out, God revealed that Nigerians will demonstrate serious hatred for the Buhari’s government. This is going to be a confirmation that God has completely rejected President Buhari and his APC led government.
5. God revealed that Nigerians will surprise Buhari and APC with their votes come 2019 general election.
6. God further revealed that because of many innocent blood shed by the Buhari’s government, he should commence the preparation of his handing over note in earnest as he will lose the 2019 presidential election should he venture to contest it. God says, the tag of Ex-President has already been placed on Buhari.
7. God says He will raise adversary against President Buhari and his government from all angles such that the campaign to remove him from office will be so tense. God says this will be because he (Buhari) disappointed Him by his failure to carry out His instruction.
8. God says that law of retribution will soon catch up with the APC controlled Senates and House of Representatives as there is going to be a repeat of what happened during the tenure of Tambuwal, the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives.
9. Nigerians should commence serious prayer for Chief Olusegun Obasanjo now so as for him to witness the inauguration ceremony of the next Executive President of Nigeria.
10. God says it will take divine influence to save APC from losing out in the 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun State.
11. Prominent leaders who are holding Nigeria hostage will pass away and new generation of leaders will emerge but Kanu of IPOB will not be among the said leaders. This is going to be a sign that Nigerians will not go to war, but God revealed that break up is imminent in the country.
12. God Almighty says he will open the eyes of the Yorubas to discover that the North is dominating the country and this will boost their morale to take a bold step of breaking up the nation.
13. God revealed to me that he has anointed one Pastor Kalejaye as the next General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.
14. God revealed that Nigerians need to pray for former Governor Alao Akala of Oyo State against diabetes and High Blood Pressure.
15. God further revealed that the moment the imminent break up occur new lease of life, light and glory will commence over the nation Nigeria.
16. The days of the current Inspector General of Police in office are numbered.
17. God revealed to me that He has rejected the so called Bishops and Pastors who have led His church in Nigeria into pathetic state.
18. God further revealed that He has rejected them because they failed Him in holiness and are using satanic influence to deceive people with miracles.
19. God said the 2019 Presidential Election is going to be a do or die election as it is going to be keenly contested between the PDP and the APC. God said the APC will stop at nothing to win the election and will employ devilish tactics to deal with the PDP candidate in the election.
20. God of heaven says INEC will disappoint many candidates in the 2019 general election.
21. God says for the above reasons He will raise a strong end time victorious army to fight end-time victorious battle in the 20th Century, warning the youth to prepare to make themselves available and not to follow the ways of these expired leaders.
To be continued next week
All my friends have gone , Says Orlando Owoh’s mother
At 100years plus she is still agile as she walks briskly around and does not bend or use walking stick . She weeps when she hears her son , Orlando Owoh’s music on radio , taiwoabiodun.com reports
Carved on the wooden door of the bungalow is the sculpture of the late African Kennery, Owomoyela Oladipupo Olaore aka Orlando Owoh . Each time the centenarian sees the carved wooden sculpture of her son she feels sad , ” I am always sad seeing this but I found solace in his children and friends who are supporting me ” she said .
Mama Morenike lost her son, Orlando Owoh about 10 years years ago after a brief illness .
One thing that cannot be taken away from the old woman is cleanliness as her environment is clean so also the centenarian herself is very neat showing evidence of good living . She walks slowly and with dignity .Her sparsely decorated living room with sofa chairs makes the place beautiful. She said “My son , I am always neat and my children and Orlando’s friends take good care of me ”you should thank them on my behalf “.
Considering her good stature many guess that the old woman cannot be less than a 100years of age while some doubted it but she declared ” I don’t know my age but I know I am over 100 years of age. All my friends have gone like Madam Eunice, Madam Adenike, , Mrs Asagba , Madam Caroline Oladoyin in fact all my friends have died ,I am the only one remaining. That is why I am saying I want to go , there is nothing I am still doing on earth”.
How I met Orlando’s father
Asked how she met the late High Life musician’s father and who gave the late musician the nickname “Orlando” , the old woman said “His names are Oladipupo Olaore Owomoyela Orlando Owoh , his father christened him ‘Olaore’ but I called him ‘ Oladipupo’ .Mama gave the reason why Orlando’s father named him ‘Olaore’ , she said “because my late brother Omoyinbo whom I was living with in Owo was a friend to Orlando’s father And he betrothed me to Orlando’s father .I I fell in love with him because he was from Ifon so also Orlando’s father .So when he was born , Orlando’s father said he benefited from the friendship and called him “Olaore” ( Friend’s wealth). His friends called him ”Orlando” and it stuck on him” .
Orlando’s friends did not desert me
Mama has been very grateful to some of her late son’s friends who did not abandon her , she said ” Some of Orlando’s friends did not desert me. l just came from Die The Matter his childhood’s friend house who used to give me food and money .Die The Matter has just dropped me at home now .Same with Oba Francis Apata, who is the Onipe of Ipe. Oba Apata used to come to me and that is the chair he sits ( pointing ) whenever he comes here ,not minding his status. Orlando’s friends did not abandon me , I am grateful and I hope and pray they will do same during my burial when I’m gone”.
Though she looks hale and hearty but she denied her look and said ” I can no longer walk as usual , I am not living “, she said sobbing .
How Orlando got his Songs
According to Mama , the late musician did not inherit the skill from his parents , she said ” I didn’t teach him how to sing , though I was a chorister in a church but his own was natural .And I remember that his father was a member of ‘ ASINKO ‘ cultural music , and it is believed that may be that was where he also got it from, but Orlando’s music is more that of a ordinary because his music is quite different and unique”.
Where are Orlando ‘s wives ?
Mama who lives with some of her children spoke about Orlando’s wives and said ” Some have gone to remarry while I am still seeing some of them, and they have been very nice to me while for those who remarried have to move on”.
I miss him
When does she feel her son’s absence?, the reporter wanted to know , and her response ” I am always pained each time I remember him.I thought he was the one to bury me but it turned otherwise .It is painful .No woman will pray to bury her child”
Will Mama pray to have Orlando if she comes to this world again? ! her response ” I wish to give birth to him if the opportunity comes again. I wanted to die when his death was announced .Even ,I still feel like taking poison and die anytime I remember him. I remember how the bad news was broken by one of his sisters, I felt like dying , up till now I am not myself”.
I Love his songs
“I used to listen to his music on the radio, yes, he had a good voice while. listening I would be crying .I love the song he waxed for me in one of his records that is “Ero ba mi ki yemi Morenikeji ye teja …”.( greetings to my mother who is selling fish) I also love the “Ojo” track, which is among his most popular music he sang in praise of “Ojo” , mama added “He sang the song in praise of Ojo who is a member of our family .But I don’t know where he ( Ojo ) is now”.
No premonition about Orlando’s fame
The late Musician’s mother said it is a blessing for her son to be popular for she never expected such in the beginning .She looked at the ceiling when asked whether she had any premonition that her son would be popular , she swore “nobody told me that Orlando will be a great man when I had his pregnancy and I thank God that I didn’t contemplate to abort it”
I tried to stop him from smoking hemp
Mama said she did not support her son smoking the substance , Indian hemp ( Igbo), she said “I used to advise him not to smoke Igbo but he too used to argue that if he didn’t smoke it he would not have the energy to play and sing .I even went extra mile to prepare agbo (local herbs ) for him to make him stop it but he did not take the concoction (agbo ).
Bury me at the cemetery
Asked where she would like to be buried after her death, mama said she preferred her church’s cemetery , “though my son , Orlando was buried in Lagos but I have told them all that when I am dead I should be buried at the Church’s cemetery .I am the Iya Egbe of St Andrew’s Cathedral Church, Owo. My father , Jacob ‘slept’ at the cemetery and Mama Julianah who took care of me was also buried there .When I die I want to be buried at our cemetery in Owo but not to be carried to Ifon or anywhere”, she pleaded.
Have you been to Epe Boatyard recently?.Have you also been to Epe plywood company?.If no, please go and see what have become of the two once great companies! .
It is unfortunate that these two giant companies established by the late Obafemi Awolowo and Alhaji Lateef Jakande in Lagos state had been abandoned for over 25years.
The once famous moribund Epe plywood factory’s environment is filthy while some areas have developed heavy moulds. The compound have been taken over by overgrown weeds .
At the gate one could see the rustic iron gate of the Epe Plywood company that speaks volumes as four haggard looking security officers guarding the company are bitter, they confided in this reporter that they had been there working for over 24years, with their delayed their salaries from Ibadan , the head office .
” We are being owed some months’ salaries and please publish our predicament but don’t mentioned our names”, one of them pleaded.
Seeing the multi – million naira worth of machines wasting away could melt one’s heart and open litany of questions on government’s management in business activities.
Inside the premises are abandoned and rusty engines like sawing machines, lifting machines , cutting machines, smoothing machines and many others .The rusty and weather – beaten machines exposed to the sun and rain would bring endless litany of complaints about the abandoned company.The company that had been producing wood for chairs , tables and doors and other furniture works cannot even produce for itself again!
Epe Plywood Industries Limited was established in 1965 and jointly owned by Odu’a Investment Company who owned 91 . 2 per cent and the Bank of Industry which had 8.8 per cent .The industry was into saw mill business producing furniture, veneer , flush doors .It was a major wood processing company established in 1965 for the production of plywood, flush doors, veneer and furniture. Many of Nigeria neighboring countries like Ghana, Cote D’ voire ,Gambia Sierra Leone among others patronized the company.
There is no adjectives that would be fit to describe the condition of the once highly rated Boatyard in the town of Epe which Lagos state was proud to have when it started but now opposite is the case!
At Epe boatyard are different sizes and shapes of abandoned , unfinished and rotting boats made of fibre and wood. In fact there is a very big boat that one could be tempted to call it the Biblical Ark of Noah!. In the boatyard are also carcasses of vehicles that have been abandoned and rustic in the garage begging for evacuation!.
The environment is filthy , an eyesore , irritating and disgusting !. It is unbelievable that the Epe Boatyard has no gate, no security. All the vehicles in the compound have become rusty .A Volkswagen Kombi Bus parked in the compound believed to belong to the company has been turned to a dunghill where dirts are deposited and now used to dry rugs ;and wet clothes are spread on to dry.
In the compound are unused boats, boats under construction and decaying wooden boats left outside the compound begging for attention .The yard is begging for attention. The fibre section of the boatyard industry have been abandoned while reptiles have turned it to their homes as one could see them running around as if competing in a race .The environment is bushy , this shows that no one comes there to cut the grass.
The fibre section is empty while about three fibre – made boats under construction could be seen .One could still see some fibre materials wasting here too.
As for the plank boat- making section which is so big and reminds one of the Noah’s Ark with other unfinished boats that are under construction in the yard. All these are wearing and wasting away .
One could see about six rooms possibly this was one of the company’s quarters which had been taken over by foreigners (Togolese) as the three women met there claimed they were living there .When questioned the women could not explain how they got there for they confessed that they are only living there on their own.The building is also in a pitiable condition as some parts of it has become dilapidated.
Speaking about Plywood industry, Mr. Oyeyemi Ajayi described the company as a once thriving company that was the most busy and employer of over 70per cent of local workers in Lagos .He said ” we all remember how this Plywood industry was thriving then.People from all walks of life would come here to sell their logwoods to the company while the sea route was always busy as all canoes and ships would come to berth here and offload logs of wood”.
Mr.Samuel Abayomi Adeeko could not control his tears as he cried ” this place is enough to make someone weep.I cannot believe what I am seeing and I am sure Lagos State government is not aware of this place. How will this place that was flourishing in those days become a junkyard?.I am pained.”
Speaking about the two industries , Mr.Aderounmu Agbomeji a native , and also an expert in Transportation lamented over the boatyard he said ” this is part of Transportation business that can be generating revenue for Lagos, unfortunately it has been abandoned”, he went further to explain what could have been responsible ,” I believe it is the fault of some people who have no idea about the business in the past government. The waterways would be highly useful and beneficial”.
An old man in his 80s , who begged for anonymity blamed corruption and poor power supply as the main factors for the collapse of the mighty industry. According to him , managers, supervisors and workers are part of those who killed the industry. He explained “that companies would produce but individuals would pocket the money, others too would sell the products at ridiculous prizes and it got to a point where individuals of the company turned themselves to Alpha and Omega of the companies as each and everyone became contractor , stealing and looting the companies.
“They started dealing directly with customers outside the company. They would bring trucks at night, load them and discharge. But the money was never remitted to the company. Also, there was no constant power supply to aid production,” he said. The source added that the Plywood industry alone is enough to make Epe an enviable town in Lagos State, “but we have docile and corrupt leaders, who are rather selfish and greedy.”
The Oloja of Epe , Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun decried the situation of the two companies that had provided jobs for the natives and non natives .The monarch said “these two giant industries provide employment not only for the indigenes but also for non indigenes , it is unfortunate seeing these companies lying like this ,I pray our son , the Lagos state governor Akinwumi Ambode to help us revive it.The boatyard was where they were constructing boats of all kinds like flying boat, speed boat and this is water transportation where we can transport our containers and decongest Lagos Ports and be transporting all these containers from Epe to Owerri, Kano, Kaduna .This is a lucrative business which had been abandoned years ago”.
Engineer Agbomeji an expert in Transportation advised the Lagos state Government to quickly come and resuscitate the two giant companies before it is too late.
When will the Lagos State resuscitate these two very promising multi-million naira business that employed hundreds of both indigenes and non indigenes?
Time will tell.
Immediately I sighted her at Oshodi my heart kept pounding , and before you say Jack Robinson the “royal staff of office” which is in- between my legs started dangling like pendulum .I could not hold my breath. Ha , Omo lo dara to bayi ? , I spoke Yoruba. Ada wore a very beautiful spaghetti clothes that revealed her upper part and when I saw the two oranges I thanked God for seeing it for the first time in my life! .
The fitted jeans that revealed her curves turned me on and I became restless as the boobs showed she was not wearing underwear . l quickly used my hands to cover my “office” located at the lower part of my body to avoid being seen that it was getting swollen from my frontal view as it was shaking its head like agama agama lizard where I kept it . I screamed ” O jigbi jigbi” , then something dripped from my JT and gummed my tights .
She wore expensive gold , not palasa .Her brown leather shoe matched her bag .The complete set of her white teeth can make a Bishop deny Jesus Christ as Simon Peter did , just for a second.
Immediately I saw her I followed her .
When she sighted me she too seemed to be interested and we began from body language to voice ….
“What is your name? “, I asked her , She looked at me disdainfully, ” What do you want and why are you after me since?”, she queried .I stammered “I ….I …like you and want to …”, I was nervous because I saw a bunch of keys with car keys she was holding, she spoke through her nose ( like the ‘Been – tos’). After chatting we exchanged phone numbers, I brought out my Nokia 3310 and typed her number but she brought out six expensive phones and typed mine. She spoke phonetics , again I was fidgeting .She is a big girl, for she speaks Queen’s English, she must have come from the USA, or UK, I guessed.
She demanded for her transportation fare back home and I gave her 5,000 Naira leaving me with 200 Naira in my purse.I wanted to show her that me too I dey , as I dangled my keys , I told her my car was bad.
We started to meet at an eatery at Herbert Macaulay Yaba , where I used to pay her bills whereas I drink gaari before leaving home .One day I told her I must know her house but she said she always return home late from the Bank where she works.
I was proud to go out with a Banker , who lives in Surulere .I showed my friends my latest catch, big fish for that matter and latest lady in town.
One day she demanded for 10k , and since I was not proficient in computer and send her money through on- line, she did it herself by transferring the money with my phone into her account.
At another time she needed only 2k and I went to borrow money and transferred 20k into her account .
Last week my boss, Mr.Stephen Sootan transferred 500k into my account and asked me to help him keep it and would withdraw it when needed .The following day Ada came and we had a nice time as I went to drink paraga, Star, Moon, to enhance my sexual performance. Oh my Lord, different thoughts flooded my mind. I will do it today.
We ate fish pepper soup worth 12k we went in .I brushed my kola nut stained teeth, greased my JT with Maclean for easy entry , I gave her fantastic kissing until I bite her tongue and lips and blood flowed .I touched her bum bum, gripped her .Ye! ! I was shaking like an electrocuted man .Then I unzipped .” No, no, I am a virgin and we cannot do it now because I’m on my period “, she yelled. Then let me romance , I pleaded .She did not allow me to fondle her breasts because ,it is a sin before God .
That night I suffered hell for I was seeing the beautiful erotic and dark- cushioned area but could not go in. I saw only the sitting room but not allowed to go into the room but only peeping!. I could not touch the dark colored and attractive hair called pubic hair .No, I was not allowed to touch the twins or two oranges displayed on her chest with the dark teat pointing .Oh my God , she did not allow me to even touch the smooth laps that could tempt Man of God and fall yakata. I begged , I pleaded to touch any of these zones to cool my tension but she refused and said since she is still a virgin and we had not wedded , and it is against her church’s principles.
Three days later , my Oga asked me to wire his money into his account in Owerri for he has seen the business he wanted to use it for .And I tried to wire the money into his account but it became like Fela song ” Òrò Pesi je”. Ada had emptied my account, one million five hundred Naira has gone.Yes , I forgot to tell you that my cousin deposited one million Naira into my account to pay advance fee for the land he wanted to purchase at Igbusi .
I wept like a baby, I thought it was the handiwork of my enemies.
Ada’s friend pitied and gave me the address of Ada at Ayilara, and asked me to ask for ‘Nkeshi’ when I get there , but I said ” No way, it is a place for prostitutes , Ada lives in Surulere”, I argued .
When I eventually made up my mind and went to Ayilara , I was told she has just left for village in Benin as she has made enough money to start business.
Now she has switched off her phones for the past two months. Yesterday I cried. I have no money in my account to sustain myself , my boss is asking for his money while my cousin is back demanding to know the site he paid for .My landlord is threatening fire and brimstone for I am owing three months house rent , a room. My mother died last week and I am the first born.My okada motorcycle has knocked while the fiancée I abandoned for Ada has gotten a job in one of the Embassies but had married another guy. Please advise me where do I start from.
This story is a fiction.
Many people may not know that as the Yorubas have the Sango festival in Nigeria, the Bennenoirs also have same Sango festival in the Republic of Benin.
Taiwo Abiodun was in Cotonou live and he captures the festival as it happened in Benin Republic.
“I was there when Arewa Omo’ba Oduduwa coordinated six (6) spiritually strong women to The Great Babalawo of the Nation Taiwo Abiodun last year August for holy marriage together at the Republic of Benin,” a Nigerian Prince Oba-Loye Adimula who attended the event told Taiwo Abiodun.com.
It was fun as Nigerians trooped to Cotonou to see the Benin version of the Sango festival. Of course Benin Republic formerly called Dahomey was once an extension of the Oyo Kingdom and no wonder some festivals and traditions of the Yoruba kingdom are still being observed in Benin Republic till date.
Owode Twins :
They go to toilet same time, get sick same time , eat from same plate , wear same dress from underwear to headgears.
Welcome to the world of strange twins : Mariano Sanni( Taiwo) and Hassanatu ( Kehinde).
They are identical twins, their children said they hardly know who is who even their friends of many years cannot differentiate them.
Taiwo and Kehinde chorused ” we didn’t go to school but were into trading since our youth”the twins chorused.
“We wear same clothes from our undies to our headgears , we have same friends and doing everything same since our youth .
“We married same day, and our parents did Nikai for us same day and went to our husbands houses same day!”
According to the twins when their husbands died they remarried , “we didn’t want to remarry but our mother objected to it .When we remarried again our two husbands have died same time ” .
Their children testified to their strange lives , according to Alhaja Musiliat Kilani who is one of the children of the twins, ” whenever you want to give them gift , the gift must be same too, but if they are not the same don’t bother to give them for they will not receive or collect them from you.
When one is sick in the morning the second will fall ill in the evening, she gave several examples ” many times when Taiwo is sick in the morning and was taken to Oluwalogbon Health Centre, Ishaga -Iju, her twin sister fell ill in the same evening and was taken there too.The two wer discharged on the following day .
It is true they eat from same plate, drink from same cup, eat from same meat , that is they will cut the meat with their teeth and the second will eat the remaining half no matter the number of meat in the plate , they will cut it with their teeth .
The twins added” when we were young we did our mensuration same day , or either one would start a day earlier before the other .Up till now we wear same color of undies”
What would happen if they don’t do anything together?, Senior Evangelist Saliu Sanni who also refused to tell who between the two that is his biological mother said” You don’t need to bring unidentical things for them as they will not receive them, they did everything together .
Asked to tell which one is his mother but he said ” the two are my mother, I can’t describe them , they are over 100 years of age .The sleep together. Share same bed, don’t want anybody to separate them even their children , no politics in the family.
In 1982 when they were going for Hajj in Mecca, they caused a stir at the Murtala Mohammed Airport when their names were alphabetically called and Kehinde was called to go into the aircraft but refused and said she must sit by her twin sister, Taiwo ; after much hassles they bowed to their wishes.Again at the Addis ababa airport in Ethiopia they refused to sleep in different rooms they gave them and they insisted in sleeping in the same room and on same bed!
We pray our children should follow our footsteps where we have no secret and we love ourselves .We have seen our four generational children
How we were robbed
The twins are not happy as they claimed some robbers came to their rooms at night to rob them, ” it was around 3 am as we both went out to ease ourselves when we sighted two young boys who entered into our room and asked us to keep quiet , they demanded for the money in our possession, we begged them to spare our lives as we were old .They carted away with the mosque’s collection , they also went away with some ?????Owo ajo??
Asked whether the roughnecks tried to rape them, the twins laughed and said ‘ no’, we were chanting ” Laila ilalau, Laila ilalau, Laila ilalau, while they instructed us to keep quiet
For Madam Yinka Olawande , 50, it is a cry of freedom as she says she is now free from her man ( names withheld) who she alleged has been under his ‘spell’ for sometime .
In full rage the palm wine seller , Madam Yinka Olawande , 50, unwrapped the dark – colored object that looks like animal horn, displayed it for all to see and with voice raised screamed “I am now free from his bondage”. She was bitter as she was sweating profusely while speaking with this reporter.
How we met
Asked how he met the man in question , the woman said “the man is my man friend. He toasted me some years ago before I got married but I didn’t accept his proposal . We met again when I lost my husband few years ago and since I did not want to stay / live alone I therefore accepted and had him as my ‘Man friend’ living with him as husband and wife. In fact when my son had problem with the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA ) and I needed financial assistance was when I met him”.
Living in Confusion
Madam Yinka said she has not been enjoying living with her lover as he has been unfair and not treating her well not knowing she was under a spell, juju . On how she knew he has been controlling her with juju , she said “I would just wake up and go to his doorstep to wait for him no matter the hour he comes back and I will be guarding his house like a dog waiting for him, I could not eat without seeing him and even when he beats me I would still go there , it was not ordinary “.
She continued “He will lock me outside till about 11pm and he’ll be out there chasing women , he was once married to a police officer who left him seven years ago. I thought his old age will make him to be responsible and a better person but I was wrong, he is around 65 years of age.
“Whenever he mentions my name I’ll become restless , following him like a dog but since I have retrieved this object from him my eyes have cleared .Our relationship is about two years old now”.
How the bubble burst
According to Yinka , it all happened when he locked her outside last year and when she discovered this strange object suspected to be juju in his car where he kept it ,she said ” it is called ‘afose’, and immediately I saw it I seized it, then my eyes became cleared . I saw this object wrapped and hidden in his car and seized it. When I told him I have discovered his secret,he became jittery .Now , I no longer stay at his doorstep .I am relieved ” , she cried out.
Power of dream
According to Yinka , she dreamt about the strange object which was revealed to him by God, she said ” God gave me power of dream and it always come to pass. I dreamt that I saw this object in my dream. God showed it to me in my dream, I don’t do juju. My dream always come to pass. That was why I abandoned my lucrative transport business I was doing from Owo/ Kaduna/ Kano, when I dreamt that I was involved in a motor accident and my limbs were amputated, I then stopped the business and now selling palm wine. My dreams always come to pass.”, she declared.
” I had wanted to report him at the King’s palace but refrained by people. Now he is sending people to come and beg me to return it but I will not.I want the whole world to see and know it , since he has vowed to destroy me”, she said.
When this reporter contacted the man ( names withheld ) in question to tell his own side of the story , he was furious, stammering , as he showed this reporter the scar inflicted on his head by the woman , and also marks on the doorpost on how the woman vandalized his door,
He said ” this woman is stubborn, very stubborn. She used iron rod to hit me on my head( he showed his head to this reporter) . Let her continue telling everybody .I didn’t steal, I am a boxer but ……She is not the only one I have , I am married to a soldier, Police officer and a senior typist at FMC but this woman has been stubborn. I didn’t know that is how she is when I married her. I thought she would be able to take care of me , those who are not as rich as I am have many wives , I have a house in Ibadan, Owo ..let her go to court I am ready for her ” .
On the object she claimed she saw in his car, the man said she is the one who knows where she saw it and it is not compulsory to marry her, he said .
What is Ase?
TaIwo Abiodun went to town to research on what ‘Ase ‘ is
A young boy met a septuagenarian man in rags with foul odour in the bus , and made jest of him of the odour but the old man kept mute but kept on shaking his head .Later he brought out an object suspected to be animal horn filled with some substances and chanted incantations on it. After this, the old man quickly alighted at the next bus stop. Immediately he left, the young man started laughing like hyena .He came down from the bus and started jabbing the air with his fists and at the same time kicking the empty air with his legs until he reduced his clothes into shreds. The rest , as they say, is history .
Another episode happened years ago as a Police woman popularly known as ‘Iya Toyin ‘ living at Lawanson went insane in Lagos . Her story was widely circulated .She was said to be very strict arresting traffic offenders , she was unpardonable and whenever they prostrate to beg her she would accuse the driver of trying to peep at her private part . She was said to have been cursed and in the end went gaga. It all happened in the early 80s.
” Iya Toyin went to Abeokuta to arrest young girls wearing ‘bikini’ wears , that was where she was cursed. I remember her vividly”, a woman who lives in Ogun state declared and a man who lives in Akure corroborated the story , both the interviewees are in their late 70s .
A woman ( names withheld ) woke up one morning and chanted incantations asking her son to return home after 25 years of sojourn in the USA. The son eventually returned home but with unsound mind .
Another episode is that of a Police officer who after collecting bribe from a driver somersaulted several times then climbed the NEPA pole and capped it all as he went ahead to hold on to the high tension wire .That was how he ended his life. Another police officer who was cursed was saluting all NEPA poles he saw till he died few years ago”.
About two years ago , this writer witnessed a handsome young man at Lagos/ Abeokuta toll gate , the man in question was at a petrol station jumping from one top of a car bonnet to another , later he started hitting his head against the wall. The on-lookers claimed he must have been cursed .
Professor Rowland Abiodun in his book” Yoruba Art and Language , Seeking The African in African Art , he wrote Ase : The Empowered Word Must come to Pass ” …Both Ase and epe operate by identifying the targeted subjects by their original or primordial name(s) and calling ( pe) them The Yoruba believe that they must answer or respond ( Je or dahun) that is they must obey the caller. Thus Ase and epe can be likened to ” potent and effective traditional medicinal preparations which respond like flint -ignited -fire ” that is commonly known as a- jé- bí iná.”
According to Abiodun ” Ase is effective ; it triggers a powerful response even when its workings may not be fully and immediately comprehended.”
Akoje Olayemi Omolaja the Oluwo of Aborigine Ogboni Fraternity and Babalawo said ‘Ase’ is ayajo , which is sent to whoever is to be attacked and acts fast , it is because of its fastness act that it is being used .It is also involuntarily used as epe ( curse) .And it is difficult to recall, he said some of the items used are horns of antelope , cow, ram , goat.
High Chief Mukaila Awodumila the Ogwabumara of Owo Kingdom described Ase as a spiritual command that whatever you commanded the victim to do he will do it through incantations and can be used on a tree to dry up such is called ‘ abojowo’ ( goes with sunset) , some are time- related , another is generational or a family curse”.
Awodumila added ” Ase could be placed on tongue or lips .In most cases it is used when one is offended .Ase is never used for any good thing. It has repercussion on the sender”.
Another Babalawo , Nuru Yisa Momoh said “there are two types of Ase viz: the wicked and the good prayerful one . He distinguished ” the wicked one acts fast which is the one that we curse with and it works faster while the other one is for prayer which can take seven or 14 days or three or seven months to work and in this case you have to exercise patience “.
Chief Christianah Famulagun said “Afose, Ase and epe are the same thing but they are different from ape ( compulsory home call) for Afose or Ase or epe you will stand at a place and lace it upon the person but for ape the sender will be walking up and down calling the name of the victim be forced home , commanding him to do whatever he is instructed to do and that is what the man in the story above used”.
She explained further ” ape is a compulsory call or forced home call, this is used to recall those who travelled abroad for many years and don’t want to come back home again or have forgotten home . When ape is used , the user will be walking up and down calling the name of the victim while the targeted victim become restless .He would without caution and without any luggage return home ” Famolagun added “but many of those recalled like this will never be normal again because he was spiritually recalled ,so he would come back home empty – handed and whenever he remembers that he left somewhere he would be yearning to go back to retrieve his belongings , but will never be a normal person again, for he was under supernatural control .
The Olunaun of Unaun , Oba Olanrewaju Abegunde described Ase as a potent and irreversible curse, he said ” it is better not to be cursed than to be cursed. Curse is epe in Yoruba land , and that is why anointed men of God like Pastors, prophets, Babalawos and monarchs always exercise patience and must not get angry anyhow for their curse is highly potent”.
Olanipekun Adebeye said he is a Christian , he argued that curse is also in the Bible, used by Christians , he said ” the psalms in the Bible are full of prayers for loved ones and curses meant for enemies .Yes, I can tell you that the Holy Bible has portions for blessings and curses. Jesus used ‘ Ase ‘ when he cursed the fig tree.He also use Ase known as power of the word when he told Simon Peter to throw his net into the river and he caught fishes .He also told Peter that he would deny him three times before the cock crows. What of Judas Iscariot whom Jesus said ‘ Curse be to that man that will betray son of man, in the end Judas committed suicide”.
A Muslim Cleric, Ahmed Musliu Soibu Libayan claims there are some verses like Ase in the Holy Koran,he said ” All the verses of Koran have Ase , if you go to Suratu Yashin , Suratu Kaf and many other verses . Ase is from Allah and it is used to appeal to Allah for anything .The bad Ase is what does not go along with Allah’s wishes like curses , demands from Esu. Ase is used for curse which is worse than juju, because it was appeal to Allah we have two Ase, one is an appeal to Allah and the other is for our enemies .We should stay with God and not curse with it , because it is a generational curse on families”, he advised.
Can it be revoked ?
When one is cursed it can be revoked depending on the type of Ase for we have strong and weak Ase said Famulagun. “Ase will not affect the person invoked it upon if he is not guilty of what he is accused of that is why we said it has a target, it can also be reversed if there is a powerful Babalawo or a Man of God that will revoke it ,that is why we say we use curse to fight curse( epe la fi nwe epe danu) “.
Chief Mayomi Awoniyi Obabiire, the village head of Ago Påànù said Ase , Afose, epeand ape are the same and it depends on their usage .He adds that Ase does not fight an innocent person , “it has target, and it goes to its target, it does not fight anyhow”.
Some Pastors, Muslim Clerics and Babalawos contacted agreed that its only through prayer and fasting , rituals as and sacrifices that Àse can be revoked.