By Comr. Ibrahim Bashir Onakpa
What a life in the land of four men, Ignorance and bigotry coupled them.
Everything seems unstable, No salt, no oil, yet food seems palatable.
Grinding so hard with the hope of things to turn around, Single access road to the slum area and yet it’s not strictly out of bound. Life keeps rolling hard like a deflated ball, So Many Cracks on every single wall.
Grudges and hatred against one another,
Blessed is the nearest town which there shared border.
The Obligatory sacrifices they hold for another became a torn on their flesh, of course, their selfish aim is what left the world abashed. So many wrongs in the slum, and they craved for external help, Not realizing the four of them can build their town with a single step.
What a neighborhood without brotherhood.
They stood individually as they could, yet all activities was in doom. It pains me like we are bunch of slave in the brim, togetherness is the force to accomplish a dream.
And Irrespective of the region or religion,
Oneness spirit is the secret to actualizing visions. The slum has potential men that lacks oneness spirit for development, and their town has remained at a stagnant level for over decades.
They care not for another even when their neighbors house is on fire, they sleep and snore like a new born baby that is tired.
On a faithful Sunday, one of the four men called Elpher went to enjoy some natural pleasures beside their major river.
The environment was quiet and calm. And suddenly a strange voice yelled to him to assemble his neighbors and work hard in unity if really they care for the slum they lived in.
He was convinced all they needed are within and not necessary as they thought.
He nearly flipped off at the ghost and the voice echoed hard one more time. He grasped in astonishment and quickly gained insight towards transformation that will create room for meaningful information, easy communication, regional unification, higher exportation, lesser importation and taking chances of every occasion in rendering an enduring solution.
He wept for what their negligence has caused the land, and he vowed to collectively change the narration of the slum with his neighbors.
On reaching home, he summoned the rest men to gather, Noting everyones idea will serve as a ladder. ‘What for?’ ‘Why the sudden sermon when weve not been working together?’
They all bewildered and asked rhetorically.
At their arrival, they exchanged pleasantries after which they sat on a round table.
Water and African wine were on the table, and culturally, they were meshed on a single life cable.
He begged so all of them could live out of ‘hate, but in love’, ‘out of ego but in humility’, ‘out of selfishness but in selflessness’, ‘out of lies but in truth ‘ and ‘out of distress but in progress’.
Their eyes were weighed heavily with tears as they kept mute and starred regrettably, Oh! Our divergence has caused us a lot when we have bounties to make life enjoyable
They brought forward a lot of ideas to better their slum heritage,
At this time a reality appeared on the stage.
They hold hands of another in circle with eyes full of concord, love, peace, and progress
Collectively, the aforementioned cords was strengthen with no critics.
Eyes to eyes, they looked in as they think of big things. respect and love for their culture and ethics was reawaken.
And they agreed to bring back their glories that was taken
Ideas were brought forth and shared intensively,
And Plans were executed immediately.
What they couldnt achieve with their individualistic effort was collectively achieved,
The bitterness and grievance towards another was curtailed.
And they had all glories and blessings returned.
The Slum town was gradually changing in all spheres, in look and in all positive sense,
Attracting so many soul and faces that really cares.
Respected dignitaries lingered to visit, this is after Elpher and his men let go of deceit. became a norm, and for all, the slum area became a home.
The four men in the slum area that pulled this struggle through togetherness, were celebrated and honored.
With gold, their names were written on the record books, marbles and stones.
Moral: The best are not really outside our zone, only that weve been blinded for decades.
The story of Elphers town wouldnt have changed for better if he had fail to work with his neighbors. Likewise, they would have perish in slum if they waited for external help. Sometimes, the best we seek are within. Forsooth, Unity is a core instrument in developing any town, state, country or continent. It foster both human and capital development.
Dear Africans, Together We Can. Am not a seer but with togetherness and selflessness, this is best Africa is what I foresee.
That Africa is considered as a slum doesn’t mean we can’t transform it to be a home that will trend decency, development, love, peace and progress. If we should come together, there is every possibility of making some positive changes. Lets collectively make Africa a better place like Elpher and his neighbors made their slum domain through the spirit of togetherness.
Thank you and God Bless Africa.
BLESSED IS AFRICA