Reflecting on life in Nigeria
January 19, 2018
Have you ever watched The Lion King and had it interpreted by an elderly person? Youngsters enjoy the sound-track of the movie and play over and over. But the music moves old people. It evokes Nigeria and Africa so much for them, more than anything else can. They see Africa through the ages; the darkness of the universe before day one of creation. They hear sadness and (too little) hope in the narrative of the music rather than the meaning of the lyrics. Some of the songs have the same tune as the musical instruments but others have a vocal theme in the background as well in a language other than English. It is this unknown language and their “other-world” melodies that strike at their hearts. I hear the laughter, cries of little children behind the house where I am quartered in Abuja, at a time when little children ought to be in school. I have had to come out again and again to see them so as to rank their ages in my mind’s eye . These children are all of age but they are not in school. Always when I go out on in the neighbourhood before noon, I see girl-children selling wares at school times and young boys at loose ends.
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