Our village people and the drums they beat on our heads.
Nollywood has, over the years, portrayed rural life as a place where the settlers are wicked conspirators, a den of killers and haters that constantly plot the ill of their kinsmen from the city when they visit.
She loved the party preparations, she loved to watch the loud banter of women cooking, the old women directing the young as they reminisced in loud voices, the men doing the slaughter, the dancing by the people and the masquerades. She did not fail to remind me that our man crush drummers in our Pentecostal church was only a learner compared to drummers in the village. She was looking forward to the next holiday in the village. But when they got back to the city, mother again started her vigils and made them have a compulsory fast. For ten days, their food had no salt! The following year, she wasn’t interested in the village visit. I said to myself, this is how we lose touch with cultural roots and history unfortunately.
Congratulations to us!
This post is dedicated to everyone of us and to Zainab Haruna who made me conscious of stereotypes.