Showing posts with label Prayer warrior. Show all posts
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Friday, 29 April 2016

Village People at work




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The other day, I got talking to this guy. We happened to be heading towards the same direction. He was a usual suspect in the library and so was I. That is how we became friends.  We had discussed about news trending, education, politics and then sports. He noticed that I didn't know much about sports so he didn't go further. I fell my hands when  I said the only  football clubs I knew were Enyinba and Kano pillars.  That was supposed to be a joke but he didn't take it that way. He decided to stop talking when he saw I was lost and showing little interest. Then the dreaded silence came up. You know when there is nothing to talk about and the next thing would either be to start staring at ones feet or the ceiling  because your mind might start singing one funny annoying song.

 This incidence happened during the Easter festive season. So I asked him a simple question.  His reply threw me off balance. I had asked him whether he would be travelling to his hometown  for Easter. He had replied that he would not go to his hometown until he has finished his PhD program and gotten his certificate. Mind you he was pursuing his PhD currently.

 With my mouth agape,I inquired  "Why now? "
According to him, he would not want to set foot in his hometown because his village people are very diabolical. And that they would ensure he doesn't finish his programme.  I wondered why he gave them so much powers and so I questioned his beliefs. After all he  claimed to be a  christian and served in the prayer department of his church so why the fears. Lo and behold my learned and prayer warrior friend told me that he would not give his village people an inch. He also quoted the bible for me that man had to be  very watchful.  That Jesus Christ admonished us to watch and pray that the devil was lurking around to see whom to devour.  I rested my case but it got me wondering that someone so learned can still believe in harm orchestrated by the so-called "village people".  But I got his point and it made sense.

 It is usual to hear of someone attaching blame to his village people when misfortune strikes. Our beliefs have somehow linked village people to everything and anything misfortune and bad luck. We heard of the story of a very intelligent accounting student of the university( a first class material for that matter), she was in her penultimate year when she got electrocuted by an electric pole. Different explanations arose to explain such a mysterious death and why it happened to her of all people but the one that kept surfacing was that her village people were at work.

Another story of a very beautiful young woman.She had just bagged her second degree. She  got married almost immediately. Basically,  she was very enviable. She had been very friendly and had such a beautiful smile. Everyone virtually knew her and could relate with her. Do you know  that the story of demise was quite shocking? News spread that she had died of hypertension while pregnant. People were quick to attribute it to the work of evil people - village people. The deceased appeared to be someone that had everything good going for her.

These village people might be real.  They represent a set of people particularly old women who don't have things going well for them so they take it upon themselves to make others( their rivals) suffer along with them.  They don't like celebrating other people's achievements.  Good news should be far from them lest they turn it to bad news.

On the flip side, another guy said something. He was like when a woman stays unmarried, she would start attributing it to her village people whereas it could be for reasons such as bad character or appearance or ignorance.

 Do we need to blame every misfortune or any occurrence on our village people? Do this village people exist or it is just some form of speculations??? Please share your thoughts, would love to know your take.