Quick Scribble: A Luta Continua . . .

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This was supposed to be a response to a friend’s facebook status when he opined—and asked to be straightened (as if he was crooked ad initio)—that people should, in a way, do less of hashtagging, offer assistance, pray, and give less of adulation and attention to some celebrities who “still don’t get it”.

Somehow between then and now, the supposed comment evolved to this. Too long to be in the box, but enough to relax here comfortably with a glass of mohjito handy.

I’ll start by saying that all these celebrity rants about how their initiation or support—with hashtags—has been helping is nonsense because they’re now making it sound like it’s actually about them. Blame it on the crave for more attention; on death resistant habits; on persistent “village people” at work . . . Blame it on – anything.

I would, however, add that these hashtags have really helped. The campaigns too. Thanks to concerned individual, including celebrities. In a country where the C.-in-C. (be free to name the Cs as you please) danced while the blood of victims of the blood-curdling bomb blast was yet to cease flowing, mass campaigns and barrage of hashtags to keep our concern and rage flooding the media, cyberspace and other spaces, are what I see as wherewithal, inter alia, to communicate that people aren’t sweeping it under the carpet like before. As a friend would say, no be sheré sheré.

It’s really not a joke.

Now the world knows. Open letters and opinions dashing like darts. Aids and helps flying first class. Confessions trailing secrets. Mr President can’t close his two eyes anymore (perhaps out of concern, or the effect of a prior presidential power nap). Many other things happening . . . and yes, thanks to Mama Piece Mama Peace who never carries last, we just confirmed that indeed, #DiaRisGodOo

Prayer is good. Very important. But permit me to submit that we must do more. We’re wont to saying that the wall of Jericho fell with the shouts of the Hallelujahs (which I’m comparing to prayers in this context). Just like that? Was it ever that easy? What happened before the hallelujah-esque death blow? The bearing of the ark? The blowing of trumpets? The steady marches? All repeated for days!

We all don’t need to attend sunday schools to know that the verbs; bearing, blowing, marching and et cetera-ing (remember the initial spying?) are in many ways similar to showing empathy/concern, campaigning, opining, hashtagging and other present day et cetera-ing. All repeated for days!

Why then must we stop?

Perhaps with new twists, but we must stop NOT. Efforts are in full gears, but we must contribute our quotas too.

Writing on #ChibokGirls now is what some would tag “late arrival”, “old news”. . . but that’s just the point! Is it over yet?

Let’s act in unity to #BringBackOurGirls

I vote #Synergy, not #Anarchy

We could do things differently for a start:

Proffer solutions; criticize constructively.

Provide intelligence when you have it.

Offer assistance in any capacity you can.

Support more concerned folks and victims.

Pray more. Act more. Rant less.

By all means necessary, do something productive.

This Jericho must fall

Adewoyin Joseph || @Jossef69
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6 thoughts on “Quick Scribble: A Luta Continua . . .

    Adefiranye Razaq said:
    May 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Line of the century <<<<< "by all necessary means, do something productive".

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      Adewoyin Joseph responded:
      May 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Implicitly or explicitly. I’m scared of the heavy-weight “century” occupying the comment section above though 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

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    victoruu said:
    May 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Spoken like a true future father….of many daughters…No we must not stop!!!

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      Adewoyin Joseph responded:
      May 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      A true future father . . . of many daughters, but just a/a few biological daughter(s). 😉

      One needs to be careful of one’s requests 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by sir.

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    Yemie said:
    May 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I find this intellectual piece very insightful amigo. And I agree with all the points you raised especially ’bout the walls of Jericho. Christendom thrives on various principles spelt out in the Good Book. Amongst ’em is that which suffices that faith without works is zero, there’s also that one ’bout sowing and reaping etcetera. I thank God for hashtags, but for the public outcry, it’d still be business as usual in Aso Rock so I say, let the rants continue and whosoever finds it offensive should go get earmuffs, chikena!

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      Adewoyin Joseph responded:
      May 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Oh lawdy lawD! 🙂

      I try to picture the past few weeks, without twitter, hashtags, and campaigns all over. It would have been one of their never ending “we’re working on it” or “we’ll get over it” mantra we’ll still be dealing with.

      If it has been working so far, the tormented ones would definitely need to go order some industrial earmuffs and keep mute till year 2042! 🙂

      Thanks for reading, I appreciate the comment. Gracias.

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