A sliver of hope (2)

Tugbo here is my mother’s goat. Full name ‘Tara eni t’ogbo’ loosely means my business is enough for me to mind. Oh well, this is hardly true for neither me nor my mother! We have always had a goat in my family, but always one mother goat at a time given no yard to keep them. My favourite Tugbo and the longest in my family was white with a little black spot on the nose and tail. I grew up to know her and lasted until I was out of secondary school. She started off with two kids at a time and in her prime three kids! Everyone in my family loved Tugbo for many reasons mostly that when my mother sells the kids, it is usually for something very important we got in exchange like school stuff or christmas clothes. And when things were a bit ‘normalised’ in my family, we used the male kids for Christmas for a very long time.

As is always the case good things don’t last forever, Tugbo grew old and was put to sleep more than a decade a go. Since then we have had so many Tugbo, none has fit the shoes of the old one.

This Tugbo was a gift to my mother from my sister’s in law. We’ve never had a brown Tugbo so very special. It was my father who spotted Tugbo given birth to her first kid, so he yelled “can someone give me a bowl of water?” “Tugbo gave birth!” My parents always sprinkle water on a newly born kid/s to help loosen the sticky stuff on them. We all rushed out to see…

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The following photos are from Ikogosi Spring, Ekiti State. The location is about an hour and half drive from my town. I have only found out about the hidden gem of the town about a year ago. What I love most about this place was the fact that there is no one in ‘your face’ very peaceful, quiet and clean and most importantly security within and around was super as no wandering touts to be seen anywhere. The fee to wander round and visit the spring is 500naira (as at October last year) that’s a bargain. I went there twice within a week as I was that excited, the first time a friend drove and the second time took public transport and it was not bad, the receptionist there were helpful, you just need to tell them, they call their local taxi from Ikogosi to come and the service was, I must say fantastic. My seven nephew and nieces went there before Christmas last year doing young people stuff – they loved it too. This place is best for family reunion or a weekend getaways with friends and family.

Highlight: One foot in the noticeable flowing warm water and the other in cold – Nature! The meeting point as shown in photo 3

Here are a few of the photos I took:

 

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17 replies

  1. I really enjoyed the story and the pictures. Wouldn’t it be nice if someday I would be able to visit you? But I doubt we’d ever be able to afford to make the trip. But it would be nice.

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    • Thank you lovessiamese! Nigeria is not that far from Florida, but it is true that the airline ticket here isn’t about the distance as Nigerians pay more per mile than you would if flying to Canada or Uk…another case for another time.

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  2. Tugbo’s story takes many of us back although I was never fond of goats; a heartening story!

    As for Ikogosi, it was a very beautiful experience when we took our kids there in 1976 but I understand the govt under Dr. Fayemi put in some infrastructure which has resulted in a lot of improvement.

    Thanks, as always, for sharing.
    TOLA.

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    • It’s only a wall or two inside left from the previous structure. Very well done I must say. Swimming pool and paddling pool for children included. Walking around I knew whoever did the improvement must have a good vision for the common people because the fee was very low and the environment calm.

      Uhmn… Fayemi now probably thinking ‘what do my people want?’ The guy was voted out for Fayose – We are very interesting people indeed.

      Thank you

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      • Dear Fola,

        Thanks for the comments.

        Very true about Fayemi who was supposed to have wondered aloud about “a new type of Ekiti” but politics in Nigeria is so muddled up and muddied that people may vote along what they adjudge a party that did not live up to expectations. Besides, the so-called “progressives” – I’m talking generally – have turned off many, including this blogger with their non-inclusive politicking.

        http://emotanafricana.com/2014/03/06/if-the-pdp-manages-to-capture-the-presidency-then-nigerias-long-nightmare-would-have-just-begun-tola-adenle/

        was an essay I submitted before the elections of 2011 in which I expressed the opinion that the APC must work towards the promise they tantalizingly placed before Nigerian masses. Here are the two paras:

        An essay from the pre-election period of 2011.
        “Mark my word: generations yet unborn – and not just in Yorubaland but in the whole of the country – would not remember the leaders of the so-called progressive camp that tantalized citizens with a possibility only to fail to seize an opportunity that would have started this country on the road to greatness when the opportunity presents itself

        ”What a shame that the progressive camp cannot shelve whatever differences they have on the MINOR points against its going together come Saturday! I say ‘minor’ because the evil that the PDP represents are far greater than whatever little points – the fine print of the agreement – that seem to stand in the way of the coming together.”

        What do we have today? The same Buhari the party rejected in 2011 but wooed to join the ACN/APC for the coming election seems a candidate for dumping a second time.

        There was even a pronouncement credited to Chief Akande, Osun’s former governor and Chairman of the APC about “those following the Labor Party are political beggars” as well as circulated rumors that a top leader of the APC described those of us from “Ondo State indigenes as not being ọmọluabi”.

        Pardon the constant references to previous essays but it is better to have a clearer picture of how Dr. Fayemi could have been beaten by Fayose because after all, he did agree PUBLICLY with the election results even though he expressed the opinion that the “new Ekiti had spoken” and that he would support his “brother”, Fayose, in getting off to a good start with the Transition Program.
        In fact, being somebody I personally like, he suddenly announced he would go to the Election Tribunal within the same week when he announced his support for the outcome of the election which was adjudged by International and Local assessors as being fair, and without the previously-expected massive rigging. Please check out these two postings from the old blog:

        http://emotanafricana.com/2012/08/09/3442/ AND
        http://emotanafricana.com/2012/08/09/3442/

        Of course Ondo State indigenes were not the ones who voted the personable Ekiti-governor out. However in Yorubaland, it is widely perceived that after Lagos’ Fasola, Ondo’s Mimiko is the next best achieving governor; I concur. In fact, most of the programs and projects that are now ongoing in other Yoruba states had been started as soon as Mimiko wrested his mandate from the PDP in 2011; I know because my spouse and I lived at Akure from 2011 to 2012 for a personal reason.

        As you will notice, the new blog does not write much on Nigeria’s politics but will do so to clarify statements that are not that accurate because there’s a limit to what people who do not live in Nigeria could really be expected to understand that much.

        I will share the chain as a post during the week.

        Best regards,
        TOLA.

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        • Thank you Mrs Adenle for the comment.

          The links are helpful as they provide useful references. Yes, I agree that Fasola has worked hard in Lagos State, just passing by and testimonies from the residence is impressive.

          I followed a bit about Ekiti gubernatorial election mostly because I knew that would set pace for Osun’s own election, and it did big time! God help us.

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          • Dear Fola,

            Thanks v. much for this.

            It was nice to see Joe’s essay – APC’s PRO – on saharareporters.com. You will note how it tallies with the old essays referenced in my “comments elsewhere worth sharing” as regards “A sliver of Hope” (re Fayemi, et cetera).

            Nigeria’s political environment has too many thieves, hence all the muddling and muddying up.

            Regards,
            TOLA.

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  3. Very nice, has that certain “suburban” look to it, nice to know security is what “one” would expect, and to know you’re not always screaming at the gate wanting my friend to resign!

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    • Your friend resignation? He’ll never do that, not even if all Nigerians pafuka (disappeared) that never happened in Nigeria.

      All I ever wanted was for your ‘friend’ to waka comot (my pidgin stinks but will use it anyway) at the end of his first term. Since you are good bff, could you please be a nice big brother and let him know this? LOl

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  4. I really enjoy goats. LOL, of course, I no longer have to look after them, so that makes it even better.

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  5. Like the name of your mother’s goat! Ikogosi Spring looks nice.

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