My perspective on religion is shaped by my small town crisis, everyone belonged to one sort of religion, some people two.
During crisis people around me called upon God in so many different ways. How did God respond?
An older woman in her 70s from my town shared her views about how God, Christian God fought for Modakeke during 1997 – 2000 crisis. It’s no secret we had fewer resources compared to the Ifes after all, Ile Ife is the cradle of Yorubaland.
Mrs Aduke was convinced it was the message she was sent from Prophet Obadare to the town that helped. She lived out-of-town at the time but travelled many times back to town with God’s anointing.
I agreed with Mrs Aduke, afterall Jesus said to the woman “… Your faith has saved you”
I believe there are many ways to see this given people of different faiths gave their undivided support.
Traditionally women were expected to fully participate by keeping the family together while men are in the front line.
Mrs Dorcas Adedoyin aka Rush E was once married to the Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Francis Adedoyin. They had a son together before their divorce several years ago. The then Mrs Adedoyin earned her nickname Rush E during the early years of her marriage to Mr Adedoyin (yet to be king), she sells akara (bean ball) at Oke Amola, Ologbin compound at which time people rushed to get to her stall on time to get their hands on her delicious akara before it’s all gone. Rush e relocated to Ore in Ondo as an independent woman and worked as a Herbalist and traditional healer after her divorce.
During 1997 crisis Rush e was very instrumental in liaising between the people in the front line and the palace. She gave all she had as a professional herbalist to help extract bullets from the wounded. This is very important as at the time many people died from gun wounds given all local clinics were filled up – only teaching hospital is at Ife so no hope and roads to get to Osogbo hospitals were blocked.
This was how Ade, my childhood friend died.
Just like many of us who happened to have family from both sides, Rush e’s mother was from Ife, father is from Modakeke and was caught in the middle so decided to defend her fatherland where her livelihood was.
I hope Oba Sijuade is noting this to see how families/relatives were turned against one another so the king could maintain his alter ego.
Rush e passed away a few years back, may her soul rest in peace. Modakeke will never forget her.
Mrs Déponírŏ was another courageous woman who secured Odo Okun area of Modakeke during the crisis. Her bravery was most notable in the 1983 crisis, when with a young baby still on breastmilk joined hundreds of others. She was popularly known as the woman who fought with a bunch of broom – how did she do it? God of Modakeke knows.
Mrs Déponírŏ lived in Pakoyi compound, an area that was very close to the borders of Ile Ife. The Apostolic church headquarters at Odo-Okun survived the 1983 crisis as the area was well secured, thanks to Déponírŏ and other brave people.
Sadly the church and the mission house was burnt in 1997 crisis.
Mrs Dorcas (Rush e), Mrs Déponírŏ and many more women who prayed and worked on different projects were all God’s agents.
Boko Haram can be defeated with united Nigeria.