Women and faiths during crisis

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.



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17 replies

  1. The real issue is not to crossTraditional Boundaries !!!

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    • Well said Prince, irukere maa pe lowo o. Protecting TB, from whom? The same family members who just happened to be female?

      Anyways, in Modakeke and Ife’s case, there has never been any defined boundaries – never. The boundaries changes depending on who is on the throne and the senior chiefs at the time, this is why in the last couple of centuries we have experienced on and off peaceful co-existence.

      With the sitting King Okunade, he sees no boundary, not in the least – he has uprooted hundreds of people from a few villages, i.e Ogudu, where generations family have been farming for ever, their great grandfather opened the jungle up, but all of a sudden now become part of TB.

      In the name of protecting TB, now the nation have cycle of incompetent leaders who would come to this boundaries protector for votes – huge money exchange hands. and we wonder why Yoruba shine in Cuba, Brazil and all around the globe – so long may the TB be protected.

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  2. Very strong piece! It brings back loads of memories.
    Your call at the end sums up my though for the day.

    It is ironic that BH has united this nation more than ever before and few of us realize this. Every one, of every faith, orientation & creed is running away from them. I never thought I will see this in my lifetime, not in northern Nigeria.

    Just as Abacha suddenly died when there appeared no other way of getting rid of him, such will be the fate of BH.

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    • Spot on re Nigeria uniting, we need more people to see this is a call for all of us.

      On Abacha, I think death was such a cheap escape, I would have loved to see him live and pay for all the atrocities caused, almost two decades his loots are still not completely recovered.

      Having said that, seemed ‘Indian apple’ was the best bet to rid of him at the time.

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      • The General choked on ‘Indian delight’ and his heart pumped too much blood. LOL (She was Pakistani sha)

        I wonder though if half the nation will not be campaigning for him today too, if he had lived on & was instead kicked out with a coup. That would most likely have been the case, considering that the next in line to him in committing atrocities is getting the messiah treatment right now.

        “Nigeria(ns), we hail thee”

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        • I know. Nigeria is a complete basket case. Then again, the alternative is a sure way to keep citizen’s welfare rot further.

          My view is to look beyond the one at the front now, his supporters – handful of them have good track records.

          On ID – the news on the street was misleading then, I trust you’d know the difference…poor woman, what a job to have!

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          • I only just got to know via a very reliable source. She is actually Pakistani Xtain.

            Did you say poor girl?…. Ha Ha Ha Ha
            That babe is stinking rich…. before the incident & became a whole lot richer after it. She is a pro… Don’t insult her by pitying her.

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            • Ha ha, plot thickens, so Mallam isn’t that particular about religion when it comes to bunga, bunga so long s/he’s a Pro is what counts…

              And yet they make the nation believed they cared about religion.

              Anyhoo, poor not used in literal sense, guess she isn’t in any sense as she’s in a high end profession. Good for her, hope she used some of the proceeds to fund a New Generation God is Beautiful Centre 🙂

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  3. I love what you did here Folakemi. Inbtw: the Queen has missed you! I join you to celebrate these great women. Well done.

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  4. Surely! Boko Haram Can Be Defeated With A Unified Nigeria.
    Wonderful Piece Yeye Mi! If We Continue To Tell The Stories Of Our Fore~mothers Bravery, Impact & Effort In Conflict Resolutions In Times Past, Just As The Story Of Mother Theresa Et Al Are Told, I’m Sure The Present Generation Will Be Challanged To Take Part In Worthy Causes That Helps Alleiviate Conflict As Well As Division Amongst Us,

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