Awon t’emi

Awon t’emi = My people.

I know that one day my people who are at the receiving end of social injustice will learn to speak up when their voices were required the most.

This BattaBox video clip is well done, not for the reason they intended but for highlighting important social issues in our rural areas.

This short video of Wanikin Grammar School is a mirror image of most government schools in our rural areas. This is because maintenance of public properties is not one thing that we do.

The message here was that people, general public should come to the aid of this school to help with windows, roofs, and all the general repairs that the school obviously needed.

Wanikin is a village that I am familiar with, only a few kilometres from Ife and Modakeke. I have visited a few times and know a bit about why the village is in this state today.

The the old man in 2:57 was being honest in his second point. He said they once had a heavy windstorm that ripped the school rood. As I said earlier, Nigeria don’t repair public property.

The other reason is in 4:54 – this gentleman was being truthful too. As can be read from the subtitles the ‘Omo Onile’ he is referring to are the Ifes, they may be living in the village but their children do not attend this school so no incentives to put pressure on the representatives (local and state) to spend allocation as intended.

My people are becoming like our very ‘close pal’ from the north (forgive me Aboki Yas), we are begging for generosity of outsiders for the things we refuse to do ourselves? Maybe all we need to do is drink a little potion of Self Awareness.

Baba Agba in 2:45 said this problem of the deserted and ruined school was as a result of Modakeke/Ife crisis. Well, this is like saying UK is losing their European doctors after Brexit.

I wondered what would have happened if Tìmì & Alágbára’s families were not ripped apart. People left when their homes were burnt and livelihoods handed from generation taken away from them. 19 years later, poor kids suffer the aftermaths.

I am glad that the youths in the village are talking. Many of these students were not here 19 years ago, what they should be asking their parents was that if a group of them have to attend this school because their parents could not afford private education – what is the need for a crown king four years ago in a village with such an eyesore public school? The state government could have declined Ooni Okunade Sijuade’s requests for obvious reasons.

We know where our shoes hurt the most, this is where our solution lies fine bara (begging for alms) don’t last for ever.


PP: I saw a new clip on Battabox that shows an update on this Wanikin school. A local lady (presumably from the area given her name) took on the project and renovated the school. This I love and appreciate.

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5 replies

  1. I saw this, and was thinking surely it would be better to solve the conflict first before rebuilding the school. But this conflict has been in existence for quites some time, so no use in wasting time, people have needs. So I concluded rebuild the school, then work on the seeds that gave rise to the conflict.
    This is not the first time, that ‘roofing’ has been as issue in Nigeria, you had a clip previously of the roof being blown off the school in Kaduna state, and it wasn’t repaired. The winds in Nigeria are not like the tornadoes and cyclones they experience in the US, yet we still can’t manage the little that comes our way.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but is education unravelling in Nigeria? Do people no longer care for it? If they do care, why is it being left to rot? What is it in society that will allow a precious resource to decay and wither? The rich and middle class have attempted to outsource this problem by sending their kids overseas, but they now are feeling the pinch as the naira continues to slide , (last count it was 400 naira to 1 $ (US)). Is blackman so completely dysfunctional. Can we not prioritise effectively?

    Your state looks green and pleasant and the people are a handsome people.

    It’s nice to see Batta box leaving the confines of Lagos, it was too Lagos-centric which kind of put me off it.

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    • People still very much appreciate education, however public schools that serve majority of the citizens is very bad to put it mildly.

      Lack of maintenance cuts across all of our regions. In this particular village, the neglect is due to lack of maintenance rather than the crisis, I suppose it sounds a bit more convincing to assume victim. Actually, if the school received any fund, those whose family have been chased away are not coming back unless their wifehood is returned to them.

      With dysfunctionality and inability to prioritise – both very true, evidence is all too clear on our roads.


  2. They are letting our schools fall into disrepair here too. I think they are planning to allow “Big Business” to take over the education system. We pay high taxes and the fat cats at the top don’t have any problems with it. I honestly think they don’t want an educate population because we will figure out what they are up too. You don’t need a big education to see that we are being had.

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