So I was away to work for almost two weeks on two different occasions in a certain village on the eastern part of Kogi state,somewhere in the middle belt part of Nigeria. For the first time in more than three decades, I am spending quality time with my folks from my country home- the experience was thrilling.
More thrilling was the little village which was a close to the road from the express road, a hub for farmers and hunters, surrounded by three rivers,beautiful flora, sweet melodies of surrounding music from the beautiful birds I am yet to behold, fruit trees of all kinds everywhere to behold and to Munch- free of charge! Hmmm! Tasty moments to thrill the tongue!
Talking of the tongue, we were thrilled to different local cuisines and drinks(non alcoholic please).
I was amazed by the availability of so much to eat- food items we sweat to buy in the city- some laying wasted here.
Non among the villagers looked feable-i guess because they fed well. They drank waters from their rivers,yet they don’t fall sick- what a faithful God!
The little children trekking long distance of more than 1km every day to go to school, with smiles on their faces, songs on their lips, sweat on their faces, I was surprised by their neatness even on their dusty road and how well they greeted us each time they pass by our site- so lovely!
O! Their beautiful covenant names- Great, Divine,Victor,victory, Peter, Samuel etc- you will wonder if this is a village…95% are Christians with an Orthodox church and a Pentecostal church in the small village.
Noticed everyone in the village is related and they can’t marry them selves. So the men go to neighboring villages to look for wives and bring them home( no romance for the youths -you need to go far to find love).
Yes the youths! Most are friendly, relate with their elders pretty well, most are hardworking but I noticed a few who will just wake up each day,baff up and go socializing in neighboring villages- even when we had jobs for them to do for daily pay, they turned it down saying d pay was too small- oh generation of get rich quick- who has bewitched you!
We noticed a young unmarried lady in her early 30’s- an unusual sight in a village where girls get pregnant and get marry as early as 16 or 18. She seems like a busy body,going from house to house, will dress up to the neighboring villages- I guess to increase her chances- unfortunately for her we were all married in my team. We Wondered daily why she lingered this long as a single lady- she is already getting out of shape- are a guy and interested in marrying her type- please, let’s help her ministry.
There was a mentally retarded young boy who daily walks past our site more than two to three times a day singing praises to God- o! How I miss his songs,songs of old in different dialect in his own tongue… and when I listen to him sing, I picture the chains mentally holding him back falling someday!
Talking about chains?! I met a young whom was called pastor by all,I got interested in him and discussed with him the need to work on the youths on sex education and mind development, he was ready to support that move…this guy later introduced a girl to us as his fiance,we were all happy for him about his proposed marriage and his love for God but our happiness didn’t last long as….