THE VEIL! by Adéwálé Ṣóbọ̀wálé

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About two weeks ago, I came back to Abeokuta around ten thirty in the night. What I saw that night was unbecoming. I felt it happened because I came back so late in the night.

Tonight, I came back some sixty minutes earlier at nine thirty. The situation was only slightly better.

In the night, Abeokuta is always a big village painted in black. Everywhere is just like a veil.

Due to the diversion caused by the construction of a ten lane road along the Kobape axis, vehicles plying that route have to go through the Moshood Kasimawo Abiola Stadium. And it’s just as well.

Those that want to use light for anything may use the opportunity of the diversion to do just that.

The stadium itself is seldom used for sports activities. However, it is permanently used by people who have placed bets against each other as to who could drink much more than Bacchus.

Some sports!

Apart from the stadium, every other place remains an eku, a masquerade’s garment.

Yes, save for one or two drinking joints outside the stadium.

Street lights are so valuable that they are not switched on anyhow. However, when the Lagos people are about to arrive, you see the lights being switched on by angels.

On many occasions, people have tumbled into the open drains.

However, the government is doing the right thing. I can remember one of the books I read for economics at o’level. According to the book,one of the reasons rural reproduction is generally higher among humans than their urban counterparts is because there is no light in the villages.

As a result, couples go to bed early. When that happens, one thing would always lead to the other.

One other thing is that it keeps couples together. If that is done, the couple will remain together for life.

There will be nobody fornicating or committing adultery.

Ain’t that great?


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