Reviewer: Yamilenu Bamgboye
Genre: Spoken Word Poetry
Release Date: February 21, 2018
For the very first time in years, I see myself shuttling between two worlds that are explicitly dominated by different personalities and from my little knowledge of religion, I can’t be mistaken to say spiritual activities shape the ones we see happen in our own physical world.
The concept of spirituality is such that transcends religious and cultural boundaries. It’s a broad term for many perspectives including a connection to something bigger than ourselves. It’s not uncommon to hear people like King Sunny Ade in his song Mo Ti Mo, Segun Adisa of the one time Labe Orun television programme and others pay homage to certain celestial powers that rule in the high places (Ephesians 6:12). They do this basically to seek permission or accord them the reverence they so deserve for venturing into certain concepts that have strong connection to spiritual elements, personalities, forces and or activities. In one of my poems, The Goons, I describe these personalities as:
Dreaded stingy bees;
Scorpions with revered venoms;
Terrestrial bodies set on the threshold of liberty, of will.
And their activities as thus:
They ravish with terrestrial weaponry
Annihilating colours of the rainbow,
The tracery of hankering
To form a faint ark in the distance…
I believe it is with this understanding that Gemini decides to whet the appetite of his listeners with an analogy that explains why he needs to pay homage to this ethereal motherhood before and after he has begun his commentary. As simple as this may sound, only few people dare venture into such hence, he chooses not to ignore the supposed repercussion by trudging that path just to lay bare the ‘true’ nature of women. No wonder he calls it Ipado: the dangers of walking in an unsafe zone!!!!
Apart from the language being one hundred percent Yoruba and the concept being
‘Intriguingly’ cultural, its commentary on the personality of women constitutes a subtle attack that’s covered in panegyric to reveal the quanta of powers women possess. These powers ranging from deceitfulness to cunningness which he considers supernatural really make the menfolk defeasible. Regardless of all this, can the world really be in order without women?Hell no! Therefore, he is of the opinion that women continually remain the necessary evil every man must have:
OBINRIN OBIRI AYE
O ROMO NILE GBOKO PON.
O ROMO NILE FOKO LOMU.
BI WON BA MO NI KEKERE
OGBON INU WON LE PE IGBA
BI WON BA MO LAROBO
WON A JABE WON A DA BI KANHUN
BI WON BA N BE NI MOJESIN WON
WON A MAA JA GERE BI TORI EPO PUPA.
BI WON BA N BE NINU ILE
GBOGBO ETO INU ILE A GUN REGE
A I SI NILEE WON
OHUN GBOGBO A DARU GUDUGUDU.
The effect of his baritone on onomatopoeic phrases like Agbigbo, eleye igbo, akumamoojudi, jantirere, Akoogba, igunnugun, Langbodo, Abalabolo, Girigiri Ekun, Ogalanta, Opake, olake and repetitive phrases like Oke-odede oke odede, ajigini arigini, ariginigini, Samu Samu, segesege, etc. really invokes the kind of scary mode a vampire or a violent movie is capable of invoking.
But this thing with Gemini and oriki, guy, can you just tell us what’s up with that? It’s understandable that you’ve recognised the presence of those on the high table but will the self-love (oriki) you shower on yourself also appease their wrath?