Traditional Sadness

Written by A.Z. Alfred

Can any good thing come out of Galilee? That wasrepparttar thinking ofrepparttar 137636 Pharisees. Butrepparttar 137637 greatest miracle worker and preacher came from there. Donít you know him? If you donít, you are just like most Jews who still awaitrepparttar 137638 coming ofrepparttar 137639 messiah. Of course he will come like a thief inrepparttar 137640 night, but that would be his second coming. Hope you are not surprised?

Likerepparttar 137641 core Jews, donít be surprised that Jesus will continue to spring forth from this present Galilee-Nigeria. Donít be surprised that one ofrepparttar 137642 best selling authors whose books have a place in your eight feet library is a Nigerian. I wonít mention her name, rather his name. At least you are familiar with some of them who have laid downrepparttar 137643 traditions for others to follow. If you are not, then letís walk down memory lane.

Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian, wonrepparttar 137644 Nobel Prizes years back. Nineteen years ago to be precise. Dele Olojede, a former foreign editor of Newsday Newspaper in New York, wonrepparttar 137645 Pulitzer Prize this year for his story titled ď Genocideís Child,Ē a series that looked back atrepparttar 137646 civil war in Rwanda.

I was onrepparttar 137647 Internetrepparttar 137648 other day when I came across Fatima Musa. Her name sounds Nigerian though Iím not really sure if she is. But fromrepparttar 137649 story of her life, she is everything related to Nigeria. Peradventure she is not, then her past generation must have been ďstolen from AfricaĒ like Bob Marley sang.

Another border I will not fail to cross isrepparttar 137650 Booker Prize. Ben Okri, who wroterepparttar 137651 Famished Road, wonrepparttar 137652 Booker some years ago. Still onrepparttar 137653 border ofrepparttar 137654 English, Helen Oyeyemi (a teen, I would call her) is also creeping out from London ontorepparttar 137655 literary center stage withrepparttar 137656 publication of her first book,repparttar 137657 Icarus Girl.

And from his homeland, a controversial writer, Arthur Zulu, is riding higher inrepparttar 137658 writersí world with his books How To Write a Best Seller and Chasing Shadow! A Dream. Or, you donít know him? If you donít, go to a search engine, type his name and you would be surprised at what you will see. I want to be believe, he is laying a tradition, very different from others, for generations coming after him.

Apart from these great names I have mentioned, there are others lost inrepparttar 137659 crowd. Those who think nine syllables names wonít sell a book. So, like George Orwell whose original name is Eric Blair. Like Mark Twain, (originally, Samuel Langhorne Clemens) they have invented themselves names, memorable names that will stick to their readers. They (lost inrepparttar 137660 crowd Nigerians) are either moving withrepparttar 137661 tradition or breaking it.

Say in Oxford University,repparttar 137662 tradition ofrepparttar 137663 school is believed to add great importance torepparttar 137664 beauty ofrepparttar 137665 school. If a student knowingly or unknowingly trampled one ofrepparttar 137666 rules, which makesrepparttar 137667 tradition, there is always a consequence.

I remember in high school, some boys and I broke a rule and we servedrepparttar 137668 consequence. We had to mowrepparttar 137669 lawn for a week. That wasrepparttar 137670 school tradition. But in Nigeria, (every tribe has its traditions and customs)repparttar 137671 consequences for breakingrepparttar 137672 tradition of a tribe could be as far reaching as excommunication or even death.

In Nigeria, when a child is born, he or she has to wait for eight days to get a name. Yes, eight days and onrepparttar 137673 eighth day, some rituals need to be performed. (I call it ritual because I see it like one) A ceremony is held, welcoming all extended family, including those toothless old men and women leaning on cane carved from ancient trees. Forrepparttar 137674 ceremony, salt, sugar, sugarcane, honey, alligator pepper, kolanut are bought forth andrepparttar 137675 child would have a taste of these items as some prayers are said representing those items.

Poor Little Rabbit: The Runaway Bride

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

The airwaves crackle with speculation aboutrepparttar Georgia woman who just couldn't face her long-planned wedding. Law enforcement is deciding if they should prosecute or try to recouprepparttar 137407 almost 100,000 dollars spent when it was believed that she had been abducted.

What'srepparttar 137408 problem? Her fiance states that he still loves her and wants to marry her. The vendors forrepparttar 137409 600-guest wedding will get paid anyway, without any ofrepparttar 137410 work. The families' pride will eventually be restored and their embarrassment erased.

What doesrepparttar 137411 hoopla say aboutrepparttar 137412 state of our society? In other eras, withoutrepparttar 137413 mass communication apparatus available today, people could just disappear, and often did. When someone drops out now, we assume foul play because we are so inured to its occurrence. Is it her fault that a manhunt was launched? Her initial claim that she had been abducted was patently false; her real act of running away was an emotional jolt to her family but surely not againstrepparttar 137414 law, nor was it forrepparttar 137415 California housewife who chucked everything and went to Las Vegas.

Or is there an obscure statute somewhere that prohibits us from shipping out with no notice and no apology? If we are not avoiding debts or crimes, why can't we go wherever we want?

Our society is so organized and our identities so rigidly bound with numbers and personal history that we can no longer escape ourselves. Wherever we go, we can be traced: social security numbers, names, dates of birth, bank account numbers, fingerprint archives, Internet droppings, medical and dental records. Where does it stop?

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