On Social Responsibility..

Just saw the shocking videos referenced by the waffarian . Such behavior is not only appalling, it is simply unacceptable. I’d hazard a guess that while Akwa Ibom may be in the spotlight on this issue at the moment, things like these are happening all over the country in the hinterland…

The combination of spiritual zeal and half-baked knowledge has always being a fatal mix. I’m deeply ashamed to admit that I spent a couple of years in Eket and did not realize the full extent of this problem – yes we saw kids on the road and occasionally gave them money – but there was no concerted effort on our part to do something about it.. A couple of expats came together from time to time and provided funding to get some off the streets and into safe houses in other states for their safety – but the overwhelming response from us Nigerians was one of apathy and studied indifference…

Its all too easy to stand aloof and say “its not my cup of tea, let them do whatever they will as long as it doesn’t affect me”.

Options for facing this particular problem are not exactly copious — I’d expect that more community engagement from the companies working in the area to educate the uninformed (they typically do a good job of laundering their images — maybe for a change this will be a good cause to spend some PR money on); getting the Local Govt Authority to cater for some of the cast-aways may also help to ease some of the burden on the individuals who are doing something…

Granted the Helen Ukpabio lady has put out a film which is being labeled as the source of the new “inquisition” but these kinds of films depicting satanic powers at work have been around much longer – in fact a whole genre of Nigerian film developed around that in the 90s if my memory serves me right. Blaming this upsurge entirely on her is absurd to put it mildly.. Especially considering that not too long ago almost every serving from the Nollywood buffet included some flying god from the village wreaking havoc on an illustrious son or some witch doctor poisoning some one in its various incarnations.

Ultimately, its about a battle for “hearts and minds” – that all hands have to be on deck on..

Even the Bible has some words on social justice… “Judge true judgment, and practice kindness and pity, each man to his brother. And do not crush the widow or the orphan, the alien or the poor. And do not devise evil in your heart, of a man against his brother”.

9 thoughts on “On Social Responsibility..

  1. Word! Its unfortunate there's no justice. U can't justify killing someone (as a christian) because they are a witch. I dunno, send them for binding and casting but don't maltreat 'em especially children.

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  2. i cant click on the link but from abujamaiden's comment it seems like someone was killed cos they were thought to be a witch??well, u said it all with this, "Even the Bible has some words on social justice… "Judge true judgment, and practice kindness and pity, each man to his brother. And do not crush the widow or the orphan, the alien or the poor. And do not devise evil in your heart, of a man against his brother"."it really is appallin..

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  3. Its the age old problem of misinterpreting words — Seems more traditonal belief than christian – maybe a thin veneer of Christian ritual here and there – definitely not in the same park with Christ or his true teachings…Guess the key question really is "How are we making a difference for those who have no voice or influence?"

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  4. Thanks to initiative of someone who caught that video on the admiral's harrassment. We shud do more of cathing culprits on cameras/whats with this Helen Ukpabio story? I never heard of it. whats it about?

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  5. @Afronuts — Its the child witches story… U could view it on Youtube..

    narrator tried to suggest that one of her movies essentially spawned the upsurge in the violence against the child witches.. Only mentioned that in passing to indicate that I felt it was a very absurb diversion..

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