MKO ABIOLA, whether UNILAG students like it or not, will be remembered for many reasons than the name change of the school to MAULAG, MAUNILAG OR MAU! One of such reason is the fact that he was a man known for his deep proverbs that are not only conveyed in humorous ways but have weighty messages attached. Please note, this is not saying that the proverbs were created by the great philantropist. NO. He used them more frequently and popularised them in a sense. It would be a futile to try and list them. They were too numerous to mention. I even understand that some Nigerians have gone on to immortalise these proverbs in a chronicle of his words of gold. And that is exactly how I would have rated them. GOLDEN WORDS.
However, for this piece, I would be making use of the sense in a few of his proverbs that tie in all my scattered thoughts including that which this write up is about.
First, is that famous one, "Because we want to eat meat, is not enough to make us call a cow buroda". This was a major lesson in character and moral values. A lesson that teaches us that our needs should not make us compromise our standards. Further still, it says (the proverb that is) that we should not let our values be lowered for selfish reasons. Or better still, not to tolerate crap because we stand to gain in spite of things we find wrong.
The second one I would highlight before linking all to my title is, "The person who wants to carry something will only be helped when s/he makes an attempt to carry it". This particularly made sense when he said it in response to what he wants the people to do regarding his mandate of June 12 that was annulled by IBB. He further stated that if the person is just standing by the "eru" (luggage) nobody will come help him put it on his or her head. Meaning if he refused to fight for his mandate, no one will join him in doing so. And like he humorously added, "You can not shave the hair on a MAN'S head in his absence.
Oh, please pardon me. Just one more and I am done on the proverbs. "It is the name you give your child that others will call the child". Yes there, I am done.
Now straight to the point, ladies, your beauty is beyond your hair. It is beyond your facial looks. In fact, the saying, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, should tell you that it's usually not what you think makes you beautiful that is considered a thing of beauty. Though those things add up to the ratings, they can not on their own add up as a whole. But they matter. But if you say only a part of you is the whole of you what's my own? This issue of one for the whole is a matter men have battled with over the years. Why would you conclude a that your bobo does not love you anymore for failing to see you retouched your hair ( come to think of it, it's not even yours!)
Let us for sake of clarity, consider high cheek bones. To some men, that is a first attraction. But that would not make him call you beautiful if besides your high cheek bones, you lack respect and have no "upbringing". The high cheek bones will not make him say, OK, she slaps me in public, talks to me rudely and can't cook bUt I love her. Naaaaaa that would be calling MALU (a cow) brother because we want to eat meat. Same goes for any other part of the female anatomy that any woman has a generous amount of. Dont be decieved. The more the better. Why else do you think ladies do all sorts to make it look like it is not. In any cas, We, as men, would love to be the ones that lay claim to them as our call to ministry, where we can lay hands without fear of harassment. But trust me, we would rather be vegetarians if the meat is contaminated.
The other matter is the issue of flaunting what you have. Yes, I know it is a common saying that you should flaunt what you have. Agreed. But when you flaunt what you have in a way as to make us, that is us men, think that that is all that you have to offer, we also take you as you are. That is to say, you are your cleavage or hips or bum.( MKO said if you make like you need someone to help you carry your load on your head, you will get help) If your intention is for your softwares to be in public domain, why complain about illegal downloads by look look people? So what's your grouse when men gaze at what you are selling? Who they sell? Is what people call out when wares are displayed by traders especially when they are not around to attend to customers. In the case where, the owner of the products displayed are at the point of sale, the question becomes "how much you DEY sell?" You as the owner then name your price or say it has been sold or ask the buyer to make an offer. It's totally uncalled for to say, what are you looking at my wares. It is the name you give your child that the child will be called.
On a final note, bear in mind, not all African men, like to eat food that is uncovered. Especially if so many eyes have been perching on the food like flies. Trust me, I know some men with such enhanced immaginative and graphic memories that one good look is all they need and they would have a full HD/3D capture of what they saw. Whether its fully uncovered or not.
And like I say, if you have a right to flaunt it... I have a right to look at it. As many times as I see it. Which law says I cant?
PS. Please ladies, in case you missed the memo... If there is nothing to flaunt, DONT push it DON'T force it. We can't be squinting to see what's not there. It's bad for our eyes!!!!