1955 was the year universal primary education started in Yoruba nation and the whole of then Western Region of Nigeria. That was the year, that ‘bully’ Awolowo forcefully enrolled all youths in the then Western Nigeria to full, free primary school. Many parents complained that they would have no help in the farm but he would not listen.
‘Where will he get the means for that gargantuan project?’ some other premiers wondered. But that fellow would not listen. Awolowo schools started in all kinds of ramshackle buildings. The children were called Awolowo children, mainly in derision, because many people just knew that they would amount to nothing. The fellow just pressed on.
As long as your right arm went over your head to touch your left ear, you are registered. That was all, no questions asked.
The Awolowo experiment produced doctors, engineers, lawyers, educators, scientists, civil servants, etc. and keeps on producing these even till today.
At present, a Yoruba child does not need to be told what the next step in life is going to be. His life is already ordered for the next twenty years and he knows that. Once he is four, five or six years old, he starts on this journey: primary school to secondary school to possibly a tertiary school.
Order leads to wealth creation and disorder leads directly to poverty.
Eku ojo awo! Eku odun o! Today, in the light of the full moon and the dawn of the Yoruba New Year, we give thanks and praise to Olodumare for the blessing of our beloved Yeye Osun.
She is the owner of wealth, the embodiment of compassion.
Her way is gentle and compelling, like the pull of the moon upon the ocean.
May we move like Osun Osogbo, the one who carries small children on her back.
Graceful mother, we salute you today.
Nothing gives us greater joy than to see you smile.
Queen of quality assurance, we appeal to you today.
May our efforts meet your standards of excellence!
In the same way that you protected Osogbo from invasion, please, empower us to protect the interests of Yoruba descendants around the world today, Iya.
Yeye Osun, who buries wealth in the river bank, grant us the WISDOM to create intergenerational wealth through investing in Black-owned companies, through creating family trusts, through becoming great entrepreneurs.
Mother of the depths, whose force is deceptively calm, I praise you today!!! I recognize your ability to move quietly, yet relentlessly.
In the same way that the river cleaves a path through the mountain, I beg you, please empower Africans around the world to cut a path to prosperity, health, victory and freedom!
Apetebii extraordinaire, preferred bride of Orunmila, I kneel humbly before you, Iya. I give thanks for your dutiful demeanor and meticulous care. Without you, we can accomplish so very little. With you, impossible is easy!
Yeye Osun, oooo!!! Whisper words of inspiration that will compel all babalawo to work ceaselessly to help bring about the Good Condition!
Obafemi Origunwa, MA | OrisaLifestyle.com