Their hearts are impure
And their characters are nasty
Even their Ifa is unacceptable
That is why they are not invited to people’s homes
To cast Ifa and perform ebo for others
These were Ifa’s declarations to Yerepe, the Nettle
Offspring of the owner of the 16 rooms with big backyards
When he was planning to assume the position of authority
in the forest
He was advised to offer ebo
He refused to comply
Now Yerepe, you are not a decent being
When you were installed into a position of authority
You turned the whole community into a deserted area
– Holy Odu OseMeji*
For some, talent, knowledge and charisma are best used as weapons and tools of destruction. You have seen them in action; these are the people who are corrupted by slightest bit of power. They hide behind desks, uniforms and official positions to exercise personal vendettas against others.
Such was the case of Yerepe, the Nettle. When he was selected to assume a position of authority in the forest, Yerepe wasted no time in creating chaos. Of course, those closest to him were first to feel the brunt of his selfishness. Ironically, it was actually the kingmakers themselves, who had just installed Yerepe who he attacked first.
He sprinkled nettle dust on them, which caused them to itch uncontrollably. The elders were so overwhelmed by the itching that they even stripped themselves and ran naked! Thus, the kingmakers were utterly disgraced by the one they had just installed as a leader.
After that time, anyone who moved too close to Yerepe met with a similar fate. It didn’t take long for all others to distance themselves from Yerepe. Eventually, the people all gathered to put an end to the chaos. They decided to set fire to those areas where Yerepe was known to inhabit. In the end, Yerepe died by fire, full of regrets for his short-sighted self indulgence.
* Ifa Dida, Volume I