Wie ich versuche, einen YORUBA wieder zum wahren Glauben zu bewegen
from Wole on 18.02.05 the following mail:
'Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Enter thou into the kingdom of Orunmila!'
Wole Soyinka, D.D. (Hons)
And since when, ask you, did I become a Doctor of Divinity? Only a few weeks ago, in WashingtonStateUniversity – well, maybe not exactly Doctor of Divinity but, close enough, anddecidedly superior to that.
'Diplomat of the Deities',pronounced the lady after a seminar on the Yoruba pantheon.
prior to this…
my previous mail to Wole)
usually I do NOT proselityze (...) but in the case of thisYoruba brother in Germany I do make a difference.
prior to this I had sent the following mail to a certain
Mr. Ajani, a Nigerian journalist here in Germany)
I am telling Prof. that I am doing all my best to try to bringyou back to the fold!
many thanks for this exposition on yoruba deities.Really, l can draw many paralles with the Christian belief. Although, l have always known as a yoruba man that l have a very rich culture and religious beliefs.
It´s a pity and a shame that l have not taken enough timeto familiarise myself with the tradition and civilisation of myforefathers.
Thank you for the lecture. Es ist ein Stuff zum Nachdenken.
Ich wünsche dir ein schöner Abend.
as I said: we Yoruba are open-minded. see the Obtala script - again?
thank you for making laugh with your reply. I respect the polyteistic philosophy of the Yorubas Ogun, Sango, Oya, Osun etc. But l think with respect to faith, l have the colonial mentality as late Fela Anikulapo put it. I guess its because l like to picture my God in my head and mind as the God of heaven. To be honest with you Ogun is the god of my forefathers and they still have it and worship in our familiy house in Ile-ife. And l respect and love my people for it. As regards your advice, l think l may start a church, if l hear the call of God. Now, lam not too sure about that. Because my mother has been telling me the same thing as far back as l can remember. Enough!
How are you? Please keep me informed if you hear of any newsworthy events or stories. I am still a journalist. Bis dann.
l came back three weeks ago. I was unsuccessful with the Nigerian publishers. Everyone wants instant profit in Nigeria for their investment.
You have to start a CHURCH!!!
No delay gratification. I like the way you bargained with your doctor.
It is hard in Germany now and people don´t rely on what they see on price tag again. You bargain the price to your advantage. Like your friend, l will also pray that God (not Ogun, in my case) should protect us from blood-sucking and bone-breaking devil in the name of Jesus - Amen.
We Yorubas dont mind: we have so many Gods, one more makes no difference,
so jesus is welcome!
Another point that l want to share with you is that lam trying to be self-employed now. It is not easy to survive in my profession again. I am looking at buying licences from any franchise companies. And lam still searching for business ideas as well.
I am a very bad businessman, even in my dealings with cultural people in germany, so no good advice from me possible: sorry-O! I do not want to make you bankrupt!
So if you know of any contacts or have any ideas that may be useful for me, please let me know. Take care and get in touch.