History Lessons

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Written on the 14th of January 2018

I got to see the awesome stage play- Fela and the Kalakuta Queens yesterday and left with all sorts of emotions. I got to see the on-stage depiction of actual events; stuff I knew previously, stuff I didn’t and stuff I had forgotten as well.

One of the things I also felt yesterday was that I had been robbed of the knowledge of my own history. How in the world do I not know so much about someone so iconic? I may be wrong but I feel as much as I’ve read about him there’s only so much one can find out without extensive research. Call me lazy and entitled, but I believe there are some things I should have been taught in school, for instance –Fela and the Civil War. There are some things I should just know because I’m Nigerian. I accept the fact that there’s always a level of self education to be done, but I shouldn’t have to always go scavenging for information on my own history.

Instead of learning things that are actually relevant to my history as a Nigerian, I remember being taught about obsolete dates and colonial whitewashed trash. We were taught the dates what general killed what general in the civil war, not the statistics of what I feel was the genocide of Igbo people and how that has possibly contributed to tribal tensions today- I had to read books like Chinua Achebe’s There Was a Country and Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun for that.

I’ll keep reading and gathering what I can about my history but I still feel it isn’t exactly fair that I stuffed my brain with irrelevant things in school and the important things were conveniently left out.

That being said I’m grateful I got to see the play. For everyone who hasn’t seen it, it’ll be showing all through April at Terra Kulture. You should see it too.

Author: loladeniyi


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