A BIOTRIP OF “IBAN” & “EDIN” IN ESANLAND: MY TESTIMONY OF ANOTHER CIRCLE COMPLETED…
My dear esteemed readers, I bring you greetings from this end. I trust you are all doing well… Always remember that a living dog is far better than a dead Lion. I see hope in God. Having been born in an agrarian community of Ugboha kingdom, most of the elders take pleasure in using farm related materials or products to drive home their points as they discuss with one another. It takes form of idioms sometimes too.
In this reflection, I have chosen two of such easily and often used symbolic parts of a palm tree that helps the user drive home the fact that every product of necessity, usually passed through a process. Granted that the glory most times, out shines the story… Conceptually, ‘ Iban’ according to my people (Ugboha) is used to explain the early part or formative stage of palm fruits. This stage is usually very delicate and the farm owner engages in both prayers and work (clearing of grasses around the crop, pruning, as well as protecting the farm from “Otans” and “Okhorors”, fire, etc).
The above responsibilities is necessary to enable the palm tree yield well in its season. Besides, the sprouting of ‘Iban’ in the midst of “Igben bi Ikhiakhior”(Thorns & Thistles), is naturally threatening, to say the least. Note however, that in potency, “Iban'” carries with itself, palm oil, palm kannel, even with it’s oil, kannel shells, and others. In keeping hope alive, the farmer would tell himself prayerfully, ” If the palm nuts at it’s early stage called succintly “Iban” did not die as a result of the challenges that are both natural and sometimes, unnatural, it will certainly become “Edin” in actuality. ” Uu bha gbi Iban, Iban de kin-edin”.
It is true that most “Iban” never enjoyed the natural beauty, satisfaction and or fulfilment associated with becoming a bunch of “Edin” for the farmer (parents) to harvest in it’s season. The almighty God alone decides the end from the beginning. He alone has the power to protect, defend both the “Ojolomen, “Iban” and the eventual “Edin”, it finally becomes even in the midst of the thorns and thissles. Note that thorns and thissles are ever present parts of the environment from where “Edin” must be produced and harvested for the users.
I have come to give God, my preserver thanks for showing up in my days of “Iban”. Thorns and thissles in form of sickness, neglect and outright rejection of the palm trunk (Mama) from whom I ought to be nursed and fed to maturity, God did not allow me to dry up like “Ihiagha”… Hmmmm. My God, I am grateful for all the mercies I have always enjoyed. To all the human Angels that kept watering me, I am grateful to you. Yes, I thank you. I thank also those who presented themselves as thorns as I complete this circle. You drove me to the feet of the maker of the heavens and the earth for rescue. You made me wave my hands like “Ojolomen” to the sky, in Thanksgiving.
So, I can say again, Jesus I love you. All I have is yours. Yours I am and yours I want to be. Please Lord, do with me whatsoever you want even as you grant me grace to begin another circle. Happy birthday to me! “Iban” feke ki-edin” ooooo! Osekhale!!
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