While growing, my parents were fans of this Yoruba program titled ‘Iriri aye‘ which means ‘happenings in the world’. It is a televised program that specifically tells scary tales happening in the world and it has this scary theme song which usually leaves my sister and I terrified.
Yes! We were always scared to even move a leg whenever the program begins. Many times, we cover our ears with pillows to block us from hearing whatsoever it was that was being said on the program. At other times, we refused running any errands at such time because our imagination runs wild.
This was something we could tell our parents but we feared that they may take it wrongly or even laugh at us for such naivety. Hence, we kept our fears to ourselves and silenced our voices.
Relating this to the current state of Nigeria, especially the police brutality, one would say we the citizens have been quiet for too long. We silenced our voice for fear that nothing will be done while these people squeeze the essence out of us, make life unbearable, and still laugh at us for our naivety.
The brutality humans suffer in the hands of those meant to protect us is inhumane and I am glad, we have finally broken the silence.
Finding our voice was hard, nonetheless, we are taking action and not watching like the generation before us did. These are some great achievements and this time around, we won’t keep quiet till our voices are heard.
The least you and I can do is lend a voice. Don’t be like my sister and I.
Enough of the silence!
Find your voice!