I was 13 when my parents moved from Ado Ekiti, old Ondo State to Ondo, our home town in 1983.
My uncle, Chief Gani Fawehinmi personally took me to Saint Joseph’s College and secured my admission. Our Principal was Reverend Father Adegoke.
I returned from school daily through my grandmother’s house at Gani Fawehinmi Street, Ondo. Saint Joseph’s College is located at Ife Road and my father’s family house was located at Okedasa Street. My gradmother’s house was in between the 2 ocations.
One of the things I did for my grandmother mother was to read her newspapers to her. Her son, Chief Gani Fawehinmi was a vintage newsmaker. His activism was daily and the zeal of the same had consumed him. The print and electronic media fought over who would break the news of his noble struggle for an egalitarian Nigeria. My grandmother was for obvious reasons interested in following the activities and activism of her only son.
Thus, I would sit down with my grandmother, Alhaja Muniratu Omobolaji Fawehinmi(Nee Akinibosun) to read and interpret the newspapers to her. I was also an interpreter when newspaper reporters came calling from Lagos to interview her.
Looking back today, I believe this daily ritual with my grandmother birthed my interest in social and political rebellion and initiated me into the same.
I am a rebel with a cause, an irredeemable one for that matter. Everything I do must have the flavor of Social Activism. This is who I was formed to be, before the world began.
So more than ever before, in the year of our Lord, 2021, I am kind of done with discussing the rights and protection of the Nigerian child outside the context of the Nigerian state.
The bitter truth is that the well-being of children is often proportional to the state of social, political, and economic well-being of the nation in which they are being raised.
In my conversations with primary and secondary parents/caregivers and their precious children, my primary aim shall be to make you socio-politically conscious fellows, who are able to demand for your rights from the Nigerian state and its captors because therein lies the eternal solution for Securing A Friendly and Protective Environment® for the precious African child.
Do have an INSPIRED week.