In Kogi, masquerades do not drive posh cars

Ekuechi masquerade festival (PHOTO: Ebiraview)

By Kingsley Fanwo

“Yesterday, I received a call from a friend who resides in Lagos. After the New Year banters, my friend was clearing his throat, so mischievously that I instantly knew he was up to something sinister.

“But Kingsley, how come your masquerades in Kogi are so expensive?

“Who told you Kogi masquerades are expensive my friend? My late grandfather was a leading ‘Aworo’ (masquerades’ custodian), so I know a bit of the mystery of masquerades. In Kogi, masquerades are not expensive.

“My friend slipped into a laughter of garrulity. He wouldn’t take any of my explanations. What was important to my Lagosian friend.

“His representative in the house of representatives, James, sorry, Chief James Abiodun Faleke had told the world that the Governor of Kogi State, his leader in the All Progressives Congress, donated posh cars and handsome millions to masquerades!

“I was shocked. Even if Chief Faleke is a Lagosian, he was born and brought up in Kogi state. His community, Ekinrin Adde parades some of masquerade that boast of cultural artistry and finesse.

“I was forced to harmlessly ask my friend if Eyo drives posh cars on the streets of Lagos. Brother Faleke, masquerades are extra-terrestrial beings. They do not drive cars.

“The governor went to celebrate an important festival with his people. He loves his people. He has always been with his people. He is a proud Anebira who would not trade his place of birth on the altar of political desperation.

“The Kogi story will always be laden with the desperation of falsehood merchants who are more interested in misinformation and character assassination.

“The administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello is poised to rebound our state and consolidate his gains of the last two years. We have serious business to do here. Kogi is our baby, we won’t allow any knife on it.

“You went to the villa to report the Governor that he was de-marketing the party in the state. But in the past few weeks, thousands came out to declare support for the Governor. Your frustration is understood but please stop sinking further. We love you. You are our brother.

“In the same spirit of comedy to complete this friendly fire, I urge our Road Safety Corps to ensure masquerades hold their licenses before driving!”

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