The Yorubas: A Cultural Panacea To Corruption Ravage


Thanks be to God, the Creator of every living being, everywhere, who, on His own volition, in His unchallengeable supremacy, kindly created and breathed into my nostrils the breath of life that today still makes me a living soul and being myself, the Oosabeji@iyeruokinolofamojo. Com” lojokojo” forever and ever.

Why this adoration and pride in supplication to God? Because to only Him belongs all praises that shouldn’t and can’t be shared with anybody, with Him is repository of power, wisdom , strength and beauty inherent in the entire cosmos, universe and with creatures in their diversified vastness. For little me, tiny in body, nothing in affluence, sinful like others but yet considered worthy to have found a veritable channel into this world through my parents, Offa community and YORUBAS in general and particular I say glory be to God.

The belief systems amongst the Yorubas emphasise the role of “self” , the responsibilities and rewards as implications attendant to thoughts, words and actions thus the word in esoteric dimensions as “Alatise ni mo atise ara e”, “only the” self” can determine the self when in life encounters” . Know thyself for it is in self knowledge one cannot be falsed, falsified or corrupted.

From a child’s childhood days, the Yoruba plots one back to self by reminding one in the saying, ” Alagemo ti bi omo, o fi owo e lejo, aimojo ku si owo e”, the child once guided on the path of life by parents owns personal responsibilities for the eventual fate, fortune or/and misfortune reaped with ample harvests.

To live a straight forward, unblemished life, the Yoruba pride in enunciating the beauty in dignity of labour which is regarded as panacea to poverty as such instructed to be resourceful and very hard working .

To be self reliant the Yoruba abhor any child depends on parental affluence no matter how the opulence because whatever was not particularly struggled for or borne out of personal achievements shall shatter and scatter at the time of storm.

J. F Odunjo whose book on ” Ise ni Ogun ise”, was a reference point for children and parents because it equally carries a passage that reminds the evil rich of the other side to ill gotten wealth that if today you are being hailed and honoured as honourable, distinguished senator and even excellency because of mere earthly position you today occupy, next when you are no longer in position the whole world will mock, malign or chastise to the level of being crucified.

On corruption as an abhorrence to human dignity and as a social malaise, we the Yorubas were taught during our childhood days to detest corruption, theft and stealing because he who stole if caught would be taken to court and the judge would condemn and ask that he be handcuffed and taken to jail. Rather than steal the Yorubas feel it is preferable to suffer poverty in servitude than be phylum of the novae riche whose lives of affluence are calamitous to human dignity.

The war against corruption needs not arise today especially amongst the Yorubas since there is well embellished in our tradition and culture, custom and belief, altruistic values to be imbibed and upheld from one generation to another but today, the disdain and dismay that a number of Yorubas are equally frontliners and bunsen burners in the sink, drain and sapping of our beloved nation Nigeria.

Many of such are captains of religion and stalwarts of politics, so powerful they are that they have successfully through acts of commission and ommission made Yoruba race no longer enviable and admirable for the current generation.

The two foreign religions have greatly created the high sense of superiority/ inferiority complexes to our Yoruba ways of doing things which in past years made the Yoruba family fabrics not only strong but insuscetible to corruption and ill gotten wealth. Amongst the Yorubas of today, the admixture of religion and politics make it obvious the saying of Dr Kenneth Idiodi, a Rosicrucian personge, who concluded on corruption in governance, “Religion has been politicised, politics has been religionised while religion and politics have been commercialised. “.

Should the Yorubas wage war against corruption, yes but first the war against the evil part of “Self” that pushes one into ill- gotten wealth and life of vanity. Let us reason together, let’s be reminded of Hubert Ogunde’s lyrics in” Yoruba Ronu” and idowu Animashaun’s admonition, “Ema je ki o baje o, ko baje lowo agba, Oluwa a ranwa lowo o”
May Peace be unto us all.

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