The bustling town is hushed by the weight of today’s three hour trek to visit the hanging coffins. As small motors and bikes fly endlessly across the busy roads in a bizarre mishmash of colours, I am quiet and still, half-deafened by contemplation and knowing that I must think back to what Sagada was to understand what it has become. This is a town filled with stories, and not the usual ‘a dog pissed here and now we’re famous’ kind. Sagada seems ancient, wise and trembling with legends that reverberate through time and create schisms that silence the world of today.
Of course, the hanging coffins themselves are like a mask covering the real attraction they symbolise. Their rugged exterior is a portal that beckons immersion of oneself in the emotions and respect of a 2000 year old tradition suspended in time within the ageing wood nailed upon a cliff…
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Fascinating talk about bamboo usage in building construction.
As in many tropical regions, bamboo forest is very common in the south of Nigeria, they grow effortlessly usually near swampy areas or streams.
I remember my father made our outside kitchen from bamboo with palm tree leaves as the roof. It was a practical kitchen with space to keep few firewood away from rain and a bamboo swinging half-door (aganrandi) and a latch to keep domestic goats off. The kitchen served the family well for about three years before he had to take it down as termites had eaten into the bamboo pillars.
Around the same time, we had a farm barn made of bamboo to store maize and house the chickens, called it Abe ile (under the roof) so-called as it was the place to take shelter when it’s raining or if we all need to meet up for lunch. Abe ile was a lot bigger…
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A former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran has said that the reign of terror by the Boko Haram insurgents on Nigeria and Nigerians would continue unless the federal government was able to channel its effort towards stamping out terrorism in the country in the right direction.
The professor of politics disclosed this during an interview with journalists in Abuja , where he stated that the federal government should do the right thing by going deep down to the root cause of Boko Haram.
He noted that any effort put in place by the government would be futile without tackling the root cause first.
“When you are fighting a situation, either it is weeds on your farm or some sicknesses and diseases, don’t content yourself with dealing with the symptoms, go down deep to the root, I’m a student of strategic studies, some of us have studied them, and…
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The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has urged Nigerian Muslims to use the spiritual ascendancy they attained during the just concluded Ramadan season as a formidable tool to rebuild the fabric of national unity and reaffirm Nigeria’s common destiny as one indivisible entity.
In a special Sallah message issued in Awka on Friday, Governor Obiano expressed the optimism that Nigeria would be the ultimate beneficiary of the spiritual re-armament from the Ramadan season pointing out that Nigeria is a nation in need of healing.
“The mortification achieved from the fasting period must enable us to take a spiritual stock of our lives as a nation and reaffirm our common humanity and our unity as a country.
“Nigeria and indeed the world at large must build bridges of brotherhood to harness the benefits of earthly life and the ultimate purpose of creation. There can be no gainsaying the fact…
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The continued greater narrative:
A Group, under the aegis of Civil Society Organisation Integrity Forum has urged the Federal Government to disregard calls by the United Nations to grant “compassionate abortion” to the pregnant women and girls, recently rescued from Boko Haram captivity.
The group noted that babies parented to bad guys should not be condemned to untimely death because “being bad” was a product of environment and fanaticism of any kind, not genetically-inherited.
According to Dr. Odah Angela who spoke on behalf of the group yesterday in Abuja, the babies conceived in violence were innocent of any wrong doing and they were human beings made in the image and likeness of God, “They deserve a chance at life.”
She stated that the United Nations and Parenthood Federation were not really interested in the welfare of the pregnant women and girls rescued from captivity, adding that the call by the representative of the UN…
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