Ǫkwę ore yie ǫmǫ odi hi

Parrot-Chick is not Dumb
Parrot-Chick is not Dumb

There is an Isoko language proverb that says Ǫkwę ore yie ǫmǫ odi hi which can be translated as Parrot will not give birth to a dumParrot-Chick is not Dumbb child

There are two sides to this parable.

  1. When a child distinguishes himself in line with his parent’s positive contributions to the progress of his community. Take for instance a community orator whose child goes to study law and distinguishes himself as a barrister or the child of a herbalist that distinguishes himself as a pharmacist or medical personnel.
  2. When a child’s malpractice equals or surpasses one or both of his parents’ misdemeanor in the community.

What this implies is that one needs to be careful and observant in a relationship, assignment of responsibilities and commission.

Take for instance this short episode

Temi was on a national assignment to Kaduna where he met his father’s erstwhile co-teacher and friend, Mr. Romi. Mr. Romi took Temi in as a son. Mr. Romi must have known Temi’s circumstantial birth because of the close relationship between him and Temi’s father. After the national assignment, Temi was employed into the computer service center of an elder cousin of his father who did not grow up in their hometown and knew not his history. Temi continued staying with Mr. Romi after the national assignment.

Mr. Romi’s wife later died of cancer. Mr. Romi decided to take on another wife; his children having grown up. Temi was still cohabiting with him and two of his sons who sometimes came on holidays. The young men noticed unusual closeness between Temi and the new wife and informed their father whereupon Mr. Romi accused his sons of bias because he believed they were jealous for their late mother’s position. The young men also drew their father’s attention to the serious resemblance of the son of the new wife to Temi. Mr. Romi dismissed this as mere coincidence.

One fateful day, on a tip off by co-tenants, Mr. Romi feigned a few days’ journey only to come back in the middle of the night, entered into his apartment with his spare key and found Temi and his wife on his family bed; tucked under the same cover.

Bayo, as a student, was staying with his elder brother who was married. The wife also had a sister who was staying with her. These two youths started enjoying an illicit relationship that eventually resulted in pregnancy. Temi was the output of that pregnancy.  The two youths were not allowed to marry.

In Africa, the population behaves like Mr. Romi by allowing the children of erstwhile rulers who had looted the economies to continue in governance. In Nigeria for instance, you scarcely find the children of committed past leaders as Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Balewa and Anthony Enahoro in governance simply because they had been so groomed in righteousness that they cannot fit into the politics of corruption and nepotism that is prevailing.

  • Parrots are birds of the roughly 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions. Characteristic features of parrots include a strong, curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs, and clawed zygodactyl feet. Many parrots are vividly coloured, and some are multi-coloured.

They form the most variably sized bird order in terms of length. They feed mainly on seeds, nuts, fruit, buds, and other plant material. A few species sometimes eat animals and carrion, while the lories and lorikeets are specialised for feeding on floral nectar and soft fruits. Almost all parrots nest in tree hollows (or nest boxes in captivity), and lay white eggs from which they hatch altricial (helpless) young.

Parrots are among the most intelligent birds, and the ability of some species to imitate human voices enhances their popularity as pets. Some, like the grey African parrot, are intelligent and talk at the level of a four-to-five year old human.

Parrots are kept as companion animals to fulfill social, emotional, and cognitive needs of their human caretakers.

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Engr Joseph Babatunde Fagoyinbo was born on January 16, 1947. He enlisted for engineering education and obtained the BSc degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1977 and an M.Eng degree in Environmental Engineering in 1982. He attended an 8-week training programme at the Fondation de l’Eau, Limoges France in July/August 1998 as the leader of a Nigerian delegation. In 2000 he also attended the UNESCO-sponsored Higher Hydrologicy Course at the Moscow State University in July/August 2000 Engr Fagoyinbo has since 1977 been having practsing in the field of engineering including design and construction supervision of water supply, river channel training works and environmental management facilities, industrial development, entrepreneurship, etc.

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