By Uwagboe Ogieva
16th September, 2020

Life is a lesson Time is precious and reasonable only to self.

When my father was alife, He worked hard to make sure we feed, get educated and become responsible children. He was a custodian of Edo culture and tradition. was so involve and incline in serving and performing palace duties. He was among "igbama" of "ogbelaka" that dance ekasa for Oba Erediawa and serving earlier Oba Akenzua. His father too (Ogieva Ogbeide) who was also a great traditional medicine doctor, was among inner chief performing rituals in the palace. They both were great custodian of Edo culture and tradition.

At the time we grow older, catholism and penticostalism cut up with us as early as 10 years old, we became baptize and born agains. The invisible Jesus became our father, mother, teacher and spiritual leader (by faith as they indoctrinated us). Now born again, Edo culture and tradition became paganism, idolatory and dirty. I lost interest in questioning and learning what my grand father knew, what my father knew and many family tradtions.

Getting to Europe suppose civilize world, I realize all i have been tought was fake and deception. I saw the value of ones tradition and culture. helding many community festival planning committees in Europe, I saw, Indian, Parkistan, Morroccans, Equatorianos, Brazilian, Mexicans, Cubans, Russians, Italian and many divers cultures all accross the world being celebrated. I painted myself several time like what Edo people will call "Ekpo" to demonstrate celebrating on Spanish festivals. It took me many years be able to decolonize my christian indoctrinated and colonized mind.

Realizing why must be myself, value, live my culture including selling it to outside world like everyone does, made up my mind to set out time to follow up with my father who was so knowledgable about Edo culture and tradition. My passion grew high going back to the root to relearn.

While was preparing a travel home from Europe, visit my father to explain many history, culture, tradition and family customs to make a documentary . A shocking news came to me that my lovely and dearest daddy is gone to meet his ancestors. uff!, I lost It!, I lost the knowledge of my grand father and my father! . I commonlize them, I didn't care to write anything down. I procrastinated and I am now to find myself in the dark.

*Where did I get It wrong? How can I help my children not to have same experience?
I will stop here and allow my readers* ...

By Uwagboe Ogieva
16th September, 2020
Uwagboe Ogieva is a trained, certified and licensed IT professional. Freelance writter, author and Publisher of www.edolanguage.com .President of Ogbenbe Urru Edo Associate
CEO : Otedo Web, App & Graphic Professionals NiG LTD.

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Comment by Otedo News Update on September 17, 2020 at 9:28am
Accept my condolences for the lost of your dad I knew he didn’t die but transit to his supernatural kingdom, him will surely reincarnate!
Is a pity millions of Africans alkebulan black indigenous or aboriginal peoples has lost their value in human society race, we accepted whatever the pale Caucasian skin told and gave us, we saw ourselves as inferior towards Chinese Arabs Europeans India!
We welcome their brainwashed food religion politics languages clothing culture traditions now they has succeeded in colonizing our mind spirit and soul!
The only thing left for us is our culture traditions and history but our people saw it as demonic act to the extent they preferred the once the oppressors brought !
We all are in big trouble because the things that hold us all together has been shaken for so so long !
We are the most confused people on this planet right now!
Religion beliefs and fate has divided us to the extent we’re now virus towards ourselves!
Those of us that has the privilege to woke up and question everything is be referred to as evil treat and demon!
Children woke up and start insulting their reverend king’s and kingdom because him or she believes religion god is the final
We hope one day we will have a leadership who throughly understand the entire broken system and stand to rebuild everything we lost not interest of his payroll master but interest of his people!
Knowledge is power

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