By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Barr. Chief Muhammed Musa Tanko has felicitated with the Balogun of Yoruba land and Northern Nigeria, Hon. Chief John D Anjorin (JP) on the auspicious occasion of his birthday anniversary.
Barr. Tanko in a congratulatory message released by his Media Aide, Yahaya Idris, on Sunday, in Lokoja described Chief John Anjorin as an uprightman with a large heart and inexhaustible reservoir of goodwill for his people & those around him.
The former Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area Administrator also posited that “Anjorin”, as he is fondly called by admirers, has, as a critical stakeholder, used his social-political influence for the betterment of his people and All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State.
Barr. Tanko further on behalf of his family, supporters, friends and well-wishers, wished Chief Anjorin a joyous birthday celebration, praying for continued blessings and grace upon him, enveloped in longlife and prosperity.
Chief Anjorin who is a former Kogi State APC acting Secretary for the period of 3 years, 8 months from September 2014/2018 where he perform excellently by giving the party formidable strength and ensure internal democracy was restored, Sustained and maintained.
Anjorin currently serve as substantial APC state Assistant Secretary, hails from Ayeteju Agbajogun Amuro in Mopamuro LGA, Kogi state Nigeria.
He is happily married blessed with lovely children.
My Angel Is 60 – Rauf Aregbesola
My sojourn in Kaduna in the 1980s, first for my youth service and later for a paid employment, will remain ever memorable. This is because it was there that I found the love of my life, Iyaafin Sherifat Abidemi Aregbesola.
I was a dashing young man with long hair and ideological fire burning in my soul. I had been caught in the throes of the ideological fervour of the time. I left The Polytechnic Ibadan fired with idealism and was prepared to change the world.
People of my generation actually were fiercely nationalistic. They wanted the best for the country and at the same time were globalist. Our vision was not just for Nigeria; we wanted a world devoid of injustice, inequality, poverty, diseases and other afflictions of humanity. Kaduna too was a hotbed of activism and provided a natural habitat for me. I was therefore too serious to have any social life. All that would soon change.
It started 39 years ago when I daily secretly admired a damsel in front of her residence on Ibrahim Taiwo Road, in Tundun-Wada, Kaduna. Strangely, it appeared this fine young lady was always there whenever I passed by on my way to my own residence in Dustima Road, Tundun-Wada, in the same Kaduna.
Then, the courage to get down from the commuter bus failed me most of the time to engage her. Towards the end of the service year I eventually mustered the will to so do. However, I left the state soon after.
Providence smiled on me when the defunct Nigeria External Telecommunications (NET) Ltd, offered me employment same year and deployed me to Kaduna, to join in the construction, commissioning and operation of the second satellite telecommunication gateway, in Kujama, Kaduna.
On my return to Kaduna, I did not waste any time in re-engaging with the young beautiful lady that had greatly attracted my admiration and interest. The rest they say is history.
We married in 1983, and the union is marvellously blessed with good children and a paradise of a home. I cannot have a better life partner. My wife is my companion, adviser, guide, protector, teacher, lover and manager. She is a resourceful mother to the children and a worthy matriarch of the family.
Over the years I can say without equivocation that it was an angel that came my way in 1981, who I tied the nuptials with in 1983. Her love for me is total and unquenchable. She was tailor-made for me. I believe the feeling is mutual. By the grace of God, she has been a worthy companion and assistant in my journey of life. She has filled me with laughter and joy and she is worth more than the entire world to me.
I am grateful to Allah SWT for His mercy on the union and my darling wife for her huge sacrifice to manage me over the years. My heart is filled with praise to the Most High for the blessing of an angel He brought my way.
As she celebrates her diamond jubilee with our country, Nigeria, I wish her more grace, good health, long and fulfilled life as I equally wish Nigeria peace, progress and success in the process of nation building.
Sixty is a remarkable landmark. She has matured in every way and mastered the art of being a good wife and mother. But she is still as beautiful and appealing to me as she was 39 years ago.
Darling, happy birthday and many happy returns.
HE Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Former Governor and now
Minister of Interior
Kogi LG APC Hopeful Chairmanship Candidate, Barr, Tanko, Others Grace Chieftaincy Conferments In Kogi Community.
By Yahaya Idris, Kogi.
A hopeful Chairmanship candidate of APC in Kogi LG and immediate past Administrator of the council, Hon. Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa were among eminent Nigerians that was a guests when some persons who distinguished themselves to the service of their people and humanity were conferred with the chieftaincy titles in the palace of HRH. Haggai Kaka Tanyizinin of Lagbeta Kingdom, Chikara South, Kogi LG.
At the epoch-making event were the retired National Assembly Staff, Chief Enoch Jarumi, the representatives of various chiefs within and outside the kingdom were presents.
The guests list also included sons and daughters from home and abroad, senior government functionaries and members of the organised private sector.
In his goodwill message, former Administrator of Kogi Local Government Area and guest of honour in the event, Hon. Chief Barr. Muhammed Tanko Musa, shortly after introducing his humble self to the gathering commended HRH. Haggai Kaka Tanyizinin of Lagbeta Kingdom, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Enoch Jarumi (Bezheyakwo of Chikara and other invited guests for considering him worthy of the honour, assuring that being a friend of the Elder Jarumi for over some decades that they had been talking on phone before this present event came up.
Barr. Tanko commended the paramount ruler for a sustainable peace, development and unity of purpose as enjoyed by the residents of this community urging him to sustain the tempo.
While speaking on the conferment ceremony, Barr. Tanko who is the Danmasani Koton-Karfe Kingdom, explained that been installed with a Chieftaincy title mean a recognition from your people to do more in the community that had marked a turning point for a development he had always been supportive of all projects aimed at bringing succour, hope and relief to the town and the people.
Barr. Tanko who also vie for office of Executive Chairman in the forthcoming LG election promised to deliver their message to His Excellency, Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.
According to him, peace remain panacea or essential ingredients for any nation to develop. Aligning himself with the youths of the area who have engaged themselves in agriculture without waiting for white cola jobs.
“I am extremely happy with their milestone achievements, which had impacted greatly on the quality of life and economy of the people and the community”, said Barr. Tanko.
In his reaction to the glowing tributes, Chief Enoch Jarumi and Bezheyakwo Chikara, gave praises to God, the Chief of Lagbeta, all sons and daughters of Lagbeta for the honour, stressing that if not for their love, cooperation and supports, all he had achieved since he came to the town would have been a mirage.
He commended Barr. Tanko for his usual uprightness, diligence, maturity and dexterity of purpose before, during and his reign when he served in the council as Administrator hoping and praying God to return him back in order to continued from where he has stop.
Elder Jarumi also commended Ohimegye Koton-Karfe kingdom, HRM. Alhaji Abdulrazaq Sani Isah-Koto for his fatherly role especially in ensuring relentless peace and development flourishing in his domain.
He, however, expressed optimism that Lagbeta Kingdom would witness greater development going by the prevailing peace, monumental changes and life transforming projects that have existed since the installation of the new King, HRH. Haggai Kaka as the Tanyizinim of Lagbeta over a year ago.
A Chieftaincy title holder who spoke on behalf of other recipients thanked the King for considering them worthy of the titles assuring the king that they will always avail themselves for community services.
The Ma’nene Death Ritual: An Indonesian Tradition Where People Dig Up And Hang Out With Their Dead Love Ones
Who wouldn’t want to see and “hang out” with their loved ones years after their death? Learn about the Ma’nene death ritual from Indonesia.
For many people, the worst part about losing a loved one is the fact that we never see them again. Once they are buried, that’s it. The person is gone forever, and the only way we can see them is in pictures and our memories. However, not all cultures “do” death the same way. Case in point: the Ma’nene death ritual in Indonesia, practiced by the Torajan people of Sulawesi island. In English, this ritual means “The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses,” and that is exactly what they do.
Every three years, for more than 900 years, the people of Lembang Paton Village dig out the mummified bodies of their loved ones to clean them up, dress them in new clothes, and bury them again. The ceremony, celebrated by all the families in the village, is a key element in their belief system, which combines Christian and indigenous concepts. The idea behind it all is that death is not the end of a person’s life, but rather another step (a very important one) in a long, spiritual life. For this reason, every detail of a person’s death, burial, and afterlife must be carefully seen to, and family members spare no expenses in fulfilling their duties. The resulting ceremonies are so lavish and complex that tourists go from all over the world to witness them.
As you may have guessed, a Torajan funeral, called “Rambu Solo,” doesn’t come cheap. In fact, they are so expensive (an average funeral costing the family tens of thousands of dollars), that most of the time, the family prefers to keep the dead family member’s body in the house until they can afford a proper ceremony. This waiting period can last weeks and even months, so the family keeps the body wrapped up like a mummy in a special room, feeding and tending to it, as if the person were merely “sick.” Then, when there’s enough money saved, the family goes ahead with funeral, they bury the body in the same plot of land as the house, and they don’t see their loved one again until the next Ma’nene ceremony.
The Ma’nene ritual:
Every three years, as was mentioned above, Lembang Paton Village celebrates their corpse-cleaning ceremony. The village leaders sing for days leading up to the exhumation, and then, every mummy is dug up by the respective family members, so they can be brushed, cleaned, and dressed in new clothes. The coffins too are given a touch-up, getting repairs and sometimes being replaced altogether in order to slow down the decomposition process. This part of the ceremony is perhaps the most emotional one because we get to see the living family members interacting with their loved ones, taking photos with them, and enjoying the opportunity to “see” them once again. Whether the loved one has only been dead for a year or has already been gone for decades, it is definitely a great gift for everyone who misses them. After the bodies are dressed in their new clothes, they are re-buried for another three years until the next ceremony.
From an outsider’s perspective, especially a Western one, the Ma’nene ceremony is definitely a lot to take in because it goes against everything we believe regarding death. However, even if we never like to practice it or even witness it, we can still look beyond the shocking images and think about the emotional and spiritual elements. Who wouldn’t want to see and “hang out” with their loved ones years after their death? In a way, not only would it be a way to have them with us in the world of the living for a little while, but it would also be a way to come to terms with the fact that one day we’ll join them on the other side.
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