Understanding the Politics of Religion in 21st Century (democratic) Nigeria: Death vs. the Power

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


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(Act 1, Scene 1)

Boy-Boy: Good-morning Sir.
Small Oga: Good-morning. What is in the News today.
Boy-Boy: Oga, it is Death.
Small Oga: Who is that?
Boy-Boy: Oga, people have been killed. Plenty of them. Reports say it is the animal keepers at work again. Big Oga’s first cousins.
Small Oga: Who and who have died this time? Is it those troublesome traders in the East that their big mouths will not let them live in peace?
Boy-Boy: Ah… no oh, Oga. It is actually your people. Well… the ones that you worship with. But they are Big Oga’s second cousins. And Big Oga’s first cousins are killing them.
Small Oga: Wait… so this is a family affair?
Boy-Boy: I don’t really know Sir. But Big Oga’s first cousins have also killed other people from other areas before, who worship with you. I won’t say that this is just a family affair.
Small Oga: Ok, thank you. Let us take a minute to pray for the dead.
(One minute silence)
Small Oga: I will update Big Oga.
Boy-Boy: Thank you Sir.
(Scene 1 ends)

***

(Act 1, Scene 2)

Small Oga: Oga, good-morning Sir.
Big Oga: Good-morning. What is in the news today?
Small Oga: Oga, they say it is death.
Big Oga: Who has died today?
Small Oga: Oga, your second cousins - my worship-people and constituency - were killed by your first cousins.
Big Oga: How many died?
Small Oga: Only 347 people.
Big Oga: Ok. What have we done so far?
Small Oga: We have prayed for the dead.
Big Oga: Has Big Daddy, or any other of your Daddies or Mummies said anything yet?
Small Oga: No Sir. But I believe they prayed for the dead too.
Big Oga: Good. Now, let us keep an eye on the situation.
Small Oga: No problem Sir. I will keep you updated.
Big Oga: Thank you.
(Scene 2 ends. Act 1 ends)

****

(Act 2, Scene 1)

Boy-Boy: Good-morning Sir.
Small Oga: Good-morning. What is in the News today.
Boy-Boy: Oga, it is Death again.
Small Oga: Who is it this time?
Boy-Boy: It is still the animal keepers. They have killed more of your worship-people; Big Oga’s second cousins.
Small Oga: Why will these people just go and be looking for death? This is becoming highly annoying!
Boy-Boy: Ah… Oga, Big Oga’s first cousins came back again and killed more of Big Oga’s second cousins in the night. Because nothing was done before.
Small Oga: Who told you that? They should have done more to avoid their death. Ok, let’s pray for the dead again.
(One minute silence)
Big Oga: Amen.
Boy-Boy: Amen.
Small Oga: Thank you. I will update Big Oga.
Boy-Boy: But Oga… the people are murmuring. They are saying that neither you nor Big Oga have come out to say anything on the deaths.
Small Oga: What??? Is it our culture for leaders to speak every time there is small palaver? Do we owe people any obligation of speech? My friend, will you get out from my presence, before I decimate you!!
(Boy-Boy flees)
(Scene 1 ends)

***

(Act 2, Scene 2)

Small Oga: Oga, good-morning Sir.
Big Oga: Good-morning. What is in the news today?
Small Oga: Oga, they say it is death again.
Big Oga: Who this time?
Small Oga: Oga, more of your second cousins - my worship-people and constituency - were killed by your first cousins.
Big Oga: How many died?
Small Oga: Just 503 people this time.
Big Oga: Ok. What have we done so far?
Small Oga: We have prayed for the dead again. Although… I heard of murmurs, that the people are not happy we have not come out to say anything.
Big Oga: Toh… should we be worried?
Small Oga: Sir, you don’t need to make any statement. Even I don’t need to make any statement. After all, prayer is the master key.
Big Oga: Ok. My exact thoughts. Has Big Daddy, or any other of your Daddies or Mummies said anything yet?
Small Oga: No Sir. Although the umbrella Association of Daddies and Mummies ordered a day of fasting and prayer. And that troublesome woman ‘Daddy’ at the gate of Abuja said you lied, that you do not belong to everybody. But she is a lone voice in the wilderness.
Big Oga: Good. Let us continue to keep an eye on the situation. Maybe we can send some police-men there… the ones that we did not use as body-guards for Latisha’s wedding can go.
Small Oga: No problem Sir. I will keep you updated.
Big Oga: Thank you.

(Scene 2 ends. Act 2 ends)

***
(Act 3, Scene 1)
Boy-Boy: Good-morning Sir.
Small Oga: Good-morning. Don’t tell me Death is in the news today again.
Boy-Boy: (Smiling) No Oga, not at all. It’s just Big Daddy who stepped down. Today is a good day.
Small Oga: Wait… Big Daddy stepped down?? Why?
Boy-Boy: Oga, I heard it’s one good governance code something, that one new mini-Oga passed.
Small Oga: How is that good news? Do you know what this means, that Big Daddy stepped down?? We are finished!!!
Boy-Boy: But…
Small Oga: I have to leave now. I need to see big Oga immediately.
(Scene 1 ends)

***
(Act 3, Scene 2)
Big Oga: Small Oga! It is surprising to see you here this early. What is in the news today?
Small Oga: Ah… Oga, nothing good. We are finished. We may as well just resign.
Big Oga: Why? Are there more deaths??
Small Oga: Death ke? This one is worse than Death o. Big Daddy has stepped down.
Big Oga: (Begins to sweat profusely) Ehhhn! Why??
Small Oga: He says that our government has made a law that he cannot be Big Daddy again. Other Daddies and Mummies are adding their voices. We have lost my people. We have lost all the congregation. We cannot make it in re-election. Let us kuku resign now.
Big Oga: Wait, wait. Calm down. Who passed this law? Is it the Parliament??
Small Oga: Parliament ke? Those ones that are still pre-occupied with getting collecting their car money that we seized?? It is that oversabi mini-Oga you appointed to be the head of reporters.
Big Oga: Ok. I will make a statement myself on this issue. But before then, I will remove him, suspend the discriminatory law, and call Big Daddy to apologise for such arrant buffoonery.
Small Oga: Thank you Sir. I knew you will not hesitate to take immediate and effective action in this time of dire trouble. My deity bless you.
(Scene 2 ends)

***
(Act 3, Scene 3)

Big Oga: Hello? Good-morning Big Daddy.
Big Daddy: Bless you. How are you?? How are the affairs of the nation?
Big Oga: Big Daddy, I am well. But worried. I am worried that you have been upset by that irritable law passed by mini-Oga.
Big Daddy: Hmmm… thank you for your concern. As a law abiding citizen, I did the needful.
Big Oga: No, no, no, no!!! There is no need for that. You can undo what you did. I have sacked him, and I have suspended that rubbish policy. After all, why am I Big Oga, if I cannot take actions, and ensure the welfare of the people I govern??
Big Daddy: Thank you so much for understanding. It is well with us all. We will pray for you again, like we did before, and you will conquer all your enemies.
Big Oga: Thank you Big Daddy. Errr … one more thing. About those killings of your constituencies by my first cousins, our hands have really, really been full. We are overwhelmed. It is as though it is spirits who move around doing the killing. We have not been able to make one arrest, or discover anything. But my people are keeping an eye on things.
Big Daddy: I understand how these things are my dear. You leaders are really helpless. But there is a greater power that will come down and fight these evil forces. Amen.
Big Oga: Amen.

(Scene 3 Ends. Act 3 ends)

(Curtain falls)

The End.




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3 comments

  1. Abeg where is big Aunty M or mini aunty K. This is a good script. We cannot waste dis talent o

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  2. Na to shoot short film with this script sure pass

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