What Made The Stage Collapse


In Niger state Nigeria on Saturday morning 11th sept, a podium carrying a crowd of government officials, members of a political group, caved in under them without any warning. Although injuries were sustained, no deaths were recorded (God save the carpenter), just the undignified experience of sinking through the podium crack like piling refuse being poured into an incinerator. More interesting than the helpless officials are the full scale interpretations following the mishap like explanations given by a mad native doctor. So the question is “what made the stage collapse?”

The most vocal arbitrators are certain this is the work of saboteurs in the employ of rival political groups. As we speak, major intelligence reports are being gathered and certain known felons have been brought in for questioning. The actions of the faceless cowards who wish to undermine the efforts of these well-meaning yes-men shall not go unpunished.

The overwhelming majority wonder why any question is being asked at all,
“It is ‘KARMA’” they chorus. One elderly woman dancing round her cooking pot sings “the Lord that answers by fire na him be my God…”, she warns the political crowd like the old time prophets to “watch out for more judgement” as their cups are finally full. Some people even bemoan the mercy of God that none of the evil political money mongers died; they should have been many deaths.

A minority of business gurus and company executives are convinced it is the age old problem of corruption.
”Is it not the same contractors that build our roads that built the stage?” they ask. “Why would you expect the man to build a stage that would last through a three hour program if he can’t build a road that would last through the raining season”. It is a taste of their own medicine; no one should feel sorry for them.

The academicians after a closed door meeting would come up with their own hypothesis.
“The average Nigerian politician weighs as much as two normal people. So the stage calculated to carry seven hundred average men minus women and children ended up carrying the weight of a thousand four hundred people, which exceeded its breaking point, thereby causing the collapse.”
They would propose that every Nigerian politician be referred to as ‘them’ when speaking of one person.”

Many other groups are still filling in their reports and more intelligence is still coming in, but something totally different occurred to me. This story of our unfortunate politicians reminds me that in life we are all on a stage and that sometimes this stage collapses under us; sometimes because we did something that caused it, other times not. Stuff sometimes happen, not because some malevolent trickster is at work, but because life happens. If you spend your whole day trying to discover why you hit your left toe on the step, or why immediately you opened the door, the car splashed water on you or why there is a snail in front of your office door when you got there this morning, I’m afraid you’ll waste valuable hours going around in unproductive circles.

In life when you fall through the cracks, get up, dust your behind, wave at the cheering or jeering crowd and move on. 

Kanayo Aniegboka

Kani is a Nigerian born and based minister, public speaker, entrepreneur and life coach. His keen and unique perspective to life issues makes him a refreshing voice to listen to. He currently serves as the Executive Coordinator of House on the Rock - Word House and sits on the board of a number of companies.

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