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|Arrow Of God: The Case Of ASUU And Ezeulu by Licensed2Kill(m): 12:56pm On Dec 04, 2013|
This popular novel by Chinua Achebe is set amongst the villages of the Igbo people in British Nigeria of
Ezeulu is the chief priest ofthe god Ulu, worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro. The
book begins with Ezeulu and Umuaro getting in a battle with a nearby
village, Okperi. The conflict is abruptly resolved when T.K. Winterbottom, the British colonial overseer, intervenes.
After the conflict, a Christian missionary, John Goodcountry, arrives in Umuaro. Goodcountry
began to tell the villages tales of Nigerians in the Niger Delta who abandoned (and battled) their traditional "bad customs," in favor of Christianity.
Ezeulu is called away from his village by Winterbottom, and he is invited to become a part of the colonial administration, a policy known as indirect rule.
Ezeulu refuses to be a "white man's chief" and is thrown in prison. In Umuaro, the people cannot harvest the yams
until Ezeulu has called the New Yam Feast to give
thanks to Ulu. When Ezeulu returns from
prison, he refuses to call the feast despite being
implored by other
important men in the village to make a compromise. Ezeulu reasons to the people and to himself that it is not his will but Ulu's; Ezeulu believes himself to be half spirit and half man. The
yams begin to rot in the field, and a famine ensues for which the village
blames Ezeulu. Seeing this as an opportunity, John
Goodcountry proposes that the village offer thanks to the Christian God instead so that they may harvest what remains of their crops with "immunity".
Many of the villagers have already lost their faith in Ezeulu. One of Ezeulu's sons (Iyayi, anyone?) dies during a
traditional ceremony, and
the village interprets this as a sign that Ulu (the god) has abandoned their priest.
Rather than face another famine, the village converts to Christianity.
Ezeulu like ASUU now held the whole community to ransom because he felt his wish must be fulfiled no matter the amount of harms befallen the community.
Ezeulu like ASUU did not listen to the frantic pleas of the notable people in the community thereby losing public sympathy and their goodwill.
Ezeulu like ASUU allowed his stubbornness to sabotage the yam which eventually became rotten as we students are now currently rotting at home.
Eventually, Ezeulu like ASUU lost his kins and public support and sympathy.
Ezeulu like ASUU drove people away from them to find another solution to their plights. I'm sure almost all the students in our private universities went there because they want a stable academic calendar not because of their academic excellence.
The best form of negotiation is the one all parties leave slightly disappointed so i wonder why ASUU does not want to reach a compromise to salvage the little left of our rotten education system because it's gettin so worse im afraid its never going to get better again if this strike lingers on for a moment longer.
This is a was the FG is never going to lose no matter the outcome so the best strategy for ASUU now is Damage Limitation.
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