UNCLE FANI-KAYODE: THE YORUBA UNCLE YOU MUST NOT LOOK UP TO (2)

By Shomoye Abiodun R.

As it is known, cultural attributes are not inborn but rather, they are transferable character traits, hence there is need for young Yoruba boys and/or girls to look up to elderly ones to copy and imbibe those enviable features. As an ethnic group within the country, Yoruba is blessed with many elders who have assumed the position of elites within and outside the country, which elders have remained role models to all growing Yoruba offspring. But, recently, a particular Yoruba elite seems to be doing everything possible to buy attention on every available medium, displaying his pseudo Yoruba features. He is no other than Femi Fani Kayode.

For starters, David Olufemi Adewunmi Abdullateef Fani-Kayode is a Nigerian lawyer with international connections, an essayist and a politician. He was born into the prominent Ile-Ife family of Rev Emmanuel Adebayo Fani-Kayode. Careerwise, he was  once a special assistant, then the minister of culture and tourism, later becoming the minister of aviation, all during the watch of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the erstwhile president of the country (between 2003-2007). Femi Fani Kayode is generally known as a man with verbal diarrhea; his mouth is ever busy spewing vitriol or honey, depending on who he is lambasting or praising; for his numerous attention seeking gimmicks. FFK, as he is called, can be described by Newton’s exemplary bodies in physics that humbly obey Newton’s law which states;  “a body remains at its constant position of rest except when acted upon by an external force”. To support my assertion on FFK’s mouth as it relates to Newton’s law, his former boss, former president Olusegun Obasanjo described FFK’s external force simulating gizmo in a lyrical manner thus;  “ Femi Fani Kayode is my boy, provide him food, he will eat and then sing for you”. For record purpose, remember that FFK was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and laden with 47 count charges in the year 2008 but was discharged and acquitted of all charges in 2014 after he fully re-dedicated his hilarious mouth to the then ruling political party. The FFK saga is incomplete without citing some of his controversial statements; FFK was quoted to have commented that the Igbos- a Nigerian ethnic group  of more than 40million people-are all “collectively unlettered, uncouth, uncultured, unrestrained and crude in all their ways”. What a Yoruba man in reverse.

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