One place you may not wish to reside during the rainy season in Nigeria is Benin city in Edo state. It rains just anytime and every time. It is even better nowadays. In recent pasts, it would rain and rain and rain, pushing people to become repentant of their known and unknown sins because it would appear as if the biblical Noah and the ark episode is about to repeat itself. Besides, with what we hear in the news daily, atrocities committed constantly, fathers raping daughters, 70 year old men raping 4 day olds …..erm sorry 4 year old children, why won’t we think God wants to wipe the slate clean all over again?
Those days, the 7-days-rain and 13-days- rain myths were fully evident in Benin city, without an intervening ‘August break’. No wonder the business of ‘rain holders’ booms in this part of the country. Infact , if you have a ceremony such as a wedding or a funeral and don’t patronise the ‘ services’ of traditional rain holders, you are perceived as someone not ready to hold that ceremony.
The CEOs of these ‘organizations’ charge per hour ,as I have learnt and also charge depending on how prestigious your ceremony will be. It is only in Benin I saw rain falling heavily in one street while the weather was absolutely clear and sunny in the adjacent street. Lol…And they say Africans don’t know science abi? This is science ‘extraordinaire’. Which other continent can beat that?
It is interesting to know that these weather practitioners are not just skilled in preventing rain from falling when you have a special occasion. They also have the ability, as reported by hear-say, to stimulate rainfall. I mean, stimulate a huriccane- like storm. So those ladies who are angry with their exes for jilting them can send rain on the day of their exes’ wedding to scatter the programme and send guests running for their lives, leaving the bride crying her eyes out.
Generally, I don’t enjoy protracted periods of rainfall because it disrupts laid out plans, keeping everybody indoors, bringing with it very chilly weather conditions. Even while writing this, its still raining. I understand Benin is located in the South-South part of Nigeria which geographically is prone to extended wet periods ,but we need a break. Can someone send a memo to the forces which control the weather that we fully understand and appreciate their power but we need clear weathers too?
Truly, a sunny bright day brings with it an elated mood and that is exactly what we need.