"Éseékopajioñabuuk,idegheajioñachop (A tale of triumph arising from wandering is the logical expectation, not those of losses)"
Travelers have always been the group to bring back stories of strange places and customs. Such individuals were alsolikely to bring back articles of trade that they bought from foreign lands. Throughout history, individuals have always turned to distant lands when the future at home had little promise. Some of our people in the past left home to settle in other lands and other made short trips for trade. Those who left their home land and became immigrants, such journey became a journey of hope that the future could not be worse than what they were facing at home. Perhaps such journey was frequent enough such that it became part of the Annang religious incantation. The Idiong divinity priests used the saying as a way to reassure those who came to the Annang land to consult the deity that their journey held promise. Those who travelled away from their abode were seekers of hope, for such individuals would later have stories of triumphs to tell. None undertakes a journey with the aim of getting lost, but individuals travel away from home to seek hope, wealth and fame that they could not get at home. Human activity, our people were saying, is purposeful.
We live our lives with hope that the future holds promise and such hope and expectations are communicated and preserve through stories. Yet, hope and triumph comes as a result of perseverance, for those who waiver and do not believe in the power of their own dreams seldom triumph. It does not mean that such belief in the dream is without fear but triumph comes when we learn to manage our fears. The late Nelson Mandela reminded us that courage in the conviction of our own dreams does not mean the absence of fear, for those who are truly brave are not those without fear, but those who can manage and overcome their fears. It is through such management and the overcoming of such fears that we become triumphant at the end. The traveler has stories to tell but such stories that give the hearers awe may not give details of disappointments and fears. The stories by the traveler are selectively told about by courage, hope and finally triumph.
Whether you are at home or away from home, in a way we are all wanderers for we are seekers of hope. Each of us has a story waiting to be told for they are stories of triumphs. Our people have always heard stories of triumphs and testimonies of courage. Such stories arose in the past because the travelers refused to give in to their fears. Robert Browning, the nineteenth century English poet wrote that those who triumph are those who refuse to turn their backs but marched forward. They are those who see the clouds but trust that such rain clouds would break. They trusted that the wrong would be righted, the fallen would rise again and those who sleep will wake. They dreamt and held on to the power of their dreams and never gave up. They are those who see hardships as roadblocks to overcome and march on. What is your dream? Where are you in the process of realizing that dream? Have you given up or are you still moving on towards your goal? Wherever you may be today, may you know that with hope and determination, all things are possible.
Adede (Dr.) Ezekiel Ette
For Annang Writers’ Association
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