Day Gani Fawehinmi And l Fought Over Bush Meat – Richard Akinnola
GANI’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES (2)
Sometime in 1995, we were having dinner together in his house and because he never missed the 10 pm news, his attention shifted to the news. Meanwhile, l had played some pranks, the plate where they had dished big pieces of bush meat, l had changed the plate and put the pieces of bush meat in my plate and started eating.
After listening to the highlights of the news, he now shifted his attention to the food. Immediately, he noticed that he couldn’t find the bush meat. In his usual manner, he screamed, calling his wife -“Abikeeee! We de sinwin, e’ongbe mi sa” (in Ondo dialect, Abike, are you mad? Where is my bush meat? In Ondo dialect, the “r” is silent. So, instead of ‘erangbe’, it is pronounced ‘e’ongbe’).
Then l challenged him, “but Chief why are shouting at madam? The bush meat is here. I have swapped it since the news is more important to you than the food”. Then he retorted, “Richie, we le hijack e’ongbe mi ke” (Richie, you can’t just hijack my bush meat). Then l told him – “Point of correction Chief- our bush meat, not your bush meat.” So, he dug his spoon in my plate to take the meat and we started struggling over the meat, till madam pleaded with me to give him part of the meat, otherwise, she would be the “fall guy” after l would have left. So, truce was effected and we shared the bush meat.
– Richard Akinnola, is an author and Media law expert