With the bloody warfare happening in Muqdisho and global economic collapse, lately I find myself fascinated by Nigeria. There is something always interesting about this country. Whether its bee-like movie production or scam artists, Nigeria, it seems, is an interesting place.
or Wole Soyinka. How in the world does this happen? Then it occurred to me that Achebe and Soyinka are international legends – not just Nigerian legends. But the fact that none of these accomplished authors come even close to the popularity of a pastor (I don’t have anything against Mr. Adeboye – although having his own private jet in one of the poorest country in Africa as a man-of-God does not impress me, nonetheless…) in Nigeria is perplexing to say the least. I mean, Achebe’s work is a standard read for every school child in North America, most of Europe, and other parts of the world. The same goes for Soyinka (at a higher education level).
So what has pastor Adeboye given Nigeria that makes him a Living Legend above Achebe and Soyinka (even above the great footballer Kanu that led Nigeria to an olympic gold and two World Cup appearances)? Religious sermons, of course! I guess my standard of what qualifies as a ‘legend’ is definitely not the same as those of Nigerian churchgoers.