Sunday, April 18, 2010

Seelip Seelip Ntui

His name originally is Ntui Cyprian Nforndip, but when he went to school on the first day, his name will be altered forever. When every student came to school on the first day, they introduced themselves to their classmates and teachers. My name is Besong John Ajyekejui said the first student. “My name is Agbor Susan Agbor” the second followed. How “can someone have the same first and last name”? Americans would ask me. Well, don’t ask me; ask our parents. Ayuk Nguimpong Ayukjuetnsongsong said the third. Pupil # 3’s middle name was even a sentence because it carried with it great meaning. The fourth child’s father had studied abroad and was used to calling him by his first name rather than his middle name. So he stammered “my name is Seelip Seelip Ntui. It was his attempt to pronounce the name Cyprian. As from that day until the day Cyprian will leave that school, all his friends called him Seelip Seelip no matter how many times the teacher corrected them. Cyprian himself did not help his cause for Nature seemed to have worked against him because he could not pronounce it better since he was a stammerer.

Cyprian did not have many friends, and he did not try to get them either. Immediately the bell rang for break, he went and sat at a corner by himself. But in every dark hole there is a ray of sunlight. Another pupil called Agbor Margaret Egbe-Achang sympathized and sat with him. She began walking home from school because if she left him alone, other kids will bully and tease him. Together, they began walking to and from school.

Back in school, his grades were not good because he did not have the self confidence. His grandfather decided that he would be made to play with the girls to boost his self-confidence. On the first day everyone heard of the news. Seelip Seelip was playing football with women. It was an ill omen for a man to compete with women. When a man fought with a woman, the villagers sang a song to mock him for fighting with a woman. What has always been a curse will be Seelip’s blessing.

As he began playing, he scored goals. With time, he grew better than the women, and they took him off their team and put him in the boys Team B. His self confidence has grown, and he was performing magic. He became a scoring machine. You know that some men only perform better when they are paired with women. Back in class, his grades were improving; he was now topping the class. As usual, success always has brothers and sisters. With his prolific scoring ability, he was included in Team A of the school where he finally became the captain.

There are many lessons we learn from Seelip Seelip. The bird must always start from one strand of grass to build its nest. Give a child that lacks self-confidence weak things that will build up his or her confidence. Weak men should register in women’s clubs to boost their self confidence. When they start to beat the women, they will think that they are now good and can join a real team. You smile; don’t you? We must promote the role of the grandparents in the family. They have valuable lessons to teach the kids. Finally, do not mock the man who has nothing today, for tomorrow may be his day. Even the Bible says “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all” (Eccl 9:11). One day their star will shine. Say one day my star will shine.

Until then, what do you call yourself no matter what others call you?

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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