Feature: LACK OF POWER IS RENDERING US POWERLESS! – Segun Adefila

PHCN-CARTOONHow can we develop or make any kind of collective progress as a nation without power supply in the 21st century?

With regular power supply many Nigerians enduring the harsh treatments from the weather and people of foreign lands would be happy to return home.

Those at home would perform magic if they were merely empowered with adequate power supply too after all we still manage to produce ‘ice block’ without power supply!

With several hours of sunlight, we all (government and people) still waste the little power we have. Street lights are on in broad daylight. Electrical appliances are left on even when not in use! Large convoys accompany vips and all use fuel on their journeys etc.

Wo, back to the story I wanted to tell jare. One day in 2011, I was in DCR (Kinshasa) courtesy of the Goethe Institute Lagos for an art Festival under the Moving Africa project.

Congo, immensely blessed with natural resources and wildlife, like most African countries is also creaking under its weight and the additional debris of passive, restive and at best merely reactionary stewardship.

So here I was, seated in the midst of other artisans from other parts of the continent and discussing our
continent. I remember asking a poet from Zimbabwe how her country was faring under the leadership of one of (if not) the most educated leaders in the world and how she lamented their declining fortunes. Oh! We are lucky then, I thought to myself. So I decided to check how lucky we were by asking her what power supply was like in their country and she gave me the shocker of my life!wardrobes banner 2

I had to hastily leave the gathering before I demistify my Citizen of the giANT of Africa status.

In response to my query, she said (by inference now) ‘ahh! Don’t just go there. Power supply is one of the worst hit in my country. Can you imagine that we go without power sometimes for as long as 4 solid hours on some bad days?’! 4 hours of power outtage in a day! And she was complaining.

Yours truly casually left the gathering and went for a cold bottle of beer.

What would YOU do?

Image Source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2012/12/steady-power-supply-nigerians-to-wait-longer-investigation/

By: Segun Adefila

Segun-Adefila2Segun Adefila is a performance artist based in Lagos Nigeria. He holds a B.A. in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Crown Troupe of Africa, a dance-theater Company in Bariga, Lagos State.

He has worked extensively in the integrated arts of dance, drama, music and visual arts. He has been the subject matter of an award winning documentary Bariga Boy.  Segun has performed in Nigeria, UK, Germany and Trinidad and Tobago

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