Tony Akeni Le Moin, NCC-LIT, POMM.


“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” – Harriet Tubman.


If you’ve read James Michener’s classic, Chesapeake, you will gerrit.

This graphic mural closely depicts a slave group led by a surviving mother, clutching to her breast perhaps a stolen slave master’s rifle, herding her desperately endangered brood and dead fellow slaves’ children through the perilous swamps of America’s slave-holding Maryland jungles, aiming for the confederal north states of America where slaves had been declared emancipated on January 1st, 1863. Beyond the dark, turbulent deathtraps of breaking dawn lay freedom if they had the concentrated willpower and grits to keep on keeping on. This was the life of the freedom hunting “Negros” in post-William Wilberforce and Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation era.

Her urgent, terrified knife-edge whispers is her Field Marshal’s bugle for urging her troop to march on from death by excruciating mass hanging, if caught, to life if fortunate. The survival of her seed and these children’s and their bridge to the future generations of the Martin Luther King Jrs, Malcom Xes, Rosa Parks, Muhammed Alis, Aretha Franklins, Michael Jacksons, Michael Jordans, Sidney Poitiers, Maya Angelous, and Barack Obamas of the future depended on the last mile to freedom.

Back in Africa, the duplicate content of her whispers may as well represent a broadcast of the adrenaline tonic which the ObiDients and Nigerians in general need today to break free from APCPDP dungeons to the freedom and inaugural foundation of a New Nigeria.

So, let’s keep going. If you hear the dogs, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. If your hear the barking of their MC Oluomos and Asari Dokubos, keep going. If you want freedom, keep going. Don’t ever stop but keep going!


*Being Obidient has come to mean willing for a new Nigeria. What is your view? Leave a comment in the comment section.

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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