By Douglas Anele
THESE peoples were supposed to lead mankind to higher levels of education by bringing enlightenment to replace darkness and ignorance.
Unfortunately, they perverted the truth. As a result, the Hebrews, Greeks and Arabs â€œare liable for the damages and dishonour of our species todayâ€ (p.70). All the real messengers, prophets and philosophers of the architect-creator were motivated fundamentally by the intention or desire to make the earth a paradise filled with bliss.
As genuine revolutionaries, they wanted to topple the status quo, but had to contend with stiff opposition from the small minority that were benefiting from the existing situation at the time, as well as from the ignorant majority who were oppressed by the system. The author examined the condition of Africa. He argued, and I agree, that the continent has suffered the greatest setbacks when compared with other continents (p.79).
He drew attention to the deleterious effects of centuries of the inhuman trade in African slaves; he also discussed the brazen exploitation of Africa by the colonialists during the colonial and post-colonial periods.
On page 80, Oyetunde gave a long list of the problems facing humanity. He then concluded that the earth has become a gulag or hell. He cited with approval, on page 38, Mahatma Gandhiâ€™s list of the â€œseven blunders of the worldâ€, namely, (1) wealth without work (2) pleasure without conscience (3) knowledge without character (4.)commerce without morality (5) science without humanity (6) worship without sacrifice and (7) politics without principles.
The third and final chapter of the book, with the clumsy and poorly formulated title, â€œHow To Put An End To Those Suffering and Heal The World Forever? Otherwise, How To Jannatulfirdausize or Paradisize the Helled-World? contains the authorâ€™s recommendations about how to eradicate the myriads of problems facing the world.
He identified three interre lated steps in the healingÂ process, â€œnamely the medical prescriptions, the substances, products or drugs that constitute the medical prescriptions and the effective consumption by the sick or patient of the doctorâ€™s prescribed drugsâ€ (p.86).
The world in general, and Africa in particular, according to Oyettunde, is â€œsuffering from the chauvinism, and egomania hallucination of schizophrenia of what we called â€˜civilizedâ€™, â€˜developedâ€™ or â€˜industrializedâ€™ countriesâ€ (ibid).
The disease is a type of AIDS, and the virus is mankind. What human beings require to be healed is an injection of â€œthe accurate knowledge or Divine Scienceâ€ (p.87). Oyetunde claims that his prescription for restoring our â€œparadise lostâ€, are in agreement with the fundamental doctrines of the real prophets, philosophers and â€œprofessors of Godâ€ (p.88), which are based on â€œThe accurate knowledge of the architect-creator and the earth, or genuine science plus wisdomâ€.(ibid).
He envisages a rescue mission starting from the top and the bottom, culminating in â€œthe creation of an international organization or movement that will humanize, human-beingise humankandize mankind; thus paradisize and jannatulfirdausize the earthâ€(loc. cit).He concluded by acknowledging briefly the contributions of those he referred to as â€œmy eminent and great professors of earthologyâ€, viz, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Luther King, Obafemi Awolowo and Robert Nesta Marley (p.91).
The book under review is a handy, well-packaged discussion of some of the growing problems of the world.
The authorâ€™s attempt to fuse religion and spirituality with the findings of science is commendable. I completely agree with him that the fundamental problem of the earth is the serious distortions mankind has introduced in the harmonious functioning of the ecosystems.
I also agree with his view that human beings require a paradigm-shift in values in order to address satisfactorily the myriads of anomalies engendered in the world by their egoistic and aggressive impulses. Instead of blaming God or other supernatural forces for our troubles, the author appropriately locates the main cause of our woes on ourselves.
For us to solve our existential problems, he recommendsÂ more efforts on our part to acquire true knowledge and wisdom.
The book contains some enlightening and uplifting quotations from Albert Einstein, Obafemi Awolowo, Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Marley etc. It also contains some good graphics which illustrate pictorially some geographical information presented by the author.
However, the readability and comprehension of the book are marred and compromised by the large number of misspellings, vague and convoluted expressions, and shoals of confusing authorial neologisms. In fact, each page contains several of these anomalies and poor grammatical constructions.For instance, there is on page five the wrongly formulated question.
â€œDid mankind and the Earth happy, healthy, financially sound, secured, friendly and hopefulâ€? Another example is: â€œSo to speak, only live what is set for a specific purpose; and what is set up for a purpose is living when the different parts that constitute and compose the set-up or system are performing well and normally their different and distributed roles for the realization of the set-goal of the set up or system and achievementâ€ (p.23).
To be concluded.