THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Monday, September 23, 2019
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Cameron, Texas, USA
OTHERNESS AND OTHERWISENESS OF SOUTH AFRICAN XENOPHOBIA: A SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS

here are you from?" is an embarrassing question I have been asked nth occasions in my adopted nation of the United States for 20 years. This comes mostly from white Caucasians who candidly do not know the racist underbelly inherent in such question and in tone simply, because I do not have the American accent, even though I am married to an American. The fall out of the fall of our First Parents which cascaded to us all is the culture of categorizations, which we are all guilty of, either covertly or overtly. We label others through distinguished features, unique attributes, similar associative tendencies and uniform ideals and characteristics. The sum total of what defines a people as different from others is embedded in their cultural mores and lore. When certain people look alike and share similar pigmentation unique to that group, it is systematically classified as racial grouping. When a people speak same language, subscribe to same beliefs and share religious, cultural and associated affinities, we classify such people as tribe or ethnic groupings.

The Otherness is as old as the origin and history of the human race. The Jews would have nothing to do with the Samaritans during the earthly ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To de-stigmatize the Otherness, and especially the loathed Samaritans, our Lord Jesus Christ gave the Parable of the Good Samaritan to the lawyer who asked Him: "Who is my neighbor?"(Luke 10:25-37). The Otherness is not limited to those we think do not talk and look like us. While I was growing up in my native Owo, Ondo State Western Nigeria, we referred to non-natives in my ancestral town of Owo with sundry pejoratives. For instance, we corrupted the word "Malam" as "Mala" to refer to Hausa-Fulani ethnic stock with oblique reference to their Otherness as witnessed by the blind beggars on our streets, while we called Mid-Western people, Usobo. In northern Nigeria where I lived in the 1980s, the Hausas called Igbos " Yamirin" while we Yoruba people are referred to as "Yorubawa." It took a long time for me to convince a Hausa-Fulani man to hire me in Kano in the 1980s because he said I didn't speak Hausa Language and prided myself as fluent in English Language. The man, who himself studied in England asked me contemptuously why I didn't learn how to speak the Hausa Language when I left Lagos for the north. He treated me as the Other in my own country only in name, because you can belong, you must exhibit certain associative characteristics of belonging such as language, dialect, religion etc.

Amazingly, the Otherness can be noticeable at the micro level, even among siblings. Even in my family, there is this subtle discrimination on the basis of how brighter and darker your skin is. Among my siblings for instance, if you are lighter in skin, you are more respected, even though you are piss of nothingness. I could still recall how my late father relished in struggling to get my younger ones into unity schools called federal government colleges, while ignoring a person like me in the margins. But guess what? In spite of the allure and hype about attending federal government colleges, not only did I have the best result in high school among all my co-siblings but went on to attend the best universities in the world. Today, I am the most educated, successful, accomplished, distinguished and the richest among all of my siblings to the Glory of the True Lord God Almighty. As the Book of Life says: "... God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong" (I Corinthians 1:27). Being treated as the Other is always a plus and a tool in the Divine and Sovereign Hands of the True Lord God Almighty to display His awesomeness in the lives of the neglected, the envied and the discarded. Hallelujah!

Many native and born Americans are often perturbed at how those of us who are transplants; so-called immigrants that arrived in the United States with nothing only to surpass them in virtually everything. I remember my attorney looking at me in his office and wondering how I was able to achieve all the True Lord God Almighty has endowed me with in two decades here in the United States. The chain of university degrees, the earthly accomplishments and other tour de force that make natural born Americans green. Or how an immigrant from another country with foreign accent in the United States is now an employer of born Americans? This is why the Lord God Almighty says; "The race is not for the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned…" (Ecclesiastes 9:11).

This is why those with spiritual insight must not be taken aback by the wave of hatred and xenophobia Nigerians and non-natives directed at fellow Africans by their South African brethren. The pathological hatred of foreigners and deep seated angst fellow Africans by post-apartheid black people in the erstwhile laager has deep spiritual meaning. A people so crudely oppressed, dehumanized and treated as second class citizens by their white minority Lord Masters for such a long time soon succumb to inferior complex against fellow Africans. Slavery has a discombobulated way of lessening ones worth as a human being. The children of Israel suffered such inferiority complex under the weight of Egyptian thralldom spanning four centuries that when Divine Help came through Moses, they pleaded to be left alone to continue with their slavish life. Trust me, slavery of whatever form is demonic. Apartheid so dehumanized black South Africans, especially the black men that every fellow black man from another African nation is regarded as the Other, even in a non-racial South Africa. Hear the dejected voice of those inured with slavish mentality and obsequiousness: "They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us into the wilderness to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!" (Exodus 14:11-12).

Immigrants, refugees, the Others and those transplanted souls in history have always been the makers and shapers of history. Papa Abraham, the father of faith was an immigrant, a refugee in the Land of foreigners. For when the King of kings and Lord of lords told him, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you" (Genesis 12:1), Abraham had one desideratum that all of us refugees and immigrants have which is lacking in native-born souls: faith. The True Lord God Almighty rewarded the faith of Abraham that the children and owners of the land where Abraham was a refugee noted: "Listen to us, sir. You are a mighty prince and God's chosen one among us…" (Genesis 23:6a). Do you know the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all refugees and immigrants in the land they thrived? Do you know that those who etched out mostly in the Journey of Life excelled in the School of Otherness: from Joseph, Moses, Daniel and the rest? Take an inventory of those who made the United States the greatest nation on earth and you will taken aback by their unique histories as transplanted souls, immigrants and refugees who journeyed from far and near to build the greatest nation on earth.

Many Nigerians back at home often wonder how and why their country men and women who left the shores of Nigeria for overseas and foreign climes, especially Europe and North America soon distinguish themselves abroad. The reasons are not far-fetched: those of us chased out our homelands possess plenty of hope, drive and entrepreneurial spirits which are not discovered way back home. As I normally tell those Americans who work for me here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center Cameron, TX, immigrants like us with so-called foreign accent have large doses of competitive spirit, daring-Can-do drive and knack for success, because we came from long distances across vast shores where opportunities are limited, poverty is rife and ignorance is mostly bliss. Consequently, on arrival in the New World of opportunities we push things beyond the limits and optimize all available resources to excel. Of course, there are some of our countrymen and women on overdrive in achieving success and the proverbial "American Dream" and that is why some are into fraudulent and unethical activities that soil our reputations. But in most instances, Nigerian immigrants are achievers all over the world. It is no wonder that we are the most educated foreign immigrants here in the United States. In my native Texas State, The Houston Chronicle once reported as follows: "Data show Nigerians the most educated in the United States: For Woodlands resident David Olowokere, one of Nigeria's sons, having a master's degree in engineering just wasn't enough for his people back home. So he got a doctorate. His wife, Shalewa Olowokere, a civil engineer, didn't stop at a bachelor's, either. She went for her master's.

The same obsession with education runs in the Udeh household in Sugar Land. Foluke Udeh and her husband, Nduka, both have master's degrees. Anything less, she reckons, would have amounted to failure. "If you see an average Nigerian family, everybody has a college degree these days," said Udeh, 32, a physical therapist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. "But a post-graduate degree, that's like pride for the family." Nigerian immigrants have the highest levels of education in this city and the nation, surpassing whites and Asians, according to Census data bolstered by an analysis of 13 annual Houston-area surveys conducted by Rice University."

In Chicago where I lived for nearly a decade, I saw the way fellow black African-American men treat those of us from Mother Africa. They loathe us and behave as if we have come from Africa to America to displace them. For good measure, their fears were legitimate, because we work hard and maximize all opportunities available to every resident in the United States, including acquiring the best education we can possible obtain, because we know that those who control tomorrow and the future are those who prepare for it today and the vehicle is good and sound education. Nigerians that have been attacked in South Africa should not give up. They should not be intimidated, and if those that are there can hang in there, it is advisable for them to stay. The native black South Africans are the losers in the end. As the competition and struggles for resources, opportunities, privileges and powers become intense around the world, new wave of xenophobic feelings and the demagoguing of the Others will increase as we are currently witnessing here in the United States under Donald Trump. But as the Word of Life tells us about the future of the saints and those redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb looking forward to our eternal home: "All these people-referring to the Pillars of Faith-were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them" (Hebrews 11:13-16).

THE PROPHETIC WORDS IN THE CHRISTIAN WALK COLUMN AND FULFILLMENT

On Monday December 14, 2014, I wrote prophetically in this column inter-alia: "Finally, you-referring to retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari- are coming back this time as a democratically-elected head of state not by your efforts as a I explained above, but because you are joined at the spiritual hips with one man known as Yemi Osinbajo. The prayers of the children of God have gone into the Tabernacle of His Highest in heavens and Nigerians of all persuasions are praying for the salvation of souls and the cleansing of the Nigerian land. Hear what the Word of God says in 2 Chronicles 7: 13-14: "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people; if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.…" (See the link to the prophecy in an open letter to then APC Presidential Candidate retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as build up to the 2015 Presidential Eletion

https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/122914.html)

On Thursday January 04, 2018, we wrote in this column this three years after our epochal prophetic revelation on the spiritual asymmetry that occurred between Buhari and Osinbajo : "The spiritual hips between President Muhammadu Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo splintered and broke into pieces few months ago. The spiritual pact was broken by the very words of President Muhammadu Buhari which he made in 2014 that he-Buhari-would only serve one term as president. The same statement that Mr. Jonathan made which led to his rejection by the Lord so the same will be done to President Buhari. Hear the Words of Life: "I the LORD do not change…" (Malachi 3:6a) " ( See the link to that prophecy as published here in this column last year before the current imbroglio roiling the presidency inside Aso Rock became public and things fell apart between President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo:-

https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010418.html)

Watch out in this column very soon on how the imbroglio will eventually pan out as the Words of Life warned us all: "Do not treat prophecies with contempt" (I Thessalonians 5:20).

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LETTERS OF THE WEEK

There are three prophecies on Kogi, Bayelsa and Owo that the True Lord God Almighty inspired us this week. Read more in our column article now at this link

https://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/091619.html

Re: WHO BECOMES THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF KOGI STATE IN NOVEMBER 2019?: Dear Doctor, I still shudder at your 2015 prophecy of the Kogi governorship election of that year. We thank the Almighty God for making you a channel....From Kehinde Timothy Ojumu, Oyo Western Nigeria.

Re: THE NEW OLOWO OF OWO NEEDS PRAYERS TO REIGN LONG

This is very interesting and revealing. I hope many would read this and be prayerful …From Mr. Taiwo Abiodun, Owo Ondo State Nigeria.

My Dear Pastor, thanks for your article and more anointing in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen…From Mr. Foluso Adebisi, Owo Ondo State Nigeria.

WORDS ON MARBLE

''I cannot go to my grave with my wallet; neither will I go to my grave with the number of houses that I have. I can't go to the grave with the sizes of my bank account, but I can go to the grave peacefully with the kind of legacies that I leave behind '' ---Mr. Allen Onyema, CEO Air Peace Airlines, Africa

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