FEATURE ARTICLE

Monday, May 22, 2023
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MARK IT! MARK WILL MARK OUR PENS WITH MARKSMANSHIP!

n a recent academic work exploring the Nigerian music scene, a writer named Sule has delved into the manipulative power of self-proclaimed Nigerian Apostles through the lens of Zazu, a master of the rueful craft. Sule has dissected Zazu's rough musical style and analyzed the pseudo-homilies of Apostle Suleiman and others like him, revealing the troubling structures of religious discourse in Nigeria. Through his examination of Portable's song/show, the young Sule has shed light on the flaws of religious enterprises in our country´┐ŻNigeria.

Sule Abubakar Lucky Mark's article on Portable´┐Żthe Nigerian Zazu master, is awe-inspiring! As a village boy with an aesthetic mind, his poetic title for the piece was intentional and captured my attention. The literary community is grateful for the trending masterpiece this young budding author, Sule Abubakar Lucky Mark, created. Mark has a writing talent, and we should all encourage him to reach his full potential in the academic world. This shining guy will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on our literary marksmanship with his bleeding pens!

Sule Abubakar Lucky Mark's writing style is remarkable, especially for someone of his age and academic level. His humble and shy demeanor belies his exceptional talent with words. Currently pursuing a degree in Sociology at the Federal University of Lokoja, Kogi State, Nigeria, Sule is a true wordsmith. His writing is reminiscent of any seasoned Ph.D. lecturer at any prestigious university. It's safe to say that he will soon become the pride and envy of his lecturers and fellow students. Mark has always been a talented writer; his penmanship is remarkable. His ability to craft beautiful prose and capture the essence of a moment is unparalleled. Whether he's writing a novel, a poem, or a simple missive, Mark's words always touch people's hearts. His writing is truly a gift; we are lucky to have him in our literary world.

Habeeb Okikiola, also known as Portable or Zazu master, is an incredible force for sociological and religious re-orientation and awareness in Nigeria. His perceived negative and positive impact on the streets is undeniable, and his dedication to becoming the next Fela Anikulapo Kuti is genuinely inspiring. Sule Abubakar Lucky Mark noted Portable is significant in Nigeria's "Sociology of Portability." His work is essential for those who seek to understand the cultural landscape of Nigeria and its complicated and contradictory people.

As a musing lover of the arts, I recently had the pleasure of experiencing Portable's musical talents. Although I had not become familiar with Portable or his work, I was genuinely impressed by how he paid homage to Fela Anikulapo Kuti's music while infusing his unique message. Furthermore, the philosophical depth of Portable's lyrics truly resonated with me and left me feeling intellectually thirsty, stimulated, and emotionally moved. Portable is an evolving significant contributor to Nigeria's cultural landscape, and his work will continue to inspire and uplift his fellow citizens. Nigeria's future is bright, with artists like evolving Portable leading the way.

It has been brought to light that the current state of theology in Nigeria is heavily intertwined with manipulative tactics, exploitation under the guise of "In God's Name Plc," and the manipulation of both literate and illiterate minds within the walls of self-proclaimed Apostles' sanctuaries. Shockingly, even some Nigerian professors have been observed to be entirely submissive to their pastors' and Alfas' authority and control. This is a concerning issue that requires more remarkable examination and attention in our country.

Any faith that discourages or prohibits questioning of doctrines or expressing intellectual curiosity must be abolished and opposed. In Nigeria, conversations with the typical "religious" Nigerian that begin with "In Jesus' Name" or conclude with "Insha Allah" may hold rueful implications or empty cliches. Nigerian pastors and marabouts often present themselves as Apostles, Clergies, Alfas, or even deities, taking advantage of their followers' vulnerable, impoverished minds within the confines of synagogues. This pressing matter requires more thorough scrutiny and attention in our nation.

Encouraging questioning and intellectual curiosity is vital, especially in faith. In Nigeria, using phrases like "In Jesus' Name" or "Insha Allah" in conversations may have negative implications. Unfortunately, some pastors and marabouts exploit their followers' vulnerable and impoverished minds, presenting themselves as Apostles, Clergies, Alfas, or even deities. This pressing matter requires more scrutiny and attention in our nation. Sule Abubakar Mark's article about the musician Portable has highlighted Nigeria's sociological and spiritual problems. The Nigerian academic community must read it, and the article should be publicized to help re-situate and re-orientate our collective religious fanaticism and gullibility.

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