freedom from their autocratic boss Mr Jones.
Before long, greed sets in and the ruling class, the pigs started the government of domination, marginalisation and oppression. These eventually culminated into the collapse of the ideology of their ‘Martin Luther King Jr’ Old Major who had the dream of a United States of Animals called Animal Farm. The ultimate pun in the book is that the ruling class, ‘the pigs’ headed by Napoleon refined themselves to the level that the oppressed members of the Animal kingdom like the Donkey, Sheep, Hen etc.
couldn’t differentiate between the pigs, their kind who were ruling them and the humans, their colonial
did not take long for me to be nurturing the idea that the kingdom actually existed somewhere on this earth.
‘Funny as this may sound, I started treating animals in my neighbourhood with respect believing that one day they might
revolt against the status-quo and at least they would remember how I treated them and be nice to me.
I could remember that I was actually rearing two mice, which were originally swept out of our store to die in the dustbin under harsh sun. They ran away after two weeks of caring for them anyway.
about socio-political realities came when I met my Sister’s hubby, a University of Ibadan student then.
We discussed the book and he made me understand that the book was actually a fiction and a satire of the then communist Soviet Union. I was so amazed at the narrative prowess of George Orwell.
The time coincided with the June 12, 1993 election period in Nigeria. Almost everybody who is reading this article will agree with me that the period witnessed a lot of inequalities in socio-political equation.
The book launched me into the rebellious art of criticism and visual satire so intense that I drew a funny caricature of
General Abacha as the Napoleon and M.K.O Abiola as the Snowball that was banished by the dictatorial act of the former.
I wish I could lay my hands on those drawings today, it could fetch me a laurel…never the less the legacy continues and actual won me award last year for my art of political criticism.
I owe all these to that small light kindled by the spark generated in my imagination by Gorge Orwell’s Animal Farm published in 1945. I love that book!