The two weeks spent here in Lagos, Nigeria have passed so very rapidly as my days are filled with consultation and assisting the Provost and administration at West Africa Biblical Seminary (WATS). I am staying in a guest house provided by WATS and walk to and from campus in the morning, at lunch time, and then in the evening.
The walk takes me down Osobola Avenue for about one-quarter mile. Fortunately, it has not rained one single day during my time of trekking! Also, fortunately, the walk takes me by the homes filled with children! Lots of children. And HAPPY children, at that.
For example, last week a group of seven boys and girls, all siblings, came up to me to give greetings and to touch my white skin! When they saw that I had a camera in my iPhone, they begged, “Snap us, snap us!”
My photographic propensity kicked in and a photo session ensued. I then turned the camera to video mode and asked, “Can you sing for me?”
You can hear their answer! Spontaneously, they broke out in song, without any consultation. One youngster started to sing, “Happy birthday. . .” He was immediately interrupted with the older ones leading, “If You’re Happy and You Know It!”
An amazing moment! You can see parts of the street–not paved and cleanly swept. Not a lot of luxury and comfort along Osobola Avenue. By American standards, not much to make children happy. I don’t see any electronic games on the Playstation! Sticks and improvised toys obviously capture the imagination of these dear children.
They’re happy. They know it! And they were proud to let others in on their secret.
Here’s a question for consideration and discussion: What makes for real happiness? What makes for happiness in the midst of the heartache caused by such social turmoil as Boka Horam?
Gotta get to the auditorium for a meeting with the administration and staff. Will watch for your comments.