When I tumbled and fell from the dancing stick that was 8ft high, I thought I will never walk again. It was December 2001, and I was still very skeptical of the invitation to perform with the Oriri dance group. When I finished some other project that has kept me busy, and there was nothing much for me to be doing; I decided to honor the invitation sent to me by the Oriri dance group.
I went into training swiftly, because I have already wasted three weeks of no training. The festival of fire is a great festival and it is not meant for amature, it is of high cultural value in the eye of the the people of Udo. Due to the fact that I have a very short time to prepare myself, I have to givee 100% of my time and attention to the training. Learning new steps and stunt in Obodo dance is not an easy thing, I have to be in an excellent physical condition and also in a stable state of mind. Obodo dance require a lot of acrobatic movement and dancing steps on a on a stick tied to your feet. It takes up to 8 weeks to perfect on some steps but now, I only have 2 weeks left. I usually train for 3hrs for 5 days in a week, because of the limited time I have, I decided to increase my training time to 8hrs every day, believing I was going to make it.
December period in Nigeria is a festive season for most of the ethnic groups and the climatic condition is usually the period of harmattan haze. It is a dry and dusty West African trade wind that blow heavy amount of dust and sand in the air which can severely limit visibility and even block the sun light for several days. There is another wind that also blow at this period called Monsoon wind, it is a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea. The interaction of the Harmattan with Monsoon winds can cause tornadoes and this was the time the festival was going to held and that put my performance in a precarious state.
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I arrived Udo at 07:10 am, and the Oriri dance group was already there. I was very excited to meet with this group and from the fact that it was known to be the best. We all greeted and started to get ready for the show. There was so many dance groups from other localities that were going to participate. I was very eager to display the new acrobatics step that I have been working on. I briefed the leader of Oriri group of my new steps but he warned me not to try anything new, that pI should save it for another event we are going to performat in 4 months time, that by then, I must have been perfect on my newly developed step. Moreover, the weather was bad. My group rushed out with so much enthusiasm as we were called out to perform. As the drums began to sound, I became very intensified and I started performing all kind of stunt including my new steps, not too long trumpet of warning was sound for evacuation because of the nature of wind as I was still performing my new step, I tumbled and fell from the dancing stick that was 8 ft high, I taught I was never going to be able to walk again. I was mocked by the audience and it was an embarrassing moment for me and my group.
Everybody has one or more life time embarrassement and, I dont think anyone should be ashame of it because it is a corrective measure that helped us to do some self re-examination. Sometime we have to be embarrassed first in other to learn. I learnt in the hard way because I fail to listen. I was told not to dance my new steps which i was not yet perfect in, and I did not listen neither did I listen to the tornado trumpet sound of warning by the watchman. The embarrassing moment helped me to realize that I need to pay attention to detail and not to deviate from instructions and this has helped me to learn from my mistakes.
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