TOMORROW'S HISTORY IS TODAY'S STORY
Looking at this photo our friend Toyin Ajayi took with Christ’s Girls School students, my mind did a fast-forward, it traveled 40 years into the future. In 480 months, I asked myself, what would these girls remember of this photo and the circumstances surrounding it?
What would come to the minds of these young impressionable girls when they look back 40 years at Homecoming 2022? Are they going to remember the rice and stew they were served? As they reminisce on this monumental gathering of old students hosted by the 77/82 alumni, would their memory be filled with flashbacks of the colorful aso-ebi the hosting alumni wore at the event?
Or would these girls think back on the deplorable condition of their dining hall – the dusty red floor, moldy green walls, and rusted leaky roof? Do you think they’d remember how the alumni saw the crumminess of the place where they were made to take their meals and thought it fit to tear it down and replace it with a glittering brand spanking new dining hall fit for human beings?
“Today’s events are tomorrow’s history, yet events seen by the naked eye lack the depth and breadth of human struggles, triumphs and suffering. Writing history is writing the soul of the past, so that the present generation may learn from past mistakes, be inspired by their ancestor’s sacrifices, and take responsibility for the future.” (Fernando Bernardo. Silent storms).
People tend to forget that they are the authors of their own biography. Our deeds and actions today will be the materials that will be used to write our history tomorrow. Everything we do today, and every action of the present, is a chapter in the book of history that will be written about us in the future.
For the 50’s going on 60, the time to leave behind good enough materials for the history books is running out pretty fast. They better be careful to give the writers of tomorrow’s history ingredients that make for good remembrance.