The Oasis Reporters
March 7, 2021
By Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri
I learnt very early in life that everything is replaceable. Money, cars, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, children, jobs, contracts, associations, networks, connections, relationships.
…everything can be replaced!
I am replaceable and that guides my daily interactions with people. I learned early in life to treat and relate with everyone with total dignity and respect. I recognise that they can throw me out whenever they choose.
Maybe it’s me being arrogant or probably exuding overconfidence, I never place myself in a situation where someone exerts control over me.
It’s always a bad idea to give folks the opportunity to arrogate to themselves, self-importance that they don’t have and cannot have. If my source of income is tied to XYX, and XYX behaves in an untoward way, I will disqualify or blacklist myself and take an early exit. I will rob you of the opportunity to show your power.
And nothing will happen.
The sky is wide enough to contain us all, especially the determined, like me.
I write this because of the recent food blockade. If I am the one making decisions, the blockade must continue.
I reserve the right to choose what I eat, and where my food must come from. I cannot continue to eat what the owner has the power to withdraw at any time. It means I am voluntarily increasing my vulnerability to external shocks and stresses. And that is very risky.
Please, bring back our blockade.
Written by Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri.
Harvard trained Mrs Ohaeri is a barrister at law and a public affairs commentator.