Mo ki yin o!
This greeting in Yorùbá
means I salute you. It’s still a fresh year and I am looking forward to a great
year. I will be using a lot of Yorùbá words which will not bore you but
make you see things from the worldview of my culture.
As growing children, there are
many professions that we desire to be a part of; some of these dreams
materialize while some fail. Such professions include medical doctors,
engineers, lawyers etc. These professions are guided by many rules, specialized
training and technical jargons. For those who are trained, they are the professionals
(awo) while the untrained are quacks (ọgberi).
Awo is someone who can decipher
and communicate in a technical language (coded language). If two doctors want
to converse on the best treatment in the patient’s presence; it is likely that
the patient would not understand them because of the medical terms that they
employ. That is one of the features that set the person apart from others. A
professional is known through the training, language, expertise, associates and
ọgberi is someone who cannot
decode the language of the professional. An unskilled person might have an idea
of what is being discussed in technical terms but would not be able operate at
the level in which the experts are operating. Any attempt for ọgberi to practice
a profession in which he is not skilled is in fact, manslaughter and this
attracts grievous punishments.
This year, we should desire to
move from the level of a quack to becoming a professional in all spheres of
life. There are professions that allow people to function with the basic
prerequisite of a degree but there are certifications that would enhance their
technical know-how. Such people need to get tired of this present predicament
and move on to the next height by being trained. Some sayings give more
credence to the discourse ‘Knowledge is
Power’ and ‘If you think education is
expensive try ignorance’.
I want to end with a proverb that
says, ‘ete awo, lete ọgberi’ which means
once professionals fail; quacks are doomed.
Have a great week ahead.
Labels: Awọ, Certification, Experts, Knowledge, Manslaughter, ọgberi, Olutayo Irantiola, Peo Davies, Professionals, Quacks, technical jargons, Versus Series, Yorùbá