Fr. Kelvin Ugwu – First person: I know a particular family that has remained stagnant, with no progress. Their grandfather died poor, their father died poor, and the only son that is still alive is useless. He smokes, drinks, and begs for money on the street.
Second person: I know of a family, the ladies in that family find it difficult to get married. If they even find a man, something happens before the wedding and the wedding will be canceled. If they even succeed in getting married, the women will not conceive. If they even conceive, they will have miscarriages. If they don’t have any miscarriages, the child dies after birth. If the child did not die, the child will not progress in life. . . .and if the child progress. . .
Stop.. the third person, please!
Third person: Adah Ameh lost six siblings, lost her only daughter and now she is dead. Do you think it is ordinary? It is a curse. Fr, what you don’t understand is beyond you.
Me: Our problem as Africans is that we do not even give our brains the ordinary honour of analyzing causes and effects from the rational point of view before jumping to the spiritual.
That was how we got ourselves into the killing of twins because we refused to think. That was how people born with sickle cell were tagged Ogbanjes. That was how Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a disease found among young boys is seen as witchcraft.
If there is a common pattern of illness or death in a family, I expected that the first thing to do is to examine the family’s genetic and hereditary make-up.
A little study of genes will tell you that there are defective genes, and it is not the fault of anyone. DMD disease is from the gene. There is no cure, it leads to death. Sickle cell is from genes. It leads to death if not well managed.
I read about Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. In my seminary days, I read about Brugada Syndrome. These are hereditary and can cause sudden death. If you study, you will find more.
Africans are not ready to ask serious questions, which is why the same pattern will keep repeating without any intervention until it wipes the entire generation. Use the popular sickle cell as an example. Imagine if we did not learn about genotypes from the Europeans.
So Ada Ameh lost six siblings, then a daughter, and now herself by slumping, all we can say in 2022 is that it is a generational curse. No one is doing any studies so that others that are alive can learn… So, who will be the next in that family?
I don’t think we are ready to be serious.
If at all there is any generational curse it will be the fact that 200 Million Nigerians went and elected Buhari to lead them, an old man who spent most of his time in the hospital outside the country. . . Then in 2023, they are still campaigning for another old and sick man who ought to be resting.
This is why we are cursed. This is why we will remain poor. Your grandfather died poor, your father died poor, and you too may die poor. This is why Africans won’t progress. We are cursed with the inability to elect good leaders and hold them accountable. If that is what you mean by a generational curse, then I agree.