We have become judge and the jury in this orgy of excoriation meted out to those who speak out of turn or offend our sensibilities.By the way, I am Nigerian and for me laughter still remains the best medicine.The King of Afrobeat, is known by many as "the man who married 27 wives".On 18 February 1978 he wed the entire female entourage of his band in a ceremony conducted by a Yoruba priest.His motto was live and let live and freedom to outrage.His eccentricity aside he made a lot of common sense singing defiantly: "Je 'nwi temi." [Don't gag me].
Welcome to the new mirthless world where whatever you say in jest or tongue-in-cheek could lead to your utter damnation and ultimate ruination. When I watched Joanne Wickenden's Snapchat impression titled 'I can't cope with this flight' about her stressful flights to Abuja Nigeria's capital, and her obscure sexual 'BBC' innuendoes, I just burst out laughing.She quickly became the most wanted and hunted villain in the country splashed across the front pages of some the most read tabloids in the land.We were soon trawling through her bio on the dating site, Plenty of Fish, courtesy of the Mail Online. Thousands of worldwide reader comments, tongue lashings and tirade finally swept her out on her ear. Non-conformist: Fela's forthright songs against corruption and abuse of power resulted in several arrests and beatings by government forces.She said: "Alright, so all of yous [sic] are there getting ready for your Friday night, getting in the pre-drinks, you know, as you do."And I'm here, getting ready to go to work, put on a yellow life jacket, point out the exits, hand out chicken or beef, what sort of Friday night is this for me?"The upside is I'm going to Nigeria and there's gonna be bare BBC, I'm joking, I'm joking.