A former Vice Chancellor of The Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State; Professor Debo Adeyewa has commended the new e-novel, “If Witches Were Horses” just released by ace writer and film maker Kolade Segun-Okeowo.
According to the former Vice Chancellor,”the blessings of this book are beyond the intrigues, personal pleasure, suspense, apprehension and the surprises. It has tons of lessons for our contemporary world and is therefore good for evangelism, and mentoring”
While commending the author, the retired don says: “KSO has just demonstrated a rare gift and the fact that we don’t need foreign and non-Christian novels or movies to take an exciting trip or enjoy a thriller…Kudos!!!”
It will be recalled that KSO started the release of the new novel “If Witches Were Horses” from Wednesday April 15 and remained steadfastly committed to the release of the daily episodes until Monday May 25 when the last and fortieth episode was released.
Since then, floods of comments, appreciations, commendations and best wishes have greeted the release of the e-novel. Apart from the former Vice Chancellor of The Redeemers University, Professor Debo Adeyewa, other commentators and analysts have lend voices through analyzing and commending the literary prowess of KSO.
In a detailed analysis of the novel, a former Special Assistant to the general overseer of RCCG, Pastor Segun Adegbite commended the writer and opined that his literary skills could only have come from God.
In a release titled: A CRITIQUE OF “IF WITCHES WERE HORSES”, A NOVEL written by KOLADE SEGUN-OKEOWO Pastor Segun Adegbji who is also moviemaker was the National Director of RCCG National Drama Unit and Chairman, Primestone Hidden Pearl Movies & Broadcasting.
According to Pastor Adegbji:
“It is crazy for one to go to an event with two extra garments. I will take the liberty of this lockdown to wear three garments at the event of a review of KSO’s novel, “If Witches Were Horses (IWWH)” This is his masterpiece so far. For clarity, I will use at different times in this essay, the garment of a drama student, the garment of a Pastor or of a drama minister.
Part 1: THE DRAMA STUDENT’S ROBE
As a student of drama (this is the discipline of my youth at Ibadan University; all my other future disciplines are sinking sand.) We shall look at plot, characterisation, language, genre, style, imagery and locations.
A plot starts with exposition, the author introduced to us the protagonists – Morakinyo, Gbayike, Adarabioyo, Kalejaiye, Mrs Durotoye and Oba Folagbade – we love them at first sight. It is difficult to blame our favourite characters even in obvious cases.
The author did a thorough job with the exposition. He told us all we need to know about the characters, their history, background and behaviour. The drama has a very strong conflict. The forces of darkness against Morakinyo’s ministry and God’s will for a wife on one hand, and against the people of Onigba-Iwofa on another.
A secondary conflict against students of Ife brought the first complication. The agents went bananas to kill, destroy and steal joy of students, Morakinyo, Gbayike and the villagers .The complication reached a crescendo or first climax when Oyinkan married Morakinyo hurriedly. The drama has so much suspense and readers and viewers are anxious to see the next episode.
The author vividly screens events at five locations and wove them together seamlessly. He is a master of prose and a good writer of screenplay. Lanre’s foolish affair with Betty Campbell, his salvation, Mrs. Durotoye’s trip to the village and Akinlolu’s refusal to return to Ibadan with his mum were woven together to serve as “a deus ex machina”.
If Morakinyo had not opened his mouth too wide, Lanre would have met Oyinkan at the parsonage to give us a second climax, how wonderful. We were disappointed, the audience and I, that this drama has no denoumént yet. A drama must end with resolution. Our consolation is that the marriage was declared null and void, Hagatha’s pictures burnt and the author said this is season One. There is hope that our protagonists, particularly, Morakinyo, Gbayike, Mrs. Durotoye and Lanre will be happy and we shall be happy.
Kolade Segun-Okeowo’s characters evolve effortlessly and the names are appealing, suitable and lovely. This work can compete with D.O.Fagunwa’s works – Ireke Onibudo, Igbo Irumole, and Irinkerindo. The characters are similar in names; Efo Iye, Akara-Ogun, etc. IWWH can be compared with Wole Soyinka’s “The Interpreters”, “Death and the King’s Horseman, to mention a few. The characters’ habits are predictable and have clarity. The language is excellent; simple English rich in vocabulary and syntax.
To say KSO uses imagery is an understatement. He describes events, trips within city and out of city, and battles so vividly, as if a television screen is placed in front of us. KSO is a writer whose style is realism like Ibsen and Stanislausky. With the garment of a drama student, I ask, “How can a student of history know so much rules of drama and English language?” I will answer after I have changed my garment.
Part 2: PASTOR’S GARB
Now I have the garment of a Pastor on. The drama student sees differently from the pastor. The student wants Oyinkan dead and all wicked forces destroyed. The pastor and drama evangelist want sinners to repent. The pastor rejoices at the salvation of Oyinkan and her uncle. The pastor wants Oyinkan discharged, return to school and witness to students, telling them her testimony.
I must confess, I fell in love with Oyinkan as she started winning souls in her hospital bed. Like Mrs. Paseda, I was moved to tears at her demise; I love her finishing well. The scenario of angels taking her home makes death for a Christian attractive. I would have wept like Mrs. Paseda if I saw her casket lowered at Mokola Cemetery.
In my pastor’s garment, I am convinced KSO and SSO prayed and fasted to receive this huge message and revelations. It is of inestimable value. It is interesting, full of lessons and spiritual truths. Job 32:8 says, “There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty gives understanding”.
Part 3: LESSONS:
1. There is no power greater than the power of the Almighty.
2. Prayer, the master key, should be the walking stick of every believer.
3. A minister that is holy but prayerless will be roasted by the forces of darkness on the battlefield.
4. A believer must ask for gift of discernment of spirits. Morakinyo would have led Oyinkan to Christ and asked her to go back to school, if he had that gift.
5. Kalejaiye, a Senior Pastor was wrong to have sent a bachelor to the battlefield. It is not done. Pastors in my church do not go on posting outside Lagos, the HQ, without their wives. The Bible says two of you will chase 10,000, Eccl.4:9 &11 says, “Two are better than one, they will have a good reward for their labour… Again, if two lie together, they will have heat. How can one be warm when he is alone?” Oyinkan’s presence was a blessing; at a point Morakinyo would have started painting the village red, Eebudola likely being the first victim. Pastor Joju and his wife should have gone to the village to allow Morakinyo go for the overseas conference and get married. He would have had money for a bus to take to the village.
6. Morakinyo talks too much to women. He did not have to tell Gbayike she would have to go to the village immediately. They would be visiting each other alternative weekdays or weekends.
7. Prayer for ministers on missions should be without ceasing.
8. Gbayike had performance gaps. She delayed her response and visit to the village too much. Sisters, learn from this. When Morakinyo visited her before Oyinkan died, she was still arrogant. Wonuola is a good friend; we need friends like her. I pray Gbayike won’t miss the imminent second chance.
9. The novel reveals that God does not show us all the battles He fights and wins on our behalf.
10. Mrs Durotoye is a mother; firm and loving. Mothers should keep praying for their children, visiting them too. My late wife and my mother-in-law visited my first two children in Owerri during their Youth Service 28 years ago. Mrs Durotoye should have visited Morakinyo earlier.
11. We must not forget our root. Morakinyo forgot Pastor Kalejaye and Mummy Durotoye at decision times.
12. Akinlolu is a strong character even at nine. He pre-empted calamities on Morakinyo and himself. Train your children spiritually.
13. The soul-winner is wise Dan:12.4. My darling Oyinkan won 15 souls or more, if we include contact-tracing in one week. Oyinkan’s zeal challenges even mature believers.
14. It is good to finish well. How you start does not matter; Oyinkan received mercy.
15. Morakinyo deserves the punishment. Discipline in love. We need a break after the funeral before weddings.
16. The author can continue the story and give us joy on the campus. Morakinyo and Gbayike should resolve their errors.
17. Kalejaiye did not lie to Oyero. Reading from 1Sam.16:2, God taught Samuel to use the wisdom to declare that there will be a sacrifice, whereas he actually needed to announce David as king, with Saul still on the throne.
Well done KSO and SSO. To God be the glory.
According to the author, the concluding part of the 40 Episode novel will be revealed in a soon to be produced movie of the same title.