TAKE OFF THE WAVE BREAKERS! 

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A friend had her birthday bash at Oniru private beach few days ago and I had to be unavoidably present. Trust me, it’s not a bad place to be. Being a red-hot beach lover, I have visited different beaches within and outside the State. However, my experience in Oniru was different.
I doff my hat for the management of Oniru beach for such innovation and creativity… They did an amazing job! Even a blind man will agree that millions of naira was invested in that environment; they constructed enough wave breakers which hinder the violent waves of the ocean. These barricades mitigate the ocean current and mollify the rage of this energetic water body thereby making the blue safer (I mean safest) even for naive swimmers and children to swim and have fun without panic. The first 300 meters from the shore is between 0-10 feet deep. It’s was the safest beach I ever visited, nonetheless, the safety turned me off. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m a lover of safety, in fact, I am a certified HSE (Health, safety and Environment) officer to great extent…However, I just love it real and natural.

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As an environmental biologist by training, I know that seas around this part of the world belong to Atlantic family. Atlantic Ocean and its seas are known to be wild and violent because of its location on the globe and probably gravitational force, so, it’s normal for it to be constantly unsettled and restless. whenever I see a calm one I tend to ask questions.
Many people saw a safe haven; a place where they can express themselves without fear of drowning but I saw a full potential wasting and crying for expression. I heard the deafening shout of restricted talents and potentials yelling for freedom to do what they are equipped and called to do. Why would anyone stop the sea from raging? Why would anybody spend thousands of dollars just to restrict a happy and energetic ocean? These questions slammed the doors of my thoughts. In my opinion, it’s unfair to cage the ocean just to make some naive folks feel safe and comfortable. I believe if you need safety you can tread carefully with the waves or go swim in a shallow pool somewhere, better still, stay in your bathtub or Jacuzzi in the comfort of your home. Why should I drive kilometers, pay gate fee just to sits on fine sand by the lake side? Is Oniru not supposed to be one of the daughters of the almighty Atlantic Ocean like Eleko beach, Ibinum beach and others? It was clear to me that the ocean was as unhappy as the Rockdweller. In fact, I left the place burdensome. Trust me that would certainly be my last visit to Oniru.

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In reality, we meet determined folks who are ready to barricade the roaring factors in us, they are willing to construct wave breakers in our lives for free ; they are ready to invest time and resources to squelch our selling points just to make them or other people comfortable around us. Most times, our families and loved ones are the major culprits in this area. Some feel those traits and tendencies are not healthy for us and our environment, other expect us to change so that they can manage to like us (some folks love the extrovert they just want to force us to be social and other love the introverts they feel we can be more useful if we can keep our lips on each other for a second) little do they know, we are wired differently.

I am a super-sanguine, always full of life and very quick to speak my mind on any issues which was very offensive to many, even my family. I never knew they were God-given qualities until few years ago , I thought my traits were curses from hell. My mom felt I was talking too much, my teachers believed I was never serious, my uncle felt I was too playful, neighbors felt I was too confrontational and rude. Only my brother could handle me for a while, so I had to learn how to spend time with myself even as a boy (I still love it though). I stumbled on few of my report cards last year and the comments were epic: ‘brilliant but rollicking’, ‘intelligent but careless’, ‘HE TALKS TOO MUCH, HE IS TOO PLAYFUL’ etc. Every teacher saw me through the same lens. Pastor E talked to me about it, she showed me James 3 (she made things worse). They tried to exorcise the demons in me, mama and uncles flogged the hell out of me thank God I wasn’t healed of those traits. Now I inspire many people all over the world (directly and indirectly), I add colour to lives and relationships around me with those same traits. I don’t think I would be useful even to myself if they had successfully constructed their wave breakers(barricades) and turn this ranting man to the cool and calm guy my teachers, Pastor E and parents would have been proud to call a ward and son. Thank God they couldn’t tame the waves!

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Moreover, I have friends who are extremely calm but they are never boring, I have friends who are passionate about what turn me off yet they are huge blessing to my life even with those same traits I do not admire. Nobody is boring in his natural habitat, every natural flavor is amazing! Take off barricades that people have successfully place in your life and fight to be you. Be original!

Sadly, many of us have bowed our knees to pressure and we have lost our inner waves–our selling points. Do not permit jealousy, envy and people’s opinion to rub you of yourself. Don’t tame your waves and magic. Don’t mute your inner voice just to make anyone feel safe around you. You don’t have to lower your standard just to make anyone feel safe around you, if your wave is too violent for their shoulders to swim, they are not meant to hang around you… Keep roaring they will leave or get drown.
Finally, keep an opened mind to growth, embrace positive influences and impacts, listen to your mentors but none of these can replace your selling point!

Olatunji Rockdweller

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42 thoughts on “TAKE OFF THE WAVE BREAKERS! ”

  1. How I wish everybody could see the beauty of nature and the beach through d same lens you see it…..as inspiring as ever , I loved this piece.

  2. The sabbath was created for man not man for the sabbath, I think same goes for nature. Maybe our definition of too much encroaching may make a difference

  3. Hmmmm, Olatunji this is a very good one dear, very inspiring,
    The last paragraph was all about me,i have learnt alot from this piece. Thanks

  4. I know we’ve not spoken sir so why are you writing about me? Damn! You didn’t just stop at its appreciation you thought further. You thought of its freedom ,glory and beauty in its full strength. Which is exactly how God sees us and how we should see ourselves. That’s a true environmentalist. I’m an environmentalist in training myself and they’ll never agree with this post, lol. Safety first! Now I have a new best post. God bless you sir. Thanks

    1. Chisom my sweet friend….. We haven’t met neither have we spoken. However, we are together in Christ and technology has made things easier…. Nice to know that we are both environmentalists. Lol

  5. You always have a way of driving the point home in the most applicable of ways. This piece spoke to me personally. Way to go Tunji. God bless you

  6. Blessing Otabor

    I love ur concept sir, it was so exceptional d way u related d barricades in humans to explore their originality wiv d barricades placed at Oniru beach. Epic as always. Pls continue to b an inspiration to d world. God bless u always sir.

  7. OMOREGIE Blessing "orowhe"

    Rockdweller! Rockdweller!! Rockdweller!!!!
    How any times did I call you?
    This is just superb. Thanks

  8. Ok so I finally read this piece and really no one is boring you just have to move them to their natural habitat. Be you, Be real, the right people and situations will embrace you. And the right Mentor would definately throw off the barricades and let you be you.
    Don’t conform, throw off the breakers cause if you don’t, you’ll always be less than you were made to be, you’ll always envy the other beaches cos your expression lies in unleashing your potentials. Wordsmith thumbs up.

  9. Olumefun Deborah B. A

    Wow!

    ROCKIE, you are prolific writing personified.
    I enjoyed every letter in the piece. The figures of speech I drew from this piece were correctly used…so on point.

    In all honesty, it was my first and definitely last time in Onirubeach.

    I hated passionately, the wave breakers.

  10. Olumefun Deborah B. A

    Wow!

    ROCKIE, you are prolific writing personified.
    I enjoyed every letter in the piece. The figures of speech I drew from this piece were correctly used…so on point.

    In all honesty, it was my first and definitely last time in Onirubeach.

    I hated passionately, the wave breakers.

  11. Wow
    The is stellar Rockdweller

    Yes!!!!/The wave breakers have to go.
    People don’t realise how devastating taming their waves are beyond themselves. That’s an entire community’s connection you’re taming.
    It’s beyond you.
    Roar and let there be light!!!!

  12. “Sadly, many of us have bowed our knees to pressure and we have lost our inner waves–our selling points” If I had read this earlier I wouldn’t b feeling this way
    “You don’t have to lower your standard just to make anyone feel safe around you, if your wave is too violent for their shoulders to swim, they are not meant to hang around you… Keep roaring they will leave or get drown” You’re a blessing to me thank you for this episode God bless you.
    I love you today,tomorrow, forever

  13. Thanks, I’ve just been searching for information approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the best I have found out so far. But, what concerning the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

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