Hehe..this was based on an actual conversation. I drowned in paroxysms of laughter writing this and the hope is that same would happen to you.
I’m safe now, no longer drowning by the way.
Goodevening Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to another episode of World’s Greatest Mysteries. I’m your host, Mr Aljanusi AKA Janus AKA Chris the Corper AKA Doctor AKA Biology Teacher AKA Uncle AKA Mr-Too-Gbasky-Swagged-Out-Above-Everybody-Apart-From-Tunechi-But-Including-Durella-Trey-Songz-And-Tywin-Lannister. Today, we’ll be talking about one of the most famous mysteries in the modern world.
No, it is not the question of who really stole the meat from the cooking pot, or what’s under GEJ’s hat, we know those already. Today we shall discuss…*drum roll and theme song from Aboki rmx*
WHO MESS AM?
Our guest on the show today, is none other than our friend and loyal fan of this blog, Mr H., G-man, Philosopher, Postulator of the Pseudo-HIV theory. Mr H. say hi.
Mr H.: Hi.*picks nose*
Janus: Now, I’m sure this is not the first time most of us have been confronted with this question. Most of us have heard this question asked quite a lot in our formative years, and when we were kids. Often time, the answers have not always been favourable and on other occasions, they have brought us quite a bit of pain and malodorous discomfort. The question of who messed am has troubled for ages, but today, we have a solution,
“Who mess am?”
Odo say, na Teacher.
Teacher say, No worry, na my class people mess am..”
Okay. So today, we’ll be discussing and putting this conundrum to rest. The question of who messed it. Mr H?
Mr H.: Okay. Well, it’s not as though I mess oh..
Janus: Of course we know that, you’re only here for..
Mr H.: I know why I’m here. Let me talk..
Mr H.: Now, from the song, I would like to identify the characters in this little mystery. First, we have the Teacher, then we have..
Mr H.: (¬_¬)
Mr H.: Yes, we have Odo, then we have the class pipo. However, there is one more player here who is almost always forgotten..
Janus: I know!
Mr H.: Yes?
Mr H.: (¬_¬) idjit!
Janus: Sorry. (-_____-)
Mr H.: Whenever people sing that song, Odo is mentioned, and the Teacher, and he then accuses the class people. Everyone forgets that this song was gotten from the conversation of two different people.
First we have the One who asked; that first man who asked, “Who mess am?” (Everybody forgets that first man) and then, the rest of the song which goes, “Na Odo…” and so on, which is the reply! So we have basically, a song between two people, a song of reply and asker. Like the Song of Ice and Fire which was rebranded Game of Thrones in the TV series, the real name for the “Who mess am?” song is, “A Song of Reply and Asker!”
Janus: OMG! Wow..
Mr H.: *looks smug*
Janus: How did you..?
Mr H.: I put in research..
Janus: Brilliant! We’ll go now for a break and when we come back, we’ll examine the characters of each of the players.
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Janus: And we’re back. In case you just joined us, we have with us today, Mr H., legendary Theorist and we are discussing the question of Who Mess am? Mr H. you were saying that the entire song is based on a conversation between a Reply and an Asker?
Mr H.: You see, the Replier and the Asker were obviously two individuals who knew themselves. And from the indications, they also knew Odo, the Teacher and the class pipo.
Janus: So it’s safe to assume that the scenario which the Replier described in answer to the question could actually have occurred?
Mr H.: Of course! In fact, let me paint the scenario for you.
The person who asked the question, the Asker was a man…
Janus: A man? Why? Why not a woman?
Mr H.: Because only a man would have asked such a question with that much conviction. You have to understand that this is a Nigerian song, which has obvious Calabar origins based on the name “Odo” used in the song. And since it is an old song, and involved a period where there were schools in Calabar, we can safely put the time of origin of this song at about 1922-1929, a time unlike now when Women’s liberation is on the rise, a time when only a man could have spoken thus!
Mr H.: So as I was saying, in Calabar then, there was obviously a fart which had been of such malodorous content that the entire city had perhaps heard about it. It is my belief that if proper research is carried out, we’ll find ancient records of this fart. The fart that started it all.
So, on that day, the man, the Asker, asked a woman who it was that messed. “Who mess am?” Now, without hesitation, the woman who was obviously Yoruba, (they have the sharpest tongues), instantly replied that it was Odo!
Janus: She was convinced!
Mr H.: Yes! She was! But you see, this was not the first time that Odo had been accused!
Janus: Idonbilivit! Really?
Mr H.: Yes! You see, instantly she went on to narrate that “Odo say na Teacher..” which indicates that Odo was asked at an earlier time and had instantly gone ahead to accuse the Teacher. The Teacher was, apparently also asked and whoever the Teacher was, he accused his Class pipo. From the line, “Na my class pipo mess am”, you detect surety, certainty and a hint of malevolence towards the Class pipo.
Janus: Obviously, the Teacher had something against his class
Mr H.: Yes he did.
Janus: We’ll go for a break now and when we come back, we’ll take calls.
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Okay, we have a caller on the line..
@Mfkeed: So who messed?
Mr H.: The truth is, from the song, one would assume it was Odo. Since from all indications he was already a mess suspect. One may also assume it was the Class pipo, considering the certainty with which the Teacher spoke, the possibility that the class had probably farted in his presence before, which probably occasioned for his vexation with them, and the fact that they never denied it. But the truth is, the person who messed that fart was Odo’s wife.
Janus: O_O huh? Who??
Mr H.: Odo’s wife.
On that day, the first reason why people suspected Odo was because the odour of that mysterious fart came from his house! Odo was a man of few words, we can see that from his very sparse denial in the song. “Na teacher..” It was only his misfortune to be saddled with a shrewish wife whom he loved and protected. A wife who then went on to accuse him.
Janus: So Odo’s wife was..
Mr H.: Do not forget, this song is between two people. The Replier and the Asker.
Janus: …the Yoruba woman! A Yoruba woman messed the fart of History!
Mr H.: You said it.
Janus: So when asked who mess am? The answer should be “A Yoruba woman”?
Mr H.: -_____-
*crowd applause..standing Ovation*
With us today has been one of the most enlightening young men I have ever met. Thank you for gracing us with your presence. We did plan to talk a bit about Pseudo-HIV today, but we’ll leave that for another day. Thank you sir! And from the rest of us here at All in this Life’s journey.., it’s goodbye and have a wonderful day.
*screen fades out*
Mr H.: *farts* Who did that??
* Err..I have nothing against the very honourable people of Cross River state or Yorubaland. The err..post just err..oh look, Airplane!
* You would also note that Mr H’s views are solely his and not the err..opinions of this blog.
* I don’t think it was Odo’s wife. The butler did it! -____-
PS: Odo’s birthday is today. You can find him on Facebook. He went to FGC Ijanikin.
Hehe..follow on Twitter @Janus_aneni..and you can follow Mr H. @Bitnovocaine..