Etin Obaseki
“A boy becomes a man in the same way a seed becomes a tree. The seed has to die for the tree to grow and the boy has to leave for the man to show.” — Me
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Testing Okafor's Law

I saw Okafor's Law last weekend. Now, before reading any further, have you seen the movie? If you haven't, minimise this and head to the cinemas now.

It's a really cool movie. A very passable attempt. I personally think it could have been done better. The ending in particular seems rushed.

It feels like the someone just rushed in and told the director "Madam, na only 20 minutes remain for the film oh!" and she goes "Oh, hurry up and give these people an ending na".

But, the rushed ending aside, it delivers up some true moments of Comedy Gold.

I especially liked it whenever we got to see the two other 'Chuks' in action.

But, this is not a movie review.

I more concerned with the premise of the whole movie, Okafor's Law.

Fully known as Okafor's Law of Congo Dynamics, it's earliest known form reads thus:

"It states that once a Congo has been shined once (C 1 ) , it can always be shined (C ∞ ) provided it was shined properly ( P) the previous times."

This version of the Law was quoted by Lord H Man as far back as the early 2010s. 2012 to be precise. He went further to specify some non-constraints to the law:

"In scientific circles, opinion is divided as to whether it is actually a law or just a hypothesis. There is a large body of evidence to suggest that it is a law but there are others who think it is merely a hypothesis and does not take into account other variables such as M (marital status), O(opportunity) and F (Financial status) of either one or both of the parties."

Now, I can't personally attest to the validity of this Scientific "principle", but from my second hand observations of The Billboard and Kpo Kpo Ma Do Ga (don't ask, you go tire for the gist) it seems mostly legit.

Anyhow, as shallow and crass as this gist may seem, it actually addresses a fundamental aspect of human relations.

In it's less mischievous form, it is known as the Law of Repeatable Action. Which, essentially says, If you've done something once you can, and probably will, do it again.

It's one of the biggest questions we have:

Can People Really Change?

Okafor's Law would suggest they do not.

Ironically, as with so many things concerning humans, the truth of the matter is probably so complicated that it's beyond human comprehension.

At the same time, the answer is also probably really simple.

But, I don't know it either.

Your thoughts?

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