Joke of the Day: Awolowo is a good Conductor of Heat

Mr. Uragbai taught us Physics, which we new boys
found quite tedious. Mr. Uragbai
however aided our slow digestion of his new subject with politics, which we
found most interesting. He was a great admirer of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and imprinted upon our youthful minds the
great gulf that divided the Action Group Party, which Awolowo led, from the NCNC (Under Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe) in terms
of practical achievements and realistic programmes.

He sometimes uses long
words the meaning of which we did not know. All the same, we enjoyed the ease
with which these multi-syllable words rolled up his lips, and we wondered if
and when we could become as ‘erudite’

particular morning, Mr. Uragbai had
disposed off the little Physics he meant to teach us and had already settled
down to the much mutually acceptable tits-bit in Nigerian politics. Gradually
he warmed up to the subject. Soon, not only our class but also all in the
adjacent classroom and in the corridor outside had become involuntary listeners
to his lecture.
“The hegemony of the Action Group
vis-à-vis the other political parties in the country is undoubted”
he asserted.
“But Awolowo…..” He stopped as both he and we all
looked in the direction of the door. The tapping on the door was repeated. Then
the door opened and the Principal, Mr. Ephraim
W.B.C. Wappa
peeped through!
We all became
tensed, as we were nearly curtained that the Principal must have heard the name
of Awolowo from the corridor. We
wondered how Mr. Uragbai will finish
the sentence still hanging in the air.
But Mr. Uragbai was a man full of
(Intellectual) resources. After the briefest hesitation when he has seen the
embarrassing presence of the Principal at the door, he said, very coolly—“is a good conductor of heat”
Principal closed the door quietly, and when we were certain that his foot steps
had died away in the corridor, we all burst into uncontrollable laughter,
shouting “Awolowo is a good conductor of heat!”
(Culled from
the book First 100 Jokes of Our Time by Olaleye Falore)



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