King Gbin, The Iconoclast

In the heydays of the kings, there once lived an all-powerful King whose name was Keke Gbin. By all accounts, Keke Gbin was the most powerful and influential ruler in all the land. In those days, a measure of the king’s might and power was by the size of his kingdom and the number of aides or bodyguards who personally served him. Of equal importance were the level of political muscle he exercised and the extent of the material possessions he controlled. In the five decades of his reign as King, Keke Gbin fought and decisively won ten wars and subsequently increased the territorial size of his kingdom by nearly ten-folds. With more than one hundred personal aides, King Gbin was married to as many as fifty beautiful wives. He had seventy-five children, one hundred grand children and owned tens of thousands of cattle including cows, goats and sheep. The King also owned and annually operated tens of thousands of acres of farmland and, with the help of his subjects, he planted all manner of vegetables and other crops including rice, pepper, potatoes, apples, grapes, mangoes, paw-paw, yam, butter pears, almonds, corn, and many, many more.

For properly managing this massive wealth, the King heavily relied on three of his multiple wives – the head and two of his younger wives. Customarily, he occasionally assigned them Black satta king sss the task of managing the harvest and storage of all vegetables and other farm produce. To the three oldest sons, the King assigned a lifelong responsibility of managing all cattle of the fields and gave them unquestionable authority to make final decisions regarding the slaughter or give-away of any of his cattle at all times. On the average, five cows and ten goats were slaughtered daily to feed the King’s household. Thousands more were given away regularly to the needy and destitute.

Although King Gbin controlled such abundance of wealth and power, he was not a great lover of meat as daily meals. What the King loved and ate everyday was fish. He ate roasted fish for breakfast, ate fried or grilled fish for lunch and, very frequently, he would eat stewed or boiled fish for dinner. For in between meals or snacks, King Gbin often ordered his head wife to prepare fish in soup. When he traveled, he often took with him no less than four dozens of his personal bodyguards. With this number of aides, Keke Gbin strictly ensured that fish supply for his daily meals continued uninterrupted.

Meanwhile, in Baniland fish was the scarcest commodity. Due to the lack of any professional angler or groups of anglers, the difficulty in catching fish on large scale remained a daunting challenge in the land. As though fish scarcity was not a problem enough for fish lovers like King Gbin, the law of the land was replete with “anti-fishing” restrictions in nearly every creek, brook or river. One of the strongest of these laws was in effect in a small river on the bank of which King Gbin’s city magnificently stood.

In spite of such colossal power and glory, King Gbin lived a secret life that none of his subjects in the entire kingdom knew about. Certainly, the King refused to reveal this secret part of his life to neither his closet aides nor senior advisers. Worse yet, he never told his wives and children his irresistible obsession for his personal and secret fishing hobby in the forbidden river on which bank his glorious city stood. Except for his head wife, no one, including the wisest of the wise in the entire kingdom, knew that Keke Gbin went down stream nightly under the cover of darkness and lonely conducted routine fishing activities with a fishing line and hook.

Mindful of a possible exposure of these secret and forbidden deals, the King planned and executed each of his nightly ordeals well before the dawn of day. Sworn to uphold the laws of the land and carry out the will of the gods, he struggled internally to reconcile his natural obsession for fish as daily meal and the wrath of the gods that might likely descend upon him should the ancestors become fed up with his ungodly fishing practice. Overwhelmed by his exceeding love for fish as his primary dish, King Gbin ruled out any possibility of punishments from the gods and ancestors, for after all, he has been doing this for all of his reign as king. That aside, many of King Gbin’s ancestors and great grand ancestors all lived and died as prominent rulers and powerful warriors. For the purpose of self-consolation, the King argued “why would the gods and the spirits of my grand and great grand parents want to strike me for acts performed under pure cover of darkness, whether forbidden or not?” He continued: “Except for my head wife, no one knows that I go fishing in the forbidden river because I do it all by myself.”