This saying has seen generations come and go, but the mystery is that people in power seem to understand it lesser and lesser.
The very fact that the lesson in this wise old saying still eludes many people has seen it become a topic often explored in art.
The few times that I have watched Nigerian films, I noted how many plots revolve around abuse of power.
Nigerian, Tanzanian, Ghanaian and Kenyan movies have immensely explored such topics.
We see bad igwes and their right hand men impose decisions on the very same oxen that thresh their corn.
In a couple of such films, the igwe can banish people out of their village or demand wealth as a recourse to a villagerâ€™s sins.
The villagersâ€™ cries are too inaudible to move the kings and their inner circles.
Succession of such chieftaincy is another hot potato.
Because the circles around such bad igwesâ€”clowning balding men or loudmouthed womenâ€”end up destitute fools after the fall of the king.
Knowing the fire that may come with the changes in such a kingdom, the kingâ€™s inner circle to often tries to bend succession plans.
When such a plot ropes in befitting characters, the movie ends up top of the bill in video shops or renting houses.
I know many able actors that the visiting Ghanaian Nollywood film star, Van Vicker, must meet and contemplate taking back home with him!
I will do everything within my means to meet Van Vicker and present him with a list of clowning ill-minded men and women good for roles in such movies.
I will even sweat to lure him into exploring chances of collaborating with local actors in a plot where some kingâ€™s men hide news about their leaderâ€™s death, going into secret meetings to sneak the kingâ€™s brother to the throne when the law of the land clearly states otherwise!
This could be our chance to claim our spot among the films making the grade on DStv!
Welcome â€˜homeâ€™, Van Vicker!