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THE CARNIVOROUS TREE 2

Chapter 2

The Mad White Man

James Coburg was known in the Lagos of 1920s as “the mad white man” despite having royal connection with the Queen of England. Although his story has been muted, we owe a lot to him about the information we had on the Carnivorous tree. After the encounter he had with the tree that night, with his faithful servant Massa, he made his way to the nearest village where he was taken care of by the village chief. It is unfortunate that Massa could not survive the encounter. Even James was saved by the most unlikely thing – English mannerism for something surprising. He had covered his nose and mouth in wonderment while the negro had interlocked his fingers and placed his two hands on his head. James had caught a whiff of something while they were both on top of the moat watching the tree bioluminescent glow; a smell pungent at first but sweet smelling later. He wasn’t sure if it was survival instinct that made him tightened the covering of his nose while Massa looked on agape.

Then the unexpected happened. Massa began to move towards the tree as if in trance! At the same time it registered on James, a bookworm of no special preference, what has happened. Zombiefication may not be new in the science of animals and plants of today’s world, but it was in the time of James and he was well aware of it. Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is popular in this respect. It was newly discovered at the time by Alfred Russel Wallace in 1859 and has been established that they are predominant in the tropical forest ecosystem. It is an entomopathogen or insect pathogenising fungus; that means the chemical substance secreted by the fungi alters the behavioural pattern of infected animals , ants in this case. The infected ant will leave its nest and wander “aimlessly” down to the floor of the forest where temperature and humidity are suitable for fungal growth. Then with one last sorrowful bite, it will lock its mandible on the underside of a leaf and wait patiently for the agent of death inside him to take full charge of its body. The slow painful death takes 4 to 10 days. The sprout, already growing through the head of the ant and feeding on its brain, will burst open to release fungus’s spores. Call that out of the old came new.

The world of mind control in animals and plants is from the horrible to the despicable and kinky and merciless. There have been close to 10 zombification cases known since then. The flatworm, Leucochloridium paradom, leaves its eggs live in the guts of birds then gets dispersed through their droppings. A snail chanced to feed on the droppings gets the flatworm into its body where it develops into a larva in the hollow of the snail pole eyes, popping out eventually as adult and blinding its host and killing it in the process. There are those that cause their hosts to have sex frequently. The Hz-2v virus does this to Helicoverpa zea moths, commonly known as corn earworms. Because the virus is sexually transmitted, it needs hosts that propagate fairly quickly, so it forces its hosts to mate incessantly because it cannot wait for the natural mating.

Man is not safe from this battle of mind control, however noble and high we think of ourselves in the order of animals . Take the case of Malaria, we think of anopheles mosquitoes as the culprits to blame, but anopheles is as much a victim of plasmodia, a parasitic protozoan, that controls it to go out in search of human to bite as the human it bites. It is not the case that anopheles cannot survive without human blood, but the protozoan made it believe so. So, even with the high risk that it will get killed, anopheles will still come looking for man like a zombie making its way to the edge of a cliff.

A zombified anopheles dares every danger to its life to introduce sporozoites of the plasmodia swimming in its throat into the human bloodstream through bites. That is why the first thing it does is to relief itself of the troubling saliva in its gut into the bloodstream. If the saliva makes the blood light and easy to suck for the proboscis of the mosquito as science sees it, it was never intended – nature doesn’t pay you your due, unless of course it is to benefit it further. The sporozoites travels to the liver where they will multiply to form merozoites in about two weeks. From then on it is like the battle of infestation of the red blood cell by the merozoites after leaving the liver to invade red blood cells. A curious medical researcher specialising in malaria parasite at the University Teaching Hospital Ibadan, Professor Olu Odekumbi, had once suggested that merozoites at this stage use mind control substance which they secrete to win the battle against white blood cells. You would have noticed that your body heats up when you have malaria. The feverish temperature is caused by the presence of these antibodies in the blood and the reactionary battle of chemicals between these merozoites and leukocytes – the body’s infection-fighting cells. However, the merozoites send a signal to your brain and this makes you to start looking for warmth of sunlight. It is clear to Odekumbi what the larva wants to achieve with this, but it was not clear to the science community. So the research was not accepted on the basis of “teleological and methodological flaws.” But the real reason is that of the religious view that man is the apex of creation and therefore cannot be subjected to the whims and caprices of mere protozoan. The view held sway, not until we are shown the human body is a home to millions of microorganisms. If such is the apex of creation, he is a goddam poo-pit of it.

It was the village chiefs that helped James back to Lagos, and he had dreamt of his heroic welcome by the queen of England. Now, a man of no substance and estate is coming back to England as a hero, the discoverer of the carnivorous plant that could eat human beings. He had been the sole witness to the tree consuming Massa his attendant. So, when he got the news a month after he wrote the Queen that the she had sent the royal ship to convey them back to Manchester, James Coburg could not but muse at the turn of fortune he will soon be in. He had ask another white man to write a copy of his book and keep for him in Lagos. He hoped to win a scientific expedition back to the tree with notable scientists listening to his advice on how the tree gets its preys. However, he got the first shock of his life from the way Vice-Consul to the Crown James Robert Phillips and Captain Gallwey treated him on board.

Having left the eyes of the negro world, James Coburg was bundled and handcuffed and thrown into prison on-board. He would later appear before Her Imperial Majesty as deserter who caused the death of his countrymen. When he was finally released and ushered into the presence of the queen, all he could say was “Eureka, I have found it,” waiving his journal. The sunken eyes of James which he got from how he stayed in the forest of Africa did not help issues. He looked unkempt and famished. After an enquiry set up by the Royal Court to determine the case, the commission concluded that James Coburg had gone mad due to malaria fever he contacted while in the jungle of Africa – cerebral malaria it was called. This, as expert said, allowed him to hallucinate.

The last blow to James Coburg’s report came when Sir Phillips’ interview of the village chief that brought James to Lagos came. The chief reported that James was brought panting and evidently afraid of something. Although they could neither make head nor tail of what he was describing to have encountered, when they had heard that Benin warriors massacred some white men the night before, they understood that he had been among those who escaped into the bush. The chief was further convinced of this with James incessant pointing to the big iroko tree at the front of his house and even made attempt to run into it or climb it. Sir Phillips described the negro chief as a man of calm and composed nature.

James Coburg was sent back to Africa after a brief treatment as the queen was very displease with him. Four months later, the doctor that tended to him, Sir Henry Domefield, resigned from the Royal Medical Service of England and travelled to Sierra Leone and nothing was heard of him according to the Royal official report.

Ten days later, a tall silhouette figure of a white man was seen through a bar window around Opebi street, Marina Lagos. Another shadow was cast against the window, apparently of a young negro. A puff of smoke sleeked through the nostril of the Caucasian like a formless apparition, hung its volatile appearance in front of the negro before diffusing into the air. On the second day, Mr Hallock, the man employed by James Coburg to make a copy of his journal, was found dead in his apartment across the street. There was no struggle and nothing of importance got lost except a bottle of cheap gin. Although the bookshelf was thoroughly ransacked, the Royal Navy Investigative Department handling the case as Mr Hallock was in the Royal navy, saw nothing out of order. “A petty burglar made his way into Hallock’s apartment and thought he could find cash in his books; finding no cash, he made away with  a bottle of gin which he smashed on Mr Hallock’s head.” It must be negro, lazy bunch of them.

To be continued. 

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THE CARNIVOROUS TREE by Bode Oje

The Man Eating Plant Conspiracy

Of course you must have heard of the rumour of man eating plants of Madagascar, or at least the possibility of meat eating plant. You probably have discarded it as one of sensational lies peddled by some poor souls whose imagination are their main impediment to success in life. I have been in that shoe too. I have been in that stage of life where I considered anything that has not been proven by science to be oven baked conspiracy lie. Not until I stumbled on it. Not until I stumbled on the top secret of all time. The secret which North Atlantic Alliance are spending millions of dollar to make it remain a secret.

Let me ask you, have you ever heard of MUTE? That is an acronym but never ask me what it stands for. It is the body responsible for restoring hope in humanity that the flora and fauna of mother earth pose no threat to humanity. And that apart from natural disaster like floods, earthquakes, hurricane mudslides and tsunamis, the earth is still a peaceful place for humanity to flourish. The mission statement of MUTE is noble, but blocking humanity from knowing the truth about where we are is their greatest undoing. The earth is stranger than you think.

Perhaps you have read about Nepenthes, a relative of the pitcher plant which grows in the rain forest of South East Asia as a vine. the greatest cover up in respect to it is the invention of the word “insectivorous” to lessen the effect of the reality of meat eating plants on the world, despite the fact that some of these plants like Venus’s flytrap eats animals as big as frogs and small rodents. These are the known meat eating plants to humanity and they pose no threat to man.

Perhaps you have read the MUTE moderated information about these plants. For example in reference books and biological encyclopaedias, you may have read it that Insectivorous plants are diverse and represent members of three orders of dicots: Nepenthales, Scrophulariales, and Rosales. And that majority are in the Nepenthales order, including the pitcher plant, sundews and the Venus’s-flytrap. And that others include the bladderworts, butterworts, and the Australian pitcher plant. Of course MUTE has done their job very well; otherwise, you would have heard about the Noon-at-Night plant of the Niger area.

“Oganjo-dodo” as it is being called in the local dialect of the Yoruba country. There is only one tree still alive now and everybody is wishing it dies quick. Unfortunately nobody can near it with chain saw. Not even a kilometre near where it still stands today.

Is it not eerily suspicious that the science community has suddenly lack brilliant minds inquisitive enough to discover the most important question that ought to have followed the reality of Nepenthes despite the fact that 90 per cent of this community believe in evolution theory? According to mainstream biological science report, Nepenthes eat only insects by trapping them in their cup of chemical where the body parts disintegrate and become food for the plant. The most needed question to ask about Nepenthes is that; if evolution theory is true, nepenthes and these other harmless insectivorous plants surely share common ancestor with some plants like the non-insectivorous pitchers, but what and where is there common ancestor? Of course once again, MUTE is doing their job very well.

The truth about human eating plants of the Niger area was discovered by Roy Lexers. Again, don’t bother to search for the name because he has been completely MUTEd. Truth is that he was not a botanist despite being a renowned scientist in his field before the discovery. He was an archaeologist in the University of California who was researching on Neolithic cultures of Africa. The research was sponsored by MacArthur Foundation established 40 years ago. A research that will take him to the precipice of insanity with what he found in the Yoruba countryside. Although he came to Oke-Iho principally for his research, he and his hand-picked post-graduate students would soon discover there is a big jigsaw puzzle that has been muted here. The jigsaw puzzle span 3, 990 kilometres between the foot of Niger now called the Niger-delta and westward to the kingdom of Dahomea. He may not be

a mythologist and his scientific mind in constant revolt against anything mythical, but he knew, this part of the world was once the seat of savagery in its crimson glory.

The pieces of the jigsaw puzzle include: Oke-Iho Ola, the subterranean passage to heaven or riches; Sungbo Eredo, which he christened the Sheba’s groove, the largest moat covered piece of land in the world with no visible evidence the moat walled a city; Oranmiyan’s Obelisk marks – this is the mystery of the markings on the renowned Opa Oranmiyan. Everybody knew it is a secret code, but the big question is code to what? Some miles away from Ife to the east lies the kingdom of the Benin with a God-king who clads in crimson red. You may say that is the colour of blood, but the big question is why?

Tucked in the far away heart of Apkotokou forest in the border town of Ketou, in the present Republic of Benin lies a 450,000 years old cavern call Igbale-Aye. Believed to be the spot where first fully humans took their rise, the legend of Igbale-Aye promises a lot of future archaeological discovery that the first African Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, in his capacity as the Chairman, Governing Board, Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) has adopted Igbale Aiye project as one of the centre’s priority for in-depth research. As he has said in one of the occasions marking the flag off of annual ceremony of the place, “There is a wealth of history underneath this ground upon which we are standing. I have a personal interest in getting it out.” Only time will tell if the now octogenarian Professor and his squad of African scholars and scientists will not be MUTEd like many before him by the “Big brother” North Atlantic Alliance.

You probably may not have heard about James Pinson Labulo Davies, an African Yoruba merchant-sailor who married the adopted daughter of queen Victoria named Sarah Forbes Bonetta. The lady was a Yoruba girl of the Egbado extraction whose parents were killed by the slave raiding Dahomey warriors on Oke Odan and rescued from being sacrificed from the king of Dahomey by a white enthnographer.

It is off record, but James Labulo had been the first to sponsor a European scientist friend to establish the tell-tale human eating tree of the Niger area. Although out of pure curiosity, James Labulo may also have economic benefit of the plant at heart for sponsoring such a discreet research, being the first person to introduce cocoa plant to West Africa from south America.

He had come upon a very useful information about the plant by chance. He was the scribe to King Eleko, the then paramount ruler of Lagos. Herbert Macaulay would later occupy the same position for the Oluwas. However, it was in one of the documents brought from the arctic of King Eleko palace that day that James Labulo came upon the un-submitted report of the visit of the British emissary to Benin kingdom that preceded the punitive expedition to the kingdom in the year 1897.
You probably did not know that among the emissary sent by Queen Victoria to Benin, there was a youngster the queen herself made to be part of the emissary. He went by the name James Coburg. Does it ring a bell that Prince Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel, the prince consort to the Queen was born near Coburg, Germany? No one is sure but it seems James Coburg had been included among the emissary to the land he himself described as “the heart of darkness”; his judgement based on what he had heard about the Benin kingdom, not a visit. Well, the Queen made him to be part of the team to the “heart of the devil” because James Coburg was being teased as effeminate. Perhaps, the queen in her wisdom thought this journey will toughen up the 19 year old lad.

Did I say “in his report”? Oh yes, I did say that. It is not a slip of tongue. James Coburg did write a “detailed” report of his own journey in his journal. But he never recorded the fight with the Benin emissaries who came to express the displeasure of the king about the white men unwanted visit. Nobody should blame the lad, he never witnessed it. On the night before the warning incident happened, James had fell asleep immediately they camped some fifty-three kilometres away from the town of their destination. That night, James had a dream and saw the king in his crimson red regalia. Whatever the early explorer had written about the king was surpassed in what James saw in his dream.

The city was paved with crimson red blood of 1000 sacrifices per day. The king himself dine on the head of humans he had sacrificed. His wives; witch-like beings of negroid appearance make special delicacy for him of the sacrifice. Well licked skulls rolls down from his elevated throne every now and then.

This dream sent shivers down James Coburg’s spine and when he woke up in the middle of the night, the first thing he did was to bolt away from the camp. A young negro of relatively the same age had followed him to bolt out into the tick tropical forest night of West Africa. The negro was called “Massa” because he refers to every European as “master” but could not pronounce the word properly.The young African also did not support the daring of the white men especially when the king had warned that Benin cannot receive visitors at present because they were in the middle of a festival where no stranger is allowed.

However, Sir Philips, the leader of the white explorer will not bow to the authority of a savage African king. More, this festival could be the much needed reason they have been looking for to nail the Benin country and its king of sheer savagery, so he had ordered them to press on.

It was during this flight of James on that night that he discovered the carnivorous tree. According to his report, it was walled up with moat. He and the negro had climbed the moat which is about 8 yards in diameter. James was taken aback when, the negro climbing the moat first, suddenly paused, fell on his face on top of the moat as if in total worship of a god, then told James to turn back that they cannot take that route. It has been said that curiosity builds courage more than wine. It was sheer curiosity that made James to climb the moat in the middle of African jungle at night and behold, he saw the carnivorous plant in all its eerie bioluminescent glory. How James Coburg’s report ended up in the attic of Eleko is a story for another day.

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