'...You will come back. You will stay. Before that the spirits and our ancestors will hold a great meeting to discuss the future of the world. It will be one of the most important meetings ever held. Suffering is coming. There will be wars and famine. Terrible things will happen. New disease, hunger, the rich eating up the earth, people poisoning the sky and the waters, people going mad in the name of history, the clouds will breath fire, the spirit of things will dry up, laughter will become strange.'
He stopped. There was a long pause. Then he continued, frightening me.
'There will be changes. Coups. Soldiers everywhere. Ugliness. Blindness. And then when people least expect it a great transformation is going to take place in the world. Suffering people will know justice and beauty. A wonderful change is coming from far away and people will realise the great meaning of struggle and hope. There will be peace. Then people will forget. Then it will all start again, getting worse, getting better. Don't fear. You will always have something to struggle for, even if it is beauty or joy.'~Famished Road, Ben Okri