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It's made of some inches length of thick pipe with a one end opening and the other end with a pin end which is usually pushed to the earth surface when it's to be used. It's used with a gun powder which is locally prepared. The pipe is fixed to the ground and the gun powder would be spread on a short distance to the pipe, that when a fire is touched with the gun power it follows the short distance line of the gun powder to connect the pole and that's the shot. Gboooaaa!
At the time of writing this, I asked my coworkers if they know local cannon shots and they all said yes. That it has the loudest deep and fierce sound. I'm not just saying, this type of cannon shot is just what they said it is. No cap🧢
Then in my home town, it's usually used during rites performance such as burial ceremonies, marriage ceremonies or festivals. It's also used to acknowledge the presence of some high profile People in an event.
My unforgettable experiences🙈🤦
Phonophobia is the fear of loud noise. This fear is seen in many people and I'm among the many people. Though not anymore because I've outgrown.
I was a big victim of fear to the sound of a cannon shot. Just like is said, I was brought up in the rural area where things are done locally and that's home town to many people in the city and as such, occasions such as marriages and burials are done frequently there. Isn't it thesame in your home town?
Those days, we encounter series of marriages and burials which cannon shots are Paramount. There were scenarios that I would run away from our house to stay in someone's house when I noticed that an occasion is very close to our house. Once I noticed that a ceremony is nearby, I would first of all move around and locate where the gun is to be fixed and once I observe that it's very close, zoooom! that would be the end of my stay in our house that day. Haha🤣
One day I got beaten by my dad because I left to someone's house and I got pinned down by sleep there, they searched and searched no way, and it was around 1:00am they found me. How could you leave the house to sleep somewhere without informing us?. It was cane they used on me that night.
It was clear to my parents that I had the phobia, so they deviced a means to curb it a little. Whenever there's an occasion nearby, my mom would check the time the cannon would be shot and take me away from the environment 🤦
Many funny experiences to say...
One day I was riding a bicycle when I stumbled at a burial ceremony and I was speeding so fast, suddenly my eyes sighted the the gunman about to light the fire to the gunpowder that performs the magic. Yeeeeh! I fell out of the bicycle and ran to another way. It a flash moment for me as I didn't know it went. I returned back to scene to get my bicycle on the ground after the shot. People around laughed me hahaha🤣🤣🤣
I tried to kill the phobia then but it was so tough.
Again, one of my uncles died and the custom is, they are to dance round the grave.My immediate younger brother joined them as the Cutlass bearer. I wasn't at home because I ran off. I was told he followed them all through in the midst of countless blazing of cannon shots. I was intimidated then hahah.
I tried to tame the phobia during the days of fireworks and bangers. Yeah, it worked for me. During Christmas and New year celebration, we are fond of bangers and fireworks, infact that's the fun of the celebration because it's usually a competition especially the crossover night yeah you remember, right?
But thank God, today if you give me a fire to light up a cannon shot, I would jump on it with gladness with no single fear.
What about you, are you phonophobia?
Tell me about yours
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17th November 2021
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