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It is said that Olofi once met Obi. Obi used to pretend he liked everybody. After that meeting, Olofi would tire out Eleguá from morning ‘til night, praising to the skies the “good” Obi and the “humble” Obi.
Now, Eleguá knew Obi very well and he knew how false the other was. He decided to remove the blindfold from Olofi’s eyes.
The day came when Obi threw a party for some guests. Eleguá, hid behind the bushes, and waited for them. As they came he offered each one of them a beggar’s dirty clothes.
“So that Obi won’t recognize you and we can have a good laugh,” he said.
When the foppish Obi saw so many guests wearing rags in his house he bawled out at them:
“Clear out, you lot! I don’t want a houseful of beggars here!”
In no time at all he was left by himself.
“I don’t believe it,” said Olofi to Eleguá, when he told him about it.
“You’ll have to see for yourself , that’s for sure,” answered Eleguá.
Olofi fashioned himself a costume out of some old rags. He looked like a completely different person! Then, he went off to see Obi. All the while he was hoping, from the bottom of his heart, that Eleguá was mistaken. Eventually he arrived:
“Sir! I am hungry and thirsty. I have come a great distance. My feet are aching from the road. Give me shelter for the night,” groaned Olofi.
“No deal, vagrant! There’s no welcome for the likes of you here!” shot back Obi.
“For what reason, may I ask?”
“Your filthy rags will stink up my house!”
These words struck Olofi with more force than one of Changó’s thunderbolts. Olofi felt the anger rising in his gorge. In a second he ripped off the rags and revealed his true self right before the startled eyes of Obi.
“I actually thought that you were a humble man! Now I see how utterly full of pride you are. Your “shining goodness” is only a disguise for dull selfishness within you. From now on, you will be the colour of mud! I will hang you from a tree, and when you fall from it, the very bruises you get will remind you of your deceit.”
And that is how Olofi put Obi, the coconut, in his place.