Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It was a glamourous nite of football,debutant vs. defending champions in the final of the 2009 Under-17 championship. It was a home game for Nigeria but the home advantage was evened by the fact that their opposing team is the birth country of the President of FIFA, Switzerland. Fair play it was for both teams, leaving them a levelled playing ground to fight for victory or face defeat.
Having watched both teams played in different games, it was hard for me to give the game to any of the two teams on a platter of gold because they've both showed pedigree with their style of play and determination and some level of individual brilliances from some members of both teams. Each team had a player with the potential of winning the golden boot and the two coaches have displayed a high level of coordination and control over their respective teams. What was left to claim the victory was not just the team play but the technicality of the two coaches to make decisive decisions when required.
One coach stuck to the winning formula while the other went for last minute excitement out of greed, placing the golden boot ahead of the golden trophy that brings the real glory. He threw in the golden boot seeking player and threw away the winning formula and the trophy along with it just for the hope of some undeserved personal gratification, and in the process lost out on all... Misplaced priority, it is not unusual for any footballer at any level to make the Same mistakes made by Sanni Emmanuel but it was totally unprofessional for the team coach John Obuh to have started him in a match where team success was more important than personal glory, knowing fully well that he was not a perfect match starter. Sticking with his starting eleven would have probably got him goals in t the first half of the game and the later introduction of Sanni into the game could have been the icing on the glorious cake that would have earned him the Adidas golden boot as well. Forgetting the essence of the game and unknowingly misplacing the priority of the game by redefining the purpose for self gratification instead of service national glory made him give the trophy away on a platter of gold.
Many a times in our lives; at the brink of our victory, we throw away our core values for minutes reasons at the risk of loosing our hard earned glory and deserved victory and most times we loose out on all at the long run without achieving the purpose for which we started out or acquiring the extra we traded in our glory to get. We loose on both ends just because we fail to identify which is more important and we throw out our victory for just a little more while we assume that the coordinates are right. We attach the same value to the joy of our desired victory and that of the extra personal gratification and sometimes we give it more because we suddenly get over confident about it. We misplace priority, forgetting the weathiest matter of all and we pursue the addendum that will naturally accompany our victory if we have devotedly stayed true without throwing out our values till the end, we go for the glitter and throw away the gold we could have been rewarded with by following through with the divine protocol.
Now I understand perfectly well what Jesus meant when He said
"Seek yee first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you".
How I wish John Obuh had seek first the trophy of the cadet competition only, obviously every other thing that accompanies it such as, the golden boot, accolades of being the first to host and win, first country to win the competition four times, first country to retain the trophy after wining the fourth time, first country to win the competition back to back, first coach to win the competition on home soil etc..etc… would have been added unto him effortlessly, but he chose the golden boot and lost all. Do we make these same mistakes in our daily dealing of every day of our lives? Less think about it...
I hope you've learnt the lessons I learnt
Thursday, September 17, 2009
It’s 4:00am In the morning and I am still as awake and as fresh as if I just woke up from a deep sleep minutes ago, with a lot on my mind, I’ve tried to figure out in a thousand way the events of the past few days of my life and the world around me is shaping the man I have become. In a few weeks I will be a graduate from the acclaimed strongest polytechnic in Nigeria with a 2nd class, and still I am caught in the web of barrage of thoughts, trying to figure out the next required move that will produce the next big thing in my life. Although I have learnt, invaluable lessons from the feet of men of great wisdom with outstanding understanding of the principles of life like, Bishop David Oyedepo, Poju Oyemade, John Asharaf, Boyce Watkins, Leke Alder, Ibukun Awosika et al… etc, a few of this great men became my favourite and the words they’ve spoken still rings aloud in my ears, but still I carefully search the heart of the earth, looking for the rights spot to sow that seed I have in my hand, oblivious of how to get there, but equipped with a heart that searches the truth without relenting until exciting quality is produced from deep within.
A tool I have identified and used since I found it is a heart of praises and a tongue that give thanks in all situations, I have used it effectively and produced results that are enviable with it, doors are opening and opportunities have been coming my way exceedingly and still am grateful. Although am not worried about the future, but something within me still seeks the path that I must follow, the principles I must define, the rules I must understand and obey to produce the imaginable and unimaginable. I seek these things like babes seek milk, I knock on doors, knowing they will open, and hoping that I find wisdom on the other end of it. I ask questions with the hope of getting answers that will feel my heart with vigor and lighten me up, just like oil for my lamp.
I smell victory already and I think it’s the joy of it that keeps me burning all nite long with closing my lid and not the indomie noddles I devoured late into the nite, I hear the gong of victory sounding already and nothing will make me deter, I have burnt my bridges already, defeated my goliaths and now because He lives, I can face tomorrow like I just did, overcoming today.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
“oya oferegege gbe mi pa”
Who needs a Ferrari when I can shorten the distance?
“ona ka, ona ko; aa kin ba onise rin”
Who needs their gods when I’ve got divinity?
“ifa olokun asoro dayo ti kin fololo fohun”
Calling the things that be not as though they were
“shango olukoso oooo!”
A fit fore surpassed by the Son of man
I shall pour libation at the feet of the gods again
Pay homage to the roots of my ancestors
My walls will breathe again
And my words alive and fresh
My history not curios at all
Breaking the bounds like meteors from mars
I will live and reveal again
The wisdom that was denied
That which lives within my loins and my dark golden skin
Friday, May 22, 2009
To thee we pass the mantle of power and the touch of exploit
Thread the paths we were too afraid to dare
Go to places we were too afraid to visit
Touch the lives we won’t be around to ho! and ha!!
Where we fell and stood up again, move on
Walk with gallant strides and produce the best in it
Because our failure is not failure at all
It is like light to your path and lamp to your feet
It is like a compass, showing you the direction in which to go
Fear not the barking of the toothless dog
Neither be scared of the howling of a hungry one
Stand where we stood and touch where we couldn't reach
Bite more than you can chew
And let God do the chewing for you
Cos we were scared and we bite a little
We forgot that God as placed in us the power to do
That which we can think or imagine at all
We underestimated our prowess and capabilities
But now we know that our best was not enough
So go all out and be better than the best
Do not be afraid of the shining edge of GP
The title that surrounds a man does not a make him a chief
Neither does the story of conquest at war make a man a warrior
Only the battles you’ve won or lost
Plays the tune of victory or the agony of defeat
Do not be afraid of what you can do or how great you can become
To be afraid is in the nature of man, an eminent beginning of failure
Rather, let not your heart be troubled
Because HE who made you did for a purpose
Do not struggle to define your purpose
Rather strife to discover and live
Live to enjoy the glory of this great discovery
For the sake of integrity
Never take an oath you won’t live to honour
Never say “I..............” when it is defined within you that you can’t
Never say a word just for the pride of life
Your word is your bond; honour it with every second in you
Being a leader is standing tall even on death grounds
Look around you, you will see
Look within you, you will know
What we see and feel is nothing near leadership
But you can change the paradigm if we can’t
“Be the change you want to see” (M.Ghandi)
Cos “The tomorrow you seek and the change we long to see is you “
I'm Abidemi Babaolowo Oderinlo
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I have refrained deliberately for a long time to make any comments about our National Rebranding exercise. I hope I will be able to say what boils in my throat and wrists tonight, without making too much reference to it. For all it’s worth though, I think the fundamental error I can see, is that Nigerians have not been made to own it, and hence rather than having people championing it, and helping others buy in, what we have is criticism and condemnation by the same people who would have been it’s champions.
Having said that however, I have a proposition of an exercise that we can own as Nigerians. It’s a simple idea and it came as a fallout of a discussion that ensued in my office yesterday. It’s an answer of what we can do to focus our leaders on the problems that we have as citizens and to assist them in giving it the attention it deserves. We no longer need any assitance from any source to know that our most crucial problem in Nigeria is Leadership! If we are all on the same page in this realization, then our efforts towards a better Nigeria must be channeled to support, focus and direct our leaders.
I remember shortly before the elections last year I wrote an article I titled, “Power is all we need!” I pleaded with our would be leaders not to promise us roads or education, but to promise us just one thing - Power! That if in any leaders 4yrs we can celebrate 1yr of uniterupted power supply, then we should imortalize that president. Haven been to Egypt now to watch tombs, I say we must do the same, but before they die however.
First for the nation, then the states, then our local governments. Once we have a new president for example, we should as a nation analyze our most significant problem that we want solved in his or her tenure. After we have agreed on this problem, we should then go ahead and give that problem the same name with our president. We should substitute the name of our leader with this problem in our conversations, in our articles in newspapers, in our slang’s, in our music and drama. We should do this per state and per local government as well.
Let’s say for example that we have discovered that our biggest problem in Nigeria is Electricity, and for example that our president’s name for the tenure was Yaradua. Then everytime light goes, every time we are in darkeness, everytime we have any issues, our conversations should be like this.
When it is bad as it is - “Chai, Yaradua has gone again”, “Ah, we have not had Yaradua for the last 2 days”, “This Yaradua is so unstable”, “Ah what did we do today oh, we have half Yaradua today”,” What’s wrong with you, you are complaining that you haven’t seen Yaradua for 3 days, what about people that haven’t seen Yaradua for one year! or ever!”, “I wasn’t able to do it overnight, because Yaradua kept fainting”, “We have been using Yaradua as backup to our Generator”, “Iron your shirts, Yaradua may soon go oh”, ”
Can you for your own new ones?
If we keep speaking this way, our leaders will know that we mean business with our desire for solutions. The next president will also know that one critical unsolved problem will bear his name until it’s solved. I recommend, that whichever president fixes electric power be given the opportunity to forever bear the same name with electricity in Nigeria and be forever immortalized in the lips and minds of Nigerians. The same for every future identified problem. A similar approach should be taken to the state levels. Whatever problem we align and identify must be instantly changed to the name of the Governor. If the issue in Lagos for example was Transportation and assuming the Governor was Fashola, then by now, people should be saying “Fashola is getting better in Lagos now”, or ” I entered one wrong fashola and they collected my phone and laptop.” or “Big Fashola (BRT) is actually making life easy for Lagosians”. We can identify the states one by one and identify the problems that need to be solved and replaced with their name.
My people say that whatever hurts one, must be primary in one’s conversation -
“Oun to ba duni lo n po loro eni”
If you use this on your blog, just put a litte comment here saying you are using it so I can follow on to your site and register my solidarity. I think this is something that we the people can own and gradually take things to the way things should be. We deserve more than what we are getting, and UNTIL we the people are clear about what we want and about our commitment to make sure it happen, then nothing happens. Let’s make this happen!
Now I really need to sleep before Yarauda’ goes!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
To all who heard and cared
To all who celebrated it with a rueful smile
To all who quivered with fear, love and care
And those who smiled that I lost my smile
I wanna say a BIG Thank You
To all who stood by me through the pains
Physically and in their hearts of hearts
To all who flinched at sound of it
Praying and hoping that I will smile again
All I wanna say is Thank You
To friends who gave their all
And still felt it was not enough
And that fair maiden I say Thank You
For foes who smiled or cried
Not knowing t’was because they cared
To all I say Thank You
It is with a grateful heart I reach out to all
Whether you care or not, I don’t care
But all I want you to know is that
I have never felt loved like this before
From friends and foe alike
Tell Owoso that I am still alive
And our dear NACOSS
That I’m still a pain in their ass
Tell Adedayo Adeosun
That I’m saying a Big Thank You
With a capital “BIG”
And if you find your name on this list
Or somewhere in within it
You should smile and if not on it smile again
Cos’ it mean you are a part of me
But if it’s twice or more it means you are a thief
Cos’ you’ve stolen my heart away…….
To Sola Runsewe --- A Big Thank You
And Runsewe Olusola --- A Bigger Thank you
Adegunle Samson ---You are a thief
And Sammylee --- Thanks a Quadrillion Times
Adedayo Adeyomoye --- Sometimes you make me wonder
Ali-Belo and Belo Ali --- Thank you but this spot is still for Sola
Bricklayer Buki --- You are a pretty bad fwend
Opeyemi Dozen-J --- I know you dig my smile
BOY girl --- Thanks for going the whole mile
Chamé --- Thanks for being an extra-miler
Debbie and Deborah --- It’s all about welfarism
Luchi Mama --- Daalu a million timez
Anderline of God --- I know you care, thank you so much
Biodun Girl --- What kinda daughter are you?
Abbey Banj --- Thank you Thank you
Big Paulie --- I appreciate you more than u can imagine
Shogie Wale --- Thanks a Bunchs
Moye & Moye’s --- I know you care, you be thief
Sammy of God --- What will I do without you?
Alhaja mi Owon --- You bring the best outta me
Shynin star --- I love you too
Ay Lajibutu & Timi --- You make me head spin
Either your name is here or not --- There is not living without you!
The bus I was in, got me to Fadeyi, few meters away from the point I was suppose to alight at Jibowu, then the break failed, a bus was right ahead of us, parked in the middle of the service lane, passengers alighting from it, and we rammed into it… I was at peace, I didn’t panic, I was just thankful… cos I felt it, He was right there with me and He saved me.
No life was lost, I came out with a few scratch, and some teeth broken but HE’s fixed that already…thought I was gonna loose my cutie smile, but He gave me hope and gave it back to me all in good, better shapes. Although I’ve got them braces on right now, I should be yanking them off soon...
Watch Out for the Whole New smile
It’s gonna be off the hook
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I have walked through each day
without footsteps to match mine
and thoughts to match and challenge mine
atleast, that's true for me
but i hope fate will wave it wands
and turn the tides
two minds meeting
two hands touching
two hearts joining
to make it all complete
Monday, February 9, 2009
I wish i Found You even before I found me
I wish i said those words before that very second ticked by
I wish I could turn back the hands of time,
When it was jst U & I
I wish you could see what i see
The deception that lies ahead the direction you are taking
I wish I could say it in words you will believe
Words you will see for what they are and not jealousy, hurting or hating
I wish I was sensitive enough when you hitch
Listened enough when you called for so long
Fired instead of aiming for too long
How I wish your voice is that which still tickles my core
Not the blank bitten chump you left with no ray of hope
That I will smile again with the thought or feel of what we once had
And almost shared
How I wish you get to see this and feel the bore in my heart
That you will read, reply to raise a spec of dust of hope in me
How I wish you know it's all becos I can't stop...
Even if you want or wish it harder than I Wish
You said i should listen to song of my regrets
You said thats how you feel...
...but hey!.. .
What i feel is deeper than that..
And the only good in it is that it bears creativity in me
This is not about me or about u..
But its a wish I say to the constant North Star every nite
For the one that left (although wit a trace)
With the whole of my heart
Friday, February 6, 2009
But to standing out and standing tall requires moving beyond this specification and expectations to produce what is exciting and expected. Sounds unusual but it is in the nature of man to set standards that are below their desires and sometimes personal needs, due to the fact that we are most times afraid of our abilities to achieve both the imaginable and unimaginable, we underestimate prowess and still we expect more than the output of the parameters we have set in motion, so to stand out we must add excitement to this expectation
Moving beyond what is specified and expected to what is exciting and unexpected really gets to break the ice, bringing in an element of surprise and excitement brings the world to our scene no matter how remote it is, and keeps the world we catch with us for life, men that are beyond our reach; friends and foe. With the exciting, the competition stops.
Sometimes it’s the silent beat of my heart
But never a day without the thought of you
Sometimes I wish it away
Sometimes I crave for you more and more within
But never a for a moment or it fraction been bold enough
To let go, ‘cos there is no living without you
Even if all the stars wander to Kano
And the big round moon to the big “Aamu” in grandma’s yard
Your thought will never depart from my heart
Neither will your love be eschewed by me
You are my sun by day
The glory of my dark golden skin
My star at night
Shining brighter even in the darkest of nights
If t’was, I will be gone with the winds
Just the thought of you gives the hope of a new day
If for me, it would have faded away
But you are right there as constant as the North Star
Immeasurable, even with the “kéré” on mother’s drum
Invaluable, larger than life itself
Exquisite and wonderfully complex
Even the wisest of men stand in awe in your site
'Cos you are more than a tale of beauty untold
No wonder you stole my heart
And I never wanted it back, never!
So precious you are to me
That even I’m nothing without you
I’m in love with you
Thursday, January 22, 2009
My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank immediate past President for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Many Nigerians have taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, ever so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, Nigeria has carried on not simply because of the dexterity or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Nigerians.
That we are in the midst of abundance is now well understood. Our nation is at peace, against a far-reaching network of violence, peace, love and hatred. Our economy is holding strong, an evidence of the selflessness and responsibility on the part of some, but also our collective success can be guaranteed only if we can make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Although we are not without some defects, homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered and lost through the mischievous act of greed and irresponsibility of some. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many while gaining low on the standards; and each day brings further evidence that our dependency on crude oil strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land -- a nagging fear that although Nigeria stands aloft, if we are not responsive to changes; decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, Nigeria: They will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things and religious differences. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labour -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.
For us, they have stood for their freedom, even on death grounds; sweating tears and blood, confronting the powers that be, the inferior at heart, the gullible, the naïve who out of naivety tagged the golden plains of African the Buddha continent, who for the fear of the unknown, the unimaginable devised to cage our prowess, for the inability to understand the spiritual which is supreme, called us fetish, who out of their myopias could not see that we are all equal and the aura of dexterity in us… men who with their blood tinkling fought to regain the priciest gift of all, Freedom.
For us, they toiled and tilled hard earth in the griming sun and fought their own battles neglecting ethnic differences, even when they were not negligible; endured the lash of the whip and battled for their differences with the sole aim of uniting again to create the great Nigeria we are all proud of today.
For us, they fought and died, in the frontline of Biafra, from Enugu, Ogugu – Ogunga axis to Calabar, Gakem – Obudu axis; sometimes settling their ethnic differences with guns in places like Sokoto, Lagos and the plains of Jos.
Time and again, these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw Nigeria as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive, with bite and energy for success than when we began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions -- that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of making Nigeria the trigger point of Africa, and the most desirable portion of this planet.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done, let’s not be deluded with the progress we have made so far. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act -- not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science and keep it on the part of growth and in its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age, knowing that we are one with God. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions -- who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them -- that the stale political arguments that have consumed us in time past no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works -- whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's nairas will be held to account -- to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day -- because only then can we re-affirm the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but the crisis we have experienced in the past has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control -- and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favours only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, signing the dotted lines with their colonial master to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village of Atan-Nla where I was born: Know that Nigeria is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to continue in the lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced ups and downs coup de tat and the greed, and insolence of the military that lead to the Biafran Civil war, not just with missiles, B26 and B25, locally made rockets and bombs, but with enduring convictions we were brought together again. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort -- even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly sustain the peace that has been borne in the Niger-Delta, and forge a hard-earned peace in other nations of the world. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the threat our diverse actions have caused, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Traditionalist and Herbalists -- and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that Nigeria will play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on others: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it, because only those who respond to this changes stands to survive the test of time.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Nigerians who, at this very hour, patrol distant lands and enclave, mountains, valleys and hills in the Diaspora, for a better patch to perch on, we praise your entrepreneurial spirit, your guts and your determination to get the best out of you, because gone are the years, when home was nothing to think about. Thank you for keeping the flags aloft. And for our past heroes, who endured their sojourn in strange lands, exiled for standing out and standing tall, a voice for the weak and defeated, your exploit have something tell us today, just as the fallen heroes like Ken Saro-Wiwa, whose action whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment -- a moment that will define a generation -- it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the Nigerian people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job that saw us through our darkest hours. It is the fire-fighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every Nigerian, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a amenable task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence -- the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed -- why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man who less than 20 years ago, would have been denied Visa into Europe or North America at the embassy can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have travelled amidst toils and disappointments, with conflicts edging from our diversity, the Nigeria, as it is known today, has one homogeneous country, for it's widely differing peoples and tribes. This obvious fact notwithstanding, we decided to keep the country one in order to effectively control her vital resources for the economic interests of her people.
"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of tropics, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."
Nigeria. In the face of our common dangers, in the season of our hardship and even seemingly obvious abundance, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the cold currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back, nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in Peace and Unity
(My version of Obama's innagural speech for a Nigerian President of the future [BabaOlowo])
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Now I am back and I can't stop thanking God because he brought me back here safe and sound. Been doing a lot of things while i was away from here...getting things done and most of all giving my best to that which is right, good and pleasing so help me God, working and operating in the light of the scripture so that I don't rupture God's plan and purpose for my life.
I have been of the camp... we are on break, for a while now so I have not been reading anything that has to do do with computers so to say, but been reading some books and some novels in particular. I read a particular novel "The Last Man Standing" can't remember the author right now and it actually took me close to four days to chew it off. Not because the book was that big, but every line of it held a special meaning to me, the most interesting part of the novel that kept me reading was not the intels I got on the FBI , but it was the way the subconscious was explore and used to determine and control the outcome of the conscious. This brought back the lessons I learnt at the first PlatForm of last year from Leke Alders teaching titled "Doxology GSM Methodology". So intoxicating was the bits i picked from the novel that i actually went down to church to get the message again so i can listen and listen and re-energize myself with life changing words that are written and spoken to uphold God's standard for my life
Read the pdf of the teaching up and experience the law of lift because we know that the existence of “Possible” presupposes the existence of “Impossible”. And so “Impossible” is not a word describing the unattainable. It is actually a realm unbound by the limitations of space-time, and learn how to create something outside spacetime and drag it into space-time because When the impossible manifests in space-time, there is advancement, progression is made and capital is
Friday, January 2, 2009
I have really thought about a lot of things, topics i want to write about, plans i want to execute, do's and dont's, imaginable and unimaginable but at the tail end of it all i have found out that nothing i have done in the past as been because i know how to do it..I've tried to many times and failed but every time i placed it on God's To Do list, it happens so effortlessly. Here are some steps you must take this year everytime you want to make any move this year.
All i want to do for the rest of this year is thank God because I live because He lives
Come Join me in Praising Him