I have decided to break my silence on the so much talked about American election 2016. The hustle for the road to one of the strongest administrative offices in the world. i.e. “The White House” began months ago and is about to be concluded. Right from the primaries up until two major parties in the country. i.e. The Republican and the Democratic. I have heard alot via the social media. I have laughed uncontrollably while listening and reading some people’s comments and arguments on the American Decides. Both major contestants in persons of Mrs Hilary Clinton (Democratic party) and Mr Donald Trump (Republican party) have made promises and assurances as regards what they will do and what they will not do which is expected of every politician. I did follow the two (2) presidential debates between the two (2) main contestants just to know what they’ve got.
You may want to ask what my concerns are but it does concerns me really notwithstanding. I will just like to reiterate that I am not a politician nor a fan of either of the political parties NO. I am concerned about the fact that whichever way this election goes, two things are involved, it could be a victory for progress or vice-versa. If I may ask please, Why do the western world countries get so interested in our Africa election(s) and every other thing? Does there opinion matter in our sight? Can they change anything? Remember there are so many African-Americans resident in USA. Many African residents have businesses there, some are schooling/studying there. Won’t there families bother? If things go wrong it will affect those Africans. However, America is a strong power in the world economy. I believe she knows they cannot things to go wrong. All I want is a world of peace, unity, decoroam.
Secondly an interesting thing about this election is the “PROSPECT” of having the first ever female American president in her over 250years of independence. If that will be? Only a few hours from now will tell. Should this be, then USA will follow in the footsteps of the biggest economy in Western Europe (German Chancellor in person of Mrs Angela Merkel) and the United kingdom Prime minister (Mrs Theresa May). Someone of recent said, the world is shifting in favour of the women and I do not doubt that. To another person it was like the women are now giving the men a good fight. For me, it shouldn’t be about competition. I personally will support my future wife should she needs to contest for anything because her success is mine. For me, behind a successful woman is a patient, understanding, supportive, mature, prayerful husband.
Thirdly, I watched on tv live during the night Hilary Clinton’s campaign team in Philadelphia that involved the husband former president Bill Clinton, current president Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, current Vice-president Joe Biden and wife and when he Barrack spoke, he spoke with enthusiasm. I could personally feel he was excited his tenure is running to an end as contrary to what it is in Africa where “leaders” at all levels are always sad when the time to leave office approaches. It is at this point that they try to manoeuvre the constitution towards bringing into law a 3rd, 4th tenure for the incumbent person. It saddens me everytime. I will like to bring back to memory the speech Barrack Obama gave last year. I remember clearly watching on tv President Obama’s speech in Kenya on the 28th July 2015 when he said “Nobody should be president for life.” It is an insult on Africa’s politics but an absolute truth take it or not. It made me ask myself how many African leaders have the courage, boldness and integrity to go to the American soil to make such a speech as Obama’s on African soil (Kenya). Leaders should happily, and voluntarily relinquish power when it’s time. I have seen western world leaders resign/step-down when some issues happen in there tenure but nothing of such happens in Africa. Africa grow up please. Wise up please.
Above all, note politics should be a fair game, it should be played without sentiments, hatred. Our present leaders and prospective leaders should cultivate to have the interest of the people in mind. Beyond personal interests as a public office holders, the people’s interest should come first. God bless our individual countries, God bless our world. Remember we can only stand been united, once we get divided, falling flat is almost inevitable. Cheers!!
I am suppose to have written this days ago but the right time to do so is now. The 2015/16 English football season might be done and dusted but the memory lives on. I am not talking football in detail actually. Infact I am not a Leicester City fan but the lessons learnt from this scenario which I know applies outside the footballing world as well and I thought to share with you.
It is no longer news that Leicester City have won the 2015/16 English Premier League (EPL) against the odds. This would certainly be one fairytale that would last a very long-time. As at February/March, 2015, Leicester city was fighting against relegation (struggled real hard to survive and eventually stayed in the top-flight). In fact, I took a critical look at Leicester City’s squad, it is worth an estimated £95.25m in comparison to Man City’s £376.31m, Chelsea’s £371.81m, Arsenal’s £330m, Man Utd’s £313.69m, Liverpool’s £275.14 and Tottenham’s £234.38m respectively. I found out that if based on this criterion, she would not have made it. This is a team who when placed on a scale alongside the “top teams” in England would not be able to compete effectively by all standards looking at the financial status of the club as well as the players in her possession in comparison to those.
Now I learnt these:
1. To be the best, “Believe in yourself”. Even when everything around you says, “You cannot, believe you can”. Do not accept from people the negative believe about you not making it, it is a strategy to distract from forging ahead. Leicester city guys believed they could and they did.
2. To be the best, “Be humble”. (Provs. 16:18 says “First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall” The MSG).
3. To be the best, “Be motivated”. (1 Corinthins 16:13-14 “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping” The MSG). (Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong. Take courage. Do not be intimidated. Do not give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. He is right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” The MSG)
4. To be successful, “Be Bold and Courageous”. (Joshua 1:7 “Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged” The MSG).
5. To be victorious, “Be ready to embrace team-work”. (Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” The NKJV). I would say NO to that question.
6. To be successful “Be Consistent” (Galatians 6:9 “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit”. The MSG).
7. It is important to “Be ready to give your best” (All) to be celebrated. (Colossians 3:22 “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best…….” The MSG). (Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going”. The NKJV).
8. Lastly “Be ready to ignore negative criticisms”. By so, you would be focused on making progress rather than looking backward.
I think everyone should take a look at this. What an amazing piece.
My opinion is that christianity is about practical and not just claiming by mere saying….
Christians, followers of Christ, are a distinct type of people. Ones that are called to do the work of Christ. Many people, however, don’t know what it truly means to be a Christian. They say they are following Christ, but their actions aren’t showing any characteristics of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Are you really a Christian?
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Parents and couples struggle for survival each day has become a more serious issue than earlier thought. Leaving home quite very early before the children wakes and returns so late after the children must have slept. This was a conversation between a little boy and her mum after she came home late from work as usual only to meet him waiting for her at the door.
SON: Mum, may I ask you a question please?
MUM:‘Yeah sure, what is that’? She replied
SON: ‘Mum, how much is your hourly pay?’
MUM:‘That shouldn’t be your business. But why do you ask, she queried……’
SON: I just wish to know mum, Please tell me how much your hourly pay is…’
MUM: ‘If you insist, I make $50 hourly.’
SON: ‘Oh!! the boy exclaimed, with his head down.
SON: ‘Mum, please can I borrow $20 from you?’
MUM: The mother became furious, Son, I don’t work so hard everyday for your childish requests.
‘If you are asking to borrow such money inorder for you to buy your usual toys or other things, then you won’t have it this time. Now go to your room and sleep, it’s late already, the mother yelled.
The little boy feeling disappointed at his mother’s reply sadly went to his room and shut the door.
The mother sat down and got more infuriated about his son’s questions. How could he ask such a ridiculous question only to get some money?
Only after about half an hour or so, the woman had calmed down and got thinking more reasonably.
Just maybe there is something important he really needed to buy with that $20 and he actually doesn’t ask for such money often. She immediately went to his son’s room and opened the door.
MUM: ‘Son, are you asleep?’ She asked
SON: ‘No mum, I’m awake’ the boy replied
MUM: ‘Son, I have been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the mother. ‘It’s really been a long day at work dear and I took out my aggression on you. Here is the $20 you asked for’.
SON: The little boy with excitement sat up ‘Oh!! Thank you mum, he yelled with a smile. The little boy reached under his pillow pulling out some dollar notes to the surprise of mum, the woman saw that the boy already had money, She got angry again. The little boy looked up at his mother, counting his money.
MUM: ‘Why do you want more money then since you already have some’? The mother asked
SON: ‘I asked for more because I didn’t have enough but now I do,’ the boy replied. Mum, I have $50 now. ‘Can I buy an hour of your time please’? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you and get to talk more with you.
The mother was crushed; she put his arms around her little son while she begged for his forgiveness promising not to constantly return home late subsequently.
LESSON: To all working so hard to make hands meet, it is a good one really but do not let time slip through your fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to you, those close to your hearts. Do remember to sacrifice that $50 worth of your time with someone you love.
Remember if you die tomorrow, the company you are working for will easily replace you in the shortest possible time. But the precious family and friends you leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
It is often a great feeling marking fathers day yearly even though this year’s anniversary has come and gone. However, I have resolved to share this with my fellow young people (men) out there.
My message here goes out to young, and energetic men roaming aimlessly around the street of Nigeria. Now is the time to begin to mould ourselves into the kind of fathers we want to be to our children.
It is high time we shunned violence, drunkenness, partying, thuggery, robbery, and wasting away so much strength on things which add no lasting value to our lives.
I want us walk with the understanding that we are the future heads of our respective families. What we carry on the head runs down the neck (wife) and straight down the waist (Children). The life you are living now does not belong to you only, just maybe you are not aware. The much younger ones are watching how we are living our lives. Can they proudly say that they want to be like you when they grow up?
As we are celebrating fathers not only at this time but always because of the positive role they have played and are still playing in our lives.
I urge us to stand up to this great responsibility by getting out of idleness, so we do not become the devil’s workshop. Amen.
Over time I have discovered there is no absolute finish line for everyone in the race of life. The truth is that our tracks are different and our durations are different. The only thing we have in common is the same empire.
For instance, one person graduates at age 20 and struggles for another 5 years or so to get a job; another might just graduate at 25 years and get a job immediately.
One can marry a virgin and wait for the next years (decade or so) to have blessing of children; another lady probably after having series of abortions in her past, becomes a mother almost immediately after marriage. Amazing one really!!
A fellow becomes an MD at a young age (38 years or around) and dies young; another becomes an MD at old age (50 years or around) and gets to live much older (70 years or more). What a life!! One person will at a point in life go through a challenge. YES!! Some people will experience theirs quite early in life; some in their mid life while some will challenges will come in the down/twilight of life for some people.
Life is full of twists, turns, ups, downs including many more surprises and disappointments. Life offers each and everyone different opportunities; and once an opportunity is lost, it’s almost gone forever except by the grace of God because not everyone often gets another chance. It is up to each person to prepare well, wait, recognise and utilize every opportunity.
Life is a teacher on it is own because “the more we live, the more we learn”. No one has it all and no one knows it all too.
There is a reason why we all don’t fall at the same time. It is so that when one is down, weak and discouraged the other who is strong and up can encourage and lift the other person.
NOTE: Jesus never promised that the road would be easy when he was leaving the world, but he promised never to leave or forsake you by sending the Holy Spirit to comfort, lead, direct, console (John 14:16-18…and I will pray the father, and he shall give you another comforter that he may abide with you forever, even the Holy Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because he seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.)
Although life can be complicated, learn to go easy on yourself and trust God who is working it all out for your good (Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end)
(Even if it doesn’t make sense now as most often God uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise).
Whatever trials, challenges or down times you face, all shall pass, and in due course or season, you will be up and strong again to lift up those who may be down around you.