Staying True

Wherever you go

Wherever you be

Do not say yes

When you mean to say No

I remember singing this song in primary school after morning assembly. I never really understood it then until  recently. I found myself reviewing my different encounters and relationships with people and the song of so many years came back to me. I realise that it takes guts to be true.

Somewhere along the line we loose our authenticity, the one we were born with. You remember how as a child you spoke your mind boldly and sometimes the mind of others which they could not express themselves. A child boldly says what he thinks is right, wherever, whenever and to whoever and I believe that’s how it’s meant to be.

But after a while, the child starts to realise that speaking the truth is dangerous, it could earn you some serious spanking. I remember how my parents squeezed my mouth or that of my siblings for saying anything that was not politically correct to other people. You just had to say the right things to maintain the peace. Then you get punished for telling a lie when in fact you’ve been living a lie. We begin to learn very early in life how to say the right things just to please people and to give us easy passage. We grow up maintaining the staus quo for the sake of peace. And so we have a world built on falsehood. Falsehood that begins from home,  carried to school, church, to work and to every strata of life and it doesn’t end, it continues in perpetuity.

You find out that it is easier to tell your boss that you were late because your child was sick rather than say you were late because you woke up late. You could just be throwing your career away for saying the truth.

Children learn to lie very early to avoid being punished, workers lie, spouses lie, organisations lie, politicians lie, governments lie just to keep the system running because the truth is costly. But the problem with living a lie is that it keeps one perpetually in bondage and frustrasion sets in when it becomes a lifestyle.

I am particularly concerned about spouses living a lie, I mean you don’t have to look too far to see that many couples are not happy. Why? Because very few are saying the truth. I always wonder why a relationship that started with friendship ends up becoming a master/ servant or a boss / subordinate relationship.  On this side of the planet, the man transitions to a master gradually and then the wife becomes the servant. Worse still, the man sometimes becomes a god to be worshipped and appeased regularly just for the sake of peace and we wonder why the society is out of balance. If I  can’t tell you boldly that I don’t like what you’re doing, you will continue doing it, not because you can’t sense that I don’t like it but because I’m not saying anything for indeed volenti non fit injuria ( to what you have consented to, you cannot complain). When we allow a wrong behaviour, attitude or habit to continue for a long time it becomes a lifestyle. A lifestyle that is perpetuated in the children we nurture which they in turn carry into the society and to their own homes eventually and the cycle continues because the family, home and cradle of life failed because it was built on lies and pretense.

So I ask, What does it really cost to be truthful? First to God your creator, yourself and to mankind? Nothing, I dare say, for the truth sets you free and lies keep you in bondage.

We owe it to God our creator and the one one who wrote the script of our lives to be truthful, for in trying to please others at the expense of our God ordained life, we loose sight of who we really are. And so we have a society of lost people trying to become the bestselling thing of the moment. Haven’t you noticed how it seems that at a particular time, everyone you meet is doing the same thing. At times it’s like everybody is a musician or motivational speaker, pastor, comedian, actor, fashion designer, whatever is selling at the moment just because the family got it wrong.

Let’s build strong and happy families built on truth and love, a place where children discover, believe in and pursue only what they were born to be and our society will get it’s balance again. Stay true to God, yourself and to people. Remember,

Wherever you go ( go go gongo),

Wherever you be (sisi eko)

Do not say yes when you mean to say No.

 

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Just Like The Little Girl

As I woke up this morning, I remembered the little girl ( like 3 years old) I saw yesterday,  singing and dancing joyfully,holding a bottle opener as her microphone. At first I thought she was singing a particular song but when she came closer, I found out she was just making a joyful sound and enjoying it. She was just enjoying herself not minding the adults who were gisting as usual after fellowship  (fellow after fellow).

Such joy is so common with children. They have no care in the world,nothing to worry about. Food, rent, shool fees, everything is Daddy’s palaver. They trust their parents for everything. I wonder how we transform from this state to the worry warts we become as adults. Nothing seems to come naturally again like it used to. Everything has to be carefully planned out and worked out before things add up. Even when they add up, we don’t have time to enjoy them because we are off to the next one.

Yet God is our father, and he has everything planned out, worked out and delivered to us at no cost to us. He’s given us everything freely to enjoy. Sometimes I imagine God looking at us and saying to Himself, “I wish they knew”. Like that little child, we should just be joyful, enjoying all that God has given us with no care in the world.

Just imagine waking up one day to discover your rent has been paid forever, your clothes and shoes have been paid for in advance, your food taken care of forever, your work or career has become a stroll in the park and your relationships guaranteed forever, how would you feel? I’ll tell you, you’ll sit up in bed, look around, slide into the bed and sleep again, Only to wake up to discover it is true. Then you would bolt out of bed, sing and dance joyfully like that little girl, because you’re Daddy’s little girl or boy as the case may be. This is our true state, God has given us all that we need.He has given us all that pertains to life and godliness.

Because God’s word is true, his gifts are real. Trust him and release that little girl/boy inside of you to sing and dance joyfully again. The real you, that little girl was made for joy. Let the joy flow, it’s time to let go and enjoy your provision. For he who feeds the ravens will give his children food.

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The Nigerian Paradox

Have you ever wondered why so many things work in reverse in this nation. I mean individuals, communities, parastatals and government agencies work contrary to the purpose for which they were set up.

I mean, why would we have clueless leadership and irresponsible followership. As a nation, we keep on electing clueless and obviously intellectually handicapped people into positions of leadership and we sit down and expect them to perform miracles.

In a bid to save money, organisations employ unqualified hands to fill in job positions and they say they are surprised when the guy cannot do the job.

We have school teachers that cannot write their own names and we wonder what happened to the education sector. We are surprised that a university graduate cannot express himself in English language when his teacher is a veteran war General.

A police cadet is treated shabbily, made to stay in terrible conditions, given horrible food while training to be a police officer and we wonder why he’s mean. As a police officer,his condition does not improve.He is posted to a station where he does not even have a decent desk, there is no accommodation for him, he bears the stench of the police station all day, his salary is not paid for months but he has a rifle and we are surprised at the atrocities he is capable of.

Our soldiers are made to fight insurgence with weapons inferior to that of their enemies. The lucky ones watch and remember forever how the unlucky ones were massacred by the enemy and we are surprised that there is mutiny in the army.

Huge sums of tax payers money are given to government parastals without any supervision, no checks and balances and we wonder why they embezzle the funds. The same heads of parastatals are invited to fund raising events and expected to give generously, after all, is it not our money.

The paradox continues. Now these are government induced paradox, let’s talk about the ones we do.
Why would we have wicked and uncaring medical doctors,mean nurses, illiterate teachers, corrupt bank executives, occultic pastors, crazy drivers with valid drivers licences, eateries with horrible toilets, corrupt immigration officers, orphanages where children are abused, baby factories set up for ritual purposes, the list is endless.

Isn’t it so amazing that we pay electrity bills for electricity we have not consumed, we pay water bills for water we did not see and security bills for nonexistent security.

Sometimes I sit back and wonder who really a Nigerian is. Who is a Nigerian? What does the average Nigerian think about himself? How does a typical Nigerian expect to be treated.

I mean, we put our money in the bank and they treat us shabbily on top of our money. We pay heavy air fares to airlines that just don’t care. We sit comfortably in dirty buses with crazy drivers and just hope that somehow we can get to our destination in one piece.

Hmm, the roads are bad but we don’t stop travelling. We travel the bad roads hoping to be safe. No security, but people still keep late nights. Somebody sees that a building is almost falling apart but goes ahead to pay for it because it is cheap.Ah! God help us.
When will these end? when will we wake up and see that it is isanity to keep doing the same things and expecting a different results.

May be we don’t know that we have a choice, infact, choices. If you don’t like something, change it. If you pay for a service, expect good service and demand for it. It is not a crime to demand for service, it is a right. We should stop accepting shoddy service. There’s no point paying for a service you did not get. While we have the right to good service, we also have a duty to give good service. Please bear in mind that you have not done a good job until your consumer is satisfied irrespective of who he is.

As citizens, our votes do not end with elections. If we discover that the person we elected to represent us is not doing well, we can vote him out of office. We don’t have to endure 4 years of his tenure hoping for the next election, the power lies in our hands.

Let’s learn to make the right noise to the right people at the right time. Our future as a nation depends on it. Let’s end this paradox one at a time.

God bless Nigeria.

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Copyright Protection

I watched with dismay and some kind of sadness as Kunle Afolayan told a TV presenter with certainty that he knows that his new movie/ film, October 1st will be pirated.

His certainty about it made me sad not just for him but for the whole country. Why won’t this country protect its own people. What kind of a nation sits back and allows its citizens to be preyed on by apparent wolves.

This movie cost Kunle Afolayan N250million. According to him, he just hoped to recoup his investment and probably get a little change on it. Then I thought to myself that we have a copyrights commission in this country, fully staffed and paid from tax payers money. What is the job description of this commission? Is it not to protect copyrights? If they are not going to protect copyrights, why be in existence in the first place? The pirates wreck people’s investment with impunity on a daily basis. The commission sits back and just watch. I believe this pirates are not spirits. They are human beings who can be arrested, prosecuted and punished heavily.

Kunle Afolayan also said in his interview that piracy is inevitable  because Nigeria is a lawless country. But i think to say Nigeria is a lawless country is to say Nigeria has no laws. Nigeria has myriads of laws for different purposes. One of such laws is the COPYRIGHT ACT which set up the Copyrights commission and gives it its job description.

I think that thecommission should be made to do its work. The commission should be held responsible for every copyright infringement that goes unpunished.

The FederalGovernment cannot afford to fold its hands and watch pirates destroy the intellectual property of innocent citizens. These pirates are not bigger than the country and as such should not be left unchecked. Laws have no power on their own without enforcement.

Let us all say no to piracy by refusing to buy pirated articles. Let’s enforce the Copyright Act and protect Nigerian artists.

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LEADERS OF TOMORROW (CONTINUED)

…I think I was wrong to dream of Tomorrow as one perfect day in the future in which I’ll wake up and all will be like I want it to be.

I have come to realize that tomorrow is now. Tomorrow starts today. Today is a sneak peek of tomorrow. What will be tomorrow starts today. Dreams do not fulfill themselves, they are fulfilled by the dreamer. I have to work out that dream.

 

Whatever I dream about can only happen when I give what it takes. I must develop the capacity to be my dream by building up in me the corresponding values, the character, the personality of the person in my dream. 

Tomorrow is not guilty of any crime. Like a newborn baby, It depends on me to live, to be shaped, built, developed, and branded the way I want it. Whatever I make of it is what I’ll get in return. 

Therefore, my tomorrow is my sole responsibility and it is here already.

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LEADERS OF TOMORROW

The first time I heard the saying that “Children are the Leaders of Tomorrow” I was just a little girl in Primary 2. I remember that it filled me with hope for the future. I saw possibilities of greatness. 

 

But so many years after, it seems like that tomorrow will never come. Where is the tomorrow they talked about? Where is the tomorrow they made me dream about?

Could it be that I left some things undone that are now preventing that tomorrow from coming? Or is it that those before me forgot to equip me for tomorrow? Or worse still, may be those before me do not want that tomorrow to come again because they are afraid of me.

Whatever the reason is, I am here today and though I might have left some things undone or though those before me did not equip me for tomorrow, I still have a chance to claim my tomorrow, the tomorrow I dreamed about.

I think I was wrong to dream of Tomorrow as one perfect day in …to be continued

 

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