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A must read for all book lovers!!!

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I just read ‘Cross Country’ by James Patterson and I absolutely loved it. I was amazed at the detail put into the book. He obviously went to great lengths to find out about Nigeria and Sierra Leone though we do not expect his information to be 100% correct but I’ll give him about 97% on research.

One thing I especially liked is the insertion of the Yoruba proverb ‘T’agba ba nde, a a ye ogun ja’ – As one approaches an elder’s status, one ceases to indulge in battles. Top notch literary piece of work!!! I really do wonder how he got such an in depth view into the situation of things in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Darfur, Sudan and I raise my hat for him. He addressed almost every level of corruption in our society though I do admit that it was exaggerated in a few instances.

My greatest criticism is the ‘Yoruban’ in the book. There is no such thing as Yoruban … Its Yoruba any day any time. That was a silly mistake as far as I am concerned. It was one that could easily be avoided. He got me interested in the ‘Alex Cross’ character though and I definitely have to collect the other books on him. Another criticism is in chapter 97 where Adanne’s father, Uchenna was classified as a Yoruba man. Names like Kalu and Nkiru also do not in any way fit into the Yoruba custom. He should have done a little more digging in that respect 😉 I also give him credit for inserting the kolanut tradition somewhat – Another salute to him!!!

His research into Nigeria again amazed me – He mentioned states like Bayelsa in the Delta region near the oil fields, Abuja and places in Lagos like Victoria Island and Oshodi market. He even got to mention Kirikiri as well in this book … Y’all really have to read it. Lest I forgot, he talked about food as well!!! Cassava (which really wont interest most of you), egusi and fufu. Another minor mistake – Fufu is not pounded yam. I also enjoyed the little bits of French that were introduced while the scene was set in Sierra Leone. It made the book more real; the pages seemingly jumped out at you!

I guess I should stop here before I actually spill everything about the book and then James Patterson sues me 😀 Anyway if you want to find out more, buy the book and read it. Audio books are also available for those that want it so there’s a version for everyone! He has inspired me to go the extra mile in whatever I do …

Three gbosas for James Patterson … Gbosa! Gbosa!! Gbosa!!!

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Cyber lives …

I am laptopless and bbless and it is the ultimate TORTURE!!! As much as we do not want to admit, the internet is a terrible addiction in this generation … I feel lazy because all I basically do all day is lie around!

Many of you will still argue that the internet is not an addiction – it is a necessity. I’ll just say hold up one minute – Lets define the term addiction. According to Wikipedia, addiction can be defined as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. Pleasure and enjoyment would have originally been sought; however, over a period of time involvement with the substance or activity is needed to feel normal. Some psychology professionals and many laypeople now mean ‘addiction’ to include abnormal psychological dependency on such things as gambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, internet, work, exercise, idolizing, watching TV or certain types of non-pornographic videos, spiritual obsession, self-injury and shopping.

By a show of hands (not that I can see any but still :D) how many people do not log in to the internet at least once a day all things being equal? That’s by the way though … Addiction is the compulsion to engage in a certain activity despite its harmful consequences when you do it over and over again like the internet and your social life :-p

Anyway, that’s besides the point. The fact remains that the billions of people are living their lives on social networks and every single gesture is taken personally. Their whole existence is there for the world to see. I know Kemi was eating rice two minutes ago and I know everyone who attended her sister’s 21st birthday party though I was not there because she’s uploaded the pictures. It has gotten to a point that they themselves actually start to believe they really are their cyber personalities. So any insult – direct or implied – on their cyber personalities hits a sour note. I know there is such a thing as taking it too far but still … It is just a joke most of the time or at worst something that’ll pass over the next day. Most people believe in their ‘powers’ or ‘social status’ on a social network … That is just twisted. You are who you are in REAL life … Nobody is against you having an alter ego with which you can escape your problems but do not let this personality become primary because the mind  is easy to fool.

Again, most news stories hit the social networks before even the news stations! This is amazing but true … Twitter especially is guilty of this crime. Your friends start congratulating you on the birth of your nephew before you hear about it … mere seconds after his birth. Its just a very strange phenomenon whose concept is yet to be grasped. We all understand where I am going with this though … Internet addiction kills social life. Social networks are not that social. They give you a lot of friends – half of whom you’ve never met before and two – thirds of whom you’ll never meet – yet they destroy the little vocabulary you have left and mess with your body’s response mechanism. When you keep abbreviating words, you tend to forget the original spellings and thus may end up using these abbreviations in a formal setting. In the same light, your body gets used to the ‘lols’ and ‘kmts’ and the different smileys that it just sort of stops responding to jokes by laughing when you have a laughter smiley and the like.

Bottom line – Internet addiction, whether it is a social network or a game site or even downloading movies/music, as long as its on the internet and it seems like you really cannot survive without it, you’re an addict.

Hi all, I’m Shay and I’m an addict.

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29th August 2011

Quickie for the week:

Speak your mind but still mind what you speak
– Unknown

Learn to give your opinion on issues that affect you in one way or the other. Yet the way you express your opinion matters. For instance you do not agree with something your boss says in a meeting do you say, ‘Sir you are wrong’ or “Sir, I believe we can try it this way or that way instead’. He will be more receptive to the second mode of passing the message across and more likely to respond. So as much as we are encouraged to speak our minds, let us also mind what we speak!!!