Another Independence Day …


Nigeria is celebrating her independence and has every right to. She is independent isn’t she? Permit me to digress a little …. What is independence? It is being free from outside control and not subject to another’s authority; in a word it’s self-governing. Is Nigeria governing herself or not? She is therefore independent and has EVERY right to celebrate so HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY DEAR NIGERIA!!!


The issue at hand now is why people don’t believe she should be celebrating. As usual, our dear Goodluck Jonathan has gotten some blame but how exactly has he contributed to the past decades without him in power? Nigerians I’ll be frank with you. Our major problem is the failure to accept responsibility; its always everyone’s fault but yours. You need to stand up and take responsibility for your actions … To move forward, DO NOT DANCE TO THE TUNE OF BLAME! If everyone took care of their own corners in the whole Nigeria, there would be a drastic improvement. True or False?

Next you are NOT Americans or British people and Nigeria isn’t America or Britain either so stop saying ‘In America, they do this so lets do this the exact  way and maybe things would work for Nigeria’. Ever heard the saying that ‘A good leader adapts basic leadership principles to his followership.’? No you haven’t because I just came up with it :-D. That’s very true though, you cannot expect a Mathematics lecturer to give you a 90 page hand-out to go and READ for exam without showing up in class once even though a Management lecturer may just come and explain another 90 page hand-out in his course and everyone gets it. It’s a basic principle of teaching manipulated to fit the course.  I tend to run off a lot right? Sorry, let me go back to the main issue. We need to stop comparing. Comparison just makes you feel inferior and not appreciate what you already have. Nigeria is blessed with no natural disaster except floods which are basically a product of poor drainage systems and bad roads. Count your blessings as a Nigerians but DO NOT DANCE TO THE TUNE OF COMPARISON! There’s nothing wrong with being motivated by the progress in developed countries to do better for Nigeria but when you start belittling our dear country, then watch it!

Another thing is that we rarely keep to our word. Forget promises made to people and consider this:

I pledge to Nigeria my country

To be FAITHFUL, LOYAL and HONEST

To SERVE Nigeria with ALL my strength

To DEFEND HER UNITY and UPHOLD HER HONOUR AND GLORY

I really won’t write much again. Just know that when you say this pledge you are declaring that you want to remain steadfast, showing firm and constant support to Nigeria, free of deceit, truthful and sincere. You have made a decision to perform duties and services with the greatest possible strength you can muster and to protect her wholeness maintaining high respect for her by your actions. That’s a lot to take in yeah? I’ll stop here … Naija go better but no be by mouth. Start a revolution!!!

So help me God.

Happy Independence Day people!

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End time … Be prepared!!!


It has indeed been a very sad weekend indeed for Nigerians. The month of June ushered in a massive number of deaths. Over 200 people have lost their lives in reported accidents and its just the fourth day of the month. I know most of us are devastated about the number of lives being lost and the fact that it could have been prevented but what breaks my heart most is that people are shouting ‘foul play’ because others are and not because they understand the gravity of the situation or the stories of individuals on that plane but because its another reason for us to blame Jonathan. But was Jonathan the pilot of the plane? Is he the head of management of Dana Air? Was it his approval that put that plane in the air? Is he the aviation minister? Granted, most people are at logger heads with him at the moment and question his decision making abilities and ultimately, some of the blame should be put on him because he is the president after all but blaming GEJ wont change anything.

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Nigerians sadly don’t even know how to react in emergency situations. Its just pathetic. I don’t believe its a Nigerian thing though. I believe that in this age of social networking, it won’t be long before someone tweets ‘I’ve just been shot and I’m dying’ the second before his death. Many people were taking pictures of the crash scene and doing nothing but hindering rescue teams from coming in.

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Imagine Miss Jane, tired after three consecutive flights and finally looking forward to seeing her little 5 year old in Lagos. Its her first day on the job so she’s relieved that she’s finally going home after a long day. Mid flight the first engine packs up but she tries to reassure all the passengers on board that everything is fine while she’s panicking inside. Over Lagos, she heaves a sigh of relief that they are almost there and then gets the passengers ready for landing. The plane crash lands and they start shouting ‘Help! but no one does anything until about 20 minutes after. She doesn’t even know they attempted because she is burnt beyond recognition as we speak and that 5 year old is still waiting for mummy to come home.

That was a fictitious story (except the ‘Help’ part though timing may not be accurate) but there is a story behind every life lost on that plane. These ladies had no idea that they were going to die before the day ran out.

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Take one year old Christopher with his mum as well – Thats the end of his short life. Or look at these little kids. Its their first time in Nigeria. They are excited and they keep asking ‘Mummy when’s the plane gonna land? When are we gonna see uncle?’ but they never landed. A whole family gone that way, a father, mother and their three little angels with grandma as well. Apparently they were excited about ‘uncle’s’ wedding this weekend but alas, they didn’t even see today. Sad story!

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Its heart wrenching when you look at the manifest. There were many families on board that flight. Some people have started screaming ‘I will never fly with a Nigerian airline again!!!’. But what about those that were having a quiet Sunday, on the first floor of that two story building? There are children who’ve lost their parents from that building that do not understand the gravity of the situation. Its not about not taking Nigerian airlines again, its all about the grace of God. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying God’s grace was not with the people on the flight. I’m just saying that being alive today is not necessarily about the precautions that we take daily. You are not the reason you’re still alive.

Take for example those that celebrated the fact that they were alive and well and not on the ill-fated flight yesterday, going about the business of the day only to get unto third mainland bridge and have the uncompleted billboard collapse.

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Nigerians do not like hearing the truth though. Had someone made noise about the condition of the plane, we’d have probably shut him up insulting him and saying he was overreacting after all he wasn’t the only one on the plane. But now, people are saying why didn’t they come out earlier … The truth is human beings can never be satisfied.

All these accidents around have set my heart on one particular question: ‘If you were gone this minute, are you sure of your destination?’ Make peace with God now. Live a life of holiness – not sometimes but ALL the time. Do it now because the next minute may be too late. We know Jesus is coming very soon – See the signs of the end times but we don’t know when exactly He’s coming so be prepared. If something happens before He happens to come, you have to be prepared so I’m begging you all earnestly, be your brother’s keeper. If your brother is going astray, pull him back – Watch yourself as well! God would hold you responsible for those around you so do your best and leave the rest to God.

Click on this link to see the Dana Air manifest for those of you who haven’t seen it.

We need to watch and pray AND act!

God bless us all,

God bless Nigeria.

Love, Moi!

OccupyNigeria


We all know by now, at least to an extent, about the NLC (National Labour Congress) strike in protest to the removal of fuel subsidy.

Subsidy is monetary assistance given to a person or a group in support of an enterprise and regarded as being in the public interest. The Federal Government has apparently refused to budge on this issue stating that to build a stronger economy, subsidies have to be removed and this money used to better the people. I agree that subsidy removal is essential at some point in a country’s economy but in this case, its hurting rather helping the masses and this is definitely not the right time for Nigeria.

With the history of corruption in the Nigerian government, we expect the extra money to get lost somewhere along the line as usual. Its all summed up in the words of Fela Durotoye, ‘Wasteful leadership cannot make prudent investment’. Even the foreign aid we receive, can the Federal Government honestly say that this and this are the products of the money?

Diesel subsidy was removed about 5 years ago – we are paying N161 for diesel – and we are yet to see exactly what that extra money was used for. If there was clear evidence of the benefits of this subsidy removal, the number of people protesting would definitely reduce. Still, the increased price of fuel is at a disadvantage to the majority of Nigerians. I saw this quote somewhere ‘One day the poor would have nothing to eat but the rich’. Funny but if care is not taken, it just might be that serious. The strike itself, though a commendable action combined with the supposedly peaceful protests, have contributed to the problems of some Nigerians. A few people have died but how many more? Do you know how many people have lost money that they would have made today? With the increased general price level, how many people can cope and for how much longer? Everybody’s for #Occupy Nigeria but for how long?

The president of the Federal Republic released a broadcast in which he announced the 25% salary cuts for executive branch politicians also stating that all ministries and departments had to make cuts this year. He also announced that government overseas traveling would be reduced. Mr President is however not willing to budge on reinstating the subsidy. We should note however that 25% is relative. 25% of N20 is not the same as 25% of N600 billion so let’s not jump just yet.

It is however very refreshing to see the enthusiasm that most Nigerians have with regards to #Occupy Nigeria. One thing about Nigerians that I admire is our ability to come together and stand as one for a cause we believe in.

My main concern right now is MM2 – Murtala Mohammed International Airport.(It is the international airport in Lagos). The crowd at the airport is alarming. Personally, I’m hoping that the strike is suspended long enough for me to go to school. That’s selfish I know. But right now, I have a different concern, if the strike is called off just in time for me to leave, what about the people who have camped there for 12 hours and counting as I type this?

We all want peace. We’re all for #Occupy Nigeria! We all want a reversal of the Federal Government’s decision but in the end what? What about the ripple effect? When all is said and done, the losses made during this period cannot be reconciled immediately. People still have to feed their families … There will be unrivaled queues in banking halls … Bills have to be paid – Strike or not … Life has to go on! I’m completely in support of these protests, don’t get me wrong and I believe in the rationale behind the strike. Like my friend rightly observed and I quote,

“Only In Nigeria, the Minister of Finance has a Foreign Account, Minister of Transport has never taken public transport, Minister of Aviation flies private, Minister Of Education has all her children schooling overseas.”

there is a great level of hypocrisy. Many youths are complaining that they have nothing to do or are bored or have been sleeping all day but the concluding part of my friend’s little speech goes thus:

“And Only in Nigeria My Peers Sit Down in the Comfort of Their Homes Watching the Protests On T.V.
Get Yo Ass Up! #OccupyNigeria”

Different sets of people have joined these protests. Some are actually joining the protests online. Any way you can be involved, join in. You’re not truly Nigerian if you dont participate in #OccupyNigeria one way or the other.

RIM or MTN … Just get me back my signal!!!


Finally! My blackberry’s back in action. Its been really useless for the past 2 days. The initial panic of not seeing the ‘EDGE’ turned to anger and I believe at some point silent resentment or maybe just resignation.
Everyone’s relieved I’m sure because the absence of signal for your bbm cripples the whole phone. Most applications are BIS dependent and so is the browser. So apart from your inability to use your messenger, all your applications are useless as well! Therefore, minus your music, games and maybe camera, your phone’s just another phone in the crowd – even worse because most other phones can at least still connect to the internet and run applications in spite of the signal. It was a field day – or should I say two – for the blackberry critics. They were all over social networks, blogs and whatnot.
Another observation – MTN received a lot of insults!!! Users believed the problem to be from the network service provider and as such many people blamed MTN (or Empty Hen as it is now referred to) for the break in ‘bb transmission’. You won’t blame them though. Since MTN had a reputation for terrible service, it wasn’t hard to place the blame on them. Learn from even the seemingly insignificant happenings around you!!! In this case,

‘YOUR REPUTATION PRECEDES YOU AND DETERMINES YOUR RECEPTION.’

                                                                  – Bondess007

If MTN had a reputation for excellent service, it would have been impossible or at most somewhat difficult for subscribers to believe that the fault was from the network service provider. They were very quick though to push the blame back to RIM

On the plus side, my battery lasted for longer periods of time!!! Without the tireless sounds of a ping coming in or a tweet or a facebook notification … The list endless, well without them, the red light didn’t have to come on that many times so the battery definitely lasted longer. I missed the sounds though and the flash of that blinking red light in my pocket. The only light I got to see was the yellow one because I forgot to charge my phone as I really wasn’t using it.
Major plus again, I had to re analyze some things like the way I keep in touch with people. It was very hard to get through to certain people as I only had their pins – no phone number or any other form of contact. Even social networks felt the impact of the absence of blackberry users with only a few updates compared with the normal figures.
Maybe Research In Motion was carrying out an experiment on us to deliver us from the ‘evil device’ they have put under our control but I can assure you that the experiment has failed! Blackberry users all over Africa especially are determined to make up for lost time and are frantically tapping keys on their keypads as you read this.
I’m not even sure about the relationship between the two events but for the past two days I have experienced very extreme cases of ‘morning rush’. I know some of you are thinking ‘And so?’ or maybe even ‘That doesn’t make sense’ but on second thoughts it does. For the fact that I’m pinging and ‘something’ every morning, I manage to stay on track and keep in perfect time. With the unpingable situation, I guess I felt like I had more time to do the same things only I could take my time now. Wrong move! Let’s see what tomorrow’s like though … Would I be on time? Would I be late again? Find out in the … Stop!!! I was getting carried away.
So where were we? Right MTN and RIM. Well quite frankly, I really didn’t care who caused the problem as far as its sorted out and it never – and I mean never – repeats itself again.
My BIS money cannot just waste like that o!

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!!!