Thou shall not fall


I usually say I’d rather walk ANYWHERE than take a bike! Well, Lagos is my zone plus keke napeps can help solve that problem for me and as a Lagos girl, I’m still not ashamed to say that I had never climbed a bike a.k.a. okada in my life – until today!

I waited and waited and tried to find alternate routes but Ganaija fam, God wasn’t having it so I climbed that bike and it was a pretty decent ride. I climbed like a pro and clung on to the driver for the first minute or so – I guess the guy suspected I was a JJC to bike hopping (probably until I asked him to slow down so I could adjust my skirt and he probably thought that was why I held him at first). Anyway the descent in my opinion was fine though people screamed a little but I landed well 😉

The second time today I was like a pro, up in one swift motion and down in another – though my legs wobbled a bit when I got down but I had watched how to get down so I did pretty good!!! Lol

GrattITUDE

Anyhow, I’m grateful I’m alive aand well and standing on my own two feet and that the bike men didn’t throw me away and that I’m slowly getting over my ‘bikeophobia’ (whether this last on is a good thing or not is another issue *sigh*). #GratitudeAttitude just 18 days to go …

Stay grateful!

Moi 🙂 :* ❤

Noah’s Ark Part 2?


I found this among the archives in my laptop and just knew I had to share it. I hope everyone’s been good though. January’s practically over … Time flies! Anyway be sure to check out Beneath the Smile, a project by a friend of mine and enjoy this piece.

Wow! It was some flood in Lagos on Sunday July 10th 2011 going into the week. It was not just rain that fell, it was a storm. Some people called it a hurricane … Thank God for blessed Nigeria. The only natural disaster we have is flood. And even at that, that weekend we had a glimpse of the true meaning of the world natural disaster. The Atlantic ocean was apparently overflowing … How sick is that? Anyway that’s beside the point.

What I wanted to bring to our attention is how the devil comes to work in our minds. We know the truth but sometimes we feel safer letting the devil take over our minds in the name of logical reasoning forgetting that our God is a supernatural God – He defies natural laws!!! During the rain storm that Sunday, naturally fear crept into my mind but I reminded myself of 2 Tim 1:7 and kept repeating it ‘He has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and of a sound mind’ and after a while I felt better. A while later, another thought popped into my head, because with all the end time signs rampant, one cannot help but think rapture is tomorrow, that the world may just end like in Noah’s time. There was probably an ark somewhere. On a normal day I’ll take this as the product of an overactive imagination but when this thought brought fear into my mind again, I knew then and there that the devil was at work – and I had to occupy my mind. First of all I assured myself that it definitely was not a repeat of the days of Noah because God made a promise then and He’s not man that He should lie neither is He the Son of man that He should repent. He’s the same God yesterday, today and forever. Therefore it could not be a repeat Noah performance.

Basically, the devil attacks us mostly through our minds, our thoughts. Many people lost their lives in that flood, some of whom won’t have known Jesus. Be a living witness wherever you are, wherever you go. Tomorrow just might be too late for that sister down the road or the brother next door. And we have to know God’s word because Satan knows it too. He can use the bible against us like he tried to do after Jesus’ 40 days fasting.

Anyway, the main message I want to pass across is always be ALERT! Because he comes to steal, kill and destroy so always be on your guard!

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.

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!!!