#WordsWorthWednesday.

Dear Reader,

First of all,

Let me apologize for my inability to make post on this blog in the last two weeks, I really do not like giving excuses so, I would leave it like that. I am deeply and sincerely sorry. I trust that my apology has been accepted, so let’s get started.

Earlier this week, The Vice President Professor Yemi Oshibajo posted a message on twitter from a speech he had given in a university as he celebrated his 60th birthday, I would like you to read through the excerpt in attached on this post (Below).


The year is rounding off, and most of us are already making plans for 2018, bearing in mind that the goal is to always have a better year than the previous years, as such I would like to share something I considered dear to me, when it comes to achieving ones’ goals, which is to get the right motivation and be consistent. We really cannot afford to give up, the pursuit of the kind of life we want to live doesn’t come easy, especially when you are trying to keep all this legally right as well as morally right, circumstance and life must have made it appear like you cannot get the kind of life that you want without being shady. This is a lie. You could be the man or woman you want to be with clean hands. Nothing is easy really, so, brace up and fight it through. With the right mindset and the right motivation, you will overcome, you weren’t created a mediocre so be MORE.


We all have what motivates us to want to do more and better, which is key. One of my greatest motivation is the kind of name I intend to leave for my children and the desire to do more than my parents have done. I see this motivation as sacred. Imagine if we all want to be better people than our parents were, I tell you the transformation that will hit this nation would be massive and our sphere would never recover from it. The woes of the fathers shouldn’t befall the children also, we should learn from their mistakes and do better, our children should learn from ours also, as we concurrently tell them the mistakes of our own fathers we have learnt from. The truth is every generation has it challenges, so there really cannot be scarcity of mistakes they would always have to deal with new things and hurdles, while I was younger homosexuality wasn’t a topic I was aware of, but now my younger sisters of 8 were giving an assignment to find out what homosexual marriage means.

The world is evolving there is no need to move into tomorrow with the troubles of today, it has its own troubles already. So, as you wake up every day of your life vow to do better, be better and DO more. Talk is cheap remember, get the right things to motivate you, that will steer you up to work even when you feel down and out, there is a lot of energy on your inside than you are aware of, draw from it, keep the fire burning, don’t stop. It is not easy, don’t play yourself, if anyone tell you it is they lied to you, you work for all you want and earn it, which is one of the reasons I find sexism ridiculous, nobody get respect and sustains this respect, just because they are masculine or feminine, people earn what they want. With this thought running through you mind you can be sure that you can still make things happen this year and have a better next year.

#Can’tDoesn’tExistWithUS.

Believe.

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The Teen Girls Who Defied Boko Haram

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At the The New York Times, Dionne Searcey reports on teen girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria to become suicide bombers for their cause. Unwilling to hurt and kill innocents, these girls — some as young as 13 years old — bravely defied the militants and sought help from citizens and soldiers alike to remove the bombs strapped to their bodies before anyone could be harmed.

Aisha, 15, fled her home with her father and 10-year-old brother, but Boko Haram caught them. The fighters killed her father and, soon after, she watched them strap a bomb to her brother, squeeze him between two militants on a motorbike and speed away.

The two militants returned without him, cheering. Her little brother had blown up soldiers at a barracks, she learned. The militants told her not to cry for him. “He killed wicked people,” they told her.

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The Weakness in Our Reportage: Flaws of the African Media.

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Let me start by saying that, the media of any country plays a huge role in the development and growth of that country, this is because the way humans are wired we pay attention to what we see and what we hear repeatedly. That’s just who we are. Hence, the media becomes a key player in how rich a country can be and how poor, it can make or mar the reputation of a people. We all saw the wonders the social media did to President Buhari’s image before and during the last elections. Thus, without gainsaying the media is king in its lane. However, we have seen the media misled people, we have seen the media been hijacked by the government of a nation, we have seen journalists and media personnel demonized and hunted for publishing the truth. By implication, the media doesn’t just report the news and happenings, it also carries and proclaims the aspiration of a people, their hope, their history, the stories of where they are coming from and where they are going.
Having said this, I must say the media in Africa, is losing its core unconsciously. The reportage of African happenings is now too poor, we sometimes need the western media to help us amplify our stories before we even get to hear them, which is bad. Whether the happenings are good or bad, the weakness of its reportage is the same, it is true that the west rules the media ( if not everything ‘good’ in this life) but statistics has also shown Africans are one of the highest users of social media platforms, yet our news still sell less and our cry less heard, this is because the media outlets have chosen to report the west more than we report ourselves, African has lost more people to natural and human disasters this year than any other continent yet you hardly see our ills trend on social media, this is not a call for more pity, but a call that can open African up for more relief and aid, not necessarily from the west but Africans in diaspora and also awaken the government of African countries to its responsibilities, as they appear underplayed and underemphasized.
When the hurricanes hit North America, Nigerians (the highest number of African internet users) where quick to start and join the hashtag #PrayForTexas meanwhile thousands where rendered homeless in Markudi, with no one to “pray for them”. I am not saying there is a problem with praying for other countries when they suffer loses, of course not (we were humans first before we became Africans or Nigerians), what I am saying is African events deserve more attention in the media like those from other continents too. All of this to me shows how much value we place on our lives as Africans, killings happened in Port Harcourt and Plateau recently and the media is dry. This is not to say these stories don’t get reported, they do, but the purpose of the media is not just to report events but to sustain them, to raise and keep the populace abreast this information is their work and responsibility.
On the 14th day of October 2017, a massive blast caused by a truck bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia killed at least 350 people and injured nearly 400. The Somali president Mohamed declared three days of mourning. As sadden as this news is, it never got a trend on any of the social media platform and only got reported for just a day on the local television stations, the BBC and CNN did better jobs. There is a need to not just report the event but also follow it up, that is the essence of information. Nigeria is currently dealing with the whereabout of Nnamdi Kalu, the leader of the proscribed IPOB. Apart from the failure of military agencies, I also see this as a flaw of our media and their work ethics. One would think that such a man would have been under a close Rader of the press, such that his every move can be reported, this doesn’t just protect him it also protects the government of the day.
In conclusion, the media in Africa must step up. There are way too many stories about African that the world is yet to know. If we really want to have a media, that would be reckoned with, our reportage and style of journalism must take a different shape. Africans deserve to know more about Africa, there a lot of Africans doing exploit within and outside Africa, their stories should be told. The world must rethink Africa. If the children of the late Fela, didn’t idolize their father, this legend would have been forgotten like many others. We need to sell Africa to the world, it would help every aspect of our existence.

Do have fabulous weekend!

Flourish

My Leadership Talk With Secondary School Students- An Experience

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Having to do this is an age long dream, the purpose for doing is, for me is really simple: investing in our future. I do believe that one of the major difference between the political sphere in the USA (which appears to be the standard of what a democracy should look like, forget TRUMP) and that of Nigeria is continuity; such that visions of the fathers is adequately followed and fulfilled by the children they eventually hand over to. The political sphere in any country is not perfect, but what makes a nation strong amongst the community of states it’s her inability to give up the process of attaining perfection.

 

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For the dreams and hope that a people were founded on not to varnish with time, there is a need for a system that encourages growth, and the way to do this is by investing in the younger generation. One of the most powerful prayers in our national anthem is “The labours of our heroes’ pass shall never be in vain”. Sadly, it appears that our country Nigeria has lost touch of history. There is no actual role model for our kids to look on, even parents cannot lead their children right, as such our values and aspirations is moving with the mudslide that is sweeping through every facet of our nation.

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Although, I couldn’t talk as much as I wanted, I really did enjoy myself. It amazing how much children know, and how deep some of them think, they were receptive, inquisitive and critical. Bearing in mind that we had just celebrated our Independence Day, the atmosphere was right for this kind of talk. The event started roughly 13:00, I was unable to use my PowerPoint slides that I had prepared earlier, I had with issues my logistics, as such I had to use words to create the kind of images I wanted in the heads of my audience, with a population over 200 students, controlling the students proved some worth difficult initially, however, we blended together later on. I spoke for over an hour and answered questions ranging from human rights, to politics to economics and child rights, all of which was fun, it is amazing how kids can ask the funniest things. After which a spelt out some NGOs and even government agencies I know, could help them protect their rights should it be infringed on.

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At the end of it, I felt really fulfilled, not just because, I know I have put a passion and fire in the heart of a younger generation but because of the reassurance of a better future, Nigeria has. Our hopes are indeed high, we are not going to be pessimistic, we just must get it right once and be consistent. The younger generation is hopeful and full of live, PESSIMISM wouldn’t set in. The CHANGE true begins with you not a political tenure.