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His Grace Has Brought Me This Far!

There are a few things one ought to be grateful for, and to God all glory must always be.

I woke up this morning and am a year older. Not that it came suddenly, I know a lot of people who spent a day, two days, even 360 or 364 days expecting and preparing for it. But they never had the opportunity to witness it.

Am a year older today, because God ordained it, am a year older today because in his infinite mercy he made it so.Am a year older today, not because am better than those who are no more, am a year older today because my maker says to me; “though you are fighting a good fight, you have not finished your course, continue to keep the faith!”

Am a year older today, in spite of recession, I made a conscious decision that progression without transgression shall be my portion, and that my friends is my motivation for this year.

Am a year older today and I know my God shall make the remaining 363 days memorable, each bundled with miracles yet untold.

So when at the first opportunity to utter a word this morning, I responded with “same to you too” to a birthday wish from my dear wife. I knew it will be a good day, a good month and a good year, recession or not!

To all my friends, thank you for being there, may God keep us in his care for better and glorious things ahead. 

Cheers in good health and hope for better days ahead!

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

Intelligence is a work in progress. Maximize yours with these simple habits – culled from Jessica Stillman, Inc.com

1. Be smarter about your online time. 

Every online break doesn’t have to be about checking social networks and fulfilling your daily ration of cute animal pics. The Web is also full of great learning resources, such as online courses, intriguing TED talks, and vocabulary-building tools. Replace a few minutes of Face-booking with something more mentally nourishing.

 

2. Write down what you learn.

It doesn’t have to be pretty or long, but taking a few minutes each day to reflect in writing about what you learned is sure to boost your brainpower. Write 400 words a day on things that you learned. Write about what you’ve learned.

 

3. Make a ‘did’ list.
A big part of intelligence is confidence and happiness, so boost both by pausing to list not the things you have yet to do, but rather all the things you’ve already accomplished. Make an “I DID” list to show all the things you, in fact, accomplished.

4. Get out the Scrabble board.
Board games and puzzles aren’t just fun but also a great way to work out your brain. Play games (Scrabble, bridge, chess, Go, Battleship, Connect 4, any game doesn’t matter), to boost your brain, exercise your working memory by trying to play without looking at the board by playing with no help from hints or books.

5. Have smart friends.
It can be rough on your self-esteem, but hanging out with folks who are more clever than you is one of the fastest ways to learn. “Keep a smart company. Remember your IQ is the average of five closest people you hang out with.

6. Read a lot.
OK, this is not a shocker, but it was the most common response: Reading definitely seems essential. Opinions vary on what’s the best brain-boosting reading material, with suggestions ranging from developing a daily newspaper habit to picking up a variety of fiction and nonfiction, but everyone seems to agree that quantity is important. Read a lot.

7. Explain it to others.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough,” Albert Einstein said. Make sure you’ve really learned what you think you have learned and that the information is truly stuck in your memory by trying to teach it to others. “Make sure you can explain it to someone else,” in a simple way.

8. Do random new things.
The story is told of Steve Jobs’ youthful calligraphy class. After dropping out of school, the future Apple founder had a lot of time on his hands and wandered into a calligraphy course. It seemed irrelevant at the time, but the design skills he learned were later baked into the first Macs. The takeaway: You never know what will be useful ahead of time. You just need to try new things and wait to see how they connect with the rest of your experiences later on.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future,” ~ Steve Jobs. In order to have dots to connect, you need to be willing to try new things – even if they don’t seem immediately useful or productive.

9. Learn a new language.
No, you don’t need to become quickly fluent or trot off to a foreign country to master the language of your choosing. You can work away steadily from the comfort of your desk and still reap the mental rewards. “Learn a new language. There are a lot of free sites for that. You can use use Livemocha or Busuu,” 

10. Take some downtime.
It is recommended that you give yourself space for your brain to process what it’s learned — “sit in silence daily,” that way you will give your brain a breather from mental stimulation. Spend some time just thinking while running, sitting or idling for a while (almost every day).
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

10 Things the Bible Wants You To Know In this Recession Time…..

1. When there is a casting down, you will be proclaiming a lifting up … Job 22:29

2. Your God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus … Phillipians 4:19

3. He knows the thoughts he has towards you, they are thoughts of good and not evil to give you an expected end… Jeremiah 29:11

4. You will never see the rightous forsaken nor will you see their seed beg for bread… Psalms 37:25

5. Though the young lions lack and suffer hunger , because you and your household trust in the Lord, you will not lack any good thing … Psalms 34:10

6. Because you trust in the Lord with all your heart, and you do not believe in what man says, the Lord your God shall direct your path … Proverbs 3:5

7. In these hard times, His grace will be sufficient for you, and His strength and Glory shall be made manifest in your weakness … 2 Corinthians 12:9

8. Because it is not of him that willeth nor runneth, but of God that showeth mercy, you will recieve abundace of mercy and compassion from every angle of the earth in these period of grace … Romans 9:16

9. Surely, as the race is not for the swift, not the battle to the strong, as bread is not to the wise, nor riches to the men of understanding, even as favour is not exclusive to men of skill; your time and chance to excel even in these times is here … Ecclesiastes 9:11

10. Finally, remember the Lord thy God, for it is He that giveth thee the power, the ability, the strength to make wealth, because he wants to establish his convenant which he made long ago … Deuteronomy 8:18

Good Morning!

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 420 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

I know this guy…

Some few years back I met this guy, no, not quite! I see this guy who comes around to my Division then. A lay about, snub and some other unprintable words were my description of him then. He would burst in on you, loudly announcing his entry and exit, he will not think twice sharing a piece of Samosa or Spring rolls (except if you make a conscious effort of coating it with your saliva). Passionate about every issue you bring to his attention and quick to give his opinion without a second thought about how it hits you or who it hits.

I know this guy who understands emotional foreplay and afterplay, oftentimes he overlooks its intention (intentionally), especially when he perceives it is being used advantageously and selfishly. He plays with words with the intention to delight, amuse and to pass an intended message.

I know this guy who can be a child this minute and an adult the next, his switching capabilities surpasses the best Switch CISCO has ever manufactured! He loves wife and kids and admits same unashamedly, although pretends to flirt (yet to be caught/proven).

I know this guy, until a few days ago, his wisdom, carriage and demeanor had so fooled me to the extent that I could have sworn on my dead mother’s grave that he was ten years older.

I know this guy, who loves music and life! He would open his home for a barbecue every now and then but will remind you to come with your own drink and an extra (I guess the wisdom in that is you can never cater 100% for everyone’s need). A jolly good fellow he is . . . . .

I know this guy, his name is Bisola Onigbogi, he is forty (40) today! And he says… FORTY is the ultimate F-word!!

Have the best of the day that marks the beginning of the second half of your journey…..

All the best!!

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

On The Matter Of Honour

Only a society like ours will entertain such ignoble display of shame. One is branded a thief and still had the audacity to grace the town square with a dance carrying the supposedly stolen goat! Abacha is a Abacha, synonymous with tyranny, terror, oppression, fear, repression and all that depicts evil.

Yes Nigeria’s history cannot be complete without a mention regarding him, same goes for Germany but we are yet to hear of a honour being bestowed on Hitler! Abacha’s family and their apologists can only have expression in a society like ours that forgets so easily and quickly, a society that is devoid of will to say enough is enough! A society that places undue value and respect on materiality, ill gotten and ill amassed wealth, a society that asks no such questions as ‘how’, ‘why’ and ‘when’.

All I hear is forgive and move on. How easy we forget that to forgive is divine and to be forgiven, you must ask ….. the family and their entire cohort must first go hush hush, somber and then ask Nigerians to forgive them, then and maybe then the Supreme Being may have mercy on them!

Respect is earned, honour is deserved. To earn you must work for it, to deserve you must be worthy in the eyes of the majority. Me thinks Nigerians agree to disagree on this Honorary award given to the one who looted and raped the economy in such a manner, suppressed and oppressed the citizenry in manner yet unparalleled.

Yes, this is my opinion, you may have yours!

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Personal, Uncategorized

 

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As We Honour Sir Fredrick Lugard . . .

As we honour Sir Fredrick Lugard, who effected the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates of the British Crown to form a new colonial territory and his consort, Dame Flora Louise Shaw, who named the territory ‘Nigeria’. Millions, if not billions already budgeted will be spent on this ceremony. Speeches to eulogize him, extol his qualities as a leader, some will go as far as calling him the Father of Nigeria.

While we are at it, let us be reminded that we are far from changing, his thoughts of us as Africans of this race-type (Nigerians) stated below still bear resounding semblance to what and who we are today, we have not made progress!

Read for yourself:

In character and temperament, the typical African of this race-type is a happy, thriftless, excitable person

Naturally courageous, and naturally courteous and polite, full of personal vanity, with little sense of veracity, fond of music and loving weapons as an oriental loves jewelry

He suffers little from the apprehension for the future, or grief for the past. His mind is far nearer to the animal world than that of the European or Asiatic, and exhibits something of the animals’ placidity and want of desire to rise beyond the State he has reached

Through the ages, though some tribes appear to believe in a deity, the religious sense seldom rises above pantheistic animalism and seems more often to take the form of a vague dread of the supernatural

Conspicuously deficient in the management and control alike of men or business

Loves the display of power, but fails to realize its responsibility

Willingness to work hard with a less incentive than most races

Has the courage of the fighting animal, an instinct rather than a moral virtue

Lacks apprehension and ability to visualize the future

In brief, the virtues and defects of this race-type are those of attractive children, whose confidence when it is won is given un-grudgingly as to an older and wiser superior and without envy.

Tunde Fagbenle wrote an article in the Village Square in November 23, 2009, titled, “What Lord Lugard Thought About Nigerians”.

Phewww! “What a country, Lugard, methinks you’re right after all”, another quote from the article which appropriately captures our ignoramus display of gratitude to one who spoke so lowly of us.

Lord Frederick John Dealtry Lugard (22 January 1858 – 11 April 1945) was High Commissioner of the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria till 1906 and Governor-General of Nigeria from 1914-1919,

So I ask, what are we posthumously honouring him for?

For telling us what we already know about ourselves, tantamount to Mungo Park’s purported discovery of river Niger. I am guessing his thought was that the natives didn’t know of its existence and weren’t making use of it before him.

Or for the divide and rule he created to keep us perpetually at each others throat, a situation that continually threatens peace and stability of the “geographical contraption” called Nigeria.

If for these two reasons alone, then he was right and still right when he wrote; character wise we are a happy, thriftless, excitable race. I am placing more emphasis on the extravagance display of ignorance.

As always, Nigeria we hail thee!

References:
“Queen Elizabeth, Lugard, Zik, 97 others bag Nigeria’s Centenary awards” – http://www.sunnewsonline.com
“What Lord Lugard Thought About Nigerians” – http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Personal, Uncategorized

 

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