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Life is a journey, life is a race, life is a walk in the park, life is a crawl in dirt, life is a flash in the pan, life is a roller-coaster, life is . . . . ,
 
I could go on and on, but what is certain is that life is a journey and it is a roller-coaster. It may never be a smooth walk in the park or an outright crawl in the dirt, we all certainly pray that no one we know or their loved ones experience a flash in the pan kind of life.
 
Life undulates, we sometimes say, life is full of ups and downs, we endure the ‘downs‘ and enjoy the ‘ups‘. just like the seasons, we look forward to some and enjoy them more than others.
 
I pray that those seasons, the ‘walk in the park‘ type endures longer in your life and may you have a deeper experience of life’s meaning as you navigate your journey.
 
Good morning, happy new week!
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Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Personal

 

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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

 

Second Chance!

Before the accident

After the accident

Just me thinking and thanking God…….

Two years ago approximately 8 minutes away from my house, I had this terrible accident.

It was an Easter Sunday.

It happened suddenly, I can’t till this minute explain how and what happened. This is all I can recollect…

A car came onto the road from a side street unexpectedly and I swerved to avoid it, that’s all I remember until my car came to a halt and I came out…. standing right in the middle of the road oblivious of my surrounding until someone pulled me off the road! I was unscathed!

In the past two years I had tried to construct what took place within the seconds that was like eternity ….. I am still trying to!

In all, I believe it could only be God handing me a second chance! It was a rebirth, a new lease of life, a chance to acknowledge, appreciate a Supreme being who rules in the affairs of men!

Thank you God!

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Personal

 

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Was Eve a pre-thought or afterthought?

From the Genesis account, one would have thought that Eve was an afterthought, that Adam was so perfect he could do everything, including reproduce, all by himself, that some of his physiological functions had to be moved to Eve, to justify her existence in some way, could I be wrong?

With due respect, could it be that Eve was an afterthought, that Adam was created whole. However part of the original design was that the female in Adam was going to be taken out and formed into a separate physical entity, yet Adam and Eve were meant to operate as one, being the closest embodiment on earth of the Divine Trinity!

You may want to disagree, because the assertion in the last paragraphs may be nothing but a conjecture, the creation account in Genesis explains this, God decided to create Eve because Adam could not find companionship among the animals.

This stand is probably based on Genesis chapter 2 verses 20 – 25 where the concept of pre-thought and afterthought comes in. But if you backtrack to Genesis chapter 1 verses 26 – 28, you will see what the original design is, reading Genesis 2 carefully, one will see actually the manifestation of the original design in Genesis 1.

Interestingly and scientifically, man is genetically XY, while woman is XX. So hypothetically, it could be possible by genetic engineering to clone a woman from a man, by taking the X chromosome from a man and duplicating it. However, since the Y chromosome is peculiar to man, it is completely impossible to clone a man from a woman!

The fact remains that God knew beforehand because of omniscience, that He is, but it played out in the natural like an afterthought. The pertinent is why were they looking for a helpmeet for him?

I think, for some reason, God seems to have more confidence in man than man has in himself. For example, when God sent Moses to Egypt to rescue the Jews, God knew that Moses really did not need Aaron, but He also knew that Moses would try to evade the task, due to lack of trust in God’s abilities entrusted in him, so God provided Aaron to help him at the beginning. Note that, with time, Aaron became increasingly unnecessary.

We see this scenario played out throughout scriptures. Elijah, for instance had his ministry cut short, not because God thought it was time to end, but because he became so discouraged and He began to plead with God that he wanted to die. So, God had to provide Elisha to help him out.

Maybe that is what we saw with Adam. He had it in himself to live, work, and reproduce ALONE. But he did not have enough confidence in himself to do it all alone, so God had to bring Eve on the scene, a helpmeet for him.

It is then plausibly tenable that Eve was a pre-thought and not an afterthought!

Taken from a discussion thread with Dr Labi Oguns, Archibong Archie Bamidele Effiong and David Olalekan

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Personal

 

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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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