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Valentine’s Day – It is what it is!

Valentine’s Day – It is what it is!

A lot has been said about Valentine, no not that Val, yes I know he is a jolly good fella. My reference is to Valentine’s day as it is celebrated all across the world by lovers. I need not bore you with the story you know as far back as kindergarten about the saint who died for love and a day was set aside to remember him, bla, bla, bla. History has it, ironic as it may sound, that Valentine whose day we celebrate as a day of love died in a Roman prison, how Roman-tic!

Valentine’s day is a day to express and celebrate the spirit of love. A day set aside for exchange of gifts; in the US and UK, the most popular gifts exchange among lovers aside from the renewal of their pledge of undying love are candies, cards and mostly flowers. Approximately 150 million Valentine’s day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. In Africa, it is different and certainly in Nigeria the most popular gifts are ….. left to your imagination!

I have seen contacts on Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Facebook and even the dying BBM specifying what gifts they want for Valentine’s day. Some of these messages are specific and with stern warnings; ‘This or nothing for you on that day‘. Funny as it may sound, that’s what it is and ‘Romeo’ must express his undying love as commanded by ‘She that must be obeyed’. After all it happens just once a year,’why can’t he save towards it?’

Naija version of ‘Valentine celebration’ reminds me of the annual Bazaar harvest in orthodox churches (don’t know if they still do it), where the item goes to the highest bidder! I call that ‘Love for sale’. I dare say the essence of the celebration is lost in the selfish aggrandizement of the so called ‘gift’.

All said and done, there are still some true lovers out there, and to you I say….

Happy Valentine’s day!

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Posted by on February 14, 2017 in Life, Love, Personal

 

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My Princess, Opemipo dazzels @ 3

My Princess, Opemipo dazzels @ 3

Ope: What is this?
Me: Monkey..
Ope: Good, what is this?
Me: Cat…
Ope: No, try again
Me: Big cat…
Ope: Uhmmm, look very well
Me: Tiger….
Ope: Yes. Well done, clap for yourself!

Na lie, this girl wan turn teacher for my koro koro eyes, no way oooh… woosai!

I thank the almighty for giving my family the opportunity to witness another year, and another experience with our “Akanni”, “Riyike”, “Ayobami”, “Opemipo”.

Opemipo, Deborah, may you experience the best life can offer. As you grow in age, may the wisdom of God encompass you. May you not be found wanting among your peers. As you progress on your journey, every stumbling block shall turn to a stepping stone for you.

The Lord will send you help, even before you need or ask for it. Heaven and earth shall be rise to defend your cause. You shall be a blessing to your generation. where ever and when ever your name is being mentioned it shall be for the glory of God and advancement of his kingdom.

As you have started singing His chorus and yearn to fellowship, this zeal will continue to consume you and lead you to a good place.

You shall continue to be a source of joy to your mother and I.

God bless you today, always and forever.

Happy birthday to you, enjoy your day!

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Life, Personal

 

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