Saturday, March 28, 2015

Nigeria Votes

As Nigerians vote today for the Presidential and National Assembly elections, there are reports of failure of the Card Readers at so many Voting Centres and the late commencement of the exercise at many voting centres.

At Housing Estate in Onitsha, here are some pictures from the exercise

We wish Nigeria and Nigerians God's speed as they decide

#280315  @NigeriaVotes

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Think Deeply And Reflect Before You Vote

We have entered a critical week in Nigeria's political History.
The world is watching with interest as we go to the polls on Saturday. 

This great Nation, sure deserves change. Change of attitude, lifestyle, thinking, etc.

Not the change that will depend on one man but the change where everyone will take responsibility towards building a better country.

Some people have tried to convince me to vote for their candidate because they "Believe" he will bring change.

They say:
On certificate; .......just vote for him even if he presents "NEPA" bill
On public debate; .......just vote even if he shuns every opportunity to explain how he will bring change.
On Religion; .......just vote for him even if he doesn't condemn Islamic extremism
On Recycling old rulers..... Just vote for him, he has changed
On Corruption.... Just vote even if he's surrounded and funded by corrupt people, he would change them.
On ability to lead a modern Nigeria.....they say just vote for him, we have a good team that will teach him.

I say why this "Blind faith"? They say, because the man who is in-charge now has "failed", let's experiment with Grand-pa....he's too old to be corrupt.

I say what if the experiment fails? They say, then we will change him in 4yrs time.....hmmmm.

I want a better life for my family and country but I'm grateful for the progress so far made.

I'm not ready to throw away what I have and follow the promises of Nigerian politicians.
President Jonathan may not have accomplished all he set to do but no one can deny the fact that his gentle nature and leadership has given us the freedom we never had.

 Freedom is the core essence of democracy.

Under Obasanjo as a Military Dictator turned Politician, we had no real and genuine freedom, ask the Zaki Ibiam People, ask the Odi People, ask Governor Ayo Fayase of the then Ekiti State, ask Governor Joshua of the then Plateau State

We had high profile deaths and assassinations - we never knew who killed Pa Alfred Rewane, we never knew who killed Bola Ige,w e never knew who killed Marshal Harry

But for the first time in our history President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information Act that gave Journalists and all those who care to ask access into Government activities, we have had genuine freedom to the point that even idiots can insult the President and sleep without worry.

I am not ready to go back to the days of darkness where one can be picked up at a bus stop and taken to unknown destination and dispensed with just because he argued against a Government position, I do not want to have my freedom to write and speak on the social media sites curtailed by someone who is insensitive and inconsiderate of the rights of others to be heard and not just being seen.

On Saturday 28th March, exercise your freedom and vote who you like but if you like your future and those of your children, vote for Jonathan because as for me and my household we shall vote for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan - GEJ.

God bless Nigeria

Monday, March 16, 2015

Are You Single And Still Searching: Then Marry For Love

Best marriage advice for all intending couples

Don’t Marry Because of SEX. Because sex may fade.

Don’t Marry because you are getting OLD. Becase old age has nothing to do with maturity

Don’t Marry because you are of AGE. Because your age has nothing to do with wisdom on how to relate with opposite sex

Don’t Marry because you are LONELY. Because if you do and your marriage fails  you will have the worst of loneliness

Don’t Marry because you Need someone to Support you FINANCIALLY. Because if he/she can not do it or not up to your satisfaction the marriage will fail.

Don’t Marry because you mistakenly Got PREGNANT for Him. Because It’s not an excuse. Never bury your precious life into everlasting pain, sorrow and regret.

Don’t Marry because you don’t want to LOSE the PERSON. Because you will lose better opportunity stand awaiting you ahead

Don’t Marry because of Family PRESSURES. Because they will not share in your pain and sorrow if it happens in your marriage

Don’t Marry because you Like the IDEA Of Marriage. Because idea can not sustain you during marriage only STRATEGIES do.

Don’t Marry because of PITY or Out of PITY. Because you will finally be pitied when problems start without having pity on you

Don’t Marry because of TRIBE. Because you may not find perfect joy in it or be limited

Don’t Marry because you Admire all the WEDDING GOWNS you See. Because the marriage may collapse after a week or month after you have put off the gown.

Don’t Marry because you Love KIDS. Because kids may not come at your own expected time,

Don’t Marry because all your Friends are getting Married. Because you are not every body, if you jump into marriage it may be from fry pan to fire.

Don’t Marry because of Physical and Academic Qualifications.Because certification and qualifications never qualify you for marriage, but school.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Advice To All Gentlemen

A queen doesn't want swag, she wants class. Learn to have a life, don't live other people's life.

Most guys don't have a job but they know all the party joints. They have been to all the clubs and birthday functions.

They don't read books that can change their lives. Some don't even have a bank account and don't even know what a seminar is.

Some go to church just to charge their phones or because the Pastor will say hug your neighbour at the end of the service and then he will search for the prettiest and well endowed girls; they don't listen to the Pastor.

I don't know how that adds value to one's life. You can't sleep with all the girls and go scot free; you can't waste people's lives and think yours will be spared.

You can't make women cry and think you will always smile. A man reaps exactly what he sows. Being a 'Big Boy' is not in wearing pencil trousers, sunshades, holding Blackberry, iphone, ipad or Galaxy, and then cross your legs.

Being a 'Big Boy' means when there is a need and people are looking for the one who can solve or handle it, you'll be the one.

Even when they call your number and don't get you, they come home looking 4 you-just like David (1Sam.16:14-23).

Being a 'Big Boy' means being RELEVANT and not a LIABILITY!

Use your time to read good books, work on yourself as an individual-especially if you are single.

Attend life changing seminars, sit with scholars and not people who discuss football as if it's their calling.

Be like Jesus who even at the age of 12 was found seated amongst scholars (Luke.2:42-47).

Be with people who want to go somewhere; sit with kings and add value to your life.

Your queen should be proud of you and not being laughed at because all her female friends have dated you before.

Having numerous girlfriends has never and will never be an achievement.

Achieve socially, academically and financially.

Above all, love the Lord GREATLY with all your heart and might and He will love you too.

Never forget also that any man can get a woman but not every man can get a wife.

The true nature of a wife is from God alone.(Prov.19:14).

U can forward this to any guy u know

Change a life with this message

Written by Pages Adjei
Never Say Never

I do not know what you are passing through right now, it may be the loss of a loved one, it may the pains and agony that poverty confers on the sufferers, it may be the lack of progress in your life, it may be one health challenge or the other, but whatever it is, I just want to encourage you.

That you have been equipped by your Maker with all the tools of survival for living in this world is not an exaggeration.

When God made you, He took a hard look at you and He nodded His Head and declared that you are good. He envisioned you to be the best of your generation. and my friend, God does not make mistakes. If God approved of you, then you need to walk and work within that approval.

The challenge most people have is that they refuse to accept themselves for how God has fashioned them and go on to imitate other people not knowing that to each of His creatures, God has given a special set of talents.

No two persons have the same set of talents and even when the talents look alike, the approach varies from person to person.

So are you passing through hard times now, keep walking but keep your head straight because it is in the period of hard times that men learn the truth about life. It is popularly said that necessity is the mother of invention.

Take a closer look at yourself, accept who you are, don't be in denial, it does not pay and if you don't like what you see about yourself, then go to work and make a shift from where you are presently to where you want to be.

It's only by smart and hard work that you can get there. There are no short cuts to success.

Success has a cost, and only those who are willing to pay the price, get it.

One sure way to pay the price for success is developing a Never say never habit or as the white man would say "Never Say Die"

Persistence and Consistency are the hallmarks of the never say never habit

Acquire that today and be on your way to the top

I am already at the top and waiting to welcome you here because here unlike the bottom there is so much space

Work on your self

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Don't Quit Your Day Job: Advice from a Famous(ish) Quitter

Have you ever walked into a crowded cafeteria only for it to grow silent because everyone was staring at you? Or almost everyone? I have. It's weird.

Before I could bask in the undivided attention, I had to take care of one quick thing first.

I walked over to one of the plastic tables I would share with co-workers as we caught up on company gossip. He's having an affair with someone on the third floor. She's applying to a job in Beijing. 

The salacious stories would bounce back and forth until we knew we had been away from our desks too long.

But I wasn't heading to those plastic tables to share one of those stories, I was heading there to become one of them.

My boss glided into the cafeteria and slumped into the seat across from me.

We looked at each other's faces for 10 years. I studied the freckles near his temple, the squareness of his nose and the subtle lines branching from the corners of his eyes.

I directed my glare to the table but not before catching a glimpse of that damned eyebrow he'd raise when he was about to say something mischievous or condescending.

I knew this was the last time I'd be sitting across from him for a long time.

When the staring contest was over, he delicately placed a contract in front of me. The word "resignation" was printed all over the pristine white paper.

My eyes welled up with tears. I was free.

Hours before this meeting, I was pivoting back and forth in my apartment – a tiny studio in the heart of Taipei constructed for a minuscule Asian lady named Sue. I hadn't slept in days. My body was shaking with adrenaline from an unbelievable stressful week culminating in my decision to quit. I finished pivoting and sat down in front of my computer. The screen teased me: You can't quit, you dweeb. I pulled up the YouTube video I'd posted strictly for the eyes of friends and family and made it public. I shut my computer and stared at the wall. I had just quit my job via YouTube.

Yes, hi! It’s me, the “I quit girl.” On September 28, 2013, I posted a funny video of myself dancing around my empty office and at the end I tell my boss, “I quit. I’m gone.”

It's over a year and 19 million views later and I am still getting emails asking for advice on quitting.

Although I don’t advise that anyone reach out to a 20-something for any kind of advice, especially one they've never met, I’ll still give you mine as part of this LinkedIn series on quitting.

Below I've compiled some common questions I've received and answered them based on what I think is the right thing to say.

I really hate my boss, and I want to quit in an epic way. How should I do it?
My answer is: Don’t do it. Don’t quit in an epic way. Work at your job as long possible, save up as much money as possible, and apply to as many jobs as possible. Then, when you find a better gig, write a really nice resignation letter and give the appropriate amount of notice.

One thing many people don’t know from watching my video is that I called my boss’ boss and gave him one month’s notice before posting the resignation. I chose to tell my direct boss via YouTube because I worked for a company that edited together controversial content to grab the attention of the Internet via YouTube – another fact that many people overlook in this story.

The way I resigned was a snarky and twisted nod to the snarky and twisted company at which I worked.

I got an email from the Commercial Director, my boss' boss, after the video went viral and it said, the move was “brilliant” among some other kind words. I doubt any other company on this planet would have responded in that manner. But mine did. Because they are creative, progressive and also understand how the media can twist a simple story for the sake of page views.

So don’t quit in an epic way unless you work for an epic Taiwanese animation company that can turn a profit out of the viral attention.

I really want to quit my job to become a(n) ______________, but I am scared to quit in this economy.
I’d never advise someone to leave a job without having another one lined up. In fact, before you line up a job, line up a career  it'll be easier to figure out where to start when you know where you want to go.

Before I quit, I lined up my career: Comedy. Stable? No, not really. But I was in a "do or die" mindset, "do" being the more appetizing choice.
I figured out what I needed to do and made a plan: write every day, move to Hollywood and get a manager.

Four months later I got a manager, moved to Hollywood and began to write every day.

All this to say, you will not get your dream career by using the economy as an excuse for why you haven't made moves yet.

You get your dream career by working harder than the people to the left and right of you.

You get your dream career by being talented and audacious  not by coming up with creative excuses.

Finally, I get asked if I have any regrets leaving the way I did.
The short answer is no. Leaving my job was a meticulously calculated career choice that opened metaphorical doors, windows, and garages for me.

It was a big risk that paid off in management, development opportunities, and creative job offers.

I knew if I were able to pull off such a big prank on the internet, I'd be rewarded (in the comedy world). I was ready for it. I’d been quietly working on my writing, stand up, and confidence until I got to a place where I knew I didn’t have to settle in my professional career.

So, in a sense, I’d been planning to quit before I even started working at that Taiwanese company.

Whenever someone writes to me saying they want to quit. I always tell them: Don’t do it. Don’t quit your job. It’s scary and it’s difficult.

You’ll wake up in the middle of the night, soaked in pools of your own self-doubt.

You’ll wonder where your next paycheck is going to come from, or if you’ll ever be able to afford insurance

But if you've been spending every free moment practicing, studying and getting ready for the career you really want, then there is a very small chance your passion may lead to success in that field.
So if you decide to ignore my warnings and quit anyway because you have a desire so strong you're ready to turn your life upside for it, then let me be the first to congratulate you.

Let me also welcome you to the crazy club of dreamers, thinkers, movers, and shakers who refuse to accept life at face value and who end up more fulfilled because of it.

I Walked Out Of A Meeting And Never Came Back

Well, I didn’t quit. It was worse than that. 

It was the middle of a meeting. I was bored out of my mind. Plus I was nervous because my new boss told me “don’t worry about it” when I asked about a raise. 

“Don’t worry about it” means “**** you.”

And my leg hurt. I had fallen the day before on the way to my lunch with my work friends.

So in the middle of the meeting, I excused myself for the bathroom. I limped out. I said goodbye to the receptionist. I didn’t take my coat, my bag, or any of books. My name might still be on my door.

I took the elevator 49 floors down. I went up to Grand Central, took the train 70 miles north. I never went back to work.

They tried calling me and emailing me. Even many years later I got an email from the boss saying, “we’d still love to have you”.

I never responded to any of the emails or calls, even that last one. You can judge me. It wasn’t the most ethical way to leave a job. And I’m not very good at confrontation.

But sometimes it’s too much. Sometimes all the BS adds up until you can’t move anymore, until you can’t get out of bed.

What’s so bad, honey?... says my imaginary friend who loves me every day.

A) For every dollar of value I create, 50-80 percent of it is eaten by the boss or his boss, or his boss, or some machine.

B) For every dollar I take home, 40 percent is taken by the government, 10 percent is taken by healthcare, and another few percent is taken by transportation to work.

C) I was deluded into thinking my work friends were real friends. At work: everyone backstabs all the time.

D) If I talk to anyone of the opposite sex I have to read three manuals and sign forms in triplicate with HR to make sure it’s ok.

E) When I’m trying to impress clients I have to pretend to like them.

F) For breakfast and lunch I’m eating nothing but junk food while I’m in between meetings that crush my soul.

G) From 6 a.m. until about 8 p.m. I’m either getting ready for work, going to work, at work, or coming home from work. For potentially 50 years.

H) My wife could care less about any job I have. And after awhile we forget why we met, why we fell in love, until finally there’s a stranger lying next to me in bed for the rest of my life. 40 years later you die next to a stranger.

I) Every dollar I spent on education was to build the safety net just in case I “fell”. Guess what: A job is what I “fell” into.

J) If my boss yells at me all I can do is apologize. I used to leave the building and go to the bottom of the NY Public Library and just wait to get calm.

I mapped out all the public bathrooms in a six block radius. Nobody wants to pee next to their boss. It’s disgusting and humiliating.

We were given our hands to love and create. To touch and inspire.

Find real meaning in your life instead of a means to some financial goal or pleasure.

When you find meaning that delivers value, art, and helps others fulfill their own dreams, you find happiness.

That happiness is what gets you out of bed in the morning. What allows you to make real meaningful connections with other people. What allows you to create the world that you always aspired you would live in.

You were once a little boy. You played in a sandbox with your friends. You loved people and built castles.

Now go. Now go play again. The world is filled with meaning. Find yours.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“Walking" Is The Best Exercise...!

This year,

'Walk Away' from arguments that lead you to nowhere but anger.
'Walk Away' from people who deliberately put you down.
'Walk Away' from any thought that reduces your worth.
'Walk Away' from failures and fears that stifle your dreams.
'Walk Away' from actions that would not bring you peace of mind
'Walk Away' from lesser minded people who deride you for having big dreams
'Walk Away' from the negs, they are vexatious to the spirit
'Walk Away' from all semblances of evil, they never pay
'Walk Away' from situations and conditions that tend to belittle your person
'Walk Away' from the kitchen if you can’t bear the heat
'Walk Away' from all cacophony of noises that stop you from hearing the still small voice
'Walk Away' from idle chatter that does nothing but run you down
'Walk Away' from all senseless chats on social media that bring no benefits to your pocket
'Walk Away' from self deceit, always be truthful to your own very self
'Walk Away' from self aggrandisement, you are taking nothing out of this world
'Walk Away' from self deprecation, you are more than a Conqueror
'Walk Away' from superiority complex, every man has his own story
'Walk Away' from inferiority complex, all men are created equal
'Walk Away' from that abusive relationship, if s/he does not appreciate you, then appreciate yourself
'Walk Away' from yesterday, it is gone and can never come back
'Walk Away' from that Pastor or Imam who tells you that he is God
'Walk Away' from all those who do not mean you well and say it to your face
And most important of all - 'Walk Away' from those who in the day time are your friends and in the night are your enemies, they are called “frenemies” and are more dangerous than the enemies you know

The more you 'Walk Away' from things that poison your soul, the happier your life would be.

Give Yourself A Walk towards joy and the peace of God, don't try to explain yourself to everyone.

Remember d adage' if they don't accept you shake off the dust' so walk away don't explain don't try to make them understand.

Walk not in the counsel of the ungodly.

Almighty God will guide your feet steps today. Amen

Be Strong

Greetings of the new day to all my friends and well wishers

It is Wednesday, the middle of the week.
It is a day to take a mid week stock of the things we have planned to do this week
And to know what percentage has been covered or achieved, the figure of which shall help us to activate the engine of completion

It is also a day to go for anointing to re-new our strength to continue marching forward even in the face of daunting challenges.

And talking about daunting challenges, it is very important that we always remember that “what does not kill a man, only makes him stronger” and be comforted by those words.

Whatever happens, it is for the now, in a few months time, it shall become history and would be remembered with faint memory.

God is on the Throne, and our hope should actually be in Him.

Today, live like you have never lived before

Enjoy the sunshine and if the rain comes, enjoy it too for both are sent by God to make the earth habitable.


Bless and be Blessed

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Are You Really Living Your Life?

My People,

Greetings of the new day

It is good to have you here again this day.
It is not easy going to bed and waking up
Our God is really great.

It’s Tuesday
A new day whose potentialities are unlimited but limited only by our thoughts and our outlook on life.

Have you been in a situation where everyone you met told you “this is the way to go and not that way”
What did you really consider about that piece of advise?
Did you think of who was giving the advise, did his or her life reflect the way s/he was pointing you to?
Was the advise in conflict with your inner leading or outer leaning?
Whose report would you really believe?

Well, whatever your responses would be to the above questions, I have lived long enough to know that in this life, the only Person to Whom you owe responsibility of living is YOUR CREATOR – GOD.

Some persons give pieces of advise to satisfy their inner cravings for assisting or helping out; some others give to show off, and yet some others give just to keep themselves busy.

When I was 18, I told myself that this life is mine to live and I am going to live it my own way, guided only by my Creator. Sure I had issues, I had quarrels, I had threats, insinuations and innuendos, but I made up my mind and happy now that I took that decision then.

I have had the taste of life – the good, the bad and the very ugly – but I live my life; nobody has lived his life through me and I surely am not any man’s alter ego or re-incarnation.

Do you feel me this morning? Are you really living your life or you are living in the shadows or under the wings of some persons? Do you feel claustrophobic and you want to be free? By all means do just that. This life is yours to live, LIVE IT THE BEST WAY YOU CAN. But remember, there is an account to be given when it is all over, believe it or not, it shall surely come to pass. So ALLOW GOD to lead you.

Your life is God’s gift to you and the way you live it is your own gift to God
Bring Him wholesome gifts

Have a wonderful day


Bless and be Blessed

Monday, March 2, 2015

Yesterday Is Gone Forever

Thank God that we all woke up hale and hearty, may all glory, honour, dominion and adoration be unto His Holy Name – Amen.

It is good to be here again as a new and fresh opportunity has been offered to live that life we would have lived yesterday.

YESTERDAY!!!! That word, how most of us love to hug and embrace it, even sometimes make it a permanent room mate. Most of the failures of life arise from an escape into the embrace of yesterday and taking solace in the “comfort” it presents. It is the bitter experience of yesterday that has made many a man to remain rooted where he is rather than moving forward.

A man’s business fails due to circumstances beyond his control and he decides that he would have nothing to do with business again in his life time to the extent that even when “risk – free” opportunities come his way, he is not disposed to take advantage of them, all because he had that bitter experience of a failed business yesterday.

A man’s heart gets broken in the cause of loving someone and he decides “never to love again” forgetting that love is a bitter-sweet experience.

A man’s “intimate” friend stabs him in the back and he decides never to get close to anyone again forgetting that “friendship is for good and for bad” and that even our Man – Superior was betrayed by His most trusted ally infact His Treasurer!!!

A door is closed on us and instead of remembering the maxim that says that “when one door is closed, another is opened” we mope so long at the closed door that we have no time to look around us to see the opened window.

YESTERDAY!!!! Oh yesterday. So many great talents are lying there in the grave yard who were unable to express their talents because of yesterday.

My dear friend, are you still hanging unto yesterday? Are you still refreshing the hurts, the inconveniences, the lacks of yesterday and are they limiting your availability for today?

For you to make a good go at life and living, YOU JUST HAVE TO COME OUT OF THAT COCOON OF YESTERDAY.

Sure you can remember the things that happened to you yesterday, but man, you don’t have to live there. History is written from the ashes of yesterday and a good to read history would always tell of the lacks of yesterday and how they were overcame – that is the history that is worth reading

Today is here, make the most of it

And as you do that, He would look down with compassion from His Heavenly Throne and really show mercy

May you have a really wonderful day because I am really going to have one

Every day as I always do, remind yourself that it is good to be alive
So, go make the most of it.

Have a great day
And I’ll see you on the morrow

Bless and be Blessed

Remember that I love you as always!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It’s Sunday

My Friends,

I greet you all.

I am so happy that I woke up well this morning and my happiness streams from the fact that God did it again for me. I was just meditating this morning and wondering how life would have been were it that this life sustaining gas called oxygen was to be purchased; I just wonder how many of us could have afforded it.

But in His goodness, He made the best things of life free for us – just name them, oxygen, chlorophyll, sun, rain, roots, herbs, e.t.c.

But in our complexity we have made life more difficult for ourselves and those around us.

Love has flown out of the windows
Sincerity of purpose is now a thing of the past
Trust has failed severally that it is now difficult to trust even one’s own biological siblings
Pretence and double - facedness have taken over the airspace
Blackmails, kidnappings, frame ups, high profile murders, assassinations, have become our daily bread
Lies, cheating, deceit, idle gossip, “fastness” are now the in-thing
Outright stealing even in the Name of the Lord has become a lucrative ministry
Celebration of mediocrity and banishment of merit on so many false altars
Foundations being built on sandy soil, muddy waters and slippery landscape
Living on the fast lane – “let us wine and dine today for tomorrow we die”

Life has become more complicated than God actually intended it.

Is it not time to head back to what God originally intended the earth to be – a place where man could live simply and enjoy – knowing fully well that in all things and no matter what we have accumulated or achieved, some day, just some day it would be said of us “dust to dust, earth to earth and ash to ash”

Knowing these things, what manner of men ought we to be?
What manner of men indeed??

That is why most times these days I hanker after that old time religion, when men were sincerely innocent even in their adult ages and actually believed God Whom they worshipped.

Give me that old time religion
Give me that old time religion
Old time religion is good enough for me

Father have mercy!!!!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday


Bless and be Blessed