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
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
girlfriends has never and will never be an achievement.
Achieve socially, academically
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).
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
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"
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
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
having an affair with someone on the third floor. She's applying to a job in
The salacious stories
would bounce back and forth until we knew we had been away from our desks too
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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”
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
YESTERDAY!!!! Oh yesterday. So many great talents are
lying there in the grave yard who were unable to express their talents because
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
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
day as I always do, remind yourself that it is good to be alive So, go make the most of it.
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
Blackmails, kidnappings, frame ups, high profile murders,
assassinations, have become our daily bread
Lies, cheating, deceit, idle gossip, “fastness” are now
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
Living on the fast lane – “let us wine and dine today for
tomorrow we die”
Life has become more complicated than God actually
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.