Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Recall notice.

The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units, code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.

This defect has been technically termed, "Sub-sequential Internal Non-morality," or more commonly known as "SIN".

Some Symptoms: Question

1. Loss of direction
2. Lack of peace and joy
3. Depression or confusion in the mental component
4. Foul vocal emissions
5. Selfish, violent behavior
6. Amnesia of origin
7. Fearfulness
8. Rebellion
9. Pride

To correct this SIN defect, the Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service free of charge. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the stagge. So run quickly now, offer last till the last day which may be tomorrow.

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Disloyalty to the Constitution

While swearing in six new federal Permanent Secretaries on 4th January 2006, President Obasanjo emphasized on the need for loyalty to the government and the nation. He said:

”“To me, there is no 99 percent loyalty. It has to be total. If you cannot give total loyalty, then you should look for another job. You have heard of something they call military loyalty. If that means total, then there is no other thing except military loyalty. Because if you do not give military loyalty, you endanger the lives of not yourself but the lives of others when you are in battle.

This statement is interesting as it is very instructive when linked to the third term agenda. This so for the simple reason that before assuming office, the President and the 36 state governors swore to protect and abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Despite this, the President and some of the governors are maneuvering to coerce the National and the State Assemblies to hurriedly amend the Constitution in order to accommodate their third term ambitions. It is ironic that the President would demand 100% loyalty from all his subordinates but fail to give 100% loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the authority under which he was elected into office. For, a President who violates the constitution of his country when it suits him is certainly on slippery grounds when he demands 100% loyalty from his subordinates.

There is no doubt that President Obasanjo and a tiny clique around him are trying to steer Nigeria into murky waters full of political bombs. All well meaning Nigerians should, therefore, rise up, as they have done in the past, to nip in the bud this cynical and dangerous move. As for Obasanjo, he could do well by heeding the advice of President Matthew Kerekou of the Republic of Benin that

“If you show your wish to remain in power or try to insist on staying there and the people don’t want you, you are heading for the sort of trouble, which Benin managed to avoid in 1990.”

Because anyone,

“Who fails to leave power, power will leave him.”

However, should President Obasanjo choose to ignore this brotherly advice, he may very well be reminded of what he is believed to have told former President Ibrahim Babangida, in a speech at a 1992 Council of State meeting, in response to the calls by some groups for him to prolong his stay in power:

“As someone who was in the battlefield during the Nigerian Civil War and who unexpectedly but providentially assumed the mantle of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the leadership of the government, I beg you in the name of Allah not to mistake the silence of our people for acquiescence or weakness and the sycophancy of the greedy and opportunistic people who parade the corridors of power as representative of the true feelings of our people.

Nigeria needs peace and stability. It is too fragile to face another commotion. In God’s good name drag it not into one. This is the time for you to have some honourable exit. May God help you and help our country.”

Monday, 4 December 2006

Life and a cup of coffee.

Welcome to December the month of great people. Today i just want to reach out to all hard working professionals out there, when things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar……and the coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf ball are the important things–your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions–things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else–the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Thursday, 23 November 2006

One of the most touching and purest love story I've read in a while..

Hello out there, i have been very busy all week though i operated from my desk all week. Anyway there is this story i read somewhere and I want you to read it too, it is one of the most touching love story, i read in a long time. which call to question how far can we can go to defend our love or what we believe, enjoy yourself as you read.

From the very beginning, girl's family objected strongly on her dating this guy, saying that it has got to do with family background, & that the girl will have to suffer for the rest of her life if she were to be with him.Due to family's pressure, the couple quarreled very often. Though the girl loved the guy deeply, she always asked him: "How deep is your love for me?" As the guy is not good with his words, this often caused the girl to be very upset. With that & the family's pressure, the gal often vents her anger on him. As for him.. he only endured it in silence.After a couple of years, the guy finally graduated & decided to further his studies overseas. Before leaving, he proposed to the gal: "I'm not very good with words. But all I know is that I love you. If you allow me, I will take care of you for the rest of my life. As for your family, I'll try my best to talk them round. Will you marry me?" The girl agreed, & with the guy's determination, the family finally gave in & agreed to let them get married. So before he left, they got engaged. The gal went out to the working society, whereas the guy was overseas, continuing his studies. They sent their love through emails & phone calls. Though it was hard, but both never thought of giving up.

One day, while the gal was on her way to work, she was knocked down by a car that lost control. When she woke up, she saw her parents beside her bed. She realized that she was badly injured. Seeing her mum cry, she wanted to comfort her. But she realized that all that could come out of her mouth was just a sigh. She had lost her voice.... The doctor says that the impact on her brain has caused her to lose her voice. Listening to her parents' comfort, but with nothing coming out from her, she broke down. During the stay in hospital, besides silent cry. it's still just silent cry that accompanied her. Upon reaching home, everything seems to be the same. Except for the ringing tone of the phone which pierced into her heart every time it rang. She does not wish to let the guy know & not wanting to be a burden to him, she wrote a letter to him saying that she does not wish to wait any longer.

With that, she sent the ring back to him. In return, the guy sent millions & millions of reply and countless phone calls. all the gal could do besides crying is still crying.... The parents decided to move away, hoping that she could eventually forget everything & be happy. With a new environment, the gal learnt sign language & started a new life. Telling herself everyday that she must forget the guy. One day, her friend came & told her that he's back. She asked her friend not to let him know what happened to her. Since then, there wasn't anymore news of him.

A year has passed & her friend came with an envelope, containing an invitation card for the guy's wedding. The gal was shattered. When she opened the letter, she saw her name on it instead. When she was about to ask her friend what was going on, she saw the guy standing in front of her.... He used sign language to tell her, "I've spent a year to learn sign language. Just to let you know that I've not forgotten our promise. Let me have the chance to be your voice. I Love You." With that, he slipped the ring back into her finger. The gal finally smiled......

Treat every relationship as if it's the last one, then you'll know how to Give.

Treat every moment as if it's the last day, then you'll know how to Treasure.

Treasure what you have right now, or else you may regret one day...

Have a wonderful week ahead and send out your love to all those who needs it, it might be your turn to receive another time.

Tuesday, 14 November 2006

What goes around comes around!

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the boy. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life." "No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel."Is that your son?" the nobleman asked."Yes," the farmer replied proudly."I'll make you a deal.Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name?Sir Winston Churchill.Someone once said:
What goes around comes around
Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

It's National Friendship Week. Be nice to everyone you consider A FRIEND and brighten someone's day.May there always be work for your hands to do,May your purse always hold more than enough;May the sun always shine on your windowpane;May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;May the hand of a friend always be near you;May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

OK, this is what you have to do... make sure all your friends visit this blog.

take care and keep dat smiLe upOn yOur face.

Thursday, 9 November 2006

How to identify a stroke (NOT A JOKE)

I pray that it never happens to anyone but awareness also helps.

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters... S.T.R.
My friend sent this to me and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Please read:

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food - while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this... A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S * Ask the individual to SMILE .
T * Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)(eg "It is sunny out today").
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .
NOTE : Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out their tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call for help immediately!! and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

Thursday, 2 November 2006


• You can feel her Innocence in form of a Daughter…
• You can feel her care in form of a Sister…
• You can feel her warmth in form of a Friend…
• You can feel her passion in form of a Beloved…
• You can feel her dedication in form of a Wife…
• You can feel her divinity in form of a Mother…
• You can feel her blessing in form of grandmother…
• Her heart is so Tender…
• So Naughty…
• So Charming…
• So Sharing…
• So Melodious…

She is a Woman…She is Life…

Kudos to all dedicated, committed and faithful Women out there, you are the catalyst we need to succeed in Life.

• Dedicated to My one and only Atinuke

Wednesday, 1 November 2006


I have always belief i will be a very rich man,infact people around me,my pastors,my wife to be and even my Parents everybody made me belief that i will be very rich and extremely wealthy that i always tell those that care to listen that the issue is not about making money but how to remain faithful to God and comitted to people around me.But recently i discover that all i have been doing is,just wishing to be rich and dwell in the euporia of what people are saying,i don't really desire to be rich.

It is good to wish for a good thing but according to popular saying "If wishes were horses Beggers will ride" it is not enough to wish,but you need to take your wish to another level which is 'DESIRE'. Desire is a state where the particular thing you wish for will become part of you, every idle moment you have will be invested in that particular thing.Your thought,words and action will reflect what you desire.If you actually want to attain a greater height in life pay attention to this:

There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made,and which, in its original state,permeates,penetrates,and fills the interspaces of the universe.A thought in this sustance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.A person can form things in his thought,and by impressing his thought upon formless substance can cause the. thing he thinks about to be created.

In order to do this,a person must pass from the competitive to the creative mind.Otherwise he cannot be in harmony with formless intelligence, which is always creative and never in competitive spirit.A person may come into full harmony with the formless substance by entertaining a lively and sincere gratitude for the blessing it bestow upon him.Gratitude unifies the minds of individuals with the intelligence of substance, so that a person's thought are recieved by the formless.

A person can remain upon the creative plane only by uniting himself with the formless intelligence through a deep and continuos feeling of gratitude.A person must form a clear and definite image of the things he wishes to have,to do,or to become,and he must hold this mental image in his thought,while being deeply grateful to the supreme that all his desire are granted to him.The person who wishes to get rich must spend his leisure hours in contemplating his vision,and in earnest thanksgiving that the reality is being given to him.

Too much stress cannot be laid on the importance of frequent contemplation of the mental image,coupled with unwavering faith and devout gratitude.This is the process by which the impression is given to the formless and creative forces set in motion.The creative energy works through the established channels of natural growth,and of the industrial and social order.All that is included in his mental image will surely be brought to the person who follow the instructins given above,and whose faith does not waver.What he wants will come to him through the ways of establishing trade and commerce.

In order to recieve his own when it is ready to come to him,a person must be in action in a way that causes him to more than fill his present place.He must keep in mind the purpose to get rich through realization of his mental image.And he must do,every day,all that can be done that day,taking care to do each act in a successful manner.He must give to every person a use value in excess of the cash value he recieves,so that each transaction makes for more life,and he must hold the advancing thought so that the impression of increase will be communicated to all with whom he comes into contact.

The men and women who practice the foregoing instructions will certainly get rich,and the riches they recieve will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision,the fixity of their purpose,the steadiness of their faith,and the depth of their gratitude.For more on how to get rich

Friday, 27 October 2006

Before you gulp that drink

To all the coke and other can drinkers
Better to be safe than sorry ( or 6 feet under),This incident happened recently in North Texas.

A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke,which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on Wednesday.

The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis.This was traced to the can of coke she drank from, not using a glass.Tests showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis.Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances. It is highly recommended to thoroughly wash the upper part of soda cans before drinking out of them.

The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to the shops without being cleaned.A study at NYCU showed that the tops of soda cans are more contaminated than public toilets (i.e).. full of germs and bacteria.So wash them with water before putting them to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident.

Have a wonderful weekend.Cheers

Thursday, 26 October 2006

Married or Single this is an eye opener

This is well worth reading! I know it is long, but it is well worth reading. It a mail going around on the internet and i think all my readers can learn from it. I don't know who Anthony J Cox is but am sure it is a story to learn from sit back and enjoy.

Here is the story

To those of you who are single or married, saved or not saved, this is for you.I am a 35-year-old African American or Black brother dying of Aids.I would like to share my testimony with you.

I am an owner of a Mortgage Company in Atlanta, GA. I own a 1999 Jaguar and I also own a $350,000 beautiful home in Cobb County. I have a beautiful Lady who is deeply in love with me and a loving family. But most important, I have Jesus. This is just a wake up call to all single brothers and sisters who are professing to be Christians, but don't want to be complete. Brothers, I had a beautiful young lady who loves the Lord and worships the ground I walk on. But I still wasn't quite happy because sometimes I would see another sister with a Coca-Cola bottle shape and just wanted to hit it. Because I was using a condom, I thought that I wouldn't catch the killer "AIDS" but guess what? I did. And the person I caught it from was a girl that I knew well. But the condom came off and now I am dying of AIDS.

Yes, I wore a condom. But yes it did happen. God gives us time after time to straighten our lives up. I do know the Lord in the pardon of my sins. I've been saved now for 7 years. I found out 7 months ago that I had the virus, and now I have full-blown Aids. And I want you all to know that I have never been with another woman. I really didn't think that I was doing anything wrong, because I would tell the women who I would deal with about the woman I love. I thought that was good enough. But it wasn't.

I am a good man and also a God-fearing man; but my weakness was women. I really wasn't out there like you may think I was, but every once and a while I would see something I wanted to try. My girlfriend is a praying woman. I know now that she was intimate with me because she loved me and she wanted to make me happy. Now I've given AIDS to the woman I love (who has been faithful to me) because of lust. Brothers and sisters, what I am telling you is that God is tired of us hurting each other and using each other for self-gratification.

God has given me my home, my dream car and a beautiful woman and I took it all for granted. I've been tithing for 7 years. I am the chairman of my Deacon Board. But when I told my Pastor I had AIDS, he could not believe it because of the way I would carry myself. Brothers, if you have a sister who loves the Lord and who loves you for who you are and not for what you look like and not for what you have, cherish her. Sisters ... If you have a brother who loves the Lord, love him and cherish him.

My life has been altered. I've been with my lady since I was 20, and I've always used my young age as an excuse for not being loyal and not settling down with the woman I loved. I was being a hypocrite thinking that I was missing something, and not realizing that I had a good woman who loved and adored me. I wish I had been a real man and had appreciated the good woman God had sent me by not making excuses and dedicating my life to her. I would love to travel and marry this beautiful young Lady -- but now I can't. I've embarrassed my family, my church and my friends. But I was hardheaded and now I must suffer.

God is cleaning up. Stop playing with God. God is revealing the secrets of us Christians. Brothers and sisters, we don't have to have so many "friends," You know what we call them. "The ones we are planning to sleep with but haven't yet." We often say that we don't want anyone to know our business, but God is about to reveal some things. Especially us young people. We think so carnal. But we say that we have been transformed. We have been transformed from what we want to be transformed from. Let's be real. God knows that the opposite sex attracts us. And he knows the desires we have for each other, but we don't have to have multiple partners. If I could do it all over again, I would marry the woman I love and live happy forever.

But now I can't! But you can! Singles... I gotta tell you, it's not worth it. I love you all! Get rid of casual sex. And fight to prevent lovemaking (fornication)! This is really deep. After you've read this, think about yourself. Could this have been you? Some of you may not relate, but think about anything you are doing right now that is not of God. You may not have anything to do with premarital sex or a sexual affair, but sin is sin and everything done in the dark shall come to the light.

We are living in the last and final days, and pretending to be saved is not going to cut it. Professing that He is Lord, and yet worshipping the devil every chance you get will lead you to the same path as me. Sex for those who are saved must be with your OWN wife or husband. That includes necking and petting, touching, oral sex, phone or Internet sex, and even fantasizing. Get your mind out of the gutter and put it in the Word of God and you'll have great success. Don't and you'll have great woe. I love the LORD and thank Him for all that He does in my life; therefore, I'm passing this on.

Yes, I do love Jesus who has forgiven me of the repeated sins. That forgiveness does not cancel out the consequences, at least not so far. But that's on me. Still, the Lord is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each day and is letting me share my story with you. I'm telling it like it REALLY is to help somebody. Without Him, I will be nothing. Without Him, I am nothing but with Him I can do all things. Phil 4:13

Be Positive - Be Progressive...
Take the time to make a positive difference in someone's life.

Minister Anthony J. Cox

Some people are in your life for a season, some for a lifetime. Don't mix seasonal people with lifetime expectations. It can be dangerous and deadly.

Wednesday, 25 October 2006

Is that what u actually want?

Good day, i hope you are having a swell time, as for me, my day has been challenging.I want us to think about something serious today. The issue is all about working for somebody and doing something on your own. As i have been telling people since my days in school, an employee that is not making as much as 10 multiple of his salary for his employer is walking on a dangerous path for he can be kicked out any time, nad that i will not look for a job for one day, as it turned out i did not. Before my Graduation i was already working as a management staff of a multimillion Naira company.

Now check out the guys driving the best of cars in town,they are probably on their own. I'm not saying you can not make it working for somebody, (because even me today, i'm working under somebody,who happen to be a great leader,Who is encouraging me to work on my long term plan. The job i'm doing today is like my MBA and my salary is my bursary). What i'm saying is that the chances are slim. So my friend instead of sitting down or walking around town loking for somebody to employ you. Work on your own ideas you will be suprised at what you can achieve on your own. If you have Challenges it is there to make you strong,you can also source for materials that will help you grow.

Erastus Akingbola of Intercontinental Bank recently delivered a Lecture on Investment and identified 5 key issues on the topic.
1. An employee can never be rich.
2. Plan yourself out of employment. Have a 5 year plan.
3. Have a dream and a plan for achieving that dream.
4. Promotion is a way of entrapping the best employee
5. Job security is bondage, no one can promise you a job security.

So, that is what a bank MD in Nigeria said what are you waiting for.

Sunday, 15 October 2006

Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Hi, this post is the continuation of what i started yesterday if you have not read it, you need to quickly rush there and read.So also i didn't give yesterday thought any title,todays title is for the two. Enjoy:
Sometime ago the raging issue was a dress code for students of schools of higher learning, then I asked should we not be ashamed that we have stooped this low, what happened to days when the fear of a teacher was wisdom. The fear of a teacher was enough for a student to know he/she needs to dress decently. Now to hell with the Vice Chancellor, after all he who goes to equity must go with clean hands..
We cannot guarantee any form of free education, most Governors have turned state bursary allocations into political tools, that is when it is not intelligently and crookedly sent to England to buy a mansion in cash. Government at the center is confused, one minute it is 6-3-3-4 system, now we hear it would be 9-3-4, only Allah knows if the next one won’t be 16-16-16. Till this moment no one has explained the rational behind the change, the merits or otherwise why we had to abandon the last system which was barely practiced for a decade plus. A nation that jokes with the education of its youth nay its citizen would have itself to blame not just in the future but even now it suffers it.
Teachers...crave my indulgence some months back in Nigeria, yes our Nigeria, our beloved naija parents made their kids sit for the yearly GCE exams and to imagine that the parents in question needed the result to register with the Teachers' Institute. One wonders what direction our insanity is heading towards. Teachers no longer teach, they no longer reach out to their wards, not that one blames them, with a President that has never hidden his disdain for teachers and education we cannot expect better.
At the just concluded National Council on Education meeting the Minister For Education, Mrs Oby, came out smoking but then give her and this government some time the smoke will die down to a point you hardly will notice the ashes, all she had to say was on the indiscrimatory award of honourary doctorate degrees, to this I wonder what she was talking about, the problem besetting the educational sector has gone beyond the award of degrees, there is a Governor, at the last count has 13 all from Nigerian Universities, so my Sister Oby, leave that one. Before Oby, was the post -JAMB woman, how did she end. Already I hear there is a power tussle between the current Minster and the Senate committee chairwoman Joy Emordi, while our education is on fire, those concerned with salvaging what is left are engaged in personality clashes.
In my daily routine with Newspapers I am beseeched with adverts for schools offering better education, from Cyprus to Singapore to Jamaica and no one bothers about the number of parents and students seeking alternate education.
Why do we like to lie to ourselves...I never will know, I can tell you that in some states of the federation by random sampling no public school has a functional up to date complete computer unit with Printer and Governors will tell you how they have transversed from Galilee to Riyadh in improving education and the government at the center is preaching info-tech.
The school feeding programme has stopped were it started because it was more political than not. Again we are pursuing a dumb, deaf and blind policy of free education tagged UBE, what happened to UPE, nothing other than failure of policy and it is already happening to the UBE reform. The Government does not have the manpower to cater for the children that are going to start the programme, some states are not even prepared, so we are going to employ crash teachers to teach crash pupils that will crash retrogressively till they crash land with empty heads.
I intend to establish a primary school right in my car garage because I love kids, no, because its good business, just imagine I have 200 children and they pay only 10 thousand Naira and I have five teachers who have no qualification whatsoever, the only basic requirement is we are of the same faith or tribe, what else does one need to tell you that business is good. What the kids are taught is secondary and off course they go on a lot of excursions which the parents pay for. This in summary is the typical run of the mill private nursery and primary school and we looked at these kids and called them future leaders, I can say that tomorrow, certainly is bleak, if we don't make a change.
I have blamed government, teachers, but sadly the worst culprit in falling standards of education remains our parents whose values have also taken a deep, the days when parents insisted that their wards passed with good grades to move to the next class has been substituted to an era that this same parents now buy question papers ahead of the exams, bribe examiners, make sure the kids study courses they lack interest and lack the required basics, and then we turn around to blame government is double hypocrisy and crying wolf where there are no rats.

Parents do not even know what their wards are doing in school; “let me see your homework” is now a strange phrase in families. Who really cares, the Ibos to Alaba in droves, and our Yoruba brothers to the mechanic workshop and how about hausas in the North, its worse because the leaders are fighting for a center. These are no apprentice by calling but because of lack of choice. An uneducated populace is one of the recipes for catrostrophic socio-eco-political, cultural and steady future, a nation where anything will always go. We need to go back to the All-Wise One, or else, this terrible reality will go a stage beyond repair. We need to wake up, but like i said in the begining, all hope is not lost.There is a new generation coming up in this country, you don't need to look far before you see one, they are very passionate about this country, they are the take over generation ready to make all the necessary change . Nigeria is waiting for you and me to make a change, wake up my people and rescue our country from the hands of this crooks that call themselves leaders.

Monday, 2 October 2006

I want to write about the educational mess we are in, but I don't want to sound like i have lost hope because i have not at all. Sadly, it has become a case of when we are not decrying poor student quality, it would be low scholarly ability of the teachers, and we are graduating young and old in their thousands, yet a high percentage largely unprepared in cases and in other situations ill-prepared for life away from the ivory tower. We have not been able to tackle the menace of cultism, that is when the Minister is not bribing for Budget or another Minister is not removed acrimoniously. We have spent time arguing whether government should hands off accommodation or not. The list of misadventure is endless, the hope is...
While no University has attained any real level of autonomy, there is no resource to control. Strikes by the labour units from Primary to tertiary level have been a situation of jungle negotiation with the government at one point or the other reneging on its promises. Weeks back in the papers Sheila Solarin widow of the late educationalist Tai Solarin cried out that pupils entering J.S 1 could neither read nor write English, in her short take she noted the absence of teachers to teach and very few people I am sure noticed the little piece which was tightly squeezed at the letters to editor corner of the Guardian Newspapers.
The bitter truth is that we are reeling out nonsense from our Primary stage to the highest level of education. We are cursed with a leadership that is at loss to what the cure is. We have developed a set of students whose parents bribe up the academic ladder because teacher will teach nonsense after all. Our schools today at best are filled with frustrated persons that are still holding the chalk for lack of what next to do. Every year no one is really taking stock of the number of University manpower leaving the shores of this nation never to return and we just sit and term it brain drain, when in truth it has become a complete DRAIN, brain and belly, soul and spirit.
We are a nation of largely intelligent illiterates so we do not bother about statistics, in most Universities a student goes through a University education without the benefit of experiencing a Professor teach him, or interact with him, the days when students sought admission into schools based on the reputation of some Professors are gone. Instead we have scholars who have built reputation for Rank Xeroxing Philip Kotler's marketing text word for word as handout on a ‘buy and pass basis’, that is when the teacher is not a Mr. Lecturer insisting that Bimbo must go the whole length of her skirt to pass.What actually is Nigeria turning to. (To be continued)

Friday, 8 September 2006

Hello out there,by way of introduction,i'm olaoluwa i work and live in lagos.I work with a fast growing consulting firm that specialises in:Recruiting,Training,Marketing and information Services.I have a passion of reaching out to young undergraduates and fresh graduates alike,i have passion to do something that will make things easier for them or at least stabilize them when they leave school.Take for Example, how do you feel when you see a graduate of several years still searching for job,without knowing what to do next. Maybe you are still in Secondary school when he graduated,i mean it baffles me to see someone who has been in school for at least 5+x years to just sit down after all the;sleepless night and burning of midnight candles to be waiting for somebody else to determine what they are going to do next or expecting an an event you cannot say exactly when it is going to happen.I just hope you get something real from this idea. We will be looking at Undergraduate,what they do in school that affect who they are,after school,which also affect what they do,we will also be looking at fresh graduate,give them several ideas on what is going on and keep them abreast of business opportunities flowing around them on daily basis.The normal practice of an average graduate is to sit at home for sometime,which usually span between 3 month and 2 years depending on when the almighty Director General of N.Y.S.C. decide's to call them up for one year compulsory service,i can hear you saying is that so.Well in my own case it took me just 18 month of waiting to get called up into the state I grew up in,it is by only by divine intervention that i was not posted to the town i grew up in.I think somewhere along the line i will have to share my own story, so that we will all have an idea of where i was coming from, then you may be provoked to do something about your own situation.Enjoy the best.