Archive | May 2012

African Child

I was born in Africa
With the spirit of a fighter
Through thick and thin I stay strong
The fighter in me is always alive

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Growing up wasn’t a smooth journey
Struggling through the hood
Walking many kilometres to school
Still I never gave up

Am like a cat with seven lives
When you think I give up I rise again
Am stronger than you can ever imagine
Mentally am a winner

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high
I’ll always rise

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Overseas overland
Over mountains and in the wild
I’ll be great and I’ll be strong
Am an African child

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Living each day with terror and fear
Still I rise

in the midst of great scam
In the midst of subsidy removal
In the midst of taking my people for granted
Still I rise

Does my naughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Digging’ in my own back yard.

Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
Growing in a country that promises nothing
Still I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
An african child and will always rise
And forever I’ll rise

Just like my forefathers did
During the period of the great slave trade
When they were treated like sh*t
I’ll rise

Black is a unique colour
Mix all the colours of these world together
It surely will give you black
Just to show how strong I am

Am an African
Will forever be African
No matter where I find myself
I’ll always rep Africa

We Judged A Book By Its Cover

We judged a book by its cover
We judge a man by his words
We allowed our emotion over cloud our judgements
And now we live to regret it

Just because he had no shoes
We felt pity for him
We thought he will be different
Because he had a poor background and his level of education

He is the most educated president we ever had
But from him we’ve been able to confirm
That education and common sense are too different things
We confirmed that the hard way

This administration will go down in Nigeria’s history
As the most corrupt of all the corrupt administrations we’ve had
Am sure that is a plus for him
A plus for the one without shoes

13months into his full administration
Its been nothing short of total disaster;
Boko Haram in the North
Militants in the South
Armed Robbers in the West
Kidnappers in the east
Him at the centre

In every country of the world
Candidates vying for elective posts
Are always keen to attend debates
To show the people what they have to offer
But in our case it was a different story entirely

He didn’t attend the debates
Instead he organised a 2 cast stage play
With him as the main actor and a joke of a musician playing the supporting role
There he showed us what a joke of a country we are

From then on drama has never seized in our nation
Each day with a different script
Scripts of action and suspense
Bad and worse everyday
Our land became an abattoir with blood shed everyday.

The giant of Africa is now the joke of Africa
International communities termed us ‘den of thieves”
Well, we worked for it
We produce big time thieves

Corruption is another name for our nation
Each state and sector can boast of big money frauds
But no one is in jail yet
No one has been prosecuted

In any serious country
The jail would have become lively
For the crooks and thieves that swindled our country
But a thief cannot prosecute a fellow thief.

First term is a disaster
He is already talking about second term
Am sure he will be interested in third term if the constitution permits
Many years of failure.

We judged a book by its cover
We judged a man by his words and background
We thought the messiah has arrived
But we got the opposite
We thought we heard the voice of God, only to realise we didn’t listen well.

The one without shoes is always promising us
If it rains each time he promise,
Am sure half of Nigeria would have been wiped away by flood.
He’ll soon set up a committee of promises

He also innovated something good
Cassava bread is his innovation
Bread made from Cassava
Oh what a pity

Going back in time
Going through his profile
All of his immediate superiors have either been struck by disaster or death
But now Nigeria is the only entity before him and we’ve had our fair share of disasters.

We judge a book by its cover
We judge a man by his words
We thought the messiah has arrived
Oh what a mistake.

Martin Luther King had ‘I have a dream”

Barack Obama had “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”

But our President had ‘I had no shoes” and Nigerians are still paying for the shoes he never had.

Help the child not to be shoeless so that when he grows up he wouldn’t be clueless.

Be Yourself

Being and staying yourself is perhaps the greatest favour you can do for yourself while you are still on earth. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you someone else, but staying true to yourself means you’ll have to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
Many live a life not meant for them, a life not suited to them, trying to be who they are not, in doing this they fail to fulfil their potential.

If you look around the world today, millions are faking their lives and its a major problem in the world right now: many try to live their lives like celebrities but they always forget that those celebrities are popular today not because they live someone else’s life but because they live their own lives which is why they are able to reach their full potential.

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves, If God wanted you otherwise he would have created you otherwise.

The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity, your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are, almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep but the happiest people are those that learn to be what they are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that they are not.

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you, every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.

At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvellously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.

The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity, almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

Best be yourself, imperial, plain and true, like the sky opens after a rainy day we must open to ourselves, learn to love yourself for who you are and open so the world can see you shine.
Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are because in the end what will make you stand out from the crowd is being yourself and not an adulterated version of someone else.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.

Always be a first-rated version of yourself, instead of a second-rated version of somebody else.

Make a Change

A change starting with me, a change starting with you. A change we can believe in.

Making a change is not a matter of being rich or being popular, you and I don’t have to be influential neither do we have to be in a position of power to change the world.

Making a change is a decision that comes from within our hearts, that we are willing to change ourselves first and then influencing on Nigeria and then the world at large.

We don’t need to have everything to make a change in our society and make our presence felt
positively, we can make positive contribution by starting small.

Nobody can do everything that will change the world and make it a better place, but everyone can
contribute something to make it better by first changing himself/herself by always thinking positive and not looking forward to what the world can do for him/her but what he/she can do
to heal the world.

A change capable of changing the old rules That change will modify our messed up world, If we believe in it and start acting On the little we can afford to impact in it.

Changing the world is our real chance to grow, our chance to right all wrongs: Willingness to make a change is not a trait that people are born with, rather It is something that is learned and developed over time. It is also dependent upon the individual
and situation.

You don’t have to be a Pastor/Muslim Cleric to teach people to always do the right things and think positive.

Making a change starts from doing things within your power and making sure it is felt.

To put the world right in order, we must first put Our nation in order; to put our nation in order, we
must first put our family in order; to put the family in order, we must change our personal lives positively; we must set our hearts right. You must be the change you wish to see in the
world.

That change is Our ability to stand united and face our problems, change is our opportunity to prove critics wrong.

That change is our legend for unborn generations
That change is us
Together we’ll better our world
Together we can,
Yes we can
You and Me

Nothing In Life Is Free

Nothing in life is ever free, everything in life comes at a cost, whether it’s money or a life someone always pays, there is no such thing as free unless the thing in question is without value.

When I write a post, i give it away to the world on my blog, it is not free, I spent time, energy, effort, and knowledge writing it, time that could have been spent doing something else.

The only time something is truly free is when it has no value , when the person who creates something believes it to be of no inherent value that it’s only worth throwing away. Your excrement is not free, you pay people to take it away, Same for your garbage

Directly or otherwise we pay for everything we get, everything we do and everything we benefit on earth.

The cost of coming to the world was paid by our mother, the pains, sleepless nights and the labour pains are the cost she paid to bring us into the world, though not paid by us but coming into this world did come at a cost

There is no free thing anywhere in the world, staying alive comes at the cost, the cost being the air we breath, as long as we stay alive our cost is the air we breath but when we can’t afford to pay for the air anymore we seize to exist

There is no free food anywhere, even when it appears free for all some1 somewhere has paid for it knowingly or otherwise.

Faith in God is free but its not complete without his words, the words of God are contained in his holy books which aren’t free, the cost of purchasing a Bible or Quran is the main cost of whichever religion we chose.

Even Love aint free it comes at a cost, it might not be in monetary terms but there are times when you have to chose between going out with friends and going out with the one you love, when you chose to be with the one you love, your friends are the price you paid for being with your love.

In life, If something is offered as free, then the person that offered it must be extracting cost from the recipient in some other way or means

Generally, there is always a price to pay for something, maybe not in money, but something else even if it is only pride or self esteem.

Life Is Like Football

The main ambition of every footballer is either to score a goal or defend a goal, so also in life everybody has an ambition, a goal that we all strive hard to achieve.

Only footballers who work hard become great winners and achievers of the game, in life if you don’t work twice as hard as you should then your goal won’t be achieved

A goal can never be scored in football by sitting around, you need to attack the ball and hit it when you see an opportunity, In life if you don’t make moves towards your goal you won’t be able to achieve, but when you take risk and opportunities then success is lurking.

Defenders are obstacles to players trying to score but only those who can overcome the obstacles get goals, Success in life comes only to those who have overcome obstacles.

In football you can’t score the chances you don’t take, if you refuse to make a move in life you can’t achieve anything.

Your missed shots are your failures, but when you learn from the shots you missed you’ll score the next time you try, Failure in life is a step close to achieving success, when you learn from failure you’ll achieve success the next time you try.

Football is easier analysed than played, so also it is easy to talk about what you want to achieve in life than it is to achieve it.

Perfect and consistent practising lead to football perfection so also in life the more you attempt your goals the close you get to achieving it.

In football, If a team wants to intimidate you physically and you let them, they’ve won, so also in life if you see your ambition as too big for you, you’ll fail.

The rules of football are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it
until it does, in life it your goal seems easy attempt it with all your energy, if it seems hard attempt it till you achieve it

In football, If you are first you are first. If you are second, you are nothing, In Life those that succeed will be remembered not those that are so close to succeeding

In football, You have to learn to predict the next play before it happens, In life your ability to project the future will always give you an edge.

If you fail to win in football, you’ll lose many things, If at the end of trying in life, you don’t achieve your aim many things you invested will be lost

Football requires players to discipline be highly and to work hard. There is also a beautiful life
lesson in the scrutiny and evaluation process. This is like life, where if we hope to improve and grow, we have to take responsibility for that growth, and surround ourselves with people who can help.

Football provides a variety of challenges that will test and help to build players perseverance. These are all things that will challenge players emotionally, and might tempt him to quit but if they can persevere, they’ll achieve greatness at the end, the Ups and Downs of life might tempt us to give up but if we can strive to continue we’ll be a success at the end.

Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self- denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect
for authority.

God Is the referee
The angels are the linesmen
Your family and friends are the fans
Earth is the football pitch

Remember to always keep your head up and shoot for your goals.

…………1 Flaw in Women

Women put love first
They are creators
They don’t control rather they are very caring
Not aggressive but very passionate
A woman is not relentless but very dedicated
Women have strengths that amaze men…..
They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but
they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy and laugh when they
are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in..
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer when they
believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel and cheer when
their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about a birth or a
wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet
they are strong when they think there is no strength
left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken
heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show
how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep
turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their family and friends.
Women have vital things to say and everything to
give..
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN, IT IS
THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH

Keep Your Dreams Alive.

Keep your dreams alive, for if dream die life is a
broken winged bird that cant fly.

Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve. Dream great dreams and make them
come true. Do it now!

Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don’t succeed, try another way. For every
obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up. Wishing will not bring success, but planning, persistence and burning desire will.

You are unique in your own ways, In all the history of the world there was never anyone else exactly like you, and in all the infinity to come there will never be another you.

Never accept self-limitations. What you believe yourself to be, you are.

To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. If
you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost – put foundations under them. Yes you can.

Believing is magic, you can always better your best.
You don’t know what you can do until you try.

You can’t get something if you don’t start something If you don’t reach out or stretch yourself, you’re never going to get the fruit. There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Lazy goals produce lazy results, clearly define your goals, write them down, make a plan for achieving them,set a deadline, visualize the results and go after them. Just don’t look back unless you want to go that way.

There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract all the necessary ingredients. Success is an
attitude. Get yours right. It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen.

Dream it, Follow it, Achieve it.

Letter To My Unborn Child

My letter to my unborn child
My yet to be conceived best friend
Am yet to know whether you are male or female
But I know you are somewhere in heaven
Patiently waiting for me to bring you into this world

I put you in my prayer everyday
Each day I wake up brings you close to me
And am hoping to hold you very soon
Please don’t be angry ’cause of the delay in bringing you to the world
It was never my plan to delay you for too long

The uncertainty of the world changed my plan
Moreover the search for your mother was not an easy task
Dated different tribes
Met all kinds of girls
Being through so many disappointments

Being through many heartbreaks
Patched my heart so many times
But I found someone who could be your mother
We planning good things for you

Every night before I sleep
I wonder what your name will be
The school you’ll attend
I strive to give you the best

The best of the things I never had
Didn’t had so much growing up
Struggled through the hood
Through elementary to university
Never had the best of things

But its an assurance
A sure assurance
I’ll make sure I give you the best of things
The very best available
Which is why am hustling hard

But wait,
I have some words of wisdom
Which I feel I must impart
Remember these words always
And keep them in your heart

Dishonesty is bad
Never use it to get by
Always tell the truth
No matter the circumstance

Always love your woman/man
Keep her/him first in your life
And she/he will always be there,
To kiss away your strife
Always respect him/her,
Be the best thing in his/her life

Enjoy this thing called life
Don’t live it cold and bland
Close your eyes and take a leap,
Never do anything without proper planning and thinking

Try not to lose your temper
It’s really no big deal
But my daughter/son if you must fight
Do it for something real and just

Take the time to listen
To what people have to say
And don’t forget to smile;
It could brighten someone’s day

Education is key
Acquire it to the highest level
It will open doors for you
And you’ll liberate many souls

Never be a miser
Neither should you be a spendthrift,
Be a cheerful giver
’cause blessed is the hand that giveth

Try to live with patience
Do it the best you can
Stand up for those who can’t
Always fight for justice

Always be a leader
Step forward never hide
Put yourself out there
And they’ll stand by your side

These things I hope you learn
Someday you’ll come to find
But for now they’re just a dream
Tucked away inside my mind

My child
I truly love you
Though your face I’ve never seen
But I do love you

Now and forever
Everyday that comes between me and you
I know you are closer to me than ever.

These are my words to you
My unborn best friend
I love you child

Life Is Good

Never rue a day in your life, Because everything that happens in a day is part of the necessary steps that needs to be taken to form the future, each day comes with its blessing and disappointments; both are necessary to make you understand what life is all about.

Never hate or blame the people in your life, they all are like actors in the movie of your life, each with a specific role to play, roles you can’t play by yourself, but must be played by others;
You cant break your heart by yourself Neither can you date yourself, those that break your heart and those that fall in love with you play the roles of teachers, they are in your life to teach you that life is not as bad as you feared neither is it also as good as you thought.

There are many other role that you cant play by yourself but by those around you which is the reason they are in your life in the first place.

Never regret what you did in the past, it was exactly what you wanted to do at the time you did it, but because it did not turn out in your favour does not mean you should live the rest of your days regretting and more importantly because it was your decision to do it then, if it wasn’t your decision you wont regret but challenge it. So instead of regretting it you should learn from it and make use of the lesson and move on.

Never be scared to take a step in your life because its what will shape your future, rather becareful because one wrong step could be the beginning of the end or the beginning of good things to come in your life.

Whatever happens in life, never give in to regret, rather you should refresh and move on because nobody will pass through life without life passing through such person.

The ups and downs are very important to our existence, it is what keeps us going.

Nobody promised us that life will be easy, life can’t be a bed of roses because it is the taste of failure that makes victory sweet.

No matter the situation you find yourself, just remember Life Is Good