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Lessons from Experiences Poetry Uncategorized

Smile for me

Smile for me beautiful one,
Draw your joy, let it infect everyone
Be happy when it goes well
And when all seem uncertain
But pay no heed to illusions,
To thoughts that groom pain
For when heavy storms gather,
It takes a smile to break the fear
Now consider the colorful rainbow, 🌈
How noiseless and bright she is,
And yet blesses all with her smile

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Poetry

Teach me to Love you again

For our love’s memory
I cherish your love dose,
Your care and your beauty,
Each time the swift sun rose
Gracefully, I recall our hopes…

But the candle light dwindles
And I miss you, now that it faints

Teach me to love you again
Embrace me when I fail;
The hugs, cuddling, I’ll relearn-
For this promise won’t go ill
And our efforts won’t flop…

Now genuine affection will rekindle
Our fire, slowly we’ll retake all we lost

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Nature Uncategorized

Visit Africa: Gaborone

If you love nature, then you should visit Bostwana. There’s a lot of Game and Nature reserves in this country, trust me, you won’t get enough of wildlife sighting here.

We’ll be checking out the capital city; Gaborone, a beautiful town in my ‘to visit list’.

Gaborone is known for the Gaborone Game Reserve, sheltering native animals like wildebeest and impala, plus resident and migratory birds. To the city’s southwest, rhinos and giraffes inhabit the Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Footpaths lead to city views at the summit of Kgale Hill. In the city center, the National Museum and Art Gallery displays art and cultural artifacts. Heard of the Kalahari Desert? It’s not far from the city.

Gaborone has over 400, 000 people living in and around it. With it’s proximity to South Africa the local economy thrives on foreign exchange. There are many solid minerals in Botswana and this fetch handsome income for the government. Also, the tourism is a major earner for the government. English is the official language and Tswana is widely spoken too. There are more than 10 languages spoken in the country.

Gaborone offers a lot of fun, luxury and entertainment. There’s diverse wildlife, amazing countrysides and the Tswana people are hospitable. Bostwana is peaceful and beautiful in every way. If you’re planning to visit Africa, put Gaborone in the list. Maybe our paths will cross. Till then, so long!

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Love and Christianity Pastoral

The Shepherd King

If you are conversant with David’s story in the bible, then you can recall that he was a lad who led his father’s sheep to pasture in the forest. He learned to fight, for he fought off Bears and the Lion that came to steal the sheep. He learned to play the guitar which came handy when he played for King Saul and most importantly, he learned to care, to love and to serve others through his affection for his father’s sheep. God used shepherding to prepare him for kingship. Consider people who tended sheep and how they ended in the Bible. Joseph, Moses, Jacob, all tended sheep. It takes humility to serve, to do the dirty jobs, no one is willing to do in the house. Now all of these people later led their people in one capacity or another.

The themes in this piece is hardwork, humility, service and diligence.

Your present situation may be a preparation to greatness. But remember that as far as you are doing something meaningful and legal, there’s hope of a brighter day, of a greater leap! Even if the beginning is bleak, know that God is shaping you for something great! Don’t give up now.

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Africa Nature Poetry Uncategorized

Thoughts on Contentment

Most vices become when there’s lack of contentment. Burglary, pilfering, all manner of stealing, falsehood and even hatred of oneself are all factors of discontentment. I asked some elders about their thoughts on contentment and they gladly led me though their wisdom. As we all know, contentment is a great virtue worth teaching our younger generation.

This rhyme may not be their exact words, but it captures the major theme: self discipline.

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Do not seek extra gain
If to another it cause pain
Even as you gather wheats and profits
Remember the sick, weak and destitute
Be you; wherever you may find yourself
For in self discipline one makes a disciple of oneself
Finally, ultimate joy and peace is found in little things
You needn’t look far, for such things start from the family

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The World’s Greatest

Join me to reflect on this †video clip. You become what you tell yourself.

Wake each morning with a desire to become a better version of you. The world needs your skills and talents, don’t hide them.

It’s a good morning from West Africa. I’m up and thankful. Have a blessed day.

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†Video excerpt from R. Kelly’s World Greatest

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Nature Pastoral

The Boy Who Cried “Wolf”

This is one of Aesop’s most famous fable. It’s old but not rusty. As you read through note that the fastest way to lose what we call our good character is to lose our honesty.

There was once a shepherd boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. Once he thought he would play a trick on the villagers and have some fun at their expense. So he ran toward the village crying out, with all his might:

“Wolf! Wolf! Come and help! The wolves are at my lambs!”

The kind villagers left their work and ran to the field to help him. But when they got there the boy laughed at them for their pains; there was no wolf there.

Still another day the boy tried the same trick, and the villagers came running to help and were laughed at again.

Then one day a wolf did break into the fold and began killing the lambs. In great fright, the boy ran back for help. “Wolf! Wolf!” He screamed. “There is a wolf in the flock! Help!”

The villagers heard him, but they thought it was another mean trick; no one paid the least attention, or went near him. And the shepherd boy lost all his sheep.

That is the kind of thing that happens to people who lie: even when they do tell the truth they will not be believed.

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Africa Nature Pastoral Poetry Uncategorized

Happy Autumn song

Autumn plays a game of colors
Warm is her painted trees and land
Sweet are the songs from her birds
With the two, she gave benevolently

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Image by Yaran Qadr

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Lessons from Experiences Love and Christianity Uncategorized

Positive Attitude to Life: Gratitude

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happened- John Miller.

Be thankful for all the gifts of life. We can hear birds sing and smell the flowers scent. We can talk, we can eat! We can smile and feel the touch of loved ones. There’s so much to be thankful for.

Don’t forget that happiness is not something you find, it is what you create. Don’t let past and present events deprive you the sweet things in life. Even in pain we have the capacity to create happiness.

Remember the Joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8.10)

Good morning and have a happy day!

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Africa

African Myths 3


Myths are believes that are not true. In Africa there are so many of them. Let’s have a look at some.

In some parts of Africa, beating children with a broom is a curse. Flogging the girl-child with a broom may delay her marriage. 🤭

Do you know that breaking palm kernels anytime from 7PM breaks the head of a loved one? Don’t laugh much, it maybe true! 😮

When an infant’s tooth falls out, throw it up the rooftop. It won’t grow back if you fail to. I remember throwing many hapless tooth up the rooftop, my teeth did grow back though. 😬

I don’t wish for anyone to try this, but if you place some banana peels on railroads, it will derail a train. BTW banana peels are slimy, don’t you think that it can cause harm to any moving object? I’ve a strange feeling about this one. 🤔

This is for those who wish to see ghosts.🤪 I don’t wish to. Wash a dog’s face with water. Then use the same water to wash your face. Who knows such person may develop other canine abilities like barking. 😑

Now to be unserious, do you know anyone that stammers? Get them to drink from a metal gong. Their stammering will stop! Caveat emptor please. 😆

It is believed that if you insert a pin or needle in an ant hole a masquerade will appear. I don’t know what the masquerade will do to the summoner but please note that some ants don’t like to be disturbed and their sting can last for days. I’m a witness. 😒

I will write more on myths some other time. Have fun everyone! 🙃🙂🤗 Want a blog like this one? Then click this link.
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Celebrating Arts: Glennys Arias

As I mentioned sometime ago, I celebrate creativity, knowledge, arts and people. Today I will be taking a peek at Glennys Arias new book.

I’m privileged to be reading from the author herself! These are excerpts from The Creator’s Angel which is published in Amazon.com.

Chapter 6

We stare at each other in complete silence, “I’m aware of your plan, it’s very good and unpredictable, just as spontaneous as you are. It’s going to take a lot from you. Are you sure you want it to end that way?”…

Chapter 7

Our eyes met, his lips went closer to mine, if he kisses me, it will lead to destroying my plans, I stop him. “Fenox we have to go” I take the IV out my hands and I get up “you’re still hurt” he sighs, “I’ll be ok, we have to go to my fathers in Repdom”…

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Description:
One woman can make an impact that can change the world but it takes a group of people to make change. Love, Lust, Danger and suspense is what Ausra brings to the table. It feels like at times challenges and unhappiness follows Ausra’s life path, fights, actions, confusion and Fenox. Ausra loves Fenox more than anything in the world. Will Ausra get the love she desires or will she find a hidden surprise? Read along as the Creator observes.

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About the Author:

My name is Glennys Arias. I am a new writer. Writing has been my passion, of course saying it is easier than accomplishing it. I had a vision of making a book for years. The more I grew I was able to assemble this book with inspirational help from Felix Lloyd Jr. My goal right now as this is my first book from a 3 series book is to grow and take my writing skills to the next level. I do welcome constructive criticism. I am very happy to share my experience with the world and I hope all my stories get enjoyed.

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Africa education Lessons from Experiences

Thoughts on Teaching Math

Consider the first time you taught someone how to ride a bicycle or did any form of teaching. It wasn’t easy, was it? Teaching is a stressful job. Teaching math is much more stressful.

Math is in everything you do! Before trying to explain this, I make the students relax. Many students fear the subject, so some jokes may put them at ease. I discuss the roles math play in their daily lives; how proper calculations produce good cooking, timely and efficient decisions and even in choosing friends! These intros makes them more interested. I also talk about the real life application, drawing examples from solved problems. While Logic work for Legal Practitioners, Bearing, Longitudes and Latitudes work for Pilots and Sailors. Simple Interest and Annuities work for Accountants, Bankers and investors. Ones approach to teaching will either make the students interested in learning or put them off, completely.

Creativity, flexibility, patience, tolerance and kindness are qualities a teacher must have. A teacher should have some sense of humour too. BTW 1+1 is not 3. It’s between 1 and 4.

I must prepare for Monday. Take care everyone.

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Random Thought: Countryside Vs Cities

It’s Saturday evening in West Africa. I’m sitting outside peeling oranges. Apart from the dreamy breeze, this mouthful of oranges is the only comfort I’ve for being bored.

COUNTRYSIDE

My hometown is beautiful. There are breath taking hills masked in green matter. There are streams, ponds, rivulets and waterfalls, rocks and ancient caves. There are bamboo forests and great valleys and settlements surrounded by hills. Wild life is exotic, so are plants too. This place gives me unquantifiable joy and inspiration each time I visit. Here is to celebrate Isuikwuato, my home!

I belong to you, Ovim and your hills that stand before the sunrise,

With shades of green and gold, old as the ages you paint the land

I belong to the Native drums that play beyond the hills

Calling on great men and mighty warriors to dance

I belong to the green forest and all life that call it home;

The swift flowing streams, rushing upon fine pebbles

And the ponds that hide under the cool shed of trees and bushes

I belong… To the countryside, pure and unharmed by man’s greed

CITIES

I do not wish to discuss much about cities. Everybody knows that it’s a place full of people. Therefore noise, water and air pollution is common.

I think cities can be desirable to Nature lovers if every household own at least two trees. What if forests are embedded in city plans? BTW reforestation is a key ally in our fight against global warming and climate change.

That’s it for the day. Good night.

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Nature Pastoral Poetry Uncategorized

Drums of Nature

These are drums, of joy and fulfilment,
Listen, Heaven sings her melodious hit
Her clap of thunder startles me,
Yet the raindrops act as my lullaby

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With Elabh

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Lessons from Experiences Love and Christianity

Why it is important to have a plan in life with Piere Ingrams.

Piere Ingrams says replace bad habits with good ones.

From Ohio, USA, Piere takes us on why it is important to have a plan.

Good morning from Africa!

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Look beyond your past

In the morning I wrote a hasty poem titled “Looking Beyond”. I also tried to finish a large chapter of a book I was reading. This book (God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon) told stories of how great men and women once wallowed in shame, failure and defeat. It also narrated how their resilience, patience, hardwork and faith brought them their breakthrough.

Many factors contribute to a person’s failure. Unpreparedness, laziness, procrastination, faithlessness, not paying attention to details and more. But I am just concerned with what happens after each failure?

I do relate to failure. Most people do. In my case, I have lost count of the number of job/scholarship applications that was unsuccessful. I can recall writing admission tests four times before getting into the University. The year I got admitted, I was the first in the admission list! That same year, I was admitted in three different schools! So success came because I continued trying. Failure itself is a tonic for success.

People who constantly look back to the past find it hard to move on. Whatever happened in the past should remain there. Learn from past mistakes and try again. Just look beyond your past.

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Love and Christianity Uncategorized

Look beyond…

There’s a poem I like to write
That tells about a place
Greater than failures and mistakes
This place will accept me right
If I can let go of my inglorious past

There’s a song I like to write
Of a dream waiting to come
I will teach my heart these rhymes,
Hum the notes and lyrics each sunset
But I must let go of the past


*Note to follow later in the day.
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Love and Christianity Uncategorized

Self-Control

The secret of surviving tough times is your response to them – Dr Chris Kpakpovwe

The problems of life is not the problem itself. The problem is our reaction to the problem. We can allow problems to grind us to self pity or depression or it can become our stepping stone to progress/creative new thinking.

When you are in the middle of a trial, you don’t want emotions to dictate your actions, for the same reason a truck driver on the highway doesn’t want his cargo to dictate the ride. When that cargo starts shifting and sliding back and forth, the driver soon has a truck that is out of control: swerving back and forth, but the driver refuses to be controlled by the cargo- Tony Evans.

Refuse to get stuck in the negatives of life. Good morning from Africa.

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Africa culture/tradition Uncategorized

Visit Africa: Cotonou

Have you heard of Cotonou?

Cotonou is a large port city on the south coast of Benin, in West Africa. At the eastern end of central Boulevard St. Michel is the huge Dantokpa Market, which features religious items and spices alongside everyday objects. To the southwest, the 19th-century Cotonou Cathedral has a striking red-and-white striped facade. Nearby, in the Haie Vive district, the Fondation Zinsou museum shows contemporary African art.

The languages spoken differ, French leading as the Lingua Franca. Some English is spoken too and a host of other native languages (Yoruba, Bariba, Fon etc). There are several industries in the city. As a port, fishing is one of the most common businesses. Where there’s a coastline there’s a beach, right? Cotonou boasts of several pharmaceutical, textile, leather and cosmetic companies too.

People from different countries call Cotonuo home and it has a low crime rate. To me, Cotonuo is one of West Africa’s finest. It has the sophistication of a small modern town and the feel of the sea is just a look away! Cotonou is an African town with a French touch. Wouldn’t you like to explore Africa? Visit Cotonuo in Benin Republic.

†Wikipedia

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Love and Christianity Poetry

Muse: For you…

Light will be my sweet, loving words
With your faith I will stand my ground,
For when I look into your pretty grey eyes
I behold a warrior, your happiest desire!

You are my delicate flower bud
For you, I will sing and stand guard
Songs, poetry and lavender perfumes,
All my muse, my all to make your joy blossom
My happiness flow endlessly, like the swift running river
Let this happiness put smiles on your pretty face forever

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Africa Igbo culture

African Myths 2

I biala. That’s Igbo for ‘you are welcome.’ Tonight I will be updating my post on African myths. So sit tight and read some of Africa’s do’s and don’ts!

Have you heard that you shouldn’t call a 🐍 by name during night time? Well, we were told that if you do, a 🐍 will visit you. I guess this was a way to scare children from playing in the night. Should you want to talk about errr… snakes during night time, use ropes and strings as similes instead.

It is believed that when your eyes or palms are itchy, something good was on the way! Wouldn’t it be nice if itchy palms equate to good luck? Just saying.

This one really gets to me. Maybe you will even agree with me. If you hear your name and answer without seeing the caller, you just answered a ghost call! Honestly, some part of me still thinks that this is true.

There’s this constant reminder then, that if you walk over a pregnant woman’s leg, she will give birth to a child that looks like you. If you are pregnant, you shouldn’t let me walk over your leg, unless you want your child to have a big head!

Now hear this: if you swallow the †Udala seed, you will have yourself to blame for a great tree will sprout through your head! When I eat fruits, I mistakenly swallow their seeds, including this Udala. Nothing ever grew out of my head except my hair!

And here I shall draw the curtain for the day. Let’s do more next time. Good night.

Udala is a tropical fruit tree that grows in West Africa. I am not sure what it is called in English.

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Africa culture/tradition education folklore Igbo culture Pastoral Uncategorized

African Folktale: the Crows and the Cuckoo

It is evening here and I feel like telling you a story. Bring your mat, come sit with me outside, by the fireside and let us enjoy the night breeze.

Once upon a time there lived a set of Crows which plundered farms. Each day the farmers try to catch the Crows to no avail, for the Crows moved in droves. In this same town lived a timid Cuckoo. The Cuckoo became friends with a Crow who introduced him to his group. Now the Cuckoo ate the groups food but whenever they went to plunder he seldom followed.

One day, a traveller arrived the town and during his stay, observed the Crows and offered to help the town. He got a big white net and with the help of farmers tied it on several tall trees which surrounded many farms. It was a trap.

As the Crows planned the next attack, they convinced the Cuckoo to join them. Off they all flew. When they settled to eat, the hidden farmers dropped the nets and it came crashing down on the birds. None could escape!

As the farmers caught the Crows they saw a Cuckoo among them. ‘How come?’ They asked in surprise. But all the Cuckoo could do was cry and beg for mercy. The angry farmers won’t even listen. They destroyed the Crows with the Cuckoo.

Morals : It is wise to know who we call a friend. If a thief is your friend, you might be mistaken as one. So being cautious and careful of our company is important.

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culture/tradition Pastoral

Thoughts on Family

Sometimes things change but we begin and end with the family.

Family is everything. It’s the final bus stop for everyone. Think of the Prodigal son who returned to his Father when he lost everything.

Here are some notes on what to do to keep positive relationships with your family members.

Don’t let arguments or fights take away your happy moments. Sometimes I may be right and if others won’t see things the way I do. I let things be. Respect each other’s opinion.

It’s good to let go, to forgive. Humans err. No one is perfect. Apologizing and forgiving quickly when you offend someone will nip a growing grudge in the bud.

Be the humble one in the house. If you serve others you will see things from a milder perspective. Obey your elders. Rebellion pays no good tidings. Celebrate each other’s success. Be happy for any progress made in the family. Show your loyalty and concern. Support the family in any way you can.

Family time is precious. Evening family time is a great time to let steam off and share the days experience. A family that plays together, stays together. I learned more about life in my home than in school.

The relieve that comes with having a family time is unexplainable. Features of a happy family differs from one family to another. Permit me to include warm smiles, warm hugs and advices and warm soups in the basic feature!

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Poetry

Sharing the Love (with Franklin Onuoha for Charles Iroegbu)

Happy birthday big brother. I have joined with Franklin Onuoha to dedicate this to you. I give credit to Franklin for the Title. We wish you greatness, peace, happiness and love. We celebrate you.

Sharing The Love:

If I would chose three
Of people and things
To take with me on a journey
You will be the first brother
Then a book and camera
To record our moments, all of it

True friends is a taste of love
Sometimes salty, other times sweet
It is like the sea’s white waves
Not knowing what will wash ashore next

It is laughter
A smile, a brothers
It is Providences’ way,
Of selling us other versions of our naughty selves
If my life was good before our meeting
It is even better now with your friendship

–Oke Iroegbu (Oiroegbu)

–Frank Onuoha (Fonuoha)

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As he thinketh…

Know that whatever you will become is a function of your thoughts. We are what we think. With our thoughts we make our world. What you picture in your mind, your mind will accomplish for you.

Consider the image above. While the world saw a cat, the cat saw himself a Lion! We could be greater if we can guide/guard our thoughts.

Resist low thinking, self pity, self comparison and depression. Be positive. Equate thoughts of failure with success, miserliness with wealthiness, pain with joy, hopelessness with hope, strife with peace and hate with love. Be determined to control your thoughts.

Think big and achieve big!

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Africa Nature Pastoral

Dreaming of Summer

Summer is a dreamers tale, told in advance
In this dream; grasses are green and squirrels dance

Summer is the song of comfort in the hearts of many
It refreshes, renews and brings solace to the wary
Summer is the wild flower growing by the roadside
An adorable fragrance from shrubs, sweet and mild
Summer tell stories of the hare and the butterfly,
Of frogs on ponds and Sparrows nested high
Summer is a dream to many
A beautiful time to be happy

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Photo credit: Peneex George-Baton

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Lessons from Experiences Uncategorized

Positive Attitude to Life

Life is in minutes and seconds. There is no such thing as a bitter end, because an end is the beginning of something new. Learn from mistakes and keep moving. BTW only the living can make mistakes. So be thankful for life. Life is like a building that can be renovated and rebuilt from scratch.

Be contented why searching for more. A little that makes you happy is greater than many that makes you miserable. Show kindness and mercy to the weak, give to the needy, hold no grudge and forgive easily. Have faith in Jehovah, as your sustenance.

In the bolded, one can find true meaning to living.

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Africa culture/tradition education Nature

Excursion: Coke with Primates

An excursion it was to the Songhai Zoological Garden, Owerri, Nigeria.

The weather was mild and sunny. Our bus rode through the dusty hills leading to the garden. The dust followed the bus for miles. Now those hills stood ageless like a wallpaper surrounded by green forests. I can still picture it all.

On the entrance to the Zoological garden I heard the growls and cries of different animals. My excitement knew no bounds for I was a wildlife lover.

A ranger picked us from the truck as we alighted. After introductions he took us around the Farm. It took a while before we proceeded to the first cage at the Zoological garden. The first animal we saw was the spotted Hyena. I remember the sign showing his Zoological name as “Crocuta Crocuta”. And there it stood staring at us. I won’t be tutored much about this exotic creature- with red glowing eyes and those ferocious tattoo-like looks it could pass for a demon. We moved on to the next cage and there was some fine peacocks. Each trying to display her feather. The next cage held an African Python. The skin designed with black, red and white stripes. We walked around his cage, listening as the snake hissed. We saw wild pigs and Nile crocodiles. There was the African Civet, Giant Rats, West African Dwarf Crocodiles, all kinds of rodents, different bird species like the Crown Bird and Ostriches.

The sight that amazed me most was the different species of monkeys that the garden kept; Baboons, Chimps, Rhesus and other smaller monkeys. It was a place to be and I really enjoyed the coke.

There are many farms, Zoological/Botanical gardens, parks and resorts in West Africa. If you will be visiting West Africa, don’t forget to check one out.

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Africa culture/tradition education

Leadership: Is Education really worth it?

I debated myself on the relevance of education in Africa.

So I am going to weigh my thoughts on a pendulum. Say the pendulum swung to yes, then I wonder why we have educated Africans who make little or no effort in enhancing the social and economic well-being of the continent. I wonder why people with academic zeal are not supported or encouraged to be their best selves and I wonder when top political leadership in Africa will be a function of the educated class.

It’s unfortunate that this continent with abundant human and material resources, arable land and sunshine offer very little in terms of economic, infrastructural, social and human index development. Currently, African countries record as some of the World’s poorest countries with high infant mortality rate, high unemployment and inflation rates, civil unrest and more. While Africa is endowed her leaders can’t manage her endowment efficiently.

Graduates leave school with high hopes (one may have struggled to graduate through economic hardships). Then comes the government(s) with no visible plan(s) to assimilate these graduates into the workforce. So is education really relevant for the African youth?

When the desirable is not available the available becomes desirable. Most of Africa’s graduates seek ready jobs. Few wish to start up businesses or entrepreneurial ventures. Even these few may be constrained by factors such as unavailability of start-up capital. In search for jobs graduates even lose the reason why they attended school in the first place. Can you imagine a Law or Finance graduate teaching Government or Mathematics in classrooms? Also as unemployment persists, graduates resort to many vices to make ends meet. Crime rates (internet scams, kidnapping, robbery, drug dealing etc) are on the high. Unemployment contributed to this.

When I made mention of political leadership, I intended to draw attention to this: while economic and social leadership are in the hands of the educated, political leadership still remain in the hands of the less educated. It is from these hands that signatures and affairs concerning the welfare of the state emanate. A blind man can’t lead a blind man.

Sometimes I think education is not doing much for the African youth. To get things working fine, we have to start from our political leadership. Every leader who won’t make education a priority, should not be allowed to lead.

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Africa education

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships 2020

Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to undertake full-time taught Master’s study at a UK university.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK. These scholarships are offered under six themes:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

Information on other scholarships offered by the CSC

Eligibility
Terms and conditions
Selection process
How to apply
Choosing a university/course
Enquiries

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2020
  • By September 2020, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree (2:2) and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree). The CSC would not normally fund a second UK Master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK Master’s degree, you will need to provide justification as to why you wish to undertake this study
  • Be unable to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.

Eligible Commonwealth countries

Antigua and Barbuda
Bangladesh
Belize
Botswana
Cameroon
Dominica
Eswatini
Fiji
The Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
India
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Mauritius
Montserrat
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
St Helena
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Tanzania
Tonga
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

Terms and conditions

For full terms and conditions – including further details of the scholarship themes, tenure and placement, value of the scholarship, and general conditions – see the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships 2020 terms and conditions

You should apply to study at a UK university which has a part funding agreement with the CSC. View a full list of UK universities with part funding agreements

Selection process

Each year, the CSC invites selected nominating bodies to submit a specific number of nominations. The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 18 December 2019

The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to be awarded a scholarship. There are no quotas for scholarships for any individual country. Candidates nominated by national nominating agencies are in competition with those nominated by other nominating bodies, and the same standards will be applied to applications made through either channel.

Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:

  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the plan of study
  • Potential impact on the development of the candidate’s home country

For further details, see the Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships 2020 selection criteria

How to apply

You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these scholarships:

All applications must be made through one of these nominating bodies. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process and may have additional eligibility criteria. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, their own eligibility criteria, and their own closing date for applications.

You must make your application using the CSC’s online application system, in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your nominating body. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the online application system.

All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 30 October 2019 at the latest.

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

Your application must include the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (GMT) on 20 November 2019 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status – uploaded to the online application system
  • Full transcripts detailing all your higher education qualifications including to-date transcripts for any qualifications you are currently studying (with certified translations if not in English) – uploaded to the online application system
  • References from at least two individuals – submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees are able to complete the references by the deadline and that they receive the reference requests.

    The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted by nominating agencies or outside the online application system.

    You can view the application form document before you start your online application form.

    You can access the online application system now.

    Please note that the CSC does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships through its online application system, and it does not charge organisations to nominate candidates.

    Choosing a university/course

    You may find the following resources useful when researching your choices of institution and course of study in the UK:

    • Study UK – British Council website, with guidance for international students and a course and institution search
    • Steps to Postgraduate Study – a guide to asking the right questions about taught postgraduate study in the UK
    • Postgrad.com – information for postgraduate students, with a course search
    • Prospects – information on postgraduate study in the UK
    • Research Excellent Framework 2014 results – results of a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions
    • UCAS Postgraduate – guidance on how to find and apply for a postgraduate course
    • Unistats – the official website for comparing UK higher education course data
    • UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) – advice for international students on choosing a course of study

    The CSC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

    Categories
    culture/tradition Nature

    Let’s Tour the Alkebulan by Abdurrazaq Mubaraq Adebayor

    Come walk with me to African blessed abode,
    To see the wondrous beauty the Earth has bestowed;
    We’ll bask in the surreal splendor that surrounds us,
    And listen to nature composing the streets hustle and bustle,
    As car honks and random disc jokey tootles across the street,
    Sending our minds wandering into a poet’s lovely dreams.

    We’ll walk where moonlight sets the streets aglow,
    Weaving twinkle stars to dapple golden light on all below;
    Where trees shade us from summer heat and harsh rays,
    Freeing our minds so we can see Mother Nature’s ways.

    Let us stroll in spring’s forest where we will reap,
    The joy of Earth awakening its children from sleep,
    And hear life’s chorus and watch its offspring grow,
    As waking trees renew their canopy over all below;
    Come share with me the African spirit at rebirth,
    So we too are reborn within this temple of Earth.

    Every now and then let us answer the African call,
    If we listen with our hearts as we walk among bourgeoisie,
    To come see life’s beauty and the miracle of it all;
    We may understand the message carried on a breeze.

    These are all entailed in the land of the blacks,
    Black on the outside but pearl within,
    Leaving a life with little or no slack,
    Where different tribes and culture all live akin.

    ©Abdurrazaq Mubaraq Adebayor.
    09-09-19.

    Trust me, I just learnt that Africa was formerly called Alkebulan. Thanks to this amazing, young poet.

    Categories
    Africa culture/tradition folklore Pastoral

    Muse: Lullaby

    What is the sound of lullaby to you?
    Is it the touch of raindrops on rooftops
    Or the mild, soothing voice of love?
    Will it be a swift palm upon a light drum
    Or the Sparrow singing her heart away?
    To me, lullaby is a touch to the soul
    What the body is too heavy to feel!

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    education Uncategorized

    Making most of Love 1

    Singles and doubles, you can recall how it felt, loving someone especially when it was reciprocated. I always wanted to share a thought on creating happiness for loved ones. Here it goes.

    Your spouse should be the first point of joy and happiness. Celebrate each day you spend with him/her. Always tell them how happy you are to have them, how you miss them (when you are not together) and how you love them. One man puts it this way, “don’t be too busy to enjoy the people God put in your life“. Food with no spice has no taste, same with Life with no Love.

    So how do we make most of our time in love?

    Truth is, no one can really offer a true guide. There’s no class, therapy or style that can completely teach us how to love. We’re naturally created to love. Our instincts is our first love compass. For what may work for Kim may not work for Kin and if you try braiding my hair while we chat, I may fall both in love and asleep. But I’ll share my idea.

    I’ve tried this with close friends and it worked. Try wooing him/her all over in some other language (and it is not necessary that you speak the language. Google speaks many languages! Ahurum gi nanya, what? What I meant to say is I love you so much that I can’t even express myself in English!) Pay attention. Love should be dynamic, evolving with times. Many people react favorably to surprises. So try sending love notes in other languages. Who knows, it may spice up your love life.

    You know Hakuna Matata, right? It means don’t worry. Relax sometimes, don’t always take life seriously. Even great things we take seriously maybe nothing on a closer look. Expel some steam and be a child. Yes play. Play with your loved ones, till you can laugh no more. BTW playing is not meant for kids alone.

    Hopefully, I’ll drop some African love lines in subsequent posts.

    It’s Sunday morning and I’ll be off to prepare for church. Have a lovely Sunday! See you all later.

    Categories
    Africa Nature Pastoral

    A Shepherd’s Song

    Evening airs are comfort to a tired soul,
    Which all morning was submerged in wool,
    Cuddled by cute lamb, fresh and beautiful.
    Up in the skies, glittering stars play their role
    Stories of the giraffe and the moon they tell,
    How the giraffe ate the sickly moon half!
    As the Shepherd lay down on the green turf
    Calm airs bring to him the stories he told himself;
    The stone man, wild goose and the short red Elf
    But the Shepherd’s favorite is the tale of the mad Dwarf,
    Who traveled all day to find his lost gold
    Through snow he went, across rivers, forests and wastelands!
    And when upon a quiet city he came, he settled and searched
    Counting three and two before one, putting the cart before the horse
    He was doomed to find nothing of such, so he took to daydreaming
    Poor Dwarf! What was lost, was lost… His gold plates, spoons and ring!
    But he did find something, love! ah love made the story interesting
    Now before the Shepherd retired to bed, he heard a Nightingale sing
    So he listened and allowed his heart beat dance, joyfully with the rhythm
    Surely, the Night airs has a way of playing on his weary fancy

    Categories
    Poetry

    Dear South Africa

    Righteousness exalts a nation.

    Categories
    Africa culture/tradition education Lessons from Experiences

    Celebrating Talent: Damilola Ajayi

    I thought about celebrating good and talented people. Here we go, the first person in the series!

    Permit me to introduce this pretty, humble, enterprising young lady. She is Damilola Ajayi, from Ekiti state in Nigeria.

    When I first met Dami in 2017, I wasn’t so sure of what to expect from her. As I was appointed the Principal Corps member, I coordinated and supervised the activities of other Corps members sent to work in Government Secondary School, Tudun Amba, Lafia in Nassarawa State. The programme is the National Youth Service (NYSC), initiated by the Federal Government of Nigeria for young graduates. That was how my contact with Dami began.

    As new corps arrived, I was saddled with the responsibility of receiving and making them settle down. I particularly noticed that Dami appeared confused and lost (the same way I felt when I first arrived Workers Village, Tudun Amba. But hers was something else). I tried to convince her to stay, not knowing she had plans to redeploy to another state! Well, I gave her reasons not to and she decided to try the place! She actually finished her youth service in Lafia!

    Long story cut short. I came to learn that she is multi talented. She is Godly, a motivational speaker, a singer and a fashion designer. She strives to make people happy (customers inclusive). This is to you Dami! oiroegbu.com celebrates you! Keep up the good work.

    FYI, she designed all these dresses you see.

    So if you need the services of a professional African seamstress, reach out to Dami. She is based in Lagos, Nigeria. I trust that she will give you the best.

    Follow her to see more of her work:

    Twitter: @havillahseams

    Instagram: @havillahseams

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/havillahseams

    Categories
    education Lessons from Experiences Series

    Why I decided to let go

    The title should have read “why it is necessary to let go“. I decided to use the title above because I’ve been betrayed, played and taken for granted by people I trusted and gave full loyalty to. So I’m a practical example and if you can relate, tag along.

    Unfortunately, some people are good in playing with others’ feelings. They see nothing wrong with the way they treat others, so they don’t even know if they are hurting people or not.

    I know there’s no perfection and we don’t always meet people’s expectations. But judging others too quickly, even before getting to know them will make you lose the vitality they might have given. Personally, I don’t judge people. I just feel that giving myself out to people may cause me hurt. This made it hard for me to trust even good people. But, I’m in process of change. Recently, I started spending more time with people, making new friends. I’ve met nice and wonderful people. My past hurts and betrayals slowly go away. Remember keeping people out of sympathy will continue to breed pain. So let go of anything or anyone that steals your joy or peace of mind.

    If you love with no conditions, that’s beautiful and nice. You have a big heart. Don’t change it for the world. Don’t keep yourself away from loving. You can never know what waits for you in the next smile or hug you give. But you have to let go of the past and live in the present.

    Categories
    Love and Christianity Poetry

    Poetry of Faith

    Mine is a poem from the heart,
    A voice in the desert
    Calling
    Listen to the truth
    Have some faith!

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    Uncategorized

    Persevere

    The fisher who draws in his net too soon
    Won’t have any fish to sell
    The child who shuts up his book too soon
    Won’t learn any lessons well
    If you would have your learning stay
    Be patient – don’t learn too fast
    The man who travels a mile each day
    May get round the world at last

    ***

    Take a look at the rhymes from McGuffey’s Reader, what lessons do you draw from this? Be patient, endure and persevere. Good things come to those who wait.

    Categories
    Africa culture/tradition education Igbo culture Series Uncategorized

    Why you should visit Africa 2

    Do you find happiness and healing in natural things? Do you get inspiration from your natural environment? Do you like hanging out with the wild and getting blessed with views of a beautiful land? Maybe you love to watch the young deer gallivant through the Veldt. Then a visit to Africa will do.

    I, for instance find inspiration for my writing when I travel to the countryside. The tranquility, people, scenario and diversity is enough inspiration and will surely thrill you! There’s always something to write about in Africa.

    If you go for Safari, take a camera with you. Take many images or videos as you can. Because whatever you see is not something seen on a regular day! Feel free, enjoy the woods and wild. But do not venture away from your company. Wild animals may be on the prowl.

    The most famous African Safari locations is in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Southern African countries. Infact the East of Africa has many game reserves, parks and zoological gardens. Masai Mara in Kenya is popular and hosts many visitors each year. There’s some nature parks in West Africa. The Yankari Game reserve is situated in Nigeria.

    If you go to South Africa, you can even ride Ostriches and play with Cheetahs! Several countries have these wildlife protected and can sanction anyone who poach or steal from the Nature reserves. So remember not to take anything away, without permission.

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    There’s many animal species here. Some are native to Africa, that is you can’t see them elsewhere! Watch out for Lion prides, for towers of Giraffes, entourage of Elephants, Monkeys and more. You might stay through the night. What you see is what is shown in NatGeoWild, just that this will be the live version!

    Africa is surely, a land of diversity. There’s so much to do. So try to have fun when you visit Africa. Trust me, Africa is an amazing place and you won’t regret coming.