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I thank the Almighty God for His Grace upon my life.
Happy birthday to me!
I praise Your Holy name Father.
Please join me in praising the Almighty Father for His faithfulness and protection.
Happy 40th birthday to a dear brother and friend, ‘Jide Adeyemi,
Many happy returns.
God will continue to bless you with good health and prosperity in Jesus name.
Enjoy your day bro
I thank God for this day. Today is a great day to celebrate people who are celebrating their birthday today.
Firstly, I will like to thank God on behalf of my immediate elder sister, Adekemi Risikat for the His mercy and grace upon her live. She has been supportive and has been play roles my later mother would have played. I pray the almighty God will lay His hands upon you and grant you the good things of life. It’s a New Year for you; New Year of grace, fruitfulness, happiness and all the good things of life.
Happy birthday to my brother from another mother, Fatoyinbo Akinola.
Anunsaite Akin has been a supportive friend and brother since we met in the course of our activities in All Nigeria United Nations Students and Youth Association (ANUNSA). He supported me during the preparation towards my wedding and during the wedding. His family is always ready and goes beyond to make me comfortable whenever I’m in Ibadan. As you celebrate today, I wish you long life and prosperity. The Almighty God will bless you beyond your imagination in this New Year. He will lay His Mighty Hands upon you and give you total happiness for the rest days of your life. I celebrate you my dear brother. It’s a new season in Jesus name. Read more
I have been spending some days and nights in Borno and visited a number of places. Today I visited a couple of #IDP camps in and around Maiduguri.
It is a shame that thousands of Children are in a hopeless situation. The conditions in the camps can be better than it is.
The brave men and women who volunteer in the camps are working tirelessly but feel frustrated. I particularly feel ashamed that we are still letting vulnerable Nigerians down.
Whatever you can do as an individual please take time off to visit Borno. Let us defy the insurgents. The people here are friendly, determined and resilient. For every stranger they see, they see hope. I am happy I am spending my holiday here and my hard earned money in Borno State.
Every naira I spend here will contribute to the economy of a neglected people. We are Nigerians. We need to do more for our people.
The Buhari government should send honest; transparent and fair people to take stock and give genuine feedback to eliminate corruption. If we don’t take care of those traumatised children, enclosed in camps some as large as over 19 thousand displaced persons. If we turn our back on them, they will come to hunt us tomorrow.
What can be done? Volunteer with NEMA, Red Cross, Doctors Without Border or any other agencies. Put pressure on the Buhari government and Borno government to do more. Visit Borno if you can, we now have daily flights into #Maiduguri airport. Let us help our own. I am enjoying my stay here and tapping into the strength of the people of Borno who say for all Boko Haram bombs they won’t abandon their homeland.
Happy birthday to Me! I wish myself many more years of joy, love, laughter, good health and prosperity
It has been God grace to be alive today and I cherish every moment. I praise Your Holy name Father.
Thanks to my father and mother (blessed memory), my brother and sisters, my wife and children, friends and well-wishers for your support and prayers. I appreciate you all.
To all the readers of this blog, I thank you all for the words of encouragement and prayers.
I’M A LIVING TESTIMONY
Today, mark another day of my birth.
I thank the almighty God for His mercy and grace upon my life.
My sincere appreciation also goes to my family, wife and children, friends and well-wishers for their support & prayers over the years.
To all the readers of this blog, I thank you all for the words of encouragement and prayers.
The good Lord bless you all.
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THE WEALTH AND POVERTY OF A NATION: WHO WILL RESTORE THE DIGNITY OF NIGERIA? BY OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI @obyezeks
UNN CONVOCATION LECTURE DELIVERED BY OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI ON Thursday, January 24, 2013
I am hugely delighted to return to my alma mater the great and only University of Nigeria to speak at your 42nd convocation. Twenty eight years ago I sat just like you those of you who are part of the graduating Class of 2013; excited by my graduation. It was 1985 and I was very privileged to be one of the then only 3% of our own youthful population that had the opportunity of a university education. Today, you are still fortunate to be one of the yet paltry 4.3% of your own youthful generation with an opportunity for university education. For Nigeria that percentage does not compare favorably with 37.5% for Chile 33.7% for Singapore 28.2% for Malaysia, 16.5% for Brazil and 14.6%. Our lag in tertiary education enrollment is quite revealing and could be interpreted as the basis of the competitiveness gap between the same set of countries and Nigeria. The reason is that “…. tertiary enrollment rate which is the percentage of total enrollment, regardless of age, in post-secondary institutions to the population of people within five years of the age at which students normally graduate high school…….plays an essential role in society, creating new knowledge, transferring knowledge to students and fostering innovation”. The countries with the most highly educated citizens are also some of the wealthiest in the world in a study by the OECD published by the Wall Street Journal last year. The United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Finland, Norway, Israel, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia and also have among the largest GDPs. Norway and Australia, also featured, have the second and sixth-highest GDPs per capita, respectively. All these countries aggressively invest in education.
The same cannot be said of Nigeria. The crawling progress in tertiary education enrollment since my graduation more than two and a half decades ago is therefore one key reason previous peer nations left us behind at the lower rungs of global economic rankings. Economic growth rate and ultimate development of nations are determined by a number of factors that range from sound policies, effective and efficient public and private investments and strong institutions. Economic evidence throughout numerous researches proves that one key variable that determines how fast nations outgrowothers is the speed of accumulation of human capital especially through science and technology education. No wonder these same countries like South Korea of fifty million people has a GDP of$1.12trillion, Brazil of one hundred and ninety six million has $2.48 trillion; Malaysia of twenty eight million people has $278.6Billion; Chile of seventeen million people has $248.59Billion; Singapore of five million people has $318.7 Billion. Meanwhile with our population of 165 million people we make boasts with a GDP of$235.92 Billion- completely way off the mark that we could have produced if we made a better set of development choices.
More dramatic is that this wide gap between these nations and Nigeria was not always the case as some relevant data at the time of our independence reveal. In 1960the GDP of all these countries were not starkly different from that of Nigeria- two were below $200, two were a little above $300 and one was slightly above $500 while that of Nigeria was just about $100. For citizens, these differentials are not mere economic data. Meanwhile by 2011, the range for all five is between Singapore at nearly $50,000, South Korea at $22,000, Malaysia at $10,000, Brazil at $13,000 and Chile at $14,000. Our own paltry $1500income per capita helps drive home the point that we have been left behind many times over by every one of these other countries. How did these nations steer and stir their people to achievesuch outstanding economic performance over the last five decades? There is hardly a basis for comparing the larger population of our citizens clustered within the poverty bracket with the majority citizens of Singapore fortunate to have upper middle income standard of living. Read more
Emotional Intelligence for children 7-16yrs: (6 Saturdays- Oct. 6 – Nov 10, 2012
Dr. Enoch Adejare Adeboye
Redeemed Christian Church of God,
Kilometre 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,
As you attain the highly symbolic landmark age of three-score-and-ten on Friday, March 2nd 2012, it is with profound joy that I write on behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, to express very warm felicitations to you.
You have lived a truly inspirational and inspiring life of dedicated service in the vineyard of the Lord. Rising above the limitations of a background of deprivation to thrive in academics before going into full time ministry, the phenomenal growth of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, of which you are the General Overseer, clearly testifies to God’s hand upon your life and your productive leadership qualities.
In these critical times in Nigeria’s developmental history, we need, more than ever before, to seek the face of the Lord. Your readiness at all times to offer spiritual and prayerful support to the nation’s leadership at all levels deserves special commendation.
As your celebrate this historic day with your nuclear family, your numerous children-in the-Lord, friends and well-wishers, I would like to paraphrase Apostle Paul in his second letter to Timothy by praying that Almighty God continues to empower you to successfully fight the good fight, fruitfully run the course, and continue to keep the faith, until that day when you shall receive the crown of righteousness laid up for you.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
By Blessing Agbaje
Ps 136:1 “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.”
Ps136:23-26 “Who remembered us in our low estate: for His mercy endureth forever. And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for His mercy endureth forever. Who giveth food to all flesh: for His mercy endureth forever. O give thanks unto the God of Heaven: for His mercy endureth forever”.
As the year 2011 gradually comes to an end, I remember that song: “Count your blessings, name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done”.
Are you thinking “I asked God for a better job, I didn’t get it” or “I asked God for promotion, He didn’t answer”, or are your thoughts “I asked God for a life partner, none came my way”, “I needed a car and He didn’t bless me with one”.
Do you feel God hasn’t done much for you this year and there’s not much to be grateful for? I implore you to think deeply and meditate on other areas in which you enjoyed God’s benevolence in this out-going year. Would you pause to consider that many people both young and old died from various causes like accidents, diseases, natural disasters, stray bullets, explosions and exhaustion from which God delivered you!!! Also, many are on the hospital bed struggling for breath and life, many have been rendered homeless, many are hopeless. Do you still need to be coerced to give Him thanks?
For the gift of the Holy Spirit give Him thanks, for the fact that your hope in Christ is real and it is far beyond this realm or planet, you should give Him thanks. More than all these, your name is engraved on His palm and He can NEVER forget you!
Have a prosperous A.D 2012 and as long as you have His breath in you, cultivate the attitude of thanking Him Always!
What I am writing should actually be the Preface of a book i will be writing in the nearest future, but i think it’s okay to share my thoughts on the topic “This Fuji Thing” on this platform.
Speaking for my generation, i.e. those of us born between 1972 and 1982, Fuji music was for miscreants. It was not the kind of music you will wish to practise when you grow up if you will ever be permitted by your parents to go into music except you were born and brought up in the heart of the very ghetto of Mushin.
For those of us who were not baptised by immersion into this “unsophisticated” genre of music, we only heard Fuji music on the streets or sometimes on radio and television. In my case, my father had hundreds of records of several genres of music and Fuji music formed a negligible percentage of the lot. Fuji music was mostly played during Salah festivals and anytime we went to the village for end-of-the-year celebrations. Those days, Juju music which was another big local genre was a lot more accepted among the elite than Fuji music which had its patronage relegated to the ghettos.
Slowly but steadily, all that was soon to change.
Commercial bus drivers and conductors, who were usually Mushin “citizens” either by birth or by the stigmatization they got by virtue of their trade, became the biggest promoters of Fuji music as they blared their best fuji music compilations into the streets and into the ears of their passengers during their daily “runs” through various cities. They formed the contact between the lower middle class citizens and the ghetto. Fuji music itself could not be neglected because of its heavily percussive and rhythmic nature. Fuji music thrived on rhythm which is the basic language of black music. Read more
Being Text of a Speech Given at the Pre-Inauguration Youth Lunch with President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday, 24 May, 2011.
I was a bit worried when I was asked yesterday to speak about youth corps members and corruption at the same time. Beyond the ‘C’ in both words, how does one link both? But then it hit me. You see, sir, the issues are simple: the National Youth Service Corps, like many Nigerian institutions that are ailing, needs urgent reform. It is the reason The Future Project, in conjunction with EnoughisEnough Nigeria, Sleeves Up, AIESEC and the National Youth Council, has activated the youth-led #ProtectTheCorpers campaign, which is urgently demanding this reform.
But beyond that, the question is: why hasn’t this change come – even after so many years and so many lives lost? Why is it so difficult to restructure a scheme that has been ridden by neglect of its young people, lack of basic amenities from uniforms to water in camp, a complete inability to provide these young people with genuine learning opportunities and a total collapse of the original intent of this programme to forge unity? Sir, it is corruption. People who benefit from this corrupt, inept system will fight tooth and nail, rain and shine to ensure that they continue to plunder the commonwealth. They cannot want change, they do not want change, and they never will. And now sir, these corrupt people are part of this government… your government, and therefore your responsibility.
Therefore, the times call for you, dear sir, to make a sharp break from the past and impress us – and we are not easy to impress – with the sheer strength of character to fundamentally restructure our state of affairs. Good intentions are great, a positive disposition is desirable, and your personal credibility is not in doubt, but those cannot dislodge such a fundamentally flawed system.
Sir, you have a prime opportunity to be a hero and change this system – for good – in a way your predecessors have sadly been incapable of.
We will be watching sir. But we won’t just watch, we will demand it, and we will work to make sure that we get it. We will hold you to every one of your promises.
God keep you sir, and God bless Nigeria.
by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6: 20).
READ: Luke 22 :31-33
God is the greatest playwright. Unlike human playwrights, His scripts are so all-embracing that one way or another, every human being finds himself or herself fitting into one of the roles or characters. However, one interesting thing about this drama is that God can make changes right on stage. He can change the actor, scene or plot at will. For instance, Psalm 41 :9 prophesied that a bosom friend of the Lord would betray Him. When the time came for that drama to be enacted, and Satan determined to use Peter as the betrayer, the Lord simply referred the matter to the Playwright and it was changed. In any way you were supposed to act a negative part in God’s drama, the Lord will reverse that role in your favour in Jesus name.
“Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed” (1 Sam. 2 :30). In this particular drama, God had assigned Eli and his family to play the role of priests throughout their generations but something went wrong and God changed His mind. Every promise of God has its accompanying conditions. It is foolhardy to violate them and still expect God to fulfil the original promise. Have you lived contrary to God’s command or expectations? Don’t assume you are retained to play your former lead role; it may have changed. Go back to God to find out if you are still relevant. Eli, his sons and their generations once earned a good destiny due to Eli’s past record of faithful service. But lost that glorious destiny and was not given another one. You can either earn or lose a destiny through your deeds. The greatest destiny anyone can have is to fit like a jigsaw puzzle into the Maker’s plan for his or her life. Today, like Eli many have lost their destinies. Have you lost your destiny? Are you retained to play the original role God assigned to you? Go to God and find out. If you have lost it, seek God in repentance, prayer and fasting.
ACTION POINT: To maintain your original role in God’s big play, cooperate with Him completely.