The world’s face and politics continuously changes by and by. Elections, topplings and the likes causes these more events and happenings that makes up the intrigues that makes time tick.
Trump is now a United States president with executive orders to change the face of the world. Campaign promises that were not taken seriously are not seriously been executed as soon as the administration comes on. Families are affected. Destinies may be restructured or truncated. Some have newer opportunities to improve lives. One man’s loss is another’s gain. The globalization agenda will suffer a backlash but will recover and be redesigned. I’m disappointed I no longer subscribe to the good news magazine of the United church of God. I’m certain they’ll be Trump supporters, analyzing how God’s Kingdom will come to earth because a divorcee sees the gay in bad light. The most influential country on earth has an unstable or seemingly unstable person for its most influential decisions. Pathetic or daring, time will tell.
Nigeria’s president is awol. He is also rumored dead. He’d not talk as he didn’t went he was reported bedridden during his election campaign. As then, we would only see pictures. The picture as it happened two years ago are again being disputed. Many wish him truly dead. I hope I’m not one of those. His reign has unleashed economic hardship in the land that has resulted in a recession yet the government sees no emergency. Prices have passed the rate of skyrockets. Salaries are not being paid. Job loss is commonplace. Terrible rhetoric are coming from the state house. The president’s only striving in fighting corruption has brought no conviction but only impunity from government. It is like government is fighting financial corruption with political and authority corruption. That authority helped change rulers in Gambia.
The world is changing. What’s the new form? That question time will answer.
creepy? Right! Yes, it’s so creepy that a man of timbre and calibre would succumb to a debasing state of reasoning and stoop low to his animalistic tendencies to rape.
What defines a man? His exposure? His education? His religious understanding? His moral standing? His reputation? But his character.
Character is the sum total of all a man has thought of, learnt, known and is passing through.
I just don’t understand it. I deserve it if it were served out to me. The slaps. The beatings. The punishments – stood down, kneel down or crawl around. I’m so deserving of the abuses, even curses that may have resulted. For Christ’s sake, I lost money.
Precious money. That was mama’s last card. She was hoping to check up the week with it but I misplaced it. Misplaced isn’t really the word. She had sent me on an errand with it. I got to the store, opened up my tight fist to stare at a empty palm.
That kinda thing can be seriously painful. You’d wonder what you were doing or thinking to make the money flew away. The memoir never fades away. Ten years later, your mind comes searching and worried again. It treks the path you had taken the day the money missed to scan everywhere for what will always be missing.
The solace? Mama’s smile. You came home with tears that could fill a bottle. You were all sober and dizzy tired. It isn’t really you. It’s me. She had rehearsed the slaps and beatings. How much she’d shout at you! You’ve wondered if any overzealous neighbour won’t offer to help in the beating spree. The future had foretold in my mind – wrongly.
She definitely was angry but she wasn’t pissed. The frown melted away suddenly replaced by a smile. “Olorire omo” she said. And that was it.
A year is twelve months. A year is fifty two weeks. On and on, you could define the year. It may be an interval between a visit and the next. It could be time lapse between two Christmases. The period between two slaughtering of some helpless animal. The year tickles away by events. So does life.
Fill the year with glorious things. Do that which you can take makes out the time in the year.
- Remind yourself what year it is. It is typical to forget. Say to yourself self, it is 2016. You should not forget that. Some things are possible in 2016 that may not be any other year. That’s why you should remind yourself it’s 2016.
- What’s special about the year? Something is definitely special about every day. It is the oldest you have ever been, the youngest you’d ever been. That’s something to be excited about. That’s something to be sober for. What’s it about the year that makes it differently different? Is it a once in a lifetime event that is to happen or a life changing move that must be made?
- What’s the best way to maximize? That special thing about the year can change your life every year. How can you ensure that?
That’s when you want to brush your teeth. You’ve pick up the brush. Put the paste on it. You go to get water from anywhere it is meant to be then got carried away with something else. Soon, you get back to teeth brushing but Alas, you can’t remember where you left the toothbrush.
Painful is when you take a bike and had bargain and argued with the rider over price for sometime, you even took time to abuse him, before climbing the two legged machine then you remember you’ve forgotten your wallet at home.
It is when you walk up to a nice pretty lady you’ve eyed for months. You couldn’t surmount courage to walk up to her because of your dress sense. Today you’re perfectly dressed-even a mammy water cannot reject you. You’ve stated blowing the right grammar when you see her staring at your unzipped trousers. Too bad, your silly mouth then goes through an unredeemable loop of stammering.
That’s when you draw every attention to yourself and you’re beginning to felt important because you’re the one with the needed information then your mind goes blank. You’re trying to recover and remind yourself what you had in mind to say then that mind pretends to be an empty slate.
Painful is when you’ve done the hardwork and the pride from it seems enough reward for the stress of whole process then you threw it all away. Maybe by a little reset button or a small push even an insignificant kick. Then it is worse than ‘begin again’.
I did not pray to be born. Don’t mind my statement yet. It was the great Archbishop Benson Idahosa that was said to have said, “if there are men to pray, there’s a God to answer.” some dear brothers, Church brothers, have even attributed it to the Bible and God. Another quotable Saint is said to have said, “God will not do a thing except in answer to prayers.” I think all these buttress the great importance a Christian should attend to prayer and praying moments.
Prayers is important but too much emphasis on prayer is as bad as prayer is important. Why is prayer important? I’d recommend prayer even to an atheist. It helps the mind keep record of its desires. You may not know what you want except you verbalize it. Prayer helps you do that. When the desire becomes a burden, you’re worried if it’ll ever be fulfilled, prayer is an escape. You can put on the Supreme being who should be more capable that you. He’s said to be all capable.
Yet like an atheist will say, prayer will not achieve shit. Prayer isn’t suppose to be an end in itself. It is a means to an end. Prayers should achieve results. Not all prayers do that’s why there are books, manuals, audios on how to achieve answered prayers. There are even insinuation that there are some who are prayer specialists. It’s like they pray same stuff you’ve always done severally once and get results that has always eluded you. Incidence or coincidence, it happens. Still no one has all its desires meet. I hope I’m at liberty to say not even God.
How many things are happening in our lives that we did not pray or wish? If we put a percentage to it, will it be in the upper half or lower. Mine is definitely in the lowest. I’m even praying it is in the upper. How many stuff happening in our lives and around can we say, “I did not pray for this.”
Now prayer is the reason a lot of us question God’s benevolence. We think answered prayers is the proof of His goodness. Yet we receive goodness we don’t pray for and count them as normal events of life. What we do not pray are numerous that happen to us. What we pray and do not happen may be many. We should be grateful for them all or work out desires to fruition.
Before the advent of European football teams in the heart of Nigerians, the local clubs had the idols. Stationery stores, they’ll stream over the radio. Abiola babes, First bank, Rangers, Wiki Tourists, Bendel insurance :those were clubs that held sway and had stadiums filled up.
Not today, it is Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern. Arsenal, Real Madrid and so on. It also was ac Milan, inter, deportivo and other but the waves changed for some of them and others override their place of pride. Their league remained competitive. The most competitive teams may change but the league remains competitive and more importantly marketable.
Come to our Nigerian league, it changes name, format, pattern and league operators as politics allow. The league isn’t concerned the golden goose, the national team is. That national team is mostly made up of the foreign based players. So every good player wants to go aboard. Great players don’t play for the Nigerian league at all.
Shooting stars is ibadan favourite soccer team. It has seen better days. Times the clubside were continental championship contenders. When fans are sent home an hour before match start because there are no more seats. Then some dogged fans buy tickets ahead of matches. Those were glorious days.
Where is shooting now? Still playing in Ibadan. It depends solely on government funding. It plays to more empty seats than occupied ones. It has gone relegated a number of times. It even still swims in relegation waters. Needless to say, it is not competing for the top position in the country so we are not thinking continental. Yet shooting is great so other clubs that were so popular are now dinosaur extinct. They can be found in books about our football had evolved.