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WHERE IS THY POWER SOURCE?

”Nobody wants a limit to his power even a buffoon would like to convert his community to a state of buffoonery”

How did  you acquire that power or that wealth or that position which you are now flying, floating and drunkenly displaying  about? How did you use your power or wealth or position which you now think is self-made or hereditary that you get it into your brain that without you  things will come to a standstill? Isn’t power or wealth or position corrupting you?

Did you use your power or wealth or position judiciously and candidly or perniciously and treacherously?

Did you not use your power or wealth or position to suppress and to  oppress the less privileged and the downtrodden  masses?

Have you not turned the ”King of Kings” or the ” Lion of Judah” or the present-day  Hitler or Pharaoh in your new social top-coat? Have you not become drunk or mad  with that power or wealth or position of yours?

Has the power or position or wealth not gone into your head and working with  a tendency of suicidal depression?

Has that power or wealth or position not turned you claustrophobic or megalomaniac? Or you are working true to a saying that:”when destruction is  inevitable  the brain will stop working”?

”The worthiness of life is deep rooted  in sacrifice to mankind” If one dies in the process , he becomes a martyr of the people’s cause”, so wrote Late Abraham Lincoln of America to his  Press Secretary on the eve of his assassination. What an irony and a tragedy!

A ruler today can become  a ruled tomorrow. A  servant today can become a master tomorrow. A rich man today can become  a poor man tomorrow. ”No condition is permanent,” says old mammy wagon that plied the roads  of the defunct East Central State of Nigeria.  And alas that power or wealth or position is temporary!

But one thing is certain, man is an insatiable being. He will continue to be in need; to be unsatisfied; to aspire for more and higher things and this he will continue to do until he dies. It is only death that can satisfy Him. So after becoming or buying or   beating or stealing or building or owing whatever you desire, then death is the one you do not aspire for but which  is  certain and the inevitable next.

”There is need to shape the future by shaping today or else we shall be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of  time reserved  for those who possess power without compassion, might without  morality, education without conscience and strength without sight,” so put down Dr. Martin Luther King (Jr.); one of the first proponents of unbloody revolution in America.

Even the Christian Bible says;”thou cometh to the world with nothin’ and thou shall return with nothing”? Vanity upon vanity,all is vanity.” From man to transition; from transition to transfiguration; from transfiguration to re-incarnation then life begins  all over again, but the tragedy therein is that  a previous Head of State may come back a Houseboy. What a vindication of  a ‘no condition is permanent’ aphorism. Quel dommage(what a pity!) It is therefore worthwhile to say as once said by one British parliamentarian,”if  we do not end Churchill, Churchill would end us…….. we had better get rid of  him now before we forget the debt we owe him.” So Dear passers-by you should therefore tread softly,softly in whatever power, position or wealth you find yourself because, ”what today is tomorrow may not be,” so says the old Juju doctor who used to consult his Opele(oracle) every five days.Everything is  timed and time is everything.

Have a change of attitude and change of mind for better and for good today. For it should be now or never as tomorrow may be too late to cry when the head might have been off the shoulder. And even ,”a stitch in time,people say,saves nine”.

One Chinese proverb says,”God make no more giants but elevate the whole race”, and I say AMEN,while also saying”omnia bona bonis”(all things are good to be good) and YOU ARE NO EXCEPTION.

By-Comrade Lekan Aderibigbe

 

BEADING AMONG YOUTHS AND ADULTS

IMG_6688The art of beading has been in existence since time immemorial. Children, adults and even the aged use beads for fashion.

Just as styles and fashion come and rest,beads for sometime was out of circulation only to be found among the aged. However,the 21st Century fashion conscious people have resuscitated this valuable,durable and socially and culturally universally acknowledged form of art.

Beading is pleasurable, indeed , a very potent leisure activity that can aid Children’s development in many dimensions as elucidated below:

100_6402ENTHUSES THINKING SKILLS-Anyone who engages in the art of beading will have to count his cost  in terms of of materials to use either for a necklace,wrist band or bracelet.He has to think  of the number of hours to make either a necklace or wrist band. How many of  these bead pieces she will put together to produce what he or she wants.He thinks further the type of pattern to employ and so on.All these require deep thoughts and good calculations that will help such child in this situation,thereby developing  deep thinking ability to solve immediate academic problems.

STRENGTHTENS SMALLER MUSCLES-Holding the thread and threading the bead, cutting the thread to size and other simple but vital aspect of it assist in strengthning  smaller  muscles of children making beads.

IMG_6685HELPS GOOD ORGANIZATION-Planning ahead is key to good organization. Beading helps children to be organized as he or she looks forward to making available every tool  of the trade-plier, needle,sock etc. The one that is not available is sought for with zeal -thus children take their assignments with all seriousness.

IMPROVES  DRESSING SKILLS/STYLES-Beading  also helps children’s(and adults as well) dressing skills/styles- Clothing, buttons and zippers are used to adorn  whatever material that is used just to make it beautiful.

GOOD SENSE OF JUDGEMENT/DRESS SENSE: Colour combinations require deep thinking and matching of  assorted colours before the final selection and production  is enhanced. Even professionals in this area ascribe fine motor, visual perception and cognitive skills as some of the vital advantages of beading.

IMG_6680COOPERATIVE ACTS ENHANCED-Socially, beading promotes inter-personal interaction and cooperation among children.  Children select beads and make sure  the task at hand  or projects are  carried out  on time in a group setting. Where two or three people are involved in a project, tolerance must be adopted to see the project through.

In a nutshell, use of beads of various magnitude have come to stay. Many of the advanced countries of the world are involved in this lucrative  and decorative art either for economic purposes or personal uses. Countries such as  Hungary, U.K, USA, Australia,India etc use beads as costumes. African countries are not left behind:Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa etc  just to mention a few.They use beads as occasion demands. Girls wear earrings laced with beads,  wrist bands, necklace etc.The natural outlook of the user, makes beading and beads  interesting and cherished  work of arts and you can be a maker of beads yourself. You too can be involved. Give it a trial.

SAUDI ARABIA LICENSES ITS FIRST WOMEN LAWYERS TO PRACTISE IN THE KINGDOM -Arabia has opned up a key profession to wommenSaudi Arabia(Thomson Reuters Foundation)

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Justice on Sunday licensed the first  four(4) women attorneys in the kingdom to practice  law, according to media and a report in the Sydney Morning Herald. With the licenses, the women can represent clients in court and open law firms in their own names. Prior to this , female law graduates were considered”legal consultants” and could not practise or represent clients on their own. Female law graduates frustrated with the lack of opportunity to practise law launched a social  media campaign last year called”Iam a female lawyer” to pressure authorities and bring attention to the issue. In April, in another sign of progress,Arwa al-Hujaili, a graduate of king Abdulaziz University, was licensed as a legal trainee, allowing her to qualify as a fully licensed lawyer after a three year apprenticeship. ”By licensing a female lawyer,Saudi Arabia has opened up a key profession to women, ”Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East  director at  Human Rights Watch, said in April”. But for Saudi women to practise law anything close to an equal footing with men , they need protection from discrimination against women in the courtroom and freedom to travel  and drive”. The female lawyers newly licensed on Sunday will still face some obstacles, including getting freedom to travel alone  to court.The Ministry has considered installing a finger- print system to verify the identity of female lawyers in the courtroom without their having to remove their face veils. Courtesy of Reuters on Women’s Rights

REMINISCENCE-BREAKFAST WITH BEN CARSON

Making yourself available for growth is a pre-requisite for development. Everybody is talented and your talent(s) lie(s) within you but will remain dormant   , or unutilized if you are sleeping while others at the driving seats are adjusting their seat belts but if you are incorrigible, you may be abandoned just like that.

The efforts of the’’ Brainhive International’’ in conjunction with Masterpiece Resource Development Centre, Lagos paid off when they brought one of the best brains in medicine in America and the world in general, Dr. Ben Carson to Nigeria for the first time. I was among other people present to grace the wonder God could perform in the life of a man destined for success and who played his own part well too. The theme of the Brain Fair was’’ UNLEASH YOUR GENIUS’’.

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SELF-WORTH

By simple explanation, self worth or self esteem is  an overall measure of how  much we value ourselves and and give priority to our own needs and happiness. Our self worth is a measure of our unconditional self love. It is the ability to look upon yourself as having value.

The two main attributes of self worth are security and Significance. Security means, in this context, being loved and accepted just for who you are, regardless of what you do. Significance on the other hand, is having meaning or purpose in life and being adequate for what to do. But low self worth could emerge from false-culture, our upbringing, educational background or system, society and social settings, colour , race, religious background etc

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