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

 

TURNING BUSINESS FAILURE INTO SUCCESS


 

Failure is inevitable in life. Failure in business is even more certain. Everyone who has dared to make a difference in business has had a share of failures. Everyone who has started and built a business must surely have a story to share on failure. Those who have never failed have never really tried enough. Some of the highly successful businesses of the world today have come very close to folding up. They only gathered momentum once more and dared again. Failure is not the worst thing that can happen to a person; never trying anything is worse than trying and failing. Listing below is some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time and what they had to say about failure, which will help renew our mentality towards failure.

BILL GATES

Gates has been the richest man in the world over many years. However, he has not succeeded in everything he did. He dropped out of Harvard Business College without finishing and went into I.T. He later co-founded Microsoft that eventually made him the richest man in the world. However, before starting Microsoft, he started a business called Traf-O-Data that failed. At the time when he dropped out of school and when he failed in his first business venture, many would have considered him a big failure but today, he is worth over $72 billion and making more daily. Because he chose not to give up, no one remembers his failures as much as his successes.

 

His words: “It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. I failed in some subjects in exams; but my friends passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and Iam the owner.

HENRY FORD

 

Ford was an American industrialist, a machinist and manufacturer and founder of Ford Motor Company. Before achieving success, he failed twice when he joined with investors to establish a company that would manufacture automobiles. His Detroit Automobile Company and Henry Ford Corporation folded up only after a year of existence because the automobiles they were producing were of a lower quality and higher price than what he wanted. He tried race car, but realized the average man did not want race car, but something more reliable. It was his desire to make that led to the Ford Motor Company that succeeded and sold its first car for about $800 on July 15, 1903. He became one of the richest men in the world in his days and even today. His words: ‘’Failure is just a resting place. It is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing’’.

 

STEVE JOBS -Late Steve Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer and inventor, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple. Jobs like every other successful entrepreneur were not immune to failure. In 1985, he left Apple after a power struggle with the board of directors but returned in 1998 and brought Apple from near bankruptcy to profitability. This may make him look like a superman but he too had business failures. A notable one was with products like The Apple Lisa, The Apple 111, The Powermac g4 cube which all failed. Also when he tried to sell Pixar by late 1980’s in order to break even on his investment

 

Even on his investment, for 4 to 5 years he had no bidder. He shopped it to Bill Gates, Larry Ellison and many other companies but did not succeed. At last, he succeeded to sell it to Disney in 2006 for $7.4billion. Most certainly today, no one at Apple remembers his failures.

His words:’’ I am convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. If I try my best and fail, well I have tried my best’’.

 

RICHARD BRANSON

Sir Branson is a British business magnate and inventor. He is the founder of the Virgin Group that currently owns more than 400 companies including Virgin Records, Virgin Airways Virgin Mobile, etc. If there is one man who better understands business failure, it is Branson. He has failed in several business projects since he started the Virgin Group. Some of them include: Virgin Cola, Virgin Student, Virgin Brides, Virgin Clothing, Virgin Cars, Virgin Megastore, Virgin Flowers Virgin Pulse and Virgin Digital, and more. Some lasted a few years while others failed just immediately they started. But inspired by the lesson his mother taught him never to focus on past regrets, he refused to stop and today Forbe’s magazine ranks him as the 6th richest citizen of the United Kingdom with a net worth of more than $4.6 billion.

His words:’’ You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. I see life almost like on a long university education that I never had-every day I ‘m learning something new’’.

 

OPRAH WINFREY

Winfrey is an entertainment guru and one of the richest black women in the world. She was terminated from her post as co-anchor for the 6 O’clock week day news on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV after the show and received low ratings. She was demoted to morning TV, where she found her voice and met fellow newbie Gayle King, who became her producer and editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. Seven years later she moved to Chicago, where her self-titled talk show went on to dominate daytime TV for 25 years. She now heads her own channel, OWN, but had to overcome failure, poverty, sexual abuse, etc. in order to be what she is today. Today her net worth is about $2.9 billion.

Her words:’’ Be the one to thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. D better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment, own it. I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process’’.

 

J.K ROWLING

Joanne Rowling is a British novelist and author of the Harry Porter fantasy series. She wrote her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosophers’ Stone when she was a single mother. She was rejected by 12 publishers but she persisted on what she was doing until the Harry Porter series grew, ultimately breaking records. She is now internationally renowned for her seven-book, Harry Potter series and became the first billionaire author in 2014.

Her words: ‘’It is impossible to live without failing at something , unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case, you fail by default. Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing’’.

 

Culled from the Vanguard.

DIGITAL RADIO STATION SOON IN NIGERIA-LABARAN MAKU

At the recent retreat for the management and staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria(FRCN) in Calabar, Cross River State, Mr. Labaran Maku gave the hint of his  ministry blue print to establishing ,a digital radio station in Nigeria.

According to Maku,the radio station, when it takes off  transmission,will compete effectively  with any radio station in the world. He therefore enjoined  the delegates at the forum to support the Federal Government’s plan to make a huge success of the project.

Maku was represented by his special adviser Mr Henry Abiodun Angulu who said “‘Nigeria is going through a very challenging period in its history and the role of the broadcast media especially  FRCN, becomes even more crucial. The public, therefore, expects some ideas that will improve the contents and programmes of the broadcast  media and help to sanitize the policy”

 

Do we need this so called Voter's Card?

It was just another chill evening in the lekki neighborhood, weather was so cool that if i don’t go out and have a beer; the gods will be angry. So after little contemplation, i decided to visit one of the lekki’s public beach. For a while i felt it was a very bad idea, the Elegushi beach was so crowded, and i coudn’t find a spot to clear my head. As the gods would have it, my paths crossed with a “SK” dealer; well don’t blame me, I am not an addict, i just needed to clear my head… to be in my zone… a planet of my own.

After quick deal took place, i found my sitting on the sands, looking onto the ocean. Few minutes later; i finally arrived on my planet… my zone… my head was finally cleared. I felt like the smartest person on the planet (after all is my planet). Alot of thoughts, ideas, solutions, tips and advices came flooding into my head; yea you did be amazed (after all when you clear our head, you have spaces to fill in thoughts, ideas, etc..)

NIMC-Card-front-and-backIt was during this period of reasoning that News about Nigeria Voter’s card came to me, it got me thinking; why is the Nigeria government spending billions of naira to print over 40 million voters card that is needed and valid for just voting. Do we need this voter’s card? One of the objectives of the voter’s card is to identify the voter, thus the voter can be checked easily by the presiding officer during an election.
I agree it makes sense alright, but sounds kind of stupid and unneccessarily when a new National Identity card is been introduced.

We do not need the voters card, the government should have easily have an ICT company develop a voting system that can work with the identity card, instead of printing 40 million voters card, they can develop a voting system integrated into the national identity management database. The system can identify the voter, and also perform “one person” “one vote” for a free and fair election.

We need intelligent Nigerians like me in the government, If our leaders can not be innovative like me, they should probably legalize “SK” and take an occassional walk to the beach to clear their heads.

 

LEAP’ ORGANIZATION : AGENT OF CHANGE IN AFRICA

‘LEAP’ ORGANIZATION : AGENT OF CHANGE  IN AFRICA

Denise Gray –Felder- (Rockefeller Foundation), in his foreword to’’ Making Waves’’ writes, ’’Capturing the essence of participatory communication on paper is by definition an elusive challenge. From the work I’ve witnessed, helped direct, or just monitored during a long career in communication, my observation is that most interesting work of participatory nature can often defy the written word. That is, when reasonably talented writers or public speakers try to explain what it is about this work, that is so captivating- and has the potential to so dramatically improves lives-their words fall flat’’.

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I n line with what Denise  said above, words are absolutely inadequate to express what a non-governmental organization in Africa  ‘LEAP’ is doing in empowering people living in poor communities across Nigeria- to seize control of their own life stories and begin  to change their circumstances of ignorance, ecological degradation, and exclusion. Youth and adults are exposed to training which include life and employability skill development, personal and organizational leadership, governance, business ethics, succession planning, talent management and organization management among others.

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Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa was established in 2002 as a non-profit organization committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders. I t has dedicated its efforts to  working with visionary  youths, business owners and social entrepreneurs and over the years, LEAP  has inspired  and equipped its beneficiaries to lead ethically while implementing positive changes that transform their communities  and organizations,  thereby sustaining livelihood and contributing to national developments.

PROGRAMMES EXECUTED: LEADERSHIP, ETHICS AND CIVICS (LEC)

LEAP in 2008 introduced the Leadership, Ethics and Civics (LEC) programme in select public Secondary Schools to equip students with the skills and tools that they needed to cope with life’s challenges and serve as change agents in their local communities. It took off initially in Anambra,Lagos,and Ogun states through the support of NOKIA and International Youth Foundation, and was extended to Edo and Taraba states in 2010 with funding from T .Y. Danjuma Foundation.

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I n 2012, 2,132 student beneficiaries of the LEC program implemented 50 social change projects in Anambra, Lagos, and Ogun States. The projects which were implemented by students in groups are indigenous and germane to the respective communities to solve local problems in their immediate environments. These students utilized the newly acquired knowledge from the LEC programme such as self confidence, effective communication and fund raising.

Through these projects, the students from the participating schools in Anambra, Lagos and Ogun States have been able to positively impacted 20,000 community members.

For example in Anambra state, the project was: ’’Taking Back my Environment,’’   executed by community Secondary School Umuokpu. The challenge undertaking in this state was erosion which was a cankerworm that has adversely affected the environment, lives and properties of the residents of Umuokpu community. The projects were to check and control the erosion at the record time. To check the adverse effect of this erosion to the lives and property of the Umuokpu community, the LEC students of Community Secondary school partnered with the Anambra State Ministry of Environment and members of the Umuokpu Community.

The Ministry of Environment sponsored the purchase of 140 plants seedlings (80 tea plants, 20 palm trees, 20 ogbono trees and 20 bread fruit trees) Members of the community assisted the students in locating the erosion site and engaged labourers to clear the site after which the seedlings were planted on site. This project, at the developed stage would impact an estimated 150 family’s lives and property in about 140 buildings close to the erosion site. They would be secured when the trees are grown and erosion controlled. It will also provide employment and food overtime as the trees would grow to provide food.

The sustainability of the project is assured as the community is actively involved in nurturing the trees planted to grow properly to make for effective reforestation, check and eliminate erosion.

Also, the families living close to the project site are committed to erecting structures to ward against hazards.

Without any gainsaying, LEAP has been saturating Africa nay, Nigeria with its numerous programmes of change.  It will be more rewarding  if other non-profit organizations in Africa, and Nigeria in particular, take a cue from this to make our society a better place to live and make our restless youths duly engaged in positive ventures, since an idle hand is the devil’s workshop.

By-  Idowu   J.A.

 

 

TIME FOR A POSITIVE CHANGE

It is believed that indigenous knowledge is at best perceived as an acceptable claim from communities but rarely considered as one of the main components of development.The diversity of participatory communication experiences has always been a sign of its healthy status. However, the linkages with development projects aimed at economic and social change have not always been successful. It looks like ,at the grassroots level,the need for communication has been deeply felt by the people who took action to make it possible,while at the planning and implementation level of donor and government driven projects there has been little consciousness about change.

Perhaps, the mind to change this trend, to make Christians relevant in the social, economic, political and religious strata in Nigeria made the AIMP came together as bird of a feather-agents of positive change, using the biblical principles as a guide in business and other aspects of life.

The month of May,2014 had witnessed another thought provoking and inspirational lecture by the APOSTLES IN THE MARKET PLACE(AIMP) held at the Education Hub,1st Floor, East wing City Hall,Lagos, on Saturday, 17th May,2014.

Dr. Kole Akinboboye-Guest Speaker
Dr. Kole Akinboboye-Guest Speaker

REASONS WHY EDUCATION STANDARD IS DRIFTING?
1. Many factors, according to the speaker,are responsible for the drifting in education in the country.Youths are drifting seriously from the path of truth and chasing frivolous and mundane things. They are not seeking for the wisdom from the source of wisdom which is God . He said,’only God, the wisest could understand how he formed man and how the body work. So ,for somebody to acquire good knowledge , he needs the wisdom of God-James 1V5-6. God gave man a fraction of this wisdom and knowledge and also gave him the natural computer which is his brain.
2.LACADAISICAL ATTITUDE OF PARENTS-Dr.Akinboboye is of the opinion that parents are very vital in allowing good education for their children. That parents should teach their children from home:Ethics,moral instructions,principles of life and good cultural orientation practices before they move on to formal education and continue with them as they progress in schools.This will make these children to become Apostles in the Market Place later in life.But this is not always the case with some parents. Some parents are too busy to give good home training to their children because thy are escapee parents who look for simple way to abandon their children in pursuit of worldly ventures.Some allow them to do whatever they like (even when available)even when it does not conforms to the good moral standard or not in line with Godly principles.The mode of dressing by the youths today is much of a pornography in the street than the modest way of dressing.In-ability to open mouth to greet people they come across is another negative upbringing of the youths ,forgetting that youths can be rightly connected with the right people by the simple formation of the etiquette of greetings that can provoke good rapport.
THE SOCIETY- The Society has contributed much to the downward rend in positive change development. The traditional African society believes that you alone cannot ‘train’ your children. That,it is you and the society that own the children. So, you can even correct those who are not your biological children for their good and the nation at large. But some parents detest their children or ward being corrected. Watching filthy movies and reading despicable or erotic novels are some of the vices that are beclouding the positive change the nation much desired.
SCHOOLS-There is also a slide in the quality of education in schools. The reasons attributed to this, according to Dr. Akinboboye was mediocrity and lack of good on -on-the job-training for teachers, teachers conniving with students to cheat in examinations right from the elementary school,to secondary and tertiary institutions. He also attributed poor dieting, poor sleep, watching of movie at random,pornography, violence, drug abuse, cultism and bull dressing as the bane in our educational system. Lack of sporting activities and examination malpractices was also mentioned.
THE NATION-THE GOVERNMENT-Moral decadence in our society has affected the nation. The consultant in Family Medicine, Dr.Akinboboye, said, that”it is only Godly values that can build a strong nation”-2nd Peter1V3,Gal.5v22. A nation should invest in her human capital quotient. This is something higher than intellectual property. He made reference to Moses, Joseph, David Daniel and many other bible characters that went through different universities of life right from their parents home , in strange lands etc before they could affect their generations positively and cited by God Himself.The nation is drifting from God’s EXPECTATIONS FROM US hence, the mumbo-jumbo and topsy-turvy social,economic,religious and political imbroglio we are witnessing now. The Speaker , Dr. Akinboboye concluded his lecture by making the audience realize

Dr. Kole Akinboboye-Guest Speaker

that going back to the basics is one of the panacea to resuscitate a positive change in our educational , economic,social, religious and political sectors.The long abandoned technical colleges should be brought back,civics, history,and the like should be re-introduced in schools right from the elementary school because many of our youths don’t know the history of their nation.
Furthermore,peer role models should be introduced in schools whereby, the relatively sound ones should be more groomed to disciples the weak ones to affect their lives positively and this will continue in a circle to eventually bring our desired positive change in the educational and other sector of the economy.
PRAYERS-He also reminded the participants of the efficacy of prayers. We should take prayers seriously. Pray for the youths,nation, ,economy, our leaders, and believe a better turn around.
Finally, parental values, according to him, is vital. Parents should set good examples for their children. They should be close to their children and give them better attention. All these added together, will produce Godly values and a strong Nation.

FINGER TEST TO SPOT HEART RISK-BY DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Checking the pulse in the finger could predict risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers found that the finger’s pulse can measure stiffness in the aorta-a common risk factor for heart disease.

In the new procedure instrument called a transducer is placed on the finger or over the brachial artery,located inside the arm just beneath the elbow.

The read-out, combined with a person’s age and body mass index, lets doctors know whether the aorta has stiffened.

Currently, doctors have to record a pulse from the carotid artery in the neck and the femoral artery in the groin to check for hardened aorta.

The finger test is easier to record and almost as accurate , said the University of Iowa’s Gary Pierce, whose work in developing the procedure was reported in the American Journal of physiology-Heart and circulatory physiology.

It also works better with obese patients, where an accurate femoral pulse is difficult to record.

Professor Pierce said”The technique is more effective in that it is easy to obtain just one pulse waveform in the finger or the brachial artery.”It also can be easily obtained in the clinic during routine examinations similar to blood tests” As people can live for years without knowledge of existing cardiovascular problems, this new measurement tool is especially important, he said.

” Finding simple non-invasive methods to measure aortic pulse wave velocity in the clinic may help physicians to better inform middle-aged and older adults about their level of cardio-vascular risk”
Culled from: Daily Mail

TOP-BOTTOM-TOP APPROACH TO DEVELOP THE OIL COMMUNITIES

The Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission,DESOPADEC saddled with the responsibility of developing the oil and gas producing communities of the state has organised a two-day training workshop for the Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas.

The workshop tagged”COMPUTER APPRECIATION AND ADULTS EDUCATION”was for for Oil and Gas Communities of Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas.

One of the members representing the Ughelli North and Ethiope East Local Government Areas in the Board of DESOPADEC,Chief Chris Obiuwevwi Ominimini said the commission adopted top-bottom-top approach to meet the demands of the oil and gas bearing communities of the state.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN AGRICULTURE-COMMANDANT GENERAL OF (VGN)

The Commandant General of Vigilante Group of Nigeria(VGN), Mohammed Usman Jahun, announced the selection of about 5OO women to be empowered in the area of agriculture.

The women were selected from the 36 state chapters of VGN all over the federation. These lucky women selected, will benefit from small and medium scale enterprise programmes organised recently,in collaboration with some commercial banks at the Federal Capital Territory.

Addressing the gathering, the Commandant General of Vigilante Group of Nigeria(VGN) Mohammed Usman said ”We are having a 2-day capacity building workshop for women to empower them economically, specifically in the area of agriculture.