#InnocentReflections

Hi Sis…

It’s been hectic these past few weeks…busy as a bee, running personal errands all through my annual leave, didn’t get time to rest.
It was during of one my running arounds that I came in contact with thsese little ones, whilst driving towards the outskirts of Lagos; I saw a group of kids in school uniform cleaning the surroundings of a dilapidated building with a teenager who was with a cane supervising them, and my curiousity got the better of me.

I parked off the road, and decided to go ask some questions.
I approached the teen, introduced myself, and told him I wanted to ask a few questions, he said no problem.

From my findings, I gathered that the dilapidated structure was a school, Glory Nursery and Primary School, in Ile-Ero, Agbado-Ijaye, Ogun State; and the teen who goes by the name Tope, was a teacher, he teaches Nursery 1 and 2 classes. He started in September 2016 after he finished High School, he took up this teaching job so as not to be idle at home, while preparing to write exams for University admission.

His experience teaching the young ones according to him was interesting though stressful because the kids can be quite a handful. The reason they were out cleaning was part of the teaching programme, to inbibe in the kids the culture of clean and healthy environment, which they do during break periods. He is quite a reserved young kid but very determined to pursue his dreams, and I wish him all d best.

The kids!? 😂 Oh my, oh my!! 😆 so boisterous and quite a handful. They were in different classes, and one of them stood out, his name is Malik. He had on his ear a bluetooth which he made out of a notebook leaves, when I inquired about the phone, he smiled with such swag, I knew he was gonna break hearts when he grew up. They were happy cleaning the surroundings, but not without mischief and some yelling from their teacher. That interaction left me with a nostalgia of my primary school days and growing up with a lot of mischief.

I was pained though 😢 due to the school building. It’s such a shame that the government is falling the people at all levels, and private individuals who want to give quality education are constrained by bureaucracy, limited infrastructure, exorbitant collaterals and what have you, that they have to make do with the limited resources available. On the other hand, not everyone has to build a school just to make profit or make ends meet, when the resources and necessary infrastructure that would aid children in receiving quality education are found wanting.

Here are a few pictures I took with permission from the teacher (told him also that I would blog about our interaction) and of course the kids who were all grinning from ear to ear 😊😊.

Tee..

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Hey Sisi,

Sorry for my late reply ooo…I can relate to you being a busy bee though. November was one busy month! But it was good busy! The kind of busy I won’t trade for anything, on all fronts. That is,work, family, friends and love.

But you know the downtime to being so busy is finding time for yourself to woo sa! I’m sure you had the same experience as I did. But right as it was, I did manage to squeeze in some me time. Can’t lose that. Now, if I can just make yoga in the next week! I will be totally balanced out and zen. 

I love your find with that elementary school ooo…I’m going to ask you what I’ve Bren asking daddy. All the money our president has been seizing, where is it hiding??? Shouldn’t that money be going exactly towards things like dilapidated schools, unsafe roads, drinking water and regular electricity? I honestly don’t understand why a place of learning for our youngest minds and the future of our country and continent, doesn’t get more attention. 

I want to say we will keep hoping for the best. But I’m tired of hoping. I think it’s time for our generation to take serious action. Get on the streets and protest. I am beginning to realize we must force changes if we desire it. 

Anyways, I hope you have a great weekend and an awesome week ahead. I miss and love you. Talk to you soon. 

XOXO

WUNMI

#StillOnJune12AndItsSignificance

Hiya Sis…

Twenty-four years ago, the June 12, 1993 presidential election apparently won by the late business tycoon, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO), was annulled by former Nigeria’s military president, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and the Armed Forces Ruling Council. One of the freest and fairest elections in the history of Nigeria. Refusing to give up his mandate, he died in prison under General Sani Abachi’s military regime.

Permit me to rant a bit in this present time; nothing much has changed literally. The state of quagmire Nigeria has found herself in leaves me with a sour taste. Tired of the endless murmuring, complaints and ‘mumuism’ (according to singer, Lagbaja) we as a people engulf ourselves in.

Few months ago, Toyosi and I attended The Platform programme organised by The Covenant Christian Centre anchored by Pastor Poju Oyemade, with speakers ranging from the vice-president Prof. Osinbajo, the finance minister (Mrs. Kemi Adeosun), former governor of Anambra State (Dr. Peter Obi), and I listened to them talk about issues, challenges and way forward for our dear nation. Should I say, it’s all talk and no action? When exactly will the dividends of democracy be reaped by the citizenry?

Agitations from those who wants to secede (whom I don’t blame one bit) to those who provide all the social welfare a government is supposed to provide her citizens by themselves like electricity supply in the name of generators (Tekno’s song ‘Rara’ comes to mind), water, road rehabilitation, education, healthcare, etc.. fill the news and everywhere.

A comment quoted to Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu in one of his June 12 addresses (this year, I think) says ”The truth is June 12 is the mother of May 29th. Without the uncompromising resistance to military rule engendered by the annulment of the June 12 election, there would most probably be no Fourth Republic today and we would still be groaning under the jackboots of military dictatorship.” Well, I dare say that the saying ‘the worst civilian government is better than the best military dictatorship’ is what Tinubu meant; and I ask, has the groaning stopped under a democratic republic, isn’t it even worse?….. so sad.

Like my friend Buchi would say, we are just jumping around, nothing has been done, we are good at putting the blame on past leaders only. Bro. actually said that we need a revolution in this country and I agree totes. To do the right thing in this country is the hardest thing ever for a lot of us. Who else do we blame aside some of our leaders who loot us blind? I say, we should blame ourselves as well for not holding our leaders accountable, instead these daytime robbers and gluttons are celebrated….SMH.

How long will we continue praying before we demand and actually take action, for better governance, respect for the rule of law, better infrastructure, good healthcare system and an improved growing economy? Please, pray tell.

 

 

#SocialConsciousness

‘Human beings enter into certain productive or economic relations, and these relations lead to a form of social consciousness’’….Karl Marx.

Social consciousness is consciousness shared by individuals within a society.

My brother and I were discussing about the ills of the society which actually was in response to a post I made sometimes ago about a lady I almost knocked down by the car due to the impatience and nonchalant attitude of commercial ‘danfo’ drivers. He was of the opinion that most people lack social consciousness in Nigeria, because with it you would do the right thing at the right time. People in other climes don’t have it better than we do, but they imbibe social consciousness in whatever they do and things work out well for their society. How hard can that be for us in Nigeria?

Whistle blowing is the in-thing now to make money from government. Someone who knows where a corrupt official keeps large amount of hard and local currencies blows the whistle and viola, the anti-graft agency (EFCC) sweeps in to the location and recover the loot, thereafter 10% or 5% I think, of the amount would be given to the whistle blower. My question is: so, the whistle blower had to wait till he or she could share in the loot before reporting such nefarious act? SMH.😒

Sisi, you need to see the large amount of money being recovered, monies that could have been used for the development of the nation. Every aspect of governance in Naija is a mess, from healthcare to education downright to the economy as a whole; yet we have more churches and mosques that bind us in a religious cocoon which ought to be our moral compass….where do these leave us?

Majority if not all of our leaders and the masses themselves are socially unconscious, they are completely unaware or ignored the social injustices in their society and very complacent towards the major challenges facing the nation and the planet. They wear the cloak of entitlement and ignorance, when it comes to war, poverty, climate change, you name it, they are apathetic, lacking social and political beliefs and having few or no meaningful convictions. How do you explain someone blocking a major road accessible to both motorists and passers-by with granite and sand with which to build whatever, and just dump them on the road? Shows how callous and indifferent people are because no law enforcement to hold them accountable. I could go on and on.

On the other hand, a lot of people could not be bothered, with the pressure of working, day-to-day activities that consume a lot of time and energy, hustle & bustle to provide basic amenities for yourself and family since the government has failed woefully on that, who has time to think of corrupt officials (knowing full well that nothing would be done to them, they go about enjoying the loot after a mock court going back and forth), police ‘wahala’ and all the hullabaloo of the country after work?

Entertainment (which is a huge money-making machine right now in Naija, might as well go into acting…lolz), pop culture, shopping, social media, sports etc, are means of relief from unpleasant realities with of course cheap distractions which provide superficial means of escape.

From the very beginning of our lives, it is obvious that we are all social beings, every aspect of our being is impacted by social relations, and we should at least seek to comprehend the potentials of individual consciousness to move toward a collective well-being. Rosa Parks’s simple action in the 1950’s in America inspired the nation to question the norm. Martin Luther King Jr. also motivated people to take action. Back home in Naija, we heard of the Aba Women riots, women who change the norm. Fela Anikulapo-Kuti challenged the consciousness of the people with his songs, Gani Fawehinmi used the law to impact on the masses and put the government on its toes……these were socially conscious beings.

Even with the apathetic mood of people today, it does not mean that change would never happen. Depending on it is the health of our democracy and the entire world. Each and everyone of us can do more by incorporating positive social change in not just the way we think but also in the way we choose to live our lives.

Additional sources…. http://www.good.is, google, stelladimokokorkus.

Tee…

 

#HappyEaster

🎼🎹He is risen, He is risen….and he reigns forevermore…come on and celebrate, the resurrection of our Lord…🎶🎤🎻

Happy Easter everyone. God’s blessings upon us always.

Have fun and hope you all are enjoying the work free holidays…😆.

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#GospelBusinessDinner

The time was 6.40pm on Monday of this week;  after a hectic work day, when Idowu, Bosola, a  couple of colleagues and I got to Magodo, for the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International – Magodo Chapter Meal Outreach, which we were invited to by a friend and colleague of ours, Anthony Kadiri.

The evening was opened by the MC, Barr. Dayo Adebayo, introductions were done (meeting and getting to know about other guests) and an opening prayer to kick starts the program. Networking comes with business dinner, and one has to be good at small talks, which the MC encouraged when he asked guests to greet one another.

A brief history of the fellowship was given and the purpose for the meal outreach is to interact with one another, share like mind ideas and encourage people to join. The Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, according to Wikipedia, is a fellowship of lay businessmen, with headquarters in Califonia, USA. Its main purpose is to bring interest to the Christian gospel.

The meal in the ‘meal outreach’ was such a sumptuous one, I have to admit. Testimonies were given of how good God has been to fellow members. Non-members were encouraged to join the fellowship; with the major criteria being one must be a born-again Christian.

As the evening drew to a close (even though we didn’t stay till the very last minute), guests were invited to sing a happy birthday song for one of the executive members as he cut the birthday cake alongside his wife.

It was a simple and pleasant night out. I did enjoy the evening and I look forward to attending such outreach, meal or no meal inclusive…lolz.

Find below sights from the event.

Tee…

 

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#AnAfternoonWithIbukunAwosika

It was a hot-blazing Saturday afternoon, Kemi and I joined a host of other young folks at the Convenant Christian Centre, Iganmu, Lagos, very close to one of Nigeria’s most iconic artefacts (The National Arts Theatre) on a motivational encounter with Mrs. Ibukun Awosika.

I would really like you to read up on this woman, who is an epitome of grace. Let me give you a brief insight.

Ibukun Awosika (Mrs.) is a business mogul, author and also a motivational speaker. She is currently the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria (huge glass ceiling breaking right there).

An afternoon with her was certainly worth it. She provided the audience with rare insight into entrepreneurship, marriage, relationship, career, etc. She shared her early life, growing up days, career (how driven and ambitious she was). She advised young people to stand up for what is right, to be honest and add value to their lives, not to look down on anybody, but always be diligent, upright and faithful in our dealings in every aspect of our lives.

One of her quotes was ”It’s better you get married at 30 or 40 years of age and live together to 80 years, than marrying early and marrying the wrong person.” She also shared her journey with Christ Jesus (how she gave her life to Christ), how she was determined never to give or take bribe.

The session which was compered by the wife of the Pastor of Convenant Christain Centre was a delightful one. I did learn a lot in the short period and I took some nuggets home ‘based on logistics’ (courtesy BigBrotherNaija, post for another day …heheeh)…Lolz.

 

 

#Love AndToleranceConference

Hello Sisi..

How are you doing? Great I suppose.

The few weeks have been somehow, a bit down but not out.

Buchi and I attended the International Conference on Love and Tolerance, hosted by UFUK Dialogue. It was supported by the Lagos State administration, UN Women & European Union (Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace & Security in Northern Nigeria Program, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program.

It was about religious tolerance, religious extremism, conflict / peace resolution, how we could love others and live in harmony, especially with the religious extremism going on in different parts of the world.

Religious leaders of both faith (Christian and Muslim), Educationists, representatives of security agents, cultural groups and organisations, representatives of the Lagos State administration were among the attendees. Notable speakers from Nigeria and a Professor from US (Professor Sophia Pandya), all gave speeches that bother on tolerance, peace and living together in harmony.

Some school kids performed a dance drama, and a pretty Indian girl (I presumed) did a special dance that reminded me of India movies…she was that good.

I believe we should see one another as a friend, relative and be tolerant. This could lead to universal peace.

”Ability to accept diversity and be tolerant.

You didn’t create me, don’t kidnap me

You didn’t create me, don’t abduct me

Say no to kidnapping and abduction.’’

This quote was by one of the goodwill speakers.

Sights from the conference below.

 

Tee..

 

 

#NewYearIncidence

Happy new year once again lady and blog visitors from the blogsphere.

I’ve been super busy since resuming work due to the long holidays. Trust you are doing great and having a good time at work and everywhere you may be right about now. .😊

The past few weeks have been good; aside work hustle, the gloomy economy and the insecurities that leave lives and properties destroyed in the northern part of the country, which makes me sad and weep for my nation, I can only thank God for seeing us through.

I attended the midweek church service last week and the traffic gridlock was unbearable, got home late and couldn’t enter the house because my neighbour locked the gate from within and the poor lady was obviously asleep; couldn’t blame her though, the hustle and bustle of Lagos is enough to wear one out 😕… was able to enter my apartment at about 12am, after several calls to her line and much ‘noise banging’ on the gate..lolz😆. She did apologise though.

Just this morning on my way to work, the commercial ‘danfo’ drivers were at their notorious and inebriated ways of driving, causing unnecessary traffic 😠. One of the drivers was trying to get passengers into his vehicle and he just had to stay in lane of other vehicles instead of him to move aside and park properly.

I honked severally for him to move out of the way. Thankfully, I was not speeding, because a lady who crossed the road to go board the said vehicle was almost knocked down by me 😱..I had to slam on the brakes and guess the shock made her slip…she fell, even though I didn’t hit her, other road users were insulting the driver and that was when he had to use his not-so-good-initiative to move off of the road and park properly 😒

I was just glad no harm came to the lady and thankful to God for the avoidable accident 😰

Hope your week goes on well and become positively eventful….😊😊☺

Tee…

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Hey Sisi!!

Oh wow! You certainly had an eventful morning! Yes, I am happy you and the lady were left unscathed! 

I am over here enjoying a day off thanks to MLK. Trying to enjoy my day and keep it as uneventful as possible. Will be back to the same hustle come tomorrow.

I do hope the rest of your weekly drives are not as boisterous but knowing Lagos and having witnessed the erratic driving myself, I know that is wishful thinking. Just please try to be safe, my love. 

Until next week, 

XOXO

WUNMI