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« on: February 23, 2005, 03:13:40 PM »

Allah is great

During the next 60 seconds, stop whatever you are doing, and take this opportunity. (Literally it is only 1 minute) All you have to do is the following: You simply say "A prayer" for the person that
sent you this message. Next, you send this message to everyone you know.

In a while, more people will have prayed for you and you would have obtained a lot of people praying for others. Next, stop and think and appreciate Allah's power in your life, for doing what you know is pleasing to him. If you are not ashamed to do this, follow the instructions.

Allah said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you."

If you are not ashamed, send this message...only if you believe.

"Yes, I love Allah. Allah is my fountain of Life and My Savior. Allah keeps me going day and night. Without Allah, I am no one. But with Allah, I can do everything. Allah is my strength."

This is a simple test. If you love Allah and you are not ashamed of all the great things that he has done for you, send this to everyone you know,and the person that sent it to you.

May Allah help u to succeed...Ameen

« on: November 12, 2004, 10:33:08 PM »

chit-chat / THE RIGHT ONE
« on: October 29, 2004, 12:20:11 AM »
The Right One
A more important question is - how do you catch the RIGHT one?

Simple: You take only the bus that's headed the RIGHT DIRECTION.

First we must allow our Heavenly Father to do the picking. And second, the decision for a mate must be made on a spiritual and intellectual basis before it's made on an emotional one.

What about love?, you ask. I'll tell you why. "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Jer 17:9). The heart is willful and is driven by its own agenda. It does not consider things rationally and intelligently - it just loves to love!

Therefore you have to point it in the right directions: "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23).

Whenever you meet a man, you need to get clearance from God, check out his attributes, and then allow your heart to engage.

Dating exists not for mating; it exists for collecting data. I believe that the biblical design would be friendship, courtship and then marriage.

Friendship is two people walking together in agreement and accountability, learning and growing together.

Courtship follows the mutual agreement to commit to one another exclusively - it is the decisive turning toward the agreed-upon goal of the marriage altar.

It is a period of laying a foundation and preparing your life together after marriage. But dating? Well, if you do date, use the time wisely to gather facts.

So when you do gather facts, let us compare the process to clothes shopping.

1. Check out the fabric. Is the person mate material? Does this man have an intimate relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ? Does he care what God thinks about his behavior? Is he accountable to God as well as another co-laborer in the faith?

Accountability is an important factor. It is imperative to maintaining a committed relationship. Is your potential spouse a member of the same family - the family of God?

Scripture is clear on this: "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?" (2 Cor 6:14).

You need to have common interest and values and agree on the essentials of living day to day. You have a similar spiritual walk. You eat the same diet. You enjoy a lot of similar things. You have like interests, like goals in life, like opinions on basic life issues. You have had like experiences in your background. Though there is some truth to the idiom that opposites attract, like-minded folks fare better together.

Furthermore, does he want to get married? If you want to be married and your dreamboat isn't interested, don't waste your time.
Remember, women fall in love and get married. Men decide to get married and then look for a wife. Note the difference in order. So if a guy says he's not looking for anything serious, take his words seriously. If he's not going your direction, get off the bus & wait for the right one.

2. Does this man want you? Is he pursuing you? The man who is right for you will pursue you and God's hand in the relationship will be clear. No guessing, no fleeces, no dead ends. Scripture says: "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord" (Prov 18:22).
Note - who finds whom? THE MAN FINDS THE WIFE. From the beginning of time, God has transported men & women across the world in order to put them together. At the RIGHT TIME, He will bring that man on the scene and he will find you.

In God's perfect design, the man is the one who recognizes his mate. Adam has no problem recognizing that Eve was his missing rib. You do not need to strategically place yourself anywhere. You don't have to help a guy out because he's shy! . Men will do whatever they have to do to get what they truly want.

The man in your life should recognize you as the pearl of great price in is life and be willing to do whatever he must in order to gain your hand. If he is passive about gaining your affections, take it as a sign that he is not interested. Many a woman's mother has suggested that it is a good idea to marry a man who loves you more than you love him. As cold as that sounds, it actually might be scriptural if you stop to think about it: "We love him because he first loved us" (1 Jn 4:19).

Until then, take the ultimate chill pill. You don't need a bunch of men in your life to make you feel all right about yourself. You need only one man- your man, the one God has selected to select you. And trust me, the right man at the wrong time can be just as awful as the wrong man at any time. So trust God's timing in this. He is the ! ultimate matchmaker.

Relax, sit pretty and allow your self to be found. Again - WAIT until the man voices his intentions. He should take the lead in establishing the relationship. You may have inkling that he is the one, but God will use the man to set the tone of the relationship. Allow him the opportunity to woo you - this is your first act of submission. Jesus set the standard for all men to follow. They should love us first. And they should lead the relationship.

3. The man in your life should not desire to move into your house, only into your heart. A man who prepares for your future has made his intentions clear. A man who is husband material has the means to take care of a wife. He is a responsible human being who understands he needs to have something to offer. In short, a man should have the means to be a suitable lover for you.

4. Check out his buddies. Everyone knows! birds of the same feather flock together, yet most women fail to see the connection between a man and his friends.

A man's pals tell you a lot about the person that you haven't seen yet. They reveal things about the guy's character that might be hidden when he is on good behavior. Everyone knows how to put his best foot forward. Don't stay focused on the foot, check out the rest of the body!

5. Check out his relationship with his mother. How does he treat her? This is your preview of how he will treat you. There are lots of men who, because of a negative relationship with their mothers, really don't like women, yet say they do. Unresolved issues between mother and son continue between husband and wife.

6. Remember that a man's family reveals the cloth from which he's cut. Take note and decide whether you want your future with the man in your life to look like his present family situation.

7. Check out the patterns of his life. Do you see repeated cycles of drama in his personal kingdom? broken relationships? problems in making commitments? including the job market? mood swings? Is a problem always someone else's fault? Does he embrace responsibility or shirk it? Does he keep his promises? Is he a man of good reputation? Remember all garments look wonderful hanging in the store, but with wear, some begin to unravel. Give yourself time and space to check out the man in your life. Time will always reveal whether or not he is made of the right stuff.

8. Does this man have a vision for his life? Is he running with that vision? Remember, God decided Adam needed help once Adam got busy DOING his assignment. As we saw Adam, a man doesn't need help until he is busy doing what he was created and called to do. Is your guy guided by sense of destiny and purpose, or does he just allow life to happen around him?

A man who is not certain of his mission can be a most miserable person - and you'll be miserable too if you know where YOU want to go in life. A man who has vision is not intimidated by a woman whose mission statement is clear. He will be your best ally, cheerleader and assistant because he wants you both to make it! A man who cannot be supportive of your achievements because he is floundering in a sea of uncertainty over his own life is not a healthy partner to have and to hold forever. Creating dependencies or feelings of obligation is not the way to get the best out of your man. Somewhere along the way, he will resent you and flee from the smothering burden of obligation he associates you with. You want a man who is firmly anchored in his identity in Christ.

Remember, we are looking for a man who will be priest and leader of his home. His first instinct should be to want to cover you, redeem you, and provide for you. Your job is to decide if this is the man God has ordained for you to complement.

9. Complementarity. Do your talents and gifts complement his? Do his gifts complement yours? What about your temperaments? Do you see the two of you as an effective team capable of bringing blessing to the lives of those around you? Do your futures mesh? Can you coordinate your gifts in an attractive and effective way?

This is why knowing your purpose is so important. Make sure your hearts beat for mutual causes. When I go shopping always consider the fabric, the fit and what I already have in my closet. Will my next purchase be a complementary addition to what I already have? If I find that I am going to have to buy shoes and matching accessories to go with a new outfit, I leave it right on the rack. It is too expensive a proposition.

If the man you meet makes you feel that you need to completely reinvent yourself, something is wrong.

This is where I ask you to consider the relationship in terms of cost. Is this relationship expensive spiritually, emotional or physically? Does your longing for a mate make you willing to forfeit who you are in the process? Or does he see you as the gift that you are?

The man in your life should consider you a rare find, a priceless jewel-because of you he is getting ready to get blessed big-time! Any relationship that causes you to feel unworthy, unlovely, unacceptable, undesirable or that you have to work for love, is too expensive!

God has called the man to cover, protect and provide not only materially for a woman, but emotionally and spiritually as well. You should be richer in mind, body and spirit for your union with the man of your dreams. The man in your life should make rich deposits into your heart and spirit, not withdrawals.

10. Does he have a healthy love & acceptance of himself? Make sure the man in your life has taken time to heal from past relationships and has made peace with himself. How he cares for himself is how he will care for you.

A man's relationship with God is crucial here. His love for himself will only be as strong as his love for God. This is not something that you can impart. You cannot be his savior or teacher. That is out of spiritual order.

In his rightful place as your personal priest, he should be leading you to a richer relationship with Christ. If he is causing you to compromise your faith and destabilize your walk, if he is leading you into sexual sin or causing you to be distracted from your commitment to Christ, the relationship is too expensive. Offending the Lover of your soul, who promises you eternal love, is too high a fare to pay for a ride that has a limited run.

If you and your man can't soar in the Spirit, when the force of your love for another is tested by the pull or gravity of the world, your union will not be able to survive.

So you decide. How much is your life worth? How much is your love worth? You will be able to accept only what you believe you deserve. God himself calculated the worth of your love and decided it was worth His life. He now pledges you His love for eternity. Yes, Jesus sets the example for all others to follow when He paid a ransom for His bride. Should you expect less from a mortal man?

Throughout the Biblical age, men were willing to pay the cost for the hand that they desired. The truth of the matter is, everyone knows that anything worth having, costs. And no one gets a ride in this life for free.

Our prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I confess that I have not always been as careful as I should've been with my heart. From time to time, my desire for love has caused me to leave my heart in the wrong hands. I now commit my heart into Your hands for safekeeping.

Please help me to stop being so impulsive with what you deem so precious. As I learn to celebrate Your love for me, let me learn from Your example what a bridegroom should really be like. Help me to never settle for less than what you desire for me.

As I embrace You as the Lover of my soul, keep my affections in the haven of Your own heart. As I rest in Your love, make me more discriminating of those who approach me. I ask that You take over this area of my life. Keep me from those You know would hurt my heart.

I invite You to set a hedge around me and keep me from all who would draw me into unfruitful relationships until the day you present me to the mate that You have selected for me.

Grant me the discernment to recognize him as he recognizes me. Cleanse me from the temptation to typecast the men I meet according to what I see. Help me to trust in Your knowledge and lean not on my own understanding. I know that You know what is best for me; therefore I yield to Your choice.

General Board / RE: Fuel Price: NLC Begins Protest Oct 11
« on: September 28, 2004, 11:31:52 PM »
really that the increase in price of fuel is not a shock is a big lie but if we want nigeria to grow y not dialouge if not with the common himself, y not with the representative of the common man ,the nlc? it is becomin an eyesore to see nlc ready to go on workers' strike on trivial issues as fuel price increase when there are important issues to go on strike for. Actually i see this as non-humane and inconsiderate if the common man and his existence are not considred,also not considerin that some peoples' children have to feed and go to school i am angry at the govt for being inconsidrate at the poor man who has to work hard to feed his children the least or does obasanjo want the jobless and poor to visit and shoot him in asorock?

chit-chat / WHY DO MEN DIE FIRST?
« on: May 23, 2004, 10:03:11 PM »
If you put a woman on a pedestal and try to protect her from the rat race,
you're a male chauvinist. If you stay home and do the housework, you're a
pansy. If you work too hard, there's never any time for her.

If you don't work enough, you're a good-for-nothing bum. If she has a boring
repetitive job with low pay, this is exploitation. If you have a boring
repetitive job with low pay, you should get off your lazy behind and find
something better. If you you get a promotion ahead of her, that is

If she gets a job ahead of you, it's affirmative action. If you mention how
nice she looks, it's sexual harassment. If you keep quiet, it's male
indifference. If you cry, you're a wimp. If you don't, you're an insensitive
bastard. If you make a decision without consulting her, you're a chauvinist.

If she makes a decision without consulting you, she's a liberated woman. If
you ask her to do something she doesn't enjoy, that's domination.

If she asks you, it's a favor. If you appreciate the female form, you're a
If you don't, you're gay. If you like a woman to shave her legs, wear sexy
lingerie and keep in shape, you're sexist. If you don't, you're unromantic.
If you try to keep yourself in shape, you're vain.

If you don't,you're a slob. If you buy her flowers, you're after something.

If you don't, you're not thoughtful. If you're proud of your achievements,
you're full of yourself. If you aren't, you're not ambitious. If she has a
headache, she's tired.
If you have a headache, you don't love her anymore. If you want it too
often, you're over sexed.

If you don't, there must be someone else. So why do men die first? Because
they want to.

chit-chat / DON'T LAUGH....
« on: May 23, 2004, 09:45:17 PM »

on this particular day, two men stood in the middle of the road and began to argue."I say that is the sun," one said."of course not, that is obviously the moon," said the other."I think you need to get yourself a pair of glasses because your eyesight is failing you.It is plain to see that is the sun that is up there." the first man said again"well, i will definiely get a pair of glasses but they will be for you so you can see clearly that it is the moon that is shining down on us".And on and on they argued until along came another fellow."Excuse me" said the second man to the fellow,"please could you tell us whether it is the sun or the moon that is up there in the sky?".
"oh! sorry" said the fellow,"I cant help you.I am a stranger here!"

there were three men at a bar.One man got drunk and started a fight with the two men.the police came and took the drunk guy to jail.The next day the man went before the judge.
The judge asked the man,"where do you work?"
The men said,"Here and there."
The judge asked again,"what do u do for a living?"
The man said,"This and that."
The judge then said,"Take him away."
The man said,"Wait, judge when will i get out?"
The judge answered,"sooner or later."

One day, a diver was enjoying the aquatic world 20 feet below sea level. He noticed a guy at the same depth, but with no scuba gear whatsoever. The diver went below another 20 feet, and the guy joined him a moment later. The diver went down even farther and the same guy was right behind him.
The confused diver took out out his waterproof chalkboard and wrote, "How the heck are you able to stay under this deep without equipment?"

The guy took the board and chalk, erased what the diver had written, and wrote,

"I'm drowning, you freakin moron...!"

Karen lost her husband almost four years ago and still hasn't gotten out of her mourning stage.

Her daughter is constantly calling her and urging her to get back into the world.

Finally, Karen says she'd go out, but didn't know anyone.

Her daughter immediately replies: "Mom! I have someone for you to meet.

Well, it was an immediate hit.

They took to one another and after dating for six weeks, he asks her to join him for a weekend in the Catskills.

Their first night there, she undresses as he does.

There she stood nude except for a pair of black lacy panties, he in his birthday suit.

Looking at her he asks: "Why the black panties?"

She replies: "My breasts you can fondle, my body is yours to explore, but down there I am still in mourning."

He knows he's not getting lucky that night.

The following night the same scenario.

She's standing there with the black panties on, and he is in his birthday suit ... except that he is wearing a black condom.

She looks at him and asks: "What's with this ... a black condom?"

He replies: "I want to offer my deepest condolences."

chit-chat / the intelligence of a woman
« on: January 30, 2004, 12:06:16 AM »
There once was a man who had worked all of his life
and had saved all his money and was a real miser. He
loved money more than just about anything.  8)

One day, he said to his wife, 'When I die, I want you
to take all my money and put it in the casket with me
because I want to take my money into the afterlife.'
He forced her to promise with all her heart that she'd
obey his wish and put all their money in the casket
with him.

Well, soon after he died.  :-[

His wife sat in the church during the funeral next to
her best friend. When the ceremony was finished, just
before the undertakers got ready to close the casket,
the widow said, 'Wait just a minute!' and she placed a
small box she had with her in her husband's lifeless
hands.  ;)

The undertakers then locked the casket and rolled it

The woman's friend said, 'Girl, I know you weren't
fool enough to put all your money in there with your

The widow replied, 'Listen, I'm a Christian. I can't
go back on my word. I promised him that I was gonna
put our money in that casket with him and that's what I did.'

'You mean to tell me you put all of your money in that casket?!!'

'I sure did,' said the widow.

'How'd you fit it all in that little box?', asked her friend.

'I wrote him a check.'  :D

Never Underestimate The Intelligence of a Woman.

chit-chat / zaa blonde
« on: January 30, 2004, 12:12:14 AM »
A blonde gets on an airplane and sits down in the first class
section of the plane. The stewardess rushes over to her and
tells her she must move to coach because she doesn't have
a first class ticket. The blonde replies, 'I'm blonde, I'm smart,
I have a good job, and I'm staying in first class until we reach

The disgusted stewardess gets the head stewardess who
asks the blonde to leave. The blonde yet again repeats
'I'm blonde, I'm smart, I have a good job and I'm staying in
first class until we reach Jamaica.' The head stewardesses
doesn't even know what to do at this point because they
still have to get the rest of the passengers seated to take
off; the blode is causing a problem with boarding now,
so the stewardess gets the copilot. ;D

The copilot goes up to the blonde and whispers in her ear.
She immediately gets up and goes to her seat in the
coach section. The head stewardess asks the copilot in
amazement what he said to get her to move to her correct
seat. The copilot replies, 'I just told her the front half of the
airplane wasn't going to Jamaica.'  :D :D :D :D

« on: January 31, 2004, 04:47:01 AM »
"The Mile: People come into our lives and walk with us a mile, and then because of circumstance they only stay a while. They serve a need within the days that move so quickly by, and then are gone beyond our reach, we often wonder why. God only knows the reason that we meet and share a smile, why people come into our lives and walk with us a mile."
"Stars are like friends; there's always some around, you just need to find your favorite one."
"Though miles may lie between us, we're never far apart, for friendship doesn't count the miles, it's measured by the heart."

chit-chat / 19 Year Old Nigeria girl Murdered in New York  
« on: February 14, 2004, 02:04:56 AM »
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chit-chat / some body tell me is this life
« on: February 14, 2004, 02:54:06 AM »
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« on: February 22, 2004, 11:40:27 PM »
African Values...Wasted?
African Values and False Ideas
Whenever I watch a movie or documentary showcasing the cannibalism or barbarianism of Africans, I look down inside me and say; This can't be true. Fortunately, it is definitely untrue. Africans were not barbarians or cannibals, but there were sane and complete humans. They responded to civilization and empowerment.

Consequent upon the research I did lately, I discovered that Africans had/have a great form of religion, culture and tradition. Their traditions were based on love respect morals and religious inductions. Though there were some quota of atrocities committed in secret, The African traditions still retain its immunity.

I will address a few points to backup my claims. Firstly, let's take a deep look into the organization of a typical African family. In Africa, the type of family Africans organized was called COMPOUND FAMILY. This family consists of a father, mother, aunts and uncles, children, and the grandparents. The family members then live in a huge compound headed by the eldest of all. They carry on activities together, conduct family business; mostly farming. They do not live together out of scarcity of houses, rather they live together be exercising true love and peace. The head of the family settles disputes among the members. He also stimulates love peace. All the members heed to the words of the elders as a result of the great respect they have for them.

The unity in Africa is so strong that there is no translation for words such as cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, grandfather, grandmother in most African Languages. Nephews, nieces, uncles and aunties are referred to as Brothers and Sisters, while the Grandfathers and Grandmothers are called Baba and Mama. Some parts in Africa refer to them as Big mama or Big Papa. You would hardly see an iota of sectionalism or segregation among Africans of the same social class. When two Africans of the same town, village or country, meet elsewhere, they refer to themselves as brothers.

In Africa today, this kind of warmth still exist, especially among the average or lower social class. Ones child is his/her friends child and vice versa. The afore-mentioned type of family does not exist among the highest social class anymore. This is as a result of their cultural imitation from the west.

Secondly, the traditions of Africans are uncompleted without treating the issue of respect. Africans generally shower their elders or leaders with great respect. In most African communities, males prostrate while greeting an elder while the females keel down. Consequent on the respect they have for elders, they dont call elders by their first name; rather they call them with a name that shows respect. For example, a young man who has an elder brother named Chukwudi calls him; Broda Chukwudi, Egbon Chukwudi or Dede Chukwudi, Young men also call elders Baba (meaning father) and Mama (meaning mother). These acts show the great love and respect Africans have for elders. This trait can also be found among Black Americans of today. They call themselves: brothers and sisters.

Thirdly, the moral philosophy and principles of Africa cannot be ignored. Africans have the sense of right and wrong, that is why they came across customs, beliefs and taboos. In Africa, there are great numbers of proverbs and folklores that deal with moral principles. One out of millions of African proverbs are Yaw Lea which means morals are beauty. This proverb is a kind of warning to men and women who believe in beauty as a criterion for marriage. This proverb tells us that morals are greater than beauty and should be the main criteria for marriage.

Lastly, most people believe that African Religion is polytheistic. Many also believe that Africans worship stones, woods, air et cetera. This belief is completely fictitious. The only God introduced into the African system was Jesus Christ. The translation of the word, JESUS CHRIST into many African languages is very similar to the original pronunciation. The Igbos call him; Jeso, the Yorubas call him; Jesu Kristi, the Edos call him Yesu Kristi and so on. This striking similarity in the pronunciation of the name clearly depicts the introduction of Jesus Christ into the African System. But fortunately, the Supreme God was not introduced into the African system; rather God introduced himself to the Africans. The Africans have been serving God before the introduction of Christianity or Islam. That is why Africans have a radical name for God unlike Christ.

To briefly analyze the structure of the African Indigenous Religions, I will make the Yoruba based religion an epitome. Yorubas believe in Olodumare or Olorun (The Supreme God). Olodumare has deities or gods, which are under his control. He communicates with the people through these deities. These deities also have priests. The deities are numerous in numbers but the prominent ones are; Orunmila (father of all gods), Sango (god of lightning and thunder), Ogun (God or iron), Osanyin (god of herbs) and many more. These deities were custodians of all the endeavors. There were humans that contributed greatly to the development of man. They offer sacrifices to God and the gods. The sacrifice they offer to these deities is a kind of symbol to strengthen their faith in praises. In one sentence, Olodumare is the supreme God, while the deities are the intermediaries between God and Man.

Lastly, there are two salient reasons, which I think is responsible for the white missionaries that termed the African Religion uncivilized and barbaric. One, it appeared that these people did not fully understand the concept of the Africans concerning religion, so they came to the conclusion that the religion is polytheistic. Two, The African Religion deals mostly with nature; trees, forests, waters et cetera. So the missionaries called it uncivilized. Three, they may have propounded their false theories out of jealousy, because Africans cured any kind of deceases, using supernatural and natural powers, better known as divine and herbal powers.

To wrap it up, there is no perfection in every culture, traditions and religion. The Muslims deceive people with jihads and holy wars, the Christians pictures Jesus Christ as God, while top ministers of God enrich their pockets in the name of Christ. The popes too never condemned slave trade; rather they encouraged slave-merchants to convert slaves into Christians. Africans priests also took advantage of their powers to order for human rituals. But despite all these misdeeds and atrocities, there is beauty and sense in all cultures, traditions and religion. This beauty is in the African culture, tradition and religion. And they are not based on cruelty but on morals and religious injunctions.

chit-chat / MY WISH!!
« on: February 22, 2004, 11:35:18 PM »
My Wish
Get your feet wet with new experiences...
There are so many wishes I wish for myself and also for those that means a lot to me. I can barely begin to tell you all my wishes because there are so many of them and I want them all to come true. My mom once told me that she wants me to use my heart as a compass as I grow and find my way in the world but she wants me to have an appreciation for the direction of home and where my love lies.

I have learnt to be self reliant,self confident, self motivated and self sufficient and I know I have never been alone cause I have been so strong more than I can ever imagne. Though so many things happen to us in life good and bad and at the point we are supposed to get our breakthroughs, we finally give up.
For you my fellow rockers,
it's my wish for you to be safe smart and cautious
It's my wish for you to be wise beyond your years
I don't want you to think you are too old. Go to those you trust most with your fears and talk to them. It helps a lot.

Live your life so that people who share your days will realise that they are in the presence of someone special. Be a wonderful and rare person with no comparison. So many opportunities have come our ways and surely more are yet to come. Get your feet wet with new experinces but as I have always been told,''be sure you never get it in your head''. Keep responding to the challenges life brings in a positive way.

I pray not to rush the future and to slowly build on the stepping stones of the past. I have a strong foundation of family, friends and joy that will alway last and i know each one of you does. I wish I could find the words to tell you how much this site has personally contributed to me. One thing I'm very sure is that I have learnt a lot from here.

So many treasures awaits us in our journey of life...

Peace and Love, to all kanoonliners

« on: February 22, 2004, 11:22:02 PM »
The call has continued to go out for Nigerians in the diaspora to return home to Nigeria and share or contribute to the growth of the Country.Many are really answering the call while some are still arming themselves with the necessary tools that they require to effect such positive change in a country dogged with political,religions, and social upheavals.There are still others who have relegated Nigeria to the background as a secondary society that may not even be returned to or even visited again.The latter category includes critics and believers in the barrage of negative criticism leveled against Nigeria and Nigerians.It is supposed to be a free world and each individual is entitled to decide the priority of his own national,political,or societal allegiance.Yet,it must be maintained that there is quiet a substancial good side to the story of Nigeria and Nigerians,notwithstanding the barrage of incidents that continue to smear the prestige and integrity of that great Country.

For one to know that Nigerian names over-whelmingly dominate the New York State and New York city professional and graduate employees of non- American origin.Check this out for yourself.Just type in a Nigerian last name(Yoruba,ibo,etc,) into the city employees mailing or e-mail address book and you will be amazed by the dominance of Nigerians listed in the directory.Not only in New York,but in London,Europe and other parts of the world,Nigerians in Diapora continue to excel in their various fields of endeavour whether it is academics,business, administration,arts,or otherwise.Yet,some choose to remember Nigerians only by the occational negative news that hit the Television or radio transmitters.

It is therefore understandable perhaps,why many Nigerians in Diapora are reluctant to say that they are from Nigeria when asked where they come from.Some of them believe they could lose an interview,lose their honour,or perhaps get treated unfairly differently,if they indentify with being a Nigerian.Obviously,many Nigerians the world over have been identified with various sorts of fraud and crime.Unfortunately,negative news travels faster than good news,and it definitely leaves a stigma even after the news seemed to have passed.Regardless,the fact remains that those Nigerians who go around tarnishing the image of Nigeria and Nigerians are always in the minority.The majority of Nigerians are very good people.They are very hardworking,respectful,resourceful,ambitious,and serious minded individuals.I am not just saying this,it is fact and this can be seen with top foreign firms and international organizations that continue to engage Nigerians despite the negative rap we get from all corners.

Incidentally,those in Nigeria who believe that they are more devoted than others in their tribal and/or religious beliefs have not helped matters by their continual commitment to riot and kill fellow Nigerians at the slightest provocation.But must some of us continue to dig graves that are so wide and deep as to take everyone along with them?Some of our Nigerian leaders continue to take actions that inevitably attract worldwide condemnation,and further degredation of the Nigerian entity.It seems that for some reasons,some Nigerians seem to enjoy the propagation of negativism about Nigeria.I will recount no further,but the question will not go away.What is the cause of this seeming joy of bathing in the aura of negative impressionism?Is it out of a selfish desire to survive at all cost,or as a result of biased influence and orientation?The question continues to linger,but it has to be answered,if we really intend to make progress.

knowing some that have been exposed to a different ways of doing things in the Dispora,some of them actually return to Nigeria to help improve things while others simply go back and get sucked in and influenced by the pending disrepute alleged by critics of Nigeria and Nigerians.Many of them who return to Nigeria go ahead to jettison whatever little enlightenment they have obtained,and they carelessly dash the hopes of those Nigerians at home who have hoped that they could make a different.They refuse to let their light shine.The present political dispensation in Nigeria includes various returnee Nigerians.How do we rate the contribution of these returnee Nigerians?Whether it is been positive,or negative,is a toipc that requires the devotion of another write-up.

While the call for the return of Nigerians in the Diaspora continues to ring,Nigerians in Diaspora could do alot to help matters even if they are not ready to return to Nigeria at the moment.Being proud of Nigeria and being a good ambassador of Nigeria anywhere the Nigerian finds himself in the world could go along way to help.This does not have to involve a mammoth task.It could be as simple as not being ashamed of owning up to being a Nigerian,or simply proving the critics wrong when they expect some negative behaviour from the Nigerian.This is not a call for moral revolution(although that would be interesting). It is rather a simple restatement of our civic duty to promote the goodwill our fatherland.

To those who have done a lot and have remained in the forefront of promoting the positive attributes of Nigeria and Nigerians,the comment would be for them to keep up the good work.I am not a crusader and i have nothing to say to those who continue to pull the name of the country down for reasons best known to them.They will decide for themselves at the right time.However,to those who are not sure of Nigeria and Nigerians,i would make an appeal for them to please give Nigeria and Nigerians a chance devoid of prejudicial assesment.A simple request to be treated with an open heart,not with a preconceived impression.

But what chance do we Nigerians give ourselves?how do we respect our honour and integrity when tested by situations that tell the kind of stuff that we are made of?If NIgerian is not proud enough to stand up for one single fellow Nigerian out there whether at home or abroad,how could he contribute to the betterment of the nation as a larger entity?

« on: March 23, 2004, 11:36:52 PM »
A bus filled with politicians was driving through the countryside one day, on the campaign trail. The bus driver, caught up in the beautiful scenery,loses control and crashes into the ditch. A farmer living nearby hears the horrible crash and rushes out to discover the wreckage. Finding the politicians, he buries them.

The next day, the police come to the farm to question the man. "So you buried all the politicians?" asked the police officer. "Were they all dead?"

The farmer answered, "Some said they weren't, but you know how politicians lie." including kanoonliners.

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