Date Archives January 2018

Words I Have Heard from those Around Me


“Climb and get some for them … that is how you earn their respect and love”

A Senior Officer at Ekiti State NYSC encouraging me to climb a mango tree to get mangoes for my female colleagues. To me that was ancient wisdom on how to really win a woman’s heart and what it means to be a man not just a male. It struck me more because I often perceived him as one who was always joking yet there was this hidden wisdom in him.


“If you always tell the truth you do not have to remember what you said last”

Mr. Ibraheem Salau back when we worked together at Airtel Nigeria. I was particularly struck by this because some Christians do not have this firm position about telling the truth especially in the workplace when their jobs of professional reputations are at stake. It was a challenge to me as a Christian.




“I know what happened. You were depending on old anointing”

My Mum after I had failed to deliver a sermon in church as expected even though everyone else clapped. Only those who know you well ans really love you will tell you the truth. Sycophants are always clapping for you up to when you fall flat on your face. True friends who love you can tell you your flaws to you face even at the risk of losing you.


“If you read the bible very well, you will discover you are not supposed to abandon him”

Rev. Alan Okumeng Mensa when I asked his counsel on an elderly person whom I perceived to be bothering me with incessant requests for assistance. Some burdens are heavy but necessary and they are the true test of our claims of godliness.


Hope you read something striking! Feel free to share statements from people around you that have stuck with you over the years.


RMAN-05500 and RMAN-05502


Let’s start with the definitions of these Recovery Manager errors

RMAN-05502: the target database must be mounted when issuing a DUPLICATE command RMAN-05500: the auxiliary database must be not mounted when issuing a DUPLICATE command

In Oracle’s database duplication, who is the target? The Target is actually the source database that you are trying to duplicate. The auxiliary is the destination. Thus when establishing a connection for the purpose for configuring Oracle Dataguard for example you must connect to BOTH instances in one statement:

rman target=sys/******@TARGETSID auxiliary=sys/******@AUXSID

It is very important to realise that you are connected TWO databases in ONE RMAN session thus any command you issue affects BOTH. For example suppose you issue a dumplicate command as below:

RMAN > duplicate target database for standby ;

and get this error:

RMAN-05001 auxiliary filename /usr/datafile/users03.dbf conflicts with a file used by the target database

This occurs because you have not used DB_FILE_NAME_CONVERT in your parameter file and your data files are on the same path in both TARGET and AUXILLIARY. You then decide you need to circumvent this this by add the NOFILENAMECHECK clause since you want to maintain the uniform paths and overwrite the AUX database. To start all over again you shutdown the instance(s) from the same RMAN session! Big MISTAKE! You just shutdown your LIVE database.

This results in the confusing scenario where you attempt the duplicate command again and get:

RMAN-05502: the target database must be mounted when issuing a DUPLICATE command

You issue alter database mount: in the very same RMAN session and try the duplication command again and then get:

RMAN-05500: the auxiliary database must be not mounted when issuing a DUPLICATE command


  • Be careful when issuing shutdown database form RMAN

  • Understand who the TARGET is and who the AUXILLIARY is

Entangled: The First Few Weeks

It’s 2018 and I should start by saying “Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by”.

One of the things we are pursuing this year is the penetration of our new book Entangled in the ever-so-competitive world of literature. We worked very hard on pre-sales publicity starting October 2017 and we did get some support thanks to VentSell and Wigal (our USSD Code Provider). It is really fun to use technology to do something seemingly ordinary.

During the launch we took it a step further and streamed online, allowing friends to share in our effort and equally be inspired to pursue their own gifts. I really enjoyed the Book Launch and we really  didn’t have to spend so much. Ever so grateful we are to friends who helped out. It is simply an awesome thing to have people around you who give their time and talents to assist one pursue their dreams. Whatever you do, find great friends.

Social Media? Amazing. Chris Greenwood taught me a cool way to grow Facebook audience which worked in an amazing manner. It help reach uncharted regions. In the course of this publicity we also got to meet good supporters right here in Ghana. Even out YouTube Channel has seen significant growth since the launch of Entangled.

Challenges? Yup, we had them. From printing errors to illness to technical flaws with our streaming, challenges are part of our journey to greatness. It is all part f the story. Whatever you are pursing on this planet, expect difficulty. If grows you. We thank God we are overcoming overcomers. We have a story to tell those who are coming after us.

After all the efforts we finally started reaching the bookshops and the reception has been quite encouraging. The feedback from the earlier book Till Death also nudged us on to put in more effort. People are actually reading the books, I mean people asides our friends and family. It is just awesome. That alone is enough inspiration to write more. So far Challenge Bookshops and Dreams & Visions have given the best returns and we are grateful. It can only get better.

Entangled. Wow. Virtually everyone who has read it has said they could hardly drop the book. They want more. I am looking forward to make more time to write “If I Were to Live Again”, “Mission West Africa”, “I Survived” , “The Thought Compendium” , “Alternatives: The Spouse I Never Had” and so on. Ideas are brewing and it is just a matter of time.

OK. Signing out today’s scribble, I do hope to read your feedback on Amazon, Smashwords, our Facebook Page or YouTube Channel after you read Entangled. Thank you and whatever you do, express yourself!

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