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Biafra: The Humble Thoughts of a Layman

Read More | July 9, 2017

 

The Man at the Centre Stage

 

Nnamdi Kanu is definitely a force to recon with. His consistency, resolve and the following he has amassed the world over among the Igbos is phenomenal. I admire him for these and more. Many people are however worried that his rhetoric is largely emotional, stirring up the emotions of the Igbos. These emotions are stirred for good reason though: the marginalisation of the Igbos and other eastern tribes of Nigeria since the end of the war some fifty years ago. This ‘marginalisation’ is a contentious and debatable concept but most people will agree that it was only a matter of course that ruling powers would attempt to keep the boisterous and powerful Igbos in check after such a showdown. This […]

7 Things I Picked Up from Ironing 60 Chair Cloths

Read More | June 12, 2017

I recently had an occasion where I needed family to help out with preparations for an event. One of the tasks that came up was the need to iron sixty white chair covers we hired just one day before the event. I had asked a young lady to do this task for me on purpose and I found out almost ten things she gave away without knowing (she is going to blacklist my blog for writing this Ha Ha Ha). I think most of them can be applied to the attitude of some people in the workplace.

 

She Lacked Negotiation Skills

Ironing sixty pieces of cloth is understandably a herculean task especially when it had to be done at the end of a long day which was […]

Fatherhood Series – 001 – How It All Started

Read More | June 5, 2017

I have been in IT for about 10 years and nothing ever takes me away from my duties except God. That day however, I had to shelve a trip to the office and have someone stand in for me when she said he seemed to be coming. (He finally came two days later). The following couple of days were full of drives back and forth to the hospital. Anticipation. Expectation. Anxiety? A little. We had packed everything in the travel bag as if it was a hotel we were going to. The nurses were definitely as nice as Room Service unexpectedly. Ghanaians are generally nicer when they are in customer service roles I guess!

The pain came at intervals. Hours on end. On the final evening […]

Veritas: Connection Requested by Invalid server

Read More | April 17, 2017

So here is the scenario:

I recently built a SQL 2016 Failover Cluster with multiple NICs and one NIC dedicated for Backup. I went through Symantec Netbackup documentation available here which indicated that I had to create a virtual name referencing my Backup LANs IP Address to get the backup configuration to work. (this is a paraphrase). I did all that, update the host files on the client, master and media servers but kept getting this error in the log files in the path C:\Program Files\Veritas\NetBackup\logs\bpcd

bpcd valid_server: mastersvr-01 is not a master server
bpcd valid_server: mastersvr-01 is not a media server either

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process_requests: Server access denied

 

Checking a few solutions on vox.veritas.com indicated that the master server name as resolved by the client was not matching the name configured in Windows […]

Master DB Recovery Failure After Upgrading to SQL Server 10.50.6220

Read More | April 14, 2017

I recently tried to upgrade a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance to build 10.50.6220. In fact I worked on two servers simultaneously. Both succeeded but one instance failed to startup after the installation. The errors in Event Viewer were as follows:

 

Cannot recover the master database. SQL Server is unable to run. Restore master from a full backup, repair it, or rebuild it. For more information about how to rebuild the master database, see SQL Server Books Online.

Script level upgrade for database ‘master’ failed because upgrade step ‘sqlagent100_msdb_upgrade.sql’ encountered error 200, state 7, severity 25. This is a serious error condition which might interfere with regular operation and the database will be taken offline. If the error happened during upgrade of the ‘master’ database, it will […]

Made in Africa – Radical Thoughts on Cultures We Have Adopted

Read More | March 21, 2017

A few experiences over the past few months have made me think about how we live as Africans and what we can do as a people to better our macro economies. As you read this be aware that I am not some racist or separatist. We must co-exist with the rest of the world but I believe there must be a balance  in the practice of “giving and receiving”,  “buying and selling”. The way things are now, the flow of wealth and goods is grossly out of balance we as Africans living in Africa are at the receiving end of loans, the buying end in terms of trade and it keeps getting worse.

In addition, do not consider me some kind of absolute genius because I […]

Five Things I learnt from the Road Side Food Vendor

Read More | March 17, 2017

Business is theoretical for most of us. We read about it, we discuss it, we go to school to earn degrees on it but we never actually do business. On the other hand some people do a lot of business without attending ‘ Business School’ or reading any books. Sure there is a balance between the two and I do believe there is something we can learn from both sides. I passed by a food vendor’s kiosk this morning and noticed a few things that can scale. I will call her Yayra for the purpose of this blog post and tell you what I learnt.

 

Yayra Owns Real Estate

Yayra does not pay any rent. Maybe she pays a little money to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly for […]

Path Error When Installing SQL Server 2016 on Command Line

Read More | March 1, 2017

Error

The input setting “SQLUSERDBDIR” has invalid character ” ” “. Retry setup with valid value for “SQLUSERDBDIR”.

Fix

Do not using quotes when specifying the /SQLUSERDBDIR,  /SQLUSERDBLOGDIR,  /SQLTEMPDBDIR, /SQLTEMPDBLOGDIR parameter values i.e. /SQLUSERDBDIR=M:\MSSQL\Data NOT  /SQLUSERDBDIR=”M:\MSSQL\Data”

It was different one version earlier.

We Choose How We Are

Read More | January 16, 2017

 

Imagine stepping out of you house every day, walking across the street with a bucket of trash in your hand and just throw it all on the bare floor. You do it the first day, the second day, the third day and on and on. You are completely comfortable with yourself, no guilt, no second thoughts, no hesitation. You just give birth to a rubbish heap right in front of your home. No one stops you so you go right ahead and while everyone minds their business.

Soon everyone in your neighbourhood joins and you work together assiduously to build a mountain of trash front of you several feet wide. It smells everyday, keeps rising and is about to close up the major road that runs in […]

Crowd Funding is Native to Africa

Read More | January 4, 2017

One of the most beautiful things about Africa is the value we have for family and community. When we give birth we do not have to pay nannies, our mothers-in-law are there for us. When we want house helps, we can readily get distant cousins from our home towns (at least when I was growing up). When we want to school abroad the village chief calls a meeting and everyone contributes to send us to school in the hopes that we will make the village proud at the end of the day. When we want to start business all we need to do is work for Uncle Okoro for a few years and he will set us up (happens in Nnewi). Community is a concept […]

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Read More | January 1, 2017

This is my 136th post and my 6th year on this blog. Just this afternoon I had a small chat with one of my bosses regarding our tendency to analyze so hard that we fail to even start something worthwhile ever. I recalled a statement I heard from Pastor Poju Oyemade a few years ago along the lines of “Ready, Fire, Aim!!!” which speaks of the need to make a move before perfecting you move in certain circumstances. I thank God I made a move with my books and with my blogs. It can only get better.

I encourage you to see this first day of 2017 as another opportunity to make a move. Many people can advise you or help you analyze things but only […]

What I Think Mr. Eddy Could Have Done

Read More | December 29, 2016

The other day my wife ordered some pizza and requested delivery to the house. It so happened that on this particular day, the 27th of December, delivery was not available. First shocker! Delivery unavailable during a holiday period. I would have thought this was when everyone planned for a deluge of customers at eateries.

Incidentally when we eventually went to the shop to pick up the pizza ourselves we found a massive crowd outside and a massive queue waiting for their takeaways. There was an ingenious contraption there to manage the queue: a certain waiter was taking names and assigning everyone “Tally Numbers” (if you were born after 1985 you may not have heard of those). Well, most people really wanted their pizza so they waited […]

STRETCH: How to Move from Deficit to Surplus – Albert Ocran

Read More | November 22, 2016

Commencement Speech by Rev. Albert Ocran at the Graduation Ceremony of the College of Education of the University of Ghana on Saturday 19th November, 2016.

The chairman of the university council, the vice chancellor, faculty, staff, graduands, parents and distinguished guests, twenty-nine years ago, l took the matriculation oath in this Great Hall with a sense of pride but little insight into what lay ahead. Returning to give a commencement address here means a lot to me. God has indeed been good.

I trust that my thoughts will go some way to help each of our 1,550 graduands to achieve your own life goals. I am speaking on how to move from DEFICIT to SURPLUS and my message is simply entitled “STRETCH.”

FOUNDATIONAL THOUGHTS

Let me start by establishing […]

Dubai, Accra and Nkrumah

Read More | November 17, 2016

“Where is the progress in keeping pace with the competition? If our sole goal is to attain the level others have reached, then we are setting our target too low. We must take matters into our own hands. Do no fool yourselves into believing that we are moving forward when we are only keeping up with general trends, while the real opportunities are slipping away” – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

I went through the Dubai flyover the past two days. The first exit leads to Accra (the popular market area), the second to Kaneshie industrial area and the third either to Awudome Cemetery or straight on to Kaneshie. On the first day I took the second exit and yesterday I took the straight route all […]

The Principle of the Underdog

Read More | November 14, 2016

If you are starting out in business you may find that not everyone in your sphere will be excited about your decision. Even those you may be trying to ask advise from or honour by telling them about your new idea may be laughing in their heads at you ” … he thinks it is easy. so naive…”.

It is important that you know your place as a startup so you do not fall into intentional and unintentional traps of those already in the industry. The following points are a little contribution I learnt from a good friend on how you can protect yourself and survive, thrive in the midst of those who are much bigger than you.

Share your business plan very carefully. Even when seeking […]

Alpha Males and ‘Women Talk’

Read More | November 9, 2016

We were about stepping in the elevator a few hours before the US presidential elections, about seven of us, all males a few of whom you would consider alpha males. The doors opened up and three ladies stepped out and some of the males followed them out of the elevator with their eyes just before all of us stepped in. Then the comments started. The married teasing the unmarried about their preferences from the three, the unmarried analyzing the ‘specimen’ that had just stepped out of the elevator.

Specimen, items for sale, pieces of artwork. The way men often speak of women (and maybe even vice versa in certain circles) makes the object of the observation and analysis seem just less than a living, breathing, person. […]

Ab Initio [Archives]

Read More | November 2, 2016

It is my thinking that some of the best paying careers in the world today actually border on support roles rather than the core needs of man. From oil workers to bankers to medical personnel and IT Pros, most roles that seem very important and pronounced were actually created to support core needs. Financial institutions were created to keep money deposited by those who worked for the money. Along the line they started making more money than those who deposited their hard earned money (by trading money not their own).

Medical workers depend on the reality that once in a while, human organs fail and these days, a lot of money is involved in research, education and remuneration in a bid to address such failures and […]

Between Man and Woman?

Read More | October 11, 2016

“Mummy, are you a man or a woman?”

 

Have you ever imagined your five year old kid asking you that question? Do you think it is an unexpected question to ask? Maybe now it seems far-fetched but it could be a normal question in a few years at the rate the world is going. A few years ago I heard Pastor Poju Oyemade in one of his messages making a serious joke about a toothpaste advert with two men brushing their teeth. If you did not get that line, please read it again and think about how certain family products are advertised.
Some weeks ago I listened documentary whose subject was the rights gay footballers have to publicly declare their sexuality. I tried to understand the reason for this and […]

I Think Entrepreneurship …

Read More | September 12, 2016

I Think Entrepreneurship is a responsibility. A responsibility to the workers who depend on the smooth running of your business to feed their families. A responsibility to the customers who depend on your product to make their lives less complicated or sometimes to sell their on products. You cannot afford to ruin all that with mismanagement or fraud. People are depending on you. You have taken up and responsibility.

I Think Entrepreneurship is the way out. A way out of a routine job that dulls your intellectual capacity and stifles your potential. Getting out never was or never will be easy. Staying put is easy. Just do nothing. I recently talked with a colleague who told me his wife was upset with him because he had to […]

Single, in Accra | Excerpts 18-Aug-2016 | Spark

Read More | August 18, 2016

We are hitting a milestone today. Page 100. That is about half way. Here is a nice piece from Single, In Accra.

Spontaneity. It was not unusual for Philip to suddenly become friendly with total strangers. Once in while he met someone that simply had that inexplicable magical spark that connected with him. Jokes would become absolutely natural and flow flawlessly. The dialogue as it often was would spiral from one subject to another till someone or something broke it. His melancholy in private could not be reconciled with his sporadic expressions of sanguine behaviour. It was even more pronounced when the other party drove the conversion. The other party was often a lady, middle-aged, young, married, single, pretty, not-so-pretty, it didn’t matter! What mattered was […]

The Way of The Eagle – Rev. Albert Ocran

Read More | August 14, 2016

The following is an excerpt from a message delivered by Rev. Albert Ocran at ICGC Christ temple on 14th August 2016. I found it really, really inspiring.

 

Five Characteristics of the Eagle

The Eagle operates from an elevated position. it builds its nest on the edge of a cliff where most people tend to avoid. To rise like an eagle we must lift ourselves above the ideas of the crowd at the bottom. Forgiveness is an example of an elevated position. [Ref. Job 39:27-28, I Corinthians 13:21]

 

The Eagle has vision and strategic focus. Your elevation determines your perspective. The Eagle has strength of vision and is able to look straight at the sun without going blind. The Eagle has two centres of focus (20-20 vision). It can […]

“Mburu, mburu” – No, More Hawkers

Read More | July 9, 2016

There is an expression used in my dialect to depict certain lines of thinking that are not consistent with what one might call natural logic. The expression is “Mburu, mburu” literally meaning “Left, left”. Left left thinking is what I respectfully think is going on if we say that the way to build a new mega city is to demolish existing houses. Left left thinking is also demonstrated in a plan that tows the line of banning hawkers over the course of a week or two in a city that has had hawkers for decades. What was that wise statement they used to make about Rome?

Now don’t get me wrong, I do not like what you might call the nuisance of hawkers or even the […]

Selling

Read More | June 29, 2016

I recently began re-trying my hands on selling. I enjoy it. The feeling that you made profit is a glorious experience. Back in school I used to be a little wary of selling because there was this feeling that I had taken money away from someone. Blessing, a close friend and fellow member at Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students shared the same concern. Something in our consciences was telling us there was something wrong with taking money away from people even though we were giving them something back. It was so bad for me that I eventually sold my goods at such ridiculous prices that the businesses did not last.

For example, when I sold Engineering Drawing paper in Year 2, after the first batch was […]

He Ages, He Ails, Adieu

Read More | June 4, 2016

Swift feet, long arms, a champion
The power of his biceps
The length of his reach
The rhyme of his words
He seemed forever young

A legend of his time
A reigning king, in the ring
Who would have thought
That his throne would fall
That he would sit no more

He shakes, his words fade
No more boastings, few rhymes
He ails, overtaken by age
None will feel his fists again
He departs to answer

He departs to answer to One
Who neither ages nor ails
Tears come to my eyes
At the reach of death
Even the greatest are but mortal

Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay
Whatever we have named you
Or you have named yourself
We bid you farewell
We remember you, but for how long?

Tribute to M’mad Ali, an inspiring legend

June 3 – I Remember, I Remember Them

Read More | June 3, 2016

That night I was driving from Uncle Danny’s place, somewhere in Tesano. I trip to my house would have taken about fifteen minutes but after two hours I was still at St. Theresa’s school. The traffic was thick, visibility was the poorest I had ever seen and the rain just would not stop. At St. Theresa’s school the water level was so high I actually felt my car move. I could not believe it. I later watched a video which implied that it takes just three feet of water to move a small car. Unbelievable. I didn’t a car moved by water but I did see a number of cars stuck in water. I was thankful because I drive a VW and rumour has it that they […]

Review of Njànsí – Princess Oforiwaa Asamoah

Read More | May 23, 2016

AUTHOR: KENNETH IGIRI
BOOK TITLE: NJÀNSÍ
REVIEWED BY: PRINCESS OFORIWAA ASAMOAH
DATE: 27TH APRIL, 2016

A REVIEW OF THE BOOK ENTITLED NJANSI

Njànsí is a book which talks about occultism and Christian life and how God can save even those who are lost. The book makes us understand how every unrealized mistake or action we take has its implications in our lives.  The book is written in a simple and very clear language. I must say, the author made very good use of suspense in the book. There is one particular character in the book that caught my attention her name was ‘Maureen’. Maureen is a Christian who believes everything is possible with God. She prays without ceasing and believes that dreams are sent to us by God as a […]

Stay Together

Read More | May 18, 2016

An interesting list “poem” I came across:

”Alone I can ‘Say’ but
together we can ‘talk’.

‘Alone I can ‘Enjoy’ but
together we can
‘Celebrate’.

‘Alone I can ‘Smile’ but
together we can ‘Laugh’.

That’s the BEAUTY of
Human Relations.

We are nothing without
each other

👊👊STAY CONNECTED!!👊👊

QUOTE OF THE DAY

The razor blade is sharp but can’t cut a tree; the axe is strong but can’t cut the hair.

MORALS

Everyone is important according to his/ her unique purpose.. Never look down on anyone unless you are admiring their shoes….

Speed – Wole Adetayo

Read More | May 14, 2016

Driving into a fuel station for a refill. The car has a fuel tank capacity of about 60 liters. While the pump attendant filled the tank, a motorcyclist also rode in to the second pump. Before I knew it, the motorcycle was full and the rider rode off while the car was still at the pump.

I got there before the motorcyclist but he left before me. It suddenly occurred to me that it would be absolutely silly of me to think “I got here before him. How come he is leaving before me?” Why? Our capacity is not the same. The truth is there are times in life when we are stuck at the pump of divinity.

Those who came in behind us have gone ahead […]

Creating a Winning Brand – Joe Jackson

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Joe Jackson. The name strikes you. His personality is even more striking. And his figure? He called it an Elephant.

Joe kept us engaged for an hour or so last Thursday at British Council, Accra during a program organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketers. Yes Marketers. They do have a professional institution. It was a grand event in terms of content and depth of sophistication mixed with simplicity. Joe mixed fun with intellectual prowess in a very inspiring presentation which started on a “lovely” note.

Joe used the analogy of a man fighting to win his beloved to describe what a marketer or anyone wishing to sell something should do in order to be successful. Before you think I am just talking about the ability to […]

My Chat with Benedict Asamoah

Read More | May 11, 2016

It is just amazing what God can do with the little things we get involved with. Sometimes the outcomes of our endeavours are not like we thought they should be. We set out to change the world and God shows us that it is we who need changing. I was changed when I spoke with Benedict Asamoah and the memories of some of his statements haunt me. take twenty minutes of you precious time and listen.

 

My apologies for the poor audio. It was a bit impromptu and I just had to record it.

Football Clubs in Class – Samuel Oguta

Read More | May 9, 2016

Of course if you know me you know I could not have written this At least not yet. It is from y direct boss, a little teaser for those of you who are ardent fans of the most popular sport in the world.

LEICESTER is like that poor kid that came from a humble background, even without being able to purchase the expensive textbooks and past questions, he topped the class.

MANCHESTER UNITED is that student whose father used to be a class teacher and bribes for him to pass exams and be at the top in those days. But after the retirement of his father he is always between number 6 / 7 because he can no longer be bribed for. Instead of concentrating in today’s […]

Nothing Surprises Me Anymore – Frank Asamoah

Read More | May 8, 2016

I remember one morning when I was young, I observed that almost every child in my area has eaten and I was seriously hungry. So I went straight to my MOTHER and asked,”Why is everybody’s child eating and I am not?”. I recall my MOTHER with her soft voice and the head down, said,”Meni sika oo” ” I am cashless”. So I asked “How?” I went closer to her and slept on her lap. Later in the afternoon she called me and gave me 50 Pesewas for food. She had to sell some stuff to get money. The pain she had been through as an amputee MOTHER is know only God.

One thing I like about my MOTHER is that She’s a strong woman and never […]

We Choose to Forget, Do Not Remind Us!

Read More | May 7, 2016

We have a clear understanding of our identity and our history. Our fathers have told us how their fathers were killed, maimed and dispossessed. We learnt of how they swore never to return to the North… alas they did! But does it matter that they did? I ask because the descendants of those who violated them have now come to our doorsteps.

The ruthlessness of those who have become our countrymen by colonial veto is undesirable, unacceptable and untenable. We cannot continue to keep silent and die in secret. The secrets of the pogroms were exposed in the war. The death toll of the war may have excluded those who died in the massacres before the war. Our fathers and their fathers found themselves victims – […]

How I See Africa in 2060 – Princess Oforiwaa Asamoah

Read More | May 2, 2016

The below write-up is as is from Princess Oforiwaa Asamoah  of Ngleshie Amanfrom Senior High School. It is the ONLY entry in the Young Writers’ Mini Scholarship which closed on April 30th, 2016. I was so excited about the entry that I stopped what I was doing and decided to upload it. In effect she has won the competition!!!

Please review the entry and let us know what you think. Does she deserve it?

 

Africa is known to be the world’s second largest continent after Asia, covering about one-fifth of the total land surface of the earth. Africa contains an enormous wealth of minerals. Despite all these, Africa still needs capable and responsive political leaders willing to behave in a democratic and accountable manner. The future as always is […]

Warehouse on My Street: What the Chinese do that We Don’t

Read More | April 28, 2016

A few weeks ago we noticed a routine occurrence on our bare street. large “articulator” trucks (is that what the call them). I better just stick with the known word “trailers” carrying containers from the port (must have been Tema) routinely came to the street and offloaded large amounts of what seemed to be tiles. They did cause a bit of a nuisance because of the narrow nature of the road and the quality of the road itself. We later notices certain Chinese had purchased a school building opposite use to use as a warehouse! YES, I did not misspell the word. It’s WAREHOUSE. A warehouse on my street.

 

Now what intrigued me apart from the slight disturbance was that I began to think about they […]

The Girl Who Would Not Move

Read More | February 25, 2016

On Sunday I spent about fifteen minutes trying to get an adolescent girl to move seats in her Sunday School class. You see, the arrangement is that one of the kids acts like an usher in the class getting everyone to fill up the  front seats first. This young lady simply refused to move forward. I insisted until she moved though unhappily.

 

Why Did I Insist?

Well I believe we  have to learn to obey constituted authority early in life. I perceived her as being defiant and headstrong a value which was not venerated when I was young and should not be venerated in those who are coming after me. I insisted because I did  not think she had a valid reason to remain in the seat […]

Single – Excerpts on 14th January 2016

Read More | January 14, 2016

Good day folks! The following is from Chapter 3 of Single:

He recalled the description his pastor back in Lagos had given to that word ‘iniquity’. A flaw in the person’s being. A flaw that manifests as a series of sins when given the opportunity. A flaw that can be hidden for ages until the opportunity is given for a full expression. A flaw that cannot be hidden forever.

Philip made the last left turn into Abena’s street and gradually came to a halt in front of a rust, old red gate left ajar. It never ceased to amaze him how little attention most Ghanaians in middle class neighbourhoods paid to basic security. They definitely were not used to robbery incidents and probably were not prepared for […]

We Are Giving Back. Get Involved!

Read More | January 7, 2016

We are serious about this folks. Get involved and get your friends involved.

Get more info and updates @ www.igiribooks.com/offers

Intimacy

Read More | October 5, 2015

Intimacy is an intrusion into your lonely lifestyle, a bold invasion of your privacy often with your consent. It just happens to be a very pleasant invasion … most of the time. Intimacy happens when you cross paths with another species of being and find that your numerous plugs fit into their numerous sockets… at least most of them. Intimacy happens when you open up your sockets and extend you plugs to exchange soul by giving and receiving.

Intimacy is an invasion. There are no more gates with this significant other. There are no more barriers. There is so much discomfort in tearing down these barriers and when they are down… they are down. The army raids your inward parts and nothing is hidden anymore. Whatever […]

Thoughts on the Blood Moon Tetrad

Read More | October 2, 2015

Predictions about the return of the Lord Jesus are not new. I remember reading in the early nineties regarding the prediction that he would return in 1000 AD. Masses of people actually stopped whatever they were doing to wait for the appearing of the Lord Jesus.

Popular also at that time also was the one of the primary winning points against the Jehovah’s Witnesses who had predicted 1914 as the year of the Parousia based on Daniel’s prophesies which they seemed to have studied extensively by the way as well as their theology that the appearing of the Lord Jesus does not mean a physical appearing but a ‘presence’.

Further down the line are predictions from such charismatic preachers as Edgar Whisenant in his booklet 88 reasons […]

RE-Brand by Bernard Kelvin Clive

Read More | September 18, 2015

The first time I attended a seminar hosted by Bernard Kelvin Clive I wondered why it cost 100 Cedis. I wondered because I was expecting a huge attendance or maybe a lot of ‘big-wigs’ but I did realize later that the event had a certain personalized nature that was not particularly crowd-friendly.

The content was great, so good that after that seminar I started my podcasts for Njànsí. I did gain some rare, well articulated knowledge about podcasting particularly, knowledge which is not so common especially in this part of the world.

In May 2014, I bought a 250-page book written by Bernard Kelvin Clive which caught my attention originally because of the number of pages. I say that because a number of his books I have come […]

Adinkra Symbols – As a Terse Language.

Read More | September 17, 2015

Adinkra is an Akan word which literally means ‘’Goodbye’’ or ‘’Farewell’’. The Adinkra symbols are visuals which represent concept or aphorism. As an aphorism, it tells and expresses general truth, principle or an astute observation that is either spoken or written in a concise and memorable form. E.g.: GYE NYAME symbol

This symbol means ‘’Except God’’, that is the supremacy of God. He is omnipresent and omnipotent. Literally meaning to fear no one except God.

Over the years, Akans have created and developed different and many Adinkra symbols. These symbols as a terse language go to express concisely, sometimes in an unfriendly manner people’s beliefs, values, morals and norms in their culture. Every society has a language of communication to its people. And for Akans , the […]

My Unprecedented Wedding Dance

Read More | September 9, 2015

Everyone said they did not know I could dance this much. Well, I CAN, what do you think?

Mark, The Shirt and the Worshippers

Read More | August 28, 2015

I don’t know how true this is but I once heard someone say Mark Zuckerberg once wore shorts and trekkers to important meetings. We call him Mark Zuckerberg not Mr. Mark Zuckerberg or Chief Dr. Mark Zuckerberg or Prof. Mark Zuckerberg yet one billions people plus literally worship his image on a daily basis no matter their spiritual inclination. Did I just say worship? YES, worship. What else would you call waking up daily and going to the same spot? That is DEVOTION, worship. Facebook is Mark Zuckerberg’s image and billions are worshipping.

You know it strikes a chord in me. He is not bothered about his shorts or his one grey T-Shirt. He is concerned with less frivolous matters of life, like the billions of worshippers. […]

Till Death: Canadian Conversation “Uno”

Read More | August 22, 2015

I just had an amazing chat with a friend of mine living in Canada who has just started reading Till Death. Here it is virtually untouched:

 

 

Kenneth Igiri:  Good Morning=-d

Kenneth Igiri:  Www.igiribooks.com/feedback
Kenneth Igiri:   When u r done reading please
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: Lolz
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*:  U sure made the book for Africans
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: First observation
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: Not globally?
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: Picture Received
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*:  Then 1st chapter is too detailed into describing =-)
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: My opinion to u not a feedback to d world lolz
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: Am enjoying it coz i have missed all those Nigerian use of English
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: Nice so far till finish i will give a proper feedback
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: =-d
=*Diadem Idee*CA**NG*: *i finish
Kenneth Igiri:  Cool
Kenneth Igiri:  It’s selling Africa to the world
Kenneth Igiri:  Like Hollywood has sold America […]

Five Lessons from Njànsí

Read More | August 3, 2015

I wrote Njànsí, my first book in the early 2000s but I did not have an opportunity to publish it till 2010 when an advert email from Authorhouse UK stumbled into my mailbox. I was thrilled at the possibility of immediate global exposure for my first book so I jumped at it! I immediately started corresponding with Authorhouse, sending text and photos back and forth, making choices about size, paper quality, pricing and so on. In the first few weeks I realized that this endeavor was not going to be cheap.

 

LESSON 1: Count the cost before you start the venture.

 

After thousands of naira and tens of emails, Njànsí was published and available in several online bookstores. A simple Google search would direct one to the […]

Our Delayed Miracle by the WordBearer

Read More | July 15, 2015

We promised to stay broken together
Both our hearts were in sync
In unison to seek His face in our fallen state
So we held hands to beg the pardon of a holy God in the stains of our bloodlines and unholiness
Telling Him the last time, which was that day
Will be the last time
And making promises of not going back
But did God really listen to that prayer?
And if He did, did He have mercy on us like we pleaded?

We promised to stay broken for Christ together
I have not kept mine and neither have you
We both have lied to the God we claim to serve
But I had hope for you
A hope that you wouldn’t sink deep in this mess of a life like I did
A hope that your godly […]

Discovery

Read More | June 17, 2015

I have been reading The Dominion Mandate by Dr. Mensah Otabil. Last night, I reached Chapter Ten where the discovery of such places as the Americas by Christopher Columbus, the Zambezi by David Livingstone are highlighted. I added this morning in my mind the discovery of the Niger by, as we were taught, Mungo Park. Dr. Otabil stated that Christopher Columbus was actually lost when he stumbled on the natives living in the New World!

 

Dr. Otabil’s take on the issue which I definitely share is that because the natives of Africa and America were static and failed to extend their influence on the earth, someone else came and discovered them, named them with a name from the foreign language and I might add, began educating […]

The Bus Trip

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I watched an amazing documentary on the beginnings of ABC Transport while on board one of their coaches to Eastern Nigeria. Frank Nneji started the business with six mini-buses after a trip in one of the older buses which left him dissatisfied with the level of service. The business is much bigger now, twenty-two  years later. The courtesy I observed in a number of the staff was relatively impressive but I must say there are still a few who may be described as touts in nice uniforms, excuse the language.

 

I appreciate the culture of promptness in the departure times, and the regular communication with passengers through the public address system both at the park and on the bus. The departure times and other announcement could […]

Roads of Rivers

Read More | June 8, 2015

Half way through we were in the middle of the road, in the middle of water. The journey home was ever so slow. I had been driving for more than one and half hours and I still was not sure how much longer it would take to get home. A ten minute trip from Tesano to Awudome Estate had turned into a two and half hour ordeal. Accra Floods!

 

I was interestingly calm. What could I do? Other people were in worse situations, weren’t they? I noticed those wading through the water that was almost moving my car. Those drenched so hard their umbrellas and raincoats no longer made sense. Their faces shining with wetness, they just kept going, overcome by water while my glasses were […]

Xenophobia and Other Vices

Read More | May 23, 2015

You have probably heard of the one time president of South Africa P.W. Botha. He seems like an intelligent man. He definitely ought to have been one in order to be elected the president of South Africa under White Minority Rule. In view of recent events in South Africa, I do wonder whether ‘Black Majority Rulers’ are half as smart. Yes, and I am black too.

 

Back to Botha. There is a speech attributed to this brilliant man available on this link. You are free to go through the link then come back to my article after coming out the the resulting slight depression assuming you are also a negro. In essence, Botha’s speech makes very clear the utter disdain he had for the Negroes of South […]

Own Something

Read More | April 18, 2015

I could start this article by listing the popular blue chip company founders who dropped out of school to start a business in the 80s and became multi-billionaire CEOs later in life. I could also go into the nuances of risk taking and trail blazing, or the disturbing lines of thought propounded by Robert Kiyosaki and his friend in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. That could work in conveying my message quite well but I think both approaches are quite well known.

 

I would like to address this common knowledge another way so maybe the thought will be rekindled in someone’s mind. First and foremost, it important to note that education is very important. We all know that don’t we? But we often take for granted the […]

Beautifully Brainy

Read More | March 27, 2015

You spend over an hour before the mirror, dressing up to a point of flawless physical appearance, all in preparation for a single lecture.

After over an hour of dressing up, you take beautiful strides and walk elegantly to the road side. Instead of joining a campus shuttle to save a few Ghanaian pesewas, you opt for a taxi to drop you right infront of your lecture hall for all to see ‘your arrival’.

Well, upon entry, lectures come to a halt! Your lecturer pauses to allow you to have a seat. He did so not because you are the latest Miss Universe or the next Miss Ghana, but simply because the attention of every student in the lecture theatre has now been shifted to you and […]

The Game, the Rules and the Players

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I learnt they want to rule Nigeria. Or is it lead Nigeria? One calling himself a leader rather than a ruler may try to do a word play around the terms but I think that if a country does not seem to be going anywhere just yet, the nomenclature at the helm of affairs would probably be the least important issue. A leader lets the people decide and points the appropriate direction. A leader has vision! A ruler is autocratic and tells the people what they must do. Really? Leaders? So where are they taking us to? Rulers? Well, so let them tell us what to do then!

 

They call it a game. A game. 170 million people and it is a game. A vast majority […]

Nigeria: Mile 2! Orile!

Read More | March 2, 2015

I spent three hours on Wednesday last week in traffic travelling within Lagos State, Nigeria (not to Ibadan!). Of course if you live in Lagos Nigeria that is certainly no news. You might as well click the next more important thing on the Internet and stop wasting your precious time. The reason why you would do that is because you have accepted this as normal. YES: earth shattering traffic is normal in Lagos.

 

That reminds me of a story I heard in Ghana. This family had become used to having taps in the house with no water ever running out of them! Nice looking taps with faucets to match but no water. They sure must have made for good interior décor. Incidentally this family took a […]

Dum Dum Sor

Read More | February 5, 2015

I lived in Nigeria up till about three years ago and we had become used to incessant power outages, unpredictable power supply, long days of darkness and a nonchalant set of … (fill in the gap) charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Nigerians were fully aware that they had the power to switch of power supply at any time T.

 

We grew up getting used to the sound of standby generators. The situation was such that in Lagos, a standby generator was a necessary part of the house furniture so much so that they even had a 9kVa version which students and those living in one-room rooms (not apartments) could afford. When a young man plans to move out of his father’s house, he must […]

Five Ways to Minimize Downsizing

Read More | December 20, 2014

In times of financial crisis, what is the best way for a company to cut costs? In most cases organizations think of laying off staff as an easy way to cut down on expenses. I am not the expert but I think there are a few points in this post which may give the experts a few ideas:

 

Prepare for the Rainy Day

The story is told of a Hebrew living in Egypt in the second millennium B.C, Joseph by name. The Pharaoh had seen into the future and Joseph’s interpretation of the dream was seven years of plenty followed by seven years of poverty. During Egypt’s boom, Joseph advised that 20 percent of each citizen’s income be taxed and kept in reserves in preparation for the […]

Myles Away

Read More | November 11, 2014

When I was younger I thought I could explain everything. I thought all questions had answers; you only had to search properly. Things were either black or white not shades of gray. Every event had to have a cause and every cause produces an event. When I was young….

 

As I grew older I began to see I was miles away from reality. In the real world, not everything is as clear as I would have expected. Sickness, tragedy and death seem not to have any explanation. Unexpected experiences being experienced by unexpected people in unexpected places. Miles away from the reality in my mind is the reality before my eyes.

 

I come from a church background that places a lot of premium on the Sovereignty of […]

Work Habits

Read More | September 22, 2014

This picture has become quite popular of late. The interesting thing is that those who have people working for them often break all the stated rules. The CEOs, the MDs and all more often than not do not really have defined work schedules. In emergencies they can be called anytime. They take ownership of their responsibilities be it willingly or unwillingly.

This leads me to believe that the proponent of these ideas is thinking more like an employee than like an entrepreneur. The typical ordinary employee disconnects himself from ownership of his responsibilities at work. You could hear such expressions as “It’s not your father’s work”. There is hardly any sense of loyalty these days, the typically employee simply works to earn is pay. The writer […]

Masks

Read More | August 19, 2014

I watched a movie yesterday. The high point was where Teri one of the main characters destroyed her phone because she had realised it was blocking her from the real people in her life who loved her. She had been confronted as to why those she was always chatting with never called her. “My friends are busy,” She had replied.

 

Masks disguise us keeping those who are looking at us from seeing who we really are. They hide the pain in our eyes, protect us from any kind of informed criticism, and effectively keep our relationships on the surface. Masks help us remain unknown. We wear masks maybe because we have been hurt before, because we are trying to hide something or simple because we are […]

Rules

Read More | August 16, 2014

It was just this morning. There were three gates: the Children’s section, the Entrance and the Exit. The Entrance was shut so I tried to take the exit in. Navigated the horrible pot holes arrayed at the entrance to The Qodesh and I was just crossing the gate when the security man accosted me! What??? Did he say “Go Back”? But I am already in! And it’s not my fault! The entrance was shut what was I supposed to do?

 

Just then, Uncle P, in His usual soft but firm tone reminded me that just two weeks ago I had zealously turned people back on the staircase during Greater Works. They were walking not driving…. They had to climb back down the stairs, walk about three […]

Ebola

Read More | August 15, 2014

We stood there, three of us considering the possibility that this virus is a deliberate attempt to cut down the population of the Black Race. We are too many aren’t we? Brewed in the lab of some eccentric Scientist to meet the demands of some sadist politicians… or is it the New World Order? Illuminati? Who knows? Believable theory if constructed properly. Seems to make some sense and putting it all together is not all that difficult, is it?

 

The human mind does have extreme creativity, stretching reality often far beyond its boundaries. Strange how one says something untrue so many times that he himself begins to actually believe it. But is it in fact untrue? Who discovered the virus? THEM! Who tells us how one […]

Family

Read More | August 9, 2014

I believe we were wired for community from the beginning. We were made by God with the desperate need to be needed, a profound desire to be devoted to another or others. Some part of our souls craves the satisfaction of sharing our lives – money, time, possessions – with others. Life makes more meaning when these longings are fulfilled.

 

I, more than once, have heard the illustration that if a man is given a few days to live he would not regret all the work he did not finish in the office or all the money he did not make as much as he might regret the relationships he took for granted. Conversely, a dying man’s closest confidants at the point of death are more […]

Salads and Smoothies

Read More | July 10, 2014

I have never eaten so much salad in my life! I remember a classic Seafood Salad I had sometime at Eddy’s Pizza. It was just classic. But these past few days have been unbelievably full of salad. Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Greek Salad, Caesar Salad. … huhh? I guess the new guys at Melkom Plus did not want to call it Roman Salad! Does slicing a bunch of steamed lettuce and adding a few pieces of hard salted protein make it worth fifteen cedis? Hei! When the dollar is rising….

 

You will not believe that on three or four occasions the ladies and gentlemen at Chicken Republic failed to include cutlery in my salad which I carried to work and had to borrow some at the […]

Tokens, Cards and Someone’s Forehead!

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Imagine I had three bank accounts in Calabar, four in Accra, one in Baghdad (oil money! J) and another in Cape Town! For each of these accounts I have to do some online transfer or the other at some point. Here and there in my globetrotting I have to use my debit cards. Interesting how easy it has become to do business electronically. It is almost reliable. I say almost because I live in Africa.

 

Recently my country thought they could better protect online banking by compelling commercial banks to issue hardware tokens to their customers. It has something to do with Two Factor Authentication being more secure. Without BOTH my password and a six digit number generated by my token, I cannot login or make […]

Routine

Read More | May 14, 2014

I was at the Watch Repairers on Saturday. I noticed the plethora of watches displayed on his kiosk and wondered how much each was. Amazingly he said they were not for sale when I finally asked. His customers had left them with him, some for up to five years? And why did he keep them? Well, someone could stop by someday and ask for his or her watch! Excuse me?

 

Well asides the items with known unknown owners, there were other items: the bits and pieces of damaged watches. Could they be used to fix other watches? I certainly hope not. Could they be fixed? Definitely not! The why keep them? I can imagine the middle aged man packing and unpacking these fragments every day of […]

Friday Wear

Read More | April 21, 2014

I believe the reason Western Europe developed suits was the climate. They needed clothes to protect them from the unbelievable temperatures typically measure in negative degrees during winter. The fashionable suits of today really did evolve from a simple attempt to cover people from harsh weather. A similar case is the turbans used by the Arabs and now by many Africans. The desert winds of the Middle East carried a lot of dust and it only made sense to have a way of keeping the dust out of one’s hair and nostrils. Of course, most Arabs became Muslims during Muhammad’s conquests and now turbans are considered Islamic rather than Arabian clothing by most Africans.

 

Myles Monroe while talking about Colonization in his Kingdom Principles Series mentioned […]

What is Memory?

Read More | April 14, 2014

 

What is memory? Is it a picture or a video? Is it tangible? Can we somehow extract it from whatever recesses of our consciousness or subconscious it hides in? Why do some linger and others fade away? What imprints memory perpetually? Is it the intensity of the event or the relative importance to the object? How is it that these moving images, broken in such inconvenient and blurred pieces have such an amazing effect on human life?

Can we somehow dig up those memories long forgotten? Can we explore the past of another human being by replaying his memory … is memory real? If a man dies, does his memory die with him? Are the memories of the most sincere saint consistent with truth – a […]

Life Walk – Community

Read More | March 24, 2014

Life Walk was an interesting experience. I particularly liked the T-Shirt this year. I can’t imagine myself wearing that sleeveless grey version sold last year for Life Walk 2013. My biceps!!! But I actually wore shorts this time … in public! OMGn, my sheen hair!!! Being my first time, when I heard ten kilometres, I assumed we were going to spend the whole day trekking and trekking and trekking. Figured maybe I would eventually be ready to go to work by 4:00 PM! Sounded like “Wilderness of Paran things” in my ears.

Incidentally, after arriving late and being given a 1 km Vehicular Advantage , I joined the walk right about Mamprobi junction and kept strutting all the way to Korle-Bu, walking y the […]

Freedom of Speech

Read More | February 27, 2014

I recently started watching Adeola Fayehun’s program Keeping It Real on YouTube. It is an indeed hilarious show dealing with very serious issues. It has been running possibly close to two years in its 111th episode last week and it is very popular on the internet. In my view, Adeola draws attention to the utter failure of leadership in Africa and she tries to highlight the unfolding events that show us that most African leaders have little or no intention of delivering transparent and accountable leadership. The most prominent example of this disaster is the mammoth called Nigeria. The intoxicating nature of political power in Nigeria and Africa generally baffles me and it should baffle any sane human being still living on earth. Sound academics […]

The Paintbrush

Read More | January 12, 2014

 

During the message today Dr. Otabil while illustrating the concept of a seeing a vision for one’s life he mentioned the ambition of a young boy who wanted to sell charcoal! That was his life’s vision. It may be shocking to you reading this that the little boy did not want to be a doctor or a lawyer or a scientist like most little kids would say. The question becomes how and why did he develop such an ambition? What brush painted this vision on his mind?

 

 

 

The story has it that he admired the why a particular charcoal seller was known to set up his charcoal heaps in his neighbourhood. I am sure you would agree that was somewhat noble. He admired the diligence, the […]

Why Am I Here?

Read More | December 14, 2013

When you read that title you probably thought about some philosophical discourse on the theories of origins of species and man’s purpose on the earth. Well, this post has a much smaller scope than that thankfully. Have you ever considered the possibility that you could just be redundant, replaceable, dispensable, non-unique as far as your employer is concerned? Well, that could just be the case.

 

I do realise that the typical employer likes redundant people: People who simply take instructions and do not question anything. The typical employer does not want to be at the mercy of someone he is paying, he wants to make sure he can fire you and have his business still running smoothly. That is excellent for business but bad for the […]

Childhood Dreams

Read More | December 5, 2013

When we were young, young as in adolescents, I had a few not too common pastimes: writing short stories, playing “Table Soccer”, making board games and of course making comic books. I used to dream at some point or the other in my life of making board games or comic books  that would sell all over the world or event re-packaging table soccer as a known game (I think something like that is already done). Later I even considered putting comic books on electronic books with motion picture (maybe tablets can do that already). Well, as I grew older, it became more important to go to the University and become an Engineer!

 

I still do believe however that the most significant strides on earth come from […]

Mind, Mastery and the Market

Read More | November 25, 2013

I got a lift to the airport on Sunday afternoon which saved me about five thousand naira in taxi fare. My benefactor and I talked a bit and dabbled into the business value of farming. I have the personal belief that there are three areas of business that are more likely to last long than most others: agriculture, clothing and real estate. These areas meet some basic needs of man which will never change. My benefactor raised the issue of expertise and risk as a concern in starting such a business. For example, one outbreak of an infection can wipe out a poultry farm over-night. Well, I am of the opinion that such would typically happen if no one in the business knows what to do. […]

Till Death – Excerpts – 17th November 2013

Read More | November 17, 2013

“What? “, replied Walt, rubbing in some aftershave cream. “What is this baby? Are you spying on me?”

“I don’t have to spy on you my dear. Everyone in Ontario sees the two of you together at restaurants”

“Honey Bernice is my colleague, we are bound to be together sometimes”

“What do you guys do together at work, huh? You are an engineer; she is on the cabin crew! What could you guys possibly have in common professionally? Huh? Where do your roles meet?”

“Honey you are raising your voice, you will wake everyone”

“Walt … what do you guys work at by 9:00 pm in restaurants when you should be with your family?”

She had lowered her voice but had such a strong tinge of sarcasm in her voice that […]

Key Words: Relationships

Read More | October 12, 2013

I once read an article on the techniques for driving traffic to one’s website. One of the principles highlighted was the use of words in a way that would cause your page to be easily returned as on of the top n results on a Google search. The article went on to say that using such words repeatedly on your page or blog increases the chances of your website being returned in a search. Obviously there are other factors involved but I am sure you get the logic behind this point.

 

Along a similar line of thought, proponents of Conspiracy Theories often say that certain movies, interviews and music videos contain subliminal messages intended to influence popular opinion by imprinting images on the subconscious of the audience. This is […]

Assumptions: I Twat I Taw a Puddy Cat

Read More | September 8, 2013

Before I ever knew I would work so close to ATMs, during the first half of the last decade, I remember a certain period when I would mutter “Asynchronous Transfer Mode” as we passed by an ATM machine. We had studied the cell/packet switching technology and I simply concluded that the machines that were just being rolled out by banks in Nigeria were using this technology thus was called by the same name: ATM for “Asynchronous Transfer Mode”. What a discovery!

 

Imagine this scenario: During a downsizing exercise, Staff A mentions to Staff B that someone asked whether Staff C’s name is on the list. Staff B in turn tells Staff D that it appears Staff C’s name is on the list for lay off. In […]

How About a Long Marriage?

Read More | August 26, 2013

It is typical of philosophers like me to rattle at weddings that the issue is not how beautiful the wedding is but how long and how well the marriage lasts. Recently I began contemplating my father’s generation and how long their marriages lasted. My respected folks on Helpers of Your Joy proposed that arranged marriages of the last century tend to last longer than our present day marriages. Bishop Tudor Bismark mentioned something similar at the recently concluded Greater Works Conference.

 

Well, not surprisingly, I began musing on the theory. On Helpers of Your Joy the thought communicated was that when marriages were arranged, the tendency is that parents who made the arrangements had more experience and could see what young people could not see when […]

Intimate Moments

Read More | June 30, 2013

“Nwanne di na mba” a saying in my dialect meaning in effect, “You will find relatives in foreign lands”. Intimacy is expressed in a variety of ways – contact, physical and psychological; thought intercourse, sharing, even rebuke and conflict. I should probably have called this post Close Encounters with Africans.

 

Absolom had a very endearing personality. He would hug me closely the, first time I went to the office/house at Labone. He wrapped his right hand around my neck, my forehead resting softly on his collar bone. It was interesting and I was not particularly used to that. Was it some Zimbabwean culture or what? And the way he engaged complete strangers amazed me: the Israeli woman who sold us some interesting manicure sets and the […]

Pre-Judged

Read More | June 27, 2013

I had seen him from afar while still on the queue. I fancied his head warmer sort of. It resembled something I might have seen in a screenplay of one of Robert Ludlum’s books. I stood on the queue a while, at first being nice to others and letting them through then when I finally thought it would soon be my turn, the middle-aged woman in front of me left her bag and went looking for what I later learnt was her flight ticket! Eeeewww!

 

I ended up having to switch queues and found myself in front of the “Russian agent’s” desk. I gave him my Nigerian passport and then our “discussion” began. He asked what the purpose of my trip was and I answered “Training”. […]

21st Century City

Read More | June 24, 2013

The roads were perfectly tarred. The markers were perfectly aligned. Street lights were light exotic lamps spread out equidistant along every street, never failing to light up at twilight. Speed limits were spelt out and adhered to. The lawns were a perfect green, tempting you to lie on them and bathe in the sun if only it was actually up there. Well, it was indeed up there, very far away, hidden away by the thick clouds, its effect completely quelled by the chilling breeze.

 

The apartments were well managed, regularly cleaned. Everything was paid for, nothing free. Even the smiles from security men and receptionists were “part of the service”. After all, they were taught to make sure the “customer” was always happy. The customer paid […]

My First Winter

Read More | June 23, 2013

They told me it was going to be extremely cold. in fact we arranged to buy coveralls and I was reminded of my first trip to Jos, Nigeria when I  had to wear some very heavy coverall sewn back in the 80s when things were made with attention to details and mostly by hand. Oh! That “coat” was heavy. The announced temperature ended up being 12 degrees centigrade. Well it was not as cold as requiring that large “winter suit” I wore to Jos, Nigeria (at first, that is) but the truth is 12 degrees is very, very far from 32 degrees. You do not need a thermometer to tell the difference.

 

The most advanced country in Africa was built by the Dutch, largely. We call […]

Fire Bonding

Read More | June 2, 2013

I tend to think you are closer to those with whom you went through difficult times. In times of difficulty we tend to show our most unrefined emotions whether it’s extreme anger or grief, hysterical laughter or unrestrained affection. In those times of distress, finesse adds no value and is absolutely not necessary when you are with those closest to you. Table manners vanish because what matters is filling your tummy. Dress sense fades with the waning clothing. Poise is of little use without elegant footwear.

 

When scarce resources are mixed with tears and shared, the sweetness of the fellowship burns deep bonds among the hearts involved. Words are few but words are deep. Every stare of tired eyes has deep meaning and can be read […]

Education

Read More | May 27, 2013

Back in the ‘stone age’ like someone said, our fathers typically passed on the skills necessary for survival to their children. Farming, hunting, trading, language, culture and such basic things. That was what constituted what we now call ‘Informal Education’. The principle was simple: equip the child with what he needs to survive and then thrive. Equip him to answer the questions life will throw at him rather than the questions thrown in a controlled examination hall.

 

These days education has become part of our culture; western, formal education. We learn to read and write, perform calculations, history of other nations, complex mathematics, literature from Europe and the like. Often the poor child gets what he needs to get a job: a certificate that is. But […]

Entrepreneurship

Read More | May 19, 2013

Ever since I completed my first degree, we have been bombarded with the apparent reality that there are not enough jobs for everyone. There has also been the bombardment of the idea that working for someone is somewhat limiting: financially, in terms of degree of influence etc. I have heard young men recount the outcome of their fathers’ lives and determine with much emotion that they will not repeat history. Nice as it may seem, obviously not everyone has the capacity or desire to start their own business. If everyone starts their own business, who would work for them? Assuming the Entrepreneurs are somewhat some chosen set you find that everyone working for you will be working with the plan to leave you soon to […]

Kantamanto

Read More | May 11, 2013

Charles Darwin told us that species die off because they are not able to survive the harsh conditions ‘nature’ throws at them. Scavengers tend to thrive under certain harsh conditions because they feed off the remains of victims of ‘nature’s fatal blows. Scavengers all but rejoice at they disaster because without it, food may not be much.

 

A week ago, a popular market in Accra was razed by what might have been an electrical fire. As at this evening, the entire market possible the size of a football field looks like a brand new construction site. Over the past week since the incident there have been protests staged by traders who are worried that the Government or some large firm will take advantage of the situation […]

Subconscious Residue

Read More | May 5, 2013

It’s about 3:58 AM and I have been listening to music all night while at work. Most of the songs I have been listening to are African praise songs on YouTube. I come across a comment by an America referring to the rocky spring and huts in a certain video. In her words:

 

“love this song it touches my soul, i am an American but it seen as though i’ve been in the place of the rocks before can you tell me where is it please. especially the thash huts with the branches on it’s roof”

 

My first thought is that Jennie is not saying she has been there and has forgotten where she went. Obviously a tour to such a rare place would be something worth […]

Church Bus

Read More | November 25, 2012

Now and again on road journeys before the journey begins someone stands up in the bus to pray and preach. In the past, it was purely voluntary: some passenger volunteers himself/herself and everyone joins in the singing and praying and possibly listens to the preaching.

In the last decade or so it seems a profession has grown out of the practice so much so that if a passenger volunteers to pray, the bus conductor or other person tells him/her to hold on since they have someone whose job it is to pray before the journey starts. I have personally seen this. I guess we can refer to this person as the Official Bus Pastor.

Of course, the Official Bus Pastor must be paid! Who pays the pastor? […]

Professionals

Read More | November 24, 2012

While on a bus to Nigeria recently, we happened watch a video of Night of a Thousand Laughs where a certain comedian told a joke about the fact that people should be proud of their profession. Yahoo boys, prostitutes etc. should indicate theirs on their complementary cards: “Kenechukwu Egoigwemmadu, Marco Polo”, “Bianca Omonigho, Runs Gal” etc.

Incidentally, at the Nigerian border (the only one with almost 10 checkpoints), a certain set of officials discovered a “Yahoo Boy” on the bus apparently from an SMS on his phone. We were delayed for about an hour. When he was finally release after having his phone seized (to be picked up for 50 thousand naira the next day), made such statements as the following when someone raised the issue […]

Angels and Demons

Read More | November 4, 2012

I met a forty-something year old man on my way from work yesterday. I was just a few blocks from my office. He greeted and I responded as nicely as I could, I mean, this is Ghana not Nigeria isn’t it? Well he then asked me where I was going. What?!!! Excuse, me? As in? You know! But why? I repeated his question, adding a second question mark in my tone so he would know I was actually asking “Why are you asking where I am going?” He then mentioned that I work at my workplace and I acknowledged and asked whether he worked there too but he said he just sees me around. Oooopsss! This is a security issue.

 

After a few seconds I kept […]

Till Death – Excerpts – 20th October 2012

Read More | October 21, 2012

I was standing by the staircase at Silverbird Galleria after a movie. Helen and I were gisting about what most 21st century girls gist about in their mid-twenties. I had not noticed Elvis until he got quite close to us.

“Mademoiselle …”, he began.

I stopped talking and looked at him. Helen cleared her throat and excused herself to take a look at some jewelry nearby. We had been friends a while and she had gotten used to being completely ignored when men walked up to me. She wasn’t ugly though. In fact, in some environments, she was actually beautiful but standing beside me was, I dare say, like the moon, as beautiful as it is, standing beside the sun. Please forgive me Helen. I love you. […]

A Long Trip

Read More | September 28, 2012

When going on a long trip, we find that the process of boarding  the plane could be somewhat gruesome and seemingly superfluous. From the airport gates to the long queue at the airline’s counter; customs,  the long walk from one section to another while heading towards the boarding gates. Sometimes you get a place to sit, often not but always there is a sign somewhere telling you which way to go or else a voice from the PA system. Eventually you can see the planes, and when it’s time, you strap yourself to your seat and take the journey.

 

Short trips are usually not that gruesome. Not too many processes. Neither is there so much sophistication in the signs and instructions and slips one has to […]

If I Wanted to Rule the World

Read More | September 8, 2012

If I wanted to rule the world, I would want to know everyone in it. I would want to know their names, their locations and what part of my world they own. I would not ask them their names; I would let them tell me on their own volition. I would not ask them the names of their parents, their spouses, their brothers and sisters; I would let them tell me themselves. I would give them reason to tell me everything about themselves without asking.

 

If I wanted to rule the world, I would sell them my ideas, I would sell them my culture; sell them my ideologies and that at very high prices which they would be more than willing to pay. I would watch […]

Njansi: The Missing Page

Read More | September 5, 2012

Hello Everyone! A certain Printer’s Angel took away page 100 on the Nigerian print of Njansi. Please accept my apologies. Here is the rest of the fight between Dr. Fleming and Njansi:

“A flame rises but I remain, A fire burns, I am not consumed”

Soon both men were in deep space, then in Sesiri’s court.

“Lord Sesiri, it seems to me that you are not aiding your son” commented Sri Verruca.

“They are both my sons” whispered Sesiri.

“I thought you wanted Njànsí eliminated”

“What does it matter who is eliminated? I am interested in the more wicked heart”.

Both men were back again in the underground temple which was now thick with smoke. Njànsí’s experience helped him put up a good fight but soon the higher powers working in Dr. […]

Leaders Listen, Rulers Talk

Read More | September 2, 2012

I recently listened in passing to a commentary about leadership that struck me. While not just referring to those in leadership positions, the speaker stated that real leaders have a habit of listening to those they are leading. Listening is a valuable character trait of natural leaders. Change is inevitable in government whatever the reasons for such changes could be. We should expect changes and often when such changes come from leadership, it is indeed possible that they are necessary considering the fact that leaders see a much bigger picture than followers or at least they are expected to see a much bigger picture.

 

 

In recent years there have been a few changes in our beloved Nigeria that people generally question. Late last year there was […]

10,000 Hours

Read More | August 3, 2012

Repetition can be considered the tool for deep and lasting impression. When you were in nursery school for instance, you learnt the rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and you have not forgotten it since then. Why? Because you sang it so many times it rang in your head. You recited the ‘Times Table’ several times a week now you do not need to think too hard to answer the mathematical equation (2×3)x(4+5).

 

There is a theory that an expert is someone that has spent a minimum of 10000 hours on a specific subject area or skill. This theory of experts surprisingly does not refer to the age of the expert but to the time spent on the subject. A child as young as two is already […]

Intimacy

Read More | July 22, 2012

Intimacy is an intrusion into your lonely lifestyle, a bold invasion of your privacy often with your consent. It just happens to be a very pleasant invasion … most of the time. Intimacy happens when you cross paths with another species of being and find that your numerous plugs fit into their numerous sockets… at least most of them. Intimacy happens when you open up your sockets and extend you plugs to exchange soul by giving and receiving.

 

Intimacy is an invasion. There are no more gates with this significant other. There are no more barriers. There is so much discomfort in tearing down these barriers and when they are down… they are down. The army raids your inward parts and nothing is hidden anymore. Whatever […]

The Human Touch

Read More | July 14, 2012

I believe Social Media really became popular in the early 2000s. From Yahoo Chat to My Space to Facebook, Blackberry and the like… the list is in the hundreds. Now we are even asking each other “What’s Up” without getting to see the response. Our world has changed dramatically since the Internet and the various innovations that have been brewed mostly in the West to satisfy our need to be connected to other human beings.

 

Off the Internet and such Social Media I understand business deals have been struck, new friendships developed, waves of fame and even marriages have been born. These days dating websites have become more popular than Mickey Mouse. I hear it sometimes works and I even know a couple who met through […]

Events and Emotions

Read More | June 30, 2012

About 11 years ago almost 3000 people died at their workplace when two commercial aircrafts rammed in the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City. It’s all part of history now. In January 2002 we were sitting in our houses when we began hearing what sounded like aerial bombardments from enemy aircraft. We eventually learnt that these were stationary bombs exploding in Ikeja Military Cantonment, Lagos, Nigeria. More recently several bomb explosions have hit the northern Cities of Nigeria killing and wounding hundreds. Just a few weeks ago a single plane crash claimed the lives of more than 150 people. When it happened, there was a lot of emotional outbursts about the nation, the government, aviation in Nigeria, the age of […]

War, Peace and the Federation of Nigeria

Read More | June 24, 2012

A little reading on the Nigeria Civil war of the late sixties reveals that what most people considered an ethnic issue did not really begin as an ethnic issue but a struggle within the army against what some top soldiers like Major Nzeogu considered corruption in the ruling government. It is a historical fact that Major Nzeogu surrounded himself with Hausas and had his base in Kaduna when he began his struggle prior to the war. General Aguiyi Ironsi also had a lot of non-Igbos around him and some people even think he was exposed as a president by his ‘naivety’. A few months later some people saw things differently and it became an ethnic issue leading to a civil war.

 

The understanding we had of […]

I Walk to Circle

Read More | June 16, 2012

I walk to Circle everyday
Why not a car, why not a cab?
Because their faces would be hidden from me
And mine from theirs behind wound glasses
The face of the lunatic, half naked and unkempt
The face of the homeless, lying helpless on the floor
The face of the trader, hoping I can spare one Cedi
The face of the mate, yelling from his rickety minibus

I walk to Circle everyday
My knees get to move about a bit
My skin feels the touch of the four elements
My heart pumps twelve pints from torso to phalanges
My nostrils feel natural wind rushing in to my lungs
There is no artificial light, there is no artificial air
There is no artificial face, on the road to Circle

I walk to Circle everyday
I think about why I go and […]

Paranoia

Read More | June 8, 2012

A couple of weeks ago during my Adult Bible Class, some raised that suggestion that we should all write our personal numbers and occupations on a sheet and make available to everyone. I, being the suspicious Nigerian that I am, objected! I suggested that the names be provided to the leaders only and if anyone needed help, they could go through the leadership. Boom! Bombshell! “Why should I think that anyone would do anything with my number?”, “Are we not all Christians here?”. “Are you a Ghanaian?”. “It is because he is a Nigerian”. The class was agog!. How could such evil thoughts have arisen in my mind? Well, … em … I merely meant that not everyone might want a ‘stranger’ calling them out of […]

Someone Broke the Chain

Read More | June 3, 2012

I know someone who issued a cheque on Monday last week and it was eventually cleared and his account credited on Friday evening. When I counted the number of days between Monday and Friday, I arrived at almost five! But the bank insists its three days so I have begun considering reviewing my counting techniques (maybe I should have started from ‘three’).

 

The basic reason why he paid in a cheque was the he needs to send money to his family and a business partner back home. He had opened a foreign account at this new bank just so he could do international transfers. So why didn’t he just use his original bank for foreign transfers? Good question. Well, on the three occasions when he spent his precious, God-given […]

Left-Brained or Right-Brained

Read More | June 2, 2012

The much of science I know tells me that the left hemisphere of the human brain is largely responsible for analytical thinking in terms of numbers, logic, yes and no situations while the right half involves more ‘fuzzy’ analysis like artwork, human capital management, music and the like. We tend to think that those who know a lot of maths must be really smart but I do think it may take more cerebral capacity to analyse the behaviours of illogical humans you are working with and make those relationships work.

 

You most likely have met both kinds of people during your school days. The geek who is always at the library, has read his eyes to the point of using very thick glasses and hardly speaks […]

Working for a Living, Living for a Working

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Do you remember when you were young and in class the teacher would often ask ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’. If I remember correctly, almost all of us wanted to be Doctors, Lawyers or Scientists (whatever that means). As naïve as our answers were, the question did imbibed in us the consciousness that we had to become something when we grew up. Maybe we have answered the childhood question; we may now want to explore the adult question: What are we now?

Let me remind you of something else. When you were leaving school, you do remember that feeling that you no longer had an excuse to collect money for free, the feeling that always having someone to ask may not […]

Sponteneous: Fatima and Amina

Read More | May 6, 2012

I did something out of the ordinary today. I spent three interesting hours with two Nigerien girls whom I met at Accra Mall. They were a delightful pair. Fatima was very quiet and somewhat had a mind of her own as I discovered later. She introduced Amina to our day out and Amina was the live wire of us ‘three musketeers’. She kept laughing and talking and interpreting whatever Fatima said in their language.

 

Our day out involved lunch, just a few snacks and two bottles of Blue Skies, a very rich branch of juice I discovered during my first month in Ghana. Then we went to the Kid’s Play Area and that was where we spent most of the time. After riding the helicopter-like electric […]

Purple Hibiscus

Read More | April 22, 2012

I have been reading Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Adichie’s first novel, for a while now. I bought the book at Glendora Books a little while after a colleague wondered how come I hadn’t read any of her books. And, my goodness is she a wonderful writer. A few weeks ago I also watched a video of her speech on “The danger of A Single Story”. She is very smart and she does speak like she writes: very deliberate, very articulate, simply engaging.

 

I am just about on page ninety-nine in her book and it has been quite interesting. The story surrounds a wealthy family whose head happens to be a staunch Catholic more religious than Christian in character and a strict, controlling disciplinarian. My first impressions are […]

Ghana: Public Offerings in Public Preaching

Read More | April 8, 2012

I have been living in Accra from awhile and noticed that much like Nigerians or even more, Ghanaians are very religious. I have only got one rejection since I have been offering people tracks in taxis. However, sometimes I wonder whether our motives are still right in our practice. In this short article I will describe the scene of four preachers whom I see every morning on the same walkway at the market close to Kwame Nkrumah circle.

 

All preachers along this road apparently speak either Twi or Ga so I may not be able say exactly what they preach but I do see Bibles on their pulpits and I notice for the second preacher he keeps repeating “twenty pesewas”. Here is the first preacher:

 

 

The box […]

Ghana: Crossing Cultures

Read More | March 8, 2012

Culture refers to a people’s way of life – their greetings, their clothing, their language, their food and so on. Travelling exposes one to various cultures and living among people with a different culture does have a way of broadening one’s mind. In the past two months plus I have encountered what one might call a culture shock mostly on two fronts: food and language. I did write a bit about food in my first article on Ghana including highlights on Banku and Foofoo. I will just share thoughts on language in this article.

 

In the capital city of Accra, I found it a bit surprising that most people on the streets spoke Twi by default. Even on radio presenters mix their English with Twi at will. Initially […]

Ghana: The Place, the People and My Perspective

Read More | February 29, 2012

By the time you are reading this, I would have spent sixty days in the second most populous country in West Africa. When it was clear that I was moving here, I looked forward to a number of things: new people, some adventure, a new house, the new job I was coming for and maybe most of all, the truth or not of the fairy tale we heard back in Nigeria that power never fails in Ghana. Take note, ‘the fairytale’.

 

My first impression at the Kotoka International Airport was that there were some shared traits among African Government workers. There was a bit of extortion going on, just a bit, not really like the Nigerian Airport. Well I was surprised at first but then I […]

Honey’s Budget

Read More | January 3, 2012

Budgeting! Personal Finance!! Concepts that make most people sit on the edge of their seats. Everyone wants to know how to either make more money or make the money they already have do more for them. Most people prefer the former.

 

A senior friend of mine dealt with this issue in a book launched in the last quarter of 2011 (talk about great timing!). He is an experienced accountant responsible for billions in a well-known firm. Funny thing is that he testifies that before he stumbled on the principles of personal finance that have worked for him, he did have his own challenges saving any significant amount of money. In his words, he and his wife, an upper middle class couple, were once ‘one paycheck away […]

The 2060 Dream

Read More | October 30, 2011

I was at a book launch today. It was not the regular book launch, it was a part of the effort of an admirable Social Entrepreneur to influence the course of his nation by shaping the lives of the nation’s future leaders. I am sure that the amount of minds raised at this launch was far more than the amount of millions raised. Most attendees were very young people who will be leading Nigeria in the right direction forty-nine to fifty years from now.

 

The 2060 Dream is an inspirational which communicates the writer’s burden for a new crop of well-formed leaders who will deliver our nation from the darkness of the last 50 years. The primary target readers of this book are those presently in […]

Goofs and Grace

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I know someone I consider special and I am going to talk about his professional goofs today.  Don’t worry, I’m sure he won’t mind.

 

Back in 2003/2004, Wi-Fi Expert dropped a NGN60000 Grid antenna from 60 feet while attempting to adjust its position. That was the end of that day’s work. He hung from the height, wishing he could press the ‘rewind’ button and recover the antenna but … there is no rewind button in real life.

 

In 2006, while working at a client’s site, Wi-Fi Expert fell through a roof and fell to the hard floor about eight feet away, left arm first. He obviously broke his wrist and had to wear POP for a while. Once again, end of the day’s work.

 

Earlier in that same […]

Till Death – Excerpts – 3rd October 2011

Read More | October 3, 2011

I have not written in a long, long while. In the seventh chapter, Emeka and Dupe’s children are in their teens. We start here and in the next two or three chapter to explore some teenage issues parents may have to deal with.

Excerpt Starts Here

It was a dark period for the Eluigwe’s. Elite Bank had closed down the previous year and Emeka had not found a job that fit his qualifications just yet. Dupe had a good job but they struggled with the children’s fees, the house mortgage, and now grandma’s death. Dupe was essentially the bread winner but once in a while Emeka did some freelance consulting work and brought in some good money. Those bursts of income were very happy moments for the […]

The Stigma of Men, the Grace of God

Read More | September 24, 2011

I recently started writing the chapter where Linda has given birth to a child out of wedlock. It can be a disturbing experience when something happens that one was not expecting to happen and for Christians, it can be a ‘faith-threatening’ experience. Those who experience such ‘miss-haps’ in Christian circles face some serious stigma, some lowered marriage chances in some circles and possible lower self-esteem. This applies to other lifestyles considered abhorrent.

 

I joggled through my mind today the issue of the prodigal son’s brother; how he said to his father something like ‘I have been with you all this while and served you faithfully but you have given me nothing yet when this son of yours returns from spending you wealth on women and parties, […]

Till Death – Excerpts – 30 August 2011

Read More | August 30, 2011

We are approaching 150 pages now. A bit behind schedule, shaa but not too bad. We have turned our attention a bit to Roland and Nneka (I do hope you remember them), they had to baby-sit for a neighbour for just a few hours and Nneka apparently was emotionaly attached to the children which were not hers. Enjoy and pelase give feedback:

 

Excerpt Starts Here

 

Nneka was turning down the TV’s volume with the remote when she was startled by a loud slap on Joshua’s backside.

“Come-on stand up!” scolded Deborah.

“Ouch!” exclaimed Nneka “Debby!”

Nneka squeezed her face in disgust. Joshua sat up and broke into a short cry.

“Mummy welcome. Daddy welcome” he sobbed, rubbing his eyes with the back of his left hand. Roland scratched his head and looked at […]

Ab Initio

Read More | August 28, 2011

It is my thinking that some of the best paying careers in the world today actually border on support roles rather than the core needs of man. From oil workers to bankers to medical personnel and IT Pros, most roles that seem very important and pronounced were actually created to support core needs. Financial institutions were created to keep money deposited by those who worked for the money. Along the line they started making more money than those who deposited their hard earned money (by trading money not their own).

Medical workers depend on the reality that once in a while, human organs fail and these days, a lot of money is involved in research, education and remuneration in a bid to address such failures and […]

Till Death – Excerpts – 17th July, 2011

Read More | July 17, 2011

I have been sooo busy that I have not written a single line in more than two weeks! In fact, I just bought a second notebook today so I can carry on (yes, I write with a pen! Already do enough on computers at work). Today, I will share with you the last two pages I wrote till date; it’s the beginning of Chapter 5.

Excerpt Starts Here

Whether man was created or evolved from lower ‘creatures’ is still a subject of hot debate among the most adept intellectuals on earth. Whether man was created or evolved is difficult for most people to categorically answer but it is obvious that that man is man – white, black, mongoloid, Latino, English, Chinese, Yoruba, Igbo…. Man is man, same […]

People

Read More | July 11, 2011

I recently ran into a very precarious situation at my workplace. I was expected to do something I had never done before, something whose outcome everyone was stone scared of, something apparently simple but potentially disastrous if things just happened not to go as planned. incidentally, things didnt really go as planned. Things went wayyyy outside the plan.

Before, during and after the task, you could almost touch the tension. People offered advise, yelled, avoided the situation, spent late nights and so on. Over a period of about 19 hours, with a break of one or two hours sleep, there was teamwork, support, encouragement and brainstorming. The boundaries of roles were broken and everyone helped each other. It was clear that if things did go wrong, everyone had […]

The Creative Plane

Read More | June 26, 2011

I was at a seminar once and I heard the speaker say something like ‘You cannot be a millionaire working for someone’. He was probably right! Just a few weeks later I heard ‘gist’ of staff that got up to 10 million naira in bonus (exclusive of salaries) ‘working for someone’. Someone reacted to my Facebook post on the matter stating that having 10 million doesn’t make you a millionaire and he could very well be right too.

I thought about the issue again this weekend and I combined it with a thought I had some months ago about what really creates wealth on the earth. I think that the issue is not really working for someone or not working for someone, becoming a millionaire or […]

Till Death – Excerpts -13 June 2011

Read More | June 13, 2011

The following excerpt is from Chapter 4. Dupe has returned from hospital after her accident and has to use crutches for a while. Sister Eno comes in once in a while to help her out in the house. On this particular day, their conversation goes deeper than normal.

Excerpt Begins Here

Once in a while Sister Eno came over to the Eluigwe’s in her modest Volkswagen Golf to help Dupe and her mother-in-law with the housework. She always had something to teach and had begun to have profound influence on Dupe’s life. Some people do say that tragic experiences have a way of changing people and indeed the Father succeeds more often than not in getting His children’s attention using the works of the Enemy.

“You fry your egusi […]

10 Strategies for Keeping Your Wife’s Mind on You

Read More | June 7, 2011

I have been writing on marriage as your already know and in the course of my writing, I have learnt a few new things about cars, medicine, writing itself and of course relationships. This week, my Senior Partner and I came up with a few tips that could help married men resonate constantly in their wife’s minds.

After going through these tips, I would be glad if you provide feedback on the results of practising just two out of the ten tips over a period of time. Also, you could add tips from your own experience as comments. So here we go:

1. Send a very special SMS or IM everyday whenever you are away. Sample:

‘Someone got me really upset today then he wondered why I just […]

Tell Everyone

Read More | May 29, 2011

When you start something new whether it’s a business, a sport, a job or whatever it is, there is often some hesitation about letting people know. That hesitation may come from your not wanting people to laugh at you or copy your idea; it could also be that you are not sure how long this ‘new fad’ will last so you just don’t want to make too much noise about it. Well, keeping quiet is good sometimes but when you need people to expand your territory, you definitely have to tell them about it.

Volume is very powerful when making any kind of impact. In business for example, a small profit margin could turn out to be millions of naira if millions of people buy your […]

Little Children

Read More | May 22, 2011

I spent last week with my young cousins. They are an ever-active, talkative, curious trio, about 2, 5 and 8. They just keep touching everything; breaking some things and making each other cry thus needing frequent adult intervention. The house was so alive (and noisy). Sometimes you want to spank them with a pestle, other times you watch their intrigues and laugh. So children are like this!

Asides from this kind of intrusion into a couple’s privacy, imagine not having the freedom to go to the movies with your spouse anymore, those ‘together alone’ times simply fading away. Housework and kids work taking your wife away. I actually learnt of a woman who uses the vacuum cleaner at 12:00 midnight (after the kids have slept, that […]

Till Death – Excerpts -14 May 2011

Read More | May 14, 2011

The following excerpt is from Chapter 2. Emeka and Modupe have given birth and Emeka’s mother has come to stay a while with the couple and help take care of the baby. The following conversation takes place a few days into Mrs. Eluigwe’s stay between Emeka and his wife:

 Excerpt Begins Here.

Mother-in-laws are not perfect but who is? Mrs. Eluigwe was soft spoken and appeared nice but Roseline certainly took after her choleric nature. She had a subtle and firm way of making her children , and others, do what she wanted. Some people simply couldn’t take it.

“I don’t understand!  Every time she comes around, she always finds something I am not doing right” Dupe complained, “It’s either the diapers are not done right, or the […]

Special Post: The New Landscape

Read More | April 29, 2011

The first Platform I attended held on 1st October, 2007. One of the statements I will never forget from that event was Dapo Adelegun’s prediction of the coming change in the world’s labour market. He predicted then that in two years, people who would survive in the labour market would be those playing very specialized or rare roles. Thus a number of people would lose their jobs and be left with the option of either starting their own business or staying idle (and looking for a job).

I want to believe that a number of those heard his words at that time either decided to develop themselves and become more valuable in the market or began to explore starting their own business. I can imagine on […]

Happy Holidays

Read More | April 25, 2011

We have spent fours days so far without having to go to work! It’s Easter! I have been enjoying the holidays and doing a lot of sleeping as well as reflecting. On Friday, I was fired up and broke into Chapter Two of Till Death (by the way that’s just page 29). Stuff has happened – Dupe has given birth, her mother-in-law is coming over for omugho of sorts (I will let you find out what that means). And moreover she is about to have a life-changing accident. On Friday night, my pen was racing over the paper like a roller coaster, I really thought I was going to hit like page 40 this weekend but I think I still did OK.

So what have I been up […]

Special Post: Thinking Outside the Box

Read More | April 17, 2011

I once heard the tale of a Toad who lived in a small pond hidden inside a cave far below the surface. The only rays of light that managed to reach the pond came through a hole that seemed too far even for he and his relative’s minds to explore. One day, he decided to venture beyond the hole from where he saw light. When he returned from his adventure, he began telling everyone how vast the outside world was, how much light there was, how many beautiful trees and flowers there were and most of all, the endless swarm of insects to eat. They laughed him to scorn claiming the world could not be any bigger than their little pond. he gave up on them […]

Drive Yourself

Read More | April 11, 2011

Combining active writing with a regular job is not necessarily easy no matter how much one loves the hobby. In my case, I often get home about 8:00 PM or half an hour later, then I have to take a bath, eat and watch a little TV. Once in a while I have time to talk with my family. By the time I am through with all this, I am hitting 10:00 PM or so and then it’s time for STV news!

My initial plan was to write for an hour every night but it is not working out that way so far but I expect to pick up pace. I have written just about twenty-three pages in the new book ‘Till Death’.  Sometimes as I write, […]

Building a Blog Site

Read More | April 8, 2011

Building Igiri Books has been an experience. Most of the work was done by my friend and colleague, Ademola. He is a good developer and has been very helpful. he built the site using WordPress as a platform and an already made template. It could have been done in just a few hours!

Today I learnt how to use already made plugins to integrate with Facebook and Google. Ads are now being published on my site and I expect that this post will automatically be replicated on Facebook. Soon I will work on doing the same for Twitter. You know, when you are selling something, you have to give it the best of publicity (by the way, did I ever tell you I can do Facebook […]

Self Publishing

Read More | March 31, 2011

A number of people have asked me why I chose to publish Njansi abroad. I simply reply that one of the biggest attractions was the global exposure given to the book. Njansi is available on Amazon, E-Bay, Barnes and Noble, WHSmith, Better World Books and several other online book stores from the US to Europe, India to Australia, South Africa and back to Nigeria! A Google search will convince anyone that the book is indeed global.

I got to know about Authohouse’s Book Publishing package through an email advert. I ignored the first mail but a few weeks or so later I go another mail offering a 40% discount (it normally costs at least £795.00 to publish a book at Authorhouse). I decided to give it a shot […]

Till Death – The New Book

Read More | March 25, 2011

Till Death is about Marriage. That would surprise some people who are close to me but like I told Osas, I do have a very sound imagination. Till Death starts out with the wedding ceremony of Emeka and Dupe being narrated by one of their unknown guests. The variety of ‘stuff’ known to happen in Nigerian weddings are represented in some knid of ‘maze’ (for want of words).

Njansi – The Book Launch

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The D-day was very sunny. I arrived in a taxi with my Mom and Aunt Oyiri and met my dear family and friends working to create a glorious event. Ij, my younger brother was there. He had left as early as 5:30 am that morning with some stuff since that day was ‘Environmental Sanitation’ in Lagos (movement wouldn’t be allowed from 7:00 am to 10:00 am). He later told me Pamela joined him and helped so much in getting the books packed in carrier bags. Tosin, the lady who did a great job of decorating the place was also there. Bro Deolu had just arrived too, with Michael, the Head, One 1000 Events, his fiance Ayo; Yemi, some ushers, and Bro Gboyega, the sound man and his team. It was a pleasant sight.

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