Sunday October 26th, 2014
Sunday October 26th, 2014
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Stating the obvious

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:03 am   /   Comments

jonathan office

Politics or gossip is not my cup of tea and I have enough sense to stay away from religion but lately I do feel that rising above dirt doesn’t make one clean and for a change would like to state the obvious to the leaders who don’t seem to have a clue what leadership means! An emerging democracy takes time and it is true that Nigeria is a young one but youth and craziness are not mutually exclusive.

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Expectations

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:30 am   /   Comments

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It can be disheartening when one’s expectations are cut off! Over the years I have tried not to want something so badly I become desperate or frustrated. I have also found that enterprise and negotiation work better when one is dispassionate and logical; passion in negotiation most times just convey desperation to others. The best bargaining tool is always a cold and even disparaging exterior; it says that one is willing to walk away from several other options.

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Sealed with a loving kiss

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:06 am   /   Comments

By Debbie Olujobi A kiss is a loving seal on affection, a bodily statement that speaks love when words become redundant; a physical expression of love. A kiss is intimate; it connotes familiarity, affection, an emotional currency of a love shared. I don’t refer to the casual cheek to cheek kiss that’s a meaningless greeting

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At times like these

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:13 am   /   Comments

TRAGEDY—The crash scene and rescue operations.

There is a saying that there is nothing new under the sun and for every tragedy, there are countless greater tragedies! Pain however can’t be classified or eulogised with fancy words and one thing I find very unbecoming is the comparison of tragedies. It would be better to stay away than to visit someone who is grieving and start telling them about someone who has a bigger problem than they do

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The great undertaker

  /   in Moment to Moment 9:45 pm   /   Comments

*The late Tunji Okusanya

The litmus test for any successful relationship or association is growth. I have always believed that a good relationship calls us up higher, we rise to become better, because of the nurture and encouragement we receive. Some people bring out the best in others but there are some extraordinary people who can bring out the best in you when you are at your worst. Kindness and humility is a very rare combination; they go hand in hand but they are not easily found. Now if you go one step further and add generosity to that combination you would get an accurate description of the subject of my thoughts this week.

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Paradise lost

  /   in Moment to Moment 9:12 am   /   Comments

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Smoke rises from the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. Kenyan troops were locked in a fierce firefight with Somali militants inside an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall in a final push to end a siege that has left 43 dead and 200 wounded with an unknown number of hostages still being held. Somalia's Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels said the carnage at the part Israeli-owned complex mall was in retaliation for Kenya's military intervention in Somalia, where African Union troops are battling the Islamists. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

A story is told of a young lady who by all accounts has the world at her feet.She is beautiful, newly graduated, very articulate and sought after. She belongs to a prominent family, a father at the top of his profession and a sister who dines with kings. Her mother died giving birth to her, so she had been raised by her sister and a revolving door of stepmothers.

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Paradise sought

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:08 am   /   Comments

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Almost all religions embrace the concept of an afterlife, a continuation of existence on a spiritual realm when the physical life comes to an end. Most propound that life (how well we live it) is an examination that leads to an afterlife in hell or paradise/heaven. The human imagination is beyond comparison in imagery and we all have graphic ideas of heaven and hell. What we imagine paradise to be, I believe is a culmination of all our desires, our fantasies, and even needs.

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Say it like it is

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:00 am   /   Comments

A cross-section of participants

In a few months, I would be able to lay claim to a decade of writing and I always thought it would be great to put the column to rest by just letting out my thoughts unedited and unfettered! It would be liberating to not be so cautious and edited all the time. Having a public platform means truth in whatever form needs to be tailored to suit all sorts of sensibilities and that can often times take the joy out of the art.

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Back to Basics

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:04 am   /   Comments

The growth or maturity of any individual takes time. Over many years, experiences, associations and interactions, a personality and mindset slowly emerges. A backbone is not just a collection of vertebrae, its a force that is built to support convictions, emotions and beliefs! Over time when a backbone develops emotionally and spiritually, we begin to seek meaning to every decision and question old truths; we need our own conviction to accept other people’s positions.

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Dare to pray

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:09 am   /   Comments

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Does every body pray? Sounds like a stupid question and most people will answer “but of course”. Or perhaps the question should be are we expecting our prayers to be answered? I listened to a sage (Dr Christopher Kolade) a while back and he asked a question that was inspirational and faith building. He said “I know you believe in God but do you believe him?” Its a question that calls to the deep and he had me musing for quite a while.

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The human fractions

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:04 am   /   Comments

Human relations is at best delicate and at worst tricky. Being social creatures we thrive based on relationships, mixing views and values, rubbing minds and attributes. In my view most relationships have a life span, at least those that don’t involve blood and covenants do.

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Mass Hysteria

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:49 am   /   Comments

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Social media combined with technology has connected people all over the world. There are so many vehicles technology employs to marry very strange bedfellows. Face book and the numerous messenger applications have heralded the emergence of a new community.

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The past of the present

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At which stage in a man’s life is it okay to give up or perhaps give in? Considering I am regarded by most as a hopeless optimist, it’s a negative question to even contemplate. So maybe I should rephrase the question. When will the past stop influencing the present? And at what point should one throw in the towel and accept that the past is a yoke the present always has to carry? Most Christians celebrate their rebirth once they give their lives to Christ; it’s a new beginning; old things are passed away (supposedly).

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Against all reasonable expectation

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:15 am   /   Comments

prison-cartoon

Evangelism is mandatory in Christendom. We are called to spread the good news of the gospel. I have personally held the opinion that the greatest evangelist is the one whose life and general demeanour does all the preaching. Evangelism is humility, generosity, gentility of spirit, charity and empathy. Words are meaningless when acts run contrary.

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The sin of presumption

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:09 am   /   Comments

Assumption is the basis for every presumption. It is taking a position based on information that is not altogether backed by facts. We assume that A is B because its been proven in the past or it is an idea supported by personal taste or religious or cultural bias.

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Mr Popularity

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:01 am   /   Comments

Popularity must be fun; popular people seem to have a natural flair for getting liked. People want to be around them, things seem to come easily to them and it can look like they have a charmed life. Now we shouldn’t compare being known or even famous to being popular; one is just recognizability while the other combines recognizability with affection and even common affinity.

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Coming up for air

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:03 am   /   Comments

Swimming is a sport that looks deceptively easy; it employs hitherto lazy muscles to labour and the water tricks the joints into acrobatics that is impossible other wise. I find moving underwater the most fun and I stay under as long as possible but I come up for air because I don’t belong there. I am a creature whose primary domain is land. I walk and swimming is but a break form walking.

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Where the time goes….

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:05 am   /   Comments

Lately social media has woven its technological claws into the tapestry of everyday life. I am not much for conversations; especially on a phone, I find that I follow updates on messenger applications to see how my friends and family are faring.

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Hello Again…

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:01 am   /   Comments

The paths we take in life are often not of our choosing and sometimes we reach destinations we never set out to. Vanguard has been a staple of my world for what will shortly be a decade come December and it’s been interesting.

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Wicked humour

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:04 am   /   Comments

My favourite genre of entertainment is comedy; I like to laugh; I like funny people and I am sometimes considered very silly by those very close to me. It is always surprising to hear people describe me as very serious and even austere. I think life for the most part is serious; reality is a mixed bag of events that will either reduce you to tears or have you double up in laughter.

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Grammatical License

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Language is the best tool of communication and it comes in many diverse tongues. In the world we now live in, English is the language most widely spoken and if all the manuals and language set ups of most gadgets are to be believed, there are quite a few versions; some a lot more different than that spoken by the Queen of England who is the confirmed custodian of the english language. I love the inflections and accents of the other latin languages in English.

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The agreements

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:05 am   /   Comments

Our respective cups will never be full when it comes to finding meaning to our sometimes black and white existence. Sometimes coming into contact with a truth that challenges status quo can be a bit of a burden especially when your life is a journey of growth.

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The big issue

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:02 am   /   Comments

There are so many issues one has to grapple with daily, some more important than others. By issues I refer to the difficulties, problems and even challenges we all have to contend with. They affect our health, finances and general outlook and this past week my mind has been on just one issue that I consider the biggest of all.

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The act, the man

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prison-cartoon

Can a man’s act truly be separated from his person? Let me simplify and maybe even personalize the question. Are you what you do? Can your entire life be defined by one single act? This question has been weighing heavily on my mind all month long and it is causing me to question a lot of beliefs and even fears that form my opinions and values.

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Liberty, most precious

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:06 am   /   Comments

The past has nothing to say that can condemn my present; What is done is done; time to do new and better things. I do agree with the saying that those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it but I go a step further to make an assertion of my own.

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World without end

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:20 am   /   Comments

There have been many doomsday prophesies over the course of my life and I am sure there were many before I was born. Inevitably there will be many more, long after I am gone. There seems to be some collective awareness that the world will end; the differentials are the ways it could.

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The things we take for granted

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:00 am   /   Comments

Going down a flight of stairs in a familiar place, filled with friends and family, sharing pleasantries and exchanging greetings is pretty normal for a Sunday. It’s the equivalent of the sentiments expressed in the the theme song of the eighties sitcom “Cheers”. It’s a simple song, with simple words we all can relate to and I thought I’d use it to illustrate my theme for the week.

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Life style choices

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:03 am   /   Comments

What if there is no heaven, what if this is all there is?”. A friend of mine asked me this question a while back and once in a while I find myself mulling it over. I genuinely believe in heaven, the bible, good and evil and eternity. The life style choices I have made over the course of my life are greatly influenced by my beliefs and I am sure the person asking expected some level of outraged response.

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Oh for a thousand tongues…

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:02 am   /   Comments

The cynics will tell you that the most beautiful one has been born, the greatest letter has been written, the nicest song has been sung. It is a jaded view that there is nothing new under the sun; the universe is in a constant state of evolution, recycling life in a gamut of forms.

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We were there

  /   in Moment to Moment 12:02 am   /   Comments

fela

A front row seat,watching the best of life unfold in a time when life seemed so easy is a gift. Maybe its nostalgia that is romanticising the past and making it seem that the good old days were much better than the present. I was at a dinner a few days ago and some youngsters came to do a dance interpretation of Fela’s “Suffering and Smiling”.

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Jesus, take the wheel

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*File: Police

Living under constituted authority presupposes that there would be laws put in place to protect and defend an acceptable standard and way of life. The laws would require everyone to obey the rules that govern society and there would be a recourse to an established arm of the same law to enforce its statutes and punish those who break the law.

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What next Nigeria ?

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University of Port Harcourt students brutally beaten and burnt alive

Any man is every man, we are all one and the same, cut from the same cloth ; capable of great good and great evil. Inside every saint is a sinner, time and circumstance determine what the world sees. Violence is very repulsive to me; I particularly hate the sight of blood but even I am prone to unleashing that same force I find repulsive on someone when the right triggers are pressed.

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