Friday, November 30, 2012

My rant on the thin line between evil and good

Lots of evil things happening in the world today makes us forget sometimes that there are still those kind hearted individuals around. Somehow, even good deeds these days are questioned.

I read the news about ritualists taking advantage of the Abuja carnivals, posing as beggars to steal body parts of individuals. Yes, you heard right! When someone took pity on one of the beggars and gave out some money, a part of the body or even sight disappears with it.

When I first came to Lagos, I was in the habit of trying in my little way to help out beggars I saw on the streets. One day I began to think to myself; these beggars are not reducing at all, instead they are on the increase. I still gave when my spirit told me to but one day, a lady whom I usually dressed my hair at her salon told me that some of these beggars are actually sent by rich men to collect people’s cash and then use it for ritual purposes. She told me she never gives money to beggars.

Also, gone are the days you see someone in pains on the road and stop to help. Now, criminals use that gimmick and even smarter ones to rob unsuspecting persons of their valuables and in some cases lives. This begs the question, what is this world really turning into? A world where you ache to give help but are afraid it is a set-up. One where you do good and the act is questioned.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Remembering ‘Where There is No Doctor’

On today’s Throwback, I am remembering that book that served as the internet back in the days when health concerns arose. I believe many of you are familiar with the book named ‘Where there is no doctor’.

That book was in almost every home I visited while I was growing up. Unlike today when any symptom we notice in our body, we quickly hit Google and some other health websites, back in the days, any symptom parents noticed, they flipped open Where There is No Doctor. It somehow had answers to majority of health questions and offered cures.

The book according to Wikipedia is the most widely used health education book in tropical and sub-tropical developing countries. The book was originally written by David Werner, Carol Thuman, Jane Maxwell  in 1970 in Spanish as Donde No Hay Doctor and has since then been revised multiple times. It has sold over one million copies and has been translated into over 100 languages. It has also been made into a CD and some portions of it can be downloaded free of charge in pdf format.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mummy’s Wednesday: Mothers, pray for your children

When a woman gets pregnant, it is the sheer power and will of God that sees her through the many months and the eventual safe delivery of the child. It is only right then that we acknowledge that intense supernatural power at work in our lives and in the birthing of our little one.

The bible says ‘ Pray without ceasing’ because let’s face it, we are at war everyday whether we realize it or not.

It’s only when you understand the dubious, deceptive and manipulative way the devil and his cohorts operate that you begin to understand why a driver will get drunk and hit an innocent pedestrian. Then you will understand why a grown-up man will see a little girl and sexually molest her.

When we have understood just little how dangerously the devil operates without sleeping a wink, we then realize the need to pray always for our children. From the moment the baby pops out of you, he has become your sole responsibility. You don’t just have the responsibility to provide emotionally, financially and physically for the child, you have to provide spiritual support which quite frankly is the most important.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Curious case: Meet the men who are aging backwards

By the looks of their home, Tony and Christine Clark are raising two rambunctious 7-year-old boys. Model train tracks and Monopoly pieces are scattered on tables and cartoons flicker on the TV set.

But the Clarks' two sons are grown men who share only the same interests and emotional fluctuations of little boys. Like the character portrayed by Brad Pitt in the 2008 film  " The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons",
Matthew, 39, and Michael, 42, are aging backwards.

Diagnosed with a terminal form of leukodystrophy, one of a group of extremely rare genetic disorders that attack the Myelin, or white matter, in the nervous system, spinal cord, and brain. In the Clarks' case, the condition has not only eroded their physical capacities, but their emotional and mental states as well. 

Only six years ago, both brothers were holding down jobs and growing their families. Today, they spend their days in the care of their parents, both in their sixties, playing with Mr. Potato Head, fighting over Monopoly, and in rare lucid moments, struggling to understand why their lives have changed so dramatically. 

See Plantashun Boiz back in da days!

Choi, I know this is an old picture but mehnnnnn.... people dey change sha! testimony of what money can do! I am sure they were feeling like the 'baddest' boys when they posed for this!

They were looking like bonga fish that time but now, they are so robust and their skins shine like say dem rub am groundnut oil.

This picture says a lot if you take time to listen. It tells you that no matter where you are today, with hardwork, perserverance, dedication and might I add my all important factor; the fear of God, you will prosper.

Hold on to hope and keep striving!

Bollywood Tuesday: Pyaar Impossible – Chasing after love

They say some people are very fortunate to find true love while there are some that ‘Love’ just doesn’t happen to. How can ‘Love’ not happen to anyone? 

Pyaar Impossible (Meaning ‘Love Impossible) is a romantic comedy starring Dino Morea, Priyanka Chopra and Uday Chopra as the lead characters…

Let me take you into the drama that has Abhay Sharma (played by Uday Chopra) believing that maybe he just wasn’t meant to find love.

Abhay Sharma is a geek in a University in U.S who loves to read and even gets paid by the ‘big boys’ in school to carry out their class assignments while getting paid for it. He is comfortable just lurking in the background as he sees himself no match to the suave and smooth nature of the ‘correct’ guys in school.

Considering the kind of unpopular person Abhay is, it is then strange that his love attraction will be the most popular girl in school.  Alisha (Played by Priyanka Chopra) is what can be termed drop-dead-gorgeous. She is a hottie in school and hangs with the most popular set of guys and girls. She also has a boyfriend who is just as popular as her and one of Abhay’s patronisers when it came to school work.

Monday, November 26, 2012

When the ‘push’ gets too much

You know how you wake up one morning and feel all queasy and just don’t know what is happening to you? Well, that is how I have felt in the past week.
As a woman, all sorts of insinuations sprung up. Many wondered if it was work stress coming down on me, while some others suggested another lil one may just be on the way. Both may be right or wrong but it still doesn’t change how I feel.
I would switch on my computer system, open up Microsoft word to type and the screen would suddenly seem to come alive threatening to swallow me; then I would quickly shut it and lie down to regain some strength.

I happen to be a little okay today but not completely. It’s so hard knowing you do not feel well but having no choice but to come to work. This is one of those days I wish I worked for myself. You are sick but hey, no one except you really cares once you get into the office environment. All you are expected to do is deliver!
It’s so uncomfortable and what better way to moan and share my sickness and frustration that piling it on your shoulders. Maybe your shoulders may be just where I can lean on to get the weight off…
I am lamenting too much about my sickness. Did you hear of the suicide bombing in Kaduna yesterday? My dear, I almost thought these fellows had gone to sleep but they just proved they were just bidding their time.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Should abortion be accepted for any reason?

Savita Halappanavar, 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she developed back pain and tests revealed that she would lose her baby.

But despite her repeated pleas over three days, doctors refused to perform a termination as they could still hear the foetus’s heartbeat, reportedly telling her: "This is a Catholic country."

Mrs Halappanavar’s condition rapidly deteriorated and she died after developing septicaemia four days after the death of her baby.

The case has prompted renewed calls for the Irish government to legislate for abortion, with pro-choice campaigners branding her death “an outrage”.

James Reilly, Ireland’s health minister, sought a report on the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and Galway University Hospital prepared to launch its own investigation.

Mrs Halappanavar’s husband, Praveen, expressed astonishment that his Hindu wife, a dentist, died.
“It’s very hard,” he told the Irish Times. “It has been a terrible few weeks, very hard to understand how this can happen in the 21st century, very hard to explain to her family.”

The couple, who moved to Ireland from India in 2008, had been over the moon when they discovered they were expecting a baby, he disclosed.

Mr Halappanavar, 34, said everything had been fine until his wife developed back pain on Saturday October 20.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bollywood Tuesday - Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai : When Love hurts (3)

Happy Tuesday peepz... No too much talk. Let's get down to the matter at hand! Just in case you are reading this, you might wanna read the first and second parts...

Rohit staggers to the door with eyes fixed on Durga. He can’t believe this is happening to him. He whirls around and heads outside. He finds a quiet corner and there, cries his heart out. Raj searches for Rohit and not finding him, goes outside to look for him. He sees him alone and asks what the matter is. Rohit tells him he is just happy for him and overcome with so much emotion. But in truth, his heart is silently breaking!

After the engagement, Raj tells his bride-to-be about his long lost friend who just returned and she decides to meet him. The following day, Raj and Durga go to the temple to meet with Rohit. Durga first decides to say her prayers before meeting with Rohit and so Raj goes along without her. After her prayers, she goes to meet Rohit but she is surprised that no matter how wide her smile, he refuses to say a word. He just greets her by putting his palms together the Indian respectful way.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Standing on God's promises

There are lots of times I worry

Lots of trials come and I think I cannot make it through

I look around and wonder why I can’t be as happy as some others

I wake up each day confident that his promises will be a reality,

But at the end of each day, I heave a sigh

It hasn’t come to pass!

In the midst of all these ‘disappointments’, I know one thing

The master planner is at work

I remember the bible verse that tells me that his time is not my time

That his ways are not my ways

 That his thoughts for me are of good

That whatever I ask and believe I have, I indeed have

That he will never leave me nor forsake me

That he will direct my path

That I should cast all my burdens on him and he will give me rest

That he is just to do what he has promised

That he is not man that he should lie

That all I need to do is have FAITH in him

With all these promises given by the most heavenly father

I have a lifting in my heart

Because I know that all things are working for my good

I know that every so-called disappointment are actually taking me to where he has planned for me

I know that he will not give me stone instead of bread

I know and I am convinced that he has put a new song in my mouth

I know and I am certain that Christ lives in me and I have all things because am a joint heir with him

I am absolutely sure that no plan of the enemy for my life will hold

because I am seated with Christ above every principalities and powers

I am lifted just knowing God’s thoughts for me

You should be too because he has the same plans for you!

Friday, November 9, 2012

What’s in a name?

Here in Nigeria, we are very sentimental about names; so much so that even mispronouncing our name sparks the urge to correct the culprit.

It so happened that my friend Obidike posted something on his FaceBook wall about his name. He went on the social media platform to tell all and sundry the true meaning and pronounciation of his name. many people murdered his name. While some had called him Obidinike ( Heart is in the anus); some others have called him Obidikwe ( Heart is in the mortar)…. Many other versions of the name were listed.

He is not the only victim of this and like many others, is sentimental about his name to the extent of making a public correction.

My name is Chinwe and I have had people call me Cinwe  and the funny one was when the people I met when I served in the North called me Sinwi… Can you even pronounce that?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

To women: What are you worth?

In a brief conversation a man asked a woman he was pursuing the question 'What kind of man are you looking for? 'She sat  quietly for a moment before looking him in the eye and asking. 'Do you really want to know?' 

Reluctantly, he said, 'Yes.' She began to  expound... As a woman in this day and age, I am in a position to ask a man what he can do for me that I can't do for myself. I pay my own bills. I take care of my household without the help of any man...or  woman for that matter. I am in the position to ask, 'What can you bring to the table?'

The man looked at her. Clearly he thought that she was referring to money. She quickly corrected his thought and stated, 'I am not referring to money. I need something more.' I need a man who is striving for perfection in every aspect of life.' 

You can now power your generator with URINE!!!

Four girls, Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15) in Lagos have made history so to say by creating a generator powered by urine.

The youngsters have even appeared on BBC... We have talents we don't know in Nigeria o!
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The device can provide up to 6 hours of electricity with just one litre of urine.

Before you buy a Gee-Pee tank to start storing your urine and that of your friends and family, screech, take a halt and read how that can be done before you blow someone up...

Obama's most LIKED FaceBook picture

This image of Barack Obama hugging his wife Michelle in celebration of his re-election to the United States presidency seat has over 2.1 million Facebook likes making it the most-liked Facebook picture of all time…

Ignoring the writing on the wall

Many times, girls are thrown into avoidable situations and then blame tends to be bounced around. 

I read a story about a girl who went on a date with her male Face book friend and ended up jumping from a three storey building to avoid being raped by him. The one thing that struck me in the story was the fact that she admitted to the guy making sexual advances on the phone and her telling him she was menstruating.

First thing that told me was; the girl had been having discussions pertaining to sex on the phone with this stranger and so he would have expected some action from her when they eventually met. Second thing I realized was; he made it plain to the girl that he would have sex with her before the outing and her coming irrespective of the warning showed she was game.

Now, everyone may want to blame the man but I think a huge chunk of that blame should be thrown at the girl.

Gone are the days when as a girl, you expect to score financially from a guy and use the excuse of being on your menstrual cycle to escape being touched. In some guy’s thinking, he has to get value for his money!

Mummy's Wednesday: What can't you do for your child?

Hiya mums! I believe the week has been a very pleasant one for us all...

Today is Wednesday and like other Wednesdays, we will delve into ourselves as mothers and express feelings that crave to be spat out.

It is said that a mother can do about anything for her child, while that is true, is there anything you think you cannot do for your child?

Think deep and hard...

Share your thoughts on here!

VIDEO: Obama celebrates win

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their families enjoy their victory at a rally in Chicago.

He finally won but Mitt Romney was quite close...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

She was raped and asked to pay N5m

It is sad how things happen in this country. Now Rapists commit the dastardly act and still blackmail the poor victims?

Read how PremiumTimes is reporting it below…

The police in the Gwarinpa area of Abuja are investigating the case of a middle-aged woman who was allegedly abducted, raped and asked to pay N5 million.
On Monday, the woman who resides in Gwarinpa, told the police her ordeal.
The lady said she boarded a taxi from Gwarinpa to Wuse, when “the driver sprayed air freshener in the cab.”

Bollywood Tuesday - Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai : When Love hurts (2)

Happy Bollywood Tuesday people! The ride continues as we learn what happens next in the story of Rohit and Durga… Read the first installment if you are just joining in here

Let’s get to it shall we?
Durga and Rohit

Rana had mobilized men and laid an ambush for Rohit. He falls into their trap and they beat him almost to death. When he had fought with all his might to no avail, he succumbed to the brutality. Rana and his colleahues lift him into his car and rolls it down a cliff into the river. They want to make it look like he drowned. 
As the car rolls, Rohit knows he is dying but has no strength left to jump out of the car; instead, he uses the last bit of energy in him to hold on to Rana as the car speeds past him. The death grip was unbreakable as he takes Rana along with him to the land of the dead.
As the bandage came off, Durga was told the devastating news of Rohit’s death. She demands to see his body but it had been washed off by floods.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy November to you!

I see that just like me, God has given you another chance to be in the world of the living. We have made it through October and are one month closer to December which is the end of the year.

We have a course to rejoice and thank God for there are people who have died along the way and some who are in the hospitals without any hope of recovery.

That we are here today should cause us to throw away any form of worry and rejoice in the fact that we have been counted worthy to live another month and years to come.

I wish that every good thing we all desire should come to us this month and that ultimately, we would be a blessing to lots of people.

Enjoy the month letting go of resentments, anger, worry and strife.

Happy new month people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!