Monthly Archives: December 2013

My Nokia X2-01 is Two

It was an harmattan hazed afternoon in the Alaba International suburb of Lagos. The roads were rowdy and the market was crowded with many shopping last minute in anticipation of the expected close of the market in 4 days time. It was the December 20th of 2011.

I had returned from the cosmopolitan town of Zungeru, the 1st capital of Amalgamated Nigeria. There was one action item that i needed to close out: Get a Nokia phone that could browse. With the remnant of 6 months paid NYSC allowance, i delved into the market with my brother, an Alaba International specialist.

I chose Nokia X2-01 on that day and immediately felt fly perusing the phone. This X2-01 relegated my Nokia 1200 to background and took center stage. I immediately downloaded relevant application that could keep me company in times of solace. Opera Mini, 2go, PES 2011, F1 Racing, Whatsapp are example of such.

This phone has seen the sands of time, crossed the two major rivers of NIgeria, had it share of falls and hits, beaten by rain and storm, scratched and even man-handled (phone-handled). With my game-ful-ness, i have pressed away the descriptions on the key but can still navigate my way around.

I may have landed on the newest planet on the galaxy, but the proximity of my X2-01 still remains. My real line is on it.

I have moved from Sony Erricson T200 in January 2006, to Nokia 1112, which was stolen in 2008. Another Nokia 1112 made up for the stolen one till i ventured into the walls of China to get an Xbluetooth dual-sim phone in the christmas periods of 2008. These dual-sim chinco phone was never to last as its connectivity problems made me get another Nokia phone: 1200.

Happy Birthday my Nokia X2-01.

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Which Prayer Position is Wrong?

A young man was leading a crew of 30 in prayers in their daily morning pre-job meeting. He subconciously put his two hands in his pocket and said the prayer. Immediately after the prayer, he was cautioned by a colleague of higher position saying that praying to God with hands in the pocket is disrepectful.

Wrong Prayer Mode?

Wrong Prayer Mode?

So, Which posture, position is the right one to pray to God? which is wrong? Kneeling, Lying down, standing, sitting, hands akimbo, hands on hips, hands on head, rolling on the floor, hands together, open hands, heads down, heads up, etc.?

 

Security Tips For The Festive Period

The Christmas and New Year periods are two important seasons of the year with festivities that trigger various forms of security challenges not only in Nigeria but some other parts of the globe. These security challenges include armed robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, petty theft, all forms financial fraud/crime and other urban related crimes.

The following precautionary measures therefore need to be taken note of as they will help one in averting or dealing with some of the above mentioned security challenges.

  • Avoid carrying large volume of cash
  • Do not discuss your finances with strangers, including close family members
  • Always delete from your mobile phone ‘Alert’ messages about your financial transaction/account balance from your bank
  • Do not send your domestic staff /driver on a financial errand involving huge sums of money (as this may trigger some ideas in his/her head)
  • While travelling by air, do not keep money or any other valuable that can easily be removed in your check-in luggage.
  • Ensure that your carry-on bag is always within your view
  • If you are travelling by road, avoid travelling at night
  • Always travel in the company of  others and also avoid lonely roads
  • As much as possible, avoid large gatherings
  • While in traffic, ensure that your car window glasses are wound up and doors locked.
  • Be observant while driving as this will enable you to detect when you are being trailed.
  • If you are convinced you are being trailed, drive into the nearest police station or any public place
  • Always be at alert on what is happening around your environment
  • Educate your household including your kids on the importance of not opening your door/gate  to a stranger under any guise
  • Do not keep the keys to your entrance or exit doors in a place  that is easily accessible to everybody
  • Using padlocks  to lock exit and entrance doors should as much as possible be avoided
  • If you are using power generating set at night, do not rush out  if the set suddenly goes off.(It could be bait to drag you out of your secured zone) 
  • Ensure that your perimeter lights are all functioning.
  •  Discourage night visitors.
  • Avoid getting used to a particular routine with regards to leaving and coming back to the house.
  • Conduct a thorough background check on any domestic staff you intend to engage.
  • Keep a low profile. (Always remember that “a standing nail is inviting a hammer”)
  • Always have a small cash readily available both at home and while on transit
  • In the event of armed robbery attack, do not try to play a ‘hero’
  • Obey all instructions and do not try to identify the criminal
  • Finally and most importantly, BE IN CHRIST.

 

Police Control Room Emergency Numbers

  • Lagos———— 767, 08060357795, 08065154338

Lagos State Anti-Bomb Unit….08033041044, 017903016.

Happy Festive Season.

Adams and The Widow: Disgraced but Graced

Late last week, the governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole was in the spotlight for telling a widow to “go and die” in annoyance. The governor had joined the state task force to rid Benin roads of illegal activities, one of which is hawking along the road, of which the woman was found wanting.

The widow was arrested for breaking a traffic law, but was begging the governor for mercy, after her goods were confiscated but he (governor) paid deaf ears to her pleas.

So many Nigerians who have been looking for an opportunity to vent any frustration on any government personnel used this opportunity to unleash various abuse and vitriol to the former labour leader. It is as if they have laying in wait like a female lion awaiting a straying gazelle. Videos were uploaded, transferred and copied.

So many painted the Governor’s act like Satan’s black sins but only very few questioned the wrong of the widow.

The Governor, in reaction to the viral nature of the action, apologized for his choice of words. He didn’t just apologize, he went two steps further on Monday by giving the woman 2 million Naira to rent a shop and offered scholarship to her son. All this he did as Adams Oshiomhole and family, not as Governor of the State.

The seemingly disgraced widow now has 2million in her bag and need not worry for her sons education. The brought-down-to-eat Governor showed why he is not like those Nigerians who are so obsessed with power that there is no “apology” or “reconciliation” in their dictionary.

Morals of the story:

1. The Laws of the land should be obeyed. Being a widow doesn’t make you above the law. This also goes for government officials, Christians, Military personnel and everybody. (I Petet 2:13-17; Romans 13:1)

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 [Act] as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but [use it] as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. -I Peter 2:13-17 KJV

2. Don’t take anybody for granted. Oshiomhole may have been seen as a people loving governor and thus wont harm a fly. But because he shows so much love doesn’t warrant his instructions to be brushed aside because of the love. Our God is Love but also a consuming fire. We must respect ourselves, and elders even if they seemingly come down to our level.

3. Anger is a hazard. An angry man can do anything even the ones he never thought of. In anger, the governor dented his seemingly roller coaster love ride with the Nigerian populace who seem him as a different governor not drunk with power. Anger destroys. Anger made Moses to see but not enter the promised land. Many thing lost in anger rarely are found. Words spoken in anger always stand the test of time. Flee Anger, else flee the scene and cool off alone. (Ephesians 4:26, Matt 5:22, Eph 4:31,32, Col 3:8, Job5:2,  ps 37:8, Prov 14:29)

 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath – Ephesians 4:26

4. Take Heed Less you Fall. Just like captain Jack Sparrow, “honestly, it is the honest ones you need to watch to be dishonest“. When a harlot commits fornication, it looks normal. but let a clergyman be seen in a brothel, it spreads like wild fire. It is normal for evil to beget evil but when Good beget evil, then the world escalates the fall. Friends, be watchful, mind your ways, your speech and your methods. Everyone is watching waiting for a small error. even the walls are listening. (I Corinthians 10:12)

5. Disgrace beget Grace. The Widow may have been disgraced with the actions of the governor and the viral-ness of the video of the confiscation of her goods and her pleas for mercy but within 5 days, she is richer than many that have viewed the video or read the stories. I am not saying you should go to mission road and hawk illegally and expect the governor to disgrace you and give you 2million oh!!

In all, If you have Jesus in your heart, he would direct you on what to speak. You may say something out of anger or naivety but with a good conscience, you would be able to swallow your pride, apologize and move on.

We hurt many people every day in our lives, but I wonder how many of us can swallow our pride to say “I am sorry”. And how many of us do forgive. It might hurt but forgive because Jesus has forgiven you.

Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV

Have an anger free week and Happy new month. Welcome to December 2013.

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