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Monday, September 25, 2017

How to Think Through a Challenge to Dependable Solution

"Thinking, says the book: Speech: A High School Course", starts with a problem; a difficulty that is felt."

Really, if there is anything for which humanity has consistently been called out since the morning of creation I can say with a fairly high degree of accuracy that it is ' Thinking.'

Even at individual level, it is pretty the same thing.

It is so because much of our advancements have been accomplished on the back of thorough thinking around many a societal or existential challenges whether it is
in the field of natural or social science.

Therefore straight thinking is a skill worth having by everybody; more so because we are bound to be challenged everyday of our life.

Among others, challenge could manifest itself in form a faulty car, an empty pocket, unemployment, sickness, unwanted pregnancy, barrenness, failure in examination or business, chronic single's life, rape, rejection and loveless marriage.

 I can go on and on and on!

But which life if I may ask doesn't at some point in its evolution suffers one or two of these aforementioned challenges? None!

Where there is one even seemingly; it must be so categorized as a clear case of fraud.

For life without challenge just as living without prayers is fraudulent; a fallacy.

Don't get too excited, Pals, if today by some luck, magic or ingenious contrivances you are neither faced with any challenge nor are you praying to get by in life.

It is most probable they are piling up for you somewhere along the journey of life.

And you're bound to pick them up anyways as you stride on.

So brave it when it hits you any moment from now.

This goes to show that life is a constant battle for adjustment for the living.

'Therefore adjustment defined, is what a man gained when he comes to himself."

  Adjustment from disequilibrium to equilibrium; from discomfort to comfort.

Where there is no maladjustment as enumerated above then, adjustment wouldn't necessarily be a topic here.

If for anything, it is because most challenges of life are largely unpredictable leaving us more often than not desperately exposed to all manners of equally contrary sprits. i.e. fears, anxiety, hypertension, low self esteem, depression, and worst of all suicidal thoughts.

Before I go on, can we just ponder briefly these questions- I mean why problems, challenges or maladjustment at all?

The answer it must interest you lies in the fact that there is absolutely nothing in life without a purpose; a divine purpose; and that include problems or challenges as it were.

They spring up on our paths either as a test of our resolve and faith or as a filter for our becoming the very best that we can possibly be.

And the analogy still suffices here that:

"Then iron wouldn't be as tough as it comes without the true test of fire".

And the same applies to human kind. Can anyone call himself brave without been battle tried? God forbid!

So have you been grappling with some challenges and you are at a loss on how best to solve them, at least dependably; without allowing things get messier.

Now don't worry.

In a way you are in the right company.

I'm a life coach? No, I'm not.

I'm just your regular passionate online guy who is always striving to help change the world in my own little ways in the pursuit of my 'philosophy of positively being and becoming by all'.

Many times over I've had and still have my own share of some of life's meltdowns and I didn't get overwhelmed by them. So if I'm not; I bet you can't too. All it takes is being attentive to some of the suggestion I'm about to offer here.

But before then, maybe I should share a story from my own personal experiential archive.

"Some ten or so years ago I face the first romantic rejection in my life. You know when you love a woman so much you want to go down the aisle with her. And then one day she hits you with a 'No' for an answer even when all signs had strongly indicated it’s a foregone conclusion.

Like every human I was naturally gutted and forlorn. But my response has been that of calm assurance and perfect wisdom in the midst of this sudden romantic storm and tidal waves.

To her break up text message which reads "I can't marry you. God will provide you your own wife”. I replied “thank God it's never too late to seek a newer world".

 Despite that confident air of positivism, It will interest you that those ten years down the    line the anticipated newer world never really materialized neither for me nor her.

And today she has returned to the rejected stone where she ought to be in the first place".

In a scenario like this, some men with different level of maturity are known to have done drastic things either to themselves or the women in question because they lack what is needed at a time like this which is ignoring the lies that they are inadequate as a men or women for some reasons.

Worse still, some of these reasons may not even be your making.
Creation for all I know is based on the principle of compensation. If you lose one thing; another will be giving unto you as replacement.

And if that which you've lost is divinely yours; it would definitely navigates back to you.

So, I got my justice. End of story."

Now shall we get down to business?

Thinking through a life challenge is pretty within the grasp of those who can excites their thing faculty. And that includes those who have ignorantly taken their own lives.

I mean if not ignorance, what can possibly explain a young chap who committed suicide because he failed his semester exam.

Or a woman who was sexually abused by a gang of morally depraved men resorting to killing herself or continue to wallow in feelings of inadequacy, dejection and shame.

Agreed they needed help; and they could have gotten it.

Many have the world because they were deliberate about it.

Now to the list of my recipes for thinking through life’s challenges to a dependable solution:

1.  Identify the problem and knowing what the immediate and remote causes are.

Like I said earlier, life challenge can be any one of unemployment, disappointment in love or business, unwanted pregnancy and so on and so forth.

The key to starting out towards a solution is identifying what yours is and knowing what the causes are immediate or remote.

It could due to lack of self control in sexual matters as regards unwanted pregnancy. It could be due to lack of financial prudence, non-dedication to duty as regards why a business failed.

2. Reaching out or unburdening your heart to an ally, family and friends.

You might want to talk to someone you feel would have a superiorly matured way of looking at things from among your allies, family and friends.

After all, problem share is problem half solved.

3. Be open to the possibility of solution.

Don't shut yourself out in disbelief, ignorance, self pity and grief.

You're not the first to be in such situation and would not be the last.

It doesn't matter for how long you've been under the yoke of the problem.

Never shut yourself out to the possibility of solution by lackadaisically resigning to fate confining yourself to seclusion.

4. Be ready to go the extra mile.

The lesson of the Biblical woman with twelve years issue of blood who brave the odds of the mammoth crowd surrounding our Lord Jesus Christ to get her healing by touching the hem of his robe cannot be over referenced.

A few snippets of the narratives that were not told would be one or all of the following.

I personally believe she must have spent quite a fortune in the interval leading to encountering Christ from consulting with one physician or the other.

She must have been abandoned by some family members and friends.

She must have become a pariah in the women associations or circles.

But she got her healing anyways because she was always ready to go the extra mile.

You can't begin to imagine how many people today have surrendered when they were closest to solution to some of the challenges confronting them.

They simply tired out when it was the least thing expected of them.

And how tragic!

5. Show determination even if people have made you subscribe to unworkable prescriptions some other time.

You know just as we have fake doctors so we have certified ones.

So it doesn't matter if you've lost monies to these horrible wretch; you just have to keep on trying; more so because just as we have lies so we have truth.

6. Learn to be calm in the face of storm sweeping through the ward of your life.

Avoid taking a rash and irrational decision.

Christ in God who speaks peace to the raging storm and tidal waters couple of millenium ago can still speak peace to your life or circumstances.

All you need is faith and being meticulous.

Don't resort to deathly escapism yet because you fail your semester exam, got separated from your wife or husband, ran into debt and the likes.

7. Do not resort to self help.

In many instances, it has led to serious complications and even deaths avoidably. i.e. unwanted pregnancy is a good case in point.

That's by the way an illustrative example. Prevention here is better than cure.

Talk to someone in the know who might be eager to help for free or for a token.

It is better that way than attempting to help yourself around something you knew practically nothing about.

8. Motivate yourself.

It is normal to feel depressed some time; but what is not normal is staying depressed.

So one of the best ways to handle depression is self motivation.

Motivate yourself through positive thinking.

You can also motivate yourself by listening to soul lifting music and motivational speeches.

Tell yourself, you're not indomitable. Engage more in group activities.

Do more of out-dooring chores.

Devote yourself to helping others achieve their set goals.

I bet in no time you will gain morale as a by product.

Above all,
****Don't give up yet; because you're closer to dependable solution than you can imagine.

The Rejected Stone

Monday, September 18, 2017

Opinion : On Whizkid being and dying a legend

No doubt being an entertainer in whatever genre and a raving one at that is no joke.
It comes primarily with a lot of killing pressures to satisfy the growing army of local and international admirers cum consumers.

It equally comes with loss of privacy because both the media and the promoters are constantly pushing.

The first for secrets, scandals and the juicy entertainment news scoops.

And the promoters luring them as ever for shows and record deals.

One concert or the other is always on the card and the thought of cancelling them is one many artistes always find difficult to swallow.

Besides disappointing their fans, there is also the financial loss that comes with scenarios like that.

I know this from experience. Besides the fact that I can hum a few note with this voice of mine that's far from being mellifluous; I can also coax some tuneful notes from the guitar.

And if my childhood band had not tumbled into premature proscription moments to gaining its hopeful progressive autopilot from hitting the prophetic dead end, I would today have been swimming in fame and fortune sort of.

But that's not to be. After all what, if not exhaustion or dehydration would end those series of energetic performances that musicians churn out every other day.

That's why when the news has it that one of Nigeria's finest musical export, Whizkid, had cancelled his forthcoming concerts citing health reasons I truly felt for him.

Though this is not the first time; it was the second time coming or thereabout. News sources also have it that he likewise cancelled shows sometimes in 2016 on the same health ground.

And that certainly calls for concern if artiste of his calibre and age is beginning to cite health reasons for calling off shows.

It means that the industry as widely known is so consuming or demanding and that it has led to rampant incidence of drug use by these artistes in order to keep up with soaring demands by their far flung and intrusive fans.

We therefore will not forget the many negative impact from their recourse to drugs and other illegal substances.

But that's not where I'm going.

But before I touch the really sore area for me, let me wish Whizkid a quick recovery and stronger return to stage. I can sense the fans will sorely missed him from the un-abating outpouring of emotion and concerts at the news break that he was taking time off music in order to properly recuperate from an undisclosed ailment.

Like I hinted above, the part that really draw my attention in the press release (or was it tweets) is the one suggesting death and being a legend.

It really got me thinking. And I've repeatedly asked myself a number of questions.

God forbid, one being that I was hoping this is not a subtle hint at suicidal thoughts which would be calamitous both for the nation and the international community.

The other is that what really is the requirements for a person to be qualified to be called a legend?

And is Whizkid truly a legend?

And what gives him the conviction that he is?

Is he just psyching us up?

In all of these, I personally think he is just pathologically exaggerating his self worth as a musician.

In his obsession with self on ascension he let loose self control and throws himself up for ridicule in trying to rob shoulders with the gods and goddess in the musical pantheon.

And in all our sincere devotion to his greatness yet unfolding he must be restrained at all cost.

While I don't see him die any time soon; I strongly believe with facts and figure at my disposal that Whizkid is not a legend yet. In fact not any soon.

But he has the potentials to be and I hope he will.

My point is if he is a legend as he claims then what is king Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Bob Marley, Victor Olaiya of this world.

I think Whizkid should sit down and concentrate more on growing his career and not play up deathly pranks so he can swindle us into buying his overarching legendary goof.

He should forget about his sell out concerts; his cars; his mansion(s); his women or baby mamas if you wish; he is not the first from Nigeria to achieve such. So many has and I won't waste my time here naming names but the records are there.

I don't see anyone becoming a legend doing anything for a decade or less.

Whizkid can become a legend as he truly wishes or predicted and he has the years ahead to achieve that milestone in his musical sojourn.

The time begins now and he is on the right track.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lifestyle: Ready or not, these 6 things certainly will happen to you

O yes! Life's a school; a devoted and pervasive one at that in which no one truly graduate and its classes go on and on until we're six feet under the ground.

It teaches its lessons too in a variety of ways.

Sometimes gently or subtly and sometimes hard.

Knowing this, however, doesn't presupposes that it will exempt any of us from some its core teachings or courses as it were.

Nevertheless, I know all of us want to stay in control of so many things; monitor our progress and if possible stay ahead of our class.

Like being successful and not a never do well.

"And that reminds me of the quote by G. B SHAW which says:
There is no such person who can do what he likes, when he likes it,  how he likes it or chooses not to do anything at all; and there will never be any such person."

One instructive fact behind this quote on life is such that nobody is really doing what he or she likes other than being an obedient organism consciously unconsciously obeying or responding to a number of moulding stimuli life keeps throwing at us.

Then what are those six things that will almost certainly happen to us whether we consented or not?


From the moment we were born, this process become part and parcel of our make up.

This physical change is inevitable, continuous and unstoppable.

It requires no input from anybody except that it thrives on incitements from natural activities like eating, drinking and sleeping.

Let assume we don't even eat well the worst that could happen to is is a stunted growth.

But growth is growth; and nature has its way as usual.


Life being a cyclical continuum, has in store for every living soul trials or what I can also call misfortune time.

The only variables are the magnitude and timeframe.

Usually, it will occur at the interval of ten years or thereabout.

But sometimes it varies.

Starting from ages 18-21 onward, everybody should expect his or her trials or misfortune time on a regular basis untill old age if we're lucky to reach that milestone.

It strikes like a rush of wind sweeping the wards of our lives and it is less concern whether we are ready or not.

But the better prepared we're the more we're able to cope with all its questions minimizing the usual 'why me' that often characterize such occurence in the life of many.


This is the reverse or obverse if you like of the above.

The one everybody fervently prays for.

Every living soul has got his date with its fortune time and it will surely come whether or not you are ready.

You might be working but you never can tell when your fortune time will come.

It could as well be your needed tonic or wind to mount up higher on the ladder of success like the eagle in flight does at the instance of column of hot winds.

And yes, it could also be squandered leaving the concerned soul to wait for the next fortune


Laughter is an involuntary reaction common to the human being.

And it is contagious.

Even when you are a confirmed sadist, you still are susceptible to laughing when some situations simply urged you on.

But for the normal everyday human person laughing is inevitable.

It could be when you are watching comic stunts by your favourite actor/actress or stand up comedian performing on the theater stage.

It could also be because against all odds a thing of joy happened in your life.


We all cry for joy a times.

But ready or not, when a sad occurence takes place in and around us a normal human being responds with sorrowful tears.

Even the steeliest of men and women do.

#6) Death:

This is the inevitable physical end for all human being.

It has nothing to do with age, social, political and economic statuses.

The young and the old will die.

The rich and the poor too will die and it's not a question of if you are ready or not.

"So I leave you with these words from Mahatma Ghandi which says: Learn like you will live forever; live like you will die tomorrow."

So I submit.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

How to develop ideas in writing or speech: The 9 important materials you needed to

As a writer or speaker, there's this natural tendency to write or speak about people, places and events.

And that's cool.

After all, it's the people that shape events, history, develop and occupy places as it were.

But hey a writer or speaker who knows his worth should endeavor to write more about ideas.

If for anything they rule the world.

They are the fulcra upon which the world revolves.

The stuff people no matter their state or station constantly thirst after.

And if knowledge is a collection of facts and wisdom its practical application; common sense, therefore, tells me that the cores of the two above are chiefly ideas and nothing else.

Otherwise they wouldn't be standing firmly on their four legs.

It is ideas that gave rise to cutting edge events, products, services and so on and so forth.

In fact, all creations spring forth from a succession of ideas.

However in developing any idea whether in writing or speech some materials are simply crucial no matter the speciality or genre.

Without them content will lack the expected substance and would become like a wandering shadow of what the writer wishes it to be.

And that's not good for the writer's reputation or aspiration especially if he truly wishes to convince and influence; and build a strong back line of faithful followers like his favourite writers or speakers.

Above all, the writer who commits these to mind will pack-a-punch in his every output.

And what are they?

In a sequential order, I present to you the nine needed materials for developing ideas in writing or speech.

#The first is definition:

Definition is basic to all explanatory process.

And there is nothing absolute about it. Everything is relative; a function of degree.

For example, in defining a man there is no such person as absolute conservative or liberal.

Everybody possesses a quantum of liberality and conservativeness in them.

For there to be adequate explanation, therefore, words and concepts must be adequately defined. I mean stating what they mean literarily.

In doing this, the first sure aid is the dictionary.

To define a word, group of words or something, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is to portray their essential nature.

This description help brings directly home the functional relationship between the word or group of words with what the writer or speaker is trying to pass across to his reader or hearer.

#The second is repetitions:

Repetition is equally basic to the communicative process.

Another word for repetition is emphasizing.

When a writer repeats or emphasizes a word or group of words, he simply does so to call attention to it in the strong believe that it is not only beneficial to the audience but also to the advancement of his literary cause.

When the speaker repeats a word, he wants his hearers to commit same to mind because somewhere along the line it might be worth a reference in discussions.

#The third is example:

An example is something cited to concretize an explanation in progress.

For instance when a writer says many countries are now going the way of biotechnology to meet their growing food needs.

To concretize this statement, he might cite a few examples by saying countries X, Y, Z have gone the way of biotechnology to meet their food needs.

By so doing the reader is at once become aware of these countries because the writer has mentioned them and did not just leaves him stranded in the middle of nowhere.

#The fourth is illustration:

This is one word that can easily be confused with example.

But the two are functionally different.

To illustrate means to brighten. And this can be achieved by different methodologies.

An example can be cited to clarify a narrative.

A story can also be recalled to enrich another story.

A picture can be inserted into a storyline to bring it clearly into the understanding of the reader.

No wonder in journalism a picture is said to equals a thousand words.

So any illustrative techniques most suited to the writer or speaker can be deployed to achieve his end purpose.

#The fifth is imagery:

By imagery we mean word picture.

That's the capacity of words used in certain ways to bring meaning fuller home in the minds of the listeners or readers.

Here words are deliberately impregnated with meanings other than those they would literally mean.

And so they must be helped to safe deliveries when the hearer gets to familiarize himself with applicable literary devices.

It brings the beauty of language to the fore more than all else.

#The sixth is stories and personal experiences:

In developing ideas whether in writing or speech, the place of stories and personal experiences cannot be overemphasized.

They come handy in the development of ideas when a speaker or writer shares an account of a story he was privy to or his own personal experience.

It also enriches a narrative.

#The seventh is quotations:

Quotations are equally essential in developing ideas.

A speaker may decide to cite a quote from notable politicians or state men to drive home his points.

So it's not out of place to hear a speaker say: listen to this quote from the former British statesman, Sir Winston Churchill.

No doubts hearers at all time are more than eager to hear such quotes from people they hold in high esteem.

Excitement at that point is raised to the roof.

And sometimes too it does not matter who they are or where they are from as long as their quotable quotes resonates with the issues at hand.

#The eight is statistics:

Statistics are number and figures surrounding an event.

It is a mathematical speciality that involves the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.

Or put differently, a collection of quantitative data.

A writer or speaker is required to sometimes back his write ups with facts and figure in order to give the report substance.

For instance if a speaker wishes to give us the figure of the number of unemployed persons in a country; the quoted figure must not only be accurate, it must reflect other statistical elements.

To do justice to this task, there are about five clearly segmented questions he must answer.

And they are as follow, he must:

1) Precisely determine what the term in focus means?
I.e. who is an unemployed person?
       And who is an illiterate?

2) To what extent do the statistics measured what we wish measured?

3) Are the units compared really comparable?

4) Do the statistics cover a sufficient number of cases?

5) Is the average a typical measure of the group?

#The ninth is visual aids:

A number of visual aids exist for the use of a speaker or even a writer.

And he must avail himself the full benefits of one or more where necessary if everything is to go fine.

Some of these visual aids include graphs, charts, and slides.

Your favourite instructors, teachers and marketers deploy them to their advantages.

And you should; I insist everything being equal.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Exclusive interview! The Taribo West story: From the pitch to the pulpit.

Pastor Taribo West, the former super eagles of Nigeria defender bares it all concerning his transition from the pitch to the pulpit live on national radio.

Speaking with Godwin Enakhena on top sports on top radio earlier today.

Asked if there was mafia in the super eagles team of his time?

He denied there was mafia 'quote on quote' in the super eagles.

Instead, he explained that like in every football team, super eagles players then like himself, Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh, Austin Okocha, Daniel Amokachi and many more were mere influencers who the coaching crew regularly consulted with in resolving nagging issues surrounding the team.

He, however, admits that there were existence of blocs in the team.

On his rumored death and being broke?

He claimed that just like everybody he is still surprise why people spread such unfound rumors about him. But he thanked God for his life.

He insisted that there is no truth in both statements.

For instance, he said if he was death as imagined he would not be on the program. On being broke?

He remained as he puts it one of the most blessed former super eagles players.

In a rare display of forthrightness, he talked also about the unknown diabolical connections to his career.

He confessed to going fetish at some point in his career purportedly to boost it.
With the benefit of hindsight, he now realizes that it was a vain pursuit because such thing couldn't have propelled him to the great height which he attained without proper development of his natural talents and dedication to his career.

Asked when he started wearing the dreadlocks?

And he revealed it all started when he was at the Enugu Rangers Int'l FC.

He, however, expressed mix-feeling when asked if he would still wear it if the hands of clock were rolled back.

The anchor being privy to some of his humanitarian activities way back asked what his motivations were for always doling out his win bonuses to people he practically didn't know from Adam.

And he said it was his desire to bring smiles to the faces of the people who always inundate him with one request or the other.

Above all it gives him tremendous joy.

On the start of the journey to the pulpit?

He went down memory lane.

He recollects vividly that it all began post 1996 Atlanta Olympic game when Nigeria won gold medal in the football event and the team was being hosted by the Nigerian consulate.

During the event, he remembered that he mysteriously found himself in a secluded place where he was accosted by a woman who asked him several personal questions like:

What his name was?

His trade?

Where he lived?

And where he's from?

To which he gave evasive answers.

But he noticed that the woman in question felt bad while departing.

Immediately, however, he felt a stinging bite of a slap from behind.

And as he turned around to see who did that; he heard a voice telling : "don't you know I sent the woman to you"!

Now get up; the voice ordered, go look for the woman and tendered an unreserved apologies which he did expressly.

He afterwards exchanged contacts with the woman with agreement to come visit him soon.

The woman later came visiting not long afterwards. He continued.

But he recollected that some strange events occured during the visit.

For instance, the house was definitely under a strong anointing of the woman of God so that from the moment she stepped into the house every contrary spirit and materials in the house seems to fall apart.

One, his many friends hurriedly left the building.

Two, when he got into the kitchen many of the things there had fallen apart- the dishes and the likes.

Three, when got into his room which of course had long been laced with fetish stuff of all kinds is now turned upside down.

The message was clearer at that point and that is many of his activities run contrary to the plan of God for his life.

He henceforth decided to take the 'call to the vineyard thing' seriously.

Today, he has a branch of his church in Italy.

Its Nigerian branch is located in the heart of Ikeja, Lagos.

Finally, he was asked to suggest ways to improving the super eagles team?

To this he admonished that players must be dedicated, train hard and be professional in all they do.

Pastor Taribo West is not married but has a kid and remains one of the most travelled Nigerian footballers ever because he once plied his trade in more than five countries of Europe and middle east namely- France, Italy, Germany, England, Yugoslavia etc.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Opinion: Behold Nigeria! In the light of their relentless proliferations: are your kings still kings and the inner linings of their crowns sacred


 Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi (lll)

Once upon a time, our kings were known to be kings indeed and the inner linings of their crowns sacred.

I am referring to the time when there are not many of them and when indeed their words were laws; and nobody dare steep in contempt their declarations.

I am talking also about a time when the process that normally throws up a new king was not just lucid but predictable, comprehensive and divine.

In Yoruba land for instance, after a reigning Oba has rejoined his ancestors, the selection process for his successor is usually narrowed down to include a couple of eligible ruling houses for ease of procedural management by the king makers.

In a few exceptional cases the selection process could even be narrowed down to just one ruling house where it is a fact of history that the ruling house in question is the next in line to produce the new Oba.

A classic example was the one which led to the emergence of the current Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi.

Finally, Setiu or Ifa is consulted and whosoever it chooses automatically becomes the new king and everybody go home happy.

You will agree with me that time indeed has changed and in so many respects too.

But what do we have these days?

In defiance to the sanctity of the scenario so described above, we have seen situations where ambitious money bags without royal blood flowing in their vein make frantic attempt to hijacked and desecrate the process.

Some have succeeded and it does not go without far reaching consequences for both the realm and subjects concerned.

We have also seen situations where the process has degenerated into violence and mindless killings of each other by rival ruling houses which are laying claims to the vacant stools.

Perhaps the most disturbing one to me would be the unwarranted multiplicity of kingdoms and kings across the land which started during the military era when royal stools all of a sudden become dole for loyalists; and more so a tool for whittling down the powers and influences of pre-existing paramount rulers of the concerned realms.

Only recently, in a move I considered to be unprecedented in the history of chieftaincy and traditional matters anywhere in the country; well, I might be wrong; the Oyo state governor, Ajibola Ajimobi, elevated 29 whopping former Baales and quasi-chiefs to the status of Obas.

The class does not matter here.

And I can only hear the rumbling of a thousand Shekere and the chorus of 'Oba n ki o' translated to mean the king salutes rending the air.

While I want to felicitate with the new modern day Obas for ascending to the thrones of their forefathers that is if there are any in the first place; I wish to query not just their relevance but also the motive behind the action of the governor in the face of societal realities which deemed such unsustainable.

Let me say may their reign be long even though it would be done largely in vacuum understandably going by the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended.

Today's Obas and their counterparts across the country have been reduced to merely beggarly foot soldiers and stooges of political authorities headed by the governors.

They are equally a drain on the lean resources available to the various levels of governments.

There enthronements and dethronements are done at best according to the dictates of the whims and caprices of governors.

No one can forget the sudden disgraceful removal of former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki, by the government of late General Sanni Abacha.

In fact that has been a regular recourse of all state governments in Nigeria since the day of military rules like I pointed out earlier.

And the reasons for these are not farfetched.

I remember it was the practise of successive military junta that feel threatened by the nonconforming existing A-list traditional rulers to try and whittle down the power and influence they wield within their realm so they resort to proliferation of kingdoms and kings around them who would in turn act as check on them.

Looked at from another perspective, has any constitutional provision been breached?

Not really because the constitutional right and privilege lie with the democratic authorities to so act.

But then it might also pique your mind as it does mine that what roles are the new kings meant to perform?

Besides being the saving basket or custodian of the culture of the people; the role of our kings have become at best ceremonial overtime if not completely irrelevant.

Can someone tell me what the creation or elevation of a staggering 29 Obas in addition to the existing multitude will be doing if not merely to satisfy primordial craze by our people for the beads, titles and crowns?

I mean how a state can be having an Oba or traditional ruler per every kilometre of the realm knowing full well that the constitution has not made any provision for them whether to join the governor and other elective public officials in discharging the governance responsibility to the state.

To me, it is an act of political recklessness and disservice to the traditional institution itself on the part of the governor and whoever is planning to replicate same.

For God's sake, we are not in a monarchical system. And even if we are certainly we do not need this multitude of kings to survive as a people.

They do not and will not enhance their importance as an emblem of our cultural revolution.

Instead of multiplying the offices of the Obas, if anything, will only ridicule their offices in the eye of the global community because I cannot remember any society the world over with as many traditional rulers like we have in this part of the world.

And I am speaking here with particular reference to the Yoruba nation.

My fear then is that before long if nothing is urgently done about this needless proliferation, we might just be having in no time an army of idle kings without a war to prosecute.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Opinion : in Whose Interest is JAMB Lowering the Pass Mark for Gaining Admission into Higher Institutions in Nigeria?

As the statutory examining body saddled with conducting examination for prospective students who wish to further their education beyond the high school, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), had some months back conducted its yearly Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for the 2017/2018 academic year.

It is a modification of the old method of conducting separate examination for those going into either the university or polytechnics.

Now the logistics are streamlined and the exercise cost efficient.

Taking the process forward, precisely on the 20th of August, 2017, the board equally announced the highly anticipated pass or cut off marks for university, polytechnics and colleges of education and other institutions of higher learning respectively.

Why this is necessary or not has been a subject of heated debate for God knows how long now.

Bearing in mind that once upon a time in this country our institutions of higher learning themselves were the ones conducting exams, fixing of cut off marks and interviews for prospective students.

As such they have the historical experience and academic pedigree for things like these and should not be bothered by all sorts of limiting centralized arrangements like quotas system, cut off marks and catchment arrears.

This year's exercise comes as usual with some measure of liberty for the individual citadel of higher learning vis-a-vis the doctoring of these requirements to suit their peculiar circumstances.

And this would come by the way of post JAMB and interviews to be conducted by the various higher institutions themselves through which the most suitable applicants are selected to fill existing openings in their various departments and faculties.

So it’s after all nothing cut in stone as being peddled.

This year, the board had fixed 120 for the university, 110 for innovative institutions and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education which has not gone down well with a lot of people who strongly feel it should have been the other way round.

I could recall that last year, the pass marks hover around 200 for university and 180 for polytechnics or thereabout respectively.

So why is the reduction?

According to JAMB, in a recent statement, the decision to review the cut off marks downward was reached at a meeting with stakeholders drawn from across the country and not one unilaterally taken by the board.

Ordinarily you will expect that such clarifications would douse the tension; instead it has kindled the fire the more because obviously relevant stakeholders like ASUU, VC's were not part of this decision making process.

And come to think of it who else should have been the first to be invited to such an august meeting if not the like of ASUU and VC's.

A clear case of proffering solutions to problems bedevilling the institutions they were superintending behind them.

And that is most unfortunate and above all unacceptable.

It would then mean that the so call stakeholders and the meeting being referred to by the board are at best ghostly or comprised of aliens to have taken a decision so strategic to our educational progress in such a sloppy manner.

Expectedly, they have come out to condemn the move in very strong terms.

First of all, while I am not holding brief for the examining body; but all I can say they are trying to do is get a good number of prospective students to the gates of the universities of their dream regardless their scores.

And by so doing pitch them against the so call smart students and see what happens at the end of the day.

You never can tell we might just get couple of upsets on our hands, which would really be good.

After all, examination like we always say is sometimes not a true test of knowledge.

But the way and manner they have gone about it arouses the suspicion of not a few people.

Be that as it may, the cut off marks for this year has continues to generate controversy among stakeholders.

As we speak, it is widely seen by many as being ridiculously low and a slap on the nation's drive for educational excellence which for sometimes now has been on a downward slide.

On the other hand, some do see it as nothing to be hypertensive about.

To this set of people, it is just cut off marks and the first hurdle to be crossed by those who applied to go to the university or other similar institutions.

If they cross this, nothing guarantees that they are going to cross the next, they argued!

Imagining that all this is coming at a time when the country universities are still battling to reclaim their past mercurial positions among the global university elites.

It is also coming at a time when there are deafening outcries that the bulk of graduates being produced by our higher institutions are not employable.

In most cases they still require some in-house training to be effective on the jobs.

The near general consensus finally for sometimes now is that our education system is withering away at an alarming rate.

And going by available evidence much of these problems are as a direct results of repeated policy summersaults by one administration after the other.

Still on the matter at hand, going by universal grading standard in the academic circle, 120 marks out of possible 400 marks is a pass because it represents around thirty percent of the total score.

I hope my maths is correct.

If so, it is definitely not enough to advance the cause of a student studying in the lower level of the educational system not to talk of the university whose responsibility it is to develop manpower for the various sectors of the nation's economy,

I ask again whose interests was this decision meant to serve?

Of course it could not have been for the highly motivated students from across the lenght and breadth of the country.

Many of whom over the years have consistently been scoring well over 200 marks.

Everything being equal, it points only in the direction of some lazy crowd somewhere so desperate to go to the university even if it means dragging everybody down their miserable pedestal.

And come to think of it, they are been helped on politically speaking not minding the consequence it portends for the future of the beneficiaries and the nation in general.

Because it is one thing to graduate; it is, however another, to be able to compete in the professional environment without some affirmative actions being taken that seek to correct the imbalance created by an unwilling people who must be forced to the stream like some hesitant horses to satisfy an academic thirst they do not even have in the first instance.

It's has always been a counterproductive option.

It never worked in all entireties.

At best what you get is the disturbing of the peace of the academic stream thereby making other more able and willing to drink from a muddled up academic water.

It brings to nought the genuine efforts of well meaning personalities across the country who stand for educational meritocracy because it is more rewarding than the cheap populist agenda being shamelessly championed by some faceless minimalists in our midst.

By and large I think it is a bad policy to continue to reduce entry requirements into our institution of higher learning.

I honestly think if the body cannot raise the bar out of fears that the chances of some people or sections of the country will be negatively impacted then it would only be proper to retain the status quo.

And this they have not done thereby making their recent action a questionable one and must be opposed by every legal means possible. God bless Nigeria!


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Opinion: Understanding Why You Should Be Wary of Nigerian Police Personnel Bearing Firearms

It is no gain say that the Nigerian police boast some of the most wonderful, the most courageous, the most professional officers and men that can rival any from around the world.

And no one can deny the reverse too that there are more than enough bad eggs in its basket too.

It's only normal you might say after all out of every twelve there is always a Judas.

In spite of this natural mix, it has always managed to achieve resounding successes at the international stage thereby putting the country on the global focus for the right reasons.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to Quit Your Odd Jobs, Chase Your Dream and Become Who You Really Should Be.

Hey, now don't get me wrong!

Menial or odd job, so to say, isn't something that I totally dislike.

But making a career out of it consciously or unconsciously is.

Come to think of it, we all someday hope to put up our dream dwellings and these are the guys who will turn the mortar, move the bricks and assist the masons.

The're quote on quote the five and six spanners of the dirty jobs and hardly get the hail.

I think we should also remind ourselves that there are litany of other odd jobs both around the home and office which we simply cannot execute on our own without the help of these hands down the ladder at a fraction of the rates,

And so getting involve in processes so fundamental to our continuous existence on planet earth, you might argue shouldn't be a bad idea altogether.

I didn't say so, and never will.

In fact in the journey of life, this is one sure stopover for a lot of ordinary folks including myself starting out fresh unsure where to go or for lack of bankable skills or when life roughly happens to us.

But one of the tricky parts is leaving it especially when substantial adjustment has been gained.

Another is because the pay is daily it tends to appeal more to people because you don't seem to lack money.

Which is where lies the deceptive pitfalls many people aren't aware of until it's rather too late.

Once more let me say a big shout out to my guys who are honorably grinding out life in back streets and far flung sites. You killed it!

Let me concretize this further with the story of my early life.

After high school, I'd my time at a gas station belonging to an in-law who unreservedly loved and wanted the best for me.

But I was should I say too young to realize this until the opportunity was gone.

I think I make a mess of that golden platform.

That's my humble confession which I'm not ashamed to publicly bare.

I moved on nevertheless, and guess where I found myself shortly: a brick making job among hobos not so proud to brag about what they do for a living.

I thought I've made the right decision but it turned out to be an illusion.

For several years, I laboured junketing from one state to another wallowing in lamentations, misery, anguish and indecision until the Barbershop come to fruition after many failed take off attempt.

It was my first entrepreneurial experience, and one that comes with a lot of lessons too.

And you know the saddest part?

It failed after six or seven years thereabout!

I didn’t stop there though.

I immediately returned to the university.

And today, I'm doing something that I believe I was made to do naturally having repeatedly ignored the bold signpost in the past.

Though I hold it to be true that there's dignity in labour hard or not; but as regard the theme of this post, 'my take is do your bits and move on.'

But in as much as many would love to the truth however is, they simply can't.
Instead, they overstay their welcome worse still.

And consequentially, they get overran by a rush of untowardly developments.

Until their life is literally wasted on drudge that neither give them fulfilment nor financial freedom they so much crave.

Like the Yoruba will say "when one delays on the wrong stuff, one stands the risk of been crashed into by more of the wrong stuff".

This shouldn’t be.


Of course that's often the mouthed desire of many that I've met all my life.

Except that only a fraction of this number gets close to realizing it.

Agreed, there are pockets of wicked, even overbearing bosses everywhere you turn.

But none can stop you from achieving your incredibly lofty aims and objectives in life no matter how hard they might try without your consent.

And by consenting directly or indirectly I mean taking no action.

And here we're talking precisely of and about menial jobs which in all entireties I can't remember having disengagement package no matter how hard you worked, how long you stayed with the employer.

So why stay on?

The best many of the hard labouring guys that I know of have gotten from their employers were insulting and acrimonious departures.

No befitting farewell; No monetary rewards; no matter how token.

What more can be demoralizing for a labouring man than becoming a prey of a system while he preys on nobody?

What I've discovered most time is people serve more time than required on jobs they seem not to like but endured.

They spend more time blaming others while the basics are left untouched.

And this is the root of their miseries and anguish.

In error, they stayed on because the jobs guaranteed some flexibility and the pay seems good in their estimations.

And every day they talk of the business owners as bereft of human feelings, exploitative and selfish.

As if they're getting nothing in return for their sweat as labourers, they speak in sentimental tone that they are just working for their bosses who are seen as some kind of wretched slave drivers.

But I ask you if you're to swap roles now and you become the boss, won't the same thing be said about you?

Won't you boss people around in some ways too?

Would you close your eyes and allow people to mess up your business?

Would you pretend to be nice when there's no need to be?

In spite of all these, all hope is not lost for whosoever truly desire to move up the ladder of life; whosoever truly have a vision to pursue, run with.

Hitting the ground running?

From the example of my life, even as I concur that no two lives are the same; but our ability to promptly deal with the negative forces pulling our lives in one direction while we desire another is key to succeeding in our choosing career path going forward.

At this point I’d stress that understanding spiritual dynamics to life is key and the individual peculiarity to it as well if things are to be taking care of from the onset.

The key word is being spiritually alert or ready. I cannot emphasize this enough that life is spiritual and it should be so treated.

We’re all products of some spiritual causes and effects as it were.

Battles have been and are continually being waged for and against us.

Let he who has ears let him hear. A word they say is enough for the wise.

Like our people would say ‘no good thing wishes you accomplish it’.

It’s all down to how much you wanted it.

"You might be familiar with the sing song in the Nigeria music environment for instance where the bulk of musicians sing of and about becoming like Dangotes, Otedolas and Adenugas of this world.

Forgetting the Yoruba saying that those who don't know the secret/recipe behind the successes of their contemporaries, stand the risk of dying running a needless rat race."

What is the right time to quit, one may ask?

And I'll say when the ovation is loudest!

And when is the ovation loudest?

In the prime of our youth when our energy level is still at the optimum!

When there is more latitude for experimenting with career options in order to know which get stuck at the end of the day.

And not when we've become both physically and mentally exhausted.

In no particular order, below is the strategic road map code name: 'running with your vision' to achieving your short or long term life goals.

Step 1: discover yourself

Believe me, this is one thing that's fundamental to the success stories of most people that I know of whether it's in business, entertainment and sports.

Self discovery entails knowing your endowments. Because like the bible says to some we give one talent, to others two and so on and so forth.

Doing so will help you to plan your life accordingly.

At least it'll give you a clue about where to concentrate your efforts instead of just throwing things around and hoping they stick.

Step 2: have a goal.

There’s an age long saying that he who doesn’t stand for something will fall for anything.
So nothing defines life more than goals setting.

Some inspirational speakers have even said we should set achievable/realistic goals.

I guess what they are saying in a nutshell is we should set goals that take realistic cognizance of our abilities innate or acquired.

But before any goal can be tagged unachievable it must have been conclusively taken on without success.

We have seen in the past people setting out to achieve hitherto improbable things and others have called them foolhardy and other unprintable names.

But in the long run they have brought them to fruition.

A case in point is the 'Wright brothers and the flying machine.'

That's for that.

For the purpose of this article, I recommend that you set goal in line with your talents and leave defining it to the critics.

Whatever it's called is a function of the shape of their mind.

And it's either they have a small or big mind.

Step 3: kill procrastination.

The perfect metaphor for procrastination is 'thief'.

And like the real time thief anywhere he appears stealing and destruction is the rule.

So, the best a man of dream can do it is to kill it at the slightest appearance.

Step 4: save

To begin any business venture fund is important.

And in this wise, a way must be devised to source for money.

One of the ways to source for fund is saving. Another is borrowing.

I suggest you set aside a fraction of your earnings it doesn’t matter how small.

It would surprise you ‘how trickle of water becomes a mighty ocean’ in no time.

Secondly, fund can be source from friends and family to augment whatever you’re able to save yourself.

It’s safer like that because such monies are usually interest free which helps your business in the long term.

What I‘d advise you avoid, however, is borrowing from financial institutions say the micro-finance banks so you don’t go a-sorrowing in the end like the bible admonishes.

The interest rate is not only killing; by the time you finish paying back I can bet it nothing would be left for your business. It happens to many  start ups that I know at close quarters.

You know why?

Your business is new and it takes time for a new business to actually hit the ground running.

At the most it takes a minimum of six to one year of serious hard work.

And you know micro-finance institutions by their modus operandi won’t give you or your business that precious latitude. Repayment for all I know is immediate.

It’s not uncommon to hear from many that have run afoul of this narratives that monetary facilities from micro-finance banks has some kind of diabolical connections. Get the gist.  

Step 5: see the big picture.

While I know there are many who would prefer otherwise, starting small I need to emphasize is the way to go in business.

The big picture is the final destination regardless what happens on the way up.

It doesn’t matter what people say of your vision.

It doesn’t matter also what they say of you.

Picture the chicks from the hatchery and how they slowly they transform into money spinning cockerels and broilers. In the interval there is investment to be made in terms of time and nurturing.

Finally, in the big pictures there is God.

If you don’t believe in him yet this is the perfect time to start.

Step 6: get some training.

All that we have said so far is nothing without it.

The knowledge of your industry is sine qua non to your success.

But then it’s a question of percentage.

Fine, if you can afford to access hundred percent instructions/certifications as regards your industry.

If not make do with what you have and build slowly up.

It’s not even out of place to learn on the job from your employees. The thing is it takes a lot of humility to do so because it comes with disrespecting undertone.

It’s not also out of place to build on your natural endowments too.

Let assume you’re passionate about dressmaking, barbing, hairdressing and the like; it’s very possible to professionalized it in no time.

I personally don’t believe you can learn everything you need to power a business to success in one fell swoop. Knowledge is not only incremental it’s a lifelong undertaking. So be ready and willing to learn new things.

Be that as it may, I’ll insist you get some know how of your business area so you don’t play into the hands of mischievous journeymen/aides who might exposed you to some degree of uncertainty should they take a walk without prior notices like they often do.

Step 7: show enthusiasm.

This is the high spirited disposition you show towards what you do even when things aren't just okay mid-stream.

It might be that the patronage/pay/income /turnover are meagre at start up.

It might be that the situation is nervy and daunting.

It might even that a client is making an unrealistic demand on you.

And come rain or sunshine you must radiate self motivation/morale that you are there by informed choice and not merely by following the crowd.

It’s made more remarkable with the professional readiness to take on new challenge with renew/unwaning vigour or deal with poorly executed jobs returned.

Step 8: show commitment.

Commitment is the avoidance of distractions that may arise to test/try your resolve to get a task completed according to schedule.

It’s the faithfulness you bring to bear on your career vis a vis your willingness to improve on what you do or aspiring to do.

It’s equally the ability to take criticism from clients/supporters/patrons alike in good faith; work on your deficiencies in other to gain the necessary adjustment.

Step 9: persevere.

It would not always be rosy on your way up.

To everything in life there is season. There is a fortune season and there's a misfortune season.

So ability to weather the storm if things aren’t going according to plan is one attribute of all successful men and women.

And it’s one you must court if your hope/desire of becoming like your super duper business hero or star of the gridiron would be any fruitful.

Step 10: succeeding.

Success is relative because no one has it all.

To some success is the participatory joy.

To some it’s being healthy.

To some it’s having plenty of money, cars, and properties.

To some it’s taking the ultimate prize; overtaking their arch rivals in competitive engagements.

Whatever it is to you, you’re well within the mark.

To me, success is being able to do what you do with relative degree of accuracy, being able to adequately provide for yourself, your family, support your friends and community where and when necessary.

In all of these money and character play a big role. That’s to say financial and moral successes are key to the overall definition of success.

In all you do folks get this at the back of your minds. Be fair to your clients, listen to people who criticise you constructively and appreciate your well wishers above all.

They are the primary reasons you’re doing what you do.

And finding innovative ways to satisfy their many needs is the one sure trigger for your own ultimate success especially in business.

Above all, be resolute to see through your plans even in the face of deluge of diversionary calls that are bound to come your way.

See you at the top!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Opinion: In Defence of Under Attack 9ice's Song the 'Living Thing'.

Okay, I'm sure you've listened to 9ice's 'living thing' from the album ID CABASSA many times over.

You must have dissected the lyrical content too word for word, sentence for sentence and verse for verse with view to appreciating its thematic direction among others.

I've too; and it's not just because I love the singer but because I love music generally.

And from the intro to the very end the song pointedly speaks our individual aspiration primarily as living souls or things to use the exact word of the singer except but to the pretending or hypocritical few who prefer to live in denial of their

Friday, August 11, 2017

Opinion | What Is Johnson Bassey Doing On Top Sports On Top Radio? By Deji Olaluwe

Trust me; nothing that I say here is personal.

Deservedly so, it's of essence my honest and unreserved opinion of him based on my observation as an ardent listener of top sports on top radio, a daily sports show anchored by the ace journalist, Godwin Enakhena.

Until only a few weeks back, God bear me witness, I don't know Johnson Bassey from Adam.

I don't know his parents; his upbringing; his education and the likes.

So it's not like because I don't just like his face or something that's why I'm picking on him.

I’m really picking on him? We shall see.

Except that the name 'Bassey' strikes a familiar cord from way back in Nigeria sports journalism fraternity.

But I could be wrong. After all not every 'Paul is a Bassey'.

As it would turn out listening in on the show a few weeks back I got a hint that the young man is the son of the famous sports journalist and administrator, Paul Bassey.

As the show progresses, no disrespect, I realized that he is a stammerer somehow to my utter dismay.

Not his fault though. It's one of many genetic accidents that could happen to anybody.

And I'm not out here to disparage him base on that; far from it.

You know what; he could've been a prophet just like Moses in the bible.

I know from my book of bible stories that Moses was a stammerer too. And had on that account unsuccessfully tried to dodge the messianic commission placed before him by God knowing how important speech is in directing the affairs of men.

He was prevailed upon by God and would go on to become one of the most powerful vessels for his higher divine assignments.

But definitely not sports commentary.

There and then, the question that readily popped up on my mind was: 'what business has he got being on a medium that relies solely on speech for effect'?

Could he just be hanging out with friends as it is?

Could it be that he's learning the rope?

However I tried to think through the first poser I just couldn't gloss over the 'big Bassey' connection in all of this.

I'm of the view that the show's regular anchor, Godwin Enakhena, got him under his wings as a recompense for what his father has done for him in time past starting out as a young journalist.

Again I might be wrong because his father too is a publisher and well connected.

File photo: Godwin Enakhena,  the legendary anchor of Top Spots on Top Radio.

Getting him a job elsewhere wouldn't pose a problem I theorized.

Because for crying out loud, this guy struggle unending to string words, phrases, sentences and thoughts together day in day out on the show; no disrespect to his humanity.

Come to think of it, we all have our flaws.

I've mine too. But I'd be the last to expose mine in an industry where it is the least requirement.

"Like the blind  who went to the cinema, what a sheer joker he's, because he can only hear the noise from others and won't see anything.

And when the leprosied is home alone, there is the tendency for him to feel nobody is like unto him among his peers."

If you ask me, I think he only makes up the number and haven’t done enough to earn his place on the show and in the gang for obvious reasons.

Above all, he's not cut out for a career in broadcasting on the account of his speech flaw.

Whosoever is keeping the young man on the show is doing him a great disservice thereby making him an object of ridicule in the eyes of the public.

Personally I just can't stand him hemming and hawing trying to pick his words in order makes his points heard.

Many of which he never make as far as I know. And it's a shame.

On the part of Godwin Enakhena maybe it's all down to preferential treatment.

I could recall that in time past, people have called in requesting that they be featured on the show even as interns. And I remembered that Mr Godwin has always turned them down for lack of openings.

While I agree that opportunities around him, though glamorous, are few and far between; I nevertheless believe the available ones should only go to qualified persons strictly on merit.

And not dole out to oil the wheel of friendship and comradeship as it were.

Anything short of this would only portray Godwin Enakhena as bias and nepotistic person which he is not.

In all entireties, I know stammerers do make good musician.

The logic still beats my imagination even as we speak.

The late Fuji music icon, Chief Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, was a classic example.

But I can't remember any stammerer who is a broadcaster.

Para venture you know of any, please don't hesitate to let me know.

I would be more than glad to report it to the world as a reference point for the likes of Johnson.

But for now there’s none and I hope Johnson knows this and stopped embarrassing himself on a national radio trying to be what he cannot be till Kingdom come.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tutorial: How to Grasp the Meaning of Printed Page: Presenting a Memorized Selection before the Audience (8)

So you want to present a memorized selection before the audience?

Great, if yes!

You should anyways, I must add, because situations will demand for it.

Unavoidably, we're often called upon to re-narrate stuff like details of a newspaper article or a story we've read.

Here, certainly, the synopsis is what is demanded.

But like the rest of the tutorials, you need to know the road map which of course is the crux of this post, the final leg.

I assumed, importantly, before we continue, you're sufficiently familiarized with all the tips and tricks I've so far shared in my previous tutorials on the top,

If not, there's the urgent need for you to search my blog for the tutorial titled: "How to grasp the meaning of printed page” numbering seven in total.

Now whether you've an audience of one, five or five hundred the requirements are pretty the same but for the range of voice which can either be lowered or amplified to fill the room or auditorium granted that public address systems are to be deployed in any case.

The teacher who interfaced with a handful of students has his task cut out and relatively easy.

But as a speaker from the podium it is important you understand the workings of all mechanics of speech especially the mouth, lung, pharynx and larynx so you're in absolute control of your speech rate and pitch amongst others.

Besides this, all you need to present a memorized printed page are good interpretative skills as well as handy snippets of what to present.

Now let's get down to business.

The first task of the presenter or interpreter whom I ordinarily liken to the classroom teacher is memorizing the selection.

And when I say 'memorize', most definitely I do have a kind of definition in mind.

As a go-between for the author, the interpreter must work towards becoming the worthy unofficial ambassador giving him the best representation possible.

That's he or she must hears, sees, feels as the author; and be ready to relay it exactly as it’s to audiences in private or public only then can the assignment be said to be achieved.

As you becomes the eyes, ears and mouth of the author; your functions are basically two which is to intentionally share the 'insight and pleasure' as conveyed by the writer.

Now memorizing a printed page as always can be a tricky affair.

The reason is these:

One, it is either you memorize words and words alone.

Or two, you memorize ideas and ideas alone as encapsulated in the selection say a poem for example.

While the reading of the selection is mandatory, it does not substitute for what the goal of the exercise is which is communication the essentials.

But what should the presenter memorize?

Unlike the superficial interpreter, the thorough interpreter always aligned with the second option at all time.

He must memorize the ideas and ideas alone.

Every other thing is secondary, perhaps unnecessary.

Hope that did not hurt to hear pare-venture you belong to the other school.

The thing is it is the best way to go.

Even as a student you might pass your exams cramming entire page but you've failed because you did not utilize your power of ‘re-creative thinking’.

And what is it?

It is the acquired ability to re-present ideas in a book or course material in a way that shows learning significantly has taken place.

Doing the first is not only arduous and put a strain on the intellect; it is equally counterproductive.

It kills natural inventiveness in students as well as in any who indulge in it.

Something everybody should make conscious efforts to avoid.

So to memorize ideas in a selection requires that the author is understood in all context.

Mind you communication takes place in context which can be political, economic, social, psychological, Romantic etcetera etcetera.

Even when you're reading the selection efforts must be made to relayed all the emotions of the author in the best possible way because printed page like poetry relies to a large extent on emotional spontaneity for creation.

And its interpretations cannot be complete without emotional role playing on the part of the reader or presenter.

Ideas or themes of a printed page may be just one or many, it is the responsibility of the presenter to identifies them all in their form and brings them alive with all the emotional gutsy it requires.      


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Tutorial: How to grasp the Meaning of Printed Page: Build a Background by a Study of the Author (7)

In almost all cases, every work of your favourite author in a way represents part of his autobiography.

The works of a poet for instance reveal his personality and milestones in his professional trajectory.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tutorial: How to grasp the Meaning of Printed Page: Using the Imagination to Fill In the Gaps (6)

Representational photo.

In grasping the meaning of printed page, another approach that works is the effective use of the reader's imagination.

But what is imagination?

Stripped of all technicalities, imagination is the ability to clearly visualize causes and effects relations surrounding an event or incident through the use of the reader's inner eyes.

It derives its importance from the fact that there're always gaps in imaginative works.

Or put differently, there're always gaps in nature for which answers must be provided for fuller understanding.

What then is Gap(s) especially as its concerns creative writings?

Gap, first and foremost is a link that's conspicuously absent in the construction of mental realities whether in description, narration, exposition and argumentation which are the four pillars in idea generation and development.

Gaps exist, therefore, in imaginative works as a result of one or a combination of what the author said with 
fewer or insufficient words and what he left unsaid.

What he or she said with fewer words that set in motion our imagination.

Or what he or she left unsaid that must be covered by the lively use of the reader's imagination.

In any case, all creative people use imagination- it is in fact the essence of their work to do so.

Or else they will not be effective.

Novelists, Poets, Dramatists, Engineers, Doctors one way or the other deploy their imaginative abilities to solve new or lingering problems.

For instance, medical personnel reason either from cause to effect or from effect to cause in proffering solutions to many health challenges.

Put more succinctly, they reason from known causes of ailments to the hope for effects which is the cure.

And imagination plays an important role in this without necessarily downplaying experience, expertise and what not.

But the imaginative writer, on the other hand, is nobly taking the readers through a journey of 'understanding the unseen' through the use of words in ways many may not be familiar with.

And they've got the licence to do so.

This more than not leads to gaps in their write ups which the readers must fill up with the use of their imagination.

So, imagination is not like some may take it to mean an idle act of daydreaming that brings no positive impact with it.

It is ability to create and recreate realities and amplify them; and to create new pictures of things in the minds of the readers as well as the hearers.

How does it work?

I think it’s pretty simple and I'm not indulging in oversimplification which is a known barrier in straight thinking.

It involves the reader as a re creative speaker or a go-between being able to connect with the author by feeling what he has felt, seeing what he has seen and hearing sounds which he has heard.

In no other imaginative work, to my mind, is the reader's imagination gets more excited or calls to duty than in this great poem by the Greek poet and Nobel Prize winner, George Seferis, titled 
'Mythistorema', Part IV, from 'Argonauts' as translated by Rex Warner.

This is particularly vivid right from the two magical opening sentences of the poem in which to a narrow extent the poet addresses the Greeks and to a generalized senses all of humanity.

You're bound to encounter several instances in the poem in which the poet trigger our imagination to see things not just literally.

The full text below:

They were good lads, the comrades. They did not grumble
Because of weariness or because of thirst or because of frost,
They had the manner of trees and manner of waves
That accept the wind and the rain,
Accept the night and the sun,
And in the midst of change they do not change,
They were good lads, Day after day with downcast eyes
They used to sweat at the oar,
Breathing rhythmically,
And their blood flushed up to an obedient skin.
There was a time when they sang, with downcast eyes,
When we passed the desert island with Arabian figs,
Towards the setting of the sun, beyond the cape
Of dogs that howl.
If it is to know itself, they used to say,
It is into a soul it must look, they used to say.
And the oars beat on the gold of the sea
In the middle of sunset.
Many the capes we passed, many the islands, the sea
Which brings the other sea, sea-gulls and seals.
There were times when unfortunate women with lamentations
Cried for their children gone,
And others with wild faces looks for Great-Alexander
And glories sunken in the depth of Asia.
We anchored by shores steeped in nocturnal perfumes
Among the singing of birds, waters that left on the hands
The recollection of a great good fortune.
But there was never an end to the journeys.
Their souls became one with the oars and the rowlocks,
With the sever figurehead at the prow,
With the water that fractured the image of their faces.
One after another the comrades died
With downcast eyes. Their oars
Indicates the places where they sleep on the shore.

There is none to remember them, and the word is Justice.
                                                                'Mythistorema', Part IV, from 'Argonauts'
                                                                                                by George Seferis

                                                                                translated by Rex Warner.