I believe that one day, Nigeria shall rise again: the #9jagobeta campaign

At a time like this, it will take a diehard optimist to still believe that Nigeria will one day heave a sigh of relief from the heavy plagues that besiege her by the day.

Polongo media came up with the #9jagobeta campaign and I was only happy to be asked to do a piece on what this movement stands for. Read on.

#9jagobeta is a state of the mind.

The real change Nigeria needs, which should have been wrought a long time ago, is a mentality  change of the average Nigerian. Nigeria as a nation is after all, made up of Nigerians as people. There is the first problem: we move as though a hopeless people; as though there is no light at the end of the tunnel, or any  hope of it. True, it is difficult to foster hope in the midst of rising costs of the most basic necessities of life, in the midst of so much pain and unrest in the land. But I say to you:FB_IMG_1485989995584

A hard thing to do, given the current national situation; an almost impossible mindset, even. For a people chafing at the bits, it is an almost scandalous message to propagate. But remember, it begins in your mind. Hope and anger seldom reside together. We feel oppressed, straining under the weight of the after effects of bad leadership and corruption in high places. As a matter of fact, we have gone through too much.

We need to make our voices heard. We feel the need to protest against the malfunctionings of an insensitive government, and rightly so. I say, go right ahead, for it is our human right. The government is after all, an institution set up by the people, ultimately for the benefit of the same people. It is made up of mere mortals, as opposed to gods with who we can have no dialogue. Whatever we do, and whatever our modus operandi, remember to

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Never has a seed germinated and grown on constantly harassed soil. Speak and act, but with an intent for peace

In the 21st century, miracles seldom occur without human participation. We await a time when things will change for the better, an idyllic time, when the future will not  loom so dark before us all. But to sit with folded arms and watch, will be the greatest sin of all.

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Be diligent at your God given work, at utilizing your talents, at fighting back the recession. Work hard, work smart, work legal. Work, but then remember also to

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I know. The Young Nigerian wonders if there is a God in heaven, with all the pangs of hunger we “prayerful” Nigerians have had to endure. Let us, however, not lose hope or stop praying. Tolerance of one another’s religion, will help us foster the peace needed for the seeds of restoration to grow. Be not  a nation of liars. We have gained a nasty reputation for being corrupt.

We cannot pray from the same lips we spew lies and speak words that oppress the poor, and yet expect to have the ear of our Creator. Not happening. FB_IMG_1485990383599

Say no to bribery and corruption. Train your children to say no as well.  It all begins with you and me. Every person in high office was once part of the masses, and every adult was once a child.  Therefore, adopting this mindset will ensure that when in positions of power, we have our heads screwed on right  and every man gets his due.

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Yes, be kind. For regardless of how tough it is for Mr Ahmed, it is tougher for a certain Mr Bayo, and a little worse for one Mr Okoro. Be your brother’s keeper. Kindness is not a trait found in weak people, but then, we are a nation of strong, resilient people. So, it  goes without saying that, to have a heart for kindness, we need to

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Real strength is tested when you are able to look outside of yourself and help others even when times are not kind to you.

Innovation is the key  to escaping the quagmire called stagnation, or worse, retrogression. Re-strategizing and coming up with new ways to do everyday things, is the key to open new doors of revenue and problem solving inventions.

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It is  a talent inherent in every man. Tap into it. It may take one try, it may take a thousand. But for a people with a purpose, the number of trials will remain just that: a number. This is because all great people have something in common. They are determined, and so should you be.

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In  a nation of over 250 ethnic groups, there is bound to be a clash of interests and occasional conflict. A lot of water has gone under the bridge called Nigeria  in this context, and so in the spirit of brotherliness and peace, we are called to

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Do not ask, what tribe? Or, what religion? Just do it. Show love to all, regardless of anything and everything. Strive for unity, for only a united nation can conquer the tribulations that come with development.

Every one of us, has something to offer, something custom made, that when brought to the communal table, makes more meaning in union with the contributions of others FB_IMG_1485990539663

We are all created for a greater purpose, and what a shame it would be if we hid our true selves under a bushel so as to show forth a facade in order to blend in. You are a gift, you yourself. Your idea, your work, your influence, could make a difference. Do not hide your light under that bowl. Do not.

Still, the pangs of childbirth may be painful and life threatening, but for the child to be born at last, we all have to

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Not as a sign of weakness or laziness, but a sign that we believe in the fruitfulness of the work we have put in.

Of  a painful truth, we have boko haram, yet we are stable enough to feel sorry for Syria and Yemen and Iraq; we have been badly represented on the international scene by Nigerian fraudsters and drug dealers, yet our children are at the very top in Ivy League schools; there is hunger in the land, but we are fighting valiantly, and slowly but surely, WE SHALL WIN.

FB_IMG_1485990602511Be grateful for the pains of today and the moments of reprieve that are becoming increasingly few and far between. Be grateful for them, for through them, we shall appreciate the joys of tomorrow.

THIS IS A MESSAGE OF HOPE. 

Sincerely, Chibugo.

PS : don’t just read, share the hope around. Share on your social media accounts and tag friends. You never know, you just may be rekindling the fire of hope that has dimmed in the hearts of our fellow Patriots.

Keep believing. #9jagobeta 

Why new year resolutions are really important

If anyone had told me I would stay three months away from this blog of mine for ANY reason, I would have placed my hand on grandpa’s grave to swear never. This is my awkward way of apologizing.

Anyway, I went through some pretty tough times emotionally, which tested my personality quite harshly, and I’m glad to say I’m in a better place now.

On entering the new year, I made a rough list if resolutions that I intend to stand by. Most people think of new year resolutions as pretty lame stuff, but trust me, they’re not. Some of us also go about it wrongly. If perhaps, you’re a goal oriented person and you plan to save half a million this year and it turns out you only saved 350,000, it’s not something you’re supposed to kill yourself over. You replan  for another year, trying new strategies that have the strengths the old ones didn’t, and you achieve what you want!

What I have learned about making resolutions though, is not to focus solely on goals, but on self development and fulfilment while working towards my goals and even after having achieved them. Looking at the goal alone makes you suddenly bereft when you’ve achieved it and seemingly have no challenge ahead anymore.

This year, I decided to go with the Pope’s list. It pretty much summed up all I had already drawn up, and I was pleasantly surprised.

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I had an “ouch” moment when I read number 2. I still struggle with finishing my meals when I eat alone. Of all the things! 😢

All in all, I resolved to be more hands on in my approach to life and helping others. So far, these have guided me really well, and it’s just one month gone. If you haven’t made one, it’s not late yet. In addition, I made a few more.

1. Do not dwell on the “what ifs”  and the “would have beens” from your past. Look to what lies ahead.

2. Visit your bucket list more often and everytime you do, take an item off it. Live.

3. Do not buy what you do not need.

4. Work like you have no one but yourself, and pray like you have no one but God.

5. Blog more often. Shorter posts, more pictures. 😁

It’s also not just about writing resolutions. It’s about visiting them often to see that you’re still in line and they’re not just a to do list for the month of January.

What are your resolutions like? Anything unusual? Anything you’d like to share? Anything at all? I’m happy to hear them! Drop them right in the comment box and let’s all get a-learning.

On this note, I wish you a happy new year! Like my people say, Whatever time a man wakes up, that is his morning. 

Looking forward to more posts this year, and I hope all your plans for 2017 come through!

Kisses and hugs,

Sincerely, Chibugo.