EXCLUSIVE: How Prophet ‘Daniel’ Abodunrin Was Killed & Eaten By Lions At Ibadan Zoo In 1991

Religion has turned many Nigerians into rambling psychopaths. From the raving mad Islamists who ravaged an entire northeastern geopolitical zone of the federal republic to a deluded band of Obafemi Awolowo University students who withdrew into the deep tropical forest to wait for the world to come to an end or to the traditionalists who exhume corpses for rituals of fortune, religion has done great damage to the cerebral tissues of many of our citizens. But this is not a recent development. As far back as 1961, Edidem Bassey was worshipped by many as Jesus Christ. Nigerian history is not complete without the numerous bizarre stories that are always woven with faiths. Today, I present to you the most notorious story of a bloody encounter between a Nigerian prophet and an African beast.

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.

– Isaiah 54:17

 The city of Ibadan in Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria is one of the largest in West Africa. It is home to the first university in Nigeria, University of Ibadan, established by the colonial masters in 1948. One of the most famous features of this great citadel of learning is its Zoological Garden, which is one of the oldest in the country. The zoo plays host to various animals but the most legendary of them all are the lions. For many visitors, a trip to the famed zoo is not complete without seeing the majestic lions. So it was during the Easter Lenten season of 1991, all of Ibadan was buzzing with excitement of the season and naturally, one of the prime spots of attraction for many families was the University of Ibadan Zoo. Families, couples and tourists trooped into the zoo that fateful day.

  However, unknown to all of the other visitors, there was one particular visitor who had another sinister agenda. Bishop (some referred to him as a pastor or a bishop) ‘Daniel’ Abodunrin’s intention that fateful day was not to see the lions and take some memorable pictures with them. His goal was to demonstrate something that had never been done before. His plan was to replicate what was written in the Holy Bible thousands of years ago. It was the story of a Jewish boy in Jerusalem named Daniel who was captured by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon who served in the king’s court until the time of Cyrus, the Persian emperor. Although many scholars today have agreed that Daniel never existed and the story is nothing but an allusion to the reign of King Antiochus IV Epiphanes of Greece, the tale has survived till modern-day Nigeria and it was this story that inspired Pastor Abodunrin to take that fatal gamble that fateful day. In the biblical story, Daniel was made a high-ranking officer by Darius the king of Babylon, his enemies became jealous and accused him of worshipping God instead of the emperor. Daniel was flung into the den of lions but he was not afraid, the lions did not hurt him and an angel came to rescue Daniel and he was restored to his former glory and his enemies were crushed. That was how it went in the Old Testament.   

Because Daniel did it in the Bible, the Nigerian prophet also decided to do it.

Because Daniel did it in the Bible, the Nigerian prophet also decided to do it. Image credits: Creative Commons. 

ENTERING THE DEN OF THE LIONS

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” – Genesis 1:26

  Fast forward to 1991 AD. Location: Ibadan. A pastor in West Africa attempts to recreate what was narrated in the sixth chapter of the Book of Daniel. Pastor Abodunrin donned a flowing red robe and clutched his big Holy Bible. As he made his way for the lion enclosure, alarmed zoo keepers shouted and warned him (some other records stated that he sneaked in and it all happened very fast while another version has it that he managed to convince one of the zoo keepers to allow him enter and let God demonstrate signs and wonders saying that the God of Daniel is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow). One thing was clear: Abodunrin did not listen to any of those warning him. Terrified families who were enjoying their picnic looked on with a bewildering mixture of shock and terror, screams rented the serene atmosphere of the zoo but Abodunrin was just chanting Bible verses at the top of his voice and speaking in tongues. He made it into the enclosure of the lions and stared at them. The lions stared back at him. It was a most discomforting sight for everyone, including the lions. An exchange of death stares and at a point, a deafening silence fell over the whole place. It was all like a movie. Devout Christians in the crowd were waiting to see a faith-enhancing miracle while some others toughened their minds for the bloodiest drama of the century.  

  Driven by the zeal and passion of religion and with the utmost belief that he would be save by the Holy Spirit or that the angels will paralyze the lions as they did for Daniel, Abodunrin did not stop chanting Bible verses and speaking in tongues, wriggling his body under the robes, providing what was the spectacle of the year for everyone in the zoo. A crowd had gathered. But inside the den of the lions, something interesting was going on with the Nigerian Daniel and the feline beasts. As Abodunrin approached them, the big cats retreated and moved towards a corner of their cage, that was their innate instinct. They withdrew from the marauding ‘man of God’.

At that moment, everyone was watching the entire drama as if it was a dream. Here was a man in a flowing red robe, armed with nothing but a large Bible, approaching some of the fiercest creatures on earth. When Abodunrin jumped into the lions’ cage, the lions moved into a tense retreat. Abodunrin stepped closer. He seemed determined to cow the lions and turn them into goats. He felt he possessed all the heavenly authority and spiritual powers to summon angels to weaken the lions. The only way to paralyze a lion in an instant is to use a tranquilizer dart, which is just common sense. But the prophet felt things in the physical world are controlled in the realm of the spirits and there was no need for any tranquilizer dart, he would use his copy of the Bible as a sedative for the lions. He brushed off those who warned him of an imminent death that they had carnal minds and could not understand things of the spirit. Rational people in the audience looked on in horror as it looked like a feast was ready.

  He might have mistaken the retreat of the lions for a sign of weakness or that the angels were actually working their wonders already. Like a deranged mind, Abodunrin kept chanting Bible verses, making gestures at the lions and commanding them to be still. He was calling on the God of Daniel who saved the prophet in Babylon to show awesome power. As he made a final approach towards the lions, what happened next was…

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.

– Isaiah 54:17

  In a flash, the lions lifted their massive bodies and charged at Abodunrin. The Bible flew away and he landed with a thud. A bitter struggle ensued and the terrified crowd could not believe the scene before their eyes. It seemed everyone was too confused or fixated to even do anything. Pastor Abodunrin could not believe his eyes and as the lions landed on him, the look of terror in his eyes could only be better imagined. In a matter of seconds, he was torn to shreds. He died on the spot and the lions snacked on his remains. A single, well-aimed bite from a lion is enough to kill an adult human being in a matter of seconds. Abodunrin’s red robe was redder with the splatter of his blood all over the place, his torn and bloodied Bible in one corner of the lions’ cage.

Some of the last sights of Prophet Abodunrin looked like this.

Some of the last sights of Prophet Abodunrin looked like this. Imagine seeing this moments before your death. What a spectacle! 

   What remained of the audacious preacher was later recovered and you can see it in the photo. Today, many preachers across the globe have made attempts to recreate the narrated stories and miracles of the Bible but they have ended disastrously, from the pastor who drowned while trying to walk on water to another pastor who entered a lion’s den in Taiwan only to be wounded after shouting to the lions: ‘Jesus would save you!’. Nigerians have to learn to embrace rational thinking instead of beclouding their senses with religious ideologies that will only end in sorrow and offer nothing of value to humanity. When ebola disease broke out in Nigeria, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo angered not a few Nigerians when he said that even if people drank ebola virus, nothing would happen to them because they were children of God.

A gruesome photo shows what became of Prophet Abodunrin after he entered the lions' den shouting Halleluyah.

A gruesome photo shows what became of Prophet Abodunrin after he entered the lions’ den shouting Halleluyah.

THE AFTERMATH

  In an instant, the story was all over the country that a pastor who entered the lion’s den was mauled to death and consumed by the beasts. Many could not believe their ears. However, there were some Christians who actually believe that the pastor was a true man of God and that the lions were actually possessed by demons to have attacked the anointed ‘man of God’. This set of Christians were enraged and demanded that the lions be killed.

  At this point, I will make reference to the experience of a journalist from that era, someone who actually had the experience of the saga, Akeem Soboyode, he wrote of the incident in July 2004:

About a year later, I also had cause to comment on the sad and tragic escapade of a pastor who deliberately sneaked into the lion’s den at the University of Ibadan zoo and was mauled to death by a lion. Despite my growing reservation then regarding issues of religion, my interest in writing an article on that issue came primarily from the fact that I am a proud alumnus of the university and paid many visits to that zoo while I was a student there. Immediately after the tragic event, many suggested that the lion be put to death. I argued in my article, also published in the PUNCH, that the lion was a beast, not a rational being as one would expect its victim to be. That was the way nature programmed it to react to such an event, and the unthinking “Daniel” should have known better. I don’t recall if the lion was eventually destroyed, but I do remember that after the article was published, one of my Christian friends made a comment along these lines: “Akeem, don’t you know the lion must have been possessed to have killed the pastor? Why should it deserve to live?”

In July 2015, the boss of the University of Ibadan Zoo, Dr. (Mrs) Olajumoke Falode-Morenikeji confirmed the incident and this is what she had to say about it:

Dr Mrs Olajumoke Falode, the 'Great Huntress' of the University of Ibadan Zoological Gardens. She relived the experience in an interview.

Dr Mrs Olajumoke Falode, the ‘Great Huntress’ of the University of Ibadan Zoological Gardens. She relived the experience in an interview.

But there was a story we learned, that a man called Daniel wanted to catch a lion; jumped into the lions’ cage here in your Zoo and was killed and eaten by the lion. How true is that story?

It is a true story – it happened many years ago before I got here. You know, in the society we have different kinds of people, some are normal while some are not, this man actually jumped into the lions’ cage and presented himself as a feast for the lions, he was the one that killed himself, infact the lions first withdrew from him, but he still went ahead chanting bible passages and perhaps hoping to catch the lion or something close to that – and the lion needed to defend itself, he pounded on the man and killed him, so that was the peculiar case.

Did people attempt to rescue him or something?

It was so sudden I am sure, nobody in their right senses will not do that.

Today, the zoo proudly boasts of lions and below are photos of some of the lions with their names:

Isaac.

Isaac.

Rocky.

Rocky.

How Prophet ‘Daniel’Abodunrin Was Killed & Eaten By Lions At Ibadan Zoo In 1991

This is Arnold. Credits: Damola Dada.

How Prophet ‘Daniel’Abodunrin Was Killed & Eaten By Lions At Ibadan Zoo In 1991

Always let sleeping lions lie.

 On the 14th of January 2015, Pastor Enoch Adeboye was at the same zoo to commission the upgraded University of Ibadan Zoological Garden. Adeboye had donated the sum of N45 million for the upgrade of the zoo, and part of the upgrade was the building of modern cages for the animals, meaning the lions got new and reinforced cages. I found it amusing that another pastor would be back at the zoo years later to provide money for stronger and reinforced cages for the lions in the same zoo where another pastor was mauled to pieces. You know, probably if the cages had been stronger that time, I might not have had to write this story.

They will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” – Mark 16: 18

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The Economist Calls Ex-President Jonathan “an ineffectual BUFFOON”

The Economist, an English-language weekly newspaper owned by the Economist Group, has described Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan “an ineffectual buffoon”.

In an article titled “Nigeria’s economy Crude tactics”, the newspaper said: Buhari’s government has cracked down on corruption, which had flourished under the previous president, Goodluck Jonathan, an ineffectual buffoon who let politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity.”

Below is the full article:

“MORE than 30 years ago, a young general swept to power in the fifth of Nigeria’s military coups since independence in 1960. The country he inherited was a mess: bled dry by pilfering politicians within and hammered by falling oil prices without. Last year that general, Muhammadu Buhari, became president again—this time in a democratic vote. The problems he has inherited are almost identical. So are many of his responses.

In the eight months since Mr Buhari arrived at Aso Rock, the presidential digs, the homicidal jihadists of Boko Haram have been pushed back into the bush along Nigeria’s borders. The government has cracked down on corruption, which had flourished under the previous president, Goodluck Jonathan, an ineffectual buffoon who let politicians and their cronies fill their pockets with impunity. Lai Mohammed, a minister, reckons that just 55 people stole $6.8 billion from the public purse over seven recent years.

Mr Buhari, who—unusually among Nigeria’s political grandees—is said to have just $150,000 and a couple of hundred cattle to his name, abhors such excess. As military ruler he jailed, fired or forced into retirement thousands of bureaucrats whose fingers had been in the till. This time, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested dozens of bigwigs, including a former national security chief accused of diverting $2.2 billion. The EFCC has a poor record of securing convictions; but a single treasury account has been introduced to try to stop civil servants siphoning off cash. And agencies which may not be remitting their fair share to the state are having their books trawled by Kemi Adeosun, the finance minister.

Such measures are doubly important because the economy is swooning along with the oil price. The sticky stuff directly accounts for only 10% of GDP, but for 70% of government revenue and almost all of Nigeria’s foreign earnings.

Oil’s price has fallen by half, to $32 a barrel, in the months since the new government came to power, sending its revenues plummeting. Income for the third quarter of 2015 was almost 30% lower than for the same period the year before, and foreign reserves have dwindled by $9 billion in 18 months. Ordinarily there would be buffers to cushion against such shocks, but Mr Jonathan’s cronies have largely squandered them. Growth was about 3% in 2015, almost half the rate of the year before and barely enough to keep pace with the population. The stockmarket is down by half from its peak in 2014.

Domestic oil producers are feeling the pinch worst. Many borrowed heavily to buy oilfields when crude was worth more than $100 a barrel, and are now struggling to pay the interest on loans, says Kola Karim, the founder of Shoreline Group, a Nigerian conglomerate. This, in turn, threatens to create a banking crisis. About 20% of Nigerian banks’ loans were made to oil and gas producers (along with another 4% to underperforming power companies). Capital cushions are plumper than they were during an earlier banking crisis in 2009; but, even so, bad debts are mounting and banks that are exposed to oil producers may find themselves in trouble. “It wouldn’t surprise me if one or two went down,” says a senior banker in Nigeria.

The government’s response to the crisis has been three-pronged. First, it is trying to stimulate the economy with a mildly expansionary budget. At the same time, it is trying to protect its dwindling hard-currency reserves by blocking imports. Third, it is trying to suppress inflation by keeping the currency, the naira, pegged at 197-199 to the dollar. Only the first of these policies seems likely to work.

The budget, which includes a plan to spend more on badly needed infrastructure, is a step in the right direction. Although government revenues are under pressure from the falling oil price, Mr Buhari hopes to offset that by plugging “leakages” (a polite term for theft) and taxing people and businesses more. That seems reasonable. At 7%, Nigeria’s tax-to-GDP ratio is pitifully low. Every percentage point increase could yield $5 billion of extra cash for the coffers, reckons Kayode Akindele of TIA Capital, an investment firm. Mr Buhari also plans to save some $5 billion-$7 billion a year by ending fuel subsidies—a crucial reform, if he sticks with it. Even so he will be left with a deficit of $15 billion (3% of GDP) that will have to be filled by domestic and foreign borrowing.

Yet his policies on the currency seem likely to stymie that. The central bank has frozen the naira at its current overvalued official rate for almost a year. The various import bans (on everything from soap to ballpoint pens) are supposed to reduce demand for dollars, but have little effect. Businesses that have to import essential supplies to keep their factories running complain that they have been forced into the black market, where the naira currently trades at 300 or more to the dollar. Several local manufacturers have suspended operations. International investors, knowing that the value of their assets could tumble, have slammed on the brakes and some have pulled money out of the country just as their dollars are most needed (see chart).

Nigeria is fortunate in having low levels of public debt (less than 20% of GDP), but it is not helped by high interest rates, which mean that 35% of government revenue goes straight out of the door again to service its borrowings. It would not take much to push it into a debt crisis.

Frustratingly, this crunch is one that Nigeria has been through before—under the then youthful Mr Buhari. Then, as now, he refused to let the market set the value of the currency. Instead he shut out imports, causing the legal import trade to fall by almost 50% and killing much of Nigeria’s nascent industry in the process. Between 1980 and 1990, carmaking fell by almost 90%. Today, as in the 1980s, the president is making a bad situation worse.”  

-AFRICAN SPOTLIGHT

Apply for David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship For Undergraduate Students 2016

David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarships 2016

Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Undergraduate
Country to Study in: Nigeria

Scholarship Description
The David Oyedepo Foundation scholarship program is the major platform for promoting the vision and goals of the David Oyedepo Foundation, DOF.

The scholarship program awards scholarships to qualified individuals who are indigenes and residents of African countries, and have been offered admission to specific universities in Nigeria.

The scholarship program can essentially be divided into 3 categories: 1). DOF Scholars; 2). DOF Leadership Scholars; and 3). DOF Farmers Scholars.

The DOF scholars program grants individuals the opportunity to acquire a first degree at top schools in the African continent. It grants individuals the opportunity to build up the leadership potentials that are so evidently lacking in the leaders of our today’s society, through the yearly programs and community development initiatives.

Eligibility
In order to apply for any of the three scholarship programs, you must:

*.Be a Citizen of any African Country
*.Resident of an African Nation
*.Between the ages of 18 and 25

Each scholarship awardee becomes a David Oyedepo Foundation Scholar (DOF scholar) and is expected to meet up with the requirements each year for maintaining the scholarship program.

Participating Institutions
Scholarship is available for pursuing undergraduate program at the following universities:

*.Covenant University, and
*.Landmark University

Fields of study
Candidates can apply to their choice course of study. However, special consideration would be given to candidates whose courses fall under the following categories:

*.Agriculture and allied courses
*.Medicine
*.Para Medical science
*.Political science
*.Education and allied courses

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
All applicants are awarded full scholarship for the duration of their study, however a yearly review of scholarship is carried out every year to ensure candidate remains worthy of scholarship award.

Each scholarship awardees:
*.Must maintain a continuous standard of excellence as measured by the David Oyedepo Foundation

*.Carry out a yearly summer community project that fulfil the following criteria:

*.Must be focused on community development

*.Must be a community based project

*.Must engage a volunteer base of class and schoolmates

*.Must engage knowledge in current field of study

*.A video & document report of the project must be generated and submitted to the foundation at the end of every school year.

*.The school will be required to generate and send the foundation a semester by semester report of academic progress.

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship program covers all study and travel expenses for the duration of the course of study.

Method of Application
The DOF Scholars are between the ages of 18-25. They are either

*.Recipients of the university or secondary school scholarship programs, or

*.Fresh graduates who are applying for post graduate study scholarship

Application forms need to be filled in and submitted online. To apply, visit the David Oyedepo Foundation Scholarship Program http://davidoyedepofoundation.org/portal/scholarship/

DEADLINES:
Applications for the 2016/2017 academic session commences 12th January 2016. The deadline for scholarship application is Thursday March 31st 2016 at GMT +01.00.

PLEASE NOTE:
Covenant University is located in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria. It is a Private Christian University and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Landmark University is located in Omu-Aran, Kwara State in Nigeria. It is a Private Christian University, and has colleges with state of the art facilities in place. Colleges include: College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Business and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Engineering.

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vols 347, 348, 349 , 350 and 351 +Sins of Rafa Benitez+Integrity Pays+Identifying Lagos Runs Gals+Advice for Single ladies +Difference between a Nigerian and American facebook posts+

347. FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING  Vol 347

THE 5 SINS OF RAFA BENITEZ!

Real Madrid sacked Rafa Benitez and got their own Madrista on the dugout.

Let us highlight some of the sins of Benitez before we tell you what to expect from Zidane.

1. THE GHOST OF ELCLASSICO
The 0-4 defeat against Barcelona is still fresh in the minds of Perez and everyone calling the shots at Madrid. We knew Benitez was walking on thin ice when he lost 0-4 against Barcelona. This is the major sin he committed.

2. LACK OF PLAYING STYLE
Benitez has similar style with Van Gaal. They both lack style. Madrid plays fast counter attacking football. But Benitez plays Benitez style of football, which is no style at all.

3. MANAGING THE GHOST OF ANCELOTTI
Benitez doesn’t know how to handle likable and successful predecessors. He didn’t handle the ghost of Mourinho at Inter Milan because Inter Milan and their players loves Mourinho. He didn’t handle Ancelotti because Madrid’s players loves Ancelotti and he was successful. He fell out with every player who loves Ancelotti and became friends with Bale who didn’t speak good when Ancelotti was ousted.

4. HIS FIGHT WITH JAMES RODRIGUEZ
Madrid bought James Rodriguez with a huge amount of money. It was a sin to go all out on James who is loved by Ronaldo and his other team mates. His presser where he said JAMES MUST LEARN HOW TO PLAY FOOTBALL, was the height of it. James responding after netting many goals in Columbia didn’t help Benitez either. It only proved that Benitez didn’t know how to play James.

5. HIS FIGHT WITH RONALDO
It was captured on camera. He said it in different press conferences. He goofed to the point where he said RONALDO IS NOT THE BEST IN THE WORLD. That is a cardinal sin to all Madristas. Including the ones who hates Ronaldo. This is because Ronaldo is Madrid’s answer to Barcelona’s Messi. So if Enrique says Messi is the best in the world. Any and every Madrid coach must say Ronaldo is the best in the world. It’s a big sin not to say so.

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Top 10 Ways Of Identifying A ‘Runs Girl’ In Lagos

Lagos is a place where the struggle for limited resources is keen. All facilities are highly COMMERCIALIZED including love. Things are not always what they seem to be at the surface level, so there is a need for you to ‘shine your eyes’ before being caught buying the counterfeit.

Top 10 Ways Of Identifying A ‘Runs Girl’ In Lagos

These are top features of a Lagos prostitute who maybe trying hard to hide her identity to avoid stigma:

(1) Runs girls in Lagos are fond of heavy make-ups:

They are always desperate to create an impression wherever they go. This leads to obviously heavy and colourful make-ups that mayn’t even rhyme at all. The ‘foundation’ could be so strong like she wants to erect a building on her face.

(2) Awkward piercings:

These set of ladies pierce their nose with rings attached. Their ears carry multiple piercings too. Some bold ones go as far as rocking nose rings to show how fashionable they are.

(3) They chew gum indecently:

The act of chewing gum is very paramount among full time prostitutes and ‘aristos’ seem to have mastered the act well and I wonder the rationale behind it.

(4) Breast display:

As goods are displayed on shelves in the shopping mall, so also the runs girls flash their ‘selling points’ I.e their area of strength for prospective buyers. They make sure you can a vivid look of what you are up against like the massive boobs, big bum and exposure of the flat tummy or waist.

(5) Tattoos:

In Nigeria today, most decent and well-cultured ladies don’t draw tattoos. Most ‘female marketers’ are fond of conspicuous tattoos which are positioned at strategic points for you to feed your eyes on and they are always quite bold.

(6) Bleached skin:

A fair lady gets more attention and is easily noticeable than a dark one. Runs girls don’t joke with bleaching. The skin is unnecessary white while the fingers, toes and knuckles stand out black with the intention to break away like Biafra.

(7) Runs girls in Lagos love expensive phones with busy lines:

When a lady’s phone rings incessantly like she is a customer-care agent and you know she isn’t selling anything; my guy, she is into ‘E-commerce’ like Jumia delivering the assumed and the social media is likely her booking office.

(8 ) When you keep calling her phone and introducing yourself severally:

Runs girls have several clients to deal with. They hardly store numbers until they are sure you have the will to do business. They easily lose track of the identity of their callers and you get poised to re-introduce yourself over and over again.

(9) If she disappears mysteriously like the 2016 national budget from the senate on Friday nights:

Friday nights are sacred nights in Lagos when the ‘god of koboko’ is worshiped by hardworking men that must have been engaged productively throughout the week. On a night like this, a hot runs girl must have been booked by the highest bidder; hence a dramatic disappearance until Saturday morning.

(10) She is a likely ‘selling it’ if she spends the entire day sleeping and heads out every night:

Runs girls in Lagos have opposite working schedules, they leave for work when others are returning, and go on recess when others are at work like ‘Edo witches’ (na joke oh).

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FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 349

ADVICE FOR SINGLE BUT SEARCHING LADIES

Any lady that says YES to these questions can’t remain single for long.

It’s really amazing how ladies fear the possibility of remaining unmarried for a long time stretching into their late twenties and thirties. I have seen countless number of naija spinsters visit many prayer houses to seek spiritual guide and advice just to be a mrs and while so many will quickly come out to say they are unperturbed, the truth is that deep inside of them they hope that they just find the “right man” fast enough and start raising a family before reaching their menopause age.

Many ladies do not need prayer and fasting and in most cases, there is no spiritual attack from anywhere but these ladies are their own pitfalls and the simple truth is that 90% of unmarried ladies in their late 20s and 30s have no business still remaining single.

Considering the present global socio economy situations expecially in a country like ours, here are 5 very vital questions to ask yourself as a
lady and the more you give a NO to each of these 5 questions the harder it may be for you to get a man to marry you.

1.Can you start a life with a man in one room ?:
Many ladies have boyfriends who live in this type of apartments and infact they have spent some nights with him in that same one room apartment and the guy has lost count of how many times he
has scr*wd you in any imaginable ways but when it comes to marriage you will foolishly say you can’t marry into one room apartment.

Sorry is your second name and i strongly pity you.Most men who own mansions today started their lives in one room so if you are ok being scr*wd in one room but you can not marry same man living in one room then you are not only
clueless but foolish and be ready to be dumped after he has really had you to his fullness.

2.Can you marry a struggling man who has no regular job?:

Oh i can imagine some ladies answering LAI! LAI!,MBA NUNU! GOD FORBID and so on to this particular question but please let me ask you ”why
date a struggling guy or allow him scr*w you at will yet can’t marry him?”
Strange and foolish i must say.
It is important to know that as long as that man is not lazy,his break through will come and must come. How many ladies have given up an affair because they feel the guy has no job just to realize a year latter that he is gainfully employed or he has started a profitable business and they
start feeling bad for not being patient enough.
Ok what is even the guarantee that the ones who have good jobs or business can not experience a crazy turn around? Many ladies have lost their chances with a vibrant vision driven man just because they are waiting to say yes to a man who has a job rather than for them to also find something doing that will make them financially independent while the guy has enough space to
pursue his dreams.
Believe it or not 95% of the rich or successful guys you see today have passed through a struggling phase.

3.Can you have a very low budget wedding?:

Now i want every reasonable lady reading this to understand that marital union and marriage
ceremony are 2 different things.

Most times when you hear words like “my guy is not ready yet for marriage” what this simply implies is that the guy is NOT READY FOR A BIG MARRIAGE CEREMONY and not that he is not mentally, psychologically and emotionally ready but because our young ladies are overwhelmed with that one day’s celebration, they will never ever plan any wedding with a man who does not have
the money to give them a flamboyant wedding and this is one major reasons why many ladies remain single for a very long time.

Have you looked around to see many graduates still struggling in their 30s with no assurance that a job or business will come up tomorrow? Are you among the myopic ladies who get carried away by a flamboyant wedding ceremony rich parents
organize for their children?

Who says you can’t have a marriage ceremony with N50,000 budget where a man pays the bride price and proceed to the registry with you and when the money starts coming in you two can do another big time wedding ceremony so why put yourself in bondage of having a compulsory big time wedding before you can be a mrs?
Why are you giving that guy a good reason to continue using you, saying he is not ready for marriage ceremony but doing all the imaginable things a
man will do to a wife on you.

For my ibo sisters i will advice you to appeal to the elders at home to understand that the fact that few of you are lucky to have a guy pay so much or spend so much on a marriage ceremony against all odds does not erase the fact that countless number of Igbo girls are been courted but not married in a timely manner due to the high expenses involved.

4.Can you marry a man who loves you but is not your preferred spec?:

Yes there is nothing absolutely wrong in having a picture of who you want and while some ladies are very fortunate to find such,many have lived in a fantasy world hoping to meet that man who has those qualities they dream of just to wait and wait until they become old waiting for an “ideal man”

In marriage there is nothing like a bad or good choice neither do we have an ideal or non ideal
man but it’s about your choice. Many ladies want a tall, cute, rich. GOD fearing, romantic guy and it’s so amazing how some ladies will never shift ground and when that short caring and loving guy comes their way they hush him and start running after a prince charming that feels nothing for them, what a shame.

Stop having this myopic belief that there is an ideal man out there,no man has it all and all you need to look out for is a man who truly desires and deserves you. If you like keep waiting and screening until you become the object of screening yourself. Be wise.

5.Can you marry a man with a wide age gap to you:
This is one of the most dangerous mistakes many ladies make. For crying out loud, except a lady just wants to play around,i do not see why a teenage girl will be dating a fellow teenager or a lady in her early twenties will be dating a guy of just a year or two older than her because when she eventually becomes ripe for marriage, in most cases this guy is still jumping around and fulfilling his sexual fantasies.
Yes age is nothing but a number but in most cases, ladies who date or court guys with wide age gaps like 8years or more tend to end up as a wife to the guy while most ladies who at their young ages started an affair with guys of close age proximity are usually left heart broken latter in life because most guys in the 20s are probably still playing around and not even psychologically ready for marital union.

So when i hear a 23 year old lady telling a guy in his 30s that he is too old for her i just laugh at her ignorance. If you are a teenager reading this or a lady in your early twenties, i will advice that except you just want to play around, you should date or court guys with wide age gap to avoid “had i known” regrets .
YES THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS to this but most times my assertion holds true.

I hope these write up makes sense to those who want to see sense in it.

 

 

 

 

 
FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol  350

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AMERICAN FACEBOOK POST AND A NIGERIAN FACEBOOK POST

AMERICAN FACEBOOK POST:

ANGELA GRANT’S POST: – I love my husband so much and I can do anything to please him. But I am also lusting after his older brother, what should I do folks?

COMMENTS:

William Hale: I think you need to talk to your husband about it because marriage is all about communication.

Vanessa Drinkwater: Oh dear! I have been in your shoes before. I had to wake up and face the fact that I am married.

Sophia Woods- Talk to you husband and ask him to do the things you find attractive in his brother. That ought to save the marriage.

Tracy Bamby: Awwwww love….Get yourself a nice cuppa tea… it’ll sooth away that burning ache you feel for his brother…oh and don’t forget to watch Oprah later…*huggz hun*

NOW CHECK OUT THE NIGERIAN POST

RAMAOTU IDEMUDIA’S POST: I live with my husband and two daughters…anytime my brother in-law comes to visit, I feel the urge to be with him instead. I need advice please.

COMMENTS
Titilayo Kurukere: Ashawo !…no wonder you can’t even give the poor man a son…so so daughters *mtcheew*

Damilola Gbadamosi : Oloshi leleyi, your brother in-law ke???

Amaka Ede: You are a disgrace to your family and all women. May his tin get stuck in ur tin, JEZEBEL!

Bornboy The Bigboy: You are just too cute. I love u, my BB pin is 22AA22BBC…please add me so that I can take care of you when my containers arrive from high and low seas…bebi leave ya husband lemme show you the life!

Mohamadu Bello: This is all President GEJ’s fault

Ekaite Akpan: @ Mohamadu, YOU ARE MAD…IT IS BUHARI’S FAULT…YOU HE-GOAT! In fact, I don’t even know why I am toking to you sef…..ILLITERATE!

Mr Smith (Confused American on the friends list): Huh?

Suffering And Smiling Student: Has ASUU strike been called off?

Prophet Touch Not My Anointed: The bible says in ‘fallopian’ chapter 2 verse tatee…thou shall not look at ya husband’s brothers with lust. Repent my sister.

Aminu Megida: May Allah forgive u

Aishatu Yaya: It’s not ya fault….shey, is the man that decided to put ring on ya finger….there are plenty good women around but he decided to choose you…useless ojukokoro.

Adebiyi Ojo: Abeg, is anyone coming to London?….I need someone to bring me some crayfish, its urgent.

Patrick Obahiagbon: The enormity of this crinkun crankun will bring about Armageddonrial end to the fiscal polistikum edificacy of the I do…. I don’t of the marriage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol   351

INTEGRITY ALWAYS PAYS NO MATTER WHAT

At the point of death a man, Bakare Ologbenla, called his children and after praying for them, he advised them to follow his footsteps so that they can have peace of mind in all that they do.

The youngest child, Folasade, a female, looked at others and yelled, DADDY, ITS UNFORTUNATE YOU ARE DYING WITHOUT A DIME IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, PERSONALLY, I CAN’T EMULATE YOU. OTHER FATHER’S THAT YOU TAG AS BEING CORRUPT, THIEF OF PUBLIC FUNDS LEFT HOUSES AND PROPERTIES FOR THEIR CHILDREN; EVEN THIS HOUSE WE LIVE IN IS A RENTED APARTMENT, SORRY, I CAN’T EMULATE YOU, JUST GO, LETS CHART OUR OWN COURSE, LETS PADDLE OUR OWN CANOE. Few moments later, their father gave up the ghost.

Three years later, Folasade went for interview in a multinational company. The interview panel already penciled down a candidate for the highly covetted post but wanted to comlete the formality of interviewing all applicants on the list. As soon as Folasade sat before the interview panel, the Chairman of the committee asked, “Which Ologbenla is yours” and the Folasade replied, “I am Folasade Ologbenla. My dad Bakare Ologbenla is now late he died a poor man… then the Chairman cuts in, O MY GOD, YOU ARE BAKARE OLOGBENLA’S DAUGHTER? He turned to other members and said THIS BAKARE MAN WAS THE ONE THAT SIGNED MY MEMBERSHIP FORM INTO THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ADMINISTRATORS AND HIS RECOMMENDATION EARNED ME WHERE I AM TODAY. HE DID ALL THESE FREE. I DONT EVEN KNOW HIS ADDRESS, HE NEVER KNEW ME FROM ADAMS, HE JUST DID IT FOR ME. He turned to Folasade, I HAVE NO QUESTION FOR YOU, CONSIDER YOURSELF AS HAVEN GOTTEN THIS JOB, RESUME TOMORROW, YOUR LETTER WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU.

Folasade Ologbenla became the corporate affairs manager of the company with two cars, one official ad one for private use, attached to the office, with a duplex and two drivers and a salary of N500,000 per month excluding allowances and other Esta-code when she travel outside Nigeria.
After two years of working in the company,the Group Managing Director of the company came from America to announce his intention to resign and needed a replacement. A personality with high integrity was sought after, again the company’s Consultant nominated Folasade Ologbenla.
In an interview, I asked her the secret of her success and the sudden sky rocketing profile and in tears, she replied, MY DADDY PAVED THESE WAYS FOR ME. IT WAS AFTER HE DIED THAT I KNOW THAT HE WAS FINANCIALLY POOR BUT STINKINGLY RICH IN INTEGRITY, DISCIPLINE AND HONESTY. I asked again, why she is weeping since she is no longer a kid as to miss her dad still after a long time. She replied, AT THE POINT OF DEATH, I INSULTED MY DAD FOR BEING A HONEST MAN OF INTEGRITY. I HOPE HE WILL FORGIVE ME IN HIS GRAVE NOW. I DIDN’T WORK FOR ALL THESE, HE DID IT FOR ME TO JUST WALK IN.

So finally i asked, WILL YOU FOLLOW YOUR FATHERS FOOT STEPS AS HE REQUESTED? And her simple answer is I NOW ADORE THE MAN, I HAVE A BIG PICTURE OF HIS IN MY LIVING ROOM AND AT THE ENTRANCE OF MY HOUSE. HE DESERVES WHATEVER I HAVE AFTER GOD.
Are you like Folasade Ologbenla, it pays to build name, the reward doesn’t come quickly but it will come however long it may take and it lasts longer.
INTEGRITY, DISCIPLINE, SELF CONTROL AND FEAR OF GOD MAKES MAN WEALTHY, NOT THE FAT BANK ACCOUNT. Live a good heritage for your children, I am building a good name for my children, not a fat bank account.
Written by Oluseyi Joseph Da Silva

Plunging Naira – Before You Blame Emefiele, Look At Yourself by Kenneth Ezaga 2001-2016.

It is either I do not understand economics and how exchange rates work or a vast majority of us Nigerians still don’t get how we have wrecked our country with our own curious choices. Just this morning I was listening to the radio and the lady on air went on and on about how she thought CBN governor Godwin Emefiele was incompetent and should be sacked because the naira was now exchanging at 309 or so to the USD. That view pretty much echoes the sentiments expressed by many people I know and it amazes me that there are Nigerians who actually think there is some magic POLICY that can make the naira strong in the near term. If my economics and my understanding of the way the world works are right, then that is as far from the truth as Jesus Christ is black.
The simple fact of the matter is that apart from oil that accounts for over 90% of our revenues, we really don’t have much of an economy. We hardly produce anything, we import even toothpicks, so exactly what policy is going to be implemented that will turn Nigeria into a top exporting economy in the near term? Where are our Apples, IBMs, Disneys, GMs, General Electrics, Coca Colas, Empire State buildings, Statues of Liberties, Lockheeds, Citibanks, JP Morgans, ExxonMobils, NBAs, Super Bowls etc?
Let me bring that closer home. There was a time long ago when Nigeria had a truly strong economy and the naira was one to the dollar – even exchanged for higher than the USD, but that Nigeria is not this Nigeria. Sadly that Nigeria was laid by the British, and this Nigeria (if you don’t believe in the nonsensical imperialist conspiracies like me) – fueled by the DAMAGING Indigenisation Decree, has been the creation of us Nigerians.Back then we had a booming economy. We were either the top, or among the top exporters, of timbre, cocoa, groundnuts, rubber, palm oil, etc, in the world. Nigerians not only holidayed at home in their villages, at Yankari Games Reserve, at Obudu Cattle Ranch, at Oguta Lake, at Ikogosi springs, at Gurara Falls, at Mambilla Platueau, etc, we attracted international tourists who brought in loads of foreign exchange. Even Nigerian schools were foreign exchange earners because they attracted foreign students. We had different car assembly plants – Peugeot, Volkswagen, Anamco etc. Nigerian government officials only bought vehicles assembled in Nigeria for official cars. We had a thriving sports industry. We were not Man United or Chelsea fans, we were Rangers or IICC fans. We had the Nduka Odizors, people made money from sports. We also had companies like Lennards and Bata producing school shoes in their thousands, we had the thriving Nigerian Airways and the Aviation School in the north that produced some of the best pilots in the world. In those days if you were brilliant you were respected much more than the crass money-miss-road contractors of today. Most of the Aje Butters I knew had fathers who were university dons. Back then it meant something to ‘know book’. Our textile industry was alive and well. Just recently I watched a news report on the textile industry in Nigeria on CCTV News. Though the main focus was on the comatose status of the industry, I was stunned by the gigantic Kaduna Textile Mill built in 1957. I could go on and on.
Today however, no thanks to our parents (and we must call them out the way Wole Soyinka did his generation) and many of us (and we should be remembered for failing our children if we continue like this), we have destroyed everything. Today for instance Nigerian football (which comes easy to me obviously) doesn’t appeal to us, we have to fly across thousands of miles to watch ‘our’ clubs play. Every year we collectively burn billions of naira being fans of clubs that give us nothing back, but some ‘entertainment value’ – simple pleasures for which we are ready to destroy the future of our children. Well people, payback time is here. Even with our ta-she-re money we all want to wear designer clothes and carry designer bags, Armani, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton etc. We all want to drive jeeps with American specs, our children must now school overseas and acquire the necessary accents to come back home and bamboozle their ‘bush and crass’ contemporaries that they left behind. Who holidays in Nigeria anymore, is there Disneyland here? No one buys made-in-Nigeria school bags for their children, after all no Superman or Incredible Hulk or Cinderella on them. We are no longer top exporters of anything and the demise of oil means we have zilch… zero. A country of 170m fashion-conscious people has no textile industry. We take delight in showing how our made-in-Switzerland Aso Ebi is different class to everyone else’s. When we help our musicians grow and pay them millions, they repay us by immediately shipping the monies overseas to produce their “i-don-dey-different-level”music videos. It makes no difference that distinctly Zulu dancers are dancing to a Nigerian highlife song. As stars concerned they also wed and holiday overseas to impress us all. All the musicians who acknowledge their Ajegunle roots now speak in a cocktail of strange accents to symbolise how much they have blown their monies overseas.
Were we a more serious people, the highly popular Kingsway Stores of the past would probably have a thousand outlets pan Nigeria today supporting a massive agriculture industry among others, but today we have the likes of SPAR, Shoprite, dominating the retail industry while Kingsway is dead. And we Nigerians make it a special point to shop from the Oyibos who have ‘cleaner shops’, ‘better this and better that’. For our personal pleasure we don’t mind them dominating us in our own backyard and shipping proceeds overseas.
I could go on and on, but I don tire. Even as you are reading this, stop for a moment and look around you. What you see will probably explain why we are lucky it is not N1000 to the USD yet. And don’t think for a moment that it cannot get there. Just continue to wear your Armani gear and Swiss-made lace, continue to spend your money on Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Barca and encourage your children to do same. (My article in This Day tomorrow is on the Nigerian champions Enyimba FC – Nigeria’s most successful club – not having a sponsor, yet Nigerian brands pay over N600m to Man United and Arsenal for sponsorship to impress us.) Ehhh, no problem, continue to tell me the NPFL is rubbish or the clubs should clean up their act if they want sponsorship, mo gbo. Don’t curtail your interest in choice wines ( we were the number one champagne consumers in the world in 2015), continue to love your American specs, cheer the education ministry for letting schools sink to pitiable levels, don’t fight them to improve our schools, don’t chide them for letting schools drop Nigerian history and embrace British, America and whatever else curricula. Carry on with your love of French wines and Chinese silk, don’t bother about Jamiu Alli when there is Roger Federer. Stock up on your Italian, American, British products which you cannot live without, including the ‘baby soft’ toilet rolls produced only in that small unique village in England – the days are long gone since you were a broke student who used wet newspapers to wipe your butt. Don’t even consider holidaying in Nigeria, it’s too dangerous – you have to fulfill your dream of being Nigeria’s Henry Ford. Don’t listen to people like me who have a wardrobe full of only cheap adire that is actually cheaper than just one of your Tom Ford blazers. Please keep dressing in fine silk made in some exotic place so you can be addressed accordingly. Finally keep letting corrupt leaders who have looted your commonwealth and shipped all the monies overseas get away because to attack them does not fit your political narrative. Let us continue with the fine life, let us all continue to work for Oyibo.
But don’t forget that there is payback time and Emefiele is not your problem. Time for us all to look in the mirror and take responsibility.

Tragedy As 25-Year-Old Girl Who Just Returned From The UK Is Killed By Lagos Danfo

Ken Davidson is shattered and that is because his 25-year-old cousin, Doyin Sarah Fagbenro, who just finished two law degrees in the UK has been killed in Lagos by a danfo driver. See the moving tribute he wrote for her: 

Tragedy As 25-Year-Old Girl Who Just Returned From The UK Is Killed In Lagos Road Crash

DSF: Tribute To A Shining Starlet. Oh death! Where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Another Casualty of a broken and failed State. Your story is particularly Gut Wrenching as it is equally heartbreaking.

You spent near enough all but two of your 25 years on earth in the Country of your Birth, the United Kingdom where your Parents and entire family reside. You were born, bred and educated in the United Kingdom. But two years ago, immediately after you graduated, you elected to visit Nigeria where your Grandparents reside – both of whom are in their Mid Eighties.
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You signed up for the National Youth Service having freshly graduated with a sterling First Degree in Law and a Post Grad immediately afterwards. You were headhunted by an Energy Firm before you completed your NYSC and a presto you gallantly announced to your Nervous Parents – Dad a Diplomat with the United Nations based in Italy and Mum a Pharmacist based in the United Kingdom, your country of Birth – that you were going to permanently relocate and make Nigeria your permanent abode. Your Grandparents were ecstatic, you being their most favourite Grand Daughter.

You were a straight A student right from when you passed your GCSEs through to when you excelled in your A’levels…so much so that Prestigious Queen Mary’s London University snapped you to study Law. You missed a First by whisker’s. Nevertheless you made your mark all the way through. Then it all came crashing down.

What was supposed to be a routine journey to Church on a relatively sombre, otherwise uneventful Sunday morning on the Lekki/Ajah Expressway around the Lekki Phase 1 approach turned into a living and eternal nightmare for those of us left struggling to pick up the pieces. Our lives changed forever, never to be the same again.

A victim of the reckless and probably high on drinks/drugs ‘Danfo’ Driver. The most galling of the entire episode was the fact that the driver of that Danfo survived unscathed, RAN away from the scene leaving a trail of Death and Destruction in his wake. Four people died at the scene. Your New Toyota Corolla was a crumpled wreck. But the Fighter that you were, despite massive injuries, you fought and fought and fought.

Your Dad, via his status at the United Nations, got you into Lagoon Hospital where you were for a few days. When it became clear that the extent of your injuries was too severe for the local facilities here in Nigeria, An Air Ambulance was scrambled from the United Kingdom to get you much needed Specialist Care in the United Kingdom. Your tireless mum who flew in from the United Kingdom, barely 48 hours after the accident, accompanied you in the Air Ambulance. Still we Prayed and Prayed and Hoped for the Best.

Sadly We lost you a day after you arrived in the United Kingdom. The Surgeons tried desperately. You fought desperately to hang on. But in the end, it was not to be. The pain is palpably raw as it is numbling. We asked again and again, Why you? Why You? If only you had stayed on in the country of your Birth, If only…so many questions but very few answers. Your Parents, Your Grandparents, Oh! Your Grandma, with whom you celebrated her 80th Birthday over here in Nigeria a few years ago has refused to eat since she was informed of your passing nearly a week ago…All she repeatedly does is wail, wail to space “God Take Me instead, Give My Granddaughter back to Nigeria. Nigeria Needs Her, Her Parents Need her. God Take me. God Take Me.”.

These are indeed extremely perilous times. And so it was that having just spent barely a few weeks in Nigeria after a prolonged Winter holiday and Christmas in the United Kingdom with family and friends, I now find myself in the rather unenviable position of scrambling for the next flight out back to the United Kingdom just so that I can attend your Funeral this weekend. Someone retorted to me “Oh, you know, ‘our tradition’ forbids older relatives attending and being present at funerals where the deceased is much younger than us…” I snapped back, which tradition? And what has tradition ever done for us? What did Tradition ever give to HER?

I am here like a Zombie, mechanically and circuitously packing a few items for my flight out in the morning. The Family has decided that yours would be a Celebratory Sending Forth, so RED rather than the traditional Grey, Black would be the colour to be worn on the Day. DSF as you were very fondly called, you touched so many lives in the quarter century, (twenty five years only!) you ran your race on earth.

You were considerate to the end so much so that you waited until you got back home – nearer your parents and many siblings – before you finally bade the World Farewell. Doyin Sarah Fagbenro, My Learned Friend in the Profession, My lil Sister, My Cousin, Sleep Well till we meet again. O Death! Where is Thy Sting!

(Doyin Sarah Fagbenro, 1990 – 2016)

FULL CREDITS : Abiyamo

10 Reasons Why Nigerians Are Not As Prosperous As The Norwegians

Norway remains one of the very best nations on earth. In fact, as I am writing this now, Norway ranks first on the Human Development Index (HDI). It is always at the very top of prosperity and all forms of development indices. A friend of mine is from one of the billionaire families in Nigeria but his ambition is to leave Nigeria one day and settle in Norway. I understand his reasons. Nigeria on the other hand, compared with Norway, is abysmal. We rank at lowest when it comes to prosperity or any reasonable development indices. Here are 10 reasons I can adduce as to why Nigerians are not as prosperous as the Norwegians and the need for us to learn from advanced nations across the globe and change:

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1 –  NO ONE OR NOTHING IS ABOVE CRITICISM: In Norway, the King is Harald V and he is widely loved, respected and admired but that does not mean that even the king himself cannot be blasted in the local press if he misbehaves. In Norway, no one or anything is above criticism. Norwegians are always free to say their minds no matter whose ox is gored. In Nigeria, people think some citizens are sacred cows and they must not be questioned, criticized or lambasted in any way. This creates a system where the lower class is completely enslaved by an elite who views them as trash, and this is manifested when a bishop slaps a female member of his church on live TV or when a minister’s shoes are being cleaned by a secret service police officer in public. It all boils down to the nauseating Nigerian culture of oh, they are special people, they cannot be criticized. Some even go as far as saying they were chosen by God and cannot be criticized. If that is the case, the United States government will not jail psychos who claim to lead religious sects and break all the laws. For Nigeria to develop and advance, no one or nothing must be above criticism. When you criticize someone who clearly did a wrong thing in Nigeria, some Nigerians will react in a way that tells you that they are either thinking upside down or they don’t think at all.

2 – THERE IS SOCIAL SECURITY & WELFARE SYSTEM: Poverty is virtually non-existent in Norway and that is because it has one of the most comprehensive social security and welfare systems on earth. Norway is the largest producer of crude oil in the world outside the Middle East and every single citizen benefits directly from the oil profits. In Nigeria, reverse is the case. There is no social security and welfare system to protect anyone so people are pushed into crime or corruption in whatever they do. Wherever you look in Nigeria, you see the depressing signs of poverty. We must provide a safety net for the most vulnerable in our nation. 

3- ACCOUNTABILITY, HARDWORK AND TRANSPARENCY ARE DEIFIED: Whenever a system is transparent and everyone can see through, it becomes impossible for anyone to manipulate or hide anything. In Norway, government records are made public and anyone can look them up. In Nigeria, government goes about doing things in secret, all you hear all the time is ‘closed-door meetings’ and Nigerians have no idea of how the whole system runs. For example, the National Assembly is reluctant to publish and explain how it came about its budget of  for N120 billion naira. Nigerians must insist on accountability and transparency, just as it is done in Norway. Transparency is widespread in Norway the same way corruption is widespread in Nigeria, we have to flip the coin. Norwegians work very hard, their hourly productivity levels are some of the highest in the world – same with their average hourly wages. Millions of Nigerians are not even ready to work not to talk of working hard. They are waiting for when billions of dollars will fall on their laps without doing any work, miracles that will never happen, that is what is sold to many Nigerians, and that is what they are actually expecting. All prosperous nations of the world are driven by citizens who work very hard, from Japan to China to South Korea, they all work their butts off. A Nigerian civil servant will waste all night at vigils, sleep in office in the morning, close by 1 and run home. Then you complain of poverty, are you well?

4 – EDUCATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Education is the most powerful weapon of any country and Norway is a very good example of this in action. Public education is virtually free in Norway, irrespective of the nationality of the student. In Nigeria, you already know the drill. We don’t even have enough universities to start with. An ignorant nation can never become a superpower.

5 – RULE OF LAW AND RIGHTS CANNOT BE COMPROMISED: In Norway, the rule of law is supreme and rights are sacred, from civil to human to political, all rights are protected. In Nigeria, we do not have any regard for the rule of law or rights and that is why the whole setting looks like a jungle. In Norway, women are not regarded as below human and that explains why on many occasions; the country produced female leaders at various levels. As a matter of fact, the current prime minister of Norway is a woman – Erna Solberg, and she is the second female in that position. You just raise the issue of a female Nigerian president and you will be amazed with the responses of Nigerians, even the women themselves. In Norway, everyone is equal irrespective of gender, the emphasis is on merit and excellence not the genitals you carry.

6 – PRESS FREEDOM IS SACRED: Nigerians really don’t understand the job of the press. A media outfit’s purpose is not to praisesing any government or politician. The job of the media is to CONSTANTLY keep pressure on the government highlighting all that is good, bad and ugly in the society. As the fourth estate of the realm, the media is a neutral body that is loyal only to the nation. In Nigeria, journalists and reporters are harassed by government security forces, newspapers are seized while many Nigerians come online to write nonsense because they think the press is supposed to support or oppose the government. In Norway, press freedom is non-negotiable. Freedom of expression is always paramount in prosperous nations. 

7 – HISTORY IS IMPORTANT: Norway has a very rich history dating back over one thousand years (1,144 years to be precise) and the people of Norway are always proud to tell you their story because they are taught as kids. In Nigerian schools, history is looked down upon and that is why we still keep making the mistake of repeating history in the most horrible manners. Nigerians must take history to be a very vital part of national development. A country that does not know where it is coming from cannot know where it is heading. In public sphere, Nigerians have a very nonchalant attitude to history and this has very negative consequences. 

8 – THEY DON’T JOKE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH: The public health system in Norway is one of the best on earth. Everything is in place. This is very impressive for a country where people were dying of all sorts of diseases in the 1800s. The superb healthcare system explains why Norway has one of the longest life expectancies on earth. Nigeria, you know the story already. Vaccination sef na trouble. Life expectancy? Don’t even go there. As I am writing this, there is no single government hospital for children in a nation of over 170 million souls.

9 – JUSTICE IS PARAMOUNT AND LIFE IS SACRED: Injustice is the source of all strife on earth. It is no surprise that the Norwegians have managed to develop a system where everyone and anyone can get justice. All forms of life are also sacred, in Nigeria, there is no regard for human lives, people die like animals on the roads, kids are beheaded for rituals, police officers kill citizens anyhow, soldiers mow down defenceless citizens in their thousands and no one seems to care. In Nigeria, life is cheap and justice is very expensive because the judicial system is rotten to the core and the judges who will judge are nothing but petty thieves themselves. The Norwegian judicial system is respected GLOBALLY for its very impressive levels of integrity, accountability, transparency and intolerance for corruption. Can the same be said of our own judicial system? This concept of justice is why the gap between the rich and the poor in Norway is not much. In Nigeria, a senator’s pay package is what a civil servant cannot make in 500 years working 24/7. The gap is that wide. So is anyone still surprised crime is very low in Norway and Nigeria records one criminal activity or the other every single day?

10 – SUPERSTITIONS ARE NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY, SCIENCE REIGNS: All advanced, prosperous and progressive nations of the world did not get there by magic. They got there by THINKING. They have thinkers, philosophers and analysts who do nothing but engage in rigorous thinking exercises. Thinking is hard but critical thinking is harder. Libraries, research and development centres litter everywhere in Norway but in Nigeria, you will see 10o,000 churches and mosques in a city with no single library. Why won’t the people of Ibadan call an octopus a goddess? In Nigeria, critical thinking has no place because everywhere is choked with superstitious nonsense. In Norway, science and facts are the emperors. They take great pride in their academicians and scientists like the Nobel Prize for medicine winners, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser. Science is the ultimate for them, arts is greatly valued and premium is placed on rationality. In Nigeria, the opposite is what reigns: peddlers of superstitious crap are the richest while the physicists are in rags. If Nigeria is to leap frog into the 21st century, we have to reverse the trend. 

There are many other reasons but these are those I can think of presently. But is all hope lost? No, not at all. Nigeria is on a path of resurgence and we will get there. From 1695 to 1696, it was bad for Norway that about 10% of its population died from famine. You can imagine almost 20 million Nigerians dying off in just one year due to famine. Yes, Norway was that poor and hungry, and had a lot of challenges, just as Nigeria is facing presently. In the 1800s, Norway was one of the poorest nations on earth, with sewage and faeces running on their streets, with their women and children dying of diseases and poverty but today, they are an elegant testimony to what a functional human mind can achieve. Watch out for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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FULL CREDITS : ABIYAMO

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Lagos


Lagos is not only the largest city, economic engine, and cultural heart of the most populated country in Africa, it’s also one of the largest cities in the world. But even though the city is so big, outside of business travelers, few international tourists go there, making it relatively unknown to most people. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Lagos.

55 Nigerians stole N1.34 TRILLION in 8 years says Federal Government

The Federal Government said, yesterday, that 55 well-placed Nigerians stole a whopping N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013, an amount that would have been enough to provide significant developmental projects across the country.

Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the figure while addressing a world press conference in Abuja to mark the beginning of the war against corruption in Nigeria.

Out of the stolen funds, the minister said 15 former governors stole N146.84 billion; four former ministers took N7 billion; 12 former public servants both at federal and state levels stole over N14 billion; eight other Nigerians in the banking sector made away with N524 billion , while 11 businessmen cornered N653 billion.

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The minister said that using World Bank rates and costs, one-third of the stolen funds could have provided 635.18 kilometres of roads; 36 ultra-modern hospitals per state; 183 schools; educated 3,974 children from primary to tertiary level at 25.24 million per child and built 20,062 units of 2-bedroom houses.

Mohammed said: “This is the money that a few people, just 55 in number, allegedly stole within a period of just eight years. And instead of a national outrage, all we hear are these nonsensical statements that the government is fighting only the opposition, or that the government is engaging in vendetta.”

While maintaining that the Buhari administration would never be biased in the fight against corruption, the minister, however, warned that no person found to have stolen public funds would go unpunished irrespective of their political, religious or tribal leanings.

The minister dismissed the accusation that the federal government’s anti-corruption crusade was lopsided, describing the allegation as nauseating and borne either out of deliberate mischief or sheer ignorance.

He said: “There is the erroneous impression out there that the war against corruption is a vendetta against the opposition, and that indeed it is one-sided. This is not true and indeed very nauseating. We need the media to lead the campaign against corruption.

“All we have heard from them are ludicrous reasons why they partook in sharing of the money. One said he collected N4.5 billion for spiritual purposes, another said he received N2.1 billion for publicity, while yet another said he got N13 billion to pay someone else for the Maritime University land.

“Based on these revelations, should we now fold our hands and allow these people to go away with public funds? Is anyone thinking about the innocent soldiers who lost their lives just because they did not get the necessary weapons to fight the terrorists?

“What about the families left behind by these soldiers who were sent to their early graves because of the misappropriation of these funds? What about those who lost their means of livelihood after the terrorists overran their towns and villages? What of the millions of Nigerians, especially women and children, who are now living in IDP camps?

“Is it not clear that the cruel fate that has befallen these unfortunate people is a direct result of the misuse of the funds meant to fight the terrorists? Are these not the true costs of corruption? he asked.

The minister pleaded with all Nigerians to join hands with the government to tackle corruption so as to plug the loopholes of financial leakages for national development.

“As President Muhammadu Buhari likes to say, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. There is no better way to say it,” the minister said.

Missing Budget
On the missing 2016 budget, the Minister blamed the development on what he called ‘communication gaps” between the two arms of government, saying that the same government that campaigned on the change mantra and transparency could not have engaged in shady budget. He assured that the matter would soon be resolved.

Disobedience to rule of law
The minister said that the President had the highest respect for the rule of law and would never do anything to deviate from it. He, however, said that those yet to be admitted after courts had granted them bail were being held for new offences under investigation.

According to Mohammed, “this government has highest respects for rule of law”, insisting that the action of the EFCC to re-arrest some accused persons granted bail by the court were based on fresh charges.

MEET APOSTLE JOSEPH AYO BABALOLA – THE MAN THAT STARTED THE FIRST CHRISTIAN REVIVALS IN NIGERIA!

Joseph Ayo Babalola lived from 1904 to1959. He was the first prophet God used to lead a great revival in Nigeria after the raising of a 10 years old boy in 1930. He was the first General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church, a church that metamorphosed from a prayer group popularly called Egbe Aladura in Nigeria. The Aladura Movement nucleated at Ijebu-Ode in 1918. Babalola was endowed with healing powers.

 

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Family Background:

Joseph Ayodele Babalola was born of Yoruba parents, David Rotimi and Madam Marta Talabi on April 25, 1904 who belonged to the Anglican Church. The family lived at Odo-Owa in Ilofa, a small town about ninety kilometres from Ilorin in Kwara State, Nigeria. His father was the Baba Ijo (“churchfather”) of the C.M.S. Church at Odo-Owa. Pastor Medayese wrote in his book “Itan Igbedide Woli Ayo Babalola” that mysterious circumstances surrounded the birth of Babalola. On that day, it was believed that a strange and mighty object exploded and shook the clouds. On January 18, 1914, young Babalola was taken by his brother M. O. Rotimi, a Sunday school teacher in the C.M.S. Church at Ilofa, who later took him to Osogbo. Babalola started school at Ilofa and got as far as standard five at All Saints’ School, Osogbo. However, he quit school when he decided to learn a trade and became a motor mechanic apprentice. Again, he did not continue long in this vocation before joining the Public Works Department (PWD). He was among the road workers who constructed the road from Igbara-Oke to Ilesa, working as a steamroller driver.

Ministerial Call:

Babalola’s was a specific and personal call. Babalola’s strange experience started on the night of September 25th, 1928 when he suddenly became restless and could not sleep. This went on for a week and he had no inkling of the causes of such a strange experience. The climax came one day when he was, as usual, working on the Ilesa-Igbara-Oke road. Suddenly the steam roller’s engine stopped to his utter amazement. There was no visible mechanical problem, and Joseph became confused and perplexed. He was in this state of confusion when a great voice “like the sound of many waters” called him three times. The voice was loud and clear and it told him that he would die if he refused to heed the divine call to go into the world and preach. Babalola did not want to listen to this voice and he responded like many of the Biblical prophets, who, when they were called out by Yahweh as prophets, did not normally yield to the first call. So, Babalola gave in only after he had received the assurance of divine guidance.To answer the call, he had to resign his appointment with the Public Works Department. Mr. Fergusson, the head of his unit, tried to dissuade him from resigning but the young man was bent on going on the Lord’s mission. The same voice came to Joseph a second time asking him to fast for seven days. The experience led him to a personal retreat in the home of Joseph Fapounda a Christian leader in Christ Missionary Society in Ipetu Ijesa in Ogun State Nigeria. In a vision he had, Jesus appeared to him in a white robe along with a very tall man who revealed that it was this Jesus who asked me to speak with you. The man in a dazzling robe spoke at length about the mission he was to embark upon. The man also told him of the persecutions he would face and at the same time assured him of God’s protection and victory. A hand prayer bell was given to Babalola as a symbol. He was told that the sound of the bell would always drive away evil spirits. He was also given a bottle of “life-giving water” to heal all manners of sickness. Consequently, wherever and whenever he prayed into water for therapeutic purposes, effective healing was procured for those who drank the water. Thus, Babalola became a prophet and a man with extraordinary powers.

Enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit he could spend several weeks in prayer. It was remarked by Elder Abraham Owoyemi of Odo-Owa that the prophet regularly saw angels who delivered divine messages to him. An angel appeared in one of his prayers and forbade him to wear caps. After a successful first crusade at Yagba, he later joined Faith Tabernacle in Lagos, which was affiliated to an American Divine Healing Church.

Acts of Prophet Babalola:

During one of his prayer sessions an angel appeared to him and gave him a big yam which he ordered him to eat. The angel told him that the yam was the tuber with which God fed the whole world. He further revealed that God had granted unto him the power to deliver those who were possessed of evil spirits in the world. He was directed to go first to Odo-Owa and start preaching. He was to arrive in the town on a market day, cover his body with palm fronds and disfigure himself with charcoal paints. In October 1928, he entered the town in the manner described and was taken for a mad man. Babalola immediately started preaching and prophesying. He told the inhabitants of Odo-Owa about an impending danger if they did not repent. He was arrested and taken to the district officer at Ilorin for allegedly disturbing the peace. The district officer later released him when the allegations could not be proven. However, it was said that a few days later, there was an outbreak of smallpox in the town. The man whose prophecies and messages were once rejected was quickly sought for. He went around praying for the victims and they were all healed.

Pa David Rotimi, Babalola’s father, had been instrumental in the establishment of a C.M.S. Church in Odo-Owa. Babalola organized regular prayer meetings in this church which many people attended because of the miracles God performed through him. Among the regulars was Isaiah Oluyemi who later saw the wrath of Bishop Smith of Ilorin diocese. Information had reached the bishop that almost all members of the C.M.S. Church in Ilofa were seeing visions, speaking in tongues and praying vigorously. Babalola and the visionaries were allegedly ordered by Bishop Smith to leave the church. But Babalola did not leave the town until June 1930. On an invitation from Daniel Ajibola, Babalola went to Lagos. Elder Daniel Ajibola at that time was working in Ibadan where he was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Congregation. He introduced Prophet Babalola to Pastor D. O. Odubanjo, one of the leaders of the Faith Tabemacle in Lagos. Senior Pastor Esinsinade who was then the president of the Faith Tabernacle was invited to see Babalola. After listening to the details of his call and his ministry, the Faith Tabernacle leaders warmly received the young prophet into their midst. Babalola had not yet been baptized by immersion and Senior Pastor Esinsinade emphasized that he needed to go through that rite. Pastor Esinsinade then baptized him in the lagoon at the back of the Faith Tabernacle Church building at 51, Moloney Bridge Street, Lagos.

Babalola returned to Odo-Owa a few days after that and Elder (later Pastor) J. A. Medayese, paid him a visit. The news of the conversion of the new prophet reached Pastor K. P. Titus at Araromi in Yagba, present Kogi State. Pastor Titus was a teacher and preacher at the Sudan Interior Mission which was then thriving at Yagba. He invited Prophet Babalola for a revival service. Joseph Ayodele Babalola while in Yagba, performed mighty works of healing. Many Muslims and Christians from other denominations and some traditional religionists were converted to the new faith during the revival. The fact that Babalola did not use the opportunity to establish a separate Christian organization despite his marvelous evangelical success, must be puzzling to historians, but his intention was not to start a new church. He declared to his followers that he had registered his membership with the Faith Tabernacle, the society which had him baptized in Lagos. He thus persuaded them to become members of the Faith Tabernacle. To facilitate this, he went to Lagos to confer with the leaders, especially as he was not yet well acquainted with the doctrines, tenets, and administration of the church.In 1931, Faith Tabernacle of Nigeria affiliated with the British Apostolic Church to protect itself from colonial persecution.

Then following a schism in the Apostolic Church about 1940, Babalola went with a new independent church, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), where he continued his healing and revivalistic activities until his death. The CAC regards Babalola as an apostle and his revival ministry as the beginning of the church. A CAC retreat center was built where Babalola was first called in 1928.

Revival at Oke-Oye:

There was a controversy among the leaders of the Faith Tabernacle in Nigeria over some doctrines. In the midst of it were, in particular, the Ilesa and Oyan branches of the tabernacle. The Oyan branch was under the supervision of Pastor J. A. Babatope, a notable Anglican teacher, before his conversion and later, one of the outstanding leaders of the Faith Tabernacle in Nigeria. Issues like the use of western and traditional drugs versus divine healing, polygamy and whether polygamous husbands should be allowed to partake of the Lord’s Supper, were among those doctrines that needed to be agreed on. These issues had caused dissension at the IIesa Tabernacle and in order to avoid a split, a delegation of peacemakers made up of all leading Faith Tabernacle pastors, was sent to Ilesa. It was headed by Pastor J. B. Esinsinade of Ijebu-Ode, president of the General Headquarters of the movement and D. O. Odubanjo of the Lagos Missionary Headquarters. The Ilesa meeting was scheduled for the 9th and l0th of July, 1930. The Apostolic Council of Jerusalem in A.D. 48 and other important church councils are precedents in seeking ecclesiastical direction on matters affecting the life and peace of the church.

His Missionary Journeys:

After the great revival of Oke-Oye, the prophet was directed by the Holy Spirit to go out on further missionary journeys, but even before this, people from other parts of the country had been spreading the glad tidings of Oke-Oye, Ilesa’s great revival, to other parts of the country. Accompanied by some followers, Joseph Babalola went to Offa, in present Kwara State. Characteristically, people turned out to hear his preaching and see miracles. The Muslims in Offa became jealous and for that reason incited the members of the community against him. To avoid bloodshed he was compelled to leave. He next stopped in Usi in Edition land for his evangelical mission and he performed many works of healing. From Usi he and his men moved to Efon-Alaaye, also in Edition land, where they received a warm reception from the Oba Alaaye of Efon. An entire building was provided for their comfort. Babalola requested an open space for prayer from the Oba who willingly and cheerfully gave him the privilege to choose a site. Consequently, the prophet and his men chose a large area at the outskirts of town. Traditionally the place was a forbidden forest because of the evil spirits that were believed to inhabit it. The Oba tried to dissuade Babalola and his men from entering the forbidden forest, but Babalola insisted on establishing his prayer ground there. The missionaries entered the bush, cleared it and consecrated it as a prayer ground. When no harm came upon them, the inhabitants of Efon were inspired to accept the new faith in large numbers.

Babalola’s evangelistic success in Efon-Alaaye was a remarkable one. Archdeacon H. Dallimore from Ado-Ekiti and some white pastors from Ogbomoso Baptist Seminary were believed to have come to see for themselves the “wonder-working prophet” at Efon. Both Dallimure and the Baptist pastors reportedly asked some men from St. Andrew’s College, Oyo and Baptist Seminary, Ogbomoso to assist in the work. The success of the revival was accelerated by the conversion of both the Oba of Efon and the Oba of Aramoko. They were both baptized with the names, Solomon Aladejare Agunsoye and Hezekiah Adeoye respectively. After this event, news of the revival at Efon spread to other parts of Ekitiland . The missionaries also visited other towns in the present Ondo State. Among them were Owo, Ikare and Oka. Babalola retreated to his home town in Odo-Owa to fortify himself spiritually. While he was at Odo-Owa, a warrant for his arrest was issued from Ilorin. He was arrested for preaching against witches, a practice which had caused some trouble in Otuo in present Bendel State. He was sentenced to jail for six months in Benin City in March 1932. After serving the jail term, he went back to Efon Alaaye. One Mr. Cyprian E. Ufon came from Creek Town in Calabar to entreat Babalola to “come over to Macedonia and help.” Ufon had heard about Babalola and his works and wanted him to preach in Creek Town. After seeking God’s direction, the prophet followed Ufon to Creek Town. His campaign there was very successful. From Creek Town, Babalola visited Duke town and a plantation where a national church existed at the time. Certain members of this church received the gift of the Holy Spirit as Babalola was preaching to them and were baptized. When the prophet returned from the Calabar area, he settled down for a while. In 1935 he married Dorcas.

The following year Babalola, accompanied by Evangelist Timothy Bababusuyi, went to the Gold Coast. On arrival at Accra, he was recognized by some people who had seen him at the Great Revival in Ilesa. After a successful campaign in the Gold Coast he returned to Nigeria. Babalola was genuinely dissatisfied with the increasing materialistic and sinful existence of his time because of the western civilization influence on society grew. Joseph Ayo Babalola slept in the Lord in 1959.