FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 500 ( Special Edition )
THE UNFORGETTABLE NIGERIAN : NIGERIA’S FIRST MILLIONAIRE CANDIDO JOAO DA ROCHA (1860 – 1959)
Have you ever asked any of your parents for money, especially continuously, and they gave you this reply: “Do you think I’m da Rocha?”
Well, I experienced it and growing up, I never knew the meaning of the statement, until I came across a book a friend gave me, when I stumbled on the name “Candido da Rocha”.
He was a rich man who would, from the balcony of his one-storey building, throw down coins to children who would, in a tangle of bodies and flapping hands, struggle for them. So, I remembered vividly why my parents denies being “a da Rocha” anytime I ask for monies I don’t literally need as a child.
Also known as Nigeria’s first millionaire, he was a rich entrepreneur, businessman, landowner and creditor who owned Water House or Casa d’Agua on Kakawa Street, Lagos Island, Lagos. It was named Water House because it was the first and only house in Lagos in those days to have a borehole and in turn sell water to the residents.
Candido da Rocha, a native of Ilesha, present day, Osun State, was born to the family of Joao Esan da Rocha, who was captured as a slave when he was 10 years old on his way to school in Ilesha. Candido was born in the Bahia region of Brazil. His mother was Angelica Josephina da Rocha. His father returned to Lagos, Nigeria in the 1870’s where he built his wealth and passed it to his son, Candido.
Due to his wealth, his friend, Herbert Macaulay, nominated him as a candidate in one of the elections of the time. And when da Rocha met the electorate, he told them: “I am Candido da Rocha, your candidate into the House. Vote for me if you like. And if you don’t, all well and good.” That statement ended his sojourn in politics as he lost the elections with acquiring just 20 votes.
Indeed, da Rocha was a very modest and generous capitalist.
During the Second World War (1939 – 1945), when the authorities of Kings College were looking for a place to relocate the students in the boarding house – among whom were Tiamiyu Bello-Osagie, who would become one of Nigeria’s most celebrated gynaecologists; Adenekan Ademola, son of Nigeria’s first indigenous Chief Justice, Adetokunbo Ademola; Dapo Aderemi, son of Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the legendary Onni of Ile-Ife – da Rocha volunteered his Bonanza Hotel on Customs Street, Lagos, and did not collect a dime for the period it was used.
Even after the war, when government asked influential Nigerians to contribute to the rehabilitations fund, he made substantial donations and he instructed that the amount should not be disclosed to the public.
Despite his wealth and political clout, no street in Lagos is named after him. Candido da Rocha died in 1959 and his remains lies at the Ikoyi Cemetery.
FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 502
The rich CV of Magu that give National Assembly sleepless night:
THE MAN: #IBRAHIM #MUSTAFA #MAGU.
Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, screened by the Senate for the position of the Executive Chairman, EFCC.
Magu, a Deputy Commissioner of Police is an indigene of Borno State. He attended the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, where he obtained a degree in Accountancy and a Masters Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in World Corruption Studies from the University of Hong Kong.
A certified accountant, trained as financial crimes investigator with a background in forensic accounting, Magu has been exposed to training from the United State Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and the London Metropolitan Police institute.
He is one of the founding staff of the EFCC who served as Head of the Commission’s Economic Governance Unit, EGU, during the tenure of Nuhu Ribadu. In that position, he led many high profile investigations against former governors including James Ibori of Delta State.
The EFCC Boss is a member of the investigative committee convened by National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the procurement of arms in the Armed Forces from 2007 till date.
No doubt, Magu is a professional by all standards, a courageous investigator and strongly views corruption as a crime against humanity. He said his mission in the EFCC is to ginger up the anti-corruption campaign. His words: “there is the need to make sure that whatever is gotten for common use did not end up in private pockets,” he has said repeatedly. “I am ready and willing to work with everybody without any primordial concerns, I will discharge my duties as the Chairman, EFCC, guided by the fear of God, the overriding interest of Nigeria and the rule of law”, he promised.
The acting Chairman who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in acting capacity on November 9, 2015, has recorded unprecedented achievements in the history of the Commission. Amongst the over 200 convictions he recorded in a period of about one year is the convictions of the final forfeiture of N34 Billion which was traced to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Allison Maduekwe; Interim forfeiture order of the sum of $9.8 Million Dollars and 74, 000 Pounds Recovered From Ex-NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu, following a raid in one of his houses in a slum in Kaduna.
Others are the sentencing of former governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari to five years in jail for procurement fraud; sentencing of former Director General of NIMASA, Temisan Omatseye to five years in prison for fraud and sentencing of former Local Government Chairman in Kogi State, Gabriel Daudu to five years in jail for money laundering; recovery of 17 vehicles from Ex- Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko Inde; uncovering of Diezani’s $37.5million Mansion and the securing of Interim Forfeiture Order of N50 million on Former Enugu CJ’S Bank Accounts, the list is unending.
Only yesterday, operatives of the Commission, Kaduna zonal office, intercepted a sum of N49million in five large black 150kg coloured sacks following a tip off.
Judge for yourself why he is a nightmares to the National Assembly senate of thieves.
Fellow Nigerians, it is very obvious that the Nigerian Senate is part of the corruption that is killing the country.
IF YOU ARE AGAINST THE SENATE FOR NOT CONFIRMING MAGU’S APPOINTMENT KINDLY CONTINUE TO SHARE THIS. Very soon WE SHALL OCCUPY NIGERIA AGAINST the SENATE OF THIEVES.
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You Will Be Shocked To Find Out That You Do Not Know 99% Of These:
Do you know that?
1. The River Niger Bridge at Onitsha was constructed between 1964 and 1965 by Dumez- a French construction company and cost £5 million.
2. Patience Jonathan is one of Nigeria’s most-educated First Ladies, with an NCE, a B.Ed, and a PhD from University of Port-Harcourt.
3. The highest peak in Nigeria is located in Taraba and is called Chappal Waddi which means “The Mountain of Death”.
4. There are 196 countries in the world and at least one Igbo person from Nigeria lives in every one of them.
5. The Pidgin word ‘Sabi’ came from ‘Saber’, Portuguese and Spanish for ‘to know’. Both country’s ships traded slaves from the Bight of Benin.
6. Katsina College (now Barewa College in Zaria) has produced 5 Nigerian Presidents/Heads of State since it was founded in 1921 in Katsina.
7. Ojukwu taught Murtala Mohammed and Ben Adekunle at Regular Officers Special Training School, Ghana. Both ‘fought’ their teacher during the civil war
8. At Nigeria’s independence in 1960, there were 41 Secondary Schools in the North and 842 Secondary Schools in the South.
9. In 1983, Senator Arthur Nzeribe spent $16.5 million to win a Senatorial seat in Orlu (in Imo State).
10. In 1973, the Federal Government of Nigeria considered officially changing the name of “Lagos” to “Eko”. Regarding “Lagos” as a colonial name.
11. The geographical area now referred to as Nigeria was once referred to as ‘Soudan’ and ‘Nigiritia’.
12. Offences punishable by death sentence after the 1966 coup included embezzlement, rape and homosexuality.
13. MKO Abiola was named Kashimawo (Let us wait and see) by his parents. He was his father’s twenty-third child, but the first to survive infancy.
14. Jaja Wachucku was the first person to refer to Lagos as a “no-man’s land” in 1947, provoking a national controversy.
15. Jollof rice, chicken breast, serve of ice cream, tea, coffee or Bournvita, with full cream milk and sugar: Meal Cost = 50Kobo- Unilag in the late 1970s
16. At the point death in 1989, Sam Okwaraji was a PhD candidate and qualified lawyer with an LL.M in International Law (University of Rome)
17. When British Bank of West Africa (now First Bank) opened a branch in Kano in 1929, Alhassan Dantata (Dangote’s Grandfather) opened an account depositing 20 camel-loads of silver coins.
18. Jaja Wachuku is reputed to have owned the biggest one-man library in West Africa. Balewa sometimes referred to him as “Most Bookish Minister
19. The colonization of Nigeria took more than 40 years to achieve and the territories were integrated by the use of force.
20. Yoruba is spoken as a ritual language the Santeria cult in Carribean and South-Central America.
21. Slavery existed in the Nigerian territory before the 15th century and was abolished in the 19th century- 1807 by the British.
22. At least 55 women were killed in South-East Nigeria, in 1929 when the women forced the Umuahia warrant chiefs to submit to their rule.
23. The coinage ‘Supreme Court’ was first used in 1863 by the colonial administration through the enactment of the Supreme Court Ordinance No. II.
24. MKO Abiola died suddenly on July 7, 1998, exactly one month after General Sani Abacha died mysteriously on June 8, 1998.
25. Agbani Darego was the only one to wear a maillot as opposed to a bikini during the Miss Universe contest in 2001.
26. The ‘Ankara’ material is not indigenous to Nigeria. Our indigenous textiles include the Akwete, Ukara, Aso-Oke and Adire.
27. Aloma Mukhtar is the first female lawyer from the North and went on to become the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria.
28. The area known as Makoro town in Lagos was first a swamp, later sand-filled by the colonial government and served as the first bridge to the Island.
29. Esie Museum is Nigeria’s first museum, established in 1945. Once reputed to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.
30. Aminu Kano formed the Northern Teachers’ Association (NTA) in 1948, the first successful regional organization in the history of the North.
31. George Goldie, who played a major role in founding Nigeria, placed a curse on anyone who attempts to write his biography.
32. In 1996, John Ogbu, a Nigerian Anthropologist firmly advocated for the use of African-American Vernacular to teach in the U.S
33. Hause Language indigenous to Northern Nigeria is spoken in 11 African States. Germany, French, U.S., and British International radio stations broadcast in Hausa.
34. The surgeon who ‘killed’ Stella Obasanjo was sentenced to 1 year in prison, disqualified for 3 years and fined €120,000.
35. The word ‘asiri’ means ‘secret’ in Hausa, Yoruba, Nupe and Igarra. It also means ‘gossip’ in Igbo.
36. Igbo-Ora in Oyo State, Kodinji in India and Candido Godoi in Brazil are the towns that produce the highest number of twin births in the world.
37. Bishop Ajayi Crowther, a Yoruba, in 1857 produced a reading book for the Igbo Language and a full grammar and vocabulary of NUPE in 1864.
38. The first TV broadcast in Nigeria and Tropical Africa was on October 31, 1959.
39. In 1978, a 50Kobo increase (from #1.50 to #2) in the cost of University Students’ meal per day caused the ‘Ali Must Go’ protests.
40. Albert E. Kitson discovered coal in Enugu in 1909. This discovery led to the building of Port-Harcourt town in 1912.
41. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil. More than 3.5 million Africans were captured, enslaved and transported to Brazil.
42. Groundnut pyramids were the invention of Alhaji Alhassan Dantata to stack bags before export.
43. In 1967, old traditional ruler, Oba Akran and A. Ademiluyi were jailed for 14 years (7 each) for stealing £504,750 (#2.5b).
44. Since 1960, Nigeria has been either ruled by an ex-lecturer/ex-teacher or military man. The only exceptions are Azikiwe and Shonekan.
45. If you visited Lagos in 1975, you could spend a day at the Presidential Suite of Federal Palace Hotel for #100, single room for #19.
46. The first aircraft to land in Nigeria landed in Kano in July 1925. A British fighter jet flew from Khartoum (present day Sudan).
47. In 1895, Koko of Nembe (now in Bayelsa) took 60 white men hostage. When the British refused his demands, more than 40 of those men were eaten.
48. The ‘Naira’ was coined by Chief Obafemi Awolowo when he was serving as the Federal Commissioner of Finance.
49. Koma Hill (settlement in Adamawa where people lived and practised the killing of twins) was discovered in 1986 by a NYSC corps member.
50. The pilot (Francis Osakwe) that flew Ojukwu away from Biafra (1970) was the same pilot that flew Gowon to Uganda (last flight as Head of State).
51. In 1986, Shehu Shagari was banned from participation in politics for life. The ban has still not been lifted.
52. As the wife of the deputy Head of State (Vice President of Nigeria) in 1984, Biodun Idiagbon personally ran a small ice cream shop in Ilorin..
53. Koma Hills (Adamawa State) inhabitants when discovered were observed to engage in the practise of borrowing wives among themselves.
54. Juju, Dashiki, Yam and Okra are words in the English dictionary that originated from ethnic groups located in present day Nigeria.
55. Nigeria has more English speakers than England, and more Muslims than Saudi Arabia and Syria.
FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 505
Comparative Analysis Between Wives of Today and Those of Yesterday:
I sincerely thank You for giving me a yesterday’s Wife.
1). *Yesterday’s Wives* :
Welcome my husband, hope the office was not stressful., your favorite food is ready, let me lead you to the bathroom first, then you take your dinner, you look so tired, am sure you’ll be okay after taking your dinner, welcome my one and only.
Please don’t put unnecessary pressure on me, you can go to the fridge pick up the stew, microwave it and boil the remaining rice, I am your wife and not your cook.
2). *Yesterday’s Wives*:
Darling stop thinking about our lack of money. It’s going to be temporary. God will see us through and we are going to come out of it stronger. After all, we can still feed ourselves and the children. We need to give the Almighty that glory. I am with you through thick and thin, my husband, the owner of my dowry.
*Today’s Wives*: ________________Look I am sick and tired of living in this abject poverty with you. Why did you bring me to your house when you know that you are not ready for marriage? Every day is one complaint or the other. Are you the Complainant General of Nigeria. We don’t have cars, our house is Face me and slap you, when your mates are in GRAs. Look if you don’t find solutions to your problems, you will come back and not find me in this your rotten house.
3). *Yesterday’s Wives*: ____________My husband, we only have 2 children, don’t you think we should have more. You know children are gifts and mercies from God. And the more the merrier.
*Today’s Wives*: _______________Look am sick and tired of this marriage. You won’t allow me to rest by your constant urge to have more children. I am okay with our two children. I can’t allow you to spoil my figure 8 by bearing another 4 children. You are so wicked that I feel you want to spoil my psychedelic looks. If you dare force me, I will sue you for rape.
4). *Yesterday’s Wives*: ___________My husband, take heart and don’t worry. I shall go with you to Zaria. Your being transferred from the glitterati of Abuja to Zaria might be a blessing in disguise. We shall take the advantage of the educational institutions to advance our education. Some disappointments could be a blessing.
*Today’s Wives*: ______________Me I can’t follow you to Zaria o. God forbid bad thing. From Abuja to Zaria? I can’t cope with such a demotion. To start living in a village? You had better look for another wife. I can’t live in a city without silver birds, Amigo Supermarket or Dunes
5). *Yesterday’s Wives*: __________My husband, I have enough clothes. This N30.000 you are giving me, pls keep it and save for a rainy day.
*Today’s Wives*: ________________Why are you so stingy? Do you have super glue in your palms?What an insult. What kind of shopping do you want me to do with N50,000?What can I buy? Is it Swiss lace or Dubai gold. I am disappointed in you. Your mates are giving their wives $5,000 to shop, here you are humiliating me with naira. I don’t blame you. It is because I refused to marry Chief Antonio that’s why you are messing up with me.
6). *Yesterday’s wives ________________ Darling our children will resume next week, I have bought new bags and sandals for them, I have also kept some money for their text books, may God bless u for their tuition fees.
*Today’s wives _____________ Your children are resuming next week, I don’t want to hear story of no money o, they will change their school bags, sandals, water bottles etc and their textbooks, make sure the money is completed this time o, afterall they bear your surname not mine.
*Uhhhm!! Though we still have some good wives in today’s wives. But Where do our wives belong? Yesterday or Today <img>�<img>�?????
FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 506
*True situational Analysis of Life.*
After Secondary School..
Some of our classmates have gone out of the country,
Others have completed universities and are now
Some have married,
Some have given birth.. .
Some are dead,
(Don’t forget that too)
And others are confined in psychiatric homes.
Some are doing their masters programme, PHD, etc.
Some haven’t even gained admission into the tertiary institution.
Some own companies,
Some are now Directors and majority shareholders of huge companies.
But how do you feel
When you meet your classmate, and it seems like he/she has reached his dreams
And you’re not yet close to yours?
So many thoughts runs through your mind.
How about the one you meet on the street wearing dirty rags and feeds on the refuse dumps and drinks from the gutters?
Do you get the same thoughts running through your mind?
First God has not been fair to you.
But don’t forget some are also dead.
Somehow feels like jealousy, its a normal feeling.
But, You must not regret your life.
We all are different
And our path to greatness
Is not same in distance.
Some might reach before you,
Some might reach
But wherever level you are presently,
Please keep trying to break limitations and move further.
Celebrate the success of others, its an application
Your friend buys a car now,
Be happy with him/ her. Remember when you get yours,
Theirs might not be the latest again.
Life is not by competition,
We all will be born into one type of family,
One religion and same in everything.
Let the passion in you never quench the desire in you
Keep it burning.
What you pass through,
Write it down because one day the world would be ready to read it.
There’s no height you cannot attain,
Define goals and recognize distractions.
Spend time teaching yourself,
Because the things that
Mainly take people to the top
Are the things
They devoted time to develop.
Don’t be intimidated by your fellow’s success,
The sky is too wide
That the birds can fly
Without touching themselves.
Value the small things
That God brings
And comes into our lives
And love God
And do the work of God.
For with God,
All things are possible.
Now to those who are on top,
Never forget to give a helping hand
To those who are down.
Life is full of uncertainties;
The one you pull up today
May be the one to hold your hand
To prevent you from falling down.
A piece of advice there.
May our friendship grow
From strength to strength,
From grass to grace,
From zero to hero
And from Earth to Heaven.
WISH YOU MORE SUCCESS
IN THE JOURNEY OF LIFE AND STAY HUMBLE.
FREEDAY FREE FOOD FOR FRIENDS’ FREAKING FREETHINKING Vol 507
MATTERS ARISING: THE HYENAS AND JACKALS
News about the ailing Nigerian Leader, President. Buhari has been sparse and far between as his 75th day on medical vacation extends into another week of uncertainty. But the first sign that he is still alive and recovering from another course of chemotherapy has been revealed in a subtle way by his wife Aisha and later by his vice who is acting on his behalf – Yemi Osinbajo.
Contrary to expectations that the likes of Lai Mohammed and Garba Shehu should have been giving daily briefings about the state of Mr. President’s health as they demanded when Yar Adua was ill, the twin duo of propaganda specialists have been abnormally quiet about this.
Even their Associate Spin doctors, Lauretta and Femi, have faded from public discourse as they obviously do not belong to the tribe that is entitled to privileged sensitive information. Hence it was with increased interest one analyses the social media interaction between Aisha and Shehu Sani (The verbose Senator from Kaduna), centred around the ailing President’s state of health.
“How far with the “Lion King”. We want him home as the hyenas and jackals are plotting to take over” said Shehu Sani?
” The Lion King is getting better and will soon return to scatter the hyenas and jackals. Keep on praying” Aisha Replied.
One does not need to dig up the Disney Animated cartoon “Lion King” to decode the substance of this thinly coded message. This is far from the truth of a Simba and Scarface rivalry for the very hyenas and jackals who have hijacked the Lion King’s tenure were invited into the pride lands by the King himself and not Scarface.
Aisha must be praised for her uncadid demeanour. From day one, she warned Buhari of the company he kept and he instead insulted her intellect by relegating her to the kitchen, living room and za oza Room. But today the chickens have come home to roost and it is Aisha holding his hand by his bedside while his government is fractured into splinter cells as the cabal fights for their selfish interests.
Woe betides any man who refuses to listen to his intelligent resourceful wife for commotion awaits him on the horizon. This is the pact Buhari signed when he chose to dine with Jackals and hyenas against the warnings of his wife.
As forces realign to strip his regime of the vestigeal remains of credibility, Buhari is too ill to fight back. Following the all night marathon meeting between the Acting President and the Senate President, the battle lines have been drawn as the ruling party seeks to implode from within.
A breakaway faction of the cabal of power led by AK, the Hand, is slowly beginning to see the handwriting on the wall that a Buhari Presidency may afterall have no future hence are fully aware that once a change of guard is made they will be the first to lose their seat once the musical chairs of a cabinet reshuffle is instituted.
Hence they have run cap in hand to beg BS to rattle the cage. Smarting from his Technical knock out at the Code of conduct Tribunal, BS is emboldened and stronger. He has read the riot act to the Acting President. Sack Magu or face impeachment proceedings.
Meanwhile Buhari is unable to speak on behalf of his tainted man, Magu so the Acting President has taken up the unenviable task of playing his cracked record stand on Magu in a bid to appear loyal to the cause.
But in the end every man must bear his father’s name and choose who he shall serve. Buhari or Nigerians?
Osinbajo is obviously at a loss on how to tackle the approaching juggernaut that seeks to make him the scapegoat for Buhari’s failures as a leader. To capitulate to the justified demands of the legislature will make him appear disloyal and ungrateful which will only make him canonfodder to the envious eyes of the cabal of hyenas and jackals.
The Acting President is surrounded by the hyenas and jackals empowered by Buhari. Now the Frankenstein Monstor created by Buhari is threatening his Government Buhari is too ill to act decisively to cage his creation.
Buhari must return as soon as possible to save the dying embers of his presidency, is the unveiled message his wife is sending. Thus the forces at play may sheath their swords and wait to see what power play Buhari has in store. With Buhari’s return period still unknown and a wild guess, the more the delay the more the power play and the Acting President’s hand and the waters will become only more murkier.
If one could be a fly on the wall in their inner sanctum, the true state of affairs would become more vivid.
The nation can only sit and watch the drama unfold as it draws to a precarious end.
Hopefully Buhari would have learnt his lesson and on his return will disband the cabal of jackals and hyenas with a view to run a more progressive regime.
Wishful thinking though for this leader has a knack for disappointing Nigerians. Interesting days lie ahead
Additional credits: Attah Essien
Culled from 1.The hyenas and jackals by Attah Essien and
2. Osinbajo’s trip to London by Attah Essien