ALL MANKIND NEEDS THIS ADVICE!!!

*1.* _Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead; if you lose, you can guide._

*2.* _People are not what they say but what they do; so judge them not from their words but from their actions._

*3.* _When someone hurts you, don’t feel bad because it’s a law of nature that the tree that bears the sweetest fruits gets maximum number of stones._

*4.* _Take whatever you can from your life because when life starts taking from you, it takes even your last breath._

*5.* _In this world, people will always throw stones on the path of your success. It depends on what you make from them – a wall or a bridge._

*6.* _Challenges make life interesting; overcoming them make life meaningful._

*7.* _There is no joy in victory without running the risk of defeat._

*8.* _A path without obstacles leads nowhere._

*9.* _Past is a nice place to visit but certainly not a good place to stay._

*10.* _You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time._

*11.* _If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, then you haven’t done much today._

*12.* _If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs._

*13.* _If you don’t climb the mountain; you can’t view the plain._

*14.* _Don’t leave it idle – use your brain._

*15.* _You are not paid for having brain, you are only rewarded for using it intelligently._

*16.* _It is not what you don’t have that limits you; it is what you have but don’t know how to use._

*17.* _What you fail to learn might teach you a lesson._

*18.* _The difference between a corrupt person and an honest person is: The corrupt person has a price while the honest person has a value._

*19.* _If you succeed in cheating someone, don’t think that the person is a fool…… Realize that the person trusted you much more than you deserved._

*20.* _Honesty is an expensive gift; don’t expect it from people._

October 7 , 1966 Polgrom (massacre of the igbos )

On 7th Oct. 1966 Time Magazine wrote:

“The massacre began at the airport near the Fifth Battalion’s home city of Kano. A Lagos-bound jet had just arrived from London, and as the Kano passengers were escorted into the customs shed a wild-eyed soldier stormed in, brandishing a rifle and demanding ‘Ina Nyamiri?’ – the Hausa for ‘Where are the damned Ibos?’.

There were Ibos among the customs officers, and they dropped their chalk and fled, only to be shot down in the main terminal by other soldiers. Screaming the blood curses of a Moslem Holy War, the Hausa troops turned the airport into a shambles, bayonetting Ibo workers in the bar, gunning them down in the corridors, and hauling Ibo passengers off the plane to be lined up and shot.

From the airport the troops fanned out through downtown Kano, hunting down Ibos in bars, hotels, and on the streets. One contingent drove their Landrovers to the railroad station where more than 100 Ibos were waiting for a train, and cut them down with automatic weapon fire.

The soldiers did not have to do all the killing. They were soon joined by thousands of Hausa civilians, who rampaged through the city armed with stones, cutlasses, matchets, and home-made weapons of metal and broken glass.

Crying ‘Heathen’ and ‘Allah’ the mobs and troops invaded the Sabon Gari (strangers’ quarter) ransacking, looting and burning Ibo homes and stores and murdering their owners.

All night long and into the morning the massacre went on. Then, tired but fulfilled, the Hausas drifted back to their homes and barracks to get some breakfast and sleep. Municipal garbage trucks were sent out to collect the dead and dump them into mass graves outside the city. The death toll will never be known, but it was at least thirty thousand.

Somehow several thousand Ibos survived the orgy, and all had the same thought: to get out of the North.”

– Time Magazine London, 7 October, 1966.

Slovakia Outlaws Islam

Slovakia does not recognize Islam, has no mosques, and won’t allow Islamic ideas to be taught in schools.
They’ve had no Islamic terrorist attacks in recent history.

Slovakia is reportedly the last EU member state without a single mosque. With a Muslim community of about 5,000, Islam doesn’t meet the threshold to be granted official state recognition.

In 2015, amidst the European migrant crisis, Slovakia agreed to admit 200 Christian asylum seekers, but refused to accept Muslims under an EU scheme to share migrants between member states. Slovak Ministry of Interior Affairs explained this decision by the absence of Muslim places of worship in Slovakia which will allegedly complicate the refugees’ integration in Slovak society. The decision was criticized by the EU, which doubted the decision’s legality, and expressed concern for its discriminatory nature.

On 30 November 2016, Slovakia passed legislation to effectively block Islam from gaining official status as a religion in the country. Slovakia is the only country within the European Union without any mosque

This means, Muslims in Slovakia are not permitted to have official religious leaders, conduct Islamic marriages, receive financial contributions from the state, teach religion in schools, or build mosques. .
According to the UK Government, there have been no acts of terrorism carried out in Slovakia in recent history.

There are historical reasons for their fear as parts of their regions had been invaded once.

MAJEK FASHEK: USED AND REFUSED:

Late April, Majek was billed to perform, alongside few Nigerian musicians, inside the Eko Meridian hotel, in lagos. According to witnesses, he staggered onto the stage, oozing alcohol, dirty and haggard:”he looked homeless”. He barely made it through his songs. Concert goers that night wondered what happened to this great musician whose story of rehabilitation dominated entertainment media the past several months.
Early May, one of Nigeria’s popular musicians called to complain about Majek’s erratic behavior and alleged sexual harassment of his girlfriend:” Jebose, you see wetin your friend dey do?. I left for US few days ago and Majek called my woman, dey tell her say I don come America to meet my girlfriend, she should forget about me, come and sleep with her. Your friend is still mad”. He said angrily during telephone conversation.
Recently, the mega sponsor of Majek’s publicized drugs and alcohol rehabilitation treatment in Abuja, Warri based petro merchant, “Billionaire” Ayiri Emani withdrew his gesture after months of dolling out dough to treat the reggae superstar:”Majek Fashek is no longer under my care. When he left the rehabilitation home in Abuja, the doctors said that he needed to relax. They said he should stay off the music scene for some time. I wanted him to stay in Warri and relax. I provided everything that he needed to be comfortable. But he insisted on going back to music almost immediately. He kept insisting and, after a while, I had to let him go. That was it.”
Majek explained incoherently, why he severed relationship with his sponsor: “ I am an American musician. We do things in certain ways…” He is back on the road to destruction. I saw this coming. Ten months ago, Majek’s new handlers, passionately led by one of his former chorus singers, launched a media campaign to rescue Majek from his recluse: Charles Novia and I knew it won’t work. Charles didn’t want to be seen as anti Majek’s wellness. I chose to speak. I was vocal. I told the handlers their approach was wrong and would not work for an addict. They seemed to be forcing Majek into treatment. They want an addict to follow their steps to recovery. They enabled him by publicizing his rehab. The handlers threw money at him, promised him a new lifestyle of the rich and famous. Majek wanted the new promised fame and fortune: an addict would do anything to achieve his desired goals. He signed onto the rehabilitation blitz. I warned that this would not last. I prayed I was wrong. I was insulted, called several names. The new management team tagged me anti Majek’s wellness. I dint want the best for Majek. I was one of those that benefited from his sad situation, thence, I dint want him to get better by accepting a made-for-media rehab for him, sponsored by a Warri knightingale. These fools even went so far to block me from their social media. I was threatened: they would use their influences to kill my column in the PUNCH because I dared to be different and vocal. I stood my grounds. I nor be small pikin. Threats encourage me. I prayed I was wrong. But deep inside my heart, I knew I was right. I dealt with Majek for eight years. I felt his pains. I watched him in his schizophrenic moments; I was a recipient of his tantrums and troubles: when he reacted to alcoholism. I had been thrown out of flights( at Memphis airport, December 22, 2006) with Majek because I allowed him 20 minutes to use the bathroom before our flight to Nigeria. He used the bathroom break to get wasted on alcohol. I had waited for Majek for almost 15 hours at the JFK Airport to board a chartered plane, slept in the same hotel room and watched him all night fighting his demons, just the two of us in the hotel room: when I had to call my ex wife from the hotel, told her that I didn’t know what else to do to restrain him from allday alcohol binging. He would not eat, he had no appetite for meals. I had used my frequent flyer miles to send him to Los Angeles, only to call me from the next city, twenty minutes from my city :” Jebose, I be inwi. You cant get rid of me…”
Summer 2007, Majek opened a Blues concert for the late Blues music star, B.B King in New York. The next day, I got a call from Majek:” Jebose, elenwor… my spirit says I must see you. I am in Charlotte, inside GreyHound bus coming to see you.” I was under intense stress. I had opened a Night club and was busy with its runnings. I also had severe fever. I really didn’t want to see Majek. But his “spirit” told him to visit me. “Majek, I beg I dey sick and I no get time to host you”. “Jebose, I am already in the bus. I go reach there by 8p.m”.
He arrived at the GreyHound Bus station, holding a brown bag containing a bottle of vodka. He had been drinking throughout the bus ride… I booked two nights stay in the hotel where my club was located. There are certain people that are so close to you, that you cant say no to. I was excited to see him, despite his wahala and my illness. I checked him into the room. That day he walked from his room at the hotel to my club and stayed with me. I refuse to write about his antics with club guests that night. The next morning, I asked about his payment from B.B King Concert: I wanted him to send money to Rita and his kids in New York. He was paid five thousand dollars, We did the calculations on his expenses for that week; he was left with less than two thousand dollars. I drove him to a Western Union and “forced’ him to send $600.00 to his wife, Rita. He resisted, but I wasn’t going to submit: ’ Jebose, don’t sweat me, mother fucker, don’t sweat me.. na because I come visit you?. Don’t sweat me, men…am a gansta”. He sent the money, called Rita, ranted on the phone as I drove him back to his hotel room. My friend that I met at the A&R room of Tabansi records before he became a superstar in 1985, had multiple personalities. On Sunday, I drove him to the airport, offered him a ticket to Los Angeles and abandoned him at the airport baggage check-In counter. I was tired, frustrated and exhausted.
In 2007, 2Face Idibia was a sparkling brightness in Nigeria’s music scene. He went global with his monster hit, AFRICAN QUEEN. He was on tour of the United States and scheduled to perform in Baltimore, Maryland. Majek Fashek was also scheduled to open for Tu baba. Majek invited me to Baltimore from North Carolina. I had not seen him in few years, even though we talked every day. Ras Kimono warned me of Majek’s strange look. He prepared me for a rude awakening. Kimono was right. I was shocked by the appearance of Majek. He was stressed and aged, half of his front teeth were gone, his dread locks were malnourished. I was in tears. But I hugged him. I offered an immediate make up, at least rejuvenate his dread locks. I asked to take him to any hair saloon for a quick dread lock make-up before the concert:” Gimme the money. Don’t worry about the dreadlock”!. Hmmm.
Inside the dressing room, Majek smoked profusely, staring at an empty wall as the light beamed his silhouette across the room walls. He was lonely, alone and struggled with himself: “I want to see my children” He blurted as he exhaled.” I want to see my children….I want to see my children”. His words faded with each cigarette smoke he blew toward the room ceiling. I stared at him from behind. He was in his zone: a different world where no one would understand, having conversations with himself. It was passionate, painful and pathetic. This was Majek that night. He reached to the table, picked a glass filled with brandy and empted the glass in his mouth.
I could not take any more of this pain and behaviors that night. I sneaked out from Majek soon after the concert and drove back, four hours, to North Carolina. I was supposed to spend the night with him. I came home turned the television on at about 2a.m. I flipped the channel to A&E. It was showing its Emmy Award winning reality program, INTERVENTION. Intervention documents the struggles of alcoholics and other addicts, at the end, it offers free treatment to the addict in one of the best treatment facilities. I immediately sent email to the producers of INTERVENTION. I described Majek’s sad struggles with alcoholism and pleaded that it should help me rescue a once national superstar from Nigeria. Honestly, I didn’t expect an immediate response from the producers of the program,. Three weeks later, I received a video Camera in my mail asking me to record my statement. The producers said that Majek must call them, agree to participate in the program. I called Majek and pleaded with him to call the producers of INTERVENTION. Majek, for weeks gamed me. He promised to call. But he never did. He ignored my follow up phone calls. I was frustrated. I must get help for my friend and didn’t want to waste this best opportunity. I called Pamela Mojekwu in Chicago and asked her to help me call Majek. I urged her to pretend she was calling from A&E studios, pleading with Majek to just call the number she would give him. Pamela called Majek and she was able to get Majek to call the producers. But when he called and they spoke to him, Majek demanded performance fee from them. They told him they did not offer money. They offered 90 day treatment in a first class Rehabilitation treatment facility in U.S, all expenses paid. Majek hung up on the producers. The next day, they called me and asked that I returned the video Camera. I was disappointed.
Ten months have proven me right. This is not about right or wrong. This is about cure and care for an alcoholic and an addict. There are those of us that had sacrificed our professions, families to care for Majek: Charles Novia, Jimmy King, Jude Away Away, Ras Kimono, Victor Essiet. Majek is not a one week cure. You do not publicize rehabilitation. Majek has spent the better part of the last 25 years as a junkie and an alcoholic. Its not a few week’s fix at an open celebrated rehab. While he was in rehab, his enablers were busy seeking concert deals for him:” when Majek comes out, he would be performing again”. They took an addict to a familiar place that enabled relapse. He was everywhere while on rehab. These behaviors enhanced and redirected him because none of those seemed to understand his struggles, his pains, his problems. Majek is the only person that understands this: They forced him to a rehab when he was not ready. You guys wanted to use him, front him to make quick money. There were no programs or steps designed for his recovery. Everything was designed to reposition his music career. Majek stopped being musician years ago. He traded music for addiction. I wait for his obituary, some day. Those around him today have abused and used him.
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TYPES OF SALARY

What is your Salary? Please be Sincere.…

Sorry, I am not interested in the amount but the type of salary.

My friend, there are different types of salaries…

You will not understand unless you read to the end.

There is no average income.

The rich are becoming richer, while the poor are getting poorer.

There is no middle class ‘cos it has completely disappeared.

Salary, is a specific amount of money that an employee is paid for work done.

The big question is Which type do you earn?

1. *Onion Salary:* – You grab it, you open it, and you cry.

2. *Storm Salary:* – You don’t know when it’s coming or going.

3. *Menstrual Salary:* – It comes once a month and lasts only four days.

4. *Magic Salary:* – You touch it and it disappears.

5. *Amnesia Salary:* – You can’t remember what you spent it on.

6. *Time Travelling Salary:* – You spend it paying various debts even before you collect it.

7. *Active Salary* – Once you stop working, it stops.

*RESIDUAL INCOME – You work once, and it keeps paying you over and over and over again even AFTER you have stopped working.*

Whether it’s magic salary, amnesia salary or onion salary, the moment it STOPS coming, your life becomes unbearable.

*Financial LITERACY is the tool needed to TRANSFORM your salary to a RESIDUAL INCOME, so you can create financial freedom and time freedom.*

*ONLY YOUR INVESTMENT can keep you going even after all the onions, amnesty, traveling, active salaries have left you drenched.*

Research had it that the poorest group of people in the world are Salary earners, next to beggars.

They live in a vicious cycle of poverty managed on 30 days. Salary is continuously being awaited every month and any slight delay brings about heartbreaking anxiety, pressure and disappointment.

*Salary Is a short term solution to a life time problem.*

Salary alone cannot solve your money problems. You need multiple Sources of income to balance.

The tax returns form contains about 11 income streams, salary is just one.

Don’t live Your Life fishing with just one hook, there are many fishes in the ocean.

Salary is the MEDICINE for managing POVERTY, not the CURE. Only your BUSINESS or INVESTMENT Cures Poverty.

*Most investors are not salary earners.*

*The difference between those beggars on the street and salary earners is one month’s salary.*

*Truncate the flow of their salary for one month and you would realized majority belong to the lower class.*

If you divide your salary by the rate of exchange, you Will discover that you are poorer, relative to when you started work.

Or divide your salary per annum by 2,000 hours to know what your one hour is worth.

*If you do not have 3 months salary in savings, you are already poor.*

Being a salary earner is a mentality, break it!

Your worth Is far more than your salary.

Salary Is the value someone has put on your effort, How much do you value yourself?

You can’t increase in value, unless you VALUE yourself differently.

Life Is a trade off between time, effort and reward. To be rewarded more, you have to become more valuable.

Most salary earners end up poor in the long and short term.

Sorry to say Salary is the bribe they gave you to forget your dreams.

I therefore urge every one of us to be FINANCIALLY INTELLIGENT, FINANCIALLY LITERATE and TRAIN OUR EYES TO SEE OPPORTUNITIES IN PROBLEMS. Delve into entrepreneurship because Salary is a lifetime disappointment.

Being a salary earner or investor is a decision. Life Will not change until you decide.

Hard-to-believe predictions that may soon be the reality of our world

Take a read:

1. Auto repair shops will disappear.

2. A petrol/diesel engine has 20,000 individual parts. An electrical motor has 20. Electric cars are sold with lifetime guarantees and are only repaired by dealers. It takes only 10 minutes to remove and replace an electric motor.

3. Faulty electric motors are not repaired in the dealership but are sent to a regional repair shop that repairs them with robots.

4. Your electric motor malfunction light goes on, so you drive up to what looks like a car wash, and your car is towed through while you have a cup of coffee and out comes your car with a new electric motor!

5. Petrol pumps will go away.

6. Street corners will have meters that dispense electricity. Companies will install electrical recharging stations; in fact, they’ve already started in the developed world.

7. Smart major auto manufacturers have already designated money to start building new plants that only build electric cars.

8. Coal industries will go away. Gasoline/oil companies will go away. Drilling for oil will stop. So say goodbye to OPEC! The middle-east is in trouble.

9. Homes will produce and store more electrical energy during the day and then they use and will sell it back to the grid. The grid stores it and dispenses it to industries that are high electricity users. Has anybody seen the Tesla roof?

10. A baby of today will only see personal cars in museums. The FUTURE is approaching faster than most of us can handle.

11. In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. Who would have thought of that ever happening?

12. What happened to Kodak and Polaroid will happen in a lot of industries in the next 5-10 years … and most people don’t see it coming.

13. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later, you would never take pictures on film again? With today’s smart phones, who even has a camera these days?

14. Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years.

15. It will now happen again (but much faster) with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.

16. Forget the book, “Future Shock”, welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.

17. Software has disrupted and will continue to disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

18. UBER is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world! Ask any taxi driver if they saw that coming.

19. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties. Ask Hilton Hotels if they saw that coming.

20. Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world.
This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

21. In the USA, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM’s Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for right now, the basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, (what a thought!) only omniscient specialists will remain.

22. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, its 4 times more accurate than human nurses.

23. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

24. Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars are already here. In the next 2 years, the entire industry will start to be disrupted. You won’t want to own a car anymore as you will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination.

25. You will not need to park it you will only pay for the driven distance and you can be productive while driving. The very young children of today will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.

26. This will change our cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars. We can transform former parking spaces into green parks.

27. About 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide including distracted or drunk driving. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles; with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million miles. That will save a million lives plus worldwide each year.

28. Most traditional car companies will doubtless become bankrupt. They will try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.

29. Look at what Volvo is doing right now; no more internal combustion engines in their vehicles starting this year with the 2019 models, using all electric or hybrid only, with the intent of phasing out hybrid models.

30. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla and they should be. Look at all the companies offering all electric vehicles. That was unheard of, only a few years ago.

31. Insurance companies will have massive trouble because, without accidents, the costs will become cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

32. Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will abandon their towers to move far away to more beautiful affordable neighborhoods.

33. Electric cars will become mainstream about 2030. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.

34. Cities will have much cleaner air as well.

35. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean.

36. Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact. And it’s just getting ramped up.

37. Fossil energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that simply cannot continue – technology will take care of that strategy.

38. Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any Disease. There are dozens of phone apps out there right now for health purposes.

WELCOME TO TOMORROW – it actually arrived a few years ago.

Let us wake u

p to the 21st century challenges ….

SEX TO REPENTANCE

WE JUST HAD SEX:
she was in my arms, we were cuddled together naked and just finished making love to catch up for the lost time.

It was pleasurable as usual and we enjoyed it. We haven’t seen each other for few weeks and we were in love.

She was a leading member of our campus fellowship : Association of Christian Fellowship (ACF). A vibriant sister; very beautiful but she was my lover and partner in sin and I just saw her off at about 10:18pm after rounds of sex.

It wasn’t up to 30 minutes when my phone rang, I picked it up only for the caller to tell me the owner of this phone was killed by a truck that failed brake. I screamed and shout “Whaaaaat?”

It was like I was hit by a tsunami! I lost composure and started crying.

When I finally got to her house the next morning, people were in sad mood…
*but most of them were praising God that a dedicated sister has returned to Heaven.*

But deep inside me, I felt a great guilt and I knew deep down what we did in secret. I’m the only one who knows the final sin she committed (sex out of wedlock)

*Friends, do you know life might end today? God forbid, but it’s possible.*
*Do you also know death can come unexpectedly?
*Do you realise that some people might sleep this night and never wake up tomorrow, what if I am amongst them?
*Do I know where my soul will go?*
*Do you know people might say good things about you at your funeral, because of what they see and not really know what you do in secrecy?

*But your secret sins and sinful thought might place you in hell?

You can’t hide them from the Almighty God!

*Kindly examine yourself today, in case tomorrow never comes.*

For some of us, it may not be Fornication nor Adultery, but what about Lies, Exaggeration, Disobedience, Malice, Grudges, Gambling, Smoking, Alcoholism, Envy, Jealousy, Pride, Anger, Unforgiveness, Bad Temper, Lust, Bad Habits, Inordinate Affections, Immoral Thought, Covetousness etc…

Some of us may be Leaders in Ministries yet keeping malice and bearing grudges against one another for years!

Some may not have overcome Anger and Temperament, while some are even struggling with Drug, Lust, Pornography & Homosexuality, Sodomy, Beastiality, Lesbianisim & all sorts of sexual depravities!

*It is not late today, but it might be tomorrow.*
God will forgive you right now if you repent sincerely.

*Ask God to forgive you and rededicate your life to Him.

*Eternity will surprise many.*
Don’t be on that list of negative surprise.

*Please Do not hesitate to share this powerful and life changing message. Don’t be a fine Religious Christian\ Muslim brother or sister, worshipping God, meanwhile deceiving yourself & allowing the devil to deceive you.*

Please do share with a friend and ensure all your friends read this post today…🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

*Eternity is constant & always just a click away!

God bless you for reading.

THE INTERVIEWEE WHO HATED ME

6 years ago a guy looked at me face to face, and boldly told me; “I don’t like you!”

I immediately fired a response, I asked him that day; “Thank you for the honest feedback, but those that you like, how has it made their life better? How does your liking people pay their bills or take a bank loan? My brother keep your like, I need God’s like And that’s what guarantees my future.

Today I joined a CEO friend of mine in an interview Panel to recruit some new staff, it was a long session, as we returned from a coffee break to continue the hectic interview session, here was this same guy walked in with his grey jacket and CV coming for the interview.

Our eyes kissed by fluke, we immediately recognised eachother; “the world is indeed spherical”, I soliloquized.
He felt very uncomfortable through out the interview, one could clearly see the volcanic eruption ongoing in his whole nervous system, he even mistook his date of birth for his last date of employment. It wasn’t yet my turn to ask him questions so I allowed everyone to take their turns with him and deliberately opted to interview him last.

When it got to my turn, the first thing I said was, “I LIKE YOU so much, you look to me like a brilliant and intelligent person, but it seems you are not doing well now because something bothers you, true?”

“That’s very correct Sir!” He responded.

“Ok look at me straight in the eye, I was never offended that day, it is very normal that sometimes as humans you just don’t like certain people, but I wasn’t bothered either, because whether you liked me or not, it was inconsequential to my life and my success path – as you can see, fate has brought you to my lair”

I stood up and beckoned him to come and embrace me, everyone on the panel at this point were at sea – wondering if we had expeditiously recast an interview session to a Hollywood movie scene.

He hugged me so long and deeply that I felt it. Then I told him, “now get your confidence back bro and answer the questions like a Pro Shark that you are, we all burst into laughter, everyone suddenly liked him and the room became livelier – the interview became more like a discussion, well to cut the long story short, he got the job!

Lessons:

1. Be careful how you treat people when they appear to be in their vulnerable state, your next level may be hanging in their balance; somewhere in the future.

2. If you dislike someone, it is not their fault, it is YOUR FAULT, work on yourself to find good in people and reinvent your Mind to see everyone as likeable.

3. Don’t spew hatred vocally just because it came into your heart, you may say it to someone who will keep it forever and use it against you when you find yourself in your own low moments and need them.

4. Learn to forgive, overlook people’s dislike and hatred for you, dont punish people just because you have the position and privilege to do so, bless them rather – that’s how you court God’s blessings, favour and protection.

5. Share this post, someone needs it to heal from their past burdens of unforgiveness they have been carrying which has been hindering their promotions and inhibiting God’s blessings flowing their way.

COPIED.

Foutanga Babani Sissoko: The Malian who Swindled a Dubai Bank of $242m

One day in August 1995 a man called Foutanga Babani Sissoko walked into the head office of the Dubai Islamic Bank and asked for a loan to buy a car. The manager agreed, and Sissoko invited him home for dinner. Over dinner, Sissoko made a startling claim. He told the bank manager, Mohammed Ayoub, that he had magic powers. With these powers, he could take a sum of money and double it. He invited his Emirati friend to come again, and to bring some cash. When he arrived at Sissoko’s house the next time, carrying his money, a man burst out of a room saying a spirit – a djinn – had just attacked him. He warned Ayoub not to anger the djinn, for fear his money would not be doubled. So Ayoub left his cash in the magic room, and waited. He said he saw lights and smoke. He heard the voices of spirits. Then there was silence. The money had indeed doubled. Ayoub was delighted – and the heist could begin.

Between 1995 and 1998, Ayoub made 183 transfers into Sissoko’s accounts around the world. Dubai Islamic Bank’s auditors began to notice that something was wrong. Ayoub was getting nervous, and Sissoko had stopped answering his calls. Finally he confessed to a colleague, who asked how much was missing. Too ashamed to say, Ayoub wrote it on a scrap of paper – 890 million dirhams, the equivalent of $242m (£175m). He was found guilty of fraud and given three years in jail.

Sissoko has never faced justice. In his absence, a Dubai court sentenced him to three years for fraud and practising magic. Interpol issued an arrest warrant and he remains a wanted man.For 12 years, between 2002 and 2014, Sissoko was a member of parliament in Mali, which gave him immunity from prosecution. For the last five years, no longer an MP, he has been protected by the fact that Mali has no extradition treaty with any other country. The Dubai Islamic Bank, nonetheless, is still pursuing him through the courts.

 

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Credits: Mayowa Akinsola

REMINSCING SOME SWEET SCENES OF MY CHILDHOOD 2

I miss the good old days, when 100 naira bread now was just 1 naira then, when 1 naira and 50 Kobo were notes and we spent 1kobo, 5kobo and 10 Kobo coins. NTA channel 10 n NTA2 channel 5 showed cartoons like Danger Mouse, Voltron The Defender of the Universe with his blazing sword as a finishing weapon and his component five lions (if u didn’t watch Voltron then, you no follow as a kid walahi), Super Ted, Sports Billy, Teddy Roxspin, Fragle Rock, Thunder Sub n co, when we had so many educational programmes like Bright Sparxxx, Mathmack, Fun with Physics, Sesame Street, G-Force, Globe Trotters, Birdman, T Mole and his friends, The Bear, the Tiger n the others, Penguin in NTA2 channel 5, Speak Out on NTA channel 10, Storyland by Jimi Solanke the greatest story teller, Bournvita Brain match, Speed Racer, Inspector Gadget, Jabberjaw, Fantastic 4, Scoopy Scooby doo, Atom Ant et al.

When TV stations usually opened by 4pm to 1am at most, when the only TV stations available (in the Lagos area) were LTV, NTA channels 5 n 10, the rarely clear NTA channel 12 Abeokuta, NTA channel 7 Ikanni Keje ,Tejuosho and OGTV which always opened with the Yoruba song iseya, iseya omo Ogun iseya, Clapperboard, Cabletel UHF 59 that usually displayed foreign stations like MTV, cartoon network, CNN n co? How about DBN, that showed sports on Saturdays from 12noon till 7pm, I also remember nightshift on DBN with Israel Edjeren that showed two foreign movies per night, where you could call in to choose the movies you want to see.

When these stations entertained us with programmes like Alo Alo, Frank Spencer, Rent a Ghost, Fowty Towers, the Prince and the Pauper, robinhood (my favourite), The Village Headmaster, The New Masquerade .

When musicians like Mike Okri, Sunny Ade, Alex O, Alex Zitto, Bongos Zikue, Onyeka Onwenu, late Christy Essien Igbokwe, Daddy Wilson, Blacky, Ras Kimono n others entertained with relevant songs. Oh lest I forget Evy Edna Ogholi n Orits Wiliki n Majek Fashek (the rain maker), with meaningful cute songs n strong rhythms n no semi nude girls fooling themselves.

When comedy was just Alibaba n alarm blow, when Chris (Kris) Okotie was still a musician with a sonorous voice n not yet a pastor, when the likes of Livi Ajuonuma, Frank Olize, late Yinka Craig lit up programmes. When songs promoted national unity n dignity in labour rented d airwaves then ( unlike the ones that promote fraud and Yahoo Yahoo now).

Oh I write all these with tears in my eyes, oh the good old days. I’m really proud to have experienced all these. If you are not smiling it means you were not born in my generation. Which means you are the golden penny, indomie noodles generation!

Please if you were alive then n was a kid or a teenager then, please can we share some memories?

Happy Children’s Day.