When Someone Blocks Your Car, Here’s What To Do.

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One of the perils of living in the city of Igboefon is you have otherwise, normal people behave like lesser mammals. In the picture above, someone thought it wise to park right in front of my gate, and leave to God knows where.

As I type this, I am sweating in a cab on my way to Surulere where I am running late for a meeting. Late because I had to wait and hope the muppet would return.

Rather than get angry and do damage, I decided to leave the fellow with a message make e for no loss.

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Did I do enough?

My Single New Year Resolution

I’ll Just Do It.

Quite a number of  us already know what we want to do; start exercising, launch that company, travel, ask that girl out, quit that job, read those books, call  family more, stop taking bullshit and the list goes on. My mental mode is different this year. The world ends this 2012 so there is no time to say no time. So what ever I think I should do, I will do. I hope you will start doing too.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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Maybe Beyonce is trying to tell us something.

beyonce-blackfaceMrs ‘all the single ladies’ has been in the news lately for what many see as a faux pax. She blackened her face in a photo shoot that was to pay tribute to her ‘African roots’ and Fela too. Of course she threw in a bit of tribal marks just to be quite sure.

Some commentators believe her actions are stereotypical of ‘the authentic African’ in the eyes of the European which should be criticized. I thought so as first reaction too. But now I think different.

The truth is majority of Africans or should I say real black Africans are black (real black) with the odd fair sister and cousin here and there. Tribal mark are/were our identity, we talk with an accent (our accent) even though we are losing our language fast. We have tough hair wey dey spoil comb. All that and more was what made us special. Of course, majority of our people abandoned all that for the bleaching creams, false hair, false accent, false everything.

You know what, when those people we are trying to be like want to be the real us,  they go for the ‘authentic’ us.

In the 70’s the Europeans came and told us we should not be giving our children breast milk. The proposed all sorts of baby formulas/cow and goat milk, to be given to newly born babies. Thirty years later, millions of dollars is spent in aid to Africa to teach us how to be baby friendly.

I think there is a lesson here from this episode.

Remain original, you will be copied.

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How the Bible Saved my Day. Maybe My Next Year.

As with every Igbo ‘only son’ on the wrong side of twenty; my mother, her mother, her friends, her colleagues, her etc have been pounding my ears with their favourite lyric ; “Oo, marry , marry marry”. “Get a wife, wife, wife”

My mother being the lead singer has not let me have a moments’ rest since I came home for Christmas.  Things took a religious dimension yesterday when my mother said the reading in yesterday’s mass  said mothers have control over their sons, therefore I must obey her. As I did not attend mass, I doubted the veracity.

This morning my mum came to my room to perform her normal one track concert of “marry, marry marry”, she picked of a missal in my room, *randomly opened a page and there it was Ecclesiasticus – Chapter 3 verse 2

for the Lord honours the father above his children and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons.

I knew it was finished.  She said as it was random, God was speaking to me.

How on earth would I defend myself over her insistence that I should get married when I am ready when god has given her the right over me. And she had decided the time is NOW!

As any good Samaritan, I wanted alert  all my fellow bachelor men to ensure they hide that passage from their mothers in their best interest. So I Googled the passage to paste on Facebook , but mistakenly typed Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 instead of  Ecclesiasticus Chapter 3.

What did I see in verse 1?

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

So even us wey no dey read bible, god know as im dey put passage for our hands. I have just been saved, for at least one more year.

Dear God, God bless you!

As you can guess I have released my own one line single titled: Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 Verse 1

 

*I doubt it was random