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AFRICAN MENTALITY 2: The African Time Diseases by Okoye Godwin

By Godwin Okoye

AFRICAN MENTALITY : THE AFRICAN TIME DISEASE

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Diseases have been said by experts and scientists to be harmful and encroaching to the human system, it affects both actions and reactions of the human body. Talking about diseases, there is a common disease which affects most Africans known as the “AFRICAN TIME DISEASE”. Africans have a unique way of passing and waking through time by just creating their unique time zone different from that of the rest of the world known as the “AFRICAN TIME”

In explaining the african time zone, you need to understand the concept of latenes and “aftercomings”. The african time zone which is also known as the “after minuite” time or “the after hour” time is strictly categorized by lateness. From generation to generation, this time zone has been passed down, thereby inculcating a malicious act of lateness; lateness to work, occasions, events, interviews and even eating. Quite pathetic!

This “genetic trait” is deeply rooted in our culture due to the fact that our ancestors also indulged in such, and this has had and is still having its negative effects on the generation of today.

Taking Nigeria as a case study, it is well noticed that because of this trait that has been passed from parents to children, people now believe in ‘African time’ as the usual and legal explanation for going late to occasions, all in the name of “others would come late” Imagine an event that starts by 10pm and individuals are not yet around for that ocasion until at a later hour just because of the so-called “AFRICAN TIME” .African time is like a sickness which has affected most people today especially “NIGERIANS” who see it as the order of the day. This is a very bad and appalling attitude. Reasearch has shown that about 89.5% of Nigerians go late to occasions, and 75% is caused by sleeping late and unable to wake up early, while the remaining 14.5% is caused by procastination and presumption. Another research has shown that in future time, the remaining 10.5% of individuals who are punctual might later be affected by this and would start working on african time. This must not be allowed to happen.

It is very important for us as individuals to undertstand the importance of punctuality which is the simpliest act of discipline to learn by just keeping to time. African time is not a time zone in any part of the world rather, it is just an act of lateness and laziness created by the mind of Africans as an excuse. Success as an individual begins with being able to discipline one’s mind towards punctuality. Most lucarative businesses in the world now deal with time and a person who can not keep to time cannot make profit.

As African parents and elders, it is very important to inculcate the act of punctuality in our offsprings, and this can be started by making sure that our children go to school on time, go to church before time and even go to sleep on time. By doing this, you tend to imbibe the spirit of punctuality and also eradicate the spirit of african time from them. .

WETIN YOU GAIN? BY Chiedozie Ude

By Chiedozie Ude

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If You Make This Money At The Expense Of Another’s Life, Wetin You Gain?

The rate of yahoo boys’ killings has skyrocketed in the past few months, probably because these events are now being properly documented, or because we are in the dreaded ‘mber months’ (from September to December), a period known for great deeds of desperation by people who want to achieve what they have not been able to achieve throughout the first nine months of the year. We have boys who dream of riding the latest cars, getting laid by the prettiest girls, flaunting their wealth in the faces of others, thereby making many turn green with envy, and some to an extent join this fraudulent chain just to make ends meet and cater for their families.

At times like this, one will always have the propensity to blame the victims of yahoo boys’ money lust, due to maybe the victims’ greed, wrong orientation, and perhaps naivety to an extent. I as an individual will also follow the obvious train of blaming victims, howbeit, without trying to justify or support the trend of people going through nefarious means for the sake of a huge pay day.

Greed is a huge factor in the recent surge of yahoo boys related killings, and it is not a trait reserved exclusively for the victims because greed is also the driving force that motivates many a perpetrator to indulge in such. As regards citing greed as a factor on the increase in deaths and perhaps madness of victims (sadly, majority are girls), one will be fully justified to make to this claim because most of the victims were lured with cash gifts and other frivolities or perhaps necessities as some will claim. But none of these in my opinion is worth losing one’s life for. Girls should learn to be contented with the little they have, they should avoid caving into peer pressure and its intricacies by never getting enticed by a guy’s wealth, most especially when it is obvious that the money was acquired clandestinely.

Failure to adhere to this principle of contentment is as big a crime as biblically selling one’s birthright because one stands to lose a lot as a result of one indulging in acts that may grant one quick but extremely costly satisfaction.
It is highly appalling to me when I go on social media and see girls fighting over ‘yahoo boys’ or at times, declaring their need for a ‘yahoo boyfriend’, usually with the catchphrase ‘I need a rich boyfriend, preferably, a yahoo boy’. This is a case of ‘trouble dey sleep yanga dey wake am’ as Fela would describe it, and when things like these continue to happen, ritualists will always have a ready made and easily accessible source of sacrificial lambs. Girls should endeavour to draw a red line on dating these people. This trend of girls falling prey to the ruthless claws of marauding money mongering malicious miscreants has got to stop before we literally run out of girls in this part of the world.

Greed in the case of boys has been taken a notch upwards. In a bid to ‘chop this money sharp sharp’, people have begun to not only involve in fraud but also include fetish rituals in the process, not the least of which is human sacrifice. It is no longer uncommon for one to read or hear about people who were killed for ritual purposes and their private organs eviscerated. This is an act of repulsive cruelty, a case of man’s inhumanity to man, and this has got to stop. It is high time our law enforcement agencies did something better to apprehend these cold blooded killers.

Another reason for the increase in money related killings has to be ‘wrong orientation’.  Many feel money is the only language everyone understands, so as a result, they can go to any length in order to belong to ‘The Big Boys Club’. Due to this great misconception about money, many a human has committed acts of utter despicability. If only people could think about the consequences of their actions before committing any act, the world would be a better place. The movies we see and the songs we listen to also play their parts in misleading people. A good example of this is the recent hit song we have in Nigeria entitled ‘wetin we gain’. While I will admit to loving the song, its catchy tune, and also, the singer’s choice of words because it is a song a lot of people can easily relate to, I still feel justified to cite it as an example of wrong orientation because a lot of ‘yahoo boys’ see it as a catalyst to chase money radically, even at the expense of family members, friends and acquaintances. It is not uncommon for one to hear people branding it as the anthem or worship song of fraudsters. In my opinion (no disrespect to the singer), I think the song should be ‘remixed’ as, ‘if you make this money at the expense of another’s life, wetin you gain?’

Lastly, another reason for the increase in victims has to be sheer naivety or feigned ignorance on the part of girls. Due to the stereotype of girls always wanting to date rich guys, a lot fall into the wrong hands in the process, either feigning ignorance about their lover’s illegitimate source of income, or in some cases, they are truly ignorant about this. It all boils down to sheer naivety in my opinion. As a result of this trend of dating the wrong person, many girls end up forfeiting; their once auspicious futures, their careers, and their lives in most cases(such a senseless waste in my opinion). Only few lucky ones escape with their lives, bodies and destinies whole (if the spiritual concept of people using the destiny of others for ritual is anything to go by). In order to counter this, parents and tutors should educate children from a very young age on the need to adhere to principles of humanity, and contentment with what one has.
It pains me as an individual when I read about; these acts of cruelty, the avoidable deaths, and the other tragedies linked to quick money. The most painful part of it all is that there are many out there who will still fall prey despite all the warnings vociferously blared by many a concerned individual.
In all, one should be careful of the company one keeps, and also, parents should endeavour to stop comparing their children to their more successful peers in order not to instigate their children to involve in criminal activities to make ends meet, and also to be more like their colleagues. Remember, no amount of money is worth killing for. Finally, my piece of advice to every individual is that he or she should hustle hard but legitimately. That is, within the confines of the law and with respect for humanity.

ARTICLE: The Rituals of my Yahoo Life

By Chiedozie Ude

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If You Make This Money At The Expense Of Another’s Life, Wetin You Gain?

The rate of yahoo boys’ killings has skyrocketed in the past few months, probably because these events are now being properly documented, or because we are in the dreaded ‘mber months’ (from September to December), a period known for great deeds of desperation by people who want to achieve what they have not been able to achieve throughout the first nine months of the year. We have boys who dream of riding the latest cars, getting laid by the prettiest girls, flaunting their wealth in the faces of others, thereby making many turn green with envy, and some to an extent join this fraudulent chain just to make ends meet and cater for their families.

At times like this, one will always have the propensity to blame the victims of yahoo boys’ money lust, due to maybe the victims’ greed, wrong orientation, and perhaps naivety to an extent. I as an individual will also follow the obvious train of blaming victims, howbeit, without trying to justify or support the trend of people going through nefarious means for the sake of a huge pay day.

Greed is a huge factor in the recent surge of yahoo boys related killings, and it is not a trait reserved exclusively for the victims because greed is also the driving force that motivates many a perpetrator to indulge in such. As regards citing greed as a factor on the increase in deaths and perhaps madness of victims (sadly, majority are girls), one will be fully justified to make to this claim because most of the victims were lured with cash gifts and other frivolities or perhaps necessities as some will claim. But none of these in my opinion is worth losing one’s life for. Girls should learn to be contented with the little they have, they should avoid caving into peer pressure and its intricacies by never getting enticed by a guy’s wealth, most especially when it is obvious that the money was acquired clandestinely.

Failure to adhere to this principle of contentment is as big a crime as biblically selling one’s birthright because one stands to lose a lot as a result of one indulging in acts that may grant one quick but extremely costly satisfaction.
It is highly appalling to me when I go on social media and see girls fighting over ‘yahoo boys’ or at times, declaring their need for a ‘yahoo boyfriend’, usually with the catchphrase ‘I need a rich boyfriend, preferably, a yahoo boy’. This is a case of ‘trouble dey sleep yanga dey wake am’ as Fela would describe it, and when things like these continue to happen, ritualists will always have a ready made and easily accessible source of sacrificial lambs. Girls should endeavour to draw a red line on dating these people. This trend of girls falling prey to the ruthless claws of marauding money mongering malicious miscreants has got to stop before we literally run out of girls in this part of the world.

Greed in the case of boys has been taken a notch upwards. In a bid to ‘chop this money sharp sharp’, people have begun to not only involve in fraud but also include fetish rituals in the process, not the least of which is human sacrifice. It is no longer uncommon for one to read or hear about people who were killed for ritual purposes and their private organs eviscerated. This is an act of repulsive cruelty, a case of man’s inhumanity to man, and this has got to stop. It is high time our law enforcement agencies did something better to apprehend these cold blooded killers.

Another reason for the increase in money related killings has to be ‘wrong orientation’.  Many feel money is the only language everyone understands, so as a result, they can go to any length in order to belong to ‘The Big Boys Club’. Due to this great misconception about money, many a human has committed acts of utter despicability. If only people could think about the consequences of their actions before committing any act, the world would be a better place. The movies we see and the songs we listen to also play their parts in misleading people. A good example of this is the recent hit song we have in Nigeria entitled ‘wetin we gain’. While I will admit to loving the song, its catchy tune, and also, the singer’s choice of words because it is a song a lot of people can easily relate to, I still feel justified to cite it as an example of wrong orientation because a lot of ‘yahoo boys’ see it as a catalyst to chase money radically, even at the expense of family members, friends and acquaintances. It is not uncommon for one to hear people branding it as the anthem or worship song of fraudsters. In my opinion (no disrespect to the singer), I think the song should be ‘remixed’ as, ‘if you make this money at the expense of another’s life, wetin you gain?’

Lastly, another reason for the increase in victims has to be sheer naivety or feigned ignorance on the part of girls. Due to the stereotype of girls always wanting to date rich guys, a lot fall into the wrong hands in the process, either feigning ignorance about their lover’s illegitimate source of income, or in some cases, they are truly ignorant about this. It all boils down to sheer naivety in my opinion. As a result of this trend of dating the wrong person, many girls end up forfeiting; their once auspicious futures, their careers, and their lives in most cases(such a senseless waste in my opinion). Only few lucky ones escape with their lives, bodies and destinies whole (if the spiritual concept of people using the destiny of others for ritual is anything to go by). In order to counter this, parents and tutors should educate children from a very young age on the need to adhere to principles of humanity, and contentment with what one has.
It pains me as an individual when I read about; these acts of cruelty, the avoidable deaths, and the other tragedies linked to quick money. The most painful part of it all is that there are many out there who will still fall prey despite all the warnings vociferously blared by many a concerned individual.
In all, one should be careful of the company one keeps, and also, parents should endeavour to stop comparing their children to their more successful peers in order not to instigate their children to involve in criminal activities to make ends meet, and also to be more like their colleagues. Remember, no amount of money is worth killing for. Finally, my piece of advice to every individual is that he or she should hustle hard but legitimately. That is, within the confines of the law and with respect for humanity.

BURDEN OF MY HEAD by OKOYE GODWIN

How heavy I feel them
Compounded thoughts of mine
Weighing so much to my neck
Poor bone of mine carrying all the heavy burden of its head
Heavy thoughts of this poor soul
You kept alone
Like water through a basket I wish they could flow away
Burden of the head
Carrying all the thought of my past, present, and future
All my fantasies you watched me store
Ever smiling to these stupid thoughts of mine

In my confused state
You reminded me of it all
From my childhood I gave discomfort to your comfort
As I played all day
Loads more than my self you carried
In your silent voice I felt your pain
Your burden you carried
For my sake you felt the pain to save my thoughts
Your neck ever straight to hold you up
Guess that’s why you never dropped
Dear head,
I would be sorry for my thoughts you carried
Confusion, happiness, pain and fantasies you remembered
Thank you as my burden you kept
Even my past which I thought had passed
You reminded me of it all

How could I relieve you of this burden
My thoughts so heavy for you to carry
While awake I think
While asleep I dream
Every of these moments you carried it all
With no help my heavy fantasies you kept for long.

STOLEN PRIDE by OKOYE GODWIN

It all started like a film
When it was stolen beyond my will
Upon a early morning
Walking the streets of LAGOS tolling
Like the ants hustle
I wake up to everyday selling for my hustle
As a little girl I move up with my trays
Trays of orange to sell under the sun rays
Rays of the scorching sun with nothing to sell
Young as I am a virgin my story I tell.

Once a fateful day,
My lady pride was taken away
Pride of my womanhood I lost that day
” you are a beautiful ” he said
As I looked up to his muscular eyes scared
With the lion strengthened arm he held tight
To my fragile body so light
” please stop ” I said
Hoping my words he heard
In time unknown to my senses,
Power of his manhood I felt from his testis
As all went by,
Look up at his terrifying eyes
In pain of sorrow I cry
Like a caged bird unable to fly in shame I hide
As what’s left of me but just a stolen pride

“It’s not the fault of Islams ” EMMANUEL TANYA a psychiatrist says

A German’s View on boko haram and other extremists – worth reading because this is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist–a man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, and owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide and shape our attitude towUpard the present day Islamic fanaticism. He said,
“Very few people were true Nazis, but many enjoyed the return of German pride the Nazis brought to the German nation, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, the Nazis were in control of the nation, they owned us, and we had lost control. Suddenly they plunged the country into a devastating and costly world war, and by the end of the war we had woken up to a new reality – our world of comfort, peace and freedom had come to an end. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.
“I see the same situation playing out today with respect to the attitude of the majority towards the the current Islamist movement. We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. This unqualified assertion may be true, but the fact is that it is entirely irrelevant! It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who are waging any one of the 50 shooting wars currently going on worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups in Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, and carry out the so called honour killing. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. The hard and quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ has been cowed and made extraneous and irrelevant.”

“Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant.
China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.”

“The average Japanese individual, prior to World War II, was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians, most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.”

“And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?”

“History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt. Yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because, like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.”

“Islamic prayers have now been introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario, and, yes, in Ottawa too while the Lord’s Prayer was removed due to being so offensive! But to whom? Not to the vast majority of Canadians but to the few Islamic fanatics!”

“The Islamic way is only peaceful until the fanatics move in and take control. In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items now have the halal emblem (i.e a sign or instruction that says this product is not to be eaten, consumed or used because Islam forbids it) on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food products in your local supermarket. Foods on aircraft have the halal emblem, just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding throughout the world.
In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of no-go zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuses to acknowledge British law. As for we who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts — the fanatics who threaten our way of life.”

Anyone who doubts the seriousness of this issue and just deletes without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on in the hope that thousands, world-wide, read this, think about it, and send it on – before it’s too late.

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EULOGY TO THE ONE by Ezekwesili Chidiebere

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Come clothe me with your hug, for in there do I find refuge, whilst mountain falls and hills collapse, I shall not be harmed. Come feed me with your kisses, for in there I quench my thirst, for your kiss is sweeter than wine, and longlasting more than a century. Let me adore one side for a decade, praise and worship the other for a millennium, for I sought for joy whenever I sought thee, eternal rest whenever I lay my head upon thee. Let your red heart be my pride, touch of love; my unfading joy, for in there do I see a paradise, where heartbreak goes in extinction.