Jul
30
2014

The Hard Choices

Life & Living

We are all students of experience. But only a few learn from experiences. From your past experiences, you must have noticed that the difficult things you embarked upon yielded the best results. Think about the difficult project you chose to work on when others ran away. Bet the outcome was quite rewarding. Think about that difficult phone call that took you ages to make. Guess you thanked your stars that you summoned the courage to [...]

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Jul
29
2014

The Guest

Happy Eid-El-Fitri to all our Muslim brothers and sisters around the world. This 500-word post is actually for all our Muslim readers, though it equally speaks to every other person. I love the Hadiths of the Muslims. That’s why this post is anchored on one of the beautiful Hadiths that I know of – Tirmizi, Kitab al-Zuhd, Hadith no. 44 which says, “My relation with this world is as a traveler who continues his journey [...]

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Jul
25
2014

Self Definition

I came across a quote on addicted2success.com website recently that reads, “Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” That statement is true. You don’t know a truly humble man until he becomes a millionaire. You don’t know an honest man until you test him with lots of money. And you don’t know a strong person until s/he has a taste of hardship. If you change [...]

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Jul
23
2014

Don’t Quit

Life & Living

Life is a combination of “ups” and “downs.” At times, the journey is smooth; some other times, the journey is very rough. But only the resolute reach their goals. In most cases, our immediate reaction is to give up when trouble comes; forgetting that the pains of childbirth is usually followed by the joy and relief of seeing a newborn baby. However bad your present situation may look to you, just have the conviction that [...]

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Jul
5
2014

The art of Marriage …in Nigeria.

My young niece, Bukky (i.e. Bukola), is getting married today. Better still, the wedding ceremony is taking place today since the formal marriage vows were exchanged two days ago at the Marriage Registry. So, it’s boogie time today! Incidentally, I jokingly call my niece “Boogie”, because that’s how her late grandfather used to pronounce her name (laughs). Bukky’s wedding reminds me of some one-and-a-half-decade ago when I also tied the knot with my wife. Coincidentally, [...]

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Jul
4
2014

The Hen, the Duck, and the Hawk

Each time I have cause to write this type of post, one Yoruba proverb or the other usually comes to mind. Proverb preaches wisdom, and that’s why I’m always proud of being a Yoruba man. We have proverbs (wisdom) in abundance. The appropriate proverb for this post is, “Lowe lowe la n lulu agidigbo, ologbon lo n jo, omoran ni tumo re, ewe koko la fi se awo re, igi ganmu ganmu la a fi [...]

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Jul
3
2014

Decide. Commit. Succeed.

I came across these three words recently and they struck a chord with me straightaway. In my younger years, I experienced what you too probably felt at that stage of your life. I was in constant search for the ever elusive “secret of success.” My vigorous search got encouraged by all those enticing adverts we used to read in the newspapers of those days – most especially the Lagos Weekend newspaper. At that time, the [...]

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Jun
27
2014

It’s not What You Think

Life & Living

“Good evening, uncle.” “Hey, good evening, my dear. How you dey?” “I’m fine, uncle.” “You’re not looking bright, what’s the problem?” “Nothing sir. I’m fine.” “Of course, you’re not. I’m smart enough to know that when we say, ‘I’m fine’ in Nigeria, we actually mean the opposite. So, tell me, what’s the issue?” “Well, you’re right, uncle. I’m not very fine. I’m so worried.” “Oya nah, tell me. What’s the matter? I’m all ears.” “See, [...]

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Jun
23
2014

Lessons from Brazil

Life & Living

I hope you’re learning some lessons from the ongoing soccer world cup tournament in Brazil. A number of matches have been played and a keen observer can easily draw some lessons from the behavior of those players on the field. We have seen teams that were down in the first and second half of their games only to end up winning the matches. I watched one of such matches where a team actually won at [...]

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Jun
14
2014

Placebos and You

Life & Living

It is the season of soccer stories and debates. FIFA 2014 World Cup tournament started in Brazil a few days ago and since then (even months before then) soccer fans have been telling different stories about who is going to win the cup – as if they know for sure. I witnessed such a story earlier today when some guys were debating the match between Uruguay and Costa Rica hours before the kickoff time. Each [...]

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