Aug
24
2014

Follow Follow

The word “follow” has been around for some time. But its usage some years back was quite different from what we have today. The word was once reserved for any copycat who would then be called, “Mr. Follow Follow.” A guy trying to get the attention of a beautiful babe would also boast to his friends that, “Guys, I’m trying to follow that girl.” Clearly, there must be a reason for someone to be copying another [...]

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Aug
23
2014

Why we long for Nigeria

Life & Living

Another interesting article by Sabella Abidde titled “There goes Nuhu, here comes Ribadu” is on the back page of The Punch newspaper of Wednesday, 20th August, 2014. Quite an interesting piece – the type that has always endeared me to The Punch powerful writers such as Sabella himself; my uncle, Tunde Fagbenle; Tolu Ogunlesi; Bayo Olupohunda; Abimbola Adelakun; Minabere Ibelema etc.   As the title of the article suggests, Sabella airs his views on Nuhu Ribadu’s [...]

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Aug
4
2014

Pain and Gain are Siblings

For everything that anyone enjoys, someone has paid some dues for it. That’s because pain and gain are siblings. With pain comes some gain, and vice versa. For a child to be born, someone must bear the pain of pregnancy and labour. For the beautiful edifice we all admire, some people must have given their sweats (or blood) into the construction. The examples are uncountable.  The food we eat, the books we enjoy, the TV programs [...]

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Aug
3
2014

As we do on Earth, so they do in Heaven

It is quite easy for us to dismiss certain things we hear about heaven. That’s because no one has ever travelled there and returned to give a full account of what happens over there. Yes, you may want to quickly remind me of those who tell us about their vision of heaven, or those who experienced near death experiences. No. That’s not what I’m talking about. I mean someone who went to heaven (say, on [...]

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Aug
2
2014

No regrets

I may be wrong, but I have a feeling that journalists enjoy being fed with lies. I have just read an interview session that a certain journalist had with a popular man in town, and I keep wondering who was deceiving who between the two. The journalist had asked if the man has ever had any regret, and the man replied that he had never, at any time, had any regret in his more than 60 [...]

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Aug
1
2014

Hot at the Top, cold at the Bottom

Life & Living

“Good evening, Ma.” “Good evening, my dear. How are you?” “I’m okay Ma; and you?” “Ha, my dear, it’s not easy o.” “But, aunty, I least expected that you would have any problem. You’re already there at the top. Just pray for those of us who are still coming behind.” “Is that what you think? It’s not easy at the top o.” “Really?” “Yes o. It’s hot at the top.” “You know something aunty, every [...]

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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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