Personal lessons from GMB’s victory

Below are the things I learnt from different people during this electoral journey:

  1. [GMB] Failure does not mean impossible! No matter how often and how hard the failure was, picking up oneself and daring to dream again is the greatest gift one can give oneself.
  2. [Prof. Osinbajo] See a man diligent in his works, he shall stand before kings and not mean men. Focus on being the best at what you do and be diligent at it. Don’t seek the spotlight, it will find you!
  3. [GEJ] You might never get a second opportunity to do good. While you can, with the power and authority you have, do good and a higher calling will not be far off. 
  4. [Patience Jonathan] Brush up yourself and hone your skills – you never know when duty will call.
  5. [Reno/Okupe/FFK/Fayose] The only constant thing is change, hence, always be aware that tides could turn. If you do this, you will be careful not to throw stones at your neighbor.
  6. [Clergies] God rules in the affairs of men. Seek the good of the people and speak the truth to the government in love. Doing that does not undermine your anointing but makes you relevant as a shepherd over His people.
  7. [Nigerians] Never stop hoping, never stop dreaming, never allow anyone dampen your faith. Personal gratification at the expense of the poor and helpless only corrupts, and at the end, God will speak for the poor and helpless, and you will be found wanting!!!

I had a dream…Now, that GMB is winning!!!

My journey with GMB started before 2011 but more from a suspicious perspective rather than a supportive one. It was then I started asking myself about the intentions and past of this seemingly pious puritan that makes his so attractive to the northern hegemony. Luckily for me, the veil fell off my eyes early enough, giving me ample time to join and contribute to his campaign efforts for the 2011 elections. Someone tweeted that with the results coming from the SE/SS now, its obvious the election was massively rigged in that region in the last election so it is fair to argue that Buhari could have won the election then too but that’s history now.

Fast forward four years to 2015, we are standing on the precipice of an incumbent routing at the polls by the ‘people’s general’, having run for the same seat at four consecutive polls. When he wins, he will be making history, breaking any available record in that regards. I suspect business schools will start using him as a business case on how re-branding should work, and inspirational preachers will teach on how we should not give up, no matter how many times we had tried and failed.

In my fight and push for a GMB presidency, one push back I have received more than any other is the mantra that ‘our vote will not count, so why should I bother myself’. And my reply since 2011 remains the same – one day, our votes will count in this country, let it not be that when that happens, you did not cast your vote. So, whether it is rigged or not, go out to vote and exercise your civic rights. And that, we have done in 2015, and we did not leave it to chance, but we stood up to protect our future.

Today, we might be making history for ourselves, and our children yet unborn, giving to them a nation that is truly theirs. A nation that thinks and cares about them, a nation yielding its resources for their happiness and comfort, a nation they can be proud of, a nation whose passport they are willing to shove into any face at any country’s border, a nation they do not need to run from but run to, a nation they can truly call theirs. If we can do this as a nation now, then my dream has not ended…because in that dream, I did not see Nigeria but I saw the world…from Nigeria!!!

Investing in Agriculture…basic facts you need to know

In the light of dwindling oil revenue and Nigeria’s historic dependence on it as her sole source of income, there’s a renewed cry for the diversification of the economy. While many options exist, agriculture seems to be a quick and fast way to optimize our available resources for collective wealth creation for the country. 

Hence, I will be doing a series on investing in agriculture. This will take a dive into basic facts to know, ready opportunities, accessing finance, maximizing ROI and marshaling effective resources.

Watch this space…

Affordable houses in Lagos: PLEASE CHECK IT OUT

If you are interested in making some real estate investment, there’s currently an estate being developed by propertymart, along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. You could get a 2 bedroom apartment for N4.8m outright payment with options for spreading your payment over a period of time. See some pictures from one of the 5 bedroom mansions which costs N69m. If interested, send me an email at amdeji@yahoo.com and I will connect you with the agent.

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My weird encounter with liver

I never found this experience amusing but every time I share it with people, they usually wonder how naive and silly I was. So let me throw it out there to you.

When I completed my SSCE (secondary school leaving examinations), I was getting bored sitting at home, waiting to get into the university. So I decided to look for a job: a teaching job was the best I could find. I joined a tutorial school to teach UME physics (this is a story for another day). During the course of this, one of the commercial students, for whatever reason, liked me and introduced me to his mum to teach his younger sister who was in SSS2 and failed in some subjects in her promotion exam. She had to resit for the exam so they needed a home tutor. 

On the day of my first encounter with the mum, I tried my best to look old and matured (forgetting I was just 16years old) and took my elder brother along to ensure we negotiated the fee well(he is just 2 years older than me). We arrived in this palatial home, with their monstrous dogs asking for just a second with us but thankfully, they were not granted that honour.

The mum received us well and agreed to have me teach the daughter for a month, 3 hours daily. I charged N60 ($0.3) per hour and it seemed like a good deal to me. All through our effort to appear like experts at this, I noticed a smirk on the woman’s face. Now thinking back, she must have been wondering who these babies were which makes me wonder why she granted me that opportunity.

Also, leaving a 16year old teen and 14 year old girl alone in the house, was probably not the best idea but thank God I kept my sanity and faced my job squarely. I don’t know what was on the girls mind but I did not bother to ask and she also did not let it out so we were cool.

The tutoring went on well and the girl wrote the physics, chemistry and maths examination (which were the subjects I taught her) and she passed. I went back much later to check with the mum and she was quite happy to see me. She then offered me a meal of amala with enough meats to last a week. I descended on the food, alone in the room, and finished it quickly. Albeit, there was a stumbling block. There was liver in the bowl! Now, those who know me well know I don’t eat some things and livers and kidneys happen to be top on that list.

Here was the naive me! Everyone said I should just have left the liver in the bowl but I can’t exactly say what was going on in my mind but I thought it would be impolite to leave it in the plate. So I did the unbelievable! I looked around and seeing no one, I brought out my handkerchief and slipped the liver into it and put it back in my pocket. Quickly, I announced I was done and rushing off somewhere else. They bid me farewell and I was on my way like a victor. As soon as I stepped out of the gate, I pulled the liver out and threw it away. Thankfully, no one noticed! Or so I think. 

Now I’m wondering, if the woman had seen me hiding meat in my handkerchief, what would have been on her mind? Chimoooo!!!