"warnings of such impending demise will always be there, tugging and pulling for recognition, but will always be ignored in the euphoria of the false security or false pleasure temporarily afforded by the selfish machinations to stay in power, maintain affluence, score vengeance, or political advantage....."
"It therefore becomes prudent for the average person to approach the situation from a perspective that insists that neither leadership nor politics need be a matter of do or die, nor should it encourage or sustain perpetual hate, bitterness, and rancor."
"Be the keeper of your own gate of information. Invest a brief moment of research to verify anything suspicious or outrageous. Every human being has the ability of choice and the faculty of imagination and analysis. That is what makes man a divine creature. One has to be alert and aware to be able to feed on the right stuff."
Yet it is pertinent to not to ignore the fact that Nigeria is a blessed nation that has made many strides sometimes giant strides that are so great that one may easily forget that Nigeria has only been a republic for 53 years.
"A nation is ruined if leaders who are supposed to lead and solve problems allow themselves to be distracted by engaging in denials, passing the buck, and blaming critics and the opposition for every challenge or problem encountered..."
"At a time when life is becoming harder for the average Nigerian and many could barely get their three square meals a day, Japanese Takasu may have reminded many wealthy Nigerians that wealth is useless if it does nothing to lift the people around us."
"We call on the Government of Nigeria and the international community to investigate the incident and bring any culprits to book... We also call on the affected people and communities to remain peaceful and to rather seek redress through courts than resorting to armed-struggle..."
Hopefully, Africans will wake up to reality and imbibe the mindset that Africans have the responsibility and ability to create and work themselves out of the rot, and that help from the West should be seen for what it is - HELP.
...there are lingering questions that must boldly be asked and sincerely answered if we truly want to address the economic challenges facing Africa today especially in making progress in the effort to reduce the housing deficit in Africa...
Though born to live amidst the brutal jungle; You became an icon beloved in the life you led; And when in the next life you return again; Please forgive the folly meanness of men; And for now, we bid you adieu our dear CECIL
If Nigerians truly want change, this is the time for the populace backed by the media to amplify the call to set the trend and momentum to sustain a change of the status quo or else it would soon become business as usual at the top.
Many may not know him or believe in his belief of Rastafarianism. Yet if one puts aside the cloak of religion, politics, and race, and rather listen to the substance of his lyrics, one could find a lot of helpful gems of individual and societal food for thought...
The most significant influence (and civic value) a citizen has lies in how he/she expresses the power of his/her vote. That is why one has to vote with reason not emotion, vote like a patriot not a traitor, and have a preference but not a relentless insistence on opinion.
the resilience of the human spirit (and compassion) is put to test at these times,...yet there will be those who propagate fear and blow matters out of proportion just to create situations that will favor their politics, their business, and their media ratings.
A true friend or loved one will not watch a friend/loved one continue with a behavior that is harmful without offering to help. Yet, if such offer of help is rejected one has to respect the rejection and not force an acceptance.
Though one may not see it, touch it, or smell it, the impact remains potent and sooner or later it will manifest...with some awareness people would be able to make the choices helpful to their health and their lives
Though the heart-broken Nigerians wanted to win it all, it was not to be... the greatest consolation should lie in the fact that they made Nigerians and Africans proud by their spirited performance. We salute their achievements...
"...a people or generation without an identifiable artistic heritage or cultural orientation will inevitably suffer from a strange emptiness that could drastically impede the psyche of not only that generation but the ones to follow."
It was a pleasure to see the transparency and candor with which the organization’s records and activities were managed.
Incendiary remarks could trigger unimaginable reactions and reprisals that could spiral out of control. If leaders continue to feed the populace with statements and sentiments of a tribal, political, or religious nature, it will be a daunting task to overcome division, dichotomy, and disunity within the nation.
As people interact and learn of other cultures, they naturally find differences...yet, no particular society (or critic) should arrogate to itself the authority to condemn or advocate the eradication of the cultures and lifestyles of other societies without first consulting and obtaining the consent of such other society.
Diversity allows each entity or individual to operate at its own level. Each move and survive at a pace peculiar to it. The diversity of life therefore provides each differing consciousness with what it requires to subsist and advance with life.
When that moment of reckoning begins to unfold, it dawns on the manipulator that his power, status, or affluence cannot stop or change the course of things for justice cannot be bribed, influenced or manipulated. The law of Life must take Its course.
It becomes pertinent for each individual or group of us to reexamine our beliefs in the face of today's world and ask ourselves - how reasonable are our beliefs, how certain are we of our purposes on earth, and how do our beliefs help in answering these questions?
It is all a reflection of the kind of countries and environment we have created for ourselves. No national team that is divided in its objectives, distracted in its focus, or partially motivated in its zeal will ever win a world tournament like the world cup. It would be unfair to others who put their lives on the line to win for their country men and women....
"Man's effort to classify fellow men by virtue of physical attributes is more an expression of human limitation than a necessary preoccupation. It stands in the way of the recognition and celebration of man's Divine qualities and the utilization of man's vast potentialities as the homo sapiens - the supposed most intelligent and imaginative being on earth."
Exploring Frontiers for a Sustainable Nigeria – The Diaspora Effect by Oliver O. Mbamara
Being an open paper delivered by Attorney Oliver O. Mbamara – (New York State Admin. Judge and Filmmaker) at the 3rd Annual Nigerian Leadership Summit in New York.
It is no news that many...