Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
It was to start for 8am but I got there at 10.30 (don't ask). When I got there some guy was already there cracking jokes. His name's Seyi law and apparently he was cracking everybody up. I guess I was lucky because shortly after, the event started. The President of Harambe Nigeria, Tola Summonu, gave like an introductory speech and explained that the aim of the conference was to show the diversity of agriculture and the opportunities that reside for young people.
After that, the keynote address was given by Father Godfrey Nzamujo who is apparently the director of Songhai Center in Benin Republic. He spoke about the current situation of agriculture in the country and how to improve on it.
After his "talk", Sage came to deliver a poem and know it is not Wise Sage the blogger. He was good and he reminded me of Veeja from The Fault is History album by Souljahz. After his poem we were then split into focus groups to discuss some questions like that. That too was cool. I even represented my focus group. Then, there was a performance by Dipp, the guy who sang the dangerous song which was cool but loud and I mean that literally (Loud performances are cool with a larger audience).
The main part of the discussions was when the panelists spoke. There were two sets; the younger generation and the older ones. The younger ones spoke on A generation of Agricultural Excellence and the people in the panel where Mrs Mosunmola Umoru of Honeysuckles Ventures, Emmanuel Etim of Community Development Association and Aigimawu Omon who is a student at OAU, Ife. The moderator for the panel was Tosin Bucknor and she did a good job I must add. The older peeps where Ndidi Nwuneli, the CEO of Leap Africa, Professor Aromolaran of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Mr Audu Ogbeh, founder Efugo Farms and former PDP Chairman, Mrs Lucy Kanu the founder of Idea Builders and also Mrs Caroline Okafor, Head of Communoications, Notore and the moderator was Chude Jideonwo who also did an impressive job. Personally, I enjoyed them old folks more than the younger ones. Maybe, it is because I learnt more from them than the younger ones and you know I love knowledge. Let me share a couple of the things I learnt with you
- Per Capital agric growth in Nigeria is less than 2%
- Per capital economic growth is between 2.2 and 3.4%
- 2009-2018 is apparently the decade of the youth( Hallelujah! Welcome to your season)
- We (Nigeria) import beans from Bukina Faso
- We (Nigeria) import rice from Thailand and Vietnam
- I guess the only thing you have that might not be imported is your brain (OK. I am just Kidding)
It is no news that new media technology is actually a major tool through which major corporations reach the younger generation. Major corporations make use of the new media technology which is mainly the Internet to reach out to the youth. Now, everybody at that conference said the same thing over and over again in different sentences. They say the youth are the change. My question is how do you intend to inform these young people about agriculture? How are you creating the awareness? You might say through the conference and workshops but let us be REAL. How many Nigerian youths attend these things? All the young people at that conference will not be up to 0.5% of the Nigerian Youth so what are we talking about? If the main people who can cause this change are in the dark about agriculture, we will have maybe Harambe 20.0 with another theme. I don't know if you feel me? yes, we can cause these change but how are these stakeholders (the ones who were in both panels) using new media technologies to spread the word about agriculture? Do they have Internet presence? if they do, are their sites user friendly? Do they use social networking sites like Facebook and twitter to market their cause? What would have been really cool is if the conference was streamed online via the Harambe website to many Internet viewers or if the stakeholders follow the footsteps of their foreign counterparts by having a STRONG Internet presence. They say they want to start a movement for youths to engage in agriculture but really where do you want to start a movement? Is it from a conference that happens once a year? Your guess is as good as mine. The average Nigerian youth is on the Internet at least an hour everyday. Steal his attention besides take a cue form the Light Up Nigeria campaign.
The second thing is fine, you have convinced young people agriculture is the way but the information is not enough? Land is a major problem. I mean one of the panelist asked how many of you have access to land. A few hands were raised and in my mind I am like, yeah right. Also, they failed to explain the roles available to young people in agriculture. Not everybody can be a farmer or rear cattle's but everybody can make the sector grow. If they had said, OK, "if farming is not your interest (Definitely not mine), you can invest in the sector (which I plan on doing)". There are different roles young people can play in agriculture but that wasn't really talked about. Much of what was said was how you can farm and make money and the benefits of farming and how Nigeria needs to step up their game when it comes to agriculture.
In the end, it was an AMAZING conference because I learnt a whole lot. I wish I had stayed for the dinner but I had to get home. Besides, I am a Covenant University student and we don't wear Jeans and a shirt to a formal event. Agriculture is beneficial people, invest in it people. We at YADA are going to promote the cause.
Go Harambe!!! Thank you for the knowledge. Can't wait for the next conference.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It is incredibly amazing how can sell a christian book to non-Christians. In this day, its hard to see Christian authors appealing to the mainstream market but that's another post for another day.
Mere Christianity is first on point. It was first published in 1952 and it is funny how a book published that long ago will be relevant today. The message is the same and it explains the Christian faith to the reader as plain as it gets. There isn't too much theology and bible quotations. I mean, when you open the book you don't see the usual, all scripture quotations... but even in all he tackles issues like the law of nature, talks about God and the holy trinity, thoroughly explains the reason why Jesus died and also on the devil. He also tackled issues like Prudence, Justice, temperance, faith, hope, love, pride, forgiveness and also Christian marriage.
If there is anything I learnt from the book; it was one thing. Christianity is not about you. It is about God. He does everything for his own good. He makes you do what you are gonna do. I mean even in your working out your salvation with fear and trembling, it is still God who works in you to do according to his will (Phil 2:12-13)
If you have not read Mere Christianity, go get it. It is not for Christians only but for anyone who wants to understand the true concept of the Christian faith. I assure you you wont be disappointed.
It is published by HarperCollins and it s available at the Silverbird Lifestyle Stores (To them who are in Nigeria)
PS: Mere Christianity trivia from Wikipedia
Mere Christianity is widely admired and influential across a spectrum of trinitarian Christians, which may attest to the author's success in accomplishing the aim of restating theology in a way that avoids many controversies.
The title has influenced Touchstone Magazine: A Journal of Mere Christianity and William Dembski's book Mere Creation. Charles Colson's conversion to Christianity resulted from his reading this book, as did Francis Collins' and Josh Caterer's.
A passage in the book also influenced the name of contemporary Christian Texan Grammy-nominated pop/rock group Sixpence None the Richer.
Metalcore band, Norma Jean, derived the title of their song "No Passenger:No Parasite" from the section in the book in which Lewis describes a fully Christian society as having "No passengers or parasites".
Singer Brooke Fraser wrote the song "C.S.Lewis Song" from the album Albertine, which is heavily indebted to Lewis' works, including the lyrics "If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy/I can only conclude that I was not made for here" which are lines directly adapted from this book.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
than other people, I mean, when my parents got married, they weren’t Christians, my mum became a Christian and took my dad to church and there you have it.
Plus, we have our idea of the kinda girl you want ... but you need to ask yourselves, "when we get what you want, will you want what you get?" Remember, the fact that she is skinny and "bootilicious!" now does not mean after you get married, she will remain bootilicious, what do you do then? Dump her? Divorce her? Because i don’t believe in Divorce, I think Marriage is a sensitive topic and blah blah blah .... it is a mix of complicated feelings and emotions and should not be taken likely.
Yes, you have to find her, The bible sez "HE that FINDETH a WIFE findeth a good thing and obtaineth favour from the Lord", not she that findeth a husband, so you can sit down and dull yourself .... but your wife will not come to you!
If she doesn’t have the fear of God and you are sure that this the woman for you, it MAY be that you are meant to minister to her (remember, I said MAY) and sow a seed in her life and wait for it (that is if you believe she is the one) ... and remember, different seed have their different times ... a bean/corn seed grows in 3 days, but a mustard tree does not wake up a mustard tree, it has a significantly long way to go. And her beauty (I don't believe) will fade ... you said the bible says "the fear of the lord is the beginning or WISDOM" ... not the beginning of BEAUTY.
I understand that you shouldn’t be moved by the way she moves and blah blah blah ... but how are you gonna get attracted to a girl that smells like a toilet, looks like an egyptian mummy and walks likes she’s got golden balls in her pants .... how do you get attracted to someone you don’t know, if you are not suppose to be moved by the way she looks/acts? That is what pulls people, if she's razz, and you dont like it ... like one of the people on the show said, "one man's food is another man's poison! “They'd rather have you be yourself?”, what do you do when you are not good enough? You understand that if you want something bad, you will go the distance to get it. You can see she is high standards but you are the one who is attracted to her, if you want her, bring her down to your level or get to her levels, abi?
Wish I was on the show, can you connect to the UK? Lol ... Laters
Josh, AJ (England, UK)
Amazing, hun. Listen to the podcast here or download here
Sunday, August 23, 2009
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To download MP3...go here
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I am so sad. One of my faveourite Chrisitain artist just lost his baby, first its the guy from Selah and now it is him. First, his wife dies (no addie) and now he loses his child. Please God, comfort him right now. Here is a letter from his blog.
I pray God gives you strength to handle your loss.
O my soul, you have said to the LORD,
“You are my Lord,
My goodness is nothing apart from You.”
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the LORD always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
I love my country. With all the drama and all the.. you know now... It is still an amazing country. There are so many things going down in Nigeria right now and I want to share some of them with you.
Nigeria is the world's darkest nation
As in, I am not surprised. I am just thankful to God that finally,we have had light for 12 hours straight. Hallelujah! Well, the article is in Tell Magazine if you don't believe me.
CBN and its sanitization of Nigerian banks
Well, Sanusi means business oh. Hmmn, he recently removed 5 bank CEOs (Is that legal) and he has declared many top people including Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote and Jimoh Ibrahim as owing banks major cash. Dangote claims he has paid of his loans though. Well, Sanusi is gonna be hearing from their lawyers I guess. Due to all of this, our financial rating has been downgraded on the international stage. Also, Cecelia Ibru's lawyer ahs already contacted the CBN. Hmmn, this is gonna be good
ASUU Strike... Can they just stop
Y'all may say I am in a private University so what do I know. Please. ASUU should give it a rest. Students have been out of school for over a month and when they resume they will be writing exams on topics they have not treated in class. It is messed up honestly. I know a couple of peeps at home who are already frustrated because some people are thinking of their stomachs instead of the students who need an education. Funny thing is most of the peeps at ASUU have kids in private universities. Classic hun?
Nigeria Musicians are going on a HUNGER Strike to fight Piracy
Honestly, this one is too funny. They actually think the wisest way to fight piracy is by going on strike. What do I know? Well, they want to stop accepting offers to perform and all till piracy is fought. I can't even laugh. When I read it in yesterday's Punch, I had to wonder who will lose. The musicians who need money from shows and endorsements or the pirates. Well, your guess is as good as mine. They also declared September 1st as No Music Day. They are going to order all broadcast stations in Nigeria not to play music and no artist will perform on that day. The downside is, its just one day. I can live without listening to music from Nigerian radio or TV. Second, I'll just watch MTV, BET or Channel O. They will most definitely play a Nigerian song (If I am desperate to here one) also I have an iPod or some music device. Honestly, I think they should revisit this action. I love you guys too much for this.
This is whats up for now... Imma be back with more 9ja news
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
You are my light and salvation,
whom shall I fear?
You are the strength of all my days,
of whom shall I be afraid?
Though war may rise against me,
of this will I be sure.
That I will bless the Lord forever,
I'll bless Your holy Name.
Yes I will bless the Lord forever,
I'll bless Your holy Name.
Lord it is you I desire,
it's You that I seek.
To live with You in Your house forever,
beholding Your beauty.
And In the time of trouble,
of this will I be sure.
That I will bless the Lord forever,
I'll bless Your holy Name.
Yes I will bless the Lord forever,
I'll bless Your holy Name.
You ask me who do I,
say that You are and I,
say that you are the Christ,
Son of the living God.
The song is wonderful. My life is not what I want it to be right now but for the mere fact that I serve this God, this amazing God who is my light and salvation, who makes al things beautiful in his own time... who I cannot even comprehend... check out the first verse talking baout what ever happens God has our back or is it the fact that I want to dwell in God's house forever, where I can just gaze at his beauty without earthly distractions or the fact that the hool emphasizes the point that Jesus is the CHRIST!! Our Messiah, the Holy One.... I mean come on, he is faithful, unfailing, lovng... Please let this song encourage you and know that He is all you need... Shalom & Baruch
Friday, August 14, 2009
ONE MILLION NEW TESTAMENTS!
August 13, 2009
On Aug. 5, Bibles Unbound reached an exciting milestone with the shipment of the ONE MILLIONTH NEW TESTAMENT! That New Testament, bound for China, was sponsored through our virtual mailing program by BU participant Mary in Crane, Texas.
In February 2006, VOM launched a project to let Christians like you send New Testaments into restricted nations — places where our brothers and sisters cannot simply go to a Christian bookstore and pick up a copy of the Bible. Our persecuted brothers and sisters joined in the project by collecting names and addresses of those who would be blessed by receiving God's Word. Our readers responded excitedly, and New Testaments began to go out from every part of the United States to hostile nations all over the world.
With your help, in just 42 months we have shipped the story of God's love for all mankind and his free offer of salvation through Christ to non-believers in several restricted nations.
Bibles Unbound is a team effort, and God has called together a wonderful team. We are so grateful to believers like you all across the United States who have provided New Testaments to people in countries such as Colombia, China, North Korea and Egypt. We are also thankful to the faithful Christians living inside these restricted and hostile nations who take great risks to supply names and addresses of those needing God's Word. With both standard and covert operations, Bibles Unbound is a unique tool to spread the gospel inside restricted nations.
If you have mailed or sponsored New Testaments, THANK YOU for helping reach this great milestone!
If you want to become part of this incredible ministry, please consider joining Bibles Unbound today. You can join us for future milestones of getting God's Word into hostile countries: 2 million....10 million...and more! To God be the glory! You can sign up, or simply get more information, at www.BiblesUnbound.com.
With God's help, BU has reached an incredible milestone. But millions of people around the world are still waiting. Will you help get the word of God to them?
For Those in Bonds,
If you would like to view a list of resources on the persecuted church and online specials from VOM, please visit www.VOMBooks.com.