The Fights of Yesterday.

Nigeria is coming not of age, but returning to the age, it was suppose to be from time.  Structures needed today to better the lives of the citizenry, were laid down by our National Fathers on good foundations, in some cases before independence.  For lack of history, so many persons believe Nigeria started with Christianity and Islam, when you hear the debates and diatribes on issues of national / global interests.  The Kuti’s are swallowed by Fela’s music/life then and now.  The blood and sweats of the Macaulays, Macebus, Sundiattas, Kankanfos, Oranmiyans, have all followed the wind, when you hear Nigerian leaders/speakers making reference to Abraham Lincolns, Jeffersons, Washingtons, Ghandi’s for lack of Nigerian or African similitudes.

I look forward to when our youths will start researching / talking on the who, what, where, when and whys of persons like Jaja Wachuku,  Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther,  Herbert Macaulay, Christopher Okigbo, Hezekiah Oladipo Davies, Ernest Ikoli, Eyo Ita, H.O Davis, J.C. Vaughn, Oba Samuel Akinsaya (aka General Saki), James Churchill Vaughan, Kwame Nkrumah, Dr Kofo Abayomi, Chief Douglas Numa, Henry Carr, Chief Anthony Enahoro, Ladoke Akintola and so many others.  This knowledge will do more for our national development and is possible with the kind of passion our youths speak of football clubs and players with excellent details.

It is with the hope that we will start talking and working on our informal / formal school curricula to ensure that our children and people know where we are from, devoid of religious, tribal and other regional sentiments.  Let us know our Heroes past, appreciate the labours of our Heroes and then only can we ask ourselves where we are on the ladder of the dreams and aspirations of our founding fathers.

At 55 years, it is not late. With the coming of Buhari, the country is blessed with a timing for proper re-orientation, reconstruction / resuscitation of national structures on the foundation of our Founding Fathers.

It is on that note that I caution especially or fathers, the Nigerian Politicians, on issues that might lead to derailing the wonderful work of rebuilding we now see in this new administration.  Heating the polity with impeachment treats and under cutting measures, will not lead us anywhere.  You do not need a prophet to tell you it is not yet Uhuru in the two Chambers of the National Assembly.  I pray, sincerely pray, that personal aspirations and dreams of individuals will surrender to the National desire and aspiration of our 55 year old Baby – Nigeria. 

HBD Nigeria.  God bless Nigerians as individuals and as a Nation.


The breeze of this Eid tide, comes with mixed feelings globally. From the first issues of crane collapsing and killing several persons to the stampede that claimed more lives.   The Saudi Arabian compensations to a hungry boy in Bauchi Nigeria, brought regrets that non of his was amongst.  Pity, we all shouted, as no amount of money can purchase a life/time and it best to stand for life above any material gain. But again, that is what hunger can cause, no wonder some are ready to be suicide bombers, if only the life hereafter will be more blissful and the persons they leave behind are well catered for.  The pity is no one comes back to tell story of the aftermath.

I join the numerous that have to pray that the Almighty console all that are bereaved and bring speedy divine healing to the injured.  It is also our plea that the concerned authorities of the affected, will ensure that promises are kept and implemented as announced.  That measures are also taken and adhered to, for avoidance of any future re-occurrence.

Back at home, some young Quranic Scholars, opined that sanity has started returning to our systems, irrespective of their expectations not being met, in respect of the amount of meat they got this year.

Nigeria has seen and is in a Season, some call it a season of Change.  As our Muslim Faithfull celebrate this season of sacrifice, may we as Nigerians see a resultant flow of the expected blessings, especially on issues of Insurgences and Peaceful Co-existence in areas that were eluded of that previously.   May we see the return of our sisters, daughters, wives, girl friends and friends abducted so many months ago.  May we see the return to homes of Internally displaced persons, who have lost all they built for decades/centuries in some cases.  May we see a time when our Military and Security forces will be defenders more of our territorial borders from external insurgents and not within our borders.  May we see a change in the hearts of our Business men, Civil Servants, Clerics, Parents, Family, Market people, Students and Teachers, Medical practitioners, Politicians and rulers (both traditional and political), a change for the better.  For a Better us, yes, from a Better Me.  

May the Clarion call of our Nation be heard far and near, with a willing/doing hearts.  May this be the true beginning of The New Nigeria.  

You have the assurances of my Highest Regards, as I wish us the very best and blessed Season’s Greetings.

As Always


Our Dear Beloved and Family – Compliments of the Season!

Our Dear Beloved and Family,

Compliments of the Season!

As the Silent Star go by,

I pray that the silent cries of our hearts,

the secret quiet pains that we have carried for some time now,

the hunger and thirst for our reality to match our dreams,

the hidden pangs of unfulfilled aspirations and unmet desires;

I pray,

That they will all be met in Christ’s birth tonite.

May He be Born in us anew,

with all the wonders of

His Love.

On behalf of My Family and I, this is to wish you the most memorable Christmas and a new year full of Christ’s goodness.

Merry Christmas!!


Again, thank you for being dear to us and our loved ones, may God reward you with his Goodness. Amen.


Our Kindest Regards

El-Saleem Orokunle; Azaman OreOluwa; Ayokanmi Adeolu and Adamu

The Ayuba’s.

FCT Politics: Senator Philip Aduda, The Time For Realignment Of Political Forces Is Now

November 19, 2014


The run-up to ruling People’s Democratic Party’s delegate election was particularly very interesting in the Federal Capital Territory [FCT]. It was characterized by impunity, arm-twisting, betrayal, blackmail, disloyalty and misinformation. Senator Philip Aduda witnessed disloyalty and betrayal first hand and by now, he should be making critical assessment of his magnanimity to the scoundrel politicians that openly worked against his interest. This writer is now convinced beyond doubt about the wise saying that, Trust is a Burden as it correctly described what happened to Senator Aduda ahead the FCT delegate elections. It was interesting to note that the most trusted leaders of Senator Aduda’s support blocks in the six [6] Geo-political zones involved in the politics of FCT, openly exhibited disloyalty to him despite his good intentions to them. Reports had it that Aduda at one point bought cars and distributed to these leaders among other things.

Before the delegate elections, the general belief was that Alhaji Wowo, the Special Assistant to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory [FCT] on political matters who is said to be the anointed candidate of the minister, had been primed to replace Senator Philip Aduda, the incumbent FCT lawmaker at the apex level-National Assembly. The irony of the whole Wowo senatorial intrigue was that the move to replace Senator Aduda was not based on poor representation from Aduda himself, but rather, it has its foundation on Wowo’s quest to leverage on Senator Bala Mohamed’s alleged financial backing and popularity in FCT to further his senatorial ambition. The partisan role of some powerful officials of PDP in FCT also helped in fine-tuning the botched ambition of Wowo.

The decision by the leadership of PDP to reward Senators that had performed creditably at the National Assembly, which invariably put paid to the ambition of Senator Wowo and exposed the underground treacherous moves of those political leaders Senator Aduda thought were with him in FCT; and has now opened a good avenue for Senator Aduda to take stock of his political associates with a view to weeding out undesirable elements in his camp. Notwithstanding that he, Aduda received backstabbing as thank you from those leaders he invested a lot on; Political pundits believe that on a platform devoid of alleged godfather backing, Senator Wowo is no match for Senator Aduda in FCT politics any time, any day because of Aduda’s acceptability.

By now, what may be going on in the mind of Senator Aduda is: so, Trust is a Burden. So, those I trusted so much and laboured to serve and service, can betray me just like that!  Viewed from the perspective of what transpired before the delegate election in FCT, pundits believe that the time has come for Senator Philip Aduda to realign his political force with progressives in FCT. They reasoned that as he can now see, those leaders from the Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Northwest, North central and South-south he hitherto had confident in their ability to deliver him; have disappointed him terribly, so much so that they can now be described as “poison chalices”; not suitable for political consumption anymore. Although, this writer is not canvassing for a total abandonment of old political friends and allies; what is simply canvassed is a thorough investigation of those hitherto trusted leaders involved in the botched Anti-Aduda movement, with a

view to knowing those that might have been conscripted into the “Wowo for Senate project” by force[s] greater than them, as well as those that willingly joined the project out of sheer betrayal and disloyalty, for possible backward integration.

Even with the alleged backing by FCT minister, pundits had predicted a total battle between incumbent Senator Philip Aduda and Senator Wowo, with Aduda carrying the day as a result of his closeness to the people of FCT. Political analysts have equally advised that despite Aduda’s political edge over Senator Wowo in FCT, he must not rest on his oars as the real political battle is ahead the 2015 general elections, where it will be a straight fight between PDP and APC. To political analysts, while those politicians forced to join Anti-Senator Philip Aduda project, will be remorsefully willing to work for the success of Aduda in 2015, those unrepentant betrayers will like to team up with APC in 2015; so the need for total reconciliation in FCT PDP becomes imperative. Already, these elements have shifted battle to the media. Stories like, Senator Aduda, Hon. Jisalo, show your score cards can be seen on the pages of newspaper[s]. Another slogan is that PDP will not win FCT because of imposition.

It is politically dangerous, if not suicidal for a politician to generally harbor identified political betrayers and disloyal elements in his camp. For Senator Philip Aduda, no other option is available than to flush out well known betrayers and treacherous elements within his camp for his political survival.

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TED@StateStreet offers words to inspire leaders at every level

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Patrice Thompson speaks at TED@State Street salon at Troxy, November 18, 2014, London, England. At TED@StateStreet, Patrice Thompson shares how two generations with very different ideals can work together effectively. Photo: Paul Sanders/TED

From anti-jargon campaigns to how Gen X and Gen Y can collaborate, TED@StateStreet highlighted ideas to inspire leaders at every level. This TED Institute event, held in London on November 18, showcased speakers from both inside and outside the financial services company. Throughout, the focus was on innovative thinking in work culture.

Below, quotes worth sharing from each of the TED@StateStreet talks:

“The quality of our conversations matter. Great achievements only come after great conversations.” —John O’Leary, communications advocate 

“We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We have the rim, the hub and the spokes — we just need to put them together.” —Paul O’Connell, economist

“Big social changes can start with seemingly small, mundane actions.” —Christina Balch, selfie artist

“Imagine if your life were defined by the thing you…

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A Day as a Social Media Maven

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

Last Friday I had the wonderful experience of posting to a company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for a day.

The company, actually an airport, had their 5th Customer Appreciation Day. This was my second year assisting with their social media activities. And, honestly, it was so much fun I can’t wait until next year.

Social media mavens early in the day Social media mavens early in the day

These are my 3 big business-related takeaways:

  • Even if your company is equally active on Facebook and Twitter, a one-day event may not result in equal activity on each platform.

For the most part, we posted to Facebook and Twitter at similar times and with similar calls-to-action. We quickly realized Facebook users interacted with us the most. (Last year it was a 50/50 split). So, even if you have a Plan Of Action for the day based on past experience, one platform may leap ahead of the other. (this…

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Musings of a male granny: This retired schoolteacher spends his free time Skyping with Indian schoolkids


What a way to e-learn. Cheers.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Kids at TK school gather around as David TK leads them in a clas.. Kids at a school in India gather around a computer as David Swancott leads a School in the Cloud session.

David Swancott is a retired biology teacher who lives an hour southeast of Bordeaux, France. He spends his free time bicycling, traveling and, for the past two years, being a “Skype Granny.” Swancott is a part of the “Granny Cloud,” a project created by 2013 TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra to make teachers available online to mentor children participating in his School in the Cloud. As children explore the big questions that matter to them, they get nudges in the right direction from a Skype Granny. But don’t let the name fool you. While many Granny Cloud participants are female and retired, just as many are male or in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

Now that the school year is underway, the TED Prize Blog checked in with one of our male grannies to ask about his experience…

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