“Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach” – Rosabeth Moss Kantor
You can see me hawking in the streets
In my tattered uniform i trek long distances to school
When I get back i have housework to do
Tired i struggle through my homework
This is the way of life for many children across the globe.
Child trafficking, being forced into slavery ,prostitution, and unpaid labour; millions of children have been stripped of their innocence.
It’s past time to stop this terrible treatment of the child. Don’t we realize that the children of today are the citizens,leaders, decision makers, doctors ,lawyers,teachers,engineers… of tomorrow. If we do not invest in them today,showing them love and care, what kind of future are looking at?
Let me help you, it’s a very bleak future.Protect the rights of the child today, and the world will be better for it.
Right now it may not be so fresh to be a Nigerian.
From the Boko Haram-induced insecurity to the grinding poverty and all that is in between, many Nigerians simply wish they had been born in some other country. But the truth is no one can propel Nigeria to greatness apart from her people.Our current situation will not change until we stop complaining and begin to hope for a better Nigeria. Even though I’m rushing this piece before PHCN withholds the gift of light and my internet connection is more of turbulent flow than laminar, I still stand tall and say to the world,
“I’M PROUD TO BE NIGERIAN!!!!!”
Whether you are Muslim or not , I think it’s very important to note some basic facts about the most misunderstood religion in the world.
1. It was sent down by Allah (God) to the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.). It literally means peace. It is complete submission to the will of Allah(S.W.T)
2. There are five pillars in Islam
*First is Iman(faith).To be Muslim, you have to believe that Allah is One and that there is no other deity worthy of worship except Him
And that Muhammad (s.a.w.) is His Messenger
*Muslims pray five times a day.This is Salah
* Muslims fast one whole month in a year- in the holy month of Ramadan
*Muslims give a 2.5% of their annual wealth to the poor. This is called Zakah
*For those who can afford it, it’s compulsory to perform Hajj( pilgrimage) to Makkah at least once in a lifetime.
3.The Qur’an was sent down to guide mankind and is the Holy Book.
Next time, we’ll learn more about Islam.
” Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there” -Stevie Wonder
Like a lion devouring its prey
You treat me with just as much savagery
Taking what you have no right to
Stealing from me in the worst way
~ * ~
No care for what I feel about this
All that matters is your transient glee
It’s a fleeting moment for you
Life’s just been taken from me
~ * ~
At first it was a struggle
I scratch and bite as much as i can
With each rough shove I panic
Each moment that passes, I grow frantic
~ * ~
At last, the painful truth dawned on me
My life has just been changed forever
Waiting for it all to end
Seems like eternity
~ * ~
I try not to think of the mess
I try not to cry
I try not to blame myself
But all these I did
~ * ~
I watch all my dreams shatter
All fantasies crumble before my very eyes
The pain growing intense
I wonder if you know you are hurting me
~ * ~
Ounce by ounce, you kill me slowly
Dignity and self-worth gone with the wind
I hear you grunt as i writhe in pain
It happens so fast I do not understand in time
~ * ~
It seems like it’s over
More for you of course
I feel bashed, beaten, battered and abused
Crushed,betrayed,discarded and used
~ * ~
I ponder as you disappear
If I could be worse than
Something the cat sicked up
I can’t find the strength to stand
~ * ~
All my essence wasted
A hole has been dug in my soul
Bitterness and hatred fills it
How will the pieces of my life fit?
~ * ~
Walk about like one in a trance
Can’t find the words
Tears fill in for me
Hear the questions,see their faces
~ * ~
Why weren’t they around
When I needed them the most?
I honestly can not explain it all
As I only just began to understand
~ * ~
I feel like running away from
What I have become
No revenge do I want
To die is all that will suffice
~ * ~
Can’t bring my eyes to the mirror
Everyone steals looks at me
Wish I could tell them not to bother
I’m not worth a kobo
~ * ~
Too weak to hurt myself
My head is down under too
And so I have to keep moving
Through life like a ghost
~ * ~
Filled with regret and sorrow
Something has simply stopped
Never to continue again
~ * ~
It’s no use running to the law
It wasn’t made for girls like me
I’ve got to suffer and bear the brunt alone
~ * ~
Being examined by another man
Makes it seem like
It’s happening all over again
But by now, I’ve gone past caring
~ * ~
How did I fall into this trap?
Could I have avoided it?
Why did it have to be me?
What’s there to talk about?
~ * ~
No shrink can help me forget
The ugly episode is stuck in my memory
~ * ~
If I could turn back the clock,
I would never have accepted the ride.
As you all read it,remember that women and girls are being violated around the world, in your locality,even right this minute.As against the stereotype where the rapist hunts down his prey,sometimes the victim unwittingly exposes herself to danger.I tried to illustrate this in the poem.Girls please think twice before you accept that free ride!
yesterday i learnt this
when faced with distress
all you have to do is
declog your wheel of progress
Well…how do y’all ‘bloggists’ start? :s
Er…okay ‘blog’ by anonymous; sounds cool right
Anyways lemme get on with it… This is totally random. Imma be writing as it comes so bear with the ‘cool story’. J
I’m gonna be writing a story of one person with split personalities (yup. They exist).
I have names for both personalities; Larry ❤ :* and Wake.
To be honest, I don’t believe the whole split personality business .I just believe personality 1 was all a farce. When u’re done, kindly lemme know what you think J (please don’t sleep)
I met Miss Split Personalities in 2010 and it was love at first sight 😀 (I swear I’m straight)….the kinda music she was listening to gave me
Impression 1; that bitch weird (+300 cool points. I love weirdos) and I’m like ‘you listen to this nigga?’ I can’t remember her reply but it made me laugh!
Impression 2; she’s funny! (head over heels already). She was really nice and friendly and I was determined to make her a good friend (I practically famzed her… smh). After some 2/3 weeks she fell ill and I kinda helped, then we started getting close. 😀 😀 (pause! What does random mean again?)
We started gisting a lot and doing things together a lot and it was really romantic. 😀 (I’m straight se!) I loved my new friend. We had our first fight in late april 2010 (2wks after she made her braids) can’t remember the cause and we didn’t talk till the day she finally took off her braids (after 2 and half months..smh). I had to talk to her first! Kmt. Proud bitch. We got closer after this and we started telling each other EVERYTHING ( 2 innocent children, no bfs invoved. this was easy). She knew my passwords sef so what was I hiding?
Then my birthday came and she got me the BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT ever! It made me understand what a ‘birthday gift’ actually is…. It is about the thought behind it and nothing else. She listened to me go on and on about how I wanted to get something so bad with just a smile on her face and gave it to me 12midnight on my birthday (freakin romantic right? okay am I straight?:s)
Sha sha , the session ended and we were given a very long break and she had to travel and everything>L…it was really sad. Communication wasn’t fresh as calling was a tad too expensive and her internet time was REALLY limited. But it still didn’t break us, she came back January 2011 and everything went back to normal.
February had us in school fighting stress and everything. In between it all lari ❤ :* had a boyfriend and became a twitter addict. it was still cool and everything till some time in may/june. My friend became really moody and …… I really don’t know the word sorry. I found myself having to adjust to her mood swings and it just wasn’t fresh. I took my time to find out what exactly triggers this mood swings and I realized anytime her boyfriend passes some funny comments or does something funny on twitter, I get to bear the consequences. :(. it continued like this and somewhere……sometime….somehow along the line, my lari ❤ :*disappeared.
STOP DOZING! I’M ALMOST DONE!! J
Wake came into my life. More sarcastic than funny, very judgemental , very condemning, secretive in a funny way and yeah still weird. Weird in this context meaning I just couldn’t place her. The sweetness in the beginning was nowhere to be found (pseudo). i Know I got y’all lost here but to be honest I do not know how personality 1 became personality 2. Our friendship became surface and somehow later, non-existent. we sit down to talk about food, movies, things you’ll talk about with someone you meet at the airport. Private gists were awkward. And the one time I tried to confide in Wake….you really don’t wanna know what happened after. She’d never defend you when people are talking trash about you outside. I tried really hard to figure out what the problem was and this was what I came up with;
- Twitter- she has a lot of friends and there, she probably thought ‘having more online friends is better she can go to hell. J’ L
- Her boyfriend- I don’t think he really liked me. We kinda went back to being good after their break up till…..never mind
- She is a pretender. Pulled off an act for about a year and is now being herself.
- A case of ‘friend of all, friend to none’. I think there should be a difference between friends and close friends.
- Maybe my time expired.
Whatever it is sha it was really cool having lari ❤ :* in my life even though it was for a very short period.
Y’all can take off your winter coats now,
I’m done. 😀