IT Entrepreneurs

Help my Friend & Mentor Complete his PhD Thesis

I totally disagree when I hear statements like “I am a self-made millionaire or man or woman” as the case may be. Is there anyone who has succeeded without being helped?

Well, without any apologies I belong to that school of thought that believes in the place of grace. Not just any grace but the grace of God Almighty who many refuse to believe exists or have stopped believing. I am of the opinion that everything I have today is courtesy of a loving God. I am sure you may be wondering what CFA is driving at?

It’s simple! I want to see my mentor and friend Yele Okeremi, CEO, Precise Financial Systems to succeed and that is why I am taking it upon myself to play a role by asking you to complete a survey required for his thesis.

Wisdom nugget: we can all use a little help, never be afraid or shy to ask for help when you need.

May I then be the first to follow the advice in this quote by requesting that you complete this survey.

The data gathered is for academic purpose only, hence information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Thesis topic: “Developing IT Entrepreneurs – A case study of IT Entrepreneurs in Nigeria’’ by Yele Okeremi

Note to worry I would share more about my relationship with this gentleman sometime in the future but for now I need you to do this for me. We need 200 IT entrepreneurs to make this happen and luckily we have close to 150 entrepreneurs who have already completed theirs but please be one of them. Click here to complete yours.

Trust me, this is simply a cool example of how a 5 minutes activity can make a whole lost of difference.

Thank you for your help as always!

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Is It Right or Wrong To Have a Tattoo?

One of the things about America is its well laid out strategy of influencing the world to adopt its culture and ideologies. Of course, certain countries keep fighting the American style of doing stuff, but the reality is that the Americans have infiltrated and caught the attention of their young ones.

That said, the Americans are probably not the first to start using some sort of signs on their body. It is a norm in certain parts of Africa and Asia, but the American society has totally made it funky, trendy and almost like something everyone should do.

Although, I do not have any statistics, but I see that more and more Americans are at ease with tattoos on their bodies. I met a lot of Americans who had one form of tattoo or the other on their bodies, which points to the fact that it is more or less the norm in parts of America.

The more tattoos I saw, the more I ask myself if it is right or wrong to have one?

This post is not, however, about judging anyone, but I know that the Bible clearly warns against this sort of practices which, I believe, should be avoided.

Why would you honestly want to do stuff to your body just because everyone is doing it? I know, and I have seen quite a number of people with the tattoo Jesus or the sign of the Cross, which makes those who don tattoos attempt to justify or find reasons for having a tattoo. I must, however, remind these set of people the clear admonition about their body being the temple of the God.

What should one, then, do if one already has a tattoo?

Well, I will say live with it and ask God for his mercy and grace because, 10 to 20 years from now, you might wish you never drew any permanent stuff on your body!

What advice for those planning to have one?

I will say do not do it except you have limited ambition in your life because, I have observed that even in the American society, certain kinds of jobs do not welcome folks with tattoos. Even when those workers do have one, it is hidden from the Management.

At the end of the day, it is your decision. Mine is to share my thoughts and hope someone out there will be guided by the small still voice of God.

Have a good time folks!

4 Lessons from Cristiano Ronaldo’s Stunt Video

One phrase I often hear from those in showbiz is that “no publicity is bad publicity” so I would very say that the popular stunt video by Cristiano Ronaldo is indeed very good for his personal brand and that of the customized monster headphones which is the real reason for the video.

The video was nice done and quite entertaining but it ministered to me different which is why you are reading this post.


Here are the 4 Lessons from Cristiano Ronaldo from my perspective:

Lesson 1: Believe in yourself

Although we did not get to see the faces of everyone who came across him exhibiting his talent in the open nor did we get to hear what they were saying but you bet some people may have called him names while others would have possibly asked him to go “get a life!”

All through the video, I saw a guy who believed in himself, trusted in his God ordained talent and kept doing what he loves.

Lesson 2: Be Bold

He was so sure of himself that he kept going out of his way to ask people to play with him, when one refuses he simply moved on to the next person because he was bold enough to show the world that truly he’s got talent and although no one was listening or showing that they were listening he was not deterred.

He kept at it!

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Cristiano Ronaldo in disguise.

Lesson 3: Deal with the Fear of Rejection

If you allow a few negative remarks or couple of rejections hold you back then you won’t go far in life. A lot of people said no to the guy but he kept at it. Did you see the girl in the video that said an outright loud “No” when he said give me your number – that could have been a sales pitch rejected or a prospective customer declining at the last-minute to write the cheque.

Lesson 4: A Door will Eventually Open

This is very true in most of life’s situations, if you keep at something long enough someone, somewhere would eventually say “let’s play ball.” This is exactly how I regard the two people that gave him a chance and played with him particularly the kid who eventually got the gift of the autographed ball.

These Lessons from Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunt video are very instructive for me and I hope you find them useful?

One big takeaway is what happens after you become successful all manner of people will then want to become your friend as you saw in the video – when the hidden star become none, the whole environment changed. If you allow only people who tell you only what you want to hear because you have become successful then you are in a big trouble.

A man who flatters his neighbor, spreads a net for his feet. Proverbs 29:5 (NKJV)

Enjoy and share 🙂

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4 Reasons why Prof. Pat Utomi’s Legacy will Stand the Test of Time

This is my own way of celebrating Prof. Pat Utomi who celebrated his birthday recently. I was physically on ground to rejoice with him – happily playing a small role in ensuring that the annual lecture/birthday celebration was a success and indeed it was 🙂

Not too often do I use this platform to pay tribute to people irrespective of their accomplishments not because I don’t recognize what they have done, it’s just me not finding the time to write…..

On a few occasion, I have found time to write about a couple of great Nigerians, sadly, I wrote about Late Gani Fawehinmi and Tayo Adenirokun after they had passed on. I wrote about Fola Adeola a number of times and I did while he is alive (I am trying to get him to accept an interview). Today, I am pleased to write about Prof. Pat Utomi, one Nigerian I truly admire and respect not because he super-human who has not made any mistakes but because constantly I see his genuine drive and quest for a better Nigeria.

As a young man, I can clearly recall staying up late at Night to watch Patito’s gang – a TV programme that positively influenced my thinking about Nigeria and life in general. I loved the constructive criticisms and positive arguments which endeared me to other members of the gang such as Chris Asoluka, Reuben Abati, Ije Jidenma etc.

This post is not influenced because I happen to know Prof. personally now (afterall I wrote a piece about Fola Adeola without knowing him personally), the truth is that Prof. Pat Utomi deserves to be respected by any well meaning Nigerian.

4 Reasons why Prof Pat Utomi Legacy will stand the test of time

1. His Love for God
Across board, I have heard mostly positive reports about Prof. Pat Utomi and the fact that he is working selflessly towards a greater Nigerian state can only be as a result of his love for God.
He has been a devout Christian and a long time member (and now National Director) of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International. Whenever I get to interact with Prof. I see the peace and calmness all around him which can only but come from God.
2. Patriotism
Prof. has built goodwill far and wide both locally and internationally. A growing percentage of youths regard him as a true patriot of our generation. The just concluded event lays credence to this fact. Well over 500 people were present at the 10th CVL annual lecture to respect and honour this great man.
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I observed two highly respected Nigerians – Elder Felix Ohiwerei and Dr. Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto as they sat down patiently for over 4 hours in Prof’s honour. Not only them, Gov.’s  My point is that “the goodwill he has is as a result of the selfless service and patriotism others see in him.
3. Enterprise Development
I know Prof. has been involved in a lot of ventures so I will just mention one that has stood the test of time and that is the “Pan-African University” – would Nigeria still have developed with PAU? The answer is yes, so has the institution played any role in Nigeria’s economic development? Absolutely, show me that one successful corporate titan that has not been to PAU/LBS for one course or the other.
Prof. Pat Utomi’s laudable contribution to this great institution will stand the test of time. An institution that has helped develop business managers and entrepreneurs in their thousands.
At this point, I would like to mention two great companies that Prof. has played a role one way or the other in helping them evolve into top notch organisations. They are:
a. Businessday Newspapers (Mr. Frank Aigbogun) – unarguably Nigeria’s foremost business newspaper since inception.
b. Swift Networks (Mr. Charles Anudu) – Who has changed the face of Internet service like swift? I have a customer of this company for 8 years now 🙂 and I know how much impact they have made.
Go find out how these 2 organisations alone have changed the fortunes of millions directly and indirectly, then you would respect our dear Prof. Pat Utomi more.
4. Youth Development
CFA and Prof Pat Utomi
CFA and Prof Pat Utomi

The Centre for Values in Leadership‘s Role Model Forum (RMF) has literally been a blessing to thousands including yours truly – I have been blessed both as an attendee and a speaker at the event. A monthly programme that brings together young professionals who listen to entrepreneurs who have made, tell them how it all happened.

Secondly, I have often asked myself, why would Prof. endorse Network marketing (a marketing system I believe in too IF done right)? The only answer that comes to my mind is that he has carefully looked at it as business model that can help reduce the rate of unemployment in our dear country.
I could go on and on mentioning all the good works of Prof. Pat Utomi but that would not be necessary at this point. I believe the 3 points above clearly proves that if Christ tarries and long after he has left this world; his legacy will speak for him come what may.
To a Patriot, Scholar, Father, Mentor, Father and Friend; I wish you many more years ahead and I pray that the good Lord will help you fulfil your destiny on Earth in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!
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Remembering Whitney Houston and Some of Her Choices

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Whitney Houston had a choice just like everyone us and there is no doubt that some of the choices she made directly or indirectly contributed to her death.

Be that as it may, Whitney Houston will be greatly missed by almost everyone who heard her sing. If my late sister were to be alive today, she would also be sad to hear this because we grew up singing and screaming: I iiii eha will always love you…… every now and then 🙂

According to dailymail.co.uk, Legendary singer and film star whitney houston died in her hotel room after a long battle with hard drugs and alcohol that blighted her career. She was 48. The star was found by her bodyguard drowned in a bathtub in a room containing prescription pill bottles, according to sources.

Paramedics battled to revive the singer but she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm yesterday afternoon. Her frantic daughter Bobbi Kristina, 19, is said to have got into a ‘furious screaming argument’ with police who refused to let her into the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to see the body of her dead mother. Friends of Miss Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick, who also went to the hotel to try to see the body, have said that she is ‘inconsolable’.

The cause of death is not yet known. There were no illegal drugs in the fourth floor hotel suite but the previous evening she had ‘partied heavily, drank and chatted loudly’ with friends at the hotel bar, claims TMZ.

Death is the inevitable end of every man and woman. It will be one day be our turn, when that day comes what will your story be? What legacy would you leave behind?

Is it a legacy of crime, theft, corruption, wickedness or love, empowerment, motivation etc.?

In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. [3] Her list of awards includes two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. – Source: Wikipedia

Whitney Houston had a Calling…

Without sounding so hysterical, I strongly believe that Whitney Houston was created specially to glorify God with her voice, now whether she did it well or not is not for me to judge. I believe her “I’ll always love you” track has healed so many broken hearts and mended countless relationships worldwide. If you doubt this, get together with your spouse and play this track and come back to report the results 🙂
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She started out singing in a gospel choir of the Baptist church until she was discovered by Clive Davis CEO of Arista Records. She had a church background and those close to her say she would often start singing gospel songs every now and then. It is on record that her first solo performance in the church was “Guide me, oh Thou Great Jehova” Even some days before her death, she performed at a pre-Grammy party hosted by fellow Singer Kenny Lattimore and it was reported that she sang the gospel classic “Jesus Loves Me” with Kelly Price.

I just hope she reconciled with her Creator before or while in that bathtub……

Whitney Houston followed her Heart

Her family members were totally against her decision to marry her sweetheart, Bobby Brown but because she was an adult, who had the right to make Choices, she went her ahead and married him.

You and I can attest that was the greatest mistake late Whitney Houston made, no thanks to Bobby, she became a drunk and an addict of various deadly substance. In 2006, she decided to put an end to the torture called marriage which finally came through in 2007 but then the deed was done.
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Until she died, it was all struggles. Her “loving” ex-husband could not even cancel his musical performance that same night in honour of the woman he both loved and destroyed. I must give her kudos to have put up this fellow for so long, I remember that a month after the court gave approval for the divorce, he came back to the court claiming custody of the child plus spousal support. How insane can a man be?

Whitney Houston’s memory lives on….

She came, she saw but she conquered more in music industry than other areas of life. This notwitstanding her memory lives on.

She discovered her passion very early and stayed with it even when she got a job as a model, she kept her eyes on the goal, until the break came the day Clive discovered her extra ordinary talent. She had a choice to either become a super model or stay with music, her very first love.

Whitney Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.

May God Almighty in his infinite mercies grant the Houstons the grace to bear this loss. Losing a loved one is a loss that you cannot comprehend, if you have not experienced it.

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Facts about Fuel Subsidy you must know by Pastor Tunde Bakare

The fuel subsidy debate is currently the most burning National issue and I think it will remain that way for a while. I got wind of Pastor Tunde Bakare’s thoughts on fuel subsidy and decided to publish it.

Please read, digest and share. I recently wrote “My Thoughts on the fuel subsidy removal policy.”

…… from Pastor Tunde Bakare
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1) DEFINITION

To subsidise is to sell a product below the cost of production. Since the federal government has been secretive about the state of our refineries and their production capacity, we will focus on importation rather than production. So, in essence, within the Nigerian fuel subsidy context, to subsidise is to sell petrol below the cost of importation.

2) THE UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The Nigerian government claims that Nigerians consume 34 million litres of petrol per day. The government has also said publicly that N141 per litre is the unsubsidised pump price of petrol imported into Nigeria. (N131.70 kobo being the landing price and N9.30 kobo being profit.)

3) ANNUAL COST OF IMPORTATION

Daily Fuel Consumption: 34 million litres Cost at Pump: N141.00 No. of days in a regular year: 365 days Total cost of all petrol imported yearly into Nigeria:

Litres Naira Days 34m x 141 x 365 = N1.75 trillion

4) COST BORNE BY THE CONSUMERS

Nigerians have been paying N65 per litre for fuel, haven’t we? Therefore, cost borne by the consumers =

Litres Naira Days 34m x 65 x 365 = N807 billion

5) COST OF SUBSIDY BORNE BY THE GOVERNMENT

In 2011 alone, government claimed to have spent N1.3 trillion by October – the bill for the full year, assuming a constant rate of consumption is N1.56 trillion.

Consequently, the true cost of fuel subsidy borne by the government is: Total cost of importation minus total borne by consumers, i.e. N1.75 trillion minus N807 billion = N943 billion.

Unexplainable difference: N617 billion

The federal government of Nigeria cannot explain the difference between the amount actually disbursed for fuel subsidy and the cost borne by Nigerians (N1.56 trillion minus N943 billion = N617 billion).
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6) BOGUS CLAIM BY THE GOVERNMENT

A government official has claimed that the shortfall of N617 billion is what goes to subsidising our neighbours through smuggling. This is pathetic. But let us assume (assumption being the lowest level of knowledge) that the government is unable to protect our borders and checkmate the brisk smuggling going on. Even then, the figures still don’t add up. This is because even if 50% of the petrol consumed in each of our neighbouring countries is illegally exported from Nigeria, the figures are still inaccurate. Why?

WORLD BANK’S FIGURES: POPULATIONS OF WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES

NIGERIA: 158.4 million BENIN: 8.8 million TOGO: 6 million CAMEROUN: 19.2 million NIGER: 15.5 million CHAD: 11.2 million GHANA: 24.4 million

The total population of all our six (6) neighbours is 85.5 million.

Let’s do some more arithmetic:

a) Rate of Petrol Consumption in Nigeria: Total consumed divided by total population:

34 million litres divided by 158.8 million people = 0.21 litres per person per day.

b) Rate of Petrol Consumption in all our 6 neighbouring countries, assumed to be the same as Nigeria:

0.2 litres x 85.5 million people = 18.35 million litres per day

Now, if we assume that 50% of the petrol consumed in all the six neighbouring countries comes from Nigeria, this value come to 9.18 million litres per day.

7) PATHETIC ABSURDITY

There are two illogicalities flowing from this smuggling saga.

a) If 9.18 million litres of petrol is truly smuggled out of our borders per day, then ours is the most porous nation in the word. This is why: The biggest fuel tankers in Nigeria have a capacity of about 36,000 litres. To smuggle 9.18 million litres of fuel, you need 254 trucks.

What our government is telling us is that 254 huge tankers pass through our borders every day and they cannot do anything about it. This is not just acute incompetence, but also a serious security challenge. For if the government cannot stop 254 tanker trailers from crossing the border daily, how can they stop importation of weapons or even invasion by a foreign country?

b) 2nd illogicality: Even if we believe the government and assume that about 9.18 million litres is actually taken to our neighbours by way of smuggling every day, and all this is subsidised by the Nigerian government, the figures being touted as fuel subsidy still don’t add up. This is why:

Difference between pump price before and after fuel subsidy removal = N141.00 – N65.00 = N76.00

Total spent on subsidizing petrol to our neighbours annually = N76.00 x 9.18 million litres x 365 days = N255 billion

If you take the N255 billion away from the N617 billion shortfall that the government cannot explain, there is still a shortfall of N362 billion. The government still needs to tell us what/who is eating up this N362 billion ($2.26 billion USD).

8) ILLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS

i) We have assumed that there are no working refineries in Nigeria and so no local petrol production whatsoever – yet, there is, even if the refineries are working below capacity.

ii) Nigeria actually consumes 34 million litres of petrol per day. Most experts disagree and give a figure between 20 and 25 million litres per day. Yet there is still an unexplainable shortfall even if we use the exaggerated figure of the government.

iii) Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cameroun, Niger, and Chad all consume the same rate as Nigeria and get 50% of their petrol illegally from Nigeria through smuggling.

These figures simply show the incompetence and insincerity of our government officials. This is pure banditry.

9. The simplest part of the fuel subsidy arithmetic will reveal one startling fact: That the government does not need to subsidise our petrol at all if we reject corruption and sleaze as a way of life. Check this out:

a) NNPC crude oil allocation for local consumption = 400,000 barrels per day (from a total of 2.450 million barrels per day).

b) If our refineries work at just 30%, 280,000 barrels can be sold on the international market, leaving the rest for local production.

c) Money accruing to the federal government through NNPC on the sale, using $80/bbl – a conservative figure as against the current price of $100/bbl – would be $22.4m per day. Annually this translates to $8.176bn or N1.3 trillion.

d) The government does not need to subsidise our petrol imports – at least not from the Federation Account. The same crude that should have been refined by NNPC is simply sold on the international market (since our refineries barely work) and the money is used to buy petrol. The 400,000 barrels per day given to NNPC for local consumption can either be refined by NNPC or sold to pay for imports. This absurdity called fuel subsidy should be funded with this money, not the regular FGN budget.

If the FGN uses it regular budget for subsidising petrol, then what happens to the crude oil given to NNPC for local refining that gets sold on the international market?

10) TACTICAL BLUNDER

The federal government is making the deregulation issue a revenue problem. Nigerians are not against deregulation. We have seen deregulation in the telecom sector and Nigerians are better for it, as even the poor have access to telephones now right before the eyes of those who think it is not for them.

What is happening presently is not deregulation (so called fuel subsidy removal) but an all-time high fuel pump increase, unprecedented in the history of our nation by a government that has gone broke due to excessive and reckless spending largely on themselves. If the excesses of all the three tiers of government are seriously curbed, that would free enough money for infrastructural development without unduly punishing the poor citizens of this country.

Let me just cite, in closing, the example of National Assembly excesses and misplaced spending as contained in the 2012 budget proposal:

  • Number of Senators = 109
  • Number of Members of the House of Representatives = 360
  • Total Number of Legislators = 469
  • 2012 Budget Proposal for the National Assembly = N150 billion
  • Average Cost of Maintaining Each Member = N320 million
  • Average Cost of Maintaining Each Member in USD $2.1 million/year

Time has come for the citizens of this country to hold the government accountable and demand the prosecution of those bleeding our nation to death. Until this government downsizes, cuts down its profligacy and leads by example in modesty and moderation, the poor people of this country will not and must not subsidise the excesses of the oil sector fat cats and the immorality cum fiscal scandal of the self-centred and indulgent lifestyles of those in government.

Here is a hidden treasure of wisdom for those in power while there is still time to make amends:

“Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. The violence of the wicked will destroy them because they refuse to do just.” – PROVERBS 21:6&7

A word of counsel for those who voted for such soulishly indulgent leadership:

“Never trust a man who once had no shoes, or you may end up losing your legs.”

This is the conclusion of the matter on fuel subsidy removal:

i) “If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked.” (Proverbs 29:12) ii) “The Righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness. Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and will not be heard.” (Proverbs 21:12&13)

Thanks for your attention.

God bless you all.

Pastor Tunde Bakare is a fiery pastor cum politician.

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I announce the death of my kid sister Ada Miracle Ifeoma Agbata, May her soul rest in peace

With a heavy heart but in total submission to the will of God, I write to tell the world that my kid sister, Ada Miracle Ifeoma Agbata is no more, she has gone to be with the Lord. Read more about her on website www.miracleagbata.com (no longer working)

She died earlier today, Tuesday, 6th of December, 2011 at about 1.30pm.

My sister was hale and hearty this morning because we spoke and laughed before I left for the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan African University where I had a Social Media and Search Engine Optimization training session.

In the middle of the training session, I got a call that my sister was behaving funny and that it was pretty serious. What was I supposed to do? The training session was on. Besides I knew that if I rushed out it will not solve anything because I am not a Doctor or medical practitioner. So, I relaxed and informed my students about what was going on and told them to pardon me if I became incoherent – thank goodness they understood 🙂

How it all happened

According to my dear Mother who was with her, Ada Miracle was in perfect health and great shape. In fact, she has been waiting on the Lord (Fasting and Praying) for almost a month, she usually fasts from 6am to 3pm but said to our Mum that she will break much earlier, so by 12pm, she knelt down to pray and prayed till about 12.30pm, she got up to freshen up and my Mum heard her scream Mummy, Mummy from the bathroom.

Not too long after this she became unconsious. They got to the hospital and was told that they had to transfer her to LUTH – Lagos University Teaching Hospital to see a specialist…… Before they got there, she gave up the ghost.

Today was one of those days that I am glad that I did not drive to Victoria Island because I might have had a seizure before getting to the hospital cos the traffic was simply insane. I simply resorted to Okada (motor bike) and so for the 1st time I biked from Victoria Island all the way to LUTH, Idi Araba as if that will stop what God has destined to happen from happening.

What I saw at LUTH broke my heart the more, apart from the fact that my sister was gone, I saw so many helpless Nigerians receiving treatment from their cars. Infact, my folks were told that there were no free beds, so my sister was confirmed dead right inside the car that took her there (not an ambulance cos the Hospital she first went does not have an one).

I am still short of words,

Three questions I asked myself based on today’s experience:  

  1. How would Hospitals in Nigeria not be prepared for an emergency?
  2. Are you sure I won’t get another citizenshio for my children?
  3. Is Nigeria not ripe for a revolution?

Life remains brutish and short her in Nigeria….. Very sad indeed!!!

Lessons I learnt from my Sister’s Death

1. Give thanks to God

In all situation we must give thanks to our creator, so I stand to tell the world that in all situation give thanks to the Lord for he is our maker.

God, I thank you for today’s experience and for the life of our dear sister.

2. Live everyday like your last

My sister was not sick (at least not physically) but she is no more. It is still like a dream to me, I cant believe that my sister is gone to be with the Lord.
Today it is her, tomorrow is could be anyone else. Do make sure your life gives glory to your maker.   I have made up my mind to give God all the glory despite the great pain that I feel, I trust God Almighty 100% – He is in charge of the universe.

Ada would have died in 2005 but God extended her life and added a few more years. You can read her testimony here.

Sleep on dear Sister till we meet to part no more on the Lord’s day!

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Steve Jobs is Dead! Rest in Peace Steve, you made an Impact

I woke this morning to hear that Steve Jobs is Dead. Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple and Pixar Animations, died on Wednesday October 5 at age 56, after a battle with pancreatic cancer and other health issues. He will be missed all over the world.

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Steve Jobs is Dead. Read in Peace Steve!!!

In the days ahead, I will be publishing two articles based on Steve Jobs life and accomplishments; one will be written from the scratch and the other will be published verbatim.

  1. The first one will be title 4 Small Business Lessons from Steve Jobs
  2. The 2nd will be his famous 2005 Stanford University commencement speech

I honestly, truly admire Steve Jobs not because I have used any of Apple Products but because I have read a lot about him and I have watched from afar as he turned customers into loyal brand ambassadors. This guy will be fondly missed by all. I know he definitely had some shortcomings but guess what? His good deeds at Apple will over shadow all that for many years to come. I can’t wait to read his auto-biography that is due to be published later in 2011.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” he told the Stanford grads in 2005.

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”

 No doubt Steve Jobs is Dead but his memory lives on!

In a statement, Steve Jobs’s family revealed that the visionary leader of Apple died peacefully.

The complete statement from his family is included below:

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“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories.

We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief.”

Yes the end has come for Steve but you are alive today, won’t you just make up your mind to make an impact! What change/sacrifice are you willing to make to get to the next level?

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If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com