Friday, 12 October 2012

Generation X Africa

I remember growing up in Nigeria, there was not one thing I didn't think I would be able to do, I was ready to conquer the world, not like Adolf Hitler as history suggests but more in a way that I could be a leader in whatever field I choose. I was a smart kid, I still am a smart kid ;) but the courage I had back then had no boundaries. Nigeria was a country, not a continent, I was stack sure that other people from everywhere else knew a country existed called Nigeria, albeit a third world country, but not a place of resentment, spite and dupes. I was already a teenager when I left the shores. In the last 10 years, I have lived in three different continents, Asia, Europe and America, Nigeria makes it the fourth one. I have been well immersed into different cultures and if I have the chance I won't stop until I see the rest of the world. One of the first things I noticed was the way Nigeria is portrayed in the media outside of Nigeria. Within the country, we all watch the wishy-washy NTA news 9pm at night and never wonder if all the things that come up on TV as news ever reach the outside world. No it doesn't, if it does, it rarely does with a limited view and that's only for people who have African channel subscriptions on SKY, who care enough to tune HITV instead of Eastenders or Hollyoaks in the UK or TelAFric TV in America and Canada. In Asia, I do not know of any of such cable networks. That answers the question of who tells our story to the outside world, we do not tell our own stories to the world. CNN, BBC and AlJazeera does. And do they really care enough to exhibit our day - to day lives? Kid yourselves not, they care more about catastrophes and Boko Haram bombings, about removal of fuel subsidy and the protests, they are interested in stories of oil prices. Well, you would already know that bad news is news anyway. There is hardly news in good occurrences except occasional heroic incidents.

According to the 2008 American Community Survey, an ongoing statistical sample survey conducted by U.S. Census Bureau, more than 200,000 Nigerian-born residents live in the U.S. Wikipedia puts that figure at 266,204. The Office for National Statistics put the figure of Nigerian-born people resident in the UK at 174,000 in 2011. 20 million people of Nigerian descent are estimated to reside outside Nigeria. Let's just say millions of other people like me are scattered around the world. The world has come to a point where everyone is expressive of their views. The highlight of this generation is not being the smartest human generation, not homosexuality and sexual perversions, not being good or bad or worse than previous generations. Correct me if I'm wrong but it's not even in terms of moral degradation, there are still good people in or generation, but we above people before us are more expressive of who we are and do not care what anyone thinks about us. All or most of the things we experience in our generation have always been in existence, but we are a generation that is more expressive. We have views and opinions about everything and we are ready to let it out. We do not just conform, we are able to speak up at the right time and not let anyone put us down. We recognize the power of human rights and we make use of it. I think the problem with Nigerians in this age is having little or no opinion about who they really are which makes us less expressive about 'Africa'. Notice I said about 'Africa' because a lot of us are smart about everything else. We know world history, we know world war stories, but we do not know about our own civil war stories and African history.

In our history lies values, values that make us who we truly are deep on the inside. Values that we can hold on to and not allow anybody take away from us, values that could form the basis of our own opinion. A lot of Nigerians overseas need to go back home and experience Africa. I have cousins in their late twenties who have never been back home. They have been everywhere else in the world but not to their own home. African parents could take their kids on holidays to Jamaica or Puerto Rico, but shy away from Motherland. However bad it is, we all need to experience Africa. Why do we always have to dress like other people, talk like other people, embrace the culture of other people and forget that there is good within us. I see a generation fading away, youth that have no clue about their own language and are proud of it. You find most Asians raised anywhere in the world and they are still able to speak their own language. I love how Myne Whitman is able to tell African stories to the world and you see everyone wanting to read and experience it saying they have never encountered an African romance novel before. It simply means that a lot of good things exist but if not well communicated, nobody would have an idea of it's existence. Three years ago, we all saw Chimamanda Adichie on TED talk. That is an example of being expressive about who we truly are. It also explains the popularity of Afrobeats in recent times, even though it has always been there, expressing it to the world make everyone aware of it. We need to express Africa of this generation, that is the one gift we have as young people. Go back and know your home, go back, know your roots. This post couldn't be shorter but I hope it drives home the point.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Lost at the golden gate


The day turns dark, bleak. All you can see now is no end in sight. There's a black tunnel a stream of black colored water flowing down, paints you a picture of oil so crude. Thunder shatters, frightens and goose pimples, shivers of the cold night, even a thick jacket can feel this, warm on the inside but wet on the outside. Lonely jungle quiet habitation. The road is clumsy, sloppy down a path of narrow breeze. And there are hills all around you, slopes and hills, rivers on the side, prison in the middle of the water. Iconic bridge giant in front of you, like a pave-way to millions on a daily path. It reminds you of several deaths to make the million pass through, a chain of lost souls, holding hands to thread a path for millions coming after them. The gates are locked, the dungeons are empty, the abode is ancient, it holds lots history. Caves are carved above you like a door entrance in its natural form. The bush is scary, wet puddles all around you. You want to run and scream, but all you have left in your lungs won't take you a rather long time, you are exhausted. Its a twisted feeling, amidst being lost, helpless and freedom. How can freedom be found in a solitary mountain? Whistles of the nights start to blow, the song it brings to mind 'May it be' - Enya. Sounds can reach even solitary places where words are absent.


p.s: video credit: www.youtube.com
photo credit: www.google.com/images

Monday, 1 October 2012

Proudly Nigerian

Within a lot of us
There is a lot of flaws
False evidence appearing real
Fear of nothing within us
Coming from a humble crib
We grew to be rather blessed
Luxury of life blew a soulful wind
Looking dapper fresh today
We clean cut and swagged out
We got the right definition of car key
And that gives us the right to be cocky?
Remember the green where home is
A good combination of metaphor
Since I met her before
Its both good and bad
A trendy and worrying place
I found solace in the darkness
A right to know where my soul is
It's the hope that made me strong
She is a true friend and hero
I would not trade her for lust
But now a lot of us
In spite of all our falls
We try to cover up our source
Forgetting it's what made us strong
Let us embrace our flaws
And form one mighty force
It shows us who we are
And cast all our fears away.
Happy Independence Nigeria.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Ambitious Girl


Its the real opposite of pleasureWhen people talking love,I'm thinking pain and pleasureThe days the clouds are outAnd you're stuck with the oneWho claimed they know youIn darkness or light bright and shinyHow I wish we can all find true connectionAnd simply not settle out of pressureCompulsion of family valuesDisguise of societal expectationsMama should hold her grand before she passesThe priest name tagged your clique 'single'Keeps casting out the demonsI know it's a bit tough, the time isLonely nights, longing the touch of someoneBut thereafter a decade of miseryYou can tell me how worthy the rush isWhen you're with the one and yet feel so singleTime passed but it doesn't change affectionsI guess we frequently hear the gospelYoung lady, settle down in your twentiesAnd raise your kids in a twinkle earlyLet them grow like weed and that's all perfectionThey'll settle down and repeat the cycleWhat happened to waiting for somethingSo intangible you don't know what it really isBut you will know it when you find itIt's called true love,But I'd like to call it connectionWhen you meet the one and you just know its worth it.You see, to each one his own, this life isIt'd be a sweat to find Adam, Eve kind connectionBut then again is it worth settling for the serpent?Or young man, marrying your Delilah?I see the rush of a crowdIt's a lot difficult to stand aloneThan follow the through pathAnd beat their time to perfectionBut is there glory found in peer pressure?Or self sufficiency in crowd-solved puzzles?I'd rather have a mind of my own and failThan follow a whooping crowd to perditionIt's worth the wait for the calm beautyWhen times are hard like tornadoShe turn a dough to a hot plateYou see its not always the pleasureWhen people talking love,I'm thinking pain and pleasureThe cloudy day is what means perfectionWhen patience is a virtue, IntangibleAnd time is not the issue, Priceless

n.b: Image from https://www.google.co.uk/images

Friday, 31 August 2012

Gone with the winds



Gone with the winds.
The words I proclaim
When yet another accolade is won
Gone with the winds,
Muted sounds I frame
When the first real toge is worn
Take a look around
Working all night, long nights
Fighting for my life
Young black man, It's not cliche I made it.
You wonder how I did it.
I just don't sleep before I wake up
Dreaming too big, my retina lens can't capture it
Coz I ain't sleeping on a dream
I'm winning it, dream-chaser
Take a look around my schedule
City hopping everyday
Morning sprinting all the way
Daring to be different
The believer of what's known only to self
Gone with the winds. The caption I wrote
When I feel every step closer to a good beginning.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Worry

I'm scrolling through memories
A brain album of man as baby
When life was simple and smile was easy
When peace was cliché and nothing to worry
When skin was fragile and sleep was bliss
Baby turns boy, worry nips in
But that in itself was struggle for acceptance
Of peer pressure and self recognition
of new new discoveries, erection of talents
Of making mistakes and learning new skills

And yet short lived, boy evolves to man
From listening to daring, quiet to touting
Fragile turned pale, freshness now sour
Smooth now hairy, Innocence feels guilty
Pouting red eye.
Peace now a struggle, sleep is an effort
A bit of amnesia, a lot to worry

And so I realize, fear!
That's the worst of it
Constantly branding worry as the medicine
That there's no peace and freedom is far-fetched
So in Walter's words, I'll gladly quote

'I have spent my whole life scared, frightened of things that could happen, might happen, might not happen. 50 years I spent like that, finding myself awake at 3 in the morning, but you know what, ever since my diagnosis, I sleep just fine. And I came to realize it's that fear that’s the worst of it. That’s the real enemy, so get up, get up in the real world and you kick that bastard as hard as you can right in the teeth. '

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

PEACE

Peace is all she needs
To be comfortable and happy
Embodiment of good health
Treasure off purchase shelf
She's got it all, so the world thinks
Stacks of cash, piles of account
Properties in numbers, lot to count
But always down, she lacks it all
It's all mirage, can it go away
Just to have peace, what won't she give?

Needful of reassurance, it will be okay
That's the lacking piece
That she can't have peace
When you have it all,
but you don't have at all
What's a trader to give
To buy the missing piece.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

PICTURE PERFECT

Young beauty black skin,
Brown eyes African cheekbones,
Smile of a goddess Shape of an angel,
Body of shinning diamond Heart of gold,
Walk ecclesiastic Aroma of freshness,
Curve of perfection Protruding assets of abundance,
Strength of royalty Purity of driven snow,
Enigmatic lustfulness of Mona Lisa.
Adorable as fresh salad needs no dressing.

Young beauty brown eyes
Sassy spirit laughing gas
Energetic globetrotter
Brainy house of humor
Cool as a fan, calm like a bomb
Uptown girl Archaic treasure
Picture Perfect African Jewel

Saturday, 28 April 2012

April Showers




As a kid, I used to love the month of April, First off, It's my birthday on the 21st and that meant lots of presents. Second, I grew up in Nigeria where April showers was awesome. I could run out and play in the rain till I catch a cold. I loved knowing I could predict my birthday was a raining day each year. My mom would say; When I gave birth to you it was raining on that Thursday, the day I brought you back from the hospital, it was still raining. I naturally grew up into believing it rains every 21st of April because I was born on a raining day. Lol, how cute it is to be a little one.

Nowadays, man is grown, In my mid-twenties, there's really nothing to fantasize about the wet month of April anymore. This year was worse off. First off, the weather is completely nasty. It rains like every other day. Its brutal, you can't do anything worthwhile outside. I used to love this rain as a kid. I hate this so much now, the weather is dull, everything is draggy-like. Secondly, the week before the 21st was the craziest one ever, and the one before that too. I was studying like my life depended on it, It's a professional exam called SAP TERP10. I could only use 2 weeks and needless to say those two weeks were so not fun. I only need a 51% to become certified, but the volume is huge. So I stuck to it. Library from morning till it dusks, only came back home to sleep and the cycle continues. I prayed, I've never been scared of an exam like that before. I've never studied so hard in my life, I've never failed one either, rather I've performed excellently beyond my own expectations most times.

The exam day, I was being extremely careful, It's 3 hours long. I finished in the first hour and some minutes, went to the bathroom, came back and started UN-ticking my answers, thinking I was playing safe. Now the pattern is such that you only answer the right answers, there could be multiple answers so for any wrong answer, you loose all the points for a question. My playing safe was to make sure I would not answer any question I wasn't sure of. I took my time, answered all the questions again the second time, being extremely careful. Lo and behold, only two people passed and as you rightly guessed I wasn't one of them. I walked out feeling numb and tired. I never wanted to study like I have done again in my life, but what to do.

Alas, I was wrong two weeks later, a friend told me that I needed to have all the right answers to get the points for a question. Anyway, I'm planning to re-apply in June and I'll let you know when I get it right. Well I learnt two lessons;
1. At one point, you will learn to accept disappointments and handle it well, no matter how harsh that lesson might be.
2. Always read your instructions before starting an exam irrespective of what you have heard or read on online communities or blogs.

So if you were wondering why I have not been posting regularly, that's pretty much one of the things I've been up to, the rest is normal graduate school work which will round off soon. By the way my godson turned two on the 15th and here's his picture below.



Thursday, 9 February 2012

I lift up a song of Praise

Austerity dips me, soaks me
Skin wet like baptism
And I can't nip, helpless
I'm that single finger sticking out
In the middle of a valley
Down and depressed I feel
Yes deep, not deeply sinking
deeply within reproach discouragement
digging, pulling out
cold feet, heart frets
Eyes blinking, I dwindle
But down in the midst of mist
I got a song of praise
You're my creator, maker of life
If I don't hallow you,
I'm only going hollow
If I revile in the heat of wane
I'm only going to vaporize
So I figure, my heartfelt praise
Gratitude, comes in my coldest moment

Monday, 30 January 2012

seeking my purpose two



seeking my purpose one



While I woke up early
Early into kidulthood
I look up the sky and stare
The dawn fades into stars

As the day breaks into beautiful sunshine
Father's horticulture blossoms
Flowers bursts out as if to smile
All I wanted daily was to wake
Pleasure found in food and sleep
Just seeing the beautiful world
I see beauty and I know it
That in nature, there is purpose

As I grow up to face the world,
There's more than sight, I feel
The gentle words of a lover
It cuts through deep
Touch on my empty face
I feel every stroke of the fingers
Kiss planted on my bare lips
I feel the slushy moist
Tickles from the whispers
The laughs and the cry
There's purpose in that too
They all teach love

So everything made, I knew
To the living, has its own purpose
They happen as they should
Now, its fright that man fades
Like that beautiful morning
that dissolves briskly into dark night
And so will I, and so shall you
From that boy that wanted nature
To a man who now can feel
And more to come, more of us
Time ticks, purpose evanescence

There comes an age, when the night's dark
The hair is grey, the feet feeble
And man is weak, incomprehensible
A purpose found futile
It rather be known when the sun is out
Like the flowers, for beauty
Like the kiss, for love
Like the air, for breathe
Like the food for survival
Not here to fill vacuum
So I diligently seek
That for purpose alone I'll live


image from google


Friday, 6 January 2012

PXG music contest 2011

This post is featuring G.R.I.P and I'm happy to put this up. G.R.I.P should be back up next month so you should definitely check it out.

If you think Gospel music is still that ‘boring’ genre of music you listen to only when you visit grand-ma? Think again! pXg Music Contest 2011, organised by G.R.I.P, re-established the relevance of Gospel music to the industry.
It was Friday, 2nd of December 2011, the pXg music contest held at SOL House in Manchester, UK delivered gospel entertainment on all counts; fun, laughter, poetry, thrill, soul-steering music, and even suspense. Converging four dynamic upscale Manchester church Choirs; Lighthouse Chapel, NCC, God Centred Voices and Naacah, the winner of the contest will record a single in a top music recording studio, plus a music video.










The judges on the night were music instructor, Sam Amusan and the talented duo - the Levites312, who themselves won a music contest few years ago. With an array of talented acts and exciting performances, Maria opened the show with a rendition of Mali Music ‘All I have to give’; Sean did a unique dance to the worship song ‘Awesome God’. Guest artiste, David Nwator created a buzz as he rapped with a live band to his songs – crack the sky, look for me - before calling the talented Daniel Walker on stage to join him for the ‘Enough’ song. MOBO award nominee Faith Child got the crowd buzzing with his sultry performance as he shared his testimony on the track ‘Flashback’ and performed other tracks off his “Illumination” album.

















One attendee had this to say of the event “as a Christian, I really enjoyed my time at this show. It was a good way to relax, have fun, meet with new people and an awesome start to my weekend”.
Finally, there was a photo shoot after the event and people mingled and made friends.







The winners on the day were NCC. The single and video will be out in February 2012.






pXg is coming your town really soon …

Sunday, 1 January 2012

of a worthy beginning



It's a new day, the cloud bursts out into a beautiful sunshine.
I live in the realization of the spectacular being
Knowledge of the most high
I'm a carrier of destiny
The life of God is deposited into me
I'm a living proof of the kingship right
The spirit of the most high dwells on my inside

I step into greater heights
Breaking new grounds, doors are opening
I have a firm reassurance of the future not lived
An excellent spirit, not of geekiness, but of success
New insights, impeccable brilliance

Grace and goodness has found me
I live in abundance,
Fullness all around me
Making greatness out of little I'm given
This is the life and I'm living it
In plenteous and in health
I'm smiling into more than enough