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“Welcome To Blogging U:Writing 201”

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Here we are again for another Blogging University course. Whom much is given, much is expected. There would be never a time when learning must stop. The beat of knowledge seeking goes on.

The wordpress.com is such a platform for self development as well of constant upgrading of blogging standard across board. Let me think like a typical Nigerian that am proud to be. Are we getting certificate? That’s on a lighter note.

Happy and exciting participation in the workshop to every one. “Go to find your story”

“Writing 101, Day Six:A Character-Building Experience”

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When we talk of character building experience, it has to do with leadership development and the best of model of communual excellence worthy of emulation. There is a man that stand out among other men. A man of excellence, an uncommon transformer delievering uncommon transformation. He is Chief Godswill Obodo Akpabio. The governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria.

With less than a decade of administrative commitment. He turned the entire state into mega cities. Every nook and crany of the state was tranformed with solid and state of the art development. He has taken a back State to become a frontline State.

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I had never met him one on one but everytime am in any part of this state! Moving on smooth roads and all the infrastructural development around me, I feel so close to this man. I feel like this is a man I’ll trust any day any time. I feel like this a man that has deliever beyound expectation. A man, if requsire my vote, I’ll wholeheartedly give. He’s a man with midal touch. A very large man.

You may wonder why this acolades? It’s simply because, the man deliever on almost all his promises. I am a yoruba man from western part of Nigeria, but I know what good governance is. And I can say that the man has done so well. The kind of development he brought to his people within two terms of four years is amazing because of his drive and his comittment to positive developmental change. All hail one of the best around. Godswill Obodo Akpabio. Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria as he aproachs his exit as the governor.

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“Writing 101, Day Four: Serial Killer”

It is amazing how time flies. We all know money could be recouped but time lost, definately could not be regained. If lost, gone forever. Life has a way of dealing with each and everyone of us in a diffferent way. Biblically, one would not say father Abraham waisted his time. Far from it. He had to wait working patiently to connect to the promise. Which took a while to materialise.

What can we say of today? We all strive, no matter how smartly or otherwise. If it’s not yet your time, you may need extra grace of patience to keep yourself going in the same direction. Certainly you must be aware of the fact that the path is promising but if for any reason you feel otherwise, then you need to reapraise the possibility of making success of that endeavor.

That is why one has to be objective at all time and be open to new possibilities. Most of the bloggers and writer are motivators but it’s not as if they don’t have challenge. But they simple hold on till the time things get better. And that’s what we keep saying that things would definately change for better with time. Happy blogging.  

“Why I Write Blog: The Great Expectation”

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All my life I had invested great passion and time to my first love- fashion designing. This span close to thirty years of my life. My expectation then was success that will make me outstandingly wealthy. Later in years, I realised that it’s one thing to be a gifted artist but another thing to be a real businessman. My all encompassing creativity in such area… textile, embroidery, african attire making with its accessories: cap and shoe, head tie, shoe, bag and shawl for ladies. Seminar bags, mouphla. Everything around fashion am there. I do flags as well.

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I hope and hope to get there. The closer i am, then something pulls it further. From 1- 10- 20 years plus, close to 30. I deliberately separated myself when it look like I need special hand of God in my situation. One thing I had never done and will never do is to ask God why? It is too big a question for me. At every stage of those terrible disappointments, I always give Him thanks for keep me going.

As I advance in number(age), I keep open mind looking for legitimate opportunity. One great thing I desire from when I was even young is to be a global brand. I thought fashion would take me there. Despite many failure to achieve that prior to now. The focus is intact.

August ’12. A sister, friend, leader in FLP. A Diamond Manager with the husband wheel-barrowed me into Forever Living Products network marketing business. She did the unusual, buys in my name to elevate me to the next level of supervisor without doing anything or knowing how to go about it. I eventually sign on two person, they too could not make any headway. Instead of given up, I started lookin for a way out. Went after life story of leading FLP managers. First Kim Madsen, a Dutch Diamond Manager and then the topmost FLP Manager Rolf Kipp, a German Double Diamond Manager. His statement that if he has to start all over again, he will go online. That statement influence me greatly. Prior to that I had attended a seminar on creating blog and how to monetize it. There was no tools in place to start then.

But today by grace, taking small step at a time. I am a blogger on the run of life. Blogging got all of me because of what it offers:- freedom, lifestyle, travellin, adding value to others, giving me a voice globally, getting knowledge on daily basis and so much more.
I have lived in Calabar for the past seven years, kind of being closed up. Thats even the reason for lack of prospect yet am not an introvert. But eventually, I stepped out of my comfort zone and damn the consequence. Breaking the bridge after the cross over. There would be no retreat and no surrender.
Am on a platform of blogosphere and am sure it is a new day of fulfillment. 

“Weekly Writing Challenge:Power of Names”

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“Uneasy lies the head that wear the crown”. Despite that, the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria Mr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has goodluck shaping his destiny all the way. It a test to the fact that truly ,the name we bear has power of influence over our destiny.

From lecture room to vice chairman of a local government. If you have Goodluck Jonathan behind you, there is always antecedent of something drastic happening for your displacement for him to have the number one seat. One hell of a luck. He became the Chairman of the said Local government council.

From there, he was picked as deputy governor of riverine Bayelsa State, in the south south part of Nigeria. Before you could say Jack Robinson, the governor Mr Alamesiye was arrested for money laundering in United Kingdom and pronto. The State House of Assembly impreached the governor and Mr Goodluck Jonathan emerged the Governor. He was the governor less than a year before he clinched Vice Pressident ticket with the then sickly presidential candidate in person of late Alhaji Umoru Musa Yaradua.

About two years into that tenure, the President died for Mr Goodluck to become the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria in acting capacity after so much political horsetrading. After that shared tenure, he landslidely won a fresh four years tenure and already planning for another term come 2015! Would you say he’s pushing his luck too far? Well, time will tell.

Quote of his wife “Na sidon we sidon, dey ask us to be vice chairman, na sidon we sidon, they make us deputy governor.  Na sidon we sidon, they say take Vice President”. Na sidon they sidon, they( those who dey chop with them) dey beg them to do another tenure. A classical case of stroke of luck.   

“Weekly Writing Challenge:Threes”

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Calabar is a beatiful city on the rise, very clean. By the time you sleep in the night and wake up in the morning, you will see the whole place cleaned up. Manually by female sweepers working for CUDA( Calabar Uban Development Agency) which take care of the enviroment. Funny enough, it is done in the tradional way with women using two brooms on both hands at a time.

Everyday, portions are assigned to individual to clean and before 7am, they are off the street. They are paid meager allowance.

The motorised sweeping vehicle is not considered because it would take the job out of women’s hand. But which job? These people are supposed to be engaged in industries which are few aroung here. The two common saying here is ” This is a civil servant state” and “The state has no money”. Very derogatory terms.

Governance in this part of the world is about addressing the present not the future likely challenges, that’s the reason for the slow pace. The government and the people stick with the “Comfort Zone”. It is a general problem hindering the developmental drive to turn things around for good.