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High hopes, dreams, aspirations Better life, freedom They are caged in tomorrow Near as it seems Tomorrow never comes Twenty-four ...




High hopes, dreams, aspirations
Better life, freedom
They are caged in tomorrow
Near as it seems
Tomorrow never comes
Twenty-four hours each day
Today's tomorrow becomes today
Just one step-hours

Shall it ever flow? Out of the abundance of the heart The mouth speaketh Out of the deep wells of sorrow

Shall it ever flow?
Out of the abundance of the heart
The mouth speaketh
Out of the deep wells of sorrow

Aimo (Ignorance) Aimo! Each day, a blunt knife is driven through you You do not see it Others do- It is as evident as the sun A bot...

Aimo (Ignorance)
Aimo!
Each day, a blunt knife is driven through you
You do not see it
Others do- It is as evident as the sun
A botch of red behind your white garment
Increasing by day in multiples

PROFILE: Isaac Success is the founder and coordinator of Dreams From The Slum Initiative(DFTSI); a development cum charity project gear...


PROFILE:
Isaac Success is the founder and coordinator of Dreams From The Slum
Initiative(DFTSI); a development cum charity project geared at improving the life of vulnerable children living in remote and

desolate communities through education, empowerment and mentoring. The
Award winning ambassador of the poor masses, also doubles as the CEO of Isaac Success International; a human capital development firm, that is into building human value system. A life transformer, social
activist, humanitarian and philanthropist, he works as consultant and agent to top leading firms and agencies in Nigeria.


WALK THE TALK: Good evening sir, you are welcome to WTT with Akor Emmanuel Oche
ISAAC SUCCESS: Thank You!
WTT: Dreams From The Slum Initiative (DFTSI) has been on the fore front of providing support for less privileged children in Africa. Tell us how it all began.
ISAAC: First I will love to say a big thank you for this opportunity to share with you today. Dreams From The Slum started in 2013, with vivid observation on how children in undeserved communities roam around the street, not going to school, so we decided to do something
about it by taking action.

WTT: I happened to bump into your most recent project "feed
the school children". Apart from this, what other major projects have you
executed since inception?
.
ISAAC: Oh yes! We observed that most children do not go to
school
because of food, while others go to school without eating, and
reports have shown that, children who go to school on empty
stomachs often find it difficult to concentrate, so we provided free meals for
children, aside providing them with their basic school materials and we give scholarships to those out of school. To ensure that the initiative is sustainable, we tend to empower their parents too, so that they can be self empowered and better cater for their
children,
which will prevent them from dropping out of school.
.
WTT: Considering that your NGO is non-profit
oriented, and knowing
that funding often pose a problem to such endeavors. Tell us,
where
and how do you source your funds?
.
ISAAC: We are involved in strategic partnership with other organizations to achieve our goals. While a good number of individuals serve as our ambassadors by supporting when a there is a call, cooperate sponsorship came majorly in materials and we are in dire need of support for us to make more impact.
.
WTT: How do you operate, in terms of location and where to render your services?
.
ISAAC: We work to make the dreams of vulnerable children in Africa a reality. Aside reaching slums in Lagos, Kogi, Delta, Edo and Imo states, we are also reaching slums in Ghana and Uganda.



WTT: At a time when it is most needed, philanthropism is fast fading away in Africa. What, in you view, is responsible for this?

ISAAC: That is why we have sustainability measures for initiatives like ours



WTT: In our sustainability plan, aside sending the children to school, giving scholarships e.t.c we ensure that their parents are trained via our entrepreneurship, cum skill acquisition programmes, and using art education. Last year during the international women's day, one of the single mothers we empowered now makes 70% more profit, than her usual, and can conveniently fend for her children.



WTT: What projects are you working on presently and what are your plans for the future?
ISAAC: We are currently on a mission to build an educational center which will be a school and a library in Araromi Community, Ajegunle, Lagos state, and also working towards enrolling out-of-school children back into schools. We have a vision to have a center in 4years time, a center where children will have access to their basic needs.



WTT: For further enquiries, how do we reach the initiative?
ISAAC: www.dreamsfromthesluminitiative.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/dreamsfromtheslum
www.twitter.com/dreamsfromslum,
www.instagrame.com/dreamsfromtheslum ,
dreamsfromtheslum@gmail.com .
Tel: 07052824587, 07060515189/(sms only).
WTT: Thanks for the time, its a pleasure talking to you.


WALK THE TALK with Akor Emmanuel Oche features on NELOC BLOG and is anchored by NELOC BLOG columnist; Akor Emmanuel Oche. Oche is a Nigerian poet, critic, essayist, and thinker. Email at akor.emmaoche@gmail.com

The Maze Oh! He is dead Had I shouted He would scamper to safety But that would have given me away I learn from his mistake He ran...

The Maze
Oh! He is dead
Had I shouted
He would scamper to safety
But that would have given me away
I learn from his mistake
He ran carefully, checking distance

Rebelling Decisions What I dread most in life is my irretractable decisions I am filled with continual strife And scared of heart incisio...

Rebelling Decisions

What I dread most in life is my irretractable decisions
I am filled with continual strife
And scared of heart incisions
These are dire moment
The roughest decisions arise

This rebellion cannot be curbed
Kick against being kicked around
We have endured kicks from kicks
from the kick start till trouble ends
A desire not to forebear
Ultimately leads to demise

I enrolled in the school
of pandemic and endemic malady
I carry a bloody face about
the grace of deterrence abounds
Let us have a trial
and the head of man breaks with bricks
Endurance, patience are nourishing foods
Pampering destiny in her made or marred state
Finally,
Rebellion begets rebellion

Segun Arukuje


This poem is an entry for the NMWC 2016. You can read about the contest here

www.hyquesworld.com.ng Credit to Dr. Myles Munroe (of blessed memory), Bahamas Faith Ministries, International and Apostle Joshua Selman, ...

www.hyquesworld.com.ng

Credit to Dr. Myles Munroe (of blessed memory), Bahamas
Faith Ministries, International and Apostle Joshua Selman, Koinonia for their
mind opening teachings.

“Leadership is the ability to influence, motivate, encourage,
ignite, induce, inspire, move and mobilize others to passionately
pursue a common goal or purpose while maintaining commitment, dedication,
diligence as well
as momentum.” – Dr. Myles Munroe

National Alliance on Mental illness: “Mental illness is a
condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions
may affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day.”

Microsoft Encarta Premium, 2009: Mental Illness is a disorder
characterized by disturbances in a person’s thoughts, emotions, or
behavior.

I have always heard and seen so many people term
themselves as leaders. Although, for a long time, that seemed to mean nothing to me but after a while I began to ask myself if we have as much leaders in our
society, why are we in such a depressing state? Why does it seems that
each passing day is a step closer to “only-God-knows-kind of mystery” to be
unleashed into the world. Why do we seem to keep exalting and praising the
wrong things high above what is right? Is there even a standard in this
world for judging what is right from what is wrong? Are even the
self-acclaimed-leaders even leaders? On what basis should
we term a person as a leader? All these and many more were what led me to
begin my research on what leadership really entails and if it has any effect at all
on the state of the society. After studying a number of books most
notably that of the great leadership tutor, Dr. Myles Munroe (of blessed
memory) as well as my bible and listening to some audio tapes on leadership, I
came across some interesting facts (that I would like to share) that
satisfied my curiosity.

So, what is leadership?
According to the definition of leadership given by Dr. Myles,
Leadership is influence not manipulation.

Leadership is the ability to guide,
direct, or influence people.
(Microsoft Encarta 2009).

Leadership is the
art of getting someone else to do something you want done because
he wants to do
it.
(Dwight D. Eisenhower).

All these definitions of leadership have shown that leaders are
only called so if and only if they can influence, inspire, induce and
mobilize others to do what? To follow a vision that has been mapped out.
That is to say that leadership has nothing to do with the seat or position you
occupy or the amount of power you have been able to accrue unto
yourself but the ability to bring others to pursue a goal or sets of goals happily
without anyone feeling used or like a stranger. Having known what
leadership is then comes the next question of who is qualified to be a
leader.

Genesis 1: 26- “And God said, Let us make man in our own
image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over……….” The bible
verse makes us to understand that we were made in the image of God. Now, if God is a leader, what does that make us? Leaders of course! No wonder he
continued further by saying that man should have dominion (ruling power,
control, influence, authority). This shows that right from start, the essence of
man was to be a leader. Notice that God had already proclaimed the purpose
and essence of man before he was created- an image of himself (that is,
someone that looks like him in his external and internal characteristics. In short, a
small god). If you are still doubting my explanations, let’s do a
simple experiment.

Get some water from a source (could be a well, stream or any
source) using
a bucket of any size. Now get five small cups. Transfer some
water from the bucket into each of those cups. After doing that, assess the
water in each
cup, does anyone differ in physical and external
characteristics from that of the bucket?

Absolutely not! This shows that since the water in each cup was taken out
of the parent, they possess the same characteristics as that
of the parent.

So, inasmuch as we were created from God, we possess his characteristics
so, we are all leaders.
I know by now you are already thinking that if we are all
leaders and we are all meant to dominate as I claimed we are, why do we
still have so many social, religious and economic problems? This is as result of loss of purpose which has led to lack of vision. No wonder the bible says according to Proverbs 29: 18 – “Where there is no vision, the people
perish”.

Now, if you read the book of Genesis chapter 1 very well, you
will discover that when God wanted to make grasses, he spoke to the
earth and the earth brought forth grasses. That is why grasses must remain
connected to earth for life. Anytime a grass is not in connection to its source-
the earth, it dies and goes back to where? Its source (earth) also. When
he wanted to create fishes, he spoke to waters and the waters brought
forth
fishes.

Thus, fishes must remain connected to water for survival. For
birds, he spoke to the atmosphere. That is why you cannot find a bird
swimming in the oceans or walking about the earth. When it comes to man,
God spoke to himself (Let us make man in our own image……..). Thus, for a
man to fulfil his purpose as a leader, he has to remain connected to his
source- God and continually study the user-manual He has prepared for us
which is the bible. Or how many people can boast of knowing all what an
appliance can do without reading or studying the user manual prepared by the
manufacturer?

Even asking other users would not reveal all the intricacies
involved in the use of the appliance. So also, not studying the God-given manual and asking other creatures like us or lower than us would not
provide the much needed answers to our search for essence.
Now what happens once a man disconnects himself from his
source? This is where the issue of Mental Illness comes in. I know most if not all of us are accustomed to the traditional definitions of Mental illness
just like those given above. So, would I say all these definitions are
wrong? Of course not! In fact, my own definitions were gotten from
these, albeit a bit broader. It is true that given what we have been taught, it could be so tempting to limit mental illness to just those who exhibit
abnormalities in their physical or social life. We have a limited description of who a mentally ill person is. We have often associated mental illness
with bizarre behaviours but even if that were true, the last time I
checked, something bizarre is something amusingly strange. Thus, it is
quite untrue that strange things can be done only by those we have
believed do them. So,
what is mental illness?

“Mental illness is a condition in which the victim’s sense of
purpose has been lost. It is knowing what is right but doing what is wrong. It is not only until such a person runs into the street and tears his or
her clothes before he or she can be classified as being mad.

Chronic mental illness is when you dress well, talk well, know what to do but still going ahead to do what you like which is often selfish and wrong”.

- Mental illness is when you buy a very good trouser in the
market and you decided by yourself to “beautifully” tear or make holes
in the trouser at well-chosen points. Gone are the days when the
only people with torn clothes were the very wretched ones or the mad people
on the streets but nowadays, we will see a person who talks well and a mentor to a large group of people wearing torn clothes all in the name of
fashion and you think he or she is not chronically mentally ill?

- Mental illness is when you decide to sag your trousers (at
times showing off your dirty shorts) all in the name of fashion.

- According to Dr. Myles Munroe in his book, Spirit of
Leadership, We
have:

- Power without purpose
- Money without meaning
- Position without passion for living.
- Houses but not homes
- Children but not sons and daughters
- We protect animals but kill infants and unborn babies
- We pursue power at the expense of principles
- We sacrifice integrity for temporary pleasure.

Is this not a form of mental illness? We seem to have power
without influence and inspiration but manipulation.
- You will see so many people wake up every day to do
things they are so unhappy about be it relationships, work, school, etc. doing
the same thing over and over again but wanting different results.
- Mental illness is when you hold a position of authority but
instead of you to use that position to better the lives of your followers
instead inflict several physical and mental pain on them by owing
them several months salaries but you go on expensive trips, in expensive
aircrafts, buying expensive items neglecting the anguish of those
whose source of livelihood, those of their children and many people around them depend on the salaries.

- Mental illness is when you have lost your sense of
purpose and all you crave for is wealth. Ecclesiastes 5 vs 10 says that whoever
craves for wealth cannot have enough. I rephrase it by saying whoever
craves for wealth, power or money cannot have enough and would
keep on craving
those things until he or she meets his or her waterloo.

- Mental illness is when you bring your marital, family and
personal
problems to the internet thinking that would make you feel
better (You need
to listen to “Prophetic Implication of Association by Apostle
Joshua
Selman Nimmak).

- Mental Illness is when you can’t think on your own but
your brain has been overthrown by the spirit of colonialism and slavery
that all you think about is to adopt the various rubbishes going on in the
world most especially the western world.

This is why a person who is a true leader and has discovered
the leadership spirit inherent in him or her will not manipulate election
results. True leaders don’t manipulate people to gain their votes. They
don’t use force or heresies to win elections. They just influence. True Leaders
don’t make empty promises. That’s why they rarely make one because
when they do, they try to fulfill it come rain, come shine, whether it is easy or
hard, whether there are oppositions or not because they treasure
their words.

Leaders don’t run blindly after power because they know that
it doesn’t matter whether you are president or governor-general, if you
don’t have the
spirit of leadership, you just occupying a useless chair.

Leaders are glorified servants. Leaders don’t spend millions or billions of naira on personal stuffs while refusing to pay the salaries of their followers or
turning a blind eye to their pains and sufferings. A true leader would
always find ways to improve the self-esteem of his followers.
A true leader leads other leaders not servants.
Leaders don’t come out every four years to sing songs of
battle in order to canvass for votes and after the election, resort to looting the
money and wealth they could have used to enrich the lives of those that
voted for them. Leaders are upright and principled.
The truth is that most people know these but still refuse to
act on them. That was why the issue of mental illness came in.
Our society is in grave danger because many of the people we
put in positions to rule are just sitting on empty seats.

- Our homes are fatherless. All we have are figure heads.

- Our children no longer take trainings from home but go to
the internet for the information they need which are often wrong.

- Our country is made up of people always at alert for
opportunities to steal from the coffers of the nation.

- Our religious homes are made up of people interested only
in financial gains.

- Our schools no longer impact the necessary morals
needed to train leaders.

- Our media are made up of several illicit materials that can
corrupt
the minds of oncoming generations.

- Our role-models are setting bad examples in their talks,
actions, dressings, marriages and various areas of their lives.

- We keep doing the wrong things all in the name of
globalization

- We are scared of giving sex education to our children but
keep producing children who are so naïve and gullible to engage
themselves in immoral sex leading to unwanted pregnancies and most
times abortions.

- Our education sector is made of individuals ready to grasp
every opportunity to maximize personal profits at the expense of
impacting necessary knowledge.

Ecclesiastes 10 vs 16 says: “Woe to you, O land whose king
is a servant and whose princes feast in the morning”. In other words, a society is in great trouble in every aspect as long as the people who hold the
reins of power have not imbibed the spirit of leadership, as long as they
have not combed out their mental illness. If we read further (vs 17): “Blessed are you, O land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper
time-for strength and not for drunkenness”. In other words,
when the leaders of a society know the proper things to do and are doing them then, the society is blessed.

These bible verses have shown that it is of great necessity to
ensure that we equip ourselves with the necessary things that would
ensure that we are mentally sound because whether we believe it or not, we have
a leadership spirit inherent in us and everyone is a leader in one area or
the other be it at work, home, school, community, association, etc. Thus, it
is very important for us to take every necessary precautions that
would enable us to walk in line with God’s laid out plans for us. This can only
be done by reconnecting to our source…….God.

If a pond’s source of water is cut off, it would soon become stagnant. Just like an electrical appliance is useless without a power source, so also are we useless without our source because he is the one who knows our essence.



OJO Cornelius Ayodele (AKA Hyquebaba), a final year student of the Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Akure is a blogger, writer, motivational speaker and designer.

I will run out As fast as my legs can carry me I have hidden here enough Img Src: Google Shivering in these shadows At the ...

I will run out
As fast as my legs
can carry me
I have hidden here enough


Shivering in these shadows
At the fear of lurking death
In desperation and utmost want
I ask for freedom from this night
of the homicidal nonentities.



One by one I'll take each step
Not in same rhythm
But in simple succession, hasty steps
I launch into light



I preferred darkness
Until the fear of the unknown
Begun hunting me
Any moment
A brandished spear
Might impair my guarded life
With carefulness and sobriety


Looking behind me
The silhouette of those I run from chases me
My legs become jelly
Unwilling to lift me
I shut down at the sight of my doom






Arukuje Segun is a writer and poet.
This published poem is one of the entries in the New Man Writing Contest (NMWC) 2016. It is published here as a fulfilment of prizes.

The New Man Writing Contest 2016, conducted between April 25th to May 22nd, having received entries from various parts of Nigeria has

The New Man Writing Contest 2016, conducted between April 25th to May 22nd, having received entries from various parts of Nigeria has

I saw her The four breasted woman She fed her quadruplets The North and South East and West Unevenly...

I saw her
The four breasted woman
She fed her quadruplets
The North and South
East and West
Unevenly...

Kokon is a young lady. She falls in the category of people the world refers to as invalids. . However,

Kokon is a young lady. She falls in the category of people the world refers to as invalids.
.
However,

I have prayed The gods have heard. . Soon, We would find the lost through the way he went He would return

I have prayed
The gods have heard.
.
Soon,
We would find the lost
through the way he went
He would return

September Giveaway Notice. Hello there, . The month of September has a visitor for us. This visitor is

September Giveaway Notice. Hello there,
.
The month of September has a visitor for us. This visitor is

PROFILE: Osemebge Joseph (Joe Aito) is a Nigerian renaissance writer, social commentator, and blogger; an active member of the Nig...

PROFILE: Osemebge Joseph (Joe Aito) is a Nigerian renaissance writer, social commentator, and blogger; an active member of the


Nigerian literary community. His story "The List" was shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 writivism prize. He lives in Port-Harcourt, southern Nigeria and blogs at www.thedarknotes.com.

WALK THE TALK: hello Joe, you're welcome to WALK THE TALK with Akor Emmanuel Oche

JOE AITO: hi Emmanuel, thank you.

WTT: for the readers out there. Who is Joe Aito?

Letters to a Freshman III Hello Freshman, I know my last letter got to you clearly. I saw your comments and feedback and I would work on...

Letters to a Freshman III Hello Freshman,
I know my last letter got to you clearly. I saw your comments and feedback and I would work on them. Today however, let me take you through these words:

“Those who refuse to learn from history, are bound to repeat it”.

I will continue in this story. It's a real one, do not be scared. It happened not to me, but a friend (on permission). The names therein are undisclosed though.


Kwame remained silent. He watched Ebeme move her lips over his and caressed his body with hers. Several thoughts crossed his mind. "Was this right? Should he withdraw from her at this moment?" The Anglomoz location fully supported the continuity of their actions. It was dark, the solar lights having gone out. The electric power had gone out too. Moreso, they were at a place hidden from prying eyes. This was the exact time I paddles my legs down from Academics. I had gone to read and in my tired state, I desired a bed to slump in and sleep.


As I took the last bend that led towards Angola Hall, I saw them- my girlfriend and best friend, having sex, right in the gutter; her moans begging to go louder...


This is the kind of things we used to see back in part one. Now, you should recall the quote I started with earlier.


You know, so many persons have gotten another "degree", wonderful pregnancies. Others who were very lucky not to get the degree in time have chosen to continue the trend, "attend anglomoz dating classes" and later graduate with STDs.


If you would ask why Ebeme went after Kwame or the otherwise, I would say I know not. Probably the looks, the money, the popularity (in his department)...

Let me be frank with you. One of the 10 commandments of this ogba that I have learnt is this: "The fear of Anglomoz is the beginning of wisdom"


Anglomoz however has good sides. It's the equivalent of "Eagle's square" at Abuja if you do not know- the centre of almost all activities in OAU.


Have you not seen MEN from town who park vehicles waiting for Bae? Or the high undergraduates who are seeking "joy" (as they call it)?


Those children of Part II that visit there ehn... (Let me not talk this yet.)


You will sha enjoy Anglomoz. Please visit there daily, remembering NEVER to spend beyond 30 minutes.




Nelson Vincent

At times, I wonder why I have issues with this younger generation. Despite these issues, there's a lot of lesson to be learnt from them...

At times, I wonder why I have issues with this younger generation. Despite these issues, there's a lot of lesson to be learnt from them. A necessary part of society we say, or

Where Responsibility Lies As I sat from the corner of the hall, I watched this funny scenario. How funny it might be, I handpicked the les...

Where Responsibility Lies As I sat from the corner of the hall, I watched this funny scenario. How funny it might be, I handpicked the lessons and decided to relay them to you.

"Mummy, he hit me! , she said. "It was after a wedding reception, the guests had started to leave when this young girl came crying to her mother telling her this. Her mother's query made her realise that it was Ann's twin brother who had hit her on the head for a reason that sounded untrivial. Ann remained convinced that it was her brother's fault and he ought to be punished with her receiving mum's sympathy and be absolved of all responsibility.



Alex, her brother on the other hand is equally certain she started it. "She hit me first and took my toy", was his defence. Then right in front of their mum, they began a verbal altercation that led to their mum beating them up.



Similarly, In life, we grow older, but not always wiser. "It just happened" we say, then proceed to blame people and circumstances. We dance to the tune yet we do not want to play the piper, so we complain about our consequences, saying it was not our fault.
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Similarly, the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son wanted the priveleges of being a son, but he was not willing to accept the obligations and responsibility that came with being a brother. Little wonder he could not celebrate his brother's return.



Truly, life would be better if we acknowledge our faults and know that even though someone else had initiated it, our part in such actions, remain our responsibilities...



Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde is a blogger and poet who is in love with the Law and Tech. He also loves God and has a passion for society's wholeness.

I am a Prodigal "You know, I'm a freshman, the only son of my father who is a very wealthy man"

I am a Prodigal "You know, I'm a freshman, the only son of my father who is a very wealthy man"

Interview with Ray Ndebi on WALK THE TALK (part II) by Akor Emmanuel Oche Interview with Ray Ndebi on WALK THE TALK (part II) by Akor Emma...

Interview with Ray Ndebi on WALK THE TALK (part II) by Akor Emmanuel Oche Interview with Ray Ndebi on WALK THE TALK (part II) by Akor Emmanuel Oche ...Continued
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WTT: there is a lingering issue. "a lack of interest in reading in Africa". In what ways do you think this issue can be resolved?
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I have a handful of singles around me- the bachelors and the spinsters. Causing a match between brother A and sister B could

I have a handful of singles around me- the bachelors and the spinsters. Causing a match between brother A and sister B could