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Èṣà Pick Spoilt Pieces And make them Whole You make me, Èṣà - The whole is greater Than the sum of it's parts I am better i...


Èṣà

Pick Spoilt Pieces
And make them Whole
You make me, Èṣà
-

The whole is greater
Than the sum of it's parts
I am better if I remain whole
Than the disjointed,
Fragmented
And then summed up
Into One


I am Èṣà
The Spoilt piece of a whole



Èṣà- spoilt pieces of a good




Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde

Son, When you see two parallel lines Helter-Skelter Then, You have seen life So, wait not till your tongue feeds ash Or heart beats ...

Son,

When you see two parallel lines
Helter-Skelter
Then, You have seen life

So, wait not till your tongue feeds ash
Or heart beats faint
For no trash can remind the sound of brass

Run!
Hope would hunt till you hang on cliffs
With your hearts in ropes
Beneath the mountains of certainty
Into uncertainty


Run!!
Fast as these legs carry you

If a man sends you on NO errand, GO!





Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde.

Those words sounded again. It sank deep into my heart. That evening, mamana as we called my mother had told me "You would kill this yea...

Those words sounded again. It sank deep into my heart. That evening,
mamana as we called my mother had told me "You would kill this year's
chicked"


As a growing young man, I was barely ten- about eight to nine years. I
recall that I have watched mamana kill the chicken for christmas three
years now. Easter and other "good days" were not left out and so now,
this year, I would lead the slaughter of one of those chickens.

"Having a poultry nauseates me," I thought to myself. And so, for the
next few days up until the twenty-third, I dread going near the
poultry. I suddenly come to hate the smell, the liquid-solid faeces
too...


Each morning, as the cock grows in that poultry, I remember it
swallows a day off. The countdown remains stronger and nearer with
each crow- the crow too, sounds like some mumbled words: "Merry
Christmas, Please, don't kill me" or more like "I've got one more
year, Merry Christmas", "This year's not the last!" and so on...

However, I've got fright. How would I kill this chicken?





(... Years Later)

Today, I'm grown. I recall episodes of last christmases and I recount
more than enough experiences. I recall the play, the food, the dresses
and the "bangas" as we called it. I recall that on evenings when our
fathers and mothers did not give us money for fireworks, we ran around
with paper, specially folded to make a shape. We then held the tip of
the shaped paper and made a flap- It sounds like "banga" if you've
ever tried it.

At times, we picked numbers of three, five or seven and we sounded the
"paper banga" by our numbers- this covered up for our three, five or
seven sound bangas...



So this year, as I take the knife and head to the poultry, I no longer
fear that chicken; I only pray that I do not spill blood. And as I
draw closely, I still hear that cock crow saying, "Merry Christmans,
do not kill me"







Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde

It is common knowledge that destiny remains the unseen divine means that controls fate and her fellow phenomena. It is thus deceptive and in...

It is common knowledge that destiny remains the unseen divine means
that controls fate and her fellow phenomena. It is thus deceptive and
insulting for a mortal to claim he has power to unfold destiny or is a
custodian of the pre-knowledge of fate, the property of nature. Little
wonder why deceptions like this fall under the guise of predictions,
probabilities and permutations.


2017 is here and we would soon have expressions of prophetic
desperation, deliberate attempts to heat up tension in Nigerians
(sadly, the larger part is the gullible). At the same time, prophetic
branding of the year and some true declarations would come in place.
It is also that time of the year when politicians go in the cassock.


I believe the secret of God's will, the odyssey of destiny and fate
are beyond human knows. I recall the Bible says God shows His secrets
to whom He wills- paraphrased. Thus, all revelation placing the power
of man above God remains questionable and hard to swallow (unless such
claim as to the negativity or positivity of destiny and fate is
tantamount to playing God)


TO THE MATTER

A Cleric is supposed to be a man of God. This is the opposite if he is
a mere pulpit propagandist who manoeveres his congregation. It is the
case that if a cleric turns his pulpit into a soapbox, his cassock
into a political motion dress and overrates himself to having answers
to all economic and political (being maijor) problems of this country
through surreal revelations, people should be on the look.

The "timed" and "read" would recall one Abdul Jabar a.k.a
Oko-Oso-oko-Aje in the 1980s or thereabout. He was a very popular
paper-page prophet who claimed to have fortnight meetings with God on
various planets with his revelations, margeting targets and hot pots
for news-hungry journalists during his ephemeral reign of gloomy
pronostigation in Lagos. News told us that his prophecies included
answers to Nigeria's problems, election predictions and the likes.
We've also had other members like him, the Rev. King Generation and
astrologers turned clerics whose end remain in the
non-complimentary...


Life is not nairabet nor betnaija. It is also not a game of draught.
As a nation, I believe we are tired of sanctimonious show-off clerics
who flaunt empty spiritual powers to attract preys. By standard, a
theologian possesses the knowledge of psychology. Thus, if he pivots
his predictions on psychological analysis by placing the past on the
present to determine the future, then his variables and hypotheses
could be treated as subtle manipulative behaviour. But when it comes
to the case of "God said" or "God told me..." then, .........

I know you'll wonder why the elipsis lies there, best to imaginations.
However, I know for sure as the Bible puts it that God is not man that
He should lie (paraphrased).

Elementary psychology, soothsaying and blind predictions are not
needed before Nigerians can determine the adverse consequences of our
injured democracy in 2017- only TRUE prophcies can.


In 2016, we saw them too. Most prominent was in the case of the US
Election. I would say no further.

For 2017, there are general prophecies and personal ones. Ask God to
show yours and don't UNNECESSARILY rely on anything (Is that not why
christians believe in the Holy Spirit?).

Well, my own in the issue is that what GOD has said for 2017 Should
NOT be misconstrued...



Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde
Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Good morning. We've got another week in our hands! Our discuss this week on Mantras Inspiration borders on Money. I would however ...

Good morning. We've got another week in our hands!

Our discuss this week on Mantras Inspiration borders on Money. I would however lead to through my thought on the love of money through this story...

Today, we've got Mantras Inspiratio . In the first place, let me apologise for my late timing in the release of today's post......

Today, we've got Mantras Inspiratio.

In the first place, let me apologise for my late timing in the release of today's post... It was practically unavoidable.

There's this piece on Suicide. It's more of a justification. I do not  know the path my muse and inspiration leads the interpretation through. I feel it would address thoughts on depression, worry and anxiety that could make one prone to commit suicide.
It's titled Suicide. Here it is, Enjoy.


Suicide


I've been there
Where the so called little leaves leave the branch
And is loaned to the loams
I've been there
Where the key has lost lock and unlocks not
For the lock is lost
I've been there
Where the lonely life a man's got
Seems taken by lack, the presence of little or none
Don't blame the man on a suicide track
For he's been where I've been.


Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde

Hell begins the day God grants us a vision of... the gifts we have wasted, of all we might have done but we didn't do -Gian Carlo Meno...

Hell begins the day God grants us a vision of... the gifts we have
wasted, of all we might have done but we didn't do
-Gian Carlo Menotti

Real Handicaps are not people with physical and mental challenges, but
people who have accepted lethargy and limitation as part of life
-Anonymous

Just like a match stick, my memory strikes life again when I read
these quotes. I recall that day in the lecture theatre when she came
in. Before us stood a beautiful face in a tattered and unkempt dress.
She looked perfect and as she talked, her mouth revealed a white set
of dentition. She had however, come to solicit funds to aid her begin
learning in a fashion school despite her eye situation- she was blind.

I wondered how on earth, blind tailors could exist. Most surprising
was my prediction of her prefection. The only thing off her were the
eyes.

I know the absence of the eyes do not mean the absence of vision.

I know the charms of femininity and how they guard a woman and her pride.

I know the wills of the disabled man who lives against all odds.

It's an attestation to the fact that when one sense organ goes off,
the others complement it and when one body part wears out, the other,
complements it.

As she walked out of that hall, smiling and rendering prayers to those
who gave, It geared the "happy in all conditions spirit" in me too.

I followed Emade up. The young man- her brother who walked her in
helped me with that. I know Emade would do well in the fashion
industry. One of these days, we would put her designs on and pride
therein like Dolce and Gabanna.

I knew I had learnt more than enough, so when the lecturer came to
take his sociology class, I practically did not listen. Emade, had
taught me all I needed in one smile, few seconds...


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Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde is an Undergraduate of the Faculty of Law,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is a poet, writer and blogger.

Psalm 46:10 It was a deep voice. It spake these four words strongly. It came once but remained, ever resounding. No babalawo nor dibia, no...

Psalm 46:10

It was a deep voice. It spake these four words strongly. It came once
but remained, ever resounding. No babalawo nor dibia, no matter how
prolific, needed to inform me that those words contained more than
enough instructions.

I had battled the topic of this episode of the Mantras Inspiratio. I
felt I should make the title, "The listening ear" and then, I heard a
voice within me say, "Shut up and listen". There and then, I received
the idea that translated purely and evenly, my popular thought of the listening ear into this piece.

I learnt that there are many times when we become great talkatives before God in moments when we should be silent and still but yet, we keep talking. We run our mouths like taps let on loose which in the long run does not yield us good.

Recognizing God's voice and obeying Him is critical for a good relationship with God. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Genesis 22:18 says for "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."

Growing up, the Christian Religion Classes gave us varying definitions
of Prayer. Of all definitions of prayer which showed it as a
communication channel, a medium to reaching God, I have chosen to see
prayer as one of the most incredible conceit in the history of humankind, the most unbelievable and incredible condescension on the part of a gracious God and so when Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still (at the
place of prayer) and know that I am God...", I conclude that God
requires some silence from us after we have spoken enough in prayer-
that's the reason why it's a conversation.

The book of Samuel also records that Samuel had to say "Speak Lord for
thy servant listeneth/heareth (paraphrased)..." Here, the importance
of the listening ear is over emphasized.

As we go this week, it would be in our best interest to be quick to
listen and slow to speak. When the Holy Spirit too decides to teach
all things, He would require the solitude and serenity of the
spiritual environment- the heart.

A course in my first year in the university informed us that listening
could be active, passive and combative, the best of them being the
active listening where information is properly disseminated and there
is correspondence between the parties involved. The passive listener
"hears" in silence while the active listener is he who "listens" in
silence and takes to note (note the difference between hear and
listen). The combative listener however "listens partially" and
combats the speaker at any moment he feels there is a wrong.

Active listening and silence, working hand in hand, transcends our
natural lifes and relationships. How golden, silence could mean is not
comprehensible. If we would be silent when the next person boils with
anger, If we would keep silent when everything around angers and then
we generally contain ourselves, the world this week, would have
countless testimonies of peace.

Silence would surely pay!

Good morning and have a blessed week!



Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde, a poet, writer and blogger is an
undergraduate of The Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife.

"While I was in the bathroom, I felt this cold sensation. He grabbed me from behind and the other guy held his hand round my mouth. H...

"While I was in the bathroom, I felt this cold sensation. He grabbed
me from behind and the other guy held his hand round my mouth. He
turned me over and thrust me to the ground then inserted his sexual
organ into my buttocks. It was terrible- the pain, the thoughts... I
could not imagine..." - Gay Rape Victim, November 2015.


Have you ever seen a guy who behaves like a lady? Or a lady, like a
guy (the ones we called Tom-boys)?


Do you think such guys are gay? And the ladies Lesbians?


What do you make of their situation? Self Identity crisis?


Emade is a young man with Gender dysphoria, a state when there is
conflict between a person's physical gender and the gender he or she
identifies with.

Here, people may act as members of the opposite sex-a person who is
physically a boy may actually feel and act like a girl. The person is
uncomfortable with the gender they were born as.

Gender dysphoria used to be known as gender identity disorder.

The society we live in is one that misconstrue ideas except if they
are put straight to them. The issue of gender dysphoria is one of
these issues.

Adequate research has shown that Gender dysphoria may affect one's:

* Choice of Sexual partners
* Mannerisms, behavior, and dress
* Self-concept

Research over time has also proved however that Gender dysphoria is
not the same as homosexuality.

Identity conflicts need to continue over time to be considered as
gender dysphoria i.e it generates from the Identity conflict stage up
to the Gender Dysphoria stage and subsequently, the homosexual stage.

However, not all gender dysphorics end up as homosexuals. This is
because certain societal measures come in place (Click here to see
statistics) in form of family, cultural values and most importantly,
religion (in African societies).

So the standing question: "Is there an homosexual factor in persons
battling with gender dysphoria?" stands solved.

Furthermore, how the gender conflict occurs is different in each
person. It could occur in terms of security when with other persons
and peer, leading to societal loners and recluses, mental sense
attractions and health issues...


It is conclusive thereof that in most societies today, the gender
dysphoria and the homo-factor remains a case of "Who is on the run?"




(The gay rape story is a real life incident. Emade is a replaced name
for the character mentioned above. If however, a resemblance still
surfaces, the writer sends apologies.)




Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde is an Undergraduate of The Faculty of Law,
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Anytime I remember my previous post on Choice, I allude this story to it. Although, coined fictionally from my experiences in school, I...



Anytime I remember my previous post on Choice, I allude this story to it.

Although, coined fictionally from my experiences in school, I find
much relevance in it.




Ume was a kind of guy you love to hate. I recall the day my school
Identity card went missing and he was making a joke out of it. I hated

Months ago, we resumed the academic session and I resolved to partake in the Leadership School of Ministry (I don't know why I made th...

Months ago, we resumed the academic session and I resolved to partake
in the Leadership School of Ministry (I don't know why I made the
decision although, I got a purpose for it and I'm glad I'm into it).
In the course of the study however, I have learnt the gold in

The Undergraduate (4 Years Before...) The Joy of 1000 sitters The BOOs and every lecture theatre Is One. One Joy! Morning, N...

The Undergraduate



(4 Years Before...)

The Joy of 1000 sitters
The BOOs and every lecture theatre
Is One.

One Joy!


Morning, Noon, Dawn and Dusk
The books remain my Chores
Always


I await the moment
When the lecturer sends me to the eportal saying
"It's out"



There are trying times and Happy Times


Whispers conglomerate
I had an A
I had a C, an E, a B, a D
An F!



I sit like a marooned man reciting sacred mantras
Written on the pages of these manuals and many materials


One Joy!

That I might not fail God


I run to Him
I read in Him
The Holy Spirit will teach all things
So, Of course,
I comprehend in Him
For His word says
"Study to show thyself approved"





(The Present)
So, today, I feel down cast and finished
Of five points, I'm below a credit
Is the fear of My G.P, the beginning of wisdom?
Or the fear of my master, the maker?



I run to Sports, where my help comes from
I pray in tongues, four, six, eight hours...
If the G.P is destroyed, what shall the undergraduate do?




The morsels of regret are best refused
In the place of pure study...


Peruse the books
Read the word


Study to show thyself approved
Again, I say, Study...





(C) Nelson Vincent Ayomitunde.



(This poem was first presented on the 14th of October, 2016 by The
Academic Subgroup, MFMCF, OAU.)

Taking Tough Decisions I watched Thomp from where I sat. He had not eaten for five days now. It was a tug of war with his stomach, havin...


Taking Tough Decisions
I watched Thomp from where I sat. He had not eaten for five days now. It was a tug of war with his stomach, having been warned

Ile-Ife! Ile-Ife!  The bus conductor shouted as he manoueverd passengers to his side of the park. The noise was healthy, sweet to the ear a...

Ile-Ife! Ile-Ife! 

The bus conductor shouted as he manoueverd passengers to his side of the park. The noise was healthy, sweet to the ear although I had my ear phone plugged in the left ear. The antics of the driver who was seated beside the bus was welcoming. I looked back and watched a couple chatting like love birds. The sight of Baba FRSC, a man who roamed the park to check vehicle oil, fuel tank, and the preoperties of vehicle to certify it motorable was not unnoticed. He was however not employed to do this- he usually got stipends from travellers who loved his concerning questions as to the journey. It was a bright Sunday morning when I had to resume school (Of course OAU resumes on a sunday).
Where I was seated in the bus, I noticed a number of things and likened it to life. I learnt lessons- some, severe and thought provoking, others casual. Whichever way, I was touched and I'll like to share in the next few lines, my lessons.



 
  • If you do not know where you are going, everywhere looks like it. Imagine being in the park and you try to board a car going "everywhere" and "nowhere" in particular. It is with all certainty that you will either be perceived as insane or something close to it.
    We have been brought up in a stereotype. A life where it is expected for you to do the regular things. This is nice and very much accepted.
    However, in order to achieve fulfilment in life, it involves going beyond being able to meet your basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. It involves doing something meaningful with our lifes and adding value to lifes of people around us, our family, social circle, work place and any where we find ourselves. 
  • We must have a direction in life- dreams that can fire our passion, desire to pursue and persist till our dreams come true. It is very vital to form habits that can help propel us towards becoming the kind of people we aspire to be. The bus has a specific route to take to get through Abuja from Lagos and that's where direction comes in.
  • The driver is necessary (two phased): I learnt also that everyone in life needs a mentor, a role model; (phase one) someone to look up for encouragement, advice and direction. It is only by forming positive habits that we can mould our characters to actualise a glorious destiny. Also, I believe God's the ultimate driver (2nd phase) and He should be allowed to pilot one's life. Assume yourself to be on a visit to Bariga in Lagos (a place you have never been to) and you take a cab, your sole trust is in the driver (Creator and mentor) to take you safely.
  • There is a destination and a journey. Since a dream fulfilled, is sweet to the soul, it should be known that the journey has a destination and so fo every thing we take life for, there is ususally a journey- the journey through school, marriage, career... would surely reach it's peak.
  • Character is necessary: The garage tout, the driver, the passenger, the conductor... Character is essential. In life, character may be absent in the going but must be present for sustenance upon arrival. The words of a sage have it that "beauty and good cooking may be signs of a good wife, character keeps her in her husband's home". Therefore, Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, determine your destiny.
  • Beam your searchlight. The headlamp of the vehicle is a directional light in the dark. There are dark moments when we need friends to hold our hands through life. The headlamp is the friend of the vehicle alongside every functionality of the vehicle- the windscreen, the wiper... Etc. A sage says in yoruba "Eniyan laso" to mean "family and friends are my attire"
  • The driver's seat is always reserved. I noticed that no matter how many rush to get seats in the bus, the driver's seat goes without a rival. I have sought Why... I'm still in it too?
  • We must all alight: At a point, every passenger alights the vehicle 'cos we would arrive our destination. So is life, in death, we alight...
  • We pay our fares: In life, we bear the consequences of our actions. Every thing- good or bad is paid for. The best of it is in change, we receive a reward for the good and the bad as a symbolic representation of the change we receive from the bus conductor...
  • The vehicle pulled up at a distance before Lagere market in Ile- Ife while I journeyed down to school, assured of lessons to move in life...

    I dropped at my desired bustop and requested my change of seventy naira from the conductor after giving him earlier, a two hundred naira not...

    I dropped at my desired bustop and requested my change of seventy naira from the conductor after giving him earlier, a two hundred naira note.


    He gave me my change and I fixed it in my pocket while the driver zoomed off to drop other passengers. The sun, covered previously by the shades of the bus shone hardly on me and I had my hand over my fore to cross over the road to work. My boss earlier called requesting my presence at the office much earlier than the 8:00am resumption.

    It was 7:40. I wanted to get into the last leg of my journey to the office when I thought right to check what the bus conductor had given to me as "change". Lo and behold, it was a wreck of notes- very unworthy to be called The Nigerian Naira.

    I looked in pity as I figured out another naira note from my pocket, rumpled as ever but not like the conductors'.

    In recent times, news agencies have got information to us as regards the economic rise in the equivalence of the Nigerian naira and dollar. (Fact Sources and Back up 1). Not withstanding, every sector has been affected but the issue this article seeks to address is how this rise has affected our mentality.

    In my books, I have teachings on Value to be the quality and property of being wanted or unwanted. Lectures from The Ethical Philosopher would deal with this issue by stating that Value could be positive or negative. My argument is the question: "What value does the Nigerian Naira have?"2

    A dive into the Principles of Theory discuss The Intrinsic and Instrumental Values respectively. The Intrinsic value(Value as an end or Inherent value) is one that derives positivity or negativity in the long run. (Read about Intrinsic value here)

    Instrumental Value however is viewed to be Value as a means. It's further posed that any value that is not positive or negative in form of pleasure or pain is Instrumental. (Read about Instrumental value here) The query here is: Should factors like Education should be an instrumental value?3

    To The Government:
    If Utilitarians say Pleasure(happiness) is that one thing that carries intrinsic positive value and pain has intrinsic negative value, government thus sees Naira as an intrinsically positive thing. If our currency lies in this Intrinsically positive voice, only the pockets and purses of the ruling enjoys topmost pleasure in the end.

    To The Nigerian.
    How the Naira would not loose value when we accord very little of it to her? Nigerians should treat the Naira as a personality, our identity.4 Until we see The Naira as something worth it, it would continually deteriorate. An average Nigerian only enjoys Instrumental Value- Value as a means wherein we derive partial pleasure or possibly, hope. If the Greatest Happiness Principle as suggested favours things, the reverse should be the case.

    It is a truism that happiness may not always go round, but it does not bind the shift in it at a point in time. 5Every man should be opportuned to taste true value- The equation of #1 to equal $1 is fast fading. Let me coast home by saying that tasting true value is most possible through these compact means:

    *Increase Minimum wage rate. (Remember Jonathan's administration- It was not a fatal fall the Nigerian Naira value was reasonable when minimum wage was increased)Fact Sources and Back up 3

    *Adjust Import and Export rates.Fact Sources and Back up 5

    Fix SubsidyFact 6

    © Concerned Nigerian
    He that hath Heard...
    XI-XI-MMXV

    I am hedonistic. In the last semester, I recall classes on philosophy- PHL105 as they call it and most importantly, the subject of Hedonis...

    I am hedonistic.
    In the last semester, I recall classes on philosophy- PHL105 as they call it and most importantly, the subject of Hedonism. The lecturer brought to our understanding, hedonism to be "the belief that pleasure is the most important thing." In his explanation, he mentioned two schools of thought; one believing in intellectual pleasure and the other, sensual pleasure.


    I resorted to the internet to find more on this subject of hedonism using "google's search engine" but when the search results were proving "too theoretical", I clicked the image search which brought forth disappointing images. It became difficult for my mind to process the depictions passed for hedonism. By this, I reckoned that anyone who will read this might have problems with this word, some even judging hedonism as a venture that christians should not dare. Let me therefore urge a rethink before I continue.
    Consequently, I commenced a full series of self interview, asking myself questions like:
    1. Have I not been called to enjoy God in worship?
    2. What could be more pleasurable than God?
    3. If God is the Ultimate and superior pleasure, am I not hedonistic?
    4. What qualifies one to be hedonistic?
    5. Can a christian perceive himself to be hedonistic?
    6. If YES in question 5, who is the most privileged hedonist- the intellectual driven, sensual driven or God driven man?
    I mulled over certain portions of the scriptures and the evolving thought process of scholars and I conclude the use of the word "hedonism" to be inappropriate, unconsciously labelled and erroneously defined.
    Scriptures in Psalm 16:11 and John 5:30 shows God as the true and ultimate pleasure. Don't get it twisted. Christians share "seeking pleasure" with these other hedonists but the issue is:
    In your pursuit of pleasure, happiness and joy, who do you turn to- God, sensual feelings or wisdom/intellect?
    If Intellect, remember that the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God's sight.
    If Sensual pleasure, remember that stolen waters is sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant but they know not that the dead are there in the depths.
    And if Godly pleasure, remember the promises that follows the man who derives pleasure in God and whom God is pleased with.
    © 2015. Nelson V.