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I once took a break from purpose- Sijibomi Aremu on Walk The Talk

Walk The Talk is an Interview Series on NELOC Blog. Today, we have Mr. Sijibomi Aremu, a principal member of  BeyondThinkers, an organization with the "Discover, Inspire and Equip" principle. Let's read his story in the next few lines, his salvation experience plus his break from purpose.

NELOC Media: Can we meet you?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: My name is Aremu Sijibomi Olumide.
I hail from Osun state. I attended Yaba college of Technology with a degree in Business administration and Management.
I'm currently serving at Loyola College in Ibadan, Oyo state where I teach Economics.

NELOC Media: Corper "shun"! What inspired BeyondThinkers?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: What inspired us to start BeyondThinkers was Matthew 25 vs 14-30.

In 2015, Some young guys came together, with a scriptural reference {Matthew 25 vs 14-30}, they have experienced people in tears because those people couldn't achieve their dreams.

We discovered that Education is gradually falling and everyone is losing value in our environment, everyone is in chase after money and fame regardless of how they get it...... Our society especially teenagers are all losing focus because of the wrong information they have, so with God's leading we established the initiative where we discover, inspire and equip teenagers and youths with great talent in Nigeria.

At first we were called Positive Thinkers. But during the registration, we discovered that an organization already had the name. So we prayed and got the name BeyondThinkers.

NELOC Media: BeyondThinkers... Inspiring. More grace.

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Amen

NELOC Media: You started in 2015, what are your achievements so far?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: A lot.

Inspiring members.

Hosting of an annual conference where we allow members to Exhibit their talents

We call it DFCC, which means Drive for Change Conference. We had the first version last which was tagged; The Giant Leap.

This gave and encouraged BeyondThinkers members to look beyond their current status and take that big step towards greatest and in attendance we had 127 people in 2016.

NELOC Media: How tough has it been in fulfilling all these?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Sincerely speaking, I don't think we have encountered a tough situation in achieving them. Everything has being working for our good. It is all about Jesus.

NELOC Media: Beyond the societal relevance, Can you tell us about BeyondThinkers?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Wow! BeyondThinkers.
We do three things...
We discover, Inspire and Equip.
Let me take it one by one.

Discover.
We at BeyondThinkers believe in the inert skill(s) that lies within every man. No man is born worthless or without skill/gift; this is the drive, the exact reason that propels us to creating value to life. We are set to search and dig out from as many youths and teens that enrich the nation.

That is one.

Inspire.
It is continuous thing. From Discover we move Inspire.

Discovery of a purpose isn't the end of it"s process to becoming valuable; there's the refining moment. Every discovered treasure in its crude form gets to be refined. In the refinement lies the extent of its beauty and attractiveness.
That's what we do at this stage.

Equip.
We don't just discover and inspire; We empower, We Equip you. It is the creation of platforms that enables people to exhibit their skills; showcasing what they have to the world. And we do this once a year #DFCC
Also, it creates a connection with professionals who have attained remarkable success in chosen fields.

That's all we do

NELOC Media: What positive impact has the NYSC had on you?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: (Plenty o)
I am the Treasurer of my CDS group. It taught me two things.
1) I must be accountable
2) I must be responsible.
And I thank God

NYSC is involved in a scheme called SAED Skills and Acquisition Entrepreneur Development. I joined the public speaking section of it, to improve myself professionally.
NYSC is fun I tell you.

NELOC Media: Do you follow the idea that NYSC should be scrapped?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: No.

But it should be Optional as for me. coupled with an increased allowance.

(#MyOpinion.)

NELOC Media: BeyondThinkers and NYSC? How have they merged.

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: It is not fun my Lady.

I and the principals of BeyondThinkers had to rugged it to keep the two running, and we don't know how we did it. It is God. I can say what we did actually, was to delegate work and duties to non-serving individuals. Then we do monitoring.

NELOC Media: Please narrate your salvation experience?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Very funny serious experience. Long story though, but I will cut it so short

I was not that academically sound back then, though I loved God and everything about Him, yet I didn't know Him.

So my dad came to see me in school that very Sunday, with a message for me, given to him by a pastor.

The message was I should always read Jeremiah 33 vs 3 and my life would change. I started it because I was desperate for that change. Friends mocked me then. Family members too.

I started a personal prayer with the scriptural verse. To the glory of God my life changed. My brain opened. My memory was able to retain things I read.. I said to myself "Oh miracle! Life is coming up". I wrote all exams once and passed! Jamb, post Jamb. I got admission.

I joined YCTCU, Yaba College of Technology Christian Union. That was where my life changed totally. Baptism of the Holy Ghost and the rest.

I give glory to God.

NELOC Media: Wow! I'm inspired!

NELOC Media: At what particular point did you find true purpose?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Young age I will say.

I found out I had this ability of speaking to convince you to do my will. So I used it as a strength. Motivating people towards their dreams. Especially the lazy ones!

NELOC Media: Have you ever thought of taking a break from purpose?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Yes I have done that before. Ask Why? Things were not working the way I wanted, so I stopped, and do you the message I got from God?.

He said since you gave up on your purpose, can I give up on you too... for where!
I jumped up back and changed strategy about life.

And I've been fine since then.

NELOC Media: Wow! I'm inspired.

NELOC Media: Based on the fact that youths are faced with a lot of distractions, what is your advice from your experience?

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: They should read their books. Fix their gaze on Jesus. Finish... With that, the sky is the starting point

NELOC Media: Your parting words to all BeyondThinkers and everyone with a purpose.

Mr Sijibomi Aremu: Expect the highest and best you can imagine, and work to make it so. But don't let judgment cloud the value that is already yours to live.

Know that every moment is a beautiful moment. Open yourself, humble yourself, allow yourself to embrace the beauty in whatever form it takes.

NELOC Media: Thank you for coming sir. God bless you.


God, Music and Man: Walk The Talk with Bayo Adegbite

NELOC Media: Can we meet you?

Bayo Adegbite: My name is Adegbite Adebayo Samuel. I'm a 26years old graduate of Political science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. I was born into a family of five although, my father is late, as far back as 1997

NELOC Media: Awww, so sorry about that sir.

Bayo Adegbite: It's okay sis

Bayo Adegbite: I'm a Music minister with a passion to preach Jesus all around the world with the sounds of Heaven

Bayo Adegbite: I hail from Oyo state

NELOC Media: "But my father is late, as far back as 1997..."
With this, how was growing up been for you?

Bayo Adegbite: Well, It was tough, really tough, especially for my mother who suddenly found herself a single parent. It was like the silver spoon was taken away, but nonetheless, she did everything in her power by the grace of God to give myself and my siblings quality education, good morals and taught us to love the Lord. A lot of credit goes to God through her.

NELOC Media: Inspiring! Your mum is indeed a strong woman. I thank God for His grace upon her life.

Bayo Adegbite: Yeah, God be praised.

NELOC Media: What inspired Aninilematanile?

Bayo Adegbite: After completing my  undergraduate studies, I had been trusting God for an unusual grace to compose songs that will bless many around the world. I just want to be a vessel unto honour. One day, as I was heading back home from work, I started singing in the spirit (singing in tongues), a melody then struck my heart, I couldn't stop singing it, but it was still in tongues, so I asked God to help put words of understanding to fit into the melody, and not long after, I remembered a beautiful name of God I got to know in one of rehearsals in the fellowship meeting (RCFOAU) in the university. Aninilematannile! Meaning The Inexhaustible God, The One who is All-Sufficient. That was it! A new song had arrived!!!

NELOC Media: Wow! Interesting

When did you start music?

Bayo Adegbite: I have been involved in music since childhood, in fact every member of family sings really well, but started 2015 professionally when I released my debut single.

NELOC Media: Wow! That's great.

Bayo Adegbite: Yeah😊

NELOC Media: As a gospel artiste, please narrate your salvation experience?

Bayo Adegbite: I got saved through a friend way back 2007. He just showed me love and then I saw how things were working out for him, so I decided to give God chance, but now I know He gave me chance! No regrets!

Bayo Adegbite: A chance*

NELOC Media: Wow!

Who are your music mentors? Your role models in this field?

Bayo Adegbite: My music mentor is my Mother, Mrs Adegbite Stella Olayide, she taught me how to stay on key by dragging me to weekly services to lead the praise and worship lol and Role models are Don Moen, Wale Adenuga and Nathaniel Bassey.

NELOC Media: God, Music and Man... What do you think is the bond?

Bayo Adegbite: God is the originator of music and also the creator of man. The bond here is that, music is one of the most potent weapon in the hands of men to establish and advance the kingdom of God on earth.

NELOC Media: Wow!
Recently Tasha Hobbs collaborated with Nicki Minaj. What do you think of gospel artistes collaborating with secular ones?

Bayo Adegbite: I'm not one to judge, but if i could just lend my voice. My stand is that Whatever is Gospel is too precious to be meddled with the secular world. There's a distinct line between we do in the kingdom and what goes on in the secular. We preach Christ, they preach self, so when we involve the secular guys in collaboration, in my opinion I think there's a loss of sense of identity.

NELOC Media: Wow! What's the future of gospel music in Nigeria?

Bayo Adegbite: Beyond words can say or describe!!! There's an army rising in this country. God is raising music ministers after His heart

NELOC Media: And I'm one of them! (smiles)

Bayo Adegbite: Oh yes!

Bayo Adegbite: Music ministers are churning out great songs. And believe soonest, our songs will change the course of this country, Africa, and the world at large  for good.

NELOC Media: Amen!

How do you balance your music with other obligations-- career, etc?

Bayo Adegbite: It's not easy but I'll just say you'll always find time for whatever you love or love doing. So with God's help I try to prioritise well

NELOC Media: What is your greatest challenge as a musician?

Bayo Adegbite: I don't know how best to answer this but, I put a lot of good pressure on myself and the good pressure is to better the person I was yesterday by improving today, but Jesus is up to the task through me

Let me just say, staying positive and motivated in midst of discouragements is my greatest challenge.

NELOC Media: You started in 2015? Wow! That's great.

What are your achievements so far?

Bayo Adegbite: I believe my greatest achievements is how the songs God has given has touched the lives of people. Recently someone told how she got baptised in the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking in tongues while singing one of the songs God gave me. That for me is a great achievement!

NELOC Media: Wow! I love this testimony. That should be the testimony of all gospel singers.

NELOC Media: Where do you see yourself in next five years?

Bayo Adegbite: Next five years! Well I believe by then by the special grace of God, I would have joined of frontiers in the gospel music ministry in Nigeria and the world at large to keep advancing the kingdom of God through music

NELOC Media: Hmm. What would you love to say to your supporters and to inspire other musicians?

Bayo Adegbite: To all those who have supported me so far, I want to say a big thank you. I'm immensely grateful. I also humbly ask that you keep praying for me like you've always done. May God keep us all in Jesus name. I love you all.

To my fellow music ministers, we must keep pushing for excellence and trust God for every step we intend take. let's keep raising the banner of Christ, drawing men solely to Him.

NELOC Media: Thank you for your time sir.
I love your story, and I'm sure our readers are inspired by this.
From NELOC Media, we say, "thank you"🙂

Bayo Adegbite: My pleasure NELOC media.


Walk The Talk with Daniel Oni

"A Christian Record Label is a great leap..."- Daniel Oni, Artiste and Photographer

Today, we peeped into Daniel Oni's personality and discovered dynamism. What makes him unique? Join this read. It's worth it.

NELOC Media: Can we meet you?

Daniel Oni: I am Daniel Oni. An undergraduate of English Language. There's a lot I can say but I'll like to keep it short.

NELOC Media: We would love to know where you hail from. And your institution.

Daniel Oni: I'm a native of Ekiti State. I'll like to not disclose my institution.

NELOC Media: Wow! So you love pounded yam (#winks)

Daniel Oni: Yes that! Especially when it's served with Egusi soup. And well assorted with various sea animals.

NELOC Media: Smiles... How did your music career start? Which year?

Daniel Oni: I got engaged into music as a career in 2015. It all started out as a dream. It came gradually as I yearned to create something. Something I gave myself courage on. I believed I could do it. Then I thought of it and then created it.

NELOC Media: Hmmm. So, What's your inspiration?

Daniel Oni: My inspiration is from within. And who lives within? The HolyGhost! He takes me through my past to bring to the fore lessons to share with others. For instance when you listen to my song 'Make A Way', in an orderly manner I expressed simple words in songs telling listeners they needn't have to worry about a thing, Matthew 6:25-34 expounds on that.

NELOC Media: Wow! I will get that. Who influences your music?


Daniel Oni: It's an experience when you do.

Daniel Oni: This is a bit tricky because I have not given myself up to a lot of influences, one tends to be carried away. Instead, I tried to understand my voice knowing my very strengths and weaknesses. Talking about vocals, I let Praiz have a great deal of influence on my vocals as we have the same type of voice texture. But talking about content people like Lawrence flowers, cohbams, Nathaniel Bassey,  and few others. Basically, I listen to content to determine and accept what will influence me.

NELIC Media: You started in 2015? What are your achievements so far? How many songs have you composed? And what inspired you to compose them? (you can include links to where our readers can download them)

Daniel Oni: These creations are my achievements. I mean the songs I have released to the world not to mention the ones that have been penned down. I may not have received plaques or awards but it's a work in progress, just as I am being honoured with this interview, I know it will all come into reality. The testimonies received as well are my little great achievements.

This is for LOVESONG

Daniel Oni: https://my.notjustok.com/track/252690/daniel-o-crossroads

This is the latest release, I am convinced you have laid your hands on this.

NELOC Media: How often and for how long do you practice?

Daniel Oni: I practice everyday, from stage movement, to crowd syncing and crowd control, to picking the right note... I don't usually spend a lot of time. In the past I spent a lot of time but after I gained some helpful music tip I had to trim it down to about 15 - 20 minutes.

NELOC Media: Could you please share some of the tips with us?

Daniel Oni: Hmmmm... OK. It's advisable to go easy with the voice. Once you do a little more than the voice can contain, one risks voice being cracked. And there's a limit to everyone's voice as this is determined by voice texture. One you understand this, you mature and grow in it. And a lot of lip-rolling, this makes me look stupid in front of people around me. But I've given myself to this cause. Either I'm seen as stupid or...  I have to do what I have to do to achieve that vocal mastery.

NELOC Media: Wow! It's just about achieving a feat, not what people think- This is inspiring

NELOC Media: What do you think of a christian record label?

Daniel Oni: A Christian record label is a great leap. This music thing is so broad, I am beginning to understand it. I must say this is a pretty difficult one. What's label? I believe it's something to identify something by. And it being a Christian label is on another plain. Frank Edwards, in his autobiography video that went viral a while ago. He stated that there was this label that offered him a spot and all he had to do was to change the Jesus in his lyrics/songs to God. Now what label would reject Jesus and claim to accept God? Jesus is the one who leads us to the father. A Christian label that accepts Christ is the label I'll call a Christian label. Come to think of it, Jesus is the Goodnews, He is the gospel I sing about. A Christian record label is a great leap.

NELOC Media: How do you balance your music with other obligations-- career, etc?

Daniel Oni: What's life? Life is living. People get entangled by obligations, career, lifestyles... Instead you should become a master of them. Recently, there was this job offer I accepted because my institution permits such flexible perk, it took me far from everything I desired, and that's my music! I had to quit the job because it made me so unhappy. Quitting made me realize I have developed a lot of vocal loopholes. I'm happy it's all coming back. It's a tough and at the same time not tough. One has to decide the balance either by drawing up schedules, living... Truth is, when it comes to music I give my 100% dedication. When it comes to photography, I give my 100% dedication. When it comes to education, I give my 100% dedication.

NELOC Media: What is your greatest challenge as a musician?

Daniel Oni: My greatest challenge. Now what would this or these be...  OK. Dedicated instrumentalists, backup singers, rehearsal venue, director...  Just a handful. Financing basically. It all revolves around money. Even now I have a video project coming up. I think you should watch out for this. But so far how I have been able to reach this extent is nothing more or less than God's mercy.

NELOC Media: Could you please tell us how He has helped you?

Daniel Oni: I run a small photography enterprise. Just a small brand, looking towards expanding some day. The proceeds I make from this foot the bills. I must include that I started out photography just about the same time as music.

NELOC Media: Where do you see yourself in next five years?

Daniel Oni: Words can't express what I see. But in words I will express them. I see myself up top at my own prepared place of greatness doing really inspirated gospel songs with great content and winning souls to him. What matters most is where God is taking me. ...encouraging others, those who are weak, frail, lost, shattered, discouraged, disappointed,...

Daniel Oni: I just remembered Kenny K'ore. We met at his Burned Brass Album presentation. We shook hands, took pictures. He's a solid personality with great insights into the word of God. He propelled and expanded my music notion. He's raw for the gospel. Didn't know why I forgot this initially. As I was looking for a picture to send, I stumbled upon ours.

NELOC Media: Hmm. That's wonderful.

NELOC Media: What would you love to say to your supporters and to inspire other musicians?
Daniel Oni: First of all I'll make a moment to thank everyone of my music family. Without their constructive criticism, review, comment and even commendation maybe I would have quitted music. Thank you all. And for those inspiring me with good music content and advice, may the source flourish and may we prosper in this work we do. For as many musicians out there I'll say 'we didn't come this far to get this far', let's all just work harder with prayer and we'll be great! Greatness!! I actually feel great already.

NELOC Media: Hmm. I love this. Thank you for your time sir

Daniel Oni: My gratitude to the entire board of NELOC MEDIA. You guys are amazing. Imagine staying up this late to interview me, I mean who am I gan gan. Thank you!

NELOC Media: (Smiles).
Who you are? You "carry" God. We need to reverence God in you! Keep singing for the Lord sir.

Daniel Oni: Thank you.

You can download Daniel Oni's music releases via

https://my.notjustok.com/track/143299/daniel-oni-make-a-way

https://my.notjustok.com/track/187635/daniel-o-love-song

https://my.notjustok.com/track/252690/daniel-o-crossroads

Follow him via Instagram @tharnyel and via Twitter @tharnyel


Let's Walk the Talk with Pastor Hezekiah Olujobi


"God himself is a Human Right Activist... See Proverbs 31: 8-9 "

- Pastor Hezekiah Olujobi

Join Us today in Our Walk the Talk Series with Pastor Hezekiah Olujobi, the convener of the CJMR as he leads us through his walk in prison, his salvation story and the "Bible-buttock tale"



Pastor Hezekiah Olujobi, Convener CJMR


NELOC Media: Can we meet you?

Pastor. Hezikiah: I'm Hezekiah Olujobi, born on August 8, 1963 to a Christian family, my mum was a junior sister to Late Apostle Ayo Babalola, the man whom God used for the revival in Nigeria and Africa in 1930. I was also by his mercy ordained as Pastor  in Christ Apostolic Church in 1995. I'm happily married with Victoria Mojisola Olujobi, father of 4 children, the Director and Coordinator for Centre for Justice Mercy and Reconciliation, a Christian non Governmental Organisation based in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria with focus on the welfare of people languishing in Nigerian Prisons in Awaiting Trial and on Death row without a just cause.


NELOC Media: What inspired the CJMR?

Pastor Hezekiah: The vision of CJMR was born from my personal experience as an ex inmate who had gone through the process of prison incarceration for six consecutive times in 3 different Prisons in Nigerian. I had my encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ during my detention period for six years in Agodi prison on 16th August, 1989 and I gained my freedom on 3rd of March, 1993 (I was remanded in the prison on 27,January, 1987 on allegations of armed robbery) the offence I knew nothing about.  After my freedom, I decided to proceed to the Bible school but very unfortunately I was turned down because I couldn't have school cert, I later opt for another bible school for Evangelist and Prophets which has no any condition or requirements than your calling.  Shortly after I completed my one year training I was posted to Pastor a church and I was ordained as a Pastor. 2 years after my ordination as a Pastor and as a Pastor of a church with fast growing number, I heard a voice from the Lord who said "go back to where I called you to go and bring out others who are still walking in the darkness, for this reason I have caused you to walk in the darkness so that you may bring the captives to the knowledge saving grace".

This was my entry point to the ministry.

At the initial stage I did not have full concept of what the ministry will look like than to go to the prison and preach, but along the lines the ministry was unfolding itself as people whom I knew when I was there are still coming to the prison. In the cause of my interactions with them I realised that same problem that I faced are the factors for their cycling of incarceration, I decided to provide them a room from my 3 bedroom apartment then and I identified the problem confronting them and I moved to solve the problems. In that process, I saw the need to advocate for many of them who have no lawyer, I connect them with some Christian lawyers who offered them free legal services, those detained without case files in the Ministry of Justice I looked for the police in charge of the case and I persuaded them to forward the case file to the ministry of Justice for prompt action. Those wrongfully sentenced to death I re investigated their stories, I connected them with lawyers who will file their appeal to the Court of Appeal or even to the Supreme Court and they get their freedom, those that their case have gone to the Supreme Court with proven evidence that they are wrongfully convicted, I personally writes the Governor and the Board of Mercy and they were released

NELOC Media: What are your achievements so far?

Pastor. Hezekiah Olujobi: By the grace of God, CJMR has over 300 beneficiaries that have gone through our Halfway Home and over 200 beneficiaries of our legal intervention. His freedom was made possible as a result of our pressure on the Governor since 2008. He was commuted to life imprisonment in 2009 but our further investigations revealed that the man may not know anything about the death of his girlfriend. We have 5 people who have been set free from the death row as a result of our intervention. The recent achievements is a case of someone who was set free by the Oyo State Governor after 26year of wrongful conviction of his girlfriend, one Mr Olusola Adepetu of Olusola Naturally hospital.

NELOC Media: Human Rights? Is there a Biblical history for it?

Pastor Hezekiah: God himself is a human rights activist. God hate injustice. Read Proverb 31: 8-9 "open your mouth and plead the cause of those appointed to death. Isaiah 58: 4-8 which says".... make your voice to be heard in the high Places, let the oppress go free.... You can see that God is a human rights activist. He want people to be fairly treated


NELOC Media: What's your greatest challenge sir?
Mr Hezekiah Olujobi: Challenges of getting adequate funding to mobilise the volunteers. Adequate funding to bring justice to the poor incarcerated. Adequate funding to even pay for the Halfway home which was due since. When you make appeal to the churches you will have little response.My greatest challenges is not money but people who can listen to my ideas so that those ideas will not die, government who will admit that there is error in the court proceeding which the affected poor whose rights have been denied should be given fair compensation. 
Definitely when you are treading unfamiliar terrain not many people will like to go far with you.
I strongly believe when we get more individual who can reason that prisoner deserved attention we can have a better justice administrative and poor people can have access to Justice

NELOC Media: What do you think about change sir?

Pastor Hezekiah Olujobi: Change is necessary when the formal is no longer relevant and functional.
Where the old practice is no longer bringing positive results but negative there is need for a change.
Change of a cloths will be possible if a mad man can come to his senses that this cloths is no longer fit for him


NELOC Media: Sir, how have you managed family with all these? Especially during your detention period?

Pastr Hezekiah Olujobi: I got married after my freedom. I married on 13th of December, 1997.


NELOC Media: Can you share your salvation experience with us sir?

Pastor Hezekiah Olujobi: Prior before my encounter, I had open my mouth to deny the existence of God three times in my life. The first time, when I was young around 15 years, one afternoon I was in a prayer meeting with my parents, you know in CAC in those days there use to be observations of the hours of prayer. That day we were observing fasting and prayer, I just opened my eyes and I saw my dad sweating, praying, the voice just whispered to my ears "Why do people closed eyes in prayer? You open eye you cannot see God, you want to talk to him you have to close your eyes, don't you see that these people are foolish. Since that day Satan sew the seed of that rebellion thought in my heart. Second time I was in an operation, it was during the raining and heavy thunder, fear gripped my heart, but after the rain stopped I went away with the goods, as I collected the money, the memory of the event flashed through my mind about three times, I said within me again "is there God? The third time was when I was in the prison. I have been reading the Bible, but I woke up one day to use the book of Revelation to clean my buttock, the reason why was any time I read the book of the Revelation I always have a bad dream, and moreover any questions that often arise in my mind I could not find any answers to those questions, one morning I ended up tearing the book to clean my buttock. After I finished the Revelation I turned on the book of Job, the reason was all the questions God asked Job there was no answer to them, I used the book of job to clean my buttock.

My salvation took place during my detention on August 16, 1989. I have been using the Bible to clean up my buttock because there was nothing to clean, many people used to tear their clothes to clean and many used the Bible to smoke. On 4th of August, 1989 I was still on the toilet while reading through the next chapter of the book of job chapter 40 before I use it to clean my buttock, as I was reading through the chapter 40:1-14 by the time I reached verse 7-14 that was where my conscience was struck. When those questions were directly to me

 1  The LORD continued his response to Job by saying:
 2  “Should the one who is fighting the Almighty find fault with him? Let God’s accuser answer.”
Job Acknowledges His Limitations
 3  Then Job replied to the LORD. He said:
 4  “I must look insignificant to you! How can I answer you? I’m speechless.
 5  I spoke once, but I can’t answer; I tried a second time, but I won’t do so anymore.”
The LORD Continues to Interrogate Job
 6  The LORD answered Job from the wind storm and told him:
 7  “Stand up like a man! I’ll ask you some questions, and you give me some answers!
 8  Indeed would you annul my justice and condemn me, just so you can claim that you’re righteous?
 9  Do you have strength like God? Can you create thunder with a sound like he can?”
Can You Save Yourself?
 10  “When you have adorned yourself with exalted majesty, clothed yourself with splendor and dignity,
 11  dispensed the fury of your anger, made sure that you have humbled every proud person,
 12  stared down and subdued every proud person, trampled the wicked right where they are,
 13  buried them in the dust together, and sent them bound to that secret place,
 14  then I will applaud you myself! I’ll admit that you can deliver yourself by your own efforts!”

I could not proceed to use the chapter to clean my buttock, but I need to clean my buttock. So I decided to tear the book of Jude that day and I cleaned my buttock but shortly after that, a strange sickness struck me.
My sister this was the point of my encounter with my maker. I was in a severe pain and headache for 3 days, whenever I want to pray the devil will bring the records of my sins to my memory, I will say within me "this sin is too much to be forgiving" I was Pilling it up in silence, I was in a severe pain and fever all of a sudden I exploded in tears, it was as if I saw the accuser with the records of my sin by my left side and I was standing before the judge waiting for the verdict but all of a sudden I busted into prayer asking Jesus to forgive me, the Bible says "though we do not know how to pray but the spirit interceding for us with groaning which cannot be explained"
You know I was in a cell with over 100 lucked up inmates, some of them came to me to comfort me, some were making jest of me but along the lines I slept off, that was around 2 pm and I woke up around 4 pm during the final counting, it was the noise of the crossing iron bar that woke me up but I couldn't get up to go out to be counted, when the wader came in he tab me to ensure I was not dead, I can hear someone telling him that "he is sick,". But before I was interrupted from my sleeping I had a dream I was in a class room, I saw a handwriting of the black board with these words

"Job - - - - - Jehovah
Jude - - - - Jehovah
John--------Jehovah
Jesus"

I was meditating on the dream before the warder came in to tapped me to wake up. When I lying down back in meditation on the dream on what it meant, I came back to my sense that these three books are the books that I used to clean my buttock then I heard a spirit conversing with my soul.

The voice of the spirit in my soul.

What is the Alphabet letter that started with the Job?, I responded "J"

What is the name of God?, I responded "Jehovah"

In the same way he asked of the Alphabet of Jude and John in the same way I responded. The voice in a gentle manner asked me" what is the Alphabet letter that started with the name of Jesus? I said "J" all of a sudden my sense of understanding opened and I heard the gentle voice that said to me "there is no any finger behind these books than the hand of I Jehovah Jesus"

On the evening of the 16th of August, 1989 was the evening of my encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the night of 16/17 of August, 1989 I slept and I heard a dream of seen Jesus full of the circle of the moon, in the morning the man sitting by my side and a very good friend named Denis called me, he said he had a dream, as he narrated his dream lo and behold it was the same dream that I had dreamt. Subsequently, I had another dream, I saw the angels of God formed Jesus in every direction of heaven. Often time my common dream of fellowship in heaven is always on Friday night / Saturday morning.

This is my story of encounter of Salvation

Thanks for the refreshing of memories


NELOC Media: Wow! God is great! Thank you for your time sir. What would you love to say to inspire young people out there?

Mr Hezekiah Olujobi: Aren't you inspired with all these?  the youth should put themselves under the instructions of their parents and they must learn to be contended with what they have

NELOC Media: I am sir. Thank you very much sir. We're very grateful.







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Walk the Talk: Ayobami Omomeji





We had a small chat with Ayobami Omomeji, the team lead of the GIVT Initiative. Hear his inspiring story this week on the Walk The Walk Interview series.



NELOC Media: Can we meet you?

Ayobami Omomeji: I'm Ayobami Omomeji.

A student. An entrepreneur. A child of God. A grand motivator that help to seek after discovering God's purpose and fulfillment for young folks and upcoming ones.

More to it.
I'm a philanthropist that sees a FUTURE in the lives of those that I help. I see them becoming better and they are also birthing generation.
I'm a Thespian also.

NELOC Media: Lovely info. You're a student of which school sir? And what type of job do you do?

Ayobami Omomeji: Alright.
I'm a student at Olabisi Onabanjo University, AGO-IWOYE, Ogun state.

Well, I'm a serial start-up entrepreneur.
I'm into meal (food, snacks and drinks) delivery. A massive outfit that will be the first to ever occur in Olabisi Onabanjo University, AGO-IWOYE, Ogun State.
The meal delivery is an aid to help students, Lecturers and non-teaching staffs get their food whenever they are hungry and feeling weak to move, they could pick up there mobile phone to order. We see that food is a necessity, in betwixt of this, we are helping to solve a problem. A problem that is providing happy solution to indigenes and students of AGO-IWOYE.
You could follow us on IG- @mealnminutes.

NELOC Media: Wow! That's innovative.
Quoting from your words, "The meal delivery is an aid to help students, lecturers and non-teaching staffs get their food whenever they are hungry and feeling weak to move, they could pick up there mobile phone to order."
That means your service is 24/7. How do you cope, being a student? Considering time, etc

Ayobami Omomeji: Well.

Not at all, it's not a 24/7 service we are providing. We work on students availability inside campus.

We work from 8:00am till 4:00pm because we are just starting, anyway.

We are so Strategic about this, very strategic.

Plus, even being a student, I must confess, it hasn't been easy at all. Our team is just 9 (so little), but, we actually work with each of the team member class timetable schedule. Fortunate for us, none of our classes or schedules are clashing. It can be so hectic, I mean direly hectic but, we do this because we have created a solution we don't want it to turn into a problem again, so together we stay with it and we are happy.

Happily, everyone is doing fine academically.

NELOC Media: That's good to know. What inspired you to establish the Global Impact Visionary Thinkers Initiative?

Ayobami Omomeji: Beautiful.

I've always had a natural sense to help and make sure someone is influenced positively through. I feel gladdened about that, anyway.

Not until I got to meet the Saviour and I was rebranded and shown a new light. Now, at this time, I knew what to do.

Then, I started self development. I wanted to know more, I read books, meditated and sought God face in prayer to whom and who I want to reach out too.

Then, I met a friend, Ifelolorun and she told me she wanted us to start something together (Spirit led anyway, cuss I saw it coming). I asked her, What is your personal conviction towards this? Her response was so likely, Infact, exactly like mine.

Then, because she brought the idea of starting something together, we decided that it should be named after her. In honor, we named it Amanda Visionary Thinkers (AVT). After somedays, when we prayed along that God should give us something. Surprisingly, the only thing we got at that moment was the change of name from AMANDA VISIONARY THINKERS to GLOBAL IMPACT VISIONARY THINKERS Initiatives. The name was confirmed by three of members of the Initiatives while praying, Infact, we got this (the change of name) at the same time and day.

Now, My germain inspiration was this:

While we can avoid evil, why don't we go for good. Many lives and destinies are been perpetrated with, there should be an avenue, a platform to correct this ills.

Another inspiration is this:

Let us die empty while we enjoy definite fullness. What do I mean? Many are meant to fulfil, but because of societal, parental, peer and denominational influence, young folks are detrimented to keeping silent to WHO THEY ARE MEANT TO BECOME.

So, Global Impact Visionary Thinker Initiatives helps to build a predetermined future into reality.

I hope you are fine with this?

NELOC Media: Very well. I'm inspired.

Apart from Global Impact Visionary Thinkers  Initiatives, which other organization are you in? And state the aims.

Ayobami Omomeji: Okay.
First, The RAISE 'Preneur Group.
Aim- Raising Acute and Inspired Student for Exploits Supernaturally.

Second, The New Man Movement
Aim- Raising new men and re-dedication to destinies.

Third, Project Rescue Mission
Aim- Helping the less privilege and making them happy always. Leaving them better than we've met them

Fourth, YOULIFT
Aim- revealing the competency and buoyancy of the truth in Jesus and projecting business to another level

Fifth, Next generation of Leader Academy
Aim- where potential leader are hatched into breaking forth to there divine purpose

Sixth, ITWE(In touch with entertainment)
Aim- where raw talented are breeded and trained into becoming instruments for global use

NELOC Media: In all these, you might have faced a challenge in one way or the other. How did you overcome them?

Ayobami Omomeji: Yes. Definitely, I have. But, I kept on. I didn't loose focus.

God is the background, I'm the instrument(even when it's not ringing well).

NELOC Media: God is the background. That's true. How did He help you? We read about the saints of old, how they overcame.
What's your story? Please share it with us.

Ayobami Omomeji: My story.

It isn't a sad one though but challenging. It's like a Manifold story.

I was born into the christian home where my parents are pastor and leader in the church.

I was raised properly, went to morally good schools (Oyemekun Grammar School) in Ondo state. I was properly warned against the cruelty of our society and how to run away, far, from them all.

But, through all of this. I had a mind. A focus. Determination that exceeds my parents, friends and everyone around me, ever than they imagine.

I envisaged things that were crazy, unexpected, things people will tell me that I CAN NEVER ACHIEVE. Imagine, I ever thought of earning 1million when I was 15years, during my SSS 3 days.

After my secondary school days, I had issues with my mum especially about my course of choice, she had problem with that. I want Theatre Arts but she wants me to study International relations or Political Science. I battled with this for 2years, during this 2years struggle, I determined, stayed on my ground, because I was shaken, battered, talked badly too and people around me discouraged me, thank God I'm studying Theatre Arts today.

During this time of struggle and prior, I discovered my purpose and thank God, ideas and how to strategise on it, has been God's directives.

I had a very heinous life that I wouldn't share for personal reasons. But, see, my parents are happy, everyone that didn't believe in me are challenging and encouraging and they say 'They'd love to see me at the TOP'

All along, I had total dependence and all round instruction from God and I heeded. The journey hasn't stopped, i'll continuing to heed till eternity because, there's always a price for ardent  obedience especially from God.

Let me say this again. My father was a driver of my purpose, I'd boldly say my father has been a contribution to what I am becoming in the process.

Well, i overcame because I was obedient and i'll continue to overcome because I'm an freak to been obedient.

My life is a testimony.
NELOC Media: Wow! Inspiring

Ayobami Omomeji: Thank you ma'am.

NELOC Media: With all of these, Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Ayobami Omomeji: A successful and sorted Entrepreneur making waves rightly.

One of the youngest global impacters that folks/people will point after, that HE was a blessing.

A successful settled Family man (if probably)
NELOC Media: (smiles)

Ayobami Omomeji: Definitely ma'am.

NELOC Media: What would you love to say to inspire young people out there?

Ayobami Omomeji: My simple verdict about life is this:

We don't need to be told what to do because we know what is right. Perhaps, a lot choose the way of perdition because of a temporal-destructive fun.

There's a way that seemeth right to a man, the end thereof.... DESTRUCTION.

Young folks, there's something within you that cries out for an outburst, you've got no choice than to explore because that singular gift in you is a massive solution to the world's problem.

So, definitely, We all can be a solution if we identify a problem (gift).

There's no one better than you, you're the best and you're unique.

In conclusion, put your trust, total trust in God. He's not a failed God. He will surely do, cry out to him.

Stay connected!

NELOC Media: Thanks for your time sir.


Walk The Talk: Gift Agu and The New Man Literary Prize


"I started writing far back at the age of five..." - Gift Agu, Winner, New Man Writing Contest, 2017.

Today, we bring to you, the moulding words of a nineteen year old. A story of literary bravery and courage
Join us as we Walk The Talk in the next few lines.

NELOC Media: Can we meet you?
Agu Gift: Well, I am Agu Gift Ihuoma.

NELOC Media: Wow! Lovely name. We would love to know more about you.
Agu Gift: (smiles) Thanks. I was born into the family of Mr and Mrs Ikechukwu Agu and  I'm from Umunekwuagbo in Isukwuato L.G.A. My State is Abia State and I graduated from Federal Government Girls College Umuahia.

NELOC Media: Wow!
Agu Gift: smiles. Yea

NELOC Media:  You're seeking admission right?
Agu Gift: Yes I am

NELOC Media: Wow! That's impressive.
NELOC Media: You recently got an extra feather to your cap. How did you feel when you were announced winner of The New Man Writing Contest, 2017?
Agu Gift: I must be honest, I was impressed beyond words. Its truly an honour.

NELOC Media: Your works are good. Keep it up.
Agu Gift: Thanks alot

NELOC Media: You are welcome. Tell us about your other achievements.
Agu Gift: Uhmm, I've been published in some international journals which includes Evergreen Journal which was actually my first. Then I also got published in other journals like International Poetry Journey in which the specific journal was titled Poetry from the heart and I was published also in the Tendai Mnwanaka's Best Poets for 2016 and also The 2017 New England Poetry Anthology and of course the winner of The New Man Writing Contest

NELOC Media: This list is impressive
Agu Gift: Thanks

NELOC Media: What are your aspirations for the future, say next ten years?
Agu Gift: Be our strength
Agu Gift: By then I aspire to be a well known author, I've always wanted to be able to beat Chimamanda Adichie and by then I hope to do that. I also aspire to be a fulfilled Nurse by then have a wonderful family of my own and of course I aspire to have touched more than a thousand lives through my work

NELOC Media: Tell us other things about you... the things you do apart from writing.
Agu Gift: Well to be honest wah I do mostly is writing but when I am not writing, I tend to read because it widens my horizons. So apart from writing, I read and uhmm...for fun, I hang out with friends.

NELOC Media:  Smiles
NELOC Media: Over your dreams and aspirations, What is your greatest fear?
Agu Gift: (thinking) my greatest fear is not being able to at last fulfill my dreams and aspirations.
NELOC Media: What inspires your writing?
Agu Gift: I must be honest, my greatest inspiration is my best friend. But other things inspire me like nature, my mood, things around me, songs. I almost draw my inspiration from everything.
NELOC Media:  Wow! From everything. That's good.
Agu Gift: Yea
NELOC Media: Who is your best friend?
NELOC Media: I mean, your inspiration
Agu Gift: Okay
Agu Gift: My best friend's name is Kingsley John. He has been my best source of inspiration.
NELOC Media: Could you please tell us how?
Agu Gift: Uhmm...my best friend is a kind of person who is always compassionate and always cares for people around him. He touches lives even without knowing it. When I see him do these things, an inspiration just comes and I would fell like writing about whatever it was he did that day.
NELOC Media:  Wow! This is a pointer for everyone to do good. We do not know who we inspire indirectly.
Agu Gift: Exactly
NELOC Media: When did you start writing?
Agu Gift: As far as I can remember, when I was 5
NELOC Media: Wow! Five years? That's impressive.
Agu Gift: smiles yea, thanks
NELOC Media: You're welcome. Thank you for your time. Please what would you love to say to encourage other writers?
Agu Gift: I would say that we one of d most creative people in the world so we should always strive to bless others because one way or the other we are angels touching peoples lives through our work. I would love to tell my fellow writers out there to keep their pen rolling and the Lord shall surely be our as far as we keep being determined and Strong.
NELOC Media: Thank you.




For details about The New Man Writing Contest, please visit www.thenewman.org.ng

Give out your best and be Happy


"Give out your best and be happy" - Akor Joy Ene on WALK THE TALK .

Profile: Akor Joy Ene is the founder/vision coordinator of GREATMINDS ORGANIZATION, an NGO whose primary mission is centered on human development and restructuring, which it dutifully carries out through humanitarian activities, counseling, summit organisation, conferences, personal branding, and coaching. She is a 400L student of English and Literary Studies at the Kogi state University. Ayingba


WALK THE TALK: Good evening Joy, you are welcome to Walk The Talk with Akor Emmanuel Oche.

JOY: Thank you very much, its a pleasure.
N
WTT: Give us a brief bio of yourself

JOY: My name is Akor Joy Ene, a 400 Level student of Kogi state university, Ayingba. I was born in the 1990's. I smile alot and I love putting smiles on the faces of others. I read voraciously and also love making friends.

WTT: You are the founder of GREATMINDS Org. Brief us on the organization and how it operates

JOY: Greatminds is an organization that started in February 2015, it came out of a strong desire to see people succeed. Though we do this using three core values: creativity, motivation, and affecting lives. We organise summits, conferences, outreaches to orphanages and schools. We are guided by a very strong and determined team. Membership is open to all who are interested in touching lives.

WTT: What projects have you been able to execute so far?

JOY: So far, we have been able to organise conferences (some where online) as well as outreaches to orphanage homes in Ayingba and primary schools in Ajaokuta.

WTT: We all know that philanthropism is a tasking venture, how do you source your funds?

JOY: We get funds from our partners, patrons, and friends. And we are in dire need of fund to help us carry out some projects we have lined up to do.

WTT: What is the driving force behind this organisation, considering that its made up largely by students?

JOY: God is our driving force, because he fills us everyday with new strength.

WTT: Any plans for the organisation, as to where you want it to be in the distant future?

JOY: We plan to touch as many lives as possible, to help then discover themselves and succeed. In no time, we see GREAT MINDS building schools as well as skills acquisition centers all over the country.

WTT: Are you working on any projects at the moment that you may like our readers to know?

JOY: We are currently working on pupils and students, ensuring that they have good learning materials.

WTT: Your advice to someone reading this

JOY: Give out your best and be happy.

WTT: Thanks for the time, its a pleasure talking to you.


For further enquiries, get through to GREATMINDS via email: teamgreatminds@yahoo.com
OR
joyene74@gmail.com

Or call them on


Interview With DFTSI Founder' Amb Isaac Success on WALK THE TALK


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?
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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

Writing paid my tuition fees: Interview with Chukwu John David


PROFILE:
Chukwu John David is one of Africa's youngest novelist of
international repute. Born on 10th October, 1996, David is the author of three books: African Dark Light(USA 2016), It Came From
The West(UK 2016), and Black Clan( Swaziland 2016). His works have been translated into many languages.


WALK THE TALK: Good morning John, you are welcome to WTT with Akor Emmanuel Oche.

CHUKWU JOHN DAVID: Thanks for the opportunity.


WTT: You are an author with three books to your credit. Tell us about these books.

JOHN: my first book "African Dark Light" is a novella which was published in the USA and has gained its way across the globe, seeing
to its potentials which has set the difference between myself and other authors. My two other books "It Came From The West" and "Black Clan" are coming from the Uk under Idriss Publishing House. These three books tend to add to the history of African literature.


WTT: As an internationally published writer, share with us some of your experiences with publishers.
JOHN: There are many advantages and disadvantages with international publishers. A good publisher can help the author to get to the extreme. I have a lot of times, had many good experiences in the journey of being an international author, and I think,
negotiating the deal for my first book was a hard-to-do one, as a lot of ponders and strategies and contacts had to be made to achieve success.


WTT: Would you say that publishing with foreign publishing houses is
more profitable, monetary and otherwise?
JOHN: It depends on the signed contract and the publisher, it also depends on what the author wants and also his capabilities. I think there is more work for the author in publishing overseas, than having his books published in his home country. The task differs.


WTT: What are the challenges, likely to be faced by a writer who seeks to be published outside his home country?
JOHN: In recent times, I have received a lot of friends who complain to
me about getting an international publisher that would invest in their books. So an author who has not published his book overseas
is likely to face the challenge of getting a good publisher, if he is not
fortunate enough. Another challenge is, not having a well
edited and polished manuscript, this alone can get him alot of rejections
from international publishers. Then in negotiating on the royalties and then contract itself, the author will fail if he fails to understand the potentials of himself and his manuscript while trying to sign the deal, the royalties and the contract itself.


WTT: How would you rate the state of publishing in Nigeria?
JOHN: Over the years, Nigeria has had a good reputations in
the area of African literature. But I think the publishing companies in
the country are not working hard enough to create the difference. I
am yet to see many traditional publishing companies in Nigeria. The
publishing state in Nigeria, according to my rating, is still not
enough to achieve the big picture of literature i see. Our
publishers need to wake up.
WTT: What would be your advice to that writer who seeks to
be published outside his home country?
JOHN: A writer should never be in haste to get published,
everyone has their time of manifestation. If you wrote that unpublished manuscript and find it someworth difficult to get published, save it in your
shelf and write another one. Someday your manuscript will get
published.
WTT: What is your next surprise to the world, what should
your fans be expecting from you?
JOHN: A travel tour for my books. I am starting this from
Georgia, then to london and many other places. I am going to the doorstep this
time *smiles*
WTT: For a writer out there who wants to follow in your footsteps but
is wondering if writing would pay the bills. What is your
advice?
JOHN: The truth is that writing is never as easy as people
may think. But it surely pays. At least, writing paid my tuition fees and
other bills. Writing can be a job.
WTT: it's a pleasure talking to you, and congratulations on the new book
JOHN: bless you!

WALK THE TALK features on NELOC BLOG and is anchored by
Neloc blog
columnist, Akor Emmanuel Oche. Oche is a Nigerian poet,
critic,
essayist, and thinker. Send him an email via
akor.emmaoche@gmail.com

Interview with Joe Aito on WALK THE TALK

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?

Interview with Ray Ndebi on WALK THE TALK (part III)by Akor Emmanuel Oche

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


Read Part 1 and Part 2 here


RAY: before your start writing, make sure you are familiar with the language you're using. What you say matters less than how you say it.
WTT: any parting words?
RAY: Read your grammer and open your mind.

WTT:It's a pleasure talking to you sir, we appreciate the time and effort.

RAY:It's a pleasure. being hosted by such a brilliant mind! My time's Literature, Thank you.


The WALK THE TALK interview series, features on nelocblog and is anchored by NELOC Blog columnist; Akor Emmanuel Oche. Oche is a poet, critic, essayist, and thinker. Send view and commentries to akor.emmaoche@gmail.com

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 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?
.

Interview with Ray Ndebi on WALK THE TALK (part I)

Interview with Ray Ndebi on WALK THE TALK (part I) by Akor Emmanuel Oche PROFILE
Ray Ndebi, is the author of THE LOST GHOST: sons of struggle; a cameroonian living in Yaounde and the co-founder of

Le Salon Du Livre Yaounde-cameroun (discussed about at length in the interview). He is also an active member of OneAfricanChild (an organisation promoting quality education for poor children).
WALK THE TALK: Hello Ray, you are welcome to the Walk The Talk with Akor Emmanuel Oche.

RAY: Hello Akor. Good evening. Thanks for letting me in.


WTT: tell us about the man; Ray Ndebi
RAY: i'm a happy father, not yet married, but happily in love. A Tai Chi and meditation practitioner. I'm also studying ways to improve writers' skills and help them write with their souls, 24/7. I read and advice authors. WTT: about your book "THE LOST GHOST..." why was it written and what is it's message to society?
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RAY: The Lost Ghost: sons of struggle is a book that promotes solidarity, love and family spirit. Sam, the chief character of the novel lives in a slum, loses all his family and has to make his way through violence and constant danger. In life, there's always a sliver lining despite the struggle. That's the message.



WTT: As a writer, how much influence can your literature have on the political climate of Africa?

RAY: literature still plays an important role in Africa, but not as it used to do in the 1960s and the 1990s. In some countries. Nigeria for instance, literature still has a vivid influence in politics. Unfourtunatly, in some others, writers have become supporters of administrations... Alas!


WTT: with the advent of the Internet, there has been a writing revolution, especially in Africa. In terms of style and focus. What do you think about this new wave?
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RAY: internet, in terms of awareness, has considerably helped authors connect to the rest of the world; foreigners can now access and appreciate one's work with just a click. But in terms of style, many authors have lost authenticity. So many authors are in such a hurry to publish that their writings are poor and tasteless. "New wave" is exactly the expression that "kills" effort. Authors lose focus (language and emotions) and publish lines that are not appropriately reviewed. Internet is not a nagative tool, but it has to be used once all the process is complete.
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WTT: it is broadly insinuated that, Africa has its own blend of literature, perculiar to its people. In your view, are this new wave writers keeping up to its established standard?
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RAY: "its own blend of literature, peculiar to its people..." that's what makes foreigners think there is no literature in Africa, just something that mostly serves for anthropological purposes, instead of literary intrest. We are writing to share the human in us, not the African, there are so many tribes in Africa, that we cannot even fully appreciate each other. Only universal expression can connect us to the rest of the world. There is just one literature; it's that everybody can relate to.
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WTT: as a foremost advocate for childrens rights in Africa. What role would you say literature plays/ is playing, in the proper upbringing of children?
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RAY: children have all to learn from us. Literature can tell them the beauty of the world and the hopes despite the endless struggles. Positive and well written books promote a peaceful hygiene: respect of others and diversity. Literature offers children, a world that strengthens their mind and build up their leadership abilities. Because education is the key to a rainbow world, literature is the hub of all teachings.



...continued in part two( available on the blog)
The WALK THE TALK interview series, features on NELOC Blog. 

Akor Emmanuel Oche is a poet, critic, essayist, and thinker. Send views and commentries to akor.emmaoche@gmail.com

Feminism ends in the Book: An Exclusive interview with Gift Foraine Amukoyo (II)

GIFT FORAINE AMUKOYO: formost, Gift Foraine Amukoyo is a liberal lady.
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WTT: Alot is being said about female participation in literature in Africa. As a female writer, what are those peculiar challanges you face?
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"Feminism ends in the book": INTERVIEW WITH GIFT AMUKOYO

PROFILE:
Gift Foraine Amukoyo,hails from Delta state; born on April 23, 1991 in Lagos, Nigeria. A literatus embodied with creative enthusiasm, an Avant garde poetess, novelist and Journalist/blogger. She studied English and literary studies at Delta state university, and mass communications at Nigerian institute of Journalism.


WALK THE TALK: for the purpose of our readers,who is Gift beyond the profile?

GIFT FORAINE AMUKOYO: formost, Gift Foraine Amukoyo is a liberal lady.


WTT: when did you venture into the arts and at what point did you start writing?

GIFT: I've always been in the arts, humans are collections of a supreme artist, with the Almighty skill. However, I started writing from the day I could put letters to words and pronounce them. Like i said, scribbling letters is an act of writing. I started with poetry. Whenever I read books in general, what struck is to make skeletal notes of my critical reasoning or rather critical lens, because poetry is powerful and spontaneous.


WTT: Writing as a profession- How did it begin for you?

GIFT:Writing as a profession began when I started a course in journalism, in 2014, precisely. There, I met course mates from different practice, line of business and vocations. I shared my poetry with some of them, and they were like 'girl you're a writer o'. I write poetry for the leisure it brings to my mind and heart after penning. Just for the fun and impact it has on my readers. I was encouraged to do more. Get paid for my writing and gain some publicity in the media. I penned on; articles, short stories, book reviews, news e.t.c... Which were published in national newspapers and news media platforms.


WTT: With the new crop of writers and the trend in technology: the internet, How would you describe the current state of publishing in Nigeria?
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GIFT: it's amazing,a thrilling tool for new writers is what technology has achieved so far. Technology has made self-publishing easily attainable, durable and profitable, unlike the scramble for traditional publishing that made self-published authors feel like nothingness.
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WTT: of recent, you published you debut novel EFEMENA under Rextun Publishing Co. Tell us, what was the whole experience like?
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GIFT: the experience was worth it; hill climbed, crossing bridges, straigthening crooked paths, I mean; getting the manuscript together and ready for publication. Unlike news reportage. Literary texts are never put to bed; its subjected to reawakening. This is a new edition from my publisher.
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WTT:what is the central theme of the novel and what message does it pass across to society?
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GIFT:the central theme is culture. Efemena is quite rooted in Southern Nigerian traditions and values that would rock its readers to perharps, discover their heritage. Despite western exposure (ideologies, lifestyle, norms and values), 'it's obvious some people cannot break away from culture; being very conscious of its values' as late Chinua Achebe of blessed memory would say.
.WTT:culture is a vital part of Nationhood. At times like these, when many are fast losing their roots to western ideals. What would you say is the place of culture in contemporary society?
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GIFT:'we lived at the crossroads of culture,we still do today...' we shouldn't deem our cultures and beliefs as inferior. Our forefathers were not savages,if we say they were, then we have nothing to be proud of as a people. We must hold something when every other thing is fleeting. And that's our African heritage. We mustn't let the languages go to dust,we may never retriever it from the wind. If all mothers are not more, then society would be unproductive. A mother as best, can tell who a child's father is, therefore the 'mothers tongue' should not be cut off. It has the power of identity.
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WTT: Deviod of what it used to be, writing in Africa is taking a new route in terms of style and focus. In your view, what does this imply of literature on the continent?
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GIFT: The future of literature in Africa and the global village at large can be potential enough, when we talk more of our cultures; our own story. You cannot give what you do not have. We should give some bits of home, as the western world proudly does in it's literature. They cannot so much tell us our own story. That task is a duty to African Writers.


...to be continued...

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