What do you do when you get to see a marked face? Uncle Sholle came on a visit and carried my brother, barely 5 years old. As Uncle Sholle...

What do you do when you get to see a marked face?

Uncle Sholle came on a visit and carried my brother, barely 5 years old. As Uncle Sholle brought him close to chest, he suddenly began to cry. I wondered on earth what would make the young boy cry as Uncle Sholle had not hurt him. He just had lunch and was playing a while ago too. I asked Uncle Sholle to bring him over and while I tried to clean off the tears on his face, he spoke out, "Ojuju Calabar".

Now, I remember the painting we once made of the scary face, punctuated with many irregular lines on the cheek to scare my kid brother anytime he went naughty and I looked up. Uncle Sholle had tribal marks, the kind we call "abaja". I burst into laughter...

Many other stories exist of the tribal mark. I recall the after school hours during my primary school days where we dread to go through Iya Laniya's compound because her tribal marked face made us believe she was witchy. Some of us who never lived near a marked face, believed she had a masquerade-ancestral relationship. Our English "Reader" did not help out as we read through a number of comprehension passages that involved tribal marks, masquerades and the local tradition generally.

Tribal Marks and Tattoos
Times have evolved and we have replaced traditions. But then, what exists instead of the tribal marks?
Tattoos have practically chosen to take a seat in our millenium. The 21st Century individual takes the culture of

They lived "happily ever after..." It's one week after the gracious wedding ceremony of the royal family of England and I se...


They lived "happily ever after..."

It's one week after the gracious wedding ceremony of the royal family of England and I send my wishes of a happy married life, late it may be. In my locality, we render many prayers on occasions like this- "May they birth males and females and May 'our own' come too"

Tragic for many, the quoted phrase of my opening line remains untrue. Having taken Family Law at some point in my legal studies, I realise that many reasons beyond the surface are attached to separated homes and divorced marriages. Let me not bore you with my legal stories. I would only pray again in "our own way" that the Harrys' do not see such.

The Marriage Vows, "For better for worse..." are also deeper words than we see on the surface. I think I have come to love the authors of Meghan and Harry's marriage vows, (you'd see the screenshot from the order of service below this post) specifically, the English Order of "I will" coming up instead of the "I do" confirms that the English first users must do some teaching for second language users.

Meghan's Make up palava also readily dropped in on social media. I am not a makeup fan but then, I think comparison would be the greatest fault many people will ever make. I later got to see somewhere on instagram that the simplicity and modesty of Meghan's makeup did not reduce cost as it ran well into millions of dollars.

To call it the wedding of the century is also something I would call risky. I wouldn't know why. Perhaps, the royal privilege it received makes it truly of the century. But then I'm royal too... (Abi royalty pass royalty?)

Well, my own with the marriage is childbirth. Let us see who falls next in the Queen's lineage. In this part of our world, we do a countdown to be sure the wife had not taken in before the wedding but then, who really cares? It's the white man!

I wake up today, my calendar telling me it's a Saturday. I also remember the above lines formed a baseline in the Ebenezer Obey's g...


I wake up today, my calendar telling me it's a Saturday. I also remember the above lines formed a baseline in the Ebenezer Obey's grand song. It tells a love story with the male, prompting his lady to come to him while they enjoy till forever.

Every Saturday, many love stories are shared

As we take the marks in celebration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo's 109th post humous birthday, I flashback through the 112 paged book "...

As we take the marks in celebration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo's 109th post humous birthday, I flashback through the 112 paged book "A Memoir of the Jewel" written by Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo (Mama Awo) where she described her husband to have played a politics of self sacrifice, commitment and focus. As the first Premier of Western region, Awo as he was popularly called, demonstrated rare vision and uncommon commitment to leadership with focus on the provision of free, universal primary education and critical Infrastructure in the key sectors, operating even with limited resources.


He displayed quintessential discipline in politics, exemplifying philosophical and psychological preparedness before aspiring for leadership positions. It, therefore, did not come as a surprise that when he passed on in 1987 that the then Ikemba Nnewi, Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu aptly eulogized him as "the best president that Nigeria never had". This presented some form of puzzle as to the reality of the nation’s geo-political entity that a man whose vision and virtues are so extolled and venerated by many yet so equally and passionately hated by some obviously powerful political interest groups. This group consistently frustrated his many resolve at doing for Nigeria the same thing he did for the South West in terms of sustainable development and far-reaching transformation initiatives.



Awo was a practical and committed federalist who believed firmly in appreciable level of regional autonomy within an agreed and workable federal system and structure of government. Nigerians are today increasingly coming to terms with the political dynamics behind this political disposition especially as it encourages political stability, regional integration, healthy competition and collaboration within the regions and amongst the federating units.


Many years after, Nigerians remain nostalgic about the quality leadership demonstrated by statesmen like the late Obafemi Awolowo, the commitment to leadership, the sacrifice and focus in governance, raising critical questions on leadership emergence and the deepening of democratic values within the Nigerian state.


The celebration of the leadership virtues of the late sage, many years after is instructive on the need for public servants and political office occupants to endeavour to leave behind lasting impact.




https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obafemi_Awolowo

I think I have taken the longest break so far in my blogging journey and coming back seems to me, a herculean task. I think also, that as f...


I think I have taken the longest break so far in my blogging journey and coming back seems to me, a herculean task. I think also, that as far as this blog is concerned, I am a lazy Nigerian youth. But then, far from it, my hands have wrought other things beyond the spheres of this blog.

I'm sure the average blogger understands the problem of leaving your blog for a while and then, coming back to it- your audience is practically off. I don't think I left enough posts here either to make you read over again and again. You only have an assurance that you would see constant posts here for yet another while.

So, if you've opened an email containing this link, or checked through social media, congratulations. I have not suffered a writers' block. I have only been involved in a whole lot of things.

Dear reader, I'm back. I would engage in certain improvements and you would be glad you're visiting again.

Nelson Vincent

By recent trends, businesses have started looking at ways of reducing their expenditure by proper planning and budgeting. A number of comp...

By recent trends, businesses have started looking at ways of reducing
their expenditure by proper planning and budgeting. A number of
companies have started strategizing and planning their Communications
and PR budget ahead of 2018.

One key area companies are looking at is Independent PR Measurement
budgeting and planning. An end is come to spending without measuring
or getting key insights of the industry. The awareness of PR
Measurement grows by the day.

Key economic sectors that are fast embracing PR measurement include
the financial sector, FMCG, Airlines, NGO and Government. It is a
common knowledge that media monitoring and measurement played a key
role in the Edo State Gubernatorial election that saw Godwin Obaseki
becoming the governor-elect of the state, from crisis measurement to
situation analysis and reputation measurement.

Independent PR measurement services will help organizations save cost
while helping brands get value for their communications and PR
expenditure in 2018. To permit an accurate, precise and effective PR
plan, PR Measurement services, should be taken into consideration
independently.



Some key tasks that a PR measurement agency can help an organization
achieve include Media Performance Audit, Print & Online media
Journalist Relationship Measurement (JRM), Reputation measurement,
Media Campaign Evaluation, PR impact score analysis, Fake News
analysis, Crisis Measurement, Competitive Analysis and many more.




Source: Prompt News Online, Edited.

By Nelson Vincent | Ile-Ife, Nigeria. White dots punctuate dark sheets Gnashing 32s and wailing wipes Of women, men, Children... Wel...

By Nelson Vincent | Ile-Ife, Nigeria.


White dots punctuate dark sheets
Gnashing 32s and wailing wipes
Of women, men, Children...
Well and Unwell
Mystery words are woven on paper
And a myriad thoughts are wavering before us.

Amazing Maze,
Life and Death.


Let us sing the sweet songs of sorrow
As we answer the rhetorical
Who is next?