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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CELEBRATING THE DOGGEDNESS OF SOLA OGUNBODE AT 60


Orogun, is one of the sprawling neighborhoods of the University of Ibadan, this community is a mixed of the academia, civil servants, corporate world, business tycoons from all the popular markets in Ibadan and some political bigwigs. Around 1993, some American vehicles such as Ford, Chevrolet were seen plying the streets. These unique vehicles attracted all the aspiring boys in the community but none had the courage to approach the owner of these cars. The moment of revelation, for me, was when I went on a walk with my Dad and he identified the man who I do see behind the steering wheels as his brother from the same country home, Okeho, Oyo State. Those were my early contact with Uncle Sola Ogunbode.

This valiant Okeho man is really an unsung democratic hero having been a part of the political struggle for the liberation of the country from the hands of the military junta. From his activity in the formation of NADECO, to the Egbe Omo Yoruba in the United States, he has been a force to reckon with as a young man who is leading a social cause for the advancement of his country. He is humility personified because he does not put on the toga of his sophistication as an influential person on both the African and American continents.

In the early days of the return of democratic governance to Oyo State, Uncle Sola played a prominent role in the early days of democracy rule in Oyo State. He was on the board of the Oyo State Water Corporation during the tenure of late Alh. Lam Adesina. However, his desire for impactful leadership was short-lived as a result of the crisis in the state chapter of the Alliance for Democracy. As believed, all those who were expelled from the party led to the undoing of AD in Oyo State. He moved on to become the Deputy Gubernatorial candidate for Labour Party in 2007, the election that led to the emergence of Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala as the State Governor.

A wholehearted Oyo man who sees himself as a man from Oyo State and not from a section of the state. I have a dream that very soon a man from Oke-Ogun in Oyo North will govern Oyo State and bring the state to her rightful position as it happened in the days when Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo led the Western Region and Chief James Ajibola Ige led the Old Oyo State comprising of the present Oyo and Osun States.

Uncle Sola’s story is an encouragement to timid generation of today that cannot stand for anything; he believed that it was pointless giving in to injustice because we assume it has already become endemic in our national life. We need to have the candor to stand the desired change that we desire to see in our time.

As we are halfway into 2019 elections, I see a bright future if the people of Oyo North typically called Oke-Ogun, the food basket of Oyo State, will come together to fight a noble cause of leading Oyo State to greater heights. We cannot continue to be contented with being the Deputy Governor or Secretary to the State Government. Our unity will take us closer to our emancipation.

Happy Diamond Anniversary to a big Uncle, a role model, another quality product from Okeho, a frontline leader in Oyo State and Nigeria. 
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Instagram vs Pocket-gram



Hello famz,

That's the language of netizens whenever they want to exchange pleasantries with their followers online. Trust my famz is enjoying this season- either spring or rainy? The first quarter of the year is getting close to a halt, I believe we are making giant strides in all our endeavor.

As trendy people, the use of hashtags have become so popular. Without being a part of an event, live tweets and picture uploads can keep one updated about happenings at the event. Let's discuss Instagram and Pocket-gram.

Instagram, according to Google, is a mobile photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately on the service, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms. Lots of people have seen what they desire but cannot afford.

Pocket-gram is, my own words, a description of how deep the pockets are (the financial weight of the pocket) to actualize an ideal event conceived as a result of what is visible on instagram and other social networking platforms.

The pictures that we see in our minds and on instagram must be in tandem with our pockets. All related activities to an event must not exceed the capacity of our pocket.

We should not run ourselves into financial crisis because we want to have a glamorous event; let your loudest noise be synonymous with the depth of your pocket.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Cheers!

Olutayo


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Friday, March 03, 2017

LAWS vs ACQUIESCE

M kana mon,

I have come to you today in the similitude of a Gokana man, one of the languages in Rivers State, Nigeria meaning "I salute You", while you will respond with "E zira" meaning "We return your salute."

In Nigeria, there has always been endless complaints about non-adherence to laws that should guide us in our daily lives as citizens. Earlier this year, an Associate Professor in the United States, Saheed Aderinto shared a memo stating that "a permit was required to slaughter domestic animals (even on religious festivals) in Nigeria. Source: West African Pilot, February 13, 1943." Is this 74 year old law effective in Nigeria? Let’s discuss Laws vs Acquiesce.

Laws according to the dictionary are the body of rules and standards issued by the legislative body, or to be applied by courts and similar authorities. Of a fact, all religious bodies have laws that guide their members.

Acquiesce means to accept or consent by silence. It is an agreement to abide by the laws governing a body either an association, state, country. Acquiesce hold sway on anyone within the geographical territory.  Unfortunately, ignorance is not an excuse in the court of law. 


We all know these words but we do not make them work. Laws would continually be on paper while we all act contrarily. The dis-functionality of the society can be resolved by adhering to the laws of the land.
Laws should help us to live a meaningful life and help us avoid regrettable tales. If religious tenets are adhered to, the world would be a better place.

Would we take to these laws (instructions) so that we do not suffer grave consequences?

Enjoy the rest of the day.

Cheers!

Olutayo 
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Friday, February 24, 2017

To Cheer and To Be Cheerful- A Biblical Perspective



As a young man, I have always desired to be surrounded by person who cheer me as I invest my strength cheerfully in anything that I do. My quest led me into seeking for more understanding about how to cheer and be cheerful as a person.

The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defined to Cheer as a shout of joy, support or praise. It can also mean to give hope, comfort and encouragement.  While Cheerful means happy and showing it by the way that you behave or giving a feeling of happiness. With the aforementioned meanings, it is obvious that people need someone to encourage them and someone that is cheerful needs to extrude happiness regardless of the circumstances at hand.

You need to cheer yourself, which means you have to be your greatest fan but with a consciousness of the impending judgement. Ecc. 11:9 says "Rejoice, o young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of their youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgement."

Your Spouse needs to be cheered. Every union has to be oiled regularly if it will last a lifetime. The Bible admonish that from the beginning of marriage. The man is expected to cheer his wife as found in the book of Deut 24:5 "when a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken". The big question, do you cheer your spouse at all available opportunity?

We need to cheer others. Jesus in the new testament used the word cheer on several occasions in his interaction with a sick man in Mat 9:2 and to his disciples whenever they are disturbed examples are in Mat 14:27 and Mark 6:50. At their slightest confusion, he encouraged them. In John 16: 33 he charged them to be of good cheer because he had overcome the world. Paul too did likewise in Acts 27 and at the end of the storm, they all merried. If he had not been so close to them, he would not be able to understand their personality at every time when they are confused. As a leader, be readily available to encourage your followers.


Interestingly, being cheerful begins from within too. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:13 "a merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart is the spirit broken.” The Dake Annotated Reference Bible describes it as a happy disposition shows in the countenance. The big question, are you always looking happy?

Likewise we need to be cheerful to be able to cheer up others. Rom12:8 "he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth with diligence, he that showeth mercy with cheerfulness". We need to visit others to cheer them up but we should not compound the situation of the depressed by telling other depressing tales. In today's parlance, we should motivate them.

In all, how bright do our faces look when we come to the house of God with our offerings and when we are supposed to give others. Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians 9:7 wrote, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver."

In our earthly sojourn, we need to cheer ourselves, our spouses and others while being cheerful is evident around ourselves, others and finally God. Would you always carry a cheerful disposition at all times for it might be the only encouragement needed by someone to have a memorable day and in fact, a memorable lifetime. 

Olutayo IRANTIOLA

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Monday, February 13, 2017

JUDGING vs CORRECTING

Hi,

It has been a while that I dropped by with some words on this platform.  It is always a privilege that I do not take for granted sharing some insights with you from time to time. Hope all is well with you and your loved ones? The second month of the year will soon wind up, are we on the right desired path for this year? 

In my generation today, I have discovered that there are many ways of avoiding correction and an apt phrase drawn from the scripture is always used.  Exodus  2:14a "And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?". Let's brood on the topic- Judging vs Correcting 

Judging someone is by administering a verdict. From a practical standpoint, a judge comes up with his own binding view after listening to all the parties involved. Many times, a judgement can only be appealed at a higher court. However, nowadays it is a rebuttal of an advisory process. 

Correcting someone is a way of advising the person to see issues from another viewpoint from where he is standing. In the process of correcting, the person with a superior stance needs a lifestyle that justifies the correction, the person that is being corrected has the opportunity to weigh the advise and come up with a healthy and balanced opinion.

Those who come up with that phrase, "Who made you a judge over me" technically shut others up in order to keep indulging in the wrong lifestyle while those who are willing to take corrections will view it from a persuasive stance which will redefine his or her attitude to life.

At all times, remember this, "in criticizing to correct someone, you should focus more on killing the issue, rather than discreetly killing the personality." When the personality is killed that's judging when the person when the issue is discussed that's correcting.

Let's not mistake correctional intentions as a judgmental process. 

Have a great week ahead.

Cheers!

Olutayo 
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