Everyone cannot have all they want separately but as a Nation we can move forward.

Everyone cannot have all they want separately but as a Nation we can move forward.

By Emeka D. Azubuike

Many at times when I sit and think about my Nation-our geographical location, size and population, diversity in culture and ethnicity and a whole lot, I wonder if these are blessings or curses for us. This year we as a Nation are still in the euphoria of the celebration of being united for a 100 years as a country or one Nigeria, the question people have been asking and pondering upon is if the amalgamation has actually been of great benefits or more losses as we try to evolve to a great, free, equitable and an egalitarian society.

The whole idea of Nationhood has different meanings to different people, but among the underlying characteristics of a Nation are these; shared vision that is bought into by every citizen, government or leaders that are mostly in agreement with its citizens and a free and egalitarian society where all are made to benefit. In one of his interviews, Emeka Ojukwu rightly and confidently stated that Nigeria as a country has never been a Nation where everyone is made to feel important. Obafemi Awolowo believed Nigeria was just a geographical location of diverse group of people. Nnamdi Azikiwe on his own part believed at independence that Nigeria became a Nation because after many years of British rule, the amalgamation in 1914, there was a general belief that the diverse groups that make up the Nigerian entity became a Nation at independence. Many more people have had a lot to say about the question of our Nationhood.

In this piece, I would like to draw your attention to a phenomenon because is already one, that every person, group has demonstrated and still do that really questions our true Nationhood. Coming from history lane, during the constitutional conferences leading to independence, Nigeria was offered independence before 1960, but due to the position of the North we didn’t have it then. Then the times between 1965 to1966 that culminated into our first coup d’etat, some group of army officers mostly of Ibo extraction decided to make history by making their voice heard in deciding the course of our history. Also barely 6 months later another group of Northern officers carried out a reprisal coup that yet again brought people who felt they could chart another history for Nigeria. The months that followed was characterised by the pogrom of Ibos all over the North. Even though that was condemned by many, it yet brought an opportunity for another group (Eastern region) to move for a secession and divide the supposed Nigerian nation. After a bloody 30 month war, we still remain the country Nigeria but not sure if as a Nation.

Nigeria I can say confidently is not a Nation as of today when we are celebrating our centenary rather she is just made up of groups, tribes or even nations seeking for the good of the groups where they belong. The percentage of people who would truly answer first as Nigerians today is low rather what we have in abundance are persons of selfish gain who don’t care about the well being of another citizen who might be from another group. If it is not the Ijaws and Niger Deltans today who lay claim to the oil wealth, it would be the North who believe so much in their size and population or the Ohaneze Ndigbo, or Afenifere and so many other groups that just want a share of the national cake. Nationhood would continue to elude us until we come to the realization that everyone is a major stakeholder in the story called Nigeria and how this story turns out depends on us all.

Every group with their respective visions, goals and grievances must come together to develop an ideal Nigerian Dream. Like I will always say since we can’t divide into 250 Nations, we must then work to build one, true, prosperous and united Nigeria. Our diversity shouldn’t turn out a curse but rather a blessing. It should propel us all to rub minds and reach a good and reasonable conclusion not to be in disagreement.

We cannot all have stakes for all the ethnic groups separately but we can surely have a stake called the Nigerian stake for everyone’s benefit.

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Our Heroes Past…

Posted: February 11, 2014 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Past Situation

By Adunbi Moses

One man wakes up with a dream to orchestrate n put change in place,

He finds a way to actualize his dreams because of his connections,

Before long He acquires loads of backings due to some well combined words of wisdom,

His fan base begins to grow tremendously because he seems to have d people’s well being at heart,

The worse comes to worse, blood is spilled and blood is shed while lives are lost but should there always be bloodshed to bring a positive change? I ask,

Next thing we know, the struggle is over,

Crimes covered and bottled up in the shadows of history where no one can find it, is this the meaning of transparency or just mirage of reality?

Lives lost and buried massively deep into d soil of the same struggling lands, who is to take responsibilities for these ones?

He comes into power as a leader who should b immortalized and remembered for life. He becomes the talk of history, the one who single handedly brought freedom for his people. An international HERO indeed, at least that’s what the media has to feed the masses with,

I dare to ask the question on everyone’s lips but don’t have the guts to actually speak those words, who is the true HERO?

Is it the great man in the giant picture or those unknown names that died for the struggle?

Is it he who organized the press conference and spoke to masses or He who stood behind the scenes right before his crucifixionist refusing arrest screaming “I know my rights and what I

Stand for.” while He is being battered and locked to rot away?

Is it d man of d century or He who left behind a host of responsibilities for his family to carry?

Is it the almighty HERO or that man/that woman whose voices where heard resonating the entire vicinity chanting freedom songs while the so called HERO basking in the luxury of his offices?

Is it the voice of the HERO that should be heard or that of innocent mothers who lost their flesh

And blood at the hands of inhumanity?

Is it the sweat of the HERO which was constantly wiped off by handkerchiefs that should count or that of those teenagers, fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers that quenched the thirst of d soil of their struggle?

Who is THE true HERO?

I know they say “The end justifies the means.” but then again what truly recognizes the hard work of the pawn after winning a chess game? The “means” is just as important as the “end” but what is most important is those little details within the “means”.

For the betterment of our tomorrow, we had better started honoring those who were front lined, sacrificial lambs, those who met with untimely death because those are the true HEROES of any struggle.

So you want a Revolution,eh?

Posted: February 3, 2014 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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By Pst. Abraham Olawunmi

I have a burden for change in Nigeria. After all, I am a dealer in making change happen; I am a minister of the Gospel! So much thought and talk has been given to an impending revolution, one that would root out the cancerous leadership we have. I am not one given to popular opinion, but to truth. Every failure is an alibi artist; always looking for someone or something to blame for their inability to perform. That’s the case with the Nigerian debacle. Leadership is just a fragment of the bane of Nigeria; the unpatriotic citizenry are the architects of the Nigeria of today! After all, Leaders are chosen from the people.

Leadership is a microcosmic reflection of the macrocosmos of the larger society. Back to the issue of revolution. It’s obvious that those clamoring for revolution haven’t been serious students of history. No bloody revolution has ever moved the country forward. The Russians once thought their monarchy was their challenge, they killed them and the leaders of that revolution became the leaders of Russia. Time proved that Leninism was a farce and that the economy will be built by committed citizens. They same story is true with Hitler’s Germany. No bloody revolution has moved a country forward. By the way, If we eventually annihilate the ruling class, it will result in the, ‘cutting grass’ effect; the problem ceases for a while, only to reappear for a while because the roots haven’t been dealt with. The youths of today are terribly incompetent to move this country forward. Does Nigeria need a revolution? Of course, yes! But, what kind? Nigeria needs a mental revolution! The educational system is the key to Nigeria’s success. In presenting the keys to the lecture theatre he built, Pastor and life coach, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, PhD, made this insightful comment, “… The problem is not the
management of our natural resources, but managing the potentials locked up in the minds of our teaming youths, whose education cannot be separated from the aspiration of the country..” Purposeful education is the way out. An education engineered by the need for development, not as a fad or fashion. Education that would inspire integrity, a high sense of morality, responsibility and continuous capacity building, supported with the underpinnings of possibility thinking! I salute Dr. David Oyedepo for thinking in this line when he set up Covenant University, a school I will forever be proud to be an alumnus of.

Change, would only come from within us. I, for one, is ready to make that change happen. Leadership isn’t about magically solving problems, it’s about inspiring people to solve problems. It’s time for our young men to see value in adding positive value to society, by way of legitimate labour! The change begins with you! #TheVision #Pleroma

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“The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not” – Thomas Jefferson

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Quote  —  Posted: December 2, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid” – Albert Einstein

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Quote  —  Posted: November 22, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Present Situation

“Get action, seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Stealing.

Posted: November 17, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power” – Plato

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Change

Posted: November 13, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”
-Barack Obama

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Change

Posted: November 13, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”
-Barack Obama

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You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger…Let a person overcome anger by love” Buddha

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Quote  —  Posted: November 8, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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Eureka magazine is in need of writers for its online publications. The magazine has a vision to provide information needed for personal development.

It also committed to answering questions that bother on nation building and development.

Writers are therefore needed in these areas-Politics/Leadership,Youth governance, Health,Sports,Business,Education… Information in these areas can be conveyed through any available medium ranging from print, audio and video.

Entries are open from now till 14th of November 2013.

You can visit our page on eurekamagazine.com.ng

Emeka D. Azubuike
Publisher.

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Status  —  Posted: October 31, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give – Sir. Winston Churchill

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing – Mother Theresa

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Quote  —  Posted: October 24, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“With self-discipline most anything is possible”- Theodore Roosevelt

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Quote  —  Posted: October 21, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Present Situation

Happiness

Posted: October 20, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Future Situation

Tread softly, Breathe peacefully, Laugh hysterically – Nelson Mandela

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“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination and wonder” – Ronald Reagan

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Quote  —  Posted: October 19, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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Slip of the Foot.

Posted: October 18, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over” – Benjamin Franklin

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Talents

Posted: October 15, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best” – Henry Van Dyke

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“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Quote  —  Posted: October 14, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Future Situation

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do” – Pele

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Quote  —  Posted: October 13, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten? ” Logan P. Smith

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Quote  —  Posted: October 12, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Past Situation

“Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to” – Henry Van Dyke

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Quote  —  Posted: October 11, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder” – Ronald Reagan

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Quote  —  Posted: October 11, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Future Situation
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“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” – Henry Ford

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HUE Foundation.

Posted: October 8, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Future Situation
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Have you eaten today…if not go through the document and don’t forget to vote leadershipwithcda.wordpress.com as the Best Political Blog in Nigeria 2013

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HUE Foundation.

Posted: October 8, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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Have you eaten today…if not go through the document and don’t forget to vote leadershipwithcda.wordpress.com as the Best Political Blog in Nigeria 2013

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I am most grateful not only to life but also to the giver of life, the beneficiaries of life and those who make life worth living…

Good evening Nigeria…!

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Quote  —  Posted: October 8, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Present Situation
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Smart Collection of Nuovo Vintage.

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The IBB in GEJ…

Posted: October 5, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized

Nigeria is indeed a where impossibilities happen, a land where statesmen are abused and they turn out to be the hero at the end of the tunnel. I can’t stop but marvel at the way Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has fared as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. From the election campaigns to his re-election as President in 2011, to the 2012 occupy Nigeria Riot that almost resulted in a revolution, the fuel subsidy probe report. The power sector reforms, now the ASUU strike. He has proved to be a man who indeed was handpicked by statesmen to do the job, one who perhaps signs an agreement with the WHO is WHO in the politics of Nigeria.

After the purported rumor that Sule Lamido was being earmarked as president in 2015 with Amaechi as running mate, with the advert on AIT of his achievements, the Nigerian Governor’s Forum Saga where Jonah Jang faction and Amaechi’s faction nearly caused a stalement in the National Assembly and the State Assembly of Rivers State, one can say that the North were in fact of the National Assembly while the South had Rivers State to hassle out with. So you can say this is a war between oil and the wind or North and South or Niger Delta and the rest of Nigeria. But when will it end?

As we approach the centenary celebration of a region called Nigeria, in the words of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, “I am ready to go back in uniform for the safety and unity of Nigeria” on quote (National War College).

Just recently Goodluck Ebele Jonathan reshuffled his cabinet, promoted WIKE his fellow Niger Delta and the fighter of Amaechi. Removed or sacked Mrs. Ruqqatu Rufai, the Education minister from Jigawa State (the same state as Sule Laimdo). GEJ has indeed played like MEN; he has proved to be a man who rose on the ranks of Civil Service and an astute lecturer. Let us say that the ASUU strike is drawing near since Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswan is in charge of that thereby paralyzing the ambitions of Senator David Mark.

God Bless Nigeria!

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A man…

Posted: October 5, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes of himself” – Alexander Graham Bell

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Vote for Best Political Blog in Nigeria.

Posted: October 5, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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Good morning,

You can vote here for Best Political Blog in Nigeria. http://www.nigerianblogawards.com

Please I need your support friend at this point. You have been a motivation for me to write.

The blog still remains leadershipwithcda.wordpress.com

God Bless you and May God bless Nigeria!

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Lincoln.

Posted: September 29, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in The Future Situation

“Whatever you are, be a good one” – Abraham Lincoln

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Good morning friend,

You have been very supportive in my writing career and right now, I need you…
Visit http://nigerianblogawards.com/register2013.php. and Vote my blog as the best Political Blog in Nigeria.

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Wise men.

Posted: September 28, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“A wise man is superior to any insult which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behaviour is patience and moderation” – Moliere

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Living

Posted: September 27, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not lived at all” – J. K Rowling

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Peaceful Living

Posted: September 26, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees” – Benjamin Franklin

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Trial

Posted: September 24, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Life

Posted: September 23, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and absolute courage, that we move unto better things” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Hope we don’t have to repeat the mistakes of history…

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[Eureka!] New post: Problems

Posted: September 16, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves” – Lyndon B. Johnson

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Habits

Posted: September 15, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken” – William Shakespeare

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Worthiness

Posted: September 14, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition” – Abraham Lincoln

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“It is necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail” – Jimmy Carter

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Never quit!

Posted: September 10, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit” – Michael Jordan

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Attitude

Posted: September 9, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” – Thomas Jefferson

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Friendship and your defining moments

Posted: September 3, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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When a child is born, after meeting family members and relatives, the next point of association is making friends and having acquaintances, persons you relate with, share experiences with and also interact more often even more than families in some cases. One unique thing about friendship or friends is that either of you have had similar universal experiences happen to each of you irrespective of background, so most times friends find it easier to talk to one another about what they are passing through or better still friends are most likely going to be your first confidants perhaps because of similar experiences, constant interaction and communication in schools, neighborhoods and other communal locations.

Friends and the type of association one keeps can make or mar, build up or cast you down, inspire or depress, give you hope or leave you in despair but any of these cases is all a matter of choice in friendship. Individuals choose their friends based on values, standards, class, morals, ethics, philosophies of everyone i.e. in essence everyone has his/ her own taste. I would like to take friends as different winds that blow in our direction- some come to refresh us, some cause hurts, others bring rain and others dryness but we have the power to choose the ones we want to get use to or to be acquainted with that is the power we have- is better to choose friends than letting them choose you against your own standard and value.

There are moments and there are moments-moments with family and relatives, good and bad, refreshing and depressing ones, moments with pals and with yourself, each of these have a way of shaping the mindset of individuals on so many issues, it determines action and reactions to circumstances, as it affects or pertains to everyone. Some moments control some other-the time with family or persons of authority are times of imbibing values others think is right for you so you choose to comply when they are around either wholeheartedly or grudgingly. But there are moments which can be regarded as Moments of Definition. It is when you are no longer with family or persons of authority which means you are either alone or with friends. At these moments you take full responsibility for your actions, you have no one to answer to but to yourself, conscience and that inner man that helps you differentiate well from bad.

At this point in everyone you are regarded as that proverbial ant, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.(Pro. 6:6-8). The responsibility to choose what to do at this point rests solely on you and not even your friends even though they have a considerable amount of influence on that decision, the buck still stops with you. The decision you make here will go a long way in determining how you will live your life whether as a laid back person or always fired up to do what you have to do and definitely the wrong steps would have some element of regrets while the right ones have a lot of gains. So is our responsibility to choose either the gains of discipline and right decisions or the regrets of wrong steps and decisions. (Pro. 6:9-11). Those moments of definition has a major part to play and is a real determinant of how you spend your times alone, with friends and outside authority whether invested or wasted, used to gain or add value or used to lose value and take regrettable steps that might live with you for the rest of your life. These moments can come once in a lifetime or they can come several times in a lifetime but either way whatever use you choose to make of yours is a personal decision, conviction and responsibility but believe me friends, you just have to choose and that only points to the fact that we all are endowed with certain inalienable rights of freedom, truth and the pursuit of happiness.

May the truth you find in your freedom (Defining Moment) bring you all the happiness you desire.
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Winter.

Posted: September 2, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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The Sun’s hemispheres just flipped this past day…Aug. 31st…Winter Solstice just began. August break over.

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“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Exercise

Posted: October 16, 2013 by Emeka D. Azubuike in Uncategorized
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“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order” – John Adams

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