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As We Go To The Polls…

The long awaited and already once postponed general election comes up tomorrow, 28th March, 2015. This General election has been on gear for over a year now and Nigeria has more or less been at war with itself this past year over the elections. As a result, the International community has come to the (hopefully?) erroneous conclusion that we’re set to explode.

Before the polls open, there are things you should know.

You might be surprised to know that there are 14 presidential candidates total in this election but everybody knows that this election is really between two candidates – the current President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDPand General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.

President Goodluck With Mr Buhari at the peace accord meeting yesterday.
President Goodluck With Mr Buhari at the peace accord meeting yesterday.

The elections campaign has been based on nothing more than personality smear debate between the ruling party and the opposition beyond the level ever seen in Nigerian politics – newspaper ads, tv ads, sting documantaries on tv and the internet. Even viral videos on social networks especially whatsapp and bbm. These documentaries only serve the purpose of misinforming and distracting from the real issues at hand.

The Jonathan administration promise us transformation and continuity. Buhari promise to fight corruption and insecurity but they don’t say how. I’ve hardly ever heard Buhari speak since he’s declined media chats and never appeared for any presidential debates

Who is missing in this photo?
The Presidential Debate. Who is missing in this photo?

but he has somehow managed to champion his campaign on corruption and insecurity by sticking the Jonathan administration with corruption and insecurity of lives and property.Infact, Buhari seems to have one answer for every question. He found a way of linking everything to corruption and insecurity. Everything from the economy to security, agriculture, National Assembly, foreign policy, health and education he reduced into a vague answer of security and corruption.

That’s why I found this post hilarious and true.

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And something else you don’t know again – he, Pa Buhari was 72 on his last birthday. Like my colleague asked, “Does he want a state burial?”

I believe Nigerians have determined that Goodluck has character despite his poor response to the rescue of the Chibok girls. Don’t say that to the opposition. They have it written on stone that he is “clueless”. The worst part of this whole matter is that despite my reservations about Buhari, they’re both cut from the same cloth. Both parties have the same agenda of “no-agenda” seeing as they’re mixbloods of rejects. But better the devil you know , huh?

And don’t let us bring up Buhari’s link with the Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram. That issue is more of the smear campaign or is it?

Anyways, tomorrow will tell. It’ll be here before we know it.

#VOTENOTFIGHT
#VOTENOTFIGHT

See you on the morrow.

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No time like now

I have been composing this post since Sunday but time gets away from you if you don’t make good use of it. I had a very long weekend starting from close of work Friday to late afternoon Sunday.

At close of work Friday, I boarded a connecting bus that would take me to the park for a direct bus to my hometown. I’m not really a fan of home this season but Mum got a catering gig for a church celebration on Sunday and needed help. So off I went. Dad and my little brother had already gone ahead with Mum.

I didn’t get to do much Friday night cos I got in late -past 7p- except prepare and serve dinner. My brother did the little dishes.

Saturday was another election at the state and local government level so I didn’t go anywhere. Not even to vote. My parents had gone out to vote and my brother had gone out to play and I was alone at home. Exactly how I like it. I got about four hours of well-deserved sleep. Well-deserved because I had a really stressful week.

But I didn’t only sleep. I got to work practicing my craft. I was able to finish these in four hours.

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It wasn’t till early evening that the real work started with the catering stuff near the church. For my part, all I did was wash the food coolers (all 32 of them), the dishes (almost 400 of them), spoons and other equipments I should call them, and then towel-dry them. Believe me when I say it wasn’t an easy task by any means. But I got to go home and sleep in my bed afterwards. My Mum and her two assistants slept on site.

Then came Sunday. I just helped to sort everything out and clean up the equipments used because the food was all ready. Then I went home and prepared for mass.It was a long mass. The occasion was the Golden Jubilee Celebration of our Former Parish Priest who was also going into retirement. And his book launch also.

Gladly, everything went as planned and everyone ate and made merry. It was a very colorful celebration.

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The gift presented to the priest on the occasion of his fifty years of priesthood.
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Nigeria: A New Beginning

You can understand the reason every­one has been apprehensive and pessimis­tic about the general elections of 2015: Tension had run high, almost to boiling point, pre-election and electioneering periods. There were threats of violence, and blood had actually flowed freely during the campaigns. Even a couple of days to D-Day, violence and all kinds of brigandage held sway. We must also not forget the hate campaigns, the mudsling­ing and all the brickbats that went into the just concluded polls.

Then, there was the famous prediction by the Americans, of a Nigeria break up in 2015, due to anticipated violent dusts expected to be precipitated by disagree­ments and schisms from the election, which the Americans believed would eventually lead to the alleged balkanisa­tion of the republic!

Mercifully, it didn’t happen. And the world has not stopped celebrating and being jubilant. Nigerians, who were expecting a combustion and implo­sion, are shocked at the dramatic turn of events. God must, indeed, be a Nigerian. Don’t let anyone fool anyone: It wasn’t essentially the miracle of the card reader machines, the efficiency or magic of Attahiru Jega and his men, or the super-efficiency of the cops and other security agencies, tried, as we should admit, they all have. Since March 28, I choose to place our success at the polls at the doorsteps of Almighty God, touching the hearts of men (Nigerians) and using them to achieve the seemingly unachiev­able. And so be it. Because, think for a moment, supposing Jonathan had failed to concede defeat and congratulated the winner?
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Chibok Girls: World Remembers One Year On

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Chibok girls as shown in a video released by the boko haram leader

On April 14 2014, the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a boarding school in the northern town of Chibok. The abduction sparked global outrage and the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls.

Tuesday marks the attack’s first anniversary. Rallies are taking place around the world for the more than 200 girls who remain missing. Many of the marches, like this one in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, have called on schools to participate.

Schoolgirl marches and demos are due to take place around the world at different times. This school in New Zealand held its event earlier, and more are lined up across Europe and the U.S. later.

There are also other protest events taking place, like this one in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, featuring the Nobel-Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka.

And some people are taking a stand individually by posting selfies with #BringBackOurGirls signs.

Boko Haram, based in north-eastern Nigeria, began its attacks in 2009 and has since launched increasingly violent assaults on Africa’s most populous country. An ongoing battle that pits the Islamists against Nigeria’s government and informal vigilante groups has claimed around 15,000 lives, with around half of those deaths happening in 2014, according to a Unicef report released on Monday.

Michelle Obama, the U.S First Lady, and Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel-Prize-winning Pakistani women’s rights activist, are among the famous women to have supported the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Yousafzai posted this audio message to the missing girls on her website last week in the run-up to the anniversary.

Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, who is due to take office later this month, campaigned hard on a vow to quash Boko Haram if elected. Buhari said on Tuesday that, while he would make every effort to find the girls, he could not promise he would succeed.

(buzzfeed)

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10 common misconceptions about Africa

blaqaffairs:

I found a kindred spirit on WordPress.

Originally posted on candid Ideas:

I am African. A full blooded Nigerian for that matter. I’m Igbo by origin, Yoruba by birth and was bred in the North. I have traveled to several countries in Africa so I think I have a pretty clear idea of how we live as Africans. I have always listened with incredulity to the complaints of my friends who live abroad about the ignorance of some people and the unbelievably common misconceptions about Africa and Africans. I would really like to correct that here.
The media (this includes hollywood) often portrays this continent in a very inaccurate manner; spinning salacious yarns that have little or no bearing on the continent. Yes, like every other country, we have destitute people, hungry people, sick people that the government cannot fully cater for and our fair share of criminals but this does not in any way mean that we live in the stone…

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It’s been a long week

I wonder how that could be since I’ve only had three working days but I’ve been soooo tired this week. It feels like I have three jobs – 2 of it unpaid. I work 9 hours daily then I come home and it starts again – dinner, dishes and other stuff in-between. And then there’s the bead jewelry making I’m teaching myself.

This has been my routine the past month but it suddenly seems more. Yesterday, I couldn’t move from my bed to serve dinner after I had prepared it. I felt like someone had taken a baseball bat to my back. I felt better this morning but it’s made me wonder, is that ok? Is it normal for me to be this tired everyday?

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Happy Easter

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The Lord is risen, Alleluia!

So today is Easter Sunday.
Here’s me wishing everyone one of you a very happy Easter.

If you’re not celebrating Easter, happy holidays!

I’ll love to read about your celebrations.

-BLAQ