Get In the know

I started watching a new series last year, maybe not technically new but it’s certainly new to me. It’s called White Collar and it’s awesome by every standard of the word. The plot is interesting and ever changing which keeps you captivated. They have good writers too, I proudly recommend it.

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Anyway, the story is about a guy – Neal Caffrey who

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Hurray! It’s my Birthday

Happy Birthday to me, Tundebryan! It’s April 26.Turning a year older has made me wonder about certain things, like how much longer can I get away with telling people that I am “twenty-….”?.. You don’t need to know my exact age. What for? lol

On my birthday, I might celebrate with the youth and vigor of someone who can dance and party, all night or in the manner of someone who can eat too much cake and pass out on the sofa watching a bad movie…I am pretty sure I am going to pass out on the sofa!

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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

I have been taught in Arabic school since I started going to Mosque as a little kid, that Allah is the arbiter of all things; that Allah is the creator of heaven and earth and he decides what happens to whom and when. This seems like a good way to explain the questions above but in reality, it doesn’t really answer them. I was listening to a philosopher’s opinion on this issue and he was saying that this kind of “Allah is all in all” statement shuts down your reasoning and effectively renders the part of your brain that asks questions useless! While the Muslim part of me wanted to cut off the man’s head for uttering such a ridiculously blasphemous statement, the other part of me that reasons and asks questions immediately started to reason it out.

 

What if it is indeed true that this whole thing is one big lie? In a country like Nigeria for instance; People go to Mosque just because their Imam tell them to come. People have no personal opinions on issues as they are content to believe whatever their Imam tell them. People cannot reason out decisions made by the Imam as they now see their Imam as greater than Allah himself. How does one explain the case of a very big “Man of God” who slapped a young girl in the full glare of everyone just because the girl claimed to be a “witch for Muhammad”? How do you explain it when a Mosque asks its low income earning members to contribute money to build a university and at the end of the day, even the guy that contributed to the building of that university cannot afford to send his child to the school because he can’t afford the tuition and other fees? Yet he still contributes more towards the development of the school when asked.

 

How do you explain an Imam in a typical mosque that goes into the vestry to drink alcohol when he is supposed to be observing lent? How do you rationalize the fact that an Imam goes about with bodyguards and armed policemen all in the name of security? Who wants to kill him? Why? How do you explain a situation where a pastor lives like a drug lord at the expense of his congregation? How can a pastor spend his mosque’s money lavishly and with reckless abandon when there are people in his own congregation who cannot afford two meals a day? How does a Imam think to build or buy mansions and choice estate all over the world when there are members of his own Mosque whose permanent abode is under the third mainland bridge? What does Allah have to say to all these? Surely He can’t be pleased? Something has to be wrong somewhere.

 

I however believe that religion is a personal matter. Nobody should tell you what to think. If you feel like believing that there is God, you should. If you don’t feel like it, don’t. At the end of the day though, every man will be responsible for whatever his decisions and/or indecisions are; first in this life, then in the life hereafter (if there is one). I will end with a quote I heard from friend of mine; “I WOULD RATHER LIVE MY LIFE AS IF THERE IS A GOD AND DIE TO FIND OUT THERE ISN’T, THAN LIVE MY LIFE AS IF THERE ISN’T AND DIE TO FIND OUT THERE IS”.

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Before you generalize

Try to understand some things before you generalize.I just want to write to at least make some people understand that certain things don’t work the way they think! Whichever way you see this write up, well it is basically to correct a wrong impression, nothing  less, nothing more.

I have written something on this way back but in a slightly different dimension and I think I did say to myself that am not going to write on this again, well at least not from that same angle. That was on my Facebook wall anyway.

Click this link to read the post on my new blog http://naijacb.twomini.com/2017/02/before-you-generalize/

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Who is really at Fault?

Have you ever fallen a victim to wrong or mis-interpreted communication?

Hmm, trust me , it isn’t a good one, but who is at fault, how often have we tried to pass across an innocent message but have been mis-represented maybe as a result of our way of presentation or the listener’s perception, where he/she assumes that this is what is said and thereby passes on the wrong message and of course we can imagine the consequence(s) of such.

Some of us are so much in a hurry to pass across a message(especially in a phone conversation) that we just say it all in a rush without bothering to see if the person did get it right, I remember a practical exercise one of my lecturers Mr. Ogunbiyi  did in class way back, he called out ten members of the class, whispered something to someone’s ear and ask the person to pass it on to the next, the next to the next until it gets to the last person who will then say it out to the entire class, but what he said turned out to be different from what the lecturer started with, who is at fault, the first person or the last person, as they all had different answers to give.

what am trying to say with this write up is that we should be careful when passing a message, don’t assume that the person you are speaking to would automatically understand, no, that is a chance you should not take, go extra mile to make them understand especially if the message is IMPORTANT, we should make sure that our words are clear to others by using words that could be easily understood. okay, maybe if I share this phone conversation from sister Zabrina’s book: Life is an Open Secret, you would flow with my vibes(by the way, i think you would really love the book).

This is a phone conversation:

Caller: Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan?

Operator: Yes, you can speak to me

Caller: No, I want to speak to Annie Wan

Operator: Yes, I understand you want to speak to anyone, you can speak to me, who is

this?

Caller: I am Sam Wan and I need to talk to Annie Wan! It’s urgent

Operator: I know you are someone and you want to talk to anyone! but what is this

urgent matter about?

Caller: Well…just tell my sister Annie Wan that our brother Noe Wan was involved in an accident. Noe Wan is being sent to the hospital right now, Avery Wan is on his way to the hospital

Operator: Look, if no one was injured and no one was sent to the hospital, then the accident isn’t an urgent matter! You may find this hilarious but I don’t have time for this!

Caller: You are so rude, who are you?

Operator: I am Saw Ree

Caller: Yes! You should be sorry, now give me your name!

Operator: That’s what I said. I am Saw Ree

Caller: oh God!

Pretty hilarious don’t you think? so I ask here who is at fault, I leave you to answer that while I ask how many times we have been Sam Wan or Saw Ree in our conversation with others and of course we see the consequence, nothing was communicated, so let’s try to make our conversations clear, even if it means having to repeat it all over, did I hear you say repeat?

You don’t wanna be sorry or someone , do you? 🙂