OTW (Archives): Nigerian Government Should Leave AJ Alone

Anthony “Femi” Joshua fought and won over the weekend.

The British-Nigerian /Nigerian-British slugger (depending on what part of the world you’re  from)  is now 20-0 fights in the heavy weight category at just 28. Damn impressive If you ask me. It had to get to the tenth round but Carlos Takam was stopped regardless.

But we are not here to talk about Anthony Joshua’s greatness.  Not at all.

What I really want to talk about and what irks me, was that our clueless Sports Minister led a delegation to watch the fight in Cardiff over the weekend. I’m not against Nigerians spending taxpayers money to watch a fight. Lets be frank, they will still spend our money whatever way they wish. No accountability at all. That’s talk for another day.

What worries me is that we are going to put the Nigerian curse on that poor boy and kill his destiny. This is not paranoia trust me. Remember Samuel Peter? “The Nigerian Nightmare”? The man was on the rise after he won the WBO  heavy weight belt, then he came to Nigeria and there was so much fun fare!  I’m talking about dancers at the airport, presidential honors and handshakes, streets named after him etc. etc.

Then he fought Kilitchsko and his career was over. He was beaten to a pulp. Of course nobody in the government spoke to him after that.

It’s the Nigerian curse trust me.

So this is a public service announcement to Anthony Joshua and to all sports people of Nigerian descent, plying their trade in any country. If you manage to make it, please stay away from Nigeria till your career is over. After you call time on your career, you can come back.

Solomon Dalung should focus on the Nigerian Boxing Association and all the teeming  boxing talent who can only afford bread and beans or fufu as their major source of nutrition.

Focus on them and not Anthony Joshua, the man will be fine.

OTW (Archives): TStv Launch

Finally the dust of the TSTV launch has settled and everyone has calmed down. I think this is a good time as any to talk about Satellite TV isn’t it?

I’m a YOUTUBE guy personally , I get all the content I need online. So I can say TSTV’s entry into the market will not change my content viewing patterns much. I am intrigued however and I am getting my TSTV dish come October 1st, even if it is to stick it to DSTV.

But like any soup opera , When businesses are in competition and they try to make an effort to outsmart each other it makes for great viewing.

First of all, I think DSTV has enjoyed a monopoly unrivaled anywhere in the world. So any competition in any shape or form already has me hot and bothered.

But DSTV who has been running for 22 years with up to 8 Million subscribers will certainly be no push over. Ask Startimes and HITV they will tell you what’s up. All DSTV had to do to rival Startimes was to create GOTV which was basically a flanker to rival their low prices.

Well , as for HiTV we know how they imploded.

But beyond the array of channels that TSTV is proposing on it’s various bouquets, I think the Pay As You Use option is a game changer to be honest. Reminds me of how Globacom upset the apple cart with the Pay As You Go plan when MTN said it couldn’t be done. It’s ironic that MTN and DSTV are sister companies.

So yet again another indigenous company to the rescue. We hope they can muster the consistency needed to challenge and they should please learn from the HiTV experience.

As always the next few years will determine.

OTW (Archives): The King Is Back

Our King is back  ( I call him a King because he is certainly no democrat) and he is spitting fire.

He was graceful enough to address his subjects this morning.

I needed to get a transcript of that speech because anytime the President speaks its always a chore deciphering what he says.

In case your’re having difficulty too let me help you summarize and paraphrase .

“I have seen your tweets and posts , all you trouble makers trying to break this country apart will be seriously dealt with. I’m watching you in 3D . By the way Nnamdi Kanu  i’m coming for you *After name dropping Ojukwu of course

Really Sir? That’s all? No assurances on a concise plan for the economy for the rest of your tenure?

Baba just wanted to address critics. He must have been seething so much it couldn’t wait.

It’s funny but they don’t understand that when you take away a Nigerians lively hood they become very very angry. That’s why there is so much vitriol towards the Government. That’s why all of a sudden there is so much Igbo support for IPOB. Those guys are not making money anymore.

Make the country working optimally and you would be shocked how Nigerians will face front.

Hell lets see a plan of action and concerted effort towards execution.

I know social media is an unwanted inconvenience Sir. But I’m not sure you will succeed in gagging us by force.

Just leave politicking and fix our country please.

In the following days after this post was written, rats seem to have overtaken the Aso Rock Villa.  I guess there’s no resuming work anytime soon for the Commander In Chief. The Nigerian comedy show keeps on getting more ridiculous by the day. 

 

OTW (Archives): ASUU +Nigeria Gov = Destiny Wasters

ASUU has done it again! They have done what I personally think they were created as a Union to do.

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Embark on strikes!

The figure of contention this time is about One Trillion Naira  from the Federal Government (Giggles) . I’m sure when Buhari read the news headlines he would have so many laughs far way in the UK.

I don’t think ASUU is the problem though. They are just past of a dead educational system in this country.

So before we go further I would like to ask a question.

Given the choice and the financial leverage would you send your child to a Nigerian University that isn’t private owned?

Exactly.  Education is not cheap. It needs funding! But sadly fund appropriation has been the issue. Just like everything going wrong in this country. Money goes to pockets instead.

So I can’t pretend I have the solution guys.

But I do know this. Kill corruption and you save education.

Sadly this is not up to us I’m afraid.

 

 

OTW (Archives): Making Lemonade

I feel like when the story of this world is retold, I don’t where or how that will happen (I haven’t figured out how the specifics yet but I’m sure God knows) Kechi Okwuchi’s story will be top of the pile. I don’t know whether y’all understand, but stepping up to tell her story and then proceeding to belt out an amazing rendition of Ed Sheeran’s – Thinking Out Loud on that America’s Got Talent stage was a world event with so much potential to touch so many people’s lives.

Let me explain.

We all know she survived a plane crash right? But how many people, the world over, would have known about her if they were not following her story closely even after she survived hundreds of skin graft surgeries post crash and then went on to graduate with 1st Class honors. Such an inspiring story would have escaped millions of people if not for the America’s Got Talent audition.

I do have so many questions. Why did she keep fighting since that crash? Why did she need to make something of her life? She didn’t need to actually. Surviving all those surgeries should have been excuse enough to coast through life. She didn’t need to struggle to graduate with 1st Class honors (We all know how hard it is to achieve this). Depression could have been an option, suicide could been understandable. Why did she have to fight?

Life hands lemons regularly, we all get our share, there’s no escaping that. Even though, I know some people get lemons in baskets. But we are never given anything we cannot handle. The resilience of the human spirit is second to none. I don’t know why we always seem to underestimate that. We can’t cower in depression or expect the world to throw us a pity party every time we encounter tragedy.

I still don’t understand suicide and and the concept of hopelessness. I don’t think I ever will.

No matter how cliche this sounds “When there is life, there is hope“. A new day is always an opportunity to write a new chapter of your life.

LEMONS = LEMONADE.

OTW (Archives): Can We Solve This Biafran Dilemma ?

So, for a long time now, since the agitation by firstly MASSOB and now IPOB, I haven’t been paying attention to the struggle by “certain”  Igbos for a Sovereign nation of Biafra. I actually saw them as lunatics, no joke. I mean, have they fought a war? know the implications of agitating for secession?

Nnamdi Kanu, however is a different kind of proposition all together,  a different kind of lunatic, very Shekau-esque. The way he inspires the people around him is frightening. He has now assumed the status of an ethnic spiritual leader with a direct line to an almighty “CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA“. Now, he has people bowing and kneeling in his presence and claims to hear directly from this “God“.

Wawu.

But this is not a post about Nnamdi Kanu however, no matter how much the man irks me. Probably more about the system that has necessitated someone like him. In case you have been under a rock, there is a clamor for a Biafra referendum which will enable Biafra secede from Nigeria. It is apparent that this agitation isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and I think that past regimes and governments thought otherwise about these “Biafran Pests”.

“They Will soon tire out”

Apparently not! The federal government has tried for years to play dumb and act like 1967 – 1970 didn’t happen and this attitude has emboldened so many people to think the Federal government has no care or regard for the struggle of the average Igbo man. Sadly, this attitude has created a monster a.k.a IPOB. Kudos to The Acting President for speaking intelligently, as always, at the Biafra at 50 commemorative event. But i think more should be done.

So. May 30th has been declared by IPOB  as a “Sit at home” day in remembrance of the fallen heroes during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, Guess what? compliance has been 100% in many south- east states.

Nnamdi Kanu, you have my undivided attention.

Ramadan

In case your are unaware Ramadan is around the corner (well now, has started). For those who have no idea what Ramadan is, it’s the holy month of fasting for Muslims around the world. This is the month where forgiveness, mercy are the lowest hanging fruits of the tree (they always are anyway but even more so during Ramadan). It is the month where the gates of hell are shut and also, there is one special night every single prayer is answered! Of course these are the beliefs of Muslims around the world.

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