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Trash To Value

The first impression we get most times when we see people pick scraps from refuse dump sites is that extreme poverty or hardship drove them into it. And over time, our humanity eludes us as we look the other way whenever we see them, because they’ve become a familiar sight. To some us, it’s an opportunity to silently send their gratitude to the ONE who in HIS benevolence chose not to put us in such situation, thereby missing out on the intrinsic qualities that sometimes present itself in the art of scavenging from the trash; the many benefits of transforming ...
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Uniting To End Conflict Between Herdsmen And Farmers

The Boko Haram is usually referred to as the ‘biggest threat to Nigeria’s state security’ and, even, as one of the world’s deadliest militant groups. But in the first four months of 2016, the group has, clearly, been responsible for less deaths—208 to be precise—than other sectarian groups in Nigeria combined, which have accounted for 438 deaths so far, according to the Council on Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker. A huge chunk of these are down to an ongoing conflict between predominantly Fulani herdsmen and settled farming communities, which is costing the Nigerian economy billions of dollars per year as ...
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Empathising With Victims Of Mental Illness

The tall, well-dressed, dignified looking Caucasian man was on the same F-train with us one fine, sunny day on our way to downtown Brooklyn. With me were my two youngest children and the man found a seat opposite us when someone else alighted from the train. He looked at my children and smiled at my son. My son smiled back at him sheepishly, obviously uneasy at the way the man was staring at him. I wasn’t comfortable either. His smile, however, soon reduced our discomfort and he asked my son if that was his sister with him. Still smiling and ...
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Living Your Best Life

We only have one life to live, so give it your best shot! Yes, the days can be long and dreary; yes, the winds of life can be severe and callous, but all we’ve got is just this one life... Thus, special moments, often times taken for granted, must be appreciated, cherished and, above all, valued. We underestimate the counsel of the wise who constantly advise us to live, practically, one day at a time. Caring less about the impending doomsday is how to make the most of each day. Sometimes, we allow our minds to be consumed by paranoia ...
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Motherhood in Distress…

What stood out for me in the interview with Borno State elder statesman Alhaji Ibrahim Bunu on the plights of Nigerians, especially the nursing mothers and pregnant women (who fled their homes due to the insurgency by the Boko Haram militants in North East Nigeria) at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps was this gory image of a mother who was hysterically running away from these evil men, supposedly holding onto her child fiercely in terror on the bush path. Only to pause for a while to catch her breath and to realise in amazement that she was only holding ...
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We are community…

A few years back, I wrote an article in Searching Inwards, a weekly column in Leadership Weekend of the Leadership Newspaper title, detailing the concept of community and how God had programmed us to cohabit from inception... This was inspired by a documentary I watched titled, I Am by the Hollywood director- Tom Shadyac. The documentary sought the fundamental answers to what is wrong with our world? He visited world’s greatest minds, religious leaders and scientists searching for the fundamental problem that causes all of the world’s conflicts and pains while simultaneously reflecting on his own life choices of excesses, ...
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