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fairygodsister:

I haven’t reblogged anyone in a long while, but I had to keep a record of this.

Like I said on Twitter, with Ayo’s response, this mass is ended. Let us all go in peace and serve the Lord.

Originally posted on Ayo Sogunro's Chaise:

Dear Sadiq Abacha,

I do not know you personally, but I admire your filial bravery—however misguided—in defending the honour of your father, the late General Sani Abacha. This in itself is not a problem; it is an obligation—in this cultural construct of ours—for children to rise to the defence of their parents, no matter what infamy or perfidy the said parent might have dabbled in.

The problem I have with your letter, however, arises from two issues: (i) your disparaging of Wole Soyinka, who—despite your referral to an anecdotal opinion that calls him as “a common writer”—is a great father figure, and a source of inspiration, to a fair number of us young Nigerians; and (ii) your attempt to revise Nigerian history and substitute our national experience with your personal opinions.

Therefore, it is necessary that we who are either Wole Soyinka’s “socio-political” children, or who are ordinary Nigerians…

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Ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please! 

A week plus ago I said I’d be doing my very first giveaway, and I was pretty pumped about it. Then I did another blogpost with the giveaway details, and the deadline when I had to get the answers by. 

The task was to: 

1. Open the last twelve posts on this blog

2. Pick the 5th word of the 6th paragraph in each post

3. Use these words to form a sentence.

Simple! The deadline was Tuesday the 18th of February, and I haven’t updated on this because I’ve had to do quite a bit of traveling in the past week.

I got many messages saying they were working on the answers to the one question @HL_Blue had, but one person took the time to actually do it all, and sent it in before the deadline. So, I have a winner!

My winner is IVY BEN! Congratulations! You get to use up ALL the prize money (on books), and you get one copy each of the books donated by my friends!

Email dfairygodsister(at)yahoo(dot)com with the list of books you want, and even though I’m in Nigeria at the moment, I’ll place the order for you, and we can start waiting till you get them!

ANSWERS TO THE GIVEAWAY ASSIGNMENT (from IVY BEN)
1) Happy birthday to my darling Aunty Pat
And: AND God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering of the water He called sea.

2) My first ever giveaway!!
Idea: IDEA is the singular form of Ideas.

3) For Danny Danosaur
Everyone: EVERYONE should take their seats please.

4) Another one bites the dust
Family: FAMILY always comes first with me.

5) The right solution for the wrong problem
Window: WINDOW blinds come in different materials and designs.

6) For Sylvester – words are not enough
His: HIS (Nelson Mandela’s) biography, ‘A Long Walk To Freedom’ is a must read!

7) #PraisewithCC! This is why we’re here
Very: VERY few christians practice what they preach.

8)The quest to renew my Nigerian ‘pali’ (Part
Two)
As: AS long as there’s life, there’s hope.

9) Separate yourself from unnecessary pressure
We: WE are heirs of the Father, we are joint heirs with the Son.

10) The quest to renewing my Nigerian ‘pali’ (Part One)
To: TO whom much is given, much is expected.

11) Rev E.A Adeboye on “Overcoming Mountains”
Children: CHILDREN ought to be sent to school and not be used for child trafficking.

12) Breaking news: I changed two bulbs today!
Thinking: THINKING of you gladdens my heart and makes me yearn for your return.

Congratulations again IVY BEN! Get in touch!

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Sometimes it looks like I’m always complaining about the service I receive – make no mistake about it, if the service or service providers are crap, I will complain. Call them out sharply.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit, you’d probably be aware that so far, my greatest albatross is banks. I have stories of terrible service from GTB (which they rectified), and from Stanbic IBTC (which they rectified too).

But, I’m excited! Like proper, proper excited with GTB!  There’s a little back-story, before I tell you why I’m excited though.

Sometime in 2012 (must have been about October), I needed a corporate account for CC Consulting Services, and I went to GTB. Met some lady in marketing for the form and the how-to. Long story short, she gave me such a run around I completely abandoned the idea. Till Monday.

I went to GTB (because again the need for the account arose) in the afternoon of the 24th, and I approached another lady. No exaggeration when I say she was so helpful! I was there with all the necessary documents anyway (not like it helped me that day in 2012) but this lady was so helpful!

I had to refill the forms because my signature wasn’t regular (never is by the way), and she talked me through it all very patiently. Turns out we have a mutual friend (Queen Rita of Hot FM), and by the time I was leaving just under an hour later, everything  was sorted! It was so ‘sorted’ I made a deposit.

It gets better. She rang that night to say she’d gotten my account number, and sent an SMS with it less than an hour later. I was so chuffed!

And so I celebrate Ikalone Udo today – beautiful, patient, and super efficient; talk about someone who knows her work in and out!

She’s new to Twitter too, as @Ikaloudo. Please show her some love, and thank her (very very well) for me.  Try not to disturb her too much with your GTB issues o, we don’t want to chase off Twitter with our requests!

She’s one of the reasons I had a fabulous 24th of February, so thank you GTB!

What stories of great service do you have?

 

How’s everyone doing? Nice week? I got two fabulous testimonies yesterday, another brilliant one on Wednesday, I just feel like God is working through my file of requests! Hallelujah!

Quick post today on a lesson I learned early this morning. So I spent the night at a friend’s. We had a strategy meeting and I knew it was going to end too late for me to go home so I’d mentioned to the wife that depending on how late, I would spend the night. Bless her and her husband for hosting me (and everyone else who attended the meeting) really nicely. Shout out to all the good men who cook, your reward is in heaven! Whoop! And maybe on earth too, if you get my drift, but I digress.

Anyway so we watched a really lovely movie after the meeting called ‘Something New’, and then it was bedtime.

I got into bed and was asleep a few short minutes after. But I woke up about an hour after cos I was hot. I reduced the amount of clothing I had on, and I was still hot. Shed a bit more, and I woke up in a sweat!

A bit perplexed, and annoyed that my short sleep was getting even shorter, I woke up and opened the window. Now that’s something I never do at night, I always fear something might come in and carry me away. It’s a very real fear o, even though I can manage to laugh about it with Booski.

Anyway, even with the window open, and the close to 0 degrees, somehow my royal majesty was still hot. I woke up, and started to gather myself to go lie down in the living room when my eyes strayed to the radiator, and I saw it was on, and it was on the highest.

I smiled, turned it off, and learned the lesson I’m sharing with you now.

Sometimes we go through stuff and we wonder why we don’t feel better, or it looks like regardless of everything we’re  doing to solve it, the problem isn’t going away. Have we stopped to think that perhaps we haven’t correctly defined the problem? Look at me for instance, everything I did didn’t help the heat because it was aimed at the wrong thing.

So, think about it, pray about it, and be sure of the problem you’re trying to solve before you start running around like a headless chicken, in vain.

Mwah!

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The offending heater... Thank God for heaters, lol

Ladies and gentlemen, how are you doing today? Good? I’m great! Hope you attended church… I’m typing this on the way to Hillsong London, mighty excited because I haven’t been in two weeks! Missed it terribly!

So I want to talk about separating ourselves from unnecessary pressure. What influenced this?

Had a look at some photos on Instagram last night, and a friend of a friend had put up some pictures of her and another buddy at a party. She had on a lovely black dress, accessorised with red jewelry. I thought she looked fabulous!

And then I saw a comment that said, “but you’ve worn this dress before”. And of course that sparked a not so nice argument about how many times you can wear a dress, how many times you can put up a picture of the same outfit on Instagram etc. I was just disgusted.

First off, I checked that the so-called fashion police official wasn’t following me on Instagram, and then I started thinking.

How many times do we let the things our peers influence the things we do, especially unconsciously? How do we need to get a new smartphone only because our friends pre-ordered it? How many nice looking clothes in our closets do we trip over in the name of ‘I’ve worn it before’, and then spend money we don’t have in stores, scouring for tthings we don’t need? Take a minute, think about it.

Recently I bought a really lovely dress for an event. Now that I think of it, I didn’t have to buy that dress, I could have done without it. Even though I didn’t have anyone’s opinions in mind when I got it, and it looked fabulous (if I must say so myself), reading that conversation made me think a little.
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Have you yoked yourself with buddies who you know you cannot afford? Afford in the sense that you are constantly under financial pressure to keep up with their spending? Why are you doing that to yourself abeg?

Who says you cannot say no, or say you’re not interested in something you cannot afford? And if they mock you, you’d be aware of a few more people you shouldn’t be friends with.

Please. Separate yourself from pressure, and focus on more important things, like …. (Fill it in yourself).

Enjoy your day!

By Jove there’s got to be something between banks and I, and all of the wrong kind! If I didn’t know better I’d say/think it was karma but it’s definitely not. Not with the slave hours I put in as a marketer for Intercontinental Bank (now merged and renamed Access Bank) back in 2006. That’s a story (or some stories) for another day.

Remember the GT Bank drama chronicles that I documented? Sigh… That was an ugly experience for all the parties concerned, my humble self included. Glad it was sorted, and I still feel sorry for the persons burned in the process of me getting sorted. Do you know I ended up looking like the mean person when I was the one who had been wronged? Sigh again.

Ok, let’s chronicle this episode, shall we? I had been told that Stanbic IBTC, being a ‘foreign bank’, would have less issues with caring for their customers. After this encounter with them though, only ‘same ten and ten pence’ comes to mind when I think of them.

So I was in Nigeria in August for my aunt’s funeral and decided to use the opportunity to sort out my accounts – shut down some, and start to use others a bit more.

Got into Stanbic IBTC on the 14th of August with my cousin who works in the Asset Management wing. We went to the counter, I said I needed to register for internet banking, and I was asked to fill out a form. I filled it out carefully and was told I would get a text in 24 hours. Did I get it? Of course not!

Went back on the 21st,and I was told that I didn’t get the text because…(wait for it)… the phone number on my account wasn’t a Nigerian number. What!!! Is there a reason why no one mentioned this when I filled out the form? When I opened the account in February? The lady said she noticed after I had left. No one could email to say this?

Breathe FGS, breathe. I was asked to fill out a ‘change of phone number’ form (or some other silly sounding document). I filled it, and again I was told I would get a message in 24 hours. Yeah right, of course I didn’t get it. Wouldn’t have needed to blog this if I’d gotten it.

Now, my flight back to the UK was slated for the night of the 26th of August and so that morning, in the course of my last-minute errands, I dropped by Stanbic IBTC to ask about this mysterious text that had probably sworn not to appear on my phone, and ask about their definition of ’24 hours’.

Got there, and brethren that was when someone pulled out the ‘change of phone number’ document to attend to and put through the system! Then they said to “go home and expect the text in 24 hours”.

That was when I ‘sparked’. How many times would I have to go and come for something as inconsequential as internet banking? How many times would I go and wait for a text that was clearly never going to come? I was miffed. Especially since, being the typical Nigerian lady, the ‘never-smiling’ urchin behind the counter decided to mask (or attempt to mask) her incompetence with bravado and sass.

Wasn’t having none of that so I asked to see the manager. And I asked for her name (Temi) because I didn’t really see what I would be describing to the manager. I went upstairs, met him, and complained, complete with dates and times. He apologised profusely, rang and had harsh words with the customer care team because apparently I wasn’t the only one who had complained of poor treatment from a customer care unit that’s supposed to ‘treat you right’.

Ladies and gentlemen, I got the so-called text within the hour! Why must issues degenerate to near fisticuffs before people do what they are supposed to? Why?

Not only did I get it, the manager told me I could have sorted out the online banking business online! Mind you, the customer care guys had said it could only be done in the bank.

*sigh*

P:S – I wasn’t told I needed a token for transactions, so chances that there will be a part 2 to this tale are very high!

UPDATE: a couple hours after this blogpost was published, I saw this message on Twitter from Stanbic IBTC.

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Very nice of them… I will be getting in touch!

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English: Political map of the 36 States of Nigeria (English) Deutsch: politische Karte Nigerias (Englisch) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, the 1st of October is Nigeria‘s 53rd birthday. For some, it is a time to be happy, make merry and bring back the fond memories of 53 years of a fine and shared experience. For others, it will be a sober reminder of the promises that the nation made in 1960, and how far away we seem to stand from those promises. On whatever side of the divide you stand, attaining the ripe age of 53 is a reason in itself to be grateful.

At YNaija2015, we agreed that regardless, every birthday deserves a birthday message. So, we have created Nigeria’s birthday wall here, and we invite you, the informed, the smart, the discerning and the objective reader to leave a goodwill message for your dear fatherland (Or is it motherland?) here on the live blog titled ‘Independence Day Greetings: Happy birthday Nigeria!’

Here’s what you should do. Click on this link here, fill in the details and then your message (in any Nigerian language or in English)! All we ask is that you refrain from foul or indecent language. Keep it responsible.

On behalf of all of us, we congratulate our dear Nigeria for being 53.

 

PS – If we don’t send birthday greetings, who will?

When I was younger my father would always say that the stories we read in the Bible are supposed to be examples for us. So when you see that Solomon gave a thousand burnt offerings to the Lord and God came down to ask him what he wanted, it kinda tells you that to see extraordinary from God you need to do extraordinary right?

In the same way, when you see people punished for disobeying God’s laws, you automatically know that there will always be a consequence for wrongdoing right?

Do we agree? Good.

I’m not ‘preaching’ today, so this is not one of the ‘welcome to church, get out your Bibles’ episodes, I just want to address something I can’t stop thinking of. I’m also going to try to appeal to the part of our brain that houses (or should house) common sense. You know that part where you debate stuff before you decide to go ahead with them or not? Yep, that one.

Why on earth, in the name of all things pure, and decent, do people do drugs? What is the attraction that cancels out the simple logic that it is deadly, dangerous, and never ends well? Are there not enough examples for us to see that this is a very bad thing? I don’t get it!

Every other year we hear of one high-profile person or the other, cut down in their prime at the peak of their careers by something they could easily have done without. Easily.

Michael Jackson - cause of death? Cardiac arrest, acute propofol intoxication; midazolam, lidocaine, diazepam, lorazepam also noted in autopsy report. He was 50 at the time of his death in 2009.

Whitney Houston - cause of death? Drowning, complications of cocaine and heart disease; Flexeril, marijuana, Xanax and Benadryl were also found in her body. She was 48 at the time of her death in 2012.

Lil Wayne (not dead, yet after this episode, at this rate it won’t be long)

Most recently, Cory Monteith passed; he was 31, thanks to a mix of heroin and alcohol. What? I don’t know about you, but where I come from it is a bad thing for parents to bury their children. Especially when they were lost in less than dignifying circumstances (not like there is ever a ‘good way’ to die but you get the idea).

There is a more comprehensive list of the causes of death here.

Regardless of what it is called, crystal meth, ecstasy, heroin, coke, and weed, whatever – to my mind if you are not sick you don’t need medication. Why burn your candle form three ends? Spend your money to purchase poison (and they are not cheap), spend money to treat or orchestrate your withdrawal but the biggest loser is your body, your temple which you should ordinarily cherish and pamper. I feel the same way about cigarettes and alcohol.

Would you prefer to learn from examples or you’d rather you were the example? I’m saying that because trust me, any fraternizing with drugs will not end well. At all.

The Bible says to “flee all appearances of evil”. Ladies and gentlemen, flee means to take off from wherever you are when someone offers you stuff you know has no place in your body, not wait for the niceties of ‘on your mark, ready, set, go’. Ain’t got no time for that.

It means to run, and sever all ties with such people before they sever your ties with your destiny!

Too many examples around; let’s be guided.

Welcome to church! Today we’ll be talking about breakthroughs and the title of the message is the title of the post. Note that in the last couple weeks most of the discussions have centered around breakthroughs; it is because your breakthrough this month must be a reality! In Jesus name, amen.

Ok, bibles and note pads out please?

Isaiah 43: 1-3 is our anchor scripture today, and all the quotations are from the New International Version (NIV). That scripture says,

“But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead.”

Phil 4:19

1 John 5:4. Every child of God is destined for the top: the foundation (spiritual) we set though determines the heights we will rise to. Psalm 11:3. Joshua 1: 8

Isaiah 34: 16. It behoves every believer to search the Word of God for the building blocks that will make them indestructible and failure proof.

Hebrews 11:10, 2nd Samuel 7:10 when you build your foundation on God, only the things that can pull God down can pull you down. In other words, nothing.

How do I build the foundations for my breakthrough?

  1. The force of faith. Hebrews 11: 2 – 3. Everywhere faith is found, the supernatural is found. Mark 9:23

There is no impossibility in the face of faith. Luke 1:45 Mathew 17: 20

John 2: 2, 6: 29. Any result I want to see in this life I have the ability to command by faith. Habakkuk 2:4

1 John 5: 4 affirms that in BIble times, faith elevated men beyond supernatural results.

My lack of results is not an environmental issue; it is a faith issue because when I stand my ground in faith, the devil loses faith.

What is Faith?

Faith is taking God at His word with unshakable conviction.

Hebrews 11:1, 10:35

1 Peter 1:23 says, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,through the living and enduring word of God.”

A man of faith is convinced that God’s word cannot be broken. Jeremiah 33:20-22

*You will never find time for things that are last on your to-do list.

How do I develop my faith?

  1. Receiving the word of God. Romans 10:7, 14, 6.
  2. Commitment to the altar of prayer and fasting.  Matthew 17:19-21, Jude 1:20
  3. Commitment to fellowship Hebrews 10:25, 2 Peter 1:1
  4. Commitment to soul winning. Daniel 12:3, Proverbs 11:30

Soul winners procure wisdom for themselves brought on by revelation

Expressions of faith for success

  1. Think scriptural thoughts. Psalm 1:2-3

Proverbs 23:7, Joshua 1:8, Let Philippians 4:8 be your syllabus of thought. That scripture says,             “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

  1. Speak scripturally, open your mouth and declare God’s promises regardless of what is going on around you. Psalm 81:10 says, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.”
  2. Act scripturally. James 1:25

God bless you, have a wonderful week!

Whoop!!!!

It’s my sister’s birthday today!! Whoop!! My darling big sister is a year older today (in case the ‘it’s my sister’s birthday’ didn’t get you jumping with glee, lol) and I’m so excited she’s alive and well, and happy, and a mother to the cutest baby in the world, my darling nephew Boo Boo!!

My darling sister and my boy!!!

My darling sister and my boy!!!

Happy birthday big sister, welcome to a new year full of God’s blessings and favor and love and grace and peace and happiness and plenty money and good health and joy and promotions and fulfilment and more children (remember Momma wants five from you)!

We love you loads. We do. Now rock out!!! Whoop!!