Wild Boars… International Cooperation at its best!

The answer to the various issues encountered by government administrations all over the world is simply to foster more international cooperation.

In recent years, ideology has shifted towards the left, we have witnessed the rise of nationalism that ends up caging their citizens in economic and social quagmire. The events of the last few days has gripped us all; not the world cup. I am referring to the young Thai football players – the Wild Boars. Our imaginations have been captured by their discovery and eventual rescue of the young lads, we have all said a little prayer for their safe rescue and recovery. There is definitely a Hollywood movie in their story as it invokes human spirit and endeavour at its best – a human togetherness I’ll call it.

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It mirrored the rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners in 2010, it underlines that international cooperation can be a blessing; meaning that diverse collaboration shows that nations work best when they work together. We must praise the Thai government for seeking assistance for where other nations have special expertise. It did not insist that it could do everything itself.

My point is emphasised as follows – in a competitive world, nations (even individuals) must avail to take advantage of other nations’ skills to supplement their own in the face of adversity as the Thais have done in the successful effort to save lives. Let us pause for a moment, would we have a different outcome if the Nigerian government (in 2014) had called for help in rescuing the abducted girls from Chibok instead of the incompetency and ineptitude shown which has left the girls families in never-ending anguish.

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Moreover, we must agitate for the government albeit a different administration to seek international assistance from other beef producing countries such as Brazil and Argentina to drum up solutions to the incessant killings and conflicts between the herdsmen and farmers in the middle-belt of Nigeria. We must find a way to live together in peace and security.

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Crossing the Rubicon… Africa & Africans needs a bit of love, not their leaders. Please give us a hug! Our continent has been sold to the highest bidders!

It has been a while since I updated my blog posts that gave me a platform with confidence to express my views on societal issues.

Over the last half year I have been engrossed with a project that made me forget what my favourite ‘apple crumble’ tastes like. I was so immersed in achieving a positive outcome, as we know, no projects runs without hiccups. Hence the absentia. Please forgive me my dear ‘followers’, you will be pleased that I gained and acquired much needed skills of leadership, completing a project lifecycle (and a coveted award was the icing on the cake) and whilst seeking more opportunities in the field, I have proactively started an online retail company.

The phrase ‘crossing the rubicon’ was coined when Julius Caesar marched into Rome without disbanding his armies after he was called back to Rome by the Senate after he had become too powerful. This phrase also means reaching ‘a point of no return’. Nigeria upcoming elections is again at this crossroads. My emphasis to Nigerians in particular, and with the same notion to other countries that share this resourceful lush continent, and to black people all over the world. The black race will not be respected and accorded equality unless we engaged in real human development that protects human lives more than livestock; rule of law and justice for all regardless of their class. The Asian Tigers economies achieved success by focusing on human development in line with economic growth. Please correct my viewpoints, but I believe that there is a correlation between lack of real development in Africa (and Carribbean nations) and the incessant killings of young blacks in Britain, and even the indiscriminate shootings of blacks in the greatest nation on earth that devalues the lives of the people that built the nation in the first place.

The above simply means that the might of Africa is not standing behind her people anywhere in the world, we must perhaps be the most divided race on earth. I guess this is what has led us to yearn for individualism rather than a collective notion of governance that the west adheres to with greater success.

Why do I assert that you show love to Africans and marginalized people anywhere in the world labouring to survive in an unfriendly world where the bane of racism and other forms of discrimination is never far from the surface.

I completely understand the frustration of the locals in the gorgeous Amalfi coasts of Italy seeing these ‘blackened’ bodies washing up on their shores, as well as in the blue seas of the Greek Islands. These issues are primarily the responsibilities of successive African governments that continues to fail to prioritize ‘human development’. The West also has direct responsibilities, as their historical and colonial ‘divide & rule’ was a racial engagement of subjugation, plunder of resources and exploitation. It can be argued that African leaders engaged in corruption and mis-rule learnt this trick from the same countries agitating for anti-immigration policies. This does not mean that there are no progress across Africa, there are clearly for those whose parents can ensure the guarantee of education for their wards and so on, but it pains me to look into the eyes of young kids hawking snacks and iced water in the scorched sun serving those opportune to sit at least with some comfort in their air-conditioned SUVs in the maddening Lagos traffic.

This author focal point is that there is a real price for under-development, and this has led to Africans to take extreme measures in a world where at home their lives are at risk, especially young girls in schools. Women are trafficked unabated, with all the risks of constant abuse.

It is a shame that that Africans on the corridors of power will loot their own countries resources to fund private education in western institutions at the expense of their once-renowned institutions of the past.

As Europe veers towards the right politically, it would be useful not to implement anti-immigration policies from a hate point of view. It would rather benefit both continents, if the west asserts his influence without historical biases. The real change that Africa needs cannot come from within, there are just too many unconnected dots.

Please spare a thought for that African brother trying to hustle his way via Calais or that Ethiopian sister working as a maid in Jordan, cast your aspersions not on him or her but on their respective governments that does not even know of their existence.

Much love.

I wish you peace…

If you don’t take risk, you don’t get to drink champagne – a Russian Expression

This timely statement can be assessed in a variety of ways. I will choose to look at it from the angle of achieving targets and goals. Champagne can be depicted in the form of other types of rewards such as a huge bonus, job promotion or attaining early and  comfortable retirement if one chooses.

It asserts that there must be a reward for success – a reward for hardwork, a reward for innovation and creativity. For example, if a hunter has caught game from his sweat (risk) in the forest, he surely is entitled to a large meal at the end of the day. The bible even alludes that a man must not eat if he has not worked. 2 Thessalonian 3:10 -11

As individuals or organisations, the impetus is to possess the drive, ambition and vision to create innovation that leads to a ‘Growth Phase’ I borrowed this growth phrase model from a colleague back in the days of banking.

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It is important to note that the champagne does not qualify for gains and riches only. The goals of an organisation such as a charity called ‘War Child’ I read about recently was to have ambitious goals in terms of how many children in war and conflict zones they can reach in an impactful and meaningful ways with their programmes and activities.

I certainly hope to be clinking glasses in the next few months! Wishing you the very best in your projects.

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I have the heart and stomach of a King… says!

Queen Elizabeth (Elizabeth I of England) said that “I have the heart and stomach of a King.” I surmise this as having the heart and stomach of a warrior personally. She made this speech or statement in August 1588 as there were questions being raised that her gender will restrict her from being the commander of the armed forces as the Spanish Armada was assembling in the North Sea ready to invade England.

The character of this speech implies that we must show ‘chiefest’ strength in the face of resistance. We must be defiant when confronted with battles in any of its ramifications. It illustrates that while acknowledging our weaknesses, it is our strength and guts that must reign supreme in the face of battles.

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It echoes the soundbite from the great Nelson Mandela which he uttered at the Supreme Court of South Africa in April 1964, stating that “It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”. The ideal this astute man was referring to was the total freedom of the African people – a struggle for the right to live on their own God-given land. Here was a political prisoner pleading for his life against an unfair and unjust apartheid state, however he was ready to be condemned to death for his noble principles for advocating for all races in South Africa to live freely and equally.

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How I wish the leaders in this African region and beyond can borrow a leaf of wisdom from our beloved Madiba when he says that “during my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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My summation is that life can be a battlefield to varying degrees depending on the battle that one is confronted with, it could be political, social, economical or even internal battles. We must be like the spartan warriors of the past that were ready to fight to the last drop in the face of opposition.

Here are some of the great soundbites uttered by leaders of a long-gone era in the face of political and social resistance –

  1. John F Kennedy (Cold War – “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country).
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Independence – “a tryst with destiny).
  3. Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburgh – Civil War – “Government of the people, by the people, for the people).
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  6. William Wilberforce stood at the House of Commons in May 1789 and said “let us put an end at once to this inhuman traffic.” This was said in the presence of many MPs who were merchants exploiting Africa through the transatlantic slave trade. Of course, and as expected the establishment did not yield to this abolitionist request until three days before his death in 1833 when the Emancipation Bill was passed.
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A Conscious Traveller – an African viewpoint in the City of Love. (3mins Read)

I will like to consider myself a conscious traveller when visiting new places especially if those places (countries) have had interactions in the past with my beloved Africa (Afrique). This impetus was first imbibed in me as a student visiting Hong Kong in the early 2000s; we were doing late night crawling in Kowloon night market when the local police jumped out of their vans with batons to round up Chinese from the mainland for deportation. I wonder if this still occurs today since Beijing now has full control over the former British enclave.

This is in parallel to what I witnessed on a recent trip to Paris and suburbs – the City of Love. I like to look and feel beyond the aesthetic beauty of the Eiffel and the lovely boutiques displaying their arrays of luxury items on the Champs Elysees or the charming and soothing view of the River Seine.

Why we call Paris the city of love and romance... but is it really?

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On my many trips to this great city I have always chosen to stay and visit the beauty spots only; however, I decided to take the family to other parts especially where the Africans resides legally and illegally – Chateau Rouge.

Oh Boy, I must say I was disappointed. My disappointed primarily lies with Africa. A continent that has continually allowed ethnic, religion and political issues; be it internal or externally imposed to stalled our developments and greatness thus allowing our young men and women to take huge personal risks to sojourn across the Sahara to conflicted Libya for further voyage to become unwanted labourers in another man’s country with no documentation.

What does it mean to live in a country where you have no status?

It means no right to live, no right to education, no right to welfare, in essence no right to LIFE thereby casting aspersion on the Universal Suffrage the city of Paris is known for. This further illustrates why these young men will take more risks by jumping into Lorries at Calais to cross the channel into Dover. If I ignorantly did not understand in the past, I do now. Any man would take such risk, because the bottom line is you die penniless on the streets in the City of Love. It appears the city of love is not reciprocating love to the illegals in Chateau Rouge.

Equally, was also disappointed to see police harassing and conducting raids in the markets where these ordinary people are trying to earn a living by selling roasted corn to their fellow kinsfolk.

Generally, any city of international reckoning will also have its own dark underbelly exposed by events as has been demonstrated across major cities from Grenfell in London, to protests in Charlottesville and more.

My summation is two-fold. Firstly, in other to stem the flow of illegal immigration to the west; the western nations (France, Britain, Germany) must not only use their influence to effect positive political changes but must move sincerely to remove the remaining invisible shackles of colonization that still restrict Africa from real development and freedom.

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Secondly, African authorities and her people must move beyond real or ‘imagined’ issues of ethnicity, tribal affiliations and endemic corruption to know that it is the continent that bears the lost when her youths are roaming aimlessly and rudderless in countries that refused them legal entry.

Please feel free to comment, share and debate.

Thank you for reading!

The fragility of life endears us to the true veracity of our existence…

These are the words that meshed through my consciousness when I dropped the phone after speaking to a dear old cousin…

As I got off the DLR at Canary Wharf, I sat on the platform perplexed and wept internally, whilst workers of all sorts were rushing past, to get into their offices on time ( I guess they don’t want some ‘snooty’ manager telling them off for being five minutes late past the hour). That’s the joy of the ‘rat race’ innit – you spend so much on transport fare only for the constant delays of trains to impact your closely-guided punctuality records. Oh dear! I hope it doesn’t affect your bonus next February mate!

Life happens to us all is a familiar phrase we usually utter when confronted by difficulties that others are bearing, we drew from our own experiences to comfort them by assuring that things will get better. We regimentally say that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Is there really?

Of course, no one can really navigate the journey of life without some challenges. We all want to live and lead our lives in peace and in tranquility without punctures on the odyssey of life. As we have now realised, that there are no guarantees – there is no security (be it at work, or at home or in society at large) that cannot be breached. This reveals that ‘Life is indeed Fragile’.

I will stop here as I ponder my next move in the chess game of life.

In the meantime, I will implore you to reach out to your loved ones on this beautiful and blessed Sunday morning.

Have a nice Sunday! Thanks for reading.

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