Friday, 22 May 2015

Briefly: Nigerians Ask Yale University to Withdraw Okonjo Iweala's Award

Yale University issued the Doctor of Humane Letters award to Nigeria's Minister of Finance, Mrs Okonjo Iweala. five days after, Mr. Sunday Iwalaiye created an online petition on Change.Org asking Yale to withdraw the award.

Briefly: FG Begins Privatization of Nigerian Railways

The federal government has commenced the privatization of the Nigerian Railway Corporation. 

Simply Amazing: School In Tanzania Where Dancers Defy Gravity, Well, Sort of...

It really is a mesmerizing picture.
This is the perfect exercise for guys with pot bellies :D

Briefly: It's Looking Like America In The 60s All Over Again

Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu cancelled  a scheme banning Palestinian workers from Israeli buses in the occupied territories hours after it was announced.

Reblogged: When The Man Is The Abused

So, I read this thought provoking story on tickld and thought to share. Every lady should read it. We are so used to being carers we forget people grow and there will come a time that they don't necessarily have to do things exactly as we prescribe they be done.

Morning Press, Friday May 22, 2015

The Punch


Banks to Surpass Q1 Positive Outlook on Back of New CRR Policy

Lagos in Renewed Effort to Woo Investors in N71bn Airport


Open Letter to General Muhammadu Buhari

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Briefly: 5 Months Into 2015, Jonathan Approves Budget

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the N4.5 trillion ($22.6 billion) budget for 2015.

Briefly: No Writing Of Books In Honour Of Serving Judges

The National Judicial Council has issued an express order that forbids the writing of books in honour of serving judges. This has become necessary to prevent cases where judges may become compromised after accepting donations from litigants especially politicians who may donate huge sums to the judge during his/her book launch.

Briefly: 579 Soldiers Facing Court Martial

The Nigerian Army is prosecuting 579 officers and soldiers for indiscipline and professional misconduct in the Armed Forces.

The soldiers are being tried in two existing court martials of the Army:  the Army Headquarters Garrison, the Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, and the headquarters of the 81 Division in Lagos.

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FYI, a court martial is a judicial court for trying members of the armed services accused of offences against military law.

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Briefly: Shopaholics Alert - Up To 75% Sales On But...

From the 28th of May through the 1st of June, 2015, will host  a mega sale with iscounts of up to 75 percent on items purchased on its E- commerce site. 

Briefly: The Columbian Landslide And The Miraculous Survival of Jhosep Diaz

78 people died including his mum and 11 relatives  but 11 month old Jhosep Díaz managed to survive a flash flood  that swept in the mountain town of Salgar.

Briefly: China to Explore 'Dark Side' of the Moon

China to Explore 'Dark Side' of the Moon
China is set to land a spacecraft on the moon's "dark side" in 2020, just 4 short years away.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Exciting New Content On The Blog: Ploughing Through The Pain

You know Samira Gomwalk? You don't? Wow! You should get out more often :)

Exciting New Content On The Blog: Briefly

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information you have to process in a day? Do you have rows of tabs with content waiting to be consumed? Trust me, I can totally relate. 24 hours seems like 6 and 6 is beginning to feel like 1. 

Briefly was created for busy people who can't afford the time it takes to digest all the details. We curate fresh and interesting stories from around the globe and serve them to you in short, straight to the point doses but with enough detail to keep you adequately informed.

Look out for Briefly on this blog starting Thursday this week.
Do stay tuned and spread the word.

©Naomi Lucas

Exciting New Content On The Blog: Morning Press

With the world suffering from insomnia, so much happens while we catch up on sleep. Morning press curates Nigerian Newspaper headlines and serves them to you in one single post every morning starting Thursday this week on this blog.

Do stay tuned and spread the word.

©Naomi Lucas

How Not To Send Facebook Friend Requests

I decided to come up with a cheat sheet for the Facebook rookie. Consider this a Public Service Announcement from an Exasperated Facebook user. If you really want to ‘increase’ the number of friends you have on Facebook don’t do any of these things:

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A Tribute To My Mother

You’d think the pain will ease with time, it hasn’t; I’ve just learnt to manage it better. In my mind you remain oh so fresh. No one who encountered you would forget. You were awesome like that. And boy, the stories you told…
‘Look at the moon. Can you see the shadow in the middle?
I strain my eyes for a bit and whisper ‘Yes’
‘Can you see it looks like a man with his arms raised holding an object?’
Again I whisper ‘Yes’
‘You know what he’s holding?’
‘It’s an axe’
‘You know why?’
I shake my head.

So you told me the story...

Opinion: We Need More Men By Godwin Tom

We need more mentors... Men who are not afraid to raise more men. Men who will build an army of men who carry on a legacy of integrity and dedication to whatever task they are given. We blame our fathers for failing us but we have spent so much time and effort blaming them that we are failing our sons and brothers. 

We need more Brothers... Men who care for the fellow men and are not constantly thinking of ways to outdo the other man but instead hopes to build. Men who will fight for what they believe and inspire generations unborn. 

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Opinion: Why We Must Demand Better Service

I have realised that habits are really hard to break. I've had an account with Diamond Bank since I was in 100 level. It just seemed natural to open a corporate account with them when I set up my company. That decision has been traumatic to say the least and caused me to lose sleep more times than I can count.

Let me start with the Account Officer assigned to manage my business relationship with Diamond Bank. She takes the award for the most incompetent, unprofessional and nonchalant banker I have dealt with till date.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Now I Can Exhale. Congratulations Nigeria!

In 2011, I was part of the strategy team for one of Nigeria's top contenders for the Presidency. After a brief stint, I left. I felt the campaign was too 'bourgeois' and bourgeois does not win elections. I was right. They didn't win.

Friday, 27 March 2015

MUST READ: The 30 Day Challenge Finale - A Clarion Call To The Nigerian Patriot

Dear Patriot,
I'm glad you were able to secure your PVC. Blessed are you amongst many. Indeed. It's a little over 24 hours to that moment most of us have been waiting for. For some the outcome is important. For others, life needs to continue and the numerous campaigns have been a distraction.

Monday, 2 February 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 11, Starting From The Top

What kind of leader does Nigeria need at this time?
Can you think of 10 qualities that describe him/her?

The 30 Day Challenge started on the 14th of January and will last until election day (February 14, 2015).
To read previous articles on the subject, type 'The 30 Day Challenge' in the search box.

You can nominate your friends (And foes) to take the challenge by hitting the share button and tagging them or copying and pasting the link on their timelines.

© Naomi Lucas

Friday, 30 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 14, We Could All Do With Some Rehab

A few years back, I took a bus. Engrossed in thought, I didn't notice how dilapidated the bus was until it started moving. I could see the tar, I felt every single pot-hole, the windows had no glass. I was shocked at how comfortable everyone looked. I asked the conductor why he was driving a bus with bare windows. I asked what he would do if it began to rain. Before the conductor could speak, the passengers adopted the problem. Some asked what I was doing in the bus since I was so finicky. Some said I should get down and take a cab since I was looking for comfort. My heart broke when an old woman by my side said in Yoruba, 'There's no need to complain, so far the engine is good.' I was shocked into silence by that encounter and it stayed with me for a long time. 

I was in damaturu sometime for a training and asked some indigenes to tell me what the governor had done. They said he built some roads. I had never seen such pride in my life. All I felt was pity that they didn't know how much more they could have, demand for and how much more was available to them.

I have realized that for you to aspire for more, for better, you must first convince yourself that it is out there somewhere, that you deserve it and that you can get it if you try. Nigerians need to think this way. Anything goes in this country. Mediocrity is celebrated from the market to corporate corridors. It is not okay. But things will never change as long as we accept them as they are.

Don't settle for less. People tend to meet your expectations when they realize you know what you want and nothing short of that will do.
The 30 Day Challenge started on the 14th of January and will last until election day (February 14, 2015).
To read previous articles on the subject, type 'The 30 Day Challenge' in the search box.

You can nominate your friends (And foes) to take the challenge by hitting the share button and tagging them or copying and pasting the link on their timelines.

© Naomi Lucas

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 16, Rethinking Religion And It's Stranglehold

He called me everyday for more than a month. Every single day. More than once each day. While I understood his predicament, I knew I won't employ someone I have no need of.

Then the opportunity came. I was handling a major brief. It was political. I knew his background and knew we would need his skills set. I arranged an interview with my Admin Manager with the intention to finalize with him so he could start.

I got to the office and was told he had left. I found it odd he did especially 'cos I'd instructed that he wait for me. My Admin Manager told me what happened. Her questions revolved around Nigeria's political space, what his thoughts were about the issues, the challenges and the opportunities. He said he didn't have an opinion. Curious, she asked why. Obviously, his religion did not permit him to have one and he had scriptures to back every single question that was thrown at him. Feeling really frazzled he left without finishing his interview.
I needed a facility manager who could work late and on weekends too and asked for one to be recruited for that purpose. Again, I was told there was a suitable candidate, but. But what? He had to ask his Pastor first. I asked for an explanation 'cos I couldn't wrap my head around what I'd just been told - Boy does not have a job and looks like he desperately needs one. Boy gets job and was asked to start as soon as he could. Boy says, I will but first, I need to ask my Pastor...

What is this thing that religion has done to us? Why have we stopped thinking? Why have we lost focus on what's truly important and instead begun to worship mere men?

  • If your religion discourages you using the brain you were born with, from questioning things and finding meaning for and by yourself, there's a problem. 
  • For the Christians reading this, I don't care what anybody says, your bible remains the ultimate standard. If anything you are told contravenes what it says, then there's a problem. 
  • And if you are closer to your Pastor than the one your Pastor represents, I'm very truly sorry for you.
© Naomi Lucas

The 30 Day Challenge started on the 14th of January and will last until election day (February 14, 2015).
To read previous articles on the subject, type 'The 30 Day Challenge' in the search box.
You can nominate your friends (And foes) to take the challenge by hitting the share button and tagging them or copying and pasting the link on their timelines.

Monday, 26 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 18, The True Meaning Of Freedom

Freedom (noun): The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.


At 11:30 local time (10:30 GMT) on Wednesday 7 January, a black Citroen C3 drove up to the Charlie Hebdo building in Rue Nicolas-Appert. Two masked gunmen, dressed in black and armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles got out and approached the offices. They burst into number 6, Rue Nicolas-Appert, before realising they had the wrong address. They then moved down the street to number 10 - where the Charlie Hebdo offices are on the second floor.

Once inside, the men - now known to be brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi - asked maintenance staff in reception where the magazine's offices were, before shooting dead caretaker Frederic Boisseau.
One of the magazine's cartoonists, Corinne Rey, described how she had just returned to the building after picking up her daughter from day care when the gunmen threatened her, forcing her to enter the code for the keypad entry to the newsroom on the second floor - where a weekly editorial meeting was taking place.
The men opened fire and killed the editor's police bodyguard, Franck Brinsolaro, before asking foreditor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, and other four cartoonists by name and killing them, along with three other editorial staff and a guest attending the meeting...
Most of us are familiar with the Charlie Hebdo story so I will not belabour the point. It's a tragic and deeply saddening one. Most importantly, the deaths were needless.
The obvious reason for the bloodbath was the overtly offensive and unapologetic satire the comic outfit thrived on. Does it justify the killings? I think not. But it leaves some food for thought.
Charlie Hebdo persevered on it's shocking brand of satire on the premise of it's right to freedom of speech. So insistent were they on expressing their creativity, they lost their ability to understand, to feel, to respect the sensibilities of the cultures and people they didn't understand.
Freedom means respect for people, institutions, countries, governments. Whether or not you understand it/them or not is beside the point. To me, your freedom ends where the right of the next person begins. Unfortunately, where to draw that line is a personal decision and some of us erase that line in our bid to exert our right to act, speak, or think as we want.
You must find a way to live with the things you do not agree with. Where you insist on change and work towards making that happen either in an individual or large group, remember people are born with a mind of their own, one that may never see the point in your argument.
© Naomi Lucas
The 30 Day Challenge started on the 14th of January and will last until election day (February 14, 2015).
To read previous articles on the subject, type 'The 30 Day Challenge' in the search box.
You can nominate your friends (And foes) to take the challenge by hitting the share button and tagging them or copying and pasting the link on their timelines.

News source: BBC