Sunday, 29 December 2013
Saturday, 21 December 2013
lucid in his thinking that, 'To the dull
mind, all nature is leaden. To the
illumined mind the whole world
burns and sparkles with light.' I
quite agree, even more so in 2013
roughly two years after
meeting this 25 years old stellar
native of Oyo State Kehinde Fawumi, . It was August 2011 and I was about signing off Facebook for
the day when I got his message requesting that I make entries for his 2011 Essay Competition, Project
Write2Win, and book project Tomorrow's Reality Today. I was thrilled. Little did I know that I was
on to such a revolutionary young man who would lead my thoughts and inspire my efforts in so many
phenomenal directions through his remarkable lifestyle. A couple of years later, he has grown in leaps
and bounds with his tentacles spread beyond Africa. Fortunately, I have the gist first hand.
What inspired your giant leap?
How do you balance your projects with your academics?
Have you ever had one of those solo moments- when it’s just you against the rest of the world?
Is Kehinde seeing someone?
Who do you read and what are you reading now?
Why are you so positive that things will get better in Nigeria?
What is your advice for the youths of Africa?
Today, Kehinde Fawumi amongst others made history in Lagos, Ife and Akure. They alongside several other African youths take the bull by the horn to make a difference in our world. Then again, there is only so much they can do in their number without the support of more individuals, organisations, the government and international community.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
They grey together
Words and wise fade in time
They gracefully live out their forever
Might and fright shaking hands...
Love stands taller
After all these solid years
He still calls her magic tower
elewe ukwu egbu ewu
and tickles the girl in her
At midnight, he still calls her flower
'Ezinnem' to tease and admire
As he burns in love and nuptial fire
Books and tales of history's love
Cannot compare to this bond blessed by Above...
'Nnem' his lover
'Nnam' her loved
I'm walking behind and wishing well
Please the secrets of love to me do tell
Time from now when I'll stand with nkem
And you'll both be my memories
'Elewe ukwu' your words will be my treasury
I wont forget this time well spent
And from this time of love I'll never repent
Or something sweeter, something swell
But I will look on you and relish true
Your love is beauty and powerful
(inspired by mum and dad...25 years and still counting)
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Then again, the bulk of us never truly contend what exactly happiness would translate to at any given point in time. Would it mean more, less, absence or acquisition? Would is simply mean head out and do something or stay still and watch? Does it mean the same thing today as it did yesterday and would it mean the same thing tomorrow?
As confused as I am about this emotion that flames from my blood, I have resolved that there is no such thing as happy since there is not one objective and all encompassing word to define it. Similarly, there is no such thing as unhappy because the root word simply is baseless.
Under the sun, I have truly pursued the desires of my heart with speed, lust and vigor and truly found that everything is but the chasing of the wind. I can recall the emptiness I felt immediately I finished my degree exams. It was as though, I had done nothing. It suddenly felt like the past five years never happened.
Then again, I have learnt the blessing of this.
My happiness is not in my achieving but in my deliberate act of pursuing. It is in the anxiety that fills my heart; the sweat that lines my brow; the earth that bears my feet and the desire that is yet unsatisfied. It is in my working that my mind is most alive, enthralled and enraptured. It is in my dreaming and persevering that my being finds it true purpose and living.
Achievements are an end as empty as the interiors of a trophy with no actual purpose or place. The real happiness is the feeling that you can do this much and much more.
As we seek eagerly to tickle ourselves in today's world. Let us recall that nothing is as boring and stale as satisfaction. So do bask and relish the moments of excitement, process, training and motion. And do not just pursue love or happiness to get it, have an enthralling and passionate pursuit.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
My love for Nollywood and their production greatly influenced my orientation on my role in my society as brother, son, teacher, lover, scholar, activist, writer and thinker. There is only so much that is possible. Nollywood spurred me ever so intensely with the likes of Ann Njemanze; Hilda Dokubo; Syndey Dialla; Ndidi Obi; Ngozi Ezeonu....I still have the VCR tapes in my living room.
However, soon the market was flooded with so many titles and so many themes that were not at all mentally stimulating. I found myself watching so much costume, screen play and money wasted on silly cliché stories that were neither well defined or articulated. The themes of university romance and cultism were issues that were truly over flogged- alongside a string of others.
I abandoned the movies as they no longer soothed me and sought another heart throb in places that
didn't offer much.
However, only a few years ago I began to notice a new generation of Nollywood movies. They were mostly Nollywood and Hollywood collaborations, but they told African stories in the beautiful scenes and forms which people of all generations and races could identify with. The class and likes of movies like Ije, Doctor Bello, Tango With Me, Mirror Boy, Sitanda ....the list in endless.
I have fallen in love with Nollywood afresh!
I have in this light been equally stimulated in my writing, leading and living as an African in my society. This is the role of information and media: To spread the best orientation to the people, telling their stories in terms of how they are, should and should not be.
pure as they were. The virginity of the African Vintage. The purity of our soul and our writing, acting and living, immortalizing the wisdom that was misunderstood and the journey that we are still on today.
For instance I would appreciate a movie that intellectually appraises politics as it should be in Africa. Or a film that indiscriminately handles the themes of homosexuality, human rights and spirituality in Africa. I would love greater and more realistic African stories to be told in preservation of a place such as this and a time such as now.
I also do urge the actors and actresses of Nollywood to lead good and exemplary lives as they are role models to me and other
A world without Nollywood is a world without Africa.
I do believe in all of you who put in your best to make Nollywood outstanding. You are all doing an amazing work. I still pray for you and I trust that the King of Excellence inspires you afresh everyday.
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Sunday, 27 October 2013
parents understand this generation more. Also these are things
that the present age can identify with and propagate.
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