Archive for ‘Nigeria’

May 21, 2008

I Can Change the World!


The prospect of changing the world seems like an overwhelming one; matter of fact, it IS an overwhelming one. How can one person change the world?

This is a question that has plagued me for so long. It may sound egotistical of me, but I really do want to make a difference in the world. I want to start a revolution, create a new model of whatever, make things happen. But how can I? I’m just a struggling Lawyer in Nigeria with a laptop, epileptic power supply and a faltering internet connection.

I think the desire to leave a mark on the earth is an indelible part of man. That is probably why people have children; you can say to posterity ‘I was here’.

This question has been on my mind for quite some time. I even complained to my fiancee (who is also my best friend) that if I fell off the edge of the world someday, I wasn’t sure many people would miss me. Yep, it bothers me lots.

With thoughts like that rummaging through my mind, you can imagine how consoled I became when I read the story of Jane Novak who is running a one-woman crusade from her living room.

Ms Novak is a stay-at-home-mom who is also a blogger, using her blog to fight for the freedom of a Yemeni journalist who is facing trial with a possible death sentence for writing about a rebellion in the north of Yemen. Journalists in Yemen have been experiencing serious human rights issues; issues bordering on freedom of speech.

There have been countless imprisonments and trials of people who have dared to speak the truth as they see it. It has been worse for those who have made the ‘mistake’ to speak in favour of democracy. These people have sometimes had to seek assylum, exiled from their homes for the cause of freedom.

Through Ms Novak’s persistence ans sheer doggedness, and through the help of the online movement for human rights, the sentencing of the Yemeni journalist, Karim Al-Khaiwani, which could have been a death sentence, has been ‘suddenly postponed’.

The amazing thing about this is Ms Novak does not speak Arabic; she has no background in Middle East Studies; in fact she is not even a journalist. She could have let all these curtail her effectiveness but she didn’t. Instead, she took the tools she had and is changing the world with them. Who says one person cannot change the world?

What excuse do I have? So maybe I will not discover a way to travel to Jupiter, or invent the new sliced bread… the question to ask myself is this:

Girl, what do you have in your hands?

With what I already have access to, I can begin my journey to changing the world.

Thank you Ms Novak!

To find out more about the Ms Novak’s Crusade, go to the following websites:

http://www.armiesofliberation.com

http://www.hamsaweb.org

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu

You can also sign the online petition here

The time to change the world is now!

April 17, 2008

Thankful Thursday – His Word


All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (2 Tim. 3:16 NLT).

I am currently studying the book of Ruth. As I went through the first chapter, for no reason I could think of, I felt tears run down my face. Reading about Naomi’s distress and the reason for it, made me examine my own life for areas where I had strayed. I spent the time in repentance and re-dedicated my life to Christ. It was a rare experience and I am thankful for the privilege.

Ruth’s plea to Naomi touched my heart. Here was a woman who was willing to go all the way not just for her Mother-in-law, but also for the God her new family had introduced her to. I had to pause and ask myself if I could honestly and without reservation, make the same promise to God. It was a profound moment. The Lord only corrects those He loves and as I experience His correction, my heart overflows with thankfulness.

My fiance and I had a visit from our Pastor (he has been counselling us through our courtship). He had a speaking engagement in our town and so we had some time to visit. He confirmed a word that the Lord had given us. It was incredible. God had told my fiance and I something; we are still praying about it. Then our Pastor comes and tells us the same thing in almost the same words… It is something only those who have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb ever get to experience and I am just so thankful to God for that.

My best friend’s wedding was beautiful. She made a really lovely bride. I made the trip by road (that is approximately 20 hours on the road both trips). Now, this is Nigeria and the roads are not exactly what they should be. We saw over 6 car wrecks on the road. But we travelled and got back home without a scratch, even though the bus driver kept going above the speed limit. It was a miracle and I am truly thankful.

There is just so much I am thankful for this week but I’ll stop here. If you also have a grateful heart and would love to share, why don’t you join Iris and the rest of us grateful hearts at Sting My Heart.

April 15, 2008

How To Achieve Your Dream


I promised I’ll write a brief post on achieving one’s dreams; and I finally did. I would have done so sooner but my weekend was really busy.

I went on a 10-hour road trip (we describe distance by time here in Nigeria), got to be Chief Bridesmaid to my best friend No.2 (I’ll soon share the pictures) and travelled back in order to be at work on time. Hectic!

Oh well, it was fun. So, here’s the post.

Is there really any fail-proof model or are there any specific steps you can employ to achieving your dreams? Specialists and self-help gurus have come up with various and often contradicting plans and procedures. But do they really work?

I have discovered that as diverse as most folks are, in the same way, their motives differ and what catapults those motives into action, also differ.

However, certain things are basic to every man; the craving for love, the need for peer or self validation, the unrelenting desire to achieve are just a few. How can one channel these desires (dreams) into reality?

The following steps have worked for me and for most people whom I have asked. Other terminology might be used but the essence is still the same.

  1. Define the Dream
  2. Set Goals
  3. Pray
  4. Re-define your Goals
  5. Seek Accountability
  6. Go Achieve Your Dream!

I’ve explained each of the six points listed above; it will be in the May issue of my ezine so use the sign up box on the right!

March 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday – on Tuesday


I have a lot to be thankful for this week; the Lord has been merciful. Certain things happen every once in a while to remind us of God’s faithfulness.
My Thankful Thursday is late because I’ve been ill and the Internet at home was acting up. But I always look forward to it so I decided to post even though it’s so late.

I’ve been forced to just lie quietly at home. I thank God for healing and for the reminder to BE STILL.

Last week, as my mum traveled round on a mission awareness tour of Nigeria, her vehicle was waylaid by armed robbers. Only by running into hiding, were they able to escape with their lives. I cannot thank God enough for the disposition he blessed my mum with. The experience should have been a traumatising one, instead, the Lord shifted her perception so that to her, it was more like an adventure playing out. I’m saying a heartfelt thanks because not one hair on her body was harmed. Jehovah Jireh certainly does look after His own.

I also thank God for my country. Life in Nigeria is not the easiest, yet we are happy. My mum was able to get a good look at the robbers and she said that from the look of them, they were neither touts nor rogues. According to her, they were well dressed and had the looks of University graduates about them. It was easy for me to identify with that. Unemployment seems to have skyrocketed. Yet a few years ago, Nigerians were rated as the happiest people on earth. It can only be the ever-present joy of the Lord.

I’m grateful for the gift of good health; it is the Lord who keeps one healthy and I just want to appreciate His faithfulness in that department.

I thank God for Denise who has been a constant source of inspiration. There are very few blogs I visit that Denise hasn’t been to and dropped an encouraging word or two. I am sincerely grateful to God for the gift of such a woman.

Finally, I’m especially grateful for the raise I got. It was unexpected as it was useful.