Bidemi is a great guy. He is handsome, brilliant and God-fearing but he is destructive when he is angry. Rebecca is a better singer than Michael Jackson. Her efo riro (vegetable soup) is a delight and she prays with so much fire but she does not know how to keep a secret. When you are speaking with her, you are addressing the nation. Do you notice a common word in both instances that signifies a shift in the narrative? The word but.
The person we want to learn from today has a similar description. Scriptures give a glowing review of the man, but there was a “but”. Can you guess his name? I’ll give you a clue. His name starts and ends with the same alphabet. Any ideas? His name is Namaan! Continue reading “FROM THE ROYAL COURTS 6”
S: Have you taken a look at yourself in the mirror lately?
P: No, I’ve not. Why?
S: *brings a mirror and puts it in front of P*
P: Take that away from me! What the heck is that? That cannot be me. Where did that ugly looking monster come from?
S: I thought as much. I guessed you didn’t know you had become like this. Continue reading “M.M.M”
In 1998, Rachel was posted to Adankwagi Community Grammar School, Kaduna for the mandatory one-year youth service. During her short stay, she was exposed to unethical behaviours, immoral acts and tribal discrimination. Unfortunately, the principal and vice principals who were Christians did not behave differently as they were the ring leaders of the extortion of money from the students. They also encouraged nepotism and hypocrisy by their actions.
The experience left an impression on the young lady who was starting life after school. She had been an executive in the Scripture Union fellowship on campus, passionate about changing the world for Christ. Seeing the wickedness in the school gave her an idea of how the rest of the world would look like and the scale of the challenge she had ahead of her.
In June 1999, Rachel returned to Lagos and sat for a chat with her friend, Clara. They discussed their experiences at their Places of Primary Assignment (PPAs) and documented the principles they would follow as they began their journey in the academic world. They would not become those they criticized. They would be different. Continue reading “FROM THE ROYAL COURTS 5”
The Federal Executive Council meeting had just been concluded with pleasant reactions from the distinguished individuals present. Over the last quarter, the tourism sector of the nation had improved considerably as a result of efforts made by the Minister of Tourism. However, special praise was reserved for the Minister of Finance who had overseen spectacular improvement in the economy. The inflation rate was single digit, external reserves had doubled in a few months, unemployment was at its lowest in decades and the exchange rate was stable.
After the meeting, while the usual politicking and lobbying was going on, the man of the moment told his Personal Assistant to get the driver. He needed to travel urgently. He needed to get to Jerusalem.
Which Bible character does this man remind you of? No, not Daniel. Try again. Not Mordecai. One more try. Exactly! The Ethiopian Eunuch!
Shall we pray? Continue reading “FROM THE ROYAL COURTS 4”
Ade left the office premises angry and disappointed at himself. He wondered how he got so low to the extent that he went to see a therapist. Those guys were meant for people who suffered nervous breakdowns or had mental challenges. He wasn’t one of them. He was fine even though his wife thought otherwise.
Getting to the house, he noticed something strange. His children were loading their boxes into the boot of his wife’s car. It seemed like they were setting out on a journey. Nike, his wife, emerged from the house giving instructions to the kids on how to arrange the things properly.
Ade: What exactly is going on here?
Nike: What does it look like? I am leaving. We are leaving. Continue reading “OPENED GRAVES 2”
Ade walked into the office premises. It was his first visit and one he never thought he would have to make. After the registration at the reception, he was directed to the office of the therapist who would attend to him. He shook his head.
He opened the door and was met with a cute smile from a bespectacled lady. She was pretty too. But that was not his business. Continue reading “OPENED GRAVES”
Last week, a question came up asking for the names of 5 people currently alive that I would like to have a meeting with. Although I consider it very difficult to narrow down my list to 5, I mentioned Craig Groeschel, Gbile Akanni, Ibukun Awosika, Jurgen Klopp and Francine Rivers. My friends also pitched in with their lists of 5 which included some remarkable people. Bishop Oyedepo, Mike Bamiloye, Tyler Perry, Carlo Ancelotti, Enoch Adeboye and Simi were some of the names mentioned.
A quick assessment of the names gives a common denominator. These are people of influence who have been consistent for a considerable length of time. Craig Groeschel founded and leads Life Church, the ministry behind the exceptional YouVersion Bible App. He has been committed to this cause for 24 years. Carlo Ancelotti has coached some of the best teams in Italy, Spain, France and England, winning multiple trophies. Ibukun Awosika who chairs First Bank, founded The Chair Centre more than thirty years ago and has built other successful organizations. You can make a similar case for any of the people mentioned. This leads us to our Bible study character for today. Daniel.
Shall we pray? Continue reading “FROM THE ROYAL COURTS 3”