So I recorded this video prior to our President coming to say ‘nothing’. I spent the rest of yesterday laughing uncontrollably. Laughing at the ridiculousness of the speech and the current state of the country. Laughing away the disappointment I was feeling within. And I was glad to see that I was not the only person laughing. We Nigerians are so strong that somehow somehow we find humour in the midst of sadness.
But today as I post this, although I am still laughing, the reality of it all is sinking in. My message in the video is still the same. IT IS NOT OVER!! I wish I could shout it louder. IT IS NOT OVER O!!! We just started. Even if we wanted to give up, for the sake of the innocent lives we lost we cannot afford to.
We need to maintain the energy we started this fight with. We need to persevere. We need to continue to push. We might not be able to go outside and protest right now but let us start working within our circles. Let us start having the necessary discussions. Let us start planning our strategies. For every battle, we need a War room. Let us not forget to spend quality time in our War rooms. We will fight physically as much as we can but we will fight mightily in prayer. We will not stop praying!
My Love, if there is anything to take away from this, it is YOU CANNOT GIVE UP! YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO! We do not accept defeat and we will not succumb easily. We live to fight another day. Hence, that need to take a step back to refuel is very necessary. We will come back to the drawing board stronger than ever. Once you are refuelled, start getting involved in things happening around you. They do not have a choice. God through this generation will make Nigeria great again!
This is not the post we planned to have up today but it is the post today requires. We must lend our voice to what is important right now.
To say that I am tired is an understatement. I am tired, drained and exhausted by the things happening in Nigeria. On May 31st, a post titled Enough is Enough went up on the blog and it is sad to see that between May and now, we are still fighting. We are still fighting the authorities meant to protect us. We are still losing lives of important people. We are still in pain as a people. And to make matters worse, they are still killing the brave heroes that are going out to protest.
For the past two days, I have literally absolved the news everywhere and with every post, the reality of the situation saddens my heart. But we cannot stop and won’t stop. We will fight each problem brave, strong and together as a people. Eventually, the people are bound to win.
I cannot comprehend why the government would stand and watch as robbers and murderers wear the noble policing uniforms. I cannot comprehend why the protest has gone on for this long without the government doing something proactive. I am yet to phantom what exactly they are discussing behind close doors. I am even more confused on who is actually the President of Nigeria and what the job of a President is because right now I am weak. Can there be a President without the people?
I hope we know that this fight has to go beyond these protests. The next elections, we need to be very intentional about our votes. In the last election, I kept on asking why everyone was acting like it was only two people that were contesting. Well newsflash!! The next election please endeavour to vote with common sense. Apparently, it is too much to expect that these older men would care about the next generation.
If you let me, I would ramble on forever because there are too many things wrong. But for now, we focus on Ending SARS and a complete detoxification of the Nigeria Police Force. That is what we stand for. This ‘SARS’mentality has to end! The end is now!
I am tired!
THE YOUTH ARE SUPPOSEDLY THE FUTURE OF TOMORROW.
You are living your life, give us the opportunity to live ours!
This is a short video giving you tips on how you can overcome the spirit of discouragement. There are many things that occur on a regular basis that could discourage us and make us feel extremely weak. However, we cannot afford to remain down.
I promised to attach the Bible verses I mentioned so here they are:
1 Peter 5:7
Joshua 1:9; Deuteronomy 31:6,8
Romans 8: 28
Romans 8: 31-39
These are some handy Bible verses I have penned down to constantly ginger me and remind me that God has got me always. Try reading them and confess them to yourself.
I am not even going to lie, failing sucks! Like in a major way, especially when you fail at something you were so prepared for; when you fail at something you have waited for; when you fail at something you have thought through. It hurts more when you fail at something you committed into God’s hands and you knew He gave you the go ahead. What does one do then? When you are so mad at God and you can’t even explain it? What happens when God becomes the last person you want to hear about because ‘He is supposedly the cause of the failure’. That feeling sucks and I know this because I have been there. I have felt it. I have thought the thoughts and I have disliked God in a very big way because He wasn’t there when He should have been. He was acting like He had favourites.
Let’s take this scene to the last class of senior secondary school where we are meant to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination. I had done my part, I had read and when I say read, I mean read! I prayed, I committed all into the Lord’s hands, I was pretty confident in myself (not overconfident but confident enough). To top it up, the questions were pretty fair, and I was expecting my perfect looking result slip with 9 A1’s (yes, I don’t settle). Well, result day came, there was a C, a lot of B’s and 2 A’s (sigh). What sort of rubbish, am I right? I didn’t even know how to react; I just went to my room and balled my eyes out and very well blaming God. He saw how hard I worked, He saw everything and yet He didn’t crown my efforts with good success. I felt so bad.
What then do we do when we fail or when we lose, and it looks like everything is lining up against you? Back then, I didn’t know how to react. I only felt a lot of anger.
Recently, I received another heart-breaking result. Oh, and this one is way way more important than WASSCE. I failed. When I saw the result, again, I didn’t know how to react. I didn’t cry. It was like my body prevented me from crying. I wasn’t processing it. I read, I prayed, I spoke out in faith, I believed, I trusted, I knew God was with me through it all and somehow, someway, it was like He fell my hand yet again. I wanted to blame Him, I wanted to be angry with Him, but I couldn’t. I am glad I couldn’t. I am grateful I couldn’t because I know that if I have God, He is working out everything for my good. He is working out everything for your good.
What happened between WASSCE and now? Why couldn’t I blame God? There is this grace of being able to take an L and still praise God. This comes from seeking out the Lord, seeking His face, dwelling in His presence, and just knowing. I pray that this grace dwells in each and every one of us, it makes things easier honestly. This is not to say I am perfect, or I have it all figured out (that would be a major lie). But as Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Nation would say ‘Progression over Perfection.’
Taking an L, taking your loss, taking our losses can be a very difficult task, especially when the L isn’t an exam lol, but take the L. Take the L because He is working through it for us. It can be difficult, it can seem impossible, but I pray that whatever failure or loss it is, that God will help you process it. I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you heal and that you will be prepared for what is coming because God specialises in exceeding our expectations.
Oh, and guess what? I am so excited to see what He is about to do in my life. I have a feeling my mind is about to be blown like never before. I have a feeling He is about to bless me so much that my head will be turnioniown.
Till then, lean in! God is forever good. Amen!
P.s: There is this amazing movie called High Calling by Mount Zion I found on YouTube and it literally drives home the message. God always has a plan!