Wednesday, December 19, 2007

BLACK FRIDAY

14th December,2007 will forever be etched in the archives of my soul because it was indeed a friday that I saw dead bodies the way I had never seen before.I was on my way home from Lagos.The entire duration of the journey was supposed to be two hours but I ended up spending a little above four hours in the car(thank God I didn't take a bus).After leaving the scary Lagos-Ibadan expressway,I heaved a sigh of relief without knowing that what lay ahead was enough to make me sober for the rest of the entire yuletide period. We were about an hour from our destination along the Ibadan-Ife expressway,when we stumbled on a hold-up which was very unusual along the expressway.We had to come down to stretch our legs because it was just so obvious to all of us that we were going to be spending about an hour in that vicinity. Just a walking distance from us was the scene of the most terrible accident I was going to be witnessing for the very first time of my life.If I had known from the beginning that the accident had casualties,I wouldn't have ventured to go with one of the passengers in the car to see the accident scene. It was terrible! According to eyewitnesses,a trailer full of drinks coming from Ibadan had decided to take the wrong lane without the real users of the lane coming from Ife realising that the tanker had taken over the lane.Before they realised this,(Gboah!),the first car that collided with the trailer went up in flames...............................(guess the rest is now history) .It was just too sad. The most touching for me about this black friday was when I realised I was standing beside a young guy like myself whose mum was among the casualties of the accident.His words "what a bad way to end the year,upon all the "trips" 2007 offered....". I wonder when our goverment or road safety officers will leave the cities and go to our highways to monitor the speed of our vechicles just for the sole purpose of reducing accidents and to save lives. Till then,"I GO STILL SIDDON LOOK"

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Community Development Service & Xmas is here!

Every wednesday,these last two weeks has been dedicated to what the NYSC calls the Community Development Service.For me the first meeting in my CD group was fun because the female Batch "A" & "B" corps members decided to turn the meeting into an argument galore over the various goals and objectives of the group.The meeting opened my eyes to what men with two wives go through.
Anyway, xmas is fast approaching and I can't wait to get out of this ''crazy'' town called lagos.I'm not sure if i'm going to be sharing my thoughts over xmas but I'm sure next year is definitely going to be more fulfilling than 2007.
To all who have been following this page I say a smashing merry xmas & a happy new year in advance!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

God works in mysterious ways!

I've lately come to realise that God works in mysterious ways.After the major disappointment I got after orientation camp from my former employers,I was desperate to get another place to serve.I can not adequately recall how much I had to spend on transportation in Lagos just to get a place to do my youth service.I sat long hours for jobs that were never going to come.At a stage I was almost turning the NYSC state secretariat to my second home.
So far,I havn't regretted listening to GOD.I'm so happy now because even after settling down,I have had two good and solid offers of work.I didn't take the offers basically because I have a personal project that I'm trying to bring to realisation before this service year runs out.
I must however say a big THANK-YOU to my Aunt who has consistently ensured that I have money to do my running around in this "crazy" place called Lagos.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

HEAVENLY CONTENTMENT

Today's piece is dedicated to all those who have been posted to schools (against their will) as their place of primary assignment .
God has really been opening my heart to his words & promises in these last few days.I'm beginning to realise GOD has & will continue to direct my steps & future.When we trust GOD with the details of our lives, I have come to realise that we can easily enter into what Robert Mattox calls "the ultimate rest".
Heavenly contentment doesn't just come to you .It comes by practice,by experience,by endurance and by choosing to trust GOD.

Monday, November 26, 2007

I'M NOT ENJOYING THIS!

It's another week and i've finally resigned to fate that I have to teach English throughout my service year.It has not been a rosy decision at all.I didn't have a choice than to start clearance today so as not to miss this month's ''allawee'' and also to avoid NYSC query which may result to extension of service year and other forms of punishment.

The principal of the school is beginning to talk to me anyhow and I'm bidding my time to give him a full dose of the ''musco character''.I actually don't blame him,I blame our so called leaders,politicians,governors,senators,reps who have allowed the NYSC scheme to be seen as cheap labour.Presently in Lagos, various companies,banks,schools(name it) are making use of corpers as effective cheap labour.One of the first things I will do if I ever become the Chief Executive of my state or hold any influential position is to ensure that corpers are treated fairly in terms of the pay package they get.I have seen and experienced enough to ensure that the entire scheme is scraped or reforms such as the one we have in the pension industry or the proposed electoral reform is put in place for the NYSC scheme.

Well,I'm still depressed and I really don't have much to say today but I can assure whoever is reading this that I will continue to pour out my thoughts throughout this service year.This is just the beginning!

I promise to give a dose of my orientation experience & a list of the wonderful friends I have met in the last few weeks in my next write-up.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

NYSC is killing me

Well,i really think i need to share my thots with someone.I used to think NYSC was fun but now it has become a nightmare for me.After spending three unecessary weeks in the ''smelly" orientation camp in Ekiti,I was really looking forward to my service year in lagos.
My initial delight of serving in lagos started becoming a nightmare when the company I was working with before service refused to absolve me back as their staff.I decided to hope for the best in terms of posting but unfortunately for me,I was posted to a ''419'' school to teach.(wonder why NYSC lagos does not realise there's a difference between a B.A & a B.ed graduate).
Those of us posted to the school complained and we were reposted but the sad part of it is that I was the only one out of those posted to the ''419'' school that was posted back to a school.
Wonder how i'm going to put in my best to serving my fatherland when i got a job in a tite company in V.I and the principal of the school I was reposted to is not willing to reject me.
I must however say special thanks to all friends & family that have kept me going these last few weeks with their phone calls & text messages.Dad & mum-u guys ve bn great,1 & only sis(damilola)-ur messages kept me going,swthrt mi(ifeoluwa)-u'v shown me u will b more than a wonderful wife,dupsy-tanx 4 d concern,funmi(chubby)-u'v also bn a good friend.
I'm gradually making up my mind just as u guys ve said to enjoy the best of what this service year has to offer!