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Earlier this year, I made a post that didn't sit well with a lot of people. I captioned it; 'Eastern OAPs Lack Personal Branding'.

I didn't do it out of spite, I just felt our south east OAPs could do better. I'm really happy and proud that on the last day of 2017, I'm making a post about south east OAPs with outstanding personal brands. This is to say congratulations to the OAPs that made us proud.

Vanessa Willie:


Vanessa is a certified marriage mentor and relationship coach. She is the host of ‘The Talk with Vanessa’ on 92.5 Enugu’s DreamFm. She hit a milestone this year as the first female south east OAP to successfully hold a campus tour. She visited the Enugu State University of Science and Technology ESUT and the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus UNEC. She went alongside media experts and educated students on the necessity of social media, mastering the discipline of your talent, fighting addictions and using social media for positive change.  

With support from major brands in Nigeria such as Airtel Nigeria, Spar, Nazmine media, Bellanaija, Ogwugo.com, DreamFM, Mtouch multimedia, Hustle intelligence, Urban Radio, Karibi Designs she awarded scholarships and  over N200,000 worth of shopping voucher to students. 

 

FabulosGloria: 


The fabulos Gloria brand has literally been on 'fire' throughout 2017. Currently working as the Head of News and Current Affairs department in 92.5 Enugu’s DreamFm, FabulosGloria’s career in the media spans over 12 years having worked in four media houses to date.

She launched her website www.fabulosgloria.com February this year, and has since grown from strength to strength.

Being the most followed south east OAP on social media, fabulous Gloria was nominated and won ‘On Air Personality of the Year’ at the All Youths TUSH Awards 2017.

 

The Party Animals:


 The Party Animals is a performing duo made up of DreamFm OAP/Hypeman Marcswagz and Dream Fm DJ, DJ Rain . Together they are the hosts of the hit Music show #DreamLounge . They both decided to fuse their individual brands and create the Unprecedented Duo called the “Party Animals”.

The bright side is that they have an off-air presence! Earlier in July, they released their Debut single featuring Jaywillz of Hauze27 titled “Bring it Back”, produced by Dash.

They recently held a campus tour that kicked off at the Enugu state university of science and technology and moved the party to the University of Nigeria Nsukka. They held a carnival to round up the year at La’nueva. The Party Animals are definitely a duo you should look out for n 2018.

That’s all I have. Who did I leave out?? 

 

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So I was on my way to meet up with some friends at the Ola Ndi Igbo 2017, held 2 days ago. My tired self needed some rest from my trip but I had to drag myself off my bed because of my friends I made get tickets for an event I almost ended up not attending.

Well.... So I got on this bus that had more youths than old people in it and one thing led to the other, social media charity famzii came up. Most of the passengers felt it was unnatural & hypocritical to give alms & take videos or snapshots of it. Some were of the opinion that it was all for the likes & followers online, for others to actually think you are a good person. Some argued it was genuine regardless.

I was calm & attentive - that was my usual self when I am in a group where everyone have something to say - I listen & observe. The next thing I heard the man behind me say was, "nke nwanyi, I choro ikwu anything." I smiled and said mba, don't worry. I want to just listen."

The thing was I had what to say but I was too tired for the usual bigotry that is common with our country people. Lol. 


In my opinion, Truth is relative and often times, most people believe in what they want to believe or what it looks like to them, than what things really are. Life is with no law but that of gravity & friction, we made up the rest and we defined how we felt things should be; what's right, what's wrong, what's true, what's false, what's good, what's bad - and there are all for the best as long as it favours us. We judge people from what we think & then, we judge ourselves from our intentions and motives. Lol

When @UNICEF, @UN, @USAID, @SFH and @MercyShips give alms and make videos or snapshots of them, our love for foreign things somehow lets us see the good motives behind it but when it’s our own NGOs or people, the case is said to be “hypocritical.”

You see @williamsuchemba, @kokunfoundation and the rest of them....

I really don’t see anything wrong with the social media trumpet. The problem we have in this country is that majority of us tend to interpret things negatively. We criticize a lot of things that we may not even do better at.


They talked about slavery in Libya, every Nigerian was of the opinion it was inhumane, wrong, yada yada and we blamed the government we all voted in when cash exchanged hands, but the minute someone asked a question – what if we all donate N100 to bring back the rest of our brothers & sisters in Libya, the comments changed. People started making jokes out of it – some said what is their own when they are here trying to make some cash, some even asked if they were the ones that told them to move to Libya in the first place. It doesn’t take a lot of energy to know that we have a big problem as a people and in the way some of us see things and people.

You see those cameras & videos….

Don't bother about the show. Do your own reality TV where you are helping a person in need if you want - but at least, let us get the message they are trying to pass and help people. Help people & video yours but at least, Help People! lol. Really, that’s all that counts.


Once every year, I watch @adaorambelu start her #payingitforward. I remember the movie I first saw of that and how powerful it is to give and it motivates me. Let’s talk about the #art4acause that happens worldwide and in Lagos.... Following them online can make you want to give back to charity.

How can people even have a problem with that?

I don't mind a video of anyone giving alms as long as the needy still gets to go home with the gift items & money - not even my problem if it was for social or political campaign. At least, someone is giving and someone’s family just got their daily bread and that's all that counts. Lol.


See…. Life is simple, people. I dunno why we celebrate the unnecessary things like #dickchallenge #nohandschallenge #prankchallenge #nomakeupchallenge and the moment someone reminds us of the important stuff - #givechallenge, we feel they are just showing off.

Knowing my country people to a greater extent, I know that this very act would be taken positively & negatively. Positive goes to say – people will start being more charitable & less self absorbed but negatively – a lot of people would start coming out into the streets claiming 150% poor, hungry and the rest and the ones that have been helped, might still come back for more…. And the ones, who have been moved to give a hand, would be discouraged.

But really, what can be done to help people off the street? And before we say “empowerment,” what about those that have been offered that but they refused it? I know of a guy who said he prefers to wipe car windscreens at traffic jams than go to school or learn a skill. I tried so hard not to look surprised when he went further to explaining how he was already an entrepreneur doing that and doesn’t want to give it up.

But really - How bad can the videos really be if it still goes a long way to motivate some people into giving? How many people do know we have nursing homes and not just orphanages in Nigeria? How else can we be reminded that such people still do exist if not through the media that have the entire world on it?

 

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Finding a compatible and suitable life partner is a huge task which every man must be careful when doing so to avoid possible regret aftermath. There exist certain mistakes men do in this process. Searching for a wife is not searching for a girlfriend. This is a lifelong business. In as much as people’s opinion differs, these are some of the found mistakes men make in searching for their missing rib:

Find for me syndrome: This is normally seen in the anti-socials or guys overseas. Your mother or whoever you asked to find a wife for you has their own preferencewhich may be different from yours. You end up marrying a stranger. They might know the lady they chose for you and probably like her but you may dislike her qualities when you guys must have married. It’s always advisable to marry your friend.

Virginity status: Most guys prefer to marry a virgin, their reasons been they are innocent and make a good home. A friend of mine of about thirty-five years of age is still unmarried only for the reason of searching for a virgin. Virginity status has nothing to do with making a good wife and a good home. Deflowered ones can also make good homes because the grounds at which they lost theirs may be justified. Rare but true-Some of our girls are virgins because they haven’t met the opportunity to have sex!

Physique/physical appearance: I wonder what some guys mean by “I am dark, I need a fair partner”, or tall partner and stuffs like that. Does that really matter? The curves and the boobs should not be your priority when choosing a wife. Uncontrolled infatuation should never lead you to marriage. Remember, it’s not girlfriend thing.

Materialism/Connection: Yes, she’s a senator’s or any of the billionaire’s daughter but is she good for you? Are you just coming for her money or connection through her family? Bro! Think twice to avoid story that touch later on. Materialism should not lead you to your early grave!

Educational status:When you met her, she was fluent in speech, clever and smart. She has qualities but you started losing interest when you learnt she’s yet to attend a higher institution of learning. Brother, since you love her why not sponsor her academics before or after the wedding? Who even told you that school is a place for wife molding?

Background/Religious/cultural differences: You left your girlfriend only for the reason that she’s a Muslim or Christian; for a girl within your religious belief that you don’t actually love. Or probably, you learnt she’s from one of those villages demanding higher bride price. Bro, you can do it if you really love her and want to marry her.

Family members’ preference: Considering the choice of any member of your family when choosing your life partner may lead you to the wrong path. That you are bringing her into the family doesn’t make her theirs. She’s yours!

In a hurry/quick search: Most men are always in a hurry when searching for a wife as if the time is crouching up on them. I wonder what they have been doing with their lives all along.They end up having very brief or no courtship. Most times, men end up marrying the wrong girl who must have hidden her weaknesses and bad qualities.

I think it’s better to know your wife better than anyone else before marriage. It is advisable to marry your friend which she must have been in the process of your dating/courtship. Don’t make mistake in finding whom you will live or be with for the rest of your life. If you haven’t found her, relax. Don’t rush. You will eventually meet your soulmate.

About the writer

Solomon Akpa is a Young blogger and creative writer. He is currently studying Anatomy at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology

Follow him on facebook @ Solomon Akpa

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The buzzing is here again; the headlines, the news, the protests, the background noises, the digital whistles and the online battles. Revolutions run like the world on a globe and like a door on hinges; it’s all series of rotation that goes a full circumference and still brings us back to the arc, like somehow the friction of time doesn't agree with the motion. Let’s put a price to it, a cost to estimate how much a man is really worth.

Slavery never ended; it's hidden in everything and everywhere we turn to. If our dreams don't hold us captive, our fellow men would. We heard the news of our brothers sold in Libya, we saw the top media debunk the news, and we heard the angry voices that followed it. We have seen it all, all of it. Brothers selling brothers, and sisters taking front lines to refugee camps. We heard the initial uproar of digital disruption and half of the world asking for justice while the other halves keep comfort from the knowledge that none of their own went down. The dust rise everywhere and nowhere and as quickly as it started, the light dies with the match stick.

The constellations could tell the story of a bargain with the devil:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6….

A: Are all of them here?

C: Yes sir.

B: This man would go for $400, if you want him.

A: I would take him for $200, he is too lanky.

B: He is a great digger, $300 would do.

A: Okay, load him with the rest of them.

C: Sir, what would happen to these two?

B: Have mercy on them, make it quick and quiet.

Few minutes later, 2 gunshots went off into the night…. 2 souls have been silenced; brothers, uncles, sons, nephews and cousins to someone praying for the next time they would make it home.

 

We are still not asking the right questions and we still not bothered enough with the necessary details.

Where is the world on this issue?

Who are buying these slaves?

What hope is there at home for the ones being rescued?

Why are Africans leaving Africa? How do we put blames on everyone but ourselves?

Would the UN sanctions stop slave trades?

We see only auctions for males, where are the women and children?

If this is the only time the wound became sore, what happened in September at Sabratha?

 

Time heals nothing, it replaces memories. It’s like band-aids and we wear them all over our scarred heart, so we don’t deny our heart a space to pump. We let go of the chains a long time ago and the papers only bore the freedom we were promised. We made it to the 21st century and we still tell the tales like it happened a long time ago.

 

But we are living the news; in racial discrimination, in segregation, in tribalism, in sexism, and in the entire ism” we can’t keep scores of. We have lived with the scars and open wounds for so long; we don’t even realize it’s there any longer. The Mediterranean Sea has buried more men than the world ever did. For greener pastures, we sold our dreams, got trapped, bought over, and sold new dreams to.


Can we count the cost?

"Bread eaten in secret is pleasant, stolen water is sweet but he does not know that the dead are there."

 

But what do we expect from a state governed by everybody and nobody? Who can we hold responsible? The National Transition Council or the Levant Group or the Al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq or the Khalifa Hafta? Where’s the place for liberty where there’s no law?


"The devil always has something better he takes, for every time his hospitality finds a home in us."

 

History records events but not the stories the mouth could never tell, because the victims' minds have lost synergy with their souls. So we never get to hear the loud voices that would always dwell in their heads, reminding them of a blurred past and a not too promising future. The press colonizes the best part and feed us with illusions of what they feel happened. But how do the ones who lived the tales, come back from the memories that rubbed them of their shadows?

 

This wasn’t Martin Luther’s dream, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Dubman, David Walker, Sojourner Truth, Olaudah Equiano and the rest of them who folded up in knots and turned out their skins for slave abolition. The Cinematographers would tell these stories some day, with facts and an hour plus emotion that we would carry with us, only for a day after we have seen the movie. It's a constant recounts of everything let out from a Pandora's Box.

 

There's always a root to every problem, a common ground.... but we have gotten used to cutting down trees from its fruits, branches & stems. So we forget so easily that a tree cut down but not uprooted, would always grow back again.


Maybe after all these digital awareness, protests, social media debates, press releases, rescuing of the remaining Africans….We can ask....

What next?

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Just to eliminate one factor, this is not to say networking is not a great deal but the origin of the quote “salary is the money they pay you to forget your dreams” can be traced back to networkers.

I personally don’t buy into quotes made anonymously, except it carries a positive message or is thought provocative or is free from conformity. I love quotes that give you space to think more deeply about a topic and this particular one lacks that standard I must say.

True, salary might sometimes be stagnant and fixed but it’s not the money they pay you to forget your dreams. Anyone who forgets their dreams, wanted to forget their dreams. Salary doesn’t come with labels saying, “Dear Employee, we urge you to take this stipend/wages and forget your dreams.”

Life is a pyramid, networking is a pyramid, jobs are in pyramids, and almost everything is a pyramid and has processes. A doctor works in a hospital, a banker/an accountant works in a bank, a lawyer works in a chamber, an OAP works with the media, a petrochemical engineer works in an oil refinery, a pilot works for an airline company, a sailor works on a ship, etc…. That is the dream; to be a doctor, a banker, an accountant, a lawyer, an OAP, a pilot, a sailor, etc. Would you also say they are forgetting their dreams, all because they are working under an organization?

Getting paid while learning on a job or a trade you want to build a business around someday, is not forgetting your dreams. Working a job while doing what you want to do by the side, is not forgetting your dreams. Some salaries can facilitate your dreams, and sometimes…. You have to do what you need to do, before you can do what you want to do. Your salary may not be enough to do most of the things you want, but the experiences would be there to make up for your time.

Don’t leave your job if it’s serving you right because of a quote that was made strategically to buy into your conscience, on reasons why you should consider networking (which is a great strategy by the way). Network on its own runs the same pyramid as any organization, the term Multi Level marketing is part of the branding. You still get paid according to your ranking or filled up slots and there are still people on top the pyramid, who still get higher bids & roll over from all your networking efforts.

You need all the 5 levels of money you can get wherever you go and according to statistics; cash (salary) is still the least of them all.

 

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Most times, I sit down and think about why men feel uncomfortable with successful women. I am writing about this because of what is happening today; this is also one of the things that are happening in relationships today. Today, men feel too intimidated because of the level of work whereby their wives or girlfriend or women in general work in. some of the men feel intimidated because of the amount of money that they pay the women.

It is true women have come a long way. In fact, women are beginning to surpass men in many areas: They have more master’s and college degrees, better GPAs and single, childless women have higher earnings than their male counterparts in urban areas. Hopefully by 2025, more than half the primary breadwinners in this world will be women.

Some people rant that men are less attracted to a woman who is on an equal or higher level when it comes to matters of the money or education, and that a successful woman should step herself down to get a man. I don’t believe that, I believe many men appreciate and admire women who are accomplished, and are not at all intimidated by their strength, intelligence and position in the workplace. 

More guys seem to be becoming safer with financial demands on women they’d want to date or marry. It’s becoming quite regular to hear single and unmarried men talk about how they’d love to be with women who aren’t all dependent on them, women who have their own thing going.

But what I don’t understand is that if they want to be with women who aren’t all dependent on them, why do still feel intimidated with them and begin to talk Nonsense when they are with them, most especially when they end up getting married.

These Are The Reasons Why They Feel That Way:

Insecurities: this is the Number one reason why they feel intimidated and uncomfortable. Why? Because they feel that the women meet a man that has higher level than them. These make feel like a sheep in the midst of lions.

Inadequacy: There’s an undue sense of falling short in men when they are not richer or more successful than women. Several men can’t deal with being less successful than the women they’ll be with. It’s not right but it’s what happens.

Ego: For some, it is an ego thing. To be not as rich or not as successful as the woman they’d date or be in a relationship with is unimaginable for them. What if she is playing me again? Play some guys just can't stand being less successful than women.

Society: The pattern of relationships and marriages in the society for such a long time has seen men more successful and being depended on by women and their children. So while men might be insisting for independent women, there are still some who [wrongly] can’t wrap their heads around having a woman who does not depend on them for anything.

Perceived Disrespect: There’s a belief that independent and successful women have tendencies to be disrespectful. Some guys would argue that being dependent for most of their needs is one big reason why women respect their partners.

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Instagram feeds can sometimes be bleak with nothing to see, but heaps of savage skits, fighting clips, over filtered images and celebrities lives, domestic violence and divorce that doesn’t really have anything to do with the rest of us. It’s no news that Nigeria is a sunny and serious country. Lol. Going online the gram in the afternoon or after a day’s work is really cool, especially when you come across amazing Instagram accounts of people who just wants to have some fun and also share a piece of their write ups or laughter with their thousand plus followers.

Well.... In no particular order, here are my top 5 Nigerian Comedy Instagram Accounts:

KraksTv:

Femi Bakre is the brain behind KraksTv. I love to think that he is a good leader who has built a team of wonderful people, who work for him. The comedy skits that come out of this company are not a one man’s job. It speaks creativity and on the desk freestyle. I bet you, you can spend your data on this page without second guessing.

KlintonCOD:

That Klint is not a coincidence; he is a new age Klint d’ Drunk. His comedy is mostly on music and about musicians. He can pass any message he wants, about any trend, and gist. He edits music to a scene play. He is super talented and creative.

Maraji:

Gloria Oloruntobi, popularly known as Maraji, is one very exceptional human being. She personally broke a record for me, in having none ever recorded skit that wasn’t either relatable or very funny. How she comes up with her skits is still a mystery to me. She’s bound to keep you on her page if it’s your first time of coming across her account, for at least 20minutes happier than you were.

OluwaDolarz:

This Instagram page is ran by two brothers, Oluwa and Tope. This account took my attention from Mark Angel Comedy. They were similar, an adult and a kid. The only difference was this was more relatable to me and sillier. Not only do they mimic celebrities, but they also focus on siblings’ wahala and the things we did as kids.

Twyse_116:

Ereme Abraham, popularly known as Twyse, is an icon of laughter. His skits are mostly about Nigerian Moms. He is a cross dresser on camera and his Yoruba origin can be very detectable in his videos. His page is great for a hot weather.

 

These are my top 5, what are yours? Do share.

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The love I have for the gram is just much. Not like I’d let it control me or make me sing a song with lyrics like;

Shave my hair for the gram, ditch work every day just to slay for the gram eh..  

Nah, I like to think of myself as someone with high emotional intelligence.  Aside slaying and stalking celebrity crushes on instagram, personal self development is a huge deal to me. I  follow pages that contribute to my goal. I like to wake up to motivation and information, laugh a little in the middle of the day at work and keep up with trending social media gist at night. In no particular order, here are my top 5 instagram accounts.

1.     Bellanaija: I love bellanaija because of the kind of content they put out. It’s a news and media blog but at the same time, their content is not so rigid. There is something for everyone and there is always something refreshing and interesting every day.

2.    Pulse Nigeria: I would crown pulse the ‘bearer of information’. They are leading in terms of informative content; about Africa, the world and what’s trending. What’s so cool about them is that they share this information in a fun stress free manner. (You know, without big grammar). If anything is trending and I want the full gist, I head over to pulse Nigeria.

3.    SheLeadsAfrica: I’m absolutely in love with the kind of content on she leads Africa page. I can personally relate to the teachings, words of encouragements and inspirations. It gives me such hope that one day I too would be featured to help inspire others.

4.    CNNAfrica:  I love their celebration of African culture and promoting people of African descent. I travel and tour Africa with them through their stories and pictures.

5.    Krakstv: I love to laugh and live a little. At the end of every day, I like to look at their hilarious content and laugh. It reminds me that life can’t be too serious.  


So these are my top 5, what’s yours??

 

 

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Looking back to when I was little, I realize that were so many superstitious things I believed. Looking at my life now, I realize how funny it was to believe them; I can’t just help it but laugh. I don’t just laugh because of how serious I believed in those lie but I also laugh because I use those   lies on my younger ones. I got to understand that our parents and guidance told us those lies to prevent us from cursing any harm to our body. So they tell us these lies to scare us from doing things we should not do. What made me write about these is what I told my younger sister.

She was eating chin-chin and while she was eating it, one of the chi-chin fell to the floor but she was going to pick it up to eat. I warned her three times not to eat it but as stubborn as she is, she ignored me. So I remembered one of the lies I was told when I want to pick something from the floor to eat. Then I shouted, “If you eat that chi-chin, you are going to be Satan’s friend” and that stopped her, then she turned around and asked me, “why?” and I gave another scary answer, “Because Satan has licked it”. As soon as I gave her that reply, she left that chin-chin and dared not touch that chin-chin again.

Within me, I was laughing at her facial expression and I was so proud of myself. I remembered how I used to react to those lies while growing up but If anybody tell me the same thing I told my sister, I just laugh and scream “HHHooowww?!”. All these are mostly used on every Nigerian Child; because raising a Nigerian child is very difficult and frustrating. Now I don’t blame my parents or relatives for using those lies on me because I am using those lies on my younger ones.

And this has made me to talk about 10 lies we were told while growing up. I know they are more than 10 but I am going to talk on 10:

10 Childhood Superstitious Belief:

1.      If you swallow orange seed, it will Grow inside You: So many of us were told by their parents, Guardians or Relatives that if we swallow the seed of an orange, it will grow inside us of our body. It took me a week to believe it was false. I don’t know how many of you went through the same trauma while growing up but I did.

2.      When I was your age, I always came first: This particular was told mainly by my father. Although I felt a bit challenged by that, it still didn’t make come first in Class. I actually stopped disturbing myself when I saw his result. Not like he was not bright and intelligent in class but he did not come first in class. I cannot forget the relief I felt when I saw his result. LOL! Did your parents Use this Lie on you?

3.      If you take your Siesta, you’ll be Tall: Do you know the most annoying part of this post, I am still average and my younger ones are taller than me. If you fell for this lie, trust me; it hurts.

4.      Tell me the truth, I won’t beat you: Please if you are reading this and you know that telling the truth will cause more harm to you; stick to your lies. Our Parents can never be God that will forgive and let you go free when you tell the truth. I cannot count how many times I fell for that lie but I was still dealt with mercilessly for my action. Did you?

5.      Give me your Money; I will hold it for you: At a moment, I believed those lies. But I realized that the money was spent on my feeding and housekeeping. I dared not to ask my mother about it.

6.      If you play with boys you will get pregnant: Some parents have no idea how to talk to their girls about the opposite sex and pregnancy, so this is the best line they could come up with.  

7.      Let’s go home, we will come back tomorrow: This trick was used on me especially when I go to a place that is fun. If your parents told you this at an event, you are on a very long thing. Trust me, it would not happen.

8.      Tell the Person that I am not Around: Most Parents use this lie when they avoiding some visitors or they don’t want to see anybody. And they always tell us to tell them the truth without them knowing that they also make us to lie.

9.      I don’t have Money: This particular sentence was mostly used by my father. Even up till now, this answer is still a shock to me.

10.   If you eat the Food on the Floor…: This one is my favourite because somehow, I still stick to it. But it’s the best used to scare children from eating harmful things.

if you remember any superstitious belief that you fell for, tell us more...

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We had a group chat some days back and one thing led to the other, the weird things people sometimes post on social media became the topic of the day. In the new era of trends, where savagery is becoming the new cool, at least for the millennial, it’s almost inevitable not to come across a post either body shaming people or bashing someone for their use of grammar or beliefs.

Well, it is said that “it’s all fun & game till someone loses an eye” and in most cases, a job, a career, a political or corporate position or an opportunity of becoming a brand promoter or ambassador. Social media has its own perks and if for nothing, it should be a red flag to the youths of this generation that the brains behind these platforms have at some point been recorded, saying their kids have specific ages before they can make use of the very own thing they pushed out into the market.

A friend of mine studying in Amsterdam once applied for an internship placement in the UK and gave the company the rights to retrieve all information they could find about her. That was a step of confirmation that she had no criminal record.

2 months later, she got a letter stating that she had been rejected and why. Basically in 2014, she made a comment on Facebook about how immoral gay marriage is and because it was against their human rights to freedom, she was rejected. Her opinion to what their culture said is suitable, made her unacceptable by their culture. They said she wasn’t accepting, and that she describes and judges people by her prejudice and based on their sexual orientation, which was what hospitals in their region stand against. They went further to explain how they believe in gender equality and though it isn’t written anywhere yet, it is their belief. So they were rejecting her because her belief was a threat to their belief.

A boy also in her class was rejected by the force because he had a picture during Halloween with a Nazi (Adolph Hitler) statue smoking pipe. So they said that act alone shows he identifies as a Nazi. This disqualified the boy from serving in the Military. A Picture he took when he was 16 years old.

Now, you would think…. There are other places. But imagine it’s been your dream to work with this particular company someday and they rejects you, this time not because of belief but because of a silly joke you pulled online about ladies, guys, sex, religion, other people’s beliefs or lifestyle? And what of the case where you are applying for a masters scholarship or foreign grants for a project in Nigeria or anywhere at all?

Bigotry doesn’t translate to being open-minded or flexible or even wise. Things that doesn’t add up in the North, adds up in the South and things that are not right by the East, can be right by the West. We need to learn to stand by our principles and respect other people’s own. As the Igbo proverb would always say:

“If you must eat a frog, eat the biggest one.”

Most people don’t enjoy reading and thinking, so it’s easier to minor in the majors and major in the minors. Maheeda said this and that, thousands are online trying to show whose savagery is more classic than the other. But the minute a thought provocative question is thrown to them or something with value comes up, the crowd becomes stream-lined all of a sudden.

The problem with our youths is, most of us don’t project to the future when we would be expected to have out-grown most things and when we would have our own kids looking up to us. Most of us keep our vision very far in the future and it becomes easier to convince ourselves that we are not yet living the vision (Your vision is who you are by reason of what you see), and somehow it’s in the future waiting for us to round up our youthful exuberance. We forget too quickly that today was last year’s future, last 2 years’, and even last 10 years' future.


If you are not a fitness trainer or a body model or a lingerie model or a nudist by belief or aspiring to be one, you need to carry us along with your naked and savage posts. Caption for us what you intend to achieve by posting a nude picture of yourself. If it’s class you want or fame or power, just state them so we know what to expect from you in the future too. Don’t let trends shift your focus from what’s important. The Social Media is a powerful tool for everything good and bad. Learn the good sides of it and sieve out the rest. We know you have abs, s-line, boobs, ass and the whole package of them (congratulations!), but for posterity sake, career building and for the sake of being relevant and not just popular, stream-line some things. 

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