January 2015 - Archieve

Under the hood articles from the past.

Relating with Ourselves as Christ did by Ralph o'Joe

Christians today, are only playing religion whether we know it or not.
If we take a good look around, we'd find that aside the violent attacks on Christians all over the world motivated by other opposing religion, using terrorism as a major tool, the Christian body seem to be fighting an unknown yet, very serious battle within itself.

This might sound a little complicated but I pray the spirit help us understand. I stumbled upon a scripture today in Heb2:11-12 where Jesus called us (Believers) His brethren; then I stopped to ponder on it. I asked myself "Do you know WHO just called you brother?"  That's something an ordinary mind will never comprehend. If Christ in the greatness of His might and in the holiness of His holiness could call us brethren, then why do we only see ourselves as brethren within the church premises?

This is meant to be a short, straight to the point kinda write up..so here's what I found.. The church have become too consumed with personal needs and drive for successes that we give very little attention to the word. Psalm82:5-7, Romans8:8 
There is nothing wrong with making money; Lord knows I want to make money too but when we become empty of and disconnected from our source, we have successfully laid a carnal foundation, a breeding ground for unhealthy competitions, envy, jealousy, gossips, hatred and so on....
To call a brother or sister whom you have heard terrible things about Brethren, is beyond your will control power. It's supernatural, and only the spirit of God can really help us relate with one another as Jesus relates with us. But that can only happen through consistent study of the word and staying connected. Hebrew3:13 

 I implore us to start a movement in the spirit. Let us make room for quality study  time and let's see  if our "Love life"will not 'extra-ordinaralise'.  Please study Romans 8:1-8
Good morning.
(Credit: Ralph O'Joe)

Combating Electoral Violence in Nigeria

Election is the mechanism through which citizens choose their representatives. Its centrality to democratic governance can therefore not be overemphasized. In contemporary times, the nexus between free, fair and credible elections and good governance is so strong that any attempt to subvert the process often invokes the wrath of the people.
It will be recalled that part of the political upheavals we are witnessing in North Africa, the Middle East and some Gulf States are traceable to the inability of the people to freely choose their leaders.
Electoral violence generally refers to violence that is directly or indirectly connected to protest against an election. Nigeria’s post independence history is replete with accounts of incidents of electoral violence.
The violence that took place during 1964-65 elections in the then Western Region (popularly referred to as the “wild, wild west”) which found expression in “operation wetie” is illustrative of the danger associated with electoral violence especially the one that culminated in the 1st Military intervention in Nigeria.

How to Combine Colors Professionally for your Clothing

The Basics:

A new color combination can add innovation to a seemingly dull wardrobe and can completely transform a look from winter to spring, spring to summer, and so on. Color theory is relevant to several aspects of style besides clothing as well.  For example, hair color, makeup choices, interior design, and more are all types of style and design that revolve around color choice.

While the color wheel may seem intimidating at first, it really is easy to use and super helpful for piecing together flattering and unlikely color combinations. To be great at anything, you first have to know the rules so you may test them and break them, if you so choose to, and the principals of the color wheel are no exception to this. The color wheel holds a lot of information and, quite frankly, more than I’m willing to discuss within the limits of this blog post. However, these basic elements of color theory are more than enough to get you by and help you understand color relationships.


1. Hue, Tint, Tone, & Shade.

Dear Ladies, Learn from one of your own

Someone shared this to me on facebook. So, Ladies what do you make of this video, if She were to be close to you at the moment, would you give her a compliment or hurl insult at her? Guys does this Ladies message massage your muscle? Y'all kip your comments flying in. Cheers

Read Buhari's speech Responding to journalists on the questions raised about his certificate

Good Morning, Gentlemen of the Press. I only consented to address you this morning because of the genuine concern expressed by many supporters and other well - meaning Nigerians that that the issue be addressed. Otherwise, I would have dismissed it for what it is - sheer mischief and would not have  ...considered it an issue worth the Nation's while.

 I had assumed all along that all my records were in the custody of the Military Secretary of the Nigerian Army. Much to my surprise we are now told that although a record of the result is available, there are no copies of the certificates in my personal file. This is why I formally requested my old school, the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina [Which is now known as Government College Katsina] to make available the school's copy of the result of the Cambridge/West African School Certificate. 

This will be made available to the Press the moment this is available.

 However, before we obtain that, let me say for the record that I attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. I graduated in 1961 with many prominent Nigerians, including General Shehu Yar'Adua, former chief of staff at the Supreme Headquarters, and Justice  Umaru Abdullahi, a former President of the Court of Appeal. We sat for the University of Cambridge/WASC Examination together in 1961, the year we graduated.
 My examination number was 8280002, and I passed the examination in the Second Division 15/ And although the ruling party may want to wish this away, the issue in this campaign cannot be my certificate which I obtained 53 years ago. 

The issues are the scandalous level of unemployment of millions of our young people, the state of insecurity, the pervasive official corruption which has impoverished our people and the lack of concern of the government of anything other than the retention of power at all costs. Thank you very much. General Muhammadu Buhari .

(Video credits: channels tv)

Buhari Certificate: Army Deny Possession Of WASC

BuhariThe Nigerian Army has stated its 
side of the story following an 
affidavit sworn by General Buhari 
that all his academic credentials are with the Secretary, Military Board.
This statement came as the saga surrounding the academic qualification of the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammed Buhari (Rtd), continues.
According to the Nigerian Army, besides other qualifications obtained by the General while in service, it was not in possession of his West African School Certificate.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, who said the army has been inundated with request for the General’s credentials, added that it was only in possession of a letter from the Principal of the Provincial Secondary School, Kastina, recommending Buhari as fit for military commissioning in 1960.
He said that the Army also have in its possessions Nigerian Army Form 199A where the General indicated after commissioning that he obtained credits in
 four subjects and a pass in another. However, it is not in possession of a certificate to prove same.
In the document passed around to journalists for sighting, the letter reads in
part; “I recommend him fit for military commissioning, I consider that he will
pass the WASC examination in English, Math and three other subjects.”

Lessons From the Ant

KING SOLOMON saw ants as models of wisdom; the Dogon people of west Africa believe they were the mothers of the first humans; they attained movie-star status in the 1998 films “Antz” and “A Bug's Life”. In this scientific yet accessible book, Laurent Keller, a professor of ecology at the University of Lausanne, and his co-writer, Elisabeth Gordon, shed light on how these extraordinarily complex creatures operate and what we can learn from them.
Over the past 150m years ants have evolved into around 13,000 species: 772 in America, 50 in Britain and 1,250 in Australia. Myrmecologists (ant specialists) are certain that thousands more are yet to be discovered. From tiny leptanilline ants that look like a dusting of pepper to Australia's 5cm (2-inch) bulldog ants, the weight of the Formicidae family is equal to that of the world's population of humans and accounts for 10% of the biomass of all the creatures on the planet. The global ant population is estimated at 10,000 trillion, greatly outnumbering any other sort of animal. And the density of ant colonies can be astronomical: a “super-colony” of redwood ants discovered in the 1970s on the coast of the Japanese island of Hokkaido had more than 300m worker ants, over 1m queens and covered an area of 2.5 square kilometres.
Mr Keller and Ms Gordon explain that the success of ants as a species lies in their sophisticated, strictly hierarchical social organisations. Ant colonies are founded on two main “castes” of ant: queens, whose sole function is reproduction, and their industrious, sterile, worker daughters. (The only use for males is to inseminate the queen; afterwards they are either driven out of the nest or killed.)
The secret behind such organised societies is communication through the use of around 20 pheromones, emitted by ants' secretory organs. These chemical signals are used, among other things, by queens to attract males; for marking territory; to alert nest-mates to danger; to lead other ants to a source of food; and to tell them which ants are dying and need removing from the colony.Colonies operate through organised co-operation and task-sharing. Ants work together to capture prey that is bigger than they are; they can call up extra workers when an abundant food source is discovered; they can defend a colony by repelling invaders. Weaver ants use silk squeezed from ant larvae to “glue” leaves together for nest building. Nursemaid ants look after eggs, larvae and pupae, moving them from place to place each day depending on the temperature. Ants of Switzerland's Jura region search out antibacterial spruce resin and distribute it within their nests to reduce the number of pathogens.
This pheromone-driven behaviour means that although single ants are not clever, collectively they are capable of complex tasks. Such “swarm intelligence” is of huge interest to scientists and has already led to practical applications. Unilever, for instance, has used a computer program based on swarm intelligence to organise movements between storage tanks, mixers and packing lines in one of its factories.
(Credits: economist.com)

Points to Note when Starting your own Business in Nigeria

Are you planning on Starting or owning your own business? Maybe you are tired of the wicked and unprofessional practices of some of our employers or you are among the many Nigerians who have combed everywhere in the nation searching for job that isn't really there? If starting up your own business is your alternative plan, its all fine but first, these are the basic things you must put in mind when starting a business in Nigeria:
The first step to starting a small business in Nigeria is to adequately prepare yourself. You may think this is not important but it can be the thin line between success and failure. Running a business on Nigerian is tough but highly rewarding; so to survive, you have to be tougher. Nigeria is a harsh terrain to operate in but since we are Nigerians; I believe we are well grounded to tackle the challenges on ground. Now how do you prepare yourself?
You can prepare yourself by attending a seminar on the chosen line of business you wish to venture in and getting all the necessary information about your chosen industry. You can also prepare yourself by accepting the reality that you can fail tomorrow; you prepare yourself by increasing your risk bearing capacity. And ultimately, you prepare yourself by making up your mind to succeed despite the odds and competition.

Why No Employer will invite you for Interviews

I've heard lots of job seekers complain about employers not inviting them for interviews & I find that rather funny. Some even go as far as being precise, giving out number of applications put out in comparison to the number of interview invites they have received. 

The fact that Nigeria is saddled with the burden of unemployment despite it's imploding population does not mean you cannot get yourself a job if truly you're doing it the right way. Now imagine a graduate who applied for different jobs all through a whole year with just a single CV. Awkward, isn't it? Or imagine a job seeker seeking for different job positions with a common CV. Ridiculous, I must say.

It's only a fool that expects different results while maintaining same input. Applying for jobs all through a year and not getting at least one invite clearly shows there is a problem somewhere, most times, the CV is the problem.

Now, take your time to read throught the list of tips on how to prepare a good CV and you may also find tons of possible reasons you don't get interview invites:

A CV is the most flexible and convenient way to make applications. It conveys your personal details in the way that presents you in the best possible light. A CV is a marketing document in which you are marketing something: yourself! You need to "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers. It can be used to make multiple applications to employers in a specific career area. For this reason, many large graduate recruiters will not accept CVs and instead use their own application form.