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Voice of Emancipation: The Change We Desire



By Kayode Emola

“The only constant thing in life is change itself and with change comes either growth or loss.” I am sure many of us would have heard that phrase a million times or more by now, and one way or another change will mean something to us. As a people whose future is in disarray, we crave change: not just change for the sake of change but change for the better. As a child we always heard the mantra that Nigeria’s progress can be best described as one step forward and two steps backward. In the present day, it seems hard to see any forward steps taken by our society, yet there are indisputably many steps backward, nonetheless.

With so many backward steps in our development over the last six decades, it is not surprising that our economy has entered a deplorable state that has left many of our people vulnerable. Our vulnerability has been exploited by politicians of all shades and colours, offering us what appear to be policies that will bring about positive change, only for us to discover that their promises are not worth the paper they have been written on. However, I write to exhort you that we must not lose hope that one day the change we desire will come. We must now to redouble our efforts in bringing about this change, for it will not come out of politicians’ empty promises, but from the collective hard work of we ourselves as a society.

I have looked critically at our society, wondering why we are the way we are. What has led us to become the poverty capital of the world and the most terrorized nation in Africa? There is no denying the fact that our complacency as a people has led us to where we are. We are afraid to ask simple questions when we do not understand a matter. This attitude has led us to sweep so many pressing issues under the carpet, which has ultimately been to our detriment. We have failed as a people to evaluate the critical and most important factor that has led to our misery which is our earning capacity. If this is the overriding factor leading to our wretchedness, I believe we need to rigorously assess this common denominator.

In Nigeria today, the minimum wage is ₦30,000 per calendar month, equivalent to about $75pcm. Yet as meagre as this amount is, tens of millions of people do not even earn this much. When these two figures are compared side by side, when we look at what this sum can buy, we can see that there is no way we can run a viable country or economy on such pittance. In comparison, the minimum wage in the UK is £8.91 per hour: equivalent to about $95 for an average working day. It does not take a great leap of faith to imagine that the pitiful amount earned by the average worker in Nigeria is the main driver of corruption in this country. As people are driven to engage in many illicit operations just to make ends meet. Such practices employed to augment their income include kickbacks, bribery, in fact any practice to boost that income whether legitimately or illegitimately.

We must all realise that it is entirely possible to build a sensible environment where everyone can thrive and earn a decent living wage. It merely requires that we restructure our minds, moving away from our current mental paradigms, and begin to build a system capable of taking us out of our present conundrum. When I look at the way Nigeria has been organised, I do not believe it is capable of building that system. There is currently no framework for equitable distribution of talent, and neither our past nor present rulers have done enough to build that viable framework. With this in mind, we have to ask: can we, as the Yoruba people, ever truly get the change we desire whilst we remain in Nigeria?

Consider this: the last time a population census was conducted in Nigeria was in 2006, and that census itself was questionable in so many aspects. Therefore, we must look to other sources to give us an acceptable population estimate. These sources give us an estimated population for Nigeria of around 210 million people. Of these, the Yoruba people in southwest Nigeria, Kogi & Kwara States comprise around 50 million people. If Delta and Edo States were to join with the Yoruba nation to form one republic, the combined population will be around 60 million. This would be close to on par with the population of UK, estimated to be around 68 million people.

My personal calculations suggest that in order to construct any meaningful and lasting change, a change that would put our people in control of their own destiny, the income of the average person would need to be at least $1,000 monthly. This would ensure our people are able to provide for themselves and pilot the affairs of their own lives, without having to resort to the vices that have contributed to destroying Nigeria. I envisage that this should be achievable within the first five years of Yoruba land becoming an independent Nation. However, this will remain a dream rather than reality, unless the real work needed to deliver this outcome is done.

The first step in putting this action to bear, I believe, should be to systematically explain to our people how this great feat can be achieved. Especially for those of us who have been lucky enough to live outside the shores of Nigeria, we can see how more advanced countries have structured their economies so as to give them competitive advantage, giving their people the economic power that they need to rule the world. Permit me to use one sector of the economy for illustrative purposes to drive home my point, then hopefully this illustration can be duplicated in other sectors, thereby building a robust economy.

I have chosen to use the transport sector as an example of what is required, though this is not to say that the transport sector alone will be able to buttress a sound economy. If we have a viable internet system, many of the services we require can be completed online. This, coupled with a reliable postal service, can ensure that people can receive their bank cards, driving licence, international passport etc without having to queue in the bank or offices of all these government parastatals. How many hours are wasted waiting in the forecourt of, for example, the passport office? These hours could instead be used by people to focus their energies toward being productive at their jobs, and so grow the economy.

If we now consider the vehicular transportation system: in the year 2020 there are about 30.8 million cars registered in the UK. There is no reliable comparator figure as to the number of cars registered in Nigeria for that same period, nor for the Yoruba land area. So let us take a rough estimate of around 30 million cars registered in Yoruba land. We know that these car owners pay for the registration of their cars annually, each paying around ₦25,000 equivalent to about $60. $60 multiplied by 30 million vehicle users totals $1.8bn. This would then enable us to have between one and three vehicle and licencing authorities processing documentations, with the majority of the applications being completed online. The public may rest assured that their documents will arrive safely and securely through the post, instead of having to queue up in an office waiting to bribe a middleman to help them obtain said items.

If the licencing authority were to 10,000 staff to process all these documents and pay them $1,000 each per calendar month, in a year that would only amount to a total wage bill of $120 million out of the $1.8bn revenue generated by the sector. The remainder of this ($1.68bn) can be ring-fenced for the building of good roads that will last for decades without requiring large sums to be spent on repairs. With the tax paid by the workers on their wages, the government can then deploy these funds into the other services required by a functioning society.

This is just one example from one sector of the multitude of services that comprise our infrastructure and economy. Were this example to be replicated across all sectors, it is not difficult to see that we could form not only a viable and vibrant economy, but also a society that creates an exemplary standard of living for its citizens. No longer would we have to tolerate a broken infrastructure, especially roads that double as roller coasters with potholes the size of small lakes. The requirement to “grease the palm” of a middleman to execute basic functions of daily living, or a lack of basic amenities, financial stability and human dignity will automatically stop. We could build the society we desire, the country we desire and ultimately the change we desire, but that change must start with us. We need to become the change we desire.

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Voice of Emancipation: Hiding in Plain Sight




By Kayode Emola

What is happening to the Yoruba Nation Struggle? Is sovereignty still an attainable possibility? These questions and many more are on the lips of enthusiastic Yoruba begging for answers whilst awaiting the birth of their new nation. Rightly so, given that many of us in the trenches promised that there would be no 2023 election in Nigeria, as we would have already left the country. Alas, it is less than a month before the 2023 general election is scheduled; only a miracle will be able to thwart the election now.

How did we get it wrong? Why haven’t we got out of Nigeria by now? I don’t think this is the appropriate time to start apportioning blame. However, I do believe that if we don’t learn from the mistakes of the past, then we are bound to repeat them again and again. We must be mindful that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Therefore, those hell-bent on causing schisms amongst the advocates of independence are not only impairing their work, they risk jeopardising the entire struggle if care is not taken.

The solution to the Yoruba question is hiding in plain sight, yet it is so simple that only a few can decipher it or see how to implement it. Rather than focusing on the practical steps to get us out of Nigeria, some people are now being cajoled by meaningless slogans. Consider the claims of the Ominira Yoruba 2022 team, that if 5 million people signed a petition in support of independence, Yoruba would be able to exit Nigeria and nothing could stop it. The petition surpassed its five million target and yet nothing happened.

So Ominira Yoruba 2022 announced that they would make a declaration of independence and this would be the catalyst that would bring us our own nation. Yet no plan was put in place on how this was to be implemented aside from flippant announcements on Facebook and other social media outlets. When this failed to materialise Yoruba Nation, they then came out with Reclamation, and following its fruitlessness, then Occupation. The truth is that, no matter how catchy a slogan we produce, if we don’t have a concrete plan on how to get Yoruba out of Nigeria, we will continue on this trajectory of big grammar inside empty cannon.

The first step in achieving anything in life is to ask if anybody in the world has done the same thing already. If so, you can learn from them and apply their methods to your situation. If there are none, then by all means go ahead and invent the wheel, do some trial and error and work out a strategy to get you to the finish line. However, in this situation, there are many countries whose precedents we can learn from, including Norway/Sweden, South Sudan/Sudan, Czechoslovakia and finally, former Yugoslavia etc.

Whilst some of these countries exited peacefully, some had extremely violent departures. However, the key element was that they were determined to exercise their right to self-determination. The unifying feature that they all shared was that they all declared their independence from the larger, and dared to face the consequences. For some countries like South Sudan leaving Sudan it led to a long and bitter civil war; in contrast, when Norway left Sweden, the latter accepted the declaration of the former and they parted peacefully.

If the only option that allows for every indigenous nationality to exit Nigeria is through the declaration of independence, then the simplest and most logical route would have been to bring everyone together in consultation. In this scenario, any declaration of independence by one indigenous nation in Nigeria could be followed immediately by simultaneous declaration from other regions. This would dissuade the Nigerian government from attempting to take a stand against these nations or starting a war that they could not possibly sustain.

In light of this, what should we now do? We need to organise ourselves into formations, working towards the greater good. Those in the diplomatic circles need to intensify their diplomatic outreach to those countries around the world that will be sympathetic to indigenes’ independence. Whilst those in humanitarian circles need to embark on massive campaigns with humanitarian agencies, explaining the reasons why Nigeria must be dissolved

If we all come together with this resolve, then Nigeria would have no option but to let us go because we would have the support of our people and the international communities. Undoubtedly, we will not achieve unanimous acceptance from every country, or even across own our people; but those who do believe in the cause must press on until victory is achieved.

Therefore, my advice to those still being deceived by slogans and jamboree is this: open your eyes and see that, unless we do the work, no amount of camouflage or deceit can bring us out. We need to be ready to be open-minded, to put in the effort required to achieve success. Yoruba nation *will* come, but not by lies of ¬_”a tí gbá”_ (“we have collected it”) or “God has done it”.

Even if God has said Yes, if we fail to put in the necessary work, we will remain on this mountain for a very long time. The year of 2023 still has a long way to go: we can work towards something meaningful, or we can continue to deceive ourselves that Yoruba nation will be served to us on a platter of gold with no effort on our own part. A word is enough for the wise.

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Adding Value: The Power of Imagination




Dear Destiny Friends,

Success and failure start from the mind. The human mind is like a rubber, the more you stretch it, the more it expands. The human mind is the brain, if you don’t use it, it won’t work. We all have the power to change the course of our life without allowing us to be victims. This is because the greatest power God gave us at creation is freedom and choice. Just like you have the power to think positive thoughts, you also have the power to think negative thoughts. It should be noted that whatever you focus on expands.

It’s quite unfortunate that many of us don’t know how we can use our mind to attract opportunities, if properly stretched. For the human mind to work at optimal capacity, it must be capable of using the power of imagination. According to Napoleon Hill, “whatsoever the mind can conceive, believe, it can achieve it. The right question we should ask ourselves is if we are using the power of our imagination.

Imagination takes several forms. The human mind can be artistic in nature, it can be creative, and it can also be challenging. The mind will only work on how you program it. If you program your mind to think like a leader, it will be activated, if you program the mind to overcome challenges it will be activated, if you program the mind to either think positive or negative thoughts, it produces the desired fruits for you.

You may be wondering where the power of imagination comes from? The power of imagination starts from the mind. To understand how the mind works, you have to look at the brain. The neocortex and thalamus are responsible for controlling the brain’s imagination, along with many of the brain’s other functions such as consciousness and abstract thought.

One may ask, is imagination the same thing as intelligence?  One can imagine something, but don’t take proactive steps to implement it, but the man who takes actionable steps can be regarded as an intelligent man because he got the inspiration and knows what to do. According to Albert Einstein, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”. This is a fact because the true intelligence level of an individual is not dependent on the facts a person knows but on how he applies them creatively to solve problems in the world.  Albert Einstein further stated that “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

The power of imagination cannot be overemphasized. One of the distinguishing traits between wealthy men and the poor men is their mindset. A big difference between a rich mind and poor mind lies in how they process information. While rich and wealthy minds have a positive and growth mindset, poor men have a negative and fixed mindset. While the growth mindset sees problems as opportunities to make impact by solving them, fixed minds see problems as obstacles to making impact. While rich and wealthy minds spend money to invest, poor minds spend money to impress. While rich and wealthy people spend after saving, poverty-stricken minds save from the remnant of their expenses.

This power of imagination works in different ways. Sometimes, it comes like a vision, a revelation. inspiration or even feelings. This imagination can be something you would like to change, or a cause you would like to work on. When you get this prompting, the best thing you can do is commit it to prayer and believe in it especially if it’s a revelation or vision you have been shown. It might look so big and impossible to attain. Whenever you feel this way, just know that you must activate your growth mindset.

Wealth creation starts from the mind. If you want to be successful in any craft, you must envision it in your mind. Most of the great people if not all the great people we celebrate in the world utilized the power of imagination to create a product. If you want to be rich or start a business, you need to take the bold step, if not, you’ll remain where you are.

Nobody can stop a person whose time has come. Nobody can stop you; you are the only one who can stop yourself if you doubt yourself or tell your dreams, vision, or ideas to the wrong person. The wrong person in this case can be your parents, friends, mentors or even your spiritual leader. Don’t get me wrong, these people may not be bad people, they may not understand the calling or vision you had. They may not even see you as the person capable of doing it because you don’t look it. They may be speaking from their experience which may not be your reality. Let me tell you, if God wants somebody else to get the revelation or inspiration, he will put the imagination in their mind. Just to encourage you, God does not call the qualified, he calls the unqualified and then qualifies you.

In conclusion, the power of imagination is a very powerful and creative tool a progressive mind can use to excel in life if properly activated. This is because nobody knows you more than you know yourself.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He’s a Human Capacity & mindset coach. He’s also a public speaker, youth advocate and creative writer. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success

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Be Empowered to Remain in Power




By Tolulope A. Adegoke

“When you “become” what money loves, you naturally command the attention of monies. Ask yourself, what does money love? Money cherishes VALUES! When you stop becoming valuable, what “values” attracts would stop coming to you! You simply fit into what soothes your actions, and into what your consistent attitudes deserve! So, you must keep “becoming” for what you desire or deserve to keep chasing after you! To “become” in this context means to “MANifest”! Chase excellence, and success would chase you pants down! Accept yourself in order to understand your being, so as to carve a soothing niche for a better version of “you” which you desire or deserve to become. Any other “you” in circulation is a counterfeit! Square up your shoulders and tell yourself “I deserve to succeed and God helping me, I will.” Remember, the sky is never your limit, God is!”Tolulope A. Adegoke, PhD., MNIM, FIMC, CMC, CMS

 Commitment has been described as dedication, steadfastness, allegiance, faithfulness or loyalty to a course, and individual, group or a supreme being. It is about giving one’s self to a course with success as the only option. Commitment binds you irrevocably to a course you believe in until success comes. It is not the same as mere involvement, but dedication to seeing a course(s) completed or fulfilled to cause an effect or impact either within one’s self, others, corporates and the world at large.

The world is filled with peoples. Anybody can be involved. Being involved in an activity that involves other people does not make you part of a team. As a matter of fact, it only takes a number of people involved in working together to have a group. You must understand that a group is absolutely not a “team”. The difference? In a group, people are involved in activity(s). In a Team, people are committed to a process and a goal. The difference between commitment and involvement is known by the difference in the “omelette and “corned beef”. In the making of omelets, the chicken is involved, in the corned beef, the cow is committed!

Commitment is the secret to the success of the postage stamp. To get the letter to its destination, it must first commit to the envelope. After that, the rest is a matter of time. A train gets to its destination because of its commitment to the rails.

Commitment operates in five major levels which would be expatiated below:

  1. Commitment to God (The Creator that gives to all that gives and receives)
  2. Commitment to a Course for a Cause

iii.              Commitment to Process

  1. Commitment to People
  2. Commitment to yourself

Commitment to God

Those who have discovered themselves in God have no problem committing to Him. Those who sideline God in success ventures will find out soon enough that it is the pathway to “frustration” and an insignificant “death”.

Commitment to a Course for a Cause

You must always remember that, you were never created to simply pursue wealth and all trappings of the worldly successes. After all your bills are paid, and you have a spill-over, what next? Highly successful and effective people, first of all, find a higher course for a greater cause for which they were willing to lay down their lives if need be, then throw themselves wholly into it. The principle is that, if death does not scare you, the possibility of failure cannot! As the Bible rightly said, “those who keep their lives lose it, while those who lose it, find it!” The other name for it is significance or relevance. Make money in order to enhance your platform(s) for significance or irrefutable relevance. At a recent time, Bill Gate has committed time and resources to finding solutions to the scourge of HIV/AIDS and poverty eradication in Third World countries. What he did caught the attention of Warren Buffet (who wasn’t reputable for charity), the World’s Second richest man at that time. This made him donate the sum of $37billion (US Dollars) to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When asked why, he answered, “Because they know how best to give it away better and faster than I can.”

Commitment to a Process

Everything in life evolves. The only tree that grew to full stature in one day died the same day! Ask Prophet Jonah in the Bible. If you cannot commit to a process, you will forfeit the promise.

To master your skill in life, there is always a process of apprenticeship. Permit yourself to fail…but don’t remain a failure. The Olympic medalist who won the 100-metre dash in less than 10 seconds was only celebrated for what he had invested years of consistency and hours of practice to.

Tiger Woods had played golf as a child and he had always nurtured a vision to win every championship in golf. So he started to work towards that, easily.

The father (being a good Lawn Tennis Player) of Serena and Venus Williams (The World Lawn Tennis Champions) had coached them to always win since they were very young.

What the world celebrate today in these people is actually the process they had committed too long before they started winning laurels.

Commit to Yourself

Budget for self-development. Your greatest investment is the one you make on your personal development. When you are right, everything around you will be right!

Things don’t happen because you chase them to happen, rather they happen become you have become a center of attraction that commands the necessary attention. For instance, when you “become” what money loves, you naturally command the attention of monies. Ask yourself, what does money love? Money cherishes VALUES! When you stop becoming valuable, what “values” attracts would stop coming to you! You simply fit into what soothes your actions, and into what your consistent attitudes deserve! So, you must keep “becoming” for what you desire or deserve to keep chasing after you! To “become” in this context means to MANifest! Chase excellence and success would chase you, pants down! Accept yourself in order to understand your being, so as to carve a soothing niche for a better version of “you” which you desire or deserve to become. Any other “you” in circulation is a counterfeit! Square up your shoulders and tell yourself “I deserve to succeed and God helping me, I will.” Remember, the sky is never your limit, God is!”

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