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Voice of Emancipation: Western Conspiracy Against Africa

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By Kayode Emola

Most countries throughout the world pride themselves on their independence and endeavour to assert it in a variety of ways. Therefore, Western countries frown upon it very seriously when a rival country tries to manipulate the outcome of their elections. However, when the same occurs amongst African nations, no one cares and Africa is meant to just suck it up and move on.

Consider the furore when Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of America amidst the speculation about Russian involvement in his ascendency to the position. Yet the West do not cry foul when there is interference in the elections in Africa or other less economically developed countries – indeed, they are often the perpetrators of such election interference. Why is it not standard international practice to condemn Western countries of hypocrisy when they try to manipulate elections, whether in Africa or anywhere else around the world?

Early last year, I was informed of a plan by Washington to install an Igbo man as President of Nigeria in 2023. The Biafran separatists were seen as the major drivers for the dissolution of Nigeria, and therefore the greatest threat to the country’s continued existence, and so it was thought this move would help stall the Biafran agitation. At the time, there was no particular candidate obviously apparent, but it would appear that the West when they desire something, focuses all their resources on attaining it.

Not long after that encounter, we saw Peter Obi visiting the former UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, at 10 Downing Street. Lo and behold, Peter Obi is now being touted as the messiah sent from heaven to cleanse the Nigerian system of corruption. I wonder how gullible my people must be to believe that Peter Obi rose up from nowhere to be a frontrunner in the forthcoming Nigeria Presidential election without any outside assistance.

We would do well to remember how Buhari promised heaven and earth during his presidential campaign; and also, the part that President Obama played in ensuring his victory. Today, we have only ourselves to blame for being fooled again into voting for Buhari. If anyone thinks that we, the people, are the ones determining who will become leaders in Africa, especially in Nigeria, then they ought to get their brains examined. The West is not yet ready to relinquish control of Africa; the cycle of slavery and colonialism which started nearly 500 years ago is still very much alive and thriving in this 21st century.

That being said, whether Peter Obi wins or not will be answered in a matter of weeks. But we must not let speculation about the likelihood of his victory to distract us from the real issue: that over 133 million Nigerians live in abject poverty and their voices matter. I do not perceive that the result of this election will fulfill the wishes of the people. Equally, it cannot be promised that the unsuccessful candidates will not embark on endless litigation against the winner, whoever that may be.

With Nigeria more polarised than at any other time in history, there is every possibility that this election will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Nigeria has failed to define its identity beyond the colonial framework created by Britain, which has been catastrophic across all sections of the economy. Without settling the question of identity, how can we think that we can proceed to a national election without national consensus? You cannot have a diverse range of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and pretend that they are all one people. Whatever each individual tribe desires, they are not getting it from Nigeria at present; and, if care is not taken, this is definitely going to tear the country apart.

The fact that we have contenders from each of the three main tribes – Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa/Fulani – contesting for the presidency shows that we have returned to the 1950s once again. Back then, the politicians tried to outdo one another, and the end result was terrible for everyone. Now, more than 60 years later, history is about to repeat itself. If only people could see, the writing is on the wall to say that the time is up for Nigeria and the West. Nothing works in Nigeria for the general population; and the longer the politicians and their international conspirators continue to force Nigeria to be one nation, the more innocent lives they will destroy.

We have reached a critical point in the journey to nationhood. No matter who becomes president, they cannot embody all the different ethnicities to unite them into one nation called Nigeria. There have been many calls for federation, restructuring, regionalism, rotational presidency and so on. However, the fact remains that Nigeria is not working, cannot work, and no amount of palliative measures or sticking plasters can heal the deep wounds inflicted on this poor country for over 60 years.

Nigeria is supposed to be the shining light of Africa, yet has now become a country reliant on aid from smaller African nations just to survive. I remember when our currency used to be ten times stronger than that of the Republic of Benin, but today the CFA is much stronger and more stable than the naira. The Western conspiracy against Africa, which ensures no true nationalist can rise up to save their country or continent, appears to have affected Nigeria more than any other country in Africa.

For those going out to vote in the February 2023 elections, I offer you this sad caution:
Your votes do not determine who becomes the president, governor, senators – or any other elected official, for that matter. Your vote is an exercise in futility, meant to massage your ego with the illusion that you at least have a choice in who oppresses you. In reality, those who decide who will rule you live thousands of miles away, and they are making sure that you get leaders who will primarily serve their interests, not those of you, the electorates.

Just this week, the Labour Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, visited Chatham House in London, with the aim of selling his candidacy to his UK paymasters and the gullible diasporans. Sky News, BBC, and several other media houses were present at the event, taking time to speak with Obi, to the amazement of his fans and admirers. Many people seeing his rise in opinion polls think that it is due to his credibility as a candidate. They do not know that his international backers are working hard behind the scenes to manipulate Nigerians into electing an Igbo man as president.

There is no doubt that Peter Obi, as a citizen of Nigeria, has every right to run for the presidency. What is less apparent is why the international media has only just caught up with the fact that a country like Nigeria exists. Yoruba and Biafra have been clamouring for our own independent nations for some time, and our campaigns are well known to these media houses, yet on this subject they decided to keep mute. So why are they now reporting on Nigeria’s election as if it is the panacea that will solve all the people’s problems, rather than listening to and reporting on what the people themselves are saying they need?

It is undeniable and inescapable that Nigeria is living on borrowed time; and everyone in the world knows it. Buhari has less than five months before his tenure expires, whereupon he will be condemned to the dustbin of history. The wishes of the people will eventually prevail and the indigenous people will rule themselves once again as free men/women.

I do not see how any outcome of the 2023 election can avoid exacerbating ethnic tensions. Should a Yoruba man win the Presidency, the Igbo will resume their clamour for Biafra, and the Fulani will feel short-changed. If an Igbo man wins, those of the Yoruba people not currently supporting the call for independence will become advocates of separation. Worst of all, if a Fulani man were to win the Presidency, then even the Southern Governors and politicians will feel cheated and seek to withdraw from Nigeria. Whichever case is the outcome, this election is nothing short of a calamity in waiting.

For those of us actively campaigning for Yoruba nation, I want to encourage you that our efforts are not in vain. Let’s hold our peace and see how our God wants to fight for us. We have done all we can to reach this point and will continue to do so, edging us ever closer to the finish line. I exhort you especially now not to give up, as our victory is in sight. It is only when we receive our new nation that our struggle to emancipate our people will be finally complete. Until then, we will not cease to stand up and speak out until the world hears us.

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Voice of Emancipation: Hiding in Plain Sight

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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

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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

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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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