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Christian Faith_Which Bible?

I came across a post by a ministry today, where the church made bold to say that the Bible must be in the book form, and cannot be on a mobile device, that Christians should stop taking their mobile devices to their church (see attached picture); and something rose up within me – righteous indignation at the puerile teaching.

I humbly make bold to say that this teaching is NOT scriptural! There is NO WHERE in scripture where a form in which the word of God is permissible is recorded. Therefore, any other interpretation is the mind of man! And I am very careful of the warning in Revelation 22:19.

My question for all who hold similar views that what is acceptable in church is a Bible in the common written form is this – the Bible as we know it, what was it’s original form? Parchment! Not the written bound form as we know it now, but in separate writings scattered hither and thither!!!

So, imagine if those who read parchments then now contend that what is now written of paper in one bound volume is not the Word of God? It will souls ridiculous to you too, would it not?

Again, I most HUMBLY DISAGREE with the proponents against the Word of God in electronic form. Why?

The WORD of God has life of its own! It does not have to be in the form that some men approve of!

I use Bible Apps on my Laptop, iPad and iPhone and I still get ministrations of the Holy Spirit! Miracles of His promises still follow me, thank you very much!

This teaching that a mobile device is not the word of God IS NOT BIBLICAL, please! Reference? Read Acts 8:26-39! That Ethiopian Eunuch, from what was he reading the prophet Isaiah? Surely not from the current form of Bible! And notice the miracle that followed in verses 35-38? Please, any form of the Word is good enough for the ministration of the Holy Spirit!

©️ Adewale Adeniji. 25th August 2019.

Baying for Blood. (Street Conversation)

 

Tiff! Tiff!! Tiff o!!!

Catch am, hold am!

Wey tyre, wey petrol?

Burn am, burn am o!

If he escape, pen ren..

Na you we go hold join o!

 

 

I don tiff, biko forgive me o!

Na hunger waya my pickin dem.

I no be tiff before o,

Na loss I loss my job

Plenty mouth to feed

I dey sorry, na the bread be this…

 

 

You be tiff, tiff must kpeme o.

Knock that him head, barawo!

Wey the tyre na? I say, wey petrol?

I say he must kpeme! Kpeme!!!

Who you wey day drag this man?

You wan make we kee you join? 

 

 

But oga, him don confess na.

Him don drop the bread for ground.

Even bread seller don carry her market go.

Temper justice with mercy nah!

I say leave am . You wan kill person?

The man don confess, apologize join!

 

 

He must die o, me wey hungry catch before

I tiff? I no tiff, why him no fit find work?

Na dem dem be that, fine boy wey day tiff.

Na die for him today. 

I go kill am, I go stay for police.

Useless tiff, wey dey dress fine.  

 

 

Oga! Wetin we carry, wetin you throw?

You know am before? 

Him don wunjure you before?

You say him tiff, he don drop the bread.

He don beg una? Na wetin?

Na him kill ya dream?

 

 

Abeg, clear comot for road.

Pot dem wey day call kettle black.

Kill am now, commit murder.

Knive wey don cut ya finger,

You wan throway am.

Osisco. 

©️Adewale Adeniji. 3rd July 2019.

Our Nation_Ponder This Series_Corruption. Everyone Is A Victim.

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Corruption. A lot rail against it, some defend it, many condone it. But it really affects all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not; whether we see the effects immediately or not. Regardless of our social standing, without prejudice to our clout or influence, corruption is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. (Permit the cliche)

Let’s take tax evasion, for example, which is a form of corruption. Those who pay a fair share, whether they want to or not are most likely to be those who work in the formal sectors of the economy, those whose income can be tracked. For many in the category, their tax is deducted at source. For some others, they are compelled, by reason of trade or professional requirement to pay. In some cases those in this category do not pay the total tax they ought to. What they pay is “guesstimated” (a corruption {sorry now!} of “guess” and “estimated”!)

More difficulty comes with the high-end earners in the informal sector, the business or professional categories. Without mincing words, observance for many in these categories is more in breach than compliance. There are several legitimate and less-so legitimate ways of not paying their fair share, or at all!

So, how does it affect everyone? For the folk that pay their fare share, with or without compulsion, they are affected in the schools, hospitals that ought to have been built and equipped; in the roads that ought to have been constructed and/or properly maintained; in the social safety provisions that ought to have been designed and funded. But are not!

For many in this tax paying category, because of corruption of paying or avoiding due tax revenue by others, they now have to pay premium for basic education; they get mis-diagnosis for treatable ailments or ailments that if caught on time should not be terminal, and even when diagnosed, they go through hell and back to afford palliative medication that keeps them coming back for more ineffectual treatment; they risk limb and life on roads that are not safe for human passage; they are left bereft of succor when they have financial emergencies! And they repeat this cycle, day after day, year after year, until some die prematurely in middle age! A form of constructive homicide tax defaulters ought to be charged with, if you ask me! 

For the upper class, those who have perfected the art of gaming the system, they live in constant fear of their lives because the gulf between their status (sustained by the way with the full taxes paid by others) and the generality of others. They virtually live in prison, behind high walls, they hoard the protection of policemen who should ordinarily keep the peace among generality of the citizenry. When they do fall sick, they travel abroad to pay premium because their dishonesty has denied their immediate environment funds to build, equip and run first class health institutions. They pay premium for vehicles that can ply the failed roads, and pay higher premium to avoid plying those roads by investing in helicopters. One can on and on!

If only everyone pays his/her fair share of tax! Then maybe, just maybe, all will not lose out.

Then there is the issue of embezzlement, brazen or subtle, the popular form of corruption known to all. It is now known that the crudest way to become ‘financially independent’ is to hold government office, or be a beneficiary of government largesse. No, not for provision or delivery of service, but for what you can get out of gaming the system, deliberately broken. This malaise is not political party, gender or faith specific, so no one should come here to beat any chest! It is pervasive, among public office holders, and sadly even in the private sector, and their hangers-on. 

Yes, everybody loses in the end. 

Where public services are deliberately compromised to feed corruption – the roads that are budgeted for but not constructed or maintained, the hospitals that are stocked with fake medications , or no medication at all despite budgetary provisions for them, the public transport system deliberated compromised so that more funds can be allocated for repairs and purchases that are never done etc.; everyone suffer the telling effect. Those who perpetrate these dastardly acts, and those who see and turn the other eye, hoping for a time when “my turn/the turn of my person, will come”, or when for primordial/parochial sentiments, condone or defend such acts!

Maybe time has come for a PERSONAL conversation with ourselves? Would we want our lives run the way we have allowed our governments, and public enterprises’ to be run? Would we wish that our children, born and unborn, continue to suffer for our collective amnesia? Oh, yes people can emigrate, but how many can do so? Even for those who emigrate, would you rather have access to a little of a whole, or a whole of a whole? 

Each person to his corner, to her tent, meditate. How have I been part of the problem? What can I do, in my little corner to begin to reverse (note I am not saying change, for that is a long, long way down the road) the trend? 

It will be a long, hard grind; but as they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with just a step! And please this is not a political piece! 

Ponder this, dear reader.

©Adewale Adeniji. 3rd December 2018.

Poem_Chessy Chalkers

CHALK AND CHEESE-ILLUSTRATION

Marabouts at fork-roads
Fetching fetish feasts;
Curves unseen divining,
base minds emboldening.
Foretelling fortunes fortuitously,
plying Russian Roulettes you
Boogie Greenback diviners.

Know ye not that these
twain of a truth tussles?
Chalks and Cheeses.
Thou however thread both
together, with long ropes
of perfidious puns; parlayed
for gains so gross it choked.

Straight faced, your lot
promised a predator
keys to a nursery, when
you knew better; yet to line
thy wallets, you cared less.

How long captivated would
thy mind be manipulated,
you slaves of ambition,
worshipper on greed’s altar?
Mangled minded moguls too,
unhinged by base desires,
thou took these prophesies to heart,
parsing these divining assurance
these contrived courses of crass
as proof of assured occurrence!

But He laughs in derision, He
who knows tomorrow from yesterday
because His principles always
put cheese and chalk asunder.
Finito!!!

© Adewale Adeniji. October 2018.

Our Nation_Dino’s Hullaballoo.

 

I have watched in amazement the manifold reactions to Senator Dino Melaye’s theatrics, past and present.
 
If some are to be believed, the Senator for Kogi West is just being himself – down to earth and truthful, a ‘defender of correct ethos in our body polity’ (as some folk put it!). Some others would argue that he is exactly what the nation can ill-afford at this time of serious crises: a vapid, attention seeking, vain-glorious side kick. (No space to discuss on the “many trials” of his main kick here)
 
Say what you will about the guy, he is what he is, body, soul and spirit. And he has never hidden that fact!
 
Senator Dino is not new to our public space, for good or ill. That he is ‘colorful’ is not new. That he walks in, and rides in rarified circles is also well known! Also not new are his controversies. I remember a love-child saga with a prominent actress, I remember a torn-vest incident in the House of Representatives, I remember… I remember …, to mention a few. So, we are so jobless that we now spend valuable time discussing his academic credentials, or the lack of them? *sighs*
 
So, why the sudden hullaballoo about Dino and his myriad of issues? Elections 2019, simple! For himself, his main kick, and their ilk! Simple, but shocking that many do not see it in that light. On whose side would he and his rabble rousers be? Would their collective scheming not throw ‘sand, sand’ into other people’s garri*?
 
Now, if you locate the cacophony that has trailed Dino recently in the above premise, you get this simple fact: THE STATE OF OUR NATION’S POLITICS CANNOT BUT SPEW UP CHARACTERS LIKE DINO, AND MANY MORE LIKE HIM! Why? Because they represent the sum total of who we are as a people, don’t they?
 
And the humbling thing is that many make it seem as if WE ARE HELPLESS IN THE FACE OF THIS REALITY. But we are really not! That is the silver lining.
 
Before we see what we can do, I need EVERYONE OF US (critics and fans of Dino alike) TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR! Let us ask ourselves these following questions:
 
(1) How in Iroko’s name was this Senator the best nominee his party could field for the 2015 NASS election?
 
(2) Are we (take this seriously, please) any different IN CONTENT than this guy – in our own lives, private or public. Note, I did not say in form, but in content? We may not be verbose or melodramatic as he is; but are we truly different, Am I truly different?
 
Truthful answers to the above questions might make you conclude as I did a long time ago – THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO POINT IN HARANGUING DINO or his ilk. They represent the best and worst in most Nigerian!
 
But what we can do? The only solution I can see right now lies in wisely exercising your franchise the next opportunity you get, shorn of primordial tendencies like ‘na my person; make him do am’*. Dino has happened, and as is wont in more developed democratic climes, the best way is look forward. The damage has been done!
 
Le jo ba ku s’Ake*!
 
*Garri – Cassava derived flakes. A Nigerian staple food.
*Le jo ba ku s’Ake – An Egba aphorism that translates, ‘Nothing else to say’. Are was the seat of authority of the Egba Native Authority, and often cases were compromised there!
*Na my person, make him do am – Nepotism.
© Adewale Adeniji, March 2017.

Solitude

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Quietness of mind.

Cocooned, surreal state.

Fertile arena for ideas to float.

Doors shut against every rabble,

all noise-some pests.

Wondrous state to ponder anew,

plethora of potential possibilities.

Noiseless lonesomeness soothes

and nourishes my cranium occupant.

Medulla oblongata thanks you!

Reason refreshed on solitude’s

altar; matched only by silence itself.

Otiose state, abandoned in seclusion.

What heaven!!!

 

 

Yes, I love my own company.

This sequestration of my mind,

in my space, at my pretty pace,

for my peace. Soothing is the

privacy this isolation brings.

No, you are not welcome

to my state of incognito.

Better to remain faceless

in facing my issues; confronting

them fiends of progress, retooling

my smarts, recharging my batteries.

Oh, how I long to be festooned,

moored on these shores,

permanently!!!

© 20th January 2017. Adewale Adeniji

Wisdom Nuggets 101_Digital Disruption.

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Business is no longer being done in the ways taught in business schools or passed down in organizations through training. Business models are becoming dated in the face of nimble and agile organizations; due mainly in part to what is described as Digital Disruptions.
 
Ask metered taxis, the effect that the UBER App has had on their business. The effect of digital disruption is that entrepreneurial start-ups reaching the $1billion evaluation milestone quicker than before; and the average lifespan of S & P 500 companies has shrunk by almost two-thirds in the last 50 years?
 
Implication for you and your business is simple … innovate, digitize or fizzle out. As Digital Disruption is happening across industries, are you really willing to take that risk?
 
© 14th November 2016. Adewale Adeniji/LexConsults Humanae International.