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Monday 17 December 2012

Back To the Future, A Poem By David-Clay Onah

Living in a country where it is hard to pay rent
Topsy-turvy state, still searching for the president
The more you look the less you see
Abracadabra, "no be so e suppose be"

Power is a drug some want it by force
It takes more then a scholar to explain the killings in Jos
Chaos everywhere, people can't stop running
Manipulating politicians, they are just too cunning

Hmmm but they blame it on tribe and religion
Militancy has become so fancy
take away the handsome
and demand for a ransom

You say to yourself "but these problems are long gone"
And before you finish this poem
You hear a loud sound BOOM!!
Hmmm! Could that be boko haram? 

David-Clay Onah (Copyright)

Monday 3 December 2012

Kpafucation of Naija By David-Clay Onah.

As I walk through the market, I stop and stare.
I see the market women bleaching but they are still not fair.
The youths of today have gone astray
Blame it on the wind, it blows our conscience away.

Get rich or die trying 'yahoo-yahoo' scheme
Perfectly executed better than a spielberg film.
I guess its our payback for what they did to us
120 naira? what a toll on us.

Looking at the end of the tunnel but still no light
Electricity is such a luxury what a plight
They say he without sin should cast the first stone
I think he without sin should cast the first vote.

The rulers are a reflection of the masses
What's a palliative? We want more buses.
Oil money fuels our thoughts
But no petrol to fuel our trucks

Citizens taking laws into their own hands
While others sit and watch in the stands
Alleged crime, don't beat and kill him like a 'malu'
Oh no, my heart goes out to the victims of Aluu.

David-Clay Onah. (Copyright)

Sunday 21 October 2012

Positive Expectation for 2015: Why Enough Is Enough.

2015 is fast approaching when Nigeria will conduct another national election and now is the right time to start the process of deciding the right leaders who can move our nation forward.  Enough is enough with candidates being imposed on us by godfathers, businessmen, and economic manipulators.  Nigeria is sick and need urgent surgery.

Now is the right time to come together to decide who will lead us come 2015. We must avoid another bunch of accidental leaders being imposed on us.  Without putting forward the right candidates, we might yet be preparing to vote for another set of thieves, corrupt businessmen, wicked and clueless rulers who are bent on achieving their selfish interests.   

Nigeria has a rich intellectual history; we have experts and professionals whose professional capabilities are overwhelming.  We have brothers and sisters who know what Nigeria needs and ways to achieve, let us awaken the giant we can see all around us and start creating a positive leadership benchmark come 2015.  Let’s put forward names of individuals we know can change our nation and start the process of our national recovery. 

This is a wakeup call.   Let’s put our fate in our hands and better our lots.  Enough is enough with our repeatedly docile leaders whose interest is purely in their pockets.   If we go ahead to do things the way we have always done it, then it shows we have not learnt our lessons.  It means we are used to our normal ways of life. We Suffer.  We Smile. We Die.

Nigeria needs virile leaders who can cause changes urgently and with the best interest of the country.  It is time we gave our men with the right vision the opportunity to lead Nigeria.  We need our best brains trained to cause changes that are immediately noticeable to come forth and marshal the nation to its next level.  Leaders whose presence can affect the four corners of Nigeria within a short period, not one to give us more excuses why things cannot work, not one with no clue how to lead the country. 

What is killing us in Nigeria far outweighs what is keeping us alive.  We cannot afford another four years of bloodshed and waste in the hands of theses wicked and selfish leaders.   We’ve had leaders with no clue how to secure our lives, how to give us electricity for 24 hours a day, how to convert our waters to domestic use.   We’ve had leaders who do not know how to make good roads, with right signs.  

For how long must we wait and be killed one by one, while our leaders watch helplessly?
For how long must we be slaughtered in the north, kidnapped in the east and robbed in the south?
For how long must we remain silent to be beaten and robbed by our law enforcers?
For how long must our lives be in danger, even in the comfort of our homes?
For how long must our children die of preventable disease, malnutrition and hunger?
For how long must our young men and women be killed in their prime?
For how long must we be subjected to their ‘we-we’ politics?
For how long must we be led by the bunch of materialistic, ‘chop and quench’ rulers?
For how long must they share the proceeds from our Oil money?
For how long would they ignore our vote and make us suffer in silence?
For how long must we remain in darkness with no light or clean water?

Our leaders have not shown enough commitment to secure our territories and borders.  Nigerians are still killed daily in large numbers by deaths we can prevent.  They blame neighbouring countries for the insurgencies and are not able to explain how the militants traverse our borders and territories without getting caught?  What a shame!  Nigerians have been sitting on Gunpowder for too long, now the powder has started exploding.  Must our lives be this worthless?

Nigerians are suffering.  Our children are desperate for survival and our elders are dying of preventable diseases.    Our road is an open grave; people get killed daily by it and the lives of an average Nigerian is worth nothing.  How have we got this far?

Some of our past leaders have turned themselves into mini-gods; living life like it has no end, while their counterparts in other countries are making life less stringent, by going to the market to shop, jumping buses and trains, using commercial jets and setting the right examples.  When will Nigerian leaders breakaway from their megalomaniac tendencies and realise the need to serve rather than give us bad names.  

This is a clarion call on every Nigerians to come together.  Let’s forget our past, so that we move into our future.  Let’s use our conscience to direct our actions and do away with sentiments.  Let us do away with tribal and religious politics.  We need leaders, who are true leaders, not our past history of clueless rulers.  Let us come together and decide on leaders who will cause the change we urgently need in Nigeria.  It is time we started the process because 2015 is around the corner.  Let’s avoid another set of disastrous rulers that they shove down our throat.  Let’s not wait for luck in Nigeria, let’s create our luck come 2015.

Saturday 20 October 2012

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My little Blog ( has been nominated again for this year’s Nigeria Blog Awards 

Best Political Blog
Blog with a strong focus on Nigerian po
My Little Blog
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Politics section of Ekekeee
Politics section of Omojuwa

Thank you all for your support in nominating My Little Blog.  
One more step to go. 
Voting Starts on the 22nd of October 2012. 

Monday 24 September 2012

Mental Illness In Nigeria: The Remedy

First I must commend those who have shown the courage to speak up about their mental conditions after reading the first part of this submission (Mental Illness In Nigeria: The Stigmatization and Ignorance).  Many people are suffering in silence in Nigeria as a result of the stigmatization caused by ignorance and little understanding of the mental conditions.

Many more people are going through several mental conditions, but because of our society, these conditions are not for public discussion and speaking to a specialist is only a myth.
If experiencing mental conditions, be assured that you are not alone; a lot more are going through similar situation.  Majority of these situations happen due to stress to the brain. 

Stress can affect the brain like fever does the body. Our brain is like any other parts of the body, once it goes through stress and worry, it tend to lapse and requires our attention. 
When you sense you are going through mental stress, rather than curling up to your shells and suffer in silence, try to follow the tips below for speedy recovery. 

Be active
i.               Start by participating in physical activity, it will get you in the right state of mind. 
ii.            Exercise regularly so you can feel robust and strong mentally again.

Take control
i.       Be Positive, if your problem has a start date, then it sure has an end date.
ii.            There is always a solution to your problem, however difficult it appears to be.
iii.          Take control, if you remain passive thinking, ‘I can’t do anything about my problem’, then your stress will get worse, that feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of wellbeing.
iv.          Be empowered by taking control, it’s an essential part of finding a solution that satisfies you and not someone else.

Connect with people
i.        Speak to someone, a problem shared is a problem halved.
ii.            Network with friends and family, it can ease your troubles and help you see things in a different way.
iii.          The activities we do with friends help us relax and we often have a good laugh with them, which is an excellent stress reliever.

Have Some Time For Yourself
i.               Don’t overdo activities; take things steadily and very meticulously.
ii.            Take time for socialising, relaxation or exercise, don’t forget that all work and no play make jack a dull boy.
iii.          Join social clubs and attend their activities to socialise.

Challenge yourself
i.               Start something new like learning a new language or a new sport, it will help to build confidence and reduce stress.
ii.             Challenging yourself constantly is the proactive way of taking charge of your life.
iii.           Continue to learn, you will become more emotionally resilient as a person.
Change Your Habits
i.               Don't rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping.
ii.            Prevent the avoidance behaviour as above and seek support from your social circle.
iii.           Tackle the cause of your stress head on.

Do Volunteer Work
i.       Help others through activities such as volunteering or community work, it makes you become more resilient.
ii.            Helping people who are often in situations worse than yours will help put your problems into perspective.
iii.          The more you give, the more resilient and happy you feel.
iv.           Make it a duty to do someone a favour every day. It can be something as small as helping someone to cross the road.  Favours cost nothing to do, and you’ll feel better.

Prioritise Your Work
i.        Work Smarter, rather than harder.
ii.         Good time management means quality work rather than quantity.
iii.          Avoid reading/working for long hours, long hours of reading causes brain stress.
iv.          You have to get a work-life balance that suits you.
v.             Work smarter, prioritise your work, concentrate on takes that makes a real difference to your work and ignore irrelevances.
vi.          Leave the least important tasks to last.

 Be positive
i.          Look for the positives in life, and things for which you're grateful.
ii.         Appreciate what you have, rather than worry about what you don’t have.
iii.       Try to be glass half full instead of glass half empty.
iv.        Have a shift in your perspective and be optimistic rather than pessimistic.
v.             Problems are often a question of perspective. Change your perspective so you may see your situation from a more positive point of view.
vi.           No matter what happens to you, don’t let it get you down, problems are there to teach us a lesson.
vii.         The greatest lesson in life is patience, just be patience irrespective.

Accept The Things You Can't Change
i.          Changing a difficult situation all the time is not always possible.
ii.         Try to recognise and accept things as they are and concentrate on everything that you do have control over.
iii.        There is no point fighting with yourself, focus on the things you can control, such as looking for the alternatives.