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|Business / Re: Multiply Your Income With These 50 Ideas - Free Download by ceomike: 1:01pm On Feb 19|
It was a great read. I enjoyed the bits and pieces of suggestions. Thanks a lot for giving out for free. I learned great doable tips. We need more well organized stuff like this
|Sports / Jay Jay Okocha’s Nephew, Alex Iwobi Trains With Arsenal First Team by ceomike: 8:42am On Feb 02|
Ahead of the win against Aston Villa on Sunday, Alex Iwobi joined the rest of the Arsenal first team in training at London Colney.
Unlike his uncle, Jay Jay Okocha who was not really merciful when playing against Arsenal during his time at Bolton, Alex Iwobi prefers to play for a club he has loved for a very long time.
Although the 19 year old is yet to make a first team appearance since signing a professional contract in 2014, Arsene Wenger is believed to admire him a lot. The manager on several occasions has allowed the young Nigerian train with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil. Iwobi was also an unused substitute in the win over West Brom last year.
Iwobi was born on the 3rd of May, 1996 in Lagos. He would later join the Arsenal academy where he has grown to be a major player in the cadet teams. Iwobi played for all three academy last season and caught the eye of Arsenal fans after an amazing display for the under 18’s in the Youth Cup semifinals.
Iwobi is an exciting dribbler like his uncle and can on the wings and in midfield. He also dreams of becoming like Jay Jay Okocha someday.
|Politics / African Union To Send 7,500 Troops To Fight Boko Haram by ceomike: 10:26pm On Jan 31|
Members of the African Union on Saturday, agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.
African leaders recently endorsed the deployment of troops by 5 West African countries to eliminate terrorism in the continent.
The leaders are members of the 54-man African Union meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a two-day summit that ends Saturday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking to the press at the Summit also endorsed the move by the African Union to send a force to fight Boko Haram.
|Politics / US To Help Fight Boko Haram As John Kerry Set To Visit Nigeria by ceomike: 10:42pm On Jan 23|
US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to visit Nigeria “in a couple of days” as part of the fight against terror groups Boko Haram.
Speaking to an audience at Davos on Friday, Kerry said there is “no room for sectarian division, anto-Semitism or Islamophobia” as the US plans to help Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.
“Violent extremism has claimed violence at every corner of the globe and muslim lives most of all,” Kerry said.
“There is no room for sectarian division. There is no room for anti-Semitism or Islamophobia,” he added.
“In the weeks to come we… have to strengthen our efforts in Somalia, intensify our efforts to end violence in Nigeria, that’s why I m going there in a couple of days,” he said.
A spokesman for John Kerry, after the meeting confirmed Secretary of State would be in the city of Lagos this Sunday and would meet with President Goodluck Jonathan on the issue of security.
“This kind of atrocity can never be rationalised,” he said.
“We can’t change minds without knowing what’s in them.
|Politics / Adeboye, Oyedepo Present As Jonathan Meets OBJ In Abeokuta by ceomike: 9:28am On Jan 13|
On Monday, January 12, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan held what is believed to be a peace meeting at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The meeting reportedly commenced around 7pm and its subject of discussion is believed to the lingering face-off between the pair and the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.
We gathered that Obasanjo listed as a condition for the meeting, the presence of General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the founder, Living Faith Ministry(Winners chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo, who were reportedly at the sit-down.
However, it could not be accurately confirmed if the clerics were present, as journalists were barred from gaining entry into the premises.
The meeting is believed to have ended at about 9.53 pm, without any of the parties giving an official statement on the outcome.
|Politics / Some Questions For Buhari by ceomike: 10:12pm On Jan 10|
I do understand we need a change. I do understand we have faced a lot in this country already with the bombings and all but I have some questions...
1. What has Buhari done as an elder stateman to help solve the issue of Boko Haram? Martin Luther King was never close to being the President of the United States of America but he did his best to fight for a good cause. What has Buhari done in the last 3 to 4 years? Absolutely Nothing!
2. I agree GEJ has been calm and weak in handling issues which is clearly because he was never in the military and he has made mistakes too but when a 72 year old man comes to become President without backing a Protege to go for that position,then it shows he is no leader.
3 During the elections in 2011, we had a lot of youth corpers killed in the North by CPC members with Presidential Candidate Gen Buhari and his vice, Tunde Bakare. What has been their response to the killings and how have they assisted the families of the dead. Those who died then where Southerners and Easterners majorly. The killings then have grown to what we have now by the Boko Harams. I am careful here but that is what I think.
If Buhari wants to rule, he should come out and tell us he is a changed man and once supported or allowed evil. We can forgive him if he does have good intentions but he has been defensive and uses words against the opposition shows he is violent.
Do note I don't favour any of them (Buhari of Jonathan). I alone know who I would cast my vote for.
We are yet to have a leader in a long time. We have always had rulers
God Bless Nigeria!!!
|Politics / Re: 10 Tweets That May Bring Buhari Down by ceomike: 2:33pm On Jan 09|
This elections would be something else. God help us
|Politics / Re: 10 Tweets Buhari Needs To Answer To In 2015 by ceomike: 1:10pm On Jan 09|
You do have a point but does that mean Buhari didnt do all those mentioned above?
|Politics / 10 Tweets Buhari Needs To Answer To In 2015 by ceomike: 12:55pm On Jan 09|
As the accusations and counter-accusations fly around in preparation for the 2015 elections, here are 10 tweets from Reno Omokri that General Muhammadu Buhari may need to answer to immediately if he really wants to occupy the Aso Rock by May 29.
If Buhari really believes that power is from God as he says, then why did he take it by force in 1983? #GEJtazarce
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
They say Buhari is now a democrat. Really? Then why did he treat the Oputa Panel with such disdain and refused to appear? #GEJtazarce — Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
Has Buhari apologized to Ooni of Ife for stopping him from travelling abroad without permit because he visited Israel in 1984 #GEJtazarce
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
What reason did Buhari have for jailing the activist Beko Ransome Kuti who campaigned for his brother, Fela's release? #GEJtazarce — Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
Why did the Buhari regime break up a press conference of ASUU in 1984 and detain four of their executives? #GEJtazarce
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
Can Buhari explain to young Nigerians why he banned the National Association of Nigerian Students? Does he hate students? #GEJtazarce — Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
Can Buhari explain to young Nigerians why he banned the Nigerian Medical Association? Does he hate doctors? #GEJtazarce
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
Why did Buhari jail Fela Kuti in 1984? What was Fela's crime? Singing against military govt? #GEJtazarce — Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
What reason did Buhari have for jailing Ojukwu in 1984? Ojukwu was not in Shagari's govt and he did not steal! #GEJtazarce
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
Has Buhari apologized for jailing Tai Solarin & denying him his asthma drugs simply because he campaigned against military rule? #GEJtazarce — Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) January 9, 2015
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Is "jobberman" Real by ceomike: 10:34am On Nov 20, 2014|
I have pondered for a while on this question before I eventually throw it out.
Wait! Are you guys actually thinking, is Jobberman the only job site in Nigeria? What makes you so certain that it is Jobberman that sent you those scam messages? I get these texts too! In situations like this, you contact them via their customer care unit. This is how I handle things like this. There are lots of scammers out there using big brands to scam poor people, so it's not just about Jobberman.
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|Nairaland / General / What And When Is Black Friday 2014 by ceomike: 5:18pm On Nov 18, 2014|
Black Friday is finally here and time for shoppers to get some massive discounts from shopping websites like Walmart, ASOS, Amazon, Ebay and many more.
What is Black Friday?
For those living outside the USA , Canada or Europe and who haven’t heard of the term ‘Black Friday’, you have missed a lot already. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States usually seen to many as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday is to Thanksgiving exactly what Boxing Day is to Christmas. Black Friday is never an holiday although some states in the USA observe “The Day after Thanksgiving” for government staff.
The 2014 Black Friday sale is the best way to save big on gifts items and Christmas celebrations or the end of the year.
When is Black Friday 2014?
Black Friday is usually the day after the fourth Thursday in the month of November. In 2014, Black Friday would be observed on the 28th of November. Most times, it usually starts earlier on Thanksgiving Day and extend to the major day, on Friday.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Interview At AACE Foods Tomorrow. Fake Or Real? by ceomike: 3:23pm On Nov 12, 2014|
Please do not go for such. Its purely scam. I do not think JObberman or NAiraland are affiliated in any way. If you applied then fine, but do not try it if you did not apply.
The mails looks like a scam mail and it is very clear. Why not the customer service at Jobberman to verify this.
|Jobs/Vacancies / Re: by ceomike: 4:35pm On Nov 11, 2014|
This is exciting and I do agree with SegunMike and Amakal because I get paid monthly today because I applied for a job on Jobberman. The truth is there are a lot of job seekers out there and there would always be competition.
I have never been a fan of jobs website but decided to try around April 2013. I saw three cool job ads and applied. I only got one invite for an interview and to the Glory of God, that is where I am till date. I could have lost the job to if I messed up during the interview or if they had another choice. The truth is that I was invited for an interview and that makes sense.
Its not about Jobberman but you (if you do it smartly and if you have what it takes). Like SegunMike did mention, applying early is the key as employers get to view your application before thousands of others. Another trick is to look for job postings by employers who want their names to be confidential. I am aware they pay to go 'confidential' to avoid noise and rubbish applications.
|Phones / 7 Top Quality Android Phones In Nigeria Between ₦10,000 – ₦25,000 by ceomike: 12:57pm On Sep 23, 2014|
Have you planned buying an Android phone but feel you do not have enough cash to get one? Then you need to read through our list of seven top quality but affordable smartphones you can get in Nigeria.
1. Lenovo A316 (4 GB Internal Storage, 512 MB RAM) – Click here - N11,000
2. Infinix Zero ( 1 GB RAM, 8GB HDD, 13MP Camera) – from N20,900
3. 5. Lenovo A516 (4GB , 512MB RAM) – N21,500
4. Infinix Buzz - ₦15,000
5. Lenovo a369i (4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM)
6. Tecno F5 (4GB ROM, 1 GB RAM) – N14,300
7. Infinix X402 ( Infinix Diamond) - ₦12,000
There are still a lot of them there but these are the ones I could pick.
|Sports / Heskey : Ahmed Musa Is Nigeria’s Best by ceomike: 2:11pm On Jun 28, 2014|
Ex- England international, Emile Heskey believes Ahmed Musa is the best player in the Nigerian team.
Ahmed Musa scored twice as Nigeria came back from behind twice in the group game against Argentina says Musa’s input in the game against Argentina proves he is one of the best Nigerian players.
“My pick is Ahmed Musa – he looks very lively. He’s playing for CSKA Moscow at the moment, he’s only 21 and he’s showing all his ability on the world stage. His first goal against Argentina was a great finish. He wasn’t closed down quickly enough, but his shot was so fierce that it was past the goalkeeper before he could dive.”
“Peter Odemwingie’s fitted into the structure well since coming back into the side at the expense of Victor Moses –and he got his goal against Bosnia-Hercegovina. He deserved that and he’s serving his purpose, they have a good blend.”
“I also like Michael Babatunde, although he’s has been ruled out after breaking his wrist in the last game against Argentina. He’s been a driving force from midfield and he’s been exceptional. He’s going to be a big miss.”
“Victor Moses might have lost out to Odemwingie but he’s hardly played this last season so it’s been really difficult for him.”
Heskey who wrote on his blog also warned the Eagles not to let money be a distraction.
There were reports from Brazil, the players aborted training because they did not get their match bonuses. Heskey believes the Super Eagles players must forget the issues they have with money and give their best against France.
“Nigeria can’t let the row about bonus payments affect them against France on Monday.”
“But they will have it on their minds and if they don’t perform, questions will be asked about whether it was the right time to bring up the issue.”
“The row is a difficult one when you don’t know the ins and outs of it. It seems to be that African nations always have problems when it comes to paying money when it is due but they should pay the money they’ve said they’re going to pay.”
“It’s not the first time this has happened. It’s happened with Ghana in the past, but it doesn’t look good on the African nations when the main talking point at the World Cup is money.”
“Whatever the money situation is, they’ve got some good players.”
|Webmasters / Steps To Creating A Great SEO Content On Your Website Or Blog by ceomike: 11:09am On Sep 12, 2013|
With the recent developments at Google, if you do not have the best contents on your blog or website, you just might not rank at all. Content is key to your power in search engines so you’d have to get to work hard developing rich contents beneficial to your readers and not just the seaarch engines. Google have been making changes to the way they rank websites and one thing I know is that they want online searchers to get the right information they need.
The question now is, how do you write a very good content. I would show you several steps you would take to create search engine friendly contents and also contents your readers would like. So let’s get started.
Step One – The Idea
The first thing you have to do is to get a topic to write about. If you already have one, then fine but if you don’t, you need to look out for a niche you feel you can write on or pay someone to. There are a lot of niches out there that you can start with.
Step Two – Run A Google Search
The next step is to visit Google yourself, type in your keyword and do a search. Carefully study the first 10 results to see how they have prepared their contents. It’s a very good way to plan your journey in content marketing.
The very first 10 results in Google should be your example. Try to understand how the content was structured. If you can cath the clue, then you are good to go.
Step Three – Prepare At Least A 500 Word Article
Writing a 500 word article or more would place you in a very good position to be visible in Google’s first page. Google loves content and would rank you if you have a lot of it. Usually, the first sets of results are always rich in contents and I mean very good contents.
Step Four – Leverage On Images, Infographics And Videos
Try as much as possible to be descriptive in your article using images, videos and infographics to try make your contents clear to readers. Google now rank websites that implements this. Infographics can help teach a lot especially for people who would like to read for a long time but would love to see pictures.
Step Five – Include Your Keywords In The First Paragraph And Title
This is the best place to use your long-tailed keyword to rank easily on Google. Always make sure you have your keywords on the very first paragraph and also in you blog title. Search engines still make use of this so go leverage on it.
Improving your rankings on Google can only be dependent on how rich your content is.
|Sports / Arsenal Confirms Matthieu Flamini Signing by ceomike: 2:57pm On Aug 29, 2013|
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of 29 year old French midfielder, Matthieu Flamini
Flamini would rejoin Arsenal after playing for Italian side AC Milan for 5 years. The Frenchman had 153 appearances for Arsenal between 2004-2008 before moving to AC Milan.
Flamini has been training with Arsenal after the expiration of his contract at AC Milan.
Arsene Wenger believes his addition would help to bolster the midfield and defence.
“We’re very pleased Mathieu has agreed to re-join us,” Arsène Wenger said. “He is a player of real quality, with a fantastic work rate and great mentality. As we know, Mathieu is a strong midfielder, but is also is comfortable playing in defence too. He is a very good addition to our squad.”
|Politics / Sterling Bank Nigeria Signs Three Year Deal With Arsenal Football Club by ceomike: 2:18pm On Jul 24, 2013|
Arsenal have announced a new deal with Sterling Bank to issue co-branded debit cards in Nigeria.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Vinai Venkatesham, head of global partnerships at Arsenal says the partnership would build a strong and succesful relationship with Arsenal fans in Nigeria.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Sterling Bank, a highly respected financial establishment, to offer Arsenal branded debit cards to our millions of fans in Nigeria. We look forward to building a strong and successful relationship in the years to come.”
The deal would be for three years and would be the first financial agreement Arsenal would have with a Nigerian firm. The debit card would offer a range of incentives and Arsenal-related benefits including match tickets and official merchandise.
Chief financial officer of Sterling Bank Plc, Abubakar Suleiman says the deal with Arseal would show the bank’s commitment and drive.
“We recognise our customer’s uniqueness and we develop tailor-made solutions that connect with their deepest passion and drive,”
|Jobs/Vacancies / Tips To Succeeding In Job Interviews In Nigeria by ceomike: 10:03am On May 31, 2013|
After spending so much time in preparing your resume and searching for jobs online in Nigeria,it would only make you happy when you get a call from an employer for an interview. At this point, the employer must have been statisfied with your qualifications and they only need you to show them what you are made of. Although you might have done well already to get a call for an interview, you are just halfway to landing the job in Nigeria. The other importants step is to now prepare for your interview and here are few steps to becoming a winner during interviews.
Leverage on Google.
The very first step to take is to get to your computer and do a search. You need to be able to analyse what and what the company does, how they operate, what kind of products they sell and how these products are beneficial. You would need to think of likely challenges they might face and what solutions you have in hand. If the employer does not have a website, then you can ask questions on their services and then go and do your search using Google. There are lots of companies out there with a website that have similar services to the one you applied to. Doing this would help you to understand the system and help you to answer certain questions.
Take Your Documents Along With You
We live in Nigeria and do not make the mistake of not taking your cv with you. You need to prepare your documents which includes your results and resume.
Prepare To Talk Well
Draw out a list of likely questions in your niche and try to answer all confidently. Employers would not want to employ someone that cannot answer questions or face people. Take your time to rehearse days or hours before your interview.You need to be able to talk about yourself, what you have achieved in the past and what goals and objectives you set for yourself.
There is a saying that he who respects time respects life, so avoid going late for interviews. The best time to hit a company is 30 -45 minutes before the interview. When you get there early enough, you do not only show how well you respect time but also give yourself enough time to study the company.
Look Your Best
Wear a smile when you enter the room. Ignore the expressions on their faces and go ahead to show what you have got. By doing this, the employer would see you as one who would still a smile whether under pressure or not atleast to some extent. Keep your shirt well ironed and avoid using flashy jewelries.
You can get the right job you want in Nigeria if you do it right. Go through the current job vacancies in Nigeria
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|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Three Reasons Arsenal Can Challenge For The Title Next Season by ceomike: 4:11pm On May 23, 2013|
It’s nearly ten years since Arsenal last won the Premier League title, with a top-four finish having now become the primary target each season at the Emirates Stadium.
Big-spending clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City have leapfrogged the Gunners in the pecking order, while Manchester United have remained strong despite mounting debt, although there are reasons for Gooners to be hopeful when it comes to the 2013/14 campaign.
1) Arsenal finished the 2012/13 season like a train
After that 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane in early March, the Gunners dusted themselves down and haven’t looked back since. A 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena kick-started a brilliant unbeaten run all the way to the end of the season, with only Everton and Manchester United denying Arsenal victory.
Wenger will now be urging his team to feed off the momentum that saw them pip Tottenham to a top four spot in the Premier League.
2) The Gunners defence looks stronger than ever
It was like the George Graham days all over again! 1-0 away wins at Fulham, QPR and Newcastle were pragmatic rather than spectacular; although supporters won’t mind more of the same when the season starts up again.
Laurent Koscielny was particularly outstanding in those last few games, striking up a strong partnership with Per Mertesacker, although one wonders if Thomas Vermaelen is willing to warm the bench ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
3) Manchester clubs and Chelsea all have new managers
OK, so Jose Mourinho will enjoy his second stint at Stamford Bridge although it might take a while for the new Chelsea boss to get the right blend of players, while David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini are both unknown quantities at Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.
Perhaps there could be a chance for Arsenal to steal a march on their title rivals, especially if Wenger is allowed to strengthen and the team’s best players remain at the Emirates for a change.
|Politics / Ejigbo Local Government Chairman Kidnapped by ceomike: 11:22am On Apr 16, 2013|
Ejigbo State Local Government Chairman according to reports might have been kidnapped.
Mr Kehinde Bamgbetan was said to have been abducted in Monday morning while going home. His car was according to source intercepted while he was trying to enter his street.
|Business / Re: How To Start Your Own E-commerce Business In Nigeria by ceomike: 2:05pm On Jan 28, 2013|
Thanks. Expect more
|Business / How To Start Your Own E-commerce Business In Nigeria by ceomike: 12:03pm On Jan 28, 2013|
Its another brand new week that has a whole lot of potential to be a great one. I would like to discuss on how you can start your own e-commerce business in Nigeria. This is an area a good number of businesses is doing well today. Since E-bay started online sales, a lot of them have been set-up in different countries and doing well already. We have a good number of successful e-commerce start-ups in Nigeria like Deal Dey, Jumia and many more. In this article, I would be exposing you to what and what is needed to set-up your own business in Nigeria.
1. Goods to sell
2. A very good website
3. Advertising Funds
4. Delivery men.
What To Sell
Before going into your online business, you have to consider what type of goods to sell. There are products that are sure to sell online in Nigeria and there are products that just would not no matter how hard you try to sell them. The best selling products today in Nigeria are mobile phones and accessories, clothing and home gadgets.
It is also preferable you do a thorough research on products people search for online to buy. If you also have a very nice idea on a product you feel would sell, then you can take online. There are many products you can sell. You can start your own online fast food store where people would order food online and have it delivered to them. Before you decide to start your business, you must think thoroughly on the products you want to sell.
Your website would turn out to be your office. Its your only tool to pass information to prospective clients and also get them to buy from you. An e-commerce website, can cost you between N70k-N500k depending on the level of website needed. There are some good website designers in Nigeria willing to meet your needs. For a start especially with low capital, you do not need a very big website. Pick one or two products, get your website up and start selling.
The website would come with an e-payment system so people can pay with their ATM cards or credit cards.
Its one thing to own a website and its another thing to get it exposed. One vital method to making money doing this business is good advertising. When i talk of advertising, I am talking of online marketing. Because your prospective clients are online and would search online, you would need to promote your products via the internet.
There are a lot of online advertising companies, you can start with in Nigeria today. They include:
I would be writing a detailed article on the best advertising methods later this week.
This is optional but if you have big budget, you can do with one or two delivery men to help deliver your goods.
One of the basic rule in online marketing is that you have to stay strong and sell the right goods. Delivering on time is key and your product must be of top quality.
|Phones / Meet Africa's First Designed Smartphone,Elikia by ceomike: 6:18am On Dec 26, 2012|
Africa has introduced its first ever smartphones into the market. Elikia is its name and designed by VMK founded by Congolese entrepreneur, Verone Mankou
Verone Mankou would like his newly introduced gadget be to Africa what Apple is forthe US and Samsung Galaxy is for Asia.
The smartphone is rich in multimedia functions like videos, photos and others.
VMK Elikia is a phone that runs on Android, has lots of features like Wifi capability, GPS, Screen Resolution of 320 x 480 (QVGA), virtual key board and many more.
The smartphone is reported to cost around $170 without contract.
|Religion / Re: On TB Joshua's "Negative Prophecy" And Adeboye's "Non- Existence" Prophecy by ceomike: 8:00am On Dec 24, 2012|
You have a point sir, I feel we can only know that when we get to heaven.
Christianity has to do woit you and God. The pastor carries his own cross but their teachings would always help us not to fall...
|Religion / On TB Joshua's "Negative Prophecy" And Adeboye's "Non- Existence" Prophecy by ceomike: 7:16am On Dec 24, 2012|
Pls Note: The article is not mine but was sent to my email and though I should share
Read article below:
OF TB JOSHUA'S ‘NEGATIVE’ PREDICTIONS AND ADEBOYE'S ‘NON-EXISTENT’ PREDICTIONS
The online storms that brew this week over the prophecy of Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua about the crash that ended the lives of Governor Yakowa and General Azazi seem to be slowly abating. As the news of the tragic deaths reverberated nationwide, Joshua released a controversial video on YouTube which claimed he had predicted the incident and details relating to it on four different occasions. However, I still feel the need to air my views, furnished by contextual consideration, as the dust settles on the heated debates within social media that were triggered by the prophecy.
Understandably, the video drew its fair share of criticism, the major bone of contention in the minds of viewers and observers being Joshua’s continued proficiency in predicting negative events and his seeming inability to change them after such revelations come forth. I can well understand this mindset, having been one of Joshua’s most skeptical distant observers for long. However, it was last year when my brother fell mysteriously sick that I was basically ‘forced’ to look in Joshua’s direction for help. Doctors told me he had a treatable kidney infection but what I saw was my brother transform from a healthy, vibrant young man to an almost unrecognisable emaciated figure in literally two months, on the verge of death.
After exhausting medical treatment, a good friend of mine advised me to take him to The SCOAN for prayer. Circumstantially driven, I acceded and financed his wife to take him there. Three weeks later, my brother was back on his feet, eating well and regaining his lost vigour. Thus, my interest in Emmanuel TV was born, and I must confess, it has slowly become my daily spiritual food and a constant source of discussion and wonder within our home.
I don’t claim to completely understand T.B. Joshua’s ministry at The SCOAN. On the contrary, many of the things I see there on Emmanuel TV (especially the deliverance) baffle me. However, I have seen enough to know that Joshua is a humble servant of God with quite extraordinary powers he is unequivocally using to uplift society. In my view, he is the best pastor to have come from these shores - with an uncompromising message of salvation, an admirable array of charitable projects and real solutions provided to people who come with myriads of diverse problems.
So, on the argument dealing with his tendency to deliver ‘negative’ predictions, I think this is a case of blaming the messenger for delivering his message. It is sadly indicative of the state of our society and nation and the type of seed we have collectively been planting. As one commenter on the issues arising from Joshua’s prophecy opined, “It's the prophecies of prosperity and ‘it shall be well with the abominable’ that has destroyed any remaining chance for Nigeria's restructuring. The ‘prophecy of doom’ is to the sharpening of man… Let those who prophesy prosperity tell us what has come of it save the acute and nauseating love for money which, as the Holy Book says, is the root of all evil.”
Everyone wants to hear good tidings but how many are genuinely pursuing a righteous and just course that will amalgamate in a tide-turning shift within Nigeria’s political and socio-economic landscape. God cannot break His own Divine statutes, set in stone from the earth’s formation, the principle of seed-time and harvest. If we continue to harbour corruption, celebrate decadence and have a compromising conflict of deeds and words, what then do we expect God to reveal to His servants about our future? Indeed, a flick through our national dailies reveals enough about the actions and attitude of our nation, its leaders and inhabitants, especially that of our youth, to know that a bleak future awaits us unless there is a radical change.
On Joshua’s revelation without apparent corresponding action and subsequent redemption, I believe the majority of people who heard about the prophecy and quickly drew such abrasive conclusions never actually took the time out to watch the video released on YouTube to the very end. Joshua is very explicit in explaining this issue. He said, “I have been wrestling with certain things. When I say, wrestle, it’s an issue that I keep praying and asking God, ‘What I’m seeing should be changed.’ But God said, ‘No, the whole nation should come together and pray’. So, when I’m hearing my country should come also and pray together, that is when I will come out and tell you what I am seeing in the vision. When I see a vision and I know I can handle it myself, I don’t need to tell you. I will call the wise men and we’ll pray. But when I know that this thing is not possible for me alone and my people to do, I will come out to tell you that this is what I have seen.”
If our eyes were opened spiritually, perhaps we would be privy to see devastating events on the verge of occurring within Nigeria that were forestalled through the prayers of God’s people at SCOAN, the news of which will never reach our earthly ears. Aside from this, the prophet prayed and enjoined the nation to join him. Did we?
I believe many of those blindly criticising the prophet are not well versed with his ministry or accustomed to watching Emmanuel TV. This prophecy is not an isolated proclamation. Indeed, every week, Prophet Joshua prophesies to individuals in the church with uncanny speed, accuracy and consistency. Whether its prayer for the terminally ill, reconciliation of a broken family, deliverance of people under demonic oppression or charity to the widow, orphan and reformed militant, Prophet Joshua is settling real problems with real solutions. It seems to me both insolent and incoherent to suggest he is just a ‘prophet of doom’ who capitalises on misfortunes to project his name. Please, don’t base your view on a single news report.
On a related note, Pastor Enoch Adeboye whose global influence on his flock and command on the common Nigerian is almost inestimable prayed for President Jonathan in his Redeemed Camp just a few hours before the ill-fated crash. The question beckons, did he not have any such revelation about the tragic events on the verge of unfolding merely hours after his public prayer with the President knelt before him? If so, were his prayers effective? Respected Nigerian journalist Femi Adesina of The Sun Newspaper, wrote in his column this week, “Didn’t Pastor Adeboye see the crash as he prayed with President Jonathan? Didn’t the Lord reveal it to him? Couldn’t he have interceded, so that the monumental tragedy would be averted… ‘The secret of the Lord is with those that fear Him,’ says the Good Book. So, why didn’t the Lord confide in Adeboye about the Bayelsa crash, which was to happen some hours after Jonathan had come for prayers… I’m sure the pastor himself must have been somewhat embarrassed when he heard the news.”
The reason I write this is not to gloat or in any way suggest Adeboye’s spiritual incompetence. I just believe it’s time Nigeria recognises who is who in God’s vineyard. Baba Adeboye is a fine preacher but, in my own humble opinion, not a prophet. This is evidenced by his yearly prophetic declarations which are almost nonsensical in nature if perceived to be divinely inspired. He declares simple biblical principles and realities of life and packages them with the title ‘prophecy’ on a yearly basis. It’s high time someone like Adeboye can publicly acknowledges God’s gift in his brother in the vineyard, instead of the baseless bickering, crude condemnation and pulpit-judgement that have caused division within the Nigerian church fold for far too long.
I believe our nation should recognise God’s voice in this trying time and acknowledge the potential pastors, who are genuinely doing God’s work, have to bring Divine direction to those in the helm of affairs in this nation, if they are willing to listen. Who knows - if President Jonathan had visited Joshua for prayer on that fateful day, perhaps Kaduna would still be with its Governor and the deaths of six men would have been averted...
|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / UEFA Draw: Arsenal Vs FC Bayern Muchen, Real Madrid Vs Manchester United by ceomike: 11:55am On Dec 20, 2012|
Arsenal would play in the second round of the Champions League. Arsenal were second so they had to play the top of another group. Manchester United would play Real Madrid and FC Barcelona plays AC Milan
Galatasaray vs Fc Schalke
Arsenal vs Bayern Muchen
Celtic vs Juventus
Milan vs Fc barcelona
Malaga vs Paris Saint German
FC Porto vs Malaga
Shakakhtar vs Borussia Dortmund
|Travel / Five Places To Visit During Xmas In Lagos by ceomike: 10:37pm On Dec 15, 2012|
If you live in Lagos or you would be around Lagos during the holidays then you can find this article very helpful.
Aside been the busiest state in Nigeria, Lagos can also prove it has the best when it comes to relaxation. I would through a list of five healthy and fun areas to visit in Lagos State.
Minimum Budget - Single : N3,000 , Family of Five - N10,000
Located in Victoria Island,The Galleria is an household name and would be a cool spot for you if you plan to go off the mainland this Christmas season. It features cinemas,games spots, boutiques,food and ice cream spots. There are a lot you can enjoy there. Good for the family.
Minimum Budget - Single : N3,000 , Family of Five - N10,000
Very much like the Galleria, the E-Centre is another wonderful point located on the mainland. Suitated in Yaba and very close to some of Nigeria's oldest and top institution like University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology,LUTH and West Africa Examination Council. E- Centre is a place for the family. It also features cinemas, games spots, boutiques and many more.
Lekki Conservation Centre
Minimum Budget - Single : N1,000 Family of Five - N5,000 ( Excluding Feeding)
Perhaps one of my best when it comes to tourism in Nigeria. Lekki Conservation Centre could turn out to not only be fun but also very educative. It boast of a natural habitat, home to flying monkeys, one of Nigeria's oldest tortoise,crocodiles(don't panic) and some fun games. You also have a chance to climb a tree house almost the height of a three storey building. You should expect to pay a cheap gate fee and take your food along.
The Palms Shopping Mall
Budget: Largely depends on what you want to do
Whether you plan to shop, watch movies or just have any kind of fun, then you can visit The Palms located in Lekki. If you do not go with cash, then you might regret it. There is really nothing you cannot buy there. Its a nice place for the family or just anybody.
Oniru Beach, Victoria Island
This is my pick if you love beaches. Oniru is a privately owned beach and sure has everything you need when you need a nice beach experience this Christmas. You should give it a try
My holiday move would be first visiting The Palms Lekki, watch a movie there and get some nice foodstuff to take with me to Lekki Conservation Centre.
|Phones / How To Turn Your Samsung Galaxy Into A Wifi Hotspot by ceomike: 9:24pm On Dec 15, 2012|
This short and easy tip could be one of the best you have ever got if you are one of those that have been disappointed by poor internet connections in Nigeria. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S and run a good network on it then you can smile.
Samsung has made it possible for you to share your local internet connection on your phone to other devices. The new feature in the Galaxy S can connect several systems using the network or internet bundle you have subscribed to on your GSM network. Provided you are served well by MTN, Zain, Glo or Etisalat then you can apply this technique. This is one of Samsung's brightest tool
1. Purchase a mobile internet bundle (for example, MTN cost N100 for 100mb)
2. Go in the Samsung Galaxy S’s Settings menu.
3. Locate Wireless and Network and press Enter
4. Tap Tethering and portable hotspot.
5. Press Portable Wifi Hotspot Settings
6. Leave the "Do not show again" as it is and press OK
7. Tap "Configure portable Wifi hotspot" and enter a Name for your Wifi
8. Tap Open under the Security section
9. Click on WPA2 PSK
10. Enter a password of eight characters and press save
11. Move to your laptop or tablet pc and try tosearch for new wireless networks
Its just so easy...
|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Arsenal Signs Mega Deal Worth £150m by ceomike: 1:05pm On Nov 23, 2012|
Arsenal have signed a mega five year deal with Emirates for the team's shirt sponsorship that would run till the 2018/2019 season. The deal is worth a record £150m
A happy Ivan Garzidis said after the deal was signed :
"This is an exciting day for Arsenal Football Club and all our supporters.
"This agreement is a testimony to Arsenal's approach and to the capabilities we have developed in recent years as well as the strength of our partnership with Emirates.
"The original deal with Emirates was a key facilitator of our move from Highbury and this next phase of our relationship will be just as critical to keep us at the top of the game in England and Europe.
"Emirates is the perfect partner for Arsenal and we are delighted to have agreed a new partnership. Emirates is a world-class brand and by flying to more than 120 destinations across six continents has a truly global reach.
"This reach will play an important role in our own ambitions to further extend the depth of our following around the world. The fact this partnership will continue for many years to come underlines how much both organisations value and benefit from the relationship."
|European Football (EPL, UEFA, La Liga) / Report: Theo Walcott Set To Extend Arsenal Contract by ceomike: 10:14am On Nov 20, 2012|
According to Goal, Theo Walcott has moved a step closer to signing a deal with Arsenal.
Walcott contract talks have been stalled for a while as the winger rejected a deal worth £75,000 per week wanting £100,000. The player according to reports has agreed to reduce his demands to £90,000 and Arsenal looks set to upo theirs to £80,000.
Theo Walcott has always said he loved the club and wants to stay if they can both reach an agreement. With things working out this way, Walcott could put pen to paper by Christmas and would not go the way of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri
Arsene Wenger has also said he would not sell Walcott in January and expects him to make a decision before Christmas. Wenger has also assured Walcott of a striker role if he stays
|Business / Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users by ceomike: 10:34pm On Oct 04, 2012|
Social Media Giants announced on Tuesday through Mark Zuckerberg that it has now it more than 1 billion users which isa remarkable acheivement.
Zuckerberg announced this on his Facebook page and also admitted the social media giants are in challenging times after going public.
"We're in a tough cycle now and that doesn't help morale, but people are focused on what they're building."
"There's 5 billion people in the world who have phones, so we should be able to serve many more people and grow the user base there
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