Monday, July 23, 2007

My a great....!

My Friend now a Father!

It's amazing how the birth of a new child makes the world such a great place. With loving glare at such a peaceful creation you realise just how gracious God are experiencing what it fills to be part of a soul, and then you realise such an honour to be a co-worker with God in the vineyard of creation.

I missed going to church yesterday because I went to see my friend, who got married a year ago (I was just seeing the couple again since attending the wedding in Ilorin after unbelievably, the "forgetful" genius I was, left behind my wedding party attire in Lagos, so I volunteered to be the driver for the day! ). I always wanted to visit them, but somehow never got to make it. As I took a deliberate detour off my route to church, I didn't know something big was really in store for me (well, maybe more appropriately for the family). I saw him, looking fit and trim as usual and the wife perfectly fitted, expecting a child. Then this morning, I received a text message announcing the birth of a baby girl, a Princess as he referred to her.

Wow! How would I have known that the lady who served me a lovely breakfast yesterday in a most dutiful way was going to experience the joy of motherhood in less than 24 hours (I must say, if it is by sight, I would have said delivery was in another 3-4 months!). I picked up the phone to call my friend to rejoice with him, and he told me they left for the hospital not too long after I left them the previous day...and the result is what I hear. Can you blame me for feeling so connected to the little girl? The first day I came to visit them after dropping them off at the honeymoon location was the first time I stepped into their home and the next thing that happened was that their Princess came into the are asking what I'm feeling like (godfather part 4 shey? make una no bombard with "come visit" mails sha!). Well I feel good, in fact excited, and joy wells in my heart for my friend..

I rejoice with my friend, I rejoice with the wife, God is you see that my friend, Emmanuel is not just a great man...He is now a Father...and yeah, he feels like a king...

Welcome Princess! God bless and keep you!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

good evening and good night!

Hello Nigerians,

It's a wonderful skyline we have today, and it seems the heavens abode its source with this wonderful nation of ours. You may be wondering what i have in this glass before me today...It's wine!!! One of the finest this nation has to offer and world renowned. It's appropriate for the occasion we will collectively toast to tonight.

This is a moment of joy and happiness, but more importantly a moment of contemplation. We look back to see what we have gone through and how the dreams of a once despairing people has become hope and reality of a blossoming space. We once faltered on the brink of despair and destruction, but today the mightiest of nations celebrate us as the noblest of all. It's been a long walk and indeed painful. But the weathered path we've crossed and dusty sweat that strolls our brow has created fragrance from the toils of our land. Today, years of walk of shame is celebrated in a theatre of fame.

Don't be fooled, we were never always this great. we were once a curse word in the anthems of the deranged and the belly of this nation once birth the fears of the world. It took took guts. We were afraid, but we loved life and applied ourselves accordingly and found out the difference between fear and courage is a very thin imaginary line. We not only build bridges across the Niger, we also stretched our hearts across its banks. We envisioned and built the world's first superhighway running a circumference across the boundary of this nation. It wasn't meant to be an infrastructural masterpiece, it was a symbol that at some point, as a nation we agreed that this earthen monument is an embrace of our nationhood; and as people from every corner of this nation stepped on its frame, the life of every culture spoke progress, respect and freedom - such a familiar rhythm! We tore down the relics of our smallness and treasured the blessedness of our land. We had took us just a moment to realise!

My octogenarian years are here and I'm counting as my hairs are greying silver. I have walked this land of wonder and seen the desires of men and women walking hand in hand shifting the borders of indifference once masked by battered histories and altered genes. Nigerians...we made it!!!

My generation can exit the scene. We leave behind an emboldened generation ably aware of a place beyond destiny.

A toast to my love... my nation... my country!

Good evening and good night!

(being excerpt of text given by a Nigerian citizen to mark the "Remembrance of a Nation of Hope: Nigeria" in the year 2065)