THE TERRIBLE PAIN

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THE TERRIBLE PAIN by Queen Esther Oyebode

Inhuman, Is it not?
Provocative, still it hurts,
the terrible pain,
that made her insane,
she was caught unaware,
with her hands flying in the air,
her head spinning clockwise in despair,
screams now heard in short whispers,
eyes bloodshot, legs blood-stained.
Her pride has been stolen.
Stolen?? Yes,it has been stolen,
without her conscent,
an arbitrary decision
made by people whose thoughts
are of their own pleasure,
forgetting the plight of the masses,
the pain and anguish they have put them to
death rates increasing
the economy’s finances continually
decreasing
people meant to hold the system,
decides to turn it over,
their personal hunger,
getting everything for themselves,
reaping off the pride of the society
and tha goodwill
meant for all!!!

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 
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  AS MY BLOG CLOCKS A MONTH TODAY, I WISH TO EXPRESS MY UNMITIGATED GRATITUDE TO EVERYONE, EVERY BLOGGER AND EVERY FRIEND THAT HAS IN ONE OR THE OTHER CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROGRESS OF “A PRODIGY’S RATIOCINATIONS“.
  I WISH TO THANK GOD, WORDPRESS, THE 130 VIEWERS, THE 7 FOLLOWERS, THE 2 AUTHORS apart from myself, THE 3 COMMENTERS AND THE 22 LIKERS. YOU ALL HAVE MADE THE PAST MONTH A MEMORABLE ONE FOR ME.

CREATING THIS BLOG IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THINGS I HAVE DONE THIS YEAR, FOR IT HAS ASSISTED ME IN VARIOUS RAMIFICATIONS. IT HAS ASSISTED ME TO WRITE MORE AND BETTER.
MY AIM IS TO GET UP TO A THOUSAND VIEWS BEFORE THIS YEAR RUNS OUT. OFCOURSE, THAT WAS MEANT TO BE A JOKE. 500 WOULD BE REALLY NICE.
I PROMISE TO CONTINUE TO WRITE NOT JUST READABLE POSTS, BUT INTERESTING, MESMERING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING ONES… I DO NOT DEEM MYSELF A PROFESSIONAL WRITER but I HOPE TO IMPROVE AS I HAVE A PASSION FOR EXPRESSING MYSELF THROUGH WRITING ON SUBJECTS WORTH DISCUSSING …

ONCE AGAIN, I SAY THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS!

FROM YOURS FAITHFULLY, ADEBAJO F ADEKUNLE…CHEERS

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15-year old Omoyeni IbukunOluwa wins Int’l Spelling contest

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Picture showing Ibukun and A’ishat with Professor Soyinka and President Goodluck.

After correctly spelling 37 words live
on-stage, 15 year-old Ibukun
Omoyeni of Prince of Glory College,
Lagos, spelt the word myxomatosis to
win the 2012 edition of Spellbound
Africa recently held at Abuja. He beat
children from 13 other states and the
FCT to successfully defend the Title
won by Gbemileke Oyefeso also of
Lagos State in 2011.
In second position was 12 year old
Hauwa’u Lawal of Jigawa State
Academy For the Gifted and Talented,
Bamaina. She spelt 37 words
correctly. Adaeze Williams of Divine
Mercy Secondary School, Abuja came
third, while Olivia Okechukwu of
Community Senior Secondary school
Oyingbo, Rivers State, came fourth.
The children studied 3,000 english
words for 3 months from which
words were chosen for them to spell.
Words like phantasmagoria,
arteriosclerosis, neuroinformatics,
discombobulated, higgledy-piggledy
etc were spelt.
At this event, the Guest of Honour,
the Governor of Jigawa State,
represented by Alhaji Isa Audu,
received the annual SUPER-DAD
AWARD from organisers of the
competition Ski-Hi Entertainment for
his contribution to education in
Jigawa State. He restated his
commitment to education as a
means of preparing the young
generation for the challenges ahead
of them. Aero Contractors also
received the Most Supportive &
Reliable Brand Award 2012 for
consistently supporting this project.
Spellbound Africa is an annual
spelling competition for children
studying in the English-speaking
African countries. It is for children
between 10 and 15 years old and has
run for four years now.
The Chief Executive of Ski-Hi
Entertainment, Mr. Ifeanyi Ogbu,
called on corporate brands and
media houses to consider sponsoring
academic events like this if Nigeria is
to have any hope of prosperity in
future. He also, pointed out that
football, music or acting is not the
only war to fame and fortune; but
that everyone should cooperate to
present academic excellence as a
sustainable route to the top.
15 States of the federation as well as
Ghana and Sierra Leone participated
in the 2012 edition of Spellbound
Africa.

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IbukunOluwa with his just-earned trophy.

Posting on his wall on facebook, IbukunOluwa said; ” I tried to remember 34 words from the
manual, which I was asked to spell. In no
particular order, they are;
1. Speleology
2. Dyspepsia
3. Pusillanimous
4. Protuberance
5. Anthropomorphism
6. Psephology
7. Ptomaine
8. Ulaanbaatar
9. Baksheesh
10. Aetiology
11. Quinquagesima
12. Thingamajig
13. Insouciance
14. Rhubarb
15. Sarajevo
16. Kanchenjunga
17. Chappaquiddick
18. Chimichurri
19. Formaldehyde
20. Phishing
21. Surreptitious
22. Mnemonic
23. Salopettes
24. Chrysanthemum
25. Asphyxiate
26. Ionosphere
27. Quadriplegic
28. Synaesthesia
29. Tagliatelle
30. Bougainvillea
31. Psoriasis
32. Philology
33. Kookaburra
34. Myxomatosis ”

Hmmn. How many of those do you know how to spell?
Actually, Ibukun and I are friends, and we both participated in the 2010) edition. I would have applied again in 2011 if not for the fact that I was a school leaver then.

I SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO HIM ON HIS VICTORY.

LET THE YOUTHS SPRING FORTH

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By DAYO WHITEKING

Let the youths spring forth..
No matter the laws of men.
Man cannot be born an a
dult but a baby.
With known weakness but puzzled future.
Men die old and children replaced.
Two came in the place of one.
They never cease, always coming.
Beautiful ones born into the ugly world.
The irony of life.
As fire fears water.
Small David and the big Goliath.
A pen writes a book.
One wonders when babies will be born ugly.
For then will the world be beautiful.
Population count will show men, women,
young and old.
In their memories lies their youth.
They were ones the beautiful gift of nature.
They acted, they existed.
Grow and kill, they did.
In everything that happens, appears man’s
hand.
If the world is ugly; they made it so.
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So, let the youth be revealed.
For with them comes beauty.
Let the youth be born.
For with them comes hope.
And let the youth grow.
For the future grows with them.
So, let the youth spring forth.
And make the world as beautiful as they
came into it.

PETALS

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PETALS by Agbaakin Amiable Jerry on Saturday, November 3, 2012

 

As i stand on the lonely roads.

I gazed enchanted by nature’s fold.

The flowers wave their summer petals.

Nature chains me with its crystillic metals.

I lay down my heavy thoughts on nature’s bed.

My burdened heart cared less about life’s bend.

But a greater burden refused to let go.

Hanging like Sword of Damocles over my soul.

 

I felt ostracized in a world of the three-thousand crowd.

I felt robbed in a world innundated with opulence.

Of beauty and wisdom crying aLoud.

I run ahead the sprinters but cant see the finishing line yet.

I feel deserted in a world laced with an hate for myself.

Mourning inside.

I cease being myself.

Losing what i am,coveting other’s.

Blaming the Creator,accursing my being born.

So the petals drilled me and showed me wisdom.

For to be an achiever is not by efforts.

But by blend of ability and luck.

The petals of the rose though unmoving.

Yet,they are contended with their sprightly beauty.

And never succumb to the overwhelming gaiety of the Lycidas.

 

 

S.A.G.A.S.E.N.S.I.S.M.: an abstract

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SAGASENSISM: an abstract.

Sagasensism is a word coined from two Latin words: sagac meaning keen and foresighted judgement and sensus meaning to feel or perceive.

Sagasensism can therefore be defined as an enquiry into the  world of existence and reality, through the use of both the senses and a deep foresighted ability to judge.

It is the rational study of the metaphysical world, with the aid of logic.

It may also be referred to as the epistemological justification of knowledge of facts beyond physical perception through the application of human senses and a deep sagacity.

Sagasensism is an offshoot of Perceptionism. It might be seen as a slight perversion of it.

This philosophy is borne out of the belief that ‘unobservables’, i.e. objects that cannot be directly perceived, can constitute knowledge, both certain and probable. But of course, we can only sagasensistcally conclude that a thing exists if and only if there is ample observable evidence to prove such existence.

It is also based on the rule that if the existence of a thing is the only [logical] explanation for a state of reality, then that thing is presumed to actually exist as long as it is the only available justification for the existence of the state.

This technique is often utilised in the aspect of criminology and crime solving. Detectives, when investigating a crime, at times can tell with certainty who is culpable and who is not despite the fact that they were not at the scene where the crime was committed. They gather clues, formulate theories, study facts and evidences until they are led to their desired answer. Someone, who is familiar with detective stories such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or TV series of the mentalist, would better understand this.

 

Instances of applying Sagasensism:

  1.  A man is shipwrecked onto an island. He lives there alone for years, knowing her ins and outs. Then one day, he finds a fresh trail of gigantic foot-prints that could not possibly belong to even bigfoot, the mythical creature. Albeit he did not see one, he would logically and sagasensistically deduce that a huge, non-human creature is sharing the island with him. But to suggest that the creature fell from the sky, has a large set of teeth or can become invisible is beyond the ambit of Sagasensism.
  2. Another example is a scenario whereby one is journeying through a thick forest. Then at a point, one sees a wide well-weeded maize plantation. One does not need special powers to infer from this that there exists a farmer who is responsible for the plantation. THAT is certain knowledge, even though it cannot be empirically verified. But to say there is a village nearby, using only this observable scene as evidence is not sagasensistically acceptable. At best, it is highly probable.

 

In the same vein, if one sees a shoe, one will automatically know there is a shoemaker. If one sees an item of furniture, one will know there exists a carpenter. And if we see a clothe perfectly designed, our sagacity makes us aware of the inevitable existence of a seamstress. There is no effect without an initial cause. And nothing can exist out of nothing i.e. without a maker or manufacturer.

 

This school of thought may also be applied to the problem of the existence of God, soul, ghosts and other beings. It is true that no man has physically seen God. But are there no observable objects that point to his existence? It appears to me there are …

<<<to be continued>>>

APPRECIATION

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 My recent state of infirmity

Has opened my eyes to some reality

One is…

Even if one thinks hard about it

We can never appreciate the value of good health

Until one is on the verge of losing it

We cannot know the importance of a penny

Until it is with us no more

We cannot realise the blessing in freedom

Until one tastes a life of imprisonment

REFORMING THE SOCIETY THROUGH THE FAMILY

 
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  REFORMING THE SOCIETY THROUGH THE FAMILY.

Recently, I saw a picture on facebook showing two Muslimat and one catholic putting on a veil. All of them are ‘corpers’, equally wearing the NYSC cap.
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After seeing it, I was pleased that we still have Nigerians bold enough to regard modesty and religion higher than routine and secularity. But to my dismay, the page that uploaded the picture actually meant to condemn and ridicule the act, and it earned the endorsement of majority of the ‘commenters’, some describing them as barbaric and obsolete. This only reflects how twisted the thoughts of many are, how suddenly our values have changed and how we now condemn attitudes that used to be cherished by majority of the human race.

Many have wondered why there is so much anomalies, immorality and corruption in present times, why every aspect of human life seems to be upside down, why our mind-sets are so perverted that we now consider normal things as strange and abnormal things as ordinary. Many wise enough to detect this worrisome state of affairs, have attempted to seek the source and eventually reduce, or at best, curb it once and for all.

Some believe that the inadequacies of the government is the root-cause due to the paucity of employment and a qualitative accessible education system. Some are of the view that it is the media along with means of globalization that brought immorality along with it when it emerged because of the innumerable immoral ideas propagated through TV shows, radio broadcasts, magazines and most especially the internet which seems to have its tentacles glued to all lands across the globe. Others believe it is the backwardness in the schools and ineffectiveness of the pedagogy that has led to the situation we find ourselves.

However, I am of the strong belief that none of the afore-mentioned agencies has been the cause of more havoc to our societal values and moral standards than the family has. The Family, apart from the individual, is the smallest unit in the society and it exerts the most influence on the individual by helping to form his views, opinions and mind-set. This is not surprising as the family is the first companion, teacher and mentor a child has. And if it IS defective in imparting the right values and attitudes into a child, then it will ultimately affect the society that child grows in.

The similitude of a flawed family to the society is like that of a rotten egg to a crate of eggs. It, no doubt, will transfer its malady to the other members. Hence, to curb social ills, we need to look inward and start from the fountainhead of the larger society, the family.

The family is like a complex edifice, with many intricate body components. For a family, and by extension the society, to be successful, one has to monitor all these parts. One of these is the marriage, the foundation of all homes. At times, due to some inadequacies on the part of marriage partners, the future of a child is destroyed even prior to its conception.

Many people jump into marriages without making necessary considerations such as the availability of a sufficient source of income, the compatibility of genotypes and the rationale behind ones attachment to ones lover. The latter is very paramount as ignoring it may lead to long-lasting scars in the married life, thereby affecting the future of the offspring. Marriages borne out of lust are bound not to last long, or if they do last long, then they will be tumultuous. In any case, the children will be the ones to bear the brunt psychologically, financially, academically and socially. Also, children should be properly begotten. It is a fact that children who are products of fornication or adultery, children who are HIV positive or sickle cell carriers and those that are born into extreme poverty will find it difficult to live a normal life and will on the long-run, take to behaviours harmful to them and the larger society.

After properly constituting our families, what else we need to do is encourage the re-emergence of the extended family structure, which is the common practice in Africa before the infiltration of western values. Now, many people prefer the ‘me, my spouse and children’ type of home. The havoc this is causing is not obvious, but great. One, it makes it hard to monitor the child(ren). An extended system would provide sufficient monitoring, security, healthy competition amongst the children and moral support to the children. Here is what Pearl S. Buck has to say; ‘the lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people-no mere father and mother-as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has moulded him into it before he was born’.

Another important issue, germane to the success of any family is that of career mothers. I am of the opinion that it is in the interest of no one that a woman should work far from home, and for long hours. Mothers seem to have lost focus on their most important goal and duty; to cater for the children and the family. It is naturally, historically and scripturally the work of mainly the man and head of the family to provide for the monetary needs of the family. In a case whereby the father is hardly at home, and the mother too is a workaholic, leaving home early in the morning and returning late at night; even if a nanny is hired, it will still have deleterious effects on the child. Mothers need to understand that the best way to render service to their community is by being there for their children. I’m not arguing that they should not engage in any lucrative activity, but such activity must not in any way hinder them from giving their ‘all’ to their family.

Apart from these, parents have a duty apart from feeding, clothing and educating a child, and that is to show good examples to the child. They should not only instruct him/her to do or not to do something, their behaviours must also manifest such instructions. A scenario in which the child observes that his parents are adulterers, drug addicts or amoral individuals, will only degenerate to the child being no better as he/she will tend to take them as role models.

Lastly, the level of discipline in our families is very abysmal. Parents are no longer strict in monitoring and correcting their children. Whenever children act inappropriately or in an impolite manner, parents no longer caution them and if they do, it is with inordinate clemency. This kind of attitude will only prove to be counter-productive, as the child, judging from the reaction from his parents, will not be aware of the enormity of some enormities.

In summation, I would like to implore all those truly desiring to reform the society and set things right in the world, to begin from their individual homes. The situation of our families is very appalling. The fact that countries like Russia, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Ukraine and Panama with very high divorce rates also have the highest prevalence on crimes and immoralities is not a surprise. Once the family is not effective in its inherent function of nurturing the children and future leaders, this failure and ineffectiveness will inevitably reflect in the society. I wish to end with a quote from Anthony Brandt: Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.

AT THE MID-WAY

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AT THE MID-WAY by AGBAAKIN AMIABLE JERRY

It is at the midway when we are entangled.
A moment of perplexity surges.
Like blood in a damaged blood vessel.
It is at the mid-way when the landscape.
Of our destination pops up its hidden
charm.
Placing the soul in a dilemma so
immeasurable.
Where the facade of our home gleams
swiftly across the ruptured mind.
I apologize,Fate,but i cant go back.
For a man knows how to draw the line.
Only a real man will resist the urge.
To erase the mark rid of precision.
And inexistent accuracy.
So,here I come disturbed.
Stirred by the endless movement of the
crowd.
For to go back is a nightmare.
Yet the destination is unknown.
Wreathed in its mystical mystery.
One day,i will reach there.
And smile at the remembrance of the mid-
way.

TRAFFIC OF THE SOUL

TRAFFIC OF THE SOUL by AGBAAKIN AMIABLE JERRY

Everyday i go on with my way.
I carry on with dismay.
My heart beats fast swift.
But it’s not my heart that is ill built.
It’s certainly my ambition for adventure.
All paths culminate in a confused juncture.
Such is the way of man.
I look over the seas and land.
I hold a constant gaze at the night stars.
None can match the gay corals.
But i have never beheld a city’s rigmarole.
In a city called Soul.
You will see herds of migrants.
Disillusioned!
Who grace wont grant..
Many streets run on it.
It has the most convoluted traffic.
A bunch of caustic vehic wardens.
Negligent!
Undermining orderlines and sanity.
If my soul has traffic lights.
Then i wont ruminate on it’s diurne night.
Every murky matters will spring
transparent.
Alas!My soul has no such magic armament.
So everyday I go on with the dismay.
Groping about the monstrous dark.
Falling with no solace to hack.
With no skill within my hold.
To scheme the tortuos roads.
To predict the raging of the sea.
To be what i want to be.