MY NEW-FOUND HOBBY

I have found a new hobby. Perhaps you can say due to my idleness… or it may just be ingenuity. This hobby may seem absurd, yet it is most interesting and the results are often hilarious.

The new hobby I’m referring to is the creation of funny memes. This involves the editing of pictures, writing wordings on them to create a special effect and convey strong emotions.

Some of the pictures I used were downloaded while the others, I made myself, by capturing events in a movie (3 idiots and Sherlock Holmes, mainly) with my ‘screencapture’ PC application. Some are written in English, some Nigerian pidgin, and others, Yoruba.

Here are 25 of them:

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THE PARABLE OF RAJI AND MAMA ALAKARA

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Mama, sell akara for me now… I have been standing here since… you no wan make I chop ni?”, rants Raji, a student of the University of Ibadan, and a member of the hall of Mellanby. Raji, on this very night, around 09:30pm, is at the front of a long queue of students who are waiting to buy the quite popular bread and akara of Mellanby hall. He uses every means available to convince the elderly lady at the centre of attraction. He would shout, plead and even argue against the others by telling those belonging to other halls of residence to return to their halls and buy akara there. Why must he queue with them as he is a stakeholder in the premier hall, he says. However, despite all these, the akara vendor refused to attend to him. Why? Because he jumped the queue. Not just this, but because he does so, every night.

A few minutes before this time, coming from a programme, I arrived at the hall. I decided to branch at the stand, to get a space, before proceeding to my room. I had to do this because it was of utmost importance to me to charge my cell-phones and laptop, due to the unpredictable and sporadic nature of our electric supply.
While going to my room, I saw the same Raji just moving towards the gate, that is, towards the akara seller. I did all I needed to and headed back to the place. There, I met the situation earlier described.

Raji was relentlessly demanding that he be attended to, and the “mama” kept refusing, firmly I must say. Everybody thought there was no way she would give in to his request, there was no way she would unfairly attend to him before others who have patiently stood up for several minutes, for the same purpose. I could hear the individual staying behind me saying if the akara vendor sells to Raji, then he would be vexed as ‘ese ni o’ i.e. ‘it is a sin’.

But we were wrong.

In a little more than no time, what I can say was anticipated but still is to everybody’s amazement, she eventually gave in, and sold akara to him. Adding that if he behaves the same way the next night, he will not get the same result.

Raji got what he wanted; he succeeded in breaking the protocols, delaying the others and infringing on their equitable rights. YET, nothing was done about it. Nobody got angry, or at least, nobody showed it. Nobody strongly protested it. Nobody said anything or did anything to correct the corruption which has just been committed with impunity.

This got me thinking.

The truth is that, in every country, there are dominant traits. Traits that seem to define the people of that country. Traits that are inextricable from the actual existence of the people. Once these traits are observable in the all the affairs of the people, they will get to the centre, the leadership. And once they are seen at the centre, know that they originated from the grassroots.

In Nigeria, these traits unfortunately include lateness (African time), nonchalance with things that are not ours, the spirit of forgiveness (which does not always work for us), the belief that ‘laws are made to be broken’ and of course, corruption.

The word Nigeria is today synonymous with corruption; this is because it is so widespread in the economy that those in the government are nothing but advocates of corruption and selfish interests. It is now thought that anybody going into politics, no matter how saintly, is automatically going there to fill his pockets. We now find youths publicly asserting that if they find themselves in the seat of power, they would not “dull” themselves, they also would not hesitate to have a long-lasting taste of the symbolic national cake.

Just like Raji, politicians, who are established monsters, incessantly demand to buy the masses’ votes and mandate. And just like the akara vendor, the electorates always eventually give in, mostly due to their forgetfulness, ignorance and spirit of forgiveness. Even those who promise hell if this happens, are in one way or the other, silenced. This cycle of corruption getting rewarded with forgiveness by its victims, keeps rolling and things keep getting worse. This will indubitably go on until somebody rises to the task of breaking this vicious cycle, until ‘mama alakara’ stands her ground and refuses to sell her akara to criminals and deceitful persons, until Raji realises that you cannot always get what you want by whatever means you utilise, you cannot ‘fool all the people, all the time!’

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AN ESSAY ON THEOLOGY

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MY ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HOMO-PAULINUS
AN ESSAY ON THEOLOGY

“Why should I accept a theory from someone who, in the simplest possible terms, cannot satisfactorily explain it himself?” ~ Adebajo A.F.

In my on-going quest through this serene yet tumultuous world, I have met persons of different tribes, faiths and dispositions; whether physically or virtually (i.e. online). This might be partly due to the multi-religious and heterogeneous nature of Nigeria, where I hail from. I, as a person, just like the people I have met and the acquaintances I have made; also have an identity: a set of beliefs, ideas and opinions I strongly hold on to, my world-view. For instance, I believe there is a God, and He is one (no strings attached), I believe in the prophethood of Muhammad (PBUH) and many who have come before him, I believe that there is no naturally superior man or race, I believe this world is a test for mankind, a journey to the hereafter etc. My beliefs, be they invented or accepted, are of course, open to criticism or even condemnation. However, there truth-values do not depend on the existence, or in fact, the possible existence of these criticisms, but on whether, indeed, they can withstand further objective debate.

The world is designed in such a way that it is harmonious, yet much divided. Everybody, down to each single individual, has a specific and unique combination of ideologies; many of which violently contradict. It is these contradictions that make this world beautiful and exciting, as we tend to learn many grotesque things every day and meet many a strange people. But then again, it is these inevitable contradictions in thought that cause tribal, racial, religious and ideological rifts among men, leading to avoidable deaths and tragedies.

Since my days in senior high school, I have found myself engaging in inter-faith debates. However, then, I knew more or less little or, in fact, nothing on the subject. I, like many other ignorant mature ones, would (although very rarely) resort to argumentum ad baculum (appeal to force), when other defences prove futile. But as time went by, most especially after my introduction to the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria), I became more familiar with theological and metaphysical topics. And the various discoveries I have made on this journey, in my personal research, only gave me a stronger, logical conviction that my creed is the not just the best for the settling of worldly affairs, it is a perfectly divine set of ideas that guarantee eternal peace. It is both mundane and transcendental.

Man is naturally a homophilosophicus, a reasoning animal. He is naturally curious, asking questions about the nature of things, demanding answers to everything imaginable. Once he gets a satisfactory answer, he feels fulfilled. However, after a flaw is detected in that answer, the quest starts all over. Perhaps, to seek a new answer or patch the defect in the already found one. This is the nature of man, always seeking perfection, cognitive consonance and a good understanding of his place in the realities of life. This is who we are, and it is a good thing.

But… this good nature is usually suppressed by the environment man finds himself. I believe man passes through three phases of reasoning. As soon as he is born, he becomes sort of an iPod because his parents will start downloading their thoughts into his brain. They tell what to do and what not to do, what to believe and what not to believe; and he just accepts all the files, including viruses too. As time goes by, he turns into an automaton, able to act on his own but still depending on his earlier programming for survival. Many never leave this stage, they become affixed to it. However, the last phase is that of a homo-sapien. At this final stage, he becomes truly philosophic, weighing and assessing ideas before accepting or rejecting them. His bias and sentiments do not take the better part of him.

It may be a cause of wonder what actually I mean by the word ‘homopaulinus’ in the title. The Merriam-Webster dictionary, ‘Pauline’ means “of or relating to the apostle Paul, his epistles, or the doctrine or theology implicit in his epistles. So, who are the homopaulinus? They are men who follow Pauline propositions in their day to day activities. And they are no other than the modern-day Christians. What? No, that can’t be, you say. Christians are followers of Jesus Christ, the son of Mary. They even bear his title. Well, my reason for saying otherwise is quite simple. Paul, a self-acclaimed apostle (taking the place of Judas Iscariot) is an ex-Jew known for fervently persecuting Christians, who then mysteriously converted to Christianity after seeing a vision of Jesus. He wrote over half of the book in the New Testament, that is 14 books, if the book of Hebrew (one of the books with doubtful authorship) is to be included. Most of what Paul taught in his epistles strongly contradict the gospels of Jesus and his disciples.

Davis D. Danizier, on http://www.liberalslikechrist.org/about/paulvsall.html, said: ‘There is more than enough evidence to support the view that the “Christianity” that we have inherited is the legacy, not of Jesus of Nazareth, but of Paul of Tarsus.” He also quoted Jeremy Bentham, a famous English philosopher, as saying “if Christianity needed an Anti-Christ, they needed look no farther than Paul” (paraphrased). Pauline contributions to the Bible are the most solid sources that vindicate or give divine backing to acts such as slavery, degradation of women, celibacy; there is even evidence that he supported gaiety. Most Christians follow his principles, thinking that they follow Jesus. I’m sure few people are aware of the fact that “the conversion of Paul is the only event in the lives of the saints that is universally commemorated in the church as a feast day…celebrated every year on January 25.” For more Biblical references pointing to how Pauline and Jesus’s teachings are not compatible, see the work of Edgar Jones in http://www.voiceofjesus.org/paulvsjesus.html.

Now back to the crux of this write-up. I have a lot of Christian friends, some of whom I have find myself one time or the other engaging in religious talks with. A couple of course-mates in Olabisi Onabanjo University, some in the University of Ibadan, evangelists here and there and even my room-mate who constantly and indefatigably attempts to convert me. And one of the major things I have noticed about them (I.e. Christians) is their reluctance to give in to logic, science and common sense as yard-sticks when judging fundamental issues of faith. They say, how can billions of people who believe in nearly the same thing be wrong? They say why is it that they derive so much peace and pleasure from reading the Bible? They say Christianity provides a remarkable moral-code and ideal way of life and that is all that matters. They say if it is wrong, why does it feel so right? They talk about the inscrutability of speaking in tongues. However, all other faiths; Buddhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Idolatry, Hinduism; feel right to those who practise them. Their scripture also pacify them. But they cannot all be holistically right as God is one and He can only wish to be worshipped in one way, and one way only. He cannot sanction abortion in one religion, and oppose it in another. He cannot give room for polygamy here and severely condemn it elsewhere. He cannot have the same image as man here and say that there is none comparable to Him somewhere else. He cannot describe Himself as 3-in-1 or 1-in-3 here and assert that He is one, no strings attached, there.

Only a people are right, the Catholics, Protestants, Hinduists, Buddhists, Judaists or Muslims. And that rightness can never be determined using emotional states or how one feels while practising ones faith. It cannot be determined by guess, for example by choosing at random from a heap of papers containing names of world religions. It can only be determined by using that one thing that makes us human, the one thing that distinguishes us from animals, the thing naturally given to all from birth- our intellect, the ability to separate right from wrong, ability to identify good and bad arguments, logic. I hereby submit that logic is the only available yardstick for the task of separating the wholly divinely authenticated religion from the others which misguide billions of lives daily.

The unfortunate thing is most Christians will never give in to this fact. They always fidget and forcefully oppose you if you mention logic while discussing theology, perhaps because they are well aware that Christianity, if subjected to critical intellectual bashing, will not survive even a minute. When shown facts that state that there are inconsistencies in the Bible, making it not wholly the word of God; they simply reply that you cannot judge the Bible like other texts, you need the holy spirit, the inner eye, to be able to understand it. Or at times, they say it does not matter, as long as it teaches them morals (which is not even so, and those that it teaches, they often do not follow). They prefer to grope in their state of complacency than engage in deep thoughts which bring emotional inconvenience but intellectual progress.

History, in fact, shows that Christian leaders, from time, have never been in good terms with science, whenever it appears to derail from established biblical propositions. The church seemed to have always been at war with scientists and natural philosophers. As Carthaginian lawyer, Tertullian said around 200 A.D.: ‘what indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the academy and the church?’ Scholars like Copernicus, Galileo, Michael Servetus were persecuted because their theories were considered heretical or inconsistent with the content of the Bible. Copernicus, who first postulated the theory of heliocentrism, in fact delayed publishing his work until he was on his death bed for fear that the church may violently disagree with him. Servetus was burned at the stakes by the protestant Switzerland. Galileo, an Italian scientist, was convicted for his heliocentric views i.e. the view that the Earth revolves around the sun which contradicts Christians’ placing the Earth at the centre of the universe. He was asked to “abjure, curse and detest” his views and then placed on house arrest for life. So, it is not a surprise, to find Christians, today, doing the same thing, but more mildly, as they no longer possess the power to do and undo, imprison and maim.

Another thing I have noticed in my encounters is their use of rhetoric. Christians greatly enjoy twisting words to evangelise and form a defence in discussions. For instance, you find them saying ‘no, no, no…you get it all wrong. Christianity is not a religion. It is a way of life’. I recently learnt that, perhaps after noticing a flaw, they now flatly equate Christianity to not just a way of life, but life itself. They even go to the extent of saying religion is not the solution, it is our problem, it is the opium of the society. What we need is to accept Jesus Christ. And if you ask what the difference is between the two (i.e. religion and way of life), the same perambulation will continue. They also often say that ‘can you say that in the religion you are now, you are enjoying a true relationship with God?’ Or perhaps, ‘what is your testimony? What is your personal experience that makes you stick to your belief?’ All these in an effort to confuse you. It is like they have been programmed to reply the way they reply. Whoever agrees with them solely on the basis of how they present their arguments and not on what the argument actually is, is like a bling man backing a bling man.

The incontrovertible truth is that the whole propagation of Christianity is an emotional enterprise. It feeds on the manipulation of human emotions. I am yet to see a successful pastor (in terms of followers) who is not ‘mouthed’, who cannot speak fluently and persuasively, who does not apply the principles of rhetoric. Their preaching is mainly on love, total cleansing of sin and salvation. For God so loves the world that he gave his only begotten son, right? Even non-Christians reflexively know this verse which is ever found on the lips of bible-thumpers. Well, it has been established as an interpolation. If you peruse the Revised Standard Version, never will you find this deliberate, ‘grave mistake.’
The fact that music constitutes 80 percent of an average Christian’s notion of worship also corroborates this claim, as music is the most effective way of tampering with a man’s state of mind.

My room-mate, while trying to tell me what Christianity has got to offer me, always resort to the holy-ghost and morality. ‘You see, you need the presence of the Holy Spirit in order to live a sinless life. Once you become born-again, you are no longer yourself; it is Christ that liveth in you.’ I then ask him: ‘are you saying since you’ve been born again, you have never sinned against man or God.’ And of course, he will reply in the negative. He will say, the holy-ghost only acts as guidance, it does not actually control ones actions as that is still subject to our will. Then, I say, what is the difference between the holy-ghost and the human conscience which every man possesses, even the atheist? No doubt, he thereafter resorts to prevarications.

I am certain that many Christians too have hidden doubts about their held believes. Many Christians have never completely read the bible. Many of them do not know how the bible came about, they do not know the origin of Christmas, new year, Easter; they do not know the origin of the trinity, praying on Sundays or closing of eyes. But the sad thing is not this profound ignorance, but the lackadaisical attitude they display toward it. They do not know and they do not care.

All they know is they can never become muslims. Islam is simply not an option because “muslims are terrorists, paedophiles, women haters, polygamous, dirty and blood-thirsty illiterates, who kiss the ground, worship the moon-god and bow down to the sun, towards a black stone in the desert.” And because of this, they prefer to just stick to what they have, no matter how absurd it is.
In conclusion, I wish to cite the story of a man called Dr Laurence Brown (www.leveltruth.com, http://www.drlaurencebrown.com, http://www.truetojesus.com, http://www.realityofgod.com, all sites belong to him). Dr Brown used to be an atheist before God changed his life. His two daughters were born in more or less an interesting, miraculous manner. In 1989, his first daughter, Pristina, was born, and she was able to stand by herself on the very first day of her life. But he did not get any message. 10 months later in 1990, his second daughter, Anna, was born in the George Washington hospital in the US, one of the best. He was much concerned to find that Anna was blue, from the chest to the toes. This means that her blood did not have oxygen. With scanning, they saw that her aorta was very narrow at a point. She was dying and her body was suffocating. There was a surgery, at the time, which could allow the aorta to be replaced by a graft. But the possibility of survival was slim, children who undergo it don’t often do well. His expectation was that she would be acted on, live a few years, have to do the surgery again and then eventually die.

He left the intensive care unit because he was not helping the doctors do their job. And there was a prayer room nearby. He entered it and prayed with sincerity the first time in his life. Hitherto, he felt he was always in charge, he knew how to handle his problems. He had never been in a helpless situation in his life. Dr Brown used to be an atheist, denying the existence of God and in fact, convincing others as well.

He went into the prayer room, thinking it was just a prayer room, nothing more. No cross, crucifixes, no religious symbols at all. and immediately, he felt it was the right place to be. At that moment, he knew there was nothing he could do with his worldly power to help his child. And the power that can help her (if it did exist) was that of the Almighty. As he was an atheist, his prayer was: ‘oh God, if you are there, I need help…if you save my daughter, and you guide me to the religion that is most pleasing to you, I will follow it.’ He made a deal. He went back to the intensive care unit about 15 minutes after he had left, and he noticed immediately that something had changed. The cardiac surgeon then told him that Anna was going to be fine. The doctor tried making a scientific explanation for this turn-around, but they all knew it could not be and he did not buy into it.

He, therefrom, in a bid to keep his promise, started searching for this religion that was ‘most pleasing’ to God. He studied Buddhism, Taoism, and Shintoism. It did not take him long to decide against these religions. He then worked his way to Judaism. In Judaism, he found some truth. But he was not satisfied. There he found the prophesy of three men to come (John the Baptist, Christ and the prophet). He moved to Christianity. He found Jesus calling himself the son of man. He found him saying in 3 different places in the bible that ‘God is one’ is the first of the commandments. He could not find the concept of trinity anywhere in the bible. The bible scholars would say but it says so in the first epistle of John, chapter 5, verse 7; but he also found out that that verse was nothing but a forgery. It does not exist in the original manuscripts, and modern bibles do not contain it (scoffield’s reference bible). He could not find a priest in any sect to answer his questions and clarify his doubts. He could not find himself accepting many Christian doctrines, such as the trinity, original sin and so on.

He felt confused and lost. It was like he was not making any progress. And due to the fact that, in the west, the last religion most people consider is Islam, it was Islam he studied last. Reading about Islam and Prophet Muhammad, everything fell in place; the prophecy in the old testament, the oneness of God, accountability of every man for his own deeds, direct relationship with God, all these which Jesus truly taught. He found a consistency between the two teachings. And eventually, he accepted Islam. He found all the answers to his questions in Islam. And he “found Islam as the conclusion in the chain of revelation.”

Concluding his story, Dr Brown says, “if there is one message I have for the audience, it is this: we come to the religion of truth not on our own except as we ask for it. Allah guides those who he wills. Pray to Allah by whatever name you know him. Pray to the creator with sincerity. Ask him to guide in your heart and in your mind to the religion of truth, and to make you pleased with it. You will find, if you are sincere and if Allah answers your prayer, you will find that the religion of truth enters your heart. And in shaa Allah, you will join us as a brother or sister in Islam.”

THE FINAL SERMON

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THE FINAL SERMON:

After praising, and thanking God, the
Prophet, may God send His praises upon
him said:

“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I
know not whether after this year, I shall
ever be amongst you again. Therefore,
listen to what I am saying to you very
carefully and take these words to those
who could not be present here today.

O People, just as you regard this month,
this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the
life and property of every Muslim as a
sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to
you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one
so that no one may hurt you. Remember
that you will indeed meet your Lord, and
that He will indeed reckon your deeds.

God
has forbidden you to take usury (interest),
therefore all interest obligation shall
henceforth be waived. Your capital,
however, is yours to keep. You will neither
inflict nor suffer any inequity. God has
Judged that there shall be no interest, and
that all the interest due to Abbas ibn Abd’al
Muttalib shall henceforth be waived…
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your
religion. He has lost all hope that he will
ever be able to lead you astray in big
things, so beware of following him in small
things.

O People, it is true that you have certain
rights with regard to your women, but
they also have rights over you.

Remember
that you have taken them as your wives
only under a trust from God and with His
permission. If they abide by your right
then to them belongs the right to be fed
and clothed in kindness. Do treat your
women well and be kind to them for they
are your partners and committed helpers.
And it is your right that they do not make
friends with any one of whom you do not
approve, as well as never to be unchaste.

O People, listen to me in earnest, worship
God, perform your five daily prayers, fast
during the month of Ramadan, and offer
Zakat. Perform Hajj if you have the means.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An
Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab,
nor does a non-Arab have any superiority
over an Arab; white has no superiority
over black, nor does a black have any
superiority over white; [none have
superiority over another] except by piety
and good action. Learn that every Muslim
is a brother to every Muslim and that the
Muslims constitute one brotherhood.
Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim
which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it
was given freely and willingly. Do not,
therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear
before God and answer for your deeds. So
beware, do not stray from the path of
righteousness after I am gone.

O People, no prophet or apostle will come
after me, and no new faith will be born.
Reason well, therefore, O people, and
understand words which I convey to you. I
leave behind me two things, the Quran and
my example, the Sunnah, and if you follow
these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my
words to others and those to others again;
and it may be that the last ones
understand my words better than those
who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O
God, that I have conveyed your message to
your people.”

Thus the beloved Prophet completed his
Final Sermon, and upon it, near the
summit of Arafat, the revelation came
down:
“…This day have I perfected your religion
for you, completed My Grace upon you,
and have chosen Islam for you as your
religion…” (Quran 5:3)

HISTORY OF YOUTHSPRING MOVEMENT

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HISTORY

YouthSpring movement started as a Facebook group, by the name, ‘Community of World Youth Leaders’ {COWYL}, at exactly 29th day of August, 2011. This group still exists with the URL address being http://www.facebook.com/groups/cowyl. Consequential to various suggestions and encouragements, most especially from individuals such as Mr Dare Dairo, Mr Okwong D. Okon and Miss Opeyemi Elizabeth, the administrator of the group decided to initiate it to enable her members hold meetings and discuss how to contribute positively to their environment.

Hence, on the 12th day of November, 2011, the inauguration ceremony was held at the Ijebu-Ode Grammar school, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state. At this event, the initiator, Mr Adebajo Adekunle, discussed the aims and objectives, mission and vision, as well as the intended modus operandi of the inchoate group. Also, professional public speaker, Ife Onaduja, gave a motivational speech titled ‘the dream diagram’, in which he explained the importance of the ‘dream nucleus’, ‘dream powerhouse’, and ‘dream wall’. Election of position fillers was conducted thereafter, which resulted in Ohacho Cystus and Ololade Otukoya getting fixed for the offices of Public Relations Officer and General Secretary respectively. Close to the termination of the programme, Mr Adekoya Emmanuel O., a pedagogue at the Ijebu-Ode Grammar school and mentor of the association, delivered a speech, advising the members to be committed to the purpose of the group, saying a few dedicated members far outweigh a large number of non-challant ones. Immediately after this, merriments followed and of course, the taking of snapshots.

In attendance at the ceremony were;

  1. Adebajo Adekunle  Fisayo  08094175018
  2. Ife Onaduja  08153266073
  3. Ohacho Cystus Kenny  08037684461
  4. Ufford Christian Francis  08053043924
  5. Otukoya Ololade Moridiyat  08093741198
  6. Ashir Zainab Opeyemi  07053206615
  7. Antonio John  08101799125
  8. Oduwaye ‘Abdul-‘Azeez  08133184873
  9. ‘Abdul-Ayoola Wahab  08093340868 
  10.  ‘Abdul-Hameed Farouq 
  11.  Ogunsanmi Odunayo
  12.  Owodunni Adebisi
  13.  Kukoyi Mujibat Opeyemi (later attendance)

And

  1.  Mr Adekoya Emmanuel Oluwasegun

Subsequent to this programme, the members, most especially the President and the PRO engaged themselves in the writing and dispatching of letters to various high schools in Ijebu-Ode. About six [6] schools were visited, including Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu Muslim College, Anglican Girls Grammar School and Great foundation college. However, an appointment was only immediately secured at Adeola Odutola College.

 

The letter went like this:

 

THE COMMUNITY OF WORLD YOUTH LEADERS, NIGERIA

98, Abeokuta road, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state,

E-mail: cowylnigeria@yahoo.com

Telephone: 08093741198, 08094175018

Motto: the future is in our hands.

Our Ref: ____________                      Your Ref: ____________                    Date: _______________

 

 

_________________

_________________

_________________

Dear Sir/Madam,

REQUEST FOR AN AUDIENCE WITH YOUR STUDENTS.

With due respect and in recognition of your authority, we, members of the aforementioned organisation, hereby request for your permission to address your students. Since this is our fight against ______________ month, we will be lecturing them on _________________________________________________.

We would appreciate it if you can present ___ representatives from each class for this purpose. This will help to prevent the disruption of the school’s activities/learning process.

Granting our request will assist us in achieving our aim of tackling corruption, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy and immorality through the education, enlightenment and empowerment of the Youths.

Thank you for your anticipated support.

 

____________________                                                                                            ______________________

       Otukoya O.M.                                                                                                                           Ohacho C.K.

   (General Secretary)                                                                                                              (P.R.O)

                                                                   ____________________

                                                                           Adebajo A.F.

                                                                            (President)

 

 

 

Eleven {11} days after the official initiation of the group, that is on the 23rd of November, 2011, we had an outing to Adeola Odutola College. The lecture to be delivered was titled ‘THE YOUTHS’ ROLE IN TACKLING CORRUPTION’.

The programme commenced a few minutes past 10 O’ clock inside the school hall. Members in attendance included Adebajo Adekunle, Ife Onaduja, Ohacho Cystus and Ashir Zaynab. The president started by introducing the participants, seventy-eight {78} in number, to the aims and mission of the organisation, Community of World Youth Leaders. He then further discussed the topic, in the end giving 3 tips on how to personally tackle the menace called corruption. The next speaker was Ohacho Cystus. He buttressed the points of the first speaker, diverting a little into the spiritual realm. And then lastly was Ife Onaduja, who spoke on the importance of knowing ones temperament in the pursuit of ones goals. He briefly noted the key features of people who are melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic and sanguine. He also helped many of the students to identify their temperaments through their handwritings.

All through the lectures, the students kept jotting down whatever they found note-worthy. But the lecture was not all that was on our agenda, we also ensured we took a group photo and pasted posters containing thought-provoking assertions such as CORRUPTION IS THE ROOT-CAUSE OF THE MYRIADS OF PROBLEMS BEDEVILLING THIS NATION… LACK OF BASIC INFRASTRUCTURES, EDUCATIONAL BACKWARDNESS, ECONOMIC STAGNATION, POLITICAL INSTABILITY, SOCIAL DECAY, UNEMPLOYMENT, INSECURITY, TO MENTION BUT A FEW… LEARN TO SAY NO!!!’,       ‘DID YOU KNOW THAT IN A LIST OF THE CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX OF COUNTRIES WORLD-WIDE {FROM THE LEAST CORRUPT TO THE MOST CORRUPT}, NIGERIA RANKS 147??? SAY NO TO CORRUPTION NOW!’,       ‘THE BILLIONS IF NOT TRILLIONS OF US DOLLARS THAT ARE STOLEN BY BOTH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND CIVILIANS COULD HAVE TRANSLATED INTO MILLIONS OF VACCINATIONS FOR CHILDREN, THOUSAND OF KILOMETRES OF ROADS, HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS AND WATER TREATMENT FACILITIES THAT NEVER CAME TO BE!!! SAY NO TO CORRUPTION NOW!’,       ‘DID YOU KNOW THAT BETWEEN 1960 AND 1999, A STAGGERING AMOUNT OF US$400 BILLION WAS EMBEZZLED FROM THE NATION’S WEALTH RESERVE???WITH THIS MONEY, YOU COULD MAKE 75 ROUND TRIPS TO THE MOON… SAY NO TO CORRUPTION NOW!’,       ‘THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUTION IS NOT ONE PERSON’S FIGHT. IT IS EVERYBODY’S FIGHT. IT IS THE LEADERS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE FOLLOWERS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE TEACHERS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE STUDENTS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE ADULTS’ FIGHT. IT IS THE YOUTHS’ FIGHT…BECAUSE WE ARE ALL AFFECTED BY IT. SAY NO TO CORRUPTION NOW!’

 

Students of Adeola Odutola College who benefitted from the initiative include:

  1. 1.      Adeleke Nofisat  08153266073
  2. 2.      Talabi Adenike  08051907336
  3. 3.      Adebayo Zainab  08167286352
  4. 4.      Iranlade Emmanuel  08076481835
  5. 5.      Maurice Emmanuel  08090629071
  6. 6.      Samuel Omonla  07063786573
  7. 7.      Effiong Isaac  08139223393
  8. 8.      Igwe Famous
  9. 9.      Solomon Oluwatobi  08076206334
  10. 10.  Ogunbule Oluwatoyin  08078368024
  11. 11.  Adedeji Olayinka
  12. 12.  Ayobatele Victoria
  13. 13.  Ajibade Omolola  08052322375
  14. 14.  Ogunfowodu Oluwaseun  08079051221
  15. 15.  Kalejaye Olayinka  08151103035
  16. 16.  Anifowose Kofoworola  07090856738
  17. 17.   James Olufunsho  07052196498
  18. 18.  Egbums Samson  08180525671
  19. 19.  Olawale Olumide  08093730247
  20. 20.  Osunkoya Kehinde  08100523428
  21. 21.  Agunanne Henry  07036341854
  22. 22.  Onikosi Adesola
  23. 23.  Ogunmah Jennifer  08067828183
  24. 24.  Oresile Moyosore  08166269584
  25. 25.  Alimi Olayemi  08180747595
  26. 26.  Sogbesan Emmanuel  08053429119
  27. 27.  Adebayo Femi  08022853747
  28. 28.  Raimi Adeniyi  08070540576
  29. 29.  Adesoji Temidosa
  30. 30.  Anifowose Abiola  08151479750
  31. 31.  Ogunkoya Bukonla  08153254052
  32. 32.  Anyanwu Faith
  33. 33.  Owolewa Oriyomi  08054530793
  34. 34.  Bakare Kayode  08095622093
  35. 35.  Olanrewaju Kehinde  08057347028
  36. 36.  Okoro Louina  08153721115
  37. 37.  Adebambo Adepeju  08058385894
  38. 38.  Oduniyi Olawunmi  08183178507
  39. 39.  Olayemi Maria  07058804925
  40. 40.  Ettu Jarinat  07030644254
  41. 41.  Subair Temidayo  08189401152
  42. 42.  Akanji Timilehin  08077283927
  43. 43.  Mark Nnamaka  08090886552
  44. 44.  Godwin Christopher O.
  45. 45.  Olanrewaju Taiwo T.  07054650003
  46. 46.  Lawal Olatunbosun F.  080903312733
  47. 47.  Okoliko Caleb E.
  48. 48.  Okorafor Faith O.  07067449547
  49. 49.  Amoo Olajumoke  07055508035
  50. 50.  Atobatele Gloria M.  08054130403
  51. 51.  Omowunmi Clintona  08059562004
  52. 52.  Alao Idayat  07057567690
  53. 53.  Onasanya Adewale O. 08077017794
  54. 54.  Owoseni Emmanuel D.  08069192412
  55. 55.  Okenu Michael O.  08188866364
  56. 56.  Arogundade Atinuke A.  08093176335
  57. 57.  Aina Deborah O.  08092451875
  58. 58.  James Praise D.  08158064851
  59. 59.  Balogun Opeyemi A.  08153136383
  60. 60.  Ogunfowoke Oluwaseun A.
  61. 61.  Ibrahim Olumide Q.  08189563534
  62. 62.  Muntal Femi  08132992751
  63. 63.  Mose Victor O.  08135840800
  64. 64.  Adekanbi Damilola  08071583764
  65. 65.  Adebowale Mariam  08161298580
  66. 66.  Badru Aminat  08053338127
  67. 67.  Odekwo Blessing  08076084423
  68. 68.  Adubi Adefoluke  08078909836
  69. 69.  Olayode Onikepo  08188457735
  70. 70.  Badru Moryam  08057417809
  71. 71.  Abiodun Tosin  08191988366
  72. 72.  Lawrence Olawale  08071813850
  73. 73.  Avono Willkins  07032448429
  74. 74.  Asikhia Micheal  08057233400
  75. 75.  Olufemi Segun  08056147033
  76. 76.  Erhiakporech Ono’s

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To serve as a platform for Youth leaders to meet, discuss issues affecting their societies and propose solutions to the problems.
  • To educate and enlighten Youths on various issues especially corruption, HIV/AIDS, their rights and how to fight for them etc.
  • To cohort with other organisations and NGOs by involving our members ion rallies, campaigns, seminars, contests and workshops of these organisations.
  • To function both as an advisory body and pressure group to the government.
  • To produce not just future leaders but government officials that will change things for the better.

 

WE STAND AND FIGHT FOR:

  • JUSTICE
  • FREEDOM
  • EQUITY
  • CHANGE

 

WE STAND AND FIGHT AGAINST:

  • CORRUPTION
  • ILLITERACY
  • HIV/AIDS
  • IMMORALITY/SOCIAL DECAY

 

 

MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT

          The enlightenment, empowerment, revival and emancipation of world youths from the bondage of corruption, illiteracy, HIV/AIDS and immorality; thereby making them useful positively to themselves, their society and the world at large.

 

MODUS OPERANDI

MEET

 

BOOK FOR EAR-TIME

 

REHEARSE

 

 

OUTING

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

  • GENERAL SECRETARY: he/she takes the minutes, captures the moments and records all events.
  • FINANCIAL SECRETARY: he/she is in charge of collecting and saving money. He/she is also in charge of raising funds for the group.
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER: He/she distributes letters to schools. He/she also represents the organisation at public events.

 

PHOTO ALBUM

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

THE BIRTH OF YOUTHSPRING MOVEMENT.

Due to the fact that, as at the time the group was founded, many if not all of the members were admission-seekers, a few weeks after the first successful outing, there was none that followed. However, the vision and essence on which the foundations of COWYL rest still remain fresh.

The name, The Community of World Youth Leaders, is undoubtedly perfect for a virtual group on Facebook. But for a concrete association of individuals who carry out humanist and philanthropical activities, it appears odd. In the light of this, it has been decided that a name-change is inevitable.

This is what has led to the birth of YouthSpring movement, which will emerge in the city of Ibadan, Oyo state, driven by a set of intellectuals schooling in the premier university in Nigeria, the University of Ibadan.

 

NEW MEMBERS

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HIFZ-l-QUR’AN: A LITTLE ARITHMETIC

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As-Salaam ‘alaekum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.!

Just made a little calculation which I’d love to share… especially to those whose wish is to become memorisers of the Holy Qur’an.

A typical Qur’an has 604 pages, let’s say approximately 600.
It also has, at most, 15 lines per page.

Thus:
For a beginner in terms of hifz-ul-Qur’an … memorising the whole Qur’an will take…

* 600 days, i.e. 1.6 years if he memorises a page [15 lines] each day (which is absolutely possible).

* 2.5 years if he memorises 10 lines each day.

* 5 years if he memorises 5 lines each day.

* 8.2 years if he memorises 3 lines each day.

   and

* 12.3 years for 2 lines each day.


This is got by multiplying 600 by 15, dividing the result [9000] by 365 [number of days in a year], and then dividing the result [24.66] by the number of memorised lines per day.

Remember; with sincerity and consistency…you too can become an hafiz.!

“And We have indeed made the Quran
easy to understand and remember;
then is there anyone that will receive
admonition?”
[Quran 54:17]

::Kindly share with others::

Posted by ADEKUNLE A.F