Thursday, November 20, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Boy: Dad, what's politics?
Dad: Let me set an example with our family. I have all the money so we'll call me the management. Mom receives most of it so we'll call her the government. We'll call the maid the working class, you are the people, and your baby brother is the future. Do you understand now son?
Boy: I still don't understand dad.
Dad: Think about it for a while son.
That night the boy wakes up because his baby brother is crying. He goes in and finds out he's soiled his diapers. He goes to tell his mom but she's asleep he goes in to the maids room but she's in there doing the "main thing" with his dad. He bangs on the door but no one can hear him. The next day...
Son: Dad I understand politics now.
Dad: Good, explain it to me in your own words son.
Son: The management is screwing the working class while the government's fast asleep. The people are being ignored and the future is full of SHIT!
I wasn't too aghasted actually as contemporary little children are highly precocious. So please, Parents, learn to keep your secrets well from your children.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
Its the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.
Its the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.
Its the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.
Its been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.
I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and hes fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nations promise in the months ahead.
I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.
I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nations next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy thats coming with us to the White House. And while shes no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.
To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics - you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what youve sacrificed to get it done.
But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you.
I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didnt start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.
It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generations apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.
I know you didnt do this just to win an election and I know you didnt do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how theyll make the mortgage, or pay their doctors bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who wont agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government cant solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way its been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.
What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.
So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, its that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.
Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, We are not enemies, but friends...though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.
And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you. And to all those who have wondered if Americas beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.
For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one thats on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. Shes a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldnt vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that shes seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we cant, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when womens voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that We Shall Overcome. Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we cant, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America".
Monday, October 27, 2008
To leverage, base on the strength we have, to put smiles on people's faces by developing them, broadening their socio-economic cum political horizon, helping them to succeed, and live their dreams.
- To help people develop purpose-driven lives, and challenge the youths to live out God's purpose in their lives.
- To bring relief to all ethnic groups in Kogi State, Nigeria, and beyond, especially focusing on Widows, Orphans, and abandoned children and families in remote areas of the state and the country at large.
- To improve the lives of underprivileged children in Nigeria and beyond by promoting their educational and social development.
- Moving people towards a new vision and enabling them with the skills and resources for a brighter future.
For us, every individual counts, whether in an area of great media coverage or not, we believe that ethnic communities around the country and beyond will benefit from being a part of the New Frontiers Foundation. Our focus on the community helps us to have a wider reaching impact in the lives of children, youths and families made vulnerable through circumstances beyond their control.
OUR CORE VALUES ARE:
- We believe that poverty and illiteracy can be tackled through community development.
- We believe in the right of poor men and women to a secure livelihood.
- We believe that education and economic self-reliance can be a powerful force for poverty eradication.
- We listen to and learn from the people we work with.
- We value innovation and entrepreneurship.
- We have confidence in our ability to make a significant difference.
The New Frontiers Foundation Shall have several projects planned, and in the process, we shall also work along side National Organizations to mitigate or rather ameliorate the deplorable indigent situation in rural areas. Through experience, planning and careful research, we shall identify areas where change can be made through a little sacrifice and great vision. We shall visit these areas and assess the local needs and we shall work with the people and other volunteers to build a more sustainable life and future, by providing necessary skills training, education and the required facilities.
In the case of the children, we shall spend quality time with them, playing with them, reading to them and interacting to learn better how and what their individual needs are, so we can customize a response that will meet their needs and help to build a strong foundation for the future of each child. Through different activities, we may share with them such things as balloons, ice cream or something fun to show them we care.
We shall serve only through being who we are and that is often all it takes to make an impact so great.
Clinics: Providing medical care, thus benefiting the whole community. In most cases, when living on the outskirts, the distance and lack of transportation to major cities to receive the medical help makes it difficult to get the proper care. Here is where the NFF endeavours to continue to expand in order to provide those in need with accessible care.
In working and communicating with those in need or leaders of communities, and partnering with like minded organizations, New Frontiers Foundation desires to customize programs and provide the resources to help whole communities and individuals to grow and become more self-sustaining.
HOW WE DO IT:
The care that we shall give would be directed in several different ways. Our efforts shall include raising funds through donations and gifts, which would then be carefully distributed where the needs are most urgent.We shall also have a program called "Helping Hands," where kind-hearted volunteers, like you, can visit a project and donate their time and talents in several ways for example, by teaching the local children, helping with a building project, e.t.c. The "Helping Hands" Project enables you take part in restoring lives to those children who have been separated from their families due to circumstances beyond their control such as, poverty, disease or in some cases, crisis. We shall consistently be growing, and we would like you to grow with us.
New Frontiers Foundation will start as a small group with a big idea, and the idea would be: "To be fully human, we must translate our compassion and concern into useful service".That simple statement conveys something about the nature of compassion that is expressed in most spiritual traditions around the world — that compassion is not just about helping those less fortunate than ourselves, it's about the realization that we are all connected as one human family. That sense of compassionate service would motivate all of the NFF's work, as we shall build programs that will support people in Igala land, Kogi State, Nigeria and the world in their efforts to build healthy communities. NFF's prospective programs, which shall be spanning many cultures in Kogi State, Nigeria, and beyond, share certain fundamental principles:
(a) Serving the Underserved:
Our programs shall serve people who have been economically, politically, or otherwise marginalized. We shall change our program approach to relate to their culture and circumstances, reaching out in very different ways. Our aim is to build a bridge of compassion between our donors and the people we serve — people in Nigeria and around the world who have the fewest resources.
(b) Building Healthy Communities:
The New Frontiers Foundation shall embrace an expanded concept of health, recognizing that spiritual and cultural renewal, economic self-sufficiency, and basic civil and human rights are as important to well-being as medical care.
(c) Promoting Sustainability:
The New Frontiers Foundation's programs shall foster self-reliance and aim to reduce dependence on outside assistance. In the communities where we shall work, we shall share skills and technology appropriate for local conditions, assist local decision-making, and help launch projects that will become financially self-sufficient. This transfer of knowledge enables communities to care for their own, now and into the future.
(d) Working Through Partnerships:
We shall form long-term partnerships with those we serve. By developing close relationships with local organizations and community leaders, we build trust, mutual respect and cultural understanding. We honor the ability of communities to define their own solutions to the challenges they face.
"Helping out is not some special skill. It is not the domain of rare individuals. It is not confined to a single part of our lives. We simply heed the call of that natural impulse within and follow it where it leads us."- Ram Dass.
The New Frontiers Foundation shall begin its operations from Igala land (which is our priority), and shall subsequently, spread its operations to other parts of the country. We shall go international as we continue to wax stronger.
(1) Poverty Eradication
(3) Education cum Intellectual Development
(5) Widows cum Orphans empowerment.
Another germane cum pivotal factor to be given consideration to is the mode of admitting prospective members into the project. The NFF Nigeria is a dignified, sensitive, and hallowed project and so, membership must not be open to all Tom, Dick, and Harry. In other words, prospective members would be selected and /or admitted into the Foundation strictly on merit. It is also imperative to ensure that prospective members are individuals who are versatile, highly endowed with multifarious talents, and having the capacity to brainstorm on pending issues.
Not only that, to ensure the workability, stability, and sustainability of the NFF project, intellectuals who have the capacity to engender developmental cum brainstorming ideas are needed, as that is the only recipe for enabling the foundation grapple with the multiple gigantic challenges ahead.
Prospective members must be articulate, and should be good communicators.
Finally, an overarching desideratum for membership is the demonstration of a good personal character by prospective members. Put differently, prospective members must possess positive moral credentials.
BELOW IS A THINK TANK OF INTELLIGENTSIA THAT WOULD COORDINATE AND DRIVE THE PROJECT:
(1) Yakubu Ojonugwa (B.Sc.), River State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt.
(2) Akpa Innocent (B.Sc.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.
(3) Atumeyi Ikani (B.Sc.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.
(4) Solomon Ocholi (LLB.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.
(5) Usman Ojonugwa Abutu Dekoomson (B.Sc.), Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto.
(6) Philip Ejile Fidelis (B.Sc.), University of Ibadan.
(7) Iliasu Ocheni (B.Sc.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.
(8) Enebi Ochimana (B.Sc.), Kogi State University, Anyigba.
(9) Simon Ogwu (B.Sc.), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Any member of The New Frontiers Foundation shall be called a "Frontier". The entire members put together shall be popularly known as "The Frontiers".
HELP US TO SUCCEED THROUGH DONATIONS
When you give to NFF Nigeria, your money and gifts provides for children and youths who have lost parents or those who have been abandoned and are now living with threatening circumstances.Your donation goes to the heart of the need in providing a wonderful home, meals, education, skill training, and most of all, a loving environment with staff who works with community needs on daily basis.
"We believe and trust in God to make this project a success. We shall live to achieve and fulfill this mission through Christ who strenthens us. We implore you to collaborate with us, to by the power of God, help the Igala sons and daughters cum the entire Nigerian children and youths, to live their dreams, crystalize their vision, and fulfil their destiny."
Joel Odaudu (Minister),
President and Founder,
New Frontiers Foundation, Nigeria.
Mobile: 08038347495, 08076308120.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or:
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Every man needs vision to discover his destiny. You need to see beyond what you are today, to what you can be tomorrow in order to reach the finished line of the race that you are running. Destiny is the established end of a thing, while vision is when you see your destiny. In essence, vision is a glimpse of your destiny. All the vision you have actually exist, it's only that you haven't reached it yet. No matter how big or great your vision is, Know that God wants you to fulfil it, and that accounts for why he shown it to you. Vision is destiny in pictures. God would not allow you to see where you cannot go. God cannot show you what does not exist. Your vision is a glimpse of your future, and a photograph of your destiny.
Refute what I am about to say here if it is not true. One fact is that at times, when you see your destiny, you don't believe it! Why? It's because it's so great! Your vision is a picture of your end. That is why your dreams are always bigger than your pocket book, and that also accounts for why your vision is always bigger than your finances. Your poor background cannot limit you. Whether you have a poor background, your dream is always bigger than your birth place. Just forget about the fact that you come from a remote village. Remember, Christ was born in a manger, but that was the King of the world in a manger! It doesn't matter where you come from or how small you are. That cannot limit you in life. In the words of John Johnson, "Men and women are not limited by the place of their birth, nor by the colour of their skin, but by the size of their hope. As a matter of fact, God will always plant big dreams in small places.
My dear, you need to think big and imagine great things! Vision is a picture of your destiny, a dream is when you experience a piece of your destiny. Your imagination plays a monumental and pivotal role in your life. Listen friends, God gave man the gift of imagination so that he could visit his destiny, come back to the present, and make plans to go there. So your dream and your passion to impact the world is from God. Destiny is permanent, but plans may change. Even though your plans changes, your purpose is permanent. God will never cancel your destiny because of your mistakes. He will always use them to be part of your testimony in the future only if you trust and rely on him. Your reliance on God in your race in life will make him transform all your stumbling stones into stepping stones; your obstacles into miracles; and your trials into testimonies.
Imbibe these five principles of destiny:
(1) Whatever God calls for, he provides for;
(2) Whatever God demands, he supplies;
(3) Whatever God expects from you, he injects in you;
(4) Whatever God assigns, he designs; and
(5) Whatever God calls out of you, he puts in you.
Therefore, your destiny is a revelation of your ability, and your dream given to you by God is equal to your capacity to fulfil it. For example, God gave birds the destiny to fly, so God built flight into the birds. God gave fish the destiny to swim, so God put swim in the fish. God gave seeds the destiny to bring forth trees, so God put a tree in the seed. So whatever God calls you to do, he has put inside of you. Your purpose determines your potential, your dream determines your ability, while your responsibility determines your capacity.
God will not allow you to see where you cannot go. He will not allow any situation you cannot cope with to befall you. Your vision is what you see yourself to be. I saw myself writing books. You cannot achieve what you cannot see. I saw myself being an owner of big businesses in my country and beyond. You cannot achieve what you cannot see. I saw myself riding big exotic cars. You cannot achieve what you cannot see. I saw myself flying my own personal aircraft. You cannot achieve what you cannot see. I saw myself building monumental edifices in my country. You cannot achieve what you cannot see. I saw myself as a Philanthropist, establishing people and helping them to succeed. You cannot achieve what you cannot see. I saw myself catering for the poor and the needy. You cannot achieve what you cannot see. All these are not a figment of my imagination, but a picture of my future that will surely come to stay by the power of God almighty. God gave man the gift of imagination so that he could visit his destiny, come back to the present, and make plans to go there. It is categorically portrayed in the book of Ephesians 3:20, that I am able to do exceeding, more abundantly, than I can ever think or imagine according to the power that worketh within me! This simply means that there is power in one's imagination; and if he works hard by making a proper utilization of the potentials within him, he will be able to make his imaginations crystalize and fulfil his dreams. That is why I've come to believe that the greatest gift God ever gave man is not the gift of sight, but the gift of imagination, the gift of vision, because sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart. The greatest enemy of your vision is your eyes. You have to see farther than your eyes can look. I have come to conclude that I will never trust my eyes, because the greatest enemy of vision is sight. No wonder the Bible says, if you are just, you walk by faith, not by sight. Destiny is already established. Vision is when you see it. You can never see your destiny with your eyes. The best way to see your destiny is to close your eyes and follow the Holy Spirit.
Your destiny will always be bigger than your present resources. When your vision is from God, it will always frighten you. If you are not afraid of your vision, then it is not from God. But if your vision is so big that you cannot fulfil it without God, then you should know that it is from God. Therefore, the fear of the sight of your vision is evidence that it is from God.
My dear friends, I admonish and encourage you to go out there and achieve the impossible. Nothing is impossible. The impossible is the untried.
I implore you to make a judicious utilization of the great potentials God has put in you. Do not just sit still and expect your vision to crystalize. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. Remember the words of Zig Ziglar: "Sitting still and making wishes makes no man great. The good Lord brings in the fishes, but you must dig the bait". Tap the untapped, and release the reservoir. See you at the top!
Joel Odaudu Minister,
Nigerian Shippers' Council,
7th Floor, Wing 'A',
#4 Park Lane,
Mobile: 08038347495, 08076308120.
Monday, October 20, 2008
There is power in how a man sees himself and in what a man thinks he is. See yourself as a great man and do not dare think little. There is a popular maxim that says: "If you think little, you will remain little and move with little people". That's true! Think "BIG" and I assure you that you will certainly become great! You should however note that it's not just thinking big that makes a man great. You need to utilise the talents and potentials in you to become your dream man. According to Zig Ziglar, "Sitting still and making wishes makes no man great. The good Lord brings in the fishes, but you must dig the bait". Tap the untapped, release the reservoir.
Give yourself a good name. Don't bear a bad pet name or nickname as what such a name means might befall you. There is a latin aphorism which says "Nomen est omen", meaning "Name is an omen". Needless to say, the word "omen", is strictly analogous with what most people call "luck". So whatever name you bear, might affect you positively or negatively. I've heard some people bear names like "calamity", "broken bottle", etc. This is chronically horrible! Bear a good name and it shall be well with you. Watch Out for the Principles of Destiny in Part 2.
Cheers, and Cheerio.
Joel Odaudu (Minister).