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THE LECTURER : SEX FOR GRADES,GRADUATION OR GREED?

MISTAKES? WE ALL MAKE "EM. THEY SHOULDN'T DEFINE BUT RATHER REFINE YOU.
MISTAKES? WE ALL MAKE “EM. THEY SHOULDN’T DEFINE BUT RATHER REFINE YOU.

Yesterday, the 9th of April, an audio conversation between a professor of Management and Accounting, at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Richard Akindele and a female student, where he demanded sex for grades, was released. It has been trending since then.

There has been no response from the accused and it will be wrong to pass judgement based on the testimony of one person. Okay, I am no Judge but we know that where there is a Plaintiff there must be a Defendant.

However, I can state here, that Sexual Assault in Nigerian Universities is as old as my great grandmother’s cooking pot ! it is not a new thing and yours truly was a victim in many instances. I will tell the story of one incident.

I was a final year student of pharmacy, and as expected, found out that I needed more than 24 hours in a day! Studying at this stage also involved finding the right place at a particular time. I mean, if I could climb trees, I probably would have tried climbing on one of the tall trees around the faculty.

It was a Saturday morning, the Sun had not yet brought out its fangs, so I decided to read under the trees, in a somewhat quiet faculty, the Faculty of Education. I mean, it’s no News that except the students there had lectures they were not going to be hanging around the classes on a Saturday morning!

I got a desk and chair and sat under a very large tree. The breeze encouraged the branches to sway and i could have been in a fully air-conditioned office.

As i commenced studying, I noticed this man walking up and down the hallway and then kinda chuckling when he passed.  he must have done this waltz  10 times .  I took time off my acada to survey the dude. I could see tribal marks on his face ( similar to my Grand dad’s). Okay nah, my peepu -my peepu !LOL!

My people are very superstitious and fearful of stuff that has ‘spirishua” connotations. So I knew this man was going to come to me eventually (girls know these things !), so I prepared my self, picked my words and put on my “acting being “..(please don’t even ask me what that is, LOL).

True to my assumptions, the dude came down the hallway, walked towards me, pulled a chair and sat facing my table. As he sat, baba, (obviously a lecturer), shut my book, just so that he could open the first page for my name ( imagine that ! what if I had borrowed the book??). He said” ah, Yoruba ni e, mo fe fe e you know?” ( ah, you are Yoruba, I want to befriend you, you know?) .. I didn’t look up as he spoke. I felt some degree of rage, how can he shut my book with a hand that shows his wedding band and be telling me about befriending me? person wey no sabi me?

I looked up slowly ( azin ayamatanga style) and said: ” Excuse me sah, Ebo ni mi o” ( excuse me, sir, I am a sacrifice o).

The Baba pushed back his chair and said: “ah, deacon ni mi, ni Baptist” ( i am a deacon in the Baptist Church). For the life of me, I don’t know why he felt he had to make that confession to me ..hehe.. he opened back my book, got up and walked away. It was difficult, I wanted to laugh and even roll on the floor sef, but I couldn’t, I had to keep my “acting being ” on so that I could study, even if for an hour.

when I got back to the hostel, I described him to some girls in that Faculty. They told me Prof was their Dean, well…. I never saw Prof again.

5 secrets you didn’t know about a successful student

The concept of testing in schools has generated arguments similar to the famous Nature/Nurture debate. Some Schools of thought are quite critical of this concept based on the inability to prove that examinations are true tests of knowledge.

Capitalism only helps to fan this flame. The students are likened to products, where the examinations imply that they have reached the finishing lines and should be “sorted” according to grades. They are then moved up the “knowledge economy” ladder, according to their “quality” or “Grade”, from Ivy League Colleges to least sorted after ones

There is no doubt that Human Capitalism is the reason for this somewhat harsh method of “sorting out ‘ the students. I do know some students that have read very hard but have been unable to gain admission to their schools of choice due to their performance in one examination; this is one of the reasons that  I am an advocate of grades consistency.

But harsh as it may sound, how else will the system know those who have “retained knowledge” and should be promoted?  Should promotion be based on one examination? This is where the problem lies.

The main aim of Education is the acquisition of knowledge, and the role of examinations is to determine if this event actually took place. The consequence of the human capital theory has encouraged various vices all in the bid to achieve excellent grades, but to what end? if a student scores 8 distinctions and gets admitted into the university, will he be able to defend his grades? An A1 in the English Language, for example, will mean excellence in the acquisition and delivery of the English language skills.  So when a student with such a grade cannot write a simple essay in the university ….hmm..yawa go dey!

A successful student is not one that just scores high grades in one examination. He is a student who is able to apply the acquired knowledge and “make his world a better place”. He is able to achieve good grades and defend them at any point in time.

here are five secrets that a successful student does not want you to know.

  1.  A successful student has one goal, to achieve an understanding of the topics taught. A successful student does not see an ” A1″ as an end but rather as a means to an end. If all you desire is “A1” then you may not be a successful student.
  2.  A successful student studies every day, and twice on Sunday. Trust me, they do this! think about your classmates, the ones with consistently excellent grades, they study after school.
  3. A successful student does not skip classes. I remember our days in secondary school, there were certain subjects that we considered irrelevant and therefore will not attend lessons. As expected, achieving average grades in them was a struggle.
  4. A successful student is not passive in class. He asks questions. If you don’t understand ask, if you need more clarification, ask. If you are not clear with the explanation ask your classmates that understand.
  5. The last secret of a successful student is that they have a “study group”; a group of like-minded students, that they can study with.Do not study alone all the time, if possible have a group or at least another student that you can discuss topics from various subjects with.

If you appropriate these secrets you will gradually become a successful student.

RELIGION OR RELATIONSHIP

When I am filling a personal data form and I get to “age “, I have no qualms , I quickly write 21 ( u know how e be na ) then they ask for sex : forget this new age craze . I know who I am .. and if I doubt , a quick check between my legs reminds me sharply ?. Then I get to religion : ?that word makes me cringe ! Religion ? Shiorrr ! The degree of hypocrisy that religion carries borders on the ridiculous a perfect example of the no no of religiousness , is when Jesus was looking to select his disciples , one wud have thot that he will go to the synagogue… ??he actually did , but just to read them the “riot act ” .. check out his followers Mathew the tax collector , riddled with bribery and corruption , Judas the betrayer ( it had been all about the money for him from the get go , and he was still made treasurer, ah ? ) , he “called ” Peter and his brethren while fishing ( not fresh from bible school ?) , zachheus the “none entity ” hosted him . Even the so called religious people of the day complained that he ate with “sinners” .
What of the adulterous Samaritan woman by the well ? 4 husbands and one “camper ” , yet the master saw the worshipper in her ! The Ho with the alabaster box nko ? The master cud relate with them because ” he doesn’t judge by outward appearances, but the heart ❤️ ” , this is what the Pharisees and sadducees didn’t have , he didn’t even pick one , one fa ! ?. MW these crooked peepu that he picked all changed and impacted their world ? ! Beeni ! And in the end na diz religious peepu hand him over to the roman government , to be killed based on ” the tenets of our religion ” , they argued !
Nigeria is one of the most religious nations on earth … need I say more ?? ?mhennnnn I just hate religious spirits , they must be Satan’s first cousins ? ! religion must be man’ s idea , man’s way of putting God in a box , obviously the brewing world war will be underpinned by this element called “religion” .. one can’t doubt the existence of God , the very essence of life is evident ! I believe however that a relationship will bring out values that will exude the characteristics of the “God kingdom “; righteousness, peace and joy .. now imagine a society filled with these forces .. heaven can begin on earth ❤️my 2 cents ..?my one ? , achshually ?

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EID MUBARAK

Eid Mubarak , people ! We celebrate the resilience of the father of Faith , willing to give his priceless possession to the one who gave it to him in the first place .??. As you prepare ur palates to blend sumptuous pieces of roasted ?… or better still , when u begin digging ur dentures for shreds hidden therein with ” imported ” toothpicks ?.. take time to think ? What are YOU willing to give to the Almighty , who BTW , gave you everything you have ? One correct way to give to him is to give to those in need .. peep ? outta ya window …?.. thank YOU .. for giving .. blessings always

WATER- e no get enemy .

Photo on 14-05-2016 at 10.10 #3I am so close to being half a century old that I am no longer ashamed to say what I am … yep ayam “coming out of the closet” . I am not ashamed to say that AYAM OLDSKOOL ?? beeni ! When it comes to music ?.. I am old school ! When it comes to discipline , I am overwhelmingly old skool ..( there is no child of mine that doesn’t know kasali my three piece koboko .. faithful friend ) . I love science , I love adventure , I love the creating of new things .. I remember visiting the Bhurj Khalifa at dubai .. what levels ? Man mi my heart leaped in bounds sha in the lift … I respect gravity o .. we have had our issues when I was a small girl and I still have the scars to show … I don’t like to defy gravity .. what for ? To each his own na .. gravity is there , me I am here … issokay … beeni , ayam old skool like that ?..?..so I have been thinking of lagos rains and floods … no be only naija claim land from sea abeg ! Nations have been doing it for tey tey … and it’s all gud .. until you see what the island of lagos looks like in the past few days … my mind goes back to genesis 1 .. God commanded the oceans to move back and make room for land … I remember a song by Nicole ” who told the oceans , ” you can only come this far “.. water my people say will always find it’s Levu… so there appears to be boundaries that we do not see … tor if the land cross the boundary nko ? What appun ? Abi before you buy house at lekki and its environs you have to learn to be a professional diver ni .. me ayam old skool for this matter o .. fela say “water no get enemy ”  pls that does not mean that ” hin get friend ” .. echiche kacha mma o .

“SHAME TIN NONI “

I just remembered an incidence that happened at home in my teen years . My mum who was a wholesaler of Coca-Cola drinks , gave an ” uncle ” who was also her driver instructions ” take 20 crates of coca-cola to mama ” lagbaja’s house ” and bring 20 empty crates back O ” so uncle went to Iya lagbaja’s house to pack the empty crates . He came back and off loaded them then began to load 20 crates of filled Coca Cola bottles . My mum slowly and unbelievably asked ” what are you doing ?” His reply ” I went to Iya lagbaja’s house to get empty crates and now I want to take full crates back to her ” ? my mum began to vibrate … She was obviously going to have a fit ?. ” ode ! She screamed !Why didn’t you just carry the crates with you and then bring back the empty ?” The man’s response was epic ?? and till date we refer to him with this phrase ” he said to my mum with his thick yoruba accent ” the shame tin noni ” ( meaning ,taking drinks from my mum’s store first or after didn’t make any difference ) ?? I Tim 5:24 remember the sins of some people are obvious , leading them to certain judgement . But there are others whose sins are not revealed until later . In the same way the good deeds of some are obvious . And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light .. My Peepu in my thick yoruba accent ” the shame tin noni “??gnite world .. May we rise with the dawn ?

WE ARE ALL FARMERS

My addiction to Coca Cola is almost as old as I am .. My mother was a distributor and I was an expert at .. Errmmmm well , let’s just say padding ?. Till date she does not know the number of missing bottles whose content found their way to my gut ?. As a teenager I Thot that I am the Gee … Smart Alec .. I was downing an average of 7 bottles a day …BTW, Carbonated drinks according to science kinda deplete calcium from the bones ?.. So 4 decades down the line .. Parts of my frame are trying to ” serve retirement notices “?.. At what age nitori Olohun ? Isn’t that life tho ? U sow terrible seed , in ur relationship with others , your diet , lifestyle , work , spiritual life etc and think u have escaped cos ” nobody knows ” .. Cos there are no immediate consequences …Then harvest comes ( and it must come )?.. Abi if u sow won’t u reap ? The good book says as long as the earth exists , seed time and harvest time will not cease … Even if nobody sees , The law of sowing and reaping is as old and potent as the law of gravity …. ” karma” is a bitch o ?.. Okay not much u can do about the seeds u have sown in the past … But now that u know … Be careful what u sow .. P.S. There is nothing like secret sin .. Satan always makes sure about that … Do not sow what u don’t wanna reap … ( as I reach over for NSAID and calcium tablets ?

THE HMMM IN MMM

For the life of me I don’t understand why all dis noise about “don’t do MMM , SSS , Bitcoin .. XYZ orisirisi Ponzi schemes ..?? why the noise now ? ?I remember way back when , I was with an aunt and her son . Me must have been 21 ( just as I am now ?) then . There was no light and the candle at the corner was all the light in the room . Bobo kept going towards the candle and me , I kept chasing him away . I was really getting irritated buh what was I supposed to do ? Watch him roast his fingers? ?. So my aunt said ” leave him ” ? leave him ke ? Tor no be me get pikin so I left him , tho I knew what wud happen next ; what I found shocking is that my Aunty knew too ?. Bobo let out a terrifying scream .. Not only had the flame touched his fingers , the candle wax had done automatic gumbodi on him … Oh he cried , my aunt got up and put cold ogi etc etc ?. I was angry .. Why is she so mean ???this is just a child ! She told me I am teaching him a lesson that he won’t forget . I still vex sha .Buh guess what ? The next day there was no light ,my aunt lit the candle and Bobo stayed away .. Very far sef … Never again … Bobo learned a lesson that no one could have taught him . So pls Kontinu , don’t mind anybody ojare .. Carry go ?????.

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S’ORO NIYEN???

??May Jehovah deliver us from the jagbajantis coming out of the music industry these days ! I was jejely minding my business in the mall , when this dude walks up to me selling his CD … Told me a bit about his hustles ….I thot lemme epp him , took one and gave him some money .he was very grateful and scurried off … ? if I see him again I wee download koboko on his head ?? hustle ke ? Muzzle leleyi …??soooo I pick up my pen and put words together :
2017 ah be slayin’
Mah henemiezz , yeeee dey be crying ‘
Baba , I pray dey be Savin ‘
Or nigbeyin won ma be fryin ‘
Emi ti mo
Mi o wa aiye Iya
Ba’ami ota ole so mi di suya ………( with my “eyin Omo wobe “voice )

Add beats to that with the help of my Ace bruv Olaitan Blackkie Dada. And I be musician be dat ? ?Seriously ???? My friend , learn a trade or go to school …That is easier than WRITING a song …,of course I mean a MEANINGFUL song ?, which day we dey talk dis sef ?

.….gud to talk …happy new year !

THE BEREAN AND THE FULANI MAN’S COWS

Watching the Fulani man’s cows grazing , u will notice how quickly they nibble on grass … After grazing , they find a place to ” regurgitate ” what they have chopped and ruminate ( Google am ! More informative than Hollywood gossip ?)That is they eat slowly this time . Rumination and meditation must be first cousins ?Acts 17:11 Now the Berean Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica . They were willing to receive the message and every day they carefully examined the scriptures to see if these things were so . Berea and Thessalonica according to history were places in Greece .. U can’t separate the Greek from education ! They sought knowledge , these bereans , they heard what Paul said , and since he referred to scripture, they went back home to EXAMINE ( ruminate like the Fulani man’s cows )
Sooooo now u go to church , preacher man preaches , u take all he said , put ur yessssamen on it , swallow eferytin ” hook , line , sinker , preacher man and his pulpit “and head home . No questions , no thinking on what u just heard , def no opening of scripture to examine … Mba .. “Papa , mama , Father or GO said it ” finish ! … ?Just like the Thessalonians… EDUCATION…aka use ya sensi ?… 2017 is a good year to leave “Thessalonica ” and camp in ” Berea” … Become a student of the scriptures…In his light , may we see LIGHT ..Hmmm Amin e po ?

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