POETRY: ~ Victory Over Ptolemy Philopator ~

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~ Victory Over Ptolemy Philopator ~
(A poem based on the third deuterocanonical allegory of the Maccabee, around 204BC )

A certain nation so blessed and fruitful
There is no other nation like her
She’s the gem of the east and the symbol of the hopeful
She’s close to her enemies but to her pilgrims so far

No nation can war against this great nation
A land backed by a supreme power
She wins wars without any weapon
All her assailants must surely go under

Once a nation arose with great might and splendor
Came out in force to enslave these great people
The supreme being allowed defeat without war
A nation once strong then became so feeble

Thinking this was their final moment of life
The fulfillment of their most wretched fear
Their hearts became far from light
Even the strongest could not hold back a tear

They gave themselves to pitiful wailing
They began to kiss and embrace each other
Sons and daughters with grievous weeping
Threw themselves on their parent’s shoulder

Newborn infants sucked their last milk
Newly-weded brides gave their last kiss
The aged women became so sick
While the clergymen voiced their last pleas

Then a ray of hope struck down from Heaven
The Lion of Judah heard their last pleas
He will not let His people be broken
Nor let His holy ones have no peace

Ptolemy Philopator the godless king
Fell into deep sleep and forgot his scheme
He could not even remember a thing
As brilliant and easy as it all seemed

Ptolemy Philopator was drunk as his elephants
As confusion shook Hermon on his king’s plot
The Jews at last became triumphant
Victory at best is Israel’s worst

The Lion of Judah rescues His own people
The nation of Israel will never be down
Jerusalem is the seat of His temple
The City of David that bears His crown

Written by Bolu’ Michael-Biyi

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POETRY: ~ Julianah ~

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~ Julianah ~

I saw you afar off under a sycamore tree
I knew there was something good about you
I prayed in my heart that you’ld be free
And not that you are someone else’ boo

My mind became clouded
Your beauty made me dumbfounded
My thoughts became crowded
I feared she’ld be conceited

I bottled my fear and took the bold step
Walked up to her and flicked up my hair
I was hoping she would offer some help
And not cast me away because of my fear

What is your name? I managed to ask
Julianah, she said
Nice name I said, as a matter of fact
I hoped she’s not thinking I want her in bed

Join me for dinner later tonight
No, I can’t my mistress won’t let
She’s coming soon, that’s her in sight
Try talk to her, she’ll agree I bet

Mistress or not we can be friends
Why did you say that? She needed to ask
Seems you don’t want our talk to end
I’m fun I know, I said to bask

She picked up her bag and left with her mistress
Bye for now she had to say
Ever since I’ve been in distress
I’m hoping to see Julianah someday
Atleast, I know its Yes she’ld say

– Written by Bolu’ Michael-Biyi

POETRY: ~ Recrudescence of Hope ~

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~ Recrudescence of Hope ~

Sometimes I cry to the Lord most high
To give me reasons to fly
I know my help is not in substance’ high
Even though I’m battling to try

Most times people mock my lot
I don’t care so far I’m alive
No matter the evils they may plot
I know I’ll always thrive

Day and Night chase after each other
Forever, they’ll never meet
When haters sit to plot and ponder
They’ll find me making new feats

In Him I trust in my days of sorrow
There are brighter days ahead
No need to wish not to see tomorrow
I would long for it instead

Very soon I’m sure my glory will come
Then I’ll be able to smile
The world would say my time has come
I deserve to bask and shine

No matter the challenges I face
Victory is always near
Everything in life is just a phase
Hard times I know I’ll bear

Victory at last I would cry
Never remembering my pain
The Lord will give me strength to fly
He’ll make my pains my gain

– Written by Bolu’ Michael-Biyi

POETRY: ~ Feat of Righteousness ~

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~ Feat of Righteousness ~

Its not only about doing the right things
It is also about doing things right
Not caring about what the world thinks
But being strong in the midst of spites

Not everyone will like your policy
Know not everyone will hate your principle
Some will make you their adversary
While some will ‘dorn you the king of the jungle

Your convictions will keep you sane
When plotters want to see you ashamed
Make a choice to remain the same
With that you’ll have them tamed

Its not easy to make a feat of righteousness
Much difficult to put it in people’s consciousness
But a journey of a thousand miles
One day will end with joyous smiles

Tick tock not every clock ticks
Some glide without making a sound
Silence a’times is a noble hard kick
It can floor an enemy to the ground

Choose the steps that you will take
Just be sure you will not break
Know your sacred honour is at stake
Lest your righteousness be seen as fake

Give a feat of righteousness a shot
There is really not much to lose
Not trying may leave you hurt
Don’t regret nor fear you’ll lose

– Written by Bolu’ Michael-Biyi

Married Or Marred?

Distressed Couple Finding Out Results Of A Pregnancy Test

I overhear people (guys and ladies) say things like “I must get married this year”, “I’m getting old”, “my mates are getting married” etc. Statements like that automatically subtract the place of God in the whole matter and a two-legged stool cannot stand. The mindset that follows this has made many get into relationships for the wrong reasons. Now, let’s reason this together, have you realized that couples who divorce after 10, 15 years of marriage were once inseparable love birds? This means that future co-existence is more important than present experience. A friend recently told me while teasing him, “I’ll rather marry late with the right person than marry early with the wrong person”. I share this same view. Now, God has a Time and Purpose for every man, the ‘Purpose’ is man’s and the ‘Time’ is God’s. We should focus on our purpose and God the custodian of time will make marriage etc happen as HE has destined in HIS own ‘Time Book’; therefore, a person making marriage a new year’s resolution may just be making a resolution outside of God’s will and its a risky mission that would end on a lonely path, he’ll be caught offside. An offside is a right move at the wrong time; in such situation, you’ll always end up being alone. Just like in football, a player caught offside will ALWAYS be found on his own and the same applies to marriage, many took the big step at the wrong time and then they end up alone, that’s why we have SINGLE parents (partner’s death aside). Purpose is sacrosanct, men especially must not joke with life’s purpose and the woman that backs that purpose up is very key.
The kind of woman a man chooses will determine Two(2) BIG things:
1) How successful he would be for the rest of his life (and)
2) His Happiness …
An unsuccessful man can never be happy and an unhappy man is not a success. I believe that marriage is more than a choice, its a destiny decision. If you choose the wrong person, you are not only legally married but also legally marred; so don’t be caught offside, never allow your circumstances, environment, age, friends, and parental pressures set an offside trap for you. Make God’s word the standard for your life.

The New Trend Of Ready-To-Live-In Homes In Nigeria

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Everyone aspires to own a house and the rate at which the middle class and wealthy in Nigeria are building houses is on the high. The number of real estate firms are also on the increase, this is an indication of infrastructural development.

Traditionally, individuals buy a land and build their houses to their own taste or purchase a house (usually through a government scheme) and expand it to taste. But there is a new trend and that’s the ready-to-live-in homes revolution. This new idea in the country may be as a result of brain gain from the west as regards real estate firms or the ever fast-moving Nigerian society where no one wants to be left behind.

Ready-To-Live-In homes are quite common in countries like the USA, Australia and many parts of Europe. The stress of having to build a house from scratch for about 9 months or more and an expected headhunt for contractor performance may be a major excuse for the penchant for ready-to-live-in homes. Wealthy Nigerians who are always on the move from country to country most likely would not be able to monitor their housing projects and would rather buy a ready-to-live-in house. The country’s rising expatriate population is also responsible for this new trend. Top international businesses and multinationals who intend to have their representatives work in the country for the long term purchase a permanent accommodation.

Another major reason is the homecoming revolution wave across Africa; many Africans who have studied, worked and lived abroad are now coming back home to start a new life, a relatively large population of them have slim or no links to family or friends and even if, they do not want to risk the move of having a relative or friend help handle their home projects only to come home to find out nothing was being built. These and other reasons are responsible for the increase in RTLIs. Despite the novel idea, note that it comes with its disadvantages.

First of all, let us evaluate the pros and cons of self-built houses:

  1. Build to taste: The first advantage is that land owner can build to taste. He can get the best architects to carry out his ideas for his dream house. He can determine how many floors he wants, how big the house should be or what and what it should provide for.
  2. Cost-Effective: Self-built houses are cost effective because the proprietor can negotiate prices and be lucky to get materials, good contractors or man-power at a very affordable rate.
  3. Monitoring: The proprietor can monitor the building process by himself. He would be able to block avenues contractors may want to make extra money from him, he would also be able to mount pressure to get work done quickly and also ensure that sub-standard products are not being used in the building process.
  4. Furnish to pocket: The proprietor, can furnish his house based on his budget and taste.

Disadvantages:

  1. Time-consuming: It takes a lot of time to build a house and it largely depends on the work rate of contractors and the enormity of the housing project.
  2. Stressful: A proprietor would most likely have to go through the stress of getting building approval from the government, working with architects, locating skillful workers and contractors, monitoring and mounting pressure on contractors to get work done etc.

On the other hand, Ready-To-Live-In homes are:

  1. Stress-free: All an individual has to do is pay for the ready-built and furnished apartment, he does not have to go through the stress of excessive documentations and approval, dealing with contractors etc.
  2. Convenient: It is very convenient in the sense that one can begin to live in the house the day it is purchased.

Disadvantages:

  1. Costly: Ready-to-live-in houses come at huge prices. The home buyer pays for everything involved in the housing process all at once. Nevertheless, it saves the buyer time and stress.
  2. No monitoring: Because the buyer was not involved in the process of building the house, the quality of the house cannot really be ascertained. The purchaser does not know if sub-standard materials were used in the building and furnishing or if the house was built in a hurry.

 In conclusion, RTLIs are a welcome trend in Nigeria, it is a sign on brain gain and healthy competition in the country’s property sector. It allows for individuals to have options to choose from and it raises the value of the country’s infrastructural standard. Nigerians can choose to depart from the norm or stick with a familiar system.

 

OPINION: Before You Vote, Bear In Mind This Sacred Truth

Here are my final thoughts on Nigeria Elections 2015

Fellow Compatriots,

After all the electioneering campaigns, propaganda, spendings and meetings, it all boils down to we the people. This proves that this election is not about a person or a politician, it is all about us. Now the future of our nation is in our hands, our nation once again is now as tiny as a thumb and whatever decision we make with our thumb will determine the destiny of our country. What saddens me most in the course of this campaign is some of my conversation with people, I could see that some have totally given up on their own country, some are perplexed, some apathetic and others bigoted, blurred by the shades of religion and tribe. Some citizens are colonialists of their own nation who would rather enjoy the fruit of the land and then runaway to the comfort of a foreign land when it matters most, others stand aloof abroad without offering any form of support, interest or solicitude to motherland. To those on ground, they are the real McCoy that must spearhead the change towards a new Nigeria; but one simple question I have is this: If God asks you to defend why you voted who, what would be your defence? Now, before you vote, let me remind you, your hand which hosts your thumb is made by God and remember we will all give account of the works of our hands. Yes, we will give account of the works of our hand and voting is one of them. We will give account of our votes to the creator. Did the party or person you chose to thumb for lead the nation to destruction or salvation? We will give this account. If you know within you the nation is not working and you can do something about it with your vote but because a candidate who may be less competent is from your tribe or religion you have decided to vote for him. To me, this is like bowing to baal but you will give this account of your choice. I considered for a second what my defence would be peradventure I’m ever asked by the supreme being, I then began to explore the past events and the current situation of the nation. I first considered the first option, the incumbent government, and then a few events flashed through my mind instantly: the Chibok girls, Boko Haram insurgency, 20 Billion Naira missing, Empty national reserves, Naira devaluation, Epileptic power supply, Immigration employment deaths, Pension fund scam, SURE-P scam, Excessive borrowing, Inclusion in OIC, South Africa arms deal, Embarrassing phone call with Moroccan king, Victimisation of Justice Salami and Sanusi Lamido, Presidential pardon, Ekiti Gate, Propagandas, Bribery of men of God, traditional rulers and militant groups etc all within 6 years; and then, I considered the second option, in his time he tackled corruption by changing the mode of the currency after politicians stole heavily from the preceding government, instilled public discipline, built roads and schools with oil money, never joined OIC even as a Muslim in the interest on equity and justice, built oil refineries, turned down IMF loans and proposals to devalue the Naira etc, these on the contrary he did in less than 2 years. From this instance, I noticed that the more time one candidate spends in office, the more evil is likely to be perpetuated while the other is more likely to do good with more time at hand. I can trust Nigeria in the hands of General Muhammadu Buhari better than Goodluck Jonathan and if the good Lord chooses to ask me to defend my decision to vote for him, I think I would have some points I can make. I may not be voting a perfect man but one thing I am quite certain about is that I am not using the thumb God has given me to put to destruction the nation HE placed in my care; both of which I am accountable to HIM for.

Having said all these, I am not asking you to vote for any candidate, I only shared my thoughts with you, you have your own conscience and your choice to make, whoever you know will save this country, between you and your God, vote for him; but be prepared to give your own account of your handiwork.

***This is an opinion of which the bearer is entitled to and must not be judged, any other legal person is equally entitled to hold one in accordance to the fundamental right of freedom of expression.