Competing with the Crowd

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Years back, shortly after I graduated from college I met a young man who graduated around the same time with me. We were both starting out in life and lived in the same house. One day my friend came home with a brand new iphone. My reaction? I was instantly hit by a high blood pressure of a conglomeration of emotions. First it was surprise, and then I felt abandoned and left behind. Although we were both hardworking, this was a young man that I knew his financial condition to the letter, we had often helped each other out financially, but here was he with a brand new iphone. When eventually I came to myself, I consoled myself, and tried to convince myself that I could afford to buy an iphone, albeit a fairly used older model of the one he had. I also tried to see if I could buy one but there was no way I could do that without disrupting my budget and hurting myself. So I slowed down. A few months down the line, he bought a brand new BlackBerry Bold phone. These were the days of BB craze. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Winner Within

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One, day a man happened on a cub. Being that he loved animals and kept many as pets, he gladly brought home the baby lion and began to take care of him. Soon the lonely animal began to find comfort and sense of belonging and security in the company of other domestic animals which gladly played with it.
Years of living among pets and humans made the lion so fun to be with that many wouldn’t believe that in reality it was a lion, for it would not harm even the poorest creature. As things would turn out, one day, the lion went down to the river with the other animals. As they played, another lion saw them afar off and when he could not stand the sight, he went to confront the Read the rest of this entry »

The Poverty Advantage

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Poverty is one dreadful thing that no one would want to have anything to do with. But there is something about poverty that drives slumber from the eyes of its victim, propelling them to keep wake and strive while all else lay fast asleep.
Like a leech it would stick unrepentantly to its victim hoping death alone would do them part. So long is its tentacle and domineering that once it takes holds of an individual, its ugly influence would be seen and felt in all facets of the individual’s life, including his thinking processes.
As ugly and heartless poverty may be, there is something interesting about it. Like a large billyclub positioned somewhat above the individual’s head, hitting it with all its might, with a stinging but mild touch, nudging him to act. With hunger, want and untold reproach, poverty will send its victim to bed many a sleepless nights, nudging them to abandon sleep and act. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready to Pay the Price?

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Have you ever been to a grocery store before? We all have. Have you ever spotted something you wanted really badly in those shops before? I guess you have. Has it ever happened that you approached that item with the intention of taking in home until the price tag discouraged you? You want the item but you are not ready to deal with its cost
Why are some people richer than others? Why are some more successful and others deeper in debt?
We all want to lead a successful life. We all want to ride in our dream cars. Everyone wants to have good money sitting in their bank accounts. Nobody wants to be a tenant. Read the rest of this entry »

The Denial Syndrome

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One of the canniest tricks of the human mind is the hoax of denial. Sometimes it is often hard to understand and even much more difficult to admit when understood to come clean and accept that one has actually been overtaken by its addictive ploys. It can often take on the most irresistible of forms, promising a pseudo getaway and a perfect hiding place, habitually forcing even the most wary of souls to cower and be put to forced slumber by its soothing false medication. When denial hits an individual, its influence is not much different from the solace alcohol gives to the man whose fingers cannot let go of the flat bottle neither does its refuge go beyond that which a drug offers its addict. Not only does denial attack individuals but even much more businesses have gone down because of denial than we are wont to admit. Have you ever wondered why people who won lotteries suddenly move from being rich to being neck-deep in debt? Have you wondered why people who always put off seeing the doctor eventually lay on their dying bed wishing they had taken just thirty minutes out of their ‘busy’ schedules to do so? Sometime in the late 19th century Kodak gave us the camera. It did more than just putting the camera in our hands, for only professionals could successfully take photographs in those days. Read the rest of this entry »

Until You Are Angry

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Have you seen a really angry woman before? How about a really angry woman who is bent on doing something about the cause of that anger? One is a racing trailer while the other is a speeding bullet train. Experience has taught me that with the exception of the heavens, nothing can stop that man whose determination is one ignited by the fire of anger, abuse or humiliation. Little Cosmas Maduka was, to say the least devastated when he learnt that his father has passed away. The seven-year-old, being the first child, soon finds himself in a position where he had to drop out of school to hawk akara to support his poor mother and help pay his siblings’ school fees. Life was rough and painful but he had no much trouble coping until something happened that would change his life forever. It wasn’t long that news reached his former classmates and colleagues how that their friend now walks the same streets he had walked earlier in his school uniform, hawking akara. In time, they found him and taunting, they called him all sorts of derogatory and ridiculous names. Read the rest of this entry »

When Tomorrow Comes

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Have you ever caught yourself procrastinating doing a particular thing? Ever been caught in the temptation of waiting till tomorrow? One of the greatest tricks our minds have played on us is the trick of waiting till tomorrow- we trick ourselves into believing that we will do tomorrow what we have lazily failed to do today.
Years back, not long after a graduated from college I proceeded to apply to be considered for a master’s degree placement. Soon enough, a university made me an offer, but there was one problem: I was going to need funding. It was lucky some scholarship opportunities were handy, out of which I went for the one that could offset both tuition and living expenses. I was sure I was going to study and get ready for the interview I had waited all my life for but only when tomorrow comes. A few months down the line, I got some notification from the scholarship board informing me of the schedule for the scholarship interview and the documents I would need. It was still a few months and besides I had my job to concentrate on so I didn’t bother besides I was sure I was going to read and prepare for it. The flight of time made sure I was soon facing a panel of five professors trying to convince them why the government should shoulder the financial responsibility of my program unprepared. Read the rest of this entry »