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DOWNLOAD A MUSIC ALBUM (MP3) BY ENGLISH SECTION CHOIR, FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OKELERIN TITLED ‘HIGH PRAISE’

Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand (Psalm 149:5-6). We give God the glory for giving us another priviledge of releasing our fourth album this year. We will also like to appreciate our father in the Lord, Rev. Dr. J.A Aworinde for allowing us to utilize our gifts and talents to bless the world. Our new album titled, ‘High Praise’ is supernaturally stacked with various melodies that will connect you to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The first track, High Praise is a collection of different praise songs ranging from hymns to some popular praise songs.
Abiamo Pon Mi is a song of supplication and aggregate reliance on God amid the season of difficulties particularly when all assistance from men fizzled. Baba Toto Baba Remix is the remix of the well known Baba Toto Baba which we released in our album, Jehovah Sabaoth, in 2010. I will Never Go Back to Egyp is a song of commitment to follow Jesus regardless of circumstances and influence around. Little is Much when God is in It is a song of encouragement for believers to resolutely proceed in their work for the kingdom.

High Praise 

  Abiamo pon mi   Baba Toto Baba   I will never go back to Egypt   Little is much when God is in it

We pray that the Lord bless you as you listen to them. Amen.

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WHY ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS IN NIGERIA ARE RENOWNED FOR AMPUTATING LIMBS By Alamu Olubola

An orthopaedic surgeon was speaking with some of my colleagues and me earlier today, and though it was a different topic entirely, in the course of the discussion, we mentioned in passing how orthopaedic surgeons are said to be fond of cutting people’s limbs off. You have probably heard it, or even told someone who had a fall or some sort of trauma to a limb not to go to the hospital. It is better for them to go to a traditional bone setter, you say. A traditional bone setter will save your limb, but an orthopaedic surgeon will yank it off. As we laughed over that today, my mind quickly travelled back to my first posting in surgery, settling on a sad incident involving a then eight-year-old boy, whom I will just call Ola; that’s not his real name.

(A quick explanation before I proceed: upper limb is that part of the body from the shoulder to the fingertips.)

It must have been 5 p.m. or so, and my firm had emergency call duty that day; so there I was, trying to learn as much as possible and to be of help even though I was as green as grass in spring. That was when Ola came in, brought by his mother and a relative. His case wasn’t the typical emergency with someone yelling in pain, blood oozing out of everywhere, and everyone running helter skelter. He lay calmly on the couch, actively taking in everything that was happening around him, and if you were only observing with your eyes and focussing only on his face, you would wonder what he was doing in the accident and emergency unit. But if you were observing with your nose too, a terrible odour would soon have your eyes darting around to find what was smelling so, and your eyes would soon find the culprit: Ola’s left forearm was decaying.

So, this was the story. About a week earlier, Ola, being a healthy, rambunctious boy, was playing a bit roughly. He jumped from a wall that was about four blocks high, in a building that was being constructed near his house. As he fell, he landed on his left elbow, and soon enough, he had some swelling and found it painful to move that part of his body. Kind neighbours quickly came to his mother’s aid, telling her to rub mentholated ointment on the forearm and take the boy to a traditional bone setter. “Don’t take him to the hospital o”, they warned. “All that those doctors ever want to do is maim people”.

The worried mother listened to their advice and Ola soon returned home with a tight bandage round his forearm, as well as some drugs. Just as predicted, within a couple of days, the pain was gone. And why not? Dead things don’t feel pain. But as time went on with the bandage still in place, Ola’s mother became concerned. Ola truly wasn’t feeling pain, but he wasn’t feeling anything else either. He also couldn’t use that limb for anything. The worst part: the limb was smelling badly, the fingers had already become black, the flesh below the elbow was breaking down and brownish fluid was coming out. Even his mother covered her nose with the edge of her wrapper as she stood there in the accident and emergency unit.

What the doctors concluded: Ola’s left upper limb was dead from the elbow down. That part was gangrenous and was actually “mummified” from halfway through the forearm up to the tip of the fingers. The other part already had wet gangrene: bacteria were already feeding on the dead flesh, releasing toxins that could eventually claim Ola’s life. But they still wanted to know what really happened initially, so the limb was X-rayed.

I went to the hospital very early the next day to check the result of the X-ray, and when I saw it, I was sad. But beyond sadness, I was enraged. I wanted to hit somebody. Ola had a fracture on the bone of his arm quite alright, but such a tiny one that someone with more experienced eyes had to show it to me. And it didn’t happen in a place where a blood vessel could have been injured. If Ola had been taken to the hospital when he fell, he wouldn’t even have had surgery. The limb would just have been rested and the fracture would have healed in about three weeks. What then killed Ola’s limb, necessitating an amputation to save his life? The bandage that was wrapped round it by the bone setter was so tight that it cut off blood supply from Ola’s elbow up to the tip of his fingers. And life is in the blood: no blood, no life.

Some days later, Ola returned home healthy, except that he only had half of his left upper limb.

When next someone has a bone injury in Ola’s community, the kind neighbours will warn, “Don’t go to the hospital o. See what happened to Ola when his mother took him to those surgeons! They just made the boy handicapped.” But they will not explain that Ola went to a bone setter first, and it was only after the bone setter had killed the limb that Ola was taken to the hospital, leaving the doctors with no help to render; for they are doctors, not resurrectors. No one will remember to add that, thanks to their kind advice, Ola’s limb was actually “brought in dead”.

If you are still certain that surgeons just delight in cutting people’s limbs off, what exactly do you think they do with the pieces? You think they keep them in their offices as trophies? Or they submit them to the colleges of surgeons as prerequisites for induction into the “Surgeons’ Hall of Fame”? No sir/ma; no one gains anything by amputating other people’s limbs (except, of course, your “orthopaedic surgeon” is actually a hungry quack), but sometimes and rather sadly, that’s the only way.

I hope you now see why orthopaedic surgeons are “notorious for amputations”. It’s often because, just like many other things that pertain to our lives, we allow matters to get out of hand before we report ourselves to those who can truly help us. I have no idea why we keep doing that. Maybe it’s simply because this is Nigeria.

The end of the matter: Let us do all we can to stay healthy and not fall sick. If we do fall sick, let us get medical care from the right quarter. If we have any concern about a form of treatment that the doctor offers, let us discuss that concern with the doctor; perhaps, there is an alternative. If we reject the doctor’s advice and listen to other people, that’s fine; but should we develop complications, let us not bother the doctor with our complications too; we should let those trusted advisers deal with the complications for us. If, however, we take the complications to the doctor and he graciously helps us, and perhaps we have to live with some unavoidable consequences, let us fear God and not blame the doctor. Even if someone wants to blame him on our behalf, let us be quick to exonerate the doctor and confess that we are responsible for our own scars.

I shared this solely because I care; because I hope it will encourage people to make better decisions about their health. You can continue the line of care by sharing.

Thank you for reading. I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. Peace.

No Not One By Bimbo (Remix)-DFM

Hallelujah!

Divine Force Music recording artist and the Leader of Mercy Praise Crew, Bimbo has finally dropped her new single titled No Not One. The song is a package of Two great hymns rendered in a unique and contemporary style full of energy and charisma. Anyone under the canopy of this new single will surely feel and experience the miraculous touch of God’s hand. Just like the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit is at work again and set to satisfy thirsty souls through this great music.

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About Bimbo

Bimbo (Abimbola Adeniji) is an accountant by profession and a gospel music minister by calling. She took the first step into her music ministry in 2009 when she inaugurated her group with the name “Mercy Praise Crew”. Her crew which is made up of anointed minstrels has ministered in so many functions since its inception and God has always been glorified. She has a passion specially for live concerts/worship outreaches and this led to the monthly worship outreach on every 3rd Sunday of the month and the yearly miracle memorial celebrations in December.

She is an Active member of GOMAN (Gospel musician association of Nigeria) and FOGMMON (Fellowship of gospel music ministers of Nigeria)  

Bimbo is a seasoned gospel Music minister, a dynamic worship leader, and a prophetic praise leader.  Follow her on facebook for updates 👇🏾 https://www.facebook.com/bimbodfm/

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The Trailblazer – Professor Alia Sabur, by Israel Ayanwuyi

Alia Sabur was born on February 22, 1989 to the family of Mark-Julie Sabur.  She holds the record for being the world’s youngest person to attain professorship— as of now, 15 June 2018, she is 29 years 113days old.   She broke nearly 300 years previous record held by Colin Maclaurin, a Scottish mathematician and student of Isaac Newton who became professor at the age of 19, in 1717.  An American by nationality with the net worth estimated to be in the range of $2, 172, 347 in 2018, according to vipfaq. The estimated net worth includes stocks, properties, and luxury goods such as private aircrafts and yachts.  Interest: Tae Kwon Do, Clarinet, Traveling (US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, including to study abroads), Origami, Reading.  Religion: Not certain and publicly discussed but her name, Alia and surname, Sabur are Muslim names.  Alia— Arabic feminine form of Ali which means “Exalted or Supreme” Alia is also one of the 99th attributes of Prophet Mohammed. Sabur— Muslim/Arabic boy name which means “Patience or Endurance” Facebook name – Alia Sabur

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PARENTS

The father of Alia Sabur is Mohammed Sabur, a Pakistan native who later changed his name to Mark Sabur. He got married to Julie Sabur whose maiden name was Julie Kessler in 1980. Julie Sabur and Mark Sabur met and grew up together in New York until they moved to Philadelphia in 2004, where they live in the United States. Alia Sabur’s father works as an Electrical Engineer.  They gave birth to Alia Sabur who is their only daughter after 9 years of their marriage. Her mother, Julie Sabur, worked as a reporter for News12 Long Island until 1995, when she stopped the job of TV reporter and started taking care of Alia’s education full time and escorting her to college classes after the discovery of her special giftedness.

EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION.

Alia Sabur started to read and speak when she was eight months old. She suddenly burst out with words, recognition of—street signs, cars, food in the supermarket, books, and others. She went to a regular preschool in the neighbourhood—where they lived in Long Island. By the time she was three years old, she started asking for a learning school. Her parents were sort of—cajoled her, because they felt that she needed to be in normal school. So she did, and she got the right amount of socialization. She found it weird but when the students would sit in a group and the teacher would write the words on a blackboard, Alia could read the words and the others couldn’t. Mentally, she didn’t make a big deal of this. She just thought, “Oh well, I can and they can’t. No big deal.” She was just a little kid. They visited another preschool where they had computers in the library because Alia wanted to go to the learning school with the computers. The elementary school in their district told them that she should go there, because the kindergarten she was in was not academical at all—they would just be teaching kids the letters of the alphabet, and that was not the place for her. After preschool she would go with her dad to the library, where she read and played with computers and puzzles and had a little reading group with kids who were older than her and that seemed to be okay in bringing her up socially. When she started to read novels, she was two years old, they thought it was cool but a little weird. She was really interested in science, so she would read her dad’s Popular Mechanics. She became really interested in nuts and bolts and how things worked. She would watch a lot of do-it-yourself TV that show about construction and home repair. She read the Time-Life books and became fascinated with all aspects of science, from astronomy to mechanical engineering. She later became very interested in theoretical physics and additionally, applied physics. Her fascination was in how things work and it ended up manifesting itself in physics and maths.  Alia completed her primary-school curriculum at the age of five in the Dickinson Avenue Elementary School. The best private school in New York, where she is from, felt Alia was too intelligent to be accommodated. The principal of her elementary school ended up taking some risk in her by sending her to high school at the age of 6 but she did not feel anything special in herself apart her smartness. For the 1995-1996 school year, the school placed her in the first grade with children of her own age for art, physical education, music and lunch, while allowing her to spend time with older students in the areas of reading and mathematics.  For the 1996-1997 school year, Alia entered the second grade and continued with her individually-tailored curriculum in mathematics and computer science while she remained with her second grade classmates for half of the day. In June of 1997, the Saburs requested that the School District provide Alia with a long-term education plan. For the 1997-1998 school year, Alia entered the third grade. During this school year, Alia took a class in physical science at the Northport middle school. There, Alia encountered older students who occasionally ridiculed and harassed her. Also, Alia continued to receive individual instruction at Dickinson. By the fall of 1998, the School District offered the Saburs a choice: either agree to have Alia take math and science in a ninth grade class or have Alia remain in a fourth grade class for these subjects. The Saburs chose to keep Alia in the fourth grade for the 1998-1999 school year.  However, Alia jumped into university from 4th grade, in 1999 at the age of 10, and 4 years later, she became the youngest female who earned Bachelor degree from the university college of Stony Brook University, New York. Bachelor of science, summa cum laude in Applied Mathematics, 2003. And she had her Masters degree from, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2006. Ph.D. studies in Materials Science and Engineering, 2004-2008.

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Guinness Book of World Records as Youngest Professor, 2008. Delegate to Asia Society Young Leaders Summit, Tokyo, Japan 2008. Global Human Resources Forum, Invited Speaker, Seoul, S. Korea 2008. Accepted: NDSEG (Dept. of Defense) Fellowship, Dean’s Fellowship, 2004. Awarded: GAANN, NASA, NSF (hon. mention) 2004 AFRL, Edwards Air Force Base, research rotation, 2004. Golden Key International Honour Society, Top Senior Award 2003.

MUSIC CAREER

The young Alia was learning music after the end of first grade, firstly the Recorder, then the Clarinet studies with Ricardo Morales from 1999 to 2007. She was a principal clarinetist of Philadelphia Orchestra for 8 years. Alia had additional studies with David Weber from 2002 to 2003, clarinet pedagogue, and other world renowned musicians. Alia has been performing with orchestras since her solo debut at 11. She made it her mission to play the “Clarinet Concerto”, and eventually she attended Juilliard Pre-College of Music and Mannes Preparatory School (on scholarship performing seat). Participated in many ensembles as principal clarinet and member of the New York Youth Symphony for three years, the Stony Brook University Orchestra for two years, and the Clarinet Choir of the Korea National University of the Arts. Performances: Five solos with orchestras, including the Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto at age 11 with the Rockland Symphony Orchestra. Others include performances with Lang Lang and Smash Mouth, numerous solo and chamber concerts, and organizing a World Peace event at Drexel University to perform “Jerusalem” with members Philadelphia Orchestra and Curtis Institute.  Recordings: Rabaud Solo de Concours 2005 “Jerusalem” at Drexel concert for World Peace 2005. Saint-Saens Sonata 1st Mvt 2003.   She enjoys performing as an orchestral member, chamber musician and soloist equally, and she is venturing into crossover, jazz and fusion. Awards: Named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist (the youngest ever), a C.W. Post Tilles Scholar at age 9, and winner of the Greenwich Village Orchestra and Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium competitions. “You can reach a lot of people with music.” — Alia Sabur.

SPORT CAREER

Alia started doing Tae kwon do when she was six years old and got her black belt when she was 9 years old. This happened at her ninth birthday party, so some people do say she got it when she was 8 years old. For the entire year of fourth grade she did nothing because she was stuck in. She started doing calligraphy and that was the same year she really worked on her clarinet, and even got her BLACK BELT in Tae Kwon do.

HER PHILOSOPHY

About music, she said “music has been a really important part of my life for about as long as I can remember” “Even besides just my feelings on music, the fact that I have been part of groups of musicians and participating in orchestras and performances for so long has definitely shaped the kind of people I am with and the time I spend.” “I cannot imagine how things would have turned out if I had not been involved in it at all because so many things that I did for so long were influenced by that.”  About life, she said, “I want to make the world a better place and I will use all my abilities to do that, including my intelligence, but I don’t feel it gives me a responsibility to do anything in particular. An high IQ, she argues, is not an obstacle to living a normal life” “The same way that an athlete doesn’t display their talents while spending time with friends but isn’t considered to be ‘suspending’ their abilities, I don’t ‘suspend’ my intelligence” she said “It’s part of who I am, and I don’t feel the need to prove that I’m smart, or hide it either.”

TEACHING CAREER

As she grown up, Alia’s become increasingly interested in using her considerable talents to help others. She was teaching in Korea around 2011, but before that, in 2007, she took a temporary position of Assistant Professor of Maths and Physics at Southern University, New Orleans, till 2008 where she helped the relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina. So when she learnt that Southern University at New Orleans, a historically Black public college was the only college still operating out of trailers, she accepted the temporary position. She was appointed as a full-time faculty Professor of the department of Advanced Technology Fusion at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, with the effect from 19 February 2008, when she aged 18 years 362 days with the official title: International Professor as Research Liason with Stony Brook University (New York, USA). She began her position at the Department of Advanced Technology Fusion at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, from 2008 to 2009 and she chose not to renew the one year contract. She returned to her hometown, New York in later 2009.

SCIENTIFIC CAREER

Alia’s field is Materials Science with the doctoral advisor, Selcuk Guceri who lives in San Antonio, TX. He is from Moorestown, New Jersey. Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Worcester Polytechnic Institute, known as WPI Engineering. He spent 10 years as Dean of Engineering at Drexel University, before 2011. WITH THE OFFICE LOCATION Higgins Lab 109. CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: +1-508-831-4692 guceri@wpi.edu RELATED SCIENTISTS to Alia Sabur are Mark Embree , Vladimir Yevseyevich Zuev, Tony J. Pitcher , Rafael E. López-Corvo and Ramesh K. Agarwal  In 2009, Alia Sabur worked on nano technology—It involve developing nanotube based cellular probes for medical research and studying cures and effective treatments for all kinds of diseases. On June 3, 2010 she spent time to devise a solution/fix down for plugging the BP’s oil well/slick in the Gulf. She also worked to develop non-invasive optical blood glucose meters for people with diabetes. She, also worked passionately in helping to improve the quality of STEM education in America. Selected Undergraduate and Graduate Activities Served as Panelist, Graduate Fellowship Workshop, Drexel University and Drexel Materials Characterization Facility Talk: SERS in Nanotechnology Superuser for the Raman Spectrometer at the Drexel Characterization Facility Presented at the Celebration of Undergraduate Achievements four years, including projects in Applied Math, Physics. Presentations: 1. VIGRE research grant and Presidential Scholarship Scientific Articles and Conference Presentations Sabur, A.; Havel, M.; Gogotsi, Y. 2. SERS intensity optimization by controlling the synthesis of faceted gold nanoparticles. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 2008, 39, 61-67. Sabur, A.; 3. Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Carbon Nanotube Based Cellular Probes. AZojono 2007, 3. Mattia, D.; Korneva, G.; Sabur, A.; Friedman, G.; Gogotsi, Y. 4. Multifunctional carbon nanotubes with nanoparticles embedded in their walls. Nanotechnology 2007, (18), 155305. Layton, B.; D’Souza, A.; Zeiger, A.; Sabur, A.; Dampier, W. 5. Does collagen’s triglycine repeat length explain an interdomain transfer event from a eukaryote into Trichodesmium erythraeum? Journal of Molecular Evolution, 2008, 66 (6)539-554. Five conference presentations and posters at annual meetings of the Materials Research Society, the American Chemical Society, and the Optical Society of America, three as presenting author. Motivational Speaking: 15 talks given; 8 to K-12 and college students in the US, Korea, and Malaysia, and 7 as a keynote or invited speaker to youth groups, educational forums, and professional organizations such as the Global Human Resources Forum, the National Council of Youth Organizations in Korea, and the FIRST Robotics Championship.

HER SAD STORY

In 2008, Sabur filed a civil suit against Drexel University, claiming that the university engaged in fraud and defamation regarding Sabur’s pursuit of a doctoral degree. In the suit, Sabur charges that Yury Gogotsi, her former Ph.D. advisor, improperly used her research to apply for grants, and deliberately obstructed her degree. Trial proceedings began on August 9, 2010. She was exonerated from all wrongdoing and falsely accused—It’s in binding arbitration. This happened when she was eighteen, and she was devastated. She has been studying science since she was two years old. This made her realize that some scientists are more focused on greed and selfishness. They are not there to teach. They kill and murder each other to get more money for research.    Right now PhD students are not protected by the law, and their advisers have absolutely no one to answer to—they are totally autonomous. So Alia decided to get a law degree— in 2011, she was in her first year at Georgetown—to see if there was some way that she can change that, and give people some way of protecting their research work. This is the second lawsuit involving the Sabur family. In the previous one Alia Sabur’s parents brought suit on behalf of their daughter and alleged that defendants board of education, its members, and the school district failed to provide their daughter with appropriate educational services in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Whereas, six of the seven counts were dismissed that time, in 1998.

MEDIA APPEARANCE

Newspaper: New York Post 1999-2010, Newsday 1997-2005, Jezebel.com April 2008, The Independent May 2008, Korea Times April 2008, Hi Magazine 2005, The Star Ledger June 2005, Metro Philadelphia July 2005, Teen People April 2005, Washington Post March 2004, Philadelphia Inquirer January 2004, Glamour Magazine August 2003, and New York Times January 2003.  TV: WWL Morning News May 2008, Fox Redeye April 2008, Montel July 2006, CNN Sunday April 2005, Deborah Norville Tonight January 2004, CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight March 2004, Jimmy Kimmel Live July 2003, The View May 2003, Today Show May 2003, Rosie O’Donnell Show 1999, 1999 Local News.  Radio: NPR, BBC, CBC, Voice of America, Arirang, WCBS (many time), Wins.  Magazines: Science, Spot On, Glamour (twice), Cosmopolitan (twice), TeenPeople, Time Out New York, Time for Kids, and Jezebel.com.

PRIMARY SOURCES 1. www.aliasabur.com 2. Google 3. Julie Sabur 4. alia.sabur@gmail.com

© AYANWUYI, Israel Temitope  In June, 2018.  Email:ayanwuyiisrael@gmail.com Phone number: +234 703 2932 463 Website: www.ayanwuyiisrael.blogspot.com

FOR THE LOVE OF DOPAMINE By Olubola Alamu

 

This cartoon from theawkwardyeti.com has got to be one of my favourites. So accurate! The love of dopamine is the root of many evils, e.g. addiction to drugs and other things (habits). Our brains get tricked like this many times, and we become dependent on all sorts of things (alcohol, codeine, tramadol, marijuana, sex, etc.) for temporary pleasure; just for our neurones to release a bit more of dopamine (one of the brain chemicals that make us feel good).

Looking at this cartoon, my conscience is pricked. No, I have not been doing drugs, but lately, I have been complaining about how I want some things and can’t get them, as though I need things to be happy. I am being reminded now that happiness is inside me; I just have to let it out. I don’t need anything external to be happy.

Addictions always end in subtractions; so much subtraction that we have a negative balance; we become much less than we were before we got addicted. They also make us forget what is real, and we end up chasing shadows, just as brain in this cartoon was so delighted at the mention of “dopamine” that it forgot that dopamine that is eaten cannot even reach the brain, thanks to the barrier between blood and the brain.

And how about looking to other people for happiness? That may turn out to be the same as walking into a “heartquake” with your eyes wide open. People will always be people. What of being happy as long as life treats us right? Well, I wouldn’t advise that either. Life isn’t fair, so it won’t always treat you right. In the end, it’s up to you to decide to keep your head high, your heart joyful, and your eyes aglow with hope—whether it’s a glorious noon or a gloomy night; whether the sky is bright or you’re fighting your way through the rain. There is no pursuit of happiness because happiness is not interested in playing hide and seek with us. Besides, why would we want to pursue happiness when we can have joy?

David said, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.”* That sounds crazy, but I reckon that it’s a wonderful thing; a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that is not dependent on the presence or absence of things. Let me leave you with these words of Kirk Franklin: “I don’t just want you to be happy, ’cause you’ve got to have something to be happy for. I want you to have joy; can’t nobody take that from you.”

*Psalm 4:7

©Olubola Alamu
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You Reign by Oluwaseyi (Download Mp3)

Psalm 102:27
But you remain the same, and your years will never end.

‘You Reign’ is a song that confesses the unending reign of God from generations to generation. God has been dealing and working with His people in different ways, ways that are sometimes palatable and sometimes not, yet, that does not change the fact that He is God! He is God yesterday, today and forever. This song will inspire you to know that He reigns over your life and He will never change.

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About the Composer
Oluwaseyi is well known for her strong appealing and passionate delivery when leading praise in worship.
Having decided to take her music ministry to another level, she has released this debut single titled “You Reign”, a great song that will lead people to worship and confess the undeniable lyrics. The song will lift your spirit and soul.

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN FAIRIES?

If you saw Peter Pan, I hope you remember Captain James Hook, the pirate, because this story is partly about him. If you have not heard of Peter or Hook, follow all the same.

Our story is set in Neverland, a land occupied by fairies, Indians, pirates, and “the lost boys”. Hook particularly hated fairies—so much that he would kill them for no reason at all. The funny thing is that even though the fairies could fly and they had superpowers, killing them was pretty easy: all the killer needed to do was utter a sentence. According to legend, each time someone expresses disbelief in the existence of fairies, a fairy dies. Therefore, all Hook had to do was walk up to a fairy and say “There is no such thing as fairies”, and the fairy, apparently heartbroken that someone didn’t believe in it, would just give up the ghost.

As a kid, I was annoyed by Hook’s cruelty, but now, I just think that the fairies were pretty silly. Didn’t they realise that if they continued to die because someone said that they didn’t exist, they would in the long run prove the villain right, because they would cease to exist? Instead of them to tell Hook that he must be delirious to be looking at something and still claim that the thing didn’t exist, they went on to help the fulfilment of his delirious statement.

And how often do we behave like those fairies? “Someone said that my brain is too dull to survive education, and because I was so heartbroken by that statement, I dropped out of school.” You know what? You just proved him right. “My guardian doesn’t trust me. She keeps calling me wayward, and there is no point trying to live responsibly since she has made up her mind. So, I’m going to be a hooker for real.” Well, if that’s what you want to do, at least you will give your guardian the satisfaction of boasting to people that she was right all along.

Don’t you see it? Making wrong decisions about your life just because someone has a wrong opinion of you is not revenge; it is self-harm. It doesn’t make much sense to die because someone said you don’t exist. If each time Hook said fairies didn’t exist, they had used some of their powers on him, I’m sure he would have stopped being mean. But instead of doing that, the fairies just had heart attacks and died.

Nobody is obliged to believe in you; you are not God. Even God, the most obvious entity in the world today, doesn’t get all the faith He deserves, so if you keep waiting for everyone to have faith in your abilities, you may actually wait forever. Never mind the people who run you down with their mouths and call you a loser. Rather, know what you’re about, know your worth, and know what you’re on your way to becoming. Focus on nurturing and manifesting the treasures that God hid in you. Then one day you’ll meet those haters downtown and dazzle them to stupor because you have become all shades of awesome. That would be sweet revenge, don’t you think?

I asked if you believe in fairies, but I really don’t want to know if you do. But I hope you believe, without wavering, in you.

Olubola Alamu
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SELF-CONFIDENCE IN THESE LAST DAYS By Stephen Oladipo

Self-confidence is a compound word that can be broken into two words. Self and Confidence. Self can be defined as an individual person as the object of his own reflective consciousness while confidence means expression or feeling of certainty.

In Chemistry, I was thought that if two elements combine together, they react to form a product. In the same way, confidence is a product of reaction. The elements of confidence could be past achievements, talents, skills, intellect etc. All these could be sources of confidence but there is one source of confidence that does not change when faced with storms and life difficulties. He is the unchangeable changer. His name is ALMIGHTY GOD and He should be our ultimate source of confidence. You should only be self-confident when your self is consumed with the Word of God.

Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. Jerimiah 15:16
(Also read Psalm 118:8-9, Isaiah 45:19, Proverbs 3:5)

“The Bible finds us where we are, and with our permission it will take us where we ought to go.

Other books were given to us for information but God’s word was given to us for transformation” said John Mason.

If you are going to thrive where self-confidence is concerned in these last days, there are two things that must be taken seriously. The first thing is the way you see yourself and the second is what you say about yourself.

How do you see yourself?
The book of Numbers chapter 13 gave the account of how Moses was instructed to send men to the land of Canaan in order to spy the land they were about to inhabit (a promised land).

After the spy had completed their assignment for forty days, something happened that led them to a serious problem. All of them went to the same place, at the same time and on the same assignment but brought different reports. Indeed two people can look at the same thing and see different things because the true eyes of a man are not in his head but in his heart. While some saw themselves as grasshoppers in front of their enemies, others saw themselves as conquerors. You are like a reflector, what you think you reflect. And it is what you reflect that the enemy sees. The only way you can actually reflect who God created you to be is to catch the revelation of who and whose you are from the word of God. Bishop David Oyedepo once said, “It is your picture that you catch from the scripture that determines your future”. Brother, you are too complex to know yourself. Your brain cannot calculate who you are (Read Psalm 139). It is the one who designed you that can define you.

One of the best-known “overcomers” in American history would have been Helen Keller, who refused to allow the blindness of her eyes and the deafness of her ears to keep her from enjoying her life, achieving remarkable goals, and making significant contributions to the society. Before the end of her life in 1968, Helen received numerous honorary degrees and awards for her humanitarian work and the inspiration she provided for the blind and the deaf, including prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her book, she quotes famous authors as she had a very retentive memory and used some of the poems by famous poets whenever she found their application. Her autobiography also has many quotations from the Bible. In spite of her triple handicap, she proved that

“The virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them”.

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path way of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong said Thomas Carlyle. How do you see yourself, remember, God sees you victorious. He sees you shinning. He sees you unstoppable. God has invested so much in you than to let you give up. Believe in your potentials and not too long you are on your way to fulfil your destiny. Life challenges are like onions; the more you go through, the more inner treasures they unveil (Read Gen 45:1-7).

Just like the contact Joseph needed was awaiting him in the prison, so also your struggles and challenges will pave way to your enthronement. Remember, you cannot gain experience by reading pages of book, you have to go through. The fact that you are going through does not mean that you are not going to breakthrough. Prepare, for men will ask you, how did you breakthrough? Your mess can be your message and your pain can be your pulpit. Life challenges are good, they bow our stiffened neck and bend our rigid kneels. Come on, believe, God is not over with you yet!

We know that in all things God work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28(KJV)

Let each new obstacle force you to go to the next level with God. No obstacle will ever leave you the way it found you. You will either be better or be worse. Someone said that obstacle is what we see when we take our eyes off the goal.

Read:LIFE LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF DANIEL AS AN ACADEMIC By Oladipo Stephen

What do you say about yourself?
There will always be times when people will say all sort of things about you but it is what the word of God says that you should hold on to. It is not about what the world says but what the Word says. Come on, lift up your head and say good things about yourself. Say it loud and clear.

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit–you choose. Proverb 18:21(MSG)

There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who told him of a sick child nearby. She beseeched him to help this child. So the sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight. One woman brought the sick child to him, and he said a prayer over her. “Do you really think your prayer will help, when medicine has failed?” yelled a man from the crowd. “You know nothing of such things! You are a stupid fool!” said the sage to the man. The man became very angry with these words and his face grew hot and red. He was about to say something, or perhaps strike out, when the sage walked over to him and said: “If one word has such power as to make you so angry and hot, may not another have the power to heal?” And thus, the sage healed two people that day.

So, from this moment, begin to say good things about yourself. Remember, if you don’t, nobody may! I will like to leave this with you…

It is the one who designed you that can define you (not your circumstances) and your stature does not determine your future. It is your picture that you catch from the scripture that determines your future. Brace up! It is not who but whose you are. Take a deep breathe, remove your bible from your shelf and rekindle the dying flame!