‘Oh my God! Gloria, why did I even agree to follow you today? Shey I would have jejeli stayed in my house. I would have been sleeping and snoring now; not stuck in this car with you. Abi, can I come down?’…

I had planned from the word ‘GO’ to make this trip to the bridal shop uncomfortable for Imaikop. She’s been crying for change and giving me lecture upon lecture on what is wrong with the country yet she is not ready to make a move on her end.

‘Imaikop, the sooner you realize we’re in this car together, heading to Wuse 2, the better for you. You see the problem with you, you keep complaining. Your prayer point during fasting I’m sure is the same one you’ve been praying all your life for Nigeria. I’m not saying it is bad oh! All I am saying is that we as Christians, we as Nigerians, need to do more than pray, hope, complain, fast and complain some more.’

‘Gloria, the truth is that the system is corrupt. Come 2019, it will be rigged. The God Fathers of the country will place who they want and the masses will keep suffering. Then, they will go to the North and have people come out en masse, even underage kids, to vote. Please just leave me alone mbok. I can’t shout. If I get money like this eh, it’s to get visa and miss from Nigeria.’

‘Imaikop, it’s not enough to think rigging comes only from the North. Who says it wasn’t done in other states last election? Besides, why are we still dwelling on the past when the future is ahead of us to determine to an extent? Why don’t we all just give it a shot again? If we all run and leave Nigeria, who will fix it?’

As we alighted from the car, Imaikop paused in her steps. ‘What do you want from me Gloria?’ she asked. ‘Imaikop all I want from you is to go and get your voters card and vote when the time comes then you just might get the change you desire.’ ‘Yes ma, I’ve heard you. Can we go in now? I hope they have fine gowns in this shop.’ ‘I’m sure they do’, I replied, secretly thankful that one vote has been secured for 2019.

What do I want from you? A voter’s card. What do I want from you? Your vote.


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You have what it takes to be a better person.

You have what it takes to complete your tasks and achieve your goals.

You have what it takes to help someone.

You have what it takes to give and expect nothing in return.


You have what it takes to love and love again.

You have what it takes to forgive when hurt.

You have what it takes to sacrifice in order to save someone.

You have what it takes to curb the words that flow from your mouth.


You have what it takes to be a leader.

You have what it takes to be a follower.

You have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

You have what it takes to manage a business.


You have what it takes to better your country.

You have what it takes to be independent.

You have what it takes to give justice a chance.

You have what it takes to win your right.


You have all the above and much more because what it takes, IT’S IN YOU.


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A society without rules will be one void of law and order. I’ve tried several times to get the words of my secondary school teacher out of my head but no, it’s stuck like a song on repeat; maybe because there are elements of truth in it. May I modify this a little?

Rules will always be broken because it operates on the same principles as ‘Plan’. Rules are broken and plans fail but that shouldn’t stop us because they serve as a guide. If they don’t work out we will still try, for imagine if they did work out?

The New Year is here, see if these help.


Plans may not go as planned. Still, plan. It will serve as a guide. Just keep it short and simple for each goal or task. Be realistic.


Start by forgiving yourself. You most likely made avoidable mistakes in 2017. Hey! This is a brand New Year, one you’ve never walked in. so let go and start again. Let go of business partners who failed you. Let go of family members and friends who betrayed you. You’ll meet new people this year who will make you feel special and valuable.


Don’t be quick to sign off ideas and people. Be open to receiving, then you can sieve what’s not useful.


You never know when you need something or someone. Perhaps from that person you tag bad and evil. Maintain a cordial relationship even when you feel you’re not treated right. Close the door gently behind you, so it doesn’t jam just in case you need to go back into the room or forgot your bag inside.


Love has many meanings. Your love should be kind, tolerant, giving, helpful and real. You don’t hate yourself; don’t hate anyone. A friend’s mum once told me that the word ‘hate’ is too strong to be used in reference to people. Remove ‘hate’ from your vocabulary and mind. Let love rule as you rule your world.




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