MELODIOUS MARCH!!!

Hola!

Welcome to MARCH.


The year is pretty fast, isn’t it?

I hope you all are eager to partake of all that God is set to do this season (in your life, nation and globally)…because I AM.

There’s just so much I’m trusting God for right now, and I believe there are endless possibilities awaiting me as each day unfolds.

One of the scriptures I currently find encouraging is,

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.” Ps 37:5


I saw this on the blog of someone I admire greatly (Hola doctora!😀), and I decided to adapt it for this post.

1. ❤️Reading:

a) FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer):

“That’s why you and I need to be praying—to keep the truth about our real identity in constant, unbroken focus before us.”
“Truth—God’s standard and viewpoint about us—must come first in our hearts and minds if we want to be effective in
battle against the enemy.”

b) WHEN GOD WHISPERS YOUR NAME (Max Lucado):


“Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.”
“God forgets the past. Imitate him. Sacrilege is to feel guilt for sins already forgiven.”


“Don’t ask God to do what you want, ask God to do what is right.”
“You’ll never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.”
“To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance”

c) LIONESS ARISING (Lisa Bevere):

-The lioness rises to gather strength, greet/groom others, hunt, move the young to safety, confront the enemies that threaten the pride and walk alongside her king.
-The lioness has something which is fierce, wild at the same time beautiful.

d) PASSING IT ON (Myles Munroe):
“Finishing well is more important than starting well.”
“One of the most difficult decisions a leader has, is to surrender the reins of power to another.”
“Knowing when to leave is so essential that it’s better for a leader to leave too early than too late.”

e) INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Peter F. Drucker):

– Entrepreneurship is neither a science or an art, it is a practice.
– Innovation is the specific tool for entrepreneurs the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different service or business.
– Not everyone who starts a new venture is an entrepreneur. An Entrepreneur has to have special characteristics over being New Or Small. Your business venture does not have to be small or new to make you an entrepreneur.
– An Entrepreneur doesn’t have to be a business owner, capitalist, or employer.
– People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs.

f) AMERICANAH (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie):

I read the preview copy last year, and bought this recently. Interesting and intriguing read, Chimamanda has a way of putting the obvious in a not-so-obvious way.

I could actually relate with this part, even with Vincentians, it’s never “Sorry” but “Are you okay?”

Nigerians on the other hand, will expect you to tell them “sorry” even when you’re not responsible for their misfortunes.

g) THE BOOK OF ISAIAH :

I recently came across this passage and I thought of my beloved country Nigeria, as I turned it into a prayer:

17 “Those who will rebuild you are coming soon, and those who destroyed you will leave. 18 Look around and see what is happening! Your people are assembling — they are coming home! As surely as I am the living God, you will be proud of your people, as proud as a bride is of her jewels. 19 “Your country was ruined and desolate — but now it will be too small for those who are coming to live there. And those who left you in ruins will be far removed from you. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭49‬:‭17-19‬ GNB)

2. ❤️Playing: Nothing. Once upon a time, it was CANDY CRUSH, but those days are long gone.
3. ❤️Watching: Nothing ATM.  Last watched YELLOW BIRD (last weekend), and in my opinion, it’s booooring….with a CAPITAL B.

4.❤️Listening to: I TESTIFY (by Ada).

Recently discovered it on my playlist and it’s been a recurring song in my spirit. Surely, this month I TESTIFY. 

5.❤️ Working on: learning Spanish (courtesy of Fluencia and Duolingo) and Igbo languages (courtesy of Igbovillagesquare on YouTube). It’s been fun all the way.

6. ❤️Eating: Besides real food, lots of Golden Morn and different kinds of Sausage rolls (Gala, Meaty, Beefie😭😂)


7. ❤️Wanting: Many things….especially a new pair of shoes (maybe silver sandals), a friend’s wedding is coming up this month and there’s nothing to rock my iro and buba with…yet.

8. ❤️Needing: More of God. More of his wisdom. More of his strength. More of his grace.

9. ❤️Loving: The strong, fervent, and godly woman I am becoming.

Credit: WEB
10. ❤️ Thinking: of passing the MDCN exams in peace and not in pieces……the workload seems overwhelming, but God dey. 

Over 80 lecture slides already and still counting! 😑😐
11. ❤️Feeling: Blessed to be part of my immediate family. So I ran away from Lagos last weekend, to be with my homeys and how refreshing it was.

The ancient city of Ibadan was welcoming as usual.

IBADAN
The highlight was an evening outing, after a road trip through a part of the city, while singing our favorite hymns and recalling poems/nursery rhymes…of course we took several snap shots (plus a professional studio shoot), followed by a lovely dinner.



And yours sincerely had a big cheese burger that was so yummy….


12. ❤️Celebrating : The publishing of my first book, MY FEGGO DIARIES. It’s basically a memoir about the highs and lows, of my experiences in a Nigerian boarding house.


It is now available for download on Okadabooks app (Googleplay and App Store). I’ll appreciate your reviews and feedbacks.

13. ❤️ Grateful for: The new MONTH.

it is my desire to make MELODY to the Lord with my heart continually, in anticipation of all the testimonies that await me. Like the scripture says,

“addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

Ephesians 5:19-20 ESV

I decided to dig out 20 of my favorite hymns (in no particular order) and share with you all. You can look up their verses/tunes on the Internet. I hope you’re blessed by them.

What are some of your favorite hymns?

Have a melodious March,

:::requ1ne::::

Ps: Thanks to all who supported and contributed to my blog challenge, 26 BLESSINGS AND COUNTING. I’ll be completing the skipped days at a latter time, which will be communicated accordingly.

Muchas gracias. ❤️❤️❤️

DAY 25: EXCITED!!!

Welcome back.


First, let me apologize for all the missed days of this blog challenge.

Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, this is the most challenging blog challenge I’ve undertaken in my 3 years of blogging. 

I can’t even begin to list all the issues that came up along the line, but God is FAITHFUL. 

You can tell I’m pretty excited tonight (err, actually it’s morning already). God has made one of MAJOR my goals for this year attainable. 

Here’s a snippet: 


And just in a little while, you all can have access to it. 


He sure makes dreams come true!!!

I’ve been working on this project for over 5 months and at some point I was like “who send me job?”

Writing no be beans o. Especially when you try to go all professional with honest reviews et al.

Again, God is FAITHFUL.

Today I’m thankful for MY FEGGO DIARIES, which is now READY and will be released SOON!!!!!

Like, I can already taste it…hahaha. God is great. 

See ehn, at one time, I didn’t even see myself as someone that could write a book talk less of publishing one. (Permit my Nigerian English😎🤓).

I’m grateful for everyone that encouraged and those that took part in this labor with me. My very good friend, Obinna, you’re such a blessing. My God will reward you fully.

All I can say is, IMELA.


Spanish phrase for the day:

Gracias Dio: Thank God.

Image Credit: WEB
Stay fervent,

:::requ1ne:::

SEPTEMBER…

Hello Folks.
Welcome to September.

I don’t know about you guys but if you ask me, I think year 2016 deserves an award for its exceptional speed which in my humble opinion, is comparable only to that of…


Usain Bolt…haha😅

Pls where did January-August fly to? 🙄

Anyway, I’m thankful to God for life. Although the year is closing in, there are still many opportunities to learn, grow and achieve. And for that I’m also thankful. 
So here’s what’s up for the month:
Because I’m still in the transition phase between Medical School and “Real Life”, there’s a lot of believing to be done, so I’m keying into:

1. This SCRIPTURE 1 Cor 2:9

2. And this SONG- In Jesus’ name. 

3. I’m currently READING:

I. AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN (Anthony Robbins): This book is…I can’t even drop it, until I finish it. Tbh, it’s one of the most bulky books I’ve read in my life, content-wise. I recently learnt about writing a list of my top-most values (in order of priority) and I came up with this:

Then I told myself “No wonder you’re like this…” As nice as the list looks from a distance, on closer inspection, I really need to do better…the issue of COMFORT as the first priority can be a stumbling block if I’m to make a difference in the future.

II. TROPHY CHILD (Ted Cummingham): it’s an insightful book recommended for Parents and Parents-to-be…it’s never too EARLY/LATE to learn that having a “child-centered” home does more harm than good eventually. Biblically, a good marriage is primarily about the husband and wife, and then the Children (Genesis 2:24).

I recently completed: 

III. WHEN GOD WRITES YOUR LOVE STORY (Eric & Leslie Ludy) and the book was: 

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 

Here are some of the highlights for me:

  • “If God is preparing you to make an impact on this world for his kingdom, chances are he will take you through a period of loneliness.” It’s a hard pill to swallow.
  • “If you don’t allow God to give you a strong backbone and prepare you to stand apart from the crowd, you are prone to compromise.” Noted.
  • Don’t despise loneliness. Instead allow it to chase you into the ready arms of your king. If you turn to him instead of trying to fill the void with other things, you will find that he is ready to meet your every need.” 
  • “Every day you are single can be a chance to love your future spouse by preparing for your life together. Don’t waste this season, but let God help you cultivate every opportunity to become the man or woman they are dreaming of.” Hmmmn…
  • “Family is our rehearsal for relationships.” Haha…this one got me.😂
  • “Guys the way you treat your mom, is how you will treat your wives.” Ditto ladies.
  • “Godly teammates provide an outside perspective to a relationship.” Get older, wiser and experienced mentors for Accountability before/during your relationship

I just started:

IV. US (Daniel L. Tocchini): At a glance it’s a book against “the spirit of selfishness” in Marriage and I hope to gain lots of insight from it.
You can read about the variety of books in my library here

4. I’m still studying the BOOK OF PROVERBS with the help of Matthew Henry’s Commentary and I’m loving it.

5. PROJECTS:

I’m presently working on two writing projects:

I. SOJOURN IN SVG: This will be featured on the blog (later this year or early next year, by God’s grace). It’s a MEMOIR that depicts what it’s like to leave one’s home-country and live in a foreign land.

II. TWO MINUTES: This is a fictional piece that I hope to submit for an International Essay Writing Contest. It’s my second attempt at working on something SO BIG, and the 2000-word target is a little overwhelming. I’m taking it one step at a time, and we’ll see how it goes. 

6. Late ANNOUNCEMENT: I got MY FEGGO DIARIES (Prologue) published on Okadabooks.com last month, and I hope I can get the rest of the book published by December. You still have access to MY FEGGO DIARIES on the blog, pending its publication. Please if you have the Okadabooks app, you can download and read the book for FREE. 

7. ADVENTURES: Guess who visited the SVG PM’s official residence last weekend? Yours’ sincerely. Thanks to the Church who organized the event…it was FUN. And here are a few pictures:




And who knows what other adventure this month will bring?

8. NIGERIA is on my mind. It’s been 2 years and 4 months since I last visited my home-country. And while I won’t necessarily say I’m homesick, I must say I’m looking forward to returning home SOON…and I hope it will be as exciting as I’ve envisaged it.

Ibadan, Nigeria. (Photocredit: Nairaland)
9. I need practical suggestions about the art of MEDITATION. I’ve tried it a couple of times but I’ve not been consistent. I used the app SmilingMind and recently HeadSpace but the outcome has been less than desired. Any ideas please?

That’s all for now.

First Sunday in September, representing Naija!

I hope you all have an exciting SEPTEMBER. 
Thank you for reading,

:::requ1ne:::

MY FAVORITE THINGS (Part 1/10)- Throwbacks! 

Hello People,

It feels like ages. Let’s just say life has been happening to me behind the scenes. Thank God I’m back. 

I believe y’all have enjoyed the blessings of July so far.

We’ve had a pretty wet weather here in SVG. 

But I’m thankful for the showers and God’s numerous favors. 


So many of you are familiar with the song MY FAVORITE THINGS from the classic movie The Sound of Music (1965). That’s where I got the theme for this post from. I’ve wanted to share it since like forever, but no time is as good as the present. 
Like everyone else, there are a few things that cheer me up on ordinary days and lighten my mood when I’m having a not-so-good day. I refer to them as my favorite things.

Image credit: WEB
I have decided to write about them (in no particular order) in a 10-part series, which will extend over a couple of weeks/months. I hope you enjoy reading the post and subsequent ones…let me have your feedbacks, pls! ☺️😊

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Part 1- Throwbacks.

I’m a naturally retrospective person, which is why I’m absolutely big on throwbacks. I love to reminisce about old songs, old places, old movies, nursery rhymes, childhood games etc

My close friends and family members know that I enjoy talking about remarkable moments/events from my childhood/teenage years with a notable glint in my eyes. The nostalgia such memories bring is heartwarming. Some days I want to cry or laugh, and I’m not even sure which one to pick.

Anyway these are the top favs on my throwback chart. Enjoy! 

1. My favorite cartoon’s theme songCODE LYOKO. This show made my day in those days and of all the things I liked about it, the theme song was the best. The lyrics are quite profound too. I still have the soundtrack on my phone by the way, and it used to be my ringtone at one time. *facepalm*


A close second is Disney’s DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? From the movie FROZEN. I literally shed tears whenever I listen to that soundtrack, cos the lyrics portray a period in my life when I experienced the pangs of loneliness 😭😭😪.


2. Stories from my Secondary School days. I wrote this series MY FEGGO DIARIES, around this time last year. Anyone that went to a Nigerian boarding school can relate to it. 

(Photo-credit: Lillian Duru)

3. The 15 Pictures that basically sum up your Nigerian Childhood on Zikoko. 

Number 9 perfectly describes mine. 


Hello Okin biscuits…*sniffs*

My dad would not allow us to take any other type of biscuits to school, but we did behind his back anyway..😆
And here I was in elementary school, over a decade and half-a-decade years back.

The young shall grow…😉😘

(My innocent face and chubby cheeks…lol).

4. Mount Zion Movies’ Soundtracks. Back in the days, the trend in my house was that my mum bought practically every single movie released by the MOUNT ZION FAITH MINISTRIES (MZFM), one of the popular producers in the Nigerian Christian film industry. I was more into the soundtracks than the movies themselves. Here are some movies whose soundtracks I especially liked (and still sing):

– APOTI ERI

– AGBARA NLA

– CAPTIVES OF THE MIGHTY

I also enjoyed the soundtracks from the local Radio/TV stations. Growing up in Ibadan, Nigeria in the days when Satellite dishes/Cable TV weren’t common, listening to RADIO O.Y.O and watching NTA and BCOS TV Channels was the norm. 

Oh, the soundtracks of programs like TALES BY MOONLIGHT and the TV series SUPER STORY were on point too. I miss those days! 


PS: Here’s the YouTube link to the soundtrack + first episode of Super Story’s Oh Father, Oh Daughter. Enjoy! 
5. Secular songs from the early/mid 2000s. I know this is weird, cos as a general rule I don’t do secular music. But there are days when I just want to go back in time and relieve some of those songs. I’ve caught myself on YouTube a number of times just browsing one old song after the other. Songs like Styl-plus’s Olufunmi“, Eedris Abdulkareem’s “Mr. Lecturer” or Daddy Showkey‘s “If You See My Mama” will always remain a part of my growing up memos.

Memories…

6. Classic Nursery Rhymes/Elementary school poems. Ok, so we all know this one:

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, 

How I wonder what you are…”


Not only can I recite it offhand, I actually do sing it every now and then. Well, it’s really good as a lullaby you know…😴

Another poem I like love, is MR. NOBODY. This is how it goes:


Of course I sing that too as a song. Pls don’t judge…😔😬
7. Ringtones/Message tones of old Phones. Yes, you heard that right. I started using a mobile phone around the age of 15, and I’ve used a couple of them since then. Before the era of smartphones, I used the likes of Trium, Sagem, the famous Nokia 3310 and an unforgettable China phone (I didn’t take note of its model) which was the best of them all. I miss my old phones..😢 and the different phases of my life they represented. I can literally hum some of the tones from my sleep. I found this link about Nokia 3310 ringtones on YouTube, and it makes me a bit nostalgic *dabs tears*

Ok there are a few more on throwbacks, but I will stop here. 

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Having throwback moments are good opportunities to reflect on the past and show gratitude to God for how far we have come. We can also choose to laugh-out-loud at silly moments in the past and perhaps shed a few tears at some fond or bitter-sweet memories. In summary, Throwbacks are super refreshing.
If you don’t know how/where to start from, I’d suggest that you go dust off your old photo albums and post a couple of pictures for a #ThrowbackThursday on Facebook/Instagram. Baby pictures are generally cute, while others may appear quite awkward, but I bet you and your friends will have a good laugh. 

So do you have any remarkable throwback experience that makes you happy? Pls share in the comment box.
Till I come your way next time,

Thank you for reading.

:::requ1ne:::