Growing up in the suburbs of Lagos,  'ejika ni shoobu' (shop on the shoulders) used to be a popular sight on the streets moving within houses. These tailors roamed around with their mini sewing machines on their shoulders,  calling out to anyone who needed to mend their clothes for a token.
Some days they flood the area,  and some days when you really need them the most, they are nowhere to be found. And if at all you're lucky to find one,  they just might not have the thread colour needed to mend your cloth.
.... "Oh God! Why you no go get the thread na" (that line was a common line on our lips those days whenever we were dissapointed by the tailors).  I know some of you can relate to this.

"We want to be that 'TAILOR WITH ALL COLOURS OF THREAD',but sometimes, these clothes don't wait till you get home before they're torn." -TW ™

#PardonMeIfYouDontUnderstandThis #DEEP #Parable

Many have since my posting of these line bothered me for an explanation, more like an expantiation of a sort.
I couldn't help but smile at some point, seeing how literarily some took my words. One very close to me even gave me a call to ask what happened to my clothes after reading my status update on facebook.
The words, when taken in units are as simple as; 'Cloth', 'Thread', 'Colours' etc. But put together, it becomes a big parable, one that concern a very debatable matter of life.
"We want to be that 'TAILOR WITH ALL COLOURS OF THREAD',but sometimes, these clothes don't wait till you get home before they're torn." -TW ™
...It's all about life, its all about preparation,
Its all about readiness, and the eventuality of life.
Men sometimes do all they can to prepare, we try to preempt, we meticulously cover our tracks, be proactive, but life has its ways of taking us unaware. And then we seem again like the ones who never prepared.
Going back to my analogy;
Of what use is all the colours of thread gathered and acquired at home if ones clothes chooses to get torn on the road?
Do we put it off and start sewing on the road?
The one who in his wisdom had bought many threads of different colours has prepared for the possibility/eventuality of a cloth (its colour regardless) needing a stitch.
He's done well for himself, hasn't he?
But today, his cloth has chosen to bring him some embarrassment on the street, far away from his (prepared) thread.
Life oh life, what more can a man do, knowing well he knows not what lies ahead of him the next second?
"These Clothes Don't Wait Till You're Home Before They Get Torn."
We are all tailors of our own lives. There to make necessary ammendments and corrections when life goes wrong.
A 'Tailor' with all colours of thread is that proactive person.
'Clothes' in the parlance represent issues of life.
With 'Threads' to mean remedies cum solutions profered.
Notwithstanding, 'Que sera sera',
what will be will be, life has got a way to outsmart every one man, no matter how carefully we keep guard.
Life's bulk sometimes is beyond us!
We do our best to PREPARE , but its beyond us to determine what life PERFORMS.
When life hits you with such situations that leaves you with no choice even when you thought you had done all your best to prevent or remedy it;
Don't lose heart,
Don't blame yourself to dismay,
Don't wallow in the muds of regret,
Don't seek what/who to put the blame on,
Don't take your own life.
Be strong for you and others,
Be wise and humble enough to accept you don't control life,
Be smart to know; 'Life (Always) Goes On'.
Its true we all want to be that TAILOR WITH ALL COLOURS OF THREAD', but sometimes, these clothes don't wait till you get home before they're torn." -TW ™

Best Regards,
Akogun Olalekan.
(I write, I speak, I coach)
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Before you apply for the FG 500,000 graduate employment programme, here are 15 things you should know.

Earlier on, the Federal government announced the N-Power scheme which is aimed at providing employment for Nigerian graduation.

Here are some of the things you need to know about the N-Power Teacher Corps programme to enable you understand what it entails…

1. The programme is a product of N-Power, an initiative of the Federal Government, including various MDAs, agencies and ministries, which is aimed at curbing unemployment in the country by developing programmes to engage youths in entrepreneurship, skill development, handiwork and teaching, among others.

2.Applications are to start Sunday, June 12th, 2016 while the programme itself shall commence August 2016

3.The Teacher Corps is for HND and B.sc/B.A/B.Ed graduates

4. The Teacher Corps programme shall engage 500,000 unemployed graduates and deploy them to schools to teach

5.The programme is similar to the known National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) programme and recruits must have completed the NYSC programme

6.The Teacher Corps is a VOLUNTARY service to the nation. IT IS NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT but only an avenue to develop a skillset and relevant experience as the youth applies for and gets better offers. The pay is ONLY AN INCENTIVE to encourage the corps members.

7.The Teacher Corps recruitment is not AUTOMATIC! Prospective corps members shall fill an application, PASS AN APTITUDE TEST and other RELEVANT TESTS and show dedication to developing useful skillsets in the programme. The applicant must also show willingness to get a job in the course of the programme.

8.The Teacher Corps programme is meant for ONLY those within the age brackets of 18-35 years. No more, no less!

9. Teachers will be posted in accordance with the laid down procedures of the group.

10.Technicalities such as reports/clearance will be in place to avoid "ghost-workers"!

11. The Teacher Corps recruits will work for ONLY TWO YEARS and whether or not they have a job, they have to leave so that others can participate.

12. Recruits must demonstrate reading, writing and teaching skills

13. Recruits have the burden on them to prove that they are currently unemployed whichever way they want

14. It is important to note that prospective corps members will be competing with millions of other Nigerians for this programme and so, they have to get their acts right if they want it

15. You MUST be COMPUTER LITERATE and ICT SAVVY before you can apply because reports are digitized in this programme

16.At the end of the programme, corps members will be presented with the National Skills Certificate

17. Monthly pay is pegged at N23000 which is commendable for a VOLUNTARY SERVICE TO THE NATION. While the pay may seem small given the cost of things in the country today, it should be noted that NO ONE is FORCED to JOIN!!! If you want to participate, it is because you are truly unemployed and want to develop the relevant skills that will better your chances of employment.

18.Apart from teaching, N-Power is also into other health, agricultural, technological, ICT, animation, post-production, hardware/software development & repair and other voluntary programmes.

Credits: Ugo's Blog.
National Orientation Agency.



Here's great news for everyone, especially you who's on ground or who has got a relative where this is happening.
Employment for the youth, wealth creation of a sort, is it?

Common don't let this just pass!

See how;

The United States National Research Center (NRC) has been commissioned by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to evaluate the effects of cannabis on the human body.
They intend to do this by carrying out a comprehensive research, which will take part in seven facilities across the nation. This will determine whether or not cannabis can beused to relieve stress and stress-related disorders, whileallowing consumers of the plant to maintain normal function in their lives.This is one of the first, very promising studies, that will finally reveal the answer of the age old acquisition that stoners are 'Just Lazy'. It's an exciting new study that may push the legality of marijuana to all 50 states.Lead researcher, Michael Gregory says.For the research, over 300 participants will be required to stay at the facility for six months while performing various everyday activities such as cleaning, watching TV, reading and of course regularly consuming cannabis.During all of this, participants will be evaluated by medical staff on a daily basis and paid$3,000 for every week they take part in the study.

Culled from the Internet.

NCC Set To Regulate Your Use of Social Media

Hello,  it's time to watch your backs (well, that's if you can).

See main article after the cut:

The Nigerian Communications Commission is considering a framework for the regulation of over-the-top services in the Nigerian telecoms market.Over-the-top services, otherwise known as OTT, are services carried over the networks, delivering value to customers, but without any carrier service provider being involved in planning, selling, provisioning, or servicing them.OTT services are offered through Internet communication.In Nigeria, the most common OTT services are WhatsApp messenger, BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook, and Skype which are classified under social media applications.In other words, telecom operators such as MTN, Etisalat, Glo, and Airtel lack direct control or influence over WhatsApp messenger, BBM, Facebook or Skype.Internet telephony and live streaming are also part of OTTservices.The growth of OTT services is encouraged by the access to 3G and 4G networks which offer mobile broadband and high speed IP data.A report, 'An Overview of Provision of Over The Top [OTT] Services' published recently by the Policy, Competition & Economic Analysis Department of the Nigerian Communications Commission, says OTT services were becoming a threat to the traditional telephone network operators.This development, the report said, is a global issue.The threat, according to the NCC report, comes from the fact that Internet telephony is not only cheap, and free in some cases, but it also offers many features previously unavailable with telephones, therefore making it more attractive to consumers.And unlike the traditional telephone network operator, theoperators of Internet telephony don't pay tolls for their services.Besides, the report said since telecom operators such as MTN, Etisalat, Glo and Airtel do not have control over WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook and the rest of the social media applications, they (the telecom operators) cannot do not generate revenues from services offered through these applications.

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WORLD MOST CORRUPT NATIONS - Nigeria Has Improved, Has She Not?

Nigeria has been ranked as 136 on the list of world's least corrupt countries in the year 2015.According to Transparency International's corruption perceptions index, Nigeria's rating is a far cry from the top ten in the world as is being speculated in some quarters.Denmark, the rating revealed, tops the perceptions index for the second consecutive year but more countries are improving than worsening even as the United States and United Kingdom reached their highest rankings ever.The list released on Wednesday, January, 2016, showed that Denmark scored 91 points out of a possible 100 while North Korea and Somalia remainedat the bottom with unchanged scores of 8.Nigeria's rating is expected to be on the rise following the recent corruption bedeviling the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal for which Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (NSA); Olisa Metuh national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), among other top dogs in thecountry are presently being probed.But the report shows that the country may have stepped up in its corruption tag as President Muhammadu Buhari insists on fishing out every corrupt public officer, whether serving or out of service.The index is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption, with a focus on certain factors like whether governmental leaders are held to account for or go unpunished for corruption.Nigeria's rating on the list of least corrupt countriesof the world.Other perimeters considered include the perceived prevalence of bribery and if public institutions respond to citizens' needs.Transparency said there was still a lot of room for improvement in Europe and Central Asia, which is seen as one region.It said: "In low-scorers Hungary, Poland and Turkey, politicians and their cronies are increasingly hijacking state institutions to shore up power."It's even grimmer further down the index. In Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and others, governments are restricting, if not totally stifling, civil society and free media."Check out the index of the least and most corrupt countries below:The ranking of the least corrupt countries in the world.Nigeria's rating on the corrupt countries' list.