19th November is celebrated worldwide every year to commemorate the contributions and achievements of men at different levels ranging from family, community, workplace and nationally.
The theme for this year’s is “better health for men and boys”. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being;it is all encompasssing. It is worthy of mention that this aspect has been neglected and exposing men to mental and emotional disorders and trauma. In recent times, the rate of suicide amongst men is on a go.
Health goes to productivity, managing stress and relationships. Men do so much to earn a living and barely enjoy living. And today, your well being has become of vital concern to our collective survival. The socio_economic pressure and demands can be irksome. Honestly, It’s hard being a man out there.
It’s hard going through laborious days and still keeping your fun spirit in tact. How do you live such selfless lives and always putting the needs of others before yours?
In the midst of tremendous socio_economic crisis and moral decadence, we employ you to take your health more seriously. This neglect has birthed a lot of ingenuity, illments, gender rivalry, sexual violence et al.
Men suffer from social exclusion as the boy child is often neglected even at a tender age. He’s just expected to be fine somehow. The society in my opinion will be a better place if even attention is given to both gender at early development and adulthood.
Today, we celebrate all men. Keep being true to thyself, the world is a better place with you in it.
We value you! Your achievements are not unnoticed! Your contributions are greatly appreciated! Thank you for your love and sacrifices.
It kept craving and wouldnt be satisfied I fed it with pies and candy yet; It refused to be pacified I took it to the best hotels with assorted drinks and meat; it didnt appreciate and kept craving for strong meat. That; I couldn’t fathom
“Oh you ingrate I gave thee all pleasures of life But you wouldn’t be satisfied Took you for adventures but wouldn’t stop seeking and searching. You are wearying! Irking me to my bones Making me moving within cones”
But I was a fool My soul had an allergy For junks, costly apparels and pleasure. Of the things money can’t afford; In unison it demands in one accord The imperishable, food for immortals. Poor me, I fed my lion with veggies!
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
SMSGAfrica, a social innovative hub brings to you it’s November edition of her Fireside Chat with the theme: “Social Movements and the use of Social Media for Social Impact”
Mohammed Bin Rashid in his book, wrote about how that at a certain time he had an encounter with a journalist who asked him what wish he will make for Dubai if given the chance. He hesitated in answering that question and according to him, he realized that everything he would have wished for Dubai, are things he himself could provide.
This wasn’t an answer to dispute the existence and power of God. He however, realized that God made everything he needed available for him to better the lives of the citizens of Dubai.
It’s amazing to realize that Dubai is not even a country; rather a city in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai can boast over fascinating feats other countries can only pray and why is that possible?
They have individuals who see Leadership as serving the people rather than serving themselves. The citizens come before “I”. Bin Rashid wrote of the sacrifices his father made for Dubai. Dubai believes in a leadership of showing the citizens what to do rather than telling them what to do.
The idea that how a single individual’s act can change a nation is something that should get us to question ourselves.
Israel prides in the ability of its junior staffs to correct their superiors when they are making mistakes or on the wrong; because they believe that no one is knowledgeable in all things.
We should not desire of God to do what he has placed in our hands to do.
The problem of bad governance, is the problem of bad individuals and for every nation to thrive, it’s citizens and leaders must be honest to themselves and take responsibilities for the change they desire.
Social Media for Social Good Africa (SMSGAfrica) a project of Tomruk iHub Multiverse, a social innovative enterprise community aimed at using online tools in solving offline problems for sustainable growth and development, uses this medium to announce it’s new Board of Managers (BOM) for 2020/2021.
The new BOM is expected to carry out our mandate to connect, inspire and Impact on communities to use digital tools to drive and support transformational development in Africa.
Team Lead Nankpak Cirfat
Secretary Deborah Bupwatda
Assistant Secretary Elijah Paul
Treasurer Glory Ayobami
Lead Communication Ibrahim Kallamu
Lead Programming Okoko Lawrencia Jenebu
Lead Membership Senkaam Danaan
Assistant Lead Membership Adesina Oluwasegun
Lead Sponsorship Nyigba Blessing
Assistant Lead Sponsorship Evelyn Pulle
SMSGAFRICA through its conferences, fortnightly fireside chats amongst other activities, has engaged 5000+ youths and hosted 100+ visionary speakers.
We believe that by creating an enlightening, positive, supportive, and high energy environment, we can help the society to grow and develop.
“A nation that accepts to live a third-class life is just a third-class nation! If a nation wants to be called and recognized as a honorable nation, it must be firm enough to refuse any kind of policy which is against the right of dignity of any person! No refuse, no honor! If you don’t refuse bad government, you deserve it all the way! “–Mehmet Murat Ildan
As a nation, we have witnessed some of the most drastic in recent times in Nigeria. Consequently , these agitations are not born as a result of recent occurrences but accumulated grievances. There is a great outcry by the Nigerian youths who have refused to be consoled. The Nation wide protest as we see today was kindled by the protest against the extra-judicial killings perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
This is a nation-wide protest has gotten the support of many persons, including renowned local and international celebrities and political figures. It is obvious, the Nigerian youth have been far stretched, and pushed to the wall beyond their boundaries. They are lean on patience and cannot afford to stay silent any longer.
The flagrant impunity and abuse of human right carried out by some members of the Nigerian Police force, is highly irritable and unacceptable. This is evident in the violent acts of bullying , unlawful detention, beating, confiscation of valuable property, extortion and extra-judicial killings. Imagine living in a country where your right to life is not guaranteed, how much more your dignity, welfare and other socio-economic necessities? Truly, it is a highly unfortunate situation.
Why are the protests still subsisting despite the so called dissolution of SARS and introduction of a new unit of the police; SWAT? Among other things, these are the demands of the youths from the Federal government:
Sack security chiefs
Reduce petroleum pump price
Reduce PHCN bill
Create more jobs
Stop banditry and herdsmen attacks
End ASUU strike
Place politicians on minimum wage
Sign the Electoral reform bills
A Nigerian president must have at least a first degree
As a whole the youths are clamoring for an end to BAD GOVERNANCE. For long the youths have been silent not because the enemy is Nigeria but that the enemy of the people is a culture bad governance by public servants elected by the people . The youth have demonstrated great patriotism for their country and as clear as day light, Hope has risen for a better Nigeria.
We say NO TO SARS/SWAT, NO to impunity and executive recklessness, No to police brutality. The power of the people is held up high and we seek to remind the government that we are not cowards anymore and their arrogant rulership style must come to an end. With one voice, with no fear we say WE ARE NOT JUST TIRED OF LIVING AS A THIRD CLASS NATION BUT TIRED OF LIVING THIRD CLASS LIVES.
The high spirit, activism, donations and services of professionals and all patriotic Nigerians to this cause is highly commendable. This Activism has gone beyond mammoth crowds protests on the streets but also massive regional prayer walks.
I will end with a quote by Abe Lincoln “to sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men”
The #EndSARS protest has gone through many phases. Ranging from it’s being hijacked by thugs and hoodlums, shooting of peaceful protesters, looting and a whole lot. It is important to note that the youth will not back down despite the resistance of the government and selfish individuals in high places. They will match on with hope that this will be the birthing of the Nigeria we all hope and pray for, because this is our home.
I have always tried to stay far away from anything that concerns politics. As an undergraduate, I saw it as a waste of my time and have also thought of it as an ambition for those who are corrupt or care about only themselves.
No doubt that’s what my beloved country has painted politics to look like and for the many who value their dignity, they see politics as not something they can get involved in. I read a quote that says; when we don’t support the oppressed, we have taken the side of the oppressor and in every way, that’s right.
The recent happenings in my country has opened my eyes to how I am very much involved and guilty in having bad persons sit upon the seat of power and governance. Somehow, I have felt I can’t make any difference nor will I be affected by the policies these persons will put in place. It sad to realize that my own action has caused harm to a lot of people.
I wasn’t involved in informing the people about their right and importance of voting for a candidate that has their interest at hand rather than voting for one who will make fake promises and deceive them with little gifts for the mean time. I wasn’t involved in sensitizing them about the power of their votes and the right question for them to ask. My state for one, is a state plague by “Party politics.” Most people vote for a party rather than the candidate and it is a narrative I could have changed long ago.
I know there are a lot of others like me and this isn’t the time to regret: but a wake up call for every one to get involved in politics. We must read and prepare ourselves to fight for a nation that put its citizens first.
Malcolm X once accused the Whiteman Christianity for being responsible for sustaining slavery and segregation for many years. He was almost completely correct. Slavery has long been part of history, all civilizations had it, from the Egyptian Civilization to Western Civilization. It was the Western Civilization, which was founded on Judeo-Christian Worldview that found it morally wrong and ended slavery as we know. Not only that, it embarked on a worldwide crusade to make sure other non-western nations involved in slavery ended it. At the fore front of this were the Christian Missionaries, from William Wilbeforce to Frederick Douglas to millions of others.
But Malcolm X argument is not without some support. The Christian teachings of love your neighbor as yourself, turning the other cheek, and heaven influenced the slaves so much that it became difficult to resist slavery and racism itself. The mindsets of blacks, especially within the US had to change remarkably before the Civil Rights was achieved. Christianity had the tendency to make any of its adherents so calm, often to a fault.
Why is this important? It is the gimmicks that Christian are currently employing in other to avoid the #EndSars protest. Christianity is a religion that has always stood against any form of oppression. It has actively been on the side of the oppressed. Across history, Christians have manifested their beliefs against oppression by behaving in extremely irrational ways and ensuring that oppression is fought. There’s no place for conservatism against oppression. Bishop Desmond Tutu has said that “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”.
For those calling for prayers ALONE, I would like to remind you that it was the same thing that many generations of slaves did. It is the same thing that we have done even here! Is it good? Yes. But prayer alone does not win political results. The determination of political outcomes have been left to the political calculations that any set of people can develop. If Martin Luther King and all the other Civil Rights Leaders had prayed alone, we will not be here. If Frederick Douglas and all the abolitionist had prayed alone, slavery would not have ended. Most Christians around here love President Donald Trump, but we seem to not know that it was majorly the evangelical voting bloc that made Trump President, without the strong support he has received within the evangelical block, Trump will not be President. They use their pulpits to decry the social ills they’ve seen in America, they use their social media to make their opinion known, they attend political rallies, and they ensure to make their voices known through action, votes! What does this tell us? Bringing socio-political change requires more than prayers. It requires action. 40% of Nigeria’s population is Christian, if we cannot use our numbers to determine effective political actions, we are failing the very men who brought Christianity to this part of the world and we will apologize to the many who created affected the political circumstances to make Christianity possible in these regions!
We can keep praying but also important, it’s time for direct action! Your tweet, your post, your writing, your social media, your presence, your wealth are all weapons needed in this battle. There’s no time to do otherwise.
“Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream” Amos 5:24
In fact, because of Nigeria’s religious inclinations, we can actually harness prayer to become a powerful tool in our arsenal against oppression. One time tensions were high, King was leading a group of protesters to Montgomery, if the protestors March into Montgomery they will be attacked. King led the protesters through major bridge linking the two places, they knelt down, prayed and turned back. It was symbolic, prayer was used to calm the protesters and at the same time, they had crossed the bridge into the city but did not go deep enough to cause trouble. NO NIGERIAN POLICE WILL TOUCH A GROUP OF PRAYING PROTESTERS MARCHING TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OR ANY PUBLIC PLACE.