Sayings On A Wall

These sayings made a whole lot of sense to me, so I share with the hope that someone else will gain with me from them.

Always trust your fellow man. And always cut the cards.
Always love thy neighbor. And always pick a good neighborhood to live in.
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but you better bet that way.
Place your bet somewhere between haste-makes-waste and he-who-hesitates-is-lost.
About winning: It isn't important. What really counts is how you play the game.
About losing: It isn't important. What really counts is how you play the game.
About playing the game: Play to win

What do you think is the lesson being taught above?

Who else forgot the National Anthem?

On such an ordinary day, I was asked to recite

National Anthem. I stood with my head held

high, cleared my throat and went:

Arise oh compatriots

Nigeria's call obey To serve our fatherland

with love, and strength and faith

The ... (huh!) the ...

I didn't forget the rest, just the next word. I

had to google it.

Now, before you go 'what a dunce', recite the

National Anthem and say the pledge.

So, who else forgot a word of the anthem?

P.S My first trial of mobile blogging. I'll format it when I get my hands on a desktop.

Bullied By A 13 Months Old Man

Have you ever been bullied by anyone? Have you ever bullied anyone? I have been bullied a number of times in boarding school.

Today, for the first time after boarding school, I was bullied. I was bullied by ... wait for it ... my 13 months old nephew.

It was lunch time. I prepared noodles and settled down with my nephew so we could eat together. I took two forkfuls and then, bam! He started crying, pointing at my plate of noodles and refusing to have anymore pap.

I ended up having to watch him eat my noodles while laughing at me. Again, I ask. Have you ever been bullied by anyone? Have you ever bullied anyone?

Cameroon Blacklists T. B. Joshua

This is an article I found on Naijapals, a Nigerian SN. What do you think of this? A government reportedly banning a preacher from a nation?

Cameroon Blacklists T. B. Joshua 
The Cameroonian government has blacklisted Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of the  Synagogue Church of All Nations, saying that he is an agent of Satan hoodwinking  unsuspecting members of the public with “diabolical miracles”.

•T.B. Joshua

Cameroon Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Henri Eyebe Ayissi, in an official communiqué he  issued this week titled “The Devil Is In the House”, described T.B. Joshua as a “son of  the devil” pretending to be “a man of God”.

The Minister warned hundreds of Cameroonians trooping to Lagos, South West Nigeria, for  miracles in Joshua’s church, to desist from taking the trip or face the consequences as  the country will not stand by them.

The communiqué written in French reads in part “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns  those who by naivety or deception of Emmanuel TV’s captivating images, or even those who  by hopelessness, envisage taking the pilgrimage to Pastor T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church  Of All Nations in Lagos, that they will do so at their own risk.

“The Cameroonian Government warns these pilgrims that they will face the consequences  alone. This is motivated by the painful and shameful fact that Cameroonian men and women,  in search of deliverance and blessings, once in that church, find themselves in bestial  and pitiable conditions.

“Women are raped; pilgrims dispossessed of their belongings by armed robbers and left to  sleep in the streets at the mercy of gangs. Many cases of assassinations have even been  recorded. And this is without other cases that are not recorded at the Cameroonian  Embassy in Lagos with the victims too ashamed to narrate their infernal odysseys once  they are out of Hell,” the Minister said.

The Minister said that while the bible asks us to be discreet with gifts and donations to  the poor, T.B. Joshua is seen daily dolling out bags of rice to indigent people.

Cameroonian newspapers which published the communiqué this week tell tales of hundreds of  Cameroonians who sold their properties or borrowed money in the hope of getting miracles  in T.B. Joshua’s Church, only to be disappointed in Lagos.

The newspapers report that Joshua’s TV station has gained popularity in Cameroon and many  people are tempted to take the trip and receive healings and sudden blessings.

It says that Joshua is now in many households in Cameroon and many people believe the  flashy images they watch on television.

One newspaper writes in French “witnesses who come back from that pandemonium reveal that  to secure an appointment with this Jesus-Christ-reincarnate, they had to spend 150, 000  FCFA (about N50, 000) and the amount keeps going up, depending on the treatment and the  case.
“This has led to confusion and disillusionment from Cameroonians, who on their way to  Damascus, now find themselves refugees at the Cameroonian Embassy in Lagos.”

The newspaper report says further: “There are many here in Cameroon, convinced of the  power and the blessings of this “man of God”. However, they forget that Jesus Christ is  in our hearts through faith and with our practice of the Ten Commandments and our  relationship with one another. Before the publication of the communiqué by the Ministry  of Foreign Affairs, the bible said over 2000 years ago, ‘And Jesus answered and said unto  them, Take heed that no man deceives you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am  Christ; and shall deceive many’.”

When contacted this morning, T.B. Joshua denied that he has been blacklisted in Cameroon.

He said that Cameroonians who come to his church only heard about him in Cameroon and  started trooping to the church in Ikotun, with most of them without accommodation.

He said that had he been aware of their presence around his church, he would have  provided accommodation for them. He invited P.M.NEWS to visit his church for detailed  information over the matter.

Professional Boxers in the House of Representatives

LMSAO!  The boxing match in the House of Reps was largely entertaining. Rather old news, but I just watched it today. Check it out here.

News Flash - People over 30 years old can still engage in the old 'fisticuffs' way of settling quarrels. Were you more embarassed or entertained?

What Has Nigeria Achieved?

Nowadays, my discussions with my friends broach, more frequently, societal matters. Nah, we don't discuss politics. Well, not anymore, considering that we normally end up vexed and frustrated after talking about how well our leaders are leading us.

While we were having one of our discussions,  a friend informed us of the preparations for the Nigeria's 50th birthday:

1. World's Largest Cake to be unveiled in this stadium
Abuja National Stadium

This No More. New 50 Naira Note Coming Soon!

Said friend was outraged at number 1.
He went on and on and on and on about Nigeria not having any achievements to celebrate. This, I pointed out to him, was very wrong. Then, bang! He asked me to list the achievements we are celebrating.

Here's my list -

 1. Our Independence
2. eh ...

Please HELP!!! 

What has Nigeria achieved since she gained independence? 

In what ways is she better now than she was, 50 years ago?

Psst! What is the answer to number 7?

Have you ever been in the exam hall and had someone 'psst!' you and ask you a question? What did you do? 

Today, in the exam hall, before we started, I had a total stranger (yet, tough looking guy) beg me to exchange seats with him so that he could be with his supplier. I exchanged seats with him. If you were the one, knowing he wanted to cheat in the exam hall, and that doing so would help him, would you have switched seats with him?

Later on today (still in the exam hall), a very close friend asked me for answers. I couldn't tell him (I have a principle of 'man alone' in the exam hall). I had to ignore him. What would you have done?

                                                           Exam Malpractice (How Smart Are We?)
Ah, the age old 'Giraffe style'

Now, this I saw during JAMB UME
LOL! Why don't you name it yourself?
Outdated method (bullets)
Aw! You knew he wouldn't search there!

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No More Exams In UNILAG

Yay! Exams are over. Let's raise the roof! Who let the dawgs out?! Whoo!
I'm so excited. My friends and I took our last walk around UNILAG today.

We all slept for 5 hours, at least, when we returned to the hostel. I just can't wait to get home.

It's been interesting and something like emotional.

Exam Updates
This Chemistry exam was a bit tricky. There were 5 questions that I didn't know enough about. Have you ever done 'tumbo tumbo' (eeny meeny miny mo) in an exam?

I did that today with the five questions. There were options A - D.

Now, instead of 'tumbo tumbo', I used JESUS CHRIST to pick. Guess what? It worked. I came out, checked my answers, and I got all five of them correct. Thus, I'm sharing this method. Are you feeling lucky?

Introducing 'tumbo tumbo' the Christian style.

1. View question that you have no idea about.
2. Which of these exclamations come to your mind when you contemplate solving it. JESUS CHRIST! or JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
3. Now, instead of eeny meeny miny mo or 'tumbo tumbo, baskalaba, alaye alaye, tuwa tuwa ...' , go 'J E S U S  
C H R I S T' or 'J E S U S C H R I S T  I S  L O R D'.

For example, solve the following -

What is the origin of the bond rotation barrier in ethane?
A. Covalent Bonding B. Intermolecular forces of attraction. C. Steric hindrance 
D. Hyperconjugation


J E S U S ... I S   L O R D

It fell on C and the answer is C!

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How many times have I been told to ‘stop dreaming and face reality’? How many times has and will the word ‘reality’ be used to crush my dreams?

Light bulbs, airplanes, electricity, computers, Internet, cars, etc., these were dreams people had. One can only wonder how many times they were told to ‘stop dreaming and face reality’. 

Pink's The New Colour

I felt the green colour wasn't bright. It looked a tad gloomy to me.

I considered blue, but everything out there is blue. I hope it looks better in pink
Why are baby boys dressed in blue and baby girls in pink?

It's Riddles' Day. Let's Play!

Disclaimer: This has got to be my crappiest post ever. Bear with me. I had an empty day. 

'Cos this is such a crappy post, enjoy The Akokite.

'Your Age By Sex Math'

I got this from  
I tweaked it a bit.



1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have sex(more than once but less than 10). Or perhaps pick a random number.

2. Multiply this number by 2.

3. Add 5.

Oye, It's Friday!

It’s Friday, friends. How was your week? Would you share the details of your week with me?
I’ll go first.

Besides falling sick and losing my favorite pencil, my week was great. I made some friends on Monday - Tosin, Mike, Jenniva ...

Got  my first six comments from The Akokite, Myne Whitman, Original Mgbeke, Harry-Rami Itie, histreasure and Vanity.  

Good Naija Girl added my blog to Nigerian Blog Awards site. 

My little bloggie has even gotten 3 followers - histreasure, Vanity and The Akokite

I joined Twitter recently. Starting to get the hang of it. Even got a follower now.  Please drop your twitter ids so I can follow you.

I prayed 4 times this week. Yay! That’s an improvement. 

So, how was your week?

Idle Mind = Devil's Playground

I just finished reading Physics (I just can’t wait to drop this course). I’m tired, not in the mood for crossword puzzles or scrabble…

I’m on my bed, staring at the door. Eyes looking, but not seeing … 
Mind wanders off …

1st stop...      MONEY 
Have you ever been broke? Like hold-me-downside-up-shake-me-well-and-find-just-scraps-of-paper-and-a-pencil broke? I was broke last week. I can tell you being broke isn’t an experience worth reliving.


This word has been accepted by 103 Baku Men as an English Word. Its origin can be traced to the SA 2010 FIFA World Cup when our countryman decided to make a name for himself, albeit in the wrong way. The story is that Yakubu was the only man before an unmanned post in a World Cup match against South Korea and he made history. See for yourself.
Yes, yes, goal!

Oh no he didn't!

Good morning, class. We will be treating Yakubization – the latest entry in the Akokites’ English Dictionary.

Yakubise (verb) – (1) to mess up a very good chance (2) to screw up a major opportunity (3) to try and fail (4) (sports) to score like Yakubu
Yakubisation (noun) – the act of yakubising

So, we waltzed out of the World Cup. Let’s give honour to whom honour is due. We thank you, Yakubu, for adding to our vocabulary. 

I leave you with this – In whatever positive endeavour of yours, if you yakubise (3rd meaning), try, try, try again and you will succeed

Good night, everyone! Sweet dreams.

Today got me thinking

Alright, today got me thinking.

Why did people have to wait for Michael Jackson to die before showing him this much love and appreciation? 
I confess I liked him more, and became more interested in him after he died. 

Types of Sicknesses

We have different types of sicknesses.

- Ones that make you regret ever being born

- Ones that make you regret ever being born, suck your blood

I want to fall sick?

Have you ever wanted that? 'Why would you?' you ask.

Sometimes, I find myself wishing I'd fall sick. When I'm sick, my mom treats me to anything I want (for me, it’s her fried rice and chicken). Dad makes me the lime juice (my dad makes the best lime juice!). 

Have you noticed that all the goodies fall into our laps when we fall sick? You get to choose what you want to eat, you are brought some ice-cream ...

Alright, maybe no sane person will want to fall sick. 

So, have you ever enjoyed being sick?

Breaking News - Useful Discussion held on Facebook!

Seeing updates I could care less about made me hate Facebook. You know what I mean- updates like 'X is sleeping', 'B is having his bath', 'Z is facebooking in church', 'Y just dumped his girlfriend', those sorts of updates.

Once in a while, we do have some useful discussions on Facebook.

So, what do you think? Should a leader be feared or loved?

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We Walk This World Together

Everything happens for a reason. Death is a balance to life. Failure is there so that success will be better appreciated. Sadness exists because it gives our wickedness a limit, makes us value happiness. 
Everything exists for a reason. Why am I not the only one on Earth? It’s often said that no man’s an island. Why do we have family, friends and enemies? Because we walk this world together. As long as we live on Earth, we cannot avoid relating with others. Our relationship might be amicable or disagreeable, but relate we must. 

We cannot gainsay the importance of knowing how to relate with our fellow humans. 

Consider: everyday, we get the chance to make people happy or sad. Everyday, we get the opportunity to encourage or discourage people, to please or annoy. Every day is an opportunity to treat someone respectfully or otherwise; an opportunity to be supportive or unhelpful. We get the chance to make friends or  enemies each day. 

There’s a very simple rule – Treat others as you would want them to treat you. 

Even our enemies are worthy of being treated with respect. They help us grow by contributing to the difficulties of our world.

Go an extra mile in ensuring you are mindful of strangers. ‘The world is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’ll get.’ A seemingly inconsequential person will be in a position to help you someday.

Do More Than Just Live

There are times in life when we just have to think about some things. Life’s too short to not know what’s up. Life’s too brief for us to not ask questions concerning our existence. 

Have you ever wondered if there’s more to life than being born, growing up, finding a good job and living comfortably? Have you ever wondered about the purpose of life? Why are you here on Earth? 

Whether you believe that we were created by God or that we evolved from apes, there’s more to life than just living. If everyone that ever existed just lived, the world wouldn’t be a better place. There would be no erratic electricity supply, no Blackberry, no Playstation, no Laptop, no phones, no books and certainly Twitter, Facebook or Taciturn Turned Talkative. 

Everyone who ever made a difference did more than just live. We have different areas that we can have an impact in. What's your area? How's it being working there?

How To Comment On Articles

When you want to share your opinion or comment on an article on TTT, it is pretty straightforward as a follower of TTT.

After reading an article, you will notice ‘x comments’ at the end of the article. 

Click on the 'x comments', it will bring you to a page like this.


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Type your comment and 'post comment'. 

For 'comment as' above, you can comment using your follower’s id or you can comment as anonymous. Select who you want to comment as by clicking on the drop down arrow after typing your comment. 
Have a great time joining the conversation.

How To Follow TTT

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China Phone - To Be or Not To Be Bought

3 reasons why you just might love that ‘China’ phone
-          You don’t get a brand new camera phone with memory card for N6000 anywhere else

-          Two SIM slots

-          Free Nigerian tv stations straight from your ‘China’. 

2 reasons you might regret buying ‘China’ phone

-          The speaker might be loud, but the sound production is very crude. If it rings, we just know it’s ‘china’.

-          The battery doesn’t last as many hours as other brands do.

-  The build, like everything 'china', doesn't look authentic/original.

Lecturer's Address To 'The Boys That Rule'

This was one of our lecturer's parting speech to us on his last day.

"We’ve come to the end of this class;

And, em, I don’t know if I stepped on some big toes during the course of this lecture 

I’m taking this time to apologise to you because there are meetings held during the day and there are meetings held during the night.

So, I’m taking this time to apologise to anybody I offended because I don’t have anything and my children are still very young"

Guess to what group of students he was apologising to.

When PHCN Goes On Strike

When PHCN goes on strike and there's no electrical supply.

 - It’s a transit from 24 hours to no power supply.

 - We can’t read at night if we are averse to ruining our eyes with naked flames.

 - Nonso cannot update Taciturn Turned Talkative, there we keep on reading the same articles on 'Taciturn Turned Talkative'.

 - PHCN brings the light back daily for 5 minutes to remind us of what we are missing

Well, we don’t notice because nothing's changed.

You Just Have To Hate Rain Sometimes

What has a way of ruining our plans? You got that right - rain!

Raining Cats & Dogs
1.    When you have to be somewhere, and it just pours

2.    When you are en route to a place and it just pours

3.    When you are looking hot in those set of clothes, and it just pours

4.    When you gel that hair, and it just pours

5.    When you want to go swimming, and it just pours

6.    When you are enjoying your tennis game, and it just pours

7.    When you are outdoors during a crusade, and it just pours

8.    When you wash and spread your clothes outside, and it just …

When these things happen, you just have to hate rain. Sing with me:

                                  Rain, rain, go away
                                  Come again another day
                                  Little children want to play

{Yes, little children. Rain doesn’t give a hoot about youths or grownups (I tried students once and it just went from heavy rain to rainstorm}.

Did I miss any scenarios? Whenever did you just hate that downpour?

Pimp Your Dream

Yes! It is possible to ‘customise’ your dreams. This means you can choose what or who to dream of at night. 

That's Me
Experts have noticed that often times, the thoughts that fill our day affect our dreams. So, how do you get yourself to dream of being superman?

1 hour before dreamtime

1.    Take a glass of warm milk or cold wine (wine works best)

2.    Shut your eyes and fill your mind with thoughts of flying, having super strength, having the same face but not having people recognize you because you wear glasses in the ‘normal world’ 

3.    Warning – ensure no one disturbs you & and that no stray thoughts find their way into your mind for the one hour.

4.    Sweet dreams!

When A Phone Thief Is Busted

Why do we not have tails? Why do we eat with our mouths and not our nose? Why are all girls beautiful? Why do we tend to yawn when others yawn?

Why is it that when a thief is caught, everyone who ever lost something to a thief steps out and makes him feel their displeasure? Have you never experienced such an incident in Nigeria?

Were! Your own don bi today!
I love to name names, but my friend wants to be anonymous. Let’s call him ‘Paul’. Paul and I were talking about an incident that occurred in UNILAG. A ‘laptop thief’ was caught and students came out to beat him, even one who lost his laptop two years ago. The thief was shouting that it was his first time, but that did not make a difference. 

It is tradition. Every day is for the thief, one day for the owner of the phone. Paul said to me, ‘That one day, it won’t matter if he was the one that stole from me or not, as long as he deals in the area of my loss, I will clobber him to my heart’s fill.’

To Any Phone Thief (When You Are Caught)
Now, Nonso does not know if he will join in and beat the beautiful sunlight out of you, but I sure know one part of me will feel like there is justice when you are being pummelled by others. Take a care and desist. Jesus loves you. Can I hear a hallelujah?

Why Am I Here?

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