Monday, December 31, 2012

May Nigeria not become beyond redemption

"'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because some say to you, "You devour people and deprive your nation of its children," therefore you will no longer devour people or make your nation childless, declares the
Sovereign LORD. No longer will I make you hear the taunts of the nations, and no longer will you suffer the scorn of the peoples or
cause your nation to fall, declares the Sovereign LORD.'"

Ezekiel 36:13-15 New International Version (NIV)

Happy New Year!! God is our helper!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


"Don't be afraid to shut a door when that season has ended- God already has a better one opened for you!" Paula White.

Alright! 2012 is not ended yet... but I remember one of the goals I set to achieve this year was to have fun, I think!! How did that go? Did I really just relax, as I aimed to? Well, it has been a mix of working harder and playing hard :-) I totally love how the year started- with a big challenge of learning to close some doors and just say a blunt NO to many things. Yup, it was hard, but also a good skill to learn. Sometimes, saying no is not as easy as its spelling- even when it is the right thing to do. Anyway, looking back, it has been an interesting year of growing and learning. I caught myself complaining once in a while....but all the stress, I'm thankful for.

More of it come 2013! 

God have been gracious to me, family and friends- and colleagues at work. 

Talking about work... with all the challenges they brought o.... seriously...I'm thankful to and for everyone who gave me an opportunity to learn by doing- gave me the space to practice leadership and explore Africa. Dis Generation column in the Nation newspaper gave me a platform to speak up for youth development. UNAIDS' opened up a unique global opportunity to lead by serving. taught me how exciting it is to build from scratch, focus, work hard and be paid for what you do. My Oga there was very finicky about little errors so I did learn to embrace an excellent work culture too. Aside the above mentioned, there were a lot of other opportunities here and there.... But I pitched my tent at GPI, yup the work-culture has won me over.

So I think I'm going to stick to GPI for a long time :-) I love my boss and colleagues. The work culture rocks! And yes, it is DEVELOPMENT JOURNALISM! I've learned a lot these past months and definitely look forward to learning more and be productive! It is not going to be easy... but is anything easy these days?

I hope this post does not sound too good to be true. I mean, it has not been all rosy. I failed here and there. Was financially broke. Disappointed some people. Fell ill. I face the usual challenge people face. But in all of it, I think I'm still very well excited and alive!

On education and the rest of us, I did finish strong at NIJ. Combining full time education with full time job is a hard nut to crack :-) But I survived, by God's grace. One of the price I paid was becoming very anti-social for a while... but that is changing now- hopefully. It is very important to just relax- eat well, love deeply and pray fervently.

I lost a very dear friend this year. I was shocked. Devastated. Angry. Discouraged. And became afraid. 

But in all of it, I found comfort in God's word- the same words of comfort in three places- Psalm 42:5, Psalm 42:11, Psalm 43:5:

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
    Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
    soon I'll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
    He's my God.
(Psalm 42:5,11 Psalm 43:5.)

God is not a secret to be kept.

The year 2012 is not ended yet, but I'm thankful to everyone who has impacted my life, directly and indirectly. With all its challenges, we still have more than a thousand reasons to PRAISE GOD! Don't let the devil steal your joy. As I read on a friend's facebook update recently, "Think back on what God has done for you and praise Him in a new way."

No matter how broke or broken we are, there is always a reason to PRAISE God! Don't settle for being down in the dumps! Arise, yes arise and let God's glory shine through you! His love is not a secret to be kept.

Year 2013, the year of more LOVE. And, yes love is a verb. I've learned the hard way.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


This poem is dedicated to my friend and cousin, Ogunyemi Bankole Taiwo I praise God that you lived! Thank you for being a part of my life... thank you for giving so much of yourself to everyone you met and for always being willing to help. Thank you for trusting God and always acknowledging Him. Until we meet again, rest in God, for in God is peace!

Lets be the happiest friends
The world could ever have
So that even time itself would remember
Those playmates who never gave her rest.
Lets whisper and shout now that we can
Before our voices are blown into silence.
Lets cry and laugh as hard as we can
For come tomorrow we may have no chance.
Lets give all the help we can
To those who need it now.
Time, time is running very fast,
We have no idea who next will part.
Lets be the happiest friends
The world would ever love to have
And before we part each day,
Lets remember to say goodbye,
For it may be our last to see.

(c)Jennifer Ehidiamen, culled from “In Days to Come,” page 23

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Build Your Throne Here Too

I might fail many times Lord,
But do not let me fail to follow your word.

Be a towering rock of safety
and hide me under Your shadow.
It is only in your presence that I find my essence.

May my lifestyle not be all creed
without substance or seed.
Excite me with Your Holiness, Lord,
ignite my passion to pant after Your Word.

(c) Jennifer Ehidiamen. Preserve my saltiness, page 73.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Ham-nature? Dealing with a naked father?

We all go through trails and temptations. Most times, we are not in anyway responsible for what happen to us or what happen around us. But we are responsible for how we respond to the situation.

A few years ago I heard a powerful message, which was taken from the book of Genisis 9 (I can't remember what Church I heard it). I'll like to share what I took out of it.

We are most familiar with the story of Noah, the man who built the ark and help repopulate the earth after the flood receded.

In Genesis 6, we are told about a world gone wrong. "The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil." This broke God's heart. We are told God was going to wipe all the human race from the earth... but Noah found favor with God.

"...Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time and he walked in close fellowship with God." Gen 6:9. Wow! at his CV! Impeccable!

The account goes on to narrate how God had a heart-to-heart talk with Noah and instructed him to build a large boat (an ark). When God sent flood to cover the earth Noah, his family and a pair of every animal he selected into the Ark were spared.

After 150 days, five months from the time the flood began, it receded. But the flood did not dry up immediately. It took some additional 12months plus. Then God instructed Noah to leave the boat, along with all others so that they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth (Gen 8:15-17).

God kept His covenant with Noah. He blessed him and his sons (Genesis 9:1-3). So they all started life afresh! :-)

"After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard." Yeah he did not sit on his hands waiting for manna to fall from heaven. He took the initiative to farm. He worked hard. What can we learn from this?

"One day he (Noah) drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent." Okay, someone had too much wine.

"Ham (one of his 3 sons), the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers." Sometimes we do this right? We see something and our first reaction is to tell someone. We play amebor. We gossip about it. Easier to do abi?

"Then Shem and Japheth (Noah's other sons) took a robe, held it over their shouders and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this they looked the other way so they would not see him naked." (Genesis 9:20-23).

Why did Ham not just do this? Why did he spread the news and humiliate his father when he could have just as well covered his nakedness?

Many of us like Ham have had the privilege of entering our father's tents. We know where he keeps everything, how he lays to rest or rise at dawn. When Ham saw his father drunk and naked that day, he could have as well covered him. Or maybe the shock of seeing a righteous man in a state of stupor was too much to let him think rationally. So he did what we most often do these days- he went and announced the news to his brothers. But those ones took a different, wiser approach. They covered their father up and looked the other way while they did so.

We are told in the rest of the Chapter that Noah woke up and heard what happened. He blessed Shem and Japheth. He cursed Canaan,the son of Ham. Yeah, when I read this portion of my Bible, I was like "why curse Canaan for his father's offence?"

This Ham-nature still exist today. Many of us are quick to react like Ham when we find great men at their weakest point. We are quick to whisper, tweet, blog or broadcast the news about our fathers (or those we meet) nakedness to the rest of the world. After basking in the pleasure of humiliating them, we find ourselves in our own stupidity, which extends to our own sons.

We see a christian sister or brother at the wrong spot and we quickly tweet about it. We are the first to start the "have you heard..." tale over the fall of our brethren or those entrusted in our care.

Are you dealing with a similar situation right now? Are you opportune to have access to sensitive information or privileged to know the weak areas of those who others hold in high regard? What are you going to do? Announce it to others? Use it to blackmail? Be judgemetal? or call the person aside and help them overcome it/cover their nakedness?

We must always remember the fall of a man is not the end of his life. Those we see in a state of stupor today will always wake up. God extends his mercy to the weak and vindicates them. So never glory in a fall of any man.

I write this as a reminder to myself. I need to control my big mouth :-). I hope this blogpost blesses you too. We might not be resposible for what happen to us or around us but may God always grant us the wisdom to respond appropriately. May God help us tame the Ham-nature in us. May God be merciful unto us for times we fall short.

Keep growing in faith.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

God is love vs. the issue of fear

"...Another liberating effect of the love of God on your life involves the issue of fear. Have you been afraid of God or what God might allow to happen in your life? The Scriptures answer your concern with the cross of Christ, the supreme evidence of God’s love for you. “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave Him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else?” (Rom 8:32,LB). Fear surfaces when we feel that we may be harmed or made to suffer. For a moment, imagine someone who loves you. Picture this same person with all knowledge to know what is best for you and all power to allow only this best to take place in your life. Could you be afraid of such a one? Would you fear what this person might be “planning” for you? The nature of God’s love causes Him to always desire what is best for you. The fact that He controls all things enables Him to accomplish His desire. No wonder resting your faith in this “perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18).

Behold Your God!
By Myrna Alexander

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Learning about "Shadow Mission"...what is your shadow mission?

I woke up this morning excited about going to Church (International Evangelical Church (IEC) in Addis ). But a few minutes before heading out, I decided to change my mind. Church was too far away. The desire to crawl into bed was overwhelming. After wrestling with the thoughts of staying in the comfort of my bed, I took a deep breath and headed out any way :-) And YES!! I am super glad I went because the message was incredibly refreshing. The worship was a reflection of God's grace- just what I needed- a reminder that I am what I am only by God's GRACE.

Then came the word- a video sermon by John Ortberg on "Shadow Mission". Until now, I have never heard of the term shadow mission. 

The text of the message was taken from the book of Esther. 

The pivotal role Mordecai played in helping Esther face her shadow mission of relishing in the luxury of the King's palace in order to fulfill God's authentic mission for her was explained. We all, like Esther, are placed in a position for a purpose. But our shadow mission is always competing with the purpose of God. Are we going to settle for the good (shadow mission) when we are created for the best (authentic mission)?

The pleasure and comfort I anticipated deriving from staying in the comfort of my bed instead of heading to Church this morning was definitely one of my shadow missions! Yes- I have more than one, I am so sure!

May God open our eyes to know the difference, give us the courage to face our shadow mission and the desire to stay true to our authentic mission no matter what!

Here are some of my notes from the teaching:
  • A leader's greatest fear is not something that might happen to us but something that might happen in us. 
  • Leaders sometimes choose shadow mission over embracing their true mission.
  • Except by God's help, ones life can be a model of self-idolatry
  • Shadow mission is so closely related to our gifts. Our calling and authentic mission gets hijacked by ego.
  • who is Mordecai in ur life willing to point out ur shadow mission? do u have regular fearless conversation about ur shadow mission?
  • one sign that u are on a shadow mission is when u have a chronic sense of dissatisfaction. Always wanting "more"!
  • You re who you are. You ve been given what u have for a reason. It might not be as dramatic as Esther &Mordecai but we have to face our
  • Just like a shadow, the depth of a shadow mission can never be satisfied. We deal with it by facing it and not denying it
  • God's purpose for your life is certain, not a shadow mission
  • we all face shadow missions...sometimes we allow it to grow into a public scandal 
  • Too many leaders and mission get dragged in the mud because they are afraid to speak up, face their shadow mission and get help.
After the service, I decided to do a little study to have a clearer understanding of the teaching. Here are some of the things I found:

John Ortberg, the author of Overcoming Your Shadow Mission, writes:
A shadow mission is an authentic mission that has been derailed, often in imperceptible ways. Part of what makes the shadow mission so tempting is that it's usually so closely related to our gifts and passions. It's not 180 degrees off track; it is just 10 degrees off track.

Gordon Pruitt writes on his blog:
I believe that God has a mission for each and every one of us and this mission could be a multitude of things. Competing against our God mission is what i call a shadow mission. A shadow mission could be, television, Internet, a sport, a child, a spouse, popularity, wealth, and even blogging! Your shadow mission has the potential to keep you form realizing your God given mission. Many people go through their whole life only knowing their shadow mission. Many believers go through their life and spend more time, energy, and resources focusing on their shadow mission than they don on their God given mission.

"What's your shadow mission? How do you know when you're slipping into it? Here are some ways to tell" writes Holley:
A shadow mission exhausts you while a true mission energizes you
A shadow mission comes from guilt or insecurity while a true mission comes from freedom and love
A shadow mission is about you while a true mission involves you but also includes God and others
A shadow mission leads to resentment while a true mission lets you serve no matter the response
A shadow mission makes you feel more distant from God (even though you're trying to earn his approval) while a true mission brings you closer to him
Most of all, there is just no joy in a shadow mission while a true mission leads to joy even though it may be hard.

From the back cover of the "Overcoming Your Shadow Mission" by John Ortberg:
The challenges, isolation, and relentless demands of leadership can inspire a variety of fears in the heart of a leader; among them fear of failure, fear of mutiny, fear of criticism, fear of disappointing people. However, the greatest fear leaders face is not something that might happen to them, but something that can happen in them—a degeneration of the heart that robs them of their calling and leaves a deep soul dissatisfaction in its place.

John Ortberg describes this menacing fear in terms of mission and shadow mission. A mission is the highest purpose to which God calls us; a shadow mission is an authentic mission that has been derailed, often in imperceptible ways. Ortberg writes, "Part of what makes the shadow mission so tempting is that it's usually so closely related to our gifts and passions. It's not 180 degrees off track; it is just 10 degrees off track, but that 10 degrees is in the direction of hell."

Every leader has a mission—and a shadow mission. Even Jesus had to battle a shadow mission; it was to be a leader without suffering—to be the Messiah without the cross. Ortberg writes, "If we fail to embrace our true mission, we will live out our shadow mission. We will let our lives center around things that are unworthy, selfish and dark."

Using characters from the remarkable Old Testament story of Esther, Ortberg demonstrates the disastrous consequences of succumbing to shadow mission, and the stunning rewards of whole-hearted commitment to mission. With characteristic humor and insight, the author invites us to follow Esther's example and courageously choose to embrace the mission God gives. Like Esther, we can lead without fear—even in threatening circumstances—because we know God is always at work in unseen, unknown and unlikely ways. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

 Image via Behind the Hills, into shadow blog.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Keeping your options closed

"If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their prayers" are like wind-whipped waves. Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open." James 1:5-8

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

a Leap of Faith

Faith works. Whatever it is you are believing God for, just don't stop believing. Confess the word and start operating like it is already done because it is done! When we ask God for something by faith, the impossible becomes possible. 

Are you trusting God for divine healing? Has the doctor told you that your case is beyond medical expertise? Remember by the word in Isaiah 53:5 "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." Speak this word to your body, spirit and soul! By the stripes of Jesus you are healed!

Or are you a student? Have you beed struggling to pass a particular exam? Or your teachers have written you off by calling you a retard and tagging you as the no-future-ambition student? Well guess what? The Bible tells me that there is a Spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty makes Him Intelligent! (Job 32:8). Do you have faith that God can re-ignite His breath in you and give you understanding? You have to liberate yourself with His word! Speak it and walk the talk! Study with that mindset that you have the Breath of God in you that makes you intelligent! You'll be amazed- things will changed!

I know faith works. Even in my most fearful moments I have acted by faith and seen God move. Trust me, it can be so for you too! Holding on to God's word has never failed. Be courageous! Take a leap of faith!!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. Most Christians are familiar with that portion of the Bible- Hebrew 11:1. Has it become a cliche? Has that word lost its vitality? I hope not. The amplified version puts it this way:

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

Sometimes, we have faith that God is going to do that which we trust Him for. But just when we are believing, doubt crawls in and we start freting again. But trust me, others have been in this path before us. What matters is how we respond. Are we going to let the doubt overwhelm us?

We can always cry out to God. He is aware of our weaknesses and able to strengthen our faith.

Remember the story of the man who believed Jesus could heal his son?

Mark 9:13-24:
14 When they returned to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd surrounding them, and some teachers of religious law were arguing with them. 15 When the crowd saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with awe, and they ran to greet him.
16 "What is all this arguing about?" Jesus asked.
17 One of the men in the crowd spoke up and said, "Teacher, I brought my son so you could heal him. He is possessed by an evil spirit that won't let him talk. 18 And whenever this spirit seizes him, it throws him violently to the ground. Then he foams at the mouth and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid.[a] So I asked your disciples to cast out the evil spirit, but they couldn't do it."
19 Jesus said to them,[b] "You faithless people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
20 So they brought the boy. But when the evil spirit saw Jesus, it threw the child into a violent convulsion, and he fell to the ground, writhing and foaming at the mouth.
21 "How long has this been happening?" Jesus asked the boy's father.
He replied, "Since he was a little boy. 22 The spirit often throws him into the fire or into water, trying to kill him. Have mercy on us and help us, if you can."
23 "What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes."
24 The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!"

What are you trusting God for this very minute? Do you have faith that He is able to turn things around for your good? There are times unbelief will always crawl in, but like this man, we must never let it overwhelm us, instead we must always cry out to God and by speaking our faith allow God's word to take root in our lives! 

Mark 11:22-24
22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, "Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, 'May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours.

Faith works! All we need sometimes is faith as small as a mustard seed! The day I saw a mustard seed, I was like "really?" The experience changed my life forever. That is a story for another day. Trust me, there are times I still doubt but like the man in that story I have learned to always cry out "I believe Lord, please help my unbelief!"

May God help us overcome our unbelief!! Amen.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Standing in the Gap: Who are you praying for?

Who are you praying for? Who is praying for you? As Christians, we owe it to one another to always stand in the gap for others. No matter how short the prayer is, standing in the gap for others is a powerful weapon.

Standing in the gap, means: to expose one's self for the protection of something; to make defense against any assailing danger; to take the place of a fallen defender or supporter (according to the dictionary)

When you pray for others, you call on to God on their behalf. It can be asking God to have mercy on them. For God to give them increased wisdom, strength, grace etc. It can be prayer of divine protection from the devices of the evil one. We have heard testimonies of people who received salvation because their grandmother, parents, or friends stood in the gap- praying for God to show them His salvation. Many lives have been saved from destruction, sickness and disease because someone somewhere was praying for them.

Instead of condemning others, stand in the gap for them.

When our prayers reaches the powerful God who answers prayers, there is a miraculous turn around, always.

The Holy Bible gives examples of how people stood in the gap for others. One of which is in the book of Exodus.

Exodus 4:24-26
New International Version (NIV)
24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses[a] and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it.[b]“Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
When you read this passage for the first time, the first question that may pop into your mind is, "WHY will God want to kill Moses (him)? Is he not the "chosen one"? The man who was going to lead the children of Israel to the promise land? Why will the same God who called him, groomed him, and instructed him all of a sudden want to kill him?

We know our God is a righteous God. Perhaps Moses sinned against Him by not living according to the standard he was setting for the Israelite. In the passage, we are told that the minute Zipporah circumcised their son and touched Moses' feet with the blood, God let him go. This is the act of interceding. Zipporah stood in the gap for Moses and the plague of death passed over him. 

If Zipporah had slept through the battle, perhaps we would have been telling another story today. Thank God for the power of standing in the gap!

Who are you praying for? Who is praying for you? If God search for a man, will he find one?
"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none." Ezekiel 22:30
Please, always remember to stand in the gap for others. I am learning too. God is our strength!

I love this song:

Standing in the Gap by Babbie Mason

I heard that you were hurting

That you were suffering pain

But I didn't dare just turn my head

And look the other way

For when your heart is aching

My heart is aching too

Let me help you bear your burden

That's the least that I can do


I'll be standing in the gap for you

Just remember someone, somewhere is praying for you

Calling out your name

Praying for your strength

I'll be standing in the gap for you

Right now you may be troubled

But everything will work out fine

For the Spirit knows before you speak

What is on your heart and mind

So I'll be interceding

Til your standing strong again

The peace that passes understanding

Is going to be yours, but until then



So hang on my friend

It won't be long

And you have the strength

To carry on

For when two or three are walking together

It will be a much lighter load

For isn't that what a brother and a sister are for...

GOD BLESS YOU! Have a great week!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Help of a Stranger, Gives Speed

The help of a stranger is what keeps our world spinning with kindness. The help of a stranger gives speedThe help of a stranger receives great reward
Reuel's seven daughters set out one morning to fetch water for their father's flock. But some bully came by and chased them away. But a stranger who witnessed the injustice came to their rescue. Moments later, they were able to water their father's flock.  All done with the day's business, they happily swung back to town.

Perhaps in the past the bullies usually cause these ladies delay in minding their father's business. Because when they got home their father was surprise to see them back so early. A stranger's help gave them speed! They narrated the story to him. And yes, their father asked them to go invite the helper to dinner!

Have you ever experienced the kindness of a stranger? That moment you find yourself in a hot mess, when fear and anxiety overwhelms you. Only for you to turn around and find a kind hand stretched out, ready to give you a lift, out of your mess!

Or maybe you have been or you are that kind person offering help to strangers. Please don't stop.
And if you, at one point in your life, experience the help of a stranger, please extend the kindness to others- pay it forward. But don't forget to appreciate the stranger, like the Priest encouraged his daughters to invite Moses for dinner.

The story:
16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.
18 When they came to Reuel their father, he said, “How is it that you have come so soon today?”
19 And they said, “An Egyptian delivered us from the hand of the shepherds, and he also drew enough water for us and watered the flock.”
20 So he said to his daughters, “And where is he? Why is it that you have left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.”
21 Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. 22 And she bore him a son. He called his name Gershom,[b] for he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land.”  
EXODUS 2:16-22 via BibleGateway
This week, may you experience the help of a stranger! May God open your heart to indeed be kind to others around you. Spread His love around!!

Happy living!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hello Mr. Water Pass Garri (Spoken words)

Hello mr water pass garri, 
Why do you sit there looking at me as if I’m heaven?
I know, the problems you carry
are heavy, I mean really heavy.

You have been in that position for the past 52 years-
Squatting over one hand of garri in a one liter bowl filled with 75cl of water.
Counting them in days, that will be 18,980 days plus extra for the leap years.
Your brothers across the border
Are worried about you.

Look around you Mr water pass garri,
No, not in the direction of those beautiful maidens!
Look around at the virgin land behind your backyard.
Do you doubt it is fertile?

But how can you tell
When you have never ploughed and planted?
Can there be a harvest if you do not sow a seed?
18,993 days is gone man, and that one hand of garri in a one liter bowl filled with 75cl of water is not rising!

It is time for you to rise and try something new-
Like farming for more cassava to have abundance of garri
That you so much crave for.
And have enough for the babies unborn
You will not have to worry.

Tighten your sandals to your feet, for your road will be rough.
No man is heaven- so keep your eyes on almighty God at all times.
I would have wished you good luck
But I hear the luck changes after a new pair of designer shoes.
But pick up and keep going
We are at the top waiting for you!

(c) Jennifer Ehidiamen

Sunday, July 1, 2012


On the first day of the month of my birth,
I sat back and felt the sun on my cheekbones.
Then it rained-
a steady drizzle rolled down like broken beads.
I pulled out the scorecard for self assessment-
there was a pass mark,
here and there.
But where I failed, it was a woeful fall-
I learned to rise,
took note of what tripped me over,
the unhidden roots.

I clothe myself with a garment of praise,
thankful for another year gone by
and many more to come.

I, too sinful a creature to knock on Heaven's gate,
embrace grace, the mercy that renews a life.

Speaking as the eighteenth child of a man who once walked the earth,
speaking as a daughter now adopted by the Most High,
speaking as a friend, sister, and my mother's daughter,
speaking as to-be wife,
a rebellious-dreamer, a doer,
speaking just as I be- graced-
I thank the LORD for looking beyond my filth,
for not giving up on me.

I thank the kind hearts who have taught me to climb steady,
and be still, when chaos peep through the back door.

With a strength renewed like the Eagle's
wrapped with a fresh God-confidence,
I step into a new dawn,
graced to bear good fruits, I fear not.
I have come to know, there is a God who never fail.

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Do not fret
for the prison is not a threat
but your route to the palace.

a King's butler
will make mention of your name
and the King will call you to fame.

(c) Jen Poet 2011


FAMILY TREE (Forbidden)

I am your mother
but also your sister.
We share the same father.

I mean,
Your grandfather is your father.
Your grandmother is your step-mother,
and your aunties are your step-sisters.
Only the word cousins make sense in this nonsense.
We are one big happy family to the world.

Don't grieve with me,
my world caved in
the night it all began.
All nights are like the first night,
It will remain so because I have no voice.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

“Banner High” by @eMJOYtruly

Here's the latest official music release from eMJOY- an up-beat tempo, banging track titled “Banner High” produced by D-Flow (credits: Spoken, Lecrae, Trip Lee, etc.). Listen to the tune here

EmJoy a gospel artist, songwriter and performer, primarily in the HipHop genre;says, “It’s my encouragement to believers primarily, to live unashamed (Romans 1:16) as lights of our world. and I hope you’re encouraged.”

It’s available for purchase at (Feel free to support too).

What critics say:
“Emjoy knows how to take a pop cultural reference, flip it on its head, and use it to give glory to God. Emjoy’s spiritual cleverness makes him an emcee to look out for.” -Imade, writer for and

“...different and unique and has the replay factor.” -lalaboiy of, number one Nigerian music blog.

Contact/Support eMJOY

For bookings and Inquiries:



Twitter: @emjoytruly

Music website:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The size of faith you need to move that mountain

Matthew 17:20

New International Version (NIV)
 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

According to Wikipedia, "Mustard seeds are the small round seeds of various mustard plants. The seeds are usually about 1 or 2 mm in diameter."