samedi 28 mars 2015

jeudi 1 janvier 2015

Bonne année et bonne santé 2015.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! May the riches of God's grace abound in your life all through the year 2015!

vendredi 21 mars 2014

HappyDay smile

"A thing as little as a smile can change everything. Celebrate International Day of Happiness with this action that speaks louder than words" - Edutopia.

vendredi 3 janvier 2014


About Kakenya Ntaiya's TEDTalk Kakenya Ntaiya tells the fearless story of challenging ingrained traditions, insisting on continuing school, and becoming the first girl to leave her Maasai village for college. About Kakenya Ntaiya Kakenya Ntaiya was set to follow the traditional path of Maasai girls in Kenya — to assume the role of a young wife. But she had a different plan. She not only convinced her father to continue high school, but she negotiated with village elders to attend college in the U.S. Later Ntaiya returned to her village to establish a school for girls. The Kakenya Center for Excellence started in 2009 with 32 students, and focuses on academics, leadership and female empowerment.

jeudi 5 décembre 2013

Adieu Madiba... RIP. 1918 -2013.

South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died......... Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela. "In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.

mardi 1 octobre 2013

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA ! Joyeuse fête d’indépendance à toute la communauté nigériane !

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA! Joyeuse fête d’indépendance à toute la communauté nigériane dans le monde entier ! Nigerian National Anthem - "Arise, Oh Compatriots" National Anthem of Nigeria (1960-1978) National anthem of Nigeria. Hymne national du Nigeria "Arise, O Compatriots" is the national anthem of Nigeria. It was adopted in 1978, and replaced the previous anthem, Nigeria, We Hail Thee.[1] The lyrics are a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest. The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict E. Odiase. "Arise, O Compatriots" (1978–present) Stanza 1: Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey To serve our Fatherland With love and strength and faith. The labor of our heroes past Shall never be in vain, To serve with heart and might One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity. Stanza 2: O God of creation Direct our noble cause Guide our leaders’ right Help our youth the truth to know In love and honesty to grow And living just and true Great lofty heights attain To build a nation where peace And justice shall reign. "Nigeria, We Hail Thee" (1960-1978) Nigeria, we hail thee, Our own dear native land, Though tribe and tongue may differ, In brotherhood we stand, Nigerians all are proud to serve Our sovereign Motherland. Our flag shall be a symbol That truth and justice reign, In peace or battle honour'd, And this we count as gain, To hand on to our children A banner without stain. O God of all creation, Grant this our one request, Help us to build a nation Where no man is oppressed, And so with peace and plenty Nigeria may be blessed. Nigeria's National Pledge The National Pledge of Nigeria is recited immediately after the Anthem I pledge to Nigeria my country, To be faithful, loyal and honest, To serve Nigeria with all my strength, To defend her unity, And uphold her honor and glory, So help me God.,_O_Compatriots Visit Nigeria

dimanche 15 septembre 2013

The Miracle of Forgiveness

The Miracle of Forgiveness 

"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." These are simple, powerful, and even poetic words that I've said so many times without fully grasping their meanings. On July 15th, my family was given a chance to live them. An ordinary day transformed into an extraordinary test of faith.

While traveling north on I-35, we were suddenly rear ended by an 18-wheeler. We were stopped in traffic when it hit, crumbling our van like an accordion. My wife, Nikki, and I were in the front and our children were in the back, where they bore the brunt of the impact. When the truck hit, I sustained a head injury and lay bleeding in a bed of glass. My wife turned to see our oldest son, Cadyn, slumped over, limp, and lifeless. For a moment, she thought he was gone. By a great miracle of God, he was still alive... but gravely injured. 

Nikki pulled our children from their car seats and handed them to strangers outside the van. In the midst of the chaos, she saw that everyone was being tended to long before the ambulance arrived. Cadyn was in critical condition and barely breathing, but Nikki had a peace that surpassed understanding that God was there. That's when she noticed the truck driver, Roger.  He was curled up into a fetal position, leaning against the concrete divider, weeping into his cell phone. My wife felt an overwhelming sense of love and compassion for him. It was an accident. She walked over to Roger to embrace him and began to pray. At first he refused, but Nikki insisted and said, "This is what grace is for." While praying with him, she realized by his words that he was our brother in Christ.

Cadyn was immediately sent to the ICU, where our trial continued. We received news that his brain had sustained shear injury, a type of brain damage that either kills or severely impairs for life. We sat at his bedside, begging for him to open his eyes. In the darkness and overwhelming anxiety, the Lord gave us His strength to believe for a miracle.

 It was during that time that Nikki reached out to Roger. He had to know that Cadyn was alive and that he was, indeed, forgiven. As I prayed about this, I felt a love for him as well. God brought to my mind numerous verses of His command to love radically and forgive freely. As our son laid there hooked up to a ventilator, we were not helpless. We could love. The enemy was to have no foothold. After leaving a phone message with the trucking company, we went back to praying and waiting. Doctors told us that Cadyn would be in the ICU for many weeks with a tracheotomy and a feeding tube, followed by many months in the hospital. They said we would never have the same son again. Even still, we had an unexplainable joy and peace. We were not alone and none of this was a shock to our Savior. He wasn't finished yet.

A few days later, Cadyn woke up. This set into motion a recovery process that astonished the doctors and defied scientific explanation. That same day, Roger contacted us and we invited him to see God's miracle in action.

Our son couldn't talk right away, but he could write. He was coherent enough to understand the situation as my wife and I explained to him what happened. Nikki asked Cadyn if he wanted to forgive Roger. I saw my son think about it for a moment, then give an assertive thumbs up. With construction paper and a crayon, Cadyn wrote: "Roger, I forgive you. Love, Cadyn."

At that moment, my little 5-year-old son became my greatest hero. We were blessed to meet Roger and his family that day. Roger said he was framing Cadyn's note and putting it on his wall. I believe him. It was surreal to embrace the man who almost killed my son, but there was also such joy.  I remember the shocked look on his face when he told us that our forgiveness had rocked his faith to the core and that he could not understand how I, as a father, could forgive him. I told him that Jesus poured out His grace to me from the cross, and the only right response would be for me to pour that same grace out to others. Roger said he didn't know people followed Christ like this, but we assured him we're not super Christians. It's only by the power of the Holy Spirit. As the saying goes, we're not perfect, we're just forgiven. Jehovah Knows

mercredi 28 août 2013

Richie Parker: Drive -- SC Featured

Favorite line. . . There isn't anything I can't do, there are only things I haven't done yet. . . Beautiful.

jeudi 22 août 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie : Novelist Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of diasporan literature. In Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun has helped inspire new, cross-generational communication about the Biafran war. In this and in her other works, she seeks to instill dignity into the finest details of each character, whether poor, middle class or rich, exposing along the way the deep scars of colonialism in the African landscape. Adichie's newest book, The Thing Around Your Neck, is a brilliant collection of stories about Nigerians struggling to cope with a corrupted context in their home country, and about the Nigerian immigrant experience. Adichie builds on the literary tradition of Igbo literary giant Chinua Achebe—and when she found out that Achebe liked Half of a Yellow Sun, she says she cried for a whole day. What he said about her rings true: “We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.” ************************* As the first female Finance Minister in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala attacked corruption to make the country more desirable for foreign investment and job creation. Now as a director of the World Bank and head of the Makeda Fund, she works for change in all of Africa. ******************************** Journalist Andrew Mwenda has spent his career fighting for free speech and economic empowerment throughout Africa. He argues that aid makes objects of the poor -- they become passive recipients of charity rather than active participants in their own economic betterment. *******************************