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Contentment’s Motivation

Do not sacrifice the laurels you earned
Through hard work and sweat equity
For want of dreams that have not yet
Come to pass, rather treasure that
Which reflect the reward of your earnest
Effort, and use them without any reservation to
Motivate and propel you to the goal of enriching
Your gift of life and that of others, and therefrom
Find contentment, which in itself will supplant
The void of unrealized dreams with hope
Which in time will yield the bounty of peace.

 
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MLK Day – Beyond A Holiday

Martin Luther King Day…

Causes the world to pause, albeit it

For a moment, to recall the sordid horror of

The atrocities that were unconscionably and

Violently perpetuated against a segment

Of humanity, just because they were endowed

With a darker hue by the Creator of the entire universe.

Further, the observance of the day, yet brings to mind

Those other fallen heroes, along the arduous cause towards

Justice and dignity for all, and their individual and

Collective sacrifice on the blood-stained altar for equality.

Alas, the unvarnished realization is that the quest, still incomplete,

Must again, be fiercely populated with sustained courage

To confront the disdainful  scourge of discrimination

Wherever it seeks refuge or finds habitation, to expose it

For unequivocal condemnation and ultimate eradication.

Therefore, arise citizens of the world and in diligent measure

Commit to and embrace the legacy and essence of the holiday.

 

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Promise Anew

And although, the dawn of the new year is now but a memory,
As the year itself, unrestrained by time, embarks on its own course
Through the passage of each minute, towards the fulfillment
Of its own destiny within the global enterprise of existence,
The dawn of hope never eclipses or fades into the oblivion of time
Rather, with the unfolding of each precious moment, lies renewed
Promise that knows no bounds and springs to inspire one and all…
Therefore, seize it and maximize its potential to fit your purpose.

Happy New 2015.

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Discard Disappointment

Do not let the disappointment of the moment
Linger too long with your soul, my friend …
Commit to discarding its woeful garment and
The propensity to overwhelm the spirit with despair.
Rather, seek within and around you that which uplifts
And in earnest measure find joy, and maximize to your
Own advantage, the treasures of the unique gift, of each day.

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Recalibration Required

It is but not a failing to embrace new things
In the quest to advance forward in life…
For when we hit that point, in this terrain
Where the winds of the challenge remain
Steadfast in their determination to incite
Discontent and lack of tranquility, and
Old plans, which otherwise work, yield
No momentum towards progress, then
My friend, it is time for introspection towards
Full recalibration and the utilization of new strategies,
To transcend that which appeared to be immutable.
At this juncture, take heed to adapt, and
Not rely solely on what worked in the past,
Which may not have the power to see you
Through the current turbulent storm.
Rather with courage, try something new
For there is victory in realizing the futility of
The plans that no longer bear fruit.

YemilBenjoy ©

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Positively Stubborn

Adamantly refusing to give up on one’s dreams

But pursuing them, despite the challenges

Or difficulties, that in unrelenting manner, stand

As sentry to prevent the valiant effort of dedication

On the path forward, and attempt to submerge hope

Within the looming and treacherous valleys of despair,

And yet, refusing to lie vanquished, the determined spirit

Still persistently pursuing that which it yearns to achieve,

Negotiating no alternative but committed steadfastness,

Is a commendable positively stubborn attribute that all must

Endeavour to embrace and strive to earnestly uphold, to

Guard one through the rugged terrain of life, to the victorious

Plains of never giving up for want of those dear and personal dreams.

 

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Reflect Nigeria – Accounting Is Mandated By Democracy

The absurdities amidst the raging infernos in Nigeria subsist as the President travels to Germany reportedly for a “medical check-up”. The protracted development of Nigerian Presidents routinely seeking medical care outside the boundaries of the country is disconcerting and sardonically emblematic of the lack of confidence in their own governance. The timing of this particular Presidential trip underscores the glaring and alarming indictment of the status of the healthcare system in Nigeria. Furthermore, it raises many concerns, about the government’s unremitting indifference to the predicament of the masses, that engender contemplation.

What is the status of the kidnapped Chibox girls? Tragically, some were sold as chattel on the market square of human trafficking. Some may be dead, some may be pregnant from the sordid acts of violation, while others may have been married against their will. Most of them are likely condemned to the ignominious status of sexual servitude, aka “sex slaves”. Yet, just over 2 months after the kidnapping and as the contagion of Boko Haram spreads, Nigeria  “wrapped up” the inquiry into the reprehensible abduction. How calamitous it is for the country, that its national treasure, brazenly kidnapped, remains decidedly and conspicuously forgotten within the convenience of the “callous” “ineptitude” of the government. The report from the alleged investigation must be demanded to ensure that the scathing scrutiny of the truth exposes the paucity of findings and subjects them to justified condemnation.

What medical care was provided to Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh in Nigeria? The comparative analysis of the events leading to the outcome in her case and that of the American doctor, Dr. Ken Brantley, reveals disturbing facts highlighting the widening gulf between Nigeria and other countries. One similarity, with a pronounced distinction, is that they were both treated in their home countries. The American doctor was treated at Emory Hospital, in a patient biocontainment unit, a “super-charged” intensive care unit that is specially equipped to handle the most serious cases. The care Dr. Brantley received, in addition to ZMapp, included basic interventions which should ordinarily be available in Nigeria six decades and 3 years following its independence.

Unfortunately, in stark contrast, the reports of the deplorable conditions at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), where Dr. Adadevoh was confined, are reminiscent of the unconscionable leper colonies, where patients afflicted with disease were isolated without access to adequate care or no care. Consequently, many succumbed to the depredation of the disease. In 2014, in the context of reports that Nigeria’s GDP for 2013 was “80.3 trillion naira”, the fact that any of its patients find themselves relegated to squalid conditions steeped in the burgeoning of the country’s lamentable infrastructure is utterly irreconcilable. Where is the money?

The ensuing national consternation resulting from the tragic loss of Dr. Adadevoh must not dissipate within the turbulent winds of pitiable governance commingled with chaotic and erroneous reports. Rather, a full accounting by the government, through the dissemination of the unvarnished facts concerning the conditions at IDH, and the treatment rendered to the patients must be mandated.

While the President travels in the comfort of the presidential plane to receive care outside the country, at the expense of the citizens and largesse of the national coffers, he validates the lack of confidence in the state of affairs in the country over which he presides. The blatant insensitivity is unconscionable. There are many questions percolating in the aftermath of the tragedies. How safe are Nigerians from the insidious threat of Boko Haram? Whose sons or daughters will be killed or kidnapped next? How many Nigerians can afford the exorbitant price of an airplane ticket to seek medical care elsewhere? Can Nigerians rely on their government to make their welfare a priority? When will the standard of care that the President desperately seeks outside the country be made available to all Nigerians?

The disconcerting conclusion from the incidents is that the government ascribes no value to the lives of Nigerians. The illusory response of the government, to kidnapping, sex slavery, the contemptible resources available to patients and the sustained and harrowing plight of the populace, constitutes wanton disregard for the lives of its citizens. Indeed, posthumous accolades may have virtue. However, intrepid attempts to save life must be the paramount obligation of the government, and must be embarked upon when the living are living, for they are of no benefit to the dead.

It is excruciatingly heartbreaking to realize that the nature of a person’s citizenship may unkindly dictate the outcome of an illness or an abduction. Yet sadly, that is the miserable reality from these perplexing events.

Even amidst the suffocated democracy, how many more calamities must ensnare Nigerians before there is a full accounting by the government.
Dated this 24th day of August 2014.

Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq.

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Reflect Nigeria – Vacant Noise

The hollow platitude by the government about how
Malevolent the abduction of the Chibox girls was …
Is yet but a meaningless mirage of feigned solace
To the girls in the clutches of utmost despair, their hopes
Their families, the nation and the world, and
Wretchedly cause more consternation and anguish.
Without a doubt, the issues of import are thus,
What has been done by those who proclaim they govern
And what will be done forthwith by the Nigerian government
To return to their communities, prior lives and innocence
The young girls kidnapped from within their school and country.

Alas, the national query about the safe passage of the girls
Back to their abodes in safety, must incessantly without pause,
In loud and unyielding refrain, drown out the puerile
Statements that advance, neither cause nor even weary hope,
That our girls will be returned home without further delay.

As the adage goes – talk is cheap!
Tell us something new, show us progress and bring back our girls.

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Reflect Nigeria – Tragic Fiction (4) Thunderous Silence

Although this is a fictional narrative, sadly it is to convey what an abducted girl in captivity may write:

Thunderous is the silence of inactivity in the country concerning the continued situation of the hundreds of girls abducted from their school in Nigeria.

Mr. President:

How was your breakfast today? How was the comfort of your tranquil bed last night? Well, I have not eaten anything in two days, neither have I slept in my dormitory bed or enjoyed the comfort of my family home in 10 weeks. What a tragedy! Let me remind you, in case you have forgotten, that I have been in the stranglehold of captivity since I was abducted between the hours of April 14 and April 15, 2014, from my school in Chibok, Nigeria as I slept in my dormitory dreaming about my future. A future that I hoped would somehow only be limited by the dimensions of my innate potential. However, I was not allowed to pursue that promise because of the ineptitude of my government; due to the failure to protect vulnerable school girls and the failure to rescue us. What a pity!

Again, lest you have forgotten, let me remind you of the horror that has befallen the daughters of the country you took an oath to protect. Or do you somehow pray that we will become shadows of the night blended with oblivion and erased from the remembrance of the nation and the world. Although, we may have been relegated to the recesses of existence, by the inexcusable failure of your government to adequately protect our school and the unconscionable failure thereafter to effect our immediate liberation, the undeniable fact is that we are Nigerian girls who were violently snatched from the pursuit of our lives, a right, inalienable, and bequeathed to every human being. Lest none forget us, one of our collective prayers in incarceration is that history etch our names indelibly in blood in the chronicles of the mind and time so that our names and faces will never be erased from the collective memory of the nation, and world.

How tragic the unbridled grief of our families from whom solace stands ever fickle and aloof in the debris of shattered hope. What exactly do you think has been our fate? Do you somehow believe that we have not been beaten, gang raped repeatedly, degraded incessantly and humiliated beyond description? Or do you choose to ignore the reality of our situation. The stark reality is that the depth of the depravity we have been subjected to by evil during the day and at night is unimaginable. As the horrific moments turned into horrendous days and now those days into the dreadful months, all figment of hope has dissipated into smithereens. We languish in the midst of despair and mourn the death of our dreams and the abrupt cessation of our youth. Should your government not be leading the campaign to rescue us from this vortex of fear? Rather, instead of determined valour, in its stead lies crippled the skeletal and desiccated remains of apathy. Alas, dead and still, lie any mirage of the vacuous platitudes to extricate us from this quagmire. Have you even declared a day of mourning for us? For we hear the stories of you dancing at parties and boarding jets beyond the boundaries of the nation as we suffocate in this cesspit. What a calamity! Woe betide and cursed be the night of April 14 through April 15, 2014, in the history books of Nigeria. Let it stand in infamy in the history of our country as mothers rend their garments and fathers gnash their teeth.

I hear the boots of oppression approaching … so I must stop again.

Fictional story to be continued.

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Eternal Comfort

They may assail your being…
Take all your earthly possessions.
Unjustly curtail one’s liberty
Confiscate all they think you own
And trample on one’s humanity
Even unto the cessation of mortal life.
Yet, they cannot even if they try
Touch the Almighty God and Creator
Who provides the divine assurance
Of Eternal bliss, even if they try.
Thus in all matters, rely completely on
He who is greater than greatness, and
The generous benefactor of all grace.

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