Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 16, Rethinking Religion And It's Stranglehold

He called me everyday for more than a month. Every single day. More than once each day. While I understood his predicament, I knew I won't employ someone I have no need of.

Then the opportunity came. I was handling a major brief. It was political. I knew his background and knew we would need his skills set. I arranged an interview with my Admin Manager with the intention to finalize with him so he could start.

I got to the office and was told he had left. I found it odd he did especially 'cos I'd instructed that he wait for me. My Admin Manager told me what happened. Her questions revolved around Nigeria's political space, what his thoughts were about the issues, the challenges and the opportunities. He said he didn't have an opinion. Curious, she asked why. Obviously, his religion did not permit him to have one and he had scriptures to back every single question that was thrown at him. Feeling really frazzled he left without finishing his interview.
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I needed a facility manager who could work late and on weekends too and asked for one to be recruited for that purpose. Again, I was told there was a suitable candidate, but. But what? He had to ask his Pastor first. I asked for an explanation 'cos I couldn't wrap my head around what I'd just been told - Boy does not have a job and looks like he desperately needs one. Boy gets job and was asked to start as soon as he could. Boy says, I will but first, I need to ask my Pastor...

What is this thing that religion has done to us? Why have we stopped thinking? Why have we lost focus on what's truly important and instead begun to worship mere men?

CALL TO ACTION
  • If your religion discourages you using the brain you were born with, from questioning things and finding meaning for and by yourself, there's a problem. 
  • For the Christians reading this, I don't care what anybody says, your bible remains the ultimate standard. If anything you are told contravenes what it says, then there's a problem. 
  • And if you are closer to your Pastor than the one your Pastor represents, I'm very truly sorry for you.
© Naomi Lucas

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Monday, 26 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 18, The True Meaning Of Freedom

Freedom (noun): The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

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At 11:30 local time (10:30 GMT) on Wednesday 7 January, a black Citroen C3 drove up to the Charlie Hebdo building in Rue Nicolas-Appert. Two masked gunmen, dressed in black and armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles got out and approached the offices. They burst into number 6, Rue Nicolas-Appert, before realising they had the wrong address. They then moved down the street to number 10 - where the Charlie Hebdo offices are on the second floor.

Once inside, the men - now known to be brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi - asked maintenance staff in reception where the magazine's offices were, before shooting dead caretaker Frederic Boisseau.
One of the magazine's cartoonists, Corinne Rey, described how she had just returned to the building after picking up her daughter from day care when the gunmen threatened her, forcing her to enter the code for the keypad entry to the newsroom on the second floor - where a weekly editorial meeting was taking place.
The men opened fire and killed the editor's police bodyguard, Franck Brinsolaro, before asking foreditor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, and other four cartoonists by name and killing them, along with three other editorial staff and a guest attending the meeting...
Most of us are familiar with the Charlie Hebdo story so I will not belabour the point. It's a tragic and deeply saddening one. Most importantly, the deaths were needless.
The obvious reason for the bloodbath was the overtly offensive and unapologetic satire the comic outfit thrived on. Does it justify the killings? I think not. But it leaves some food for thought.
Charlie Hebdo persevered on it's shocking brand of satire on the premise of it's right to freedom of speech. So insistent were they on expressing their creativity, they lost their ability to understand, to feel, to respect the sensibilities of the cultures and people they didn't understand.
Freedom means respect for people, institutions, countries, governments. Whether or not you understand it/them or not is beside the point. To me, your freedom ends where the right of the next person begins. Unfortunately, where to draw that line is a personal decision and some of us erase that line in our bid to exert our right to act, speak, or think as we want.
CALL TO ACTION
You must find a way to live with the things you do not agree with. Where you insist on change and work towards making that happen either in an individual or large group, remember people are born with a mind of their own, one that may never see the point in your argument.
© Naomi Lucas
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News source: BBC

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 19, A Case For Taking Responsibility

He was looking for a job. I asked what office productivity tools he could use, apart from MS Word, he was technically clueless. I asked why, he looked at me with sincerity in his eyes and said, 'You know how our lecturers are now? They don't teach you these things.' If he was within reach, I'm sure I would have conked him for saying that. Okay, that was an exaggeration but I'm sure you can relate.

The young man sat in front of me with no skills and expected someone else to be responsible for his own development. This is the case us, with most of our leaders and ultimately with Nigeria.

Progress, change, the kind that we all seem to so badly want is not a third party affair. It's not something other's do so life can be better for the rest of us. It's what you and I do so we can leave a place, any place, better that we met it. It's rooted in personal responsibility - The understanding that your actions or lack thereof matter. The kind that makes you live knowing you are ultimately responsible for your life and how it turns out.

CALL TO ACTION
  • Imagine one thing in the near future you will love to see happen. 
  • Stop the blame game and procrastination, take one step each day that brings you closer to that dream.

©Naomi Lucas

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 20 Creating A Roadmap


One thing we know how to do in this country is complain. Kai. Nigerians can complain. Ask about how to solve the problem and the same bunch go quiet.


CAll TO ACTION
  • When you think about the future of this country, what do you see?
  • What must we do to increase momentum, stem the tide or reverse the situation?
  • Make your recommendations in the comments section or do a note to yourself. What is important is that you think about it.
©Naomi Lucas

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Friday, 23 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 21, Let's Break Up, Let's Stay Together, Yes or No?

The way some people say, 'Let's just go our separate ways,' it sounds so cute and uncomplicated; like breaking crackers and tossing it into a flowing pond. But when you consider the sheer number of tribes and ethnic groups in Nigeria, the number of inter-married couples, you get a sense that a break up will be a tad complicated. So let's debate it. 

CALL TO ACTION
If you believe a breakup is the only way, how do you think we should go about it?
If you think we should stay together, what are your reasons?

©Naomi Lucas

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The 30 Day Challenge started on the 14th of January and will last until election day (February 14, 2015).
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Thursday, 22 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 22, What Upsets You About Nigeria?

Nigeria is like a rascal child who drives you totally nuts but you love him all the same. You shout, spank, curse, threaten, beg; but when it's time for dinner, he still gets to eat.

I know people who have been meaning to relocate from this country as far back as 10 years ago. They are still here. They travel and come back. They say, 'I need to get away from it all.' Two weeks later, they call you, 'I'm bored. I should be back soon. ' I can totally relate :)

CALL TO ACTION
Today, let's talk about the things that drive us crazy:

  • What upsets you about Nigeria?
  • Why do they upset you?
  • List as many in the comments section or a note for your eyes only is fine too but do make a list and try to think about the underlying reason(s) for your anger.
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Naomi Lucas
  • The 30 Day Challenge started on the 14th of January and will last until election day (February 14, 2015).
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