Month: October 2014

Welcome Back…

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Hello lovely people, and thank you for not giving up on my blog.
It’s been a long time here, and I know this.

What’s been up?
For me, studies’ been up.
I’ve been running a Masters degree (I’m still on it) at the University of Ibadan since August.
Course? African Studies.
Field? Cultural and Media Studies.

Now you know the basics, get to know what’s really been up…

I’ve learnt to accept my fate… of being ‘stuffed’ with Yoruba.
Honestly, ‘Yoruba’ in this town, is ‘everywhere you go’.
Before now, I stayed in Lagos for a while, and I can assure you that I never felt the intensity of the Yoruba culture until now. Apart from the apparent love of the language by citizens/dwellers in this place, I have decided that the people here seem to be intrigued by the ‘Egungun festival’ all the time ( Ojuju/masquerade things, LOL). I listened, and observed for some long while before reaching this conclusion. It is either this, or the fact that my colleagues and lecturers over-hype this festival (so, which is it? Yoruba darlings, please help me out here…).

That being said, I should also note that I’ve stopped fighting, and I now let myself ‘float’ as almost everybody around me ‘plunder’ their Yoruba. (I should also mention that the ratio of Yoruba to other tribes in my class is about 80:2)
I complain no more. I understand that this is not Lagos where ‘foreigners’ are allowed to wallow in/celebrate their ignorance of the Yoruba culture. In fact an elderly man in my class has ORDERED me to learn the language before the end of this year! (for where?…).

Anyway, I shall return with more gist about what’s happening around me. But before I leave, I should tell you that I think my Anthropology lecturer is “very alarming” (gist about this coming soon…).

NB: The picture above was taken by me, along Bodija/Ojurin axis (hope I spelt these right).

NB 2: Notice that I shared nothing really Academic here? If you want some, just holla at me, and I’d give you about 200+ pages…

NB 3: I have really been FAVOURED by God in this place- everywhere! To the extent that people think I’ve got ‘long legs’… ( Anyway, I serve the God who’s got the heart of the kings in his hands)

NB 4: I LOVE MY YORUBA PEEPS, AND THE YORUBA CULTURE!

NB 5: ‘first and the best’: do you think UofI is still in this place?!

NB 6: I’ve just returned to school after a long while (I feel old already!), please pray that I excel and succeed…

I HOPE to return again, but till then, have a lovely time with God, yourself, your family, and your friends.

From you to me…3

Hello people, how’s life with you? Hope great? Wishing you God’s very best…
Catch what lovely readers of the blog have sent so far on this series: here, and here
Then proceed to read another unedited entry from another lovely reader…

10 REASONS YOU MUST GROW UP SPIRITUALLY

By Philip Amiola

The subject of spiritual growth is one that is very important to every believer because it is central to our walk of faith. If we are going to live the life that God has called us to live, be all that He wants us to be and do all that He expects us to do, then we must grow up spiritually.

While many of us know this for a fact, we often get discouraged or simply slack off as we pursue the intentional process of spiritual growth through studying and meditating on God’s Word, praying, maintaining fellowship with other believers, serving in ministry units and sharing our faith with others as we live it out on a daily basis.

My goal in this piece is to share some benefits of spiritual growth which I gleaned from a study of the book of Daniel and the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians. I believe that keeping these benefits in our consciousness will spur us on in our spiritual journey.

As you think through the following list which is by no means exhaustive, you will realise that the pursuit of spiritual growth is a highly profitable investment:

  1. Spiritual growth empowers us to become active participants in fulfilling God’s purposes on earth. (Daniel 9:1-3)

  2. Spiritual growth gives us access to the mysteries of God with revelation knowledge, skill, wisdom and understanding. (Daniel 2:19-23, Daniel 9:21-22, Ephesians 1:8-9)

  3. Spiritual growth gives us capacity to proffer solutions to problems that have confounded others. (Daniel 2, Daniel 5)

  4. Spiritual growth empowers us to stick with our convictions even under the most terrifying circumstances. (Daniel 1:8, Daniel 3:8-18, Daniel 6:4-10)

  5. When we grow spiritually, we are equipped to follow God’s plan for our lives as we understand the hope of His calling and get strengthened in the inner man. (Ephesians 1:17-18, Ephesians 3:14-21)

  6. Spiritual growth raises our net worth. It empowers us to add value to other people’s lives through service thereby making us relevant across board. (Daniel 5:13-17, Ephesians 6:5-9). This eventually gives us influence and wealth. (Daniel 2:46-49, Daniel 5:29)

  7. Growing up spiritually helps us to exercise our God-given authority and establish dominion on the earth. (Ephesians 1:17-23)

  8. Spiritual growth helps us to overcome the weaknesses of the flesh and withstand the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 4:17-23, Ephesians 5:1-5, Ephesians 6:10-18)

  9. When we grow spiritually, we are not being blown away with every wind of doctrine. Rather, we are able to recognise and stay with the truth. (Ephesians 4:14-15, Ephesians 5:6)

  10. The degree of love and unity in the church is affected by the level of spiritual growth of the members. In the same way, the degree of love and unity in the universal body of Christ increases when each member grows spiritually. (Ephesians 4:11-16).

As I was recently reminded by Pastor Mobolaji Adam-Adeyemi, physical assignments require physical abilities, mental assignments require mental abilities and spiritual assignments require spiritual abilities. The only way to develop spiritual abilities is to grow up spiritually.

​Philip Amiola is a teacher, writer and campaigner of empowerment. He blogs at http://www.philipamiola.org and tweets from @PhilipAmiola.​