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The unnecessary game of numbers

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By Ovundah Nyeche.

The game of numbers…

Medical school was a funny period…

Year 4 especially…

Almighty Pharmacology and Pathology…

You check the board… See your scores… And boom it is low, well lower than you thought you would score and then you spy matriculation number XYZ…your score is higher than his and suddenly all anger within you evapourate…

At least I am better off than…XYZ!

You check the board again… Your scores need emergency resuscitation, but you check again and discover it was a slaughter house… Figuratively a cow was killed on the result sheet, it was bloody… You dare not feel sad… The “motor did not jam only you”…In fact it killed a lot of people.

You check the board on another day, and you did very very well, far above your expectation… But you check the board again and you discover it was bonanza for everyone, Father Christmas, passed this way, you spy ZYX’s matriculation number and his scores are higher than yours and you feel sad and deflated…

Many times this behaviour spill over and follow you outside school…

You had no “wahala” patrolling on “Legedis Benz” and immediately you see someone you knew or know driving, your stomach turns bitter and boils…

You are happy with your comfortable small light Toyota Camry and then you see your friend patrolling on his Lexus or Mercedes SUV and you feel pity for yourself…

No way…. Wu Wu not take it… You look down on yourself and measure your worth and progress by an automobile.

You put your #200 on the offering plate, it is all you have got, and you see someone who is your peer, put several #1000 on the plate and you shiver and get angry…

Your children attend a decent school, they can read and write and are doing everything they should at their age and immediately you discuss with your friend and he tells you the millions he spends on his children’s school fees, you immediately condemn yourself and pass a vote of no confidence & retrogression on yourself.

And so you compete, compare and measure your worth based on unnecessary numbers…

And you stress yourself not necessarily on what you need, but what your mates have or do not have; and what you think you should have because they do.

You smash your head when you see pictures of them in vacation, or doing things in your world of fantasy…

Don’t kill yourself for nothing…

Don’t live your life in a cycle of unending competitions…

Be all you were created to be… And grow in your own time.

Let the great things others do motivate you and not take the wind out of your sail.

Again what do I know?

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PS:

wahala: Problem.

Legedis Benz: Having no car and walking on foot.

Wu Wu not take it: Protesting internally or externally.

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    Dr Semire

    September 4, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Lovely. Would apply

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      Ovundah

      September 4, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Thank you for your feedback.

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    Riri

    September 4, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Great stuff. Wu wu not take it! I have learnt a new one

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      Ovundah

      September 4, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Thank you so much Dr Irene for your feedback

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    Fred

    September 4, 2018 at 9:25 am

    …hmmmm, CHOICE- the divide to chose (to live or not to live) between the foolishness of the lures and yore; and the contriteness of the fluid and floss of our competitive life.

    The scriptures sum it up for us:
    2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

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      Ovundah

      September 4, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Thank you so much Fred, for your feedback.

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    Chinwe Okeke

    September 4, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I just came here to make noise… Nice one sir… Let’s also count our blessings and our days

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      Ovundah

      September 4, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Thank you so much for the feedback

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    Bobby Joachim

    September 4, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for writing this piece and reaffirming the mind to be content where unnecessary competition is becoming natural.

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      Ovundah

      September 4, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Thank you so much Sir for the feedback.

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    Inya Favour N

    September 4, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Indeed the quality of live is determined by choices and decisions…thank you for the reminder Sir

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      Ovundah

      September 4, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Thank you so much for the feedback

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      Ovundah

      September 4, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Thank you so much for your feedback

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    Dr. Oghenekevwe Daniel Ogidigben

    September 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Unnecessary competition/game of numbers really; such that some people take the “competition” to unhealthy levels. Anyways, nice write up Bro & thanks for what you are doing with the hear word series.

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      Ovundah

      September 4, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Great job you are doing too Dr Kevwe… Thank you so much for the feedback

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    Chinyere

    September 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    People do not have to be unnecessarily competitive. We all have different paths mapped out before we were born. God help us all.

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      Ovundah

      September 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you so much for your feedback

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Everyone needs to Hear Word…

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By Ovundah Nyeche.

Grin Grin Grin…

I get a call, I was to be a speaker in a conference in Lagos, Nigeria.

The organizer had emailed me earlier… But there was a little issue, my hands were full…. And my calendar was not smiling.

After deliberation, I agreed with the organizer on a date, as it appeared, a day was free in my calendar 🗓.

However the plan was get to Lagos, give the talk and get back to the Garden city of Port Harcourt on the same day.

The next day was my clinic, so no matter what happened on God’s earth, I had to be back on the same day…

I woke up that day, and my bag was already packed, I received my goodbye hug, from my “front hugger-in-chief” … I drove to a distance and my in-law completed the rest.

I arrived Omagwa or was it Ipo on time ⌚… While waiting to get to my destination, I had to do a second check on the slides I was to present in the conference.

And then I discovered, my slides which I spent ample time to prepare were trying to do a fast one on me… My heart was in my mouth… There was nothing I did not think about…

I had a small chat with my big dad, touched some keypads, and somehow I figured out the issue.

In about an hour I was close to my destination.

Few minutes earlier, I had boarded a waiting Taxify Taxi to venue of the conference.

Well there is no Taxify in Port Harcourt, I know there are other online taxi booking services, but I don’t know how effective they are in the garden city.

In less than 15 minutes, I was in the venue for the conference, and it was obvious I was in Lagos, as the posters of Sanwo-Olu a Governorship candidate kept monitoring every step I took.

You know that feel… If there were CCTVs attached to his eyes 👀, Las Las, I would have been effectively tracked.

But it was strange the road was so free… Was it not the same Lagos, my friends always scream about… Traffic… Traffic… Traffic… No those talks were graphics…. The road was so free and it was about 10:00 am or so…

In less than 15 minutes, I was in the conference Centre in a serene environment in Maryland.

The conference was a huge success, and it was a great time connecting with the host as well as the participants, as well as a bosom friend that came to say Hi to me.

Time flew, from 2 O’clock in no distant time it was 5 O’clock. I was to leave Lagos by 7 O’clock sharp.

My host made plans to book an Okada for me… As in motorcycle… For me, after telling me how wonderful it was.

For where, wu wu not take it… Oga do you know they banned Okada in the Garden City of Port Harcourt… Do you know Okada use to wound person…Oga do you know that as they banned Okada the number of head injury patients in my hospital 🏥 reduced.. Okada people wey no dey Hear Word…Oga wu wu not take it.

Oga I no gree… Well it took about 15 minutes to get here in the morning, it won’t take up to an hour to get to the airport, and check in I reasoned.

Maximum, I get to the airport sharp 6:30 PM… Shebi they said Las Las I should have checked in by then.

My host smiled and booked the Taxify.

In less than no time the taxi 🚖 was at the venue of the conference and we took the apparently short journey to the airport… No be 5:00pm… No worry yourself… My host looked at me… And I am sure in that look he saw the future.

The journey back to the airport was great and boom the first diversion, the 2nd diversion, the 3rd diversion… And time was ticking…

I saw first hand the traffic jam…my friends always talked about… As we were rooted in a spot for minutes… 5:30 PM…6:00 PM.

I did not need anyone to tell me… I had to cancel the trip.

Even a bike may not have done justice.

Several Kekes seemed to be also stuck in the spot. If Keke had no hope, the car I was in was hopelessly hopeless then.

I had to enter another vehicle, my Legedis Benz…

My destination was an overhead bridge 🌉 where I would take an alternative means of transport to the airport.

I trekked pass was it Archbishop Vinning Memorial Church ⛪, passed what looked like a Police Training College… And in no distant time I was in front of LASUTH gate… This place was familiar, I stayed here for about a week about 5 years earlier.

I got to the overhead bridge, and you know what I bordered an Okada…Okada I had rejected over an hour ago.. And this one was without helmet oh.. I had to it was 6:15 PM or 20…No body tell me… I had to.

The constant call from my host, to know how far I had gone, sounded like a “Brother it is well, all will be well”.

I rushed to the airport, and discovered I was in the wrong terminal.

I had to enter into another Okada and by the time I ran into the airport to check in…

They had officially closed the counter.

Madam, I have to rush back I told those in the counter, Abeg na…

Na una hold up oh.. I left early for the airport oh… Plsssssssssss… I need to be in Port Harcourt ASAP…

For where, they were saying you have to rebook for another flight tomorrow and pay for late charges…

That was not what I wanted to hear… Madam, Oga I have to leave Lagos now oh…

I don’t know how this touched them…

They put a call across…

Wrote my ticket on a paper…

I ran to be checked by the security/ official in another gate… And they called again… And they were told to let me go through…

Moments later I was in a shuttle that took me to the plane…

And when I boarded, I looked like the guy who came to the exam hall, when his mates were already seated in the exam hall with their question and answer papers…

Las Las, we go land together.

Las Las, me too needed to Hear Word.

Las Las, I Heard Word.

And I will enter Okada, whenever I am told to enter Okada…

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Nothing just happens…

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No nation or society, grows beyond what it rewards or punishes…

Curiously, many young people will gravitate towards whatever is rewarding and rewarded…

A nation that rewards its chess players… Will naturally have many chess players…

A nation that “worships” its sportsmen, will likely have many sportsmen and aspiring sportsmen…

A nation that rewards academicians, will have many erudite scholars…

A society that rewards and worships riches no matter the source… Will have people doing all kinds of things to be rich…The end which is riches, will be justified, no matter the means…

A society that rewards cultism, will have many cultists, in fact it will become a culture and it will be abnormal not to be one…

A society that rewards irresponsibility, will have a culture of irresponsibility…

A society that celebrates mediocrity, will have a recurrent banquet of mediocrity, spiced with mediocres…

You cannot drink garri and vomit fried rice and chicken…

Again what do I know?

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The dead don’t smell flowers, the living do.

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Today I got thinking again…

I went online… And Prof. Pius Adesanmi was trending again…

Apart from the tribute…

Many of his masterpiece were shared online…

Though I follow him online, but today for the first time, I listened to his masterpiece, The parable of the shower head 🚿…

Where he told a story about his experience in a classy Nigerian hotel 🏩 where all the holes in the 🚿 shower head in his room were not open, even if the shower was working.

He would call the reception to complain about the bad shower and they would send a technician on time to come fix the shower in his room.

However, he was shocked the well kitted technician was more at peace with the fact, that the shower was working, and not if all the holes of the shower head 🚿 were open.

He used the shower head, as a metaphor, to talk about, our love for our culture of mediocrity…

His photos are everywhere…

I also shared his photo 📸, but when he was alive, I don’t think I ever did…

His works and all the books he wrote are also hitting our faces…

The fact he was a national treasure has been resounded countless number of times; and even the President acknowledged him in death…

If any of his work is currently been promoted or released, it will sell like “bole” and fish…

*****

Go to any burial ceremony and villains become saints…

Go to any burial ceremony and see eulogies…

Wait for people to pass on.. And you hear the beautiful things they meant to others…

Wait for people to pass on, and their unpainted and dilapidated houses 🏘 bear a new look…

People who never visited, come visiting…

*****

Death reveals a lot of things…

How come 🤔, when people are alive, they are overlooked, but when they die… They are everywhere?

How come people, have a larger than life figure when they pass on?

How come many people are celebrated in death more than life? 🤔

*****

Would it be better to eulogize, support, value, love, encourage people when they are alive…

Would it be better to fan their dream and tell them a kind word…

Would it be better to give them a helping hand and not wait for them to die, before we realize they matter.

Give people flowers 💐 to smell when they are alive and not wait until they pass on… to fill their doorsteps with bouquets of flowers.

The dead don’t smell flowers 💐, the living do.

Make a difference in someone’s life today… Don’t wait until they are gone.

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