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  • Kunle 12:26 pm on March 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Responsibility, Vision and the Fulfilment of Destiny 

    Several years ago, I heard Bishop David Oyedepo say: “The greatest discovery in life is self-discovery.” There is no gainsaying the wisdom in that statement or assertion because the knowledge of self is the pathway to the fullness of life. It’s a truism that there is an innate desire in man to make progress. Nevertheless, very few get to the zenith in their careers or vocation due to ignorance.

    Mastery of the skills needed in your vocation is the gateway to opportunities and invariably prosperity. The youths often complain about the lack of job opportunities but employers also have reservations about the lack of skilled personnel. There is a need to increase our capacity to profit from the opportunities available in life. It’s pathetic when those seeking career transitions can’t even state in unequivocal terms the skills needed in their desired organisations. How about those interested in starting new businesses who haven’t read books on these businesses or conducted feasibility studies on their desired sectors?

    Quite a number of people blame the government for their failures; however nations are elevated by men who take charge and channel their energies towards the advancement of the state. The United States of America remains the biggest economy in the world because of men like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg, and not primarily the government. Apple’s valuation is close to a trillion dollars, an amount that quadruples the GDP of many African nations. I am not trying to alienate the role of the government in the society. I believe the government should act as a catalyst for sustainable progress by providing the framework, policies and infrastructure necessary for the citizenry to make progress. However there is the inherent danger of waiting for the government to put these things in place before we pursue our goals and dreams.

    Vision is one of the determinants of greatness in life. Abraham the Patriarch of faith brokered a truce which led to the relocation of Lot courtesy of the fight between his herdsmen and those of his nephew. “The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever”. (Genesis 13:14, 15). It is your vision that determines your possession.

    A visit to the book of Jeremiah reinforces the importance of vision. The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.” Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”(Jeremiah 1:11, 12). It is your vision that determines your output in life.

    One of my favourite passages in the Bible revolves around a group of committed men and women who attempted to build a tower to heaven. We can question the motive behind the tower of babel but their resolve, doggedness and vision should be applauded. Furthermore, the vision was big enough to get the attention of God. “Look!” he said, “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11:6). Nigeria is a nation that boasts of some of the biggest places of worship in the world; we’re often perceived as a religious nation with ‘the faithful’ making yearly pilgrimages to Mecca and Jerusalem. Therefore it is not out of place to hear constantly, ‘God will help us’. However God is incapable of helping a visionless man or society. Visions must be crafted by mortals and backed by providence to see the light of the day.

  • Kunle 11:56 am on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Linda Ikeji et al.: When Plagiarism Becomes the Cancer of Blogging 

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing… Edmund Burke

    I had a chance encounter with Pastor Paul Adefarasin at Elegushi, Lekki area of Lagos state last week on March 3, after 7 a.m., on my way to work. The Senior Pastor of House on the Rock helped in no small measure to ease the traffic flow along that route. I was quite impressed hence I took some pictures and wrote a short post on Facebook to commend him.

    The post generated tremendous interest on the social media, in line with the primary motive of encouraging people to imbibe good leadership skills and to always add value to society. However, in total contrast to the spirit of the message, some bloggers rather chose to seize the moment to commit atrocious acts.


    Original post


    A Google search and analysis revealed the depth of this bizarre act. One of the culprits is the blogger, Linda Ikeji, who is generally alleged to have a notoriety for plagiarism. Words could barely convey my feelings of disappointment on seeing the watermark and seal ‘Linda Ikeji’s Blog’ appended to the pictures I took, which I have copyrights on and which were lifted straight off my Facebook page! There was hardly a blog that didn’t latch on to the story in varying degrees. Stella Dimoko-korkus also partook in this. It appears that some bloggers resort to pathetic means to drive traffic to their sites. A number of them lifted my accompanying Facebook posts verbatim and also posted this on their blogs, while taking full ownership of the materials by draping their seals on the entire material. Isn’t it obvious we’re dealing with people of compromised integrity? It is bad enough to take a screenshot of my pictures, but even worse to copy the accompanying post, and publish both passed on as content thats original to them.I have nothing against blogging and I have benefitted from some wonderful blogs over the years. Furthermore, I blog @ http://www.kunleolabode.com, although the post in question was largely on my Facebook page, and wasn’t uploaded to my website. One of the bloggers also found his/her way to Nairaland to upload a screenshot of my Facebook post as well. Another blogger gave me credit for the post but erred in the appendage on the pictures. This is certainly wrong!


    How did we get to this sorry pass as a nation? A country and people that do not place a high premium on intellectual work are heading for the dunghill. The phenomenon of instant gratification, without painstaking effort, is distorting lives and eroding values among the youth. It’s quite easy for my generation to cry about a lack of opportunities and blame the political elite for the decades of rot in our system, however the truth must be told that there is a lot of irresponsible behaviour among so many these days and in this clime which inhibits the sort of progress enjoyed by earlier generations.

    Although, the EFCC is battling with fraud of immense proportions by ‘419ers’ and corrupt politicians, yet there is the need for us as a nation to pay closer scrutiny to the activities of some of the young men and women who nowadays have found a new line of vocation in blogging. The unfortunate thing about this group is the modus operandi employed to achieve their objectives: I’m not certain it’s just the conventional Get-Rich-Quick-Syndrome, and I sincerely believe it’s partly due to the lack of purpose and direction on the part of some. How does one explain the situation of a young man in the most productive season of his life prowling the internet for ‘just any content’ that will drive traffic to his site?


    I am not certain there is a lot of knowledge or enlightenment on the subject of plagiarism and its consequences in Nigeria, otherwise it wouldn’t thrive in this manner. It is not out of place to want to upload all sorts of “interesting” content to your blog, but when you have not originally generated this content, at least kindly seek the permission of the author/owner of such, or give credit to its source in your publication. It is time for a common sense revolution in this country; I have watched, with delight, interviews with bloggers from different parts of the world on foreign media outlets. You can blog with distinction through original value driven content, and be successful. If you’re not sure of God’s purpose for your life, please seek Him out and ask; blogging is not for everyone.

    This is the time for people to lend their voices towards the destruction of this cancerous outgrowth in society.


    Kunle Olabode

    • David 3:46 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kunle,
      I am a Nigerian blogger in the States.
      I read your article in premium times with extreme joy. I must confess how glad I am to see that al least one person shares my view on the pernicious trend of plagiarism and total vanity in Nigerian blogging. I stopped reading the blogs when everything became about bikini wears and buying range rovers. http://www.dddimas.com

      • Kunle 4:17 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hello David,

        It’s nice to hear from you. You’re very right. The ‘blogosphere’ is saturated with junks in the country. It is quite unfortunate but that’s the pathetic situation at hand. Hopefully as we talk more on this issues and take appropriate actions where necessary, we can reduce it drastically

    • David 2:44 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Kunle. Pleasure is mine. Will add your blog to the blogs I follow.

    • Jide Salu 2:56 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kunle,

      How interesting to read your views on Nigerian bloggers. Whilst I copy portions, if not whole content from News sites, I never fail to give copyright credit. I feel its right.

      My blog which was originally set up to tell my story as a returnee has moved on to become a news curator accompanied by my personal views.

      Nigerians have a way of turning an original concept on its head, thereby making it unrecognisable to its original purpose. Blogging is one of such concepts. When certain bloggers have apparently made ‘millions’, automatically, it is assumed its the numero uno and others, flock to not emulate, but copy the bad practice.

      I must say, I am no longer frustrated as I once was many years ago. Nigerians are uniquely different. Young minds are being shaped by these filthy blogs. Sponsors flock to these filthy blogs because, apparently they are well read.

      It is laughable to see how your FB write up was usurped by some bloggers. Incredible!

      Just thought I would get in touch with you.

      Well written post by the way.

      • Kunle 4:42 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hello Jide,

        Thanks so much for your response. I truly believe there is hope for this nation with this type of orientation. I didn’t want to release the post initially. However, all that changed when i saw the accompanying post on several blogs. Unfortunately,the airwaves is saturated with junks, yet the same persons who embrace such are the first to complain about lack of opportunities in the polity. There’s such a craze to be a blogger with total disregard for the place of ethics and value driven contents.

        Our value system is in dire need of rescue. If our generation can’t think of role models other than the disemminators of unhealthy messages, it’s a source of great concern. It’s true Jide, the advertising companies and corporate bodies seldom promote quality because it won’t always enjoy the level of publicity like junks. However Quality always prevails!

        Thank you so much. All the best in your endeavors

    • Contributor at 1Creek 7:49 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bang on cue! Seems like everyone who commented here are of like minds, and no bad comments yet.
      I wrote a similar article, but instead my critique was focused on Linda, and the reply I got was really bad.

      Check out Linda Ikeji is not a blogger.

      Would be glad to work with anyone here, and at Kunle . Please reply with your twitter handle.

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