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For day’s now, I have been observing the chantings and angers of the South easterners concerning the failed system of Government we have here in Nigeria. The igbo’s are crying and screaming, the Yoruba’s are gradually starting there own agitations beneath, the Hausa’s are not left aside and all these makes me to ask “Which Way Nigeria”?
For the past one week or two, I have spent so much time watching some YouTube videos of these agitations from the IPOB people and just recently I came across a video clip by some group of Yoruba’s building up themselves to start up if not already started protest because of the failed system.
I read in news everyday and the story keeps repeating itself. This is what happens when some section of the country decides to feel more superior than the rest
I was never of opinion that Nigeria should divide or war. My post was just that the government should pay attention to the agitations hence it’s getting serious as the minds of an average igbo man have been infected. It’s clear with the happenings around us.
I never said we should divide all I meant was that urgent attention needs to be employed to comb what is going on.
The truth is that 80% reason’s why it looks like majority of the igbo masses are in support of this Biafra is because of the government negligence in addressing some issues..
The truth is that an Igbo Man don’t want to hear that his brother was killed or maltreated without any proper action taken.. That was the major point that was employed by Nnamdi Kanu.
He used the killings in the north, the Fulani herdsmen attacks, the Buhari administration negligence in the Igbo’s to hold the Minds of the majority.
Check this out since last year till this moment there have been a ceaseless attacks by these herdsmen in places like Enugu, Abia, and imo with other parts of the country that lead to the killings of innocent people.
This people will come to your farm graze there cows destroy your plants and when they are been confronted they turn to violence and till now, the Federal government have not done anything to check the problem.
Last time they invaded a school in Enugu pursued the students with there cows right inside the classrooms and nothing was done.
Secondly, look at the second Niger Bridge that was promised the easterners, Jonathan started it and today that project have been stopped..
Thirdly Nnamdi Kanu never imported ammunitions as he was accused. If you are following the trends.. The IPOB never had any violent protest all these while, it has always been a peaceful protest but the men of the Nigerian police always fight them back which resulted to the killings of there innocent member’s and they never fought back.. (Tell me if your relative was killed because he was exercising his/her right to protest without violence and u hear that they want to start a struggle that will separate you from the people that killed him, won’t u succumb?)
The other time, the Arewa youths made a threat by giving the Igbo’s ultimatum to leave there place and today no arrest has been made after the governor promised that he will look into it. Everything has died off.
These people will come into a Christian gathering and start destroying things and fighting them and because of Christ the church won’t fight back and you tell me they want this one Nigeria to stand?
Now with all these things, this is just the few of a lot of things that has been happening..
Now tell me if you are the one putting on this shoe and you hear or see someone who has promised to help your remove the shoe, tell me won’t you allow him and go with him?
This is the exact reason why lots of people seem to be in support of this Biafra movement..so you don’t have to blame them.
You talk about one Nigerian, let’s face it. Which tribe practice this one Nigeria the most? Which tribe can comfortably go to another man’s land and build a comfortable house even companies? The Igbo’s are the only people that does that well.. There is no single company owned by an Hausa man or even Yoruba man in the east (I stand to be corrected) but go to the North and the west, you will see how the Igbo’s are developing there lands. So don’t say that the igbo’s don’t want Nigeria to stand or don’t believe in one Nigeria obviously they do because no igbo man would want to give up where his business and source of income comes from but there fears and worry is If the Nigerian government have a place for them, if the northern forks really want them to stay. These are the Genesis of this struggle.
Some people said that the igbo’s are riding to destruction and Biafra is not the solution. Well I quite agree that Biafra may not be the solution but my question is
“WHAT THEN IS THE SOLUTION ” and HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THAT SOLUTION?
Should we then fold our hands and watch the government treat us the way they like because we are afraid of war or fight or to face them? Some people talk about Restructuring and I asked;
“How do we start restructuring if we all are afraid to speak out? How do we restructure if nobody is talking?
Now look at it, before the beginning of this Biafra struggle nobody was talking about restructuring. It was since the beginning of this struggle that the federal government remembers that there is need to restructure. That is to say if this Biafra struggle didn’t rise up, we will keep living as slaves to politicians politics.
Yes we need to restructure
Yes Biafra May not be the solution
Yes war is never an option
Yes One Nigeria is the best
Yes love and unity is what we stand for
And yes who is ready to let it come to pass?
We say no to marginalisation. If Nigeria will be ONE! Then let it be ONE and let the whole tribes come together and agree that it will be one.
But if one sector of the country will keep feeling superior over others,
if one sector will keep behaving like they got everything more than the others,
If one sector will keep thinking that leadership and Nigerians destiny lies in there hands,
If one Sector of the Country will keep acting like the own all the resources of this nation.
If I can’t be happy and safe in any part of this nation because I am not from there and lastly;
If the government is not willing to start taking responsibilities for there actions and stop blaming others for there failed effort.
If the government is not willing to start treating everyone and every tribe equally and;
If the government is not willing to start becoming accountable for every single life and welfare of its citizens then I will have no Choice than to say this…
“LET US DIVIDE”!!!!
God Bless Nigeria!!
Talking about the biafran’s we are referring to the south Easterner’s more known as the igbo’s. We have been able to gather some historical achievements of the Igbo tribe, something I think every biafran’s needs to know. We discovered that some important mile stones that where achieved in this country was done by the Igbo’s. Take a look at some of these wonderful achievements they have made so far;
•The first Black Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan was an Igbo man named Professor Kenneth Dike.
•The first Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos was an Igbo man named Professor Eni Njoku.
•The first Nigerian Rector of the then Yaba College of Technology was also an Igbo man
•The first Nigerian Professor of Mathematics was an Igbo man named Professor Chike Obi – the man who solved Fermat’s Last Theorem. He was followed by another Igbo man named Professor James Ezeilo, Professor of Differential Calculus and the founder of the Ezeilo Constant.
•The first Nigerian professor of history was an Igbo man Professor Kenneth Dike who also became the first black vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
•The first Nigerian Professor of Botany was an Igbo man named Professor Eni Njoku. He went on to become the very first vice chancellor of the university of LAGOS.
•The first Nigerian Professor of Anatomy and Physiology is Professor Chike Edozien an Igbo man who is also the current Obi of Asaba.
•The first Nigerian Professor of Physics was Professor Okoye an Igbo man who became a Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in 1960. He was followed by the likes of Professor Alexander Anumalu who has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Physics three times for his research in Intermediate Quantum Physics.
•In Nuclear Physics and Chemistry – again another Igbo man – Professor Frank Ndili who gained a Ph.D in his early ’20s at Cambridge Univesity in Nuclear Physics and Chemistry in the early ’60s. This young Asaba man had made a First Class in Physics and Mathematics at the then University College Ibadan in the early ’50s.
•First Professor of Statistics – Professor Adichie who’s research on Non-Parametric Statistics led to new areas in statistical research.
•What about the first Nigerian Professor of Medicine – Professor Kodilinye – he was appointed a Professor of Medicine at the University of London in 1952. He later became the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka after the war.
•What about Astronomy – again another Igbo man was the first Professor of Astronomy – please, look up Professor Ntukoju – he was the first to earn a double Ph.D in Astronomy and Mathematics.
•Let’s go to the Social Sciences – Demography and statistical research into population studies – again another Igbo man – Professor Okonjo who set up the first Centre for Population Research in Ibadan in the early ’60s. A double Ph.D in Mathematics and Economics.
•Philosophy – Professor G D Okafor, who became a Professor of Philosophy at the Amherst College USA in 1953.
•Economics – Dr. Pius Okigbo who became a visiting scholar and Professor of Economics at the University of London in 1954. He is also the first Nigerian Ph.D in Economics.
•Theology and theological research – Professor Njoku who became the first Nigerian to earn a Ph.D in Theology from Queens University Belfast in Ireland. He was appointed a Professor of Theology at the University College Zambia in 1952.
•Aviation — Engr. Chukwu Celestine Nkemakolam, from Ebonyi State, who made a First Class in Aerospace Engineering with an equivalent CGPA of 5.0/5.0 at National Aerospace University, Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2010. He is currently an Aviation Safety Inspector at Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
•The Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) has a record of the state with the highest number of professors in Nigeria and as at 2014 that state is Imo State. You can go to this commission and verify.
•Anambra state was the first in WAEC, UNITY SCHOOLS ENTERANCE EXAMS, NECO AND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Therefore, whenever some people address you Igbos as mere traders and Keke riders, tell them that in addition to doing very well in business, science, technology and SPORTS you are also ahead in academia. No amount of hatred can change blessings from God.
IF YOU ARE FROM IGBOLAND, SAY “I AM”
Igbo Kwenu! Kwezoonu!
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Today being 30th of May 2017 the indegineous people of the then sovereign state of Biafra remember his fallen hero’s in the 1967 – 1970 biafran war that led to the death of over 3.5million biafran’s both adult’s and children.
Exactly 50yrs ago, the struggle we are seeing today known as the fight or rather the struggle for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra was declared by the then leader and Commander in Chief of the then Eastern region known as Biafra in the person of Col Odumegwu Ojukwu. On this day 50yrs ago Col Ojukwu made a speech addressing and declaring the sovereign States of Biafra due to the then marginalisation of the government.
This speech was also the speech that kick start the biafran war between Nigeria led by General Yakubu Gowon and the Easterners led by Col Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. A fight for succession as tagged, a battle which lasted for 3yrs with over 3.5million biafran’s killed either by starvation or through the fight. It was deadly and devastating especially on the side of the biafran’s until General Effiong after thoroug consultations called it offer by surrendering to the government of Nigeria and declaring that the biafran state will seize to exist.
50yrs later the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) rose up to continue the struggle under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Of Abia state who still believes that the government of Nigeria is still under marginalisation.
Below is the full copy of the 1967 speech by Col Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu that kick start the biafran war. It all started here on this day 30th May 1967.
By Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
Fellow countrymen and women, you, the people of Eastern Nigeria:
Conscious of the supreme authority of Almighty God over all mankind, of your duty to yourselves and posterity;
Aware that you can no longer be protected in your lives and in your property by any Government based outside Eastern Nigeria;
Believing that you are born free and have certain inalienable rights which can best be preserved by yourselves;
Unwilling to be unfree partners in any association of a political or economical nature;
Rejecting the authority of any person or persons other than the Military Government of Eastern Nigeria to make any imposition of whatever kind or nature upon you;
Determined to dissolve all political and other ties between you and the former Federal Republic of Nigeria;
Prepared to enter into such association, treaty or alliance with any sovereign state within the former Federal Republic of Nigeria and elsewhere on such terms and conditions as best to subserve your common good;
Affirming your trust and confidence in me; Having mandated me to proclaim on your behalf, and in your name, that Eastern Nigeria be a sovereign independent Republic,
- Now, therefore, I, Lieutenant-Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria, by virtue of the authority, and pursuant to the principles, recited above, do hereby solemnly proclaim that the territory and region known as and called Eastern Nigeria together with her continental shelf and territorial waters shall henceforth be an independent sovereign state of the name and title of “The Republic of Biafra”.
- And I do declare that- all political ties between us and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are hereby totally dissolved;
- all subsisting contractual obligations entered into by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or by any person, authority or organization or government acting on its behalf, with any person, authority or organization operating, or relating to any matter or thing, within the Republic of Biafra, shall henceforth be deemed to be entered into with the Military Governor of the Republic of Biafra for and on behalf of the Government and people of the republic of Biafra, and the covenants thereof shall, subject to this Declaration, be performed by the parties according to their tenor;
- all subsisting international treaties and obligations made on behalf of eastern Nigeria by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, shall be honored and respected; Eastern Nigeria’s due share of all subsisting international debits and obligations entered into by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on behalf of the Federation of Nigeria shall be honored and respected;
- Steps will be taken to open discussions of the question of Eastern Nigeria’s due share of the assets of the Federation of Nigeria and personal properties of the citizens of Biafra throughout the Federation of Nigeria;
- The rights, privileges, pensions, etc. of all personnel of the Public Services, the Armed Forces and the Police now serving in any capacity within the Republic of Biafra, are hereby guaranteed;
- vii. We shall keep the door open for association with, and would welcome, any sovereign unit or units in the former Federation of Nigeria or in any other parts of Africa desirous of association with us for the purposes of running a common services organization and for the establishment of economic ties;
- viii. We shall protect the lives and property of all foreigners residing in Biafra;
- We shall extend the hand of friendship to those nations who respect our sovereignty, and shall repel any interference in our internal affairs;
- We shall faithfully adhere to the charter of the Organization of African Unity and of the United Nations Organization;
- It is our intention to remain a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations in our right as a sovereign, independent nation.
Long live the Republic of Biafra! And may God protect all who live in her!
Finally we have been able to gather the complete speech delivered by Mark Zuckerberg the CEO and Founder of facebook doing his Degree award ceremony on 25th of May 2017. The speech is quite lengthy but worth reading. Ignore the lengthy speech and try to read it till the end, you will be motivated.
President Faust, Board of Overseers, faculty, alumni, friends, proud parents, members of the ad board, and graduates of the greatest university in the world,
I’m honored to be with you today because, let’s face it, you accomplished something I never could. If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard. Class of 2017, congratulations!
I’m an unlikely speaker, not just because I dropped out, but because we’re technically in the same generation. We walked this yard less than a decade apart, studied the same ideas and slept through the same Ec10 lectures. We may have taken different paths to get here, especially if you came all the way from the Quad, but today I want to share what I’ve learned about our generation and the world we’re building together.
But first, the last couple of days have brought back a lot of good memories.
How many of you remember exactly what you were doing when you got that email telling you that you got into Harvard? I was playing Civilization and I ran downstairs, got my dad, and for some reason, his reaction was to video me opening the email. That could have been a really sad video. I swear getting into Harvard is still the thing my parents are most proud of me for.
What about your first lecture at Harvard? Mine was Computer Science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis. I was late so I threw on a t-shirt and didn’t realize until afterwards it was inside out and backwards with my tag sticking out the front. I couldn’t figure out why no one would talk to me — except one guy, KX Jin, he just went with it. We ended up doing our problem sets together, and now he runs a big part of Facebook. And that, Class of 2017, is why you should be nice to people.
But my best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to “see me”. Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all time romantic lines, I said: “I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.”
Actually, any of you graduating can use that line.
I didn’t end up getting kicked out — I did that to myself. Priscilla and I started dating. And, you know, that movie made it seem like Facemash was so important to creating Facebook. It wasn’t. But without Facemash I wouldn’t have met Priscilla, and she’s the most important person in my life, so you could say it was the most important thing I built in my time here.
Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.
One of my favorite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: “Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon”.
Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.
You’re graduating at a time when this is especially important. When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.
As I’ve traveled around, I’ve sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do, an after school program or somewhere to go. I’ve met factory workers who know their old jobs aren’t coming back and are trying to find their place.
To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge: to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose.
I remember the night I launched Facebook from my little dorm in Kirkland House. I went to Noch’s with my friend KX. I remember telling him I was excited to connect the Harvard community, but one day someone would connect the whole world.
The thing is, it never even occurred to me that someone might be us. We were just college kids. We didn’t know anything about that. There were all these big technology companies with resources. I just assumed one of them would do it. But this idea was so clear to us — that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day.
I know a lot of you will have your own stories just like this. A change in the world that seems so clear you’re sure someone else will do it. But they won’t. You will.
But it’s not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others.
I found that out the hard way. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact. And as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that’s what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we’d build.
A couple years in, some big companies wanted to buy us. I didn’t want to sell. I wanted to see if we could connect more people. We were building the first News Feed, and I thought if we could just launch this, it could change how we learn about the world.
Nearly everyone else wanted to sell. Without a sense of higher purpose, this was the startup dream come true. It tore our company apart. After one tense argument, an advisor told me if I didn’t agree to sell, I would regret the decision for the rest of my life. Relationships were so frayed that within a year or so every single person on the management team was gone.
That was my hardest time leading Facebook. I believed in what we were doing, but I felt alone. And worse, it was my fault. I wondered if I was just wrong, an imposter, a 22 year-old kid who had no idea how the world worked.
Now, years later, I understand that *is* how things work with no sense of higher purpose. It’s up to us to create it so we can all keep moving forward together.
Today I want to talk about three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on big meaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world.
First, let’s take on big meaningful projects.
Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks. But we have the potential to do so much more together.
Every generation has its defining works. More than 300,000 people worked to put a man on the moon – including that janitor. Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio. Millions of more people built the Hoover dam and other great projects.
These projects didn’t just provide purpose for the people doing those jobs, they gave our whole country a sense of pride that we could do great things.
Now it’s our turn to do great things. I know, you’re probably thinking: I don’t know how to build a dam, or get a million people involved in anything.
But let me tell you a secret: no one does when they begin. Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started.
If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook.
Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That’s not a thing.
It’s good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, even if you end up right. Anyone working on a complex problem will get blamed for not fully understanding the challenge, even though it’s impossible to know everything upfront. Anyone taking initiative will get criticized for moving too fast, because there’s always someone who wants to slow you down.
In our society, we often don’t do big things because we’re so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing. The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future. But that can’t keep us from starting.
So what are we waiting for? It’s time for our generation-defining public works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? Today we spend 50x more treating people who are sick than we spend finding cures so people don’t get sick in the first place. That makes no sense. We can fix this. How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn?
These achievements are within our reach. Let’s do them all in a way that gives everyone in our society a role. Let’s do big things, not only to create progress, but to create purpose.
So taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.
The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.
Many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers. Now we’re all entrepreneurial, whether we’re starting projects or finding or role. And that’s great. Our culture of entrepreneurship is how we create so much progress.
An entrepreneurial culture thrives when it’s easy to try lots of new ideas. Facebook wasn’t the first thing I built. I also built games, chat systems, study tools and music players. I’m not alone. JK Rowling got rejected 12 times before publishing Harry Potter. Even Beyonce had to make hundreds of songs to get Halo. The greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail.
But today, we have a level of wealth inequality that hurts everyone. When you don’t have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise, we all lose. Right now our society is way over-indexed on rewarding success and we don’t do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take lots of shots.
Let’s face it. There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.
Look, I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and I don’t know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they might not make enough money. But I know lots of people who haven’t pursued dreams because they didn’t have a cushion to fall back on if they failed.
We all know we don’t succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn’t know I’d be fine if Facebook didn’t work out, I wouldn’t be standing here today. If we’re honest, we all know how much luck we’ve had.
Every generation expands its definition of equality. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. They had the New Deal and Great Society. Now it’s our time to define a new social contract for our generation.
We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. We’re going to change jobs many times, so we need affordable childcare to get to work and healthcare that isn’t tied to one company. We’re all going to make mistakes, so we need a society that focuses less on locking us up or stigmatizing us. And as technology keeps changing, we need a society that focuses more on continuous education throughout our lives.
And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn’t free. People like me should pay for it. Many of you will do well and you should too.
That’s why Priscilla and I started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed our wealth to promoting equal opportunity. These are the values of our generation. It was never a question of if we were going to do this. The only question was when.
Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity.
But it’s not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week — that’s all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential.
Maybe you think that’s too much time. I used to. When Priscilla graduated from Harvard she became a teacher, and before she’d do education work with me, she told me I needed to teach a class. I complained: “Well, I’m kind of busy. I’m running this company.” But she insisted, so I taught a middle school program on entrepreneurship at the local Boys and Girls Club.
I taught them lessons on product development and marketing, and they taught me what it’s like feeling targeted for your race and having a family member in prison. I shared stories from my time in school, and they shared their hope of one day going to college too. For five years now, I’ve been having dinner with those kids every month. One of them even threw me and Priscilla our first baby shower. And next year they’re going to college. Every one of them. First in their families.
We can all make time to give someone a hand. Let’s give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose — not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we’re all better for it.
Purpose doesn’t only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says “everyone”, we mean everyone in the world.
Quick show of hands: how many of you are from another country? Now, how many of you are friends with one of these folks? Now we’re talking. We have grown up connected.
In a survey asking millennials around the world what defines our identity, the most popular answer wasn’t nationality, religion or ethnicity, it was “citizen of the world”. That’s a big deal.
Every generation expands the circle of people we consider “one of us”. For us, it now encompasses the entire world.
We understand the great arc of human history bends towards people coming together in ever greater numbers — from tribes to cities to nations — to achieve things we couldn’t on our own.
We get that our greatest opportunities are now global — we can be the generation that ends poverty, that ends disease. We get that our greatest challenges need global responses too — no country can fight climate change alone or prevent pandemics. Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.
But we live in an unstable time. There are people left behind by globalization across the world. It’s hard to care about people in other places if we don’t feel good about our lives here at home. There’s pressure to turn inwards.
This is the struggle of our time. The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade and immigration against those who would slow them down. This is not a battle of nations, it’s a battle of ideas. There are people in every country for global connection and good people against it.
This isn’t going to be decided at the UN either. It’s going to happen at the local level, when enough of us feel a sense of purpose and stability in our own lives that we can open up and start caring about everyone. The best way to do that is to start building local communities right now.
We all get meaning from our communities. Whether our communities are houses or sports teams, churches or a cappella groups, they give us that sense we are part of something bigger, that we are not alone; they give us the strength to expand our horizons.
That’s why it’s so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter. That’s a lot of people who now need to find purpose somewhere else.
But I know we can rebuild our communities and start new ones because many of you already are.
I met Agnes Igoye, who’s graduating today. Where are you, Agnes? She spent her childhood navigating conflict zones with human trafficking in Uganda, and now she trains thousands of law enforcement officers to keep communities safe.
I met Kayla Oakley and Niha Jain, graduating today, too. Stand up. Kayla and Niha started a non-profit that connects people suffering from chronic illnesses with people in their communities willing to help.
I met David Razu Aznar, graduating from the Kennedy School today. David, stand up. He’s a former city councilor who successfully led the battle to make Mexico City the first Latin American city to pass marriage equality — even before San Francisco.
This is my story too. A student in a dorm room, connecting one community at a time, and keeping at it until one day we connect the whole world.
Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this — your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.
Class of 2017, you are graduating into a world that needs purpose. It’s up to you to create it.
Now, you may be thinking: can I really do this?
Remember when I told you about that class I taught at the Boys and Girls Club? One day after class I was talking to them about college, and one of my top students raised his hand and said he wasn’t sure he could go because he’s undocumented. He didn’t know if they’d let him in.
Last year I took him out to breakfast for his birthday. I wanted to get him a present, so I asked him and he started talking about students he saw struggling and said “You know, I’d really just like a book on social justice.”
I was blown away. Here’s a young guy who has every reason to be cynical. He didn’t know if the country he calls home — the only one he’s known — would deny him his dream of going to college. But he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself. He wasn’t even thinking of himself. He has a greater sense of purpose, and he’s going to bring people along with him.
It says something about our current situation that I can’t even say his name because I don’t want to put him at risk. But if a high school senior who doesn’t know what the future holds can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part too.
Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed. It goes:
“May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing.”
I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.
Congratulations, Class of ’17! Good luck out there.
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The general overseer and founder of one of the most controversial church in Nigeria Prophet Temitope. B. Joshua popularly known and addressed as TBJoshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations reveals his decisions to move his Church to Isreal. The man of God made this revelation doing a live Sunday service held in his Church headquarter (synagogue church of all Nations) on 30th April 2017 after his visit to Isreal.
Doing the live Sunday service, the man of God disclosed his intentions to relocate his Church to Isreal after his visit to the country and meeting with isreali mayors of Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley.
Why speaking to the amused cloud, TBJoshua said that Isreal have offered him both lands and facilities within the biblical site of the sea of Galilee.
“This is where my Father in Heaven came from – it’s non-negotiable,”
“It’s the best place for you to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua. After your healing, blessing and deliverance, you can move around all the spiritual monuments which will establish your faith,” He explained further.
He started that his decision to leave has nothing to do with the “persecution” he endured during his ministry. He said the move would help people to “appreciate” what his ministry had been contributing to both the local economy and Nigeria’s international image. .
“This is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africa. That is why I choose to live a lonely life. I don’t go out. It has not been easy – because I don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy.
Prophet TBJoshua also encourages the people to always remember the continent Africa in there prayers, he said “Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa”. There are many geniuses in the western world who are originally from africa “
“What happened to me from the beginning of my ministry is enough to chase me out of this country – but I am still in your midst. Upon the persecution and hatred. I decided to follow the path of love. You show hatred; I show love. When I go for a revival, you will see the stadium full but I am not carried away by that. I leave where I’m celebrated to live where I’m persecuted. Where you are not celebrated is the best place to stay, to get strength,’ he added.
I am an indigene of Osun state. I am from Ile-Ife, the ancestral home of the Yorubas. So, whatever I am about to share with you is a product of personal experience and vast knowledge of the socio-political configuration of my state. I have to share this after deep introspection, although I am still deeply mourning the death of one of Osun’s finest and colourful politicians of all time.
1. Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was a very popular grassroots politician
2. Isiaka Adeleke was a very generous and large-hearted man who could empty his vault for the people
3. Adeleke had gubernatorial ambition to succeed Rauf Aregbe, he’s always had it even before he defected to the APC.
4. Sometimes in 2013, Rauf Aregbesola, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande cajoled Adeleke to abandon his old political party, the PDP for the APC just so that they could ride on his popularity to win elections in Osun state
5. The joker worked as Adeleke left the PDP for the APC on the promise that he would be made to succeed Aregbesola after the later might have completed his two terms of 8 years in office
6. But as usual, the trio of Rauf Aregbesola, Bola Tinubu and Bisi Akande reneged on this promise just like they did in the case of Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in 2014
7. Unknown to Adeleke, they (Aregbe, Tinubu and Bisi Akande) have always had a different plan and the plan is that Adeleke would be prevented from getting the guber ticket
8. The belief of the trio is that Adeleke was too popular and independed-minded to be controlled by the Lagos Mafia
9. They knew that Adeleke had a winning political structure and it would be difficult to teleguide him from Lagos as they always do
10. So, Tinubu anointed Gboyega Oyetola and brought him back from Lagos to Osun State to be Chief of Staff to Aregbe overnight
11. Gboyega is Tinubu’s first cousin from Iragbiji, the ancestral home of Tinubu in Osun state
12. Gboyega was/is the business advisor to Tinubu in Lagos. He handles a chunk of Tinubu’s businesses in Lagos
13. Tinubu wanted him because he believes that he would further the perfect yeoman’s job that he made Aregbe to do in Osun state.
14. But Adeleke was proving too ‘stubborn’ and too popular for their liking
15. They used the party to warn Adeleke not to commence campaigns but Adeleke defied them.
16. Adeleke had the strong backing of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state and lately, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
17. These three detest Tinubu’s godfatherim and high-handedness in the South-West, and they’ve been working well, and succeeding, in taming the monster.
18. That’s why you would notice that only these three gathered for the burial rites of Adeleke in Ede.
19. Did you notice that not a single high ranking government functionary from Osun state attended the Firdua prayers in Ede?
20. Did you notice that despite his popularity and strategic importance to the victory of the APC in Osun state, neither Tinubu nor Bisi Akande honoured this Osun illustrious son with their presence at the Firdua?
21. It’s all a perfected premeditated game plan.
22. First, Aregbe was told to travel out of the state, to China on a phony business trip.
23. After this, the agents of darkness were programmed to strike and they did struck deep into the hearts of Osun people.
25. And like a loyal boy that he always is to the Lagos Mafia, he did spine it that Adeleke died of drug overdose in the hand of a ‘quack’ doctor
26. How can a doctor with over two decades experience suddenly become a quack overnight?
27. How could a doctor who had been attending to Adeleke and his family for years suddenly become a quack in the estimation of Sahara Reporters and its sponsors?
28. They killed Adeleke without blinking an eye
29. They killed Adeleke just like they killed Funsho Williams in Lagos state
30. They killed Adeleke just like they killed Dipo Dina in Ogun state
But they’ve only killed Adeleke, they’ve not killed the spirit of Osun people to liberate themselves from the yoke of the Lagos mafia. They’ve not killed Adeleke’s memories in our hearts.