Thursday, December 22, 2011

Life lessons from 2011

As the year quickly draws to a close, I cannot but reminisce and while it was generally a good year, I learnt some life lessons which I would like share.

1. People who introduce themselves as Mrs. XYZ, happily married, are not necessarily happy in their marriages.

2. People who say you dress to show-off simply because you always dress nice, are simply ENVIOUS of you and wish they had your life. They are HATERS!

3. Promises are mere words of a desperate man.

4. Love your life and enjoy it because people wish they had your life.

5. It pays to be private, when there’s a little mystery about you; life is a whole lot more enjoyable.

6. Six months is enough time to see the good and bad side of every new friend – male or female!

7. People who call you insecure do so to make themselves happy, because they are insecure themselves.

8. Never be in a hurry to buy a plane ticket, you could get a better deal if you wait a little bit or a need to cancel the trip may just arise.

9. There’s no perfect marriage or relationship, enjoy every moment of what you have.

10. Your next relationship will always be better than the last, hard as it maybe, summon courage to open up your heart to someone new after a failed relationship.

11. Never judge anyone based on hear-say, give them a chance to prove themselves. You never know, they may turn out to be the best people you ever met.

12. First impressions are not always true, give people another chance to make a first impression.

13. Some people and places that lack outward finesse sometimes have gold to give.

14. Try not to borrow people money all of the time no matter how desperate they may seem, they may just end up taking you for granted.

15. The people who bless you are those you least expect to.

16. Excellence is not perfection; it is giving your best in everything you do.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Afraid to try again

I am a victim of too many broken promises

I am jaded, and too afraid to try again

I am on the brink of another broken promise and I do not know where I will find the strength to move on

He came with a lot of promises and full of hope

I begged him to let me be and make no more promises, but he wouldn’t listen

Now, once again, I am on the verge of another broken promise

Oh, when will I learn that promises are mere words?

When will I learn to stop being gullible?

Where will I find the strength to move on?

I am so afraid to try again

I cannot do this anymore

There is complete blackout out there but even more darkness in my heart

I am lying awake staring into my bedroom ceiling and wondering how to move on but I am so afraid to try again

Friday, December 2, 2011

How Cool are You?

It all began a few years ago with lol on yahoo messenger, some translated lol as ‘laugh out loud’ and other as ‘lots of love’.

Today, with the intoxication of Blackberry messenger, the list is endless and they say if you don’t know what these acronyms stand for, then you are sooooo not cool!

Aiit – Alright
ao – how
Brb – be right back
Gud – good
HBD – Happy birthday
Hw – How are you
HML – Happy married life
kk – Okay
LMAO – Laughing my a… off
OMG – Oh my God
DP – Display picture

And the list goes on and on and on…

Ao seems to be the way people with the ‘h-factor’ pronounce HOW, and I am surprised that that’s suddenly cool.

Just in case you are unaware, the h-factor refers to the inability of certain people to correctly pronounce words which begin with ‘h’ because of their local accents. So you hear them say ‘ouse’ for HOUSE, ‘ome’ for HOME, ‘hi’ for I and so forth.

While being cool has a feel good factor especially for those older ones who still want to feel young, what worries me is that the quality of spoken and written English continues to deteriorate among our youth.

I recently heard a most bizarre conversation on the radio. A lady called to complain about having not been admitted into the university and she claimed she didn’t know why? Surprisingly, when the OAP (on-air personality as they called) enquired about her JAMB score, it turned out that she had scored 105 in the previous year and declined to 99 in current year. How then was she expecting to have been admitted into a university?

It is absolutely ridiculous. The entry level cut-off mark back in the day was 200 which meant that universities would admit only students who scored above 200 in JAMB and the stakes were higher with different courses for instance, intending medical students had to score about 260 and above, and my older ones complained that our standards had fallen as that time. I wonder what they would say now.

I feel like this posts is a repetition of the last considering that my last post was about language and spoken English. However, I guess that’s the whole idea behind this blog, I get to unleash whatever bothers me!

It continues to worry me how education standards are falling in Nigeria because in truth, there’s only so much development we can attain as a nation without Education.