Sunday, 17 March 2019

My UK Driving Practical Test Experience


My driving practical lessons started in October last year. It cost £31/hr. I had almost 20 lessons of 2 hrs each. I only just passed this month after 2 failed attempts in between.

The first time I knew I had failed. It was on a dual carriage way. I had been told the route to take but discovered late that I was to be on the right hand lane and I was almost approaching the roundabout. So I started indicating right to join the right lane. There was a van coming in full speed, not budging. I panicked that I was almost at the roundabout and thought if I started making way into the lane he would slow down for me. That was when my examiner did an emergency stop. The car would have crashed in on me, had he not stopped me. So I wasn't surprised to hear after the test, "unfortunately, you have not passed this time". I still cried though, being my lachrymose self.

The second one took me by surprise. I thought I was good. The examiner avoided the dual carriage way which made things easy. I went through the narrow country roads on national speed limit. I thought to myself, "this examiner is really taking it easy on me. We even had some small talk, asking about my work and if I had to go back to work that day. I thought I had done well, until I heard the bombshell. "Unfortunately... (At first I thought, why unfortunately? maybe she wants to scare me like in Who Wants To Be a Millionaire where they tell you, 'I'm sorry but that was the right answer' so as to get you to cringe initially). But this wasn't Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. "Unfortunately, you did not pass this time". I couldn't believe it. She took me round the easiest route. We even chatted. How could it be? What did I do wrong? Well, apparently, early on in the test, say 5 mins into my independent driving, I had run on 40 mph on a road with a limit of 30 mph. That was where my test ended. The rest was just to pass time. No wonder she took me through an easy route. And the small talk? Maybe she didn't want me to see her as wicked. This time I didn't cry. I was too shocked to cry. I was dumbfounded. It was very painful though. Maybe tears clouded my eyes, but I doubt they dropped.

As fate would have it, my instructor told me she could no longer take me. Reason being she was no longer going to be teaching Automatic but solely Manual. So she passed me on to someone else. At first, I felt rejected. I couldn't believe the excuse. I thought, maybe my failures were not good for her resume. But guess what? That change was exactly what I needed.

It wasn't easy. My first lesson with the new instructor was spent understanding the new car and getting used to the hypersensitive brakes. I had very short time to my next test. I was having to unlearn some methods and imbibing new methods. For example, when it came to roundabouts having 3 lanes on approach. My first instructor had taught me to always use the right hand lane when going to the 3rd exit. Which meant after the 2nd exit, I had to move into the middle lane in order to go into the 3rd exit and be on the left hand lane. My new instructor would rather I approached the roundabout in the middle lane and continue on that lane into the 3rd exit. I also had to learn new maneuver techniques and reference points. For forward bay parking, one used side mirrors for reference, the other used the inner door handle. After two lessons with the new guy, I was afraid I wouldn't pass again. I started thinking of swapping the date, except that it was too late. 

The D-day came. The same lady examiner who failed me in my 2nd test was going to examine me. This time, I made sure to avoid any chitchat. I refused to smile too much. We are here for business, I thought. We passed through a route I had rehearsed with my instructor just that morning and another I did the night before. I failed my "Show me" question because although I knew how to wash my back windscreen in the previous car I used, I had no time to learn that with this new car. My bay parking maneuver wasn't perfect. At least I was in the bay, even though too much to the right. I had no clues to whether i had passsed. I could only hope I passed. Glad was I when I heard her say, "Congratulations. You've passed the test." Surprisingly, I wasn't so excited. My instructor was even happier than I was, saying, "we did it, Chidiogo". All I could do was smile and praise God in my heart. I just needed to pass this time.

My advice to you if you are just starting out learning to drive is this:

1. You need a teacher that will make you better and ensure you pass your test not the one that will make you feel good about yourself.

2. You need a teacher that will tell you the truth as it is, if it means telling you. "You are not ready for this test, you need at least 6 more hours".  Not the one that will say, "I think you are okay. Just a couple more lessons you will be good".

3. You need a teacher that cannot overlook your flaws. One that stops you right there, points it out, corrects it and makes sure you get it right before proceeding to something else. Not the one that will simply say, "be careful next time".

I wish you luck as you learn. Please tell me your experiences in the comment section below. Ciao

Radiant ~ March 2019

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Why You Need a 9-to-5 - my personal experience




I hated Medicine. I wanted to follow my creative passion. I wanted to write songs, record songs, blog, dance, draw, anything but hold the stethoscope. I'd rather be making people laugh than making them well. I'd rather be in the midst of happiness than devouring people's aches and sadness. And I did. I explored all those. I took a break from Medicine after my national youth service year in Nigeria. But I was broke and frustrated. So I took up a job as a doctor.

Talking about bills. How are you to pursue your dreams when you have debt looming over your head? How can you be creative when you are on an involuntary fast? Even though I hated Medicine, I needed my job to at least afford me a roof over my head, at least two meals a day and transport fare to all the entertainment events I attended in Lagos in pursuit of my dream. From my medical career, I could pay to record 4 songs (and studio sessions aren't cheap). 

My attitude towards work changed when I came to the UK for a Masters degree. Then I had to survive, passion didn't cut it. I needed to be willing to take any job. Anything to pay my bills. So I got a job as a catering assistant at the university serving students, doing dishes. We did 2 to 4 hr shifts a day, about 5 days a week.  It was there I learnt that a business succeeds by discipline. Work gets done whether people feel like it or not because there are customers to satisfy. Success happens when you are able to meet your clients' demands always and in time. Without that discipline, you have no clients. 

I love to write. But if I didn't feel like writing, I wouldn't write. If I didn't feel inspired, I'd sit back and so my passion never really grew because of lack of discipline. I am still struggling to apply this discipline to my writing passion. Many times I have failed to meet up with scheduled blogs because I am my own boss in this regard. This is why I ain't earning millions from it yet. Those that turned their passion to successful businesses applied discipline. They weren't just having fun doing what they love to do. They got up when they did not want to get up because they had to meet demands. If you know you are lazy or let's say a little laid back, please take up a regular job.

Thanks to the many experiences I've had working 9-to-5, whether as a catering assistant or a doctor, I have got valuable insights that can be transferred to my creative endeavours. There are many valuable transferable skills you can pick up from other jobs to apply to your business. You don't want to miss out on those.

Now nothing written here is cast in stone. There are some that never had to work for anyone, started a business and are successful, but this is not the case for the majority. This two-part article is to get you to consider the pros to putting in your application while honing your skills in that dream of yours. The aim is to give your dream a chance. Dreams get frustrated when reality hits hard. Passion is not enough.

Radiant ~ March 2019
PS: you can still find a job that affords you enough time to hone those skills.


Do you like this blog post, your comments below are most appreciated and feel free to share with your friends. Did you miss the first part, click here to read.

Why You Need a 9-to-5 job


Okay you may not exactly start at 9am and finish at 5pm, you may start at 8 and finish at 6 or get out at 5am and come home at 10pm (the typical Lagos life), but you get what I mean - a regular job working Mondays to Fridays or working shifts including nights or weekends. Basically, I want to tell you why you need to be an employee. 

The rave is on entrepreneurship. "Be your own boss". "Follow your passion". Good thing is you don't have to answer to anyone. You can get up when you want and snooze the alarm at your own will or don't even have an alarm at all. While there is nothing wrong with starting a business immediately after school, there is also nothing wrong with getting a "9 to 5" as it is called. Here is why.

1. You need discipline. 
C'mon who doesn't love sleep and movies and food and play but hey, the world is sustained because people are working. Some people made the bed you sleep on, someone's work was to make the movies you are entertained by. Someone made that food and another designed that game. You have to contribute your quota. Except you are really self-driven, you need a boss to whom you are accountable and deadlines to get work done in a timely manner.

2. You need the money
Being an entrepreneur is not easy. Many people had a job they left to "follow their dreams". It turns out dreams don't pay well if at all initially. Except you can live off someone else during the sowing season of that dream, you need the job that gets you by. 

3. You need experience
You see young people running off to start a business without any experience of the corporate world or how to get customers or how the market works. Then they make mistakes, the business folds, they learn from one or two or three failed attempts before they make it big. Some failures would have been avoided if only they learnt from working under someone else. A regular job saves you from that risk. Moreover, you prove you know what you are talking about by your records. How do you gain customers when you have no experience to show? 

Click here to read my personal story or too lazy to click? Just continue reading.


I hated Medicine. I wanted to follow my creative passion. I wanted to write songs, record songs, blog, dance, draw, anything but hold the stethoscope. I'd rather be making people laugh than making them well. I'd rather be in the midst of happiness than devouring people's aches and sadness. And I did. I explored all those. I took a break from Medicine after my national youth service year in Nigeria. But I was broke and frustrated. So I took up a job as a doctor.


Talking about bills. How are you to pursue your dreams when you have debt looming over your head? How can you be creative when you are on an involuntary fast? Even though I hated Medicine, I needed my job to at least afford me a roof over my head, at least two meals a day and transport fare to all the entertainment events I attended in Lagos in pursuit of my dream. From my medical career, I could pay to record 4 songs (and studio sessions aren't cheap). 

My attitude towards work changed when I came to the UK for a Masters degree. Then I had to survive, passion didn't cut it. I needed to be willing to take any job. Anything to pay my bills. So I got a job as a catering assistant at the university serving students, doing dishes. We did 2 to 4 hr shifts a day, about 5 days a week.  It was there I learnt that a business succeeds by discipline. Work gets done whether people feel like it or not because there are customers to satisfy. Success happens when you are able to meet your clients' demands always and in time. Without that discipline, you have no clients. 


I love to write. But if I didn't feel like writing, I wouldn't write. If I didn't feel inspired, I'd sit back and so my passion never really grew because of lack of discipline. I am still struggling to apply this discipline to my writing passion. Many times I have failed to meet up with scheduled blogs because I am my own boss in this regard. This is why I ain't earning millions from it yet. Those that turned their passion to successful businesses applied discipline. They weren't just having fun doing what they love to do. They got up when they did not want to get up because they had to meet demands. If you know you are lazy or let's say a little laid back, please take up a regular job.

Thanks to the many experiences I've had working 9-to-5, whether as a catering assistant or a doctor, I have got valuable insights that can be transferred to my creative endeavours. There are many valuable transferable skills you can pick up from other jobs to apply to your business. You don't want to miss out on those.

Now nothing written here is cast in stone. There are some that never had to work for anyone, started a business and are successful, but this is not the case for the majority. This two-part article is to get you to consider the pros to putting in your application while honing your skills in that dream of yours. The aim is to give your dream a chance. Dreams get frustrated when reality hits hard. Passion is not enough.

Radiant ~ March 2019
PS: you can still find a job that affords you enough time to hone those skills.


Do you agree? Do you disagree? I would love to hear your thoughts below.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Open Doors




Venue: The King's Glory Church, King's Lynn

Preacher - Pastor Toyin Adegoke
Sermon topic: Open doors

Meaning: An invitation to come me in.
An open door ushers in a new season and closes the previous.

Ways in which doors can be opened

God himself opens it. 
When God opens a door no one can shut it. Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7

God can open a door unto a new revelation. Rev 4:1
God can open a door for soul winning. Acts 14:27. Acts 16:6-7. Before we go out to evangelize, we should pray to find out where an effective door of salvation has been opened, lest we toil for nothing.
God can open a door of escape in challenges. 1 Cor 10:13, Hosea 2:15

Hindrances to entering the door God has opened

1. Doubt. e.g the children of Israel in the wilderness 
2. Wrong focus. Working our own calendar. 2 Cor 2:12
3. Not being aware of the door - Spiritually blind. Isaiah 42:20, Heb 5:11
Not yielding to the Spirit leads to spiritual blindness. Prayerlessness leads to spiritual blindness.  Mark 1:35, Rev 3:1-12
4. The devil. 1 Cor 16:9

People open the door
The people you associate with can open a door for you for God or the enemy to come in. Joshua 6:17,18
Certain items can open doors to blessing (e.g Ark of God in Obededom's house) or destruction (Achan's stolen items and Israel's defeat).
Lack of spiritual growth is an open door for the enemy to come in. 
Giving is an open door for blessings. Mal 3:10
We can open doors by asking for it in prayer. Knocking on God's door. Matthew 7:7

Do you have any comments on this topic? Please let us hear your contribution below.

Radiant ~ February 2019

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Spirit of God (song with lyrics) by Deola



My friends, I bring you a new sound which has got to be on Repeat every time I play it. Talk about chills going down your spine when you hear a song, this is it. Are you going through a wilderness experience or at the crossroads needing direction? Play this song.

Spirt of God is available for purchase on Apple music
Also on Spotify
And Soundcloud 

Spirit of God lyrics by Deola

Spirit of God 2x
I wait on you 2x
Spirit of God 2x
I wait on you 2x

Chorus
Oh oh oh come, let your presence fill this room
Oh oh oh flow, do what only you can do

Spirit of light (Spirit, Spirit) 
Hmm Spirit of light (Spirit, Spirit)
I wait on you (...aah)
I wait on you

Spirit of truth (Spirit of truth yeah)
Oh Spirit of truth (Spirit of truth)
I wait on you (I wait on you) 2x

All Chorus 2x
Oh oh oh come, let your presence fill this room
Yeah, Oh oh oh flow, do what only you can do

Spirit of Life 
Mmm... Oh Spirit of Life 
I wait on you (I wait on you)
I wait on you 2x

All chorus 2x
Oh... Come let your presence fill this room
Come in your fullness and your power
Oh flow
Do what only you can do
Yeah yeah...

Ad-lib by soloist during 2nd chorus
Spirit of light
Spirit of truth
Spirit of light
Spirit of grace...
Flow flow
Do what only you can.. do

Bridge
I wait on you (Holy Spirit! I wait on you) 
I wait on you (Ah ah ah Spirit I wait on you)3x

I wait on you 
I wait for you 
I wait on you (I wait on you)
I wait for you

I wait for direction (I wait for you)
I wait for your word
I wait for you to lead me, lead me, lead me, yeah

(Ah ah ah I wait for you)
I won't go 
I won't leave 
(I wait for you)
I will wait, I will wait, I will wait for you
I will wait on you (I wait for you)

For strength
For power
I wait on you

Spirit of God
Spirit of God
Spirit of God


Lyrics in bracket are for the back up vocals.

Please drop comments if this song has blessed you. Also let me know if you would like to know more about the artiste. If you are interested, I can do a bio.

Radiant ~ February 2019

Sunday, 17 February 2019

How to make Banana Bread


For the love of bananas, recently I discovered another way to enjoy them. I learnt how to make banana bread. I've always wanted to learn to bake but shied away due to the fact that I did not have an electric mixer and whatnots. The good thing about this recipe is that I get to bake without all those sophisticated stuff. Literally, all I need to do is put them all in a bowl and stir, pour the dough in the baking tin and toss in the oven. That's it. that's literally it.

Well, if you do not believe me or want more details like portions and co, then keep reading.

List of ingredients
1. 2 over ripe bananas
2. 2 eggs
3. 80g melted butter or margarine
4. 40g sugar (white sugar, coconut sugar)
5. 1/4 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
6. 2 tablespoons of milk
7. 80g flour
8. 1 tablespoon Baking powder
9. 1 teaspoon Baking soda
10. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
11. 1/2 teaspoon cinammon


How to Make Banana Bread

1. Mash your bananas in a mixing bowl. You can use a fork. This should be easy if your bananas are over ripe.

2. Add 2 eggs to mashed bananas and beat

3. Add melted butter (seriously discovering that melted butter actually works revolutionalised my thinking about baking. I always stayed away from baking due to the time and energy needed to cream butter without an electric mixer)

4. Add vanilla extract and milk. Stir.

5. Add sieved sugar and stir. I discovered coconut sugar recently and it has been such an amazing ingredient. It has a special sweet taste and colours whatever you use it in brown. I use both white sugar and coconut sugar just so my coconut sugar can last.

6. Add sieved flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir all. I use a spatula to stir

7. Add raisins or nuts (optional)


Your dough is ready
8. Pour into your prepared baking tin. I prepare my tin by rubbing some butter on all inner surfaces of the tin and spreading flour to touch all corners of the tin.


9. Preheat oven to 165 degrees and place tin at the lower cadre of oven.

10. Bring out after 35 mins and stick a toothpick in it to make sure it is dry.
If dry, your banana bread/cake is ready.



Will love to hear your comments about this recipe. Let’s discuss below. Cheers.
Did you miss my Val's day post? Click here to read.
Radiant ~ February 2019

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Valentine's Day Surprise Goes Bad


Valentine’s Day Surprise Goes Bad...




...Well, almost.

Feeling all lovey-dovey, as this is a season of love, my husband who seldom concerns himself with the kitchen affairs decided to make me breakfast. It was to be a sumptuous yamaritta and fried eggs. Unfortunately, it almost ended in a burnt down house.

So I heard my name loudly as I was preparing for work and I knew instantly there was trouble. I ran to meet him
 in the kitchen, already panicked.

The frying pan was ablaze. Red hot flame fuelling out. Apparently he had let the oil get too hot.


You see why male children should be allowed to enter the kitchen more often.

I knew what I had to do. So I got a lid to cover the pan and turned off the cooker. The fire stopped immediately.

I wondered what would have happened if I had left the house earlier.

"What would you have done?", I asked

"I was going to throw it out the window", he said smiling mischievously.

"What! You would have set the entire compound on fire".

All I could say was thank you Jesus that I was delayed. I could not imagine what would have happened if I was not there and he threw out the pan of fire or didn't throw it.


Val’s day wasn’t ruined eventually. I came back home to a box of chocolate pizza, bottle of red wine and customised card from my darling husband. 







Radiant ~ February 2019. Have you seen my previous post? Please click here to read the poem. Watch out for my next post this coming Sunday about how I make Banana bread as in the above picture. Happy Val's day.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

My still voice - a diminishing hexaverse


Bid me write a poem
For my heart boils up
Wisdom, sense and skill
Emotions trapped in
Everyday’s business

Bid me to sing
Those songs unsung
Lying in books
iPad and phone

For a soul
yearns to hear
my still voice

In word
In song

Speak




Did you notice the tapering structure of the poem?
It starts with a stanza of 5 lines made of 5 syllables each, then a 4-line stanza of 4 syllables each, down to one stanza of one syllable.

This type of poem is called a Diminishing Hexaverse or Diminished Hexaverse.

Please share your comments on what you think of the poem. Thanks

Radiant ~ February 2019

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

How to make Nigerian okra soup with minimal resources



We Nigerians in diaspora have to learn how to use what we have to get what we want. We long for Nigerian food, but many times, getting Nigerian foodstuff can be nose-racking. We are either challenged by availability, accessibility, cost or quality. Instead of ugu (pumpkin) leaves, you will have to make do with spinach as fresh ugu is very rare. More so, the ground crayfish you will buy here will be nothing compared to crayfish in Nigeria. The process of packaging it for commerce makes it lose its real taste.
So you have all these challenges plus the fact that you can't afford to spend all your time in the kitchen boiling shaki (beef tripe) and kpomo (cowskin). And yet you can't be eating sandwiches every day. Well, just maybe there is a way to make your soup with the least requirements and still have it tasting as nice. I'm about to show you that with Okra soup.

Basic ingredients in Nigerian Okra soup

The basic ingredients in every Nigerian soup are palm oil, pepper, fish (crayfish/stock fish/dry fish/smoked fish/fresh fish) and meat. The major difference between the soups are the types of leaves used. Even if the only fish you can get is ground crayfish, your soup will taste as nice as made in Nigeria. Here is a list of the ingredients you will be needing to make your Nigerian okra soup.

Palm oil (available in big Asian/African/Caribbean stores)
Beef/goat meat/any meat
Okra (available in most Asian/African/Caribbean grocery shops)
Any leafy vegetable (spinach, ugu, bitter leaf)
Peppers (scotch bonnet or chilli, red bell peppers )
Ground Crayfish (you just have to have brought this one from Nigeria or try the ones in African grocery shops or do without)
Onions
Seasoning cube
Garlic and ginger (fresh or powder)
Salt

How To Make Nigerian Okra Soup
1. Boil your meat with onions, salt, garlic, ginger and seasoning cube.
2. Cut your pepper and onions. Chop your vegetables (spinach will do) and dice your okra.
3. Place your diced okra in a bowl and stir it for 5 mins or till you see it drawing, and set aside.
4. Place an empty pot on the fire, pour a little palm oil, put your onions and cut peppers, fry for 2 minutes.
5. Add the meat and stock, ground crayfish, ground chilli and simmer for 2 minutes.
6. Add salt to taste.
7. Add the okra, stir, cover and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
8. Add chopped spinach. Not too much spinach though, as this is okra soup and not spinach soup. Too much spinach makes the soup watery. The essence of okra soup is that it should draw. So spinach should be minimal. Also, the smaller you cut your okra, the greater potential it has to draw. Some even grate it, but I find it too stressful to do.
9. Simmer for 30 secs and turn off the heat.

Voila! Food is ready to be served with any starch- Garri, Semolina, Poundo yam, Oatmeal, Ugali etc which you can also get from the A/A/C shops.

Who said you can't eat Nigerian food in the UK?

Lemme hear your thoughts. How do you eke out a good Nigerian meal with minimal resources?

Radiant ~ February 2019

Monday, 28 January 2019

The Imperative of the Presence of God


27/01/2019
Sunday service sermon
@ The King’s Glory Centre, King’s Lynn

Preacher - Pastor Blessing

The presence of God is tangible and can be sort, acquired, retained and lost. If you must lose anything, do not lose the Presence of God.

Gen. 39:1-2 Joseph was a slave but became prosperous because God was with him. Without God's presence, you are limited, vulnerable, exposed.

Acts 12:1-20 Peter's chains fell off at the presence of God. There are habits people are struggling with. The prescription is to seek the presence of God. In life there are gates - dreams you have, ambitions etc. If you have the presence of God those gates will open just like the iron gate opened on its own due to the presence of God around Peter. But why did he allow the angel depart? When he eventually got to his people the door didn't open; he kept knocking. Where the presence of God is absent, frustration is inevitable.

Ps. 16:11The path of life is in the presence of God. There is fullnes of joy and pleasures where there is God's presence.

The presence of God is never to be assumed. Luke 2:46 It is so fragile that even the one who carries it may not know that it has departed. Jesus' parents went a day's journey without Him but did not know. Same way a lot of Christians live their lives without God's presence. A church can be functional without God's presence. It took Mary and Joseph 3 days to find him.

Why do we rush out of our homes without God's presence? We do not do this because we believe we can do it on our own. We can get victory over the day before we step out. The presence of God is to be sought diligently.

Jer.29:13 A man carrying the presence of God is loaded with power. Joseph had it in the prison and in the palace. If you have the presence of God in your career you'll find out that you're just favoured. While others practised catwalk, Esther sought God's presence and it brought her favour before the king. David never prayed to be king; all he longed after was for God's heart.

Heb. 5:7 Jesus sought God's presence with strong crying and tears. Without the presence of God we are compelled to go through the same process that mortal men go through. The presence of God is the lubrication of life and must be sought with desperation.

Radiant ~ January 2019
Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Why God Lets You Go Through A Long Journey



20/10/19 @ The King's Glory Church, King's Lynn, Norfolk

Preaching - Pastor Oladapo Adegoke

Theme 2019: Year of Clarity - Sons of Issachar understood the times

Why God will let you go through a long journey

1. He knows what He's building; to develop you E.g. Joseph - from his dreams, to the pit, to Potiphar's house, to the prison, to becoming Egypt’s Prime Minister

2. He knows what you'll face in future. E.g. he took the Israelites through a longer route to Canaan so that they wouldn’t turn back to Egypt when challenges came.

3. So that you could learn obedience. E.g. Abraham had to move before getting further instructions. He obeyed although He could not see the end.

4. God takes you through process so you can impact people around you.

5. So that He can take the glory.

What to do when going through 

1. Praise God at all times.

2. You have to know where you are

3. Approach the throne of grace with confidence

I add:
When going through, do not grumble or complain. The Israelites murmured and complained and they died in the wilderness.


Do you have any insights on this topic, please share in the comment section below. Thanks.

Radiant ~ January 2019

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Paulo by Radiant


Who remembers the age-long Nollywood movie "Living in Bondage"? I think it was the first Nollywood movie I ever watched. And who remembers the scene where Andy (Kenneth Okonkwo) was asked to bring the head of his wife for the money ritual which his friend, Paul had lured him into? Andy exclaimed "Paulo, Paulo, Paul akowarolum ife a ofuma" meaning Paul did not explain this thing properly. I never forgot that line. The movie had such impact on us kids, that we formed many songs around it including the following: 

Living in bondage (clap clap clap clap)
Part 1 and Part 2 (clap clap clap clap)
Merit anwugo (clap clap clap clap)
O bu onye gburu ya (clap clap clap clap)
Andy Okeke (clap clap clap clap)
Tufiakwa! Andy Tufiakwa! Andy

(Interpretation)

Living in Bondage
Part 1 and Part 2
Merit is dead
Who killed her?
Andy Okeke
Abomination! Andy Abomination! Andy

Who remembers this song?

It's many years past and I still can't forget the lesson of that movie. One day in 2014, as I sat in a music studio, I was inspired to write a song and guess the phrase that jumped into my head - Paul akowarolum ife a ofuma. Please click to listen. To download and share with your friends, please click on the pop out icon at the top right of the box below and you will see a download icon. I will be expecting your feedback. Thank you.


Radiant- Paulo Lyrics

Intro
Radiant Radiant
Paulo Paulo Paulo
Hey...

Verse 1
You tell me say no problem
You tell me say e too easy
You say the deal na kpomkwem
You no tell me say e dey risky
Now I don enter
Na me dey suffer the pain
Why? O why you no explain


Chorus
Paulo... Paulo...
I kowarolu mu (4x)
(Hey, ikowarolu mu, Paulo)
Paulo... Paulo... (ikowarolu mu)
Paul akowarolum ife a ofuma


Verse 2
Listen, me and you no be the same
You get your own lane and I get my lane o
You carry me enter one kponge
You no tell me and you no explain o
Now yawa don gas
And my life don crash
Paulo ikowarolum ife a ofuma 
If I no say na so e go be
I for no follow you go
I don try am and e no work for me 
I no know say, na so e go be


Bridge
Lizard
Wizard
You made me follow you to the graveyard
Now you walk on water
And I'm ground here in the gutter
A si na oke na ngwere ma mmiri (They say that when a rat and a lizard enter the rain)
O ma nko n'aru oke (It doesn't dry on the rat's body) A proverb
I mere m buru onye nkiri (you've made me a spectacle)
Gi wa nozi n'ofe (while you are busy enjoying life)


Acknowledgement 
Writers: Radiant, Dekumzy
Producer: Typikl
Master: Specialty
Studio manager: Spykes

Click here to listen to another of my song titled Try ft. NC

Monday, 14 January 2019

Onyenememma by Bella Samuel




Hot New Single From Bella Samuel - Onyenememma

A phenomenal Nigerian gospel singer, Bella releases his debut single and he sure did not disappoint.

Onyenememma which means ‘the one who does good’ tells of the goodness of God. It flows in sweet rhythm and lyrics bringing the essence of praise and worship wherever you are. 

Now Bella is someone I know personally. I have always admired his mic control, confidence and the flare he adds to every song he leads. I can only be excited about this original song of his, Onyenememma

Bella Samuel’s Onyenememma Lyrics

Onyenememma

Omekwara m ozo e
Onyenememma
You’ve been good to me
Onyenememma
Omekwara m ozo e
You are God and you never change.
Verse
Like the rod of Moses
You parted the deep red sea
Like the slinging stones of David
The giants are falling down
Like the 5 loaves and 2 fishes
You’ve multiplied what I have
You have lifted me Jehovah
You’ve given me Victory
Jesu, Oloore oooo Jehovah O mekwara m ozo e
Jesu Onibuore ooo
Jehovah Omekwara m ozo eee
Bridge
When the night has come
My God remains the same
And the sun is risen only you deserves the praise
I will tell the world of your goodness and love
And from my mouth you’ll know
Onyenememma is for real……

Follow Bella Samuel on the following social media platforms:

Instagram @bellamuzic
Face Book - Bella Samuel Olamilekan
Twitter @bellamuzic

Using Android, click on the play button below to listen. To download, just click on the pop out icon at the top right corner of the box below and click on download button at the top right of the subsequent page.




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Have you listened? Please leave your comments below.

Radiant ~ January 2019