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Not no go so!

When I first heard this Jamaican phrase around 2002. it was the title of a ragga tune released that year to advocate against some social ills in Jamaica. The chorus had this line also as the “kibwagizo” last line of every verse.

Today, I apply it in our days and there are many things that we have to proclaim “not no go so”. This means that is not the way things should be. Society today radiates some ills that require denunciation. This is reflected in the media content that spans radio, print media and screen. We have to take time and take stock with a view to avert the looming society disaster.

It all starts with family. We have to cultivate moral values and checks from this basic unit of society. I did like the expose on Kiss FM by Caro Mutuko and team the first week of November 2011. I also applaud their efforts to straighten the man on their man-up program. Whereas I strongly feel everyone without gender bias has a  role to play, I believe men have a greater role in this.

The man needs to style up. He needs to shun places of illicit affairs. He needs to be more available at home. He needs to take and pick his children from school. He needs to affirm his wife in her quest to stand out. He needs to admonish, praise, reproach and discipline his household with love. He needs to impress God’s way into his household by walking in it and speaking about it in every sitting. He needs to make home more accommodating and fun to be at. The man has to admit his wrongs and pursue forgiveness. The man has to pray and he has to be there to teach his household how.

We all know many hide in the notion that their role is to provide fullstop. But that principle has to change. The man has to be seen in public fora with his family. He has to grace occasions with his wife. He has to be spotted at exotic holiday joints with his wife and sometimes his whole family. He has to free up his evenings for those with busy schedules for his family. Like the woman he has to appreciate his roles. He has to know when he is his wife’s lover, husband, father to his children, the technocrat at work and the priest.

Yes the job or career can have its toll but come-on family is all you have left when you do retire. I have seen men loose it after they retire or are retrenched. They can longer patron restaurants. They all of a sudden discover the wife’s little business they despised can actually feed them and provide more. The same business they never wanted to culture, impart best practices they championed at their organizations or even open doors by just introducing the wife’s business to funding, prospective clients etc. After their fellow friends dump them since they are no longer in their “circle” they now want to try business when they had declared to all and sundry they were indispensable.

They all over sudden are apprehensive who dates their teenage daughters yet they had profusely abused others without a flinch of mercy. They realize their sons want to have it easy yet they had thrown notes at them instead of spending time talking sense into them. They again find fault in laws they helped create. They cannot see how to fit into the wife’s vitz yet they had spoiled their “tuchungwas” with Xtrails and even imported Prados for them. They now find solace in church when a while back they to had skip and dash to the office in readiness for some presentation.

Men, we need to style up. No man is greater than his family especially his wife. Love your family by spending time with them not spending cash on them. Provision is good actually it is the ideal but coupled with genuine love and care IT IS NOBLE. Only that way would we have molded the future we desire. Strong families build strong communities that become good societies.

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God’s Will

On Monday evening I did watch a movie. Yes! On Monday evening a two hour plus picture.Sometimes weekdays seem the best day to relax after a weekend full of activities. I did watch a movie set in 1940s as the world grappled with Furher Adolf Hitler quest to rule the world. The movie reviews the invasion of Netherlands by Hitler and the attempt to kill every living Jew.

A story told creatively from the experiences of university students as narrated by Hans Pokey. The harsh reality of Hitler’s men taking over the school and trying to subdue student beliefs and aspiration sets the motion of the movie. Their manipulative ways did not make the Student president to yield to their crooked thinking. Nor did their machinations to send chills down everyone cower them. They went ahead and made safe houses for Jews. They formed associations with codes and with the help of same-willed countrymen. Outnumbered and ill-equipped they fiercely put up a brave front to save children with disability from a planned murder scheme.

In the midst of all this drama and tension, love stories budded and blossomed. We all know Hitler failed and God’s will was championed by mortal men. Whatever seems impossible that is proper and noble always has God’s backing. When the youth dream of best practices learnt and system ideas either organizational or technological then if they fully engage then there is no stopping them. For those whose ideas cannot get funding now, those that are shunned for their unique talents; I urge you to push through. There is a lot in store and victory beckons at the end. 1 peter 1:6

At the very end of the movie a quote is repeated that was told at the very beginning; “Where the students will goes, so does the will of the Nation go”. Hans and many of his deceased friends were awarded Titles by Israel though posthumously. I am sure they also have a reward in heaven and assuredly they have our respect. Hats off to those great men and women! Hans and Yuri his Jew friend one of those that survived later reunited and remained friends.

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Another Year

Today I celebrate the fall of another year and the start of a new one. Many Year today right within this hour I was born. And they named me:-

“Added Blessing” – Joseph

“Territorial Master” – Karungani

“Sweet thorn Fruit” – Lunani

I also share the name “Karungani” with my grandfather who had just passed on that same year in July. His accomplishments were great. Being a flamboyant stout figure, he wore the Chief Inspector’s Police uniform and office well. He was known as true African Warrior, straight forward and hard working.

I continue my journey with this inspiration and like the Bible’s Joseph son of Jacob- I always strive to be a solution provider at all times. Cheers to all for another year well lived!!

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Why Shout?

A theology professor was teaching about proverbs 15:1. He asked his students, “Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset? The students thought for a while. One of them said, because we lose our calm, we shout for that. “But why shout when the other person is just next to you?” asked the professor.
“Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you are angry?” The students gave some other answers but none satisfied the professor. Finally
he explained, “When two people are angry at each other, their hearts psychologically
distance themselves. To cover the distance, they must shout to be able to hear each other.

The angrier they are, the stronger they will shout to hear each other through that great distance.
Then the professor asked, “What happens when two people fall in love?
They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, why? Because their hearts are psychologically very close. The distance between them is very small. The professor continued,
“When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they even get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all….
So next time
you shout to a loved one, know that you are creating distance between your heart and that person’s heart. Proverbs 15:1, a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Recall. This is very true. Let’s start today and practice not to shout. I will for sure remember. Besides, shouting drains so much energy!… so please tell your friends, family members or partners to remind you when you start shouting at them.

– Anonymous

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This is it! Hold on-Be strong

This is it!Obedience and Trust is the walk! eish!! I cant imagine how it felt for Daniel when they threw him in the den of lions and seemingly God was silent and even allowed it. Or when the Hebrew boys were just about to be thrown in-they probably thought a miracle will happen right about then….but they were thrown in and while in the fire God showed up. We read that when they came out not even a sniff of smoke was on them. Come on Praise the Lord… that nothing has worked as you thought… that the rent is way past due…now that all shillings are gone and none coming…now that there is no one else to turn too…OBEY & TRUST THE LORD. His ear is not heavy not to hear nor his eyes blind….He has heard and believe me he will not be late…be still and know he is God. All things work for the good unto those who trust him Rom8:28

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“Obedience has nothing to do with ‘feelings’ and many times our will to obey will have to be set against what we ‘feel’. Jesus may not have ‘felt’ like going to the cross, but He disregarded that so as to do the Father’s will. We likewise must do the same. Unless our feelings are brought into subjection to the Father, then they are vain, idle, and will prevent us from doing God’s will.” Diana Kilel

The bible retorts “Obedience is better than sacrifice”. It also says elsewhere “The obedient shall eat the fruit of the Land”

The most profound would be Proverbs 19:16 which says, “He who obeys instructions guards his life but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die” NIV.

“Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey” that Sunday school rhyme as derived from the book of Mathew is an easy song but the reality of obedience in this treacherous world is a task that only those who pursue it fervently in discipline will never seize it. The key is to try and whenever you miss the mark you re-align yourself to God once again by repenting and never going back to that same error.

If I was to award my men, I will start with those that are most obedient and loyal. And surely God is no different for who will deny those that trust and obey him?