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Sundry reasons to live If You Remain Calm

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Book Title: Words of Adventure
Author: Dr. Chukwunyere Chukwu
Year of Publication: 2014
Genre: Poetry
Pagination: 258
Reviewer: Adeniyi Taiwo Kunnu

Words of Adventure is a compilation of poems in which there is a message for every individual. Giving consideration to the little and also profound experiences of human life, the author in his conversational titles, communicates deep thoughts through words to every reader.

In 258 pages with the same number of poems, Dr. Chukwunyere explains the sublime to the secular, the sincere to the simple; all in a bid to exorcise the negatives of our existence, leaving us to relish the positives that life has provided in abundance.

“If You Remain Calm, The Most Aggressive Dog Will Be Your Friend” is the first of the over 200 titles in this collection.

The poem which admonishes on the need to imbibe patience as a virtue, exhorts on the endless advantages that one could leverage as a result of the not being unnecessarily hasty while doing things. Like a preacher and a teacher, its didactic relevance resonates and is driven in with ease.

The third poem strikes a chord, first with the title and further by its content, “You Don’t Get Wiser By Getting Older, But You Get Wiser By Understanding”.

This poem delves into the argument about leadership and responsibilities. Moving to the seventh poem, “To Lack Zeal And Ambition Is To Suffer Hunt”. How apt is the title is I should say. Passion is the food of success, but the ingredient for passion is ambition.

Life is full of reasons to live and if one must make anything tangible from it, then ambition is very important. Some lines from the poem tell a lot about it: “There is no formidable problem / There are no formidable difficulties… / But there is courageous man / Who understands and knows /

What it takes to overcome…” It simply means that life has it hiccups, but courage is needed as much as understanding to be able to brace every odd.

Chukwunyere also endeavours making immense sense, at the juncture he talks about the importance of everything and anything, particularly with the mind that nothing is useless however we look at it.

“If The Stream Is Useless, We Will Know Who Will Beg As Soon As It Stops Flowing”.

Whether the water is dirty or clean, it has its use. Whether a man is short or tall, there is some thing important about all of God’s creatures. This poem communicates beyond the denotative level; rather it unveils much connotative diversity, which we must read carefully to sieve.

“Those Who Will Make Wrong Use Of Their Time Are Those Who Will First Complain” is another in this collection that is packed full of meaning. Time is one thing, if lost, cannot be retrieved.

It is the piece which admonishes on judicious use of the ‘wealth’ called time. He further makes us understand, that those whose lack of discretion causes the misuse of time are often the first to complain when the dire consequences hit them hard.

“Time Control Is Life Control, What You Want To Become Is At The Space Of Time”. This is another poem which explains the essence of time from its title. The author seems bent on driving the message of success home, but success can only be achieved, taking cognizance of a number of important factors.

In the poem, “When Efforts Are Wrongly Placed The Result Is Pathetic”, Chukwunyere dissects the need to put the right foot forward, make the best of decisions and be on top of what one is doing if the result must be pleasant.

The direction of this work is best envisaged when someone who intends to be a civil engineer decides to study accounting. It is obvious that such academic footing is wrong and the priority misplaced from the beginning. “Every Height Of Dignity Is Also Height Of Disgrace” is another poem in the collection.

The reality of human lives is that when one reaches a height, could humility and certain other level of humanity be retained.

There is hubris, which is the pride that leads to destruction.

This is common in the lives of many great men and women, who at the point of attaining a height in their lives, particularly when success is on different sides, they may allow themselves become deceived into thinking that nothing could result in their plunge and as such they become careless.

It is an admonishment that an individual be very careful when succeeding, so as to avoid the unfavourable plunge.

The strength of the poet’s creative capabilities goes a notch higher in the title: “Every Foundation That Is Faulty Is Programmed To Fail”.

Without much ado, the rewards of illicit deals and corrupt practices are certain to go with the winds.

Could everyone for once just be true in seeking out right ways of doing things and sticking to it?

When efforts are rightly deployed towards a cause, there is absolutely no reason to worry about it failing because the expected inputs are in place. On the other hand, when short cuts are sought, the end is never favourable. This is why faulty foundations result in faulty and unfavourable outcome.

“Words of Adventure” is truly a collection that provides abundant ideas, wisdom and encouragement to draw from. It is not about rhyming or so much about the rhythm, but it holds aloft the conversational tone that enables it appeal greatly to the reader, especially through its content.

Its tone is soft and the language could be comprehended with relative ease. Here presented is a collection of poetry with several other titles to savour.

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Nollywood stars in God’s Vineyard

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Call them legends of Nollywood and you are stating the obvious. At various point in the evolution of the industry, they ruled the screen. Today, many of them now work for God. TONY OKUYEME, LANRE ODUKOYA and ADEDAYO ODULAJA profile these star actors

 

ZACK ORJI

It is not for nothing that Zack Orji is as highly regarded as he is in Nollywood and beyond. An actor noted for his impressive delivery of roles and impeccable diction, Orji has been active long before the advent of Nollywood. Apart from acting, Zack Orji is involved in many things and preaching the gospel is notable among them and people have spotted him in cities such as Abuja, Nasarawa and Makurdi doing the work of the ministry.

Widely known as a gentleman without blemish, many say that must have weighed heavily on his decision to become a worker in the Vineyard of God. Speaking in an interview, Orji, said: “I’m also an ordained reverend, a pastor so I get invitations to minister in different churches both within and outside Nigeria. I didn’t set out to be an ordained reverend. My bishop probably got inspired by God to ordain me.

I worship with Power Line Bible Church under Bishop Lawrence Osagie, and he ordained me in 2012.” He disclosed that even before his ordination, he had been receiving invitations from different places to come and minister. “So when the offer came from my bishop to ordain me, I didn’t reject it. I took it whole heartedly and I get excited when I have opportunity to speak to people, inspire them and draw them closer to God.”

MAJID MICHEL

Many observers of Nollywood and beyond cannot stop being surprised with the case of Majid Michel, easily one of the best actors in Nollywood in the last decade.The Ghanaian actor, who has already been invited to many churches in his native country as well as Nigeria to preach, first shocked people by saying he will no longer accept kissing roles in movies as taking on such roles may affect his new assignment as a minister of God. While speaking further during an appearance on Bryte FM in Ghana, Majid, who talked about being addicted to masturbation before his encounter with God, said the decision will help him take the gospel to the end of the world although he said he should not be judged by the characters he played in movies.

The actor who boasts of the skill set, grit and looks for the Casanova roles for which he is widely regarded, has stressed that he is now truly born again and is a servant of God. His response was in reaction to critics who dismissed his claims of being a pastor as a ploy to preserve his popularity among movie fans in the continent.

Majid, who is now fond of preaching and writing about his new-found state on social media in recent times, said his motive was not to seek the attention of anyone.While quoting directly from the scriptures weeks ago, he wrote via his Instagram account: “Am I now trying to win the favour and approval of men or that of God? “Or am I seeking to please someone?

If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” Except there is a drastic change in his ways, it looks like Majid is now solely focused on working for God and spreading the gospel to as many as possible.

LIZ BENSON

Arguably the most notable female artiste yet to be part of Nollywood in history, Liz Benson is a true screen goddess. She used to be the toast of many lovers of Nigerian films and TV series, heralding the stage long before Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade and the rest came along.

Her journey into stardom began with featuring in the popular television soap, “Fortunes” in 1993 where she played the role of Mrs. Agnes Johnson. Apart from “Fortunes” which ran for at least two years on NTA, she acted in various TV serials and movies before hitting it big with the coming of Nollywood. In 1994, she acted in Glamour Girls, one of the blockbusters of the early years of Nollywood. The movie, which also featured the enigmatic Eucharia Anunobi, turned Liz Benson into a star.

Having been a part of movies since long before the advent of Nollywood thus, Liz Benson went on to thrill Nigerians for many years, becoming a part of the childhood of many Nigerians who are now in their 30s before disappearing in late 2000s.

Liz Benson later got married to Pastor Great Ameye of the Freedom Family Assembly International Church. With the church based in Jesse, Delta state, it explained why she went off the radar and not even featuring in a few movies in the last few years has been able to put her back firmly on the minds of industry followers. But being married to a pastor and ordained an evangelist in the church means she runs the church with her husband and makes her busy with the work of the kingdom.

 

SYLVESTER MADU

Sylvester Madu might not be as popular as many on this list but those who followed Nollywood in the last 15 years or more would remember the man who had a reputation for playing tough characters. That was then as the man later quit acting for good to become a full time pastor in a Christ Embassy branch located at Eric Moore Road in Surulere, Lagos. Today, he bears a different toga, one that is very different from that of the bad boy characters for which he was widely known in movies like Sound of Poverty, Power of Trust, Scent of Passion, Margaret Thatcher, Holy Cross and The Sheperd.

KENNETH OKONKWO

Kenneth has been a born again and a pastor for a long time and his journey towards this course started a long time ago as a young man worshipping in Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM). He later married the daughter of the mission’s General Overseer but the marriage crashed not long after, leading to a divorce. Known for his role in the movie, Living in Bondage, the actor and lawyer won the African Movie Academy Award on a Special Recognition of Pillars of Nollywood among others and he has said not even divorcing his wife has affected his work as minister of God in anyway. He might not be in the CPM where his former father-in-law is the GO but he continues to serve God in different capacities while also remaining active in Nollywood.

LARRY KOLDSWEAT

One of the true veteran actors of Nollywood, Larry Koldsweat, is best known for playing devious characters in most of the movies he acted in. After starting out as a singer who later joined the music band of the Nigerian Army, said he is no longer involved in Nollywood. As a grandfather, he believes he quit when it was time to give way to younger elements, saying: “I quit from the industry (Nollywood) about six years ago because I have the call of God in my life, I am now a pastor.”

HILDA DOKUBO

Hilda Dokubo is arguably one the Nollywood actor who took the art of crying effortlessly to a new height, something the younger ones have not been able to replicate years after. Now based in Port Harcourt, the actor is said to have gotten closer to God as she leads women who go round churches, organisations and areas to preach the word of God. Speaking in an interview not long ago, the CEO actor who is planning to go into full time ministry soon, said: “You know I’m a Christian, I’m born again and I’m a minister (of God).

GLORIA DOYLE

There is no missing Gloria Doyle, the fashionable actress who also sings. The happy-go-single mother of three has impressed with her crazy outfits and hairdo but today she says old things are passed away and everything about her has become new. Being the founder of The Glory of God’s Oath Ministry and Daughters of Shalom, an interdenominational single parent support ministry has not stopped her from saying she would go nude for $20million.

On the confusion her manner of dressing and avowed life as a minister of God, she said in an interview: “I think I know more of the Bible, I’m spiritually conscious, I’m spirit filled, I’m born again, I speak in tongues but that does not make me any less than a showbiz person. I don’t think anyone has ever caught me naked anywhere but I think I’m a very sexy person.”

OKEY OGUNJIOFOR

This is the man reputed to be the producer of Living in Bondage, the movie believed to have kick-started the birth of what is today known as Nollywood. Today, he is no longer active on the movie front but he still calls himself an actor and a preacher of the gospel. With the explosion of the movie, and by extension, Nollywood in 1992, he hardly features in movies now but only appears by special arrangement. According to him, his participation in the movie industry was just a matter of chasing one’s hobby but he is now fully immersed in spreading the word of God and giving motivational speeches as well as being the author of many works of Christian literature.

From Nollywood to God’s Vineyard

Long before Tonto Dikeh came on the scene, there was an intensely controversial actor, a female known as Eucharia Anunobi. Some of the reasons for the controversial stance are the roles she played in many movies including the popular Glamour Girls and her manner of speaking her mind.

That explains why it was with shock that many of her fans received the news that Eucheria Anunobi has become a born again Christian. In fact, story of her conversion remains one of the most-talked about in Nollywood, especially with her standing as a controversial actor.

The ordination of Eucharia Anunobi as an evangelist, which reportedly took place at the Fresh Oil Ministry in Egbeda, Lagos on a Sunday in February back in 2012, was carried out by Pastor Psalm Okpe along with other men of God. The ordination, coming just months after she made the announcement that old things have passed away as she had turned a new leaf and given her life to Christ, was as unconventional as most things that have anything to do with Eucharia are. It does not matter that now bearing a collar has not done much to reduce her nature as a flashy and daring woman.

Eucheria, who reportedly bought a brand new BMW X5 just weeks after her ordination, has had to refute reports that she has abandoned acting for acting. According to her, she has only had to be more careful and choosy in accepting movie roles. Speaking to New Telegraph in response to questions based on this story, she said: “I don’t know why people get the impression that when you are a pastor you are not supposed to have a career.

As far as I can remember, most, if not all, reverend fathers (catholic priests), reverend sisters are all degree and masters’ degrees holders in one career or the other; and they are all continuously schooling, just like I am also schooling as it were. And they have their careers.

“For instance, most Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastors, starting from Baba Adeboye, are doctorate degree or masters’ degree holders and they have one career or the other, one business or the other. “So, I wonder why people make it look as if because you are a pastor you would not have a career.

To be a minister in the house of the gospel of Jesus is selfless service. It is not something that you do and should be paid for as a career.” The Abuja Connection actor added: “So, I think it is wrong for somebody to think that because I am a minister of the gospel, therefore I have stopped working as an artiste.

No, I have not stopped working as an artiste. It is a gift from God. Don’t forget what the Bible says in the book of Proverbs chapter 15 verse 16 that ‘The gift of a man makes the way for him.’ It also applies to the woman. When I was called on the 17th of March, 1997, I had already become a mega movie star. So, when my God Almighty, Yahweh found me in the movie industry, he found me a glamorous, wonderful, elegant, beautiful looking woman.

So, I am not going to throw away the gift and the platform he gave to me. As a matter of fact I finished from a movie production about two weeks ago.” Asked if she would have taken part in the movie, Glamour Girls given her present status as a minister of the gospel if she could turn back the hands of time, it was an answer expected of the vintage Eucharia Anunobi. “Yes, I would have done it, because acting is not your personal life, it is your career. I they give me the role of a prostitute; I will do it, because it is a gift from God.

I am not a prostitute, neither am I a thief. I am only acting the role. So, for me, I would act any role, but of course, I don’t believe in undue exposure which does not add any meaning to the movie, that makes no sense. Acting is meant to portray real life. So, I can act any role, but undue exposure, I would not be part of it.”

 

 

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BBNaija 2018: I only had one-night stand with you – Rapper, CDQ Olowo replies Ifu Ennada

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Nigerian entertainer, CDQ Olowo, has responded to Big Brother Naija’s housemate, Ifu Ennada, saying he only had a one-night-stand with her.

Yesterday, Ifu Ennada had called out the popular rapper, accusing him of dumping her after sacrificing so much for his music career.

She claimed the singer forgot about her after attaining stardom.

According to Ifu Ennada, she was just 17 when she “sponsored” CDQ, gave him money meant for her handouts, school fees, and also gave him tickets to VIP event. Only for her to be used and dumped.

She said it was not about the money but about the sacrifices she made for him.

But reacting to Ifu’s claim, the musician described her as a one-night-stand, asking her to seek for promo the right way instead of talking “bullsh*t.

CDQ Olowo wrote on his Instagram, “I’m a self made. Dm or contact my management if you need free promo not by saying bullshit (sic).

“You were just a one night stand.”

 

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BBNaija: Efe blasts Nigerians who regret voting for him

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Winner of last year’s Big Brother Naija, Efe Ejeba, has lashed out at Nigerians who say they regret voting for him.

Efe, who has ventured into music since the show ended, took to his Twitter page to blast fans who have been criticizing his songs from the EP, ‘AmSorryAmWinning’.

He wrote: “For all those saying they regret voting for me, i entertained you and your money expired the day the show ended. #AmSorryAmWinningEp

“Thank you to those who have been 1000% with me from day one… your genuine support has kept me thus far through God’s grace… keep supporting the music… so we keep winning… #AmSorryAmWinningEp”

Efe won the coveted N25million prize money and an SUV after three months in the Big Brother house.

 

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