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Posted by newsmasterminder on February 12, 2009


Delta state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, welcoming Pastor Chris Oyakhilome to the state in Asaba

World renowned Tele evangelist, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, traversed the hot belts of the Niger Delta in the first week of February …and boy! This consummate teacher of the Word of God was in his element, declaring people healed from all manner of diseases, uncommon miracles too many to count was common place.
In Port Harcourt, He packed out the Liberation Stadium. After four days of stupendous display of God’s grace, He headed for the Warri Township for an all night campmeeting that produced astounding miracles.
Sunday Morning, the teaching priest of our time was in Asaba, where he was received by the state Governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who described Pastor Chris as the Spiritual Father of Delta state.
The Governor read the Rhasopdy of Realites for the service and thanked Pastor Chris for his presence in the state which he said has brought peace to the state.
His next stop was Edo state. The expansive Loveworld campground along the Benin / Sapele road was another miracle arcade as the 21st century Spiritual Paradigm turned on the spiritual force that brought healing to many.


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Theory of Nations

Posted by newsmasterminder on February 12, 2009

Reverend Chris Oyakhilome (Ph. D) shares his thoughts on what makes some countries powerful and influential and many others no much so
I find that all around the world there are too many people who don’t understand the definition of nationhood. It is sad that all over Africa particularly, many have not understood their reason for being. Africa was always called the Dark Continent , not because of the colour of the skin, but because of the poverty of their minds. But the time has come for us to make the difference and we will.
In developing the “Theory of Nations”, there are certain concepts that require mention and definition. All over the world, wherever the definitions of these concepts are nebulous, they are misused and usually leading to the sufferings of so many people. These concepts are: Nation, nationalism, State and Ethnicity. To understand the development of nations, we must observe that man is a gregarious animal.
Thus human beings naturally relate socially. And as you know social relationships automatically define themselves in relation to strength and weakness; leadership and followership, because of the human tendency to protect or seek protection. And so, the weaker congregate around the stronger to be protected. And this feeling of security heightens the weaker’s ability to function socially. Ans so, naturally, the stronger demands further submission and allegiance, while defining the limits of freedom of the weaker of the species.
Certain nations like Nigeria have completely flawed the popular or the popular definition of “nation” as a large body of people organised under independent government and sharing common customs, origins, history and language. Canada , also, among others, cannot fall into this narrow definition.
As you know, Nigeria has a multiplicity of languages, diverse customs and culture, and a wide range of divergent history for its many peoples who definitely don’t have a common origin. Thus, by this definition, Nigeria will not qualify as a nation but State only. And there are many countries all around the world that can only be described as States. A state begins with the paraphernalia of government with a definite territorial jurisdiction. It is an institutional structure with territorial integrity. Thus without a defined land space, a State cannot function; whereas a nation need not to be territorial in nature. As a matter of fact, the United Nations (which we call the UN), by it’s name, cannot be defined as it is called. It is more of an association of States.
States are bound together by law and force; nations are not created by law and force but by free consent of its members and the definition of their purpose. States are static while nations are dynamic. Thriving states therefore are those who, through education and culture, have helped their people develop nationhood. A State is ready for prosperity and development when it delivers to its people a robust Bill of Rights, a sense of liberty and freedom of expression. The purpose of a nation is the realization of human aspirations.
It is in pursuance of man’s dreams or desire for happiness, prosperity, self expression, ecological development, self fulfilment and his insatiable and unending desire for self discovery and maximization of his intellectual physical and spiritual abilities. All these, man knows, he cannot attain or achieve in isolation but in his relationship with like-minded creatures. The purpose of States on the other hand is to form such associations, providing and establishing justice, domestic tranquillity, common defense, promote general welfare and secure their postulated ethnicity for themselves and their posterity. It is to enact laws and provide force in ensuring that defined limits are not exceeded.
As a people, we have attained statehood but we are yet to achieve nationhood. Why, in spite of government efforts, should the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of African nations continue to drown? Why is their per-capita income so embarrassingly low compared to others? The answer lies in the fact that their Gross Mental Attitude is wrong. The answer lies in the fact that their Gross Mental Output is horrendously low. The answer is aggressive educational policy and programmes. The educational policies and programmes in African nations must be reviewed to foster intellectual and environmental productivity. We have our roles to play as individuals. There is individual social responsibility.
In spite of the odds, we must learn to appreciate our gains in Africa . In Nigeria particularly, in spite of cheap propaganda against our country, Nigeria , I tell you, is still among the freest countries in the world. There are those who may argue with that but many of us have travelled around the world, and we can tell you it’s true. We must be grateful for our opportunities so far: many of us should be grateful for the scholarships we received, the education, the environment, and even the wonderful, peace-loving people of Nigeria with whom we have been associated.
Many of us have benefited from the structure of our society, whether you love it or hate it. We must now give back to it. This thinking is the beginning of the birth of nationhood-the idea that we owe our society something; that we owe our nation something. We must not resign ourselves to always call out for help and hand outs; reaching out to be given something by government or government representatives. We must make a solemn decision to play on the field, to become involved and be spectators no more. We must gladly render service and seek to improve our society. We must dream bigger and higher to create for ourselves and posterity a more secure, prosperous, virile and egalitarian society.
It is sad that at this time of our odyssey of self-realisation as a nation, major corporations and business establishments have not committed themselves to the infrastructural development of the country, the country from which they have so graciously benefited. No wonder the outcry in the Nigeria Niger Delta is getting louder, though unheeded. I call on major business organizations and corporations in Nigeria to help fund education as a testimony of their commitment to our evolution to nationhood and the realization of our dream of transition from third-world to first. It is their responsibility to give back to a nation from which they have received so much.
We are grateful for the opportunity and the privilege that we have had as a nation to transit from military regimes to becoming a democracy. Democracy is beautiful, if and when, a State achieves nationhood. Until-and unless-a State has transited from statehood to nationhood, the gains of democracy, if at all present, will be minimal. And this is the dilemma of many African countries who have embraced democracy. Many in their bid to salvage their situation championed nationalism instead of pursuing nationhood.
It is made clear that nationhood and nationalism are neither synonymous nor do they serve the same purpose. Though nationalism in its true and positive sense is laudable, it is important for us to realize that in our world today, savage nationalism is the same spirit of racism, resulting in such despicable acts of the American black history, South African Apartheid, and ethnic cleansing of Eastern Europe, and [Central] Africa’s Rwanda . These evil are the result of nationalism where it is defined by blood, language, culture and history.
We have to realize that nationalism, where it is so defined by our relationship through language, or culture or blood, has only led men to their untimely graves and fractured societies. Our nation will not escape such fractures if we define ourselves according to our historical origins rather than our purpose, our vision. This perversion of Nationalism is the absence of national purpose; in many nations today, through Nationalism, we have a disguised resurgence of medieval tribal wars.
Nationhood is different. In Nationhood, there’s mutual respect and respect for citizens’ rights. We must remember that democracy is borne of the idea that citizens have a right to choose by whom and how they should be governed. And at this particular time in our country, it has become so important that we realize what democracy has granted us: the right to decide who governs us and how we shall be governed. Of course, it has been a slow journey, a slow process, because most of us are children and grand-children of military officers, and we were brought up to be militant in nature.
But the time has come for us to settle for the change that has come upon us, the change that we have all embraced. And by that change our language must change; our perceptions must change; our respect for law and order must change; and of course, the law must change to favour its citizens. Democracy comes with a citizens’ Bill of Rights, even though ours remains largely undeclared. But I call on every smart thinking person to study the Constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria , so at least you understand what your rights are; what you can do and what you may be forbidden to do.
Democracy thrives in informed and educated and enlightened societies. Dictatorship thrives in ignorant societies. We must, therefore, embrace education. We cannot wait until we have the best of situations. We cannot wait to have the best of conditions to read a book. We must choose to be informed; we must choose to open our minds and get educated. There is the ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude that we must have. Each one of us must be willing to educate himself, only that way can we be involved in nation building.
No one else will build Nigeria for us; Nigeria will be built by Nigerians. To build a nation, we must recognize the concomitant sub-nations; these are the micro-ethno systems that function within the sovereign nation. It is the development of these micro-ethno systems that increases a nation’s gross national product, its per-capita income, and therefore its citizens’ standard of life. Micro-ethno systems are usually frustrated in States that are yet to understand, much less metamorphose into, nationhood.
True nations by their very definition must inter-relate. As this is true of nations, it is also true of their micro-ethno systems. And these systems are inter-related and inter-dependent. It is important to know that each of us functions with one or more of these sub-nations, without which our relevance in the larger society will be grossly impaired. Individuals and indeed nations attain financial and economic independence through these relationships that nurture demand and supply. Your ability to analyse, interpret and apply these simple principles is your opportunity in today’s world. Most African countries are built on ideas and ideals of yesterday’s philosophies. We Need today’s thinkers for tomorrow’s visions.
When I look at the young people, I see extraordinary resources. I see wealth and greatness. I see the best doctors, the best sportsmen, the best engineers. In America , the black boys who were picked from the slums became some of the best basketballers; America has largely left that game for the tall black boys. The stout ones went into boxing and became the best. They have left sport for the black and Africans. Let me tell you a secret: your excellence and your abilities are not limited to sports. It is time to include the discipline to go beyond sports and produce the best books, the best schools, the best hospitals. We can set the pace and grow an extraordinary economy in Africa to translate and transit from third world to first world. We can do it. And we will.

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OBAMA: The triumph of Mental Capital

Posted by newsmasterminder on January 26, 2009

Eliashib Ime-James
And so it came to pass, that a descendant of God’s “step sons” ascended the throne “meant for real sons” in God’s own country. Oh blessed paradox, who could have imagined it?
That one day, a man with a cappuccino skin, lips coated in black (did I hear you say black…?) yes! Black lipped and his buttocks eternally caked in African sepia, would one day be president of world’s most powerful country.
For decades America has paid lip service to true egalitarian society, while America’s racial bigotry, cocooned in pretentious racial inclusiveness, whiffed to high heavens.
Many decades have passed since civil rights activist began the struggle for the emancipation of man from the oppression of fellow men. Today we have witnessed the triumph of right over wrong. What seemed like a deluded optimism of deranged activists has today become a dream come true.
Wherever they are today in the celestial realm; Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, these defenders of human rights will take the dais of victory and possibly shout “hallelujah free at last, thank God, we are free at last”
The unprecedented outpouring of symbolism and emotion that trailed the arrival of the first African-American family in the White House is understandable yet ironic because this event was destined to happen; and only the uninitiated were caught unawares.
According to the renowned Nigerian tele-evangelist, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome,”man’s future is God’s history” in other words, it has been preordained that on 20th of January 2009, a black man will one day become America’s president even in the face of intractable opposition.
Words are powerful, spoken words transport utopia to reality. Indeed, spoken words are the conveyor belts that transfer dreams from the state of imagination to the plains of realism.
In the realm of the divine, 20th January was HISTORY kept only for the initiates. And so when on August 28, 1963, America’s John the Baptist – Martin Luther King Jr had a dream about the FUTURE and prophesied that;
“one day this nation (America) will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” and that one day the blacks will “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” he was merely speaking words that should transport his dream to reality.
But words were not enough, Martin Luther King understood the need for working the word and so he counseled;
“But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place…We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence…we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
It is this soul force (mental capital) that Obama brought to bear on the spoken words of Martin Luther King jr.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome insists that the fact that a word has been spoken, however divine, it will not work until man puts it to work by faith (paraphrased). Faith is the key operative factor that drives the actions of the mental capital (the soul force) to fruition.
President Obama lavishly employed this formula in his quest for the White House, for apart from his gift of the gab, his intellectual capacity was a corresponding tonic that re-energized the colored American from “the sweltering summers of the Negro’s legitimate discontent to this invigorating autumn of freedom and equality”
Obama rose from the crucible of self discovery on account of his mixed colored parentage to the zenith of mortal men’s aspiration – the presidency of the most powerful nation in the world (never mind the financial crisis).
Today he stands to be counted as the 44th president of almighty America, far beyond that, he has made history as the first African American to be president of America.
Indeed Pastor Chris was right when he posited that “faith is not a denial of the facts, but it is denying those facts the ability or authority to control the circumstances of your existence”
Racial discrimination stared Obama in the face, but trust this emerging world leader, he sliced through it with the menacing cut of a sword.
Money was no issue for Barrack, as the average American whom he had mobilized to register as voters years back, generously gave their dollars etched out of their had earn wages. That Obama out raised the Clintons in campaign funds has today become an aphorism for change.
Nothing was strong enough to stop this human cyclone from sweeping the polls, the facts of his racial disadvantage and sundry shortcomings notwithstanding, he refused to be deterred but forged on like a Trojan.
Martin Luther King in that August 1963 speech insists that man “should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character” Again Barack Obama showed the content of his character for while the world waited with bated eyes for those oratorical punctuations Obama exhibited a pragmatic sense of restraint when he reasoned thus “ . . . Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met”
The world hailed his sense of purpose and reality. In its editorial, Melbourne based Herald Sun, opined that Obama’s deeply moving words “exemplified a change that has come to the United States after bitter decades of segregation and racial conflict.
Ken Khachigian, who wrote Ronald Reagan’s inaugural speech in 1981 extolled Obama’s “presence and voice and persona and character” on such a grand occasion.
These are the “content of character” that Martin Luther king spoke about in his famous August 28, 1963 speech.
The inauguration of the first African American as president of the United States of American has adroitly renegotiated a new world order as Obama’s pontifications suggest an era of global peace.
And for Americans, it fast forwarded Martin Luther King’s notion of a prosperous America “ when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
This new found political paradigm is a study in man’s quest for success in life.

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Hello world!

Posted by newsmasterminder on January 24, 2009

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