Deception…the truth

Hello friends, i think this is a great piece that does a great deal of justice to the current moral quagmire our world has gotten herself into..

(The Six stages of deception)

Deception is a process by which wrong becomes right, and right becomes wrong. It’s a complete paradigm shift of opinions, standards and morals that is achieved softly, subtly and often takes a generation to entrench into society.

If you want to know what I am talking about, find out your mother’s views on things like sexuality and marriage and compare them with yours. The contrast in opinions does not necessarily prove that she is old and antiquated; it may instead prove that you have been deceived.

There are six stages of deception.

● The shocker 
● The outrage
● The discussion
● Tolerance
● Acceptance
● Veneration

If I wanted to popularize the most unimaginable thing in our society, say like bestiality (the practice of having sex with animals), I would follow these steps.

I would select a forerunner to drop the shocking message on an unsuspecting public. “We should start having sex with animals,” he would announce on radio, TV or in a newspaper.

That is the shocker; the bombshell, so to speak. It would inevitably be followed by outrage. The forerunner is abused and demonized by the bewildered public. Every respected leader in society comes out to slam the lamentable reprobate who dared suggest something so obnoxious.

The forerunner defiantly defends the practice. His critics come out even more scathing. But the forerunner knows exactly what he is doing. He is setting an agenda. Many people don’t understand the effect of continuous exposure on the human mind.

I will give an example most of you will understand. If you ask a girl out and she is not interested in you, the best thing she can do for herself is stay away from you or your words. If she continues listening to you, what was initially unthinkable becomes worth a consideration, then acceptable. Many ladies have fallen for guys they swore never to date just because they didn’t understand the law of continuous exposure.

Once the bestiality message reaches the third stage; discussion, the forerunner has done his job. At this stage there is a big debate over bestiality; with most people still slamming it, not knowing that they are falling into a trap.

I know for a fact that homosexual groups abroad were giving money to people fighting homosexuality in Uganda. Then they would also fund those pushing for it. Initially it didn’t make sense. Until I learnt how deception works. What they wanted was to keep the subject of homosexuality in public debate. They know exactly what they were doing. The more people are exposed to it through discussion, the more it becomes less obnoxious in their minds.

That leads to the next stage: Tolerance. At this stage people say: “I am not going to have sex with animals, but if someone chooses to do it, shauri yake (that’s his problem). Others will say: “Who cares what people do behind closed doors?”I have heard these statements being made by people who clearly don’t understand what they are up against. This is the stage at which science kicks in to ‘prove’ that some people are born with an inherent attraction towards animals and they cannot help themselves.

Consequently, bestiality is included in the UN Human Rights Charter and activists are given a new pursuit. Economic and travel sanctions are used to twist the arms of nations that still forbid it.

Then we start hearing phrases like: “We cannot tell people whom they should love.”

The main purpose of this stage is to ensure that bestiality is legally accepted.

The next two steps are aimed at entrenching it at a social level.

The penultimate stage is Acceptance. At this stage bestiality becomes a conventional alternative way of living. All the outrage has since dissipated. This is the stage at which those still opposed to it are called bestiaphobic (the word will be coined) and they are considered antiquated, old-fashioned, intolerant, dogmatic, religious zealots, bigots…. you’ve heard all those words.

This is the stage at which there are bestiality rights parades in major cities.

Then we are reminded that the same Holy Books that forbids bestiality also forbids eating pork, fornication, drinking etc. Then ‘intellectuals’ think, and use that to rubbish the Word of God, and make it look ridiculous.

The final step is Veneration. This is the stage at which the people who practice bestiality are praised. The liberalist media (which includes almost all international channels) subtly promotes them as ‘cool’, intelligent, exposed. That’s the stage at which celebrities ‘come out’ to reveal that they are ‘proud bestialists’.

Then bestiality begins to win fresh ‘converts’ everyday because many young people will do anything to be seen as ‘cool’ or to be associated with some Hollywood or football star.

That is how you corrupt a whole society.

That’s how previously unthinkable things like atheism and homosexuality and all other forms of sexual perversion have taken root in our society.

Unfortunately, in Uganda, homosexuality has reached Stage four (Tolerance). But in the West, it has gotten to the veneration stage.

You have probably heard of the black homo American footballer who “made history by becoming the first footballer to come out”. What’s historical about someone proclaiming their perversion?

So many other people are being lauded in the media for no other reason other than their homosexuality.

Your mother may not be outdated after all. You may be deceived.

If you found this enlightening, share it with as many people as possible. It might just save them from the soaring plague in our society.

Shared by Patience Offor… thank you my friend.

Her Excellency

Never been more certain about the path to a capable wife. Join in the search. Let us seek her and praise her… her excellency!

Proverbs 31 GNT
The Capable Wife
10 How hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels!
(there’s need to mine and diligently search for her excellency)
11 Her husband puts his confidence in her, and he will never be poor.
(she is true source of wealth)
12 As long as she lives, she does him good and never harm.
(hmmm… NEVER harm)
13 She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloth.
(busy at her career? *surprised face now*)
14 She brings home food from out-of-the-way places, as merchant ships do.
(she goes out)
15 She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and to tell her servant women what to do.
(early at waking up. *I need to learn this and imbibe this habit* oh! She even has maids too, yet instructs them)
16 She looks at land and buys it, and with money she has earned she plants a vineyard.
(insightful woman with foresight, saves, invests, and keeps growing)
17 She is a hard worker, strong and industrious.
(need I say more?)
18 She knows the value of everything she makes, and works late into the night.
19 She spins her own thread and weaves her own cloth.
20 She is generous to the poor and needy.
21 She doesn’t worry when it snows, because her family has warm clothing.
22 She makes bedspreads and wears clothes of fine purple linen.
23 Her husband is well known, one of the leading citizens.
24 She makes clothes and belts, and sells them to merchants.
25 She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future.
26 She speaks with a gentle wisdom.
27 She is always busy and looks after her family’s needs.
28 Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her.
29 He says, “Many women are good wives, but you are the best of them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised.
31 Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone.
(Yes! She is… her excellency!)

Dedicated to my mum, Mrs Gbagi, the capable wives and my dear readers.

Wicked

Wicked technology is hasty and rash; uses envy or boast for promotion; it methods are arrogant and rude. So are its techniques. It insist on its own way; sometimes irritable and resentful; it’s people rejoice at wrongdoing, not with the truth. Everything wicked goes against love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends but wickedness will end. Its root cursed and doers of wickedness doomed for destruction.

Thoughts for Food…

Learnt that if I say I love you, it’s because I will be patient and kind; will not be envious or boastful, will not be arrogant or rude. Will not insist on my own way; will not be irritable or resentful; will not rejoice at wrongdoing, but will rejoice with the truth. That my love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things and that my love never ends. Tell me you love me and mean this because I’m learning to mean this as well through the love of God in me- Blog, Opeoluwa Wonuola Olawale

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable pre-requisite for success- BBM, Udeme Akpan

Like a River

I’m not afraid to flow like a river
With time
With change
With the environment
From its source
From its place
From the tops
Through places
Through farms
Through countries
By people
By flowers
By ways
Far and wide
Tall and long
Deep and strong
To give
To impact
To persevere
Gentle
Steady
Excellent
Ever refreshed
Always restored
Flowing forever
Unlike ponds
Unlike lakes
Unlike seas
I’m not afraid to flow like a river

Dedicated to…the Olawales

Technobrities Series: Mike Lazaridis of BlackBerry

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/the-inside-story-of-why-blackberry-is-failing/article14563602/?page=all

Mike Lazaridis was at home on his treadmill and watching television when he first saw the Apple iPhone in early 2007. There were a few things he didn’t understand about the product. So, that summer, he pried one open to look inside and was shocked. It was like Apple had stuffed a Mac computer into a cellphone, he thought.

To Mr. Lazaridis, a life-long tinkerer who had built an oscilloscope and computer while in high school, the iPhone was a device that broke all the rules. The operating system alone took up 700 megabytes of memory, and the device used two processors. The entire BlackBerry ran on one processor and used 32 MB. Unlike the BlackBerry, the iPhone had a fully Internet-capable browser. That meant it would strain the networks of wireless companies like AT&T Inc., something those carriers hadn’t previously allowed. RIM by contrast used a rudimentary browser that limited data usage.

“I said, ‘How did they get AT&T to allow [that]?’ Mr. Lazaridis recalled in the interview at his Waterloo office. “ ‘It’s going to collapse the network.’ And in fact, some time later it did.”

Publicly, Mr. Lazaridis and Mr. Balsillie belittled the iPhone and its shortcomings, including its short battery life, weaker security and initial lack of e-mail. That earned them a reputation for being cocky and, eventually, out of touch. “That’s marketing,” Mr. Lazaridis explained. “You position your strengths against their weaknesses.”

Internally, he had a very different message. “If that thing catches on, we’re competing with a Mac, not a Nokia,” he recalled telling his staff.

RIM soon earned a chance to show up its new rival. RIM’s early smartphones had been a hit for Verizon Wireless, one of the biggest U.S. wireless players. Frozen out of the iPhone – Apple had signed an exclusive deal with AT&T – Verizon executives approached RIM in June, 2007, and asked if it could develop “an iPhone killer.” The product would need to have a touchscreen with no physical keyboard. Verizon would back the U.S. launch with a massive marketing campaign.
For 20 years, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis operated in tandem, building an increasingly successful partnership that allowed each other’s strengths to flourish.

They shared an office in their early years, even possessing each other’s voice mail passwords.

As RIM grew, they worked in separate buildings but spoke several times a day. “They had a relationship I wish I had with my wife,” one mid-level executive said.

But they had different personalities and their lives seldom intersected outside the office. They have barely spoken since leaving the company.

For Mr. Lazaridis, science was both a job and a pastime. Mr. Balsillie was brash, competitive and athletic, and wore his reputation for being aggressive, even bullying in meetings, as a badge of honour. If anything, he viewed that outward toughness as a job requirement, not unlike tech CEOs such as Steve Ballmer at Microsoft Corp. or Apple’s Steve Jobs. “Show me how else you build a $20-billion company,” he once confided to a colleague. “If I was Mr. Easy-going, they would kill BlackBerry.”

The two rarely disagreed on key strategic moves – until their last year together. Mr. Lazaridis believed BlackBerry 10 would herald RIM’s renaissance. Mr. Balsillie wasn’t so sure.
As for Mr. Lazaridis, he has not given up on the enterprise he founded 29 years ago. He is still a minority shareholder in BlackBerry, and he believes the BlackBerry story is not over. “Many companies go through cycles. Intel experienced it, IBM experienced it, Apple experienced it. Our job was to reinvent ourselves, which we all believed BB10 would do,” he said. “The fact that a Canadian company was able to compete in that space with two of the largest tech companies in the world is a big deal. People counted IBM, Apple and other companies out only to be proven wrong. I am rooting that they are wrong on BlackBerry as well.”

With reports from Tara Perkins, Omar El Akkad and Iain Marlow

“Technobrities” Series: Sim Shagaya of KONGA

Konga was founded in July 2012 by Sim Shagaya, with 20 staff. Shortly after launching in 2012, Konga raised a $3.5 million seed round from Investment AB Kinnevik. The site initially functioned as a Lagos-only online retailer focused on merchandise in the Baby, Beauty, and Personal Care categories, but broadened its scope to all of Nigeria in December 2012 and gradually expanded merchandise categories through 2012 and 2013.

In early 2013, Konga raised a $10 million Series A round from Investment AB Kinnevik and Naspers. In Q2 2013, Konga beta-tested ‘Konga Mall,’ opening up the Konga platform to third-party retailers and moving away from a pure first-party online retail model.In late 2013, Konga finalized a $25 million Series B round from previous investors, Investment AB Kinnevik and Naspers, the largest single round raised by a single African startup at the time. On November 29, 2013, Konga.com crashed and remained offline for 45 minutes as a result of unprecedented traffic stemming from its Black Friday promotion. Konga sold more during the first six hours of the promotion than it did in the prior month.

Konga officially launched its third-party retail platform in the first half of 2014, rebranding it as ‘Marketplace’ from ‘Konga Mall’; by the end of 2014, Konga’s Marketplace featured 8,000 merchants, beating internal targets of 1,000 merchants eight-fold. Konga received USD $3.5 million worth of orders during its 2014 Black Friday promotion, compared to USD $300,000 during the promotion in the previous year. Konga reportedly grew 2014 revenue 450% from 2013. In late 2014, Konga finalized a $40 million Series C round from Investment AB Kinnevik and Naspers, the largest single round raised by a single African startup to date. Despite reports that Naspers acquired 50% of Konga in 2013, publicly-traded Naspers disclosed that its stake in Konga after the October 2014 Series C investment was 40.22%. Konga was reportedly valued at approximately $200 million as of the Series C.

In January 2015, Konga was ranked as the most visited Nigerian website by Alexa Internet. According to CEO Sim Shagaya, Konga “leads the field in Nigeria today [early 2015] in Gross Merchandise Value,” a metric measuring the total value of merchandise sold through a particular marketplace.

Konga announced it acquired the assets and mobile money license of Zinternet Nigeria Limited in June 2015, thereby meeting the Central Bank of Nigeria’s legal requirement for the provision of mobile payment services. The acquisition will support KongaPay, also announced in 2015, Konga’s solution to facilitate uptake of cashless electronic payments.

For facilitating e-commerce in Africa. Having raised around $100 million in investment since it launched in 2012, Konga has the potential to become an African e-commerce behemoth. But that’s not exactly what founder Sim Shagaya has in mind. “We don’t want to be Goliath,” he says. “We think the future in Africa belongs to a small army of Davids.” Konga, in other words, doesn’t want to be another e-commerce company, but enable other businesses to do e-commerce. Since opening up Konga Marketplace to small- and medium-size businesses via its SellerHQ marketplace in 2014, more than 10,000 traders have registered on the site. Konga, whose revenue grew 450% from 2013 to 2014, also launched its private logistics company KExpress last year, after its third-party courier partners were unable to cope with the thousands of daily orders the site generated. In its own version of Black Friday, dubbed “Yakata,” sales passed $3.5 million, up 1,440% from its inaugural year of 2013. Konga plans to begin expanding into other sub-Saharan African countries in 2015, and raised more than $40 million in its latest financing round in October.

Curled from Wikipedia…

Bideka

“Stop pushing me. I don’t appreciate being pushed. You keep telling me to start. But I’m yet to be ready. Even though my mates have started, the pressure you are putting at me to start is getting me even less enthusiastic about beginning a thing.” these were the words of Bideka when her friend told her about Start. 2015. Three years gone, different businesses had started, grown and far beyond the shores of Nigeria. Thousands have heard about Start. Millions touched by the jobs created. Nigeria’s economy blooming through the ‘one-man’s who decided to START. Bideka wished she requested an invite on http://www.startng.com that year when she saw her friend who started a financial institution that same year. That her friend had grown to be one of the wealthiest ladies in town through a redefinition of savings culture for the average African. Another of her colleague had become a super modelling agent. The one that caught her fancy was the one she heard of that got funding from the pitching session to start the energy company. They were now on the TV as the one of fastest growing energy companies. Bideka’s mind skipped a beat when she tuned the radio and heard the voice of a presenter. The presenter referred to his turning point being the day he heard one of the speakers at Start. 2015 say communication transcends the art of speaking but also giving the listener a life. Tears rolled down Bideka’s face as she finally realised she needed the push in 2015. Every other person seems to have started and left her behind. She knew she couldn’t have been less ready if she decided to be ready. She knew the pressure couldn’t have killed her if she gave in to start. She knew it was the right decision to make if she only begun the race. 
There have been several Bidekas. There are many Bidekas. There would be plenty of Bidekas. The punch lines may only be fifty shades of Bideka. But there are fifty reasons, fifty speakers, fifty stories to Start. There are also one thousand people, one thousand ideas and one thousand places to start. There are three days, three places and three conferences to Start. Start. 2015 is only the beginning. 

‎Bideka is totally imaginated and does not refer to any particular person, living or dead. Any similarity with anyone’s real name should please be discarded.