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“All in or Nothing!!!”

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I love the slogan Adidas used for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

But now I know and understand that being “All in” is the key to every success.
Think about it, and be honest….how good can you be at what you do if you are only half ass about it?? If you only give 50% at anything, do you really expect to reap 100% in rewards?

Will they call your name among champions if you only do what you “can” or what you “feel like” ??? Most likely not.

The World Cup is over now, Germany hailed as the champions. Do you think they just practiced “when it was convenient”???
We will replay images of great shots made by the likes of Messi, Neymar and Mueller.
And even for the teams like the USA that did not make it to the finals, we will talk of great plays by Dempsey and the awesome goal keeping by Tim Howard.
Did they only practice when the time and conditions were right??

Here is the fact folks…and I have learned this the hard way….if you want to succeed at anything,
if you want to count,
if you want to live the life you dream of,
if you want to be the CHAMPION of your life…

You NEED to be ALL IN!!!!

Give your all!
Don’t just say the words – Truly mean it!!

You can be all you want to be, but you have to give all you have to give.

It’s ALL IN or it’s NOTHING!!!

You may not be playing for the FIFA world cup, but you are playing for something….
Are you “all in” in every area of your life?
Are you and ‘all in’ parent, colleague, team member, SELF?

Enjoy this video, determine to be the champion that you ARE, and share your thoughts here.

Much love!!!

Self-Education will make you a Fortune

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

– Jim Rohn: American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

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Jim Rohn grew up as a farm boy in Idaho. As a young adult, he became a stock clerk at Sears. It was then that he met his mentor, Earl Shoaff, and his life was drastically changed forever. Rohn started out making a fortune in the direct sales industry, but his gift for personal development took him to ‘stardom’. Many of the people we look up to as personal development gurus were influenced by him.

What a great story! I love stories like that. They inspire me becasue they make me ask…What is my story?

What is YOUR story?

I did not grow up poor on a farm. or work as a stock clerk. I actually had a decent middle class living, went to college and am a trained dentist. But is that where I want my story to end?

Jim Rohn is absolutely right in the quote above – Formal education will train you in some chosen career and will make you a nice living. And if you are passionate about it, then even better for you. But your true success, fulfillment AND fortune come from SELF-EDUCATION. Personal Development!

And this is also what you can truly pass on to others and leave behind as a lasting legacy.

It is the personal development that creates the greater story.

And that is why I love the Empower Network. Because our primary focus, is your personal development. And through this…you can make your own fortune.

There really isn’t a better way to go about it or a better company to partner with.

Click HERE to start working on your personal development and building your fortune.





Happy Independence Day!!! – Set Yourself Free!!!

Happy Independence Day

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning” – Robert Kiyosaki

We would not be celebrating Independence Day if our founders had given in to fear!

Today, determine to do something that will take you to the next level. And then enjoy the fire works as your own symbol of the freedom that you are about to create for yourself.

Happy Fourth of July!!!

A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A little late in the poetry game, I just now found this gem.

This poem tells the whole truth of Life. Enjoy it!

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)


TELL me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream ! —
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real ! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal ;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way ;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle !
Be a hero in the strife !

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant !
Let the dead Past bury its dead !
Act,— act in the living Present !
Heart within, and God o’erhead !

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time ;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate ;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

More Committed Than Boko Haram!!! – A Cry Against Apathy

More Committed Than Boko Haram!!! – A Cry Against Apathy


BringBackOurGirls makes it to the FIFA World Cup

#BringBackOurGirls makes it to the FIFA World Cup

In Mid-April this year, 276 teenage girls were kidnapped from school in the small town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria, by a group of Islamic Militants called “Boko Haram”. To this day, at least 230 of them are still missing.

The Nigerian Government displayed little interest in this case, just as they had with previous Boko Haram attacks. But the women of Nigeria felt that enough was enough and began to protest and rally against the government demanding action. And so the #BringBackOurGirls movement was born.

Translated, “Boko Haram” means ‘Book knowledge (Western Education) is sin’ in Hausa which is the predominant language spoken in Northern Nigeria, a predominantly Islamic region.

Growing up in Nigeria, I had family, Christian Southerners, living in the North, so I can say from first-hand experience that in those days, the violence we see committed presently would have been unimaginable. Christians and Muslims lived and prospered side by side. We celebrated with each other on religious holidays and we lived as neighbors and friends and even as family when we intermarried. After independence in 1960, education was a foremost achievement desired by most Nigerians, a source of family pride. Education was free for all. And though there were still those who practiced child marriage and did not believe in educating their daughters, I had many Muslim classmates in my all-girls high school and I graduated from medical/dental school with a fine number of Muslim sisters. There was no talk of ‘Boko Haram’.

The apparent backward turn that northern Nigeria has taken in the name of religion is truly troubling.


Bring Back Our Girls!

After the initial flurry of #BringBackOurGirls selfies, the world seemed to fall back into apathetic silence, but as we celebrate graduations all over America, let us not forget about these girls who also would have been graduating had they not been kidnapped from school as they prepared to take their final examinations.

It is understandable that we fell silent. I am not innocent of this myself.

We all have busy lives, running the never ending rat race, fighting hard to make ends meet, trying to make the most of any pleasant moments we manage to squeeze in before rushing back to one responsibility or other…just trying to get by.

Yes, it is understandable, but it is not acceptable.

We don’t know what has become of these girls. The few that escaped told of repeated raping and forced religious indoctrination. The others are still missing. Perhaps already sold, perhaps hurt or worse, killed. We have no idea.

Yet the Nigerian government is non-chalant. The leader of the nation, who should be representing the people and caring about his citizens, has displayed very little apparent interest in the situation.

It was weeks before he said he would visit the town from which the girls were taken, and then on the scheduled day, he cancelled. Fearing for his life, it is said. Then you are not a true leader!! Your people are in tears, they have lost their children, your nation’s future…and yet you are too fearful for your own life to even commiserate with them.

Foreign countries have sent help and we are told that the Nigerian military is working with them to find the girls and to protect the citizens from further attacks. Doesn’t sound like they are doing a very good job of it. Since the Chibok girls, more kidnappings and killings have taken place.

We do not know if we can indeed find our girls and bring them back, but we must stand our ground. We must continue the barrage against a government that condones these types of actions.

We must not remain silent until our voices are heard and these actions against our innocent are ended.


Rally in New York

June 16, 2014. International Day of the African Child.

Dressed in Red, carrying placards, and chanting “Bring Back Our Girls!!”, we rallied in front of Nigeria House on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.

Speeches were made, songs were sung, poems were read. The diversity of the crowd and the speakers was impressive. Young and old, male and female, white and black, a variety of ethnic backgrounds and a mixture of religions; Jewish, Christian, Muslim.

The message was clear!

This concerns us all!!!

We did a roll call of all the missing girls, and the rally leader declared that we will not stop calling their names and speaking of them. “We need to be more committed than Boko Haram” She said. “We will continue to call our daughters’ names because we believe they are still with us and they can still hear us and they will return to us.”

It was moving and effective.


So far removed

But can they hear us? The girls…the Nigerian Government…Boko Haram??? Can they hear us calling?

We may think not. So why call at all?

It seems that, by nature, we do not concern ourselves with causes until they hit home.

We stand in disbelief hearing about the Virginia Tech massacre, feel sorry for the parents in the Sandy Hook massacre, cry for the Isla Vista victims killed by Elliot Rodger in California recently, but once the memorials and media coverage are over, the families are left to mourn alone and we go on with our lives and do nothing more. But no case is more or less horrendous than the other. No case requires more or less concern from us. We should always cry out and never hold silent until our voices are heard.

None of these kidnapped girls in a faraway Nigerian town unknown to us is less important than an Elizabeth Smart, a Jaycee Dugard, a Jon Benet Ramsey or a Caylee Anthony. Each one of these girls leaves behind a family desperately praying to bring her home safely.

So don’t let’s give up on them!

Don’t stop the selfies! Attend a rally! Write a letter, article or commentary!

Join the #BringBackOurGirls movement! It need not take up much of your time, do as little or as much as you wish. There is power in numbers.

Let us show the Nigerian government that the world is watching and demanding better!

We are mothers, we are fathers, we are sisters, we are brothers…WE ARE #BringBackOurGirls and we ARE more committed than Boko Haram!

#BBOG in Manila, Philippines

#BBOG in Manila, Philippines


By Susan Olupitan


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Abducted Nigerian Girls – What Took Us So Long to Care?


Come to an all-African women’s panel on African Women in the Struggle for Social Justice – with speakers from the scholarly, academic, legal and media communities.

Sunday, June 1,  3:40-5:40

The kidnapping of close to 300 girls from their boarding school in Nigeria galvanized the international community – not only over the cruelty of the kidnappers but for the almost unprecedented response by thousands of women who refused to let government to sweep another disaster under the rug. At this year’s Left Forum panel, organized by Global Information Network, speakers will shed light on this and other under-reported stories – the stories of women calling for justice, protesting corruption, demanding decent wages, working conditions, property and conjugal rights. What are the issues on the front burner for women around the continent, what has independence brought? How are traditional roles changing and has it been for the better?

Join this important discussion organized by Global Information Network!

Moderated by:  Dineo Mpela-Thompson

Ms. Mpela-Thompson is a legal professional with experience in global trade law, HIV/AIDS rights advocacy and managing grassroots campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa.


Ousseina Alidou Ousseina Alidou is Associate Professor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her research focuses mainly on the study of women’s discourses and literacy practices in Afro-Islamic societies; African women’s agency; African women’s Literatures; Gendered Discourses of identity and the politics of cultural production in Francophone Muslim African countries.

 Adeola Fayehun The NY-based Ms. Fayehun works at SaharaTV, where she hosts “Keeping It Real With Adeola,” a weekly show that pokes fun at African politics while leveling a serious critique of its shortcomings. Frequent targets of her one-woman shows are the misdeeds of inept, corrupt and unethical politicians in Nigeria.

Mojubaolu O. OkomeMojubaolu O. Okome is a Political Science Professor at Brooklyn College, past Women’s Studies Program Director, UNDP Gender Consultant, now “Prof. #BringBackOurGirlsNYC”! organizing advocacy via Twitter and Facebooks.

Betty Wambui Asst professor in Africana/Latino Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at SUNY Oneonta.Her areas of specialization include African Philosophies, Feminist Philosophies, Critical Race Theories and Critical Legal Studies.

VENUE:    John Jay College of Criminal Justice

                   524 West 59th St.and 10th Ave.     Room L2.80      Manhattan

TIME:        3:40 – 5:40 P.M.

DAY:      Sunday, June 1


Don’t miss the Friday night plenary with Cornel West, Amy Goodman and other speakers; the Saturday evening feature with Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis and David Harvey, and many other panels from Saturday to Sunday. Check the website




*Photo by William Farrington


As a person of Nigerian descent, I feel personally involved in the struggle to reunite the 273 kidnapped girls with their families.

As a woman, I feel personally involved in this struggle because it goes against human rights and WOMEN’S rights. These girls were kidnapped from school because the terrorists do not believe in educating women.

Going forward you will read several entries in this blog supporting this cause.

If you care about it too, please feel free to ‘like’ and ‘share’, and if this is not a cause of interest to you, I hope you enjoy the read as informational 🙂

Thanks for reading! 🙂


MEDIA ADVISORY: RALLY TO #BringBackOurGirls 5/30/2014




Bukola Shonuga (212) 470-4138




New York, NY, 5/24/2014— It has now been more that six (6) weeks since Boko Haram, the unconscionably violent terrorist organization kidnapped three hundred (300) girls from the town of Chibok in Northeastern Nigeria. At The time of their abduction, these brave girls had returned to their high school in order to complete examinations that would allow them to attend university. By seeking knowledge and opportunity, they represented a challenge to Boko Haram which has no regard to human life, to democracy, and to formal education.

This year alone, Boko Haram has murdered more than one thousand (1000) innocent people in vicious attacks on schools, churches, mosques, and public places. Since 2013, it has targeted and systematically kidnapped women—including these girls—seeking to deny them the education and opportunity they deserve. The abduction in Chibok fits into a larger pattern of violence. Throughout northeastern Nigeria, innocent civilians are terrified by gunmen who come in the night to kill young men and teachers and steal away young women. We are also concerned that Boko Haram’s operation spilled beyond Nigeria, and into neighboring countries and create a broader regional security problem.

We urge the Nigerian government, President Goodluck Jonathan, to hastily and safely rescue the school girls for their return to their families, and at the same time, to reform its approach to Boko Haram. The state must demonstrate to Nigerians that it can protect them.

The rally is organized in collaboration with Africa Monitor, Applause Africa Magazine, United African Congress, Amadou Diallo Foundation, Pottal Fii  Bhanpal, Justice in Guinea, United African Coalition, African Advisory Council, Nigerian America Muslim Integrated Community, Cameroon American Council, Island Voice and Masji Aqsa


WHAT:                   RALLY IN SUPPORT OF #BringBackOurGirls

WHEN:                  5pm – 7:20pm – SATURDAY MAY 30TH 2014 –






— Bukola (Bookie) Shonuga Executive Producer/Host The African View


Life-Changing Photograph by Adam Hague

The Sextuple Theory

I love this amazingly poignant video and article about a young man who chose to make a drastic and, I am sure, scary and frowned upon change in his life.

It is the epitome of what we all talk about. Chucking it all and following your dream.

Watch the Inspiring Video and Read the Article Here!

How much pain will you endure before you take your leap of Faith?

Adam had become depressed and negative before he finally gave up on his agony and began to listen to his Soul. He followed its direction and his life took off in a new and wonderful direction.

So I ask you….Ask yourself…what will it take to look inside yourself, find yourself and be true to yourself???

Be your own boss

The sad but great fact is that there is only TODAY. There is only NOW!

What is sad about that is that this moment will never come again.

But what is great about this truth is that it is never too late. It is always NOW and you can still start a new.

So what is it you want to do? Be like Adam and take up Photography? Take up painting or sculpting? What about dancing? or a sport…maybe swimming or golf?

Or what about becoming your own boss. Owning your own business. Becoming an entrepreneur.

Nothing is impossible! Ask me how.

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