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Nigeria

That’s not  just the case

We agitated for peace

And you turned deaf

You brought us up

Twisted our knowledge

To what is yours

And never gave heed to us

 

We are the one

The great personality

We love our culture

Our lifestyle

We are great

Yes we are

 

We are that nation

W are strong and bold

Standing firm to what we believe

We have a vision

A mission

‘Cause we are full of passion

We are indeed a great nation

 

We are full of ourselves

Our natural resources

Our capital resources

Our beauty, our pride, our love

We share one thing “TOGETHERNESS”

We are one

We are Nigeria

 

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“You” by Chidinma Ugbor

Hope, Faith, Belief

Hold on, be strong, believe

They say it’ll get better

That the best is yet to come

You are unique

It’s all in your mind

They say you can conquer all

That you are goD

 

Mind, power, thought

Be positive, love yourself, dream big

You are worthy, they said

And you are precious

You can be anything

Just believe, work hard, try

You are resourceful, they said

And you are valuable

 

But I have questions

That trouble me so

Who is this “You”?

 

Where is she?

Why does she not want to come?

Will I ever meet her?

Perhaps some other day?

 

And what burdens my heart the most:

Will she love me?

Or will she hate me too?

 

How to prepare your exquisite Oha soup

Ofe Ora (as the people of Igbo call it) is one of the most delicious soups that is popularly made and eaten by the people of Igbo (a very popular Nigerian tribe), made with the leaves of a tree called oha leaves. Oha soup is often prepared with cocoa-yam, egusi or ofor as the thickener.

Ingredient

  • 3 pieces of Cocoyam
  • 1 – 2 handfuls of Oha leaves
  • 2 wraps of Ogiri
  • 2 pieces of atarodo – scotch bonnet/habanero pepper
  • 1 1/2 cooking spoons of palm oil
  • Assorted meat
  • 1 piece of Stock fish
  • 1 piece of Smoked fish
  • Uziza leaves for extra flavour – a few leaves or grind a couple of Uziza seeds
  • Beef stock
  • Knorr cube
  • Salt

Direction

  • Season and boil your meats with the stock fish until tender. When you have a sizeable volume of stock that you think will cook the soup, add the blended ata rodo.
  • Put the cocoyam to boil with enough water. Do not add salt.
  • Wash and tear apart the smoked fish into bite sized portions
  • Let it boil with the meats until the pepper dissolves thoroughly, turning the stock to a shade of orange then add palm oil.
  • Then add the wraps of Ogiri. Start with one wrap and let it dissolve.
  • Once the cocoyam is soft enough, take it off the heat, peel the skin and put in a small mortar to pound. Pound the cocoyam until soft, smooth and creamy.
  • Add the cocoyam paste to the stock in balls and let it dissolve to thicken the soup
  • Add crayfish to the stock, which will thicken it further and give it flavour.
  • Then add the Oha leaves. Oha leaves are not to be chopped with a knife.
  • Give it a stir, add shredded smoked fish, lower the heat further and let it cook for a few minutes. Not too long though, so as to retain its colour.
  • Serve and enjoy.

 

Source: Davinadiaries.com

Ngozi by Rebecca Sony Briggs

There was a girl named Ngozi. She was the only child of her parents and was very pretty and hardworking girl. Unfortunately, Ngozi’s mother died when she was 9 years old and her father married another wife.

Initially, Ngozi’s step mum was very nice but soon made Ngozi see hell on earth. She maltreated Ngozi and forced her to hawk food on the streets. Ngozi’s father was manipulated by his new wife and this gave her step mum an opportunity to have complete control over the house and her life.

Ngozi got better at selling as the months went by. She had a customer named Emeka who would always buy her wares. One day, as Ngozi went to sell her wares, Emeka touched her breasts and gave her some money. She was very happy. A few weeks later, Ngozi had a bad sales day. Nobody was patronizing her and she got scared that her stepmother would beat her. She went to Emeka and he asked her to sleep with her. Ngozi was torn. She had to choose between her stepmothers flogging and Emeka’s offer.

She chose to have sex with Emeka instead and lost her virginity that day. A few months later, Ngozi got pregnant and ran away from home. Emeka received her into his home and took care of her.

The day Ngozi fell delivered her child was the day she died. She had been in labor was 2 days. The doctor declared her and her baby dead due to complications.

The sad news got to  her parents and her stepmother deeply regretted ever making her hawk on the streets.

Chelsea in negotiation for Thiago Maia

We hear that Chelsea is offering young Brazillian midfielder Thiago Maria a spot. The blues are bidding for Maria at £15 million in order to move him to Stamford Bridge.

 

Source: Goal.com

Our Freedom

Skies are falling

Flowers are withering

Our hearts are shattered

Like fragile molds of earth

Oh! What a pain.

 

Where are our fortified warriors?

Under whom alien powers lost their grips?

Do we sit, wait and watch

The waste of wonderful land?

 

No! of course no.

Silence shouldn’t be

The best bite at this point

Dagger drawn is better than silent death

 

Arise and fight

Our common foes

Who steal collective joy and freedom

 

We can achieve all these if we believe.

Our Lady

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Our lady,
the epitome of beauty
and perfection.

Amiable resistance
of injustice,
embodiment of courage
and success.

Hero of the hour,
idol of regiment.
so splendid and filled
with ingenuity.

Oh! how i admire your ways,
you’re such a wonderful creature.

 

 

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