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For everyone who ever succeeded in problem solving, the state of their minds usually played a very significant role. No one is born with a great mind; we only learn to develop ours as we engage it through handling the challenges of life. Success comes to the strong and joyful minds. They chose not to be discouraged, sad or overwhelmed with the challenges they encounter.

 Your mind is important and can lead you to either success or defeat in life. To succeed you need to guard your mind. If by choice you complain, nag and are threatened, the result would be sadness, quitting and failure. Your mind needs to be sound and strong for you to apply the wisdom of God to the challenges you encounter in any area of life endeavours. 

How we process our experiences will determine our reality. Engaging your mind in God through His Word is the perfect way to peace in tough times. No matter how long the problem has lingered, your decision to let joy in will usher into your life strength and courage to overcome doubts, unbelief, desperation and compromise that pervades our society today. Worry and sadness only worsen things for us even though that may look like the natural thing to do but if you must win in life you need to develop a joyful mind. SO LET JOY IN


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We live in a wonderful time in history when men and women are asking questions that only the God who rules and reigns in the affairs of men can answer. Nations are experiencing difficult moments with the loss of jobs, homes, relationships like it has never been in history of mankind, but the encouragement this week is simply “DO NOT FEAR”. The Psalmist said, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” Has God ever failed you? Your answer is No? Or may be yours is Yes? Don’t be afraid, just like to encourage you today, He will not fail you if you can trust Him enough: “You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you”. He will also use you to be a blessing to people around you at this time of recession.

 It is always difficult for people during these times, the key to living well this period is living within your means, cutting down on all unnecessary spending and impulse buying, focusing on the real and important things in life that would help you. See God in everything you do and know that things would only get better. There would always be bills to pay, things would always call for attention,  I sat in my living room watching soccer when i heard my air-conditioner go quiet, I wondered why, looked closely and the switch is burnt, now that’s a bill that would be paid.

 Always remember, “GOD CAN NEVER BE ON RECESSION”. Stop figuring everything out in your own ways; instead learn to lean on God. Walk in love to keep your doors of opportunities open, be diligent in your business, build a strong work ethics, nurture your family, be ready to share your talents with others and above all do not let His Word depart from your mouth, meditate on it day and night, make it the pillar of your decisions, be discerning to do everything written in it, then you will be prosperous and successful. Do not be discouraged, God will be with you wherever you go”. As long as you are working in this reality, He will ensure the work of your hands are blessed, even if you don’t have a job at the moment or maybe you just even lost one. He will come through for you in this season.

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Sitting at home in the warm Sunday evening, trying to update my marketing communications slides for the marketing plan workshop, I lay down a minute to rest my stressed brain and I see my Blackberry blinking, normally I put it on silent to avoid distractions,  and focus on the task at hand.

I opened the chat to see the message and although I could not decode it at first, I wondered how possible it is. My friend Chukwudi Ejezie sent me a picture of a snapped page  from one of Nigeria fastest selling soft sells City people, although I am not a very big fan, I was shocked the see that the magazine celebrates Nigeria’s best blogs and to my amazement my blog, was featured.

Now for those who know me well, they know I never joke with my blog, this is my favourite page on the internet, it is always the first page I visit anytime I have access to the internet. I sometime sit to admire what I have written and the number of flags I have collected over time. I also watch to read the comments from over 200 countries worldwide.

Josephekwu’s weblog started January 2008 with my first post written January 16 2008, after my former Deolu Akinyemi (Chairman) made it mandatory to drop at least 3 post every week or pay a fine, at that time I felt this was the greatest punishment ever, and I wondered how this was possible, everyone complained at that time, little did we know that this was one of the best things that would happen,  I have gotten calls from different  blue chip companies (Etisalat, Nokia, Unicef, British Airways)  and companies in Nigeria, Muoka Foam to blog about their products to increase awareness.

Most times when I end some of these calls, I wear a huge smile on my face a lot going through my mind, 21 questions running through my mind, I remain ever grateful to Deolu, because he built this culture in me and other of my colleagues then, but I wonder if they still blog. If I didn’t take anything out of Generis Solutions I sure took the blogging culture out, and this would remain.

I have had tough schedules in my careers and most time I end up writing just one post.

Blogging has been fun and exciting; it has been a blend of high points and insults from different people. This recognition has only gone further to motivate me to blog more consistently, I am honoured by this recognition and I totally appreciate it

Josephekwu’s weblog features musings and personal thoughts of a young Nigerian man, searching for everything new in life and expecting to find the best. Josephekwu’s weblog has 48,250 hits from over 200 countries, 837 comments, 279 posts, 139 tags, 12 categories, and 1 page.

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I believe in the air I breathe, the sustenance of life,

The light that shines so bright on the face of the plants and the skin of the soil,

The smile on the innocent lips of a 3 months old baby,

I believe in the cuddle of my old grandmother, soft and wishing for youthfulness,


The meaning of happiness, the definition of joy, the radiance of beauty, the picture of honesty,

I believe in the beauty of oneness, the image of togetherness, the miracle of friendship.

Life has become friends with me, offering me the best in all I do, encouraging through the hassles it consists of. Life has become a buddy, begging to hang out; a dream waiting to come through, Life has become Suwesedehi.

I lay down after a hard day and drift away in thoughts of the future; I collapse in dreams of life.

I visualize of a world with you, fun, laughter, kiddies play, anger, rage, quarrels and fights, and I wonder how is this possible? How do I get there? How do I see it?

In life we make decisions and live with them, there are some decisions that you love so much and there are decisions you hate, some you are glad you took, others you wish you didn’t. Suwesedehi….I’m not sure which one it fits into. But the greatest decision is making the most out of the best situations.

Life has thrown a lot at me, riding on the tides on the waves, trekking in the scourging sun, strolling under the heavy drops of the rain, sleeping under a torn wrapper in the middle of a cold December night. I remember suwesedehi… all I can do is smile, grin, and laugh so loud I cry. This is life renewed, life restored, life revamped.

Where do I go from here? Where would life take me? Where is my next stop? My destination is happiness, I set my sail, I gear up to challenges, I prepare for the unknown, I prepare for Suwesedehi.

Beginning with the end on mind…I see life…..Suwesedehi.

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. We must live life on a higher frequency by ensuring that we always share our goodness with others irrespective of what we perceive as our own setbacks. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is goodness in the life of others.

Life is to be shared well, Live life to the fullest, enjoy your today, relax and know that life is the only beautiful thing you can ever have.



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Difficult times have been observed to often inspire people to become extraordinary in life if handled positively. Challenges and adversities if properly handled can actually push people towards their greatness. Storms can lift anyone towards a deeper journey towards happiness, fulfilment and a significant life. We can explore ways to gain strength to overcome life’s challenges, but remember it is not so much about your experience but largely how you choose to respond to the adversities of life. The question this week is:


What is Life?

Life is a challenge: Meet it

Life is a gift: Accept it

Life is an adventure: Dare it

Life is a duty: Perform it

Life is a mystery: Unfold it

Life is a game: Play it

Life is a song: Sing it

Life is an opportunity: Take it

Life is a journey: Complete it

Life is a promise: Fulfil it

Life is a love: Love it

Life is a puzzle: Solve it

Life is a goal: Achieve in it

 The simple lesson from the poet this Monday morning is that no matter what life throws at us, we have what it takes to overcome and bounce back to life from unexpected setbacks by our attitude. It is easy to get down face flat and be discouraged, but if we go around thinking it’s never going to work out, then it will not!  Our attitude can kill initiatives. Stand strong with the attitude of an over comer in the face of adversity!


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For all of his years in the spotlight at the helm of Apple, Steve Jobs in many ways remains an inscrutable figure — even in his death. Fiercely private, Jobs concealed most specifics about his personal life, from his curious family life to the details of his battle with pancreatic cancer — a disease that ultimately claimed him on Wednesday, at the age of 56.

While the CEO and co-founder of Apple steered most interviews away from the public fascination with his private life, there’s plenty we know about Jobs the person, beyond the Mac and the iPhone. If anything, the obscure details of his interior life paint a subtler, more nuanced portrait of how one of the finest technology minds of our time grew into the dynamo that we remember him as today.

1. Early life and childhood
Jobs was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955. He was adopted shortly after his birth and reared near Mountain View, California by a couple named Clara and Paul Jobs. His adoptive father — a term that Jobs openly objected to — was a machinist for a laser company and his mother worked as an accountant.

Later in life, Jobs discovered the identities of his estranged parents. His birth mother, Joanne Simpson, was a graduate student at the time and later a speech pathologist; his biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, was a Syrian Muslim who left the country at age 18 and reportedly now serves as the vice president of a Reno, Nevada casino. While Jobs reconnected with Simpson in later years, he and his biological father remained estranged.

2. College dropout
The lead mind behind the most successful company on the planet never graduated from college, in fact, he didn’t even get close. After graduating from high school in Cupertino, California — a town now synonymous with 1 Infinite Loop, Apple’s headquarters — Jobs enrolled in Reed College in 1972. Jobs stayed at Reed (a liberal arts university in Portland, Oregon) for only one semester, dropping out quickly due to the financial burden the private school’s steep tuition placed on his parents.

In his famous 2005 commencement speech to Stanford University, Jobs said of his time at Reed: “It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5 cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”

3. Fibbed to his Apple co-founder about a job at Atari
Jobs is well known for his innovations in personal computing, mobile tech, and software, but he also helped create one of the best known video games of all-time. In 1975, Jobs was tapped by Atari to work on the Pong-like game Breakout.

He was reportedly offered $750 for his development work, with the possibility of an extra $100 for each chip eliminated from the game’s final design. Jobs recruited Steve Wozniak (later one of Apple’s other founders) to help him with the challenge. Wozniak managed to whittle the prototype’s design down so much that Atari paid out a $5,000 bonus — but Jobs kept the bonus for himself, and paid his unsuspecting friend only $375, according to Wozniak’s own autobiography. Continue reading

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“Two men both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs; his bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time lying flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs and their involvement in the military service where they had been on vacation.

 Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside. He would say ‘The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene. One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although, the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Days, weeks and months passed. 

 One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window who had died peacefully in his sleep.  She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.  As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly and with pain, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to turn slowly and look out through the window beside the bed, it faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate to have described such wonderful things outside the window. The nurse responded that even though, the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you to live’ 

 There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations. We must live life on a higher frequency by ensuring that we always share our goodness with others irrespective of what we perceive as our own setbacks. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is goodness in the life of others. If you want to feel rich, just take stock of all the things you have that money can’t buy. ‘Today is a gift that is why it is called the Present, so make up your mind to be a blessing to someone’s life this week against all odds!

 Ayo D.

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