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Friday, 28 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Friday November 28, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - Victorious in Jesus


Topic: Victorious in Jesus [Friday November 28, 2014]

Memorise: No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. - Isaiah 54:17

Read: Deuteronomy 30:19-20
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 
20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Thursday November 27, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - World Changers


Topic: World Changers [Thursday November 27, 2014]

Memorise: And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; - Acts 17:6

Read: Acts 8:5-12
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Please Young Ladies, Cover Your Buttocks (Low-waist trousers)



“Oh my God, what sort of temptation is this, please young lady, cover your buttocks. You are making me feel uncomfortable, exposing it.” “Oga what is your business with my ‘backside’; wetin your eye find go there, abeg no just disturb me again, unless both of us go put leg for the same trouser inside this bus.”                                                            

Funny enough, this exchange took place weekend inside a commercial bus which I boarded recently to Agege, Lagos, between a man in his late 50s and a young lady, assumed to be a student of one of the nation’s tertiary institutions in her mid-20s.

The mild drama started when the man unfortunately let his eyes catch a glimpse of the young lady’s exposed ‘bums’ (buttocks), as a result of the kind of pair of trousers she was putting on, I mean the popular “Low-waist trousers.”

Assuming the role of a father who would not want her children go astray, the man reprimanded the lady on the essence of not getting her body exposed. However, whether he did it in a friendly way or not, which made the young lady take offence and began to spit fire and brimstone on that fateful day, is not my major concern.

The low-waist trousers have become so popular these days amongst our female folks, especially in our tertiary institutions. Even though this wear exposes their bodies which Muslim and Christian faithfuls refer to as the temple of God, patronizers of these wears give reasons such as; it’s a Jeans that fit my petite shape, it’s what is in vogue; it makes me look attractive before guys and if you don’t have one, it means you belong to the oldies and a host of others.

                                                   

These jeans come in varying sizes and shapes, depending on the waist size and hips of the wearer.

There are those meant for the ‘Orobos’ (fat ladies) and others meant for the ‘Lepacious’ babes (skinny ladies). They wear them to lecture theatres, birthday parties, hostel parties and jams, with outright disregard for the opposite sex, whom they consciously or unconsciously lead into temptation. The most glaring of this situation is a lady with this wear on a commercial motorcycle. Precious me! As a young guy, your prayer that moment will be the verse of the Lord’s Prayer which reads; “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all evils…”

Be that as it may, the pertinent question remains: Have our tertiary institutions become dumping ground for outright display of nudity, rather than ivory towers for instilling morals? Could this trend be regarded as mere fashion, globalisation or aberration?

“In a typical civilized African culture, which Nigeria is a leading force, decency in dressing remains a core value handed down from one generation to another, but with the flippant display of the sensitive parts of the body by most female students, it has become a worrying departure from our cherished culture of deep respect for our bodies,” posits Chukwuma Okolie, a 300L student of the University of NigeriaNsukka (UNN).

For Adanma Nweze, a fresh graduate of Anambra State University (ANSU), Uli, the current trend which seems to be the fashion for most ladies is a far-cry from the legacies of our mothers. “During the days of our mothers, were they putting on low-waist jeans, show-me-your-back, show-me-your-boobs and what have you? Weren’t they looking attractive prompting our fathers to marry them? I believe that it is demonic for anyone to think that these kinds of wears will make her look attractive before men. Rather than looking attractive, it makes such a person look cheap before men.”

Nweze opined that men regard ladies who expose their buttocks in public as cheap prostitutes. Recalling how her female friend was publicly embarrassed at the Onitsha Main Market in Anambra State, she said: “Even though I have two or three of this wear, I have been always conscious to cover up with a long dress, especially when going out.

For one of my friends (names withheld), she was embarrassed by some traders at Onitsha Main Market recently because of the low-waist pair of trousers she was putting on which exposed her buttocks. One of the traders pounced on her from behind and threw sand into her buttocks. As this was happening, other male traders there started shouting at her and calling her ashewo (prostitute).”

In fact, I was totally embarrassed and felt pity for my friend, even though I had earlier warned her before we left home that fateful day.” To the graduate of Marketing, she held that in the Eastern and Northern parts of the country, the trend is at lower ebb as compared to the West, especially Lagos.

She ascertained that adults in the Eastern part of the country would not tolerate a younger one exposing what ought not to be exposed. “Lagos is a no man’s land, so anything goes,” she submitted.

On her part, Adewunmi  Adeoye, a 300L student of Lagos State University, affirmed that low-waist and exposure of the buttocks is  not a good way of dressing. “It does not make the adherents look responsible. Even though they think it’s the latest fashion in vogue, I disagree. I think its outright stupidity, because what you are meant to hide, you are exposing it.”

Asked if she has one, Adeoye held that she puts on the pair of trousers occasionally. “I know it is band-less, so I wear a long top to cover up.”

Even though Charles Bakare, a final year student of the University of Ibadan (UI), blamed this trend to parental upbringing, he had that these female folks knowing fully well that they possess romantic powers, use what they have to get what they want. “It may not be surprising that some of them go as far as show-casing their back-sides to male lecturers, whom they cow into awarding them undeserved marks for their courses.”

Similarly, Ajala Lawrence, a Mass Communication student of Lagos State University apportioned the blame of this trend to the media. According to him, “the media through the Agenda-Setting and Cultivation theories have instilled this wrong sense of dress code to our gullible young female folks.”

Surprisingly, even as these attires are worn to worship centres within and outside campuses, Akinwale Wavesglory, another student cleric admonished that religious leaders have a lot to do in preaching the right doctrines to these folks.

“Perhaps, they should read the portion of the bible Deuteronomy 22 vs. 5 where God warned against women putting on wears meant for men and vice versa. God hates people who do this, Also, Romans 6 vs. 18 also warned that we should use our bodies to glorify God Almighty, rather than exposing it to sexual immoralities,”   - Vanguard

Open Heavens 2014: Wednesday November 26, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - The All-Knowing God


Topic: The All-Knowing God [Wednesday November 26, 2014]

Memorise: O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. - Psalm 139:1

Read: Psalm 139:1-6
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Tuesday November 25, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - Divine Compassion

Topic: Divine Compassion [Tuesday November 25, 2014]

Memorise: And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. - Luke 7:13

Read: Luke 7:12-15
12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 
13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Monday November 24, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - When Gentleness is Misapplied


Topic: When Gentleness is Misapplied [Monday November 24, 2014]

Memorise: The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. - Luke 16:16

Read: Matthew 11:11-12
11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Sunday November 23, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - Stay Focused


Topic: Stay Focused [Sunday November 23, 2014]

Memorise: Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. - Ephesians 5:1-2

Read: Ephesians 5:1-8
1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Saturday November 22, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye


Topic: Fellowship – How Vital! [Saturday November 22, 2014]

Memorise: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. - 1 John 1:3

Read: Mark 3:13-15
13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. 
14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

Friday, 21 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Friday November 21, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - You Can Stand Out II


Topic: You Can Stand Out II [Friday November 21, 2014]

Memorise: And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. - Luke 19:5

Read: Luke 5:17-20
17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 
18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Thursday November 20, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - You Can Stand Out I


Topic: You Can Stand Out I [Thursday November 20, 2014]

Memorise: And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: - Deuteronomy 28:13

Read: Luke 5:17-26
17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 
18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Wednesday November 19, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - For Christ’s Sake Don’t!


Topic: For Christ’s Sake Don’t! [Wednesday November 19, 2014]

Memorise: Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. - Galatians 5:1

Read: Psalm 137:1-4
137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 
137:2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Tuesday November 18, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - There for a Purpose


Topic: There for a Purpose [Tuesday November 18, 2014]

Memorise: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28

Read: 2 Kings 5:1-4
5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
5:2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Monday November 17, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - He Has the Last Say


Topic: He Has the Last Say [Monday November 17, 2014]

Memorise: For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. Isaiah 54:10

Read: Joel 3:16-17
3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

South Africa Coach says, It will be total war in Uyo


Chief coach of South Africa national team, Shakes Mashaba has warned his Nigerian counterpart, Stephen Keshi not to expect any favours on November 19, when their teams clash in Uyo in the last Group A qualifying match of Afcon 2015.

Speaking ahead of the all important match, particularly for the Super Eagles, Mashaba said, “the last match is as important as was the match against Sudan. We are going to Nigeria to face the Super Eagles, it is going to be war because they want to win and we are aiming for maximum points.”

Open Heavens 2014: Sunday November 16, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - Commitment


Topic: Commitment [Sunday November 16, 2014]

Memorise: For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45

Read: John 9:3-6
9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  
9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Wada: Tried, Tested, Trusted, still the most preferred


He is a man who knows how to hold his own without vanity or flamboyance.

Capt Idris Wada, Kogi State Governor, is humble without servility, effective without showiness, brilliant without bullying.

An unobtrusive stalwart, selflessly serving for posterity, Wada's nearly three years of stewardship as governor when x-rayed against his efforts at transforming the state, is what many believe makes him still the most preferred in 2015.

Rivers APC Clears the Air Why Amaechi Dumped PDP

GOV AMAECHI WITH APC LEADERS
...Warns Blackmailers

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has cleared the air on why the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi dumped the ‘tattered umbrella’ of the doomed Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and embraced the ‘revolutionary broom’ of APC despite having spoken negatively about the APC symbol in the past.

The party warned blackmailers who are so frightened by the high rise of the national political profile of Governor Amaechi and are desperate to bring him down by attempting to make a mountain out of a molehill to look for something better to do as Rivers people and, indeed, Nigerians are too politically advanced to be easily deceived by unserious minds that clutch at straws in their quest for political relevance.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Open Heavens 2014: Saturday November 15, daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye - Growing in Grace


Topic: Growing in Grace [Saturday November 15, 2014]

Memorise: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. - 2 Peter 3:18

Read: Colossians 2:6-7
2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  
2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Friday, 14 November 2014

M-Commerce Is a Major Source of Growth for KAYMU

Nigeria’s leading online marketplace Kaymu has revealed that online sales growth is influenced by hand held devices.

A few years ago​, desktops accounted for the ​majority of online activities but that is changing rapidly. According to MD of Kaymu, Evangeline Wiles, “Nigeria’s mobile audience is growing exponentially​ with more and more​ Nigerians owning smartphones and tablets. The mobile phone has become ubiquitous in Nigeria​”.

‘Inside Africa’ special on CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards


CNN’s flagship African show hears what drove overall Kenyan winner Joseph Mathenge to photograph horrors of Westgate Mall

‘Inside Africa’, hosted by Soni Methu, is a special programme this week, dedicated to the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, last month.

The programme offers highlights of all aspects of the Awards ceremony, a glitzy occasion   which saw hundreds of journalists and dignitaries gather from across the continent, including guest of honour, Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete.