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From rags to robes by Samuel Aware Twum Ampofo

A man took to social media and share his experience on rags to robes.

Here is what he posted!

FROM RAGS TO ROBES: A TEACHER ONCE CALLED ME THE DIRTIEST BOY IN SCHOOL AND MY UNIFORM “RAGS” (But I kept the rags)….The world deserves to hear this story!

The 9th of November, 2019 was a memorable day, graduating with a Master of Science degree at one of the world’s most prestigious universities (Oxford). It was historic being part of the over 800 years tradition. The day began with an addresses at the St Anne’s College by the Principal and Dean taking us through what exactly goes on at the Sheldonian theatre, the graduation ceremony which is conducted about 98% in Latin (except the names of graduands…lol). We were told to only remember the Latin phrase “DO FIDEM” (I swear).

It was a great moment going through the graduation sessions, listening to deans of various colleges present their students to the Vice Chancellor and Proctors. Graduands had to strictly be in their traditional Oxford’s sub fusc (special dressing for such occasions; with men in black suits, trousers, socks and shoes, and white shirt with either white or black bow tie; and ladies in black skirts, shoes, socks and white shirts).

Master of Science graduands had to be in their graduation gowns, with their blue hoods ( and trust me, there are strict rules concerning these dressings and students are not allowed to be part of the ceremony if they are wrongly dressed)
As I sat in my gown at the Sheldonian theatre, my mind went back over a decade ago, when I remembered that I had not always been in nice ROBES.

Just over a decade ago, around the same month of November, as I was walking innocently from the washroom to my class at Junior High School, one teacher just called me and told me to kneel down on the gravels in the scorching sun, and said “LOOK AT THE RAGS YOU ARE WEARING! DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE THE DIRTIEST BOY IN THIS SCHOOL”. For no reason he started throwing the cane all over my body. I couldn’t control my tears as other students passed by and some mocked at me. I had not done anything to this teacher. My only wrong was that I bore the same surname as his. He invited two other teachers who also hurled insults at me and finally allowed me go to my class.

I couldn’t do anything for the rest of the day until we closed. I wept on the inside as I walked down to my house in those tattered uniforms (what my family could afford). When I got home, I went straight to where my mat was, knelt down, removed my shorts (shown in the picture), lifted it up towards the heavens and said “GOD, I AM GOING TO KEEP THESE RAGS, BUT I AM GOING RISE SO HIGH IN LIFE TO SHOW THESE RAGS TO THE WORLD”

For more than 10 years, I have kept these rags (and they followed me to the UK) and whenever I look at them today, they tell me how gracious the Lord has been to me. They tell me how far I have come if there’s the temptation to give up… ‘Our backs were against the wall and it looked as if it was over, but God made a way”

What a great God

I tell this story today not because all is well. In fact there are still giants to conquer on the journey to destiny. However, I want to tell everyone reading this that difficulties in life should rather motivate you to become an overcomer.
The truth is that “No challenge in life is worth giving up on your dreams”. In this life, you will meet people who will maltreat you (forgive and ignore them), you will meet situations that will overwhelm you and sometimes cause you to fall (But rise up again). You will get 1001 reasons to give up but find some 2 reasons why you must keep moving. Rise so high that your adversaries bow before you someday.

I PRAY THE WHOLE WORLD HEARS THIS STORY!

I pray this story reaches THAT YOUNG AFRICAN BOY OR GIRL WHO WANTS TO GIVE UP!

I don’t know what your rags are but you can wear robes one day.

KEEP YOUR RAGS, AND STRIVE FOR THE ROBES (It will all make sense one day)by Samuel Asare Twumasi

Entertainment

All you need to know about PA Peter Fatomilola

Peter Fatomilola was born on 16th January, 1946 at Ifisin, Ido-Osi, a city in Ekiti state, South-western Nigeria to the family of Late Chief Abraham Ojo and Mrs Elizabeth Fatomilola, being the only child of his mother, though his father had several other children. He had his primary education at The Apostolic Primary School, Iwaro-Oke; he went to the modern school at Ilesa and then Ife City Commercial College in 1968 for his secondary education.

Acting, for him, began when he was in primary school. He used to write short plays and direct his friends who were co-actors with him. When he was at the City College, he collaborated with his house master and established a drama group named Ife City Dramatic Society, and he was further sponsored by the schools principal, Adeyera, who donated a bus to the group. Peter Fatomilola and his group went about staging plays such as Oluwa LO Mejoo Da, Agbalowomerii: Baale Jontoro, etc. In the course of these tours, in 1970, Peter came in contact with late Professor Ola Rotimi during a festival at Oranmiyan Local Government where he had won the medal as best actor. Prof Ola Rotimi took interest in him, so Peter began to work with him. After his secondary education, Prof Ola Rotimi enrolled him in his own Theatre group University of Ife Theatre. Peter Fatomilola worked there for ten years before Ola Rotimi left for Port Harcourt. Peter thereafter worked for Wole Soyinka until his retirement.

He is the son of a Chief Ifa Priest, which was believed to influence his herbalist roles in Nigerian Yoruba Film. Peter Fatomilola is a retired academic staff of Obafemi Awolowo University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts in 1978. He was the first person to act the role of Papa Ajasco, a lead role in a comedy opera produced by Wale Adenuga. He has featured in several notable Nigerian movies including Sango, an epic African movie scripted by Wale Ogunyemi and produced by Obafemi Lasode.

Peter Fatomilola is currently the Head of Ifa Priests in his town. Just recently, he was honoured with a chieftaincy title in Ile-Ife by the Ooni of Ife. Peter Fatomilola is a proud father of over two dozen children who he has successfully trained in their academic endeavours.

Professor Peter Fatomilola
News

The federal high in Abuja throws the case of Bukola Dakolo with Biodun Fatiyinbo out.

The Abuja high Court 12 sitting at Bwari dismissed the case filed by Busola Dakolo and exonerated Fatoyinbo.

This came after Fatoyinbo filed an Objection and an affidavit at the Court reiterating that Busola’s statements were false and concocted to embarrass, scandalise and ridicule Fatoyinbo. He averred that from the inception she sought the attention of the media and press, and brought the civil action even while the Police investigation was ongoing. Her false claim were stale and an abuse of judicial process.
The court held that the matter amounts to injustice, and an abuse of judicial process and held that the case is purely sentimental, empty. The court awarded costs of N1,000,000 against Busola Dakolo and held that it would have been 10 times more but resisted it because there are women with legitimate claims who may approach the court. The Court held that the case carries more of cruelty in them than justice.

Health

Read 20 simple ways to fall asleep as fast as possible by Emeka Egoigwe.

  1. Lower your room temperature.
    By using airconditioners or taking a warm bath or shower.
  2. Use the “4-7-8” breathing method.
    The “4-7-8” method is a simple but powerful breathing method that promotes calmness and relaxation.
    Here are the steps:
    a. First, place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth.
    b. Exhale completely through your mouth and make a whoosh sound.
    c. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose while mentally counting to four.
    d. Hold your breath and mentally count to seven.
    e. Open your mouth and exhale completely, making a whoosh sound and mentally counting to eight.
    f. Repeat this cycle at least three more times. This technique can relax you and help you fall asleep quickly.
  3. Get on a schedule
    Your body has its own regulatory system called the circadian rhythm. This internal clock cues your body to feel alert during the day but sleepy at night.

Waking up and going to bed at the same times each day can help your internal clock keep a regular schedule. Once your body adjusts to this schedule, it will be easier to fall asleep and wake up around the same time every day.

  1. Experience both daylight and darkness.
    During the day, exposing your body to bright light tells it to stay alert. At night, darkness promotes feelings of sleepiness. It has been found that darkness boosts the production of melatonin, an essential hormone for sleep. Use blackout curtains to make your room dark at night if possible.
  2. Practice Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness
    Yoga encourages the practice of breathing patterns and body movements that release stress and tension that accumulated in your body.

Meditation can enhance melatonin levels and assist the brain in achieving a specific state where sleep is easily achieved.

Mindfulness can help you maintain focus on the present and worry less while falling asleep.

  1. Do not look at your clock
    “Clock-watching” is common among people suffering from insomnia. This behavior may cause anxiety about sleeplessness.

If possible, it is best to remove the clock from your room. If you need an alarm in the room, you can turn your clock and avoid watching it when you wake up in the middle of the night.

  1. Avoid naps during the day
    Avoiding naps or limiting it to max of 30mins during the day will make you sleepy at night.
  2. Watch what and when you eat before bed.
    A high carbohydrate and low fat dinner will make you fall asleep faster but the quality of sleep won’t be as good as that of high fat and low carbohydrate dinner even when the total calories in both dinner are same. If you must eat high carbohydrate dinner, give at least 4hrs digestion gap before bed.
  3. Listen to relaxing music.
    Use relaxing music but if it’s not available, blocking all noise could also help you fall asleep faster and promote uninterrupted sleep.
  4. Exercise during the day.
    It has been found that an early morning moderate-intensity exercise routine can increase the duration and quality of sleep by boosting the production of serotonin in the brain and decreasing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
  5. Get comfortable.
    It has been found that having a comfortable mattress and beddings can have a remarkable effect on the depth and quality of your sleep. The mattress, pillows, bed spreads, duvets and the fabrics of your PJ are all vital to your sleep quality. Chose what makes you comfortable and relaxed.
  6. Turn off all electronics.
    It is recommended that you disconnect all electronics and put away computers and mobile phones so you can ensure a quiet place, free of distractions. You will be able to fall asleep much faster.
  7. Try Aromatherapy
    Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils that helps relaxation like lavender oils etc.
  8. Practice Journaling
    Some people have difficulty falling asleep because their thoughts keep running in circles. Research has shown that this can produce anxiety and stress, which can generate negative emotions and disturb sleep. So journaling (writing down) and focusing on positive thoughts about things that happened during the day usually bring sense of happiness and gratitude that can calm the mind and help you sleep better.
  9. Limit caffeine and drink a soothing beverage.
    The use of caffeine is essential in some people to help them maintain their strength throughout the day. And the effect vary from person to person. But it can also disturb sleep and to avoid that, it is adviced that you don’t take caffeine within 6hrs of your bedtime. Instead, you could drink a soothing tea like chamomile tea, which has been shown to promote sleep and relaxation.
  10. Adjust your sleep position.
    There are three main sleeping positions: back, stomach or side. The side sleeping has been found to be the best, however, choose the position that is most comfortable for you.
  11. Read something.
    Reading a physical book can help you wind down and relaxed enough to fall asleep. Electronic books on the other hand will not because the electronic device emits the kind of light that reduces melatonin secretion, thereby affecting your ability to fall asleep.
  12. Focus on trying to stay awake
    Forcing yourself to fall asleep sometimes can creat anxiety and stress and prevent sleep. Therefore, try “paradoxical intention.” force yourself to stay awake and you’ll find yourself sleeping off.
  13. Visualize things that make you happy.
    Visualize a place that makes you feel happy and calm, instead of lying in bed worrying and thinking about stressful things.
  14. Try sleep-enhancing supplements.
    The underlisted supplements can help you fall asleep faster, by either promoting the production of sleep enhancing hormones or by relaxing your brain:
  15. Magnesium.
  16. 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan).
  17. Melatonin.
  18. Theanine. (an amino acid with sedative properties found in some tea)
  19. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid).
    Others are:
  20. Milk
  21. Cottage cheese
  22. Bananas
  23. Oatmeals

Health is wealth.

Religion

Search the Word of God deeply and receive the Wisdom of God- Mike Bamiloye.

Some people would be doing a wrong thing and still be quoting the Word of God to back themselves up, that is the Devil given them a Bible quotation to make them do a wrong thing, like he told Jesus to throw Himself down from a high pinnacle.

A brother wanted to kiss a sister, and the sister refused. The brother quoted from 1 Corinthians 16:20
“All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.”

Another brother engaged himself in all manners of unhealthy businesses to acquire wealth, when he was advised against it by another brother, he quoted from Deuteronomy 8:18

“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

WHEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE WORD OF GOD, DONT FORGET TO REMEMBER THAT SATAN PERFECTLY KNOWS HOW TO USE THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST THOSE WHO THINK THEY KNOW IT…..
….THEREFORE,
Search the Word of God deeply and receive the Wisdom of God and the Knowledge of the Word of God to know when the Enemy is trying to use the Word against you, to make you do what the Word is not saying you should do.