Delightful Tuesday: Just Like Every Other Day

You make me happy, so I will rejoice in you. God Most High, I praise your name.
Psalms 9:2 ERV

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The Twelfth Month

Hello everyone! Happy new month!

No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper

The twelfth month as you know is the last in the year and also signifies that a new year is around the corner. For so many people around the world it’s the time of the year with different feelings and expectations.

It is a month where so many activities takes place, it’s a month of holiday and celebration where a lot of people travel to see their loved ones.

Another thing which has been observed to be associated with this month is the increase in crime rate, rituals and accidents especially if you are in Nigeria.

I observed that one major reason for this is the fact that people want to achieve all what they have not been able to achieve since the beginning of the year, they want to impress and feel among and as a result they do all manner of evil things.

But just like the bible text; when the enemies had planned and hoped to gain power over God’s people, it happened the other way round that God’s people overpowered their enemies.

This last month you will overpower all the enemies of your life in Jesus name.

You will overpower very enemy that have planned to slaughter you in Jesus name.

Those waiting for your downfall will wait in vain.

This last month of the year no evil shall come near your dwelling place.

No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn.
Isaiah 54:17

It doesn’t matter how you started this year, it doesn’t matter how bad things have been. One thing is sure:

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV

Thank you for stopping by, until next time…

May grace and Peace be multiplied to you.

Eleventh Hour

And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.

Matthew 20:6‭-‬7 KJV

Our text references a story of the goodman of a land who went out early in the morning to hire laborers according to verse 1-5 of our bible text.

We can say in other words, he went out the first month, the second, third, sixth and up to the ninth month hiring laborers.

And by the way which other goodman do we have than Jesus Christ?.

But the bible says at the eleventh hour he also when out and saw some people standing idle and when he inquired from them why they were idle, they said it is because no man had hired them.

Being the goodman that will not permit idleness at the eleventh hour, he hired them and told them he will give them what is right.

Hence the title of the post; Eleventh Hour. Eleventh hour divine intervention, eleventh hour miracle, eleventh hour breakthrough, eleventh hour blessing, eleventh hour restoration.

Whatever you have been and still believing God for, this eleventh month of the year God will cause you to receive your eleventh hour divine intervention in Jesus name.

Some people got their miracles in the first month, others in the second, while some others did got theirs in the third to ninth.

The bible also said that at the eleventh hour which represents the eleventh month some people were still idle doing nothing because no man hath hired them, but he said to them; go to the field and I’ll give you that which is right.

You have a right to what is right.

This eleventh month God will give you what is right in Jesus name.

Some things are right for you and your family, some things are right for your job, some things are right for your academics, some things are also right for your business.

You have a right to get married, a right to travel out, a right to be gainfully employed, a right to succeed in your career or business, you have a right to build your own house, you have a right to live a healthy life.

Some of us have been idle since the beginning of the year not because we don’t want to be engaged. Some have businesses but no sales, the goods are getting rusty and dusty. The bible says he asked them why are you idle? They answered him because no man hath hired us.

What does this mean? It means there are no customers, no patronage, it means no helper, some people have the certificate and the qualifications but employment is not in view, some have skills but no capital, some are ready for marriage but no resources, no suitors.

But forty years after the Israelites left Egypt, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses addressed the people of Israel, telling them everything the Lord had commanded him to say.

When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, You have stayed at this mountain long enough.

Deuteronomy 1:3‭, ‬6 NLT

This means at the eleventh month you are not permitted to remain idle, you are not permitted to remain stagnant, you are not permitted to remain dormant.

The landowner told them, Then go out and join the others in my vineyard.

Matthew 20:7 NLT

In this eleventh month of the year:

You will get your eleventh hour breakthrough.

You will get your eleventh hour divine connection.

You will get your eleventh hour employment.

You will get your eleventh hour contract.

Many thanks for coming around, until next time…

May God give you what is right in Jesus name.

The Impactful Christian Teacher

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.
Ephesians 4:11 NLT

What does it mean to be impactful? For me it means to make positive, significant difference and be result oriented.

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As a teacher, it is very important that you impact yourself first before you can impact others. This means that the amount of impact you have on others or on your students is directly proportional to the one you made on yourself.

During the day Jesus taught the people in the Temple area. At night he went out of the city and stayed all night on the Mount of Olives.

Every morning all the people got up early to go listen to Jesus at the Temple.
Luke 21:37‭-‬38 ERV

If you read the last part of verse 37 carefully you’d find something very significant about Jesus. At night He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olive.

At night Jesus would withdraw Himself from the people to go have some personal time with His father. That’s when He gets recharged and empowered spiritually. That speaks volume doesn’t it?

As a teacher, a relationship with God is absolutely critical to the amount or level of impact you will be able to make. As a teacher you can’t give what you don’t have and if you don’t have a relationship with God who’s the giver of wisdom and understanding how can you make any meaningful impact?.

As a Christian teacher you need to establish your source. You need to study and get grounded with the word “scripture” to show yourself approved.

But He answered and said, It is written;

Jesus was was able to overcome the tempter because He knew the word.

And your teaching should be clearly right so that you cannot be criticized. Then anyone who is against you will be ashamed. There will not be anything bad they can say about us.
Titus 2:8 ERV

As a teacher you must live what you teach and your relationship with God will determine how impactful and effective you’d be in your calling as a teacher.

Why are you teaching? What’s your role as a teacher? What’s your objective? This is where purpose comes in. As a teacher you must have what you use to assess and measure yourself to see if your purpose and objectives are being achieved.

The main purpose of any Christian teacher should be for God’s glory.


Then Jesus said to them, Go to all people everywhere in the world. Tell God’s good news to everyone.
Mark 16:15 EASY


Many thanks for coming around, until next time..

Africa Works: Disorder As Political Instrument -Book Review.

Politics can and has be defined in so many ways depending on the school of thought.

According to Wikitionary Politics is a methodology and activities associated with running a government, an organization, or a movement.

Some say politics is a struggle for power and a continuation of war by other means.

While to another it is the authoritative allocation of values.

And for some other people politics is a game of numbers.

Whichever way you choose to see it, one thing is common and certain about politics. “People” Politics can’t take place without people.

This is the concluding part of the book review Africa Works. If you haven’t read the first part you can do so here and now let’s get right into it. Shall we?

TOWARD A NEW PARADIGM OF DEVELOPMENT.

Chabal and Daloz paradigm describes Africa’s development in terms of what they call the instrumentalization of disorder. The major claim is that Africa is in a state of disorder due to it ineffective institutions and corruption.

The state of disorder in Africa is active and an indication of a unique African developmental path where almost everyone is a participant and after their personal interest as a result of what they will gain from the corrupt system.

In Africa corruption has eaten deep in all nooks and cranny of the society which makes it decentralised.

Everyone, everywhere tries to benefit, for example, at airports, government ministries, local government agencies, health, customs etc. Everyone want his or her share making progress to encourage corruption.

Driving from Lagos to Cotonou for instance, a traveller is likely to come across a dozen of road blocks, manned by various police forces, custom officers, local authority officials, etc. each asking for the same document and bribes.

According to the IMF corruption and disorder in Africa is an instrument making profit and as to this effect there are losers in the politics of corruption.

Emphasis on poverty alleviation strategies by aid agencies and World Bank verified the concern about deepening poverty in Africa.

Wretched images of Africa’s poverty and diseases is a regular feature on international television.

Majority of these victims are children, women, youths and aged people. To this effect Chabal and Daloz also argued the need for cultural/psychological view as an important variable in analysing Africa’s developmental issues.

Some African academics who have in recent time adopted the same method are of the opinion that when the psychological factors are taken into consideration, then it will become clear that Africa is not declining, nor is it stagnant, but it is forging ahead, according to its own path, although at a great difference with existing models of developments and that Africa will map out a unique developmental path which is in line with a specific African mind set.

This mind set has been criticised by Chabal and Daloz as defective. For example was claimed by one author,

African elites, even when they use private jets and speculate in the world’s major financial centres still remain prey to irrational beliefs long disappeared in the west.

Also the psychological defects of the Africans has been described as the inability of government to make institutions more formal and impersonal relations.

These are bad indication and a contradiction between one end, and the claim that Africa will find its own unique developmental path, and on the other hand, the characterisation of the African mind set as defective.

REFERENCE
Africa works: Disorder as political instrument.

Kedmon N. Hungwe.

Falculty of education, university of Zambia.

Africa Works: Disorder As Political Instrument – Book Review

This is perhaps one of the best books I read on African politics while I was in school. The authors takes a fresh and interesting approach to the instrumentalisation of power in Africa and discuss how it impacts African societies and economies. The book provides a wonderful framework with which to analyse African politics and a new paradigm. A must read for every scholar of African politics

Published in 1999

This book is organised around three important issues and related categories.

First, according to Patrick Chabal and Jean Pascal Daloz;

The African condition can be describe in terms of a unique culture and mind-set that force its people to follow a developmental trajectory which is different from that of other countries of the world that modernised first.

Secondly, they argue that:

Sub-Saharan Africa has the problem that cuts across the whole of Africa among which are corruption and ineffective institutions that affects all sectors of the society.

Thirdly, they observe that:

While African countries and institutions seem to be in a state of disorder and corruption, this situation is active and describe Africa’s unique developmental trail.

In this book Africa is seen as a continent full of crisis. They admitted that the problem of African development has a long history and has been of topical issues after Second World War. While there have been a lot of theories and recommendations abound, progress has been limited if not static.

Sub-Sahara is seen with the reputation of being the poorest region in the world. The region has declined in the rate at which they made progress during the mid-1970s when per capita incomes in Africa exceeded those in most of the developing world, including Asia.

According to World Bank report, a series of negative facts about sub-Sahara were highlighted such as income dropping lower than it was in the late 1960s with widespread of war, diseases, corruption, unemployment and its share of global trade has been shrinking thereby contributing only 2% of the world trade.

Chabal and Daloz argue that ineffective institution and corruption are the fundamental problem facing Africa. The definition of institutional effectiveness was given in terms of ideal type Weberian type bureaucracies.

In their assumption, they are of the opinion that the effectiveness of institutions is derived by organising their structure, purposes, and resources in order to provide rule based governance that is fair, rational and predictable.

To prevent institutions from the domination of interest groups, there should be a proper and well structured bureaucracy. One of the primary problem highlighted with African leaders and institutions is patrimonialism which is the widespread use or diverting public assets or resources for personal gain by officials who manage them.

There is no distinction between public and private spheres which also is one of the reason why African institutions are ineffective. This is due to the fact that African institutions are not neutral and it raises the question, what it means for a bureaucracy to be neutral and according to these scholars bureaucratic neutrality is not possible.

As Knott and Miller observed, institutions shape outcomes by creating incentives that leads to one decision or another. They also opined that the way institutions are arranged affects decision making processes separately from the people involved.

In their conclusion they said that as long as there are different institutional arrangements that leads to different results, then those institutional arrangement cannot be seen as neutral.

They also said that the institutional structure are the output of political choices of political actors. They also argue that it is pointless to maintain institutional or administrative neutrality rather the issue is who gets what from the political system.

According to Chabal and Daloz corruption in Africa is manifested and affects all sectors of the society. There is a distinction between a manifested form of corruption in Africa and western countries less corrupt which they called horizontal corruption.

Horizontal corruption involves the exchange of favours between economic and political elites. Corruption is seen as a unique phenomenon in Africa and a major cause of Africa’s economic grief.

The argument that the level of corruption in African states in typical has been contested by other observers, according to Bayart, Ellis Hibou, they are of the opinion that it is not that African states or their political system are more corrupt than others, as it is often believed.

There is no reason to say that Japan, China, India, Turkey, Russia etc. are less corrupt, but in Africa, the interaction between the practice of power, war, economic accumulation and illegal activities of different types constitute a particular political trajectory which can be fully appreciated only if it is addressed by looking back to see what has gone wrong and how it can be fixed and improved upon.

One of the features of this trajectory is the exploitation by dominant social groups, by dominant actors and other forms of domination such as the insertion of Africa in the international economy in the name of being dependence. Some examples include rents derived from diplomatic and military alliances, from the control of exports of oil and import of all kinds, as well as management of external financial aids.

It was suggested that a distinction be made between what may be called primary level corruption which is by the elites and secondary level corruption by the average person in Africa.

Primary level corruption is of higher level or rate than the secondary level corruption and the two are informally related. Secondary level corruption occurs from the strategies that people devised to cope with the malfunctioning of institutions and service delivery systems.

For example anytime Nigeria is faced with fuel scarcity” which is often attributed to corruption by independent oil marketers and several high level executive in Nigeria oil and gas sector which lead to shortage in fuel supply resulting to the sale of fuel in black market and in addition some of the limited petrol service attendants took bribes from motorists in exchange for preferential treatment.

This shows that corruption at the retail or distribution level is secondary because it is related to corruption at the national level which means that corruption at the top results to corruption at the bottom.

There is a reason to believe that the high level of corruption in Africa is propelled by primary level corruption and much of the corruption at the lower level in Africa is a reflection of the mechanism that people use to deal with ineffective institutions.

As observed by Narayan et al this is not peculiar to Africa but other parts of the world as well. The breakdown of institutions, especially in case of state breakdown, people take such advantages to meet their needs, doing whatever necessary to survive not minding how dangerous or the unjust nature or exploitative nature of their actions which could be through active sabotage or passive resistance.

Another issue raised by Chabal and Daloz, in Africa’s corruption and disorder is functional and defines it unique developmental path, and this position determine a new paradigm.

To be continued..