What you say (quote)

“It is not only

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What you say
That matters;
It is also
How you say it;
Why yo say it;
When you say it;
Where you say it
And to
Whom you say it.” (Romilia quotes)

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It is not only
What you say
That matters;
It is also
How you say it;
Why yo say it;
When you say it;
Where you say it
And to
Whom you say it. (Romilia Quotes)


Watch your words

How do your words
Impact those
Who listen to you?
Are they inspiring
Or dispiriting?
Do they uplift them
Or put them down?
Do they edify
Or mortify?
Your words should be inspiring,
Not dispiriting;
Your words should uplift;
Not make them downcast;
Your words should edify
Not mortify them;
Make them upbeat,
Not downbeat.
Yes, you must watch
Your words;
Watch the words you use.

What type of tongue does this?


What type of tongue:

  1. Spits out hate?
  2. Says words that deceive?
  3. Boasts about themselves?
  4. Criticizes everything that others do?
  5. Talks without ceasing?
  6. Does not give room to others to speak?
  7. Says one thing but means another?
  8. Can set fire on the house?

If you find it hard to find the answers, consult this list:

Ceaseless tongue, deceitful tongue; hateful tongue, critical tongue, boastful tongue, double tongue, explosive tongue, ceaseless tongue.

You must not answer all but answer at least one.

Frame your answer this way: the tongue that talks without ceasing is a…….

Enjoy your blogging!

Use your tongue

Do not poorly use
Your tongue,
If you want not to
Soft, though
The tongue may be,
It does cut sharper
A knife;
Deep wounds, on you,
It can inflict;
You must
Take your time
To use your tongue;
Do not have reason
To regret;
Because so poorly
You used your tongue.
Never you poorly
Use your tongue.
Use your tongue
Only for what is right;
Use your tongue
For what is good;
And use your time
To win in life.
Use your tongue;
Do use your tongue.

What you say

Are you aware of
The importance
Of what you say?
Do you weigh
Your words
Before you speak?
What you say
Is important;
And the way
You say it matters;
Be careful
What you say;
Weigh your words
Before you speak;
There is power
In the tongue;
And danger
In the tongue.
Mind how you use
Your tongue.
With it only build.

The risk of reporting during an election

(Recently I was invited to deliver a talk to reporters on reporting in elections. Here are some of the thoughts I shared with them for your appreciation.)

In almost every country in the world, the media play an important role during elections. Media work at such a time is not easy. In my country, for instance , the reporter is more or less like someone trapped between a lion and the deep sea.

Imagine yourself as a reporter with the lion behind you and the deep sea in front of you.

Without the help of God, the lion will devour you or you; and if you plunge into the deep sea, you will be devoured by crocodiles. Thus, you have to pray very hard and be as prudent as you can.

The job of reporting demands courage; but while displaying the needed courage, the reporter has to be wise and prudent.

Irrespective of the country, election time is the most important political season of the year during which power wolves fight fiercely to win power; fighting which often goes with incredible passion and bitterness. As someone has said, “heads and limbs do get broken; lives do get snuffed out.”

How are reporters required to face the challenge of informing the population before, during and after an election?

In other words, what is the role of the media with regard to informing the voters during an election?

My answer is reporters are required to respect the canons of the profession and refrain from playing roles that are not theirs, such as transforming themselves into campaign managers, public relation officers or propagandists for candidates.

It is very easy to step on dangerous toes while reporting during an election. This is more so in third world countries. Hence, prudence and wisdom are paramount.

You cannot see a solid wall and dash your head against it in the name of trying to get to the other side. You will shatter it.

You have to be intelligent to look for a way to go round the wall to the other side. That is being wise and prudent. This implies that Journalists who talk like parrots must weigh their words before they utter them.

Stick to facts, verifiable information. Do not say things that you are not sure of. Do not speculate or report things that you only imagine.

Avoid provocative statements. You are a reporter and not a supporter.