THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A NIGERIAN. (PART 1)

The challenge being a Nigerian goes beyond our thoughts and our lifestyle. That we survived everyday is a miracle, and a story untold. Everyday is a challenge on its own and every moment a silent prayers is offered.
I look through my days and sojourn on earth, through my times and struggle and I have come to realise that being born a Nigerian is the biggest test I have ever encountered. It’s become even worst if your from the lower class, because it takes several levels of struggle to graduate towards the beginners line of becoming successful.

This days, the only true happiness and smiles I have, are born from the nostalgic feelings of my childhood.

Being a Nigerian from a low income earning family is the toughest experience and challenge of being a Nigerian. Don’t get me wrong! When the situation surrounding your growth and the challenge you face dreaming to become fulfilled hit on you, and there’s little or no option for you to hold on to, then you’ll understand where am coming from.

Reading through my thoughts above, you’ll be wondering (What exactly does being a Nigerian mean?) Is it a cultural thing? A religious or a tribal problem? Why should I be sounding the way I do.

Well, this article is totally base on my experiences and struggle for survival.

My life is a series of experiences and challenges. Every single day of my life shows me how wrong things are in a nation I call my country. Unfortunately no matter what I write or say, the reality, is very different. Neither my article or frustration will be enough to make things better, either for me or others like me.
What bothers me most, is; this experiences have been legitimise into our daily living. We have totally accepted the wrongs, rebranding them to become the normal way of living. Being a Nigerian means, I can’t dream or envisioned to be a business owner, especially if am not from a rich home, or highly connected. The system have been programmed to favour only a few. The hope for the average Nigerian is a civil service job, or a standard job that will guarantee survival, with a monthly income that cannot even sustain you or a family. Civil service or what they tag a white collar job, are a modern day slave parks, no matter how good your plans are you can’t save to start a business of your own. Foreign investors, will refuse to connect with you as soon as you introduce yourself as a Nigerian, banks are not interested in financing good ideas, the rich and the highly connected hijack everything, politicians are tirelessly looting and stealing from the nation’s treasury. The effects and results of the whole thing still falls back to the average and law abiding citizen of the country (ME) and the likes of me.

I am naturally endowed with amazing ideas, skills, and abilities that could help change and affect the society positively, my dreams and aspirations to bring this ideas to fruition are gradually loosing grip and hope, as every effort made prove to be useless, since I’ve got no political class, connection or belong to the social stracter of the rich.

Everyday has become a page in my quest for survival, sourcing for funds, investors and platforms to showcase my abilities and ideas.

The country Nigeria has become a shadow of itself. Leaders are advanced fraudsters, policies are only on papers without implementation.

There was a country call Nigeria…………

To be continued…

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THOUGHTS ON MY BIRTHDAY 

​© Chris Sam


I came from a thousand success streams,
With grace and love I’ve been found among an amazing team.
Years of struggle and faith has built my self-esteem.
Now I can say am on the path to fulfil my dream.

In a blink, lot have been said and many experienced.
My entire life is a story build by providence,
As I grew to be filled with great confidence. 
I can now boldly say, I have lived beyond failures consequence.

Who said this or who say that doesn’t count,
For life itself never offer us a discount.
All that really matters is for us to surmount. 
Then with a gracious smile our blessings we will count.

Yeah, few years back I was born.
Though pains, rejects and hates came like thorns,
This experiences have truly made a free born.
No more worries or fear of what will be said with the tongue.

Happy birthday to me, as I live to leave a mark and a true legacy.

BEYOND THE GOSSIP LINE (EXCEPT) 

BEYOND THE GOSSIP LINE
In order for our lives to change for the better, we must change our perspective and perception of seeing things. For when our personal philosophy and behaviour is refined and adjusted, more opportunities will be before us, giving us a privilege of becoming more fulfilled.
Strengthening our personal boundary by living beyond the gossip line, creates and reinforces our value and worth. It also helps to keep the unhealthy drama, negativity, and suffering out.

Our personal boundaries include three distinct focal point
>Our mindset and emotions 
>Thoughts and ideas 
>Choice and actions
Our mindset and emotions.

By becoming aware of our mindset, feelings, and emotions, we can work toward finding peace of mind and conquering fear, doubt, and negativity. Having a healthy handle on emotions enables us to choose fulfillment and joy. In opposite, when we neglect this aspect of our lives, it brings to us emotional sufferings and pains.

To be continued……… 

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Calabar Teens Poetry Reading/writing Competition Judges list.

TEENS ISSUES in collaboration with POETS IN NIGERIA (PIN) is pleased to announce Chris Sam, Bassey Asuquo and Prince Michael Nku Abuo as judges for the 1st edition of Calabar Teens Poetry reading and writing competition for secondary schools.

The poetry reading and writing competition which is slatted for 29th of May at The Box beside transcorp is an initiative of Teens Issues in partnership with Poets In Nigeria (PIN) and proudly sponsored by Sights and Rhymes, James Ene Henshaw Foundation and Cross River State Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC).

Aimed to act as an encouragement and motivation to secondary school students in Calabar. The poetry reading and writing competition has therefore been organised to mark the children’s day celebrations. 

REBRANDING YOURSELF TO BECOME A BRAND 

© Chris Sam

How can one stay relevant in a world where development, technology, efficiency and innovation is at increase?
Many times we all believe hard work is the answer. Sure, we’d need to put in some energy and effort. But whether that translates to success has a lot more to do with how we’re perceived than how we’re doing in our current role. If one want to rise to the next level, he/she may need a rebranding, reinvention, or repackaging.

“Rebranding just means changing others perception of you,”

Below are five amazing things I have applied into my life as I reinvent or rebrand myself.

Create a picture of who you want to become;

Understand the role you wish to be address for, and do your homework. Of course, you’ll also want to pay close attention to the skills required for such roles you’re eying, and upgrade yourself.

Act and dress like it; You need those around and above you to see you in the role you want, not just the role you’re in. So focus on getting noticed. And at this point you most definitely need a role model and a mentor. Find a role model within the higher levels of what you’re dreaming to become, who can not only be a mentor, but can challenge your daily quest and goals, by inspiring you through his or her own successes.

Improved on your skills and develop new amazing ones; to understand which skills you’ll need to improve on or which you’ll need to acquire for your new role, write down all of the activities you’ve participated in – whether you were paid for them or not. Where have you volunteered? What events have you been involved in? Which leadership position have you assume? “All of these activities required skills that may be relevant,”  Once you have an exhaustive list, write out the skills you used to make yourself successful in each of the activities. Play up those that can be used in the role you’re seeking and write down how the skills you’ve gained outside of work will help you succeed in the role you’re aiming for. Repeat same procedure by listing out the skills in your role model, and select the once that makes him or her exceptional, compare both list, where do you need to improve and what skill do you need to update?

Prove to yourself and the society of your Relevant ;

“Anyone can re-invent his or her personal brand, but to be effective it has to be believable in the marketplace or your environment,” . It has to be based in reality.” Start by reading industry reports or trade publications in the area you want to move into. Participate in industry-related conferences, panels, and workshops. Then volunteer for projects outside your core job function that draw on your new skills.

Remember “If you don’t brand yourself, others will. And I can assure you that they won’t likely brand you in the way that you want to be branded.”

You’ll need people to understand how your skills are transferable. It might seem self-evident, but you often need to be explicit. “You need to establish new ‘perceptual links’ that connect your brand to an area where’s there’s growth and opportunity,”

Reach Out; 
Networking with people who hold positions in the area you want to move into is critical to your success. You’ll build up expertise and credibility by working side-by-side with professionals who are in your desired role. Listen and learn. Look at the job descriptions for this roles and the skills that are prioritized. If you don’t have enough, or recent, experience in those areas, take a class.

In conclusion always understand that People who have successfully branded themselves are also known for something specific. While it is true that consistency helps branding, the reality is that individuals (and companies) are more complicated than a single tag line or campaign, and sometimes you want to be known for something else. Therefore to avoid conflicts, focus on the area that positions you in the best light, and on your destination in life, not what you’ve been doing by proactively choosing your role and how you brand yourself within this role.

TEENS ISSUES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH POETS IN NIGERIA organises CALABAR POETRY COMPETITION for SECONDARY SCHOOLS. 

Teens Issues, the number one family friendly TV show has, in a bit to encourage young teenagers towards a positive and effective representation, partnered with Poets In Nigeria (PIN)  the number one poetry hub and promoters in the country, to initiate a poetry competition for secondary schools in Calabar. 

The poetry competition which theme is Poetry, beyond wordsis geared towards encouraging young writers across the City (Calabar) and also promote their love for poetry.

Speaking with the anchor lady of Teens Issues miss Blessing Sam,  she has this to say;
“Teens issues is totally focused in proffering solutions to teens problems,  encouraging and promoting all that is positive and resourceful. Our aim in partnering with PIN is to reach out to the hidden poetic voices inside the teenagers, giving them the required platform to express themselves freely to the world.”

Blessing Sam (presenter/Teens Issues Executive Producer)

The TV programme which is co-anchored by Hilda Ojong has over the years been a source of motivation and inspiration to young Teens across the states. Speaking about the competition Miss Hilda Ojong has this to say; “there’s no better way to bring out the poetry out in our teenagers than Poetry, Beyond words”

Miss Hilda Ojong (TV presenter/Teens issues anchor lady)

Poetry, beyond words” which is scheduled for 29th May at The Box, no 4 Murtala Muhammed highway beside transcorp hotel,  will have its winners going home with =N=20,000 cash prize and =N= 10,000 for the 1st runners up, with others consolation prizes respectively.

Speaking on the Matter, Mr Chris Sam the PIN Calabar representative and the Executive director of Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Cross River State, have advised interested schools to indicate their commitment by texting a yes to 08037606985 or 08098351514 on or before 20th May 2017. He further explain PIN’s commitments towards connecting all Poets to greatness, applauding the initiative, he also encourage  and call for meaningful ventures and cooperations towards supporting and sponsoring poetry related events, reminding everyone concerning Calabar Poetry Slam Season 2, coming up on the 22nd of July 2017.

Mr Chris Sam (Executive Director A.Y.E Cross River State and Poets In Nigeria Calabar Rep.)