WHO DO YOU KNOW?…HOW DO YOU KNOW?

That a child comes from your womb does not mean he/she is not your saviour…

That a child was born and raised before you  and  in your community does not mean he/she doesn’t have solutions to your most pressing needs…

That you saw and even helped cleaned a man’s mess today does not mean he/she doesn’t have a message for you tomorrow…

As for me and my household, we have decided to know NO man or woman after the flesh, after their background after the story, even after their shortcomings…

We know all men after the Spirit, after destiny, after their God-ordained assignment…

For He may be a carpenter’s son, a ‘no-name boy’ and yet, He’s my Saviour…
When I see Him after the flesh He is not able ‘to do any miracle there’ in my life though He is divinely sent to me…

Until a prophet is honoured in ‘his  own town, among his relatives and in his own home’ he is of no benefit to them and destiny, though He has immense divine capacity to…

Today, as I remain sober on my knees on the LORD’S Day, I pray earnestly that I and my household will know NO man after the flesh but after the Spirit, knowing that I do not begin to despise a prophet and deny myself of his/her divine blessings for myself and my household until I see him/her after the flesh, after his/her background, after his/her story, after his/her age, his/her qualifications and even after his/her surname…

Do have an INSPIRED week.
Taiwo Akinlami Sober on his Knees on the LORD’S Day

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HARD CHOICES

EFFECTIVELY PROTECTING and Properly RAISING our precious children, in accordance with DIVINE DESIGN as either primary or secondary caregivers in the 21st century with all its intrigues demand nothing but making HARD CHOICES…

The CHOICES are not EASY as the times are STRANGE, VOLATILE and RAPIDLY DYNAMIC…

I think the very first HARD CHOICE is to decide whether to have children or not. I think gone are those days when we have children for any other reason than being READY to EFFECTIVELY PROTECT and RAISE THEM PROPERLY, KNOWING WHAT TO DO per time, HOW and WHEN TO DO IT and THE FORTITUDE TO DO IT…

Before we decide to have a child because we are commanded to ‘MULTIPLY AND FILL THE EARTH,’ we must SINCERELY ASK FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS: what is the purpose of MULTIPLICATION? Is it to achieve POPULATION or DOMINION? Is life a GAME of NUMBER or a GAME of DOMINION THROUGH VALUES? Why do we MULTIPLE if we cannot achieve DOMINION? When have we truly MULTIPLIED? Is having children the REAL BLESSINGS and the TRUE MULTIPLICATION or is it how they are EFFECTIVELY PROTECTED and PROPERLY RAISED? Do the family, friends and society, which EXPECTS and in MOST CASES DEMAND us to have children, have a WELL-ARTICULATED PLAN to PREPARE us for our primary and secondary responsibilities of EFFECTIVELY PROTECTING and PROPERLY RAISING them respectively? Do we know that it is only children, who are EFFECTIVELY PROTECTED and RAISED, who can be in DOMINION, which is the purpose of the commandment to MULTIPLY? Do we know that the CONSCIOUSNESS and PRACTICE of DOMINION must be CAREFULLY TAUGHT our precious children?

Here are the other CHOICES, yet very HARD…

To have children in FEW or in MULTITUDE…HARD CHOICE…

To mind their GENDER or not to…HARD CHOICE…

To take RESPONSIBILITY for their EFFECTIVE PROTECTION and
PROPERLY RAISING them or TAKE CHANCES and GIVE EXCUSES…HARD CHOICE…

To SPEND MORE TIME RAISING CHILDREN or SPEND MORE TIME WINNING BREAD…HARD CHOICE…

To GIVE our children MORE OF WHAT WE MADE or MORE OF WHAT MADE US, GIVING our children fish or TEACHING them how to fish…HARD CHOICE…

To take TANGIBLE RESPONSIBILITY for our CHILDREN’S EDUCATION (bringing out their God-given potentials) or to DELEGATE same solely to a SCHOOL or the MEDIA…HARD CHOICES…

To raise a DEPENDENT CHILD, CLONED to our apron strings for life in thoughts, words and deeds or an INDEPENDENT CHILD, EMPOWERED with LIFE SKILLS to TRANSFORM self and the world around him/her…HARD CHOICE…

To raise an AFRICAN CHILD, conscious of his/her ROOT and IDENTITY, yet GLOBALLY COMPLIANT in PERSPECTIVES and PERFORMANCE or raise a WESTERN CHILD, who fights the BATTLE OF IDENTITY for a lifetime…HARD CHOICE…

These are HARD CHOICES…

Yet they are EASY CHOICES, only made HARD by our INABILITY to DEFINE and DEFEND our PRIORITIES in life as primary and secondary caregivers…

Maybe we are not able to and DEFEND our PRIORITIES because those, who raised us never did…

PRIORITIES are DEFINED and DEFENDED by what we DELIBERATELY DECIDE TO DEDICATE our TIME, ENERGY and SACRIFICES to…Family or Vocation…HARD CHOICE…

Do have an INSPIRED week as we CONSCIOUSLY SERVE these as FOOD FOR OUR THOUGHT

I am Taiwo Akinlami, representing the best interest of the African Child  and I am sober on my knees on this LORD’s Day.
http://www.taiwoakinlami.com

The ‘Maiduguri Child Suicide Bomber’: I Have HOPE…Yet Not ANSWERS…

On Saturday, January 10, 2015 a 10 year old child was used as suicide bomber to kill 16 people and injured over 20 in Maiduguri…

This is another painful addition to the catalogue of avoidable and cowardly deaths of precious Africa Children…

UNICEF declares 2014 as a devastating year for children, who live in countries embroiled in violent civil conflicts, identifying  Nigeria as one of such countries. According to Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, ‘Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to such unspeakable brutality.’..

UNICEF says 15 millions children are caught up in violent conflicts the world over. Amnesty International says over 100 school children and 70 teachers were killed and over 15,000 children of school age are out of school as at 2013…

It is indeed a devastating and trying times for the precious Nigerian children; a disturbing and strange case of a nation shedding the PRICELESS BLOOD of its own FUTURE, our PRECIOUS CHILDREN…

I tell you that as I remain sober on my knees on this LORD’S Day, I have no ANSWERS, yet I have HUGE HOPE for a better world for the precious African Child…

In times like these when situations seem to defy all logic, HOPE is bigger than ANSWERS for ultimately HOPE(constant expectation of good) will produce ANSWERS. This we know that the reign of evil is temporal…

I charge you today men and women of conscience to join me in HOPE against HOPE as we find ANSWERS for a WORLD FIT FOR OUR PRECIOUS CHILDREN, noting that injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere…

I appeal to you to join me daily in earnest prayer for the protection of the precious Nigerian children…

Do have an INSPIRED week.
Yours in the best interest of the African Child, Taiwo Akinlami @taiwoakinlami

SOS: Child Sexual Abuse: Why Our Children May Not Be As Safe As We ASSUME..

The contents of this piece kept me awake for the better part of the night. It may be a long read but, I appeal to you by the mercies of God to endure reading through it in the best interest of our precious children.

Today, as I continued to follow the unfolding and messy story of Virginia Roberts’ allegations of Child Sexaul Abuse or Sex Slavery against  HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, I have come to the irresistible conclusion that Child Sexaul Abuse has become a plague of global proportion, which demands more attention we give to it today as primary and secondary caregivers; individuals and institutions…

Though, the allegations against the Duke of York is at its embryonic stage, I can’t seem to wrap my mind round his open relationship with the American billionaire, Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted paedophile, who is also connected to the current allegations…

From recent bizzare cases of the Catholic Church Child Sexual Abuse, Jimmy Savile, Jerry Sandusky(to mention just a few on the international scene) to the plethora of cases we handle daily as Child Protection Experts and the  scary ones you and I read or hear about daily, I make bold to say that Child Sexual Abuse is perpetrated in  most unexpected places by most unexpected people against most unexpected victims under most unexpected and unsuspecting circumstances…

Sadly today, the Global Plague of Child Sexual Abused is cemented under ignoble carpet of cold SILENCE and deliberate DENIAL, particularly in Africa among individuals and institutions for different reasons, none of which is noble or in the best interest of the Child…

Let me warn today, very boldly, at the risk of sounding like a prophet of doom, permit me to submit with almost oracular precision that our precious children are not as safe as we think or assume, both in our homes and the institutions we send them to. 18 years of field experience, tireless investments in research efforts and recent events validate the foregoing assertion as one of the most profound truth of this century. This is a reality we must fight everything within and outside us not to deny, except we chose to live in fool’s paradise, which is the costliest place to live today on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse…

What then is the answer? How do we employ wisdom to direct us for our profit and that of our precious children? How do we ensure the protection of our precious children from Child Sexual Abuse? We need to acquire and sharpen our intelligence of Child Protection(i-PROTECT) with immediate effect. For example, intelligence does not ask the question, are children safe from Sexual Abuse, irrespective of whose care they are and the how safe the environment they are kept may seem…

Intelligence asks only one major question: as primary and secondary caregivers, what sound, tested and professional measures have we put in place to ensure the safety of our precious children from Child Sexual Abuse?

Intelligence also asks the follow-up: what are these measures carefully and deliberately set out in specific terms, according to global standards, which have become the established culture of the people and  impenetrable pillars of the environment, where our precious children are kept both at in our homes and institutions, we surrender them to…

It is time for you to ask ourselves and the institutions(formal or informal, religious or educational) we trust our children with, these fundamental questions and demand credible answers…

If we truly love and seek to protect our children, I charge us today not find sleep for our eyes, rest for our sousl and peace to your conscience until we ask and find answers to the foregoing questions of intelligence of Child Protection…

I think I should rest my case here for today…

For those who endured to read this piece to the end, thank you and do have your patient self an INSPIRED day…Also, as a special gift for reading this charge to the end, I am available for questions and clarifications.

Yours in the best interest of the African Child,
Taiwo Akinlami
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NB: Please if you believe in this message, I charge you, be it’s noble ambassador, pass it to your next friend or neighbour. Thank you.

PARADOX…IRONY…THINKING ALOUD

Now I rejoice seeing a New Year…
Yet, I remember that my MORTALITY is measured by TIME…
Every second moves me PARADOX…IRONY…THINKING ALOU
Now I rejoice seeing a New Year…    Yet, I remember that my MORTALITY is measured by TIME…
Every second moves me closer to my end here…
If every breath I release and every second I see bring me closer to my end here, for what then do I rejoice?
I rejoice for I am here to FIND and FUFILL the WHO PURPOSE of my FATHER, who preserves me spirit, soul and body to see a New Year…
My FATHER is not a waster…
The human BREATH is too PRICELESS and PRECIOUS to waste…
I rejoice for I have a place reserved for me in my FATHER’S bosom…      
If only on this REALM, I have HOPE, then name is MISERABLE…
Here is why I rejoice at sight New Year:
To LIVE is CHRIST’S… 
To DIE is GAIN…
Do have an INSPIRED New Year…
I am Taiwo Akinlami and I sober on my knees on this LORD’S Day. closer to my end here…
If every breath I release and every second I see bring me closer to my end here, for what then do I rejoice?
I rejoice for I am here to FIND and FUFILL the WHO PURPOSE of my FATHER, who preserves me spirit, soul and body to see a New Year…
My FATHER is not a waster…
The human BREATH is too PRICELESS and PRECIOUS to waste…
I rejoice for I have a place reserved for me in my FATHER’S bosom…      
If only on this REALM, I have HOPE, then name is MISERABLE…
Here is why I rejoice at sight New Year:
To LIVE is CHRIST’S… 
To DIE is GAIN…
Do have an INSPIRED New Year…
I am Taiwo Akinlami and I sober on my knees on this LORD’S Day. 

PARADOX…IRONY…THINKING ALOUD

Now I rejoice seeing a New Year…
Yet, I remember that my MORTALITY is measured by TIME…
Every second moves me closer to my end here…
If every breath I release and every second I see bring me closer to my end here, for what then do I rejoice?
I rejoice for I am here to FIND and FUFILL the WHO PURPOSE of my FATHER, who preserves me spirit, soul and body to see a New Year…
My FATHER is not a waster…
The human BREATH is too PRICELESS and PRECIOUS to waste…
I rejoice for I have a place reserved for me in my FATHER’S bosom…      
If only on this REALM, I have HOPE, then name is MISERABLE…
Here is why I rejoice at sight New Year:
To LIVE is CHRIST’S… 
To DIE is GAIN…
Do have an INSPIRED New Year…
I am Taiwo Akinlami and I sober on my knees on this LORD’S Day.