Wednesday, 14 December 2016

A New Chapter




                                  "let us be glad and rejoice,
                                    and give honour to him:
                                   for the marriage  of the lamb
                                   is come, and his wife hath
                                   made herself ready." Revelation 19:7



                                  John had been married previously
                                  But his wife died in  a plane crash.
                                  They had no issue till her death.



                                 I couldn't hide Jerry
                                 From him.
                                He got to meet my son first
                                At the grocery;
                                And in his numerous visits
                                To my home.



                               How he dotted on 
                               My boy!




                             Jerry saw him as a father-figure
                             A vacuum, I can never fill.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

A Beautiful Day





























                      "for God is not unrighteous to
                       forget your work and labour
                       of love, which ye have shewed
                       towards his name, in that ye
                       have ministered to the saints,
                      and do minister.'' Hebrews 6:10





                      But, God loves me.
                      He remembered my
                      Labour of love.



                     Five years later,
                     I was at the grocery store,
                     On a sunny Sunday afternoon.
                     I ran into an old friend.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

My Firstfruit








                                  "consecrate to me
                                    every firstborn male'' Exodus 13:2



                                 After my third trimester
                                 Of pregnancy,
                                 I put to bed
                                 A bouncing baby boy.



                               My firstfruit,
                               The strength of my youth,
                               My joy, my comfort,
                               My shining Armour.


                               He was christened
                               On the eighth day,
                               And I named him,
                               JEREMIAH.



                              Jerry was such a
                              Cute child.
                              Always fun to be with.




                              His growth was rapid
                              And he is wiser than his age.
                              I think he took after me;
                              Very witty and intelligent.




                             I moved on

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

A Little Confession






                            "if we confess our sins,
                             He is faithful and just
                             to forgive us our sins
                             and to cleanse us from
                             all unrighteousness.'' 1 John 1:9




                            I woke up on my bed
                            The next day feeling disturbed.



                           I must wake up
                           And face reality.



                           I just narrowly missed
                           God's perfect match for me.



                          I need help.

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Hard Truth






                                '' he that covereth his sins
                                  shall not prosper;
                                  but whoso confesseth
                                  and forsaketh shall
                                  have mercy''  Proverbs 28: 13





                                Getting married to Jessy
                                Would only be in my dreams;
                                Not with my 8 weeks old 
                                Pregnancy.


                               
                               Abortion is not an option;

Friday, 2 December 2016

Why Me, God?


























                        ''the Lord does not delay
                         His promise, as some
                         understand delay,
                         but is patient with you....2 Peter 3:9




                        I couldn't abort the pregnancy,
                        I was stuck.
                        Joshua denied paternity.
                        I resolved to bear the grunt.



                       8 weeks gone!
                       I was at a prayer vigil
                       In my local church.
                       My Pastor said,
                      ''See me after service''.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Just a Little Sin











                     ''lest there be any fornicator,
                       or profane person, as Esau,
                      who for one morsel of meat
                      sold his birthright''...Hebrews 12:16





                     It was the year 2000.
                     Joshua was newly employed
                     In my office;
                     A Millennium Staff,
                     A Chartered Accountant,
                     And a bubbling christian.



                 
                   He was everything I ever
                   Wanted in a man.
                   Tall, eloquent, intelligent
                   And good looking.
                   He was God- sent
                   So, I thought.




                   I was desperate.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Agony of Loneliness




                                     then the Lord  God said,
                                    ''it is not good that the man
                                     should be alone...'' Genesis 2:18



                                   The reality of loneliness
                                   Began to dawn on me
                                   After my 33rd birthday.
                                   A promising future;
                                   A fulfilling career,
                                   Yet no soulmate.




                                  I had prayed,
                                  I had fasted,
                                  Just that God is slow
                                  In keeping His promises.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Missing Piece





























                       "if you faint in the day of adversity,
                        your strength is small'' Proverbs 24:10




                      I never took notice
                     That I've never had an intimate
                     Relationship at the University
                     Until I started working.


                 
                    Tongues were wagging,
                    Friends were mocking;
                    My parents were getting rather impatient.



                   Don't get me wrong.
                   I had admirers-
                   Prospective suitors,
                   Just that they were not so spiritual.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Spirit of Excellence




             '' forasmuch as an excellent spirit,
              and knowledge, and understanding,
              interpreting of dreams, and shewing
              of hard sentences, and dissolving
              of doubts were found in the same
              Daniel...'' Daniel 5:12




              Shortly after I gained admission
              Into the University,
              I joined  a Campus Fellowship
              And became a prominent
             Prayer leader.
         



           It may interest you to know
           I never found it challenging
           Building a spiritual lifestyle
          On campus
          With my academics.
           I was such a genius!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

My Divine Encounter






















                  ''who is like unto thee,
                    O Lord, among the gods?
                    who is like thee,
                    glorious in holiness,
                    fearful in praises,
                    doing wonders?'' Exodus 15:11





                    God did answered
                     My prayer.
                    This is an experience
                     I would never forget.
                     I called it
                    ''My Divine Encounter.''





                    It was at a 3- day
                    Open air crusade,
                    Tagged '' Holy Spirit''
                    And this really fascinated me.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

I Need to Know





         " my people are destroyed for
          lack of knowledge...." Hosea 4:6





            Knowledge, they say
            Is power.
            It was mid term break
           And this thought of the
           Holy Spirit
           Bothered my mind.
           Peace elude me.



          I must ask Daddy.
         He seemed so religious.
         I guessed he knew
        The scriptures so well
        Better than little Jane.
        He must have the answers.



        My Dad came as usual
        To pick me
        And I asked,
      ''Who is the Holy Spirit?''

Saint Janet




           " even a child is known by his doings,
           whether his work be pure,
           and whether it be right.'' Proverbs 20:11




          My name is Janet.
          Fondly called ''Saint Janet"
          I was such a godly child.
          My mother said,
          My first words after I was weaned
          is HALLELUJAH !


         I was so different
         From my siblings
        Very churchy and obedient
        And she took notice of it.



        I started school early.
        It was actually at High School
       That I had the salvation experience.
       Then, I was 12 years old.
       My bosom friend led me to Christ.



       The memory of that
       Crucial moment
       Still lingers on...

Monday, 21 November 2016

PROLOGUE : The Backslider





















          

           "wherefore he that thinketh he standeth 
             should take heed,
             lest he fall". 1 Corinthians 10: 12



             Oh diary!
             Satan really played tricks on me.
             Can you imagine?
             Born again, Spirit-filled,
             Tongue speaking,
             Prayer warrior;
             Fervent in the Lord,
             Yet I fell,
             Like a pack of cards.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Moses Heads To The Village




 



                         "For this my son was dead, and he is alive again;
                          He was lost, and is found...." Luke 15:24




                        It was with mixed feelings
                        That Moses left for
                        Iyamoyong, a village in Cross River State.




                      His mother, Ekaete
                      Was at first, startled.
                     "This must be his ghost," she said.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Meet The Johnsons





                           "O give thanks unto the Lord;......
                             For his mercy endureth forever." Psalm 136:1




                          
                    
                           Dr Johnson filed a missing person report
                           And placed an ad in a popular local newspaper.
                           He stood as surety for Moses;
                           And after satisfying all legal requirements,
                           Moses was granted bail and set free.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Favoured






                                     "Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions: Psalm 132:1



                                     Moses was well attended to by the Nurses
                                     And he was resuscitated back to life.
                                     A 3-day bed rest was recommended by Dr Johnson
                                     And he was referred to the General Ward.




                                   Dr Johnson has soft spot for Moses
                                   And kept wondering what could
                                   Have led such a promising
                                   Young chap to police custody.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Behind Bars





                             "Until the time that his word came:
                               The word of the Lord tried him." Psalm 105:19





                             In broad daylight,
                             Moses became a prisoner
                             For no just cause.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Square Peg in a Round Hole





                                          "For the Lord heareth the poor,
                                           And despiseth not his prisoners" Psalm 69:33





                                         As he walked bare-footed
                                         Under the scorching sun,
                                         He could only glance at the food
                                         Being hawked,
                                         He had vowed never to steal again
                                         After the trauma he survived
                                        Yesterday.
                                        He would rather die hungry
                                        Than being a glorified day robber.





                                      He sat down
                                      Beside the beggars 
                                     On the streets of Lagos
                                     When he could no longer
                                     Bear the heat of the scorching sun
                                     At his feet.



                                   Within the twinkle of an eye,

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

At a Crossroads

      

                                   "I am poor and needy, and my
                                     heart is wounded within me" Psalm 109:22



                                 
                                  Moses woke up with migraine,
                                  The reason could not be far fetched;
                                  He didn't eat anything last night.



                                  He thanked God
                                  For yet another day
                                  And prayed for better days
                                  Ahead.



                                Not so long after
                                He had prayed,

Monday, 16 May 2016

Hungry Moses





                      "Bread of deceit is sweet to a man;
                        But afterwards his mouth shall
                        Be filled with gravel"  Proverbs 20:17





                      Don't let him go,
                      Thief! thief!
                      Ole! Ole!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Child of Destiny






                                Oh diary!
                                Before Christ was born,
                                His destiny had been foretold.
                                Pharaoh's daughter
                                Had compassion on Moses
                                For he was destined
                                To be a deliverer of Israel.




                              Oh diary!
                              The counsel of God
                              Stands forever; Genesis 37:18-28
                              Joseph's brothers fought
                              Aggressively against
                              His destiny,
                              Yet, he became a Prime Minister
                               In Egypt.



         
                          Oh diary!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Gift of Salvation








                                "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper:
                                 But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them
                                 Shall have mercy." Proverbs 28:13




                               After Jenny's lamentation,
                               I decided to be of help if
                               She promised to turn a new leaf.


                              It was very glaring that she was
                              Fed up with her way of life.



                             I invited her to Church
                             And was not too surprised
                             That she heed the altar call.



                            I was glad..
                            So glad.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Jenny's Tales of Woe and Agony







                                    "There is a way which seemth right
                                      Unto a man, but the end thereof
                                      Are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12



                                   
                                    Shortly after my honeymoon,
                                    I had a frank face to face chat
                                    With Jenny.
                                    I was particularly disturbed and
                                    Flabbergasted by her miserable look...

Monday, 9 May 2016

The Estranged Guest







                         "And when the king came in to see the guests...
                         ........ Friend,how camest thou in hither not having
                          A wedding garment?........" Matthew 22:11-12






                      We matched into the beautifully
                      Decorated hall with the bridal train,
                      Guests were already seated;
                      And they gave us a standing ovation.



                      It was a funfair;
                      Eating, drinking, dancing
                      And merry making.




                   We took beautiful snapshots
                   With family, friends and well- wishers.
                   However, just before the closing remark
                   By the bridegroom,
                   There was a loud noise
                   At the gate.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Holy Matrimony








                       "Let us be glad and rejoice,and
                        Give honour to him:
                        For the marriage of the lamb is come,
                        And his wife hath made herself ready." Revelation 19:7







                    I walked down the aisle
                    In the arms of my loving father
                   And stood in front of the priest.
                   Paul was already waiting;

Thursday, 5 May 2016

A New Beginning








                            "For wisdom is a defence,
                             And money is a defence,
                             But the excellency of knowledge
                             Is that wisdom giveth life to
                             Them that have it" Ecclesiastes 7:12






                           After much counselling
                           And encouragement,
                           I got financial support to
                           Enrol in the School of Nursing.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

God of a Second Chance



     

                             "If the foundations be destroyed
                              What can the righteous do?" Psalm 11:3




                          I didn't know how to pray,
                          But I knew the Lord's prayer.
                          Everyday, when I wake up,
                          I recited the Lord's prayer
                         And this continued for a while.


                     
                        Then, one day,

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Finding Mercy






                          "Wealth maketh many friends,
                            But a poor man is separated from
                            His neighbour" Proverbs 19:4





                         Jenny and I had parted ways.
                         She was damn too lucky;
                         One of her many drug baron
                         Had flown her abroad.
                         No close pal or confidante any more.




                        I was rather unfortunate,
                        Nobody wants to be my friend any more.
                        I had no money to throw around,
                        I was left to fate.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Dad met his Waterloo





               

 "In the day of prosperity be joyful,
                    But in the day of adversity
                    Consider:" Ecclesiastes 7:14a




               My day of reckoning began
               When Dad's business collapsed.
               He had retired from civil service
               Voluntarily to set up a finance house.
               Until his retirement,
               He was the Accountant-General
               Of the State.




              He met his Waterloo




             When he was duped of a 50M dollar
             Mortgage loan.
             His major assets and property
             Were sold and his savings
             Began to dwindle.



            He couldn't look up to me
            For help,
            I was a disgrace to the family.
            My brother, John
           A qualified lawyer,
           Took the legal proceedings of the fraud
           Till the case rested.



           I had no source of income
           And the freebies I enjoyed
           From Daddy was put on hold.
         



          My account went red,
          I became dead
          Broke!
         
    

Thursday, 28 April 2016

My Incredible Bunk Mate





                                     "Can the Ethiopian change
                                      His skin, or the leopard
                                      His spots" Jeremiah 13:23a


                   
                        Jenny was such an incredible bunk mate.
                        Hardly did she attend lectures.
                        A night crawler,
                        A chain smoker,
                        A drug addict,
                        A lazy bone.
                        She drinks to stupor and gives me
                        Sleepless nights with her snores.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Campus, Another Sodom, Another Babylon





                         "Verily I say unto you
                           It shall be more tolerable
                           For Sodom and Gomorrah
                           Than for that city" Matthew 10: 15



                On my book shelf
                 Is a dusty KJV bible,
                 Presented to me
                 By Mom.
               


                I never opened it
                But, it was always my companion.
                I hate church,
                I kept a distance from the fanatics
                On campus.
                How I hated them with a passion!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Little Bossy Madam




                                       "Do unto others
                                        As you would have them
                                        Do unto you" Luke 6 : 31


                    I was rather too harsh
                   On the house helps.
                   I gave them a hard labour
                   For their meagre pay.
                  I frustrated their efforts.




                 You bend the rules,
                 You're fired!
                 Nobody messes with the boss'
                 Little angel.





                             

Monday, 25 April 2016

Sweet 16



                 Shortly after my mother died,
                 I became Daddy's centre of attraction;
                "Apple of his eyes".
                He was such a doting father.



               I didn't miss Mom though,
              We were always at loggerheads.
              She had a third eye
              For unprecedented situation,
              Dad however, was a blind sailor,
             Who saw the stormy sea,
             Yet pat you on the back;
             And sail all along,
            Till you had a shipwreck.
            He spoilt me silly.



           That reminds  me,
           My sixteen birthday bash!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Daddy, you were wrong, Mummy was right


                                             




        "Train up a child in the way
          He should go,
          And when he is old,
          He will not depart from it'' Proverbs 22:6



         My mother!
         My sweet mother of blessed memory,
         Late Mrs Abanikanda,
        You were a rare gem.
        Wish I had listened,
        Wish I had obeyed.
        You led by example,
        Yet, I, your daughter,
       "Maria mimo" (Holy Mary)
        As you fondly called me
       Was a black sheep.


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Diary of Sister Mary




                               
                                     Oh diary!
                                     It really amazes me how time flies.
                                     Such is life!
                                     Wish I could turn back the hand of time.
                                     Silly me. So, I am 40 years old today?
                                     Can't believe it! God have mercy.
                                     Can't believe I've wasted my prime years
                                     Chasing shadows.
                                     Thought I was smart,
                                     But, all along I've been living in
                                     A fool's paradise.


                                    Oh diary!
                                    Remember, how brilliant a chap
                                    I was, back in the days...
                                    Studious, inquisitive and witty.
                                    Remember the laurels and awards
                                    I received for my prestigious college
                                    I must have been fooled..
                                   The bible is right..
                                   A companion of fools shall be destroyed.. proverbs 13: 20

                               
                               
                                  Oh diary!
                                  My life has been in shambles
                                  Until now..
                                  Christ saved me!
                                  Thank you, sweet Jesus
                                   For the salvation of my soul.



                                 Oh diary!
                                 Wait till I tell you more
                                 Of my escapades
                                 I might just be saving a life
                                 By this write-up.


                                Oh diary!
                                Had I known!