BOOK SUMMARY OF WHEN GOD CAME BY ELECHI AMADI

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Main characters:

  1. Mr God
  2. UN
  3. Prof Ekpo
  4. Habiba
  5. Secretary General of the United Nations
  6. Security council

The novel When God Came by Elechi Amadi comprises of two stories- Song of the Vanquished and When God came.

It is easy to discern from the narrative of this multifaceted yet easy to read book, the growing concern of the author for man, its future and environment. The notion he has formulated while being revelatory about the subject is centred around Nigeria and findings of scientist especially astronomers. His perspective has its root in the ancient times when nuclear fusion was perfected – this made people believe that the golden age of man had arrived and the problem of dumping vast quantities of radioactive ash from crude nuclear power houses was no more, decadence of the species and man’s expedition especially astronomers to the first encounter with extra-terrestrial being.

The first story in the novel started with the arrival of an extra-terrestrial creature with an unusual appearance- Mr God to the house of the Secretary General of the United Nations uninvited. He disrupts his almost unconscious mind (sleep) with a buzz from his intercom by his Head of Security-Mr Chris talking about a man insisting on seeing him for a brief talk about human beings on this planet and introduced himself s their creator.

All attempts to stop Mr God from seeing the S.G by security personnel’s failed as doors opened automatically for him, no one could touch him nor come so close to him because of an invisible wall as described by the character Mr Chris. When he finally gained entrance into the house of the S.G as well as his attention, he requested that the Security Council be summoned so that he could speak with them and thereafter, to the world. All efforts to stop the convening of members of the Security Council for this discussion with Mr God and thereafter with the world based on the grounds of insanity from by the S.G proved abortive. After some thought on the creature, its powers, the Security Council and the world of science, S.G agreed on convening the council in a week time.

The council in disbelief of Mr God’s person and powers during the meeting decided to put him through a test-bringing in some terminally ill patients to him for healing. He requested he take them with him and bring them back the following day but no one will go with him except the sick, bringing to their knowledge what they-members of the security council were thinking- testing Mr God’s medical expertise and picking up some medical knowledge from him. The following day when Mr God brought back the men, they were not only well and buoyant but looked radiant and rather younger.

The U.N had convened a special session of the world’s scientists, philosophers and theologians for a three-day dialogue with Mr God where all their questions about his personality and creation was answered.

Published copies of the highlight of the ‘Dialogue with God’ which earths wise men could recall from memory-as cameras couldn’t capture his image nor record what he said and on which there was overwhelming corroboration, sold millions of copies within a few weeks.

The second story ‘Song of the Vanquished’ according to the writer was told by Pro Kwaki-a life-long assistant to Professor Ekpo, one of the major characters in the novel. It was recovered high up on the Kilimanjaro peak in 9010 by a team of Nigerian and Kenyan archaeologists.

It provides a detailed report on the dissolution of the species-man caused by nuclear holocaust, another dominant animal, environmental change, biological deterioration and others through Professor Ekpo’s theory ‘Decadence of the Species’- a product of many brilliant scientists from many disciplines and discoveries gotten after several researches done by the U.N.

In the midst of these discoveries, man’s true nature was revealed- the ability to amidst fear of the unknown come up with ways of staying younger, cravings to be loved and the desire to make use of the available time left to her benefit.

BOOK SUMMARY OF TRUMP 101- THE WAY TO SUCCESS BY DONALD J. TRUMP

 

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Still glowing from the success of his hit TV show- The Apprentice, the world most famous real estate investor, beauty pageant impresario, philanthropist, conventional business man and a bestselling author Donald J. Trump; once again released another creative venture that embodies his unique style and larger- than-life persona in Trump 101- The Way to Success. He has compiled the wisdom and tactics he has used to become a billionaire through his short, to-the- point lessons that contain the essentials he feels can raise one’s spirit and power one who is searching for knowledge far beyond his or her wildest dream, to the top in his/her career/business.

In Trump 101, Trump is seen as a personal mentor and coach as he shares tips, tactics and strategies in thirty-three chapters to help make the most of oneself, career and life. He provides vital information containing basic rules or beliefs and shows one how to make it work. Also to be seen are challenging questions submitted to him on his popular Trump University blog along with honest answers.

The most fascinating element of Trump 101-The Way to Success are the direness of his stories. This is not a guy who talks about small things; he dashes off statements like
“For seven years, New York City had been trying to rebuild and restore this beautiful skating rink but it never seemed to work. I stepped in and finished it in three months and for less than ten percent of the city’s twenty one dollar million cost, everyone benefitted”.
“Thinking small when you could think big limits you in all aspects of your life”
“Remember the saying, ‘it’s lonely at the top’ I don’t agree with it. Someone who didn’t want any competition probably coined it. I’m secure enough in my success to welcome competition and being at the top is a great feeling”.
“Few things are as exciting and schedule blowing as a new baby- just ask any father and he will agree…”
‘’ Despite what people think, I wasn’t born with the Midias touch. I’ve been very lucky- I’m the first to admit it…’’

Trump 101 captures Trump’s management skills, career and financial advice as well as lessons on the most important qualities and skills every business person needs- passion. Other lessons include:
Finding the work you love and doing it
Setting high standards and meeting them
Negotiating to win
Being tough, not nasty
Turning problems, even disasters into gold
Concentrating on your target
Keeping your momentum boiling
Thinking Trump scale
Insisting on perfection
Toughing it out and lots more.

A photo album of his holdings and schedules round out the book.

BENEFITS OF PREPAID METER

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Most distribution companies are currently deploying energy prepayment meters in its area of supply. These Electronic meters are intended to replace the old post-payment meters.

Though the new energy prepayment meter will in no doubt have its challenges for both the DISCOs and the Nigerian energy consumer, the pros will outweigh the cons.

The first obvious benefit of these new energy prepayment meters to energy consumers is fair billing. Energy consumers in Nigeria have always complained about the unfair billing method used by distribution companies. However, with these new energy prepayment meters energy consumers in Nigeria will only pay for actual energy consumed.

The second benefit of this prepayment meter to the consumer is control. Energy consumers can now control their energy consumption. If you find yourself using more energy, you can decide on what to cut-out in order to reduce your energy consumption.

Cases of meter theft is bound to reduce, this is because each prepayment meter is tied to a smartcard, which means that a stolen prepayment meter will be useless without the smart card. Every prepayment meter has a unique identification number that can be tracked electronically. Therefore, consumers can be sure of meter security.

Another great benefit of this electrical energy prepayment meters on Nigerian energy consumer is its potential for reliable power supply. The revenue of DISCOs will be proportional to actual energy used by her consumers. This will no doubt force distribution companies to deploy more power capacity in order to boost revenue generation and also increase reliability.

FIELD STARTUP CHALLENGE INSPIRES YOUTHS ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

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Fast-tracking Innovation Entrepreneurship & Leadership Development (FIELD) Africa through her startup challenge invites young African entrepreneurs to create solutions that are scalable for the poor access in the region, leveraging technology and the mobile economy.

Speaking on the initiative, Mr. Orji Austin, FIELD Africa CIO noted that “According to a 2015 McKinsey & Company report, the growth of e-commerce is expected to reach 10% of Africa’s retail business. A huge percentage of the remaining business is done using traditional logistic challenged with poor road & transportation infrastructure. Also, while governments across Africa are making efforts to fix infrastructure, startups with genuine idea and vision to create easy access leveraging technology and innovation to drive value both to the urban cities and the people living at the bottom of the pyramid are invited to join the FIELD startup challenge”.

FIELD Africa notes that, this platform will afford selected participants $20,000 worth of business support, access to a support network and finance to enable the entrepreneurs scale their impact by scaling their venture. Entrepreneurs working in other critical sectors such as; Healthcare, Clean energy, Education, Financial inclusion, Water & sanitation and Agriculture are also encourage to apply.

Interested persons are to proceed to the organization’s website at http://www.fieldafrica.com for further application details. All applicants are to note that applications will be evaluated on a roll-in basis. Applicants that are first to apply stand a better chance.

THE NIGERIAN INDIGENOUS CULTURE; CHANGING-TIMES, IDEAS AND STRATEGIES FOR REBUILDING.

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Nigeria is considered a super-power in the African continent, little wonder the saying “When Nigeria sneezes, the rest of the African nations (with the exception of South Africa) catch cold.” It has the largest population in Africa and the land is endowed with vast quantities of natural resources. It is the sixth largest oil-producing nation and has a well-educated and industrious society.

Before the advent of Western colonialism, Nigeria had consisted of over 450 linguistic or ethnic groups, each of which was independent of the other, having its own values, culture, religion, politics and economic activity. None of these groups had anything to do with the others. It was the British colonialists that brought these disparate groups together under one political umbrella and called it Nigeria.

In order for these disparate groups to live together in harmony and to enable the colonialists comfortably exploit the natural resources of the territory without disturbance, the British imposed on the people their mores, culture, education, art, language and religion, presenting the Nigerian cultural and social values as archaic and anachronistic, which must be discarded and replaced with European culture. This made the people to abandon their culture and replace it with Western culture.

Culture plays a vital role in the physical and mental development of an individual in any society. The functioning of every human body is not only moulded by the culture within which the individual has been reared but also by the way he was born into society with a definite culture; been fed and disciplined, fondled and put to sleep, punished and rewarded.

The current phase of globalization has further alienated the people from their roots as a result of the impact of information and communication technology. Through the globalized media, people all over the world are being made to look the same, profess the same faith, speak the same language, wear the same type of dress, enjoy the same type of music, and eat the same type of food. It is globalization that is responsible for the destruction of primitive cultural practices such as communalism, the dignity of the human person, respect for elders, hospitality and brotherly love, women not having equal recognition with their male counterparts and others such as, bigamy, the killing of twins and the use of human heads in burying notable personalities like kings and queens, which caused blatant violation of human rights. While globalization is therefore eulogized for bringing about the belief in the universal validity of the notion of human rights, the same globalization is also blamed for slavery and colonization, which caused the violation of the rights of Nigerians

It was revealed in a study that globalization has put many Nigerians in conflicting situation over what constitutes their real cultural identity and the result is, the Nigerian who is neither wholly indigenous nor totally foreign but a split personality.

If colonialism did not completely succeed in uprooting Nigerians from their roots through the imposition of foreign rule and missionary activities, globalization is, through the activities of the new media – the internet, email, Facebook, twitter, cable and satellite televisions. Acculturation or cultural globalization has thus created conflicting situations, which trespasses on cultures undermining acculturation and human relations.

The big question before us now is how do we remedy this situation? How do we revamp our unique indigenous culture? How do we rescue the Nigerian from this foreign cultural onslaught, which has debased him and made him a stranger in his own country? How then can the Nigerian come back to his original root? For some people like a former Nigerian Minister, Mazi Mbonu Ojike, who campaigned against imitating the European way of life, the ubiquitous presence in Africa, and insisted that Africans should content themselves with what they have; the only way is for the country to close all its doors and windows and not allow any air from outside to contaminate or foul it. In other words, it is for Nigeria to turn its back completely on everything foreign.

Nevertheless, while rejecting foreign cultural impositions, Nigerians should, at the same time resist the temptation of throwing away the baby with the bath water. They should recognize the weaknesses or limitations of the communal society, its cleavages and differentiations, such as the multiplicity of castes, status, secret cults, professional and religious groups. Also, while refusing to be sandwiched by foreign cultures, Nigerians should know that it is not everything that comes from inside that is good, while it is not everything that comes from outside that is bad. It is in their interest therefore, to be wise enough to make right judgment.

Nigeria must come to terms with her own subjectivity by modifying traditional and foreign cultural values in conformity with the realities and exigencies of the day. The modification of these values will yield a system of cultural values that are peculiar to her, but open to all societies. Accordingly, the Nigerian must discard or kick against traditional norms or practices that could render him increasingly weak, or could imprison him in the past.

Nigeria, in the era of globalization, should not see herself as an island, nor a means, but an end. She should assimilate aspects of European cultural values which are progressive in nature but avoid the rigidity associated with them, as it is based on a social conservatism rooted in the exploitation of man by man. Nigeria therefore needs to strike a necessary balance between her indigenous cultures and foreign cultural influences to meet with the realities of current globalization. True globalization therefore, affirms mutual inter-exchange of cultures and not isolation, or the domination of one culture by another.

Even though Nigeria is coming up strongly in her movie industry, popularly known as Nollywood, which is being showcased all over the world through the communication media, Nigeria needs not proclaim only flag independence, she needs to develop appropriate technology suited to her people and her environment to free herself from this foreign and cultural domination. This technology must be used to improve the welfare of man and his environment and must be in harmony with nature. It should aim at benefitting all sections of the country.

There should be an outburst of poems and scholarly articles targeted at recapturing the lost identity of Nigeria, as well as more movies and songs like the akwaibom ayaya, which showcases the rich Nigerian culture.

Government should among other things enrishine in the school’s curriculum of primary and secondary schools language teaching and learning in their mother tongue and some other major languages in Nigeria like Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo. They should encourage development of the orthography of many more Nigerian languages, and produce text-books in Nigerian languages.