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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

ARE WE THE CHANGE OUR NATION NEEDS. I've been opportuned to participate in several free discussions with other Nigerians on matters bothering on the Nigerian situation, Α̲̅Ω̴̩̩̩̥d̶̲̥̅̊ in most cases we do agree that the problem is as a result of bad leadership which we all know is a plague destroying our gd Nation. Uhmm creating change in our society starts with u Α̲̅Ω̴̩̩̩̥d̶̲̥̅̊ I understanding having a gd leader as the head starts with U Α̲̅Ω̴̩̩̩̥d̶̲̥̅̊ I been a gd leader as a father, mother teacher, principal,boss , pastor, traditional ruler, councillor, senator, honourable, governor Α̲̅Ω̴̩̩̩̥d̶̲̥̅̊ finally the president. The change we've always sought will only come when we all see leadership roles as an opportunity to serve rather than an opportunity to exploit. Be the change, it starts with u. written by soyebi samson.o. Gd morng wishing u all a great day. Α̲̅Ω̴̩̩̩̥d̶̲̥̅̊ pls don't 4get to tune into 103.1unilag fm this morng at 9.00 am, we'll be talking about creating opportunity for Nigerians Α̲̅Ω̴̩̩̩̥d̶̲̥̅̊ our Empower Nigeria summit coming up btw the 20th Α̲̅Ω̴̩̩̩̥d̶̲̥̅̊ 22nd of july. We'll be live on radio this morng, pls join us to contribute to the conversion. Thank u
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Monday, 19 May 2014

Nigeria is a giant problem (those who profit from it as it is would argue otherwise). WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

In late January 2013, I was invited to give a short lecture and acoustic performance at Federal Polytechnic Offa to mark the school’s 20th anniversary. I drove there early in the morning with two members of my crew. After about 4hours on the road, and with only a few minutes to our destination, we encountered a make-shift road-block at the Erinle-Offa “border”. It was manned by a large number of mean-looking individuals holding pistols, rifles, swords, machetes and hunting knifes. They descended upon us violently and ordered us out of the car. I informed them that we were on our way to Offa. Immediately, we heard voices saying, “They are from Offa, hit them, maul them, kill them!” My 2 assistants were dragged out of the car, roughened up, slapped and punched. They were made to go on their knees. The tip of a sword was thrust near my face and I was pulled out of my seat. Several rifles were trained upon me as I stood by the side of the car quietly. It seemed as if we would be shot, cut to pieces and burned to ashes in a matter of seconds by these drugged up vigilantes. Suddenly, one of their handlers who was sitting under a tree some distance off recognised me and shouted “Don’t you know who it is, that’s Beautiful Nubia, the man who sang ‘Owuro L’ojo”. Slowly the ‘warriors’ relaxed and lowered their weapons.

One said, “Why didn’t you just tell us who you were when you were stopped?” They explained that a border “war” was on between Erinle and Offa and we had driven right into the thick of it. Several people had been killed and property destroyed, both towns were on total lock-down and the school we were going to had been ordered shut as well. We would not be allowed to pass through Erinle to get to Offa and were told that it would be too risky to even try taking an alternate road. We should just go back to Lagos. I chose to take the risk and goon to my destination through an alternative route.

What struck me most strongly about this encounter were the sense of insecurity and the lack of government presence. Those Erinle warriors barricaded a highway and assaulted people as they wished, and there was not one security agent anywhere near. Of course this is child’s play compared to what obtains in several other parts of this “country”. There is no organized government here, just organized thievery and corruption. Perhaps it is time to take this land back from all these poorly bred, wicked and twisted elements that populate the halls of power? Perhaps the people of this time can decide to make that change and create a society that thrives on excellence and creativity? Nigeria is a giant problem (those who profit from it as it is would argue otherwise) but we can fix it – either by giving all its federating units a chance to reconfigure it as a workable behemoth or peacefully break it up so that the people of this place have a chance to breathe true freedom and progress for once. We owe it to the innocents just being born and the young whose dreams are yet untainted.

-Segun Akinlolu

Twitter: beautiful_nubia

Wednesday, 7 May 2014


We are living in a real and true revolution time. We’ve got to wake up now from deep slumber, break away the economic chains that hold us down. True freedom does not come to those who sit and pray. Stand up, raise your voice and be heard.

It’s time to throw away the yoke of economic slavery. We’ve been used and abused far too long. Even as I speak the exploitation continues, the masters take the Gold and we get the pain just like before.

It doesn’t matter the colour of your skin, the man in Washington only cares for America economy. So when you need some economic help don’t you go there for salvation. We’ve got to depend on ourselves and look inward.

Segun Akinlolu (@beautiful_nubia)

Friday, 2 May 2014

The Great Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream

delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

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[AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from audio. (2)]

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."¹

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

                Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3

¹ Amos 5:24 (rendered precisely in The American Standard Version of the Holy Bible)

2 Isaiah 40:4-5 (King James Version of the Holy Bible). Quotation marks are excluded from part of this moment in the text because King's rendering of Isaiah 40:4 does not precisely follow the KJV version from which he quotes (e.g., "hill" and "mountain" are reversed in the KJV). King's rendering of Isaiah 40:5, however, is precisely quoted from the KJV.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014



I like to appreciate everyone for visiting our blog; your comments have been very helpful. In my last publication I discussed the impact of slave mentality in our society, and did close by saying Nigeria needs to be selling something, so we can create wealth as well as reduce the number of idle hands we have in our society today. Today, our subject of discourse is unemployment, a monster we have grown to know.
The oxford dictionary 2010 has described unemployment as a state of not having a job, and wealth as the state of being rich and affluent, having a plentiful supply of material goods and money. You will agree with me that these two tools (unemployment and wealth) used in measuring sustainability of a nation, are so far apart in Nigerian context today. Birth rate kept growing at a very alarming rate, increasing the realities of having more unemployed in our society not to talk of crime, the resultant effect of having so many idle hands.

Unemployment as a result of a Failed Educational System
I still remember my dad telling me I had to go to school so I can be successful. So, I worked hard to pass my SSCE and got admission into higher institution, my thoughts were, there is a ready job waiting for me at graduation. In fact, I believed I’ll be recruited even before my graduation year since that was my dad’s story and he was also looking forward to me having the same experience. I made up my mind to be outstanding in all my courses, but I later learnt after having waited for six months without a job that my dad’s information wasn’t complete or my case was different from his, it was as if no one was willing to engage me with my good grades. The reality was, there was just too many of us looking for the same job, we were all unemployed. I began to ask myself how I got here, how come my professors at the university never told me I’ll have to queue up for jobs.
Then, I found out all our education system permit my lecturers to teach me is how, what, where and when to produce goods and services, they never saw me as a product that would need to be sold. So knowledge of how, when, what and where to sell myself as a product was the 50% balance of my education I had to learn all by myself after having paid hugely for it. It dawned on me I have been paying for an incomplete education, so everyone with a job has actually been selling something through their services to the company they work for or a product they are selling.
I made up my mind to begin to sell, but since I don’t have money to start the production of a product or have sufficient funds to distribute an existing product, my last option was to sell my services through the skills I acquired in school, and before I knew it, I was selling, and could even use extra hands.
Our educational system has been producing half-baked graduates, they feed them with all the knowledge they can use in solving production problems, which are; HOW, WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE TO PRODUCE, but forgot that no matter how huge our production was, if we don’t sell, it doesn’t yet translate to wealth:
(Profit=Total revenue- Total cost)
which is the primary aim of every business, individual or society. We blame our government for not providing us with employment opportunities, but I beg to differ because as far as I know, our government cannot engage all employable youths in our society, they can only institute policies that will create opportunities, and that they are even failing to do.

The Effects in our Society
The list of the effects of unemployment is so huge that I don’t desire to discuss it anymore, it saddens my heart anytime I look back at how our able hands trained to produce goods and services meant to add to the wealth of our nation has now turned to hands perpetrating ritual killings, kidnap, rape, armed robbery and the baba of the baba is Boko-haram, a menace burning our nation and stealing our destiny day-in day-out are as a result of unemployment.
The Gap between Poverty as a result of unemployment and Wealth
I gave a mathematical expression of wealth creation which is total revenue minus total Cost; where total revenue is defined as the sum total of proceeds from the sales of goods and services while total cost is the sum total of expenses put into the production of goods and services. The left over is what is referred to as profit which I call wealth in this write up.
Our nation will never grow until we understand we must keep selling at a cost higher than our production cost and reduce purchases beyond our shores. We must begin to produce our products as gradually as possible, because both the total revenue and total cost stays within our shores, the profit will be added to our GDP (economy), it is then the ripple effect will be felt in the lives of our average Nigerian.
They told us our GDP has increased to about $509billion, but we can’t feel the impact on an average Nigerian’s per capital income yet, because a huge part of this amount stays in the hands of a little fraction of our population that understands the secret of wealth creation, and are actively using it to dictate the price we pay in exchange for goods and services. They own the big corporations in our nation today because, they knew the secret (producing and selling). You will notice big companies producing or importing most of our consumables and other products are owned by very few Nigerians, and they’ve kept us hostage with our taste in electricity, food, clothing, and other stuffs we use to forge our survival on a daily basis. The bulk of proceeds from the sales made, they invest outside the country where it is been used to better the economy of other nations. They kept doing this and hoping we would wake up from our slumber someday but sadly we never did, instead foreigners saw the opportunities with our green pasture while an average Nigerian saw the nation as a desert, we are so blindfolded.

This few wise men, dictate how much we buy our cement, food items, clothing, and other daily needs. They produce or import them so it’s easy to dictate how much we the fools must buy to keep them wealthy, since we had no regulatory body checking them and even when they do all they need is a big envelope. Sometimes when they want to check their control on the market, they will create artificial inflation and before you know it, we are dancing to their tune, we kept enriching them. They found out we loved western life style, so they kept selling at their price since we are keen on living western. We wanted furnitures made in China, tiles from Italy, phones from China, cars from Japan, Korea and the likes.
We gradually transferred our wealth to other nation through our purchases. Our country has now become a dumping ground for Tokunbo foods, cars, clothes, shoes and even human beings since they know we have no choice we’ll take it since we are not producing and we’ve got to eat to sustain our survival.

I ask again, what happened to promoting our Adire, Ankara and Aso-ofi, what happened to promoting our Ofada rice, What happened to fine tuning our educational system In such a way that it promotes our local contents and value, we now had British, Turkish and all sort of country’s standard schools in our country, the worst is we boast of this schools than we boast of our indigenous schools. We became a lost generation.

Way Forward
First, we need to change our attitude towards our local products, heritage and culture; because it is the only way we can begin to appreciate who we are, where we came from, and what we can do as Nigerians positively.
Our lifestyle must begin to reflect a new Nigeria, a Nigeria devoid of crime and corruption; we must begin to portray the goodness in us as a nation blessed by God himself.
We must be a good prophet of our nation, how we portray it through our action, inaction and statements, say a lot about us as a nation in the eye of other nation. A reflection of who we said we are will be felt in their dealings with us.
Finally we must begin to create replicas of those products we buy abroad with the same taste and satisfaction or close to it, as this is the only way we can gradually reposition our products amongst foreign products, and our wise men should be honest in their dealings. Some of them exploit Nigerians to the tune of billions of naira, and give back as charity millions of naira, while in our foolishness we applaud them. Nigeria! We must be wise.
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Garri production equipment

Happy new month Nigeria, I bring hope to the unemployed this new month.
Are you tired with your financial status quo and willing to turn your financial incapacitation around to becoming an employer of labour, here is your opportunity;

Cassavamillers and equipment ltd is selling self producing garri production equipment pls read

Cassava production has suffered tremendous setback in the country due to lack of constructive innovation. The
traditional process is riddled with stress and drudgery and that has hampered the growth of garri production.
The modern Garri Processing Plant is a new innovation that simplifies the production process by mechanizing the
cause of stress and drudgery in the system. It improves the availability and quality of garri by drastically
reducing the moisture content, hydrogneic content, the sand content, shelf life and the causes of microbial and
bacterial infestations. The Garri frying pot which is insulated with fibre glass, cuts off the incessant heat that
makes garri frying and production very stressful, tortuous and sedentary.
When the modern garri processing plant is located in an area cassava is preponderant, it creates wealth,
alleviates poverty empowers the rural folks and creates jobs.
Garri is our major staple food and the demand grows by the day while the supply keeps diminishing because the
old women who produce the garri are giving up because of the stress and drudgery and the young people are not
interested. The modern garri processing plant will reverse the ugly trend.
Cassava is God’s gift to the tropics because it can grow in poor soil with inadequate rainfall. The starchy roots of
cassava are major source of food for more than 500 million people all over the world.
Nigeria is the world largest producer of cassava. We produce over 41 million metric tones per annum and we are
followed by Brazil, Thailand, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and Indonesia. Thailand does the largest
global business in cassava because it is not part of their food security. They export over $20 billion worth of
cassava products annually. Nigeria tried to expand the local cassava business through the Cassava
Empowerment Fund but to no avail. Cassava is produced all over the country but more abundantly in all the
Southern and Middle Belt States of Nigeria and is widely consumed as garri and fufu.
Garri is produced from cassava tubers and is the commonest staple food in Nigeria consumed by over 130 million
people. We consume about 7.7 million metric tons of garri per year and it comes to about 30.7 million tons of our
cassava production. Our actual demand for garri is 12 million tons but we can not accomplish that because of
the stress and drudgery involved in the traditional production.
Garri is produced in the rural areas (where cassava is grown) by the local women. The young people are not
interested because of the stress and the drudgery involved in the traditional production, they will rather migrate to
the overcrowded cities where poverty is rampant.
We propose that the Tinsel group takes garri processing very seriously and give their garri a specific brand name
(Tinsel Garri) and push it proactively to saturate the Onitsha market within six months.
We also propose that they expand their production after one year and adopt a formidable marketing strategy that
will involve export to European and American markets. These can be done because the opportunities of tomorrow
belong to those who prepare for them today.
The Modern Garri Processing Plant will eliminate the stress and drudgery occasioned by the sedentary nature of
traditional garri production. It will reverse the trend of migration to the city and make the youths interested in
garri production. It will create local livelihood opportunities that will enable businesses and households to thrive
in their local domains rather than be forced to migrate to overcrowded cities where unemployment and crime hold
sway. It will create jobs and generate sustainable prosperity to reduce poverty in the rural areas. Modern garri
processing using the local cassava will build a local human resource base in the impact areas; this will inevitably
lead to empowerment which is the surest guarantee of sustainable growth.
Modern garri processing is a sustainable intervention in poverty alleviation because of the abundant availability of
the cassava tubers and the huge size of the garri market. It will enable the rural folks to escape extreme poverty
and ascend the ladder of economic growth. The garri project will strengthen farm-to-market linkages: Cassava
from the farms are processed in the modern processing plants and marketed domestically, regionally and
nationally. The market dynamics will create a regional economic engine that will enhance entrepreneurial growth.
The heart of this Modern Garri Processing innovation is the Roasting or Frying Pot which is made of stainless
steel and insulated with fiber glass to absorb heat from the fire. It is powered by 2 HP gear motor that rotates
the paddles that continuously turn the frying garri mash. The full lists of the equipment are:
1. 2 (No) stainless Steel Hammer Mill with:
15 HP electric motor.
Capacity – 1 ton/hr.
1. 2 (No) Fermentation Racks with:
Press Jack
1. 2 (No) Dewatering Racks with:
Mechanical Press Jack
1. I (No) Stainless Steel Granulator with:
7.5 HP electric motor
Capacity 1 ton/hr
1. 2 (No) Stainless steel Garri Roasting pot with:
2 HP electric motor, fiberglass insulation, exhaust pipes
and stainless steel paddles. It can be heated with
gas, charcoal, firewood, palm kennel shelves etc.
Capacity 2 ton/ day
6.1 Production Capacity: The Hammer Mill or Cassava Grating Machine and the Granulating Machine have
capacities of 1 ton per hour respectively. This means that within one day of 8 hours, they will process 8 tons of
cassava mash.
The two frying machines will then roast or fry them into two tons of garri or 40 bags of 50 kg each per day. Four
tons of cassava tubers produce one ton of garri.
The capacity of the plant is therefore 2 tons of garri or 40 bags of 50 kg each per day of 8 hours. Output will
increase if production hours increase.
6.2 Qualities of the Garri: Two Qualities that have scored our garri low in the international market are: sand
content and moisture content. The effects of the moisture content are more devastating because they cut short
the shelf life by making the garri rancid and thereby susceptible to microbial contamination and infestations. The
modern garri plant takes care of them.
The major qualities are:
It will have a moisture content of 9 – 10 percent. This means that microbial contamination and infestations
will not easily affect it.
The shelf life will be over eighteen (18) months. Government authorities can easily procure it as part of our
Food Reserve against disasters and emergencies.
Sand content is less than 1 percent, making it an excellent product to compete with those from other places.
Our garri has always been rejected in foreign markets because of high sand content.
Cyanide content is less than 10 percent which is the acceptable SON and NAFDAC standards.
There are different particle sizes to meet the tastes of different customers.
70 percent of the price will be paid at commissioning, 20 percent before delivery and installation and 10 percent
after installation and test run.
Delivery Period: Delivery of machines shall be 8 weeks from the payment of the 70 percent and the clearing of the
Installation: Our technicians will install and test-run the plant. The client will provide the central gear switch of
about 100 amps, motor starters and gear switches. We will prepare the bases for the Hammer Mill and the
Granulator but the client will provide the materials. It will take a maximum of 1-2 weeks if the electrical
connections, water, power etc are in place. The client will take care of the accommodation, transportation, feeding
etc of the technicians.
The production space should be about 200 square meters and the Frying Pots should be located in a well
ventilated location.
Test run: About 5 tons of cassava tubers shall be required for the test run and it will be provided by the client.
Training and Commissioning : Your operators: Technician (1), Welder (1), Electrician (1) and Operators (3) will be
trained during the installation. They are therefore supposed to participate in the installation and commissioning
Warranties: 6 months for any production problem excluding changeable parts affected by aging, misuse and
Technical Support: Supply of spare parts at short notice, maintenance, quality control to ensure standard and
consultancy services when needed.
Validity: This quotation is valid for 90 days from the date of submission after which the price may change.
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014


The Key to Successful Interior Design - Is a Good Client Brief part 3A
Start at the Beginning
Ok shall we start at the very beginning, the first meeting. This is where you need to find out all the nitty gritty details of the project. I can send you to a form as an idea of how to collate all this information.
Client name
Contact details including phone fax and email
Draft outline of design and documentation needed
Define the budget available
Estimation of fees and engagement letter
Size of project
Number of family members, pets,
Lifestyle (professional, family orientated, teenagers with lots of friends, babies, loads of pets, retired and relaxed, home office etc)
Current style of the house,
The type of construction,
Type of project - the overall content of the project (ie renovate the kitchen and bathrooms).
Individual rooms to be developed
Expected flow and arrangement from client
Expected timing of project
Particular tastes colors,
Other consultants needed,
Permission letters to research relevant records and plans Confirm consents required
Type of contract required to confirm timing
Receive any legal documents, titles, existing plans, building owner details etc.

It all seems totally boring and it is, but it is necessary as it is the bones of the project.
You then need to take one item at a time and expand on them either straight away or at your next meeting.
For example
Family Members - how many? What ages? What are their needs? This is especially important for the bathroom area - privacy, showers, baths, double basins, additional toilets. Equally important to construction too, sound proofing to walls, locks on doors, window stays to stop any kids falling out or teenagers sneaking out windows!

Current Style of the house, if it is a 1960's bungalow, what kind of style are you wanting to portray in the home? Is the whole house going to be updated eventually or simply the kitchen and bathrooms? Look for long-term plans as well as present as these can effect the look of the whole house if it doesn't flow cohesively. Some house styles limit design creativity as they don't lend to change well, for example heavy dark exposed timber beamed ceiling with thick heavy stippled plaster. Difficult to change the look of this without major work or relining the entire ceiling. Then the windows and doors inside are often heavy dark timber too.
The Key to Successful Interior Design - Is a Good Client Brief part 4
Expand on Your Brief Outline
The type of construction, this is vitally important for structural purposes, for example you may want to put granite bench tops in the kitchen, these are extremely heavy and if you had a timber framed floor would need additional engineering support for the floor, the same applies if you wanted to add marble to the bathroom floor on the first storey, again very heavy. If you want to lay tiles or vinyl over timber floorboards is another example. Whether internal walls are load bearing, you may want to remove them. You will need to find out about the state of the plumbing system and electrical wiring. These have a major impact on the budget if you don't find out about them at the start of the project.

The Budget - this is a major part of the brief, a good designer brings their project in on budget, this keeps everyone happy! It means that when you do your initial planning you are realistic as to what materials, fittings and fixtures are affordable, and you can set a priority list and use it to get the best quality project for your money.

I have just written an article in my blog about quality of finishes. I visited a home of a friend recently, they had just bought it. It was an expensive home, well designed and laid out, open plan and flowing, but do you know what hit me as I walked in? Printed cotton drapes, not sophisticated Toille de Jouy printed cotton, but the kind you find in a cheap "you find it all here" store. My jaw dropped, mouth opened and I think I swallowed a fly, because I nervously choked! I was flabbergasted at the expense spent on the construction and then throwing up some silly flimsy bits of fabric resembling curtains seemed to totally strip the home of it's value, lower the design integrity severely and I had to walk around the rest of the house with by head looking at the carpet, which was good quality by the way. So what I am saying is that you need to allow for everything, and then add 10% for a contingency.

Let's face it no matter how hard we budget there are always unforseen things that crop up, and I think in this case the money for the curtains was stolen! You need to let your client know that you will hold a contingency for the budget, just to ease there mind when these problems arise.

Remember one change to the project may cost $500.00 which is ok, but 10 and you are up to $5,000.00, and it can happen so quickly!

more to come....
The Key to Successful Interior Design - Is a Good Client Brief part 5
Creating a Realistic Project Budget
One thing that often arises relating to budget is the Jones factor, similar to the Sheep example! It basically means that the client wants what the Joneses have.

They are the most difficult to control as they are basically spoilt children.

This is a treadmill in our consumer society, we all have to have everything, especially if the neighbours have it, we have to have it or better. The reality of it all is that most people do not have the budget to keep up with the Joneses! My husband has this expression and I hate it, I will tell you why later, but it is a good thing to remember.

"There are a lot of people with a champagne taste and a beer budget!" Do you know what happens to these people, yes, they are never happy, they are always trying to keep up with the Joneses and they never will, they cannot make a decision for themselves. But do you know the sad thing? The Joneses are probably trying to impress someone else, they probably don't realise their already high position in the consumer social class!

Back to the earlier note: Why I hate the expression? Because I love champagne and drink beer, no really, white wine, but not champagne! Never mind the expression does explain a lot of people's ideals and fantasies about their appearances. Remember that a person's home is an extension of themselves. If the client wears designer clothing labels then they will probably have their home full of designer furnishings. Does this make there house a home? Or does it make it a clone of Ikea, Ralph Lauren, actually I am a little out of my depth here with designer clothing and furnishing labels where you all come from! But you know where I am going to here. No it doesn't, a home exudes personalities and this is where we come in.
We are the facilitator of personal style. We listen, we consider, we analyse, we communicate, we experiment, we provide ideas, we rework ideas, and we get to the soul of the client and we help them express themselves through their home. This is what I want you to remember when you think of the client's budget. You have the skills to create amazing interiors on a small budget, but the client has to be working with you and have realistic goals for the final outcome.

The Key to Successful Interior Design - Is a Good Client Brief part 6
Keep expanding and define the scope of work.
The Overall Changes - in other words, the scope of work. What do they want to do with their renovations. Is it simply a repaint with new carpet, drapes and furniture or more extensive construction and cabinetry work involved. List up what they want to achieve, what changes are required and to what rooms, what contractors will be involved and their input. This all helps when you want to define the budget and start prioritizing. This is often where you have problems, the husband wants his garage lined and carpeted, speakers for his stereo, and a bathroom added to it. (perhaps he wants his bed moved in too!)The wife wants a new kitchen and study to do her handicrafts! How do you find out what they really want and which takes priority if they can't even work it out. You don't want to start being a marriage guidance councillor. I have had a few clients who used me as a pawn to get what they wanted, unknowingly to me but they were both putting words in my mouth and trying to get what they wanted by suggesting to each other that I thought it was a wonderful idea to add a fireplace to the kitchen or a big screen TV in the bedroom for example. It's all about communication and teamwork. You also don't want to get into the situation where you have started the project and the client decides to add things to the scope, "oh, while we have the fireplace wall under demolition, we might as well add a recess for the plasma TV above", these little client inspired ideas can throw your budget, so try and pre-empt them! Think about the spaces you will be working in and look to the future, try and foresee what they might want and ask before you get started.

Lifestyle - this is important when it comes to finding the right style of decoration. You need to find out how the occupiers of the home work on a daily basis. It is no use having a stark white kitchen with clean sleek horizontal surfaces when you have toddlers and babies and you spend all day making food for them. Getting everything out and putting it away again and again. You need something with user friendly appliance storage, easy access and a more softened look if you are going to spend most of the day in the kitchen. Same thing for a mass of teenagers you would need to allow a large space for a huge refrigerator as they will also eat all day!

The Key to Successful Interior Design - Is a Good Client Brief part 7
The Designer Detective
The biggest thing to remember here is that the ideas that the client has and the practical ability of it working for them may be quite different, you as the designer need to work around what they envisage as the end result and make sure before you start that it will actually work for them.
As I said earlier, use your detective skills, call in when they aren't expecting you, visit at meal times, Saturday morning is always a good time to see how a house flows, call in when it's raining or muddy outside, observe how the occupants live and how they move about and their habits. Do they pick up after themselves, or leave a cookie trail? The cream shag pile carpet the mother is dying to put in the living room just won't work if she has a home full of teenage boys and their friends who walk in the door without wiping their feet, taking shoes off and eat in the living room with their burgers and coke. It spells recipe for disaster, so you would probably have to direct this decision to a compromise and perhaps have a firmer, darker, tighter weave loop pile carpet with perhaps a cream shag pile rug under the coffee table for example! A win, win for everyone.
Now then, the most important part - the aesthetics! What style or look you or your client want to achieve. This can also be the most difficult as it is the creative side of decorating. All the rest has been "accounting", vitally important to
any project but not the fun side of decorating that we all enjoy.
So we will look at one way of finding a style that is right for your project - use it as a catalyst to get your creative juices working.
Take the brief that you have already created and sit somewhere with your client having no distractions and start jotting down ideas, scribbling sketches, flicking through magazines and books together, (you will find that after picking out a few examples in magazines and books that you start to get an idea of the style that your client is predominately drawn to, the schemes will have a similar theme), looking at color and fabric and flooring samples and swatches, photos of the existing space and items that you are going to keep from your existing room to work with. Start putting things together haphazardly, picking out things that catch your eye, put them all together and start again over. Continue this process a few times until you run out of ideas. Then leave the room for a while take in some fresh air - very good for the brain.

The Key to Successful Interior Design - Is a Good Client Brief part 8
Summing Up the client Brief Process
So to sum up what I have tried to express today, is to take the time at the start of a project to get deep down into your client's lives and find out what they really need, not just what they think they should have! At the end of the day we often don't know ourselves until someone points it out to us.
Thank you and I hope you have found a few ideas to help make your future projects work better. We all have our own system for achieving a brief, but we all want the same outcome. A happy client without an overdraft for designwork and a home that they feel comfortable living in that expresses their personalities.

Interior Decorating e-course Part 3B. How to Brain Storm Your Style Ideas

Never overlook the power of brain storming. It can bring out ideas
you may never have dreamed of!

Today we will look at one way of finding a style that is right for your project - use it as a catalyst to get your creative juices working.
Take the brief that you have already created and sit somewhere with no distractions and start jotting down ideas, scribbling sketches, flicking through magazines and books, (you will find that after picking out a few examples in magazines and books that you start to get an idea of the style that you are predominately drawn to, the schemes will have a similar theme), looking at color and fabric and flooring samples and swatches, photos of the existing space and items that you are going to keep from your existing room to work with. Start putting things together haphazardly, picking out things that catch your eye, put them all together and start again over. Continue this process a few times until you run out of  ideas. Then leave the room for a while take in some fresh air - very good for the brain.
Go back into the room and see what scheme or idea catches your eye first. Take that one and start to work with it. Ask questions. What caught your eye and why, should this be the focal point, is this the look that you were aiming for in the brief? Will it work correctly in your space? It is a bit like a flow chart. If yes, then keep working on it, look for other items and accessories that coordinate with it. If no, then go back and find another idea and start working with that. It sounds daunting and a little bit scary and of course the old favorite too hard! It is difficult the first few times until you get your confidence. (By then you may have come up with an even better process of your own for brainstorming - after all accessing your brain is a very personal thing! This is a catalyst for creative thinking) So to make your life easier, don't practice on a real project. Experiment on some rooms in your house, without actually decorating, come up with some different schemes for different client briefs. Eventually you will do all this on auto pilot, but it helps to have someone give you a starting point!
I can visualize what things will look like when the project is finished, as so will you be able to when you have done it a few times. The hardest thing is often trying to explain to your clients or your family! To resolve this you can make up a color board showing all the samples and swatches, but this only gives them ideas of the colors, they usually want to see it in 3d ie already finished! A very expensive way of showing concepts!! So a good way is with the use of technology. You can now get software that provides amazing graphics of what a room can look like, this is another way to experiment with out actually decorating anyones room and very good practice.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


The Key to Successful Interior Design - Is a Good Client Brief

How do you extract your good client's brief?
I always use this example as I feel it is an abundant problem here, is that we follow like sheep! People see a kitchen design in a magazine and then everyone has to have it. The designers follow the European trend and everyone gets coerced into the same design. Then even more magazines are published with almost identical kitchens, it is absolutely crazy.

We don't study and learn design to be the same as everyone else - we strive to create something different, unique and most of all personalised for our clients needs.

I believe strongly that the key to successful design is taking a good client brief. Just like the construction of a building, you need a good solid substrate and foundation on which to start building and that is the client brief.

I can send you to more reading on this topic; I will now go through some of it and expand on the theories of how to obtain the best brief that you can work with. The great thing is that after a while this will become second nature. The more you practise getting inside people's heads the better you get at communicating with them and instilling trust for them to open up with their ideas. Design is teamwork, anyone with an ego that thinks they know it all might as well stop now, good design is about communication between you and the client, and you never stop learning as a designer, but I guess you all know that, that is why you are here reading, learning and extending yourselves. Congratulations by the way!

Anyway, long gone are the days when a designer had a style that people came to you for, they now need you to create them their own! They need to be able to tell you if you are not heading down the same path, not finding you approachable and then later end up with a design that they dislike such that they feel it has been forced upon them, this will not be good for them and it will always end up on you, your skills and your business creating bad impression on others. You definitely do not need this. As they say, more
people spread the word if something is bad than when something is good as they feel emotional about it, it has upset them!

You have probably all learnt about this topic, but it never hurts to have another opinion, even if you are happy with the current way you take a client brief, you may find a few extra bits to add in that are useful from today.

more to come tommorrow....

Lessons from the American constitution


Following the American Revolution, the thirteen states, which then constituted the United States of America, were governed under the provisions of the Articles of Confederation put together by the Second Continental Congress. After wobbling and fumbling under this constitutional arrangement for about ten years, the American states had to sit at the table of dialogue to renegotiate their destinies. In the current Nigerian context, since 1999, with the end of military dictatorship, the country has been governed under a constitutional arrangement decreed into existence by the military. Having staggered under this constitutional arrangement for fifteen years and with the polity far from being stable, the Nigerian nationalities have an opportunity, courtesy of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, to sit at the dialogue table. Parallels can be drawn between the American experience and the Nigerian opportunity. More importantly, lessons can be learnt from the American experience to make the most of the Nigerian opportunity.


First, as is the Nigerian case, the structure and form of governance were the main issues in the American context. In this regard, although there appears to be a contrast, placed in perspective, the parallels are clear. Whereas the background to the ongoing Nigerian constitutional conference is a bloated centre with relatively enervated federating units created or maintained by the 1999 constitution, the background to the American Constitutional Convention was a loosely joined confederacy with a centre so weak that not only was it unable to hold the units together, it was virtually unable to sustain itself. It could not maintain a common currency and had neither taxation powers nor a standing army. The result was that the central government could not manage the conflicts that arose among the states. Discontent among the populace particularly among the poor, the farmers and debtors against the creditors gave rise to rebellion in Massachusetts, a situation that portrayed the new nation as unable to govern itself. To salvage the situation, a convention was called for,  with a view to discussing possible improvements to the Articles of Confederation. In the Nigerian case, the bloated centre has retarded the growth of the units, in the process fueling poverty, perpetuating discontent and igniting rebellion across the nation from the insurgency in the North to organized banditry and kidnapping in the South. Despite the concentration of powers in the centre, things are falling apart and the centre cannot hold, very much like the American experience.

Prelude to the American convention, although everyone knew that government had to be fixed, the question was, “how?” Much like the current Nigerian national conference, the mandate given to the convention was to merely make recommendations for the amendment of the Articles of Confederation. Consequently, as has been the case with delegates to the Nigerian national conference, most delegates to the American convention came expecting to merely make recommendations for the revision of the pre-existing constitution.

Although the quality of delegates to the American convention was high-powered, some did not realize what they were getting themselves into. Going by the level of dissonance among their respective constituencies and the apparent cluelessness of some of the delegates regarding the possibilities ahead of them, the convention did not seem to hold any much promise. While Rhode Island refused to send delegates, delegates from Virginia and Maryland sat at the conference fully aware that their respective states were almost at war with each other a few months back. The delegates from Delaware threatened to leave the convention if they had to give up power to strengthen the centre. The delegates from New York argued among themselves over empowering the centre and, eventually, two of the New York delegates pulled out of the conference. These are reminiscent of the refusal by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to send delegates to the conference, the initial threat by northern Nigerian delegates to walk out of the conference and the actual non-participation by the Nigerian Bar association (NBA). Again, just like many delegates to the current Nigerian national conference, the delegates to the American convention came to the conference, not as Americans, but as Virginians, New Yorkers, Pennsylvanians, and so on. They came wanting sovereignty for their respective states.

Furthermore, at the beginning of the 2014 Nigerian National Conference, there was much furore over the pictures of some delegates sleeping in plenary. It provided grounds for skeptical Nigerians to further question the worth of the national conference and the seriousness of the delegates as well as its chances of producing any meaningful outcome. The 1787 American constitutional conference that produced the American constitution, which has been much celebrated and emulated over the centuries, had worse than a sleeping delegate! It had a drunken delegate in the person of Luther Martin of New Jersey!  Therefore, the American Constitutional Convention, which held for four months from May 25 to September 17 1787 and became the reference point for America’s governmental history, did not start out looking like it could produce what it eventually did.

It is important to note also that when the convention delegates changed course towards producing a new constitution for America, they were embarking on what they had no constitutional authorization to do, as it was not permitted under the Articles of Confederation neither were they mandated so to do. This is reminiscent of the admonition by conservative delegates to the Nigerian national conference, to fellow delegates who are optimistic about the opportunity provided by the conference, that the confab has not been mandated to write a new constitution for the country.

What made the difference?

At least, two factors may have contributed to the turnaround. These include the few delegates who came to the conference determined to change the status quo and the resolution of the congress to keep their deliberations absolutely secret.

From the onset, a small group of delegates believed that the Articles of Confederation had to be completely scrapped. These delegates, mostly from Virginia, believed that upon them rested the responsibility of millions yet unborn. Of course, this included George Washington who was the only American then known to every American and was easily elected president of the convention. However, while many delegates came to the convention with shortsighted expectations and without a sense of where America should be going, only one delegate came with a clear blueprint, as he knew what America ought to do. He was James Madison.

James Madison arrived at the convention early with an already developed blueprint. He then began to build a coalition with his fellow Virginian delegates. Another delegate, Charles Pinckney from South Carolina also had a plan but lacked a coalition. With the support of the Virginian coalition, Madison’s plan became the first proposal on the table. This gave direction to an otherwise directionless convention.  Madison’s plan highlighted the fact that the major issue was the question of the degree of authority the central government would have over the states. Convinced that a strong federal government was necessary but aware that the smaller states would particularly resist any plan to surrender part of their sovereignty to the centre (raising fears over minority rights), Madison proposed a system of separation of powers that would guarantee checks and balances and maintained that “only in a large democracy with an extensive system of checks and balances will the rights of minorities be protected from the tyranny of the majority”.Against this backdrop, on the third day of the Convention, Edmund Randolph, a Virginian delegate, announced the Virginia Plan: to do away with the Articles of Confederation and make a new constitution for America.

The Virginia Plan was debated heatedly with opponents raising concerns over such issues as proportion of representation in Congress. While the plan implied representation in both houses of congress in proportion to size, the smaller states demanded equal representation irrespective of size. To resolve this stalemate, Roger Sherman, a Connecticut delegate proposed a bicameral legislation where states would have equal representation in the Senate while representation in the House of Representatives would be size-determined. After much debate, the Connecticut Compromise helped resolve the contentious areas of the Virginia Plan.

Another turnaround factor was the privacy accorded the Convention, as the first resolution of the Convention was to keep deliberations secret, not in the sense of a conspiracy, but in order to ensure a no-holds-barred and honest discussion among delegates. Consequently, despite suspicions, reporters were blacked out from proceedings and delegates swore not to reveal the content of their debates. Four months later, the Convention had created a new constitution for an entirely new government!

Lessons for the Nigerian National Conference

First, from the transcripts and reports of debates at the plenary of the confab, there are too many issues being raised and scattered in too many directions. There is the need for a blueprint that will set the agenda for debates. Such a blueprint must be specific in highlighting the main issues and proposing practical solutions. It’s called “keeping the main thing the main thing”.

Second, the blueprint must anticipate the fears and concerns of interest groups and create appropriate frameworks and buffers to deal with genuine concerns. For instance, an unspoken fear of northern Nigeria towards calls for restructuring and true federalism is the expected loss of allocated oil revenue. This was one of the major causes of the failure of the National Political Reform Conference, 2005, as the South-South demanded 50% derivation on oil revenue. Although proponents of true federalism rightly maintain that each region has resources that can guarantee self-sustenance, the neglect of non-oil sectors over the years has ensured a relatively greater infrastructural deficit (human and material) in those sectors than in the oil sector. Therefore, an acceptable plan would have to take this reality into consideration perhaps by making provision for a transitional period of targeted resource-specific infrastructural development across regions through some sort of infrastructural development fund side by side a progressive hand-over of control of resources to the federating units. This compromise could forestall a sudden incapacitation of some regions or states and might cause otherwise intransigent regions to reconsider their opposition to restructuring.

Third, from the foregoing, there is no gainsaying the importance of compromise and trustful give and take. This lesson is obvious in the Connecticut Compromise.

Fourth, the few delegates who, like the Virginian Coalition and much like the Biblical sons of Issachar, know in this context, what Nigeria ought to do, must take up the challenge of providing leadership – such leadership that defies convention. Those few delegates who perceive that this is an opportunity to write a new constitution for the country despite the fact that the national conference has not been mandated to do so must rise up to the task. Like the delegates to the American constitutional convention, they must rise up to the challenge knowing that they have upon their shoulders the responsibility of generations yet unborn.

Fifth, those few delegates must take responsibility for creating the blueprint that will provide direction to the conference. It appears that many of the delegates are content at simply revising aspects of the constitution or even aspects of the documents handed over to delegates such as the Report of the National Political Reform Conference, 2005 and the Report of the Political Bureau, 1987 as they might not have the patience to consider drafting a new constitution for the country. The “Virginia coalition” and, in particular, the James Madisons among delegates must rise up to do so even if they glean ideas from these past reports. To achieve this, they must build the necessary coalitions and make the necessary compromises. It is noteworthy that unlike the voluminous 1999 Nigerian constitution, the American constitution produced from the 1787 convention was a 5-paged document containing less than four thousand words.

Sixth, although the need for media coverage has been much touted, the conference should seriously consider minimizing media coverage and creating an atmosphere for no holds-barred discussion or plain talk until a thorough document is produced. This may commence once delegates move into committees and it may extend later into plenary. With that, all grandstandings will stop and delegates can focus on the more serious task of nation building with trustful give and take.


In the words of Senator Femi Okurounmu (a south west delegate and the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the National Conference) – during his contribution to the debate on the Presidential address – he said “Finally I   wish to advise this conference not to clamp itself under constraints that were not imposed by the President. The outcomes of our deliberations need not to go to the National Assembly. To send them there will defeat the goal of building a new, just and equitable society because the National Assembly itself is one of those institutions which, as presently constituted, is heavily skewed in  favour of some sections of the country against others”. This is spot on.

Finally, if the delegates to the 2014 National Conference consider the WISDOM OF GOD anything to go by in rebuilding our nation and making it an inclusive society of our dream, the ancient story of reconciliation of two brothers (ultimately two families and nations) at the place called MAHANAIM (Two Camps) should guide us in our present assignment. (Genesis 32: 1&2)

The two brothers were raised in the same home but theirs was a classical case of unhealthy rivalry, cheating, manipulation, deep seated mistrust and spiteful cynicisms. But after some 21 years of doing things in their own different ways, the day of reconciliation came. At first, it appeared that it was a time of revenge and settling old scores. Esau showed up with 400 men – a number that naturally overwhelmed the company of Jacob. Consequently, genuine and palpable fear filled the air as one brother decided to send gifts ahead to appease the seemingly aggrieved brother.

Here is the story in its original form without any paraphrase:

“1 Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants. 2 And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3 Then he crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

4 But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. 5 And he lifted his eyes and saw the women and children, and said, “Who are these with you?”

So he said, “The children whom God has graciously given your servant.” 6 Then the maidservants came near, they and their children, and bowed down. 7 And Leah also came near with her children, and they bowed down. Afterward Joseph and Rachel came near, and they bowed down.

8 Then Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company which I met?” And he said, “These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.”

9 But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”

10 And Jacob said, “No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me. 11 Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” So he urged him, and he took it.

12 Then Esau said, “Let us take our journey; let us go, and I will go before you.”

13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are weak, and the flocks and herds which are nursing are with me. And if the men should drive them hard one day, all the flock will die. 14 Please let my lord go on ahead before his servant. I will lead on slowly at a pace which the livestock that go before me, and the children, are able to endure, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

15 And Esau said, “Now let me leave with you some of the people who are with me.”

But he said, “What need is there? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.” 16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, built himself a house, and made booths for his livestock. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.  (Genesis 33: 1 -17)

There are four additional vital lessons for all delegates from this Biblical story:

Lesson #1
One brother bowed while the other ran to meet him, embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they both wept. For old wounds to be healed, there must be trustful give and take – not my way or the high way. (Verses 3&4 above).

Lesson #2
Both brothers said “I have enough”. Truth be told, there is no part of Nigeria that is not endowed. Before the discovery of oil, there were groundnut and cocoa pyramids as well as palm oil and rubber plantations. If today the Niger bridge is shut down and tomatoes, potatoes, onions not to mention cows do not come to the south anymore, I wonder how the Southern states will survive. We must embark on cross-country capacity building that will ensure that both sides of River Niger can say again “we indeed have enough”. (Verses 9 – 11 above)

Lesson #3
Herein is the spirit of true federalism in action, each part developing at its own pace. Nothing stops Nigeria from developing 6 – DUBAIS from our present 6 geo – political zones 20 years down the road. To do this we must focus on harnessing the resources of each zone for the development of each zone as against the entire nation trying to survive largely on a mono -product economy. This is killing us while creating the filthy rich amongst our elites who have managed to corner the resources of our nation for themselves. (Verses 12 – 14 above)

Lesson #4
The final lesson is decentralization of security apparatus, in our own case, the decentralization of the police. With our present security challenge, there is no point posting policemen from Kaura-namoda to Calabar or from Port – Harcourt to Kafanchan if we are serious about effective policing. Apart from language barriers, officers who are not familiar with the terrain of their posting can hardly do their jobs effectively and satisfactorily. (Verses 15 – 17 above)

The 2014 National Conference provides Nigeria with the opportunity to re-write her constitutional and governmental history. In this regard, lessons can be learnt from the Word of God and from the American Constitutional Convention of 1787. It is said that those who do not learn from history either  repeat the blunders of history or become history themselves.

May God Almighty guide us aright. Amen.

In the pursuit of a united
and progressive Nigeria,
Pastor Tunde Bakare
Convener, Save Nigeria Group and
National Conference 2014, South West Delegate.

Monday, 28 April 2014


Hi Nigeria youth,

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This e-book spread over the next ten days will teach you:
1 How to Get Your Project Brief
2 How to Brain Storm Your Style Ideas
3 The Secrets to Using Color Well
4 Making Fabrics Work for You
5 How to Choose Fittings and Fixtures
6 What to Look for in Home Finishes
7 Furniture Placement Guidelines
8 How to Pull Your Decorating Scheme Together
9 The Finishing Touches
10 Taking Decorating a Step Further

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Interior Decorating e-course Part 1
How to Get Your Project Brief

How to Get Your Client or Project Brief
This sounds more professional than it really is, most things in
interior decorating can be broken down into processes. Then you can follow simple step by step methods to achieve them. This is how we achieve the client brief.
List up all the project's details, address, number of rooms, number of family members, pets, lifestyle (professional, family orientated, teenagers with lots of friends, babies, loads of pets, retired and relaxed, home office etc) current style of the house, the type of construction, the budget, the overall content of
the project (ie renovate the kitchen and bathrooms).
Take one item at a time and expand on them. For example Family Members - how many? What ages? What are their needs?  This is especially important for the bathroom area - privacy, showers, baths, double basins, additional toilets etc. Current Style of the house, if it is a 1960's bungalow, what kind of style are you wanting to portray in the home? Is the whole house going to be updated eventually or simply the kitchen and bathrooms? Look for long term plans as well as present as these can effect the look of the whole house if it doesn't flow cohesively. The type of construction, this is vitally important for structural purposes, for example you may want to put granite bench tops in the kitchen, these are extremely heavy and if you had a timber framed floor would need additional engineering support for the floor, the same applies if you wanted to add marble to the bathroom floor on the first storey, again very heavy.
The Budget - this is a major part of the brief, a good designer brings their project in on budget, this keeps everyone happy! It means that when you do your initial planning you are realistic as to what materials, fittings and fixtures are affordable, and you can set a priority list and use it to get the best quality project for your money.
The Overall Changes - in other words, the scope of work. What do you want to do with your renovations. Is it simply a repaint with new carpet, drapes and furniture or more extensive construction and cabinetry work involved. List up what you want to achieve, what changes are required and to what rooms, what contractors will be involved and their input. This all helps when you want to define your budget and start prioritizing.
Lifestyle - this is important when it comes to finding the right style of decoration. You need to find out how the occupiers of the home work on a daily basis. It is no use having a stark white kitchen with clean sleek horizontal surfaces when you have toddlers and babies and you spend all day making food for them. Getting everything out and putting it away again and again. You need something with user friendly appliance storage, easy access and a more softened look if you are going to spend most of the day in the kitchen. Same thing for a mass of teenagers you would need to allow a large space for a huge refrigerator as they will also eat all day!
Then the most important part - the aesthetics! What style or look you or your client wants to achieve. This can also be the most difficult as it is the creative side of decorating. All the rest has been "accounting" lists and numbers, vitally important to any project but not the fun side of decorating that we all enjoy.

The Key to Successful Interior Design - Is a Good Client Brief - part 1
So what is a good client brief?

A client brief is where the designer finds out exactly the parameters of the client's project. The designer is then able to provide a positive solution to their requirements.

It sounds simple and it is. So why do so many designers get it wrong?

My theory is that they take what the client says at face value. They are often in a hurry and want to get the project started or vice versa. Many designers fail to satisfy their clients needs.

I think is because they are not nosey enough! I don't know if you use that expression - we do at home as my daughter pokes her nose into everything that comes and goes out of the house. It means knowing everything that is going on. In other words - you take off your designer hat and put on your detectives! No, this isn't a plot for a reality TV program, but it is quite a good idea though. It simply means that you have to really dig deep and find out how your client really lives (or works if it is a commercial project but for continuity I will stick to the residential example).

Who does a mad clean up before guests come around? Throw miscellaneous things into drawers and cupboards never to be found again so that all your horizontal surfaces are clear and your home looks spotless? I am extremely guilty of this habit.

Our household is very busy, we have two designers who work from home, one four year old budding artist and a two-year-old demolition trainee and a cat who barely has space left to make a mess! This means that we have an abundance of paper with beautifully painted pictures drying around the house, piles of paper, books, and magazines stacked up in areas around the house where we stop to work. For us it is normal but others see it as a complete mess, and scarcely believe that my husband and I are designers. Our reply is that we are so busy making other people's homes look good to worry about our own!

Anyway the point that I am trying to make is that I am untidy! Yes says my husband but no, I want to make the point that people often have two sides - the side that they show us when you let them know you are coming to visit and the real side that you see when you just drop in!

That drop inside is what the designer detective needs to unearth to show how the client and family really live. Then they will have a feeling for the type of design that will work for them. You need to dig deep to find out what they really need as well as want.



What kind of mindset will assist you in achieving amazing amounts of wealth? What beliefs
and traits can you adopt that will allow you to have tremendous success financially? How
quickly and frequently will you find yourself asking yourself these kinds of questions?


What are you beliefs about money, and about making money? Whatever they are, be
prepared to get rid of most of them and build in new beliefs about money. Unless you really
don't want a lot of money. In that case, keep whatever beliefs you already have! Some
people have beliefs like: money is scarce. Money is very difficult to get. Money doesn't
grow on trees. Rich people are selfish. Rich people are evil. Nobody likes rich people. I am
not the kind of person who can be rich. Get rid of these beliefs, and adopt new ones! How
about: making money is easy once you know how. There is a lot of money in the world. I
expect to have money. I can learn ways to make a lot of money. I have all the resources I
need to make a lot of money. Making a lot of money is easy and fun. Money goes to good
people. I deserve lots of money. Creating a great deal of wealth is natural for me. Adopt
beliefs like these, and you will be rich! Your beliefs determine your reality. Adopt beliefs of
people who have made a lot of money. Meet people who have made a lot of money. Ask
them what there beliefs are about money and making money, and try on those beliefs. Read
Think and Grow Rich and try on some of those beliefs. Do not listen to people who try to
give you limiting beliefs about money, unless they themselves are tremendously successful
financial. If you adopt their beliefs, you will have financial success similar to theirs. If you
adopt the beliefs of people who have made tremendous amount of money, then you will do

If you simply change one belief, you will not see any results. Your other limiting beliefs may
tend to cancel it out. Wantonly get rid of all of your limiting beliefs about money, and
replace them with better ones. Set some time aside every day to identify the beliefs you
currently have that are limiting you, and replace them with better beliefs. After you have
many such beliefs, they will all support each other. Then you can't help but make a lot of


People that have been tremendous successful financially tend to have a great deal of
enthusiasm and passion. They have incredible drive, energy, determination, and persistence.
They do not give up if they don't succeed at first. Many fantastically successful
entrepreneurs, for example Colonel Sanders and Walt Disney, were turned down dozens
and dozens of times. Almost no one thought they would make it. But their passion and drive
carried them through to never give up. You find this kind of drive in successful
entrepreneurs. Their desire to accomplish obsesses them, they think about it all of the time.
If you want to be incredibly successfully, create for yourself a burning passion. The key is to
have this kind of enthusiasm, drive, and passion, and have the clarity to make good
decisions at the same time. And to have fun while doing it! And the playful curiosity to test
different things, and the tenacity to find out what works. And the clarity to make good
decisions, the clarity to use what works and discard the rest. You know how to do this!
You learned it in the last report. You can use the brain machine to create a state in which
you have this. But how do you make it a trait? There are several ways to do it. One is to
use the brain machine and experience those states to the point where it becomes a habit. If
you do something every day for 21+ days, it becomes a habit, and therefore a trait. Another
very powerful method which will create a trait is to use the generative patterns that I discuss
in these reports. Actually, a generative pattern is better than a trait, because you
automatically and continuously move in the direction that you seek and continually improve.
Another thing you can use to adopt some of these traits is handwriting analysis.

Handwriting analysis is an amazing science from which you can determine personality traits
just by looking at someone's handwriting. It can really be useful. (It you are in a situation or
are ever in a situation where you are hiring or screening employees, I would definitely have
handwriting samples given to a handwriting expert. It's not necessary for minimum wage
jobs, but for more important jobs, this could save you a lot of money from hiring someone
who just isn't right for the job. You can find out whether the prospective employee has traits
that will work well for the job, or poorly. Is the prospective employee the kind of person
who might cut corners, procrastinate, or likely to steal if given the opportunity? Or is this
prospective employee loyal, determined, and hard-working? Handwriting analysis is used to
screen employees extensively in Europe. Over 80% of companies in France use handwriting
analysis to screen employees.) Certain traits in handwriting that are found in people who do
well financially include traits such as enthusiasm, high self-esteem, determination,
persistence, willpower, intelligence, and emotional intensity (resulting in passion and drive).
There is a science called grapho-therapy by which you can actually adopt new personality
traits by changing your handwriting. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT intentionally make any
permanent changes in your handwriting other than the ones I tell you, without consulting a
handwriting expert or grapho-therapist.

The two traits which are most correlated with both financial success, and success in general,
are enthusiasm and high self-esteem. Enthusiasm is the trait with the most correlation to
success, financial or otherwise, then any other trait. Get enthusiastic! It will sweep you along
to achieving you goals-and it will sweep other people with you because enthusiasm is
contagious. High goals and self-esteem is also an essential trait. How can you reach
anywhere near your incredible potential if you are afraid to set your sights high? If you set
your goals high, and know that you are the kind of person who can achieve them, it will help
you tremendously.

You can adopt both of these traits simply by changing the way you cross your t! Cross you
t's at the very top of the stem. This is self-esteem, high goals, confidence, ambition, the
ability to plan ahead, high self-image and high personal expectations. Also, make you t-bar
long to acquire enthusiasm. The t-bar is the horizontal line that you cross your t with. Make
it long and balanced. By balanced I mean that it should be both on the left side of the t and
the right side of the t. Don't make it longer just by making the right part of the bar longer,
make it longer on both sides so that it is balanced. Make the bar rather long, but not
excessively long. In order for these traits to become a part of your personality, you must
practice them every day until this new way of crossing your t becomes a habit. Write a
entire page of t's every day. You must do this for at least 21 days, probably more. Do it
until it becomes such a habit that you automatically make your t's this new way without even
thinking about it.

There is actually a second component to high self-esteem besides the high t-bars, and that's
large capital letters. The capital letters on your signature and person pronoun I are
particularly important. If you currently make your capital letters small, change your capital
letters so that they are nearly three times as high as your lower case letters such as o, a, and
e. (Practice this on unlined paper. When you are writing on lined paper, your capitals need
only be as big as possible while still within the lines.) Particularly practice making your
personal pronoun I and the capital letters in your signature nearly three times as big as your
letters such as o, a, and e. Do not make any adjustments to you capital letters unless you
are currently making your capital letters small.

For more information about handwriting analysis, grapho-therapy, and some of the other
traits I've discussed, you can contact: Matt Gaffney, PO Box 85689, Seattle, WA
98145-1689. .

By the way, you will probably notice changes to your handwriting happening automatically
by applying the other techniques that you've learned in these two reports. You should not
attempt to make any changes to your handwriting other the ones I've mentioned, but
changes will happen automatically as a result of the new traits that you are adopting using
the other techniques in these reports.

There is only one trait you really need to succeed as an entrepreneur. There is one treat that
will allow you to experience tremendous success in every area of your life, financially and
otherwise. It is called by many names: courage, guts, determination, a willingness to do
whatever it takes. This is really all you need to succeed as an entrepreneur. And, adding
certain other traits will allow you to succeed more easily and more quickly.

Know your outcome, get your outcome

An important thing that you must do in order to get the most of out life is to decide what it is
that you want-what do you want in general, and what do you want in any given context.
What specifically do you want. Decide specifically what you want. What specifically will
you see, hear, and feel when you get what you want. Then determine what has stopped you
from getting it up until now. Maybe it is just that, until now, you weren't clear what you
wanted specifically. Maybe you didn't create an action plan for getting it. Maybe you just
weren't motivated enough to do it. Usually, the only thing that was stopping you was a
thought. If you take control of your own brain, you will be able to accomplish the outcome
that you have set. Create a plan for how you are going to get the outcome. You may need
to do some research in order to create a plan that will be effective. Analyze everything.
What could possibly go wrong, and if so, how will you deal with it? That way you will
already know ahead of time what to do. Is this really what you want? Is it consistent with
the other goals that you have set for yourself? How will you stay motivated?

You must also create an evidence procedure that will allow you to determine whether or not
you are getting closer to your outcome. Did you know that a rocket is almost always off
course? The rocket is off course, and a correction is made so that it is back on course.
Adjustments continually have to be made to the rocket, to fine-tune it so that it will reach the
destination. You must be able determine what you specifically you will be seeing, hearing,
and feeling when you are getting closer to your outcome. When you are not getting closer to
your outcome, you must have the flexibility to do anything else in order to get back on
course. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting
to get a different result. You must change what you are doing in order to get a different
result. Keep testing, and testing, and testing, in order to determine what works. Then use
what works, and throw away what doesn't work.


What do you have to do in order to truly be happy? If you ask anybody, they probably
have a set of rules. They'll tell you if this happens, and this happens, and this happens, if
they make a million dollars, find a gorgeous looking spouse with a perfect personality, and
become a really important, powerful person, then they'll be happy. I'm sure that you have
some set of conditions of what you think has to happen in order for you to be happy. But
do you know what it takes for you to be happy? All that it takes is for you to allow your
mind to release those feelings of happiness. Remember what I said about how people have
a representation of the world, and they make the mistake of thinking that that's the real
world. Remember what I said about how powerful beliefs are. If you believe that you have
to have X, Y, and Z in order to be happy, then that will be true for you. Until you change
your mind, and change the way you represent the world to yourself. You have already
learned the secrets to controlling your own mind. You can feel happy any time you want to.
And you have other ways to motivate yourself instead of putting off happiness, so you have
no need to deny yourself the happiness that you can experience it now. Some people might
think that they should not allow themselves to be happy until they have accomplish a certain
task, because they worry that they won't be motivated to accomplish the task if they are
already happy. But that's not true. If you are happy, you will be more motivated to
accomplish them. Besides, you already have learned in these reports how to create a
motivation strategy for yourself that will work perfectly without having to deny happiness for
yourself; you can experience happiness now.

Some people think there are things more important that feeling good. But there's nothing
more important than feeling good while you do them, because the better you feel while you
do them, the quicker and better you'll get them done. Besides, fears and unreasonable
worries are mostly what stop people from accomplishing things. Once you come from this
place of already being happy, and knowing that you can continually amplify these good
feeling no matter what, you will have nothing to fear. You will be able to make the most
useful decisions. You won't take any risks that you shouldn't take, but you won't be afraid
to take those risks that you should take. You will use the brain machine to feel the passion,
the powerful confidence, and drive to accomplish amazing things, have the clarity to make
good decisions at the same time, and you will have a great amount of fun doing it, you will
use your playful curiosity and your tenacity to experiment and find out what works best. Just
use your brain machine.

Does this mean that you should never have bad feelings? No, bad feelings are actually very
useful. What you should do is, whenever you feel a negative feeling, first figure out what the
message of that feeling was, and commit to acting on the message. After that, immediately
get rid of the feeling. You can immediately do that using the techniques in the last report.
Use these techniques to create a good feeling instead.

In other words, the bad feeling told you that you need to change something. Discover what
that it, and commit to the change. Then change your state of mind from the unresourceful
state that you temporarily experienced because of the bad feeling, and into a resourceful
state of mind (by using your brain machine or changing your internal representations) so that
you will now have the resources to act on the message, and to get whatever outcomes you
may have.

What is the message of the bad feeling? The message is usually that you need to change you
map or representation of the world, that is, the way you are perceiving things, or the
meaning that you attach to things. Occasionally it means that you should not change the way
you are perceiving things, but instead you need to change what you are doing; change your

Here is an example. Let's say that you have a feeling of nervousness or fear. Perhaps this
feeling is caused because you want to approach a member of the opposite sex. Probably
the feeling is telling you that you need to change your map of the world, the way you are
perceiving things. You have some beliefs that you need to change, or should change the
meaning that you attach to things. Maybe you have a belief that if you get rejected by a
member of the opposite sex, it means that you are a worthless human being. This is a belief
that you should change. Change the belief, and then change your state from a state of fear
into a state that will be useful for you.

The fear may mean that you should change your behavior. Let's say that you know that this
member of the opposite sex is married, and she is married to a jealous professional wrestler
who just got out of prison for beating up the last guy who flirted with his wife. Well, you fear
is telling you that you should change you behavior and not approach her. The fear served its
purpose and now you realize that you should not approach her, so now you can change
your state into whatever state you want.

So, whenever you feel a negative feeling, determine the message, that you either need to
change your map of the world or change your behavior, and then immediately get rid of that
bad feeling and replace it with a good feeling. And then act on the message by changing
either the way you are perceiving things or by changing you behavior. You never have to
wallow in bad feeling unless you choose to; it is a choice. You can choose to feel good
now. It will help you succeed.

Create your own future

The secret to getting whatever financial success in life you want is by thinking the same
thoughts and having the same beliefs as people who have that level of success. When you
do this, there can be a conflict at first. These new beliefs and thoughts are going to conflict
with your old beliefs at first. If you already had these new beliefs, you would already have
the financial success you want! It is only when you step outside of your comfort zone that
you can experience new results. Do not fall into the trap of worrying about whether the new
beliefs and attitudes are "true". You have an old set of beliefs which you thought were true.
But the question is not whether they are true. The question is, are they useful. Do they get
you the results that you want. If your present thoughts and beliefs were getting you the
results that you wanted, you would not be reading this! So you must step outside of your
comfort zone. Embrace confusion! This may be the most powerful thing that you ever do. It
will allow you to grow. Embrace new beliefs. Adopt the thoughts and beliefs of self-made
millionaires, and you will become one. Think of someone who is making 1,000 times more
money than you are. Is he working 1,000 times harder? Is he 1,000 times smarter? Of
course not. He simply has different beliefs and habits of thoughts than you do. Why can't
most people duplicate his success? Because adopting new beliefs is uncomfortable or even
terrifying at first, because they conflict with present beliefs. You will feel uncomfortable at
first. You may have doubts at first. Your friends may think that you are crazy. Are your
friends self-made millionaires? If so, listen to their advice, and emulate their thoughts and
beliefs. If they are not, should you listen to their doubts? Their doubts are what prevents
them from becoming self-made millionaires! Don't let their doubts infect you. Just allow
yourself to adopt new congruent beliefs.

Now, in order to make the shift so that you can become a self-made millionaire, you must
reprogram your subconscious mind. This usually takes a long time and a lot of effort to do.
Fortunately, I'm giving you the cutting edge technology to make is easy to reprogram you
unconscious mind. The methods described in reports #1A and this report are the most
amazing, cutting-edge, breakthrough technology for reprogramming your subconscious mind
for financial success, and success in all areas in your life.

Best of all, you can use a generative pattern to move in the direction that you want to go.
With a generative pattern, instead of simply reprogramming your subconscious mind, you
can reprogram it to automatically and continuously move in the direction that you want, and
it will seem natural. You will find yourself adopting all of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors
necessary for tremendous success, naturally and congruently.
Now, here is another generative pattern that will allow your brain to move in the direction
that you want. You can use this pattern to create your new future-a future in which you
possess untold wealth, and everything else in you life that you want.

Turn up your playful curiosity dial so that you can use the powers of you imagination for this
amazing generative pattern.

A generative pattern (this pattern as well as other generative patterns) allows you to achieve
an outcome. Remember that you must have a specific outcome. What exactly will you see,
hear, and feel when you get it. But instead of just focusing on the outcome, the generative
pattern moves you in a direction that makes the outcome inevitable. So the direction doesn't
specifically deal with the outcome, but it does make it inevitable that you will achieve your

Stand up. What you are going to do is step away, and leave yourself behind. Take a few
steps backwards, and pretend to see you, your old self, standing there. Take a few more
steps backs. Right now, you are not you, you are a wise prophet. Step back and take a
look at your old, current self. Create a new image of yourself about 20 feet to the right of
your old self. Stand about halfway between the two selves, but several feet back from them.
You are going to create this new self. You are the prophet, use your wisdom in order to
discover what traits your new self will have to have in order to accomplish everything that
you want. How will you behave in different situations? What characteristics do you want to
have so that you will be able to accomplish your dreams and have tremendous fun in the
process? Spend several minutes constructing this new you. You can let your unconscious
mind do most of the work in constructing the new you; it won't take much work on the part
of your conscious mind. After several minutes, step into the new you. Notice what it's like.
How do you see, hear, and feel things as this new you? What beliefs do you have? How do
you behave in different situations? What is different about this new you? Now, step out of
this. You are the prophet. Analyze this new you. Is it everything you want? Will it allow you
to achieve everything that you want? Is there anything that you need to add to this new you?
Is there anything that you need to take away? Is this new you ecological? What I mean by
that is, analyze all of the possible consequences of this new you. Is the new behavior going
to alienate anybody close to you? Or will it improve your life in every respect? Allow the
conscious and unconscious mind of the prophet to analyze everything. Is there anything that
you would like to change? If so, begin reconstruction of this new you. Once this is
completed, step into the new you and notice what it is like. Step out of it and into the
prophet. Notice again if this new you is what you wanted, examine all of the possible
negative and possible consequences. Keep reconstructing and trying out the new you as
many times as necessary.

Once the prophet has made the perfect new you, step into it. Look into the future, and
notice how it's different. If your future is not exactly the way you like it, then do the above
process over again. What exactly do you want to see, hear, and feel in your future? Does it
match the future that you are seeing now? If it is exactly the way you like it, notice how
incredible you future is going to be. Notice the incredible pleasure that you will experience
as you look towards this compelling future that you've created for yourself. Turn up the dial
for blissful, ecstatic happiness as you look at this new future. Now imagine a picture to the
left of you. This is the picture which represents moving away from this new, compelling
direction that you've created for yourself. As you look at this picture, think about the worst
possible thing that could happen to you. What is the worst, most painful thing that could
happen to you, that you would want to avoid at all costs? Think about that as you notice the
picture to the left.

Now look back and forth between the new, compelling direction, and the picture to the left.
Which one are you going to choose? You'll notice that your attention is automatically drawn
to this new, compelling direction. Every time you try in vain to move toward the picture on
the left, you automatically move into this new compelling future that you've created for
yourself instead.

Now imagine that someone was trying to hold your head below water, trying to drown you.
Would you let them drown, or would you fight for air? Are you going to let anybody or
anything take away your true, intended future? As you look toward this compelling future,
notice the realization that you are going to fight for it with the same intensity you would fight
for the very air you breath. Now