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A Thousand Wishes for Christmas! 

This period brings jingles

For couples as well as singles

Oh, let me get to cleaning my dishes

But first I would drop a thousand wishes

A life of love, peace and joy

Even when life is raw and sore

To the barren, a baby girl or boy

To the adventurous, a travelling tour

A heart calm and of good cheer

Not minding all you have to bear

Knowing that God is always with thee

His loving child is all you will ever be

May the days not see you sad

Nor the nights see you cry

Keep calm, don’t feel too bad

God’s got this, you don’t need to try

This Christmas, may your wishes be granted

May you have favour, yes, blessings unwarranted

May the gifts and surprises be as many as sea fishes

And I will be here next Christmas to give you more wishes! 

#Merry Christmas lovelies#

With Love – A-T-4-G! 

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Shades of(f) a busy life… 

It was gonna be a really long ride home from the mall. I held on to a phone with dying battery life, chatting and then, total blackout – the type you experience when NEPA does what she knows how to do best. Just less than five minutes into my one hour long journey, what to do? A minute was too much for boredom to engulf me like a wrath. My eyes scanned my surrounding as if searching for answers to satisfy my state.

It didn’t take long for my philosopher side to be unleashed. Ideas gushed in like a flood – the great and not so great alike. I thought about my future, my ministry, how to change my world, how to start a business, ideas on finding the cure for AIDS, Ebola – you name it. I even thought about writing this article. Frankly, I did some real soul searching. 

Amidst my thoughts, it dawned on me that unconsciously, the telephone life, the “technology is the order of the day” world, the life of Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Snapchat et al had caught up with me too. I couldn’t remember the last time (if ever) I took a pause from all the activities of life to just relax and enjoy some soul searching. My thoughts were interrupted when the driver alerted me that I had reached my destination. 

With mixed feelings and bitter happiness, I alighted the bus knowing that I was eventually going to charge my phone and reply all my messages on Whatsapp and spend the bulk of my time chatting, going through Facebook (like it was my daily devotional) or Instagram to laugh at silly jokes or pictures. This is life – it keeps moving. 

And what happened to all my thoughts? I can barely remember them deeply, no time. With my phone back to life, who needs ideas, right? Who e ‘epp, abi?


Crux of my story: you don’t have to wait till your phone is out of battery. Take a moment out of your busy and all engaging life, away from the phone, messages and social apps – just breathe, think, dig out ideas and build a better you. Your overly busy life might just be the shade hindering the effect of your light. 

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You Are Enough! 

“I can’t perform this task, I’m not good enough… 

There are better, even older people, I’m too young… 

I need to be perfect to lead the group…”

These and more are what we tell ourselves often time. We forget that it’s not about us, but about the one sending us. 

Some weeks back, I was called to lead the choir of my church. Oh, how I wailed and gave excuses: “I am an amateur, I can’t sing like Beyonce or Sinach, I don’t even know how to lead a choir, I need to be tutored by someone, I don’t have a high pitched voice, I’m comfortable being a backup singer, in fact I just want to be part of the audience”.

All I was concerned about was my state of imperfection (considering that I’m a perfectionist of sorts or better put, I’m a lover of perfectionism). I wasn’t even bothered about the lesson(s) to be learnt through this experience neither did it occur to me that maybe, just maybe, this was (is) also a part of my growth process. 

The next Sunday at church, I could tell that the sermon was just for me alone. Oh, it sank deep, it all began to make sense. I listened as the words, like bullets, tore into my being with force. 

The disciples said, “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” 

“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. 

So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.

John 6:9‭-‬11 NLT‬‬

The story of how Jesus fed over 5000 people never gave me a deeper revelation like that Sunday as I listened to the sermon. 

The disciples only saw their insufficiency. We could say, they were shortsighted. But as Jesus blessed that snack, it became the meal for the century. 

As long as we remain stagnant, as long as we don’t use our talents or gifts, as long as we keep thinking we aren’t good enough to start up something, (as long as I keep thinking I can’t sing well enough or those other excuses), we will remain like the snack in the hands of the little boy – just five loaves of bread and two fish. 

The moment we realise that we are usable, that God blesses and prospers our talents, that you can be an amateur singer yet heal souls and save generations for God… Oh, the moment you understand that it’s not about your insufficiency but about your faith in the all sufficient one who has called you, as soon as you put your five loaves of bread and two fish in God’s hands, then you will see God using your meagre meal (talent) to bless nations. 

You are enough, just the way you are. Start that project or for those who have already started but are in doubt, keep at it. You will get better on the job while at the job – just trust God to be God! 

P.S – Well, what do you know? I accepted my “call” and my meagre five loaves and two fish; hmmmm – to be continued…