Journey Into The Lives of Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo

There has been rivalry between two of the greatest football players in my lifetime, and that’s between Lionel Andres Messi (Argentina&Barcelona) and Christiano Ronaldo (Portugal and Real Madrid).
So I decided I’m going to read their biographies authored by the same person, Guillem Balague, which means they were written without any bias.
Honestly, I’m a fan of Lionel Messi because he’s my kind of person apart from his footballing abilities that set him apart from the rest.

Christiano Ronaldo also earn my respect because he’s always ready to prove his doubters wrong on the field of play.
These are stories of two different people that has common attachment to football.
I’m embarking on this journey to the world of literature that looked into the individual and family lives of two of the greatest players to ever grace the game of football.
I’m presently reading that of Lionel Andres Messi and I hope to do some review concerning it if I’m opportune to.
Thanks for reading and your support.

Akinkuade Oluwadare Tobi 2018©

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Tongues Speaking

It is quite alarming and confusing to see the rate at which some Christians faked tongues speaking, and I said some due to my observation.
Please before you castigate me for speaking about this issue let me show you the verse that backed up my observation, 1 John 4:1 says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone into the world.”
We are in a generation that never cared to study the Bible, which is why we are easily get carried away with lies and heresies.
And one of them is “SPEAKING STRANGE TONGUES”.
Speaking in Tongues is the ability to speak in an unknown language through utterance of the Holy Spirit. Note that speaking in tongues is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which is why I’m concerned that we never take a look at other gifts. If you read 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 you will clearly understand that this speaking in tongues is one of the nine gifts of the Spirit.

But why do we so much focused on this “speaking in tongues” of a thing? Well, it’s because we are too lazy to check up our Bibles for understanding. Note that I didn’t write this to condemn anyone but only to enlighten us.
I’ve only spoken in tongues few times if I can remember vividly, but does that mean I don’t have the Holy Spirit abiding in me because of that? Not at all, because there are still other evidences to watch out for in my life, such as they were highlighted in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10.
Nowadays in our churches, speaking in tongues has been bastardized to the extent of some of us are getting confused about the originality of this kind of tongues speaking.
If we take a look at the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the first evidence that was so glaring to the outsiders about the disciples was their tongue speaking and also notably they clearly understood what they (the disciples) we’re speaking about. Take a look at Acts 2:6-12.

As you can clearly see that speaking in tongues is not just about saying anything that comes out of our mouths (as some people are being forced to do so without the influence of the Holy Spirit). The foreigners in Jerusalem understood what the disciples were saying and this drew their attention, thereby paving way for them to preach the Gospel to the multitudes.
The primary purpose of speaking in tongues in the church is clearly stated in 1 Corinthians 14:22a, “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not.”
Just imagine a situation whereby an unbelieving Igbo man that doesn’t understand Yoruba came to a Yoruba-speaking church and Holy Spirit prompted the pastor to say something in Igbo for the benefit of that Igbo man even though he (the pastor) doesn’t understand what he’s saying.
Your guess is as good as mine, the Igbo man would be surprised that someone can actually communicate with him in his own language and thereby turning himself to God in full surrender.

The Bible further instructed that even if you are to speak in tongues in the church you must be able to interpret it or else it’s better for you to keep quiet and talk to God silently (1 Corinthians 14:27-28),
Speaking in tongues shouldn’t be a showoff act in the church at all. It should be used for the edification of both the speaker and the church.
It’s high time we went back to the Bible and allowed God to guide us in order to avoid further confusion and stop spreading false teachings of God’s Word.
Speaking in tongues is good and beneficial to your spiritual growth as a Christian and it’s not disputable, but don’t depend on it only because there are counterfeits tongues spreading around the Church nowadays.
Finally, “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:39-40.
I pray the Lord opens your eyes of understanding in Jesus name. Amen.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have been blessed by it.

Akinkuade Oluwadare Tobi 2018©

Note: Yoruba and Igbo are two of the three major tribes and languages spoken in Nigeria.

Cheating In Relationships

It’s funny and crazy how people often find reasons and excuses for doing wrong things, especially cheating on their partners/spouses. This is quite sad and pathetic, and how they tried to sugarcoat it with various reasons to make it morally acceptable. Cheating to me is a result of greediness and selfishness. It’s not funny when I read and heard so many sad stories about how people in relationships cheat on each other, and some even boasted about it on social media without any remorse. I won’t be surprised if some of you still find it funny and you are not taking it as a result of moral decadence.
How did we get to this level of moral decadence? How did we get to the point where we don’t give a heck about whom is hurt or not about this careless and selfish attitude of ours when it comes to cheating? Married men and women are cheating on their spouses. Those who are in intimate relationships outside marriage are also not exempted from this menace of a situation we now found ourselves in.
Just like I said earlier, the two main reasons why cheating is in so many relationships are because of selfishness and greediness. I know some of you would still try for some excuses but let me tell you that you’ll still be wrong, so save your breath and listen to what I’m going to say now.
If you don’t find anything wrong with cheating, then you are a selfish person.

Imagine being in a relationship with someone you claimed to love so much and you even said you can’t live without him/her, but yet you cheated on him/her because you thought he/she is not giving you what you wanted, which to me is a sign of selfishness and greediness. If you are in the place of your spouse/partner, how will you feel when you get to know that someone who claimed to love you is cheating on you? You’ll feel so hurt, betrayed, dejected and unloved right? This is exactly what you are currently doing to your partner/spouse. You are so selfish and greedy to think straight about the grievous consequences of this selfish and careless act of yours. Because your partner cheated on you doesn’t mean you have to cheat on him/her, it only shows how immature and senseless you are. If you are not ready to stay committed in a relationship then don’t go into it to cause problems for the other person. Develop yourself and build up yourself. Strive to build a legacy for the new and upcoming generations, stay committed give your best in the relationship.
And note, if he/she is giving you some silly excuses instead of admitting to his/her fault for cheating on you, then it’s time to move on because you can’t jeopardize your standards for someone who doesn’t want to grow up.
I hope I’ve been able to pass across my mind concerning this menace of a situation.
Thanks for reading and learning. God bless you!!

Akinkuade Oluwadare Tobi 2018©

Garri Is Bae

He woke up in the middle of the night with a pang of hunger and his stomach started murmuring and complaining about the need of some food. As his usual habit, he trudged down the stairs to the kitchen to get his beloved bae 😉😉 called “Garri”, a cassava flakes, and he added milk, ice blocks and peanuts to go with it. Hmm, you must be salivating.

Garri with peanuts and some ice blocks.

He added water to make it drinkable or else he won’t find it enjoyable. 😂😂😂😂

After adding water you are now good to settle down with your Garri 😉😉

As I’m writing this, there is a bowl of Garri in front of me. If you’re not a Nigerian you need to take this Garri, you can add sugar and milk depending on your preference.

If you don’t know then I’ll let you know that to me “Garri Is Bae”. I’ve been in love with Garri since I was in high school and no woman can ever separate us. Even my future wife must be a Garri lover. But what if she’s not? Then I’ll make her like it. Please don’t ask me how ooo 😝😝😝😝

Seriously “Garri Is Bae” 😂😂😂😂😂

Ending Your Life Doesn’t Worth It

I remembered when I was so imbalance both mentally and emotionally, the thought to end my life sprang up, but I said it doesn’t worth it. I just believed I have some great things to offer this world and ending my life won’t allow me to fulfill those goals of mine.

We all have the demons we are battling in our closets but we can’t give them victory by ending our lives. We can’t allow the temporary challenges we’re facing now to determine us ending our lives. We need to make our challenges and battles stepping stones to our greatness by not giving up on life.

Be positive during your trying times, positivity is a source of strength to withstand the heat of battle in life

So ending your life doesn’t really worth it and you shouldn’t give in to that thought of ending your life at all. You’ve been given the grace to stand tall in all your challenges. You have so much to give to yourself, your family, your friends and colleagues and finally to the world. You are a blessing to this world. Do you now see ending your precious life doesn’t worth it?

You need to constantly look up to the Lord for strength and grace during your trying times

Be strong.

Be positive.

Be encouraged.

Be motivated.

Because you are so precious.

God bless you!!

Letter To My Future Daughter

A loving father giving a loving advice to his lovely daughter

My Dear Baby Girl, here are my words to you:

1.Baby girl, don’t be so stupid to think that if a guy hits you that he loves you, he’s a potential killer, so baby run away from him.

2. Baby girl, run away from any abusive relationship and don’t stay with a man that cannot control his anger.

3. Baby girl, if a man mistakenly threatens to beat you up, take that as a clue, he’s a potential beater.

4. Baby girl, don’t ever lower your standards for any man.

5. Baby girl, you need to start learning to love yourself because nobody can love you better than yourself.

6. Baby girl, don’t ever abandon your career, goals and visions because of a man, if he can’t support you he doesn’t deserve you.

7. Baby girl, you need to be very careful of the friends you move around with, if they can’t respect your standards and principles, they don’t deserve to be your friends.

8. Baby girl, I want you to be focused on your life and where you want to be in the future. Don’t ever allow anyone to influence your decision to be good and to be different from all the other girls around you.

9. Baby girl, me and your momma are going to support you and also pray for you to be great in life. We love you with all our hearts and souls.

10. Baby girl, let God be your number one before anything else. He’s the one that gave you to us and that’s why we are doing our best so that He can be proud of you.

11. Finally Baby girl, I want you to know that we will never force or pester you to get married against your will. I want you to know that marriage is not an achievement but part of life processes.

From Your Loving Future Dad

Akinkuade Oluwadare Tobi 2017©

Emotional Intelligence

​After so many interactions with so many people both online and offline I’ve come to realize that some folks don’t have Emotional Intelligence(EI), I mean the ability to put your emotions under control without causing damage to yourself and others.

I understand it’s your business to react in any way you like whether in a good or bad way but you’ve got to sit down and think deep whether what you’re doing is right or wrong.

I’ve met so many folks that insult/abuse people because they are not in agreement with these people’s opinions or views. So you’ve got to watch out for these people that easily get upset and start railing and ranting because you disagreed with them. And also it’s not every time you have to post, comment or reply when you are emotionally imbalance. There are so many people that are now regretting their careless actions/words because they can’t control their emotions when they read something that made them upset or someone did something that hurt them. Yeah, well I’ve been in the same spot like they were, but I had to learn to control myself and never to say or do what I will later regret saying/doing.

Proverbs 25:28 says “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”

Do you now see why it’s important to control your emotions?

I remembered when I posted something about ladies on Facebook, it was just like an appreciation post and someone commented that I was doing that so that I can get girls to sleep with, I was so annoyed and angry with what he said but I replied and asked him whether he knows me at all but he persisted in his accusation of me, to save myself from saying or doing what I will later regret I decided to block him off. That’s what is called Emotional Intelligence. It means you are controlling your emotions instead of letting your emotions control you.

Proverbs 16:32 says “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”

You don’t have to comment, post or reply if you are not emotionally balanced, nobody will kill you if you don’t respond or reply to comments made on your posts, you can delete such comments and even block that person, you have the right to do so.

You just need to know that nobody can be like you, keep that in mind when interacting with people online and offline.

I really do hope this post makes sense to you. Thanks and God bless.

Akinkuade Oluwadare Tobi 2017©

Celebrating African Cultural Heritage

The second edition of African Drums Festival at June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria started on Thursday, 20 April to 22nd April 2017, to celebrate the cultural heritage of the African diaspora. It was indeed a sight to behold as various cultural groups and troupes come together to showcase the richness of the African cultures. Various dignitaries including the Obas such as the Ooni of Ife, Alake of Egbaland, Alaafin of Oyo and so on, graced the events. If you don’t have any knowledge of the African cultures, then this is an event for you!!

Ara the Drummer showcasing her drumming skills at #AfricanDrumsFestival
The Ogunde Cultural Troupe entertaining the people at #AfricanDrumsFestival
Showcasing African dancing skills
Acrobatic skills being displayed at #AfricanDrumsFestival
A female gangan-drummer at #AfricanDrumsFestival