6 THINGS TO TAKE OUT OF YOUR CV NOW!

I’m up on a cold rainy morning 🌧️ to write this post. If una no come read am, my eye go red. Hehe!

Since 2012 I’ve taken up jobs, and sometimes in between I’ve freelanced. 2012 till now is definitely not less than 7 years. Why I’m I telling you this? So you can know and be sure I know what I’m trying to say here.

I’ve worked at different jobs, I’ve sent out hundreds of applications when job searching, I’ve made it to the final stages of tough and long interview processes and still got a NO and I’ve gotten some YES too. I’ve also had to look at people’s applications. So what I’m saying here is what I’ve seen in CVs.

Before I take you through some of the things I’m telling you to kick out of your CV I’ll give you a background as to why. Trying to get people to fill positions in an organization is tough, it’s a lot of work. Imagine receiving hundreds of applications and it’s people who have to look through it all. The people looking at your application are scanning very fast with their eyes to catch the relevant information on your CV that will tell them if you are a potential candidate for the job. So you want to use that space well and give them on point information, not irrelevant things. Try to keep your CV within 2pages.

📌 Except you are applying to a Faith centered organization at any time, your RELIGION is not relevant. Take it out of your CV. Serious companies that just want you to deliver your expertise do not care about your religion. The ones that carry -religio-for-head will frustrate your life and still barely pay you well, especially small private businesses or organizations.

📌 Full date of birth or date of birth entirely. Why? You want us to know you are young or too old for the job? Or maybe you want us wishing you happy birthday and send over a gift. You get the sarcasm?

📌 Your hobbies. Who e epp? Take that out. Instead you can place your core skills there. Nobody really cares if you like football or party jollof.

📌 Tweak your CV to relate to a new position you are applying to, if in the past you were once a Chef at a hotel, then that role is irrelevant to maybe an engineering job. They want to see your past experiences that relate to the new position you are applying for. Don’t just list experiences for the sake of it.

📌Your state of Origin. Marital status are irrelevant and putting them even harms your chances. Remember real people are looking at these most times, so what if your towns people have been annoying the person now looking at your CV and seeing where you are from just annoys them more and so your CV is trashed. That’s not a logical thing to do, but our human emotions get in the way, so don’t put any info that could make someone biased to you in a certain way, even if it’s in a way you think might be positive.

📌Only write languages you speak if it’s relevant to the job. Or international languages like French, Arabic, Chinese. Just listing languages you speak wastes space.

Use your own wisdom to understand when to apply these rules. In every thing there are always some grey areas.

Now do you know sometimes it’s a system called ATS that’s used to sift out CVs before real people look at them. There is a way to make this system easily pick your entry as a potential candidate.

Do you know there are couple of ways to gather work experience right after school than waiting forever on a job?

Do you know that sometimes your application never even reaches the organization, because you believe you sent it through the right channel but NO, you didn’t. There are secrets to not missing your target.

How many of you even know I have an e-book on The Moral Code blog titled JOB HUNT LIKE A PRO which answers these questions above and shares many tips to being more efficient in your job search. Visit the book section of the blog Here to find it.

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20 MONEY LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED

I can say 90% of people asked I write about this topic. Las Las we all like money, so long we pursue it the healthy and legitimate way. So in no particular order, here are money lessons I’ve learned and still learning, because mistakes will still be made on this journey. Working people can learn from it. Business owners can learn and just about anyone else.

📌Don’t borrow money from one person to help another person. Except you have a source for sure to pay back in case the borrower delays or fails. Bottom line is don’t even do this, if you no get, you no get be that. Because you will become the new debtor and have to deal with paying back money you didn’t even use.

📌Save money. This is an ever green rule, save by paying yourself first, from your salary or whatever you earn from business. Whatever you save will save you in emergencies, will help you pursue an investment opportunity that may pop up, hence you multiply your money. Saving money will save you. You can save for emergencies, or save towards a specific investment, like buying a car for transport business to bring you more.

📌Don’t do business with extremely close friends or family except there is a solid agreement and a lawyer present. If you refuse to learn this one by following reading, you might have to learn by experience, just know that your relationship with these people may end up destroyed forever. Because I can’t even begin to tell you how money puts us all to test, the person you think you know will become a complete stranger because money is involved.

📌Don’t dabble in businesses you don’t understand or sound too good to be true. I’ve lost one 80k somewhere that I’ll probably never get back, I went for it because I felt the person who told me about it knew enough about it for me to follow, but Alas! Most importantly, don’t take a loan for a business you don’t understand especially businesses you can’t really hold anyone accountable, no leader, mentor or people who have tried and can direct you.

📌To get something, give something. If you are newly employed somewhere or even been there for a while. Do give your superiors something new from time to time, that way you can ask for a raise, get a promotion or move on to a better place because you have a lot to give and you are important. The more you know and put into practice, the more you can earn.

📌Show what you have done for yourself and you will easily find help. Don’t be a give me, give me, person, once you have showed what you have done for yourself, people will be happy to invest in you. I know someone who saved money for his masters and needed a little to complete it, he got it easily, because his helpers were impressed with how much he had saved from the stipends gotten from Npower program. I know another who saved up money running into 100k during her service year, she wanted to buy a camera of about 180k, but her helper was so impressed when she asked for help that he told her to keep her 100k and he bought her the camera.

📌Money should serve you, you don’t serve money. Some people just hoard money, they don’t use it. Even on themselves, let alone on others. Living like a pauper while you are stashing money away. You’ll still lose it one day, don’t worship money like that, when you hoard it with no goal in mind, you are a slave to it. Yes, there are real human beings who behave like this.

📌As a business owner or service provider, radically publicize what you do through every medium and platform available. BUT know this, marketing and advertising may not instantly bring you a huge sale, but has placed what you do before the eyes of many more who will save your advert and could reach you later for that big sale or contract. And don’t be ashamed of your hustle, face front. The people who don’t see value will ask you how you are doing it later.

📌Money can be learned about. And some people are not just noise makers, they do know some laws about how money works, and are teaching people. Find them, pay for their whatsapp classes, coaching classes or courses. It’s worth it.

📌That some cannot afford a product or service you offer at a certain price does not make you expensive, they simply can’t afford it and you should learn not to drop your prices based on people’s emotions, as long as you are not being ridiculous compared to your competitors. You can also make it affordable for them by offering a system that makes it affordable, an example is installment payment.

📌Learn to budget. This should be easier for salary earners, because you have a structure for when you receive money. You should know what you are spending on before the month ends. You can’t just receive money and in a week it’s all gone. Budget for your savings, your transport or fuel money, something to keep you going during the month for little things like recharge and data. Keep these in different accounts if possible. The cloth you saw last month which you wanted. Buy it the next month as added in your budget, any extra change you have at the end of the month, reward yourself for a month of hard work by doing whatever you like with it.

📌Study the life of people in your field or business who you believe are successful. Reach out to them for guidance if possible, you can learn faster from people by understanding their mistakes and avoiding them, though your own journey will be unique too.

📌Keep yourself in view of those who have invested in you, and have influence. They are your pathways to opportunities to make money. Keep in touch and serve them willingly, you’ll be on their mind when a good opportunity comes dancing azonto.

📌 Attend events where you’ll meet people ahead in life, even if you have to pay to be at such events. There is a reason the higher class roll with the higher class. They think alike.

📌Don’t tell just anyone how much you earn. Believe me they’ll start calculating your expenses for you and justify why they believe you ought to give them something or anything anytime they ask.

📌If you are really good at what you do. Find competitions locally and internationally you can enter, you can win money or tools for your trade. I once won a laptop, which served me for many years. The worth of the laptop was not less that 120k at the the time. I always need to work with a laptop and almost needed another when l won that one. You can win good money if you look at competitions around what you do.

📌Stop ignoring your thoughts. You can achieve the things your mind whisper to you if you just stop doubting everything. In our thoughts lie opportunities for us to break out of average. In our thoughts lie great ideas. In your thoughts are answers for you on how to make a some more money. Start listening and acting.

📌Attach time frames to achieving your plans it keeps you disciplined and focused. Don’t keep your money plans open ended. Do you want to save up to achieve something, decide how much and for how long. Otherwise, 10 years later you are still planning and trying and maybe blaming village people.

📌Have one account you make less accessible. No bank app or ATM for it. Money can easily go in, but not easily come out.

📌Finally and a very important point to have at the back of our minds. Not all of us will be exceedingly rich, famous or influential. There are many famous people who are broke, there others who are rich and around you, but you barely know them. Not a lot of people know Cosmos Maduka. Yet he’s one of the richest in Nigeria. Some people also just have influence, they can move a whole nation to act, though that comes with some money too.

Back to the main point, what we should absolutely strive to achieve is a life where we can meet our basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. Once this is achieved, we strive to have a little more than extra for other wants, a car, some emergency savings, and we can finally become people without money problems, meaning we are comfortable enough to pull out money for just about anything including the needs of those around us. If destiny, the Universe, God, picks us that we will be exceptional like Oprah, or Dangote with companies, fame and more, then great. This post was just to give pointers that actually work, maybe not instantly. Because many probably stopped reading because they are looking for get rich quick points. I don’t have. Hehe! If that was me too, I won’t be here writing this, because I wouldn’t have learned this too.

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WHAT IF THIS WAS ACTUALLY WHAT CORONAVIRUS DID TO US?

So we think it’s bad, but what if this was how it all played out?

What if it’s our homes we could not stay in? what if Coronavirus attacked the walls and our homes became a trap instead of the haven it is for us now? What if we had to make tents outside and everything inside the house we once lived in became useless, contaminated, dangerous?

The people who are still actively in business include farmers and food related services, most of us handling the Lockdown well are those of us with means to still to feed without stepping out. But what if Coronavirus attacked the farmlands of the world and even food became poison, how easy would it have been to manage?

What if it was our waters as ocean and seas the virus attacked leaving most of life in the waters dead and many years for us to deal with dead bodies from water life? Or what if it attacked our sources of water leaving us with barely anything to drink?

What if it left people out of their minds forever once they contact it?

I’m not a harbinger of doom. I am optimistic that the gloomy cloud over the world will be lifted by the Lord of the worlds soon. BUT these what ifs are why we should remember every cloud’s silver lining. We should remember the good in what appears bad. We should remember it could have been worse. We should be grateful for what is, while pray and make efforts it all goes away.

When it’s over and we can breathe without fear, we’ll appreciate better the little things like stepping out when we want, like being able to hug our friends, families, receive guests without fear, because for the first time in our own lives the one way we could show people love was to stay away from them. Wonderful!

Again I say these are just my musings to remind us if it wasn’t like this, there are worse things.

Picture was from 2018 when I visited Lagos after over 20 years I was in Lagos last. We visited the beach because I had childhood memories of the Lagos beach. It was beautiful.

Thanks for reading. I’m Maryam Abdulrasheed the convener of The Moral Code. I love to think, read and write. I love observing and listening to people, I love creating content. I am an active pursuer of my dreams.

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YOU KNOW SHE’S A PROSTITUTE BUT STILL MARRY HER BECAUSE YOU ARE ALSO A THIEF

Few months ago, a husband and wife ousted themselves. Wife was a coded olosho (Prostitute).

You know those classy educated types with powerful jobs on the island. I’m not talking some half literate girl who doesn’t work. I’m talking the girls who wears power suits, speaks through their noses, have skin like porcelain and eats at five star restaurants… Yes those classy, perfect etiquette types.

She was before they married and continued after wedding. Hubby knew but ignored, because her extra curricular activities paid for the life he wanted. Living amongst their rich friends, flying around the world for holidays, etc.

I’ve seen how men act around rich people and in most cases it’s appalling. They’re the ones who raises hands up, hailing and screaming “chairman”…most straight men will literally take their pants off for a fellow man once he’s got a well pampered skin, perfume that smells wealthy and a bank balance that shows money.

They’ll forget their bedroom preference at that point in time.

Now the simple truth is, most ladies are single in their thirties because there are too many men looking for rich girls to marry. They don’t care if your income doesn’t compliment your lifestyle. They’ll pursue you like white on rice.

The trend now is; they like decent girls, but they don’t want decent wives who can’t wear a million naira on her body daily.

You draw more attention when your wig is 150k, your iPhone is 450k, your bag is not knock off Chanel and your shoes are the real red bottoms by Christian Louboutin.

Even when you either don’t have a job, have a “bizness”, sells hair, sells clothes, work in “one small company”, or even earn 40k as a cashier on contract with GTB or UBA.

They ignore all the signs, when it’s obvious your father isn’t loaded enough to fund that lifestyle. They just want the good life, even when it’s obvious some men somewhere are paying for it.

Fisayomi Akintolure is a teacher with over 15 years of experience, she’s passionate about public speaking and wants to see a world where everyone is treated equally.

A WOMAN NEEDS MORE SENSE THAN SHE NEEDS MONEY

Opinion Piece by Fisayomi Akintolure.

Have I ever mentioned that a woman needs sense more than she needs money? Yeah, a million times and I wouldn’t stop!

No amount of money can make up for ratchet behavior. In both male and female.

I’ve seen so many low life chance upon wealth and begin to make you almost detest money. E.G Burna boy, Mercy BBN, Tacha BBN,Cardi B and majority of Nigeria and America’s celebrities.

One thing I’ve also noticed while following Black American blogs on social media is that: those people are razz, half literate, unexposed, selective in their fight for justice and racism, dramatic and ratchet again.

Money can’t buy class. As a matter of fact it exposes the dirt in you and shows just how much of a low life you are. No school of polish and etiquette can completely fix it.

Now let’s go back to females; how on earth do you die or or go to jail for a man who isn’t worth seeing your panties?

Over a decade ago, I watched an episode of Tyra Bank’s show and she talked about a series she’d done on females in prison. A large percentage of them were there because of the men in their lives. They’d either committed a crime for him or on him, after they could not endure his shit or abuse anymore.

Some were abused by their mother’s boyfriend and were forced to kill him because she didn’t believe them each time they told her. Some killed the men who abused their kids. Some went to jail for men who were on the run.
Some were introduced to drugs, drinks and drive by, by men they supposedly fell in love with.

Let’s come down to Nigeria.
I’ve seen and heard countless stories of women in marriage, beaten and psychologically abused by their husbands, but stay put because the title of “mrs” is worth more than their lives and self esteem. I’ve seen men who aren’t worth being another person’s slave, subjugate a female till he lords over her.

I know of a house keeper whose husband demands her salary is paid into his account and each time her boss refuses, the animal calls to say “Anty, we never see our salary this month o”. He decides how it’s spent and uses his own meager income from his labor job for drinks and sleazy women.

Fisayomi Akintolure is a teacher with over 15 years of experience, she’s passionate about public speaking and wants to see a world where everyone is treated equally. Not about females. But everyone. She believes Feminists has concentrated so much and lend so much voice to females they’re beginning to empower them to cheat the males. Females use their sexuality when it works. They want to get away with certain things cos they’re females. In her words “I don’t buy into that school of thought. We need a world that’s equal for all.”

The Moral Code will be sharing her an opinion pieces.

5 TRIALS OF LIFE & HOW TO MANAGE THEM

The reason earth is earth and life is life is because by observation, by experience, we know that there’s no smooth sailing.

We know good times and bad times take turns in our lives, everything might just be going good and suddenly you are hit by one bad news that could feel like your world has toppled over. On the other hand, you might just be at your lowest and a visit, a phone call would turn everything around for good.

So what are the trials of life and how can we be better prepared to manage and handle them.

THE TRIAL OF ILLNESS

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The healthiest of persons suddenly come down with unexpected illnesses. Kidney failure, Cancer, Liver problems. Some will battle this problems for the rest of their lives some will die from it due to lack of funds to help them get their health back. We have all likely had people we know around us, who died from illnesses like this.

Sometimes we are not the ones directly affected by failing health, we deal with loved ones who suddenly have failing health, and the family becomes burdened with the emotional stress and financial stress of taking care of that person.

Let’s not forget medical emergencies too suddenly spring out of nowhere.

How to manage this – Having emergency funds for any eventualities. Having health insurance. Avoiding the likelihood of being prone to ill health in the first place through eating right, exercising and avoiding a toxic life generally.

THE TRIAL OF A WRONG PARTNER 

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When relationships between couples fail, you hear people begin to ask, didn’t they court, didn’t you see the signs?

Again, we have to make reference to the fact that life is unpredictable, maybe a certain character trait is yet to exhibit itself due to circumstances around you e.g. Coming by some wealth or losing all wealth then you see that partner exhibiting strange behaviors which end up affecting the union.

How to manage this – It still remains important to study a potential partner well, to learn not to ignore the red flags, to observe them under different situations, in moments of anger, moments of plenty, moments of pain how do they behave? Know what you can endure and know when to take your exit. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

Also enjoy this post on 90 questions to ask a would be partner here

THE TRIAL OF BETRAYAL

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Anyone who has given their loyalty and trusted but got betrayed understand perfectly the pain of betrayal. Betrayal from a family member, from a spouse, a friend, a colleague. It hurts us and leaves a mark for quite a long time. We sometimes can’t trust again, we build walls, we push even the good and honest people away from us, and some people decide to become monsters who hurt other people because someone once betrayed them. Trust and loyalty are precious things, when we give it we expect it back, when it’s broken, it breaks us too.

How to manage this – Trusting with caution and not too early. Learning not to shove off questionable behavior till it becomes too late. Most importantly, understanding we can’t control what others do, but how we react is most important, protect your peace.

THE TRIAL OF LOSS OF MEANS

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Wealthy great people do come to some misfortune. It’s stupid to think anyone is made for life, abeg which life? This same life wey all of us dey inside so?

Anything at all can happen. People make bad financial decisions and lose everything, people lose their assets to natural or man made disasters.

How to manage this – Having good savings. Helping people who need you in your period of plenty for they can lift you up in your moment of loss. Patiently waiting it out and making efforts to regain lost wealth.

THE TRIAL OF WAITING 

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You are waiting to get a job, to get married, to have a child, to get your health back, to get that visa. You are dejected and just waiting endlessly. The wait seems infinite sometimes hopeless. We’ve all been there. Waiting for something.

How to manage this – Increase Hope. Look for plan Bs. Your plan A is why you keep waiting, so what can you replace with for now to ease your wait? e.g take a lesser job while waiting for your dream job, maybe you could adopt a child or look for other modern day solutions to this child you want, maybe you could try going to a different country since the one you got your eyes on isn’t coming through.

Set your moral codes, values, principles, manners and more right.

10 EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS IN HISTORY

The most crucial and the most important time for a leader to show their true worth is in the face of adversity.  These great people mentioned below not only influenced their followers in a positive light, but stuck to their values even in the face of adversity.  They all possess certain moral values ranging from selflessness, sacrificing for their people, corrupt free attitude and exceptional kindness, exceptional will among others.

In no particular order, I present to you 10 exceptional leaders in history.

Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) Man who saw his own Death

Though his reign as the 16th president of the United States of America was war riddled, that didn’t change the morality and selfless nature of this great leader.

At a point where slave trade was at its peak in the country, Abraham Lincoln fought to abolish slavery, knowing that it would be more beneficial to the people he was serving in the long run, even if they did not realize it at that time.

Abraham Lincoln was the war commander during the civil war. He had to make many hard decisions, none of which he took personally. This shows Lincoln’s selfless personality, he didn’t care about how much he hates the other side, he didn’t take it personally.  He didn’t want to win the war because of the pain it put him in. He wanted to win because he believed that the union needed to be preserved.

Lincoln devoted his whole life doing what is best for people, which is why he is still remembered as one of the greatest American leaders in history.

Lincoln used to dream a lot and is said to have had a premonition of his own death in the following account – According to the tale, just a few days before his assassination on April 14, 1865, Lincoln shared a recent dream with a small group that included his wife, Mary Todd, and Lamon. In it, he walked into the East Room of the White House to find a covered corpse guarded by soldiers and surrounded by a crowd of mourners. When Lincoln asked one of the soldiers who had died, the soldier replied, “The president. He was killed by an assassin.”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 Oct, 1869 – 30 Jan, 1948) The non-violent leader who always wore simple shawls to boycott foreign clothes.

You probably know him as Mahatma Gandhi, but his name was never Mahatma, it was Mohandas.

Mahatma means “great – souled one” and was what people called him, which he was never comfortable with. This name alone goes a long way to show what sort of person this great leader was.

The leader of India’s independence movement in British ruled India, achieved remarkable feats through a form of non-violent civil disobedience that would later inspire millions around the world.

There are many characteristics that Gandhi had that made him an exceptional leader, but there are two that stick out: his ability to lead by example and his persistence.

Gandhi is a famous leader of the non-violence movement. He followed the religious principle “ahisma” (doing no harm) that was common to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

When it came to personal possessions, unlike today’s leaders, Gandhi had the barest minimum and was still able to successfully fight for his country. He wore a cotton cloth called a dhoti, a shawl and a simple watch and glasses. Dhotis and shawls are usually worn by the poorest of people. He wore this to boycott foreign clothes and represent the millions of people living in India at the time.

In August 1947, Britain granted India independence, due to much pressure from the likes of Mahatma Gandhi.

After independence, Gandhi tried to stop the Hindu-Muslim conflict in Bengal a policy which led to his assassination in Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” -Mahatma Gandhi

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) Spent 27 years of his precious life in prison to liberate his people

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

Mandela believed that through exemplary individual leadership, he would set a new gold standard for African leadership. For Mandela, the moral integrity of a leader was crucial. And this was why he was so respected even by his opponents.

A Messiah-like figure to his people, Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his precious life in prison on Robben Island, hammering on rocks in the scorching heat during the day, only to retire to a tiny eight-by-seven-foot concrete cell with only a straw mat to sleep on. When he was offered freedom in 1985, he refused, saying: “I cannot and will not give any undertaking, at a time when I and you, the people, are not free. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated!”

It is easy to forgive a stranger, and easier to forgive a friend, but how difficult it is to forgive an enemy. Nelson Mandela forgave his greatest adversary, the Apartheid government, which not only caused tremendous suffering to himself and his family but also to his countrymen. He could have demanded the heads of those who murdered thousands of innocent indigenous South Africans, but he chose the higher route instead. Setting up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he left a legacy of forgiveness and reconciliation, not only for his people but also for the world.

The media put him on a pedestal, classifying him as an infallible saint — an incorrigible angel who could do no wrong. He became a man of mythical proportions to many in Africa and all over the world. The reality, however, was far from it; Mandela himself never denied his humanity, given to the same weaknesses as everyone else. His first marriage broke down, and so did his second; he was unable to balance being a leader in the home and in the nation. He also failed to raise the kind of children befitting a man of his nobility. He said in an interview, “My first task when I came out was to destroy that myth that I was something other than an ordinary human being.” In the end, although disappointing, people were still drawn to him. In fact, his humanity made him even more appealing.

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara (21 December 1949 – 15 October 1987) The man who re-named his country “Land for Upright Men”

He was the leader of Burkina Faso’s revolutionary government from 1983 to 1987. To embody the new autonomy and rebirth, he renamed the country, changing from “Upper Volta” to “Burkina Faso”, which means “Land of Upright Men”.

As far as African leadership goes, Thomas Sankara was cut from a different piece of cloth. In his short life, the charismatic military leader set about creating an enduring legacy for conscious African citizens that is more relevant today than ever before. Progressive forces fighting economic domination and ideological slavery of Africa can draw inspiration from Sankara’s life journey.

Sankara came to power on August 4th 1983 through a popular revolution at the age of 33. In the four years that ensured, he embarked on a revolutionary paradigm shift, bringing real power down to the people, advocating for policies on African self-reliance, food security, gender parity and the dismantling of the neo-colonial development structure that continues to render African states beholden to foreign masters for survival. His solidarity and sincere commitment to the plight of all suffering people, irrespective of their location in the world is why Sankara is fondly referred to as Africa’s “Che Gueverra”. The Burkinabe revolution remains a relevant ideological model in Africa for raising mass consciousness and battling poverty.

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) Was deaf and blind, but rose high.

The name Helen Keller is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, yet she was much more than a symbol. She was a woman of luminous intelligence, high ambition and great accomplishment who devoted her life to helping others.

Helen Keller was a girl from a small Alabama town who due to an illness lost her sight and hearing before she was two years old. Yet she became an internationally known lecturer, an author of more than ten books and a powerful advocate for the rights of the physically disabled. She received the presidential Medal of Freedom and her book the story of my life is still available in over fifty languages.

She remains one of the most famous disabled persons who had a strong will and went on to achieve a lot. The Indian Movie BLACK is a somewhat a replica of Helen Keller’s life.

Askia Muhammad I (ca. 1443 – 1538) The man who created an empire

Askia Mohammed, born Muhammad Ture in 1443, became Dia about the time Columbus was claiming discovery of America for Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. The kingdom of Askia Mohammed, referred to as Askia the Great, covered most of West Africa and was greater than all of the European states combined.

Askia the Great was known for his fighting prowess as a military commander, but his political reformation of the Songhai Empire has always been very impressive to historians and interested people. He took the void left by the Mali Empire, merged with many of their people and created a marvel for the world to appreciate.

Under the leadership of Askia The Great, Timbuktu became a prosperous commercial city of 100,000 people, where traders came from Asia to the Middle East to benefit from what has been built.

Askia the Great was able to grow his empire and people by focusing on learning and literacy. Empowering the people to create for themselves, he worked closely with the universities and institutions from the Mali Empire to produce distinguished scholars who produced many significant books and teachings. He also worked closely with the scholars of Timbuktu to usher in the golden age of science and Muslim scholarship.

Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) The man who rejected his slave name.

Malcolm X, the charismatic Black Muslim leader of the late 1950s and early 1960s, is arguably one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.

Considered one of the most controversial leaders of his time, Malcolm X was born the son of an outspoken Baptist minister in Nebraska, USA. He grew up amid persecution, enduring his father’s murder and his mother’s committal to an institution.

Although graduating top of his class, Malcolm was told by his teacher that his aim to become a lawyer was an ‘unrealistic goal for a nigger’. Disenchanted, he embarked upon a path of crime which led to a seven year imprisonment. It was here that Malcolm studied the religion of the Nation of Islam (NOI). He left prison a devoted follower.

To symbolize the rejection of his “slave” name Malcolm changed his surname (Little) to ‘X’ and went on speaking tours around the country. His charisma, passion for his subject and blatant confidence meant he became a highly effective speaker for the organization, increasing membership from 500 to 30,000.

When news came of his mentor NOI leader Elijah Muhammad’s violation of one of the religion’s highest values, Malcolm became disappointed. Experiencing guilt about those he had encouraged to join the organization, Malcolm undertook a pilgrimage. He returned believing in equality and a vision of world brotherhood – now Malcolm had a message for all races.

Sadly Malcolm was murdered by NOI members just under a year after his ‘conversion’. It was a loss which many found hard to comprehend.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273) One of the greatest poet of all time.

While this 13th-century Persian Sufi poet is known in much of the world as “Rumi”, he is referred to more affectionately in Iran as “Mowlaana,” or the Master.

Among Iranians, he is a spiritual guide and guru whose words hold unmatched moral authority. More than 700 years after his death, it is nearly impossible to spend a day walking around any Iranian city, suburb or village and not hear his echo. His words live on in everyday parlance – no matter one’s station, religion or occupation, everyone in Iran knows at least a handful of Rumi’s poems by heart. They are taught in classrooms as an essential part of the basic curriculum, but more than that, they are learned in homes, cafes, bazaars, parks and houses of worship. No place is beyond this poet’s influence.

Rumi  has long been recognised as one of the most important contributors to Islamic literature and

Sufism , the spiritual and mystic element of Islam. His enormous collection of mystical poetry is considered among the best that has ever been produced.

Rumi died on 17 December 1273 shortly after completing his work on the Masnavi. His passing was deeply mourned by the citizens of Konya, including the Christian and Jewish communities.

Rumi’s death is commemorated annually in Konya, attracting pilgrims from all corners of the globe and every religion. The popularity of his poetry has risen so much in the last couple of decades that the Christian Science Monitor identified him as the most published poet in America in 1997 and UNESCO declared 2007 to be the Year of Rumi.

Dalai Lama (The 14th)  ( 6 July 1935 – present )

Born Lhamo Thondup , and known religiously as Tenzin Gyatso , is the current Dalai Lama .

Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism.

In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet when the People’s Republic of China invaded the country with the purpose of controlling it. The Dalai Lama then established a Tibetan government in exile in India. One day, the Dalai Lama hopes to return to Tibet and resume his life as, what he considers, the country’s rightful ruler.

In 1989, the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize; he also won the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. To this day, he remains Tibet’s most vocal advocate.

Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) The powerful Orator

As Martin Luther King, Jr. was preparing to give his “I Have a Dream” speech, A. Phillip Randolph introduced him as the “moral leader of our nation.”  King’s moral leadership was at the center of the civil rights movement and the effort to end racial segregation in America.

Martin Luther King is a great leader for several reasons. He made the difficult choice of using non-violent protest to attempt to achieve justice and equality for everyone. Even as his followers were being murdered, beaten, jailed, and spat upon he maintained his commitment to the non-violent approach.

He understood that, despite the nobility of your cause, when you respond to violence with violence, you cannot win. He is also a great leader because he was a powerful orator. His speeches were masterpieces that simultaneously uplifted, inspired, and consoled. Although he was assassinated before he could witness the victory, his leadership led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, or national origin.

In your space, where ever you may be on earth you have the power to make a change and be exceptional. In the words of Rumi “You were born with wings, why do you prefer to crawl through life”

IN THE NAME OF ABORTION – IF YOU THINK SEX & ABORTION IS A JOKE, WATCH THIS

Sex is now so cheap it is like purchasing bread! Ladies having multiple abortions for multiple men!
Unmarried partners cohabiting! Playboys thinking they are the bomb while they father many dead children known and unknown!

I expect silly questions like Are you a saint? Are you a virgin? “Don’t judge” and all those cliche questions and comments the morally heedless love to ask to make themselves feel better.

A child should not pay the price for your behavior. Babies terminated in a gruesome manner. They didn’t ask anyone to indulge in sexual laxity and bring them to life. If you thought and think abortion is no big deal, maybe this could help you think. Maybe this would help you close your legs, maybe this would help you remember that you could also die in the process.

Maybe this could help you understand that the skull of a baby is crushed to get it out of you…

Maybe. Many will remain heedless but some will listen.

Have a good view of what really goes on when you abort a baby you took in for a few minutes of pleasure. Before you come attacking, make sure you have watched the full video.

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5 DANGERS OF HAVING A MONEY ONLY MINDSET

Money is good, we know this. If we all had a choice, none of us would want to live in Penury. But life happens and while some may be born poor the choices we make through life will determine if that status would change.

Success means different things to different people, sadly though one of the reasons for this post is that in a country like Nigeria too many youths have the money mindset, this is their sole mindset and with this comes many problems which come back and destroy our society. So here are 5 Dangers of Having a Money Only Mindset.

Note that this post is with a focus on having the money mindset for the wrong reasons and pursuing that mindset through the wrong means.

1. YOU COME OFF AS GREEDY AND SCARY

When a person is solely all about money, having it, gaining it especially with an aim that’s targeted at gathering material things, the latest gadgets, cars, clothes and worst of all to show off and oppress others, they not only look really greedy they begin to look scary to those around them.

Scary because, people who have worked to earn their money, through legit and honest means will see an inner monster living in the person with the money mindset. They will find them scary as they see someone who will likely be willing to do anything to achieve their aims, hence they may not feel safe around them. Suffice to say coming off as having a money mindset makes one look shady.

2. BECOMING MANIPULATIVE

The only money mindset person, begins to exhibit this in their actions and will manipulate and cheat others, as long as they get the money, they don’t care who feels bad, they destroy their relationships with others.

The money only mindset person will be glad to lend money they don’t intend to return to purchase things that are liabilities and not assets.

3. THEY SPOIL THE COUNTRY’S NAME OUTSIDE 

The nature of crimes those that have been caught outside the shores of Nigeria were involved in, include human trafficking, drug peddling, fraud, robbery and other similar morally bankrupt acts.

The nature of these crimes in themselves portray the minds of the perpetrators as being having sick levels of money only mindset. Blinding them so much that they forget their names and family names which would be tarnished, they forget they could lose their lives as some of these countries have stringent punishments for crimes such as drug peddling. They only think of all the money they would make. Ultimately also, money only mindset people spoil the image of the country and indirectly hamper other honest citizens from having opportunities abroad.

4. READY TO CHEAT OTHERS & GAIN MONEY THROUGH ANY MEANS. 

The increase in kidnappings, armed robbery, and fraud also known as yahoo yahoo, the increase in ritual killings means the number of persons with the money only mindset are on the rise. This means a more dangerous society for us all. Because the innocent are often the victims.

5. WILL SQUANDER MONEY AS MINDSET CAME FROM WRONG PLACE. 

A person with the money mindset fails to understand the value of money, or investment. They want irrelevant and empty things. They want money for purchase of produced things but do not think like producers.

No matter the amount a money only mindset person comes by, they seldom are able to grow further and will more likely return to where they started as a wrong mindset will always mean a wrong set of actions.

Our society needs a strong value re-orientation which needs to start from our homes, our schools, having the right role models, and having the right mindset.

Money, can actually right many wrongs of our society, but only in the hands of the right people, with the right values otherwise our woes have just begun.

You can download a free e-book on this blog titled THE SIDE HUSTLE BOOM here This book gives everyone pointers to business they can start, gaps around them they can fill for money, some tips to increasing your client base if you already own a business and offers job search tips to those who are job hunting. Everyone can find something useful in here, and it’s free.

The Moral Code is here to add a voice in correcting the moral decadence prevalent in society. So do help the effort by sharing posts from this blog.

IT WASN’T HIM, I DESTROYED HIS REPUTATION

It wasn’t my intention, but things got out of hand! It wasn’t him, I destroyed his reputation.

I am not a good person, was never and probably would never be. This could pass for the statement of a person wanting to look modest but I entreat you not to take it as such.

I wouldn’t really say I came from a poor home because there were a lot of people that wished for what we had. But it would be right to say we couldn’t really afford all the fine things of life like I wanted, things that the other rich kids showed off in school. Either ways, I didn’t consider myself privileged.

My parents were very religious people, I was brought up in the way of the lord. I had a lot of questions concerning this God, his existence and a couple other things but no one seemed to have the answers to all my questions, truth is they never really understood him themselves!

I carried myself like a righteous person should, and I was respected. I was either in school, church or at my hostel. I made very good grades, I couldn’t be found doing some things that my peers would do. Though I wanted them, I had already set a standard for myself, I couldn’t fall below expectations.

Alex was one of my closest friends, equally intelligent and very religious. There was this room-mate of his, I strongly admired. Richard, he was handsome, had a great sense of humour and could afford the fine things of life. Everything I prayed for but never had!

It was his birthday and he put up a small party for his room-mates. They all saw me as a room-mate because I spent most of my time there, his Dad had gifted him the latest iphone for his birthday, it got all the guys cheering and wishing they had such a dad. I wished so too, only that I couldn’t say.

I walked into the room one afternoon looking for Alex but no one was in. I was about leaving when I noticed that same phone lying beautifully on Richard’s bed.

I couldn’t resist the temptation so I picked it up. It had no lock, so I dived into the phone exploring all its goodness. There was no sign of anyone coming soon, so I took the phone away. I didn’t really know what I was thinking, but it didn’t change the fact that I just stole a phone.

Later that night the hostel was upside down, I had never seen Richard so furious before, he reported to the hostel governor and wardens and there was an approval to search the whole hostel. All the guys in the hostel were so eager to find the thief, as the stealing had become so rampant in recent times.  They even threatened to burn down the thief, when caught.

The bell rang and everyone was advised to be in their rooms and stand by their beds while the security locked the gates. My heart raced, over and over again. I was in trouble. It was too late to bring out the phone . I had no explanation whatsoever. I was doomed!

The search was going on room from room to room. They got to my room and they almost didn’t want to search me, I was respected! ‘Obed no fit thief na, but just open your bag make e no be like say we nor search you’ said the warden.

I chuckled, trying to open my bag. My heart pounding seriously.

I had barely opened my bag in full when someone screamed close by.

‘No be Richard phone be this? Ah Alex so na you?’

They had found the phone In Alex’s bag. I had carefully put the phone into his bag while everyone was moving haphazardly in search of the said phone. They dragged him out of the room with slaps and blows and kicks. They tore his shirt and paraded him round the hostel in the most humiliating manner, chanting ‘ole’.

The more he said ‘It’s not me’, the more slaps he received. He was striped to his boxers and he looked lost and dejected. Alex withdrew from the school and never reached any of his friends again. The humiliation was too much.

I never confessed this to anyone. I live with this self-hate now. Even years after the event. It gives me nightmares. I ruined the reputation of a good friend.

You get to make your own choices, but you do not get to choose your consequences.

Say no to crime, false accusations and Jungle justice!

NOTE – This story is fictional!

Story by Bobby Eguaoje.

Staff writer at The Moral Code.

What moral lessons can we draw from this story?

  • You could be brought up in a very good home. But you choose who you become and you define your own person.
  • That in a moment of temptation, if you fall for the temptation it can be the definition of your life for years to come. Guard your thoughts. Obed should have simply left the phone alone.
  • Close friends are the ones who can betray you and ruin you. Alex was his closest friend and he set him up?
  • Do not leave things people can easily steal or be tempted to steal lying around. This doesn’t mean the action of stealing is justified, but avoid placing temptations in people’s path. not everyone is strong willed.
  • Many people have gone down for crimes they didn’t commit.
  • not everything is at it appears.

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