Wednesday, June 26, 2013


I had this very bad dream and woke up suddenly with 'blood of jesus' on my lips. I entered the toilet, had a pee then checked my watch, it was 3:30am. The thought of going back to sleep and continuing that bad dream where I stopped scared me. I thought of what to do to stay awake and my muse suggested -'Struggling and Shinning'.

My writings had always been from observations, questions, imaginations etc and so if I struck where it affects you, just have in mind that I have no intention of doing that, I was just writing 'as was lead by the spirit'.

Often times I look at the faces of fellow classmates, friends and acquaintances. The happiness or joy he/she exudes amidst 'academic adversity' would make someone who knows nothing about this particular person think that they are either among the Top 5 in their class or would be delivering the valedictory speech during convocation. This student in question is either battling to stay above a 1.5 GPA or have a litany of F's which s/he needs to 'cancel' in other to 'leave with his/her set'. This particular student would discuss football, fashion or even history with ease, could be at the forefront of affairs in the department or could even be that person who talks to his classmates about how to pass exams or the benefits of a dedicated study time. He is optimistic about life and is gathering every information and life lessons he needs to be a politician.

A good number of boys have either a girlfriend or two whom they take very good care of more than they do themselves. He buys her lunch in major eateries around school for about 4 days in a week while the smart girl saves her money for handbags, wedge and 'peep toes'. The same boy goes back to his hostel or house to continue drinking his garri with or without milk and groundnut. He is the go-to guy when the girl need to make her hair and would gladly ask 'How much would that cost?' while he doesn't take the same route back to his hostel so the Barber whom he owes 200naira would not see and ask him for the money. He provides the girl with everything she needs amidst struggling to pay his bills only to get inside her pants and in some cases he succeeds.

If you are asked to point out one of the richest chick in your class, this particular girl comes to your mind. She dresses in any attire that is in vogue, uses the best phones and gadgets and could be identified with every designer from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany amber to Louboutin, Channel and Zara. All these she is able to achieve from working hard during weekends and sometimes weekdays whereby she had to lie on her back and have older, matured and elderly men dance azonto, etigi and alingo on top of her. Refer to my previous write-up 'The University Runz gal' HERE. She had to do it to 'stay' in school because she is from a family of say 5 and the parents are starving to see that she stays in school. She has STD's, Abortions etc to battle with just to make sure she gets a university degree.

The above mentioned cases and individuals have something in common: Though they have personal problems which others cannot or may not see, they have something they want to achieve at the end of the day. This might be a wrong way of going about a motivational but the idea is this: I present you with ugly situations cum happenings and hope that you learn from them. So whatever situation you find yourself or put yourself in today is dependent on the choices you made. Whatever choice(s) you have made, have a goal and work towards achieving it.

Twitter: @victorikeji

Monday, June 10, 2013


So, you really want to know why I am different from you. My reasons actually are not far-fetched but they are things you could relate with and I hope you learn a lesson or two from this. We are differen...t because:

You spend 5000naira to get a VIP treatment in a faculty dinner night and then go home struggling with a plate of garri without milk, I spent the same amount on transporting some of my wares to another state. I sat at the corner for regulars in that same dinner night.

You buy and wear animal prints, same colour belts and shoes to match and is concerned about the kinds and number of designer shirts and shoes in your closet. I buy stocks and shares, wear a single pair of shoes that is becoming lonely because it sits alone on my shoe rack. I am concerned about investments and returns.

You live in a 120k apartment, fitted with state of the art appliances just so the 'eves' could be entertained when they come around and then you are perceived as a 'big boy'. Your school apartment probably looks more sophisticated than your father's parlour. I lead an almost solitary life, manage a little room which most people jokingly refer to as a cubicle, have a book shelf with books that some of my friends see as too much and which I probably see as too little.

You spend time thinking about which club rocks the most, which neighbouring school to go 'chick hunting' and on arguments about who've had dated and 'blown' the hottest chicks in school. I spend time worrying about what new line of biz to venture into, which neighbouring school would need my wares and I argue about how and why some students remain broke.

I browse the internet for resources and stuffs such as 'virgin' businesses to tap into. I see social networks as the ultimate marketing tool which is why I want to be on every one of them. You browse the internet just for the fun of it, sometimes stumbling on some of my pages and getting me paid. You log into social networks just to find the girl with the single status, then spend time on long unimportant chats that add nothing to your life.

As a student, the number of times you find me in the bank, I am making deposits with little withdrawals at intervals. I am what some refer to as a silent achiever, nobody knows my worth because I don't talk much. You on the other hand makes withdrawals on 92% visit to the banks and hardly makes a deposit even as a student. You look flashy and sophisticated, people think you've got plenty money but you and I know you've got nothing.

Now what makes me different from you? I see opportunities lying everywhere, believes in doubling every cash that comes into my hand though some see me as stingy but if that would mean not living a lavish life, I am Ok with it. At the end of the day, I've accumulated enough wealth as a young man and would keep showing my '32' as I grow older.
You on the other hand have replaced saving with spending on your dictionary, waste lots of money just to impress friends who would run away when your pocket dries. At the end of the day, you remain broke because the only savings you'd have is the deposits which you made in the accounts of girls whom doesn't even care if you exist any longer.

PS: This write-up is more like an advise to every young man out there. The message is simple: UNDERSTAND YOUR MOTIVES AND REASSESS YOUR AIMS.

Twitter: @victorikeji