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April 12, 2021 Leave a comment

Yesterday, at request of the senior pastor, I shared the word during the first service. After much thought and consultation with Holy Spirit during the course of the week, I was led to speak about mistakes. I used the Fall of Samson (one of the judges of Israel) as my case study, and a lot was revealed.

I decided to share my notes via this medium because I feel it could reach and help more people. A lot of times, people don’t know how to make a comeback after a mistake. Some people feel like their mistake is “unforgiveable”, “the end of the world”, “no way out”, but there is absolutely nothing God cannot forgive or save you from.

Please read and be blessed.

Judges 16:17 AMP
Then [finally] he told her everything that was in his heart and said to her, “A razor has never been used on my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me, and I will become weak and be like any [other] man.”

What is a mistake?
A temporary lapse in judgement.
An error or blunder in action, calculation, judgement, opinion, or statement caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, ignorance or insufficient knowledge.

A mistake can be made knowingly or in ignorance.
A mistake can be a one-time occurrence or habitual.

Humans are prone to error; that is, we make mistakes, and christians are not immune.
We are imperfect beings striving towards perfection every day through the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit, so don’t beat yourself up when you make a mistake.

Too often the disappointment in yourself, disappointment to others, and shame prevent us from dealing with the situation. Yes, you made a mistake, you messed up; and your friends are disappointed, your wife/husband is heartbroken, your family is disgraced…that’s unavoidable as the deed has been done, and those are some of the consequences of your action(s), as people try to deal with it.

However, don’t let that bring you down. People may [and some will] treat you differently, but God never will.
The woman caught in adultery was berated, but John 8:7 AMP says “However, when they persisted in questioning Him, He straightened up and said, “He who is without [any] sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”” and that was that. God doesn’t condemn us for making mistakes; He doesn’t berate us.

You’re not defined by your mistakes, but what comes next is what matters; and you have two choices – Wallow in it or Fix it.

Wallow In It
This is indulging in an unrestrained way.
Like some people say, “Why bother? I’m already going to hell anyway”.
Wallowing is the worst decision because it comes from a place of self-pity, self-rejection, self-hate, and shame.
Wallowing leads to depression, loss of conscience, loss of morality, and deeper indulgence in sin.

The devil has a way of making you feel like you’re not worthy, so the “best” decision is to hide from/withdraw from our Father. Like Adam and Eve did when they discovered they were naked. The devil wants you to isolate yourself, so he can destroy you.

But, like the prodigal son discovered, mistakes should never make us feel our Father has rejected us. At first, shame didn’t let him go back, so low do he go? He ended up a degenerate – eating with pigs. Only to receive the shock of his life when he decided to repent and go back home.

It should never cross your mind that our father won’t receive us with open arms. You may be punished, but you will be forgiven. Ask Jonah.

Fix It
This is taking responsibility for your actions and finding a way to rectify the mistake or ease the pain caused.
It starts with coming back home, like the Prodigal Son did. Don’t go further and further away.

You can come back stronger; like Samson did.
Judges 16:28‭-‬30 AMP
Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God , please remember me and please strengthen me just this one time, O God, and let me take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Samson took hold of the two middle [support] pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, one with his right hand and the other with his left. And Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he stretched out with all his might [collapsing the support pillars], and the house fell on the Lords and on all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he had killed during his life.

Yes, with the revelation of the blunder, there may be anger, disappointment, disgrace, hurt and shame from men, but God is not man. God will not reject you and it’s His opinion that matters the most.

Hebrews 4:16 AMP
Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

Samson, rather than feel sorry for himself, decided to fix it. He made a mistake, owned up to it, repented, obtained mercy, and finished strong. A mistake isn’t the end of the world; you can come back, and by God’s grace, finish strong.

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2021

January 1, 2021 Leave a comment

I thought I’d start this new year with a word from God.

I’m not responsible for what you don’t commit into My hands. If you know what you want to do this year and don’t need my help, I’ll stay away and watch you. But if you ask for My guidance, I’ll lead you to heights you never could have imagined.

Your move.

In my church, The Flourishing House, our word from God for this year is “Far Fast, No Limits”.

Read it again.

I’m keyed in. You’re free to join us.

Happy New Year!🎉

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October 20, 2020 Leave a comment

What a total and absolute shame.
October 20th 2020 has to be one of the darkest days in the history of democracy in Nigeria; in the history of Nigeria, period.

At a time when Nigerians in and outside the country are fighting and kicking against bad governance, oppression and police reform, the Nigerian government resorts, once again, to systematic oppression; acting like #EndSARS is a plague.

I still can’t wrap my head around why some officers of the Nigeria Police are acting like the #EndSARS protesters are the enemy. These protesters aren’t anti-police; they are simply fighting for an improvement in the way the job of the police is carried out, as well as better compensation and benefits for the work they do! The entire movement transcended a demand for the government to shutdown the SARS unit; it’s a demand for an end to police brutality, an end to police corruption, an end to police impunity, an end to police misconduct; in fact, it’s about a complete overhaul of the current Nigerian Police System.

I think it was highly insensitive to, amid the outcry of the Nigerian youth, dissolve SARS one day, and the next day, rebrand it as a SWAT unit. The priority isn’t an elite anti-robbery unit. Nigerians are clamoring for better trained, more efficient police officers; a complete police reform, not better packaging!

But no, instead of taking the proper corrective measures, cowardly elements in the government and in power tried hiring thugs to disrupt the protests. That didn’t work. They tried hiring thugs to hijack the protests. That didn’t work. They hired thugs to cause mayhem at different locations [unrelated to any of the protest sites]. Finally, they had an excuse to abruptly and forcefully end the protests, a curfew.

Rather than storm the locations of the mayhem, the Nigerian government declares war on its youths at the Lekki toll gate. Soldiers of the Nigerian Army, sworn to protect Nigeria and Nigerians, fire lethal rounds at unarmed peaceful Nigerian protesters as they waved their Nigerian flags and sat in the street singing the Nigerian National Anthem.

This government has failed at all levels in its most fundamental duty – to protect the lives and properties of its citizen.

If the Nigerian President [and his cronies] had any dignity and self-respect left, he’ll step down. I think, one more time, he has proven, beyond reasonable doubt, that he cannot lead with wisdom and integrity.

It is my prayer that from the ashes of tonight, a new Nigeria will rise. There has been way too much innocent bloodshed, and their deaths must not be in vain.

May the souls of our murdered brothers and sisters rest in peace. Thank you for your sacrifice.

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September 30, 2020 Leave a comment

Dr Oluwöle Banköle was a Grade A Human Being. He was simply awesome; loved and revered by many. I never quite understood the pillar he was, and what he meant to so many people, until his funeral. He was simply Granddad to me; the only one I knew, and the best ever.

He was a caring and loving family man. Family was very important to him. For as long as I can remember, he was an ever-present figure in my life. Growing up, he was at almost every birthday and family functions. Most recently, despite all odds, he made it to my wedding ceremonies last year.

He was always so cheerful. I don’t think I ever saw a frown on his face. He had a such a lovely smile and infectious laughter to go with his bubbly personality. I mean, his presence could literally light up a room! If I didn’t know any better, I’d have thought he was the happiest man on earth; maybe he was.

I loved going to visit him. When I was younger, it was secretly about the little treats and/or money he would give my younger sister and I (mine was usually more 😁), especially when we visited him at his clinic. As we munched on our snacks, he would sometimes teach us something about the human body and bones. Even at that age, I could tell he really enjoyed being an osteopath. I remember when he made me his willing assistant in the treatment of my sister’s legs. He thought me how to massage them in between her appointments with him. That was fun.

As I got older, my visits were less frequent because I lived outside the country, but they became more about family history and life lessons. I love a good story, and he had an abundance of really good ones he was always happy to share. I got to learn a lot about my great grandfather, J. B. Bankole, from his stories. I was sometimes amazed by how much he could accurately recall in such great detail.

When I made the shift from medicine to entrepreneurship, he encouraged to me to keep at it, and develop myself into the leader I could be; even bought me “The Spirit of Leadership” by Dr Myles Munroe. His support meant a lot of me.

He was a consummate gentleman – kind, principled, smart, and very well spoken. If you’re close to me, you’ll know I have a very low threshold for poor grammar. In the not-so-distant past, I could cut someone off mid-sentence to make a correction🤦🏾‍♂️. I’ve gotten better; now, I’d try to let you finish. Well, it would seem that trait is genetic. One of the reverends during the wake mentioned that about him, and shared his experience – after a sermon, granddad met up with him to correct his pronunciation of “sword” i.e. it’s pronounced “sawed” not “swored” 😄. That cracked everyone up.

I miss everything about him – especially his laugh, two-cheek pecks, and stories. The last time we spoke, he thanked me profusely for calling (as he usually did) and told me every thing has a beginning and an end; he’d had a good life, no regrets, and looking forward to going home to rest.

He lived an exemplary life and left behind a brilliant legacy; I’m blessed and honored to be his grandson. May his gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace.

OSTEOPATH CHIEF DR. OLUWOLE OLUFEMI BANKOLE
Early Years, Education and Training
Dr. Oluwole Olufemi Bankole was born on September 12, 1931 to Late Pa Josiah Babatunde Bankole, the first black cashier at the Barclays Bank D.C.O. as well as Late Phebean Asake Bankole, an Awori porcelain trader at Ita-Garawu [in old-time], Isale-Eko, Lagos. He had nothing but a stellar upbringing; educated at the famous Abeokuta Grammar School, under the tutelage of Late Reverend Ransome Kuti. It was very clear from early childhood that he was destined for greatness. At the age of 24, he went the way of the elite Lagosians back in the day, when JBB (as his father was popularly called) opted to send him, and a handful of his siblings, to London for further studies in search of the proverbial Golden Fleece. He worked and toiled in his digs until 1964 when he graduated from yet another elite institution – the Royal School of Osteopathy, now known as the University College of Osteopathy.

Professional Life
In London, he started his private practice and grew it into a tight and reputable Osteopathic practice. The pictures he sent home to his mother, as well as his two children in Nigeria (Fehintola Oludolapo and Olujimi Olumuyiwa) are still engraved in our memories. He was so dark and handsome in his white Doctor’s Scrubs. However, being the only child of Phebean Asake was quite traumatic for both mother and child. In those days, traveling to London was like traveling to the moon. The years turned into decades and both mother and child missed each other greatly. The die was cast. It was just a matter of time before he came back home. The demise of JBB in May, 1975 became the remote cause for his ultimate return home. First, he visited for his father’s burial, followed by a full-scale return home to Nigeria in 1980. Soon after, he opened the Dr Oluwole Bankole Osteopathic Clinics – one on Queens Street, Yaba, and another on Brown Street, Oshodi. He practiced and treated patients from then well into his eighties.

Character
Dr. Bankole was a man of the people, extremely soft-spoken, and he really wasn’t good at losing his temper, except when hungry. Late Phebean knew that too well – he had to “re-train” his mother on the essence of timely meals when he returned home. We all still remember his healthy advice – “you need five medium meals a day within a space of three hours from each other.” At any other given moment, he was full of life and vivacity. An avid Lawn tennis player and swimmer, he was very health conscious and agile.
As an osteopath, he once treated his eldest son, Jimi, who still marvels at how and where his father found the energy to contort his body during treatment. Dr. Bankole was very, very good at his trade.

Professional Bodies & Associations
In addition to being the Founder of the Osteopathic Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Dr. Bankole was also a member of numerous professional bodies and held executive positions at some, including being: President of the National Complementary and Alternative Medical Association (NACAMA) / Nigerian Council of Physicians of Natural Medicine, Registrar of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Registrar of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria (MRTBN), Provost of Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET), and Senior Lecturer at Lagos State College of Health Technology – School of Complementary Health Sciences.
Dr. Bankole was also an active member of a number of Christian associations and groups, including Egbe Agba – Folawiyo Bankole Memorial Methodist Church Nigeria, Christian League – Folawiyo Bankole Memorial Methodist Church Nigeria, Boys’ Brigade – Folawiyo Bankole Memorial Methodist Church Nigeria, and Praise Band – Folawiyo Bankole Memorial Methodist Church Nigeria. He was also President of the Men’s Fellowship – Methodist Church Nigeria (Lagos Mainland Diocese).

Dr. Oluwole Bankole was happily married with many lovely children and grandchildren.

agric

November 8, 2014 2 comments

I came to Nigeria a few months ago to explore some business opportunities. During the course of my stay, I’ve met up and run into a few friends; people I’ve managed to keep in touch with all these years. One of those friends, Onyew B*, has been a friend of mine for over thirteen years. During one of our many talks, she told me about an organisation she has working with – Quintessential Business Women Association (QBWA), under the Quintessential Young Leaders (QYL) arm. From what I understood, the aim of QYL is to prepare and train young people for leadership roles in various aspects business. However, the parent group, QBWA, is laser-focused on the development and empowerment of women and young people for business in the agriculture and solid minerals sectors.

I told her my SME Advisory firm, Herança Financial, has clients in that industry, but I’ve never personally cared for business in agriculture. She tried to encourage me to consider it, but I wouldn’t budge. Last week, she invited me to a conference the QYL was organizing in partnership with QBWA and the Federal Ministry and Youth Development in Abuja. I was going to be  Abuja that week, so I accepted.

Friday, November 7th, I found my way to the National Centre for Women Development. It wasn’t hard to find, so I got there at about 8:35am. It was to start at 9:00am.

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To my surprise, unlike a couple other events, I had been to in my short time back, it started relatively on time – about 9:30am-ish. It was called White Collar Job In Agric. They meant business lol. Everyone got a lanyard with a participant card, plus a branded pen, folder and notepad. I thought that was quite impressive. 

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They had ten speakers, but I could only stay for the opening speech (which Onyew gave) and the first presentation (which I was most interested in) on business in agriculture by a representative from the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN). Before the SMEDAN representative began, there was a short charge by Shimite Katung, Founder of QBWA. She was quite electrifying lol. I could tell she’s very passionate about developing people for leadership as well as helping develop highly successful businesses in the Agriculture and Solid Minerals industries.

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The presentation was quite informative. I hardly get excited about things, but yesterday, the speaker piqued by interest. QYL hoped for five hundred attendees, but they made about half of that while I was there. To help out, I’ll share what I learnt about QYL and starting/owning a small business in Nigeria’s agriculture sector.

Agriculture is a major branch of any economy, most especially the Nigerian economy. It has the potential to generate employment for up to seventy percent (70%) of the population. Unfortunately, Nigeria relies more on imports than being self-sufficient. Nigeria is at a point where the export of crude oil isn’t going to cut it anymore, and requires its youth to become agro-entrepreneurs.

Nigeria is so richly blessed that each of its thirty-six (36) states has at least two unique agricultural products it can contribute to the economy – for both its populates and for export, but the opportunities aren’t being properly explored. The Nigerian agricultural industry has the raw materials to mass produce and export beef, cassava bran (garri), dairy products, fish, fruits, goat, groundnuts, grass-cutters, poultry, rice, snails, variety of vegetables, and waste-to-work materials.

If you’re wondering, as I was, how successful a business in agricultural produce can be, here are some numbers we were given at the conference: Africa spends thirty billion dollars ($30,000,000,000.00USD) annually on the importation poultry products, and Nigeria spends fifty billion naira (N50,000,000,000NGN) on the importation of fish annually. That’s a lot of money in any currency lol.

With all this potential, there is very little interest because of the stigma attached to agriculture in Nigeria. A lot of young Nigerians think agriculture and farming are synonymous, and they are not interested in being farmers; and there lies the misconception. Agro-entrepreneurs aren’t farmers; they are people who make money from running successful businesses in the agricultural sector. As was pointed out during the conference, there are different avenues available – beef production, cattle raring, fish farming, poultry farming, mechanized farming, development of devices and machinery for farming, frozen foods facilities, logistics and transportation, packaging facilities, and warehousing.

I have a lot on my plate, but I think I wouldn’t mind investing in an agric start up, or partnering up with someone or a group of people looking to take advantage of the opportunities in the Nigerian agricultural industry. Apparently, even the government is giving grants to companies looking to develop quality agricultural products for local consumption and exportation.

Alright, that’s about it. I hope I’ve inspired someone to take a chance. As Sir Richard Branson once said, “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity, and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.”