Social Networking

By Odimegwu Onwumere

We have to disabuse our minds
that social networking on the internet
is dangerous because there were cases
of dupe, distrust, murder, and so on
that were hatched on connections
on the internet to the physical.

The world outside the internet
is even more dangerous to live in.

The world carries with it
bags of concealed weapons
that the unlucky becomes a victim.

Because of Capitalism,
the world will never be a better place
and anyone who tries to make it a better place
becomes the victim of the bad ones.

The world is full of people
when caught firing their guns
would say they did not fire their guns
but projected them to the direction
they wanted to gain from.

Let us start by keeping fears out of our minds
because there will always be the victims
and victors of this world.

Living too much in fear can be dangerous
because fear is transient, treacherous and iniquitous.

We must wear our brain helmet in this dangerous world
while in the business of friendship with friends
on the Social Networking websites in the world.

Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, Founder of PoetAgainst Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State.
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When Advise Becomes Abuse

By Odimegwu Onwumere

We make mistakes, as human beings, and must be corrected, by human beings. However, the way some people contribute to correcting the offender makes CORRECTION look insulting.

Correction should be attached with decorum. It is preferable in the form of ENCOURAGEMENT. No bitterness, at all.

The way some Reforms are carried out for the improvement of the society is the best way to understanding CORRECTION. CORRECTION is meant to correct abuse, and not abuse becoming CORRECTION.

Some folks do not want their friends to correct them. And when the friends do, they use ABUSE inplace of correcting the friends. We must be open to accepting CORRECTION, because any wrong that silent is used as the best option makes abuse the order of the day.

Notwithstanding, whereas we need CORRECTION, it is a global norm that there is always the leader and the follower. Let the individual have his or her opinion. That accepted! But, let the presumed follower look-up to the leader. Anything contrary to this is an insult to the Leader, and not CORRECTION:

It is expected in the Igbo area where I come from in Nigeria that wives should follow their husbands, while the later lead.

Without any quarrel, I heard the wife shouting above her voice, at the slight correction of the husband on something that she failed to do.

Just to know if one’s wife is entitled to verbally tell the husband, “Go and learn manners, do you hear me?” Though, a friend said that it depends on how she bent her mouth while saying it.

The friend further added that if she says it with a smile, she may get a hug and some bedroom actions, but if she says it with such disdain, then she probably would get the other side of the man.

Yes! Disdain was the motion and action, and the man is now learning the MANNERS in total isolation from his once jovial way, and the woman is pleading.

In another vein, another friend added that a cutting word is worse than a bowstring, a cut may heal, but the cut of the tongue does not. “He who is being carried does not realize how far the town is.” Good habits, like flossing regularly, are usually pretty hard to develop. Bad habits seem to just appear or have been programmed into our brain by some sinister force that comes in our sleep and encodes even when folks are looking.

While in affirmative with this, another friend also added that leaders must see themselves as servants and followers, tomorrow leaders. The act of checks and balances must be by mutual understanding bearing in mind that without the people there is no leader, and without a leader there will be chaos.

Do you advise or abuse?  Are you a leader or the follower?

Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, Founder of PoetAgainst Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State.
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The Unlimited Performance Of Governor Obi In Anambra State

By Odimegwu Onwumere


Encouraging positive projects and having the prowess to think outside the box are the qualities of any leader. These, well performed, make people from all walks of life to cheer and admire such a leader.


One leader who has enjoyed the cheers and admiration of his people to an immeasurable height, because of his generosity of spirit in leadership, is Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State. Anambra people have shown that they are happy with him, because his administration has embarked on honourable projects in the areas of health, education, sports, economy, peace, infrastructural renaissance, just name them, distinguishing him in various fields of endeavour.


From the church to the mosque and the traditional, Obi has been described as the best Governor Anambra has had, because of the steadfast in his cordiality to develop and rejuvenate the rural areas and provide them with basic necessities of life. Beaming searchlights on Anambra, Obi has contributed to good governance in Nigeria. Objectivity is his key. This is not a mere claim.


Many projects last year in the state that were at various stages of completion have been completed, and more started. This is not an erroneous assessment of Anambra State under Obi. The statement is an informed conclusion about governance in Anambra State in the last four years. Obi has been working interminably to achieve the hyped Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It cannot be said that Anambra State under Obi is one hundred percent perfect, because no organisation in the world has ever been such in term of leadership.


Christened Anambra Integrated Development Strategy, Obi is using this platform on ground to achieve the much advertised MDGs. He has tackled the menace of poverty by reducing its once dreaded Olympia Height in the state, which the European Union, through its Support to Reforming Institutions Programme (SRIP), has been in the forefront in partnership with the Obi-led government. The meager resources of Anambra State made it unavoidable to be in partnership with global, national and local partners. These are strategic partnerships, for international development partners/donor agencies. UNICEF, UNDP, DFID, EU, the World Bank, amongst others are the giant partners with the Obi-led Anambra State Government. Against this backdrop, the government regularly pays what is known as Government Counterpart Cash Contribution (GCCC). This is for development of the partnership activities, including accountability and transparency. The funds from development partners are managed well, by using the money strictly for the purpose it was provided for, and judicious sundry.


This could not have been achieved if the state is known for inaccessible roads, especially in the rural areas. As part of the government’s mappings, Obi recognised the need for building roads and bridges as the strongest weapons against poverty in the state, for the improvement of the individual and collective economy. Just to name but a few the exceptional networks of road Obi-led administration has carried – the 45-kilometre Anaku-Omasi-Ifite Ogwari-Igbakwu Road in Ayamelum LGA , the 43-Kilometre Amansea-Ebenebe-Awba Ofemili Road in Awka North, with a bridge (5Billion Naira), the 67-kilometre Onitsha-Atani-Ossomalla-Ogwuikpele Road in Ogbaru LGA, with three bridges (N17.8 Billion), the Umueze Anam-Mmiata Road in Anambra West LGA, with a bridge, the Nibo-Umuawulu-Awgbu-Amaokpala-Umunze Road, with the famous Odor bridge – are among the few examples of the infrastructural enhancement Obi-led government of Anambra State has showcased.


As a governor who loves his people, Obi envisioned ideas from different countries of the world, by not only visiting the urban cities, but also the remote villages.  He has shown that he has the wand of power to develop Anambra State. Many armchair critics had shown interest in the state, but Obi was dogged to ignore them, because he’s not an armchair governor. Today, he has moved Anambra State from a presumably poor state to Utopia beyond statistics creating an elevated number of millionaires per four-sided figure kilometre by rationalising development in all the nooks and crannies of the state. Manufacturers and international businessmen now dot the state, not minding the miscreants called kidnappers who have tried to give the government a bad name, but they are very far from succeeding, because Obi is not sleeping with his two eyes closed, in the fight against crime in Anambra State.


Obi-led government has not only created wealth for Anambra State, it has also provided qualitative education for the residents, with revamped and stocked over 150 science school  laboratories. It has also provided water, electricity, laptops, computers and constructed primary school classrooms in all the 177 communities of the State. The handover of the schools in the state to the church in which the State Government continues to provide financial support to the Church for the running of the schools and pay the salaries of teachers and non-teaching staff is another feat of the Obi-led administration.


During the returning ceremony of these schools to what the government called “its rightful owner” spurred both men and women in the state to almost near tears in ecstasy. However, the priority of the government is not centred on providing for the primary and secondary schools alone, it has also intervened to the tertiary level with significant makeover in infrastructure, accreditation of programmes and wide-ranging welfare. Inter alia, today, the Obi-led government of Anambra State has built a modern E-library – the Prof. Kenneth Dike Central Library at Awka – whereas the last Library built in Anambra State was in 1966.


Kudos to Governor Peter Obi for holding transparency in governance in the spirit of democracy. This has shown that Anambra State has no long way to go in the future.  Obi-led government should be commended for empowering women than ever in multi-faceted ways, but most especially, through the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, and using the State Poverty Eradication Programme, Women in ANIDS Micro Finance Scheme and in collaboration with National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) and development partners like UNICEF, with  gyrating loans worth over N330 million made available to  hundreds of women supportive groups and women wings of Town Unions to start poultry farms, fish ponds, piggeries, and many other business. He should be commended for putting into practice programmes that are targeted to cut the sufferings of susceptible women such as widows, financially-poor women, and female care-givers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) etcetera.


Let all celebrate this man who has also done well in agriculture, environment, security, exploration of human and natural resources. Evidence is the distribution of micro-enterprises equipment worth hundreds of millions of naira to individual women and women groups. These equipment include garri processing machines, computers, hair dryers, sewing machines, welding machines, vulcanizing machines, ovens, shoe-making machines, cookers, grinding machines, polythene-sealing equipment, motorcycles, palm oil processing machines, palm kernel cracking machines, soap making machines and electricity generating sets. He should be celebrated for supporting the establishment of community cottage industries by women in 50 communities with the purchase of complete rice delivery service and processing machines.


How many times shall a man kill a lion before he is named lion-killer? Just ones. While anybody is entitled to his or her opinion on the affairs of Anambra State under the leadership of Governor Peter Obi, such opinions should be constructive than destructive. Critics should trim fictitious accusations of the government. Desperate jobless politicians in the state who are bent to maligning the government of Anambra State should look elsewhere. Well-meaning Anambra people cannot be easily carried away by lies of these jobless politicians against the administration of Obi. Anambra is the state any business and peace-loving person or group should be up to, as actually a great environment for business. Governor Peter Obi has encouraged positive projects and has shown that anybody can be a leader, only if the person has the prowess to think outside the box.


Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, contributed this piece from Rivers State. Mobile: +2348032552855. Email:

David Iyofor: A Diplomatic Chief Press Secretary

By Odimegwu Onwumere


David Iyofor was once the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State on Media matters, and later the Head of Media and Publicity for Amaechi’s re-election campaign, since the inception of his administration. But there was a swing in the positions on July 23, 2011, when news reports were that the Governor had approved the appointment of Iyofor as his new Chief Press Secretary (CPS). Iyofor took over from the apparently conscientious Mr. Blessing Wikina, instantaneously. The appointment of Iyofor was welcomed by many as a deep-seated appointment of a non-Rivers person into such a position in the state, even though Iyofor would say that he does not see himself as non-Rivers person. Nonetheless, Amaechi fulfilled the desire to integrate non-Rivers people into his government-dresser, shaving him of any perceived ethnic narrow-mindedness.


While many have expressed gladness over this beyond-compare slot of Iyofor, others still bear a feeling of umbrage towards him. In a particular quarter, they have requested Iyofor to go and read certain books pertaining to his new job – an indirect antipathy and mistreat that he should improve on his duties.  To these people, they debased Iyofor and laundered an opposite image of him as somebody who was fighting a commissioner over who was competent enough on the job of information dissemination for the Rivers State Government. They have even tagged him with names other than David Iyofor and made the office of the CPS look as if it was responsible for fighting against crime in the state. This happened whenever Iyofor passed his press briefs across the media on how the state government has been unremittingly fighting the situation of crime in the state. But whether there was an incessant bank and other hush-hush business robbery in Rivers State, almost on weekly basis, how does this translate to be checked by Iyofor?


Iyofor’s antecedents from his days in Ovation show that he is not known for noisemaking. And because he believes in positive actions than in lies as some of his colleagues in other states may do, some detractors have gone out to characterize him as hollow and with zero self-confidence in the handling of his office. But this is not true of Iyofor.  It is significant to say that Governor Amaechi did not make a wrong choice in Iyofor as his Chief Press Secretary. There is also a clear indication that Iyofor is qualified to serve Rivers State, even above being a media officer to the governor, but also as a seasoned journalist of intercontinental eminence.



It must be stressed that Governor Amaechi didn’t appoint Iyofor to cause a problem; it is rather some disgruntled persons that are causing verbal problems because Iyofor was appointed CPS. Conversely, well meaning Rivers residents are laughing at such persons. Most residents are of the opinion that no one who comes in contact with Iyofor in the discharging of his duties has been disappointed. He has direct diplomatic aura of a media personnel.



Upon all the assaults on his personality, one likeable aspect of Iyofor is that he has not bothered much about the denigrators of his person and office. When he does respond, he does so wisely, like a man who would prefer to run away from a mad person in the market who accosts him, instead of engaging the mad person in a confrontation. The duplicated offensiveness and frequent battering comments on Iyofor since his appointment can be interpreted as just a series of vicious threats, because he refused to flex muscle with some political-urchins. While anybody is entitled to his or her opinion, in earnest such opinions lack weight if they are being mischievously distributed. Iyofor’s service abounds with memorable track records without any traits of idiocy and brigandage.



It is too funny that some people sleep with ethnic bias, wake with ethnic eyes and walk with ethnic legs, which Iyofor dislikes. The main question here should be for those who drink from the brood of ethnicity: What happens if Rivers State is divided? Iyofor is not a political jobber and could be far from thinking in any form, the plotting of the downfall of anybody in the government. In all fairness, those who have been attacking Iyofor need our sympathy, because their selfish interests have prevented them from seeing that he has been putting his best into making sure that the state flourishes under Governor Amaechi.



Rivers State cannot continue this way: Fighting Iyofor without any reason for doing so. Iyofor is a Chief Press Secretary, working earnestly with the Amaechi-led government for the development of Rivers State. He has been showing full representation and equal opportunity in the business of the Governor’s press issues. It is expected that others should follow in the same way. There is no need for the brickbats and backbiting against David Iyofor, who has been using his head well in the service of the state.


Odimegwu Onwumere is the Coordinator, Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV). Phone: +2348032552855. Email:


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Never Lose Hope

By Odimegwu Onwumere

The economy of the world is bad, but that of our country is biting like a wounded snake. This has made many of us sick. Some are indeed sick in the real word of sickness, but many are depressed. However, you don’t have to lose hope to moving on with your life no matter the discordant man-made disastrous situations we are suffering in this country and in the entire world.

There is no therapy as making your belief strong, that it is going to be better. Though, the spirit is always willing to move, but the flesh is a demon.

Cries and complaints can never and will never solve any problem, unless when you are before a person pleading for mercy. Never allow any distraction in your life. Distractions are factors that do not motivate you.

Why do people eat therapy as though it were a food? You can make yourself happy. Remember that anything that causes you to be angry controls your life. While you eat the therapies, remember that you are the better therapy.

Your parents and loved ones may help you but you owe yourself a great duty to make yourself happy. Never feel guilty about your present situation or the past events.

Your situation will never make all the people that know you to desert you, but they will runaway from you when you are not encouraging them to see reasons why they should continue to love you.

When you begin to think of death, just know that you are already dead. When you begin to think of life, you are already living. Whatever that occupies your heart rules your life.

No situation has ever remained permanent. Things change. But this can only happen when you turn your negative thoughts into positive thoughts.

You may have worked hard and put in the best but there is yet to be positive results; you should know that perseverance is the leeway to success. Understand that there is no quick avenue to wealth, but only you can make wealth come very quick than you expected, with perseverance.

If you feel that you are in a lot of pains, a lot of people have been in them before you. The worst of your problem is when you feel that there is no need to talk to people again.

Really, there is nothing that pays much better than association; it relieves a lot from us and brings in a lot into us.

When things seem not getting better please, never you give up. Never you question yourself that why is your condition like that, having examined yourself as a good person or a bad person. Good things always happen to bad people to learn how to do well, and bad things happen to good people to not indulge in doing bad.

Whether you are a job seeker, don’t have a good resume and strong interviewing skills, remember that the most important quality in your life is to have hope.

The entire world over, it has not been easy. So, don’t think that it is worse around you. There are very ugly comments everyday in the newspapers, anywhere in the world.

Professionals are also crying. Rich people are also wailing. Poor people are also having hope. What about you?

Being rich has a place in anybody’s life. Please, never lose hope no matter what your situation could be; many men have climbed mountings and surmounted all odds in making sure that their lives changed for the better. And their lives changed!

Despair is an everyday thing, but for how long shall you cry and wail?

“If you’ve stopped looking for work or know someone who has, the first step to finding a job is finding new hope,” said an article, “Losing Hope” (April 7, 2010). “Think about what you can do differently that will open the door to a new job.”

Thank You.

Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, is the Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), Oyigbo, Rivers State, Nigeria. For Invitation or Donation to his project, contact the mobile phone: +2348032552855. Email:

Uncertain Love

By Odimegwu Onwumere


You are the reason I am leaving
this romantic love note here,
because you are romantic.
You are sweet and make my heart sweet.
So, we are sweethearts.
I hope this will be a little surprise to you.
You have sentenced my heart
with a complete heartfelt, expressing love.
I tenderly love you, I don’t know about romance,
except I am driven to do that.
There was nothing that I have not told you.
You are a woman beyond my dreams,
but I am afraid there would be a FUTURE without you,

even when you will be by the side pepping me up. She crackles.

You are always worried to end our love, but not the relationship.

This has been a thorn in your neck.
The more you try, the more addictive you say you become.

You don’t know why. But I do:
You are avoiding a situation where it does not get to

“If you leave me I go die.”
The few days we tried to distance each other were not cozy.

I had not only my heart broken, but all my body.
The fever it erupted was so intense.
The heat refuses to dry.
The memory refuses to go.
Your picture refuses to fade in my eyes.
Your laughter, good heart and wisdom have all been unique.

This is one time when I am not the strong man I used to be.

I don’t know if you have become the man that I have lost

or you are still the woman?
Till I met you, I didn’t know that
the memory of love is stronger than the memory of death.

One unique thing about you
is that you always try to explore
all your ingenuity in your life into the world.
You don’t put your work into your talents,
but you put your talents into your work.
Others have a particular talent, but you have multiple of them.

With that, you teach us the power of persistence,
which nothing in this world can take its place.

Our passion is skyrocketing,
our hearts leaping in accord
with each other’s rhythmic beats.
I have leaned on a few shoulders,
but I think your shoulder is different and special.

It is softer that I would have loved to lean on perpetually,

because you patiently listen to my numerous problems,

unlike those who jump into conclusion without listening to me.

I am happy to have you in my life,
even when my presence is mountaineering
numerous emotional problems on you.
We are meant to be for each other,
but I think not for each other.
Meeting you has taught me how to love again,
even though it seems that I am out of control.

Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, is the Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State. Mobile: +2348032552855. Email:

You Will Laugh Again

By Odimegwu Onwumere


There comes a time in every one’s life when the big question – why me? – is asked. You could be in this situation right now. The answer is it couldn’t have been any other person that was why it was you. But no matter what happens you have to cultivate the habit of being happy. This habit comes from inner self. You should be pursuing this, because happiness is a choice. You must make that choice today, not tomorrow. You will never regret this if you do. Understand that favour earned worth more than the favour which was pleaded. Never be too hard to please yourself.


What many people do not know or realize is that contentment cannot be bought with money, although money is very necessary in life. Contentment should not be measured by material acquisitions, but by the satisfaction that comes inwardly. The desire for more possessions of material wealth cannot be equated with the possessions of happiness. This is said because not all the financially rich people are happy and not all the financially poor people are unhappy. Never allow anybody to make you envious of what he or she has, because the person might also be envious of what you have which you don’t notice. Life is all about living with change: it may have been good yesterday but bad today; be rest assured that you will laugh again.


All that you owe yourself to laugh again when things are very rough in your life is to be diligent in work. Engage each new day with new idea. Idea rules the world, just as radical issues need radical approach. For those who believe in the Christian bible, the contemporary English version posits in Galatians 6:4 thus: “Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.” This is a Golden Rule no matter what you are a believer of.


When you are not comparing yourself with people, SIMPLE could be your other name. Simplicity means being contented with self. It is the proud spirit that slaves you for things you do not have. It makes you to judge yourself for the things you do not have. It makes you to judge individuals first contact with you. It makes you to relegate people for whom they are, but accept them for what they are, whereas simplicity does not have any barrier.


If you are proud in spirit, you may not laugh again. It is nice you forgive yourself of any guilt and begin to build a life laced with personality. The later is very essential in everyone’s life. The habit to succeed should not be a fight, even though that life is a struggle. Imagine that if our parents are to be alive forever, all of us would have been very lazy. It is when we remember that they would go to the great beyond one day, we begin in the morning to carve a niche for ourselves. This is why you have to use your time and make it work.


You will laugh again, only when you don’t sit there crying all day. Cry doesn’t solve any problem, except in a situation you want to attract self-pity of which if you don’t cry for leniency as the only option, your life will be gone. Always try to train yourself if you can’t afford the money for others to train you. Understand that education is in everything and not only when you go to the school of learning. Always read “good” books and attend at least free seminars. With these, you are laughing again and forgiving yourself and wearing smiles again.


You are your greatest friend to laugh again or your greatest enemy not to rise again. When you see a particular person as your greatest enemy, you are running yourself down. Don’t even run anybody to ruin, but for gains. We need each other to grow. You are not doing the world justice if whatever you laid your hand is to the detriment of others. You can never be the boss or the servant forever. Use every opportunity that you have to empower other people you don’t even know, not only your wards and cronies. It is always better to get more done with less worry. Work yourself to the top with smiles and habit that will create not war/war situation between you and others. It should be win/win, not war/war.


The book of Ecclesiastes 5:10 quotes: “A mere lover of silver will not be satisfied with silver, neither any lover of wealth with income.” It is good you love people around you so much instead of hoodwinking them when they looked up to you as their leader. Many people do this, because of material gains, which do not bring about the innate happiness some rich people, have not bought with their money. True love can never be bought with money, but money is very important to oil love to last. John 15:13 quotes: “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” This is one!


A lot of people are at the top today, because they lack the win/win thing in their character, they do not know that they are truly at the lowest ebb of human relationship. They don’t know or realize that position and how financially rich doesn’t make one. Always talk, but listen more. Let each be done appropriately.


You will laugh again. Take forgiveness like a football training, which when you indulge in it every day, the better you become. You can never be perfect in something you do not have interest in or have not devoted your time to practice, as if you don’t want to see tomorrow. You don’t have to complain when you are ‘fighting’ to rise and shouldn’t quit, when you have not risen. Make people around you to feel wanted today and not reading on the pages of the newspapers by tomorrow that they are ‘wanted’ by the authorities.


Helping people is more important than helping yourself, albeit when you help people you blush inwardly with radiating happiness and joy. There should not be a half-baked help, as many people do and call it help. However, you shall not excel in all endeavors. The quotes on Luke 6:38 admonished the need to practice giving so that people will give you. If you give love, you receive love. If you encourage people, you receive encouragement. If you hate people, you receive hatred. These are just natural laws. But mind you, whatever that occupies your heart rules your life.


The bright side of every thought is forgiveness. When the people you hoped in give you hate, reward with forgiveness. You are laughing again when you do this. No one regrets in forgiving. No one gets old to forgive; rather oldness comes by not forgiving. Unforgiveness makes you to lose your memory, but forgiveness makes you regain your whole self. Forgiveness is a SAVIOUR. You can go to anywhere in the world with forgiveness. Things which are impossible with hate are possible with forgiveness. A life without forgiveness is like a seed without soil. There will never be progress in the world if forgiveness does not begin with you. You get the best in your community, county and the world when you forgive. Somebody may want to give you a token of/for remembrance when you forgive yourself and are on the ladder of laughing again. You may be popular with hate, but posterity will never forgive you for that. Forgiveness is something to be thanked for. People go to where there is forgiveness than where there is war. Make forgiveness something that you didn’t know yesterday, and you will laugh again.


Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Author, Media/Writing Consultant and Motivator, is the Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State. Mobile: +2348032552855. Email: