Youth And Dreams on Inspirational kitchen

Youth and Dreams... There’s just something about this meeting that keep touching lives. However we  never had a session so touching like this. Gabriel Dennis charged dreamers on the topic "Price"... Zamgopwa Zidon inspirational and motivational words cut deep, they are truth blended with emotion, and tears filled my eyes, ...very touching session!
Inspirational Kitchen was a blast anchored by comedian Jesse Bonanda and Adekola Iliya Diyale Our guest Pst. Solomon Tarfa and Aisha Salami. Henrriatha Morrison and Zati Bala from the ladies side, Tonga Ay Mula and Kufe Daniel from the gentlemen's after an inspiration from both team, then the cooking contest.
Pst. Solomon Tarfa spoke on the importance of knowing the diet we consume daily. Aisha Salami encouraged the youth.

More on Inspirational kitchen (copied)

1.Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
2.Choose whole grains over refined grains
3.Replace saturated with unsaturated fat
4.Limit foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt
5.Control portion sizes
6.Choose both plant and animal-based proteins
7.Stay hydrated
8.Get your dose of vitamin D in isolation
9.Stay safe while food shopping
10.Don’t forget about food safety

1. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for supplying the vitamins, minerals and fibre our body needs for good health and normal immune function.

We should aim to eat at least 5 portions (equivalent to around 400g) of fruits and vegetables every day. Fresh, frozen, canned, dried and juiced (maximum 1 serving per day) versions all count as a portion.

As different coloured fruits and vegetables provide different combinations of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, make sure to add variety to your daily meals where possible.

2. Choose whole grains over refined grains
Whole grains, unlike refined grains, maintain most of the structure of the grain, keeping the layers that hold the vitamins, minerals and fibre. In addition, whole grains also provide an important source of carbohydrates which give us energy and can help us feel fuller for longer periods.

3. Replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats
Fats are an important part of a healthy diet. However, not all fats have the same effect on our health. Swapping saturated fats with unsaturated fats can help to lower our LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and reduce our risk of heart disease.1 We can do this by reducing our intake of foods such as fatty meats, high fat dairy products and tropical oils like coconut oil and adding foods such as nuts, oily fish and plant oils such as olive and rapeseed oil.

4. Limit foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt
Foods and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt such as cookies, potato chips, chocolate and sugary drinks, when eaten in high amounts can lead us to consume more calories than we need.  As these foods often provide little nutritional benefit, they are not needed for a healthy diet and should only be enjoyed in small amounts and eaten occasionally.

5. Control portion sizes
It can be difficult to get portion sizes right, especially when cooking at home. Understanding what the right portion looks like can help us stay in energy balance and avoid under- or overeating. Not all foods have the same portion sizes. See our “handy” tricks to portion sizes to get a better understanding of what a healthy portion is for different foods. Remember, children’s portions should be smaller!

6. Choose both animal and plant-based proteins
Protein is essential for the healthy functioning of our body and immune system. We can get protein from both animal- and plant-based sources, such as beans, pulses, fish, eggs, dairy products and meats. Our protein requirement changes depending on our stage of life. Adults are recommended to eat at least 0.83 g of protein per kg body weight per day, equivalent to 58 g/day for a 70 kg adult.2 We should choose protein-rich foods that not only help us meet our needs but also support a healthy and sustainable diet.

In case of limited access to fresh meat and fish, frozen and canned versions can provide convenient and nutritious alternatives. However, as the fat and salt content can be high in some canned meats and fish it is important to check the label and choose lower fat and salt varieties. Plant-based proteins such as pulses, cereals, nuts and seeds also have a long shelf-life and can provide convenient protein-rich and nutritious meals or snacks.

7. Stay hydrated
Keeping hydrated is essential for overall health. How much water we need depends on our age, sex, weight, height, level of physical activity and environmental conditions (i.e. hot weather will likely require you to drink more water). Considering that around 20-30% of the water we need comes from our food, the European Food Safety Authority has set average recommendations for how much water we should drink per day depending on our age (figure 6).3

If you have access to safe tap water, this is the healthiest and cheapest drink. For a refreshing boost, you can add slices of lemon, cucumber, mint or berries. Other drinks such as unsweetened coffee, sparkling water, unsweetened tea, iced tea or unsweetened infused or flavoured water are also good choices for hydration.

8. Get your dose of vitamin D in isolation
The sun is the best source of vitamin D, however, during quarantine or self-isolation it may be more difficult to get enough sun exposure to meet our needs. Therefore, it is recommended that individuals who are unable to go outside eat plenty of vitamin D rich foods (figure 7) and consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement. The recommended vitamin D intake for different age groups are:4 

15 µg/day for adults (18+ years), children (1 – 17 years) and pregnant individuals
10 µg/day for infants (7 – 11 months)
10 µg/day for breastfeed infants (0 – 7 months)
If you are in self-isolation and have access to an open window, garden or balcony, then short periods (15-30 minutes) of daily sun exposure to the arms and face without sunscreen can help you meet your daily vitamin D needs. However, we should not forget that for good sun protection we should avoid unprotected sun exposure for more than 30 minutes.

9. Stay safe while food shopping
Grocery stores remain open during the COVID 19 pandemic and there is no need to stockpile foods as the supply of food to stores remains stable.

The risk of contracting COVID-19 from touching contaminated food packaging is very low and this form of infection has not been reported. In stores, the biggest risk of contamination remains contact with other people and ‘high-touch’ surfaces such as weighing scales, shopping-cart handles or elevator buttons, although many stores are taking measures to sanitize these surfaces. Therefore, we should, keep the appropriate distance from other people, avoid touching our faces while out shopping, and wash our hands both after returning home from the shop and after handling newly purchased food packaging. By following these hygiene measures there is no need to disinfect food packaging themselves.

In general, to try and minimise our risk of infection we should take the following measures when food shopping:

10. Don’t forget about food safety
According to EFSA, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through eating food. However, good food safety practices are important to minimise the risk of foodborne illnesses.

When handing or preparing food, make sure to:

Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap before and after preparing or eating food
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze and remember to wash your hands after
Wash fruits and vegetables with water before eating them
Disinfect surfaces and objects before and after use
Keep raw and cooked foods separate to avoid harmful microbes from raw foods spreading to ready-to-eat foods
Make sure to cook and reheat foods to adequate temperatures (≥72°C for 2 mins)

Other useful sources

For more general information

World Health Organization (WHO) - Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) – Q&A on COVID-19
For more information on COVID-19 and nutrition:

British Dietetics Association - COVID-19 / Coronavirus - Advice for the General Public
WHO European Region - Food and nutrition tips during self-quarantine
NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health – COVID19: Nutrition Resources
For more information on self-isolation and mental health:

World Health Organisation (WHO) mental health considerations during COVID-19 outbreak
For more information on COVID-19 and risk of transmission via food:

European Commission - COVID-19 and food safety Questions and Answers
For more information on the impact of COVID-19 on the food and agricultural industry:

FAO - Q&A: COVID-19 pandemic – impact on food and agriculture
For more information on the Myths around COVID-19:

World Health Organization (WHO) - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

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Youth and Dreams with Adekola Iliya Diyale on Changing your thinking

                                                         ADEKOLA ILIYA DIYALE 
                                                             charging dreamers

Youth and Dreams on 'CHANGE YOUR THINKING' By Adekola Iliya Diyale.

Thinking is just a process, while thoughts are all the ideas that are in your mind when you are thinking..


There is nothing on earth that you cannot have once you have mentally accepted the fact that you can have it.

—Robert Collier


You are a thoroughly good person.You deserve a wonderful life, full of success, happiness, joy, and excitement.You are entitled to have happy relationships, excellent health, meaningful work, and finan- cial independence. These are your birthright. This is what your life is meant to include.

You are engineered for success and designed to have high levels of self-esteem, self-respect, and personal pride. You are extraordi- nary; there has never been anyone exactly like you in all the history of mankind on earth.You have absolutely amazing untapped talents and abilities that, when properly unleashed and applied, can bring you everything you could ever want in life.

You are living at the greatest time in all of human history.You are surrounded by abundant opportunities that you can take advan- tage of to realize your dreams.The only real limits on what you can be, do, or have are the limits you place on yourself by your own thinking. Your future is virtually unlimited.


Perhaps the most important mental and spiritual principle ever dis- covered is that you become what you think about most of the time. Your outer world is very much a mirror image of your inner world. What is going on outside of you is a reflection of what is going in inside of you.


Your mind is extraordinarily powerful. Your thoughts control and determine almost everything that happens to you. Your believe largely determine your reality .

What ever you believe with conviction, becomes your reality.


The Law of Belief says: Whatever you believe, with conviction, be- comes your reality

When you think positive, optimistic, loving, and successful thoughts, you create a force field of magnetism that attracts, like iron filings to a magnet, the very things you are thinking about.

1. Choice your thought.
2. Think about what your thinking
3. Be open to new thought pattern and Ideas.
4. Stay in a positive environment.
5. Take action.


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Inspiration games with dreamers

Issachar Kulari and Jesse Bonanda
Sharing Inspirations from games.

Youth and dreams on Inspiration games.
Dreamers bring out a lot of lesson from board and local games Chess, Draft, Scrabble, Dura. Dara etc.

Some points from dreamers
1. Life Lessons from Chess

*Need to make quick decisions
*Sometimes it is alright to lose
*Sacrifice is necessary
*Take notice of patterns
*Think ahead and outside the box
*Grab the right opportunity
*Be confident and stand your ground
*Be aggressive and take action
*Have Fun

2.Life Lessons From My Nightly Scrabble Routine

*Being patient pays off
*A good defense can beat a good offense.
*Make the most of the letters you've been dealt.
*Don't be afraid to make a risky move.
*A close game is a good game

3. Life lesson from draft game.
*You will not be crown until you reach the crown position.
*Take life step by step.
*Avoid traps.
*Think a head
*Be careful about steps you take.
*Sacrifice on purpose.

4. Life lesson from Dura( Local games)
*Be focus
*Timing is needed
*When the stone goes up your hand have to work on the remaining stones(When we prayer work is need).

A lot more lessons from games with dreamers.
...Really an Inspirational games time with dreamers!

Life Lessons from Chess
"Chess is not simply a game, but it is also a way of life. Chess mimics our real life in many ways. Many people do not even know that playing chess can teach us valuable lessons in and about life. Chess is a laboratory for decision-making process in a short time under pressure, calculation, creativity, evaluation and analysis, strategy and continuous performance development among others. Some of the greatest life lessons from chess are:

We need to be very creative while playing chess. The more creative we are the better we become. At every move we need to come up with new plans and without being creative, we cannot make new plans. Same thing goes in life too. If we are not creative enough, we cannot succeed in life.

Need to make quick decisions
Chess is played within a fixed time limit. Sometimes towards the end of the game we run out of time and in that short time we need to take decisions as to which move we should make. Some of the decisions need to be taken within a fraction of seconds. We can win the game if we make the right decision within that short time. There are times in our life when we need to make quick decisions. The better decisions we take within a short time the better the life that we lead.

Sometimes it is alright to lose
There is no game in this world in which a player does not lose. Chess is not an exception. It is alright to lose a game in chess but more important is what we learn from our mistakes. Chess and life are similar in this matter. Sometimes in life we lose in many ways but we should give more importance to analysing the mistakes and learn from them. We should remember that we never lose, “we either win or learn”.

It’s okay to bluff
In chess sometimes we need to act like we can win the game although it is a losing position. This is something like bluffing the opponent emotionally. This confidence throws people off and can even make them uncomfortable. We can use it to our advantage. Same thing goes in our life. I believe it’s okay to put on an emotional mask to bluff others at times, in order to make ourselves feel better.

We cannot be rigid in planning a game of chess. In every move we may need to change our plan based on the opponent’s move. Flexibility in planning is necessary for playing chess. Same thing goes with life. Things do not always go according to our plan and people surrounding us are unpredictable. Remaining flexible is an invaluable life lesson. The less rigid we are, the better we are able to handle situations thrown our way.

Sacrifice is necessary
In chess we sometimes sacrifice a pawn or other pieces to make a better attack later on in the game. The sacrifice we do helps us to win the game. The same principle applies once we walk away from the chess board. Sacrifice is a necessary part of life. Without sacrifice we may never get what we truly want or what we really need to make our life happier.

Take notice of patterns
Patterns are everywhere and the better we are spotting them, the better we can be. This skill is used in chess to identify the patterns of moves that the opponent makes. When we can take notice of patterns we are better equipped to predict the next move. We can even find mistakes in their game just by noticing their patterns. We can use this skill in our real life too by noticing the patterns of our neighbourhoods. The more we can notice other’s pattern, the better we become in dealing with them.

Think ahead and outside the box
Chess trains us to think ahead and outside the box. There are many times in a game where our plans are foiled and we need a better solution to stay in the game. We always think many moves ahead in chess. This is also a skill we will need over and over again in life. Thinking outside the box helps us find solutions to problems in ways that others may not think of.

Grab the right opportunity
In chess, whenever we get an opportunity to take an opponent’s piece which will make our position better, we should take it. We should not miss any opportunity like this as opportunities do not always arrive when we want them to. So when any opportunity is presented to us, we should not wait. This principle is used in chess all the time. The same goes with life. If we are given any small or big opportunity during our lifetime, we should not let it pass by. We must take it and run with it.

Be confident and stand your ground
We need to be confident in our moves we make. Chess is about making strong moves and sticking by them. In life too, if we plan or do something, we need to make sure to stand on our ground and fight for what we think is better for us.

Be aggressive and take action
When there is a problem or a threat in chess, we sometimes need to be aggressive and take action. We either make a wise move for defence or make a strong attack. This rule applies in life as well. Sometimes we need to be aggressive and take action to change things or to make a difference. Nobody would want to let life pass by without going after the things they want.

Have Fun
Every game we play, we should have fun. We enjoy playing chess whether we win or lose. It is most important in the game of chess and in everyday life too. We should do what makes us happy and enjoy everything we do".

Life Lessons From My Nightly Scrabble Routine

"1. Being patient pays off.  It can be tempting to put down a good letter the second you get it, but waiting for the perfect spot to open can lead to a super jump in your score. Life's like that too. Often we want to rush in at the first chance we're giving, but sometimes a little waiting makes for an even better opportunity. You never know what word is going to be played next -- and it can pay off to be patient.

2. A good defense can beat a good offense. When I first started playing Scrabble, I had no concept of defense, but now I know that it's important to watch out for the best spots and make sure your opponent doesn't snag them first. Even if you don't have the best letters, it's important to put yourself out there and get the spot before someone else does.

3. Sometimes it's all about luck. Sometimes it really is about luck. You can have get the worst letters and, no matter what you do, you can't seem to rack up any points. It's okay to be faced with tough situations -- in Scrabble and in life -- and to realize that sometimes luck plays a roll. But that's not an excuse to give up hope!

4. Make the most of the letters you've been dealt. No matter what your letters are, you have to make the most of them. Some days I have great letters. Other days I have crummy ones. But no matter what letters that iPad gives me, I do what I can with them. As we all should with the situations we're given in life. Do the best you can with what you're given.

5. Don't be afraid to make a risky move. If you want to win, sometimes you have to put yourself out there a little bit and take risks. To make the move you want, you might have to put down another word that could lead to a high score for someone else. But that's okay. You don't know what letters your opponent has and you never will if you don't take a chance. Be brave!

6. A close game is a good game. As much as I do love to win, it's never very much fun to dominate the Scrabble board. It's much more fun to have an opponent on the same level as you. The game is much more interesting (and it makes it just that much more statisfying if you win!). In life, it's important to stay on your toes. Keep the game close. Surround yourself with those that challenge you and you'll be sure to step up your game".

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Wisdom from Chief Timawus Matthias and Testimonies from Emmanuel Yawe and Solomon Benjamin.

Chief Timawus Matthias
Former Chairman and CEO Quest Media Limited Abuja Nigeria

Wisdom from Chief Timawus Matthias and Testimonies from Emmanuel Yawe and Solomon Benjamin.

Chief Timawus Matthias wrote on his wall, i see it as a great wisdom worth sharing. I quote "Children, learn good morals. Do not follow the fluting of the pied piper that leads you to your destruction feeding your lowly appetites. Learn from me such that at 70, you would still be young and active in the pursuit of good purpose. Believe me there are things to do even more fulfilling than being a politician. Listen to me.

I first blogged for General Yakubu Gowon from 1972. I then blogged for General Obasanjo and later President Shagari in 1979 and of course you know I anchored Verdict 83 in 1983 on NTA for 57 days non stop. NTA was the only Network Channel. I came to Yola as first Head of News in 1978, and became GM in 1983 till 1991 and still blogged for Governor Barde, Juta, Njidda, Bamanga Tukur, and still for IBB, Abacha, and even Buhari at PTF. I have anchored town hall interviews with all the past Heads of State except Goodluck Jonathan, yet blogged for him. Google "Run Goodluck Run" by Timawus Mathias. I blogged for Gov. Mu'azu of Bauchi for 4 years, Governor Sheriff of Borno for 2 years, and the great Murtala Nyako. Also Sule Lamido of Jigawa for 4 years, Governor Dankwambo of Gombe for 3 years, and Governor Bindow for all his 4 years.

Know what? These were not people. They were EVENTS in History. Whatever they all were, they have become former now. But a blogger I have been and will always be. No former - ever. My proud choice in which I have raised children and mentored achievers. I blog same way a donkey kicks and a scorpion stings - from habit.

... teach the hirelings the right godly way.

The gentle stride of a tiger is not a symbol of weakness. That an old man sits and stares does not mean he does not see above treetops and rooftops. If I respond they will wonder and ask - did you not know they were children pulling at a lion's tail? Even if you will kill a fly, do not use a sledgehammer".

Timawus Mathias @70
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When I first set foot on Yola in 1980, the list of professional journalists in the town was very short; so short you could script all on the backside of a post office stamp. I joined the short list as a cub reporter for Nigeria’s lone news agency – NAN.

Towering above all of us even in physical height was a tall, huge, handsome man. He was a dapper dresser and loved sleek Honda cars. He was a bundle of talents. At a moment he was out there in the field as a reporter, at another, he was reading the news as a news caster at the local NTA station and then you also saw him play the guitar or some other musical instruments during the weekend entertainment segment of the station. Call him a role model if you care.
They called this man Timawus Mathias.

He was part of the team that set up the television station known as NTA Yola. At the time of my arrival in Yola, he was a principal officer, I think. Those of us just signing up then all wanted to be like him.
Gifted with unlimited humor, we often shared jokes at the Yola Club or he came down from his high horse to split drinks with us at the decrepit press centre in Jimeta, Yola. Personally, it was through him I had an inroad into the Bachama nation. We often drove down to Numan at weekends. At first it was fun. I found the Bachama to be one of the most free spirited, friendly, civilized and cosmopolitan group you can find anywhere in Nigeria. Timawus himself is a typical Bachama man. He believes in Christ but he has an endless chain of Muslim friends. Engage him in an argument about Islam and he will quote the Quran and Hadith for you. His wife is an Ibo lady.
As a free young man, I was soon no longer interested in following him to Numan again. All the young “available” girls in Numan called him “Uncle Tima”. As long as I was in his company, there was no deal. The way out was to avoid going to Numan with him, switch camp and join the “Uncle Tima” choir group; I called and still call him “UncleTima”. I have been in good business in Numan since this new discovery.
In the days of Governor Abubakar Barde he was brought over from NTA to be the Director of Information for Gongola State. It did not last long. His talents soon saw him climbing to greater heights at the headquarters of the NTA in Lagos. Those of us who have followed his career can say that he was at his professional best at this point.
As the anchorman for the Verdict 83 political programme, his performance was simply excellent. Working with Patrick Ityohegh, Emeka Maduegbuna and Walter Ofonagoro, they pioneered the ‘on the spot live reporting’ that was later aped and popularized by the CNN. It was invented in Nigeria by Timawus and co at NTA. The CNN merely copied them.

Tragically, when the military came to power at the end of 1983, they disbanded the set up. Instead of encouraging the initiators of what was by all standards an excellent pace setter programme, some of the initiators were kicked out of the NTA. Timawus was already the General Manager of NTA Yola after the 1983 elections so he was saved the massive purge which caught up with his colleagues who were still in Lagos and subjects of scurrilous media and military onslaught.
He later retired voluntary. Since then, he has deployed his talents to news reporting, media consultancy and television programming. He played an immodest role in setting up the Jigawa State owned television station and a private radio station in Gombe. A professional broadcaster, his transition into the print media as a feature writer and columnist is amazingly seamless. And he is now giving the young generation a good run for their money with his inevitable daily contributions in the social media.
But his Biblical three score and ten years on earth have not been a life of roses as I have portrayed. Uncle Tima has been beset by a set of mishaps especially after retirement that could shatter anybody. First was the death of his first child – the lovely, intelligent and hardworking daughter – Altine. A graduate of ABU Zaria, she was married to a young man from the Plateau with one child. Suddenly and without warning, she died.

Uncle Tima picked the son and the duo became very close before he, just like the mother, without any serious sickness dropped dead one day. Next was the death of his immediate senior brother, Chief Mathias; the man we used to call “Abiola” in those days when he had so much money that we thought it was without limit. By the time we met after the brothers’ death, it was apparent that the serial misfortunes were taking their toll. There was every sign of a partial stroke on his face.

But a bigger disaster was waiting in the wings. In 2010, he was on his way back to Yola from Abuja when a reckless man, driving a truck loaded with cattle at a suicidal speed decided to use the Mercedes salon car in which Uncle Tima was travelling as a speed breaker. His driver was killed on the spot. Bibi, his last born who was also in the car escaped without a scratch. Anybody who sees the wreck of the Mercedes will not believe that somebody ever came out of it alive.
I was at Bima Orthopedic Hospital in Jos soon after the accident to see how he was coping with yet another tragedy. He was in bed with one broken arm and one broken leg. His broken leg was strapped to his bed and he was made to lie with his head pinned down and his legs raised; not a very comfortable position for a man of his size. But it was good news that I found my role model alive and kicking. Good old Uncle Tima had his humour intact even in that precarious and uncomfortable situation. He still maintained his weekly column with the Trust newspapers.

Timawus Mathias is a journalist who has contributed greatly to the development of his profession, his home state and the Nation. His Bachama ethnic group has recognized his contributions by naming him Nzobyalata, literary meaning he who speaks the Kings wish and commands.
At 70, he deserves better recognition from a country he has served very selflessly.

Copied from Solex Benny (Solomon Benjamin).

Chief Timawus Mathias is a journalist who has contributed immensely to the development and growth of his profession, home and nation. He is a multi talented public figure, endowed with much wisdom.
He loves and respect the Bachama tradition, earning the title of Nzobyalata Hama Bachama. Known for the defense of the Bachama tradition. A journalist of international repute Uncle Tim as he is fondly called anchored the "VERDICT 83" a political program on NTA, he was part of the team that formed NTA yola. As an active journalist Reported on the war in Siera Leone, Somalia, Chad and Zimbabwe.
Covered memorable events like the royal wedding of Diana and Prince Charles, President Shagari's state visits to UK, USA, India, Pakistan and Siera Leone. He also covered the 35th session of the general Assembly of the UN.

His influence has shaped the life's of many of his kinsmen, his support knows no religion, ethnic group, background or even age.

He is indeed an icon and beacon of hope to many.

Like every mortal, he may have his foibles but as a young man, I am curious to know what drives such a man as Jiji Timawus Mathias. He dragged me to sit beside him for the last 3 days as he edited a documentary on the burial ceremony of the late Kwire Mana Kpafrato and he patiently taught all of us the young men around him the art of the creative TV industry with lessons I will never have got in my classroom. Even while we were in one room editing the documentary, he was shuttling into another room producing a theme song that he wrote. Where does such strength come from? I am dying to know.

God bless Jiji Timawus Mathias and reward him richly for his life of example, mentoring, and speaking of truth to power in a manner we are learning every day.

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Meet Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila, OON, FCNA: The New Hama Bachama. (Compiled and written by Dr. Agoso H. Bamaiyi).

Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila, OON, FCNA: 
The New Hama Bachama.

Meet Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila, OON, FCNA: The New Hama Bachama.

Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila was born on the 23rd of February, 1954, in the northeastern city of Bauchi, Bauchi State. The third child in a family of seven (4 boys and 3 girls), he grew up under the love, care and protection of parents that loved God deeply and showed care and respect to all human beings, regardless tribe or religion. Both his father, Baba Shaga Ismaila, and his mother are of the Bwatiye ethnic nationality. A prince of the Nokodomun Clan, his father hailed from Lamurde town (the spiritual home and traditional headquarters of the Bachama people), headquarters of Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State, thus making Daniel Shaga Ismaila a full-blooded prince, with every right to the historic and exalted throne of the Bachama Kingdom.

● Educational and Professional Qualifications:
After primary and secondary education, Daniel Shaga Ismaila secured admission into the prestigious University of Maiduguri, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Accounting. Ten years later, in 1992, he obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Jos. In 1996 he became a Member (CNA), Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, ANNAN. In the year 2000, he became a Member, Nigerian Institute of Management, MNIM and an Associate Member, Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, AIPMN, in 2002. He became a Fellow, Certified National Accountant (FCNA), ANNA, in 2008 and an Associate, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, ACTI, in 2010. In 2012, he obtained a Practising Certificate in Accounting and Audit as a Certified National Accountant. A year earlier, 2011, he had obtained a Certificate in Theology and Leadership (RCCG-RCBC), RILA. In 2015, Daniel Shaga Ismaila became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, FCTI.

● Work Experience:
Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila began work, after his University education, as an Accountant/Senior Accountant at Nigeria Asbestos Industries Limited, NAIL, Bauchi, from August 1983 - June, 1985. He then moved to the Jos Steel Rolling Company, JSRC, Limited (a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Mines, Power and Steel), from 1985 - 1993, starting out as a Principal Accountant then rising to an Assistant Manager (Internal Audit) and later becoming Assisistant Manager (Finance).

Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila joined the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in 1994 and served meritoriously for 20 years, until his retirement in 2014. He started out in the NDLEA, in 1994, as an Assistant Chief and Chief Accountant; then he was made Deputy Director (Finance), in 1995, with the rank of Commander of Narcotics; then he became Acting Director (Administration and Finance), in 1998, as a Commander of Narcotics; then he became Acting Director (Finance and Supplies), in 1999, as a Commander of Narcotics; then Acting Director (Finance and Logistics) in the year 2000, as a Commander of Narcotics; and acting Director (Administration and Finance) in the year 2001, as an Assistant Commander-General of Narcotics; then Director (Finance, Budget and Pensions), in 2006, as an Assistant Commander-General of Narcotics; and then Director (Administration and Finance), in 2007, with the rank of Assistant Commander-General of Narcotics, a position he held from April 2007 until his retirement on the 23rd of February, 2014, on attaining the statutory age of retirement of 60.

While in the service of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila underwent numerous courses and trainings and attended several work-related conferences and symposia, both home and abroad. All these helped to shape his leadership abilities and gave him further experience and exposure that made him so successful.

Dr. Daniel Shaga held special positions and carried out special assignments in the NDLEA that only very few men ever get the opportunity to do so. Because of his commitment to duty and excellence, he was briefly made the Acting Director General/Secretary of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, from December 22, 2003 - February 5th, 2004. Then he was appointed Acting Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA (January 17 - 30, 2005) and again Acting Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA (April 15 - 26, 2005). The Chairman/Chief Executive is the highest position in the NDLEA.

After his statutory retirement in 2014, Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila went into private practice as a Professional Accounting, Tax and Management Consultant. He also devoted his time, energy and resources to evangelism, community service and humanitarian work.

● Honours and Recognitions:
Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila believes in hard word, probity, accountability, excellence and commitment. He has exemplified these important qualities throughout his life, bringing uncommon zeal and infectious enthusiasm to all his assignments. No wonder then that he has garnered innumerable awards, honours and recognitions (academic and non-academic), both locally and internationally.

Some of these awards and honours include:
1. University of Maiduguri Distinguished Alumnus (UMDA), August 1998.
2. African International Achievers Merit Award for Excellence, 2004.
3. Officer of The Order of The Niger (OON), Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
4. Merit Award of Valour of the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association (INEOA). (This award was bestowed on Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila for successfully coordinating the international operation that led to the seizure of 14.2 tonnes of cocaine at the Tin Can Island Port in June of the year 2006. That seizure is on record as the highest ever in Africa.)
5. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration (Honoris Causa), by Evangel Christian University of America, Monroe, Louisiana, USA.
6. Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) in Drug Enforcement Administration, St. Clements University, Turks and Cacaos Island, British West Indies.

● International Travels:
Dr. Daniel Shaga ismaila has travelled to over 20 countries in the course of his work. Some of these countries include Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Austria, Turkey, United States of America, United Kingdom, Thailand, etc..

● Published and Unpublished Writings:
Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila is both an avid reader and a prolific writer. He believes that reading is one of the most powerful ways to produce well-cultured, highly-civilived and productive human beings. He sees writing as a necessary means of preserving culture and history and also strengthening the individual, building the society and improving institutional memory. To this end, he has written several books, including 'Security Consciousness: A Church and Community Imperative" (2004), his only published work.

He has written four (4) more books, all dealing with issues around money laundering. They are:
1. Universal Banking: The Challenges of The Money Laundering Act 2004.
2. Money Laundering: Role of The Bank Compliance Officer.
3. Money Laundering: The Global Response.
4. Money Laundering and Terrorists Financing: The Global Response.

These books are presently in the process of publication.

As part of his service to humanity, Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila continues to promote the culture of reading and writing. He owns one of the biggest private book collections in in Northern Nigeria.

● Community Service and Humanitarion Work:
As one who demonstrably loves God and serves humanity, with an established track record of philanthropy Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila is deeply involved in community service and humanitarian work all over Nigeria, through several Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, Faith-Based Organisations, FBOs, Community-Based Organisations, CBOs, and International Non-Governmental Organisations, INGOs.

Some of these organisations include:
1. Volunteers for Sustainable Development Inc., a development-oriented community service organisation which he founded and coordinated.
2. Forward in Action for Education, Poverty and Malnutrition (FAcE-PaM), in which he is a Founding Member and Trustee/Director.
3. New Dawn Social Care (NDSC), an NGO focused on treatment, rehabilitation and counselling of drug abuse victims. It is based in Nigeria and the UK. Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila is both a Founding Member and Trustee/Director.
4. He is a Trustee, Passion for Lost Souls (PLS), a faith-based NGO

● Family Life:
Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila is a loving husband and a devoted father. Family is very important to him and he attends to all his family responsibilites dutifully and joyfully. Married to Mrs. Rosaline D. S. Ismaila, he is the father of four (4) enterprising children.

● Personal Interests:
Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila loves to talk to people about the love and grace of God as contained in the finished work of Calvary. He is also passionate about Football, Volleyball and Basketball. He enjoys music and has deep and active interest in photography. He is also an avid reader and prolific writer, with a keen sense of observation and powerful descriptive ability.

● Ascension to The Bachama Throne:
Following the sudden demise of Humon Honest Stephen Irmiya, Kwire Mana, Kpafrato 2, Gbulum Bomo, on Saturday, 27th June, 2020, and the conclusion of the traditional burial rites on Sunday, 5th July, 2020, the door was thrown open for any interested Bachama prince to vy for the throne. Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila, following calls from elders of the land and after much prayers and consultations, joined the race, along with over 30 other interested princes from the 6 princely clans. Following a keenly contested race, the kingmakers finally selected Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila on Monday, 27th July, 2020, and submitted his name, as required by law, to the Chairman of Numan local Government, who passed the name to the State Government that same day. The Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Right Honourable Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, in a Press Release dated Wednesday, 29th July, 2020, and signed by his Press Secretary, Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, approved the selection, bringing to an end the royal contest. Thus, Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila, from the Nokodomun royal clan, ascended the throne of his ancestors as the 29th Hama Bachama.

By and large, it was the most obvious choice, greeted with celebrations all across the Bwatiye Nation and in many quarters around Nigeria.

Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila is highly cherished and respected all across Nigeria, by people of all tribes, religions and walks of life.

May his reign witness peace, prosperity and development, both for the land and the people.

Long live the king!

(Compiled and written by Dr. Agoso H. Bamaiyi)
We believe in the potential in everyone


Moses Homtapwa
Founder, Chairman and CEO Youth and Dreams Initiatives, he is also the
Cofounder Eagles Wing Youth Development Initiatives

Youth in Nigeria includes citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria aged 18–29 years according to the new youth policy. However, the African youth charter recognizes youth as people between 18-35.[1] Variance in chronologies are used in defining youth and are addressed by members of the state in accordance to their particular society.[2] Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with one of the largest populations of youth in the world, comprising 33,652,424 members. Excessive mortality from HIV/AIDS results in low life expectancy in Nigeria. As a result, the median age is 17.9.[3]

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, formerly the President of Nigeria from 1999 until 2007, believes that identifying and addressing issues that would enhance the lives of the youth would improve overall national development. He has stated that, "Youth constitute Nigeria's only hope for a real future". The Nigerian government characterizes youth as ambitious, enthusiastic, energetic and promising. They are considered vulnerable in society because of the rapid pace of change they experience at this time in their lives.[1] A National Youth Development Policy was created and designed to advocate for youth and youth development. The policy views youth welfare as vital to the Nigerian nation and its socioeconomic development. This policy is seen as a youth participation project, versus a project identifying problems and needs.[1]

a country teeming in youth, with 70 % of people below the age of 40 years. While 34% of India’s Gross National Income is contributed by the youth; there is a dire need to develop this percentage. In fact, youth today, is a major resource for not only development of financial prosperity but for social changes as well. Despite holding such importance, millennial often face hurdles on a daily basis, with their energy still not being channelized in the right direction. This challenge is not restricted to the Government, but also to the entire private section in the country.

The need to empower youth for a better tomorrow is connected both, to the financial elevation as well as increment of the standard of living. Awareness is a key factor for this empowerment, with guidance towards developing a wholesome outlook of life. Youth empowerment in any development is imperative not only for national development of an entire country but also for personal development of an individual. Youth empowerment is pursued by promoting youth rights, youth activism and in community decision making. Empowerment is necessarily a process of inculcating values to equip the learner lead a life that is satisfying to the individual while being in accordance with the cherished values and ideals of the society. At present it is the most effective mean that society possesses for confronting the challenges of the future.

Here are a few reasons why Youth Empowerment is essential-

Poverty eradication: Youth empowerment can help reduce the rate of poverty to a significant level.

One of the keys to empowering the youth is with skill development. When a youth is equipped with essential skills, he can utilize them to feed, assist others, and even invest for future use, aiding the nation economically. This will in-turn contribute to the increase in employability and add to the GDP of the nation.

Good education standard: Empowerment can help youth to understand the importance of education that leads to social improvement of the country.

When a youth is empowered, he understands the importance of education and helps uplift the sector, integral for a developing nation such as India. Such empowered youth can donate educational facilities to primary, secondary and even to tertiary institutions. Today, India lacks the proper infrastructure for education, which can easily be brought into existence only through empowerment.

Good governance: With the inculcation of youth empowerment, the youth can reject the status quo and pave a path for a better future.

Today, the youth is claiming his right to a decent living by willing to take risks, which helps in the development of leadership skills. Starting from Martin Luther King Jr to Justin Trudeau, visionary leaders are noted to have taken risks from a tender age. In other words, to build a better tomorrow, we need to nurture the saplings of today. Hence, a radical government, which is pro-people, comes from harnessing bright minds capable of taking the nation into a brighter future.

Crime reduction: Empowerment ensures that youth has the necessary skill to sustain a livelihood, preventing him to adopt the path of crime.

Presently, a lot has been spent in the name of fighting crime without understanding that crime affects the youth in an intrinsic level. It is easy for a young impressionable mind to get waylaid and get entrapped in anti-social activities because he was not empowered morally, academically as well as financially. There are serious social and economic consequences associated with not addressing the youth who is at the risk of negative circumstances – not only for the youth himself and his family, but also for the society at large. Empowerment enables a young mind to differentiate the wrong from the right, denouncing the path of injustice for a respectable living.

In today’s day and age, young minds should have access to resources to transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes. Then only can we believe in making our nation “shine”, even in times of adversity.

Youth is the backbone of any nation. Youth can play an important role in the development of the society. Pakistan currently is the largest generation of young people ever recorded in its history as 64pc of the total population was below the age of 30, and 29pc between the ages of 15-29 years. This is the important segment of the society and youth can play a vital role in the development of the country. But this young and able workforce is not being given their chance to shine.

Unfortunately there is lack of opportunities, professional training institutes, awareness for youth in the country. Educated youth is unemployed, they are unable to participate in the country’s development because there is no quality education, and textbooks, policies, and curriculum differ across the country. There is no proper training institute in the country where student can get professional training for their careers.

Youth is now becoming a depressed segment of society, there are degrees but no jobs, there are universities but no professional education, there are schools but different education systems between elite and poor, there is a government but not a proper policy as to how they can solve these issues. Government should realize the situation and take  quick measures to save the future of the nation.

Otherwise situation may make the youth choose more destructive paths that will be detrimental to our society.

We believe in the potential in everyone.

Lecture Note By Dingoli Philip Jr. Topic: Passion for the vision

Dingoli Philip Jr.
During the Lecture on passion.

 Lecture Note By Dingoli Philip Jr. 
Topic: Passion for the vision 
Subtopic : Passion 
** Definition
I like to use the word passion interchangeably with words like determination, enthusiasm and zeal. Passion is a strong desire that can get you to do amazing things. Passion is an emotion to be acted upon. Note: Passion without action is useless. It yields no worthwhile results. Nothing grows where there is no passion . Passion without vision is disaster. Passion can push you through difficult times because you don't care what it takes to become better. We all have the ability to create whatever kind of life we want. When you're passionate about a desired goal the price to get it will not be a big deal. Passionate men don't know obstacles!
** The Need For Passion If We Must Achieve Our Dreams
Your 'Passion ' determines your achievement in life. We can see a clear example of that from the life of Thomas Alva Edison. Nothing grows where there is no passion. For example, a farmer who plants rice and abandon it, will end up harvesting weed. Why?  Because he was not passionate about his farm. Meanwhile you all will agree with me, that a farmer who plants rice in his farm and work on it diligently, will end up having a bountiful harvest of rice produce. Because he was passionate about his/her farm. Note: What you are not passionate about, you despise it! 

Passion and vision are intertwine. For a vision to be actualized, passion is key. What you are passionate about, the price to get it will not be an issue. Passionate men don't know obstacles. A good example of a passionate man is; Thomas Alva Edison. The way to the promise land is never a play ground. 
Passion goes along with sacrifice. Anything you're passionate about, you sacrifice for it. Remember, I  said 'Passion ' means "a strong feeling for something you love". Some of our parents sacrifice a lot of their resources for us their children to have a bright future. Why do you think they do that?  Because they're passionate about us. Some of them won't stop at anything until they meet up our needs. Please celebrate our parents! 
'Passion ' makes a man step out of his/her comfort zone just to fulfill his desired goal. For example, Our military men. No man will leave his family and go live in a desert or at the boarder for months because of a job he/she isn't passionate about. 
'Training ' is key for excellence , recognition and acceptances. An untrained man has no value professionally, morally and otherwise. Renowned footballers such as Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo among others, are products of training. If you're not passionate about a thing, you can't train yourself in it. I strongly believe you're all here today as a result of the passion you have in order to develop yourself. 
You must be willing to pay a price to keep what you have or to obtain what you desire. That can only be done if there is 'Passion '.  A first class student with passion for excellence will do anything to maintain the status quo through out his/her days in the university /college. But the moment he/she loses passion for being a first class student, he/she will not longer afford to pay the price it takes to be a first class student and as a result will cease to be a first class student. 
You must understand the race you're running. Run with a vision!  'Passion ' without knowledge is disaster. When you start running a race, it is expedient you finish strong. That can only be achieved with  'Passion '(Determination is the key to success).  Elbert Hubbard said " The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure ( contemptuous treatment) without resentment ". It is not possible to endure for what your aren't passionate about. Example, I can't endure military training because I don't have passion to be a military man.
Finally, Dingoli Philip Jr assert "Passion is key, if we must fulfill our dreams. It is the vehicle that conveys us to fulfill our dreams. Without passion, success will be a mere illusion ". 
Success is all about passionately pursuing your vision with everything you've got. No matter what people might say and no matter how unlikely the odds, until it burst into fruition. Success isn't by accident but by perseverance. 
Dedicated to Lord God Almighty. 
Written By Dingoli Philip Jr. 

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