Thursday, December 25, 2008

BACK WITH YOUR ANSWERS

It began once upon a time that I became a blogger. As you all know, I didn’t go with a pseudonym, because I sensed that this could be a medium for me to express my creativity and prepare myself for my future as a writer. What more, I came into this blog world as a journalist and as a journalist; there is nothing that is much more important than your name. When I came here, I wished to increase the number of people who read my write ups in the newspaper. In those days, because I reported the ARTS, I used to blog some of my write ups and interviews which had already been published.

For those who don’t know, my name is Uzezi Ekere and I am 28. My favourite food is Starch and Banga soup. Although I had a science background and even got admitted to study Medicine at UNIBEN, God saved me that misfortune and Mass Communication became me at the Lagos State Polytechnic. I love to write and that is the greatest talent that I have which I treasure deeply. I wish I could paint or draw - I have a great respect for that class of artists.

My writing took me into journalism but I never intended to stay put for long. Even though I have said I will always be a journalist - and I am going back to it soon, though no more reporting – I am a person of many ambitions, and being adventurous helps me to pursue these ambitions. This of course is the reason why I went from being a journalist to being a marketer, even though it was really very brief.

I love honesty and admire honest people. I am not a secretive person, and I am truthful to a fault. There is nothing I wouldn’t share with the person I love. It’s better when it’s in the open. That way I know where I stand. Why live in fear of ‘will he find out?’

I am also quiet. As quiet as I am – though my friends say quiet does not define me – I can be crazy. Back in school then, there was this guy in my class I really liked. I flirted with him so much with text messages and he never found out it was me, though we were friends. I made him believe it was a friend of mine, and even told him once to watch closely on a certain day that he would see her with me because she really wants me to introduce them. That is naughty. But I guess my naughtiest deed was when as a columnist in a national newspaper, I made my readers believe I was a lesbian, when I wrote a lesbian series. Christ! The calls I got, and still get!

As a child, I loved to play. In school or out, I am queen of the play ground. So it really is very frustrating when someone tries to tie me down in the house so I don’t have time to play. In those days, when my dad was leaving for work, he would give me and my brother homework we would do after school so we don’t go out to play. 50 maths questions, 50 English language questions, 50 quantitative analysis questions and 50 verbal questions. All these from one mighty book meant to prepare us for common entrance examination into secondary school.

One fateful day, I got a revelation. By mistake I noticed that the answers to all the questions in the book are at the back. My misery ended. And play continued. After school, all I did was copy all the answers. They were all objective questions with options and what I submitted to my dad was the options, already shaded the way it is done at the Common Entrance exam. One day, my dad was marking my work. He was surprised I got a particular answer right, and called me to come and do solve it for him to see how I arrived at the answer. That day I was caught. And was beaten. Take that for a favourable event in my childhood. And then I grew up. Fast forward to 2008.

Yes. I should say that 2008 will remain the year that I will never forget in my life, because this is the year that everything started to make sense for me. This eye I actually fixed fake eye lashes. At the salon, they were glued to my eye lashes. Never again. Although I achieved 70% of all I set out to achieve this year, I have no regrets for the remaining 30%. This year gave me my favourable event as an adult yet. When I flirted unabashedly, I must add, with one very tall, handsome guy, that I was determined to have....... and I got him. Not just for the year, but forever. Wow! At times it pays to be bold. You just have to do what you have to do. How’s that for my motto in life? And if relocating to Gambia is what I have to do, then so be it.

A new year is around the corner and like everyone else, I have plans. I have more than three big projects I’m working on for 2009. If at the end of 2009, you do not read about me in the papers, or hear about me on the television or radio, then my plans failed. But they won’t fail in Jesus name, and I won’t reveal them here yet.

The purpose for my life is the most important thing to me. I don’t want to die without achieving God’s purpose for creating me. This year, I was truly blessed to discover God the way I never had before. I came to Him because I was fed up of doing it on my own and carrying the burdens and depending on mortals. I needed comfort and I needed unconditional love and I needed direction. Most importantly, I needed a relationship with God. Today, I have a different view of life, than I had during the first four months of this year. I realised that being born again is the best thing that could have happened to me, and I don’t miss the old me. I am not ashamed to talk about Christ because where I am today, is the biggest testimony in my life. At the beginning of this year, I never dreamt I will be where I am. I have entered into a covenant with God and the only power strong enough to tear me out of it, is God. But why would He tear me out when I can be a medium for Him to let people know about how good He is?

In ending this year, I am proud to say that the Young Professionals Impact YPI, the NGO I belong to, did tremendously well this year. First we had our Project Desiree to raise funds to sponsor orphans. And like Obama, Yes we did! We adopted three five year olds in an Orphanage, by taking on their educational responsibility till they finish schooling. We had a fund raising dinner last week Friday to support educational facilities at the Heart of Gold Hospice Home. And again, Yes We Did!

God is awesome. He gave His Son, the One who negotiated a better ‘covenant’ for us with His Father, by offering His Life, so we might live.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4: 16


PS: Incase anyone is wondering, I just answered the questions from my last post. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.

51 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas!!! (p.s. I also read the post. Its my first time commenting.)

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  2. Merry Christmas, Uzezi Ekere!

    I feel like I know you a lot better now. Congratulations on all you accomplished in 2008 and wishing you all the best for 2009!

    And you found love! ♥ How wonderful :)

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  3. THIS is a lovely post to end the year with...we have so much in common..(as pertaining to writing n all) a lesbian series...oh my..totally something i could do.

    also fixed my lashes for the first time this year...n just like u..NEVER AGAIN..i felt i was going blind half the time.



    MERRY XMAS DEAR..dis post gave me a lil insight into the person that u r..hope to know u better in 09.tots moi!

    oh yeah i shud be more bold..like u!

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  4. I like your person........ glad u had a great year and u went after what u wanted..... Have a wonderful 2009!

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  5. @ Ladi - Merry xmas. welcome to my world.

    @ Good Naija Girl - Yeah. I feel naked, but I dont mind. Thanks girl. Wish u same and many more for next year.

    @ exschoolnerd - wait let me breathe.......


    hmmmmmmmmmmm. that's me sighing cos this is the first time exschoolnerd is visiting me and we have lots in common. wow. hope to know u better also in the new year.

    @ Fumms - i have to visit u to make sure u r the same fumms but the rebirthed one right? lol. thanks. have a wondeful 2009.

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  6. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and your plans will definitely not fail in '09.
    Learned so much about you from this post.
    I'm a big fan of the arts also, I wanted to be an art history major in college but my dad would not allow it.

    I actually like false eyelashes, they make my eyes pop I wish i can put them on myself it would save me some money.

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  7. @ dat one okrika girl - lol at the lashes. but u can put them urself right? I see them do it in movies though i ve never seen that type.

    thanks girl.

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  8. I can feel your vibrant spirit through this post. And I love its warmth and beauty.

    Keep being the best you you can ever be and life will continue to grant you many blessings.

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  9. everyone's "knowin u better" and lovin u more...but for moi..this is my first time here..and would definetly love to visit more...
    merry merry christmas ...and hav a fulfilling '09...
    as for the lie...are saying no 3 is ur pick...?

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  10. You just inspired me to toast the next guy I admire,lol!

    Merry Xmas and all the best in the new year.

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  11. @ rethots - dont tell me u r speechless.

    @ Ms Sula - Thanks. very kind words.

    @ simeone - welcome to my world. and yes, no 3 is my pick. I dont believe u never kissed a girl

    @ Sprezatura - thanks darling. lol

    @ princesa - aha. u go girl.

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  12. wow..nice one..i cant even remember if i asked u a question..i must go check.

    very insightful...

    thanks for sharing

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  13. Good luck with your plans for '09 and I hope they work out well for you.
    Happy new year in advance!

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  14. @ aloted - of course u asked a question about my school

    @ classybabe - thanks. wish u same too

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  15. Awww...WOW I feel like i know you now.. please don't forget us when you become very famous o! Good luck with all your future endeavors for 2009 and know we would be right here supporting you.. Hope you had a good Christmas!

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  16. @ Miss O - I had a work filled christmas. How can I possibly forget my blogville family? Never!

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  17. merry christms hon'
    as per ur hamper...... no tel me say 'adamu' neva reach ya haus? :)

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  18. Merry christmas...

    Wow, yes you have answered the question...you are braver than me babes, I set out to get a guy, got him then dropped him cos of preasure from home..

    I will describe you the way I tot of you the first day I read your writings...

    A woman of integrity, a woman who loves God, a woman who will stand by her word....

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  19. @ LG- adamu never come o

    @ Afrobabe - family pressure can be too burdensome.

    My head don expand finish at the woman u described me to be

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  20. lol...make ur head no swell...cos I am sure you worked hard to be who you are...

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  21. You are fascinating and a kindred spirit i dare say. I happily and earnestly pray that your set goals for 2009 will all be achieved.

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  22. wow, this is very lovely.
    Have a happy new year!!!

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  23. I AM PROUD OF YOU!!!
    you're such an inspiration...2009 is a good year and I know the Lord will spare our lives to see many more years...We will all fulfill our purpose on this earth!!!
    Amen

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  24. @ Afrobabe- ok. it has stopped swelling

    @ Emeka Amakeze- amen. thanks a lot

    @ NaijaBabe- thanks girl. have a great new year too

    @ NoLimit- amen too. thanks for your very kind words

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  25. Nice blog, just stumbled on it and yes, ill be reading. Nice way to end the year. Thank God for 2008 and we hope for better things to come in 2009. Wishing you all the best. see you at the top.

    I too have a passion for the arts. I have 'this thing' for pictures that I cant explain. My latest stint has been going around with a camera, but you know one has to be careful of taking pics in Lagos, as people might misunderstand Mr. Photographer for something else.

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  26. see me oh. everything i typed don disappear. dis blogger sef!

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  27. Waoh,

    you are indeed bold. im sure i can get that from you.

    i wish you well in 2009 and i pray that God will always prove himself as the ALMIGHTY in all you do.

    Merry Christmas!

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  28. @ mypenmypaper- thanks. we will all achieve our goals this coming year.

    @ deola- wish u same

    @ FFF- sorry. such happens to me too

    @ darkelcee- amen. wish u same too

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  29. Smart way to answer questions and I think you've done a pretty good autobiography here. Wish you all the best in 2009 and beyond.

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  30. @ gbengasile- hi. really glad u like it? how is your holiday going? and how are the two lovely ladies in your life?

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  31. Wow, I love this...It's nice to know much more about someone whom I already admired as a person.

    Congrats on all the great things accomplished in '08, and all the best in '09!

    Happy New Year, Uzezi Ekere...May God top the blessings of 2008 in 2009 for you!

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  32. Happy new yr. Hmmm you are still a journalist sorry a J-blogger

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  33. hey...happy new yr..hope 2009 brings alot of success,joy and prosperity for u :)

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  34. Happy New Year Zayzee...Wow! I loved the "opening up".

    Wishing you a wonderful 2009. You are really back in style...

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  35. i love how u responded :)

    thank God for the wonderful year u had, i pray He makes this year even more wonderful for u in every aspect, amen!

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  36. I wish I could do a good job as you do talking about myself. Have a happy new year me dear and may the remaining 30% plus this year 100% come true for you...amen.

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  37. happy new year and may the remaining 30% come through this year plus all the others u have planned for this year!

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  38. @ simplegal- nice and kind words. thank you very much. happy new year and many accomplishment to you too

    @ StandTall-The Activist- happy new year standtall, and welcome to my blog. i think its ur first time here. i like the sound of J-blogger

    @ maverick- amen. and you too love.

    @ Doja - happy new year Doja. How family?

    @ Rita - lol. my personal person. thanks alot for all the.................. u know it. Happy new year

    @ Buttercup- thanks. amen. and u too will give a wonderful testimony throughout the year

    @ Parakeet- amen. amen amen

    @ zara - thanks zara. amen to your prayers

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  39. Hey babe, happy new year! Loved reading this post, makes me realise that we have lots in common (all good stuff) and I admire your honesty and boldness. I pray you achieve all your goals this year and you have even more wonderful testimonies by this time next year!

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  40. Wow gurl!! this post has so many positives that they are bouncing off my screen...2009 will be a fruitful year, we will be in Gods favour :). Happy new year xx

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  41. Insightful, you do have a way with words.Sure the Gambian with the big head just had his head grow bigger!Glad you are enjoying God. this year He shall show you the bottomless of Him.

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  42. Very interesting post ZZ.
    Kinda like a condensed biography.
    And guess what? You have only just begun living!
    Live well.
    I will hear about Uzezi (Gambian name) nee Ekere shortly.

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  43. @ 'Yar Mama - which u same.

    @ SOLOMONSYDELLE - thanks jare. how the three kings?

    @ Favoured Girl- thanks plenty. happy new year. amen o. we will share the testimonies together

    @ Jarrai- u know? Happy new year

    @ LG - u get mouth o

    @ Telekinesys- thanks. but you know his head is not big at all so i needed to inflate it a lil. Amen. I ain't letting God out of my life anytime soon

    @ tobenna- condensed biography? really? hmm. anyway, he is nigerian in Gambia so i ain't inheriting any Gambian name.

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  44. This was a very interesting post. Good job, and congrats with everything.

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