Giftedminds Writers https://giftedminds.com.ng Best Online Literary Magazine in Nigeria Mon, 01 Jun 2020 02:05:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://giftedminds.com.ng/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-1541313167832-32x32.jpg Giftedminds Writers https://giftedminds.com.ng 32 32 I Can’t Breathe (In Memory of George Floyd) https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/i-cant-breathe-in-memory-of-george-floyd/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/i-cant-breathe-in-memory-of-george-floyd/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 01:31:15 +0000 https://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8577 I want to breathe But I can’t breathe I could not see his face His...

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I want to breathe
But I can’t breathe

I could not see his face
His knee was on my neck
Life was going fast away from my soul
I want to breathe
But I can’t breathe

46yrs ago, I learnt my first word
Mama! mama! mama!
25th May 2020,I spoke my last word
Mama! mama! mama!
And I still pleaded because
I want to breathe
But I can’t breathe

My color was black
His color was white
My crime was black
His right was white
I still want to breathe
But I can’t breathe

Minneapolis is burning
Real Americans are angry
The world is shocked in disbelief
Because I wanted to breathe
But I can’t breathe
They were four of them
Four messengers of death

I saw the face of my wife
I felt the smiles of my kids
I remembered my friends
For their sake
I just needed to breathe
But I can’t breathe

I asked for water
The pain was getting more
My neck hurts
My stomach hurts
My eyes were closed in agony
My offence again?
My color was black
His color was white

I have paid the price
Price of being black
Cry no more Minneapolis
I was one of the added numbers
My blood on that pavement
Will always remember that
I wanted to breathe
But I had no right to breathe

My offence again?
My color was black
My name George Floyd
My crime was black
His color was white
His name Derek Chauvin
His right was white
He has the right to breathe

I want to breathe
I can’t breathe!
But someday this battle shall
Be over.
I go in peace but remember
25th May 2020
Mama!mama!mama!
My last word!

I Can’t Breathe: In memory of George Floyd – written by Collins Okafor

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How to work your big dreams to a reality https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/how-to-work-your-big-dreams-to-a-reality/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/how-to-work-your-big-dreams-to-a-reality/#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 08:16:41 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8536 Many of the goals worth aiming for in life calls for not just a sprint...

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Many of the goals worth aiming for in life calls for not just a sprint but a marathon. But how big is your dream?

If your heart is not fit enough to run the length of it, then you will find yourself stopping halfway through and giving up before you reach the finish line. This was coined from Peter Collins’ words.

With the way the world is evolving, it is imperative for anyone who wants flourish to rethink on his/her targets, values and standards.

Also, to see how to measure up to the yardsticks that makes the world seems to be changing rapidly.

You cannot live to have a footprint in the this world if you don’t dream.

If you do not work hard with sacrifices to make a mark, you can not be remarkable.

If you don’t imagine how your life will be described and what it will be acknowledged for, you earn nothing.

Dreaming is an exercise that should be limitless and boundless.

To survive in the recent times take reflecting on the challenges, opportunities and possibilities the future holds.

You have to change your life by measuring the weight of your dream, and not just to dream merely. Your dream today should always exceed your dream of yesteryears.

Your new dream should transcend your current shore. It should reinforce everything – actions, steps and decisions – about you.

Your new dream should equip you on how to be resilient and determined as you are pursuing the course that will usher a new order to your cause.

Mark Rebel explains, “Success occurs when your dreams get bigger than your excuses.”

Those who have changed the narratives of every generation make their dreams to cause a blast that reveals their extraordinary capability.

In the book Adultery, Paulo Coelho affirmed that “All roads lead to the same place. But choose your own, and follow it to the end. Do not try to walk every road.”

It was this spark of big dream that set Grace Alele-Williams apart in the field of Education and Mathematics.

It was the trump of big dream that inflamed Jason Njoku to setting up of Iroko TV.

It was the thirst of big dream that instigated Richard Branson to establish Virgin Atlantic.

It was the charge of big dream that birthed Jeff Bezsos’ Amazon.

Today, I want you to challenge yourself by asking how big is your dream?

Is your dream visualising a limited world or a world without boundary?

If you are waking up each day with the feeling to stop pursuing your dream to detail, your dream is faulty.

When you have a big dream, it gives you hope and imagination to see beyond your past and present and stir you to deliberately and wholeheartedly charged to trample a worthy cause.

Shakhti Gawain described that “The people and things around you will reflect you in increasingly positive ways. The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.”

I therefore urge you to dream big and fanciful without compromise and remorse. You owe no one any apologies for being greatness minded.

Sulyman Sodeeq Abdulakeem is a Librarian, Writer who co-authored the book “Responsible Living: Live to Fulfill Your Potential.”

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Easy steps to make pizza while in lockdown https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/easy-steps-to-make-pizza-while-in-lockdown/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/easy-steps-to-make-pizza-while-in-lockdown/#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 09:39:54 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8534 Homemade pizza nerds are a passionate bunch; for a timid novice, the sheer amount of...

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Homemade pizza nerds are a passionate bunch; for a timid novice, the sheer amount of conflicting information available on various pizza-enthusiast boards is anything but encouraging. I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to build a backyard brick oven or even buy a stone to make great pizza – in fact, you probably already have everything you need.

After a rogue pickled jalapeño split my pizza stone clean in half last year, I started using a preheated cast iron pan for all of my high-heat baking. I haven’t looked back: cast iron makes phenomenally good pizza, and it’s hardier and more versatile than ceramic stones. If you haven’t tried pan-baked pizza, you’re in for a treat. Here’s how to do it.

Preheat a cast iron pan in a 260-degree oven for about an hour (if the handle isn’t metal, make sure it’s oven-proof first). Gently stretch a ball of pizza dough into a circle using the back of your wrists. Avoid hanging it on your knuckles, which encourages tearing. The finished circle should be slightly smaller than the diameter of the pan you’re using.

Move the hot pan to the stovetop, carefully slide the dough in, top as desired, and return to the oven for 15 minutes or so; if you like, finish it off under the grill. Repeat until you’re out of dough, toppings, and/or room in your stomach. Getting the dough into a hot pan takes practice – but once you’ve got the sizing dialed in, it’s easy. Plus, it’s not like misshapen pizza tastes bad.

This method works for a couple reasons. First, cast iron obviously retains heat like nobody’s business, which means it achieves and holds the screaming-hot temperatures required for great crust structure. Second, the sides of the pan wrap that screaming-hot environment around the sides of the pizza, so the edges get charred, too.

The downsides are minimal – limited space and a slight learning curve being the two main ones – and the results, frankly, speak for themselves. Happy pizza-ing, y’all.

(Lifehacker Australia)

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Three Children near Clonmel – Eileen Shanahan https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/three-children-near-clonmel-eileen-shanahan/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/three-children-near-clonmel-eileen-shanahan/#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 20:58:21 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8547 I met three children on the road — The hawthorn trees were sweet with rain...

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I met three children on the road —

The hawthorn trees were sweet with rain

The hills had drawn their white blinds down —

Three children on the road from town.

 

Their wealthy eyes in splendour mocked

Their faded rags and bare wet feet,

The King had sent his daughters out

To play at peasants in the street.

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I could not see the palace walls;

The avenues were dumb with mist;

Perhaps a queen would watch and weep

For lips that she had borne and kissed —

 

And lost about the lonely world,

With treasury of hair and eye

The tigers of the world will spring,

The merchants of the world will buy.

 

And one will sell her eyes for gold,

And one will barter them for bread,

And one will watch their glory fade

Beside the looking-glass, unwed.

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A hundred years will softly pass,

Yet on the Tipperary hills

The shadows of a king and queen

Will darken on the daffodils.

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5 Signs that Shows Your Dog is Lonely https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/5-signs-that-shows-your-dog-is-lonely/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/5-signs-that-shows-your-dog-is-lonely/#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 21:22:03 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=4934 Dogs are lively animals, there are five signs that shows your dog might be lonely....

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Dogs are lively animals, there are five signs that shows your dog might be lonely. We all want our dogs to live full, happy lives, but sometimes our jam-packed schedules and busy routines can sadly result in our pups feeling lonely and isolated.

Dogs’ personalities are as individual as humans’, so their reasons for feeling lonely may vary depending on their different circumstances. While it’s not always easy to identify just how our pups are feeling, some of the tell-tale signs your dog may be lonely include…

5 signs that shows your dog is lonely
1. Your dog following you around the house
If your pup is feeling lonely you may notice they follow you around in order to get the companionship they crave.
2. They aren’t as playful as they once were
Something else you might notice is that your pet isn’t wanting to play as much as usual. Sometimes, due to inconsistent companionship, they may lack the social skills they once had – and withdraw themselves from wanting to play. Dogs are incredibly social animals, so if they pull back from group activities it could be a sign of loneliness.
3. They may lick their own fur more regularly
According to research conducted by INSIDER, lonely dogs may bite at their own fur more often, resulting in patches of lost fur. One expert said: “L**k granulomas are a common manifestation of boredom or anxiety in dogs, and present as small circular sores that are often on the dog’s carpus or wrist.”
4. Sleeping more often
Similar to the behaviour of humans, many dogs that are lonely or sad may turn to sleep as a form of distraction. If your dog begins sleeping more than normal, it could be a tell-tale sign they are feeling lonely.
5. Destructive behaviour
Another sign your dog could be feeling lonely is if they are becoming destructive at home, destroying things or chewing furniture. If dogs are regularly left on their own, this could be a sign of boredom, as well as a way to get their owner’s attention.

What should you do if your dog is lonely?

The surest cure for loneliness is, of course, togetherness. But if you can’t be with them physically, some of the ways you can help a lonely dog include…

  • Putting on the radio or background music
  • If you can, get another dog so they have a companion
  • Take your dog with you if you go on runs or head out to see friends
  • Try to head home on lunch breaks if possible

Lisa Walden

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The Cry of the Dreamer – John Boyle O’Reilly https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/the-cry-of-the-dreamer-john-boyle-oreilly/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/the-cry-of-the-dreamer-john-boyle-oreilly/#respond Thu, 21 May 2020 02:43:12 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8556 I am tired of planning and toiling In the crowded hives of men; Heart-weary of...

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I am tired of planning and toiling

In the crowded hives of men;

Heart-weary of building and spoiling

And spoiling and building again.

And I long for the dear old river,

Where I dreamed my youth away;

For a dreamer live forever,

And a toiler dies in a day.

I am sick of the showy seeming

Of a life that half a lie;

Of the faces lined with scheming

In the throng that hurries by.

From the sleepless thoughts’ endeavour,

I would go where the children play;

For a dreamer lives forever,

And a thinker dies in a day.

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I can feel no pride but pity

For the burden the rich endure;

There is nothing sweet in the city

But the patient lives of the poor.

Ah, the little hands too skillful,

And the child-mind choked with weeds!

The daughter’s heart grown wilful,

And the father’s heart that bleeds!

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No, No! from the street’s rude bustle,

From trophies of mart and stage,

I would fly to the woods’ low rustle

And the meadows’ kindly page.

Let me dream as of old by the river,

And be loved for the dream always;

For a dreamer lives forever,

And a toiler dies in a day

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He charges her to lay aside her weapons https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/he-charges-her-to-lay-aside-her-weapons/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/he-charges-her-to-lay-aside-her-weapons/#respond Thu, 21 May 2020 02:32:37 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8554 I charge you, lady young and fair, Straightway to lay your arms aside. Lay by...

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I charge you, lady young and fair,

Straightway to lay your arms aside.

Lay by your armour, would you dare

To spread the slaughter far and wide?

O lady, lay your armour by,

Conceal your curling hair also,

For never was a man could fly

The coils that o’er your bosom flow.

And if you answer, lady fair,

That north or south you ne’er took life,

Your very eyes, your glance, your air

Can murder without axe or knife.

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And oh! If you but bare your knee,

If you your soft hand’s palm advance,

You’ll slaughter many a company.

What more is done with shield and lance?

Oh, hide your bosom limey white,

Your naked side conceal from me.

Ah, show them not in all men’s sight,

Your breasts more bright than flowering tree.

And if in you there’s shame or fear

For all the murders you have done,

Let those bright eyes no more appear,

Those shinning teeth be seen of none.

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Lady, we tremble far and near!

Be with these conquests satisfied,

And lest, I perish, lady dear,

Oh, lay those arms of yours aside.

PIERCE FERRITER (Died 1653)

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Live Your Flair, Not Your Fear https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/live-your-flair-not-your-fear/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/live-your-flair-not-your-fear/#respond Tue, 19 May 2020 10:22:50 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8461 “Don’t be afraid to fail; if you are afraid to fail, you are getting yourself...

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“Don’t be afraid to fail; if you are afraid to fail, you are getting yourself frozen and stiffled.”Arnold Schwarzenegger


Life is always a two-sided coin – Positive or negative, failure or success, hope or despair and flair or fear.

Every of the “sides” are important to what we seek to become in life.

But unfortunately, we all have a “limit-er” called fear.

If you don’t conquer your fear, what you fear will conquer you. Without discovering your purpose, you might spend all your years running around in circles of fear.

Living your flair means that you are relying on your talent to spark the enthusiasm that are sufficient for your life’s desires and aspirations.

On the other hand, fear is the feeling of anxiety and apprehension that you exhibit about yourself; the uncertainty you are assuming – the fact that you think it is too challenging for you to overcome; you holding back from taking the next step to progress in your life; or the solace you earn from your comfort zone.

These negative reflections affects your mindsets and are cancerous to what your Maker wants you to be in life.

However, you have been blessed with gifts that are intended to differentiate you from your peers, your colleagues and other human beings. This is what I like to refer to as your flair.

Flair is what gives everyone the wings to fly. It is our flair that causes the stream of initiatives in us to flow and the oceans of creativity in every man to swirl on our desired directions.

When we ponder on our flair, life becomes an adventure and everything that happens to us places us at an advantage to reach the climax of our dreams.

It is okay to have fears; but it is important for us to note that fear has hindered many people from changing the narratives of themselves and their posterity.

It whittle their self-belief and self-confidence. It blinds them from leveraging on what they can do. It reduces their decision power and paralyze self-esteem. Fear becomes an integral part of their life!

When you operate from the point of fear than the position of your flair, you will always consider what you don’t have above what you have. You will always consider your comfort above your growth and strength. You will always rely on other people’s approvals to determine your strength, weakness and destination.

What make people lose their flair to fear is the effects of several mental pictures painted in the mind. Once your mental screen always visualises either defeats or setbacks, that’s a pointer to where you are heading.

Kelly Hyman captured this when he submitted that: “You have to change the guts first, and then update the skin to match it.”

For your flairs to be the strength that energises you as you journey through life, take the steps below:

Identify Your Gifts:
There is no one deprived of innate power and identity. These gifts, if identified, should be the source of every decisions you take in your life. They determined how far you can go, how happy you can be and how fulfilled you can. Happy and successful people of this life soul-searched to know what truly makes them human and they live in alignment with it.

Face Your Fear Squarely:
Fear as defined as “False Evidence Appearing Real.” Don’t let fear limit you. If your worries are more than your positivity, it will weaken your productivity. Fear will confine and imprison you. So, face it.

Work on Improving Your Flair Every Day:
Life is more about believing that you have something anyone else doesn’t. It is an arena where wit and diligence speaks louder than words; where you have to constantly enrich what you have in order to be competitively ready to combat any approach life faces you with. Dedicate time for your flair, hone it and use it for your vantage.

Every persons hold enough colouring to paint their pictures and frame it to appear exactly how they desire.

Those who conquer their fears effect a cause that transforms their lives and that of their generations; while those who were conquered by their fears distort and disrupt the positives they would have caused with their flairs.

Someone once concluded, “Your life should have a meaning when you live and there should be a purpose for your death.”


Sulyman Sodeeq Abdulakeem is a Librarian, Writer who co-authored the book “Responsible Living: Live to Fulfill Your Potential.”

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If I might choose – John  Anster https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/if-i-might-choose-john-anster/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/if-i-might-choose-john-anster/#respond Tue, 19 May 2020 06:38:40 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8541 If I might choose where my tired limbs shall lie When my task here is...

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If I might choose where my tired limbs shall lie

When my task here is done, the oak’s green crest

Shall rise above my grave — a little mound,

Raised in some cheerful village cemetery.

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And I could wish, that, with unceasing sound,

A lonely mountain rill was murmuring by —

In music — through the long soft twilight hours.

And let the hand of her, whom I love best,

Plant round the bright green grave those fragrant flowers

In whose deep bells the wild-bee loves to rest;

And should the robin from some neighbouring tree

Pour his enchanted song—oh! Softly tread,

For sure, if aught of earth can soothe the dead,

He still must love that pensive melody!

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The Discovery – Monk Gibbon https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/the-discovery-monk-gibbon/ https://giftedminds.com.ng/blog/the-discovery-monk-gibbon/#respond Tue, 19 May 2020 06:36:56 +0000 http://giftedminds.com.ng/?p=8543 Adam, who thought himself immortal still, Though cast from Eden, not knowing yet of death,...

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Adam, who thought himself immortal still,

Though cast from Eden, not knowing yet of death,

Nor guessing that what has beginning ends,

Nor that the life goes also with the breath,

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Wandering in empty fields one day,

Pushing the grass aside, finds Abel slain,

His arms thrown out, his head with briars twined,

And on the ground beside a dull red stain.

“Abel, it is not time for sleeping now;

Have you forgot the curse upon us put?”

So, standing by his side, he gazes down.

Thinking he jests, he stirs him with his foot.

Silence, no sound at all, a breathless calm;

The warm day sighs; its sighing does not last.

The grass-tops quiver slightly; through the grass

A small field-mouse, disturbed, goes hurrying past.

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Then, seized with sudden fear, he flings himself

Beside the corpse, cries, “For your mother’s sake

Give me an answer,” Still no answer comes,

Only the cry, “Abel, awake, awake!”

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