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Freedom Fridays

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FreedomShipNone but ourselves can free our minds! – Bob Marley

Hello 🙂

After a long battle with myself, I have decided to officially start up FREEDOM FRIDAYS on a wider scale.

What am I on about?

Being Friday, it allows you to be relaxed and ready for fun!

As such, Freedom Friday gives you an avenue to SAY, BE, DRAW, tell with PICTURES like Lucille, POETRY like I-read stories that will help others get into that mood and laugh hard and long.

You might decide to VENT, RECALL, ‘REVENGE’ but whatever you do, show mercy and make sure it is appealing enough to keep us coming back for more.

It’s open to all who want to laugh andwish to make others laugh too. SeasonedSistah2 has been faithfully maintaining it and I’m back to join her. So welcome on board the FREEDOMSHIP, lets sail the FUN seas!

Don’t forget to tag Freedom Friday and link it

back here, so others can share in the fun. You have from today till Thursday to submit you idea/kind of fun.

Thanks silverthreading.com for inspiring me to do this 🙂 unknowingly.

© 2015. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday

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Redemption Song

Writer's Quote Wednesday_040215I was quite young when my big cousin would sing this song daily and he particularly loved the part that said “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds. Have no fear for atomic energy, cause none of them can stop the time…We’ve got to fulfil de Book!”

As young as I was, those lines stuck to my memory and yes I had no idea what ’emancipate’ was then, but because he sang it with so much passion, I came to love the song and those lines.

Recently, I stumbled on the lines quoted today and it hit me, I can be anything/anyone, do the impossible, be more than I am …actually much more cos NONE BUT ME CAN FREE ME! So today, I coming out strong, releasing myself/mind from every captivity and living my thoughts and dream free and full. I know others will enjoy this freedom too, cos it is peace I seek and love with lots of humour. So how do I get that across being on this side of the globe, by writing and talking about it.

Today, I’m encouraging you as writers and readers to emancipate yourself and dream wider!

Just me imanikingblog.com

#Writer’sQuoteWednesday

A bit about Bob Marley from Wikipedia and if you want more, please go online 🙂 :

Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.[1][2] Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee Scratch Perry.[3] After the Wailers disbanded in 1974,[4] Marley pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation and produced his status as one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, with sales of more than 75 million records.[5][6] He was a committed Rastafari who infused his music with a sense of spirituality.[7]

Football

Aside from music, football played a major role throughout his life.[68] As well as playing the game, in parking lots, fields, and even inside recording studios, growing up he followed the Brazilian club Santos and its star player Pelé.[68] Marley surrounded himself with people from the sport, and in the 1970s made the Jamaican international footballer Allan “Skill” Cole his tour manager.[68] He told a journalist, “If you want to get to know me, you will have to play football against me and the Wailers.”[68]

Head image courtesy : http://www.changes.org.uk/html/changing_minds.html

© 2015. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved

Freedom Friday

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FK for President

It’s Freedom FridayProudly Nigeria

Thank you! Thank you my fiple (people) for all the acknowledgements, kwad bless.

I have watched, read and listened with interest and disinterest (because some of your speeches are really boring, and apart from the many figures/long list of ‘facts’, they are full of lies). So today I’m offering you a new candidate. Away with the OLD and in with the NEW!

FK for PRESIDENT! My ‘poor’ (not literal) FK, she must be red in the face with shock that I’m selling her manifesto to the public. Why won’t I, when we have had it up to our necks with different ideologies and stories and want out! E don do, make una no deceive us again! Wetin!? Is it because we have refused to say anything? Actually, this is the problem with us, but you can’t blame us for being quiet because when we attempted it, we were teargased, thrown in jail and arrested for being bold. Who wants to spend February 14th in Jail? I’d rather be on the queue voting fo rmy beloved FK, than watching some sombre-looking wall with my hands clutching to brownish bars that are not letting me out any time soon.

Wait a moment? Are we not trading our freedom for some invisible bars that will prevent freedom of this and that (please fill the space yourself)? My Pastor shared something on Sunday and the wisdom in it was out of this world and I will share with you. King Solomon was faced with declaring judgement over two women and a baby. Because he was blessed with divine wisdom he was able to choose right and hand the baby over to the woman who would rather give the baby to the other, than watch them divide the child. That’s the heart of a real mother. I said that to say this, anything or anyone that seeks to divide us is not the real mother of the child. A word is enough for the wise and while you are still trying to understand the wisdom of King Solomon, please remember to come out on February 14th and vote for my FK.

In-between: Who fixed the election for that day sef? Not like I do my love on a special day o! I am love personified, oozing from every pore of mine, so I’m not bothered about this fixture.

What is it with all these trading insults and ‘secrets’ across the net about each candidate? Is that what they have to offer us? Just asking o! Oga-in-charge of PR, won’t you change your modus operandi?

Oops, I forgot to state what FK has to offer us:

  • Justice
  • A voice to the helpless
  • Enlightenment which will aid us in informed decisions
  • Diversification of power
  • Change for the better
  • Functional reward system for TRUE heroes (emphasis on TRUE…not politically chosen heroes)
  • No more Aso-ebi (she will sue me for adding this). But FK, seriously, if you ban Aso-ebi, women will not vote for you…don’t worry, you have my vote already.
  • Opportunities for sensible people to be in charge
  • Broad-based Grassroot Democracy
  • Full implementation of MDGs

By the way, we haven’t decided what our party will be called, seeing that all the other politicians have taken all the 26 ALPHABETS…who does that?! Okay, we will use names of all the Kings in the Land (her suggestion), and I think that will be a unique selling point that we have powers that be behind us and our Free-for-All Party; besides by the time you see your village chief’s name as a Political Party, you will vote, knowing your interest is being taken into consideration.

On a more serious note, regardless of how well coated each leader’s story is, put it through the litmus test and watch the result. But then, if you have ROI in their success, you will vote against good conscience. Anyhow, Oluwa is involved and He will settle this matter! Enjoy your Friday!

PS: We share the same initial by the way. What’s your take on this Folakemi?

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The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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My friend Lucile from luciledegodoy.com nominated me for this award in December 2014 (covering my face at this point but smiling). I’m sure she’s been wondering why I didn’t say anything about it, probably because she sent it at a point I was trying to decide how to handle the intrigues that come with the Christmas season, and the decisions I had to make at that period. If you do stop by her blog, you won’t need prodding from me to follow her, as it is a delight to the eyes. Funny I met her through an article, before I discovered there was more to her and boy, she loves her pictures, travel and time out with her family.

Rules:

  • Provide the link to the person who nominated you.
  • Add the reward logo.
  • Answer the questions your nominator has asked.
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers and let them know via comments.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions.

Lucile’s Questions for me:

  • 1. What do you like or dislike about this time of the year?

Now I’m not sure what time of the year to answer for, and since you put it up in Christmas and I’m answering in the new year, I’ll do both. I like (actually) love the Christmas Season for what it represents to me as a woman of faith and more importantly, I get to have quality family time away from internet, too many phone calls (that’s why I didn’t reply you them). I dislike the crowd-syndrome everywhere, some people are just NOT NICE! I love the New Year because it is an opportunity.

  • 2. Do you know how to cook and can you share a typical and delicious recipe from your country?

I can cook…very well and I happen to come from the part of Nigeria where their ladies are really good cooks and home-makers. Winking away. I found a site that not only explains the process of making *Ekpang Nkwukwo which my tribe is well-known for, but added pictures you can check it out and when you come visiting, I’ll make it for you!

  • 3. What is old/aging for you?

I’m not sure I understand this question, so I will throw it back to you

  • 4. Did you know any of these nominated bloggers, and if not, would you check their blogs now?

No I don’t but since they are interesting to you, I’ll check them out. I can see your love of pictures replaying in some of your choices. * I did check the sites out ❤

  • 5. Are you mad at me because I nominated you for this award and you have extra work to do now?

No, not mad at you because you are about to get an award from me. LOL!

I nominate the following for the different things they represent:

Humour, Simplicity, Fun, Living/Loving and Diversity. Please check their sites out https://inbetweenpeople.wordpress.com/

https://ruthspoetry.wordpress.com/

http://silverthreading.com/

http://thereluctantbaptist.com/

http://seasonedsistah2.com/

My questions to them:

  • Who or what easily puts a smile on your face and why.
  • If you could change the world, in one sentence how would you achieve that?
  • What’s your favourite colour and why?
  • Would you tell your friend/family the truth if you knew it would hurt them?
  • Like Lucile asked me, Are you mad at me because I nominated you for this award and you have extra work to do now?

The art of making Ekpang Nkwukwo was from http://www.mybelledonfull.com/2012/05/18/ekpang-nkwukwo/

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Freedom Friday

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I can’t believe myself, I was away from #freedomfriday for a whole week and I had it all planned out. @folakemiodoaje was expecting me to do an article I had promised, but I got so busy that I didn’t…but that article kept bugging me all week! Folakemi, did you pray about it that I don’t forget? LOL.

Well, it’s Freedom Friday and

….I’m FREEEEEEEE, Free to lift my hands
Free to say Amen
Free to know that someday I will smile again
I’m free
Free to laugh not cry
Free to live not die
(because of You Lord), I’m Free

Why the song? I stepped into a new dimension of living life afresh. I still feel the way I use to. I’m trying not to feel old though, cos all of a sudden it seems when I hear the number it ‘scares’ me. But I’m loving it that I am 40 and looking not it. So here’s my plan, to reach and touch lives more, to look younger and relax a bit, EXERCISE! Dance with my Heritage (Children) and just be a child at every opportunity we have. Keep my communication lines with God unclogged so we can relate with each other without interruptions (usually from my end)…and as for the King, he has no idea what this babe is up concerning him … I’m shuddering with delight at the thought of it already. Well, you can guess at you what, but I don’t think you will get it in its entirety.

Welcome to a new me, normal? I don’t think so. Abnormal…definitely not. But simply unique and different!

© 2014. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved.