Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What Do You Stand For?

Though Yesterday was "Humanitarian Day" I know there can never be enough days for kindness in the world, because LOVE is the real REVOLUTION we all truly need. That's why I care about humanity and social advocacy. And though I'm here working tirelessly at the very cosy DE-SANTOS HOTEL a place that has become like a second home because of its first class service and the very warm reception of the staffers as well as the environment....I can't stop thinking about the many questions, one of the friendly front desk ladies, 'Rosemary' asked me.....about the inscription on the Tee-shirt I wore yesterday "STAND UP FOR NEW LAGOS" and how she can join the movement....It had me thinking of one of my favourite lyrics of recent times by Emeli Sande.... 

"You've got the words to change a Nation....but you're biting your tongue. You've spent a life time stuck in silence afraid you'll say something wrong.If no one ever hears it how we gonna learn your song. So Come on.....

You've got a heart as loud as lions
So why let your voice be tamed.
Maybe we're a little different
there's no need to be ashamed.

You've got the light to fight the shadows, so stop hiding it away
C'mon....c'mon.....

I wanna sing, I wanna shout
I wanna scream till the words dry out so put it in all of the papers,
I'm not afraid they can read all about it.

At night we're waking up the neighbours while we sing away the blues making sure that we're remembered... yeah, cause we all matter too. If the truth has been forbidden, then we're breaking all the rules. so come on...

Lets get the TV and the radio
to play our tune again
its 'bout time we got some airplay of our VERSION of events
there's no need to be afraid for
I will sing with you my friend.

Yeah we're all wonderful, wonderful people so when did we all get so fearful? And now we're finally finding our voices....Just take a chance...."


So every time I LISTEN to her song, I'm thinking....If we don't SPEAK then how will our voices be heard....If we don't ACT, then how will change be made....It is with those thoughts that brilliant like-minds within my Creative Industry decided to unite to create the #4NL social platform under the aegis of the #4NN Movement where millions of voices can be heard because we are all united by our collective ZEAL to tackle our collective problems as a people and bring to fore our collective desires for a better working community for us all.

And just like anything worthy, it has taken our time, sweat, resources and even some of our RELATIONSHIPS to become the positive agents of progress and growth we aspire to be....And whilst some may roll their eyes at their own cynicism that this group might be a farce....we all know that's what people thought about the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT or even our terrestrial 'Afenifere' till they started effecting change.

I am tired of the constant complaining, the blame gaming, the character maiming and whatever ill propagandas aiming to DESTROY our development as a community. In the end, the only people who SUFFER the consequences of our indifference, non-challance and  inaction, are we the habitats of the very community we love.

To quote George Bernard Shaw - "PROGRESS is impossible without CHANGE and those who cannot 'change' their MINDS cannot change anything." 

So when we say that #4NL is about motivating, advocating and activating a new way of THINKING and CHARACTER....its because we realise that's the only POSITIVE way to achieve the desired result for what it is that we stand for....

So permit me to ask you.... What do you stand for? Cos I know I STAND 4 NEW LAGOS. Feel free to volunteer and join the rest of the amazing #4NL Think-Tank and #4NL Soldiers to sign up for community services and more social awareness projects. CLICK to Visit.

If you stand for nothing....Believe me, you will fall for anything.

Have A Wonderful Wednesday Lovelies! Kisses! 

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