Diaspora Diary: Birthdays & Writing.

3 min readMay 28, 2024


Don’t just count your years, make your years count. ~George Meredith

On my birthday, I got hearty calls, wishes and prayers from friends.
As is now a tradition, I also received wonderful gifts from my family.
A mobile phone from my wifey, exotic chocolates from my 1st daughter plus a sticker and a thermal mug from my twins. Immensely blessed innit?
Yet the greatest gift which can only come from our loving Father, is life.

I thank you all and give glory to almighty God for giving us life and good health.

Birthdays are often a time for reflection. I may not manage to do so on this occasion — having just returned straight to work from a brief but hectic trip to attend a funeral in Nigeria. However, a special excerpt from my daughter excites me the most. She wrote in longhand on the card she gave me.
"I finally started the book you sent, so the notes on that can be your belated present…”

This is more than enough to make a remarkable birthday.

The book “ Success The Glenn Bland Method”, was given to me by my sister after a harrowing trial at 21. To date, I consider it the most influential book in my life.

We aspire to be the best at whatever we do as we grow. This mental architecture is a corollary of a gamified society where the reward is seemingly commensurate with position/status.

Soon enough, we understand that the world can always do without the best, so we adjust and resolve to give it our best.

However, with age and wisdom, we realise that being the best or giving our best shot can only come from being ourselves. This is where I am now.
By the way, it is not as if I just realised this but I’m currently giving life my best shot and doing more to be myself than ever through WRITING.

I believe we must seek to leave the world a better place beginning with our homes à la Confucius: “If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations. When there is order in the nations, there will be peace in the world.”

We must strive to guide our wards on the right path.
So that they can avoid the mistakes we made and utilise the opportunities we missed.

At 21, I didn’t know the power of writing.
At 19, my daughter is about to understand it.

This is why her message greatly excites me.
Writing will open a whole new world to her.
It will give her purpose, clarity and direction.
And ultimately make her wiser.

My man Charlie Munger said “Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day — if you live long enough — like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve”

What more could we ask for except what we deserve?

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