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The Pride and Reward for Teaching; What exactly is it? 

The Pride and Reward for Teaching; What exactly is it? 

By: Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 
I once taught in a private Montessori where I did the much I could do to teach the little scholars and also inculcate basic etiquette in them. 
These children’s aptitude for learning is astonishing. They grab a lot faster than I’d envisaged so I made extra effort to cope with the speed with which they operate. 
Teaching in a private school is no child’s play – especially for someone like me who loves to stretch himself. 
If you a public schools’ teacher ever felt like the system was rigged against you, wait for your private counterparts to recount to you her own ordeal. 
But like I’ve always insisted, the indignity meted out on the Nigerian worker is not the problem we can attribute to a specific individual. 
Wage vs the hour put to work, wage vs your qualifications, wage vs the encroachment into your holidays, the enslavement of the Nigerian worker is simply untold. 
But we should not expect anything better actually. The current situation is such that makes government oversight practically impossible. The government itself is simply crying under a heavy weight that only restructuring can lift. 
Employers have a field day messing up with their staffs’ dignity. No adequate monitoring on things that matter. And, the workers are simply too defeated to press for a better terms of service. The CSOs are simply too inadequate in clout, manpower, and strength- some even say they are compromised. 
The Nigerian state as with anyone/organization lacking in basic intelligence/structure, is brutal, insensitive and shameless. 
Each time I recall, somewhere around the two great rivers how my professors were bullied back into classrooms and laboratories I just freaking SMH. But at least there is a slight recourse to decent remuneration in their own case. 
The Nigerian private school teacher apart from being underpaid, sadly, also, gets short paid, repeatedly. She can’t go to court, she can’t demand for explanation. She dare not moot the idea of going on strike. The Nigerian system is expertly rigged against her. 
Unfortunately still, all she ever gets to read are parts of speech if she teaches English or conjugasion if she teaches Français. She goes blank when you as much as mention #Restructuring. 
She teaches civics but that is just on paper; just to ‘get ma small tin when month end’ (that is, to get her disappointing salary month ending’. No leave bonuses, no allowances and other fringe benefits. This sounds to me as making nonsense of the Nigerian education. But what exactly is it, anyway? 
I taught French. And I taught English, also. A cumulative of nine classes. Spanning two schools. A primary and a secondary. But I loved doing it. I love to see them progress from not knowing to knowing. I even enjoy their tiny little voice when they correct me on phonetics (something I taught them fa). 
I seem to have an incurable fascination with teaching. I cried one day when my JSS one students did a presentation on my work – it is a work I wrote and titled ‘Being Perfect’ (I think Google has it). I cried because I knew I might not be with them long enough to consolidate on these gains. When I asked them if they could do it, every single one of them said no. But God gave me enough wisdom and patience to coach them and within a very short period, these guys got it! 
This, happily and sadly, is the only joy there is to teaching in many private schools. Nothing more! 
Nothing more, really. Because at the time, my pay would barely buy my crossbelt. And I am being modest. It can’t even fuel the vehicle I sometimes use. The wage is that poor. 
This rather lengthy update is not to berate the exploitative private school operators, at least not frontally. It is to salute their pawns, their footsoldiers, the guys who really make the money – the classroom teachers who either have no alternatives or are having this indescribable LOVE for destiny moulding. 
Great is your rewards folks – though I don’t know when
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade is a strategic communication expert. He has a high regard for teaching and teachers. 
October 10th, 2017

The bigger Challenge and the Energy Within. 
Just a few days back I took two containers to the watertap. One was a five liter waterpot the other a 25 litre jerrican. I will have to carry these two over a distance of about 25 metres. 
Here’s what I found interesting; while I was holding the five litre container, waiting for the 25litre jerrican to fill up, the weight of the five litre waterpot was already feeling like a big deal. 
It was seeming like I’d got a really heavy load. 
During the few moments it took to take up another load – which was about five times heavier – my body was already getting conditioned to seeing the waterpot as a sufficient challenge for the morning. 
Surprisingly, the weight of the waterpot paled into a shocking insignificance the moment I took up the jerrycan. What appeared to be a ‘job’ suddenly became the smallest concern. My body quickly adjusted. A new strength from within emerged. 
The five litre weight became a non-issue. 
Perhaps you are wondering where your strengths for your own 25litre challenge would come from, I assure you that you’ll find it from within you. There is strength within. God put it there. 
The energy for 25 litres came – not from anywhere, but from within me. 
GOD had put it there! 
Five litres have a habit of freaking us out. Preventing us from aiming higher and harder. Don’t dignify your five litres. Face it with strength as you brace up for the 25litres. 
Taking up a bigger challenge is a smart way to demonstrate your faith.
It is a way to assert ourselves as ones who have been effectively equipped to succeed and to do fine things like; bringing meat to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, help to the hopeless and staying healthy. And showing love. 
It is a firm way to tell off a situation that we’re bigger and stronger. That we can and will emerge; like gold. 
Still asking where your strengths for the bigger challenge comes from? 
The strength is within, true.
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade is a strategic communication expert. He plays, speaks, writes and travels. 
24th Aug, 2017

This Nigeria you’re Killing; Think. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

This Nigeria you’re Killing; Think. 
Imagine you’re a passionate lover of Nollywood, and you even have some business interests in it; say you’re a producer, promoter or performer. I bet you won’t begin to do stuffs that’ll destroy the industry just because your preferred candidate fails to make it to its leadership. 
You also don’t whip up confusion inflight just because you don’t like the person or face of your pilot. Likely is, you’ll be charged for terrorism or bundled into some rehab upon landing. 
Sadly, certain Nigerian people continue to rock this boat Nigeriana. The indulgence is reckless. 
The fight to emerge the greatest killer of the nation’s core is intense. I cannot fully agree that we don’t understand the implications of what we’re doing. I think we just lack the discipline to resist destroying ourselves. 
Disturbing the peace of Nigeria is a common problem cutting across all ages, education status, geographies and faith; unguarded utterances, twits and updates. 
It has defied BSc, MSc and PhD. It defies religions and civilization and age. Even, some of our diaspora friends, like us, have shown more woeful understanding of nation building. What they throw in daily as commentaries are a piece of sordid hate and willful misrepresentations of facts. 
Theirs is a complete syllabus of ‘how not to build a country’ 
They shamelessly bully you into destroying or deifying GEJ or PMB. Sadly they have so many followers who’re being conditioned to summarize Nigeria into just two individuals. 
I concede to Mr. President’s observation that we truly have some irresponsible elements amongst us – I do not share his thoughts on what makes one irresponsible, necessarily – in any case, the time to divest them of their irresponsibility is now. The survival of Nigeria is sacrosanct – as long as it remains. 
For the records, I insist that the irresponsible ones are them who dignify the odious past administrations, them who vigorously deify this administration despite it’s need to sit up. 
They’re the clerics who preach hate sermons, they’re the fringe lunatics from across the country who daily jam the online space with hate posts. They’re the ‘governments’ within this government who have the effrontery to announce the eviction of a whole people. 
They’re the itchy fingers who daily bash Mr. Buhari, bash Jonathan, bash Oputa, bash the North, East, South and West as their daily medication. Bash less and build more, folks. 
Sadly, the biggest of them all might just be a government, any GOVERNMENT at all that would not muster the needed resolve and tact to resolve it. 
And President Buhari’s administration deserves some credit for finally recognizing this as a national emergency. 
They must therefore rise up to this challenge very swiftly. I’m aware there’s an agency called NOA. This agency must be dusted and kept running. Full throttle. 
The government must set a tone for a national discourse. They must propagate an all inclusive national agenda. 
While the orienters get busy, there must be clear evidences that the government is working; 
Jobs, roads, befitting schools and hospitals, prompt emergency response, electricity food subsidy etc. must be available ACROSS the country and ‘offline’. 
There must also be a befitting prisonyard for them who by the mass of their theft, the weight of their hate and space of their intolerance, are bent on threatening Nigeria’s smoothsail. 
It’s that serious. 
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade is a strategic communication expert. He loves good governance and responsible citizenry. 

August 22nd, 2017
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The Prez is back; What’s next? 

The Prez is back; What’s next? 

By, Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

President Muhammadu Buhari is probably the most loved Nigerian leader of all time. His relationship with the bigger mass of the citizenry justifies the belief that love is unconditional. 
Yet, some will argue that the pillaging of the country’s commonwealth by successive administrations (military or democratic) had created  resentment in the hearts of the people, and that anyone perceived to have a reputation of decorum, modesty or discipline would naturally win the masses’ trust. Well, I don’t get their point. And I don’t think I’ll love it. 
Some also posit that because the nation at this time has an abysmally low supply of this virtue on its political space, a Buhari can easily be dusted, packaged and sold. Well, don’t jealous him, I insist. 
I however ensure that I get a ‘take home’ from their arguments. This is particularly for my demography; the youth. The fact that corrupt people admit that honesty pays is something to cheer up for. Hear this; your honesty will someday pay. 
Yes we’re happy our preferred alternative is back. And the Buhari effect is really strong. But, sadly, people who have legitimate interest and questions may be having their voices lost to the cacophony. In some cases, they might be bullied into silence. 
If a hundred day absentia can elicit massive amounts of celebration it must also generate actionable concerns. And these questions must not be flagged down or labeled as inappropriate. 
So while the celebration lasts, the returnee Commanda must warm up not only for duty, but also for frank and intense civil engagements. He owes his employers some audience and some explaining. 
Our love for celebrities on the social arena often places on them the responsibility to ‘serve’ us their bests. It makes them strive to do more. It puts them on their toes, makes them know that we have expectations. When they leave this responsibility derelict, they fade. 
The several million Nigerians who voted the Prez to power, and who have shown him overwhelming and what some see as undeserved love, have expectations. 
Every empty and unhelpful affection must be shed. 
Folks must get real with Mr. President. The Baba, too, if he loves them back, must get real with them. He must be real with Nigeria and Nigerians – his employers. 
To be real with you Mr. Buhari, there’s no point subjecting your beautiful reputation to some parliamentary slights before Nigeria’s unarmed robbers here in Abuja (apology to Obj) on account of not being fit. These guys have a way of being good at their job sometimes, you know? If the energy in you can no longer power the office you occupy, please do the needful. This is on one hand. 
On the other hand, Prez, you have been certified fit by the British infirmary – this is the report that I choose to believe – and you’re back, full throttle! It must therefore be loud in your heart that Nigeria has a pressing expectation. We now want a pause to coordination. We want to be presided over. Let there be a country once again. 
Massive job creation, security, restructuring. Internal cohesion, education, refinery. What ailed you and how much it cost me are questions I hope to have you answer in as clear term as possible. Devoid of Femi, Garba and Lai effects. 
I dare to make the following demands because I trust your civility as gentleman president – a converted democrat. I know that unlike a certain mass of your loyalists, you understand precisely what duty you signed up for. 
You, Mr. Buhari, are a fine gentleman. Kind, competent, firm and loyal. 
You’re my president, you’re my employee. They’re not. 
Welcome back! 
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade is a strategic communication expert. Loves politics but loves good governance some more. He plays, writes and travels. 
Sat 19th Aug, 2017. 
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America and her new Hate 

America and her new Hate! 
The savagery being visited on blacks by the alt-right betrays, no, exposes America’s spoofy civilization. Her pretensions to civilization, tolerance and multiculturalism has finally expired. 
A sad wake of dirty hate and brazen racial grandeur has dawned. The smokescreen has cleared off. Now we see, the whole world. A.I can see and so can ISIS. New York (for the UN) and so is Pyongyang. The Red Cross can see the blood in your hands, so can B/Haram. We all can see your shame. The whole world can see the true you, O America. 
It’s no Trump thing. It’s merely the sad side of the US that all of us pretended no longer exist. It has been around for as long as history can trace. And Trump himself is only a mere beneficiary of this dysfunction. The very mad dysfunction. 
The BLM, cried that their ‘Lives Matter’ the world said they were crying wolf. I’m sorry guys. I never really saw your fears. 
I wish corruption in Africa was not this terrible, home would have been home for for blacks to return. The remainders of our murdered lots would have walked back home in dignity. But back here corruption is competitive. 
Sad that the US, as we know it, is ceasing to exist. She is imploding! 
America, why do you chose to die this way? We love you. Don’t die! 
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade is a strategic communication expert. He plays, writes and travels. 
13th August, 2017

Nigeria and her penchant for the Die Minutes; by Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

Some of the little understanding I can glean from brilliant commentaries is that almost everyone will manifest some corrupt attributes under a bad system. This is why serious societies painstakingly design their systems and institutions as watertight as possible. This is why individuals are seldom seen as messiahs. 
Pray Nigeria recognizes that her institutions must be, brought down and redesigned in the frankest terms possible. 
She should quit the deceits, embrace the expedients. 
It is better to have a well thought out disruption of the statusquo with a view and preparedness and truth to fix all the bugs, than be disrupted by the inevitable – the time bomb. 
But wait, when has Nigeria fixed a road, a bridge, students hostels, office equipment, terror groups, desertification, population growth until a significant damage has occurred? 
Poor observation. Haven’t we always managed? 
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

17th August, 2017

Your Vision, Hold on, hold Tightly On. By: Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

On matters relating to your goals; you must remain on your guard at all times. 
The curse of giving up can sometimes be very creepy. It can be cryptic. It often defies simple logic. This is why you look back today and laugh at how silly it was to have wanted to give up. 
I wasn’t doing badly as an undergraduate – at least there were times when I was slightly above average – the going was good. Yes there were pockets of challenges but the joy that laid ahead was stronger. 
I also had great friends who were passionate about the prospects of higher education. Exciting as those moments were, thoughts of giving up inexplicably reared up on my mind – they crept in! How they did I can’t figure. I’d spend hours on the internet scouring for ‘opportunities’ that provided quick fixes. I was literally on the verge of dumping my dream for cheaper and quicker alternatives. (I know some close friends won’t believe this, thanks for believing in me, guys). 
I laugh today as *Clarence tells me how he almost dumped his MSc program in a prestigious university. While as an undergraduate I wanted to dump school for the police, *Clarence wanted Lagos. Just Lagos! 
The goal of getting a university degree is something I knew God really laid in my heart – something for which I had given up a lot of things. Despite this, things refused to be roundly rosy, they didn’t flow seamlessly. So I had to encourage myself with the reach supply friendship God gave me, and the ultimate goal. 
Don’t be duped, no matter how divine your calling is, very funny situations would rear up once in a while. Focus on your goal. 
Truth is, pursuing your dreams is expected to be exciting, and yes it has to. It should be the most exciting feeling in the world. But hey!, you’d find it somewhat boring at times. And at such time you may begin to consider giving up or looking at an alternative goal. Please never ever give in. Those times don’t last. 
I’m giving this charge because my heart bleeds each time I hear people drop off their dreams. You’ve probably heard or seen undergraduates quitting their studies, graduate students abandoning their PhD programs, writers burning their manuscripts, pastors quitting, SMEs, coaches/teachers fleeing, spouses filing for divorce… the sad list is endless. 
Whenever you’re in such a time, and a corner of your eye/mind is suggesting a ‘quick’ or ‘attractive’ alternative to your vision, just know that ‘they have come’. I assume you’ve written down your vision, so get back to it – re-read and try to relive the excitement that you had when you first received it. 
Keep your eyes on the goal, look inward, receive help from ABOVE and keep moving. 
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade is a Strategic Communication expert. He plays, talks, writes, and travels. 

Gratitude is Therapeutic. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

Gratitude is Therapeutic. 
Man has an interesting habit of longing for stuffs. With bated breath we expect one form of good or the other to manifest to and for us. 
We anticipate one degree of progress and success to dawn. We’re always hoping something ‘clicks’. We hinge our joys, fulfillment and satisfaction over and across some horizon. 
While it is not wrong to exhibit some form of anticipation for what the future really holds, the fact that we’re so fixated on what is anticipated at the expense of the potentially enormous joys of the present shows something is damn wrong. 
This neglect of our birds at hand is a major undoing that has made most lives extremely miserable. 
How very true that we cannot get away with our failure to appreciate the little things we’ve been blessed with. We pay for it with our health, our self esteem and our very core! 
Now is the time to quit treating our blessings as though they’re not ours to enjoy. We must quit being too familiar with what we’ve got. You and I have just got to stop trivializing our personal and corporate good. We must take them for granted no more. 
So, give thanks for your teeth, and if the teeth have gone give thanks for the gum and even if the gum is acting up, thank God you’re still around to watch it act. 
Be thankful. Celebrate what you have. They’re not cheap. No THEY ARE NOT! 
And guess what, until you celebrate those little things, that joy across the horizon would remain an illusive pot of gold. A fleeting illusion. 
Oshaloto, Joseph Tade is a strategic communication expert. He plays, writes and travels. 
14th August, 2017

Our CTs Countrywide. By Oshaloto, Joseph Tade 

For some time now I have been trying to write a piece about the great work our Children Teachers are doing countrywide. 
The temptation to make light their contributions is widespread. Adults have their eyes on the so called big issues like politics, the National Minimum Wage, power supply, security, APC, PDP etc. at the expense of these little cuties and their teachers. 
We are lamely dragging our carts before the horse. 
So, when my friend Deborah Attah invited me to like a page Raising Goldly Children, I became all the more enthused with the incredible contributions of these unsung heroes. 
I love children. It gives me great joy to tickle (can’t remember the spelling jare) them to laughter, I love to be the one to take them around and to trick them to eat. I enjoy ‘longer throating’ their nuts, cookies, icecream, and their noodles sometimes. While I form for you adults I’m so vulnerable to kids. Lol. 
Though I have big love for children, I’m not necessarily a great children teacher. So I don’t choke the space with my lack of competence. However, my sentiment towards our CTs is great respect and admiration. 
I have nephews and nieces with enormous amounts of energy. I know what big work it is for their teachers to contain them without harming their confidence and self esteem. 
I must give it up for every single person, group or organization who has chosen to function in this strategic department. I am sure you derive your job satisfaction from the understanding that your service is to God, primarily. 
So far, our churches have been very fantastic for the kids. Many with the means have now come to the rescue – establishing schools and charging very modest fees. 
Thanks for manning this strategic gate. 
I hope the desire to make more money would not compromise this particular ministry. I truly so hope. 
How can I forget folks whose hearts are large enough to conceive the idea of starting orphanages. Today, God’s Will Orphanage Anyigba comes to mind. 
There are hundreds of others across the country. No matter the religion you currently profess, you guys are ‘christian’. Christ is compassionate and he loves children. 
Finally, to you our Children Teacher, I just want to celebrate you. You are God’s masterpiece. You’re God’s Generals. 
My own big brother Abolade Davidst is a CT in his local church; to everyone who functions in similar capacity elsewhere in schools, communities, organizations etc., 
You guys rock!