It’s 3 Degrees Outside…

Temi is also on her own computer, and a guest will join us for a brief New Year holiday visit over the next few hours. It’s already 2010 in any country that is 8 or more hours ahead of UK time and there’s so much buzz online and offline – especially on TV – about the end of a year and the beginning of another. It’s actually the end of a decade and the most popular words – as I write this – online include new year, 2009, 2010, eve, resolution, fireworks, etc, and with a few sprinkles of terrorism, Woods and Limbaugh. 2009 is being reviewed and lists of almost anything concievable is being drawn up. And there are tons of wise words making their way across various social media platforms.

In the midst of all these, my mind goes back to the time Temi and I spent praying and discussing this morning. Not that that is an unusual act, but it was special as it marked the first time both of us would be having the usual year-end review as a couple. Each year, I spend the last few days – especially the final hours – reviewing efforts, activities and projected plans for the fading year and planning the emerging year. This year, it was much easier because I started earlier as I had to confirm what my 2010 calendar would look like before leaving Lagos for a well-deserved holiday – and because there were two good heads working on two busy calendars. My mind goes back to the early hours of today when Temi and I discussed the promises that the new decade brings with its arrival.

Speaking of promises, I have always believed that year-end transitions provide a natural opportunity for honest reviews and charting new opportunity paths. Those who are able to sieze the moment to set plans and strategies in place will have better control of what the new year brings, almost regardless of the sure surprises (some not so pleasant) that will come with the new year. The problem with plans is just that – they are plans. There are plans that remain on boards or walls all through the year until they will be replaced by a newer (or better decorated) plan. I do not refer to these; I refer to plans that are supported by a sense of mission, clear strategies towards action and proper checks that allow for evaluation.

It is however important to realise that plans do not exist in isolation. Every plan is subject to the risk of unplanned events or unpredictable circumstances that may wish to change the planned result of any endeavour. They may be anything from simple delays to family emergencies, national inactivity or even tragic acts of nature. While we may be unable to influence certain factors, we must remind ourselves of the fact that we are responsible for our eventual success or failure – and must not prepare blame sheets when we see signs of distress. And in many cases, we can actually fortify our sphere of influence so much that external circumstances have little (or no) effect on the eventual outcome.

As one who takes to the screen for relaxation, I am at this time drawn towards a poem made popular by the new movie that shares its name: Invictus. Written by William Henley in 1875, it was first published in 1888 in Henley’s Book of Verses, and I quote (with Wikipedia as my source) below:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

It’s 3 degrees celcius outside, but with deliberate effort (temperature regulation), we’re enjoying room temperature inside the house. In 2010, you have the opportunity to regulate the temperature of your sphere of influence almost regardless of the temperature just beyond your walls. You are the captain of your soul. Happy New Year!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-27

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-13

  • RT @temiladesesan: E se ibi te ti b’ere / E se ibi te ba de / A dupe o Jesu / Ibi te n mu wa lo… || Say that again! #
  • 9ja, are you ready? Let’s go! Let’s make cybercrime unpopular while providing alternative channels for socio-economic development! #MISSPIN #
  • Nigerian telecommunications regulator, NCC, has asked phone companies to cut rates. SMS will now cost N2 ($0.013). See #
  • RT @cobhamsasuquo: Artistes Gear Up In Collaboration Song Against Cybercrime | Closer to the vision! #
  • MISSPIN website has been updated! Please visit for details: Cobhams-led collabo, ambassadors’ updates, etc #
  • @folasanwo I’m as accessible as the situation demands 🙂 With all the new media platforms, I’m only one eMail, SMS or FB message away. in reply to folasanwo #
  • It’s only 3 days before 5,000 volunteers converge in Lagos for #MushinMakeOver. What are you waiting for? Join at #
  • I’ve said it before and will say it again: #2010 is a really important year for the #Web Industry in #Nigeria. Get ready for exciting stuff! #
  • Punh newspapers has returned to its free online content model. @MobilePunch, is this a move away from the paid content model or a glitch? #
  • @kazey Just checking because there was a similar ‘reversal’ some weeks ago and just when everyone thought it was real, the ‘error’ was fixed in reply to kazey #
  • It’s only 2 days before 5,000 volunteers converge in Lagos for #MushinMakeOver. What are you waiting for? Join at #
  • FB RT: Join the #MushinMakeOver buses from National Stadium, Surulere, on Saturday. Buses leave between 7am and 8am. No African time! – FD #
  • Now that my assignment in Dakar is delivered, time to pack my bag for Lagos. Busy weekend and next week, but a much-deserved holday follows! #
  • At times, when you don’t see Him, it’s because He’s making room for you in another place. Wait for Him, He will invite you in when He’s done #
  • Read “Sing away 419 with Cobhams, MI, Banky W, others” @ It was great seeing MI do his bit for #MISSPIN in the studio! #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-12-06

  • Nigeria in 2010: The pipes are coming, let those who have content prepare them for harvest. And let the hot brains gather as one, it’s time! #
  • @the_anke I’ll only arrive in the UK 15 days after TEDxEuston 🙁 Will follow your tweets, it looks like an event I should follow in reply to the_anke #
  • Inspiring phone conversation with Fela Durotoye. Now let’s start that trend for #MushinMakeOver holding this December 12! #
  • Tell everyone something good starts from Mushin this December, and sign up @ Use the hashtag, #MushinMakeOver. Please RT #
  • @the_anke danke, he’s the kind of person who shouldn’t only get involved, he should also mobilize staff and clients to join #MushinMakeOver in reply to the_anke #
  • What can paint do? Beyond beauty as natural outcome, no one can deny the power of community mobilization! #MushinMakeOver #
  • RT @RedstratNigeria: A couple of hrs to the end of nominations for The Future Awards Season 5. Click on NOMINATE NOW on #
  • In a bid to ridicule the government you don’t like, don’t make the mistake of inviting others to write off the country you love. #NewNigeria #
  • Working on my presentation at the YNL Summit holding this December 3 at OAU Ife. “VACANCY: Today’s Nigerian Youth and the 2020 Opportunity!” #
  • There was a famine… Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. (Gen. 26: 1,12) #
  • @lamikayty Now you’re going to get that station into trouble 🙂 in reply to lamikayty #
  • RT @startupsnigeria: Join the City of Mushin Makeover on Saturday, December 12, 2009 #
  • @temi2004 @hivemaster @loyokezie @takinbo @possicon @atadewunmi, Please check your eMail for an urgent message. Hope to read from you soon. #
  • You can’t understand why I do what I do if you haven’t been through what I’ve tasted – or had to spit out! Live your life, learn from others #
  • ThisDay, this isn’t probably the best time for you to have an error message on your homepage. Webmaster, what’s up? #
  • If you sell, supply or manufacture paint, be smart to support #MushinMakeOver. Attract 5,000 paint buyers, sell for less! #
  • PIN is looking for NGOs that work with secondary school teachers in Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta states. Please contact info[at] #
  • @marclepage Thanks Marc, I’ll look at the link, though we are looking for NGOs (working with government/schools), not schools by themselves. in reply to marclepage #
  • Allow no one look down on you! When (s)he tries to, remind him/her that even zero (0) is powerful. Try overpaying by an extra 0 (eg 1M/10M). #
  • December 7 is the date! Cobhams, Banky W, MI, Rooftop MCs, Modele, Omawumi under 1 roof for da MISSPIN collabo! 9ja, get your B.L.I.N.G. on! #
  • #Ashoka feature story on the eBook, ‘Echoes From Ajegunle’, is at Let their stories inspire you! #Ajegunle #
  • Leaving for Lagos after my presentation at the Young Nigerian Leaders seminar at OAU Ife, and visiting my Year 1 room in Ife, H8 Angola Hall #
  • Microsoft NGO Connection Day: Today is the final day to confirm your participation. See for more details. Don’t miss it. #
  • Real celebrities add brand power to worthy causes! For my first #FF, meet @cobhamsasuquo @bankyw @mi_abaga @omawumi @rooftopmcs @modele_b4h #
  • @the_anke Wish I was too, but I hope I can get a link to the videos. I wonder if she’s seen our eBook, ‘Echoes From Ajegunle’ in reply to the_anke #