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Have you ever wondered while gazing up to the sky as large as it seems, why only few gets the chance to get the top? Opportunities are here and there but only few gets to be celebrated. Yes, I know you must have thought about it at least once, perhaps that’s how you landed on this page. I have many times too, so you’re not alone. Everyone living finds themselves doing something at some point in their lives to make a living for themselves. Hence, the purpose of our engagements(such as job, study, circular responsibilities, social services, an office, etc) is to get rewarded in return. In fact it is understandable that such reward for a job done has been the driving force for which life keeps moving because without those rewards, there will be nothing called job in the first place.

Therefore in this article I’ll discuss the difference that commitment makes in the class of reward for a job-well-done. I’ll also site different instances of people and places where commitment has made a difference when it comes to getting a prize. Although everyone living for a particular something gets a reward for what they do, this is liken to the essence of life because without it there will be nothing to live for at all.

In a lighter vein, we’ll first discuss the nature of commitment. But before we do, what does commitment mean in essence? Merrian Webster defined “Commitment as the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something.” It is your devotion to a cause, purpose, dream, job, duty, an office, etc.

The special thing about commitment is that it burns you like a fire; the passion that gives satisfaction to doing a particular thing so much that you cannot but do it with all joy and with all seriousness even when it’s not convenient. You always want to do your best at that thing to the point that you barely know how to do nothing better. When it becomes all your life, even though there is room for other things like family, you still recognize your priorities and you give more time, because this is your life, this is who you are.

Another interesting thing about commitment is that you do not need motivation when you’re devoted because you believe, even when your pairs call you names like “freak” “Overzealous” “nerd” your success at what you do is enough motivation for you to keep you going but “success is not just a finish line in your endeavor, it’s a pathway”. But frankly speaking, even in your devotion to a particular cause, you’ll still encounter glitches on the way, though difficulties are only indications that you’re on the right path but if the road is too smooth then you’re probably walking into a trap.

A student devoted to studies won’t have it all rosy for him/her like it’s a vacation. Frankly speaking “it’s more difficult to learn than to teach,” my professor would say. For someone of his level of experience and expertise, I can accept without an iota of doubt that he must be sure of what he’s talking about. “This is not to scare you but to prepare you for what’s to come” he said in one of his classes at the beginning of the semester in my first year in the university.

But I’ve come to realize that your devotion to that which adds to your essence always pay off. A committed student is bound to expect good result because the yardstick about commitment is that it becomes your character. It tend to reflect every other aspect of your life.

Sadly, commitment can come with pain, that you become weak and feeble. You might even see only yourself and you’re so alone. When this happen, that is not the end but the beginning of greatness, the starting point of a new level so its normal for it to be painful at the beginning of that stage in your life. Below are some of the African icons in history whose commitment earned them the prizes they deserved.

Desmond Tutu, a renowned activist who dedicated his life to fight to see that South Africa becomes a democratic country and just society without racial division and despite violent attacks committed against the black population, he would adhere to a nonviolent line and encouraged the application of economic pressure by countries dealing with the apartheid authorities. The Anglican clergy who fought against apartheid in his country won the 1984 Nobel Price for Peace.

Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist was referred to as someone “who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.” The Abeokuta born won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, he was the first black African to win a Nobel Prize in literature and also has a long history of fighting for social justice and human rights both in Nigeria and abroad.

Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat, was the secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997-2006. He was the co-recipient, along with the UN, of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Peace in the centennial year of the Nobel Committee. He was commended for his commitment to struggle to the spreading of the HIV virus in Africa.

South African writer J.M. Coetzee, is seen in this undated photo. Coetzee has won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature, it was announced Thursday Oct. 2, 2003. (AP Photo)

John Maxwell Coetzee, a South African author who was the winner of 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was recognized for developing a style that “in guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider” The Swedish Academy commended the author as a “scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilization”. Born in Cape Town in 1940, Coetzee won the Booker Prize for 1983’s Life & Times of Michael K before. Over a decade later, he became the first author to win the prestigious British literary award twice with 1994’s Disgrace.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, The first woman freely elected as a head of state in Africa, Johnson Sirleaf took on the leadership of Liberia in 2006 at a time when it was still seeking to heal deep divisions and rebuild infrastructure following a devastating civil war. Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women”, along with her compatriot Gbowee and Yemen’s Karman.

Serge Haroche, a Moroccan-born French scientist, was a co-recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with US physicist David Wineland. The commitment of the two scientists (who worked separately) paved the way for experiments in the field of quantum physics, after showing how individual quantum particles may be observed without being destroyed. They were recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for developing “ingenious laboratory methods” that allowed them to manage, measure and control fragile quantum states.

And many more but to mention a few in history, these patriotic men and women who were rewarded for their commitment to what they do best, as a result of their consistent contributions and devotion. They got recognized and we rewarded for it and today, their names have gone into history because of their persevering patriotism and commitment to the society through their works.

Those who are not driven with passions cannot be committed, it’s difficult. Some people can’t just be committed because they found themselves in the wrong environment and field of discipline, this has happen to many and can happen to anyone who fails to quickly relate to what really drives their passion. On the quest to get established with one’s dream job in a beautiful environment with attractive salary, people sacrifice their passion for comfort and satisfaction tailored by pressure from family or/and friends around, with the aim of making them fit in to their immediate society. But the people of old times dared to chase what drove their passion that they never got tired even in old age.

No matter what you choose to do in life as a contribution to better living and a better society driven by passion, people will come to reckon with you sooner or later. Maxwell was known for brutal criticism but because he was driven with passion so that people saw through his sincerity, he was rewarded severally for it. He obviously earned it knowing fully well that it’s a difficult thing to stand alone, to stand out and be indifferent among multitude.

Mandela served jail term form 27years for fighting against apartheid in south Africa, but his suffering was not in vain as he was able lay a Democratic foundation for his people, no wonder his was worshipped.

Things will not always be rosy, you might experience rejection, but as far you enjoy what you do, you understand why you do what you do, then don’t stop because you’ll soon be a model that others will come to follow. Imagine the contribution of people like Serge Haroche, his breakthrough in Quantum Physics opened door to advance technology. That’s a model.

You can be one too as long as you can find that which drives your passion and do it tirelessly, is it a new invention that no one believes in? or a contribution to art, is it science or entrepreneur. Whatever you find yourself doing without getting tired of it, whether or not you’re paid for it, do it with all diligence. Many research work became a success because of committed scholars. Remember success is not just the finish line, it’s your pathway. So don’t stop, move forward, there no limit to what you can achieve.
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Poem: My Identity, My fear

I came from a world
Where my identity is my pain
They say I am a little girl
I am so feeble

I came from a world
Where my identity aches me
They say I’m a woman
I am as fragile as an egg
I can only offer food, feeds and feelings

I came from a world
Where my colour is my fear
They say I’ m black as a charcoal
Is my heart as black as they say?
No, they don’t know
That black is the colour of the soil
Soil that multiply seed

My identity, my fear
Fear that frightens my fearless feelings
Of who I am
I have come to accept my selfhood
It is mine, not theirs



Tade looked at the computer screen for the ten thousandth time in six minutes. He had silver round glasses balanced on his nose, and a skin colour two shades darker than charcoal. Ignoring the do not touch sign on the computer, he pulled the monitor closer to his face, and read the single line of text again. It was an email from Jacques Academy.

“Congratulations! You have been accepted to journey with us on this professional journey.” He muttered to himself, fingering each word as he read. He scrolled upwards to confirm that it was truly addressed to him.

He had been accepted to intern with Jacques Academy as a writer. This position had been applied for by over sixty thousand professional writers, and the school picked only a hundred each year. It was the third most difficult organization to intern, while Google and Microsoft topped the table as first and second respectively. Yet, Tade had been chosen as the seventy sixth student.

Tade had been chosen to intern, even though he had been writing the acceptance essay for only two years.

“The third year will be different,” Tade had proclaimed to his parents, after they tried to force him to thwart his plans for the internship, and pursue a ‘more realistic’ goal. His parents wanted him to carry on with the family business, and keep the sewing materials shop running even after they died, but Tade was defiant. He pleaded for one more chance. The final chance. The third try. Maybe three is truly a charm. Who knows?

One thing that was more sure than three being a charm, was that Tade always took his chances, even when the chances neared zero. He was always the optimistic one, looking beyond barriers, and seeing beyond dark clouds.
Eight years ago, he became an intern with the Jacques Academy, and today, he received his most prestigious award by being the second Nigerian to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, for redefining the literature world of Nigeria, and Africa as a whole.

He chose to take his chances, refusing to settle, just like Barack Obama, did. He took his chances, and so could you, because as it was to Tade, so it could be to you too.

Three might not be your lucky charm. Maybe it’s sixteen. Take your chance. Don’t give up yet.

Life is a road, cracked open like an egg. Seize it. Fry it. Eat it. It’d be one monster omelette.

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What’s new? The imbalance!

Seen a father impregnate his own daughter? Seen a housewife kill her husband because of money? Seen a pastor involved in rituals? Yea, I’ve seen it too.

Seen a whole community wiped out in a tinkle of an eye? Seen a relationship of years spill into the drain in few seconds? Seen secondary school students kill themselves over meaningless things? Yea, I’ve seen such too!

When people say life no balance, to an extent, it is true. You see things everyday and you agree that life no balance. After the 9 months struggle, labor room drama and everything, a mother still manages to kill her own child. Over what, maybe an argument or something.

Some things happen everyday and when you see something you’ve not seen before add it to the list of things you’ve seen and move on. “You see this life ehn, the only thing wey fit shock me is if I mistakenly touch a naked wire.”

You’ve been praying for something for a very long time and sorry you’ve not gotten it and there’s someone somewhere who’s not expecting that same thing you want and gets it. You wonder where you’ve gone wrong, no you’re not wrong. Its just to tell you that life no balance.

Even the scriptures made us understand that our own thinking is different totally from that of God. So you see either positively or negatively, life no balance.

The bottom line is for us all is to know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

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