KEEPING HOPE ALIVE

It’s almost 2022. In fact, it’s 2022 in some places. One of my friends in Australia has already told us the future. So, we are looking forward to us all, everyone listening to this, I am prophesying that you are entering 2022 and in grand style. Yes, I am sure of that. That is what is going to happen.

So, how has your week been? My week has been very full. Both my helps went home. They are from Benin Republic. They went home for the Christmas. So, it’s has just been me, and four children, with two sick at the same time. So, I don’t know. I have been like, the only time that I have seen my make up were the time I had to come for this show. It’s just been like, I have been nanny plum al this week and then, I don’t know. And then, I feel good. I feel good because it’s lots of opportunity to teach my kids to be better and more productive members of the society. I tell them, you can’t be eating and living rent free, and not wanting to do anything in this house. We’ve had lots of complaints, but I have seen some progress. Somebody is in charge of breakfast. Somebody is in charge of lunch. Somebody is in charge of dinner.

That brings me to our topic for today, “Keeping Hope Alive”.

I am keeping hope alive for them. You what?! In the future, you are going to thank me. And you know what, it actually worked. Because I remember that when the pandemic started, it was December 2019., when we were all told, oh, we need to stop doing all of that. I remember sending my nanny home, and the other help that I had. For the nanny has been with us 5 years, and the kids had to doing things by themselves. And trust me, they entered secondary school that next year, it was the next year, yes. And they were like stars at school. Because we were stocked at home by ourselves. Then, I had to teach them how to do stuffs for themselves, wash their bathrooms, make their beds, and so, secondary school was like a breath. These are children who have had everything done for them and the with covid 19 with all the attendant lock down, lock in, and all what not.

We had the opportunity to bond as a family. We had the opportunity to grow the kids, you know and all of that. So, you see, there is always a silver lining in every situation. Always, always a silver lining. So, I am super thankful.

So, I won’t stop reminding you all, covid 19 is still here. We are entering the third year of covid 19. 2022 is a third year of 2019. But things are good. Things are better. At least, we have a vaccine now. “Osi ndio digbo”, once they have problems, they have solutions. We’ve been dealing with Ebola, and the rest of them. We still don’t have a cure, but as soon as it affects a white man, they come up with solutions. And I want us to be solution driven in 2022. I don’t want us to focus on problems. I want us to focus on solutions. Solutions! Solutions!! Solutions!!!

So, even though a lot of things happened in 2021; the death of the Chief of Staff, more recently, the death of Sylvester and all of that. I want us to take that as an opportunity. Bad things will happen, we can prevent them. But, when they do happen, what do we do? What are the solutions?

You know, there was ban of twitter, which you know, I am not talking about, we don’t have that back, but there is also lots of negativity that social media perpetrate. So, a lot of false information. I could just sit in my bedroom and come with a story somebody’s else will run with it. And what’s worst is, you know, many people ain’t even thinking through, there are a lot of people who normally, will be called upon to speak up on a particular issue, and we all just have free reign over our keypads, over our keyboards, and we just start going cho cho cho cho cho. This person said this, this person, so, instead if us complaining, this one is not good, that one is bad, blah blah blah.

I am encouraging us in 2022 to be more solution driven.

If you speak Hausa, or you are part of a group or you have a group of friends or families of speak Huasa, remember that our Things Dey Happen radio drama is still ongoing in Hausa Language. Hit us up on our handles, @csr_n_action, across the different social media platforms, and you will see the times it’s been aired.

Like we said, we are Keeping Hope Alive. If you want to call us, you’re going to tell us everything that you are thankful for in the year that just ended. Everything that you’re looking forward to in the year 2022. There is a lot of for a where you say, oh you know, my aspiration for 2022, my goals are to do XYZ, but whilst that is good, that is not actually our focus.

What are you doing to keep hope alive? That can be part of your response. Do call us on 0700-923-923-923. Again, it’s 0700-923-923-923 on The Good Citizen Show with Bekeme, as we remind ourselves that we are good and productive citizens of our great country Nigeria.

So, if you’d remember, at the beginning of this year, I think January 1 was a Friday, right?! Beginning of this year. The show at the time was at 8:30pm. I had been to the studio, and I was on my back, or rather, I had talked in the studio about all the great plans we should have, how we should be positive into the New Year, and the worst thing happened to me. I have been in Lagos all of my life. For decades, I have lived in Lagos, and I have never had any incident with robbery, or burglary, or anything personally. Once, maybe once, somebody came in through our living room window while we were sleeping when I was a child, took our television set, and that was it. And then on this particular day, after being hyped up by you our callers, and all of that, I was on my way home, and this guy came and rapt on my window. I was there, my assistant was there on my right-hand side, and I see somebody ranting on my window and saying, “Madam! Madam!!”. Ah! Ah!! I looked and this guy is acting like he is pointing a gun at me. I was in shock. I was petrified. Thankfully, I still had my faculty around me, and I didn’t wind down. And I didn’t do anything. I just pretended not to see him. I looked away towards her and I pretended like I was talking to her. Alright. And after a while, he was wondering, why is she so calm? You know, this people target women, and he probably thought I was an easy target. Why is she so calm? Stayed like that, before you know it, he moved forward to the next. He first went back under culvert and then he came back to the car in front of me. And that car within seconds, they just relinquish it. I just saw them handing things like phone and everything across to them.

What was instructive about the whole thing was, even though, I was truamatised by all of these, like I said, I did suffer PTSD with concern. I couldn’t sleep for days, because the traffic was bad. We didn’t move for like 10 mins from that stuff. The man for some reason didn’t break my window or anything like that. And then, I am alive. I was afraid, but I overcame. I almost didn’t go out for the longest time. I was avoiding it.

So, here I am. Things have happened. And things continue to happen for me. And the year has been full of many highs and many lows. Quite disappointing numbers of lows. I have dreamt big, and I have surprised at the outcome of some of these dreams.

Ah, 2022, I am sure it’s going to be better. So, you can call me on 0700-923-923-923. Again, it’s 0700-923-923-923 to tell us what you’re doing to keep Hope Alive. What are you doing to keep hope alive?

Nigerians don’t fall my hand. They said, we are the happiest people in the world, right?! What are you doing to keep hope alive? If you are doing something, do call us on, 0700-923-923-923. You are listening to The Good Citizen Show.

Alright! We are going to take a short break on The Good Citizen Show. When we come back, we will keep up with the topic, “Keeping Hope Alive”.

We will be right back.

(Break)

Hello guys. Welcome back to The Good Citizen Show. It’s been me, Bekeme aka Mummy G. O. trying to keep hope alive, trying to encourage us that 2022 is as good a year, better year than 2021.

I do want to use this opportunity to remind us of some fantastic highlight of 2021, in case you’ve forgotten.

(Call comes in)

Bekeme: Hello

Caller: Hello Bekeme

Bekeme: Hello. Ndidi, is that you?

Caller: Yes

Bekeme: Hi Ndidi. It’s been such a long time. I have missed you. What happened?

Caller: I missed you too. I have been out of Lagos.

Bekeme: Oh! Wow. You are having a good time. Where did you go?

Caller: Ogun State

Bekeme: Ogun State? I thought you went down to the east. What’s happening in Ogun State?

Caller: well, right now. I am in Lagos for a bit, for the new year celebration.

Bekeme: Yes! Yes!!

Caller: I want to thank God for this year

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: You know? God really answers prayers. Because of the Covid issue and everything and happened, there were lost of jobs. And I was affected.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: I remember we had that conversation.

Bekeme: Yes, I was affected, and I was trying one thing or the other not to be idle. So, luckily this year, I got another job in Ogun State. I just have to go

Caller: Oh! Wow! Congratulations. In Ogun state. You don’t know where your blessings will come from. Congratulations. And then, you have to grab it with both hands.

Bekeme: Yes, I did oh

Caller: I went there without even knowing where I was going to stay. Without knowing, I just went there with faith.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: Gd answers prayers. God answers prayers. Honestly, I went there nit knowing where to sleep that very day.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: But God used somebody to connect me, and I was giving another accommodation to stay.

Bekeme: Oh! Praise the lord. Congratulations.

Caller: God is awesome. Just like that

Bekeme: Yes

Caller: accommodation to sleep that night. In short, God has been Faithful.

Bekeme: Yes

Caller: God has been faithful.

Bekeme: Yes

Caller: (Voice becomes inaudible) has been very good. I really want to thank God for it

Bekeme: Amen.

Caller: I want God

Bekeme: Thank you. Thank you, Lord.

Caller: And I am in Lagos right now. I just came in yesterday

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: I just came in today to spend the holiday with my family. They’ve missed me a lot and I missed them too.

Bekeme: (Laughs)

Caller: Thankful to say this, I am looking forward to 2022.

Bekeme: What are you looking forward to in 2022? Anything in particular.

Caller: I am looking forward to, maybe starting something little and watch it grow.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: (voice becomes inaudible). I just want to start little and just see how it grows.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: But, I want to take that fear off and start little, and watch it grow

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: I believe God will let it grow.

Bekeme: Amen. So, shall it be, from your mouth to God’s ears

Caller: Amen (Laughs)

Bekeme: Thank you so much for calling. Happy New Year. I wish you an awesome new year and I hope to stay in touch. More good news coming.

Caller: Amen

Bekeme: Amen

Caller: Thanks

Bekeme: Alright, my dear. Thank you for Calling for The Good Citizen Show.

(Call ends)

Alright! That was Ndidi. And it has been such a long time. I really mussed to talking to her.

(Call Comes in)

Bekeme: Hello

Caller: Good evening, mu my G. O.

Bekeme: Good evening. Thank you for calling, what’s your name?

Caller: My name is Ayodeji. How are you doing?

Bekeme: I am very well Ayodeji. Did you call last week?

Caller: Yes, I did

Bekeme: Okay

Caller: Yeah. I thought you said you were going to get back to me.

Bekeme: Ah! Ah!! We haven’t gotten back to you? Kelvin?

Caller: Ayodeji

Bekeme: I know your name is Ayodeji. My colleague, Kelvin, was suppose to sort you immediately and I approved for you to be sorted out immediately.

Caller: No

Bekeme: So, I am surprised to hear i. you see how they are falling my hand on radio. Chai, Ayodeji.

Caller: I just want to call your attention to it.

Bekeme: Ah! Thank you so much.

Caller: I don’t know why. It’s been approved. Full week, it was approved the very next day for it to be disburse to you. I am so sorry that you haven’t received it. I am committing to today, the latest, tomorrow, you will get it. A promise is a debt. Okay.

(Call ends)

Thank you so much for calling, Ayodeji. Kelvin, I feel like calling you to the radio to explain yourself to our listeners. We are Good Citizens. You are falling our hands here. Thank you so much Ayodeji for calling. You will definitely get it, so you don’t have to follow up. I’m really sorry about that.

And thank you again to Ndidi for calling. She was such a regular. No wonder I haven’t heard from Ndidi in a while. And I’m so happy for her. I’m so happy when people are able to take opportunities. She didn’t say, Oh God, I have been asking these from you, from a particular way, I wanted it in Lagos, or I wanted it in VI in this particular area of Lagos.

But you know? If they call me I Ogun State, I am not interested and all of that. We’ve got to be willing to take that opportunity, to grab it with both hands.

(Call comes in)

Bekeme: Hello

Caller: Good evening

Bekeme: Good evening. What’s your name, please?

Caller: my name is Kunle

Bekeme: Hello, Kunle. Thank you for calling The Good Citizen Show. My name is Mummy G. O. How can I help you today? What are you doing to keep hope alive?

Caller: Okay. I just want to share this testimony of the goodness of God in my life

Bekeme: Praise the Lord

Caller: Hallelujah

Bekeme: Good ahead

Caller: For God surpassed my expectations

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: and then, I must say, he proved to me again, he is the almighty God

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: I think that before this year, what I have been struggling to achieve and without planning it

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: it came to pass in my life

Bekeme: Amen! Thank you, Lord

Caller: this year, my son finished secondary school

Bekeme: Congratulations

Caller: Thank you! Thank you!! And he came out with flying colours.

Bekeme: Amen to that

Caller: Not only that, but he was also able to secure admission in one of the notable prestigious higher institutions in Nigeria.

Bekeme: Wow. That is what we are talking about

Caller: Okay. The testimony of them all, I have shared it, I think this is the third time I am sharing it on the air

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: two of my children, I dropped them, that was in November

Bekeme: Right

Caller: Parked

Bekeme: Ah

Caller: at the (voice becomes inaudible) for them to board a bus to the juncture of their school

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: in a bid for them not to be late for the school, they came down from the bus. They entered another one, that will drop them somewhere for them to enter another bus.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: on joining the last bus, that will pick them to the school, they said two strange men just came in, that they are policemen, and the vehicle is under arrest.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: they were on top speed, taking them to an unknown destination. On getting to the juncture of the school, they called them, they will get to the juncture where they will alight, they didn’t listen to them.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: Other passengers in the bus, one woman at the front according to them, was trying to drag the steering with the driver

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: As God will have it, there was a checkup at the front. That was how two of my children were able to escape, what up to now I don’t know it is ritual killers

Bekeme: Hmmm Hmmm. So, did the police checkup stop them?

Caller: Yes, when they got to police checkup, they stopped them, they raised alarm inside the bus, the police came into their rescue. The two men who claimed to be policemen, they jumped down from the bus and they ran away

Bekeme: No. they were definitely kidnappers of some sort.

Caller: I just give glory to God.

Bekeme: That is the biggest testimony indeed.

Caller: This has happened to some people to some people in the same Nigeria

Bekeme: Yes

Caller:  and the children are nowhere to be found, either dead or alive.

Bekeme: Yes

Caller: I did not pay a single dime for God to rescue them

Bekeme: Hmmm. It’s His grace and favour

Caller: You know? On that faithful day, I couldn’t eat when I (voice becomes inaudible)

Bekeme: Hmmm. All glory to God. Indeed, I think children are the greatest miracle and for such deliverance for your children, that is amazing. That is so amazing. Congratulation sir. And thank you so much for calling on The Good Citizen Show again

(Call ends)

As he was just talking, I was just, in my head when I am happy, and I can’t express it. I burst into song. And I was just thinking (Bekeme sings). And my favourite this year, before I do anything, when I just think of anything is Timi Dakolo’s song, is it Amen or what is the title of the song? I call it Amen. I know it’s something else. Even my little 4-year-old son know that song now. (Bekeme sings).

As in, forget. When I sing it, I believe it. And that’s how I am entering 2022. Like, anything, I put my hand, e go work. In the name of the Lord, my own name will open doors. Amen. And I say, amen to that.

You know? This testimony he just giving us of deliverance for his child. Kunle who called. It’s amazing, like he said, I have been following the disappearance of Magley Meghan for almost 20 years.

(Call comes in)

Bekeme: Hello

Caller: Hello. Mummy G. O. Good evening.

Bekeme: Hello. Thank you for calling The Good Citizen Show. What’s your name?

Caller: Good evening, Mummy G. O.

Bekeme: Good evening, I can hear you. Can you hear me?

Caller: I can hear you. This is Humphrey

Bekeme: Hello Humphrey. Thank you for calling The Good Citizen Show. What’s up? What are you doing to keep hope alive?

Caller: Well, we thank God for everything. Today is the end of the year 2021. And God has been with us.

Bekeme: Yes oh

Caller: I am looking forward for a greater 2022

Bekeme: Amen oh. Amen. So shall it be.

Caller: Amen

Bekeme: As you believe it, Amen. Amen

Caller: Amen

Bekeme: Amen

Caller: Meanwhile, last week,

Bekeme: Are you one of those who Kelvin has fallen my hand about? Humphrey, did we promise last week?

Caller: Yes, I called him. Kelvin called me. I gave him all the details and yet, nothing has been done

Bekeme: Okay! I am going to give you Kelvin’s personal number, so you’d (laughs). I’m just joking, Humphrey. I’m so sorry

Caller: I have his personal number. I think he called me

Bekeme: He called you, ehen?

Caller: (voice becomes inaudible)

Bekeme: Like, I committed to Ayodeji earlier, today or tomorrow at the latest, I even ask before we came on air. I hope this thing has been done. You know, the instruction was, give them that very day. People need to enjoy heir Christmas with this. But we are all trying to be Good Citizen. Don’t worry. Kelvin will be better in 2022. And I take full responsibility as well. Thank you so such for calling. We will ad the one thousand naira, you use to call us today, to it.

Caller: (Laughs)

Bekeme: (Laughs)

Caller: Thank you

Bekeme: Thank you, Humphrey. So, Kelvin, remember, Humphrey is now 6k

(Call ends)

You know? We don’t do that. Thank you so much for calling.

(Call comes in)

Bekeme: Hello

Caller: Hello. Mummy G. O. Good evening.

Bekeme: Hello. Good evening. Thank you for calling The Good Citizen Show. What’s your name?

Caller: My name is Joseph. I am calling you from Alapere.

Bekeme: Joseph, right?

Caller: Right

Bekeme: Okay. Definitely, you’re keeping hope alive. Your name alone is testimony. So, what’s up? (laughs)

Caller: I am so much looking forward to 2022.

Bekeme: Are you? It’s lovely

Caller: I started, okay, I ended 2020 on a very low note.

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: I lost my means of income for livelihood in September, ad there was nothing on till January this year

Bekeme: Hmmm

Caller: And so, God has been wonderful. God has been faithful. I am not where I want to be yet, but I am nit where I used to be

Bekeme: Hmmm. So, it’s thanksgiving. Yes.

Caller: That is the thanksgiving of my life.

Bekeme: Thank you so much for calling and for acknowledging, you know, what the Lord has done.

Like we said, you know, Life is a moving target. And that is what you recognize and that positivity keeps on yielding newer and better things for you. As you said, 2022 is going to be a miraculous year for you. You will call us, and you will testify even more, by the grace of the Almighty God. Amen.

Caller: Thank you so much

Bekeme: Thank you so much for calling. And welcome to 2022.

(Call ends)

I am sure that everybody like I have said, who is listening to this, is entering 2022. And you are entering in grand style. And you know, 2021 was an amazing year in different kinds of ways. For us, we launched our radio drama. We continue to get sponsorship to talk to you, to encourage you as Citizen of Nigeria. We managed to pay staff salaries. We won awards, personally and as an organization, CSR-in-Action. We launched a report that have been moribund for 5 years. We turned 11 this year. You know, it grand whole age.

I am very excited for what 2022 brings for us as an organization and for us as Nigerians. I am really looking forward to us, Nigerians, coming more into our own, even as we are about to enter into election seasons.

Thank you so much, everyone whose called and listened to The Good Citizen Show.

My name is Bekeme, aka Mummy G. O.

Do follow us on our social media handles @csr_n_action. And I promise you, 2022 will be great. You just need to believe it. You just need to believe it and it will be well.

You take care now. Till next week Friday. God bless and have a wonderful evening.

Bye.

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