agricultural diversification.

agricultural diversification.

The Nigerian government is interested in diversifying the Nigerian economy from a mono-economy to a multi-economy. This will enable the country to stop being dependent on revenue gotten from the oil and gas industry. Unfortunately, before oil was discovered in the Niger Delta in 1958, Nigeria was an agricultural super power. We exported the largest amounts of cocoa in the south western part of the country, palm oil in the south eastern parts and groundnuts and cotton in the northern parts of Nigeria. We were the largest exporters of these listed commodities before the civil war, in Africa, but soon after the civil war ended, misguided leadership from successive military regimes and democratically elected administrations, have led us astray and depended on oil. These misguided leadership, have even assisted corrupt politicians, businessmen, civilians and the military, to steal everything we have and now they desire that we venture into other industries, especially agriculture they left to die.

a modern farm

a modern farm

These people do not know what industrial diversification means. Industrial diversification is a strategy that involves choosing to structure an industry in a manner that promotes involvement in a wide range of revenue producing activities. The goal of any type of industrial diversification is increase the chances of returns by diversifying or spreading assets over a wider range of activities, while also helping to minimize the potential for failure or loss.

As it relates to production operations, industrial diversification has to do with providing goods and services that appeal to multiple markets rather than focusing on a product line that appeals to mainly one market. For example, a company may operate plant facilities that produce clothing items at one location, while also manufacturing bedding and other types of household textiles at another. At times, the diversification may involve completely unrelated products, such as a company that produces a line of office supplies but also has a division focused on the production of televisions and other electrical entertainment devices. The degree of industrial diversification will often be influenced by what owners believe will provide the best possible protection from declines in one market by enjoying corresponding increases in demand in another market.

What this means is that in agriculture, we can diversify the industry, which would increase the returns after we must have spread assets over a wider range of activities. Take for example, palm oil is a major agricultural commodity in the south eastern part of Nigeria, cassava is also a major crop grown in this region. With diversification, agricultural practitioners can introduce new crops like tomatoes, potatoes, groundnuts, beans and the rest of them to the south east and which would improve the economic returns from different value-added crops and marketing opportunities. With the threat of marauding Fulani-herdsmen from the north, who are trying to seize lands down south for cattle grazing, if we truly support agricultural diversification, we can then introduce dairy cattle and other livestock farming in the southern parts of Nigeria. The economic benefits to these idea is huge, but I do not think we have the political will to make this happen. Look at the grazing bill tearing the nation apart, were government want to take lands from all states of the federation and hand it over to Hausa-Fulani herdsmen, the same people who have been killing innocent Nigerians. The same people who have been labeled the fourth most violent terrorist group in the world by Amnesty International.

Industrial diversification can also occur in other industries like, power, transportation, tourism, health, sports, communication, information technology etc. We need our economists, especially the CBN to look more into this.

Agricultural diversification is a success in India. I rest my case.

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President Buhari

President Buhari

Buhari has failed a lot of Nigerians. APC supporters and northern Nigerians, especially the Hausa-Fulani’s, will blindly follow President Buhari. Now he has gone to the U.K to treat and ear infection and news coming in, says that he might extend the 10 days health vacation.

According to a season journalist and evangelist, Femi Aribisala, he beautifully made us understand how bad this present regime is. Let me not bore you. Please visit these two links to read Mr. Femi Aribisala’s articles and understand this joke. There are two parts, below.


disrespectful wife

Gone are the days women and girls had respect for the men in their lives. These days, a girl can so downgrade a boy if he dares as much approach her. If they eventually have a relationship, the odds are ten to one for that lady involved to respect her man. Unfortunately, Nigerian women are more interested in men who can meet their daily needs. They are more interested in having a man who owns the latest tv set, with sound system and a dstv decoder so they can sit and watch Africa Magic all day. He must also have a car and a big flat so that they can invite their girlfriends and they will sit and chat all day about how good the guy is to their friends and tell her how lucky she is and all that, while the dude is working his arse off to impress the girl. When he closes for work, he will buy her sharwama on his way back. Young ladies now at days want more favors from their man and when they don’t get it, they become more disrespectful towards the man.

Recently, Tiwa Savage had a misunderstanding with her husband Tee Bliz, who wanted to commit suicide. The husband rashly accused his wife of committing adultery on instagram, while Tiwa foolishly replied back on a video interview. A couple should know that you do not wash your dirty linen outside, unless you want people to criticize how clean or dirty your linen are? They won’t take sides but they sure will tear you apart! Also, wife battering incidents has increased. A former banker wife was found dead in her home with her husband no were to be seen. He just recently walked into the offices of the police in Alausa, Ikeja and he claims that his wife had been cheating on him. She is dead now and she can’t defend herself. I do not support wife battering of any sort. If my wife cheats on me, I will cheat on her or I just walk out of the relationship. Some spouses drive their mates insane. Men who cheat on their wives, wives who cheat on their husbands, it’s just a vicious circle!

Respect is reciprocal. If a lady needs favors from her man, she should respect him. If a man needs favors from his woman, he too should care for her needs. They should respect each other. Ladies, you need to hold your tongues. Just because you are proud, that don’t mean you should keep your tongue in check!



President Buhari might be a likable man but he has flows. He is handling a situation that has become more sophisticated than he is. In simple language, he is “old school”. The current situation clearly defines what I am talking about.

When Buhari was sworn in as president on May 29th, 2015, his body language made Nigerians to be in line, but when his government showed a little lapse in being unserious in having a cabinet, corruption became bold enough to stand up to him. He has lost the momentum.

President Buhari believes in big government. He thinks that government can do everything. That’s definitely old school, ain’t it?! That is why there is fuel scarcity and fuel is being rationed nationwide. Yet fuel is being sold above the set price in major filling stations in oil producing states and the government is ensuring that fuel is being sold at the national price of #87 in non oil producing states like Lagos. You can’t make the NNPC the sole importers of petroleum products into the country in this day and age. It doesn’t work like that.

I don’t know what this craze is about having a big government. We need to trim down the size of government because the cost of managing governments has gone overboard. Government has no business being in business. The solution to our economic problems lies in privatisation and diversification of the Nigerian economy. Government needs to regulate the economy so that the major players in each industry do not take advantage of Nigerians.

And if Buhari really wants to fight corruption, he needs to use modern means to fight it. Modern technology will make the difference. I am sorry, Buhari will not succeed as a democratically elected president. This is no military regime and if the military dares to interfere in our democratic process because Buhari wants it, there will be dare consequences. There are no “Idiagbon’s” to help him now. Nigeria needs intelligent and creative leaders with vision to make a real “Change” in our country.

Cheta Okorafor


daughter and mother in laws vying to get the attention of the man in their lives.

daughter and mother in laws vying to get the attention of the man in their lives.

While going home from work some days ago, I overheard one lady talking to her friend in a cab about her worrisome mother-in-law. Although she claimed that her relationship with her husband was great, she was not happy with her husband’s “controlling” mother. She stated that her mother-in-law controls her husband like a little child. She calls on him to do everything. She even lives with us right now. He doesn’t spend time with me or the kids. His mother doesn’t allow him to. I am tired of all this. She even gets involved in the decision making in the house. I am just tired. Why can’t she go back to her house and spend time with her husband? I just wonder if I married a man or a boy? He needs to stand up to his mother!

Sincerely speaking, it is the woman’s fault and not her husband. Yeah! The reason why your husband pays so much attention to his mother than you, his lawfully wedded wife, is that she has set requirements and standards he dare not break and you have not. A real man is happy and eager to live by your rules, as long as he knows what the rules are and he is sure that abiding by those rules will keep the woman he loves happy. If you don’t set these rules, he will follow his mothers rules. She was the first woman to tell him what she would and would not accept. He followed her rules because he loves his mother and still does. These rules include respecting her, loving her unconditionally, protecting and providing for the woman who gave him life. He will relinquish these rules when he meets the woman he will have to spend the rest of his life with. And when you set the rules you must insist that he respects you (if you respect him firstly and equally!), that he puts you and your kids above everybody else after God and that he has to be clear to everyone involved in your lives that they respect your relationship and you.

You must accept that you can not compete with his mother. If he loves his mother and they have a good relationship, you are not going to come into the middle of that. But you can insist that your man act as a man when it comes to you and his mother. Let him know that you can not play second fiddle to his mother. That he must meet to the needs of his wife and kids before he meets to the needs of his mother. His mother may not like it but she will get over it when she realizes that her son is no longer a boy but a man and that he needs to be a provider and protector to his new family. His mother will come around and will also respect you as her son’s wife.

Stay blessed and have a happy married life.



Pep Guardiola thinking about his pending move to England next season.

Pep Guardiola thinking about his pending move to England next season.

Pep Guardiola, strongly linked to a move to the Premier League, has told Bayern Munich he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, German media reported on Thursday. The Spaniard’s three-year contract expires next June and Bayern’s head coach has said he will announce “before Christmas” whether he will extend his stay or leave, with Manchester City among the English sides keen to secure his services.

According to German daily Bild, Guardiola gave his decision to Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge “last week”.

The 44-year-old Catalan is in his third year at the helm of the Bavarian giants.

Last month Rummenigge indicated that talks on his future would begin after December 19 “to avoid any Christmas surprise, one way or the other”.

Barcelona daily Sport claimed a month ago that Guardiola had already given his word to former Barca colleagues Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, now Manchester City’s chief executive and director of football respectively, that he would join them at the Etihad next season.

Bild suggested Guardiola was alive to the danger of out-staying his welcome if he remained at Bayern.

“He is someone who enjoys a challenge. That’s the reason why he joined Bayern in 2013,” the paper said.

Bayern laboured to a 1-0 German Cup win over Darmstadt on Tuesday to book their place in the quarter-finals and keep alive their dreams of winning the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and cup titles this season.

The Bavarian giants hold a five-point lead in the German league ahead of their final game of 2015 at Hanover 96 on Saturday, but the sense of anticipation is building in the Bayern squad over Guardiola’s impending announcement.

My take on this is that Arsenal should make a move for him and Wenger should step aside just as Alex Ferguson did for Manchester United. Arsenal is the best team for Guardiola to shine in England. Don’t get me wrong, Manchester City is not a classic team to allow Guardiola carry out his “tiki-taka” philosophy. The class of players in Manchester City are not worth it.

Manchester United is the team I think Guardiola will move to rather. Van Gaal is falling out with the club with two low class defeats to Wolfsburg in the Champions League, making the team fall out of that competition and to Bournemouth in the English Premier League last weekend. The club has more prestige than Manchester City.

Let’s wait and see what it’s gonna be!


I don’t know why women complain about the men in their lives so much these days. In fact the major conversation among young women these days is about the men in their lives. They want to have all the juicy details of how men treat their friends for gossips sake. They even seek for advice from their friends and this damages their relationship with the men in their lives.

the game

If a woman or girl complains about the man in her life, you are the problem. The way you let the man come unto you determines how he would treat you. Don’t hate the player, hate the game! When a man approaches you, you are the one with total control over the situation. It is you who would decide if you are going to give the man any of the things he wants from you, including sex. Yes! Men are sexually attracted to women as soon as they see them. Where you stand in a man’s eyes is dictated by your control over the situation. Every word you say, every move you make, every signal you give to a man will help him determine whether he should try to play you, be straight with you

Let me show you how you might have met the man of your dream or someone who is just playing with you.

  1. If his conversation with you is not often serious, he doesn’t take you serious but if he seems interested in your needs, life, desires and future, he is serious with you.
  2. If he is willing to abide by your rules and follows them he is serious with you but if he laughs off your requirements and standards, then he is not serious with you.
  3. If he asks for your number and calls you after a week, he isn’t serious with you. If he instead calls you immediately, he is showing that he is genuinely interested in you.
  4. If a man takes you out on a date and pays the bill, he is showing that he is willing to provide for you, which means that he is serious with you. If not, please run!
  5. If he keeps to appointments with you, he takes you serious. If he doesn’t and he doesn’t even call or text you to let you know the reason why he can’t keep up with the appointment, he isn’t serious with you.
  6. If he introduces you to his friends, family, co-workers (very dangerous, because some insincere friends of his would want to make out with you!), or other people, he is serious with you. If he doesn’t introduce you to his people, he isn’t serious with you.
  7. If you invite him to come see your parents and other family members or your friends and he doesn’t waste time in doing so, he is serious with you but if he gives you excuses from time to time why he can’t, please he isn’t serious with you (I have fallen short of this).
  8. If he makes a face when you tell him that you have children, he isn’t serious with you. But if he is willing to meet them and shows up with gifts for your kids and relates with them in a way that makes your children comfortable with him, he is serious with you.
  9. If he is financially okay and is able to provide for his needs, then you can take him serious. If he isn’t maybe you can give him time to pick himself up but if he doesn’t, you know what to do.
  10. If your man is okay with you seeing other men and he sees other women, a situation you two have an “open” relationship, he is not serious with you. If he insists on having an “exclusive” relationship, were the two of you only date each other, he is very serious with you.