“Braaaaaghhh! Your alarm goes off, and you spring out of bed, into the shower, off down the stairs, trying to knot your tie and fix a cup of coffee at the same time. Oh! The toast is over baked, but then you think to yourself – “Lunch at work (school) would be better”, and with that thought you run out to catch the bus down the street. Tic-Tuc. Tic-Tuc. The day flows so normally, just like any Tuesday would; and even without looking at the time, you get off the chair and head for the cafeteria. It is 12.15pm – Lunch time! Then follows the usual sounds: people chatting and chewing; metal cutleries clicking on ceramic plates; and the occasional door slamming. The rest of the day drains away with sounds like: humming from the photocopy machine; clicking sound of the office stapler; zooming sound of the cars passing by; not forgetting the frequent shouts from Mr. Tom – he sure has a temper. So one is grateful to be out of the building and back to “home-sweet-home”. Now that’s your playlist for the day, as what’s left is to go to bed at the end of the game and run through the playlist again – starting with “Braaaaaaghhhh”
How are you today? I was thinking how good would it be if everyone around would have a good day, if you’d smile and get a smile back, if optimism and joy would be the norm. Would it be boring or would you be fed with positive energy? And how could this positive energy be spread all over? And I finally figured it out! Music! The so called international language that connects people no matter the religion, nationality or ethnicity. Did you ever think that the music you listen to affects your day by day performance, your mood or interactions with others? Music has a profound effect on your body and psyche. In fact, there’s a growing field of health care known as Music Therapy, which uses music to heal. Music bonds people, bonds souls thousands of miles away, calls for action. For example, Live Earth’s events and concerts have the purpose to ignite a global movement aimed at solving the most critical environmental issues of our time. Nelson Mandela’s 46664 movement to raise awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS reaches to people through multi-artist concerts and entertainment events. And what about this simple and yet powerful way to unite people, Playing for Change which is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music ?
Putting more music in your life is a powerfully enriching tool. Now let’s hear Nubi Kayode, our beloved Action Team Writer giving us a valuable tip on how to make music a part of our lives:
“Braaaaaghhh! Your alarm goes off, and you spring out of bed, into the shower, off down the stairs, trying to knot your tie and fix a cup of coffee at the same time. Oh! The toast is over baked, but then you think to yourself – “Lunch at work (school) would be better”, and with that thought you run out to catch the bus down the street. Tic-Tuc. Tic-Tuc. The day flows so normally, just like any Tuesday would; and even without looking at the time, you get off the chair and head for the cafeteria. It is 12.15pm – Lunch time! Then follows the usual sounds: people chatting and chewing; metal cutleries clicking on ceramic plates; and the occasional door slamming. The rest of the day drains away with sounds like: humming from the photocopy machine; clicking sound of the office stapler; zooming sound of the cars passing by; not forgetting the frequent shouts from Mr. Tom – he sure has a temper. So one is grateful to be out of the building and back to “home-sweet-home”. Now that’s your playlist for the day, as what’s left is to go to bed at the end of the game and run through the playlist again – starting with “Braaaaaaghhhh”.
Image by: City of Vancouver Well here’s my playlist: I step out of bed from the alarm clock interrupting the jazzy mood from which I went to bed the night before. Then, I press the play button on my pop playlist; get myself a bowl of cereal and then step into the shower – humming the tunes and occasionally singing along to my favorite songs. As soon as I’m ready to go out to school on weekdays or work on weekends, I shut down my desktop, but not the music; as I put on my headphones and load my rock (alternative, soft, and classical types preferred) playlist and step out with my backpack on. So, what about my lunch time? Fortunately for me, most cafeteria do play music of different genre – not so loud, but filtering softly out of the nicely positioned speakers. I therefore, look for these places to have lunch, but then I got my mp3-player as back-up. Sure seems like the day couldn’t get anymore musical, but that is so wrong. I go back home on a bus and sit close to the driver, so as to make him tune the radio to the music frequency, and if it’s a car drive, I guess I do the same (mp3-player again when walking or cycling). Ah! The evenings are the best for me, as I get to engage in musical activities ranging from: hitting the karaoke bar with friends; going dancing at parties with colleagues; organizing mini-concerts to perform music to the public; playing my guitar to chords from the famous website (http://ultimate-guitar.com) or simply chilling in front of my computer – working/studying, with the music on. Did I hear you say bedtime? Yeah, I go to bed again with the music – oldies, jazz, blues, and classical (auto-off is set to save energy). Hmmm! But then does it matter if we got different things on our daily playlists? Well it does. Your playlist does affect the way your day goes, as well as your performance. Music as they say and as I can attest to is “Food for the soul”. It does have therapeutic effects, but above all, isn’t it just good to be surrounded by music? Moreover, wouldn’t you want to have a playlist of melodious tunes, rather than the annoying buzzes from the busy people around you day-in day-out? Yaaay! It is a new year again – la la la la la la. Share with the community: What is currently on your playlist, and the modification that you would be making in the coming days? Main singer: Nubi with backing vocals Nadya and Dan
...note from the Past
All the Peace is gone. Oh! What have I become It's dark, I'm staggering, No light for me to see Have I lost it all, Cos all I see is war Correct me if i'm wrong, but all the Peace is gone
From the eyes of the little baby From the hands of a fallen army A press man's got blood on his diary Correct me if i'm wrong, but all the Peace is gone
...note from the Future
The breaking of a dawn, It's pretty on the shore Sunlight is appearing, Oh! What a gathering This is want I want, Not too much to ask for I can now rejoice, All the Peace is come
To the eyes of a little baby Into the hands of a friendly rivalry A father's got hugs for his new born son I can now rejoice, All the Peace is come
It sure's not news that drought has been confirmed in 3 E.African countries - it's all over the news and social networks. It's on twitter. It's on CNN. But then that's neither going to restore the state of these famine stricken countries nor give food to the populace.
I come from a school of thought that strongly believes in Redistribution. I believe there is enough resource - water, air, clothes, power, food, etc. to go round, but it is not evenly distributed to meet the needs of people. Some get to have surplus and others less than adequate.
So. Yes! There's now Drought in E.Africa,and famine is a consequence but a bunch of people somewhere - even in neighboring countries are in surplus and have to lend a helping hand to meet the needs of the less privileged.
Don't waste what you got because it's in surplus, but instead find ways to give it to those who really need it. The African Union, as well as other charity organizations - (not excluding individuals), must take it upon themselves that food, water and other resources are redistributed.
"Charity is not giving the dog a bone after eating all the meat, but sharing the bone with the dog while hungry"
"The idle mind is the devil's workshop" - a common saying, which really hits the point home on how to best reduce involvement of youth in Armed violence. It may seem too simple, but engaging youth in productive ventures is the only way they would turn away from the path of violence.
The path of violence is a means by which they feel they can express themselves. Put the same people in front of a mic on a round table and they would tell the same thing. Let the youth know they are significant and not only the future of tomorrow but partners of today.
Involve 'em in the ongoing policy making and decision making which affect the state affairs. Another thing is "enlightenment". There is need to really lighten up the minds of youth. This is not " education " per say as we know it within the classroom walls, but providing information that becomes knowledge and empowers the youth to become better citizens.
So in summary: Give the youth a listening ear. Engage them in nation building. Enlighten the minds of the youth. All of these would reduce involvement of youth in Armed Violence.
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Perhaps the real problem is not Teen Suicide. Perhaps it's just a problem of communication. I am talking. Are you listening? If you are listening, do you understand me? If you do, are you reacting accordingly? If you don't, are you asking me questions?
A teenager would not just wake up one day and decide to commit suicide. It is often a progressive routine, which consist of numerous amount of rejection, misunderstanding, and misrepresentation. This happens when a teen sets out to find his/her identity - one's place in society.
We call this Voices of Youth, but who is listening to us? The French Teen who set himself on fire and started the Tunisian (Arab) Revolution really stirred things up. It's extreme, but the world listened. Let's go back to the root. The problem doesn't start from suicide. It's starts with when the teen gets to know that he/she has no voice and cannot be heard - albeit family, friends (peers), teachers, government, and society at large.
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Last summer’s hot topic: South-Africa’s progress by the World Cup. Debates are taking place, conclusions are often already set. Of the investments for South-Africa’s World Cup is nothing left? Is this conclusion real? I hope to set out to meet with 26 young researchers who have taken the initiative and are going to take a look themselves in May of this year. From Johannesburg we will check what changed on the governmental, societal or development level. Are you curious what we will find? Follow me for update via: facebook page - #ScoreOrOffside, twitter -@ScoreOrOffside, or e-mail us on email@example.com See Blog for more.
The #ScoreOrOffside would however go ahead of just the world cup but to review other projects, ideas, solutions, policies, events, etc. so as to measure the impact and show ways of optimizing the punch-effect. This would be done via survey and interview of those (supposed to be) affected. Open forum would also breed discussion as well as suggestion as regards effective implementation. The media - TV | Radio | Online would be used to drive the #ScoreOrOffside project.
Some other project to be measured for impact includes: Challenge:Future Global Think Tank Organization, The AIESEC Nigeria Youth2Business Forum, The Future Project/Awards (Nigeria), The National Youth Service Scheme (Nigeria), The just concluded Elections (Nigeria), and Social Media trends in Nigeria.
So join Us as we measure impact and maximize punch-effect!