Monthly Archives: November 2021

A Sonorous Dirge By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

A Sonorous Dirge By Livy-Elcon Emereonye

People who are out to score cheap points for political correctness are never economical with sycophancy instead they remain shameless masters of the act. They betray confidentiality and rape trust.

Some people don’t just manufacture lies but they do everything within their reach to spread such lies and make some other people believe they are truths. With this, they elongate the span of deception, maintain the tempo of falsehood and perpetuate the circle of enmity. 

Real or imaginary, nothing can unite a people more than having a common enemy. Where this plays out, abuse becomes the new normal and retrogression reigns. The concept of enmity and the propensity to deal with it at all cost, sometimes without proper diagnosis or even an attempt to know if it actually exists, is the primary cause of the problem most people have.

When we hear what we want to hear, we can jump into conclusion and take action without making any effort to verify what we heard – and every hasty decision with its resultant action can be counterproductive. Apart from making costly avoidable mistakes, the law of cause and effect or action and reaction is always at work. To every action there is a corresponding reaction. And retaliation is a dangerous form of reaction.

It’s also been observed that some people for no just cause can inherit another person’s enemies and suffer grave consequences thereafter with or without the knowledge of the person they inherited his or her enemies. Like crying more than the bereaved, some people can sheepishly go to any length to defend what they believe in even when such belief is false or unhealthy. Belief and conviction can make one a fan but with an untested and unexamined fans comes fanaticism – and fanatics are difficult to relate with.

People tend to amplify negative things just to make a mole out of mice. Evil news spreads at the speed of light while good news gets little or no attention. And the things we persistently hear have ways of affecting the way we live. Our view of others can be affected by mere things we hear about them even without knowing them or having personal dealings with them.

We gather and exert much energy to pull others down but will be too scared to make a little sacrifice to advance their cause. We excel on the darkling plain of primitivity, using primordial sentiments to feed the flame of division and enmity. This should stop. If we cannot build, let us not destroy. It will be better to keep quiet when there is nothing good to talk about than to open the mouth and malign an innocent person for selfish reasons.

Don’t forget that what goes around comes around. The same measure we use for others will be used for us but most times in many folds. Even in the thick of darkness, no man can run away from his shadow. The time of harvest will surely come. Yes, there will always be a payback time.

When they cannot manipulate and control you, they will resort to devising means to eliminate you but the way of man is different from the way of God. It is only God that gives and preserves life. Be as wise as the serpent and do all you can not to play into the hands of the people that want you down and out at all cost by all means.

We live in a wicked world with many people having a penchant for evil but fear not. Conduct your life with goodness and mercy having respect for the dignity of life. Strive to give your affordable best all the time. Learn to expect the best but be out to live with the worst when inevitable. There can be no gain without pain.

Watch your back and be mindful of your actions. Observe how people react to you and matters concerning you. There is no smoke without fire; there will be no condemnation without a cause. Most people who criticize and fight you do so out of the stories they heard about you – and you might be surprised that it is someone close to you that painted you black before them and without confirmation they formed their opinion and go about attacking you for no just cause.

Some people feel that the only way they can get attention is by using your name so they can stop at nothing to malign and blackmail you. For making it and causing things to happen, you are not just some people’s prayer points; you are their dominant aspiration and greatest desire. Being a star attracts attention which may be positive or negative. Rejoice and be glad indeed for it is only the tree with succulent fruits that receives pebbles. No one can waste energy and time talking about nobody. People will only talk about you when there is something special about you. Your exploit will attract attention and the bigger the more.

Fear not if your hands are clean otherwise amend your ways while there is still time. Keep up the good work and you will finish strong and die empty.

Do great things with passion and ease. With conviction, live larger than life. Turn things around for better. Rule the world with great ideas. Strive for onward and upward movement. Re-make the world – your world – and become a celebrity.

There is really no competition in destiny, and delay is not denial. Know the reason for the season and get the best of the situation. You are here for a purpose. Discover and fulfill it in time.

Arise by lifting up others. Give a helping hand. Show little kindness and propagate unconditional love even when it is abused and trampled underfoot.

Those who go out to do good rarely go down without achieving results. Again, it is better to try and fail than not trying at all.

They are more fulfilled that reached out and touched lives in diverse ways, solving problems and adding more values to life than those who clinched their fingers to conserve their possessions. The hand that gives never lacks for release leads to increase.

The society is better, and the people rejoice, when a lasting solution is found for a ravaging persistent problem – and anyone who discovered the solution will become famous and wealthy. Embrace this challenge. Discover something new and great. Go out and seek solutions to big problems – and you would be glad that you indeed do.

It has been established that people often have idea problems, not really money problems, and ideas rule the world. To rule the world therefore, come up with ideas – great ideas that will add value to people.

Develop the capacity for meaningful new ideas and go a step further for implementation. Action, timely action, matters. Task yourself for meaningful work and work for results that will leave your world better than you met it. This is a sure way for a sonorous dirge when the time comes to answer nature’s call!


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Multiple Award winning Sandra Brown Lindstedt was born to write. “I know it’s a gift from God and He deserves all the credit,” she says. Raised with five siblings on the oftentimes dangerous south-side of Chicago, she spent her summers with her grandmother in a small town in Texas.

Later in life, she married and moved to Gothenburg Sweden, where she wrote a volume of short stories taken from her well received memoir, “I am Fireflies Ascending”.

She was asked by librarian Fleur Doornberg-Puglisi, of the International School of Gothenburg, to come and share some of her stories with classrooms of elementary and middle school children. The response by the boys and girls was overwhelming. Later, she sold out her entire stock of books at their annual Book fair. This is when she decided her true calling was to write children’s stories.

Together with poems, songs and her short stories, she has created her first children’s book, Life of a Firefly, that won the 2021 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, Children’s Mind/Soul/Body category and Reader Views’ first GRAND PRIZE – OVERALL FICTION – for 2020-2021. She also won GOLD in their Young Readers Category, Teen Category, Regional Award – South Region and the AME Award for Best Debut Fiction.



I wrote a poem in 1970 questioning whether I was a shy person.

I probably saw myself as such, but was not convinced. Perhaps one who will only speak if it will add value to the conversation. Paradoxically, psychometric tests always identify me as an extrovert. I still question the validity of the tests😊My voice broke at puberty and I lost my sonorous voice (I sang in a school play, Hobson’s Choice in 1966/67 staged at Government College Ibadan). Hosting a live radio programme on Radio Nigeria as a medical student was with trepidation.

I couldn’t share this with my parents or lecturers. In those days, it would have been considered being unserious as a medical student.

The potential repercussions had they known can only be imagined. However, it no doubt contributed to my belief in the broken voice.I have been a DJ, chauffeur for brides, officiating minister at wedding blessings, chairman at events, master of ceremonies at civic receptions and other social functions. A poet and an author. How did I get into the operating theatre and not on to the theatre stage? Je ne sais pas.I have spoken with school kids, mentees, peers, beauty product ladies among others. I have spoken at international and national scientific conferences.

I have spoken at places that even amaze me, The Nigerian Law School, Nigeria’s highest policy centre, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru. I have stood in the courts of justice nationally and internationally, helping barristers and judges understand the high reliability nature of hospitals that result in medical errors. Royalty, Presidents, Government Ministers and Parliamentarians have heard the broken voice. I have spoken against man’s inhumanity to man – poverty, wars, racism, injustice, poor governance. During the pandemic,

I spoke at over 50 webinars. I am still working hard at improving the broken voice, hoping its different notes will come together and resonate, adding some value to society.Rotimi Jaiyesimi Speaks offers me a platform to reach out and share my thoughts.

That broken voice will employ the Kintsugi technique to bring the beauty out of broken lives and build the next generation while striving to be a better version of myself.#publicspeaking#mybrokenvoice#motivationalspeaker#rotimijaiyesimi


Jim Iyke is a Nollywood actor, a film and music producer, a philanthropist, and a serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of Untamed Productions, Untamed Records, and the Jim Iyke Foundation. He is also the pioneer of the Jim Iyke Unscripted Reality Tv Show.

Jim Iyke Background
Jim Iyke was born on the 25th of September 1976, to Mr and Mrs Stephen Esomugha in Libreville, Gabon. He is the only boy amongst his siblings. He hails from Enugu Agidi village in Anambra State.

Jim Iyke had his primary school education at Gabon and relocated to Nigeria after his primary education. On returning to Nigeria, he enrolled at the Federal Government College, Kwali, Abuja, for his secondary education. Afterwards, he went to the University of Jos where he studied Psychology. He also has a diploma in Banking and Finance.

Jim Iyke Career
After Jim Ike graduated from the University, he relocated to Lagos and became a Model. His drive to succeed motivated him to join the fast growing Nigerian industry – Nollywood. He commenced his Nollywood journey in 2001.

His acting, fashion, and speaking style earned him the title – Nollywood bad boy. He is also a screen favourite. Thus far, Jim Iyke has featured in over a hundred and fifty movies and is a multiple award winner.

Jim Iyke is the founder and CEO of Untamed Productions, Untamed Records, Untamed Cars, and Space Boutique. He also has business interests in real estate, event management, and Oil and gas.
Jim Iyke’s Filmography
2004 – 2010
World of Angels
Heavy Heart
The Intruder
Definition of Love
Jungle of Heirs
Dream maker
The Siege
Between two Worlds
Road to Hell
One Love
Perfect Planner
The Desperate Housewife
Deadly Kiss – 2004
Strongholds – 2006
Games Men Play – 2006
Heartbeats – 2008
Beyonce and Rihanna – 2008
Dead End – 2009
Between Kings and Queens – 2010
2012 – 2019
Pink Poison – 2012
King’s Battle – 2012
My First Wife – 2012
I Quit – 2012
Romantic Agony – 2012 
Last Flight to Abuja – 2012
Who is the Man – 2012 
Cruz 1 and 2 – 2013
And Then There Was You – 2013
Runaway Prince 1 and 2 – 2014
The Mistress – 2014
Palace War – 2014 
One Night Stand – 2014
Saint Among Thieves – 2015
When Love Comes Around – 2015 
Stalker – 2016
A Star in Heaven – 2017
American Driver – 2017 
Love Birds – 2018
Seven and a Half Dates – 2018
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons – 2018 
Cultural Clash – 2019
Cold Feet – 2019
Merry Men 2: Another Mission  – 2019

Jim Iyke Foundation
The Jim Iyke Foundation is a not for profit organisation established by Jim Iyke to provide better education and ensure the well-being of the less privileged children in Africa.

Jim Iyke’s foundation is said to be the most successful independently-run celebrity foundation in Nigeria.
Jim Iyke is the founder of Jim lyke Foundation for Children with Special Disabilities.
Thus far the foundation has organised programmes to enlighten people in Ghana, Liberia, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos. The Foundation partnered with Pepsi, Nicon Hilton Hotel, and Indomie Noodles to organize a 6000 children walk against poverty, and child illiteracy in Nigeria.
He visited Kenya in December 2012 in support of the Make a Change Campaign, a charity project founded by Christopher Grey, and Jamaican dance hall artist Cécile

UnTamed Records
Jim Iyke established his music label – Untamed Records in 2009. He produced an album titled – Who Am I? under Untamed Records. In the album, he featured some of Nigeria’s top-rated musicians like TuFace Idibia and Sound Sultan. The record label also caters to the soundtracks of all Untamed Production movies.

UnTamed Cars
Jim Iyke is also a car dealer, whose clientele is mostly the creme d’ la creme in the society. The Untamed Cars clientele base include politicians, celebrities, and well to do businessmen.

Awards And Nominations Of Jim Iyke
Best actor at the Afro North American Award
Three-time winner of the Teenage Choice Award
Best youth role model
Best Actor at the Afro North America Award – 2006
Teen Favorite Award – 2006 
Sexiest Man in Nigeria – 2008
Best actor at the Africa Entertainment Award, New York – 2009
Mode Men Magazine named Jim Iyke Best actor – 2011
Best actor at the Anambra State award – 2012
Pan African Actor nominee at the Cameroon Entertainment Awards – 2012
Screen Nation Award for Best Actor of the decade – 2012  
Award for his role in the movie – Last Flight to Abuja at the Kampala Nile Awards – 2012
Entertainment Entrepreneur Award at the Kampala Nile Awards – 2012 
Best Actor at the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA) – 2015
Festival Prize at The People’s Film Festival, New York – 2017
Most Popular Actor by NET Honours – 2019
Best Nollywood Actor by TINFF Canada  –  2019



Graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and National Youth Theatre alumni, Tanya has worked for 2 decades in TV, Film, Stage and Voice-over.

Featuring in many award winning shows, her work includes DC’s Pennyworth, Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence, Happy Valley, Emmerdale, Rules of the Game, Casualty, Doctors, Brief Encounters and more.

Tanya trained in playwriting with Madani Younis and Ola Animashawun. She produces live artistic events and launched the 1st Leeds MonologueSlam UK in 2011. Tanya has also worked extensively, co-producing countless micro-short films which have garnered various film festival nominations. Her Hamlette collaboration with Chicken Shop Shakespeare, featured at The British Library as part their Shakespeare in Ten Acts exhibition.

“Tanya is a 1 woman Arts Festival”

— Dan Stubbs NME

Tanya is the Founder of award winning, digital arts platform Vital Culture UK. The platform is decicated to championing under-represented artists in the UK’s north. Recent productions include How Covid Stole Christmas, a digital music concert. Women in Gaming with Twitch Partner Geeky Cassie and Women’s History in Horror with Gemma Hurley, Dr Alison Peirse and Sampira, as part of her Women’s History Month Series 2021.

She presents on Vital Culture UK and has collaborated with Red Bull Amaphiko, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Bradford and Leeds Fashion Show and was just announced as 1 of the top 100 CreaTech Ones to Watch companies by the Creative Industries Council in September 2021.





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Kirklees Libraries Are Recruiting!

We need people willing to learn, to try new ideas and to help us develop a library service for the future, responsive to community and customer needs and with a vibrant, relevant offer to Kirklees residents.

After a positive response to our previous recruitment campaign we will continue to use a candidate questionnaire in the application, instead of the usual, (and often difficult,) supporting statement in line with the ‘person specification.’ We want to know about candidate’s skills, abilities, and behaviours, not just see a list of qualifications and work experience.  We have included clear guidance on how best to answer these questions and there will also be an application checklist to support the process.

For further information regarding these posts and to find information of partners who can assist with your application, please visit

If not registered already, potential candidates will need to be registered on the Kirklees Jobs website before they can apply, but this can be done at any time, so best to get organised early!

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