Cameroon Nurses vs American Nurses.


I was recently sick after 24 years of being sickness free. It bothered me a lot. An African proverb says, “If a child does not find out what killed its father, that same thing will kill it too.” I know that I dove very badly into the pool and hurt the side of my stomach that caused me the blood clot, but I could not be indifferent to the treatment I received from the medical staff of Banner Gateway Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. That is what I am going to share with you. I want to compare their treatment with what I received and heard people receive in Cameroon.
I was very surprised to see that the nurses constantly came into my room during the day. At night, they were still checking on me. In Cameroon, the nurses would not even visit you. They will only come if you bribe them. They will sit there and cut their nails. Those who pretend to go to church will be reading their church hymnals or “cantiques de victoire.” Cell phones were not rampant in Cameroon in the 90s when I was last sick; however, I do remember that the nurses spent their time visiting with other nurses who had left their wards. They will say things like, “J’ai épousé un chien, il lèche ici, et il lèche la bas. Il lèche par tout, ma sœur !” Her colleague will say, « Mon car est diffèrent; c’est ma belle-mère qui va me tuer dans la maison là. »
In America, my nurses will come in and check my IV to make sure I am taking the required dose. If it stopped, I had to only press a button, and they will rush in. In Cameroon, the nurse will steal that IV to sell it to another patient, at times in the same very hospital or to cronies and strangers in the neighborhood. If you called them, they’ll not even come! They will look at you and say, “Your friends have died since, what are you waiting?” The nurses in America beg you to take your medication. Sometimes as if the devil was mocking me, the patients will refuse to take their medication, and the staff will be begging them. The patients in Cameroon want to take their medications, but their nurses do not give them. The patients in America do not want the medications, but their nurses cajole or pamper them or at times even secure a court order for them to take them. The nurse in Cameroon will instead be very happy if a patient does not want to take his or her medication. If you want to take all your medications, she will get very angry with you. She will say, “Hey mister, you will die very soon trying to eat medicine like candy. Are medicines now your new bonbon?” It is not because she cares so much; she wants you not to take the medications so that she will sell the rest. I always laughed when my nurses asked me to take my medication in front of them because they want to make sure I actually took them. The Cameroon nurses will even shorten your dosage. If you were to take ten tablets in the morning, they will give you 4 and keep the rest for themselves. That is how some of them have pharmacies without suppliers, or they are suppliers without buying medicines.
Have you been to the maternity in America? The nurses pamper those women as if they drank the pregnancy through their mouths. “If a woman does not fear the penis, why would she fear delivery?” Our people will say. Cameroon nurses take it to another level. They will say, “Ashuka ngong gori; when you were taking it, it was sweet. Now you are screaming ayooh bandeeeh, ayooh bandeeh like a little girl. Was I there when you were taking it? Please push the child out and stop trying to break my eardrums.” She will lecture the expectant mother. Those in America will say, “Oh strong girl, push once more! Oh, I can see the baby, he is coming! Oh yeah, you can do it, push and push!” At times, your husband is right there holding your hands as if delivery is now a community affair. If your husband or you did not bribe the Cameroon nurses, they will not even be around when you deliver your baby. They will be in their rooms. Now that even dogs have cell phones, I hear that they will be on their cell phones. They will be saying things like, “I want to go to America one day, mahh ma! I will shake my buttocks like Beyoncé, and I will work 18 hours a day until they drive me home.” Some of them actually fulfil their dream. When they come here, they work 80 hours a week. That is why only African nurses work most holidays in our US hospitals. They don’t know the word vacation.  
One time, when my nurse was coming to inject me while I was still in Cameroon, she stood almost a mile as if she was aiming for the bull’s eye. Then she threw the injection that landed on my dry buttocks, and I screamed, "ai, ai, ai, ai, ooohhh!” She turned to me and said, “Tais-toi! Tu te comportes comme une femme.” It means, “Shut up, you behave like a woman.” Michele and Andrea at the Banner Gateway Medical Center in America will say, “Hello Hamilton, I am going to make you a little uncomfortable. I am going to prick you a little bit; you will feel a little tingling on our skin.” While she is doing that, she is asking you what you like. Despite my trypanophobia or aichmophobia (pick your choice), I would not even realize that they had given me an injection.  
Those women at the Banner Gateway hospital did their job as their calling. They held conversations with me; albeit to my chagrin because I wanted to sleep. Being in the hospital, I could only sleep with my one eye closed, so I woke up every time someone came in. I was fascinated with the care the people showed me. Nurse after nurse, case worker, chaplain, doctor and specialist came in to check on me as I laid in bed pondering on why I was sick in the first place. In Cameroon, the doctor was like God and the nurses his angels that you could barely see. Americans are really blessed; I hope they know that. You can just reverse it now and say, “Cameroonians are really cursed; I hope they know that.”

Until then, I just wish that Cameroonians will change their mentality.


St Arrey of Ntenako

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Lovina





There was a woman who lived in the quarters.
She had a child called Lovina from the barracks.
The father was conscripted and ferried to the oil war.
So the barracks made her mother a whore .
The generals and captains dipping in her arse.
The young bachelors flocking en mass.
Everybody says Mami Lovina is not thinking.
Only Mami Lovina knew she was calculating.
Edulcorated by nectars, she attended every stag.
One day papa Lovina came back in a bag.
People had different reasons to cry.
Some shed tears of joy for their leftover pie.
Pimps were eying Lovina's theobroma cacao.
She herself has now developed her own motto.
Lovina has not learned it in school.
She saw her mom pinned on the stool.
Let it be her turn to build her stocks up.
She is humping and grinding her way up.

Lovina cherche l’amour à Georgia!
Lovina demande l'amour à Arizona!
Lovina supplie l'amour à Montana!
Lovina a besoin d'amour à Philadephia!


Everybody loves Lovina!
Everybody wants Lovina!
Everybody touches Lovina!
Everybody snifs Lovina!
Oh oh oooooooo Lovina!
Ei ei iiiiiiiiii Lovina!
Ye ye eeeeeee Lovina!
We kehhhhhhhh Lovina!

This girl is the mother of those beautiful daughters.
Gyrating her ikebe and makandi like sea waves.
That was the virgin the society has made a monster.
Giving her soul away to the many men who hover.
Do you see her now making her own decisions.
Men lust for her, but she is their lovely accismus.
During bedmatics she will crawl and moan.
Meticulously calculating every dime to own.
War has brought untold sorrow .
Women and children are like grass they mow.
Villages have been burnt and erased.
Vitativeness is now totally deceased.
After world war I the League of Nations was formed.
After world war II the United Nations was formed.
Young beautiful have been ligated to prostitution.
Yet the canons have continued ratadtadtad in motion.
Syria is burning and Central Africa is glowing.
Hunger and famine's havoc are overflowing.

Lovina cherche l’amour à North Dakota!
Lovina demande l'amour à California!
Lovina supplie l'amour à Nevada!
Lovina a besoin d'amour à
Indiana!



Everybody loves Lovina!
Everybody wants Lovina!
Everybody touches Lovina!
Everybody snifs Lovina!
Oh oh oooooooo Lovina!
Ei ei iiiiiiiiii Lovina!
Ye ye eeeeeee Lovina!
We kehhhhhhhh Lovina!

Lovina decided to go back to school.
She became a lawyer which was cool.
Men who had exploited her now tremble.
Determination will take you up the pinacle.
Lovina in swaps will not die in the swamps.
Lovinas rise and put your hands up for success.
They thought they had given her schadenfreude.
They are finding out she is giving back lebensfreude.
Lovina is now shaking her body with hakuna matata.
Lovina married serious papy so no more wakawaka.
Lovina shouts and dances no more like a mistress.
Little Lovina's father treats Lovina as a special princess.
Let love put your back down and not desperation.
Even if the poor are growing poorer and the rich richer.

Lovina cherche l'amour, wakawaka!
Lovina demande l'amour, wakawaka!
Lovina supplie l'amour, wakawaka!
Lovina a besoin d'amour,wakawaka!


Everybody loves Lovina!
Everybody wants Lovina!
Everybody touches Lovina!
Everybody snifs Lovina!
Oh oh oooooooo Lovina!
Ei ei iiiiiiiiii Lovina!
Ye ye eeeeeee Lovina!
We kehhhhhhhh Lovina!
Hamilton Ayuk 2014.


“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

“Should Christians Visit Mediums and Psychics?”

I want you to start by watching this video.


I will start by defining what the word Christian means. Christian means “follower of Christ” (strong G5546), and it is used only three times in the entire Bible. In all three occasions, it retains the same root word “Christianos”. If you remember in the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, He called people he met to “follow” him, so He will make them fishers of men (Mt 4:19-20; Mk 1:17). It was a fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy (Ezek 47:10). Those followers will later be called disciples (learners, students, pupils). The Master then takes them for a crash course in what will become “The Sermon on the Mount” and “The Beatitudes”. A medium is a mediator between humans and the spirit world or the world of the dead and their spirits. You can call them necromancers or ventriloquists or popularly known as psychics in the US. In Africa, the traditional healers also act as mediums, for example, the Sangomas of South Africa. They consult the dead to gain knowledge about the past and future. The words medium and wizard are synonyms because a wizard is someone with a familiar spirit and the medium is someone who uses a familiar spirit to communicate or gain knowledge. The question now becomes, “Is there anything bad for the followers of Christ to consult people who talk with the dead or who will link them to their dead ones to know their past or their future?”

Another question we must ask is, “Are the mediums really communicating with your departed beloveds?” Each person has an angel encamping around them. The Christians have the angel of the Lord (Ps. 34:7) while the unbeliever have the familiar spirit. After the fall of man, God and the devil struggle to win every soul over. That means; although the breath of God resides in you, the angel of the Lord sent by God and the demon sent by the devil each hover around in an attempt to seduce you. The demon is familiar with you and is called familiar spirit (Lev. 19:31; 1 Sam 28:7, Is. 29:14). When you die, the spirit of God goes back to God. The angel of the Lord is withdrawn, but the familiar spirit remains. The familiar spirit can reenter the body of the dead man and you start to live. That is what we mean by a ghost. Ghosts are not a new phenomenon because they existed in the Bible both in the O.T ((Lev 20:27; 1Chr. 10:13; Chr.33:6) and N.T (Mt 14:26, Mk 6:49). The term ghost in the Bible means life while its equivalent is spirit. That means a ghost is the natural body of a dead person vivified by a demonic spirit.

Yesteryears, divination fell under what was generally called the Mantic Arts. Nowadays, divination is monnaie courant in these three fields: Chiromancy or Palmastry, augury and cartomancy and horoscopy and astrology. This practice of speaking to the dead was common in the Old Testament and the New Testament. At Endor, King Saul wanted to talk to the defunct Prophet Samuel (I Sam 28), albeit a practice that was totally prohibited in their days (Deut. 18:10-12). Considering that we live in another dispensation (Dispensation of Grace), it might not concern the modern Christians, especially because it was not a moral law. However, the condemnation of Barjesus by Paul shows that God’s dislike for it transcended the Old Testament, and Paul and Barnabas will meet Barjesus (Elymas) in a confrontation as they attempted to evangelize Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:6-8).

The confrontation exists between Barjesus and Paul because the former was an agent of the devil whose task was and is to hinder men of God and men of power from coming to God and Paul-a follower of Christ is to bring them to God. Therefore, in their different missions (same like the familiar spirit and Spirit of God), they are diametrically opposed to each other. Consequently, the medium cannot be drawing you to God; it is to draw you away from God.

The reason many are flooding to talk-shows to talk with mediums like John Edward, Theresa Caputo, Sally Morgan, etc is because they have forsaken God and his statutes (2 Chr. 7:19-22). When you forsake God, he will forsake you (2 Chr. 15:2). I am sure that you are aware of the falsehood of most of these psychics. Some of them are very wretched, yet they say that they want to make you rich. Others say that they will help you win the lottery, yet they ask you to pay them. Why don’t they just win the lottery themselves? See how a Psychic is being exposed. It is not as if everything those mediums say is false. Some are true and others are false. The mediums use two main techniques to capture the attention of their preys. They use the shotgun technique and the Forer Effect. The Shotgun technique is a technique where the speaker asks a foray of generalized rhetorical questions with the hope that some stray bullets (some of what they say) catch some of the unsophisticated minds. In the Forer Effect or Barnum Effect, the speaker makes a generalized statement that applies accurately to one person, but it could still accurately apply to a thousand or a million more.

When the Israelites walked with God, they used Urims and Thumins to find the will of God for them (Num. 27:21, Ex. 28:30; Lev. 8:8). When they abandoned God, they resorted to fleecing, almost like guess work (Judge 6:34). When they walked with the Lord, their guide was “the pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night” (Ex 13:21). We all are in some point of our lives looking for directions, especially our futures because we do not know them. In biblical times, the people were asked to follow the priests and Levites. Nowadays, the prelate should have been the lighthouse. Unfortunately, although most of them seem heaven bound, they are actually hell-bound. Consequently, others now rely on their counselors and other human professional. In so far as it is a human being, he or she will have limits. That is why Ahithophel-the best of counselors in his days, still failed and committed suicide (2 Sam 17:7; 23). Should the modern Christians now resort to biblical times?

Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6). In the New Testament, the disciples used lots in determining Judas’ replacement (Acts 1:26). However, after the Holy Spirit baptism, the practice disappeared because “He will guide us into all truth” (Jn 16:13). Nowadays, fleecing is redundant to those who tarry in prayer and supplication because of the presence of the Holy Spirit that abides with us and guides us in our decision-making.

It is expedient to know that you may very well know about your future but still be helpless to defend yourself from impending danger because “man proposes, but God disposes” (Prov 16:9). Who is stronger: your dead relative or God- your Creator? God has outlived your future, and he has pledged guarantees. No one visits the medium if he/she is not overladen with the cares of this life. They can enjoy those guarantees if they cast all their cares unto Him, for He cares for them (Mt 11:28; I pet 5:8). God has a future of peace and not of evil and the end you desire to give you (Jer 29:11).

Therefore, the consultation of mediums and Mantic Arts are practices that God condemns without reservation. Do you want to go to God, or do you want to go to the devil? In listening to mediums who communicate with evil spirits, you are separating yourself away from God. In listening to the Holy Spirit, you are abiding in the Lord ,and he will abide in you. Mediums are of the devil and not of God. God has your future locked up. You should stay focus and not allow yourself to be sidetracked by the devil and his agents.


Until then, let God be your Guide.


St Arrey of Ntenako.


“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

“Can Someone Be A Christian And A Homosexual?”

Bishop Gene Robinson on his wedding day with his now divorced partner: Mark Andrews.
Finally, I have found time to answer this question, albeit, it is better late than never. Perhaps the question should read, “Can one be a sinner and a Christian?” By homosexual here we mean both lesbians and gays. I will use strictly the Bible to answer this question. If you do not like my answer, write yours, and I will post it on this very blog. The first thing is to define both words and then examine their operations in the Bible.  
Homosexuality is like a hobby. You decide to learn it. In this case, you use your body in the unnatural way possible. While the word Christians (standing for little christs or people mimicking Christ) exists in the Bible, homosexuality on the other hand does not. Nonetheless, the Bible mentions same sex rape and same sex coitus as serious violations. People always ask me, “If the Bible does not mention homosexuality, how then do you know that it is talking about it?”
 There are different ways to use words and project meaning, and one of them is euphemism. The expression, “that we may know them” in Genesis 19:5 is euphemistic usage for having sex. Remember, the men only were the ones who wanted to have sex with Lot’s male visitors.  Jude (verse 7) on the other hand uses another expression, “strange flesh” which is euphemistic usage for another man. In other words, having a strange desire of going after other men. That indeed is very strange! Don’t you think so?
 In the OT, the Bible openly condemns same gender sex; that is, a man having sex with a man and that will indirectly apply to a woman having sex with another woman too. The Bible calls it abomination (Lev 18:22; 20:13). The word abomination will simply mean a violation of customs and traditions of righteous living set by God. The direct consequence of committing an abomination is the judgment or wrath of God. I want you to take note that it was under Judaism. If we are to abide by the OT and Judaism, then Christ died in vain. However, not so fast; you should hold your fire!
Jesus modified Judaism into Christianity by pointing to himself as the Messiah the Jews were waiting. He then introduced the new covenant whereby he involved the Gentiles into the salvific plan of God. That plan replaces the old guard of Judaism with a New Religion that would be called Christianity (Acts 11:26). That rejection subsequently brought his death. In the new religion, he amplified the laws of the OT in the NT and carved a path of salvation through Himself by his death on the cross and his blood as the ablution solution.
Furthermore, in the NT, it is Paul who mentions same sex marriage which will correspond to what we call today, homosexuality in the following passages (Rom. 1:26-27; I Cor. 6-9-10; I Tim. 1; 9-10).
Therefore, while it is possible for a homosexual to be a Christian, it will be no different from a bad student. They are Christians, but they are bad Christians, “who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” They are no different from those who practice concubinage or those who are racists although wearing the cloak of Christianity. When the Judgment of God shall start in the house of God, they will be the goats that will be separated from the sheep and will be those to whom the Lord will say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Notwithstanding, while still waiting for our parousia, it is the responsibility of Christians to show love by warning the wicked and the righteous to turn away from wickedness.
Until then, I hope that I have answered your question.
St Arrey of Ntenako.


“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Mass Shootings In America Will Only Increase.





On March 24, 2014, 22-year-old Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger of Isla Vista shot and killed 7 people and wounded 6 others because he could not deal with women rejecting him. The deadliest American school shooting took place in 2007 when Seung-Hui Cho went on a shooting rampage, killing 32 people at the University of Virginia Tech because women rejected him. Back then, the authorities found a motive. Did that prevent the one we just heard now? In 2012, Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults, and the authorities again went into study mood to figure out the motive so that they could prevent future mass shootings. Every time there is a mass shooting, the authorities always jump in to ask the motive. They resemble the, “captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim 3:6-7).With a motive or no motive, the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked. Why is it that a child can steal a cookie but not $2 million? She can see the cookie, but she cannot see 2 millions. If she could see 2 millions and she can carry all at once, she will do that. I always try to place myself in the position of those who have lost loved ones. Should they have lost them now? Why can’t the authorities stop mass shootings despite having seen many? They can learn all they want, but they will never succeed, except they come to the knowledge of truth.  

In April 24, 2014, Christopher Plaskon stabbed Maren Sanchez to death on the hallway of their school: Jonathan Law High School because she refused to be his prom date. One can easily point to that as a motive, yet that is not the leitmotif. It is his inability to accept rejection that caused him to murder. We are living in a society where it is insensitive to tell people the truth to their face for fear of hurting their feelings and many have grown to think that everything must go their way. Many young boys and girls do not know that they can be rejected. Many think that due to their beauty, smartness, opulence and popularity everyone must go with what they say and want. A child who is well brought up will know that men undergo a lot of rejection, no matter their social status. That happens so because it is generally the man who makes the move to woo a woman. If women were making or when they make the first move, they experience as much rejection as their male counterparts. Consequently, the problem here is the inability to deal with rejection and failure.  

On May 3, 2010, Amanda Hess published an article about a fox 5 News report that showed a young woman who was shot on the ankle for refusing to give her phone number to a stranger. Both the victim and assailant contributed to the situation. The woman could have given him the number and then block it or report him for harassment if he persisted in calling her when she had banned him from doing so. Refusing to give him was jeopardizing her life. She did not have to fight that battle! We are neither endorsing the violent nature of the man nor are we approving his behavior. The assailant should have known that a woman has two answers to give him: yes, he hangs around and no, he continues to other women until he finds the one who will accept him. Hellas, we are in a society where rights triumph over common sense.

A few years ago, a male student told me how he approached a female classmate to go to prom with him. She turned him down, but she did not leave it there. She propagated how she turned him down, and the young man was furious. The fault again is on both sides. If you turn a man down, do not make him feel worthless. If a woman turns you down, it is not the end of the world. If parents will sit down and talk with their children, these shootings will greatly reduce.  How then can they benefit from the family when there is a familyquake? Divorce here and divorce there, and no marriage is standing upright anymore. Kids are left to fend for their own tutelage. Complicating matters again is the culture of guns.

I had used the analogy of the kid stealing cookies and was unable to steal 2 million. It is not because she cannot; it is because she does not see the money. What she can easily see are cookies. That is why she steals them! The culture of guns has made killing easier for these young people. We can blame the young man all we want and say how wicked he is, but had he had a good family structure, where kids sit and express their feelings, his parents would have taught him on how to handle rejection. Many young people do not know how to handle rejection. Sometimes, even adults do not know how to handle rejection. Nowadays, we must be politically, religiously and socially correct so that we do not offend others.

One day, I told the students that, "It is important to watch your weight by selecting what you eat and drink and make sure you exercise." A young obese girl stood up and asked me, “Are you calling us fat? If not, why are you telling us about our weight?” Another student said, “He did not say anyone is fat; he is saying that we should not eat what will make us fat.. You all should chill!” If a child at that age already has those itchy ears that make her want to hear only feel-good things, even when she is going into the abyss, then what do you expect when she is in a position of power? Everyone wants to live their lives at the expense of others. Such a child is not ready to deal with rejection.

The young people are not taught at home on how to approach life’s trials, failures and disappointments. That is why suicide is increasing amongst them today. They are also not prepared in school as many schools think that everything towards building character is religion. Many kids lack a favorable self-esteem. They do not know how to deal with rejection.

A boy asked me one day in private if I had ever been rejected by a girl. I told him that I will not answer him in private. I will like for him to ask the question in front of the whole class. I wanted the entire class to benefit from the lesson and to know that women have rejected me a lot, and I have rejected them too. The boys were shocked and asked me what I did. “Did you beat her up? Did you curse her out? One asked me. “I will tell that bit..h to go fu.k herself.” His male classmate echoed. I realized how many young boys think that every woman they speak to must go out with them. It also showed that those kids were not ready to deal with rejection. I told them that it was normal to be rejected, and we should not overladen ourselves because a lady or man rejected us.

Another student asked me one time, “Mr. Ayuk is anything wrong with me?” I asked him why. He told me that, “Every girl I speak to, rejects me.” I laughed and undertook a self-esteem building project to let him know that he must feel good about himself. and know that it will always happen. In so far as a man approaches women, there are some who will reject him.

These are lessons he should have learnt from his parents that it is ok to be rejected. No matter how rich, smart, beautiful or popular we are, it is not everyone who will accept us. Although guns are a part of this killing culture, the inability to deal with failures and rejections are the main culprits. Look, there is no mass murderer who did not have a character deficiency. The time has come to invest in raising up young people to be ready at the attacks of life. They should be ready to fight against everything that life throws at them. Except we do that, we will keep learning to find out the motives without coming to the knowledge of truth. If Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger was taught that, he would not have killed these people. With the money he bought the ammunition, he would have gone to Eastern Europe and picked up a bevy of Ukrainian beauties.

Until then, it is high time for education to target the mind and the heart too.

St Arrey of Ntenako.




“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

How Does God Want US to Eat? Part 2.


Spiritual health: Carpe Diem vs The Hope of Glory.
During this time of post modernism, we are experiencing a societal detachment and more individual human centered. Finding the meaning and purpose of life has been very elusive. Many have divorced from their emotions, probity and decorum, and they are more attached to existentialist values, skepticism and reason based. We must come to a point where the wisdom of God is wisdom and not foolishness to the world. There is now more or less communication between supernatural and the natural. Instead we live segmented and defragmented lives away from God. We see the belief in Karma and Samsara more acute than the acknowledgment to individual responsibility.
Because there is merely a veiled dichotomy between emphasis and perspective, between religion and philosophy, readers shouldn’t be surprised if I am using the Bible as the handbook to proper diet. When a man’s souls is sick, the body automatically follows suite. This may provoke the question: are all God’s worshippers healthy then? For some it is the only way God could save them from mundanity because he wants to use them for his glory (Jn 9:1-3; 11:4; ), and for others it is their sin and disobedience to God’s words (Lev 26: 14-16; Deut 28:15-68; Job 33:27-28; Ps 107:17-19;Micah 6:3;). Permit that I emphasized a necessary appendix here. God does not send sickness on his children, he permits it by lifting the hedge of protection for those whom He is testing, but the hedge of protection is self-destruct for those who are unrepentantly sinning.
Consequently, to be spiritually healthy, we must go back to God. I am not talking about church; I am talking about worshipping God in spirit and in truth. God says eat vegetables and fruits. If you do not do that, it is sin because, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin (James 5:17).”  The reason the Japanese are the healthiest industrialized nation is summed up in the words of Harvard school of Public health Prof Joshua Salomon, “‘it’s likely a combination of factors, a combination of genetics and of healthy behaviors, including diet.’” There is a reason God wanted man to be surrounded by all these plants. Others have kept their spiritual health, but they have neglected their physical health.

Physical Health: having a healthy body.
Physical health encompasses exercising, diet, prevention and treatment. There are some physical ailments that are hereditary. Nonetheless, ailments could still be overcome by proper physical health. The pollution, behavior, lifestyle and fitness have broken down our health hedges, leaving many sick and dying. While lifestyle is not preponderant, it is an important plate in the health chain. It is so depressing to always hear obese (excess amount of fat in the body) people lay a thousand and one complaints why they cannot exercise, but they want the society to accept them like that. Accepting them that way is to encourage them to die young. The backbone to physical fitness is your behavior.  Many have argued that just maintaining a good spiritual health is enough. To the contrary, Paul said to Timothy, “For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come (I Tim 4:8).” Something being less does not mean it is useless. You don’t need it too much, but you cannot do without. One does not need a gym to exercise. I do at least 20 different exercises at home. Here is where phytomedicine comes into your physical health.
You need lean muscles to be healthy, and veggies help to repair damaged muscles. These vegetables will also serve as antioxidants. By eating vegetables, you automatically control your weight. Fruits too have the same properties, albeit they come with fructose which may cause weigh gain at waistline if the individual is not exercising properly. You see, God cannot counsel you to your death. There is no excuse for so many people to be on many medications, yet they are still very unhealthy.
Until then, read part 3.
St Arrey of Ntenako.



“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

How Does God Want US to Eat? Part 1.



This could be the most important article you ever read from me, so I plead with you to take your time and read it carefully. I will divide the article into three parts to encourage those who do not like to read, to read. Your health and life are very important to you and to us. It is not as if the Americans do not know what to eat and drink, but they want to eat what they like and want. It is not persiflage as I do not want you to be sick again because these principles have kept me away from the hospital for the past 24 years and more. I always feel sad seeing people living in a country with such a wealth of information still under the bondage of sickness or being very obese. I am not saying that people cannot be sick, but he or she should not be sick out of dietary negligence. This lesson is not positing that God prescribes what we eat, but it hypothesizes that God has a way or a diet he wants humanity to practice. The secret is to use the fruits for meat and leaves for medicine. I will explain what it really means. Therefore, this lesson will expose the causes and then propose solutions which are my own secret of living healthy as a man who has not been sick since 1990. The causes and prevention will be placed into five categories: spiritual, physical, emotional, social and intellectual health. I had gleaned the open secret from the Bible: Leaves for medicine and fruits (edible fruits- Lev 19:23) for food (Ezek 47:12). The Bible mentions at least 127 types of plants; thus, showing the importance it has for phytomedicine. The hermeneutics of the latter verse will be the centrifuge of my analyses.

How can people live in America with all these medications, yet they are so sick and have such a shorter lifespan as compared to other industrialized nations? If medications alone were enough to keep people healthy, then the United States will be the healthiest nation in the world because it manufactures more medications than any other country. Cancer and high blood pressure are leaving no stone unturned, mental diseases do not want to throw the relay baton, and obesity is building a propinquity to the teenagers unparalleled worldwide. Just this year, the Harvard Health Publication wrote this, “In less than 40 years, the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. has increased by over 50 percent, so that two of every three American adults are now overweight or obese. Even worse, the obesity epidemic is rapidly spreading to our children.”[1] The future is looking very bleak. In her online version on January 10, 2013, Medical News Today published this, “Americans have shorter lifespans and higher rates of injury and disease than their counterparts in other rich countries, researchers from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council wrote in a new report this week.”[2]  On May 1, 2014, CDC even confirmed that Americans are dying prematurely from preventable diseases.[3] Apart from America herself, the rest of the world knows that Americans are too sick. They are even risible to a point where they are referred to as “the sick people of industrialized nations.”

There are many reasons why people are too sick: unhealthy behaviors and lifestyle contribute to the billions of dollars spent in this country on healthcare. The irresponsible lifestyle affects everyone because the effects are cyclical. Considering that people keep living unhealthy lifestyles, they get sick and so the government imposed upon businesses to include healthcare provision in their packages. Let us start with our first category.  



“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

Book Review: The Dialectic of Economic Development.


 

                      The Dialectic of Economic Development.       John Tataw Manga, (New York: Xlibris, 2013) 172 Pages                                                                             Review by Ozodi Osuji


       This book is a joy to read; in fact, it is as if the writer is proficient in literary writing and deployed that skill in his discourse on the dialectics of economic development in the southern Hemisphere of our planet.
      The theme of the book is technology transfer. The author, apparently, has given quite a bit of thinking to the question: why is the south not developed? 
      By the south he is really talking about Africa, for if he includes Asian and Latin American countries we can easily see that some of those are developing at a rapid rate than Eastern European countries. Let us get
     The subject of Africa’s underdevelopment has been addressed from many angles by many writers.  Many theses have been posited by the various writers that take on this conundrum.  What is self-evident is that no one really has explained why fifty four years after they obtained their independence from their European colonial master’s most African countries remain as underdeveloped as ever, perhaps, more so than they were when they obtained their independence from Europeans.
     Mr. Manga, an economist who had worked in various management capacities in the banking sector in the Cameroons proffered one more hypothesis as to why Africa is not joining the rest of the world in economic development.
       Why is Africa backward?  Mr. Manga proffered the interesting hypothesis that it is not in the interest of the nations of the Northern Hemisphere for the south to be allowed to develop. His view is that the logic of self-interest of Europeans impedes economic progress in Africa.
       If Africa is allowed to develop that would mean transferring technology to Africa, such as transferring manufacturing factories to Africa. That would mean that what is currently manufactured in Europe and North America is manufactured in Africa. If this were to happen, it would mean that Africa would no longer be the source of raw materials for European manufacturers but a source of competition for Europeans manufacturers. It would mean that Africans would have access to cheap manufactured goods and that would undermine the profits of European companies manufacturing such goods.
      Hitherto, Europeans buy raw materials at dirt price from Africa, ship them to Europe, transform them into finished goods and sell them at exorbitant prices in Africa. Indeed, sometimes the Africans that produced the raw materials may not be able to buy the finished goods sold by Europeans!
      In the meantime, European manufacturers are able to provide their workers good wages. They do so because they sell their goods at high prices in Africa and make profit and transfer some of that profit to their workers in Europe. That way, European factory workers make middle class income while workers in Africa hardly are able to make enough money to put decent good food on their tables. 
      It is, therefore, in the best interest of Europe and North America if technology is not transferred to Africa, Mr. Manga reasoned.  It serves the national interests of Europe for Africa to be kept underdeveloped and preserved as the source of raw materials for European manufactures.
       If Africa is allowed to become developed she would constitute competition for Europeans and that would lead to lowering of wages in Europe. Consider that at present the average European’s hourly wages is more than a man in certain parts of Africa makes in a whole week of working. 
      Given Africa’s low wages European manufacturers would like to manufacture in Africa and sell cheap in Europe and in the process reduce the standard of living in Europe. It is, however, in Europe’s best interests if Africa is kept underdeveloped, if technology is not transferred to Africa.  This is the reasoning of Mr. Manga.
      Mr. Manga said that it does not make any difference whether we are talking about capitalist Europe or communist Europe. As he sees it, self-interest calculations trumps the goodwill thinking that had naively assumed that developed countries would gladly help underdeveloped countries to become developed.
      Clearly, Mr. Manga is a thoughtful man; he is a very powerful observer of the economic behavior of human beings. There is no doubt that human beings behave to serve their self-interests.
       As Adam Smith observed in The Wealth of Nations, people may talk about public interests all they want, human beings tend to work hardest when they are serving their self-interests. Human beings are selfish animals. Adam Smith does not regret that reality but seeks ways to manipulate it. Since people are looking after their self-interests they would buy from sellers of goods those who sell cheap what they want to buy. If a supplier is able to produce goods and services of high quality and sell them cheap people would buy them instead of buy from sellers who have similar goods and services but demand higher prices. 
       Rationally interested people buy what is in their self-interests and buy cheap.  Thus, rational suppliers of goods and services strive to find more efficient ways of producing what they sell and sell them cheap so that people would buy them. Mr. Smith reasoned that this process leads to more efficient allocation of goods and services in a political economy. 
      Planned allocation of resources, the rational Scotsman would say, is an inefficient way to run an economy. If in doubt see what happened in Communist Russia where despite having vast resources the people lived at third world state.
      Mr. Manga’s reasoning is understandable but flawed. It is flawed because he failed to grasp that capitalism is always seeking ways to manufacture things cheap and sell cheap and make profits. If capitalism works, as it is supposed to work, Africa’s cheap labor cost ought to be a magnet for European manufacturers to build their factories in Africa, pay cheap wages and then have cheap goods to sell in Europe. Companies that could do so would make profits Vis a Vis those companies that manufacture in Europe at high labor costs.
      Pure capitalism suggests that there ought to be a rush to move manufacturing to Africa. Such a rush took place when Western manufacturers moved their factories to Asia in the 1980s.   So, why are Western manufacturers leery of moving their factories to Africa?
      Because Europeans and Americans are not moving their factories to Africa, some Africans succumb to a conspiracy theory: they don’t want us to become developed because if we do we become a threat to their economy.
      But here are some facts to consider. Africa’s lay of the land does not yet have many of the things manufacturers’ desire. Infrastructure, such as good roads, railways, seaports, airports and transportation in general, electricity and good water source is absent in Africa.  There is no pool of well-trained middle class persons in many African countries able to work as managers and technocrats.
        Many African countries are bedeviled by corruption. For example, nothing gets done in Nigeria without someone giving bribery to someone.  There is no rule of law that would make manufacturers feel that the African polity is stable and that their investments are safe.
     Many factors conspire to make northern investors wary of investing their capital in Africa.  These factors play roles in Africa’s current backwardness.
      Mr. Manga’s thesis plays some role in the equation but is certainly not the only factor retarding Africa’s efforts at economic development. His proposition is certainly worth reading.
      Mr. Manga is an excellent writer; he clearly did his research and fished out information that supports his thesis. He presented his ideas in a readable book. I recommend that all those who are interested in development matters in Africa should read this book.

Ozodi Osuji,   PhD:                                                                                                                    January 25, 2014

 

 


“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

“Rev, What is spiritual warfare, and how do you know that you are suffering from a spiritual attack?”





A.    Definition

Many people are unknowingly suffering under the yoke of the devil. There are many cases in America that should be treated only with spiritual warfare. Unfortunately, they are so given into explaining everything by logic that they allow their people to keep suffering. A spiritual attack is an ailment whose roots can neither be traced by medical tests, scans nor be found by whatever instrument that the physical eye can interpret the results. Let us say that you have head pain, but despite all the x-ray, scans and blood or urine tests, they cannot see anything, yet you are still in pain. That is a spiritual attack. Take one glaring example. A couple wants children, but despite their negative tests, they still can’t see the cause of their sterility and thus inability to bear children. That is a spiritual attack and your rest will come only from a spiritual solution rather than a physical one because when the wind blows, it exposes the chicken’s anus.  


B.     The Nature Of Spiritual Attacks.

When the Bible says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, it underscores two things. Firstly, it means that spiritual warfare is a habitual occurrence because wrestling entails rubbing two bodies together. Secondly, it means that spiritual warfare is not against human beings; consequently, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” Even if you knew that someone was a witch and was responsible for all your troubles, he/she is not your enemy. The enemy is the spirit from that person which attacks you at night or during the day.

I once worked in a mental health facility. The week that I will pray with the patients and rebuke their spirits, they will be great, but the week I don’t work, I will only hear that “this or that was really bad and we had to take her to the hospital.” When I am in those premises, I was constantly in prayers. The principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and the spiritual wickedness which held them captive could only be subdued by prayers and fasting. Nonetheless, it does not exempt them from taking medication because just because Jesus was going to pray for the blind, did not prevent him from putting mud on his eyes.

It is important to note that the devil does not touch the innocent. Even the witches that suck blood, they can only do it on you when you open up through association or by participation of evil. If you are involved in any evil on people too, you open yourself up to the attack of witches. For the devil to touch the innocent or righteous, he must obtain permission slip from God as in the case of Job (Job 1:12) or Paul (2 Cor 12:7-10). In such cases, it will not lead unto death. The end of the righteous will be better than his middle.


Although hippopotamuses do not bask in the sun the same way, the tactics of Lucifer are always the same in essence. They are always the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life as he did to Eve (Gen 3:6), Jesus (Mt 4:4-10) and the world (I Jn 2: 16). It is not as if he brings anything new. The temptation tricks he uses were actually stolen from God.  When God made the earth, he made trees that were pleasing to the eyes and good for food. (Gen 2:9). Then the devil now took them and added a third, "the pride of life", which is the vainglory from the acquisition of earth things. The devil always entices the victim with a carrot- evil enticement (James 1:14). He walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom to devour (I Pet 5:8). He dangles lust and when that lust has conceived, it delivers sin which in turn will produce death. If the individual falls, then he takes control. He stands from the outside and entices you with the things you like.  
How does he know then those things you like when he is not omniscient as God? Every human being on earth goes along with two spirits. The familiar spirit (Lev 19:31; 20:6, 27; Deut 18:9-14) and the spirit of God in the breath of life (Gen 2:7; Job 33: 4; Ezek 37: 5) and the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:17). It is that conscience or superego which now serves as the reconciler between our synderesis and our syneidesis. The spirit of God tries to draw you to God (Jn 14:26) while the familiar spirit tries to draw you back to the devil (I Sam 28: 7-25). The familiar spirit hovers over you daily, most of the times, taking your verbally expressed plans to the devil, and the devil now creates their counterfeit. That is why your temptation is never new to the desires of your heart. Otherwise, there will be no dilemma to make a choice over that which is bad.

For example, if you are looking for a job, the devil may bring you an organization, a man or woman who attaches hiring you with some ungodly strings. Another example could be those women who are looking for children. They go ahead and take potions and concoctions from witch doctor that make them pregnant. After that, the child comes with evil spirits into their home. Sometimes if a woman gets pregnant from adultery, she could also bring in demons.

Sometimes false prophets will give you all sorts of prophecies on how your destiny will be like heaven, but there is a war of attrition in front of you. When you have dreams in which you were winning and dinning on strange meat with strange people,   when you get up and feel satisfied, it is a sign of spiritual warfare. To succeed in a spiritual warfare, the wrestler must not have hatred or evil in their heart. That is different from falling in sin. The fighter should not labor the type of sin where they meditate to do evil and hurt another human being. That is why in traditional African society, virgins were the ones solicited to go and bring certain medicine from the forest. However, spiritual warfare requires courage and not timidity.


C.    How to overcome in Spiritual Warfare.


The fearful and cowards (Deut 20:8; Judges 7:3; Prov 24:10) cannot fight for God and themselves. Fear exposes the victim to the devil. The good thing about this war is that, those who believe in God are destined to win because they have the most efficient weapons (truth, righteousness, gospel, faith, salvation, and the word of God) as listed in Ephesians 6:10-18. In providing an amour for the Christian soldier, God gave no weapon to protect the back because he does not encourage cowardice. Never turn your back to the devil. The destination we strive to attain should submerge our fears because spiritual warfare is a war of attrition that we must not give up. No matter how much the afflictions, the Christian must only look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

D.    Conclusion.

The devil will camouflage as an angel of light through familiar source to attain you. At times, we may join them unwittingly, not knowing we are surreptitiously digging our own grave. The reason we fall prey is because we refuse to hearken to the warnings and counsel of the Lord. We refuse to listen to wise counsel from other saints. We need each other in this war we fight.

The spiritual warfare is not a one man show. The devil will take the face of a familiar person in a relative or good friend, but the surrealism should help you escape the more.  In this battle, there will be a time where you will come to a dilemma, not knowing where to go. Let God be your guide. You should listen to the Spirit of God to lead you to a better port. The battle is not for the fearful, but it is also not for the strong because it is neither by power nor by might but by the spirit of the Most High God. It should always be forward ever and backwards never. You will need all the wisdom of your parents to scale through the spiritual walls. When you are about to reach your destination, the battle will even be crueler than it was. It is not the time to give up. You spiritual enemies will never go away. They will keep fighting to drag you down. You must encourage one another until you obtain victory because victory is your destiny.  

Until then, let us fight the good fight of faith.

St Arrey of Ntenako.



“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).