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Monday, 8 October 2018


By On 12:44:00

Ebuka had attended a personal development class where he learnt the art of personal development and growth. The lecturer had spoken for an hour when he noticed that some members of the class were not writing down anything. 
He moved closer to one of them to find out where the problem was. He had no paper to write on. Another had no pen to write. While yet some others had neither paper nor pen.
The lecturer quickly announced it and asked if there were students who wanted to write but did not have paper or pen. Those who wanted to write but did not have either paper or pen indicated. He then asked for help from those who had. Quickly, those who had either of the two items got up from their seats and took what they had to those who needed them. None of those who needed either pen or paper got up from their seats.
Then the lecturer said to those who neither had pen nor paper, “Why did you not get up from your seats in search of pen or paper, but rather seat back and wait to be served by those who offered to help you?”
And to those who received pen or paper, he said, “What made you get up from your seats rather than wait for those who needed what you had to come to you?”

What you have is enough. What you do not have is available, but without an effort to get it, you will wallow in self-inflicted disillusioned lack. Even though they did not reach out to get what they wanted but did not have, they still got what they wanted because someone else—the lecturer—had made an effort in their favour. 
Sometimes, you will make efforts towards what you desire. Other times, you will have them come to you. Either way, something will have to go into the works. You must not wait for someone to push the bar to get to you. Reach out and you will discover that lack is an illusion, sometimes created by complacency.
Reaching out will not a guarantee success, but when applied well and consistently, with utter believe and focus, will always lead to the accomplishment of great things.
Nigeria is a blessed nation with rich human, mineral, and other natural resources. The wealth of Nigeria is evident to the world, but the masses claim not to be in touch with it. This simply indicates that it is not just enough to have it in you. Tap into it actively to the benefit of humanity.
Every man has some valuable traits deposited in him by nature. No man would lack, if these gifts are tapped into by everyone and exchanged with one another for value. Let the value you have, be a means of service to humanity. That way, your desires will come to you.

While you hope for what you do not have, use what you have, and you will find out that you already had enough.
Make moves to fill gaps in whatever you do. Opportunities will come to you when you have stretched forth a hand.
Your natural abilities will not blossom until you have made concerted efforts at using them.
You've not gone so far into your life. RETRACE NOW.


Monday, 1 October 2018

There Is Nothing Like Independence - Ditch That NOWsense

By On 12:04:00

Earlier, I had sent a Happy Independence Broadcast. Among the many responses I got was this one that got me thinking: He says, "Nothing like Independence, Bro." 

Well, you are not surprised if you are resident in Nigeria or any other country as ours. Many would say so too. But I'll make a smile spring forth from your face so that you see independence as a personal responsibility. 

After my first book (written in 2006, and published in 2013), I didn't think I would publish another book soon. I have always wanted anyone I come in contact with to learn a thing that will spur him/her to make a retrace move. While I do that, I open my mind to learn tons. Writing RETRACE and publishing it the same year is an improvement on the former. That is what you must do. Ditch those thoughts that things are not fine. Those thoughts will end there, and our problems snowballed to elicit endless tantrums from us. 

Utilize the little within. Right now, do the little I will tell  you. As we do that, we constantly pray for a better nation.

Now hear this...

Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli is a lady I respect and admire. If you have never heard from here before nor had enough of her, read this now:

After a 90-minute session on Book Publishing and Marketing Mastery, my client, a man in his late fifties said to me, “I am glad I'm just learning this. I wish I knew this all my life. I didn't know my story was this interesting. I don't know there were lots of things to help me make the best of publishing
All that man said only presented itself in one word to me. I couldn't exactly pin down what the word was, but I knew it was something that a lot of young people were taking for granted.

When I began to read RETRACE, I found that word. I found it in plural form—Opportunities.

I caught the word: the word that wraps up all the things he said to me. I cried a little. And I laughed too. By the time I got to the last page, there came an adjective to qualify it as limitless opportunities.

Val Eze has his way with words. Having sat in the same lecture hall for five years with the first author in a class of over one hundred and thirty students, he is one of those, whose words and actions align.

With Retrace, Val walks a path where many see as impossible to pass through. He doesn't do so as a person of authority; he does as his story portrays—of a multi-talented, whose clarity about life comes from his consistency in fully applying himself in every situation. This is the real story of a life I know: his ability to tread paths until the grasses give way and the route becomes clear to those who desire to tread this path. This is still his present nature.

Today, Val creates limitless opportunities with Retrace. It is a call to originality, immersion and overflow. The narrative turns us into the within, undresses our limiting beliefs, and presents us face-to-face with the truth that we have been running away from. Have I even talked about how he talked about fear? Amazing! Go ahead and see for yourself.

Another thing to note is the power of building networks across. Val opens our eyes to the simple analogy of how we can build and collaborate with our own cheerleaders whilst seeking to bind with those at the top. Judging from my own personal life, Retrace provides that simple process to building a ladder that aids the climb to your dreams.

If  you've just gotten a copy! I am proud of you! You are damn lucky! No, scratch that! You are rich: richer than all others who only have money.

Now, dig deep without wasting a moment. Turn the pages over and again. His words are simple. He speaks in a language that only humble minds can understand.

When you find the words that hit you, do me a favour! Share that word with the world! Tell them you are on a retrace. Ask them to do exactly what you have done to stay on track—that is, to get a copy too.

Retrace is the kind of book you read in your room, in the bus, at the restaurant and when you take a stage.

I dare you not to pick a copy today at the Independence Prices. You've got no damn reason to look away. Ditch your excuses and help tomorrow. 

Leave nkwobi and beer for now.
Free those bangles and trinkets for the mean time. 
Get some additional sense.
Even suya won't save you beyond today.

As much as 50% discount!
PLUS a free book: 
Elvis C. Umez 

I'm a nice guy, right?
Let me hear you complain again.

But wait o, it's just for today. 
12 midnight, I shut down the discount. Don't try me. 
I won't be a Nigerian on this one.
I will definitely shut down and we revert to the original prices.

When you click GET ACCESS NOW, you will see the discounts.
Click the PRE-ORDER NOW (for either softcopy or hardcopy) to see the Independence prices.

Then pay before midnight of Ist October, 2018.


You now have the ball bouncing in your court.
Play it or spend more tomorrow.

Again, what you get when you pay:
  • RETRACE (at 50% discount)
  • How Much Is Your Mind Worth? (for FREE)
(Deadline: 12 midnight, Ist October, 2018)

An extra book as bonus 
I hope you have the same feeling I had until after I had read the last page of this book.

Have a good time reading.

Chidindu Mmadu-Okoli
(Writer, TEDx Speaker, Storytelling Strategist, Author of ‘Be Utterly Shameless,’ Medical Laboratory Scientist)


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Learn To Give Up and Try Again - Retrace

By On 09:59:00
Tailors always said that making new clothes was easier than mending already sewn ones. But when it has not been sewn well, will you rather wear it that way than mend it?

Driving a car forward is usually easier than reversing a car. But when you have gotten to the wall with the need to reverse, will you rather hit the wall than to reverse?

Many have missed the use of their natural abilities as a result of the limiting hopes placed in them by the educational curriculum.

Those who utilize their natural abilities are afraid to keep at it when it does not earn fat or get praised by everyone.

Yet others are on the verge of missing theirs if they are not coached right.

We can all run that mile over again if that is what it takes to go over our lives again and fully utilize our worth.

RETRACE is set to bring to you, personal experiences of the author, and of persons whose lives inspired the writing of this piece.


Please note that for the purpose of anonymity, some names—except that of the author and those of persons who have rightly given consent—found in this book do not represent real persons, even though the experiences expressed therein represent live personal experiences.

As you read, dip yourself into the intent of this book and get enriched by its demands of you, which mirror the everyday life of you and many others out there, whose lives need to be retraced on the map of productive living.

Summarily, always strive to get better than your current self.

To pre-order, simply click: bit.ly/retrace1


Friday, 14 September 2018

The Retrace Campaign - Exploiting Your Natural Abilities

By On 20:17:00
Tailors always said that making new clothes was easier than resewing already sewn ones. But when it has not been sewn well, will you rather wear it that way?

Driving a car forward is usually easier than reversing a car. But when you have gotten to the wall and need to reverse, will you rather hit the wall than reverse?

Many have missed the use of their natural abilities as a result of the limiting hopes placed in them by educational curriculum.

Those who utilize their natural abilities are afraid to keep at it when it does not earn fat, or get praised by everyone.

Yet others are at the verge of missing theirs if they are not coached aright.

We can all run that mile over again if that is what it takes to go over our lives again and fully utilize our worth.

Discovering my innate ability long after I thought I had long done so, I decided not to ignore it, but rather make a quick stop, turn and pick up my natural side of life as I continue my life in a rather better perspective.

I enjoin you to do same for a fulfilled life - however you choose to define a fulfilled life.

Monday, 27 August 2018

LEADERSHIP TWEAKS - The Pioneer Leaders' Guide To Exponential Results

By On 13:00:00
Elvis C. Umez 
154 pp 
Until you can effectively lead yourself, you will not be able to lead others. Leadership affects relationships, businesses, socialization.

At every point in time, there are shifts and adjustments to be made in the way you live and interact.

Everyone leads.

That's about the book - Leadership Tweaks: Pioneer Leaders' Guide To Exponential Results.

Author: Elvis C. Umez
Editor: Val Eze

Send a mail to: evalsblog@gmail.com or iamvaleze@gmail.com to place an order.



Saturday, 18 August 2018


By On 18:20:00
You Rock

As I spoke about Nosocomial Infections yesterday on Wish 99.5 Fm, here in the Garden City, it wasn't just about nosocomial infections, but also about how we come to receive cure, and in the process, get infected.

Nosocomial infections are contracted in the hospitals and other healthcare facilities during hospital stay. 

We seek education, but in the process, get caged by curriculum.

We have often underutilized our innate abilities.

Education has given us knowledge and hope, but put us within the grasp of limiting lines, which are meant to give us that take off point.

We cram and quote the learned, revere them and fear to step into their old shoes and walk a path away from their own conclusions.

We fear they've said it all and done it all. We fear we won't make sense. That we'll get smacked for thinking otherwise and for going beyond the line. We have acquired infections while seeking education, stagnating at our starting point, rather than growing from it.

We all struggle for the same old thing which our teachers and parents struggled for.

It's not easy. Yes, but we can gradually dip hands into the puzzle and do that which we are capable of doing.

They say education is scam. But education thought us about scam, and made us able to scam and be predisposed to scam.

Some people get education to make money. Others make money to pay for education.

What da heck is that?

Education isn't scam enough right?

You're greater; you rock.



Monday, 6 August 2018


By On 08:51:00

It's often said that what you do not know is bigger than you. And what you know should not find its way around your neck.

First step to killing the fear that keeps you from maximizing your gift and acquired skill is knowledge.

Being multi-talented is great, but if you don't type down to your core strength, you'll float like the lily on River Efu.

Many people can do many things at the same time, but cannot be masters in all. They dwell in the security of having a lot around to shield them from being blank.

Choose a lane to run with. Look for the meeting point of your strengths. When you have discovered your core strength, fear gets gradually dispelled in exchange for courage-laden mastery.

When you have achieved this, do everything you need to do with the knowledge you have garnered. 

Do it regardless.

Think of how less you read when exams are far away, and how much you read when your exams get closer. 

Fear simply magnifies what didn't scare you earlier. It doesn't change it. Fear doesn't change the exam questions. It simply makes the exam look mightier and scary to you. 

Fear is glass - magnifying glass; fear is breakable.

Break it.

Live your real life. Fear will always come into the works. Jump it like Lagos road. Don't wait for the vehicles to finish crossing, except you have a mat to pass the night by the roadside. They will never stop crossing. Brave it.

Say you gentle no be for Lagos road. Find way cross, but no go jump enter motor front o.

Fear is glass. Break it. Go on. Do it afraid. Do it with your eyes and mouth wide open.


Friday, 13 July 2018


By On 10:57:00

Sometime ago, a friend told me how well he had seen me doing with writing - Well, "I'm just beginning a movement," I thought.

"I think I can write if I mean it, but... What keeps you going?," he queried.

"One mistake which many people make is to erect edifices on wrong soils. And when the soil goes weary, the foundation shakes and the edifices are threatened with awful collapse on grounds of discontent."

"Building your passion around your career could be dangerous due to the ease at which you could switch careers, especially when you think that a certain career will satisfy you more by paying you better."

"While changing careers may have little or no effect on your inherent gifts and your passion for them, the reverse may deal a blow on you. Building your career around your passion will afford your the ease of redirecting your passion towards any new terrain or even scatter it across different terrains with the same objectives and similar results."

While we discussed, we switched to the business of copywriting for his company.

That's a new terrain with the same passion for the gift of writing.

What you love to do, keeps you happily alive.

For many, this may not make sense now. It's a matter of time.

Excerpts from the book - #Retrace


Wednesday, 4 July 2018


By On 10:00:00
Writing is golden. Heard that before?

Now, I'm smiling.

Many writers get encapsulated in the passion for writing, forgetting that passion is like fire which needs some elements to burn and keep burning. And when these elements are not in place, their writing shots keep firing to soft woods and falling to the grass. 

Soft woods and grass don't sustain fire for too long.

More bluntly put, if you don't make money with your writings, your passion dies in a matter of time.

What keeps you going is the impact your writings make in the lives of your readers. 

And for the intellectual property, the resources employed to perfect your art, business running costs, and the encouragement that comes from seeing that your works add value, you have to get paid to grow and be able to offer more and better.

Don't stay in your cubicle and write what you alone would read. Don't employ strategies that get masked by the noise. Everyone is writing, speaking and doing stuff. How do you get heard?

Brand yourself and showcase to stand out amidst the many who do exploits, and get paid. Employ exceptional strategies that sell.

To do that, you have to be taught the tips that will push you above board and make you stand out and stay afloat.

Learn the baits. What do people get attracted to on social media? What picks the interest of readers very readily? 

Use a combination of words, graphics, videos and audios to shoot your content to the minds of your audience. Pitch yourself to their instincts and be unapologetic about it.

Sell you wares in the rain and noise. It is not just enough to write and have people give you accolades.You should sell out. Sell back the accolades in exchange for money.


Sunday, 3 June 2018

AUTHOR'S COMPASS by Udunma Ikoro

By On 07:18:00
Udunma Ikoro
** pp.

The lamp holder is a god.

Everyone needs someone who will hold their hand and lead the way - one who has walked the same path.
I died as a writer.

I shared my experience with writers' block sometime ago and friends talked me to peace of mind and confidence in the gift I've got to grow myself on.

Writing has always been an art which flowed through my hands. I thought I was made because I had this latent gift.

I wanted to go the path of greatness in an art I grew with. But then, honing was something I never factored in.

Ever sailed in the oceans without a guide? Obviously not, else you wouldn't be here to respond. You would have been lost between the shores.

Direction is pertinent in anything you do. And writing is not left out.

You write but not with the enthusiasm and focus of a writer? Someone should go before you to hold the lamp.

You need a guide to attain the grace of your art.
And when you have written that piece, you want to have it in the hands of your readers. That's the joy of the one who writes to serve.
If you're a writer or an aspiring author, now you've got a map guide.

Udunma Ikoro has emptied it in this piece - Author's Compass.

If you don't get published with this, then you probably didn't wish to write or get published.

Very explicit, this book is straight to the point and attends to your writing and self-publishing concerns on Amazon and other renowned publishing platforms.

Get your copy, read, then go ahead and get your work done.
Reviewer: Val Eze


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