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THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG IN LIVING OFF YOUR PARENTS.

I think I should begin this article with an apology, but at the same time, I feel I’d be wasting precious time I should use in coming up with something worthwhile to apologize to folks who I think may or may not know and understand why we went missing. Thankfully, it had nothing to do with writers block. If you don’t know, we went blank cause of some unforeseen events. Don’t remind me about the topic, I know exactly where I’m driving at.

I know you are waiting on the supposed valid reasons that I have to give to defend the assertion in the topic. Well, living off your parents isn’t something the general public would applaud you for, therefore leading youths to placing themselves under rather unnecessary pressure. Personally, I felt like a moocher who was milking his parent. Well, because there’s a stigma around living at home with your parents – and it honestly needs to be reconsidered. It should be noted that nobody is a failure for living off their parents. You don’t have to follow other people’s expectations, just do what feels right. From my perspective, you’re only a failure if you’re living off your parents and not trying to fix your situation. We’re in a poor economy where the odds are stacked against you. You’re far from a failure, especially if you’re concerned about it and trying to work out your future.

Living with your parents should involve acting like a responsible adult. You pull yourself together and do all the necessary house work you would be doing if you lived on your own. You are looking to the future, making plans, saving MONEY, increasing your educational qualifications or work experience. Whether you are a failure has nothing to do with where you live, it depends entirely on what you do. Well, if you ask me, I’d rather stay at home for another couple of years and know that I have the funds to live independently and comfortably with ease than move out now and work insane hours a week just to get by. Well, I don’t know about you, but I think that’s where the comment box has its role to play in today’s article. Kindly use it and tell me if you’d gladly leave home presently or not. And reasons, please.

Till we meet again, my name is Ozioma Charles and I am a member of this wonderful team. Thank you.

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On My Mind Lately.

Did you know that about 70% of everyone on the planet who types a “did you know” sentence actually doesn’t know? Believe it or not, it is actually very true. Take me for example, I thought I knew which way was best to start this article but as it turns out, I don’t and as such, I went on ahead to pull a random number straight out of thin air and fed that piece of information to you. Strange is what it is that if you put that same number into a well-constructed broadcast with just the right amount of grammatical errors, a few more unproven stats and you send it to an average African (or more specifically, Nigerian) parent, they would believe it and share to everyone on their contact list.

To be very honest, a whole lot of us don’t really know a lot. As such, when we find someone who seems to know what they’re doing or saying, we believe them and sometimes even look to them for guidance.

It might be what you call a flaw in our make. It is why girls would fall for a guy who is really confident and full of swagger but in all honesty, is near retardation. It is why African parents would broadcast a message because it is credited to some unknown doctor or security agent. It is also for that reason that we would listen to a bunch of people who are not so smart – to put mildly – say things that are quite stupid but still allow it to influence our lifestyle just because they’re famous.

Why? Because they seem to know what they’re doing, that’s why! I mean, if they didn’t know what they were doing, they wouldn’t be rich and famous, would they? They wouldn’t be on television and have their albums go triple platinum would they? If you haven’t figured it out already, the thing that’s been on my mind lately is the music industry. It’s not your fault though. I have made it a habit not to be too direct with my topic introductions. Some like it, some don’t. Either way, I’ll probably still do it again.

No, don’t get me wrong. I am no critic. That would mean that I have been able to do just as good or perhaps even better than these artists or forms of music I’m talking about. No, I am definitely not a music genius. I can hardly tap my fingers on a table and make a beat that would be danceable for more than two minutes. However, that doesn’t stop me from sharing my opinion, does it?

The music industry today isn’t exactly what it used to be. It has become so saturated that the good ones are actually starting to seem like the minority. It is a well-known fact that music has a certain effect on people. What people of this generation would call “a vibe”. It sympathizes with you when you’re sad and dances (or twerks – ‘cause I don’t see some people being able to do any other thing than that) with you when you’re happy. It influences your thoughts and even your decisions sometimes and you can’t really say why. You don’t question it. We don’t question it, we just go with the flow.

Everyone is aware of this, including the artists who go on ahead to put out music these days and that makes me wonder why they still put out what could easily pass for trash music. They know that their songs influence the society and yet, they still sing about abusing drugs and make it sound cool. They still sing about sexual harassment and make it sound cool. They sing about blindly pursuing money without having so much as a plan on how to actually make that money.

It isn’t all artists that are like this, though. There are still quite a number of them who put in thought and effort into their songs in terms of punchlines and actual content but they seem to be getting overshadowed by those who don’t have anything to say besides talking about how horny they are, how bad they are on the streets and how much money they have or they want to make. Sad, isn’t it?

It wouldn’t say well of me to just go on ahead talking about the negative side without talking about the good side too. Among them are people like Eminem. Not a lot of people listen to him and that only goes to buttress my point. Sure, there are times that he just makes music for the sake of the vibe but there are also times that he talks about real issues that the society is facing. A good example of that would be found in his song – “Untouchable” – where he spoke about racism even though he probably has never been a victim of it, being a white boy. Another example is J. Cole. I honestly don’t feel I need to explain this part about J. Cole. KOD speaks for him.

Enough about these foreign artists however. Their issues aren’t quite the same as ours. There are good artists in Nigeria as well. Talk about Falz and the latest album he just released – Moral Instruction. I’m sure you didn’t expect me to skip that. In that album, he singlehandedly went and preached against the issues we have here in Nigeria. Talk about Simi as well who constantly puts out good music. They might not always be socio-political revolution songs but they don’t influence negatively either. Talk about Adekunle Gold. In all honesty, I haven’t listened to as many of his songs as the next guy but one of the things I heard him say in his song – “Ire” – that struck me was:

“The grass is greener when you water the ground…”

I don’t know about you guys but that made a lot of sense to me. These guys and many others are those who have/are making effort to actually put out good music and not just sing about sex, money and being the baddest guy.

To be honest, I am not entirely sure what the purpose of this article is. Perhaps I want to draw your attention to a couple of things that have drawn my attention or maybe I just wanted to say what is on my mind. Like most of the world and a couple of people reading this as well, I do not know. However, take what you will from this article. If you are an artist, sing good music. And I mean good in every sense of the word. If you’re not one, pick your songs carefully. Don’t let yourself get influenced by all the bull crap that seems to have taken love out of the air.

On that note – whichever note that way – I would like to end this article but like I said in the second paragraph, there are a lot of things we don’t know. I for one don’t know what you feel about this article and I would like to be educated. What are your opinions? What type of music do you listen to? If you could remove a genre of music from the music industry, which would it be? Let me know in the comment section.

Irewole says PEACE!!!

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Gratitude Over Attitude!

Studies have shown that people who are grateful for the things they have and the life they are living right now are happier, calmer and able to perform and achieve more. For example, if you are grateful and appreciate the money you have, you’ll have more of it.

Now, permit me to inform you that the theory above isn’t entirely factual. Cause honestly, I’m still yet to see an individual who appreciates the smallest token of naira the way I do. And up until this very moment I’m still waiting for the so called ‘more of it’. Adhering to these conventional theories at times isn’t always the best option. Showing gratitude is sometimes a required thing, and at other times a spontaneous “thank you” to someone who has unknowingly made our day.

On most occasions, we show gratitude to give some of the feelings we’ve been gifted back to the gifter. The power of gratitude is really quite incredible. We usually show our gratitude to people we feel indebted to, when we have benefited from their actions, and when we want to make our feelings towards them known. Gratitude comes with benefits such as; making people attracted to us, increasing social support and strengthening family relationships, and more. Many times, a sense of entitlement limits us from showing the expected gratitude to people. No matter how little the help an individual renders to us, showing great gratitude to the individual is probably the best thing we could do for ourselves. Even to your parents who you feel have the basic responsibility of taking care of your needs. You shouldn’t use that as an excuse to neglect the gratitude you’re meant to show to them. Remember what people have done for you and try not to falter with gratitude. At times, what people require from us after they’ve rendered assistance in one way or the other is not really money or materialistic things. All they require is a simple ‘thank you’.

I’ve gotten to a stage in my life where exhibiting gratitude would never be a problem to me. Like my mum would always say; “Saying thank you for every good act shown towards you does not in any way taint your integrity.”
We are living in a society that encourages us to demand more from ourselves than ever before. Though it is good to give your best to succeed, we tend to forget that crucial step to real success; gratitude. Also, not having the awareness of things you have in life can set you to failure. Failure sometimes comes from within because of our negligence towards recognising the solution within us. Being oblivious to the assets, gifts and talents that you have is almost as good as being ‘ungrateful’.

In conclusion; gratitude should not be just a reaction after getting what we want, but an attitude that should be part of us. The kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good even in unpleasant situations. Well, bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting till you encounter positive experiences, in order to feel grateful is a good way to start.

My name is Charles C. Ozioma and I’m working on becoming a master of gratitude. I think you should do the same. The comment section is where you can drop your invaluable opinions. But as for now, catch you later and do have an awesome week!

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What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Happy New year folks! A new start for everyone of us, and you know what they say, Change is growth! And a change is definitely needed this year. Am I right? What things could you change about yourself this year? What’s your new year’s resolution?
If you’re having trouble figuring something befitting to your new life, worry no more, we’ve got you covered.

Here are five things that could fill your year will so much fun and fulfillment;

1. Try Photography – A camera captures every moment!

Last year had many memories, possibly too many you can’t remember them all! You know what could help? A camera! Take on photography as your new hobby. Capture every moment, celebration and experience with your friends and family. You don’t have to be too serious with it, but if you want, you could take online photography courses too.

2. Exercise and diet plans – Get that revenge body!

He broke up with you last year, she cheated on you last year blah blah blah, this year you’re going to have to rub it in your ex lover’s face! How? Exercise!! Plan how you eat, what type of food to eat and when to eat. Go on daily strolls and morning jogs. Being in the gym 24/7 isn’t necessary to be fit (unless you’re trying to give Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson a run for his money), so you don’t really need a gym. Everything you need is at home. There’s nothing wrong with indoor exercise. You also don’t need to have an ex to want to be fit! Being healthy should be one of your goals this year. You can and will achieve amazing health through dieting and exercising. Give it a try, will you?

3. Read funny books – Who doesn’t love WattPad?

“The bad boy stole my bra” might not be the best book but it will make you laugh, I mean, look at that title! We all deserve laughter in our lives so what better way could we have that other than reading hilarious books? If you’re not much of a reader try Wattpad.com. WattPad is an online library where free books are at your disposal all year! And the best part is most of the books aren’t lengthy, but they can give you a good laugh. Try it, really. Or if you’re into Korean/Japanese movies, try Webnovel.com. Again, the books are free and they’re ready to keep you company all year.

4. Be prayerful – This should’ve been number one

God is the reason we’re here in 2019, he deserves all our praise. So let’s all make it our duty to include God in all our endeavors this year. Not all of us are religious, but reading your bible and praying once in a while won’t hurt anyone. Having something to believe in is one of the things that makes us human. Include God in your life this year, you’ll never regret meeting Him.

5. Make money or Start a business – We live in Nigeria

I saved the best for last! If you’re not thinking of making money this year, then you’re not Nigerian. Please be reminded that this is Buhari’s Nigeria (for now). We cannot afford to be lazy (Youths, I’m talking to you!), and lord knows how easy it is to get a job in this country especially without your school certificate (feel free to note the heavy sarcasm), so it’s now a duty to become an entrepreneur this year. Start a business, no matter how little, and make money. Learn a trade now because your certificate is only going to take you so far. Have a skill like hairdressing or graphic designing, it could be your only means of survival.

And that brings us to the end of this article where I ramble foolishly and plead for you to leave comments and share this article with your friends. It’s a New year people! Don’t start it by ignoring my pleas.

Happy New year to you all.

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WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS AND SPORTS HAVE IN COMMON?

Hello sport lovers. How did your Christmas celebrations go?

To tell you the truth, mine wasn’t so splendid. Between the astronomical prices of items and food that was so close, yet so far, I really don’t know what to cry about. Well, you’ll probably agree with me that recent events in our beloved country isn’t giving us much to smile about. It’s therefore a relief that the Super Eagles clinched a spot in the 2019 AFCON (African Cup of Nations) tournament. Sad as it is for Cameroonians that Cameroon lost its hosting right to the competition, we here are extremely happy, and it has everything to do with the fact that we’ve missed out on the last two editions of the tournament.

It would be sacrilegious if I forgot to break to you that our own Alexander Iwobi was shortlisted for the African Player of the Year award. With the performances of many Africans in Europe’s top-flight, this is something to be elated about. Alexander would however have to wrestle with Egypt’s Mohammed Salah, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegalese sensation, Sadio Mane for the prized award. Needless to say, all four players have been in startling form this year and even as I write this, Aubameyang and Salah are at the top of the English Premier Leagues’ goal roster. Big ups to the men doing us proud out there.

I know you are thinking – when will this dude deviate to something foreign or ‘spicy’. Well, bother no more. Being a Real Madrid fan presently should be included in the TV show, “1000 Ways to Die” because in all honesty, I’ve advanced beyond the stage of depression to something more critical. These days, I do not watch Madrid play without having my handkerchief close by and it’s always very wet at the end of the match “sniffs…”. Forgive me, but the only way I can be able to proceed with this article is if I leave this very calamitous Real Madrid team out of the discussion. In the Premier League, the most watched and subscribed league in the world, a league where there are so many bone breakers and a league where controversy is incessant, it is with laughter that I report that Mourinho, the special one, has been sacked again. Poor Mourinho!

Permit me to talk about the racism black players are subjected to in Europe. Dwelling in a TRUE post-racial world and treating people we meet from different backgrounds as something to celebrate, not a reminder of past barriers is one thing that tops my prayer points. It is sad that forty years after black footballers entered the game, racism is still a huge problem. And even while British football likes to think it’s moved on, the picture isn’t nearly so rosy. In the 73rd minute of Spurs’ 2-0 league cup quarterfinal win last Wednesday, a fan aimed a bottle at Dele Alli. Alli responded by flashing up the scoreline with his fingers! Lord knows I laughed so hard my mum became worried that I’d pass out. Not long ago, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was at the receiving end when they played Chelsea, and even Arsenal’s talisman, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had a banana peel thrown at him by a Spurs fan during their premier league derby. At the moment, I want nothing more than for perpetrators of this racial attacks to face the full consequences of their actions.

In other news, Lewis Hamilton is now a role model for me. If you’re wondering why, his figures in the bank does it for me. Sometimes I look at Lewis Hamilton and wonder what the secret behind his Formula 1 dominance is. Well, as you may already know, Hamilton just romped to an 11th grand prix victory in 2018, more than double the race wins achieved by chief rival, Sebastian Vettel. On top of this, he sealed a fifth world title just a few weekends earlier. And as usual, Hamilton did not take the praise alone, he shared it with the hundreds of Mercedes employees behind his continued dominance. Damn! He really is something.

If you’re still wondering what Christmas and Sports have in common, wonder no more. You see, Christmas is a season of love and kindness. It’s a time when you share gifts and all that stuff. If you don’t already know, sports can have the same effect. Just think of how magnanimous you are when your team wins. Haha!

Well, I guess I’ll draw the curtain here today. I wish I could go on but the world of sport is just so broad. Don’t go thinking I have no identity, my name is Charles Ozioma and I’m a member of this wonderful team at talker’s spot blog. Kindly drop your thoughts and opinions in the comment section.

Thank you for reading. Merry Christmas and a happy new year in advance to you!

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HOW DID YOU MISS THESE THINGS?!

Before even bothering to delve into today’s topic, – which I’m not entirely sure of as at the time I started writing this sentence – I think an introduction would be in order. I am Oyebode Oluwasegun but a lot of my friends refer to me as Irewole and since we’re about to become best buds, I reckon you do the same. I am a member of the writing team for this awesome blog and I’ll be giving you news about basically everything in the most fun way I can think of.

As I said earlier, I am not sure I have a definite topic in mind for this article. If there is one at the top, it was added only after I ran it by my teammates. However, there are a few things that have bothered me quite a bit since the beginning of this week. Heck! Some of them spilled in from last week but I guess the very first of them is Cardi B’s breakup with Offset.

To be very honest, I never really keep up with the glitz and glam of the lives of these rappers. Even my favorites don’t get that much attention from me except when I’m stealing their identity and performing their shows in front of a live, non-existent bathroom audience. Ahh! I still remember the thrills and chills. The chills coming from the water splashing against my body and the thrills coming from my mom asking me to shut the heck up. In spite of my “non-alliance policy” however, I couldn’t help noticing that one of the world’s favorite couples was going to be breaking up and it was the same old story. Someone couldn’t keep their penis in his pants. I’m not going to mention a name here but I think the cheater’s name rhymes with the word “Onset”. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t figure it out.

Upon further poke nosing or as I like to call it – advanced research, I found out that according to the law of their land, a married couple splits the “achievements” each person in the union worked for after the marriage. Problem with this is that our aunty Cardi only got her rapping career going as well as it is right after her engagement with Offset whereas he had had things going on well for him before the engagement. I guess Cardi B’s got more to lose here. Later on, the chick that unlocked Offset’s wild side – assuming it was caged before – came back to Cardi B, teary eyed and was apologizing for coming between them.

In spite of how interesting that story might be however, I am not going to dwell on it very long because really… it’s not my business but one thing that pricked my soul to its very core is this year’s Grammy Awards. *sheds tear*. I mean, sure, Kendrick won a couple of awards and that made us black people proud but what about Eminem??? *has emotional breakdown and starts crying uncontrollably*

Okay, it’s thirty minutes later now and I think I’ve cried enough to get myself to continue writing this article. But really though, what about Eminem? He didn’t even get a nomination. And J. Cole? What happened to them? Yes, I know I am being biased but why shouldn’t I be? Those two people singlehandedly took on two of society’s issues in their albums – drugs and shitty rap music – and in the end they get snubbed? Not cool. Just not cool!!! *has emotional breakdown again*

The third thing on my mind is the issue of Kevin Hart and the Oscars. I guess when I was stuffing my face with snacks and my mum said “your mouth will not put you in trouble one day”, this is what she meant. Kevin Hart – before he hit it big as a comedian – made some really homophobic comments about homosexuality. Spoke about how he didn’t want his son to grow up gay and how he’d do anything to prevent that. A few years later, he is called on to host the 2019 Oscars award show which would pretty much be the biggest gig of his life yet but some people – monitoring spirits if you will – go back seven, literally seven years into his past to go and pull out his homophobic comments and then ask the decision to make Kevin Hart the host to be reconsidered. The puzzling thing is that they’re not even from the same village. I won’t give my opinion on what Kevin Hart did now because I don’t wanna start a World War Blog in the comment section.

In the end, he apologized for coming out against the homosexuals about seven years ago and – here’s the painful part – stepped down from hosting the show. For those of us (me, myself, I and everyone else) who would’ve loved to see Kevin host the Oscars, I guess that’s not happening yet. There goes my heart again. Getting broken and stuff.

So, I’ve been talking a lot now and I’ve not mentioned anything that comes close to home. The last thing on my mind which recently seems to be occupying most of it is ASUU. Yes, our favorite thunder company was in a meeting with the government recently after a bunch of ohter unsuccessful ones and apparently, they want to call off the strike. Almost everything that’s been on my mind this week is bad news. Yes, including ASUU calling off the strike. I still wanna stay at home and eat good food. I’m not ready for school! *throws tantrum*

Anyway, that pretty much brings us to the end of the article. What are your opinions about Cardi’s break up. Do you really think it’s fair that J. Cole and Eminem didn’t win anything at the Grammy Awards this year. Am I the only one who really would’ve loved to see Kevin Hart host the Oscars and did you bother to read out the bold letters in order to see what they spell out? Let us know in the comment section.

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Things to do this Christmas.

I wish I could just introduce myself as the awesome guy who wrote this blog post, but no, it took me exactly 64 hours to compose this. I’m sorry, I suffer writer’s block when my account goes red and it seems I’m just going to have to settle for a place on the chair this Christmas. However, you don’t have to be like me. You’ve probably made smarter financial choices so you’re very well ready to go on a spending spree. Albeit, come January, we’ll be in this seat together. I see the look on your face… C’mon, where’s your sense of humour?

You see, surviving this year seemed incredibly herculean (still does if the heat around these parts counts) but this is me, sipping my latte in peace as I break from the shackles of the block, and if you’re reading this, it means you’ve survived too. Nollywood says ghosts come to revenge, not surf the internet and I choose to believe. So, what better way is there to cool off all the stress the year has brought than chill now that Christmas is here? So my friend, I’m going to recommend 5 things you should do this Christmas that would make you feel super-cool come 2019, yay!

  1. Go See a Movie or two

Yes, you’ve definitely earned it. And while you may just have seen a couple of movies this year, I urge you to return to the cinema. This time, without the anxiety of a looming deadline, hard-pushing lecturer or a group work that screams—this is the end of your grades! I recommend King of Boys and/or the much-anticipated Chief Daddy. If you’re one for Hollywood, I recommend Robin Hood. We all just love Taron Egerton, don’t we?

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  1. Attend a music show

If your budget can cover this, it’s absolutely going to be fun. Stop all your dancing in front of the mirror for just a day or a couple of days. I’m certain even the mirror wants you to do something worthy with your dance talent. And this December is absolutely the right time. Go enjoy your favourite stars perform. I hear there are shows everywhere. However, I beg you in the name of chocolate waffles, don’t jump on stage when you get carried away. You’ll be disgraced. I repeat, you’ll be disgraced!

  1. Bond with family and friends.

You know that saying about family being all we’ll ever have, it’s old but golden. Make out time to appreciate this priceless gift you’ve been blessed with. Show your family how much you love them. Who knows, you all could go have a family only time at the beach or any other nice place. I can only smile when I think of how lovely the sight would be. If you have to visit home and you can, have a go. I’ll await your return—and your thanks.

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  1. Give!

This is just a four letter word but it’s the most powerful of all I’ve listed yet. Seek out the less privileged and those who aren’t as fortunate as you are, and gift them something. It could be your clothes, food, money, and etcetera. There’s so much joy to be derived when you give and if you’re looking to cool off, you need all the joy you can get. Or does anything beat the gratitude and happiness of a sick, hungry child when you arrive to save the day? Tell me in the comments section.

  1. Follow and Subscribe to the talkers-spot blog

You can bet your lunch I wasn’t going to miss that. How can you not want to subscribe to a platform that would bring you so much to satisfy your thirst? Do I have to give you the Et tu, Bruté look before you subscribe to receive updates from us? And yes, you can bookmark this page and come back for more tips, life-hacks, stories and in-depth analysis of issues that affect us all. We need you more than our pride will let us say, but who cares about pride when we could be fantastic together?

If you’re still wondering who this guy is, my name is Hassan A. Oluwatobi and I’m a writer and Graphic designer. Some call me Artsassin and I call myself Designfreak! Most importantly, I’m a member of the incredible team at the talkers’ spot blog. Over to you, which of these things would you be doing this Christmas, if any at all?

Thank you for reading our first blog post till the end, and welcome to awesomeness. Send your thoughts and I’ll answer right away. Till then, I got a latte to finish.

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