First, let me apologize for the extra-long post below (I believe this would make thelongest post on TTB you’ve read, and likely to stay so for a while). When (or better put, if) you get to finish this article, you’d probably know half as much as I know myself; the other half would be in the comment section…I guess when I get in my comfort zone, it’s a challenge to restrain myself from being expressive. Also, since I balked from featuring on TTB’s hot seat earlier, I decided to go the extra mile…..
What's your real name, first and last?
Olufela Christopher Odusegun is my first, middle and last name. Yinka is one of my many names, although it is a relatively unknown appellation of addressing me, hence chrisyinks as my moniker isn’t farfetched.
Is Chrisyinks a name? No? How did you come up with it? It's quite a mystery.
It is a mix of two names: Christopher and Yinka, both of which are my birth names. No mystery behind the name.
How old r u?
26. I was born on Saturday, February 17, 1990.
How many siblings do you have?
I have three siblings: Two sisters and a brother.
What did you study?
At undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering; at graduate level, Petroleum Engineering; currently, Engineering Management – hopefully, on completion of this course, I would have come to the end of my sojourn with degree courses.
What do you do for a living?
I currently work as a Lab Technician in the computing facility of my school.
Are you single, married or in a complicated relationship?
What's your best food?
I have an unsophisticated taste in food generally distinguishing between edible and non-edible foods (In essence, any and almost every food goes). If I had a best food, it would be Jollof Rice – it’s probably the only food that I am reluctant to share even when it is clear I have more than enough.
What's your favorite thing to do?
Be in the company of people/friends doing anything or everything. I very much enjoy the relational aspect of life.
Why do you hate taking pictures?!!!!!!!!
I don’t know why I don’t like taking pictures, but I’m not the greatest fan of pictures. Let’s make a deal Kabuoy: when next we meet, we’d take as many pictures as you want. Deal?
Why didnt you take that pic wiv Kabuoy that day?
I am not the greatest fan of pictures. Let’s see if Kabuoy would accept my offer.
Everyone has that thing/situation that jolts them out of their reverie and sets them on the right path...What was that situation for you?
When I commit a wrong – and I have committed several. My conscience is probably the biggest reason why I try to be on my best behavior.
What is your perception about life?
Life is my opportunity to serve others – for in so doing, I serve self.Unsophisticated perception right! I strongly feel the import of God’s commandment in the New Testament was others – precisely, He and humanity. I believe keeping simple the seemingly complex issues of life greatly enhances the quality of one’s life.
At what stage did you discover yourself?
Self-discovery for me is a life-long process with the decisive parts of the discovery happening in my early twenties. I feel that experiencing life (being open to as many opportunities that I had interest in) helped with the process. I believe from one’s late teenage years through one’s twenties, one would have certain inclinations, reservations and aspirations that serve as a pointer or rough guide to what one’s life purpose should be. For some this could happen much earlier orlater. Discovering self to a substantial part, you’d be able to see how the pieces of the puzzle of life fits – how your childhood, past experiences, desires, fantasies, passions, competencies, interests and the whole range of living comes together for that purpose (kind of what Romans 8:28 tries to pass across). I should add, it isn’t unusual for one to continually re-discover self in the later part of life, although thisdiscovery would be to a lesser degree. I try not to restrict myself to certain areas, career paths or industries but aspire to achieve certain ideals that may make my life ‘comfortable’. I believe I’d be comfortable, if at the ebb of my life, the totality of my life could reflect these five priorities/values: Christian, husband, father, money earner (I’d admit this has to be worked upon), and global citizen. You may have noticed that I tend to be a generalist and therefore, adopt a broad view to life. If so, you are right – this tendency permeates the most important aspects of my life.
What inspires you?
A lot inspires me – The Bible (not just because it is a religious book but for its pearls of wisdom). I feel The Bible is a magnificent piece of book, quite fascinating, intriguing and very relevant to our daily living in more ways than we think; Lives of Influential people – Chimamanda Adichie, George Washington, Ibukun Awosika, William Clinton, Pat Utomi; historical events; noble and courageous deeds; movies; books; friends. Also, I get inspired by the essence of now and by extension today, understanding that time is a finite resource and life oftentimes is fleeting for many. Perhaps, what inspires me the most is that jaded look on that hawker who has to eke out a living in the scorching Lagos sun; the market woman who has to brave the elements and unfavorable living conditions to earn some monies to feed her children; the pauper who feels because of a physical challenge, he can’t make a dignified life for himself; these and many more inspire me because I feel I owe it to others in the society and the coming generation to make this world a better one and maybe by doing so, we all could make this world a better place to live.
Where do you see yourself in 5years? What do you see yourself doing?
Strictly, I don’t plan my life within a certain timeframe. There are certain activities I do now that I had initially thought to be best suited for my twilight years. Increased knowledge resulting in better decisions have consequently revised these ‘plans.’ I prefer to plan my life on certain values/ideals that I hope the totality of my life would espouse; hence, when opportunities that dovetail on any of those values/ideals become available, I grasp it – I feel ‘living’ those values would create a desirable future that arguably would be better than that created by the best-laid plans. Also, I have learnt that no matter how one plans, you can’t plan all things, therefore one must rely on favorable externalities. These ‘externalities’ may not be available during a desired period if one uses a strict time-defined planning approach. Thus, I feel that my improved ‘planning’ approach factors this concern. I believe it is as much the prevailing environment, as one’s personal resolve, that makes the man (woman). Hence, the desirable opportunities that gets presented to one every day is an opportunity to understand and fulfill self better. The book ‘The Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell gives some insight on this.
That said, If there’s any one thing that I’d love to be in 5 years’ time, that’d be a father. I love the responsibility of molding another life (I’d primarily be doing this with my wife and God).
If you had the opportunity of investing 1million dollars, what will be the first thing that comes to your mind?
If I had a million dollars…. I’d contact Forbes to add my name to their millionaire’s list (if they keep one)…hehehe. I’d pay my tithe to keep God’s commandment and also to tell Him thank you. Initially, I’d keep my winnings in a relatively low-yield but safe and secure investment like the money market to be able to clear my thoughts about how to invest such money – this waiting period would last about six months. Then look at what market instrument I could invest in - stocks/securities, bonds, treasuries, venture capital, hedge/mutual fund, real estate, a promising startup or less likely, start a business. Thinking about your question made me resolve to keep a friend savvy in financial matters close by for windfalls like this. Hopefully, such friend’s expertise would be a guiding light to my next step. Who knows, you just might have one million dollars for me…
What won't you do for money?
Asides anything illegal and unchristian, I’d be less inclined to engage in any activity that doesn’t interest me. Money is time and I try to be careful with how I spend it.
The calculator fell down and upon falling; it revealed a sheet of paper – containing my written response to a full theory question. The invigilator also noticed this. She was ready to forgive Bunmi and Femi with a stern warning…but the chief invigilator stepped into the exam hall and noticing the sheet of paper and the written response firmly stated that she was certain (possibly with her life) that the handwriting was mine and I was going to be disciplined’. (The chief invigilator was my biology teacher and I had taken a strong dislike to biology which hadreflected in my poor grades, so I guess she was generally unpleased with me). Then the unthinkable happened…both Bunmi and Femi denied that they knew about the incriminating page. Bunmi mentioned that he had simply requested a calculator from Femi without him knowing about the paper in the calculator; Femi replied that the calculator was Bunmi and he didn’t know it contained any incriminating page…but it was certain that I was already guilty with my writing providing sufficient evidence for my sin…so much for friends right. Because I had a good academic reputation, many teachers that knew about the incidence were willing to waive the punishment, but precedence had already been laid. That morning, a student had been flogged – the ascribed punishment - during morning assembly for exam malpractice, thus it would have been unfair if my case had been given a pass. This incidence happened on Friday.
So over the weekend, I took out time to pray and beg God to forgive me of my sins and touch the heart of the school authorities to extend a level of undeserved grace to me. To prove my faith in God and my prayers to him, I decided to wear the lightest of underwear on Monday. Alas! I was called to the assembly front in company of my accomplices, Bunmi and Femi, booed and flogged. I wasn’t popular in school and I relished to a great extent whatever privacy I thought I had, so it was really embarrassing when the ‘stellar’ reputation I had built was tarnished with one mistake. Thankfully, my chemistry exam wasn’t cancelled which would have resulted in me failing the subject and having to repeat the class.
Imagine my surprise, when on the same Monday, after being flogged during assembly, my friends still wanted me to engage in exam malpractice for the Physics exam we were having for that day.
Can you try to be 99.9% honest with each question asked?
Do you have a crush on any TTBV? If yes... Who? If no... Why
Yes I do have a crush. Though, the better question would be how many TTBV’s do I have a crush on? I have answered this question in a previous post: F, J, Mallamaand many others are my blog crushes – Yes, I am African, why should I have only one blog crush?
Have you ever been in a friends-with-benefit situation?
No, I don’t look forward to it either.
Have you ever dated a friends ex?
No, though, I have almost dated a friend’s ex and I would have wanted to date her.I only got to know she was a friend’s ex after I met her. Still, it wouldn’t have made much impact on the decision to date or not date her… I guess a valuable prize attracts many. If I feel a lady meets what I desire in a companion, why not? There is a reason she is not with my friend – they did not fit. It would be unfair to hold that against her.
Are you celibate?
Yes, I am celibate: pre-marital sex complicates pre-marital relationship matters for me.
Why didn't you ask if he is a virgin?
Kabuoy, that’s a personal question now – one best left for the knowledge of involved couples and whoever their discretion trusts.
What's your favourite movie?
I have several movies that rank high in my assessment – too numerous to recount. Generally movies that catch my fancy and genre that interests me the most are: action, suspense-filled movies, espionage, didactic, animations, romance, law, biographies and movies that recount notable historical events or the lives of people and their courageous deeds. It’s easier for me to recount my favourite series: 24, Prison Break, the Good Wife, the Newsroom, Black Sails, Hunted (UK), Gotham.
Are you trying to join the beard gang or you just let it grow for 2days and then you shave?
I was trying to join the beard gang but it seems my beards had other plans.
Books or Movies? Black or white? Morning or Night?
I loved movies for most of my growing years. In fact, during undergraduateschooling, one early morning, while preparing for lecture, I suddenly had a guest in my hostel room requesting for who I was, as he had being directed by another person to look for me for any inquiries he had about movies/series. It wasn’t the best thing to bring me a semblance of fame, but that was how much I loved movies. Currently, I do more of books. Movies nowadays, tend to be a repetition of similar sequences, with only a few doing much to preserve the suspense and make it worthwhile.
Well I do not have much taste in color. Since I’m dark, lighter clothes work best for me, so white.
I love my mornings – the dawning of a new day and the breath of fresh air presents an opportunity to correct errors and improve on yesterday.
What do you love about TTB?
Thelma’s write-ups, personal stories, and rare ability to contextualize a situation in infinite words – essentially create a lasting impression. The people that the blog attracts – often times I’m amazed by the quality of comments and the personality behind those comments.
Do you have a celebrity crush? If yes, who?
Don’t really have a celebrity crush, If I did it’d be Chimamanda Adichie – I love her views on life.
What's conversation with your gf/wife like??is she as much an intellectual as u? Sapiosexual or nah?
If I were in a relationship, it’s just going to be a normal conversation between two people – discuss about likes, dislikes, my or her offence, the day so far, perspectives about work, family, trending issues, aspirations, funny happenings,etc. Well, I don’t consider myself as an intellectual but this I know: I’m the lucky person in the relationship. I feel being ‘gifted’ in some certain areas doesn’t mean that one’s choice of a partner has to be equally gifted in that area. My best relationships are oftentimes those I admire a certain skill or trait in the other party,possibly because of my deficiency in that identified skill or trait. Life and thriving as a family unit requires a vast number of varied competencies and unnecessary duplication of ‘expertise’ in spouses/parents-to-be may mean a deficiency in some other equally important area. I reason that the best relationships are those in which couples function as a team complementing and not competing against each other. I do have my deficiencies/weakness so a partner that complements this aspect with or without being an ‘intellectual’ should be a good match. I like being eclectic hence spice is a desire for me. Basic knowledge about general happenings is desirable, improved knowledge doesn’t necessarily confer any additional benefits. It’s knowledge – it can easily be acquired. Wisdom and understanding would be the prize.
I perceive you serious from your writeups, are you that serious?
I’m never that ‘serious’. If you met me the first time in an informal setting, you’d most likely never ascribe to me, the level of seriousness you currently do. The few times my close friends have often confirmed me serious is when I play Sudoku. Other times I’m just the easy going fellow that I truly am. In fact, in my younger days, I needed to wash my school uniform twice before my next use: once during school hours in the school premises because I wanted to avoid the harsh criticism from my mother if I appeared muddy coming back from school and secondly, back at home to restore it to good use for subsequent use – I was that playful; in many ways, I still am. Even during undergraduate, most people knew me for three things: food, sleep and movies, only a handful of friends knew me a little more than this. Many of my previous work colleagues would attest to me being many things – playful being one of them. I surmise my life holds true the maxim that ‘whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.’ When I am serious, I do it well, when I’m not, I do it also well. I think when I decide to get serious, I tend to get too serious – usually to compensate for how relaxed I usually am.
Would you say your life is comfortable?
No, it definitely isn’t comfortable. When I have achieved a substantial part of my goals in life, I just may be able to ascribe ‘comfortable’ to my life. Being ‘comfortable’ in my life isn’t so much about affording life’s luxuries as it is about achieving what matters most to me and that is a pursuit that hasn’t fully crystallized. Right now, I’m more concerned about achieving my life goals rather than securing comfort.
What are/is your view(s) on feminism and the gender equality bill?
I proudly support feminism for I strongly feel that women should not be hindered,based on gender, in their quest for self-determination. Sadly, those who lack an understanding of its proper foundation and those using the platform of feminism fight for self-serving purposes have corrupted the legitimate and virtuous aspect of the feminism fight. Per the gender-equality bill, I feel much could have been done in the background to make for a more persuasive presentation. In the end, I felt parties to the bill seemed to be more interested in the publicity (and accolade) the bill will generate rather than the worthwhile fight of gender equality. There was little known in the media about the senator’s personal/individual fight for such cause or a turning point in her individual life that made her see reasons to take up such a crucial fight. Buttressing my previous statement, there wasn’t a well-researched recommendation on how the legislature can bridge the existing inequality between both genders. So far, there hasn’t been another try at presenting the bill for passage – if the senator was really passionate about the gender equality bill, she would have tried again. The recent senate memo on gender-equality reeked more of an appearance of working for gender equality rather than working itself.There is a very incisive article that shows with evidence how the Nigerian constitution discriminates between genders (the author doesn’t come to mind now).
To Kon’s out-of-the-box questions (I’d like to know your assessment of my answers):
Sadly, I was only eight years when Abacha’s regime ended and to the best of my knowledge, there aren’t easily accessible, credible and comprehensive records on his administration (needless to say, upon his death, in my neighborhood, there were exclamations of joy – a puzzling occurrence seeing as my neighborhood was predominantly Yoruba and it is customary to appear sober upon the news of the loss of life). GEJ did make some impact on the power sector and some agricultural reforms but I feel that he didn’t achieve much with the amount of resources (time and especially money) he had at his disposal and the portion of monies he committed to such reforms. Additionally, his tenure was marred by the prevalence of corruption, which he didn’t do much to stem. Economic growth in Nigeria, in recent years, has largely been driven by the private sector despite the government’s actions or inactions. Much of the sustainable economic growth we have witnessed in the past two decades has been due to the brave and courageous deeds of notable entrepreneurs and investors who have the unattractive fortune of still having tonavigate a complex bureaucratic governance process that doesn’t encourage enterprise. The government’s role in achieving economic growth for its nation is in the creation of laws and enacting of the right fiscal policies that would create an optimal environment for business. Both administrations (and many others) did not understand this and thus made a mockery of their responsibilities. For example, the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) hasn’t been passed after several administrations, infrastructure is in tatters, oversight of the financial industry to ensure it works in the best interest of enterprise is poor. It is really difficult to select between two items when neither meets expectations on many accounts.
I feel Nigeria is too sophisticated to realize her potentials under a military dispensation. The world and by deductive reasoning, Nigeria, in this twenty firstcentury, thrives best with a flat structure. The biggest asset any society and its leadership can have is the goodwill of her citizens – an asset that most democratic leaders easily squander. Military leadership, by definition doesn’t lend itself to benefitting from this asset.
Well the economic impact has both its downsides and upsides. The downsides are obvious including lost revenues to the deaths and deformity associated with the Zika virus. Increased provision for welfare and social cushion for those adversely infected with the virus. This has the immediate consequence of draining capital that could have been put to use for other developmental efforts in the nation.
The positives, although not too obvious, include the rare opportunity to invent a drug and vaccine for a potentially worldwide pandemic. Necessity is often the mother of invention. Considering that the disease ‘debuted’ in South America, it presents South America the opportunity to contribute to the world’s fight against infectious viruses with the added benefit of revenues derived from sales of developed drugs and vaccines. Also, the opportunity to present findings at international conferences and build international relationships presents opportunities that can be converted for other self-serving and locally relatedpurposes in South America. The inflow of personnel from concerned groups including WHO, World Bank, G8 nations and more would open opportunities for the flow of trade, persons and capital and the forging of relationships present almost infinite possibilities that can be used for the economic benefit of South America.
Treat it as the law would - the offences of trespass, murder, and other related offences should be prosecuted. It would be unwise to play the ethnicity card in any form as this presents a delicate and nebulous situation that may not be amenable to an easy solution. After a swift, fair and effective trial of the perpetrators, instruct the National Orientation Agency to create programs that engender and promoteunity of all ethnic groups through subtle jingles across media platforms, and other related media. Also, take a unifying sector that its value chain permeates many ethnic groups, for example agriculture; educate Nigerians on the total range of the food chain of agriculture in the nation; how food is majorly sourced in the north by Hausas/Fulani, transported via road and rails, marketed majorly by Yorubas and Igbos and consumed by you and I, thus, the need to value one another and preserve our life sustenance. If need be, establish a unit to attend to ethnic divergences. Mostly the job of this unit is to educate Nigerians and foster a sense of unity.Additionally, this unit, through targeted educational approach, should enlighten the Fulani herdsmen and ethnic group on the need to value life – human life – appropriately. I feel it is wiser to incur lesser cost upfront than the larger costs much later – cost of educating with the attendant benefits of less killings and aunified society is a far cheaper option than costs associated with effectively prosecuting cases of ethnic related killings and living in a fragmented society. This unit shouldn’t be concerned or have any interest in ethnic crimes for any crimes of ethnic nature are foremost crimes and should be treated as such – as crimes.
Yes, although with certain restrictions to prevent a corruption of the moral fabric of the society. Also, these ‘restrictions’ should cater to the protection of sex workers from exploitation from their employers and also prevent the spread of sexual related diseases. It is difficult to successfully abolish the world’s oldest profession, and given the prevalence of sexual related themes today, it’d be a Sisyphean effort to stage a head-on fight against prostitution.
To subtly fight prostitution, encourage women to go to school, support the girl-child in education, provide a form of social security/safety nets for those most susceptible to prostitution. Also, sponsor educational programs across media platforms that strengthen the family unit, and the need for citizens to be responsible players in the family structure. Encourage religious groups to play their part in shaping their audience to encourage chastity or fidelity. And, provide viable dignified economic opportunities for women - no person engages in a business when there isn’t much profit especially when there are available and rewarding alternatives to a more fulfilling life.
Nigeria isn’t much of a sophisticated nation with respect to hard drugs, hence do not legalize marijuana. I’d further advice not to bring this issue up for media attention, just work on identified strategies to combat the drug. Employ analogoussubtle methods as expounded in the previous question. Thankfully, Nigeria is not located beside any adjoining nation that boasts of high production of marijuana so one can easily block inflow of this product from any foreign nation. It should be relatively easier to fight against local producers.
Please note that all responses that touch on issues outside my personal life are my perspectives about those issues and not facts. Seeing as I had delayed my response, I’d be more than glad to answer any further inquiries about me in the comment section.
And yes, I’d be pleased to make your acquaintance; firstname.lastname@example.org