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Thursday, 15 December 2011


“Boys, so what are we going to do?” Kwame asked after a considerable period of silence.

“What do you mean by what are we going to do? Divorce of course what else? And believe me, things will never be the same if you guys even agree to let it go and force George to stay.” John said mad at Pattie than George could ever be. A very vengeful person, such mistakes must be treated with a heavy hand.

“What is wrong with you?” Edwin responded very much angry at John’s stance. He felt John’s position was aggravating the entire situation making any hope of peaceful, loving and mature solution really difficult to reach.

“What is wrong with me? It is what is wrong with you two! I mean, I don’t know how you guys are thinking; it is not some house boy kissing issue; it is not some ex-boyfriend one night stand. At least an ex might have been there already so the impact won’t be that much. For heaven sakes, this is a total stranger; some small boy! Some spoon fed bastard who think only about himself! I can’t imagine it in any other way. It is someone’s marital vows broken, it is a good man’s honour dragged in the mud by a woman who has no respect for herself and her husband.” John spat the word bitterly around.

“So what? Is it because she got caught? So what if she was smarter? What if she deliberately concealed it? What if she never called George by the other guy’s name; what if George never saw the card? What if she is still in London and she is still caught up in the stuff and George has no way of finding out? Would it have been ok for them to stay married? John would it?” Kwame stepped in passionately. “Don’t just look at it with such foulness. There are people who are doing terrible things that no one sees and we love them because we do not know what they are doing.

Every day I make love to my wife I have to believe I am the only man there, not that I think about it; I can’t afford to think about it. She is my wife and it is good enough. But what if after I make love to her in the morning, her boss does it at lunch? How would I find out? And I have my own concerns in that area which you guys know already. Are you telling me because I do not know it is ok? It is not ok whichever way you look at it. But if I can live with her and my concerns and pretend it is ok, personally, I feel I can try my best to live with her even if I find out that stuff like that has been going on.

It is a different thing if I find out the same night she messed up; then I won’t touch her and that will be the end. But not after she has been running shifts between us for months, possibly years. It is like finding a dead cockroach in your soup after eating the soup for days. It is different if it fell in after you had last eaten it, you could dispose off the rest of the soup if you want to; but what can you do, if you can prove that the cockroach has been in it for three days? Vomit? Cut your tummy out? You might as well not have found out because you ate some two days ago and yesterday and possibly today until the dead insect surfaced.

The knowledge of it changes everything, I know, but sometimes in the face of the situation, we can pretend and try and live with it; after all we cannot vomit it out. Hasn’t George made love to her since she returned from London? If it was HIV, he could have contracted it; if was some weeks-old pregnancy, he could have been seen as responsible. And what difference would that have made then? I might sound silly, but if we can force our minds to run over the scratch, I am sure the music will play perfectly well… something I know is not easily achieved, but George can try.”

“Look Kwame, I don’t get you; you are speaking a lot of beautiful English…but little sense.” John retorted deliberately, intended to drown Kwame’s argument, which was finding itself difficult to convince the rest of the guys. “Getting caught or finding out was not for the effect of heartbreak, it was for the effect of separation from such a woman. George did not find out to forgive her or go through all your disorganized philosophy on adultery; he found out so he could watch his steps. What are you talking about?

This is a woman who has done such a terrible stuff and had the guts to come to her husband’s house with the evidence of it. What was she trying to prove? That she was still in love with this other guy? Come on guys. Let us not treat it as if it was just sex she had; she has broken her marital vows, deceived her husband, insulted his trust and has uncovered his honour.

I mean, let’s get the fundamental questions straight, ‘Did she come out to confess or she got caught? That is the first one. Would she have confessed if she never got caught? That is question number two. How long has she been in town? That is my third question. And my fourth question is, when was this discovered? The answers to these questions will speak for themselves. Massa, what you guys dey talk about? Charlie, let’s stop being unreal. I will not countenance this on my watch.” John debated; vehemently insisting that George divorces Pattie.  

“Yea right” Edwin said in response to John’s last statement
What do you mean by yea right?”
“Massa with all due respect, your marriage is not the best to use as an example of fidelity and a yardstick for measuring the acceptability or otherwise of someone sticking to his wife. Please if we are looking out for someone to divorce his wife, we can consider you first, so we beg, spare us the sentimental bullshit” Edwin hit back hard at John for his hypocrisy.

“What the hell? Are talking to me?” John exploded and nearly got up from his seat.
“Hey, hey, hey.” Justin intervened, holding john’s wrist and signaling Edwin to shut up.
“Why you dey come beat me or what?”
“Eddie, will you shut up?” Justin scolded Edwin.
“Massa, you better watch the way you speak to me; we are friends, but it does not give you the permission to speak to me anyhow. I will not tolerate your loose tongue.”
“John, please.” Justin calmed him down trying to keep the peace.
“No! He has to learn how to talk. No one is even talking about him.”
“What is there to talk about? Say it John”
“Oh yea?”
Yes say it!”
“At the right time Eddie; at the right time we will all talk about a certain cry baby and his mum. But you need to know that, yes I used to have problems with Anita and all that, but at least I do not have evidence that someone was doing her. Charlie Charlie Charlie; don’t go there; what you dey talk about.”

“Guys, it is Pattie we are talking about; our own Pattie, our chef Pattie. But beyond the food and the cooks, it is our friend’s wife we are talking about. She had a name, a face and an owner so we better talk about her with some respect.” Justin stated clearly restraining John from making further damaging comment about George’s wife.

Tears started running down George’s cheeks freely.

“I won’t mince my words.” Justin started speaking and as usual, everyone kept quiet listening to the man who was likely going to say something that would end up being the working document for the George and Pattie. Soon they will all be disillusioned except John.

“Much as I am tempted to go with Edwin and Kwame on the path to forgiving Pattie, I am so supporting John for good reasons”
“Is anybody surprised here?” Edwin rapidly responded as if he was waiting for Justin to make that statement. “Upholding the law to the letter”
“Eddie, please can I finish?”
“Massa speak and let’s make some sense here” John said feeling relieved that at least he has someone supporting him. In his heart, he felt George wanted to divorce his wife and if Justin said he should, he would. And what glory would it be.
“I will be very brief.” Justin continued. “Where is the note? George where the card dey?”
“It’s in the Laptop bag” George responded quietly. Justin reached out for the card.

Ok. Let us skip whatever Hallmark wrote in it and let’s read what Sam wrote in it” Justin said sounding like a High Court Judge who cannot wait to cast someone in jail.

“It reads”

Making love to you was the best thing that ever happened to me
Baby, if I could, I would make love to you every minute of my life till the day I die...
But it is enough to say I enjoyed last night; let is make it a habit...

The second and best thing that happened to you


“So?” Edwin asked trying to belittle the impact of the inscription in the card.
“So I am making my point; just shut up and listen. What has come over you? Massa we are serious here!” Justin yelled at his best friend over his attempt to frustrate him.

“Look at our hypocrisies?” where is the defendant? We are convicting someone on the account of an inscription in a card. No one has even asked the girl if the words in the card mean anything? What kind of Kangaroo Court is this?”

George looked at Edwin with gross surprise on his face. He could not believe Edwin was talking like that. He kept his cool.

“We are here breaking someone’s marriage on the testimony of an inscription in a card”
“Edwin, did you just hear what I read out?” Justin asked.
“Give it to him to read, maybe he has some auditory impairment” John said sarcastically.
“So what? What if it’s some silly joke? What if it was some lyrics of a song? What if it was written for someone else and he happened to have left it in her house?”

“Listen to me Edwin, the devil does not need any more advocates, which I can assure you. So if you are planning on impressing him to hire you, then am sorry you might as well go and rob a bank; that might get his attention faster. Until then shut up and screw your head on your neck again and listen to yourself and then listen to me.”

“And who wants to listen to you? Because you are holier than us? Because you are a virgin at 32? Because you’ve never seen a woman’s bra before? Please save me the moral discourse; because if we are looking for a saint among us, George is the best candidate.

What happened to those girls you slept with; those girls who had boyfriends. Those girls you were not in any kind of relationship with you? Those you considered casuals; the victims of your charm! Those girls you helped cheat on their boyfriends. Were you bold enough to tell them to go and confess? It was ok for them to stay with their boyfriends as if nothing had happened, right?

“I was less than 25 years old if you have forgotten. I was foolish and without direction!” Justin jumped weakly to his own defense, having not anticipated that attack on his own twisted past.

Suddenly, it dawned on everyone there that Edwin would open everyone’s closet to bring out the skeletons they have all hidden just to prove that none was clean enough to be a merciless judge!

“Justin, Pattie is 30 years, foolish and has no direction! Listen to me and very carefully; the times in life that individuals become wise are not pegged at one age across board for everyone. Some people become wise at earlier periods in their lives, others later. Between 21 and 25 years, in your university days, you messed up a couple of good girls; but thankfully, now you are wise.

Pat has been faithful to her husband, and I am sure she has, until she was 30. Now she makes her mistake; she will learn and start getting wise. What difference does it make? She is now going to get wise; you got wise earlier; at the end of the day, it was the same road of curiosity, adventure and lack of self-control that got you all into the same mess. You want your past to be cleaned up like it never happened but you want someone to go to the gallows for their single indiscretion. That is what I mean when I say you are a hypocrite!”

“But I ask, John and Justin,” Kwame stepped in to relieve Edwin, who had stood and fought john’s stance. “What happened to mercy? What happened to forgiveness? What happened to our sagacious Justin? Why have you allowed your emotions to cloud your genuine assessment of your own frailty? You were supposed to speak for all of us to listen not to heat up the argument. Please help us keep the respect we have for you.

“Can he talk?” John jumped into the fray in defense of Justin; who seems to have taken some dazing uppercuts from Edwin.  “Kwame, what are you trying to do; to judge him and take his conviction out of his hands or what?”
“John what is he going to say that you have not said? What new story or argument is he going to put up that you have not done justice to?” Edwin asked sitting the glass of orange juice down just when his lips were about closing in on it for a sip.
“So because of his own mistakes, his ability to judge is taking from him, right? Or it is a case of ‘he who has not sin, cast the first stone?’” John asked resignedly
“Exactly! We are bound to show love and mercy and forgiveness to others by the singular virtue of our acknowledgement of own failings in similar situations.”

“Edwin, listen,” Justin said standing up; a towering figure, forcing everyone to look up at him. “I am not talking about my past. I know I have done some terrible things and I have always prayed to God to forgive me and I am trying to live my best life to make up for my shortfalls. But those errors will not take away my convictions in what is right or what is wrong.

Laws are given to men to dispense; as weak and sinful as we are. Because I fell along the road some time ago does not mean it is ok when someone else falls; it does not mean it ok to keep quiet and watch someone go astray. My life will not be measured by specific successes or failures; it is a sum total of what I believe in and what I have become. Because I failed in something, does not mean my convictions are necessarily wrong.

Let me be judged on my own account and let others be judged on their own account. I don’t think I have ever prayed anyone to have mercy on me and called for someone’s head to roll.

“Massa, you are not making sense and so do not try to convince us to buy into it; say what you want to say” Edwin rubbished Justin argument, frustrating him into retreat.
“Well then I won’t try to convince you the choice is for George to make”

“Guys, listen to me, it is our brother we are talking about; married to a woman who is like a sister to us. No one is saying that what she did was ok. No one is saying George should wish his pain and betrayal away and no one is saying when he even chooses to go back, things will be the same. All I am begging for is MERCY. George, I am begging you, do not divorce Pattie” Kwame, said going his knees and pleading on behalf of Pattie. “For the sake of the child, do not. All I am asking is for you to tamper justice with mercy.

“If I may add this,” Edwin said, “The hard truth is, this could have happened to any one of us. George, it could have happened to you; all these girls around, all trying to date you. We thank God we have all been around to support each other, tease each other and watch each other’s back. She was all alone without a friend, without any support, without any help. Do you think telephone conversation was enough? Do you think your 3-week twice in a year visits to England were enough?

Human needs evolve by the minutes; what you satisfied an hour ago can resurface the next instance so you might as well have been there to meet those needs as and when they evolved. It is not that simple.

You are again blessed with good friends like all of us here, and guys don’t get it wrong, I really appreciate you all. We are all indebted to Justin’s wisdom; no one knows where he gets them from. Our own John, the mighty father John! The all impatient all rush Ajohnny! Johnny Johnny! Heeyyyy la! Give it to Papa John! Edwin tried to cool the lava he had poured out earlier.

But for us as a clique, things might have been different in our individual lives; Kwame, I am certain, might have slept with his sister-in-Law Jessica. 
“Too soon!” John said in support of Edwin. He had once overheard Kwame speak with the girl and it was a bit frightening the way they related.
“God forbid!” Kwame said weakly.
Oh see you! Massa, that girl fine ooh. And I… well you know; I might have been talking to my mum even when I have headache instead of my wife. Justin would have gone to the Seminary by now and left the one lucky woman to her fate. As for John, I am sure he would have shot his wife or his wife would have organized some area boys to beat the bully out of him.
“Hmmph” John said, shaking his head in disbelieve. This boy is impossibly blunt.
And George...he might have been standing in his wife’s shoes on ten counts of you guys want the names?

They all laughed it off.

But you see, the ‘Us’ has done a lot to prevent all of these. Let’s ask ourselves who she had there in England? First she met Sam, a friend, who offered her a family; Sam’s family was her family. She was comfortably a part of that family, I am sure, before Sam took interest in her.

So from that background, she was in a weaker position. When George told her to watch it, the mistake she did was not taking heed to what he said and rather choosing to hide it from him.

Probably at that time you George had seen the potential danger and had warned her; she had not seen it so decided to throw whatever fears you had out of the window.

But all said and done, let us remember that first and foremost she is a woman and a human being; full of promises and full of excuses why we cannot keep our promises. We are, by nature, curious and stubborn, weak willed and foolish. But people need each other, and people need the right people to lean on.

When you share your burden with the right person, it becomes lighter. She was supposed to have shared those burdens with you; but she did not and subsequently mashed it all up. Lessons learnt; or so I feel.

It still doesn’t clean up the mess and the impact it is having on you; but it pays for us to look at it in a holistic three dimensional way. It is not in her nature to go out of her way to do this.

You told us she was a virgin when you married her; she was 25 years and had been staying on her own in Manchester since she was 22 years. That is a good point to start looking at it from.  Do you think it was a man she had never seen before? No. But there is always a moment a man or woman loses their ability to reason and we end up taking steps we would not have taken on a normal day.

 “So if you leave her now what would you do next?” Kwame took over from Edwin without a preamble and asked George, who had been sitting quietly for most part of the afternoon listening to the arguments of his friends for and against a divorce. “Marry again? Or go single? Can you cope being single? Can you stay without sex?

Are you ready to join the rank and files of men who have chosen not to marry so they can go about sleeping with anything in skirt? Last time I checked fornication and adultery are all in the same category. Are you going to allow a woman and her imperfections to drag you into further mess?

If you marry again, what assurances do you have? We know how you pride yourself with marrying a virgin, which is why this incidence hurt you the most. Are you going to marry a virgin again?  Would you get one? Especially with your extra baggage? Or you will leave Carol with her? If you decide not to marry a virgin, can you deal with a girl who has been around?

What difference will it make? You married a virgin who ended up cheating on you; you left her and married a non-virgin who might have slept with drug addict? Again what assurances do you have that this new wife won’t do the same to you? What assurance do you have that this new wife won’t introduce her sugar daddy to you as an uncle?

“Massa, nowhere cool ooh.” Edwin took over. “My wife’s ex-boyfriend is a pastor in her church; do you know how that feels? She is constantly talking to him and all that. Massa, I understand if you think none of us know what we are talking about because it is not our shoes; I understand if Justin and John make a lot of sense to you, but nowhere cool.

As Kwame rightly put it, starting all over again has all the questions. Ask yourself did you ever think Pattie could do that to you when you were proposing to her? No? So you will never know what tomorrow may bring you with another woman. Just forgive her, and take her back.

We will all help you in prayers. You guys make a fine couple and I suspect if you leave your wife today, Justin will marry tomorrow and it is obvious who his wife will be. Look at his fine face; always stealing people’s …ok lemme leave it there!
“You are sounding so gay! Geez.” Justin said annoyingly.
“Yea a gay with a female wife, can it get better” Edwin responded humorously.
“Bisexual. That is the name for it”

“Maybe the time is right for all of us to watch the quality of time we spend with our partners and be more discerning regarding the men around them. Let us also be more discerning and responsive to their needs and concerns. For me one lesson I have learnt from this whole episode, whatever the end result may be is that, I am the man and I am responsible for my wife. If so, then I must do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Nothing, whatsoever must take precedence over her and my marriage or something will creep in that might cost me a fortune.” Kwame said reflectively.

“And we better pray there are no more of such stories waiting to explode. John I know will kill, Edwin will cry and run to his mum and stay there till she dies, I…well, I will not be surprised; it takes a lot of guts to believe my wife is faithful.
“You have to try and trust your wife,” John said, mildly irritated by Kwame’s constant display of mistrust for his wife. “If you don’t like Aba, let us exchange; I am always ready to lease Anita Out.”
“Thanks for the offer; I would be a monk first!” Kwame said jestingly.
“She is a Lawyer, a Fulbright Scholar and freakin’ rich”
“I will pass. Keep her; a gift from mother nature to you!”

“So I am to let it go.” George stated; it was more like a statement to himself.
“Yes let it go” Justin said to everyone’s surprise. He suddenly seemed to have found his voice and his good voice at that.

He shrugged “what can I say? Let it go. God be with you”
“Well if the majority of you guys think we should let it all go, fine… I agree”

Let’s Pray

Our Heavenly father,
We thank you for today and the wondrous things you have done in our lives.
We thank you for our marriages; even George and Pattie’s Marriage
We thank you for everything that has happened and how it has all ended
Your word says we should give thanks in all things, so we do so now.

We pray and stand in the gap for our sister Pattie who has soiled her clothes
Your word says though our sin be as red as scarlet, it shall be as white as snow
David was confident in this when he said you shall purge him with hyssop and he shall be clean; you shall wash him and he shall be as white as snow
We plead the blood of Jesus for Pattie, to wash her
We plead your mercy to forgive her
We plead the hand of your Holy Spirit to restore her
We plead your wisdom to guide her from hence in all steps she is to take

Father, we pray for George and all men who dying because of unfaithful wives
We pray for strength for them, peace for them and your protection over their lives
We ask that in marriage; touch the heart of the erring woman to find where she truly belongs
In premarital relationships, we as for revelations so that men do not commit themselves further in marriage

For George we seek strength so he can crossover this bridge
Let his love for his wife return; for you are the restorer of all things
Give them grace to bond
The confidence to look beyond this folly into a brighter future
Let genuine forgiveness find itself in his heart
And let conviction and repentance find Pattie

We have chosen the path of forgiveness in accordance with your word; do not let us regret our choice.
Send a new dawn upon them so they can start afresh in Jesus name we have prayed.

PG Sebastian


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Wednesday, 7 December 2011


Effective immediately, the following economizing measures are being implemented in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" subsidiary:

1) The partridge will be retained, but the pear tree, which never produced the cash crop forecasted, will be replaced by a plastic hanging plant, providing considerable savings in maintenance

2) Two turtle doves represent a redundancy that is simply not cost effective. In addition, their romance during working hours could not be condoned. The positions are, therefore, eliminated

3) The three French hens will remain intact. After all, everyone loves the French

4) The four calling birds will be replaced by an automated voice mail system, with a call waiting option. An analysis is underway to determine who the birds have been calling, how often and how long they talked.

5) The five golden rings have been put on hold by the Board of Directors. Maintaining a portfolio based on one commodity could have negative implications for institutional investors. Diversification into other precious metals, as well as a mix of T-Bills and high technology stocks, appear to be in order

6) The six geese-a-laying constitutes a luxury which can no longer be afforded. It has long been felt that the production rate of one egg per goose per day was an example of the general decline in productivity. Three geese will be let go, and an upgrading in the selection procedure by personnel will assure management that, from now on, every goose it gets will be a good one

7) The seven swans-a-swimming is obviously a number chosen in better times. The function is primarily decorative. Mechanical swans are on order. The current swans will be retrained to learn some new strokes, thereby enhancing their outplacement

8) As you know, the eight maids-a-milking concept has been under heavy scrutiny by the EEOC. A male/female balance in the workforce is being sought. The more militant maids consider this a dead-end job with no upward mobility. Automation of the process may permit the maids to try a-mending, a-mentoring or a-mulching

9) Nine ladies dancing has always been an odd number. This function will be phased out as these individuals grow older and can no longer do the steps

10) Ten Lords-a-leaping is overkill. The high cost of Lords, plus the expense of international air travel, prompted the Compensation Committee to suggest replacing this group with ten out-of-work congressmen. While leaping ability may be somewhat sacrificed, the savings are significant as we expect an oversupply of unemployed congressmen this year

11) Eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming is a simple case of the band getting too big. A substitution with a string quartet, a cutback on new music, and no uniforms, will produce savings which will drop right to the bottom line

Overall we can expect a substantial reduction in assorted people, fowl, animals and related expenses. Though incomplete, studies indicate that stretching deliveries over twelve days is inefficient. If we can drop ship in one day, service levels will be improved.

Regarding the lawsuit filed by the attorney's association seeking expansion to include the legal profession ("thirteen lawyers-a-suing"), a decision is pending.

Deeper cuts may be necessary in the future to remain competitive. Should that happen, the Board will request management to scrutinize the Snow White Division to see if seven dwarfs is the right number.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

My Break-Up

When my phone rang and I checked to see it was Haruna calling, my heart missed a beat. As hard as it was, I had to answer so I did. “We are here” He said. “Downstairs” he added. That was yesterday, around lunchtime.

I went downstairs to meet them; Haruna and Maame. She did not look particularly interesting like she used to be; maybe I was not keenly looking at her. Or maybe my affection in her had left. I could feel her pain though. I am not usually indifferent towards her.

I have always loved her, made it known to every one of my Friends; even on Facebook, I have used her picture as my profile picture before. I call her Maame Ama Pigia… Kindda hot if you ask me! Now I was looking at her as though she was not there. Gosh how love can evaporate.

Haruna told me to call him if there were any issues and then he left. I looked at her fleetingly and went back to my desk not caring what she did with her life out there. Oh I told her, I am glad you are home Maame… and then I left…

The first thing I did was to print the documents once I sat behind my PC. It broke my heart as I read it over. Do I really want to break up with her?

We have walked with each other for two years and spent some quality times together; both at Dansoman and Tema… Our countless escapades, From Weija to Akosombo; Takoradi and all over.

Oh Maame Ama you bring tears to my eyes.

I went out again, looked at her boldly in the eyes and handed her the documents. Without a word, I rushed back into the office before I broke down. I did not have, I must admit, the guts to stay and see her reaction; I did not.

Soon it was 4:30pm; Work was over for me so I left the office for my 2hour Journey to Community 25 off the Prampram-Aflao Road. It was a quiet Journey with the Radio off. I quietly prayed for the entire journey occasionally checking what’s up on Facebook. She stole a glance at me and asked silently, “will you announce our break-up…”

“Yes I would put it on face book that we broke up!” I concluded it for her. “The Patriarch George Sebastian broke up with you”

She swallowed hard. Silence

When we got home, I was happy she was finally home with me. She had been gone for months. Maame Ama! That was too much. Do you know what I have been through all this while? The Sleepless nights? Not knowing if you were ok? What you have been doing and all that?

I have been giving my friend and those concerned flimsy excuses for your absence. Some I lied straight up to them. ‘Oh we are doing well! But we were not! Maame!

All I knew she wanted to say was, ‘Baby, it was not my fault.’ Yup I know it was not your fault but well you left!

I took the documents and I was certain that was what I wanted to do. I opened the Right Back door and stuck the first document there and I opened the tail gate and stuck the second one there. By this time she was sobbing uncontrollably… “George Please Give me another chance. Please. Do not watch these 2 years go away like that! George Please…”

But I would not have any of that…

I opened the Left Back door and stuck the last document there… the divorce document!

I went a few steps back and looked at how it looked on her… FOR SALE!!! 020******5 peeeerrrfect!

She wiped her tears and gave me the look! “George you were not worthy of me! If you are selling me, fine! Guess what, I also deserve a better owner!

Whatever! I yelled over my shoulder and rushed into my room! Sob sob sob!

Get a Range Rover George! You look Gay when you drive in me!
All the reason why I am selling you! I will buy a Kia Picanto!
That makes you a pedophile
I will walk!
Johnny Walker!
Deal with it Maame!

Baaaannnnnggg! I shut the door behind me!

My Nissan is going for Sale Maame Ama Pigia is up for Grabs! It is over between us! 

PG! 2011

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Beast, Your Teacher and your Grandma… Your Id, Your Ego and Your Superego!

According to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory of personality, personality is composed of three elements. These three elements of personality--known as the id, the ego and the superego--work together to create complex human behaviors.

The Id
The id is the only component of personality that is present from birth. This aspect of personality is entirely unconscious and includes of the instinctive and primitive behaviors. According to Freud, the id is the source of all psychic energy, making it the primary component of personality.
The id is driven by the pleasure principle, which strives for immediate gratification of all desires, wants, and needs. If these needs are not satisfied immediately, the result is a state anxiety or tension. For example, an increase in hunger or thirst should produce an immediate attempt to eat or drink. The id is very important early in life, because it ensures that an infant's needs are met. If the infant is hungry or uncomfortable, he or she will cry until the demands of the id are met. 

However, immediately satisfying these needs is not always realistic or even possible. If we were ruled entirely by the pleasure principle, we might find ourselves grabbing things we want out of other people's hands to satisfy our own cravings. This sort of behavior would be both disruptive and socially unacceptable. According to Freud, the id tries to resolve the tension created by the pleasure principle through the primary process, which involves forming a mental image of the desired object as a way of satisfying the need.

The Ego
The ego is the component of personality that is responsible for dealing with reality. According to Freud, the ego develops from the id and ensures that the impulses of the id can be expressed in a manner acceptable in the real world. The ego functions in both the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious mind.
The ego operates based on the reality principle, which strives to satisfy the id's desires in realistic and socially appropriate ways. The reality principle weighs the costs and benefits of an action before deciding to act upon or abandon impulses. In many cases, the id's impulses can be satisfied through a process of delayed gratification--the ego will eventually allow the behavior, but only in the appropriate time and place.

The ego also discharges tension created by unmet impulses through the secondary process, in which the ego tries to find an object in the real world that matches the mental image created by the id's primary process.
The Superego
The last component of personality to develop is the superego. The superego is the aspect of personality that holds all of our internalized moral standards and ideals that we acquire from both parents and society--our sense of right and wrong. The superego provides guidelines for making judgments. According to Freud, the superego begins to emerge at around age five.
There are two parts of the superego:
  1. The ego ideal includes the rules and standards for good behaviors. These behaviors include those which are approved of by parental and other authority figures. Obeying these rules leads to feelings of pride, value and accomplishment.

  1. The conscience includes information about things that are viewed as bad by parents and society. These behaviors are often forbidden and lead to bad consequences, punishments or feelings of guilt and remorse.
The superego acts to perfect and civilize our behavior. It works to suppress all unacceptable urges of the id and struggles to make the ego act upon idealistic standards rather that upon realistic principles. The superego is present in the conscious, preconscious and unconscious. 

The Interaction of the Id, Ego and Superego
With so many competing forces, it is easy to see how conflict might arise between the id, ego and superego. Freud used the term ego strength to refer to the ego's ability to function despite these dueling forces. A person with good ego strength is able to effectively manage these pressures, while those with too much or too little ego strength can become too unyielding or too disrupting. 

According to Freud, the key to a healthy personality is a balance between the id, the ego, and the superego.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Zip Up and Set Your Future Free... A Plea To Guys!

To all guys who are reading this and all ladies who are bold to sit their men down and have a reality chat with them…

One day, after you have worked so hard and you are about getting there….just before you cross over… A woman suddenly appears… with a child… with a story…with your reputation in her hand… The same woman who threw herself at you… the woman you should have closed your eyes to but got carried away with her niceness and her charm…. In Africa it is not really a big deal now….but soon it will be.

You are not more anointed than David and you are not more powerful than Strauss-Kahn or Herman Cain or Clinton. Guess who nearly cost Clinton his career…an intern! Let us be careful.

Ambitions change, Desires take different turns and we always seek better reputations as we grow up… let us try and keep the zip up. Maybe you wanna be one of those ‘old-man boogies’ who will grow to your oldest age not giving a damn what the world says. But what you don’t care about today might suddenly be something you would care a lot about tomorrow. You may never know or imagine yourself wishing there was no yesterday to your life story. And when you are sweating in the lens of the media, you would realize that deception “I am not ashamed of my past; that is what has made me who I am today” is not good enough a defense. Ask Clinton about it when he cried apologizing to the world… Ask Tiger Woods…

Besides let us think about the shame and disappointment, pain and embarrassment it would bring to our loved ones when such revelations are out. The potential dis-ease we might contract going about spilling our fountains everywhere.

I know sometimes the Id takes over and the eyes play tricks…(Sometimes too they are not tricks… Some of the women eh massa .. mmm something else… lawdharmercy) sometimes we get all weak and we lack reasons to zip up… but in the end no reason will suffice when we say virtue was not convenience to us at that time.

This THING is costing many great men. It is destroying families and lives in it. Self-control guys… let’s try… MAKE WE TRY SMAAAALLLLL

Thursday, 3 November 2011


She sent a text to her long-time boyfriend who in her own words was ‘a good man worth keeping for her special day, but green enough to run things behind him.’

"Can we meet tonight after work and grab a drink? We can end it up in my apartment and do a movie... I miss you JC"

He replied: I am sorry I cannot see you tonight. I am going for marriage counseling with Ama. I cannot promise when I can make that time

She replied: mmtseww! Ama? Are you serious? Ama? Marriage counseling? You are joking right?

He replied: Nope. I am not.

She Replied: Come on JC you gotta be kidding me right? You met this girl less than a year ago and you are going for what? I know I may have treated you bad. I am sorry But I love you too much to let you go. I have my anger issues and all that, but I think I have been the best woman for you. Tell me you are pulling my legs!

He replied: You love me as in you come to give me a kiss on the cheek and long weeks without sex while you have sex with another guy in your office; In his car at the parking lot; On his office desk while his blinds are pulled open? How cheap can you get?

Oh I have a headache I wanna sleep early… as in sleep with him till you can do it no more? Best woman to me as in introducing your sugar daddy to me as your father’s best friend and a ‘Father figure’ to you so you can ‘go on holidays with him’ in the US where his family resides?

You had more than anger issues my dear; you had sex issues, money issues, respect issues, dignity issues, decency issues, peer pressure issues, greed issues. You had more than anger issues. You also have the car that was bought for you by your uncle in the states on your birthday issue. Apparently this uncle was the guy you met online through Facebook; The guy I gave you all the freedom to spend time with when he come to town. Actually that was two months of paying for the car with your body,

Best woman for me for sure. I loved you so I kept quiet over all my suspicions. I could not put my finger on any of them so I spared you the scrutiny and the policing; that was me being fooled. I knew you were not that faithful to me as you wanted me to believe, yet I prayed and hoped one day you will come around and then we would be fine.

Oh and then coming to think about it; that mysterious bleeding last year; First you were mostly sick, then you were suddenly pressing for marriage, then you fell from the staircase, bled, got hospitalized, got cured of your strange sickness and your crave for marriage? That looked like some pregnancy I would have assumed if you ask me!

I am sorry Sweetheart; our linen is so stinking dirty I don’t wanna wash it in public. It hurts me now that I was not strong enough to zip up when trust between us was compromised. If I should be diagnosed with HIV today I would have no doubt where I got it from… yes from the lady who sings in the choir; the lady who cannot even harm a fly.

Ama says no sex before marriage. Ama hasn’t got a thousand passwords which she changes every minute. Ama has got no strange uncles who spend more on her than her rich parents. Ama hardly gets headaches and call waiting every time I call. I don’t have to excuse her when she gets phone calls. She has no temper problem at all. After all to err is human. She knows ‘SORRY’ means a lot so when she says it she hardly repeats that mistake. Ama is not an angel, but I feel safe around her.

She may be green and not so up to it, but when I walk with her, I know I do not have people trying to figure out my position in the queue….

That is good enough.

She replied. You fool! You used me!!!!!!!

He replied. Didn’t your fingers shake when you typed that? Please feel free to sell your ware… I am done in this game. I tried… I did…You used me too!

She did not reply….


He sent a text to his long time girlfriend who had the reputation of being unstable with men, moving from one man to the other over trivia

"Can we meet tonight after work and grab a drink? We can end it up in my apartment"

She replied: Smh. I have had enough of you and men to last me a life time. I will pass...

He replied: are you turning me down? As in you are no more interested in MY GOODNESS?

She replied: sex and all this your so called GOODNESS is outmoded if you ask me.

He replied: is this my pony talking? Like are you serious?

She replied: look man, i finally found a true meaning and purpose for this being of mine. This is all I have: My pride, my joy, my dignity, my life... So after the few seconds of your goodness, what happens to me? That am one of your countless conquests? After all the sweet nothings? Just like you're starting now? Your goodness?
You have been sleeping with me just like any man has; like you drink your bottles after bottles of beer. It's not the love for it... It is not the respect for it... It is to satisfy your lust and ego! But of course if a few expenditure will make u satisfy it why not... You do all you can to get it.

Those days are gone. I am sure about that. I am spending my time on something more higher and purposeful.

I have lost count now, and in the end some innocent man will come and pay a hefty bride price on me to marry me, when I have wasted the best of me on nothings like you.

God help me with kids, cus if I should get into any future fertility issues, it would be some innocent man's sleepless nights.

Sorry man, I will pass... You can pass on. I have now been to myself and I am cleaning up the mess you left behind!

He did not reply....

Thursday, 13 October 2011


I am coming to tell you something, please listen carefully. Do not read any meaning into what I am saying; there are no meanings to be read in between the lines and behind the lines. There is nothing I want to tell you that I cannot tell you for which reason I must use ambiguous and hazy expressions. Anything I want to tell you in this conversation, I can say it and I if I say it, I mean exactly and precisely what I say.  Please if I have not said anything, then I do not mean it. Not a word to be added and not as a word to be deducted. Not a meaning to be deduced and none to be adduced. 

Don’t cry if I have not insulted you because what I will say is not intended to be an insult. If there is anything and anyone you need to tell to watch their words regarding this coming conversation, it is your mind; tell it to shut up so you can listen clearly, soundly and uninterruptedly to what I am saying!

Now let us talk! 

All men who are tired of verbal and emotional blackmail from women during arguments and critical conversations should ‘LIKE’ if you don’t, well… be ready for your woman this evening.

Thursday, 6 October 2011


Torgbui Barack Obama I, Paramount Chief of The Americans; Torgbui Jerry Brown Paramount Chief of the People of California; Torgbui of Los Angeles and San Francisco; Nana Tim Cook I, Asafohene Of Apples Inc.; The Jobs Family of Ghana and United States; The Apple Family, The Obama Family of Kenya, Hawaii, Indonesia and United States, The Media Family In Bush House London, CNN Center Atlanta, Aljazeera and Deutsche Welle

Regret to announce the death and final funeral Rite of the Late 

Steven “Steve” Jobs


PRE-BURIAL, BURIAL AND MEMORIAL : THERE WILL BE NO WAKE KEEPING. The body will be laid in state at His Residence in Palo Alto, California on the 8th Of October 2011

Burial Service: The iTrinity Chapel Ministries, Palo Alto; The body will be cremated in his residence.

After Church Service, there will be a reception at his residence.

Children : Lisa, Reed,  Erin and Eve all of United States.
Brothers and sisters: Patti Jobs and Mona Simpson
Nephews and Nieces: NO IDEA
Cousins and Uncles: Every Syrian and every Armenian

Dress Code: Black.

All Friends and sympathizers are cordially invited