Hello! It’s Just Gist Tuesday, and part of today’s gist though it’s no more news is that the legendary Mohammed Ali passed on last Friday at the age of 74, after battling with Parkinson Syndrome for over 30 years. Regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sporting figures of the 20th century, Ali nicknamed “The Greatest” was best remembered and admired for his flair of decimating his opponent with words before a fight. He was that great with words.
The quote is just one of the many of Ali’s legendary phrases that has transcended time. His fighting MO usually involved getting into his opponent’s head and affecting their psyche negatively before they even stepped into the ring, that they inevitably lost to him. It must have worked with 56 wins out of a total of 61 fights. Guess it’s true then “a battle won or lost starts from the mind.“
I believe Ali’s philosophy might come in handy right now. It’s been kind kind of tough lately in our beloved Naija. In the past two weeks, the banking sector alone, has laid off 2000 or more staff, add that to the current figure of the unemployed, the hardship in the land, and it’s enough for you to want to scream hysterically and gorge your eyes out.
But we can’t afford to give in to our fears, turn on each other, rob, maim for money, or let our frustrations turn to religious bigotry that we attack and kill one other. Rather we should take a cue from the boxing legend and win this battle FIRST in our minds by refusing “to be whipped” by the current economic hardship, by standing strong, keeping the faith, and declaring that we will flourish, government policies or not. Like Ali “we’ll float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” We can do it. After all WE ARE “The Greatest.”
Fellow Naija people, we’re going to need to be triple strong, now more than ever because there are still challenging days ahead, before the tide finally turns. I’m say this, because I don’t want us to give up on the goals we made at the beginning of the year to turn our dreams into a reality because of the country’s current economic situation.
This is not the time to give up on our dreams but to work harder at turning them into realities. We must never give up on the hope of a better tomorrow.
Lol. Don’t know about that Mr Chicken, but I hope and pray for a better Naija. It would be nice though to able cross Naija roads safely, so some zebra crossing or walk signs wouldn’t hurt (really have a hard time crossing Naija roads) My hope for a better Naija is one where violence no longer exists within our walls, where peace and prosperity reigns.
I’m going to stop here for now. Yeah I know I didn’t talk about the movies today and this is technically a movie blog, but we all need to give and receive encouragement now and then, yours truly inclusive. Notwithstanding, Naija’s story is a block buster movie if written and told well. Lol. Nollywood will do well to take note of that, rather than producing that “witchcraft” and “stolen star/destiny” tripe. But if you’re not satisfied you can check out Will Smith’s rendition of the legend in the movie “Ali” (he should have gotten an Oscar for that one.)
This is where I sign out peeps. Hope Jollyhood lifted your spirits in her little way. The sun will definitely shine tomorrow. Have an awesome week. XoXo!