Azuka was tired of living from paycheck to paycheck and trapped in his own miserable life. He grew tired of the friends he had and the company he kept because none of them were better than he was. They all looked up to Azuka for one thing or the other. Although Azuka knew he was a nobody in the outer society and can’t boast of any significant possession of his own, he kept it all to himself and celebrated his ephemeral moment of mediocrity. As days goes by, he began to search for ways to enhance himself and decided to sought out new friends. He targeted big events, conventions and conferences to connect with people who had made something of themselves. He completely replaced the pack of people in his network and decided to make a new list of friends. The list was simply divided into two columns: One for those who would improve his life and the other for those who would drag him down. He spent more time as possible with folks who could improve his life, and keep away from his old friends as much as possible. It wasn't up to 2 years Azuka’s life became a success story.
In case you don’t know yet, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. Frankly, you need to modify your friends’ list in order to move forward in life. You need to surround yourself with people who would inspire you to live better. What makes the most successful amongst us today is nothing other than the company they keep. If you make friends with healthy people, you will in turn become healthy. Keep company with wise people, you shall become wise thyself. Associate with losers, you will be dragged down along with them. It is as simple as it works.
Brenton Weyi in his inspiring article, “Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind", shares these three powerful insights on the kind of folks to stay around with.
If you want to be truly successful, you must have these 3 essential people in your life at all times:
- A person who is older and more successful than you to learn from
- A person who is equal to you to exchange ideas with
- A person below you to coach and keep you energized
The quality of every great and successful leader is in the humility to challenge themselves with people that will refine their talents. Success is usually the function of the network of driven peers who provide both inspiration and healthy motivation. Your life reflects the shadow of people in your circle.
Upgrade your mindset today and modify your close associates. Draft a make and break list of people you need in your life and those you don’t need. Always challenge yourself with exceptional people that will lift you higher. Surround yourself with down-to-earth folks who will inspire your work in progress and continue to turn on your audacity. Find young lads to train and bring up in thy ways. Never join an easy crowd of losers that will drag you down. Go where things happen, where stakes and demands to achieve are too high. Make it happen!
Winston Churchill spent most of his life in polities. His career encompassed numerous failures and disappointments. His father, Sir Randolph Churchill, never believed his son would make such much of himself, despite his continual effort to do so. Winston lost office and switched political parties more than once. He repeatedly teetered on the brink of bankruptcy. Yet on May 10, 1940, he finally became Prime Minister of Britain.
Harry Truman’s early life was, like Churchill’s, filled with disappointment. He suffered bankruptcy. Being a plainspoken, ordinary man, he was often overlooked. He was usually an underdog in elections in which he ran. He was the third Vice President to serve under Franklin Roosevelt. His presidency, beginning when he was 61, was much like Churchill’s role as prime minister, largely unexpected. In each case, the men served with distinction and changed the course of history.
I have come to discover the five unique qualities that may help you become better at what you do.
Recently, my girlfriend began to make jokes about my fidgeting weakness. It was only of recent I realized it was a weakness. For some of my life-brothers and sisters out there life may seem too slow for, I empathize with your quest. I’m not a slow lad either. The world just won't understand our rush. I just cannot help it myself. I am too impatient. One of the most difficult tasks ever is to discern if God is using our current position to open doors to new opportunities or whether our present position is orchestrated by the devil. Most often, the answer is, “I don’t know”, which suggests the need for more patience. Most people I talk with express dissatisfaction with where they are or facing job transition that are raising vexing concerns. Of course, I don’t have answers for them, just more vexing questions. But I know that God has you in that seemingly uncomfortable state for a reason. Don’t ever underestimate the mind blowing power of patience, especially when things seem not to work out as we had hoped. God’s plan often requires patience and character, but if we are willing to remain faithful and unmovable in our state of “alert-expectancy” we are never left shortchanged. (Rom. 5:3-5 – Message Bible). You need the awesomeness of patience to come up with a brilliant plan – make plans while you wait on the Lord.
Don’t ever think of giving up on what you have started. It could be your vision, family or talent. Of recent, I came to understand that some parents unconsciously grade the measure of achievement their kids will have when they grow up on the basis of what they see them do when they were little. As a result, for those that were low-ranked, there is a low level of expectancy for such a child. Notice, the reaction or response of your parents when you share with them the “big-picture” of your dream determines the measure to which you are ranked by them. Whether they believe you can do big or small things. Perhaps they believe you will give up half way. Not giving you all the support you need is their unrelated way of saying they don’t trust you with big things. But who wins without ever taking risks? Nobody! We need to find courage to support those we claim to love.
Have you ever felt the rush of confidence drizzling through your veins? For those of us who may have experienced such state of hype and swagger, please stay focused and be who you were born to be. It was said that in an earlier age, military might and physical strength were often as important as your vision for the future and your ability to delegate. It was a prerequisite for leadership, especially in times of warfare. People of size and muscles automatically gained the loyalty of followers. People who were not tall or particularly muscular were at a distinct disadvantage. Over the years we have seen people like the relatively diminutive Napoleon Bonaparte, standing at five feet six inches driven as much by confidence as he was by his ambition to rule the world. Go for whatever you think that can enhance your confidence. Find the right look for yourself. Gym and nurture the right physique, if required. Dress with class and do whatever necessary to activate your confidence. You need to be confident with your vision. It starts with being confident in thyself. One cannot break the ice of inferiority if he does not boldly step out in faith to win. The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. The thin line between failure and success is simply the blurry line of confidence – belief in yourself and your abilities. The world is waiting for us to break out of our inferior zone and come to the bright side of life.
Field Marshall Lord Allenby was a brilliant World War One commander who led in the overthrow of the Ottoman Empire’s stranglehold over the Middle East, liberating both Jerusalem and Damascus. Allenby appeared fearless and radiated confidence. He could be relentless in attack. His biographer noted that Allenby was never recognized as a great leader, nor was he as popular with his men as one might have supposed, in light of his success. This was due in part because Allenby lacked a measure of self-control, a little humanity, the power to communicate enthusiasm and to inspire disciples. According to Wavell Archibald in his book Allenby in which he concludes that Allenby’s sudden explosions of temper, his occasional almost childish petulance, did his reputation the more harm since he never troubled to correct the impression they created. For starters, people can be extremely frustrating! Their foolish actions can harm your organization and cause you numerous problems. But often your greatness as a leader is not measured by the decibel level you reach as you chew out your colleagues, but by the self-control and maturity you demonstrate as you seek a solution. Remember that God is fully aware of our human frailties. He knows too well the grief and headache some of the foolish choices we make will cost us. Yet He relates to us graciously. He is slow to anger, in the same manner He wants us to. Seek to change others rather than to berate those around you.
We are “BAD” – fantastically bad! We do not care to respect or consider others first before thinking of ourselves. As leaders, we disrespectfully shout on our employees or junior colleagues with disgust simply because of a little wrong they did. Who is even perfect? You? We don’t care whether the man next door is on the verge of losing his sanity because we chose not to listen. We don't care whether our pastor can pay his children's school fees with the little stipend from the church. We don't care whether the way we portray ourselves or dress in public influences others to sin. One word defines us all: “Selfish”. We are self-seeking. We want to head-on and do whatever we feel like simply because it feels good to us alone. Think…when last did you reach out to some of your facebook friends and ask how they were doing? Think…when last did you celebrate God’s grace and mercy over your life? However, nobody dislikes understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it. Often you realize that above 90% of people do not want to help others because of a familiar experience. As a result, they reciprocate such subliminal action by redirecting their revenge towards innocent people that are within their compass. Need I remind you, compassion is not as much what we do as it is who we are out of love; a state where God’s Word and our deeds are in sync. Turn your rage into positive. Do to people what you want them to do to you. Compassion should not be required but given. Show compassion!
Strive to be better. Strive to be more. Strive to be counted among the amazing.
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Perhaps you have not noticed yet, the upsurge of wanna-be entertainers at every nook and cranny of our society? An increased number of young millennials now seek to build careers in the music industry either as a singer, rapper, cinematographer, sound engineer or DJ. While there is nothing wrong with pursuing a dream of becoming an entertainer, the concern is that the sudden influx into the entertainment industry has affected the education sector. Besides, this seems to be a shared dream of an increased percentage of the Nigeria’s millennial population. Where are the career professionals of the future?
I randomly conducted interviews with some young adults in quite a few selected parts of Lagos metropolis prior to my research proper and I here listed 5 strongest links that might be responsible for this recent evolution. Although these factors are not, in totality, accurate, I invite you to support my research and examine how Nigerian Millennials engage in what has been consistently referred to — on both sides of the Atlantic — as “the pop culture”.
Here are what I came up with:
Get-Rich-Quick Theory of Life
The two things that are slowly destroying millennials today are prosperity-at-any-price and the love for soft-living. Peradventure this might be as a result of what they are exposed to. Since what we listen to or watch has an altering effect on us, especially when internalized. For instance, the popular celebrity news gossip on our local TV and radio stations is enough motivation to arouse a like for fast life, for the reason that it shows nothing but how easy and enjoyable life could be, but only if you are a celebrity. Nobody is interested anymore in pursuing long-term academic goals. Neither is the system framed in such a way that one can build a stable future through long term strategic planning and development. Truth be told, it is difficult and only the strong can survive the long-term process to greatness.
Frustrating School System
While the need for JAMB and post-UME exams are understandable although negotiable, the overall effect it has on the education system is overwhelmingly counterproductive. A youth that retakes JAMB and post-UME exams for 3 productive years of their life span might finally have to give up on education since their peers who are either into music or business are gradually attracting fame or growing in their own business. If we do not make the Nigeria education system flexible enough to accommodate everyone we might lose our growing population of millennials sooner than we think, once it becomes clearer to them that you can actually make it without a university degree. Although this is true, but education still plays a vital role in perfecting our niche and in nation building.
High Unemployment Rate
Some of the artistes I had the chance to interact with whispered in camera, saying they invested their energy into music because of their love for music. However, this according to one of the artiste was the corollary of not finding a suitable job after school. In their own words, “they discovered who they really are and had to create a slot for themselves in the society.” Imagine a scenario where one finally finishes from the University and yet unable to find a job, while his peers that are into business or music are doing excellently well and building empires? That is not fair and nothing short of frustration for the youth. No matter how interested you are in pursing long term academic goals you certainly might eventually lose interest with time since it doesn’t momentarily pay the bills. I frown at people who often say that we get educated to create jobs not to find job. While this is seemingly true from a pro-active perspective, we tend to forget that the wheel of entrepreneurship surely requires – at least, a little capital to service or start the gear. While academic pursuit stagnates you in the waiting line of success and music affords you the opportunity to automatic stardom, there is a chance you might swap or get lost in that waiting line of success sooner or later.
Peer Group Influence
Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd. Millennials are naturally attracted to the pop culture, in most cases, because of the crowd – they love big events, big shows and big crowds. They want to be seen by friends. They want to display their primness and be noticed in their glowing prime by new associates. Hence, going out, be it to church, school or event, for the millennial, becomes a razzmatazz of personality. Millennials are frequent fans of innovation and operate in a Homogenous Unit Principle (google it). Any government that takes human resource development seriously should make millennials a major priority in their pro-development agenda because of their receptivity and application of the Homogeneous Unit Principle. In other words, if their peers are attracted to something, maybe to a music, an artiste or pop event, they are inevitably going to be attracted to that same thing sooner or later – be it for good, bad or whatever reason.
Popular Entertainment News
With the growing influence of the music industry in Nigeria, a lot of media houses have now re-modified their publications to have a more entertaining interface to sellout. Every media house surely wants to grow their fan base and airing entertainment-related contents like playing music videos or supplying celebrity gossips is a good way to get started. They compete from who has the latest entertainment news gossip to who has the latest D’Banj’s new single. Who are the audience if not millennials? Entertainment news is taking over the air waves and people are interested more on gossips about celebrities than they are on real issues about real people. Celebrity gist is obviously preferred to promoting quality and educational news. On the contrary, research groups only share group knowledge about their recent research works within their confines. Making it impossible for people like you and I outside their bounded scope to have access to their shared research. This is not the right way to share knowledge.
Thank God for TED for helping out. But what if we get something for Africans and by Africans? Imagine converting our indigenous research initiatives and data into popular news stories and providing a banquet for free knowledge and inspiration for Africa’s millennia transition? In effect, we can gradually formulate and inspire a third millennium African culture, which is a whole new level of cultural colonization, from top down! Thank God for TMAfrica for leading such a vision. That in my opinion is the solution to building a new breed of young people with capacity for leadership and development. Much said.
Young people are moved by what they see. And with continuous assimilation, they gradually get induced to music, to a point they develop in themselves a music talent to compete as entertainers, since everybody has in themselves a music talent – all you need to do is to find it and develop it. I can prove it (if you ask).
Finally after administering my questionnaires and interviews; a common question was, “Are you an artiste or do you wish you were an entertainer?” I got the shocker of my life from their response. I came to realize from my statistics that 8 out of 10 of every Nigerian millennial either seem to think they have a career in music or wish they were entertainers.
What does this mean for the future?
Perhaps the future will be musically bright but intellectually bleak. If we do not teach our young people that education truly pays by making our education system accommodating and rewarding, we might lose a huge percentage of our young millennials who should be experts in diverse professional fields than to music and music alone. What this means is that in no time from now, when the Gen X Nigerian professionals and those in management positions have all retired from the workplace, there will be a massive scarcity of intellectual flow.
I read the story of Jesus and how he could teach people continuously for days without his audience worrying about food. Fascinating, isn’t it? The multitudes were always astonished at his teaching, simply because of one thing: “he taught them with authority” and not like the typical religious leaders of his days (Mk 1:22).
One thing I learnt from this passage is how knowing your subject could boast you communication skills. Rarely do you see anybody preach, teach or speak authoritatively on a subject they know nothing about. Two things to learn from Jesus from his speaking skills: 1. He knew his subject. 2. He knew how to engage his audience.
Knowing your subject and strategically engaging your audience are two different things. You can know your subject quite alright but may shamelessly give a whole day of boring lecture without people having a clue of what you are “tttrrryyyiiinnnggg” to say. Conversely, you can as well have the gift of Gab and strategically know how to engage your audience without impartation. In fact the latter is worst.
So then, how can we engage people?
I learnt this from Jesus: He chose to be different.
The bible tells us that he was not like the scribes – the religious leaders of his time. It was a typical thing for a student or a follower to want to speak or talk like his leader. We see that today in churches, especially in Africa. What is that?
To engage people effectively you must be yourself. Speak the way you were born to speak, and know your subject matter by experience, and not just by mere study. People need to see that what they hear you speak or talk about is the truth about your own life.
Nobody wants to listen to you because you feel you have a solution to their problems, but because they feel your experience is the solution to their problem. That is, you have an experience that connects to their present situation.
Cultivate a shared-learning attitude in your communication with people and not an “I am better than you” attitude we see all around us.
Let’s speak, inspire and impact from the purview of experience.
Share knowledge. Lead. Achieve!
No joke, you don’t necessarily have to offend someone before they find you offensive. It starts with the unimagined of things…
Today, I want to breezily talk about How to Win Your Critics and share some little experiential knowledge that might help.
Some years back I led a group of vibrant seminarians as the president and during my little time with them I learnt so many things from the lonely seat of leadership. First, no matter how hard you try to selflessly sacrifice and dedicate your life to a group of people, there will always be some, if not many who will never understand your good intentions. Secondly, you don’t have to be a people pleaser to be a good leader. Thirdly, listen to your followers but listen more to your instincts because your followers may deny you if peradventure their strategy flops but your instinct will never leave you nor forsake you. In there lies your decision.
I should have started by saying that no leader ever want to mislead their followers. Every leader comes to produce remarkable results.
If you are a leader or an aspiring leader, there are five kinds of people that are going to give you trouble eventually:
1. Those who hate you without a just cause.
2. Those who are envious of your accomplishment and just will badmouth you
3. The timid and the cowards: the never-do-wells who believe your assignment is impossible
4. Those who pay you with evil for the good you have done them
5. Those who believe they should be in the position you are because they think they are more qualified then you are.
1. Those who hate you without a just cause.
2. Those who are envious of your accomplishment and just will badmouth you
3. The timid and the cowards: the never-do-wells who believe your assignment is impossible
4. Those who pay you with evil for the good you have done them
5. Those who believe they should be in the position you are because they think they are more qualified then you are.
So what do you do? The bible tells us that we must “Silent the ignorant criticism of wicked men by continuing to do good,” (2 Tim. 3:14) because there must be something they are reacting to. Continue to live in faith. The enemy wants you to give up but never let him win.
Psalm 35: 11, 13 tells us of our response to those who pay us with evil for the good we have done them. Although fierce witnesses rise up against you to reward your hard work with evil, asking you things you don’t know, humble them with your silence and prayer.
What about those who hate you for no just cause? The bible says love your enemies, do good to those who dump you (Matt. 5: 33). Let them associate together, let them gather but do not be troubled (Isaiah 8: 9-10).
My word for every leader out there reading this is: In times of loneliness, difficulty and criticism please choose not to faint, but rather be exceptional because it is the right thing to do and not because you are afraid of criticism. Do the work you are called to do in fairness to all. Go ahead doing good because it is only for a matter of time, what they say and what they do against you will come against them and be your testimony. Focus on the assignment. Don’t drop the ball.
Joseph was thrown into prison yet he continued interpreting dreams for people. Jesus was criticized and yet he went about doing good and even was crucified for it. The end is the beginning of your happiness because your unrecognized hard work will eventually count in just a matter of time.
The future of the blameless is peace because it's from the Lord. He is their strength in time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him. (Psalm 37: 37-40).
The world was taken by surprise by the revolutionary changes sweeping the Arab world. Even as some argue for revolution and some rebuke the experience, we must however understand that the Arab world is undergoing an awakening. It is also widely agreed that the Arab world is undergoing a profound transformation and will never be the same again both for the best and worst. As the world supports legitimate demonstrations of democratic aspirations wherever “the seeds of freedom fall” and students examine various aspects of transformational change occurring in the Middle East and Africa as a result of revolution, and as young people and women everywhere yearn to be free, there are life changing/saving lessons from these events as nations struggle to bless or curse democracy in the third millennium.
Does revolution resolve democratic frustrations? Does revolution truly bring about reforms? As post-revolutionary administration battles with sentimental conditions and tensions, what is the hope of social integration?
According to Patrick Seale (2011) the burgeoning democratic movement in the Arab world will need to be underpinned by urgent financial support. If immediate and substantial financial and economic help is not given to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, the great hopes that have been aroused will be dashed. It is no accident that terrorism thrives where poverty and hopelessness are widespread.
Seale exemplified, “when the Soviet system collapsed in central and Eastern Europe, the West created the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 1990 to promote economic development, multi-party democracy and to help the transition to capitalist economies. Something similar,” he says “is urgently required in the Arab world: if not an Arab development bank, then a massive fund, something in the nature of the Marshall Plan which the United States launched after the Second World War to rescue and revive European economies”, he adds.
Now the war is over is time for action.
Must we have to go through a revolution to experience democratic change? Do revolutionary demonstrations leverage the aftermath tensions and still-limping economic backdrop? Are we ready to go through the pains and consequences of a post-revolutionary situation?
Indeed there are no straight answers to these. I would like to bring here a Biblical Wisdom.
When the instrument of state fails to curtail a rampaging injustice or when the evil is perpetuated by the state itself through the establishment and elite apparatus, especially in political matters, it is not reason enough for us to resort to antisocial and inhuman methods to vent our frustrations as we have seen in recent times in Africa. When civil protests and legal procedures fail us, Peter admonishes us (see I Peter 2:21-23. NIV) to seek recourse, as Christ did, in God to judge and vindicate us.
The intentions of revolutionary demonstrations are understandable but not worth the leverage of the aftermath conditions (social tensions, instability, and still-limping economic situations) which often lead to disintegration, insecurity, and poverty. In as much as we want to experience freedom and cultivate the seed of freedom for the coming generation is not reason enough to resort to antisocial and inhuman methods which only lead to more frustrations and nemesis for the future generation.
According to Seale, country after country, Arab protesters have voiced the same demands. They want to end random arrests; they want to speak and be heard; to participate in politics; to choose their own representatives. They want a better life for themselves and their children, the end of corruption, and the gross privileges of narrow elites. And they forget that, in the free world none of these are even free. Most of these are surreal. In any case, here is a thought I think might help: we miss to know that “Those who offend us are generally punished for the offence they give; but we so frequently miss the satisfaction of knowing that we are avenged” says Anthony Trollope.
So far, the scenarios of a bloodcurdling revolution which genuine intentions aims at freedom, social justice, economic opportunity, dignity and democratic governance but barely reaches these targets at a post-revolutionary scene, as the system suffers from gimping economic and social frustrations, worst than they were before revolutionary demonstrations.
Although the frustrations of revolutionaries are understandable, with our justice, democracy and our common humanity the reasons of these violations, in any case, a comparism of a post-revolutionary situation with the former leaves the pro-revolutionist reader with the choice to make change in the most rarely spoken of in our pursuit for sustainable democracy. This change is possible.
 Patrick Seale, January 3, 2011. Lessons from the Arab Revolution. Middle East Online
 Gary L. Hunt, February 3, 2011. Lessons from the Middle East Internet Revolution
 Patrick Seale, January 3, 2011. Lessons from the Arab Revolution
 Anthony Trollope, The Small House of Allington
Let’s take a look at Libya as our case study.
As Libya marks their one year of post-revolutionary experience amid huge challenges, ranging from how to tame rowdy militias to establishing a new rule of law in the country one year after uprising, questions have been asked by many observers as to the prospect of tailoring the over-all instability and moral repression fueled in the country. In the eve of the event marking their Revolution Day a year ago, men, women and children came out on the streets of Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata and other towns to begin initial celebrations by setting off fire crackers and chanting slogans. “Curly we are sorry!” shouted children dressed like angels in sarcastic reference to Gaddafi, who bore that nickname because of his distinctive locks, as they sat on top of cars in a procession in Benghazi that started from the landmark Tahreer (Liberation) Square. Libya’s new ruler, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, also has warned that the revolutionary spirit of Libya and its stability will not be compromised in any way. In his words, “We opened our arms to all Libyans, whether they supported the revolution or not. But this tolerance does not mean we are incapable of dealing with the stability of our country.” This seeming prospect for stability and reforms is what this post seems to be concern about, especially as similar revolutionary counterparts like Tunisia and Egypt, still almost a year before the Libyan revolution is yet to get off the ground with their reforms and stability adjustment programs which has proven but a failure. Dividing a country into radical parties might be a long process to achieving peace-talks, talk more of building a sustainable democracy. Mustafa Jalil adds in his speech “We will be tough towards people who threaten our stability”. As the challenges facing Libya’s new leadership are manifold, including rebuilding an ageing and damaged infrastructure, fostering vibrant state institutions, tackling an already corrupt economy and boosting what are weak health, judicial and education systems. The most immediate headache for the country is how to control the tens of thousands of blood-tasting ex-rebels who have now turned into powerful militias, whose jealously guarded commitment to their honor and power occasionally erupts into deadly clashes. This militias, according to a World Bank advisor in a recent report, “have developed vested interests and they will be loath to relinquish” says Hafed al-Ghwell. These rival militias have emerged as the biggest security threat for Libya, regularly clashing with each other, the police and causing fatalities. Although the prospect of creating job for them might be on the pipeline but how many of them are ready to work-through the “civilized” process of pursuing new careers since their services are no more needed. Surely, a difficult step, especially as some of them still lashes torture on their pro-Gaddafi prisoners and fighters. Some global human rights organizations like the Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Doctors Without Borders have lashed out at them, accusing them of torturing their prisoners, most of whom are former pro-Gaddafi fighters. These militias commit widespread human rights abuses with impunity, fuelling insecurity, instability and hindering structural reforms. With these scenarios, the future of a sustainable democracy for the continuous governance and development of Libya is in-doubt. Donatella Rovera, the senior advisor at Amnesty International warns, “It is imperative that the Libyan authorizes firmly demonstrate their commitment to turning the page in decades of systematic violations by reining in the militias, investigating all past-present abuses and prosecuting those responsible”. In response to this Prime Minister Kib has acknowledged that integrating these militias into security services is a “complex” issue. However, few days after this statement, his government, in a media release, said that about 5,000 of them had been integrated into the security services. Imagine 5,000 is quite an enormous figure. But compare this to the 74,800 IDPs (militias) making up the country’s militia, according to the IDPC Report on Libya in 2011. This is to say, based on the 6.3million Libya’s population count as of 2011, that 1.2% of Libya’s populations are militias.
In a similar case, Egypt has experience countless numbers of incidents and uproar after the Mubarak’s oust. Militia groups seem not to give up their rage and submit to the new regime. Militias, if they can, as some concerned have voiced, have to break out of the gun-firing and knife-slaughtering disposition and stereotypes, and help the new government rebuild organizations that might continually improve quality and reduce costs in order to prosper in the turbulent global marketplace.
A post-revolutionary government continuously battles with internal divisions, a credibility deficit and questions surrounding its effectiveness, as the populace and militias lacks the perseverance and patience to trust again.
Post-revolutionary systems are dynamical systems that are extremely sensitive to its initial conditions. This feeling then arouses discordances when not needed, especially when parties from difference bearings congregate. This could be unhealthy for leadership. They make the over-all system formless and disordered. We call this “chaos”.
We also see a continued struggle with instability and a choking of liberal democracy, as new tensions between Islamicists and secular liberals in the boulevard of a still-limping economy. Prior to their revolution, countries like Tunisia and Bahrain were best positioned for a successful transition to a liberal democracy, with their relatively small, homogenous population, comparatively high levels of education, an apolitical military, a moderate Islamist movement and a long history of a unified national identity.As the case seems, achieving a peaceful, sustainable and cooperative democracy for a post-revolutionary society might be a long journey to paradise.
 Jay Deshmukh, February 2012. Libya Marks Revolution Day Amid Huge Challenges. Middle East Online
 Amnesty International Report
 Internal displacement monitoring centre (IDMC) Report,
 According to the IDMC Report, IDP is short for “Internally Displaced Person.” Some 26 million people worldwide currently live in situations of internal displacement as a result of conflicts or human rights violations. They are forced to flee their homes because their lives were at danger, but unlike refugees they did not cross international borders. Although internally displaced people now outnumber refugees by two to one, their plight receives far less international attention. Many IDPs remain exposed to violence and other human rights violations during their displacement. Often they have no or only very limited access to food, employment, education and healthcare. Large numbers of IDPs are caught in desperate situations amidst fighting or in remote and inaccessible areas cut-off from international assistance. Others have been forced away from their homes as a result of revolutionary situations. As a result of these situations, they resolve to settle their rage. Attaining an obsolete adulthood they begin to see someone happy and near is responsible for their pain. They are hurting within and bitter at everyone and themselves. Then the power brokers who broke down their lives in the first place, in order to prevent the dehumanized from discovering their true violators, come around in pretensions of religious and political brotherhood to quickly divert their frustrations to the wrong enemy. Now revolutionary violence affords the seething vengeance of the IDP a cheap sublimation. In their deep state of mental confusion, slaughtering man in the name of God and justice is not antisocial after all. This smooth deceit fires the IDP to enlist in killer squads. And this way the privileged ones perpetuate the self disintegration of the suffering IDP, who relieve their pain and receive their pay through revolutionary fighting.
 The New York Times. June 11, 2012. Tunisia News – Breaking World
Recall, the revolutions that have swept the Arab world has a simple and tragic beginning. A lad in Tunisia had finally endured too much of the repressive regime under which he lived, and burned himself to death. It seemed to be the only way he could protest and leave no victim to be punished. He was Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 year-old who could not find work after finishing his education. He earned a bare living operating in fruit and vegetable cart, until that was also taken away from him for not having a proper permit. So he went to the front steps of the governor’s office in his small town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia, poured gasoline upon himself, and went up in flames on December 17, 2010. It would take an agonizing three weeks for him to die from those critical burns. His death gave life to a revolution. Not just in Tunisia. This spread out like wildfire to Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and still spreading remotely. His flames ignited Tunisia, where his countrymen drove out their repressive ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on January 14, 2011. Somewhat shockingly, this example was followed in Egypt, the Arab world’s most highly populated country. Where we saw hundreds of thousands gathered at the Cairo’s Tahrir Square and other places of protest, and endured 846 deaths (as of April 19, 2011) at the hands of Hosni Mubarak’s police and militias. But in the end it was Mubarak who surrendered to the impassioned revolution on February 11, 2011.
Revolts in Libya came next, with ruler Moammar Gaddafi literally fighting back with his army against his own people. The total number of people killed in this fighting is estimated above 30,000. Not long, French leader, Nicholas Sarkozy insisted on allied support for the rebels in Libya, and President Barack Obama of the US agreed to supply jet fighters and Tomahawk missiles to this effort. NATO took over leadership of the military support, and local rebels successfully captured Tripoli, the nation’s capital and fighting at other cities still goes on until Gaddafi was captured.
Syria and Bahrain have also been plunged into repeated cycles of passionate protests followed by the killing of protesters and harsh treatment of those arrested. Their rulers both see this bloodshed as the foundation for their rule, but this only seems to push more people into revolt. The death toll continuous to rise as this uproar is still on-going.
Looking at all these events, will the result be democracy? With the damaged national fabric, what is the possibility of a sustainable democracy/development? What effect will this have on the state and the coming generation of young Arabs in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain and Syria? Although is widely assumed that if a revolution took place in a system it will change everything for good, but that is not true.
While considering democracy, development and the high rate of corruption in systems in Africa, is adopting revolution and accepting chaos necessary for an African state survival? Looking at the present condition of countries that had undergone such experience, and their struggle towards restructuring their systems, is there a likelihood of a structural/economic rebound for them as they strive to curb post-revolutionary challenges in the nearest future? We are yet to see this (especially in Egypt), as unending rioting and protests becomes the order of the day. What lessons can we sieve from their experience for the betterment democracy? This seeming prospect for stability and reforms is what this post seems to be concern about, especially as revolutionary counterparts like Tunisia, Libya and Egypt; still almost a year after their revolution is yet to get off the ground with their reforms and stability adjustment programs which have proven but a failure. Truth is, dividing a country into radical parties might be a long process to achieving peace-talks, talk more of building a sustainable democracy.
 Boomers Life, 20 May 2012. Tunisian Democracy, A Blast From the Past.