Dear Child,

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Early one morning at the junction of a street was a naked 12-year-old girl who had just been beaten mercilessly by the owner of a liquor shop.
This little 12-year-old who was stripped naked at the glare of every passerby, bleed all over her body by the intense strokes of cain she was dealt with.
The liquor shop owner didn’t careless about the wounds nor the  nakedness of  this girl, nor by the stare of those seated at her shop drinking their lives away in the early hours of a new day.

Anguished in pain and shame this little 12-year-old cried out with hurt, but the more her voice was raised the more she was dealt the strokes of cain and thrown upon the stinging sand rubbing on the bleeblack 12 year oldding cuts on her flesh.

In my rage and curiosity to know what in the world this girl must have done to be dealt with so badly and publicly in the streets, I covered her with a scarf on my neck, and beckoned on another girl (her elder sister) to get her a dress to wear, but her sister in fear of being beaten by her ‘madam’ hesitated, and whispered to me that she would be beaten herself  if she tried to help.

I approached the shop owner who by this time of my interfering had gone into her shop and inquired of her why she has dealt with the little girl so badly. To my amazement, the liquor shop owner said to me that the 12-year-old who is her niece that she brought from the village with her sister, urinated on herself the night before while sleeping.

Shocked by the flimsy reason for this torture on a girl who is just learning her right from wrong, were tears rolling down my eyes so much I could barely talk further.  I turned around and discretely gave the sister to the little girl my mobile number I had scribbled on a paper.
I could see the fear amidst the tears in eyes of this 12-year-old, scared to sleep another night cause she doesn’t know if she would ‘pee’ on herself again. Some of the customers seated at the shop were laughing as they watched her naked budding body, not one stood up to stop the strokes of cain.

Night after night I would pass by this shop and see these girls selling drinks and serving customers who patronised the shop. These girls work in a ‘local alcohol joint’ that runs through midnight with drunks all over the place.

I was granted undiscussed access to see this little girl and know how she was doing and how her wound was healing up, I realized she barely has any form of education, couldn’t speak english properly, was taken from the village by her aunt to be taken care of in the city together with her elder sister.

The elder sister revealed to me that they barely have enough time to sleep before resuming at the shop by 7am the following day cause the shop closes mostly after midnight, she said they live with their aunt in a single room apartment with a detached shared toilet, so they use a bucket for their convenience, but because of how tired they are when they close from the shop at midnight, the little girl is not able to stand up to use the bucket to ease herself, so she unconsciously does the needful.
She further revealed that, she had no idea what living in the city with her aunt was going to be like, as she thought they were coming to have a far better life and to perhaps acquire an education. Little did they know that the freedom they once enjoyed in the village with their biological parents who are still alive was going to become a nightmare in the city.girl-690327__340
Questions kept popping in my mind, wondering on what these girls were going through or have gone through at this young age?

So many supposed young house-helps, sale-girls/boys and the torture they get from their bosses.

Like I would always say, to know the measure of one’s love tank, check how horribly  different their maid is from their children. Why are there so many tattered and hungry looking house-helps at the back seat of a family car, while the children and parent are so beautiful nourished.

Why are there so many tortured house-helps, sales girls/boys etc. Why do relatives with deceit pickup there relatives,nieces/nephews/cousins etc from the village in the name of taking care of them in the city.

What happened to love and care?
The amount of neglect and child rape/abuse we have all over the world is alarming.

Let us say no to child abuse!

Dear Child, I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11.Parmesan Cheese (1)

Relax! Everything will work out just fine.

-Elizabeth T.A

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Dear Teenage Girl….

Dear Teenage Girl,

I was a young girl saved out of a life of confusion, of hopelessness, out of the struggles of neglect, abuse & molestations both from within my home and without. Five (5) times being molested from the age of 4, from male teachers, to male house-helps, to a blood, to a never suspecting camouflaged believer, several time I have been taken advantage off by male associates. It was a dark world, of challenges, of strong timidity and fear until Jesus found me.

I remember when I newly entered into JSS1 and I had just been molested that morning before going to my new school. I cried on the assembly ground with my face covered in my hands and said “If there is truly a God somewhere, please help me”

Throughout secondary school I could barely stay in a room with a boy alone. I could barely talk to guys, no not at all. Deep fear and terrible low self-esteem beclouded me as one that is unloved by no one. I was ashamed of most of my body features, of my gap tooth that each time I had to smile I would always cover my mouth or force myself not to respond to laughter so not to show my teeth cause a classmate called my two large teeth  in front “rabbit teeth”. I was ashamed of my very small stature that i had to wear double clothes inside my school uniform throughout secondary school just to look attractive like every other school girl who was budding! (LOL)

I was verbally bullied by guys in my class except a few. A particular guy turned my native name from Titi to Tse-Tse fly and made everybody nickname me that, that’s why when I got to the university I had to change my first name to my second name and have used my second name as my first since then (Elizabeth).

You see dear teenage girl, Jesus sought after me like one who seeks for hidden precious treasures, found me & loved me.

I knew I had a deep personal hunger for something more than the natural, that’s why at every Children’s church altar call at Winners Chapel, Raji-Oba street Lagos, I would always stand up.
I stood up so much for altar calls that I couldn’t really say what date exactly I received Jesus into my life, I got baptized so much as a teenager that I still wonder today what I was doing, yet I never really knew the person of Jesus as at then.

But Jesus found me, took me through a wide journey just to realize my steps were ordered to the point of meeting Him in a Strange land (Ghana).
Jesus answered the questions in my heart, troubling question from the days of a curious teenager. Asking who I was, what my life is about, asking why I am here on earth and what my life would turn out to be.
Little did I know that the Master & orchestrator of my life was directing the procession of His Bride.

Dear teenage girl, today I am a proud 30 year old woman full of purpose. I am so glad that all I have been through hasn’t shaped who I am but it has only made me become more loving and forgiving. I am full of life and I am a life giver. By the help of the Holy Spirit in me I have been able to impact teenage girls and youths with my story and given them advice and encouragements where needed.

I have been able to forget and loose low self-esteem, bold to stand before large crowds of different platform for different purposes and i can smile unapologetically.

Dear teenage girl, You too can overcome your fears, worries and anxiety, you can become far better and stronger than your life’s journey intended, just cling onto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith. You look so much better when you smile.brunch
I am a writer, an author, a minstrel of grace, a song- writer, a leader and above all I am addicted to Gods Love. I am Salt and Light.
-Elizabeth T. A

 

A Musicians note….

*A Musician’s Note…​*

*​Understanding Your Voice.​*

Voice is the sounds produced through the mouth by speaking or singing. The voice is an instrument like a trumpet or a violin. It possesses an extra ability because it can frame words and pronounce them simultaneously with the tones.

​PITCH LEVEL.​

Conventionally, there are four (4) Categories of Voices. They are as follows:

1). Soprano: The highest  female voice. The normal range of the soprano is about two octaves with its lowest note at middle C.

2). Contralto: The lowest female voice. Its lowest note is from F below middle C.

3). Tenor: The highest natural adult male voice starting usually at C below middle C

4). Bass: The deepest or lowest male singing voice. The range is about two octaves with the lowest note usually an octave and a 6th below middle C.

Other Sub – division are:

Mezzo Soprano : The term mezzo soprano is used for a female voice that has a range between the Soparano and Contralto.

CASTRATO : In olden days male sopranos who were castrated as boys in order to keep their soprano voices were known as CASTRATI.

FALSETTO : This is the voice normally cultivated by male. Light voice above the normal tenor range. Their normal pitch sounds like an unbroken voice. Tenor with a very high  range. Also known as counter tenor or male alto.

BARITONE: This lies in between TENOR & BASS.

*Question of note:* Is it right for a lady to say her voice is tenor or bass?  Or for a man to claim that his voice is Soprano?

*​VOICE QUALITY.*

When you combine your PITCH LEVEL (PL) and your VOICE QUALITY (VQ), you arrived at your VOICE TEXTURE & RANGE.(PL +VQ =VT &VR). As a singer, knowing your voice Texture (VT) and Vocal Range (VR) is of paramount importance because it becomes easy for you to know the song  you will be able to deliver excellently and you will stop trying to be like every other singer you listen to or otherwise. Know that it is not every song you hear that you will be able to deliver excellently or exactly. Your VT and VR may be different from that of original singer. Voice Specialist believes that no two voices could exactly sound alike since no two people may have exactly the same size or shape of vocal cords and resonators. Your tonal quality may be dependent on the shape and condition of the resonators.

*​Things to AVOID as a SINGER*

1). Don’t Sing out of your range. Save the high notes for when you can sing them because you can end up damaging your voice.

2). Don’t eat heavy meal or avoid prior to performance because it can make it harder to control breathing and projection.

3). Avoid shouting.

4). Rest your voice when ill.

5). Severe Coughing can injure the vocal cord.

6). Avoid tea, Coffee and alcohol before singing as these can have a dehydrating effects.

7). Avoid extremely cold water.

8). Listen to singers with good voices on a daily basis.

9). Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and voice lubricated.

10). Rest – Have a sound sleep naturally.

SOME ​KEYS TO PRESENTING A GOOD PERFORMANCE…​

Movement –

A good performer appears to fill the stage. Many singers captivate their audience by using movement and facial expressions. This draws the audience to focus on the performer.

Expression –

This is the term used to explain feelings in your voice. Use your natural emotions to enhance the way you perform your songs. You can achieve a bright sound in your voice just by smiling. 

Use of Audience Participation –

Create a room for audience participation. Get your audience involved in singing, clapping, dancing, waving and shouting with you. Walk among the audience, talk to them and sense their response to your music. Remember, worship is a participatory activity.

Sing With Confidence –

The most difficult part is getting up to sing in front of an audience for the first time. Once you have achieved this, the subsequent ones will be easier.

Stage Fright –

If you know the song really well but still nervous of performing in the front of a crowd, then focus on an object slightly above the audience instead of their faces. If you also find yourself shaking when you are singing, move around a bit and smile. It will help you to forget your nerves and make you look confident. Peradventure,  you forget the melody, lyrics or sing out of tune or beat, do not fluster or stop, continue and smile as if nothing happened. Be Courageous.

Charisma –

Dictionary describes CHARISMA as a personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others.

Do I have charisma?

Everyone has Charisma to varying degrees. For instance, an individual who is normally considered quiet may come alive on stage to produce an exciting performance.

 Appearance?

First impressions count. How you look and carry yourself both on stage and off stage may be the first thing that the audience sees. Wear clothing (Costumes) that is comfortable and enhances your appearance.

Communication –

Talk to your audience. Introduce your song, this gives you instant rapport with your audience and builds your confidence.

​Microphone Techniques…​

*Points to Remember When USING Microphone*:

1). Pointing the MIC towards a speaker when you are too close causes a high pitched noise called FEEDBACK.

2). Avoid having the volume too high.

3). Do not hold the MIC too close or too far from your mouth. Although, distance is dependent on the individual’s natural power.

Rejoice always & keep singing a new song!

*Shared by COLLS Music Academy_the music hub, Liberty Stadium, Gate J- Main Bowl Manual Scoreboard Building, Ibadan-Nigeria (The World class Music Academy & best Live Room for Band Rehearsals down town).*

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*REHEARSALS NUGGETS*

Music Director move your team from the level of teaching songs at rehearsals to a level where everyone coming for any rehearsal have mastered their arts before arriving. Now, I’m talking effective and efficient rehearsal here. If you still want to keep your choir or team at mediocre level, then keep teaching songs line by line every time. Keep telling them repeat after me, “All Things Are Working for my good” 1,2,3 gooooo…

Keep doing “oya”repeat after me”. You will be successful at raising a team that will not be self-dependent. They will sing the songs but will not know anything about music. They will always need the MD to be around.

That kind of Choir will never be *global.* You can’t raise music giants that way. Your singers can’t develop great singers and instrumentalists that way. You don’t raise professionals and music icons that way. Only lazy singers will give 1 million excuses for not scoring the song and for every excuse u give u are excluding ursef from the next level u desire. Never say, ” Just teach us what to sing and we will sing it”. *No I will not.*Stop spoon feeding your team. Teach them to be like you. To be able to stand on their own like you. You didn’t become good by waiting for someone. You took the bull by the horn,stayed awake did all you had to until you *handled it*

Some instrumentalists just believe they are good and no song is difficult so they wait till they get to rehearsal before listening. They now start approximating and playing the chords of “Olori Oko” to “He Turned It”. They call it ” IMPROVISING” in the name of being creative. Wehdone sir, Mr Crazetivity. *Hear me!!* You be lazy man sir…

Every music director must insist on certain things. First teach your members how to score music on their own. _Train them_.

Make it a rule that no one appears at rehearsal without knowing the song. What are they coming to do in the first place? To eat yam???

It may take awhile depending on several factors for your team members to master scoring songs on their own, let them still do it. It may be plenty work but _don’t listen to those who complain or give excuses_.Did it take longer yes, was it work… Yes more work but I’m particular about building people not just singing well or rehearsing “sharp sharp” Listen! there are no short cuts to being a Professional. if you are professional you are professional if a are an amateur u are an amateur. There’s no middle ground. 

You may have a separate rehearsal for instrumentalists and for singers then bring everyone together to do the song. While rehearsing please let everyone understand the groove of that song, the body gestures needed and how to interpret it. Some people have only 2 dance steps in all their life. Its either they are moving left and right or up and down. Rehearsal is not just for singing. Perfect your dance as well. Get the best body movement or dance for each song when necessary.

Make your rehearsals effective by being deliberate about all you do. No one should be jobless at rehearsal. You must be adding value and doing something. 

*Rehearsal actually begins at home and in your mind before you come into the team meeting.*

LETTERS IN A BOTTLE

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Bleeding ink on this notepad,
Writing to the one I don’t have.
Standing by the doorbell,
Yet, you are not here.

Got so much to tell you,
Many laughter to share.
Big or small.
Dark or fair?
Your smile will definitely tell.

So yes, am falling,
Free falling for what will be.
We just might land on the clouds,
Like autumn leaves with subtle sound.

So I save every moment, and one,
Hash tagged in your pet name.
Waiting for you to press play,
Perhaps, you’ve come and gone?

Written by Peter Adesanya, Oct 30th 2016, 7:14pm

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I remember today my First Love ❤.

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THE OTHER END OF THE LINE

I sense a rasp in his voice
A flood rush and longingness
Curiously he inquired
Pleasantly he attained
At the other end of the line…..
I only hoped,…… for
A tender heart
A selfless friend
Unconditionally loving
Caring compassionate
Understanding
A clown who would raise laughter
To be won by my graces
Hoped that the tenderness in his voice would not loose its softness.
Hoped he is good looking too.
Protective
Friendship called
Care called
Newness called
Freshness called
As we talked…..at the other end of the line till the break of dawn