Postcode 01032018: Postcards, Philately and my attraction to the Post Office (1) . Awofeso Pelu


Pelus Awofeso with Post Cards

Recently, I have had two things on my mind: postcards and stamps. Both are secret passions that I have yet to explore actively. Some years ago I received postcards from Eastern and Southern Africa, and they are such lovable prints. It’s amazing how vividly they portray particular aspects of the countries they’ve been sent from.

The point has been made that Nigeria “is a land so picturesque that innovative postcard marketers should have no reason complaining of being poor”. Beyond the money, though, I believe postcards have a bit of Public Relations power and can help change people’s perception of Nigeria for good, especially overseas.

Two of my photographer friends who used to produce a series of postcards a decade ago felt the same way. They told me: “we want to use our photos to serve as image ambassadors for Nigeria, to present Nigeria the way we want it to be seen outside these shores”. To the best of my knowledge, their postcards were well received.

In the last five years I have seen some creative postcard designs in and around some stores in some Nigerian cities I have visited but they don’t appear to be common commodities at the airports, where thousands of traveling tourists could easily admire and buy them.

I wonder why. In the recent past, we spent a lot on greeting cards — but we didn’t transfer that same affection to postcards. Yet if we did, Nigeria would probably have been the better for it, particularly in the eyes of those who think of the country is a no-go area. I keep hoping that someday we will get round to buying and sending postcards as we do those greeting cards.

Now, to Stamps: it is hard to tell how much of a philatelist kingdom Nigeria is. But I have kept a cutting from This Day (published in July 2004) in which a keen stamp collector was campaigning in favour of the art.

“The impression that those used postage stamps whether Nigerian or overseas that are affixed to the various letters or postal packages are mere useless pieces of paper to be thrown away is very, very wrong,” the article stated. “Those stamps are not only educative, but money-spinning items. Remember also that a postage stamp is a living reminder of events, an aid to learning, a miniature encyclopedia, and a country’s ambassador.”

The collector’s interest in philately was stoked way back in 1958, when he was still a student. But half a century later, “I have since graduated from a collector to the status of a philatelic trader of international repute.”

A postcard produced for my company @TravelNextDoor (2016)

I have been drawn to post offices since I was a boy. When I was barely 17 the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) opened for business a short distance from where I grew up in Ijeshatedo, a Lagos suburb. Apart from offering all the basic services (like selling stamps and registering letters over the counter) the facility came with hundreds of olive green private boxes, which people in the neighbourhood were encouraged to rent for N25 a year.

I was thrilled at the sheer novelty of having correspondences to the family tucked in our own exclusive post box; after much pressure from my siblings and me, Mom paid for one before too long.

When the documentation was complete, we got a pair of cutely-shaped 3cm-long keys, one of which was hooked on a nail next to the parlour window. Any one of us picked it from there whenever there was a need to go check the box for mails. Before that time, post men slugging zip-less leaf green bags would hand-deliver letters to the house, slotting them in a wooden box mounted on the fence. Sometimes, they handed it over to anyone in the compound. And this they did house after house in the area.


The closest thing to a post office there was before the new branch opened was a postal agency tucked in a tiny shop on a main road nearby. It was run by an elderly woman, who also sold other odds and ends, including school stationery. I don’t recall ever sending any letters through it.

A little over a year after we had grown used to the box, I went over to check if there were any letters. I could see outlines of a few envelopes through a glass barrier but the key wouldn’t turn in the little square door. I tried a second and third time. No dice. Alarmed, I breezed into the main office and made straight for the counter. What might the problem be?

“It means you have not renewed your rental,” the middle-aged woman behind the counter answered pleasantly. Now, I wasn’t thinking of that at all. None of us had remembered that fact. “It will be open once the annual fee is paid, or else it will be transferred to someone else.”

What? There was no way we were ever going to lose the box, not when dozens of our friends already had the number and were sure to send all future correspondence to us through it. Besides, taking a stroll to the post office every now and then had become such a pleasure that the thought of losing the tiny treasure proved too much a grief to bear. Mom would just have to find the money and pay.

The shiny blue walls of the post office were plastered with posters and public notices, and the wooden boxes for outgoing mails sat further from the entrance. The windows and doors, as always, were open and a pair of ceiling fans rolled lazily and noiselessly overhead.

While I stood wondering how I could pick up the letters I had seen a moment earlier, the woman — perhaps on compassionate grounds — motioned me to go further inside so as to speak with the controller. I met the man flipping through a file, a biro in hand. I greeted, explained the situation to him and asked for his assistance. He let the file be for a while, and — like his colleague had done a moment earlier — stressed the importance of ensuring that we renewed our rent as and when due.

“I’ll keep that in mind,” I answered, both my hands resting on my laps. “We will pay up and won’t delay next time.”

As we talked, my eyes scanned the surrounding. It was more of a clearing room, where three men sorted incoming and outgoing mails in different containers and sacs. In between this activity, they would walk over to slip envelopes into the open back ends of the boxes. How thrilling it was to have seen what went on behind the scenes. How come my school didn’t plan an excursion to a place like this?

“Ok, go and collect your letters,” the supervisor said, clearly seeing no point in keeping me there further. Was I glad! I turned a corner and in an instant I gazed delightedly at the tens of green square boxes; some had documents in them, others were empty.

On my way out I cast a final look at the mail men. The supervisor had made my day. Many years later, NIPOST introduced the postcode system to ease its mail delivery process. The Ijeshatedo branch was “code-named” 101015, a number that stuck in my mind from the get go.


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Pastor Sam Adeyemi

Senior Pastor of Day Star Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi has lent his voice to the growing debate on tithe and offering describing the law on tithe as recorded in the Old Testament as an expired law which has no relevance in the New Dispensation.

This is contrary to what he had preached in the past. It also goes against the grain of teachings by those he regards as fathers of faith.

Adeyemi who took time to preach on the subject of giving to his Lagos, Nigeria Church members on Sunday February 25, urged his listeners not to entertain any guilt for not paying tithe adding that “People should not give out of fear”

He said he personally took interest in the tithe debate, did a lot of study and came to the conclusion that God is not angry with anybody that does not pay tithe neither is the person under any form of curse.

He said, “I have been following the tithe debate. I discovered that it has been an age long debate and it will be on for a long time. My first observation is that church people are behaving as if we own the word tithe. We don’t own the word. It is an English word. I want to say clearly that tithe as practiced under the law of Moses has expired. The death and resurrection of Jesus has put paid to it. It has expired.”

While explaining that there are different types of tithe he said, “All the requirements of the law were satisfied under Christ adding however that “It is a gamble to say Jesus never paid tithe. The fact that it was not written that Jesus paid tithe does not mean he did not do it. I can also claim that Jesus did not go to the toilet because it is not written. 18 years of his life were not recorded in the Bible. When he was born his parents satisfied the requirements of the law. John 21v25 says there are many things he did that were not recorded. Jesus did not say it was wrong to pay tithe in his day.”

Adeyemi however stressed again at the risk of repeating himself that Tithing as it is in the law has expired. He noted, “The law of the spirit of life in Christ has made us free. Romans 8 clearly tells us that we are free. No Christian should feel guilty for not paying tithe. There is nothing you can add to what Jesus did to be qualified before God. When Jesus said it is finished it was finished. Gal 3v13 says Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. A Christian is not cursed because he or she did not pay tithe. A Christian should not give out of fear. A Christian should give out of love. We are free from guilt, from fear. We are in a dispensation of grace.”

He however warned that though we live under grace man will have to bear the consequences of his action. “If you commit murder, you realise what you did and you repent God will forgive you. But bear in mind that Police will arrest you and prosecute you. The forgiveness of God does not remove the consequences of our action.”

The church leader who has many young people in his church and who served under Rev George Adegboye of Rhema Chapel in Ilorin, Nigeria before he established his own ministry however noted that a stingy Christian will be greatly hurt.

“You are free to decide what to give. But if you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. Tithing as practiced under the law has expired but tithing as a general principle cannot expire. A Christian is free to give any percentage of his money. But just bear in mind that 10 percent is still part of the number. If somebody chooses to give 10 percent he should not be condemned and if he gives less or more than that he has a right to decide on what to do”

Earlier, he gave a graphic illustration on where and how the believer should give. Using scriptures to back his points he said, “We should give to the poor because giving to the poor is giving to God. If we love God we should give to men. We should also be responsible citizens by paying our tax. We should give to our parents and be a blessing to them. We should give towards the work of God and we should give to servants of God and we should give to our immediate family and take care of them.”

He however lamented that many Christians have been quite intolerant of one another on the tithe debate noting that we “all know in part. Priscilla and Acqulla had to put Apollos in the way of the gospel. But Apollos had been preaching the John’s gospel before Priscilla and Aquilla came to correct him and show him the message of the kingdom. We all know in part. As we grow we learn and adjust.”

…now that my pastor have spoken, it is case closed on this matter for me. I careless what anyone says about this. The oracle have spoken, ire ooo!- TOS . article from TOS facebook page.

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Exploring The Citycape “Oshodi Evolving”

The Nlele Institute | African Centre for Photography embark on the project of documenting for future reference.

Day 1 in Oshodi with Uche Okpa-Iroha (Director The Nlele) Otuke Charles Ologeh (Technical Director Photography, The Nlele), Jesse Ekwuruibe, Kane Nwatu and Eniola Khadijah Odunuga.

We had a nice time with the Police Task force and the “Boys” on ground in Oshodi – “Ejima” and “Ahmed”.


Uche Okpa-Iroha with fellow photographer during the the Oshodi the tour


Ologeh Otuke Charles with photographers



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28279857_1787251351581899_4606858939800560849_nThe 2018 Annual General Meeting of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) will hold on May 10, 2018 at Lagos Sheraton Hotel Ikeja.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the full Board of the society which held at COSON House, Ikeja on February 26, 2018.

At the AGM, elections to all vacant positions on the Board will be held and the report of the auditors to the society will be considered.

The Board meeting also resolved to pursue with every diligence the setting aside at the Court of Appeal of the judgment delivered by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court on February 13 in the case brought by COSON against MCSN, the AGF and NCC. According to the Board, except overturned, the judgment will destroy the collective management of copyright in Nigeria and put many commercial users of musical content at enormous risk.

The Board also approved Management’s request for new sophisticated software to speed up specific distribution of royalties to members and affiliates of the society.

Present at the Board meeting presided over by Chief Tony Okoroji, Chairman of COSON, were Board members, Sir Shina Peters, Ras Kimono, Hon John Udegbunam, Kenny Saint Brown, Azeezat Allen, Engr Sharon Esco Wilson, Maureen Ejezie, Richard Cole and Uche Emeka Paul. Also present were Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji, the society’s General Manager and Ms Bernice Eriemeghe, the society’s Head of Finance & Administration.

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” MY ONLY GIFT TO PEOPLE IS BOOK” Says Dr Raheal James of CRIMMD, Idimu Lagos.

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THE STORY OF TOBI A DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER FROM NIGERIA. By Tihomir Lazarov ( Hiring a Scammer to be a Documentary Filmmaker)


We’ve never been fortunate to fund our expensive gear with money from a generous Nigerian prince. When filmmaker Adam Grumbo met such a scammer online he decided to pay and hire him as a photographer and a videographer, and the results are quite interesting.

It’s a real story. Adam Grumbo exposed a Nigerian young man named Tobi, who approached him pretending to be a hot girl from Denver. Instead of closing the browser, the filmmaker decided to hire him as a documentary photographer and videographer. Grumbo made the risk to make a wire transfer of $100 as a reward for documenting the local environment in the small town where Tobi lived. The young Nigerian did a short vlog, accompanied by pictures and video of his house interior and exterior, as well as the local market. As with every film, story is king. Regardless of the quality of the pictures and video, the visuals showing that part of the world speak way more beyond the technical execution.

Grumbo showed a great example of how he helped this young man by making him do something of a real value. What would you do next time when a Nigerian prince approaches you with a multi-zeroes amount of money?.

Thanks to Tihomir Lazarov for this story.

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” MY ONLY GIFT TO PEOPLE IS BOOK” Says Dr Raphael James of CRIMMD, Idimu Lagos.


In a chat with Dr Raheal last year he said he prefer to give out books than money because in the process of reading you will discover the secret of wealth according to the Dr. The attached images showcase some of the book giving beneficiaries.

DrRaphael James of CRIMMD LIBRARY, is supporting MARVEL SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION, for their upcoming walk against sickle cell, the icing in the cake is, his READING for the children and youth on that day.



February 3, 2018

40 books donated in support of the world Cancer Day program been organized by Marjorie Bash Foundation, managed by Mr Kelechi Eguzo. The event holds on February 5, 2018 at the Nigerian Christian High School Nlagu, Km 23 Ikot Ekpene Road Aba, Abia State by 12 noon. In 2017 when I made an open request for books, photos and movies on slave trade, Mr. Kelechi sent me a book on slave trade all the way from Vancouver, British Columbia. So when he asked for my support for books to use for his program, I pledged 20 books but today, I donated double my pledge, making it 40 books, because I am impressed with what he is doing. Mr Kelechi was represented by Josephine Eseigbe to collect the books.


Mr Kelechi was represented by Josephine Eseigbe to receive the book from Dr

February 9, 2018

A representative of Mr Simplicius Nkwo was at the CRIMMD today and he collected 50 books to support Mr Simplicius, to start a library in his school in Aba, Abia State where he is based. This little-nothing I do is my small effort to make my country, Nigeria a better place. Let us support the reading habit by donating books and setting up libraries.


Representative of Mr Simplicius Nkwo receives book from Dr.

February 12, 2018

40 books donated to the Head of Micfis International School, Mr. Adepoju Michael all the way from Ibadan. The books are to assist the school library as a medium to commemorate the World Book Day.


Head of Micfis International School, Mr. Adepoju Michael receives book from DR

Feburary 22, 2018

In support of “Makurdi Must Read” Project being handled as a NYSC Community Project, by Sk Nwaejie, I donated 50 books to his representative Miss Benedicta Anyanwu who visited CRIMMD Library today, February 22, 2018. S.K. go for it, I am behind you and make me proud. This is a mild reminder that If you requested for books from me on any library/ reading projects, pick them up before the end of February 2018. Let’s make more leaders by making more readers.


Sk Nwaejie, representative Miss Benedicta Anyanwu with DR

February 24, 2018

50 books donated this morning to Mr Adewale Adeogun – Secretary to the Local Government (SLG), ILUGUN LCDA of Ogun State, to support his effort to establish a mini-library for the people of Ilugun community, his representative was at the CRIMMD today February 24, 2018 and she picked 50 books . I will continue to do my little-nothing to make Nigeria a reading nation. You too can join me and you may even do better than me. A reading nation is a leading nation.
20 books donated to Benjamin Elemide through Miss Abigael, today February 24, 2018 to support his program on Oratory contest cum Poetry performance poetry contest for secondary schools in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The programme I was told would serve as a platform to reach out to the younger generation in secondary schools to awake them to the light of societal discourse and happenings and it holds on March 1st, 2018. Let us join hands to make Nigeria a leading nation first by making it a reading nation.
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