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About Tito O'tobi

I'm a Materials Engineer who works as a Design Engineer. Engineering is tedious but creativity is fun, I also write fiction and poem. I love describing my writings as social jabs....you just might get hit but don't worry. I'm a weak boxer. I'm a published author too.

Becoming a Vegetarian Can Save Nigeria

Truth be told, I’ve never seen or heard of a Nigerian who is a Vegetarian-and that is the problem with Nigeria. I can see you rolling your eyes like,”Yeah right, we all know the problem with Nigeria but we never can pick the way to solve it.”

Anyway, being a vegetarian requires a level of discipline beyond the capabilities of the average Nigerian. Y’know it can be heart-breaking seeing all that Sallah beef disappearing during Eid, then the chicken and turkey too goes at Christmas, Easter and New Year and you don’t even get a taste.

What’s worse, you’ll have to pretend like it doesn’t smell good. Then how do you explain to guests at your occasions that you don’t eat meat. For God’s sake, you’ll find yourself visiting Synagogue Church for healing and deliverance.

Soberly speaking now, we really need vegetarians in Nigeria. In prospective studies of adults, compared to non-vegetarian eating patterns, vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes such as:

*Lower levels of obesity
*A reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and lower total mortality. *Several clinical trials have documented that vegetarian eating patterns lower blood pressure.

On average, vegetarians consume a lower proportion of calories from fats(particularly saturated fatty acids), fewer overall calories, more fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, than do non-vegetarians. Vegetarians generally have a lower body mass index. These characteristics and other lifestyle factors associated with a vegetarian diet may contribute to the positive health outcomes that have been identified among vegetarians.

The health benefits being highlighted thus, I’ll give another important reason -economic reasons. Cost of beef and cost of poultry products keep increasing due to increasing cost of transporting the animals from the highly-violent North where they are being bred. Also, cost of cooking meat to a medically recommended hygienic level has also increased as cooking gas prices keep increasing from 2000Naira to 2500Naira(12.5Kg standard) in the last 10 months and prices are expected to hit a 36-month high of 2800Naira in december 2014. I’ve personally noticed that eating meat is becoming more stressful for my teeth and I’m just in my 20s-no medical conditions attached.

Anyway, some animals whose meats we eat are prime carriers of such things like Tapeworm and Ebola Virus (yeah, I know you just got scared, right). Scientists
have found that a bovine immunodeficiency virus (BIV), the
equivalent of the AIDS virus in cows, can
also infect human cells. It is supposed that BIV may have a role in the
development of a number of malignant or slow viruses in humans. If we consider the above stated facts that Nigerians are getting more economical in cooking meat(I’m a witness to that) in the face of the looming truths. The worst fear isn’t so far.

However, it’s not all bad news. You can still choose to eat eggs, honey and milk and fish but you’ll be called an ovo-lacto-pescetarian. Don’t worry, that’s still a type of vegetarian.

The Roman writer Ovid concluded his book titled Metamorphoses, in part, with the argument that in order for humanity to change, or metamorphose, into a better, more harmonious species, it must strive towards more humane tendencies. He cited vegetarianism as the crucial decision in this metamorphosis, explaining his belief that human life and animal life are so entwined that to kill an animal is virtually the same as killing a fellow human. Does this not resonate with the fact that North-Eastern Nigeria, where killing livestock for food is a major occupation is also the place where killing humans for fun(#BokoHaram) is also prevalent.

It’s just the right time to start embracing healthier diets and better living. I believe having more vegetarians in Nigeria will put an end to insurgency. I’ve decided to take the lead but not because I’m afraid of animals revolting. I’m just tired of chewing meat for hours. Aren’t you?

Gas Price information obtained from http://www.chimons.com
Hill, John Lawrence
*Rowman and Littlefield (1996). The case for vegetarianism. p. 89. ISBN 0-8476-8138-6. Retrieved November 1, 2014.

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Posted by on 05/11/2014 in Uncategorized

 

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One Year and Still Blogging

So it came down on me
With the fist of a beast.
Melted my heart and
Bubbled in my veins.
The sweet feel of love
That your company gave
Especially when I know
my posts weren’t always timely.
I didn’t always choose
the very best of words.
Even when I had
The purest of thoughts but
You liked it, commented
And always followed
The little I had to offer.
I can promise not to falter
in any weather but
Being here a whole year
tells me you’ll care enough
For many more years.
Congrats to You.
Congrats to Me.
It’s our blogs anniversary.

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Posted by on 01/11/2014 in Poems

 

Creativity: The True Art of Being Immortal

Blais Pascal

Blais Pascal

Being a fan of Sci-Fi, I can tell that one of the pre-occupations of mankind is learning how to live forever. Shallow as that may sound, it’s an unconscious desire of every human, including YOU.

Well, I learnt the secret of living forever in the most unlikely places-rap music.50 Cent, in the euphoria of releasing his first album raps, “When I die, they’ll read this and say a genius wrote it”. Ludacris in the first song off his album, Chicken n Beer, raps, “Through this music, I’ll still be heard if I’m dead”.

Three years ago, I came across a booklet in my house, it was a christian booklet written by Blaise Pascal. Till that moment, I had not known Blaise Pascal to be a writer, even a writer of christian books. I only knew him as a 17th Century Mathematician, not as a deep-faithed christian. That book was titled, Pensées (I read and write French) but its contents were published in English. I could deduce that it was a book that carried Pascal’s deepest thoughts. It’s one of the most astounding arguments for belief in the christian faith that I’ve ever read, but it was written prosaically like a literary work and I later learned that it is hailed as “the most eloquent book in French prose.”

In Pensées, Pascal surveys
several philosophical paradoxes: infinity
and nothing, faith and reason, soul and
matter, death and life, meaning and vanity—seemingly arriving at no definitive conclusions besides humility, ignorance, and grace.

What if Blaise Pascal had decided not to write his thoughts, for he died at the young age of 39.

Pascal’s work in Mathematics was already so precocious that famed philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes was convinced that Pascal’s
father had written it. Descartes dismissed it with a sniff: “I do not find it
strange that he has offered demonstrations about conics more
appropriate than those of the ancients,”
adding, “but other matters related to this subject can be proposed that would scarcely occur to a 16 year old child.”

In 1642, in an effort to ease his father’s
endless, exhausting calculations, and
recalculations, of taxes owed and paid, Pascal, not yet 19, constructed a
mechanical calculator capable of addition
and subtraction, called Pascal’s calculator. 400 years later, these machines are widely regarded as the first computers and are the pioneers of computer engineering.

Today, there are limited copies of Blaise Pascal’s writing, especially the book, Pensees. It is mostly published with the original title Apologie de la religion Chrétienne (“Defense of the Christian Religion”) but I’m sure the book will never be phased out. It was Blaise Pascal’s last writing and an immortal sign of his creative genius as a writer.

He died, his last words being “May God never abandon me,” and was buried in the cemetery of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.

Unleashing your creative side makes you immortal.

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Posted by on 31/10/2014 in Biographies

 

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Sights of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Largest University: Selective Justice of ABU Sculpture Garden

Selective Justice

Selective Justice

This is a concrete moulded sculpture made by a student of Industrial Design department. It’s a dominant figure at the heart of ABU’s sculpture garden. The sculpture garden is a large expanse of land, filled with paintings and sculptures. It’s various sculptures amuse individuals as admirable works of art and imagination but also visible to the more critically minded are the marks of Nigeria’s socio-political landscape as imagined in the sculptors’ minds. This particular sculpture is called Selective Justice.

Selective Justice

Selective Justice

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Posted by on 15/10/2014 in Uncategorized

 

Sights of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Largest University: ABU Senate

ABU Senate Building

ABU Senate Building

This picture shows the Ahmadu Bello University Senate building. The tallest building in the University environment. It houses the Vice-Chancellor’s office at the 7th Floor, the Information and Communications Technology Unit in the 3rd Floor and a host of other notable offices involved in the general running of the University.

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Posted by on 15/10/2014 in Uncategorized

 

Sights of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Largest University: ABU Tower

This structure is arguably the most popular landmark and icon of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Northern Nigeria. Popular misconceptions outside the University states that it houses the Information Communications Technology unit of the school but truth is that many within the school knows it doesn’t and many more don’t know exactly what lies within the tower.
But none can deny that it holds a spectacular aura that fuels this myth because of it’s location at the centre of the University.

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Posted by on 10/10/2014 in Biographies

 

Sights of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Largest University: ABU Fountain

ABU Fountain

ABU Fountain

The ABU fountain is the first beautiful edifice you encounter after the gate. It sits at the largest road intersection within the University. It’s colourful lighting of red, green and blue lights creates a scenic wonder for every first timer who visits after dusk.

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Posted by on 10/10/2014 in Uncategorized

 

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