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Food for Living: Grace to Succeed



By Henry Ukazu

Greetings Destiny Friends,

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, while some have greatness thrust upon them” – Williams Shakespeare

One may be wondering whether leaders are born or made? Depending on your side of the divide, one message is clear, success comes with a sprinkle of grace. This is because no matter how smart and hard you work, if you’re not destined and favoured to succeed in your craft or business, you’ll have a hard time bringing your idea to fruition.

It is pertinent to note that one of the most difficult nuts to crack on the road to success is self-discovery. Self-discovery has led many people and businesses to fail. This is because many people fail to take into consideration the success or otherwise of the business or task they are about to embark upon.

It is quite unfortunate to know that many people don’t know the difference between their purpose and assignment. Some people even find it difficult to differentiate between their vocation, profession and mission.

Let me assist, and explain each concept. Your purpose is your assignment. It can be likened to the gifts and talents which you came to earth with. Your purpose cannot be changed. It comes with a customized manual which can only be used by you or the product it was designed for. Your assignment, on the other hand, can be regarded as skill which can be learned or acquired. Your assignment can changed overtime as different tasks and responsibilities arise.

Your profession is what you are trained to do; for example you might be trained to be a lawyer, doctor, or to work in a skill acquisition programme. Your vocation is what you are paid to do, which is whatever legitimate work you are paid to do, while your mission is what you are created or made to fulfill.

This can be called your purpose in life. It’s only in your mission and purpose that you find fulfillment and grace to succeed, and that is if you work according to the voice of reason. But when you work outside your territory or what you were created or destined for, you might hit the rock.

If you are not working on your purpose, you might succeed, but will never have the inner joy and fulfillment in comparison to someone who’s working in accordance to his mission. Great minds who dare to succeed know very well that they have a burning purpose to be agents of change in the society, and as such they close their eyes to other factors which can serve as a detraction.

It is interesting to know that some people figured themselves out very early in life, while some figured themselves out later in life, while some others never figured themselves out until they left the surface of the earth.

If you are having a hard time figuring yourself out, or wish to know how you can unleash your potentials, please reach out to me via email via and I will be glad to walk you on this awesome journey to self-discovery towards unleashing your divinely orchestrated potentials.

For you to excel in life, you must have a touch of grace and excellent. Both of them work together because if you have grace and don’t do a good job to complement the work, your work might not be greatly appreciated. In the same way, if you have excellent work but don’t have the grace, you’ll be surprised to know that someone with less than what you have may be selected for the task.

You may be wondering, what’s grace? Grace in this context means a supernatural blessing and favour that comes with every human being on creation. Your grace can be likened to your DNA which you got from your parent(s). Everything you need to succeed in life is inside your DNA which you can call manual.

We all need this grace to succeed. Your grace is not your mentor, father or teacher; your grace is the blessing your creator gave to you when you were coming to fulfill your life purpose.

There’s a slight difference between favour, grace and mercy. Favour is a blessing which the universe bestows on you due to likeness or luck. Grace on the other hand is the blessing which you don’t have to labour to earn. But mercy can be linked to a punishment which one deserves, but was pardoned.

That said, let’s see how grace can spur one to success. You might have all the favours and opportunities life can offer, but if you are not programmed and destined for the task, you will lose out on the opportunities, but even if all the odds are against you, and you have grace and mercy, the universe has a way of bringing fortunes to you even in unprecedented manner.

Grace is a sprinkle of blessings and favours, which comes from different people. It can be from your parents, supervisors, managers, employers and even strangers. When the right people with the right energy and blessing favours you, you will succeed, but if the wrong people with all the titles, like your parents, supervisor, manager etc. empower you even without having grace, you might just be moving in motion without any movement.

Therefore, I will strongly advise you to locate your destiny helper by seeking for grace from the right people to not only favour and have mercy upon you, but also bless you

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction as the Legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success and President of He can be reached via

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Akwa Ibom PDP Chairman, Udo Ekpenyong, Dies



The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Udo Ekpenyong, is dead.

Mr Ekpenyong died on Monday in Uyo, an official of the Akwa Ibom government who did not want his name mentioned, told PREMIUM TIMES, Tuesday morning.

The official said the chairman died of COVID-19.

Late Mr Ekpenyong, before his election as the state PDP chairman last year was the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state. He was known to be a strong ally of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Akwa Ibom State lost two other prominent figures recently, a former Chief of Air Staff, Nsikak Edouk who died of renal failure, and a former military governor of the state, Idongesit Nkanga who died of COVID-19.


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Lagos Police Hail Igboelerin Youths for Resisting Robbery Attack



The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has commended youths of Igboelerin community for their bravery in resisting an arms robbery attack and recovering dangerous weapons in the bargain.

According to a statement signed by the command’s PPRO, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the criminals invaded the community at about 11:30pm on Sunday, but were dislodged by the daring youths.

“On 17th January 2021, at about 11.30pm, the youths of Igboelerin community in Lagos State resisted a robbery attack on the community when they dislodged some suspected armed robbers that wanted to rob the community.

“The suspected armed robbers came on 2 unregistered bikes with the intention of attacking their targets before they were repelled by the youths who have been involved in the community policing strategies of the command. One unregistered operational bike and one locally made pistol with a life cartridge were recovered from them.

“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commending the youths of the area, has ordered for the manhunt and arrest of the fleeing armed robbers. He encouraged Lagosians to embrace the idea of community-based policing which has paid off in many areas of the state,” the statement read.

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Policeman Prostrates, Begs After Threatening Panel Member in Ogun



There was disquiet at the Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation Against Police Brutality when a policeman, Sergeant Adeleke Olalekan, allegedly threatened members of the panel.

The panel, which sat at the Magistrate Court 1, Isabo, Abeokuta, on Monday, was cross-examining the Officer in-Charge of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, CSP Gbenga Megbope.

Olalekan had accompanied his boss, Megbope, who was a respondent in a case of brutality against some people in the state.

Olalekan was, however, allegedly caught pointing at the panel members in a manner suggestive of threats.

The Chairman of the panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi, called him out and booked him for punishment as stipulated under the commission of inquiry law.

While reading out the law against the policeman’s action, the chairman said, “Any act of disrespect, insult or threat to the commissioners or any panel members while sitting in commission or any act of disrespect, insult or threat to a commissioner or panel members at any other time or place on account of his proceedings in his capacity as a commissioner or panel member shall be deemed to be an act of contempt within the meaning of this law under Section 16 of the same law.”

Olugbemi noted that the sergeant ought to be recommended for trial at a magistrate’s court.

But Olalekan, while being questioned, prostrated and pleaded for forgiveness.

The panel pardoned him, while the chairman warned against disrespect for the panel.

The Punch

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