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Oftentimes, this word “intelligence” occurs in our report sheet or used is wish well word from our friends, neighbours and parents. It is used casually, usually and involuntarily. This is why so many people feel it is a word used to qualify some brilliant or exciting performances. Thus account for the reason the depth of this word has not been dug into and its confusion with brilliancy over time. Hence the virtue, virility, and varsity of this word has not been exploited and affirmed. And it grieves my heart seeing a golden word like this been used with the muddy words. A word used for and by great scientist, trickster, mafias, warriors, Socrates, judges, captain, chief executive officers, being thrown in a the camp of slaves to play with.

It is important to understand that the yardstick between intelligence and brilliant is thick and not thin. The dictionary meaning of intelligence is the ability to understand, learn and think deeply about a thing. The phrase ‘think deeply’ is what qualifies intelligence and also differentiates it from brilliant. There are various ways of defining intelligence but the sin qua non criteria is that it’s tactical and practical.

Intelligence is the speed and ease of assessing and understanding a thing or situation and rectifying or improving such situation with unimaginable ideas far from the genrals. This definition makes us to understand that intelligence makes a difference or improve any situation with the shortest time possible. The speed and ease is of getting things done is a major key factor in intelligence. In any case the speed at which a thing is being done depends but not solely on how easy the doer finds it. An intelligent man has a pool of ideas and can hardly be found wanting in any situation at any instant in time. Every good idea is product of good thinking. This paint a clearer picture of the dictionary of intelligence. Though thinking is another word that has for long being misinterpreted and misconcepted. Thinking is relatively the ability to ponder and ruminate reflectively on a thing or situation and discover or improve such situation. This goes to say that behind every good thinking there is a discovery and improvement or a discovery or an improvement. And please be conscious of the “relative” in the definition because there is more to the word ‘think’ means than it has for long been understood and emphasized. Every good thinker is a less talker. Intelligent people are good thinkers and less talkers. They are deponent and they should be feared.

Intelligence is also the ability to think briskly and make good judgment about anything or situation. This definition of intelligence is synonymous to wisdom, acumen or smartness. Ability to make good judgment is the ability to correctly understand and interpret issues. Answers given when a situation is well understood and interpreted is like you understanding a mathematical situation and the meaning of the word ‘inferred’ comes to light. Hence these answers are very insightful because it’s like all the hidden and pin point have been unraveled. They also have ability to study and even know what is inside a person’s mind. In one word, intelligence is been thoughtful and insightful. Intelligent people are sapient and sagacious.

Vigilance is part of intelligence. Carefully and scrutiny taking note of things around. Giving a close, repetitive and inquisitively taking a look at thing. Having presumed and assumed that you have heard or read much about the law of gravity scientist, Isaac Newton, the fall of that apple where he sat under the tree could have happened to any body and that would not have given it a second thought after such observation. Perhaps this account for observation being the watch word and first step in the scientific process. It is also important to note that vigilance is not being watchful with the eyes alone when you need. it goes beyond that conscious time you have chosen or decided to be watchful. It is unconsciously-sensitivity. This makes you vigilant and intelligent.


For anyone who understands the meaning of intelligence thus far, the concept of intelligence should not be too vague or obscured. For some this may be regarded as the crux of this subject matter-‘intelligence’. Taking a look at the past with the mirror of the future, the concept of intelligence has remained fixed and is not what many should consider as looking for a grain of rice in a bowl of sand. Examine this scenario;

While working on this writing piece on a computer, i encountered a problem. This problem though looks minor but can make many back out or opt for a new computer or alternative. The “p” key of my laptop wasn’t working and it was the only one available then. One may wonder how i successfully typed his writing piece with the number of reoccurrence of “Ps” without opting for a new but making use of what I got. It may also interest that some of the idiomatic or metaphoric expressions were form as I required.

Likewise speaking in the light of our honored scientist like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, and heroes like Ben Carson, they all successfully scaled through certain hurdles or set back and now have their names etched on platter of gold. Coining out the concept of intelligence from the above scenario is not far fetched. For an intelligent person he believes and work with the idea that-“there is more to a thing than it appears or poses to be” or there is more to how thing can be done than it is been whether consciously or unconsciously-they don’t believe in a thing happening coincidentally. Seeing Lil Wayne, the debated best rapper alive, being qualified with a very high intelligent quotient shouldn’t get many baffled or bedazzled even as he seems unserious in look because he’s been creative right from scratch.

I can see your mind trying to get the whole concept of intelligence into a word or phrase, the answer is sensitivity and creativity. A thing of the mind inside and not the outside. So i’m not trying to be funny calling musicians, comedians, poet, and script writers’ intelligent people



Some say readers are leaders but have tried to ruminate on who leaders are really. I want you to consider this scenario;

A plane took off from an airport with a hundred passengers on board. Soon as they got midair, there was a sudden change of the weather, the cloud turned thick suddenly, the lightening grew so terrific and the boisterous storm raged with fierceness. Record had it that it was the first of it kind. The jerking was like that of an earth quake. Every soul on board had their hearts in their mouths and were bereft, some almost said their last prayer. The captain pilot and co pilot were no exception as the were also puzzled and befuddled. They had the entire manual to read and all the experience they required, still were up in the creek without a paddle. The storm grew worse until the captain pilot  made some instant discovery and crash landed the plane and nor on board injured or died. When asked how he successfully landed the lane, He could only give an adumbrated explanation.

Having understood this scenario, if I may ask who a real leader is or  what makes or sustains a real leader as one? The restoration of hope during exigencies, obscured, unpredictable and predicament of the present and future. The virility of a leader depends on how he can carefully navigate and sail his people’s boat through in unexpected storming times.

The disciples of the Jesus Christ were completely lost of hope and could had their blood curdled while the storm raged and the boat almost capsized,

Still Jesus Christ slept comfortably When they could not persevere any longer the woke their master and in a twinkle of the eye the storm ceased and their hope was completely restored. He was an exemplary leader. He didn’t bother building or reviving their hope He just restored their hope. Intelligent people are often seen as the lucky ones or people who work with God because they often get favoured and make things work out even when they least expected however far from God they are in person or in mind.


The United States of America would continue to be one of the leading countries in the world because of the restoration of given to their citizens in such perilous times have struck them in past and they are still able to create such high standard of living for their  citizens. For any other country, such set back is enough to push her off her pedestals.

Good football watchers would know what it takes to be the captain of the team. The ironical fact about the football captain is that they are not always the highest goal scorer but they are still allowed to play full time even without conceding a goal for the team. This because the coach understands what it means to be an intelligent player. They may not score the highest number of goals but the best and the most bedazzled type of goal. They are the most valuable players but may not be the highest goal scorer. And so they are appointed as the team head.


In corollary, the greatest warriors of time understand that intelligence or wisdom rules over weapon. This is why US ARMY has successfully war thousands with less fear. In this same light, why highly intelligent people are in the investigation team. Likewise during the ancient times, the cities which won the highest number of wars did so with special wisdom. This wisdom is what is called intelligence. Leaders always take initiative. This explains why real leaders are relatively indispensable, irreplaceable, and unique.



The way to be intelligent as this writing peice has unveiled the meaning of intelligence is not as easy as you going to the stream to fetch water but you digging a well for water for you thirst. The ways to be in intelligent are three but thy move mountains.


Instinct: This is a natural ability to know and understand a thing without been taught. It is more of an intuition. It is God given. It is actually the best way to be intelligent. You read or learn few and know much. It is unfortunate that only few people in the world had this luck. These set of people didn’t need to dig a well or perhaps not as deep as they should dig. They had it in them. But where there is no well, wisdom demands that you dig one. This brings us to the next way of being intelligent.


Reflectful Thought: ponder reflectfully on a particular thing or situation. As revealed earlier the main purpose of thinking is improvement or creation of thing, productive thinking. Anyone operating at this level of thinking has his eye and mind off this present world. The type of thinking that you have to phantom a mystery with your life at stake. You are conscious of the fact that there is more to a thing than it is or it poses to be or how a thing can be done than it is been done. This is what gives you the zeal or drive to shut yourself up and burn candles while other sleep. It is a sort of revelation.


Imagination; Opening the eye of the mind-soul. Visualizing your thought. Given you thought a picture.  Exploiting the unlimited power of the mind. It is the second thing that has the power of creation after God. Growing up, i discovered that most things I did physically were things I had done before hand with my imagination .Most times imagination go hand in hand with thinking. The power of imagination is unlimited. Have you ever thought of how the Wright Brothers believe that a metal could fly, or the invention of the bulb by Thomas Edison, it is the power of the mind. It may also interest you to know that this writing piece is strictly a product of good imagination and thinking. Anyone can get lost or mad with imagination, thus t is important to know how to control your imagination. It makes the impossible possible. Thus, there is a thin line between ingenuity and insanity.



Have you ever given this a thought- why there is only intelligent quotient and not brilliant or diligent quotient? Perhaps “I” is a lucky letter or ‘IQ’ sounds better when pronounced, no. This has only got to show that intelligence is the watch word and rules in the practical sense. It is the only abstract word that has got a means of evaluation. In the practical world, intelligence and wisdom rules. The most sensitive discipline in the world makes use of intelligent people. Intelligent people are employed for highly sensitive functions. The CIA, sniper, scientist, special advisers on sensitive issues and a lot more make use of intelligent people. They are the inventors, the scientist and researchers. Intelligence is not by book or by look it is a thing of the inside.



Taking a close look the bulb when it is to be lighted, in its twilight, at its peak and when switched off, we have following observation. When it is at its twilight, the light is seen from the filament, inner layer reflection, but when it is at its peak it is brighter and the reflection is seen in the outer layer. When it is switched off the outer reflection goes off or dims immediately and the filament goes dim gradually. So is the role of intelligence in the circle of the brilliant, diligent or whatever. An intelligent person though first sparks up but seems to be over shadowed by other class of people. When the wind blows the other class of people are the first to fall before the intelligent people follow. If only you are vigilant you would see this and recognize an intelligent person. Intelligence precedes brilliancy just like objectivity should precedes aesthetics in the world of an inventor. However, the position of the this two or often interchanged by the masses



Looking at the life of highly intelligent people in time past and present. Some of this characteristics or scenarios are noticeable but have being irrefutable. They lived the life of a Spartan and look carefree about their personalities and social live. Some do things that they don’t even know what led them to it or how they did it, they are more of intuitionist. They work with only what they believe in even when it is not catholic or unorthodox due to previous attempts of others that has amounted to nullity or regret-maverick. It is like nature tends to favor in vary circumstances. They are unpredictable; they do good and may mean bad. They seem passive in form but active in meaning-deponent. They understand wholly the unlimited power of imagination. They work strictly with assumptions. Some don’t even believe that there is God. Perhaps!




She came, fashioned as a simple,detailed unsophisticated and nice female.

Tried to introduce her gorgeous self with no delay from the start to the end ,

But I couldn’t comprehend.
I said without any holding back, we can’t be friends!

So she left while I went and like graduates we said to each other,

We meet to part and part to meet.

Couple of years after, she came back
(Her demeanor  ringing d same bell)

This time more grown,expecting that I would be as well

At least to comprehend her better than the former

Of a truth;
This time I did, only chose I to act like I didn’t

She turned her back, concluding I was impossible to talk to

So i paused her for a second and said:

I understand you, but i don’t believe you or in you

And she asked softly,with a still ignorant voice, how come you look this lovely?

As valueless as i presumed love was

I, for a second, basked in the reverie of her words and smiled

She wept and left

And said, I may be back, heaven or heart willing.

Couple years after

Someone walked up to me dressed as a male and said hi(sound so same like the former,)

I was lost for a minute and in a brisk flash-back session I tried to put a face to this familiar voice

There were other similar traits i saw but i still couldn’t juxtapose them all to answer my quest
(feeling like I can’t find the answers to a test)

Because here was a male and the former, female -by this, I couldn’t relate

He said: I am love, we met twice in the past

Again i was perplexed and like the bolt from the blues, the question fell out from my mouth

Quite dashed, I asked:

Have u got a twin sis?

He replied, No

I replied in return, i don’t know you like u, me

He recounted some of our old discussions and i became dumbfounded yet again

He said, love has come to you this last time

And like the other times has emphasised the value of him/her(love)

I, for once, was engaged in an intriguing discussion and asked

How come u are now a man, i knew you to be a lady…

He answered as he succinctly explained….
For i am not a man or woman

I am one and all, one for all and all for one

Some see me and label me a bisexual

For I befriend men just to the extent i do women

In fact, some see me as the strangest of all beings

For I like animals just as i do to freaks

Some see me as far as a spirit

For they dont see me but they feel me and believe me and even have faith in me

I exist where any living be and

My presence is the reason and essence for living and the feeling of life

I am everywhere, I am everything, I am LOVE .


Respect is reciprocal, many sing

Respect is earned, scholars and elite claim

Dictionary among other definitions defines it as the condition of being esteemed or honoured: to be held in respect.

How addictive? How lustful is it for a man to be wrapped up in her arms?

For it seemingly feels soothing and relieving at the beginning

But for moment before her true colour starts revealing

Her face covered with an adorable veil, she lures you in and in

Inner into her pleasant chambers where she crowns you a king

Oh what a beautiful voice (you say to your lust soul) as she sings

Until that moment when she butchers you right in your glory ring

Respect! Respect! Most men yearn and women crave

Even People who casually work it want to kill to have

People who live hard to have it, if they have it, want to die with it

If they don’t, want to die to have it

So I ponder, you live for it or live to have, why die for it?

The question remains rhetorical as ever for some

The answer to which tyrants, autocrat, and martinets ignored to find

And in their tomorrow suffered for their ignorance like the blind

Could it be that they had no conscience or mind?

They’d be taking giant strides in the valley, thinking they’re on the Atlantic plain

The sun is set (the world sees); they say it’s going to rain –perhaps again

Just like power (drink), when you start drinking of it, u will get drunk

Just like any drunkard, you’re right when the world knows you are wrong

End the game now (they admonish you) but for you the game’s just begun

The bell’s just been rung and you’d be already gone

They’d be on that plane where no one wishes to come on board

No! not with them anymore.

Your former passengers are now off board

You pilot yourself and where you don’t give a room for a co pilot, you crash

But death is not their best end, perhaps easy death is not it often times

Time flies they say but to them she crawls

Little to do they know of their position at the brink before they fall

Little do they know it’s not about height, but they listen to no one -short or tall

It is not about size but they see no one – big or small

So I say, if they want respect- feed them with it

Then over feed them with it because they are glutton at it

For the wise, they shall learn at the choking point

And for the others, they learn at some later point

However pleasant those points feel,

We just pray and hope it’s not the last point




Ring the alarm! The dwellers and the general public (especially the low income earners) roared.

Different issues, propositions, perspectives, debates, however conflicting, partial or controversial have been heralded with the recent government move on the clearing of Makoko community of Lagos state.

However, for the sake of the public at mass, the so called quacks, professionals in other discipline and perhaps co- professionals in the environment world, I will like to throw more light of this recent government move on the Makoko community, a vital landscape space of the Lagos State water front.

This vital nature Makoko begat could be a reason among others the government of Lagos state took this giant stride- what environmental professionals call urban regeneration or renewal. Urban renewal or regeneration can be referred to as the process of turning/developing the deteriorated sections of the city anew. This often involves demolition of old buildings and undertaking new construction as urban areas are targeted as centres that witness the maximum development. Urban renewals are often associated with government renewal programs although they can be privately funded too. On the other hand, these drastic actions may be perceived and seen in the eye of most dwellers and general public as only detrimental to peoples life.

Makoko characterised as a slum – according A UN Expert Group has created an operational definition of a slum as an area that combines to various extents the following characteristics: inadequate access to safe water; inadequate access to sanitation and other infrastructure; poor structural quality of housing; overcrowding; and insecure residential status. To these factors, one might add the low socioeconomic status of its residents and for Makoko locality, a ground of immigrants mainly Togolese.

Thus, it is quite a community of complex nature and as such has made the assessment of helping this community delicate and that of an extremely cautious nature. The immigrant dominance of this place is also a huge contributing factor to any consideration thought of by the government on this community.

Although arguable on the government side of their lukewarm action and nonchalant attitude in allowing  the then little settlement  to have spread to a  height compared to that of a wildfire, it is undoubted and factual that this is an illegal or informal settlement and as such the government retains the dominant power  and right to come in anytime she so chooses to sweep and decorated her own the country in a way best perceived(but with the public’s interest) as she can just like everyone decides when they wish to clean or decorate their various rooms in their homes.

The regeneration scheme is a manly action and not just a forceful exodus of people by the government that follows grounding of slum and sprawls which I believe Makoko is over qualified of with regards to the operational definition by the UN experts. The importance of regeneration among others includes; promote rehabilitation of complex urban structures; improve the environment, as well as the quality of life of inhabitants and city dwellers; preserve the valuable and unique fabric of the selected areas; control-reverse the deterioration of specific urban zones (i.e. residential, commercial, etc.); restructure economic activities located in the urban fabric and Sustainability of the environment.

More so, enviable and worth emulated examples have been implemented in cases like Dockland city southeast London, England. During the 19th century, London’s port was one of the busiest in the world, but by the end of the 1950s it was in significant decline with many of the docks derelict and abandoned. In response to the resulting social, economic and environmental problems the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) was set up in 1981.The massive development programme managed by the LDDC during the 1980s and 1990s saw a huge area of the Docklands converted into a mixture of residential, commercial and light industrial space. The clearest symbol of the whole effort was the ambitious Canary Wharf project that constructed Britain’s tallest building and established a second major financial centre in London. Over the past 30 years, the population of the Docklands has more than doubled and the area has become both a major business centre and an increasingly acceptable area to live, more trade for local shopkeepers cheaper rents here for large companies yet still the benefit of only being 10 minutes from central London a wide range of economic, environmental and social benefits including 22,000 new housing units and 1000s of new jobs. Greatly improved accessibility in and out of docklands addressed the once failing land, housing and commercial property markets in the area.

Also, The Urban Renewal Program for the Central China Town resulted in the redevelopment of all colonial neighbourhoods, which consisted mainly of two- and three-story century-old shop houses, and in the relocation of all original residents and businesses. Urban renewal programmes and regeneration seen have been practiced in Asia, Europe and various part of the United States with is advantages well out weighing it disadvantages over years of implementation

Inferable from or corollary to the above examples, it is a global approach, practice and action to see to the betterment of slum and sustainability of the environment. However the approach to it should be carefully examined. Thus as an environment professional, I did give the following suggestion as regard the government action on the Makoko community.

Firstly, proportion of the oldest dwellers and leaders of the community, if not immigrant, should be recognised and catered for. Secondly, the fishing activities- notable in this area- should be cleaned up, controlled and organised by the fisher men. By this, it is suggestible that the men should do the fishing while the women should do the processing with adequate consideration given to health of the consumers. We can have something branded like the ‘Makoko fish’, hence contributing to the economy of the individuals and the government at large.

Thirdly, the engagement of the community dweller. That is most of them should be employed as workers or labourers in commensurate to their respective skills, ability and capability. Some could be employed in the safety unit and or as on-site traffic controllers seeing to the diversion of vehicles moment ,could be the general public vehicles or site vehicles during material delivery and what –a-view. They could also be used as guards for encroachers during and after the project. They could be employed as laundry personnel for the contractors on site. Likewise they can be retained as permanent staffs of some units that would be functioning at the completion of the regenerations scheme. For example, the staffs for monitoring the infrastructure services here in.  Also important is that we see the value in the immigrants by looking at their social contribution of culture and that of the economy.

By this, dwellers still have feel of the environment they were brought up which most people cherish, although now in a way and form, and they are not far from their friends and business which they have been into before the movement of government action

Moreover, for centuries past, most environmental professionals in the built- up development sphere do not see or act beyond emphasis on land value and the profit thereof. Also guilty of this is the government in most developing countries. However, with the recent trend in the world on environmental issues-global warming, green house effect, flooding among other- most of which are due to the neglect of what should have been considered however ignorant we were or still in the most developing countries.

Now, much cries is made for environmental sustainability, hence what was all about land value then is now about the environmental value as a whole for most people forgot in their actions that land is just one of the various elements of the environment. Thus, actions towards high environmental value as a whole is action towards a high sustainable environment  however opposed to land (profit) values that poses in this light.

Most built up professionals talk more on the life cycle of building forgetting about life-circles of people who are tied to this buildings and beyond. Hence urban regeneration is seen to consider not just the property or land values but also the social, economical, physical for all these is the true environment, however built up, which we all crave for and work towards. In conclusion, urban regeneration is also an inclusion of government actions under the consideration of peoples’ passion and compassion in slum transformation.