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THE HALF WHO LEFT

*THE HALF WHO LEFT*


Why call me your queen

when you couldn’t even lend your shoulders for me to lean;

Yet, you gaffe your love in tender touch,

only to leave me like a falling fruit begging to clutch.


 Oh! you my better half,

could still hear the echoes of your laugh;

I regretted the day I plotted my love for you in a graph,

even thou I still miss the days we chaff.


While pretending to play along to my method of madness; you left,

Knowing I’m a loose cannon still you left my heart in such a sweet agony heft;

I’ll always be there to steal your thunder in a flash of deft

just as you’ve thrown me in a bereft dark light.

   *Merald’s Ink*





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INFIDELITY 

*Next on this blog is an animal that can’t survive without eating every 5hours*

*Wanna know the name of that animal*

*Wañna know where it can be found*

*wañna know what it feeds on*
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– Adediran Emisal Zainab Adebunmi Pearl {Merald’s Ink}.

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WISH IT WAS A DREAM 

WISH IT WAS A DREAM



   It was three month four days

After I left the house;

All dressed up

In the outfit she bought,

I was coming back from work that evening

with the strap of my hand bag clutched to my left shoulder;

A sleep on shoe that fitted well😅

I held my phone with my right palm,

All I could think of at the moment was how people stared at my golden brown bag and multicoloured shoe.


Few steps for me getting home

My cell phone beeped

And I got this text; 

Something told me to stop and read the content

And then I saw the big bang;

“YOUR BIG MUM IS DEAD”

I couldn’t believe what my eyes just read,

So I hurried off back home;

I called dad asking if the text was a mistake…….

He couldn’t reply but when he did,

There was no doubt;

the answer lingered in his voice…………

For the first time in forever,

I knelt on the floor asking for redemption;

I tried crying but my tear gland denied me,

Eight days later….

A funeral was held in her name,

when the audience was told to check her out in the coffin she was placed

I put my veil down trying to hide the tears;

I still couldn’t believe it.

I could hear the sound of the piano from the choristers, almost when the program booklet fell out of my shaking hands,

then the preacher man said, “Let us bow our heads and pray”

God please lift her soul, forgive her sins and heal the hurt,

Then the congregation all stood up and sang the saddest song, that I’ve ever heard;

The moment I feared most dawned on me in the twinkle of an eye,

when the undertakers got a grip of her coffin and marched towards her grave;

I held on to all I had left of her that instant,

So I watched as this men dropped her coffin and covered her up with the dugged out sand, then I felt this loud thump ripping out my out.


All I could muster was….

Mama why would you leave us

Why do you have to go? 

We were counting on forever 

Now we’ll never see ourselves in this world;

I can’t still believe it,

It’s like I’m standing in the background

everybody’s saying 

“You’re not coming home now”

This can’t be happening to us, 

This is just a dream………………….


Tribute to Adeyefa Adediran Balqees Adebunmi…….

   Merald’s Ink.

Documentary

DOCUMENTARY ON KOLANUT

COGNIZANCE

Fauziyyah Adedokun

Hakeem Adedokun

Colleagues at UCH

Friends who contributed to this project

Wikipedia…..

 those that contributed but forgot their names, I’m really sorry(you’re appreciated).

I want to appreciate you all for your efforts and contributions to make this project a successful one. Thank you.



      

DOCUMENTARY ON KOLANUT

BY

Adediran Emisal Zainab Adebunmi Pearl {Merald’s Ink}

     AIMS 

Botanical name

Trade names (common name)

Season

Duration

Topography

Cultivation

Description of kolanut fruit tree

Smell

Taste

Types/Varieties

Compositions of a kolanut 

Allergy symptoms of a kolanut 

Side effects/Precautions of a kolanut 

Kolanut extracts/ kolanut powder with facts

Benefits of kolanut

Uses of kolanut

How to harvest kolanut

How to preserve kolanut

Pests and diseases of kolanut

How to care for the kolanut plant

The taboo of kolanut.

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BOTANICAL NAME

Cola nitida

Cola Acuminata.

2

TRADE NAME (Common name)
Kolanut

Kola

Bitter kola

Labozhi kola

Cola

Gbanja kola 

Goro kola

Abata cola
3

     SEASON

May-June
4

DURATION
It’s a perennial crop
5

 TOPOGRAPHY
Kolanut is originally a tree of tropical rain forest
6

CULTIVATION 
Kolanut needs a hot humid climate, but it also have the ability to withstand a dry season sites with a higher ground water level. It has been discovered at an altitude over 300m deep, rich soil under heavy and evenly distributed rainfall even If it’s a lowland forest tree. Kolanut fruit plant can also be cultivated in drier areas if there’s availability of water underground.
7

 DESCRIPTION OF KOLANUT FRUIT TREE
Kolanut fruit trees are usually about 20-40 feet tall in height, the leaf of the kolanut oval shaped and pointy at both ends at the same time long in length with a leathery texture. The tree bears a white, yellow leaves (like flowers) with purplish spots on them. The kola fruit bears about a dozen of square/round shaped bitter kola seeds within whitish seed shells.
8

 SMELL
The kolanut smells like rose
9

  Taste 
The onset of the taste when first bitten on is bitter but eventually sweetens on chewing
10

  TYPES/VARIETIES (CLASSIFICATION)
TYPES: 

TWO FACED

THREE FACED

FOUR FACED

FIVE FACED KOLANUT
VARIETIES: 

The two faced kolanut is classified as Obi Abata

The three faced kolanut is classified as Obi Goro

While the four/five faced kolanut is classified as Obi Gidi
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 COMPOSITIONS OF KOLANUT INCLUDES:

Caffeine (of about 2-3.5%)

Theobromine (of about 1.0-2.5%)

Theophyline

Phenolics and Anthrocyanin

Phlobaphens(kola red)

Kolanin

Epicatechin

D-Catechin

Tannic acid

Protein

Fatty matter

Glucose

Starch

Sugar

Cellulose

Water
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  ALLERGY SYMPTOMS OF KOLANUT INCLUDES:

It increases the heart beat rhythm

Anaphylaxis

Skin reactions

Trouble with breathing

Nasal trouble 

Stomach upset 

NB: Whoever is allergic to any kind of nuts is most likely to have the tendency of being allergic to kolanut.
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SIDE EFFECTS/ PRECAUTIONS OF KOLANUT
Side effects Includes:

Insomnia

High blood pressure

Unsteady hands

Stomach upsets

Anxiety 

Stroke

Symptoms of a heart disease
Precautions: people who has got this side effects should avoid the over consumption of kolanut extract and the extract products.

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KOLANUT EXTRACTS/KOLANUT POWDER WITH FACTS
Kolanut extracts: extracts of kolanut is the product gotten from the seed of kolanut fruit or kolanut e.g. kolanut liquid extract, kolanut powder etc.
FACTS:

 The kolanut extract products can be used to reduce the intoxicated feel gotten from the consumption of alcohol as shown by researches.

The extracts has been revealed to effectively work for curing many medical conditions.

The kolanut extract and other kolanut extract products are a good antidepressant medication thou they’re not addictive.

Kolanut extracts works as a good bronchodilator (the caffeine content in the extract product helps in opening up the bronchial tubes hence aids in breathing in fresh air when exhausted).

The extracts are mostly used as energy supplement and it aids in weight loss.
KOLANUT

It’s the dust made out of kola seed, the powder is well known cause It’s being used in any Cola beverages that I’m sure most people has tasted one way or the other.

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BENEFITS OF KOLANUT

It decreases high blood pressure

 It acts as a pain reliever 

It helps in digestion

It helps in weight loss

It helps in the cure of whooping cough

It also helps by acting as a great diuretic that supplies the necessary fluid substitute amount to the body instantly. 

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USES OF KOLANUT 

It is used to treat ailments such as cough and fever

It is used as favouring ingredient in beverages 

Kolanut extract, kolanut powder and other kolanut extract products are used as a food stimulant and instant energy stimulator

It is used as negotiation over bride prices 

It is used as a form of a respect to host the elders

The traditional priest uses it to consult their Oracle

Some hunters uses it to seek for directions from their Ogun (the Iron) before embarking on a hunting trip

It’s chewed as a breath sweetener/freshener 

It helps in medicinal use in treating migraine, difficulty in breathing due to exhaustion, fatigue and digestion

It is also used in traditional wedding and any other ceremony

During Ogun(Iron) festival, the Ogun worshippers uses it to consult their God

It’s used as a form of currency in some West African people group such as the malinke and bambara of Mali and Senegal.

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HOW TO HARVEST KOLANUT
It can be harvested by hand; by plucking them at the tree branch, also mechanically. Kolanut can be stored for a long period of time when kept in a dry cool place.

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HOW TO PRESERVE THE KOLANUT 
Kolanut is being preserved by using two different leaves namely “Gbago and Ogede(banana) leaves.

The Gbago leave is being placed at the side of basket (Agbon or Apere) that will be used for preservation; then the banana(Ogede) leave is placed at bottom of the basket. A preservating agent wrapped in a leave will be placed on top of this banana leaves that has been placed already in the basket. After this, the kolanuts that has also been mixed with some preservatives too will now be placed in the basket that has been prepared. When all this has been done, the basket is now being covered properly with the two leaves used for the laying up of the basket and the basket is kept in a secret room for some time.
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PESTS AND DISEASES OF KOLANUT 
Kolanuts are being attacked by kola weevil called “Balanogastris cola”, “The larvae of the moth “Characoma Strictigrapta” and the “Cacao” that also bore holes into the nuts”.

Traders a times apply an extract of the bark of “Rauvolfia vomitoria” or the pulverized fruits of “Xylopia” and “Capsicum” to counteract the attack on nursery plants. The Cacao pests *Sahlbergella Spp.” have been found also on C.nitida as an alternative host plant while seeds are liable to worm attack, the wood is subject to borer attack. 
20

CARE OF THE KOLANUT PLANT
Weeding regularly is compulsory and it can be done manually or by using herbicides. Some Irrigation can be provided to the plants, but it’s important to remove the water through an effective drainage system as excess water may prove to be detrimental for growth of the plant.
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TABOO OF THE KOLANUT
It’s believed that the person who started the preservation method should be the one to end it reason being that if any other person should assist the person who started it the colour of the kolanut will change and it will become bad for consumption. 

A lady on her menstrual cycle shouldn’t go near or touch the kola so that it won’t get bad for consumption

If a snake should crawl upon the kolanut the fruit will become slippery. 

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THE POWER/FUTURE OF FEMINISM

*The Future Of Feminism*


Life is fragile but ladies are more. I still don’t get the reason why a sect of ladies clamours feminism as if there is a bit cheat on them. Men aren’t cats and women aren’t rats, so why the agitation. Less I forget, everything the sect fights for exists, they are just being rebellious.


I have to quickly write this before it flies off for the camp is not giving me enough chance to pen things down, I can only jot events and build them later.


Well, it was very funny to a friend ‘Ann’ from Delta State on the second day of registration when I asked her about a long line from which we were prohibited from queuing on? She said: it’s for the nursing mothers. I further asked her rhetorically, where is the nursing fathers’? She busted into laughter. I know you would ask within yourself if men do nurse children. 


I am not being irrational, I love the preference given to pregnant women and nursing mothers. In fact, it is still very poor to me, pregnant women don’t need eao Zamfara or Imo from Lagos because of redeployment. Our hospitals, technologies and techniques needs be upgraded, solving all issues of medical reports by mere thumb print in Governments data base, we will get there one day ‘maybe’. 


The bone of contention is, I don’t know if I am wrong. When a lady attends to a man,they feel it is abnormal  and  most times the case is not too different from ladies like her. They love being professional. Unlike men, it is not out of frustration…… They attend to us like beasts act to their preys. 


Two days after the oath has been made, a guy came to the camp, shattered he was looking, the distance he travelled has punished him, he was still suffering from the tiredness of the road, he looked pitiable, he was allowed in but the way he was received was so embarrassing and mesmerizing. I asked within myself, where is humanity. Why are men treated this way?


Five minutes after his arrival, a girl walked in, it was glaring she was just coming in too. The only question she was asked by the same man was, are you just coming too? She tiredly said Yes. Haba, why are you this late, the man softly exclaimed.

She was asked to sit down and was attended to before the male one.


I appreciate the fact that they were both considered for registration even after the deadline but…… Is feminism not going a way round the understanding it is based on. Let’s go slow…. If I am on a que and she is too, should she be given preference over me and we say we don’t want Sharia. Aren’t we systematically practicing the teaching of Islam that counts and creates a special place for ladies and not making them go through stress. Mind you, Islam never said they should not work.


Actions they say speak better than words. I saw what happened clearly and I can judge by what I saw that the man was simply wrong. He was wrong not because he tended the lady first as I love that personally and might be wrong in the view of someone else, he was wrong to me by abashing the other guy.


He could have spoken to him in the same tone, care for him and appraise his efforts for travelling down to serve our fatherland. I still saw the guy today, he’s still feeling the pain of embarrassment. Not only ladies need emotional encouragement. In fact, men need it more.


Girls education, women’s day, menstruation day, breast cancer day and all those days plus virginity day might seem to have meaning to people than the game being intended. No one is talking about boys education when a number of them hawks and some are touts. If by this, men are rendered useless in the community, I fear for our future. Ladies now get job faster than men and we have the same degrees and might even be better than her, after all what a man can do, a lady can do better. 


I am not saying we should not treat ladies well, but we should be fair in all we do. Unless a provision is specially made for them in what they share common with men, equity should be kept where equity is.


On the last note, feminism is just a tag that has a lot of lies underneath her skirt. Let all be treated fairly and justly so there won’t be a reason for protest. I’m scared that a day will come, when in the name of feminism, respect will be lost, values will cry, fairness will beg, injustice will sing and we will dance to disorderliness.


*#TheBrokenPen*

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DOCUMENTARY ON KOLA NUT 

*WATCH OUT FOR THE  DOCUMENTARY ON KOLA NUT BY NOVEMBER 2017* 


*AIMS AND OBJECTIVES* 

1. Botanical name

2. Trade name (common names)

3. Season/ Duration/ Topography/ Cultivation

4. Description/ Smell/ Taste

5. Types/ Varieties

6. Compositions of Kola nut

7. Allergy symptoms of kola nut

8. Side effects of Kola nut

9. Benefits of Kola nut

10. Uses of kola nut

11. How to harvest kola nut

12. Preservation

13. Pests and diseases

14. How to care for the Kola nut plant

15. Taboo of a Kola nut………..

And many more interesting facts about Kola nut😇😇

– Adediran Emisal Zainab Adebunmi Pearl {Merald’s Ink}.

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THE SHELL: MY INSECURITIES

MY INSECURITIES: THE SHELL.          


My shell has been snatched 

away from me

I wish it could be patched,

as I’m being detached 

by a devil’s cracking stick.


Can’t you see as I grovel 

to dwell 

back here in my shell 

rather than your cold cell. 

 

Apparently

I cannot be reattached; 

rather voluntarily 

I accept the devil’s Ironic clarity 

about the cold cell 

with dignity; 

Oh you dramatic Ironic devil,

I pray you’ll forever stick to my impunity 

till I die morally.


Merald’s Ink