Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I have no doubt whatsoever that you are smiling right now because of this title. I knew when I chose it as a title that it is funny. And I also know that it is a familiar phrase that we can all relate to, especially if you are from my part of the world. In fact, that is why I chose it.

Without any prejudice against any person or group of persons, I have no doubt that you know the set of people that are associated with this phrase, I refer to them as “The men in black,” you can fill in the gap.

Whenever any member of this group accosts and asks you “Wetin you carry?” it is usually with a mind of finding an exhibit with you; something with which they can accuse and for which they can arrest you.

For the purpose of my intent for writing this piece, I see myself in the light of these men (i.e the men in black). However, there are things that differentiate me from them. While I am asking you “Wetin you carry?” I am not doing so in order to find an ‘exhibit’ with you - something with which to accuse and arrest you.

I am asking YOU this question, “WETIN YOU CARRY?” from a positive point of view. I am doing so because I know that you indeed carry SOMETHING, not something illegal, but legal. I don’t know what it is that you carry, how big or small, but for a surety, I am certain that you carry SOMETHING!

It is beyond me to discover for you what you carry, but I intend to help YOU discover “Wetin You Carry.”
Before you read any further, please take a moment to ask yourself, “WETIN I CARRY?”

You might be asking what the need for that is. The purpose is so that you can think, which is something not many people are used to doing. In fact many dread the thought of thinking; it seems like too much work to do. No wonder Henry Ford said, “Thinking is hard work and that’s why many avoid it.” But the good book tells us, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Bishop David Oyedepo further stressed that, “If you don’t think you will stink.” And my humble position is that the day you stop thinking is the day you start sinking.

Further on the issue of asking questions, Anthony Robbins said, “The quality of your life is directly proportional to the quality of questions you ask yourself and others around you.” He also said, “When you ask the right question, you will find the right answer.”

Questions are good for your health and life.

“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask a question is a fool forever.” – Chinese Proverb

I said ask yourself, “WETIN I CARRY?”

As we continue, let us consider a few examples from the word of God. ‘“… Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves. So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil…”’ – II Kings 4:1-7

You may also think like this woman that you have nothing except ‘a jar of oil.’ I want you to know that that jar of oil, whatever it is, is SOMETHING. Rev. Sam Adeyemi said, “The thing you need to turn your life around is around you.” YOU CARRY SOMETHING!

The story of the Israelites in the Bible, especially their deliverance from captivity in Egypt, is still a classic. One man who was at the centre of it all was Moses. I don’t have to go through the details. We all know that God used him to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt. One thing that Moses had and which God used to wrought most of the miracles that eventually led to their deliverance was a ‘Shepherd’s rod.’ ‘“So the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hands? And he said, “A rod.” – Exodus 4:2.

I don’t know what your own rod is, but I am convinced beyond every shadow of doubt that you have your own rod. WETIN YOU CARRY?

“A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.” – Pro. 18:16
“Gift?” you may ask. Yes GIFT – your TALENT! That God-given ability to sing; to dance; to write; to run; to play football; to cook; to organize; to be creative or whatever it is you are gifted to do. That is what I am talking about.

Matt. 25: 14-30 (summarily) says, God has given you at least one talent. You are to discover it, develop it and the deploy it. i.e. give it commercial value and profit from it. After all Jesus said in Luke 12:33, “Sell what you have…” Deut. 8:18 also (summarily) says, God does not give wealth, He only gives the power to get wealth. That power is at your disposal.

Check out I Tim. 4:14a, “Do not neglect that gift that is in you…” II Tim. 1:6, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…” Notice that the gift is in YOU!
“When we fail to use our potentialities we get farther and further away from God’s realities.” – Ubong Essien

God gave you ability so that you will not be a liability. He did not create you for a life of mediocrity or obscurity, but to be a celebrity and that’s why He gave you the ability to counter the effects of the reality of the calamity that subsist in your society.

Look around you; look to your hands; look within you. YOU CARRY SOMETHING!

There are people in this world with certain problems and you are the one with the solution to their problems, in fact not only do you have the capacity to solve their problems, you are the very solution they have been waiting for. If you don’t manifest, they will die with their problems. You are blessed to be a blessing. Note also that the money you earn is c proportional to the problems you solve.

“The world is not waiting for your explanation; they are waiting for your manifestation.” The Bible puts it like this, “For the earnest expectation of the whole creation eagerly waits for the revealing (manifestation) of the sons of God.” – Romans 8:19

Finally, I want to implore you not to go and enrich the grave any further than it is, don’t go to the grave with your gift. The grave does not need it, the world does. Enrich your nation and generation with you gift. Imagine if Bill Gates and his friend, Paul Allen never stepped out with their gifts – the love for software development. What would the world be like today without computers? Think about it.

The ability to write is one of the things I carry and that is why you are reading this piece.