In my lifetime Vol. DA9

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africanstories:

Africa’s mineral wealth and abundant natural resources are no secret. What we also know of much of these commodities is that, in many African countries, the profits yielded from the industries established with the purpose of securing the wealth and inheritance of the citizens of these nations, more often than not, end up in the hands of greedy politicians, easily bribed leaders, and in the pockets of the mostly foreign multinational CEOs and the companies they work for.

For decades, this has been the narrative of a dire situation that only seems to be worsening, and having equally devastating effects in both the lives of those who live in these areas, and the environment surrounding them.

Nigerian photographer, George Osodi, who comes from Nigeria’s oil rich southeastern Niger Delta region, has seen firsthand just how disastrous and traumatic the exploitation of these communities and the natural resources in these regions they occupy can be. These images show two specific areas where these distressing conditions have become the norm - in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, and in an illegal gold mine in Ghana.

©George Osodi

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I am a reader who writes. People may assume I do these things to escape. And they couldn’t be more right. I’m escaping a world I do not like. In this world, I am nothing. I am a color, a height, a weight, a number. But in the world of books and writing, I am amazing. I am powerful. I am different. People are better. Worlds are endless. Change is possible. Life is manageable.

The most intelligent men, like the strongest, find their happiness where others would find only disaster: in the labyrinth, in being hard with themselves and with others, in effort. Their delight is in self mastery. In them, asceticism becomes second nature, a necessity, an instinct. They regard a difficult task as a privilege. It is to them a recreation to play with burdens that would crush all others. They are the most honourable kind of men: but that does not prevent them being the most cheerful and most amiable. They rule, not because they want to, but because they are. They are not at liberty to play second.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, The Anti-Christ (via stxxz)

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Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.

Stephen KingOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (via feellng)

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aintnojigga:

The ‘Roc-A-Fella Records’ Mercedes-Benz E-class 320.

In the beginning of Roc-A-Fella Records Dame Dash knew that they needed to enforce some serious promotion to create a Jay-Z juggernaut around New York City, therefore creating a steady income stream for the Roc team. So Dame had Lenny “KodakLens” Santiago drive around the city in the Benz with the Roc-A-Fella logo plastered on the hood. As always with his business models, Dame’s theory was “look large to be large”. Santiago would hand out CDs, stickers, posters, and other promotional material to the eager pedestrians. Guerrilla distribution!

What I won’t do Wednesday

I won’t kiss ass, I have to be genuine in all I do and say. That’s why sometimes at work I’m just over shit. I don’t see how you can not like someone then act all buddy buddy with them then talk behind their back. This goes on not only in my 9 to 5 but I’m just saying….the fakeness baffles me