Sympton’s of ‘Once I was Rich Syndrome’!

Fellow comrades and like minded ones of the universe, as I write this blog my mind battles within me, back and forth like my grandfather’s wall clock about Life and the secret to living a successful life.

As in my motherland tongue they will say ‘Ori je n’jewe Olubori, ewe madarikan!‘.   Simply meaning God creator of Life, to whom all its secret belongs, give me the leaf of an over-comer and a conqueror whom is indestructible and indisputably wise, to rule and reign in this world of wow’s and woe’s!   We are today looking at the wow’s and woe’s of  2 distinguished people, our own Nigerian icon Majek Fashek who now resides on the streets of New York and the American sweetheart child star of ‘Home Alone’ Macaulay Culkin.

These 2 once mega stars are today suffering from what I can simply call ‘Once I was rich Syndrome’. Africans call them ‘ I get money before’!, that will not be our portion this 2012 and I totally reject that for you IJN!
I remember back in those days when I was growing up in Nigeria, I was still in secondary school which Majek hit the limelight with the song ‘send down the rain’ he has this rich, smoothing, silky voice and was called the Bob Marley of Africa, whenever the song was on, you better believe it but the rain starts pouring, just as if the heavens listen to his music. He was beautiful, full of live, full of passion and truly God’s gift to smooth troubled minds with melodies of Hope. His ‘Free Africa, free Mandela’ became a global anthem worldwide.

Majek in Glory
Majek the fallen Star

Majek was a global name who even appeared once on David Lettermans show. What could have gone so terribly wrong that a beautiful soul could be held captive. Have you heard the saying. ‘Smooth, beautiful and wide is the road that leads to destruction and millions are the souls that go on it, but it leads to nowehere but Death. Once you get on the road with the ‘party friends’, partying, eating and merrying with drugs, with alcohol, you find you are too far gone, its the wrong way, but no strength to come back. You struggle to live through another day, giving up on life and the chance to start again, believeing that all is lost.

Macaulay Child star to Gaunt looking
Cross the Atlantic to the land of Liberty where all dreams come true, the Big U.S of A! America the land of Opportunity where anything can happen and surely does, take a look at Barack Hussein Obama II  the 44th and current President of the United States of America. The first African American to hold the office and you better belief it baby, that there is no place like America a country that has more lovers and enemies than any other country in the world. 
Here is the home of ‘Home Alone’ star, who hasnt heard of the film, it was the talk of Culkin was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, becoming the youngest actor ever to be nominated for the award at the age of 11. The film was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original ScoreCulkin was ranked No. 2 in VH1 and E!‘s respective lists, the “100 Greatest Kid-Stars” and “50 Greatest Child Stars”. Commanding as much as $8 million dollars per movie His parents squabbled over his wealth and eventually squandered most of it, married in his teens and by 31 had 2 failed marriages behind him and a finished acting career. Culkin was briefly jailed in 2004 for drug offense and lately as seen he looks gaunt suffering from the same sickness, the ‘once I was rich syndrome’.

Just like the beautiful Whitney Houston who married the wrong guy Bobbie Brown, who destroyed her life and career. What I’m I trying to say? Its that the mind is weak and needs to be guarded and be fed the right food, given the right nutrient to be able to stay strong, focused and radiate. We all need to watch who we associate with, what our key values are and have a strong passion for our calling and why we are here on earth. Once we know that only the strong survives in this world, we then have to equip ourselves so that when we do fall, we will be able to get back up and soar high!. 
So that we can be as strong as Thomas Eddison who was asked: Aren’t you ashamed that you have failed 99 times?” Edison replied “I have not failed, rather I’ve learnt 99 ways in which an electric bulb would not lit up” and finally at the next tries, he got succeeded in putting the bulb on.
Stay strong our fallen stars and to us all who hopefully are on the narrow road to a Victorious Life of wealth, success and Joy, stay focused, be empowered and know God is on your side.
from your sister
luv always!