Kidnapped For Ransom: My Personal Experience – Part 4

Despite the dawning of a new day, I continued to lie facedown but remained fully aware of the goings-on in the environment, waiting to dance to whatever music the kidnappers would play for us next.”

“It’s time to call your wife”

That early morning, the kidnappers made all hostages to call their families and friends in respect of the ransom amount they demanded on each of us. The other hostages were first attended to before it came to my turn.

I would later realise that the kidnappers didn’t use their own phone lines to contact the families of their hostages; they made use of the phones of their victims.

My phone had been taken from me since the previous day, so I had lost any hope of ever having it back with me again. Other hostages were also dispossessed of their phones.

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Blogging Milestone: One Hundred Thousand Views And Still Counting

It has been a long time since I celebrated any blogging milestone. But this one is so huge that I’m not going to let it slide by.

WordPress just notified me that my all-time blog views have crossed the 100,000 mark. I received the notification on October 1, 2021.

However, I had noticed a day earlier that my blog’s viewership has surpassed the one hundred thousand thresholds.

To say that I’m excited about it is an understatement. So I’m here sharing the news with you not to brag but to show my gratitude for the achievement.

Yes, it’s an achievement but I’m not gloating about it. I’m just happy and grateful.

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Kidnapped For Ransom: My Personal Experience – Part 3

The kidnappers didn’t want us to talk to one another. So we too kept our cool and calm. But our peace would soon be disrupted as they began inviting each of us in turns to a corner for profiling with a view to extracting additional vital information from us. What followed next would turn out to be a gruesome experience.

The gruelling profiling

I knew it would be a matter of only a few minutes before it got to my turn to be profiled through a series of questions intentionally constructed to elicit the answers that would help their criminal cause.

“Hey, oya, you from the ash colour Toyota car,” their leader shouted, as he pin-pointed me by stamping his feet on my back while I lay on the forest ground, “Come here.”

Interestingly, he didn’t forget the colours of the two cars they ambushed on the highway. Both were Toyotas but he was able to differentiate them by their colours and model.

He didn’t know my name by then but he made sure he didn’t confuse me with the hostage taken from the other Toyota car. I would later realise that the kind of car one drove was part of the initial visible external means of profiling a target.

I made effort to stand up to face him. But before getting up on my feet, one of the other gunmen dashed to where I was and dragged me aside into a small human circular triangle formed by three of the other gunmen.

“Kneel down and face here,” their main guy commanded me, with two other men pointing their long guns at me – each at my left and right, towards my back.

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Kidnapped For Ransom: My Personal Experience – Part 2

Kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria along Benin Agbor bypass. 

Personal story of being kidnapped.

While we were being marched into the forest against our will, I overheard the conversation between two of the gunmen, “This baby will disturb us. Let’s leave this woman and her baby.”

That was how my wife and our baby were abandoned on the lonely expressway while the gunmen took my nephew, his sister and I, hostage and led us into the forest.

The long walk to the Kidnappers den

The gunmen continued shooting sporadically into the air as they led us into the bush from the road. Either they were trying to ward-off any attempt by anybody to come rescue us or they were warning us not to try anything funny.

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Kidnapped For Ransom: A Personal Experience

personal stories of kidnapping for ransom in Nigeria

Another worrisome problem in Nigeria

I live in Nigeria, a country richly blessed by God but filled with many problems. Most of the problems are caused by all of us humans – leaders and the citizenry alike. This is a piece of common knowledge but some people will still choose to deny it.

We are all part of the problems and the problems are part of us. But for how long will we continue to live with all the preventable problems that plague us?

Except you are from outer space, you must be well aware of some of the not-so-good stories of things that befall us as a people and as the nation with the highest population of black people in the world. Because of that, I would totally understand if you are fed up with hearing ugly tales about Nigeria and Nigerians.

And to be honest with you, most of us are tired too, but what can we say? It’s our country after all – for better or worse.

Just read my story highlighting another worrisome problem we face. It may sound familiar but it doesn’t mean that what happened is acceptable.

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What Is The Right Attitude With Which To Follow God?

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How is your attitude towards God?

By attitude, I refer to your “settled way of thinking or feeling about something” or someone – in this case, God.

Is it important how you feel or think about God? Yes, it is.

That means your attitude towards God shows us your settled way of thinking and feeling about Him.

If it is that important, what then is the right attitude that should guide the way you think and feel about God? The answer to that question is the focal point of this post.

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Some People Do Not Need To Have A Reason To Hate You

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Not everyone likes you. By now you should already be aware of that.

May be some people do have reasons for hating you. But the truth is that not everyone who hates you has a reason for doing so.

The question is, why do some people hate you? Or better still, why do some people hate you without a reason?

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5 Simple Ways You And Your Spouse Can Grow Closer To Each Other

How close are you to your spouse? Do you wish you were closer to each other than you are presently?

Are there ways you and your spouse can feel more intimate? Do you want to learn how you can be closer to your spouse? If your answer to the last question is ‘yes,’ then let me say congratulations to you because you are in the right place. In this post, you will see five things you should do to be closer to your spouse than you are presently.

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“Should I Remove This Baby?” A Real Life Question From Someone Contemplating An Abortion

In a Nigerian online forum, I joined in an interesting conversation initiated by a young man who got a lady pregnant out of wedlock. He and his partner were contemplating having an abortion but had not made up their minds about it. The man decided to seek useful advice from members of the forum.

Hear him:

“I have an issue bugging me and I need some serious advice because I have been very indecisive so far.

There is a lady I’m seeing. She came to my place a few weeks ago and we had sex, first with condoms and later without condoms… A few weeks later, she called to say she is pregnant [although I gave her money to buy a popular contraceptive drug]…

At this moment, we are considering removing the baby. While I have been very indecisive, she has agreed to go with whatever decision I take and has spoken to a doctor who will do [the abortion].

However, I am unsure as of this moment if I want to go on with this because even though I am done with [schooling], I do not think I have gotten to that point where I can shoulder more responsibilities… And I really do not know who to turn to when I am unable to provide for the both of them.

What do you guys think? Do I go on with this or just let the baby be?”

There goes the big question! Now lets talk about the answers.


As expected, a number of people commented to advise the young man. The pieces of advice came in different shades and colours. But they can be distilled into two:

  • Those who said the guy should carry on with the abortion plan; and
  • Those who advised against having an abortion.

In this post, I’m interested in the latter group. The reason is simple: Long time readers of this blog will have noticed that I’m pro-life.

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Answering Questions Around Giving To Your Local Church

Questions about giving to your local church
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Without a doubt, there are people who have questions bothering on giving money to a local church. And as there are questions, there must be answers as well.

It is a fact of life that to get the right answers, you have to ask the right questions. And the quality of the answers you get depends on the quality of the people you ask.

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Lessons From Bill And Melinda Gates’ Divorce Announcement

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It is no longer news that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is divorcing Melinda Gates, his wife of 27 years. Perhaps what is news is the unfolding reason for their divorce and the lessons we can learn from it.

Although we don’t have all the intricate details, various media sources have made sure we are not left in limbo with respect to the possible reasons the Gates gave for their divorce announcement.

While publicly announcing that they would be getting divorced, the Gates stated that, “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

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3 People In The Bible That Didn’t See Death

Power over death
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Everyone human being alive will die some day. As they say, “Death is the end of all men on earth.” But is it?

In the Bible, we have some people that either didn’t see physical death or defeated it. While I can find two people who didn’t die and who were never buried on earth, there was only one person who died but conquered the power of death forever.

  • Enoch didn’t die but God took him.
  • Elijah didn’t see death but he was taken up by a heavenly chariot.
  • Jesus saw death but He conquered it.

Jesus’ case is a bit different from that of Enoch and Elijah in that unlike Jesus, they both didn’t see death at all. But Jesus ‘saw’ death and He overcame it, eternally.

Let me take on each of the mentioned characters a little deeper.

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One Book That Can Help You Understand The Purpose Of Your Life

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If you are someone that likes to read a lot, you will often stumble on a book that will impact your life in a way you will never forget. Someone may just recommend a book to you at the right time when you need it. Or, perhaps you don’t even know you need it until you begin to read through the pages of the book. But there will always a be a book or two that leaves them most imprints in our hearts.

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Jesus Resurrected For You – Here Is Why

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Jesus was born to die. But that’s just half of the story. The full story is that He rose from the grave with power on the third day and now He is alive forever.

The resurrection of Jesus is the the most powerful event in human history. It was so powerful, the whole powers of hell could not stop it.

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7 Simple Reasons You Should Really Admire Quiet People

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Quiet people are people who are quiet in their personality. And personality is “the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character.” As simple as that may sound, it is better than the popular misconception that quiet people are shy people or introverts.

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6 Ridiculously Simple Tips To Help You Achieve More In 2021

How to have a sense of humour

Do you want to achieve more, live healthier and happier this year? If your answer is yes, then I have something you should be interested in.

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Two Things That Struck Me About Alexander The Great

What made Alexander great
Alexander the Great, source: Wikipedia

I was imbued with a sense of humility as I read the biography of Alexander The Great. His life on earth was not long but he achieved international fame.

You don’t have to be a good student of history to have heard anything about King Alexander. Though he lived several centuries ago, people in our days have not ceased making reference to him in their speeches and strategy meetings.

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2020: Don’t Term It A Bad Year

The main events of year 2020

The curtain will soon be drawn on what someone has called a treacherous year or what some other people have termed the worst year ever. But is it? I’m wondering what you think of that.

We all know the year 2020 has been a difficult year not just for you but for many people around the world.

Irrespective of whatever you’ve been through in 2020, would you term it a bad year?

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Christmas: The Birth of the Soon-coming King of the World

The meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ – the Saviour of the world. It is the coming of divinity to the Earth. And the birth of Jesus is also the birth of the soon-coming King of the world.

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Christmas: The Coming of Divinity to Earth

The incarnation of Jesus

At Christmas you should not only celebrate the birth of the Saviour, you should also celebrate the coming of Divinity to earth.

Why did I say so? Because that’s what the first coming of Jesus to the earth represents.

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Christmas: The Birth of the Saviour of the World

Christmas is about celebrating the birth of the Saviour of the world

Christmas is not just the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is the celebration of the birth of the Saviour of the world. Therefore have it in mind that beyond all the fanfare that the special season of Christmas brings, Jesus was born to be the Saviour of the world.

We have Christmas because of Christ. Anyone who doesn’t see the ‘Christ’ in Christmas is spiritually blind.

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9 Great Lessons From The Man Who Commissioned Apostle Paul To Ministry

Lessons from the life of Ananias of Damascus
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Apostle Paul was a man of powerful impact in ministry. But do you know that it was an average man that commissioned him to full-time ministry? Who was that man, and what lessons can you learn from him and apply in your life today?

I believe there are life-changing lessons you can glean from the man who commissioned Apostle Paul to ministry. This is what I will show you in this post.

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The Man Who Knew Apostle Paul’s Calling Before Him

Ananias heals Paul's blindness

Apostle Paul’s divine calling was spectacular and the purpose of his calling was very clear. But do you know that before God revealed to Paul the purpose of his calling, He had already made it know to a man called Ananias?

Which of the Ananiases in The Bible am I referring to? I will tell you in a moment.

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3 Kinds of People Apostle Paul was Called to Minister to

The three set of people Apostle Paul was called to minister to.
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The Apostle Paul is widely acknowledged as the apostle called to minister to the Gentles. But do you know that in addition to the Gentiles, He was also called to minister to  two other specific groups of people?

How did I know that? Because Jesus said so in the book of Acts of the Apostles.

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On Apostle Paul’s Title, Authority and Command (And What You Can Learn From It)

The source of Apostle Paul's authority

It can be seen clearly from the records in the New Testament Bible that Apostle Paul was a man of no small title, authority and command. He was a lawyer, an Apostle, and so much more.

Although by his own admission, Paul was not an eloquent man, he was an erudite man when it comes to his writings. So it is not a mistake when he chooses some words to describe himself or any other person or matter.

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Thomas, A Humble But Inquisitive Disciple

Thomas, More thank a doubter
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Thomas, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ, is widely labeled as the doubting disciple. But not many pay attention to the fact that he was humble and inquisitive at the same time.

So you can call him a humble questioner rather than the widely held unpalatable appellation, “the doubting Thomas.” You will see the reason in this post.

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Why Every Aspiring Writer Should Start A Blog

why you should start a blog.

If you are an aspiring writer, you should start a blog. Blogging offers you the easiest platform to showcase your writing talent at minimal or no cost at all.

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What Is Your Default Disposition?

What is your disposition?
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A Facebook friend of mine wrote the following words on her FB wall to mark her birthday: … Today more than ever, with deep retrospective consideration, gratitude fills my heart and so worship is what I bring. Praise has become my default disposition.

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Building Healthy Self-esteem: 3 Familiar Dispositions Hindering Your Progress (and the Counter-Measures)

Building healthy self-esteem is not a journey of just one day. It is something you should continue to work at so long as you are aware that your self-confidence is not at the right level.

But you have to examine yourself to be sure that you have not assumed some familiar dispositions that are hindering your progress.

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Consistency In Blogging: If You Abandon Your Blog, Your Blog Will Abandon You

When you abandon your blog

How consistent are you in your blogging journey? I have been blogging long enough to know that if you abandon your blog, your blog will also abandon you.

Realise that your inconsistency is a major setback to your success in blogging. I’m telling you that now in case you don’t know.

Let me put it in another way: You cannot create a memorable blog if you are inconsistent with it. You can be sure about that!

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5 Simple Ways to Honour Your Father on Fathers’ Day

Father's day

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate our fathers – on Fathers’ Day, every third Sunday in the Month of June.

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“I Can’t Breathe” Hasn’t Always Been A Negative Expression

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“I can’t breathe,” has now become the rallying chant for the Black Lives Matter massive protests in major cities around the world. It has also become the slogan being used against social injustices of diverse kinds.

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On Premarital Sex And  Steve Harvey’s 90-Day Rule

Steve Harvey on the set of Steve Harvey Show.
Steve Harvey

Have you ever heard of the so-called Steve Harvey’s 90-day rule with respect to the timing of sex in a dating relationship? Whether your answer is yes or no, join me as I examine that issue in this blog post.

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Ravi Zacharias, A Good Christian Soldier Goes Home

Ravi Zacharias' life, ministry and death

“Ravi Zacharias, who spent his life defending Christianity through books and lectures, has died. He was 74.”

That was how CNN reported the death of internationally renown Christian apologists, Dr Ravi Zacharias on 19 May, 2020.

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Two Things That Struck Me About Alexander The Great

What made Alexander great
Alexander the Great, source: Wikipedia

I was imbued with a sense of humility as I read the biography of Alexander The Great. His life on earth was not long but he achieved international fame.

You don’t have to be a good student of history to have heard anything about King Alexander. Though he lived several centuries ago, people in our days have not ceased making reference to him in their speeches and strategy meetings.

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Six Different Tests You Can Use When Making Decisions (According to Pastor Rick Warren)

How to make beneficial decisions

Every day you are presented with the opportunity to make certain decisions. Sometimes, you know what to do and sometimes you don’t.

Sometimes your decisions come out good and you are glad. But sometimes, your decisions bring you nothing but guilt and shame, of which you are sad.

How can you avoid the trap of making those decisions that will make you regret at the end of the day?

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Dealing With The Time Element Involved In God’s Promises For Our Lives

God's promises takes time -Faith and patience

When we talk about God’s promise for our lives, we refer to “a solemn pledge, [by God] to perform or grant a specified thing” based on His grace and faithfulness.

As children of God, we have various promises He has promised to perform in our lives. And as you already know, these promises do not take place automatically; a time element is usually involved.

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The Church Girl 1 – A Book Review

Books by Ufuomaee

Thanks to the covid 19 lockdown, I was finally able to have the needed free time to rummage through my bookshelf for some books I had always wanted to read but never had the sufficient time to do so.

One of such books was The Church Girl. I was delighted to still have the autographed copies, which I had erroneously assumed had been ‘borrowed’ off the shelf.

The texts in the following paragraphs are my humble attempt at reviewing the book.

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Covid 19 Pandemic: Beyond The Conspiracy Theories

Conspirarary theories around covid-19 pandemic.

The novel coronavirus pandemic also known as covid 19 is still ravaging various parts of the world. Although concerted efforts are being made to contain the pandemic, the global picture is still very gloomy.

For a disease as deadly as the coronavirus pandemic, it will make a lot of sense for us to figure out and be absolutely sure what caused it – for posterity sake.

But going by various reports monitored on social media, there is hardly a worldwide consensus as to the actual cause of the disease. As a result, several conspiracy theories exist…

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In His Resurrection – A Poem

In His birth
Divinity became enwrapped in humanity
For the salvation of mankind.

In His death
Divinity suffered in the hands of humanity
Paying the price for the salvation of mankind.

In His resurrection
Divinity had Him forever established
As the only Saviour of mankind.


©2020|Victor Uyanwanne

Are You Restrategising For The Life After Covid 19 Lockdown?

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Are you restrategising for the life after the covid 19 pandemic? How will your life change when the covid 19 lockdown is over? Or is it possible that it’s not going to change at all?

As you know, this lockdown is not going to continue forever. At some point in future (no matter how long that will take), the stay-at-home order will be lifted.

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Jesus Still Died And Resurrected – Covid 19 or Not

Benefits of the resurrection of Christ

Coronavirus lockdown or not, Jesus still died and resurrected. We shouldn’t stop talking about it, no matter the conditions we find ourselves.

A few days from now, Christiandom will be celebrating the Easter, an annual event to mark the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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7 Broad Ways To Maximise Your Life During A Lockdown

How to use your time well during a lockdown

The city where you live or work may be on a lockdown but your life should not be on a shutdown. Even as much movement is restricted, there are things you can do within your home to maximise your life during the lockdown.

Due to the covid 19 pandemic movement of people around the world has been largely restricted. The slogan is now “stay at home”,  “stay safe,” or “work from home.”

However, not everyone is equipped with the facility to work from home. So apart from working, what else can you do to maximize your time at home in a period of lockdown?

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Covid 19 Pandemic: Can Prayer Save The Day?

Praying during a pandemic.

We often say in Christian circles that “prayer is the master key,” “there is nothing prayer cannot do,” “if there is a man to pray, there is a God to answer,” and so on and so forth.

All these statements underscore our strong belief in the efficacy of prayers in resolving difficult situations. And I am convinced that in our individual lives, we all have had instances where prayer saved the day for us in our moments of crisis.

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Covid 19 Lockdown: Maximising Your Personal Time And Curing Boredom

How to maximise your personal life

Has any good thing come out from covid-19 lockdown?

One good thing that has come out of the covid 19 lockdown around the world is the fact that most of us now have more personal time at our disposal than we have had in many years.

With the stay-at-home order by the government, we have slowed down significantly from our fast-paced daily lives to the one where our movement has been largely restricted.

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