A Letter to my second yet unborn offspring

You will be favored in your time as it was not with me in my time. You will be born in a highly competitive society. One in which the children speak at their first birthdays (of course you to would), self learn, interact maturely at 5, do not go to ‘school’ because that old system of education has been proven a waste of time and resources and has evolved beyond the term. A world driven entirely by knowledge and competition even to access the most basic necessities. But do not be alarmed, you should be intrigued and inquisitive to pursue goals far beyond human current abilities. You should play with the world through constructive experimentation and observation. You have to aim for worlds yet unknown to mankind. You’ll have help since most of the theories about multiverses would have been proven. Quantum computation would be common place hence the possibilities would be next to endless. Time travel already exists in our time, so should this message fail to reach you when it’s due, I will eventually get it to you in time. You are going to be immersed into a world with artificial beings struggling to break the frontiers of artificial consciousness. You are to take lead of this field to keep it safe and under control and real-time monitoring of its advances. You will only find my current cars in properly managed museums. You would ride around using levitating sandals when you want to move while admiring the view, else you’d normally use the local quantum gates that use point to multipoint organic particle acceleration. Don’t be excited about the need to procreate. There will be an elaborate process setup to achieve that in all comfort and science. You can access designs of my future house by extrapolating and rendering information from your DNA drawn from blood from your left arm. Be careful about Turing’s test. There’ll be some quite advanced artificial beings hoping to learn as much as they can about completely beating it. I trust you’ll know when you come across such. You need to take them as subjects and draw from them new knowledge about how they envisage their further development. I’m afraid there’ll still be some form of governments trying to fight for personal gains then the welfare of the people. But I also know in your time, the knowledge economy would be the order of the day and you will become an influential entity in such organisations. You will have four hours of sleep each day but while you sleep you’ll strive to unravel the mysteries still unknown to our species. You will arrive at a time where the cryptocurrencies are common place and have been rebuilt to achieve the very purpose for which they were originally designed. A more stable cryptocurrency will achieve true wealth distribution, security, non-repudiation and finite supply. You’ll nearly be able to do transactions with your mind however primitively developed the concept will be. Actually I count on you to move research in that domain forward. You’ll not have a lot of friends just as anyone else in your community. The race would be on, it’s fine to be on the first line. If you have doubts about how I achieved time travel(which I highly doubt you would) you can check that information from your DNA. Whatever significant work you do make sure to save it in your DNA I assume by now you’d know how to do that and also that storage in the human genome is literally infinite. I believe the earth’s atmosphere would have become difficult to live under health wise. You can always move to Elon Musk’s new city on Mars. Oh say hi for me when you settle and you may appreciate his efforts but by no means be amazed by them. I believe that will become evident once you engage there. A secret I leave for you is that, ‘water’ is key to any developing organic entity. I don’t know if this makes any difference but if you can argue that everything on earth developed from some other preliminary element, I want to assure you that water didn’t. Although you’d talk about water as a compound and all that old school stuff, it’s crafted in such a divine way that it would be interesting for you to explore it’s very foundations. My daughter (of course it’ll be a girl, what did you expect. Hahaha.) be a fine offspring and lead the next century into its ultimate age. Look up to he through whom all things are made and by whom everything is what it is. Our role is simply to unravel and make come to pass all what he’s put in place. It’s about connecting the dots that are already there but not apparent to all, just a chosen few. What an exciting new age it’ll be, just know it’ll be the last of all ages. I long to participate and I hope all the conditions fit so that we can go through this together. You’ll find this message and it’ll be dated 30 years ago, if you see that it’s not the case find the fraudster or creator or such virtual presence of my note and bring him to question. Would be interesting to find other participants of time travelling in my time.

Your ever loving Dad.

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A Manifesto on the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC

The Presbyterian church in Cameroon is a religious institution with 60 years of existence in Cameroon since their independence in 1957 from the Basel missionaries who arrived the coast of Cameroon in December 1886 with a mission to establish a true religious institution in the country. The church has since moved on to become one of the most popular religious establishment in Cameroon. The operation of this church has changed over time with all forms of ills finding their way into the church. It has grown to build schools and hospitals across the country.

Basel members
Courtesy of Europainstitut Basel, Universität Basel

This manifesto lays down what I found wrong for my over 15 years of experience being around this church. First of all in order to establish a sound ground for the basis of my views, I will lay down my family’s background with this church so that you can appreciate how close my family has been involved with the church.

My grandfather, a patriarch who is over 96 years old has been with the church since 1960. He has served as a member of the christian men’s fellowship and is still a member, possibly the oldest member of the church now. He was often responsible in settling disputes among the leaders in the church and was one of the founding members of the christian men’s fellowship (CMF). He decided all his children would go to mission established boarding schools for secondary and high school. That is how the mission boarding school ‘tradition’ began in my family. He sent all his over 12 children to church boarding schools with over 88% of them in presbyterian boarding schools. Back in the late 70’s you would find at least one Akah in a CPC(Cameroon Protestant College) Bali, PSS (Presbyterian Secondary School) Bafut, PSS Mankon, BHS (Baptist High School) Mankon or PHS (Presbyterian High School) Batibo. I have attended two of these schools. Younger generations now go to new schools like PSS Nkwen, CCSS (Christian Comprehensive Secondary School) a school created by some veteran officials of the church . Now I hope this is enough to make you see through what I am now about to reveal and condemn.

The first thing about the church is how they have now grown to exploit the people through the establishment of their boarding schools. Hundreds of thousands of FCFA were paid as fees but we still had some schools without well-equipped laboratories, no potable water, no good food. In fact, all the food I ever ate always caused me stomach ulcers, but I kept on holding to the hope that one day it will all be over. I don’t know what the consequences will be in the future but I will be sure to lay down all the possible scenarios of any such complications if they happen. School text books were imposed on students even when they already had one on the basis that they were giving a new version. The peak of this was when even the Bible was forced to the signed every year. So I asked myself if the Bible too was being revised every time. There were some books (e.g Explaining Physics )that were meant to be used throughout most of secondary school cycle but still they came to impose that we get them in each class. The additional amounts our parents paid for was a function of the amount of books we received. Sometimes we don’t receive all the books but our parents will pay for them nonetheless. No one comes back to ensure we have these books and since we weren’t the ones paying the money, we couldn’t lay any complain for fear of being marked as the ‘black leg’. sometime there are several textbooks for a given subject that you would come to wonder how a kid would actually manage carrying these around or even getting to open it and this creates room for theft. Truth be told, I have never opened any other textbooks except for English and french textbooks in all my years in secondary school and it was only upon request that we did so. To date I only have a few textbooks from the scores of textbooks I am expected to have mostly because they often get stolen. It is another thing to consider what the teachers’ pay is like. They should look for funding elsewhere for their other projects and provide students with optimal resources to learn and grow.

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Presbyterian Secondary school Nkwen

Second thing is that of scholarships for students. These scholarships were intended to be given to the poor and needy but at the same time it was biased and steered towards pastor’s children. I am not sure if there was a pastor’s children scholarship, but from what I experienced, pastors children were more likely to be considered for the opportunity than others (the real poor and needy). So they mean pastors need more assistance than others who are also poor and needy. They collect hundreds of thousands during thanksgiving and other events from the very people who define their existence and only to help pastors and their children in society.

Then we have the organisation of the Sunday cults. I have been attending the church for more than 10 years as a habit that was built in us by my father and his father before him. I decided to go to church today, Sunday the 17th at the Presbyterian church Nsimeyong Yaounde, I experienced the same behavior as it was over 10 years ago, which was that of selling  in the church.  A young man walks around the church as the cult began selling what looked like a newspaper magazine to the fidels. I have always noticed this behavior every time in the church and I hoped they will realize how fundamentally wrong this was. Instead of doing this once the service ends, they do it even deep into the service. Now as the service continued deep into when the pastor was preaching, one of the fidels who had bought the document was instead reading the magazine rather than listening to the preaching. By the way, the preaching that day was about criticism of people and institutions. I carefully observed that she drew others around her who lost focus for a while looking as they gazed at a few pages of the document as well. This is just the reason why such practices are not good for the church. If they are failing at this simple thing for over decades, I am afraid they have still not found the light.

The next thing  is stratifying or classifying people during thanksgiving and fundraising  events. Some people are considered to have contributed more than others so they are publicly announced. They have lost sight of what the scriptures teach about the widow’s mite. So now for them, the widow today would have no place for appreciation. Then they would say they deserve special recognition because they have given this or that amount while others who have considered stand in the crowd and unconsciously give their ovation. They may say I am saying this because I have not been called up so that others can clap also but actually I have never contributed during any such events and don’t seek any praise from anyone. This classification is the very thing that is causing separation in the church and fighting over different resources and immaterial things.

There’s greed and power struggle among the clergy and  a few years ago, this was manifested into the attack and consequent death of one of their serving pastors [One who’s name I can’t seem to remember at the moment but who was parish pastor for the Ntamulung Presbytery in Bamenda]. There has also been food poisoning and assassination attempts by themselves against their very own then moderator Rev. Dr. Festus Asana. I don’t think anyone wants to wash their dirty laundry in public so if the church continues to allow such indiscipline and unorthodox practices in their midst, the very institution they set  to build will collapse mightily.

This manifesto is not to bring chaos in the church but rather to strengthen and prepare the church for more challenges coming ahead and to call them to take immediate action against such actions. If you agree with what I have carefully put down here, then they would see reason to pay closer attention to this.  I will no longer be attending this church and will seek better places where they show respect for even the basic foundations of the scriptures.

A future both frightening and exciting

The technological advances made by the big tech companies today over the past ten years have been more than amazing, i’d say breath taking. A lot of new tools have been developed and a lot more are coming up each day. Almost every sector of human endeavor is changing. Health, finance, education, justice, sport, economy, religion, environment etc are all changing with recent advances in technology. We could soon be entering into a future exactly like what we are used to seeing in sci-fi movies or TV shows. Yes, it is coming and no one can stop it. Autonomous cars (like Michael knight in the movie knight2000), conversational agents and digital assistants (Like diana in Hitman silent assassin), smart cities, androids etc. All these developments however useful needs to be properly assessed for the task they are designed to accomplish. When we keep pushing the boundaries of what’s now possible, it’s not the human race advancing, but I think it’s a new form of civilisation (industrial) that is taking shape.

The true threat to society today lies in the advancement to artificial general intelligence. Once we can have an entity likened to our own by our very own, then there’s no telling which direction civilization will take. If we setup competition against such entities, we are bound to fail even before we can start preparing a proper response. Some outspoken figures on the subject have propose that there be a sort of singularity with these AI but again this would be very controversial as it conflicts in religion and individual convictions about why we people should merge with these artificial entities in order to keep a close eye on it. I believe it is important to democratize the development of AI and make sure we keep things on the right side. As nature will have it, there are always the ‘black hat’ guys roaming in the corridors and pushing the red buttons, but we must stay focused on developing safe AI. We must not be limited or dismiss the possibility of an eventual loss of control to the black hats, but we must be able to take back control when necessary. We build tools to make our lives simpler while we focus on other things that will make us fulfilled. My hopes are that we should be able to stay in control of our society irrespective of the magnitude of the wave of technological advancement. We were meant to have dominion over all things on earth and i hope it stays that way. There should be no other entity on this planet superior to our kind. It is our responsibility to make sure we always remain on the top of the food chain and every other chain that exists. True we are limited by slow biological evolution but there’s no telling how far we can go while we keep evolving, and that itself is dangerous for us. The future that lies ahead depends on the decisions we make today, it is scary and yet still exciting.

 

Put Stepping Stones, Not Stumbling blocks

Every other society is advancing at an exponential pace. It is already hard keeping up with the rate at which industrialization has and is growing in developed and emerging economies. We are still lagging behind though we are faced with similar problems faced by these economies before they became the way they are. It’s true there has been something worse that had happened to our race (blacks) called slavery. This has engraved a mark of inferiority into our DNA and we sometimes find it difficult to fight against it. Today, we are still subject to modern forms of this slavery in the name of foreign aid and our leaders, NO rulers as i’d better put it,  are most often the problem. Instead of leading, they are more interested in selling their kind to modern forms of slavery. They are help more foreign organisations exploit to their full capacity, our potential. We as individuals are subject to brainwash so much so that we blindly follow such rulers and would even deny their own of the opportunities presented to them. We are also part of the problem when we decide to grant more privileges to foreigners than to our own. We give up our integrity just to gain short lived privileges. We are too shortsighted that we miss the benefits of remaining just in the long term. A popular saying goes that:

“If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together “

These words mean a lot, we are to collaborate and not compete against our very own. We are to fortify relations and not deter them. That’s how we build and grow together and can stand up against foreign harmful forces.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand .” – Abraham Lincoln

Despite the restlessness of the masses, some people strive to improve their society by employing several means whether good or bad for the community. But even within the community, we still find people bent on taking out each other. We need to observe and individually try to follow those who have succeeded to liberate themselves from subjective systems or forms of leadership. It is important that we support each other and not be an obstacle to our own. We are building the building together, let’s not hinder our collaborator’s work but strive to make him more efficient in delivering the maximum value possible. If we want to make a difference we must first show that we can make it together. Only then can we believe in change for progress.

Different realities

We all love doing what we do best. We need to share our stories so that others may appreciate the effort we are making in order to bring about change. Positive change is what makes society move forward and as agents of change we seek to build the society we desire in every way we can. It is interesting to see how overwhelmingly different or similar other societies can be. It is always true that it is only an outsider that sees the most possibilities that can be played on board game. So is it true for how we appreciate the society out of our own.

I share my stories wherever I go and listen to others as well. It is good to see that we always strive to bring positive change and encourage each other to keep going even in the most adverse conditions. We all face different challenges and it is up to us to keep going challenging all the ods in a bid to make the change we so desire. There are always going to be hurdles, but we must not relent our efforts for other people look up to us to create the opportunities they can use to make the society a better place

If you don’t do it now, it will be too late to do it tomorrow. If you think you are too young to do it now, you will be too old to start it tomorrow. – Akah Larry

On my first visit to Europe in Germany, I was amazed by how advanced the country is. The organisation, infrastructure, communication, everything seems to be in order. As I get from the news, this country literally controls most of the European budget and actually has budget surpluses each year. This was something I had never believed could actually exist, seeing from Africa which is the total opposite of what I found there. I had actually only seen these things in movies or TV shows but to experience it first hand was a whole different experience. Then we can begin to wonder if at all there are still challenges faced in such a society. It could be more difficult to solve a problem that doesn’t actually exist or or exists but whose variables depended on things that were beyond current human capacity.

Being in such an environment, I feel there is hope for a society to actually attain such level of development and this encourages me to keep moving. If others have done it, then we can. All it takes is a will. To stay motivated, one needs a mentor who from time to time, puts up the big picture to remind us of what we seek to achieve and what our convictions are.

to effect change, you need a strong vision, conviction and courage. – Larry Akah

I will be sharing more from my trips as I tour the world to learn and experience different realities. Stay tuned on my blog to read about exciting experiences.

Entrepreneurs should tell the full stories or not tell it at all.

It’s common ground today for people to get up the stage and recount their journey to their current status (whether success or steadily growing towards success) during a speech or motivational talk. It has also become common place for most of them to share stories about their humble beginnings and it looks like all of them almost always have a humble beginning. It now looks like if you didn’t have a ‘humble beginning’ but was able to make it (succeed), then your own story wouldn’t be fun to hear or inspire on stage. Such motivational talks hide a part of the story i think is as important as the part mostly recounted. Let’s look at a few of them (most popular stories in motivational talks) and identify that part which if told could have as much impact as what was only told.

Dropping out of school?

This one is most common with tech entrepreneurs who after they succeed will tell you how they didn’t make it while at school or had to drop out to actually make it. You may know of a few with whom this is common, Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates. Now the other part is, when recounting these stories most of these guys will not tell you exactly or explicitly what initiated their dropout or why they were unable to finish while still going about their business and this part of the story that is untold, i feel is very important as well. This could be a guide to indicate at which points or stage in school one could consider such an option to have a chance of making it with one’s idea.

Rejected for a job n times?

Another story is about how they were rejected for jobs at given companies for a number of times (n). These people will tell you how they were rejected n times but never really seek to find out why, hence they can’t tell you if you were not fit at that time to join or what exactly went wrong. Sometimes i think the real stories behind that could be one of nonchalant behavior or general incompetence at the time. People are rejected jobs for a wide array of reasons depending on the company’s hiring needs and requirements so identifying some of these could be a good way of preparing people as they go through that path. Such speeches need to be accompanied with a few reasons as to why the rejection.  As an example we find Jan Koum and Brian Acton, former employees at Yahoo and founders of whatsapp applied to Facebook and failed for reasons you may not get to hear from them on stage, but then facebook bought over their company for $19 billion.

Fired from a company you started?

Another phenomenon is the one of being fired from a company you started. This was most common in the silicon valley with tech entrepreneurs of the 20th century for example Steve Jobs at Apple. True they may have been fired at one point, but again the reasons as to such a decision need to be made clear. if at the time such decisions were necessary, then it should not cloud the reason for the entrepreneur to make known during their speeches. It is important to learn from ones’ mistakes so that one may reconsider current or future actions in the enterprise. So just saying that ‘i was fired from my company’ isn’t enough talk and should be justified on the circumstances  in which such decisions were made. It even turned out that years after Job’s firing from Apple, that was the wrong choice for the company to make.  However, during speeches of this nature, it is important to make know the circumstances that led to such decisions.

There are a lot more of such speeches i could analyse but that would be a very long article than this blog could possibly contain. The general point is that successful entrepreneurs should recount the full stories (both sides of the story) when they are called up  on stage for motivational or experience talks. The audience should aslo inquire about the parts of the stories untold from the presenters. This would go a long way to contribute in the minds of the audience.

The cry of my youth to my eternal Father

As i continue my journey to the promised land, i am bombarded and drowned in the regulations and lifestyle of this world. I am not from it but yet i am in it. This world is getting more and more soaked with violence, promisquity, injustice, slandering. My youthfulness is more vulnerable to these now than ever before. In all these, Lord you remain faithful. Tilt my heart to keep looking up to you even when the world feeds on my youth.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.- Psalms 127:4

Give me strength that i may not rely on mine alone. Take me away from the sight of those who promote waywardness i pray thee. Though i face all the tribulations and trials today i pray that thee keeps me up. Lord remember not the transgressions of my youth and cast me not away from thy sight for i am weak but in you i am strong. Free my mind from the perverted desires of this world and let your law abide in me. My youth has been plagued with desires from the underworld but i cry unto thee to set me free from he who comes to kill, steal and destroy.

They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean. – Job 36:14

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. – Lamentations 3:27

Make my days an example that the youths of my days may follow and see your glory. Make my star shine and guide the other stars to shine to glory. Light my candle that i may use it to light those of the youths of my days. Spring my well that they may fetch from it as they see your glory through it.  If i be unworthy to come in your presence Lord, my fellow youths who look up to me will be also. But for thou art a merciful God and thy steadfast love endureth forever, thou shalt exhault his children above the temptations of this world into the eternal glories.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4

Guide my feet into the way of peace i pray thee for i will seek first thy kingdom with the hope of every other be added unto me.

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. ! timothy 4:12

Hear my cry i pray thee.

An african tech entrepreneur and engineer. An enthusiast's journey in a world fast advancing. Creating technology and inspiring the lives of countless people

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