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Rejoice Praise is a writer, a reader, a teen-coach, a social media manager, an entrepreneur, and a God-lover.
She has written over 100 articles, stories, and poems on her previous Facebook handle (Rejoice Praise Chidimma), and now, she currently uses an official Facebook account (Rejoice Praise) which has the same name with her official Facebook fan page to fuel her writing passion and dreams.
She is an advocate for sexual purity, moral decency, and for the girl child.
As a rape victim and a survivor, she writes topically on rape issues, in stories, articles, or poems.
Her passion for writings being fuelled by her dream of becoming a world-class writer with her books as best-sellers. This dream has thus made her gone versatile in her connecting with better writers than herself, from all over the world to help her widen her writing scope and expertise.
Before 2020, she hoped to author a book, but the pandemic hit her hard, yet, she is not giving up on her dream as she is determined to publish and author two books by 2021, so, watch out!
To Rejoice, writing is a driving force that controls her consciousness when it possesses it. Writing is her life and her best form of expressing her views. Writing is her biggest companion, and with it, she has come to discover purpose.
How would you react if you see or hear that a renowned General Overseer of a Christian ministry got engaged in a physical or verbal duel with a person or a group of persons, on the street or in any public place? What if it was the like of Wole Soyinka you got to see engaged in a physical/verbal duel with a person or a group of persons, on the street or anywhere public? You would think my exemplary figures were over-emphasized. But, I am just trying to paint a picture, a picture of a supposedly born-again believer and that of a lover of reality, art, and literature or an atheist. Sometimes, on the street or other public places, we get offended, to the point of getting ourselves in physical combats or verbal abuses. It also quite a conceived concept that you shouldn't be caught fighting in the public because you are a Christian. And of course, that is a good concept, the best actually. But, what if you are not a ‘Christian' or a ‘born-again'? What do ye? Fight? I am not trying to sound biased, but, we know ‘Wole Soyinka' is not our picture of who a model Christian is. But, you can't and wouldn't find him fight in a public place. The same goes for persons like him, you, and me. Listen, You shouldn't fight, especially on the street and in public places, not just because you are a Christian, but, because you are educated and civilized. What becomes the use of education when you degrade your standards to that of the ‘street urchins'? Common! Educated persons shouldn't be caught fighting, on the streets, public places, or anywhere. I know misunderstandings would come, but, our ability and intelligence to handle such misunderstandings without verbal or physical combats and to come to an understanding, shows our level of maturity, and how much relevance we attach to being educated and civilized. If you are educated and civilized, you shouldn't fight on the streets or in public places. Think about it. ©Rejoicepraise 2020 Rejoice: A writer and a Content creator
How does it feel? To birth children and let them suffer for bread? Their cross, at a tender age, made to bear. They struggle and strive To survive in all fear, Amidst tears, education, and etiquette they forgo, For money and survival, they endure. How does it feel? To see these little ones suffer hardship unknown? Heartbreaks and traumas, they face untold. Responsibilities and breadwinning, at a tender age, exposed to. Can we not do the reproduction? Until we have adequate parental provision? Can we not bring them to the existence, When in the end, they will question their existence? These little ones have crosses to bear. But can it be a ‘just' one? The right one for their age and time Can we let them bear the cross of excellence? Can we win their daily bread? And to take up responsibilities bigger than they? Can we birth them when we are ready? And capable of giving them a life they deserve? One which is theirs? I write to becoming parents & spouses. Think of that ‘fetus' life after delivery. Birth, not that child because you impulsively want a child. Birth them for their good. The cross is too heavy for our present-day children. The struggle is tougher to them than it seems. Their young shoulders are beginning to sag. Their tiny little feet are beginning to fret They come to stagger in motion Yet the world lives in contention Some children are torn in between Who may help or redeem? And to help them bear the cross?
I attempted suicide, twice. Don't be perplexed, please. Can I lend you my voice? Pressured or overwhelmed with the ills of life? Or have you made a terrible mistake worthy of public shame and humiliation? Suicide is still not an option. Truthfully, if I had successfully committed suicide then, I probably would have been a forgotten history with no form of relevance. I attempted suicide first after I failed my O'level exams (WAEC) for the fourth (4th) time. Then, to me, it was finished and pointless trying to live. After my 4th failure, I was tired, and instead of me taking a rest, I decided to shut down. Suicide became the only available and valid option for me. The shame and humiliation of writing the exam with teenagers and students I taught and that I was far older than and I was certainly brilliant than they were, but, I still failed in blinding colors, with those teenagers excelling and moving forward. I was tired of remaining stuck for the fourth time now. Was I brilliant? Yes. Did I burn mid-night oils? Yes. Did I get my textbooks and past questions booklets? Yes. Did I attend tutorials? Yes. What went wrong? I had no idea up until now. I had no encouragement from my family then. I rather got rebuked and scolded for not putting in so many efforts as they expected. I was trying, I knew. At age 21, I was still writing my O'level exams and was still failing in blinding colors. It wasn't easy for me, but, only I understood that. I was in a world of my own. Drowning in a deeply disturbing ocean with none to rescue me. For a girl who graduated secondary school at age 15, and was still struggling to pass her O'level exams till age 21, you should imagine how humiliating this could be. I felt God had left me to my fate and that destiny was been unfair to me. That night, after returning from the cybercafe, I gulped down a bottle of Gentian Violet, GV, (a liquid purple ink used on open wounds to prevent germs intrusion and to cure skin ulcers). How I survived to die from that attempt still remains a mystery. On my fifth attempt, however, I finally passed my O'level exams. I never would have had a chance to anchor that success and victory if my suicidal attempts turned out successful then. But, I sure enjoyed the feel of victory and success after so many failed attempts. My second suicidal attempt when I was raped and jilted by my first boyfriend. We dated for two months. Young and naive, I was pressured into giving him a chance by my peers since they had changed boyfriends for more than the third time. He was fourteen years older than I was, even though he lied at the initial stage that he was just ten years older than I then. As a teen who wanted to be in the know-how, and to feel among, I allowed him to kiss me behind vehicles at night (that happened only once though). We met at his place (he lived in the same street with me), and on my first visit, nothing happened. My second and third visits were the same, and to me, I had met an angel, a perfect gentleman. I felt safe and secure around him. My fourth visit was what gave me a huge scar which I still bear till today. He dared and threatened me to lay with him, despite all of my pleas. And against my will and pleasure, he penetrated into me with my hands tied to my back, and legs left hanging up, like an animal about to be castrated. I regretted accepting his proposals that evening. I should have just maintained my stance of 'no relationship' until I was physically, emotionally, and psychologically prepared for it. Peer pressure gave me a huge blow. He had sex with me and also deprived me of the opportunity to feel the assumed 'pleasure' associated with 'sex'. My acclaimed boyfriend and first love raped me that evening without protection and absconded from the area the next day. Since that evening till this moment, I am still yet to lay my eyes on him. I still have nightmares though. I tried careless walking on main roads several times to be knocked down by an oncoming car and die, but, it never happened. I bought rat poison, and I took it, hoping that I'll die, but, I didn't. I have lived with that hurt up until now, and I love the relief I am getting in the inside of me as I write this to you. In all, God wins. No matter what life throws at you, please, suicide should and never be an option. Even if the worst happens, don't stop believing in God and believing in yourself. You should live. You deserve to stay alive, mentally, and psychologically fit. Overcome your past, overcome your hurts, overcome your failure, overcome the heartbreaks, it is a very good step to healing. Your mental and psychological well-being is my concern. Thanks for your time once again.