A poor and unhappy man can be said to be a person who does not use the common sense principles of LEASE.

The common sense for wealth management can be summarized in the following words LEARNING, EMPLOYMENT, ACCUMULATION, SAVINGS, ENGAGEMENT (LEASE or lease of life).

a. LEARNING – Get “complete” education. Learn about financial concepts too.

b. EMPLOYMENT – Seek for a job or be self-employed in an environment that is natural with you.

c. ACCUMULATION — Work hard to make progress in whatever you do. Keep close to God in all things. Promotion, progress and riches shall follow.

d. SAVINGS –Don’t spend all your income. Save part of it and invest it for future income.

e. ENGAGE – Use your wealth for Gods work, your family and fellow human beings. Don’t let the wealth be your master.

Here are the 10 characteristics of a poor man.

a. THOUGHTS: The poor man always think small forgetting that everything we see on earth the land, trees, moon, stars, the air are the products of the thought of God. If you think great you will do great things. “Small Thinking” is the root cause of poverty. As a man thinks so is he. God’s thoughts are so powerful that He thought of the star and the moon and spoke them into existence. Because of the power of His thoughts He did not need any labor to put them into existence. We should also remember that God created us in His image and decreed a lot of power into us.

b. UNBELIEF: The poor man is a chronic unbeliever. He does not believe in himself or in other people. The government or the economy. He does not even believe in God’s ability and willingness to provide for him.

c. OPINION: To the poor man money is evil. He thinks to be rich is sin. He thinks all rich men are crooks. He thinks riches bring trouble. He knows why it is not good to be rich. He even hates rich people.

d. SPEECH: The poor man speaks negative words, curses everyone and everything. He talks lack and want all the time. He will give you reason all the time why he cannot improve his situation. He will say all the time that “Nigeria don spoil” But the Lord says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. With his mouth confession is made into perpetual poverty.

e. VISION: The poor man has no good plan for tomorrow. He has no provision for education, more income and even the training of his children. On a dark night he will see darkness only, whereas the rich man will notice any brilliant star in the dark.

f. ACTIVITY: The poor man is a loafer. When he works he does not do it well. He works hard instead of working smart and he remains at work for ever. He is always looking for fortune through pools, gambling and 419.

g. ASSOCIATION: His friends are birds of the same feather. They are found in poor places. Poor eating places, poor neighborhoods. There they smoke, drink and sometimes quarrel on the streets or with their wives or their neighbors. Many of them plan evil together such as robbery, rape and fraud.

h. FALSE LIVING: Sometimes the poor man likes to talk and behave like a rich man. He buys food on credit and rides cars he cannot support or maintain. He also borrows dresses only the rich can wear. He is a name-dropper of uncles, friends, father and mother. He is usually fake.

i. QUITTER: He is always a quitter. He tries but always stop midway. Quitters never win.

j. MONEY: Poor men are riotous spenders. They have no respect for money. Give them some money they will go wild. Wives, women, weed, gambling and liquor will snatch the money from them. Even the way they squeeze money is unbelievable. Have you ever seen how taxi drivers and petty traders handle money? They squeeze, rumple and tear money like rags. If you are money will you like to come back to them? Money usually reject those who have no respect for it.

1. Start your day with praises, prayers and thanksgiving to God to claim new blessings each day.
2. Have absolute faith in God for provisions.
3. At work see yourself as the ambassador of God and not that of your boss. Don’t pay attention to those who say “Is this your father’s job?” Regard God as your employer.
4. Never squeeze money. Plan for money through a budget before it gets to you. Save money and invest money.
5. When you are wealthy minister and inspire others with your words and wealth. Be a financial prophet of God.
6. Be real, don’t fake your living.



To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to Meet.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident…

To! realize

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The following are  same date diary narrations of a wife and her husband(copied and slightly amended by us)
I thought he was acting weird. We had made plans to meet after work at Mr Biggs on First Avenue but i went from work to the shopping mall at the former Durbar Hotel with a friend.So I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late,but he made no comment.
Conversation wasn’t flowing so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk, he agreed but he kept quiet and absent-minded.
I asked him what was wrong – he said,”Nothing.”. I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset.He said it had nothing to do with me and not to worry.
On the way home I told him that I loved him, he simply smiled…

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1.“There is no such thing as a “broken family.” Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you.”― C. JoyBell C.

2.“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.”― Lisa Wingate

3.“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore.”― Robin Hobb, Fool’s Fate

4.“Hermes gazed up at the stars. ‘My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn’t matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don’t appreciate your genius for inventing the Internet–” ― Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters

5.”You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” Desmond Tutu

6.”The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” Charles Kuralt

7.”Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” -Michael J. Fox

8.“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. ”― Jim Butcher

9.“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”― Napoléon Bonaparte

10.“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” -Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah



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When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?” She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands…. no way.”

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” God remarked, “it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

God,” said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….”

I can’t,” said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

But tough!” said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

Can it think?”

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

It’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

What’s it for?”

It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

You are a genius, ” said the angel.

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.”




…Seeing you on that bed the day you passed away froze my heart…but I did not know…coming in every other day then to see your wife and children became automatic to me and other members of the Odumosu Clan…I never knew something closed up in me until I sat at my table to write this tribute!!!…like rain the tears welled up and I can hardly see what I am putting down!!!…my brother, I am writing this tribute to you with terrible pains from within my soul!!!…i never knew that I loved you so much…I never knew the tie was this binding…I never knew that this terrible sense of loss was waiting inside me until now!…
…Yes, I never knew how closely related we were until the family tree sprung up…I never knew the source of our name OLUKAYODE until the family story was told…but since then we have remained close…yes our blood became thicker but over the years I came to know and understand you very intimately…you were not only the PRESIDENT of the THIRD GENERATION OF ODUMOSU of Ijebu-Ode in name but you prove yourself to be BORN LEADER and a GENTLEMAN among us…despite your anointed place in life all of us were equal during deliberations…you did not lead by decrees but listened to what everyone had to say…above all, decisions were made through the will of the majority…
…Sometimes I really felt sorry for you because of the so many and diverse responsibilities that became trusted on your shoulders whether you liked it or not…I believe you did your best according to the talents entrusted to you by our Heavenly Father…therefore, may you find peace in the Lord’s bosom…AMEN!!!…you have ran life’s race as expected…now no more headaches or pains…no more rain or sunshine…no more worry whether any one is frowning at you or smiling with you…no more worry about what food you can eat or what drink you cannot take…no more worries about Nepa or the generator…no bother about any praise-singers or slanderers…no bother whether anyone can harm you or protect you…thank God, you are now free from all the ills of this world…now no witchcraft or charm can have any effect on you…even death you now stare at in the face with scorn…
…Go, we all must, someday…now you have gone ahead of us to rest your bones and prepare for the delivery of your soul…but we can only wish, pray and hope…only God decides how and when to fulfill His plans…Glory be to His Holy name, Amen…
…To some, death may be misery to our dear brother and his family…some might have jumped up and danced because of his call to higher duties…we can only pray that God touches your heart while rejoicing over his passing away…go, I repeat, we all must one day…no human being is immortal…our brother has only bided us farewell for a while…he has been sent his leave paper and has taken his departure…his day dawned and the lamp that lit his comer like Nepa has only gone out briefly…a summons came and he answered the call…but as human beings that we are many more are feeling the pains of his passing on…the children especially the last and only girl are wishing he would have been around to share many more things in their lives… and even I, regret one thing…I promised I was going to bring him audio cds of old Ebenezer Obey tunes but never really got around to fulfilling the promise…so lets put all hatred aside and close up as a united family…and to those wishing to do some good to another member of your family please go ahead today or tomorrow and make that person happy before its too late…

…Our dear brother,
On behalf of my family to whom you were BIG DADDY and on behalf of Prof Kunle Odumosu, Vice-President and on behalf of the executive and members of the ODUMOSU THIRD GENERATION of Ijebu Ode we say may your good deeds and beautiful memories never disappear from our thoughts… may your grave be renowned and not be forgotten as long as we shall live… and may God intervene continuously in the affairs and interactions of those you have left in JESUS’ NAME…AMEN…



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I first came across the term OUTRODUCTION through a book written by Rita Rudner titled “Naked Beneath My Clothes”. There, she said, “I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this book as much as, I enjoyed writing it. Typically of her, of course! But that is the way she ended her funny book of 89 pages. I hope you did reading our family Historypedia too.

The 10 chapters are based solely on records available with the writer. But the present content have many gaps yet to be filled. For example there are no details about the deaths and burials of some family members. Also details of certain family celebrations like the 2011 Centenary celebrations need to be added as indicated thereon. In Chapter 8 an appeal was made for more additions and perhaps subtractions/amendments in future. Here is hoping members will please respond in kind. And the best way to do this is to put the additions/subtractions/amendments under the comments sections so that the source of the changes can be known in future. The alternative is to put them on the family general whatsapp chat where they can be picked and transferred to the Historypedia blog.

For this purpose please note that the Olori Ebi and Dr. Dapo Odumosu are also WordPress-confirmed Editors of the blog who can add, subtract or amend to give a true picture of our history.

Personally, it is a joy for me to come to the end of a task which I set for myself immediately I closed down my schools in 2009. For a long period, I patiently went through my house and school files to gather together all papers relevant for the project. After this, I informed my family late last year that one of the projects I intended to complete is to put the paper with me together in a chronological/logical order to get a semblance of our family history at least in a vertical sense.

Horizontally, one would be dealing more with the family tree and inter/intra relationships between/amongst Idi-Igi’s or individual members of the family. It might also call for the examination of the behavior of certain individuals in the family at certain points in their lives. To that extent one may unintentionally negate the goals for examining the family tree.


In addition to earlier acknowledgements I want to seize this opportunity to thank my wife, Olabisi and my children for their patience and understanding. You need a peaceful home always to do this sort of work most of the time. For all the nights I moved around the house searching for and rearranging documents and in the process disturbing their rest. I thank all of you.

For my staff especially, Mrs. Zainab Bakare who typed my manuscript which sometimes looked like the handwriting of someone in a coma, I say, thank you too.

Lastly I give thanks to Almighty God for helping to keep me awake on many nights and encouraging me to keep going on even when confusion or discouragement came my way.

Thank you all.

O.O. Odumosu
4th August, 2016