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Saturday, October 21, 2017

The National Congress of British West Africa (NCBWA)

The National Congress of British West Africa (NCBWA), was formed by the 4 British West African countries, namely the Gambia, Sierra-leone, Gold Coast ( now Ghana) and Nigeria in 1917 in gold Coast under the leadership of Caseley Hayford. It had its headquarters in Gold Coast and branches in all other three member countries. The main aim of the congress was to unite the 4 British West African countries in their demand for independence.
    At the meeting of the congress that took place in Accra, Ghana in 1920,  the members unanimously resolved to send a powerful delegation to London to present to the Secretary of State for the colonies the demands of the congress. The delegation sent to London demanded for the following :

  1. The establishment of a legislative council in each territory, half of which should be elected and the other half to be nominated. 
  2. The establishment of house of Assembly comprising the members of the legislative Council and 6 other financial representatives elected by the people to control revenue and expenditure. 
  3. The appointment of Africans to Judicial offices. 
4. The establishment of a West African University.
      However, their demands were not granted. The governors of Nigeria and Gold Coast criticized the delegates and accused them of representing nobody except themselves. They were also accused of being politically ambitious and ignorant of the happenings in their home countries. However, various pressures later compelled Sir Hugh Clifford to dissolve the Nigerian Council and replace it with a new legislative and executive Council.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Making Decisions

SOLOMON'S WISDOM: 1Kg 3:3-28; 4:29-34; 5:1-12; 8:1-53
   Solomon, son of David, succeeded his father. He loved the Lord and walked in the statutes of his father. He went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices. While he was there, God appeared to him in a dream. God asked him to request for any particular gift from him. Solomon requested from God an understanding mind to enable him judge and govern the people of Israel wisely.
   Note this quotation: "Gibe thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern the people that I may discern between good and evil".
God gave Solomon wisdom and richness and honour.
      Solomon's wisdom was put to test when two harlots quarreled over the ownership of a surviving child. In the account, Solomon ordered the living child to be sane into two equal parts and each part to be given to the two women who claimed ownership of the living child.
 The woman who was the real mother of the living child preferred to preserve the life of the child even if the child was given to the false claimant. The other woman was very happy over Solomon's decision. Solomon then judge rightly that the child belonged to the mother who was anxious to preserve the child's life. The people hailed Solomon because the wisdom of God was in him.

Solomon was believed to have said about 3,000 proverbs. He built a temple and the Ark of the covenant was brought to the inner sanctuary. 
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