Be kind to the people you meet on your way up because you might need them on your way down.

A couple of years back, I registered with a diary food company as a distributor. Someone told me about an oil services company that usually buys dairy foods for that offshore workers. So I decided to give it a trial.

The first day I visited the company, I was told that the person who has the right to approve my product was the procurement officer. When I entered her office, she asked me to wait. I waited for her to finish what she was doing. It took her about two to three hours to attend to me.

I couldn’t complain. I had no right to do so even if I wanted to. I mean, I was the one who needed a favor from her. When she was through with what she was doing, she looked at me from the crown of my head to the sole of my feet like I was an abomination to her sight and told me I don’t like you.

I didn’t even try to convince her to like me. With that kind of look on her face, I knew that it would be a waste of time trying to, so I smiled, thanked her, and left.

Last year, I started my own company. And I needed some workers the same lady who told me that she didn’t like my face came to apply for the position of a procurement officer. She didn’t recognize me anymore because I was looking different. But I could still recognize her because she had not changed much from the last time I saw her.

I was curious, so I asked why she left her formal job because I know the company was far bigger than mine. She said that the company started downsizing, and she was among those who were affected. So I asked her if she recognized me, she said no.
I reminded her that I was the lady she told some years back that she didn’t like her face and narrated my encounter with her.
She became very nervous and uncomfortable. But I asked her to relax as such is life.
We have to make a conscious effort to be kind to people because you never know where you will need them. Kindness is a virtue. And will cost you nothing to be kind.

See what the bible says about being kind: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. – Matthew:7:12

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem other better than themselves. – Philippians:2:3

Treat everyone with kindness, not because they are kindhearted but because you are.
We do not meet people by chance. Everybody that you come across has a role to play in your life. Some of them are destiny helpers. So do not chase them away by being rude.

Don’t try to make yourself great by making others look small.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. God bless you as you do so

My husband is threatening to divorce me If I don’t stop helping poor people

I do not know what my husband has against poor people, most especially beggars. He hates to help them and would not allow anybody close to him to help as well.

Before I met my husband, I was from a poor home. So I understand what it means to be in that situation. The other day, a young man approached us for help, my husband sent him away, but I pleaded with him to let me assist him.

When the young man left, he warned me seriously never to try it again.

Towards the end of last year, I ran into an old blind beggar. The woman was hit by a hit-and-run driver. People gathered around her, but nobody was willing to take her to the hospital.

I offered to help, so they put her in my car, and I rushed her to the hospital. While she was in the hospital, I will lie to my husband that I was going to church, then I will go to the hospital to see her and give her some food. Because I knew my husband would not allow me to go if I told him the truth. After about three weeks or so, she was discharged from the hospital. I paid her bills and took her home.

But then I discovered she had nobody to take care of her. I asked her about her husband and children she said that she had lost them both. I had real pity for her because she reminded me so much about my late mum. So I decided to help her.

One time my husband gave me some money to keep for him. One of the days I went to visit the old blind beggar, she was not feeling well. So I took her to the hospital and used part of the money which my husband gave me to keep for him to pay for her hospital bills. I did a bank transfer to the doctor because I did not have cash on me. I did not remember to delete the alert message.

So when my husband requested the money, I lied to him that my sister and her husband had some financial issues, so I took part in the money to assist them. He did not say anything.

Then one day, I left my phone in the room to go and take a shower. A text message came into my phone. My husband picked up my phone to see the message. As he was going through my text messages, he saw the bank alert message.
He confronted me with it, and I had to tell him the truth. He beat me mercilessly because of that. And warned me never to see the beggar anymore. But my conscience would not let me, knowing her situation.

I continued to shower her with love and care. But every time I went to see her and come back home, my husband will beat me blue-black.

Ever since I started this charity work, my husband’s business has taken another turn. His business is flourishing. But he still wants me to stop assisting poor people. And he has refused to tell me why.

Next Sunday, I plan on visiting a motherless baby home. And also assist some poor people and beggars on the street. I do not know how my husband saw the items which I bought for the occasion. Right now, he is threatening to divorce me if I try it.

Worst of all is that my elder brother says that if my husband sends me away as a result of this, I shouldn’t come back to our family house because there is no place for me there anymore.

The truth is that my husband has been the one assisting my family members. So, my elder brother is afraid that if my husband divorces me, the family will no longer get assistance from him. I am so connected with this woman, and I do not know how to abandon her now.

But my marriage is on the verge of breaking. Please, what do I do? I do not want to lose my marriage. And at the same time, I do not want to stop showing love and care for the poor. What do I do? Please send in your comments. Also, please do not forget to like and share so that others too can comment. Thanks for reading.

See the funny and stupid things I did as a little girl that almost broke my home

Before I tell you the funny and stupid thing I did that almost broke my home, let me first tell you the one I did that made my class teacher almost resign.

When I was a kid, I always did some funny and stupid things. It is not as if I did them deliberately. I just found myself doing them ignorantly and innocently without knowing the implications of my actions.

When I was in pre-nursery, my class teacher saw me one day busy trying to put on my shoes.

 

 

She approached me and tried to help me with it. It was such a torrid time.
The boots were smaller than my size, so it was a real struggle. Those of you who are parents, teachers, or who have helped a kid wear undersized shoes can relate.

It took her about five minutes to help me wear them. When we were through, after making a few steps away from me, I called her and said;

Auntie, you made me wear banana. She turned and looked at my shoes and was a little bit embarrassed. She realized she had misplaced my shoes the banana style.

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Upon trying to take off the shoes again, it took her three minutes. After struggling so much, she eventually managed to remove them and tried putting them on again. This time the correct way.

However, it was more difficult than the first time.

When she finished, I said; Auntie, the shoes are not mine.

She got angry, but since she worked with kids, she had no choice but to be patient and control her anger.
She struggled to remove the shoes and then asked me where my shoes were, and I said: These shoes belong to my sister, my mum made me wear them in the morning today.

This time, she boiled in anger. But she was a good teacher who always did her job perfectly and wholeheartedly. So she patiently helped me to put on the shoes again.

When we were through, I pulled another shocker again.

What about the socks teacher? I asked.
She became confused. Politely she asked me, where are the sock?

I innocently replied. I shoved them in my shoes. They are in front of my toes.
Kudos to parents and teachers. Who can relate? Share your experience in the comment section.

Back to the main reason for this post. Do you still remember when call centers were everywhere? For those of you born in the year 2001, you may not understand what a call center is. Because after about seven to eight years after Obasanjo introduced GSM phones in Nigeria, everybody, or let me say almost everybody could afford a phone.

Before I continue with my story, let me explain what a call center is for those of you who did not know about it. A call center is a place where people use to go and make calls. Most especially people who could not afford a phone. Or people who had a phone, and did not have airtime at the time they needed to make a call.

I am from a family of four. My dad works in a food and beverage company, while my mum is a teacher. So we always got home long before my dad came back from work.

My dad was very selective when it comes to food. If you prepare what did not want to eat, he will reject it. So we always asked him what he will eat before we prepared the food. Also, he likes his food fresh.

I was about 7 or 8 years old then. My mum had asked me to go and call my dad to ask him what she will prepare for him for dinner.

She did not have airtime on her phone, so she gave me some money and asked me to go to the call center close to our house to call my dad and ask him what we would prepare for dinner. I was a smart kid, so I knew dad’s number off the heart.

Then one minute call was about N20 or so. When I got to the call center, I gave the lady my dad’s number. She dialed it and gave it to me. My daddy’s number was not reachable. The lady dialed it again, but it still was not reachable.
I came back to the house and told my mum that a woman answered the call. My mum started to cry. She said my father has started to cheat on her.

When my dad came back from work, my mum confronted him. And they started fighting. One of our neighbors heard the noise coming from our house and came to know what was happening. We call her mummy Chinelo. I did not like her because she liked to gossip a lot.

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Mummy Chinelo came and tried to find out what happened. My mum narrated what I told her. My dad said; My phone has been with me I did not give anybody my phone. So mummy Chinelo dragged me in the middle and asked me to narrate what the woman said to me.

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I told them that when I called my dad’s phone, a woman picked and said, the number you are calling is not reachable, try again later.

Please was it my fault that my parents fought because of what I said?
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The armed rubber who saved my life during an operation was an orphan I helped on Valentine’s day.

A lot of people have this perception that Valentine’s day is for lovers. So you see boys and girls showing erotic love and the belief it the best way to celebrate Valentine.

I am of the school of thought that showing love shouldn’t only be done on Valentine’s Day. However, on valentine’s day, instead of going out with friends to have fun, I like to visit motherless babies’ homes and orphanages and share what I have with them.

So this particular valentine’s day, I decided to assist an orphan boy who use to come to our hostel to sell plantain way back in school.

I schooled in Calabar. Former Polytechnic Calabar, now Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), And the boy’s name was Etim. He was from Calabar municipal. When I found out that he was an orphan, I started looking for ways to assist him in my little way as a student. I will buy plantain from him even when I didn’t want the plantain. Sometimes, I will buy it and still give it to him to cook and eat.

Other times, I will buy it and prepare it for him to eat. I had spoken to my dad about the boy, so whenever my dad sent some monies to me, he would send some for Etim.

So on this particular Valentine’s Day, I decided to surprise him. I bought some nice clothes for him and told him to wear them on valentine’s day to my hostel. I asked him not to come with his plantain and promised to give him some monies to make up for the sale of the plantain for that day.

When he came, I took him out and asked him to order whatever he wanted, he was surprised because nobody had ever treated him nicely before according to him.

He was a very shy person, so he just ordered fried rice and chicken with a bottle of chilled coke. After eating, I still bought some take out for him and then gave him some monies from my pocket money, and also gave him the money which my dad had sent to him.

His joy knew no bounds as nobody had ever shown him such an act of love before.

I finished my program and left Calabar. The day I was leaving, Etim cried like a little boy. He said that he doesn’t know how he was going to survive now that I was leaving Calabar. I promised him that I was going to try and keep in touch. Even though I didn’t know how to. Because at that time they were no phones, and Etim couldn’t read and write, so the idea of letter writing was not going to work.

I just have to figure out a way to assist him I had told myself. I traveled to Port Harcourt to do my industrial training. I secured a place with a construction company called Decastle limited. Although I studied mechanical engineering, that was the place I could secure for my industrial training plus the pay was good, so I decided to settle there.

After a while, I forgot about Etim. I finished my one-year industrial training and went back to complete my program. But this time I went to Uniport instead. When I graduated, I couldn’t find a job, so I started doing buying and selling.
I registered with one dairy food company located along Peter Odili road in Port Harcourt as a distributor. So I would buy the product and take it to Lagos to supply. It was a very nice product. Soon I had a lot of customers in Lagos.

Sometimes after supplying, some of my customers will pay me cash, while some will ask me to come back later for my money. Sometimes after collecting money from some of them, I will not be able to go to the bank to pay the money. So I will travel back to PH with the money.

So on this fateful day, as I was coming back from Lagos, along the Ore – Benin road, we were attacked by armed robbers. I almost peed in my panties. I just kept asking God for mercy. I was so afraid because of what I hear these armed robbers do to ladies.

I was afraid of so many things. Rape, my life, my money. Then they asked us to lie down. They were not masked. So we could see their faces. Then our eyes met. Guess who was their leader, Etim. Etim was the leader of the armed robbery group.

So when our eyes met. We both recognized each other. I already knew that mentioning his name would be a death sentence for me, so I pretended as if I didn’t know. I became even more afraid when I saw him because I thought that I would be the first to be killed.

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Then as the guys were rubbing the passengers, Etim came to where I was lying and stayed. He didn’t leave my side until after the operation. So they rubbed everyone on the bus except me. The other guys didn’t notice that he stood there because he didn’t want me to be robbed.

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As their leader, while he was there, he was issuing commands. So they thought that he had robbed me. Little did they know that he was protecting me. That was how Etim saved me from being robbed.

My little act of love saved me from being robbed. What is your experience? Valentine is today. What are you planning to do? Go out and have fun or put a smile on the face of someone.
Show a little kindness to someone today for you never know who will help you tomorrow.

 

 

How God helped me after my fiancé broke up with me three weeks to our wedding

I did not understand the saying; every disappointment is a blessing until my fiance broke up with me three weeks to our wedding.

I always hear people say; Every disappointment is a blessing.

I never understood that statement until it happened to me.

I had gone to the supermarket to buy a few things for my family when someone tapped me from behind. I turned immediately and saw him.

He was looking very old and unkempt. It has been eight years since I last saw him. Oh my God!!! Godwin! What are you doing here? How are you? The questions came at once. He just stood there looking at me without saying a word. How is your family? As I asked the questions, I was looking around to see if his wife will show up.

I think he noticed it and said to me she did not come with me.

I looked at him, pretending not to know what he was talking about What? I said she did not come with me. Is she not the one you are looking for?

I was quiet. Then he spoke again, this time with tears in his eyes. I lost her last year.

Oh my! I am so sorry for your loss. What happened? He ignored my question and then knelt and started asking me to forgive him.

I was so embarrassed because, at this time, people were now looking at us. What are you doing? You are embarrassing me. Please stop embarrassing me and stand up. He said that he would not stand up until I forgave him. I told him that I forgave him a long time ago that he should stand up.

So I gave him some monies, hurried to where my car was parked, and drove off.

I met Godwin at the NYSC orientation camp. After our youth service, he got a job in a food and beverage company.

His salary was good. So within the space of six months, he bought a car and rented a decent apartment. So he asked me to marry him, I agreed and then we started planning our wedding.

Three weeks to the wedding, he said that he was no longer interested. My parents tried to find out why, but he told them that he just realized that I was not good enough for him.

I laughed, knelt, and gave God thanks.

Two years after, my real husband came. We courted for just six months, and we got married. And life has been good. He is the best thing that has happened to me in my entire life. Sometimes I can not help but wonder what life would have been like without him. He treats me like a Queen. He treats me even better than the way Godwin treated me when we were together. Every day I thank God that I did not marry Godwin. Now I understand why God did not allow me to marry him. Maybe I would have been the dead one by now.

Now I understand why they say every disappointment is a blessing. Godwin disappointed me three weeks to our wedding. But God, who sees the heart of man, in his act of love showed me mercy. So when the person you are supposed to get married to disappoints you, instead of crying your heart out, give God thanks. He might just be trying to save you from some form of trouble in the future. It may not be marriage disappointment. It could be something else, job loss, betrayal from a family member, and so on.

Those of us who study the bible and have read the story of how Joseph’s brothers betrayed him can relate. Joseph’s brothers betrayed him by selling him off as a slave because they wanted to kill his dreams. Little did they know that the betrayal was going to land him in the king’s palace. And he would be made the prime minister of Egypt. The second in command after Pharaoh.

Now I truly understand that God allowed what happened because he loves and cares for me. Who knows what would have happened to me if I had married Godwin. When God allows some disappointment to come our way, it is not because he hates us. It is because he loves us. And maybe trying to save us from the trouble that may occur in the future.

Everything that happens to us, which the people of the world may see as bad happens for our good.

The bible says that all things work for good that loves God. To them that are called, according to his purpose. God never forsakes those who love him sincerely, for he says: I will not leave nor forsake you.

The bible says that David was that man after God’s heart, yet he allowed him to fight many battles. Abraham was God’s friend, but he did not give him a child for so many years. The job was an upright man, but God allowed the devil to torment the hell out of him. It was God who even reminded the devil about him.

God says in Hebrews 12:3 – 11

3. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

4. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

5. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.

6. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son whom he receives.

7. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

8. If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

9. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the father of spirits and live?

10. For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

11. For the moment, all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

So when you are going through tough times, heartbreaks, facing disappointments, and so on as a Christian, it is not because God hates you. It is because he loves you.

In the school where I teach, whenever my students failed my test, I always flog them. And I tell them that the reason why I flog them is not that I hate them. It is because I love them, and I want them to do better.

God says in his word if you love me, you will keep my commandment. So true love for God means to keep His Commandments. Do you have a love for God?

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Eleven proven ways to build a healthy and a beautiful marriage

Beautiful marriages do not fall from heaven. Most of the beautiful marriages that you see today is a product of hard work from both the man and the woman. For you to have a healthy marriage, you have to work on it.

Marriage is like a box what you get from it depends on what you put into it. Just like the saying: you cannot plant cocoyam and reap yam. What you sow is what you will reap. If you sow love, you will reap love, and if you sow problems, you will also reap it.

There is nothing like a perfect marriage. All marriages have their ups and downs, even those lovely couples that you see around fight sometimes. The way you handle your marriage problems matters a lot.

The other day, a lady posted her marital problems in a group I belong to on Facebook and asked for advice. When I see such posts, I like reading people’s comments. Of course, not everybody will give you a piece of good advice. Some people gave her a good piece of advice. But you see, the ball is in your court.

If you take your problems to the public or a third party, you will get a piece of advice quite alright, but how you put the advice into practice matters a lot.

If you have a cheating husband or wife, the way you handle the matter can build or break your home. If you want to enjoy your marriage, you have to practice these few things:

1. Learn to communicate: Communication is the key to marriage. The reason why many marriages are having problems today is a lack of communication. We learn every day. Nobody knows it all. If your spouse does something which you do not like, communicate. Do not just keep quiet and be hurting inside.

I know some people have this terrible character that even if you tell them how badly they have hurt you, they can never say sorry. It is still better to speak than to keep quiet. Some people might not say they are sorry, but next time they will not do it again.

Note: saying am sorry when someone is wrong is never a guarantee that the person will not repeat the same thing. That is where patience comes in.

2. Learn to be patient: This is an important virtue in marriage. Every marriage comes with its problems. For some people, it is a cheating spouse. For some childlessness. For some financial problem. For some bad relatives, and so on. The way to handle this kind of problem is patience. No marriage is a bed of roses. You have to get the roses yourself.

3. Learn to say I am sorry: The bible says; Pride goes before a fall. Some people find it very difficult to say I am sorry. And that is one of the major problems in most marriages. The men are usually guilty of this. Saying am sorry does not make you less a human being. It does not make you less a man. Rather, it makes you a better person.

4. Learn to forgive quickly: Forgiveness, they say is strength. When you forgive, it is called strength. The reason is that forgiveness is not an easy task. Forgiving someone who has hurt you deeply is not easy. But you see, it is one of the ways to have a healthy marriage.

5. Learn to keep an agreement: Not being able to keep to an agreement is one of the major problems most marriages face. For instance, You both agreed to have just two kids. Suddenly the other person wants more children, and then the problem starts. Anything that you know that you will not accept in the future, do not accept it now. Make sure that you sort it out with your spouse early enough, because the moment you both agree on it, trying to change it in the future can destroy your marriage

6. Learn to listen to your spouse: Most people neglect this part a lot, and I have seen it destroy marriages. Listening to your spouse is not just to hear what he or she is saying. It means paying apt attention to what is been said. And also to put it into practice. For instance, your husband tells you, whenever we are having a discussion, always have a pen and a jotter, you say okay. But then you never do it. It can be very annoying and frustrating when you do not listen to your spouse.

7. Learn to respect each other’s feelings: This is another important factor in marriage. Even God does not joke with this part. Respect attracts love. Learn to respect each other’s feelings and opinions. It is important. If your spouse does not want you to touch his or her phone, learn to respect that.

8. Avoid listening to gossips: Gossip has a way of destroying relationships. So if you want to build a healthy relationship, avoid listening to gossip. Be careful when people come to you to gossip about your spouse.
Most people who come to you to gossip about your spouse do not do it because they love you. Some of them might have a motive behind their actions. Even if what they say is true, it is best not to listen, especially if it has something to do with infidelity.

9. Learn to support each other: Supporting each other in times of difficulty is very important, as this helps to strengthen your Union. You can support each other in so many ways. It could be in the area of encouragement, financial, career, and so on. When you support your spouse, you give him or her a sense of belonging.

10. Learn to plan together: Two heads they say are better than one. Before you start any project, first plan it with your spouse. Planning together also helps strengthen your relationship. It gives the other person a sense of belonging. Planning is good because it will make you guys grow.

11. Learn to pray together: Finally, always learn to pray together. I am very sure you have heard the saying: A family that prays together stays together. This is very true. It is difficult for the enemies to come into a family that prays together. Even if they try, it will be difficult for them to succeed.

Seven things to do to protect your WordPress website from desperate hackers

If your website has not been hacked before, do not give hackers the chance to do so. And if it has been hacked, and you were able to recover it, do not give them another. It is never a good experience. These guys are heartless. Once they take over your website, they will immediately turn it into whatever they like. I have seen a school website turned into a porn site.

Two months ago my website was hacked. After it was recovered by my hosting company. I researched how to prevent hackers from taking over my website. ( You may also like to read what to do to prevent hackers from taking over your website). If your website has been hacked and you do not know what to do, please contact your hosting company to help you to recover it. They usually have backups for every site they are hosting. When you recover your website, please endeavor to protect it by using the following measures:

1. Use a strong password: It is recommended that you use a strong password with eight characters or more with a mixture of special characters and numbers. Also, avoid using your name, birthdays, state of origin, etc. These passwords are easy to guess.

2. Use security software or plugins: Security software or plugins are very vital in protecting websites. Always use plugins or software from trusted sources. Examples of good security plugins are; Wordfence security, Bulletproof security, Login lockdown, Two-factor authentication, etc.

These plugins were recommended to me by my hosting company. And I must say that they are doing a great job on my site. Since I started using them, I have not heard any course to fear again. Wordfence me an email anytime someone tries to log in to my site. And I have lost count of the number of the users that they have locked out of my site.

They have free and paid versions. However, every business needs money to sustain itself. So if you want to get the best protection, it is advised to go for the paid version.

3. Backup your site regularly: Regular backup of your website is important. Always ensure that you backup your site before you apply any changes to your site.

4. Update your plugins and themes regularly: Updating your WordPress themes and plugins often is very important, as a bug in one of these can affect your site. Ensure that you use plugins and themes from trusted sources. Many of the free themes that we use these days include base64 encoding that is used to hide malicious code. It is how hackers gain access to your site. We advise that you install themes and plugins from wordpress.org.

5. Install anti-spam plugins: Spam can cause significant harm by infecting user’s computers with malicious software capable of damaging systems and stealing personal information. It also can consume network resources.

6. Protect your hosting account password: In as much as your hosting company can help you recover your site when hackers gain access to it. You also have to play your part by protecting your hosting account password. Because if hackers gain access to your hosting account password, recovering your site becomes hard.

Note, If you have not activated two-factor authentication on your hosting account, it is recommended to do so as soon as possible. Two-factor authentication helps put extra security on your hosting account and also helps to protect your site.

7. Finally, keep your password in a safe place: Do not keep your password in a place where people can gain access to them, like your phone, laptop, etc. If you must save your password in your email, then make sure to protect your email password very well. What is your experience with hackers?

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How to apply for a Canadian visa in 2021

In my last article titled five most prominent ways to travel Canada in 2021, I explained the various ways through which you can travel to Canada. Now that you know the way. In this article, I will tell you how you can apply for a Canadian visa.

They are numerous ways through which you can apply for a Canadian visa. The ways are through business, tourism, etc.

Do you know that you can apply for a Canadian visa yourself without an agent? The best way to go about this is to apply online, and the reason is that it is faster, and it saves you some cost.

All you need is a credit card, which you will use to pay the application fee, a scanner to scan your documents, an International passport, etc.

Below are the requirements

1. Document checklist form, also known as the IMM 5484: This form is important because it is a checklist that you will require to tick every document, and you also need to upload it when you are submitting your application.

2. IMM 5873 form: This form is the visa office instruction form.

3. Family information form: This is also known as the IMM 5702 form. It is where you include all your family information. The reason why you need the IMM 5702 form is that when you travel to Canada on a visit, and you have to invite your parents the information you provided can be used as a reference. So you have to fill it correctly without any form of mistakes.

4. IMM 5409 form: This form is for married people.

5. IMM 5476 form: This is the representation form. But if you are not using a representative, you can do that yourself.

Note: when filling the form, ensure that you fill it out correctly to avoid being ban for five years. When you are through filling the forms online, click on the validate button. When you click on validate, it will generate a bar code for you. The bar code is very significant because if you do not validate your form, it means that it is not accurate. Also, when you make any changes to your forms, always validate them.

Once that is done, you will have to print and sign on your form. The amount you need to pay for your visa is 100 Canadian dollars. In addition to that, you will have to do your biometrics. All you have to do is to visit the Canadian office for your biometrics. It will cost you about 85 Canadian dollars.

Below are additional things you will need to make your visa stand a better chance.

1. International passport: This is very important because this is where your visa will be stamped.

2. Two passport photographs with a white background.

3. Sufficient proof of fund: You need a minimum of 3 – 6 months of bank statements. The Canadian government wants to be sure that when you come into Canada, you will not become a burden to the Canadian government.

4. Sufficient Ties: You need to have sufficient ties that will take you back to your country, like a good job, children, landed, properties, business, assets, etc. It is one of the main reasons people do not get a visa to travel to Canada. You must have something that will take you back to your country else you will not get a visa.

You can also add your travel history to help you stand a better chance. For instance, if you have traveled to places like Dubai, the USA, etc. You can scan the pages on your passport and attach them. If you are a minor, you will need a sponsor or guardian to attest to you.

For the people in Nigeria, if you do not want to apply online you can go to the VSF office. All you have to do is print out all your documents after you have validated them, scan and photocopy the documents. Then put them inside an envelope, and submit them to the VSF office close to you. You will also have to pay the application and a processing fee.

Everything will be sent to the Canadian office. You may have to wait for an average of two months to get feedback on your application. When you go to Canada with a visitor’s visa, the maximum period you can stay is six months. After six months, you have overstayed, and this is not good for your reputation.

If you come in with a super visa to see your children or grandchildren, you can stay more than six months. You can even stay up to 2 years.

Former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the visa quota should be removed. So that people can visit any country freely.

What are your thoughts about what the former president of Iran said about lifting the quota to allow people to travel freely? Drop your opinion in the comments section below.
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See the reason why the ban on temporary foreign workers in Alberta, Canada, will not work.

About three months ago, Alberta banned temporary foreign workers. They did this to make jobs available to unemployed Albertans.

These changes impact occupations in sectors such as; accommodation and food services, retail trade, transportation, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services.

Albertans have been funny. About 475 professions are currently banned. So people cannot get LMIA and work permits under those occupations. But three occupations were exempted. These occupations can go ahead and apply for a work permit if they get the job offer and work in Alberta. These occupations are the agricultural sector, the IT sector, and the home child care-giver sector.

But in the other sectors, they said that they want to start training people in Alberta to work so that they can pick up these jobs. So they are considering the jobs for Albertans who are out of jobs. This is funny because Alberta is a unique province. It is the biggest oil and gas province in Canada. That is why you have a lot of people move into Alberta.

The downturn in the oil and gas sector has affected jobs. Alberta used to be the highest-earning province. And this has affected their lifestyle.

Just imagine someone without a university degree working in an oil and gas sector and earning between 100,000 and 150,000 dollars annually, whereas people in other provinces do not earn as much as that. So in Alberta, you see people buying big cars and houses. Then when the oil and gas price goes down, they lose their jobs. And are not able to sustain that lifestyle anymore.

And guess what, they will not go and pick up the job in Mc Donalds, neither will they pick up a farming job that is paying 19 dollars per hour, especially if they were earning 50 dollars per hour.

They will prefer to sit at home and depend on the employment insurance until they find something better or something commensurate.

And when you have too many people depending on the employment insurance, it affects the economy. The government needs people to work to contribute taxes to the system. So, I do not think that the ban on temporary foreign workers will work because those high- income earners will not stoop so low to pick up the low-income jobs.
That is why some people are advocating. They said that the ban should not work because they need the temporary foreign workers to pick up the low-income jobs that most Canadians are refusing to take. So you see the Philippines, Indians, etc. When they pick up those jobs, they do not complain. Yet you still see some Canadians saying that temporary foreign workers should be banned.

If you are planning to go to Alberta, you might be in serious competition. So just carefully strategize and think of the province you have to land in before you choose Alberta.

In addition to that, they have also been several cut from the health sector. Most of the doctors are running away from the province. They want to go and practice elsewhere. People are complaining because Alberta is no longer as exciting as it used to be.

If you have been to Alberta before, you can share your experience in the comments section below.
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See three reasons why Nigerians no longer get visa lottery to travel to the USA

The US government says that the reason why Nigeria was excluded from the green card lottery is that over 50,000 Nigerians have been issued green cards over the last five years, that is one of the reasons, however, it is not the main reason.

Sometime in 2017, a Nigerian man identified as Nick aka Eze hid about 2.2 kilograms of cocaine inside the bag of his Russian girlfriend, Maria Dapirika.

The lady was caught in Vietnam, tried, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Sources said that Maria was unaware that her Nigerian lover hid cocaine in her luggage.

According to a source, she would have been executed. Thanks to her lawyer, who pleaded on her behalf.

According to naijapledge, Up to date, nobody knows the whereabouts of Eze, who hid the cocaine in Maria’s luggage. Poor Maria thought she was in a relationship, unaware that Eze had evil plans for her.

Eze’s greed for quick money ruined the life of Maria. She is currently in prison and will remain there until the day she dies, or the Vietnam government pardon her.

Nigerians are too greedy for money. They are ready to do anything to make money. Every Nigerian youth wants to be rich. A 20 – year – Nigerian boy wants to live in a duplex and drive choice cars. They do not care how the money comes. They do not care about the consequences.

Two years ago, I watched a video online about a 25 – year – old yahoo boy who was barking like a dog. People said that he was a student of one of the Nigerian universities. This boy lived in a duplex in Magodo, in Lagos, and had about five cars. But he did not live long to enjoy his wealth as nemesis caught up with him in a short period.

Here are the reasons why Nigerians are not permitted to apply for a visa lottery.

1. Nigerians are dubious people: One of my friend’s husband, who lives in Italy, said that Nigerians over there do not trust themselves. He said that these days you cannot see a Nigerian man who lives abroad and is willing to help a fellow Nigerian man. And the reason is that they cannot be trusted. The person you help is the same person who will kill you.

A few years ago, I saw on the news how a priest and some church members were killed in Umuleri in Anambra State. Some unknown gunmen had stormed the church during mass and opened fire and killed some of the church members. What was the reason for the shooting? Some Igbo guys who were into drug trafficking abroad had some issues. One of them absconded with the money which they realized from their business dealings. So, the other man became angry. He came down to Nigeria to look for the one who had absconded with the money. When he could not find him, he went after the young man’s father. And because it was on a Sunday morning, the innocent man had gone to church. So he stormed the church and opened fire, killed innocent people who knew nothing about what had happened.

About three years ago, I watched the news on NTA. A young man from Kenya who was being interviewed complained bitterly about Nigerians. He said Nigerians have destroyed their country.

2. They travel abroad to sell hard drugs: The long throat to make quick money has made them impatient. 90% of Nigerians who travel abroad want to make fast money. They are not ready to make money the right way because that one takes time.

Even here in Nigeria, they are everywhere bearing different names from scammers to 419, also known as 19 guys, to yahoo guys, to yahoo plus. You see them doing all kinds of things to make money.

3. They are seen as fraudsters:

Daniel Jordan Smith wrote;

When I arrived in Nigeria in 1989 as an employee of an international development organization. I was well aware of the country’s reputation for corruption. 

I had heard stories of immigration and customs officers who shakedown arriving passengers at the airport, police who harass motorists looking for money, taxi drivers who gang up with criminals to rob customers, and government officials who do nothing without a bribe. 

Perhaps the most potent international symbol of Nigerian corruption is the notorious fraudulent e-mail scam. Before the creation of more sophisticated spam-blocking software, many people using e-mail in the English-speaking world received a regular deluge of messages from Nigerians purporting to be in a position to transfer millions of dollars into the bank accounts of willing foreign collaborators. The writers claim to be high government officials, senior military officers, oil industry executives, bank managers, politicians, and even widows of dead dictators. The scam letters are classic confidence tricks, wherein the writers attempt to lure the recipients into advancing money.

The US embassy and consulate in Nigeria said that they receive inquiries every day from people who have been defrauded for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars by contacts they thought were their friends or loved ones. They said the most common scams involve someone allegedly in Nigeria who is in some sort of trouble, ranging from detention to extortion or hospitalization. Inevitably, the sender is appealing for money. And advised people to stop sending money to people in Nigeria who they have not met before.

They also advised Americans to be very cautious about sending money or traveling abroad to adopt a child, from an orphanage they have only heard about through e-mails.

What do you think about what Eze did to Maria?

What other reasons do you think is why Nigerians no longer get visa lotteries to travel to the USA?

What do you think about what Daniel Jordan Smith and the US embassy and consulate in Nigeria wrote about Nigeria?

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