My name is Reginald Efiom Bassey. I am from the South Eastern part of Nigeria, from a place called Cross River State, where God livesâ€¦ha ha ha! (okâ€¦just a joke, but true anywaysâ€¦lol). I am Efik by ethnic identity and speak the Efik language (google it and stop wondering!). Back home in Calabar, I am called Etete, which means â€˜Grand Fatherâ€™ (literally â€“ Fathersâ€™ Father). However my uncle warned me to stop answering to that name before the negative spiritual forces of Calabar attach themselves to meâ€¦lol. But up in Lagos, some of my friends call me â€˜Papa Regâ€™; wherever they got that from â€“ maybe because I have little rotund mid-section caused by always sleeping after a hot bowl of noodles and not youthful indulgence as some claim. However, I am usually called Reggie.
I live in New Jersey with my Angel (without wingsâ€¦lol). I agreed to follow her there so that she will agree to follow me wherever later. Donâ€™t tell her I said that please!â€¦ Else it may sound like blackmail. But sheâ€™s the better side of me and yes I have someone to brag about
I have a background in International Relations, and currently trying to get a Masters in Public Affairs, Policy Analysis, and Administration somewhere in the city of New York. I still have a PhD to contend with, at least for prestige sake. Itâ€™s nice to be called a Doctor you know. I am tired of school already and all the deadlines you always have to meet, and I really do think school sucks; or maybe just the way it is carried out. I also think that I have been more educated out of school than in school. In all, getting the required mental tools to equip me for my journey ahead is paramount.
I am a product of two great towns in Nigeria: Calabar and Lagos. So, one encounter with me will provide you with the two extreme characterization of the Nigerian life. On one extreme, I am calm and assertive and like good things, while enjoying every bit of the opportunities life presents me. On the other end, I am a hustler and can be annoyingly over confident. I can thrive in chaos and function creatively under the most adverse circumstances. Have your take on which each city represents.
Something wakes me up every morning and gives me a reason for continuous living not existing. I have an undying passion to add value to people where ever I meet them. I am totally awed at the variety in human existence and love to explore new identities and lines of thought. Passing on the virus of my passion to help people is what I live for everyday. In this light, I am on a mission to contribute one building block to remodel my country, continent, and the world. Perhaps, if I am faithful to this one thing, I may then contribute several blocks.
Finally, I am a seriously excited person. The reason is I am in live contact with my maker and Iâ€™m very crazy about Him. For this also I am too sure of where I am heading because I hear Him and He instructs me. He corrects, chastises, and encourages me all the way. I wonder when people claim He doesnâ€™t exist. All they need is an experience with Him. So He defines my life and gives meaning to my journey on the earth.
So I invite you to come into my little domain and read some of the stuff I write about. If you like what you read, leave a comment to expand the discourse. If you donâ€™t display your displeasure as well, or best, slap me when next you see me. In all, work with me and letâ€™s make this world a better place.