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This is the podcast where African Proverbs and Biblical Wisdom converge. Each episode focuses on a Yorùbá proverb which is then reflected upon in the light of scriptures. The podcast aims both to showcase a rich collection of African proverbs and offer such indigenous wisdom to young adults of African descent and, indeed, anyone!
 
Not Alone Today Podcast is a podcast for young adults and teenagers — a platform where their everyday questions are responded to biblically and practically. The hosts, Joseph and Anu Ola are the hosts of Alive Mentorship Group — an online mentoring platform where young adults learn practical life lessons across geographical barriers as Joseph and Anu share unreservedly from their life experiences.
 
Joseph is an author, a youth mentor, self-publisher, podcaster and an LFC fan. Since entering the ministry in 2012, he has served churches & ministries in Nigeria, US & the UK. He holds a Masters Degree in Biblical and Pastoral Theology from Liverpool Hope University, UK; a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Life Church College, Bradford, and a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He founded Alive Mentorship Group in 2015—an online mentoring communit ...
 
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PROVERB CONSIDERED: “À-fi-ọ̀rọ̀-wé-ọ̀rọ̀ ò jẹ́ kí ọ̀rọ̀ tán bọ̀rọ̀.” INTERPRETATION: "Allowing-a-current-matter-to-remind-one-of-similar-matters-in-the-past prevents a quarrel from ending easily." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: Have you ever met someone who ALWAYS recalls your past mistakes in light of your present ones? How does that make you fee…
 
In today's episode, we respond to Betty's question sent in from East Africa. Her main question goes thus: "Pastor, I need your help. I've been married to a man I believe is God's will for my life for a couple of years. However, I have observed in recent times that my husband lies to me and hardly apologises! There are so many decisions we make as a…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Omi ló dànù, agbè ò fọ́” INTERPRETATION: "It is the water that is spilled; the water container is not broken." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: This proverb is usually used in consoling someone who has experienced a loss. It's a way of shifting their perspective from the loss in itself to the fact that there is still 'something …
 
In today's episode, we respond to Helen's questions. Her main question goes thus: "What can you say about a single lady who is waiting and working because she is not sure that it is time for her to get into a marital relationship yet? She is willing to walk according to divine timing; she is working on discovering herself, acquiring useful skills, …
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Erín ńtú eruku; ẹfọ̀n ńtú eruku; títú eruku àjànàkú bo tẹfọ̀n mọ́lẹ̀.” INTERPRETATION: "The elephant raises a cloud of dust; the buffalo raises a cloud of dust; the elephant’s ability to raise dust far surpasses the buffalo’s." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: This proverb speaks of the fact that some things (or people) are sim…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Àtètèdáyé ò kan tọrọ̀; Ọlọ́run ní ńṣe orí owó.” INTERPRETATION: "Primogeniture (the state of being the firstborn child) has nothing to do with wealth; it is God Who assigns wealth to (people's) destinies." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb counsels against seeking riches by all means rather than fundamentally acknowle…
 
"What are your thoughts on how young moms can manage money in their marital context?" That's the summary of today's question. It is the concluding part of Tunde's question which we began responding to in our previous episode (S3E04) on balancing the roles of a wife, young mom and career person with one's spirituality. Here's Tunde's question once a…
 
"How can a young mom balance spirituality, childcare, marriage and her career?" That's this week's question in a nutshell. Today's question comes in from Tunde who sends a voice note to ask a question based on his recent interactions with 3 of his friends (all ladies) who share some things in common. In summary, here's his question: "3 ladies who j…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Ohun tó ṣe àgùntàn tó fi kó òtútù; bó ṣe ewúrẹ́, á ṣe aláìsí.” INTERPRETATION: "The condition that gave a sheep a cold, if it befell a goat, would result in its death." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb warns us against being so foolhardy that we dare what others do without having what others have. It reinforces the m…
 
THE QUESTION: Today's question comes in from a listener who asks, "Do you ever worry about whether someone—or many people in fact—might have written about what you have in mind to write about?" Joseph and Anu reflected on this from their writing and publishing experience. Click on any of the links to listen . . . and please, remember to share. ✥ Jo…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Bí a bá fi inú wénú, iwọ là ńjẹ.” INTERPRETATION: "If we compare notes with others, we wind up eating bile." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: If you've ever had to kill a chicken before, you will probably be familiar with the fact that you have to carefully remove the gall bladder and dispose of it. Why? The liquid inside that g…
 
THE QUESTION: Today's question comes in from Tejire, a young lady who has been in a godly courtship with the man she's truly and fully persuaded to be God's will for her life. However, as the wedding day draws nearer, it's been one challenge from her family or the other. She's feeling depressed from the various issues that are popping up (mostly pe…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Ọtí gbélé ahun ó kan.” INTERPRETATION: "Wine stays in the home of the miser until it goes sour." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb admonishes us to share rather than hoard. To hoard is to deny oneself of the superlative indescribable joy of being the reason behind someone else's happiness. Jesus modelled this kind of …
 
THE QUESTION: Today's question comes in from Ire, a young lady who feels a bit fearful being faced with a dilemma regarding her choice of a life partner. She asks, "How do I hear from God (regarding who to marry) when my heart is full of fear?" The backstory is elaborated upon in the episode. BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED 2 Timothy 1:7 TPT - "For God wil…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: “Ọdọọdún nìrèké ńso.” INTERPRETATION: "The sugarcane flourishes annually." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb is typically used as a new year prayer for a perennial good fortune. The idea is that as surely as the sugarcane will yet again flourish in the new year, we can expect good fortune yet again! The truth is that G…
 
"How can you help a younger believer who is addicted to masturbation when previous intervention doesn't seem to be effective?" That is the summary to the interesting question we responded to in this episode. It comes in from Bimpe who asks, "Sir, please I need your counsel on a matter. There's this girl myself and [my fiancé] are discipling who is …
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Ìpọ́njú àgbẹ̀ ò ju ọdún kan." INTERPRETATION: "A farmer’s suffering will not last longer than a year." MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: The proverb is based on the concept of sowing (planting) and harvesting. The understanding is that if a farmer plants and begins to suffer for lack of resources or even lack of food to eat, such…
 
"What if someone is addicted to sharing godly and edifying posts on social media?" That is the summary of the interesting question we responded to in this episode. It comes in from Bisi who asks, "Sir, I have a question for your wife. I remember in one of the previous podcast episodes that I listened to, she spoke about how that when she has gotten…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Àparò ò ga ju ara-a wọn lọ, àfi èyí tó gun ebè." INTERPRETATION: "No partridge is taller than another except for those standing on earth mounds." (Earth mounds are little heaps of soil usually made with a hoe; in the farm, crops like yam and cassava are planted into the heaps.) MEANING & BIBLICAL APPLICATION: Usually, this prov…
 
In today's episode, Anu and Joseph both reflect on some highlights from their time in the Word in the past week. Anu zoomed in on different aspects and prayers from the life of David as recorded in 1 Chronicles while Joseph reflects on a conversation between Jesus, Peter and John in Luke 22. BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED 1 Chronicles 21:8; 22:9; 29:10f L…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Bí ayé bá ńyẹni, ìwà ìbàjẹ́ là ńhù." INTERPRETATION: "If life is being good to one, one is likely to act disgracefully." MEANING: Prosperity (especially material-wise) comes with a temptation to misbehave. REFLECTION: The idea this proverb posits is found all over the Bible. God repeatedly warned the Israelites of the tendency …
 
"If the lady I'm convinced God wants me to marry has a bad attitude and character, should I still go ahead?" That is the summary to the interesting question we considered in this episode. It comes in from Zachaeus who asks, "Please sir, there's this question I'd love to ask as well as seek clarity from you with regards to marriage/relationship. If …
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Ojú onílá nilá ṣe ńkó." INTERPRETATION: "It is in the presence of the okro planter that the fruits become fibrous (and inedible)." MEANING: The negligent person will watch as his or her affairs go to ruin. REFLECTION: When okro fruits are harvested as at when due, they are very edible and bring gain to the farmer, the seller, t…
 
Is it okay to sleep on a hotel bed on our wedding night? That is the summary of the interesting question we considered in this episode. It comes in from Kwame who asks, "Hi. I have this question on my mind and I would want to know your thoughts about it and whether it is scripturally right or wrong. Myself and my wife-to-be have had a lot of discus…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: ""Níbo ló gbé wà?" nìyájú ẹkùn." INTERPRETATION: ""Where is it?" is a great insult to the leopard." MEANING: One should be smart enough to hide one’s ignorance about things one ought to know because there are some truths that are so self-evident that to query otherwise is to reveal one's foolishness. REFLECTION: The idea being p…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Bí ọmọdé bá ńṣe ọmọdé, àgbà a máa ṣe àgbà." INTERPRETATION: "When a child is being a child, an elder must remain an elder." MEANING: One should not permit other people’s immature behaviour to deflect one from the proper course of acting maturely. REFLECTION: The idea being put forward is that people do act according to varying …
 
Have you ever felt disappointed by God? The question we responded to in this episode comes in from Henry who asks, "At those times when you felt disappointed by God, what were the things you did to keep you going and to still trust in God?" We discussed this by sharing some personal case studies of times we have felt such an emotion and the practic…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Ògbójú ò tẹ ara ẹ̀ nÍfá; ọ̀mọ̀ràn ò fara ẹ̀ joyè; ọ̀bẹ tó mú ò gbẹ́ ẹ̀kù ara ẹ̀" INTERPRETATION: "The fearless person does not consult the Ifá oracle on his own behalf; the super-clever person does not enthrone himself; the sharpest knife does not carve its own handgrip." MEANING: No matter how powerful and accomplished one mig…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of Not Alone Today Podcast. We want to thank those who have tracked with us and always sending in their feedback, questions and suggestions. We are very grateful. We kick off this new season with a question from Angela who asks, "Is it wrong to have a tattoo or get a second piercing as a lady?" We discussed this and shared some …
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Orúkọ ńroni; àpèjà ńroni." INTERPRETATION: "One’s name affects one’s character; one’s war name determines how one behaves." MEANING: To put it succinctly, people are influenced by their names. BIBLICAL REFLECTION: This belief that people are influenced by their names is common in Biblical records, especially among the Jews. We …
 
The question we considered in this episode comes from Tina. She asks, "A while ago, my mum suddenly began to object to the church I attend and she never had issues with this in the past. I kept praying that she would change her mind while I kept attending church. She would give in for a while but begin to complain again later. Her point was that my…
 
Bola asks, "Sir and ma, I will like a clarification on when rapture will happen. I have always believed that believers will not witness the period of the Antichrist but I was recently in a discussion that brought in the idea that they will. What are your thoughts about this?" This episode is our response to her question. We discussed the different …
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Ojú àlejò la ti ńjẹ gbèsè; ẹ̀hìn-in ẹ̀ là ńsan án" INTERPRETATION: "It is in a visitor’s presence that one gets into debt; it is in her absence that one repays the debt." MEANING: One does not estimate how much hospitality is costing until one’s visitor has departed. BIBLICAL REFLECTION: Among other things, this pr…
 
Why would a lady marry a guy who is, to say the least, clueless about his future? That's the summary of the question we consider this week. It comes in from Pemi and was directed to Joseph. Pemi asks: "I read your book 'Bumpy but Sweet' again today. I noticed that you didn't particularly know so much about God's plans for you before you asked your …
 
ỌMỌLÚÀBÍ PODCAST | EPISODE 017 PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Eegun àjànàkú: ó ma há ìkokò l'ẹ́nu." INTERPRETATION: "An elephant’s bone: it will be too much for the wolf to swallow." MEANING: This proverb is often said to warn someone who is overreaching [or has overreached] himself or herself. The simple truth is that WE ALL HAVE OUR LIMITS and we must resp…
 
Today's question covers various themes: manipulative relationships, breakups, waiting for the 'right person', pressure to get married, etc. It comes in from Phoebe who asks: "Hello sir/ma. I have been in a 5-year relationship for which I later called it quit because it was subtly manipulative on me. I have gotten over him long before I broke up wit…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Bí Ṣàǹgó bá ńpa àràbà, tó ńpa ìrókò, bíi tigi ńlá kọ́." INTERPRETATION: "Even though Ṣango kills the silk-cotton tree and kills the ìrókò tree, no such fate can befall the huge tree." MEANING: This proverb is often said as a boast which is supposedly based on the assurance that the person being referred to is mightier than any…
 
Can we actually trust any version of the Bible since we no longer have any of the original manuscripts? That's the summary of the question we consider this week. It comes in from Abigail and was directed to Joseph. Abigail asks: "So, tonight I was slightly disturbed about something, and then my heart raced back to a post I saw earlier and I just ha…
 
PROVERB CONSIDERED: "Kò sí kò sí; bẹ́ẹ̀ni ọmọ wọn ńyó." INTERPRETATION: "‘‘We have nothing, we have nothing!’’ Yet their children always have full stomachs." MEANING: This proverb is often said of those who are too stingy and too tightfisted to help others. They have enough, but when others come to them for help, they claim not to have. In spite of…
 
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