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Somewhere in PortHarcourt

Landscape Painting artwork – ‘Somewhere in Port Harcourt

Oil on Canvas ”30 x 40”(2008) *SOLD

Growing up then in Lagos, Nigeria, I had always been fascinated by the amazing and abundant natural resources/nature whenever I was opportune to travel outside the city of Lagos. This painting was one of my first capturing of the beauty, splendor and colors of nature on canvas. It was a very interesting scenery that I could not just forget too.

I started out this piece first from sketches I had made while on a visit to this jetty (near ‘Man O War’ camp site) with a local girl there from Rivers state. Somehow she seemed to know I would love the place and scenery because I was a young adventurous artist from Lagos. It was breathtaking, beautiful and memorable that I could not resist but sketch.

The time, journey, vacation and out of state project with other artists then quite paid off with this same artwork being my first entry in an exhibition and was purchased by the chairman of the art event then. After that I had continued in painting various beautiful land/seascape works till date.

Art is not what you SEE, but what you MAKE (or produce) for OTHERS to SEE.

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9. Girl Child Dilemma  Pastel on Paper 

©’Girl Child Dilemma’ – by Okpeyowa Moses Marquis                                                                 Pastel on Paper 55 x 70cm (2013)

"To be an artist, one must . . . never shirk from the truth as he understands it, never withdraw from life" Diego Rivera

Every child deserves the right to live, for proper education, safety and support from the family, society and even from our Government before and even after this recent election. Children (and every girl child )are the leaders of tomorrow. The girl child is the mother of us ALL and they deserve equal rights,protection,love and education too.

I am still much directing my thoughts and concerns with this pastel art piece again over the plight of the long abducted Chibok school girls. It’s very glaring that these girls are still unaccountable for even as at the time of this Nigeria 2015 election. What else could be of more importance than the freedom and safety of these young innocent souls of over 200 girls? This is yet another reminder that we as a nation should not relent our efforts, concerns and search for these missing girls. Every life matters and I still feel the dilemma of these children and their families. What good is a nation if it can’t protect its young ones, future mothers and leaders?

As we take our time to seek for another era of leadership in these elections, let us not forget these girls through our concerns, care and prayers too. No one wishes or prays to be victim of any insurgency and we just can’t sit by and pretend continuously that these thoughts and girls are unimportant anymore. Let us keep praying, asking and keep searching out them and for a better way in preserving the future of our girls and children.

February caught me quite unaware this year, and i have always looked forward to the the first day of that wonderful month, ever since my first experience of the so called Valentine celebration. Its a story i think you don’t want to know or read about, trust me. Time keeps flying and i remembered vividly then what love use to be like, and what it is like for me now. So if you are interested in knowing that part of the story, be my guest and sit tight. I might soon publish it for anyone of you who might be interested in knowing if you say so or comment on what i am about to share here.So stay with me and Happy new month again.

Welcome to the month of love, as most would say. But come to think of it, what would the other months stand for if we decided that February is made for love? What do you show your friends, loved ones, family members, colleagues, team mates, customers, neighbours, strangers and even an ordinary janitor or a city worker in other months of the year? Do you just resolve to show love once in a whole 365 days? Love is God and He is ever consistent in showing us love, 365 days times eternity. That is the kind of love we should show, allow or even share with people around us. But the trick here is that love without God is like love without direction. How can i love if i don’t love the source of love?Then that would make it more so difficult to love in February or any other days of other months.

What am i saying? Am asking by  means of this piece, that should we limit our love drives objectively to just one month a year? Is love not something to be expressed everyday of the year, and 365 days to those we love or know and to whom deserve our love or not? That is my basic point here. Love is limitless and i feel personally that Valentine is not the only day  to show or express love. It should be an everyday event, an every day practice and it is supposed to be shown to all generally irrespective of colour, race, social status, age or background. You should always open up your heart to love others as much as you love yourself. Jesus said ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’.



What does love mean today? We have totally deviated from what God originally intended for us and that’s why there is so much hurts and regrets associated with love, as most people see it or can relate it. Love should be pure, patient, holy, encouraging, believing, trusting, sacrificing and humble too. My girlfriend (fiancée) and I have the most perfect definition of what love should be, in book of  1 Corinthians 13. So you might also want to check that out and base the foundation of your love drive on that note.

Finally, Hey my brothers and sister, do you still believe in love? what we need is true, unbiased and healthy love to make the world go on. Love is the fuel that keeps the world working and when it is been limited to just one day, like Valentine day alone, it makes it very cliché like. Am I correct? As long as there is a man in the world who is hungry, sick, lonely or living in fear, he is my responsibility, he is to be shown love to too, and not to just reserve my love to some people alone for valentine’s day. God bless you and keep being that real love and change for our world. Red heart



Oh, so it’s September again, and I am much more surprised, like many other people who I have heard expressing themselves about it, asking; ‘Life is moving so fast that so soon we are in September already?’ I say yes, and so the question now is, do you have a life, from January 2014 till date? I mean, how have you lived your life till today? Would you still wish we start all over from January again, instead of September? Are you still struggling to meet up to your resolutions, that you are unaware we are now in September? Hey, September is here, a special month, and I know am born this month, but let’s read on                                                                .heart2

So what is life to you? Is it just every day of the week, each month that passes on or the food, accessories, clothes, things, gadgets and money that we make daily? When I ask, do you have a life; I am looking beyond these things. Have I been a better person since the beginning of this year? Have I been able to put a smile on a face or faces since January? If I should die this first day of September, what would I be remembered for the most? Do I have a life that is worth sharing and talking about all the way till date? My list could go on and on, but please let’s read on.

Life is like a road, some roads are big, and some are small and sometimes we are meant to walk in it alone or in company of others (Family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, fellow passengers or even the strangers or beggars on the streets) by the way we choose to live it. No matter where I am or what state I am in, I always make it a duty to recognize that every soul(person) is just like me, needing God’s grace, His love, forgiveness, blessings, protection and abundant life, we could have in every breath we still have. Are you a people person or you just live for yourself alone? Have you chosen to walk with someone who needs a hand or you been selfish and self centred since the beginning of the year? A little love and care in your life is worth it in this wonderful month.

We have to decide which road our life would take. Do we live life for just living sake or should we live for the purpose of love, rightfulness, discipline, respect and values driven principles that will make the world a much better place? Well, sometimes it’s not that easy and we may get the very opposite responses or rewards back from humanity, and we might not achieve what we had thought, but at least we tried. So let us live a life that depicts the good we want to see in the world for this generation, the next and for the remaining months of this year. There is still much to be done from this September, I say.

We have to look closely into how we live, do we analyse the options we have, and do we sometimes consider the many resultant choices of how live in the world? And always remember life will give us more chances to make right decisions and how can we make them? Life depends upon contact with life. It cannot spring up out itself. It cannot develop out of anything that is not life. There is no spontaneous way of living a worthy life. Christ is the source of life and we can have a better life when we live our life in Him. Do you have life? He that hath the Son hath Life, and he that hath not the Son, whatever else he may have, hath not life. No matter how you live or from the few suggestions here, September will come and go, but the footprints of your life is what matters most to humanity and to God.

So how do you live your life? Is it to God’s glory or yours? In what way will your life contribute to the betterment of the community you live in or to the world at large? I believe it’s all a matter of our perspective, as to what we want this September and the rest of the months of this year to be. Would we make it count and live a life that is worth every steps and journey from January till date? I think I will, and it’s a special month too, for me like many of you out there. Happy New Month.


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Hey, its the last day of 2013,and yes oh it is.I woke up this morning feeling somehow like a super star and there was this feeling like i had won the lottery. Don’t ask me like how much it is, but it does feel good to be #alive this very last day of #December 31, 2013 and you can also rephrase it as being over #joyful and #excited. Aren’t you glad that you made it to this day? Is life not much worth it compared to all the incidents, dramas and events you, your family, friends and even loved ones had faced so far? oh, you can call me up and tell me your answers to that questions. I bet  i would be as  excited and glad as You too. wlEmoticon-smile.png

Moving on, its a special day and there is a thousand and one things on my mind such that i want to share here with the world now though this little write up. I then ask myself, am I done yet with 2013?I started my day 6:18 am with a #strolling worship, while the day was at its early dusk state. The cold Harmattan weather breeze and haze, embraced me and i felt its presence like a huge blanket over my whole body, as i made my walking down towards my already busy but scanty street. I guess i could feel the fireballs of excitement and #gratefulness too glowing from people and vehicles  i passed because such energies and feelings speaks volumes without words.

Life is sure beautiful, no matter where you live, or where you are presently in the process or journey. A whole lot of us don’t stop long enough to smell the roses as we move on in life. As i listened to my worship playlists, strolling within my neighbourhood and other streets,i felt how #lucky, special and #blessed I am, with all i have compared to how less privileged some other people are.I saw dogs, chickens, other animals and things that couldn’t just grab or understand what it feels like to be alive this very day. So i remembered,’ A living dog is Far much better off than a dead lion’. Is anyone also  as grateful as I am today? Have you taken your time to #worship Him yet?

Let me also share this with you from the last book am reading for the year ; Enjoy the true Value of Time, snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. The year has been awesome and i am quite sure i did my best even till this very moment as i sit here typing this piece.Did you enjoy your time, did you make some moments count,and did you snatch the opportunities that came your way? Were you quite #satisfied with the year? I would say i did, made some moves and i got to this point of it, today.I wouldn’t ask for one more in this year. I think am done, looking back to the start of it to all i did today. Join me,see what am talking about, a day is 24 hours and here is how it was.

Did you had and enjoyed your last meal for the year? I enjoyed every food today and i also had my favourite drink too. Eat my favourite fruits of apple, banana and Pineapple too.There was also the chance of doing and completing my last painting of the year and my drawing. What about doing that one act of kindness and showing love to strangers and kids. I even baby sitted at my place for my neighbours wife’s kids while she went for an hour shopping,and its a lovely time with the kids.We eat our last popcorn for the year too and watched cartoon and it was awesome. Most people didn’t read their bible today,but i guess i did my last bible reading for the year. imagesCA5M3617




Later on, i headed out for a little drive around, used the ATM for the last time in 2013. Bought my last Airtime units for phone calls and i also did ensure that i had a very good afternoon nap.This piece should also be my last blog piece and entry into my personal blog and the last post for year 2013 i guess. Wow, should i also mention reading some unfinished books? Am i really done with the year? Well, i bet it will soon end and life goes on so do everything we are meant to do or born to consider doing in the new year.

So what else have you done for the last time this year? Have you had your last last activity before the year rolls out forever? Memories will be there, what you did will be tested on the sands of time and what you said or didn’t say will always stand for or against you. In whatever thing you do as the year ends, remember, be it positive or negative, that sure sets the pace for the New year coming. For me i have had an awesome year and that is all what this is about. Life is beautiful and meant to be enjoyed, remembered and shared. Thanks for reading and in all you DO, God should be the first and never the last. God bless and Happy New year 2014.


Marquis Red rose

Lagos Nigeria, Dec 31, 2013

Who ELSE is Grateful, like ME?

Have you ever wondered why you should be grateful for life? Is life sometimes so overwhelming and confusing that it makes you feel a need not to be grateful or happy at all? What about the situations that keeps making you feel as if it ALL doesn’t worth it? I can tell that i have also been there and done that. Life is sure isn’t fair, but what is fair at least is that no matter what, we still need to be grateful. Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well,and be grateful.

But here is the deal,that I feel that we should be more grateful, no matter who we are now, what we do presently or where we hope to get in life sometime. Gratefulness is a very good quality one should cultivate and have if one wants to succeed in Life. What is gratefulness or how can we be grateful?

love-you-shirt To me, there are a lot and thousand of things that I am grateful for as a person, as a friend, a brother, a son and a Nigerian and also as a living soul. Check ALL this out and they are the FIVE top things that I am most concerned about and grateful for . You can join me too and add your own lists to it.

1. I am grateful for being ME,because there is no ONE exactly like me in the whole wide world,am Unique and that is so cool. Nobody can be like ME,so most times I am absolutely happy and grateful.

2. God loves ME, and that is why I am ME, and he placed me in the right family where I am, and I am loving it. When you think of it, who else loves you MORE than God? common, be grateful for that too.

3. Do you realize how precious and unquantifiable is the AIR that we breathe daily? So if you really want to know,I suggest that maybe you should visit Mars or Jupiter someday. Being alive and breathing freely is good, and that’s another gratefulness bus stop for me.

4. Have you EVER felt hungry and wanted to eat something, all by yourself? Oh, is this a common action? Well, Oh yes, then you and I need to be grateful for that everyday act I guess. right? Do that always too.

5. Finally, am so grateful that my Ransom has been paid for, my sins are forgiven me and that JESUS died for me, that i may gain eternal life. A life without CHRIST is Crisis and that am sure is worth been thankful and grateful for. Don’t you think so?

So who else is grateful? The measure of the value of our life is NOT from the number of our problems,how much we EARN,and NOT from our possessions or enjoyments. The value of our lives is derived from the purpose we find in acknowledging our blessings, and to be Grateful. Are you also as grateful as me? Let me know of what you think and what you are most grateful for too.

Smile  Cheers!!!


To think POSITIVE is to THINK with GOD. When we think with God,we CAN do anything.

I read a book some good years back and that book had also changed, touched and realigned my life, my thinking and also aligned me on the path I am now on as a person.Its a such a wonderful, good and inspiring book.I remembered I had read it while i was just out of secondary school then and so did some of my close friends then. Its amazing how a book can change your life and talk to your heart.Isn’t it?

So have you read 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE yet? Thats the book i am talking about,and please if you have not,I am recommending it to you ALL now as a good read. I have also read it 3 times and it keeps challenging me, pointing me to new directions and tips for living and in relating to or with others. If everyone of us can read and understand this Wonderful & inspiring book, I THINK the world would be a much better place to live in.It is a simple, down to earth, educative, inspirational and a very excellent source for leadership lessons for everyone.

Living, leadership, potential building, inspiration, self development and a good lifestyle practice among others are mainly the objectives of the Author in this book with its other beneficial points I noted.He also wrote other fascinating and interesting books which i would also love to read when i get them into my collections.

I am just here using this little write up in remembering and honoring this prolific writer and leader, in person of Stephen Covey.Indeed, he has laid down a lasting legacy and has truly walked on holy ground through his books, lectures and seminars. And i conclude by saying; Its not so much what we do that counts, but what we THINK about what what we DO and thats what his book taught me too.

So I say; Stephen Covey,thanks for everything you DID.You have touched us ALL positively and your words & thinking lives on in our MINDS.  R.I.P

Each Man is different, each man must find his own path, each man is the same and each man must find his OWN path.

Hi there!!

Welcome to my blog page TODAY! My name is Marquis,a student,an artist,a son,a brother, an uncle and ALWAYS a friend and am from Nigeria. I live in the city of Lagos  from the 36 states in Nigeria.

I love this catch phrase a lot – It’s not WHO I am, but what I DO that defines ME. Its not so much what we do that counts, but what we think about what we do. How would you make this world a better place with what you Do? Writing this blog is part of what i would be doing, and other thousands of things we do as human beings in our entire life time.

This blog is also what i have decided DO because the mind is God’s gift as a tool for us in living and what a disaster it could be to pass through our one and only earthly life and to miss all its glories, beauty ,splendour and blessings we experience. Sharing these experiences and moments in life should also be our priority  while we are still here.(Living)

” Man’s MIND, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions”.

This is a page where I had started so can share my little write ups and jou
rnal on daily common sights & insights, pictures,thoughts and writings about My life,art, creativity, Life, people, events, issues and any other interesting topics on my mind.

I believe that blogging too is communication which is not just ALL about finding intelligible words and lines for impressing your audiences or readers. It is also about giving something of yourself and reaching out in your own small world to the WORLD.

Each Man is different, each man must find his own path, each man is the same and each man must find his own path.  We are

So welcome again and If you like my page, and my upcoming posts, please do share it and to tell your friends, family or others readers about it.Welcome again and thanks for visiting.

Happy reading !

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