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Friday, September 08, 2017


Tupac Amaru Shakur was a legendary Rap Artist who simply took the world by storm with his deep and penetrative lyrics. He grew up on the street which was ruled by drugs, crime and sex. He was a model gangster to many youth and he lived up to realty. He was raised by a single mother, who herself had been to jail.

Tupac was branded, “A threat to public harmony”, by the government as his fame grew. He was simply larger than life and anyone that seem to oppose him, did that to his own peril. He, many times in his songs talked about life after death and seemed to know that his world would end in Tragedy. He went as far as saying, “When I die niggers can’t see me.” He even likened himself to Makaveli of Italy.

On the 7th of September, 1996, after watching a live boxing match between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon, in California, he was gunned down in his car by unknown gunmen. The world was stunned.

There was a controversy as to the group that gunned him. Some were saying it was the government, while others said it was a rival gang. All the same, he was gunned down. The worst of it was that he was taken away in a car boot.

Though I wasn’t his fan at the time, but I felt the loss and wished he could be given one more chance to live. We never believed he was gone; we felt he faked and staged his own death. We waited for many years, to see him resurface one day, which never happened. I’m sure there are people out there still waiting and hoping till this day.

The truth is, Tupac Amaru Shakur is gone and gone forever. Anyone larger than the government and life cannot survive on planet earth.  

Tupac was a talented Rap Artist at the time, who sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.  But he did not use his gift for the benefit of all. He rather became ‘a threat to public harmony.’ What a tag!  

Do you use your skills and talents to cause disarray in your organization or for the benefit of the organization? A preacher once said, “talented people often look down on others.” Does this saying apply to you?

If you are in the habit of ganging up against your colleagues, superiors and organization, your end in the organization is just around the corner. No matter your skills and talents, you must come to terms with the fact that you can never be larger than the organization that employed you.

The death of Tupac did not bring an end to Rap music in this world. More and better Rap Artists have emerged and the world is yet to see the best.

I once worked in a place where one of my subordinate was a threat to harmony in the workplace. He petitioned everyone to the board of the company, including my immediate boss, who was the head of the branch. He even ganged up with others to fight against my boss and I.

He did all of these because he found favour in the sight of the MD of the company. He was so favoured that a foreign trip that was meant for my boss was given to him. He was almost out of control, hence operating freely at work. The battle got so fierce that my boss was relieved of his seat.

The only reason he could not take my boss’ seat was, it was very obvious he could not handle the position; his qualification and experience could not give him the seat.

Tragedy strucked when he went to petition someone from the head office that was a family member of the chairman of the company.  I’m sure wherever he is right now, he must have learnt his lessons.

You may be highly favoured in your organization, but don’t let it get into your head. There’s the saying that goes thus: “If you allow your achievements in life to get into your head, you’ll soon lose your head.” What you carry did not begin with you and it will definitely not end with you. So, be humble!

What goes up must come down! The seat you are right now, is not a permanent seat. You’re only privileged to be there.  It’s not an avenue for oppressing or looking down on others. There are more than enough people more qualified than you are. Be humble!

Tupac is a great loss to the Rap music world, but the industry is still thriving. Same goes on in organizations today, the day you exit that seat, voluntarily or by compulsion, somebody better takes over and business goes on and better. 

In all you do, always remember that, “The world can do without the best!”

So, be humble!

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