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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

9jaFlave TalkBack - Your Most Inspiring Post On The Blog in 2014

The year is slowly coming to an end and it is all about giving thanks, sober reflection and meditation. While going through the blog posts through the year, I am sure there must have been one post that stood out clearly to you. For me it was this post from May 2014 : Powerful Life Lessons From a Navy Seal. "Lesson #10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.", stood out to me. In simple terms, Never ever give up. Read the post below and feel free to share yours in the comments section.

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater, University of Texas last week and spoke to the graduates with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training several years ago. They are powerful life lessons and #10 - 'If you want to change the world don't ever, ever ring the bell.' stood out to me. Go here for full text and read excerpts below:

I have been a Navy SEAL for 36 years. But it all began when I left UT for Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California. Basic SEAL training is 6 months of long torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable. It is 6 months of being constantly harassed by professionally trained warriors who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever becoming a Navy SEAL. But, the training also seeks to find those students who can lead in an environment of constant stress, chaos, failure and hardships. To me basic SEAL training was a life-time of challenges crammed into 6 months.

Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed. If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—rack—that’s Navy talk for bed. It was a simple task, mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that we were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs—but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

9jaFlave Talkback - Thank You For Being Part of My 2014, Hope You Were Inspired

I believe the year has been a great one for you, and that in one way, you found some kind of inspiration from this blog. Though the world and our environment is currently clouded with a lot of negative news, we can still choose to find the good and positive things to motivate, challenge and inspire us. I believe strongly that in Nigeria today, young people are in need of good role models that will inspire them to dream big, defeat mediocrity and make a difference in the world.

I believe many great writers, designers, teachers, artisans, entrepreneurs are still yet to be discovered. Some of them only need some inspiration to believe and act on their dreams. This is what motivated me to start this blog in the first place, I felt our youth had little or nothing inspiring to read in the blogosphere.  Knowledge is power and I believe inspiration can be a starting point for change. One inspiring story can be the turning point in someone's life and it is only right to put the spotlight and share stories of individuals, young people doing great things.

In the coming year, I really hope we can work together to inspire many others through our own stories, or the stories of someone you know. I truly hope you found some inspiration on this blog in 2014, feel free to share your story with us and also help to spread the message. May the year 2015 bring us into greater things. Thank you for being part of my 2014. Stay inspired!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas From 9jaFlave

Wishing all of you my dear readers a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2015 ahead.

Let who you are keep reflecting the essence of the season. Let the world see Jesus in your eyes, words and actions. He came to give us life, hope and a reason to live, find that reason and light up other hearts.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Meet Nigeria's First Blind Female Photographer

Meet Taiwo Lawal, Nigeria'a first blind female photographer. As impossible as this may sound, this 35 year old woman is on a journey to completely master the art of photography. She embarked on this journey about 2 years ago, and now takes pictures with her camera. She said: “At the start, I kept wondering how a blind person could learn photography. I thought it was impossible. But the person who introduced me to it said it was possible. So, I agreed to do it.”

Taiwo and her twin sister were born blind to a mother who got pregnant after she was raped by a man in a village in Ondo State. When the man later found out that the twins were born blind, he absconded.  She said, “We had no clothes to wear, only panties. People treated us badly, and sometimes, they threw stones at us. We were fed 5-day-old food. We didn't have any choice then but to eat it. Now, I can laugh about it because it’s in the past.”

Giving an insight into how she is mastering the art of photography, Lawal said she uses her sense of hearing and touch to take pictures. She said, “If I want to take a picture, I would go to where the person is, and feel his location; then I would communicate with the person to sense the direction, as the sound of the person tells me where he or she is. Also, if I want to take pictures of nature, I first feel the object by touching it, then move back and take the picture. When I touch a flower, for instance, I see the colours in my mind. I can also tell if someone is happy or sad, because I know it would be reflected in the picture.”

Passion, Drive and Discipline Is Key To Success in Business - Founder MUDI AFRICA

Meet Clem­ent Mudiaga Enajemo, the man behind popular fashion brand, MUDI AFRICA. His story and rise to the top reflects the true entrepreneurial spirit of refusing to give up. In a recent interview with Sun News, he shared about his entrepreneurial journey, the need for Passion, Drive and Discipline to succeed in business and why our government should glamorise artisans. Read below:

How has the journey been so far for you as an entrepreneur?
Let me use the word, challenging, because when I started up, there was no structure. I had no capital or a godfather to assist me. That I was able to rent my first shop was through Richard Mofe Damijo’s (RMD) assistance. Then I was trying to raise money to rent a shop, until I became stranded, confused and frustrated but it was RMD that came to my rescue.

I needed N47, 000 to complete the rent, but had only N17,000 with me, so RMD lent me N30,000 to make up the rent. Before he gave me the money he called my name and admonished me in pidgin saying, “Mudi, this money wey I wan give you, I no wan regret am o” (Mudi, I don’t want to regret lending you this money). I pleaded with him that I under stood how difficult it was to trust people but that he should give me the benefit of the doubt and assist me.

Back then, I was going from one office to another and was kept waiting at reception halls before I could come and beg for some financial assistance. When RMD wanted to give me the money, I asked him to allow his younger brother, Matin Mofe-Damijo to go with me and make the payment in their name. This happened here in Anthony Village, La­gos, in 1996. We made payment for two years and when the landlord heard that the payment was made by the Mofe-Damijos, he got ex­cited, signed and rented the shop to me. After payment, it took me another three months to move into the shop because I needed to raise money to put up essential facilities like ceiling fan, carpet and painting. That was how I started working.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Young Female Entrepreneur Who Quit Her Accounting Job To Follow Her Passion

Meet Gloria Ihekauche, a young budding entrepreneur, who runs a beauty house named Liora. She is a make-up artist with big dreams and a huge passion to stand out in her chosen field. In a recent Tribune interview, she opened up about quitting her accounting job to follow her dream. Read excerpts below:

How did you discover your passion for making people more beautiful?I have always loved looking good, the slogan looking good is good business has always stuck with me. I grew up with a passion to build a career in fashion, although I had no specifics at the time but I used to draw and make sketches and I have always been drawn to beautiful faces. 

So, when I was done with school and had the opportunity to make my life choices, I decided to start my journey into building my fashion empire and with the most accessible avenue, I had to go through a make-up school. I was taught at the make-up school that make-up was also an art and a door into so much more in the world of fashion and style. Every day, I learnt more at the school, my passion for it grew and now, I am super sure I am where I have always wanted to be.

When you ventured into make-up professionally, was there any challenge?When I started professionally, I did have my fair share of challenges. First was my job which demanded so much of my time. It was difficult combining my job with attending make up classes.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

'I Still Miss Kefee So Much' - Teddy Don-Momoh

Branama Queen, Kefee, passed away about 7 months back and her husband, Teddy Don-Momoh, recently opened up on how much he misses her. He said “It has not been easy for me. It’s been by the special grace of God and His grace has been sufficient for me. Because getting used to waking up in the morning and at night with someone beside you and all of a sudden, you get to wake up to see just books. It is not easy but all I will say is, it is well.”

Recounting some of the things he missed her for, he said “I miss everything that she epitomized, her smiles, the way she lightened up the environment and everyone around her, her food and so many other things. I have lost a lot of weight since she passed away because there is no one to cook or call to find out what I would like to eat. "

She went the extra mile of cooking breakfast, she packs what I would have for lunch in the office. She would still give me a call to remind me that I have to eat lunch. She turned me from ‘eating out’ to ‘eating at home’ and I find it difficult to eat out now. I miss that love, the union and her brainstorming. I just miss everything she stood for. “We had a lot of fun memories together and I would not want to share them with the world. It is very personal and I miss those memories.”

Thursday, 11 December 2014

India's Kailash Satyarthi Also Receives His Nobel Peace Prize

India's Kailash Satyarthi has also received his Nobel Prize alongside Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. The 60-year-old, who shared the Prize with Malala, forfeited a promising career as an electrical engineer in India in 1980. Satyarthi is an Indian children's rights advocate and an activist against child labour. He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries. Go here for full speech.

In his words: I represent here the sound of silence. The cry of innocence. And, the face of invisibility. I have come here to share the voices and dreams of our children, our children, because they are all our children. I have looked into their frightened and exhausted eyes. And I have heard their urgent questions. Twenty years ago, in the foothills of the Himalayas, I met a small, skinny boy. He asked me: "Is the world so poor that it cannot give me a toy and a book, instead of forcing me to take a tool or gun?"

I met with a Sudanese child-soldier who was kidnapped by an extremist militia. As his first training, he was forced to kill his friends and family. He asked me: "What is my fault?" Twelve years ago, a child-mother from the streets of Colombia - trafficked, raped, enslaved - asked me this: "I have never had a dream. Can my child have one?" There is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Malala Yousafzai Receives Her Nobel Peace Prize, Gives Inspiring Speech

Pakistani Teenage/ Child's education activist, Malala Yousafzai today received her Nobel peace Prize alongside India's Kailash Satyarthi. The 17 year old who is the youngest Nobel prize winner, also delivered an inspiring speech to a hall filled with Royals, Celebrities, 6,000 school-children and honorary guests.

In her words,  "I had two options," she said of her life after being shot in the head by the Taliban more than two years ago. "One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. I decided to speak up." She said the terrorists tried to stop her and her friends, but that their bullets could not win. "We survived. And since that day, our voices have only grown louder." Read full text of her speech below:

Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim. In the name of God, the most merciful, the most beneficent
Your Majesties, distinguished members of the Norweigan Nobel Committee, dear sisters and brothers, today is a day of great happiness for me. I am humbled that the Nobel Committee has selected me for this precious award. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and love. I am grateful for the letters and cards that I still receive from all around the world. Reading your kind and encouraging words strengthens and inspires me.

I would like to thank my parents for their unconditional love. Thank you to my father for not clipping my wings and for letting me fly. Thank you to my mother for inspiring me to be patient and to always speak the truth- which we strongly believe is the real message of Islam.
I am very proud to be the first Pashtun, the first Pakistani, and the first young person to receive this award. I am pretty certain that I am also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers. I want there to be peace everywhere, but my brothers and I are still working on that.

Monday, 8 December 2014

9jaflave Soliloquy - The True Value of Life Is Not In Its Duration But In Its Donation

How much value is your life adding to humanity? How much of your humanity is felt by those closest to you? Will the world feel an angel depart when your light fades away? Think about it. The true value of life is not in how long you live, but how much impact and memories you live with those that were privileged to have met and known you. I leave you with the words of Dr Myles Monroe...

The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live. And most people are concerned about growing old rather than being effective. 

The people who have impacted the world didn't live long....Martin Luther King. John F. Kennedy. These people who impacted the world were not old people, but they lived so effectively that we cannot erase them from history.” So live your life effectively and leave footprints in the hearts and lives of many. Xoxo

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Social Entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Jr On Why Entrepreneurs Should Marry Young

Alan Knott-Craig is a social entrepreneur involved in a non-profit initiative, Project Isizwe, championing free Wi-Fi in under-serviced areas. He shared his thoughts on why he thinks entrepreneurs should marry young.

Knott-Craig got married at 25 to a chartered accountant, which he admits is helpful in entrepreneurship. A second income, and a strong one, can be a great way of cushioning an entrepreneur from the financial blows of failure. However, he is not suggesting that young people get married simply as a career move. Yes, there should be love, he added. It should be the right person. But he argues that marrying the right person at a young age does have advantages for entrepreneurs. “It’s a no-brainer, and it lowers your overheads.”

Looking back, he believes it was one of the reasons he was able to focus on his entrepreneurial ventures at such an early age. “I stopped going out on Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday night – so I wasn't hungover, I wasn't tired and I wasn't spending [unnecessary] money. During the week I was not constantly SMSing and chatting with girls… No distractions. I worked much harder,” he explained. “And the compounded effect of all those extra hours I had for five years – while all my friends were playing the field and then got married at 30 – got me ahead of the pack.”

Pastor Sam Adeyemi On Marriage, Family and Ministry

Pastor Sam Adeyemi is the Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos. He also anchors ‘Success Power,’ a motivational programme on radio and TV.  He spoke about marriage, family and ministry in a recent Punch interview. Read excerpts below:

What are your thoughts on family and marriage institution?As someone who teaches success and studies other people, I have come to realise that you can’t change anybody. Many marriages break up because a lot of people are busy trying to change the other person and it never works; only God can change a person. I will always take a strong stand for family; it’s the primary institution that God built in the formation of society. Once something goes wrong in the family, everything goes wrong in the society. I want to encourage young people to marry and not only focus on the bad examples where things have gone wrong. Marriage is the place where you build character because it will challenge you.

How are you able to strike a balance between ministry and the home front?How I invest my time and money is a reflection of the things that are most important to me. When the church was very young and our kids were also very young, I used to go everywhere preaching and by the time I got home, they would be asleep. I sensed something was wrong. I thought to myself that they won’t be kids forever and if I miss the opportunity to influence them now, I would be the one chasing them tomorrow and I would find it difficult to catch them.

So I turned down the invitations and fixed a time in the year when all of us go away. During that time, there would be no phones, counselling, preaching, and because they know their parents are public figures, they relish those moments fully. Naturally, because I am in ministry and leadership, the demands are heavy; I am invited to speak all over the world, all I do is prioritise— God comes first, then family is next and then work. Whenever I plan my year, I set my goals: First, it is my spiritual life; family, vacation, birthdays, kids’ school dates, resumption, half-term, etc are all in my dairy before the church programme gets in there. Then, whatever space is left, I can take in invitations from people. I love to spend time with my family, it is the most fulfilling time I have.

Nigeria And The Compromised Church - Pastor Agu Irukwu

I saw this article posted on my facebook page and felt it was worth sharing. One question that has plagued my mind overtime and I am sure yours too is, how come with all our religious activities, vigils and prayer programmes in Nigeria, we still cannot see or feel its effect in our country. Is it that God has closed his ears to our cries? Or have our lights simply faded away with the darkness? The article is a long read but it is worth your time. Read excerpts below and go here for the full article.

I’m not a pessimist; everybody who knows me knows that I am an eternal optimist. But as I look at our nation, Nigeria, I can’t help but say that this description presently fits the nation. Through indolence, through negligence, through carelessness, the rafters of state affairs have decayed; the roof sinks in and sadly at this point in time, the house is leaking. We look at our nation and our hearts bleed and we cry. And if we feel like that, you can only imagine what those who have given their lives for that nation literally - like General Gowon - would feel. I guess if it wasn't for his Christian faith, he would be pessimistic. But because he knows he serves a God that can do the impossible, he is hopeful for the nation.

The institutions are compromised. Institutions that we once held in high regard in the nation are totally compromised. There is hardly an institution in Nigeria now that is not completely compromised. At one time, we held the judiciary in high regard. But everyone knows now that the judiciary is compromised. The legislature is compromised. The executive is compromised.Even the army is now compromised. It’s almost like the description in Ecclesiastes the 10th chapter and the 6th verse, describes Nigeria: that folly is set in great dignity and high places. The Message Bible says immaturity is given a place of prominence while maturity is made to take a back seat.

It goes on in that same chapter in verse 7 to say “I have seen servants on horses and princes walking as servants on the earth.” The Message Bible says “I have seen unproven upstarts riding in style while experienced veterans are put out to pasture.” And this in a sense describes the sad state of the nation: unproven upstarts riding in style while experienced veterans, those who could guide the affairs of state, are put out to pasture. Nigeria is synonymous, sadly, with certain words that you and I grieve when we hear mentioned. It’s synonymous with corruption; it’s synonymous with decay; it’s synonymous with degeneration; it’s now synonymous with violence. And the list can go on and on and on.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A Nigerian Father's View On The Need For Collective Effort In Marriage and Parenting

A Nigerian father took out time to share his opinion about why marriage and parenting is a joint effort by both couples. He aired his views raw and straight from his heart on's facebook page. Read below

I wept after watching that maid from Uganda that almost killed a child that was left under her care and I kept wondering if we can't cope without maids. Marriage needs collective efforts and that's why we plan for marriage. Some men fail to understand that marriage is not all about going to ur office or shop, come back and eat, then wait for your wife to service you. No No No! that is not how to build a home. Your wife is your helper. you brought her to assist you and not the other way round.

You sit down together and plan every week. My wife and I are both working and we cope because there is division of labour. We have 6 kids. Monday to Friday, my duty in the morning before work is to bath the kids and prepare them. When I come back from work, I wash their uniforms while my wife bathes them and prepares dinner. I don't joke with my Saturdays, I stay with them and wash their accumulated clothes for the week while my wife goes shopping, comes back and cooks and it has been working for us for the past 10 years of marriage. 

Believe me when I say hard-work, collective efforts and determination make a beautiful marriage.. Women are fragile and the strongest in the world. A woman will wake up by 4 or 5am, bath the kids, prepare breakfast and leave for work or shop, come back in the evening, wash the kids clothes and yours, prepare dinner, bath the kids and still service u kwa. Na only u waka come? wetin sef? u wan kill her? Is she a camel? and tomorrow you will say she is ageing. And some will still collect their wives salary at the end of the month. Is she your Nwa boy?

Pakistani Teenager Malala Yousafzai Donates School Uniform She Was Shot In

Pakistani teenager and education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has donated the school uniform she was wearing when she was shot by the Taliban on Oct. 9th 2012. The teenager who is a strong advocate for children's education, spoke about her decision to show the uniform at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate exhibition. She said it represents her fight for the right to education.

“My school uniform is very important to me because when I was going to school I would wear it. The day I was attacked I was wearing this uniform. I was fighting for my right to go to school, I was fighting for my right to get education. This is my right, it is the right of every child, to go to school. This should not be neglected.” The  uniform is now on display at the Nobel Peace Center in Norway.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Orange Academy Founder, Kenny Badmus Opens Up About Living With HIV For 15 Years

The world is marking World Aids Day today, and Nigerian brand specialist & founder of Orange Academy, Kenny Badmus chose today, to share about his 15 year journey living with HIV.

In his words, "Thank God for HIV. I wish I never had it, but Lord I did! It made me run after myself. Maybe I would never have understood myself; that no one can save us but us. Maybe I would never know the refreshing power that loneliness can bring when we embrace our broken self." Read his inspiring journey below:
Today, Monday December 1st, is World AIDS day, and I’m celebrating my resolve to live with this damn virus all these many years without letting it define who I am. Every journey I take, every picture of me you see, and every new challenge I take on are all huge reminders that I must never stop living my best life. So, I decided to share my journey with you today. Honestly, I don’t know what exactly you are dealing with but I'm writing you this to hold tight to your dream. Here’s a quick sketch of my journey from the first day I tested positive, 15 years ago. My upcoming book tells the full story.

1999. After three years of different pains and minor illnesses, I was encouraged by my best friend and Professor Soyinka, an HIV specialist, to go get tested so I could face my fear. I had just resumed work as a Copywriter at McCann. I’d rather not know. I was working on Coca Cola, and I would rather live in the joy of that dream. It was that point when you assured yourself this was only a lie from the pit of hell. I had not been a ‘bad boy,’ I would assure myself.

Today is World Aids Day

Today is World AIDS Day and on December 1st each year, people all around the world have the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. 

World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away, and that there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education and knowledge about the disease.

World AIDS Day 2014 is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to put people first and close the access gap. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind. Closing the gap means empowering and enabling all people, everywhere, to access the services they need. Remember An HIV/AIDS-free generation begins with you!!!!

Happy New Month

Happy New Month Guys!! It's the last month of the year 2014. I am so glad we have all made it this far. Thank God for the gift of life, thank God for opportunities, thank God for faith, hope and love. Thank God for the journey so far.

The year maybe gradually winding up, but I would like to say to you, keep hope alive and never ever give up on yourself and your dreams. Remember "Anything is Possible to him who believes".
Cheers and have a wonderful December filled with pleasant memories.

Friday, 28 November 2014

9jaflave Soliloquy - Life Lessons From The Movie Courageous

“To courageously step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of your children.”
From the movie COURAGEOUS

A beautiful movie filled with great insight and deep truths, which I believe is a must watch for every father and parent and family. Here are few life lessons I picked up from this beautiful movie.

- Make every moment count as a parent. Most times those moments, hugs, kisses, special time, tickles, dances, laughter can never be recaptured. You never get them back once you miss them.

- Your words and actions count as a parent. Never say something and do another thing. Integrity is the rule of the game.

- Treat each moment as priceless with your children.

- Much more than providing for your kids as their father, set true standards that they can follow.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Bruno Oaikhinan of Bruno’s Place - The Male Banker Turned Hairstylist

This entrepreneur chose to pitch his tent in a business usually dominated by females and has become one of those entrepreneurs to look out for. Meet Bruno Oaikhinan, CEO of Bruno's Place, a hairstyling business that provides a platform for stylists to express their creativity.

The 45 year old who quit his well paying banking job to start his business shared some of his thoughts in an interview with Spreadmedia, read excerpts below:

What are the Initial Challenges you faced when you started your Business? 
Connecting with staff. They are the Major key success factor.

Who is your Main Inspiration: Business/Personal? 
I love testimonies. Bobby Eke’s testimony of how he started out as a hair stylist really inspired me.

What makes you different from your Competitors? 
They build their businesses around people’s Needs but I build mine around what people Want. There is a big difference between needs and want. Needs are a means to an end. The end is what people want.

9jaflave Talkback - New Generation Marriage Vs Old Generation Marriage

My focus today is on the marriage union. It is always quite impressive and inspiring when you see couples married for 20, 30, 40 years upwards still going strong. The Alake of Egbaland HRH Oba Michael Adedotun Gbadebo, recently spoke about being married for 43 years to only one woman, and that they still share the same bed as a couple. Fast forward to younger couples today, we have some married  for just 1, 2,5, 7 years already calling it quits.

Why do you think some of these young couples give up easily on their marriages? What do you think is missing in their lives that the older couples seem to have? Why is love easily lost in some of these marriages yet waxing stronger in older unions? I believe Love can take you to the altar, but it takes character to stay married.

So how come the older generation are waxing stronger in their marital union while some younger marriages in our generation are struggling and quickly calling it quits? Share your thoughts with me on this on. XoXo

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2014 - Be Thankful, Stay Thankful, Live Everyday Thankful

Thanksgiving Day is not usually celebrated in my part of the world, but I just want to join our friends in the USA to celebrate this special day tomorrow. It's worth it setting aside a particular day to give thanks with family and loved ones. So what are you thankful for?

I am thankful for the gift of life. I am thankful for being a wife and mother. I am thankful for being a daughter and sister. I am thankful for sunshine in my life, joy in my heart, a contented soul, peace in my spirit.And even though the world seems chaotic at the moment, humanity gone astray and many consciences dead. We can still choose to look and see that ray of hope, that truth in the fable, that sunshine after the rain.

Be thankful for family, the privilege of sharing special moments and creating lasting memories with those you love, be thankful for sharing those final moments with a loved one, be thankful for the opportunity to serve that child with special needs, be thankful for the opportunity to serve, love and give, be thankful for life, living and the one who has given you this privilege. Be Thankful. Stay Thankful. Live Everyday Thankful. Happy Thanksgiving Day!!!!!!!

" I Have Been Married For 43 Years To Only One Woman - Alake of Egbaland

The Alake of Egbaland HRH Oba Michael Adedotun Gbadebo who took the throne in 2005, has opened up about his marriage. The monarch who has married for 43 years to only one woman, Olori Tokunbo, says they still share the same bed as a couple.

The Oba who said this at a wedding recently, also praised his wife for being an incredible partner, stating that they have a strong bond and he never had the need to marry another woman. 

The Oba who is 71, said his grandfather had 24 wives, while his own father had 3 but he decided that 1 wife was enough and that despite the fact that he was an Oba, he and his wife have always shared the same room and same bed and that is how it will remain till death do them part.

Congolese Doctor Wins Human Rights Prize For His Work Helping Rape Victims

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege is to be awarded one of Europe's most prestigious human rights prizes, the Sakharov Prize. Mukwege who specializes in the treatment of rape victims is to receive the award today at an award ceremony at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

This follows a unanimous decision by European lawmakers in October to recognize the 59-year-old physician for his tireless work to campaign against sexual violence targeting women in war, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital near Bukavu in DRC's South Kivu province in 1998, the same year the Second Congo War began. Since then, he has performed thousands of reconstructive surgeries on women who have been seriously injured in violent sexual attacks. Mukwege, who has been dubbed "Doctor Miracle," says he had "no choice" but to help gang-raped women. "For 15 years I have witnessed mass atrocities committed against women's bodies and I cannot remain with my arms crossed because our common humanity calls on us to care for each other," he said.

The 50,000-euro ($64,200) Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honor defenders of human rights and freedom of expression. It was established in December 1988 by the European Parliament in honor of the nuclear physicist and Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. This year's other finalists were Ukraine's pro-Western Euromaidan movement and Azerbaijani rights defender Leyla Yunus. Previous prizewinners include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban's Advice For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Mark Cuban is an American businessman, investor, and owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He is also well known for his role as a "shark" investor on the popular television series Shark Tank. Read his advice for aspiring entrepreneurs below:

Go after it! The thing about being an entrepreneur is that it’s all to you. A lot of people like to make excuses, “I don’t have connections” or “I don’t have money”. If you find something that you love to do, be great at it and see if you can turn it into a business. 

Worse case is, you are going to have fun doing what you love to do and best case you are going to turn it into a successful business. I’m just not big on excuses. I think that everybody has the opportunity to go for it, you just have to do it.

9jaflave Soliloquy - Life is But a Mist That Will Surely Fade Away

Today many Nigerian radio lovers had their day and mood dampened by the passing of popular radio personality, Chaz B. He passed away this morning. While a lot of us this part of the world are still trying to come to terms with the sudden passing of Pastor and speaker, Dr Myles Monroe, then Chaz B too exits the world.

Chaz B was well  known and followed for his programme "sharing life issues" on Rhythm 93.7. The show which tackled many life issues was enlightening, educative, informative and inspiring. He was a great source of inspiration to many around the country. This series of events have really got me thinking. Why do people who still have so much to give in words, inspiration, encouragement and love have to leave this world suddenly? How come these people that have watered so many hearts and lives depart without saying goodbye? Why does their journey have to end when it looks like they just started?

Life is but a mist that will surely fade away someday. Today is the opportunity each and everyone of us has to make our lives count. As a wife, husband, child, worker, entrepreneur, pastor and individual, singer, entertainer, we all have this moment to impact humanity and our world. Life is but a mist that will fade away someday.

How well have you loved? How much have you cared? What value have you added. It may just be more time with your family or caring more for those who work for you. It may holding your wife more and telling her how much you appreciate her. It may be thanking your husband often for being a great husband and father. It maybe giving more time and resources to your parents. Whatever it is that you have to do, now is the time you have to do it. For life is but a mist that will surely fade away. But even though the mist fades away, its effect and impact can never be forgotten. Adieu our great fiends.

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Sad!!! Popular Radio Personality Chaz B Has Died

So So Sad!!! Popular radio personality Chaz B has passed away. Chaz  whose real name is Charles Bruce Chukwuma was best known for his popular programme "Sharing life issues" which had a large followership.

Chaz B had a history of kidney health problems and underwent a successful kidney transplant in 2012 after his wife donated one of her kidneys to him. The official cause of his death has not been confirmed. Chaz B who was on air yesterday had to excuse himself at a point during the show, confirming he was a little weak and needed to rest. He then asked Chike, his colleague to takeover. His last statement on air was;”see you on Monday”

His programmes were very inspirational and had great impact on many lives. Just last week, I listened to a woman share her testimony on how after many years of trying to conceive and several failed IVF's, she agreed with Chaz B while he prayed with women desiring the fruit of the womb. The woman said today she was pregnant. May his soul rest in peace and God comfort his family.

Source - Dailypost, Bellanaija

9jaflave Talkback - How Often Should Married Couples Have Sex?

With our focus on married couples in Nigeria, how well do you think couples can keep their sexual relationship fresh, considering the how hectic and demanding life is presently. It is now very necessary for both couples to work these days in order to make ends meet, many are forced to work very far from where they live, so that they can afford to pay their rents.

They live home early and return very late highly stressed up from heavy traffic on our roads. Their kids are left at the mercy of house-helps and nannies. Married couples barely have time to really communicate and know each other better, while their sexual relationship suffers greatly. It is true that regular sex spices up the marriage union, but circumstances may just not allow couples to have the best of each other as often as they would want to.

So considering life's demands, events and circumstances - how often do you think couples should have sex to keep the fire in their union burning? Is it everyday, 2x a week, once a month or once every 3 months? And how do you think couples can work together to achieve sexual bliss despite very demanding schedules. Share your thoughts with me on this one. XOXO

5 Year Old Boy Now World's Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional

A 5 year old boy Ayan Qureshi has become the world’s youngest qualified computer specialist after passing a Microsoft Windows exam. Qureshi who has only just started primary school, passed the exam at Birmingham City University to become a Microsoft Certified Professional.

He has now set a new world record for the youngest person ever to pass a Microsoft exam - at the age of 5 years and 11 months, beating the previous record held by 6-year-old Mehroz Yawar from Pakistan. Ayan was first introduced to computers when he was just 3, by his father Asim, 43, who soon realised his son’s natural aptitude for technology. The IT consultant then built his son a computer lab at the family’s home in Coventry, West Midlands and started preparing Ayan for the complex Microsoft test.

After just 5 months training, Ayan sat the 'Supporting Windows 8.1' assessment for IT professionals alongside several adult candidates. He breezed through the 2 hour exam in September and even finished with time to spare before finding out shortly afterwards he had passed. 'We are just so proud of him,' said Mr Qureshi. He has plans to take an advanced test in the future but he has to concentrate on school for now.'
'He was very interested in computers from the age of  3 so I started explaining to him about hardware and software and installing programmes. I found that whatever I told him, he was able to remember it the next day, so I built a computer lab in our house for him to use, and he loves it.'I showed him how to install Windows and then decided to enter him for this exam. It wasn’t easy teaching him every day but he picked it all up in the end.'

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Says President Jonathan's Perfomance Is Below Average

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is known for his very controversial statements. This time around, he has taken a swipe at the Presidency, describing the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan as below average. 

He said this during an encounter with book writers in Abeokuta, Ogun State, as part of activities marking the popular Ake Festival.

When asked of his view on Jonathan’s administration, he said, “His performance is below average. I will not accept responsibility for his performance. There is nobody that gets such a position without being helped.”

Patrick Obahiagbon's Take On The Recent National Assembly Drama

Just about 2 days ago, there was pandemonium at the National Assembly in Abuja, after policemen prevented house Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal and other lawmakers’ from gaining access into the House of Representatives complex.

To the surprise of many, our lawmakers who refused to be locked out, decided to scale the locked gate with many cheering them on below. While many have continued to condemn the police's actions, Chief of staff to the Edo State Governor, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon reacted to event via social media in his usual complex choice of grammar. Read below:

"The Presidential invasion of the National Assembly which was unscrupulously executed by its pursuivant inspector general of police had all the trappings of an entebbe raid and executive rascality which is deservable of an acidic excoriation and corrosive pummeling.The impeachment gambit is however a frankeinstous yoyo with a potency for an erebus prone whirligig."

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Nigeria's 1st Female Taxi Driver Aisha Umar's Advice To Young African Ladies

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Meet Aisha Umar, Nigeria's 1st female Taxi driver, who is a mother of 2 kids and presently pursuing a degree in English and French Language. After her marriage failed and she was left with catering for her children, this young mother tried her hands at different businesses but eventually settled for taxi driving when her customers kept on owing her. Her eyes were opened to the opportunities in driving a cab after casually dropping different people off on a particular day.
She has continued to forge on since 2007 with lots of determination and hard-work, and is now a great source of inspiration to many women. She pays her bills and is able to cater for her children conveniently. To young African ladies she says; “I would advise young ladies who are jobless to pick up whatever good trade they can lay their hands on than just sitting down and waiting for help from somebody. You have to be content and hard-working in life; it gives me great pleasure to spend from my sweat and not having to beg and compromise.
I tell you, there is no job that is specifically reserved for the menfolk, pride should be taken out from our dictionary because this life is too short to begin to do whatever you like, you have to be positive and do the right things; you have to believe in yourself first before expecting others to believe in you.”

' What You Perceive To Be Failure May Be An Opportunity To Learn, Grow And Be Better' - Tyler Perry

Movie producer and actor Tyler Perry shared this inspiring message on his facebook page and I felt it was worth sharing. It may just spark a ray of hope in that someone who is about to give up. He titled it, 'I Don't believe we ever fail'. Read below:

Do you know how many times I tried to be successful at doing plays before it finally worked? From 1992 until 1998, every show I put on flopped. No one showed up, and I lost all my money. I wanted to give up. I thought I had failed, but the truth is, I never failed. Each and every time the show didn’t work, I learned something new. I learned what not to do and what I could do better. 

You have to understand that what you may perceive to be a failure may very well be an opportunity to learn, grow, get better, and prepare for the next level. If you find the lessons in what you perceive to be failures, then you won’t ever fail at anything. Everything I learned during the “learning” years (that’s what I call them now) has helped me in the “harvest” years (that’s what I’m living in now).

Don’t be hard on yourself. You haven’t failed. Find the lesson so you can use it when you get to your harvest. It’s coming, just believe. I don’t know why I felt the need to send this today, but I know it will reach whom it’s supposed to.

The Reading House - Africa's 1st Educational Reality TV Show For Children

Africa's 1st Educational Reality TV Show For Children 'The READING HOUSE' is set to change the tone of reality TV shows, this time around with a focus on building young minds through reading.

The Reading House is a TV reality program that is designed to excellently cultivate, improve and sustain the reading culture in the African child. It is a search for the reader of the year within the age range of 6-12. The project will attract, entice and challenge every African child to awaken the reader in him / her.

As an entertaining, educating and informing TV program, the project will improve their vocabularies and speech proficiency. The project is created to improve the overall results from our schools as pupils and students will understand the benefits of reading thus enhancing their level of their assimilation and intellectual ability. The READING HOUSE project is set to birth a new generation of future leaders in Africa. Go here to register.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

9jaflave Soliloquy - Why Life Must Be Lived With Purpose

Last week the world woke up to the shocking news of the death Dr Myles Monroe and his wife, Ruth alongside 7 others in a fatal plane crash. I felt really sad and wondered why it had to happen this way. But on a second thought, I believe he had lived his life with purpose impacting thousands through his teachings, writings and leadership.

I personally got hooked with his writings after I read "The principles and power of Vision." in 2007. It was a borrowed copy but I was so inspired that I quickly bought mine which remains one of my most treasured books till date. In the 1st chapter he says, " While the poorest person in the world is a person without a dream, the most frustrated person in the world is the person with a dream but doesn't know how to bring it to pass". Life changing words indeed.

Most times we simply drift through life not knowing exactly what we ought to do, we sink deep in the sea of mediocrity and remain in our comfort zones. Why are we really here? What value does our presence add to humanity? Whose lives are we building? What will be our legacy? In moments like this, we have the opportunity to re-evaluate our lives and choose a new direction for our lives. Life must be lived with purpose, without which living means only existing. We must each find our life's purpose, for when we do, life will have a lot more meaning and several others may just find their voices through our own discovery.

I leave you with some of Dr Myles Monroe's words from his book. Hope you find purpose and inspiration for your life. Let us make our lives count. Cheers!!!!!!

Ayodimeji Olugbewesa On His Journey Into The World Of Photography

Meet Ayodimeji Olugbewesa, a young budding Nigerian photographer, whose  journey into the world of photography began with a Nokia N8 phone and consistent posts on social media. He is a self- taught photographer who learnt via the internet and by studying the works of his mentors. Read excerpts of his inspiring interview with The Sun below:

What motivated your decision to venture into photography?It all came to my consciousness when I bought a Nokia N8 phone few years back and started creating images with it and posting to my Flickr stream (Flickr is a photo site owned by Yahoo). My white followers saw it and loved the way I composed my shots and encouraged me. Also my friend, Bayo Lawson also called Blawz encouraged me. Blawz as at that time just started his journey into photog­raphy. He is a film maker now.

Prior to that time as a growing kid, I was often gifted with small film cameras like Kodak and Agfa. Then I used it to document my trips and events I attended. Then I’d give the film to my dad’s photo color lab manager to help me print it. My grandfather was a photographer. Before his death in 1996, he was the president of the Association of Photog­raphers, Lagos chapter. I kept on posting photographs with my Nokia phone and somehow Nokia noticed my work because I always tagged it with #NokiaN8 (Laughs).
One day, they did a blog post on one of my portraits with the phone. Nokia N8 as a device broke my boundaries in mobile photography and it raised the bar. At the end of the day, it isn't just the camera but the person behind the lens that matters more.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

The World's Oldest Seamstress Who Sews 1 Dress Everyday For Charity

Meet Lillian Weber, the world's oldest seamstress. She is 99 and still sews a dress by hand everyday. The inspiring part of her story is that, these dresses with all the effort put into making them are not for sale, rather they are shipped halfway round the world to less privileged kids. "I feel like I've just been so blessed to be able to help somebody," she tells Yahoo DIY. "It helps me mentally to know I'm helping these little girls."

This great-grandmother from Bettendorf, Iowa, first learned to sew  91 years ago, when she was just 8 years old. And for the last 8 years, Weber has been quietly sewing the tiny dresses by hand and adding them to a batch made by other local senior citizens for Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian non-profit that delivers the frocks to little girls in African nations, often via missions.

After a local news station ran a story on her in August, her celebrity status snowballed as she began to get national media coverage.  "I didn't even know about her until then. She never put her name on her dresses. She was just sewing and sending them through," says Rachel O'Neill, who founded Little Dresses for Africa in 2008. "Her dresses are all really unique in their own way, with a little embroidery or a pocket or something special. They're always perfect. She's very exact. You'd never know they're made by a woman of her age."

Two Mothers Who Turned Their Passion Into a Fashion Luxury Brand

Meet the 2 women that turned their passion into one of Kenya’s leading fashion brands, Kooroo designs. They are Ugandan entrepreneur Enid Lanez and Ethiopian designer Hebret Lakew, the 2 met at their children’s school in Nairobi after relocating to Kenya about a decade ago. The 2 mothers struck a friendship which eventually led to one of Kenya’s leading luxury fashion brands.

Kooroo Designs is a designer label targeted at high-income women.The business has grown from a “hobby” of 2 housewives, to an established business selling in Kenya and also internationally via online stores in South Africa, the UK and the US. When they started in 2006, Lanez says the duo only wanted something to keep themselves busy during the day after their husbands left for work and their kids for school. They started selling outfits made out of khanga – a colourful garment popular in Africa – to friends and at exhibitions at their children’s school.

As the popularity of their products increased they decided to take the business more seriously. They moved Kooroo out of their homes, opened a workshop and hired staff. Their products are targeted at mature stylish women. Ethiopian designer Habret Lakew studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the US and worked with leading luxury brands in New York for 15 years.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Singer Chidinma Dedicates New Song To Her Mother

MTN project fame winner, Chidinma Ekile has dedicated a new song titled Martha, to her mother. In the recently released single, the singer pays a touching tribute to her mother, Mrs Martha Ekile which she shared on her instagram page. Go here to listen and see tribute below:

The song MARTHA is dedicated to my mother Mrs Martha Ekile. I decided to show my fans a different side to Chidinma, a side never revealed to so many, a side I will forever remain grateful and indebted to Father Lord for His miraculous interventions and guidance in my life.

I was conceived and certified totally Blind at birth. For 15 nights this woman held me in her hands and wept uncontrollably, with my father calling on God to bless newly born Chidinma with sight.... On the 16th day I opened my eyes.... And they been open ever since.. I was born a very fragile baby with some health conditions. Her prayers took it all away.

Today I dedicate my entire life selflessly and earnings to catering to visually impaired/blind people. Life is such a wonderful and colorful piece of art and it must feel like hell not to envision Gods creation. THE Mma Charity Foundation is my little giveback the world.

Monday, 10 November 2014

8 Year Old Speaks About Why Fathers Need To Be Present In The Lives of Their Kids

King Nahh is a young child actor who loves to inspire parents and children. He says children should have fun and learning should be a creative exercise. In a recent You tube video, the 8 year old spoke about why fathers need to be present in the lives of their children. Read more below:

Nahh says that fathers need to be there more for their children. He emphasizes the importance of father-son sit-down talks throughout the video, at one point explaining that while mothers can help their sons, there are certain things only a father can teach.

Nahh talks about his experiences with his own father, saying that, “My father never had a father. But he told me about it and never gave up on me and every time he would sit down and talk to me, he would talk to me about everything. And plus, he would encourage me.”

RIP Dr Myles Monroe

I woke up this morning to the very sad news of the death of renowned Pastor and motivational speaker, Dr Myles Monroe, his wife Ruth and several others in a plane crash yesterday. He was on his way to minister at a conference, the Global leadership Forum in Bahamas.

Dr Myles Monroe was the President of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, a teacher, government consultant and leadership mentor. He was also an author of several books. His teachings on discovering and maximising your potentials, purpose, vision and leadership have enriched many lives around the world. He was a mentor and great role model to many others. He will be greatly missed. My condolences go out to his family, his ministry and to the families of those who lost their loved ones in that crash.

Adieu Dr Myles Monroe and may your light keep burning in many hearts, may your words keep resonating in their hearts. RIP

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Woman Who Spent Her Last Days Advocating For The Right To Die

Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old terminally ill woman recently made headlines for advocating for the right to die. She was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last spring and was given 6 months to live. After weighing her options, she decided to move from her home state of California to Oregon in order to access the state’s right-to-die options.

She chose a process, authorized under the Oregon Death With Dignity Act, in which a physician supplies life-ending medication. Maynard followed through with her decision to take her life, she passed away in the presence of her family on November 1. May her soul rest in peace and may God comfort her husband and family.

Maynard posted a final farewell on Facebook. "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love," she wrote. "Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me...but would have taken so much more. The world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers. I even have a ring of support around my bed as I type.... Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"
Maynard had earlier on used social media to update family, friends and fans on her condition. She also explained in a recent post her reasons for going public with her situation. "I didn't launch this campaign because I wanted attention; in fact, it's hard for me to process it all. I did this because I want to see a world where everyone has access to death with dignity, as I have had. My journey is easier because of this choice," she wrote.

Funmi Iyanda Shares About Her Depressing Experience At Shomolu

Today, media personality Funmi Iyanda posted about a depressing experience she had at Shomolu when she went to visit her cook. See below:

The Ugandan Safari King Who Has Made Millions Introducing Tourists to The Beauty of His Country

Meet Amos Wekesa, Ugandan entrepreneur and founder of Great Lakes Safaris, one of the largest tour operators in Uganda. Wekesa has also made millions introducing his clients to the beauty of his country. "Personally I've traveled the whole world, and I think one of the things I am advantaged with is having seen my own country as a tour guide, and seen how the tourists were shocked about the beauty of this area," he says. Read his inspiring story gotten from CNN African voices below:

There was nothing swift about Wekesa's rise. After school, he worked sweeping floors, earning $10 a month."I was living, to be honest, on half a dollar a week," he recalls. His luck would eventually change when he  got a job as a tour guide. "I remember very well my first trip. We had 3 tourists and we went around for 15 days. We were doing camping, we had to put up tents, had to cook breakfast for the guys, and stir the campfire until the last person finished smoking, maybe 3 am. It was a draining job," he recalls.

When he decided to set up his own firm in 2001, he got very little support. "People would say, 'you were born in a poor family, we told you, you can't do business,'" he says. "I mean 99% of the people that surrounded me were telling me 'You can't succeed. You don't have a background of business.' But I knew in my heart that you know what, I think God has given me this opportunity and tried me out, and I'm going to make sure I succeed in this thing."

Toyin Towolawi - The Nigerian Lady Barber

Meet Toyin Towolawi, the 29 year old female entrepreneur who is a barber and beauty therapist. She is the MD/CEO of BMAT de Barber and BMAT Beauty Academy. The Banking and Finance graduate advises upcoming entrepreneurs to be the best version of themselves. Read excerpts of her interview with the Punch below, it will inspire you.

How did the idea come about?My father was a baker while my uncle was a professional barber who used manual clippers. They both had apprentices that worked for them. I enjoyed their independence and this informed my decision to be on my own. My father wanted me in school at all cost. Each time I came home for holiday, I ensured I learnt something from both of them – mostly on how to hold the clipper. At a point in time I told my dad not to send me money because I had more than enough to sustain myself. I was able to raise a lot of money through plaiting of hair of my colleagues and barbing the boys. Indeed, I lived big on campus.

I found it difficult to cope when I finished the National Youth Service Corps programme to work in a company because I had to wait till the month end before I could have money in my pocket. I could not cope with this; hence, I saved some money and with the help of my brother and my fiancé, I was able to raise my initial startup capital.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Female 1st Class Civil Engineering Graduate - 'I Made Up My Mind To Graduate With a 1st Class'

Meet Adepoju Peace, the 21 year old female 1st class graduate of Civil engineering. She was one of the first class graduates from the Civil Engineering Department of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, in the 2013/2014 academic session. She said she made up her to graduate with a 1st class when she got into school, and she did with a 4.54 CGPA.

Adepoju's story serves as an inspiration to young people out there, showing the importance of setting goals, working towards achieving them and the need to stay focused. Read excerpts of her interview with The Punch below:

Why did you choose to study Civil Engineering and not any other field of engineering?
I loved Maths and Physics right from the beginning. Maths was my best subject and Technical Drawing was a subject I also enjoyed doing. So, putting all those together made me go for civil engineering. But of course, I later realised that civil engineering wasn’t just about Mathematics and Technical Drawing, nevertheless, it was a good choice for me.

How easy was it to graduate with a first class?
It was stressful. It required devoting a lot of time to your studies and having to forgo certain things that would have been interesting. It was by God’s grace, divine strength and good health. His grace was constantly sufficient for me. Also, it didn't come as a surprise because right from my first day in 100L, I made up my mind to graduate with a first class, behave well in school and make my parents proud of me. So that was a target I set for myself and I worked towards it. Like I said, it was stressful and it also involved a lot of mind stress. Now, it feels good and fulfilling. The joy of having achieved a major goal in life knows no bounds.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Christine Khasinah-Odero On Finding Inspiration For Her Entrepreneurial Journey

Meet Kenya's Christine Khasinah-Odero, the female entrepreneur who has found a profitable niche in Kenya’s widely overlooked mother and baby market. She is the founder of Supamamas, an events and marketing company that organises mother and baby events usually attended by over 200 professional mothers. During her first pregnancy she discovered the lack of information sources. Read excerpts of her interview with howwemadeitinafrica below:

Christine, you are the founder of Supamamas in Kenya, tell us a little about the very early stages of the business and what motivated you to start it.
The inspiration came when I was expecting a baby in 2010 while trying to start a business of my own. There was no-one to turn to. No support system or source for advice or inspiration. It was a lonely position to be in, and this is when I figured out many professional and entrepreneurial mothers in Kenya must feel the same way. 

This is how the idea of Supamamas was born. I wanted to create a platform that would connect mums through regular events with experts as well as baby brands. I finally started the company in 2011. Today, our events are held every month and vary in themes. These include baby nutrition, skin, sleep and safety, pampering events, financial planning events, networking, mentorship, fun days and so much more.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Brazillian Mother Who Has 3 Albino Children

Rosemere Fernanda de Andrade and ex-husband, Joao, are both blackbut 3 of their children Ruth, 14, Estefani, 12, and Kauan, 9 are albinos.While 3 other children Joao, 13, Rebeca, five and Maria, two, have a black skin. 

Her first child Ruth suffers from a rare genetic condition called albinism and has no pigment melanin in the skin, hair and eyes. Rosemere recalls her shock after she gave birth to her daughter, thinking that there must have been a mistake somewhere when she was handed a white baby. Doctors explained that both Rosemere and her husband must carry a gene for albinism, that means each time they had a child there was a one in four chance the child would have a mutation.

The mother spoke about the challenges of having children with the genetic condition, albinism. She said: “When I am with my children I get strange looks because we look so different. Once I was leaving a shopping centre with Ruth and Estefani and a security guard asked where their mother was. It used to make my angry but I am learning people need educating about what albinism is.”

Source - MailOnline

Revealed!!! The Navy Seal Who Shot Osama Bin Laden

The Navy Seal who pulled the trigger that killed Osama Bin Laden has revealed his identity. He is Rob O'Neill, 38 year old former member of SEAL Team 6 known for  one of the world's most famous operations.  O'Neill was also the lead jumper on the Maersk Alabama, the ship taken over by Somali pirates, whose rescue turned into the Oscar-winning movie Captain Phillips.

O'Neill was personally congratulated for killing Osama Bin Laden at close range with 3 shots to his forehead during the SEAL raid on Abbottobad, in Pakistan, on 2 May 2011.  He says his decision to speak out was prompted by losing some of his military benefits by quitting the SEALs after 16 years rather than staying for a full 20 years of service.

However his decision to speak is stirring up controversy. In a letter to past and present SEALs, Force Master Chief Michael. Magaraci and commander Rear Adm. Brian Losey, made it clear that the vow of silence remains one of the most important tenets of SEAL life.'A critical tenant (sic) of our Ethos is 'I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.' Magaraci and Losey wrote.

O’Neill has agreed to be interviewed on a Fox News special next week called 'The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden. In it he will talk of his training, and detail the mission to take out the al Qaeda leader. He is also now a motivational speaker and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments, and how to become the "best of the best". His mantra is “never quit,” and O’Neill believes this is the single most important factor in determining success.'