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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Happy New Month!!! Choose Possibilities Over Impossibilities

Guys it's 8 months gone already. Thank God for the gift of life and for hope irrespective of challenges we may have faced since the beginning of this year. The answer to many of life's questions truly lies on the table of patience. How long are we willing to wait to see those things we desire come to pass.

It maybe a dream, an idea, a project, something definite you have been waiting patiently for to become a reality. The road looks rough ahead, everything seems to be working against you, you simply have no clue how you are going to pull it off. And to crown it all, the year is slowing coming to an end. Dear friend, everyday comes with new opportunities and a new ray of hope, yesterday is gone, tomorrow is the future, but we have today to dream again, believe again and challenge ourselves.

What is that thing you want to see accomplished by the end of the year? September is here with a new song and its own gifts for you to unwrap. What you do with it  remains your choice? I choose to kill procrastination. I choose to keep believing in my dreams. I choose to love at all times. I choose laughter in my soul. I choose to see possibilities. I choose faith. I choose to keep inspiring others. I choose purpose. I choose life and I choose to be grateful.

May this new month be a September to remember. Have a wonderful and blessed month people and thank you so much for visiting this blog. I appreciate you all and I hope you find some more inspiration to keep you moving. XOXO

Abdu Sekalala - The 23 Year Old Ugandan Raking in Lots of Money From Mobile Phone Apps

Meet Uganda's Abdu Sekalala, a 23 year old student at the School of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University. Abdu  has so far developed 9 internationally rated mobile phone apps and is currently raking in thousands of dollars  every month.

Abdu’s break came after he learned to develop mobile phone apps at a Nokia sponsored training for session in Uganda in 2011. Initially, he intended to focus on enterprise systems and the web, but changed his mind after realising that mobile apps would give him the chance of impacting the lives of more people across Africa and the world. When he developed his first app after the training, Nokia was willing to customize it for Ovi, their app store.

Of his 9 mobile phone apps, all are free except for one called Workbook, a dictionary app. It has word of the day feature which provides definitions, synonyms and examples. For every download, the app which is available on Nokia’s Ovi store, Abdu makes $1.25. By mid-2012, it had been downloaded more than 300,000 times, earning him $375,000. The highest downloads for Workbook so far have been in India and Thailand showing just how far African developers can reach. His other apps can be downloaded for free, however Sekalala monetizes them through ads. 

Sekalala makes at least $100 a day from his apps with his only investment being his time. He advises other young people to take advantage of opportunities when they come knocking, I believed I was going going to make a mark when Uganda Theme performed impressively. In addition to developing apps, he runs 2 other companies that focus on website development; Gogetta which employs 8 people and Foo Technology with 7 employees making Sekalala an inspiration to budding techies all over Africa.

9jaflave Talkback: Caring For a Sick Fiance/Fiancee With a Highly Infectious and Deadly Disease?

In a recent interview, the fiance of the nurse who died from Ebola, Dennis Akagha opened up about her last days, how he cared for her and how he survived the deadly disease. He Said: "The last day I saw her, I had to go inside the ward because she was so unkempt as nobody attended to her. At that time, the quarantined patients were in the former facility where there was no water and she had messed up herself again. I had to look for water to clean her up, change her pampers and arrange her bedding. Since I was aware of what I was dealing with, I got myself protected while cleaning up the place."

I must confess that I was touched by this man's actions. The hospital staff neglected her, he had to go in to clean her up himself, risking his own life. Some will go ahead to call his action foolish, while others will say they can never try what he did. So what do you think motivated his actions? Did he cross the line in doing what he did? Was it true love in action? Share your thoughts with me on this one. Thanx.

9jaflave Soliloquy - Pastor Anita Oyakhilome Files For Divorce From Pastor Chris

Yesterday the media went hyper with a major breaking news tagged "Pastor Anita files for Divorce from Pastor Chris Oyakhilome". I must confess that when I first saw the news, I felt really sad. My brother called me to confirm if I had seen it and I said yes, this was his closing remark, "As it is now this Christianity is a personal race, you have to work out your own salvation".

Some time ago, there was rumour in the air that all was not well with their marriage, it was said that Pastor Chris even accused his wife of keeping bad friends who were distracting her. And now she files for divorce. Sad!!! I remember a meeting of his I attended as a student many years ago, this was in the heat of the crisis and criticism of his visit with TB Joshua, his wife who was living abroad already, showed up at that meeting. You can imagine the reaction from the crowd when they hugged each other. I guess that moment may have inspired hope for many looking forward to marriage, a wife being there for her husband in his trying times. And now a Divorce?

What may be wrong or must have gone wrong in this marriage remains unknown. Many have taken to social media to lash out at Pastor Anita, others at Pastor Chris and many still saying it was impossible and only a work of rumour mongers. In Nigeria, men of God are looked upon as gods who can't make mistakes or do wrong things, many members idolise them so much that their words have become the final say in their lives. So when things like this come up, they are in shock. They forget that these men of God are simply human too.

William Legate - The 19 Year Old Entrepreneur Who Has Created Over 12 Mobile Apps

 Meet William Legate, the 19 year old entrepreneur who has developed over 12 mobile apps, the most widely recognized being the iOS application Fake-A-Text, which combined with his other applications, has received over 5 million downloads. William reveals that he started an Internet blog when he was in 6th grade and “started making money from it through advertising. About a year later, I began to buy and sell iPods on eBay making a hefty profit.” At the age of 14, he started teaching himself programming by watching Stanford lectures online and learned how to develop an app through YouTube videos. 

He was determined to make hit apps, so he also taught himself additional skills, such as marketing and SEO and using Photoshop. Since then, he's gone on to create over a dozen apps which have received over 5 million downloads, are used by 1 in 12 US teenagers, have been featured in the New York Times, and have peaked at the 2nd most downloaded spot in the entire App Store, above bigger brand apps such as Facebook and Google. He was recently awarded the Thiel Fellowship which gives 20 people under 20 years of age a cash grant of $100,000 to drop out of school to pursue their passion, and Business Insider named him as one of the top "25 most impressive kids graduating from high school this year".

William said: " Creating Apps actually changed my life, they give me purpose, they give me direction. they taught me about discipline than any lectures from my parents. They about me about the power of ideas than any philosophy lecture, they taught me more about work ethic, responsibility, independence than any pat time job. My doubts were great but my imagination was greater, my fears were large but my determination was larger. If you have a vision or idea, start creating today, and little by little, it will become a reality."

Saturday, 30 August 2014

How I Survived Ebola – Late Nurse Justina's Fiance

The fiance of Miss Justina Ejelonu , the nurse who lost her life to the deadly Ebola Virus disease, Mr Dennis Akagha has finally spoken out. In a recent Vanguard interview, he talked about losing his fiancee, how she was neglected and how he survived the deadly disease. Read below:

His thoughts on Ebola and late Justina

The truth is that Justina and I were not legally married, we were planning for our traditional marriage in October and she just got this job. She was a qualified graduate nurse and got the job at the First Consultant Hospital in Lagos. She resumed duty at the hospital on the 21st of July, while Patrick Sawyer was admitted at the hospital on the 20th.

He was her first patient. She was one of the nurses that nursed him. She was pregnant and so her immune system was weak, which made it easy for her to contract the disease. On that first day which was a Monday, she was having some pregnancy symptoms, but I just encouraged her to go because it was her first day at work. Sawyer was her first patient. The next day, Tuesday, she didn’t work on Sawyer. Wednesday and Thursday, she was off. Then on Friday, Patrick Sawyer died. They didn’t know he had Ebola, it was three days later that they realized it was Ebola.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Kenya's Terry Mungai on How Being Jobless Led Her Into Entrepreneurship

Meet Kenya's Terry Mungai , a renowned entrepreneur in Kenya’s beauty industry. She runs a chain of high-end salons and beauty shops, a training institute and a beauty pageant. She lost her job and was on the verge of losing her home when she became motivated to follow her passion. Having a good job one day and being jobless the next day led to her entrepreneurial journey, she said. “That experience was motivation enough. I wanted to be in charge of my destiny.”

She decided to sell her salon to pay off more debts and moved to a better location in Nairobi where she started Ashleys beauty salon. She recalls when setting up her first outlet she ran out of money and even had to sell her car to complete the project. “I did not have a choice because the salon was now going to be my livelihood. I figured I could always buy another car in future. Unlike the first time when I bought an existing business and had to continue using its name, this time around I had the opportunity to start something from scratch that could be associated with me. When we finally opened Ashleys, people really bought into the idea,” she says.

“Having been a corporate lady myself I had visited lots of salons and could see there was a gap. There was nothing different, and attendants treated all customers the same way. I could see an opportunity to invest in a salon that treated the corporate woman differently, in a particular way, pampering her.” Ashleys now operates 11 centres in Nairobi and Mombasa. Mungai says Nairobi’s notorious traffic jams and limited parking space motivated her to start expanding the business to bring the service closer to clients. “People don’t want to look for service, they want service to go to them.”

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Floating School in Makoko Slum Nominated for Global Design Of The Year

Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi is one of 6 ground-breaking international architects profiled on Al Jazeera’s new series Rebel Architecture. The series uncovers architects who are shunning the glamour of ‘starchitecture’ and using design to tackle the world’s urban, environmental and social crises. The series premières on 18 August 2014.

His episode, Working on Water, focuses on his partnerships with coastal slum communities to pioneer floating buildings, including a school at sea in Makoko waterfront in Lagos and a floating radio station in Chicoco in Port Harcourt. There was a mass government demolition targeting Makoko’s 250 000 slum dwellers in July 2012, while last year Kunlé’s floating school was labelled “illegal” by the authorities and threatened with demolition. The school only received federal approval earlier this year after it was nominated as Design of the Year by London’s Design Museum.

The residents of both Makoko and Chicoco live in fear of demolition but Kunlé believes that forced evictions are not the solution, “There are hundreds if not thousands of Makokos all over Africa,” he says. “We cannot simply displace this population; it’s important to think about how to develop them, how to create enabling environments for them to thrive, to improve the sanitation conditions, to provide the infrastructure, schools and hospitals to make it a healthy place.”

Malawi's Sungeni Mtalimanja - The Lawyer Turned Cake Maker

 Meet Malawi's Sungeni Mtalimanja, the young woman behind the baking business, Sweet Temptations by Sungeni.  Driven by passion, this young entrepreneur said crafting yummy baked goods was not something she had ever envisaged. A trained lawyer, Mtalimanja had been working as a lawyer for a number of years when one day in late 2012 she began helping her sister-in-law bake desserts. She was instantly hooked.

"I never knew I had this passion for cakes," she says. "Sometimes a passion comes from the comments that people make, if people say, 'this is great, this is awesome,' you're inclined to do more, you want to explore more and you want to improve on it," adds Mtalimanja. So last year, she decided to turn her passion for cake making into something bigger. Without having any formal training in baking, she launched Sweet Temptations by Sungeni, all the while keeping her full-time law job. "It wasn't easy," recalls the 30-year-old entrepreneur. "I worked late nights and was up very early for a period of six months."

Word spread out and orders started piling in, Mtalimanja decided to make Sweet Temptations her priority and main source of income. She quit her law job and focused on her business full time. "The industry is quite booming at the moment," she says. "Cakes are very popular. It wasn't like that before; before you could only see those cakes when you were celebrating your birthday but now it's like for any kind of celebration, whether it'd be a bridal shower, birthday, graduation or someone who is coming home for the first time after a long time, everyone wants to get into that mood of having a cake."

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Now Officially Married

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt are now officially married after 9 years together. The couple, who have 6 children got married Saturday in a small, private ceremony in a chapel at Château Miraval in France.

According to a statement from the family "Angelina was walked down the aisle by her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals, gathered from the garden. Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers." Congrats to them.

A Very Successful Climb For Down Syndrome

The 3 young professionals who set out to climb Africa's highest mountain, in order to raise awareness on Down syndrome have successfully summitted Mt Kilimanjaro. The professionals, Umar Farouk Umar a UK based software engineer, Thierry Mbimi , Director of Financial Risk Management at KPMG Lagos and Adedotun Eyinade, a Tanzania based Global Fellow with Acumen Fund embarked on the 6-day hike on Monday 18th August and got to the top on Friday 22nd August at about 9.00am.

The charity hike called 'Climb for Down syndrome' was organized by Inspired by charity, a Lagos based social enterprise.  “This is by far the most challenging thing I have done in my 3 decades of existence”, said Eyinade Adedotun, co-founder of Inspired by Charity. 

"We braved the odds of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS), physical exhaustion and freezing sub-zero temperature of the summit night to reach Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa." According to Thierry Mbimi, one of the hikers, getting to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro was no mean feat, and remains a testament to the team’s determination and undying courage in the quest of championing worthy cause. 
Congrats to the team on a very successful climb.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Ugandan Teenager Who Is Improving The Minds of Slum Children Through Computer Knowledge

Samuel Lubangakene is the Ugandan teenager who developed a creative computer game project, called The Children Mind Development Project (CMDP). This initiative provides multiple brain training games, such as Sudoku, Space Chem and Braid, as well as computer training, including in game-making software, as an alternative to violent video games for local slum children. 

The 18 year old who lives in a slum in Kampala, Uganda said that the initiative started in 2013, when he realized that most slum children used the few Ugandan shillings they gained by collecting scrap metal or helping their parents with stone quarrying for 25 minutes of video games. The CMDP intends to provide slum children essential computer knowledge, which they can apply in their daily life and to improve their community. Samuel holds computer sessions twice a week for interested children.

The young Ugandan’s CMDP project has been licensed to access some games at no cost from Emblem Entertainment, an independent Australian game development company, established in 2008. The project has also gotten a Zone 40 wireless game system, which is an interactive gaming system with 40 built-in games and two motion controllers, which is similar to the Nintendo Wii.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A White Girl Speaking Fluent Yoruba (Video)

                              
Check out this video of an American girl speaking the Yoruba language so fluently. I just stumbled on it, though an old video but was relevant enough to left me speechless after watching it.

The amazing thing is that she learnt to speak Yoruba in America, but for me, her commitment and dedication to have pulled it off is quite inspiring!!! A white girl is so passionate about a foreign language while parents and children these days have adopted the English language as their main language.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Oscar Winning Actor/Director Richard Attenborough Dies at 90

Oscar winning actor-director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. He passed away on Sunday. Attenborough began his career as a classically trained English actor and went on to star in hit films as "The Great Escape," "Jurassic Park" and a remake of "Miracle on 34th Street." I personally remember him from Jurassic park. RIP.  I read some inspiring things about him and his work. See below:

His 1982 film  "Gandhi", which he is best known for took him 20 years to make. While working on the film, he went bankrupt several times, he mortgaged his house and his family suffered to a certain extent while working on this project. He said: "I placed things at risk because I cared about it so much."That film went on to win 8 Academy awards. Talk about persistence and passion. Truly Inspiring!!!!

Also his marriage to actress Sheila Sim spanned 70 years and produced 3 children. "My philosophy has always been that I believe that art is not an elitist gift for a few select people. Art is for everyone," he once said.

Kenyan Entrepreneur Kevin Mulei On Failure and Refusing to Give Up on His Dreams

Kevin Mulei is the young Kenyan entrepreneur behind Mo Sound Entertainment, he also started Kenya’s first gospel music awards. The entrepreneur spoke about his vision to encourage young people explore their musical dreams, failure and refusing to give up. Read more below:

He was just 23 and was indebted to the tune of US$23,000 because of a business venture gone bad. When Kevin started Kenya’s first gospel music awards in 2002, he had a big vision of using the platform to encourage talented youth explore their musical dreams. A busy disc jockey, Mulei had wanted to do more than spinning. He attended local music awards and events, scoured the internet for details, assembled a team and executed the first Groove Awards in 2002. But it proved a tough venture because he had no equipment, no contacts and made many mistakes. “If I’d been weak I’d have given up after the first one,” he says.

So in 2003 he tried again, but limited support from the stakeholders made the second event even harder. And frustrated that people were not buying into his vision, and with the $23,000 debt, Mulei did the inevitable. He gave up, packed his bags and relocated to the US. “I think it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. When I came back I had lots of creative ideas. My passion and vision was very clear in my mind and on paper. I am a strong believer of putting goals on paper because then I can take stock of any accomplishments. So I and the team put together the next Groove Awards and this time round I did not lose any money,” he recalls.

Feyi Agagu Opens Up On Surviving a Plane Crash

Former Ondo State Governor Olusegun Agagu’s son, Feyi, has finally opened up on the plane crash that nearly took his life about a year ago. He described his escape from death as a rare miracle for which his family would always be grateful to God.

He added: “I am not just lucky; I am a blessed survivor.” He said that only few could have survived in that moment of uncertainty, tension and anxiety. Not many could have survived a plane crash. It is not something you plan or pray for. It takes God’s grace. I cannot say it was because of how I sat in the plane or where I sat. “I just saw the plane going down. I saw smoke and I passed out. When I opened my eyes in the hospital, I could recollect what happened within seconds. I remembered that the plane was going down.”

Feyi was accompanying the plane carrying his father’s body to Akure, the Ondo State capital, for a state burial when it crashed. He and one of his in-laws survived while the Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mr. Deji Falae, popular undertaker, Mr Tunji Okunsanya and his son, all died in the crash.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Celine Dion Takes Out Time From Showbiz to Care For Her Husband

All for love and family!!
Singer Celine dion has taken out some time from all her show business activities to care for her husband, René Angélil, who underwent surgery in December to remove a cancerous tumour from his throat.

Robin Leach who is a friend to the singer said, "They are each other's lives, He and her family come first and she's always made that clear." She adds that Dion had been contemplating an extended leave ever since his surgery. "Last time I saw him, he was very thin and frail," she adds. "Céline had to take a step back, and her decision is a realization that you have to hold onto everything while you've got it." 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Ameyo Adadevoh I Knew - Prof. Chidi Odinkalu

On 19 July, I spoke to Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the senior Consultant Endocrinologist and Physician, who has just died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), to schedule a previously agreed medical review. It was a Saturday. We agreed that I would come in the following Monday, July 21. On 20 July, Patrick Sawyer, the index case now thought to have brought EVD into Nigeria, was admitted into the hospital where Ameyo worked.

On 21 July, I attended the appointment as agreed. She had completed the rounds where she reviewed the cases, including Mr. Sawyer. She saw me shortly after mid-day. As always, it was professional and detailed. Unknown to me, Sawyer was already in the hospital. Unknown to her, he was already terminally symptomatic with EVD. We managed on that day to do my review and, curiously in hind-sight, fit in a conversation about life, death and dying.

As she would herself later narrate with her Chief Medical Director, Dr Benjy Ohiaeri, Mr. Sawyer, on admission “denied having been in contact with any person with EVD at home, in any hospital or at any burial.” So, on 21 July, Mr. Sawyer was being managed for Malaria. He had tested positive for Malaria parasites. It would take another day before the full possibility would hit home. By then, she’d probably already had fatal exposure to the virus.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

9jaflave TalkBack - Must Couples Sleep in The Same Bedroom?

Many argue that sharing the same bedroom with your spouse fosters intimacy and communication. What of those who sleep in separate bedrooms and are still very intimate and even have excellent communication? What is that key reason that makes it a must?

Yet in marriage it eventually still comes down to mutual understanding and respect for each other's needs. So do you feel that couples must share the same bedroom. Please share your thoughts with me on this one. XOXO

Rosebill Satha-Sambo - Tackling The Problem of Youth Unemployment Through Her Bamboo Weaving Business

Meet Malawi's Rosebill Satha-Sambo, founder of JARDS, a business focused on weaving bamboos into beautiful products like furniture, baskets and storage units. She is also tackling the problem of youth unemployment in her community by empowering others with necessary skills. On her journey to success, this young entrepreneur who lost her job, had no income and had a young family to raise, eventually resorted to a skill she'd learned from her mother while growing up: weaving bamboo baskets.

Working from her home in the Malawian capital of Lilongwe, she began producing elaborate hampers for friends who were about to get married. Orders soon started piling in and, as business picked up, her creations quickly became the talk of the town including in high circles. "My baskets caught the eye of the late president Bingu Wa Mutharika's daughter, Duwa, who was getting married," recalls Satha-Sambo. " She ordered 1,000 wedding favour baskets which she needed in 3 weeks, there was no way I could have done it myself, so I got some youth and women who I knew could weave and together we
fulfilled the order.

In 2011 Satha-Sambo set up JARDS Products, a thriving social enterprise focused on producing a wide range of eco-friendly bamboo furniture and baskets from beautiful rocking chairs and mirror frames to hand-made dressing tables and storage units. "JARDS is an acronym for my family," says Satha-Sambo. "Daughters Joanna, Amanda, Rosebill, Dalitsa, who's my husband, and Sambo, which is our surname," she adds. "JARDS is all about family, community and friends, that's who we are."

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Woman Makes Necklaces From KFC Chicken Bones

Jewellery designer Meg C used real bones from an actual KFC chicken meal to create very beautiful necklaces. Awesome!!!!!

She cleaned the bones with regular soap and water, then prepped them with varnish and paint to be plated. The process took about a month to complete the whole bucket. See more pictures below:

Nigerian Female Medical Doctor Dies From Ebola

Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the medical doctor who treated Patrick Sawyer has died. According to a statement issued on behalf of the minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, by his media aide, Dan Nwomeh: “The Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu regrets to announce the death, this evening, of one of the primary contacts of the index Ebola Virus Disease case, the most senior doctor who participated in the management of the patient, a female consultant physician. With this unfortunate development the total number of Ebola Virus related deaths in Nigeria now stands at 5. The other 2  patients currently under treatment in the isolation wards are stable and are being taken care of.” 

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, who had fallen into coma for nearly a week before finally succumbing to the disease, attended to Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the Ebola virus to Nigeria. Adaevoh, who is survived by her only son, is the first doctor and the 4th Nigerian to die from the virus. The other fatalities were 2 nurses and an ECOWAS protocol officer.

Five other persons who were infected have been discharged from isolation ward, while 2 other persons are currently undergoing treatment. Friends and well-wishers of the late doctor had launched a campaign for the United States to make the ZMapp experimental drug available for her, describing her efforts at saving the life of Sawyer as “heroic”. However, makers of the drug had announced that they had run out of supplies and it would take months to produce.

Source - Cableng

Monday, 18 August 2014

For Real!!! Edible Chocolate Legos (Photos)

 Created by Illustrator and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi, these edible chocolate lego bricks were designed by pouring chocolate into precisely designed moulds which after cooling can be popped out and used as regular LEGOs. But I wonder how long it takes to melt. Very creative though.....Thumbs Up!!!!! See more photos below:

Achenyo Idachaba - The Woman Who Is Transforming An Environmental Problem Into a Beneficial Solution

 Meet Achenyo Idachaba, founder of MitiMeth, NIGERIA, a business involved in weaving useful products from invasive aquatic weeds. Aquatic weeds such as the water hyacinth, which MitiMeth uses, pose a major challenge to local communities and have been a target of government initiatives to stem the damage they cause for some years. Their extensive, knotted root systems tangle together – ‘they almost weave themselves!’ says Achenyo and clog waterways, which are a key transportation network to inland populations.

They also deplete nutritional resources in their surroundings, leading to a drop in the fish population, which impacts food supplies and livelihoods for riparian communities, who are reliant on fishing.
Achenyo hit upon the idea through research she undertook, which showed that communities in southeast Asia afflicted by the water hyacinth had harvested the weed and transformed it through weaving into marketable products. ‘I thought to myself, this can be done here in Nigeria.’

Visiting a community in the city of Ibadan, she befriended a couple of artisans who had experience in weaving doum palm and rattan. She worked with them to develop the company’s first products – a table tidy and a waste-basket: two fitting products to make from a tangled weed! Born in the US to Nigerian parents, Achenyo Idachaba spent her formative years between Nigeria and America, where she forged a successful career as a computer scientist and business analyst. Yet she always nursed the idea of going back to Nigeria. ‘I felt it would be good to come back here and do something that would impact lives sustainably.’

Sunday, 17 August 2014

9jaflave Soliloquy: Husbands Who Are Comfortable With Their Wives Showing Off Lots of Cleavage

When does one draw boundaries between too much and just enough. Today fashion has become synonymous with baring all. Gone are the days when those parts of the body that were specially reserved for couples only, are now thrown to the public for free viewing.

My thoughts currently are on husbands who are comfortable with their wives baring so much cleavage . I have actually heard a married woman who is on the big side say her husband loves her wearing very short things when they go outing. Some women will boldly tell you their husbands bought them those clothes that show it all and he loves it that way. But how does a man feel when other men are probably lusting after their wives because of her outfit. 

It is cool to feel sexy for your man but I think it should be done with moderation. You should dress the way you want to be addressed. Different occasions require different outfits. Besides when you become a parent, the utmost question on your mind should be, how would I feel seeing my daughter baring all for the world to see? If it doesn't feel right then I should not be found doing it. As for husbands who like their wives that way. It remains a personal choice. Think aloud with me on this one. XOXO

Meet The 10 Year Old Scientist From The UAE Who Wants to Change The World

Now when I see things like this, it gets me thinking about young people in my country. How much vision, drive and passion do they have to be innovative, creative and change their nation? Or better still, how much is our government willing to invest in developing the minds of these young ones?

Meet the 10 year old scientist Adeeb Alblooshi, from the UAE who has created a waterproof prosthetic leg, a small vibrating robot to help his mother clean small spaces and a seat belt that monitors a passenger's heart rate. According to CNN, a trip to the beach sparked his inventing career. When his father who had suffered from polio could not go swimming because of his prosthetic leg, Adeeb, then 6, made him a waterproof alternative using an enhanced medical wax coating. Soon after, he created a small vibrating robot to help his mother clean small spaces. It wasn't long before the media, and subsequently the Dubai government, came calling.

Adeeb, a student of Gems Wellington Academy in Dubai, says all he wants to do is help people and save their lives. “I was once travelling with my dad in his car. He used to smoke then, and was coughing a lot. He asked me what would happen if he was alone and had a heart attack while driving. I thought about it for 2 days and decided that seat belts that run across your chest could be used to measure heart beats,” says Adeeb.

Artist's Incredible Creation Using 100,000 Toothpicks And 35 years of His Life

The artist behind this masterpiece, Scott Weaver, begun work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, over 35 years ago, which he continues to modify and expand even today. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move ping-pong balls through neighbourhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. 

He admits that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. He estimates that he spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and the toothpicks have been sourced from around the world:

I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Teenage Girl Invents 'Snap-On Underwear' For People With Disabilities

Charlotte Robinson was born with a hemangioma, a disorder that caused vascular tumours to grow in her right tibia, which created holes in her bones and damaged her joints. When she was 13, her right leg was 2.5 inches shorter than her left. In 2011, doctors told her that she would have to wear a leg brace in order to properly lengthen her right leg. One of the first inconveniences the 17 year old faced was wearing uncomfortable underwear. That’s when the idea for the "snap-on" underwear was born.

The cute knickers, which come in varying colours, snap along the sides, so anyone who can’t slip their legs into a pair of undies, can still find their way into these undergarments without a problem. She’s now selling the line, which she dubbed No Guts, No Glory, on her website.

"I had the attitude that the procedure was going to work because, as my grandfather said to me '80 percent of the success of a surgery is the patient,'" she wrote on her blog. "Attitude is everything." Often, it’s the patients who have the most innovative ideas when it comes to finding solutions for issues that come up during recovery.

9jaflave Talkback - Does The Presence of A Father Have Positive Impact In a Child's Life While Growing Up?

Hello to all of you wonderful who have been stopping over at this blog. I really do appreciate your time and hope you have found some kind of inspiration here. Today I am introducing 9jaflave Talkback, where we will be tackling various life issues, airing our voices and learning a few things from other people's experiences via the comments section. Today I am asking this question: Does the presence of a father have positive impact on the life of a child while growing up?

Children in their formative years need good role models and one of those who can have positive influence in their lives is a father. A father is a leader and a shepherd, he protects and guides his family towards achieving God's purposes for their lives. One memory I remember clearly from my childhood is when I was very ill, weak and didn't seem to be getting better, my dad would carry me, soothe me and pray for me, he would also carry me to the balcony of our home early in the morning so I could get some fresh air. This action and many more communicated the importance of love, care and attention in the family. 

Fast forward many years later, I would do the same and much more for my own children. Why? Because the seeds of caring totally and loving endlessly had been sown in my heart. While children may not always recognize the importance dad plays in their lives, most children long for and need a loving, involved and responsible father or father-figure. What of those children who grew up without their fathers and turned out well? How does a single or divorced mother bring that balance of a father's role into the home? So how much positive impact does a father have in the formative years of his children? Share your thoughts with me on this one.

Founder/CEO, Easy Taxi Nigeria - 'In Entrepreneurship, Giving up Should Not Be An Option'

Bankole Cardoso is the young entrepreneur behind Easy Taxi Nigeria. His business is an online service that allows people to hire taxis from the comfort of their homes or offices through their mobile device or computers. This 25 year old is set to revolutionise the public transportation business in the country. Read his advice to those desiring to venture into entrepreneurship below:

What advice do you have for youths that aspire to venture into business?
As an entrepreneur, make sure you understand your products very well and what value it could add. Test it in every different way, make sure you render quality services to your customers. Be careful about venturing into entrepreneurship. Also, find someone that is as passionate as you are. It helps to have someone to share the burden of entrepreneurship and to help you keep focused and pushing through the tough times.

In entrepreneurship, giving up should not be an option. It should not even be thought about while going into business. Quitting half way into business shows the level of preparation or the lack of it on the part of the entrepreneur. It also means that you have not done your homework before jumping into it. If you had an idea that you believe in so much that you actually followed through, then there must be something there. I advise that you give your methods some time, or put in some more effort, and you might get the results you want. It is important to try every possible strategy to grow the business before you entertain giving up. The best thing about start-up entrepreneurs is their willingness to pursue plans.

A Teenager's Plea to Stay Alive - 'I Don't Want To Die Young'

I saw this touching article on Jebose Boulevard in the Punch. It is a teenage girl's plea to stay alive. Touching!!! She needs a kidney transplant but lacks funds. About 2 weeks ago, I shared the story of a 26 year old graduate, Balogun Yomade Yewande who also needs a kidney transplant. These young women with great dreams deserve a chance to stay alive.

Henrietta Ewenike is a 19 year old girl who was diagnosed with severe kidney failure 4 years ago. The failure was from the infections of Hepatitis B disease which she contracted earlier in life. Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Infection with this virus can cause scarring of the liver, kidney failures, liver cancer, and even death.

She said:I never asked for this. My wish is to get healed. The dialyses would sustain me until I get a kidney transplant. Doctors told my mother to source for funds because being a teenager; they do not recommend a lifetime dialyses. I need help to get a transplant. I want to live. Transplant would stabilise my life and allow me to live normal life. I need money to get a transplant. I do not want to live on the machine 3 days a week the rest of my life. I am a teenager with ambitions.

My father lives in the East. He walked away from us 6 years ago. Since this illness, I tried several times to ask and plead for his assistance. I called him few months ago and told him about my condition, pleaded with him for financial support. I told him I needed him now more than ever before, just to be my father with all support. I begged that perhaps, he should be ready in future to be tested for a kidney- donor match in case I found financial assistance or sponsor for kidney transplant. I wanted him to be the one to donate his kidney to me if it matched. He is my father. I never judged him or asked why he walked away from us. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Jamie Foxx to Potray Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic

Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx is set to portray Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic about the boxer's life. The 46 year old Academy Award-winning actor who has already featured in 2 major biographical films, namely Ray (for which he won a Best Actor Oscar) and, another Ali (as Muhammad Ali’s charismatic assistant Drew Bundini Brown), is being tipped to play the role.

Even though details are still unclear, Mike Tyson did indicate that discussions are underway and that CGI effects will be used to enable Foxx to portray Tyson at different stages of his life.“Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it. Within a year to 18 months, we’re going to do the Mike Tyson story and he’s going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie’s pretty much my age, so he can’t portray me, but they have this new system.”, he said.

Mike Tyson at one time, was the most controversial sports figure in history in and out of the ring. His ferocious fighting style and physical stamina made him one of the most popular fighters throughout his career. The stint he did in prison for rape, his bankruptcy in 2003, his fall as a heavyweight champion, the death of his young daughter and the Evander Holyfield “ear incident” provide a rich meadow of material for a capable writer such as Winter to dig in. For these reasons, it’s easy to believe that many producers will want to be part of it.

12 Young Entrepreneurs Who Make Me Feel Optimistic About Nigeria's Future - Mary Olushoga

I saw this article written by Mary Olushoga, Founder AWP network here and felt it was worth sharing.  And for many who seem to be giving up on the future of our dear country, Nigeria, I hope you feel more optimistic after reading part of her article below:

Despite the growing concern for Nigeria's future due to terrorism or the lack of conscientious leaders, I am optimistic. I am optimistic because a growing number of young Nigerian entrepreneurs are creating innovative businesses, and more importantly are not waiting for government connections to create this change. These young innovators are being proactive about change and their enormous success is not a byproduct of nepotism or deeply entrenched corruption.

The collaborative power of technology and new media has given a voice to a new kind of entrepreneur. It has given a voice to innovative young Nigerians emerging throughout the continent and these are who I want more young Nigerians to celebrate as success stories. As the largest economy within the African continent, we have to celebrate hard work and innovation, as well as implement policies that accelerate business growth and strengthen the private sector to create more jobs.

Here are the 12 Young Entrepreneurs who make me optimistic about Nigeria's future. These young entrepreneurs are out in the field establishing businesses and providing solutions within their various communities.

Inspiring!!! American Model With Vitiligo Takes On Fashion World

Chantelle Brown-Young aka Winnie Harlow is a US based model living with the rare skin condition, vitiligo and she is absolutely loving who she is. She has used what would probably crush many people to learn to love herself and live her life to the fullest. She lives positively with this skin condition despite the difficulties she faced as a child when the onset of the skin disorder first became clear. Her inspiring story has also amassed her a huge following on Instagram.

Chantelle also appeared on the hit reality TV series America’s Next Top Model, hosted by veteran model Tyra Banks. She was 4 years-old when her skin started changing pigmentation. She admits that growing up was tough as she was bullied and called names like ‘Zebra’.

Vitiligo is a rare autoimmune condition affecting the skin cells leading to discolouration. In some extreme cases, the disease does lead to a degree of photosensitivity in the eyes and the skin. It is a physically painless disease but the emotional pain incurred from social stigma, superstition and misinformation can be huge. Scientists lack adequate information about the human body’s immune system which makes vitiligo difficult to deal with. It has no cure and can only be managed.

Some Teenage Entrepreneurs Taking The World By Storm

Meet some youngsters who are breaking boundaries, have embraced entrepreneurship and are set to take the world by storm. They have also been tagged Generation Z. These teenagers are leading a change of tide and are desperate to 'make something of themselves'. Dan Schawbel, founder of research firm Millennial Branding told MailOnline: 'Generation Z has everything at its finger tips. You can start taking classes online or connecting with experts before you're 10 years old. Teenagers are now giving influential TED talks, building their reputation and networking before they have even left school. The majority of them would rather be entrepreneurs than employees.'

First on the list is Nick D'Aloisio, the 18 year old Australian-born British entrepreneur, who taught himself to code at the age of 12, created the news app Summly at 15, and sold it to Yahoo for $30 million last year. Another is Beth Reekles, 18, who has won a 3-book contract with Random House publishers after her first book 'The Kissing Booth' was released online and shared 19 million times. Rene Silva, a 19 year old journalist from Brazil, has already published his first book, having set up a newspaper at the age of 11, and live-tweeted a police raid on his neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro at 17.

This year, DreamWorks handed a multi-million dollar film deal to 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen for her memoir about school dynamics, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Greek. With social entrepreneurship now on the rise, many of these teens have stepped up to feel those shoes. Malala Yousafzai, is one of them, the 17 year old who was shot by the Taliban and survived, continues to propagate the importance of education around the world.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Rest In Peace - Robin Williams

Hollywood actor Robin William died on Monday at the age of 63. It has been confirmed that he took his own life after battling severe depression for a while. Really Sad!! Here is someone who had fame, money, influence and success and yet still chose to take his own life. I saw an article on a blog written after Robin's death which made some sense. Read a part of it below and go here for full article.

Happiness and contentment are not found in our talents, our money, our luxuries, or our reputations. If wealthy, brilliant, beloved people tell us anything when they murder themselves, it must be that. We are all meant to lead joyful lives, and the key to unlocking our joy isn’t hidden under a pile of money and accolades.

Also, incidents like this give us an opportunity to talk about depression, and we certainly should. Only we shouldn’t turn the subject into a purely cold, clinical matter. “Chemical imbalances,” people say. “A man is depressed because of his brain chemicals, and for no other reason.” No, we are more than our brains and bigger than our bodies. Depression is a mental affliction, yes, but also spiritual. That isn’t to say that a depressed person is evil or weak, just that his depression is deeper and more profound than a simple matter of disproportioned brain chemicals. And before I’m accused of being someone who “doesn't understand,” let me assure you that I have struggled with this my entire life.

Meet The Stylish 9 Year Old Entrepreneur Who Owns A Cookie Company

Meet Cory Nieves, the very stylish 9 year old entrepreneur who owns a cookie company. Cory who has a keen eye for both style and business is taking the baking world by storm. He is the CEO of his very own cookie company called Mr Cory's Cookies. On his Instagram page, which has an impressive 3,000 followers, Cory exhibits his impeccable style, striking a pose in on-trend blazers and thick-framed glasses while showing off his sweet treats.

Cory writes on his website that he first came up with the idea to start a business when he and his mother moved to New Jersey from New York City in 2009, and he decided they needed a car. He initially began selling hot cocoa in front of his home, eventually expanding into the cookie business.
Some of his delicious, all-natural treats include the 'perfect' chocolate chip cookie, sugar-free oatmeal raisin cookies and peanut butter cookies. They cost $10 for a dozen, and $34.99 for a platter.

Not only has he developed a fanbase for his scrumptious desserts, but he has also won over followers who admire his impressive fashion sense. And Cory is fully aware of how his look helps him sell cookies. 'Presentation is the key to success,' he said.'People first look at my style and ask, "Who dresses you? Your mom?" And my mom says, "Do you see what I have on? I need my son to dress me."' Fans have taken to his page to express their admiration, with one person writing: 'This kid is seriously dapper.'

Monday, 11 August 2014

5 Compelling Reasons Why Africa is The Place to Implement Your Business Vision

I saw this article by Dr Harnet Borkezion  and felt it was worth sharing. She gives compelling reasons why Africa is the place to implement your business vision. Read a part of her article below:

Africa is rising, but most Africans are still figuring out how to catch up. The silent majority plays ‘optimistic observer’ and too many enthusiastic entrepreneurs who got the ball rolling are playing small. I believe that Africa needs bold and visionary entrepreneurs more than ever. This is not the time to play small. We are largely still wrapped up in the traditional ways of doing things: planning a small business, employing family members, looking for a decent accountant. We need a mindset-shift to realise that both the opportunity and the responsibility we have as entrepreneurs are extraordinary reaching far beyond making good money.

Here are my 5 compelling reasons why you should implement your own grand business vision for Africa!

1) You become a driver in Africa’s development

African nations are distancing themselves from aid-dependency and are keen to strengthen the image of a market that offers opportunities to everyone who is ready to grab them. The continent still has a long way to go, but the context for Africa’s development is visibly changing in front of our eyes. The private sector will be key in boosting that growth. As an Africa entrepreneur you will advance that exciting transformation. Be strategic about it.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Nollywood Film Maker Kunle Afolayan - I Was Born To Be A Film Maker

Nollywood film maker Kunle Afolayan has chosen a path he truly enjoys and recently shared his thoughts on why he chose to follow his passion rather than having a regular paid job. Read excerpts of his interview with the Punch below:

So what made you get into the industry eventually?It was just something I was meant to do. I went to school and studied Business Administration. I ended up in a bank and the first year I joined the bank, I started pursuing acting as a career. That was when I featured in Tunde Kelani’s film. I didn’t get to do a lot after because the bank work was tedious and I did the job for 7 years. It wasn’t until 2004 that I decided I was going to focus on being a creative person. My mind was always on movies.

In your sober moments, don’t you regret that decision? Who knows, you probably would have been a big boy in the bank now…That decision was the best decision. Even if I don’t have all the money in the world, nobody is waking me up in the morning. I wake up when I like although I even have more responsibilities because I pay salaries. But most importantly, I enjoy what I do. I feel fulfilled. I was born to be a filmmaker and I am very happy I took that decision at that time.

9jaflave Soliloquy - Lessons Learned While On Your Life's Journey

I am currently reading a very insightful book by John C. Maxwell - Talent is never enough. In one of the chapters, he explains why learning is a life-long pursuit. He says: Every stage of life presents lessons to be learned. We can choose to be teachable and continue to learn them or we can be closed-minded and stop growing. The decision is ours.

While on our life's journey, we will certainly come across challenges, disappointment and many hurray moments. If you can look back deeply at how far you have come, your world is opened up to certain lessons you learnt through each challenge or difficult circumstance. It can be courage, business acumen, entrepreneurial skills or simply opening your heart to love. For me personally, I learnt patience during certain seasons of my life, fast forward to now, that virtue keeps me calm and confident irrespective of how things may look.

You may be currently doing a job that makes you sick or you are simply just a stay at home, who is getting tired of the strain and drain caring for young children can put on you. Enjoy and savour each season of your life with gladness, look for life lessons in that particular situation. Learn from every situation, grow from each difficulty and be transformed to a better person from each challenge. You will be amazed at the things you can learn while on your life's journey. Cheers!!! What lessons have you learnt on your life's journey? I am anxious to read and learn from you too. XOXO

Rauf Aregbesola Declared Winner Of Osun State Governorship Election

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the incumbent governor of Osun state and candidate of the All Progressive Congress party(APC) has won the August 8th 2014 gubernatorial election. 

Aregbesola defeated Omisore in 22 local government areas in the state. Residents took to the streets rejoicing after news filtered that Aregbesola had coasted to victory. 

6 Nigerians Set To Climb Mt Kilimanjaro To Create Awareness and Raise Funds for The Down Syndrome Foundation

A group of 6 young Nigerian professionals are set to embark on a 6-day climbing trip of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro. The participants are using this initiative as a fundraiser to support the activities of the Lagos-based Down Syndrome Foundation. The person behind Inspired by Charity which is anchoring the project, Mr. Adedotun Eyinade, said the charity climb tagged "Climb for Down Syndrome" would hold from the 16th to 23rd August, 2014.

He said, "The hiking party hopes to use the climb to raise awareness about Down Syndrome and to raise 10 million naira for the Down Syndrome Foundation, Nigeria. DSF is a renowned charity that works to provide leadership, support and advocacy in all areas of concern as it relates to persons with Down syndrome in Nigeria. “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro remains a physical and mental challenge and for many of us, it will be one of the most physically exerting things we would do in our youth” he added.

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, the highest freestanding mountain at 5,895m or 19,341 feet above sea level, attracts over 40,000 people every year. Of the 7 summits, it is the easiest to climb, requiring no ropes, or special mountaineering gears or previous climbing experience. The Climb for Down Syndrome party will climb through the Machame route, one of the 7 routes to Uhuru summit. 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

US Ebola Patient Dr Kent Brantly - I Am Growing Stronger Everyday

One of the American doctors, Dr Kent Brantly who was flown to the US last week from Liberia after showing symptoms of the dreaded Ebola disease has finally spoken out. He wrote a statement from his isolation room at the hospital. Read below:

I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital, where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible. I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease. I also want to extend my deep and sincere thanks to all of you who have been praying for my recovery as well as for Nancy (Writebol) and for the people of Liberia and West Africa.

My wife Amber and I, along with our 2 children, did not move to Liberia for the specific purpose of fighting Ebola. We went to Liberia because we believe God called us to serve Him at ELWA Hospital.
One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places. When Ebola spread into Liberia, my usual hospital work turned more and more toward treating the increasing number of Ebola patients. I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them. I witnessed the horror first-hand, and I can still remember every face and name.

Akeem and Bolanle Lawal -The Nigerian Couple Behind Creamy Delight Cakes

Many will be quick to disagree with the idea of a couple running a business together, citing that many factors will stop it from working. Akeem and Bolanle Lawal of Creamy Delight Cakes story will change that line of thinking. For this Nigerian couple, they did not only start their business together, they have also been able to build a successful brand. I saw their inspiring story on Spreadmediang and just had to share it. Read below:

Tell us! What’s your Story?
We stumbled on Cake Business by accident. My wife who was my fiancée back then made a birthday cake for me and I loved it. It wasn't that the cake was so fantastic but that was my first birthday cake ever, and it really thrilled me. The following year, we discussed the possibility of perfecting the skill and making a business out of it.

We decided to settle for cake making because of the following reasons: 1. It does not rely on electricity in any way. 2. It belongs to an industry that’s inexhaustible – the food and beverages industry. 3. It doesn't need a third party participant to ensure its success. What this means is that unlike a business like decoration where you have to hire extra hands when you have more than a job at a time, cake making does not require such. So, the success of the business is not dependent on ‘an outsider’.

Meet 4 Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs Who Transformed Their Lives Using The Internet

Today, the internet has become a powerful tool in the hands of many young people. While many are busy indulging in negative vices using the internet, others are learning, getting informed and using the web to bring about change and make a positive impact. Read the story of these 4 young Nigerian entrepreneurs who used the internet to transform their lives.

Eseoghene Odiete is the Creative Director at Hesey Designs, a fashion outfit that specializes in making bags in Lagos. Through Google Search and YouTube, this fashion entrepreneur learnt how to create handbags, and found contacts for blogs and magazines to feature her products. In addition to emerging one of the 5 most inspiring web stories in Africa at the Google “Africa Connected” competition, she recently emerged one of the winners of the the British council enterprise challenge and as part of the winning prize, met Sir Richard Branson for a mentoring session in the UK.

To date, over 100 blogs have featured her designs, thus bringing her additional business. She sells her bags through her business website and conducts training for other women interested in learning how to create handbags and build a similar business for themselves. Her dream is to build her business into an international brand that promotes African designs.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Rwanda's Akaliza Keza Gara On Her Passion To Tell African Stories Using ICT

Meet Rwanda's Akaliza Keza Gara, the 27 year old founder and managing director of Shaking Sun, a multimedia business specialising in website development, graphic design and computer animation. The Rwandan entrepreneur is also very passionate about using technology to tell African stories. Gara considers her main achievement as being part of a team of animators who worked on African Tales, the first ever cartoon series produced in Rwanda.

"Seeing my name in the credits of the cartoon series was a big moment for me and I am so thankful I had that opportunity," she said. Her long-time dream has been to create animated features that target African children, which is why a big part of her company is focused on graphic design and animation. Gara argues that African children need characters and settings that they can relate to, as well as stories that can entertain and inspire them. “As a child there were hardly any cartoons that were representative of my culture and I want to be part of changing that for the children growing up today,” she adds.

She feels that by giving children stories that make sense in their context, they will be more inspired to achieve, and will also have local role models to look up to. This is not only true for the Rwandan context but for Africa as a whole. Gara has just finished her first cartoon educational series for children using local Rwandan animators and hopes to produce more content for African children in the near future.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Help Save a Life - 26 Year Old Nigerian Graduate Needs 9 Million Naira for Kidney Transplant

I saw this touching story and I just had to share it. The Nigerian Tribune reports that a 26 year old female graduate Balogun Yomade Yewande needs 9 million to save her life. She is currently undergoing dialysis at Gbagada General Hospital, under the supervision of a nephrologist who advised that a kidney transplant should be done as soon as possible. Read her mother's appeal below:

The joy of every parent is to eat the fruit of their labour after toiling for years, nursing their wards and spending on schooling them from nursery school to higher institution level.  So, when Mrs Adebimpe Balogun was told in 2012 that her daughter was exhibiting symptoms of chronic kidney disease, her hope was probably on the verge of being lost.

“It started in 2006 with swollen legs and pains. Then we went to Gbagada and she was treated, but in 2012 she started exhibiting the symptoms again and we went back to the hospital. We then went to Ekiti State Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and then Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH), but we were later transferred to Gbagada Hospital due to the strike,” the mother narrated.

“My Classmates Mocked And Called Me Handicapped’’ Star The Winner Is Contestant Victoria Ibeabuchi

Victoria Ibeabuchi dazzled the audience with her singing on the ongoing 'Star The Winner Is' competition as she took over the stage in a heated duel over the weekend. The 19 year old proved that having a disability is no limitation. 

Victoria, who had an accident as a child that left her right hand affected, refused to be deterred by her disability as she took the stage to give her rendition of Asa’s Jailer for a shot at winning the 10 million Naira prize money and a brand new car. While reliving her experience in primary school, a visibly upset Victoria said “Growing up has not been easy for me, I remember been called handicapped, one-handed and that depressed me terribly”.

Victoria who planned to open a home for physically challenged people if she won the prize money lost the round with a slim margin and got eliminated from the competition.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sudanese Woman Who Refused to Renounce Christianity Welcomed in The US, Husband In Tears

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who refused to renounce her religion and was nearly executed for her faith, arrived the US safely last week Thursday. They were welcomed into the country by members of the local Sudanese Evangelical Covenant Church. While Meriam was all smiles, her husband, Daniel Wani, broke down in tears, when they and their two young children finally arrived Manchester, New Hampshire.


Members of the Sudanese Evangelical Covenant Church, said to have been preparing for Ibrahim and Wani's arrival for more than a month, could be seen waving, smiling, and holding signs that read "God bless you" as Ibrahim and Wani made their way through the airport. God bless Meriam and her family indeed. Her courage is truly inspiring. She stood up for what she believed and God stood by her. May it be a new season of joy and laughter in their lives.

How To Tell Identical Triplets Apart (Photo)

A family from Pontypool, South Wales, has the answer to the question. How do you tell your identical triplets apart? They came up with the perfect idea of colour coding their triplets' toe nails to tell them apart.

The triplets parents Karen and Ian Gilbert, who also have a 4 year old daughter had to buy bright nail varnish so they know which of their little girls is which. Baby Ffion has fuschia polish on her toenails, Maddison has mint green and Paige wears purple. Mother Karen, 33, said: 'It's not a fashion statement we really struggle to tell them apart. 'We came up with the nail varnish idea and it works a treat. 'It makes life a lot easier when it comes to our daily routine of feeding, bathing and nappy changing.'

They hope as the little girls get older they will develop individual looks and personalities to help them tell one from another. The triplets are already earning some money from appearances on TV shows and dramas. The trio was conceived naturally from one egg.

Lessons From Africa's Top 3 Young Entrepreneurs Who Are Under 25

Every year the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for its youngest entrepreneurs, selects 12 of the continent’s top entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 to gain access to Anzisha’s community of mentors, business contacts, investors and other young business owners. How we made it in Africa spoke to the top 3 award winners from last year. Read below:

Best Ayiorwoth (22), founder of GIPOMO, Uganda
When Best Ayiorwoth lost her parents at a young age, she had to cut short her high school education because her older siblings struggled to pay her tuition. Having always wanted to take her education further, this was a massive disappointment and inspired her to start an award-winning microcredit business at the age of 19, that would go on to help hundreds of women and young girls in Uganda.

Ayiorwoth realised that if she could empower mothers financially, they would support the education of their children, particularly young girls. “I have seen that when families can’t maintain all their children at school and have to make a choice, they would often choose a boy over a girl,” she said.

At 17 she moved to Kampala and joined S7 Project, a skills empowerment centre, where she started to form her business idea for Girls Power Micro-Lending Organisation (GIPOMO). Using her savings earned while working in a restaurant, Ayiorwoth returned to her home community in early 2011 and started giving monthly micro loans to women with small businesses, on the condition that they kept their children, especially young girls, in school.