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Thursday, 30 October 2014

UNIZIK Student Goes Missing After Living Nightclub With An Unknown Man

A 300-Level English/Literature student of the UNIZIK in Awka, Anambra State, has gone missing after living the nightclub with an unknown man. It's been 6 weeks and Annabel Nzubechukwu Edeh, the female student involved is yet to be found. This story is a lesson to young female students and the need to be careful with their choices. Read story below:

Annabel, 24, a native of Enugu State, was last seen on Wednesday, September 17 evening, when she left her Paradise City Hostel in Iyiagu Estate, Awka. She went clubbing with her friends. Annabel reportedly left at midnight with a guy she met at the club. That was the last time she was seen. Her friend and hostel mate, who simply gave her name as Ifeoma, said after clubbing, the girls decided to find a place to sleep before returning to their hostels. But Annabel, said, she wanted to go with Mmiri, a male acquaintance, she met at the club. She was said to have told her friends that she was in need of money, which could have informed her decision to go away with the guy.

When she did not return in the morning, it was learnt that Ada and Chika called Annabel’s phone but were disappointed to hear a male voice claiming to have found the phone on the ground and asked the ‘owner’ to come for it. Ada and Chika, it was gathered, retrieved the phone and contacted Annabel’s elder brother, Ifeanyi, who reported the matter at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Awka.

When contacted on the phone, it was learnt that Mmiri claimed Annabel left his house at 3:30am when she refused to enter his room. But, after the conversation, Mmiri reportedly switched off his phone and stopped going to a popular bar, where he drinks with his friends. He is nowhere to be found.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sijibomi Ogundele - 'Success Is The Biggest Revenge'

Meet the CEO of Sujimoto Construction, Sijibomi Ogundele. This 33 year old entrepreneur is making his mark in the real estate industry and has his eyes set on raising the bar. He once revealed in an interview that the high school teacher who said he would not amount to anything in life was now on his company's payroll. He is also a die hard believer in Nigeria and its potentials. Read an excerpt from his interview with Whoot Africa to young people who need some inspiration below:

If you had to share words of wisdom to a conference room full of energetic and aspiring young people, what advice would you share with them on the secrets of success, based on your experience over the years?

Success is the biggest revenge; poverty is a disease worse than any other, because it affects lives and generations. You need to become unreasonable when it comes to your dream, no one said it to be easy, but when you have the right people in your life , who motivate you when you cannot motivate yourself. That if you can only believe in yourself and know that you are here for a purpose, only if you dare to challenge your environment and never to believe what people tell you about your chances at succeeding. As the opinions of others can never be and should never be your reality, then and only then can you achieve extraordinary success beyond your expectations.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

9jaflave Talkback - What Is That Special And Unforgettable Thing About Your Mother?

A mother's love for her child remains one of the true pictures of what love really is - Sacrifice, commitment and dedication against all odds. The media was recently filled with the story of some young children who were attacked by dogs. One of the children's scalp was badly eaten by one of the dogs, policemen and onlooker watched the deadly attack and did nothing, but a mother driven by love charged in and rescued her son.

She recently spoke out saying the mother in her propelled her actions. She just could not join others to watch dogs eat up her child alive. So in what ways do you remember your mother and that sacrificial action she took that saved your life? What is that special and unforgettable thing about her?

Many times we take for granted those little things mothers do, sleepless nights caring for a sick child, hurting knees in prayer, love untamed. We must learn to be thankful and appreciate the gift of mothers at all times. So what is that sacrificial action carried out by your mother that has saved your life and made you who you are today. Share your thoughts with me on this one.......

'If You Want a Certain Future, Go Out and Create It' - Securico Founder Divine Ndhlukula

Divine Ndhlukula owns Securico, a security services outfit, that employs more than 3,000 people,  900 of whom are women. Her company is one of Zimbabwe’s largest security companies and is a market leader in the provision of bespoke guarding services and cutting-edge electronic security solutions.

Ndhlukula noticed a lack of professionalism, quality and service delivery in the security services sector, this observation prompted her to start up her own business and do things differently. So with little capital and no security background, but full of passion and determination to succeed, her company Securico was founded in Dec 1998 in her small home in Harare with 4 employees. Read her advice to upcoming female entrepreneurs from a past FORBES interview below:

In a nutshell, what is the most important piece of advice you’ll give to young, entrepreneurial inclined individuals out there- particularly the ladies?My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is start with an end in mind, know exactly what you want to achieve and start to work systematically towards the goal, exercising some patience. Know the industry you want to get into, its internal and external environment. Work your plan with passion, determination and diligence, and when a bit of cash starts rolling in, have the discipline to know that it is not your money yet.

Ehime Eigbe MD Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yoghurts - " Look at Your Environment and Strive To Create Value"

Ehime Eigbe owns the Sweet Kiwi brand, a pioneer frozen yoghurt shop that makes and sells fat-free creamy delights. This young female entrepreneur who left a career in Busi­ness Information Technology and International Relations to start up her own business, speaks about her journey and business lessons learnt along the way. Read excerpts from her interview with The Sun below:

What is the story behind starting out in entrepreneurship?
When I was working in corporate circles, I came across the concept of frozen yoghurt and I thought it would be a good addition to Nigeria. When I visited Nigeria, I thought it would be a good idea to come here, open and then introduce the concept to Nigerians. So, I went back to Amer­ica and learnt how to make yoghurt. Then I came down to Nigeria to put all that knowledge to work.

Tell us the most memorable start-up challenge you had and how did you handle it.
Finding a space to start up my brand was the most difficult thing I had to grapple with. The pricing of some spaces for business venture does not allow small businesses to grow. There is no fair market value for houses. And this makes the landlords to be dictating the market prices of houses, which is not very proper. In every country that I have been to, they have a fair pricing system for a property. But here, it is unregulated which makes it very difficult for small business owners.

Meet UNILORIN's Pioneer First Class Law Graduate

Meet Kazeem Abiodun, University of Ilorin's pioneer 1st class graduate from the Faculty of Law, He was also the overall best graduating student in the 2012/2013 academic session with a 4.67 CGPA. He attributes his success to God, determination and hard work. Read excerpts from his Punch interview below:

How easy was it to graduate with a first class?
It was not easy. Nothing great ever is. But strong determination keeps one going and hard work pays. My plan was to graduate with first class but I did not know I would be the overall best in my set. I thank God I had something greater than my own plan.

Some people would think you did certain things differently from others to achieve it?
Well, I have always had the zeal to learn. I read for only two to three hours daily and I engaged in research and activities-driven learning. For me, strong determination is the key thing to achieving anything. That is all. The rest was God’s grace and favour.

Did you have any difficulty in securing admission into the university?

Yes. I applied to many institutions and travelled up and down. I had to wait for 2 years but I never allowed the waiting period to be in vain, so I chose to be a litigation clerk rather than sleeping at home, and that helped me to cope and probably emerge the best. When I got to school, I joined moot court and debate team. We had to research in order to attend moot court and debate competitions both at national and international levels. Later, I was appointed as a Judge in the Students’ Union Council and I rose to the rank of Chief Justice of the Union before I left.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Woman Who Makes a Living From Her Hands

Meet Ashly Covington, 37 year old who makes a living leasing out her hands. For a very uncommon career choice, this young woman has successfully built a very lucrative career spanning 14 years by just modelling her hands. She has posed as the hands of Adriana Lima, Brooke Shields and Charlize Theron, for clients including Dior, Maybelline, Rolex and Sephora. Her hands have also appeared in countless major print campaigns editorials and TV commercials.

Miss Covington's hands were first discovered while working as a waitress, 'An agent flipped over them,' she recalls. 'She insisted I stop biting my nails and then took me for my very first manicure.'
Soon, she was building a strong portfolio of 'hand jobs' as she fondly refers to them, and before she knew it, it was her full-time profession. She reveals that she spent many of her earlier years sitting in front of a mirror and practising positions.  'You have to have steady hands, and you have to be able to repeat small motions over and over with perfect precision.'  She also attributes a lot of her success to patience, practice and the speed with which she can get the shot perfect.

'One job I did for Miller Lite required me to push six beer bottles across the table and have them spin so the label stopped in front of the camera,' she says. It seems like an easy job, Until you try it  'My body was out of the shot and the set-up meant I couldn't even see my hands. But I practiced it enough times before the shoot that day, incredibly, I nailed it on the first take.'

Thursday, 23 October 2014

CEO Hutbay Olatunji Owolabi On His Entrepreneurial Journey

Meet Olatunji Owolabi, the CEO of Hutbay, Nigeria's online real estate marketplace. It is also a platform that offers clarity and detailed information about renting and owning property in Nigeria. The young entrepreneur shares about his journey in a recent Whoot Africa interview. Read excerpts below:

Can you tell us a little about yourself and Hutbay as a brand you represent?
I studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University. I’m a programmer with about 7 years in active coding. I’m in love with anything tech and the natural world. Hutbay started from a yearning to use technology to solve a practical, familiar problem; in this case, the problem of finding a property to rent or buy. Hutbay was conceived properly during my NYSC service year and I started working on it with a colleague the very first week we both ended our national service.

How did you get started in Business and what did it take you to get to where you are today?
I've always been an ardent follower of technology companies like IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Google and Apple. My very first practical steps in starting a business were during my final year, while taking special elective courses in entrepreneurship and industrial economics at the Obafemi Awolowo University. One of the SEO course involved an assignment to differentiate between “a business idea and a business opportunity”; it took me weeks to grab this concept and it was the great eye-opener for me. Later, they introduced us to business plan and this was what really set me off.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Gospel Artist Lisa C Opens Up About Being Childless After 11 Years of Marriage

Elizabeth Ndidi Moses, aka Liza-C, is a popular gospel artist who has several successful albums to her credit. The singer who has been married for 11 years opened up recently about  how she has survived childlessness since she got married many years ago.

She said: “This is the 11th year of being in a marriage without a child. But it is not an issue in my marriage because my husband and I have come to an understanding on what we want from God. There was a time we wanted to opt for adoption, but we had to pray and think about the option. We found out that that was not what we wanted. We will adopt, but it will be after we have had our own children who will be twins: a boy and a girl. That is what He has told us.”

When asked if there has been pressure from any quarters, she said: “It has got to the stage, where our parents cannot even intervene. That is how close we are. They have seen that they cannot penetrate into any of us. So, the only thing they do is to call and tell us they are praying for us. That is how marriage should be. External bodies should not be allowed, so as to avoid problems in the marriage."

Nobody Has An Excuse To Fail - Ice Prince

Below is the inspiring message shared by Chocolate city artist Ice Prince during a recent interview with the Leadership news

What is your message to aspiring artistes, especially those that have been struggling to become famous?I always say, “Look at me as an example”. I came from Jos, which it not really an entertainment driven zone and it’s really a far place; thus if I can come out of that and still attain this level of success, then nobody has an excuse to fail. That’s my number one message- if I can do it then you can do it too.

Husband Who Stood By His Wife While She Battled Breast Cancer

Ugandan couple Mercy and Geoffrey Tayebwa have been through tough times but chose to stand by each other. Their lives changed in 2005 when Mercy discovered a lump in her breast. She says her husband was there for her at the time she needed him for material, social and emotional support. She also miraculously conceived after her cancer treatment after waiting for 13 long years. Their story simply shows that marriage is not all about rosy times, but about being there for each other, about how far you are willing to stand by each other through every difficulty and challenge. Read their story below:

The news of his wife being diagnosed with breast cancer was devastating, but Geoffrey Tayebwa, had to provide a strong shoulder for his wife to cry on. “When my wife broke the news, I got scared but had to be strong for her sake. I encouraged her to go for surgery instead of die in pain,” Tayebwa recalls. Although he has heard stories of fellow men abandoning their wives after they have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it was the last thing on Tayebwa’s mind.

He got a lot of advice on what he should do, but at the end of the day, Tayebwa made the decision to stand by his wife. “Mercy is my wife and my best friend. If I did not stand by her, who would?” The doctors gave him the assurance that if Mercy got treatment before the cancer spreads, she would heal.
Tayebwa says Mercy is a courageous woman who was determined to take her treatment.

After having the mastectomy surgery to remove the affected breast, there was the chemotherapy and its adverse side effects. Mercy lost her hair; her skin and nails darkened; and there was the endless vomiting. Tayebwa recollects how he painfully watched Mercy regurgitate her food. Sometimes it was like she was going to die the next minute.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

9jaflave Talkback - Is it Worth It When Women Sacrifice Their Careers for Marriage and Motherhood?

Hello Guys!!! 9jaflave Talkback remains your platform 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 - Is it worth it when women sacrifice their careers for marriage and motherhood? It is still true that today some men would rather have their wives stay home and take of the home-front and kids. Some women have also given up good careers to raise their children.

Can a woman truly balance the demands of raising children and the demands of a very successful and well paying job? Is she being foolish when she walks out on a very good job, settles for self- employment just to have more time for her growing family?

It is normal now to find working moms who have left their children at the mercy of nannies and daycares. They have no choice as they have to support their husbands whose income alone can't carry the family. Some other women have chosen their careers over their husbands and children, they have sacrificed their families for a place at the top. So is it really worth it when a woman forfeits her career for marriage and motherhood? Share your thoughts with me on this one. XOXO

Covenant University Graduates Set to Change the Face of Recruitment in Nigeria

Meet the brains behind PushCV, a team of 4 young men and 2 women who met and graduated from Covenant University, Ota. The young entrepreneurs who are all still under 30 have their eyes set on transforming the corporate environment through capacity development. They had a chat recently with Ruth Olurounbi of the Tribune, read excerpts from the interview below:

Somtochukwu Ifezue is the founder of PushCV, a platform that helps their users know exactly what to improve upon to achieve success in their career. “PushCV is not just about submitting your CV for a job listing, like other platforms in Nigeria,” the team explained, rather, it is more about capacity development", he said. “In PushCV, we do not only push jobs, we basically encourage people to take courses, develop themselves and in return, we send their CVs to companies and employers that are looking for their skills.

"We have found out that these days, employers are more interested in getting results, not just people. So, what we've done is that we tailored the system around capacity building – to help people to take an inward look at themselves to improve themselves – and we will do the rest for them,” Ifezue said.
Ifezue also shed light on what made them decide to set up this platform “We have been involved interviews for some time and the responses we got are not encouraging. There was a time we interviewed a gentleman for a position and he identified his areas of strength as punctuality. Meanwhile, he was an hour later for the interview. When we asked him what his weaknesses were, he said ‘girls. 

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years in Prison

Oscar Pistorius, 27, was today sentenced to 5 years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp 29, after a 7 month trial. He also got a 3 years suspended sentence for a firearms charge.

This sentence has been widely criticized has a mere slap on the wrist because Pistorius is likely to serve only 'one-third of the sentence' (i.e. 20 months) behind bars. However, the parents of Ms Steenkamp, who were in court to hear the sentence, said the punishment “is the right sentence.”

Judge Thokozile Masipa said the state had failed to prove that Oscar's intent was to kill Reeva Steenkamp when he fired 4 rounds through the door of a toilet cubicle in the early hours of 14 February.

Monday, 20 October 2014

WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free

The World Health Organisation, today declared Nigeria Ebola-free after a 42-day period with no new cases of the disease in the country. The WHO declaration is premised on the fact that Nigeria has not had a confirmed case of Ebola for 42 days or two incubation periods of 21 days, just as it did for Senegal on Friday, the AFP said.

The achievement is being welcomed, with no end in sight to the disease that has claimed more than 4,500 lives this year, most of them in West Africa, and mounting fears about cases around the world.
It still comes as a surprise to many around the world how Nigeria, with an under-funded and ill-equipped health system, was able to contain the virus. 8 people died out of 20 confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria, with all infections traced back to a single source, the Liberian finance ministry official, Patrick Sawyer, who arrived in Lagos on July 20.

Many feared the worst when Sawyer died on July 25 in a private hospital in Lagos, which is home to more than 20 million people, with poor sanitation and inadequate health facilities. Doctors were on strike at the time over pay and conditions in the public health sector, where many state hospitals lack running water, let alone soap and other basic equipment.

Governor Fayose Thankful For a Second Chance (Photo)

The newly elected governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose went all out to show his appreciation to God, for giving him a second chance. The governor laid flat on the floor, prostrating in thanksgiving to God.

In his speech at a Thanksgiving service held at the Deeper Life Praying Camp, Ajebandele, Ado Ekiti, yesterday, Fayose said having a second chance was a rare opportunity, and that he had forgiven those who were behind his removal from office in 2006. He said: "This time my mission is to look after Ekiti people and not to fight anybody. I will not allow this position to go into my head or use it to oppress anybody. I don’t have anybody in mind to punish or any political battle to fight. I won’t take vengeance, vengeance belongs to God. Be assured I will be warm to you. But you too turn away from evil so that the state can develop.”

In her testimony, wife of the Governor, Feyisetan disclosed how God revealed the second coming of her husband to her. Mrs. Fayose said, God revealed to me that my husband, Mr Ayodele Fayose, will return as the Governor, but He never told me the time. God told me that our return would be done in such a way that will beat the people’s imagination. At a time, I prayed to God to please push my husband out of politics. Later, God told me that He will leave him there for him to prove His power.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

"Technology Has Levelled The Playing Field For Today's Entrepreneurs" - Will.i.am

Will-i-am is a musician mostly known as the front-man and founder of the singing group Black Eyed Peas. He is also a tech advocate, entrepreneur and a founding shareholder in Beats Electronics, the creators of Beats by Dre™ headphones. Below is a part of an article by Will.i.am from the Huffington Post. 

The reason I started i.am+ and moved into the tech world is because of what the tech world is calling Wearables. The title itself says a lot - you are wearing things on your body but the tech world is not the expert in dressing people. This is the world of fashion and the fashion industry has been dressing people for hundreds of years. I saw a void and want to use this opportunity to fill a substantial gap that currently exists between the fashion world and the wearables space. My mission is to up the game in wearables, to create devices that step up and deliver in terms of fashion, features and functionality.

Through success achieved via my music career, and then venturing into consumer electronics, I have always carved out time for philanthropic activities at the same time. My message has not wavered: a good education is a gift, and that kids should take interest in science, technology mathematics and engineering (STEM). 

My "day job" as a musician is what got me to this point - made me famous and gave me a platform to be an advocate for what I think is important: a good education for every high school student, and even better, an education that is focused on STEM skills development. And now, my new venture in consumer tech and wearables gives me a way to demonstrate and justify why kids should take an interest in STEM education, to walk the walk vs. just talk.

Liberian President Writes Heartfelt Letter To The World Over Ebola Crisis

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written a heartfelt letter addressed to the world over the ongoing Ebola crisis. In her letter, she states that the whole world has a stake in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and that now is the time to act. The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people across West Africa, including 2,200 in Liberia. Read letter below:

Dear World
In just over 6 months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments.

There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in 3 fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only 11 years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely 3 dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go, but the future was looking bright. Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Global Handwashing Day 2014




Today is Global Handwashing Day and the theme for 2014 is 'Clean hands Save lives'. GHD is a campaign targeted at teaching and encouraging millions around the world on the importance of washing their hands with soap. This habit if adapted by many will save several lives and aid disease control and prevention.

Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. To you our dear parents, please teach and encourage your children and wards to wash their hands regularly with soap, before meals, after meals and after using the toilet. Clean hands Save lives

Meet Nigeria's Women of Vision

Fashion Entrepreneur Folake Coker launched Tiffany Amber Nigeria Limited, the first ready-to-wear label in Nigeria 15 years ago, thus paving the way for the booming fashion industry today. And to celebrate her journey of 15 years this month, she unveiled the Tiffany Amber, “Meet Nigeria’s Women of Vision” campaign.

It is in partnership with Diamond Woman – an initiative by Diamond Bank, designed specifically for women, by women, providing women with financial, business and lifestyle advice, helping them to achieve their aspirations.

The campaign features 15 women between the ages of 18-60, showing Tiffany Amber’s multi-generational following. These women have inspiring stories behind their success. Some of those on board include Media Entrepreneur, Uche Pedro, Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Ola Orekunrin and Peju Alatise. Read more below and go here for more:

Uche Pedro - BellaNaija
Uche Pedro has most recently been named as one of the ’30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa in 2014′ by Forbes. She is the Managing Director of BellaNaija and Creative Director of BellaNaija.com, an online company that develops and manages exciting online media content aimed at Pan-African and Nigerian audiences.Under Uche’s outstanding leadership BellaNaija.com, the premier lifestyle, entertainment and fashion website in Afirca, has established a loyal following, with over 1 million unique visitors and 9 million page views each month.

Nollywood Actress Mercy Johnson Has Given Birth to A Baby Boy

Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson welcomed her son and 2nd child today at St Joseph Hospital, University of Maryland, Baltimore. She had her first child, Purity in 2012. Big Congrats to her.

9jaflave Talkback - Should Married Couples Live Apart Even When It is For Good Reason?

Most of us are very familiar with tales of long distant relationships, you must have had friends unburden their hearts about the pain and worries that come with a long distance relationship. But when it comes to long distance marriages, where couples live apart for one legitimate reason or the other, many argue that it's for the good of the family, while others say that it marks the beginning of cracks in the union.

Recently the wife of a very popular minister of the gospel filed for divorce from her husband, they had virtually lived apart for a very long time. How then do you get to really know your spouse when you are living miles apart? How do you deal with temptations that will likely come your way? When couples live apart, Is it in the best interest of the marriage union? Share your thoughts with me on this one.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo is The World's Most Liked Athlete

Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's most 'liked' athlete. He hit a huge milestone today by becoming the 1st athlete in the world to have 100 million followers on Facebook. Women happen to make up 22 million of the 100 million followers.

The footballer who also has 30.5 million Twitter followers took to social media to appreciate and thank his fans. His solid commercial power was proven sometime ago when he posted messages advertising the Tag Heuer watch brand, it received 34.9 million Facebook hits and 2.4 million likes, valued at more than £300,000 by the watch company.

Mark Zuckerberg On Giving $25 Million to Fight Ebola

Earlier on today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, announced that he and his wife Priscilla Chan, are giving a $25 million grant to help fight Ebola. Read his response to a facebook user who asked why he was committing so much below:

I think we have a responsibility to help out wherever we see a need. One problem right now is that most people including government leaders, don't realize we're at such a critical turning point. It's easy to say Ebola is still small compared to other diseases or that it's mostly in other countries and won't affect us, but if we don't get this under control soon, then it will spread and become an epidemic we have to deal with for decades to come.

Spending $25 million to help get this under control now is very little cost compared to all the lives it could save and all the billions of dollars of costs we'd have to spend fighting the disease if it spread much further.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Oprah Celebrates 2014 Graduands of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls

Media mogul/Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey continues to inspire many young girls around the world. She is for me a great source of inspiration considering how she has used her wealth to impact many lives positively. I pray her wells keep overflowing, the waters will keep many alive, giving them a great future to look forward to.

She took out time today to celebrate the 2014 graduands of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls, South Africa on her facebook page. In her words: O Happy Day. Another class graduates. Congratulations "Paragons" of OWLAG 2014! Congrats to everyone of these girls as they begin a new journey in their lives.

Singer/Photographer TY Bello Welcomes Twins

Nigerian singer/photographer TY Bello was recently delivered of a set of twin boys. The babies have already been named Christian and Christopher.

She and her husband Kashetu Bello have been married 9 years. Congrats to both of them.

Man Sees Again After 33 Years of Blindness

Larry Hester lost his sight as a young man due to a degenerative disorder called retinitis pigmentosa. It left him blind for 33 years of his life. But thanks to a new technology, Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, Hester got the chance to see again through a bionic eye. His wife was very excited.

The Argus II is the first implanted device to treat people with retinitis pigmentosa, which can affect people as early as their teens and twenties, and has no cure. It is made of a small electronic device that’s implanted in the eye, a video camera in a pair of glasses, and a video processing unit carried by the patient. The video camera in the glasses stores images which become an electrical signal; they're then sent to the implant, which stimulates the retina. And even though the users of Argus II can only differentiate between light and shadows, it’s a major step forward for them.

Hester said in the video, describing the simplicity of his vision. “The light is so basic and probably wouldn't have significance to anybody else. But to me it’s meaning I can see light. And we can go from here.”

Friday, 10 October 2014

D’Banj Speaks at TEDxWBG 'Ending Poverty' Conference in Washington



UN Ambassador for Peace, D'Banj yesterday, was one of the speakers at TEDxWBG (TEDx World Bank Group) conference in Washington, DC, which had 'Ending Poverty' as its theme.

TEDxWBG brings together a diverse group of global thinkers and doers to share their ideas on a serious development challenge. There were 3 main sessions and D'Banj presented in Session 3: “Transformation and Innovation”.

Session 1: “Reaching the Excluded”
Session 2: “Scaling up for Impact”
Session 3: “Transformation and Innovation”

Jim Yong Kim President, World Bank Group, was one of the eminent personalities who presented at the conference.


Malala Yousafzai Wins The Nobel Peace Prize With Kailash Satyarthi

The Nobel Peace Prize was today awarded to Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi for their struggle against the suppression of young people's and children's right to education.

Malala came to global attention after she was shot in the head by the Taliban - 2 years ago and has become a leading advocate for girls' rights to education.

According to the Nobel committee, at 17 she's the youngest ever peace prize winner. The youngest winner before her was 32 years old.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

French Author Patrick Modiano Wins 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature

French author Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for literature. The award which presented to a living writer  is worth £691,000.

Modiano Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and Kenyan novelist, poet and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o to take home the highly coveted price. The last French writer to win the prize was Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio in 2008.

Modiano's debut novel, La Place de l'Etoile, was published in 1968 but, more than 40 years later, has yet to be translated into English. His most recent novel is Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier (2014). A total of 111 individuals have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature between 1901 and 2014.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Patricia Mawuli - Grooming The Next Generation of Female Pilots in Ghana

Meet Patricia Mawuli, she is Ghana's 1st female civilian pilot and the 1st woman in West Africa certified to build and maintain rotax engines. Her determination and persistence took her from Ghana's rural area to flying airplanes and mentoring young girls. Read more below:

As a young girl, she would watch the planes pass overhead, wishing one day to fly one herself. In 2007, at the age of 21, she decided to break into the boy's club that is Ghana's flight industry. She walked to Kpong Airfield and asked for job. "I told her no, we don't employ women," recalls Jonathan Porter, the airfield's technical director. The whole concept of employing women in an environment where you're clearing trees and building airplanes didn't seem to me, in my experience, to fit in with the African context," he admits.

Mawuli was persistent and offered her services for free, he couldn't resist giving her a trial. He gave her a machete and told her to clear tree trunks. To his surprise, she flourished."She used her head, not just her muscles," he recalls. "She thought about how she did things and took out the trees better than the men." Not only did Porter give her the job, he taught her how to fly, and in 2009 she became the country's first female civilian pilot.

Monday, 6 October 2014

'It is Not What You Lack That Will Slow You Down, It Is What You Have And Don’t Know How To Use' - Fela Durotoye

Motivational speaker Fela Durotoye is also the CEO of Gemstone Group and Visible Impact. He is married to renowned Make-up artist and founder of House of Tara International, Tara Fela Durotoye. He bared his mind in a recent interview about his life's journey. Read excerpts from his very inspiring story below:

What God told me was that its not what you lack that will slow you down, its what you have and don’t know how to use
I gave out everything I owed when God actually told me to go and set up a Christian Lifestyle and Entertainment Mission life in Osun State and to leave the consulting job that I had. After that he gave me revelation to go start my own company. I laughed when God gave me this revelation because how can one start a company without having a desk or table at least. I didn't even have an office; but God told me two things I ll never forget, he said you don’t need what you don’t have to get what I want to give you. If you don’t have it you don’t need it. 

It was so hard to believe, because I was thinking that how do I operate without having a chair and a computer and one of the first thing that he told me was that, it’s not what you lack that will slow you down, It’s what you have and don’t know how use. I was thinking what do I have? Yes, I have ideas on how to write their business plans as at then and the second things was that I had a discount that I could offer my client to use their computers to write their business plans and that was exactly what happened. My first four clients, I actually charged them based on the skills that I had in writing business plans and I offer them discount to use their own computers to write them. So, ultimately, my business started even though I did not have a computer because I had the skills that others need.

The Female Double Amputee Who is Now a Model


Lizzy Holmes is a double amputee who has just launched her modelling career. Lizzy who is 24 years old was born with a condition known as 'club foot' , meaning both her feet were back to front and has suffered a lifetime of chronic pain which forced her to amputate her legs. Her first leg was amputated below the knee the day after her wedding to soldier Lewis Georgeson

She added: 'At times in my life the pain had gotten to the point were I wanted to chop my own legs off and in the end I had to see a psychologist to try and change the thought process. From the age of seven I knew as soon as I could I would have my legs amputated'. Now her other leg has been amputated and that hasn't stopped her launching a modelling career.

Lizzy has now signed with a modelling agency and is their only double amputee model. She was signed up on the strength of just one picture. She already has a photo-shoot booked. 'I can't wait to do some modelling, it will be brilliant,' she said. 'I am not embarrassed about my legs.' Lizzy trained as a nurse for 2 years but had to quit due to the heavy lifting required for some parts of the work. As well as her modelling, she is now studying with the Open University to become a primary school teacher.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Finding Your Calling is The Number One Key to Success - Ayokunle Yoloye of Yox Studios

Meet Ayokunle Yoloye, the 29-year-old Creative Director of Yox Studios, a brand identity design and print outfit.  In a recent Punch interview, the young entrepreneur opens up about his journey to starting and running  his own business. He says that the number one key to success is finding your calling and passion. Read excerpts of his inspiring story below:

Were you always interested in image management?
As a child, the only passionate dream I remember having was becoming a medical doctor; probably because that was an era when doctors, engineers and lawyers were flaunted to be the most fantastic people on earth. However, after fainting twice at the sight of my own blood; that dream had to change fast and I chose to study estate management at Covenant University. 

I drew and coloured a lot while growing up and I was exposed to graphic designs as early as 14, due to experimenting with the computer at my dad’s printing press, but I never knew identity design was a profession; so wanting it as a career never came to mind. I was ecstatic about design and print, but my toying with it was solely for the pleasure I derived from it.

Years later, 2010 to be precise, the BlackBerry craze arrived and I bought myself one. A friend on my messenger kept using lovely sarcastic pictures on her profile and I pleaded with her to be told where she got them from, but she refused. Annoyed, I chose to design pictures for myself. I designed over 50 pictures with sarcastic messages which I presumed people would find amusing and stamped my PIN on them. I started using the pictures on my profile. I think I had 65 contacts then and they were all close friends. 

A Teenage Girl's Journey From $300 to Making $1.6 Million Annually

Meet Maddie Bradshaw, the 16 year old founder of m3 girl designs, a jewelry company, with annual revenues of around $1.6 million, selling over 60,000 necklaces per month in over 6,000 U.S. retail outlets. But it all started when she was 10 years-old and wanted to decorate her school locker, but couldn't find anything interesting and original. When her uncle, who had an old Coke machine, gave her 50 bottle caps, she decided to decorate them herself and put magnets on them. 

When my friends saw the caps, they wanted me to make some for them. Their enthusiasm challenged Maddie to try something new: design necklaces with a metal pendant to attract the bottle cap, which she called Snap Caps®. The Snap Caps aim to capture and celebrate every girl’s unique personality, with themes ranging from initials, music stars and fairy tales. Bradshaw took 50 of the necklaces to a local toy store. In less than 2 hours, they sold out. 

The young entrepreneur remembers: “At that point, I knew I was onto something. I think we were successful in the beginning because I was more focused on having fun and less worried about failing.” Maddie, with her younger sister, Margot, who is the company’s vice-president, creates the jewelry designs. She also attends all the company’s meetings and trade shows. The young entrepreneur has recently added a new line of necklaces, called Spark of Life, which targets an older group, teens. She revealed: "The great thing about our company is that it’s growing with me. As my tastes change, so will the products.”

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Against All Odds - Nigerian Graduates And Their Will to Survive

I stumbled upon an article that showcased Nigerian graduates doing menial jobs and was filled with mixed emotions. The many challenges faced by Nigerian graduates today outnumber the benefits. It is so sad to think that after parents struggle to send their children to school, these children end up as liabilties because of lack of jobs. Some of these graduates have accepted their fate and have chosen to survive. I admire their courage and commend their determination. Truly in all labour, there is profit. Read their inspiring stories below:

When Olujide Moyosore Dorcas gained admission to study Business Education at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, it never occurred to her that she would one day end up as a commercial tricyclist. After her graduation, she went into the labour market with the full hopes of landing her dream jobs. But after several years of combing the street, she gave up the search and settled for commercial tricycle business, a job usually undertaken by men. 

“I searched for a job from when I graduated in 2011 without any success. When things were getting very difficult, somebody introduced commercial motorcycling to me. It looked odd to me at the beginning, but I had no option than to go for it. I first applied to a pure water company at Abule Agba for employment, but didn't get it. Later, I applied to different schools for a teaching job without any luck. Thereafter, I applied for the post of a manager in a yoghurt manufacturing company in Mushin."

I got the job, but the salary was nothing to write home about, so I had to quit, she said. She narrated that it wasn't easy when she started because her friends were not in support of it. My friends didn't buy the idea of driving tricycles. I would have given up because of that, but when I told my dad about it, he encouraged and gave me his full support. “I am not regretting my decision because I am earning enough money to meet my basic needs. I am living well and have no reason to look inferior before my male colleagues at the park. They are very friendly and encouraging,” she explained.

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Friday, 3 October 2014

Happy Birthday To Timi Dakolo's Lovely Wife Busola

Singer Timi Dakolo shared this birthday message with his lovely wife, Busola on her birthday today. Wish her many more fulfilling years ahead. See his message below:

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY IYAWO MI.. GIRLFRIEND..CHIC. ..WIFE…MY ESSENCE…SHE WHO MUST BE LOVED…MY CORRECTION FLUID..MY CRITIC..MY BUSINESS EYE…MY ESSENCE …MY ROOT…MAMA OF MY GANG…MY PLACE OF CALMNESS ….MY KOGI PRINCESS…I LOVE YOU ANY HOW…GOD BLESS YOU WELL…JUST FOR TODAY O…ASK ME FOR ANY THINGS.ON A SECOND THOUGHT, NO ASK…..NA JOKE I DEY JOKE. .” he wrote.

Tunji Okusanya's Widow On Losing Her Husband And Son

The late MIC boss Tunji Okusanya and his son passed away a year ago in a plane crash. His widow, Dame Mobola Erogbogbo has opened up on losing her husband and son Olatunji Okusanya Jnr, in the Associated Airline plane crash. The grieving mother spoke about her last moments with him in a recent interview. Read below:

She says that for the grace of God and support of people, losing her son has been a terrible experience that she is still fighting hard to cope with. She explained that the late Olatunji Jnr on October 2, last year dropped her off at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on her way to London for an exhibition. Right after checking her in, Junior, fondly called Jay, insisted that the mother must take a photograph with him before departing. “On October 2, last year, Tunji Junior was the one that took me to the airport. I was going to England for an exhibition. He took me to the airport and we checked in. As I was about to go in, he said: ‘Mummy come back. I want us to take photograph together’ and I jokingly said to him: ‘Jay, what do you mean by photograph? I hope you want me to get to this London safely because we have never taken pho tograph at the airport before’.

I asked him why he wanted the photo. He said: ‘Mummy, let’s just take it’ and an employee who accompanied us to the airport took the photograph and he immediately sent it to the sister in London, even before I got there. “While we were on board, there was a little turbulence and my mind flashed back to the photograph and it created anxiety in me but I had no clue that it had nothing to do with me but was all about my dear son. “When I arrived in the UK, I tried his father’s line to inform him that I had arrived safely but his line did not go through. I called his line and luckily it rang and we spoke extensively. I even told him about the turbulence we experienced on air and my fear about the picture."

Inspiring Story of The Nigerian Taxi Driver Who Returned 18 Million Naira

Nigerian taxi driver Mr. Imeh Usuah, was among those who received the national honour as a Member of the Federal Republic (MON) from the President a few days ago. He also got a 3 bedroom apartment. His act of honesty has finally been recognised several years down the line. The story of this 66 year old cab driver shows us that honesty and integrity eventually pays off. Read his story as reported by Thisday in 2012 below:

On Monday, September 17, 2012, when President Goodluck Jonathan conferred national honours on deserving Nigerians, Mr. Imeh Usuah, an Abuja-based cab driver popularly known as Jaja was not recognised. But Mr. Usuah is only a forgotten national hero who should be recognised for his act of integrity. In November 2007 Usuah improved the image of Nigeria after returning the sum of N18 million left in his car to the owner in Abuja.

With a sense of pride and fulfilment, he recounted what happened in November 2007 and how the bag containing the money was found and returned to the owner. “It was one morning by 5.30 AM, in November, 2007, when British Airways (BA), landed at the international wing of the airport in Abuja. As usual, I positioned myself from metres away from the arrival wing waiting for passengers to come out so that I can get my customers and take them where ever they want to go inside town." In my waiting position I saw these two white men who came with the British airways. From distance I could observe that they were obviously tired from their look. They beckoned on me requesting for a drop at the Hilton Transcorp Hotel in Maitama area in Abuja.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

'A Man's Destiny Can Be Truncated by a Woman Irrespective Of How Gifted He Is' - Fela Durotoye

Motivational speaker Fela Durotoye recently opened up his parents separation. He said he learnt through the whole experience that a man's destiny can be truncated by a woman irrespective of how gifted he is. His father left his mum for a nursing student and died just as he was about to leave his mistress to get back with his wife. Read his story below:

My father died because of an extra-marital affair. He had a great marriage but at one point in time he cut it off and left his home, few years later he died. He even died some days to when he was supposed to return home to my mother. He died a mysterious death because the lady said, if I will not have you, nobody will. Few years later, the woman ran insane and was saying all over that she killed my father. So now that I've seen what a strange woman can do to a man, it makes sense to stay in one place so I don’t put so many lives at stake.

He died in 1982, I was 11 years old. It was so devastating because he went beyond just being my father, he was my best friend. He left home in 1977. I must have been 6 years old. He was gone for 5 years. It was at the point where he was trying to get back to his wife that he died in 1982. I never knew what it was like to be a child because my father never treated me like one. I was also his best friend, he used to relate with me like an adult . Even when he left my mum at Ife and was at Ibadan, I used to go to Ibadan every weekend. My relationship with him blossomed till he died. He would send his driver to come and pick me up every weekend. I had to learn how to deal with seeing him and the other woman if I wanted to enjoy my dad. But I was always the centre of attraction every weekend I was with him. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary to Sound Sultan and Wife

Nigerian singer Sound Sultan and wife, Farida Fasisi, formerly known as Chichi Morah are celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary today. Congratulations to them.

They got married in 2009 and have 3 lovely kids. Wishing them happy and fulfilling years ahead.  9jaflave says Thank you for loving him.

Happy New Month

Happy new month to you all. It is such a blessing to have come this far. October is here and begins the journey to the end of 2014.

I believe in hope, I believe anything is possible and I believe in miracles. You may have gone through the last 9 months with no specific purpose and feel overwhelmed by life's challenges, quit being discouraged, get up and start all over again.

I pray October fills your heart with joy, I pray October puts a smile on your face, I pray October will give you pleasant memories to cherish the rest of your life. Have a great month.

Nigeria@54 - What Is Your Most Inspirational Nigerian Song

         
Celebrate Nigeria's Independence today by sharing with us one Nigerian song that has inspired you so much. Whether old skool or new skool, reveal why you are so inspired by that particular Nigerian song.

For me 'Great Nation' by Timi Dakolo remains my most inspirational Nigerian song. The first time I heard this song, I really felt it, the lyrics are deep and communicate to your spirit and soul. This song gives me hope for Nigeria, one day we will surely shine as the sun, we are a great nation. God bless Nigeria. See the lyrics to the song below:

Here we stand as a people
With one song: with one voice
We're a nation: undivided and poised
We will take our stand: and build our land
With faith: to defend what we love

Happy Independence Day Nigeria

My dear country Nigeria is 54 today. We have indeed come a long way and irrespective of the many challenges, we are still standing strong and nothing will stop us. Happy Independence day and God bless Nigeria. And this is the Nigeria of my dreams......

A country where different people with diverse cultures live together in harmony
A country where peace reigns in every nook and cranny
A country where maternal mortality will become history
A country where quality healthcare is available for all classes of people
A country where education of children will be a burning passion and priority
A country where bad roads and poor infrastructure will be a thing of the past
A country where youths will not have to wait endlessly for gainful employment
A country where constant electricity will become a normal thing
A country where leaders will lead by example and character
A country where the youth will have true role models to look up to
A country where evil and wickedness will stop prevailing
A country where our strength will be seen in our diversity
A country where hard-work and true values will be celebrated
A country where young people can dream and find true purpose
A country where everyone will love his neighbour as himself
A country where hope is rekindled and faith our anchor
A country where the next generation will have inspiring life lessons to draw from
A country where I am secure and know that it can only get better
A country I want to be proud of and cherish forever
This is the Nigeria of my dreams

Ufuoma Fijab #Nigeriaofmydreams #keeptheflagflying