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Friday, 28 November 2014

9jaflave Soliloquy - Life Lessons From The Movie Courageous

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

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

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

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

- Treat each moment as priceless with your children.

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

Thursday, 27 November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

9jaflave Talkback - New Generation Marriage Vs Old Generation Marriage

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

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

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

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban's Advice For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sad!!! Popular Radio Personality Chaz B Has Died

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

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

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

Source - Dailypost, Bellanaija

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrick Obahiagbon's Take On The Recent National Assembly Drama

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

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

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

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 16 November 2014

9jaflave Soliloquy - Why Life Must Be Lived With Purpose

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

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

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

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

Ayodimeji Olugbewesa On His Journey Into The World Of Photography

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

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

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

Saturday, 15 November 2014

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

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

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

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

Two Mothers Who Turned Their Passion Into a Fashion Luxury Brand

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

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

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

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Singer Chidinma Dedicates New Song To Her Mother

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

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

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

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

Monday, 10 November 2014

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

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

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

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

RIP Dr Myles Monroe

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

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

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

Sunday, 9 November 2014

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

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

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

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

Funmi Iyanda Shares About Her Depressing Experience At Shomolu

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

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

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

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

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

Toyin Towolawi - The Nigerian Lady Barber

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

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

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

Saturday, 8 November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 7 November 2014

Christine Khasinah-Odero On Finding Inspiration For Her Entrepreneurial Journey

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

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

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

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Brazillian Mother Who Has 3 Albino Children

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

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

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

Source - MailOnline

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

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

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

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

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

Nigerian Teenage Women's U-20 Player Courtney Dike Rejects $7000 World Cup Bonus

Nigerian Women's U-20 player Courtney Dike has rejected the $7000 paid to her by the Nigeria Football Federation for participating at the just concluded 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The 19 year old refused the money, stating  that the honour of playing for her country was enough reward for her. 

NFF Head of Competition Sanusi Mohammed said, that the player rejected the outstanding allowances accrued to her for representing the country at the 10-day tournament. Sanusi told Brila FM, “When we called her mother to confirm the delivery of the allowances, she declined it and insisted that the opportunity of playing for Nigeria was all the reward the family needed.”

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Lere Mgayiya - The Entrepreneur Who Makes Good Money Shining Shoes

Meet South Africa's Lere Mgayiya, founder of Lere's Shoe Shine business. The 40 year old entrepreneur calls his company the biggest shoe-shine company in Africa. His business which has 45 employees across the 3 major airports in South Africa, is now eyeing partnerships in America and UK, as well as expansion across Africa. And with an annual revenue nearing 2.5 million rand ($227,000), this young entrepreneur has no plans of slowing down.

His entrepreneurial journey of risk taking, persistence and steadfastness eventually paid off. After losing his job with an airline company, Mgayiya tried his hands at different things including selling eggs. He also lost all the money he invested in a tree planting business. Now at a low point in his life, he said, "I needed a steady income, so I decided on a shoe-shining business at Cape Town airport. A hungry man can't think, and I was starving." He got in touch with his contacts from his airline days and applied for the business space in November 2002. The authorities took until September 2003 to give him the go ahead. "In that year I sold my car...I worked as a receptionist for 3 months. I begged and borrowed just to make ends meet."

When the business finally kicked off,  he had a rough first day in business with just basic chairs and no pedestals for his customers. He also had no experience and often slipped and got polish on his customers' socks which upset them. Now his business offers clients plush leather armchairs to relax in whilst getting their shoes shined.

When he started shining shoes he and his staff worked from 5am to 9pm every day of the week except Sunday. "I left the house before my family woke up, and only got home after my young daughter had gone to sleep," he recalls. "It was tough." But customers increased after a client suggested that the business name should highlight the personal, chatty aspect of the business. "Airport Shoeshine" became "Lere's Shoe Shine," and people liked it. And in just 4 months. the team had grown to 5 and business was booming.

Boko Haram Leader Shekau Says Chibok Girls Have Been Married Off

A new video has emerged where Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has faulted claims by the Nigerian government that a ceasefire has been reached between them. Just a few weeks back, the Nigerian military and presidency announced that a deal had been reached with the Islamic militants to end all hostilities.

A senior presidential aide to President Jonathan also said that an agreement had been reached to free the schoolgirls, whose abduction sparked global anger and demands for their release. The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed in the video that the  219 schoolgirls kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok, in Borno state, in April had converted to Islam and had been married off.

Shekau, speaking in Hausa, dressed in military fatigues and boots with a black turban, and flanked by 15 armed fighters, said: "We have not made ceasefire with anyone." Shekau had previously threatened to sell the girls as slave brides and also suggested that he would be prepared to release them in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners. In his  latest message, he said while laughing: "We have married them off. They are in their marital homes."

Happy New Month

The clock ticks slowly as the year 2014 gradually comes to an end. It's the month of November and it is is my prayer that this new month brings you a whole world of opportunity, courage to pursue your dreams and faith to trust in your future.

You may not know what road will take you there, but I am certain that you won't miss your way. Happy New Month Guys!!!!!!! May it be a November to remember. XOXO