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Sunday, 28 June 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Everyday Unveils Something Beautiful

Let us stay positive as we close up the month of June and begin a brand a new week. Each day comes packaged with its own challenges, fears and inadequacies, but it also comes packaged with beautiful gifts like inspiration, courage, hope, faith and love.

Some days would want to bring out the negatives, make you do things you don't want to do, rather choose to look for the positive and beauty everyday has to offer.

Everyday is a gift, a blessing, an opportunity to grow and learn. The gift of each new day is left for us to discover. Choose to find the good and positive, choose to learn and live. choose to grow and be strong. Choose to make everyday count irrespective of what it opens up to you. Find some inspiration and stay positive everyday.

Monday, 22 June 2015

9jaflave FFT - Some Words To Think About

Listen...Live...See. Life is more than existing. Learn to listen from inside out. Open your eyes wide and see deeply.

9jaflave Soliloquy - Think About Why You Started

Welcome to a brand new week!!! I am sure you had a splendid Monday even though it rained a while today. We still have a whole week ahead of us to make things happen, so think about those things you want to accomplish, think about that idea you need to work on, think about the many goals and projects abandoned due to procrastination, think about why you started on this journey of accomplishing your dreams and why you seem to be static.

Perhaps if we can look within ourselves and figure out why we chose to embark on that project, start that business and follow our passion, then we will find motivation and courage to complete that which we have started. Our dreams and ideas may also just begin to take shape and find wings to fly.

The road ahead will be rough, you will be discouraged many times, and you may need to keep believing in yourself over and over again. Keep at it and find that daily dose of inspiration to motivate you. There is a dream to achieve, a goal to accomplish, a business to start and a story to tell. So think about why you the answer is the passion to keep moving. Have a great week ahead.

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Happy Father's Day + Thoughts On Fatherhood

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there in the world. First to my husband whose passion, love and devotion as a father inspires and challenges me. To my father whose devotion, commitment and prayers for his children linger in our hearts and give a picture of the responsibility that comes with fatherhood.

To every father out there who is working hard to provide for his family, committed to being there for his children and carving out that time to know and be part of his children's life. You are appreciated.
Here are my thoughts on the importance of a father in the life of his children.

- Fathers give children a picture of good role models to look up to. So are you a good or bad role model to your child?
- Fathers provide that protective shield and secure environment in which children can grow up feeling safe.
- Fathers show children what leadership is through how they lead in their homes.
- Fathers who are present in the lives of their children create bonds and memories that last for a lifetime.

- Fathers who are committed to being there to guide and teach their children, imprint values that live forever.
- Fathers who work hard and provide for their families mirror the responsibility of fatherhood to their children.
- Fathers provide protection, guidance, security, stability, love, hope, courage and vision in the lives of their children.  "I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection". – Sigmund Freud

Be a worthy father whose children will never forget the impact you made in their lives. Happy Father's Day.

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 14 June 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Something Great Inside You

In life, there will be challenges, there will be obstacles and there will be you. There will be rivers to cross, mountains to climb and there will be you. There will be laughter, there will be pain, there will be memories and there will be you. There will be tests, trials, hard lessons to learn and there will still be you.

There will be you because there is something inside of you that will keep you standing, something in you that takes you through every storm. There is definitely something and someone greater on the inside that gives you courage to face every challenge and surmount every difficulty.

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Believe in your dreams and know that they can be achieved. Believe in life and living, knowing that every obstacle is a stepping stone to greatness. You are more than you think you are, for greatness lies within you. Have a blessed week ahead and stay inspired.

Ufuoma Fijab

Bill Clinton Speaks About Wife Hillary, Says I Trust Her With My Life

Former US President Bill Clinton  has opened up about his relationship with his wife Hillary, who is currently running for President in 2016. "Whenever I had trouble, she was a rock in our family," he said during an emotional interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. "I trust her with my life, and have on more than one occasion," he said, describing his wife as someone who helped him through some of the most trying times of his life.

Clinton also described how his wife helped him through years "plagued with self-doubt" in his late 20s and offered him someone to not only lean on, but to help guide him through perilous moments in his career.

Bill and Hillary Clinton were married in 1975 after meeting at Yale University. Their relationship has been publicly tested a number of times, including during Bill Clinton's public impeachment trial and his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. "The most difficult decisions I have made in my life were to stay married to Bill and to run for the Senate from New York,''  Hillary Clinton wrote about the Lewinsky affair in "Living History," her first memoir.

Clinton reflected on their 40 years of marriage in his interview with Tapper. "We built a life together based on the things we cared about, the things that we loved," he said. "We were blessed with a daughter who turned out pretty well I would say. We have been very blessed."

A Sad Story Of Majek Fashek + Why Being Talented Is Never Enough

Nigerians can never forget Reggae singer Majek Fashek, who in his prime doled out unforgettable tunes that still resonate till date. This talented musician's career took a downward slide after his sojourn abroad and dabbling with hard drugs. He has still been unable to regain the glory that brought him fame many years ago.

I recently saw an article about him which almost brought tears to my eyes. How come such a gifted and once successful singer was now reduced to a beggar? SAD!!!! " He was begging for ogogoro because he did not have 100 Naira to pay for it". I suddenly remembered a book written by John Maxwell, 'When Talent is Never Enough', I could relate the thoughts in the book with Fashek's life.
Maxwell talks about choices that will take you beyond your talent. He talks about focus, passion, character and responsibility being key in making you a talent plus person.

So how come a talented musician like Majek Fashek remains a shadow of his former self, his life now a pathetic tale of success gone wrong? I believe this is food for thought, especially for many of our artistes who have tasted money and fame so quickly, and also for us as individuals to know that being talented is only a means to an end, it takes character to protect that gift and talent of yours. Read the article below shared by Joseph Edgar, an investment banker and blogger.

On my way to work this morning, I spotted a loony figure. Pants sagged, dirty black underwear showing, a caftan perched precariously on his extra lean shoulders, shock of long unkempt dreadlocks cascading down his head and teeth yellowed by years of hard living and a face still surprisingly handsome despite the ravages of illicit living. This was Majek, my hero, the one who brought down the rain.

Friday, 12 June 2015

22 Years After - Remembering MKO Abiola And June 12th, 1993

22 Years ago today, we remember June 12th, 1993, the day Nigeria's freest and fairest election was annulled by Ibrahim Babangida. That day remains synonymous with the presumed winner of the annulled presidential election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, who I believe paid the ultimate sacrifice for the democracy we now enjoy as a nation today.

Chief MKO Abiola’s memory is celebrated in Nigeria and internationally and June 12, declared a public holiday in some states across the country every year. In 1994, Abiola declared himself President of Nigeria in the Epetedo area of Lagos island, after which he was declared wanted, accused of treason and arrested on the orders of military President General Sani Abacha.

Abiola died on July 7, 1998 on the day he was due to be released from prison under questionable circumstances. Many still believe June 12th, every year ought to be declared a national holiday and something deserving be done to honour the memory of a man, who believed so much in Nigeria, had a vision and plan to transform his nation, but ended up paying with his own life. His memory lives on..............

Monday, 8 June 2015

The Young Blind Nigerian Author Who Sees Beyond Her Limitations

Meet Adeife Ugwumsinachi Adeniran, the young blind Nigerian female author, based in South Africa. This young woman sees beyond her limitations and is on a journey to impact her world.
Her mother's quest to seek better medical treatment at the Pretoria Eye Institute in 2005 for her, led to their eventual settlement in South Africa. This was to take advantage of existing medical and educational facilities considered suitable for her rehabilitation and development.

Adeife attended Bumble Bee Pre-School in Pretoria and proceeded to Prinshof School for the Visually Impaired, Pretoria in 2006, where she manifested her creativity early. She has represented her school at various inter-school competitions including singing (in Afrikaans), Poetry and Drama. She has won academic awards in mathematics, Afrikaans, English, social science and life orientation. She has also been awarded a certificate/trophy for Exemplary Behaviour.

Her first book “Can You Imagine?”, is a product of her prolific imagination. She started keeping a diary in 2010 that contained her collection of thoughts based on interactions. Her desire is to impact the lives of physically challenged children in Africa and the world at large. She also plans to build an international school for disabled children in Nigeria. 

Adeife who is also a motivational speaker, uses her eloquence to encourage children in pursuits and the fight for the rights of the physically challenged. In one of such speeches she received a prolonged ovation at the 2013 National Diaspora Day Conference in Abuja.

Source - Thomas O. Women Network

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Akon Launches Initiative Aimed At Giving 600 Million Africans Electricity

R&B singer Akon has launched an initiative aiming to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa. The Akon Lighting Africa initiative has started the Solar Academy, which will help African engineers utilize the sun's energy to produce electricity. 

The Academy will teach African residents how to install and maintain solar-powered electricity systems and micro grids to continually produce electricity. "We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise," Samba Baithily, a co-founder of the project, told Reuters.

Bill Gates Highlights The Importance of Getting A Degree

Microsoft co-founder and Philanthropist, Bill Gates recently spoke about the importance of getting a degree and graduating from college. In his words:  "Although I dropped out of college and got lucky pursuing a career in software, getting a degree is a much surer path to success." Read full article here.

College graduates are more likely to find a rewarding job, earn higher income, and even, evidence shows, live healthier lives than if they didn't have degrees. It’s always moving to sit down with students and hear the stories of why they decided to drop out. Many of them are poor and often the first person in their families to go to college. They arrive on campus with big aspirations to get a degree and start a career that would earn a good salary. Then their dreams unravel.

Many quit when they realize that their high schools didn't prepare them academically for college. Some don’t make it because they can’t afford tuition. Others leave after getting overwhelmed trying to navigate the college system without enough personal guidance from their college. All leave school with a lot of debt and, even worse, a diminished sense of themselves. Their entire sense of what they can achieve in life is damaged.

The fact that a high percentage of people who don’t finish college are from low-income backgrounds should be a concern for all of us. Without degrees, they are more likely to stay trapped in poverty.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

9jaflave FFT - Change Something You Do Daily To Have A Different Result

To bring about change in our lives means doing things differently. If I want to have different results in my life, then I must be willing to change my strategy.

Many sit and moan about the disappointing state of their lives, some even point fingers at others for their present predicament, others want success but are not willing to take steps that will lead them into that desire.

What change do you want to see in your life? If you procrastinate a lot, then make up your mind to be a doer. If you have a dream, then take daily steps towards accomplishing it. If you really want to change your life, like the quote above,  then change something you do everyday to see that change. Think about it.......

9jaflave Soliloquy - What Does Life Really Mean To You

Life is a gift. Life is a challenge. Life is a game. Life is what you choose it to be. Many have their own different perceptions and definitions of what life really is, and through this window, they view the world around them.

If my life is a gift, then I will treat it as such and what I do with my life is my gift back to the one who gave me life. If I see life as an opportunity, then I will use it to do good, make an impact and leave a legacy. If life is precious, you will treasure it and will do all you can to protect, nurture and use it meaningfully.

What does your life really mean to you? Think about it. This priceless gift to breathe and live was given to you for a reason. Search out and use it purposefully. Cheers!!!!!