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Saturday, 26 September 2015

"We Have One Moment, One Life" - Underwear Model Born Without Legs

Meet Kanya Sesser,  the 23 year old model born without legs, who is also a skateboarder, surfer and motivational speaker and goes by the motto - "No legs, No limits". She currently makes $1,000 a day doing lingerie shoots.

Sesser was abandoned at a Buddhist temple when she was just 1 week old, but was adopted and moved to the US with her adoptive parents at the age of 5. In her words: "I'm different and that is sexy, I don't need legs to feel sexy. I love showing people what beauty can look like. These images show my strength."

Sesser used a skateboard, rather than a wheelchair to move around as a child, this grew her love for sports. She is currently training to compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympics, and combines her modelling career with motivational speaking. She said, “I’ve always had body confidence. Society’s got nothing on us. Be confident, life is valuable. We have one moment, one life.”

Thursday, 24 September 2015

9jaflave FFT - Focus On What Truly Matters In Life

Here's a little food for thought....while many things keep vying for our attention, we must not forget to keep our gaze on what truly matters in life.

What is that one important thing worth giving your attention to. Life is short and time slowly slips away, we have only one life to make a difference, to love, to give, to share and to make an impact for a lifetime. Turn your attention to that thing that truly matters. Cheers!!!!!!!

2 Young Nigerians Amongst 2015 Anzisha Prize Finalists

Africa’s premier award for entrepreneurs, The Anzisha Prize has announced its 12 finalists for 2015. The award rewards young entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 and two Nigerians, Chris Kwekowe and Blessing Fortune Kwomo made the final list. 

The top 3 winners will be announced towards the end of November, with the grand prize winner taking home $25,000. Go here to see the full list and read Blessing Kwomo's story below:

Nursing student Blessing Fortune Kwomo was just 19 when she started De Rehoboths Therapeutic Studio – a holistic healthcare solution for low income families in Port Harcourt. Her entrepreneurial inspiration was drawn from her own experience. As a child brought up in a poor family, she found that she would often return to hospital after being discharged because she was unable to fully recover in her home environment.

Kwomo realised there was a need to provide an alternative healthcare solution that would support traditional methods, and has partnered with a local hospital to facilitate a post-care option for discharged patients from poverty-stricken families. The aim is to prevent their home and social environments from landing them back in hospital.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Purpose Is The Reason We Journey

Life's a journey and we are all co-travellers. My journey is not your journey and my destination is definitely not your destination. Purpose is the reason we journey in this thing called 'Life', and until we find purpose, life feels empty and lacks fulfilment.

But when we find purpose, we are motivated, inspired and challenged. Purpose births courage and determination. It leads to self discovery and renewal. And until we find our purpose, our life's journey seems like a walk in futility.

Discovering your purpose births passion, and that passion lights up your path. It is amazing how passionate you can become when you discover who you truly are. So look within you and find out what really makes the difference in your being alive.

Purpose is the reason we journey and our lives lack meaning without it. Find your life's purpose, your reason for being here, and when you do, passion will be ignited to light up your path. Cheers!!!!! and keep being inspired @9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijab

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Aspire To Inspire

One of our greatest aspirations in life should be to inspire others with who we are. We must seek to be inspiring in our words, actions and attitudes. We must seek to live a life that inspires those in our close circle - our spouses, our children, our siblings. We must seek to inspire the world with our personality and uniqueness. But you can only inspire others when you have been inspired.

Inspiration starts with you, comes from within you and flows all around you. When you have been inspired, then you can begin to inspire others. Aspire to find some inspiration in your life and let the world get a feel of who you truly are.

Find some inspiration in your life, get to discover what stuff you are truly made of, live with purpose and inspire the world with your words, voice, laughter, generosity, compassion, love and talents. Aspire to Inspire and let the world remember you were here. Cheers!!

Ufuoma Fijab

28 Year Old Nigerian Writer Shortlisted For 2015 Man Booker Prize

Chigozie Obioma is the youngest nominee shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The 28 year old was shortlisted for his debut novel, "The Fishermen", making him the 2nd Nigerian to be nominated following 1991 winner, Ben Okri.

Amongst those also shortlisted is Marlon James, who is the first Jamaican-born author to be nominated for the prize. James, 44, was nominated for "A Brief History of Seven Killings", his third novel, which explores the 1976 attack on the Jamaican reggae music legend. The winner will be revealed at a ceremony on October 13 at London's Guildhall. Australian author Richard Flanagan won last year's prize with "The Narrow Road to the Deep North". The book has sold almost 800,000 copies worldwide.

Until 2013, the Booker Prize was awarded for the best original full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe. But last year the field was widened to any novel originally written in English and published in Britain. The move was a bid to stamp the prize's authority as the English-speaking world's foremost literary award, crucially by opening it to US writers. See list of those shortlisted after the cut:

These 2 Young Nigerian Tech Entrepreneurs Will Inspire You

Here are 2 young Nigerian students who are using the power of ICT to meet specific needs, solve problems in the society and also build a budding business. The 22 year old tech entrepreneurs have been able to think outside the box and start their own businesses. Read below

Meet Chris Kwekowe, the 22 year old founder of Slatecube, an innovative e-learning platform which he started last year. The tech start-up enables users to study at their convenience through free and paid-for online courses, build technology products and connect with opportunities to put their new skills to use.

In his words: I believe Education and Learning should be about developing skills that help tackle real-life challenges. It should be engaging, collaborative, industry-relevant, practice driven, and directed towards providing solutions to our everyday problems. I started thinking about a way forward. A way around the problem. 

That’s when an idea struck me. What if we could revolutionise education to reduce the amount of people who lacked jobs by leveraging online courses and virtual internship programs as tools to properly balance knowledge with skill acquisition, in order to promote a society that has individuals with skills to tackle its challenges, and eventually create value for them for doing so?

According to Kwekowe, nearly 200 individuals are already using the service to take online courses, read new books, and serve virtual internships. Slatecube was also one of 50 start-ups selected internationally to attend the 2015 MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, recently held in Cambridge, US.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Why Our Dreams Must Not Remain Just Dreams

It feels good to be back after my short exile away from the blog. My thoughts as the year gradually comes to an end remains focused on finding purpose and fulfilment, achieving your dreams, finding inspiration and becoming an inspiration.

We all have dreams which we desire to see come to pass. As children and teenagers, we dreamt on paper, drifted far and wild in our imagination and had no limits to what and who we could become. Today many of those dreams have been buried with the past, forgotten with yesterday and remain only a memory in our hearts.

Some took the bold step, chose courage and went all out to achieve their dreams. What about you? Our dreams must not remain just dreams, locked up away in our hearts for lack of faith and fear of the unknown. Stop for a moment and look deep within you, dream again and choose to follow that dream through. Everything is possible to him that believes.

A dream remains only a dream until acted upon. When you leap out in faith to bring your dreams to life, imagine how many lives you may inspire, how many problems may be solved, how many minds might be renewed. We all have great dreams which can become a reality, but it all begins with us. #Dreamsdocometrueifwebelieveandact. Cheers!!!!

Ufuoma Fijab

Happy New Month From 9jaflave

Happy New Month!!! Welcome to another beautiful month in the year 2015.
It's been a quick journey, 4 more months and 2015 will wave us goodbye. What have you achieved so far? How many goals accomplished? Which dreams have begun take shape?

The rest of the year may seem so short to accomplish anything, but starting may just be the first thing to do. Dreams really do come true, miracles happen and great opportunities show up many times when you least expect. But believing in yourself is key, keeping hope alive and stepping out in faith is the next thing to do. Step out and take that bold step.

Dear month of September, please be good to everyone of us. We are hopeful and ready to get the best of all you have to give. I wish everyone a blessed and purpose filled month. Cheers!!!!