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Sunday, 29 November 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Take a Chance And Make A Choice For Change

Change never comes to our lives by wishing, change never happens until we decide to make it happen, change may never come until we find the courage to do things differently.

Life is a choice and everyday unveils opportunities and chances to make our lives better. If life then is a choice, what are you doing to create a brighter future for yourself? Change will not happen suddenly, it will take someone (you) to make that change happen.

Choices precedes change and that change will reveal a better you. You can be all that you want to be. You can achieve the dreams and visions in your heart, if and only if you are willing to make wise choices.

What do you really want out of life? Take a chance and make that choice, until you do, life remains static and your life will never change. Cheers!!!! Have a great week ahead

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A Young Man's Inspiring Journey From Somali To Harvard

The story of 20 year old Abdisamad Muhiyadin Adan should inspire every young person out there. His story shows that focus, determination and rising above one's limitations will eventually pay off.
Adan could neither speak or write English 5 years ago but today he is off to study at the prestigious Harvard University on a full scholarship.

Adan’s parents were divorced before he was born and he was raised by his grandmother in a poor neighbourhood in Somaliland, without access to clean water or electricity. Despite being born in an environment where education was not considered anything to strive for, Adan fought tirelessly to stand out and bring about change in his family and community.

He excelled as he studied by candlelight at night and performed excellently in his local primary school. He also finished 2nd in the country in the national eighth grade exams. He graduated from the Abaarso School of Science and Technology, Somali. Today his efforts have paid off  and he said that he only utilized the opportunities that came his way.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Thoughts From Nigerian Female Entrepreneur Saudat Salami

Saudat Salami is the CEO and Founder of Easyshop Easycook Limited, a domestic outsource company that specializes in shopping services. Her business simply takes off the stress of shopping from those who are unable to do it themselves because of time constraints and working professionals.
Mrs Salami has been on this entrepreneurial journey for 10 years and is still waxing strong. She shared some insightful thoughts on her journey at WhootAfricarevealing that 3 qualities are needed to sustain any business, Believing in yourself, Believing In God and Believing in your purpose. Read excerpts below:

What inspires and drives you as a person, and today as an inspiration in the business world?
I am a dreamer. As far as I can remember this has been my guiding principle “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe” Anatole France. Everything inspires me actually; if you know any of my friends they will tell you I always see a positive side to almost everything.

My driving force is about supporting people and being part of the solution. I believe there is always a solution if we look at things from various angles. When I get distracted, tired, broke and I think about my vision I get back up and keep going. The journey can be altered but never the destination.

Can you mention three qualities you think are important for longevity and sustainability of any business?
Believe in yourself, Believe in a higher power (God), Believe in your purpose.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

9jaflave FFT - What Do You Want Most?

Here is our Food for thought(FFT) for today. Take out time to answer these questions sincerely.

At this very moment in your life, what do you want most? What is holding you back? What are those things stopping you from achieving your dreams? What is that limitation?

What do you want to change in your life? What sacrifices are you willing to make? What are you willing to do to make things different? Who are you and what are your heart's desires? What is it you want the most out of life? Think about it. In the questions lies the answers. Cheers!!!!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Challenge Yourself To Stay Strong In The Midst Of Difficulty

Life can be tough, Life can be hard. Life can be a party and life can also be a pain. Life can be beautiful and life can look so ugly. Life can be a smooth ride and life can throw tough challenges at you.

Challenges will always come and go, difficult times will always show up to test your strength, but you must choose to stay strong in the midst of every storm. Sometimes the wind of adversity will blow against you so hard, adjust your sails and stay strong. This storm will pass.

So when life seems to get harder and everything looks like it's working against you, challenge yourself to stay strong. It's a season that will pass and your story will strengthen others and challenge them to be stronger. Cheers!!!!! and have a great week. Stay inspired @9jaflave

Ufuoma Fijab

Friday, 13 November 2015

British Singer Adele On Why Her Focus Is On Music

Grammy Award Winning British Singer, Adele recently shared her thoughts on why her focus is on music alone. Her new song 'Hello' released on Oct 23rd was bought and downloaded by more than 1 million people in the United States alone.

The singer who took a 4 year break from music wants to be known for one thing only, music. This explains why she has turned down several endorsements and deals. She truly does gives some insight into the power of focus. Focus takes out distractions and keeps you grounded.

Her words: “If I wanted to just be famous, like be a celebrity, then I wouldn't do music, because everything else I've been offered would probably make me more famous than I am just with my music. Commercials, being the face of brands, nail varnishes, shoes, bags, fashion lines, beauty ranges, hair products, being in movies, being the face of a car, designing watches, food ranges, buildings, airlines, book deals. I've been offered everything. And I don’t want to water myself down. I want to do one thing. I want to make something. I don’t want to be the face of anything."

“Everyone thinks I just disappeared, and I didn't,” she said. I just went back to real life, because I had to write an album about real life, because otherwise how can you be relatable? Her latest album '25' is set for release worldwide on November 20.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Veteran Hollywood Actress Meryl Streep Shares Inspiring Story

Veteran Hollywood actress, Meryl Streep today shared an inspiring story about her life. The 66 year old revealed that she was denied a role in the movie, King Kong in the 70's because they felt she was 'too ugly' for the role.

She refused to let that one opinion about her derail her from achieving her dreams of becoming an actress. And today she has 18 Academy Awards.

This is truly inspiring!!!! Like Les Brown would say, we must never let someone's opinion of us become our reality.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - You Are Not A Tree

You can choose to remain on the same spot in your life or move over and create something beautiful out of it. You are not a tree.

You can choose to keep sulking about how badly life has treated you or forget the past and see a better and brighter future. You are not a tree.

You can choose to blame everyone but you for your failures or simply take responsibility and learn from your mistakes. You are not a tree.

You can keep dreaming and talking, yet do nothing to achieve those dreams. Procrastination remains the greatest thief of time. Start doing and quit talking. You are not a tree.

You can start right now to walk out of that spot of despair, mediocrity and unbelief. You are not a tree. Only a tree remains on one spot, it either stays or is cut down. So if you don't like where you are in your life right now, move, you are not a tree. Cheers!!!!

Stay inspired @9jaflave

Ufuoma Fijab

The Inspiring 'Nigerian Story' Of Cool Fm Presenter Mannie

This particular post is a blast from the past, I shared it about 2 years ago but I've decided to share it again, believing it will inspire someone. It is the inspiring Nigerian story of Cool FM presenter, Mannie. It's all about his journey to getting his personal breakthrough.

Cool FM Presenter, Mannie Speaks:
Several years ago, I was through with school and stayed in Abuja with my sister. I decided not to go for the mandatory NYSC programme. My sister would have none of that and advised me against such rashness. I insisted I would not serve, but rather go to Lagos; perhaps I would find something worthwhile to do there.

Eventually, she gave in to my vague plan and offered me N3000- all she could spare. That was how I started on a seemingly hopeless journey propelled by my dreams, hopes and aspirations. I had no idea of what lay ahead. All I had was N3000 and a few personal effects which included a mini-keyboard.

I made my journey and when I got to Lagos a friend kindly offered to accommodate me for few weeks. So there I was at a friend’s place, jobless and indoors when others had gone to work. I was always on my keyboard, creating and playing tunes for my pleasure and entertainment. I had produced and stored some tunes on my keyboard while in Abuja just for the fun of it.

On a fateful day the landlord of the house where I lived came to our apartment. Incidentally the man was a big shot in the advertising field. Every day he heard melodious tunes coming from our apartment and he came to see the face behind those tunes. He asked me what I wanted to do with the tunes. I told him that they were jingles for commercials. And that is where the story of my life changed. The landlord got me my first break in which one of my tunes was used as an advert jingle. From then on, it was jingle after jingle for some of the top brands in the country. MTN was one of such brands.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Remembering Dr Myles Monroe

How time really does fly? It is exactly a year ago, I got that early morning call from my brother that Myles Monroe and his lovely wife, Ruth had died in a plane crash alongside others on his way to minister at a program. How and Why were the first questions in my head, but I became grateful knowing that he lived a purposeful life, and that he was able to pen down so many books that will influence many generations to come.

Dr Myles Monroe is a great writer whose books come alive before you when reading. His books are always so difficult to drop when reading, I just want to go on and on. I am so grateful for his life and how he has inspired many and will continue to inspire millions through his teachings and books.

I pray that his children will continue to be strengthened and may his legacy continue to live on. As we remember him today, think over his teachings, ponder his writings, get inspiration from many of his quotes and choose to live your own life with purpose. I leave you with his words below.....

“You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you”

"The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live."
“When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable”

“One of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped.”

Sunday, 8 November 2015

9jaflave FFT - Yes Your Voice Matters

Do you really believe that you were born to make an impact in your generation? Do you believe that your life was given to you for a purpose? Do you know that you have a great story, so many life lessons to share from your challenges and experiences?

Do you know that your dreams count? Those dreams of yours have the power to influence a generation after you, if and only if you choose to believe in them and pursue them. Do you know that your voice matters? Your words, your actions and who you are  is what will create lasting legacies long after you are gone.

Many are in search of great stories to inspire them. The world will always remember those who leave footprints in the sands of time. Generations will always draw from the wisdom of those who lived life with purpose. Yes your voice matters. What you do and who you are may seem so insignificant right now, just remember that your story is important and that your voice matters. Cheers!!!!

Have a great week ahead and stay inspired @ 9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijab

Jighere Wellington Of Nigeria Is The New World Scrabble Champion

Jighere Wellington of Nigeria today emerged the new World Scrabble Champion after defeating Lewis Mackay 4-0 in a Best of Seven series in Australia. The 36 year old is the first African to ever become the World Scrabble Champion. 

The tournament had about 450 Scrabble players from around the world competing, where Wellington emerged as the winner. Nigeria also emerged as the best team of the championship as 5 of its 6 representatives finished in top 50 players of the tournament with Ayorinde Saidu and Emmanuel Umujose placing 16th and 17th, respectively.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called to congratulate him. 9jaflave also congratulates Mr Wellington and team Nigeria. Thanks for keeping the flag flying.

Friday, 6 November 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Live The Life You Imagined

Your dreams are possible, your ideas can become a reality and your life can become that picture you always imagined in your head. The journey may seem tedious, persevere.....the road so rough, keep walking.....your present state discouraging....look from within.

There is a life you have always dreamed of, a picture of success with its many definitions. No matter what hurdles you may be facing, choose courage and keep moving. Your dreams are possible, choose never to give up when challenges show up.

Be courageous.You can live the life you have imagined. Cheers!!
Stay inspired@9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijab

Happy Anniversary To BasketMouth And Wife Elsie

9jaflave wishes Nigerian comedian Bright Okpocha AKA Basketmouth and his wife Elsie, Happy Wedding Anniversary.

Love is indeed a beautiful thing!!!! We wish you many more fulfilling years together. #lifemarriagetogetherness

Thoughts From South African Entrepreneur Lere Mgayiya

Lere Mgayiya is the entrepreneur behind Lere’s Shoe Shine Experience, a service that can be found in South Africa’s 3 largest airports. Mgayiya started shining shoes out of desperation, using lessons learnt from other business failures.

In his words: “I combined them all; resolving to make this business better and ensure it survives. But putting all those experiences together ended in creating a business I didn't expect could be this big,it was the lessons I had learnt before that helped me make it into what it is today.”

His advice to upcoming entrepreneurs is to be prepared to commit themselves completely to their business, even if it means facing greater risks. “If you are not invested in that business it changes the chances of success.” He however noted that 'passion and clever thinking are more important to entrepreneurs than just money'.

“Businesses are made from ideas and these come from your head and heart, it is the driving force which is generated from the love and passion for those ideas that makes it successful – it is not the money,” he emphasised. No matter how poor you are, no matter what family you come from, or class in life you come from, those 2 things you will always have. It is your brain that makes you successful and your heart that drives you.”

SAD!!! Pregnant Mother And Baby Dies Looking For Doctors

I must say reading this in the papers yesterday made me sad. It was a needless death and the government has to do more concerning maternal healthcare in the country. The lives of pregnant women and their babies must be given top priority. Also health workers have to change their attitude and give premium value to human life. Read as published by Punch below:

When Omowumi Shonuga tapped her husband that her water had broken at 5 am on Thursday morning, being a sign of labour pain, anxiety took hold of him. Although he, Ayobanji Shonuga, was remotely happy that his second child was about to be born, he was as nervous as many men would be in that situation.

As the wife’s labour pains increased, the 33-year-old man quickly packed his baby’s things and rushed her to the Rauf Aregbesola Health Centre in Egbeda. Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos. His joy and hope began to diminish when he got to the health centre and found out that the hospital gates were locked.

Shonuga said, “We got to the hospital around 5 am to meet the hospitals locked. I horned and horned, nobody came out. After a while a woman came out and said there was no doctor to attend to me, that I should take her to the Igando General Hospital. I said it was impossible for a doctor not to be on duty in a hospital as big as this. She ignored any other enquiry I was trying to make. As I got back to my car, I saw that my wife had delivered the baby and that she was in a pool of blood and she was also bleeding. It was when I started shouting, ‘Blood! Blood! Baby’ that two nurses rushed out from the hospital.”

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

This Piece By Pastor Anita Will Inspire You

So I stumbled across this write up by Pastor Anita and I must say, I was inspired. This line got me - "When disappointments happen, we can decide to isolate ourselves and close all doors, leaving little hope for the rebuilding of our broken dreams. 

The thought of starting again may seem devastating and absolutely painful. When something bad happens, realise that it is not the end; sometimes it can be the best thing that ever happened to you". Read the full article here.

Life is a choice and I choose to add colour to the pages of my own life. I choose to paint beautiful pictures of my future. I choose to stay bright and colourful. I choose to make other lives colourful too.
Stay inspired @9jaflave

Happy New Month - A November Filled With Pleasant Surprises

Happy new month to everyone of you. It has been a blessed year so far and I believe it will all end with joy. 

May this new month be filled with pleasant surprises for you. May your dreams come to pass. May you find the path leading to your destiny. May joy and laughter always fill your hearts.

May you find strength in chaotic times. May you find courage to always do the right things. May your heart be filled with love and compassion. May you never give up. Have a great November. Cheers!!!