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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year From 9jaflave

In about an hour's time, we would be in a brand new year, the year 2016. Thank God for the gifts and blessings of 2015. I am confident of a brighter future and a more fulfilling year ahead.

I Thank everyone of you for taking out time to visit the blog. I am sure you were inspired and I hope to give you more inspiration in 2016. Thank you for being part of my 2015, you are highly appreciated.

Happy New Year and I wish you a more fulfilling and purpose filled 2016. May you find courage to pursue your dreams, may hope fill your heart for a better future and may you never ever give up on yourself and your vision. Happy New Year Once again.

9jaFlave Soliloquy - What Are You Thankful For?

Wow!!! Some few hours from now, 2015 will bid us goodbye as we welcome a brand new year. It seems just like yesterday when we all rejoiced at entering the year 2015, and now we are about to say goodbye.

What has the year 2015 been like for you? Did you extract all of what it had in stock for you? Did you enjoy its beauty and soulfulness? Did the year see you digging out treasures from its rich and diverse reserves? Did you create memories to last you a lifetime? Did you cry for the pain, hurts and disappointments that came your way? Did you find laughter in the midst of life's valleys? Did you show gratitude at all times?

I laughed. I cared. I hoped. I cried sometimes. I sacrificed. I rejoiced. I prayed. I sang.I loved. I believed and most of all I am thankful. Thankful for the gift of life, thankful for the life I am living, thankful for family, thankful for the air I breathe, thankful for every new day, thankful for my husband, thankful for my children, thankful for my parents, thankful for my siblings, thankful for my in-laws, thankful for the gift motherhood, thankful for God's love and mercy, thankful for a sound mind, thankful for inspiring books, thankful for food every single day, thankful for my Bible, thankful for good health, thankful for clothes on my back, thankful for a few good friends, thankful that I made it this far and so much more than I can even remember. My heart is full of thanks.

What are you thankful for? The year may not have been exactly how you planned it to be, I still encourage you to look for the little things and show gratitude. Thanksgiving is the power behind multiplication. When you begin to show gratitude, life takes on a whole new meaning and you begin living rather than just existing. SO WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH ME ON THIS ONE. Cheers!!!!!!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Who Inspires You - Mark Zuckerberg And Wife Priscillia

Who Inspires You? A person, a Place, a book, an event or maybe your own life and achievements are a great source of inspiration to you. Fell free to share with us. I am still sharing with you who inspires me. Next on my list is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his lovely wife, Priscillia Chan.

It is one thing to be entrusted with wealth, and another thing when you are able to use that wealth as a tool to impact lives positively and make the world a better place. I am always quite humbled each time I see a post or write up about Facebook founder and his wife Priscillia giving to another cause. They are quite an inspiring couple and truly reflect how powerful it is when a husband and wife are united in vision, purpose and commitment.

While responding to a facebook user after giving a $25 million grant to help fight Ebola last year, Zuckerberg said, "I think we have a responsibility to help out wherever we see a need." 
To celebrate the birth of their daughter Max,  the couple announced that they were giving 99% of their Facebook shares, valued at about $45 billion through a new organization called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. In a letter written to their daughter Max, the couple said, 

"As you begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family, we also begin the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation. Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities".

This couple inspires me like they inspire many around the world with their giving. Their commitment to solving problems, providing solutions , caring about others and sharing their wealth is truly inspiring. And just like you say Mark, 'seeds planted now will grow', indeed these many seeds both of you are planting now will surely grow in the lives and hearts of many generations to come. 

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas From 9jaFlave

Wishing all of you my dear readers a very Merry Christmas. May the joy and love this season brings always be part of our lives. Hope you had a great and blessed day!!!!!!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Ghanaian Female Entrepreneur Mabel Suglo - Stop Talking And Start Doing

Meet Mabel Suglo, the young Ghanaian female entrepreneur behind EcoShoes. Her company employs people with disabilities to manufacture shoes and accessories from discarded tyres and recycled materials. 

The 21 year old was named the 2015 second runner up of the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for young entrepreneurs. She also received US$12,500 cash prize. Read more about her here.

The young entrepreneur says it's not just being a big talker that counts, but being a doer. Her advice to other young entrepreneurs is to start saving as soon as possible, be patient and stay focused on their goal especially during the tough times.

“Be determined because the road to success is not smooth, it is very rough. And don’t be just a big-talker. I think one problem many of us young Africans have is we talk too much and we don’t have a lot of doers. Give it a proper try and if you fail, just pick yourself up, shake the dust off and continue to try again,” she says.

“One thing I know about most successful people is they never really got it right at the first go. They had to try over and over and over again.”

Who Inspires You - Mothers Around The World

Who Inspires You? A person, a Place, a book, an event or maybe your own life and achievements are a great source of inspiration to you. Fell free to share with us. I am still sharing with you who inspires me. Next on my list are mothers around the world. 

To every woman out there who has been privileged to carry and bring forth life, you are a great inspiration. To every woman who has been privileged to nurture and raise a child to adulthood, you are a great inspiration. And to every woman out there who has adopted children, invested in the lives of less privileged children and fought for the cause of children. You are truly a great inspiration.

Mothers inspire me generally. I am blessed to be a mother too, but watching those who are ahead of me and how much they invest daily, sowing good seeds in the lives of their children gives me courage in my own journey. 

From the mother hawking on the streets with her baby strapped to her back, to the mother with a demanding job balancing out her roles effectively, to the mummy entrepreneur who is raising her children and still pursuing her dreams and the full time mother whose labour of love is unending, your commitment and strength is inspiring.

Dear Mother, the little things you do everyday are so full of love and sacrifice. The meals, laundry, listening, holding, cuddling, reading, caring and praying. etc. You are watering lives and truly nurturing greatness. Wherever you are in the world, I want you to know that you inspire me and millions of others. The things you do daily may go unnoticed, but be encouraged that the good seeds you are planting  will surely reap great returns. You are a mother and you are such a great inspiration.

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Who Inspires YOU - Malala Yousafzai

Who Inspires You? A person, a Place, a book, an event or maybe your own life and achievements are a great source of inspiration to you. Fell free to share with us. I am still sharing with you who inspires me. Next on my list is Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai. She Inspires me.

Malala Yousafzai is the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for her vocal stance on the importance of educating the girl child. She not only survived but has kept her commitment to campaigning for the rights of girls to receive an education and also went on to win a Nobel peace prize. She is the youngest Nobel Prize winner.

Her words while receiving her Nobel prize,  "I had two options," she said of her life after being shot in the head by the Taliban more than two years ago. "One was to remain silent and wait to be killed. And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. I decided to speak up." Read full speech here.

The person Malala inspires me, her words also inspire me. Her courage and vision as a young person is quite inspiring. You look at her and know that hope is not lost for many young people out there without a sense of purpose.

She is young, focused and a great source of inspiration. Something she said during her interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour in October, 2013 stuck with me, She said ,“They can only shoot a body, but they cannot shoot my dreams.” What a powerful statement from such a young girl. She inspires me and will continue to inspire many around the world.

9jaflave Soliloquy - Only You Can Make That Change In Your Life

No one else knows your struggles, no one can understand your pain, no one else can make that big difference in your life. No one can lift you up from the valley of despair and hopelessness. Only you can.

It takes YOU to make that change you want to see in your life. It takes YOU to make wise choices that will make you a better person. It takes YOU to fight and win your battles. It takes YOU to choose courage and live by faith. Only you can.

It takes YOU to pursue your dreams. It takes YOU to fight for what you believe in. It takes YOU to stop procrastinating and start doing. Only you can.

It takes YOU to choose your path. It takes YOU to follow your passion. It takes YOU to discover who you truly are. It Takes YOU to discover your Purpose. Only you can.

No one can make that change you want to see in your life. Only YOU can. It only takes one person to change your life. YOU. Challenge the YOU in YOU and be all that you can be. Cheers!!!!!

Ufuoma Fijab

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Who Inspires YOU - DR Myles Monroe

Who Inspires You? A person, a Place, a book, an event or maybe your own life and achievements are a great source of inspiration to you. Fell free to share with us. I said previously I will be sharing with you who inspires me. So today I will be starting with Dr Myles Monroe. He Inspires me.

Dr Myles Monroe who passed away last year is a renowned speaker, teacher, author and educator. I find a lot of inspiration from his books. My number one amongst his books would be - The Principles and Power of Vision. He is such a wonderful writer whom you tend to follow deeply as you read, and one whose words you are likely never to easily forget. His teachings give you the same feeling, I can never get bored or tired listening to him teach. He always has something to say that sticks with you.

Even though he is no longer physically here with us, his words will continue to impact millions and generations unborn. He has been a great source of inspiration to me through his books and will definitely continue to inspire me.  I am sharing some of those inspiring words below:

"The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but living without a purpose"
" If you want to be a success, do not keep company with those who aren't going anywhere in life"
" You should live so effectively that there won't be any need for a tombstone to mark your grave because your life will be in the hearts and memories of those who could never forget you or what you did"

Ufuoma Fijab

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Who Inspires You - Nero Ogheneovo CEO Tshirt Factory Nigeria

A few days ago, I asked a question on the blog, Who Inspires YOU? I said during the course of your life, there must have been someone who inspired you to action, victory, love, faith and success, someone who drastically altered your life's journey. Is it a parent, sibling, child, boss, author or friend? Maybe a book, personality or an event in your life. Inspire us with your story.

The first person to share with us about Who Inspires Him is the CEO, Tshirt Factory Nigeria, Nero Ogheneovo. Read his thoughts below.....

Who inspires me? GOD. You look at life, you look at nature, you look at the process of existence and you cannot but be inspired. You look at the inner working...s of everyday living and cannot but marvel at such an interesting process.

You look at a bird fly, and you get inspired to invent an airplane, you look at an animal run fast on 4 legs and you get inspired to invent a car. Life in its fullness is filled with inspiration. And when I take a deeper look at what caused all we see and understand that we are part of this interesting process, I am moved, encouraged, urged ........INSPIRED to add my uniqueness to this interesting world.

Monday, 7 December 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Who Inspires You?

I appreciate all of you who take out time to visit the blog and I really do hope you find some inspiration. Like I said some time ago, finding inspiration can lift up, motivate, encourage, birth ideas and reawaken dying dreams, so taking out time daily to inspire ourselves is a necessary part of our existence. Someone, something or an event can inspire you and simply change the course of your life. Who Inspires You?

Today I am starting out with - Who Inspires YOU? In the course of our lives, there must have been someone who inspired you to action, victory, love, faith and success, someone who drastically altered the course of your life. Is it a parent, sibling, child, boss, author or friend? Inspire us with your story.

Christmas is in the air and I am opening up the blog to you to share your story for free and an opportunity to inspire someone else too. Or perhaps you just want to say Thank You to that special person, here is your moment.  Spread the word and tell your friends to join us on this inspiration journey.

N.B. I will also be sharing with you those who inspire me and how that inspiration has made me a better person. Send me an Email - 

9jaflave FFT - Is It The Mountain Ahead Or The Pebble In Your Shoe?

Today's Food for thought(FFT) - Is it the mountain ahead that scares you silly or the pebble in your shoe? Think about it.

In life there will be many mountains in the form of pressure, challenges, difficulties and unbelief, you must refuse to let the pebbles of hopelessness, weariness, depression and faithlessness take over the shoes on your feet. The mountains you see must never direct the course of your life.

What is that pebble in your shoe? Is it Procrastination or the fear of failure? Share with us and inspire us with your action plan on how to climb those mountains. Cheers!!!!!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

9jaflave Soliloquy - Believe In The Beauty Of Your Dreams

This happens to be one of my favourite quotes and I saw it first as a framed picture many years ago. It is an interesting quote and gives you some sense of encouragement in respect to dreams. It still inspires me till date.

Everyone of us has dreams, we believe that our tomorrow will be filled with great things. The dreams in our hearts gives us hope for the future and we live each day with great expectations. Keep believing because those dreams can become a reality.

If you can only believe in the beauty of your dreams, then the future is yours. If you can find that little spark of hope in those things you hold dear to your heart, then the future is yours. If you can do it over and over again until you get it right, then the future is yours.

If you choose to believe in your dreams even when nobody else does, then the future is yours. If you can find that courage and go out to pursue those dreams, then the future is yours. When life says you do not have what it takes, then look at your self in the mirror and tell life that the future is yours.
Your future begins now and it can be beautiful if you can simply believe in the beauty of your dreams. Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay inspired @9jaflave

Ufuoma Fijab

Friday, 4 December 2015

A Kenyan Female Entrepreneur's Inspiring Journey Into Business

Meet Mary Cherop Maritim, Kenyan female Entrepreneur and founder of Cherebut Foods, a company that supplies frozen grains and legumes. Her business has its own factory, employs 11 people and serves 7 grocery chains in Kenya. She is also one of the 4 finalists for AFIF’s Entrepreneurship Award 2015. Read below how this working mother quickly worked on an idea she received which today has become a full fledged business. Go here for full article.

Maritim came up with her product idea in 2007, while working as a secretary for a government official. She often had to work late and this meant having to prepare supper for her family ahead of time. But one day she found herself working later than expected and with no idea what to feed her family.

“I got home and my husband and children were waiting. So I rushed to the freezer and found some beans that I had cooked, frozen, and forgotten about it. I cooked some rice really fast, made a sauce and threw in the beans – and within minutes we were sitting eating,” recalled Maritim.

“I wondered if other women knew this trick because it is really a great idea to have frozen beans around for times like this. But then I thought some might even be too busy to cook the beans in the first place and to then freeze them. And maybe this was a good business idea.”

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

December Is Finally Here - Happy New Month

Welcome to the awesome month of December!!!! Christmas is around the corner and it is the last month in the year 2015. What are you thankful for? What are your worries and fears? What do you hope to still achieve before 2015 bids us goodbye?

We still have 30 days to go, 30 days to still start that project, 30 days to start dreaming again, 30 days to make those changes in your life, 30 days to love again, 30 days to forgive and move on,30 days to start living again and 30 days to still make that impact.

Choose to make every minute and second count in these remaining days of the year. Also know that miracles do happen and giving up now is not an option for you. You may have started the year slowly, it may look like you accomplished nothing, things probably didn't work out the way you planned it, look for that little light in the tunnel and choose to finish the year strong. Cheers!!!

Ufuoma Fijab