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Monday, 26 December 2016

Merry Christmas From 9jaflave

Merry Christmas from 9jaflave. I wish you all the many joys of the season.

Let us treasure the moments and create memories in this season of love. Give, share, love and try to make someone smile in the last few days of this year.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Jeison Aristizábal Named 2016 CNN Hero Of The Year

This young man has truly proven that disability is not a limitation!!!!!
Meet Jeison Aristizábal  from Cali, Columbia who has been named the 2016 CNN Hero of the year. The 33 year old who has defied the doctor's words to his mother that he would amount to nothing, has broken down barriers by bringing hope to other disabled children and is currently about to graduate as a lawyer.
Growing up with cerebral palsy, Jeison was determined to overcome every obstacle in his path and since 2001, his non-profit ASODISVALLE (an acronym that translates to Association of Disabled People of the Valley)  has offered a range of free services that have transformed the lives of  about 3000 young people with disabilities and their families.
While accepting his award, Jeison revealed that when he began to question God about his disability, he had an epiphany. "Today I realize God chose me to help children with disabilities and their families and build a chain of dreams. I am about to graduate as a lawyer, and I want to do more to change my country's laws."
And his words to anyone who wants to make a difference: "Sometimes when we see a big problem, we feel like we can't do something, but starting with the little things, helping fix the little things, we can transform many lives."

Source - cnn

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - The Power Of Compassion (2)

Everyone will remember this image showing Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Loven, giving water to a little boy who had been wandering the streets for 8 months in Akwa Ibom, Nigeira.

The 2 year old boy was abandoned by his parents who thought he was a witch. He was found sick with worms and malnutrition. Anja named him Hope and today that same child is doing so well.

Anja is the founder of the African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF)  and has dedicated her time and resources to helping abandoned children accused of witchcraft in Nigeria. Yesterday she was named by OOOM Magazine as the  world's most inspiring person 2016 alongside President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and others. She shared the good news on her facebook page.

We may be many worlds apart, but the power of compassion can easily flow from one heart to another.

We may be of a different colour and race, yet the power of compassion can create bonds that will last foerever.

We may be lost and in search of many answers, but the power of compassion can create pathways to destiny.

Many are broken and wounded while others are dying. Others have been called what they are not, as they fight to find their place in a lonely world. Now is the time to turn on the power of compassion.

It only takes a word, a gift, a hug, a smile, a donation, a prayer and your influence to light up someone's world. One little act of kindness can change a life forever. Let us all turn on the power of compassion.

Ufuoma Fijab

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Happy New Month!!!!!

Welcome to the month of December and yes we made it.
I woke up this morning with a grateful heart. I ran through January to today and I was convinced that showing gratitude was the way to go.

Be grateful that you have life in you.
Be grateful for a sound mind.
Be grateful for love.
Be grateful that you can still dream again.
Be grateful for shoes on your feet.
Be grateful for food on your table.
Be grateful for priceless moments.
Be grateful that you made it this far.

It's 30 days to the end of the year and I pray the few days left in this year will be meaningful to you. May you keep hope alive, May you remain strong, May you keep fighting for your dreams and visions and may you find those answers you have been searching for. Have a great month!!!

Monday, 28 November 2016

9jaflave FFT - Your Journey Is Yours Alone

Here is today's Food For Thought - Your Journey Is Yours Alone

Think about Life and its many destinations.
Think about Life and its many travellers.
Think about Life and the reason you are here.

Life is a journey and everyone will walk his own path.
Your journey is yours and yours alone.
Quit the comparisons and stay on your path.

Your journey is unique to you.
Stop expecting others to understand your own journey.
It is yours and yours alone.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - I Will Always Remember

As we walk this long journey called 'Life', we learn and grow, we give and are given and most of all we meet certain people who change our lives forever. 

Many come into our lives and just walk by, others come and leave a little impression while some come in and make such an impact you never tend to forget them. 

In the cemetery lies broken dreams, untapped potentials, gifts and talents the world never get to see, visions unaccomplished and greatness never achieved.

Some people come into your lives as lessons, others as blessings and together memories are born which live on in their hearts forever.

I Will Always Remember - Ufuoma Fijabi

I will always remember a certain woman's name.
Even though she is no longer here with us.
I will always remember her name.
Even though she never got to achieve those great dreams she had.
I will always remember her name.
Even though I can't laugh with her anymore.
I will always remember her  name.
Even though I can't speak words to encourage her.
I will always remember her name.
Even though she never got to raise her son.
I will always remember her name,
Even though my heart aches every time I think of her.
I will always remember her name.
Even though she is no longer here to challenge me.
I will always remember her name.
Yes I will always remember her  name.

Ijay like we fondly called you, It will be 5 years tomorrow you passed away. My dear friend, I really do miss you. Your kind heart, your selfless nature, your passionate soul and what an intelligent and gifted young woman you were. 

Monday, 7 November 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Finding Yourself In the Middle Of Nowhere (2)

I once wrote  this " Just keep moving and remember that sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you may just find your true self and discover who you really are."

What do you do when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere?
What happens when you are at your crossroads?
What do you do when your journey seems slow and lacks purpose?
What happens when you have nowhere and no one to run to?
What do you do when life gives you pain and heartaches?
What happens when you feel like you are about to lose it?
What do you do when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere?

Just keep moving and remember that sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find your true self, you discover a new you, you find purpose and life takes up a new meaning.

So whenever it looks like you are in the middle  of nowhere, find your true self and birth a new you.

Ufuoma Fijab.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Inspiring!!!!! One Man's Journey From Drug Addict To Multi-Millionaire

Khalil Rafati is the 46 year old founder of SunLife Organics, a juice bar chain that has spread from its first location in Malibu to 6 different locations in Los Angeles.

Rafati's life changed after hitting rock bottom following a life of drug addiction, time in prison and a near death experience. In his words: 'There was no more digging left to do, all of my shovels were broken,' he said. 'I was done.'  Thirteen years ago Rafati was homeless, addicted to heroin and living in Los Angeles' notorious Skid Row. He was also emaciated and covered in ulcers but today he is a millionaire.

His juice bar has become famous for long lines of people waiting to purchase drinks with names like 'The Elixir of Life' and 'The Happy'. In just 5 years, Rafati has created a juice empire built on the very drinks that he credits with saving his own life.

Tecno Boom J7 Specifications And Features

The Tecno Boom J7 is Tecno’s first music smartphone that has received a lot of good reviews for its good sound and music capabilities. The mid-range dual SIM smartphone has a fresh design, good specs, some new apps and a great functionality that makes it a good contender among the various smartphones available on the market.

It is also worth noting that the Boom J7 is available, accessible and affordable but not without its cons. Tecno could have done better with the battery since the phone makes you want to listen to music a lot. We shall look at all the pros and cons in this detailed review.

The Boom J7 is a 3G device running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat but with a little flavor added. The version of Kitkat on the Boom J7 has a few extra tricks and functionality that is not on other Tecno phones.

The Boom J7 has a 5 inch HD display with a 720×1080 display and a 320 DPI. The device features a 1.3 GHz MediaTek quad core processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM. Of the 16GB, only about 11 is available. The good thing though is that the memory is expandable up to 32 GB.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - The Value Of A Moment (2)

As I turn a year older tomorrow, I am grateful for this gift called 'Life' and filled with so much gratitude. I am grateful for another day, I grateful for marriage, I am grateful for motherhood, I am grateful for family and I am grateful for good relationships. I am also grateful for every moment.

Life is a gift from God given to you to make beautiful memories. Everyday comes with moments and opportunities of a lifetime. What is the true value of just one priceless moment? A moment to find yourself. A moment to love again. A moment to make sacrifices. A moment to bless. A moment to care. A moment to share and a moment to restore.

What is the value of a moment wrapped up in the arms of a caring spouse? What is the value of a moment serving your family? What is the value of that moment conversing and laughing out loud with your kids? What is the value of just one priceless moment?

What is the value of those moments spent on your knees in prayer for your children? What is the value of that moment when you love and give selflessly? What is the value of that moment of peace  and love in your home? What is the value of a moment holding the hands of a sick child and saying it will be ok?

What is the value of that moment when your dreams come true? What is the value of that moment when you truly discover yourself? What is the value of that moment when you kiss a loved one "goodbye" for the last time. What is the value of just one priceless moment?

Just after the passing of her husband, world renowned fashion model/entrepreneur, Iman Abdulmajid tweeted, ' You never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.'

Choose to make every moment in your life count. Love endlessly. Give selflessly. Believe wholeheartedly. If you knew the value of a moment, everyday will become a day to create unforgettable memories.

Make each moment count. Make each moment beautiful. Make each moment priceless,,
Cheers and Stay inspired @ 9jaflave

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 23 October 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Let Adversity Reveal Who You Truly Are

When life hits you hard, you see the person you never knew was there.
When challenges push you to your limits, you see the strength buried deep within.
When life throws jabs at you, you see the person behind the person.
When challenges want to tear you apart, you see the courage you never thought you had.
When adversity shows up, it comes to show you who you really are.
When adversity comes into your life, it only reflects the person that you are.
When adversity shows up, it comes not to build you up but to reveal who you truly are.

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 9 October 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Keep Fighting

When the days are dark and your heart overwhelmed, Fight.
When life beats you hard and you just can't take it anymore, Fight.
When you seem alone with no one to share your pain, Fight.
When you need answers and the world seems silent, Fight.
When you have tried every way and nothing seems to work, Fight.
When hope seems so faraway and faith is but a word, Fight.
When you are at your wit's end and just about to give up, Fight.
Fight through the bad days.
Fight through the difficult seasons.
Fight through the pain and tears.
Fight through the loss.
Fight through the challenge.
Fight through the negativity.
Fight through loneliness.
Fight through the bad days.
Just keep fighting!!!!!!

Ufuoma Fijabi

Have a great week ahead and stay inspired!!!!!!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Nigeria’s First Female Car Mechanic Is Giving Vulnerable Women Many Reasons To Dream Again

Meet Sandra Aguebor, Nigeria's first female mechanic and the founder of the Lady Mechanic Initiative, an organization that teaches women especially the vulnerable in our society how to fix cars and become financially independent.

About 1000 women have graduated from the Lady Mechanic Initiative's three and a half year course and many have gone on to start their own garages. Aguebor who has broken barriers to succeed in a male dominated profession is building hope again in the lives of many women and giving others many reasons to dream again.

In her words to women who are former sex workers, school dropouts and single mothers, women who say they have no hope in their lives anymore, she says to them, "You have got a lot of hope, I am going to help you build that hope."

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - When Hope Whispers

When hope whispers, find some courage to face those fears.
When hope whispers, look inside of you and find that little spark of fire.
When hope whispers, start to see life from a different perspective.
When hope whispers, see a new you and begin to believe that you can.
When hope whispers, keep trying until you get it done.
When hope whispers, never say never.
When hope whispers, challenge yourself and break those boundaries.
When hope whispers, transcend this present moment and create the future you desire.
When hope whispers,burn those bridges and do the impossible.
When hope whispers, fly on its wings and become that person you were born to be.

Ufuoma Fijab

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Happy Independence Day Nigeria

Happy Independence day!!!!

Nigeria is 56 today and all I can say is that let us keep hope alive. Things may be tough right now, the future may look so bleak but I encourage everyone of us to stand strong and keep faith alive. It will surely get better for this great nation.

I celebrate with my fellow countrymen today and say to every citizen, keep hope alive and be the change you want to see in this nation. It has been a long walk, but I believe we will get there. I really hope our leaders get it right this time and may our change truly come.

Happy Independence Day and God bless Nigeria. Here's a poem a wrote some time ago, "The Nigeria Of My Dreams", which I am sharing again. And this is the Nigeria of my dreams......

A country where different people with diverse cultures live together in harmony.
A country where peace reigns in every nook and cranny of the land.
A country where maternal mortality will become history.
A country where quality healthcare is available for all.
A country where education of our children will be a burning passion and priority.
A country where bad roads and poor infrastructure will be a thing of the past.
A country where youths will not have to wait endlessly for gainful employment.
A country where constant electricity will become a normal thing.
A country where leaders will lead by example and character.
A country where the youth will have true role models to look up to.
A country where evil and wickedness will stop prevailing.
A country where our strength will be seen in our diversity.
A country where hard-work and true values will be celebrated.
A country where young people can dream and find true purpose.
A country where everyone will love his neighbour as himself.
A country where hope is rekindled and faith our anchor.
A country where the next generation will have inspiring life lessons to draw from.
A country where I am secure and can dream big dreams.
A country I want to be proud of and cherish forever.
This is the Nigeria of my dreams.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - The Power Of Compassion

I once read about a young boy from India, Mahendra Ahirwar who suffered from a rare condition called congenital myopathy, a condition that made his neck muscles weak, making his head hang at a 180-degree angle. He was bathed, fed and dressed by his mother. He couldn’t go to school like other children his age.

And then I read about a woman, a mother from the UK, Julie Jones who was touched by this young teenager's story and decided to do something about it. She set up a crowd-funding page for Mehandra in a bid to raise money for a surgery that could give him a new lease of life. Within 28 days, the page had raised 12,000 pounds.

Two continents apart and the power of compassion is felt deeply. It simply flows from one woman’s world to a young boy’s heart. Today Mehandra is able to sit with his head hanging upright and can now dream again. In his words:  ‘I had no hope of getting better in life but now I’m ok  and my dreams have risen up. I want to be successful in life now.’

We may be two worlds apart, different in the colour of our skin and even in our beliefs, our languages may not even sound alike, yet compassion can break those boundaries.

Many are sick while others are dying, thousands of children go through each day with no education and many are daily fleeing their war torn countries. Some are broken, others have lost hope and many are in need of encouragement. Now is the time to turn on the power of compassion.

It only takes a word, a gift, a hug, a smile, a donation, a prayer and your influence to light up someone's world. Let us turn on the power of compassion.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Lanre Olusola's 5 Important Lessons On Fatherhood

Life coach and motivational speaker popularly called The Catalyst, Mr. Lanre Olusola, shared about his journey as a father in a recent Punch interview. He believes fatherhood is a responsibility and also a privilege.
Below are 5 important lessons he has learnt from being a father. Go here for the full interview.
- The first lesson is that one must learn fatherhood from being a good father to one’s wife. 
- The second thing is that fatherhood is a partnership; one is not the lord, because parenting is partnership. Fatherhood is useless without motherhood and vice-versa. 
- The third thing is ensuring that one has a relationship with one’s child and one encourages one’s child’s relationship with his or her mother and all have a relationship together.
- The fourth thing is that a good father is one that creates a stable, functional and enabling environment for the good nurture of everybody; physically, spiritually, mentally, psychologically, intellectually, and emotionally. 
- The fifth one is that fatherhood is about mutual respect. One has to show respect towards the children’s mother; her beliefs, strengths and weaknesses because one must lead by example. It is not about what one says but also about what one does. One must also respect one’s children and lead by example.

Friday, 23 September 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - The Person You Want To Become

You are not your past and you can choose to leave it behind.

You are not your yesterday and you can choose to tell it goodbye.

You are not your fears and you can choose to conquer them.

You may be held captive but you can choose to set yourself free.

You may be your own limitation but you can choose to break loose.

You are not who you used to be, so define who you want to become.

You are not the same person, so change the pictures you see.

You are much more than you can see, so step into the shoes of that person that you can become.

You are someone’s answer, someone’s solution, someone’s miracle and someone’s inspiration.

Believe in that person that you want to become.

Ufuoma Fijab

Thursday, 22 September 2016

9jaflave FFT - Leave Your Comfort Zone

Today's Food for Thought - Leave Your Comfort Zone.

Someone said, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone", and yes great things will begin to happen in your life when you choose to get out of your comfort zone.

Are you willing to step out and grow or remain where you are and stay stagnant? Are you willing to discover a new you and break barriers or you just want to be that same person and stay with the status quo?

Life will truly happen outside your comfort zone ,so get up and leave that place.

Ufuoma Fijab

Monday, 12 September 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Push Yourself

Push yourself and do the impossible.

Push yourself and break boundaries.

Push yourself and crush limitations.

Push yourself and climb mountains.

Push yourself and create pathways.

Push yourself and show others the way.

Push yourself and soar higher.

Push yourself and discover who you truly are.

Push yourself and become an inspiration.

Push yourself and leave marks in the sands of time.

Push yourself and do it now.

Push yourself because no one else will do it for you.

Ufuoma Fijab

N.B Until you move, nothing changes and until you do, nothing becomes. Simply push yourself!!!!!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Let Adversity Introduce You To Yourself

Life is a journey, and on that journey, there will be rough roads, bad terrains and mountains to scale. There will also be difficult times, challenges to overcome and times of adversity. Weep not in that moment but let that adversity introduce you to yourself.

The Power of Adversity :Ufuoma Fijab

Tough times will reveal the depth of your strength.

Rough times will reveal the tenacity of your faith.

Hard times will reveal the audacity of your hope.

Challenges will show you how deeply rooted you are.

Trials will show you how life works.

Pain will show how resilient you are.

Adversity will reveal who you really are.

Adversity will show the strength of your character.

Adversity will also introduce you to yourself.

Ufuoma Fijab

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Happy New Month Everyone!!!!!!

Welcome to another great month!!!!!! Stay positive irrespective of every challenge, every difficulty and every trial. A new month is here for you to rise, to get up, to believe, to shine and to be outstanding. Let hope paint pictures of possibilities in your mind. Make this month your moment.

I BELIEVE by Ufuoma Fijab

I believe opportunities abound.
I believe life is a precious gift.
I believe gratitude gives us wings to fly.
I believe in my dreams and visions.
I believe you were born to soar.
I believe everyday is a gift.
I believe you can make things happen.
I believe we can make a difference.
I believe we will overcome.
I believe  we will be all that we are meant to be.

Cheers!!!! Have a  blessed September.

Ufuoma Fijab

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - You Are Not A Tree (3)

I posted this some months back, "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." Go here for the full post.

If you do not like where you are at this moment in your life, move, you are not tree.
If you are still saying and not doing, move, you are not a tree.
If you are still procrastinating, disappoint procrastination and move. You are not a tree.

If you are still full of complains and blaming life for where you are, move, you are not a tree.

If you are doing nothing and waiting for handouts, move, you are not a tree.

If the world has become your pain and everyone your adversary, move, you are not a tree.

If you are still hoping and not working it out, move, you are not a tree.

If you want that change desperately, move, you are not a tree.

Only a tree remains on one spot and until you move, nothing new happens in your life.

Just move, you are not a tree.

Ufuoma Fijab

Monday, 29 August 2016

How A Faulty IPod Birthed A Business

Meet Alex Fourie, a young South African entrepreneur and founder of IFix. His company, iFix, repairs apple products and has 11 shops throughout South Africa, servicing over 10 000 customers a month. 

At the age 27, Fourie had tried several start ups with little success. When his iPod got faulty and was told by experts that nothing could be done about it, he went online in search for tutorials on how to fix it. He successfully fixed it himself. He went ahead to put an advert in the local newspaper offering that same service, he was flooded with 15 calls on the first day. A business was born!!!

Fourie opened his company iFix and started fixing iPods from his university dorm room. This was in 2007. Today Alex runs a chain of stores and employs 85 people. He has since expanded his business to manufacturing mobile phone accessories which he exports into 12 countries across Africa.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Keep Exploring

Everyone of us has a gift. Each and everyone of us has a talent. We are all unique individuals with amazing treasures buried deep within us.

Some of us care so much, others love so deep, a few are full of compassion whilst others give so sacrificially. We are all precious gifts waiting to be revealed to the world.

I see a star in you, I see an answer in me, I see solutions in others. We are all sparkling lights waiting to light up our world.

Find out who you are, discover yourself, keep exploring and unlock the potentials in you. We are all on a journey and the world waits anxiously for your rising. Keep exploring and discover all that were born to be.

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 14 August 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Keep Moving Forward

You are bigger and stronger than that challenge.
Keep moving forward.
You are much tougher than you know.
Keep moving forward.
You will scale this mountain.
Keep moving forward.
You will overcome these difficult times.
Keep moving forward.
You can achieve those dreams.
Keep moving forward.
You were born for this moment
Keep moving forward.
Let nothing stop you now....
Just keep moving forward.

As you begin a new week, choose to stay focused and keep that little spark of hope with you. The road maybe rough right now, things are not working out like you want it, life's tough and getting tougher by the day, choose to stay hopeful and keep moving forward. Cheers!!!!

Ufuoma Fijab

Monday, 8 August 2016

TAP Magazine Founder - My Single Most Important Advice To Budding Entrepreneurs

Moses Mutabaruka is the founder and editor of The African Perspective (TAP) Magazine, an online and print publication whose focus is to inform, challenge and inspire the next generation of Africans. Mutabaruka's vision came alive after feeling frustrated about the way Africa and Africans were being portrayed in the western media.

His entrepreneurial journey started from a young age while living in refugee camps in the forests of Congo. Read his advice to budding entrepreneurs below and go here for his full interview.

What’s your single most important advice to entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business?
Start today! It is the only way you can test your idea and build your business knowledge. Put your big idea on paper; break it down into different parts. Then connect the dots, figure out what you can do today to reach your big goal. But beyond planning, you just have to take action, no matter how small. Taking bold and consistent action on your dream is the only way to make it a reality.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Tobi Carriers - Brand New Lovely Made In Nigeria Nursing Covers

It's brand new from Tobi Carriers. You can now breastfeed your little ones with ease, anywhere, anytime with this lovely made in Nigeria nursing cover.

The breastfeeding covers are available in different colours and are also very affordable. You can also Match and Mix - Nurse your baby in a matching Tobi baby carrier.

Support Made in Nigeria products.  #Proudlynaija. For more info: Calls only- 08032340035, Whatsapp only- 07088750049, 08022785485, 07088718070, (8AM-4PM, Monday - Friday)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

CEO Of Nelly's Healthy Bakes Shares About Her Journey Into Entrepreneurship

Nelly Agbogu is the CEO of Nelly's Healthy Bakes, a business she started while in search for a solution to lose weight. She had no prior knowledge of baking but was willing to learn, putting in hours and using this powerful tool called the internet to achieve her goals.

Her story shows us courage, determination and how a challenge can birth a great idea. Go here for her full interview with WhootAfrica. Read her share about her journey into entrepreneurship below:

Can you share a little bit with Whoot Africa: Who is Nelly Agbogu, the individual and your journey with Nelly’s Healthy bakes brand?

Nelly Agbogu is a mother of 3, who wants to lose weight. The whole idea of Nelly’s started after I had my second baby, I kept getting the usual body shaming criticism from people who felt they needed to air their opinions about my weight which was really hurtful at that time. In December 2012, I started my blog to put my weight loss journey out there, first to silence my critics who felt I wasn’t doing anything about it, as well as to inspire and be inspired by others like me.

I started to share my journey, the painful moments, what I was eating and how creative I was getting with what I ate. I love to eat pastries, I wanted to change my lifestyle but I didn’t want to be miserable about it, and that’s how the healthy baking started. Even though at this point I was ordering a lot of my healthy foods from a meal planner, but I soon realised I was having allergies and uncomfortable bloating. 

After a while, I started looking for creative ways to make my own healthy foods using substitutes like oats and whole grain products. I learnt everything I now know about healthy baking from going through hours of videos and recipes from both Youtube and Google, the only difference for me was experimenting with substitute products where the recommended was unavailable locally and that was how my journey started.

So if you ask me about how I started the Nelly’s bakes brand, I would say, it started with me, my determination, zero capital, youtube and google, and a lot of friendly food tasters.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Nigerian Comedian Alibaba Says Being Lazy And Waiting For Handouts Is Not Cool

Read Nigerian Comedian Alibaba's thoughts on why being lazy and waiting for handouts does no good. He navigates his own life's journey revealing the many things he did on his journey to fame.

Here are 3 lessons from this timely post. Read below:

- No knowledge is wasted.The skill he learnt paid his bills at one point in his life
- Hard work eventually pays off. There is always a reward when you choose to go out and do something honest with your hands.
- Hold on to your dreams . Life is a journey and there will be challenges, but you will surely overcome. 

Today Alibaba is a well respected citizen whose story keeps inspiring many around the world. He was fit and complete and refused to beg or wait for handouts. He took his destiny in his hands and worked his way to the top.

Publisher of Genevieve Magazine Betty Irabor - 'Do It Afraid'

Publisher of Genevieve Magazine, Betty Irabor shared these inspiring words on her IG page. She says "Never be afraid to start again after starting again." Hope her words inspire you.

Happy New Month - Welcome To The Month Of August

Happy New Month Everyone!!!! Welcome to the 8th month in this wonderful year. Thank God for the journey so far. And how has your own journey been? Remember that every new day brings with it opportunities, a ray of hope, faith and courage to do those things you want to achieve.

Believe you can fly and you will.
Believe you can soar and you will.
Believe you can break barriers and you will.
Believe you can do the impossible and you will.
Believe you can do it and you will.
Believe and then spread those wings and fly as high as you can.

Have a great month. Cheers!!!! Stay inspired @9jaflave

Ufuoma Fijab

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Deaf Female Lawyer Proves That Disability Is Not A Limitation

Catherine Edeh is a deaf Nigerian female lawyer who was recently called to bar. Her story shows us the power of focus, determination and perseverance in the midst of difficulty. Miss Edeh was not born deaf but became deaf in Primary 5, following a resultant effect of a high dose of chloramphenicol injection administered on her when she fell ill.

She shared her story in a recent Punch interview, throwing more light on her determination to get an education after going deaf. Her resoluteness eventually paid off, today she is a lawyer and also runs an NGO, Voice Of Disability Initiative (VDI). Read  excerpts of the interview below:

What was your dream while growing up?
Growing up as a kid, I did not dream of becoming a lawyer. I disliked lawyers because in my naive mentality, I always pictured them as callous people who made the innocent suffer. Right from primary 3, I aimed to be a nurse; the rationale behind this being that unlike lawyers who hurt and victimise innocent people, nurses care for and cure people. I wanted to heal bodies and souls of sick and suffering people. But the devil struck.

I became ill and went deaf in primary 5. Subsequently, my family lost interest in sponsoring my education. I was asked to go and learn either sewing or hairdressing which I flatly turned down. To register his seriousness in his decision that I should leave school and go into sewing/hairdressing apprenticeship, my late dad refused to sponsor my common entrance examination when I was in primary 6.

Months after my First School Leaving Certificate Examination, I was enrolled into a commercial school because I flatly stood my ground that I must go to school, deafness or no deafness. This however killed my dream of becoming a nurse because the commercial school I was admitted into did not offer physics and chemistry.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates Makes A Case For Africa's Young People

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates recently spoke at the Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture in Pretoria, South Africa.  In his text, the entrepreneur/philanthropist speaks about Africa and the continent's huge potential while making a case for young people on the continent. Go here for full text and see excerpts below:

But, for me, the most important thing about young people is the way their minds work. Young people are better than old people at driving innovation because they’re not locked in by the limits of the past.

When I started Microsoft at the age of 19, computer science was a young field. We didn’t feel beholden to old notions about what computers could or should do. We dreamed about the next big thing and we scoured the world around us for the ideas and tools that would help us create it.

But it wasn’t just Microsoft. Steve Jobs was 21 when he started Apple. Mark Zuckerberg was only 19 when he started Facebook. The African entrepreneurs driving startup booms in the Silicon Savannahs from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Lagos and Nairobi are just as young in chronological age, but also in their outlook. The thousands of businesses they’re creating are already changing daily life across the continent.

The full returns will come if we can multiply this talent for innovation by the whole of Africa’s growing youth population. That depends on whether Africa’s young people, all of Africa’s young people are given the opportunity to thrive.

Nelson Mandela said, “Poverty is not natural, it is man made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

We are the human beings that must take action. And we have to decide now because this unique moment won’t last. We must clear away the obstacles that are standing in young people’s way so that they can seize all of their potential.

If young people are sick and malnourished, their bodies and brains will never fully develop. If they are not educated well, their minds will lie dormant. If they do not have access to economic opportunities, they will not be able to achieve their goals.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Thoughts From A South African Entrepreneur

Lufefe Nomjana is a 28-year-old South African entrepreneur. His company, Espinaca Innovations, runs its own bakery from a renovated shipping container and produces spinach bread, as well as other spinach-based products like muffins and sandwiches.

Nomjana started his business in 2012 with less than $3 after spotting an opportunity while volunteering at a community garden. He noticed a large supply of spinach in the garden and googled a few recipes on making spinach bread. 

Nomjana convinced a neighbour to let him use her oven and, with that, he baked his first loaf. Today he produces around 500 loaves a day, along with other baked goods, and sources his organic spinach from local farmers.

Nomjana says his story is evidence that entrepreneurs do not need huge amounts of capital to start a business. He advises other aspiring business people to first identify the resources they have at their disposal and then figure out how to use them.

“Life is about having something to give in order for you to receive. And what is it that you have? You’ve got the brains, the intellectual capital and that will actually open many doors for you. So the first capital that you need, more than money, is intellectual capital.”

Motivational Video By Prince Ea - 'Figure Out How You Learn'

Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American spoken word artist and YouTuber, known for discussing topics like politics, environmentalism and life issues.

He says in this short motivational video, " The best advice I can give to students is to figure out how you learn. Just because you fail a test doesn't mean you are slow, just because you have a hard time understanding something doesn't mean it is impossible" Just figure out how you learn.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

9jaflave FFT - We Are All In The Gutter

Today's Food For Thought:
" We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Oscar Wilde

For every one of us, at some point in our lives, it looks like we are in the gutter, that muddy, stinky, horrible and nauseating place. 

For some, it is a stagnant place, a deep pit, a place you quickly want to get out from. For others it is a messy place, a stench that never seems to go away. 

For everyone of us, at some point in our lives, we were in the gutter, but some of us chose to look at the stars. We chose to change our outlook and see beyond where we were to where we could be.

You may even be in that gutter right now, simply choose to look at the stars and see what life can become.

Ufuoma Fijab

Nigerian Men Book More Hotels Than Women — Report

A half-year analysis from has revealed how Nigerians have been booking hotels since January 2016. For example: Did you know that more men book hotels more than women in Nigeria? According to this report, approximately 2 in every 3 hotel bookers are male. 

The number of people booking hotels in the South has also dropped by 7% and suggests that this might be as a result of the oil crash. Interestingly, bookings in the North have increased by as high as 48%. The hotel booking website thinks that this is an indication of an increasing confidence in the war against terrorism in the North — did somebody say Sai Baba?

It also looks like Yankari is a sweet destination for the travellers out there, if you haven’t decided on where to visit on your next vacation, visit Yankari!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Thoughts From A 25 Year Old Female Nigerian Entrepreneur

Meet Oluwatobilola Oluwaleye, a 25 year old Nigerian female entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Tea's Nature, a company that packages and sells refined natural shea butter.

Oluwatobilola who is a Psychology graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University, left the corporate world to start up her own business about a year ago. She spoke about her entrepreneurial journey in a recent Punch interview. Read some of her thoughts below:

As a young entrepreneur what are your typical challenges?
The major challenge we face is entering the big market space. This is common in a business that is just starting and struggling to survive but we hope that with the right publicity and education, more people will embrace our products.

What can government do to encourage young entrepreneurs?
I have a different philosophy. I think people should ask themselves what they can do for the country rather than what the government can do for them. A lot of people blame the environment for their inability to forge ahead in life. The kind of generation we are building is the one that has the blame mentality such that people don’t like taking responsibility for their actions; rather they expect somebody else to bear the responsibility.

What advice do you have for other young entrepreneurs?
I would tell them that every business involves sacrifices. They should know that there is always something they can do if they look inwards instead of looking for paid employment. They could start small; they should not think it cannot be possible. Everything is possible once there is determination.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

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Happy New Month!!!!

Happy New Month Everyone!!!! Welcome to the next 6 months of the year. I believe the next few months will be a worthwhile journey. 

Times are hard and the world is saturated with a lot of bad news, but irrespective of the challenges life throws at us and the many mountains we have to climb, we must choose to keep believing and never give up.

And as you journey through the last 6 months of this year, choose to stay focused, choose the things that truly matter, choose to start acting and stop procrastinating and you must definitely choose to be a better version of you. Also choose to believe irrespective of what you see or feel.

Believe in your dreams and reach for the stars.
Believe in yourself and anything will be possible.
Believe in your abilities and conquer the world around you.
Believe there are no limits and soar as high as you can.
Believe in your potentials and greatness awaits you.
Believe that you can and you will.
Believe in yourself and break boundaries.
Just believe!!!!!!!!

Stay inspired @9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijab

Sunday, 26 June 2016

CEO No Left Overs Ayodeji Megbope - 'Let No One Kill That Dream'

Ayodeji Oluyemisi Megbope, is the CEO of No Left Overs Nig. Ltd, a full scale catering outfit which started with a take-off capital of N1,000 making moin-moin (local bean cake) for her sister in-law. Today that idea has blossomed into a thriving business.

She has also evolved into a motivational speaker who has graced both local and international platforms. Read her inspiring story here. She recently shared an inspiring piece encouraging us to let no one kill our dreams. Be inspired!!!!!

I remember being in class in my primary school about 40 years ago, our class teacher had just stepped out and we were all making so much noise. Suddenly our teacher walked back into the class looking as furious as a fire breathing dragon!

“All you all know to do is to make noise, I have your composition scripts in my hands and you all performed below expectation, yes all of you except Ayo”, he said. Before making this statement, he had ordered us all to stand with our arms raised above our heads. As soon as he concluded his statement, he told me to sit down and the others to remain standing. You won't believe it, I refused to sit down.

The reason was because right behind me in class that day, were 2 girls who were bullies. I knew that if I dared sit down, they would deal with me after class. My teacher was perplexed that despite repeating himself severally, I still stood with my hands raised like a zombie.

Indeed those two girls bullied me all through my years in primary school and my academic performance was severely affected. I dreamt of becoming an orator. I dreamt of giving speeches, that was why from a young age, I paid attention to English as a subject. I remember, standing for hours in front of mirrors giving imaginary speeches and engaging in imaginary discussions, it appeared like from a very tender age, that dream was never going to come to pass!

Forty years after, the bullies have gone their way and to the glory of God, in God's time, by God's design, here I stand welcoming to the podium the First Lady of the United States of America, Mrs Michelle Obama at the just concluded United State of Women Conference!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Meet The 3 Nigerians Nominated For Innovation Prize For Africa 2016

Godwin Benson: Tuteria

Tuteria is an innovative peer-to-peer learning online platform that allows people who want to learn any skill, whether formal or informal, to connect with anyone else in proximity who is offering that skill. For instance, a student needing math skills can connect online with someone in their vicinity offering remedial classes in mathematics.

The tutors and the learners form an online community that connects them, and once a fit is established, they meet offline for practical exchange. Both tutors and learners are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety, accountability and a quality learning experience. 

Globally, conventional methods of education and learning are transitioning from centralized to distributed, and from standardized to personalized. Such trends have resulted in better learning outcomes. Tuteria fits in well with this model, and has been highly recommended by the IPA judges for the African continent.

Godwin holds a first-class honours systems engineering degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and was best engineering Student and 3rd Best Overall Student in the entire graduating set. He worked briefly at ExxonMobil as an Onsite Support Engineer, and also at Deloitte Nigeria as an Information Security Associate before developing Tuteria.

How One Young Man's Story Is Inspiring The World

Tyrone Obaseki  recently posted a video telling his story which has since gone viral with about 6 million views.

In the video he shares about his journey from foster care in Houston and Harris County, where he was physically/emotionally abused, molested and even labelled retarded to college, and to graduation school at Prairie View A&M. He was recently licensed as a professional counsellor.

Tyrone also recently completed his memoir titled "18 Years a Slave: Ward of the State." He shared the video on social media with hopes of getting a book or movie deal and to inspire others out there, that irrespective of what they might have been through, they can beat the odds and become who they were truly meant to be. #inspireotherswithyourstory 

Monday, 6 June 2016

Charity Walk For World Sickle Cell Day 2016

Nigeria has the highest number of people living with Sickle Cell Anaemia Disorder (SCD), a hereditary blood disorder in the world, affecting between 4 -6 million. It is estimated an average
of 150,000 children are born with SCD each year, out of which only 25% might live which is more
out of ignorance than the disorder itself. 

Moreover 1 in 4 people have the sickle cell trait, which is said to create the sickle cell gene. Despite these statistics, grassroots awareness and support remains an uphill task, especially with regards to advocacy of better treatment (physically and emotionally). 

The United Nation passed a resolution celebrating June 19th of every year as Sickle Cell Awareness Day, declaring it as a public health problem. Consequently in an effort to commemorate the annual global designated awareness day, the Coalition aims to hold activities to bring to fore the effects of sickle cell disorder to an individual and society at large.

The aim of the event is usually held to create awareness and disseminate information about sickle
cell, helping these NGOs to reach grassroot communities. This event is expected to host a walk
which will commence from within the IKEJA axis, starting from the Police College grounds Ikeja
to LTV 8 through Obafemi Awolowo Way. 

This World Sickle Cell Day Event will be commemorated by a joint walk and will culminate into an indoor games and competitions session with the participating NGOs and celebrities as captains of each team.  #SCDWalk4Life2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A Piece Of Advice To Women Looking To Start Up Their Own Businesses

Ugandan female entrepreneurs Liz Atukunda and Bunda Anne Katende are the brains behind the BIIKA brand, a company that makes unique handbags using leather with a mix of Ugandan materials.

While Liz is a lawyer/banker, Bunda is a childcare specialist who runs a preschool in Kampala and is a mother of 3. BIIKA hopes to be known as an outstanding Ugandan brand producing authentic African bags. Read below their piece of advice to women hoping to start up their own businesses .

What's the biggest piece of advice you can give to other women looking to start-up?
Just start! Don’t not wait for approval from someone else. Allow yourselves the opportunity to be vulnerable - after all, it’s a vulnerable place where you make something and launch it in public, not knowing if people will buy it or not, or if people will approve of it or not, or if your venture will be a continuous labour of love. So, just allow yourselves to be vulnerable and do it - from that place, wondrous things are born.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Happy New Month From 9jaflave ( 9ja Inspirational Blog)

Hello everyone!!! We are just about saying goodbye to the month of May and in some minutes, we will be in the month of June. It is amazing how time flies. I am grateful for the gift of life and living. I am grateful for faith and hope. I am grateful for family and friends. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you. I am grateful for inspiration.

May I be the first to wish you a happy new month. Welcome to the month of June. It is half of the year 2016. What are you going to do with the other half? What are your intentional plans? What are you going to give up to make things happen for you? What will be your motivation? What are you thinking about? What is the big idea?

I believe that until you are grateful for what you have, you may never truly see that which you can become and achieve. I will love you to take out time this month to be grateful. Get a journal and write. Think about the little things that seem not to matter, the people in your circle of life, moments and events and be grateful for these things. Write them down and you will be amazed at how much you are thankful for.

Be simply grateful this month and live each day being thankful. Have a blessed month ahead and stay inspired @9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijab

9jaflave FFT - Are You A Voice Or An Echo?

Here is today's Food For Thought - Are You A Voice Or An Echo?

Think about it. Be a voice that stands for something- a cause, a purpose, an ideal and real values. Be a voice that speaks up for those who have no voice and those whose voices have been drowned by life, society, circumstances and tragedies. Be a voice who has a message and is on a mission.

Or would you rather be an echo? An echo is simply an imitation or a repetition. Being a flawed version of the original does no good. It pays to be who you are. Yes, you keep procrastinating just like an echo keeps repeating itself. All that an echo does is to keep saying it over and over again. What would you rather be? Think about it. A voice or an echo.

Ufuoma Fijab

Monday, 30 May 2016

Harvard Graduate Inspires The World With His 'Poetic' Speech

Donovan Livingston, Harvard University School of Education’s Class of 2016 graduate is inspiring many around the world with his graduation speech. Read the full text of his speech after the cut.

Livingston, who is reportedly now a social science research assistant at the school, chose to deliver his graduation speech in poetry. His Poem "Lift Off" has since gone viral with many positive remarks. He opened his speech with the words of education reformer Horace Mann: “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, Is a great equalizer of the conditions of men.”

The poem has a great message for educators and indeed for everyone who desires to do something meaningful with his/her life. I loved this part, such powerful and inspiring words.

At the core, none of us were meant to be common.
We were born to be comets,
Darting across space and time,
Leaving our mark as we crash into everything.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Happy Children's Day

Happy Children's Day!!!!! Children are precious gifts and are a blessing to our world. They are our future and indeed the hope of a better tomorrow. 

Let us as parents, teachers, guardians and caregivers teach them well. Let us teach them through how we live our lives. Let us teach them through our words and actions. 

Let us teach and model values like hardwork, modesty, integrity, love, courage, honesty, humility and love to them.

Let us teach them well and they will go on to lead the way. Let us show them the beauty they possess inside, for there are countless treasures buried deep within them. Let us nurture them, guide them, encourage them, motivate them and always be there for them.

Let us make up our minds today to be responsible parents, teachers and guardians as we celebrate these children. Choose to teach them well and be committed to show them the beauty they possess inside them.

Ufuoma Fijab

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Give Up Who You Have Been For Who You Can Become

There is a place you have been and there is a place you ought to be.

There is a past and there is also a future.

There are disappointments and there will surely be victories.

There will be down moments and there will be happy days as well.

There will be seasons of failing and there will be seasons of success.

There will be days of giving up and there will be days you have to keep fighting.

There will be a time to let go and there will be a time to hold on.

There will always be a past and there will always be opportunities to create a better future.

Let today be the day you give up who you may have been for who you can become.

Ufuoma Fijab

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - What Sets Your Soul On Fire?

What sets your soul on fire?

What is that one thing you want to do that will give your life purpose and direction?

What is that one thing that gives you hope and makes you want to try again?

What sets your soul on fire?

What is that one thing that makes you want to reach for the stars?

What is that one thing that motivates and challenges you?

What sets your soul on fire?

What is your passion? 

What sparks up your creativity? 

What lights up your imagination? 

What is your dream? 

Why are you alive and breathing?

What sets your soul on fire?

Dig deep within you and find that one thing that sets your soul on fire. 

A story, a song, a cause, an invention, a word, whatever it is, find it and bless the world with what sets your soul on fire.


Ufuoma Fijab