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Sunday, 28 February 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - When Oprah Winfrey Meets Mother Theresa

What happens when a media mogul cum Philanthropist meets a nun giving hope to the poorest of the poor in faraway India?

What happens when a woman who has interviewed some of the world's  most powerful and influential people, meets a simple nun whose daily interaction is with the poor, hopeless and broken?

What happens when two women choose to serve the world with their uniqueness and bring light and life to many broken lives?

What happens when Oprah Winfrey meets Mother Theresa? You get a clear mix of the heartbeat and passion of motherhood.

When Oprah meets Mother Theresa, hope comes alive and dreams are reborn. One woman gave herself and served the poor till her death, the other woman is still giving herself and sharing her wealth with the world.

Mother Theresa said: " If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one", and Oprah says,
"What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people's lives."

When Oprah meets Mother Theresa, motherhood breaks boundaries, it goes beyond being a mother to your biological children, it becomes mothering from the heart and serving the world with who you truly are.

When Oprah meets Mother Theresa you get a clear mix of passion and love in abundance to shape, lift, nurture and build other lives.

So when you think of Oprah Winfrey and Mother Theresa, think of motherhood beyond boundaries, think of women who chose to impact the lives of children in search of love and hope, think of being a mother who will influence and shape the lives of the next generation positively, leaving footprints in the hearts of many forever.

Ufuoma Fijab.

9jaflave Soliloquy - Finding Yourself In The Middle Of Nowhere


It is a long lonely road, a journey that seems to be leading nowhere, yet you keep walking. The world seems at ease with everyone minding their own business. I am on a journey and I am scaling through life's many hurdles. It seems like I am lost and stuck in the middle of nowhere.

You look ahead and choose to keep walking. You seem lost with no clue of your final destination, yet you keep moving. It is a long and lonely road with no friends, no words of encouragement and no one to believe in you. 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 and what journey you are on.

This journey most times never gives us clues of what holds at the other side, but then life shows up like a rainbow, you suddenly discover who you are, you find purpose and life radiates its beauty on you. Cheers!!!! Have a great week ahead and stay inspired @9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijab

Thursday, 25 February 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - When People Like Ayodele Dada Are Celebrated

The University Of Lagos will on Monday graduate one of its students, Ayodele Daniel Dada  who finished from the Department of Psychology with a 5.0 CGPA, setting a record as the first person to graduate from the institution with a perfect grade score.

According to the VC, the university was glad to break another academic ground, saying the candidate showed exceptional academic prowess and scored As in all courses he took in the programme. Congratulations to Mr Dada from  9jaflave.

So here are my thoughts on the need to celebrate excellent students like Mr Ayodele Dada and many others who have slipped by unnoticed by corporations and wealthy individuals. 

Most companies in the country tend to focus a lot on entertainers, I believe they should also spread their tentacles to outstanding students in secondary and tertiary institutions, upcoming athletes including the disabled and those with special needs. Blow their trumpets and get to impact more people.

- When people like Mr Dada are celebrated the way our musicians and entertainers are celebrated and used for endorsements, you pass a positive message to the young ones that hard work, focus and academic excellence pays.

- When people like Mr Dada are used as ambassadors for major corporations, their faces and stories pushed out on TV. radio and billboards across the country, imagine how those images and stories can transform the mindset of many young people out there.

-When people like Mr Dada are celebrated, you celebrate excellence and extol the right kind of values. 

- When people like Mr Dada are celebrated, you challenge a young mind positively, you stimulate determination, you encourage someone with a low self esteem, you show the value of education and you end up imprinting the right value system  and mindset in the hearts of young people.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

9jaflave FFT - Are You Doing Something Worth Writing About?


Food for thought for today.
Is your life worth reading about?
Our lives are living messages to the world around us. The things we do daily and how we do them are the chapters in the storybook of our lives. Is your life inspiring? Is your life worth reading about? If your life were a book, will your story be inspiring? Think about it.

Are you doing something worth writing about?
What is your dream? What is your daily motivation? Your life is a gift and how you choose to use it is a choice you have been given. When time passes and you bid the world farewell, would your life and presence in this world be something worth writing about? Think about it.

Ufuoma Fijab

Thoughts From A 21 Year Old Tanzanian Farmer

Sirjeff Dennis is a 21 year old agric-entrepreneur from Tanzania. At age 17 he started a poultry business, Jefren Agrifriend Solutions (JAS) and 4 years after, his company is producing 2,000 chickens a month. Read the full story here.

Last year, Dennis was named one of the 12 finalists of the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for young entrepreneurs. He shared some of his thoughts in a recent interview. Read below:

Dennis believes his being successful is linked to his decision to take his future into his own hands.
He said: “I own me, and so whatever happens I only have myself to blame. I don’t like complaining that the government is not doing enough or that I came from a poor background and have to live a certain way. No, I own me. I am the person who is responsible to change everything for me. So I think it is all within my hands and I don’t depend on anyone else.”

He advises other young Africans to consider farming as a career, not just because it’s important for the continent’s food security and solving unemployment, but because it can also be a profitable business. “I want to change the mindset that agriculture is only for those that do not have an education, because it is not. Agriculture is for anyone.”

Sunday, 21 February 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - Taking Action Is What Makes The Difference


Everyone of us has that innate desire within us to do and accomplish great things in life. Everyone wants success, everyone desires greatness and everyone wants to make some kind of impact.

We all dream of great accomplishments, every man with his own silent fantasies. He dreams of owning his own business, she dreams of building that fashion empire. He wants to pull many out of a life of mediocrity and lead them into purposeful living, she wants to ensure that many are cared for and their basic needs duly met.

Every great accomplishment starts with a dream and a willingness to act on those dreams. A dream simply remains a dream until acted upon. Many accomplishments and innovations we see today became a reality because the carriers of those dreams were willing to act.

Remember, acting on your dream is what makes the difference. Make up your mind today to take action as you dream. Have a great week ahead and stay inspired @9jaflave.

Ufuoma Fijab

Friday, 19 February 2016

Teddy Bears on Jiji.ng – Buy cheaper!

What toy can be considered more classic than a teddy bear? Every child’s collection is incomplete without nice teddies. Now, teddy bears aren’t only covered in tawny mohair fur. Every manufacturer suggests a wide selection of fabrics- like synthetic fur, velour, denim, cotton, satin, canvas and others. Teddy bears are also one of the most frequent toy characters that appear in movies and animated films.
Jiji.ng, the biggest Nigerian classifieds can boast of an impressive collection of teddy bears; a bunch of great toys and other categories. You are just a click away from great savings on your time and money. Every category is composed of a variety of ads, and each of them has a detailed description of an item with a photo attached and user’s contacts (verified, by the way).

Jiji takes good care of every client’s safety and offers great prices in addition. Due to the direct communication between users there is no need to pay extra money for assistants’ services. That’s how you get the lowest prices ever existing. That’s what online shopping is about. And Jiji is the brightest proof that great things are affordable to everyone.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

9jaflave FFT - What Is Stopping You?

Our food for thought for the week  - What is Stopping you?
As we begin a new week, think about what is stopping you or what has held you back from accomplishing those dreams.

Look deep within and ask again - What is stopping me? Why I am still on the same spot? What is it with all this procrastination? What is stopping you?

Dreams can be achieved, love can be restored, hope renewed and visions become reality. What is stopping you? Hopelessness, Unbelief, Fear, a weak will, a lack of courage, not believing in yourself and your abilities, procrastination. Let nothing stop you. Everything is possible. Have a great week ahead.

Happy Valentine's Day + 14 Inspirational Thoughts On Love

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!!  As you celebrate love, remember that love is about giving, whether in your words, thoughts and actions. Take time out today to appreciate your loved ones. As we give and receive love, our lives are transformed from inside out. 

Below are 14 inspirational thoughts on love by me. Enjoy and share your own thoughts about love in the comments section. Do have a love filled day.

1) Love is 2-way traffic. Love is never always about self but most times about the other person. Love is about giving and receiving, not about taking. What you desire, give it.

2) Is love enough?A question I throw at intending couples: Is love enough to keep 2 people together for the rest of their lives? Much more than love, we have to live out and cultivate the qualities of love...patience, self-control, kindness, meekness, etc. Much more than love, is truly loving....much more than the words, are the actions that follow.

3) Love is not in the roses and cakes. It is a journey of many battles and it bleeds many times on the altar of sacrifice. The love walk may not always follow the smooth path, it most times faces obstacles along the way. But how willing are you to hold on in faith to surmount these mountains. Remember in your journey....you will bleed sometimes and pay the price to win.

Friday, 12 February 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - When An Agege Bread Seller Meets A Renowned Photographer

Nigerian social media has been recently abuzz with the story of Olajumoke Orisaguna, the agege bread seller, whose chance encounter with renowned photographer, TY Bello during a photo shoot has suddenly altered the course of her life. That meeting landed her on the cover of Thisdaystyle.

Jumoke has been featured in Huffington Post and will also be featured on CNN as they have been documenting the process of her photo shoot with Nigerian designer April by Kunbi. So what happens when an Agege bread seller meets a renowned photographer?  Life happens...the Rhythm changes and Destiny calls.

We all probably at some point in our lives have met people who drastically altered the course of our lives. It may have been for good or bad, whichever way, you are still here. One simple chance encounter can open a new chapter in your life. So never ever give up.

Jumoke was simply doing her own thing and a new chapter opened in her story. In the midst of all this, I wonder what is truly going on in this young woman's head. I wonder if she even knows what she wants. I wonder where all of this is leading her to. I wonder if she has wise counsellors around her. I wonder if anyone has asked her what she really wants and not what everyone expects her to be. 

In the midst of all of this buzz, let us remember that she is a wife and mother, whose primary duty is to her family. Let us remember that chance encounters sometimes make or mar us. Let us help Jumoke keep the tempo of the moment. Let us help her find Purpose and meaning in this season of her life.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - The Power Of A Parent

Nick Vujicic is an Australian Writer and motivational speaker. Nick was born without arms and legs, but had parents who were courageous enough to raise their disabled child normally.

At the age of 13, Nick’s mother showed him an article about a severely disabled man who struggled to rise above his disabilities to help others. This was Nick's turning point. “It was so inspirational to me that I decided to use my life to encourage other people and give them the courage that the article had given me,” Nick said. "I decided to be thankful for what I do have, not get angry about what I don’t. I looked at myself in the mirror and said: ‘You know what? The world is right – I have no arms or legs. But they’ll never take away the beauty of my eyes.’ I wanted to concentrate on something good that I had.”

Parents have a great role to play in the lives of their children irrespective of the circumstances they find themselves. A child may sometimes come with challenges, but what are you willing to give to make a difference in that child's life. Every Parent has the great responsibility of nurturing, encouraging, inspiring, challenging and loving their children. They have to be present in the lives of their children and be good role models. What these children will eventually become has a lot to do with the seeds we deposit in them.

Today Nick is inspiring the world with the great deposits of hope, resilience and courage impacted into him by his parents. He recently shared on his facebook page: A BIG shout out to my parents! From my childhood to where I am now, my parents have been the pillars of strength for me. I can't wait for the release of my Dad's book, “Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child,” out this Father’s Day! Kudos to you Nick and God bless your wonderful parents.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Nigerian Gospel Artist Frank Edwards Shares His Inspiring Story

Frank Ugochukwu Edwards is a Nigerian Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter from Enugu State. He is also the founder of record label Rocktown Records. He has several hit tracks to his credit and continues to inspire many around the world with his songs.

Frank recently shared his story at the inauguration of the Calvary Bible Church, Lekki, where he said, "I once hawked on the streets of Enugu for my mother, we were so poor that we could hardly afford to eat." Today his story is different and a collaboration with Don Moen is in the making. Be Inspired to dream, believe and never give up. Read below:

Ten years ago, I was hawking on the streets of Enugu for my mother. We were so poor that we could hardly afford to eat. But, my mother always took me to church. She always told me to serve GOD, and that is how I have lived my life. Even when it was difficult to eat, I have always lived a life of worship. That is me. That is my life! 

When I started singing, and my songs were being played everywhere, I had all kinds of offers. I was in South Africa for a program, and some promoters came to me and said, ‘Frank, your songs are so good, and we would like to promote you, take you all over the world. However, you mention JESUS too much in your songs. Replace JESUS with GOD and we can do business together’. Brethren, that offer was very tempting.

Monday, 1 February 2016

9jaflave Soliloquy - The Value Of A Mother

This Corps member, Joseph Godwin who just graduated recently showed off his mother on Instagram  with a caption, "Who sat and watched my infant head ,When sleeping on my cradle bed, And tears of sweet affection shed? My Mother....". The photo immediately went viral. This young man was so proud to show off his fish seller mother. What is the value of a mother?

What price tag can you put on a mother? What does a mother mean to you? Her depth, her strength, her passion, her commitment and her dedication.

What does it feel like to have a mother? Her care, her support, her encouragement and her prayers.

What comes to mind when you think of your mother. Her love, her selflessness, her many sacrifices and her faith.

When mummy's memory flashes through your mind, who do you miss and remember. Her words, her laughter, her love, her prayers and her unrivalled dedication to her family.

What is the value of a mother? She is priceless and one who should be highly esteemed. Appreciate her, love her and always be there for her. She carried you, birthed you, nurtured you, loved you, held you, supported you, encouraged you, taught you, prayed for you and will be forever there for you.

Thoughts From Nigerian Female Architect Jumoke Adenowo

Mrs Jumoke Adenowo, is a multiple award winning Nigerian female architect who was once described as a star architect by Cable News Network (CNN). She gained admission into the university at the age of 14 and graduated at the age of 19. She was gainfully employed at the age of 23, designed her 1st building and went on to establish her own firm at the age of 26. Today she stands out as a masterful architect in a male dominated profession. 

She spoke about her journey and life in a recent Punch interview,  she also shared her thoughts on Marriage, success and purpose. Read excerpts below and go here to read full story.

MARRIAGE: On the benefits of marrying the right partner, the dark-skinned business executive who recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary says, “My choice of spouse is a definite factor and I always say if you must marry, marry well. My husband of 20 years, Olukorede, is a treasure from God. While a lot of ladies at the time we met were more interested in the size of a guy’s bank account, I was interested in the size of my husband’s faith and vision. Saying anything else would be superfluous- many people work harder than I do, so it is just the grace of God.”

PURPOSE: Find your assignment in life and pursue it with passion, in fulfilling your assignment lies your impact and significance. I am never really excited by the past because the future is what motivates me. I see myself as an individual on a journey.

“The vision for AD and Awesome Treasures Foundation keeps evolving. What lies ahead is more important to me than what is behind. I am privileged to have discovered my purpose early and devoted myself to it, so no matter what challenge I face, I am fulfilled and I guess the day I die is when I will retire.”

PARENTING: Speaking glowingly about her dad, she adds, “I can remember the conversations I had with my dad when I was a three-year-old. Fathers are very vital to their daughters’ development; when fathers pay attention to their daughters they become more assertive and self-confident. God blessed me with extraordinary parents, which is a rare privilege and I am humbled and ever grateful.”

Happy New Month!!!!!!

Happy New Month to all of you who take out time to visit the blog. I hope you always find some inspiration to lighten up your day. Stay inspired and choose to inspire others with your uniqueness.

Welcome to the month of February. It's a new month with new opportunities to be all that you dream of, to do all that you desire and to achieve all that you want to achieve. Make every second count, use your time wisely and step out in faith.

 May your February be filled with hope and new accomplishments. Keep being inspired @9jaflave. Cheers!!!!!