Inspired!

Dear future daughter, I have been waiting all my life to have someone like you. I want to call you beautiful, but ‘beauty’ is not all that is to your being. You are more than ...
 
So the hype around 12 Years A Slave is strong; Lupita Nyong'o is an overnight sensation, to some she is deserving of this and to others she's just an African who got lucky for taking off her clothes and getting flogged in a movie. Whatever the case, she has an Oscar and bad belle haters can at ...
If your Facebook wall has not been crawling with heated arguments these past few weeks, it’s either your friends are ignorant or you are living in ignorance. The Obesere rape accusation has also opened a can of slithering worms such that the past few days, my Facebook wall has been crawling ...
Over the years I have heard some people say that you have to fake it until you make it. Now I am beginning to ponder on the validity and the benefit, if any, of that statement. When they say you have to fake it till you make it, they are asking you to create an impression of what you want to ...
Proper hair and beauty enthusiasts are aware of the delightful goodness of Argan oil. What you may not have known is that the Argan seeds, from which the oil is extracted, come from Morocco. On the latest edition of CNN's African Voices, Errol Barnett sits with Zoubida Charrouf... the ...
Picture this: You, in the company of a few friends have decided to take a boat trip. Halfway to your destination, you encounter a storm. The winds are heavy and the waves come lashing at your boat, daring it to withstand their fury. Initially, you are afraid but not so much. Why? Because you ...
A BN reader and contributor sent this email to us last week. She asked for it to be published anonymously in order to protect members of her family. We found her story really inspiring and we hope that you learn a thing or two from her experience. *** "It's easy to believe when sorrow never ...
Today March 8, 2014 is International Women's Day. It’s officially the global day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Today I join billions of people around the world to commemorate this very special day with the theme: “Inspiring ...
Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Generations of women have held the Proverbs 31 woman as their role model. Even though she existed ...
By now we’ve all heard of her. She is Lupita Nyongo. Her accent is musical. She is stunning in a way that isn’t singular but in spite of this manages to be the source of many a debate. The debate doesn’t go so far as to discuss the alignment of her facial features or the stark contrast between ...
Forget the oil jobs and luxury cars and all the expensive accessories of Abuja-based politicians. Sure, it would be entertaining, but for the most part, we common Nigerians are simpler folks with simpler dreams. We want to know who we are, discover our talent, and use it to solve problems and ...
In March 2013, the BellaNaija team asked for your feedback on how to handle the issue of the emails we receive with regards soliciting for financial aid {Click here to read}. We were grateful for your feedback. Over the years, BellaNaija has published various feature stories on Nigerians in ...
Following the recent events in Nigeria, I am compelled to write about failed leadership. This is not just about those in political offices but about all of us. It may seem glaring that those in the political offices have more direct responsibilities in what has brought us this far, but that ...
‘You are too uneducated to think of getting that far.’ ‘Nobody from your country has ever clenched that position.’ ‘You are just an inquisitive poor young man, such lofty dreams and aspirations are left to those whose purse can bear the weight thereof’ How hard it is to make the mind truly ...
It was a year into the new millennium and my father had picked up the Guardian (As always). Unusually for me, I was able to take in the contents of the cover. Normally, my first port of call would have been the sports pages. The boy whose picture was there looked like my  peer and he looked so ...
What would it profit a parent, who straps himself with a seat belt and leaves his children in the backseat, unprotected? What would it profit you to live with minor abrasions, knowing that your children are either dead or incapacitated because you didn't take a few minutes longer to ensure ...
In March 2013, the BellaNaija team asked for your feedback on how to handle the issue of the emails we receive with regards soliciting for financial aid {Click here to read}. We were grateful for your feedback. Over the years, BellaNaija has published various feature stories on Nigerians in ...
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With the amount of information I was recently exposed to about the African Union’s budget, I feel very ashamed! After looking at the African Union’s 2014 budget, I started wondering how African heads of State get the nerve to challenge the West for interfering with Africa’s internal issues when ...
  Kemi Adetiba is a woman on a mission to etch her name in the sands of time. Strike that! She is doing it already. With over ten years in the media/entertainment industry, she has covered a diverse field of experience.  She has worked in radio, been on TV and is currently leaving a mark with ...
Having a dream is very important but beyond the dreams, achieving them is the real thing. I recently said that the world does not honour noble intentions. It only respects results. Some years ago, I saw a video titled ‘the greatest inventions that were never achieved.’ Ideas can be lofty and ...
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Last year, BellaNaija published the feature on Nigerian designer, Ayo Van Elmar who is based in Austria. {click here if you missed it} Ayo and her team, under The Sunshine Project, provided  clothes and shoes for less privileged children in schools in Nigeria last Christmas. We are pleased ...

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing
~ George Bernard Shaw

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