Inspired!

Surviving on an average of 3 hours of sleep every night for the past two weeks is reminiscent of my last days in Law School. Back then, I promised myself that if I made it out of there ...
 
Once upon a time, there was a young lady who came to intern at my mother’s business. She was just out of secondary school so we knew she would only be with us a short while; until her WAEC results were out and she went away to University. To my 10 year old self, Alice was larger than life. She ...
No right thinking person gets married with an intention to engage in constant marital conflict; however, these things sometimes happen. Most times, I hear couples express stories similar to this; "before I got married, I had a clear picture of how I will run my family, live in peace with my ...
We all have that one person in our life who at a point seems like our worst enemy and then our personal person later. The person who acts like the Einstein of our lives because they seem to know so much about us. They could write an encyclopedia about us and would get all details right and let ...
In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to South Sudan, where he took the now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler. The photograph was sold to The New York Times where it appeared for the first time, exactly eleven years ago on March 26, 1993. The ...
Tricia Eseigbe - Bella Naija
Although child sexual abuse is prevalent in Nigeria, it is seldom discussed. However, Nigerian actress and TV presenter, Tricia Eseigbe-Kerry, is on a mission to end this culture of silence. She is partnering with the Nigerian Police Force on an advocacy project, 'The Psychologist' - a ...
Shakespeare’s Polonius offers the sage advice to his son Laertes in Hamlet "Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend.” Consider this scenario: A friend calls you and needs to see you urgently. It can’t be discussed on the telephone; she must visit you ...
The recent events in the country have proven one thing beyond reasonable doubts. It is the fact that Nigerians are so gentle and our leaders can take us for a ride. In fact, we have been on an excessive long ride in the past few years with no set destination in view. At times, one wonders if ...
Omawumi’s song “Be The Best I Can Be” rings in my head anytime I think of my mother. Like Omawumi, I was also a recipient of the “wash the plates, sweep the house” lessons. Of course, my mother is a Nigerian and like all Naija mothers do to their daughters, I was taught from the moment I could ...
Kwasi Enin - April 2014 - BN Career - BellaNaija 01
Go Africa! BN is so excited to share this news. Kwasi Enin, a 17-year old Ghanaian-American has been accepted into not 2, not 4, but 8 ivy league colleges and universities in America. They include Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth and Columbia. Kwasi is a senior at ...
"About half-dozen people dead, many critically injured." That summarizes the Nigerian Immigration Service’s recruitment event at the National Stadium, Abuja earlier this Month. But that’s old news, right? We have new massacres from the Northern Region to titillate our fancies and provide meat ...
After listening to Ekene Onu and Aduke Gomez’s tender and moving letters to their younger selves read out at the LifeHouse event called Letters and the Lady which I hosted about a week ago, I thought it was time I take my own stab at writing to myself. Dearest Unwana, I know you hate it ...
She said she was ‘only a stay at home mum’ as she avoided making eye contact with me. I felt bad all of a sudden, it seemed as though I had attempted to open a can of worms that she may have wanted to stay closed forever. The word 'only' in the statement and the silence in her voice after I ...
@mercyaigbegentry | Orisa Bi Iya kosi! Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful mum, my pillar! U will continue to eat the fruit of ur labour IJN! Love u loads Iya Mercy
Today is Mothering Sunday and our African celebrities have taken social media by storm with numerous tributes to their mums, wives and themselves! From Temi DollFace to Don Jazzy, check on ...
My best friend and I decided to take a trip out of town. On the day, we got on the train and settled into a booth. Shortly after we had settled in, a lady and her daughter who was about four years old boarded the train and took the two available seats opposite us in the same booth. My friend ...
I recently saw Chief Ebenezer Obey, now known as Evangelist Ebenezer Obey, playing on stage and the title of this post struck me almost immediately. He's been around for so long in the music industry just like King Sunny Ade and a few others. I remember great works like the Village Headmaster ...
“You aren’t married are you?” I looked up from my phone screen and shook my head. No. Up until then the conversation had been in Yoruba, a language I did not speak or understand. For the last five minutes Femi, my housing agent, had been pleading, cajoling on my behalf. He had wanted me to ...
Isio Wanogho - March 2014 - BellaNaija
I sincerely lay no claims to being more knowledgeable than anyone, but I do confess that I know better than I did yesterday, last year and a decade ago. Isio Knows better is an attempt to capture the shocking and highly entertaining conversation within myself. The conversations between my mind ...
One morning, a woman drove for two hours up a hill to her daughter's house. There was something her daughter wanted her to see. As this woman undertook the difficult journey, she declared to herself that nothing on that hill could be worth such trouble. She was very upset when her daughter told ...
Happiness is a choice. This is something I tell myself all the time; it is the one thing that keeps me going. When something overwhelmingly difficult threatens to shake the roots of my being, I remember that it is a conscious choice one has to make. Last week, as I listened to the news review ...
Move Back to Nigeria is a series on BellaNaija which aims to encourage young and not-so-young professionals in the diaspora who are trying to make the decision of whether to move back to Nigeria. In collaboration with the brilliant team at MoveBackToNigeria.com, we hope to bring you a weekly ...

BN Quote of The Day

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure
~ Bill Cosby

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