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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 ...
 
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 ...
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 ...
Jumai Shaba - February 2014 - BellaNaija
It's time for an afternoon break with Jumai Shaba. The Nigerian media personality will be sharing her thoughts on various issues on her vlog. The first episode - Humility was released on Sunday. Check it out!
This is my first Toolz Thoughts’ of 2014, so I can still say Happy New Year beautiful people! We made it to 2014- all thanks to God! First off, I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that reads Toolz' Thoughts. Writing is something I find great comfort in, but I haven't always been ...
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My interest in the Abiku phenomenon began when I received a short story submission from Ayodele Olofintuade, the endlessly brilliant Cassava Republic author. Immediately I read the story, I asked Ayodele for seven more and commissioned Laolu Senbanjo of Afromysterics to do the accompanying ...
BellaNaija partners with the organizers of Gidi Culture Festival. So, what exactly is Gidi Culture Festival? It is a movement which serves to provoke insightful thoughts, towards the motivated and empowered African youth. It is the voice for the youth, by the youth. The African society seems to ...
A few days ago, I read Kenneth Onuh’s piece, “A Mother’s Love – Pure and Endless” on BellaNaija. {Click here to read} It came at the very same time I was considering writing a (hopefully cathartic) piece about my mother too. You see, her birthday is February 14. So I’m here to say Happy ...
My idea of charity in Nigeria is somewhat pathetic. Of course there are the great causes that are currently in fashion, like cancer and orphans. And then there's 234 Give, a website that makes it easier to give to any charity of your choice. They even say that they audit the process to ensure ...
Dearest Mr. Ex, Did I tell you I cried? Oh yes I cried. In fact there were many nights when I went to sleep crying and woke up still crying. It was hard for me to get over the heartbreak that all our dreams, hopes, aspirations, and plans for life together could have ended so abruptly… so ...
The very first woman in my life epitomizes the summation of life's precious moments and she remains a jewel to me. My mom. Always so graceful, at a remarkable height of 6' 2", she always had this sparkle in her eyes. I'm not sure which I cherished the most in her qualities, between the gentle ...

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