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At the start of 2013 all seemed to be going well for Kemi and her family. Their first child had just started university, her husband's business was beginning to turn around after a ...
 
Glory and Wana
Rose tells endless pointless stories. Blanche is carefree and flirtatious. Dorothy is sensible and sarcastic. And Sophia, well Sophia is just plain crazy. These are the main characters of the old but popular sitcom Golden Girls which chronicles the life of 4 mature women living together in ...
Millions of people across the world suffer from body image issues. Either as a result of childhood bullying, or adult expectations of what they should look like, they're forced to live with the insecurities that come with perfection... or the quest for it. On the most recent episode of The ...
11 year old Mamadee is inspiration that no matter what you're going through, a positive attitude can change your outlook and the outcome of your situation. Liberian Mamadee was a confirmed Ebola patient who used to dance in the camp, making everyone happy. A few weeks after being admitted, ...
A dream accomplished is sweet to the soul. It must be so frustrating to get up and go to a job you absolutely detest and dread …every single day of your life. It is even more annoying when you drag your feet to a dreadful job where you are neither appreciated nor valued. Now, consider the ...
The first time I saw my father cry was at his mother's service of songs. Even then it wasn't a deep, heaving show of sadness; instead it was a steely, release of tears - quickly wiped away. The next time I saw him cry was... Wait, that was actually the only time I saw my father cry. At my ...
On my flight back to New York recently, I Googled, “Is it OK to be this happy?” It goes without saying that I was stupidly happy at that moment and had been that way for a while. Funny thing is I couldn’t categorically say why. I didn’t know if it was seeing/spending time with my mom that had ...
So, you have transformed that great idea into an equally great product? Congratulations! Now open for business, you sit by the phone waiting for the calls to start coming in. One day, two days, one week- nothing. On the eighth day, the phone begins to ring loudly and you are overjoyed, only to ...
It has been almost 10 years since that fateful day but I can still see the scene vividly in my head whenever I want to… Me lying on my bunk bed, cowering under the imaginary weight of their eyes. Their voices screaming out in my head through the haze of my sadness and tears; “see her half past ...
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Ojinika Obiekwe's vivacious spirit is evident when she gets in front of the camera. This hardworking and professional journalist, has worked for the past 12 years wearing multiple hats just to get the job needs to be done.  At BellaNaija, while we seek to entertain and educate, we also hope ...
As we try to succeed in life we will meet people in different places who look at us and they tend to pity us more than we pity ourselves. They are the ones who seem to keep records of how many times we have tried something and it did not work. Rather than encourage us so that we can do it ...
It has become somewhat popular these days for people to discuss the role of and opportunities for, what I will call “youths in power”. As an example, my amiable acquaintance, Ohimai—a young man who has demonstrated the administrative capacities of young people with quiet aplomb —and certain ...
As Nigeria battles with the outbreak of Ebola, we consistently commend the dedication and selflessness of the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Lives have been lost, and families have had to undergo the trauma of isolation. The fear of the unknown even very crippling. We ...
Writing Monday Morning Banter used to be a lot of fun for me. It was light and easy; I didn't have to worry about depth or pseudo-intellectuality. Just keep it simple, and you'd be fine. However, two years later, I've found myself asking questions about purpose and essence. So ,I'm caught in ...
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 ...
My cousin's display message on her BlackBerry on Saturday morning read “parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes to drain it dry" . That message got me thinking. I called her and we had a lengthy conversation about people ...
Now I know this is not the kind of topic you expect to see from a motivational speaker but I’ve got to be real with you. I also understand that this is contrary to the popular quote of  Robert Schuller who said, ‘Tough times never last but tough people do.’ Maybe by the time you are done ...
I played a lot as a child. Talked in my sleep and to be honest nothing has changed much except of course the talk in my sleep part. I have just become an overly hyperactive grown up. Friends, in the past, have insinuated that I’m possibly one of those kids who got off with ADHD undetected - ...
Just like many others, the story of how a young boy killed his father under very obscene circumstances made me cringe with fright and repulsion. {Click here if you missed it} Arguments happen. We all get to the verge with our parents, especially as adults. There is bound to be conflict of ...
28-year-old Joyce Ekworomadu was born in Oklahoma, US. She is a member of the Nigerian national basketball team and has travelled to over 30 countries playing the game. She is currently the first Nigerian to play on the Harlem Globetrotters - that is no mean feat. The Harlem Globetrotters are ...
I remember reading Geraldine Ogwe’s article titled ‘my encounters with love’ thinking ‘wow that is quite an experience!’ It should not come as a shock that we all share similar experiences… the cycles of hurt, rejection and starting over. We go through different relationships before we finally ...

BN Quote of The Day

If you wait until you're ready, you'll be waiting the rest of your life.
~ Dale Partridge

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