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Frances Okoro: Living a Life of Greatness

Frances Okoro: Living a Life of Greatness

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We erupted in shouts of glee when the word for the year was announced by one of Nigeria’s favorite pastors.
This is our year of greatness!
We shall shine!
We shall be magnified by the lord!
Our greatness shall burst …

Love For Momma is Sweet! BN Reader Seun Ojuri Shares 49 Reasons Why Her Mum is Fabulous

Love For Momma is Sweet! BN Reader Seun Ojuri Shares 49 Reasons Why Her Mum is Fabulous

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The bond of love between a mother and her daughter is one that should never be taken for granted. BN reader, Seun Ojuri, has chosen to write this beautiful ode to her mother. Seun’s mom just turned 49 and …

Peculiar Okafor: The Simplicity of Pencils & Erasers

Peculiar Okafor: The Simplicity of Pencils & Erasers

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Remember when we were little, just starting out school and we wrote in our 2A, 2B and 2D exercise books with those fancy pencils with erasers on their bottom?- well mine didn’t have erasers for long because I always chewed…

Fola Daniel Adelesi: Smart Devices or Smart Couples

Fola Daniel Adelesi: Smart Devices or Smart Couples

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

We are in the days of smart phones, but the people who are using those phones don’t seem to get smarter. The technological world is selling so much to us and all we do is consume. We want all the…

Chiamaka O.: Eating Disorders Are Not Just For Caucasians

Chiamaka O.: Eating Disorders Are Not Just For Caucasians

Friday, January 24th, 2014

In a fleeting moment of ecstasy, I found myself clicking ‘buy’ on iTunes; when I saw Beyonce’s album. I jammed to every single song on that album; then “pretty hurts” caught my attention.
You see, the first time I saw…

Exploring the Generator Economy! Will Nigeria Recover from Epileptic Power Supply?

Exploring the Generator Economy! Will Nigeria Recover from Epileptic Power Supply?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

A close friend of mine shared a hilarious story with me when he returned from a vacation in Canada. Immediately he arrived at his aunt’s, the first thing he did was plug his phone to charge. He said the minute…

Samuel Okopi: 12 Lessons of Life from 3 Birds Found Only in Nigeria

Samuel Okopi: 12 Lessons of Life from 3 Birds Found Only in Nigeria

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Animals have always inspired man. We are familiar with the timeless lessons of teamwork the ants and bees have taught us. Consider the bravery of lions, the compassion of dolphins and the loyalty of dogs that motivate us to this…

Better Days

Better Days

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

While at work a few days ago, I had a thought – a nice evening swim will be good. I had missed the nice soothing water in the pool at Ikoyi club and all of a sudden I longed for…

Read the Tribute by the Afrinolly Short Film Competition Team to Komla Dumor

Read the Tribute by the Afrinolly Short Film Competition Team to Komla Dumor

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The sad passing away of BBC’s Komla Dumor has been very emotional for thousands of people. Asides being a broadcaster, Komla also accepted the role of a judge in the ongoing Afrinolly Short Film Competition. The team has written a …

Gidi Culture Festival: Losing Sight Of Your Goals? Check Out 5 Tips To Get Back on the Path To Actualization

Gidi Culture Festival: Losing Sight Of Your Goals? Check Out 5 Tips To Get Back on the Path To Actualization

Friday, January 17th, 2014

BellaNaija is proud to partner 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 …

Busola Adedire: Love Should Be at the Core of Our Existence

Busola Adedire: Love Should Be at the Core of Our Existence

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I love ‘love’, and I believe that the basis of our existence is rooted in connection. Every level of relationship in life is similar and love is our common denominator. Unfortunately, most of us are clueless about what love really…

Kemi Ajaja: A Reason To Be Thankful

Kemi Ajaja: A Reason To Be Thankful

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The story is told of how, recently in a US restaurant two men walked in and asked to be served by the grumpiest waiter. The owner said they had no grumpy waiters and offered to seat them with the happiest…

The Landlord’s Problem

The Landlord’s Problem

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

When my friends came to visit last Christmas, one of the things they commented on was how nice and warm it was inside my house.  After taking temporary glory in the compliment, I told them that the warmth was thanks…

BN Prose: A Faith of tWiStS by Fisayo Talabi

BN Prose: A Faith of tWiStS by Fisayo Talabi

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

It was yet another Sunday, and life was taking the same pattern as always for the last six years. His alarm had gone off at 5am, and he had as usual, without looking, groped for the big King James Version…

Blossom Nnodim: Disrupting the African Narrative on Rape

Blossom Nnodim: Disrupting the African Narrative on Rape

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

You have probably seen several photos of rape victims online with a blackened strip of color spread over their eye region to prevent them from the post-rape stereotype that comes with our dangerous addiction to blaming rape victims. What exactly…

Afrinolly 2014: This Awe-Inspiring Video is the Best Way To Start the Week! Watch ‘Blind Aspiration’ by Dapo Osinaike

Afrinolly 2014: This Awe-Inspiring Video is the Best Way To Start the Week! Watch ‘Blind Aspiration’ by Dapo Osinaike

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Honestly, there’s no better way to kick off your week than by watching this inspiring video. We constantly make excuses for why we’re not wherever we want to be; but the truth is, the only limitation is in our head,…

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Two calls from my sister at 5 am had me grumbling as I reached for my phone to call her back. “You this girl, don’t you know people are usually asleep at 5 am, ehn…?” I asked immediately

Studying & Having A Difficult Time? Check Out 5 Tips For Getting Better in Academics

Studying & Having A Difficult Time? Check Out 5 Tips For Getting Better in Academics

Friday, January 10th, 2014

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve not by the desire to beat others” – Ayn Rand…
At work and on campus several people often ask me about how I get motivated and stay motivated

Samuel Okopi: What The Hillside Showed Me About Nigeria

Samuel Okopi: What The Hillside Showed Me About Nigeria

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

We finally left for Kaduna. It had been a fun week of holidays in Benue, as 2013 handed over the baton to 2014. Two weddings. Dozens of cousins. Pounded yam and my favourite soup, okoho. Some satisfying cups of enyi,…

Fola Daniel Adelesi: Throwing Opportunities Away

Fola Daniel Adelesi: Throwing Opportunities Away

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

When a man or woman is myopic, one of the things that happen to such people is that they end up throwing opportunities away. Many people are looking for opportunities today but are unconsciously losing the ones they have because…

Georgette Monnou: New Year, New Beginnings

Georgette Monnou: New Year, New Beginnings

Monday, January 6th, 2014

It is hilarious how there is always so much hype about the New Year. Everyone is talking about new beginnings. Social media goes nuts with messages like, ‘2014 is my year of excellence!’ This can easily be interchanged to be…

Good Black Brothers Need Good Black Sisters

Good Black Brothers Need Good Black Sisters

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I was in a conversation with some young political activists some months ago. After talking about our political dissonances, we gradually shifted to a different topic. We were all blacks, so, it makes sense that we transitioned to issues that…

Jide Olowookere: Nigeria is Not on the Map

Jide Olowookere: Nigeria is Not on the Map

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

I appreciate God for the opportunity to see the end of 2013 and cross over to another year with great minds.
This is not a popular motivational mumbo jumbo – Dare to dream! Follow your dreams!! Dream Big!!!
You know…

From Us To Our Beautiful BellaNaija Family – Happy New Year, 2014

From Us To Our Beautiful BellaNaija Family – Happy New Year, 2014

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Thank you for being a part of our 2013. You have been a very important part of us and we look forward to a very exciting year ahead.
We wish you the very best of 2014. We pray for joy,…

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: That’s What Friends Are For

Atoke’s Monday Morning Banter: That’s What Friends Are For

Monday, December 30th, 2013

This time last year, I  was completely consumed by thoughts of Cancer. My 34 year old friend was dying and there was nothing I could do about it. On days when he did speak, I’d spend as long as I…