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Leadership is a desirable thing for so many. Some have a good reason to desire a leadership position, and there are those who just want it because of their personal benefits. Some ...
 
The enormous power that lies within books can never be overstated. Books provide insight, education and knowledge. It is for this reason that we're very inspired by the work done by Yohannes Gebregeorgis. On this edition of CNN's African Voices, the Ethiopian librarian shares his background ...
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PR extraordinaire Vannessa Amadi who welcomed her first child - a boy with husband Oki Ogbonna, has an amazing story that defied her doctor's reports. If you are not familiar with her, Vanessa helped push D'banj and Genevieve Nnaji's celebrity power into new heights. After posting an image ...
Have you ever wondered if you are currently on the path you were destined to be on? Do you wonder if your natural inclinations were honed and groomed into the person you are today? This past weekend, I watched a 14 year old dive at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow and I was truly blown away. I ...
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Simple words but so inspiring. During an interview with Argentine Weekly, Pope Francis through his personal experiences, came up with his own lifestyle guide for happiness. His number advice is to move forward and let others do the same. It was translated by the Catholic News ...
Imagine meeting someone new, many thoughts run through your mind. You form an opinion on where you met them, what they wore, how they spoke, what they smelled like, how they ate, the car they arrived in or did not, and much more. Our minds run on turbo engines when it comes to judging people, ...
If you under rate your little progress because of the big and significant progress you are expecting, you may never get to that big progress. I see too many people neglecting the fact that they are making little or what you can call appreciable progress and because of that they eventually lose ...
Damian Chanda - July 2014
They say necessity is the mother of invention. So when Zambian Damian Chanda needed corrugated roofing sheets and couldn't find in his home, Lusaka, the idea of DT Roofing was birthed. In this feature of CNN's African Start Up, he speaks very passionately about the 6-month old venture ...
I didn’t know I could recognize Nigerians by face until the day I met Chika. It was my first week of school in New York, and I was walking to the dining hall when I saw him. He was also walking alone and I realized that he had a very “Nigerian-looking head” (I don’t know what that means ...
Oh, look! It's Def Poetry Jam star, Bassey Ikpi on this edition of The Inspire Series. Many of our readers were introduced to Bassey when she was featured on the Move Back To Nigeria series {Click here if you missed it} Bassey is a talented spoken word artist and writer. Bassey also lives with ...
This is one African whose story is VERY inspiring. Malawian writer, speaker and social activist, Shadreck Chikoti is a grounded African who strives to break the mould of 'African' literature. In his feature on CNN's African Voices, he shared that he had his first published poem when he was 9 ...
Everything ever accomplished on earth was the result of time invested. Time is a great mystery, yet it makes life or living possible on this side of eternity. As a matter of fact, this physical realm is defined basically by two properties: time and space. Is it therefore not amazing that, as ...
The word “no” is a very difficult one for many people, but over time I’ve realized it’s one of the most important words to incorporate if we want to excel as individuals, and in leadership. Nothing demoralizes a person when more than when being told 'no'. Some people see it as being rude or ...
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou You want to be normal? Fine. That means you don’t want to do anything great in your life. Many of us spend the majority of our lives striving to be “normal” and “fit in” with the crowd. When ...
Many of us have been working hard at succeeding as individuals, but when it comes to the organisations and the businesses that we are building, it can't be said that we have put in much effort. We have built those businesses only to the level that they have been able to feed us. So we have ...
"Why do you need a knitting machine?" Ari Davis was asking. “Why not make a sewing-machine?” Being a manufacturer of instruments, an investor had come to him for a solution; he had searched without success for a machine that could ‘sew’ woolen materials. "I wish I could, there’s no such thing ...
My late, wise uncle, too lazy for speech, developed a very strange mechanism to discipline anyone who would not heed his counsel. He called it 'Ndananya', a compound word from my Igbo dialect that translates to something like 'silent aloofness.' After his advice on any matter was blatantly ...
Many times we believe talking solves the problem. You have therapists, friends and mentors encouraging you to talk about it. They go - "you need to talk about these things, talking helps; it’s therapeutic." While I do not dispute this fact, I believe there are a million and one cases when ...
The term ‘emotional unavailability’ is one that had been hovering over my subconscious for the past few months or so. After a series of personal struggles, I decided to sit and own up to the truth, and it was not a surprising one either. It turned out that all this while I have also been ...
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid” – Lupita Nyong’o This is one statement that would definitely be repeated for generations to come. A part of me believes that she spent time thinking that one up- a statement that would shake the world and it did just that. But how different ...
In the aftermath of the recent bombing of Emab plaza in Abuja, the dialogue below gives an idea of how typical Nigerians reacted, both in online and face-to-face conversations: Religious person: Hmmm…na wa O! God, please save us! Not-so-Religious Person: Aren’t you tired of disturbing God? ...

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There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality
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