Inspired!

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 ...
 
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? ...
“No man is born neither rich nor poor, the society makes him what he becomes”. This is a popular saying I’m pretty sure most of us have come across on several occasions. The choice to be rich or poor comes from our mindset and also the type of people we ‘want to’ associate ourselves with on a ...
The fear of failure is eating deep into so many people and they don’t seem to even know it. From the first thing they do in the morning till the last thing they do at night you can tell that they are afraid to fail. And because they are so afraid to fail, they have adopted the fail safe ...
Nkoyo Rapu Book Signing - Bellanaija - July2014
In a society today that imbibes a band wagon mentality,Pastor, Women and Youth Empowerment Expert and Author Nkoyo Rapu has written a book titled "Shining Statue"s to highlight & tackle these issues. The book aims to take on the overwhelming odds we face daily and challenges us to defy ...
It was one of our first days of lectures; today’s course was ‘Introduction to Biostatistics’. I knew it would be challenging for me to adapt to the new method of teaching since I was studying in a new country. Plus I barely understood the British accent. I had my work cut out for me. I was ...
A priest officiating a wedding once enumerated the three things that can break a marriage: money, unfaithfulness or infidelity, and in-laws. Unfortunately, not many enter marriage with a full understanding that in-laws can make or mar the marriage. It therefore becomes important that everyone ...
I was wearing an electric blue blouse, jet black leggings and nude 3 inch heels. My hair was packed in a tight pony tail and my lips were the colour of Ruby Woo. It was our second date and we were meeting up for drinks on a Friday evening. Conservative, clean and not too presumptuous, was how ...
I don’t know about you but I keep feeling that this year is whizzing by! It is already July. Most of us start each new-year with great plans but the problem tends to be with execution. In January you planned to start afresh with a clean slate; did you list the personal, financial or ...

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