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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 ...
 
In 2010, BellaNaija showcased a three-part series titled 'Skin Deep', where three amazing women shared their experience with different skin conditions. (Albinism, Psoriasis & Vititligo). Glory Edozien was one of these women. {Read her story here}  Now, media personality, Wana Udobang, ...
In these times when some people are trying really hard to keep their values and their character clean, there’s the increasing temptation to compromise. In every minute it looks harder or even senseless to keep the values that you thought will make you stand out. You have responsibilities that ...
Nollywood actress Beverly Naya is passionate about women of all shades being represented in the media. She shares her essay on the topic exclusively with BellaNaija. *** What is black beauty? It is the willingness to love and accept yourself for who you are, it is also the ability to ...
It was a bright, sunny but windy February day. Even though spring had not officially sprung yet and the cold chills of winter still swept through the city on a regular basis, there were the occasional sunny spells laced with rain on some days and wind on some others which featured ever so ...
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We just love Lupita more and more with each passing day. The Vogue cover star made headlines a few days ago when her cover for the mag’s July 2014 issue was unveiled; and Vogue keeps giving us more reasons to love her as they have unveiled a video. This isn't just any video. It’s a video of ...
You may find yourself asking the question - "Why don't people like me?" Well, because they don’t have to. As much as we hate to accept it, people have the free will to like or dislike us. No one is required by law (spiritual or human) to like you. The problem is that most of us can’t wrap our ...
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Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar announced the commencement of Ramadan today. The declaration was made around midnight following the sighting of the moon, Vanguard reports. Sambo Wali, Chairman of National Moon sighting Committee and Chairman Advisory Council to the Sultanate, ...
Some years ago, a new social culture emerged in Italy: many parents stopped introducing their religious faiths to their children. They chose rather to let them reach the official age of adulthood, so the latter could choose for themselves which faith to identify with, upon objective inquiry and ...
I had been informed of Swaziland’s intolerance for women in short skirts or revealing clothes but to witness it firsthand hand was a totally different experience. Now what I saw was not a skimpily clad daughter of Adam but a grandmother who berated two young girls for wearing short skirts and ...
This edition of CNN's African Voices is so inspiring. 24 year old Esther Mbabazi is Rwanda's first female commercial pilot. In a predominantly male industry, Esther has conquered the odds in the aviation industry. She speaks on her family background, her education and what she aspires ...
Nigeria's win over Bosnia at the Brazil 2014 World Cup tournament has got us very optimistic about subsequent matches. NdaniTV shared a documentary titled 'The Rise of The Eagles' {Watch the first two episodes here}. The final part of the series has now been released. Check it out!
Doubt is a pesky visitor. It gives you no warning of the exact moment it will come in. It arrives unannounced like an unwanted house guest. It creeps up on you like a predator. It's relentless. It doesn't sleep. It plants fear-filled thoughts in your mind. “How can I have such a foolish ...
I have always wanted to write about a special being. I like to call her, Ms. Red. This name is representative of who she is -  strong, energetic, assertive, aggressive and determined. Annoying as well. She works at her own pace. Whenever Ms. Red is in town, everything goes awry. She loves ...
A few years ago I heard a very simple but profound story of affirmation from a foremost motivational speaker in Nigeria and it has always worked for so many people. Reverend Sam Adeyemi said, ‘someone called you a fool. You will now turn around and say, ‘me! A fool? You call me a fool? Me, a ...
I was bullied recently, and by an older man. He usurped my position in the queue. I couldn’t let it fly, so I confronted him. Instead of retreat he began an oration, making it crystal clear to me how much older he is than I am; how he was mature and I was not. He climaxed with. “You don’t have ...
It was the desperate cry of a married woman for help. Though living under the same roof, her husband had not spoken to her for months. I was amazed at the varied counsels she got from members of the internet forum where she was asking for help. They ranged from the not-too-reasonable to the ...
Dora-Akunyili
In my early teen years, each time I came back from school in the evening, I quickly rushed to grab the remote of the television set. The normal station was NTA. The annoying station that doesn’t show cartoons and musicals. They piled up documentaries and edutainment shows in their list of their ...
Fathers, who is your next of kin? Father’s Day is becoming increasingly popular as the day of the year dedicated to honour fathers. Whilst it largely serves commercial purposes as retailers encourage us all to buy gifts, it also presents an opportunity to reflect on fatherhood and some ...
I’ve never liked pain. It served no evident purpose in my life. It didn’t feel good. It didn’t make me smile. It made no bloody sense to me. I despised pain so much that for the majority of my life, I did everything within my power to avoid pain, stay safe within my comfort zone, and limit ...
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Last week, we  told you about the #BNTeelonisSuperDad competition, which gives one lucky BN reader a chance to win some exquisite gifts for their dad to celebrate Father’s Day. Many thanks to all who participated in the contest. We received lots of great entries, however; we could only pick ...

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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction
~ John F. Kennedy

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