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A Country that Has Failed to Realize its Potential! Watch the TEDxYouth@Maitama Talk by CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – “Overcoming the Fear of Vested Interest”

A Country that Has Failed to Realize its Potential! Watch the TEDxYouth@Maitama Talk by CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – “Overcoming the Fear of Vested Interest”

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

What do you know about Nigeria? Really, what do you know? Well, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi shares a wealth of information in his talk at the TEDxYouth@Maitama….
According to Sanusi, Nigeria has always

Taking Your Destiny In Your Own Hands! Watch the Inspiring Video of Oluseyi Asurf Amuwa & His Rise to Success

Taking Your Destiny In Your Own Hands! Watch the Inspiring Video of Oluseyi Asurf Amuwa & His Rise to Success

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

This story is very inspirational and we believe that it will resonate deeply with our readers.  Oluseyi Asurf Amuwa… shares the tale of how he brought himself out of nothing into something. From having nothing but access to the internet,

BN Prose: The Thinking Boy by Rolayo Williams

BN Prose: The Thinking Boy by Rolayo Williams

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The little boy’s pose would have made Auguste Rodin proud. He sat on what was once the concrete base of a streetlamp with his chin on his hand, and his elbow on his knee. The burning harmattan sun didn’t seem…

“How We Lost Our Capacity To Innovate” – Watch the TEDxYouth@Maitama Talk by Okechukwu Ofili

“How We Lost Our Capacity To Innovate” – Watch the TEDxYouth@Maitama Talk by Okechukwu Ofili

Monday, August 26th, 2013


Okechukwu Ofili is not a stranger to us at BellaNaija. In his talk at TEDxYouth@Maitama in Abuja, titled “How We Lost Our Capacity to Innovate…” Ofili speaks on Nigeria’s history as told him by his dad, the

Beyond the Face to the Spotless Heart

Beyond the Face to the Spotless Heart

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

We definitely take a great deal pride in our faces. Which is why we invest so much in make-up, hair, colours and of course, the almighty mirror! How exactly are we supposed to see that our beautifully-coiffured face without the…

Aunty Bella: Miss. I Hate My Mum

Aunty Bella: Miss. I Hate My Mum

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Aunty Bella is our agony aunt column on BellaNaija. We launched this column in the early days of BN and periodically feature issues sent in by BN readers. We hope the BN family can offer insightful advice as well.…

New in Lagos & Trying to Find Space to Rent? Check out Some Tips to Guide You

New in Lagos & Trying to Find Space to Rent? Check out Some Tips to Guide You

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

If this were to be a university course, perhaps an apt title would read, “Renting 101 in Nigeria” or ‘Fundamentals of Renting in Nigeria’.
I have come across acerbic tales of renting an apartment in Nigeria and this has lead…

Ofilispeaks: Just Because I Have Boobs Does Not Make Me Your Secretary

Ofilispeaks: Just Because I Have Boobs Does Not Make Me Your Secretary

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

JUST BECAUSE I HAVE BOOBS DOES NOT MAKE ME YOUR SECRETARY…
These are the exact words I want to yell out every time I see a woman with a bachelor’s degree turned into a secretary by virtue of

21 Year-Old Best Graduating Student of Covenant University Michael Eromhonsele speaks on his Undergraduate Experience & His Journey to the Top!

21 Year-Old Best Graduating Student of Covenant University Michael Eromhonsele speaks on his Undergraduate Experience & His Journey to the Top!

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

At the recent graduating ceremony of Covenant University (CU) Ota, 21 year-old Michael Eromhonsele stood proud among 1,465 other graduates to clinch the Best Graduating Student Award. His achievement caused quite a sensation on the online media sphere with reports …

Let’s Not Play the Blame Game!

Let’s Not Play the Blame Game!

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The world’s oldest and most played game is the BLAME GAME. Every second, countless people keep getting so immersed in this pastime, some have become addicted to it like a second nature. People so easily adopt the blame-it-on-anything attitude, constantly…

Chika Oduah: It Happened To Me

Chika Oduah: It Happened To Me

Monday, August 5th, 2013

I got a job in New York City a few years ago. I was new to the American North; I still reeked of the South. Pillsbury biscuits, Georgian peaches and Jiffy cornbread with a dollop of Daisy. Chick-Fil-A, Bojangles’ and…

Reducing Maternal Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa | Watch Redi Thlabi Discuss this on Aljazeera’s  “South2North”

Reducing Maternal Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa | Watch Redi Thlabi Discuss this on Aljazeera’s “South2North”

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

In recent times, going off to America or the UK to have babies has become very popular in Nigeria. People cite a varied range of reasons for it and one thing that is predominant in their justification is the very…

Must Watch Video! Giving Succor to Rape Victims in Mogadishu | Watch the Inspiring Video of Somalian Activist Fartuun Adan on CNN’s Inside Africa

Must Watch Video! Giving Succor to Rape Victims in Mogadishu | Watch the Inspiring Video of Somalian Activist Fartuun Adan on CNN’s Inside Africa

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Fartuun Adan…‘s story is VERY inspiring and it is one we would encourage everyone to watch. Fartuun is a Somalian human rights activist who followed the stirring of her heart and is working tirelessly to give succor to women

Started from the Bottom…Now We’re Here! You Need to Read Basketmouth’s Inspiring Story

Started from the Bottom…Now We’re Here! You Need to Read Basketmouth’s Inspiring Story

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

As the lyrics to Canadian rapper Drake’s mega hit go “Started from the Bottom, Now We’re Here…“…
Nigerian stars are one of the clearest examples of living the Nigerian dream. Many started from very humble beginnings and today…well

Chiamaka O.: My Africa is NOT Hungry!

Chiamaka O.: My Africa is NOT Hungry!

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

My Africa is not hungry. My Africa is just a giant that has failed to take giant strides. Africa as a continent has probably suffered more than any other continent on the planet, in the hands of the press. The…

#ChildNotBride: Let Our Girls Dream Big!

#ChildNotBride: Let Our Girls Dream Big!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I will never forget the day I told my parents I wanted to study theatre arts at university. With all the flare of a drama-queen, I told them how I did not want to be a doctor or an accountant…

In Loving Memory of Tuope! Read Alero Ruppee’s Stirring Dedication to her Brother Tuope Ruppee who Lived with Down Syndrome

In Loving Memory of Tuope! Read Alero Ruppee’s Stirring Dedication to her Brother Tuope Ruppee who Lived with Down Syndrome

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

This piece was sent in by a BellaNaija reader in loving memory of her brother, Tuope Ruppee. Alero Ruppee recounts their life together as a family as she shares the story of living with a brother who has Down

“All We Really Have Are the Moments We Hold On To!” Watch the Photo Walk Experience by Photographer Eric Ita

“All We Really Have Are the Moments We Hold On To!” Watch the Photo Walk Experience by Photographer Eric Ita

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

What do you feel when you take long walks? The sights, the sounds, the complete essence of life as it’s happening around you. Now, imagine these beautiful sights were captured by a lens and together told one grand story?
Well,…

The Good, The Bad, The Amazing! Nuggets of Wisdom on Mothers-In-Law

The Good, The Bad, The Amazing! Nuggets of Wisdom on Mothers-In-Law

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I recall the incident quite vividly as if it happened yesterday yet it was over 15 years ago. I attended an event with my aunt and on our way back, a few of her friends decided to ride back with…

BN Prose: The Death of Obiageli  by Arit Okpo

BN Prose: The Death of Obiageli by Arit Okpo

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

She had lived a long life.
The old woman thought this as she peered at the quiet street below her. She had lived a long life. Sometimes it seemed that she had lived so long that the past began to…

For the Love of Nigeria! Let’s Kick Out Tribalism

For the Love of Nigeria! Let’s Kick Out Tribalism

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Tribalism is not just a state but also a way of life, that stem from a strong feeling of identity with and strong loyalty to one’s own tribe. As I have grown and matured through the years, I must say…

“My Name, My Identity!” –  Watch the Video of Spoken Word Poetry by Femi Amogunla

“My Name, My Identity!” – Watch the Video of Spoken Word Poetry by Femi Amogunla

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

What is in a name? According to poet and writer Femi Amogunla, an African name is more than just a name. He believes that African names define our cultural identy and our circumstances. “The poet draws on personal …

When Last Did You Read Nigerian?

When Last Did You Read Nigerian?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Teju Cole (Nigerian Author)
When I was in secondary school, I was a huge fan of literature but some works left me highly depressed and alienated. Enter Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Merchant of Venice. …I did all I could to avoid

BN Hot Topic: Should ‘Just Manage’ Be on Our Coat of Arms?

BN Hot Topic: Should ‘Just Manage’ Be on Our Coat of Arms?

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Yesterday, evening while on my regular Twitter patrol, I stumbled upon some tweets about Arik Air.
How does an airline keep people at the airport from 9pm till 7am? Arik Air should not be flying international routes.
— Akin (@AO1379)…

Is the Unwillingness to be Outdone a National Trend?

Is the Unwillingness to be Outdone a National Trend?

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Although there have been attempts at (re)branding Nigeria and Nigerians and giving us a holding character, nothing quite defines a people like a national stereotype. The British have the stiff upper-lip. Germans are world renowned for their machine like efficiency.…