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Ariyike Writes: Do Light Skinned Ladies Brighten Up the Front Desk?

Ariyike Writes: Do Light Skinned Ladies Brighten Up the Front Desk?

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

At one point in my life, I felt my face was darker than the rest of my body. I believe a lot of my dark skinned sisters have felt this way at some point in their lives, some may even…

#ChildNotBride – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: “I Say No to the Senate Bill Endorsing Child Marriage” | Read the Transcript of the Nollywood Star’s Speech at the MBGN 2013 Finale in Bayelsa

#ChildNotBride – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde: “I Say No to the Senate Bill Endorsing Child Marriage” | Read the Transcript of the Nollywood Star’s Speech at the MBGN 2013 Finale in Bayelsa

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Governor of Bayelsa Seriake Dickson, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde & Ben Bruce, Chairman Silverbird Group at the MBGN 2013 Finale
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde… is saying it like she means it again.
After sending out a couple of tweets about corruption and healthcare last

BN Hot Topic: Getting Behind the Wheels! Luxury or Neccessity?

BN Hot Topic: Getting Behind the Wheels! Luxury or Neccessity?

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

There’s a popular Lagos story about a woman who had been abandoned on the 3rd Mainland bridge by her driver. According to the gist, the woman and her driver had gotten into this extensive row on how he was driving…

Let’s Save Our Children! Watch the Videos on Lead Poisoning in Northern Nigeria

Let’s Save Our Children! Watch the Videos on Lead Poisoning in Northern Nigeria

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

There’s a requirement to preserve the sanctity of life in order to maintain the balance of humanity. Recently, the spate of killing in Nigeria makes one wonder where we’re headed as a nation.
Man’s inhumanity to man has been on…

10 Ways to Make Nigeria a Global Force

10 Ways to Make Nigeria a Global Force

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

“Manifest Destiny” is a term that reflects America’s ideal as a rugged individual. America’s manifest destiny is America’s mandate to spread it’s global influence all over the world. This perception of itself as a chosen people is made the nation…

Wana Wana: Getting Real about Moving Back

Wana Wana: Getting Real about Moving Back

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

My friend Tolu Ogunlesi recently wrote a witty and cynical piece offering a few words of wisdom to ‘we’ repatriates or returnees as we have been termed in recent times. I really shouldn’t be using the words ‘We’ because frankly…

A Crusader for Education! Zimbabwean Tererai Trent Shares her Inspiring Story on CNN’s African Voices | Watch the Video

A Crusader for Education! Zimbabwean Tererai Trent Shares her Inspiring Story on CNN’s African Voices | Watch the Video

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Tererai Trent…‘s story is one of the most inspirational ones we’ve heard.  As a young girl growing up in Zimbabwe (known then as Rhodesia ) young Tererai wasn’t allowed to go to school but it only made her desire

How Many Layers Does Your Man Have to Peel to See the Real You?

How Many Layers Does Your Man Have to Peel to See the Real You?

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Yes…a woman’s emotions are sometimes like an onion. You have to peel that onion to get to the core. You have to get through several layers to get to the real her…the real crux of what she is about. That…

Turning Her Passion into a Mission, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe Gives Nollywood International Recognition | Watch her Insightful Feature on CNN’s African Voices

Turning Her Passion into a Mission, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe Gives Nollywood International Recognition | Watch her Insightful Feature on CNN’s African Voices

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

At the young age of 16, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe …knew that she was more inclined towards creativity than the “corporate world”. Taking her passion and channeling it into something she loved, Peace has become one of the most established name in

A Call to Action! Let’s Put a Stop to Passivity

A Call to Action! Let’s Put a Stop to Passivity

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Few years ago I was with a group of fellow Nigerian students and we were discussing the sorry state of the country. As usual we started blaming our leaders for all the problems in the country, accusing them of being…

The Blessing & the Burden! Michael Udem shares the Story of his Struggle since the Birth of his Triplets

The Blessing & the Burden! Michael Udem shares the Story of his Struggle since the Birth of his Triplets

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

When we read about multiple births on BellaNaija, we automatically start cooing. Everybody loves twins, triplets, quads, quints, sextuplets, Jon and Kate + 8. We love the idea of dressing them in identical clothes and trying to spot similarities …

Ofilispeaks: Stop Writing Names Of Noisemakers

Ofilispeaks: Stop Writing Names Of Noisemakers

Monday, July 8th, 2013

I got beaten quite a lot in primary school. It was not for punching a girl, or for stealing a class mate’s lunch, or for sleeping during lectures (although I was guilty of that a lot). I got beat simply…

BN Hot Topic: When Does Charity Become a Burden?

BN Hot Topic: When Does Charity Become a Burden?

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Last week, one of the drivers, Mr. J, came upstairs to our office to share envelopes for raising funds for his church. As he got to one of the desks and shoved the envelope in my colleague’s direction. He shook …

The Strength of the Human Spirit & the Power of Education | Watch the Trailer for ‘Girl Rising’

The Strength of the Human Spirit & the Power of Education | Watch the Trailer for ‘Girl Rising’

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

On the 22nd of June 2013,international news network, CNN premiered the film about girls who have chose to pursue their dreams against all odds.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, the film is titled Girl Rising….

What You See is What You Get! Bad Habits Don’t Just Go Away

What You See is What You Get! Bad Habits Don’t Just Go Away

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The Project Alert team is a non-governmental organization which focuses on child welfare as well as women enlightenment and empowerment. BellaNaija …is committed to these projects and as such we will collaborate with Project Alert to bring you stories and

From One Young Entrepreneur to Another! 10 Pearls of Wisdom from Africa’s Youngest Billionaire Ashish Thakkar

From One Young Entrepreneur to Another! 10 Pearls of Wisdom from Africa’s Youngest Billionaire Ashish Thakkar

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

It was Friday, the 21st of June 2013 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre where the young entrepreneurs in Abuja gathered to meet with one man: Ashish J Thakkar….
As he walked into the room, I wasn’t sure what

Moyo Mamora on Fulfilling Purpose: What We See & How We See It! 5 Ways To Keep Your Vision Clear

Moyo Mamora on Fulfilling Purpose: What We See & How We See It! 5 Ways To Keep Your Vision Clear

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Vision is a vivid image of what and where we aspire to be at some point in the future. It is what we see, and also the way in which we see. It is by the strength of our vision…

Join the Fight. Stop the Stigma. Sign the Appeal – Support the World Vitiligo Day

Join the Fight. Stop the Stigma. Sign the Appeal – Support the World Vitiligo Day

Monday, July 1st, 2013

In 2010, BellaNaija ran a series called “Skin Deep” which showcased three beautiful women who had unique skin conditions which we wanted to talk about: Vitiligo, Psoriasis and Albinism. Ogo Maduewesi… talked about Vitiligo and it was really

Let Ye Who Have Done Better Cast The First Comment

Let Ye Who Have Done Better Cast The First Comment

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

On June 24,one of Nigeria’s major actresses, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, shared the joyous news on her Twitter account that she would be making her US television debut  in the hit series “Hit The Floor,” which airs on VH1.
The Nigerian…

“Impact is as Important as the Profit” Ugandan Social Entrepreneur Andrew Rugasira Chats with Ayeesha Durgahee on CNN’s “African Voices”

“Impact is as Important as the Profit” Ugandan Social Entrepreneur Andrew Rugasira Chats with Ayeesha Durgahee on CNN’s “African Voices”

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

9 years ago, Ugandan entrepreneur, Andrew Rugasira… decided to use economics to transform society.  Purchasing coffee beans at a premium directly from the farmers in his home country, Andrew takes over the branding, marketing and distribution. Thus “Good African Coffee”

“Dwell on Positive Valuable Ideas!” – Read 5 Steps To Achieving a Peaceful Mind

“Dwell on Positive Valuable Ideas!” – Read 5 Steps To Achieving a Peaceful Mind

Monday, June 24th, 2013

I used to be a sucker for worry. I thought the more I dwelt on something negative and brooded about it, the better I would feel. I would whine about almost anything, easily throw a tantrum, cry out so loud,…

The Beauty of Difference! Read 4 Factors that Could Be Holding Us Back from Unity

The Beauty of Difference! Read 4 Factors that Could Be Holding Us Back from Unity

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Isn’t it ironic that the same qualities that attracted us to our partners end up being the ones we argue most about? One of the qualities that attracted me to my husband is his diligence to work. I am the…

“But Your Father is A Minister Now!” – Are We Part of The Problem?

“But Your Father is A Minister Now!” – Are We Part of The Problem?

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other…. ~Oscar Ameringer
It’s a Monday morning and I’d just finished my interview programme ‘Entrepreneur

Happy Fathers’ Day: Superman, Cheerleader, Confidant & Friend – “My Daddy Was My Hero”

Happy Fathers’ Day: Superman, Cheerleader, Confidant & Friend – “My Daddy Was My Hero”

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

My first memory of my Daddy is very clear and vivid. He was home with my older brother and I, my mother had gone to the hospital to have a baby. He made Chappy and I asaro with lots of…

Sail Through! Crossing the Sea of Wishful Thinking & Giving Life to Your Dreams

Sail Through! Crossing the Sea of Wishful Thinking & Giving Life to Your Dreams

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Early this year, precisely in January, I made a trip down west to my Alma Mater and nostalgia struck. Walking through the very famous senate building car park at the centre of the university, I fell rapidly down the heights…