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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 ...
 
Jumai Shaba - February 2014 - BellaNaija
It's time for an afternoon break with Jumai Shaba. The Nigerian media personality will be sharing her thoughts on various issues on her vlog. The first episode - Humility was released on Sunday. Check it out!
This is my first Toolz Thoughts’ of 2014, so I can still say Happy New Year beautiful people! We made it to 2014- all thanks to God! First off, I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone that reads Toolz' Thoughts. Writing is something I find great comfort in, but I haven't always been ...
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My interest in the Abiku phenomenon began when I received a short story submission from Ayodele Olofintuade, the endlessly brilliant Cassava Republic author. Immediately I read the story, I asked Ayodele for seven more and commissioned Laolu Senbanjo of Afromysterics to do the accompanying ...
BellaNaija partners with the organizers of Gidi Culture Festival. So, what exactly is Gidi Culture Festival? It is a movement which serves to provoke insightful thoughts, towards the motivated and empowered African youth. It is the voice for the youth, by the youth. The African society seems to ...
A few days ago, I read Kenneth Onuh’s piece, “A Mother’s Love – Pure and Endless” on BellaNaija. {Click here to read} It came at the very same time I was considering writing a (hopefully cathartic) piece about my mother too. You see, her birthday is February 14. So I’m here to say Happy ...
My idea of charity in Nigeria is somewhat pathetic. Of course there are the great causes that are currently in fashion, like cancer and orphans. And then there's 234 Give, a website that makes it easier to give to any charity of your choice. They even say that they audit the process to ensure ...
Dearest Mr. Ex, Did I tell you I cried? Oh yes I cried. In fact there were many nights when I went to sleep crying and woke up still crying. It was hard for me to get over the heartbreak that all our dreams, hopes, aspirations, and plans for life together could have ended so abruptly… so ...
The very first woman in my life epitomizes the summation of life's precious moments and she remains a jewel to me. My mom. Always so graceful, at a remarkable height of 6' 2", she always had this sparkle in her eyes. I'm not sure which I cherished the most in her qualities, between the gentle ...
Whether you are in a serious relationship, just recently married, or have been married for several years, money matters can be controversial if not handled carefully. When two people become a couple they confront a myriad of financial choices and decisions. Are you engaged? How much do you know ...
In March 2013, the BellaNaija team asked for your feedback on how to handle the issue of the emails we receive with regards soliciting for financial aid {Click here to read}. We were grateful for your feedback. Over the years, BellaNaija has published various feature stories on Nigerians in ...
Kick off your week with this REAL TALK video with Shade Ladipo. Shade is the founder of Avienti Limited, a destination management company. She talks about her experiences and her fears. In this edition of NdaniTV's Young CEO, she talks about how she turned her passion, interests and skills ...
There’s something interesting you really need to know about the size of your challenges. I think that by the time you find out what it is, your perception to challenges will change. Every human being will face challenges in life at different times and for different purposes. The challenges are ...
"Your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life."-Chuck Palahniuk The joy of parenting lies within its seeming perennial burden: indeed, it is no small job to partake in. It's been said that from womb to tomb, a child will always be a child in the eyes of ...
This is true. I know better. I lay no claims to being more knowledgeable than anyone, but I do confess that I know better than I did yesterday, last year and a decade ago. You see, there is this conversation that we all have with ourselves, within ourselves and most times I just listen to ...
Last week I was doing some business in Port Harcourt staying at the Presidential Hotel. After my dinner, I tried to go back to my room, but the security lady at the lift stopped me saying that she had to confirm with the ‘owner’ of the room before I was allowed upstairs. She proceeded to place ...
If you think you CAN'T... Think AGAIN! This story of Beatrice Hamza Bassey on CNN's African Voices is a great way to kick off the week and the month. She went to University of Maiduguri (so you can't use schooling in Nigeria as an excuse not to chase your dreams!). She moved on to get her ...
Young, passionate and driven. Those are words that can aptly be used to describe Orondaam Otto, the founder of Slum2School. 26 year old Orondaam Otto was tired of seeing the deprivation of children; so stirred by the passion in his heart, he started this project where he tries to place children ...
We erupted in shouts of glee when the word for the year was announced by one of Nigeria's favorite pastors. This is our year of greatness! We shall shine! We shall be magnified by the lord! Our greatness shall burst forth! I literally got goose bumps from the thrill. How could I not? The ...
The bond of love between a mother and her daughter is one that should never be taken for granted. BN reader, Seun Ojuri, has chosen to write this beautiful ode to her mother. Seun's mom just turned 49 and she has written 49 reasons why her mother is simply fabulous. We found it sweet in its ...
Remember when we were little, just starting out school and we wrote in our 2A, 2B and 2D exercise books with those fancy pencils with erasers on their bottom?- well mine didn't have erasers for long because I always chewed them off.  We could easily erase whatever mistake we made as we wrote ...

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Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
~ Dr. Seuss