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Welcome to “The Adventures of Miss Biosu” All Talk and No Action? Is that what is Happening With the Young Nigerians of Today?

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My dear readers the change has begun and it is time for more of us to hear about it.

“When I was a child I spoke like a child, but now I am an adult I have left all my childish ways behind.”

Reiterating that scripture often leaves me in a pensive mood. It is a constant reminder that one’s life is certainly growing, developing from what it was yesterday with the hope to improve for tomorrow. Growth is an inevitable part of life, though it is often equated to success in the eyes of many. Many of us measure our own success based on tangible things which are outwardly evident for all to see. The pressure we put on ourselves to achieve “success” often causes us to digress from fulfilling ones purpose. I define purpose as something that can only be progressively “walked out”, and not necessarily instantaneously achieved.It is a daily process which one must consciously decide to act on. Unlike the man-made institutions of this world, it does not equate to a certificate or lavish ceremony at the end. However it does engender a peace and joy only fully comprehended by the one undertaking that journey. Contrary to what many speakers announce from the pulpit, living your purpose often catapults you into challenging situations and hardship moments, but the peace and joy you attain through this walk is the tablet that comforts you during those arduous times.

I write the above as I sit on the train after another long day at work…

I am slouched in the corner, trying to hide my laptop screen from the ” peeping tom” commuters around me. The words just flow out effortlessly unto my keyboard. One would think I was trying to become some sort of motivational campaigner -, far from it! My mind is just emerging through a transformation period. I am now beginning to think out of the box. You know, that boxed mentality we all have at times when we compare ourselves to other people . We get stuck in a pattern of life – just living the life we are told to live. Lost in thoughts, I rush to put my laptop away as it was time to get off the train. Standing on the platform looking for the exit sign I feel a sense of joy. This train journey was rather different from the others. It got me thinking. It was time for me to begin something new

My fellow Nigerians, Africans, fashionistas, doctors, students, mothers, wives, future husbands, cleaners and electricians… oh how diverse we are! This is a personal invite for you to join me on this new exciting journey entitled “The Adventures of Miss Biosu”. After my visit to Nigeria earlier this year, I had a fantastic time having fun with family and friends. My sunny afternoons were spent enjoying trips to the cinema along with scoffing down popcorn and fizz. Whilst my evenings were spent restaurant hopping with friends and dwindling my hard earned money away. However although it was a memorable time, one memory that resonated within me once I returned to my cosy life in London was the issue of poverty. Yes I am aware many of you hear this topic spoken about many times, but wait, please hear it from my perspective.

What I really noticed on a daily basis was the significant gap between the rich and the poor. I was deeply disturbed when I saw young boys and girls around the age of five selling food on the road side at around 9pm at night. I am definitely an advocate for young teenagers learning the importance of hard work; however shouldn’t these young beautiful children be in bed preparing for school the following day? Another case became apparent when I saw numerous people with disabilities begging for food. Was there no housing shelter where these amazing people could be housed and empowered to deal with their difficulties?

In my “great quest” to find a solution to how I could help change the lives of these people. I spent hours and nights roaming the internet to see what I needed to do to set up a charity. Call it the western mentality of “save Africa syndrome”, but my mind was going back and fourth with how I could contribute to the lives of those that I saw. Surely I couldn’t just ignore these issues and continue to participate in those “Nigeria is so bad” conversations at my usual Nigerian get-togethers (you know the ones I mean right?).

In my quest to find out how to set up a charity I stumbled across other important findings. There already existed a plethora of charities, NGOs and social enterprises in Nigeria. Even more importantly, contrary to what the western media like to depict, these were organizations set up by Nigerians. At that moment I felt like I had previously been brain washed by the media and even some fellow Nigerians. It wasn’t just Oxfam, Christian Aid or Red Cross that was contributing to growth and change in Nigeria. It was actually the everyday Nigerian living in Nigeria and the Diaspora. I concluded instead of me setting up another charity why don’t I affiliate myself with an existing one instead. After sharing this information with my circle of friends it was evident that I was not the only one who did not know many of these organizations existed.

Now you have learnt how the birth of “The Adventures of Miss Biosu” began. Join me for the next four weeks as I fly out to Lagos to volunteer my time with the Down Syndrome Association. I hope to share with you my experience of the day to day life of being a volunteer. You will also get to read my interviews with many young Nigerians and media personalities who have set up NGOs and social enterprises. Find out about all the fun things I get up to living in the fabolous, multi faceted city of Lagos.

This is not just an adventure for me; this is also your adventure. Many of you may not be able to move to Nigeria permanently; however you can definitely become connected. You never know, this time next year we could be reading about your own adventure

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To get involved with “The Adventures of Miss Biosu” contact me at www.missbiosu.blogspot.com

15 Comments

  1. JAY

    September 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

    MORE POWER TO YOUR ELBOW, PRETTY LADY! I HOPE YOU INSPIRE OTHER NIGERIANS ABROAD TO STOP TALKING AND START ACTING!!

    • honeyb

      September 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      why does it have to be those abroad that should act? Everyone needs to including those in Nigeria……we see pictures here of Nigerians living the high life, copying hiphop videos etc. Change starts from within!

    • Neks2u

      September 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      Yeah it is unfortunate that it is usually external person that notices the need for change than the people within. This is beacuse we are so wrapped up with trying to enrich our lives that we forget the people that are less of. May God help us oh!

  2. g

    September 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I really like! i look forward to reading more on “the adventures of Miss Biosu”. If every comfortable Nigerian could see to it that a poor home is saved, imagine what a better Nigeria that will be. Well done dear!

  3. Geekgirl

    September 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Great initiative!Nigeria is not limited to the 0.5% that live on the Island and pop champagne every day!If we all decided to pitch in then it will be a better place for us all

  4. Busman

    September 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    This is a commendable idea, hope it goes well and inspires you to do more. I’m not convinced that the West deliberatley makes out they are the only charities or NGO’s. Maybe because you live in the West you only get to hear what they are doing but there is so much local work going on in Nigeria.

    I’m happy you have affiliated with something already in place. Too many people want to do it all themself amd quickly find out that the task is huge and that making a difference is very difficult. I look forward to hearing how you get on.

  5. gbegborun

    September 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    well done liz!!!! love it, you go girl!

  6. Adura

    September 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    This is a wonderful and inspiring thing you are doing. I needed to read this today.

  7. Tomi

    September 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    well done – it is YOU and those like you that give us hope for Nigeria. I plan to do something similar (also following what I observed in Nigeria during a recent trip) and you have further inspired me to take a bold step. God bless!

  8. Seun

    September 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    You Go Girl. Weldone!!

    Keep doing what you are doing, every little helps
    We need more of this..Inspiring!!!

  9. D.O.T.M.H.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Nice

  10. Kunbistic

    September 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    inspiring – go girl.

  11. Spesh

    September 29, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Interesting post…this strikes a chord,because working on projects in Nigeria can be tasking. why? because,the system itself frustrates your efforts. but indeed,we keep on marching on,and we will get there,if only the elders take us a little more seriously.

    you are doing a great job,coming home to volunteer,may your resolve remain strong,kudos 🙂

  12. Myne Whitman

    September 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Wow, this is a really encouraging post. I’ll surely following your adventures.

  13. Tiwa

    October 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Nice one sis!

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