Archive for October, 2016

Career of the Week – Tokunbo Aworinde, Creative

How much do you know about careers and how you can find your place using your own skills and talents?

On the first edition of Career of the Week, I interviewed Tokunbo (also known as olatoxic) who has a degree in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos. He handles publications and photography out of the Public Affairs section of the United States Embassy in Nigeria. Read his enlightening interview HERE.

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10 Memories Ireti Doyle Fans Will Always Cherish

There are certain things that only fans of Ireti Doyle can fully relate to, the latest of which includes the way our hearts thrilled to hear her say, “I’m not about to let the Cokers poison my guests” and later watch her raise her eyebrows at the wedding planner who was naïve enough to suggest the Onwukas and the Cokers dance in together. How we’ve watched the trailer of The Wedding Party over and over and cannot wait for the movie to be released already!

Ireti Doyle, who turns 50 next year, is pure class, and she is also a director’s delight; her interpretation of her roles is always superb. Hardworking, beautiful and intelligent, with two decades of TV and film experience under her belt, it is not surprising that she is admired and respected by many. Here are just 10 memories that make her fans smile, sigh and chuckle. Continue reading…

What Does Working At Your Relationship Even Mean?

Nearly everyone who has ever paid attention to relationships and marriage has heard that they require “work”. If you want your relationship to remain strong, you need to “work” at it. If you’re like me, the sound of that is discouraging. I already have work and I don’t need more. Shouldn’t relationships be fun? Read more…

7 Things Women Should Know About Having Kids Later

There are many reasons why a woman may be having her first baby in her mid or late thirties. Many women would rather have children after marriage, and the wedding bells don’t always ring when we’d like. Others try to conceive for years and it doesn’t happen until later, due to fertility issues (their own or their partner’s).

Whatever the reason may be, the fact remains that a woman may find herself still trying to conceive later than desired, and there are certain things she should keep in mind so as to better understand what’s going on, what her options are, and how she can make the best of it all. The point is not to panic or feel pressured, but to be informed. Read more…

 

 

10 Interesting Things About Stephanie Linus

Stephanie Okereke is a household name, and that’s not surprising considering the fact that she’s been working since she was a teenager. In what was no doubt a career milestone, Dry, a movie on Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) that she directed and co-produced, was nominated in 8 categories at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, winning Best Sound Editor and Best Overall Movie. Here are 10 interesting things about Stephanie Okereke that her fans may or may not know. Continue reading…

10 Questions For Arit Okpo, ELTV Presenter And Producer

Arit Okpo is one of the most recognisable and most beloved faces on Ebony Life TV, where she has worked as a producer and presenter on a variety of shows including EL Reports, The Crunch, and Destination Africa. This self-described multi-contextual writer and avid reader recently unveiled a side of her viewers would never have guessed existed: she loves cooking, as foodies all over Africa discovered on Chefrican, ELTV’s food show that features the preparation of traditional dishes from all over Africa, with a modern twist.

I had 10 questions for Arit, who is also ELTV’s Senior State House Correspondent. Continue reading…

20 Things Nigerians Remember About Life Before 1960

As Nigerians settle back into work after the public holiday celebrating 56 years of the country’s independence, reflections on life before 1960 throw light on the country then and now. Those born after Independence might enjoy the sweet and not-so-sweet memories of:

  • When there was no quota system of any kind and people lived without being conscious of tribe or ethnicity.
  • Having to stay away from the Government Reserved Area (GRA) whether in Benin or in Lagos; the days when Apapa was “European quarter”.

Read more…

The Secret You Need For A Successful Hustle

At first I thought it was weird. Like, come on! You can’t be serious? That’s creepy! Then I started looking around and observing people who were really successful at what they were doing; the ones who were headed for the top. I realised that they all had one thing in common. They were obsessed with their hustle. Read more…

12 Ways To Prepare Your Only Child For A Sibling

The story I’m about to share makes me chuckle every time I remember it. A few months ago, I had cause to take a pregnancy test and I didn’t want to go alone so I asked a friend to accompany me. We’re both mothers of one; I have a son and she has a daughter.

When we got to the health centre, I asked her to please just take a test too so I wouldn’t be the only one (you can tell I was really in need of that moral support, right?) and she graciously obliged. When the results came out, I wasn’t pregnant…but she was! Talk about a shocker! Whoop! Automatic godmother right here, people!

I’ve decided to start playing my role now by sharing some tips that can help prepare a toddler to be a big sister. This is for you, B! Read more…

Of Falling in Love, and Love Itself

I’ve loved this for so many years, and I’ve decided to share for those who may not have seen it before:

 

“When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No … don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn’t sound very exciting, does it? But it is!”

-Louis de Bernières