Archive for March, 2017

What You Probably Didn’t Know about Powdered Milk

Have you ever wondered why some milk powder brands cost more than others? I’m sure you have. It is also likely that you have come up with possible reasons, from “Nigerian made” versus “imported” to “the cheaper one ‘contains’ less” and left it at that.

Of course there’s a lot to be said for quality. There are brands that arguably have earned the right to demand more money because they have put in above average levels of quality control and nutritional value. Most people who buy these brands do so without complaining because they know what they’re paying for and they get their money’s worth.

However, the one MAJOR difference between milk powder brands that I never considered before last weekend, is that not all “powdered milk” is the same- and it doesn’t have to do with the company. Read more…

20 Fascinating Proverbs from Chinua Achebe’s Works

One of the most fascinating things about reading Prof. Chinua Achebe’s novels as a non-Igbo youngster was the way he peppered the book with proverbs – the palm oil with which words are eaten, according to him.

See just 20 of the many proverbs his books presented to the world here.

Sweet Mother: Thoughts on the Religion of Mother-Love

In the end, a mum is a mum, and a dad is a dad, and each one should be special and adored because of that, not because one “suffered” more than the other. I hope that our children will not cherish mother over father simply because father was less invested, sacrificed less, or was less of a parent. And if we share the burden and sacrifice, let us also be ready to share the joys and honour. Read more…

Christianity: Do You Know Whom You Have Believed?

Two of the most important phrases for me in the Bible are, “He is…” and “You are” where God is concerned, explicit or implied.

The words that follow these phrases are affirmations and declarations of the character of God as revealed through His prophets and His acts. Only when you know the God with Whom you have to do, can you truly and confidently say, “I know who I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able…”

Here are just 20 things Scripture establishes about God:

  1. He is our God in Heaven, Jehovah Elohim Bashayim.

10 Bad Makeup Habits to Ditch Right Now

Makeup comes in very handy for most women, enhancing natural beauty and lifting one’s spirits. Whether you’re one to go the whole nine yards, or you’re a “less is more” person, bad makeup habits can cause serious problems. Here are some makeup habits to cut out of your life right away.

What’s the Most Popular Drink in the World After Water?

I wish I could hear your first guess.

Find out HERE.

What Exactly is “Dusting Powder”?

Growing up, we had regular powder which we used for our faces and sometimes our bodies. Then we had “dusting powder”; that one mothers brought out when the heat peaked, as soon as – or even before – the prickly heat rash appeared on the first little body. When pronounced the Nigerian way, “dusting powder” sounds like a brand.

What exactly is “dusting powder”?

5 Minutes with Betty Abah, Executive Director, CEE-HOPE

It was from Betty Abah that I first heard about schools in Makoko where students struggle because their parents cannot afford the daily school fees of N30 – N50. I interviewed her about CEE-HOPE Nigeria and the work she does amongst the indigent and vulnerable. Read it HERE.

Why Do Some Women Marry Without Physical Attraction?

It’s true that marriage isn’t all about sex, but sex is a huge part of it. And yes, it’s important to marry a nice, kind, decent man, but why would you marry him if you feel no physical attraction?

It turns out there are many reasons why people make that decision. I’ve been asking people who have found themselves in marriages without physical passion, and this is what they had to say.

What Life Has Taught Me About Friendship

When you consider that you can survive for a while without a lover or spouse, but it’s practically impossible to survive without a friend, it becomes easier to see how friendship is a bigger deal than romance. It’s not pleasant to be without romantic love in your life, but how much worse is it to be without a friend in the world?

I agree with CS Lewis: “After all—though our novels now ignore it—friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life. If I had to give a piece of advice to a young man about a place to live, I think I should say, ‘sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends.’” Read more…