entrepreneurship, Interview, Published Articles

Meet the Boss: Oluwaseun Olarewaju, SoapboxNG

Oluwaseun Olarewaju, an accounting graduate from the University of Abuja, is the Founder/CEO of SoapboxNg, a private label company that manufactures organic skincare products for skincare brands. She talks to me about entrepreneurship in Nigeria, and the private label structure she chose for her company, in this interview.

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Before My Daughter Sees Disney’s The Little Mermaid…

In the original story, Ariel’s fate can hardly be described as triumphant. She rescues the prince from the shipwreck, falls hard for him, trades her voice for legs, and makes her way to land in search of love- just like in the movie. The prince befriends her, but this is where similarities with the Disney adaptation start to fade.

A romance never develops. Instead, the mute mermaid-turned-human is forced to watch the prince for whom she gave up everything – the sea, her family, her identity, her voice – marry someone else. She dies of a broken heart, dissolving into sea foam upon the waves. Read more…

Inspiration, Press Release, Published Articles

IWD 2017: UN Ambassador Unveils NGO for Women and Girls

For many of the participants at this event, it was an occasion when they came face-to-face with the reality of the current mass suffering in the country, especially among women and girls in impoverished communities. It was a time to be inspired for action.

Many were moved to tears when Betty Abah, executive director of the Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), an NGO, gave an impassioned presentation about the plight of children and girls in slums and underserved communities. She cited the example of Makoko, a slum in Lagos, where most school children pay daily school fees ranging between N30 to N50, stressing that many children are out of school because their parents cannot afford that amount. Read more…

 

Published Articles, Spirituality

What Does the Bible Say About Minding Your Own Business?

Everybody knows there’s nothing commendable about being an amebo, but not many realise how dangerous it is or how strongly God feels about it. He is not indifferent to tatafo, and He tells us, at various times through different vessels, what we as His children should know about minding our own business. What does the Bible say about it? Read more…

Published Articles, Spirituality

What Does the Bible Say About Laziness?

It gives me no small comfort to know that regardless of what challenge I’m facing at any time, the Bible has something to say. From anger, to too much talk, sound counsel abounds in the Bible. It is not silent on the issue of laziness either. Is it merely a bad habit, or a potentially dangerous one? What does the Bible say about laziness? Read more…

Health, Published Articles

Do Your Painful Periods Mean Something More?

For a disease that affects 1 in 10 Nigerian women, too little is known about endometriosis in Nigeria. It causes crippling pain, affects marriages, jobs and practically a sufferer’s entire life, and yet we don’t talk about it, much less seek medical help.

Today, Saturday March 11th 2017, men and women in Lagos turned out in their hundreds for #March4Endo, a walk to create awareness about this disease that has aptly been called the silent disease. Just yesterday, I was privileged to listen to the founder of the Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi who is also the MD of Nordica Fertility Centre, speak on the disease. After his talk, I was determined to learn even more about this disease. After all, “1 in every 10” means I know a woman who is living with endometriosis!

Here’s a summary of what I’ve learnt so far.

 

#IAmEndoAware #EndoSucks

entrepreneurship, Interview, Published Articles

Meet the Boss: Itoro Okon, Jewelry by Itoro Okon

Itoro Okon graduated with a degree in Geology from Carleton University, Canada, and worked in both the mineral exploration and oil and gas exploration industries for 3 years before moving back to start her jewelry line, Jewelry by Itoro Okon. She talks to me about her inspiration and her entrepreneurial dreams in this interview.

Fitness, Health, Published Articles

Should You Include a Cheat Day in Your Diet?

A cheat day in dieting is that one day a week when you can break the rules of your diet either for the whole day, or just a meal. In other words, you stick to the diet 6 days a week, and on the 7th day you indulge a little.

Of course the main problem with cheat days is that most people don’t indulge a little; they indulge a lot, and this messes with the diet plan and has a negative effect on their bodies. Read more…

Interview, Personal Leadership, Published Articles

Career of the Week – Chinyere Anarado, Facilities Manager

Chinyere Anarado studied Estate Management at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus where she graduated with a Second Class Upper. She is currently Head, Facilities Management Department at Dayola Property & Development Company. We talked about career paths and decisions in this interview

 

#COTW

Family Life, Published Articles, Relationships

Is Your Togetherness Too Total?

Does a happy marriage mean being inseparable?

Elizabeth Taylor, who married Richard Burton in 1964, divorced him 10 years later, and married him again in 1975 before they divorced for good less than a year later, once described their marriage as “being in each other’s pockets.” Read more…