7 Things to do Once You Find Out You’re Pregnant

Whether you’ve been desiring this baby, or the pregnancy came as a surprise, as long as you intend to have an enjoyable pregnancy (well, as enjoyable as pregnancy can be!), and give birth to a healthy baby, there are things you need to get started with as soon as possible:

  1. Start taking your prenatal vitamins immediately. Your child will be using up what your body has, so you need to replenish or your body will suffer. If you’ve been trying to conceive, you may have been on a combination of vitamins, or at least on folic acid. Otherwise, once you see a doctor you’ll be given calcium, iron, and folic acid. However, even before you start seeing an OB/GYN you can and should start taking folic acid immediately. Doctors advise women who are planning to get pregnant to start taking folic acid supplements about 3 to 6 months before conception; not just when you get pregnant. Taking your folic acid before and early on in pregnancy can reduce risk of brain and spine birth defects by up to 70 percent.

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7 Mistakes Great Screenwriters Do Not Make

I love Nollywood. I’ve loved Nollywood since the days of Igbo movies subtitled in English, all the way to the days of Glamour Girls and True Confession.

The repeated pairing of Liz Benson & Sola Fosudo and Emeka Ike & Genevieve Nnaji could not quench this love, nor could soundtracks that told the entire story drown it.

I loved Nollywood when Stella Damasus was the most beautiful flower in the field, and nobody could cry like her, lip trembling and nose quivering. I can’t forget When the Sun Sets (I still have a crush on Bob-Manuel Udokwu!) because it introduced Kate Henshaw to us. I recall with fondness Ramsey Noah’s début role as “ajebutter” in Silent Night, the days when Segun Arinze was “Black Arrow” in our home. I watched with delight as Jim Iyke evolved from playing the useless drug addict who was always a thorn in his wealthy father’s side, to playing an utterly believable lover boy over and over again; my favourite is still his role as Lucky in Unforgettable with Rita Dominic.

I love Nollywood even more now that we’ve seen The Meeting, False, Kokomma, Falling, Mr & Mrs, Torn, Apaye, The Visit, The Wedding Party and many other movies we’ve thoroughly enjoyed, and are proud of. I love that there’s so much to look forward to.

However, every so often a movie comes along that leaves much to be desired, and you find yourself rolling your eyes, cringing, sighing and wishing every screenwriter would get with the programme already!

After observing screenplays written by the greats, and listening to them speak, it is clear that the major mistakes in such movie scripts are usually variants of one of these.

10 Questions for Adesua Etomi

Adesua Etomi’s fans may never know when exactly they fell in love with her. Was it in Brave, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, or Falling? Chances are we woke up one day and realized that this beautiful, talented actress born in Imo State to a Yoruba mother and an Esan father, had captured our hearts completely.

I had 10 questions for the star, who won Best Actress in a Drama at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, and has her sights on an Oscar someday. Read the interview HERE.

How Did the Hebrew Women Deliver?

You’ve probably heard many things about “Hebrew women delivery”. I’ve even heard of women refusing caesarean sections because they want to “deliver like the Hebrew women.”

It’s not a bad thing to want a vaginal delivery – it certainly has its advantages –but when this desire becomes spiritualized to the point of demonizing Caesarean sections and insisting on a vaginal birth or nothing, it is nothing short of ridiculous.

It becomes even more tragic when you settle down to read your Bible and realize that the entire “deliver like the Hebrew women” movement is largely driven by ignorance. How do I mean? Read more

Is What You Don’t Know Killing You?

Since 2017 began, I have been made more and more aware of the difference a tiny piece of knowledge can make.

Have you ever been faced with a challenge that seemed like a huge impenetrable wall, only to receive a piece of information that suddenly created a doorway in that wall? One minute you don’t know something, the next minute you do, and that makes all the difference!

Just a few days ago the significance of this was brought home to me all over again. My Blackberry went kaput 6 months ago so I finally decided to send it for repairs (I still love Blackberry, please don’t judge me) and it came back reset and updated, “new” and pretty. I quickly deleted the struggle BBM I had been “managing” on my Nokia Lumia and proceeded to set up my account on the Blackberry. That’s where the trouble started. Read more…

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Wall Geckos

Growing up, I found wall geckos utterly disgusting. Their eyes, their skin, and the fact that they were always around in the compound where I grew up, disgusted me. My brothers had fun watching them leave their tails behind when frightened (surely you know all about this!) but I couldn’t stand them.

I often wondered if they had any blood in their bodies, considering the way their skins looked. I wondered how long they carried their babies and how they delivered them. I wondered if there was nothing we could exterminate them with, as we did rats and mosquitoes.

Then one day we moved house, I stopped seeing them, and I stopped wondering.

If you have ever been curious about wall geckos, here are 12 facts about them.

Should You Leave Your Children an Inheritance?

Many parents [agree] that leaving money to children is tantamount to digging their early graves, but must this always be the case? Isn’t there a way to allow your children learn hard work and financial prudence, and make their own way in life, while enjoying the benefits of an inheritance? Read more…