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10 Money Lessons for Friends and Lovers

“Money separates friends” is a phrase I heard quite often growing up, and along with the quote, “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” it formed my money philosophy as a teen. I witnessed enough “friendships” go sour because someone borrowed and didn’t pay back, to know that there was truth to the saying. So unless I was gifting cash, I avoided the topic as much as possible when it came to friends and lovers.

As I grew older however, it became more and more difficult to keep the subject of money out of relationships. Read more…

Published Articles, Social Media

Making a Difference: Sanitary Aid for Nigerian Girls

Have you ever wondered how poor secondary school girls are coping with the costs of sanitary pads? What about displaced women in IDP camps? How do they maintain hygiene when their period comes around?

Sanitary pad costs range from ₦350 to ₦1800, and most women need at least two for each monthly period. Women with good income still feel the pinch, how much more economically challenged women?

Oghenekaro Omu, who tweets via @duchesskk, has decided to do something about this issue. She is currently reaching out to Nigerians to pitch in and support less privileged women and girls who are no doubt having a rough time with menstrual hygiene especially in this economy. Read about it here.

Published Articles, Spirituality

Must A Christian Tithe?

The word “tithe” means “tenth”. To tithe is to give 10% of your income to God.

I’ve been tithing since I was in the cradle. I kid you not. My parents ensured my brothers and I had tithe cards, and whenever visitors came to “greet baby” and dropped money, a tenth of it went into the tithe card. Consequently, I grew up knowing that if someone “dashed” me ₦500, automatically only ₦450 was actually mine. It didn’t even require any calculating; it was ingrained.

I have never stopped giving God a tenth of all my income and I don’t intend to, ever. I simply came to the point in my faith where I had to evaluate and own my beliefs and practices based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and not on which pastor said what. Then I realised the truth about tithing for Christians. IT IS NOT COMPULSORY. Read more…