Personal Leadership, Published Articles

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Day

Have you ever paid attention to what makes one day fantastic and fulfilling for you, and what makes another the exact opposite?

No two days are the same, and there are often unforeseen circumstances, but there are key things that, when absent, can suck the productivity out of your day.

Published Articles, Spirituality

Does Your Besetting Sin Make You a Hypocrite?

The Bible makes it clear to us that the struggle between the flesh and the Spirit will not end as long as we are in these bodies. What the flesh wants is in direct opposition to what the Spirit wants (Galatians 5:17). Every true believer has a personal weakness, character flaw or habit that they want to change. So the fact that you’re still struggling with a weight, or a sin that easily trips you up, does not make you a hypocrite. You are not alone.

entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Published Articles

Meet the Boss: Derek Nwafor, Crystal Media 360

CrystalMedia360.com is an online radio and TV station on a mission to provide a virtual information and content source for people around the world to learn how to live a wholesome, enjoyable life. It provides music, news, notices, talks and poetry that educates, informs and uplifts people.

Enjoy my interview with co-founder Derek Nwafor.

Inspiration, Published Articles

10 Interesting Facts About Nkem Owoh

It is the rare Nigerian who doesn’t enjoy Nkem Owoh’s work. Not many Nigerian actors have made us laugh as hard as he has; his brand of funny is uniquely his!

Most of us were introduced to him as an actor; little did we know that he had been working in the film industry long before that! Here are 10 interesting facts about the actor fondly called “Osuofia”.

Interview, Published Articles, Spirituality

5 Minutes with Anthony Livingstone, Author, Enemy of Darkness

Anthony Livingstone’s professional background is completely rooted in music. Not satisfied with the normal performance of music in a concert setting or a band setting, he began to experiment with merging other art forms together with music which gave rise to a new concept of the Christian Opera he developed and saw performed in several churches in Nigeria. As early as the late 90s, he became aware the potential of musically dramatized plays and the enormous emotional response it could bring forth.

Little did he know that writing, a hobby which he engaged in solely for pleasure, would become more precious to him than his first love – music.

He talked to me about the writing process, the Christian Fantasy Genre, and his latest novel which was recently published online as an e-book, Enemy of Darkness. Read the interview HERE.

Spirituality

One Truth about Temptation that the Devil Doesn’t Want You to See

I was taught as a child that giving in to temptation is sin, and I know this to be true. I’ve known from my teens that fighting temptation is hard. I’ve learnt from experience that giving in to it made giving in easier next time, whereas overcoming it built my “overcoming muscles” as it were.

But there’s one thing I never really took note of until recently.

Inspiration, Published Articles

6 Reasons Fans Absolutely Love Omawumi

Omawumi bounced into the limelight as an Idols West Africa contestant in 2007, and the lively entertainer has not looked back since. Nearly 10 years later, the 34-year old singer shows no signs of slowing down. Of course she’s far from perfect – everyone has their flaws – but here are 6 absolutely lovable things about her. Continue reading…

Fitness

3 Reasons Why I Stopped Power Walking on the Main Road

When I started my weight loss journey, I exercised only in my compound.

Wearing a pedometer, I aimed for 10, 000 steps every morning, and the remaining steps I needed would be spread over the rest of the day (you need to walk about 10, 000 steps a day to stay fit and more than that if you want to lose weight). As a beginner a good day was 14,000 steps total and as time went on, about 20, 000 steps.

The funny thing is, these steps were all inside my compound. I would walk round and round and round my building for an hour every morning, six days a week. I never tried to jog or run, I simply power-walked. I didn’t give up any food. I simply combined exercise with reduced portions and I lost the 10kg I needed to lose.

After this, I came down to an hour every morning, three days a week, just for maintenance, but I decided I would start doing it on the road. I lasted only a week before I came back into my estate, and eventually back into my compound. Why?

  1. I realised I don’t like people all that much. All this time I thought I was a lover of people, I didn’t realise it was just the love of Christ. I have no patience for nonsense wey no join the matter at all. Some Nigerians don’t mind their business and it’s so annoying. They see you more than once a week and y’all are now chummy all of a sudden. Then there were the ones in their cars obviously gossiping about why a slim girl is exercising. One actually leaned out of his bus and told me I was “okay like this” and did I want “everything to disappear?” He actually thought he was advising me. SMH.
  2. I don’t like cars. Horns, fumes, people in them… Enough said.
  3. I’m a music freak. I’m almost always listening to music, whether I’m showering, cooking, or exercising. So for my walks I got one of those wireless headphones last year and loaded an SD card for it. Now, I didn’t realise the luxury that power-walking to music in the privacy of my own compound affords me. When Korede Bello’s Godwin or D’Prince’s Amarachi comes on? The music lover in me gives way to the music freak and my hands and body are doing their thing. Then Asa’s Baby Gone comes on and I’m suddenly all in my feelings. I have no idea what my face looks like. I don’t want anyone looking at me in any of the aforementioned states.

So yeah, I’m back in my compound. I’m glad I ventured out, however. I always thought of the distance between my house and a certain roundabout as faaaar but it’s only 30 minutes both ways. Just imagine. The same one hour (10,000 steps) I had been doing in my compound! It’s encouraging to know I walked that far daily.

I’ve flipped my routine and I’m happier with 30 minutes six days a week (that three days a week thing wasn’t making me happy) and I’m staying as far away from the road as I can!

Inspiration, Spirituality

Songs in the Night

Every person has their way of getting through desert experiences, and for me it has always been music. I listen to it everywhere: when I’m doing laundry, in the kitchen when I’m cooking, in the shower, even at night before I fall asleep. Hymns, old and contemporary, are my favourites (I can see my friends chuckling). These songs have been with me in the night times of my life.

Recently my friend Timendu sent me Natalie Grant’s Desert Song and I did not listen to it until a few days before 2015 ended.

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides.

I have over 1000 songs on my phone and that’s how this one would have been lost in there had the Lord not brought it up in shuffle. LOL.

And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me, Lord through the flames

It spoke so directly to me, I went into radical change mode. “I cannot have these songs in my phone and rarely hear them ah ahn!”

So I made a decision to bring the stuff that feeds and heals me closer. I moved my general interest music to my laptop and deleted them from my phone, leaving only my spiritual songs and plenty space for my Word files (I have David Ogbueli, Andrew Wommack, Bimbo Odukoya and Paul Adefarasin amongst others that I haven’t listened to!)

So 525 songs were moved, leaving 492. Yeah, I didn’t realise I had more general interest music than spiritual.

I’m ready to enjoy new, faith-boosting music this year. For now though, I still have Desert Song on repeat.

I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

 

What changes will you make for growth this year? Do leave a comment 🙂