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  • Friday, 24 April 2015

    Video: 3 minutes with Uche Pedro of Bella Naija

    Friday, April 24, 2015  |  No comments:
    Hello readers! It's time for our Friday Inspiring video. I was going through my Youtube feed and I stumbled over this short interview with Uche pedro, founder and creative director of Bella Naija.

    It was an interview carried out by Diamond bank to celebrate her has "Diamond woman" of the month, 2014.

     
    Beautiful Uche Pedro



     5 Facts about Uche Pedro

    1. She has a set of twins.
    2. She made it to Forbes list of "30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa in 2014."
    3. Her blog receives over 10 million page views each month.
    4. Uche Pedro has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
    5. In January 2011, Future Awards  honoured Uche Pedro with “Young Person of the Year.”
    See video below.


    Photo Credit: www.hashtagsquare.com

    It's your turn to write

    What do you think about today's video? It will be great to get a feedback from you. Comment below.



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    Wednesday, 22 April 2015

    Join Bankole Williams, TY Bello, Praize & more for ‘Live Your Dreams Africa’ 2015 Conference

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015  |  1 comment:
    Live your dream africa 2015, lyda 2015
    Live Your Dream Africa aims at gathering people who are passionate about living their dreams and are ready to take action. 

    The convener of this conference is Bankole Williams; Life Coach and Award Winning Author for the book Engaged to a Job I Hate.

    The speakers featured will not only share their success stories but also their days of “small beginnings.”

    This is to inspire every dreamer out there to believe that the average achiever they admire was once like them.

    The conference will hold on the 16th of May 2015. It will feature Bankole Williams (Host) and Mrs Adenike Ogunlesi (Founder and Chief Responsibility Officer of Ruff ‘n’ Tumble)

    Panelist includes: Uche Nnaji (CEO, OUCH), OC Ukeje (Award winning Nigerian Actor), TY Bello (Singer, Song writer, and photographer),  Basket Mouth (Comedian), Ehime Eigbe (Fonder of Sweet Kiwi frozen yogurt), and Praiz (Singer and Music producer).

    The compere for the day is Akin Adesoji (MC AK47). 

    The interactive sessions will be moderated by Kemi Lala Akindoju.

    Live Your Dreams Africa Conference 2015 will start at 10am at The Incubator, 7/8 Yesuf Abiodun Way/ City of David Church Road - Victoria Island, Lagos.

    Click here to know more about this initiative.

    If you are interested, you should register at www.liveyourdreamsafrica.com.  The first 200 persons to register will get an interesting gift.

    The 2015 edition of the Live Your Dreams Africa conference is proudly supported by Bella Naija, YNaija, Yadamag, and Olorisupergal.
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    Monday, 20 April 2015

    The pressure cooker principle to achieve greatness

    Monday, April 20, 2015  |  4 comments:
     "If we are to be really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill." - Theodore Roosevelt
    achieve greatness, pursue greatness

    I read an article recently and the focus of the writer was that God can speak to you through the events that occur daily in your life. 
    This is very true. I have always been an avid observer and it keeps me busy all day, learning from events of life; both natural and artificial.  

    Sometime back, I shared some remarkable life principles we could learn from telescopes. It really sparked up comments on my social media accounts.


    Today, we will be considering the pressure cooker.  An interesting 15th century invention by David Papin made awesome in the 21st century. 


    We would no got into much physics of this cookware but simply focus on the part that concerns this post.

    An Overview of a pressure cooker

    A pressure cooker is a cookware that is used for cooking foods under pressure. It quickens the conventional cooking method and saves energy. 

    It works on a simple principle: Steam and pressure. A sealed pot, with a lot of steam inside, raises up the pressure, which helps food cook faster.
    The increased pressure inside the cooker literally forces heat into the food. 
    You can think of the pressure as an invisible hand pushing the extra-hot steam into the very core of the food inside.

    By careful observation, I picked out some lessons that I believe is worth sharing with you. 


    There are some basic Characteristics of the pressure cooker that we can learn from to achieve the greatness we desire. This will also be a comparative study like the telescope post.

    Greatness Quotes


    "The greatness you can achieve is that which you have conceived or envisioned." - Ologundudu Abraham
    Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. "- William Shakespeare
    "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." - Bob Marley
    "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." - Philippians 4:13 

    "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." -  Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

    Pressure cooking  lessons to achieve greatness.

    1. The pressure of life are meant to make you and not break you.
    people of great substance, great person

    Yes! That's right. You know how raw gold passes through rigorous processing before it becomes a shining yellow object. 
    I have not seen any person that genuinely amount to greatness in life, from the scriptures, throughout history, down to this contemporary age that didn't have tough times.

    You have got to remain tough. As for me, I choose to remain unmoved by life challenges because of my growing understanding of God's word for my life.

    Tough times never last but tough people do. If you give in to the pressure of life, you will be broken but if you give it a good fight, you will be made!

    The potters make beautiful vessels by applying  different  degrees of pressure at different points until the desired image is formed.

    So when next you come against a seemingly difficult situation, say to yourself "I'm going to win a medal out of this because I carry Jesus on my Inside."


         2. Life is making you into a delicacy.

    Cook yourself unto greatness

    Every edible food is a combination of different raw materials cooked together. 

    Everyman has an ocean of greatness within. Untapped potentials and raw talents that needs some cooking.

    Definitely, there is no cooking without heat. What you make out of life really depends on your reactions to all these things. 
    Will you cry like a baby or act in faith?

    You could choose to grumble and complain about life or you say to yourself "Life is making me into a delicacy!" 

    Variety is the spice of life. I tell you the truth, hang in there and don't give up and you will become so tasty that the everyone will want to have a bite.

       3. No pressure - No Action.

    Running the race of greatness

    Newton's first law of motion states that a body at rest or moving with a uniform motion ( i.e no acceleration) will remain until an external force is applied upon it.

    Nothing happens until you move and you can't move until you apply force.

    The pressure applied in the cooker raises the internal energy which leads to an increased temperature. The pressure forces heat into the food.

    Heat  is a form of energy (ability to do work). It's very useful for our daily activities.

    Likewise, the pressure of life acts as a force that keeps us in motion or accelerates our movement as the case may be. 

    As a student, I can say for sure that all the motivation I need to study a specific course that I might have been ignoring suddenly builds up when I know exams would be in a month.

    In those cases, the exams becomes the force, which builds up the energy( capacity to do).

    When next you are faced with a challenge, see it has an opportunity to gather momentum.  Say to yourself "i'm going to make an energy booster out of this." 

    Conclusion

    If you still don't understand what I'm trying to tell you, here is a simple version.

    The storms of life are like elevators to your destination. Before you move to a higher level in your pursuit, life will test you to see if you are fit. 

    Never compromise your vision and keep being diligent. :)


    It's your turn to write

    What do you think about the post? How do you react to obstacle as you pursue your vision?  Let's rub minds together. Use the comment form below.

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    Wednesday, 15 April 2015

    Video: Is Social media making you (anti)social?

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015  |  2 comments:
    WARNING!! Do Not Resist This Post! :)


    social media, social networks, anit-social


    That's the question of the century. I would rather ask a personalised question than the normal "Is social media making us antisocial?" I would not want to make the mistake of generalising.

    The Ugly side of Social Media

    Have you become a slave to the technology you mastered? Do you have a control over the use of your phone or any other gadget? Can you say "no" when you receive a notification when working?

    Are you addicted to your smartphone? Have you lost track of reality? 

    There are so many more questions to examine oneself. You have so many "friends" on all your social media accounts but yet you are lonely. The moment you have a low battery, and your phone shuts down, your world is placed on hold.

    You put up big smiles, do some editing to exaggerate the moments but deep down you are lost.


    The only time you smile is when you are having a BBM chat but you neglect the issues in your family by holding on to the world in your phone.


    You barely have a good relationship with your parents and siblings while you enjoy being a twitter celeb.


    You reply pings in the middle of your quiet time. You choose Linda Ikeji blog (no offence) over your bible study time. 


    You take quick peep into your twitter timeline during your study time and you end up not studying.


    All you think of is how to take a new picture to post on instagram. Your life is no longer yours and you don't know.


    Well, you can choose to ignore all these things. My writings are really not for everybody :) 


    Sometime last year, I wrote a guest post about smartphone addiction symptoms (Go diagnose yourself).


    The guilt is on majority. I have had my own fair share some of this experience. I was having my daily reflections and I recalled being in a bus with my friends on two different times this month and we were more into our phones than having normal conversation.


    So I'm asking this question again. Is Social media making you antisocial? 


    I found a video that will quite interest you. It's was made by Gary turk, an award winning film maker.


    You can also see the transcript.



    Flipping the coin-  Technology (Social Media) is Awesome!

    Since Chimamanda Adichie taught me about single stories, I would also consider the awesome part of social media.

    First, this blog would never have existed and all my thoughts will just be on paper and probably the only persons that will be reading them would be my family and friends.

    Thanks to the amazing search engines, I can locate any content of my choice on the Internet using some specific keywords on google.

    Businesses are being expanded through these media. Employment issues can be resolved. You can start making money online via various means. Some people don't know that Facebook and twitter can be their money making machines.


    With skype, you are set for a meeting. Everything is just one click away. I feel like I have the whole world in my pocket.

    I redesigned my blog and even made it mobile responsive through series of tutorials online which i got through google.

    There are a lot of positive benefits to the social networking sites and others.

    See this parody video that opposes the one Gary turk did. Talking about striking a balance.





    Social Media 101- Strike a balance

    The greatest harm comes from the best intentions. 
    This will remain one of my favourite quotes. This tools are meant to make us more productive but to some persons, it's the otherwise.

    You and I must learn to strike a balance. Learn to say no when you have to. If you are a blogger or a business owner, have a social media marketing plan.

    If you are just a regular user, you should have a social media schedule plan. Whatever method you want to adopt, make sure you really have control over what you do.

    Do not try to be someone else on the social networks. Be unique. 

    Learn to hang out the old way. Do not neglect the things that are truly important because of your gadgets.

    Three tools to manage your social media account

    There are a lot of tools that makes it easy to manage your social accounts better but I will just mention three.

    1. Hootsuite
    Monitor your most used social networks on one dashboard. You can also schedule posts ahead of time. I can assure you of it's effectiveness. I use it.

         2. Buffer app
    It's just like hootsuite with a more simple layout. I also use it too schedule my post. So when I'm offline, I don't get to worry about my account being inactive.

          3. Everypost

    You can schedule and publish the same content all over your social accounts at the same time. Talk about productivity, you don't need to copy and paste on several pages.


    It's your turn to write

    What do you think about the post and the videos? How do you manage your social accounts? Are you an addict?  Let's rub minds together. Use the comment form below.

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    Thursday, 9 April 2015

    You need a strong desire to breed persistence

    Thursday, April 09, 2015  |  2 comments:


    desire, endurance, longsuffering


    A strong desire does not recognize failure at all. It makes you absolutely convinced that you will get a miracle.

    You must realize that no one ever fails until he accepts failure as a reality. You can build victory out of temporary defeat. 
    How many of us have been discouraged from getting our business plan?  Some of you have been persuaded to abandon your academic pursuits.

    There are musical artistes who have been turned down by recording companies because they claim their voices were not good enough. There are authors who have been disappointed because publishers said their manuscripts were not good enough.

     If you are such a person, I say to you now, do not retire. But reload and refire.

    Also, I know that a strong desire will refuse to give up. I was once advised by a concerned relative to give up the idea of continuing at the polytechnic because our financial situation then was not favourable. But I had such strong desire for higher education, I could not see myself anywhere else but in school.

    I put in my application, got admission and went to school. Thank God I did not give up. I had a strong desire.

    Must read: Common Habits That Prevents You From Accomplishing your Dreams

    A lady went to a recording company to have her songs produced. The producer did not even listen to her voice. 

    He took a curious look at her and said, "With such a face and with no personality at all, how can you ever expect to succeed in music? My good child, give up the idea. Buy a sewing machine and become a tailor. You can never be a singer." 

    He underestimated her desire. She refused to give up until she became a star. 

    With a strong desire backed by faith in God nothing can be impossible for you. 

    Tweet: 
With a strong desire backed by faith in God nothing can be impossible for you. - Sam Adeyemi

    If you have failed in your attempt to live an upright life with God, strong desire eventually gives victory over sin.

    Remember to build strong desire to fulfill God's plan for your life; Inquire of God's plan for your life. Admire the picture of a successful future that God has prepared for you. Require help from God. 

    Acquire what you desire. Do not retire, only refire, that's how to succeed.

    Excerpt of  Strong Desire by Sam Adeyemi, Daystar Christian Center. 



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    Saturday, 4 April 2015

    How to become a confident person | John Maxwell

    Saturday, April 04, 2015  |  2 comments:
    confidence, boldness, outspoken


    It's weekend  and it's another time for me to share a soul lifting video. I understand that some people learn better by seeing and listening than reading prints.

    Each time I have the opportunity to speak about my growing up. I will never miss the part that has to do with my confidence. I had deep inferiority complex. I thought I was never good enough.

    The good news is that it's all in the past now. Today, I'm sharing with you how I broke out from being a shy and inferior boy to a confident man.

    I'm excited because I used this principles long before I found this video of John C. Maxwell.

    A Quick Review

    John Maxwell highlighted four (4) things that makes a confident person from the biblical view.  He said, "Confidence is  as a result of:

    1. Following your purpose and passion.
    2. Finding your strength zone.
    3. Knowing God's will for your life.
    4. Obeying God's will for your life. "
    When he was illustrating the fourth point, he said "Christians are educated way beyond their level of obedience." It got to me really hard.

    I would leave you now to hear from the horses mouth. I guarantee you 100% humour and 100% value. 




    Quote for the day

    "I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. - Philippians 4:13 (Amp)
    If I were you, I would say that loud to myself and believe it hard.

    Over to you
    I would like you to share your own experience on becoming confident and your opinion about the video using the comment form below. 

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    Monday, 30 March 2015

    21 Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blogs That will Spice Up Your Life

    Monday, March 30, 2015  |  28 comments:
    It is said that human beings are triune in nature. That is, we are made up of spirit, soul, and body. I have come to agree with the fact that man is a spirit, he lives in a body and has a soul.

    You can give your body good food and you are healthy but your spirit and soul is deeper. 


    Hence, there is a need for inspiration. 

    Irrespective of your social class, religion, and education, there are those times where deep down, we long for something beyond the physical.

    Are you in search of inspiration and personal development? I have put together a list of 20 useful Nigerian inspirational/personal development blogs that will forever keep you inspired. 


    It was really tough picking some of these blogs. I selected them base on their consistency and quality.  They are in no particular order.

    1. Be A Light To The World

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Be a light to the world is authored by Ikechi Awazie. He is strictly dedicated to creative self improvement posts that will inspire you. He is gradually evolving his blog into a community that will make a difference.


    2. Mind and Mouth


    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Mind and mouth is authored by an Amazon best selling author, Ibukun Onitiju. This blog is focused on self improvement for Christian professionals. There are some freebies you can get access to on this blog.

    3. Chidinma Inspirations

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Chidinma Inspirations is a blog that cut across more than one niche  but the inspirational section of the blog is great. There are special areas for give-aways, If your are not the "too serious person", you will find this blog interesting. 

    4. konnect Africa

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Konnect Africa is a highly resourceful blog sharing stories in the African style. This blog can keep you busy for a long time. I love the interview and competition pages. 

    5. EmekaTalks

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Emekatalks is authored by Emeka Obia. I like the simple and creative nature of the blog. Emekatalks is focused around life, success, living a purposeful, free, healthy, positive and passionate life. This blog won Best Topical blog 2013 (Nigerian Blog awards).

    6. Financial Freedom Inspiration

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Financial freedom inspiration is authored by Usiere Uko. He writes for Punch AM Finance. This blog is dosed with inspiring posts to develop your financial intelligence.

    7. Imperfectly Perfect Lives

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by Frances Okoro. I stumbled  upon this recently. It's a Christian blog. This blog is very engaging. It's cuts across entrepreneurship, relationship. personal memoirs, etc.

    8. Miss PurpleHeart

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    She claims she is not an inspirational writer but she writes amazingly inspiring articles :D 

    9.  Peace Itimi Blog

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by Peace Itimi. Remarkably rich blog fully dedicated to Inspiring, teaching, blessing and motivating. There is a special feature on this blog called 'INSPIRING THE FUTURE TODAY (ITFT)' . You should go check it now.

    10. Light-A-Lamp

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by Jennifer Abayowa. This blog has been on board since 2006. You will get exposed to articles that will truly light up your mind. It also won best religion blog 2011(Nigerian blog awards)

    11. Stupendous Grace

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by Eloho. Get exposed to inspiring personal stories

    12. Yinka Brand

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Yinka brand is fully involved in Helping people to discover their purpose for living so they can live a purposeful and remarkable life.

    13. Deolu Akinyemi 

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Who doesn't know Deolu Akinyemi? If you don't you, now you do. He is fully into financial and entrepreneurial development. I find his blog very resourceful

    14. Teshuva

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by  Ugochi Oritsejolomisan. One of my favourite blogs. Her style of wring truly brings comfort and encouragement..

    15. Eurakanaija!

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    The name of the blog connotes excitement. This is one of the blogs I follow from afar :)

    16. The F.A.B Sisters Blog

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by Eziaha Omoteniola Olojo. F.A.B stands for fabulous. It's also a growing community. Every post is soaked with inspiration!

    17. Christ A Poet

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authord by Ezeonyeka Godswill. This blogs radiates inspiration from a poetic perspective. If you love the art of poetry, this blog is calling you. 

    18. Sir Victor's Blog

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    I like the simplicity here. You can learn from the poems and stories shared on this blog.

    19. Chutzpah



    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by Neetah. This blog also cuts across more than one niche. The focus for me is the inspirational aspect of the blog. It's a growing community.

    20. Yemisi Agusto

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by Yemisi. It's a new blog on board and looking very impressive. she aim's to inspire by being real. You should look out for this blog.


    21. Newnaija's World

    Nigerian Inspirational/Personal Development Blog

    Authored by Isaac Oluwasogo. He is an amazing writer. The blog is full of insightful articles. I would say he is very patriotic :).

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    I hope you enjoyed the list. I know that there are more than a thousand blogs of the above niche in the cyberspace  but i have carefully considered this blogs.

    The truth is that every blog is an inspiration depending on the perspective we look at it. 

    Over to you
    What do you think about this list? Do you read any of these blogs? Do you know any blog that  should have made it to this list? I humbly welcome any comment, recommendation and contribution. 

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