America’s Got Talent (AGT) is one of those shows that I find inspiring and heartwarming. The show has a way of getting my wheels churning. AGT 2019 didn’t fail to deliver on learning points for me. There were so many great acts and people with incredible stories, but one person really stood out for me – Kodi Lee who has just been announced the winner of AGT 2019 Yayyyyyyy!!! Kodi! Kodi!! Kodi!!! You know even if Kodi Lee hadn’t been officially announced the winner, the impression he’s made on me is one I’m unlikely to forget in a long time. … Continue reading Nurturing Your Kodi Lee!
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself having different conversations with young boys/men between the ages of 15 and 24. While the conversations have cut across diverse topics, I’ve observed a common thread that is giving me quite a bit of concern. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the willingness of these boys to open up and have “deep” conversations. It was almost as though they just needed to exhale, and I allowed them to do just that. I believe what helped was that I offered them a safe space free of judgment and shaming. … Continue reading When Boys Have Daddy Issues
It’s been a while I wrote an article and to be honest my excuses range from outright laziness to writer’s block but I just had to shake the excuses off and do this post in honor of one of the dearest persons to my heart who happens to be the main character in this gist. It’s also her birthday…congratulations my darling, love you plenty❤️ So, this happened about a week ago… I was chatting on WhatsApp with a friend. Let’s call her “Mama Bear” and I noticed from her response that she was distracted so I asked what the issue … Continue reading Don’t Mess With Mama Bear!
Today is World CP Day and it’s a wonderful opportunity for me to celebrate my friend Nnonye Nweke the proud mother of Chizimuzondu (Zimuzo). Nnonye’s story is simply inspirational! Chizimuzondu was adopted as a six-day-old baby. She gave so much joy to her mother (still does) Nonye, who adopted because she did not have a baby of her own but says she had so much love to give. However, she noticed after a couple of months that Zimuzo was not achieving her developmental milestones. Nnonye’s concern was dismissed by a doctor with a wave of the hand; ”Some babies are naturally … Continue reading Celebrating Nnonye on World CP Day
Apple recently announced the new IOS and a new range of iPhones. Although the new iPhones are ridiculously pricey, the new IOS features are pretty interesting and for some reason got me very excited to update my IOS which is very unlike me – I tend to take my time with these apple things before I update my phone and “suddenly” it starts acting up. Just a heads up to “non-apple” users, no pressure here but you have every reason to be envious of us right about now :). The most interesting feature for me is the screen time management … Continue reading Apple Is Helping Users Manage Their Screen Time
Going by the news one hears of the various issues (drugs, depression, suicide, cyber-bullying…) our children are increasingly exposed to, the need to ensure that they are equipped to “do life” successfully is becoming more and more apparent. Beyond academics, parents and educators need to be more deliberate about empowering children, teenagers and young adults with core values & life skills that they need to safely and successfully navigate the different phases of life online and offline. In this free eBook (my very first – yayyyyy!!!) I share tips on how parents can start having age-appropriate conversations with their children … Continue reading Drugs & Substance Abuse – A Naija Parents Guide To Having The Talk
“Curiosity killed the cat”. I can’t count how many times I heard that proverb as a child. It was either as a reprimand for trying to stick my nose in other peoples business or for asking questions that were considered well beyond my years. I can tell you though, that I heard it sufficiently to conclude that “it does not pay to be curious”. Taunts like “amebo” or “poky poky” further drove home that message. However the “last nail in the coffin” was when in a room full of 10/11-year-old, my science teacher who I guess must have been frustrated with … Continue reading Did Curiosity Really Kill The Cat?
“Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority.” Bill Hewlett It’s our Creativity and Innovation Month and we are super excited to share some of very inspiring stories with you of children and youths who are using their talents and skills to make an impact. RAVE has also decided to dedicate this month to celebrating Young Creators & Innovators. Thanks to social media, a host of youngsters have contributed to providing a palliative for depression and some other mental health issues through … Continue reading Inspiring Creativity & Innovation In Our Children
This is the first in our celebration of Young Creators & Innovators. You would be inspired by how young people are using their imagination, skills & talents to do amazing things. Today we celebrate Emmanuella 🎉. Her comedy skits are just what you need to laugh off the stress of the week and launch into the weekend. Remember… nurture your child’s creativity. RAVE Et Al works with parents, schools and government by providing relevant capacity building programs for children/teens and young adults in the area of values, life skills and digital citizenship education. Our programs equip the younger generation … Continue reading RAVE Celebrates Young Innovators & Creators – 01
As I reminisce over the various stories on kindness that have been shared with me and remember the way people’s faces have lit up when I have shown them kindness, I’m more resolute to never underestimate the power of one kind deed or word because it could literarily save a life. In a busy and fast-paced world, it’s quite easy to be so preoccupied with the hustle and bustle of life that we miss plenty opportunities to make a positive difference in someone’s life. As Leo Buscaglia put it, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind … Continue reading Kindness Matters
Our January 2018 ParentInvestment Roundtable themed “Mind The Gap: Bridging the communication gap between parents & children“, was very engaging and impactful. The candor and willingness of the participants to share their experiences made the discussions very rewarding with a lot of lessons learned. The general consensus was that the onus is on parents to ensure that the lines of communication with their children (irrespective of the child’s age) remain open. As I ruminate over the Roundtable discussions I remember a conversation I had with a young man in his early 20’s some months ago, which got me thinking. Why … Continue reading Expectations