What Is Really Important To Us?

The 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria have just been concluded and for me, there are many lessons to be learned. I do not speak from the standpoint of a person affiliated to any particular political party but as a concerned parent and citizen. I also do not stand as ‘judge’ because I consider myself to be on trial too. I just think that we need to ask ourselves pertinent questions. All kinds of drama have played out throughout this election period but the one I have not been able to wrap my head around is the dismal number of people … Continue reading What Is Really Important To Us?

Dress Code: Slay with Decency

December in Nigeria can be a lot of fun – concerts, events, and weddings. Ahh! Naija weddings are truly something to behold. From the decor to the food, dance steps, and the dressing. Kai! Nigerians truly know how to “slay”. We turn up looking very regal and gorgeous. Ladies are flawlessly made up (at least most of the time) stunning attire and headgear. Even the men aren’t left behind. Totally on fleek with their well-tailored traditional attire, the groomsmen all looking like “Yoruba demons” wearing well crafted bespoke shoes.  One can’t help but notice though, the stunningly beautiful ladies – … Continue reading Dress Code: Slay with Decency

“Difference” – Not Grounds For Disrespect

The video clip of the Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP) Idris struggling to read a speech in Kano went viral a few weeks ago and caused quite a rumpus. There were allegations that the video was “doctored” to make the IGP look bad but some swear that what went viral was what really happened. In this era of fake news and with technology making it possible to manipulate images it’s getting harder to know what to believe. But my focus today is not on fake news – that is a topic for another day. I was ruminating over the … Continue reading “Difference” – Not Grounds For Disrespect

RAVE on Leadership

Dear Dad & Mum, As we come to the end of March and our focus on leadership and critical thinking, there are a few thoughts I’d like to share with our children on leadership and I’d really appreciate your help in passing these nuggets along to them. Seeing that you obviously know your children better I’m sure you’d do a great job in paraphrasing in a way that would make more meaning to them. Something also tells me that adding a few of your thoughts on the matter may make the whole experience more worthwhile. Oh and please do me … Continue reading RAVE on Leadership

Think Naija – Values Reorientation

I recently attended the WIMBIZ (Women In Management, Business & Public Service) 2016 annual lecture held in Lagos, Nigeria. The theme was Crisis of Values: Reclaiming our Society and the keynote speaker was Dr. ‘Kayode Fayemi the Honorable Minister of Solid Minerals Development. In spite of the terrible traffic on that day, I must say it was well worth attending. The organizers were fantastic with time management and Dr. Fayemi did justice to the topic. For those who couldn’t attend I’d like to share some excerpts from his lecture that have resonated with me: A reorientation of values is necessary to … Continue reading Think Naija – Values Reorientation

A Culture of Kindness…Friendship

Last week we started our discourse on inculcating a kindness culture in our children. Kindness is multifaceted – it finds expression in several ways – being generous, caring, understanding, forgiving…but my focus today is on Kindness expressed by being friendly, and how we can help our children develop social skills that result in positive & healthy friendships. How many of us have had our kids say to us “John doesn’t want to play with me again”? Or perhaps your child is the one who says, “Bella is not my friend again.” How do you react to these seemingly childish reports?… … Continue reading A Culture of Kindness…Friendship

KINDNESS… A Culture Worth Preserving

I find it quite interesting how from the month of November, the “Christmas buzz” fills the air…. physical and cyberspace bustling with Christmas sales, décor, gift ideas… Parents, family, friends and organizations shopping around for gifts … It has become a culture that cuts across different ages, races and beliefs. What if we cultivated a culture of kindness – all year round? How about letting kindness be a part of our everyday life and showing our children what it really means and how to be kind? Imagine the difference it would make. One of the beauties of kindness is that it … Continue reading KINDNESS… A Culture Worth Preserving

I want to be a drug dealer

I remember talking to a friend of mine who used to run a daycare Centre in America. One day she had to stand in for one of the staff that usually looked after the preschoolers. My friend said that amongst other things she did on that day to engage the children, she decided to ask them what they would want to be in future. As expected, there were very interesting responses coming from kids who hadn’t even gone through primary school talk less of finishing high school. But one response stood out the most. One of the four year old … Continue reading I want to be a drug dealer