Seven Unusual Things I Am Thankful For

Hey Tribe,

How’s everyone been? Hope you’ve had your fill of Jollof?

Things have been a bit somehow lately and I had lost direction as to some of the more important things in life. I had to re-trace my steps and counting blessings is always a good way to refresh and I am so happy I did.

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are mine except in ‘True talk’ and article excerpts with links which contains only Facts . I have no intention in any way to offend anyone by these words as I appreciate the differences in humans as God’s creation, but I want us to see the beauty in our individuality and be thankful for them.

Without further ado, here are some things that I have been thankful for in recent times:

My dry palms: Kind of odd, you think? I watched a show on TLC called ‘Too Ugly For Love?’ and this excerpt from TLC’s website summarizes it:

Stop-motion animator James (26) suffers from hyperhidrosis, known as excessive sweating. The condition takes place particularly in his hands and feet, which makes social interaction very uncomfortable. As James grew up, he noticed that he was often very clammy hands, but he thought that this matter be dealt with. Still, he decided after some online research to go to a doctor; who told him that he had hyperhidrosis. Simple tasks like writing or typing may therefore be uncomfortable for James because he leaves an imprint everywhere. Partly because he’s so aware, he has never had a relationship or dating’

I just kept thinking how we take things for granted in life. Just imagine…Imagine the teens and early twenties… It has to be somewhat uncomfortable , to say the very least. Without much  say, I am just thankful for what I do have.

True talk: In other news, James was really shy but good news.. He found love at the end by the end of the show so… Yayy James!

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Slay Festival is the first of its kind organized by She Leads Africa (SLA), an organization aimed at helping and encouraging young women, like me, achieve their dreams and become all they can and want to be.

Check She Leads Africa out here

Okay, real talk! You have heard this a million times before, and I have too. Every Chinyere, Bose and Hauwa wants to ‘empower’ women, don’t we have enough of those already? Everyday empowerment don do…or not?

Personally, I think not. There is always room to be a source of assistance to others, and there are so many ways to do this. The power in empowerment of people(see what I did there), not women only, cannot be exhausted, and it is so important to realize that as the world changes, people develop, ideas are reformed, thoughts evolve and methods to achieve progress are transformed and the Slay Festival is a testimony to this.

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Today, we live in a very visual world. People do not seem to love words as much as we used to and it seems the line, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ really comes to play in our everyday lives.

Even I have to admit, I would sometimes prefer a couple of pictures telling me a story to reading thousands of words passing the same message. However, words will always resonate with me to a deeper frequency.

I love quotes, verses and short poems, especially when they are aesthetically pleasing. I just do. They can be very refreshing, helpful, thought-provoking, uplifting or just hilarious. So, for those who are partial to ‘visual words’ like myself, this new category for you.

I hope you find something to inspire you today and always!

Oh, and here’s my previous post <—-. Catch up if you missed it. You won’t regret it!

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Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, has officially entered recession after two consecutive quarters of contraction.

Gross domestic product shrank by 2.06% in the second quarter of 2016, following a 0.36% shrinking in the first quarter, according to data released by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics.

-Business Insider UK; August 31, 2016

Things have been easier on us, to say the very least.I have witnessed the effect of this recession first-hand, so I know exactly how hard it is. Now, coupled with the scarcity of funds, we see a nation in apparent decline. Things do not seem to be getting any better. I mean, the on-the-rise terrorism, increase in the price of every single thing in multiple folds, the case of the ‘absent’ President, the seemingly utter lack of purpose in the leadership is nothing short of appalling, but that is not what I am here for.

In fact, I am here to just be done with that, all of that. I see it, but I know that it is temporary. I don’t know about you, but I AM DONE WITH THE NEGATIVITY!! It has not helped, so how about trying something different?

Now, I agree wholeheartedly that things are not  great. In fact, I agree that with Nigerians that this is not at all what we bargained for with the change in Government, but, It Is Well. However, this is not another article that aims to shame or praise the Government. I would just like us to take some time to look within ourselves, evaluate and learn through the struggle.It’s difficult, but it would be worth it.

In real life, what can we actually do to change things? Unfortunately, complaining day and night won’t do it, and as much as some of us would like to, a change in government less than 2 years in might not be the best thing either.

I found myself wondering what  lessons and attitudes we could take on this period we could learn from this period that would that if applied now, and even to the entirety of our lives would definitely be of help. Here are some of them, do let me know others:Read More »