Great news, ladies! 20 Nigerian women heroes are about to be commemorated in a beautiful way – with streets named after them.

According to Okayafrica.com,  Okang Ashiwei Ochul, a project manager of a new housing complex in Ibeju-Lekki, sent a tweet asking members of the public to share names of undercelebrated women in Nigeria.

 

Hours later, here is what he got:

I experienced depression for three years. My life just wasn’t moving forward and I found it really hard to talk about my feelings. But being the problem-solver that I was, and still am, I knew I had to get a solution ASAP or remain self-critical.

You see, depression is like a cancer of the soul. If unattended to, it gets worse and if detected early, can be cured.  But sadly, there’s so much stigma surrounded by this topic and this stops a lot of women from getting the help they need. Depression isn’t taken seriously in this part of the world, with older ones seeing it as a mere thought that will phase out, one of the many myths.

On the contrary, it doesn’t.

Certain steps must be taken, and I hope that the list below helps a reader begin her journey to recovery.

 

TIP 1: Gratitude.

Wake up and say, “I’m grateful for being alive”. Be thankful for those little things you would normally look over. Be grateful that you have friends, parents or that you have a bed to sleep on or that you even have eyes to read this. Develop a habit of gratitude. Appreciate the fact that you were able to eat breakfast. Celebrate those little achievements and let your mantra be “Thank You”.

Are you looking for a new side business or hobby? Making beaded bracelets is an easy option to consider. The truth is, there will always be an event to wear bracelets to in Nigeria – weddings, parties or religious events – adding extra spice to the asoebi outfit. You don’t need extensive training, and you can do really well with it if you have a good eye for colours and patterns.

Read on for easy steps on how to make these beaded bracelets:

What You Need

Many women can relate to the fear of failure. It’s an ugly emotion, one that taunts as we step into the unknown, the realm where greatness lives. But deal with it, we must. We’re lady bosses and doing great things – in business, career or even relationships – involves overcoming all obstacles that come our way. Read on for some helpful ways to go against fear and make steady progress:

1. Change your mindset

It’s all about your mindset. When you see life as a journey of self-discovery, every move you make, in  business/career, relationships or otherwise, is one of the many “learning moments” on your path. And once it’s done, you’ll have tested knowledge for your future self, or loved ones, for a similar opportunity. So why be afraid? Be determined to learn from your mistakes if they come and keep things moving.

The Richest Man in Babylon is one of my favourite business-finance classics. Even though it is set in the Babylonian era, the secrets shared are still as applicable today as they were back then. Read on to see what each has to teach Nigerian women in business (both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs alike):

1. Advice is one thing that is freely given away but watch that you only take what is worth having.

Receiving advice is a simple means of consuming wisdom. It helps you develop solutions to problems you won’t have figured out or taken time to identify on your own. But remember to always discern what advice to take and which to leave out. 

2. The hungrier one becomes, the clearer one’s mind works. Also, the more sensitive one becomes to the odours of food.

You have to be hungry for knowledge and develop the willingness to learn. And the more hungry you are about your business, the higher the chances of your success. If you intend to build a brand that stays afloat despite the storms, stay hungry.

3. A part of all I earn is mine to keep. Say it in the morning when you first arise. Say it at noon. Say it at night. Say it each hour of every day. Say it to yourself until the words stand out like letters of fire across the sky.

Do not overlook this. A tenth of your earnings is for you. Yes, a huge percentage should go back into your business, but it is crucial that some find its way into your pocket as well.

In the spirit of Day of The Girl Child, we celebrate Nigerian girls everywhere and the families and friends that support them. Some inspirational quotes just for you…

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai

“She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25

“Be a girl with a mind, a woman with attitude, and a lady with class.”— Unknown

Lift up your head princess. If not, the crown falls.— Unknown

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide.  Please read on to learn more about the disease, and remember to share with loved ones in Nigeria. We will be providing more useful information with you in this month, so do stay tuned to the blog:

1. Studies show that every 19 seconds, a person in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer.

2. Symptoms of breast cancer include a change in breast size or shape, pain in a breast and nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood).

3. Research shows that the risk of breast cancer in women is increased by 7%-10% per one drink of alcohol consumed per day on average.

4. If there is a history of breast cancer in a family, this increases the risk for a woman (or man) by a factor of two or three.

5. To be more specific, the risk of breast cancer is nearly doubled if a person’s mother, sister, daughter or any other first-degree relative has been diagnosed.

Have you heard about the recent monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria? It happened in Bayelsa State earlier this week, with 10 people reportedly quarantined. The illness can be fatal, so please be safe regardless, keeping your loved ones protected. Some important facts to take note of:

1. Monkeypox is an infectious disease caused by the orthopoxvirus family of viruses. That’s the same family illnesses like smallpox, chickenpox and camelpox belong to.

2. It was first discovered in 1970 in Africa. Symptoms include fever, blisters (with pus) and respiratory problems.

3. Interestingly, it can be found in animals like monkeys, chimpanzees, rabbits, prairie dogs, and Gambian rats.

More times than often,  female folk fail to realize that communication with male counterparts goes beyond getting to know each other, the exchange of sweet words, kisses and eventually, pillow talk. Or that the Law of Attraction is not always fixated on dazzling eyes, a charming smile, perceived charisma or top-notch curves.  The birth of sapiosexuality was strung from the male perspective, I believe,  where the man wants to know what this breathtaking, drop-dead gorgeous lady has more to offer than looks. What is her intellectual stance on everyday matters? How does she handle situations when they arise? Can he be proud to communicate with her all day, every day and anywhere?

This is not merely limited to relationship and marriage compositions. It extends to communication between friends, siblings and even mother-son communication. A man sees himself as a man despite the relationship status. He can set aside several communication flaws for the sake of maintaining peace and serenity until the straw that broke the camel’s back is released, and all hell breaks loose.

How then can this be curbed? Let’s dive right in with this guide:

1. After a long day at work

 Your man comes back from the office looking stressed out and tired. How do you communicate with him?