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Everyone wants to be successful, and for good reason. Personal and professional success is undoubtedly the cherry on top of a beautiful life and most of us are working towards achieving it in our unique capacities.

Those who have “arrived” can boldly attest to the fact that handling success while still remaining sane and humble is not as easy as it sounds. Certain structures have to be put in place and rules applied.

This month, the spotlight is on Bolanle Williams-Olley. Round the clock, she is a wife, mother to TheTWOs, and the Chief Financial Officer of Mancini Duffy, an Architectural and Interior Design firm in New York. She is also the Chief Cause Curator at REACH Nigeria, a go-to hub for all volunteer and community service opportunities across Nigeria and Founder, BKCares, a nonprofit organization that focuses on fundraising to provide sustainable improvements in education for low-income schools and children in Nigeria. Learn more about her life, along with nuggets to learn, in this insightful interview:

You’re a career woman, a wife, a mum, with three initiatives under your belt – REACHNigeria, BeauBelle Africa and BolaKrafts. What’s the secret? How have you succeeded in achieving all these at a young age?

Grace plus sheer determination to reach my full potential and fulfil my God-given purpose. I firmly believe in trying out ideas that keep you up at night, they help hone what you are good at or not. I prefer not to live in a “what if” world. Even though this doesn’t come easy to all, there is a liberation that comes the moment we remove the fear of failure (internal and public) from our minds and just do it whatever your “it” is.

Francis is one of my favourite kids at the hospice. His limbs are slender and disabled, but this doesn’t stop him from trying to move them. He uses his bed rails to lift himself up. He tries to hold on to his toys. He claps with his feet when I say “clap for Jesus”.

I always thought he was going to be confined to his bed, and eventually, a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  But day by day, he continues to prove me wrong. It’s inspiring to see him wriggle on the floor, moving from one point to another. He also does so quickly. In his mind, he is completely unstoppable.

A delicious parfait recipe, coming your way. This chocolate-oatmeal parfait will take you to heaven and back on a hot sunny Naija day.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 (4-oz.) bar semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups quick Oatmeal Granola
  • 3 cups thawed reduced-fat whipped topping

Are you an expecting or new mum? Curious about painful sexual intercourse after childbirth? Continue reading…

Many Nigerian women experience pain during sex after having a baby, with no knowledge why. This isn’t something that should be ignored or taken likely especially with the solutions readily available. We have health research-backed reasons to explain what could be going on “down there”. Read on for details:

1. Breastfeeding lowers oestrogen hormone levels: This can lead to dryness and eventual friction in the vagina area. Scary Mommy points out the importance of using a lubricant to help, natural options include coconut and olive oil.

2. Effects of an episiotomy: An episiotomy is a surgical cut carried out on many women during childbirth. It can take up to 6 months to heal, causing pain and discomfort during intercourse as a result.

If you haven’t heard of The Delphinator, where have you been? She is possibly one of the hottest personalities on Youtube right now, with a growing vlog following that spans in the hundreds of thousands. Fans tune in weekly to watch Delphine’s funny commentaries on the latest in movies and entertainment, with interviews with hot individuals here and there. You might have caught her chat with popular Big Brother Naija personalities already.

We recently got the opportunity to interview Delphine and learn more about her rise to success. Keep reading for some nuggets on how to build your brand especially if you are in the media space.

Hi Delphine! Please introduce yourself with a little background info. We’d love to know how the “Delphinator” nickname came about too.

You know those sort of people who are interested in many things and not sure exactly what to focus on? Yea, I was one of those people for the longest time but now I have some of it figured out. I’m a multilayered media mogul: content creator, YouTuber and red carpet host among other things. Before all of this, I trained as an architect, practised for 3years before I left architecture for media full time.

Everyone thinks TheDelphinator moniker comes from “The Terminator” in reference to my love for movies. Hehe. Although it helps the narrative, it has nothing to do with that. However, I was good at Physics in Secondary School and the “Motors and Generators” topic came pretty easily to me. So the nickname came from a mashup of my first name “Delphine” and “generator”.

Powered by Sterling Bank, the 3rd edition of Runway Jazz 2018 Fashion Masterclass will take place at the Eko Hotel and Suites, 12 p.m. prompt. Facilitators include:

Her Excellency Dolapo Osinbajo:  Born on July 15, 1967, she is a trained lawyer and an advocate for several charities, including The Women’s Helping Hands Initiative (TWHHI), and The Orderly Society Trust (OST), which she co-founded with her husband in 2007. Her book  ‘They Call Me Mama, From the Under Bridge Diaries’ in Lagos (2014) gains inspiration from her time as a mentor to street kids.

Yes, you read that right. BACON caramel popcorn is the must-try treat of the season. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 ounces bacon, about 2 slices
  • 1 1/2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 8 teaspoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons bacon fat
  • 5 ounces (10 tablespoons) brown sugar
  • 8 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cervical cancer is a condition that starts in the uterine cervix, and can be fatal. In fact, according to Medicine.net, it remains a common cause of cancer death in developing countries without access to screening (pap testing) for cervical cancer.

Causes 

Cervical cancer is usually caused by a longstanding sexually transmitted HPV infection. While most HPV infections do not cancer, the specific kinds that do have been identified as the causes of mouth, lung, throat, penis and cervix cancers.