One fateful evening, I set out to cook pepper soup. Not the regular dish, but Omoyo as it is called in Yoruba language. It is usually made with blended fresh pepper and many spices. I was meant to have it with eko aka agidi, but was too lazy to get out of the comfort of my house to purchase it. So I settled for rice, which is equally nice.
While the rice was cooking, I got carried away with an Instagram post I was trying to upload. And sadly, the rice got burnt.
Now, at that point, I had two options:
1. Get disappointed and angry, pour the rice away and start all over.
2. Still be angry but manage to eat it with dissatisfaction.
In April, we are happy to showcase the life and work of a phenomenal woman named Toyin. She is the Creative Director and Founder of Augustsecrets Nigeria, a company established out of the pure passion to make creative and healthy meals suitable for the Nigerian child.
Her work has received rave reviews from a growing community of customers. Accolades have been knocking too, with a recent nomination from The Future Awards and Her Network’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
It was a pleasure interviewing this rising star. Read on for the interview:
What inspired you to start August Secrets? And what’s the story behind the unique name?
I had my son abroad and bought all sorts of meals for him to eat at weaning stage. Unfortunately, he refused to take any of the meals, and I had to resort to finding healthier local alternatives. I started documenting my recipes and my cooking tips and later went ahead to study on Infant and Young Child Nutrition, while I fed my son with my unique recipes. Sharing this gift with other mothers as they demanded for it was the beginning of the company; Augustsecrets.
One in 10 women. That’s the percentage of women worldwide – including Nigeria – affected by the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, according to scientific health research.
Mayo Clinic describes Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as “a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or excess male hormone (androgen) levels. The ovaries may develop numerous small collections of fluid (follicles) and fail to regularly release eggs.” The cause of the condition still remains unknown but excessive insulin and androgen are factors that may play a role in its symptoms. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is also hereditary.
Can women with PCOS give birth?
Congratulations are in order for Nigerian track athlete, Blessing Okagbare, and one of a kind Lady Boss. According to Punch News, the trailblazer broke a 22-year-old record, with an impressive 22.04secs in her 200m race at the Wes Kittley Invitational Track and Field Meet, Abilene Christian University. Mary Onyali set the previous record of 22.07 seconds at a Meet in Switzerland in 1996.
Born in 1988, the young athlete started participating in sports after her teachers noticed her impressive physique. She would go on to win several awards at international track-and-field competitions including the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (100m race) and the 2015 All-African Games in Brazzaville (4x100m relay).
She is set to compete at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. We’ll be watching!
This year, in line with International Women’s Day, we at One Woman shared ‘The Pledge’ a docu-drama featuring scenarios that have led to women leaving the workplace, further contributing to fewer women at senior positions.
A big thank you to the 287 Nigerians who signed our #PressforProgressNG pledge on #IWD2018. But this is just the first step. Inspire others in your workplaces and community with your actions. Identify women in your circle in need of empowerment and take daily steps to help her rise to the top. We can do this. We can create the change we want.
We’ve all had moments in life when our self-confidence decided to bail on us. Understand that self-confidence is not a personality trait that people are born with. It comes with the habit of trusting your own skills, abilities and traits. What’s important is discovering why you lost it (tracing patterns) and how you can regain it.
Different life events and issues cause us to lose our self-esteem. These lead to negative self-talk, incorrect interpretation of events, and limiting beliefs about one’s self and incorrect thinking patterns.
Let’s look at each closely and how to regain what has been lost:
Overtime, I’ve found that it’s easier for people to express what they don’t want in a relationship than it is to express their wants. This isn’t surprising because in life generally, it’s easier to focus on negative things than it is to focus on the positive. Little do we know that if we channel half as much energy on positive thoughts as we do on negative thoughts, we’ll have healthier relationships and a better society.
People use different techniques to get what they want; some use the direct approach, some others are manipulative, and a smaller percentage decide not to talk and shell. The disadvantage of this is they may quietly feel resentful toward their partner for not automatically knowing what they want. Their inner voices tell them they are unworthy or trying to convince them that they will experience humiliation, hurt, or rejection if they go after what they want. If you know someone who does this, drag them to read this they’ll find it helpful.
We hope you’re sitting down because these facts on gender inequality are quite gripping…
1. According to WHO, one in three women worldwide has experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
2. Almost two-thirds of women in the North West and North East Nigeria are uneducated, compared to less than 15% in the South-South.
3. Pew Centre studies show that only 70 countries have had a female leader (as of 2016).
At One Woman, we support the notion of women empowering women, encouraging the creation of opportunities and growth in the workplace and business landscape. That’s why we consider the process of mentorship as highly important, amongst other things.
In anticipation of #PressForProgress this International Women’s Day 2018, we asked members of our One Woman Community what’s the best piece of advice from a mentor they have ever received. Here’s what they had to say:
There is a difference between DISCOURAGEMENT, INAPPRECIATION AND HONEST CRITICISM. You should be able to spot the differences – @zeeautiful_atelier
Always seek to be a person of value; don’t do to others what you can’t accept yourself – @oremicraft
Be in competition with your best of yesterday. That’s is the one true way you can measure growth and progress, not by competing with others – @thefitmumhub