Before I got married, I was single for a long time. Like Falz would say, I was “single to stupor “and it was almost deliberate. First of all, the equation was alway just off. I met many great guys my age whom I did not connect with and many I connected with but were absolutely wrong for me and vice versa, yes I know, the age-old dilemma. Secondly, if the predominant models I saw in the society were anything to go by, I was simply not interested. “What were the models like?” you may ask. Oh well, you know the template…men and women married but are in fact life-long room mates who are dutifully but “uninspiringly” committed to one another. And they do it in the now-that-we-are-married-as-expected-of-us-let-us-have-kids-raise-them-pay bills-and-grow-old-together . Me, I was not having any of that societal template. I was perfectly happy as single woman until I got the willingly-lets-live-and-maximise-this life-together-in-our-own unique-way relationship.
When you’re building your brand, you should make it friendly. Naturally, you want your audiences on social media and indeed anyone who interacts with you to feel the love enough to do business with you. However, the act of building a brand can feel kind of impersonal in itself because you have to focus on being professional. Fortunately, you can be professional but still create a dynamic brand that speaks to people on a personal level. If you want to know how your brand can come across as friendly and approachable, here are some of the things you can consider doing.
Blogging is something that everyone can do, but few can master. After all, much like any other creative endeavour, it takes an incredible amount of experience and passion in order to succeed. Luckily, you can cut down on a lot of the work involved by learning the secret ingredients that make a good blog.
I was confident. Fearless. Beautiful. Strong. Social. I was, I was a size 6 UK wearing lady. Life was amazing and colorful and nothing could, possibly, go wrong, or so I thought. To further convince me of this was the tall, dark and handsome gentleman whose attention I caught. No surprise when he put a ring on it.
I am a Christian and naturally, in the past decade, I have attended hundreds of conferences. With each passing year, I strive to objectively review their effect on my life and if they have brought about the change that drew me to those meetings in the first place. Many us need to carry out this mental review dispassionately from time to time.
I continue my conversation with Timi in Part 2 (Link to watch Part 1 here) where he tells me more about his music and why he has stayed in his unique genre in Nigeria’s Music industry. He also encourages others.
Grand finale, with Busola Dakolo, is up as well.
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We have been told that life is all about balance; work and play, activity and rest, sorrow and happiness. Keeping this balance is easier said than done, though, and especially when it comes to our finances. While the formula is simple enough, it just doesn’t add up every time as it should – and when your savings first start to go downhill, it tends to tumble down quite fast.
This post is here to break your bad habits and encourage you to have a look at the way you spend your money and change your perception on savings.
That Social Media is officially a fundamental part of our lives is no longer news. What started as a fun, almost trivial social experiment, even for its creators, has become not just an industry but a generational revolution. At the start, the first set of social media platforms i.e Hi 5, My Space and Facebook were used mostly by private individuals but today, even brands have taken on lives of their own on these Social Media “streets”! With advertising features permitting audience targeting and multiple sponsored AD formats, the world is any brand’s oyster.
Here’s Part 1 of the much anticipated Interview with Timi (The Voice) Dakolo. I chose to feature him and his wife because theirs is an inspiring story of love, family and success. This is Part 1, expect part 2 next week and then the Grand Finale. Enjoy & please leave a comment.
Interview Conducted at Chinaville Restaurant, VI.
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I started this blog for a number of reasons, first because I wanted to create a platform of my own on which share my ideas with the world, lend my voice to issues and such. With time, it grew into a platform that carried more than my voice, I started to curate content. In the end, I seek to inspire, encourage, remind and possibly jolt someone in a good way or even make you smile. This is why you will find interviews, stories and a myriad of positive content on the blog.
Adenike Oyetunde is an amazing lady lawyer, media personality and amputee like no other, her heartwarming personality shines through all interactions with her. I was finally able to sit down with her for a very informal chat about her journey. I kept our interview below almost as it was when we chatted; it is a long read but inspiring. Pls Enjoy and kindly leave comments!
The Hallelujah Challenge (like the Tongue challenge) started “innocently” and before mid June, had become a revolution that even its Convener (Nathaniel Bassey) did not envisage. Many hearts were drawn to heartfelt worship of God. But none of it was a surprise to me really. I’d seen his service and heart for God over 12 years ago when I attended at The City of David and UNILAG back in the day. I was privileged to catch up with him at our Song 23 Studios just after he recorded his vocals for the Olowogbogboro Anthem. Enjoy.
I know. As a business owner or Nigerian reading this, you may ask: What’s the point? What’s my business with global brands? Those big brands have money to throw around and they are recording sales in the billions of dollars anyway but the truth is, everyone starts somewhere.
I recall that crash, I recall reaching out to her briefly soon after the crash. Since then, she has been on the rise, picking herself and her little girl up daily. Her story inspires me daily and when I reached out to her a about a week ago, little did I know I would be publishing her interview on the 5th anniversary of the crash. Pls read, comment and kindly share. A lotta people need to read and be encouraged.
Adults aren’t the only ones that have to deal with difficult situations in life. Unfortunately, children sometimes take the brunt of our mistakes, and as much as we want to wrap them up in cotton wool, there are often times when we can’t protect them. All we can do is give them the tools they need to make the right choices in life. Here are some tips for parenting your children when they’re dealing with something tough.
Photo credit.Bella Naija
Your product or service launch event is a momentous occasion as a startup owner. It’s the result of a lot of hard work, deep thinking, and many sleepless nights. So, don’t blow it by failing to create a unique experience that shows off your brand at its best.
You have to bear in mind that branding a business event isn’t just a case of printing out your company logo on a few flyers and handing them around to random strangers. It’s actually an integral part of the event that should help you show attendees and interested guests precisely what you are all about.
It’s certainly a challenge, but with a good deal of planning and some smart thinking, there’s no reason why you can’t infuse your brand as a central part your event. Let’s take a look at a few quick suggestions on how to brand your event and pull it off with style.
Different things cause your house to smell “iffy”. The smell of food while you are cooking is nice and inviting, but that becomes a bit irritating after you have finished. Your pets are a delight to have, but then they also bring their own nasty smells (urine and generally their natural body odour); washing machines make our lives a lot easier, however the mouldy / mildew smell that oozes out of it is just not fun; a pair of smelly footwear can make the entire house smell rancid, and bodily fluids accumulated over time on your sofas or bedding just make the house smell a bit stale. All of these smells are compounded if you have a smoker in the house as the tobacco smell sinks deep into your furniture, carpets, curtains and walls.
EmmaOhMyGod needs no introduction. From his rib -cracking skits and comedic music remakes on Youtube and Instagram to his witty bants with Chigurl on Ebony Life’s El Rated, to his hilarious delivery in The Wedding Party, he’s a comedy hit back to back. I caught up with him recently and got him to tell us about his journey. Enjoy
So it hit us recently, that we have been married for 5 years, we didn’t realize that much time had passed, lol. We received and appreciated so many calls and messages on Social Media telling us how we have inspired others and so on. So, when I was thinking of what to share on the blog today, I decided on five things I’ve learned in the past five years.
I’m an unwitting people-watcher, I use the word “unwitting” because I really don’t care to put my nose in people’s business. Instead, I find that I look at random people in random situations and ask myself questions like: Why is this person like this? What has he been through? If his situation were different, would he do this? What is he really like, behind the façade? Why is the world like this on issues like this?
If you know me and follow me on social media, you would have seen my posts on an incredible little girl called Simisola Gbadamosi, an esteemed client of Lifestyle Hues who social media pages we handle.
Simi’s Bakehouse is a cookie business owned by this 5-year old. She currently offers a wide range of homemade cookies including Chocolate Chip, White Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Oatmeal, Oatmeal Raisin, Sprinkle, Chewy Cornflake and much more. Her cookies are loved home and abroad. She bakes in Lagos and offers delivery across the state and its environs. A portion of Simi’s BakeHouse profits go to charities for children.
She was recently nominated in the Best Creative Kid Entrepreneur Award in the BellaAfricana Ace Awards 2017. I sat down with her this week for a fun, light-hearted, informal and inspiring interview. Enjoy…
Events, in whatever shape, size or form, always put me on muse mode. And I’m not just talking parties, red carpet gigs and all that- occurrences generally have that effect on me. I wonder: What exactly is this event about? Why did this happen? Why did it happen to this person? Was this meant to happen? What brought this about? What are the underlying factors in this scenario? When is this going to happen next? You know, stuff like that.
And so, my obsession, with happenings on the road, continues (I did promise I would share a sequel to my last post).
These roads are a stage. And I can prove it. It’s a no-brainer really. We maintain our respective, usually instinctive idiosyncrasies on the road. How people drive says a loooooot more about them than we think. Check it out next time you’re on the road.
It dawned on me in May, 2016 it was that strike season again; a time students always dread, a time when some students tend to lose focus, gain weight, get pregnant, start something new, take up new skills, make new friends and visit new places. Yes, it was about that time that my life changed for the better. It was during this time that I took a major decision in my life.I started my Instagram platform during the OAU strike in 2016.
So you have a blog and love writing for it, and you are starting to think that it has the potential to be more than just a hobby. However, as it stands currently, the income your blog is bringing in isn’t enough to cover your monthly bills and living expenses. So you’ve decided that your best option would be to combine blogging and freelancing as a writer, editor, graphics designer etc in one, to make your chances of success more likely.
Bearing that in mind, the question is, how should you go about doing this and what does it take to be successful? For everything that you need to know, read on.