Funmi “Iyawolangbe” Alaga Extraordinaire; how a young girl rose above her circumstances

My name is Olufunmilayo Omolabake Ajibade (nee Balogun) I was born into a Muslim background on the 16th June 1986. My parents broke up when I was just 2 years old. That separation led me to start living with my uncle and his wife, which is my paternal uncle.

The split-up had me putting up with four different families while growing up and that gave me a lot of sad experiences, such that nearly ruined my life. I was maltreated and raised with so much hatred and bitterness by the ones I called my family. At the age of thirteen years old I was sexually molested by my own uncle. It was a painful experience that I’m unable to forget. I had no one to care for me or my needs. All I wore throughout my teen days are worn out and torn clothes passed unto me by my cousins.

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10 lessons on my mind this season…

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.

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3 Things That Could Be Affecting Your Confidence

We can all suffer from low self esteem. The moments in life where we really struggle to muster up the confidence necessary to face life head on, can be really tough. Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint why we feel the way we do and what has happened to bring our self-esteem down to such a low level. Here are three of the most common reasons for low self esteem so that we can help pinpoint potential problem areas in order to take action and get back to our normal, confident selves.

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You’re full of it and here’s why…

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?

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My birthday musings…10 lessons from 2016

So, it’s my birthday on the 4th of December. Obviously, birthdays are times to reflect on the past year and for me, this is mostly the case as mine comes at the end of the year. It is especially the case for me, because 2016 has been a pivotal year for me. If take loads of reflection, add some discoveries, plenty of reminders, loads of victories and include several shots of Aha moments, then you have my 2016 described.

To cut the long story short, here are 10 key things among all I have learnt or re-learnt in the past year. They are very simple, basic but powerful reminders really.

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Adeola Osunkojo… On becoming a sought-after Female Film Maker and more.

Adeola Osunkojo is a Television/Film Writer, Producer and Director who started her career as a teen actress, playwright and dancer and years later, served as a Content Director on MTN’S Project Fame West Africa for 6 seasons. She has since directed Television Drama Series like Tales of Eve, So Wrong So Wright, Binary Unit and the popular The Life of A Nigerian Couple on Ebony Life TV which she also created, wrote, produced and directed to rave reviews.

She also recently directed Ndani TV’s Rumour Has it. Her movie directorial credits include – The Date and One Spice at A Time which aired on Ebony Life TV in 2014.

In addition to shows and movies, she also directed Viral videos for the Always #MyFutureStartsToday for Procter & Gamble. and the Copa Coca Cola project with JJ Okocha.

She is currently working on a reality show with Ebony Life TV, a documentary on the Nigerian Coup of ‘76, a feature length movie and the second season of The Life of a Nigerian Couple

And she happens to be my sister. Enjoy my interview with her…

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