The list is endless, trust me. But somehow, I managed to squeeze out ten things I totally love about myself. I think these ten things actually define me in an absolute way. It is important to note, that it was a pretty difficult task picking out just ten. I had a whole staff meeting in … Continue reading 10 Things I Love About Myself.
I am not on the list of top 100 bloggers or even in the top 1 million bloggers for that matter. I am just a baby girl who loves writing in her little corner. I started blogging in mid-June, 2017. But, I didn't pay much attention to it until this year. I took my blog … Continue reading 8 Ways To Improve Your Blog Readership.
Do you want to know what it is? Promise not to freak out if I tell you? Swear it! Okay, here we go....*piano playing quietly in the background* the biggest scam in this 21st century are motivational speeches orchestrated by so-called motivational speakers. Motivational speeches are just a ton of regurgitated, recycled, rewashed and rinsed … Continue reading The Biggest Scam Ever!
'Owambe' is a yoruba word that loosely means 'it's here' to connote something is happening here. The word has fast become a street slang in Nigeria to mean a wedding party. Wedding parties in Nigeria are generally slated for Saturdays and yesterday I had a nice time at an acquaintance's wedding. The main reason I … Continue reading Owambe 🎀
God definitely ran out of ingredients making me. *Dont ask me how I know this🙄* I heard some people were made through this nasty thing called sex, but I don't know how true that story is. My parents told me I was made from the finest of ingredients and baked in an oven, and I … Continue reading Recipe of Me
We all crave clarity and certainty. Unfortunately, life doesn't ever work like that. Life is like a dark tunnel; many people spend valuable time waiting and hoping the tunnel eventually turns on its lights so that they can take a sure step forward. But sadly, the light never comes on. The trick is to trust … Continue reading Clarity and Certainty
Drum roll...🎊🎊 'Twitter stories' is back! I have been itching to bring stories trending on twitter here. It's actually 21: 30pm WAT here, it's been a hella of a day so far but I was determined to share a story today. So, a picture that was shared by Miley Cyrus has been making rounds on … Continue reading Twitter Stories 7
It's storytime..... So, in mid-May, my boyfriend and I celebrated our two years anniversary and for me, it felt like it was two weeks ago he asked me out. It's so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it but suddenly, there, right in front of you is everything … Continue reading Our Love Story 💕
Guilty pleasures are things we love indulging in, that we know very well we shouldn't be doing. C'mon, don't roll your eyes. Everyone has guilty pleasures so don't judge me. I have a lot of them but I will just share a few with you guys. So, let's rock n roll: 1. Sleeping In I … Continue reading Guilty Pleasures 🙈
I am sure by now every single one of my readers knows I recently just concluded my mandatory service to my fatherland. I have written a few interesting posts about my experience at the beginning of my service year and towards the end. Kindly, click on any of the post titles to get the background … Continue reading Lessons From Niger
"Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it." — Haruki Murakami No one likes to talk about the inevitable, Death. In my opinion, there are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with a marketer that doesn't get that you aren't interested? Now that's something I … Continue reading Ogbúnàbàlị̀
I have been dying to write about this for weeks, but I decided to put it on hold to concentrate on my 30-day writing challenge which lasted throughout the month of June. The challenge was a success by the way, and I am glad to be back on track writing about my personal tales. So … Continue reading Rewind — Durbar Festival
This prompt bring us to the end of the 30-day writing challenge by afrobloggers. I am so proud of myself for writing consistently this past few weeks amidst personal challenges. I honestly hope to continue writing frequently from now on. If this is your first time of reading my post, kindly avail yourself to my … Continue reading Open Letter to African Bloggers
“Inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller, waiting to be released.” — Robin Moore Day 29: Words can't do justice in expressing how I feel every single time I get a notification of a like or a comment, or when I check my blog statistics and for some weird reason I am not seeing … Continue reading Open Letter To My Dearest Readers
"It's easier to give up when you are running alone." — Ria's Haven In as much as, your biggest motivation should always come from within you, it is also rewarding to find people who are on the same track as you and draw some sort of inspiration from them. So, today, I am going to … Continue reading A Letter to a Few Bloggers Who Inspired Me During This Challenge.
I once participated in a 30-day writing challenge some months ago but I didn't finish it. When I came across this challenge, I wasn't sure if things will end the same way, and I was sort of curious to find out. Anyways, today's prompt is to write about the lessons I learned during this challenge. … Continue reading The Lessons
I have a ton of photos and I was spoilt for choice on selecting 10 photos to share with you all. Anyways, I decided to share some illustrations I got from Pinterest, I honestly find these illustrations pretty thoughtful, and inspiring. I hope you love them as much as I do. By the way, the … Continue reading 10 Photos and What They Mean To Me.
"Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind." — Walter Landor When I initially saw this prompt, I was about to make a list of successful renowned local brands in Nigeria but on second thought, I decided to make this post personal. So, instead of listing out big businesses, I … Continue reading 5 Local Brands Doing The Most In My Country.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” –Nelson Mandela Today's prompt deserves a … Continue reading My View on Racism & Gay Rights.
“There is no country in the world with the diversity, confidence and talent and black pride like Nigeria ” — Binyavanga Waina I recently shared some insights about my country and culture, if you are looking to read more about Nigeria, her people and heritage kindly click here. That being said, let's get down to … Continue reading 20 Uncommonly Known Things About Nigeria.
I would like to state that I am not an authority in psychology or behavioral science. What I am about to put down is solely based on my opinion, which of course, makes it open to constructive criticism. Last month, I wrote something about about fighting depression and having a reason to celebrate. Click here … Continue reading Mental Health In The Home
Omg! It's already Day 21. Day 21: Unpopular opinions are personal views that are generally regarded with disfavor or lack general approval. I also like to consider unpopular opinions as the less traveled path of thinking. I hold certain general perspective on things but I also have views that go against the norm and may … Continue reading Unpopular Opinions
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies."— George R.R Martin Day 20 Talking about books, I have read so many, from fiction to memoirs, and from soul searching books to self-help and many more. I really don't know how to pick my five, to be honest. Okay, let me share my favorite fiction … Continue reading 5 Books I Wish Everyone Could Read.
“Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed – the culture reflects the realities of people working together everyday.” – Frances Hesselbein Still on the matter of culture and customary practices, today's prompt is about highlighting certain practices that may no longer have a place in … Continue reading Traditions & Cultures That No Longer Have a Place in the New World.
Day 18: I have shared bits and snippets about my tribe in some of my previous posts, click on any of the post titles to read about it. >>My Previous Life<>The Countryside<< But today, I am going to share a deeper insight about my culture. In Nigeria, we have about 250 ethnic groups but only … Continue reading About My Culture
Her beauty is a sight to behold, and her diverse children share a common dedication. Today's prompt is a task to market your country as a tourism ambassador. Day 17: Nigeria is one of the 16 countries that make up West Africa. With over 250 ethnic groups and languages, the country is home to over … Continue reading My Country, Nigeria.
This post is dedicated to all African men and women who fought relentlessly for the girl-child education, who broke protocols for women to go into professions like their male counterparts and who worked with indefatigable energy to provide opportunities for women to participate in politics and hold public offices. Day 16: Feminism has been twisted … Continue reading Advocacy for Gender Equality
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell Day 15: Respected dignitaries, Men, and women of honor, and my dearest countrymen, It is with a heavy heart I am standing before you to humbly ask where we have gone wrong? Africa is filled with … Continue reading An Address To African Leaders
"Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating"—John Wooden Day 14: The crazy thing about being a role model is that it's not even deliberate. You just go about being the best at what you do and doing what's best for you and you will never know the number of minds that … Continue reading Five Africans, Past & Present Who Inspire Me
Blogging is all about sharing stories, and stories help shape the world we live in.— Ria's Haven Day 13: It's amazing how the internet has evolved. 10 years ago, If you had told someone you were a blogger you would have gotten a good laugh from them before they hit you with "Are you crazy?", … Continue reading Blogging in Africa
Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Day 12: This prompt reminds me so much about one of Chimamanda … Continue reading The Africa I Never Read About.
If I ever got a letter from home, this is what it would look like. Day 11: Dear Ria, It sounds funny calling you Ria but we heard that is what you said people should start calling you from now on, don't ask us who we heard it from? I and your father miss you … Continue reading A Letter From Home
Before I go further, I would like to state clearly that I am not an expert in the telecommunications field. What I am about to put down is solely my opinion backed with facts but still open for constructive criticism. I would also be writing from the perspective of my country, Nigeria. Day 10: The … Continue reading The Internet In Africa: Affordability, Availability & Accountability.
All you need is wifi & a dream. Day 09: Hi, call me Ria. Just like you, I was fascinated by the internet as a teenager. Although, I never took much interest in blogging at the time. Well, maybe it was because we didn't have as many blogs back then as we have now. The … Continue reading The Class (Addressing an adolescent class on blogging & the Internet)
The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. — Stephen Hawking Day 08: The 21st century is just 19 years old and it has been marked the era of 'science and technology'. The world has become a global village, thanks to technology. Access to information now happens at the … Continue reading Technology: A Blessing or A Curse.
“I think the biggest change, and the one we’re already starting to see take shape, is that globally the majority of internet usage will be done via a mobile device and for most people the mobile web will be their primary – if not their only – way of experiencing the internet.” — Tomi Ahonen … Continue reading 5 Apps on my phone I can’t live without.
If you want to feel an undying passion for your work, If you want to feel you are contributing to something bigger than yourself, then you must know your WHY.— Simon Sinek Day 06: I have no outstanding response to this question. Unlike other bloggers, I didn't feel like I had an amazing story to … Continue reading Why Did I Start Blogging?
You are never too young to start an empire and you are never too old to start a new dream. — Asa Hutchinson Day 05: First, I would like to rekindle my local tour agency. Yeah, I started my tour company sometime last year, I remember being so excited about it. It was primarily conceived … Continue reading My Business (What Business Would I Start If I Had The Money)
Happy Eid el-Fitr Celebrations to my Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world. Thank you so much for the holidays, I can't believe I have a whole week to myself, a whole week of staying up late binge watching movies and building a lot of content for my blog. Isn't that amazing? Day 04: … Continue reading Three Things I wish I could Do Well.
Day 03: Doing something for no pay can only mean two things: 1. The job is something you freaking love doing. 2. You are out of your damn mind. For me, I think its a mixture of the two. I have a long list of what I could do for no money but I am … Continue reading Three Things I Would Do For No Pay
Don't dream your life, live your dreams. Day 02: It just dawned on me that I haven't really given much thought to this. I am presently at a phase where I am struggling with achieving financial stability and working on my personal development alongside nurturing my committed relationship with the LOML. Some days I just … Continue reading My Dream Life (What does it look like)
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written largely in his works.” — Virginia Woolf DAY 01: The month of May was good to me and my blog. I received a lot of good news from friends and family, I got so many engagements on … Continue reading The Introduction
The only mistake you can make is not asking for help. - Sandeep Jauhar Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications. It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by aviators and mariners. The "mayday" procedure word was originated in 1923, by a senior … Continue reading MayDay!
People who say small things don't bother them have never slept in a room with a mosquito. — Dennis Rainey Everyone has pet peeves — little things that makes your skin crawl or gets you really irritated or annoyed. It could be a sound, action or a bad habit you can't just put up with. … Continue reading Peevish Thursday
To all the girls who have a deeply hidden and inarticulate desire for something beyond the daily life. To all the girls who feel pressured to look and live a certain way. To all the girls who refuse to shrink themselves to gain validation and acceptance from society. To all the girls who are hell-bent … Continue reading Open Letter To All The Girls like Me.
I may be a beginner at some things, but I've got a black belt in enjoying a lazy day. - Me The network has been terrible around here these past few days. That aside, I am super glad to be back today. I have been seeing a lot of what's-in-my-bag post on several social media … Continue reading What’s In My Bag — Lazy day at school.
"Weak people avenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore." Coming from a petty Betty like me seems hypocritical but trust me, I have been there and nothing beats going for the high road. I am one to never ever allow an intentional insult to my person slide just like that, I will hit below the … Continue reading Always Take The Highroad
If you learn from a defeat, you haven't really lost. - Zig Ziglar I haven't lived much on planet earth. I will be twenty-three by November this year but the truth is, it doesn't matter whether you a toddler, teen, young adult, middle-aged or a senior citizen, we all must experience our fair share of … Continue reading 10 Ways To Overcome an Epic Failure.
Weird huh? An anti-bucket list is a list of things you don't ever want to do or try or see till you die. I think I consider myself adventurous in a way, I mean I like to try new things, go to new places and do new stuff but trust me, there are some things … Continue reading My Anti-Bucket List
First of, I am not a professional in the education sector, to be honest, I don't even have a single educational certificate. What I am putting out here is just my experience and as such can be subject to criticism which is perfectly okay. Let me do a background story about my teaching experience. My … Continue reading Educating Struggling Kids 101: