#Love AndToleranceConference

Hello Sisi..

How are you doing? Great I suppose.

The few weeks have been somehow, a bit down but not out.

Buchi and I attended the International Conference on Love and Tolerance, hosted by UFUK Dialogue. It was supported by the Lagos State administration, UN Women & European Union (Promoting Women’s Engagement in Peace & Security in Northern Nigeria Program, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program.

It was about religious tolerance, religious extremism, conflict / peace resolution, how we could love others and live in harmony, especially with the religious extremism going on in different parts of the world.

Religious leaders of both faith (Christian and Muslim), Educationists, representatives of security agents, cultural groups and organisations, representatives of the Lagos State administration were among the attendees. Notable speakers from Nigeria and a Professor from US (Professor Sophia Pandya), all gave speeches that bother on tolerance, peace and living together in harmony.

Some school kids performed a dance drama, and a pretty Indian girl (I presumed) did a special dance that reminded me of India movies…she was that good.

I believe we should see one another as a friend, relative and be tolerant. This could lead to universal peace.

”Ability to accept diversity and be tolerant.

You didn’t create me, don’t kidnap me

You didn’t create me, don’t abduct me

Say no to kidnapping and abduction.’’

This quote was by one of the goodwill speakers.

Sights from the conference below.

 

Tee..

 

 

#NewYearIncidence

Happy new year once again lady and blog visitors from the blogsphere.

I’ve been super busy since resuming work due to the long holidays. Trust you are doing great and having a good time at work and everywhere you may be right about now. .😊

The past few weeks have been good; aside work hustle, the gloomy economy and the insecurities that leave lives and properties destroyed in the northern part of the country, which makes me sad and weep for my nation, I can only thank God for seeing us through.

I attended the midweek church service last week and the traffic gridlock was unbearable, got home late and couldn’t enter the house because my neighbour locked the gate from within and the poor lady was obviously asleep; couldn’t blame her though, the hustle and bustle of Lagos is enough to wear one out 😕… was able to enter my apartment at about 12am, after several calls to her line and much ‘noise banging’ on the gate..lolz😆. She did apologise though.

Just this morning on my way to work, the commercial ‘danfo’ drivers were at their notorious and inebriated ways of driving, causing unnecessary traffic 😠. One of the drivers was trying to get passengers into his vehicle and he just had to stay in lane of other vehicles instead of him to move aside and park properly.

I honked severally for him to move out of the way. Thankfully, I was not speeding, because a lady who crossed the road to go board the said vehicle was almost knocked down by me 😱..I had to slam on the brakes and guess the shock made her slip…she fell, even though I didn’t hit her, other road users were insulting the driver and that was when he had to use his not-so-good-initiative to move off of the road and park properly 😒

I was just glad no harm came to the lady and thankful to God for the avoidable accident 😰

Hope your week goes on well and become positively eventful….😊😊☺

Tee…

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Hey Sisi!!

Oh wow! You certainly had an eventful morning! Yes, I am happy you and the lady were left unscathed! 

I am over here enjoying a day off thanks to MLK. Trying to enjoy my day and keep it as uneventful as possible. Will be back to the same hustle come tomorrow.

I do hope the rest of your weekly drives are not as boisterous but knowing Lagos and having witnessed the erratic driving myself, I know that is wishful thinking. Just please try to be safe, my love. 

Until next week, 

XOXO

WUNMI

#AThankful31st2016

Hallos folks…

It’s been a wonderful 2016. Thankful and grateful to God for sustaining us all.

To all our blog visitors,  we say a big thank you for sharing your tales with us.

Thank you all for being a part of our 2016. 2017 will be a greater year for us all.

God bless you all.

Raise your glasses 🍷🍸🍷to a wonderful 2016.

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#BrainyEduCare

Hello everyone,

I want to direct your focus to this brilliant programme, Scribes and Orators, coming up on the 19th of December to  23rd.

Mrs. Eniola Olajobi (who happens to be a good friend of mine, we go way back) is the CEO of Brainy Educare Services, she came up with this programme for kids aged 4 to 16 years.

In her words “Confidence and eloquent speech making is one skill neccesary for children to acquire as earlier as possible in life.
The Parliamentary debate is one particularly designed to enhance participant’s critical reasoning and ability to respond objectively in general discussions on the spot!
Creative writing is another communication tool that can help our children influence the world positively and it sure comes out better with a beautiful and legible handwriting!
Legible handwriting is indeed an important element of success in all subjects. As a matter of fact, findings have proven that writing by hand reinforces spelling skills and enhances neural activity.”

THE PROGRAM:

Scribes & Orators is a five-day program aimed at honing the communication skills of young individuals especially in the art of writing and public speaking. Through this program, we hope to sharpen the oratorical abilities as well as writing prowess of children and teens; grooming them to become distinguished leaders and competent communicators in the nearest future.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

1. To inspire the young minds to believe that they can achieve becoming great writers.

2. To motivate them to become great speech makers and positive change makers through clear and convincing public speeches.

3. To equip these young minds with the basics of public speaking and creative writing. Thus helping them to demystify the fears and set out on their journey towards becoming better communicators.

4. To provide them with the template to raise their communication status via; opportunities to get their writings published or participate in oratory contests at various levels.

These objectives will be achieved through interactive and practical methods coupled with group mentoring by outstanding and award winning young writers and public speakers.

The program will be concluded with a special session tagged the WOW event. This comprise of an oratory contest among participants, results of writing contest announced as well as presentations of gifts, awards and certificates.

OUR UNIQUE APPROACH

 Fun learning rather than conventional teaching

 Participatory and Inspiring

 Brain training through brain-fitness activities

 Opportunity for follow up, mentoring and group counseling.

We are set to build young individuals with sound mind and intellect who can independently through their uncommon potentials, birth meaningful and much desired contributions for societal development.

I implore parents and guardians to make use of the opportunity to give the young ones a chance to equip themselves. Please visit the website for more information. . http://www.brainyeducare.com

Henry Ford said,“You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do but rather on what you have already done.”

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#December1-WorldAIDSDay

December 1st marks the awareness of the AIDS pandemic, which is by the spread of HIV infection. World AIDS Day is also a day to mourn those who have passed away due to the disease. Globally, individuals, government, NGOs and health officials observe this day most times with education on prevention and control of AIDS.

In Nigeria, the 2016 Federal theme is ”Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”

To help those who are in pain, let’s not stigmatize them, rather show love and care. You can also donate to organizations that offer medication and relief for those who are suffering from the disease.

Also, we should try as much as possible to get tested at least every six months; protect yourselves when engaging in sexual activity, sterilizing personal effects that could leave at risk and see a doctor when you notice anything in your body metabolism.

Pics credit: google.com, shutterstock.

#InnocentReflections

Hi Sis…

It’s been hectic these past few weeks…busy as a bee, running personal errands all through my annual leave, didn’t get time to rest.
It was during of one my running arounds that I came in contact with thsese little ones, whilst driving towards the outskirts of Lagos; I saw a group of kids in school uniform cleaning the surroundings of a dilapidated building with a teenager who was with a cane supervising them, and my curiousity got the better of me.

I parked off the road, and decided to go ask some questions.
I approached the teen, introduced myself, and told him I wanted to ask a few questions, he said no problem.

From my findings, I gathered that the dilapidated structure was a school, Glory Nursery and Primary School, in Ile-Ero, Agbado-Ijaye, Ogun State; and the teen who goes by the name Tope, was a teacher, he teaches Nursery 1 and 2 classes. He started in September 2016 after he finished High School, he took up this teaching job so as not to be idle at home, while preparing to write exams for University admission.

His experience teaching the young ones according to him was interesting though stressful because the kids can be quite a handful. The reason they were out cleaning was part of the teaching programme, to inbibe in the kids the culture of clean and healthy environment, which they do during break periods. He is quite a reserved young kid but very determined to pursue his dreams, and I wish him all d best.

The kids!? 😂 Oh my, oh my!! 😆 so boisterous and quite a handful. They were in different classes, and one of them stood out, his name is Malik. He had on his ear a bluetooth which he made out of a notebook leaves, when I inquired about the phone, he smiled with such swag, I knew he was gonna break hearts when he grew up. They were happy cleaning the surroundings, but not without mischief and some yelling from their teacher. That interaction left me with a nostalgia of my primary school days and growing up with a lot of mischief.

I was pained though 😢 due to the school building. It’s such a shame that the government is falling the people at all levels, and private individuals who want to give quality education are constrained by bureaucracy, limited infrastructure, exorbitant collaterals and what have you, that they have to make do with the limited resources available. On the other hand, not everyone has to build a school just to make profit or make ends meet, when the resources and necessary infrastructure that would aid children in receiving quality education are found wanting.

Here are a few pictures I took with permission from the teacher (told him also that I would blog about our interaction) and of course the kids who were all grinning from ear to ear 😊😊.

Tee..

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Hey Sisi,

Sorry for my late reply ooo…I can relate to you being a busy bee though. November was one busy month! But it was good busy! The kind of busy I won’t trade for anything, on all fronts. That is,work, family, friends and love.

But you know the downtime to being so busy is finding time for yourself to woo sa! I’m sure you had the same experience as I did. But right as it was, I did manage to squeeze in some me time. Can’t lose that. Now, if I can just make yoga in the next week! I will be totally balanced out and zen. 

I love your find with that elementary school ooo…I’m going to ask you what I’ve Bren asking daddy. All the money our president has been seizing, where is it hiding??? Shouldn’t that money be going exactly towards things like dilapidated schools, unsafe roads, drinking water and regular electricity? I honestly don’t understand why a place of learning for our youngest minds and the future of our country and continent, doesn’t get more attention. 

I want to say we will keep hoping for the best. But I’m tired of hoping. I think it’s time for our generation to take serious action. Get on the streets and protest. I am beginning to realize we must force changes if we desire it. 

Anyways, I hope you have a great weekend and an awesome week ahead. I miss and love you. Talk to you soon. 

XOXO

WUNMI