Catherine Uju Ifejika

I celebrate an amazing woman today. A woman who has inspired so many. Catherine Uju Ifejika is the Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Brittania-U.

Catherine is the first and so far, the only woman to become chair and CEO of an Upstream E&P Company in Nigeria. A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Catherine obtained a Diploma in Law and an LLB (Hons.) in 1985 and promptly called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a fellow of the Institute of Arbitration and Conciliation.

Her career in the petroleum industry started when she joined Texaco’s Legal Department as Junior Counsel in 1987 and rose swiftly to become Company Secretary in 1997. In 2003, her Government and Public Affairs responsibilities were extended to Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She joined Brittania-U Nigeria Limited in 2007 as Chair/CEO and has since steered the indigenous company to its current market leading position.

Catherine’s Leadership of Brittania-U has brought a number significant ‘firsts’. The Ajapa Floating Production Storage Unit, 100% owned and operated by the company, produced its first oil from drilling in 17months. She has set up six subsidiary companies in seven years, receiving numerous awards for good governance and management in Nigeria, the US, China, and Europe. Catherine has been recognised for her various achievements in the energy sector and in different organisations. In recognition of her sterling leadership/managerial achievements, she has been recognised and won many accolades.

She is truly a source of inspiration and a phenomenal woman!

Please drop your comments below or send an email if you have inspiring stories to share with us here. Thanks.

Have a lovely weekend guys.

(http://www.brittania-u.com/about/board-and-executive-team/catherine-uju-ifejika)

There’s nothing weak about being honourable.

‘There’s nothing weak about kindness and compassion. There’s nothing weak about being honourable. You’re not a sucker to have integrity, and to treat others with respect…’ Former U.S President, Barack Obama

Respect Others!
Your show of kindness and compassion doesn’t reduce your worth in anyway. Rather you have more value added to your worth when you add value to others by showing compassion and respect.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their life time. There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages. It is very important that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always get any changes examined by their Doctor.

Breast cancer can have a number of symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue. Most breast lumps aren’t cancerous, but it’s always best to have checked by your doctor. You should also see your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • A change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • A discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood.
  • A lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • A rash on or around your nipple
  • Dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken in to your breast.

Breast pain isn’t usually a symptom of breast cancer. The exact causes of breast cancer aren’t fully understood. However, there are certain factors known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These include:

  • Age; the risk increases as you get older
  • A family history of breast cancer
  • A previous diagnosis of breast cancer
  • A previous benign breast lump
  • Being tall, overweight or obese
  • Excessive use of alcohol

After examining your breasts, your doctor may refer you to a specialist breast cancer clinic for further tests. This might include breast screening (mammography) or a biopsy. In rare cases, Men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Check out this link (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-in-men/ ) to read about breast cancer in men, how breast cancer is diagnosed etc.

15 Questions You’ve Always Wanted To Ask Your Airline Pilot.

My dad is a remarkable type of man. A man everyone would love to have as a father. His simplicity and gentility is exhilarating.
Please come with me as my sister Chelsea shares her recent interview with my dad, aswell as unveil his versatile and erudite personality to you all.

“ Growing up I had so many questions about his career. He was a pilot for 25 years so you can only imagine all the amazing experiences he has been through. I’ve decided to share these amazing questions and answers I did with my dad a few months ago. I hope you enjoy reading his answers as much as I enjoyed asking him these questions including all the myths about pilots 🙊😄

As you read his answers, you’ll realise what a beautiful and rare soul he his.
Some people don’t believe in heroes but they haven’t met my dad!
You can find this intriguing piece on my sister’s blog below ” – http://www.nikkyosblog.com

CAPTAIN OLAKUNLE OMOTOSHO FLYING EXPERIENCE

  • Is flying an airplane actual work, or do you just activate autopilot and that’s it?

Flying is actual work, however after take-off and at safe Altitude at about 1000 Ft above ground, you can engage the Auto-Pilot. The Aircraft now flies itself but you are still in control of the aircraft. This is because the aircraft does whatever you tell it to do. Turn right, Turn left, Climb, Descend etc. also in an Emergency you disengage the Auto-Pilot and fly the Aeroplane manually.

  • Why did you choose the Pilot Profession?

Because I have a passion for it.

  • What are your top 5 countries you’ve been to and why?

U.S.A, Britain, France, Germany, Brazil. Simply because they are very exciting countries.

  • Have you ever come close to crashing a plane?

Yes I have, during training flight, I had fuel starvation and I was able to glide the aircraft and land on the runway after engine failure.

  • How bad is it if I don’t switch off airplane mode during a flight?

It is very bad because the signals from your phone interferes with the signals being received by the Aircraft Avionics and which can lead to the aircraft missing its way due to wrong signals and which can also lead to a crash.

  • How does it feel to be responsible for so many lives?

It is a big responsibility, it gives you the fulfilment that you are doing a special job because a single mistake by the Pilot (human error) can lead to loss of lives.

  • Do Pilots nap while in the air?

Yes, if the flight is a long flight of more than eight hours. However we have another set of Pilots. After eight hours, the first set can go and nap while the second set take over the flying business.

  • Do Pilots ever get scared?

No, as a well trained professional, you never get scared. Even when there is an emergency, you remain calm and make sure the aircraft is safe and also is safely landed.

  • Do Captains and First Officers eat different meals to avoid food poisoning?

Captain and first officers eat different meals to avoid food poisoning. Yes, that’s right.

  • Are Pilots overworked and tired? How many hours can a Pilot fly a day?

No, if the proper procedure is followed. You are not supposed to fly more than eight hours a day.

  • Is flying safe/ Are bigger planes safer than smaller planes?

Flying is safe and infact, it is the safest means of transportation. Both big and the small planes are safe.

  • How much training do Pilots receive?

Pilots undergo lots of trainings and infact they undergo simulator training every six months and they must pass because if not, they are grounded. Also they must pass their medical check-up every year. Again they are grounded if they fail.

  • How does the auto-pilot work? Do all planes use this?

Not all planes have autopilot but most planes have them. The autopilot is a special equipment designed to engage and fly the aircraft. However it is the pilot that controls the autopilot by the information fed into this special equipment for example, if the input is right-turn, it turns right, if it is left turn, it turns left and so on.

  • What are the advantages of being a Pilot?

There is no special advantage at that. It is just another profession. However it gives you the opportunity to probably travel round the world and also to stay at the best hotels in the world. The profession can also make you safety conscious because everything about flying is safety.

  • How long did you fly for?

I was in service for 25 years.

International Day of the Girl Child

This day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

“We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations. Girls can be powerful agents of change, and nothing should keep them from participating fully in all areas of life.” – UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres

2019 Theme – GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable

This year, under the theme, “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable”, we will celebrate achievements by, with and for girls since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

(https://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/)

World Mental Health Day

Our mental health is just like our physical health; everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Mental health problems affect around one in four people. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Mental health problems can affect anyone. Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed. Most of the time those feelings pass but sometimes they develop in to a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change.

There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings but it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.

Check out this link (https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day/#) to watch a short animation which explains what mental health problems are and how they can affect us. Also check out this link( https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/about-mental-health/what-good-mental-health) to learn more about mental health and also the tips for looking after your mental health.