Clarion Chukwura

I celebrate an amazing woman today. A woman who has inspired so many. Clarion Chukwura is an actress, producer, scriptwriter and also a philanthropist.

Clarion had her nursery and primary school in Lagos and later pursued her secondary education at the Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha then proceeded to study Acting and Speech at the Department of Dramatic Arts of Obafemi Awolowo University. She was recognised as a United Nations Peace Ambassador for her charity work across Africa. She began her career in acting in 1980 but became popular when she featured in a soap opera title “Mirror in the Sun”. She was the first Nigerian to win the Best Actress category at the 1982 FESPACO Film Festival in Burkina Faso.

“The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description”- Steve Maraboli

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.

The 3 main features of PCOS are:

  • Irregular periods – which means your ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulation)
  • Excess androgen – high levels of “male” hormones in your body, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair.
  • Polycystic ovaries – your ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs (but despite the name, you do not actually have cysts if you have PCOS)

If you have at least 2 of these features, you may be diagnosed with PCOS.

Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless follicles. The follicles are underdeveloped sacs in which eggs develop. In PCOS, these sacs are often unable to release an egg, which means ovulation does not take place. It’s difficult to know exactly how many women have PCOS, but it’s thought to be very common, affecting about 1 in every 5 women in the UK.

Check out this link (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos/) to read more about the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), causes of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and the treatments.

Dr. Helen Paul

I celebrate an amazing woman today. A woman who has inspired so many. Helen Paul is a comedian, singer and actress. She recently graduated with a doctorate in Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos.

Helen has worked as a freelance and full-time presenter at several media houses in Nigeria. These include Lagos Television (LTV 8), Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), and MNet (where she currently co-presents JARA on Africa Magic). Helen broke out as a naughty comic character on the radio program Wetin Dey on Radio Continental 102.3FM, Lagos. She is known on the programme as “Tatafo”, a witty kid who addresses and lampoons societal issues in a satirical manner. She also presented programmes on TV Continental and Naija FM 102.7

In July 2012, Helen released her debut album ‘Welcome Party’ which contains Afro-Pop songs such as ‘Boju Boju’, an Afro RnB song titled ‘Children of the World’, and ‘Use Calculator’, an enlightenment song about the menace of the HIV-AIDs epidemic. In 2018, she released the audio and visuals of her single titled “Never Knew”, an inspiring song about her developmental years and career progress thus far.

Helen opened a bridal and fabric boutique in Lagos in 2012, called Massive Fabrics and Bridals. She has since proceeded to open three other outlets of the boutique in different parts of Lagos. In 2014, she opened a film and theatre academy, the Helen Paul Theatre and Film Academy. It consists of a dance studio, a makeup studio, a recording studio, a rehearsal studio, a photo studio, a mainly digital library, an editing studio, and a hostel for students.

“The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description”- Steve Maraboli

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month!

Suicide is a final act of behaviour that is the result of a range of factors, difficulties and distress. Across the globe, the highest rates of suicide were associated with depressive disorders.

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Some of the factors that can show that someone is at risk of feeling suicidal are:

  • Feeling depressed, withdrawn and anxious
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, work, socialising or even in their appearance
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness or purposelessness
  • Acting impulsively or in a reckless way and not caring what happens to them
  • Talking about suicide, death or dying or wanting it to all end

You never really know what another person is dealing with so be kind. Just listening to what someone has to say and taking it seriously can be very helpful. I encourage anyone with suicidal thoughts to reach out for help. Let your family or friends know what’s going on. Life will throw many obstacles in our life’s path that will make us sad or disappointed at times. But dealing positively with these obstacles is what makes the difference! You’re stronger than you think and you’re going to get through the tough times. You never know what tomorrow may bring so don’t ever give up on life.

Please check out this links (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/suicide), (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/suicide/), (https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month), (https://www.suicideispreventable.org/)

Pretence is short- lived!

“Eefi ni iwa” is a yoruba adage which literally means “Behaviour is like Smoke”. Smoke cannot be covered up for too long before it’ll become visible by all or it bursts into flames.
Pretence is short-lived. Pretence is lieing to one self. Living to please others is pretence.
Be sincere with yourself and ignore the naysayers as long as you aren’t going against your conscience.

Ini Abimbola

I celebrate an amazing woman today. A woman who has inspired so many. Ini Abimbola is the Lead Consultant of ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited (TPC), a management consultancy, sustainability, strategy and business advisory firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. She also serves as Country & Regional Lead (Sub Saharan Africa) for The CSR Company, a global CSR Network of organisations spanning four continents- South East Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Ini Abimbola is a Lecturer/Member of Faculty, MBA Program on International Corporate Social Responsibility Management at the Federal Porsche FernFH- University of Applied Sciences, Austria. A 2008 Draper Hills Fellow on Democracy, Development & Rule of Law at Stanford University California and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Ini also holds degrees in International Relations & Diplomacy and Management.

Prior to setting up ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited, Ini served as the Executive Secretary of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ); as Executive Director, Defence for Children International- Nigeria Section; as a Consultant with the Women, Gender and Development Directorate of the African Union, Addis Ababa as well as the African Centre for Gender & Development withing the UN Economic Commission for AFRICA (UNECA). Ini is a published author of 3 books. She is also the Founder, Thistle Group, an emerging group of enterprises in Gas, Logistics, Research, and Media.

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

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Say no to Xenophobia!

It is so barbaric and dastardly to set foreigners and their investments ablaze just because you feel these foreigners are the cause of the ravaging problems in your country. It is such a horrific sight! There are civil ways to handle such situations.

It’s a height of ignorance, sheer idleness and laziness that can cause a mob to carry out these barbaric acts.
A patriot is genuinely concerned about the interest of his nation. Persons killed are forever wasted. Razing down investments is surely not in the interest of the nation.
An absolute intolerance for xenophobic acts! All lives matter. Say No to Xenophobia!