Pathology Quiz Review

-15 minutes into the class-

Me: (hungry, cold, tired and sleepy)

Professor: So question 24, Eunice…what do you think is the right answer?

Me: I think it’s option E.

Professor: (looks at me intently). E? Uterine Fibroid? Why did you say that? 

Me: Well, the woman in question is an African American.

Professor: You have a point but check the vignette again. There’s something that does not add up. She’s black, she’s 54, but she doesn’t have menorrhagia. That’s high yield. I’ve told you before; African American, middle aged woman with Dysmenorrhea and Metrorrhagia, think Endometriosis. Although it’s more common in white women and you should also know that…

*Professor’s voice fades*

Me: (doodles mindlessly on notebook) 

Professor: Next question, Kamsika. What kind of Ovarian tumor do you commonly see in women of reproductive age?

Me: *thinking* Just in case (flips notebook open to Ovarian Tumor types)

40 minutes later

Professor: 5 minutes break!

Me: Yessssssssss!!!!! (First to exit the class).

(PS: Dedicated to my Pathology lecturer, who was far more interested in teaching, than I was sometimes interested in learning. Thank you for teaching, encouraging, and yabbing* us, when needed. Medical school wouldn’t have been as much fun without your role).

So last week (October 5th) was World Teacher’s day, and I’m using this medium to appreciate all my Teachers from Kindergarten, through Primary school, Secondary school, University and Medical School. Each of them contributed in making me who I am today. And I’m grateful to a remarkable few whose impart cannot be overlooked. They were the Giants on whose shoulders I stood.

I had the opportunity to teach Basic Science to Secondary School Students, during my service year (NYSC), and a lot of dedication, commitment and hard work was required at the minimum.

Thank you to all the wonderful Teachers across the globe, for preparing us for the future!

God bless you.

*yab (slang): To verbally strike a blow at someone, typically an indirect insult.


Hello October! 

Hi everyone,

It’s October already!

And I’m not going to rant about how fast this year is running again.
I already did that last month.
Thankfully September did end well. Despite all the challenges, and there were a lot.
Some delay, some denial and hosts of disappointments.

But God gave me victory. As always. 
You know my first name actually means this:

 Good victory! 💃💃💃
And I have to remind myself of that again and again.

Which makes Tye Tribett’s famous song VICTORY, one of my all time favorite.

And September also marked my 11th year Anniversary in Christ. 

I know right. It’s been such a journey. I remember vividly that it was on a Sunday evening, while I was in secondary school. I was by my desk just before the night prepclass began when I made that decision. And I have had no regrets since. I can’t fully describe the joy of having a relationship with ChrIst, you have to have to experience it to understand it.

Jesus truly saves.

It hasn’t been smooth or perfect on my part, but I can categorically say that God has been faithful. And that’s why this verse of the scriptures gives me so much reassurance: 
Jude verses 24 & 25.

Then both of my siblings were a year older on the 21st of September. Our private joke is that they are both twins, 7 years apart. Haha.

Osese & Osebi.


And now,

Thank God for his faithfulness and protection.


So moving on to OCTOBER:
1. WORD FOR THE MONTH: Proverbs 23:18

2. The song HALLELUJAH, YOU HAVE WON THE VICTORY. It’s a hallelujah month for me, because I’m assured that God has won the victory in every way.

3. I recently started listening to Andy Stanley’s podcasts (thanks to my Roommate who recommended him), the guy is amazing. His teachings are sound and filled with humor. And they just make me think and think me think…no kidding.

4. Currently reading: 

I. The Complete Book Of Questions (Garry Poole)

II. Deliver Us from Me-Ville (David Zimmerman)

III. Be satisfied (Warren W. Wiersbe)
5. So Nigeria marked her 56th Independence anniversary on the 1st of this month.

photo-credit: WEB

And I’ve started sorting out my stuff…cos I really can’t wait to see my folks. It’s about time. So let the countdown begin. 

6. SVG’s independence will be later this month too. I’m really thankful for the Tropical storm (Storm Matthew) that was abated just this last week. The storm watch by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) had everyone on lock-down for about 2 days and it rained almost non-stop during that period. Apart from cutting off the water-supply for half a day and having to stay indoors, nothing much happened. Thankfully there were only minimal damages to properties but sadly one life was lost 😔. Other islands like Barbados, St. Lucia and Jamaica were also indicated. Pls keep us all in prayers. 

7. I’m in the last phase of my writing projects as mentioned last month, and I’m so grateful. I should commence work on editing the rest of MY FEFGO DIARIES and getting it published on Okadabooks as promised. Hopefully that will be before the year runs out.
8. So I decided to take this “Drink Water Challenge”, where my target is 1.5 L/day. I’ve never really had issues with taking water but I want to ensure I’m taking the right quantity. And I guess I should be prepared for more bathroom breaks. Hehe.

9. I completed the book of Proverbs and I recently started studying the book of Revelation. I think it will probably take me through the end of the year. So a friend asked me about studying the scriptures effectively and after doing some research, I learnt about the SOAP method which works so well. Of course I still make use of Bible commentaries ASAP.

The mnemonic SOAP stands for: Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. And here is an example of how I use it.

Also, I recently downloaded a scripture memorization app, VERSES, and I try to work on at least one new scripture per week. 

That’s the logo above, it’s a free app on both Google play and app stores. 

10. So I have some great news. Do you know anyone who is interested in studying medicine in the Caribbean like I did? You can check out this site and make your enquiries. Please kindly pass the info to your friends and family as well.

11. Lastly, I did this interview on THE HEENSPIRE STORY earlier this week. In case you missed it. Please if you’re in Nigeria, kindly support my friend’s budding business. Gracias.

So that’s all for this post.

I hope we all have an exciting and joyful October.

Thanks for reading.

THE HEENSPIRE STORY- Meet the Founder & CMO of HEENSPIRE Foods Company, Badejoko Adewale.

Hello people, so I had the opportunity to do this interview article for one of my great friends on social media, who inspires me a lot. He’s a young and passionate Christian, with a dynamic personality. He is also a budding entrepreneur who started a Food Company in Nigeria, last year.

In this interview he talks briefly about himself, why he decided to venture into starting a food company, and the kind of products the company offers. 

My questions are in BOLD letters while his answers have been italicized.

Enjoy reading! 

“Growing up, I nursed the secret ambition of finding cure for HIV/AIDS, quite lofty a dream for a child you’d agree, and I had it written and plastered at the back of my room’s door. Funny, none of my family member suffered from the disease, I just felt I could really be useful doing something truly great and remarkable for humanity. Well, that dream led me straight to medical school, but I guess it wasn’t strong enough to keep me there.”

1. How would you describe your amazing self? What was your favorite childhood dream of who you wanted to be in the future? 

Adewale: I’m a god-loving young man, note I didn’t say god-fearing, and if there’s anything I’m eager to tell anyone about me it would be that singular fact. I have a wide wild taste to things and as such I don’t have “favorites”. Too bad! No favorite food, color, movie, bible verse, cloths e.t.c. none, although I have some pretty high standards I must say. My philosophy to life is simple: what would Jesus do. So basically it’s the only question I ask myself in any situation. Lately I get to be called an “entrepreneur”a lot, but if there’s anything I’d rather be known by, it would be that guy that believes even the best can be made better, so I guess that makes me an entrepreneur right? *laughs* Growing up, I nursed the secret ambition of finding cure for HIV/AIDS, quite lofty a dream for a child you’d agree, and I had it written and plastered at the back of my room’s door. Funny, none of my family member suffered from the disease, I just felt I could really be useful doing something truly great and remarkable for humanity. Well, that dream led me straight to medical school, but I guess it wasn’t strong enough to keep me there.


2. Can you tell us a bit about Heenspire foods and what brought about the idea?


Adewale: After graduation, I had branched out into business and was consulting for some clients. I was required to take some trips around the country and it was perhaps on these many trips that I got an understanding to a common problem in Nigeria’s food/agriculture sector, but on one of those trips, to Lagos precisely, the light bulb moment came. The problem identified is that of wastage across our food chain which ubiquitously has its effects even on our health. Nigerian’s don’t get to enjoy enough good food at affordable prices because the bulk of the produce gets wasted even before its arrival to the local market. At the local market, the food becomes ridiculously expensive because everyone along the food chain (the farmer, the drivers, the traders and the many unseen market forces), tries to make profits from the small bits remaining. The customer at the table end now bears the brunt and since she has to eat, she has little choice. Realizing a solution is expedient, I sought simple ways to improve accessibility and affordability of agricultural produce and that gave rise to Heenspire Foods®. So Heenspire Foods at its core turns agricultural produce that could have gone to waste into healthy food products offering them at affordable price.


3. I know you studied Human Physiology as a discipline, how did you get from there to where you are now? 


Adewale: “All things work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose.” About and upon the time of completion of my undergraduate studies, I’d became interested in entrepreneurship; it was a concept so nascent and burgeoning in Nigeria at the time. The sparks came as a result of so many things; my parent owned some side-business and a course I took as an undergraduate also spirited it. After school I started reading, voraciously I must confess, about business and entrepreneurship, it became so natural to me that I could care less about the hours I spent studying. Entrepreneurship became so scientific and every bit artistic, that I could explain with the finest of human words its beauty, after a while I took the bold step to practice some of the things I’d learnt. Trust me; reading isn’t nearly as fun as doing. Interestingly, physiology gave me my first business opportunity and we haven’t looked back ever since.


4. What kind of products does your company offer? And how do you reach your customers?


Adewale: Currently we produce some variance of healthy snack on a budget. These are 100% organic fruit mixes, neatly crafted and delivered fresh to our customers. Our products are doses of vitamins and nutrients on the go, and are unbelievably affordable! The inspiration was simply to provide the Nigerian worker a daily serving of nutrients, pure and organic, even as they go about to achieve greatness for themselves. Customers could either subscribe to any of our fruity plans and get the products delivered to their office or simply locate our On-The-Go sales representatives to make instant purchase.



5. In a population as large and diverse as Nigeria, who are your target customers? And how affordable are your products?


Adewale: Our current offerings are targeted towards the Nigerian working class and young adults resident in major cities, lacking access to healthy organic food products. Our vision on the long run is to have healthy product offerings for every Nigerian, both young and old; we believe that every human being irrespective of social class deserves access to good food that promotes growth and development. The issue of food products being affordable is quite dear to me; it was a key reason why I started Heenspire Foods®. Come to think of it, where in this present Nigeria will you be able to buy 6 different types of fruits with 150 naira? But with the vision we’ve got, our customers get to enjoy the taste and nutrients of these fruits and that’s not all, customers who purchase any of our fruity subscriptions get to have their product delivered to their offices at no extra charge.


6. What is your biggest secret in succeeding as a newbie entrepreneur? And what are some of the obstacles you have faced?


Adewale: Quite frankly, success in business isn’t a function of one thing, it’s a combination of numerous efforts, efforts including marketing, product development, effective distribution channels, customer relations, personnel management, branding, sales and so many more, but for me, the total package I’ve found is in Jesus, He’s my biggest open secret. There’s a theory I’m currently developing, it’s called “Hustlebility”, it’s the degree of an entrepreneur’s resolution to make anything happen; anything is possible depending on the entrepreneur’s hustle ability to make his vision come alive. Of course I read a lot, I’m never averse to learning, it’s my way of maintaining my youthfulness and staying ahead of the curve. As for obstacles, they are quite abounding especially for a startup in this present economy, one that could be termed critical would be the sustainability of my supply chain. I have to think about where the raw materials are coming from, who’s growing them so I could be able to guarantee quality at the table’s end.


7. Who are your influences? And is there one person in particular that inspires you the most?


Adewale: I’m not the type of person given to role modelling, I believe in the peculiarity of the individual, nonetheless I’ve learnt (and still learning) a lot from different persons at different times, not necessarily just entrepreneurs, and I’ve found ways to cross-pollinate those lessons into business. Peter Drucker, Brian Tracy, Daymond John, Al Ries, Ayorinde Olukunle, Philip Kotler, and Adeniyi Oluwaseun, who by the way is my partner-in-entrepreneurship, are some of the many persons that have been helpful along my entrepreneurial journey.



8. With your background in health sciences, are there any health benefits to the products your company offers?


Adewale: When it comes to food, its all about health and wellness, other reasons are secondary. What’s the point of an unhealthy food? If it’s not healthy we don’t produce it, it’s a policy we abide by. All our products have health benefits and we don’t just stop at the level of serving these products alone, we go the extra mile to educate customers too. We have a nutrition education program and we use this platform to properly educate consumers about their health and the nutrition benefits of the food they eat, and the feedback has been tremendously great. We are making the consumers health conscious, to care about the source of their food. It’s a healthy food revolution we are inspiring.


9. What are some of the challenges currently facing the food industry in Nigeria? And what are the strategies you think should be put in place?

Adewale: All the way from farm to table there are numerous challenges. For one, we haven’t found effective ways to make fruits and agric produce available all year round, the adverse effect is that food produce become expensive when they are off season. There’s the challenge of distribution, there’s also the challenge of standards, visit the local market and you’ll cry to see how food are treated, it’s a show of disrespect for consumers. There’s the challenge of wastage. Our foods haven’t evolved enough to meet today’s nutritional needs. There’s the challenge of preference for foreign food products over those produced locally. So you see the challenges are numerous, and since they didn’t start overnight you don’t expect them disappear overnight. If we understand the concept of value chain properly, then maybe we can get the problems fixed.  


10. How do you see Heenspire Foods™ in the next 5 years?


Adewale: We hope by then to be serving in 15 major cities in Nigeria. Most certainly our products  would have evolved, some healthy food product range we intend to have launched, and of course the level of our impact in the course of spiriting a healthy generation increased.


Me: Thank you for your time.

Adewale: the pleasure is mine; I’ve had fun telling the Heenspire story.