It’s the middle of the year already…like seriously, year 2017 is wrapping up rapidly.
Well, I’m thankful because God has been so faithful.
For me, June is a month of JUBILATION.
Jubilation (Noun): a feeling of great happiness and triumph.
Synonyms: euphoria, ecstasy, glee, delight, elation.
And here are some reasons why:
– About this time last year, yours sincerely completed medical school.
It was a major breakthrough and a dream come true.
– And just this month God gave my family another victory, My dad got his PhD!
It took a while coming…many days, weeks, months and years longer than expected.Thank God, it has come to pass. And we trust him for other testimonies as well. Amen.
Before I continue, I have a few confessions:
In my first blogpost this year, I’d announced that I’d be doing free adverts for a few of my friends with growing businesses through this platform until the middle of the year. Unfortunately, I had to discontinue at some point, because it was challenging to create content and publish my blog posts.
To the friends I made promises to, I sincerely apologize. Please find it in your hearts to forgive me and I hope I can make it up to you all in the near future.
I also had to quit the blog challenge: 26 BLESSINGS AND COUNTING (with just 2 more posts to go), because I was overwhelmed by the way it dragged into the month of May. And there were other pending posts I had to work on, so I had to let it go.
Again I apologize for all the unkept promises.
Here’s a peep into my June (plus What’s New):
1. Meditating on:1 John 4:11
2. Song on repeat: The Hill (Travis Greene)
3. Currently reading:
a. The book of 1 John
b. Lioness Arising (Lisa Bevere)
“Jesus stripped himself and became like us, so we could strip ourselves and become like him.”
c. Unstoppable (Christine Caine)
” The goal of the race is not to earn God’s favor, the goal of the race is to become like Christ.”
d. Passing It On (Myles Munroe)
“True leaders do not retire. They simply move to the next phase.”
e. Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Peter F Drucker)
“Successful innovators are conservative, they are not risk-focused, they are opportunity focused.”
4. Still learning:
5. Working on:
Scripture Flash Cards
I love memorizing scriptures and I keep looking for easier ways to go about it. So I finally decided to create my own Flash Cards from scratch, using cardboard paper and a variety of pens.
6. Personal development:
Another thing I’ve become really intentional about is boosting my Self Confidence. And here are a few things I’m learning to do:
i) Proper Grooming
ii) Amiable Smile
iii) Increase Competence
iv) Accept Compliments
v) Lend a helping hand
7. Driving lessons:🚘🚥🚦
I’ve been training for over 2 weeks now but I’m still a long way from becoming the confident driver I need to be. My instructor says I’m taking the training rather too seriously and I need to relax.
I feel I’m battling with a level of performance anxiety that leads me to repeat some mistakes. It’s frustrating really. I need all the courage I can get and be done with the training already. Please Pray For Me🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
8. Creative Writing: I finally registered for an online writing course I could afford, last month. It’s been really enlightening, and to be honest there’s so much to learn. I’m thankful for the opportunity to improve on my writing.
9. NewsFlash: I’ve started using a piggy bank which is another goal for this year, thanks to Dr. tamie. My bank is locally made from cheap wood and without lock/key, which means I can’t be tempted to “borrow” from it. Already I’ve saved a reasonable amount, though I don’t have a job yet. I’m pretty excited.
10. Crushing on:
My three favorite TV soaps with intriguing storylines. I watch them back to back on weekdays, thanks to Africa Magic Showcase.
I hope you all are eager to partake of all that God is set to do this season (in your life, nation and globally)…because I AM.
There’s just so much I’m trusting God for right now, and I believe there are endless possibilities awaiting me as each day unfolds.
One of the scriptures I currently find encouraging is,
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.” Ps 37:5
I saw this on the blog of someone I admire greatly (Hola doctora!😀), and I decided to adapt it for this post.
a) FERVENT (Priscilla Shirer):
“That’s why you and I need to be praying—to keep the truth about our real identity in constant, unbroken focus before us.”
“Truth—God’s standard and viewpoint about us—must come first in our hearts and minds if we want to be effective in
battle against the enemy.”
b) WHEN GOD WHISPERS YOUR NAME (Max Lucado):
“Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.”
“God forgets the past. Imitate him. Sacrilege is to feel guilt for sins already forgiven.”
“Don’t ask God to do what you want, ask God to do what is right.”
“You’ll never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.”
“To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance”
c) LIONESS ARISING (Lisa Bevere):
-The lioness rises to gather strength, greet/groom others, hunt, move the young to safety, confront the enemies that threaten the pride and walk alongside her king.
-The lioness has something which is fierce, wild at the same time beautiful.
d) PASSING IT ON (Myles Munroe): “Finishing well is more important than starting well.”
“One of the most difficult decisions a leader has, is to surrender the reins of power to another.”
“Knowing when to leave is so essential that it’s better for a leader to leave too early than too late.”
e) INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP (Peter F. Drucker):
– Entrepreneurship is neither a science or an art, it is a practice.
– Innovation is the specific tool for entrepreneurs the means by which they exploit change as an opportunity for a different service or business.
– Not everyone who starts a new venture is an entrepreneur. An Entrepreneur has to have special characteristics over being New Or Small. Your business venture does not have to be small or new to make you an entrepreneur.
– An Entrepreneur doesn’t have to be a business owner, capitalist, or employer.
– People who need certainty are unlikely to make good entrepreneurs.
f) AMERICANAH (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie):
I read the preview copy last year, and bought this recently. Interesting and intriguing read, Chimamanda has a way of putting the obvious in a not-so-obvious way.
I could actually relate with this part, even with Vincentians, it’s never “Sorry” but “Are you okay?”
Nigerians on the other hand, will expect you to tell them “sorry” even when you’re not responsible for their misfortunes.
g) THE BOOK OF ISAIAH :
I recently came across this passage and I thought of my beloved country Nigeria, as I turned it into a prayer:
17 “Those who will rebuild you are coming soon, and those who destroyed you will leave. 18 Look around and see what is happening! Your people are assembling — they are coming home! As surely as I am the living God, you will be proud of your people, as proud as a bride is of her jewels. 19 “Your country was ruined and desolate — but now it will be too small for those who are coming to live there. And those who left you in ruins will be far removed from you. (Isaiah 49:17-19 GNB)
2. ❤️Playing: Nothing. Once upon a time, it was CANDY CRUSH, but those days are long gone.
3. ❤️Watching: Nothing ATM. Last watched YELLOW BIRD (last weekend), and in my opinion, it’s booooring….with a CAPITAL B.
4.❤️Listening to: ITESTIFY (by Ada).
Recently discovered it on my playlist and it’s been a recurring song in my spirit. Surely, this month I TESTIFY.
5.❤️ Working on: learning Spanish (courtesy of Fluencia and Duolingo) and Igbo languages (courtesy of Igbovillagesquare on YouTube). It’s been fun all the way.
6. ❤️Eating: Besides real food, lots of GoldenMorn and different kinds of Sausage rolls (Gala, Meaty, Beefie😭😂)
7. ❤️Wanting: Many things….especially a new pair of shoes (maybe silver sandals), a friend’s wedding is coming up this month and there’s nothing to rock my iro and buba with…yet.
8. ❤️Needing: More of God. More of his wisdom. More of his strength. More of his grace.
9. ❤️Loving: The strong, fervent, and godly woman I am becoming.
10. ❤️ Thinking: of passing the MDCN exams in peace and not in pieces……the workload seems overwhelming, but God dey.
11. ❤️Feeling: Blessed to be part of my immediate family. So I ran away from Lagos last weekend, to be with my homeys and how refreshing it was.
The ancient city of Ibadan was welcoming as usual.
The highlight was an evening outing, after a road trip through a part of the city, while singing our favorite hymns and recalling poems/nursery rhymes…of course we took several snap shots (plus a professional studio shoot), followed by a lovely dinner.
And yours sincerely had a big cheese burger that was so yummy….
12. ❤️Celebrating : The publishing of my first book, MY FEGGO DIARIES. It’s basically a memoir about the highs and lows, of my experiences in a Nigerian boarding house.
It is now available for download on Okadabooks app (Googleplay and App Store). I’ll appreciate your reviews and feedbacks.
13. ❤️ Grateful for: The new MONTH.
it is my desire to make MELODY to the Lord with my heart continually, in anticipation of all the testimonies that await me. Like the scripture says,
“addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Ephesians 5:19-20 ESV
I decided to dig out 20 of my favorite hymns (in no particular order) and share with you all. You can look up their verses/tunes on the Internet. I hope you’re blessed by them.
What are some of your favorite hymns?
Have a melodious March,
Ps: Thanks to all who supported and contributed to my blog challenge, 26 BLESSINGS AND COUNTING. I’ll be completing the skipped days at a latter time, which will be communicated accordingly.
Hey guys, guess who is in Lagos?
It’s yours sincerely.
What can I say?
It’s been an unusually intense two weeks plus for me.
Some days I can’t even believe I’m still here, but here I am. This is the longest I’ve ever stayed in Lag, and I’m going to be here for a little while longer.
Una see wetin MDCN don cause? I was already dreaming of the ancient town of Ile-Ife or the calm city of Benin, I didn’t mind traveling all the way to Enugu. Anyway, that one na tory for another day.
Before I launch into my post, here are 5 facts about Lagos that you probably didn’t know:
1. Lagos is the smallest state by geographical size in Nigeria.
2. Lagos is the most populated city in Nigeria.
3. Lagos is the economic capital of Nigeria.
4. Lagos is the second fastest growing city in Africa.
5. The name Lagos was originally given by Portugese explorers as “Largo de Curamo” which means a collection of lakes.
(Credits: Naija.com, Facts.ng)
I won’t even lie I’ve always had some form of trepidation when it comes to facing the hustle and bustle of Lagos city.
All my life I’ve had the privilege of visiting Lagos only for a couple of days at most, and usually with someone to show me around.
However not this time. I’ve literally been on my own (aka OYO), transiting from Idi-Araba to Ojuelegba to Yaba to Oyingbo then Ebutemetta, until much recently when I relocated to a nearby apartment.
It’s true what they say “Eko o gba gbere rara” which means “There’s no room for dulling in Lagos.”
For someone who is inexperienced about street-life and also coming from a less intense city like Ib (which is the “new Lagos” anyway, with the rapid rate at which it’s growing), I’m learning to be hyper-vigilant about everything and everyone in Lagos, just because…you never know.
My new motto is: Shine your eyes well!
Thankfully, I’ve not experienced any incidence of theft or assault throughout my stay, Hallelujah to Jesus!
For the life of me, I have never envied Lagosians, I’m always like “What’s in your Lagos sef?” 🙄😑
A couple of times I’ve actually argued with people over the pros and cons of living in Lagos. Apart from the bubbling city life, remarkable job opportunities and lots of fun places that can be visited, Lagos to me, is just a hubbub of mental and physical stress. Here are a few:
1. The Traffic.
Traffic congestion in Lagos is incomparable. Depending on where one resides, some folks (including school-aged children) leave their homes as early as 4 a.m. and do not return until late evening. I can’t even imagine that kind of lifestyle. Thankfully, traffic doesn’t happen so often on the route I take. And from the information I’ve gathered, where Lagos traffic is concerned, things are better than they used to be. As for me, I just can’t do it, I will pack my bags and jejely leave Lagos ni o.
2. The crowd.
Lagos is r-o-w-d-y! Like seriously, visit a place like Tejuosho market, and you will wonder where that sea of people come from. You can’t conveniently walk in some parts of Lagos, without getting shoved from behind or bumped into, by other pedestrians. Lagos is a place where everyone is constantly on the move, if you’re not after something, it is likely that something is after you.
The good thing though is that I like to watch people, so the Lagos crowd kinda provides me with some side-attraction; from the random beggars on the street, to the Igbo traders displaying their wares on the floor, then my co-passengers inside Lagos Molue and all sorts of roadside vendors, I always get my fill of daily drama and comic relief 😅
3. The noise.
I don’t like noise abeg and Lagos has too much of it. When it’s not the Agberos shouting at the motor garage, it’s the noise from buses, okadas and trailers blaring their horns, and everywhere you go there’s one generating plant or the other in use (EKEDC no dey try abeg). In general, there’s sha noise everywhere, schools, churches and mosques kuku plenty. One good thing is that the van drivers don’t play high volume/deafening music (something I don’t miss about SVG). It’s not too strange to also see brawls breaking out among people on the streets for one reason or the other. Lagosians are very entertaining.
4. The Hustling.
Chai, Lagos is full of hustlers. People typically migrate to Lagos in order to “make it” and will do whatever it takes to get “there.”
Everyone is trying to make ends meet usually at other people’s expense. The headquarters of The Nigerian Opportunists Club is located in Lagos. Too many victims of fraudsters and scammers on a daily basis. I don’t trust anyone in Lagos (not anywhere in Nigeria sef), I simply walk by faith and not by sight and God has been faithful.
Lagos has been described as the city that never sleeps, and how can they when money-making is their number one priority? 😬
With these few points of mine, I hope I’ve been able to convince and not to confuse you, that the city of Lagos is no place for the faint-hearted. Kudos to Governor Ambode and co, one day Lagos go better.
Having said that, it is also expedient for me to reiterate that Lagos is a land of abundant opportunities. It provides the confidence for you to dream and dare, and the courage to face any challenge that occurs. With the high rate of successful feats and giant accomplishments in Lagos, compared to other parts of Nigeria, you’re instilled with the hope to dream and live your dreams.
So on behalf of myself and other visitors to Lagos, I say,
Welcome to Lagos, where GREAT things happen.
Eko o ni baje o.
PS: So like I mentioned in my last post, I will be helping some of my Facebook friends promote their growing businesses on my blog. This will hopefully run through the first half of the year. Stay tuned.
For deliciousness creating butterflies in your belly,
We make cakes (fondant, buttercream), small chops, snacks etc
I’m so grateful for the new year, because it is a fresh beginning and there’s so much to hope for.
I’m talking about my Goals for 2017; and here’s a snippet:
Yup…I’m very intentional about learning Spanish and Igbo this year, taking creative writing courses PRN, and I look forward to designing a Journal demo…because keeping a journal is so essential, and if you’ve never tried it before, now is a good time to start. I’m trusting God to bring all these to pass.
Like I wrote in the last post, I’m finally here in NIGERIA live! And of all the things I imagined before my return, the experience has just been…amusing, to say the least. Because:
“Life is better experienced, than imagined.”
Nigeria is just d.i.f.f.e.r.e.n.t. in all ramifications, every day is another story. What can I even say? Anyway, for now I’m here to stay ☺️
And I’m determined not just to survive but to enjoy every single blessed day in this country. So in the last few weeks I’ve been up and about, and visited a few interesting places.
And guess who had a surprise welcome-back party? I couldn’t believe my eyes that evening as friends and family gathered in our house with food, drinks and music. My homeys are amazingly deep!! I was elated. I didn’t even know anything was going on right under my nose.😂
Anyway, the year is still young and bubbling with energy, so we have to be intentional this first month…hence the title of my post. What does it mean to be judicious?
And to paraphrase it, as for me I choose God over everything else:
The song in my spirit is GIVE ME YOU (Shana Wilson)
2. Set goals.
I’ve already shared some of my goals for the year, and thanks to my TFSA sisters, I was even able to put up a vision board.
VISION BOARD 2017.
What has God impressed upon your heart for this year? How do you plan to run after the assignment(s)?
A good way to start is to set monthly/weekly planners and have a daily to-do-list. It really works for me.
Life doesn’t always turn out as planned, but planning surely makes life easier.
3. Read books.
Here are all the books currently in my library and I look forward to reading every single one. For this month I decided to finish up:
– BOOK OF QUESTIONS (Garry Poole) and
-Jesus among other gods (Ravi Zacharias)
And I have started reading these two:
– Passing it on (Myles Munroe) and
– When God whispers your name (Max Lucado)
You can tell that I’m quite excited.
4. Be diligent.
Thisis a year where you can’t afford to be lazy.
Say NO to Procrastination, slothfulness and self indulgence.
You need to be up and about and start early.
Let your motto be:
Learn, Practice and Teach.
2017 is a year to make a difference.
MY FEGGO DIARIES just made it through the first proofreading phase a few days back, if you think writing and publishing a book is beans, pls do have a rethink. The book was due for release last November but….it shall soon become a reality in Jesus’ name.🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Here’s my final cover page btw:
(Designed by: firstname.lastname@example.org)
In February, I’ll be doing a challenge: 26 BLESSINGS AND COUNTING.
I’m sure you don’t want to miss it, cos it’s gonna be loaded by God’s grace. There’s just so much to thank God for but I’ve highlighted just a few. So get ready with your notepad and pen to write everything you’re thankful for this new year.
When all is said and done, you need to take stock of how you’ve spent the year. The lessons, the challenges, and the testimonies. It’s a good thing to do that as often as possible. After keeping daily diaries consecutively for the past 4 years (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), I’ve decided to start a weekly journal. And it’s going to be more reflective than narrative.
Lastly, I’m creating FREE ADVERT slots per blogpost for my Facebook friends with small businesses.
Disclaimer: This is not a SUB, just in case you’re thinking it is. It is a good, infact a great prospect, to live outside Nigeria (24/7 Internet and Electricity combo is something most young folks can’t resist) but if that’s your only life-goal, then you’re WRONG, and I will tell you why. Not that I consider myself an authority on this subject, what do I even know and how many countries have I been to?😅 Just hear me out first. I’ll try to make it interesting. Enjoy!
Actually, when you look through my list carefully, the central message is clear, most people equate success/wealth/comfort with living abroad. I’ll try to debunk each of those myths with some of the knowledge I’ve gained over a few years.
Myth 1:GOING ABROAD MEANS YOU’RE SUCCESSFUL.
It’s such a shame that a lot of young, old, educated and non-educated people alike, still carry the mindset that going abroad (whether for a period of time or a lifetime) translates to success. By success, I mean material wealth. You’ll hear folks boast about having their Father’s Cousin’s Husband in Germany or Australia or Spain, and that kinda elevates their social status among their peers. Most people don’t even know what exactly is going on with the said person.
Folks abroad may have more chances at succeeding based on the easy access to the resources made available to them, but the criteria for success in any area of life, no matter your location, still remains the same: Diligence, Determination and Discipline. And I’ve heard a number of stories about abroadees working twice as hard as their counterparts in Nigeria.
“If you’re lazy, you can’t survive abroad.” It’s that simple.
Myth 2: WHERE YOU ARE DETERMINES WHO YOU ARE.
Many people are also quick to assume that it is their environment that defines them. It’s the reason why a lot of young people hustle tirelessly just to travel outside Nigeria.
The truth is, Abroad is not all of that. Hear what the bible says:
“The earth is the Lord ʼs, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”
(Psalm 24:1 NIV)
While you can be largely influenced by your environment, it is what is on your inside that ultimately becomes enhanced. Your environment enables you to do the things you’ve always wanted to do.
People don’t necessarily change when they go abroad, they just become better (whether for good or bad) at who they already are. So a shift in your mindset is of more importance than a change in your location.
Permit me to say this, if you’re not sure of who you are, where you live will not matter. It is people that add value to a place and not vice-versa.
Myth 3: GREAT OPPORTUNITIES ONLY EXIST IN DIASPORA.
To many going Overseas, it is like going to a fairyland where opportunities are there on the streets waiting to be picked up. This isn’t necessarily true.
Great opportunities abound around us, to the extent we choose to see them.
Every Opportunity you discover was created by a need. If you can indentify the needs of people around you, you will discover that several opportunities exist, even here in Nigeria. You simply need to DISCOVER to DELIVER.
Thank God for several entrepreneurs producing worthwhile goods or services across the Fashion, Music, and Food industries. It’s especially easier when you have cultivated the mindset of CONTRIBUTING to your society rather than just CONSUMING from it.
Myth 4: EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT OVERSEAS.
Every nation that man inhabits has some forces (or demons) to contend with. Whether it is political unrest or economic recession, famine or earthquakes, religious intolerance, militants invasion, subtle racism or drug burdens; there is always a fight behind-the-scenes. As lovely as it was to school in the Caribbean, there was always the rumor of hurricanes, volcanoes or storms lurking nearby. During my stay in St. Vincent, we experienced some fatal floods that didn’t exactly leave the island the same way, not to talk of earth tremors and several storm watches. Thank God for safety on all sides.
Those in other parts of the world can also count some of the challenges they face on a daily basis. Of course, Naija has a truckload of problems as well, but not everything is bad with us
So dear Wannabe-Abroadees, pls think before you leap. Wherever you plan to port to, make sure it is worth the cost of everything you have (which may include your life).
Myth 5: LIFE IS AUTOMATIC WHEN YOU’RE ABROAD.
An automatic life simply put, is the life that has it all, the wealth, the glitz and the glamour. Suddenly several folks begin to look up to you like you’ve arrived. But it’s not that simple. Living abroad also has its ups and downs. Like everyone else in Naija, life happens to abroadees too.
Some People struggle through physical, emotional or financial needs. Life abroad is generally more expensive, the next bills come in almost as soon as the previous ones get settled. The electricity/gas/cable being used are not free. Someone has to pay for all the enjoyment. A lot of people are also away from their loved ones, the loneliness faced can sometimes be terrifying.
Trust me, not everything gets to Social media. Behind some happy faces are heavy hearts. So be careful not to turn that Uncle in Canada or Aunty in UK, into a vending machine, and don’t get mad if he or she can’t afford to send you some dollars/pounds this Christmas.
“Remember, Family isn’t a right, it’s a privilege.”
Myth 6: EVERYWHERE IN JAND IS BEAUTIFUL.
Somewhere abroad vs LAGOS…😶
That a place is ugly, dirty or rundown, doesn’t mean it is exclusive to Nigeria. Although I’d say it’s more common here. Lots of places abroad are beautiful, no doubt. But one thing I think of is their high level of maintenance, and many of us lack that quality in Nigeria.
Side-Story: I remember how I was almost furious with my second Landlady in SVG, when she complained about some stains on the gas cooker in my apartment. According to her, she and her husband have maintained an almost spotless cooker for 19 years (😱😁). I just had to swallow a chill pill because I initially thought I was doing my best as per cleaning the cooker. Funny enough, I’d visited some Nigerian friends’ apartments, whose cookers fared worse. [There were other things she complained of, but I won’t bore you with the details.]
My mindset about quality maintenance has since improved.
My point is, a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to our immediate environment, much less public buildings. In Secondary school, I even had the bad habit of defacing walls and furniture with my signature: “So and So was here”. I’ve since repented..lol.
Our carelessness doesn’t help our image as a country. And I’m a very strong advocate of keeping our environment clean. I love neat, organized and colorful places. Don’t you?
We should all cultivate the habit of putting the trash in the trash can, and not inside the drains or on our roads. That’s a good place to start. Forget the fact that the Government sometimes employs cheap labor to clean the roads. Let the change begin with you.
“The grass is always greener on the other side, because we’ve refused to maintain ours.”
Myth 7: STAYING ABROAD MEANS YOU ARE RICH.
Not everybody abroad is rich o. I know that from personal experience.
Not everyone has enough to even eat 3 square meals or pay their house rent.
As a foreign student (with no work-permit) plus Buhari’s Economic Recession, this year was especially tough. Thank God I made it back alive…Haha.
Pls don’t sell all your life’s investments to pursue a life outside the country without concrete plans. It’s at your own risk. That kind of pressure makes people do stupid things like drugs, con acts or prostitution and unfortunately some end up in jail. If you don’t have the credible means (skills/qualifications/funds) for sustenance abroad, pls stay at home. Tenkiu!
I hope you found the post enlightening. You can share some of your thoughts too.
The next post in the series is 5TIPS TO SURVIVE ABROAD. Pls watch this space.
So yours sincerely returned to Nigeria a few days ago.
Thankfully, I had a smooth journey, there were no flight delays or cancellations.
I transversed the Atlantic Ocean, from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom and finally Africa. The entire journey took approximately 16 hours, minus the stop overs.
So here is a mini breakdown of my trip and the things I enjoyed about it:
1. SVG TO LONDON
I left SVG on Monday afternoon amidst hugs and some reserved tears, for St. Lucia on the LIAT airline. It was my first time in St. Lucia and though I didn’t get off the plane, I could see that it would be a cool place to visit. A few more passengers came on board and we left for Barbados. The entire journey from St. Vincent to Barbados was about 1 hr 15 minutes. Barbados is a MUST for anyone considering a vacation in the Caribbean. Thankfully, the immigration process was smooth. I’ve learnt not to take it personal when the Barbados Immigration officials ask random, annoying questions about why I’m visiting and when I’m supposed to leave. I had the experience the last two times I was in Barbados.
I was able to use the bathroom and have a light snack before boarding the British Airways to the UK. I don’t know why, but food is always tastier while I’m in transit. As a rule I eat more and try out new food. I don’t understand why LIAT airline doesn’t serve complimentary meals. There should be a law that all airlines have to serve meals no matter the duration of the flight.
The flight to the UK was about 8 hours, but it was the most enjoyable because I had enough to eat and entertain myself with. I also watched ANGRY BIRDS Movie and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, and slept for the rest of the trip.
2. LONDON TO CASABLANCA
On arrival at the GATWICK Airport, I passed through immigration with ease and then found my way to the train station.
With two luggages and a hand bag, it was tough navigating the several stairs I encountered. But God was faithful to bring a couple of sweet gentlemen my way at intervals. Londoners are too kind. Don’t you agree?
“Can I help you with that?”
“Yes please, thank you so much”
“Do you need help?”
“Yes, I’ll appreciate it.”
Oh my, I was too pleased to hand over my luggage every time. I actually took on the role of a Princess in distress…hahaha.
I took the train from Gatwick to Victoria Park, then to South Kensington, from where I got on the Piccadilly line and we went from station to station, until I finally got down at the Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport.
I was able to have a typical English breakfast at an airport cafe, then walked around for some window (more than actual) shopping. I almost embarrassed myself while asking about some wristwatches, I didn’t realize the prices were all in 4 digits. When I discovered my error, I quietly left the store for another.
By evening, I was on board the Royal Air Maroc in a flight to Casablanca, Morocco. It was a less fun (no TV for entertainment) trip but I absolutely enjoyed the meals served. For a 3-hour trip, we had more than enough to eat and drink. Eating and Sleeping were my favorite activities, since I didn’t download any novels to read. Candy crush disappointedly refused to open as well. There was a bit of people-watching on my part too, and for the first time I discovered Non-Nigerian Pidgin speakers.
3. CASABLANCA TO NIGERIA
I didn’t realize until my flight that English wasn’t an official language in the country, I heard more of Arabic and French. I was able to buy a few more items at the Airport and the currency in use was Euros. I later learnt their official currency is Moroccan Dirham (MAD). I was quite exhausted walking around the shops. My flight to Nigeria was around midnight and it took us 4 hours to get to Lagos. There was more eating and sleeping during the flight. Since Nigeria is a hour ahead of Morocco, we arrived about 5 a.m. (Nigerian Time).
I was surprised that the MURITALA MOHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Lagos, was more sophisticated than the last time I visited (in 2014), and there was even air conditioning in the arrival lounge. So I was welcomed in the typical Nigerian way, and it was only in Nigeria that the Green Passport was classified as a priority.
“Do you have the Nigerian Passport?”
“Go that way”
After passing through the immigration, there were porters all over asking if I needed help with my luggages, taxi service, or calls. I was also approached to change foreign currency. It was good to be home. There were several eateries, stands for Network providers and some business centers. I didn’t see much of souvenir shops though. A porter allowed me to call my mum and led me to an eatery where I bought a snack and bottle of water, I couldn’t get access to wifi and was really exhausted because I had to wait for about 5 hours before I was eventually picked up, thanks to Lagos traffic et al.
Now that I’m home I would like to write about 7 common myths about staying abroad. It promises to be enlightening. Stay tuned.
And I’m trusting God for a delightful experience this month, simply because:
1. It’s the Christmas SEASON and I’m very pro-CHRIST.
2. It’s also my Birth Month and I have many things to be THANKFUL for, too many to count.
So last month was a combo of mixed emotions for me, with lots of mountain and valley experiences. I seemed to make significant progress in certain areas, but on the other hand, a couple of challenges weighed me down:
I had a day-trip to Barbados, and God really FAVORED me. Divine helpers are REAL, of that I’m sure. God’s children cannot be stranded because he makes Provision for us in every Location.
(PS: All images are from the WEB).
Btw, Barbados is breathtaking and scintillating…if you want to visit the Caribbean, Barbados is a MUST. Just be sure to travel with plenty money…lol.
My 5 weeks experience with other awesome ladies at TFSA with Eziaha of The FAB Sister’s blog, was nothing short of
A-m-a-z-i-n-g!!! E’ is one blessed and loaded woman. My life has not remained the same.
I was really hopeful about getting MY FEGGO DIARIES published, but it hasn’t worked out yet.
I also anticipated traveling to Nigeria, but I’m still here in SVG because God has other plans. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to write the December Diaries as promised in my November post.
One thing I know is this,
My Wait is not a Waste and My Faith is not in Vain.
I’m learning to trust God’s delay rather than doubt his ways. So help me God.
That said, I look forward to an exciting and eventful December, with the Jingle Bells, Christmas lights and loads of fun!!!
And not forgetting that JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THIS SEASON!!!
I came across this scripture in Isaiah 9:6-7 a few days ago with a better understanding:
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
God means some serious business and he is very DETERMINED to bring it to pass.
Yes and Amen!!!
Here Are My December Highlights:
1. Scripture for the month: Psalm 13:5-6.
2. Song for the month: You made a way (Travis Greene)
3. I’ll continue reading:
–ME AND MY BIG MOUTH (Joyce Meyer)
–JESUS AMONG OTHER GODS (Ravi Zecharias)
–WAIT & SEE* (Wendy Pope)
*PS: I got the first 3 chapters for FREE!!! You can check out this link.
4. Join in my Sing Along Favorite Christmas Carols:
I’m sooooo EXCITED and highly EXPECTANT about this Month. I remember this time last year when I did the series: A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER.
How time flies.
I’m thankful for the journey so far, all of God’s blessings towards me and every lesson I have learnt along the way.
So here are a few things that have recently happened/what-I-look-forward-to in November:
1. Scripture for the MONTH: 2 Kings 20:9a (GNB)
Yes and AMEN, because my God is a Miracle-Worker and a Promise-Keeper. I have every reason to TRUST him for what he says he will do.
I received this clear WORD in my SPIRIT on the first of this Month- GOD CAN AND GOD WILL.
And seeing how amazing he is, just a few weeks ago as I was unpacking an old box, I came across one of my prayer requests over 2 years ago:
It was such a HUGE TESTIMONY, talk about ANSWERED PRAYERS! And for me that was A SIGN that God will certainly make good every promise he made as regards the present and my future.
And that’s why it’s advisable to keep A PRAYER JOURNAL and I’m thankful for my PrayerJournal APP which I need to learn to use more often.
2. Song for the Month: WE SERVE A MIGHTY GOD (Positive Media)
Tbh, the song literally gives vibes to my body. I can’t keep still while it is playing. Btw, a Trinidadian sang it and it’s really beautiful, so Yoruba folks pls just chill. Tenkiu! 😉
3. Currently reading the following Books :
i. The Complete Book of Questions (Gary Poole). I have answered 500 questions so far. It’s quite an enlightening read, I’ll recommend you read it with other friends. I downloaded the free PDF version. Here are the first five questions:
and my answers to them:
ii. Me and My Big Mouth! (Joyce Meyer). I borrowed a hard copy from a friend and it’s an eye-opening book too.
Here are some lessons I’ve gleaned:
” We are instructed to talk to and not to talk about our problems.” ” Extremes are the devil’s playground, if he cannot get a believer to totally ignore the truth, he’ll get him to be one sided and out of balance.” “Confession is a means of speaking God’s promises into existence.”
“Thankful people are too busy being grateful for what they have, that they have no time to complain about the things they don’t have.”
“Complaining not only robs the joy of the speaker, but it also quenches the hope of the hearers.”
iii. ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING (John MacArthur). This is another deep book about what a Christian should focus on, instead of worrying endlessly. It’s really been a great resource during this phase I’m in. Here are a few lessons from the book:
” Worry is unnecessary. God doesn’t just create life, he sustains it.”
“Worry is unable to accomplish anything. You may worry yourself to death but never to a longer life.”
“To worry is needless because of God’s bounty, senseless because of his promise and useless because of its potency to achieve nothing.”
“Providing and Planning for tomorrow is taking responsibility but worrying about it, is sin.”
“The best way to avoid worrying is through prayer, followed by right thinking and right doing.”
4. Still studying the book of REVELATON with the help of Matthew Henry’s commentary.
I’m now on the 19th chapter. My favorite so far has been:
Have you let the savior in? If not, what are you waiting for? 🙂
5. Adventures: It’s been one adventure or the other in the last few weeks…I attended a mega concert of African worship, TEHILLAH AFRICANA and it was an awesome experience, followed by a Christian Talent Show that turned out unexpectedly as per the final winners, and most recently, I tried Karaoke for the very first time, with my friends. We did the song- The Heart of Worship (Matt Redman). Unfortunately, I can’t upload our video clip. Sorry😅🙈.
I’m hopeful that there will be more wonderful adventures this month.
6. Projects: So this last month, I completed and entered two stories, for National & International prizes respectively. While I’m not counting too much on the outcome, I’m a bit hopeful that one of them at least gets picked.
– Then I wrote about my Sojourn in SVG (Part 1) here, pls read.
– I’m still working on MY FEGGO DIARIES book. I look forward to getting it publishedthis month. My amazing friend Z (email@example.com) was kind enough to help with cover design samples for the book. You may contact him for the cover design for your book(s) at a token fee. 😉
7. Culinary Skills: My skills have remarkably improved in recent times. Yours sincerely single-handedly made Pizzas for a sale at an event.
I recently attempted baking bread for the first time too, but sadly the yeast wasn’t enough, so it flopped badly…solid rock bread 😓. I look forward to investing more of my time this month polishing more of those skills.
8. SPANISH 101: So yours sincerely has started learning Spanish via YouTube, thanks to a friend’s suggestion. I’m so looooooving it. I didn’t even realize how relatively easy the language is plus a huge BONUS is that my Neighbor is from Cuba. So therefore, I get to practice as often as I want to. Buenos para mí.
9. Another friend told me she was taking some free courses at Edx.org and I decided to check it out. I registered for these three courses:Think 101, Behavioral Medicine: A key to better health and Inclusive Leadership Training, and what an amazing experience it’s been. You can sign up for free here.
10. A few of us volunteered at a community health fair the other Saturday, and I got to play “The Doctor” for real and no longer Student-doctor. Haha. My Medical School Journey was certainly a dream come true.
I was able to take a quick selfie…
11. BE INSPIRED:
a) Looking for what to listen to? You can subscribe to these Podcasts.
– Your Move With Andy Stanley, and
– Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer.
You’ll be glad you did.
b) Looking for what to read on BLOGSPHERE? Why not try these:
1.. Omooba’s Blog: Omooba is a wonderful Christian lady who is both an Artist and a Writer. She recently started a new blog. You can check her old blog www.omoobaa.wordpress.com too. She’s refreshingly inspiring.
2. Lola Opatayo’s Blog: The lady writes dramatic, seat-grabbing fictionlike no other. You don’t want to miss out, so visit her blog.
3. Eziaha’s Blog: For Practical Spiritual Truths, Mind-blowing ideas, Awesome Encouragement and daily/weekly Motivation, Coach E’s blog is where to visit. She’s awesome both in WORDS and DEEDS. How do I know this? I know because I’ve had an ENCOUNTER with her…lol.
PS: Do you have a friend or family member who is interested in studying Medicine in the Caribbean? Kindly ask them to visit www.studymedcaribbean.com or like their Facebook page.
PPS: Hopefully, next month will come with a new series December Diary, and the focus will be on how I’m adjusting to life in Nigeria. #Anticipate
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.
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.
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.
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.