Friday, 17 April 2015

When tears can't make it better.



We all, young or old, have those moments when we lack confidence in ourselves or our decisions.
But you see for all those moments, there is someone special or some special people that have got you covered.

I believe everyone in life has a purpose, while everything in life has a reason.
And for everyone that crosses your path, there is a purposeful reason.

You see, for me, there were times in my life I felt I drew a short straw. I sometimes felt really sad with no clue how to make things better. Till I realised I didn't need to feel that way. All I needed was to flip the talisman. I needed to learn how to see light in every darkness. I needed to believe in me and remind myself of whose I am.

God couldn't physically come down and hold my hand or wipe my tears so instead, He sent me angels.
My angels, my torchlight operators, when the way seemed so dark and gloomy they helped me switch on the torch that guided me back to the Light.  And every time, once again, my path seemed beautifully lit. Once things looked better and brighter, we danced and giggled in the rain together.

My torchlight operators had magical powers. Most times we were countries apart but they still knew how to flick the switch.
Most of all, they taught me how to operate theirs and the torch lights of others too.

Unfortunately during the last year of my life, two of my angels bailed on me. Now guys, that wasn't the plan. We were supposed to be at each other’s kids’ weddings and graduations. We always said we will look back on the hard times and laugh, probably from one of our private islands while being conveyed on one of our private jets.

Now I'm flying solo, you guys aren’t here to egg me on, hold me up when I graze a knee. Most of all I couldn't be there to make all your pains go away when you truly needed me.

But here goes my torchlight operators.
For every time you told me you believe in me, I promise I will work 100 times harder
For every time you told me well done, I promise I will do 100 times better.
For every time you switched on my torchlight, I promise I will switch on a million.

Thank you for being my friend, my confidant, my brother and my sister. Thanks for being my ANGELS!

RIP to the great ones

Dedicated to Leke Aderohunmu (Ondbox) and Kefee Obareki- Don Momoh (Branama)




Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Kemi Vivacity on Talk Talk Wazobia, we TV: Celebration of International Women's Day




A few days ago I stopped by we TV to have a little chat on International Women's day Matters. You can watch the interview below. Please be advised its in pidgin English. Enjoy Vivaciously .....




Thursday, 12 March 2015

Africas leaders breakfast with Dr Nkem Okeke Richard Taylor, Boma Ozobia and Dayo Israel

GLEEHD Foundation cordially invites you to

Leaders Breakfast with

Dr. Nkem Okeke PhD - Deputy Governor Anambra State, Nigeria
Richard Taylor OBE – Founder Damilola Taylor Trust
Boma Ozobia OON – Former President, Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Dayo Israel – Former Special Representative to the United Nations


Date: 13th March 2015
Time: Networking 8.00am - Breakfast and program 8.15am
Place: The Graduate Center, London Metropolitan University, Holloway Road, London N7 8DB

Ticket cost £15 (£5 for student; and 10 FREE seats available on Eventsbrite for NGO/CSO representatives) online or at door. Register here and get priority seating https://www.eventbrite.com/e/africas-leaders-breakfast-with-dr-nkem-okeke-richard-taylor-boma-ozobia-and-dayo-israel-tickets-16136612041

For more information, please see our website www.gleehdfoundation.org.uk . Alternatively, you may contact us at info@gleehdfoundation.org.uk  or call 07405139015
RSVP is essential for access to the building. 

Dr. Nkem Okeke PhD: is the Deputy Governor of Anambra State. He first served as Commissioner for Economic Planning, and again as Commissioner for Works and Transport under Governor Peter Obi and later went back to immerse himself in the academia as lecturer and head of department of economics at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. Okeke holds a Ph.D in monetary Economics. He attended Dennis Memorial Grammar School Onitsha and Universities in United States of America. He was until recently Head of Department of Economics Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Boma Ozobia OON: is the founding Partner of Sterling Partnership, Nigeria. She led the SADC Lawyers Association (SADCLA) election observation team, comprised of lawyers from the 15 Countries of the SADC region to the South African National Elections in May 2014. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Royal Commonwealth Society and as President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association 2011-2013 - the first woman President in the over 50 year history of this association of lawyers from 54 countries. She also served as the Chairwoman of the Association of Women Solicitors of England and Wales between 2005/2006. She is an experienced Arbitrator and an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator. She was educated in England at Kings College, University of London where she obtained an LL.M in Maritime Law, and in Nigeria where she obtained an LL.B from Rivers State University of Science and Technology. She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in England & Wales.
Richard Taylor OBE is the Founder of the Damilola Taylor Trust. Richard set up the Trust to bring positive change to inner city communities and increase the options and opportunities available to youngsters in those areas. The Trust has also organised the Spirit of London Awards for the last two years, recognising the achievements of the capital’s youngsters. Richard also works as a New Business Consultant at Working Links and as an official adviser to the UK Government on Youth Crime.
A winner of the Pride of Britain Awards, a prestigious award event organised by the Daily Mirror Newspaper of the UK in total Special Recognition of the positive contributions towards solving youth crime in the UK, He was in 2008 appointed by the then Prime Minister, Mr Gordon Brown as his official Government Envoy and Adviser on youths Crime for UK. Her Royal Majesty the Queen, conferred on Richard the Award of The Officer of the Most Excellent  Order Of The British Empire (OBE) in her end of year Honours Roles for 2010.


Dayo Israel (LLB (Hons), MA International Relations) is a renowned polymath; A season diplomat, social entrepreneur, in demand evangelist, TV personality, astute motivational speaker, advocate, Conference facilitator, High Performance Coach, young thought leader and an advisor to many world leaders, business executive, politicians, young entrepreneur and sports professionals. He is also an internationally recognized personality with over 15years of professional experience in international development having worked with organisations such as The United Nations, British Council, Save the Children UK, UNICEF, in various capacities and has appeared on countless television interviews, commercials, talk shows, radio programs, and was even selected by the United Nations to represent all the young delegates to the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children on a special CNN Live Interview. Recently, He was specially invited by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to a private reception at Buckingham palace. He was also invited by the Obama Administration to the White House President’s Forum for Young African Leaders in Washington DC and an Alumnus of the US State Department International Visitors Leadership Program that has produced over 400 Heads of Government globally. He currently serves as Director for Africa at GLEEHD Foundation.

There is no love better than the love of food



The Nigerian Food Fusion is a savoury cooking class with the impeccable chef Eros, who is also the Chef ambassador for German home appliance brand, Miele.  It will take place on Saturday 14th March, from 10am-1pm at the Miele Gallery, 33 Sanusi Fafunwa Street, VI Lagos.
The  three-hour cooking class will include practical cooking demonstration on how to prepare Jollof rice risotto with moi moi, dressing ideas for plate-service purposes and some first-class plating concepts for your traditional meals.

Price per person: N9,500
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For your RSVP: events@aplusng.com


This class would be intriguing  for people with the love for food and of course, the recipe stays with you for as long as you will.

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AMONG YOUTHS (P.L.A.Y.) FORUM: “Trust But Verify”



“Trust But Verify”
It's important to be sure of the facts before you publish or repeat them.

It has come to the attention of the Play Forum that several respected citizens, and bloggers have been engaged in what we can only describe as erroneous reporting as regards the Play Forum Townhall Meeting held on the 1st of February 2015.

This as we have come to understand is largely due to a misleading caption on a video posted on the Facebook page of a Mr Ibrahim Adewumi.

This same video, along with its misleading information has found its way to portals such as ENDS.ng (Every Nigerian Do Something), Sahara Reporters, Lindaikeji.com, Naij.com, PMNewsnigeria.com, news24.com, Lailasblog among others.

We will not make much of this as we are fairly certain that this was done in error and not as a malicious act of any kind.
It has however prompted us to again state exactly what The Play Forum Townhall Meeting was.
The Political Leadership Among Youths (P.L.A.Y.) Forum is a body set up to foster youth engagement in matters of the nation, specifically with regards to voting officials into political office.
A forum was held on Sunday, the 1st of February, 2015 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Congress Hall, Abuja.
The upscale black-tie event hosted political stakeholders such as Dr Oby Ezekwesili, the Senior Economic Adviser - Open Security Foundations, who gave the keynote address titled "Killing Apathy: The Office of the Citizen".
The DG - Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mr Frank Nweke Jr. was also in attendance and gave the second keynote speech on "Why we must get Involved" addressing the youth and encouraging participation in matters of the nation.
The Political parties in attendance were PDP with a team of 6 representatives led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe, and APC also with a team of 6 representatives led by Boss Mustapha and Professor Okey.
Following entertainment by Classical guitarist, Jaiye and Musical Crooner Timi Dakolo, a Q&A session began where attendees were guided to limit questions to three main sectors; politics and good governance, the economy and security instability.
Both parties represented were given a chance to answer audience questions and final remarks given by Barrister Ismaila for the APC and Dr Okupe for the PDP. It was a heated discussion with vibrant audience participation and enthusiasm.

At this point we would like to categorically state the following:
The Play Forum Townhall meeting was in no way a press briefing for Mr Doyin Okupe or any other individual.
Again, the event was held at  The Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Abuja and not at Aso Villa.
We would like to thank Bellanaija.com for their support and stellar levels of professionalism in covering and reporting information.

Sincerely,
The Play Forum

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Nigerian Youth engage Politicians at the P.L.A.Y Forum in Abuja! Exclusive Pics & Scoop |Oby Ezekwesili, Chigul, Doyin Okupe, Tolu Ogunlesi & More


The Political Leadership Among Youths (P.L.A.Y.) Forum was held Sunday 1st February, 2015 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Congress Hall, Abuja.

The upscale black-tie event hosted political stakeholders including Oby Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Adviser – Open Security Foundations, who gave the keynote address titled Killing Apathy: The Office of the Citizen.

The DG – Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Frank Nweke Jr. was also in attendance and gave the second keynote speech on Why We Must Get Involved, addressing the youth and encouraging participation in matters of the nation.

The political parties in attendance were PDP with a team of 6 representatives led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, and APC also with a team of 6 representatives led by Boss Mustapha and Prof. Okey.

Following entertainment by classical guitarist, Jaiye and musical crooner Timi Dakolo, the event came alive as a Q&A session began. The session was moderated by Tolu Ogunlesi while the event was hosted by Chigul.

Attendees were guided to limit questions to three main sectors; politics and good governance, the economy and security instability. It was a heated discussion with vibrant audience participation and enthusiasm.

The P.L.A.Y Forum is a body set up to foster youth engagement in matters of the nation, specifically in regards to voting officials into political office.
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