Let me tell you a story of an amazing lady I met today. Her name is Zvifadzo Mtengwa. Zvifadzo is the first of four children born into a very supportive family. She is also beautiful and God-fearing. Her Grade 4 teacher described as 'quiet but lights up when you speak to her.' Though her parents … Continue reading Zvifadzo Mtengwa: a story of overcoming insurmountable odds.
Growing up, I didn't like the shape of my legs. I didn't like the structure of my body, the complexion of my skin, the texture of my hair, the boundary of my hair line... In fact, there were many things I didn't like about myself. I never really classified myself as 'beautiful' or 'pretty'. The … Continue reading You are who you say you are!
I did a lot of baking and frying during the Easter holiday. I made meat pies, doughnuts, puff-puff and so on. I just decided to get in touch with my snack and pastry making side. 😁 While mixing, kneading and cutting the dough, my daughter asked "Mummy, what are you doing? I thought you wanted … Continue reading A beautiful mess.
Last term, my six-year-old was involved in a lot of activities at school. One of them involved seed planting. They were placed in groups, asked to plant bean seeds, and watch them germinate. The next day after planting her seed with her teammate, she came home saying "Mummy, the seeds XYZ and I planted did … Continue reading Give it time!
When life deals us a big blow, our first port of call is to recoil into our shells, wishing we could re-live the moment in order to set things straight. We naturally begin to think: “Why didn't I say this and that differently?” “Why didn't I go here, instead of there?” “Why did I do … Continue reading Every day is a second chance.
Sometime in 2003, I went to write an exam in Lagos state. Coincidentally, that day was my birthday and my uncle decided to give me a treat. “Have you ever eaten shawarma?” He asked. “No. What is that? What does it taste like?” I had never even heard the word ‘shawarma’ before. “It's a delicious … Continue reading I don’t like shawarma.
So, I ditched my fears today and clicked on the dreaded "Go Live" button on Facebook. Yayyyy!!!! In my first live video, I spoke on the topic "How to keep your dreams alive." Here are some points I raised: As children we all had dreams. Something great we longed to become when we grow up. … Continue reading How to keep your dreams alive.
Some days ago, I finished washing and didn't close the tap properly, so drops of water trickled down the tap and into a container. After many hours, I came back to see that the container was almost half full. Against popular belief, success does not happen overnight. Success is accumulated hard work and continuous effort. … Continue reading Success is an action word.
"Mummy, do we have to go to church?" my six-year old asked as we got ready on Sunday morning. "Yes." I responded. Late last year, we moved to a new place. We were going to attend a new church and meet new people. For my daughter, it spelt disaster! She is very skeptical about new … Continue reading Dare, not dread!
My first attempt at riding a bicycle was either at eight or nine. It wasn't an easy feat. I pedaled and pushed, yet I could not balance myself on top of the bicycle. I nearly bumped into a car, I fell down and injured myself, but it didn't stop me. I'm telling you, there were … Continue reading Permit yourself.