Tuesday, 26 September 2017

CARING FOR MY BRAIDS

I have been receiving messages from friends and even people I don't know asking about my hair and how I care for it. 

This has actually made me miss carrying my natural hair but I have had to give it some time to rest from my touching hands.

I'll try to talk about my hair more often and will try to do a short video when I can on my hair routine. Which honestly isnt much.

I've had braids on for almost a month now. And I must say that it's been a relief of not having to wake up an extra half hour to sort my hair out.


I found a great Cantu hair treatment that's perfect for braids and I haven't had any itching I must confess.
Its the Apple Cider Vinegar Root Relief  +Peppermint Oil. It's been so good. 



I did have my doubts about it at first because I get dry scalp when I have weaves or braids on, but it sure is working for me.
No dandruff, no irritation. 
Yaay.

I would have taken my braids off right about this time but will keep it for the full month and then I'll see what my hair look like.

For those with natural hair. Please can you share with us what you use for your hair and how you are able to avoid breakage?

I'm looking to change to curls once my braids go off.
Wish me luck people.
Keep sparkling. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

THE GREATEST WEALTH IS HEALTH.

It is always awesome for me to meet or interact with men and women who are creating jobs for themselves and building a positive look as Nigerians no matter where they are.

Meet a young Entrepreneur whose career is to help people have a healthy lifestyle.


He is from Anambra State. Eastern part of Nigeria, but was born and brought up in Los Angeles. He is a twin and not only does he understand the Igbo language, speaks it and is very proud of his culture.

Valentine with twin brother


He left Los Angeles for Nigeria at the age of thirteen (13) to attend an amazing boarding school called Gaius Benton at Oko, Anambra State. He was there from JSS2-SS2 (Year8-Year11). He enjoyed every minute spent there and is proud to be an Igbo man.

He returned to Los Angeles for his senior year in High school. After graduation, he was admitted into Carlifornia State University in Los Angeles were he studied Nursing and graduated with Bachelor Of Science in Nursing.



During his time in University, he was President of three organisations, which he ran rather successfully.

He joined a black College fraternity called the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc of which he says he is  proud of.

Our mission is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence whilst providing advocacy and services for the community. A lot of Nigerians are a part of it as well.

After he graduated, he started working but was laid off six months into the job, rather than being held back by it, he was inspired into starting a Health Management Business. Though, being laid off was very disappointing for him, it was also the best thing that could have happened to him.




His Health Management Business is focused on helping people with their health, from weight loss, weight gain and energy, to changing their bad eating habits to a balanced and healthier diet for a better well being. He mentors and supports people. This is something he is passionate about.

 His main focus is on Nutrition. He works with a company called Herbal Life Nutrition and through them, sells Nutrition products.



He has been on this amazing journey for six (6) years and with his experiences ,he looked for a way in which he could reach out to more people to help them. This led to his podcast project, the Think Alpha Project." An empowering podcast for young growth minded people who want to take their lives to new places". Most especially, empowering minorities like himself.

You can visit his site -www.thinkalpha.net - "Think for yourself. Make moves. Make a difference".



                           Meet Valentine Ewudo of Think Alpha Project, doesn't he just sparkle?


Saturday, 16 September 2017

SHOE LOVE.


Give me a good pair of shoes and a beautiful dress and I just want to put them on and head out the doors.

People generally, love good things and love to look good. Especially when it comes to designer shoes.

Meet a hardworking man. A shoe designer and entrepreneur from Ikorodu town, Lagos State, Southern part of Nigeria, who is making Nigeria proud.

His passion for shoes begun over thirty (30) years ago when he went on a visit with his mother to former military governor of Lagos State, whom his mother was working for at the time , late Air Comodore Gbolahan Mudasiru .

The wife of the late governor had asked their kids not to forget to pick up their shoes from the shoe cobblers place and asked if he would like to go with them and pick a pair for himself, he said yes.

This is his story:

I got a pair of sandals that day but watching how shoes were made whilst there got me excited.

When my pair of sandals got spoilt, I looked for a shoe cobbler close to my house and everyday I spent four (4) hours with him learning shoe making.
 
I went to the shoe cobbler everyday while in secondary school and my mum never knew until I got to class 5(SS2) when she caught me with a pair of shoes. Since then, I really didn't look back.

EDUCATION:

I attended Federal College of Chemical and Leather Technology,  Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria in 1993.

I obtained certificate in Footwear Manufacturing  Process Introduction in Assutoria, Milan, Italy. I also obtained an Advanced National Diploma in Footwear Technology from Cordwinners College, United Kingdom (now known as University London College of Fashion).

After spending time working in the UK, In 2011, I returned home and  established my shoe factory called Sola Benson Exclusive Shoes Company. 

I was producing shoes for ten (10) years in Nigeria before going abroad to further my studies, so I already knew the problems of production and sales in Nigeria. 

I would come to Nigeria once in a while to familiarise myself with how the business works and decided to return home from Ireland were my family and I lived. 

I also realised that the Nigerian youths were not empowered and footwear business did not have the right expatriates in Nigeria. 

I decided it would be best to relocate my company to Nigeria.

Nigeria is one of the largest countries that exports leather. About 90% of our leather is exported.

I get my leather from Mushin, Lagos State. Though we have so much of our leather coming from Kano. I get my materials at Mushin when supply arrives from Kano. I do not import any of my raw materials.


I now live and work at Ikorodu. Due to the high rate of people seeking work, i decided to train around 100 people who are  interested in learning the trade. People who are unable to go to the university. We have a training institution called  Sola Benson 
Exclusive Shoes Training Institute at Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria.


All they need do is buy the materials they would be using during the training.

The plan is to run this programme for two and a half years, which already has started.

 I would like to see Ikorodu turn into a shoe making city in the future.

I have designed shoes for people like Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and Ooni of Ife. His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.

I make all sorts of shoes and styles. For young and old. I make shoes for everyone. 





My business is growing and I'm getting a lot of people, even graduates come to train.

I am doing what I truly love and getting joy from it.

My name is Adesola Omotayo Benson and I'm sparkling.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

DEPRESSION AND ITS STIGMA

The past two weeks, I've heard of people who committed suicide.

As a Nigerian, I know that my fellow Nigerians love life more than anything. So, when I heard two Nigerians commited suicide; I was perplexed.

As Fela's music says, we are people who are "suffering and smiling" 
We find a way to overcome our stress,sorrows, grief through laughing at what we go through and comparing sometimes, our troubled times with another's to encourage ourselves.
We are also supposedly very religious (now that is a topic for another day) and use this as a shield to cover certain things we go through and laugh it off whilst dying in silence.

Today, I want to look a little into depression. 

I have been told severally that as a Christian one cannot be depressed.
I mean, seriously?? (I seriously feel like preaching) 

Let us first look at what depression is and it's triggers. 

Depression can be defined as a common and medical serious illnes that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.[American Psychiatry Association ]

Depression  does not really have a single cause, but there are certain reasons that can trigger it.  Like redundancy, bereavement, divorce, illness, rape, money worry [how to pay bills or any expenses].

A stressful event like a breakup in a relationship could bring about depression without the person even realising it. 

Finding out something really scary about ones husband or wife or someone you truly trust could also trigger depression. 

Depression can also be seen in the history of some families and can reoccur in other generations.

It could come from loneliness. For people who for one reason or another have been cut off by family and friends, they tend to fall into depression.

Child Birth can also sometimes bring about depression. It could be due to physical changes or hormonal changes.

Trying to conceive for years sometimes triggers depression. 

There are probably a lot more triggers for depression but there are treatments for it. 

Because depression is a form of mental disorder, people do not want to be associated with it. 

They don't want to be stigmatised.
Stigma is a very complex concept.
It can be perceived public stigma - how people view mental disorder /depression within the society.
It could be self stigma- this how the person in question views his or her ailment and it could be personal stigma- an individual view or belief of mental illness.

In Nigeria today, depression is still seen as something extreme. Some people would still call a person with depression "mad" or as it is called in Yoruba language "wèrè".  Nobody wants to be stigmatised or called  a mad person. 
So, they hide rather than seek for help. In the process, get worse.

If you are going through any related symptoms or anything that could trigger it, please talk to someone.
Do not stay quiet.  Do not hide in shame.

Remember, it is not your fault.
Anyone could have any ailment.
No one wants to be diagnosed with malaria, cancer,  depression or even dementia.

But when you find yourself in such dilemma, do not hesitate to seek help. Speak to a professional.
If you don't want to start with a professional, then speak to someone close.

Learning about your depression treatment options helps you decide what approach of treatment is right for you. From therapy to medication or even a healthy lifestyle  like exercises. 

There are many effective treatments that can help overcome depression. So, don't stay silent. Speak up, speak out.

For those who are being confided in, please do not mock your friend or family coming to you out of trust.
Neither should you go about spreading what has been discussed in confidence around and making the person feel worse than they already do.

Let us learn to show love to one another.. A smile goes a long way and checking on a friend goes the extra mile.

You never know what your call, text or visit has stopped from occurring.

Depression is such a deep topic that I'm sure there are loads more to talk about.

Do share your views and opinions. 
Drop a comment or two, let us know how you feel about depression or its triggers. 

Remember, you are never alone.
Keep smiling and please stay sparkling.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

GREEN GENE- THE GPLUS AWARDS

      CELEBRATING OUR HERITAGE



My Green Gene is a UK based organisation that portrays the wealth and heritage of our  great Nation, Nigeria.

My Green Gene was launched in May 2015 and is spearheaded by a young and hardworking Nigerian known as Adewumi Adisa. 

He bears a strong passion for the preservation of the true Nigerian heritage and is concerned about how Nigeria and her people are seen internationally.

The term "Green Gene" can be described as the National unit of heredity transferred from a Nigerian parent to their offspring and is held to determine some of the excellent and amazing characteristics by such offspring.

To showcase these amazing and excellent characteristics of the Nigerian people, The GPLUS Awards was created.

The GPLUS Awards showcases our heritage to the world and recognises individuals all over the world who have made an impact in their professions.

They are celebrated to show that honest work and endeavours pay and should be the ambition of every Nigerian.

Last year (2016), the GPLUS Awards took place at The Quays, North Manchester, UK. Here are a few pictures of those who attended. 














This year, the GPLUS AWARDS will be taking place at AUDACIOUS (M3 7BD) on Saturday, the 16th of September 2017 at 1600hours.  

It will be a celebration of our cultural diversity.

From African contemporary music,exhibitions, comedy,Role model Awards, celebrity guests appearances, exotic Nigerian dishes and much more.

Amongst the events for the evening, there will be a stage play titled "Igbeyawo" written and directed by Kunmi Ogunsola and the events official broadcast partner is BEN TV.

MyGreenGene African Entertainment Ambassador is Atunyota Alleluya  Akporobomerere (ALIBABA) GCFR.



It's not too late to get your ticket.
Get your tickets @ www.THEGPLUS.ORG

See you there and stay sparkling.


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