You Are What You Think

I came across this remarkable video that told the story of an inspirational lady with such admirable passion for what makes her happy. It taught me that having a passion for something often requires a lot more than saying 'I am passionate about...' Is there something you love doing? Something that makes you happy? Something that makes you comfortable about who you are and what you are? If the answer is yes then this woman's story will resonate deeply with you. And if the answer is no, watch and learn.

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Rest In Peace Wonderful Woman

I remember the day in 2007 I walked into the office of Late Prof Dora Akunyili with the very lofty idea of inviting her to my art exhibition and for some strange reason I believed I could do it even when every single person told me I could not. Not only did she receive me with so much warmth and motherly love; she believed in my dream and supported me. Little did she know what difference that made to my confidence as a woman. She was a giant who accomplished so much in her very short time on earth.  She was a pharmacist and governmental administrator who gained international recognition and won several awards for her work in pharmacology, public health and human rights.

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Kalahari San (Bushmen) Of Botswana

When I moved to Botswana in 2008, I knew very little about the place. All I knew was that they had a bustling diamond industry and that it was the most stable country in Africa. The former meant little to me but the latter meant the world to me (who would want to move to a place filled with violence and insecurity?). On getting here I have come to realize that there is so much more about this beautiful country to behold. I live in the North close to the wildlife reserves and its many animal inhabitants. Every year during the hunting season, tourists come in their thousands to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures.

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Just Move...

A recent research done by the British Heart Foundation has found that just 10 minutes of vigorous exercise is enough to keep heart attacks and stroke at bay in women.Women who did strenuous activity two to three times a week – enough to cause sweating or a fast heartbeat – were 20 per cent less likely to suffer from heart problems, stroke and blood clots than inactive women, researchers said.

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It is a New Year......now what?

Challenges are meant to bring out the best in us and I am glad they are doing just that in my life. After receiving the news of my father's death, all I wanted to do was paint...paint and paint some more. Grief comes with it an array of feelings and there is no one best way of dealing with it. For me, talking about my feelings helped but what brought tremendous amount of healing was painting.  I spent the weeks following his death painting. Something was unlocked somewhere and there was a great outflow of inspiration. I wonder; is that why many of the great masters had very sad and unhappy lives? Why is sadness and grief always closely associated with great inspiration?

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