What I Traded for Success

David Ochoga This article was written based on instruction during the Leadership Exchange Programme (LEP) of Jela’s Development Initiative (JDI). All that is stated in the article are the things I have let go in order to fulfil my dream. I have always thought that...
It’s All in Your Head

It’s All in Your Head

Chisom Onwuekwe Did you know that the amount of stress people feel largely depends on their analysis, interpretation or perception of situations? This analysis is carried out in our thoughts yet, the mind and body are connected, so much that our thoughts produce...
MY JOURNEY THROUGH SUCCESS: WHAT I WILL GIVE UP

MY JOURNEY THROUGH SUCCESS: WHAT I WILL GIVE UP

Sharon Omoregie A major take home from the Leadership Exchange Programme at Jela’s Development Initiative (JDI) is that there is a road THROUGH success and not necessarily TO success. So, now I see success not just as a destination but as a process to that place I...
7 Ways of Increasing the Body’s Water Percentage

7 Ways of Increasing the Body’s Water Percentage

By Mayflora Ejedegba The common piece of advice is to stay hydrated at all times but staying hydrated can feel like a boring routine sometimes. Yet, doing otherwise may affect the body water which is the total amount of water in the human body and is the primary...
Anxious About the New Year?

Anxious About the New Year?

By Stephanie ‘Sora’ Adams Stress or anxiety is always bad. Both can actually provide you with a bit of a boost to accomplish the challenge before you. However, if they become persistent, they can begin to interfere with your daily life. In that case, it’s important to...
Own it

Own it

By Angela Umoru “It is not you, it’s me,” the irrefutable break-up lines.When someone says that to you, there really isn’t anything else to say even if you feel like the relationship is worth fighting for. The person has taken responsibility; chosen to be the bigger...
Once a Recipient, Now a Donor

Once a Recipient, Now a Donor

By Precious Onyeka Awanye (Preshonyi) The journey to becoming a regular blood donor wasn’t exactly a smooth path.  Growing up, I was a vibrant, chubby young boy, but a strange illness struck when I was in primary school. Unknown to my parents, I was a child who...
MENTAL HEALTH 101

MENTAL HEALTH 101

By Nazeerah Abdullahi In every African home, the first born of the family is more like the second set of parents to the remaining siblings. I, for instance, learnt how to take responsibility, make compromises and handle certain situations from a young age.  Most...
MENTAL HEALTH 101: Tips for Being Mentally Aware

MENTAL HEALTH 101: Tips for Being Mentally Aware

By Olabisi Amhanyabor Mental Health Awareness is about making time to check in with yourself. Just like with any other part of your health, it’s always good to be mindful of what’s going on mentally and emotionally.  Mental illness is not a weakness, a character flaw,...
Kindness and Your Mental Health

Kindness and Your Mental Health

By Diane Samuel Kindness! The quality of being friendly, selfless, generous, considerate, loving, courteous, benevolent, gentle… and even more.Kindness is magic!Kindness is one of those happiness paradoxes, whereby we become happier by making other people...
My “Why” Story

My “Why” Story

By Kolapo Olarewaju My name is Kolapo Olarewaju. I am an Architect and Interior designer who volunteers with the youth empowerment group of JDI (Jela’s Development Initiatives). I am the Project Manager of the Youth Empowerment Team of JDI. My JDI story is incomplete...
Ibari’s Why

Ibari’s Why

By Ibari Ogunbor Human beings intrigue me. I have always found myself deeply observing what informs people’s behaviour, why they think in a certain way, their demeanour and really, everything about humans. My interaction with people enables me see through them,...
My Commitment to Serve

My Commitment to Serve

By Funmi Mosuro I was drawn by a woman l genuinely believed in- Angela Omeiza Ochu-Baiye. She had always been my favourite presenter on WE FM, hosting a talk show that discussed various interesting topics and issues.  Having been acquainted with her programme, l...
Foods to Eat

Foods to Eat

By Lydia Sani Ever tried to donate blood and was told that you do not have enough to donate, or just went for a blood test and was told that your blood count is low?Proper blood circulation ensures the optimal distribution of everything the body needs to function...
UNBURDEN

UNBURDEN

By Clement Oriaku Why talking about mental health is important. Being able to talk about your problems might be a herculean task for people with mental health issues. However, it has been discovered that in the process of people talking about their mental health,...
I can’t Donate Blood but I want to Help

I can’t Donate Blood but I want to Help

By Clement Oriaku Donating blood means giving the gift of life, yet despite the ongoing need for blood donations, only very few people are blood donors. There exists diverse reasons (medical, emotional, personal etc) that prevent people from donating blood.The good...
The Power of Believing in Yourself

The Power of Believing in Yourself

By Diane Samuel Who are you? A lot of things come to mind when asked this question. And no one can answer this question about you better than you.Several events and experiences in life have helped to define us in so many different ways. These events shape the way we...
Mental Health Disorders

Mental Health Disorders

By Lukeman Amin Mental disorders are quite common and by the World Health Organization’s estimation, they’ll will affect a whopping 15% of the world’s population by the year 2020! It is predicted that by this time, common mental ailments such as depression...
UNBURDEN

UNBURDEN

By Clement Oriaku Why talking about mental health is important. Being able to talk about your problems might be a herculean task for people with mental health issues. However, it has been discovered that in the process of people talking about their mental health,...