Countdown: 7 days to go!!!


This love song has been playing in my head for a few days now so that’s our first post on the Love One-Four Countdown! *drumroll please*

L is for the way you look at me

With respect – not as a thing or a sub-par, below average individual. Not judging but loving me anyway!

O is for the only one I see

You are my priority. I don’t see me or what I stand to gain, I don’t see people or what they have to say, I see you and what you need and that’s enough for me.

V – Very very extraordinary

I don’t want anything in return – not in cash or in kind. I love you just because and that’s it. No reason – just because!

E – Even more than anyone that you adore

No greater love than a man who would lay down His life for a friend – that’s true love. Are you there yet?

Love One-Four

There you go!!! 7 days to go people! Stay tuned 😀

Different


Still counting down to Love One Four!!! It starts officially on 7th February (my birthday 😉 ) so stay tuned!!!

Love One-Four For now though, one of our guest writers has an amazing piece she sent  in to share with us so while counting down and waiting, pick a glass and let’s toast – To Love, To being different and to celebrating unity in diversity!

Enjoy this piece by Shekie Gunju

I knew I did not belong when I became myself.
It was my strange dark and tough hair that tangled up and took five hours to braid while others fluffed their soft and wavy hair while it dramatically blew in the wind.
It was my height, weight and color that classified as too short, too fat, too dark, while everyone else bounced around in the fluffy clouds of their perfect perfection.
It was my use glasses, braces, crutches and every other thing signified a disability and handicap in my life.
It was my non usage of cars, tight dresses, fancy jewelry, expensive phones and everything else that was classified as ‘cool’. I always seemed to be struggling while others lay down together on fluffy recliners and talked about their fancy topics.
It was my lack of knowledge and understanding of their fancy topics and my exclusion from conversation because I did not have anything positive or even negative to contribute.
It was the absence of a partner or a friend’s back to slap mid laughter while I vainly struggled to hold my tears back. The absence of a friend’s arms or hands to hold while tears flowed out of my ears for different reasons and someone to be vulnerable with, because everyone else’s arms were occupied with holding and comforting themselves.
It was my inability to understand the way everyone else thought and functioned; why was I always the only one asking any questions?
BUT,
It was my interesting and comfortable braids that I appreciated when the wind blew other’s soft and wavy hair into their faces.
It was my height, weight and color that fell into just perfect that gave me an identity as a person because the inhabitants in the clouds of perfect perfection were non-existent.
It was my disabilities and handicaps that gave me a chance to better myself and improve in any way that I could while the ones without any problems never progressed.
It was my sitting on the rough beach sands and non-usage of ‘cool’ things that allowed me to explore my creativity and find other ways to amuse myself and cultivate the talents that I never knew I had.
It was my lack of knowledge and exclusion from conversation that pushed me to read, research and listen.
It was the absence of a best friend and person to be vulnerable with that allowed me find God, the best person to lean on and cry to.
It was my incessant questions that helped others answer their silent questions that they were too afraid to ask and it was also the broadening of my knowledge.
It is the very thing that classifies me as weird and strange that makes me different and unique. My difference is what makes me who I am. It is the fact that I do not belong that makes me stand out for who I am and what I believe in. So, the next time I feel left out and out of place, I remember that my ‘weakness’ is also my strength because it is my difference that will take me to the top. So I thank God that I do not belong because I am not a puzzle piece but an imperfect star.

Be you and be proud! Keep shining!! Stay true to yourself!!!

So 2014 … What next?


Hi guys! I know I haven’t written a lot lately, please forgive me. Right now though, ganaijachic has a package for you. It’s called ‘Love One-Four’

Love One-Four14 days of love … This Valentine Season on Ganaijachic

From 7th February to 20th February

Including: My Love Word, 21st Century Fairytale, Picture Perfect Love and others!

Someone asked me how much can you write about love? It will just keep sounding the same over and over again. I thought about that and for a moment I questioned if this was such a great idea to have love spread over 14 days. Pause. I went over the statement in my head – I should spread love over every day of the year. If we all had the same idea of love, why are there preferences in dates or why do people break up or why do my parents act this way at this time when yours do not? Different ideas – different execution plans – One Love!

Feel free to send in your love words – When you think of love what comes to your mind? Just send it in to bondess007@ymail.com, Your Love Word and why you chose that word. We’ll run it after the 14th day and you get to be a part of it too!!! Sit back and keep waiting – It’s Love One-Four from 7th February to 20th February 2014. Be part of us and let’s ride this Valentine Season together!!!

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Happy new Year


I have no idea how I missed this mail but I just found it and its almost a year old!!! X_X. I feel it’s a well timed message though by one of my bestest mummies Miss Amaka Ogbonna (@Mz_Dera). Enjoy guys!!!

In all honesty, I had a hard time making up my mind on what to share with members of the ganaijachic community. I knew I wanted to inspire everyone on the power of setting-goals and dreaming in this New Year but how best to illustrate this was the issue. After so much thought and consideration, I decided to use an outstanding experience of mine in 2012 to inspire you all.

In December 2011, I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to do my summer internship in any small firm any longer because working in such  firms in previous years didn’t give me the kind of exposure I sincerely desired. So on the 31st of December 2011,I surfed the net for the top consulting firms in Nigeria and five  names came up – KPMG, Pricewater  House Coopers, Ernst And Young, Accenture  and Akintola -Williams Delloite. There and then I compiled my CV and after the January 1st celebrations (before the subsidy protests), I started distributing various copies of my CV to these firms.

I went back to school and I had to follow up on all of them, it was really difficult and quite frustrating because they kept on telling me “no vacancy”. But I wasn’t ready to give up yet; I followed up the calls up with mails. I must confess it wasn’t easy, it was only then I was able to appreciate the pains and frustration that people who have been looking for jobs for years face. Then people kept asking me if I knew anyone working in any of the firms (as in if I had connections), but I sincerely knew no one.

Fast-forward 2months later received positive feedback from KPMG. I sent them all the documents they requested for after which I was invited for a test in May. As soon as I got home, I wrote the test and “ta-da!” I passed, I got the job! I got my offer letter a week after and was offered a monthly salary of 40,000 naira (trust me, that was big money for me sha). Honestly guys, it was a fabulous learning experience for me-young and intelligent colleagues, an intellectually stimulating environment ,high professionalism and excellence, so much exposure and trainings on the job…….I could go on and on. And how could I even forget the lunch….o my days!!!(It was on mad point). Infact it was an internship of a lifetime!

My KPMG journey taught me a lot of things that has made me a stronger and more determined person. First of all, it confirmed the popular saying “whatever the heart of man can conceive, it can achieve”, I only made up my mind to get a bigger job and I did. It shows how important it is to believe in one’s self and one’s dreams. Abraham Lincoln once said “Always bear in mind resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing,” this summarises it all.

Secondly, I learnt that its one thing to dream but its thing to makes your dream come alive. If I had just believed that I would get the job and had sat-down everyday just believing without doing anything, I probably would still be believing up until this very hour. If I hadn’t searched for the firms, sent out my CV, followed up on them, I never would have gotten the job.

Thirdly, I learnt not to follow popular opinion and to seek out facts for myself lot of people were so confident of the fact that I had to have “connections” in order to get the job but I never accepted that belief, and by the special grace of God, I got the job solely on merit. Another thing I heard was that given the fact that the firm is a multinational, I wouldn’t be accepted for a 2 month internship, that they only accept those interning for 6 months. But I didn’t listen researched and it turns out that the shortest time they accept for internship is one month. Imagine if I had listened to them and did not apply.

Fourthly, I learnt the importance of faith, patience and persistence because those where the three elements that kept me going when I was receiving unfavourable responses from all the firms.

Finally, it only made me a better and bigger dreamer. I’m totally convinced that I can achieve just about anything I set my mind to. My latest dream is to get my masters degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the world (sorry, can’t disclose the name yet) but hopefully when I do, you all will be benevolent enough to let me share my experience. I hope you have been inspired to dream big in this 2013, God bless you all.

Thanks for this awesome privilege on ganaijachic, your blog is a success story and a source of inspiration to me, just so you know.

Happy New Year.

And that’s it! Before you rush off, remember to keep watching this space for details about ‘Love One-Four’!

Love One-Four Happy New Year everyone and have an awesome year! Remember it’s the ‘Year of Love Unlimited’.

I love you guys 🙂