Leaping in on leap Year

A classic case of a woman who proposed to her beloved on the 29th February…A Leap year. I found it intriguing! Happy Anniversary Ellen.

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I controversially asked for my husbands hand last leap year 2012.
On the twenty seventh of February I asked his mother  how she would feel, “if it would cause you any problem at all,” said the nervous I, “we can continue as normal and he need never know”. I heard myself delivering  her an exit an escape route.
She heard me out, her piercing blue eyes looking above her spectacles she watched with an intensity of an opthalmic instrument. When I had finished she asked what I would do if he said no. “I will continue to love him as long as he wants me to”. I said.
She closed her book stood up she looked down at my four foot eleven frame and said “You’ll do.” Nodded towards the door and said “close the door on the way out won’t you?”
This lady, born in ninteen eighteen had lived…

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Interesting things about “A Leap Year”

LEAPYEARWhy Every four years: Leap years help to synchronize our calendar with the earths orbit around the sun. This is because it takes 3651/4 or 365.25 days for the sun to orbit around the sun hence the need for a four year count to make up for 366days.
Leap days were first added to the Julian Calendar in 46BC by Julius Cesar.

Leap Year Proposals: It is believed in some traditions and culture that 29th February is the traditional day for women  to propose to men. For example in Finland, Finnish women very in much in-love propose to  the love of their lives and if the man refuses he has to make retribution to the brave lady by buying her enough fabric to make a skirt out of. The UK and Ireland also practice this custom but the man doesn’t have to buy anything to placate the woman if he chooses to refuse her marriage proposal.

Leap Year babies and birthdays: People born on the 29th February are referred to as leapers or  leaplings and they get to celebrate their birthdays once every four years on the actual date.  so i guess today is a big celebration for all leap year babies! Happy birthday…Hugs and kisses. Next year it will be a 28th February or 1st March birthday bash.

Legal attainment for leaplings: In some countries Leap year adults get their drivers license on the 28th February or 1st of March depending on their laws.

Family Generation of leaplings: How would you like to produce 3 generations born on a leap year? Well the Keogh’s family did it. According to a Guinness book world record this family produced three consecutive generations born on the 29th February. It all started with Patric Anthony born on 29th Feb 1940, then his son Peter Eric (1964) and finally his grand daughter Bethany Wealth (1996) Awesome…it will be a family bumper party every four years.

Some famous women born on 29th Feb:

Dinah Shore (1916-1994) – Pop Singer

Hannah Mills- Sailor

Tempest Storm – Movie Actress

Interesting definitions of the word LEAP:
1 – To propel oneself quickly upward or forward according to the free Dictionary
2- To make a large jump or sudden movement from one place to the other. (Cambridge Dictionary)
3 – To spring through the air from one point or position to the other.
4- It also means jump

My point of view:
Take a Leap- Move from that spot
Take a jump over that thing that separates you from your next destination.
Be courageous and bold to take that step

If you must move to a new position or go to your next level, you must take a LEAP!

Photo Credit: Special thanks to Leap Year stock illustration (www.123rf.com)

Adebisi Adetunji

Women’s health

Do you know that women are more at risk of developing Osteoporosis than men? This risk is higher after menopause.

What Osteoporosis means – It is a diseases that makes the bone thin, porous and fragile.

Symptoms: It usually starts silently and goes un0ticed until a fracture occurs. Signs include back pain as a result of a fracture or broken vertebra, continuous reduction in height, stooped posture.  Osteoporosis occurs usually around the hip, spine or wrist.

After age 30 our body stops producing new bones. Although your body continues to replace old bone cells but there will no longer be increase in bone mass.  Now is the time to learn how to maintain and keep a healthy bone as a woman.

ALIVE FEMALE ADDIS

Two major nutrients needed to maintain a healthy bone: Calcium and Vitamin D

Foods rich in calcium: Diary products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. ii) Leafy greens, fruits, seafood, legumes,fortified cereals( corn flakes)

Foods rich in Vitamin D: Beef liver, Cheese, Egg yolks, Soy milk, cereals, mushroom, fatty fish(smoked salmon, sardine, mackerel), hard boiled eggs. Vitamin D is also naturally gotten when you expose your skin to the early morning sun before mid-day usually.

So eat right and exercise right to maintain healthy bones as you get older.

Adebisi Adetunji

Party!!!

It’s a birthday bash…come and have fun!

Its good to be crazy Sometimes

I spent some time wondering how to celebrate my birthday (2nd March) with you, I was encouraged by Jacqueline and her party and thought you know what I will never know till I do it, so 2nd march I shall be holding a meet and greet party.

There it is I am doing it, its out there. I would love you all to come, I am bringing cookies, but you have to bring your own drinks (and presents)

please share the love and reblog this the more presents people the better

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Gold Star Performer Winner of Farm Radio International

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Yipeee ….I am a Gold Star winner….Celebrate with me. I say a big congratulations to everyone else who worked hard and won especially my colleague Oluwaseun Akinola!!!  My appreciation also goes  to the trainers at Farm Radio International. This was one e-course program that i had to push myself all the way. Nothing good comes easy they say but the end result makes it worth your while.

Below is an excerpt of the original announcement:
Announcing the winners of the 2015 Farmer program e-course!
by Blythe McKay – Friday, 19 February 2016, 7:46 PM

Dear all,

On behalf of Farm Radio International, I’m delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Farmer program e-course, as well as those who complete the course. There are two categories of winners – gold star performers for people who submitted exceptional work, and silver star performers for people who did good work.

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone that successfully completed the course. I know you all went out of your way to work hard on this course and the real winners will be your farming audiences!

Gold star performers

The following participants submitted excellent final assignments and will receive $100 CDN in mobile credit, an audience map for their station, and a certificate of course completion.

Abdul-Nayaru Froko from Radio Upper West, Ghana
Adebisi Adetunji from Premier FM, Nigeria
Alex Wandeba from the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation
Andrew Kyuki from Dodoma FM, Tanzania
Apamaku Gaetano from Radio Pacis, Uganda
Gideon K.S. Osei from ADARS FM, Ghana
Godfred Aweligiya from Nabiina Community Radio, Ghana
Martin Mongusho from Kapchorwa Trinity Radio, Uganda
Oluwaseun Akinola from Premier FM, Nigeria
Rashid Muzungyo from Kapchorwa Trinity Radio, Uganda
Regina Suwie Asengmang from Radio Progress, Ghana
Tamara Chebet from Kapchorwa Trinity Radio, Uganda

Adebisi Adetunji

“Woman Wrapper”

A wrapper is typical attire worn by African women. It is a big cloth tied around the waist and it comes in different array of fabrics depending on culture and people. WRAPPER TYING 2

But that is not what I am referring to here.

Woman wrapper is a pidgin language figurative way of saying that a woman/wife has her man wrapped around her fingers or that she has full control of him. I laugh in French as a friend of mine would say every time I hear the phrase “woman wrapper”. It is a big cultural taboo to have a man do certain types of chores for his wife in some communities. God help you if you are a wife who is married to a man from a very traditional minded background. Hen…your in-laws come to your home and find their son plucking ewedu, efo…or any kind of vegetable…chai…you won’t hear the last of it. You are likely to be reported to all the other family members who would summon their son(your husband) and ask him whether he is in charge of his wife! I mean what is the issue about a man helping his wife to do some house chores whether it be cooking, washing her cloths (laughter…hee…hee…hee…seriously?!) or plucking vegetable leaves?

Let me paint a personal picture of what I mean. On a Sunday we took two cars to church. I drove one and my darling husband drove the other car. After the service I reminded him that we needed either meat or fish to make our meal for lunch complete. Few minutes later he came to where I was chatting with friends in church and said, “I will help get the meat at the market”. I smiled and was totally delighted at not having to go to the market. In my heart I told myself how lucky I am to have such a wonderful man for a husband. Then I remembered that we still needed a vegetable called ewedu…a Yoruba special. ewedu-leaves

I quickly walked up to him in his car and reminded him about this but I had to stylishly say it in such a way that was respectful. Why? Hmmm…another man who joined him was sited beside him in the car. I had to paint a picture that didn’t look like I was asking my dear husband to do the forbidden job of going to the market instead of his wife. When I left both of them and got into my own car, I shook my head and chuckled. It wasn’t like I went home to relax; I still had some cleaning to do before the meat and other stuff arrived from the market purchased by “the husband”. And when he did arrive, I was on my feet cooking and washing while he relaxed but I was really relieved by his offer to help me do the shopping.

I have heard other men say, “It is a privilege and not a right if I help my wife to do the house chores after all it is her heaven given duty”. Some would not even lift a finger to help at all. Abeg (please) I am also the daughter of someone who would not have me worn out and crushed under the load of running my home…I cannot come and die…wink! And guys/men you wonder why your woman is not always in the mood for smooching and sex? You wonder why she doesn’t know that you still love her? Come on helping a woman with some of the chores, cooking, market duty or whatever is also a way of saying “I love you”!

So for me I say to my own dear sweetie, honey, sugar…Adeyemi…I love you to the moon and back for all that you do to make feel special. ME AND HONEY

Photo credit: Allnigerianfoods.com

Photo credit: Nairaland.com

Adebisi Adetunji

Blooming tragedy (poem)

Many women and families struggle with having a baby. It can be a seriously emotionally draining journey. Some get to laugh when they achieve pregnancy and the baby arrives but some may never become pregnant even though they so badly want to. Is there hope for such a woman or family? I say look around you an adopt that baby that has been abandoned or would never have a mother’s love. There is so much more you can live for…have faith and enjoy the best of life still…Enjoy this beautiful poem that captures the story of a young couple’s struggle with having a baby by Colete…In her blog are a beautiful collection of posts.

The Wishing Well

She was sweet sixteen when he met her,

she was the apple of his eye

and as soon as she was eighteen

he proposed and made her cry.

They had a long engagement

for their wedding to prepare,

She was twenty one when they married

and the weather was warm and fair.

They’d always wanted children,

to be a ‘proper’ family,

but nature wasn’t being kind,

for six years there was no pregnancy.

Then when she was twenty-seven

she suddenly seemed in full bloom

and when she had missed three cycles

they danced happily all round the room.

But alas their celebration soon turned to tragedy

for the pregnancy was ectopic

and she was never a mother to be.

(Copyright 2015, Colette B. The Wishing Well)

written in response to the picture prompt below for Shafali’s Creativity Carnival #5

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day 7 beloved

I saw this beautiful poem by Sarah that paints the picture of what “real love means! Fabulous! If you are thinking of falling in love, you MUST UNDERSTAND IT BEYOND THE BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR STOMACH GIRL…CAUSE WITH LOVE COMES A LOT OF SACRIFICE AND PATIENCE. Love is so much more but sweet and rewarding if you get it right.