Tips for Everyday Living – Prioritizing Your Dreams by Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

I find this very Inspiring: Your dream is worth your attention and time. Don’t make things happen for others only; make it happen in your life. Learn to say No, so you can use your time well.

Have fun listening

Jacqueline is a wordsmith whose style of writing is very creative and down to earth. Take a trip to her blog page A “cooking pot twisted tales” and see what I mean.

Adebisi Adetunji(C)

Step out – Don’t be Afraid to make that Move

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Move out
Don’t let fear hold you back
Don’t let the unknown hold you back

Things may not be perfect but step out

If you don’t like where you are, take small steps
But step out
Try something new
Start pursuing that dream you once had

Do not be afraid to step out
It will be alright
It will be okay

Stepping out moves you from where you are to somewhere new.
Stepping out helps you to discover new potentials.
Stepping out gets you out of your frustration.

If you don’t like where you are step out.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

What Chess Game can do for a Whole Community – You must see this movie – Queen of Katwe

The “Queen of Katwe” is a Disney Movie, a biographical sports movie situated in Uganda produced in 2016. It was written by William Wheeler and directed by Mira Nair.

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It is the true life story of young Phiona Mutesi acted by Madina Nalwanga but her mother’s story struck a chord in me as well. Personally, in Phiona’s mother, I saw a woman who sacrificed so much to give her struggling family the best she could. This woman though a widow denied herself the opportunity of accepting advances from men who wanted to be romantically involved with her. She protected her children as best as she could from predators even though she was illiterate. Phiona’s mother ends up selling her best clothe something she inherited from her ancestors just to buy oil for the lamp Phiona needed to study to understand how to play chess better.

The Movie is laced with humor, pain, human suffering mixed with hope and then here comes the rise out of all of these. It’s a journey through the story of young struggling Phiona, her siblings, and their mother. She had lost her father when the story begins. She and her brother hawk maize in the ghetto streets of Ugandan. Theirs was not a pretty life; many times they go hungry and have to make do with watery soup or porridge.
Phiona wondered why many bad things happened to their family and one day asked her sister about this thought of hers. “God does not care about us one way or the other”, was Phiona’s older sister’s response. She had taken the option of running away with a man whom she believed was the way of escape from her family’s poverty-stricken life.

In my opinion, God did show up by allowing a meeting between Phiona, her brother, and Robert Katende, a missionary while hawking one day. That was how Phiona’s journey into the world of Chess began. Phiona only had the heart to learn and soon her thinking skill was sharpened. She soon became a force to be reckoned with as she won one game after another. Just when life began to look up for Phiona, her brother is hit by a motorcycle, they lose their home and the family started sleeping in the open.

It seemed like bad things were really meant to sink this family. Someone who wouldn’t give up on her stood by her, coach Robert Katende. He kept coming back, encouraging and pushing Phiona until she was fired up again to continue to play chess and enrolled her and her brother in school. Soon she became a hero in Katwe and a great Chess player who won many games.

It was a long journey, Phiona’s Mutesi success didn’t just happen overnight it took time. With persistence, we can all achieve.

The Queen of Katwe is a sports drama which paves a pathway of escape from poverty

The character Robert Katende played by David Oyelowo was a very passionate man who wished to do more for his wife and baby. But when he got a job that pays better gives it up for teaching the children in Katwe slums how to play chess.

His home was open to many of these children.
He had an Injury that should stop him from playing football but he sacrificed getting injured again and played to get money to enroll the children in the inter-schools competition.

Others saw dirty children, uncultured and unruly children but Robert Katende saw children with great talents and the next world champions.

Actors really took on their role…I find the Ugandan English accent really unique and funny not in a derogatory way just pleasantly nice to my ears.  I enjoyed the interaction between Phiona’s mother  played by Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo who featured as Robert Katende the missionary. They both really interpreted their roles well. Madina Nalwanga who is the heroine, Phiona is a character to watch. It’s hard to believe this was her first movie.

Queen of Katwe – Is an inspiring and moving story of Hope

Lessons
There is something in everyone
• Follow your passion just like Robert Katende
• Help other people up
Never give up on your dream
• Humility keeps your head in shape as a hero
• You might win today but keep at it and you will win
• Everyone needs someone to believe in him/her
Though sorrow may last for a night or more but Joy comes

Photo Credit: Poster of the movie Queen of Katwe – Disney

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

YOU ARE A PRINCESS…NEVER BELIEVE LESS …IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW BATTERED YOU ARE

royal-princessI dressed like this to the office on Friday not really thinking about the picture my appearance painted. I got a lot of delightful greetings like these:

“You look so gorgeous”, “You look like a princess”! “You look like royalty”.
A guest in the studios thought that I must be an important personality…O yes I am Important!!
Perhaps my royal roots have something to do with this aura and dressing…

Yes, my grandfather was a king for 40years in our village- Ago Iwoye- hosting the first university in Ogun State.

grandfatherOBA D.M OSIYEMI, THE EBUMAWE OF AGO IWOYE

ENOUGH ABOUT MY LINEAGE – THIS POST IS ACTUALLY ABOUT YOU:

I want to let you know girl, woman, and lady that you are special, important and unique.
Never let anyone put you down
Never let your past put you down
Don’t allow your present circumstance or situation put you down.
YOU ARE A PRINCESS; YOU ARE ROYAL AND BEAUTIFUL

And Girl God is got a big and beautiful plan for your life!!

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Its a New Year, a New Beginning – Exciting so what’s Next?

Wao… 2017 is here already here up and running.
Check out all the paparazzi on social media, phone calls, text messages, whatsapp shout outs… It’s a frenzy celebration! img_20170101_120340
I am glad to be alive. I am grateful for family, friends and you all in the blogging community.

So we are here, what’s next? Personally I just have this feeling that its time to do things differently if I want a different result in so many areas of my life. The change I want to see happen will depend on what I do right from the beginning.

Alright breath easy… No pressure, take it easy and especially one day at a time. But you must start doing something about what you want to do or achieve.

Its a whole new beginning full of hope for better things to come. I’d say be focused… Be clear about what you want to do and go for it.

And hey… Things don’t have to be perfect at first just take a step, make that phone call, write that application or proposal… Just start taking your baby steps now.

I am running with the One who knows all about me and my future…

Have a fulfilling year!!

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Tinz… You’ve got to leave behind in 2016


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Hey… It’s 31st of December, 2016 already!! How time flies and before you know it the clock bell will be ringing loudly at midnight….saying it’s 2017. I like to think of it as a “Clean Slate or sheet if you like” . A blank check too… Sounds nice to have a blank check to fill in any amount I want on the first day of a new year… *wink*.

Now the question is this will your slate be clean or filled with bsggages from the outgoing year?  Funny how we pen down new goals and pursuit when we have refused to get rid of heavy loads that have hindered us from achieving our goals before.

No one pours new wine into an old wine skin

Neither should you pour old wine into a new wine skin..
I mean let everything be new.

So what are these “tinzs” you must leave behind in 2016?
I believe you know already!! Don’t ignore that uneasiness; that tightness in your heart.
Do a soul search and make up your mind to drop unnecessary baggage in 2016.

Now to what I think you should do away with in other to be light enough to run in the new year :

Failures… Stop blaming yourself; Stop whinging ; Stop Wishing. Just Drop it and move on OR try again with a new method.

Hurts and Pains… So your husband/wife, boyfriend/Girlfriend, Dad! Mum, Siblings, colleague, boss, neighbors, best friend hurt you!!! And you simply carry it in your heart and wear it on your face like a logo. Hmmm…. Do you seriously want to keep wearing that logo in 2017?

Antidote for hurts /pains is Forgiveness. Forgive not because he/she deserves it; not because it is ever easy….some hurts cut deeply…Just forgive for You. I mean your peace of mind.

And seriously we all need others to forgive us too one time or the other.img_20161227_124237

Fear…Time to drop that fear that is holding you back… Time to let go of that fear of bad things happening… Just Trust God to take care of you and things. I have found Him to be dependable.
Bad stuff did happen in, 2016… How easy is it to let go….? Hmmm… Life doesn’t stop because bad stuff happen… It just goes on….So go on you must for you will have lots of reasons to smile ahead.

Successes… Ha ha… Sounds like what you should hold unto. Time to let go and move unto bigger things. Stop holding unto your success like a trophy that will break. Trophies are lined up on a shelve as more are added with new wins.

You can achieve more in the new year
You can do better than what you’ve done so far
New battles to fight
New race to run
Exciting things to come…can you feel it… See it!

Wishing you a great new year!!

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Life’s Lessons from a Book #16

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Here is a few lessons I have been  learning from this book by Dr. Myles Munroe. His legacy lives on even after he’s gone to be with the Lord.

Vision is the idea that never leaves you; the dream that won’t go away; the passion that won’t subside, the irritating’ desire that’s so deep you can’t enjoy your current job because you are thinking about what you wish you were doing.

You were not born to do everything.

Focus on doing something well and it will become the source of your prosperity – it will make room for you in the world.

Understand your own vision then you will not need to be jealous of another.

Surround yourself with people who have bigger dreams than you.

What are you going to do with your life?
Where are you headed?

I am still reading and enjoying it. 

My thoughts

 There is so much more to your life. You’ve got to have a passion, a vision… Go for it! 

Happy weekend!!

Adebisi Adetunji (C)