Month: June 2013

JOLLY JULY: Keep calm and dont give up

Welcome to July! The beginning of the second half of the year. Hopefully, a month of wonderful, sweet experiences, a month of laughter and great memories. Its going to be a month of perfection for everyone. May the good things of July and this second half never pass us by.

Last month, I wrote about two things to do in June. If you missed it, check here HELLO JUNE. So, how many of you appreciated your family members or friends with something from your heart? Or how many dropped a good number of dirty or negative words? Remember, God is watching us on ’15D’, so no lies.
Also, June 25th was father’s day. Did you celebrate your father? Do you that your father is the real “superman”. Its not an easy task being a mother though. Your father is the head of the family. Kudos to all great and responsible fathers around the world!

Don’t ever give up

Here is a story of a dog, Jean. Jean would always stay at his master’s doorstep whenever he was hungry and within minutes, he would be given food to eat. This was a regular habit. One fateful day, he went to the doorstep as usual but realised something else. His master was very upset. Instead of his food, Jean was chased away. He tried a second time and this time, he was chased away with a big stick. Feeling sad, Jean went away for a while but he did not give up. He continued trying till the twelfth time. Then, his master gave up. He brought Jean’s food to him so he could have some rest.

What are you going through that is making you think of giving up. Is it your grades at school? An addiction you wish to stop but you find yourself still doing it over again? A great pressure to do wrong which you’ve been resisting for too long? A failed project? A situation that seems hopeless?
Keep trying. Don’t ever give up! Things might not seem right or go the way you want it but it would surely turn out right one day. When two wrestlers are battling, someone must give up for the other to be crowned a winner. In this situation, your obstacle or situation should give up not the other way around. Don’t quit! Don’t stop pushing through. Quitters never win and winners never quit. Keep trying till you get what you desire. During this quest, don’t settle for less, aim for the best. Anytime you fall, stand up, dust yourself and move on. It is not always easy, but it is worth it at the end.
If the first half of 2013 did not go well, don’t worry, you have a brand new, ‘tear rubber’ second half to start with to get things right.

Today, you are having a complete makeover. I have a stylist who is simply the best at making people look amazing. Let’s try this new dress of healthy mental attitude, a wrist-watch that works according to God’s time, a shiny new shoe of determination, a bag of strength and a professional make-up of a lovely smile. Wow, Perfect! Are you not looking and feeling beautiful already?

There’s a new friend in town who is ready to rock and roll. He is called July *winks*. I can feel you both would end up as jolly friends. Are you not loving this month already? Well, I am.
Have a JOLLY JULY!!!
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16 year old sentenced to 90 years for killing a toddler

ImageA 16-year-old gang member was sentenced Friday to 90 years to life in prison for killing a 1-year-old boy who was shot as the toddler lay in his father’s arms on a South Los Angeles street. Donald Ray Dokins was convicted in April of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the June 2012 shooting. Jurors also found true gun and gang allegations against Dokins, who was 15 at the time of the crime but was charged as an adult, City News Service reported.

During Friday’s sentencing hearing, Compton Superior Court Judge Patrick Connolly chastised Dokins, asking him: “Why did you do this? Were you fighting an imaginary war?”

Prosecutors said Dokins rode up on a bicycle and opened fire on a crowd standing outside a South LA home.

Angel Cortez Nava was fatally shot in the stomach as his father cradled him. The father, 24-year-old Mauro Cortez, was hit in the shoulder.

The shooting was gang-related, but Cortez wasn’t in a gang, authorities said.

“These are not your enemies,” the judge told Dokins. “You killed a child. You didn’t shoot that child one time, you shot him twice. And why?”

The day after his son was killed, Mauro Cortez went before television news crews and reporters to ask for the public’s help in finding the shooter. The City Council and the Los Angeles Kings each offered $50,000 rewards for information leading to the assailant’s arrest and conviction.

Los Angeles police arrested Dokins about three weeks later.

source: huffingtonpost

 

Apparently he is going to be released when he is 106, if he lives up to that age.   You only live once! choose right to live right. May God help us

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Easy steps to have an A in maths

Not many students like maths. They give many excuses like its boring, its hard, its not practical, my maths teacher is strict etc. They act frustrated, hopeless and worried when it comes to maths and end up bagging F’s, E’s, and D’s. However, that story can be turned around into a success story with the right attitude and habits. You are reading this article because you want to know the secret to having an A in maths. This is the very first step(interest). Many of your mates are not interested let alone prepared. I must commend your good start.

The following steps, in no particular order, would make you smile at your maths result at the end of the term/semester.

-Believe in yourself and believe God to help you. Reject failure and embrace the spirit of excellence. Set your mind to the goal you want to achieve and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Be ready and determined. Don’t underestimate yourself again. From today, see yourself as a maths genius and nothing less.
Always pray to God for wisdom and he would help you.
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-Concentrate squarely in class. Take notes when in class and avoid distractions. Circle or write down questions you have. If you can’t ask immediately, see the teacher after the class or a student good at maths. But its best you ask your questions immediately so you don’t pile up too many questions.

-Practise and study well. Set aside 30mins-1hr everyday to practise mathematics. Practise makes perfect. The more you practise, the more you see your weaknesses and get better. Don’t over work yourself. Also, make sure your study space is free from distractions(music, movies, phones, friends etc)

-Take all your assignments and class works seriously. They help you prepare 50% for your exams. If you are in the habit of copying from your friend, stop that. Instead, attempt the question anyway you understand it and compare with your friends work for corrections before submitting it.

-Start preparing for your test/exam as soon as you are aware. Don’t wait the night before the test/exam. Its makes you nervous and unprepared. You would realise you have topics you haven’t revised and that would make you unstable. Moreso, its advisable to get enough rest before the d-day. Its keeps your brain and mind healthy.

-Join study groups for maths tutorials and move with positive friends good at maths. Your friends go a long way in your success. If your friends are reluctant, lazy and hopeless about maths, there’s no hope for you either. They would influence you negatively. Search for friends with a positive attitude towards maths and learn from them

-Don’t hate maths because you don’t like your teacher. Some teachers have a poor approach towards maths. They make you believe maths is difficult and boring but its the exact opposite. Learn to overlook his/her flaws and build a passion for maths no matter what.

-Get familiar with basic maths(Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, fractions, Real numbers, rational, irrational numbers ,etc) and you have a solid foundation already. If you cannot master basic mathematics, it might be very hard to learn higher maths. Higher maths is basic maths with some theories, rules, symbols etc.

-Have fun learning maths that is the best way to get familiar with it and do great. Before you start, make sure you are willing, happy and eager you learn. Don’t attempt to study maths when you are disturbed or distracted. That would only frustrate you more.

Realize there is nothing special, magical or difficult about maths. Its all in your head/mind. Mathematics is like any other subject. Raise your passion level for it and you are on your way to having a grade A this year.

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2. A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the spot, but the boy is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says, “I can’t operate on this boy, he is my son!” How can this be?

3. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? (or day names in any other language)

4. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second of assassins with loaded guns, and the third of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room is the safest for him to go to?

5. Mary’s father has 4 children; three are named Nana, Nene, and Nini. So what is is the 4th child’s name?

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1 if it takes five machines five minutes to make five plastic cups, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 plastic cups?

2. A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the spot, but the boy is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says, “I can’t operate on this boy, he is my son!” How can this be?

3. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? (or day names in any other language)

4. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second of assassins with loaded guns, and the third of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room is the safest for him to go to?

5. Mary’s father has 4 children; three are named Nana, Nene, and Nini. So what is is the 4th child’s name?

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Murtala Mohanmmed Foundation 2013 Essay competition

The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) is pleased to announce the maiden edition of the ‘Education for Change’ Essay competition, which is in line with the Foundation’s Public Policy Dialogues aimed at increasing transparency, democracy, and accountability in government and the economy. The 2013 Policy Dialogue – will have as its focus “Investing in Nigeria’s Future: Unlocking the Potential of our Next Generation of Leaders”.
In line with our mandate to empower the youths to become exemplary leaders that shall stir this great nation towards the path of sustainable development; the essay competition is focused on promoting critical thinking, harnessing ideas and developing the talents abilities gifts and skills inherent in the youth. This we expect shall translate into a ripple effect of awareness and provide a platform for growth of future leaders for Nigeria.

Rules & Regulations
-The competition is open to students from registered Federal and State Private Universities and Polytechnics of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
-The competition is open to students from registered Public and Private Secondary Schools of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
-All applicants must be legal residents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
-The candidate must be aged between 18-25 years for Polytechnics and Universities and between 12-17 years for secondary schools.
-The essay submitted must not be more than five hundred words (500 Words). Failure to comply with this shall lead to automatic disqualification.
-All entries must be written in the English language.
-The candidate must only apply based on one topic that should be submitted electronically. Multiple applications will be disqualified.
-Relations and staff of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation are not eligible to apply.
-Falsification of any detail on the application shall nullify it.
-The Applicants bio-data shall be used by the Foundation for publicity purposes.
-The top five shortlisted Applicants shall be invited for an interview and then the top three shall be awarded the prizes.
-All entries must be properly referenced, as plagiarism shall not be permitted. Note that information from the following websites is not allowed as forms of reference for this competition: Wikipedia or any wiki links site. The research much reflects appropriate and relevant peer-reviewed journals and legitimate websites.

Judging
Your essay shall be judged on seven criteria:

1. Content: How convincing are the main points and conclusion of the essay?
2. Organisation: How logical is the flow of thoughts?
3. Relevance: Relationship between the essay and the topic?
4. Critical thinking: Ability to think creatively.
5. Grammar: Spelling and punctuation.
6. Reference: Ability to provide proper referencing from reliable sources.
7. Word Count: Adherence to the 500 words for the essay as stipulated.

HOW TO APPLY

All applications should be sent to info@mmfng.org with the applicants full detail (Full Names, Age, Gender, Email Addresses, Phone Contact, School/Institution, State of Residence, State of Origin). The deadline for the submission of forms is: 16th August, 2013. Successful candidates shall be contacted.

UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC ESSAY COMPETITION TOPIC
Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Prize
First prize: N150,000
Second Prize: N100,000
Third Prize: N75,000

SECONDARY SCHOOL ESSAY COMPETITION TOPIC
Education is that which remains when one has forgotten everything he learned in school

Albert Einstein.

Prize
First Prize: N100,000
Second Prize: N75,000
Third Prize: N50,000

The awards shall be presented at the Investing in Nigeria’s Future: Unlocking the Potential of our Next Generation of Leaders Conference on 9th October, 2013 and all top three awardees shall be given a plaque and certificate of accomplishment and attend the pre-conference dinner with the Trustees’ of the Foundation.  

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CELEBRITY: She is MADE…meet talented fashion designer- M’ADE

She is Maryam Adebola but quite a large number of people call her M’ADE. A fashion designer along side Human Resource Management Practitioner. She is also a social worker and socio-entrepreneur.

My first encounter with Maryam said alot about her personality; friendly, matured, optimistic and well spoken. First impression they say, lasts longer and I remember that day like it was yesterday. Despite her very busy schedule, she found time to grace our interview.

Maryam started at an early of 19 while still in the university and now, she’s making Nigeria proud. In this interview, she spoke about her start up, challenges and her future plans. She also didn’t leave without an advice for upcoming designers. A role model in the making. She is truly MADE.

When and how did you start fashion designing?
I started as a student, well then as the business of clothing back in 2010 and fully into designing and creation of arts and clothes in 2012. I merely started as a challenged young lady who needed put her self into test of ideas, which by God’s grace is becoming an household name today.

Your first experience in the industry?
I would say having to do a fashion show in a student – mentor event and being able to represent my brand

Tell me more about M’ADE and what inspires you?
Hmm, M’ADE is a brand name which means – a put together ingredient or an assured success. Which is why we are diverse. Talking about inspiration, I am inspired by life- Life is very challenging, it’s full of options and ideas, when I’m in a situation I get creative about it and these reflects in my designs, lifestyle, attitude and of course welfarism.

Highest and lowest point in your career?
The highest point in my career is yet to come and I’ve never had a low point, I’m very optimistic, and hard working, everyday seems to be a step higher for me.

In 3years from now, where do u see M’ADE?
That’s like asking my short term plan, well, we hope to be on major runways and every stores in Nigeria and major fashion -loving countries representing Nigeria and Africa at large.

Describe your personality
I’m M’ADE

What was growing up like to you. Silly, crazy and awesome things you did(memories)?
‎​yes, a lot of memories. Have always been these three things; silly, crazy and awesome.

Role models and why?
I do have role models for different aspect of my life and why? It’s cause they serve 100% purpose of a role model.

Teens of now and then, any difference?
Definitely, the world is evolving, this automatically affects human behaviour and response factor.

To upcoming designers?
If this is what you really want to do, you need focus, hard work, insight, training and mentor ship, don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t.

Currently working on?
Getting to a better delivery level, satisfying our clients and giving the best.

  • To contact M’ADE:
    *www.made-creations.com
    *08187807037
    *Madeanswers@gmail.com
    *consult@made-creations.com
    *help@made-creations.com
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