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The first case of COVID-19 was reported by South Morning China Post on November 17, 2019, and since then, it’s become a pandemic. The extent of the spread was not in man’s imagination, and anyone that would have predicted it may have been ridiculed by the entire globe, but today, its devastating effects on lives, economies, and how many people it’s rendered furlough is unbelievable. The pandemic has also exposed a lot of weaknesses in leadership, shaken institutional foundations, and made a mockery of nations, who for years have had chief executives that plundered every sector of their economies. It has also exposed the genius in man, as he began to think the innovative pathway. In the pandemic as well, we’ve seen those whose lives are immersed in ludicrous conspiracy theories – may God help them! Data Capture When the pandemic began, developed nations focused on data – developing nations…

Faith Ezelue: It doesn’t come easy, so I don’t have to be lazy or dizzy. I’ve got the energy, somehow, I must find it where it’s long hidden. It’s time to use it because dad told me I was born to win the fight. Joshua Nkemnacho: Dad always told me that life was a competition. He pushed me into the harsh weather to fight. I looked at my mum for help, to pull me out of the rain, but instead, she said, “Son go, go closer where the fight is because you were born to win the fight!” Favour Nkemnacho: I am a girl, gradually I grow into a woman. I thought being who I am meant I didn’t have to throw a punch, but I’ve got a hunch, and if I must win, I need to throw a punch, because dad told me I was born to win the…

The bulb of the floor lamp hung above my head – it’s the light I like to use when I get up early in the morning to do my things. I’m not a long-hour sleeper, so when my eyes open, I push myself to the sitting room, sit in a corner of the sofa, and start my rumination. There are five things I have pondered on for years – I build my life around those five things – I’m projecting a future on those things, and I do advice those who care to listen about those same things. Be Deliberately Vulnerable Being vulnerable is often considered negative, but it all depends on how you apply it, and when you apply it. Weakness can be strength when you know the right time to be weak, and the wrong time to be – and strength can be weakness when you are determined…

I am one object, who for years, have been particular about what you score and the grades you get. For decades, this has been my mindset – in my opinion, those with high scores are the most intelligent, and of course, they are, by educational assessments. So when I was told to do an assignment recently, my determination was to do it to an A grade, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – there’s everything wrong with a mediocre performance. In my assignment, I read probably, over a hundred articles, journals, including a book. I was happy with myself that I put in all the hard work necessary for the score I wanted, but after that, I became nervous. “What if the assessor doesn’t perceive that I’ve done enough to merit my expectation?” that was the question on my mind. As I began ruminating on that question, it was…

The seeds in the soil that made it into plants died. They just didn’t die, they decayed, yet, they came out of the ground because they fought. Coming out of death and decadence did not mean it was the end of trouble, because they were welcome by the scorching sun, the down pouring rain, and the freezing winter. They didn’t realise as they fought their way out of isolation that they will have to endure the cutting edges of the farmers’ tools – they call it trimming. They survived. Their determination to survive made them bear fruits – it made them give food to millions of hungry people. They became part of man’s ability to inhabit this planet called earth, and because they strived, they thrived. Every mind gets to a stage where it goes from elastic to inelastic, and just when you think you’ve had enough, it will go…

A few months ago, my level of dissatisfaction climbed to the high heavens, and I knew it was time to do something challenging, otherwise, I would get completely deflated. Many years ago, I had a plan to do something that would be a backbone to how I want to exit this world, and what I would like to leave behind as an inheritance to the next generation. I kept pushing the plan forward because I felt it was too expensive, and I thought it would be time consuming, and probably, the commitments it requires will make me earn less for now. Because of these excuses, I endured impediments, and stomached all the rubbish that I shouldn’t, where I shouldn’t, until one night, I reached the peak of frustration. Without giving a damn, and with so much anger in my mind, I reached out for the computer, and began to make…

Early this year, one professional gave me her dissertation to read through and make corrections, if need be. I don’t like reading dissertations because most of the ones I’ve read are riddled with grammatical nauseating errors, including some doctoral papers. To give her the benefits of a doubt, I picked it up to look at the first two pages. I usually do that in order to make a decision whether or not it’s worth reading. My God, it was worth the read. She wrote in such a flawless way that I advised her to go into lecturing. In spite of my praise for her work, she didn’t believe in herself. A fortnight ago, I saw her filling out a job application form, and I asked what role it was, and the position. According to her, it was one step above her current position, and so, I encouraged her to go…

A fortnight ago, my son went for a football trial and hurt himself – he sprained his ankle. The mum and I took him to A&E the next night as it was getting swollen. X-ray was done. Thank God, no bone was broken. The situation meant I had to adjust my schedules in order to drive him to school, as he was on double crutches. It wasn’t convenient, but I’m talking about my son. I have a habit, which I acquired from my late maternal nanny – I always admonish my children, especially when, sometimes, I have the time to drive them to school – they mostly go alone, especially my son, because his school is fifteen minutes walk from the house – my daughter’s is about an hour on foot, so she goes on the bus. This morning, as I took him to school, I spoke to him about…

10 AMAZING FACTS RELATED TO SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE When I write an article, I usually begin with a quote, a story, or a poem. Most often, I prefer using another person’s quote, so it can corroborate what I’m saying – to make an interesting read, you need a bit of other people. So, in doing this piece of content, I went online to search for a quote, but couldn’t find what would reflect exactly what I had in mind – I went from site to site, page to page, but still couldn’t find what would provide that energy to the readers, and as I did, something came out of my heart. My heart said to me, “I won’t hit the ground running, but I promise to put one foot down to test the grounds I’ll be walking, and then decide if it’s the place to run or not.” It made no…