Thursday, 19 January 2017

GET OVER IT!

I was reading a magazine recently and stumbled on a story that caught my attention.
People who know me very well can tell you that when there is something about women and children, my interest is always heightened. 

So, there I was reading about a protest that was organized by parents of a middle school here in America. This protest was born out of the complaints of the students who felt their rights were being violated, and the school authorities did not care too much about them.
This got me charged up already because I do not tolerate injustice especially when children are involved. I continued to read this article only to find out that the problem was with the kind of food and drinks they were serving them.

First, the kids complained that they reduced the size of the "SODAS" in their vending machine. In Nigeria where I come from we call them MINERAL or SOFT DRINK (don't judge us).
Anyway they were complaining that the SODAS had been reduced, they were given more vegetables and the food was generally too healthy to deal with.


What??????? Too healthy? Are you kidding me right now? Too healthy?

What are they supposed to give them to eat in school?
Do they want to be stuffed with burgers, beef, sugar and cheese everyday?
The worst part of it is the fact that the parents went up in arms about this and started a protest.
Let me get this right, your kids are in a public school funded by the government; they try to feed your children with better options to cut down on child obesity and you are protesting?  
Wow!
This shocked me so much and then took my mind to a time when I visited LIBERIA in Africa. There was an amazing orphanage that I visited which had a school for the orphans. At that time they didn't have a roof, neither did they have doors but were eager and determined to educate the children. Their tenacity and determination made me decide to do all I could to help them. 

After a few years I got pictures of their progress, but even that was no where near good enough for kids to learn. I am still trying to do what I can to help them because all these kids want to do is learn and have the same opportunities as others.

The only difference between these kids and some overindulged children in the developed world is where they were born.
Imagine swapping their positions right now by bringing the kids from Africa to America and vice versa. Who do you think will survive better and make the most of their opportunities?
Sometimes people need to see what others are going through in other parts of the world, so that they can value where they are and the privileges they have.

My 14 year old uses computers for work and can create things that seem like magic to me. My kids can produce music, make movies, edit, write computer codes and so many things that even graduates in some other parts of the world cannot attempt.
Tell me who should be protesting and crying out.

The spoilt children in developed countries should have the opportunity to travel to some places and see how their counterparts struggle to even get to school. See how the lack of food can even deprive a community of education. When you are hungry how can you learn?

Please stop the whining and just GET OVER IT. If you don't like the food that is available in your school then take what you like from your home.


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Thursday, 5 January 2017

WOMAN, I CHALLENGE YOU!

I sat down in my living room flipping through pages of a big history book just to make myself feel a little more intelligent. People who know me have come to realize that I love to read, not just to get information but also to expose my mind.
 

Anyway back to the history book I was reading.
I got to a chapter that said "TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON THE AMAZON QUEEN MYTHOLOGY". Trust that I took the test believing that I could at least score up to 50%. To my greatest shock I didn't even score up to 30% percent. There were too many names, stories and history that I  did not know of. 

So, I decided to read the full chapter and found the story to be extremely interesting. This may not be a big deal to some people but it is a big deal for me to know these stories, whether real or mythical. 
Let me share a little bit of what I discovered and I hope you will find it interesting.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

MEET STEPHANIE !

I met Stephanie (Melanie Crane) in a hotel lobby in Ghana. I was about to get into the elevator when she walked up to me, said she recognized me and loved my work. I was very humbled not only because it’s always amazing to know that what I do inspires others but also because I was a bit shocked that a beautiful young lady would bother herself to walk up to me to and tell me how much she admires my work.

We can all agree that there is a very wrong notion people have of beautiful, classy women which is that they are arrogant, stuck up or cocky. So unconsciously, that is exactly how I felt when she walked up to me and i admit that it was wrong of me to feel that way. And much to my surprise, she was very nice, very friendly, very humble and we ended up exchanging numbers.
Even after I left Ghana, we continued to talk over the phone and we became very close, almost like sisters. We were so comfortable sharing our emotions with each other as well as encouraging each other.  


Thursday, 6 October 2016

DON'T YOU DARE

I watched an old movie called “AMISTAD” some days ago and even though I had seen the movie before, it all seemed fresh and very emotional to me. Honestly, I was not even sure if it was the kind of movie that should be shown at a time where it seems like slavery never left America.
Regardless of what was declared or what was agreed, slavery is still an essential part of the issues we are facing today. One might think that I am referring to physical slavery alone but the truth is that mental slavery is even more prevalent.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

My Heart Breaks For This Generation

I have come to realize that there is no more innocence in the world.

I know some people will read that line and roll their eyes saying "Here we go again", but for the sake of this generation, we have to keep saying it.

The vulgarity, violence and sex that our children are exposed to has become simply ridiculous. Have you tried watching a movie with your kids recently? Even the so called ‘family movies’ still have some sort of hidden sexual connotations, and this generation of kids are smarter than we think so don’t sit there thinking “they don’t know what that means”.
Now, don’t even get me started with ‘Kids TV stations and music’ these days! They have lost their innocence, all of a sudden its acceptable to show kids shows making out?

I found an old episode of my diaries (Stella Damasus Diaries) on YouTube and I have decided to share it with you because I am hoping that it will inspire someone to start filtering what their kids are exposed to and take them back to a time were music, movies and TV shows for kids were more innocent.

Stella Damasus Diaries - Episode 3 : "Flashback: Television, Music & Home Remedies"