Shot in Dec 2016 by Olaide Ajuwon

A poem that describes exactly how I felt on Jan 1st 2020 starting a new year, after just ending a horrible one:

“…bruised and broken though we may be,

we know how to heal,

and heal again

how to reinvent in times of nothing

dance beneath the weight

of what threatens to break our backs,

how to pull laughter from our throats

when wailing was expected”

— We Are Ready (an excerpt from ‘This Is How We Disappear’) by Titilope Sonuga

2019 was the worst year of my young life so far, with 88% of the 356 days spent crying…


And what recycling is actually about

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First of all, you’re probably wondering what recycling actually means. Recycling is the process of breaking down and re-using materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash. Yup, it’s that simple.

And here’s why it’s important.

  • Recycling is crucial to the future health of our planet. It reduces the need to grow, harvest, or extract new raw materials from the earth.
  • Recycling also saves us more. For example, did you know that producing new aluminum from old products uses 95% less energy than making it from scratch? Or that making paper from pulped recycled paper uses 40% less energy…


It may shock you humans are far more resilient than balloons

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First of all, outer space and space are used interchangeably to mean the same thing. However, there’s an ‘other’ difference which we’d be looking at.

The area surrounding you right now as you read this article is also called space. Space is the dimensions of height, depth, and width, within which all things exist and move. In plain terms, space is a free, available, or unoccupied area. I’m sure you’ve heard of, or used the term ‘you’re occupying space’. Newsflash, we all do! …


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The leaves fell apart

Without being fully formed

Just like my life too.


It’s been seven months since I got married. And, my oh my, have some things changed.

Our Couple’s Photo shot by Aisha Hussaini/used with permission

I got married because experiencing life alone was never something I imagined or wanted; I was what you might call a commitment whore. The dream was to share my every win, loss, joy, love and pain with someone kind enough to hold my hand through it. And I was ready to hold his in return.

For everyone who asks me how marriage has been, and for the ones who will ask me, here’s what I think. I am not a marriage expert, I’m but a newlywed. This is what I’ve learned over the past two years of my relationship:

There…


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It’s been one year since you left us.

Every week, as scheduled, I go to your forever missed page to write you a message, then I resist. I open it, sadly running my eyes through the list of people pouring in messages and words every now and then, yet, I could not bring myself to do it anymore.

Amazingly, each time I have to work or do whatever on my laptop, I think of you. Why? Because I was gifted this laptop—that used to be yours—by my big bro Tammy. So, you can see that every time I turn it…


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Last year, I started a climate change activism campaign titled #100DaysofSavingTheWorld. It failed woefully, a shameful story I’ll live another day to tell. However, there were so many things I learnt during the process and so much more knowledge of this cause—SDG 13— that the entire world needs to know. I might not have been able to go 100% plastic free but there are other ways that we can join hands, and save our planet, one day at a time. Here’s a compiled (and edited to suit this audience) list from Vox on where to start.

  1. Read some climate fiction


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Recently, I got hired in a managerial role, and my first task was to build my team. The budget was small and we were going lean; so, I figured we first start with four people on the team, including myself. I knew ahead of time that my team was going to be worth emulating in the company and serve the purpose for which it was created. But what I didn’t know, was that I was going to do more than expected when hiring. It was no longer about skills and experience; I added opportunity and advantage to, and for women.


Source: Mental Floss

The trajectory I grew up with all my life was to become a best selling award winning author; that’s the only way my career will make sense.

After all, how can you be a great singer but not be as popular as Beyoncé? How can you play football excellently well and never be as popular as Lionel Messi? How can you own your companies but never be as popular as Oprah Winfrey? So, I thought, how can I want to be a writer and not end up like Enid Blyton or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? …

Stephanie Chizoba Odili

Novelist, poet, and editor. Academic in the making. Purchase my books here—http://stephanieodili.com/books/

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