Life Portrait

conferenceLife Portrait:

“Paint a Portrait of life to be proud of that could not be sold for all the money on earth. Hang that portrait in your mind and understand it’s ever presence. Reflect on every brush stroke that makes all the mountains and valleys and rivers and skies the most beautiful in the land. Share your portrait with others but beware their brushes. Select only those whose brush will add to the beauty and structure of your masterpiece.” – Chris Ensor

We grow great by dreams. All big men & women are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dream will come true.” – Woodrow T. Wilson

Life Lessons-Your Destiny Is In Your Own Hands

Life Lessons:
Amidst life twists & turns, the destination is closer than you know it- keep on trundling NEVER GIVE UP!  Like a flowing river…keep on moving!  There are no shortcuts to achieveing success and it is someitmes a long and weary road with several bends and turns, but with your desire, determination, confidence and faith, you will absolutely make it!

Life is what we make of it…our potential has been put into us by the Almighty God. The events of the past are no “show stoppers,” refocus and pick up the pieces…it is never too late to achieve your purpose.  Our destiny is determined by choice and shaped by our decisions. We can change today for a better tomorrow…always remember, “Your Destiny Is In Your Own Hands.”

Focus on What Matters

Quote of the day, LIFE LESSONS: Your Destiny Is In Your Own Hands page 41:

Focusing on What Matters the Most empowers you to achieve your life purpose and destiny.  You are more fulfilled, and happy and have a sense of inner peace!  You are able to create a more productive and less stressful life that you feel good about.  There is also an inner joy in knowing you are in charge of what truely matters the most to you, and always remember that, “Destiny is no matter of chance.  It is a matter of choice.  It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”  – William Jennings Bryan

Gratitude Blog Post

Today I am grateful for positive thinking and exceptional effort.  My daughter is aiming for excellence everyday and her exceptional effort shines though in her achievements.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

My daughter is sure to be a great leader in her generation.

-Dokpe might say this. (This is an example of a blog entry.)

Beautiful Foods

Africa is a continent rich in natural resources and food is no exception. The continent is blessed with a wide variety of food items. Food preparation and cooking plays an important role in the African tradition. It is an expression of the culture.

Many Africans believe that “the way to people’s heart is through their stomach.” A good cook wins a lot of “hearts”.

“My Cooking” is comprised of cuisine’s originating from Nigeria in West-Africa. These cuisine’s are common all over West-Africa though prepared differently and are sometimes called different names due to language and other factors.

I feel that there is a need for a cookbook with simple but authentic recipes, which introduces both Africans and non-Africans to the variety of African cuisine. To Africans, particularly Nigerians, this book may serve as a reminder of forgotten dishes and to others it will be a pleasant adventure.

Africans take a lot of pride in food preparation and cooking – to them it is as imperative as knowing how to perform some of the ceremonial rites.

Traditional dishes vary from tribe to tribe. Many African traditional dishes are characterized by the use of various seasonings and hot pepper. There is an idiomatic expression among West-Africans that “pepper is the staff of life and the man that eats no pepper is weak”.

This is one of the reasons why most Africans favor hotly spiced food. There is also the belief by some Africans that pepper serves as a cleansing system to the body, improves the taste and flavor of food and serves as a natural food preservative.