The power in our mistakes 

I have come across this line of thinking that says that we can either have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. I enjoy the perspective it offers.   A fixed mindset is an approach to your life, creations, relationships where you see things as fixed. If everything is fixed, then it means that you…
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Kechi Okwuchi: from surviving a plane crash to crowdfunding her MBA

  I learned by… choosing not to see my scars and disfigurations as permanent obstacles – Kechi Okwuchi When I was finishing up secondary school in 2005, there was a day that it seemed like the world had come to an end. We learnt that a plane carrying young students just like us had crashed. 107 people died…
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The cost of our illusions

I have often wondered why it is that despite the fact that we all came from Africa it is usually black Africanness at the bottom of the racist pecking order- from Italy where a Nigerian man was killed in a racist attack to the United States where there have been more shootings of innocent black…
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Flux as an identity

            I am not sure if it is the age group I fall into, which people call ‘millennial’ and I have always found rather corny, or it is simply globalization and the times we live in but the multiplicity of possibilities is quite often on mind especially as I make…
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The power of ideas

There are so many things we cannot control about our lives if you think about it. We cannot control when/where we are born and when/where/how we die for the most part. We cannot control natural disasters. We cannot control random accidents or whether or not we will be victims of crime.  Of course social and…
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Transformation vs Magic

Our hopes and fears and thoughts connect us all. Sometimes I am caught up in my own hopes and thoughts only to get talking to another loved one and see that they too are in the middle of something: moving, finding work, creating something, making a change, navigating a relationship, overcoming a disappointment, parenting, finding some clarity,…
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Handling our gifts with care

When I am doing rote work  I like to watch movies, shows or Youtube videos as I work. Sometime last week I was listening to Desmond Tutu talk about his work during the apartheid era especially his work with the truth and reconciliation mission. The truth and reconciliation mission, a means of restorative justice, still strikes…
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Intelligence: Moving beyond the hero to the ecosystem

Today, we have a perspective that is necessarily, even urgently global. We are more aware that our actions are far reaching, their effects not as reductive as we think, the causes of problems not as simple as we think and that the right solutions are those with a much more systemic perspective. We now understand our individual trajectory…
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Filters and reality

I was watching the perfect sunset this evening on one of the bridges in Lagos. I don’t remember which of the bridges as I was stuck in traffic and falling in and out of sleep. My phone battery had died. I might have taken a picture otherwise. The sun was orange – a yolky, fat, full…
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What I REALLY need to thrive

There are many voices out there that will tell you quietly or noisily exactly what you need. What you should need. Sometimes it is really hard to tell what you really do need to thrive. It takes a lot of practice to learn yourself and be your own yardstick. You learn, hopefully supported by others…
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