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The Most Inspirational Woman In Tech, Mary Spio is a Deep Space engineer and Founder and CEO of www.ceek.com.

 

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She has created technologies and content solutions for global titans such as Lucas Films, Universal Music, Microsoft XBOX, Facebook, Boeing and more.

In addition to the above, she is on the Board of Facebook’s Oculus VR for Good and Amazon’s Launchpad. A U.S. Air Force Veteran, as well as a scientific reviewer for the United States Department of Defense (DOD). 

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Mary Spio‘s Company CEEK, is a streaming service for virtual events and experiences that enables live events and content creators to generate revenue by extending their reach across multiple devices.

www.ceek.com feature the biggest names in music, sports and entertainment including Dwyane Wade, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi,  Demi Lovato, DL Hughley, Ziggy Marley, Sarkodie and more. 

Mary Spio has created various patents and technology innovations

Mary Spio is an accomplished novelist (A Song for Carmine) and Bestselling author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Achieving Uncommon Success Penguin Books….

 

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Be Inspired ”DEAR MAMA, I HAVE BROUGHT YOU THE WIG is a real life touching inspirational story,  one of the must read stories especially for the upcoming youth.

Lawyer Jerry Obanyero becoming a lawyer is as a result of the agony and pain his mother went through.

As a little boy, not even a teenager (just 11) he had to accompany his mother to court…Read below in his own words…

”DEAR MAMA, I HAVE BROUGHT YOU THE WIG!

Studying a different course at the university and getting a job afterwards, upon completion of my NYSC, did not extinguish my passion of becoming a lawyer.

I resigned from my job, bought a JAMB form and started all over again.

The memories of how my widow mother was taken to court over an offence she absolutely knew nothing about while she was still mourning the death of my late father replayed on my mind always.

 

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I was only eleven when I had to accompany my mother together with some of her elderly relations to court. Devastated, confused and with no money to hire a lawyer, my mother would cry and I would cry with her.

I would watch the court proceedings from the gallery and wished I could defend the poor and defenseless widow, get her justice and save her from intimidation and embarrasment.

Anytime the lawyer to the other party rose to speak, my mother would look at me.

She did not have to say anything, I had already caught the fire to become an advocate and the defender of the cause of the poor.

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After years of toils and several challenges, my journey is complete.

I am pleased on 27th of November 2019, to present to my mother who suffered unjustly, to many like her: the widows, the poor and the defenselss, my humble self as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of of Nigeria.”

We Thank Lawyer Jerry Obanyero for allowing us to share his inspiring story with the world! Congrats Again!

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We all have dream and always can’t wait so see our dreams come to pass, however, as we all know things don’t always go according to plan.

 

 

We hope these inspirational and motivational  words of encouragements and quotes will inspire you all.

Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:3

Have a great day!

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After releasing a number of amazing singles over the years, ‘Kae’, ‘Dumb Drum’ and ‘Koryor’, the hitmaker has returned with another beautiful master piece.

Ghanaian singer-songwriter Yaa Yaa’s  new single titled ‘Life’ is an inspirational song with a groove and a very rhythmic percussion. The song directly speaks to listeners without mincing words. ‘Life’ is a sincere song of encouragement, directed towards everyone looking for uplifting: ”And anytime they say you can’t do anything, just shake it off and sing…”. ”Everything’s gonna be alright/You gotta take life one step at a time”. – These are a few of the words extracted from the song.

The record which features ‘FanteFante’, is characterised by simple sing-along lyrics and catchy rhythm, yet very powerful.

We believe this is the kind of uplifting music you need when you are facing any kind of difficulties in life. It’s not always about love and parties – sometimes the spirit needs some motivation and inspiration and a reason to keep living. ‘Life’ is just that song we are all searching for.

Thank you Yaa Yaa for this. We needed it.

Download the song, enjoy, be inspired, share and spread the feeling.

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Stories For Life 2022

Stories are narratives of series of related events which can either be imaginary or factual. They’re told or read to pick moral lessons that inspire our lives. Here are few short but very inspirational stories that can shape your life!

1. BE A LAKE

One day, a master instructed his unhappy apprentice to scoop a handful of salt in a glass of water and then taste it. Immediately he tasted, he spat, and the master asked how it tasted; he replied by saying “Awful”. Again, the master asked him to fetch the same amount of salt and put it in a lake and taste from the lake; he did, but he gave a suitable remark this time around.

He told his master he didn’t taste the salt. The master then sat beside the troubled apprentice and said, “the pain in life is like pure salt; neither a big pain nor small pain. Which means the amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. But the amount we taste in the “pain” depends on the container we put into.

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Moral Lesson: When you’re in pain, the only thing you can do is enlarge your senses. Don’t let the pain eat you up! Stop being a glass, be a lake! Do something that will take your mind off the pain.

 

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2. BURNING DESIRE IS THE SECRET TO SUCCESS

Socrates met a young man who kept asking him about the secret to success at a riverside. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him in the river. As they were getting deeper, the river reached their neck. Surprisingly, Socrates carried the man and dunked him into the water.

The guy struggled and wanted to free himself, but Socrates was strong enough to keep him there until he found out the guy was turning blue, then he pulled him out. The first thing the guy did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air. Then Socrates asked what he needed most when he was kept in the water, and the guy said “Air”. Socrates said, “that is the secret of success. When you want success as badly as you want air, then you will get it”. 

Moral Lesson: 

The starting point of every achievement is having a burning desire. This is because a weak desire cannot yield success. 

3. BLACK OR WHITE

 Two guys were engaged in an argument in class, and both of them were convinced they were right but accused each other of being wrong. So, their teacher decided to teach them a very important lesson. The teacher placed her desk in front of the class and placed each at both ends of the desk. She then put an object in the middle of the desk, which had different colors on each side.

Basically, each of them would just see the color facing them. One side was black, and the other was white. The teacher asked each of them the color they see, and the guys could only describe just the colors from each viewpoint. 

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Moral Lesson: Sometimes, we need to look at the problem from the other person’s view in order to truly understand his/ her perspective

4. DON’T JUDGE PEOPLE BEFORE YOU TRULY KNOW THEM

A 24-year-old boy seeing out of a train’s window, shouted…

 “Dad, look, the trees are going behind” the father smiled. 

A young couple sitting nearby looked at the 24-year old’s childish behavior with pity. Suddenly, the son exclaimed again.

“Dad, look, the clouds are running with us!” the couple who couldn’t resist said to the man. “why don’t you take your son to a doctor?” the man replied with a smile and told them they were just coming from the hospital; his son was blind from birth and had just got his eyes.

Moral Lesson: every single person on this earth has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them.

5. LEARN FROM MISTAKES

Thomas Edison tried two thousand different materials in search of a filament for the light bulb. When none worked as they expected, his assistant complained, “all our work is in vain. We have learned nothing”.

Thomas replied very confidently, “at least we now know that two thousand elements cannot be used to make a good light bulb”

Moral Lesson: In life, mistakes are bound to happen but never look down on your mistakes. Learn from your mistakes!

 

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Ministers of God are now making a massive difference in the world of riches. However, despite making their way on the list of rich people globally, the extent to which each of them is rich varies according to their net worth.

This article talks about the wealthiest Pastor in the Africa as recognized by most Africans. Also, this is to remind our readers that the current position is subject to change since publications are updated multiple times in a year.

Bishop David Oyedepo, as of 2019, has been regarded as the wealthiest Pastor in the world with a net worth of over $150 million. His ministry has invested in many income-generated projects such as schools, Christian literature, real estate, restaurants, and private jets, among several others. 

This is a man of God who hails from Nigeria. He is the Living Faith Church Worldwide leader and founder, also known as the Winners’ Chapel International, with its headquarters in Ogun State, Nigeria. Born into a family of different religious faith, Islam and Christianity, Bishop David Oyedepo was brought up by his grandmother, an Anglican. He found his feet in the things of God through the influence of his grandmother. 

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He fully surrendered his life to Christ when he was 15 years old during his Secondary School days under the inspiration of his missionary tutor in 1969. A year after being born again, he began spreading the gospel. He believed and trusted in the Holy Spirit for miraculous interventions such as healings. In 1981, he founded his church. Following reasons he explained were a series of visions the Lord revealed to him concerning propagating the full gospel of Christ around the world and delivering the world from evil oppression.

In 1983, he and his wife, Mrs. Florence Faith Abiola Oyedepo, were ushered into the ministerial journey in the house of God by renowned Nigerian Pastor Enoch Adeboye. He was then ordained as Bishop in 1988, where he gave room for people to experience God exponentially through his ministry. His church became widely known worldwide with branches in the US, UK, United Arab Emirates, and Africa. 

Bishop David Oyedepo and his wife have been married for 39 years

Today, his leadership on the worldwide ministry has flourished and earned him financial success making him the richest Pastor in Nigeria, Africa, and the world. He owns private jets and educational institutions, including the Kingdom Model School, Faith Academy, Covenant University, Landmark University, and Crowned University, with exclusive educational facilities and materials highly conducive to effective learning to build people spiritually and academically through his ministry.

The schools located in Nigeria are purely private without any support from any government but have been running successfully. Bishop Oyedepo’s schools has helped most of the community and the underprivileged  a lot.

Bishop David Oyedepo makes his wealth from the accumulated earnings among the churches nationwide, other of projects.

In addition to the above, he has also written numerous Healing, Financial and inspirational books that he has using his owns a publishing company known as the Dominion Publishing House, which has aided in publishing his Christian literature, inspirational books, and magazines across the globe. He has written more than 70 books with over 4 million publications selling massively around the world. 

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He has contributed to the economy through his non-profitable organization, the David Oyedepo Foundation that seeks to grant scholarships to the less privileged to undergo training at his Universities and Academy under the Scholarship Scheme, the David Oyedepo Foundation Scholar. He has several hours and recognition for his immeasurable influence in the lives of people. He has four children who are doing incredibly well in his ministry.

Bishop Oyedepo is one known all over  the world because of his works and ministry. To learn more about this amazing man of God visit www.faithtabernacle.org.ng

BET Awards 2021 Winners Names and Categories 

Every year, artistes gets celebrated and honoured in several awards schemes around the world for their indefatigable contributions to the world and making it a better place to live through music and arts, irrespective of life uncertainties and misfortunes.

BET awards come just after few months of Grammy awards which took place in Los Angeles in March, 2021.

The 21st edition of the annual recognition of back achievements in the world of music by the Black Entertainment Television-BET, bounce back after a year of Covid 19 strict safety restrictions with an amazing night of live celebration on Sunday, June 28 at the Microsoft theatre in Los Angeles.

It was a night full of enjoyment and love for black people in the diaspora who feel so much accepted and honoured for their artistic flairs.

Seeking to recognizing and honouring the success of black women, this year’s BET Awards was held under the theme, “Year of the Black Woman” with actress Taraji P Henson hosting the night’s event.

In her presentation, she constantly acknowledged the women in the theatre and around the world for their efforts. At the beginning of the ceremony, after her introduction as the host, the award-winning actress honoured black women on the front roll with flowers as part of the celebration.

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Dana Elaine Owens known by her stage name, Queen Latifah who is affectionately described as hip hop first lady was honoured the Lifetime Achievement award last night.

Some of her hit songs was performed to celebrate her relevance since the start of her music career. Upon receiving the award, the rapper cum actress gave a brief acceptance speech where she expressed her love for black people, especially women out there striving to make their way through the journey of life.

She shared some words of encouragement to uplift the soul of every black woman and also appreciated her family and friends and BET for empowering black people all over the world to not downplay their dreams through their channel.

The programme went on with a lot of thrilling performances from stars including, Kirk Franlikn, Lil Baby, Migos, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X, DJ Khaled, Lil Baby, Dababy, City Girls just to mention a few. Tribute was paid to those dead in the industry as well with performance from some of the superstars.

Here is a list of the winners for the just ended BET awards:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award – Queen Latifah
  2. Album of the Year – Jazmine Marie Sullivan (Heaux Tales)
  3. Video of the Year – Cardi B FT. Megan thee stallion (WAP)
  4. Video Director of the Year – Bruno Mars & Florent Déchard
  5. Best Collaboration – Cardi B FT. Megan Thee Stallion (WAP)
  6. Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award – Megan Thee Stallion FT. Beyoncé (Savage Remix)
  7. Best Female R&B/Pop Artist – H.E.R.
  8. Megan Thee Stallion  – Best Female Hip Hop Artist 
  9. Chris Brown – Best Male R&B/Pop Artist 

 

  • Best Male Hip Hop Artist – Lil Baby
  • Best Group – Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak and Silk Sonic
  • Giveon – Best New Artist 
  • BET Her Award – SZA (Good Days)
  • Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award – Kirk Franklin (Strong God)
  • Best Movie – Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Best Actress – Andra Day
  • Chadwick Boseman- Best Actor 
  • YoungStars Award – Marsai Martin
  • Best International Act – Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Best New International Act – Bree Runwayn (U.K)
  • Sportswoman of the Year – Naomi Osaka
  • Sportsman of the Year – LeBron James

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Impact Youth Foundation Ghana has announced they will be welcoming WNBA star, Imani McGee-Stafford to Ghana on the 16th of May with activities beginning 17th May.   

Imani McGee’s visit to Ghana is part of a 7-day tour which will see her involved in the building of the Impact Lab Educational Center, student-athlete workshops and the launch of the ‘’She Shines’’ project aimed at promoting and increasing the participation of girls in basketball across the country
The launch will also include an All-Girls Basketball Clinic in Accra on the 22nd May.

Imani McGee-Stafford is a 6-foot-7 American professional basketball player for the Dallas Wings in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

She was drafted in the 2016 WNBA draft as the 10th overall pick in the first round by the Chicago Sky out of University of Texas where she averaged 10.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

 

Imani’s family has basketball running through their veins with her mother, Pamela McGee, a WNBA Hall of Fame and 7 feet big brother, Javale McGee a three-time NBA Champion who has played alongside Stephen Curry & Lebron James over the past four years.

Imani is also a writer, poet and a mental health advocate currently pursuing a law degree from the Southwestern Law School, in Los Angeles where she grew up.

She already has a degree in Accounting from the University of Texas. Her sports career and inspirational life has been documented by ESPN, Player’s Tribune, Forbes, ABC Sports, Indiana Fever, Collegiate Women.

Imani will be hosted by Impact Youth Foundation, a registered sport for development NGO in Ghana using basketball to inspire, mentor and develop the sports, educational and leadership potential of the youth in Ghana especially for at-risk girls living in underserved communities.

Operating since 2009, Impact Youth have successfully kicked off an Impact Lab program based in Ayenya a small farming community in the Shai-Osudoku District of Accra, where they use basketball to inspire, mentor and provide educational support, character and leadership training and employment opportunities for young girls in the community. Impact Youth’s work was recently recognized by FIBA, the world’s governing body for basketball.

Read more about the full schedule for Impact Week with Imani McGee-Stafford here: http://www.impactyouthfoundation.org/imani

 Nigerian singer-songwriter, Fireboy DML (real name Adedamola Adefolahan), today becomes the first African artist to record and release a stripped-down Apple Music Home Session.
Apple Music’s Home Session features reimagined signature songs and thoughtful covers recorded by artists at home.
‘’Recording the stripped-down Home Session was a humbling experience for me, because in some way it afforded me the chance to find my way back to that dreamy young man, I was a couple of years back.
I wanted to show a bit of vulnerability while still maintaining raw emotion and I think I managed to do just that’’, Fireboy DML tells Apple Music.
The exclusive EP will feature three tracks off the Afrobeat singer’s latest album ‘’Apollo’’, namely ‘Airplane Mode’, ‘Tattoo’ and ‘Champion’ as well as a cover of Afro-Pop singer, Wande Coal’s ‘Again’, all in a stripped-down fashion. 

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‘’I think I picked three of the most powerful and compelling songs off the album’’ ~ Fireboy DML

‘’These songs reveal different parts of me that I initially never showed my fans. ‘Airplane Mode’ talks about my reclusive nature and how I have managed to deal with fame, ‘Tattoo’ shows the sensual and intense side of me while ‘Champion’ is the inspirational song about a young man who won despite the odds against him.

Nothing sums up my life better than these songs at the moment’’. ‘’And I decided to perform an acoustic cover of ‘Again’ by Wande Coal, because he is a man, I consider to be my idol and this is a song I consider a modern classic’’, ~ Fireboy DML

Signed to YBNL Nation, a record label founded by Nigerian rapper, Olamide, Fireboy DML burst onto the scene with his debut chart-topping studio album, ‘’Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps’’ (2019), which he quickly followed up with his second wave-making album, ‘’Apollo’’ (2020).

Discover this exclusive Apple Music Home Session EP today that showcases Fireboy DML’s skill and versatility in adapting his music to suit almost any mood. http://apple.co/FireboyDMLHS

The story of Jesus Christ’s life on earth followed a sequence starting from his birth, his life mission, death and resurrection in the gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Over 2000 years now, Christians across the world have been remembering Christ’s remarkable life throughout his journey on earth.

The most widely celebration by Christians all over the world includes, Christmas and Easter.

According to the Christian calendar, before the celebration of Easter, there are several feasts and events observed by Christians all over the world. Palm Sunday, is a festival celebrated by Christians to mark the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

The festival often falls on different dates but always on a Sunday on Christians calendar.

It’s the Sunday before Easter and regarded as the day beginning the holy week and the end of lent season, where most Christian groups or churches go through spiritual exercises including fasting and prayers

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On Palm Sunday, the story of Christ as indicated in or the Crucifixion process in order to fulfil a prophecy in Zachariah 9:9 and Isaiah 62:11.

The word of God reveals that, Jesus riding on a donkey to Jerusalem indicates his peaceful nature as a Man of Peace. In the olden days, kings only drove on donkeys when things were at peace but drove on horses when there’s war.

Hence, Christian denominations especially the orthodox churches remember this day in joy and possessions on the street or church premises with palm branches that have been blessed by the clergy.

In some churches, the palm fronds are kept and burnt into ashes on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday the next year.

Scriptures in Luke 19:41-42, tells us that when Jesus saw the crowed praising him in Jerusalem, he wept because he knew they were the same people who will eventually betray him.

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Basically, the commemoration of Palm Sunday reminds Christians about the supremacy of Christ as a king and having the whole world in his hands.

It also reminds us to keep worshiping the most-high for the sacrifice that was made, resulting in the celebration of the resurrection power of Christ.

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew 21:9

Let’s look at some scriptures for Palm Sunday.

Psalm 118: 25 -26

“Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.

Zachariah 9:9

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Luke 19:41-42

Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it,  saying, If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes