Stories For Life 2021

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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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 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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Photo Credit: Jerry Obanyero (OBANS) B.A. LL.B. B.L.

 

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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                Photo Credit: Jerry Obanyero (OBANS) B.A. LL.B. B.L.

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!

Source/Credit: Jerry Obanyero (OBANS) B.A. LL.B. B.L.

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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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

 

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Meet Kalenga Kamwendo and Besa Mumba, the youngest commercial pilots in Africa. 

Kalenga was just 19 years old when he became Zambia’s youngest pilot. In an exclusive interview African celebs,  Kalenga Kamwendo, the youngest pilot in Africa told us about how it all started and some amazing events that he has coming up.

African celebs: Please introduce yourself?

KK: My name is Kalenga Kamwendo, I’m a 22 year old Zambian youth. I’m a commercial pilot working with Proflight Zambia on the British aerospace jetstream 3200 series.

African celebs: Where are you from and why did you start?

KK: I started because of passion; that should always be the driving force that encourages determination.

I never even knew that being the youngest commercial pilot of a certain country would be something that would be celebrated, but they say you’d be surprised how lucky you get when you work hard.

African celebs: What are your future goals and where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years time?

KK: So there’s two spheres to where I want to be in the future, there’s the flying ambitions and there’s the non-flying ambitions.

Flying wise I definitely see myself being a captain in 5 years, 10 at the most, God willing of course.

Non flying-wise I wish to have started my own foundation aimed for those who are less privileged in the society and show them that there is a way to success regardless of how high the ladder you have to climb.

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African celebs: Who inspires you most ?

KK: I draw inspiration from each and every person who wakes up every day with a purpose and drive.

African celebs: What is your motivation?

KK: My motivation is to ensure that when God calls time on my life, that I would have left footprints that will be embedded in the beach and not blown away by the sea.

African celebs: Describe Kalenga in 3 words?

KK: Ground breaking tyrant.

African celebs: Where can we/people find you (social media/website)?

KK: People can get in touch with me on my

Facebook page: Kalenga Kamwendo or www.facebook.com/kalengakamwendopage

Twitter: @kalengakamwendo

Instagram: Kalenga Kamwendo

Snapchat: @lyarist101 (don’t ask)

Such an inspiration, especially to the youth! Well done!

Update: Besa Mumba is now the Zambia’s Youngest Commercial Pilot in Africa

Credit: Kalenga Kamwendo

Meet Captain Aluel James Bol of Sudan, In 2011, Captain Aluel James Bol first made history when she became the  first female pilot in Sudan to graduate She also made another history when she became the  first South Sudanese pilot atDelta Airlines.

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Meet Captain Amsale Gualu, the first female captain in the history of Ethiopian Airlines in 2010  

Meet 19 year-old Besa Mumba, Zambia’s Youngest Commercial Pilot. Besa was born on 9th December 1996.  She  began her training with the Charlie 152 and then onto the Charlie 172 plane .

After that she moved on to complex training, the Charlie 172 plane retractable to which she got her caravan rating when I got my commercial pilot license.

Besa then went to get advanced training at semi flight  in South Africa. Upon her return to Zambia, she was offered a job with pro flight Zambia.

 Besa says  ”I’m so happy to be at the proflight my experience has been great so far initially at first I though It would be fancy in the cabin crew but then I thought why not be the one who flight the aircraft. From then onwards I had so many questions like how does it fly, how do they stay in the sky how do they know where they are it made me so curious to be the one behind the controls.

So after I finished high school I went to flight school. There are only a small amount of women who fly aircrafts but women can fly aircrafts so of you are doubting you can do it.when I finish work I like to listen to music.

I also like to rest and relax because it’s very important. I love to see new places and learn new languages. I see myself being a captain on one of the jets because I’m big about flying here in my home country .so far so good it’s been an amazing experience ….’

 

 

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Prior to Besa becoming the youngest african pilot, Kalenga Kamwendo was held that record aged just 20. We had an exclusive interview the talented Kalenga Kamwendo read all about him here:  Youngest Commercial Pilot In Zambia…aged just 20

Huge  congrats! Such an inspiration to the upcoming youth!

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Meet the first Nigerian female pilot to work with Qatar Airways Adeola Ogunmola. 

Adeola Ogunmola has also the first to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The beauty with brains pilot took to her social media to thank God for his glory.

“Evidence of God’s glory.” ~ Adeola Ogunmola 

Help us celebrate Adeola Ogunmola Sowemimo as part of International Women’s Day.

Other history makers in the aviation industry includes: Captain Amsale Gualu of Ethiopia, Captain Irene Koki Mutungi of Kenya, Caption Esther Mbabazi of Rwanda, Captain Aluel James Bol of Sudan...

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TBT: Inspirational Stories: Ghanaian Actor and Entrepreneur has donated over ”140 math sets to the final year JHS students of the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian School, East Legon.

As part of supporting the education sector in Ghana, he believes the gives will handy for The BECE (The Basic Education Certificate Examination) that starts next.

He hopes the gift will inspire the students to learn hard and some out with flying colours. 

 

Giving back is one of the most important and valuable things anyone can do for their community. We love seeing African Celebs giving back to the community! 

”Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ― Ben Carson.

 

John Dumelo took to his social media handles with photos and the above video

 

 

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Inspirational Stories: African Celebrities Who Inspire Us To Dress Better 

Clothes communicate certain hidden elements of your personality. It can be a great starting point of conversation. If you see someone dressed in a way that speaks to you, approach him or her.

Chances are you’ll have a great deal in common.

Your clothes, colours and mannerisms speak volumes about what’s going on inside of you. According to research, when people are happy and secured with themselves they turn to go for bright colours.

We choose our clothes as carefully as we choose our friends. When you step out into the world people make sweeping assumptions and decisions about you quicker than you can say

“Hi” Your clothes communicate trustworthiness and humility and people want to validate in their mind the details.

Above all, Your presence should calm others not prop up fear and unanswered questions.

These celebs (In no particular order) make us all want to step up our dress code GAME. In order words we love their fashion sense!

Stephanie Okereke Linus

Multiple Award-winning Director,  Entrepreneur, stunning and gorgeous Actress

Did you know Stephanie Okereke Linus is one of the celebs who give back?

 

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JACKIE APPIAH 

Award-winning actress Jackie Appiah is a seasoned actress who started her career at the age of 12 when she starred in the TV series Things We Do for Love.

 

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In addition, she also starred in the hit movie ‘Beyoncé – The President’s Daughter’ alongside prominent Ghanaian actors Van Vicker and Nadia Buari….

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Prince David Osei

Ghanaian Actor and Model who has been on many screens for years now. His movies include, Confessions, Happily Never After, Every Woman Wants Me, Bitter Sugar, Devilish Angel and more.

 

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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

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Salma Mumin

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Salma Mumin is an award-winning Ghanaian Actress, Film maker and Entrepreneur.

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TBT: Be inspired: A professor from Université de Bouaké in Ivory Coast’s photo has gone viral as ‘Hero Of The Week’.

Being a professor he knows the importance of education and wanted to help a young determined mum concentrate on her exams, he helped his student by carrying her baby on his back so she can write her exams… Now that’s a real man!

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Ivory Coast University Professor

The prof’s act of kindness reminds us the following: Leadership is about helping other people to succeed –

 ‘A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.’

‘Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and grace’.

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