The word ‘family’ can take on different meanings for different people. The dictionary defines family in two ways; a group of people, consisting of two parents and their children living together as a unit, or all the descendants of a common ancestor.
I just love the word family. Each time I say it or hear it, the word evokes a sense and feeling of warmth within me, that always manages to put a smile on my face. I love the idea of family and the sense of belonging it denotes. There are blessings that come with being part of a group of people who have your best interest at heart. All throughout history there are stories of dysfunctional families. We’ve heard of how individuals succeed despite familial pressure or influence, or of how some families exhibit control or negative influences, on its members. I could go on and on. But rather, I prefer to focus on the positive family units, structures and dynamics, that I have come across. One of my favourite authors, Karen Kingsbury, paints beautiful pictures of loving and supportive families, that grow through adversities, in her Baxter Family novels. These novels helped to shape my personal ideals of what I wanted my own family to be.
It is my opinion that the family is the foundation of our societies. If we can manage to work on and strengthen our family units, society as a whole could benefit in remarkable ways. In the past I can recall observations I made. There seemed to be a definite separation between an individual’s family and their friends. As time has gone on the lines have blurred considerably. It is so important to share the joy and love of family with the genuine and sincere people we meet along life’s journey. I absolutely love my husband and our children, but I also have a special love for the people I’ve met throughout my life, who have become part of our family unit. These people enrich our family life and we’d struggle to imagine our day to day lives without them.
Having family love and support is a precious gift. Being able to offer the love, support and encouragement that are features of a healthy functioning family, is rewarding. I am grateful to God for a new year filled with opportunities to share kindness and encouragement and be a blessing. The characteristics of a healthy, loving and supportive family can be found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. And Galatians 5:22-23; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law’.
So as we’ve walked into March 2020, try not to stress if, for whatever reason, you find yourself without the warmth of a family. You can find that family, and if that’s a struggle, build a family; friends can be the family we choose ourselves. Not being related by blood, does not mean you’re not family. A real family simply consists of a group of people who support one another and celebrate life’s achievements together. They endeavour to be there for each other in happy times and sad. Trust me, family life will not always be easy, it’s challenging. But, it is the support despite these challenges, that makes a family real.
I’ll leave you with a beautiful definition of family that I found on the internet at www.bestrongfamilies.org. ‘Family means, having someone to love you unconditionally in spite of you and your shortcomings. Family is loving and supporting one another, even when its not easy to do so. It’s being the best person you could be so that you may inspire your loved ones.
Mrs. Nadine Canoville
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Chidi Nwaogu Wins First Prize In Entrepreneurship At The Africa 35.35 Awards
Nigerian serial Internet entrepreneur, Chidi Nwaogu, has won the first prize in the 'Entrepreneurship' category at the 2019 Africa 35.35 Awards, which seeks to recognize 35 people under 35 from Africa or the African diaspora who have made outstanding achievements in their communities. Other winners in the Entrepreneurship category are Jorge Appiah of Ghana, Kimberly Addison of Ghana, and Saif Eddine Laalej of Morocco.
Other Laureates of the Award include Halimatou Gadji of Senegal, Elijah Amoo Addo of Ghana, Affiong Williams of Nigeria, Aline Savadogo of Burkina Faso, Ansoumane Mory Mara for Guinea/Morocco, Daraja Haidara of Mali, Fatoumata Coulibaly Koné of Cote d'Ivoire/Burkina Faso, Chinemenma Umeseaka of Nigeria, Isabelle Vovor of Côte d’Ivoire, Funkola Odeleye of Nigeria, Modou Njie of Gambia, and Kuami Eugene of Ghana.
Nwaogu is one of the 35 young people from 16 African countries that made the list of laureates of the Africa 35.35 Awards celebrating African youth and afro-diaspora excellence. Formerly known as the Francophone 35.35 Youth Awards, which expanded to cover both French and English-speaking Africa, the Awards reward young people on the continent and its diaspora aged 18 to 35 who have achieved exceptionally in the course of the year.
Selected out of 350 nominees living in 49 countries, Chidi Nwaogu and other laureates will be awarded during a ceremony on the 25th of November 2019 in Accra, Ghana. The event shall be enhanced by the presence of leading figures of the host country. Nwaogu will return with a trophy and first prize in the Entrepreneurship category, and so will other laureates. A super prize of the "Young African of the Year" will also be awarded during the ceremony.
Many laureates will also be given a platform to share their ideas or innovations before a gathering of 300 participants during the special "Inspiration Africa" event. Nwaogu is the Co-founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher for African Creatives, described by Konbini as "one of the largest digital publishers in Africa", identified by IFC as one of the startups "that could speed up innovation in Africa" and listed twice by ModernGhana as one of the "10 African Innovations" in 2019.
So far this year, Nwaogu has received several honours and awards, which include emerging a winner of the Young Leaders Award 2019, winner of The Bizz Business Excellence Award 2019, winner of Startup World Cup Nigeria Regionals 2019, winner of the ITU Innovation Challenges 2019, two-time recipient of OD Young Person of the Month, and first place winner of OD Impact Challenge 2019.
Nwaogu started his entrepreneurial journey when he was 16 with the creation of 9ja Boi Interactive, a video game development company, after which he has co-founded, grown and sold two Internet companies, including LAGbook, a social network that garnered over 1-million registered users within three years. He has been described as one of the "Young innovators making Africa great in 2019".
Chidi Nwaogu Wins 2019 Young Leaders Award For His Works At Publiseer
Serial Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer Chidi Nwaogu has won the 2019 Young Leaders Award in the "Media and Entertainment" category with the works he's doing at Publiseer, a digital content distribution platform for independent African writers and musicians. After rigorous evaluation by the Panel of Judges, the Young Leaders Team announced Chidi Nwaogu as the winner.
Nwaogu's selection as a winner validates the work he as a Young Leader who is poised to make a great change in society. Nwaogu's selection as a winner of the Young Leaders Award gave him an opportunity to network with the Mandela Washington Fellows in Nigeria, leverage on the network of young leaders, and increase his capacity to do more great work.
Funded by the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria with the Support of United States Embassy in Abuja, the award presentation was held during the Young Leaders Assembly that also featured the Grand Finale of the Beyond School Community Challenge.
Chidi Nwaogu is a serial Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer. He is a Westerwelle Fellow 2019, Yunus&Youth Global Fellow 2019, and Halcyon Incubator Fellow 2019. He is also the winner of The Africa 35.35 Award 2019, The Bizz Business Excellence Award 2019, ITU Innovation Challenges 2019, and OD Impact Challenge 2018, just to mention a few.
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