“I hope that everything that I do sparks positivity and creativity in people, but I can’t focus on just that. My advice to the younger people then would be the same … to just live authentically. As long as you’re not hurting yourself or anybody else, you should believe and trust your intuition.” ~ Folake Olowofoyeku
“Do we believe that everyone should have equal access to opportunity? And if we do, we should strive to make sure that we create that. If you ask yourself that question, every time a decision is made, every time our resource is allocated to something, I think it will change the way that we view the world.”
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The most frequently asked question about my name is this: “Why do you go by Muna and not Alicia?” I usually got asked this when people just heard that my first name is Alicia. They usually find this out during attendance, when the teachers start by saying “Ali-” and correct themselves and say “Muna”. I did not understand the answer to the question, so I just told people that there were other Alicia’s in the class. All I really knew about that topic at the time was that my parents told my kindergarten teacher that I would go by ‘Muna’.
The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in every facet of human life and in virtually every nation in the world. In addition to the health and economic impacts on many, there is the unquantifiable impact of botched traditions, lost memories and stolen dreams. Such is the plight of high school and college seniors who are experiencing an anti-climatic end to their high school and college education. To these seniors, graduation is a bust as it is devoid of all the pageantry and trappings that tradition bestows.
While we salute our Nigerians at the frontlines, we are happy to inform our readers that the past few weeks have been extremely exciting at Nigerian Parents Magazine. Our desire to tell the stories of Nigerians in the diaspora has continued to resonate and garner support worldwide. In response to this global interest in Nigerian Parents, the Board of Directors have approved collaborations with a few corporate partners while many more are still being vetted. Please join us in welcoming the Muffin Sisters, Emerald Consulting Group and Kingsbury Web as partners of Nigerian Parents’ global partners.
To get the best for their children, some parents in continental Africa are eager to send their children abroad for education in an environment they consider better managed and conducive for the child’s education. Yet, some parents in diaspora are eager to send their children home to continental Africa where they believe there are still left some moral rudiments that could help mold a child into a well-rounded responsible and cultured person not excessively influenced by western culture. A kind of “academic education versus cultural upbringing” situation.
As time went on, the stories became persistent. The information being passed around seemed to be converging and were starting to sound similar. It felt like the virus had completed its conquest of China and Italy and was getting closer and closer. The number of reported cases in the United States grew. Then the number of cases in Massachusetts inched upwards. There was even a case in my town. Things were getting worse. Fear was starting to circle my heart.
A lot has happened in the past month. Without enough warning and preparation, the world is battling an invisible enemy – COVID-19. In less than three weeks, a virus that first appeared in Wuhan, China has spread to 150 countries and counting. On its path the virus unleashed death and wrecked economies on a scale that the world has never seen before.
These unusual happenings have heightened the stress level of many Nigerian parents and children. As your partner in raising awesome Nigerian-American children, NPM recognizes the concerns of parents who in addition to dealing with the unprecedented times, have to worry about how to keep the children engaged during their time at home. Here are a few tips we think might help:
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