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Candid Pen

My Take on the Vaccine Debate

Should my family and I receive the COVID-19 vaccine? This has remained the hottest debate since the development of the COVID-19 vaccines. You would think that the answer to this question would be obvious, considering the steps taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease

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Afro Kiwi Dad

AK Dad in Nursing School

Myles Ojabo would spend the next few weeks writing a 3 to 4 part series on some of his life experiences. The title of the coming series is ‘AK Dad in Nursing School’. AK Dad in Nursing School I am an Afro Kiwi Dad. A proud Nigerian man who has

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Editor's Note

Welcome to the Month of October

As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” And the summer of 2021 has finally hurtled into fall. As the trees begin to shed their leaves and we dig up our chunky winter jackets and snow boots to get ready for dark, snowy days, let us

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Columnists

Who Are You?

I was asked to speak to a group of young people at a youth summit event a couple of weeks ago. I was excited that they were a diverse group of youths in that space who were all anxious and excited to make a difference in their communities. I gauged

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Columnists

Parental Discipline

The NPM Editor-in-Chief, Hamilton Odunze, had posted the comment of one of our children who said that “the Nigerian parenting style comes “From the pit of hell”. We do not need to condemn the kid nor praise him/her for we do not know where he or she is coming from.

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Columnists

Watching Girls Play Football, Part 2

Watching Girls Play Football, Part 2 I sat on the porch of our townhouse waiting when Chima finally arrived and parked his Toyota Venza close to the curb. It was 3.00 p.m., and he was thirty minutes earlier. He hailed me as I bounded down the short flight of stairs.

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Editor's Note

Welcome to September

Welcome to the month of September! Before I dive into the exciting things to come in this issue of Nigerian Parents Magazine (NPM), allow me to remind you of Blue September. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of America has designated September as prostate cancer awareness month and people are encouraged to

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Columnists

Welcome to Seeker’s Corner

I am excited to join this incredible NPM organization to write a column called Seeker’s Corner. This column will feature stories about mindful living, finding meaning and purpose while living a life of true joy, peace and abundance. I will also share occasional insights and perspectives on the law, divorce,

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Columnists

The Sense of Loss that Trails Nigerian Diaspora Parents

A worrisome sense of loss nibbles at the hearts of many diaspora Nigerians, especially those of Igbo filiation, who raise children outside the shores of Nigeria. While they enjoy the trappings of comfort and stability which diaspora life confers, many live with that nagging reminder that the children they are

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Readers Corner

NPM Columnist Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike Unveils Book Cover for Short Story Collection

Double Wahala Double Trouble is a collection of eleven stories by Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, an award-winning poet, short story writer, children’s novelist, and literary scholar. Umezurike is a columnist for Nigerian Parenting Magazine. Double Wahala Double Trouble will be published by Griots Lounge Publishing, Canada in November 2021. Here is the

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Columnists

Watching Girls Play Soccer, Part 1

  Watching Girls Play Soccer, Part 1   Chima asked me if I had been expecting his call. Surprised, I said why. He mentioned that I had answered the call the instant it rang. I laughed and told him that I had been reading my cousin’s text message when his

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Columnists

Numbers Behind Issues

I imagine that when you read about the exploits that Nigerian parentsand their children are making across the world, you may be amazed! Asyou consider the many developmental problems that are the subject ofdiscussion when Nigeria is the focus, little wonder that you wonder. Yes, this is where Periscope comes

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Candid Pen

The Paradox of Well-educated People and a Backward Community

Now that the excitement is contained significantly and the gloating has come down a couple of notches, it is time to bring back the Rockefeller-Aspen Institute for Diaspora Program (RAD) analysis to the forefront for a more serious conversation. In case you forgot, in 2015, the institute released an analysis

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Columnists

A Deeper Look: Insights from Msgr. Anselm Nwaorgu, Ph.D.

The other day, I watched a video that was posted on WhatsApp about a child who was helping his mother bring in some firewood into the kitchen. After he brought in the lighter ones, he embarked on bigger logs that were much heavier. This became a very big challenge. The

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Columnists

Welcome to Encounters

It is my pleasure to welcome you to my column, Encounters. The column will use vignettes to capture encounters, impressions, and experiences by Nigerian parents and their children in North America, showing how they negotiate issues and questions around identity, belonging, culture, education, and home. It will aim to be

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Tribes And Tongues

Welcome to Tribes and Tongues®

Welcome to Tribes and Tongues® One of the most deeply-rooted desires of Nigerian parents is to see their offsprings fluent in their languages. The reason for this is simple. Language is the ultimate purveyor of culture. Without language, aspects of customs and traditions peter out over time. Those customs and

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Candid Pen

Introducing Candid Pen®

I do not intend to start an engaging and insightful weekly column without first introducing it. Therefore, let me officially introduce to you my column, Candid Pen®, published every Friday on Nigerian Parents Magazine (NPM). As the name indicates, the objective is to bring to you my candid opinion on

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Editor's Note

Welcome to the month of August

Welcome to the month of August. In the next few weeks, our children will be going back to school. Unfortunately, that indicates that the summer months are winding down. As we gradually emerge from the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is my hope that you have made time to

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Editor's Note

Welcome to the Month of July

Welcome to July!  July 4th is America’s Independence Day.  In 1776, the Continental Congress declared the thirteen American colonies free from the British monarch, King George III. As we celebrate America’s independence, let’s remember to keep Nigeria in our thoughts and prayers.           As you know, crime waves spike in the

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Parental Tips

Centenarian Johnson OGBEBOR Discloses the Secret to Longevity

At 100 years old, Chief Johnson Ogbebor has lived a great life. The centenarian spent his life doing the things he loved – cooking, hunting, gardening and raising a family. And when it was time to retire, he did so in the United States where he is well cared for

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