By Hamilton Odunze
Welcome to January 2021! On behalf of Nigerian Parents Magazine (NPM), I wish all of you a happy and prosperous new year. As we step into this new year, it is my hope and prayer that this year will be better than the previous one.
Reflecting upon this time last year, we were all optimistic and enthusiastic. No one could have predicted that 2020 would become a tough year for optimists. We did not know that the year would bring grounded flights with travelers stuck in cities and countries around the world for months. We also did not know that the year would suddenly bring boundless gloom and despair worldwide. This is why Niels Bohr, the Noble laureate in physics and father of the atomic model warned against predicting the future when he said, “prediction is very difficult, especially if it is about the future!”
Yet, in spite of several months of difficult and challenging times, we made it to 2021! One special quality about the new year is that it offers opportunities to start new adventures, begin innovative activities, and embrace new challenges. It is a time when many of us make resolutions and set goals for the next 365 days. It is also a time to renew commitments. This is why, at (NPM), we will use the opportunity to renew our commitment of bringing an excellent reading experience to our readers by unveiling the stories of Nigerians whose lives will inspire many more.
The new year is also a time to show appreciation and gratitude. Therefore, I would like to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude to our valuable readers, contributors, and partners for the roles you have played collectively and individually in making our growth rapid and beyond our wildest imaginations. You made 2020 an excellent and inspiring year. Consequently, we are inspired to step into the new year with a good amount of hope and optimism knowing that we can count on you for continued support and growth.
Speaking of support, we have continued to create new opportunities for you to support NPM. For example, in the past month, we launched our online souvenir store and encourage you to purchase these high-quality and well-designed souvenirs that speak to our values as Nigerians. Any of these items will make an excellent gift for family and friends; these gifts are even beneficial to those who are not Nigerians as a symbol of pride in Nigerian heritage and tradition.
Let me share what is coming up on NPM in the month of January. This month, we will publish the second part of Okey Ndibe’s interview. Ndibe is the man who is reshaping the world with words. As you read this exciting interview, we would like you to take a few minutes to share your new year’s resolution(s) with us and other readers. It is a way for us to sustain NPM as a Nigerian family magazine.
We wish you all a happy and prosperous new year!