Last month: April was Black Women’s History Month. We celebrated it by bringing you a list of Nigerian women that history must remember. But unfortunately, that list was not comprehensive. Therefore, we asked you to add to the list. Many of you responded with names that should be on the list. However, some readers thought Chimamanda Adichie should be on the list. In addition, some believed that Dora Akunyili should also be on the list. We have featured Chimamanda Adichie in the past and will feature Dora Akunyili in the coming months.
Fast forward to May. The Nigerian Parents Magazine (NPM) welcomes you to May 2023. “May” is likely named after the Roman goddess Maia who oversaw the growth of plants. Or, the name might have come from the Latin word maiores. Whatever the case, we dedicate the month to success and the Glory of God. As they say, April showers bring May flowers, so we ask you to give the blooms to your loved ones this month. We also invite you to give flowers to mothers because Mother’s Day is May 14. So, on behalf of the NPM team, I wish all our mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. We wish them the best.
There are several awareness campaigns in May. For example, May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we want you to participate. Although, as a community of Nigerians, we have a tunnel-vision understanding of mental health. For the most part, we see it from the lens of an existing stereotype. But it is more than that. Mental health is taking care of stressors, resting more, and actively seeking ways to unclog your mind from things that stop you from living and enjoying life to the fullest. With this in mind, we ask you to participate in 2023 Mental Health Awareness Month. We invite you to share with us how you find your happy place.
Memorial Day is May 29. It is a day set aside to honor men and women who died while serving in the US military. But the truth is that they are a big part of why we live in this great country and enjoy the freedom it gives. So, we must celebrate it, and in doing so, let us honor the memories of our loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord.
Soon, our students in their final years will start graduating. They have strived and worked very hard for this day. You have also worked and toiled to make their dreams a reality. Therefore, we ask you to share your joy with the world. We invite you to use NPM to share your happiness with Nigerians and the world.
Finally, I want to use the opportunity of this editor’s note to ask you to continue to support NPM. Please email us to let us know what we can do better and how you want to be a part of the Nigerian Parents’ family.