7 Days to Christmas 🎅. 7 Reasons to be Thankful.

7 Days to Christmas 🎅. 7 Reasons to be thankful.

18/12/2016
12:02 AM

Christmas this year would hold for me a potpourri of mixed feelings – an assortment of nostalgia and euphoria.
The anticipation of Christmas has not been this exciting for me in the past decade and the reason for this is because the past few years of my life have been dedicated to attainment of academic and professional goals which leaves no room for “mundane” and “unproductive” activities like Xmas celebrations and its attendant conviviality.
The Journey to Self-Actualization is still work-in-progress but I feel this sense of fulfillment to be in the threshold of the fourth rung of Abraham Maslow’s Pyramidal Hierarchy of Needs.
The period of prime adulthood has robbed me of the joy and merriment of this beautiful season, but no more as I feel so young again – just like in my preteen and teenage years and Jay-Z’s “Forever Young” is calling encore in my head.
There’s a lot to be thankful for and for that I’ve taken cue from my bestie, Ikpe Kelechi Cindy to countdown to Christmas with a grateful heart.

#7DaysToChristmas
7th Reason to be Thankful: A Lovely Apartment.
One of the checklist towards Manhood is Independence. Chief of which is Financial and Spatial (Housing). By privilege I have spaces I could call my own, but the element of Independence was still lacking; hence the challenge to get a space of my own.
I was able to achieve that with the encouragement and support of my amiable partner and January 2016 got me a lovely apartment of my own.
#JustGrace #7DaysToChristmas #FeelingGrateful

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US: First Somali-American Voted In

You can be just who you want to be. Here’s is Ilham’s story……

Ilham Omar, who escaped Somalia and spent years in a Kenyan refugee camp, thanked her grandfather who taught her the importance of democracy.   Thu, November 10, 201 clarionproject.com   …

Source: US: First Somali-American Voted In

 

Waithood, Restricted futures and Youths Protest in Africa

I’d be sharing excerpts from a research work that addresses the state of despondency and hopelessness that characterize a vast majority of Nigerian and African Youths. This seminal piece resonates well with the current realities of the army of Nigerian Youths who after graduation from University can’t effectively transit into responsible adulthood.
It’s a privilege to have access to this work because it’s fresh from academic ovens. Special thanks to Professor Alcinda Honwana for a great job done.

Waithood, is a portmanteau term of “wait” and the suffix “-hood” which means “waiting for adulthood”. Waithood represents a period of suspension between childhood and adulthood, in which young people’s access to adulthood is delayed or denied. While their chronological age may define them as adults, they have not been able to attain the social markers of adulthood: earning a living, being independent, establishing families, providing for their offspring and other relatives, and becoming taxpayers. Young Africans face serious challenges of social exclusion, joblessness and restricted futures.

I intend to generate conversations about Social Policy in Africa with the aim of consolidating our role as a vibrant non-state actor in public policy making. Please I want to know your thoughts on this interesting concept and how it relates to you personally as a young African.
I anticipate your stimulating responses.