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When you are caught between speaking the truth or not…

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Image result for nigerian beautiful black lady at in the officeEveryone knows at least one person who always carries a song in their mouth,  always hums to a tune with eyes closed and mind caught in some kind of bliss, but who, in actual life, cannot sing to the save starving children in Somalia. This is truth.

So, let’s say you have one of those hallelujah temperament colleagues at work – the type who responds to every new task with an amen. And let’s say this colleague likes to sing, and every now and again, bursts theatrically into a melody. But then,  let’s now say, by a twist of fate, listening to this colleague in her happy singing state is like hearing metal grate against each other or like hearing flies swarm around your right ear or hearing the frogs that nestle in the gutter at the front of your house. You know, basically this colleague, who tirelessly, sincerely and passionately loves to sing, is in fact the worst singer in the universe.

Let’s also say you have accepted that it is your purpose in life to indulge the embarrassing skits from each song outburst and entertain the idea of their great singing gift, because why tell the truth if it will only break someone’s heart? Let’s say you are that noble and kind or generally afraid of stepping on toes, or maybe it’s simply that you understand that sometimes truth is a burden to be carried in silence because humans take things too personal and  relationships matter, and also, how does a person’s singing voice solve world poverty? Or help you lose weight?

Let’s say these are the kinds of challenges you have to deal with in life, choosing between screaming a person to silence or stumbling through their delusion. And let’s say you choose the path of wisdom, and you tell yourself to manage, to shut it out and exist dutifully in the space where the imperfections of others is not a crippling anxiety. So say, this colleague, in typical cartoon skit, erupts in another song, ear phones on, slapping away at her thighs, and letting a tear escape her eyes, and all the while, you situate yourself within two feet of this performance, your mind rioting against the sound, the voice, the horror:  yet somehow you smile, feign interest, ask for the track and add it to the list of songs you’ll never enjoy again.

Hold on.

Let’s say a blessing comes from this long suffering and you learn that it is possible to suffer in silence for the sake of peace, that many relationships, even marriages are built  on this kind of endurance, the acquired blindness to human limits and irritations.

So far so good.

Now, let’s say you are living happily with your stoic resolve to never complain, but one day, in the never-ceases-to-be-surprising mysteries of life, this your colleague breaks through your wall of silence and seeks your opinion on her perceived talents. Let’s say she wants to do something ridiculous, like audition publicly for a singing competition, and for a second, the horror of one of those Youtube videos with clueless performers flashes before your mind. So let’s say you sit there, computer screen the only demarcation between you two, and you wonder where to draw the line between friendship and truth, or respect and sarcasm, because really, what is the nicest way to tell someone that they sound like a grinding machine coughing to its death? How do you say, not-on-your-life with all the love in your heart?

I guess, singing aside, what I’m trying to say is that everyone knows one person whose eyes are set on mountains they shouldn’t climb. Or maybe the truth is, mountains we think they shouldn’t climb. My problem sits somewhere in between. How do you draw the line between telling your truth and possibly risking killing a dream or a relationship? Why on earth is the truth so hard to say and why do people keep asking for our opinions?

I, for instance, am learning how to juggle my excesses, tottering through life with a profuse desire to be liked by friends and even hallelujah type distant colleagues. I want my social circle to be rich with conversation and laughter and a little healthy misunderstanding. What I do not want is to be the person who says, babe can you stop singing please? Especially when I have witnessed first hand the love and devotion that goes into the singing. How do you say the truth and hope it does not come back to hunt you in five years time, when the earth is invaded by aliens and croaky voices become the new fad.

So let’s say all this is really you, what would you choose? What do you do if you had to choose between telling the truth and hoping it is learned from anybody else but you?

 

Culled from OlisaTv

Travel

Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday

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An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.

Why stay at an exotic resort

Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:

Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.

Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.

Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
courses.

The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.

Kurumba, Maldives

Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.

You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.

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Coronavirus

Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross

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Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.

Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.

Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines

These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.

This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.

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Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example

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Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.

Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.

The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.

With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.

Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.

Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.

Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’

To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.

With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.

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