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Read the amazing story of a kerosene seller turned BBC (Photos)

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A Nigerian Lady, Ruona J. Meyer shared her story of grass to grace following her employment with British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, which she assumed on Monday, 12th of June, 2017.

She revealed in her story that while hustling many years ago, she sold kerosene in front of her mother’s shop in Lagos now she has reaped the fruit of her labour because she did not loose focus.

She wrote:

‘God sure has a sense of humour; my first ever by-line in journalism came in a THISDAY newspaper on 12 June 2003.

Today makes it exactly 14 years of sweat, tears, grit, sacrifices, smiles, successes and blessings. I have had the privilege to be mentored by great journalists including Simon Kolawole, Paul Ibe, Ijeoma Nwogwugwu, Kadaria Ahmed, Dele Olojede, and sound professionals like Femi Adeniran, who picked me to work under him at GTBank HQ.

I cannot thank you all enough. You have raised me to be a go-getter; I was the girl who would walk all the way from Cele Bus-stop back home through Ilasa to Isolo at midnight after “production;” the one who had a small business selling kerosene by the bottle in front of my Mother’s “chemist” shop at Ilasa, while racking up by-lines for Thisday. I was the girl who had no degree, yet wrote speeches for Tayo Aderinokun (God rest his beautiful soul).

These people moulded me in a way that it has become second nature to me to see every setback was a learning curve, every challenge as an exercise to overcome and smile back on. Thanks to you all, I have had the privilege of an extensive professional life; Reuters, the FT, and who knew I would now be paid to go to work, for the BBC, and be “allowed” to speak Pidgin??
I am literally in Journalism Heaven right now! I have not stopped intermittently crying happy and sad tears, as my Dad Godwin is not here physically to share in this joy. Then there is Micha, who has never stood in the way of my professional progess, and has instead made extensive emotional and financial sacrifices for me and supported me roundly to be the best at this role since I moved bak to Lagos. My siblings have been just THE BEST, even though the one that drives me mad of them all is Ronke.
Those who knew when the process began months back (yes this has been from way back) often asked me: why would you move from Germany? Well, because the BBC is pioneering a great thing for Africa, opening a Pidgin Service, and I would NEVER turn down the privilege to be a witness and worker at the start of what is going to be a great shift in my continent’s media landscape. I am so excited to be back in the newsroom, I feel…alive, and…I cannot say too much, but we hope to show you all what is possible, so help us God.

14 years since it all started, I am back here, in Nigeria, and if anybody reads this, just know that with hard work, EVERYTHING is possible and what is yours will be yours.

Invest in yourself. Do things the right way. Surround yourself with the right partners, mentors, family members and friends – quality over quantity. Cutting corners and being ashamed of being thought of as a nerd/efiko/mumu is not cool. Own your straight-mindedness and unique personality aka Ibile factor. Own your degree and the opportunities it brings. Own your career and be strategic about it. Work hard, and then…play hard. Like, laugh HARD.

No one is guaranteed a long life, so it is better to live your best professional and personal life.
As I take on this role, I want to ask you all to please make sure I never walk alone o. Abeg, if there are ways I can serve you the public better, let us know. When I make a mistake, tell me; critique me, because we are all in this o. Na me and una waka come!’

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‘Stop Dealing With Every Feedback’, Sarkodie Advises On How To Handle Internet Trolls

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'Stop Dealing With Every Feedback', Sarkodie Advises On How To Handle Internet Trolls
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Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie, has advised on how to handle internet trolls. The award-winning rapper believes it is best to stop dealing with every feedback received from them.

According to him, there are different kinds of people on the internet because the internet does not filter people that sign up.

Therefore, he thinks it is best to get one’s message across at the targeted audience who would not misconstrue one’s points.

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Taking to his official Twitter page, he writes:

“The internet doesn’t filter the people that sign up so you are guaranteed to have all types of species on here so always remember to get your message across to those targeted and stop dealing with every feedback”

See his tweet below:

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#EndSARS: ‘God Has Not Lost Control’ – Kate Henshaw

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#EndSARS: 'God Has Not Lost Control' - Kate Henshaw
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Kate Henshaw

Nigerian actress, Kate Henshaw, has offered hope to Nigerians who are finding it hard to move on from the Lekki Tollgate shooting. The movie star wants them to know that God has not lost control of things.

She also shared how she is numb and still in shock, especially as the events replay in her mind. She used the same medium to appreciate those who reached out to check on her.

She is also hopeful that Nigeria will be rid of evil, even as she continues to tweet the hashtag #EndSARS.

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Taking to Twitter, she writes:

“Nothing good about the morning. Numb and in shock still as the events of Tuesday #LekkiMassacre2020 replay in my mind. Thank you to all who reached out to check on me. One thing is sure, God has not lost control. Nigeria will be rid of evil! #EndSARS”

See her tweet below:

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‘Nigeria Needs To Change Quickly’ – Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

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'Nigeria Needs To Change Quickly' - Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
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Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, has called for an urgent change in Nigeria following the tragic incidents that claimed the lives of innocent youths such as Oke Obi-Enadhuze.

Taking to Twitter, the movie star says Nigeria cannot afford to lose more innocent lives. In her words:

“Nigeria needs to change quickly! We can’t continue to lose some of the best, we can’t continue to lose anyone because WE DO NOT VALUE HUMAN LIFE! I’m livid. There has to be More we can do. #Weneedbiggerstrategies #TakebackNigeria #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria”

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She further shared some words on the state of affairs in Africa, calling for healing in Africa.

See her tweets below:

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