How do you like your dress to fit?

Life can be likened to this dress because this dress can be worn in different ways, according to the taste of the owner.

So is your life, wear it the way it suits you and not how someone else expects you to live it. Be the driver of your life, make your decisions and face the consequences good or bad.

To be successful, you have to fail, it’s part of the process. At the end, you smash the look as persistence is the dress your wear to keep you going.

No one’s life is the best, cherish your loved ones, your family, friends and all you come across on the path of life.

Dress up and show up for the occasion, ready to win!

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Esther Okade Ph.D Before age 15

When you were six years old, what were your thoughts?

Esther Okade, a young Nigerian girl who plans to bag her Ph.D. before age 15 is beyond talented.

Esther was home-schooled by her mother Efe Okade from the age of three when her mother noticed her love for numbers. The Genius in every child is something that must not be taken for granted.

At age six, most kids would rather play with toys and watch their favorite cartoons, not so for this young smart and bright kid, Esther Okade sat for her GCSE, an exam generally taken by kids between 14-16 and had a C. A year later she outdid her self and got an A grade she wanted.

In 2015, at age 10, Okade enrolled into an open university (UK-based distance learning college) for a university Maths course and made straight A’s, top of her class and youngest undergraduate student in the country.
She told CNN that her mum taught her in a nice way and it was very easy to understand the theories and complex numbers. She wrote a math series workbook for kids titled ‘Yummy Yummy Algebra’ and wants to have her Ph.D. in Financial maths at age 13 plus own a bank at age 15 because she likes numbers and people and banking is a great way to help people.

She said “I want to (finish the course) in two years. Then I’m going to do my PhD in financial maths when I’m 13. I want to have my own bank by the time I’m 15 because I like numbers and I like people and banking is a great way to help people.”


“To eat is one thing, but to eat intelligently; That is the Art of Nutrition”
Oyetolani Olaoye-Fasehun RD

If you have someone around you, who just gave birth, or you are a pregnant woman, a pregnant man. Oh sorry! I mean a man with a pregnant woman…, or better still; You might just have this information for yourself. Either way, this information will come in handy for you, let’s dive into the topic!

First things first, what is Lactation?

Lactating is Breastfeeding simply put! In scientific terms, it is a natural physiological process of the female mammals that occurs in the post-partum period (after delivery), when a mother’s breast discharge milk and suckles her offspring (please don’t worry your head about that).

Why is this Stage important?

Do you know that milk secreted by a breastfeeding mother is all that is needed to fulfill her infants ENTIRE NUTRIENT AND CALORIE NEEDS TO GROW for the 1st 6 MONTHS OF LIFE! This is the MOST CRITICAL STAGE IN THE LIFE CYCLE… When an infant’s growth rate and Nutrient needs are lifetime high!!!

So, when you see a mother breastfeeding her baby, do not feel iritated because your mother did thesame thing for you to survive!

Breast of course! Ok. Breast milk comes majorly from the Mothers Diet and Nutrient stored up in her body. So you better watch what you eat!

Every human body stores up nutrient regularly. The body never uses up the entire nutrient from the foods we eat. Some are stored up for future use.
Part of the breast milk comes from the fat, protein, etc accumulation that the nursing mother has stored up during pregnancy. Usually, the body draws from these stores to produce milk when she starts breastfeeding.

These should help with easy weight loss (which many women crave after birth) if she also increases her activity level as she breastfeeds. This is a plus for overweight women. Excited?! I’m on your side!

Care must be taken, however, by underweight women who are not feeding well (you see, no hiding place)! If Adequate calorie intakes drop, a breastfeeding mother of BMI <18.5KG/m2, WON’T BE ABLE TO PRODUCE MILK FOR HER GROWING INFANT!
So what’s the way out? No worries help is underway!

Also Note that some mothers are not able to breastfeed for some other reasons, as their bodies may not produce the needed milk for the child. In this case, other methods advised by the Physician or Registered dietitian can be used.

Are there specific diets a nursing mother can take to encourage more milk production? No! There is no such food. Although many cultures believe certain foods like beer or garlic boost milk production, hmmm.

Scientifically, there is no evidenced research backing the myth that a type of food helps a woman produce more milk. Breast milk production is purely a physiologic process meaning it is natural. However, the psychological state e.g. stress, of a nursing mother can greatly determine if she lactates well or not.

Meanwhile, there is good evidence that certain substances in the mother’s food may pass into the breast milk and affect the infant positively or negatively (when in high dosage). Example:

Yes water! Water can perform wonders. A breastfeeding mother needs to take at least 3litres of water a day. Is that much? Don’t worry, you can make up your water needs from fruits like watermelon, orange, pineapple, apple, and you have to still drink water!

And ATTENTION, please! If you are breastfeeding and you are not producing enough milk, Milk production has nothing to do with breast size!
So let me ask you; Are you drinking lots of Water? What about your fluid intake in beverages, pepper soups, and soft diets, are they included in your diet? Ehennn. You see?

On a Final note,

A second major mineral is Calcium, which the mother needs to replenish the lost calcium at pregnancy and lactation, to avoid the danger of future bone disorders like osteoporosis; Supplements may be used if the food source is unavailable but under the Physician or Registered dietitians’ supervision.

Food sources of Calcium include Milk, yoghurts, fortified cereals, tofu and Salmon. Others include, fish, fortified grain, locust beans, white eyed beans, and brown rice which are highly essential here.

And finally, OMEGA 3 FATTY ACID is another big guy needed by the lactating mother! Where can you find that? In Fishes, like Mackerel, Salmon, Tuna, etc.
But sadly these are the kinds of food breastfeeding mothers don’t like eating. Please try!!!

And thanks for reading, did you learn something? Let us know in your comments below. Till we catch up on our gist later, Go, eat to live, don’t live to eat!


Do you know that too much of anything is bad?

Everything you do (exercise, work…) or take in (food, water, drinks, medications, etc) needs to be in moderate quantity to maintain a healthy living.

As the Dietitian would say “To eat is one thing, but to eat intelligently is the art of Nutrition” – Fasehun Oyetola, RD.

In recent times, Carbohydrates have been given a notorious name. Many say Carbohydrates brings in too much energy and load hence they become obese when taking it in a meal, some still believe it increases their risk of Celia disease and for some more; it gives them constipation and so on…

Are carbohydrates really as bad as painted?

Come with us on this ride as Fasehun Oyetola unravel more around this unique class of food.
It is interesting to note that Carbohydrates are the first of the 3 major class of food nutrients, this means your food is not nutrient adequate and healthy without them!

There are two types of carbohydrates:

  1. Simple Carbohydrates and
  2. Complex Carbohydrates

The Simple Carbohydrates are easily digested and absorbed faster into the body while the Complex Carbohydrates are digested more slowly because of fibers that are abundant in them. Some examples of Complex carbs are; Brown or local rice, Oats, Wheat, Brown pasta, Wheat bread, Vegetables, etc and they are the healthier options of carbohydrates if you ask me.

Sincerely, Carbohydrates occupy an indispensable contribution to our health. First, they are well-known to provide fuel for the brain and CNS (don’t bother about that term), they spare your little protein from being used as body fuel, they are involved in the reproduction process, immune system, blood clotting to mention a few… are you surprised? There’s still much to unravel.

Have you ever had headaches or pain somewhere on your body? Your reaction to it is definitely to fix it, not cut it of. The bone of contention on this unique nutrient is not cutting it off your diet because when you do that, you risk having hypoglycemia, which means the brain is not getting enough glucose.

One sad story that trended on Google about a lady who was found slumped on her bathroom floor was noted to be brain dead by the time she was rushed into the hospital, her mother explained that the lady had been on a high protein, very low carbs diet for so long…

That and many of such unfortunate events makes us know that a low carb diet (carbohydrates below 45-50% of the meal), especially over a long period of time is detrimental to health and life!

How to maximize your carbohydrates for health benefits is to do the following:

1. Choose the Right Quality of Carbohydrates
Make your diet choices more of natural (organic) carbohydrates, the whole grains, the fiber-rich foods, the unprocessed meals. Avoid the carbohydrates soaked in syrups or corn starch or artificial sugars.
Avoid also much consumption of ‘processed carbs’ such as flour products e.g. pastries, sweets, chocolates, and other shallow nutrient diets. Take a Mediterranean diet of whole-grain cereals, fresh vegetables, seafood, salmon, mackerel fish intakes, etc.

2. Quantity is Key!
Excess of any good thing is equally bad! Hence, excess of high quality carbs can be harmful in the long run. Avoid heavy meals please, as much as; ‘never leave the dining table filling full’! Therefore, let your intakes be 40-50% of your total kilocalories. Remember, everyone should be within a specific kilocalorie; a healthy female should be between 1500kcal-2000kcal while a male should be between 1700kcl to 2200kcal based on many other factors like your activity level, your age, etc.

3. Timing of Food Intake
Regular meals cannot be overemphasized! Breakfast should be taken early enough, lunch is important and dinner should not be late or heavy in quantity. We work less at night so our meals don’t get metabolized or digested quickly because of the low activity level. Heavy meals, especially at night, is one of the major causes of the distended or big abdomen. In addition, meal skipping is not always the solution to weight loss like I usually tell many, when you skip meals you eat more in your next single sitting.

We take a chill pill here, Chew on these, till we catch up on our gist next time. There’s still more to uncover about carbohydrates, do stay tuned for the part B of War against Carbs!
Till then, go, eat to live, and don’t live to eat!

Think on your feet- 5 Best ways to answer questions on the Spot.

Have you ever been put on the spot and had to answer an unexpected question?

It is a different ball game when you prepare to give a presentation or lead a meeting or discussion, at least you get the chance to prepare your speech. When you have nothing prepared, it can be a challenge, and most times we find ourselves in such a position, what do you do?

Before we dive into the 5 best ways to think on your feet, there was this professor back in school who made us give presentations weekly, and he would ask very random questions. From his method of questioning, I realized that there are no ‘right or wrong’ answers. It depends on which angle you are looking at, and how well you can defend your point of view. Keeping that in mind, here are 5 best ways for you to scale through the spotlight and shine like a star in any situation:

  1. Repeat the Question: This may come as a shocker, but by repeating the question you help your brain process the words. This enables the brain to pick out the ‘point’ in the question and if you do not understand the question, do not be afraid to ask politely what the person is asking.
  2. Focus on the ‘POINT’ of the question: getting the meaning out of the question is your duty, therefore focus on the point of the question and give it your best shot by using your brain to give your answer. Like I mentioned above, if you are not sure of the question, ASK. If it is a meeting or discussion, then add your contribution to the best of your knowledge, remember it is no competition.
  3. Engage Others: People speak on what interests them in a conversation, therefore ask them questions to engage them, this helps to throw more light and give more information which you can buttress while giving your own contribution.
  4. Pause a while: When you are put on the spot, take your time to respond. Have a thoughtful face and start with ‘that is an intriguing question’. In the process, take a deep breath, gather your thoughts together and muster your courage. These tactics are also helpful during interviews.
  5. The ‘Yes’ Technique: There are people who will naturally criticize what you have said in a discussion or meeting either to make a point or find out if you truly understand what is being asked. In this kind of situation, forget about being defensive and say yes, then give more information if necessary, or possible ways it can be achieved if its a question on problem-solving, this way, you move the conversation forward in any discussion, especially in a scrum or Agile environments.

In Conclusion, be yourself and believe in what you say, that way you can easily explain your point to others without fear or favor. Also, note that no man is an island and we need to be open-minded to learn from others.

Afrolynk 2019 Conference

Are you ready for the Afrolynk 2019 conference?

The Afrolynk conference is set to take place on the 16th – 20th September, 2019 in Berlin.

Begining from the 16th September, 2019 are a series of events for Entreprenuers, interested partners and stakeholders.

Day 1 & 2 is centered on securing strategic partnerships and funding

Day 3 & 4 hovers around Ecosystems Tour and building up of the African -European Business and startup ecosystem. This will give way to Engagement, networking, and pitching opportunities for different startup companies in the presence of interested stakeholders and potential future partners.

Day 5 is the main Afrolynk 2019 conference and will cover topics on Technology, Investments, Growth and Expansion. In Addition, there will be a panel comprising key stakeholders, policy-makers and startups.

Tickets Available Here:

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019 at 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Venue: Microsoft Berlin Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany