Friday, May 26, 2017

Oby Bamidele talks about her book 'Me, My Hair and The Rest'

(c) Zayzee Writes

Tell us about yourself.
I am an Authenticity Coach and registered counselor. I help people discover who they really are and overcome emotional and mindset obstacles that stand in the way of them embracing their true self. We tend to wear masks and conform to ideas and perceptions of who we think we should be, to the detriment of our true and genuine selves. The more self-aware and self-accepting we become, the more we thrive and live fulfilled lives.   

I am a Jesus follower; wife and mummy. I was born and lived in Nigeria until I was 15 and moved to the UK, where I reside.

Why did you feel the need to write the book 'Me, My Hair and The Rest'?
‘Me, My Hair and The Rest’ is really about my 10 year journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I preach and teach what I live.  The book is an autobiographical account of how much value I placed on the external. I lived from the outside in, so to speak. I focused on my external appearance to define my worth, and only then would I dare to feel good about myself. This continued until I experienced what I can only describe as a major crisis moment. All of the details are in the book.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lagos @ 50 Recognises Maryam Elisha

...A Zayzee Writes Release
As Lagos State celebrates its 50th anniversary, more people are being recognised for their contribution to various sectors of the Lagos economy and one of them is Maryam Elisha, CEO of Rikaoto by ME, top designer of red carpet and pageant dresses and serial entrepreneur.

Since becoming a fashion designer shortly after her reign as Miss Valentine, the Rikaoto by ME brand has clothed lots of celebrities and beauty pageant contestants, helping to promote the patronage of made in Nigeria brands.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Drive Magazine, April 2017

Finally! After some months, Drive Magazine returns with the New Beginnings edition.
Meet CEO of Bimbeads Concept. Her interesting story is a reason not to ignore the skills that come to us naturally. Read how she pushed herself to create one of the most recognised jewelry outfits in Nigeria, while waiting for the dream job.

Our Entrepreneur feature is a young and hardworking lady who refused to be cowed when all she had got stolen in a beautiful economy recession.
And, our columns are inspiring too. It is definitely new beginnings...
Click here to read or download. Don't forget to share.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Azie, Celebrating Nigeria’s Beauty Through Her Books

@naijabooks interview

Amaka Azie, is a part time family doctor and author of two novels “Melodies of Love’ and ‘Thorns and Roses’. One of five children, Azie, who enjoys reading, writing and watching crime TV shows, is self-published under Accomplish Press, a publishing consultant firm.
The author, who lives in England with her husband and two daughters, discussed her work and motivation with @naijabooks. Enjoy.

Monday, April 03, 2017

6 Questions For The Fearless Storyteller

… as published on @naijabooks, an Instagram page dedicated to Nigerian book news, reviews and author interviews

What is the inspiration behind your new book, ‘Because Home Is’?
A long time ago, I read a novel written by Faye Kellerman in which one of the characters said that “Everyone is either running away from or towards something.” So, people tend to run towards (their perception of) pleasure or away from (their perception of) pain. Everyone wants to feel safe in some way. And that's what you find at home – whether home is a person, place or thing. And it takes everyone a different amount of time and process to find, go to and function with(in) who or where or what they call home. It's a vocation or life calling, it's that relationship, it's that physical place where you are safe even if you're challenged to grow. It's the perfect symbol of “naked and unashamed”.