Tuesday, August 8, 2017

VBS 2017 - Rome: Paul and the Underground Church


VBS 2017 Rome was AH-mazing!!! 😆 Yes I have been saying so all over social media but I just can't help it!!! God was surely present as always. Even when we felt that we would not have enough children this year because of the 'tight economy', we still had over 80 children and about 20-25 volunteers. Honestly, God be praise! 😇

This year we role-played Apostle Paul's story as a prisoner in Rome while the Underground church was praying for him. My Roman role-play name was Aunty Christiana. "Christiana" means "Follower of Christ" in Roman 😇



Once again, I was privileged to be the Extollo aka Celebration Leader. "Extollo" in Roman means "Praise". Extollo time held both in the morning before activities and at closing time. I enjoyed dancing and singing with the children, teenagers and adults. It was a time everyone had fun glorifying God. Every year as a Celebration Leader, there is always one song that gets me to tears. This year it was "Amazing Grace". The song reminds me of how God's grace has covered me all my life. I am truly grateful for His grace and mercies 🙏





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I had the opportunity to also play the role of a shop-keeper at the Rome Market Place. I was stationed at the Toga Shop. Toga was an expensive garment made of wool fabric which was worn by high status and wealthy men only during the Roman empire. The children had the opportunity to rent a toga and take a picture with it. I explained to my 'customers' that as Christians when they wear the toga, they represent God's royalties just as it's written in 1st Peter 2:9 - "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession..." I enjoyed telling the history of the toga and connecting it to the Word of God. They all looked really royal in their togas! 💜




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Every VBS, I also work as the Operation Kid-2-kid (OK2K) Coordinator. This is a program aimed at getting VBS children to help other under privileged children in their community. Though we didn't have a special station for Ok2k this year, we still got the children to donate food stuff, good hand-me-down clothes and cash gift for the orphanage we visited. Once again, we visited Hearts of Gold (Hoghospice). The children were touched to see the disabled children and decided that they would be praying for them. Coordinating Ok2k is usually one of my highlights during VBS. I love that we encourage children to give from their hearts to other children who are less privileged. 💕




Next year, we go to Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity. Am already excited! 😊 Hope to see you at VBS 2018!!!😉


Enjoy pictures at VBS Rome...😊 A big SHOUT OUT to our Photographer, Dumebi Almona. Good job honey! 😉

Aunty Christiana with our 'TY-Bello' in the making, Dumebi Almona 😉

Aunty Christiana with our awesome VBS Director, Mrs. Chinyere Almona 😊

Registration 

Extollo Time

Game Time

Family Time

Visiting Apostle Paul in prison with his guard

Apostle Paul and his guard

At the Market place making craft

A visit to the Underground Church

VBS Roman Teens

VBS Roman Children

Tuck of War during Game Time

Extollo Leader and Toga Shop Keeper...two humbling and exciting roles 😇

VBS Roman Volunteers with VBS Director

VBS Rome Family

VBS Rome Volunteers


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

How To Invest Workshop 3.0 by Tomie Balogun



Money, money, money, it's so funny, it's a rich man's world! A lot of songs have been sang about money because it is a serious matter,o! And the best way to keep this money flowing is by saving and investing wisely.

I met Tomie Balogun last year (online that is...Lol! We finally met at the workshop) through my twinny (Yes,o! Na so this girl dey for my life! Na she be my Financial Advisor. Hehehe! Love you, Q! 😚). She had tagged me on Tomie's Instagram page and that's how I started following and communicating with her. Tomie is such a sweet soul 💋

Credit: Tomie Balogun

Tomie asked this question during her opening presentation. This question always saddens me 😩 Because it makes me ask myself, 'Come Nnenna, what tangible asset do I have in my name sef?' And most times I just can't answer. When she started breaking down what 'Net-worth' means, I started feeling a sense of relief that at least I had some tangible assets to my name, even if they looked really small to me. In a nut shell, Net-worth is determined by subtracting your liabilities (what you owe/debts) from your assets (what you have/property & investments owned) at a specific moment in time.



The workshop was very educative and interesting. I particularly enjoyed the panel session which consisted of the following financial gurus:
Onyeka Akumah who is the CEO & Co-Founder of Farmcrowdyng, Nigeria's first digital agriculture platform;
Kenneth Kanebi who is the Head, Equities Trading at Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria Ltd and
Moturayo Adefamoti who is the CEO, Money Stewards Limited an investment club with a portfolio of investments in Europe, North America, Dubai and Africa.

I really enjoyed the debate between Moturayo and Kenneth. They both enlightened us on why we should either invest in Nigeria or abroad or in both.

L-R: Kenneth Kanebi, Moturayo Ade-Famoti, Onyeka Akumah & Tomie Balogun
Photo Credit: Tomie Balogun

Some Financial organizations were also in attendance:

Coronation Securities is a subsidiary of Coronation Merchant Bank and is a licensed broker dealer regulated by SEC and NSE. They were at the workshop to give those in attendance the opportunity to tidy up their stock portfolio.

Asset & Resources Management (ARM) Investment is an investment management expert organization. They were at the workshop to talk about their investment products.

Credit: Tomie Balogun
My first Investment was with Oceanic Bank (Now ECO Bank) shares while in university. I don't know what has happened to it till date 😒 Though I still get my dividends in 'N50s' and 'N100s' 😐 I will get Coronation Securities to help me track it. Then my next investments were with ARM (Thanks to Shola Coker) and Stanbic IBTC (Thanks to Twinny) Mutual Funds.
The following points are what I learned from the workshop:
(1) Know your RISK ABILITY. That is, set your mind to be ready to lose when entering any investment.
(2) Know the PROFILE of the organizations you want to invest in. Don't just enter and invest in an organization, know everything about them before you invest in them. 
(3) Know your MICRO-ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT.  For example: Economic indexes such as recession, currency depreciation, booming economy and Political climate such as new and old regimes and their policies. These events help to decide if you will gain or lose in any of your investments. A good example is the recession currently happening in Nigeria. We were advised that now is the best time to buy stocks. Also the agriculture industry is booming, thanks to the likes of Farmcrowdy who are investing in Nigerian farmers and their farms.
(4)  Don't TRUST your stocks to your stock broker only. ENGAGE your stock broker and check information on stock rates. Na your money!
(5) Don't buy stocks in a sector you DON'T UNDERSTAND.
(6) You don't always GET IT RIGHT when investing. You will lose some and gain some. Look for organizations that have good dividend record history, at least for the past five (5) years.
(7) EXPAND YOUR MIND when investing! Don't be just a local champion...be an INTERNATIONAL champion! Invest in the international market as well. There are a lot of great opportunities there too. 

(8) Take RISK to LEARN and not to be GREEDY! #GBAM!
Credit: Tomie Balogun

Next, Tomie Balogun gave us a breakdown of what it entails to start an Investment Club. To learn more check out her FREE e-book on How To Start Your Investment Club.
The final session was the most anticipated GAME OF CLUBS! That's one of the most exciting session on Tomie's workshop. My group of friends and I were so eager to be crowned the champions of the quest for this year's edition. The name of our club was THE ACE CLUB. And oh did we 'ace' our game...but not as we hoped! Lol! Sadly we didn't even make it to the top two 😞 But our consolation was that we made some good investment decisions and some cool cash! That's the koko (Meaning the 'main thing')! Lol!
 
The ACE CLUB Team 
Photo credit: Tomie Balogun

 The game was getting HOT! We had to stand to ACE our game! 
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We really enjoyed the workshop. And I'm looking forward to starting an investment club with some of my trusted friends.

Photo Credit: Tomie Balogun

With the beauty and brains behind the workshop, Tomie Balogun 😗

With my Twinny and Financial Advisor, Queen-Anne Ifekoya

Kindly follow Tomie Balogun on Instagram and subscribe to her website to keep you informed on her next workshop. You shouldn't miss it if you want to 'ace' your financial game. 😉


Yes, your FINANCIAL future matters.... 
Credit: Tomie Balogun


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Vision Board Hangout 2.0 - Overcoming Your Inertia



I have been constantly asked, "Nnenna, when do you get the time to do all you are doing and attend all these programs?" The answer: My Vision Board 😊 Therefore, I must 'create' the time to 'run with my vision'. Because if I don't, I am on a looooonnnng thing! 😏

Habakuku 2:2 – ‘And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.’ 

Last year I promised myself that I was going to do all I could to be who I want to be. So when my twinny, Queenie Ifekoya, invited me for the first  edition of the Vision Board Hangout (VBH) organized by her friend, Folakemi Odesola, even though I was skeptical I decided to go. And I don't regret it! 😌 

The VBH Group has been one of the best female gatherings I have ever been in. The beautiful boss ladies (as I call them 😉) in the group encourage and celebrate each other with so much love that you don't feel left behind. The support we are all giving ourselves to build our visions and goals have been so AH-mazing! 🙌 When I hear people say 'Women don't support women' I say nah not with my VBH boss ladies 😊 Oh and my vision board? Catch a glimpse of it 😀

VHB 2.0 held on April 23rd, 2017 and it was wonderful 😊 Attendees were inspired to start or finish making their Vision Boards. Intimidation was out of the picture! That word annoys me sef! 😒 Had to tell some lovely ladies to stop being discouraged or intimidated when seeing other's Vision Board but to be inspired to do theirs. ‘Overcoming Your Inertia’ which was the theme for VHB 2.0, was to encourage everyone in attendance to move from being static to being active. Start from somewhere and create your own vision.

A few boss ladies and I, who had already done their vision boards, were given the privilege to give a short rendition of what our Vision Boards consists of and what each means to us. 

 My Vision Board Presentation


 The lovely decor on the wall were handmade by one of our creative boss ladies, Oluwadara Williams-Durojaiye 😍

At the end of the day, the ladies in attendance who were still struggling with creating their vision boards left inspired. And with our VBH Group, we would keep inspiring ourselves to make our visions, aspirations and dreams to come true, with Baba God at the center of it all 😇  I am already looking forward to VBH 3.0 😉

Please BE INSPIRED to CREATE your VISION BOARD