Monday, August 27, 2012

A Space Legend - Neil Armstrong

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was the first person to walk on the Moon, as well as an American astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor and United States Naval Aviator. He died at age 82. He was a true "Space Legend".           

Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft, which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. During his three-hour walk on the moon's surface, he radioed back his famous line, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Neil Armstrong on the Moon

RIP Mr. Armstrong!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Our School Heroine

When I look back at my secondary school days, there are some people I remember with fond memories. One of them is my Principal, Ms. Philomena Ojudoh. She is a wonderful lady, strict but motherly. She just knew how to handle us "naughty brats". Upon all her scolding and chastisement, we love her.

My Head girl, Chidinma Okeke and I paid her a visit this break. And men did she "spoil" us. We LOVE you, ma'am!

VBS 2012 - Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity

VBS 2012 Babylon was a great event! Everyday was full of activities and energy. And like last year, it was fulfilling and exciting. We had about 120 children this year and great volunteers who made the event worthwhile.

Vacation Bible Study is an event we do every year during summer break for children. The idea is to get children to experience the bible characters come to life. VBS 2010 we visited Prime Minister Joseph in Egypt. VBS 2011 we visited Baby Jesus in Nazareth. This year, 2012 we visited Special Adviser, Daniel in Babylon. It was fun learning how Daniel was able to adapt in his new environment, keep his faith in God, have courage in the lions' den and how he rose to be a Royal Adviser to great kings in Babylon.

During the program, my Babylonian name was Aunty Anatu.

Everyday had a theme and bible verse that related to Daniel's experience in Babylon:
DAY 1 - "When things CHANGE, God is with you" - Hebrew 13:5
DAY 2 - "When you NEED HELP, God is with you" - Psalm 46:1
DAY 3 - "When you are AFRAID, God is with you" - Isaiah 41:10
DAY 4 - "When you are LONELY, God is with you" - Matthew 28:20
DAY 5 - "When you are THANKFUL, God is with you" - 1 Chorincles 15:34

The program consisted of the twelve (12) Tribes of Israel. Each tribe had about 10-20 children with a Tribe leader and assistant. A day in Babylon usually started and ended with Celebration Time.

CELEBRATION TIME with Aunty Anatu - "Awesome God"
After the opening celebration time, the children had their "Opening Tribe Time" with their tribe members and Tribe leaders where they talked about Daniel's experiences in Babylon. After tribe time, the children "Visited Babylon". This was divided into three parts: "Visit to Daniel", "Market Place" and 'Playground Time".
In the Market place, the children paid, with Babylonian coins, to buy and make things. The following shops were in the market place: Music shop, Jewelry Bazaar, Mosaic Studio, Metalworking shop, Astronomy School, Hanging Gradens Nursery, Food court and Operation Kid-To-Kid Tent.

Market Place

 Astronomy School

 Jewelry Bazaar

Babylonian Food Court 

 Babylonian Meal

 Daniel sharing his experience with the children

 Daniel & his counterpart

Playground Time

Sight seeing - Prayer Points from Children
I was privileged to be both the Celebration Leader and Operation Kid-To-Kid Coordinator. I enjoyed celebration time so much! Teaching the children songs and dance steps was a delight! Even the teenagers and adults joined in the fun.
Celebration Leader & Ok2k Coordinator

I enjoyed coordinating the "Operation Kid-To-Kid" (OK2K) program.  OK2K is an outreach, which gives children a meaningful service project that will change their hearts as they help other children and change the world. OK2K 2012 was a "Squash Malaria" outreach. The theme was "Let's Squash Malaria in Nigeria". Children donated money, food stuffs, mosquitoe nets and made cards. I was so touched by the children's donating spirit. On the last day, some of the VBS children and coordinators went to visit an ophanage called Lagos State Children Centre. We taught the orphanage children some of our celebration songs and dance steps and gave our donation. After the visit, the children explained what they learnt about giving to others.
 Operation Kid-To-Kid Tent

 OK2K STOP Malaria cards done by the VBS children

 Bug-prayer clips  + STOP Malaria cards

A Visit to the Orphanage

I would like to specially thank my OK2K Assistant, Fortune for helping with the OK2K Tent.
Fortune, OK2K Assistant & Aunty Anatu

Next year, VBS 2013, we are going to Athens, Greece, where we would "Escape to Athens with Paul". In VBS 2013 - "Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth", imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment and chain breaking earthquakes - all to spread the life-changing truth of God's love. We are going to learn about Apostle Paul! Paul would inspire both children and adults to share the truth of God's immeasurable love. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

An Olympian Mom

Would it be wrong for me to say that one day I would love to raise an Olympian?

For the London 2012 Olympic Games, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is celebrating moms around the world and saying “Thank you, Mom.” The campaign recognizes and celebrates the moms behind the athletes by thanking them for all they do and is founded on the insight that behind every amazing athlete is an even more amazing mom.

This reminds me of my younger days when my mom would show up for every event. I always made sure I participated in something….sports, music, arts….just to make my mom proud. I recall singing a solo “I had a Dream” during one of our school events. While singing on stage I was looking around for my mom and I caught her singing along with tears in her eyes. My voice grew louder! She had taught me that song and I felt so proud singing it with her there.
What about sports? She never missed any inter-house sports event! I made sure I participated and won prizes just to see her smile. One time, during one of the events, they called out mothers to run. My mom was dragged out. Unfortunately, at the start of the race she fell and got a bruise. Though we were sad she got hurt and didn’t win, we were glad she participated cause it made us proud. Also during my final high school inter-house sports, my mom was honored by being one of the special guests to give out prizes to winners. How cool is that? *grin*
Arts nko? She encouraged my siblings and I in our arts talent by buying each of us sketch pads and crayons. When I wanted to study Arts in university, she encouraged me to work towards making it a reality. When I won prizes for Art competitions, my mom never failed to show up.
During every prize giving day, she was always there. And of course, all her children always bagged a prize or two! We just had to make mom proud! That's our duty!

Mom has been our ROCK, our friend and our Big Sister. Yes, we do have our misunderstandings with her once in a while...that's why she's "a mom"! *smiles* Apart from God, I don’t think my siblings and I would be where we are today without her.

She may not have raised Olympian kids, but she sure is our Olympian mom. WE LOVE YOU, MOM!!!! *muah*

Mom and her girls!

Even on the biggest stage with the eyes of the world on them, to their moms, they’ll always be kids"

Have you thanked your mom for everything she does, every single day? If you have not, do so now!

Check out this inspriational video of an Olympian mom.

Olympic 2012 Fever!

One of my fondest memories while growing up was watching the Olympics on television. My dad used to record the Olympic events on video cassettes which my siblings and I would watch over and over!  One Olympics that stuck to my mind was Barcelona 1992. Why? The Olympic flame and torch moment! So far, five (5) Olympics have come and gone and that is the best I've seen....

Antonio Rebollo, a paralympic archer who lit the Olympic Cauldron by shooting a flaming arrow and igniting it during the Opening Ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

The torch was carried inside by Herminio Menendez, former Spanish sprint canoer and Silver medallist at Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980. Then he handed it over to Juan Antonio San Epifanio ''Epi'', famous basket player, and Silver medallist with the Spanish basketball team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Juan then ran to the main stage and passed the flame to Antonio Rebollo, a paralympic athlete, who shot a flaming arrow towards the cauldron and lighted it up, symbolizing the start of the Olympic Games. MAGNIFICENTE!

2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
This year's opening ceremony held on the 27th July 2012. The theme was called "Isles of Wonder". The brain behind the event is Oscar-winning director of "Slum Dog Millionaire", Danny Boyle. The Games were officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II. This would be the second time HRH is doing so. The last one was in 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

One of the highlights of the event was a comedic short film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent, James Bond and Queen Elizabeth II. Not sure if it was really the Queen or a dummy version of her though. Rowan Atkinson, a.k.a. Mr Bean, the famous British Comedian, appeared in a hilariously memorable homage to the Olympians of 'Chariots of Fire'. Also one of the surviving Beatle's members, Sir Paul McCartney, performed at the end of the ceremony. I was impressed to see Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web in appearance too. Didn't know he was British and that he was still alive. Always thought he was a very old person of the early 19th century!

For me, the highlight of the event was when all the participating countries marched out. I enjoy admiring each country's attire. Nigeria did me proud by wearing a green and white native...simple but nice.

Olympics Google Doodle
For this Olympics, Google has not disappointed its Google Doodle fans like me. See below some doodle Olympic works.