Archive | August 2014

MARILYN ANONA writes: I need the real HEROES!

Marilyn oma Anona

Marilyn oma Anona

The real HEROES… My own heroes are those men and women who try or tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small or great ways. Some of them succeeded, some failed while most had mixed results… But it is the effort that is heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.

THEREFORE, IF YOU ARE A YOUTH WHO HAS DONE SOMETHING REMARKABLE AND WORTH KNOWING OR CELEBRATING… OR YOU KNOW OF SUCH A YOUTH, you are the real heroes and please I want to know you or the names of such youths! They must not be entertainers alone.

Such YOUTHS should come from all sectors. From the academic field to skills to talents and so on. It could be anyone. Entrepreneurs, writers, manufacturers, fashion designers (clothes, shoes, etc), inventors etc. Both educated and uneducated. It could be someone who is disabled but rose above such challenges to become someone. It could be someone with a rare disease or a terminal disease or health challenges but pressed on with life despite that. The youths I am talking must have a peculiar story.

If you fall into this category or you know someone who does, please let’s know them by name. We want to give a platform for such persons to showcase what they have and announce themselves to the nation and the world. They must have done something that will inspire the average youth. People who discovered themselves and rose as a result of that. Where are these people? I need to meet you. My definition of youth is 16 to 38. Thank you! People who feel that they fit into this category should please send a short BIO to stating what you have done and how it will inspire the average Nigerian youth. If you are referring someone, please let us know how to contact them or let them contact us through same email: or bb pin 3349B60C thanks a million #‎poshmarilyn‬ #‎omaliving‬.
Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!

Meet “Gloria Tumwijuke” the Woman who survived EBOLA!

Gloria is among a handful of survivors of a 2012 Ebola outbreak [23 cases with 17 dead] in the Kibaale district of western Uganda. She has spoken out about what Ebola did to her body, how she beat it, and what it was like return to a community where everyone was afraid of her.

Julia Belluz: How did you come into contact with the Ebola virus?

Gloria Tumwijuke: I was seeing a mother who had had a pregnancy for five months, and she came into the hospital bleeding. The mother was bleeding in the mouth, nose, and ears. They carried her into the hospital on a mattress, and the mattress was covered with blood. She couldn’t talk. I was getting her history and found out her relatives had passed away, her husband died. All of her children died.

I started cleaning her, putting all the fluids in her, giving her antibiotics. After removing the fetus, she kept severely bleeding. The baby was already dead. I cared for her for six hours but eventually she died. She had Ebola. I ended up getting Ebola.

JB: Were you wearing protective gear — gloves, a gown, a mask — when you cared for this patient?

GT: When she came in, I was putting on gloves. I didn’t put on boots. I didn’t have a gown. I was trying to remove the placenta from her, and blood gushed on me, on my arms and body. I cleaned myself quickly because I was worried. Then I continued to help her.

I realized I didn’t protect myself very well. But the mother entered into the hospital very quickly, and I had to rush quickly to help her. She was going to fall off the bed, and I was trying to support her. I didn’t have time to put on my gown. This taught me to protect myself before I do any procedure.

JB: At that time, did you suspect this woman might have Ebola?

GT: I didn’t even know Ebola was in Uganda. At that time, Ebola had not yet been known in my region.

JB: When did you realize you had the virus?

GT: A week after my patient died, I started vomiting. I started having diarrhea and sweating. I started hearing people talk about the virus in the same hospital in which I was working. I read in the newspapers that they were talking about suspecting the virus was here. But after I saw I had all the signs and symptoms of Ebola, I remembered the pregnant lady, and she had all the signs. That’s when I suspected I had the virus.

JB: What happened next?

GT: I was taken to the hospital by ambulance. They took a sample of my blood, and told me I had Ebola. They transferred me to an isolation room, and started to care for me. They put fluids in me through an IV, and gave me antibiotics. They were monitoring me frequently. I couldn’t move from the bed. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t do anything. I lost 25 pounds. I was in the hospital for one month when they discharged me.

JB: What were you thinking when you got the Ebola diagnosis?

GT: In my head I was like, ‘I’m going to die.’ I just thought I would die. My sister said, “You’re not going to die.” I couldn’t talk. I was worried about the people who touched me before they knew I had the virus. When they told me they were going to keep on treating me, I was worried about my friends dying. I can’t believe I am alive.

JB: Did you give anyone the virus?

GT: No, no one I know got the virus. The laborers who were caring for (the pregnant woman), all of them died.

JB: When did your condition start to improve?

GT: I was discharged from the hospital after one month. After two months, I started to improve. But I still had problems. I was forgetting a lot. My hair was falling out. The hair from my head was all over. My skin was peeling off. I weighed 25 pounds less. I had heart palpitations. The hair took months to grow back. My memory was bad for one year.

JB: How did people receive you when you returned to your community?

GT: They ignored me, thinking I still had a sickness because they think Ebola can’t (be survived). They hide from me. People would run away from me. They were not willing to be near me. But the hospital discharged me because they were sure I was free from Ebola. I showed people  (my discharge) certificate. They started to believe I was okay. When I showed them the certificate, they started to welcome me.

JB: When your friends were avoiding you, how did you feel?

GT: I didn’t feel bad because it is their right: Ebola spreads when you contact other people who have the virus. But I could feel some stigma when they ran away from me.

JB: This virus can kill up to 90 percent of those who get it. Why do you think you survived when so many others die?

GT: I had my sister who is a medical person. She could go and buy all the drugs, fluids, and antibiotics for me. She was by my side. She changed my dirty sheets. She knew how to prevent herself from getting Ebola by using protection. My husband is a nurse. He was also helping my sister to treat me and be careful. He could pray for me. When I survived he was so happy.

JB: Did you ever feel any guilt being one who lived while so many others don’t?

GT: When I hear other people die, in my heart I feel like god really loves me. Because many people died and he left me in the hospital. When I’m hearing of other people dying, I feel bad. I feel like maybe I lived because I had a lot of help. I had IV fluids. My heart tells me maybe if those people could have good nurses who can offer their services, maybe those people really can survive.

JB: Have you experienced any long term side-effects from the virus?

GT: Actually I’m good. I don’t have any problems. After four months I was back to normal. The thing that persisted for the whole year, it was forgetting. My memory was bad. Also I couldn’t resume my period for five months.

JB: In this current outbreak, a lot of health-care workers have died from Ebola, and now there’s fear and people are walking off the job. What advice would you give to other health workers in an outbreak?

GT: When you put on protective gear and you’re not in direct contact with the person’s (bodily fluids) you can treat them and they get better. People need to understand that because, if we didn’t have health-care workers who help us, who didn’t run away, what would we do?

JB: How are you feeling when you read the news about this outbreak in West Africa?

GT: I’m praying for those people who are very sick. I’m praying for the health workers too.  I am just praying so they can also survive like me. I’m just imagining they should get enough care, which I needed. Enough care, enough treatment so they can also come up and be a survivor like me.

Interview – VOX

MARILYN ANONA writes: Why Sugar?

Its another Friday… A time most Nigerians look forward too hence the “TGIF” slang. Its marks the start of the weekend when those who have worked hard all through the week usually get to rest (most times they don’t rest though). The funny thing is, even those who do nothing also look forward to Fridays, because in Nigeria its a special day for “hanging out”. Lounges, Clubs, Cinemas, Game centres, Beer Parlours are usually crowded and the people who run them get high patronage on Fridays. Most people who run such businesses that I have talked to also look forward to Fridays and maybe Saturdays. As you all are in your various offices looking at the clock every now and then just so it gets to 3pm or 4pm when you can leave to go and enjoy yourselves… I want to quickly talk to you about something you should think about getting rid of. And I am talking to you about it today because I usually hear people say, “I am taking beer because its healthier and contains less Sugar”… Please that’s not true! Sugar is a poison… A slow poison and that’s what I am talking about today. This poison has been linked and many times
fingered as responsible for killing the body
really slowly and causes many types of
diseases in the body.

I am talking about diseases such as…

1. Diabetes
2. Heart Disease
3. low sexual energy
4. Teeth Decay
5. Cancer
6. Weight gain (most importantly)

In fact, you add this poison in your food
daily. Even when you don’t, it manages to
get into your daily diet without your
knowledge. When you consume a lot of sugar, it breaks
down into glucose and fructose in your body
which overloads your liver forcing it to
turn fructose into fat.

When you eat a lot of sugar, it can cause
your body to be resistant to insulin which
can progress into type 2 diabetes.

People with Diabetes usually have Ants
around the toilet bowl if urine isn’t
flushed away.

Not only that, sugar has dopamine effect,
which means, it is highly addictive.

If you struggle to walk past a sugary treat
or you feel like you cannot go a day without
drinking soft drink or eating sweet things,
then you are addicted to sugar.

When you are addicted and consume lots of
sugar in your diet like this, the sugar gets
broken down and become stored as fat in your

This is when you experience a lot of weight
gain and “big” belly.

This means, if you are fat, you need to
watch the “sugar” in the food you eat.

Now, let me ask…

Do you add sugar to everything you eat? Yam,
Garri, Beans, custard, Pap etc.

Or just maybe you always eat some meals that
are loaded with sugar such as Ice-cream,
flour foods such as chin chin and meat pie,
sweat bread, chocolate bars, sweet wine and
soft drinks and alcohol.

If you do, then you need to reduce your
consumption drastically or stop it totally.

Stop adding sugar to everything you eat.
Many of the Nigerian food we eat can be
consumed without adding sugar to it. This is
what you SHOULD aim for.

If you ABSOLUTELY have to sweeten your food,
you can use pure Honey as an alternative.

Honey contains sugar too, but it’s slightly
healthier than granulated sugar, and you
should endeavor to use very little of it
only when absolutely needed in moderation.

I hope you have learnt something today, and
will beware of this “slow sweet poison”.

Meet our “POSH STYLE PERSONALITY” of the week… Roseann Adejo.



Her name is Roseann Adejo, She is Igala, Kogi state. She is a graduate of English language from university of Jos.


She is very passionate about fashion and beauty and thats why studying English in the University didnt stop her from yaking up make up as a PROFESSION. She is a sound makeup artist, one who shows creativity in all her jobs.


Her best moments are those times she Uses her brushes and colours to beautify someone. That’s her thrill.
She has ths to say ‘Why I ventured into it. As a child, I loved watching my mom make up’. It was exciting. And I grew up and saw veterans eg Tara n iman, I was hooked.


Well, it has bn wonderful so far. I’ve had highs and lows. But i thank God.
Fashion to me is anything that looks good on me. I love colours and I try not to follow trends. I play safe when it comes to fashion.

My advice to the youths out there is, follow your heart and dream… pursue it.
Life is short. Enjoy it. Above all be determined to succeed. Failure is not an option.




MARILYN ANONA writes: We are so close yet very far, TRIBALISM!

As I waited patiently at the reception for the MD (Managing Director), a conversation was going on amongst the people who were also waiting for the either the MD or the GM (General Manager)… I had a book I was reading earlier and since my blackberry was out of battery, I decided to continue with the book while I wait. But then, their conversation won’t let me concentrate. I was pretending to read the book while I was actually eavesdropping. They were talking of different things, ranging from terrorism, Ebola Virus to unemployment and corruption in our system. I had to fight the urge or temptation of joining the conversation. As they went on and on to talk, they started blaming the STATE OF THE NATION on a particular group or tribe and that’s where the conversation started falling apart. They argued and argued and to the point that they started insulting and calling each other names. The one who is from the North, says the Eastern folks are the ones who have put Nigeria in a mess. The western person said its the North… I tried to ask them to bring down their voices but they could not hear me being too engrossed in their heartfelt argument. The receptionist who is supposed to make sure the visitors behave well was even the inventor of the chaos and confusion. Then a certain man walked in and acted as though he had been eavesdropping as well. He just screamed in his local language and asked them all to leave. I didn’t even know he is the MD I have been waiting for because I have never seen him before and was going to meet him for the first time. He went on and on shouting and cursing. When eventually I was ushered in to go see him, I told him who sent me and the first thing he said was “You people said we are the ones spoiling Nigeria, yet you keep running to us” He kept on talking and talking. And at the end asked me to go and come back the next day! So a conversation between a group of Nigerians can never end well because of Tribal and ethnic differences. We are either arguing about who is greater than who or who caused our problem… The truth is, we all are guilty of it. While I was working with a consultancy firm, I was always organizing and conducting interviews for job applicants. On this particular occasion, we were recruiting for an NGO here in Abuja. A lot of people applied and I made sure selection was strictly by merit. After the first and the second exercise, the right candidates were chosen to fill in the vacant positions. But I was alarmed when the Admin Officer of the organization we were recruiting for came personally to tell us that out of the 11 people recruited, at least 7 must come from their zone. “That’s the way the organization is ran” he told us. And I gave it a thought… No wonder! 90% of the people who work there are from a certain tribe. I asked him, if you already know what you want, why advertise for the job? Why didn’t you go straight to your village and pick the people you want? Tribalism! We complain terribly about how racist the whites are especially the Americans but we are so close yet very far. Tribalism! We are from same country yet we do not agree and we are not one. We only claim to be one in principle. While we are in church, we are brothers and sisters in the LORD but the minute church dismisses, you are from Osun and I am from Anambra. Tribalism! We have a Lingua Franca which is English but will not speak English when we are with someone who doesn’t understand our language thereby making them feel insecure. Tribalism! Because we are not same tribe, we can not get married. Tribalism! Because I am not from a certain tribe, I can’t be employed. Tribalism! Because I am not HAUSA, IGBO or YORUBA, I am inferior. What good does tribalism do to us? I have been thinking hard and I have a terrible headache as a result. Does TRIBALISM do us any good? If it does, please help by enlightening us. Please share your thoughts. We will also want to know the disadvantages and how the problem of TRIBALISM can be solved. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!

MARILYN ANONA writes: Is it right to end your marriage because your spouse is ill

I am yet to understand what most people think when they agree to marry someone or when they clamour to enter the institution of marriage. Marriage means a lot. A lot more than what most people take it to be. But unfortunately, most take it to be a business of convenience, so they quickly run out when the rose gets faded! If not, please explain why a wife or a husband will abandon their spouse just because he or she took ill. What happened to the marital vow? I recently heard about a Nigerian actress who ended her young marriage because her husband has brain tumour. I do not know what transpired between them but then that was the story. My simple question today is, is it right to end your marriage because your spouse is ill and is it also right to treat them like shit because they have a medical condition? Please your contribution is needed. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!