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It’s hard to mention successful female entrepreneurs in Nigeria without Bukky George’s name on the list. Her business empire – HealthPlus Ltd/Casa Bella International – is officially one of the largest pharmacy chains in Nigeria, with over 70 branches till date, and 750 associates. As if that isn’t bossy enough, the company has won multiple awards over the years, including the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award for Retail Pharmacy of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

There is so much to learn from Queen B, her success story being so inspiring. We will just scratch the surface below while you soak up all her greatness:

See who made the list…

When you’re looking for a foundation, you’re probably looking for something with a flattering finish that combats oily skin while providing you with a certain level of coverage for as long as possible. But sadly, many international products available leave holes in our pockets, yet don’t entirely give the results we seek.

What if we told you that what you’re looking for is right in front of you? You don’t have to search wide and far or break the bank for this beauty essential. The Nigerian beauty industry is fast evolving with many flawless and affordable products specially made for Nigerian women.  

The friend zone.

It’s the one place many ladies can relate to dreading big time. You meet this great guy. He’s smart, fine and you are really REALLY into him.  But just as you start to dream up baby names, Uncle makes it known (consciously or not) that you’re “just a friend”. And to make matters worse, he’s considering other girls and wants your input!

It’s time to get out of that zone and make your happy ever after come true. Read on for a step-by-step guide on what to do:

Step 1: Gauge where you are

First things first, Honesty. You need to come clean with yourself and understand the situation YOU have put yourself in.

Yes, take responsibility for your actions. You have slowly and steadily made decisions that haven’t worked in your favor with this guy. Maybe you’ve been too friendly versus flirty.  Now, he has come to see you as “one of the guys”. Or maybe you’ve allowed him to “friend-zone” you deliberately, setting a boundary without your agreement. Admittance is the first step to recovery, so once this is done, rejoice because you are well on your way.

So it turns out that Pregnancy Brain is not a myth, after all. Fondly called Momnesia, it’s an intangible condition many expecting or new mums experience. It mainly involves forgetfulness, interesting brain fog if you will, that can be quite annoying for the woman affected.

Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “Hmm, this makes so much sense because that I/my friend/my sister/my colleague is going through it right now.”

“After leaving the house with the wrong shoes on, or forgetting what’s been said mid-sentence…”

We’re happy to shine the light on the situation. Read on for some quick, easy facts to understand pregnancy brain even more:

1. Hormonal changes are a factor. WebMD states that there is actually 15 to 40 times more progesterone and estrogen “marinating” the brain during this period, affecting brain neurones. Oxytocin that causes breast milk production can be a cause too.

2. Other factors include: Stress and sleep deprivation are also contributing factors of pregnancy brain.

Did you know that 20% of women develop uterine fibroids before they turn 50? This alarming statistic by Women’s Health points to how important it is for more women to be educated on the condition in Nigeria.  Read on for simple, quick facts:

Types

Types of fibroids and where they grow:

  • Submucosal fibroids grow into the uterine cavity.
  • Intramural fibroids grow within the wall of the uterus.
  • Subserosal fibroids grow on the outside of the uterus.

Hey Mums! Read on for useful tips to help with affordable shopping for the new school year:

1. Do a quick inventory

Are there items at home your child can use? From wedding souvenirs- flasks, notebooks and towels – to fairly used items from last year, work with what you’ve got to save money. Children with older siblings can always use hand-me-downs that look just as good.

2. Prepare a master list

Writing separate shopping lists for each kid is a common mistake many mums make. A master list that compiles all needs would keep you more organised and help you avoid unnecessary duplicate buying.

It’s beautiful to watch a love story unfold. It’s even more beautiful to know that you’re the mastermind behind it! That’s why, these days, many ladies engage in the fun art that is matchmaking! In case you’re thinking of dabbling in it yourself, here are some important tips to think of:

Make sure you ask for permission:…if not, you may possibly face the wrath of an angry friend. Not every lady likes surprise hookups, you know, especially if she’s not exactly searching. So do yourself a favour, just ask if your matchmaking antics are cool with her.

Do your research: It’s not enough to get two good looking people together. Make sure they’re compatible with some work on your part. If you’re just meeting the guy for the first time, check his social media to confirm what his interests are and if they align with your friend’s. Also worth noting are his values; what gets him up and going in life, and what boundaries he won’t cross.

Who knew Coke was such a must-have item at home?

We came across an interesting article on Good Housekeeping and were completely impressed by how useful this popular beverage is. And right after we talked about it in a recent post on Sallah parties!

Read on ladies, experiment and tell us how it goes.

Without further adieu, you can use Coke to:

Take out grease and blood stains from clothes. Simply pour out a can in a washing machine load, using your detergent too.

Remove oil stains on a floor. All you have to do is soak the stain and wash off.

Did you tune into Settle Mata Episode 1? It was all shades of awesome, with our dear Aunties Didi and Mariam (real names withheld) dishing out Truth for The One Woman. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, comments, and soon-to-come-feedback!

Our topic of discussion was a sensitive one; the matter of getting loans from loved ones after serious delay. Our One Woman gave out a huge sum of N500K to her boyfriend, and after six long months, the money was still no show. Hmm…

Not to worry, though. The two aunties and our guest commentators were super helpful, with similar points for our dear lady. Read on for a quick summary:

Set up a meeting: Face to face conversations work best in this type of situation. With this in mind, schedule a meeting venue and time for the important chat – preferably in a public place. You might want to consider letting the person choose a scene he/she is comfortable with too.