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Social media & bloggers

I started a YouTube channel a few years ago as a fun outlet away from medicine.  I didn’t post much on the channel and eventually deleted most of the content. It was not until summer 2016 that I began uploading videos consistently because I wanted to document an important part of my life: closing our medical practice after 10 years and moving out of our country house to live somewhere new. Like most people I was already on Facebook and…

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What’s wrong with dreaming?

As a little girl living in Nigeria, West Africa, I remember walking around our lush  garden admiring the bright tropical flowers like the hibiscus flowers with their red petals, yellow and orange marigold flowers or the  oversized green leaves of the elephant plant gently moving in the breeze. During the rainy season the garden seemed so vibrant and alive not only with color, but with little creatures like the lime green grasshoppers or the red velvety caterpillars. Then there were…

Delicious YUCCA!

Yuca or Yucca is something I remember eating as a child in Northern Nigeria  We simply called it Cassava and it was often served boiled with a stew.   In other parts of Nigeria and West Africa as a whole Yucca is very common and often sold pre-cooked in the form of a flour or flakes  called “gari” or “garri” which can be further cooked to make various dishes.  In secondary school I remember the Yoruba children eating it as a…

SHE COLLAPSED AND WAS UNCONSCIOUS!

We have all heard the horror stories about the child left in the hot car who overheats and tragically dies. As a parent who happens to be a physician I never thought my child could be a victim of over-heating! Before I tell you what happened let me give you a few basic definitions. Normal body Temperature: about 97.7 -99.5 degrees fahrenheit. It fluctuates depending on your environment and physical activity, with meals and the time of cycle for women.…

Advice on having Children during Medical School or Residency

Choosing to have children As a female medical doctor I get asked frequently, “When is the best time to get pregnant?”...“Should I finish my training first before I have kids?” … Let’s assume you are pursuing a medical career (although some of my advice might be relevant to any female professional) and let’s assume you already know that the most likely time to get pregnant is by having sex around the time of ovulation which is around 14 days after…

Moi moi nigerian black bean cake

Moi Moi: Delicious steamed Nigerian bean cakes

Sometimes you crave something hot, delicious & healthy - Well this is it! Moi Moi is a Nigerian dish, a sort of savory bean pudding served alone or as a side dish.   It has been over 20 years since I lived in Nigeria but I still remember how happy it made me to eat it! Little did I know back then how nutritious it was. It is made with Black eyed peas which are a great source of iron, which…

Education

How to Raise Smart Kids as an Immigrant

The other day my husband and I sat down to talk about raising smart kids for a requested You Tube video.  We really wanted to do the topic justice and provide as much relevant information as possible.  We are parents to three teenagers that by most standards have done well academically under the circumstances. As any parent knows, it is hard to raise a smart, moral, well rounded child, whether you are an immigrant  or not.  Certainly immigrant parents have…

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Tips and Treatment for Combating Insomnia

At some point we have all experienced some form of sleeplessness,  lying in bed, unable to fall asleep or having trouble staying asleep.  The last time this happened to me I was in bed contemplating  my day ahead and worrying about  traveling to a different location for work. I had gotten into bed at what I thought was a reasonable time. But there I lay intermittently looking at the time on my cell phone. Midnight became two, then four in…

Leveraging the Power of Choice

In the last blog I outlined 5 steps to reach your destiny. Short and to the point. The thing is your destiny is made up of choices. Now there’s a lot of things out of our control. Genetics being one of them or the kind of family we are born into. Some things are pretty universal like the crazy uncle or the messed up cousin. Natural disasters, the weather, taxes, death….the list goes on and on. The truth of the…

Box Braids for a Queen

Box Braids are everything! With a few accessories you can go from ordinary to Glam Goddess! When I want a low maintenance, low manipulation protective style this is my go to. We all have busy lifestyles and don’t always want to be bothered with combing and styling our hair daily which can be even more challenging when you have natural type 4 hair.  Don’t get me wrong! I love my natural hair but sometimes it is nice to take a…