My uncle’s children

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My cousin Gerald has visited again. This time, he is staying for one month to buy all the necessities for his first year at the University. Dad would be funding it as usual. I and my five siblings have gotten used to seeing my dad fund his nephews’ education while my uncle did his best to keep populating the world. My mum wasn’t against dad helping his nephews, but she kept prodding dad to save some money for his own children’s education as well since we were all still quite young. Dad didn’t understand her. He believed that if he…

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Don’t be like Uncle Jimoh

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The moment I crossed that finish line and felt the coldness of the medal as it was hung around my neck, I felt truly victorious. When 2018 began, I had pledged to be a healthier version of myself, get serious with investing, get married and begin planning my retirement. The latter was informed by my uncle’s heart-attack on his 65th birthday which the doctor relayed was partly due to his hard work and little or no rest. You see, Uncle Jimoh had retired but had to keep working at a Primary School to make ends meet. His children could have…

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4 reasons you should never write a Will

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What’s all the fuss about writing a Will? You’ve watched it in movies and heard too much talk about writing a Will but you know deep within that you don’t want to do it. You think it’s a preparation for demise. Well, we’ve compiled some reasons you may not need to write a Will. Take a look. No family or dependent If you don’t have children or family you love who depend on you financially, then don’t write a Will. Knowing that anything can happen at any time, don’t be the person that leaves their family financially unprotected. Don’t care…

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Expecting the email?

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Have you received the email yet? The one from your child’s school reminding you that you need to pay a certain percentage of the fees on or before the school term resumes. Typically, it is accompanied by account details/bank teller and a comprehensive bill featuring items/activities you are convinced your child does not need but for which you have to pay. As you go through the list- tuition, books, school uniforms, school bus, lunch, music classes, elocution training, inter-house sports, swimming lessons, field trip– your stomach does a flip-flop, your countenance changing as you take a mental trip into all…

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30 and ready to Will it

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I didn’t think I would come this far so soon. 10 years ago, I was just a starry-eyed girl, fresh from university looking for her place in the world. What is now my chain of stores began like child’s play. My first job was as a front desk executive at a consulting firm. Many of the well paid big girls in the office could not resist complementing my dress sense. They found it amazing that I could pull of magazine cover type of looks on my entry level salary. I knew all the hot spots for good clothes, the will…

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5 ways to enjoy the Sallah break

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Nothing makes the average Nigerian happier than a weekend that cascades into a 2-day public holiday. For many, this is the perfect time to catch up on much-needed sleep and do some things they’ve been putting off due to lack of time. Not to talk of the inner satisfaction of not having to wake up early and endure morning rush-hour traffic. But how do you make the most of the break? Here are ideas you can use just to make sure you have an amazing 4-day break;   Give yourself some love When was the last time you treated yourself…

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Ask Shade: He Left Everything to His children From a Previous Marriage! How Do I Secure My Child’s Future?

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Dear Shade, I’m in my early 30s engaged to a widower in his 50s. We plan to get married in a few months and I‘m already pregnant. While cleaning his study last week, I stumbled on something that looks like his Will and it seems like he already willed everything to the three children from his previous marriage. Since then I’ve been worried about my unborn children. What would be their fate? What if something suddenly happened to their father, will they have anything from him? How can I be sure what I found is really his valid Will? Since…

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3 steps to prepare for your child’s university education abroad

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Every parent wants the best for their children. For most parents, an ivy league education abroad is what they would like for their child – and who should blame them? Studying abroad not only lets your child grow and expand their worldview, it also gives them the international exposure that makes them appealing to large global employers. If studying abroad is your dream for your child, these tips can help you on the path to realizing it. Prepare your child You need to train your child beforehand to be self-sufficient enough to handle him/herself away from home. Be sure that…

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4 health checks as you turn 40

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Gone are the days when age 40 was associated with a mid-life crisis –  40 is now touted to be the new 20. It’s a milestone worth celebrating, but as you get closer to that age, here are four tests experts recommend you take: Cancer screening With the spate of deaths attributed to cancer, it is no surprise experts consider getting screened early a necessity. They advise that not only should cancer screenings be a part of regular check-ups, you should start as early as in your twenties. Some screenings such as those for breast and cervical cancer should be…

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5 Rainy Season Tips to Remember

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Is the rainy season officially here? You are probably wondering. We are not certain too, but the rains are definitely pouring down more often these days and it looks like a good time for a few pointers as to having a safe and pleasant rainy season. 1. Lock windows &fix leakages Nothing is as unnerving as returning home from a hard day’s job to meet a flooded house, wet floors and soaked sofa. Assumptions can be dangerous, always double check that your windows are locked before you leave the house. If you have noticed or suspect any leaks, it’s best…

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