Chidimma sits in front of the dressing mirror as the makeup artist works on her face. Several layers of concealers and foundation have succeeded in covering dark spots and the little scar on her jaw. She struggles to recognize herself with the well-drawn eyebrows that look like arcs. She notices that the detailed contours give her small nose a pointed look and add elegance to her cheekbones. Her red lipstick matches her red dress which is itself accompanied by a pair of silver six-inch heeled shoes. Continue reading “Waiting”→
Something else that strongly affects execution is how you go about your plan and where your priorities are set. Sometimes, even when you are convinced that it is a great idea or project or that the solution is feasible, there is that tendency for us to focus on the unnecessary. I have learnt to divide my project planning steps into three distinct categories.
We all have had that one project in mind or that idea that we feel could change the world. Excitedly, we share it with family and friends and they are equally excited and say something like“You go, Egiemeh!!! Show them how it’s done”. Or, you have a seemingly big problem and you go seeking solutions and from the same group of people, you get the most logical solution to that problem but in your head, “It’s not as easy as it sounds”. Continue reading “It is as easy as it sounds”→
I remember vividly our long walk back home, as I started to notice for the first time how well you treated me. I resolved right then to try my best to make it work. I told you I was willing to grow in love with you. I tried. You know I did. I guess sometimes we can deny it, fight it or choose to ignore it, but we cannot truly hide it.
I came back to the fountain. Yes, that one, the one we put on our bucket list. It is a cold, beautiful night and the clouds have formed a pattern of dark blue and silver, in the most perfect array. I wish you were here with me, to quietly watch for hours unending as the waters shoot up high in and fall back in a perfect twirl. I wish you could see the stars shining brightly, and trees swirling softly, as though engaged in an intimate dance with the evening breeze. Continue reading “Floating hearts”→
Conviction without rigor is a strategy for disaster. Just because an idea is popular with others does not make it sound. Thus, holding positions without examining the foundations on which they stand not only portrays intellectual naiveté but could also lead to personal and organizational losses, down the line.
I recently read Obama’s Wars, a book authored by Bob Woodward, the famed Washington Post reporter who, alongside Carl Bernstein, broke the Watergate Scandal that eventually toppled President Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States,in 1974. This reporting produced the No. 1 Bestsellers, All the President’s Men and The Final Days. The book, All the President’s Men, was subsequently made into a multiple Academy Award-winning movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein. Continue reading “A guide to getting ideas across”→