Hoda Katebi’s Poise- full Clapback

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SpaceX Launch – A Triumph of Innovation

L E G E N D A R Y
This photo right here about to beat that iconic Neil Armstrong’s.
Yet another reminder that ideas flourish in an enabling atmosphere. (all shades of pun intended).

G O A L S
By making space exploration look so cool and fun, Elon Musk has inspired millions around the world. He made history by sending his other invention, a Tesla with a mannequin into orbit .You know when you achieve and everyone- even your haters- respect you.
That’s the level of success we must try to attain. The type that makes humanity proud.

I N S P I R E
To all the kids who get bullied for being a geek,nerd or whiz, keep believing in your dreams and never stop working to make them true. For when they do,the world (and space too!) will watch you shine.

N O S T A L G I A
I kind of understand how the Apollo ’69 moon landing must have felt like. I was obsessed with space as a kid and for a while I wanted to be an astronaut. This is so exciting!

Please share your thoughts about this amazing event.

P.S Thanks to @bonsaisky for gracious permission. Follow him on Twitter.

-OumissaInspire

Lagos, Nigeria

Clean Water and Land

I used to really enjoy car rides over the different bridges linking Lagos mainland to the island. Looking at the vast expanse that adults said led to Benin, Togo ; even London and America of water calmed and amazed me. The purity, the endless grey that met the sky somewhere beyond where my eyes could see kept me in awe. That was back when most products were packed in glass bottles or paper and other recyclable materials. My more recent trips over the bridge and moreso to a couple of beaches have wiped that pristine view of my childhood. Plastic bottles, product nylon wrappers and all sort of debris now litter our waterways. The beaches are slightly better off as they employ cleaners to constantly rake the dirt that settle there. Tourists get the short end of the stick as this dampens their experience and of course they have to pay for this increased cost of maintenance. All hope isn’t lost however as good natured Nigerians- keen on being the change and not sitting on the fence complaining- have come up with ways to tackle the massive pollution if our environment. Kids4Clean Seas Foundation and The Nigerian Child Initiative, two NGOs have been organizing beach cleaning exercises. And of course encouraging the young ones to imbibe a good attitude towards our environment. It is really concerted and consistent efforts no matter how little that make the greatest effect. Join them tomorrow at the Kids Beach Garden tomorrow January 27th at 7am to do your part towards making a difference and of course Sustainable Development Goals 14 and 15. If like me,you didn’t know all of them before, now is a good time to check them all out and find out how you can make them achievable. -Oumissa 11.50pm 26 January 2018 Lagos, Nigeria

Stay Positive

We spend too much time on how things do not go well.
This gives rise to discontent, sadness ,resentment and envy.

Move away form that. Set a goal to bring out a lesson from every experience, a positive aspect in all things and grow faster!

#motivationmonday #monday #start #mondaymotivation #focus #oumissainspire #oumissa #positivity #inspiration #growth #build #climb

2017 Best Nine on Instagram

Cardiothoracic Surgery house officer inserting chest tubes, handling chest trauma with my fabulous outstanding CTSU team 💞 It was bloody on many days but the smiles on our patients’ faces made it worth it. Being retained in the unit before moving on to General Surgery.

Surviving a staff shortage in my paedatrics rotation. Doing great work with my senior colleagues in paediatric haematology, oncology, infectious diseases, emergency, and neonatology. Saving lives is fun!
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Enjoying fruits cut up,designed and made into smoothies.
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My long awaited convocation. Being officially a #UNILAG graduate, getting my permanent Nigerian medical license and starting National Youth Service.
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Gathering data and writing research papers. Getting published in an international journal, thanks to the persistence and dedication of my co-authors.
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The two Eids. The joy of family and blessings. Completing the #ramadhan daily post series and launching @theramadhanbaby.
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Reading and reviewing more books than the years before (medical school and hour job were demanding!!!)
Getting more active on #bookstagram and book clubs in Lagos.
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Learning major life lessons in faith, trust, work, people and behaviour, health.
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Venturing into #design, #business, #fashion…..and enjoying new things.
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All the wedding and babies!!!💞💞💞
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Being blessed with good friends.
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I realise that every day has been great!!!
#2017bestnine

– Dr Oumissa

About The Cartographer of Memory

Title: The Cartographers of Memory
Author: Boluwatife Afolabi
Publisher: SankofaMag
Year: 2017
Source: @thereadclub ( they have something exciting coming up)

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An anthology of poems that confronts the horrid things we do to ourselves and others. Main themes are love, grief and violence. Despite the best efforts of my English teachers, I am still not good at understanding poetry and I had to read some of them twice.

This form of writing is unique in that the writer can portray their imagination in real and abstract illustration but can still manage to bring relevant truths to light. It however demands discerning thought on the part of the reader.

This picture takes me back to the time I spent with two kind souls @ghaniyah_adetayo and Barakah. They spoilt me with food, treats and more when i needed it the most and gave me some of the best moments this year. Thank you both very much. May Allah grant you the very best of what you seek. They provided the props.

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I am not a chef by any standard but when a recipe pops into my mind ,I will make some art with it. ( May spare a bite or two for you if I am in a generous mood.)

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This spaghetti, dodo(fried plantain) and pepper sauce was packed for office lunch. Believe me, it was delightfully tasty. There has to be a natural band around my stomach that prevents me from eating large portions. I like to think this keeps me in better health. Some of my less kind friends call me a chicken as a result. May Allah forgive them. I still love them though.

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Have you read this book?
What are your thoughts about poetry? Any particular works that have shaped you?
What do you like to include in your book photos? Stationery, food,coffee, marbletops, nature?
Looking forward to your replies.

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Oumissa
Lagos, Nigeria
Thur, 21 Dec 2017

Review: Paper Trails by Pete Dexter

Title: Paper Trails

Author: Peter Dexter

Year: 2007

Publisher: HarperCollinsPublisher

Source: @aeesha_t

This collection of stories is a compilation of the author’s newspaper columns in the 70s and 80s. Some of the stories give an interesting insight into his childhood, wife, child and pets. Others explore ordinary American lives of the time. He presents evil nature of man in a non-judgemental way, as something we all are capable of. Race, law, education,journalism, healthcare and other vital societal issues are also discussed in a way that puts the human first.

Dexter’s writing is so vivid and compelling. It was an illuminating read. Even though it took some time to settle into it, it became a pageturner towards the end.