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RadiantKing: Him Not Saying Anything

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Radiant : Kingston and I had become close friends. He gave me a lift to and fro Sunday service since my house was on his way to church. We had jovial chats and banter and I felt comfortable around him. He was now chief editor of my blog. He gladly did it and that, so excellently. I was in love with him. But I had a problem - he had not mentioned any intention of a relationship.  I was in an awkward situation. I could not tell other interested parties that I was free to mingle, yet it would be costly to assume I was in a relationship with him as he hadn't said anything to me. I could either wait endlessly or broach him with the topic at the risk of sounding desperate. The problem with the first option was that I stood a risk of losing potential promising young men interested in me, for someone I was in love with who probably only saw me as a friend. One day, during one of our chats, I seized an opportunity to ask for clarity on the status of our relationship. He dro

ISAD 2021: International Stammering Awareness Day

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It is the International Stammering Awareness Day. Last year, I wrote about my experience of stammering at work here . So much has happened in the past 365 days that my current workplace experience is almost the opposite of what I wrote last year. I speak quite fluently these days. I make lots of phone calls with no problems. I do not stumble on the NHS number anymore.  I now work in a GP surgery rather than a hospital ward. So my consultations are in the confines of a room with just the patient and me, and sometimes a relative. Maybe this is contributory but I don’t think it would be different if I remained in the hospital. I had already started speaking fluently in the last 4 months of my last hospital post which I left in August this year. And I had stammered a lot when I was in a similar GP setting in my first year of training.  My testimony is not much about my freedom to speak fluently, but more about overcoming my fear and anxiety around speaking and meeting people. Fluency came

World King's Day

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11th October is World King's Day. On this day, few years ago, a king was born. Let me introduce you to this king. When I met my husband, I knew he was different from all the men I had known before him. I was not sure what the journey of marriage would be like with him but I knew two things which gave me peace and faith for a blissful partnership. He loved God and he was wise. I reckoned that if he loved God he could love me and if he made wise decisions, I could submit to him. We have been in this for almost 3 years and I have come to know so many other sides to him that challenge, amaze and inspire me. 1. Perseverance - Relocating to the UK came with the hardship of periods of unemployment. I watched as he went through tons of job applications, company research, professional networking, interviews, rejections, feedback, courses, self development, volunteer work, freelancing, job loss, etc. I would have given up very early, were I in his shoes, but he never did. He always believed

Time and Life

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Sunrise, sunset Tick tock, tick tock Day dies, lights out Time waits for no man Days go, days come Weeks run, weeks fly Month's up, months gone Life passes one by ~ Chidiogo Nwosu (Radiant)  September 2021

Overcoming Fear and Anxiety - A Stammerer's Testimony

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During my maternity leave which coincided with the start of lock down last year, I had time to reflect and take actions on my life. One aspect I thought I needed to work on was my speech.  I prayed about it. My mom would lay hands on me and speak to my tongue daily while she was with us. Up until she left after six months, there was no visible result. I still stammered as bad. During that time, I began listening to Dr. Sunday Adelaja. I discovered that life is governed by rules and success in life is predictable. It can be achieved by anyone willing to study the rules and obey it. So I decided to quit the blame game and take charge of my life.  I wanted to learn about this thing that caused me so much fear, this thing that had held me down, shied me away from reaching my full potentials. (To read about the impact stammering had on my life, click here .) But the first step to having a problem solved is acknowledging that there is one and finding information already available on the subj

Is Street Evangelism Outdated?

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Hey you. Long time no see. I have been off the radar, doing lots of work on personal growth. Today, I will like to talk about street evangelism and hear your take on it. I visited London last weekend. On two separate days, while walking on the streets of the shopping malls, I was confronted by black Africans doing evangelism. First, I saw a white guy preaching with his microphone in front of the mall while black Africans were scattered across the street serving tracts. The next day I heard a man preaching with African accent through a microphone and was offered tracts by people who looked like Nigerians. On the first day, I had passed 2 people who attempted to give me a tract. But in order to encourage them, I received from the third person. When I got home, I barely glanced at the tract before it was tossed in the bin.  The second day I didn't bother taking the tract. But I still wanted to encourage them so I told them why I wasn't taking it. "I'm a Christian", I

How to make Coconut Rice

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Coconut rice is one of my favourite rice dishes. There are different ways to cook it.  Here is the way I make my mouth-watering coconut rice. How to cook Coconut rice 3 cups of rice 10 Chicken drumsticks  2 Onion bulbs 1 tomato 3 bell peppers (green, yellow, red) 3 garlic cloves Ginger powder  2 scotch bonnets  1 table spoon curry powder  1 table spoon thyme 3 seasoning cubes Salt to taste 400g coconut cream 3 tablespoons ground crayfish (optional) Desiccated coconut (to sprinkle) 1 cup of Vegetable/coconut oil Cook chicken with blended onion and garlic, ginger powder, curry powder, thyme, one seasoning cube and salt. Separate the cooked chicken from the stock. You could fry or grill the chicken. Parboil rice. Do not parboil if using Basmatti rice. Wash and set aside. Fry diced onions in oil with thyme and salt. Add diced bell peppers and tomato. Fry. Pour  chicken stock, coconut cream and blended scotch bonnet.   Bring to boil. Add seasoning cubes and salt to taste. Pour parboil

About Radiant's blog

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The blogging sphere has crowded up very quickly in the past decade and it even looks like YouTube is taking over. Starting a blog in 2021 seems almost pointless. Yet some say if you find a tight niche, you could thrive. Where then does that leave memoir bloggers like me who write about practically anything going on in their lives? So that I am not  perceived as jack-of-all-trade-and-master-of-none, here is what this blog is about. Radiant’s blog is about ME - Chidiogo Nwosu a.k.a Radiant. I am my own mastery. I have been blogging here since November 2013. I started it as an outlet for my creativity, an online diary. Surprisingly, I got quite some faithful followers. My mission is to be a social influencer, to inspire people through my life's experiences.  Hopefully this post will help you navigate easily through many of my wonderful write-ups.  About Radiant's Blog I was born in a rich yet poor diverse country called Nigeria - popularly known as the giant of Africa.  Much of my

New Year Resolutions: 10 Goals for 2021

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  The start of a new year for many is an opportunity to set new goals or resolutions. Though wise and useful, some have lost hope in this activity as they tend to give up on their new year goals by the first quarter of the year. Sometimes, this is because they do not set monthly, weekly or daily targets to achieve their goals. So these resolutions never materialise. Research shows that those that set goals achieve more than those who do not. So here are 10 examples of goals to set for the new year. 10 goals to aspire to in the year 2021 1. Make or keep more money It is said that money answers all things. Little wonder it makes the top of the list for most people. What if you also made contentment your goal for 2021? A man's life is more than the abundance of his possessions. Another goal could be to reduce expenses. What's the use of making more money if you are going to put them in leaking purses? You could target to keep an account of your daily expenses, review this account

International Student: Funding Accommodation and Living Expenses in the UK

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Last week, we looked at how to write a winning scholarship essay . While some students will get scholarships covering all their tuition, accommodation and living expenses, others will have to find ways to fund accommodation and living expenses and probably, part of the tuition.  As at December 2020, when applying for your visa for a  Masters in the UK , you are required to show proof of available funds for your maintenance, estimated at  £1,023   per month (£1,334 for London residents) plus any outstanding tuition fees. As such, you are expected to show evidence of possessing  £9,207  (or £12,006 for London) maintenance fees in your account prior to your visa application. You must hold this amount in your account for 28 consecutive days, the date of the closing balance being within 31 days of your visa application. Finding this amount of money could prove difficult for many non-sponsored students. Some people borrow money to show proof of funds and have to pay it back before the start

International Student: How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

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Last week, I wrote about  why you should pursue your Masters degree in the UK.   A common question I got asked was how to obtain scholarship or funding for the Masters programme. I've given bits of advice regarding this in the past. But today, I've decided to just pen down all I say to people for easy access. I'm a beneficiary of a few scholarships. First, I attended secondary school on a full scholarship by the Federal Government of Nigeria covering tuition, boarding, feeding, uniforms and exercise books.   Then in 2016, I won the Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship offered by the University of Nottingham. This scholarship covered my full tuition which was £21,200.  My husband has also benefitted from scholarships. He was a recipient of the Total Nigeria National Merit Scholarship award at undergraduate level and The Global Scholarship Award worth £10,000 which covered part of the tuition for his Masters programme.  Some scholarships require that you write exams - my

International Student: Why You Should Pursue Your Masters Degree in the UK

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My Masters graduation day When I decided to pursue a Masters degree, I wanted one that I could do in the shortest time possible, as cheaply as possible, yet with high quality. I knew I had to get a scholarship to make it possible. I searched the internet, asked questions, and shortly concluded I had to make applications to schools in the United Kingdom.  Some international graduates might be in the same shoes as I was. So in this post I would like to help you answer the question -  Why come to UK for your Masters programme? The Pros 1 . High quality world-class education. The   UK is known for its high quality education. Just google "Top Universities in the World" and see for yourself. Degrees from the UK are highly respected by employers. Check out QS Graduate employability rankings. 2. 1 year programme . Unlike programmes in the US that require 2 years, a UK Masters degree programme is typically for 1 year. Also, being an English speaking country, I did not need to take up