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Why I hated practising Medicine in Nigeria

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I signed up to study Medicine and Surgery because it seemed like the most logical thing to do. I was a science student in secondary school and all my mates were either going to study Medicine or Engineering in university. The girls were more inclined to Medicine, so I joined the bandwagon. 
After trudging through an unexciting clinical journey in medical school, one that got me contemplating dropping out severally, I got my M.B.B.S. I survived housemanship in a teaching hospital, lazed away National Youth Service year in a primary care centre and became a job seeker for many months before landing in the private sector. 
I hated practising Medicine in Nigeria for the following reasons. I always didn't feel competent. I hated not knowing exactly what to do and not having reference points. As long as you are called doctor, patients expected their ailments to end with you, not willing to be referred to specialized institutions. This is mainly because Nigeria's health system is mainl…

To Help or Not: My Dilemma on a Headless Being

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I saw a headless person walking today at the King’s Cross Train station.

Like Moses attracted to the burning bush, this piqued my interest. So I looked more intently at the strange sight. Apparently it was an old woman who was bent over so much I couldn’t see her head from the back. I wondered how she coped with life.
As I observed, I saw that she struggled to look up to the destination board. She kept going to the back hoping it would be easier to see. I knew she needed help, so I walked towards her. She tried to signal for help from 2 girls that passed her but they looked at her and went their way. She was saying, ‘no I’m not begging you for money’ when I approached. 
"Where are you going to?", I asked.
"Oh thank you very much", she said, "I’m going to Stoke. Can I use my freedom bus pass here?"
"No. It works on buses", I answered though not knowing really what freedom bus pass meant, "You may have to buy a train ticket".
"How much is…

Spinach sauce

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Ingredients



Ingredients
Spinach - 4 Tesco packs Carrot - 2 medium-sized Mixed bell peppers - red, yellow, green  Scotch bonnet pepper - 2 or 3 Shrimps - 1 pack Crayfish - 2 table spoons Onions - 3 medium sized Vegetable oil - 1 cup Garlic - 3 cloves Thyme Knorr cubes Knorr Aromat all purpose seasoning Salt
Cut and wash your spinach and set aside in a drain to drain water. Spinach brings out a lot of water, so you might even want to perboil it and drain the water first.
1. Put some vegetable oil in the pan.  2. Add a little salt. 3. Fry onions, scotch bonnet pepper, garlic cloves. 4. Add chopped carrots and fry till moderately tender. 5. Add raw shrimps and fry till pink. 6. Add diced mixed bell peppers. 7. Add spices - thyme/rosemary leaf, knorr cubes, all purpose seasoning, salt to taste. 8. Add spinach in stages and stir. It tends to shrink so don’t worry about the size of your pan/pot. 9. Taste for salt and adjust. 10. Sprinkle ground crayfish (optional).
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Boots On The School Ground

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We woke up to terrifying gunshots. I made a beeline for the floor as my mum had once told me, "when there is a shooting, lie flat on the ground". My heart was racing. I could hear it beat. We weren't sure how close they were. What the hell is happening? The shelling went on for ages. Fear and dread were palpable. We quietly climbed back to our beds after some hours of silence and slept half awake till dawn. Everyone hurried out of dorm in the morning to find out what had happened. 
Armed robbers had visited the staff quarters. A teacher was shot in the eye. The military had exchanged fire with them, hence the numerous shots we heard over our heads. We were relieved but sad about our teacher. He had been taken to the hospital and we prayed desperately for him. What if the robbers had entered the dormitory? It wouldn't be the first time strangers appeared in our yard. Usually, it would be peepers who preferred real pornographic scenes to fiction. 
That would not be the l…

Mandela Day 2019

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Different words come to mind when you hear the name Nelson Mandela - Hero, Icon, Courage, Leader, Sacrifice, Freedom, Prison, President, South Africa and many more. _
Around the world, monuments, stadiums, bridges, roads, parks and gardens, restaurants and streets have been built or named after him. At least 8 movies that depict his story have been filmed. My best scene is always when he came out of prison holding his wife, Winnie, on the left, his right fist pumped in the air, with numerous freedom believers following behind. If you've not seen any, I'll recommend Winne Mandela or Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
_ There are many positive lessons from the life of Madiba, as he is also called. He had his regrets as well. However, his life has been nothing short of inspirational and this is reflected in his words too. Here are my top 10+1 Nelson Mandela quotes: _ 1. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable …

How To Make Nigerian Egusi Soup (Fried method)

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Hi guys. So this is the most common soup among Nigerian soups, eaten by most tribes in Nigeria. There are several ways to cook Egusi soup. Here is my most favourite method.
Ingredients 2 cups of ground Egusi Meat 1/2 cup Palm oil 2 table spoons ground crayfish 2 Red bell peppers (optional, but makes a huge difference) 3 or 4 Red scotch bonnet peppers Meat seasoning (mixed spice, garlic, ginger, etc) Salt Spinach or other leafy vegetable 1 ball of Onions
10 Steps to make Nigerian Egusi Soup
1. Boil your meat with your favourite meat seasoning and set aside. Mine would include Knorr seasoning cubes, garlic, ginger, ground mixed spice and salt. I used 500g of boneless beef in this recipe. You can use more or different types of meat like tripe and cow skin.
2. Add some palm oil to a dry non-stick pot. Allow to heat up slightly, then add some chopped onions. I like to season my onions. So I add some ginger, garlic and salt and stir. I also like to add crushed chilli.


3. Add your chopped peppers (red bell…

How To Stop Craving Your Man's Attention

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Hey girl! Do you feel like you miss your man too much? You think you give him a lot of attention but it is not reciprocated. You want to spend more time with him but he is too busy at his work. You have no doubt that he really loves you, but you wish he could be more expressive and spend more time with you. This may be more evident during the early stages of your relationship. 
You may ask. Is it bad to crave my partner's attention? According to Collins dictionary, to crave is to desire intensely, to need greatly or urgently, or to beg or plead for. Sounds to me like wanting something badly. So yes. It can be unhealthy especially when you are not getting it. It can leave you frustrated and could take a toll on your self esteem. 
So here are some tips on how to stop craving his attention.
How to stop craving his attention
1. Fill up your time To be honest with you, boredom may be the reason you miss him too much. You may not have much to do so you expect him to help you spend your free …

Nigerian Doctor: 8 things you should know before coming to practise inthe UK

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In my previous post, we talked about certain benefits a Nigerian Doctor could gain from coming to practise in the UK. As doctors continue to leave Nigeria in droves, it is important they get some information lest while building castles in the air, they're shocked by the reality of life in the UK. Dear Nigerian doctor and any intending migrant, here are some facts you must know before coming to the UK.
1.The salary advertised, though quite attractive is your gross salary.Meaning, it includes your portion and the Government's portion. There will be tax, national insurance and pension deductions before you get your net pay. Also, NHS usually advertises a range. You are more likely to be started on the lowest scale except you have proof of extra relevant qualification and/or experience which you must bargain for.
2.    You cannot run away from tax.The higher you earn, the more income tax you pay. Apart from tax on your income, you also pay tax when you buy a car, buy or rent a house…

Happy Mothers’ Day

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She is my mother My one and only Hands that held my bum Lips that licked my face Breasts that filled my gut
Crying to God ‘Bout my future Leading the way Lest I mistep 
Sacrifice  Tolerance Mothers’ heart
Happy  Mothers’

Day
Radiant ~ March 2019