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Episode 63: Dealing with Clinical Depression

I grew up in Lagos Nigeria. There, people are generally very nice and extra friendly, like they want to know ALL your business, however, they MAY hesitate to share theirs. For instance, people can be very private about simple things like their travel plans. As  your may imagine, when it comes to serious issues like mental health disorders, well, it is discussed in hushed tones, behind closed doors. 

“Never mention this to anyone, It will bring shame to our family” 

As a result, many suffer in silence. The shame, the stigmatization, No one talks about it.

That is why I am INCREDIBLY PROUD of my guest on the podcast.  Her  Name is Ms. Chinazor Onyebuchi.  She is an SME business consultant; supporting small and medium sized businesses withixn and outside Nigeria.

She is an amazing young lady who is doing awesome things while battling clinical depression

She courageously shares her story to say ENOUGH of the stigmatization. She shares her story to let people know that mental health disorders are REAL, and to let others know that it is wise to seek help

In Her own words “ If I can Impact just one person, that would be totally worth it”

She also speaks about how depression has affected her personal and professional relationships.⁣

In her own words 

“ I have lost a lot of friends and it hurts“⁣

She also shares some of her lowest moments to show that if she can rise from depression and live a fully functional life, then you can too ❤️❤️❤️

 

You can reach Ms. Chinazor by Email, through her website, or on Instagram.

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A Girl’s Dream

Growing up I always knew I was going to be in the sciences. My dad thought science was a good foundation for EVERYTHING. So off to secondary school I went taking classes like chemistry, biology, physics and further mathematics. School wasn’t too challenging for me, because I had good study habits, and always prioritized learning over everything else. 

Going into college I wondered what I was going to study. I had a close family friend “Enyinnaya” who was already in college and studying Microbiology. I admired him as a young girl would an older sibling, and I thought  to myself, “when I grow up I want to be just like him”.

So I enrolled to study Microbiology at Babcock University, Ogun State Nigeria. However, upon graduation, and completion of the One-year National Youth service Scheme (NYSC), I realized that I still did not really know what I wanted to do with this degree. 

You see at the time in Nigeria a Microbiology degree meant that you could either become a teacher or well a TEACHER.

Most of my colleagues had abandoned the sciences and had gone off to work in banks and other industries. At that time in Nigeria, the opportunities for science were quite limited. So I decided to look for jobs outside the sciences. I was desperate to start working and to make my own money.

I remember one day borrowing my older sister’s suit for a job interview I had in Ikeja Lagos, because I didn’t own one of my own. At this point I was interviewing to be a personal assistant to an administrator at that company. My family lived in Ogun state, and the journey to Lagos cost time and money!

When it was my turn to be interviewed, the interviewer told me that I was wasting my time applying for jobs like “these” he said. He told me that I  could become so much more, especially after studying at a prestigious university. He told me Microbiology was a great course, and never to abandon that.

 

Interviewer: Look at your suit; the salary you will make at this company will not be able to pay for another suit like this one…

The whole time I was thinking (just give me the job, this suit is borrowed!). 

You see I was just tired of staying at home, I really needed a JOB. ANY Job! Nothing I said that day could convince the man to give me the job. I remember thinking the long walk out of his office was a walk of shame.

I went home that day feeling very deflated, the journey back home consisted of an okada ride (commercial motorcycle ride) to the bus park, and then boarding a 14-seater bus back to Ogun state. I sulked the whole way home. I did not tell anyone how the interview really went, but little did I know that my life would totally change that day.  

Few days later, I had recovered from the let-down from that interview, I was waking up at 2 am everyday (Monday – Friday) to study for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) like my entire future depended on it.

When I had some time I would go online to look for schools that offered full scholarships, and look through the criteria for admission. I knew I wanted to study abroad, but I also knew my parents could not afford it,  so it was up to me to get a scholarship.

I did eventually get a FULL scholarship with a monthly stipend to study abroad, and eventually I earned a PhD in Microbiology and Microbial Genetics. Now I am doing things I never thought I could, Working on finding a cure to rare diseases and making amazing discoveries that positively impact patient care.

I AM MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

All this happened because several people encouraged me along the way as role models; my Dad, a family friend called Enyinnaya, my physics teacher in high school and finally a random interviewer at a small company in Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria. I know first hand the importance of role models, and to this day I still seek out mentors to help me navigate my career.

I am VERY passionate about the girl child mainly because from experience growing up as the 6th child in an all-female household, I often heard people advise my father to adopt a male child, one who would carry on his name. They would say things like “female children often would get married and end up in a man’s kitchen”. 

As a young child, this made me think that the ONLY way a woman could ever get to greatness had to be by marrying a successful man.

Now I know better. I know that you can make a difference regardless of your gender and background.

I started a podcast called “ The Tales of an African Princess in America”podcast (#TAPApodcast) to share my experience with people out there, especially young Africans girls worldwide.

On the Podcast I  advocate for education for the girl child, and talk about career options and topics in healthcare.  I also routinely invite professionals in various fields to enlighten my podcast listeners on several pertinent topics.

TAPApodcast is currently available on 13 different platforms (AnchorFM, Stitcher, GooglePlayMusic, Google Podcast,PlayerFM, Apple Podcasts(iTunes), RadioPublic, Castbox, Overcast, Breaker, TuneIn, Spotify, Podbean and PocketCast.) 

 

If you have a dream, go for it!  Do it scared, Do it tired, Do it discouraged, but DO IT anyway. You can achieve greatness regardless of your gender.  Take the first step today. Click the Player below to listen to the podcast episode on what my life was like 10 years ago.

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Do you have a story you would love to share on the podcast?  leave me a comment, or an email (talesbydrozi@gmail.com)  and I will reach out to you today.

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The Power of Love

 
Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU!
 
On this special Valentine’s day episode my guest Mr Kenny shares an amazing story of unconditional LOVE. 
 
He takes us on a journey of Love; how he fell in Love with his wife “Adetutu”, Life after marriage and the challenges of having a specially-abled child. 
 
Mr Kenny’s daughter “Olivia” was born with a rare genetic condition called 1P36 deletion syndrome”
 
Mr Kenny says ” Love is so powerful, it has healing effects”. Listen and be inspired to Love more this Valentine’s day
 
Click on the player below to listen to the Full episode on the podcast; Episode 61: The Power of Love

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Congratulations to the WINNER of our First Anniversary giveaway (a Google home mini) @akinoladami. Enjoy your gift!

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Episode 46 : Third Class to World Class

Episode  46 is all about Omotola Atolani a Computer Systems Analyst at a leading Multinational company.

We met on Instagram, and Omotola was more than willing to share her journey from graduating with a third class degree from the university to living her best life today.

Here’s a sneak peek!!!

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Episode 32: Project Experience Silicon Valley

Episode 32: A Young and Vibrant University Lecturer (Mr.​ Ernest Onuiri) had a dream to bring his students from Nigeria to visit Silicon Valley, as a way to motivate and inspire them. Please Listen to how this man is changing the traditional learning experience for his students. Enjoy

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Episode 23: Options For Studying Abroad

Episode 23 is inspired by a listener who desires to study abroad but does not have the funds to do so.

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Episode 17: Make Saving A Priority

Episode 17: On Today’s episode I invite my friend Christiana an Accountant to talk money matters and practical ways to start saving.

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Episode 6: Should you get the Flu Shot?🤔

Today we have a guest on the show, Yayyyyy!!!! so EXCITED!!!

Every year since I moved to America, I have gotten the Flu Vaccine, and today Dr. Nancy Butler gives some insight on the reasons why we should.

My Guest on the show today talks about The Flu vaccine, and If we really need to get the shot afterall…. It’s Flu season so please listen and learn, this may save a life!

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Episode 2: Celebrate the girl child!!!

Episode 2: I Grew up in Nigeria and I noticed that society applauded the male child and put more emphasis on his needs above that of the female child. On this episode,​​ you will hear my thoughts on the matter.

What do you think, and did you experience the same?

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