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Knocked Up and Scared

Knocked Up and Scared

I just celebrated my Birthday a few days ago. I was a born In a little town in Eastern Nigeria over 3 decades ago. When I was born, healthcare was not the greatest in Nigeria; infant and maternal mortality rates were extremely high. Sadly, not much has changed.⁣


I now live in America, and the risk of maternal mortality among black women persists after controlling for socioeconomic status.⁣

⁣Black women experience maternal deaths at three to four times that of non- Hispanic white women.⁣

“For many African American Mothers, the news of pregnancy also comes with a lingering fear of the quality of healthcare that she will receive during this amazing journey.

This should not be the case!

To celebrate my birthday this year, I have invited the amazing Dr. Ruthie Arumala. Dr Ruthie is a Physician who specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN).

This week on the podcast, Dr. Ruthie discusses some of the reasons why black women are at greater risks in pregnancy. 

Click on the player below to listen to the full episode and learn about things that our African American sisters and mothers out there need to know to get the best care possible.⁣

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Lost Keys

Lost Keys

⁣⁣ Do you ever get the feeling that you waste so much time looking for stuff?
 I just completed a 5-Day intensive search for the spare keys to our home.

One minute I had them, and next thing they were GONE! 
The worst part was that I had just returned a rental car, so I had the feeling that maybe just  maybe I left the keys in the rental car.
 

Late last night, while watching an episode of “The Office” on Netflix,  a still small voice whispered to me to “raise the couch” . Alas, there it was, sitting pretty!


So many times during “the search” I caught myself saying “I wish I could just CALL my keys!”


 Don’t get me started with how many times I search for my Roku TV remote control. Ish!!! 

Thankfully, I have a TV mobile remote control app on my phone so I use that everytime my remote control decides to magically disappear.


⁣When I found the devices that allow you to track your lost items, I said to myself “Ozi you have to share this”!


Can you imagine all the time and heartaches your could save with these little devices? 

All you have to do is hook your precious items (that spontaneously develop legs and walk away for you) to these tiny little trackers.

These are a few items that generate wings and fly away, and make you spend lots of valuable time searching for them

 Anytime you need to find them, all you do is press a button, and a loud ring will tell you just where they are!
 Yes it’s really that easy!
 Click on the link below to find all the items .

This is how much peace I had after I found my keys.

Now I experience some peace, because I know that next time my keys, wallet, thumb drive, purse, or TV remote mysteriously go missing, It’s only a ring away.

Disclaimer: This is only for Items lost within your home.  If you lost something while on vacation .. welp! 

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Hit and Run

Hit and Run

Sometimes things do not work out the way we hope or plan. What do you do in the face of misfortune or adversity? What do you do when life hands you lemons?

last Tuesday on my way to work, my car was rear ended by another driver. Worse still he/she drove away. It was my first time experiencing anything like this, and  I was beyond confused to say the least. 

I had no idea what to do. So I called my husband. He advised me to hang up and call the police as well as our auto insurance company. After making these 2 calls, I decided to google what exactly happens in a hit and run accident.

If its never happened to you, then I hope you never have to use this information. But who are we kidding? Life happens even to the “luckiest” of us all, and it is definitely better to have the information now, than to be sorry later.

Getting into an auto accident is the worst nightmare for most drivers, and when it happens and the guilty party runs away, it leaves the victim ( the driver/person who was hit) feeling completely helpless ( I know I felt this way on tuesday).

1.  Try to get as much information on the other driver as you possibly can.

In a sane world, when people hit others in traffic, the cars involved safely clear to the right shoulder and then exchange insurance information. Witnesses also stop to give their own sides of the story.  But that did not happen to me. Everyone was trying to get to work, so there was no witness report. The car that hit mine sped away.

 

Now if you are in a position to do so, get as much information about the car that hit yours. Information like the license plate number, color, make and model of the car , gender of the driver, time and location of the accident and few pictures of the damage. You can take pictures using your smartphone. Hitting another vehicle and running away without exchanging insurance information is a federal crime. All the information you gather will help the police catch the culprit.

2. Call the Police

Call the police ASAP. In a hit and run accident where another driver has damaged your vehicle, your insurance company considers it a “not-at-fault” loss. The damage is generally covered under the collision section of your car insurance policy, meaning you will need to pay your collision deductible. However, your insurance company will only cover this cost if they get an official report from the police, to show that it was indeed a hit and run accident.  

 

This coverage is optional and most drivers opt out of it; to reduce their insurance fees. Without this coverage, in the event of a hit and run accident, you will be left to cover the costs yourself. So you need to call the police immediately. A hit and run should not impact  your premium as long as you have reported the incident to the police.

3. Call your auto insurance company

Be prepared to provide as much details of the accident as you can to your insurance company. This allows them to process the claim ASAP. If you have any injuries from the crash that you want to get checked out for, make sure you ask them for your claim number so that all your medical bills will be sent directly to the insurance company. 

I hope you never have to use this information, but if you have found this information helpful, please let me know in the comment section below.

Finally to everyone, Make sure that when you get insurance coverage you read the fine prints. Know exactly what your premium covers. Get more coverage if you can. Unexpected things DO  happen, best to be prepared.

Click on the player below to listen to the full episode about my “terrible tuesday”.

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My Top 10 Nigerian Movies

I watch a ton of Nigerian movies and often get asked by friends and family for movie recommendations. Today I am here to give you the plug.
Grab your popcorn and take a seat.

I Turned Down Money!

I Turned Down Money!

Last week, I did quite the adult thing, I turned down MONEY! This is infact a first for me, especially in relation to my professional life, and I have to tell you it felt absolutely WEIRD!

It even kinda hurt too, but I did it for the greater good. It also got me thinking about all the different reasons that people may have for giving up an offer that to others looked “Just too good to miss”.

⁣On this podcast episode, Adé and I discuss 3 major reasons we think would make people “leave money on the table” so to speak.

 

1. Moral Reasons. Sometimes an offer just goes against all you believe in. Adé shared a personal experience of a time when he had to let an offer go, for moral reasons.

 

2. Big Picture

Sometimes accepting an offer may stir you away from your desired goals or profession and only serve to waste your time and set you back a couple of years.

“3. Mental Health

How will your health be impacted by the new job? Will your stress levels increase? Is it worth the Stress?

Studies show that working long hours at work can negatively impact your well being and lead to poor health and  developement of unhealthy habits.

Have you turned down job opportunities or offers that meant losing money? What were your reasons for doing so? Leave a comment to let us know!

Click on the player below to listen to the full episode on reasons why people may turn down opportunities that others think are simply “too good to be true!”.

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3 Reasons to Listen to the “Tales of an African Princess in America” Podcast

3 Reasons to Listen to the “Tales of an African Princess in America” Podcast

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you need a reason to listen to podcasts? I'll give you 3 good reasons!
This is the reason I started a podcast

A podcast is the easiest thing to listen to, why? Because you can listen on your phone.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣You already carry your phone around everywhere, so why not?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

It is that convenient!

⁣⁣⁣Tales of an African Princess in America Podcast (#TAPApodcast) is available on your favorite podcast app; AnchorFM, Stitcher, GooglePlayMusic, Google Podcast,PlayerFM, Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Castbox, Overcast, Breaker, TuneIn, Spotify, Podbean and PocketCast. Just download ANY one of these apps,  search for the “Tales of an African Princess in America” podcast, subscribe and listen!⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

You’ve still got lots of time to catch up on the latest episode on the Tales of an African Princess in America Podcast (#TAPApodcast) before a new episode drops on Thursday!

 

When you listen to the episodes on the #TAPApodcast, you are sure to get;⁣⁣⁣⁣
1.  Inspired: listen to stories and experiences from people just like you.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
2. Informed: with all the topics discussed on the podcast, personal growth is guaranteed! lots of topics on ADULTING (finance, healthcare, immigration, (even topics on love& romance for the love birds). I started this podcast because life as an international student was tough, so on the podcast, I share and invite people who have the tips and tricks to make it better. ⁣

One thing I’ve learned so far is that “𝕟𝕠 𝕤𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕝𝕖 𝕖𝕩𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕖 𝕚𝕤 𝕦𝕟𝕚𝕢𝕦𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦” so you are NEVER alone.⁣⁣

3. Entertained: You will be entertained. My guests and I tell it ALL. That’s what real life is about. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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So listen while you work, commute, exercise, drive or while doing a chore and time will literarily fly by⁣⁣⁣⁣ in a fun and enjoyable way.⁣⁣ Have I convinced you that listening to a podcast is time well spent?
Oh wait, did I mention that it is  FREE? There you go!!!⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣I prefer to listen using the built-in app on my iPhone (Podcast app) because it’s easy to leave a review 🌟 🌟 🌟🌟🌟⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
NOW HAVE I CONVINCED YOU TO START LISTENING TO PODCASTS?⁣ ⁣⁣

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“Secure the Bag”

“Secure the Bag”

⁣⁣  One of the things I found really difficult to understand when I moved to America was how my credit score would affect my everyday life.⁣⁣⁣ I never owned a credit card until I moved to America, and after a few people convinced me that I needed one, then came the financial responsibility of using the card.⁣

I went from a non existent credit history to a decent score, and made lots mistakes along the way. ⁣

My guest on this episode Janessa Burell (@only1janessa) gives useful tips on how to “secure the bag” by getting rid of debt, and building a strong credit history.

⁣It can be pretty difficult to build credit when you first move to a new country.

 Here are a few tips for new immigrants and students with a non-existent credit history to begin to build credit.⁣⁣

 

1.  Get a secure card.⁣⁣
2. Get someone with established credit be a co-signer on your credit application.⁣⁣
3.  Payment for rent can count towards your credit history⁣.⁣

“Securing the bag” is not limited to wealth aquisition, it also has a lot to so with how you manage your finances. So when you eventually get your credit card, and you are successfully on your way to building good credit, take the time to learn how to use a credit card, so that you stay out of debt.

Click on the player below to listen to the full episode and learn how to “secure the bag”.

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Episode 64: Heart Health

To celebrate International Women’s Day, My guest on the podcast today, Joyce Ijeoma Nwakanma is a phenomenal woman who is doing AMAZING things. She speaks about her experience moving from Nigeria to the US, and life as a Nurse Practitioner.⁣⁣
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She also shares expert knowledge from her field; Cardiology. She speaks on the risk factors for coronary heart disease and lifestyle choices that can affect your improve your heart health.⁣⁣
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Do you know that stress is bad for your heart? ⁣⁣
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Emotional or physical stress events such as the loss of a job, loss of loved one, domestic abuse, all can induce symptoms similar to a heart attack. This is called “Broken Heart Syndrome”⁣⁣

The heart is one organ that is not easily replaced so listen to this episode to learn simple things you can do every day to reduce your risks for heart disease⁣⁣.

We also spoke about the fact that most African immigrants abroad love the healthcare industry,  particularly nursing. Joyce spilled some MAJOR tea on why she made the switch from a business administration background to nursing, when she moved to the States .⁣⁣

Joyce Ijeoma Nwakanma (Nurse Practitioner: Cardiology)

If you are a nurse particularly of African descent in the United States ,why did you choose the profession?⁣⁣

Are you happy with your decision or would you choose a different field if you had to do it over? ⁣⁣
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IF YOU ARE NOT A NURSE, Are you home or abroad working in a field that you love, or was it chosen for you by your parents? ⁣⁣
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Please Share your experiences in the comment.

⁣⁣Click on the player below to  listen to the  full episode. 

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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.

Click on the player below to listen to the  full episode.

 

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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.