Side Note: Mentally, it has been a tough year. It almost seems like one terrible thing after another has been the order of the day. While there have been deeply unsettling/ horrific situations I’ve been exposed to, here’s one good thing that happened that I’m grateful for. This was one of the volunteer projects I worked on that personally brought me joy this year and I decided to pen it down on my medium blog. It’s not over and I will keep up the fighting spirit!

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I am a proud product of Queen’s College Yaba Lagos, an all-girls Secondary School. I was a boarder throughout my 6 years there and graduated exactly 10 years ago. I have some really fond memories from my stay there; The teachers, the gist, my friends… all wonderful memories. …


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Credit: notjustabeautyblogger

A blast from the past article

I just completed this book by my all-time favourite Giuliana Rancic and went on her Instagram page to attempt to flip through her 3k+ posts and failed miserably…I might love her but not to the extent of having to go through pictures further than 2014 (don’t judge me).
The book is too colourful to be pure non-fiction. My opinion anyway.
It is however interesting to note how about-face she became as an adult compared to her childhood stunts. One can almost not reconcile the bratty child, hellish teen and obnoxious young adult she was to the woman who wrote that book.
Her childhood was colourful indeed. What caught my attention was the real struggle she contends with in the relevant chapters from her childhood to her adolescent years to her career growth and her battle with having a chile and fighting cancer. If I wanted to be picky, I might say she breezed through the different situations in the book. Thankfully I’m not picky.
Her struggle seems real enough and what I’d call far fetched was her move to LA as a 23-year-old. …


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My boss excitedly made an announcement early in 2019 that we would be taking a full page in a national newspaper called Business Day where we would publish insightful marketing articles as it relates to the Nigerian context. It was going to be a weekly process that would see the articles published in the papers every Monday.

This process was soon established as a routine within the company- A selected person who could be from any department writes and shares an article, which is then approved and sent to me to arrange into a layout that speaks to the subject matter and is visually appealing. …


A candid review of Shoe Dog- an autobiography of Phil Knight

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When you start reading a book like Shoe Dog, you honestly don’t know what to expect. A friend recommended the book and I almost turned it down. Now I am exceedingly glad I did not.

Calling Phil Knight the ‘founder’ of Nike doesn’t feel like enough. ‘Driver’, ‘Father’, ‘Enforcer’, ‘absolute crazy dude who would do anything for Nike progress’ are amongst some of the other descriptions I would bestow on him. The book was such a nugget of wisdom that I am extremely and exceedingly glad I started off the first month of the year with it.


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For a while now, I’ve wanted to teach what I’ve learned so far in my design journey from 2017 until now. As a self-taught designer, I’ve read and watched more tutorials than I care to count and have even enrolled in a professional design course where I earned a certificate of merit.
I fought with myself on whether I was qualified to teach or not and entered it into my 2019 action list half-heartedly.
Enter January 4th when I got an Email from Skillshare- one of the many platforms that helped me on my journey to hone my design skills. The email was about a teacher’s challenge with a chance to win $1000 as the grand winner. The prize was cool and all but I decided to join the challenge, not because of that but because it’d be awesomely amazing if I could actually see the challenge through to the end.
After joining and being giddy and excited, the first worry hit me. I legit had no idea what I wanted to teach. You see it’s very easy to say I want to do ‘this’ and ‘that’ but when you don’t outline details it remains content in the hazy world of unfulfillment.
I read some really helpful articles from Skillshare and most of them talked about doing something you’ve done before. I had just completed the Nigerian landmark icons which I had done entirely from pictures. Also, I had recreated a picture of a room into a flat illustration. So I decided I would teach people how to do that. …


Disclaimer to whom it may concern: personally I don’t mind getting a feel of a book before I read it and often wish there were such reviews that hinted at more than hints. So this review might be filled with what you might call ‘spoilers’.

If you haven’t read the book and wish to do so and mind spoilers, go no further. And if you have read the book, then read on and see my perspective on one of the most prolific books I’ve ever read and reminisce on the beautiful narrative that is Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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Uncle Tom’s cabin is a book that shook me to my roots. I usually cry at the end of a book or movie but this book had me holding back deep sobs intermittently throughout the book...when Evangeline died...when Augustine died with an unfulfilled promise that could have made a man live out the rest of his days serving as he had always done but as a free man. His death, while a very inconvenient plot to the main character of the story of whom the book had been named for, was altogether anticipated.
Uncle Tom’s cabin is not just a book with a plot woven out of the author's thoughts, it is a narrative of the many different stances on this long wish-to-be forgotten topic-slavery. …


I started this year uncertain of a whole lot of things. I moved to an apartment with my flatmate last year December so January was a bit touch and go there.
At the end of last year, I had also made a conscious decision to not be your everyday introvert staying affixed in one setting namely my room and go out there for some ‘fun’. Also also, I had seen a number of 2017 review articles last year with people outlining the amazing things they had accomplished-both big and small. So I thought why not do something that is worth writing about this year. To me anyways. …


And the top 8 things she found absolutely fascinating

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photocredit | Sami_Tunji

Sometime this year, I made the active decision to change my bucket list to a ‘will do’ list. And one of the items I had on my list was to go hiking. On a budget!

For years I had felt I could only do focused things like that if I had extra cash or time or something like that. It hit me suddenly that I would never get to tick anything off my list if I didn’t plan and budget for it like I do every other thing in my life.

So I set out to Google places I could possibly hike within Nigeria (I’ve got to start small). It had to be somewhere close because I only had a weekend to work with if I had to go anywhere at all.
Luckily, thankfully and happily I found two articles written by the very lovely Funmi and Bunmi. I can’t thank you both enough for writing the articles peppered with great tips, that wet my appetite enough to make the trip. …


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I love designing.

Maybe it’s a trademark of designers round the world or maybe it’s not, what I do know is I can give up my whole night in an attempt to create something from concept to reality. I stay up some nights just ‘pushing those pixels’ and I go to bed some time in the AM feeling like I’ve just conquered the world with a big grin on my face.
Then I wake up and feel like I don’t know anything and I’m a fraud (hello imposter syndrome) and it goes downhill from there.

Creating personal projects is my way of giving that very unwanted and unwelcome syndrome the door. So I made a fictional tourist company that needed an app that would encourage users schedule tours and encourage them leave reviews. This project was aimed at improving my user interface and user experience design skills. …


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Women during the 1960s civil rights movement

I’m not sure how many people know just how many fights, protests, deaths, imprisonments, hunger strikes went into getting women the rights we have today.We went from being valued lower than horses, from having the option of being married or being a dependent relation or entering the convent, from being more or less pounding bags for people who were meant to protect to being high valued, respected women with numerous and diverse opportunities highly capable of protecting and standing up for ourselves.

Last year, around this time, I was getting more and more interested in the world of design. I barely knew how to locate tools on adobe illustrator and the pen tool was a hated enemy. I once tried to get a hang of it by replicating the National theater which ended up being a mini disaster but i shrugged it off and kept at the insufferable tool. …

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Winifred Yachiga Amase

Writer/Editor, Graphics Designer and avid reader of all things I find curious. I write about things I love, experience and observe.

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