Monday, 27 March 2017

A Sneak Peak Into What Happens On Family Funtime With Aunty Bimbo Show On Radio

So thanks to technology, you are able to see what our radio show Family Funtime With Aunty Bimbo is really about via this video.

Two weeks ago, the 18th of  March 2017 precisely, I decided to do a Facebook Livestream of the show and it was really exhilarating to have people watch us from all over both within and outside Lagos and Nigeria!

We had some people tune in from Port-Harcourt, Ibadan and Benin while some people joined us from Australia and the U.S! How did I know this? Because they mentioned it in their various comments on the live stream.

Technology is really evolving on all levels and its very important we take advantage of its positive side.

For those that don't know, the show Family Funtime With Aunty Bimbo is a syndicated show currently running on KissFm Lagos 98.9 every Saturday from 11am to 12 noon.

It is a show to empower families through fun and learning and if you watch the video you will see that we do this via our interactive segments which is co-hosted with my 2 kids to encourage other children to realise that age is not a barrier in communicating intelligently.

We continue to seek sponsors that will help us push the show farther on more radio stations so that more families will have a chance to interact and bond more through this platform.

If you are someone who can assist us in this regard, kindly send a mail to or call 07069171767 

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

So Much Depression & Suicide But So Little Help? Check Out Helplines To Call For Help

It is no longer news that a doctor committed suicide last week in Lagos by jumping off the 3rd Mainland bridge.

So far, there have been lots of assumptions as to why he did it with some people even stating it could be spiritual issues.....hmnnnn!

During the week, I was listening to a show on radio and a woman called in seriously weeping and asking for help as her husband had beaten her again and she was fed up. If she later commits suicide will that also be swept under the spiritual umbrella?

The truth is that depression is real and comes in various ways and forms which we all deal with in different manners. 

So also is the fact that some of us are more emotionally stronger than others while some people just lose it at the first sign of problems. Heck, I still cried this weekend because someone's words & actions hurt me but I was able to put up a cheerful disposition eventually.

It is important to understand that just as we all look different, our level and threshold of tolerance, pain, acceptance & coping mechanism also varies.

I have been seeing so many people say and write reach out, speak out etc. Sometimes you do and people don't believe you or even make you feel worse for speaking or reaching out. Infact some even trivialise it by saying they have had it worse as if it is a competition!

However, there are organisations and bodies trained to handle such and here are contact numbers, email addresses and physical location of some of them.

Let's share as you never know who might need it. Besides, it just might be easier for some people to reach out to these neutral bodies/agencies as opposed to people they know personally who might criticise or judge them.

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Is Today Really Mothers Day? today, 26th of March 2017 is Mother’s Day or is it?Well, this question is necessary because the truth is there is another Mother’s Day celebration in the month of May!!!

Mother's Day is a celebration that honors mothers, motherhood, and the influence of mothers in the society. It is actually celebrated in different months in many parts of the world for example in the US it is celebrated in May while in the UK it is celebrated in March.

In the Uk and Ireland, it was initially called Mothering Sunday which had a Christian background and wasn’t about celebrating mothers at all. It is linked to Easter and is always set for the 4th Sunday in the Lenten season which is the period Christians fast before Easter.

The Mothering Sunday was a day people returned to their mother church which was usually the main church or cathedral of the area.

However, it has now became an occasion for honouring mothers and giving them presents so we tend to celebrate Mothers Day with the UK in March, while some others will also celebrate it in May.

It is important to also point out that Mother’s Day isn’t just about celebrating women that have children...ALL WOMEN are mother figures because we have been created to nurture! So whether you have children or not or you are a Mummy or Aunty...HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to you!!!

Thank you for being a carer, nurse ,driver, teacher, hairdresser, stylist, tailor, carpenter, fixer, fighter, cleaner, cook, counsellor, shopper, party planner, coach, mentor, psychologist and all the many other unending roles you play as the need arises. You are highly appreciated today and always!!

N.B I will be having a special Mothers Pampering Day Event on Saturday, May 20th so we all have fun together. More details coming soon.


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Its World Down Syndrome Day, Shout Out To Parents Who Have Kids With Down Syndrome

The 21st March of March is World Down Syndrome Day and it is a day when people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world are celebrated.

Activities and events are organized to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.

Down syndrome is NOT a disease so it is not something you catch rather, it’s a chromosomal condition. Typically, humans have 46 chromosomes which make up who we are as people. The nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

Unfortunately, this additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm.

It is important to note that each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all.

The truth is that it is not easy raising up children generally much less raising a child with any form of disability. So, let's be sensitive to such parents and children and also educate our children on not making fun of any child with Down Syndrome or making them feel bad.

Below is the way a mum in the US, Krista Rowland-Collins gives an easy way of explaining Down Syndrome to a child.

Mommy and Daddy both give us chromosomes; we get 23 from Mom and 23 from Dad. These chromosomes decide how we develop and grow, how we act, if we will look like Mom or Dad. 

Adele has 47 chromosomes. This one extra chromosome gives her some extra special gifts. Her eyes are almond shaped, her nose bridge is flatter, her ears are smaller and lower-set, her mouth is shaped differently, her tongue is a bit bigger, she has a smaller mouth and her palette is shaped differently, which affects her speech. 

It might be harder to understand her, not because she doesn’t know how to talk, but because she lacks some muscle strength and the inside of her mouth is shaped differently. She will do all of the same things you do, but it’s going to take her a little longer.

Because of her extra chromosome, she’s a bit floppy like a rag doll, so crawling and standing are a little more difficult, but she’ll get there. She needs to work on getting stronger; we do this with the help of some great people. Adele does some special exercises that help with strength and speech. 

When you go skiing or play hard or have a big, long game of hockey or soccer, sometimes your muscles feel a bit weak and you feel kind of floppy; this is how it is for Adele every day. She just needs some time.

She will love the same music as you and will like sports and gymnastics, just like you.  She has feelings, just like you, and she will love playing with her friends and laughing at silly jokes. 

Having the extra chromosome doesn’t make her any less of a person; she’s just like you. She just has to work a little bit harder at some things. Some school subjects might be a bit more difficult for her to catch on to, and some will be a little easier. Maybe math will be harder for her to understand because the numbers might be confusing, but she may write great stories in Language Arts class.

An Extra-special shout out goes to a lady called Tola Makinde of Mo-Rainbow Foundation here in Lagos who does a lot in helping children with Down Syndrome. She is on a rescue mission in supporting children with Down Syndrome and is an advocate for early intervention and giving hope to families who have children with this condition. You can read up more and support this movement via
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Family Quotes; Make Great Memories With Your Family

What memories will your child remember about you and his/her growing up days? Ensure you make the memories one they will remember with fondness and even want to pass on to their own families.
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Did You Know There Is Something Called World Sleep Day? Are You Sleeping Well?

Yes! You heard that right, there is a day known as World Sleep Day and it was yesterday, Friday, March 17, 2017. World Sleep Day is a day set aside yearly to celebrate sleep!

It draws attention to the importance of sleep in human beings including its health benefits. The World Sleep Day is a yearly celebration organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, WASM and it has been celebrated since 2008….that is 9 years ago!

The World Sleep Day is actually to raise awareness about the advantages of sleep and draw the attention of the society to having good and healthy sleep and how to avoid sleep disorders.

As of last year 2016, World Sleep Day is already being celebrated in 72 countries worldwide. However, the date always changes but it is celebrated every 2nd Friday of March.

It is so easy not to get the right amount of sleep especially for we children who have to wake up early to join the school bus and for our parents who need to go to work very early.

However, the truth is that there is a certain amount of sleep we all need to function effectively so that we don’t fall sick.This is because not sleeping well can cause obesity, depression, poor memory, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. According to medical research, the amount of sleep we need depends on our ages.

Newborn babies need 16-18 hours a day,
2 year olds need  11-13 hours daily.
By the age of five, children should sleep between 10-12 hours. 
Teenagers should be getting 8 to 10 hours.
Adults from 20 and upwards need 7 to 9 hours of sleep

So when you hear the popular phrase of sleeping like a baby, its simply because like earlier mentioned, babies sleep for the better part of the day which is about 16 to 18 hours!

So Happy World Sleep day and don't forget that sleeping well will help your brain and proper growth development.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Family Quotes With Aunty Bimbo; A Family In Harmony Will Prosper In Everything

This is a simple secret that will help your family bond and unity if you make family harmony a value your family always upholds.

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