13 Novels & Generational Sagas About Family Drama, Secrets, and Dysfunction

Family can be a tricky thing, and as someone with a small nuclear family, I’ve always been fascinated by sprawling families. Of course, being a reader, where else can one find a window into lives they’ll never live? Books of course! It goes then that I enjoy reading books about large families, winding generations, and all the dysfunction that can happen in a family.

These 13 books are some of my favourite books about families. I’ve LOVED all but one, which I thought was OK. Whether you’re looking for stories about African families, Middle Eastern families, American families, or Asian(-American) families, there’s a book for you on this list.

5 Things You Should Know: About Starting a Product Line Business

If you’ve been following us closely for a while now, you will know that every month since December 2018, I’ve had an IG Live Q&A session. I love interviewing people and learning from them and having this IG Live has been a great way for wider KT audience to join in and ask questions. So far, we’ve had 4 awesome sessions and I seem to enjoy these more with each passing one. The only downside is that the Live sessions are available for just 24 hours replay replay then it’s gone! To curb that a bit, I’ll attempt to recap each session and sharing 5 Things You Should Know.

Our last session was with Dami Ajibade who is the Co-Founder of Crownbury - makers of organic baby essentials. They started out with their Koala baby towel as their first product and have recently created their reusable nursing pads. I’ve loved the towel so much - spoke about  it in my post here and generally followed the impressive growth of Crownbury.

Dami dropped amazing nuggets in this Live session. This piece can’t do it justice but here are five things you should know about starting a product business.

5 Women on the Triumphs and Challenges of Their "Inter-African" Marriage

I recall that I started this blog hoping to write a lot on inter-ethnic marriages, stemming from my experience. So I talked about it briefly in my second blog post and over time shared some more in-depth, like analysing my culture shock on kneeling, our cross-cultural traditional wedding, and answering a few questions about our union that we got asked all the time. But I didn’t have that much to say and I moved on to interviewing other inter-ethnic Nigerian couples—those features were very popular.

In the middle of these interviews, I realised that while many people talk about “inter-ethnic” marriages within a particular country as well as “inter-racial” marriages, I hadn’t seen much discourse around “inter-African.”

That piqued my curiosity. So I set out to as usual find answers by hearing from inter-African couples. But it wasn’t only I who was curious. When we put the call out on Twitter, it went viral (okay, viral for our standards). I’m excited to have 5 amazing women share with us. From Ethiopia to Kenya, Uganda to Nigeria, Ghana to Zambia, we get a glimpse of inter-African marriages—the triumphs and the challenges!

Weekend Notes X Links from Around the Web

Hey, how are you?

I’m really asking as it feels like the past week has particularly been difficult with heartbreaking news all round. From the Ethiopia plane crash, the building collapse in Lagos and the New Zealand shootings. It’s all just painful to see and no one really knows what’s happening next. I wish we could in some way give the world a “hard-back” reset. But all of this continues to emphasise that we live each day well - with intention and kindness, striving to help others as much as we can.

What have you been up to? Spring is fast approaching over here and I’m very keen for it to get warmer. Anyone else feel really busy with lots to achieve,  but still surprised at how much time they’re spending in bed? That’s me right now!

Moving on, here are a few links for you to check out.

4 Things I Learned from University

Do you think we place too much emphasis on having a university degree? My friend has been home for three months thanks to the ongoing ASUU strike, and obviously frustrated that it’s postponing graduation said to me, “it’s not like I ever want to teach social studies; what’s the point of it all?” Then she asked me if my degree had ever turned out useful.

Looking at the unemployment stats, especially in Nigeria—where the chances of practising what you studied professionally are slim—you may wonder if it’s all worth the hassle of attending a Nigerian university. I thought about it and wrote this post in partial response to my friend’s question. Here are some lessons I learned from my university experience and how handy it has come in real life.

The KacheeTee Circle Vision Board / Afternoon Tea Workshop: Recap & Photos

I had never attended a vision board event before or even attempted to create one. But at the start of the new year, I knew it was something I really wanted to do and give others the opportunity to dol. So, a vision board workshop seemed like a perfect idea for our first circle of 2019.

But I also didn’t want it to be just a session of cutting and pasting out of a magazine article. I wanted an impactful event centred around concrete goal setting and direction. Although I could possibly have facilitated this myself, I thought it best to invite a facilitator experienced in running similar events and also, I wanted to be fully absorbed in the session.

And of course with some great food to go - because who thinks of goals and targets on an empty stomach? I’m happy to report that the day was everything and more that I had in mind.

Mumfessions: Living and Raising Children in Saudi Arabia

My closest interaction with Saudi Arabia happened a couple of years ago, via a law student who was interning at the law firm I worked. We would often grab lunch together and she would talk about how much she loved London. But when she spoke of Saudi Arabia, you could also hear the fondness in her voice. I looked forward to her stories, and many times I’ll catch myself wondering what it would feel like to live there - having  grown up in a society that I considered quite different.

In today’s Mumfessions, Abubele Green, fondly known as Bubu puts some of our curiosity to rest. From the southern part of Nigeria—Rivers State, with three kids under five, she lived in Saudi Arabia for a number of years until recently when her family relocated to Grenada.

She shares a lot about her experience in this Middle East country: from why she moved there, her misconceptions and culture shocks as well as raising kids and making mum friends.

21 Podcasts for Every Kind of Listener!

Everyone knows how much I love my audiobooks. When I’m not listening to a heart-rate-quickening thriller, however, you’ll catch me listening to a podcast. Actually, podcasts were my first love—sorry, audiobooks. I was officially hooked for the first time by the podcast, Serial, season one, which followed the story of Adnan Syed.

Over the years, my tastes have changed repeatedly—from agony-aunt style podcasts to entrepreneurial podcasts, then to book-centric and freelance-specific podcasts. Still, a few of these have remained relevant to me despite the many changes in my life.

You can listen to podcasts on your way to work, while you fold laundry—or even like me, sometimes—while you work. Podcasts are also becoming a major way to branch out in terms of content creation, and I expect we’ll see more as time goes on.

So, whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, news lover, book lover, or just a sucker for a good conversation, I’ve compiled a list of podcasts to bring a party to your ears.

My City at a Glance: Vancouver, Canada

A few years ago, I told a colleague I was off on a holiday. “Where to?” he asked. “Malaysia”, I responded - and volunteered no extra information. His vocal response was something along the lines of “yeah, but where exactly in Malaysia?” He went on to mention a few different cities out there and explain how each of them have entirely different vibes. Not like I cared at that time; I was only excited to be heading to a new country.

But how true is that? Two cities in a country could be so different you wonder if they should even be grouped together - from time zones to weather to culture. In this new series, we will explore different cities not through the eyes of a tourist who pops in and out, but from that of a resident - one who lives and breathes the city on a daily, and possibly doesn’t like tourists very much!

Our first feature is with Shasha as she spills the insider tea on Vancouver, Canada - a city she’s lived in for three years now.

4 Women on Leaving Medicine to Pursue Their Passion

As a child, medicine was seen as the “ultimate career.” In school dramas, the coolest and smartest kids were roped to play “doctor” with the stethoscope hanging over their necks. I was definitely one of those who bore the constant stream of people’s advice to study medicine.

As a young adult, I saw way too many people retaking the university entrance exams just to get into Medicine. After seeing firsthand—thanks to my friends at university—their struggles and complains, it’s hard to not wonder if it was ever a true passion. In my opinion (and asides from Law which I eventually went on to study), Medicine seems to be the one profession individuals are constantly quitting to pursue their true passion.

I got curious about their journeys, and 4 awesome ladies agreed to share the whys and the hows, the challenges, and their truths!