Author Nicki Jeffery is the guest in this episode of DOZ Show. She shares her journey to become a published author, a journey which began when she was a young child. Her very first rejection slip would inspire her to view rejection differently. It was from Cassandra Golds, who was assistant editor of School Magazine and was turning down Nicki’s work because the magazine did not publish children’s work. She said to Nicki in her letter, “I grew up to be a writer, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you do, too! I think you have some very exciting times ahead of you, Nicole – the joy of writing stories, the thrill of sending them off to people, perhaps even the delight of having them published. But remember, if you should happen to receive a rejection slip, even many, many rejection slips, don’t be discouraged – just try again!” With those words Nicki continued to pursue her dreams and has a folder full of rejection slips as evidence. But through the years her writing has been awarded at different times. In this interview she helps us see the blessing in rejection even as she speaks on using her writing to help many including mums suffering from post-natal depression, a condition she suffered from herself. Listen and be inspired to keep pursuing your dreams in spite of life’s challenges and rejections.
Omo Bello is the guest in this episode of DOZ Show and if you’re a lover of classical music, then she requires no introduction! But for those who don’t know, Omo Bello is a highly sought after French Nigerian soprano opera singer who is passionate about singing and has entirely devoted herself to music. After a degree in Cell Biology and Genetics at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, she relocated to France where she studied at the Conservatoire de Paris. She also holds a diploma in singing performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London and has been recognised for her singing, winning first prize at the Paris International Opera Competition, and many other competitions. So far, Omo has sung in over twenty countries. She shares her inspiring journey of pursuing her dreams against the odds. And of course, she doesn’t leave without singing Ave Maria by Charles Gounod. Listen and be inspired to pursue your dreams.
The guest in this episode of DOZ Show is Author Melinda Robertson. She shares her intriguing story of becoming a mother at the age of 19 and how she has used her experience not only to inspire and empower teen mums to keep reaching for their dreams but also to combat the teen pregnancy epidemic that had plagued inner city communities for years. She achieved this by writing the book, “Motherhood… What You Don’t Know!” released in 2005. After this she wrote a second novel, “Fatherhood…What You Ought to Know” for boys which was released in April 2007. She believes properly educating boys about sex, and their responsibilities in preventing unwanted pregnancies, is essential to reducing the teen pregnancy rate. Listen and be inspired as Melinda shares the journey of being a teenage mum, a journey which changed her life forever.