‘I Love Nigeria Warm Weather’
Nigerians love to travel outside the country even during unfavourable weather conditions. Still, lots of them appreciate the abundant sunshine in the country. Dr. Ify Maduka-Nwakwesi, a health model and one of the leading women entrepreneurs with an award for enterpreneurship, loves Nigerian weather. She tells Justina Okpanku about her travels
“I’m not a very good traveller because I get home sick easily. I feel comfortable and happiest when I’m at home with my family. However, I travel when it is very necessary. I love Nigeria’s warm weather. The weather keeps my health better than the temperate weather.
I look forward to travelling home with my family especially during Christmas; that’s when I’m happiest. I travel to the village, Ogbunike reaching out to my relatives and friends in care and love. We she and her husband) love the way we interact with people in my home town. Our people love us and we love them too. While at home, we discuss what we can do to improve their welfare and thrive to meet them.
I’m a medical doctor with a bias for holistic medicine. I believe in enterprise; I work with my husband in shipping and construction firms and involved in an health enhancement company. Along the line I have realised it makes sense to me not to wait for an ailment to set in before running around to think about what to do. We want to tell people to live healthy.
I have been able to arrange my business in such a way that I don’t need to travel. It is not a phobia. The advancement of IT (information technology) has equally helped to encourage me to stay home.
My experience the first time I travelled overseas may have contributed to it.
The first trip was to do my wedding shopping in the United Kingdom. I hadn’t gone to England before and I had a state of mind like most young women. But I didn’t enjoy the weather.
Of course, I had to travel to get an award in Paris, France. I enjoyed it because the global award is for hardwork. I enjoyed the trip because I was with my family. When we travel I do a lot of reading and relaxing.
But, basically travelling in the past were more fulfilling than now. There are more travel worries today. Travel these days is much more stressful; everyone is talking about security, being conscious of political situations around the world. Yet, we love to travel outside the country.
Fortunately, Nigeria is blessed with abundant sunshine and huge tourism potential; we only have to look inwards to create tourism in our own country. The Ministry of Culture & Tourism should make tourism attractive so that people need not travel outside the country anytime they want to enjoy themselves. Let schools organise exchange programmes so that our children can travel round and discover Nigeria.
I’m looking at the possibility of hosting my friends on a boat during my 50th birthday soon. We are still looking at the economies of the programme.
I look forward to travelling home with my family especially during Christmas; that’s when I’m happiest. I travel to the village, Ogbunike reaching out to my relatives and friends in care and love. We she and her husband) love the way we interact with people in my home town. Our people loves us and we love them too. While at home, we discuss what we can do to improve their welfare and thrive to meet them.
I also do some community work and philanthropy. I am one of the patrons of Ogbunike Women Progressive Union, Lagos branch and a National Coordinator of the Happy People’s Network, a coalition of caring entrepreneurs and professionals who are committed to consistently reach out to the less privileged in the society. All these keep me going.
God has also given me the gift of wisdom to know when to pray, when to work and when to play. I have learnt to prioritise my hierarchy of values in a way to propel me along the path of gradually fulfilling my destiny in life. The secret of true success is working to be spiritually, mentally, emotionally balanced. This is what I do everyday.
I deliberately work on spending my time being in a empowering positive state. I focus more on things that will empower me. I do my living health routines like using my treadmill, power breathing, avoiding junk foods, cleansing my body , nourishing my body with healthful food and exercising my body. I drink a lot of oxygenated water and alkalise my blood, cells, tissues and organs with a lot of green salads and green juice. I work at meeting the needs of my husband and children in order to keep a peaceful home”.