It was such a pleasure to see those of you who had the privilege of participating in the recent Dazzle Breakfast Series which held on Saturday 11/14 at Oriental Hotel.
As most of you testified in your feedback forms, it was a morning of inspiration, enlightenment, empowerment and incredible connection with other inspired, amazing, phenomenal and truly incredible women. The atmosphere was charged with expectation with so many women arriving just in time for the hour of inspiration, praise, worship and to hear Dr. Yodi Alakija’s message on, “A NEW SEASON” urging us all to leave our land of comfort like Abraham and come into a new land of promise. This was followed by a group prayer declaration circle led by Udo Okonjo, Chief Igniter for the day.
INSPIRATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, EMPOWERMENT, CONNECTION.
An interactive breakfast session followed, with ladies getting to know each other, and crafting table team names. Each table came up with an inspiring name and an interpretation of their table centre piece quotes which were all around the NEXT CHAPTER THEME. 9 tables, 100 women, 9 team leaders; and the presentations were truly inspiring. Breakfast was followed by a 10-minute Salsa practice session by Subomi a young Unilag student and dance instructor, which helped get the women into an ignited state for the next segment.
PRACTICAL WORK SHOP – STIRRING THE WATERS
The Next Chapter practical workshop session opened up, with Hajara Pitan reciting a stirring original poem titled, “The Next Chapter“. You’ve got to read it here.
The “iDazzle Pledge” here also which the Chief Igniter, Udo Okonjo had all the ladies making declarations to ensure everyone was on the same page and to help stir the waters.
5 inspired ladies, Titi Onwuka and Izehi Anuge (the co-comperes for the event), Ije Onejeme, Uzo Nwani and Kanke Salako shared their own interpretation of the next chapter of their lives and everyone was challenged to write their own next chapter stories with their own hands and self chosen pens.
I AM HAPPY I CONTRACTED EBOLA …Survivor Dr. Ada Igonoh’s Interview:
This may very well have been the highlight of the day for most women, who said hearing her live, was just an empowering experience for them, especially as it was kept as a surprise. She was interviewed by the Chief Igniter and iWOW Founder, Udo Okonjo who asked her questions that were on everyone’s mind – did you really have Ebola? And were you afraid? How did you feel when you heard the news?
In what was characteristic of most survivors who understand that their pain should not be wasted but could become an assignment to inspire others, Dr. Ada shocked the audience when she said “I am happy I contracted Ebola, because I had been living a mediocre life prior to that point“. Having survived, she was now determined to open the next chapter of purpose, power and possibilities.
For the rest of the power packed 4-hour breakfast session, you will need to schedule to attend the next quarterly Dazzle Series. Pictures will follow shortly with video excerpts to refresh your recollection.
In the meantime ladies, stay inspired. Stay empowered. Stay connected. Keep Dazzling and make sure you do open a new chapter of your life. It is a new season.
I want to say a big thank you to all the i-WOW Dazzle Team, it would not have been possible without their tireless sacrifices. God will reward you exceedingly.
P.S. Have you registered for the upcoming I-WOW Zumbathon in aid of Breast Cancer? It’s happening on November 15th, 2014 at Oriental Hotel Terrace. Get more details here.
P.S. A massive thank you to all the inspired women who made this free Dazzle Breakfast series possible. Your kind gesture has blessed many women and consequently families and the nation. Thank you also to MOBOS and POT of GOLD for their kind donations of shopping vouchers and jewellery.
The Next Chapter by Hajara Pitan @ IWOW Dazzle Series, 11 October, 2014
Lying on the beach
Book in hand
Turning the pages
As I soak in the warm glorious sunshine
I can’t help but think back
Chapter one was glorious
It talked about my childhood, wild and totally free of care
Chapter 2 was likewise
I hardly recognize the carefree and opinionated teenager there
Was that really me?
I had dreams; UN Secretary General, Nobel Prize Winner, Business Mogul
Billionaire, wife, mother, heiress!
All in one!
By chapter 3, I had narrowed it down
Prince Charming! Wife! Billionaire! CEO of a Fortune 500 company!
I will have it all!
The world will be my oyster!
All! Right after I finish university!
In came Chapter 4!
Adulthood, bills, job hunting
And oh! So many “no’s”
“No we can’t hire you”
“No, you are not beautiful enough”
“No I won’t marry you”
“No, I haven’t had the child yet”
“No, no no!”
By Chapter 5
I’m already jaded
Eyes wide open, I have become “realistic”
I don’t even go where I will hear the no’s anymore
I sit, safe in my comfort zone,
Safe where I am known, with the people I know
I fear to venture out…
So here I lie
Book in hand!
Wondering what the Next Chapter holds
I flip the page, Chapter 6 is blank!
I hear a voice saying “write your next chapter!”
Pen in hand
I begin to scribble, slowly at first
And I get ever quicker…
Tomorrow is a blank slate
And I will start over!
In my Next Chapter
I step out in strength
I step out with clarity!
I am equipped to rebuild!
To start over!
In my Next Chapter
I permit myself to dream anew!
And every dream finds expression!
I change my thoughts so I can change my world!
In this Next Chapter
I don’t ask “what if I fail?”
I ask, “what if I succeed?”
And I put my hands to the plough!
In this Next Chapter my desire for success
Far outweighs my fear of failure
In this Next Chapter
I am new
I am writing my Next Chapter
And invite you to write yours too!
iDazzle – NEXT CHAPTER PLEDGE for all Inspired Women.
I (insert your name) take responsibility for my Next Chapter.
I am ready to be inspired and to inspire others.
I am fully present and ready to connect with other incredible women.
I am ready to be empowered at a whole new level.
I am stepping into my new season. A brand new chapter.
It is my season to shine again.
I choose to let go of the past.
I embrace the future with all that is within me.
I declare today, that I AM more than enough.
I am powerful beyond measure.
I dazzle and I sparkle and I make no apologies about it.
I am loaded with gifts and talents that amaze the world.
I step into my light this day.
I release all the brakes that have stopped me.
I give myself permission to become a Dazzling success.
I AM ready for THE NEXT CHAPTER. I AM ready to Win.
My time is NOW. My season is NOW. And I embrace it fully.
So help me God.
11 October, 2014