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Dreaming ourselves awake

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   Do you remember… back in the days when you were a child? Life seemed pretty much worry-free, and you were brimming with energy and vitality. Can you remember? Sure you can. It’s the time we all think about and long for. And as we grow up, that feeling just disappears. It becomes very difficult to regain ...

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A life of joy

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   Oh, to be in England, now that the Sun is here! I love the renewal I get after recovering from the rigours of air travel. This particular trip nearly got me prostrate from the transition fatigue. It could be culture shock, of course. Good news is I am surviving the very glorious shock of constant fresh air, ...

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Shame on cheating producers

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   This is the fifth month of 2013 … a month that’s neither fish nor fowl. But it is nevertheless a great month to dream up a great future of hope and dreams, to visualise with clarity and power, the awakening and success of the Nigerian theatre. Daniel Coleman must have had us in mind in this country, ...

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A life of joy

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   Oh, to be in England, now that the Sun is here! I love the renewal I get after recovering from the rigours of air travel. This particular trip nearly got me prostrate from the transition fatigue. It could be culture shock, of course. Good news is I am surviving the very glorious shock of constant fresh air, ...

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Switch on your positive attitude

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   I was in the Osun Hall of The Airport Hotel, Ikeja last week honouring an invitation to the final day of the weeklong 2013 Voice Training Workshop of the Association of Voice-Over Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA) tagged “All Voices Speak … Some Sell”.  The organisers had ensured I kept the date in mind for weeks. It ...

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The power of you

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   Hopefully you’ve had a great week this week. I certainly had. On Sunday (June 2) I was honoured with an invitation by my sister in the theatre, Mrs Olanrewaju Hassan Adesina, a.k.a Mama Awero, to attend the shindig at the Blue Hall, LTV Agidingbi, to celebrate her golden jubilee on stage. It was the mother of all ...

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Can our youths birth the change they want?

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett I trust your week went well and was as packed full of fun as mine was. I started the week, appropriately enough on Sunday, as a guest of suave and sonorous Soni Irabor on Inspiration 92.3FM’s Soni Irabor Live. The phone-in by listeners was spirited, humorous, lively and life enhancing. I thoroughly enjoyed and felt sure the participating ...

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Retirement is bad for your health

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   A new UK study claims retirement is bad for your health and increases the likelihood of depression. The Institute of Economic Affairs says people are retiring earlier but living longer. The think-tank used data collected from 11 European countries and says it found the adverse effects of retirement increase with the more time someone is retired. ...

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Our season of discontent

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   The last few weeks have had the social media horrified, understandably, about the murder and continuing ravages of Boko Haram. Wailing, mourning, groaning, weeping and more evil carnage and heartlessness have become our national lot and our daily diet as we wake up each day to reports of more mindlessness, callousness, chaos, and Godlessness. People have ...

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Sublime emotions

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   There is a quotation from the Thai forest monk, Ajahn Chah, that I came across sometime ago in the course of my journey to enlightenment, and long before I was estranged from a close family member who shall remain nameless: If you let go a little, it says, you will have a little peace. If you let ...

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Find your happiness bootstraps…

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   Friedrich Nietzsche said: “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often and, sometimes, frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Being happy is a choice and a state of being that you can ...

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Owning the new economy

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   We are living in challenging and exciting times, in pioneer country, where virtually anything goes! There are opportunities. And as I contemplate more and more the direction of my life in particular, and the state of the union in general, it gets clearer and clearer that, now more than ever one must take the bull by the ...

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Love frequency

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   Today, I want to talk about love.  And so today’s article is all about energy shifting.But first of all, let me salute the man who pointed out to us that the power, and potency of love can be physically and visually quantified and demonstrated. I was saddened to hear of the recent passing away of Dr. Masaru ...

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Can our youths birth the change they want?

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   I trust your week went well and was as packed full of fun as mine was. I started the week, appropriately enough on Sunday, as a guest of suave and sonorous Soni Irabor on Inspiration 92.3FM’s Soni Irabor Live. The phone-in by listeners was spirited, humorous, lively and life enhancing. I thoroughly enjoyed and felt sure ...

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Lightening rod for achieving good success

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo  Ajai-Lycett   “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”  When I think of success … and the price contingent on success, I always think of this verse from ...

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Are you making a difference?

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   “I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” This is a quote ...

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A gift of kindness

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo  Ajai-Lycett   Good day to you! May you spend your weekend happily and relax well. Thank you for joining me again this Saturday! I would consider this week totally forgettable – wiped fairly clean off my memory. I had a traumatic tumble the other day, at the beginning of this month, at the FRCN Ikoyi, and it shook ...

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Weird and wonderful stories from Oloibiri

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   There are no mistakes, only opportunitiees, -Tina Fey. Here at Chez Lycett we duff our hat to both the old and all emerging talent of all shades, colouration and complexion in this country. We salute una! And we remain continually mesmerised by the awesomeness of the Nigerian creative landscape. But as Robert Frost said about these things, ...

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Memes’ the word!

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess -Louis Nizer  As we get older, we begin to care more about our legacy. If like me, you are on the path to enlightenment your focus probably evolves from pursuing success to significance. People want to be remembered for something, knowing that the world was ...

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Enlightened self-interest

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   How do we know we are achieving our life’s real purpose, in other words, doing what “quickens” us? Why do I dare pose this question, leaping in with both feet? Am I being a little presumptuous? Well, perhaps. I don’t know! Yet it may well be because I imagine that most of us assume we all ...

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Clueless in paradise

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   It is a known fact that if you do want to keep your competitive advantage in life and develop useful skills, tips, and tricks on how to be a success and actually have the life of your dreams, you must first recognise your life purpose. Counselling a young woman recently, I attempted covering how to sell this ...

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Daily sweet nothing!

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By  Taiwo  Ajai-Lycett   While enjoying a bowl of piping hot Quaker Oats the other day, served to me by one of my daughters, I sat ruminating upon an article I read recently, titled: Communication Motivation by Sanah Rizvi, and it perked me up something magical, because it was so, as we say around here, on point! “Good Morning!” He ...

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The whole truth…nothing but the truth

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett   I was approached a week ago to contribute an essay on my perspective on reinventing talent: the professional actor’s techniques, for a paper to be presented later this month, at a SONTA Conference holding at the University of Lagos (UNILAG). SONTA is an academic society of the creative departments of Nigeria’s 36 universities – The Society ...

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The sixth Cora Book Party

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo  Ajai-Lycett Love, Love, Love. Love is everything, the songwriter wrote. And I never tire of yacketting on about Love. That, after all, is what makes the world go round. The world revolves on the axis of love. The law, upon which all other laws rest, said the great teacher, Jesus Christ himself, is “love your Neighbour as thyself.” ...

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Wole Soyinka@ 80: A season of celebrations

Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

By Taiwo Ajai-Lycett Imagine having the uncanny ability to judge, single minded, boldly and consistently create your own destiny fearlessly, and get whatever you want in life. There’s simply no one around that comes to mind, quite like Wole Soyinka (WS) that I can think of, remember, or point to, as I ponder, like many, on this great man of ...

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