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Share to Inspire

Fieny Ogon & Stephanie Okoroafor

Cultivating a community to inspire people one story at time

Purple Day #PurpleDayMarch26th
Mar 25 2021
Purple Day #PurpleDayMarch26th
In today's episode we discuss Purple Day which is epilepsy awareness day in North America and we are joined by Cassidy Meghan - Founder of Purple Day & Angela Asemota - Purple Day Ambassador & Founder of Angie Epilepsy Foundation in Nigeria. Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in more than 85 countries on all continents participated in Purple Day! Canada is the only country in the world who officially recognizes March 26th as Purple Day through the Purple Day Act implemented on June 28, 2012. The purple day act was started by Cassidy Meghan at the age of 8.  In the first part of this episode Cassidy explains her personal experience with epilepsy and the joy of having people celebrate purple day around the world and the importance of spreading mass awareness for epilepsy. In the second part of this episode, we are joined by Angela  Asemota - Purple Day Ambassador & Founder of Angie Epilepsy Foundation in Nigeria.  Angela started the Angie Epilepsy Foundation in Nigeria after her son got diagnosed with epilepsy.  Angela decided to chase her vision to set up this foundation on the 16th day of September, 2010  and so far, she has visited different religious houses, e.g. mosques, catholic and non-Catholic churches, creating the awareness that epilepsy is not contagious and that stigmatization is a crime. However her message goes beyond the churches and the mosques, it goes to where there is a media house because she wants the world to know that Epilepsy is a disease of the Brain which is highly misunderstood and stigmatized. Most of those affected by epilepsy live in developing countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia. You can find out ways to raise awareness on purple day here and you can find out more and donate to Angie Epilepsy Foundation in Nigeria:  here. There are so many ways to donate and spread awareness... some have been listed here by the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance. Don't forget to share this episode with friends to raise awareness as well. Thank you inspirations!!! To be featured on our weekly shoutout, be sure to check us out on all platforms listed on our website. We will also be sharing video content from today's episode on our Instagram IGTV and Happy Purple Day!  We hope you go into the weekend feeling inspired after listening to this!
It's all About the Smiles for Miranda Pike
Mar 18 2021
It's all About the Smiles for Miranda Pike
It's Thursday, which means a new episode & a special guest!!!  In today's episode, Steph & Fieny sit down with Miranda Pike to talk all about her company "Little Princess Parties" located in Halifax, NS.  Miranda shares with us how it started out in 2011 as a hobby to make garments for herself and how quickly that grew into Little Princess Parties in 2013.  Miranda talks about her grandma being the one that lighted up her passion for sewing!She shares with us the importance of her business in today's  and how it can impact the daily lives of not just the kids but their parents and elders too. She lets us in on the journey so far, the process behind picking someone to play a particular character and how important it is to her that she picks the right person to portray a character and what she has learnt while building this company with the help of her loved ones. She enjoys working for her company because it's all about the smiles she gets to put on everyone's face. She also shares with us some of her future plans for her company,  her company covers Events, Birthday Parties, Charity works & More. With the Easter holiday fast approaching, we feel it is only right to let you know that Miranda currently has an Easter Package special on her website, please check it out and support her business on Facebook and on Instagram  #womeninbusiness To be featured on our weekly shoutout, be sure to check us out on all platforms listed on our website. We will also be sharing video content from today's episode on our Instagram IGTV and Happy St. Patrick's Day one more time.  We hope you go into the weekend feeling inspired after listening to this!
Sunday Banter - The Royal Madness
Mar 14 2021
Sunday Banter - The Royal Madness
Welcome back to another banter episode with Fieny and Steph.We first start by honoring the life of Breonna Taylor who passed away in Louisville, Kentucky on March 13th 2020 due to police brutality. We will continue to be part of the movement to seek justice for the families affected by police brutality. #BlackLivesMatter #SayTheirNamesWe discuss pop culture and the hot topic of the week- the exposure of the monarchy. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey aired last week monday and the world was shook and so were we. The couple spoke to Oprah about racism, mental health, the media and other members of the Royal Family. We share our thoughts and feelings on the interview with you, it's a lot. Finally on a lighter note, we discuss the upcoming holiday, St. Patrick's Day, it is definitely going to be a fun day here in Nova Scotia and we hope to catch up with you on thursday. Please continue to celebrate the women around you this month and every other month and continue to let them know how important they are to you.  Speak up for things that aren't right and don't let anyone silence you!If you are a new or returning listener, thank you for tuning in. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, know you’re not alone and help is out there. Here is a resource guide that includes hotlines, online forums, and other methods of support.Be sure to check us out on all platforms through our website and leave us a review. We hope you go into your week feeling empowered. Enjoy!
Be Your True Self with Advocates of Truth
Jan 21 2021
Be Your True Self with Advocates of Truth
Ever wondered what life would be like if you lived as your unapologetically true self while doing what you love? Well we find out the answer in todays episode with the duo of brothers Advocates of Truth.Born in the Congo and living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, brother duo Rajab Ally and Gallyna are Advocates of Truth, a multilingual duo; mixing the languages French, English, and Swahili in their songs to interact with audiences from around the world. Effortlessly they emerge HIP HOP, Dancehall, Afro-pop, and R&B vibes, creating an Afro-Fusion genre.In this episode we discuss their lifestyle and their music and what inspires their creative process. Their musical influences range from artist such as Sean Paul (Jamaica ), Khaligraph (Kenya), Lokua Kanza (Congo) and French-Canadian, Artist Corneille. We are also joined by a close friend- 'Gelila' who shares her experience working with them and knowing them. We discuss what it means to carry the name 'Advocates of Truth' and the impact they hope to have in the world with their music. We play a fun game with our guests and they share funny stories as well. To hear their music -have a listen to a their latest song, 'Come Closer' And be sure to check Advocates of Truth on social media platforms like Instagram | Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube Also be sure to check out our friend Gelila on Instagram and what she is doing with her project 'The True Face of Africa' on YouTube. If you enjoy our podcast.. don’t forget to rate and subscribe so you never miss an episode and follow us on social media! Hope you have a lovely weekend and talk soon!