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Yeah, I know it's been a while on this space but please crucify me not, you know why I've been away plus I’ve been cooking something new too.

Let me quickly drop this one for y'all.

You know the popular saying, you never realize the value of something until it's gone, hence why you should always appreciate the little things in life till you lose it, right? I wanna share something along those lines.

Often times we tend to ignore a particular blessing we enjoy and that's not the character of a grateful person.

Here are 6 blessings that we often ignore unintentionally.

1. Graduating from a Nigerian University without ASUU strike or lecturer issue:

For the past 4 months plus, the Academic Staff Union of University in Nigeria has been on strike and University students have been home. At the moment, there is no certainty as to when the strike will be called off. The frequency of the ASUU strike is something to worry about because, in the past 23 years, they have gone on strike 16 times.

If you go through a Nigerian University without experiencing one, you don't know what God has done for you. Please go to your Church or Mosque and do an intensive thanksgiving.

2. Getting a job that is close to your house:

One of the worse things that can happen to a person is having to travel a long distance to get to your workplace, especially in a busy city like Lagos. Due to the bad roads and poor drainage system, traffic is a constant factor that Lagosians have embraced with arms folded tight. Oh well, this is the unfortunate situation we find ourselves in.

If you get a job located not far from your house, be grateful. Many of us have turned down mouth-watering job offers because of distance, you wouldn't want to travel to and fro a distance that will steal your peace of mind and sanity daily.

3. Having a fries and Akara vendor on your street:

Akara, bean cake, is the next best thing after sliced bread, quote me anywhere! I personally think that akara is one of the underrated foods on this side of the globe because there is no better way to express that feeling when you have a deliciously prepared akara ball wrapped up in soft, succulent fresh Agege bread and merged with pap loaded with sugar and milk, the entire combination is heavenly!

Eating just akara and bread gives joy and satisfaction not to talk of topping the process with a cup of tea or coffee, the feeling is out of this world! If you have someone close to your home or office that faithfully fries akara, yam, potatoes, plantain, and maybe fish; you don't know what God has done for you.

Do you know how many hearts have been broken in disappointment by a fries vendor because they just didn't show up, especially on a rainy morning?

4. Having a sibling that is a caterer:

I think this is the next best thing after akara and bread. If your sibling, mum, or even a cousin that lives with you is a caterer then you can be sure that every time they have a cooking or baking job there will be an abundance of food at home. There will always be some extra that will get to everyone in the family.

I remember when I was growing up, my mum used to intentionally cook more than what her client ordered as a caterer and this was always a big deal for us. Now that adulthood has happened to me, I appreciate all those times I had access to good food that I didn’t prepare by myself.

5. Finding a good school for your kids close to your house:

Every parent can relate to this. Finding a good school that isn’t far from home with the way our educational sector is going can be a herculean task. There may be a school close to your house in a very beautiful environment but their curriculum or moral standard may not just sit well with you. This means you have to keep looking until you find the one that meets and possibly exceeds your expectation.

6. Having a good neighbor:

Can the importance of having good neighbours ever be emphasized? I don’t think so. Your neighbours are partially part of your family because you live with them. If you have a troublesome one, sometimes no matter how much you try to keep to yourself, their trouble may just get to you somehow.

If you have a good rapport with your neighbour and they don’t give you stress, (and you sure ain’t a troublesome person too) you should be grateful for that.

So there you have it, do you agree with these points I raised? Do well to add yours or share your opinion in the comment section.

Don’t forget, Tory Teller loves you and is rooting for you always!

P.S Here’s the link to buy my book on Amazon 'My Imperfect Life'






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© Onyinye Udeh


  1. I was just smiling throughout!

    I'm grateful for a whole lot! Good health, wonderful people, a source of income, and a bright future ahead.

    Thank you for sharing this, Onyinye.

    1. Yaaaay!!!
      I'm glad this made you smile.
      There's always something to be grateful for.
      Thanks for stopping by dear Kemiclassico.

  2. I'm currently enjoying three of these blessings! 😎 Sunday thanksgiving will be loud! 🤣
    Nice read! 👍🏾

  3. Welcome back stranger! 🤣🤣🤣

  4. Good neighbours are such an underrated flex... They grow into family at times, how can they not imagine someone you can knock on window and ask for sugar at six in the morning because you discovered as you were making tea there was no sugar in the house and they lend you some without making you feel like you suck at adulting for not budgeting 🤣
    And even not just being helpful too but also being able to mind their own business too 🤣 people can talk


  5. Having family in the catering business sounds like heaven haha!

    Nice read , thank you!


    1. Oh yeah, you can say that again! It's pure Bliss!
      Thanks for stopping by, Denzel.

  6. I agree with you.
    I look forward to making your first akara when you come to Lagos.
    Thanks for stopping by dear, Justyn love.


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