Life As We See It with A and A

LifeAsWeSeeItwithAA

Life As We See it with A and A is a podcast hosted by two African (Nigerian) women living in the diaspora (America) and sharing their personal stories of Love, Life and Faith. In a world full of negativity and hopelessness, we share our personal life struggles and journey of redemption and finding hope in God. Our goal is to motivate and inspire our listeners to be the best versions of themselves and believe that anything is possible. We hope our stories of self improvement and healing journey helps you to grow. read less
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Working in corporate America as an immigrant VS working in Africa (The struggles & Realities)
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Working in corporate America as an immigrant VS working in Africa (The struggles & Realities)
In this episode we share our personal experience on the difference between working in corporate America (as immigrants) versus working in Africa (Nigeria). Having worked in both spaces for couple years, we outlined the differences we have noticed, the pros & cons, likes and dislikes, the dos and dont's, etc. Our con-census is that working in America is more difficult, time consuming, demanding, no work life balance and is more difficult fitting in. However, working in Africa (Nigeria specifically),has better work life balance, people are friendlier, it's easier to fit in and there's better community, etc. On the other hand, in terms of work culture, work efficiency and diversity, working in America is better compared to working in Africa. We also talk about differences in work culture, lifestyle, salary/compensation, diversity, etc. Compensation/salaries as well as employee benefits like 401k, stocks, HSA, etc are better in America. Unlike in America where diversity is big, in Africa (Nigeria), it isn't so, the work force is typically more homogeneous with older people being discriminated against for employment. We talked about how hard it is to fit in in corporate America as an immigrant, you have to "code-switch" and speak the "lingo" to fit into work because you are a minority and have to "act" like the rest of the team to fit in. This isn't the case in Africa (Nigeria) because everyone is similar and so we're free to be our true selves which is really good. This video is a must-watch for anybody hoping to migrate to the USA, Canada, UK or any western country for work so they can learn about the differences between working in Africa and these countries (e.g. America). It will help prepare them and help them set the right expectations. It is also good for immigrants who are already living abroad so they can know that they are not alone in their struggles/experiences. We hope you can identify with our experiences. Please share your own experiences with us in the comment section. Please Subscribe, Like, Comment and Share. Appreciate your support. Thank you! #corporateamerica #nigeriansindiaspora #lifeinamerica #workinusa #nigeriansinabroad #immigrantlife #livinginamerica #japa #livingabroad #podcast #newimmigrants #nigerianpodcasts Please Subscribe and watch our YouTube channel: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@LifeAsWeSeeItPodcast⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeasweseeitwithaa/message
Why many African marriages fail after relocating abroad | What couples need to do
May 20 2024
Why many African marriages fail after relocating abroad | What couples need to do
In this episodes we discuss reasons why African marriages fail abroad (in the diaspora). As we all know, marriage takes a lot of work and when couples migrate to a new country, (example relocating from Nigeria to America, UK, Canada, Germany, etc) it can take a toll on the marriage dynamics/relationship. We delved into the key factors that affect marriages in the diaspora and one of the major factor we identified was "cultural differences". Africa being a patriarchal society, places a lot of power, authority and dominance on the husband, and when the couples relocate to western society where patriarchy isn't practiced, it changes the rules of engagement and can cause a lot of friction between husband and wife. We also talk about how husbands need to step up and help their wives perform domestic chores or provide the emotional support when they relocate to a new country where they have no help. Other factors that can negatively impact marriages in the diaspora are social changes, financial pressure, lack of support and pressure of settling down in a new environment. We discussed ways couples can prevent marriage breakdown before relocation. They need to come together and draw up a solid plan on how they will operate in the new country to avoid surprises. They also have to always communicate, be empathetic, understanding of each other and be each other support person. They should work together in unity as it will help set them up for success. They should be open to change/adaptable, take their Faith journey seriously and go for counselling/therapy to help them navigate the stress of settling in. This video is a must-watch for anybody or for couples planning to relocate and are interested in learning about the cultural, social or economic factors that contribute to the complexities of African (Nigerian, Ghanian, South African, etc) marriages abroad (America, UK, Canada, Australia, etc). Thank you for watching and hope you learned a thing or two. Please subscribe, comment, like and share. We appreciate your support #marriageadvice #africansindiaspora #nigeriansindiaspora #africanmarriages #livinginamerica #japa #relationships #abroad #marriagefails #nigerianpodcast #livingabroad Please Subscribe and watch our YouTube channel: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@LifeAsWeSeeItPodcast⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeasweseeitwithaa/message
My Fitness Journey | How I started in college AND still running as a Mom/Career Woman in America
May 13 2024
My Fitness Journey | How I started in college AND still running as a Mom/Career Woman in America
On this episode, we interviewed Ifeoma Muoto who is a public health administrator and community health facilitator. Ifeoma is a Nigerian immigrant who lives in Portland, Oregon USA with her husband and kids . Her journey to becoming and staying fit started many years ago while in college in Nigeria after losing about 30 pounds, she fell in love with running and has continued that lifestyle since then. Her daily routine involves 4 mile runs 3 to 4 days every week and a 10 mile run once a week. She has found a community of friends "her running family" who she runs with and they hold each other accountable. Having received a pre-diabetes diagnosis early one, running/leading an active life bas become even more important/paramount for her. Her motivation for running/exercise is no longer about weight loss but about being in top shape including improved mental health and wellness. Fitness is not limited to just exercise but nutrition also. It's important to eat food rich in fiber and proteins. It is ok to indulge in "cheat days" but keep it at a minimum because the combined effect adds up. Her advice to other moms especially black women/immigrants is to just start. Eventhough fitness doesn't come naturally for us Africans or black women or moms, we must develop these habits to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Some of her achievements include running two full marathons and several half marathons. Her one main project right now is staying hydrated, getting enough sleep and hoping to do a destination race sometime in the future. Hope you enjoyed watching this episode. Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section. Please Like, Comment and Subscribe. Thank you! #myfitnessjourney #exercisetips #workingmom #nigeriansindiaspora #immigrantsstories Please Subscribe and watch our YouTube channel: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@LifeAsWeSeeItPodcast⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeasweseeitwithaa/message
Going for what you want in Life against all odds | Immigrant in America | Story of perseverance pt 2
Apr 29 2024
Going for what you want in Life against all odds | Immigrant in America | Story of perseverance pt 2
This is the conclusion of Opeyemi (Ope)’s interview. With a mindset to fearlessly pursue his dreams, Ope believes that going for what he wants is the secret to success as an immigrant in America. He is an accomplished data engineer and successful black business owner & entrepreneur in America. He moved to the US from Nigeria over a decade ago and shares with us his story of perseverance and determination. Having transitioned from a career as a process engineer at Intel to a data scientist/engineer at Amazon, he has established himself as an expert in his field teaching and inspiring others. Opeyemi believes in fearlessly pursuing his dreams, he doesn’t shy away from taking risks and goes for what he believes in. After reading a book from Angela Duckworth titled "Grit: The power of power and perseverance" , he developed a mindset shift that has driven his mentality which is to always persevere and go for what he wants. His hope is to change a billion lives with his innovations. His desire to impart knowledge to others forms the drive in starting his YouTube channel where he teaches data engineering courses and also awesum edge tutors where he conducts boot camps where he teaches SQL, coding, etc. He also talks about overcoming imposter syndrome, staying motivated and highlighted the importance of having good mentors. He talked about how his mentors helped him learn new skills and have helped him navigate his career journey. He also talked about how his wife's constant support & Faith in God helped him succeed in all of these endeavors. Hope you enjoyed this episode. Please do like, Comment, share & subscribe. Thanks #immigrantsstories #storytime #immigrantjourney #becomingadataengineer #nigeriansinamerica You can connect with Opeyemi and subscribe to his Youtube channel & business websites. Youtube channel for Data Engineering Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/@UC4OyOcn4tw5-C1Xb4EQ7gew Awesum Edge Website for SQL/Data Engineering: https://awesumedge.com Silvafly Bakery Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/silvaflybakery/ Please Subscribe and watch our YouTube channel: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@LifeAsWeSeeItPodcast⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeasweseeitwithaa/message
A Story of Perseverance: My journey to succeeding as a data engineer & immigrant in America
Apr 22 2024
A Story of Perseverance: My journey to succeeding as a data engineer & immigrant in America
On this episode, we interviewed Opeyemi (Ope) who is a successful data engineer and business owner in America. He came to the US from Nigeria many years ago without much but a fully funded scholarship and a sheer determination to pursue his graduate studies and succeed. He opens up about his childhood struggles. Having lost his father at a very tender age, he helped to support his mom to provide for the family. He recognizes his mom who he credits for all of his success. With little or no education, his mom singlehandedly raised him and his siblings by herself and put them all through school from her small petty trading business. Being gifted by God with intelligence, he excelled in school and always came top of his class. He narrates how he started his fist business (a coaching center) at just 17 and went on to establish many more. He shares his academic/career journey with us, from getting his Masters & PhD to working aa a process engineer at Intel to becoming a data engineer at Amazon. Through his story, it is clear that Opeyemi is very driven and has strategically taken steps to position himself at the cutting edge of innovation. In addition to being a data engineer, he is the founder and owner of Awesum Edge tutors where he teaches data engineering skills including SQL. He also recently started a bakery (Silvafly bakery) where he makes the famous Agege bread which is a staple for most Nigerians who grew up in Lagos. This is just Part 1 of our interview with him. Please come back for part 2 and while you're here, please Like, Comment, Share and Subscribe. You can connect with Opeyemi and subscribe to his Youtube channel & business websites. Find Opeyemi's work here: ouTube channel for Data Engineering Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/@UC4OyOcn4tw5-C1Xb4EQ7gew Awesum Edge Website for SQL/Data Engineering: https://awesumedge.com Silvafly Bakery Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/silvaflybakery/ Please Subscribe and watch our YouTube channel: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@LifeAsWeSeeItPodcast⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeasweseeitwithaa/message
"Unwanted and Abused”: Marina's story of overcoming trauma & finding joy in helping others heal from trauma
Apr 9 2024
"Unwanted and Abused”: Marina's story of overcoming trauma & finding joy in helping others heal from trauma
On this episode, we interviewed a very special guest: Heulwen Marina Carrier. Marina is a Christian author based in Scotland. For over a decade, she has been helping women online navigate trauma and live an authentic faith life. Marina shared the story of her early childhood experience of being unwanted and rejected by her mom & abused by her step father until the age of 9 years old. She carried the guilt/pain of rejection as a little child and falsely believed she had to bear her own pain alone. Despite a tumultuous childhood, she was believed that the hand of God always carried her. She was blessed with great intellectual abilities enabling her to excel academically including earning a PhD degree and having a successful academic career. She experienced a true turning point & true encounter with God after a 4 year relationship to the man she loved ended. This left her feeing empty and desperate for a change. Being encouraged by her students through God's word, she began to lean on the Holyspirit for healing and encouragement. She shares how trauma can separate a person and why people with trauma feel a sense of powerlessness and how they can overcome it. She shared a useful tool called EFT/Tapping technique, which helped her come to terms with the abuse she suffered in the hands of her step dad and can help anyone overcome their our pain. Marina shared several actionable tips/steps to help you recover and find Joy and healing again after trauma. Hope this episode blessed you. Scripture references: Eph 3:14-19 ; Rom 7:15; Is 40:31. Please Subscribe, Like, Share, Comment. Thank you! #traumahealing #abuserecovery #childhoodtrauma #storytime You can purchase Marina's books, engage with her work & follow her on her website and Facebook. Please see links below: Website: https://overcoming.live/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/heulwenmarina Please Subscribe and watch our YouTube channel: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@LifeAsWeSeeItPodcast⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeasweseeitwithaa/message
How Your Friends Influence Your Life (Our friendship story)
Mar 26 2024
How Your Friends Influence Your Life (Our friendship story)
On this podcast episode, we discuss how friends influence/affect our lives. Friends can affect our opinion on issues and how we view the world. As humans, we are social creatures created for relationship therefore friendship is very important in maintaining an overall wellbeing and living a balanced life. The the influence of friends in our social circles cannot be over-emphasized, people have missed their paths in life, being victimized, betrayed and gotten into troubles/danger by keeping the wrong friends. Zuki and Amaka delve deep into all of these issues. They recounted how they first met, their first impressions of each other and what value they have both brought into each other's lives. They offered advice to teenagers and young adults who are more susceptible to peer pressure and needing to fit in. They also talked about the importance of having a stable home environment for teenagers. This is because studies show kids who come from loving and supportive families are less likely to fall to peer pressure and all it's vices. We also discussed the signs of a good friend vs a toxic (bad) friend. A good friend supports and encourages you but a bad friend guilts, criticizes and manipulates you. We also share anecdotal stories of how wrong friends harm and disrupt your peace and stability. Hope you enjoy watching this episode. If you do please support us and Subscribe, Like, Comment and Share. Thank you. Please Subscribe and watch our YouTube channel: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@LifeAsWeSeeItPodcast⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeasweseeitwithaa/message
Embracing Your True Essence: Living in Alignment with Yourself
Mar 19 2024
Embracing Your True Essence: Living in Alignment with Yourself
On this episode, we talked about Living in alignment with your true self. In a world where authenticity and realness is rare, staying true to yourself can sometimes feel like an impossible task. However, living in alignment with your true self is not only achievable but also essential for genuine happiness and fulfillment. In this video, we discussed practical strategies and insightful tips on how to live authentically and in harmony with your true self. From knowing who you are, to knowing how to set proper boundaries, building your self confidence, practicing mindfulness and learning how to speak up for yourself. These tips and more will help you stay true to who you are. We differentiated between the core of a person and their personality. Your core is who you really are on a soulish level while your personality is how you present to the world. We also discuss the impact of culture and religion in being your true self. Also we discussed how being in the wrong environment or being with people who trigger you can make you step out of character. Join us as we provide tips to unlock the keys to living a more authentic and meaningful life. it’s time to step into alignment and embrace the beauty of who you truly are. Hope you enjoyed this episode. Please Like, Comment, Subscribe and Share, Thank You! Please Subscribe and watch our YouTube channel: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.youtube.com/@LifeAsWeSeeItPodcast --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/lifeasweseeitwithaa/message