FeedbackTaking negative feedback can be daunting and frustrating for both the person giving it and the person receiving it. Sometimes negative feedback is “on point” and other times it is way off base. I have received feedback about the size of my breast in an academic setting. I was annoyed and aghast at those comments. I thought what does that have to do with anything? Over the years I learned a few pearls which have helped me approach the feedback process with less angst.

  • Be cautious of unsolicited feedback. Often times people who are not skilled, authorized or knowledgeable enough about the task at hand take it upon themselves to “give feedback” or “share their thoughts” about your actions and behaviors. This is extremely common in healthcare with random insinuations about how doing mundane tasks such as making their coffee in the morning “affects patient care” which by the way…

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CONSISTENCYI was recently introduced to some of Seth Godin’s work. If you have never heard of him, seriously you need to google him. One of the most thought-provoking ideas he discusses is making a commitment to share a new idea with your community every day as a gift to yourself and others. For him, that meant writing a blog every single day which he has done since 2002. He takes the idea of consistency to a new level. I have always considered myself a pretty consistent person but once I read his work. I felt compelled to “level up”.

Sometimes I question the value of my voice, my contribution or even the necessity of sharing “commonsense knowledge” which everyone else knows or should know. Other times, I question the value of doing “unproductive” work. Work without an easily calculated return on investment. What really is the value of sharing my…

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European museums to return West African artifacts


By Socrates Mbamalu on August 21, 2017 — There is a demand for the return of stolen artefacts to the continent. Over 3,000 bronze statues were stolen from the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ovọnramwẹn Nọgbaisi after the British invaded the Benin Kingdom and killed its inhabitants by sending a punitive force of 1,200 soldiers.

The Benin Bronze was taken from the palace at Oba in 1897 Photo: buzznigeria

After many bronze artefacts were stolen from places such as the Benin Kingdom in what is now southern Nigeria and displayed in European museums such as the Ethnological Museum in Berlin and the British Museum, there is an ongoing plan to return them to where they were stolen from.

The Ethnological Museum in Berlin has the largest collection of art from the Benin Kingdom, followed by the British Museum. These collections were stolen during the reign of…

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