“Don’t be limited by painful experiences. There is treasure to be found in darkness.” Amaka Chika-Mbonu

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We had our first Insagram live chat with Amaka Chika Mbonu on Tuesday and if you missed it, we can tell you for free that you missed a lot. Aside from the fact that we thoroughly enjoyed the conversation with Amaka, those who joined the live chat had the opportunity to ask her loads of questions which she responded to in detail. 

For those who missed the chat, and even for those who caught it, we decided to do a recap and also highlight the salient lessons learnt from that interview. 

What the chat was about? 

If you remember we featured Amaka Chika-Mbonu on our #WriterSpotlight series last year, when she released her book, ‘How To Get Your Wife To Swing From The Chandelier In A Red Negligée’. Amaka recently celebrated the first year anniversary of her book and we wanted her to share her journey with us.

During the chat, she mentioned that it took her 18 months to write the book. Can you believe that?

Here are highlights from the lessons we learnt from our live interview with Amaka Chika-Mbonu;

On relationships.

  • Follow your heart and take your brain with you.
  • If he doesn’t have integrity, core values and skills that align with you, then it won’t work.
  • Take the bull by the horn, and don’t be hindered by the culture of silence that tries to shame a woman.
  • Look well before you leap.
  • When two entities (people) come together, there must be rules of engagement.

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On writing.

  • Go for your dreams, get yourself together and go for it.
  • Keep on doing what you’re doing and keep going not matter how challenging the journey may be. 
  • Use social media – Social media is a friend to someone with a low budget. Also find a team who can help you in marketing, so you can make money off your intellectual property.
  • Be passionate about what you do. Passion counts better than expertise.

On life in general.

  • You have to be convinced in your heart about things you do.
  • You should get to the stage where you can just go for it.
  • There is a purpose behind every pain and there is treasure to be found in darkness.

We hope you enjoyed this. Don’t miss the next chat and if you have not registered for our writing class, what are you waiting for? We have just a few slots left. So register as soon as possible! 

 

 

 

 

 

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