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ust as we were preparing to finalise the entire maiden edition of STREETZ lifestyle magazine, the news broke that Chinua Achebe was dead. The question is does the death of Chinua Achebe deserves a comment in this magazine? Indeed it does in all respect.

The point is that Chinua Achebe made a very great impact with his life, his imperfections notwithstanding. If black novelists, poets, professors, and critics have world-wide attraction and reach today, it is because Chinua Achebe sparked the trail. If novels were regarded as a form of art, we owe much gratitude to Chinua Achebe whose “things fall apart” novel made the greatest impact an African novel could ever make. His novel “Things Fall Apart” went on to become one of the most important books in African literature. Selling over 8 million copies around the world, it was translated into 50 languages, making Achebe the most translated African writer of all time. It shone a light on the customs and traditions of the Igbo people, while also commenting on the destructive effects of colonisation in Africa. In addition to undermining European narratives that portrayed Africans as little more than mindless savages, Achebe’s novel constituted a new approach to the novel; combining oral and literary forms of expression into a unified whole. Forced to write in English in order to reach a wider audience, Achebe adapted the language to accurately reflect the thoughts and emotions of his characters. For me as an Innovative & Technological person, the death of Chinua Achebe abates me. He was a great poet, critic and professor and I mourn his passing away. In his life we find the goodness of God that he allows flawed human being to rise above his imperfections and become far more than anyone could have imagined or given him a chance. ||


Julius Yawson || Managing Editor || Publisher || || Dj Paa || Creative & Design Director || Events & Publications Manager || || Nobel Assibu || Copywriter || || Vincent Quansah || Administrative & Accounts || || Albert Robertson || Writer || ||

Top Five Money Lessons to Teach Kids Kids learn they have four options for their money: save, spend, invest and donate, and the basic building blocks for good financial decision-making. Susan shares her top five money lessons to teach kids, starting when they're young: 1. Put Skin in the Game It's important to give children hands-on interaction with money from a young age. Let them earn it, spend it, save it, donate it and invest it, so they can learn to respect money. "All day long, children will be able to spend your money, but there's a very special thing that happens when they have their money in their hands," she explains. Children will think twice about spending their own cash.

2. Look in the Mirror Parents need to see what kind of role model they are when it comes to spending money. "The most impactful teacher in a child's life is going to be Mom and Dad," Susan says. "If you want to know how your children are going to act with money, you have to take a good look at yourself."

If your finances are organized, teach your children a similar system. If your money is a mess, get your finances in order.

3. Find Money Mentors Children are inclined to listen to another adult, like a grandparent or other family member, more than their own parents. When Susan was growing up, her grandmother lived upstairs from her, and she learned a lot from their relationship. "Everything she said, even if it was identical to my parents, it just sounded better," Susan shares.

4. Teach Children Good Things Come to Those Who Wait In a world of instant gratification, teaching children to wait can be difficult. But when kids ask for things, it's a parent's job to say no. Help your children plan for

what they need and want.Susan suggests parents establish times when their children will receive money, like holidays and birthdays. The more time in between their cash gifts, the more successful they'll be at delaying their gratification.

5. Help Children Understand Tough Economic Times If your family is suffering through a challenging time financially, it's important to have a family meeting to discuss expenses in the family. Writing down the wants and needs and making a priority list will help children see a new perspective. Realize that saying no to your children is much more difficult for you to do than for your child to hear.

1 The Do’s and Don'ts of Dating Online These days, going online is as common a way to meet someone as a blind date or the bar scene, and you can connect to people of all ages, religions, professions and backgrounds from all over the globe. Online dating can be a great tool for broadening your options as long as you are smart, are cautious and take some very important safety steps.

Creating Your Online Dating Profile Questions to ask yourself before you write your profile: What is special, unique, distinctive, or impressive about you or your life story? What details of your life, personal or family challenges, history, people or events have shaped you or influenced your life goals? What have you learned about past relationships, in terms of yourself? What are your relationship goals? Have you had to overcome any unusual obstacles or hardships (for example, economic, familial or physical) in your life? What personal characteristics (for example, integrity, compassion, persistence) do you possess, and how can you demonstrate that you have these characteristics? Why might you be a stronger candidate than others? What is the single most compelling reason you can give a person to be interested in you?

Dj Paa, of Streetz Magazine offers these tips: Do include a photo. People who've uploaded a photo get 15 times more attention than people who don't have a photo. Make sure you smile in your photos. That sexy face you're making? It may come across to some people like your scary face. Don't hide your face behind a pair of sunglasses or a hat. Potential love interests will want to be able to see your beautiful face. Don't show too much skin. Nobody wants to see you pose seductively in your kitchen in your tighty whities. Do make your headline a grabber. Think of all the great advertising slogans you've ever heard. They're imprinted in people's minds. You want to do the same thing with your profile.

Consult your friends and family for help in writing your online profile. There are things that they love about you that you might not otherwise think about for yourself. Don't use clichĂŠs. You may love long walks on the beach, but who doesn't? Say something interesting about yourself that is unique to you. Don't forget to run spell-check. If you have misspelled words in your profile, it tells the world that you just don't care about what you're doing. Do respond to every e-mail that you get. If you were walking down the street and someone said hello, you'd probably say hello back. It's the same protocol online. Respond, even if the answer is a simple, "No, thanks." Keep it light. Your first e-mail should not be a rant about how expensive gas prices are. Keep it lighthearted in tone and keep it simple. Don't reveal confidential information in your e-mail exchanges. If you were at a local coffee house, you wouldn't give out your home address to just anyone standing in line. Don't meet in person until you've actually talked on the phone. You know voice and sound are great way to judge chemistry.

Cyber Safety Cautions Verify information on a potential match as thoroughly as possible. Always create a separate e-mail account for your online dating activity. Get a post office box, rather than using your home address, to register for the dating site. (Do this for all sites where an address is required.) List your cell phone number, not your home number, if the site requires one. Change your cell phone billing address so it goes to your post office box. That way, if some nut has access to a backward phone book (one with phone numbers in numerical order and their corresponding addresses) he can't look up your address. When chatting or e-mailing, never give more than a first name, and keep it that way until the first date. Install a privacy checker on your computer. This lets you set privacy standards and be alerted when a dating site doesn't meet them. These checkers are often free and can be downloaded online. Stay tuned in next edition for continuation



Get Your Rocky Relationship Back On Track- In A Month!!! Relationships go through ups and downs, they’re oftentimes full of happiness but sometimes they also feed with sorrow and disappointment. Of course, these things only tend to show up after a while, when two partners get to know each other well and things like boredom or lack of initiative come into the picture. This stuff can make any relationship tremble, and sometimes the earthquakes are bigger and you need to find some ways of rebuilding your broken castle, if you plan on walking further. Tip 1: “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” This is one of the most important tips you need to bear in mind whenever your relationship shows signs of deterioration. There are two of you in this thing, and you need to find the strength to look one another in the eyes, open your hearts again and remember why you are together in the first place. You can find the best solutions if you work together and you both show you care about making your relationship work again. But on the other hand if you feel like you are the only one fighting for your relationship, you should seriously ask yourself (and your boyfriend) if reconciliation is something he truly desires or if he wants to go separate ways. Tip 2: Listen to Michelle Obama: “I think in our house we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and laughter is the best form of unity.” This is the First Lady’s main secret to a successful relationship. You need to tell jokes, do funny stuff, chill more, loosen up in front of your partner and encourage him to do the same. Pump up the volume and initiate a dance session with your boyfriend – he won’t be able to resist your moving curves. Laughing can bring two people closer together, so make sure you have plenty of it in your relationship. Tip 3: “We all make mistakes….” Another step both of you need to take is to face your mistakes and don’t be afraid to admit you made them. Don’t fight the obvious – you’ll only be wasting the energy you need in order to get your rocky relationship on the right track again. Be honest and confess every little mistake and stupid decision you made in the past and start focusing on the future.

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