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Last week, Facebook hosted 40 young Africans from across the continent who are using their platform for positive change on the continent.

The event tagged "Icons of Change" was held in Accra Ghana and I am so excited to have been one of the 40!

That's my name: Martin Beck Nworah 😀

Since creating Tales of Nigerians, my focus has been to share daily real life experiences of people and I am glad our impact is being felt where it matters.

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I have waited so long to share this story with you, my esteemed readers. I meet people who influence me in different positive ways, but this experience stands at the top for me.

When I speak to younger people and tell them to learn the virtue of simplicity, it is because I've learned same from someone whose life continues to inspire me.

Pharm. Onyeka Onyeibor is a simple man. In our society where simplicity is seen as being an attribute of the common folk, he has redefined this definition and given it a deeper meaning. Having achieved so much for himself in his professional life, he still holds out himself in the most humble and human way possible.

Let me share this story with you.

For a busy corporate executive, getting a date to meet is often a herculean task given the plethora of engagements one has to attend to. When I finally got him and gave him a copy of my new book, "Everyday Humans", he promised to read it.

I laughed it off, insisting he may not have such time. I am only grateful that he created the time to encourage and support me. For me, that was enough.

But he insisted he was going to read it.

After about one week, he sent me a summary of the stories in the book with his observations on areas that needs some attention going forward. I was blown away.

This is not the first time he would be doing this, but he has continued to shine the light where others would prefer to become demigods and become inaccessible to many young people who may need their tutelage.

When I shared the amazing work my team and I have been doing at Tales of Nigerians (TON), he promised to support it in the best way he can.

Why am I sharing this?

The month of August happens to be his birthday and a perfect month to share this story.

Whoever you are, as you climb the ladder of life, always remember those coming behind and make yourself available whenever you can. This is how the human race is nurtured and sustained through the ages.

Have a wonderful month ahead everyone!

Till we get to the Promised Land, I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.


Martin Beck Nworah
Today, I was thrilled to be invited by Facebook to take part in a panel discussion to talk about the wonderful work going on in my online community.
Kiran opened the session with beautiful stories of what Facebook has been doing to better connect our world and impact lives positively through Facebook communities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Such a powerful and moving message.
Kemi shared golden rules on engagements and managing online communities on Facebook. As an experienced community leader and staffer at Facebook, she shared valuable nuggets that explains lots of things that go on here.

I think I really liked the story of vulnerability; that is showing the human side of you and letting your audience understand you are human too. I try to do that a whole lot. It is super inspiring and amazing how much people open up when you connect with them on a human level. Powerful!
Ijeoma Ogwuegbu Uduma, our Lagos Lead shared her story on growing and building her gardening group. An amazing narrative. Because of her beautiful community, I try to take extra time in communing with nature these days.
Well for the son of Nebu...LOL. I talked about Tales Of Nigerians (The secret group and the Page) and the amazing work we are doing to engage our people with their daily real life experiences.
In all, it was an amazing evening and I thank Facebook for connecting with community leaders on here. It gives one a sense of being a part of the global mission of Facebook, and knowing that our content and time here counts.

Cheers to more beautiful opportunities, stories and laughter.
Till we get to the Promised Land, I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.

I want to tell 3 stories about the Thursday night launch party of Facebook's "It's Your Facebook" pop-up event (Lagos edition).

The big story is about Facebook, the bigger story is about the amazing women in my pictures and the biggest story is about Saturday (April 13th).

The big story. Facebook is currently on a global tour of major cities around the world, connecting with content creators, business owners and local users, sharing with them better ways to help them understand how the Facebook family of products can serve them. The event has held in Dublin, Dubai and other cities. Facebook picked Lagos for the event in Nigeria.

This is a beautiful move to help our people better understand how this amazing product which has become the King of Social Media can help them in different ways. The Son of Nebu had a good time last night with the preview of the event...I danced with my head as usual. LOL!

The bigger story is about the amazing women in my pictures. The event was strictly by invitation, so I had a little cold feet when I arrived. Immediately I saw IJ, my face lighted up. After greeting her, she nudged me to go greet Kiran but I was hesitant. So she dragged me herself. LOL. Such a sweet soul she is. And then when Kemi came into the room, IJ dragged me yet again to go and introduce myself. I think the cold left my feet at this point...LOL. I had a nice conversation with them on what Facebook is doing locally in Africa and how the tech giant is trying to better help creators and community leaders on the continent. 

Kemi told me to gather stories for TON and I definitely did get some. Or maybe plenty...LOL.

So I thank IJ for being my guardian angel for the night. 

So to the biggest story. On Saturday evening, I will be taking part in a panel discussion to share my story and journey running Tales of Nigerians (TON). So I am looking forward to sharing with attendees, better ways they can create quality content, engage their audience and build a community for action on Facebook. 

The massive opportunities on Facebook for our young people are just amazing and enormous. I hope going forward, more people will key into this new oil and create something awesome for our world. 

Till we get to the Promised Land, I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race. 


Martin Beck Nworah
Dear friend,

For a very long time, I have been consumed with deep thoughts on how best to share the real life stories of random everyday Nigerians, living their life and doing simple things.

I strongly believe that sharing these stories about people would motivate so many of us to think about life and the decisions we make at different times.

I have also been a very keen follower of Brandon Stanton's work at Humans of New York since 2011. I have marveled at his wonderful work and imagined if we can have something of such here in Nigeria and by extension, Africa. And yes, we are getting it right now!

This passion led me to create Tales of Nigerians (TON) about 3 months ago. And to test acceptability of the idea, we created a community/group on Facebook for people to share their real life stories by themselves.

It was and is still a massive success, with a growing community of people freely sharing everything without being judged or ridiculed.

Having achieved a good level of acceptance, I am finally launching the full street interview of random everyday people on the official Tales of Nigerians page.

You can click here to like and follow the page: Tales Of Nigerians

From 1st February 2019, we shall start publishing everyday short stories of everyday people with their portrait.

It is my honest intention that these real life stories will engage us and open up conversations on how we can better manage our society.

Thank you so very much for always being here.

Till we get to the Promised Land, I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.