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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Favourite Reads: Kenyan Media Personality Tamima Ibrahim Shares Her Favourite Books

By Stella WaAfrika




Favourite Reads is our new feature where our African personalities share their 5 favourite reads and how they impacted on their lives.
This section not only gives the readers a glimpse into the personalities' reading shelves/kindles but also exposes you to more good books out there; you can be inspired to checkout one of the mentioned reads. This will act as a bridge to encourage reading and will serve as your 'go to' area for all things literature.

We kick off with the beautiful Kenyan media personality, Tamima Ibrahim.

She says, "I love books, the pleasure of getting lost in another world for hours on end as you soak in page by page of fascinating stories, invaluable life lessons from another being’s experiences. I’m proud to say I literally crave books the way one would crave chocolate. So here a few of my favourite reads!"



1. WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE – OPRAH
This book is candid, humorous and inspirational! Packed with amazing insight and revelations from one successful women  and influential personalities in this generation, it’s refreshing to actually discover that just like all of us even Ms. Oprah Winfrey sometimes really doesn't know anything for sure and just like the rest of us she’s still trying to figure it out.

There are countless motivating messages in this compilation from the past 14 years of her monthly column in O, the Oprah Magazine based on Winfrey’s life and career.

You lead life; it doesn't lead you” – Oprah, What I Know For Sure.

 2. LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER – MAYA ANGELOU
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya
Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. There’s such profound wisdom on life and just being.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like.
If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.” ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter.

3. HELP MY CHOCOLATE IS MELTING –WALE AKINYEMI
I love me some wisdom from Wale, anytime and never miss any of his weekly newspaper columns! I met him once after an on air interview and after this meeting he was kind enough to send me three of his books as gifts! I thoroughly enjoyed each and every book and even shared them with friends.

We live in a fast changing world, and sometimes it’s a struggle keeping up this book is an instruction
manual to help you to stay ahead of the curve in spite of dramatic changes that may occur around you.

If the rate of change outside you is faster than the rate of growth within you then you will become a victim – Wale Akinyemi, Help My Chocolate is Melting.

4. A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE –BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD
I am a fast reader and this is a book that I consciously paced myself while reading just to savour the
experience of getting lost in this dazzling saga of a woman who dared to dream—and to triumph against all odds. . . .

Emma Harte, is the heroine of Bradford’s “A Woman of Substance.” Emma transforms herself from
starveling kitchen maid to ruthless millionaire businesswoman. As greed, envy, and revenge consume those closest to her, the brilliant matriarch now finds herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to face the betrayals of the past with the same ingenious resolve that forged her empire.

Six D’s of Success”: “Desire, Determination, Discipline, Dedication, Drive and Distractions to be
avoided. –Barbara Taylor Bradford.


5. DAYAN MASINDE’S POETRY
I first came across Dayan Masinde's poetry on Facebook, what captivated me was the sincerity in the
words and his unparalleled wisdom in lessons on spirit, love, energy and his boldness on sexuality with his words. It’s very admirable and endearing that as a man he really seems to honor womanhood and how to connect to your lover with his masterpieces.


“Lady, if only you knew how powerful you are, if only you knew your place you wouldn't do desperate things, lose your balance so easily or feel intimidated.” –The Power of A Woman –Dayan Masinde.

She's on also on social media:

Facebook: Tamima Ibrahim
Twitter: @MissTamima

Let's READ, Bantu! It's food for our brains and souls.

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Stella is the founder of WaAfrikaOnline.  A Pan-African at heart, passionate about Africa, human rights, women empowerment and girl child education. She's also into broadcasting. 
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