Xtrao Launches New Child Care Center in Lekki

Xtrao Launches New Child Care Center in Lekki

Our vision at Xtrao Kids Child Care Center is to ensure your child gets the best care and support in an environment with international standards. And through the years, we have achieved this by providing a safe, secure and stimulating environment for children to discover and learn.


We value commitment, consistency, integrity, high moral standards and service to the community. These values are reflected in our specially hand-picked team of dedicated staff. Every day, they ensure all your child’s daily needs are met in a warm and caring environment.


Our Centre Director, Anuoluwapo Akinola, is a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI) member who has had over eight (8) years’ experience working with children of all ages in a variety of settings. You can trust us when we say that your kids are in very good hands.

And in line with our commitment to making your child as comfortable as possible, we’re very pleased to announce the opening of a new branch at 22A, Friendship Estate, Magbon Close, Ilaje, Ajah to the public on Monday April 17, 2017.

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The new Centre contains large and comfortable spaces, so there’s enough room for everyone to express themselves through play.

To celebrate this feat, the Xtrao Management will be awarding scholarships to the first two children who register at the new Centre. Also, parents of existing registered kids will get a 10% discount on the new term’s tuition when they refer other parents to register their kids.

We hope to see you on Monday April 17, 2017…everyone is welcome!

Personal Hygiene Basics…

Personal Hygiene Basics…

Mom was right: Good personal hygiene is essential to promoting good health.

Maintaining good personal hygiene practices obviously helps reduce the risks of various health problems, but also affects social and psychological aspects of our lives.

Good personal hygiene helps to prevent the development and spread of infections, diseases and unpleasant body odors and also help us look more presentable and attractive.

Adding to the above, let’s see the health, social and psychological reasons people should maintain good personal hygiene practices in their lives and what benefits do they offer them.


Health Reasons and Benefits

The difference between health and sickness sometimes depends on simple habits such as washing your hands or promptly dressing a superficial scratch.

Mundane and seemingly trivial conditions such as small cuts, rashes, athlete’s foot, sore throat etc should not be disregarded and treated immediately to avoid deterioration and spreading as well as to find out if there are more serious, underlying problems behind them.

The single most important preventive health measure one can take in their everyday lives is washing their hands regularly, especially after using the toilet and before coming to contact with any foods, and keeping their environments clean.

In short, staying clean by maintaining good personal hygiene will keep you healthier.


Social Reasons and Benefits

Maintaining proper personal hygiene means that you will look more healthy and attractive to other people. It is impossible to project a healthy body image and make good impression without adhering to personal hygiene principles. Looking unwashed and smelling bad will immediately place a person in several social disadvantages as others will find him or her less attractive and even potentially dangerous to their own health.

For the above reasons it is of paramount important to teach children the importance of good personal hygiene from a young age so they might be able to keep themselves clean and healthy throughout their lives and avoid the social stigma that accompanies poor hygiene habits.


Psychological Reasons and Benefits

Confidence and self-esteem are affected by our body image which is reflected on our ability to care for ourselves and maintain good personal hygiene practices.

Healthy teeth, hair, skin and nails are signs of a healthy and well-groomed individual who pays attention to his or her personal hygiene and health. This can give confidence in everyday life and social interactions.

By being clean and well-groomed, people can feel more confident in any social environment. First impressions, often an important factor in many interpersonal relationships as well as job interviews are heavily affected by our outwards image which is directly related to our personal hygiene habits and practices.


A person’s chances of success in social environments, interpersonal relationships and even in their line of work can be substantially improved by improving their personal hygiene practices.

Two-Day Photography and Video Editing Workshop

Two-Day Photography and Video Editing Workshop


Find out how to get the most out of your camera in a Two-Day Photography and Video Editing Workshop facilitated and delivered by Tway Training Institute, a transformational learning arm of Tway Media.

You’ll receive expert tuition from professionals as you learn how to use your photo and video cameras to effectively capture events, people, places and moments in life you’ll want to treasure forever.


Discover how to use aperture, shutter speed, exposure control, ISO and white balance, to help you take spectacular images, indoors and out. You’ll have the chance to test out your new skills with professional guidance in this creative, hands-on, and practical course. Aimed at photographers of all levels, whether you have some understanding of digital photography already or you’re new to the hobby – this two-day course will set you up with all you need to know to get out there and get snapping.



This course explores both technical and theoretic considerations by combining hands-on exercises, detailed demonstrations, and classroom discussions. Through instructor-led and self-guided practice, you will develop knowledge in storytelling, capturing and editing video and audio, and finalizing content for DVD or web through emphasis on design, communication, project management, and video technology.


After the class, participants will complete assignments to show what they have learned, and submit them digitally.


  • Date – April 18 and 19, 2017
  • Time – 09:00am – 06:00pm each day
  • Venue – FATE Foundation: First Floor, Water House, Ijora Olopa, Lagos
  • Cost – N15,000 per participant (N10,000 for group of 5 and above). Payment before Friday April 14, 2017 attracts 10% discount. Payment covers course materials, lunch and certificate
  • Account details: Teras Doxa 0177479563 Guaranty Trust Bank
  • Click here to register and reserve a seat

A MUST course for everyone…makes you realize what is meant by ‘having fun with your camera!’

…for days when you feel grey.

…for days when you feel grey.

You know how sometimes you feel grey?

It’s this weird feeling of being empty. Like someone has sucked out your essence and all you have left is this unused potential. I have felt like this many times when I have had to conform to whatever society deemed to be appropriate for my life.

I let society and the world and my family tell me what I had to do for most of my life – go to school, don’t be weird, do what they tell you, behave, and the classic – be good.

When I grew up it was more like – find a partner, start a family, have a career.

But you know, the more I lived and looked around me, the more I wanted to rebel against the “greyness” I was feeling when the world wanted me to conform.

I think one day I just let go of all pretenses and became who I was meant to be all along. I threw away all unwanted advices and just followed my heart. It could be hard, I tell you, but it’s liberating in the long run.

If you’re feeling grey today, take a deep look within, and think of what makes YOU happy. Find it, and keep it. Make it your happy place to go to. Visit it as many times as you need to. Because ultimately, this is about you.

So dump the grey, unapologetically, and think of all the happy colours on the rainbow!

Show Me How You’re Different…

Show Me How You’re Different…

Today’s reminder is going to be pretty short…

There’s a big difference between talking and walking the talk.

In the first instance you can say anything you want. Make yourself look good and professional. Even pronounce to the world that you’re “different.”

What you can’t do, however, is fake walking your talk. It’s just not possible.

If you’re saying you’re different, next we want to see from you HOW you are different (and if we can’t find proof you’re different, we’ll know you’re just talking). Something you do – or all that you do – needs to be different if you say you are.

It has happened to me enough times to say…

The stupidest thing you can do is to say you’re different and do what everyone else does. 


So, it’s time to walk the talk.

And I don’t mean that you should do crazy things. I’m asking that you show what your rebellion looks like, not what it sounds like.

Tell me about a project you did that was unusual.

Tell me about an instance in your life where you went against convention.

Or better yet, show us HOW you are different.

My rebellion is knowing who I am and using that to build a community of creative thinkers.

Your rebellion can be similar, yet still unique to you. The important thing is to stay authentic to who we are and what we strive for.

By virtue of being human, you are different. Society may try to homogenize us and our loved ones may try to match us to their expectations, but we were born with our unique talents, strengths, and personality traits that we can’t just keep to ourselves.

Your biggest rebellion may just be doing what comes naturally.


You’re Weird. I Like You.

You’re Weird. I Like You.

Apart from the obvious ‘birds of a feather’ thing…

You know how you grew up with people calling you “weird” and making faces behind your back? How you were always the odd (wo)man out? How trying to fit in somehow made things worse and when you finally did, you still felt out of place?

Congratulations, you’re a rebel.

And I get your frustration, I really do. I lived that life, so I get how hard it is to be different. Except you’re not different, you are unique – and by the way everyone is – and the difference you perceive is in the way you think, compared to other people.

And that’s GOOD. Do you want to be thinking like other people?

Do you really want to lead the traditional life where everything is in a neat box and a linear sort of progression? Do you want to be normal that much? I hope not.

I don’t want to be normal if it means doing what everybody else does.

What a booooooooooooring life.

Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work, come back home, go on a date, get married, have babies, and proceed with this ritual, but now with a family. And it doesn’t end there. At every point someone is telling you what to do. As if you can’t be the judge of that. Every time you go to a wedding, you have to wear black tie. When you go to work, you have to work with your head down, don’t cause trouble, just like in school. There is no novelty, no excitement, no deviations from the norm. No wonder everybody starts a business nowadays! It’s to escape this dreaded predictable life that isn’t even our own.

Luckily, for us rebels, things are not so miserably boring.

But there is a price for going against the grain, for not sticking to the norm, and for voicing opinions that do not match the mainstream’s. The price is being shunned and treated like a weirdo or someone who is not serious. And the only way to survive as a rebel in this world of normal people, and be happy, is to find fellow rebels.

I speak from experience.

The day I found I was not alone, that there were people out there who did not just mindlessly follow, but lead with their crazy ideas on their sleeves and an unapologetic spirit on their lapels, I KNEW I would be forever in good company.

Now that I am so close to realizing one of my deepest – and dearest – dreams, I can look back at myself growing up, awkwardly and miserably, and smile. Because if I could talk to that little girl who thought she’d never fit in anywhere, I would tell her to be patient and that she didn’t have to find a such place, but CREATE IT.

You have way more control over your circumstance than you know and you are more resourceful than anyone can say. So snap out of your situation – whatever it is – and start creating the little universe you want to inhabit now, and for the rest of days.

And to tell you: You’re home. You belong. Screw normal.

Dear Body…

Dear Body…

I am sorry for the way I have treated you in the past..

I am sorry for all of the horrible things I called you, like ugly and gross

I am sorry for all those times I deprived you of what you really wanted

I am sorry for not taking rest days and working you past exhaustion

I am sorry for depriving you

I am sorry for not properly fueling you before and after a long day

I am sorry for binge eating and making you feel full past comfort from all I ate

I am sorry for the few times when I starved you

I am sorry for looking at other bodies and thinking you weren’t good enough for me

I am sorry for treating you so horribly


Thank you for never giving up on me

For carrying me through countless stressful days

For bearing with me during the sleepless nights

For forgiving me enough to let me recover

For staying strong even though I felt weak

For allowing me to get up and out of bed every morning

For making me realize the importance of rest days

For making me see that if I properly fuel my body I will learn to love and appreciate what I have accomplished

For helping me appreciate me for me


What has your body done for you that you are thankful for?

*This post almost didn’t happen, simple because I didn’t want to hit publish. The post came to me while on a walk the other day. I was reflecting on how far I had come from just a few years ago, and felt very proud of all of the positive things I could think about myself instead of the negative things.

Although it isn’t always easy, it is refreshing to have a positive outlook on myself and life. It took a lot of ups and downs to get to where I am mentally today. It is NOT always easy and I DO NOT always have nice things to say about myself, but I’m work in progress. I know that a few of my readers have struggled with self-esteem issues and overcoming them, so I thought if I shared this it may challenge them to say something positive about themselves.

P.S. if anyone ever wants to talk but feels uncomfortable leaving a comment below, please feel free to email me at crickettyme@yahoo.com