Oprah Winfrey invokes the spirits of her ancestors in a powerful speech on aspiration and dreaming big

By Nina Steele Oprah Winfrey gave a rousing and highly inspirational speech at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Thursday, June 7.… Read the rest

Severely disabled childless woman remains positive about life and determined to live it to the fullest

By Nina Steele Life really is what we make of it. Because we have been conditioned to expect certain things, often, when those things don’t turn out the way we planned or when tragedy strikes, some of us just can’t cope.… Read the rest

Why the result of the referendum on abortion in the Republic of Ireland is the right one

By Nina Steele On October 28, 2012, a young woman named Savita Halappanavar died in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion even though she was having a miscarriage.… Read the rest

Royal wedding fever has come and gone and life as usual goes on

By Nina Steele At the height of what came to be known as the ‘Markle debacle’, when some of Meghan’s family members seemed intent on causing as much damage and embarrassment as possible, I remember reading a comment online that made me pause from the whole madness.… Read the rest

Automation is set to replace human labour making the argument that we need more people to become taxpayers of tomorrow nonsensical

By Nina Steele A Japanese MP was reprimanded and made to apologise for saying that women who choose to remain single and childless “would become a burden on the state later in life”.… Read the rest

Octavia Hill dedicated her life to fighting for social change and her legacy lives on over a century after her death

By Nina Steele If you are a regular walker in the surrey hills, chances are that you have come across the Octavia Hill trail, which as its name indicates, is dedicated to social activist Octavia Hill (3 December 1838 – 13 August 1912).… Read the rest

Losing her mother made Lisa Stansfield believe she wanted children and then she realised motherhood wasn’t for her after all

By Nina Steele Lisa Stansfield has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, and as recently as 2016, was “ranked 46th most successful dance artist of all-time” by Billboard magazine.… Read the rest

Cicely Tyson’s continued success is a reminder that some women do have staying power in Hollywood

By Nina Steele To call Cicely Tyson a legend would not only be appropriate, it would be expected. As a 93 year old actress, she is still very much in demand.… Read the rest

Jeong Kwan: the acclaimed chef who also happens to be a Buddhist nun

By Nina Steele Celebrity chefs have become part of our modern culture and the one character trait they all seem to share is their oversized egos.… Read the rest

How Hannah Hauxwell became a national treasure after years of living in extreme poverty

By Nina Steele As life stories go, Hannah Hauxwell’s one has to be among some of the most inspiring. She was 46 in January 1973, and living in what can only be described as extreme poverty, when her life changed overnight, thanks to a documentary entitled “Too Long A Winter”, which chronicled the plight of farmers in the Pennines during the harsh winter months.… Read the rest