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Celebrating Me: A Personal Journey Through Birthday Reflections

 As I mark and celebrate another year on the calendar of life, introspection becomes a companion, whispering reflections in the corridors of my mind. Birthdays are not merely chronological markers; they are chapters in the book of one's existence.

In the rearview mirror of memory, I see a collage of moments, each imprinting its significance on the canvas of my journey. Triumphs and tribulations weave a tapestry that tells a story of resilience, growth, and self-discovery. The past year brought its own set of challenges, akin to a series of puzzle pieces that required patient assembly. Through adversity, I found strength and resilience I didn't know I possessed. The echoes of laughter and the weight of tears have carved deeper wells of empathy within me, connecting me to the shared human experience.

Accomplishments, both big and small, shimmer like stars in the night sky of reminiscence. Each goal achieved, every lesson learned, and the evolution of my character stand as testaments to the ceaseless motion of personal growth. Birthdays are not just about candles on a cake; they are milestones that measure the distance traveled on the winding road of self-discovery. In the quiet moments of contemplation, I also acknowledge the friendships that have weathered the seasons of change. Like anchors in the tempest, these connections provide solace and joy, shaping the contours of my support network.

Looking ahead, I am met with the unknown, a horizon painted with the hues of possibilities. The future is an unwritten chapter, waiting for me to pick up the pen and craft the narrative. It's a thrilling yet humbling prospect, a blank canvas awaiting the strokes of my choices and actions.

As the candles flicker on the birthday cake, I am not just commemorating the passage of time; I am celebrating the symphony of experiences that have composed the melody of my life. Gratitude fills my heart for the gift of existence and the opportunity to continue this extraordinary journey. Another year older, wiser, and infinitely grateful for the intricate mosaic of moments that define my story.

Throwback Thursday: A Peek into My Work Stairs Climbing Diary

By: Microsoft image creator from Designer

The relentless rants about increasing physical activity whilst at work led to my sweet and sour relationship with the stairs that connect the 10 floors of the District Hospital I worked as a General Practice Specialty Registrar and opening of this imaginary diary. Some days I flew up the landings to the 8th floor where I worked, sprinting like I had been training for the olympics. Other days, especially after having a heavy lunch, I would find myself plodding slowly and panting like I had ran the London marathon the previous day. The shinning and inviting doors of the lifts had to be avoided at all cost and every calorie that could be burnt had to be utilised towards the endless journey of general wellbeing. Whatever the case was, there were always other members of staff climbing as well, either speeding past me and silently exposing the fact that I had to do more to increase my fitness levels or, taking it one step at a time and demonstrating that showing up at all was a win in it's own right, no matter the amount of extra calories burnt on the upward trip to whatever ward/office.

By: Microsoft image creator from Designer

What's your story?

By: Dr Oghenekevwe Daniel Ogidigben B.Sc.,M.B.B.S., MRCGP

Fitness Resolutions: How Apps Can Strengthen Your Resolve


By: Microsoft image creator from Designer

At the beginning of each year, one of the top priorities on the list of resolutions for many individuals is improved fitness through regular exercise activity. There is well documented and proven evidence that regular exercise in whatever form, is crucial for maintenance of both physical and mental wellbeing. This resolution is thus very much in order. I don't know about you but as I have personally witnessed with myself in the past and with close associates, without a clear guide to create some structure/motivate continuity, the tendency to lose steam and focus few to several weeks into the year is almost a certainty. Coming across the monthly challenges guide via the fitness app on my apple series 5 watch few years ago, strengthened my resolve and helped me maintain some structured continuity through the year. It doesn't have to be Apple and mustn't be a watch. Get your hands on a fitness app to guide you and take full advantage of the monthly challenges to improve the chances of making good on your fitness related resolutions this year.

My January has started off with the task of burning at least 845 kilocalories per day 14 times. It looks easy doesn't it? Go for it and return here to tell us what you think in the comments section if you may 😁. With the sedentary nature of life in todays modern society, I personally find that I have to be intentional to achieve my target. Measures like taking a walk immediately after my lunch break and going for my 400 meter pool swim after work have come in quite handy. Otherwise, I'll be lucky to even burn up to 400 kilocalories on a regular day. For those who are on top of their game and killing it constantly, do well to share what you are doing with us in the comments section. You might motivate a few people you know.

January 2023 was awesome and it was such a pleasure to complete at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday 20 times to clench the award that month. Once you earn one, the zeal to earn more increases and this ultimately leads to the cumulative effects people get with not only weight maintenance or loss but also, in areas such as muscle strengthening and improvement of cardiovascular health. 


Having won all the awards from January 2023 to November, moving enough to be able to burn 1000 kilocalories everyday (my move goal) 9 times was supposed to be a piece of cake. You can however see in the image below that, I could not earn this award until the 16th of the month. This might sound good to some readers but my aim here is simply to show that I am not writing this blog as a super human or exercise guru. Just like many of you reading this, I also struggle and believe it or not, there are days of minimal exercise activity for me. The fact that there is a monthly challenge to complete/award to earn however motivates me to get back on track another day. Very importantly the ultimate reward of improved fitness and health outcomes in the short to long term has to be the main motivation and where there is a will, there is also going to be a way. 

In addition to the above physical benefits, also remember that, physical exercise activity has been demonstrated to lead to the release of endorphins, a special chemical that has been referred to by some scientists to be one of the " feel good hormones" of the brain. Endorphins when released, do not only reduce stress and anxiety but has also been proven to enhance mood and even reduce pain to some extent. Regular physical exercise has also been reported to lead to improved cognitive function, memory and focus. The holistic benefits of regular physical activity and as much as possible optimum fitness, underscore a pivotal role in fostering a healthy and balanced lifestyle. So the need to maintain a year round routine can not be overemphasised and if fitness apps are able to guide you accordingly, what are you waiting for?

By: Microsoft image creator from Designer

By: Dr Oghenekevwe Daniel Ogidigben B.Sc., M.B.B.S., MRCGP

Welcome to 2024: Happy New Year


Welcome to 2024 dearly beloved. We wish you all a healthy, safe, happy and prosperous year ahead. Always remember that, no matter what, NOTHING GOOD IS IMPOSSIBLE! Approach the year like you have no restrictions, as we all must, blazing on all cylinders from today (1st January 2024) till the last day of this year (31st December 2024), as much as possible. In this new year/chapter, may you find the strength to overcome challenges, the wisdom to make the right choices, and the courage to pursue your dreams. Remember that success is not just about reaching the destination but savouring the journey. Cherish each moment, learn from every experience, and grow with every challenge.

By: Microsoft image creator from Designer

May this New Year bring us all joy, fulfilment, and a renewed sense of purpose. You have the power to shape your destiny, so seize the opportunity and make 2024 your best year yet. Happy New Year!

With love from all of us at Dr Kevwe's Blog 🎉

Finding Silver Linings: Reasons to be Grateful for 2023


As I sit back to reflect on how my 2023 panned out, I begin to realise the more and affirm that, despite the myriad of temporary set backs, several reasons abound for myself and family to cultivate gratitude. In my opinion and that of experts/successful life coaches like Rhonda Byrne, the author of the highly acclaimed audio book and film, The Secret, the only way to foster a positive outlook towards the in coming year is to find these silver linings, reflect on and savour the feeling of winning no matter how small, then remain thankful for the many more good things to come. Personally, against all odds, that 2023 was an amazing year for myself and my family is an understatement. From completing for our mortgage and moving into our home, to successful immigration applications for settlement status in the United Kingdom, to completing my General Practice/post-graduate medical training, all in great physical health and sound minds, it's been a dream come through year for us. What reasons do you have to be grateful for 2023? 

By: Microsoft  image creator from Designer

For some people it's advancements in medical science that continue to unfold, offering hope for improved health and well-being in the year to come/future ahead. For others it's the ongoing global collaboration to address pressing issues, such as climate change and pandemics, and how all of this stands as a testament to human resilience and cooperation. Some see the ever evolving world of  technological innovations as a source of gratitude, especially those who have been able to take advantage of resultant daily life enhancements and the new possibilities created. Some are excited about the ever-expanding realm of renewable energy and it's promised contribution to a sustainable future, mitigating environmental concerns. A good number are thankful for access to information and how education has become more widespread, empowering individuals worldwide. What are you thankful for when you think about 2023?

By: Microsoft image creator from Designer

For the majority, in the face of so much uncertainty with everyday life, personal connections and the support of loved ones remain invaluable, contributing to improving emotional well-being. The recognition and prioritization of mental health/general wellbeing by individuals/various stakeholders around the world, underscore a growing awareness of holistic self-care, leading to opportunities for personal and professional growth, allowing individuals to pursue their passions and aspirations. Did 2023 open this gate for you? No matter the number of temporary challenges faced, does anything make you feel like 2023 has set you up to walk into a candy city in 2024? 

By: Microsoft image creator from Designer

With all the positivity and optimism expressed the the paragraphs above, I do appreciate that the same is not the case for many individuals/families. Some people have lost dearest love ones to either ailments of various sorts, natural disasters or even man made wars. The year has been a shit show for others and there does not appear to be anything significant to be thankful for. This however does not have to be the case moving forward. As long as there is life there can be hope, and as we navigate the complexities of the modern world, the ability to savour moments of joy and simplicity become a cherished aspect of life. Gratitude, therefore, becomes not only a sentiment but a transformative force that enriches our lives and strengthens our connection to the world around us. For those who are struggling, do well to hang in there till you see and enjoy the beautiful light at the end of whatever tunnel you currently find yourself.

By: Microsoft image creator from Designer

On behalf of myself and the rest of the team at Dr Kevwe's Blog, I say a very big thank you to you our highly esteemed readers for making our 2023 special. Every time you clicked into the blog this year, it felt like we won a lottery. We want to wish you and your families a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous new year ahead. Let's work together in the new year to make 2024 the best year yet for us all.

By: Dr Oghenekevwe Daniel Ogidigben B.Sc., M.B.B.S., MRCGP

Travel: How Futuristic Do You Want Your Experience?


Futuristic cityscapes transport us into realms where towering skyscrapers pierce the heavens, their facades adorned with sleek, reflective surfaces that shimmer in the ambient glow of neon lights with physical experience promising to be next to non. The urban sprawl promise has been likened to a symphony of advanced architecture and innovative design, where eco-friendly megastructures seamlessly coexist with cutting-edge technology. Elevated walkways and transparent tunnels crisscross the skyline, connecting soaring buildings and floating gardens suspended in mid-air. Autonomous vehicles glide noiselessly through the air or sleek, subterranean channels, guided by a web of interconnected smart systems. Is this your vision of future travel experience and how soon do you want it?

Such cities will hum with energy, both figuratively and literally, as renewable energy sources power dazzling displays of holographic advertisements and interactive urban installations. Inhabitants will traverse the city on levitating transports, and green spaces will harmoniously integrate with the built environment, creating a utopian vision of a harmonious coexistence between nature and technology, including automatic health screening and isolation advice perhaps. Oh wait..... Was I dreaming? Let's see what the next several years hold in store for global infrastructural development. Manhattan and other Asian cities might present the unthinkable to tourists. What do you think?

Dr Oghenekevwe Daniel Ogidigben

Travel: Our Family Fun Day at the Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare


Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Weston-Super-Mare in the ceremonial county of Somerset, in South West England, the Grand Pier stands as a testament to timeless seaside entertainment. From the moment we set foot on this iconic structure, we felt the vibrant energy and excitement that is said to draw people to this place all year round. If you have never been to a pier, then the video footage below will show you all you need to know. This is a summary of the fun and thrill filled day myself, Eri, Kevwe jnr. and Mena had on our first visit.

As the sun sets over Weston-Super-Mare, the Grand Pier truly comes alive. The lights of the amusements glow brightly, creating a magical atmosphere that captivates visitors of all ages. Whether you're seeking thrills, family fun, or a leisurely stroll along the coastline, the Grand Pier is a quintessential destination that embodies the spirit of seaside charm and hospitality. So, the next time you find yourself in the South West of England, especially if there are children and youngers with you, I recommend that you carve out a day to explore the Grand Pier. It's not just a pier; it's a timeless adventure waiting to be experienced.

Dr Oghenekevwe Daniel Ogidigben

International Men's Day 2023: Why does Male Wellbeing Matter?

Clicking into my phone this morning one hour after waking up, in line with my new practice to reduce screen time and protect my headspace as I prepared to launch into the day, I was greeted with multiple posters and salutations from different quarters/people commemorating "INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY" 2023

Although the thought of men being celebrated felt good at first glance, I could have sworn that it was a prank. International men's day? What is this all about? I whispered to myself. Then I did a little search and only this morning did I realise that, International Men's Day is observed annually on November 19th to focus on men's health, promote gender equality, and celebrate the positive contributions men make to society. It provides an opportunity to address issues such as men's mental health, toxic masculinity, and the challenges faced by men in various areas of life. This year the central theme is "ZERO MALE SUICIDE", as illustrated in one of the official International men's day home page poster below.

If I had my way I would focus on celebrating the positive contributions men make to society all day, everyday, alongside our women-folk. From the relentless hard work to ensure a baseline level of comfort and safety on the nuclear family front, to various amazing contributions in different quarters, including professionally and otherwise, at different levels. It is however pertinent to recognise the fact that, of the approximately 700,000 people who die due to suicide every year, men are more likely to make a large percentage of this sad statistic, with rates quoted to be three times higher compared to women. If you ask for my opinion I'll say it doesn't do the world any good if the reverse was the case, as every single case of suicide is one too many. The theme today however got me reflecting on the various challenges that men could possibly encounter in their journey through life and I stumbled on the below statistics poster that made the rounds 5 years ago.

Although the practice of comparing male to female outcomes (and coming up with indices like the ones noted above) might be an age long phenomenon, I will urge readers to keep an open mind and take a more positive/holistic approach to these and related issues. International men's day should be a day to reflect on how to contribute our quotas both individually, as men living by example, and as a group, to not only appreciate the flavour men should ideally bring to everywhere we find ourselves but to also work on reducing the statistics to zero percent (0 %) for every single challenge. It would have been amazing if we could all possess magic wands 💫 to wave at these issues and make them go away. Unfortunately even against all odds, as the case may be in several regions of the world we live in today, we all have to persistently make concerted efforts to pull our weights and tackle the challenges one day at a time, until we can pat our chests to say that we have made significant progress and beyond. For those who are struggling with any form of anxiety and depression, the major precursor to suicide, please seek professional help as soon as possible and do not leave your family in the dark or put them through a lifetime of emotional pain, as Lori Prichard described in the TEDx Ogden YouTube footage below. 


TEDx Ogden


Hang in there until you find liberation. Engage in regular/more physical activity to clear your headspace. Eat right as much as possible and partake of activities that make you happy. Be kind to yourself and others. Seek clinical help for counselling and medication therapy if you must. You've got this.  Best wishes on International Men's Day 2023. 

From: Dr Oghenekevwe Daniel Ogidigben B.Sc., M.B.B.S., MRCGP in view.