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The RovingBookworm Podcast

The RovingBookworm Podcast

By Biyai Garricks
My name is Biyai Garricks and I am a Blogger, Poet, Content Creator and now Podcaster.
I will be hosting you either alone or with a guest as we talk, rave, rant and explore diverse themes and life changing lessons inspired by books I have read, fictional characters, poetry and music over a cup of tea or two. Join me as we discover new ways to make our lives more beautiful and create a safe space where we can be!

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S6|Episode 71: Why You Act The Way You Do

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S6|Episode 72: Many Waters with Ayo Adeola
Insightful and inspiring conversation with the beautiful Ayo Adeola on traumatic experiences in early childhood and adulthood and how therapy and faith in God has helped her journey towards healing.
August 21, 2022
S6|Episode 71: Why You Act The Way You Do
On this episode, we find out what members of this community think or believe is trauma and also they share some traumatic experiences that have affected the people they have become today.
August 07, 2022
S6| Episode 70: What Happened to You?
After a long break, I’m back this new season with the hope to have wholesome conversations around Trauma and healing. This is why the theme for this season is titled ‘The Healing Season’. I look forward to the next 11 episodes where we will all learn and unlearn our understanding of trauma and healing.
July 17, 2022
S5|Episode 69: Emotional Vs Physical Infidelity with Kikelomo Kuponiyi
Interesting conversation on the effects of infidelity and how society views infidelity in men and women differently amongst other issues around the theme.
June 05, 2022
S5|Episode 68:Love At First Sight Vs Slow Burn Love with Rosemary Okafor
Awesome conversation as we analyze the differences between love at first sight and slow burn love.
April 03, 2022
S5|Episode 67: Marry for Love Vs Marry for Money with Bina Idonije
An insightful and fun conversation with the author of recently published book ‘Bridges are for Burning’, Bina Idonije where we share are views on the things we believe are most important to consider when we want to get married especially in this age.
March 20, 2022
S5| Episode 66: Social Media Vs Traditional Media with Jessica Tagbajumi
A fun conversation as we discuss the pros and cons of both social media and traditional media and how these are rapidly shaping our world, our beliefs and our lives.
March 13, 2022
S5| Episode 65: Extroverts Vs Introverts
On this episode we have a conversation on how both extroverts and introverts are perceived, what best to do if we are on either side of these two personalities and how to embrace each other as a people
March 06, 2022
S5| Episode 64: Reading Fiction Vs Non-Fiction Books with Aisha Musa
An insightful conversation about reading, our preferences in terms of genres and why we think either genre is better than the other. Join the conversation….
February 27, 2022
S5| Episode 63: Spoken Word Vs Written Word Poetry
On this episode we have the brilliant LARDO, Poet and Spoken Word Artist join us in this wholesome conversation that highlights the differences and similarities between Spoken Word Poetry and Written Word Poetry.
February 20, 2022
S5| Episode 62: Physical Vs Mental/Emotional Well-Being with Rita Chukwu-Ike
A very engaging and wholesome conversation with Rita aka “The Girl Unplugged” as we compare the benefits of both physical and mental/emotional well-being and give tips on what works best.
February 13, 2022
S5|Episode 61: Self Employed Vs Being Employed
On this episode, I get to share my experiences on both sides of this coin and discuss the pros and cons of either being employed or being self employed.
February 06, 2022
S5| Episode 60: Short Vs Long Relationships Before Marriage - Which is better?
Interesting conversation with “The Fertile Chick” as our guest, we discuss our views on what we think is the ideal time frame for people to date before they tie the knot. This theme was inspired by the ‘Ginika’s Bridesmaids’ book series authored by our guest.
February 02, 2022
S5| Episode 59: Resolutions Vs Habits with Titilope Oguntuga
An insightful conversation with the author of ‘30 Days A Woman: A Practical Guide to Living Life Fully’ on new year resolutions and inculcating good habits as we set goals for this new season of life
January 23, 2022
S5|Episode 58: Welcome To Season 5
Happy New Year and welcome to a new season which promises to be engaging, thought provoking and fun as we question the norm. I hope to enjoy all our conversations this season and I know we will learn and unlearn a lot as we grow to be better versions of ourselves
January 16, 2022
S4|Episode 57: The Journey to Self-Discovery - Season Finale
This has been such an awesome season and I am grateful to everyone who joined the conversations, gave feedback and came in as guests. Thank you. Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year in advance. Stay well.
December 19, 2021
S4| Episode 56: Sharing Our Wins Pt 2 with Ifunenya Isoje
A fun conversation with another fabulous triber as we share our wins from some of the learning points this season and seasons before.
December 12, 2021
S4| Episode 55: Sharing Our Wins Pt 1 with Theophilus Uwhubetiyi
On this episode we have a guest and dedicated listener of this podcast share his perspectives on some of the conversations we have had this season.
December 05, 2021
S4| Episode 54: Finding Your Tribe Using Self-Knowledgeable As Your Guide
On this episode we discuss a few things we can do to help us find our own tribe. People with the same interests, morals, beliefs, e.t.c who can support, encourage and inspire us to be more.
November 28, 2021
S4|Episode 53: Creating Emotional Safety For Self
Emotional Safety is very vital to our mental health and productivity therefore it is important that we create this safety for ourselves. In this conversation, we discuss ways we can find emotional safety in an unsafe world.
November 21, 2021
S4| Episode 52: Investing in Self
This conversation explores the many ways we can invest in ourselves to become better in all our endeavors.
November 14, 2021
S4|Episode 51: Rebuilding Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence
Self-Esteem & Self-Confidence are important ingredients in our journey towards success in life. Unfortunately, some of us have lost these vital things that we need to grow and become better versions of ourselves while some never had it at all due to circumstances during their childhood. On this episode, we have an insightful conversation on how we can successfully build our self-esteem and confidence back.
November 07, 2021
S4| Episode 50: Conquering the “What Will People Say” Syndrome
Another insightful conversation that gets us thinking why we care so much about what others think of us and why it is important we conquer this syndrome.
October 31, 2021
S4: E49: New Beginnings- Starting Afresh
On this episode, we have a conversation on how to start afresh after we have experienced failure or we are at the beginning of a new phase in our lives, career or moving to a new country. Join the conversation and I’d love your feedback.
October 24, 2021
S4| Episode 48: Overcoming Challenges and Failures
In life, we must face challenges and failures but how we react to these things determine if we can overcome or not. This conversation addresses the common reasons why we fail and some tips on how we can overcome life’s challenges and move on to become successful.
October 17, 2021
S4|Episode 47: Excelling With Multiple Talents
A very insightful conversation with my guest Tammy Ejimandu, the multitalented singer, author, professional, wife and mother. We discuss how multitalented people can navigate through life and excel in different aspects of their lives.
October 10, 2021
S4|Episode 46: Discovering Your Passion
On this episode we continue our journey towards self discovery by having a conversation on how we can discover the things we are passionate about. I have given some tips from my experience and also stressed why it is important to live your dream.
October 03, 2021
S4|E45: Embracing Self
On the journey towards Self Discovery and Success, embracing your authentic self is fundamental. Today’s conversation focuses on the importance of recognizing who we are and embracing that wholesome person.
September 26, 2021
S4| Episode 44: What’s Your Identity?
On this episode we discuss what the true meaning of identity is and why it is important for Self Discovery and success.
September 19, 2021
S4| Episode 43: The Beginner’s Guide To Self Awareness
Great to be back after the in-between seasons break and I am pumped up for the conversations centered around this season’s theme - ‘The Journey To Self Discovery’. This week we discuss self awareness, what it means and how we can begin to become more self awareness in all aspects of our lives.
September 12, 2021
S3|Episode 42: Finishing Strong - Changes That Heal
This is the last episode of season 3 and it has been a very fulfilling season. I hope you have all enjoyed the ride as much as I have and already look forward to the new season in the next couple of months. On this last episode, we close by talking about one of the most important things we need to do in order to finish strong and be the wholesome people we hope to become. I will definitely miss you all but not for too long. Until then, stay safe and stay blessed.
July 18, 2021
S3| Episode 41: Choosing Well - How To Find Safe People
On this episode I have a conversation on how we can find safe people who we can have healthy relationships with and spot unsafe people which lead us on the path to toxic relationships.
July 11, 2021
S3| Episode 40: Navigating Toxic Relationships with Ayo Adeola
On this episode we discuss what toxic relationships really are, how we can navigate them especially with people we have little or no choice but to be around and most importantly how to heal from them.
July 10, 2021
S3| Episode 39: Beauty, Youthfulness & Aging with Rei Obaigbo
This was a fun but thought provoking episode where we discuss the real essence of beauty and how society influences how we measure beauty in terms of youthfulness and aging.
June 27, 2021
S3| Episode 38: The Father’s Day Episode with Chi Garricks
Happy Father’s Day to all our wonderful fathers. On this episode we discuss fatherhood and the importance of a father being present in the lives of their children and lots more..
June 20, 2021
S3| Episode 37: Moving On - Healing From Loss, Broken Relationships & Trauma
On this episode, I highlight the ways we can get on the path towards healing from loss, broken relationships & Trauma. A lot of people are stuck in grief which has even spiraled into depression and this conversation encourages us to move on and show some evidence that we can heal from a broken heart.
June 13, 2021
S3| Episode 36: Dealing With Infertility In A World That Demands Children with Timi Waters
This theme was inspired by two books titled ‘All Your Perfects’ by Colleen Hoover and ‘Red Lines’ by Timi Waters. We discuss what couples dealing with infertility go through as the society ostracizes them and the right ways to treat and support these people as family and friends.
June 06, 2021
S3| Episode 35: Let’s Talk About Sex with Tare Dite Ojoko
On this episode we talk about one of the most discussed topics on earth, SEX! With very clear explanations, Tare, a certified counselor and facilitator at the Wisdom Driven Marriage Academy joins today’s conversation and gives advice on how couples can keep sex alive in their marriages. The newly weds are not also left behind here as we also share how they can approach having sex for the first time.
May 30, 2021
S3 | Episode 34: The Many Faces of Infidelity
On this episode, three guests join the conversation as we navigate this theme.
May 23, 2021
S3| Episode 33: Marriage- A Journey & Not A Destination
The theme for this episode was inspired by two books I recently read titled’The Four Seasons Of Marriage” by Gary Chapman and “Boundaries In Marriage” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I am hosting this episode alone where I share some of my personal experiences in my journey in marriage.
May 16, 2021
S3| Episode 32: What It Means To Be A Single Woman In This Age With Glory Abah & Ayo Adeola
An interesting conversation with two brilliant single women who give us their perspectives on what it means to be a single woman in this age and how we can embrace the changes that have come with this time. Insightful and engaging!
May 09, 2021
S3| Episode 31: Embracing Change & The Five Things We Cannot Change
This is the first episode of Season 3 with a general theme titled “Embracing Change” where we would have diverse conversations around Embracing change in different aspects of our lives. This episode introduces this general theme while stating the five things we cannot change.
May 02, 2021
S 2.5| Episode 30: Spoken Word Poetry Series
This is the last episode of the Spoken Word Poetry series and I am sharing one of my favorite poems titled Damsels in Distress inspired by the wisdom from the book of Proverbs between chapters 2-8.
April 19, 2021
S 2.5 | Episode 29: Spoken Word Poetry Series
On this episode, I share yet another poem still under the general theme of loss and grief. This poem was inspired by my experience after I lost my baby and is dedicated to all those who have experienced this trauma. I hope you like it!
April 11, 2021
S 2.5| Episode 28: Spoken Word Poetry Series
Today, I’m sharing two poems I wrote for my sister, Wabiye Hansbau Opara who passed on to be with the Lord on the 1st of April, 2011; 10 years ago. These poems represent my memories of her and I am glad I can share these with you all.
April 04, 2021
S2.5| Episode 27: Spoken Word Poetry Series
On this episode I share one of my favorite poems again titled ‘Broken Wings’ which was inspired by me grieving for the life I lived with my family and friends in the city I was born and raised, my one head full of hair, my changed body due to motherhood and the freedom of being without a care in this world amongst many other things. It’s also a poem of hope that believes that the future will be better and broken wings can fly again.
March 28, 2021
S 2.5| Episode 26: Spoken Word Poetry Series
Happy World Poetry! On this episode I am sharing one of my favorite poems titled ‘This Silence’ which is an expression of the loss of a long dear close friendship. I hope you love it like I do. Cheers.
March 21, 2021
S2.5| Episode 25: Spoken Word Poetry Series- One Year
I decided to stay connected with you guys during my usual 8 weeks break from podcasting between seasons by sharing some of my spoken word poetry based on feedback I received during my last break. The main theme for this series is centered around loss and grief which will also set the pace for some of our conversations in season 3. I hope you enjoy this poem which I wrote for my beloved mother after she passed on. It is one of my favorites yet.
March 14, 2021
S2 Episode 24: Victim Mentality - Your Past Is Not Your Future
This is the last episode of Season 2 and it has been a fun ride all season. This theme was inspired by a book I read a while ago titled 'Girl, Stop Apologizing' by Rachel Hollis and I host this episode alone as I encourage survivors of abuse, racism, tribalism, marginalization e.t.c to step out of their past traumas or perceived failures and live their lives without guilt and shame. Season 3 premieres on the 2nd of May, 2021 and I look forward to more engaging and thought provoking themes with our usual awesome guests. In the meantime, I will be sharing some of my spoken word poetry with you all and I hope you have fun listening. Stay blessed.
February 28, 2021
S2| Episode 23: Knowledge is Power - The Beautiful World of Books And Reading
On today’s episode my guest (The Duchess of Kanta) and I share our world of books with listeners and how books have enlightened and entertained us almost all our lives. We also encourage people to read more as there are so many benefits you get from reading. It’s a fun episode filled with laughter and the longest I have recorded so far. Enjoy!
February 21, 2021
S2 Episode 22: What's Your Love Language? Relationships & Perspectives with Chimeka Garricks
This is a valentine's day special episode where I host my husband Chimeka Garricks and we discuss the importance of knowing your love language and the love language of your spouse and how this can help to keep love in your relationship alive. We emphasize the importance of trying to see things from your significant other's perspective to be able to understand why they come off in a certain way that may be rubbing you the wrong way. It's a fun and light hearted conversation with a few laughs as we share some of our experiences after 16+ years in marriage. I hope you enjoy this episode.
February 14, 2021
S2 Episode 21: Mental Toughness - A Must-Have in 2021
In this new normal, mental toughness is a skill that everyone needs to survive the changes and chaos around us. This theme was inspired by two books I recently read titled 'Mental Toughness' by Stephen H. Covey and 'GRIT' by Angela Duckworth. On this episode, I discuss about several things I learnt from reading these books and how I have been able to apply them to my life to be better.
February 07, 2021
S.2|Episode 20: Self Love - The Big Picture
A fun but very deep conversation with my dear friend Susan Charles about what self love means to us as opposed to what the world now sells as self love.
January 31, 2021
S2 Episode 19: Needs Vs Wants - Lessons From 2020
This theme was inspired by two scriptures from my favorite book, the Bible - 1 Corinthians 10:23 and Philippians 4:12 and also some of my personal experiences in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic still affects our lives in many ways and this is a good time to prioritize our need especially our basic needs over our wants. But do we know the difference? I host this conversation alone as I explore this theme and speak on how I have learned to be content in every situation I find myself.
January 24, 2021
S2| Episode 18: Real talk - Things Kids Wish Their Parents Knew
This is a fun episode with my nephew Tega, a twenty something year old free spirited university student who gives his perspective on what he thinks parents need to know about how most kids, mostly teenagers feel towards their actions. This theme was inspired by a book I read a while ago titled, 'Things My Mother And I Don't Talk About'. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much I did recording this episode. Stay safe.
January 17, 2021
S2. Episode 17| Life is not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon
This is a conversation that draws our attention to the fact that although we may be ready to take on this year in strides and leaps, we should realize that life is a long journey and not a competition. In this episode I share 5 important things we should remember in our journey forward that would help us pace ourselves accordingly to our abilities and present realities.
January 10, 2021
S2. Episode 16 | Chasing Your Dreams: How to Put Your Passion to Work with Odun Taiwo
This first episode of 2021 hopes to inspire people to chase their dreams and follow their passions this year while having a well thought out plan. Odun Taiwo a pharmacist and entrepreneur joins the conversation where she gives advice on the steps to take when you want to make more out of your passion. A fun but very informative episode that will get you fired up to start something fresh and new this year.
January 03, 2021
S2. Episode 15 | An Attitude Of Gratitude: Counting Your Blessings with Adesuwa Iluobe
This last episode which is inspired by the year 2020 and all that came with it leads us see things differently even in bad times. Our guest, the multitalented Adesuwa Iluobe gives her perspective on why it is important to have an attitude if gratitude especially now. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and an amazing holiday season.
December 26, 2020
S2. Episode 14 | Surviving Financial Hardship- Steps To Get Back On Your Feet with Joan Nwosu
With so many people out of work and businesses going under due to the Covid-19 Pandemic this year, financial hardship has caused panic and despair all over the world. In this conversation, our guest Joan Nwosu gives us some practical steps on how to get back on our feet despite all odds. This theme was inspired by a book I read last year titled’The Total Money Makeover’ by Dave Ramsey.
December 19, 2020
S2. Episode 13 | Cultivating Intentional Living.
This episode kick-starts Season 2 of this podcast and the theme was inspired by two books titled ‘Inspired Mama’ by Sez Kristiansen and ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear.
December 12, 2020
S1. Episode 12 | Finding Peace In A Time Of Chaos
This conversation was inspired by a book titled ‘Own Your Life’ by Sally Clarkson and the current Covid-19 pandemic. I share tips on how to find peace in these strange times as these tips have helped me find some normalcy and joy despite all odds.
September 26, 2020
S1. Episode 11 | Are You Using Social Media Wisely With Chimeka Garricks
This theme was inspired by two books I read this year titled ‘Identity Crisis’ by Ben Elton and ‘10 Arguments To Delete Your Social Media Right Now’ by Jaron Lanier and a documentary I saw on Netflix titled’The Social Dilemma’. In this conversation we discuss the pros and cons of using social media and how to use these platforms wisely as they have become a huge part of society.
September 19, 2020
S1. Episode 10| Do You Judge A Book By It’s Cover? With Esther Garricks
The idea for this theme came from my teenage daughter Esther who tells me it’s one of the things people do that she thinks they need to consciously change. It’s a fun conversation for both mama and daughter as we discuss how most people judge others based on their looks or status in life and how that affects society in general.
September 12, 2020
S1. Episode 9| Domestic Violence: What It Is and What To Do! With Ivie Edobor
A deeply moving conversation with the very resilient Ivie Edobor, a survivor of domestic violence on her journey towards healing after a harrowing experience. This theme was inspired by two books I recently read, ‘It Ends With Us’ by Colleen Hoover and ‘Judah’s Wife’ by Angela Hunt.
September 05, 2020
S1. Episode 8| Dating & Relationship Tips: Doing It God’s Way with Tope Omotosho
A very insightful conversation with the talented Tope Omotosho, author of ‘Dance’ and ‘Crumbled’ on Dating and the essential elements needed to navigate romantic relationships as a believer in today’s world where all this are permissible.
August 29, 2020
S1. Episode 7 | Not Quite Fitting In: You’re Different So What?
A conversation inspired by a poem I wrote a while ago titled ‘Misunderstood’ which focuses how our differences make us feel misunderstood by others and sometimes feel out of place. This conversation stresses the importance of staying true to who you are and not allowing peer pressure and the likes to affect who you are and how you present yourself.
August 22, 2020
S1. Episode 6| Redefining Beauty Pt 2 - My Hair Loss Journey And Overcoming Body Shame
A continuation from Episode 5. In this episode I speak out about my journey with hair loss (Alopecia) and how I overcame my body shame. I also read a poem I wrote when I was on my journey to rebuilding my self esteem and confidence back. I hope you are inspired by my story.
August 15, 2020
S1. Episode 5 | Redefining Beauty Pt 1: Learning to Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin
An insightful conversation with the beautiful Emem Bassey on the true meaning of beauty, her journey as an unapologetic plus-size woman, why we body shame and how we can learn to stop body shaming ourselves and others.
August 08, 2020
S1. Episode 4 | Our Mental Health: Why Should We Care? with Rachel Eyo
A conversation with Rachel Eyo, a mental health advocate on the importance of caring for our mental health and how we can practically cultivate habits that will help us maintain good mental health. This theme was inspired by two books titled ‘Stranger in Lagos’ by Sally Kenneth Dadzie and ‘I’m Telling The Truth But I’m Lying’ by Bassey Ikpi.
August 01, 2020
S1. Episode 3 | Forgiveness: Moving On From Past Hurts
A conversation about forgiveness and steps to help us move on with our lives after we have experienced deep hurt, betrayals and disappointments. This theme was inspired by two books - ‘A Broken People’s Playlist’ by Chimeka Garricks and ‘Wrong Time, Right Place’ by E. B. Roseanne.
July 25, 2020
S1. Episode 2 | Happily Ever After! Myth or Reality in Marriage?
Inspired by two beautifully written books ‘All your Perfects’ by Colleen Hoover and ‘The Bromance Book Club’ by Lyssa Kay Adams, this conversation explores what it really means to have a happily ever after in marriage if it actually exists. Guest and author of recently released collection of short stories’A Broken People’s Playlist’ Chimeka Garricks joins the conversation on this episode.
July 18, 2020
S1. Episode 1 | The Courage to be You
A conversation inspired by a great book I read last year, ‘Girl Stop Apologizing’ by Rachel Hollis and Maya Angelou’s Poem ‘Still I Rise’
July 11, 2020
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July 07, 2020