Good morning NNB readers!
So I started this feature sometime ago called NNB personality of the week and had my first interview with Miss Beauty Tukura. For the reasons of convenience, I had to stop and remodel it NNB Personality of The Month.
So today, our guest is no other person but the popular award winning lifestyle blogger in the person of Elizabeth T. Peters. She is the founder and C.E.O of the elizabethtpeters blog. She is a medical student at the Bowen University, she is the Program coordinator for Gender Based Violence in the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). She is also into event management and so many other fun stuffs. If my memory serves me well, I think she sings also, because I can remember she was once a chorister.
Hey Liz, It is a privilege scoring an interview with you. I am so grateful
So let’s leave the introduction behind and get to the fun stuffs
So Liz would you mind telling us your full name, ethnicity, level and department.
My name is Elizabeth T Peters, I’m Yoruba by tribe and I’m a 500 level medical student.
So when did you start blogging.
I started blogging on the 4th of September, 2014, and I haven’t stopped since 🙂
What motivated you to start blogging
What made me start blogging was that I actually went through a painful experience of backstabbing which unearthed raw emotions and when I’m emotional I release by writing; it’s something my father taught me in primary school. After I wrote the piece and a few friends read it they encouraged me to put it online and so that was how my blog was birthed! People connected to the posts and so I continued writing; the rest is history haha.
What challenges did you face when you started blogging?
I think deciding on a routine I would be able to stick to religiously was a little bit of a challenge at first. I was relatively free at the time and didn’t want to start something I couldn’t keep up with when life became more stressful as is expected as a medical student.
I handled the challenge by deciding to go with writing once a week, even back then when I had lots of free time so when I have a pile of stress I can spare a few minutes to relax my mind by writing – which has worked spectacularly well.
So how do you manage both blogging and education
Balancing blogging with medical school can be tricky, but I get through it by sometimes writing 3-4 posts at once and save them for weeks when I can’t spare the 10-30mins it takes to write/organize a blogpost.
Thankfully, there hasn’t been a single week in which nothing has been posted up on ElizabethTPeters.com in it’s over two years of existence.
So apart from the Campus Heat Most Innovative Female Student 2016 that you won in May this year, what other awards have you won with regards to blogging.
Talking about awards makes me blush Lool. In 2016 I won:
– The World Changers International (WCI) Award as “The Young Media Personality of the Year”
– The All Nigerian University Crest Awards (ANUCA) as the “Next Rated Student Blogger”
– The Bowen Association of Medical Students award as “Most Sophisticated Female”
I was taken aback each time by the amount of support I received; these awards mean a lot to me because of the people that nominated and voted for me.
You were appointed as the Program coordinator for Gender Based Violence in the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) could you throw more light on that.
Yes! Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a topic that I’m very passionate about and so when I got appointed for this position I was elated. The IFMSA program on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) aims to raise awareness and to take positive steps to address and also prevent the harmful effects of GBV on individuals and communities. The program aims to do this through capacity building, education, advocacy and research work. In particular, it hopes to focus efforts on three populations;
(1) medical students and their respective institutions
(2) local communities, particularly the youth through school education programs and
(3) local/national governments.
My job is to coordinate the above activities, as well as give trainings at international conferences, such as what I did at my most recent trip to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (http://elizabethtpeters.com/
What’s your advice to new and upcoming bloggers.
Consistency is key. At first people may help you to hype your blog a little but eventually everyone gets tired of putting your link in their PM or Instagram Bio – what keeps you relevant when that happens is your consistency. Pick a frequency that works for you and stick with it!
Now on your social and personal life; are you in any relationship
Presently, I’m single 🙂
What are your hobbies as a person.
My Hobbies would have to include reading and writing as boring as that may sound, plus traveling, shopping, and public health advocating. I used to say sports like basketball and volleyball but I don’t have access to those facilities as easily anymore 🙁
What kind of music do you listen to and who are your favourite artists?
I listen to gospel music actively and Nigerian music passively (it’s everywhere and I can’t go around with ear plugs all the time now can I?) my favorite artists are mostly UK Gospel rappers like Faith Child and Guvna B, but Adekunle Gold has recently earned a spot in my little list lol.
What special skills and talents do you possess.
Hmmm, I’d say the skill of detailing, I have this ability to plan down to the slightest details such as how many sheets of papers I’ll need for even the grandest of projects. It’s really handy as I have a flair for event planning where details are everything.
I won’t sit here and list all my skills and talents because, well, what’s the fun in that? Everyone should have some form of mystery haha
Finally what do you have to say to your fans and my dear NNB readers?
Hold onto God no matter what comes at you, He is your only everlasting source of strength. I’d like to thank my beautiful support team that has grown over the years and the NNB Readers for taking the time to read a little about me; I’m extremely grateful.