I was gonna make the title of this "A September to Remember" but I'm trying not to be too cheesy. I'm luring you in with other means. I was blessed enough to be gifted a ticket to see my family in the US for a few days, and I scored an AMAZING deal on a group trip to Morocco, which I've been wanting to visit for at least 2 years, so September was basically a whirlwind of jet-lag, travel and JOY!
A long overdue post, and I apologize!! I have been all over the place recently, and here's what 've been up to. I'll give you the highlights for each month, shall I?
JULY: A very Google week: From an intimate dinner for select friends of the house, to a 2 day YouTube Creator workshop, to a culture and arts night, all culminating in a final conference day...
AUGUST: Aka my birthday month!! Between shooting my new TV show for Ebonylife TV (Yup, coming soon!!), which I'm producing, writing for and presenting, hosting a couple of events, and of course, my birthday...
The Diaspora Festival was probably the most eye-opening experience I had. The emotions the returnees had, and the connection they felt, made me curious about the way people from other cultures, especially those who have history rooted in slavery, often feel; like something is missing...
President Umaru Yar'Adua has been gone a long time. Back in 2009, when I was at City Uni, I was asked by one of my professors to write about the many things going on in Nigeria. Some of my fellow students couldn't understand the things we deal with in Naij, like PHCN, the "Enough is Enough" movement, and how we could have a missing president. So I wrote this:
Let me know what you think! I tried to keep it short and sweet, but still interesting. Hope you enjoy it, and please comment, share, subscribe, and tell a friend or 5 to do the same!
Don't call it a comeback!
Yeah, I know I've been gone more than a minute. Sometimes you need to take a break and then come back, right? Right. Onwards...
I was honored to be asked to participate in the Ask Series, organized by the folks at Belfry Africa at The Waterside Hotel in Ikoyi. It's a small, intimate event, where people can come and listening to the guest (me, in this instance) share their story, and get a chance to ask any questions about their journey, and whatever else they'd like to know.
It's amazing how time flies by! A new month is here, and I'm not sure where January and February flew so far and fast to! I find myself, in the midst of work and the day to day stuff, looking forward to new experiences and new opportunities, and hoping that the Universe somehow conspires to make it happen, and soon.
But while I do that, and think of how to engage my wanderlust without emptying my life savings, I love to reminisce on the last trip I took.
I know now what it means for something to be a labor of love. I feel like I've been working on this documentary forever! Despite the time it has taken, I feel encouraged that every time a new piece of the puzzle emerges, and every time I start editing it again, I'm still excited about the stories I'm telling. That's a good sign, right?
Here's a short clip from the Legendary Sir Shina Peters, from my interview with him. In it, he talks about how he's influenced the younger generation, and even spits a few bars :) Enjoy
Please let me know what you think of it, and do comment, share, and subscribe here, and to my youtube channel! I appreciate y'all!
Happy New Year Everyone!! (She said, almost a month after) New Year, New Greatness, right? I'm glad to have something really fun to share :)
The lovely people at "he Leads Africa, an organization I admire and support, asked me to moderate a panel at their first #SlayFestival at the weekend, and it was epic!! From different panels on a range of topics (Women in Tech, Being a Man in the 21st century, From Contact to Contract), to mini-concerts, stalls and SME worshops for one on one advice and coaching from women, for women, it was a great event. There was also a hair bar, mani-pedi area, henna, a bar with delish drinks, and a JOLLOF RICE bar. Yeah, I partook of that, thank you very much!!
Today is the day the Gender and Equal Opportunities bill (#GEOBill) is up for public hearing at the National Assembly in Nigeria. After months of controversy and initially being rejected by the senate, the bill was "re-assessed" aka watered down, and re-presented. This version (click here to read - downloadable pdf) is what is up for public hearing, and addresses, among other things, inheritance law, equal opportunities in education, workplace discrimination, and maternity rights. What is being presented is in no way adequate, but it IS a beginning.
Key clauses addressing age of consent, reproductive rights, legal age of marriage, and sexual violence were left out, and while it is a huge issue that archaic ideas of what Nigerian culture is, and what it represents meant that vital parts were dropped, I acknowledge and accept that we must start somewhere.
These are some of the points I discussed a couple of days ago, when I was invited to discuss this issue and how it affects young Nigerians on a radio show called "Above Whispers on Air" on WFM.
You can do anything if you put your mind to it, they say. Just try and see if you'll like it, they say. It'll be fun, they say.
Well, after trying it, I can officially say that a) I am not a natural model. It's just not my ministry, b) Modeling is HARD, guys!!, and c) It WAS fun, but definitely hard work.
A few weeks ago, I was asked by one of my favorite style consultants, Damilola Oke of Fierce and Modish to model the Christmas collection of a Nigerian jewelry brand called Bland2Glam. The inspiration for the looks and the entire shoot was Olivia Pope - the strong, smart side, not the murderous, bad decision making side :).