Since around this time, people are starting to compile their "New Year, New Me" lists and aspirations, here's a suggestion for us all: Judge less, think more.
I often say one of the things that frustrate me most about people, especially in Nigeria, is our lack of consideration and compassion.
Hello, good people. Another Travel Vlog is upon us :)
Finally, in between real life and a bit of procrastination, I'm done with my Travel recap of Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills! If you missed my last post on it, while I was actually still there, not to worry; it's right here.
As I mentioned in that post, my Rwanda vlog was actually my first official travel vlog. It's got the second highest number of views on my Youtube channel (which needs more subscribers by the way, so please do that!) and is probably one of my most memorable trips to date.
I finally finished editing the second part of my Moroccan adventure. I tried to make it 5 minutes, but couldn't. It was so much fun remembering everything as I edited, but I also remember being in the the bus to and from the desert for hours on end, and how travel weary we all were. I remember savage cats fighting over our leftovers, I remember aching booty and thighs after almost 2 hours on a camel, and I remember actually being so frustrated I couldn't find good food after 4 hours on the road that I actually shed a tear, lol! That said, it was still a fantastic experience. Not necessarily one I'd repeat (the desert trip), but an experience worth having nonetheless.
Books, music and travel. These are a few of the things that make my life a better place. A love for these three things is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me, so I was thrilled to be able to go to my hometown for Ake Festival, which is an annual arts and books festival. This year's theme was "This F-Word." Yup, we're not tired of talking about feminism.
If you're subscribed, you know in my last newletter I promised to give you all the Festival gist, so here it is! If you're not subscribed, you should be!! :)
I was invited to Ake by the amazing convener, Lola Shoneyin, to host a book chat with two amazing authors, Dayo Olopade and Alexis Okeowo, both of whom wrote non-fiction books: The Bright Continent (Dayo) and A Moonless, Starless Sky (Alexis). I've linked both books, so please take a look and support by buying: I promise they are worth it!
Morocco was a dream. The sights, the sounds and colours were simply amazing. One thing I know for SURE is that I have to go again. There are so many beautiful places to explore, and lots of great things to do. I'd like to see Casablanca, go to Fez and Chefchaouen, and this time, stay at a Riad instead of a hotel. I'd also love to go up in a hot air balloon overlooking the city at sunrise. Bliss.
But for now, travel with me to Marrakech for Part 1 of my amazing trip to Morocco
Fun fact: My first ever "Travel with me" video diary (aka Vlog) was after a 6 day trip to Rwanda in 2014, when I went around the country and fell in love with it.
I just got back from Kigali a few days ago, visiting some of the same places, but also seeing different ones, and it is still charming. The views still take my breath away. The stories still captivate me, and the people are just amazing. This continues to be one of Africa's success stories, with tourism, with agriculture and of course, their post-genocide development.