I know it’s been a long time, and *cue Aaliyah beat* I shouldn’ta left you (and so on…), but well, life.
Here are a few updates: Filmed a new show airing on Channels TV (which was my actually the first place I actually worked when I moved back to Nigeria). It brings together things I love: God and getting to know people and their stories. The show is called Church Culture, it airs every Saturday at 1pm, and is all about the intersection between the church as we know it, and our everyday lives and issues. We had some really great conversations, and I was definitely on my toes, what with all the bible verses and interesting opinions being shared. If you’ve caught it, let me know, if not, here’s a clip so you can see what we’re about...
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.
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:
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 :).
Some time ago, the African Women in Leadership organization - AWLO TV - asked me to share a few words for their #SheVoices campaign, which in their words:
...is about heralding the voice of Women. It will be projecting, celebrating and networking 500,000 women (#SHEVOICES). It seeks to reach out to women to make their voices count...Also the #SHEVOICES campaign has a special category, dedicated to women who are deemed to personify the essence of the campaign. They are called “#SHEVOICES INSPIRATION.
3 guesses on what this is about...
I wrote this post on the Accelerate TV website about 10 months ago, when we had a fuel scarcity. I am beyond upset that this is now our reality. Everyone, everywhere is affected. The long queues causing horrible traffic as they stretch longer and longer by the day, blocking entrances/exits, taking up precious road space. And if you've ever been in Lagos, you know many of us already think of road rules as those funny things we don't need to obey. *I'm not even joking*
Here are a few of my favorite bits that are still (very sadly) our reality...