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Let's catch up, shall we?

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Let's catch up, shall we?

Hello, friends!

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... 

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#WhatLamideWore x The 5k Shop

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#WhatLamideWore x The 5k Shop

Guess who put her fashionista hat on and just launched a capsule collection in collaboration with The 5k shop! 

If you guessed me, you get cool points! 😝

I'm excited to announce that after almost a year after I got the idea and started talking to Sophia Ike-Onu, the Founder/CEO of the company, about making it happen, the collection is ready *cue dance break* There are 8 pieces, and yeah, since you asked... they cost N5000 or less per item. They can be worn as pictured, or mix it up and wear with other items. I'm pretty excited to be doing something different and to be partnering with such a great brand, one I already buy from and really like. For my subscribers, this is what I've been hunting at the past couple of weeks, so I hope you guys like it, and support if you can. 

Now, because this is me, I of course did a behind the scenes video to show how it all came together, so here it is:

It feels kinda cool to do something that people don't expect you to do 😂. I'm looking forward to the success of this one, so I can do another one next year too. 

So which is your favorite look? Let me know in the comments, and of course, check out www.the5kshop.com to order - they also do custom sizing and they ship worldwide. There are limited quantities of some of the pieces, so get it while you can!  ❤️

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Magical Morocco - Vlog Part 2

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Magical Morocco - Vlog Part 2

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.

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The Wrong kind of Deja Vu

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The Wrong kind of Deja Vu

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:

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Speaking Above Whispers on Gender Equality - #SupportGEOBill

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Speaking Above Whispers on Gender Equality - #SupportGEOBill

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. 

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Model Citizen for Bland2Glam

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Model Citizen for Bland2Glam

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 :). 

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Inspiration: #SheVoices by AWLO TV

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Inspiration: #SheVoices by AWLO TV

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.

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FUELING MY FRUSTRATION (Part 2)

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FUELING MY FRUSTRATION (Part 2)

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...

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Video - Travel with me to Zanzibar!

October was travel month for me: I spent about a week in Tanzania, in Stone Town and Zanzibar, then later in the month, I went to the Seychelles for 4 days (Video coming next week).

Please join me on my Zanzibar trip :) It was honestly a really lovely trip, and I went snorkeling for the first time in the Indian Ocean, which might be the most amazing experience I couldn't film (Adding an underwater camera to my wishlist!). I practiced my swimming and had fun haggling in Stone Town market and trying out the different street foods. I hope you enjoy it!

Let me know which part was your favorite, if you've gone, or if this travel diary has encouraged you to go, if not to Tanzania, then elsewhere!! :) And if you would l ike to go, and have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email via the contact page.

Remember to please like, share, comment and come on back soon! And if you'd like to see more of my travel adventures, check out my Rwandan journey, Skydiving in Vegas, Visiting Seattle, and many other trips on my Youtube Channel :)

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Fueling my Frustration: Elsewhere on the Web

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Fueling my Frustration: Elsewhere on the Web

In my latest article for Accelerate TV, I talk about what's been going on with the chronic petrol shortage that practically crippled the nation recently, and is still not quite over, aka the #Petrocalypse, as some Nigerians have been calling it.

Here's an excerpt:

Lagos is hilarious. And by hilarious, I mean frustrating and rage-inducing.  At least recently, as I know many may agree.

Humor me here for a second: If the past few weeks with all the fuel struggles in Nigeria haven’t affected you, then I hail you. Please select your preferred hailing here: Tuale/You’re the real MVP/I bow/Chairman/MAMA!!!!

This fuel scarcity has humbled almost everyone I know. If you (or if you’re fortunate, your probably sleep-deprived driver/maiguard/assistant) haven’t had to queue up for hours, only to get to the front of the line and get turned away, or you haven’t struggled with all manner of miscreants just for a few precious liters, then you, my friend, are blessed among men!

Please read the rest here

How did you survive the #Petrocalypse? What say you?

Please comment, like and share this post!! Thank you

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