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The Highlight Reel: July & August

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The Highlight Reel: July & August

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... 

 

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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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Elsewhere on the Web - Events Galore!

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Elsewhere on the Web - Events Galore!

It takes an entire village to put together a glam look, and in my latest article for Accelerate TV, I share my thoughts on the "Red Carpet Culture"

Here's an excerpt:

One of the things Lagos is well known for is our ‘events culture’

No week goes by; in fact, no DAY goes by without something happening...And of course, as an attendee, you must show that you deserve to be there, as per “one of the cool kids.”

As ‘extra’ as it may seem for us mere mortals, it’s the norm for the socialites and celebs who just *have* to be seen at every event. Why do they have to be seen, you ask? Because where there’s an event, there’s a red carpet, and where there’s a red carpet, there’s the blogs, and where there are blogs, there are eyeballs, which translates to popularity (the good or bad kind, some people don’t care which), which can translate to the main thing: Money...By the time you’ve hired a Stylist or commissioned an outfit from one of the “it” Designers, gotten that “face beat” and contoured to the GAWDS from your make-up artist, worn your Choos, Loubs or Zanottis, and put on that expensive bling, that red carpet better have made some impact, or you just flushed all of that effort and cash down the drain. To borrow a phrase from our American friends: “ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Case in point: the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA).

Read the rest of the article here. What do you think of the "Red Carpet Culture?" Hate it or Love it?

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Elsewhere on the Web - Food in Lagos!

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Elsewhere on the Web - Food in Lagos!

Hi guys,

When I'm not busy shooting my TV show, or in pre-pro for a documentary, I occasionally write an article for other websites, so here's an excerpt from my article for Tastemakers, a mobile app and content platform for finding and buying hip experiences on the continent. This is definitely not your average "travel to Africa" website. It truly celebrates Africa in the best way possible.

So, they asked me to write about some good places to eat in Lagos that were atypical or "off the beaten path" and I had to include a couple of places I like, like Glover Court & Jevinik.

Here's a snippet:

One of the cool things about Lagos is that new things pop up every day, bringing modernity and “the West” to West Africa. Despite that, we still keep the ‘Naija flavor” close to our hearts, which is why, as much as I enjoy a trip to one of our malls with all the foreign stores (Inglot, Mac, Mango, etc – yeah, you see where my priorities are, right?), I also love to hold onto our culture in different ways – particularly when it comes to food.

Lagos has everything from the fancy restaurants to a massive street food culture. You can’t come to Lagos and not check out the legendary Glover Court Suya,

Full article here. Let me know what you guys think, or if I missed anything out!!

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