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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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.
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 :).
...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.
Timing is one of the trickiest things in life, because you're almost never sure of it. Well, except every 4 years, when you're sure you're gonna have a leap year, like we just did! :)
I got my dream job recently. But I got it at the wrong time, which resulted in it being taken away, so believe me when I tell you I've lived this quote - many times. Definitely a hard life lesson for me, but as many people have told me "it just wasn't the right time." The tough thing is accepting it and forging ahead, but doing your part is key; work hard, make sure people know what you're working hard on (this part is one of my weaknesses) and do it well, while also trying to develop new skills and paths for yourself. I don't have all the answers, but as DJ Khaled says: 'Major Key' :)
Have an awesome week, and share your stories and thoughts with me in the comments, and of course, read, share, and come back soon!
When you say you're a documentary maker, you should probably make a documentary, right? No-brainer. So, after several years of working with others on documentary projects, I've been working on a documentary series of my own and on my own. I've still got a ways to go, but I'll be releasing more and more as time goes on and I do more filming. For now, here's a 30 second teaser of what will eventually become a 13 episode documentary on Nigerian Music, from the stables of Onyx Productions! Whoo!
I'm talking to legends like Sir Shina Peters and Laolu Akins, Industry insiders and music fans like TY Mix, DJ Jimmy Jatt, and Tosyn Bucknor, and many many more.
Let me know what music means to you, who some of your favorite Naija musicians are, old and new, and of course, please like, rate, subscribe, share, share, share, and SHARE!! Thanks for your support, guys!
It's not a bad thing for one person to expect something from another. That's just the way life goes. But I've often felt the weight of what I think are unrealistic expectations; from friends, family, bosses/co-workers, and of course, society.
That's why I wonder how the crop of new governors, senators, representatives, and of course, the new President & VP, must be feeling. Just a few days into their administration, people, already deeply disappointed with some of their predecessors, are putting all their hopes on the new (well, new in some places, a continuation in others) guys in charge.
In Lagos, the people who loved former Governor Babatunde Fashola are hoping Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is up to the challenge. Promises of a N25bn intervention fund and new ministries to increase foreign investment into Lagos, among other duties have been made. People in areas they feel Fashola ignored are expecting Ambode to "pick up the slack."
And in Rivers State, where there's been so much violence and controversy, some who say former Governor Rotimi Amaechi was charismatic but non-performing are undoubtedly hoping Governor Nyesom Wike will do a lot better, starting with sorting out the confusion/controversy with the state judiciary and civil service.
But the biggest hopes and highest expectations have been placed upon President Muhammadu Buhari. Those who believed in him and voted for him want an end to the crippling poverty in Nigeria, the extinction of Boko Haram, a solution to this awful fuel scarcity we've been living through, assistance for the internally displaced, constant electricity, better infrastructure, overhauling education, healthcare and several other sectors, ending corruption, reducing our reliance on oil, making sure our refineries are overhauled and local industries are supported, improving the environment for the private sector and of course, the SMEs....and he hasn't even been in power a week!
With all these issues and many more besides, the hopes and expectations of 180 million people rest upon this one man and his team; a team we expect will be made up of smart, young(er), fresher minds than what we had before; minds that aren't there to take up space and steal the country's riches while spewing platitudes. Minds that will look at how their decisions will affect you and I, as well as people living in abject poverty. Minds that are able to make the right choice for us all, not choices that will benefit the barons, cabals and other "big men/women."
If change is really here, then I hope the new school of change-makers (including us, as citizens, willing to speak up and insist on holding each other and our leaders, accountable) is ready to shoulder the weight. Good luck (no pun intended) and Godspeed to all the new reps, senators, governors, and above all, President Buhari. We expect you to do what you've said you will do. Many of us, including citizen-run platforms like @BudGitNG and @Buharimeter are tracking you. Please don't let us down.
As you guys know, we had a panel session with Nigeria's president a while ago.
We asked several questions on many issues, and the interview will air on Wednesday, 11 March, 2015 at 10pm WAT on EbonyLife TV, Channel 165 on DSTV.
Check out some snippets: I asked the President about the alleged Financial Mismanagement in his administration.
And here he is talking about the business of Politics and how it can affect a good name.
And of course, he had something to say about a further postponement of the Elections:
He definitely had a lot to say. Will you be listening?