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Blowing off the cobwebs

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Blowing off the cobwebs

I won't even say it.

Ok, yes I will 

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I'm Sorry.  

Not much to say other than between the lack of inspiration, "real life" crowding out other things, procrastination and just plain ol' pressure, I haven't done better. And I actually think that moving forward, what's important is that when I *do* show up on here, it's with something that's worth it, and that comes from a place that genuine, not a task that I feel forced to do.

 But then again, being a responsible adult is doing what you need to do even when you don't feel like it, yes? So where's the balance? What do you think? Where is your stance on this topic? I'd be interested to hear it, if you'd like to share in the comments below.

I'm sort of conflicted about Nigeria, where it's going, and what my place is here anymore. Trying to build a business while dealing with impostor syndrome, a system that doesn't truly make sense, and the need to juggle personal values and integrity with crooked lines (and people) is another part of why I've been absent. It must be great for the people who have it all figured out! If you're one of them, send me the magic pill. If not, let me know how you're dealing, especially if you're in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world, really. We all have similar struggles, I think. Not talking about them makes them seem a lot more insurmountable.

 This is a free-wheeling post that I didn't truly plan, but wanted to share what's been going on. We'll be back to a more structured approach soon. Thanks for bearing with me. My analytics show me that you guys still check up on me and it is so appreciated! Thank you.


Ok, so leave me some words in the comments about what's been up with you, and I'll see you around here real soon! ❤️

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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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Ake Festival - Feminism on Fleek!!

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Ake Festival - Feminism on Fleek!!

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!

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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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Dreaming of places far away...

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Dreaming of places far away...

It's amazing how time flies by! A new month is here, and I'm not sure where January and February flew so far and fast to! I find myself, in the midst of work and the day to day stuff, looking forward to new experiences and new opportunities, and hoping that the Universe somehow conspires to make it happen, and soon. 

But while I do that, and think of how to engage my wanderlust without emptying my life savings, I love to reminisce on the last trip I took.

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A Day at the #SlayFestival

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A Day at the #SlayFestival

Happy New Year Everyone!! (She said, almost a month after) New Year, New Greatness, right? I'm glad to have something really fun to share :)

The lovely people at "he Leads Africa, an organization I admire and support, asked me to moderate a panel at their first #SlayFestival at the weekend, and it was epic!! From different panels on a range of topics (Women in Tech, Being a Man in the 21st century, From Contact to Contract), to mini-concerts, stalls and SME worshops for one on one advice and coaching from women, for women, it was a great event. There was also a hair bar, mani-pedi area, henna, a bar with delish drinks, and a JOLLOF RICE bar. Yeah, I partook of that, thank you very much!!

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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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48 Hours in London

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48 Hours in London

Just a quickie post: Last week, I went to London for a couple of days to attend two events centered around Nigerians in the Diaspora. On Day 1, I attended the APPGN's (All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria) event, chaired by Labour MP & Junior Shadow Minister on Women & Equalities Kate Osamor. It was held at Parliament, with lots of Nigerians in the UK attending to find ...

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