Saturday, 7 December 2013


It's my birthday yay!!! The year has gone by so swiftly wow where did the time go??? This past year was very eventful, thankfully more highs than lows. I would say it was a good year and I have so much to be thankful for. The joy, the excitement, life, new life, new beginnings, lessons learnt. My absolutely adorable nephew was born! Definitely the highlight of my year. There were beautiful beginnings, and unfortunately some sad endings. When all is done, love and compassion trumps everything else. There are always extras that we wish and hope for but we must never forget to appreciate what we have and what we are now.I am truly thankful. I am thankful for life, for good health, for family, good friends, and LOVE.

I pray for peace and progress in Nigeria. It is possibly if only we are willing.

 I am ever so grateful that I am still here, still standing and looking forward to the next 365 xx

Friday, 6 December 2013

Adieu Madiba

The news broke last night (Dec 5th 2013) that the great Nelson Mandela had passed on and the news was greeted with so much tributes. I wonder how many of our "leaders" would enjoy such in the event of their passing.

Madiba lived a truly fulfilled life. A man who was unjustly imprisoned for 27 years and on his release harboured no apparent bitterness or animosity for those who caused his suffering. Such a person in my opinion has got to be a saint. He lived and fought for humanity.

In the words of the US president Barrack Obama, "let us praise and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived - a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.

 Journey on great one, I am indeed honoured and grateful to have shared this world with you. May your beautiful soul rest in peace.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Hair Update

I took out my weave today and did a length check. I usually do so by a method called 'shingling'. This is achieved by raking gel through the hair to define curls. I know I should really measure the length using a tape or something but I really cant be bothered so here are the results before and after drying (shrinkage). Feel free to compare with older photos. See pictures after the cut.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013


I have just read with horror, a seriously distressing story in the UK Guardian See story here and Here about a Nigerian asylum seeker
being forcefully deported. Even more distressing are some of the comments on the forum. I know we are all entitled to our own opinions but men; I am stunned all the same.

I am really torn on this matter. First and foremost, I do not believe that any human being should be treated in this manner regardless of the situation and moreso when he has not been found to be a dangerous criminal. I mean his claim may have been a bit bogus and all (Boko Haram) but it just seems to me like excessive show of power was employed against this individual. The home office went as far as getting a chartered plane and got him on board the plane using a stretcher!

Sunday, 1 December 2013


I can't believe it's December already. This year went by so quickly. I am grateful to God that I'm still here, still standing. Now let the countdown begin!! Woohoo!!!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Hair update

I said before that braids would be a no no for me (well tiny braids) right? However, the weather in Lagos has been so hot and humid that I am unable to deal with the frizz so I've found myself looking for a protective style. Braids are always the obvious choice. It's about the most practical thing to do right about now. Then I remember my last experience.  What am I to do???? :(
Well the last time, I had 2 strand twists. So this time, I decided to get 3 strand medium sized braids. We would just have to see how it goes.  It's day 4 today. So far, so good. See pics from this and the previous one after the cut.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Social Media Exposure

We probably all know that by being on social media platforms, we invariably expose ourselves but I personally do not consciously realise just how much.

There's this lady I follow on Twitter and instagram. I don't know her, never met her. I follow her because I think she's a brilliant mind. She is VERY good at what she does and she inspires me. From following her on instagram, I get to see pictures of not just herself, but her friends and family too. She lives partly in Lagos and partly in Newyork. I learnt from instagram that she is currently in Lagos and a friend of hers is visiting Lagos at the same time too so fancy my amazement when as I was driving out of a supermarket in Lagos (Lekki) yesterday I lock eyes with this friend of hers waiting to use the ATM machine. Wow! I felt like a private investigator watching an unsuspecting target (cheaters comes to mind. Lol) It was so surreal. I kind of felt naked. It really got me thinking....

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Toll drama

So a while ago, the Lekki - Epe expressway in Lagos was expanded and improved in a partnership between the state government and a private company and tolling was introduced for the first time on an intra city road. This development was received with mixed feelings from my humble self and many other residents of the area. I personally did not believe that it was good idea to toll the road when it was an existing structure and no "proper" alternative was offered. That is not to say that believed it was feasible, afterall everyone who goes into business does so for the purpose of making a profit. However I thought the toll could have been easier on the pocket. Anyway tolling began at midnight on the appointed day amidst heavy armed guard. A few days later, residents of the area came out to protest the "perceived" injustice. Amongst them were a bunch of high profile individuals. They made their point (I think) but sadly, achieved

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Sad sad Monday

Yesterday Monday the 18th of November turned out to be a very sad day for me and I'm sure many other Lagosians as there was a terrible accident along the Lekki - Epe expressway which claimed the lives of four little children. A water tanker apparently lost control and crushed the children standing on the pavement waiting to cross to the other side of the road.
I heard the news in the afternoon after I had just driven past the scene of the accident without realising that anything of the sort had happened there. The news reported That residents of the area were angry and blaming the government for not haven provided a pedestrian bridge. Well, while I agree that a road of that size should have one, it must bd said that these bridges are not used where provided. I remember last year I think on new year eve, a friend of mine witnessed an accident just by the pedestrian bridge by the Jakande roundabout on the same road where a woman attempting to cross the road was runover and killed. The driver didn't stop.
I believe that what we need is education on the danger of crossing such roads and also a deterrent for would-be violators.
My heart goes out to the families and friends of those children and all who have been affected by this unfortunate incident. May the souls of the departed rest in peace, amen.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Eva Alordia "this & that"

Okay I don't even know who this chic is but I stumbled upon this clip this morning and it cracked me up. I hope you enjoy it too...

Watch "Eva goes Beserk on NEPA - Makeup This and That gone wrong" on YouTube

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Hair Update

So I seem to have ignored my own advice of not putting pressure on your edges.

I thought it would be a great idea to braid my hair because of the unbearable heat that we have been enduring in Lagos lately so when I saw my friend's absolutly fabulous braids, I thought yeah, I have to do same. I thought I knew the drill - I usually do. I asked the braider to leave my hairline well alone and I thought she did. It took eight hours and the result was reaaaaally nice. Practically everyone commented. Unfortunately, as the days went by, I noticed that my baby hair was being pulled off! (horror!!) I tried to take down those on the first line but with every one I took down, I noticed my hair coming off with the attachment :( I tried my very best to manage it but the braids were so tiny that even beyond the hairline, there were issues. So after one week of haven endured the eight hour process of installing, I had to sit my ass down and take it all down. All by myself! My hair did take a beating but I at least have learnt a valuable lesson. My hair will NEVER be ready for tiny braids.

I'm not certain I have a picture because I was too busy taking them down one after the other, but if I do find a picture, I will be sure to update. One of the damage caused as well. Bottom line is, know your hair!

Customer Service The Arik Way

Hello sweethearts, it has been quite a while since I last wrote. For those of you who enjoy reading this blog, I sincerely apologise. Sometimes life just takes over but I'm back now...yay!! Lol.
It took Arik Air annoying me to breaking point to bring me straight back but hey I'm here that's the important thing.

So I was on the 1pm Arik flight from Abuja to Lagos today (being exactly a week ago...sorry). Haven missed my flight yesterday, I decided to go early to the airport. I got to Abuja airport at about 11am. There was a flight scheduled for 11am, another one for noon and then mine at 1pm. Seeing as I was so early, I asked if it was at all possible to change my flight for the one at noon. I was assured that there were no seats left on that flight and so I was checked in for my 1pm flight. At check in, I was informed that I would be required to identify my luggage at the foot of the plane before boarding. I thanked the guy and went on to the lounge for the two hour wait for the flight. So far, no problems at all.