April 30, 2013

Random Thoughts - Igbo and Ships

Very random thoughts enter my head whenever they feel like, so I'll share. Maybe I should pick a day of the week for Random Thoughts to blog about? Random Tuesdays? But if I chose a day to be random, then that's not really true to the essence of "random." Random shouldn't be scheduled. Random is simply random.

*Ok, that wasn't one of my initial random thoughts, but it IS pretty random. Moving on...*

  1. I really want to learn how to speak/understand Igbo. Not because I want to learn a Nigerian language, or because my mum's Igbo. I want to learn so that I can sing along to Flavour's album. I'm obsessed with one of his songs called Destiny. Mmm mmm mmm!

  2. I want Flavour to sing at my wedding - but for free. It's good for artists to give back to their communities. And since I'm Nigerian, I'm part of his community-at-large. If you know someone who knows him who knows him, tell him to get at me. BTW, I don't like him because he has a nice body. I'm personally not attracted to him, but the voiiiiiiiiiiice! Choi!

  3. I want to see the 'Ship Graveyard' in Lagos (it's not really called the Ship Graveyard, I just made that up). No, there aren't ghosts or pirates (somewhat unfortunately) but for whatever reason, ships seem to be abandoned here. I'm not sure if they go bad, or the owners just don't want them anymore, but there are a bunch of them. Ideally (in my mind) I'd want to take possession of them and sell the scrap.

  4. I really want to be in a music video. But not as a video girl (like I wanted at some point). As a character with a story. Does anyone know an artist shooting a video in Lagos soon?

  5. I can't decide what I want for my birthday. A new phone? A mini-vacay? A beach picnic with friends? Jetskiing? Hmmm... maybe I'll put it up as a poll and you guys can choose for me! FUN TIMES!!!

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April 29, 2013

FINALLY!!! My scene from the Christmas musical from church :)


Remember how I mentioned that I like acting and secretly want to be the next Omovieve (or does it sound better as Genetola?)... Anyways, I'm part of my church's dance/drama group, EXpressions, and we usually put on 2 - 3 plays/musicals annually. Last year, I was privileged to play a brothel madame from our telling of Hosea's story; and also Herodias, from our adaptation of the Christmas story.

Imagine Jesus being born in 2012, in the middle of the Social Media age. The musical was written by the talented Shayo Oke, and produced by the pastors of This Present House and The Waterbrook Church. Watch it, and if you enjoy it, I can order copies for you :D

Let me know what you think!

BTW - I was horrified to see myself on screen. The camera must have added 20lbs to the extra 30lbs I'm already carrying :(

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April 26, 2013

What I'm Listening To Now - Placebo by WiKiD

I don't think I've mentioned here that my younger sister and brother are aspiring musicians. They've been evolving (along with their name... Lugard Avenue - which I loved, became Twin City... and now it's WiKiD). They've been singing together as a band for a few years, and they are getting better and better everyday. I'm their biggest fan and I'm always excited to hear something new from them. Last year, they were selected out of thousands of entries to participate in Atlanta's Underground New Year's Eve concert.

Anyways, click below to listen to their latest song :)

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Random - Japanese Latte Art

I'm a geek, yes I am. Things like what I'm about to share seem very geeky to me, but I don't mind. It adds to my personality and complex simplicity.

I follow NPR (National Public Radio) on Facebook. For those of you who don't know, it's a radio station in the United States that broadcasts news, interviews, classical music, and more. Every morning on my drive to work, I'd listen to NPR to hear about what was happening in the country and in the world. On my way home, I'd listen to in-depth interviews of filmmakers, artists, writers, etc. Gawsh, I miss my Atlanta life.

Anyways, one of their stories posted on Facebook this morning was "Masterpiece In A Mug: Japanese Latte Art Will Perk You Up." As a coffee semi-addict, I was intrigued and skipped on over to see. All the pictures are from NPR's website.

Look at the cute kitty cat!

It's the Peanuts characters!!!

Albert Einstein, innit?

*rushes off, twirling and skipping, to make a baby cup of coffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

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April 25, 2013

Who I Want NOW!!!!

Ok, so I login to Facebook and my friend has posted a picture of this dreamy, swoon-inducing, ovary-trembling, ridiculously good-looking, relationship-breaking-worthy guy! I'm like 'WHO IS THAT?' and then I get busy at work.

A few hours later, another friend posts the same picture and I resolve to find out who he is...


The man I'm going to marry!!!!!!!!!!! (along with Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Joseph Benjamin, and Prince Philip)

Fudge muffin!!! Can I dry him off? *with my body as the towel*

My heart is literally pounding as I type.

He's an actor from United Arab Emirates and was allegedly deported from Saudi Arabia (along with 2 other men) for being too handsome. Officials feared women would find them irresistible. Bring him to Nigeria o!!!

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Leaving and Cleaving... But I LOVE my family

One of the many verses about marriage is Genesis 2:24, which says:

[New Living Translation] - This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

[King James Version] - Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Why am I bringing this verse up? I've been told on more than one occasion that I'm "too close" to my family, and as such, am not ready for marriage. That because I interact with my family on a daily basis, it means that I'm not emotionally or mentally ready to move on and start my own family. That the fact that I still say "My dad this... my mum that... my siblings said... my nephew did...," it means that I'm not ready to LEAVE because I'm still CLEAVING to my family.

If I really feel like spiting anyone and putting my own spin on this verse, I could very well say that the verse clearly says THE MAN leaves his father and mother - it doesn't say anything about the woman leaving anybody :D. But obviously, that isn't the case, so that translation is moot.

But I have a problem with people who think that getting married means that you can't be close to your family anymore. I'm sorry, but my family RAWKS! As in, we are FUN! I have friends who say they're envious of how close we are. We joke around, play around, have arguments, admonish each other, but we love each other. And that's not a bond that can or should be broken simply because I get married to anybody. Now, I'm not saying that my family will take priority over my future husband and children. However, this notion that they shouldn't matter after marriage isn't one that sits well with me.

This was random, I know.


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April 24, 2013

See what I made!

Hello friends!

As part of the group project at church, I decided to donate a jewelry set to be given out during a raffle draw. I realized that a big reason why I don't make more jewelry is because I typically try to make complicated items, with tiny beads. When it takes me more than an hour to make anything, I lose interest. Seeing as I volunteered to donate a set, I knew I had to make something quick and easy, and here it is below... Sawry, the pictures aren't really clear :(

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April 23, 2013

More Dakara Style - Watercolor Florals

I had a wedding this past weekend - an old friend I met online maybe 7/8 years ago. I didn't go to the church ceremony for fear of being banned from entering the church due to "Indecent Dressing." Before I went to the wedding, I had my friend do my makeup, as she's an aspiring makeup artist. Well, the results were ummm... not great? I wasn't firm enough when I initially told her that I don't like a lot of makeup. In addition, I should have said something as soon as I looked in the mirror. I believe that makeup should ENHANCE your look, not make you look different. I really want to post the picture, but I'm afraid someone will send it to Linda Ikeji's blog and the next thing I know, I'll be the butt of the jokes of Nigerians all over the world! So I'll just post the "After the After" pictures :)

The dress is from H&M, shoes from Nine West.

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April 18, 2013

Dakara Style - Pink and Blue Peter Pan

This is what I wore to work yesterday. Ordinarily, I would never wear this because I think it's really bright. My friend, Gusta, got me the top on one of her many travels last year and I decided to finally try it out. You know what? I kinda dig it! I shall be adding solid brights to my wardrobe this year :)

Of course there has to be a kiss in here somewhere

Yaaaaaaaaaay, I'm a cartoooooooooooooon!

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April 15, 2013

#TheSingleLife according to Dr. Tony Rapu

Top o' the day to you distinguished ladies and gentlemen,

I attend The Waterbrook Church in Lekki, Lagos. It's an off-shoot of This Present House, which is pastored by Dr. Tony Rapu. At different times, Pastor Tony tweets on various topics, from Marriage to Valentine's Day to Leadership and more. Last week, he tweeted about 'The Single Life' and I thought to share all of them. Now, I don't necessarily agree with every tweet, but a few of them jumped out at me. Read them (FROM BOTTOM TO TOP for chronological order)

Any thoughts on this? What do you agree with? What don't you agree with?

Berry :)

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