February 15, 2016

Big News!

Hello everyone!

I've been wondering when to put up this post, and how to do it. I've told a few people offline already and most of the reactions have been funny. The emotions generally start out as Shock. Then it transitions to Confusion. Then there's Sadness. And finally, a begrudging Acceptance. It's been like that for some of my friends and blog-readers-turned-friends. I won't drag it out and keep you in suspense, so here goes...





I'm leaving Nigeria and moving back to Atlanta. In less than a month.

*hides face*

I know. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea myself. Buying my one-way ticket a couple of weeks ago was the weirdest thing. Even the ticket agent asked, "One-Way? So you're not coming back?" And well, the answer is that I'm going indefinitely and I'm not sure when I'll return.

Cakes will be moving as well, but not at the same time as me. We've discussed it and while things are still uncertain, we're trusting God to help us with our transition.

I'm sure some of you have questions and I'll be happy to answer them here on the blog, or in a video. Just leave the questions below in the comments section.

But the most important thing is that I will continue blogging - I have no plans of quitting what is essentially my passion and I love all of you guys, so I can't stop.

P.S. Now you know why I stopped with the Weekend Posts.

97 comments:

  1. So sad!! Coming to Lag in April, was already dreaming on how meeting you will be like. Sad indeed... All the best in Atlanta. Plss, keep being you. Lots of love

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    1. Awwww, if/when I ever come back, I'll see about having a Meet-Up. And I don't think I know how to NOT be me :D

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  2. Berry NOOOOO!! It's not just about the blogging!!! Your presence at events like my Salon Day out, is well, everything!! Awww but I know it's all for the best! Wish you God's speed and divine direction! Who will make my character cakes though?! :(

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    1. Girl, you don't know how much I'm going to miss the events!!!

      Cakes and/or his team will make the cakes. They've been doing the bulk of the work in the past few months.

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  3. :( was really hoping there'd be another TBC but I'll console myself with the hope that you'll still be a whatsapp away (maybe -_-) . I can't thank you enough for all your help and advice.
    I pray that things will only go upwards and forward for you with whatever you decide to do.

    www.cassiedaves.com

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    1. Let's find a big sponsor that will pay for my flight and accommodation :p

      And yes, I'll be on Whatsapp so we don't need to lose contact.

      Amen to your prayers

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  4. Awwwwwww... we'll miss you tho. But thank God the blog will still be up and running. Wish you all the best dear.

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    1. Thanks a lot ComfyPearl! I'll miss being here.

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  5. I think this is the first time I will be commenting on your blog berry, I have been a silent reader all the while but I could not help but comment on this one. What happened? Why are you leaving Nigeria?....Sad though but I wish you all the best in your plans.

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    1. I'll explain in a later post or video. Thanks though.

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  6. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Awww Berry!!!!! I know its for a good cause but I'm sad nonetheless.

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    1. Don't be saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. I'll be sad toooooooo :(

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  7. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!😲😲😱😱😲😱😲😱😲😱😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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  8. Omg nooooo. Why berry :(

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  9. Aww..Quite sad..Feels like iv known you and you'r leaving suddenly. Well,thank God you'l keep running the blog..All the best with this new phase!

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  10. Whoa!!! Not what I expected.
    I guess it's for the best.

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    1. I wasn't expecting it to be this soon. Still getting used to it

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  11. Omg!i feel nostalgic already,i feel like ur my real life friend,i watched d husband tag video yesterday nd was blushing like. 2yr old.i wish u all the best berry and I do hope that God connects u to all your helpers

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    1. HAHAHA @ blushing at the video. Eya. I feel like you guys are my friends too, honestly speaking. Thanks. And Amen.

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  12. Soo cakes won't be making cakes here anymore? Ohh nooo!

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    1. He will, and his team is staying here to continue with the work they've been doing.

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  13. Oh gosh.never commented on your blog berry been a fan since you started! You'll be missed all in the best for you and cakes in the future xx

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  14. Awwww!!! I'm sure you are happy to live near family again, I wish you all the very best darling.

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    1. Well, yeah I'll be much closer to my family, so that's a good thing. Thank you!

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  15. Am sad. Stay in touch. I have grown to like u a lot. I wish u all d best dear. Honestly, I wish u could change ur mind and stay.

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    1. I'll definitely stay in touch. At this point, there's no going back :(

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  16. Wow! This is a big move and a drastic change. We are going to miss having you around. Surely, the dynamics of your blogging will change too.
    Anyway, God will go ahead of you to make Atlanta a land flowing with milk and honey for you both.
    Hugs.

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    1. I was really worried about my blog, to be honest. But praying about it and talking it over with some people made me feel less anxious.

      Thanks for your prayer!

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  17. Whoa!!! We welcome you back with open arms!!!

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  18. Oh wow!
    Why do I feel a little shocked-sad?
    Has Nigeria been too frustrating?
    The few times I bumped into you at a thing, or saw you at NITC, they were great.
    I hope you guys have a nice transition to life in Atlanta.
    Keep blogging biko!
    x

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    1. Shocked and sad has been the general reaction, even with me too. But at least I've had some time to process it, so I'm slowly getting used to it.

      Thanks!!!

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  19. πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜ΆπŸ˜ΆπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜’πŸ˜žπŸ˜•πŸ˜±....mixed feelings

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  20. I dont blame you at all. Nigeria is getting rather more difficult for many and having that option to leave is like a light of hope. Had a similar convo with hubby and we are still taking it easy for a while. When you are kids to the mix Nigeria is just crazy. Yod guide you and guard you on the journey.

    www.pynk360.com

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    1. Thanks for your prayers dear. I think more than a few people are thinking of moving too, but ours is not necessarily because of Nigeria wahala

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  21. Lol. I guessed. I don't even know how. I wish you and your partner the very best and my utmost prayer is that God orders your steps. Both your steps. I am soooo happy for you because this Nigeria is the utmost struggle.

    I pray also that God continues to guide you on the path that he has designed for you to fulfill your purpose.

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    1. LOL, how did you know?!?!?!?! Amen and amen and amen!

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  22. Merry Berry,

    Really big news! It was always a pleasure running into you at all those events. Your warm personality radiates beautifully, keep it up.

    Thankfully, the internet has no geographical barriers so you'll always be near, if only virtually. Lol

    I wish you the very best of blessings as you make the transition into this new phase of your life.

    Warm regards!

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    1. Lovely Sweet Nedoux!

      YOU are the warm personality! I can't imagine anyone meeting you and not liking you instantly. You're a sweet soul.

      Thanks dear. And yeah, i'll still be within e-reach, so no biggie.

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  23. First time commenting but I just had to speak out. I feel like I already know you guys. It's sad you have to leave but the Almighty be with you and yours.

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    1. Awww, thank you very much. We'll still be actively blogging, so yay!

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  24. You've been saying there's a big announcement for a while, but frankly, I never thought it'd be this! You seemed to have fit in so well into the Lagos life. Life in itself is all about journeys and experiences, and I hope you cherish the amazing experiences you've had so far in Nigeria. This move would probably mean lots of change, compromise and adaptation for you and cakes, but I hope you embrace it as a new chapter in life, with all the joy and laughter that it holds. All the best!

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    1. Yup, there are a lot of changes and while I originally saw them with anxiety, I'm a little more excited about it. I like to be practical so I don't want to pretend there won't be challenges, but I'm hopeful for the best.

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  25. Aww....Berry how soon will Cakes be in Atlanta? I may need a cake for the second weekend in march

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    1. Hmmm. I'm not too sure his travel date yet.

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  26. I'm so sad, yet I live in Atlanta. All the best!

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    1. HAHA, that's funny. Are you sad I'm coming there or sad I'm leaving here?

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  27. First time I'm commenting here..Berry I wish u and Cakes all d best as u make this transition and I pray you will have nothing but testimonies 2 share with us of your move. I feel like u're my virtual sister lol I've followed your blog since u shared your engagement story or something similar on bellanaija and I read the blog weekly. I love your berry links that you share and actually introduced me to "the praying woman" website which saw me through a particular low point in my life. I'm droning now lol so I'll stop. Anyways my question is how were you able to convince Cakes 2 move or has that always been the plan for you guys? All d best

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    1. Oh wow, that's awesome to hear - re: the lovely links. I'm really glad it helped - truthfully sometimes I don't even think about the links, I just post them.

      I'll put up a vlog possibly next week and address the move, so your questions will be answered.

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  28. Funny that I've never met you yet this big new left me feeling like a "Friend" was leaving.

    May God bless your plans and your move and everthing that concerns you.

    Epiphany29.com

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    1. I still can't believe we never met. Your gift card is still in my wallet. Maybe I'll drop it off at the store and whenever you go, you can use it.

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  29. Well, this Is some big news. I wish you and Cakes all the best in Atlanta.

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  30. Awwwww I wish you all the best... I don't blog but been reading your blog posts the past few months for some reason and thought....hmmm would be nice to run into her and become her friend :(... May God order your steps with your move.

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    1. Awww, thank you very much. It would have been really nice to meet all my readers. Amen o.

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  31. Wow. *Takes deep breath*

    I thought you were going to say you've decided to stop blogging.

    Met you only twice but instantly fell in love with your personality.

    And Amen to the sponsor for the TBC stuff!

    P.S: I might not comment a lot but I love your blog.

    www.miralabelle.com

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    1. Ha! No o, I'm not ready to stop blogging! I kent doweeet!!!!

      Thank you darling!

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  32. May God order your steps Berry!!
    I have met you at some events but ive never said hi :(
    will you have the time for a meet and greet before you go??

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    1. Why didn't you say hiiiiiiii?!?!?!?!? You see yourself?!

      I dunno o. I'm thinking about it, but who will wetem ego?!

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  33. Hope it's for the best? And I also hope Kess will be around till June- want him to make my sister's wedding cake. You'll be missed.

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    1. Me too. Yes, he'll be in Nigeria in June. But even in his absence, his staff have been doing the cakes for a few months now.

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  34. I wish you and Cakes blessings on this transition! I'm excited that you'll be closer to your family. I'm also happy that you'll keep up with the blogging because I enjoy your posts. I'm sure I'll benefit from posts about your outings now, being your Nigerian sista U.S. side. I'll tell my sister in ATL to be on the look out for you and definitely the delicious looking creations made by Cakes. You don't know how hard it was to look at all those pics and know that I cannot even try a piece! :)

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    1. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! LOOOL, plenty cake for everybody everywhere. Thanks a lot Maureen.

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  35. I just shed some tears. :( Met you once, loved ya instantly. Which kain news is this, dearie?
    While I respect you and Cakes' decision...I will miss you soooo much. Thank God your blog will still be up.

    May God bless you and multiply you as you desire. BIGGEST HUGS!!!

    P.S Being offline for a while, so just seeing this post.

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    1. Awwww, please don't cry unless you want me to cry too.

      This one that you've been offline, I hope you're well.

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    2. I am, thanks babes! Working on my blog...behind the scenes. :)

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  36. Wow. Mixed feelings. Tho I've never met you guys, it just felt like I had thanks your your bubbling personality and interesting posts. I think the blog would do fine despite the move, but it's just the feeling of knowing y'all wouldn't be in the same Naija air space anymore. Kinda felt I would meet you up someday on one of your ph trips.
    Wish you all the best with the move and settling down. God's grace.

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    1. We might have a trip planned before we leave... email me though and I'll let you know ahead of time, aye?

      Thanks dear :)

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  37. ahhhhh.... I thought I would meet u this year.......happy for you because I don't know what Nigeria is turning into
    www.akujane.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww :(

      Well, maybe one day. I'm sha hoping Nigeria gets out of this mess it's in right now

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  38. Honestly I'm sad. I'm surprised I am this sad though we've never met.

    G

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    1. We have met... just virtually. But it's still meeting. Trying to cheer you up.

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  39. Just yesterday fb had the memory of me begging you not to leave and you telling me to make you stay, can you imagine (muhaha). Woohoo! I mean aww, nooooo #sike.

    Yay!Lol. I'm sure all will be well, God will go before you and have everything work out for your good.

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  40. Hi berry, am irregular though on commenting on this blog but i've grow to like it(was enticed more with the lovely links).
    With you moving, i wish you the best but pls try and stay connected with me -i mean your readers via blogposts. (i know it might not be easy but you can do it)
    Stay Good, Stay Blessed - Tunde Sanusi (Tuham)

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    1. Thank you very much Tunde. And I definitely plan to keep blogging, so the connection will still be there.

      Thanks a lot!

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  41. *CAPS LOCKS* BERRY REALLY? WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW HOH HOH HOH HOH OH HOH OH OH OH

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  42. I actually felt like crying after reading this...so sad I didnt get to meet you in person but it feels like I have.You are a source of inspiration to me and I pray the Great God of Heaven will grant you favor in all aspects of your life and I pray whatsoever you lay your hands on will be successful. Amen.

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    1. Awww, don't be sad. I'll come back eventually, I think.Thank you so much for your kind words. God bless.

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  43. i was going to laugh and say she's joking, but then I saw the comments and was forced to believe. Woww... It cant have been an easy decision, but I do know your best days are ahead for you and Cakes. Wish you both the very best in the coming months and years....*hugs*.


    www.ursulasebastine.com

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    1. LOOOOOL, you thought I was joking? Aww, not so much.


      Thanks for the wishes!

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  44. Girrrrrl!!!! Welcome back! I guess i will be meeting you in the A, instead of Las Gidi because you know my trips there have been very short (*covering face*)
    this is huge news - of course I will be paying attention - it'll be great to be home I'm sure. Even though Naija is home too. I'm sure you will be blogging so I'm not worried about you disappearing:) May God go with you both and give you great strength and increase in this transition.

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    1. I knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww right?!?!?! Maybe finally!

      Congrats on your wedding btw! Loved the photos on IG.

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    2. Aww thanks. I'm waiting for some good ones of my dress and I'll put some more up later

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