• Life

    The Beginner’s Guide to Owambes

    What is Owambe? Owambe: noun. a large, grandiose party thrown by Nigerians anywhere in the world, especially Yoruba Nigerians, which involves a lot of food, dancing, loud music, and spraying (the act of throwing money on a dancing person). There are often numerous guests, and usually the guests are divided into groups according to their aso ebi. These parties take weeks and months and sometimes years of preparation, and have been known to block entire streets and roads (a sign of a successful owambe) What is Aso Ebi? Aso Ebi: noun. outfits made from matching fabric to be worn by a group of people as a uniform to owambes. It has…

  • Life

    It’s Okay If You Haven’t Taken Down Your Christmas Decors

    Am I judging you? Only just a tiny bit. I only just recently deleted my Christmas playlist, so please take your time. Happy new year people! I’m the kind of person who would still say ‘happy new year’ in September if that’s the first time I’m seeing you that year, because why not? As much as I don’t want to, I’m usually quite optimistic and full of hope at the start of the new year: new year resolutions, vision boards, and such; I’m into all of that. An opportunity to start afresh? Count me in.

  • Life

    Thirty Over Thirty

    Now playing: Celebration by Kool and the Gang🎵 We did it guys! 30 days of writing. Do I feel a bit smug? Absolutely. On a hot afternoon in October, I said here that I would start a 30-day writing challenge. A couple of days in and I was already lamenting. Just what kind of problem had I gotten myself into? Who sent me? But through various trials and afflictions, I persisted and here I am finally at the finish line! Since that afternoon in October I have written about all kinds of things: this sensational one about why you’re still single, this one about pet peeves, this one about places…

  • TV and Movies

    Neflix and Thrill

    Hi dearly distinguished. I couldn’t post yesterday because the internet pretty much evaporated into the heavens for the whole day. Many indeed are the afflictions of the righteous. It’s Day 29 of 30! The Yoruba in me thinks this calls for a party, no? Sequel to the last post, today I shall share the top scintillating TV shows and movies I watched last month. They entertained me and helped me escape this space and time we exist in, even if briefly. Here we go! Ragnarök The show is a very modern retelling of the Norse apocalyptic legend known as Ragnarök, where the giants killed the gods and submerged the earth…

  • Books,  Christmas

    Do Partridges Even Like Pear?

    Happy new month y’all! Bring out your ancient Christmas trees, tangled Christmas lights and those red and white hats. December is here and I am very excited: my Christmas playlist keeps getting longer, and I am now watching Hallmark Christmas movies every other day – expect some content on that soon. I am also living vicariously through pictures of people in Canada, wearing red sweaters whilst standing in the snow. Such a wonderful time! Fun fact: I looked it up and apparently, the 12 days of Christmas don’t start on December 1. They actually begin on December 25 and run through January 6. I know, it’s ridiculous.

  • Life

    Of Mercury and Maradona

    I. “I’d sit alone and watch your light my only friend through teenage nights…” Last night, sleep eluded me, so I stayed up looking for some good entertainment to watch. Past 1 am, I finally settled on watching Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic. In the dull moments of the movie, I would start to doze off but suddenly, Queen would start to sing electrifyingly: Don’t! Stop! Me! Now! and I would be jarred awake. As is the usual response after watching such a vivid and wonderful portrayal, I went on the internet to read about the legend, the very brilliant, very human lead singer of the band, Freddie Mercury. A complicated…

  • Life

    Ninety-Nine Questions (Not Really)

    Day 22: 15 facts about myself Helloo Nigeria my peoples. Today I shall be answering a list of select questions about myself, and they are interspersed by a few cute pics I took a while ago. You know what our ancestor Nelson Mandela said: When life presents you with it, one must never turn down an opportunity to be vain. So here goes! 1. If I had one superpower what would it be? Teleportation/Telekinesis is where the life is at. If you had asked me when I was ten years old, I would have said flying, but now I’ve seen that life is not really like that. Flying for what?…

  • Life,  Politics

    20 10 20

    There is a man at the end of Burna Boy’s ’20 10 20′ track, at the 3:18 mark, who in the midst of the gunshots, the running, the chaos, shouts ‘End SARS!’. I think about that man a lot. Last month, something happened. I remember it felt like we had all been simultaneously plugged into a system of consciousness. Unplanned, protests were springing up all over the country. All of a sudden, there were people organizing action in Kaduna, in Ogbomosho, in Port Harcourt. Despite the odds, people were donating money, food, offering free medical service and legal services. Nigerians from varying economic classes, Nigerians at home and abroad came…

  • Life

    After the Reggae

    …play the blues… Let me first mention that the title of this post is in no way related to the content of the blog post, but it looks good as a heading, don’t you think? It’s been a hot minute guys. In the last post I talked about putting a pause on the writing challenge because of all the revolutionary things that were happening, or seemed to be happening, in my country. I did not, however, foresee the unprecedented trauma that we would collectively experience as a generation. It is the type I know will stay with me. Though I am still reeling from the events of last month, life must go…

  • Life

    Venus in Lucozade

    Day 18: Your zodiac/horoscope and if it fits While I’m not deep into horoscopes and interpreting planet positions, I enjoy reading about zodiac signs and associated personality traits. Astrology appeals to the human obsession with understanding ourselves. What’s better than reading (mostly) good things about yourself? And the memes? Make Lucozade jokes all you want, you have to admit some of these astrology descriptions can be oddly specific and accurate. My birthday is February 10, so friends, they say that makes me an Aquarius woman. Aquarians are born between January 21st and February 19th, they belong to the air element, and ruled by the planet Uranus (associated with disruption, the…