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PCM TIPS

Hello guys,

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I’m back again.

This week, I am going to do something for all my PCM’s(Prospective Corp Members).

I want to give you guys these tips to help you survive the 3 weeks.

So ladies and gentlemen are you National-Youth-Service-Corps-NYSC-Corpers

You’d hear this Good to go alot and it’d get totally annoying but then they’d make you reply by saying “good to go good to go sir”

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So let me start by telling you this, The mere thought of going to camp is very scary at least for me it was

I didn’t know what to expect, I had heard a lot of gory stories especially about waking up by 3am and the fact that I love sleep just made it more terrifying.

I would talk about my camp experience some other time but today in this short article I would be giving you some tips from my experience and what I saw in camp that might help you all,

I know some of you have seen the checklist around and you’ve gotten most of the things

 

Now here are my tips

  1. Travel light:TRAVEL LIGHT  Please don’t be like me I went to camp with 1 box and 1 ghana must go and my handbag it was tug of war carrying this items to my hostel. mala-pesa Thank God for one small boy that was kind enough to help me with my bags at a price though.
  2. Never forget your waist pouchdownload and put all you valuables in them. I can confidently beat my chest and say all through my stay in camp I never lost one naira neither did I loose my phone. Although the first day in camp I almost lost all the money I had with me because I left my waist bag open but a good Samaritan called my attention to it and saved me from this.
  3. Buy a lot of your white and white WHITEI had over 6 pairs of t-shirts, 6 pairs of shorts, 3 pairs of trainers, 2 pair of the rubber shoes and over 12 pairs of socks before I went to camp and that saved me a lot. I never ran out of the whites. Also make sure you write your state codes on them. I’d also advise that if you avoid washing  your whites yourself especially if for the first week because you’d just notice your things start developing wings. Please give your clothes to the laundry if you can, they’d wash and even iron it for you.
  4. Buy your mosquito nets:Mosquito-nets I didn’t really need this for mosquitoes in Plateau because it was harmattan season I didn’t see a single mosquito but it still helped with the cold. However, most of you might need it now because the mosquitoes are on a rampage right now.
  5. Don’t eat the camp food you don’t think would go well with your system please and please don’t do it. I made sure I avoided eating food that I couldn’t stand. Sometimes I collected food but I threw it out when I found out it was not very edible because trust me you don’t have the luxury of a good toilet like you have in your home so try and avoid anything that would upset your stomach. In my camp, Sunday food and the days my platoon was on duty were my best days because they made pretty good food on Sundays and I could trust the food my platoon made because I was there with them most times.
  6. Take Imodium, Tetracycline and Flagyl. You might need this when your stomach starts singing hallelujah. You might also need some analgesics like panadol and diclofenac.
  7. (Make sure you are not eating as you read this). Take dettol antiseptic(the big size) and wash soap(if you do not react to it, if you do get another antiseptic), lots of tissue, Harpic, Airfreshner and Jik. If I had to do some toilet business (even though our toilet was comparatively new and neat), I went with these items. Let me teach you how to do it. Get 2 buckets of water ready before you do anything pour some dettol into the water, pour the harpic and just wash immediately then flush with half a bucket of water, take enough tissue to cover the water, clean the sit of the water closet with dettol and hypo then spread some tissue around the seat and blast off when you are done, you can flush with the 1.5 bucket of water because you’d be needing a lot of water to flush off all that tissue. The dettol will also be useful for your bathing water.
  8. Eat well, eat very very well . I’m not natural foodie. But you know what they say, “let food be thine medicine.” Food can actually prevent illnesses and eating well can save you from ending up admitted in that their wonderful camp clinic. I actually became fatter in camp. Yeah I know everyone else losses weight. I moved from a hip size 40 to 43 in 3 weeks. I lost all that weight when I came home. THE INCREASE WAS PRETTY OBVIOUS.

    Now this was my meal routine

    1. When I wake up by 3 am and get ready for the morning parade I make a beverage and take it like 4am before the drill
    2. Immediately after drill I go to mami market and I get bread and eggs.
    3. I bought biscuits that I take during lectures to avoid sleeping off
    4. I take rice, spaghetti , moimoi or yam as lunch and I get a fruit to eat with this
    5. I take my afternoon/evening snack (Fura Da Nono)
    6. Then I would take fried yam, plantain, potatoes or masa for dinner
    7. And if you know me you’d know my candy was always handy. Readily available.image-2018-10-22 (3).jpg

Yes, I literally ate all the time to avoid falling sick because my mum warned me sternly to make sure I eat a lot

  1. Be careful with the kind of programs you register for. There are some people who just came to camp to collect your 1000 naira they’d register you and most times not contact you again. There are two I know are legit. They are:
    1. Nigerian Institute of Management Training
    2. Institute of Risk Management.
  2. Have fun but do not lose yourself. The fun of NYSC is in the 3 weeks of camp after that the remaining year would just be there so have fun. However, People have fun and end up regretting it. Don’t be that one. Use your head while having fun.

MOST IMPORTANT POINT: Take enough money, this one is the most important. Money in camp would save you a lot of stress especially with food and your laundry and other essentials so please take enough money.

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These are my own tips. Follow most of them and you would really not have a problem. I would have spoken about the soldiers but those at my camp were quite nice and approachable(not as bad as others I’ve heard about) so I can’t really speak ill of them. We hardly had issues with them except for our camp commandant who was a very special case and he was not even that bad. He just liked playing some unnecessary play.

So with I’d say get ready to go..

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All senior corp. members and ex-corp members please add to this list if there is something I have left out.

And ooh yes here is the NYSC anthem..

Youths obey the clarion call
Let us lift our nation high
Under the sun or in the rain
With dedication and selflessness
Nigeria is ours, Nigeria we serve.

I wish you all the best as you move on to this next phase. Enjoy yourselves guys.

CIAO!!!

 

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GIANTS STILL

Monday was a beautiful day especially because I didn’t go to work so I slept so well and it was also good because Nigeria celebrated her independence. There is so much to criticise and be unhappy about. We seem like a failed Nation with Inefficient Leadership, epileptic power supply, widespread insecurity, faulty healthcare system, high poverty index, crippling effects of corruption.., I could go on and on and take the whole day focusing on this ills but what good would it do?

I had a post that was supposed to go up on Sunday as scheduled but I cancelled and decided I was going to write about Nigeria to mark the Independence. But no I would not criticize or castigate this country . I’ve seen enough of those posts already.In one of the posts it says we are not Independent we are living In-Dependence, because we depend on other countries for literally everything. Well maybe that is true but even with all these complaints there are some things about Nigeria and Nigerians that I am grateful for. Considering the fact that the country clocks 58 today, I decided to compile a list of 5 things about Nigeria I am grateful for and 8 things about Nigerians I am thankful for. I had to come and rewrite this paragraph when I finished this article I never believed I’d get this list compiled but hey things I was grateful for? What are you grateful for?

N.B: These things are not just limited to Nigeria but I’m grateful for them anyway

So here it is:

5 things about Nigeria I am grateful

  1. I’m grateful for the diverse culture and tribes, the languages and mode of dressing. I wish I understood more than just indigenous Nigerian Languages. It’s so lovely to see how different we are yet we are the same.nigerian_ethnic_groups-featured-image
  2. I’m grateful for our National Anthem. nigerian-national-anthem   

I don’t know if I am the only  one that feels that way but when The national anthem  comes on it arouses a lot of emotions, i just end up finding tears dancing in my eyes and this happens every single time.The most recent episode for me was During one of our world cup games I listened to the national anthem and I became overly emotional. I had to run inside my room yesterday to avoid crying for national anthem during the Independence parade.

3. I like food(at times) so I am thankful for all our indigenous Nigerian dishes. Akpu to tuwo to amala and bless me with a little edikankong, efo ririro laced with heavenly tasting stockfish a dash of crayfish and some semi hard pomo..

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The food from different parts just makes me rejoice in the ingenuity of our country. And you may not consider this important but I’m grateful for how we always win the jollof wars.  I’m grateful for how I’m able to walk down the road and buy Akara(bean cake) scrap that AKARA, Yes Akara infused with the smell of fire wood and smoke, some pepper to taste and you push it down with some “papilicious” OGI.

A really nice Boli and roasted corn.. or should I mention suya…. Let me leave it here…

4.  I’m grateful for the lack of natural disasters, all disasters we have are man made. Imagine battling that and the natural disasters too?tornado1-1024x766

5. I’m grateful for the unexplored natural resources.

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I remember when I was in primary school I would list the natural resources we had and every state has something special that it can market and that can be a source of revenue only if we tap into it. If we just start exploring these resources, the G-20 might just have to be G-21 to accommodate us..

8 things about Nigerians I am grateful for.

  1. I’m grateful for our past heroes. Those that fought for us to get our independence. If only we could do a tad of what they did we would be one of the world powers. May their labour not go in vain.

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2. I’m grateful for our entertainers. They make me proud all day everyday Correct me if I am wrong but they seem to be the best in Africa. And if you think about it critically all Nigerians are literately entertainers . It’s like it’s an inborn trait. We have a wonderful sense of humor.

3. I’m grateful for how resourceful and hardworking we are. Anywhere a Nigerian is around the world they are making and impact and adding to the society. Forget about the internet fraudsters that make us look bad we have one of the best brains in this country.

4. I’m grateful for the wonderful army, the work they are doing in to keep us at peace, we do not appreciate them enough. Yes it’s the job they signed up for but it’s a whole lot of Job.

5. I’m grateful for Super Eagles and every other sport team. But soccer is one sport that unites us and I am so grateful that at least we can agree on this one.FBL-FRIENDLY-ENG-NGR

6. I’m grateful for how we stand together for what is ours especially people who attack our country and what we stand for. The only people allowed to insult Nigeria are Nigerians.

7. I’m grateful for how fashionable we are. All thanks to Nigerian Tailors. Even though they disappoint at times they come through with some bendededeng styles that make waves everywhere.

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8. I love being black(LET ME BLESS YOU WITH SOME OF MY MELANIN)SMILE

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and I have to be African to be black and what better country to be born in Africa than Nigeria? I am grateful that I’m Nigerian.

There is a lot of work to do and we hope it would be done. But as we wait for that  let us be thankful for these seeming “unimportant” things.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA WHATEVER CHALLENGES WE ARE FACING NOW,WE ARE GIANTS STILL.

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TOP 10 MUST WATCH SERIES

Hello guys, I’m back again and I want to thank you for your patience.

“You went back on your promise” is the accusation I got on Monday morning and yes.

I’m sorry I didn’t reach out earlier but I couldn’t post on Sunday as I had some glitches with my account which has thankfully been resolved.

So I decided to post this today.

Two weeks ago I did a little poll/ mini research(thanks to Instagram and watsapp) and the aim was to get the Top 10 must watch movie series.

I would have given you my own Top 10 list but I have a very “wonderful” taste. I hardly watch movies that everyone seems to be watching, so I decided to ask the “normal” people. So here it is the Top 10 list of movies names that kept recurring and series to look out for and this is in no particular order

 

POWER: “If you’ve not watched this, you’re very stale”. That is what they told me. Well, it’s safe to say I am stale then. Because I haven’t watched this I did a check on it. I know most people know what power is about so I would just share this summary that was shared with me. Power is the story of James “Ghost” a rich New York City who owns a nightclub. He wants to build an empire, but he is living a double life. He owns the club and is part of the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. This eventually affects his marriage, family and business as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.

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GAME OF THRONES: Someone called this the ultimate must watch. Again I have never watched it. I was recently attacked for calling this series overrated. But you know I didn’t actually mean the series itself, I meant the fans of this show do too much. They are always everywhere with the “GOT” tag. And I’m thinking give me a big break please. Well, about 57 out of the 63 people that voted had G.O.T as their number 1 must watch. Maybe I would get the hype when I eventually watch it, I’ve been advised to on several occasions but I would accept this advice this time and put it on my To-Do List for next month.

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13 REASONS WHY: At least I’ve watched this one. I think this is quite sad as the movie plot kept making me wake up to a sudden reality that what was portrayed could actually be happening. I’m not here to do review, I’d just ask you to watch this one if you have not. It’s about Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them.

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STRANGER THINGS: When this name appeared and a lot of people voted this too I thought 2 out of 10 that’s not so bad after all. I mean, I’ve watched this too. But I must confess this is one of the weirdest things I‘ve watched ever ever. Like the demorgodon and all the SCIFI stuff left me crept out at a stage but this is a must watch, I can boldly attest to it. The story starts with 4 kids Mike, Will, Dustin, and Lucas kids playing in an attic and then it was time for 3 of them to go home all 3 got home but Will mysteriously vanishes as he got home he was“kidnapped” by a “strange thing” however no one knows what happened to him and this leads to a frantic search for him by his mother, his brother, his friends and the police chief. In the process of the search secrets are uncovered: of a government lab, portals to another world, and weird monsters. And then a strange little girl comes into the picture, and she claims she’s running away from “bad men.”

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Well this one left me guessing, But why i was intrigued by it is that it is actually a true life story that follows a memoir of a real Piper Kerman who went to prison. I liked this show at the beginning but I’m not so sure how I felt about this one too many women touching women put me off a bit, so I stopped watching but beyond that it has a great story line and shows what actually happens in an American female prison. The story revolves around piper Chapman who was sentenced to prison for money laundering. So many things happened in the prison including Piper finding an ally in the head of the kitchen “Red” and rebuilding her relationship with former girlfriend Alex.

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BOYS OVER FLOWERS: I watched the last 2 episodes of this so this should also pass as series I’ve watched, I remember calling it boys before flowers a lot of times but no it’s Boys Over Flowers. Korean series can be very nice and I think this one made so many waves and I think it’s a cliche story line for Korean series but it’s still nice. The story follows A Poor girl that attends the elite school and is bullied by the leader of F4 (the four richest boys). He goes on to become attracted to her, but she likes his friend. The End.

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BEING MARY JANE: I have not watched it too but I will it is apparently a story of Mary Jane Paul who is successful in every way and still keeps pushing harder to get more. She is a made cable news anchor, has a closest stuffed with designer clothes, a nice car and has a lovely home, Yet she feels something is amiss. Mary Jane wants to start a family of her own to share life’s greatest gifts, she discovers who she really is and the people who help define her.

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GREY’S ANATOMY: There was a tie for this one and being Mary Jane. Grey’s anatomy is one series I’ve heard a lot about but I’ve never watched, please don’t judge me and no I don’t live in a cave. I think I’d actually watch this before any other series I haven’t seen because I saw a Scene of Grey’s anatomy recently and I fell in love with it. It’s a medically inclined series and from what I’ve heard, it has a lot of stories about different people facing diverse life challenges. And I bet there is no dull moment hence the success of the show as they on their 15th season.

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NARUTO: I don’t watch animations but more than 23 people recommended this and I decided to read this. So I guess it should be nice. It’s a story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja, struggles as he searches for recognition and dreams of becoming the strongest ninja and leader of the village.

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SKINNY GIRL IN TRANSIT: Save the best for last right.. Well, well, well, this is the only Nigerian series that made the list. This series had me falling in love from the onset, I don’t know if it was the funny ever dramatic tiwalade’s mum or the captivating personality of tiwalade or tiwalade’s sister that reminds me of how I love my big sister but would not stop taunting her. Every series had a flavor, from Fabrice the french black man to Mide the wonderful hunk. Oh lawd..This story just follows the typical Nigerian  unmarried lady on the way to being 30 years. I won’t even give you a hint if you haven’t watched it just go and watch it.

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So yes guys, that is the list.

What are your thoughts?

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Drop a comment let me know your thoughts.

Have a splendid week.

 

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Miss Thrifty

hello_PNG16Hello,

It’s been a minute.

How have you been?

I’ve been away from here because I was planning a timetable so it would fit into my schedule

And I am happy to say I think I have it figured out.

I would be posting every Sunday for now and further changes would be communicated.

Well let’s get to the business of the day shall we?

This post was originally supposed to be dedicated to reviewing a skincare brand but I just changed my mind at the last minute. I was too jumpy and excited to talk about this. The skincare review would come later.

I love beautiful things especially clothes but money this adult life comes with a lot if expectations. I’m expected to have some sense of responsibility, so I can’t be over shooting my budget like I was before this begs the question but how do I get these really nice clothes on my meager allowance?

My friend said just close your eyes and buy what you have to buy but I couldn’t “just close my eyes” and purchase all the lovely things I want because I will be in debt.

God changed my story when one day as I was just scrolling through my Instagram page and I came across a thrift store. I’ve seen quite a few thrift stores and the clothes they had didn’t really leave me wowed but the Dora the explorer in me pushed me to open this one and I’m pleased to announce this is one of the best things I’ve done this year.

Before now, anytime I hear thrift stores I think clothes that no one likes but the seller has to sell, so he/she reduces the prices and most thrift stores online have not done so much to change this stereotype. They had clothes that screamed “ LOOK I’M A THRIFTY OKRIKA YOU CAN CALL ME BENDDOWN SELECT FOR SHORT AND NOBODY WANTS ME ANYMORE SO SHE’S PUTTING ME UP FOR SALE PLEASE MANAGE ME LIKE THAT” most of these clothes were rumpled and looked too unattractive. If it’s not clean ironed and presented well I will just quietly close the page and move along. And those that had really nice clothes did not deserve to be called thrift shops because they did not encourage frugality in any way. A thrift shop with a camisole of more than 4,000 naira. I mean come on.

But all that changed.

So I opened the page and the first thing that caught my attention was how attractive the page looked before I even clicked on any of the pictures what I saw was a beautiful array of photos carefully taken on a white background that was looking like the overseas lool..

An explanation cannot suffice, here’s a picture.

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The page was so attractive that I was even scared to click on any picture as I thought it was one of those “Thrift stores” with 5 million dollars camisoles.

But I did anyway and I was wowed.

The prices were so reasonable I kept staring lustfully at those clothes they were well arranged on a wonderful background the background just kept giving me life especially with those magazines and perfumes by the side of the clothes. The aesthetic sense and creativity is top-notch. I think the owner of this thrift store has background knowledge of photography because the pictures were well taken.

All this made me slide into her D.M. Good customer service is something I cherish, and she gave me all the attention took my order carefully, a skirt and a trouser. She was polite and was even so patient because the online transfer didn’t work for over 12 hours. She also took an extra order of a black top that I made she notified me when the order arrived then I picked the one I liked.

In my heart there was a melody. I had found the one that I would shop with for a long time.

Even after the purchase, she still made sure she tracked my order, called me and reassured me (she so polite and sounds like a fine girl). The delivery was timely too.

And when the clothes came oh Lord. I fell in love perfect fit, wonderful quality, well packaged.

I am in love with her page.

What would I rate her 9/10 and that’s just because I wish I could buy everything but some are not my size and it seems some people pre-order so before I say I want this It’s already sold out.

All in all it was a wonderful experience. These are some 2 of the 3 items I got.

So do I think you should shop with her? Totally but don’t let me catch you buying the cloth I like.

P.S. This store only sells ladies clothes. Guys I’m sorry. I’d find yours soon.

I’m sure some people are already wondering why I haven’t mentioned the handle yet, now you know I’m not one of those selfish ones.

The Instagram handle for this lovely store that has converted me to a thriftier @thriftwithmee_

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MONDAY INSPIRATION

HELLO

Hello everyone. It has been a minute. My friend calls me today and.
READ THE CONVERSATION BELOW(slightly paraphrased)
“Funke, when was the last time you posted on your blog.”
I checked.
“It has been like a month,” I answered.
Get content and post it right now. She retorted
I was confused and I tried to give very many excuses like, I want to make sure I’m posting a quality article, I was working on something but she wasn’t having all of that so she says
“There is no right time post something now, I mean right away.”
I got confused and asked almost to cut her off I said
“Wait are you if policing me?”
Call it whatever she says as long as you post something TODAY (emphasis on today).
So here I am.
Like I said to her I really don’t have anything to post but since she called me up, I am going to talk about people like my wonderful friend.
The distractions of this world can make you loose focus hence the need for a person like this around your life.

STRONG WILL

A strong-willed man or woman.
Apart from being a goal getter, a strongwilled person is someone who will tell you as it is and damn all the consequences. Many times this friend calls people out and points out the faults. She is so blunt.
I won’t deny that a lot of times I slack because I really just want to be laid back and just relax but a strong-willed person goes all out to achieve his/her goal. She sees the potentials in you and will push you to the extreme to make sure you maximize it(I am a living witness.). Their mind is constantly thinking of new ways or new ideas (my mind does this too.) but the difference is that I think of it, probably pen down the idea but it stops there. I am always afraid to go out and implement those ideas. And you see this dedication and faithfulness to her work and business extends to friendship. She is extremely loyal.
She is a mini role model. And I want to be like her.
So for the 1 millionth time but the first time publicly, I deny procrastination and I am embracing hard work and dedication to every course.
Have a nice day.

AND TRY TO…..

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Posted in Everyday Life

Life Hacks: Be Like the Bird

The sky is large enough for all birds to fly.

A bird is an animal and generally animals are said to have lower IQs than humans but you don’t see a bird trying to bring down another bird just because it wants to fly. Instead, you see them flying TOGETHER like this.

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So there really is no need trying to tear another person down because you want to get up.

An employee is cooking up stories because she wants to get on the good side of the boss.

You see a business woman in one trade rubbishing and bad mouthing another business woman in the same trade because she wants to convert her customers.

I posted a link to a blogger on my WhatsApp status, and someone is saying to me. You’re a budding blogger, and you are posting the post of another blogger that is already established don’t you think this would make people move their attention from you to her. And 2 things I said. My ardent followers would always be my followers and would always read my posts and if they’re porting then it means I need to up my game and create better content.

Every seeming competition you have should be seen as a motivation to do better and not as an enemy you need to fight. Because on the long run you spend so much time and energy trying to bring the person down that your own work and progress is neglected.

Someone made this point; If others are trying to floor you and so you have to do the same to show you’re not stupid. But what I’d say is an eye for an eye makes the whole city blind. You can never go wrong with kindness. Let them try and let your work speak for you.

Live and let live. The more united we are, the better we work and the more we bring to the table.

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Posted in Music, Uncategorized

Focus: Nigerian Music

If you love quality music with rich lyrics, if you enjoy love songs and you have not already heard about this unique voice, then this post is for you. 
It was the night of a working day in 2016 during my 3 months internship but there was an ongoing strike in the city of Ibadan. I lay on my bed unable to sleep because of the massive infestation of mosquitoes in Mariam Hostel, U.I Road Ibadan, Nigeria. What else can a currently jobless girl do but to surf the net? I searched for new songs, and I have a particular taste in music so I was very intentional with my search and viola I saw this song I tried to click for download but it led me to a YouTube video. Welcome with a beautiful girl wearing an African print and rich yellow background and the sound “oooh, ooh lelele. I could not but watch the video of “double double” more than once. I almost danced off my bed actually, and I searched for other songs. The next song I downloaded was  “love me jeje”. You still don’t know who I’m speaking about. Hold on. You would in a bit. 
So my desire for this unique sound pushed me to download the music that changed a lot of things about my view of Nigerian music as being cliché. The song was “Gentleman. I had this song on “repeat, repeat. I naturally get tired of songs after about 2 months but this is the second year and this song is still on “repeatrepeat” on my phone, laptop and tab. 
YesI’m talking about none other than…
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Yes, he is so fine.
And I just wanted to find out more about this wonderful artist. It was a crush, and it is still a crush.
Eric Ahiauzu popularly known as Ric Hassani is an African-Pop singer and songwriter. I was genuinely impressed and happy to find out he was born on 6th January 1989, considering the fact that I was born on January 8th too (yay Capricorns we are) and what’s more? He is also the last child of his family. I mean come on. That’s too much coincidence.

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The Capricorn man who was born in the big city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State started singing at a very early age of seven as he sang in the classical church choir. However as surprising as this might seem to a lot of people who have heard Ric’s voice,  He started off his musical career with Rap.
Ric, who is a graduate of Covenant University proceeded to further his studies in England with a Masters in Energy Economics.

 

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His actual musical career started in 2013 with the first attempts at playing piano and singing. He was inspired to pick the nickname Hassani from TV series Fresh Prince and Ric was definitely from his name Eric. The singer says his music is influenced by musicians like Sam Smith, Craig David, Chris Brown and his favorite band is Boyz II Men and Ric has his own record label Riverland Records. 
Ric Hassani is known for his single “Gentleman and his debut album “The African Gentleman“. The album turned out to be very successful. 
Ric Hassani’s voice is not the only thing that distinguishes him but his fashion sense and style deserves an A++. 
His use of rich African prints with a blend of contemporary outfits makes him stand out from every other artist as he looks like a top model with a 6 figure pay check. This was evident in the video for the song “Gentleman” where he was dressed as a stylish African gentleman in western-style clothing with national African prints.

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Ric, who says that his fashion style was inspired by Triple MG co-founder, Ubi Franklin is reportedly working on his own clothing brand which would definitely be a hit considering the fact that the founder is a real trend setter. 
He was nominated for Best Alternative Song and Best Vocal Performance in the 2016 Headies: both for his 2015 single, ‘Gentleman. (I have ear for good music, I know.)

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Ric Hassani was also nominated for three AFRIMMA Awards in the following categories: Best R&B/Soul Artist, Video of the Year, and Most Promising Artiste.
Ric Hassani song reaches the soul and is laden with quality lyrics. Someone described his song as “Having a repeating beat and minimal baseline, adorned with masterful acoustics. He pours his heart out through his lyrics with the theme of his songs being love. He is considered one of the most eligible bachelors in Nigeria and has done well to avoid any form of scandals. (Ladies……..)

God bless the night and those mosquitoes that propelled me to discover this Talent. 2 years on and I have zero regrets.
What more is there to say but to tell you but to drop the titles of the top five Ric Hassani songs you should download. (N.B This list is my top 5. I found it hard choosing but i just had to)
And here they are:
5. SING.
4. I LOVE YOU.
3. BELIEVE.
2. ONLY YOU
And definitely;
1. GENTLEMAN

 

You don’t have any of his songs?  What are you  waiting for, you can download them here.

Ric Hassani’s Songs

 

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Diaries of a Keke passenger

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It was a Beautiful Tuesday. I woke up by 7am, thought of a way to get up, dragged my lazy self up, prayed, brushed my teeth and had my bathe. I already wished the week should end. But then It was still Tuesday, a work day.

It was about 8:10am now so I went outside to get my Keke( tricycle).

I‘m standing by the road trying to flag kekes down but none was going my way. Time was ticking fast, and I really wanted to get to work before 8:40.

So I kept stopping them.

And I kept getting nos.

One finally stops, and my mind whispered to me “Ah the chosen one.

So I told him where I was going and he said 120. My pupils fully dilated I was shocked. I asked if he knows the place and he said yeah… 120 and I thought ok wow.

P.s. Other kekes take 150-200.

And I thought again. Heaven sent.

So I hopped on and we started our rather interesting journey.

We take the round about and took the second exit. We were still on track. Then the cute fair Hausa lady stops him and says.. A.a Rano. Which is just 6 minutes away but this wonderful Keke man looks back and asks me “Hanyan mu ne?” ( Is she going our way) I‘m like it’s just down there. That was when I got uneasy…

So I asked him again, do you know independence road. He says Haba Na Sani mana”(come on, I know the road). So I sat back. The beautiful lady alights and we went on then after about 200 meters l, we pick 2 other persons.

I was on a phone call when he picked these people so I didn’t know where they were going.

We got to another round about, and he was supposed to take the second exit but he’s going straight. In my mind I‘m thinking gbomogbomo leleyi oo(this one is a kidnapper oo.) so I tapped his shoulder and asked where he was going he now smiled and said he was going my way, o didn’t even talk I just pointed left, as that was the direction I was headed. Then he says ooh he didn’t know he thought all of us were going straight. One of the other guys looked at him and said he was just waiting for him to waste his fuel down the road. Then he‘d ask him to turn back and take the right turn.

Apparently we were all going different ways but this guy who didn’t know the road kept going straight. He now wanted to start arguing I just gave him 100 naira and walked away but the other guy. He came down and just went. No money, nothing. The keke man wanted to shout and cause a scene but then again the guy in the last guy in keke said he was going to also leave without giving him money.

I just crossed over and stopped another Keke.

That’s how my miracle Keke was going to give me a very miraculous head ache.

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Monday Inspiration

Hello everyone. Every Monday I would be posting motivational stories or videos from other people. I.e. not my work. This story was sent to me on WhatsApp and by my mum and I was so impressed I had to save it as I have learnt from it and I hope you do too. I’m attached to this story because I had a bad investment and saving habit. I say had because I’m gradually coming out of this as I have noticed investment and saving is key to financial freedom.

So be inspired today.

*What the Rich teach their children: Asset vs Liability*

One day, the son of a rich man, who was an undergraduate,
approached his father and the following discussion took place.

*Son:* _Dad, may I speak with you?_
*Dad:* _Go ahead._
*Son:* _Among all my classmates, I am the only one without a car. It is embarrassing._
*Dad:* _What do you want me to do?_
*Son:* _I need a car. I don’t want to feel odd._
*Dad:* _Do you have a particular car in mind?_
*Son:* _Yes dad (smiling)_
*Dad:* _How much?_
*Son:* _$1600_
*Dad:* _I will give you the money on one condition._
*Son:* _What is the condition?_
*Dad:* _You will not use the money to buy a car but invest it. If you make enough profit from the investment, you can go ahead and buy the car._
*Son:* _Deal._

Then, the father gave him a cheque of $300. The son cashed the cheque and invested it in obedience to the verbal agreement that he had with his father.

Some months later, the father asked the son how he was faring. The son responded that his business was improving. The father left him.

After some months again, the father asked him about his business
again and the son told him that he is making a lot of profit from the business.

When it was exactly a year after he gave him the money, the father asked him to show him how far the business has gone. The son readily agreed and the following discussion took place:

*Dad:* _From this I can see that you have made a lot of money._
*Son:* _Yes dad. _
*Dad:* _Do you still remember our agreement?_
*Son:* _Yes_
*Dad:* _What is it?_
*Son:* _We agreed that I should invest the money and buy the car from the profit._
*Dad:* _Why have you not bought the car?_
*Son:* _I don’t need the car again. I want to invest more._
*Dad:* _Good. You have learnt the lessons that I wanted to teach you._
*- You didn’t really need the car, you just wanted to feel among. That would have placed extra financial obligations on you. It wasn’t an asset then; but a liability.*
*- Two, it is very important for you to invest in your future before living like a king.*
*Son:* _Thanks dad._

Then the father gave him the keys of the latest model of that car.

*MORALS:*
*1. Always invest first before you start living the way you want.*

*2. What you see as a need now may become a want if you can take a little time to get over your feelings.*

*3. Try to be able to distinguish between an asset and a liability so that what you see as an asset today will not become a liability to you tomorrow.*

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*The difference between the rich and the poor is that the rich look for assets while the poor look for liabilities…*

Identify yourself
Build yourself
Be yourself…

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I am back

It took a lot of courage and determination to think of reactivating this blog.

If you know me well you’d realize I’m a big procrastinator and this is a really big step. I love writing and telling stories but I decided not to start writing and then give up halfway because I would not want to disappoint my readers but then I discovered as I tried to play safe and “not write” it seemed like my writing prowess started diminishing.

So my major motivation for coming back is one of my bosses at work. She has a wonderful blog and has a more tasking job than I do (definitely) and she’s way older. So I knew I had no excuse.

I needed to take a bold step and so this is it.

I’m not really sure what I’d be talking about and I’m not even sure if grammar would be right all the time 😂😂 but I’m willing to try.

I hereby pledge my dedication to this blog and declare that I’m willing to grow.

I pray I don’t disappoint you.

Have a lovely week.