Just a quick update. My reference has finally been sent off. All I have to do is wait for the law school to update my application and then wait till June 17th to see whether I have gotten in. Fingers crossed that the next time I post about my law school application it will be that it has been successful and I am on my way to Nigeria!!! 🙂
This is the last thing I’m going to post today. When I was at university, I came across Sahara Reporters. Two of their reporters, Rudolf Okonkwo and Adeola post videos on YouTube which talk about Nigerian news, news around the world and other things and add humour to it. I love watching their videos and they keep me up to date with what is going on in Nigeria. Here are two of their most recent videos:
As part of my craze for all things African, especially Nigerian, I have been watching the Africa Channel. I was looking through their competitions and that was when I saw Vlisco. The Africa Channel was offering various winners bags from their collection. No, I didn’t win. 🙂 Their bags are at a good price and they’re great.
They have a lot of wonderful ankara and I love their material and the designs. They currently have a 25% discount so head over to their website and see if there is anything you like. I want to get ankara because I want to get a blazer made. I haven’t found an ankara blazer online that I like yet but if anyone does know of a place where they do sell ankara blazers I would love to know.
I was reading Linda Ikeji’s blog and I came across a YouTube video about whether Nigerian men and women can be faithful by BattaBox. I watched the video and decided to look through their other videos. That was when I came across Two Angry Men. They are so funny. They talk about pastors and private jets, Nollywood actors and actresses and other things. There is truth behind the humour. I’ve embedded one of their videos so you can see it.
I have ordered Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I can’t wait to read it. I am still reading There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe and I will continue this night. I am going to review both books. I just need to finish one and have the other delivered. I don’t have time to read all these books but I love to read. I love Chimamanda’s writing and have read her books. I am interested in this book also because I have heard that she has made comments on the Weave vs Natural debate. I wear weaves as a personal choice and it infuriates me when other women and men make comments about how being natural is better. Anyway, to go into that will take time and I have already posted two posts today. This is my third. 🙂 I will continue when I publish my review of the book.
I had a battle embedding the Fuelling Poverty documentary by Ishaya Bako to my last post and I got frustrated. I was thinking, “Is the Nigerian Government battling with me on the internet?” The Nigerian Government is now watching us! I’m still in London so I’m not part of the us yet. It was just WordPress. I don’t know what happened but I fought the embedding war and won! I didn’t want to make the last post too long so I broke it down. Just two parts. I thought I would share some things that stood out to me in the documentary.
The first is that Wole Soyinka mentioned the oil subsidy scam involving key government ministries, a state owned company and oil marketeers. This was the $7 billion dollar fraud on the Nigerian people known as the oil subsidy scheme. Nigerians were promised, once again, that they would be given oil subsidy which would keep fuel costs low and affordable. Yes, Nigerians were given the subsidy but it was soon taken away. The price went from 65 to 141 Naira per litre which was an 115% increase. After the ten day protest, “Occupy Nigeria”, the fuel costs were reduced to 97 Naira per litre but there are talks by the Government of the fuel price being increased once again in 2o13. This subsidy scheme also involved the situation between Femi Otedola, Nigerian businessman and oil company chairman, and Farouk Lawan, the former Chairman of the House Ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime. Femi Otedola alleged that the former chairman accepted a bribe of $620,000 to remove his oil companies from the subsidy regime. They both alleged things about the other but in my opinion, they are both guilty. This situation is too long for me to write about so if you want to read up on it, you can read it here. I haven’t heard anything else and neither one has been prosecuted.
To make it easier, I’m going to list the things I thought were interesting in the documentary.
When I started this blog, I thought I would just be talking about my move to Nigeria and Law School, though I will not talk about the latter (see former post). I also decided that I would say some things about Nigeria but I did not know to what extent. I didn’t know that when I would comment on what is happening in Nigeria, I would be educating myself further. I don’t know when my passion for Nigeria began. I can remember my parents taking me to go to boarding school in Nigeria and after every term, I would be desperate to come back to England. Seeing Heathrow or Gatwick made me so happy. It was when I was about to do my final year and I was told that I was going to do it in England that I cried and fought to finish it in Nigeria. So far, my education in Nigeria is by far the best educational experience I have had ever till date. God knows I did not enjoy A-levels. 🙂
I have printed and sent my application form. They should have gotten it by now so I just need to wait for my law school to send off my reference. I can’t wait to take the next step and I pray that I get in. I need a plan B in case I don’t but I’ve already got it in my head that I’m going! I looked at my blog and saw that the countdown has gone from 2 months to 1 month. I wish I could quickly jump to June and see whether I’ve gotten in or not. Looking back, the application process has been pretty simple. I was being extra (slang for being OTT) and just caused myself unnecessary stress but it’s not like that’s new.
I was looking at some sort of work experience and I am going to resume the search. It is hard and frustrating but I don’t want to do nothing. I need options. Whether I get in now or have to apply again, I have to work and get some experience. I have been in education for too long! I don’t know if any of you have watched Desmond’s…
I have been wanting to comment on the issue of terrorism for a while now but I kept on postponing it. I felt it would be appropriate to talk about it in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing. My condolences go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and injured during the bombing and the shootout that followed. Terrorism is an issue which affects us whether we have encountered it on any level, either directly or indirectly. I was walking to buy something from a shop the other day and I thought to myself, “Anyone could commit an act of terrorism around me”. That is not to say that we should walk around afraid. I don’t do that and I don’t walk around looking at people thinking that they could be terrorists. We should at least be aware of it.
I heard about the bombing from my sister who was randomly watching the news. For a week we stayed glued to CNN. It is concerning that a minority of people are alright with committing atrocities in order to sustain a religious belief or for other purposes such as political motives. As of now, one of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev is dead and his younger brother is in hospital answering questions from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Their parents are in denial which is understandable. How can any parent believe that the child they have raised is capable of such evil? Either that or maybe as they claim, it was a set up. However, there were witnesses. If they were innocent, why did they run from the police and why did they allegedly throw bombs at law enforcement when being chased?