The moment I found out about On Becoming, I knew I had to read it. I guess by its true definition, I am a fanof Toke. Not one of those off the wall crazy fans but I admire her and her career. I’ve watched her videos on YouTube and follow her on Snapchat and she seems to be an amazing person who is always happy, living in light and grounded in faith. To read about what she has endured in her life and how she was able to overcome it was interesting.
This has been long overdue. I thought I would write about something that is dear to me, Bwari Child Foundation (BCF). Yesterday, we had our Farewell Party at the Holy Family Orphanage behind Elim Top Suites in Bwari. Before I came to the law school, I read about a charity organisation connected to the law school. I can’t remember what it was about from then on I knew that I wanted to join a charity. I can’t remember hearing any announcements being made (it’s likely I may not have been listening!). Anyway, in Bar 1 I went to the Anglican Church within the campus for the first time. After the service, Bar 1’s were told to stay back and were assured that if they needed any help, there were NLS (Nigerian Law School) staff members that would be able to help. We were also introduced to a former Bar 1 student, Victoria, who just so happened to be the then President of the Bwari Child Foundation. That was when she told me about BCF and I immediately wanted to join. She had such a passion for the foundation and from the way she spoke about it, one could tell that it was something very important to her. It was sad to see her cry when she handed over the reins to our set (2013/14). That is essentially the story of me joining BCF.
I took a day off. I woke up yesterday and I just couldn’t read. There is so much information to take in! Luckily, a friend suggested that we should go to Tutti Frutti in Wuse II. On the way, we got hungry and decided to go to KFC, which is right next to it. The food was really good. It did cost more than what I would have paid in London but as I keep being told, this is Nigeria, not London, and I need to stop converting. Also, I was happy to see a burger because I haven’t really been liking the food I have been eating much. The service was good also. After, we went to Tutti Frutti and got some frozen yoghurt. There were different flavours such as Pomegranate (not so nice), vanilla, chocolate, guava and orange. I picked vanilla, chocolate and guava. They also had a variation of toppings to choose from. I picked skittles and jelly babies.
It has been a while since I posted. Law school is going well. I’ve been coping. We’ve got Bar 1 exams in just over a week. When I’m done with my exams, I will write a post on my time so far in Nigeria which has basically been Bwari. It takes some time to get to town and I can’t be bothered a lot of the time so I don’t venture outside the campus gates a lot. A friend of mine suggested that a group of us should get something to eat and we went yesterday. We ended up going to Tulip which is in Wuse II. It is a lovely Bistro with great decor and the customer service was amazing even with my indecisiveness and numerous questions. The cost was reasonable.
Today is Africa day! Happy Africa Day!!! I’ve been on this earth for over 24 years and I didn’t know it existed. I found out through the Africa Channel. I decided to look it up. It is every year on the 25th of May and it commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The OAU, established in 1963, initially focused on ending colonial rule in various African countries. It then became the African Union in 2002, aimed at economic integration among other things.
In honour of its 50th anniversary, I thought I would mention 5 things I love about my country of descent, Nigeria! (It was meant to be 5 things I love about Africa but it turned into 5 things I love about Nigeria, plus I haven’t been so exposed to other African countries as much as I would like).
I thought I would share a music video from a new artist that I have found out about. His name is Shakka and I first saw him on Wretch 32’s music video for ‘Blackout’. I looked him up online and he is a great singer. I love his sound. It’s fresh in relation to a lot of the music that’s out now. If you like the song it’s available on itunes:
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.