Showing posts from October, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: 35 selected for Chris Ihidero's STORY STORY Masterclass

The final list of selected participants for the inaugural edition of Chris Ihidero’s ‘Story Story’ has been made public today, following a four week screening period that saw entries from hundreds of Nigerians from all over the country.
The completely free three-day workshop, which kicks off today, Tuesday October 27, 2015, is in partnership with The British Council, True Nollywood Storiesand X3M Ideas.
In a statement today, founder and lead facilitator Chris Ihidero says 35 candidates have been admitted to participate from Tuesday through Thursday at The British Council office in Ikoyi. “We always knew that there was a need for capacity building in storytelling but it was nonetheless intriguing to see that the workshop was three times oversubscribed. I think we are on to something here and it will be a real pleasure to engage these participants over the course of the next three days.”
‘Story Story’ has been described by pundits as another intervention project, capable of bridging the ski…

Checking out...

I have a friend that used to 'check out'; his expression for not letting the weight of the world get to him and just taking time out for himself. But that was before he became a dad. Now he cannot afford to check out because he has no idea when the kid would need  him.

A lot of us check out. Life can get to you- feeling stuck at work, a bad break up, a bad day in Lagos traffic or just one of those days. And we all check out in different ways- some of us shut the world out, put some music on and zone out. Others go for lunch with friends with the phone off and then there are those who use some less than legal or advisable means. I am talking about those who reach out for alcohol or drugs to numb the pain. Of course, this means you end up causing harm to yourself to run from pain which can't be good in the long run.

Life will get to you, things will get tough and people will be mean.
So how can you check out without harming your liver, your friendships and your future?

- As …

Short Story Sunday "One of those Days'

He heard the alarm, but that only made him want to smash the damn thing and sleep some more. He had actually done things like that in the past which was why his last girlfriend had bought him three different alarm clocks, and placed them all around his room; there was no way he could get at them, put them off, and still go back to bed. Damn pretty women with brains.
He got up reluctantly and put them all off and then sat at the edge of the bed for a bit trying hard to will himself to take the shower. Last night’s activities must have been really been something because for some reason, he dozed off again! This time, with no alarms at the ready to wake him up, the next time he woke up was with a sinking feeling- he was late.
Jide looked at the time. 7.30am. That wasn’t good because in Lagos, the difference between 6a.m and 7a.m was like... well let's just say he was in shit creek with no paddle.

Someone stirred and he looked at the reason he was late. Well, even if he got a warning, i…

#FashionCinderella A Week of... Vintage Closet

When I began 'A Week of', I wasn't sure anyone was paying attention. But some of you really got into it, even making suggestions.
While I still want to try sporty week and maybe a week of heels (*hides*), I was most challenged by a week of skirts (gosh). Guess what though? I looked into my wardrobe and found my jeans and let's just say, I had weaned myself off them.
Good thing or bad?
'A Week Of' had me challenging myself and dressing to a theme and the exercise was actually therapeutic and exciting. I would think of a theme, check my wardrobe then mix and match. I loved the skirts and the dresses and the clothes. I mean, who doesn't love clothes?
Thankfully, the cool kids at 'Vintage Closet' also noticed and they sent me some stuff from their collection. I follow them on twitter and know they have amazing stuff but to get some to test drive? Ma ma mia!
It was disney of vintage wear.
I started with this floral top that spoke to me first.
What does …

Three Ways to Kickstart your Day!!!

Hi everyone,
It's been a busy day today and I'm writing this on my way home.
I wanted to give you some tips on some things I do (sometimes the day before) that help my 'get up and go' and general core daily.
For this post, I'll do a mix of physical and mental.
1. Plan today yesterday
I take out about an hour each day to prep for the next day. This includes writing out my to-do for the next day, prepping for my show, laying out my outfit and sometimes, even thinking about how I'm going to style my hair. Let me explain. I noticed that some days I left home late because I hated the jeans I had chosen or I just couldn't think of what to do with my hair. Then I'd go through the day hating what I'd picked.
So now I lay out my clothes and think about my hair. It actually helps.
2. Eat!!!
My friend was telling me at 5pm today that she just realised she had not eaten all day because she left home early. So I told her to buy cereal and take that in the morni…

Event: The Red Summit

The Red Summit held last week and had a lot of media dignatories like Biodun Shobanjo (a man I have had the utmost pleasure of working with and love), Betty Irabor, Mallam Garba Shehu, Nduka Obiagbena, Biola Alabi,and more, speaking and debating media past present and future.
I had the honour of speaking on a panel with Editi Effiong, Deji Awokoya, Osagie Alonge and , with Tolu Ogunlesi moderating and our panel spoke on 'The Future of Media'.
We got quite a lot of things in, like how the future is now, it's amazing the things kids do now that we can't even do, methods will change and to survive, one must change with them, and more. In the end we had to summarise our thoughts in one word. Our 'words' were, Baby Coders, Convergence, Colour and Best Practices. My word was "Individuality".
I'll be shedding more light on "Individuality" and my personal beliefs in a subsequent post. In the meantime, check out some pictures from the event belo…

#TVGirl My fav 'o come on' Wardrobe scenes

I was watching "Quantico" the other day when for the umpteenth time since Priyanka Chopra had been on the run, i asked the tv, "Why hasn't she cut her hair???"
I mean, watch any prison break or fugitive movie and first thing they do is discard their old clothes, dye or cut their hair, and sometimes maybe buy chewing gum. I have never understood that last one sha. But this is Episode 3 deep into Quantico and home girl still has her hair full, un dyed and looking like a million bucks.

That got me thinking about how - In "Jurassic World", Bryce Dallas Howard went through the entire movie IN HEELS. She shot, fought off dinosaurs and even walked IN mud in her heels.

I can't even get through a short stroll in Lagos without needing my flats.
Na wa o

- In Quantico and indeed every cop series, the detectives chase criminals, arrest and handcuff, sometimes get punched and yet, their hair is neatly done.
My hair is natural and even the headphones at work…

Are you really unhappy?

I can't remember what I was doing or when it was but one afternoon I was just sad. You know that sorrow that isn't depression but isn't based on traffic or anything you can put a finger on?
Infact I had to ask myself why I was sad and try as I did, I could not find an answer.
So instead of focusing on this great big sorrow I was feeling, I smiled (physically), and began to thank God for things. I thanked Him for my life, for my family, friends, that I was healthy, that I had a job, a career, a voice, everything!
I had barely gone halfway when I honestly felt that joy bubbling again.
I think sometimes we have a default setting and we have to be careful what that is. Sorrow helps us to feel things but when we wear it around just because, then it becomes a burden we must cast out. I've learnt to ask myself why I'm sad and confess the positive over my life instead.
So next time you are sad, ask yourself If you are truly sad or it is just the devil trying to take your…

#TVGirl Omoni Oboli scores with 'First Lady'.

This post has been a long time coming. A few days after seeing the movie but thankfully it's out now so you can go see it too!!!
I'm talking about "The First Lady" produced by Omoni Oboli and starring Omoni and Alex Ekubor.
I saw it on Tuesday at the premiere and typically you worry that maybe you won't love the movie but you're there at the premiere with the red carpet and cameras and complimentary champagne so you feel pressure... No such pressure here. Just a jolly good time watching a funny movie.
A major highlight of this movie which tells the story of two different people from different backgrounds destined to meet in the weirdest of ways was Alex Ekubo.
Alex is hot. We know. He acts. We know. But in this movie, Alex shone.  He was funny, he was 'Obama' (the name of his character), and he was "present". We found ourselves wanting him back on our screen, walking, hitting someone (yeah he was bad) or making up (like that lover you love to hate).