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#ThrowbackThursday Lunch in Heels and skin from Ebony and Indigo

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Last weekend was a good one for me inspite of my battling the final days of malaria treatment. Having taken two days off work, I resumed on Friday and right after that had a lunch which turned into dinner of some sorts.
It was put together by @Ifueko_Ify (do you also name people by their social media handles?) and was at the 'Heels in the Kitchen' place with Chef Imoteda of Heels in the Kitchen cooking up a storm, not just for us, but for a dinner party she had later that day.
Creative people are some of the best multi-taskers you will ever meet.
It was one of those networking (but with food and alcohol) type meets and I finally got to meet @SocialPrefect (I'm doing it again) in person.
Altogether a lovely lunch (mashed potatoes, couscous, fish AND chicken with toast like I had never had it before for dessert), great company (I don't think I stopped laughing at any point), and interesting connections.
Saturday was equally uplifting for me as I got introduced to a bra…

#TBTV An 'Empire' of 'Lethal Weapon's

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If you stayed up to watch the Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, please do tell me who you thought won.
But I'm focusing on fiction even though non fiction is sometimes the best.
Last weekend I was able to catch the first episodes of Empire (returning for Season 3) and Lethal Weapon (season premiere).


So what did I think?
'Empire' Jamal is so sexy... (Great way to start. Lol).
We find out who died from last season's cliffhanger, got a lot of drama (Jamal suffering from PTSD, new baby and Hakeem needs to find his ginger) and of course it ended with an exciting climax. I'm trying not to give spoilers which is why I am being cryptic but overall, i thought the music was grown and sexy, the acting was really good and the season will progress really well.

(Hakeem stays a brat though. Bleh.)
'Lethal Weapon' If you have seen the original movie, you may be one of those who hates reboots. But if you haven't seen it, then good news for y…

#MondayMotivation The thing about Successful pioneers...

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One set of people I am fascinated with? Pioneers.Pioneers are people who are among the first to explore or settle in a new country or area OR, develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity).For me, I think of pioneers as either the first to do it (like first man to walk on the moon), or the first to do it differently (like Richard Branson and Virgin Airlines). And of course, just as there are pioneers, there are SUCCESSFUL pioneers, because, let's face it- not everyone who was the first to do it was the first to do it well.While successful pioneers suffer a lot at the start (they don't have someone to follow, they get mocked, taunted, discouraged and sometimes even have people try to stop them), they have an extra advantage- they will always be remembered.When people mention the competition, they reference them. When people talk about the place, idea or industry, their name comes up. In summary, they become the S.I unit for that conversa…

#TravelThursday: Learning a new language

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Travelling to a country where they speak a totally different language from yours can be terrifying but you probably only do that when you have a friend that speaks the language or someone there you know.

There is nothing wrong however with learning the basics and here some great ways of doing that.



USE AUDIO RECORDINGS
You can download audio files of the language and listen while you go about your daily business. Before you know it, you will be saying "bonjour" and "ekaro" like... well, you.
DICTIONARY
A language dictionary which compares the language you want to learn and that which you already know is handy before and during yyour trip. Just know noone looks cool whipping out a book on a busy street to ask questions. *shrug*
TV
Tv shows and programs in the language you want to learn are also indispensable at this point, so binge on them. Watch, watch, watch and listen. You will be pleasantly surprised how much of it you actually pick up.
LITERATURE
If you prefer to re…

MAMAs 2016: Nominees and Host... and My Predictions

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MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) has announced its host and nominees for 2016 and it looks interesting! The event is set to hold on October 22, 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa.

This year's host is Trevor Noah, the ladies darling and funny guy. It should be interesting to see him back on a live stage, one of his biggest returns since he got 'The Daily Show' gig.


The list of nominees is interesting with Nigeria, as usual, making a splash, with nominations for Wizkid, Patoranking, Flavour and more. New kid on the block, YCee got a Best HipHop nod but MAMAs, no nom for Davido? Pour quoi?

MAMA 2016 NOMINATIONS 

Best Male

AKA (South Africa)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Patoranking (Nigeria)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
{Wiz should take this but AKA probably will}

Best Live

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)
{Mafikizolo}

Best Group

Mi Casa (South Africa)
Navy Kenzo (Tanzania)
R2bees (…

68th Emmys Red Carpet: Niecy and Kerry's night!

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The 68th Emmy Awards held over the weekend and were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel who kept the crowd in stitches with various gags and his dark humour.

But of course! Forget who won what (Game of Thrones, Regina King, etc), what kept us enthralled was the red carpet.
Check out my favs:

1. Tracee Ellis Ross
The beautiful Tracee Ellis Ross from one of the funniest series ever 'Blackish' looked simple but sophisticated in this Ralph Lauren dress.
2. Priyanka Chopra Perfect off-shoulder crimson gown for the red carpet. I particularly loved when she twirled in this Jason Wu gown for the camera. Go Priyanka!
3. Niecy Nash Niecy Nash had designed this dress years ago and finally summoned up the courage to actually get it designed, teaming up Christian Siriano. I looooooooved it!
4. Kerry Washington
Remind me to try this. Lmao! Kerry Washington flaunted her baby bump in an elegant black custom Brandon Maxwell dress.
The 2016 Emmys were a blast as usual. What were your favorite looks and moments?

#MondayMotivation Refine your Elevator Pitch

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I remember when I heard the story of two nigerian artistes who had a few minutes to convince a big star to sign them.They quickly played him music and he liked what he heard. That got them a second meeting.I remarked to a friend once that if that was me, I wouldn't have known what song to play, or what to say. I probably would have frozen up.Successful people are busy, which means if you have never honed your elevator pitch, you need to start now.Simply put, an elevator pitch is what you would say to someone who could change your life during the time it takes for an elevator to reach its' next stop.After the conversation with my friend, I resolved to work on mine and thought I had aced it, until my sister got me a phone chat with her friend who also happens to be a business manager. After a few minutes, she said, "Tosyn, I don't think you know what you want and I think that's the first thing you have to figure out". 
I think because I was her friend's yo…

#PressRelease: Tillaman announces tour + new label

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Tillaman who is fresh off his contract with his former record label, Aquila Records, has announced a tentative deal between his own label that he is floating, and a renowned UK-based international outfit.

The musician is now re-branding, going down a more cultural path, as shown in his latest photoshoot, where he favors local fabrics and designs over foreign ones.

To show his fans this new Tillaman, he has arranged a nationwide tour with other musicians. They will be touring different venues across the country in a tour tagged: 'Tillaman and Friends'.

The tour will include musicians like: Lil Kesh, Mayorkun, Adekunle Gold, Mr. 2Kay, Orezi, Lax, Solidstar, May D, Burna Boy, Oritsefemi and Seyi Shay.

More details will be announced at a later time.

Below are more photos from his recent photo shoot:








And some more:




Creative ways to save money on your next trip

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So the recession is in, but people still have to travel, right? Of course. Like the popular saying goes: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."

So how to save money in this recession while still traveling? Sign me up! Well, it does involve a little bit of effort, but the amount in savings? Totally worth it!

Let's take the tips step by step shall we?

BEFORE TRAVELING
Best travel deals Always look out for sweet travel deals, depending on where you are going and when. There are likely to be travel or tourism agencies offering packages that could help you save a chunk of money. Be on the look out.
Best time to travel Naturally, peak perods mean more expensive everything- flights, accommodation etc. Be a rebel and take trips during off peak periods instead. Added advantage is you also avoid the crowds.

DURING YOUR TRIP Pro bono and Group tours
Some trips come with your hotel package and you can take advantage of that. Another thing to take advantage…

2pac Amaru Shakur

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If you have seen the movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, this line must have stood out: 'A scholar is still remembered 5 years after his passing, but a swordsman is remembered for 20 years.'

Today 2pac is being remembered, twenty years after his passing, not for being a swordsman, but for being a rapper, poet, actor, an inspiration and the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).

Today in 1996, at the age of 25, 2pac died after he had spent 7 days in the hospital, of gunshot wounds sustained during drive-by  shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

2pac drafted his code of thug life. Rules which acknowledged that crime was deeply entrenched in their but if they lived by those chains, there would be no future so the kids had to seek their own paths to creativity and personal development.
When you listen to 2pac's lyrics, you connect to the passion and message. He started from the bottom, struggled, but was always determi…

#FashionFriday One Jacket styled Three ways

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You know how there are must-have items? Jackets are a must have.
Jackets, be they denim, leather, blazers or any of the million types out there, come in handy sometimes for purely aesthetic (fashion) reasons, and other times for practical reasons. Jackets help to hide a multitude of sins (like love handles, flabby arms, et al), turn your look from simple to chic or official and help you layer like a pro.
It's cool to have the different kinds of jackets but even the most basic one can be versatile.
Check out how I rocked one jacket in three totally different ways.
Semi-Formal
This look is good for those who work in less formal environments, or for dress down at work days. It's also great for school, and higher institutions.

Brown Pants: Mango
Shoes: Bata
Hair and Make Up: Nikes Canvas
Casual I'm a tshirt and shorts type of girl and if you are too, have fun with it. But turn your saturday-at-the-beach look to an everyday look by throwing a jacket on!


Shorts: Mango
Shoes: Tash

#TravelThursday Surviving Long Trips

Long trips are the worst! You just want to get to your village, your honeymoon destination, your friend's birthday getaway or camp site but first you have to sit for hours.
Yuck!
I remember long trips to my granny's house in Ijebu when I was in school, and being with my sister and cousins made it bearable. I've also learnt some tricks for long flights and thanks to my cousin, long journeys via sea as well.
Check out some below!
BEFORE THE TRIP
Dress Comfortably
Avoid tight clothing, heels and other things that might seem like a good idea when you leave home but will leave you slightly ill and very uncomfortable hours later. My go to is usually a pair of jeans and a top, with a jacket incase it gets cold, and usually flats and socks.
If you are flying, you don't want shoes that you need to lace up, relace, then spend minutes wearing again as you go through scanners!
Watch what you eat and drink
It is advisable to have some water so as to be hydrated but watch what you ea…

#EventWednesday A Week of Weddings, Jidenna and Fooooood

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Last week was a full week for me. It was a mix of weddings, premieres, red carpets and foooooooooooooooooooood.
The week technically started Kunbi's wedding since I was there till Monday morning anyways. Kunbi of April by Kunbi had a fairytale wedding and it was fun dancing all night.



The dancing continued on my radio show with old and new music. Imagine playing all those songs you danced to five, ten, fifteen years ago!
Kel (yes, Kelioooooo) also came on the show to exclusively premiere her brand new song, "Act like you Do", a 90s inspired song. Kel made a promise to me (on video) that she is back, and isn't going quiet again. Okay o!


Vera of Verastic.com, a blogger, content creator, mother and speaker, was my other guest this week, bringing us tips on blogging and niche blogging in particular for my Tip Thursday show. I learnt a lot, including having fun with things you love, even if it's niche you do.


On Thursday, it was 'Jidenna' live with Aurelien…

4 of my favorite looks to the Beyonce's Soul Train-themed party

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Yesterday, September 5th, Beyonce set out to celebrate her 35th birthday in groovy style. And she chose one of the best themes ever: Soul Train. And when you think of Soul Train, what comes to mind? That's right Afros, bare midriffs, boot cut trousers, Soul music and all of that 70s goodness. While Blue Ivy stole the show, when she shouted: "Happy Birthday, Mummy" and then stole a bite of the birthday cake, the star studded party had some great looks that are worth looking at again. Here are 5 of my favorite looks, based on who kept to the theme and looked like a star doing it!




 1. Alicia Keys



Alicia Keys and Swizz Beat giving us couple style goals as they got the theme to the T! Alicia's boot cut jeans paired perfected with this blouse that screams 70s might just bring 70s back! And o, the bandanna just completes the look nicely!

2. Kelly Rowland



 O okay Kelly; we see you all 70s glam and sexy you! Kelly Rowland came as a Disco girl in a shimmering gold jumpsuit w…

#TBReview et #Giveaway Mara Cruiz Organic Haircare

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A few weeks ago, I got some hair products from Mara Cruiz Organics. We even did a giveaway and there's another to come today! I wanted to however do a quick show and tell of each product in the package I got (and will be giving out).
I have left my hair as is for quite a bit now and love using products best for it. My usual routine is for busy days, some hair cream and brushing the edges. When I have a little more time, I mosturise more thoroughly.
At the weekends, I tend to shampoo (not every weekend as you should never wash your hair more than it needs), condition, cream and mosturise.

Here is where Mara Cruiz comes in handy. The range of products is so varied that there is something for every time frame. Five minutes? Use the hair cream. Bit of time? Use the hair mayonnaise (or growth oil) and hair cream. And of course on a 'spoil your hair day', use them all.

The products come in mainly see-through clear plastic bottles (apart from the cream and mayonnaise). I'd h…

#MondayMotivation There came a king which knew not Joseph

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The story of Joseph in the Bible is a well known story.
A boy, hated by his brothers, is eventually sold into slavery and then thrown into jail. But he grows up to become Pharoah's trusted servant.
Joseph's story in itself is full of lessons but if you read a little further, you get to the part of the Bible where it says, "Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph". So picture this. This great man had saved a nation and his family from starvation and was the stuff of legends for a while. But eventually, like it or not, there came a king which knew not Joseph. This teaches me a few things.
Tell your story While the name 'Joseph' would have been well known for a generation or two, after a while, it seemed to have faded from main history. Imagine if we didn't have the story of David and Goliath in the Bible? Imagine if noone ever wrote about the Titanic? Imagine if there was no Elvis museum? What this tells me is it is not enough to do…

VMAs 2016: My 5 favorite looks of the Video Music Awards

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The MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) 2016, held at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, August 28 2016, and as expected it was star studded, everyone was there.

As usual, non music stuff almost upstaged music, with Drake all in his feelings, Blue ivy giving us meme worthy attitude for days and Alicia Keys clean clear skin!

The red carpet was interesting this year and these are my five favourite looks.

1. Chance the Rapper 

I just loooooove this! Beige dungarees? This look might have looked dodgy on someone else but Chance the Rapper is eccentric and i love it!


2. Blue Ivy Carter
Well duh!
Not only does Blue have the cutest facial expressions, but she turned up in an 11000 dollar dress that was adorbs. Infact, she looked like Disney princess, who had just come to see her peasant subjects.
3. Nicki Minaj Nicki brought more than Meek Mill to this year's VMAs; she also brought her curves, in all their glory. All her curves fit snugly into this dark blue dress that is tame by Nicki's standa…