Sunday, 14 May 2017

Weekend Getaway to Lekki Conservation Center (Photos)






Live from the commercial center of excellence, is the proper weekend getaway destination carved for nature lovers, tourists and people of all kinds-the Lekki Conservation Center.


 The Lekki conservation center is another world on its own. It is home away from home, free from the hustle and bustle that follows the city life.


 Asides the beautiful landscape and the freshness of the air, the long canopy walk was surely one of  the highpoints of this tourist attraction.

After relaxing and engaging in series of games, we got ready for the longest canopy walk in Africa. It was exhilarating and at the same time exhausting. Ready to take on the risk and not allowing my fear for heights get the better part of me, I began a new experience on this canopy walk. Unfortunately, I was did not take note of how long it lasted but at least I paused to catch  my breath and record my progress at each interval.

Other highpoints included the poolside, ponds occupied by fishes, the ludo and chess boards. I also participated in high peak climb. Standing tall on a high platform was also fun. Going up was not that easy. Extra precaution had to be applied less one loses grip. Thankfully, made it to the top and then when it was time to come down, it was much easier than going up.

The new experience, the breath of fresh air, the innocence of the monkeys, turtles and peacock, the colour green, the savannah, the food all added up to make the visit to the Lekki Conservation center an event never to be forgotten in a hurry. The thrilling experience took center page of my diary for 2017 under #My Expeditions#My Tours#Life OfA Geographer

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Job contract that turns sour because of ''registration fee''



 
 Photo credit: MadameNoire.com

This month started on a good note.  Normally, it starts with series of good will messages and calls from family and friends. However, it was quite different this time around. It was a pleasant surprise getting a message for a contract from a client.  To be sure it was neither spam nor 419, I did some background check and research on this particular client and the company he was representing.  After  l googled the client's name,  I was quite impressed with what l saw. He looked level headed, had an impressive work profile and was obviously well- connected.  My first instinct was the respond to the message immediately but I decided to take ''chill pills'' lest over-excitement makes me flop.

I recall that something similar had happened in the past. Out of over-excitement, I did not take the time to understand the message and replied without thinking. That cost me that opportunity because the client never got back to me. Certainly, I would not take more 24 hours to respond to this very message but I just needed some minutes or so to think through and reason if it was worth it. Later on in the day, when I was in a more relaxed mood and place, I informed the client of my availability, interest and willingness to take on the contract.


I read the message from this client, once again, understood what he was saying then responded that I have would be obliged to take on the new project. After some days, he responded. Phew! For a moment, I thought I responded late and probably made the client get someone else but thankfully got a feedback from him. According to the client, I was to contact an agent, who would put me through to process.

So what exactly was the contract about? The contract was about modelling for billboards, calendars and souvenirs, something I had never done before. I was like ‘’Wow’’. In my mind, I was like '' I don blow''. I was already calculating what I was likely to be paid. The fact that it was a new opportunity, stirred so much  excitement in me.


It was a weekend so I had to wait for Monday to make it more official. After I had thought of what I was going to say to the agent, I gave him a call and this was what transpired:

Me: Good morning Sir! Please, Is this Mr. Lagbaja?

Agent: Good morning! Yes, May I help you?

Me: I got your number from Mr. John. He directed me to you concerning a modelling contract

Agent: Okay.... What is your name?

Me: My name is Akpo'didi

Agent: Hope you are very beautiful?

 Me: (Giggled)

 The Agent continued: Before we give you the contract, you would have to buy a form for #10000 after which the modelling agency would endorse you then from there you become a certified model.  You would be working under us so every payment made for a job, a certain percentage of your payment would be for us( your agent)?

Me: Really? How much percentage?

Agent: I can't disclose that. Probably see me in person so we can discuss that but come with the #10000 cash for the form?

Me: Okay... When sir?

Agent: Would tomorrow be fine?

Me: The day after the tomorrow would be convenient

Agent: Ok.... No problem. The ball is in your court

Me: Thanks, sir.

Agent: Bye for now

Me: Good bye sir

And that was the final goodbye because after thinking things through and consulting people for advice, I realised that it might just be another scam. One has to be careful in this perilous times. We hear of how people are kidnapped, robbed and used for diabolic things.  Have you not heard of people invited for job interviews only to duped or kidnapped? Just as the popular singer , Omawumi said in her song’’If you ask me?’’- the things wey e happen, e heavy for mouth

 Okay for the benefit of doubt, the agent might not have such intentions but since at the end of the day, he gets a certain percentage, he might as well wait till I do the modeling job then  deduct the #10,000 registration fee from my payment, shikena?

This incident reminds me of a similar occurrence. There was the notice that models were needed for an upcoming event.The applicants were to be added to exclusive Whatsapp group. After joining the chat group, the administrator notified the group members that they were to pay a certain amount of money for registration after which they will be inducted to the modelling agency to start making money.

A member of the group insisted that the agency could as well deduct the registration fee from their salary to start with rather asking them to pay money before enrollment. She had done her calculations. They were about 30 of them in the group and if that was multiplied by the registration fee that amounted to a huge sum of money. Since the group administration refused to reason with the adamant member, she politely left the group. That was the last the administrator heard from her.

In most cases, after paying the required registration fee, the applicant might end up being used after she discovers that the agency ended up selecting a particular few from the battalion of applicants. This leaves the unselected applicant helpless and the registration fee is usually non-refundable.


What do you think of jobs that you have to pay ‘’registration fee’’ first before getting the contract or job position? Are they not mild ways of duping unsuspecting applicants?

Friday, 10 March 2017

5 Amazing uses of Avocado for the skin

The avocado is one of nature's gift because of vitamins and fats, it is a very good choice to treat dry or sensitive skin. Avocado used on your facial skin can also reduce skin aging leaving your skin fresh and bright-looking. You can blend it into pasta sauce, bake them in a pie and maybe cut it into avocado roses.

Do you know that the avocado is also packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E and moisturizing fats that can do wonders for your skin and hair? Here are, five ways to include avocado in your beauty routine;


1. FACE AND BODY MASK:

You could get fancy and add honey, egg whites, or yogurt to your mask, but you can keep it simple this time; mush half of a ripe avocado, slather it on your face and chest, and let it sit for fifteen minutes before rinsing it off in the shower. Repeat once a week to keep your skin supple.

2. HAIR MASK:

Mash up half an avocado in a bowl, add the juice of half a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. Coat your dry hair with the mixture, then wrap your head in an old towel. Leave the mask on for twenty minutes, then rinse off in the shower. Repeat once a week to get markedly softer hair.


3. SUNBURN SOOTHER:

If you spend a little too much time by the pool, mash up a cold avocado and let it sit on the burn for fifteen minutes. Repeat as necessary to soothe and cool the burn and wear more sunscreen next time, okay?

4. EXFOLIATING HAND SCRUB:

Mix a half an avocado with two teaspoons of coarse kosher salt in a bowl. Slap the mixture on your hands and gently rub it on your skin for two minutes, then rinse it off in the sink. The scrub simultaneously removes dead skin cells and moisturizes.

5. EYE DE-PUFFER:

Vitamin C is a common ingredient in eye serums, so it’s no surprise that sticking a slice of cold avocado under each eye for fifteen minutes is a great way to de-puff and eliminate dark circles.

Courtesy: acceleratetv.com

Monday, 20 February 2017

When he feels he is doing you a favour by marrying you?


                                             Image credit: Pulse

It was an intellectual conversation centered on that very course that we never understood. Imagine, the lecturer of this particular course would come to class and not teach but would expect you to read up and do the explanations yourself. If it was not class presentation, it was series of assignments. If it was neither of the two, it was impromptu tests. That was what the whole discussion was all about considering that examinations were around the corner but somehow it switched to marriage. How it managed to change gear  and direction that I am still cracking my brain.

Ding! It is a actually started when a '' toaster'' of Sheneneh  joined the conversation and he was telling the other guys present  that she had refused to give him the green light. That was how one other guy, let's call him (John Bosco ) took it upon himself and told Sheneneh's toaster to take chill pills because in next two years or so, Sheneneh would be the one on his matter. He even gave instances of how desperate girls stylishly call guys to register their availability. He  added that Sheneneh  would start by calling him casually saying :
''I just called to say hello! ''  

According to this guy that was a signal from a woman who is available and desperate especially one who over time had played very hard to get but after weighing her options had to act fast to beat time.

Point taken. Really, so guys take it that a single woman calling them just to holla is indirectly pressing them for marriage, might not be the same for every guy though. My thoughts, henceforth, no more calls to guys unless it is very urgent.

So why did Sheneneh not jah this guy face. Firstly, he did not appear serious. Any serious guy should be willing to cross the oceans, break barriers, kill lions or even do the unimaginable. Okay on a  more serious note, you can always tell when someone is serious. It would show in their actions and behaviour. This guy in question looked like he was just wanted to '' test the microphone''. Do you ask a girl out by giving conditions? Do you ask a girl out with threats like you better say yes before I would change my mind and the likes.

Secondly, this guy in question was not her ideal kind of man. We heard that women should bring their high standards down. True but is knowing what you want and sticking it to way too unrealistic. This guy was just too dishonest. That was a major flaw. He knew how to lie. His words were just sugar-coated. We have been warned as women to draw the line between sincere praise and flattery. This guy did the latter very well. It was written all over his face. He is a professional liar.

Thirdly, he had actually told Sheneneh that he was doing her a favour and she better 
give in before she gets to old for marriage. Hmm.... In fact that was the deal breaker. Why on earth would a guy think he is doing a woman a favour by marrying her? Is it because of the age factor? That really got me thinking. Why would any guy think he is  doing woman a favour by marrying her?

If so where is the place of love that is neither boastful nor conditional? l am sure it has been over emphasised that a woman virtually forfeits many things for the sake of the man she is marrying. She changes her name for the man. She carries his children for nine months and so on. Sometimes she forgoes her ambition to be a wife and mother. Managing the home is a full time business, and a takes someone who is good in multitasking and skilled, many women are professionals in this area.

The Holy book also buttresses that the man who finds a wife obtains favour. The man is meant to be enriched by his wife and she is his crown. So where does the whole idea that I am doing you a favour if you marry me come from? Reversely, the woman is actually doing the man a favour because she is the one that would bring him favour according to the Holy book.

Concerning the man na man syndrome, this is when a woman has given hope that she will ever get married so any man that shows up whether it Tom, Dick or Harry, she would hold tightly lest he might be the last. With societal pressures and the likes, a woman who is unsure of herself might just for that gimmick.  It is not easy particularly with the constant reminder of  ones biological clock ticking. A man who sees a woman as someone he married out of pity cannot never be loving enough. 

Women need to nourished, protected and cherished. Will such a man claiming bragging rights do these to his woman when he thinks he is doing the woman a favour by getting married to her?

Personally, l don't think women should marry out of fear but love and on their own freewill and conviction. Do you think it is good for a man to say he is doing a woman favour by marrying her?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Rantings of the youngest child



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 Is it fair?The youngest in the family are usually entitled the smallest share of anything (especially food). Would that be the reason for my seemingly stinginess?  If I have the chance to have a large chunk of food to myself, I do not really mind eating all alone. The very thought of seeing larger shares going to your elder ones requirs discipline. It takes someone contented and disciplined to overlook this. Back then, it got to the point that sometimes I don't follow due process, since I know that I would take the least share , why bother? I will just carry my two legs and take what is mine (the smallest) and go quietly.

 As a toddler, I did not notice this trend but as I grew older it became an issue. It was either I do not look at my older ones share lest I feel bad or I just swallow my grievances and enjoy whatever I was offered.   That I became programmed to take the smallest share of everything in the house. I just naturally believed anything small was mine, no dispute.  That was how my mind was programmed. What ever was small and least belonged to me.

My parents are staunch believers of culture and tradition.  It is even very strict and more enforced judging that they both elder ones in their family so they have younger ones. That means they really do not understand what it means to be the youngest.

They believe that there must always be demarcation between the oldest and youngest. I actually grew up to the tunes of you are the youngest, are you mates? Why do you crave for the lion share of everything, don't you know that you are the youngest? And the likes.

Sometimes I wonder if tradition could be broken and may be equity and equality is allowed. Would that give room for disrespect?  In a way, probably so and in another way, probably not.If I had the same thing as those older than me does that really mean we were on the same level? It is not the case of knowing your place and giving respect to whom respect is due.

Some homes do not see this tradition as a big deal. While some prefer that older ones would give part of their shares to the youngest, others allow the youngest to do the sharing for the older ones to make their  choice. I do not know sha but I would definitely understand the plight of my youngest child knowing that I have gone through the tradition and survived. It taught me to be contented, may be stingy and put others need before myself.


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

16 types of people you find on social media



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Social media is community on its own. It could be addictive. It could be enlightening. It could also be depressing and also funny. It has its  fair share of  pains and gains. Hardly would a day pass without social media drama and jibes.

 People use social media for different reasons; some to relax and others to be updated with latest news. Some even use social media to catch-up with old friends and so on. 

However, there are people that are not even into social media and surviving and getting their grooves on - Respect to them!

That being said, here is my list of certain people that you find on social media and they include:

1. The stalkers
These set of people love going through people's pages to know what they have been up to, where they at and who they are with? I think the exes mostly fall into this category. Stalkers are also diehard fans of celebrities, the people who are crushing on someone and enemies too fall in this category - they want to know if you doing better than themselves.

2. The opportunist
These people don't waste time. They use social media for business activities. They have something to sell, an idea or skill, they put it up on social media. No time for play play, it's strictly business.

3. The jokers
Their motto is life is too short to wear a frown. They are always making jokes online. Is it updates, memes, breaking news or photos, they are just too hilarious. We need them after a long stressful day.

4. The oppressors
Shout out to the ride or die chics/guys out there. Today it's dubai, tomorrow it's a boat cruise in the Caribbean. They rocking latest designers wear. From head to toe, they smell money. To add to your envy, they seem to get all the likes and comments... Phew!

5. The family-oriented
To them family is everything. They appear to have the perfect life with lovely partner, cute children, good jobs and all. You really admire them and sometimes feel envious when they start posting pictures of their family and all.They should be #FamilyGoals.

6.The over schooled
As much as you try to understand what they are posting, you cannot seem to get grip of the direction/message of their post. Their analyses are too complex spiced with big grammars. Most times it is to waka pass or scroll down.

7.The boring
They are better off keeping quiet because your reaction to their posts would be like Duh! So what's this one saying now???

8. The motivators
They are always posting inspiring messages and sermons. You need them in your spiritual walk so as not to backslide.


9.The Atheist
They believe there is no God and religion has been and would always be an issue for them. They open to debates on whether there is God oo or no God.

10. The silent
I'm still trying to understand this people. No profile picture, no posts but they are always online. Ladies without any form profile picture  are major culprits. Why the hidden identity??? Something fishy or they have their reasons best known to them.

11. The news breakers
Even before CNN gives the breaking news, these set of people know what's happening are the first to dish trending news. They have their ears to the ground and don't slack. They have their niches be it sports, local news, entertainment, movies, foreign news. Some are well rounded.

12.The competitors
When someone posts a photo, they would post their own. If someone makes a comment, they make their own too. To this people, it is more  of a competition than a social platform of people. 

13.The favour seekers
They bug you with endless pleas for favours and most times it is for financial assistance. You won't blame some in need of jobs and so they deem it best to disturb influential people for assistance.

14. The post and delete
When nobody comments or likes their posts, the next thing is to delete it sharp sharp. I think they are controlled by people's reactions.

15. The noise makers
They bombard your time line with their posts and photos as if they are the only ones in your friend lists. Sometimes you wonder if this person has a life outside social media.

16. The rude ones
These are the people that are too lazy to type or communicate effectively. Someone is celebrating her/his birthday instead of typing '' happy birthday'' instead they type '' hbd'' and the likes. You know now! They are experts in short-hand.

Did I leave any other set? Please join the conversation

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Still on the matter….#MyOffice




 
Image credit: Information Nigeria

Drama unfolds anywhere and anytime. It is even very peculiar if you commute in public transport. Is it the annoying conductor who insists that you must always have the exact fare or else he would harass you? Or is it the bus driver who drives carelessly as if it is farm animals loaded in his bus? There are many scenarios that happen in the course of a commuting from place to place on daily basis. Some annoying, some funny, some exciting and others risky but none can take the place of having your own vehicle.

On a bus to Iyanaipaja, a fellow passenger did not let us rest with the call he was making. He spoke English so it was very easy to deduce the direction of his conversation. Normally I would have just minded my business and go on with listening to music on my earphones but his voice tone made him noticeable.

What struck out of his conversation on phone was the way he kept on mentioning "my office". It appeared he was using it to brag because the way he mentioned it was countless. From the beginning of the journey to the end, all we heard was '' in my office'' '' bring it to my office''....

I could not help but wonder if the passenger just got a new office or he just landed a job that he could not help but make emphasis with the word '' office''.  So I had to really understand what an office really is. According to the dictionary, the word '' office'' refers to a room, set of rooms or building used for non-manual work. Based on definition, anything done in room(s) asides non-manual work is not an office probably a workshop or workspace. Brings me to the topic of how we love to show off with office. It is not unusual to see some people take selfies and tag it # office things. Working in an office kinda builds ego and creates some form of respect, abi? There seems to be a perception that one working in an office is a big salary earner.  The office is also linked with white- collar jobs.

 Then I used to cringed with the thought of an office environment. When I go for interviews, the first thing was to look at the office space and ask myself if it is really office-like. You know how it is more dignifying to work in an office that has all the furnishings, air conditioner and all, than a '' pako'' office. It is not new to see graduates lust for office jobs because of the dignity attached to them and the thought of the working in an office.

Whether it is a farm,bus, stall, laboratory, workshop, shop or school, there is dignity provided you do the needful and improve yourself. Working in an office is not the standard. After forcefully listening to the passenger echo of '' my office'', I was forced to believe that office or no office, there is dignity in labour.

 On a lighter note, please don’t brag about your office if it is not in Chevron or Sahara group or UBA or Shell …..