Friday, 15 December 2017

#WCW: Check out 10 beauty looks from media guru, Mo Abudu





I remember I got glued to the television screen watching the delectable Mo Abudu on her show-Moments with Mo as she hosted great people from different walks of life. 


Then, her favourite mantra;' If you can think it, you can be it' stuck in my subconscious and became my watchword. From there, I got endeared to her personality and went on aquest to learn from her and what makes her thick.

Asides her business acumen, eloquence and accomplishments, Mo Abudu is a beauty to behold. Mind you, she is not just a pretty face, she is what we would call a " 'Three-in - one' woman". 

The University of Westminster graduate proved to her naysayers that you can be a combination of beauty and brains. With several awards and of late, the IoD Entrepreneurship award off her shelf, Mo Abudu is a woman to reckon with. 
She wears her many caps effortlessly and is indeed a role model to many.

As we celebrate this icon, we take a look at her as she gives us different shades of her beauty with make up on fleek as always. From nude to bold to subtle to flirty make up, we can't help but appreciate her beauty. 


Take a look at 10 beauty looks of Mo Abudu. Which is your favourite? 











Photo credit: Instagram @moabudu

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

11 Types of people you find in libraries



Who says the library is only for the 'Efikos' aka Nerds? It is 'home' to different set of people. Do you know that there are basically different sets of people you find in the library on different missions?

 During examination period, the library is usually flooded with students and getting a seat could be quite difficult. This is not the case on normal days.


While some libraries are nothing to write home about, others are up to standard and world class. Besides being a building for reading, research and getting information, the library might just be another haven to get away from all the noise particularly if your roommates are the noisy type.


In a typical library, here are the types of students you are likely to find below:

1.Those who are there to keep space
Their books are kept to maintain their spaces. These students would never use to library yet they would keep space. It is either they are going for class or somewhere else. Instead of allowing someone else who is very much around in the library to use it, they would use their books and materials to deceive people that they are coming back.


2.Exam freaks
It is only during examination period that these set of people remember that they have library cards. They would be the first to resume with the library workers and the last to close with them.


3.The Sleepers
These set of people cannot 'come and kill themselves' because of school work. Just a book and they are off to dream land. The good thing about this set of people is that they leave the library like every other student feeling that they have read enough and made good use of their time.


4. The phone chargers
They are always with extensions and their phone/laptop chargers. Since most times, electricity supply is usually constant in the library, these set of people see as a good opportunity to boost the battery lives of their 'dying' devices.


5. 'I was here' inscriptors
They mostly belong to the final year students who about to graduate. In other to make their presence felt, they would write their names on the library walls, seats and desk just to show they were there indeed.


6. Food smugglers
There are rules in the libraries and one of them is not to smuggle food to eat there. These set of people, probably foodies, would hide sweets, biscuits, chewing gum, groundnuts, chocolates and the likes to eat in the library. On sighting any library official, they hide their faces less they are caught eating and sent out.


7.Attention seekers
Slay mamas, Pepper dem gang, beard gang and every other fashion conscious individual fall into this category. You might be forced to turn your eye from your book to look at them. If you are very disciplined and don't want to be distracted, their perfume might hit you and you would have no option but to look up.


8. The Oppressors
They always have the latest edition of books and materials. They also oppress with the latest gadgets and laptop. They are solely in th library for the competition. If you don't know why you can to the library, you might end up comparing yourselves to them.



9. Those there for the freebies
They also recognise opportunities and make the best us to of it. Is it free newspaper? Or the encyclopaedias? Or free browsing sections? Not forgetting WiFi? Yes, for Internet connection to download all the necessary and unnecessary.


10. Rule breakers
The library is meant to be as quiet as a graveyard, phone calls and other form of noisy activities are prohibited. However, these set of people would still be caught making phone calls and gisting, imagine!


11. Those that never go to library 
They have never set their legs into the library yet you wonder how they stil manage to get straight As. These are the same people that say they have not read and the gullible ones believe them and tag along not knowing they burn the midnight oil soaked in their books!

Having said this, which one are/were the you? Or which one did I leave out?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Check out stylish ways to rock your scarf







Scarves are lovely accessories to spice up your outfit. Personally, I am a fan of scarfs be it colourful, patterned or plain. 

Did you know scarves are amazing accessories to make fashion  statements?

Every woman should have a scarf added to their wardrobe because of its versatility and classic nature.You can get quite creative infusing scarves into your dressing and transform your appearance from the ordinary to extraordinary. 


There are countless ways to style your scarves as they come in different styles, designs, colours, shapes and sizes.  

There are several simple scarf styles: you can hang it around the neck and this can be achieved in numerous ways. 

There are also  other creative ways to style your scarf, which includes using it as a belt, a turban, bracelet, neck tie, head band, and an accessory for your hand bag. Also your scarf can be turned into a shirt or a halter neck top. 

Below are photos of inspiring ways to style your scarf:



Photo credit : madivas.com.










Friday, 17 November 2017

How do you deal with a difficult co-worker?


Photo credit :Botswana Youth magazine

When people of different backgrounds and personalities come together in the workplace, there is bound to be conflicts. The beauty of this is that they can come to a compromise, get to understand themselves better and know how to relate to one another properly to avoid any friction.
However, how about that coworker who this does not seem to apply to because it is just difficult to get along with them… no matter what? While such persons might test your endurance level and develop your character, if care is not taken, they might just make you frustrated and unfulfilled on the job. 
This brings me to an incident that happened some days ago. I was thinking of the work load and how I was going to meet deadlines, so dragging for my change with a bus conductor was the last thing on my mind. It so happened that the bus conductor was not only bent on delaying me from getting to work early, but also planning to spoil my happy mood.

Thankfully, a passenger was kind enough to part with her change and that solved the issue. She obviously was embarrassed by the way I kept thanking her for kindness until she disappeared into the crowd. I looked at my watch, I thought it best to board a bike instead of a bus to get to work on time. This time I was prepared and I had my change, so no worries.
Getting to work, I had mapped out my plan for the day. Knowing that I was the one on duty, I had the whole office to myself. I stocked my food pack, downloaded podcast messages from some amazing people to listen to while working. These would come in handy and would definitely make working today quite interesting.
I heaved a sigh of relief that I made to work at the nick of time. So I went to the rest room to freshen up and lo and behold! You won’t believe what I saw in the toilet seat. Two heavy chunks of faeces popping their ugly heads at me!
I rushed out of the restroom immediately for the smell from there was quite nauseating. I thought of who was guilty of this atrocious act, and from all indications, the possible culprit appeared to be Milicent.
Milicent represents that coworker who is just outrightly difficult. She sees you as her biggest competitor. You try to be nice, she interprets it that you have ulterior motives. You are not nice and gbam, she becomes happy that she has something as evidence to use against you.
What did I do? I just kept my distance to avoid any alterations. I could not help but point a finger that she was the one who messed up the toilet. First, she was on duty while I was away, and since I would report the next day, it was possible she committed the act to spite me. Besides, we are the only ones that have access to that office, so who else could it have been?
Well… I could be wrong, but we all know that coworker who is just so difficult no matter how you try to blend with them. Having devised all means to friends with her, my last resort was to keep my distance to avoid any friction.
I remember how work became unbearable because we had to work as a team. For no reason, she would just stir up drama and I promised to keep my cool.
Back to my ordeal in the rest room, while I was being pressed, I was still contemplating what to do. Should I clean it up? Or should leave the mess for whoever did it? That was how I was muttering and complaining, until I realised that I had work to do. Retreating to my seat, I thought of all that I mapped out to do. Would I allow one incident spoil my mood?
My thoughts went back to the annoying conductor and for a moment, I thought that day was supposed to be one of those days. Then I thought about the kind passenger and smiled. Meanwhile, I was still pressed. Somehow, after pleading the blood of Jesus, I cleaned the restroom for my use. I didn’t want to go through the process of contacting the cleaners and hear their own complaints.
The day had just started and enough drama already, determined to not let things take a toll on me, I cleaned the toilet and let it go! However, it left me wondering how long I would be condoning such acts.
Now, I understand while most cleaners are usually grouchy. It is not easy when people make your work difficult for no just reason. Why would anybody use the toilet without flushing for goodness’ sake?  I don’t quite get it at all!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

#WhatWentDown@HLFDW2017: My experience at the Lagos Fashion Design Week 2017





The just concluded Lagos Fashion Design Week has been talk of the town. Known to be  one of the most anticipated and highly attended shows that bring together celebrities, fashionistas, fashion bloggers, fashion designers, business opportunists, fashion enthusiasts and the public generally, the curtains were opened for the 2017 edition of this worldly acclaimed event.

This annual event has become a tradition that showcases the collections of top designers both locally and internationally. To the fashion-conscious individual, It is another time to know fashion trends that are fast taking over the fashion arena. To another set, it is a time to build their brand and make a name. For some others, it is time to network and build long-lasting relationship. Yet for some others, it is time to blown away and just have fun.

The four-day event witnessed a new twist this year as the venue was changed from the Federal Palace hotel to Eko Atlantic. For those that came with their vehicles, it was an applaudable development. For some others who had to rely on public transport, they had to device alternatives to get to the venue going and coming probably through car-pooling or hiring taxis or public transport as it were.

The Lagos Fashion Design Week was indeed a success. Personally, I think the organisers did a good job. The venue was quite spacious for the activities, considering the car-park, the exhibition stands, the restroom facilities and food stands. The whole ambiance of the venue was peaceful and calm. The fresh air that saturated the area and the beautiful landscape view was another high point to not be forgotten in a hurry. They all added to the beauty of the event.

To add to this, the DJ was rendering soothing music from the old school to the new school and it appealed to everybody present. The decorations were also on point, everywhere around the venue was perfect for that selfie, conversation or interview. I noticed that the venue was also clean to a fault; I think the venue management deserved thumbs up.
 At a point in Day One, the lightning of the hall was sparking and people were scampering for safety. Kudos to the maintenance team for sorting out the issue in no time and the event progressed without further hitches. Security was also tight as there were no reported cases of theft, harassment or any kind of societal vice.

However, there were some flops. As usual the event which was slated for 6p.m followed the norm of 'Nigerian timing' and started later than expected for all the days. I noticed that for Day One, the hall was barely full to capacity, however as the event progressed it was quite difficult to get a seat because it became jam packed. Extra seats had to be placed on the runway for the VIPs to create more spaces for the audience but that didn't solve the problem much.

Recession might have hit hard the fashion industry because this year, there were no ‘freebies’. Judging from last year, the attendees were given freebies on daily basis but this was not so this year. Instead the freebies, I observed, were for only for a selected few-the VIPs, with their names on their seats.

Having said that, the Lagos Fashion Design Week still clinched a pass mark in my good books for the successes far outweighed the flops. It was worth the time, energy, resources and experience and next year, it would definitely be another event to look forward to attend again. 


Check out photos of some guests giving us #HLFDW2017 Street style:












Sunday, 22 October 2017

Here is why I stopped watching Telemundo

Photo credit :Telemundo

Turning on the television,  after partaking in rigorous house chores; to cool off, the first station that came on was showing Telemundo, without thinking twice or blinking twice, I changed the channel to watch news instead.

So why did I do that with immediate alacrity? This is a tale of once bitten, twice shy. So far, Telemundos have not been able to 'help my condition'  rather they made me have a false sense of the real world.


It all started when boo and I were having serious issues threatening our relationship. Ever since, it had been lovey dovey all the way particularly when we started dating.

Then some months down the line, our relationship took some new twists and the arguments and quarrels started creeping in gradually. Determined to make our relationship work,  knowing that we are two imperfect different individuals, we resorted to sorting our differences amicably without letting it linger onto the next day no matter what.

However, all hell was let loose when I saw a different side of boo that I had never seen when we had a major quarrel and for the first time, I saw him flare up. The cool, calm, collected guy I knew, was not bulging in, he was deeply pained. Still trying to recollect what went wrong though,  but I do know things went out of hand.


At that point, our relationship was threatened. What did I do? It was not like I was totally at fault but the more I tried to make him see his own faults too and see things from my own perspective,  the more he became defensive and found it more offensive.


 A day after, we didn't talk. We were waiting for the first person to reach out to the other. Okay, so I sat down and thought things through, I had to swallow my pride and apologise even though I knew he had also offended me too.


I dressed up and went to visit him in his house. I had already mapped out what I was going to do and it was largely influenced by what I watched on television. Then, after watching a scene from one of the current Telemundos airing at that time,  I thought I could apply the same strategy learnt.


 This is what happened, the lady in the Telemundo, who  had offended her man, was able to appease him with sex. Going to her man's house, she was dressed to kill as she sought to make amends. The next thing she did was to try to manipulate him with tears and guess what? It worked. It didn't end there, she walked out on him crying, saying that if he wanted her no more, she would be fine.


That is how in this Telemundo, the guy pursued her into the streets, not minding onlookers watching them stage an 'entertaining'  drama for their view, he begged her to come back, pleading that he didn't want her to leave his life, kneeling down and all that. With all that show of love and desire, they made up just like that and the next thing, they landed on the bed?!?!


So I thought I could act that out with boo when we had issues. Omo, boo didn't fall for my tears first of all. He kept explaining and hammering on what he considered I did wrong.  I left his presence in annoyance, thinking he would run after me to come back. I walked and walked on the streets expecting him to run after me like the guy in Telemundo only to turn back to see nobody was coming after me except a corn seller,  who was running to sell corn to a customer in a moving vehicle! Just imagine??? It took serious prayer and fasting plus the intervention of our mentor for boo and I to let go and carry on.


I thought I was the only one who Telemundo affected negatively until Sunday morning, during sermon, the preacher who was speaking on relationships, said that Telemundo also 'showed him pepper'. According to him, these television series made him have the wrong expectations and perceptions of marriage.


Having watched an episode that a couple made up by passionate love making after a serious quarrel,he thought that he could apply that to his household. Then, he was newly married,and he was so eager to have his first quarrel to experience what he saw on Telemundo. So he waited for the first fight with his wife thinking that he would just grab her and plant a kiss on her lips and from there they would move to passionate love making and forget their heated argument just like that!


 In fact, it was not as easy as he envisaged, for their quarrel excavated and what Telemundo painted was very far from his expectation and what he experienced. It was a different ball game entirely. In fact he had to resort to other tested and proven methods of resolving conflicts to save his marriage.


With that experience, now, I belong to the class of women who would never bother spending their time watching Telemundo series. This is because of the unrealistic expectations they have created in my mind. Instead, I would engage myself watching something else educative or funny and not something that gives me a unrealistic expectation about marriage and relationships because what they act, does not happen in the real world.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

What's the difference between 'being educated' and 'getting an education'?

Here are some things I think does not make you appear educated:

Kindly watch this short impromptu video then come back to read:





  • You use the toilet without flushing.


  • You defecate in the bush along the express way
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  •  You urinate by the roadside and by people's fences.

  • You throw waste from your vehicle or from inside a bus.

  • You think using swear words is fly.

  • You make noise while eating.

  • You don't apply what you learnt in school.

  • You go through school but do not let school go through you.

  • You scratch your groins in public.
  

  • You yell at the top of your voice when receiving or making calls in a public place.


  • You disobey traffic lights.

  • You take one-way roads.

  • You don't mind spitting anywhere and anyhow.

 

  • You are one of those guys that think a woman's place is only in the kitchen and that she is none other than a baby producing factory.

  • You blame the government for everything!