Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog: 02/24/2008 - 03/02/2008





Thursday, 6 March 2008

Ignorance is bliss...or is it?

I came home a bit late yesterday. I usually don't shower at night (always too tired or lazy), but I did it last night 'cos I was feeling a little sticky.

Ok, I think you guys need to know that from 6 pm till about 12 midnight, there's never power in my part of Surulere. We all rely on generator.

The generator in my house isn't powerful enough to carry all the electrical appliances in it. So usually when I take my bath at night, I don't turn on the light in the bathroom. I (think) know where everything is...

So I got into the shower, turned on the water and started scrubbing off. In darkness! (Don't imitate...lol)

When I first turned on the water, it had a funny smell and was more warm than usual but I thought nothing of it and went straight to business. I was showering leisurely, singing, playing music from my phone and just enjoying the feel of warm water on my body...

This water touched every part of my body. My eyes, my mouth, my...you know...everything. I even swallowed some of it...then....

...They restored power...

And Linda literarily ran out of the bathroom, screaming, when she saw the water running from the shower...

My dad came out to check what was going on and I told him...he laughed for a few seconds and said the water had been brownish and dirty all day and he had advised everyone not to use it...

Yeah well, no one told me.

The first few minutes wasn't funny as I went around looking for clean water to wash away the stink, the colouring, the dirt! I couldn't believe I'd swallowed that water and I'd used it so leisurely not knowing what I know now...

Lying in my bed later, I started laughing. Isn't life funny? The things we do when we lack knowledge...when we don't really know...how free, happy and content we are in our own ignorance. They say what you don't know won't kill you!

You're dating a guy and everytime you call him, his phone is switched off. When he calls you back he gives one story or the other and you totally believe him. Not knowing! Or your husband tells you a certain someone is just a colleague and you embrace her thinking thats the truth. Not knowing! Or someone claims to have your back while plotting your downfall and you open up yourself to them. Not knowing!.

But then one day you KNOW and you can't believe how ignorant (foolish) you've been. How blissful it is to be ignorant...how dangerously we live in it. Walking leisurely into a lions den not knowing what it really is until you're rescued out of there and you can't believe how close you came...

But when we really think about it, it's not that hard to know the truth if we really want to know. When I first got into the shower and perceived the smell, I could have gone looking for some light to check the water out...but I didn't! I'm used to the water clean, so what could go wrong on this particular night? I figured!

You know what they say about disillusion? It comes only to the illusioned. You cannot be disillusioned about something if you didn't put faith in it in the first place. If I'd had a previous experience with the water, maybe I wouldn't have been so quick to jump to the conclusion that there was nothing wrong with it on this particular night.

A few minutes of deep thinking is enough to find out the truth, but for some of us, thinking is tedious and a few minutes is a long time...so we are content with our knowledge, which is usually what we think we know, but really don't know.

When you also think of your own ignorant act, what's your excuse? Do we deliberately choose NOT to know! Do we always admire what we really don't understand? Is it that we don't know because we don't want to know? Or do we really know and pretend not to know? Or maybe we choose not to acknowledge the truth? Or is it that we are just sometimes stupid?

Do we delirately embrace ignorance? When we are not sure, it makes life easier for us? Is ignorance really innocence?

Someone said "Ignorance is the necessary condition of life itself. If we knew everything, we could not endure existence for a single hour."

So ignorance is bliss...but wouldn't you rather know?

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Sickle Cell Anaemia: The Eucharia Anunobi story + others

Reading Encomium magazine yesterday, I saw an interview granted by one of Nigeria's most talented actresses Eucharia Anunobi. In it she announced that her only son, Joshua Ekwu, has sickle cell anaemia.

Hear her...
Q: Lets share your challenges as a single lady
Eucharia "My situation is a bit complex. I don't know how to say this. My case is deep. It is not just about being a single mother. I don't know if this is the right place to say this but mine is more trying. Mine is heavy. You know why? Because my son has sickle cell anaemia. Unfortunately that is heavy. Sometimes the tears...please, I don't want to talk about it. I has not been easy. I am sure you understand. It is not easy when your child is SS. I have God on my side. He has been my helper and my strength"

Unfortunately she didn't say anymore about it. I would have loved to know how she found out, what she's doing to keep him healthy, the real challenges of taking care of an SS child etc...but the journalist asking the questions didn't ask any of this, he kinda seemed more interested in her broken marriage and run away husband.

This is one of the reasons I want to do a talk show someday. Have people share their experiences, so some of us can learn from it.

If this doesn't teach us anything at all, it should teach some of us who haven't had kids yet to check our blood type/group? before getting married or having a baby by a man.

What more can you say about this? Any expert in the house? Please tell us more about this blood disease.
World's dirtiest cities: Port Harcourt Makes the top list
Meanwhile our own PH city has been named one of the dirtiest cities in the world. Most of the dirtiest cities are in Africa. Surprised? See the full list below.
No. 1: Baku, Azerbaijan Health and Sanitation Index Score: 27.6
No. 2: Dhaka, Bangladesh Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 29.6
No. 3: Antananarivo, Madagascar Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 30.1No.
4: Port au Prince, Haiti Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 34No.
5: Mexico City, Mexico Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 37.7No.
6: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 37.9No.
7: Mumbai, India Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 38.2No.
8: Baghdad, Iraq Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 39No.
9: Almaty, Kazakhstan Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 39.1No.
10: Brazzaville, Congo Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 39.1No.
11: Ndjamena, Chad Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 39.7No.
12: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 40.4No.
13: Bangui, Central African Republic Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 42.1
No. 14: Moscow, Russia Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 43.4No.
15: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 43.4No.
16: Bamako, Mali Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 43.7No.
17: Pointe Noire, Congo Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 43.8No.
18: Lome, Togo Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 44.1No.
19: Conakry, Guinea Republic Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 44.2
No. 20: Nouakchott, Mauritania Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 44.7
No. 21: Niamey, Niger Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 45
No. 22: Luanda, Angola Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 45.2
No. 23: Maputo, Mozambique Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 46.3
No. 24: New Delhi, India Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 46.6No.
25: Port Harcourt, Nigeria Mercer Health and Sanitation Index Score: 46.8*

Chris Brown and Rihanna holidaying in Jamaica!

I totally approve...lucky dude!

Chinese Fend Shui Horoscope
It seems most horoscopes are for single or working people. Still, some of these may come true.This is a Chinese Feng Shui Horoscope.
Take a moment to take this test! If you are honest this tells the truth, it's pretty accurate.
Write your answers on paper. Find out your horoscope at the bottom.
1. Which color is your favorite color: Red, Black, Blue, Green or Yellow?
2. Your first initial?
3. Your month of birth?
4. Which color do you like more, Black or White?
5. The name of a person that is the same sex as you?
6. Your favorite number?
7. Do you like California or Florida more?
8. Do you like a lake or the ocean more?
9. Write down a wish (a realistic one)

When you are done, scroll down. Don't cheat!

1. If you choose:Red- You are alert and your life is full of love.Black- You are conservative and aggressive.Green- Your soul is relaxed and you are laid back.Blue- You are spontaneous and love affection.Yellow- You are a very happy person and give good advice to those who are down.
2. If your initials are: A-K You have a lot of love and friendships in your life.L-R You try to live your life to the max and your love life is soon to bloom. S-Z You like to help others and your future looks ver! y br ight.

3. If you were born in: Jan-Mar: The year will go very well for you and you will discover that you fall in love with someone totally unexpected.Apr-Jun: You will have a strong love relationship that will last forever.Jul-Sep: You will have a great year and will experience a major life-changing experience for the good.Oct-Dec: Your life will b e great, you will find your soul mate.

4. If you choose:Black: Your life is about to get better. You are more than ready for the change.White: You have a friend who completely confides in you and would do anything for you, but you may not realize it.

5. This person should be your best friend.

6. This is how many close friends you will have in your life time.

7. If you choose:California : You like adventure.Florida : You are a laid back person.

8. If you choose:Lake : You are loyal to your friends and your lover. You are very reserved.

Ocean: You are spontaneous and like to please people.

9. This wish will come true if you send this to 1 person in one hour.Send it to ten people and it will come true before your next birthday.
When I stand up for myself and my beliefs, they call me a bitch.
When I stand up for those I love, they call me a bitch.
When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts or do things my own way, they call me a bitch.
Being a bitch means I won't compromise what's in my heart. It means I live my life MY way. It means I won't allow anyone to step on me.
When I refuse to tolerate injustice and speak against it, I am defined as a bitch. The same thing happens when I take time for myself instead of being everyone's maid, or when I act a little selfish.
It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won't become anyone else's idea of what they think I "should" be.
I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that! So try to stomp on me, try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me. You won't succeed.
And if that makes me a bitch , so be it. I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.
B - Babe
I - In
T - Total
C - Control of
H - Herself
B = Beautiful
I = Intelligent
T = Talented
C = Charming
H = Hell of a Woman
B = Beautiful
I = Individual
T = That
C = Can
H = Handle anything

Not my own words...just thought to share.

See you soon!

Monday, 3 March 2008

Question + How to sleep during office hours + Cakes to die for

Would you marry a man who is three times divorced? Become wife no 4? I totally wouldn't. I know someone who is about to do it and it gives me the chills...maybe it's just me...
Does anyone have any reservations about that too? Would you do it? Does it matter?
Share your thoughts!

How to sleep during office hours

Believe it or not...they are cakes!

Which is your favourite cake? If you want any of it...don't ask me o...lol! Just take a sample to your baker...

Just a thought
"The most beautiful things in life are hardly ever seen but felt. Show me a man who does not gossip and I'll show you a man who's not interested in people''

"What hurts me is not that you lied to me. It's that I can never believe you again"

"There is YOUR way and MY way. There's no ONLY way or the RIGHT way"

Have a beautiful week ahead!

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Happy new month + Body of missing Guinean super model found + US Presidential Jokes

This is the beginning of a new month and this is my prayer for you.

May the month of March be a month of blessings...
Blessings of goodness.
Blessings of joy.
Blessings of peace.
Blessings of kindness.
Blessings of friendship.
Blessings of love.
Blessings of creativity.
Blessings of strength.
Blessings of serenity.
Blessings of fulfillment.
Blessings of dignity.
Blessings of satisfaction.
Blessings of success.
Blessings of sustenance.
Blessings of physical health and radiance.

May your enemies never touch you.
May they never find you.
May they forget your name.
May everything they wish for you go back to them.
If they wish you evil, may evil follow them.
If they wish you failure...may God shame them with your success story
May God break any stronghold they're trying to erect in your life.
May you defeat them and every evil force that tries to enter your mind and life
May they not succeed in leading you through the wrong path
But above all, may God never forsake you...in Jesus Name...AMEN!

Body of missing Guinean super model found

Katoucha Niane, the "Black Princess"Paris police yesterday, found a body in the River Seine suspected to be the missing Guinean super model Katoucha Niane, the former beloved muse of fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent. The 47-year-old Katoucha Niane, known as the "Black Princess" had been missing from her home on a central stretch of the river on the night of February 1.

Fashion model model Katoucha Niane, from Guinea, embraces French couturier Yves Saint Laurent at the end of his show for the 1989 Fall ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris, in this March 22, 1989 file photo. Katoucha was found dead in the Seine River Feb. 28, 2008 in Paris. Katoucha, who lived on a barge, was missing since Jan. 31, 2008.

The police said, the mother-of-three disappeared after being dropped off from a party and her handbag was later recovered near her houseboat.


Moving on from the sad news...some jokes for those of you following the US presidential election. Enjoy!

The US Presidential Jokes

God bless you all abundantly. See y'all later!

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