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Friday 26 December 2008

Calabar Carnival + If a man wants you...

Hope you all are having a beautiful holiday. I'm having so much fun boring myself to death in this flat...lol. Christmas used to be so much fun, what happened? Oh yeah, I think I know what happened, my sibblings grew up. A few years ago, xmas eve, xmas day and boxing day were strictly for me and my sibblings. They'd get into my car and we'll drive around Lagos sight seeing, shopping, visiting fun places like the beach, the Apapa Amusement park (wonder if that place is still functional), go see a movie, have lunch at an expensive restaurant (I used to save for months for my xmas trips with my sibblings), and this happened for so many years until...was it two years ago? I told them 'hey guys get ready we're going to so so and so place', they looked at me and said 'you and who? please find your own way and we'll do the same'. lol. My sisters grew up...even my 16yr old baby sister now wants to hang out with her friends instead of her darling older sister...oh well, what can a girl do? ;) I have to find ways to entertainment myself now I guess...

Anyway, I'd like to say a big thank you and happy holidays to everyone who sent me a text message yesterday. My sis told me I got a lot of Merry Xmas messages from my blog readers and facebook pals...I haven't read your messages 'cos I'm not around her, but I will and I appreciate you guys. Gracias!

Speaking of a fun xmas, I hear Calabar is the place to be. I've never been there but I've seen pictures from their xmas carnivals and what fun it is...

If you don't believe me then check out pix from their 08 Calabar Carnival...

Rita Dominic

Rita Dominic, Ramsey Noah, Pete Edochie, Florence Ita-Giwa

Ramsey Noah

The Governor of the State

Pix thanks to Ekpo Ekpo...
I also hear there's another carnival going on right now in that state. It started 8:00am this morning and it will continue till 11:55pm Sunday, December 28, 2008.
Location is Cross River State,Nigeria.
The Street is Mary Slessor Ave.-Ndidem Usang Iso Road-Mcc Road-Murtala Mohammed Highway
I hear a lot of celebs are there. I wish I was there instead of this boring Lagos. Oh well, maybe next year. Will definitely get you pictures from the carnival...

From that to something that isn't xmas-like ;)
The former EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu has been dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force. First he was demoted, now dismissed. Critics say he was selective while discharging his duites while serving as EFCC chairman. I'm going to come back to this subject after xmas 'cos there's a lot I don't understand about this case...

From that to another man who isn't spending xmas with his family...
EFCC has arraigned former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode on a 47 count charge of embezzlement, something to the tune of about N230 million. Femi Fani Kayode was also a former Culture and Tourism Minister. If he's convicted, it's life inprisonment according to lawyer Festus Keyamo. He's been remanded in prison till Dec 29th.
Sad! I used to like listening to him speak...

Anyway, merry xmas to everyone in prison and hospitals. God be with you all.

And finally here's something someone sent to me that I'd like to share with you all, especially the ladies.
Check it out...

If a man wants you...
If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away.
If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay.
Stop making excuses for a man and his behavior. Allow your intuition (or spirit) to save you from heartache.
Stop trying to change yourselves for a relationship that's not meant to be. Slower is better.
Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy.
If a relationship ends because the man was not treating you as you deserve then heck no, you can't "be friends." A friend wouldn't mistreat a friend. Don't settle.
If you feel like he is stringing you along, then he probably is.
Don't stay because you think "it will get better." You'll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better.
The only person you can control in a relationship is you.
Avoid men who've got a bunch of children by a bunch of different women. He didn't marry them when he got them pregnant, why would he treat you any differently?
Always have your own set of friends separate from his.
Maintain boundaries in how a guy treats you.
If something bothers you, speak up.
Never let a man know everything. He will use it against you later.
You cannot change a man's behavior. Change comes from within.
Don't EVER make him feel he is more important than you are...even if he has more education or in a better job. Do not make him into a quasi-god. He is a man, nothing more nothing less.
Never let a man define who you are.
Never borrow someone else's man. If he cheated with you, he'll cheat on you.
A man will only treat you the way you ALLOW him to treat you.
All men are NOT dogs.
You should not be the one doing all the bending...compromise is a two-way street.
You need time to heal between relationships...there is nothing cute about baggage... deal with your issues before pursuing a new relationship.
You should never look for someone to COMPLETE you...a relationship consists of two WHOLE individuals...look for someone complimentary...not supplementary.
Dating is fun...even if he doesn't turn out to be Mr. Right.
Make him miss you sometimes...when a man always know where you are, and you're always readily available to him- he takes it for granted.
Don't fully commit to a man who doesn't give you everything that you need. Keep him in your radar but get to know others.
Share this with other ladies and to men who can handle it....
You'll make someone SMILE, another RETHINK her choices, and another woman PREPARE.

What stood out for me was 'You're not supposed to be friends with an ex who didnt treat you well'. I don't know if I agree with that statement. I'm friends with an ex who didn't treat me well because I believe that when you hold resentment toward another person, you are bound to that person by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free. I'm a big advocate for forgiveness.

But that's just me...who agrees that you shouldn't be friends with an ex who didn't treat you well?
Did you learn anything from this article?
Pls share your thoughts.
Meanwhile if you want to know the Top 100 People, Places, Events and Things That Shaped 2008, check it out here...http://ayenithegreat.wordpress.com/
Once again...HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
See y'all later!

Thursday 25 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.

Merry Christmas to you all. Wishing you the very best this holiday season.
Lots of love

Tuesday 23 December 2008

Naija News + Star Mega Jamz in pix

This will be my last post before xmas, so let's have fun with it...

Stella Damasus Aboderin floats production company - Encomium magazine

Multi-talented entertainer, Stella Damasus Aboderin, has berthed with a production company. The first from the stable is the Stella Damasus show, a mixed grill of exciting and thought provoking television programmes with titles like Sistaz, a sitcom talk show, Thru my eyes, Gig Life, Real people and others.

According to Stella who is an ambassador of the S.O.S Children Village and a member of the world food programme "We're discussing with some local, international and cable TV networks and their responses are very encouraging, so we are sure to debut early next year."
Great! Congrats babe! I love being inspired! Be inspired!

MI sells 100, 000 copies in less than two weeks - Seun Apara (Encomium)

Fast rising rap artiste, MI, has finally released his debut album entitled 'Talk About It'. The album was released by T.Joe on thursday Dec 11th. He released a few copies which he intended using to test the market. The first batch of 100, 000 copies entered the market at 4:47pm and before the close of business in Alaba International market the same day, the album sold out.
Great news. Can't wait to get my hands on that album. Y'all should also check it out.


Not sure if you can define or refer to her as a new artiste. She decided to focus on discovering and developing talent out of a passion for the industry and what it portends. This led to the birth of one of the pioneer Creative Arts Management Company in Nigeria, ONE Integrated Management Co, she won the first ever British Council, International Young Music Entrepreneur (Nigeria) Award in 2006, was nominated as Young Entreprenur of the year at the 2007 Future Awards and has been a major contributor to the development of the Nigerian entertainment Industry. All this is asides the fact that she is a part of the history making, industry defining, Nigerian International group KUSH.
Most people know her as Emem Ema but as an artiste, she'd rather be known as Mem'O! When the world wondered when would she drop her own solo album she never gave into the pressure. Apparently, one phone call from her group member and producer extraordinaire, Dapo Torimiro sealed the deal. For thise who do not know, Dapo is a member of KUSH and has recently been responsible for hits like John Legend's "Quickly", Brandy's "Torn Down", David Archuleta's "Running" and co wrote Obama's Campaign song, "Change". He produces and features in her hit single GREENLIGHT which is tearing up the Nigerian airwaves in just less than a week of release. Greenlight is a product of what happens when creative chemistry collides...enjoy the fresh sound from the artiste known as, Mem'O.

Introducing ACE Magazine

1st edition
2nd edition with three covers

18 year old Bukunyi Olagbegi (on the above test cover) is one of the owners of the magazine and one of my models...so proud of him and his team, a group of youngsters. Be sure to nominate their magazine for Magazine of the Year at the 2009 Future Awards. I've seen the mag and it's well packaged. Great work guys!

Ok, here are pictures from the recently held STAR MAGA JAMZ that featured NAS, NELLY, DBANJ, 9ICE, OLU MAINTAIN and many others...


Olu Maintain



Sid, Dbanj and Wande Coal

Don Jazzy

Murphy Lee and Nelly


That's it...
Pix thanks to purefoto.com

From music to fashion, check out pix from the recently held Lapooza Lingerie Fashion show in Lagos.

In most Nigerian lingerie fashion shows, the models always insist on having their faces covered, which is understandable. In all my years of modeling, I did only one Lingerie fashion show and no I didn't cover my face and yes it was shown live on TV, with millions of people checking out our bare bum...lol. Those were the days.
Pix thanks to Niyi Tabiti
Speaking of Lingerie fashion shows, check out pix from the 2008 Victoria Secrets Fashion show...
This show took place over a month ago but mehn I have to have it on my blog. It's when I see things like this that I miss modeling so much. Hopefully one day I'll go on the runway again, one final time... ;)

Heidi Klum, Selita Ebanks, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosia, Miranda Kerr and Marisa Miller were amidst the model who wowed at the 2008 Victoria's Secret Annual Fashion Show themed - Return to Glamour - which held on Saturday, November 15
Enjoy some pix from the show...

Usher and mother of one Alesandra Ambrosio

Heidi Klum, mother of three

Heidi Klum

Selita Ebanks aka Mariah Carey's husband's ex-fiancee
That's all folks ;)

Photos of the day

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, Ark., had their eighteenth child Thursday – Jordyn-Grace Makiya, who joins the rest of her J-named siblings. The mother of 18 is 42 years old...aint that something?!!!

Actress and mother of four, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, still looking incredibly sexy. I love yoruba men...lol Marry one and you can do almost whatever you want and wear almost anything you want. With an Igbo husband...maybe not...who agrees with me?
Pix thanks to Ayenithegreat.

And now to my favourite photo of the day...

US-President-elect, Barack Obama showed off his impressively muscled tummy and a toned
pair of pecs while on holiday in Hawaii recently.

The blog
There's a new fab blog y'all need to check out. It's about boobs, boobs and yes, more boobs. Really fabolous blog started recently by the boob sistas, check it out here...http://boobdocs.blogspot.com/

Thought of the day...
Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how.

Be happy y'all.

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