Monday, December 29, 2008

Pondering on The New Year


Quote of the day: 
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. -Benjamin Franklin

Charles Lamb
Of all sound of all bells, the most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.

G. K. Chesterton
The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.


And a new soul it is then. I mean isnt that the whole essence of a new year? Yes i think it is. My friend told me recently-after i had pestered him for his new year resolution, he said in the coming year he's going to try to be a better person(whatever that means). 

I guess he was talking about having a new soul, a new outlook of sorts, to be a better man than he used to be. Anyways what i have learnt is that people say all sorts of things on new year's day. For some its just another day on the calendar, but for others its a brand new oppurtunity to start afresh. Where the old life and older thoughts didnt really matter any longer-but just the present day and events. 

Nothing sums its all up better than this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox below.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year.

So here i am on a monday morning at work, pondering on this new year that is to come. .the hopes,the dreams,the days, the minutes....

New year of dreams! 

Thursday, December 25, 2008

It's A Jolly Holiday Season




Merry Christmas everyone.
Hope this season brings in a lot of joy and happiness. 

Loads of fun !!!!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

50 most Powerful People In The World


The most recent edition (issue dated january 5, 2009 ) of newsweek magazine has an interesting article on THE GLOBAL ELITE, 50 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. 

Interestingly on the No.1 List is no other than Barack Obama. 
Other names on this list includes: Oprah Winfrey, Daila Lama, The POPE, President Sarkozy of France, Vladmir Putin, amongst others.

It is also interesting to note that Nigerian Pastor E.A Adeboye is on this list. He comes in at no.49. This is truly history in the making for everyone. 

Some excerpts from the article is reproduced below (courtesy Newssweek,photo: Seamus Murphy / Getty Images ).



You may never have heard of E. A. Adeboye, but the pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God is one of the most successful preachers in the world. He boasts that his church has outposts in 110 countries. He has 14,000 branches—claiming 5 million members—in his home countryof Nigeria alone. There are 360 RCCG churches in Britain, and about the same number in U.S. cities like Chicago, Dallas, and Tallahassee, Fla. Adeboye says he has sent missionaries to China and such Islamic countries as Pakistan and Malaysia. His aspirations are outsize. He wants to save souls, and he wants to do so by planting churches the way Starbucks used to build coffee shops: everywhere.

"In the developing world we say we want churches to be within five minutes' walk of every person," he tells NEWSWEEK. "In the developed world, we say five minutes of driving." Such a goal may seem outlandish, but Adeboye is a Pentecostal preacher: he believes in miracles. And Pentecostalism is the biggest, fastest-growing Christian movement since the Reformation...



We need a Resolution!

Christmas eve's at work-Still trying to come to grips with the fact that tomorrow's Christmas.

So the new year's almost around the corner-and for those of you that make resolutions this is the very time to do such. 

But lets be as honest as possible, you and i know that people don't stick to their new year resolutions that much before another year emerges. 

The thing is, bad habits die hard. And come Jan 1st all things can't just go away by mere thinking about it. 
It'll take a lot of hard work not to do the things you used to do again -like eating too much chocolates or icecream, or trying to lose weight or be a better person in the new year. 
Yea yea we heard all that before.

So the basic rule of a resoultion is to be realistic. I repeat -be realistic. 

Somebody once said "The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement." Make room in your life for improvement. And if you think you are already very good, look closely. You might still want to tweak a few things to make you and people around you feel better.

That said, i'll leave you guys with some self improvement/confidence quotations...

1. Brian G. Jett: You can determine how confident people are by listening to what they don't say about themselves.
2. Frank Lloyd Wright: Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old.
3. Zig Ziglar: You cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.
4. Epictetus: Whoever does not regard what he has as most amply wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.
5. Charles Schwab: The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.
6. Napoleon Hill: The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.

That last quote will definitely get you thinking all the time...no doubt. 
So from blogoratti it's Merry Christmas y'all.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Barbecue Sunday

Alright so the weekend was quite okay for me i guess.

The highlight of it was the barbecue party i went to on Sunday. My friend,lets call him Deez threw a lil' barbecue party in his home. 

I mean who am I to miss out on grubs, lol.

The menu was made up mostly of salads,rice, vegetables,chicken and pieces of meat cut into tiny pieces. There was a guy working the barbecue grill and he always made sure to keep the supply of chicken flowing and non stop too..

Apart from the food, it turned out to be great fun. Did a little networking and I got to meet old friends from school as well...and we all caught up on the latest news and stuff...you know the usual

With a nice waterfront view, enough food to go round and drinks as well, i must say it was a well planned gig-for a Sunday. The only show spoiler was the fact that most of us had work the following day(don't you just hate Mondays).... -:(


No doubt it surely turned out to be a great way to spend a sunday afternoon, albeit I left there reluctantly around 7pm....all I could think of was monday morning...
Shucks....


Holiday Gifts To Buy For your Partner (2)

Hope the weekend was great for y'all.

Was it any interesting or just the usual you,indoors and watching old Dvd's to console yourself from the fact that you ain't got no social life-yer i been there done that...lol

So anyways enough of all that as i bring to you the part 2 of the gift special -for Him.

So for the ladies out there who have no clue as to what to get for their male friends or relations, here is a list to help you along the way. 

1. Cologne
2. Wallets
3. Dvd Collection
4. Bathrobe
5. Clothing
6. Gadgets
7. Wristwatch 
8. Shaver
9. Cufflinks
10. Shoes

Thats all i could come up with for now and sure do hope it helps for all y'all finding it difficult to come up with gift ideas. 

Well Christmas is just a few days away, so why not spend some money and get your loved ones something special. I'm sure it will be deeply cherished and appreciated...

Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 19, 2008

Holiday Gifts To Buy For your Partner (1)

How you all doing today this beautiful friday!

It's another weekend-a significant one at that. It's the last before Christmas kicks in. 
And i've been thinking about what it was that people buy as gifts for loved ones. 

So what type of gift items will you be giving out this holiday season? 
Here's a list prepared by my friend, who we will call girlie. 
So here 's girlie's top 5 gift ideas list..


FOR HER
1. Perfume Bottle 
2. Shoes
3. Wristwatch
4. ipod
5. Manchester United merchandise (Yer she's a fan) !


My additions to the list goes: 
6. Baths and body products
7. Luxury weekends
8. Digital camera
9. Lingerie
10. Gift basket

So there it is people. If the list helps in any way for you guys finding it hard to get her something, then its all good. 

But what about the ladies? What can they get for Him? 
Watch out for part two coming soon. 

Lastly, thank you guys for all your comments in previous posts.
For those interested in the knitwears -i'll post more picutres as time goes by, and also would let you in on how you could get your hands on some of the designs. 





Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Thing About Knitted Wears

Knitted wears are quite creative especially the hand made ones.
We all have(I think) one form of knitwear or the other that we wear, mostly a sweater or a pair of sock or whatever.. 

You don't want to come off as a bore, so you do need at least one knitwear in your wardrobe. If you have a sleeveless sweater for instance, it could be worn over a nice crisp shirt-which kind of gives it a semi formal look, and yes you'll get compliments as well(wink,wink).

Anyways, I got some knitted gifts today from my friend. Lets call her Misty.
Now misty knows how to knit, mostly sweaters which always comes out looking good in the end..

I've posted some pictures below for y'all to see what I'm talking about(and yes they are both hand knitted by misty). 

There are two of them actually. One is a black sweater (V neck, sleeveless), and and the other was meant to be a wool neck tie -but it could also pass for a muffler i guess...

What is knitting?
It is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth.





All about Style
It's all about one's personal style really, and of course how the weather looks on any given day. Like you wouldn't be expected to wear a sweater when the sun is blazing outside right? Exactly.

I particularly liked the tiny hole designs on the surface of the black knit sweater, and the necktie too looked good with the three horizontal stripes. Also i saw some cool knit ties made by Ralph Lauren online,going for $75 a pop.

The good thing is that the designs kind of have this look similar to mine above. 
The bad news is that they go for 75$ a pop. lol. 

 See Picture and link below.




Add some flavour 
Though it does seem most people rarely think about knitwears and the addition to their style while dressing up, you can still add some fun to the way you look by adding little touches -a V-neck sweater, scarf /muffler or a  necktie (all knitted of course). 

So why not add some knitwear flavour to your style persona next time you are dressing up. 




Competition To Find An African Playwright






African Performance 2009
The competition to find the BBC African Playwright of 2009 is now open.
Are you the next winner? Is there a story you've always wanted to tell that would be perfect for radio?

Are there things happening in your neighbourhood that would amaze, intrigue or touch the hearts of listeners around the continent? Don't waste time, write it down and you never know, your play might just end up being dramatised and broadcast on the BBC.

Prizes
If your play is a winner, it will be broadcast on the BBC African Service, and heard throughout the continent.

In addition the first place winner will receive a broadcast rights fee of £1000, the second place £850 and the third place £650.

Up to three other plays may be highly commended and the writers of these will receive a rights fee of £500.

Deadline: The deadline for your entries is 31st January 2009.

Get more info on how to enter. Follow the BBC 
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Looking to Network? Then Attend This Event






Hello there people. Hope the week has been good to y'all so far. 

There are some events and things coming up this december and early January 09-in case anyone one of you might be chanced to attend. I got the invite some days ago, so here it is. ..

Its the 2nd Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Conference. 

Its to be hosted by the "Top 100 our generation". WWW.TOP100OURGENERATION.COM

Description: The 2nd Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Conference

Our generation is BOLDLY entering the workforce ... it is time for us YOUTHS to NETWORK and collaboratively make changes towards the future of our country, Nigeria!!"

Last Year's conference went down in history ... Be a part of this year's!


How to get there?
Venue: Lekki Waterside Hotel
Date: December 23rd, 2008
Registration begins promptly at 10am

Dress Code: Business Professional or Traditional Profession
Motivational Speakers: Mr. Wyse Abayomi, Mr. Gbenga Sesan and more ...

Invited Guests: Mr. Pat Utomi, Mr. Femi Otedola, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, Mr. Fela Durotoye and many others. 

Please make plans to attend. Come and network, exchange ideas with like-minded youths and share your opinion on how we youths can move the country forward ... 
Attendance is FREE for all members and invited guests and N2500 for all others. Lunch is N2500 for all others.
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I would post other events up very soon. 
Anyways as for me , i don't think i'd be there(work day). 

But for you guys that can make it all i can say is -it does look promising, right? 
I mean it'd be a cool way to network with people...and who knows meet old friends as well. 


Monday, December 15, 2008

What's wrong in being comfortable with oneself?

What's wrong in being comfortable with oneself?

That question has been running through my mind today. Actually i was asked that by a close pal friend (if there's anything like that)-lets call her Miss T.

Her question to me went something like this -is it wrong for a woman to be comfortable with herself?
And my very first thought and reply was, no I don't think so. Like there is no reason why a woman shouldn't be comfortable with herself. Be it in her carrier or relationship or whatever she chooses to be comfortable with. If she's not comfortable, the opposite then is to be uncomfortable. 


But really what's the fuss about? 
According to Miss T. someone had just told her off about her being too comfortable with herself..you know like it was a bad thing or a crime to be comfortable. That got her thinking a bit, reason why she asked me the question in the first place.

Whatever does that even mean? "Being too comfortable"..? 

Another thing Miss T. said was that "lots of guys are terrified of a woman who's independent, confident, and knows what she wants out of  life".  She said it was sad but true.
And thinking from a guy's perspective, I actually agreed with her(don't crucify me yet guys). 

I told her it was only natural really, that men have become programmed by society to be the provider, and what happens next when your partner can provide for herself? 

Whatever happens when she not only buys herself a car, but rents an apartment, buys expensive clothes, pays her bills -all by herself. What happens then? How is a man-the so called provider supposed to feel ? I asked the question and I answered it. I said he feels threatened.

Her reply was -Yes, the balance is shaken, I get it....but it shouldn't be so Miss T. said.
My only reply was that men and their egos are too hard to separate.
I told her to keep her head up, and keep being herself-to which she replied that she would, that she didn't know how to be anything else....

So what's the deal guys?
I mean yes-even men have fears.....fears of getting close....intimate. Our egos are that fragile, but i guess it all depends. Some men have egos the size of a an apple, while others have egos the size of a peanut...

Okay before I go off tangent, I think the womenfolk are going to be the new men providers....if you still can comprehend all that I've been saying, here it is in plain English -Women are the new Men. 

And err ehm, yes you can quote me on that.


A Review of A Concert Night With US Artistes Nas & Nelly


Hey hey hey. My people out there, how y'all doing today. I Hope the weekend was eventful as mine turned out to be. Mine started friday night- the Nas/Nelly concert -which turned out to be the best concert for me this year (not that I've been to that many).

Got to the Polo Club before 12am, and there was a very long queue from the gate venue....20 minutes later after getting tickets was in. Passed through two body checks and a metal detector and a few minutes after getting into the concert ground, Nas comes on stage.....and the reality set in -the albums we've listened to from way back on walkmans, discmans and now ipods. The album covers, the songs learnt by heart, the videos,the lyrics,the beef. The King of New York, Nasty Nas, Nasir Jones, Nastradamus steps unto the stage....man it was electrifying. 

I mean when Nas was introduced and he got on stage, it was truly phenomenal. Everyone virtually went haywire.  He introduced his DJ, DJ Green Lantern (man this dude was something else) and then the show started...

Nas was so fresh, wore a black Tee, he started out by saying how happy he was to be in the country- for the very first time, and he said he was loving it...He said he was going to take us all back to the beginning to his first album, he did hit tracks from illmatic album till date, and he held the stage spellbound for almost 2 hours..song after song after song.

I had to rush to the front though to see if I could get some photos-all I got was blurred photos cause everyone too was trying to get a good shot-and then my battery went flat-I thought the thing was charged apparently it wasn't. )-: 
After that I just tried to enjoy the performance of songs like ....Halftime

Life's a Bi#ch,It aint hard to tell,  NY State of Mind( he actually called it Lagos state of mind at one point), Street dreams, If I rule the world, Hate me now, you wont see me tonight,I want to talk to you,and so on. 
His last performance was significant -One Mic.

In between songs, he paused a little and spoke words of wisdom-for example at one point he said
my struggle is your struggle, my people are being oppressed back in the states,we are both being oppressed, Nigeria has oil, money, let us clean up Nigeria, stop the oppression
.. to loud shouts of approval from the crowd...

Also at one point he also mentioned change and Obama-saying a black man is the president of the United States, and afterwards did his rendition of "I Can" and the crowd just sang along...
He also R.I.P'd James Brown

All in all the show was great, Nas ended with One Mic and it was friggin beautiful man...he told everyone to put a finger in the air and at one point he knelt down on stage, and was whispering the lyrics-which was still audible...he used his hand to cover his face(tears?), and it was too deep to describe....there were shouts in the air calling his name and i must say Nas didn't disappoint....
Before he left, he kept saying that it wasn't going to be his last time here, that he'd surely be back soon....and the crowd just loved that.

Next came Nelly & The St Lunatics Crew....by then i was already thirsty from all the shouting and sing along's, so had to go get something to drink....

Nelly's performance wasn't as explosive as Nas', even though he brought his whole St. Lunatics Crew-Murphy Lee inclusive.. I just have really never been that much of a Nelly fan i must confess. So when he got on stage, all i waited to hear was "country grammar", the song that propelled him to a grammy award years back...

Nelly wore an Obama T-shirt (what's with Obama tonight?). 
He introduced himself and his crew. I think his first song was country grammar, can't really remember though. 

Later into the performance, he picked three ladies from the crowd, told them to come on stage to perform with him... they were gushing and obviously transfixed by it all. One of them did a sing along with him for the song "dilemma", and she was pretty ok i must say as we watched from the crowd the twin gigantic screens displaying it all... 

After his performance of tracks such as "country grammar", "dilemma", "Shake your tail feather", "Hot in ere", etc, a member of his crew starts throwing freebies in the form of CD's..

All in all, Nas stole the show that night.




Friday, December 12, 2008

What It Means To Be Fashionably Late

Apparently "Fashionably late" is no longer in fashion. I mean in today's world lateness to just about every occasion is the in thing(or has been). 

The other day I had scheduled a meeting for 2pm with a friend. Yes yes, she was female, and she turned up at least 15 minutes late with the usual "oh so sorry" statement. To say I was pissed was an understatement. But I let it go. 

Later that day, I asked another female friend what was it that made people be late for every function imaginable -be it an interview,a date,a book launch,a party..whatever. She replied that "you know she's a lady,its what we do,we take time to look good and all".

Anyway  I've been reading up on lateness on the internet, and here's what i came up with.
Tell tale signs of lateness.

Do any of the following sound familiar?


  • You're always rushing at the last minute, even though you've promised yourself countless times that you wouldn't let this happen again.
  • You've tried setting your watch several minutes ahead, but you're still late.
  • You may be punctual for work (barely) but you're usually at least 20 minutes late for meetings, appointments, class, church, theatre or other non-work situations.
  • You make excuses, such as: "There was traffic, or Something came up," or "I was going to call you but I didn't want to be even more late."
  • People become impatient or angry at your tardiness.
  • You believe that you are more motivated when in a time crunch, or that you move faster under pressure.

If you can identify with two or more of the above, you have a problem with punctuality....i'm guilty too. lol. 


10 Questions To Ask God When You Meet Him

Imagine if you had a chance to ask God(yes that man upstairs) any question that you had in mind.. i mean questions some of which  have nagged at your heart for years. 
Questions like our real purpose here on this planet, and many others. 

I came across this website recently, www.bigquestions.com/one/index.htm
Right from the get go, it says "welcome to the 10 questions for God".
Apparently they ran surveys asking people questions they'd like to ask God-if they really could. 


Here ladies and gentlemen,i present to you the top 10 questions to ask the big "G".

#1: Why don't You stop pain & evil?

#2 - Can Love Really Work?
We've seen painful relationships, watched brain-dead romantic movies, and heard silly love songs. Yet we still want to believe in love. Are we nuts?

#3: SEX - DO YOU APPROVE?

Is sex about guilt? Or did God create the hardware and the software?
Little-known fact: The Bible contains a whole book of erotica...

#4: IS THE OCCULT REAL?
The X-files, documentaries, comedies, and horror movies feature witches, clairvoyants, psychics, channelling, seances, satanic cults...
But what's the truth?


#5: IS HEAVEN REAL?
Sitting around on clouds playing harps?
Forget that!


#6: Will the world end?
Radicals have been predicting it for thousands of years and it hasn't happened yet
(unless I missed something)



#7 WHO WAS JESUS?
No historian doubts that someone called Jesus of Nazarus lived.
The question is:
WHO IS HE?

#8: DOES PRAYER WORK?


#9: DID YOU CREATE THE WORLD?
...and does it matter?

last but not least is ................................

#10: DID YOU WRITE THE BIBLE?

David & Goliath: Ripping stories, wise advice and spiritual guidance make the bible the world's best-selling book every year.

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