Sunday, December 27, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS

AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

RIP Caroline Johnson

She lost her battle with leukemia. I just cried my eyes out.

Read her story here: http://www.bellanaija.com/2009/08/11/caroline-johnson-bravely-fights-for-her-life-lets-help/ and here: http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2009/08/save-caroline-johnson.html

I pray for comfort for her family especially her husband and children.

p.s. also pray for the Nigerian healthcare system, for hospitals, for equipment, for proper health insurance and for doctors.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Abuja and Fusion

Its been a while since I blogged about positive stuff (the original purpose of the blog). Anyway, Abuja (the renowned ever boring city) is now catching the fashion buzz. The vacancy for socialites is filling up I guess, now you can get recognition in bellanaija, Thisday, etc (I kid but Lagos is not alone in this madness). This is because of Fusion.

FUSION is a one day fashion and beauty exhibition in the Asokoro district of Abuja featuring outfits by designers - D'zyN couture, Reedas, Kazelos amongst more popular names
(who I will do another related post later). Anyway, the pictures are on Bellanaija. You can totally see the Northern vibe in the attendance. Stayed true to its Abuja-ness. I like that new brands are coming up in the capital city and already logs-based ones are spreading around.

A few fav items:

D'zyn tops: (N5,500)

shop 1 asokoro shopping mall. T.y danjuma street, asokoro. Call 07040418777







Kazelos pearls: Call 08055588784


-Ladi

Seasons Greeting!!! Merry Christmas!!!

10/12- 60angels

It has been four years since the Sosoliso plane crash took the lives of over 100 Nigerians, 60 of which were students from my secondary school, arguably the best in Nigeria (yes oh!, lol). 60 bright, intelligent, hadworking children with the gift of contributing immensely to Nigeria's future.

I had graduated a few months before and had the opportunity of knowing over 40 of them: friends, gossip mates, crushes (not mine biko), errand runners (ironers, washers, and water fetchers, lol!), family friends, dorm-room mates, etc.

I cry almost every time I'm in a plane.

Nigeria failed us, but God let it happen and has a reason. We have 60 angels watching over us.

To live in the hearts of people who love you is not dying. My devotion for the 10th was that death is a departure but eventually we will all meet at the destination.

-Ladi
(now I just sold myself out)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Nigeria and our super healthcare system.

I always wondered why I could never give valuable input in my Policy class on the healthcare system in America. Ihave to write a paper talking about how messed up Healthcare in America is

Nigeria has the fourth worse health system in the world (out of 190 countries). We ranked 187. I know people will say, they inflate and exagerrate statistics but when last did ANY of our relatives have major

And on of the few doctors in my village of a campus is Nigerian.

And the thousands of nurses of Doctors in America are Nigerian.

And millions more lining up at the Embassy trying for F-1 visas to study 'Public Health.'

Or my mum and sisters went on a health vacation to India for cheaper, more efficient health care in a hotel-style hospital FULL of Nigerians.

Travel Agents are beginning to branch out into the area of Health, no more hotels, cabins and best beaches to surf. Its now hospitals and doctors. Even to Sudan, Ghana (RIP, my aunt-in-law who died before heart surgery in Ghana)

And we waste so much time on Independence carnivals, I-rep Naija t-shirts, and cultural awareness celebrations (GOOD, I'm mama Africa Week/ anti-charity on my campus, so I'm guilty oh!) without realizing the reality of the situation on ground or figuring solutions out.

And My parents and their siblings have to send my Grandma to India to get a knee cap replacement for over $10,000 (cheaper than $30,000 to go to Israel which was top on preference for pilgrimage advantage).

Or my sister that could have been blind from piercing her eye (think graphic) but can see thanks to Mother's fringe benefits that paid millions for trips to london and india for laser surgery and subsequent maintenance.

So if they never went to school, my Grandma can't dream of walking thanks to illiterate children.

Anyway, if you ever want to be my friend, don't let me hear the word GREEN CARD!!! I'm kidding, but RELOCATION sounds sweeter to my ears.

Our government can never reform the system without people, I mean exposed, learned, intelligent people to do the job.

I vent!!!!

Thank God for his mercies.

-Ladi

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hiatus

Writers block. Or I have found a new way to vent my frustrations: facebook profile. I can't do Twitter, there are too many distractions in my life already. I am a double major with a ton load of work and papers, book reviews, two thesis/ projects, presentations, job applications and networking to do.

I actually want to start a new blog next year. It will be centered on my post-graduation plans, internships, working, graduate school, expanding my business, and perhaps relocating to Nigeria.

Ladi.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why Nigerians??? (Visa wahala)

I haven't had access to my laptop and the internet for 2 weeks and so happy that my frustrations of days past can be typed out in this post. I went to China for about 10days and as much as I loved the place, the people, the desire to develop and overtake the West, the fact that without democracy they have made the most economic growth of any 3rd world country and honestly, the China I stayed in was 1st world, more developed than the London, I've been to.

And to think that we Nigerians abroad brag about Lagos and Abuja being developed. I concluded that both ciies are slums (another post to come!) in comparison to what I saw. All the ASA (African Students Association) African week is just an ttempt to hide the truth. I started African week in my school and returned from Asia wondering what it is about being African that I love: mostly (though not totally) corrupt govts, rigged election, poor healthcare, NEPA (never had 24hrs power before), desperate attempt to be everything Western (Nollywood, Koko mansion and Ashionye's accent, lol!) and the long list of BS.

China made me curse my citizenship. I am extremely pro-Nigerian, carry my visa-filled green passport with pride(2 passports and even for 4hrs in frankfurt airport, I had to apply two weeks in advance for a visa) , and struggle with maintaining my accent: Hausa preferably. I intern in Nigeria not Rockefella centre, NY, addicted to Bellanaija, Thisday online, and Mimi magazine (for the sake of knowing what progress is being made on our continent), and unlike most of my friends, I wear traditional ankara pretty often to class.

Everyone in my school who was going to China just had to fill a form and send their passport to the travel agent who did all the runs. I did the same but got an email asking me to send my bank statement as well as two letters from China. Wait oh, this was a study abroad program and out of a group of 21 students, only one had to look for Chinese people to write a letter plus bank statement loaded with Naira and dollars. My father is just an honest civil servant and I am on a full schorlarship. Honest money doesn't mean loaded bank accounts.

My professor went through the trouble of getting the letters with the help of my Chinese friend, while I had to send a statement that had a decent amount of money BEFORE I paid for the trip. Note, NOBODY ELSE went through the extra jara.

I had to call and text all my relatives to join hands in prayer for my visa. At this point all, I needed those London churches I used to make fun of for praying for 'papers.' Trust my mother, she shared the issue in church and Elders added to the prayer dose.

Nothing made me sadder, when my professor handed everybody else's passport on the first day of the summer program. ALL but mine. The second Asian country that we were heading to after China didn't require visas for everyone oh wait, EXCEPT ME! The Nigerian. I was too embarassed and sometimes sat in my corner in the bus just to cry while forgetting the lyrics to our national anthem.

Lemme just say I got my passport two days before the trip and I couldn't even finish the trip because the agent forgot that I needed a visa for the 3rd country that the group was visiting. I stayed in China alone for two days which I didn't mind: it was Radisson, a five-star so I was being a diva/ African princess but sad that I was forced to be there because I was and am NIGERIAN.

I ran out of excuses to be patriotic. One black guy even joked about my getting a US Passport (that was like insult upon injury to my green passport, plus I have issues with being an immigrant in America). I could have slapped him but he was right, after three years of trying to prove to Americans that I rock, and 'Naija for Life,' 'Naija until I die,' tshirts, music, African week, and facebook profiles of patriotism, I broke down and cried on the 500thread count sheets of our five star hotel while everyone went to GT Banana Club, Beijing to party it out American style.

Democracy day (May 29th) was during my trip and I was in a Communist country, mesmerized by the awesomeness/ advancement of the place and wondering why the heck people overate democracy. 10 years with nothing to show, and my passport need a visa and its wahala plus public prayers every time I want to fulfill my wishes of travelling the world.

I love my country but it could really need some UNSUCKING!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

KANNYWOOD: The unknown Nollywood

So, my last rant about tribalism o youtube with regards to Hausa movies led to my discovery that Nigeria is two different countries: The Lagos based, Southern Nigeria and the Northern one. One is Englich and the other Hausa.

Remember when Ali Nuhu won the AMAA (Africa's most prestigious movie award) and the Future Award for best actor and people were ranting about how they didn't know him. Check this old post.

Ali Nuhu is the Brad Pitt of Hausa movies, or the Jim Iyke. He was an idol up North for years and made his debut to the 'other' Nigeria when he stared in Sitanda, the AMAA award winner and relatively high budget Nigerian movie of 2007.

Kannywood is the movie industry based in Kano, Northern Nigeria's Lagos and centuries old 'business hub.' I've never been a Hausa movie addict, I watch more English Nollywood films and when I'm with my hardcore relatives that don't live in Abuja or when I visit very traditional hausa (malo) family friends, I get my sneek peek.Two summers ago aftre missing everything Ngerian, I went to a Hausa movie store in Abuja and bought a couple of movies. Most are romance and a lot have social issues like polygamy, reigion, culture and usualy incorporate other sultures in the north not only Hausa but Fulani and others from Chad and Niger Republic which border.

So I'll start a Kannywood series introducing Blogville to the world of Hausa movies.

Here is one clip of a Hausa movie. Note: It might remind you of Bollywood but don't forget cultures are similar. P.s. From the singing and dancing actresses you know that Hausa girls aren't all locked down with no rights.

Wasan Maza
I apologize on behalf of movie makers for bad quality. lOl!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nigerians and Hausa Movies

Step on my toes. Ok, I don't mean all of y'all Southern Nigerians before someone start shooting Igbo, Calabar and Yoruba insults towards my e--direction.

I suddenly had a craving for Hausa Movies this week and decided to Youtube a few.

For the uninitiated, Hausa movies are greatly influenced by Indian-Bollywood movies. Because Northern Nigerians are generally more conservative due to Islam, we lean toward Bollywood movies (and Arab world stuff)while those in the South lean toward Hollywood (and Western stuff).

There is always singing and dancing between both sexes in hausa films. The choreography is usually upbeat, not all have girls wrapped in bedsheets, and the music synthesizing is what sells it ou as being Bollywood but its all Hausa culture with a twist. Story lines are mostly romance (nothing sleezy but relatable) and comedies.

I noticed the comments by Hausa speakers (written in Hausa mostly) was that of nostalgia, appreciation, and pride while the bad-belle people made comments like

"Sani Abacha dancing."
"Why do you copy Indians?"
"WTF?"
"They are spending Oil money from the South"

I can't recall calling all the Nollywood movies with actors and their fake-ass accents as copy-copy. Nollywood is influenced by the West in terms of language (Queen's English), clothing, plot, script, etc somethimes in unrealistic ways that are totally Western and unapplicable to Nigerian everyday life.

Hausa movies have Hausa actors speaking Hausa, singing in Hausa wearing ethnic clothes THROUGOUT, dancing the Hausa way and because they is a similarity to Bollywood, you start ranting and calling late dictator Sani Abacha (that has no relationship with a Hausa romance movie)????

I have neither based my comments off the Igbo trader that tried to rip me off in Wuse market or Clifford Orji (so-called cannibal from decades past). Those are stupid reasons to profile Igbo actors/ movies which I do like anyway Igbo Kwenu (love me some Mike Ezerounye)!

It's just plain tribalism that exists in Nigeria even amongst so called educated people. Don't complain if some white dude does some racist crap to you. Racism is the same as tribalism only that in one case, we just look the same and predjudice is still there (worse that looking differently I say).

Seriously, you watch a Hausa film and the first thing one says is Abacha or Oil money?

R_E_S_P_E_C_T is earned!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

On Koko Mansion...slap me!

Everyone should know about this show which is the most anticipated since Linda Ikeji, Niyi Tabiti and Bellanaija put the news on their blogs.

This show guides DBanj to finding a Kokolette, one year companion who will win 5million for being Dbanj's groupie will "reinforce the unique role of an African woman in the development of our society."

I am particularly disturbed because of my feminist, neo-conservative views and my attempt to break away from traditional degrading feminine-roles (being a Northern Nigerian young woman with cultural/religous crap of women's inferiority being thrown at us daily). I like Dbanj's beats but I am peeved by his videos and lyrics which I think are disrespectful to progressive/ educated/ modern women in many ways.

The potential Kokolette:

"must be able to emulate notable women in society such as Honourable Abike Dabiri, Nike Osinowo among others even as she shows the ability to impress D’banj, under all circumstances in order to win the public’s votes to be in the house among others."

"the ability of the Kokolette to cook scrumptious meals for D’banj and his friends, especially during impromptu visits; her ability to furnish and maintain the mansion."

"also be industrious while being able to take care of the home front"

Cook for impromtu visits and maintain the mansion? take care of homefront? be a one year companion? Impress Dbanj at all times?

Based on the articles I've been reading, I now know what Kokolette means= Housegirl or Stepford Wife (if you've seen the movie(s)) with 5million paycheck and Chris Aires diamond ring. Plus she gets to represent HiTv like a model or something.

Does anyone know both Abike Dabiri. She's a legislator, former journalist with one fabulous career move after the other and none of the other 'kokolette traits' of being subservient to a man will make anyone the next Abike Dabiri I'm sure about that.

How will our society develop when women sit at home waiting for their husbands and their friends to arrive at impromptu times and still expect food on the table? Unless the women just sits at home sha.

I'm an Economics major so I get the money making aspect of the show (Kudos to HiTv) but talk about perpetuating stereotypes through 12 groupies at Dbanj's beck and call in the name of being 'African women'? And that talk about developing the society is just BS. Y'all are trying to make 'Flavor of Love' classier by adding the words 'African woman' and 'development' and 'Abike Dabiri.'

Admit it, HiTv is trying to make money. SIMPLE!!!!! Else they should have just given the prizes to a women's rehabilitation charity if they were trying to 'develop' women and gone to my village to look for a Stepford wife to cook for Dbanj and furnish his mansion and then be the face of the company.

I don't get the vision of the show. I though they were looking for a Kokolette, abi Wife, abi Dbanj Excort, abi role model? abi supermodel, abi housegirl?

Slap me, I'm confused. I'll be in Nigeria in June so I'll see the show and see if it adds more pepper to my wounds.

- Ladi


Courtesy: Niyi Tabiti

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More Mary Mary

(re-posted but updated) I love the gospel sister duo though I'm not one of those fans that can sing every song they've sang courtesy of pirated cds in 9ja (true but lol!). But they're recent release "Get up" is one of those songs that have been shacking my senses plus with good/powerful lyrics I don't feel like some rapper's byatch and all.

Its like 'Shackles' that was one of those gospel songs that hit the secular genres hard.

Their album was out October as well as a new website but for now check-

Mary Mary's myspace: http://www.myspace.com/therealmarymary

Videos
God In Me!



Get Up!


"Get up" and "God in me" are my favs.

Soup for your soul.

Happy Easter Season!!!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Max Azria, the African Designer


So many of you probably know Max Azria, a fashion designer of Tunisian descent who founded the popular women's clothing line BCBG.

Originally from Tunisia, Max Azria was born in Sfax (Tunisia); he entered the fashion industry in PARIS. Moving to California in the 1980s, he created BCBG, an acronym for the French saying bon chic, bon genre, which in English means "good style, good class."

Max Azria's wife Lubov Azria runs all aspects of the company with him, she decides on the style influences for each season and the store decor.

His company owns Herve Ledger, which I'm currently obsessed with if only I could actually afford..lol! When the wearers include Kate Winslet, Sophia Bush, Victoria Becks, Miriah, Kim Kardashian, and Beyonce then Me keh? (Sha when dady becomes governor, hehehe)

Courtesy: Wikipedia

http://www.net-a-porter.com/Shop/Designers/Herve_Leger/All

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/search/results.ognc?sortOption=*&Keyword=herve&resultsPerPage=24&Action=sd&attrs=Department:Department:Dresses

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Madonna's Adoption

Many of you have heard about Madonna's pending adoption case: Like if the first one, David Banda, who doesn't remember his real father and can't speak any Malawian language didn't gather enough press.

"A Malawian court has delayed its decision on whether to allow the pop star Madonna to adopt a four-year-old girl after an hour-long hearing in a closed court. If granted permission, little Chifundo James will be the second Malawian child to be adopted by Madonna. The girl, four-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James, has been in an orphanage because her family cannot afford to take care of her. The organisation Save the Children is opposed to the child's removal from an orphanage in Malawi." -BBC

I think the best place for a child is in their home. Have you seen those black ashy kids whose oyibo parents don't know the right hair and skin products or understand the concept of Sickle-cell? I don't want my kid having identity crises joh! Imagine I adopted a poor kid from an orphanage in london and took him to Nigeria? The kid might grow up as an oyibo agbero and be unable to gain acceptance from fellow Abuja agberos.....lol!

Other opinions are here: http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?forumID=6288&edition=2&ttl=20090401180406

Should celebrities adopt kids from abroad/ kids from other races and ethnicities? Is it fair on the child's future or better for them?

Can black celebrities adopt poor white children from Eastern Europe for example?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Beauty school????

So in my last post I talked about reading ELLE for academic reasons. And there seemed to be an interest in what my major was and how much fun it is to read fashion magazines for intellectual purposes.

I'm not in a beauty school. I'm in a university, a top liberal arts one which means my curriculum is very broad and 'all over the place' (in a good way I get to learn a bit of everything while concentrating on my major). I'm an Economics and International studies major but I need an 'arts/theatre/music' requirement so I picked Stage Makeup which is not exactly easy (facial sex-changes, corrective makeup, aging, creating wrinkles/ folds and injuries, sci-fi stuff...etc). I even had a written midterm test last week.

I'm currently making my 'morgue' which is a scrap book of interesting makeup inspiration. I have categories like 'fake lashes,' 'freckles,' 'full red lipstick,' and 'tribal makeup.' That's why I've been flipping through magazines to get cut-outs to add to my scrap book. I need 5 more categories oh! IDEAS???

I know the way Nigerians reason, and errr, I have a shelf full of History, Polysci, Math, and Economics textbooks....and a few Vogues, Seventeen and Essence magazines for 'makeup inspiration.'

I wonder what my parents would think if all I did was only beauty stuff? Hmmmmm.

Any Liberal Arts goers? Spelman, Amherst, Sewanee, Colgate, Mt. Holyoke?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I always forget Mother's day because US Mother's day is not the same as the European/African/ Rest of the world's.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MUMMY!!!!!! LOVE YOU LOADS!!!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fake eye lashes

I apologize, my priorities are creeping up on my blog life.... that's not bad shey?

I'm taking a class on theatre makeup and have to make a 'Makeup Morgue' which is a scrap book of different magazines cutouts for makeup ideas. Now I'm reading Essence, Elle, and Vogue for academic reasons...hehe

One of my morgue's chapters is one 'bold and outrageous eyelashes'. I'm drawn to lashes since I lack them and constantly experiment with mascaras to find the perfect volumizing, lenghtening one. I think Maybelline define-a-lash is my best so far plus I saw a pack of 2 for $5 (when one tube is usually $8) and even though I didn't need any, I bought anyway, No one know tomorrow, now I have mascara to last till....

Now, I've decided to cheat on my mascara love and go for false eye lashes. I've only had fake lashes for fashions show I've modeled in. Now, I'm just plain, obsessed.
I found this helpful video:



Now, I have a reason to spend hours in the makeup corner of walmart. Hope finding good lashes won't be as bad as finding mascara...help!!!!

BTW, I can't use liquid eye liner, the ajebo in me....hehehehe I need to learn because I've been using eye pencil since I was in nursery school (Northern Nigerian thing).

Friday, March 13, 2009

Nigerian Men (tality) 7

Seventh (re)post of reminiscing the Men (tality) that haunts me.

Okay....sometime when I was 16 years old, my mum had to be away oversees a lot..actually doing a masters program so I had to assume duty as the market goer...lol

I hated markets. At least even though my parents raised us like ajebos. Deep inside we knew we weren't really..okay just a little but I could go to Wuse market and buy groceries (groceries??? who in 9ja says that...you mean foodstuff??? ha, YES!)

I started going to the market with our maid. She'll buy the fresh stuff meat (beef, goat, kpomo, chicken) and all (when the ajebo monster enters me) and I'll buy the canned, tinned and packaged stuff.

Sha, there was this cheaper Alhaji my mum used to go to and told me to go (9ja system of customers and getting 10naira discounts). So I used to go to him with my shopping list and his boys will get the stuff on a wheel barrow and I'll pay, catch up with Aunty Dorcas and head home.

This Alhaji knew my mum was always abroad and then evil spirits posses ed him. He started asking for my number (I was 16) and he was not 16, 17, 18 or 19 (my limit). You can guess his age but old enough to be arrested and presented before the Kano Sharia courts. He was actually fine though like those fair Fulani boys-ish (Not complexion conscious oh before I get whacked!)

He continued this whole thing "Ki ba ni numban ki!" ("give me your number") until as I was trying to pay one day, he decided to take his flirting to a physical level. I exaggerate, but as I was counting the notes his finger was almost-basically-disgustingly tracing mine (hand raping I call it). I'm bad at description but you can picture the old man with an innocent 16 year old.

I realized the only way to go was to run...run fast. Not really, just find another place to shop. I went to the more expensive Alhaji's store which ended up being the 'bestest' place to shop. I talked to him last month.

(My mum made me talk to him on the phone when SHE went to the market= Very respectable man.) Don't get me wrong abeg. Its like commending my dads friend oh.

I'm going to Abuja this summer and I need to hire a body guard...applications anyone?

Kidding y'all!

I'm well equipped for nonsense!

Ladi

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Valentines day Massacre, 'Hausas' and Jimmy Choos

VALENTINES DAY ROASTING AND 'PUPPY LOVE' IN SECONDARY SCHOOL, AND USING JIMMY CHOOS SLIPPERS TO 'BAFF' (not literarily..Lol!)

REALIZED I POSTED A LOT IN THE EARLIER STAGES OF THIS BLOG HENCE REPOSTING SOME "LADI SAYS" ENTRIES. CLICK AND READ ON....

THE MONSTER (THEN IN SEC. SCHOOL) CALLED VALENTINES DAY: http://missladidi.blogspot.com/2008/02/valentinesroastingpuppy-love.html

NIGERIANS ROCKING "JIMMY CHOOS" LIKE BATHROOM SLIPPERS AND HITTING HARRODS LIKE TEJUOSO MKT:
http://missladidi.blogspot.com/2008/01/jimmy-choo-vs-nigeria.html

Cheers!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Nollywood: Letters to a Stranger

I ignored the buzz about this movie but in my continuous search for a QUALITY Nigerian movie, I came across Letters to a Stranger. It was co-sponsored by ECObank which meant better quality with more funds. Genevieve Nnaji, Elvina Ibru (whose hilarious character rocked reminds me of someone in my secondary school class), Fred Amata (Genevieve's boyfriend), Joke Silva (Fred's mum), Yemi Blaq (I love this actor..he's the guy in MTN dance/long distance love Advert), Ibinabo Fiberesima, and the kokomaster, Dbanj (Elvina's crush who makes an appearance in the movie).

I wish I could buy the DVD and watch it legally but OnlineNigeria.com has the movie and check Youtube (its in 10 clips) hopefully the crew made its money in 2007 when the movie was released.

First part: http://premiumvideos.onlinenigeria.com/ad11.asp?blurb=2178

Second part: http://premiumvideos.onlinenigeria.com/ad11.asp?blurb=2179

Third Part: http://premiumvideos.onlinenigeria.com/ad11.asp?blurb=2180

Enjoy!

If you've seen the movie what do you think?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

RIP Mrs Alaere Alaibe

"Mrs Alaere Alaibe, wife of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Develo-pment Commission (NDDC) is dead.Late (Mrs) Alaibe died in a London Hospital where she has been receiving treatment for what sources close to her family called “life threatening ailment”. She was in her 40s., wife of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Develo-pment Commission (NDDC) is dead.Late (Mrs) Alaibe died in a London Hospital where she has been receiving treatment for what sources close to her family called “life threatening ailment”. She was in her 40s."

"She is survived by her husband and five children."

May her soul rest in Peace and may God grant her family and loved ones comfort.

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=134456

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hausa weddings...Married Away 2

I have previously done a post about Northern weddings and the many 'commas' and 'question marks' generally associated with them. My last post was Married Away: Read here. Religion and culture predominant in the North permits polygamy so I have not right to criticize since half of my extended family is Muslim so I hope anyone can understand where I'm coming from. I'm talking about politicized weddings with ridiculous dowries, asoebi, henna, and jewelry using money that should have been spent building schools and roads ( instead of weddings that will crash as soon as hubby loses his seat in power).

Today, I read Ebuka Obi-Uchendu's Thisday newspaper column, Contrast, which I absolutely love. I wasn't a huge fan when he was on Big Brother Nigeria (reality show) but since he started writing, I've been hooked to the Glitterati section of the newspaper every Sunday. Now being abroad, with no access to the hard copies, I read his articles online.

The last he wrote was about Yar Adua and Babangida's daughters marrying one governor after the other (two of the ladies left their first husbands to be second or third wives to the polygamous governors and one is currently the fourth wife). He started with Malia and Sasha Obama and went on to make a comparison to Nigeria's version of those cuties. Sorry, only Governors past the age of 45 years stand a chance with our President's daughters. Imagine me marrying my Dad's age mate in the name of politics. Religion is just an excuse- I might be your fourth wife but not with a 25 year age difference.

Ebuka writes, "Still talking about Presidents and their daughters, it seems like there has never been a better time to be a daughter of Nigeria’s first family; the YarAdua’s. Or if you are looking at things from a political angle then it might also be a wonderful time to be a Nigerian governor. I am almost certain that there has never been a similar case anywhere else in the world, of a sitting President of a country giving out two of his daughters in marriage to serving governors or premiers or mayors in that country.In 2007, just a couple of months after the new president and governors were sworn in, Nigerians got the news that one of our new president’s daughters would be getting married to Governor Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari of Kebbi State. It was a special occasion as far as most people were concerned and Nigerians were watching to see if she would become the official First Lady of the State. All that was settled when just about a month after the wedding that held on the 30th of June 2007, Hajiya Zainab YarAdua-Dakingari, received her mother, the Nigerian First Lady, Hajiya Turai YarAdua as she came on a one day visit to Birnin Kebbi to flag off the 2007 polio immunization ceremony. It was definitely a unique occasion as Nigerians were definitely witnessing a mother-daughter relationship on a political front for the first time.About a year later, another daughter of an ex Nigerian military president, Ms Aisha Babangida, followed Zainab YarAdua’s lead as she got married to Governor Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi of Zamfara State. It came as a bit of a surprise to many people at the time because she was going into a polygamous marriage at a time when her brother was also about to take a second wife; mostly because they grew up in a monogamous home. But their religion allowed for it and if the parties were okay with it, then no one had the right to question.But if 2007 and 2008 had their own versions of presidential daughter weddings, then 2009 was not about to be left out. Another high profile wedding just held in Katsina State where Bauchi State Governor Malam Isa Yuguda got married to another daughter of Nigeria’s first family; Hajiya Nafisa YarAdua. While a lot of people have gone on to do a research on how many more daughters the YarAdua’s have, and the probability of them marrying other State governors, I am reflecting more on the idea of marriage as a whole and what it really means to me in particular.... I may not get my chance with either Sasha or Malia Obama seeing that the age difference is a lot; plus there is no guarantee that President Obama would want any of his daughters to come back to his ancestral continent. Neither do I think I have a chance with any of the YarAdua’s since judging by precedence, I would have to be a governor to get there."

Read the full article on http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=133831

Courtesy: Thisday Online.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Problem with MTV Africa (Late post)

Africa is a frigging huge diverse continent is just wrong (as argued by my Afro History Prof) to even use the term "Africa."

This post is inspired by the MAMA- MTV Africa Music Awards. The nominees were mostly Nigerian and South African with random artists thrown into the nomination list. What ever happened to music from the Francophone world. Given, they don't speak English but we all enjoy their music and the world enjoys theirs even more than Anglophone music.

I know that viewers voted with Nigeria's mega populations, Nigerian artists were bound to win but some artists shouldn't have been nominated in the first place. I love 9ice but I've NEVER heard a Hip-hop song from his mouth. I suggest that D'banj be nominated for best Rock-Metal artist, Tuface for best Jazz singer and Jeremiah Gyang for best rapper.

What of Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N'dour, and other classics who have Grammy nominations and wins (and Africans aren't even acknowledging them) shouldn't there at least be a serious category that isn't all about young musicians? Even Tina Turner and Chaka Khan are still getting awards and presenting at awards. Maybe MAMA will on time realize how to make their awards more serious (give them next year!) Add some class and less 'ghettoness' and 'confusion' to make it watchable to other foreign audiences after all we watch AMAs, VMAs and European MTV awards don't we? Why don't we make them watch our without them saying "Damn these Africans didn't learn well after we gave them independence?"

Read more on
Jeremy Weate's Naija Blog: Why it was Aweful Read the comments too!
Cheta's blog: MTV and Zain Debacle

Everyone knows Gaou (Premier Gaou)- and with the long list of remixes (including Church praise songs), many don't even know the real musicians behind this old song that remains new every time it blasts out of the radio. They are:

Magic System. These guys have been in the business for a while and are not only popular in African but Europe (especially France) as well. You'd notice the use of oyibos in their videos to connect with their diverse fans (unlike Dare's controversial videos that only black Nigerians are watching). Magic System's videos each have more than 1 million hits while so-called MTV Africa's Best acts: Ikechucku, Naeto C, Tuface and Dbanj are still struggling with a few thousand hits on youtube.

Granted, they are new musicians and in the next 10years their videos (shot in South Africa) will finally reach the million viewer mark but the MAMAs should give awards were they are due. Either make the MTV Africa awards about ALL of Africa and be MORE inclusive of ALL of Africa, split the damn awards to Francophone, Luso- and Anglo- Or Nigeria should just have its own MTV awards because other African countries might soon believe we are 419ing the wards to have more than 70% of the nominations. And there are more than 50 other countries in Africa.

I'm posting not as a Nigerian but as an African. I've listened to too much music from outside Nigeria and damn is there some good music. Every time I tell a well-travelled American I'm Nigerian they ask about Fela Kuti and other original 9ja legends not hip-hop Akata wannabe musicians. That's why as soon as Asa came out I heard her songs on a European Blog weeks before any of my 9ja friends heard it. Now my friend in Jamaica is asking me if I know Asa. Imagine?

I've decided to take a break from Storm and Kennis Records and board a musical plane round Africa.

Magic System- Premier Gaou


Longombas from Kenya- Chukua (I love the song and the Kenyan makossa steps)


More Magic System- Ki Dit Mie


Can anyone broaden my African Music Horizon?

Thoughts on MAMA awards?

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