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CELEBRATING TOPAZO, DOCTOR AND POET

In the VERY wise words of the literary Icon and Legend that’s ‘The’ Sensational Maya Angelou of blessed memory; she did assert this….’That the desire to reach for the stars she considers mighty ambitious, while the desire to reach hearts on the other hand’s pretty wise’!

When You, Dr. Temitope Ogundare ventured out here to do your ‘thang’…write, I’d never know if You’d planned on reaching for the stars with Your heart-feeling and heart-filling Monster and Masterpieces respectively; ūüėĀ however, what I’d beat my chest to knowing, is the fact that You touched my heart Awesome Poet ūüėá; and that Sir…is beyond wise…just as You’ve always been! ‚̧ūüėĄ

Here’s wishing You a super-amazing new season of your life that’d see Your deepest desires and dreams coming true…right before Your very eyes! ūüėáūüėä

May Your aura continually shine brightly over the wide expanse of the luminous sky and may Your creative sparks keep glowing and burning red hot! ūüėÄ

Many Hearty and Happy Cheers to You Doc ūüćĻūüéā….Mwah! ‚̧ūüėĄ

Su'eddie in Life n' Literature

Tope Ogundare, doctor and poet, or do we simply say Topazo? Author of the Z Channel, we met on those days at Naija Stories and he has continued to grow in many ways. Not one of the aggressive ones, his works speak with power as he lets his heart out on many issues‚Ķ But wait, this is not meant to be a blurb, abi? ūüôā

It is another birthday. Actually, the birthday was yesterday. Like many others, I celebrate this spirited Nigerian who is working against time, nature and a million other forces to make all things right for himself and all those around him.

Did I mention that the manuscript for his poetry collection, The Book of Pain is lurking somewhere about to hit the shelves? Ooops! He writes good short stories and poems. You really should watch out for his book.

Happy Birthday Topazo. May the heavens…

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So, I turned a year ‘Fabulouso’ today and woulda infact kept that bit under wraps but many thanks to my Buddy, and Poet extraordinaire….Dr. Temitope Ogundare of the Z Channel; mine parent blog and homepage, who reeled out these beyond perfect lines for me on my special day; I just couldn’t…WOULDN’T pass off the opportunity to share! This is a timeless piece…a masterpiece and an absolute, total stunning work of art! Check it out y’all and while you’re at it; feel free to look around his space…its a real delight! ūüėäūüėĄ

Thank you sooo much Doc! Didn’t see this one coming but this….does take my breath away! And you….no words; in a very good way! Mwah! ūüĎĄ‚̧ūüėĄ

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Let me sing you a song
In words of worlds
Where magic lives:
The magic of love
That lives in lives
Of people domiciled
Therein:

Hearts are made to love,
Hollow organs that empty
Themselves into yearning vessels
Holding life within, giving
And receiving in an endless cycle,
Enclosed in the core of humanity.

Blood is thicker than water,
Water is the essence of life;
Water and Earth ‚ÄĒ the elements
Fountains of life cascading down
Aortas through tortuous pulsatile
Channels down tiny tributaries,
Spreading cheer in joyous bubbles
Nurturing the building blocks ‚ÄĒ
Tiny cells knitted together in
Harmonious flagellations at the
Heart of life.

Destinies are set in stones,
Hidden in the sky
Among the stars;
When the stars align
Destinies are merged as
Designed by Fate;
Stars are crossed by Ill
Fate ‚ÄĒ destined souls
Drift in orbits
Adrift ‚ÄĒ
Wander endlessly with
Holes for hearts.

Happiness…

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Secret Santa

This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

This little light of mine

Am gonna let it shine

Let it shine

Let it shine

Let it shine

¬†This little light of mine’s anything BUT…. she’s in fact the brightest spark in my life…. the center of my Universe! Your light will so shine, that darkness would not comprehend In Jesus’ Precious Name, Amen! For T-gurl, mine mini-me and Little Miss Sunshine! Mummy loves you to the moon and all the sweet¬† way back….in ways unfathomable that you couldn’t possibly begin to imagine!

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My phone rings out to announce the arrival of my little princess from school,¬†as is being¬†revealed by¬†the Caller ID on display! I hastily make my way outside to receive her from her Nanny and in her usual characteristic manner, she jumped out of her school bus excitedly as she’s done a countless number of times,¬†and makes for me; whilst presenting me with a familiar colorful card she waved gleefully and held up to my face! I scooped her up in my waiting¬†arms, gave her a tight squeeze in the form of a Bear-hug and there we were; happily locked in an affectionate embrace for what seemed like forever!

Its that time of the year….the Yuletide Season and as is¬†become the norm and tradition, the little card was an invite for her school’s Annual Christmas¬†Party & Concert, with chosen theme for this year¬†being ‘Hippo Chrimbo Concert’! This theme’s in line with that beautiful ¬†Christmas Old Classic and¬†Novelty¬†Song titled ‘I¬†Want An Hippopotamus For Christmas’! It was¬†sang and performed back then in 1953¬†by the very¬†young and mighty¬†talented Gayla Peevey! One of my personal favorites by the way¬†cause of¬†its comedic vibe and flavor!

Concert day arrives and¬†we’re dressed to the nines, looking every inch the part! With my little Princess¬†gorgeously draped in a¬†Bejeweled Champagne-Gold Colored Ball Gown that glittered….bling, bling;¬†complete with a tiara…. the dress code specifically¬†favored for her class! She was most adorable….divine!

We set out for her school! It was a most glamorous event, a big monster blow out of an end of year¬†party¬†and all the children dazzled, bringing the stage alive in a variety of fun line-ups to include Ballet Dance Performances, Drama Presentations, Rendition of Christmas Carols and Hymns¬†amongst others! We returned home pretty fulfilled, totally bushed and dead-beat…it was a more than¬†perfect day!

The following day, it dawned on me the new resumption date, amongst other pieces of information the school authority¬†would otherwise¬†have passed on¬†to parents right before¬†the show¬†wrapped was not given us! I figured it was an oversight on their part amidst all of the frenzy that greeted the celebrations….we’d all been taken over by the fun and merriment¬†renting the hour, literally! I therefore¬†had it in my plans¬†to put a call through to the Head-teacher at some point¬†during the course of the day,¬†to get up to speed ’bout those little details we’d missed out on!

Somehow, I went the entire day¬†having done¬†all I had on my to-do list,¬†save for putting a call through to my little girl’s school! I’d blame that lil¬†snafu¬†on fate, if I could just get past the fact that I’d been a poor planner perhaps?! Nah! Its the fates as I later came to find out! Hehehe

Early next day, a slightly chilly Saturday morning, I was jolted awake from my beauty sleep by a rather loud noise that seemed to be coming from my main gate! I groggily climbed outta bed, with sleep still heavy in my eyes; and reached for my phone!

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I always ensure to put my phone on silent mode right before retiring for the night! On checking through, I found I had several missed calls from my daughter’s Nanny! Just as I was about to put a call through to her, she beat me to it! ‘Hello Ma’am, Good Morning to you; could you please come on out to your front gate and admit us in’?! ‘We’ve been here awhile and your phone’s been ringing no response’! Without uttering a word, I raced out the¬†door to go¬†see what this whole strange occurrence¬†was all ’bout! School was out after all and the holidays were in! What’s with the early morning unexpected¬†house-call?!

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On reaching outside, I was greeted by the most ‘ah-mazing’ sight E-V-E-R! Pretty outlandish and wayyy out there…..grandiose! A bus prettily decorated and filled to overflowing…to the rafters, with an assortment of treats and gifts, a Staff Member of the School who’d¬† dressed up and assumed the role of Santa Claus, in his full, immaculate red and snowy white garbs, his helper and of course, the gentleman who’d driven and conveyed¬†’em down¬†to my abode, seated pretty and¬†sporting a real cute friendly smile;¬†behind the wheel!

These pleasant forward-thinking dears were on a mission….paying unscheduled home visits…. courtesy calls,¬†to unsuspecting parents and kids, bearing gifts, treats and holiday cheers in the spirit of the season! These guys gave us absolutely no hints, no clues whatsoever; like there were no cracks allowed for anything to slip through! There was nothing to suggest to anyone that something of this nature was in the works….nothing¬†was jumping out¬†at us! We were totally blindsided and taken over by surprise! ¬†I was held spellbound, reeling…in an utter state of shock!

Having registered their presence and with¬†goals fully achieved of course,¬†by my obvious discomfiture and astonishment, Santa Claus broke the ice! Speaking up, he said, ‘Good Morning¬†Ma’am and a very Happy Holidays to you’! ‘We believe a¬† little darling girl who goes by the name of Tami, stays at this address’! ‘We have a delivery to make….most especially for her’!

 

I¬†somehow¬†resisted and subdued¬†the¬†sudden urge¬†to laugh out loud, instead; I quickly¬†gathered my wits ’bout me and¬†responded¬†thus,

‘Good Morning Santa Claus, Compliments of the Season and this right here’s a most pleasant surprise’! ‘You’re at the right place Sir, she does reside here but¬†is fast asleep at this time, all snuggled and cozied up¬†to her favorite bed and sleeping mate…Winnie the Pooh’! ‘I could receive the tidings and goodwill on her behalf if its no bother’!

‘I’m so¬†sorry Ma’am, says Santa Claus, but¬†the instructions are clear…this delivery must be given her in person and moreover, there’s also¬†the handshake and hug aspect’!

‘Very well then Santa Claus, if you’ll come this way; I made a gesture with my hands, I’ll lead you straight to she, whom you seek’!

And so it was decided! We marched on to where my little princess laid as snug as a bug in a rug, and in faraway Slumber-land….in the Purple and Pink Room that’s her little¬†haven!

Santa Claus gave her a gentle tap and called out her name! At the point her eyes opened up, that moment was simply just¬†surreal….beautiful beyond words! She couldn’t believe her eyes as she looked from Santa Claus, to his helper and then me!

I sniggered as Santa Claus helped my little Princess out of her bed and  spoke to her as his helper passed on the gifts and treats to him! By the time he was done, hugging and shaking her hands, she knew this was anything but a dream!

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Work done, Santa Claus and his goodly¬†gang said their byes; leaving us gaping with¬†absolute¬†wonderment of the whole magical experience, cause that was¬†what it finally did come down to….a most enchanting experience!

We thanked and wished ’em farewell as we¬†caught up to ’em¬†outdoors! ‘Happy Holidays again, be seeing you same time next year, Ho! Ho!! Ho!!!’ says Santa Claus a-merrily,¬†cheerily; gleefully!

‘Next year huh’?! I thought, ‘Oh by Gee but I could REALLY get used to this, wouldn’t miss it for the world’! I mean, too much of a good thing can actually be wonderful, as the stunning and pretty witty Mae West¬†affirms, right?!¬†Mwah-ha-ha!

I was glued and rooted to the spot till the bus disappeared from view, as I watched ’em go in a daze! Santa’s got several miles to go yet¬†and a lot more stops to make to unsuspecting kids, I pondered in my mind!

Moreover and most worthy of note, my little Princess hasn’t¬†exactly gotten over this happenstance, its made quite the impression on her and she just cannot stop talking ’bout it!¬†I’ll wager¬†this magical¬†moment would¬†stay with her for years to come, a keepsake to¬†treasure! Memories are precious and they last several lifetimes!

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We just never know what a day¬†might bring, and I’ve since adopted the perfect¬†lines….’Everyday’s The Sweetest Days We’ll Ever¬†Know’, as sung in¬†that golden oldie tune¬†by the gorgeous Vanessa Williams titled ‘Sweetest Days’! Its just what it is, we’re here this¬†moment and its the only thing that matters….. the only thing that¬†SHOULD matter! Tomorrow’s promised no one, we may as well seize this day and make the best of it!

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Here’s conveying an abundance of Holiday Cheers,¬†complete with gleeful tidings of comfort and of joy;¬†the way of all and sundry! May y’all¬†experience a most gloriously¬†divine encounter and¬†visitation in this Yuletide Season¬†from¬†your very own ‘Secret Santa’, who’d spring up on y’all¬†in¬†the most unexpected of ¬†ways;¬†bearing every good and perfect gifts that comes forth only¬†from the Heavens above,¬†plus those as scribbled on your individual¬†Wish-Lists, in accordance to His perfect will!

Thank you so much for reading folks, and have y’all a very¬†Merry, Rocking¬†Christmas Celebration and a pretty exciting ’16 in advance!¬†Happy Holidays y’all, One love¬†and¬†Shalom!

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Christmas…..The Day After!

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Its the holidays and someone seemed to me to be in a real cheerful and¬†‘giving’ mood, having adorned most gaily; the Christmas Spirit of giving and sharing! And am talking ’bout ‘the’ ¬†Su’eddie Agema; awesome Writer and award-winning Poet! He reeled out these fine poetic lines in accordance¬†with the theme I gave him…’Christmas….The Day After’! I do hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did,¬†even as¬†you go about your celebrations this magical Yuletide Season! Thank you so much buddy, and Happy Holidays to you and all of your adorables! You more than rock….JINGLES!

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Draw the drapes

Cake your smiles

Spirit your carols with delight

Hark, hear the angels tune

In our actions

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Tomorrow comes when an anniversary ends

Time to forget trends

And listen to the Eternal Child born

Would our love be out worn

When only a whisper away

Mouths call for a bite?

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There’s a cold in the air still

Boxes to be unwrapped

Christmas’ dust sprinkled

Would hearts warm charity

To thaw away the lasting pain

That stays beyond today?

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100 Questions

Omooba-Jesu, who I especially love to call Princess; tagged me in her 100 Questions post! Thanks a bunch Sweets, I had mega fun with this one! You rock too darn hard gurl and its pretty exciting having you join my little blogging community! Mwah!

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1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
‚ÄĘ Closed, but then; what does it matter if it does¬†stay open?! It’s not like a monster’s lurking therein and is just looking to grab me as soon as am out like a light is it?! *tsking*

2. Do you take shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?
‚ÄĘ Ahem…..no?! Hehehe

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
‚ÄĘ Tucked in of course, whaddya think?! Hol ‘up….. what sorta question’s this anyhow like huh?!

4. Have you stolen a street sign before?
‚ÄĘ Whatever for Mbok or am I missing something here?!

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
‚ÄĘ I do actually, they’re kinda cute and are so much fun; especially the ones that come in a variety of colors!

6. Do you cut out coupons but never use them?
‚ÄĘ Nah! So¬†NOT into coupons!

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big Bear or a swarm of Bees?
‚ÄĘ Oh come now! Did someone order a hit or drop on me?! What in the heck kinda question’s this?! Well, since we’re talking ’bout ‘rather’ here; how ’bout I’d ‘rather’ NOT be attacked by neither huh?! You know what?! Just shoot me already, bump me right¬†off…..make it quick! Hmf!

8. Do you have freckles?
‚ÄĘ Not at all!

9. Do you always smile for pictures?
‚ÄĘ Always! I am easily Guy Smiley’s Doppelganger!

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
‚ÄĘ I can’t stand folks who are pretty mean and unruly!

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11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
‚ÄĘ No time!

12. Have you ever peed in the woods?
‚ÄĘ Oh yeah! When its time to go….then its pretty much¬†TIME TO GO!

13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?
‚ÄĘ Nah! Can’t risk being kissed on the bum by a ‘Schnake’! The horror!

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14. Do you ever dance if there’s no music playing?
‚ÄĘ I do! I just become the music box belting out melodious tunes! Jamming! Hehehe

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
‚ÄĘ Eew…nasty! NO!

16. How many people have you slept with this week?
‚ÄĘ Huh?! Is there any point to this ‘by really’?! Plus, this is pretty ambiguous! ‘Slept with’ as in on top of¬†or under, or ‘mayhaps’; beside?! You totally lost me on this one¬†Princess , I don’t quite¬†follow! Better luck next time! Besides, Momma¬†issued me with a stern warning¬†’bout kissing and telling! Bad, Bad Panda!

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17. What size is your bed?
‚ÄĘ Kingsize Baby, fit for a Queen like me! *winks

18. What is your song of the week?
‚ÄĘ Its the Holidays and am presently jamming to my all time favorite Christmas Song…. Jingle Bell Rock by the Amazing Bobby Helms!

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19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
‚ÄĘ As long as it floats their boat….Uh yeah! I like a guy who aint afraid to explore and get in tune with his ‘inner female’! Coolness!

20. Do you still watch cartoons?
‚ÄĘ Can’t you tell?! Course I do!

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21. What is your least favorite movie?

‚ÄĘNone! I wouldn’t sit through the first 15 minutes anyhow,¬†let alone see a full length movie that bores me stiff!

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you have some?
‚ÄĘ What’s this?!¬†Some¬†kinda elaborate scheme or¬†ploy to come dispossess me of mine treasures?! I’d have to do away with ya upon fessing up! So what will it be then?! *chuckling

23. What do you drink with dinner?
‚ÄĘ Nothing satisfies thirst like good old water….for always!

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
‚ÄĘ Mustard sauce, just! Yum yum!

25. What is your favorite food?
‚ÄĘ Abula toh gbona felifeli as in, toh¬†bad gan ni! Gba o!

26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love?
‚ÄĘ Oh boy! Wherever do I start from?! I am¬†a movie buff through and through! Seen lots but I’d just name the ‘few’ that pretty much comes to mind….top of my head ! ‘Sounds Of Music’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘Ferris¬† Bueller’s Day Off’, ‘Blind Date’, ‘Revenge Of The Nerds 1&2’, ‘White Chicks’, ’50 First Dates’, ‘The Woo Woo Kid’, ‘Kill Bill Vols 1&2’, ‘Runaway Bride’, ‘The Secret Of My Success’, ‘Problem Child’, ‘Home Alone’, All Jackie Chan and Harrison Ford’s Flicks¬†(Indiana Jones), ‘ Mean Girls’, ‘ Dutch Treat’, ‘Sleepover’, ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘The Other Bolelyn Girl’, ‘Noel’, ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Chocolat’, ‘Under The Tuscan Sky’, ‘Con Air’, ‘Passenger 57’, ‘Top Gun’, ‘Speed’ ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’, ‘Ella Enchanted’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Ghosts’, ‘Child’s Play’, The Truth About Love’, ‘Dark Angel’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Lion King’, ‘Despicable Me’, ‘Being Julia’, Ten Things I¬†Hate About You’, ‘Bella Mafia’, You Got Served’, The Last Of The Finest’, ‘Face-Off’, ‘Broken Arrow’, ‘Sleepless In Seattle’,¬†‘Odyssey’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘Under Siege’,¬†‘The Goonies’, ‘ Iron Eagle’, A¬†Good Woman’, ‘Training Day’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, Boyz In The Hood’, ‘Speed’, ‘Class Act’, ‘ Coyote Ugly’, ‘Thomas Crown Affair’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, ‘Brigitte Jones’ Diary’, ‘Nothing To Lose’, ‘True Romance’, ‘Matrix’, ‘Dirty Dancing’,¬†and a gazillion other films in every genre imaginable and unimaginable, like you’ve none idea!

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
‚ÄĘ Mine Honeybun! *blushing

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
‚ÄĘ Nopes!

29. Would you ever strip/pose nude in a magazine?
‚ÄĘ Who me?! I think… NOT!

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
‚ÄĘ Eons ago I guess!

31. Can you change the oil in a car?
‚ÄĘ I’ve seen it done severally by my Brothers and Dad¬†but never really¬†gotten¬†round to getting¬†my hands real grimy and dirty, enough to¬†putting my knowledge to the¬†test!

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
‚ÄĘ No! Thankfully, am a¬†VERY law abiding citizen of the Federal Republic! Take that! Hahahaha

33. Ever ran out of gas?
‚ÄĘ No!

34. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
‚ÄĘ Am not fussy, totally down for whatever so long as I can pronounce the names of the fillings! Hehehe

35. Best thing to eat for breakfast.
‚ÄĘ Cereals for sure!

36. What is your usual bedtime?
‚ÄĘ Night Owl for the most part, so I’d say anything after midnight!

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37. Are you lazy?
‚ÄĘ As far as Blogging goes….OH YEAH! For other things besides Blogging, am very hands-on, a real hard-worker!

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38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up for as Halloween?
‚ÄĘ We don’t celebrate Halloween in this part of the world Princess! Thought you knew that bit… Eish! How ’bout ‘Ojude Oba’ or ‘Eyo Festival’ then?! *tsking

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
‚ÄĘ Capricorn… The ‘Gnu’! Hehehe

40. How many languages can you speak?
‚ÄĘ 3

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
‚ÄĘ No!

42. Which are better: Legos or Lincoln logs?
‚ÄĘ I never really encountered Lincoln Logs but Legos bricks….I played with! So I’ll go with Legos!

43. Are you stubborn?
‚ÄĘ Yeap!

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44. Who is better: Leno or Letterman?
‚ÄĘ Dunno ’bout better Princess, both guys gatz jokes but I love me some Chelsea Handler especially now that the Queen of the Roost…. The Amazing Joan Rivers has gone to be with the Lord!

45. Ever watch soap operas?
‚ÄĘ You bet! A total Junkie!

46. Are you afraid of heights?
‚ÄĘ Yes!

47. Do you sing in the car?
‚ÄĘ Is there a law against that?! Course I do!

48. Do you sing in the shower?
‚ÄĘ Most times!

49. Do you dance in the car?
‚ÄĘ Oh yeah!

50. Ever used a gun?
‚ÄĘA toy gun and water gun?! Absolutely!¬†Am tough like that!

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51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer.
‚ÄĘJanuary ’15!

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
‚ÄĘ Some…not all!

53. Is Christmas stressful?
‚ÄĘ A much-needed¬†good¬†kinda stress?! Yup!

54. Ever eaten a Pierogi?
‚ÄĘ I have, lotsa times! However, in this part of the world, we don’t call it by that name! Meat-pie or Chicken-pie woulda sufficed just fine Princess! Jeez!

55. Favorite type of fruit pie?

I love Strawberry Tart!

56 . Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid.

I’d favored being an Air Stewardess and then a¬†Pharmacist for the absolute love of Chemistry!

57. Do you believe in ghosts?
‚ÄĘ I don’t believe in ghosts but I know there’s such a thing as ghosts and they do exist!

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58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
‚ÄĘ Oh yeah…..a countless number of times!

59. Do you take a vitamin daily?
‚ÄĘ No!

60. Do you wear slippers?
‚ÄĘTotally!

61. Do you wear a bath robe?
‚ÄĘNo!

62. What do you wear to bed?
‚ÄĘBesides a Nightgown or Jammies….¬†a smile perhaps?!

63. What was your first concert?
‚ÄĘThat would be The Rothman’s¬†Concert gig that went down¬†way back in the late’90’s! I remember seeing ‘Mode Nine’ live on stage back then! Groovy!

64. Walmart, Target or K-mart?
‚ÄĘHow ’bout ‘The Palms Shopping Mall’, ‘Game’, or maybe ‘Park n Shop’?! PRINCESS!!!!

65. Nike or Addidas?
‚ÄĘI really couldn’t care less, seeing as am totally down for whatever!

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66. Cheetos or Fritos?
‚ÄĘCheetos

67. Peanuts or sunflower seeds?
‚ÄĘPeanuts

68. Ever hear of the group Tres bien?
‚ÄĘ Nah!

69. Ever taken dance lessons?
‚ÄĘ No!

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
‚ÄĘ Seeing as am already hitched…Nay!

71. Can you curl your tongue?
‚ÄĘ Very well!

72. Ever won a spelling bee?
‚ÄĘNo! Never taken part in one to start with!

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
‚ÄĘOh yeah!

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74. Own any record albums?
‚ÄĘ No chance!

75. Own a record player?
‚ÄĘ Nopes!

76. Do you regularly burn incense?
‚ÄĘRegularly?! I don’t burn incense at all Princess!

77. Ever been in love?
‚ÄĘUh yeah!¬†And¬†should feelings flow both ways and is mutual….no words!

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78. Who would you like to see in a concert?
‚ÄĘPink most definitely! Her out-of-this-world, magical¬†performance at the 2014 Grammys, inspired by the Cirque Du Soleil acrobatic dance routine’s extremely¬†hard to miss….most memorable,¬†sensual and pretty seductive….surreal!

79. What was the last concert you saw?
‚ÄĘRothman’s Groove

80. Hot tea or cold tea?
‚ÄĘ Hot tea!

81. Tea or coffee?
‚ÄĘ Tea!

82. Sugar cookies or Snickerdoodles?
‚ÄĘ Sugar Cookies!

83. Can you swim well?
‚ÄĘCan’t swim at all! Water gives me the jitters….am hydrophobic!

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
‚ÄĘ Sure thing!

85. Are you patient?
‚ÄĘ Not as much as¬†I’d¬†REALLY love to be, am still pretty much¬†a work in progress!

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86. DJ or band at a wedding?
‚ÄĘ DJ! I get to listen to all of my favorite bands play!

87. Ever won a contest?
‚ÄĘ Yes!

88. Have you ever had plastic surgery?

‚ÄĘ Nopes!

89. Which are better: Black or Green olives?
‚ÄĘ Clueless!

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90. Can you knit or crochet?
‚ÄĘTried it once before in vocational class….didn’t quite¬†pan out!

91. Best room for a fireplace?
‚ÄĘIn tropical Nigeria?! What is this some sorta trick question?! Well, no room…. ‘That’ room! Unless you’re a Barbecue looking to happen! Hmf!

92. Do you want to get married?
‚ÄĘDuh!

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93. If married, how long have you been married?
‚ÄĘCan’t put a date on that one! Been with mine since my teen years! We were ‘Young Loves’¬†before getting hitched! Pretty much, I’ve known ma Boo all of mine life…..forever!

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94. Who was your high school crush?
‚ÄĘThe boy next door!

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95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
‚ÄĘ Nopes!

96. Do you have kids?
‚ÄĘOf course!

97. Do you want kids?
‚ÄĘ Shouldn’t I?! Hehehe

98. What is your favourite colour?
‚ÄĘLilac!

99. Do you miss anyone right now?
‚ÄĘMy¬†dearest¬†brother….Earth’s loss, Heaven’s sweet gain!

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100. Who are you going to tag to do this post next?
‚Äʬ†The pretty witty Tony Michelle for the now!¬†Thanks Tony, you do rock….PIECES!

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Thanks again Princess for thinking of me, and Happy Holidays to you and every single one person out there! Thank you so much for reading….Y’all rock senseless!

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The Reunion With A Tinge Of Nostalgia!

A couple weeks back, my Bestie, Jay;¬†from during my college days, sprang up on me like a lightning bolt from outta the blues,¬†and immediately;¬†mails flew fast and furious between us two in our bid and excitement¬†to playing catch up, reliving times and moments gone by! We also¬†ensured to bring¬†each other up to speed ’bout happenstances in¬†our lives in the now!

 

There was a growing need to reconnect with me¬†as a result of a book he’d authored, chronicling his career life! I wondered how¬†I fitted into that bit,¬†especially seeing¬†as it was an autobiography of sorts coupled with the fact that we’d been out of touch for such a long time!¬†Interest piqued, and curiosity getting the best of me, I got cracking; wanting to know why my name came up for mention at all! At first, he wouldn’t let on; and then he gave me the run around, pussy-footing all over me and saying¬†I’d have to wait it out¬†to discover this ‘mystery’, when the book does finally¬†make it to the stores and¬†hits the shelves! ‘I’d sooo¬†make you crave for my book, Yemi; he says, the suspense will do you some amount of good’! He¬†gloated on!

Not one to back down easy, I cranked up the heat and wheedled him endlessly¬†to fess up ’bout this seemingly big secret of his! I mean, we’d grown apart and gone our separate ways right after graduation and the tides had swept us off¬†to different plains and shores! Plus, thoughts of him had pretty much become fewer and farther between! ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ does come to mind at this point… totally spot on is that adage! It was therefore a thing of great surprise and delight, that he’d even think to remember me, and much less; think me worthy of¬†¬†mention in his ‘baby’ and pet project that’s his first book!

I am quite the persistent one, if I do say so myself; needless to say I bugged out on him and in no time, he was belting out lines¬†in sweet¬†melodious and symphonic tunes¬†of a-tra-la-la-la like a Songbird… a¬†Canary, and what I found out¬†sent me reeling! Uh Snap!

Ever had one of those experiences happen to you that’s so out there that you just¬†play pretend and convince yourself otherwise….¬†that nothing of such¬†never, ever did¬†take place?! You know, you don’t recall or have any memory of that particular event going down, like the slate’s been wiped clean….blotted out?! I guess this is the part where I gotta launch straightways¬†into a panic attack mode¬†of sorts,¬†cause¬†its¬†just¬†so totally bizarre!

You see, I’ve always prided myself as one with a more than stellar memory bank¬†and¬†a superlative ability to recount past events with perfect clarity but in light of my new findings, its painfully obvious I’ve been under some kinda false impression and mistaken belief! That folks, is real scary; uncanny! How many more events and moments¬†have I subconsciously and unconsciously blocked off, never to be recollected and pondered on no more?! This is rather¬†unnerving, makes me kinda….. uneasy!

The big secret was an event that led up to our striking friendship! That defining moment he¬†thought he’d spied and spotted¬†the perfect companion,¬†to complement his otherwise cool,¬†calm and quiet disposition! He was very mild-mannered and I, well; not so much…. his thoughts!

School was in and it was early days! The first semester¬†had just kicked off! A certain Mr A, a pretty unsavory character; was at the helms of affairs taking full¬†reins; as he was billed to take my class Chemistry! Right from¬†the first time he stepped his foot into my class, he’d just go off; bearing down on the lots of us! With this guy, crossing the line was second nature, effortless¬†and he never quite came back from it once he makes it past the threshold! On the contrary, he simply just plunged further down, Dude didn’t understand boundaries!

He talked and beat down on us, calling us the most derogatory and demoralizing of names….’Morons’, ‘Numskulls’, ‘Pea-brains’, Blockheads’, ‘Airheads’ and the likes! And he¬†doesn’t stop there, nuh-uh; he’d ensure to take his war to¬†the home-front, saying crappy¬†stuff like ‘The witches in your villages have sapped clean your brain cells that y’all can’t grasp simple concepts and principles’!¬†As for us,¬†we’d learned to look on,¬†like frightened little animals caught in a trap; not muttering a single word! Dude was pretty fouled-up…toxic, he practically just¬†talked our ears off! Eish!

Sitting through that class had become¬†somewhat unbearable….hellish,¬†that I barely managed to keep it kinda together whenever it came the time for Chemistry! Week in, week out; and you can set your clock¬†by the fact that he’d sink lower to the abyss each time…..totally¬†condescending!¬†He just seemed to hit a spanking¬†new low, spending the better part of the time allotted that course, to rain down cuss words on us! I¬†coulda¬†sworn he derived some¬† sorta sick pleasure from it! Plus, he carried on still, not giving a thought to the fact¬†that he may be causing us harm¬†emotionally!¬†¬†We just weren’t good enough and he’d quite figured, nay; concluded, that¬†we could never measure up to his exacting demands! Offering us absolutely¬†no chances or benefits to just¬†prove him wrong!

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For one who’s got¬†this pretty¬†unbecoming¬†knack for keeping to herself and pulling¬†the¬†‘Shrinking Violet Card’, thus¬†being a certified¬†‘Wallflower’ more than half the time while in college, I musta¬†had it up to my limits with him and gotten¬†positively¬†pissed!¬†¬†I’d most definitely had ’bout¬†enough of him, cause as he resumed classes one fateful day and was getting into¬†his old, lame and boring routine of a pastime, flapping off of his gums, I thought…

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And then, unthinking;¬†I spoke up….did¬†the unimaginable,

‘Do you mind Sir’?!

At this time, he scanned the¬†lecture-room for the one who¬†dared to speak¬†up, interrupting him in the process!¬†You’d think with him staring a hole through me, I’d retreat and put an end to my seemingly folly, which was a kinda spur of the moment reaction anyways! But no, I became more emboldened, I’d gone way too far to back down!¬†So what if I’ve strayed way off of the rails and dancing¬†vigorously on thin ice?! This is soo going down! No guts, no glory right?! Hehehe.

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By now, I’d gotten his full undivided attention and I continued on, pretty stoic in my approach, as he listened intently,

‘Sir,¬† you seem quite versed ’bout witches that if I didn’t know, I’d think you’ve had lotsa firsthand, you know; personal experiences from your village! ¬†Would be nice learning ’bout¬†those! So, will you be kind enough to¬†give us the full low down or even better, we may as well just get¬†to studying Chemistry which is why you’re here in the first place,¬†unless am gravely mistaken, no?’

 

An eerie and pretty awkward silence descended and¬†settled over the class as¬†Mr ¬†A’s confidence faltered and his composure¬†was starting to crack! He became very disorientated and it was more than¬†dandy, seeing him in that state! In my mind I be like ‘The jig’s up and it looks like someone’s train’s not only¬†ran outta tracks, its also derailed and there’s simply no way out besides crashing, burning¬†and bursting into flames of course’!¬†‘That’d teach you to be mean and needlessly petty next time’! As far I knew, he’d gotten his comeuppance and justice had been rightly served!

He said not a word! Rather, he¬†fiddled around for a bit with his lecture note! When he did manage to say something, he just rambled on; teaching us as best he could! Plus, he simply¬†couldn’t wait to get out the class! I figured it was a bad sign, his keeping mute and not addressing me straightaway, totally made me feel¬†pretty suspicious and shaken!¬†Lets face it good¬†people, how much higher can one fly in the face of looming danger; before one crashes and burns huh?! I’d drawn¬†first blood, and had absolutely no indication of what was coming!

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After he took his leave, things were all peachy and honky-dory as everyone bounced off of the walls in a frenzy…ecstatic! In the weeks to come, he just¬†faced his business head-on and all was forgotten! The castigations stopped and he no longer casted aspersions our way! Perhaps he developed a heart and or had an attack of conscience, I’d never know! Whatever it was, my message seemed to have sunk in!

Flash forward to examination day and Mr. A who’d¬† hitherto been on his best behavior, suddenly¬†turned on me! Seated prettily with Jay¬†in one part of the hall that was supposed to be the venue for our papers, Dude ordered that I¬†changed seats to the far end of the hall!¬†As it turned out,¬†I was the only one without a seatmate but I really¬†could care less if he placed me atop Mount Everest; Chemistry was easily my strong point and I excelled effortlessly, totally aced it!¬†He on the other hand,¬†lost across board….on all counts!

It still beats me silly how an event of this magnitude coulda completely skipped my mind! As much as I try to figure this out, I just can’t fathom it! Plus, if Jay hadn’t thought to¬†mention it to¬†me, there’s a pretty¬†good chance I may not have remembered it for the rest of my days! Is this pretty scary or what?! Twisted!

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The Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award!

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An award, ‘The Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers’ was recently conferred me by a fellow Blogger and ‘Sista’, a sweetly and kindly soul…. Krissie! She’s very¬†soft spoken and real easy to talk to¬†too! She’s rare,¬†one of a¬†few who just spreads love and blessings to all who crosses her path! I was pleasantly surprised when she reached out to me with an offer of an award and here I am, accepting it wholeheartedly! Thank you so much Krissie dear, for thinking of me, it means a whole lot more to me than you could ever imagine! May the Good Lord remember, bless and honor you too in a way only He can In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen! Many superlative blessings to you Sweets, you more than rock, Mwah! ūüėá‚̧

Plus, she blogs here, and if you’re big on easy free flowing, deep¬†and soulful writes, then you wanna look in on her and you shan’t be disappointed! I guarantee you!

Every award has got some kinda rules and guidelines, and this one is no exception! The rules are summarized below:

  • First, the award logo’s expected to be displayed openly on the recipient’s blogsite!
  • Next, the Blogger who nominated you must be thanked and¬†put up for mention via¬†a link that easily takes one back¬†to their own sites!
  • Ten questions as posed by the Blogger who nominated you are expected to be answered!
  • You’re also¬†mandated to nominate and notify¬†ten Bloggers of your choosing and pass on the torch to them!
  • Finally, you get to task your¬†nominees with any¬†ten random¬†questions that so¬†tickles your fancy!

Here are the questions asked me by Krissie:

  1. What does the definition of Sisterhood mean to you? For me, Sisterhood is a solidarity¬†to every female being of all ages; reaching out, pulling and rooting for one and another,¬†(regardless of class,¬†religious affiliations and¬†creed, social¬†status, race, et al); due largely to our shared commonalities and peculiarities as females! To foster oneness…. unity; and afford us the opportunity to support and¬†draw strength from one another, so as¬†to get by and pull through all of our¬†life’s challenges and adversities; especially as¬†they affect us as females!
  2. What is your purpose in life? I aspire to brighten up¬†my own little corner of the world, touching the¬†lives of those I¬†happen upon¬†as I journey through life, spreading love and cheer; and¬†ensuring too,¬†that I ¬†leave an imprint….a¬†teeny-tiny piece of me, thereby¬†making a long lasting and pretty memorable¬†impression on them for good, to the best of my God-given ability! So help me God….Amen!

I hereby nominate the following Bloggers, for the ‘Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers’ award:

Zika Olofin.

Outlier Babe

Mimi. A

Amity4

Aquileana

ME

Sheedart

MsBukky

Omooba

My questions are as follows:

  1. What’s your life’s philosophy?
  2. One word that best describes you would be……?
  3. What’s the one best thing for you ’bout being female?
  4. Given another chance at ‘Womanhood’, in say…. another life; will you chance or trade it in on a whim,¬†for the other gender? Why?
  5. Who’s that one person, (could be¬†your regular boy/girl next door or a celebrity crush or a pet or even a stuffed toy)¬†you’d REALLY fancy being marooned with for three whole days and nights¬†on a deserted island and why?
  6. What are the five most essentials you’ve gotta have, (as in couldn’t do without); in your handbag or purse at every one time?
  7. Body Odour, B.O or Dragon Breath (bad breath)? Which do you consider the ‘lesser of two evils’….the one you can ‘stomach’ and put up with, if your very life depended on it? Note: Failure to choose one of these means you favor dying outrightly! Give this some deep thoughts, Babycakes!
  8. Fabulous Flats or ‘Killer’ Stiletto Heels? Your top choice would be…?
  9. What love lingo do you speak?! Are you the ‘touchy-feely’ type who’s into Physical Touch( Intimacy) and¬†just loves to snuggle up, cuddle and canoodle? OR Will you be that super sensitive¬†lassie, who fancies and craves being showered with Gifts like flowers, perfumes, chocolate bars, jewels and lockets or even a simple¬†silken scarf….anything;¬†for no just reason, a spontaneous gesture? OR Perhaps, you’re that girl who simply just melts when you’re continually told and reassured that you’re most adored, cherished¬†via spoken or written words…¬†love notes hidden in conspicuous¬†nooks and¬†crannies¬†by your Beloved, by way of Words Of Affirmation OR Maybe, Acts Of Service¬†(Devotion)¬†is that lingo that gets you and¬†revs up your ‘engines’, when your Boo decides to treat you to¬†a ‘Work-free’ day, as far as domestic chores goes;¬†where he gets to take out the trash, do the dishes or laundry, treats you to breakfast in bed or just cleans up after himself and not be a Slob for an¬†ENTIRE day? OR you’re just a Happy Camper whose Significant Other must always,¬†ALWAYS be present by your side…..hanging out,¬†even if you’re both doing¬†nothing in particular, cause¬†your thing’s Quality Time and you’d have it no other way?!
  10. What would you say’s the craziest, nuttiest thing you’ve ever¬†found yourself doing that’s so¬†TOTALLY outta character but you did it anyhow and enjoyed it too with absolutely no feelings of guilt?!

There you have it ma ‘Sistaz’, over to y’all! Go on ahead and cut loose…..kick off your shoes, put up and relax your feet, let down your hair,¬†and just have fun with this one! Do y’all even¬†DARE huh….HUH?! Bwahahahahahaha!

Thanks again Krissie¬†¬†Sister Love, lotsa love’s being sent your way and well, I did take up your advice and¬†had me¬†some¬†crazy fun with this one! You bet I did! Mwah! ‚̧ūüĎĄ

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