Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Passenger - An Excerpt from WE ARE STILL BREATHING by Dianah Ose Aigiomawu

Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer.

Oga driver abeg na, make you pass Ajao side go Airport I am running late’ I said to the driver after two hours in traffic. There had been an accident on the third mainland bridge and I was nowhere near the airport for my flight to Benin.

I had been trying to secure an appointment with the Minister of Works and Housing for close to three months and I had just found out from a reliable source that he was attending the wedding of an Edo State dignitary’s daughter, Obehi.  Obehi and I had been good friends from our days at the University in England so I had an invite.

It was Saturday the day of the wedding and I was not going to miss it for anything. I had a well-crafted plan nicely thought out and I was going to give him an elevator pitch, thirty seconds that would leave him longing for more information, then I would strike.

The minister of Works and Housing was known for his ingenious ideas and out of the of the box approach to tackling problems. I was sure my ideas on affordable housing would impress him, if only I could get him to hear them.

I was all set in my grey Kaftan, my ipad and an overnight pilot bag. I knew I would need to spend the night in Benin, at least party with Obehi and her husband. That was secondary, my mission was the minister, Dr. Raji Tongo.

I looked at my watch again, it was 11:30am, my flight was originally a 12 noon flight, but the airline had called to ‘reschedule’, the flight was now scheduled for 1:30pm. This they did at 9am when I had already checked in online and headed for the airport.

I had cursed and sworn at them for a while, but now I was grateful they did as there was no way I would have made it to the airport for 12 noon.

Fifteen minutes later we were on the same spot just descending the third mainland bridge and I knew Mobolaji Bank Anthony was an unreliable route to take, it would always be traffic jammed at this time on a Saturday. The fuel stations at the roundabout were always the major cause of the traffic, and then the Catholic Church at the turn to Mende would most likely have a wedding going on.

So I emphasized again ‘Driver, please take Oshodi and enter through Ajao’ I said.

‘Oga, I no deaf na, I hear you the first time’ the driver said irritably. He muttered inaudibly under his breath.

The day had started off badly. I woke up a bit later than I wanted to. My flat mate was supposed to take me to the airport from our apartment in the estate before VGC, but that was not to be as his car failed to start.

After several trouble shooting attempts, I quickly resorted to call a Car hire company. While two of them said the time was too short and there was no available vehicle, I found a winner with the third and I quickly showered and waited.

It was almost 9am and the cab was meant to pick me up at 8:45, so I called the company again.

‘Hello, my name is Onaivi I booked a cab earlier’ I stated. ‘I am still waiting for it even though it was meant to be here at 8:45am’

The lady on the other end answered in a very bored tone ‘It’s just 9:55 na, be patient, I am sure the driver is on his way’ she said ‘You know Ajah is far, if you were in V.I or Lekki it would be easier’ she succinctly reminded me that it was my fault for not living in the better part of the Island.

I was about to say something rude or explain that the Chevron round about was not Ajah but thought better, so instead I asked ‘Please can I have the driver’s number so I know where he is’.

She gave me the number and hung up almost immediately. Poor service was the least of my worries at that point; I just wanted to get to the airport in time.

I called the driver; I dialed three times before he finally picked up his phone.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

WE ARE STILL BREATHING by Dianah Ose Aigiomawu

Hello People! Okay, I know I have abandoned blogging for a while, but now you can see why. I have been busy doing something I have always loved, WRITING!
I present to you, my first published work WE ARE STILL BREATHING.
Still breathing is a collection of witty, ‘Feel good’ stories inspired by real people
The stories have been told uniquely so each character reminds you of someone next door, a few friends have had the privilege of reading the drafts before it was published and they all seem to relate with the characters in the book.
Each story transcends beyond the borders of pain, sadness, sorrow and ultimately triumph.
They are all still breathing…all but one that means a lot to me.

My friends have already ordered their copies and they think it's great, not like they have a choice they are my friends and have all been FORCED asked to buy their copies. Lol
Do buy yours and tell me what you think, even if you hate it just buy it first and send me a mail telling me how much you hate it. Lol
You can read excerpts of the book online HERE
You can order on Konga.com
If you reside outside Nigeria , you can place your HERE on CompletelyNovel

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Joan's Kitchen- Making Every Meal Feel Like Home Cooking

Introducing Joan’s kitchen!

At Joan's Kitchen we make the following meals in various sizes as requested:
Seafood Okro : Made with snails, prawns ,crabs, stockfish, dried fish, periwinkles and ngolo
Efo riro: made with pomo, dried fish, stockfish and your choice of goat meat, beef, cowleg, assorted meat or snails
Oha soup made with pomo, dried fish, stock fish and your choice of goat meat, beef, cowleg, assorted meat or snail
Banga soup made wth your choice of fresh fish (Cat fish, Tillapia, Croacker, chunks of stockfish or Red snipper)
Banga Soup made with your choice of Goat meat, Beef, Cowleg , Assorted meat or snail.
Afang Soup: made with pomo, dried fish, stockfish and your choice of Goat meat, beef, assorted meat, cowleg or snails
Egusi Soup: made with pomo, dried fish, stockfish and your choice of goat meat, beef , assorted meat, cowleg or snail.
Ogbono soup: Personalised or made with Pomo, Dried fish, Stockfish and your choice of Goatmeat, Beef, Cowleg, Assorted meat or snails.
Ofada Sauce: made with beef chunks, pomo, shaki, fuku, abodi heart etc
Fresh Tomato stew made with your choice of beef, Goat meat, Assorted meat, snails, life chicken, Tuckey , cow leg or your choice of fish . It can be personalised.
Obe Alata: made with crabs and your choice of Red snapper, Tilapia, cat fish or croaker.
Also: Jollof rice, Joan’s kitcken special rice, Regular fried rice, Kidney sauce, Pork sauce, Shredded beef sauce, moi-moi, Peppered snails, Peppered goat meat, Peppered fried fish.
Every meal can be personalised to satisfy you we are here to make it work for you.

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Paris Attack- Reality of Terrorism

I woke up at night to check my sleeping child and instinctively I reached for my phone. I found my way to my twitter handle and the news flooded in from every source, Over 100 dead in multiple attacks in Paris.
A few years ago while we would feel terrible about the unfortunate incident,say a prayer for them and move on after a few days, it is no longer business as usual.
Now we grieve from a place of understanding, because the sad reality is that terrorism is now a global reality that is devastatingly close.
I have read several reports on terrorism within and outside the country and it just breaks your heart for humanity. That stone age barbarism is evident in form of religion and other real or imagined reasons.
I will not make light the Paris attack by talking about Boko Haram or other terrorist attacks globally, I will not take the shine from the grieving families and the casualties of these attack.
I pray these times pass soon.
I know alot of people would wonder why I do not have a picture of the devastations, well I have chosen the Eiffel Tower as it will always be how I will see Paris, MAJESTIC.

Friday, 13 November 2015

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Monday, 14 September 2015

The Little Heartbreaker

New mums/First time mums are simply impossible. Some might even say their endless baby rant is annoying. Lol
How many first time mums do you know that are guilty of one or ALL of the under listed:
  1. Simple 'how is your baby?' and they actually start giving you the gist of every single thing the kids does (or they think the kid did)
  2. Their answer to your casual 'Little Danny must be so grown' , and she whips out the ever ready camera/phone and shows you pics and videos
  3. 'Has baby started crawling?' She narrates how is a genius and has even started walking
  4. She uses words like Lactating, Cruisng, Naptime,Weaning etc
  5. She knows all the baby channels Disney, Jim Jam, Nickelodeon, Disney Junior and can sing all those silly nursery rhymes like she is the Celine Dione of Baby tunes!
  6. She thinks drools are cute!
  7. You asked of her baby on the phone and she gives the 4 month old the phone to 'say hello to aunty'...babies dont talk! she just wants to put the phone in her little mouth!
  8. She hasreplaced her phone 5 times and baby is just a year old...stop giving the baby the phone already!
  9. She is always stylishly thinking her kid is smarter and cuter than every other kid on earth 'Nory, Royalty and Blue Ivy are just popular jare, my kid is cuter' ...who ask you?
  10. If a store does not sell baby stuff, its a useless store
  11. She plans baby's first birthday like it a wedding
  12. She goes to Linda Ikeji's blog to check Charly boy's grand kids, Psquare's kids and some Other celeb kids just to see what they are wearing!
My name is Dianah, I am a first time mum, very guilty of some of the under listed and proudly so!
I look at my little Bubbly D, who is over a year old and I still think the sun rises and sets with him. Don't do much writing about my family, he might be a baby, but his father and I do not want him in social media so this is one of those rare times that I just want to be all mummy and say
 'for those times you broke my iphone screen, wrecked 2 remote controls its okay, mummy isn't super mad about it'
'For those times you fell because you are such a spirited and boisterous little darling, mummy hurts when you do'
To all new mums, your friends might think you are over doing it with all the excitement, na them sabi..nobody can tell you how much love you can show. Be excited , love the feeling, spoil them a little, but don't over do it. Instill values, train them up to be decent, kind, loving and good. Do it for them, do it for you, do it for the society!

Am I that Easy to Forget?

As much we would like to be special and loved by everyone, sad truth is,  NEVER GONNA HAPPEN, so  DEAL WITH IT! What truly hurts though is knowing the people you value most in life, or people you have known for the best part of your life, Family  and friends alike sometime just move on and not look back. No phone calls, mails, sms...zilch! Nada! Makes you wonder and in the words of the great country singer of yore (Lol. yes, I said yore), Skeeter Davis, ask yourself this question “Am I that easy to forget?”
I spent this weekend with one of my dearest friends Nandir, who happened to be in town and typical females that we are, we headed for the salon and did some girl talk, which took us to talking about old friends. Our conversation triggered this piece as we both wondered how some people walk out of our lives and never keep in touch. Mind you, we were not talking about boy/girl relationships, we were talking about childhood friends, colleagues and in some cases family members who probably relocated, got married etc. Sometimes you even fear the worst has happened, maybe they are dead and you just haven’t heard about it!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Re: Help! Cellphones Are Taking Over the World! by Niyi Ajiboye

(In support of Diana's beautiful piece) HERE About seven billion people populated this earth. There are about 6.8 billion phones (don't forget that a typical Nigerian household of 4 might have about 15 active cellphones. Even toddlers, the moment they're able to say "heyo" their next birthday gift is an expensive iPhone which they might drop in golden morn the following morning). Majority of these users are already addicted to cellphones. A few days ago at a phone repairs shop, a woman was complaining loudly of how she'd been in hell since her phone "fell in water". When asked how it happened, she unabashedly confessed that she picked a call while in the shower. Just at a Wedding Reception last Saturday, a well appointed gentleman suddenly stood up and took some incongruous dance steps when it was not even item 7 yet. A woman burst into tears thinking the man had gone coo coo, "ó ma she o, okunrin daada bayi!" Someone suggested that his mother's orogún had cast a spell on him while another authoritatively claimed ants had infiltrated his sòkòtò. But a few of us (also core addicts) knew better - his phone was missing. Cellphones have become indispensable, fastly throwing some traditional traders out of business. Of serious concern are electronic stores, newspaper houses and vendors. Fulani herdsmen no longer need to listen to BBC Hausa on transistor radios in the pasture. Even now, you can watch NTA and AIT on some Chinco phones...and if u can do a cheat code subscription or a cheap clean one, Channel TV, Sky News, and Al Jazeera are there for you to watch live. If you're jobless like me (not necessarily lazy, I've done my bit) you're particularly a candidate for addiction. Can't remember when I last touched either my laptop or desktop computers.

Monday, 31 August 2015

How To Answer 'What's Your Greatest Weakness?' by Liz Ryan

 I found this article on LinkedIn,  and since its a monday morning and I am too busy to write I decided to share the work of my new favourite linkedin writer, Liz Ryan. It made a good and insightful read. I hope you see it too.

Not everyone in the world believes that people walk around with weaknesses, but a lot of Americans sure do! I have talked with CEOs and other executives who insist that we are all flawed and that big chunks of our time and energy should go to correcting our defects.

Personally I think that’s a twisted view. Does Mother  Nature make mistakes? Not as far as I can see!
I think we come down to this planet perfectly equipped to do our work here. Why fix what isn’t broken? People don’t have weaknesses – they only have talents to develop, and new interests to explore!
Take me — I’m meant to be writing, singing, drawing and speaking to groups. I should be doing those things, and coaching and consulting and dreaming up courses and books and coloring books.
I shouldn’t be creating Excel spreadsheets or working on cars. Does that mean I have weaknesses? Are my weaknesses equivalent to all the things I don’t know how to do and don’t care about? That’s going to be a long list! There are millions of things I don’t know how to do and couldn’t care less about.
Why are they my weaknesses? What do those things have to do with me?
The interview question “What’s your greatest weakness?” has been around forever and has not gotten any less offensive over time. It’s none of anyone’s business what your imaginary weaknesses are, and the question has no place in a business conversation — which is what a job interview is.

Here’s how you can answer this brainless and insulting question without feeling like you rolled over and played dead the next day:

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Something to Make you Laff this fine Sunday Morning

‎This is hilarious! My younger brother, Ose just slays us with these crazy photos. Lol
With due respect to Google map though,
Follow the directions and still use common sense! What if there was a bridge and it collapsed? Will you blame Google map for fall into a river?