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How I Spent My Holiday – LAGOS

Chuckles at the title of this blog post. Who remembers when we used to write those “How I Spent My Holiday” essays in primary/secondary school? The lies yo! “My daddy took our entire family to disneyland”, yea, if there was a Disneyland in Makurdi then sure! smh

Anyways……Lagos!

What a city!

Sucks you in, seduces you, makes you fall in love with it, then completely exasperates you and when you think you’ve gotten to the point where you’re definitely done, she sucks you right back in with her seductively enticing energy! It’s no secret I have a love-hate relationship with Lagos…. This holiday though, it was mostly love. Alot of loving. I’m afraid i’m loving Lagos a little more than is healthy and that worries me.images

What did I do? Plenty!

If you follow any of my social media pages then you already have a good idea, so consider this post a wrap up of my amazing holiday and the amazing time I’ve these last couple of weeks.

1. I took pictures. Alot. Of myself, of food, of things. Vanity is my biggest sin.

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2. I ATE! Alot. I also drank my weight in cocktails.

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 3. Indulged & satisfied all my sweet tooth cravings.

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**Notice how I categorized my deserts separately from the food? Reason: Food is for the stomach; desert isn’t. Desert doesn’t go to the stomach, it goes to the heart**

4. Had a lovely Christmas. Got gifted this beautiful mug. I love it.

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5. Met someone.

6. Went to the beach.

6.  Caught a nasty flu/chesty cough bug. Still dealing with it. Lots of un-sexy coughing, not cute at all.

7. Went to see Wakaa The Musical. Loved it.

8.  Fasted into the New Year and spent crossover night in Church. Prayed like I’ve never prayed before – with spiritual anger. I’ve set my year in motion for good, 2016 about to be lit!

9. Went to the beach. Again.

 

 10.Went on a date.

11. Alot of nothing. That good type of lazy nothingness. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

12. Did not exercise AT ALL. Not even for a day. Je ne regrette rien.

I was NOT!! ha ha

On my last night, I sat at the cafe [Inspiro Galleria] and just chilled…. whispering about nothing & everything with this really sexy guy I just met.


Indeed, I had an amazing holiday.

Back home now [in Benue] eating loads of pounded yam and genger. Next week, I’ll dust the trainers & see about a detox plan.

So you see….. My 2016 is already off to an incredibly great start.

How’s yours going? How was your holiday?

Besos xx

S.


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Christmas, Happy,, Holiday, Music, New Year, Opinion

Wakaa- The Musical [A recap] 

As already mentioned in my New Year post; over the holidays, we got VIP tickets to go see #WakaaTheMusical [don’t ask me why I’m still using the hashtag here] and we scuttled off to the venue – Muson Centre – to catch the 7pm show on the very first day it opened. I pretty much spent the entire time flooding my social media accounts with hashtags and giggles, because it was sooooooooooooooo good. I also promised you guys a proper recap/review so here goes…..

Wakaa in Technicolour

The show opened on Wednesday – 30th December and ran until Sunday, 3rd January with 2 shows daily. I gathered that for all of those 5 days, every show was completely sold out…deservedly. Those guys put in the work. Stellar work!

Even in the picture below [taken from my vantage seat -BEST seats might I add], see how packed the hall was.

We got the BEST seats in the house yo!!!! Bird’s eye

THEME:

The experiences, challenges & trials of life/love/dreams as young graduates navigate through life.

A bunch of young people finally graduate university and get thrown into the hybrid of life. Wakaa explores how each of their lives get shaken & tested on the journey towards achieving their various dreams. It also makes the point that real life is a completely different ballgame from the colorful idealism many young people usually have while still in college and how easy it can be to lose one’s self in the hustle of modern living and harsh conditions, however, the show made sure to buttress the point that real change/impactful work is possible [even in the face of intense opposition]. Personally, I completely related to this story-line being that I’ve experienced this myself [as I’ve often shared on here].

CAST

Main Cast [graduates] – Kike, Rex, Tosan & Ngozi. Cassandra [played by Dolapo Oni], Governor Sagay [played by Bimbo Manuel] and Professor Jojoba played by Ozzy Agu.

For me, the star of the show was definitely Kike Johnson – the fashion loving, party girl, rich kid who loves to spend money – shopping & travelling. She was dating & eventually got engaged to Tosan [but never missed an opportunity to flirt with Rex]. Loved attention. She held the stage together, captivated us all with her singing & dancing and was the first performer on the stage to get a rousing applause amidst cheers & laughter from the audience.

She was good! Totally enjoyed watching her do her thing. 

Tosan – Straight jacket, idealistic, innocent, boring and a bit uptight. Was the perfect accessory to Kike’s hopes of one day becoming a first lady.

Rex – Hustler, big mouth, grand talker, overt big spender [covert broke ass]. Ran off to England in a get rich quick tide hoping for greener pastures but got cat-fished by his supposed white woman [who turned out to be a naija babe, Cassandra]. Eventually got deported back to Nigeria. Many LOLs

Ngozi – Activist, Goody goody, compassionate, honest and principled. Being a victim of child labour herself, she does great humanitarian work with children and community service. I remember every single thing she wore the entire show, she had the best wardrobe choices and a huge behind. ha ha

Cassandra – This character is the one you love to hate. Gosh she was so irritating. Annoying foneh, so extra with everything, the way she talked, danced, pranced about etc. She was the one who cat-fished Rex, she’d call him “my african sango, my chaka zulu” lmaoooo….  I hated her but she was definitely memorable.

Prof. Jojoba – Political Aspirant. Basically… Patrick Obahiagbon. Crikum, Crankum, suyaing & peppersoupping, bibma disma. Doxology. Ha ha

Governor Sagay: Incredibly Corrupt, Loud, Bad politician but utterly Hilarious. While his opponent came and was speaking big big turanci a’la Patrick Obahiagbon, my guy brought bags of rice and was spraying money; no points for guessing who the crowd inevitably sided with. One particular scene, he was challenging his opponent and next thing he breaks into a shakitibobo dance sequence… OMG!!

The entire hall erupted.. This guy was jokes! I laughed so hard to the point where I forgot to record the scene but Instagram came to my rescue as I found the clip above on Dolapo Oni’s page [permission sil vous plait :D]. Hands down my favourite scene in the entire show. Great job Bimbo Manuel.

COSTUMES & SET

Whoever was in charge of costumes and set did a fantastic job. The attention to detail was amazing, everyone looked the part and it all came together so beautifully. I particularly loved the character Ngozi’s cloth choices, they fit her body so nicely and I openly coveted each piece as she came on stage every time.

I also loved how each backdrop on stage matched every sequence/scene – like if they were at a bar, you’d see a bar setting in the back drop; or having fighter jets/armoured tanks in the background of a military themed scene.

Masquerades in the back drop during a cultural scene. So colorful.

Keen attention to detail. Two thumbs up!

   

The show ended with a rather sober sequence and that was my one little criticism with it. Because it had an equal share of such rousing & electric moments as it did sober moments [especially towards the end]; I personally would have preferred a high tempo dance sequence to wrap things up. I think it would have made for a better closing to dance [with us clapping] as they exited than this…..

I also didn’t like that the show did not start on time; it was an entire hour late to begin and people [read -ME] got impatient and because I went there having not had dinner, I was soooo hungry that by the time the show wrapped up I was barely speaking. Parts of the show draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggeeeedd!! I thought some scenes could be done without in that they added nothing to the story-line. Shola was playing ruzzle on her phone at some point lol.

I also assumed seating was according to the “power” of your ticket type but trust Nigerians to pull tricks. At some point, the ushers had to come check tickets and remove wrongly sat people to make space for the actual VIP ticket owners. But the way I see it, if they were stood in their right positions from the jump, directing people accordingly, there would not have been a reason to start trying to re-seat people afterwards.

However, in saying all these, I went to see the show on day 1 so I completely understand that there would be logistic issues and organizational kinks to iron out on day 1, totally expected, but hopefully as days went by, those little organizational hiccups were taken care of [if you went on later days, maybe you can share your observation in the comments below]

…….Overall, job well done!!!! Wakaa the Musical was phenomenal. 8/10.  High praise from me!

The Cast … Its a wrap!

Did you go? What did you think of it? Are you a fan of musicals/Broadway styled shows in general?

I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

Happy new year again everyone

Besos xx

S.


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Easter, Election, fitness, Holiday, Lifestyle, Nigeria, Randomness, Travel

Lagos….

Last Tuesday, my phone rang; it was my dear friend Shola… We chit-chatted about everything mundane as we usually do and as she’s about to end the call, she goes – “you should visit one of these days”; I just laugh and say okay, I’ll see about that. But then after the conversation ended, I thought about it a bit more and wondered, why ever not? Its Easter in a few days, a long weekend/holiday looms, I enjoy my visits to Lagos [infrequent as they are], I enjoy the downtime, I enjoy the change in scenery etc, so why not?! I didn’t need to be cajoled, sold! Couple of hours later, I had booked a flight and was ready to step. Lagos here I come.

  

Photo Credit: My brother. Gracious enough to indulge a vain sister but still serving me a side eye.

Once I knew what Easter was saying, I had to admit to myself that this would be a tough week/transition period fitness wise.  Because I’m mostly a homebody, I don’t have much temptation food-wise because I’ve cleaned out my house/fridge but how can I be in Lagos and not try everything I see? Eep me!

Matter of fact, I had to stop by Wuse 2 briefly to see a friend before I headed out and as we stood by Globacom office talking, the KFC building directly opposite was like “Hey S… long time no see, why you play me like this? We used to be tight” And I didn’t want to be rude so I obliged an old friend. I got in there like “Hey guuuuuuuurl… How you doing? Can I get a 2 piece original with fries and a DIET PEPSI?”…. That pretty much set the tone/pace for my entire Easter weekend. I CHOP!!!!!!!! You’re laughing at yourself okay. 😛

Delays to be accounted for [per usual], I got into Lagos a whole 5 hours later than expected and my tired oily face says it all… Still cute though 😉

  

When I tell you I hit the ground running, I truly did. Inspiro Galeria hooked me up, fitfam be damned! Yum!

Wait! Have I told you guys about Inspiro Galeria? No?… Alright. Listen!!!!!! This quaint galleria is a real gem; a one stop spot for the guy/girl wey sabi ha ha.

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There’s an art section where you can browse and buy some aesthetically amazing art pieces

  

There’s also a gift section which carries some of the most beautiful gift ideas ever – candles, unique home decor, fragrances, books, beddings, mugs etc. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, there’s someone on hand to walk you through different options. You’re guaranteed to find something your loved ones will appreciate.

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Inspiro also has a cafe which serves mouth watering meals, drinks and cocktails. Best mojitos ever! My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures all over again. Yummmmmmmmmm!!!

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So basically, you [and your friends/loved ones] can come to Inspiro, have a nice meal with drinks while browsing art and gift options. What’s not to love? Very convenient too. Little wonder it is a hit for intimate birthdays, dinners and different events, simply call – 08069072963/08170105105/08060805404 for reservations or inquiries. Inspiro galleria is open monday-saturdays at 9am-10pm[can be flexible on request]. It is located at No.1 Joseph Nahman Close, Off Karimu Kotun. Victoria Island, Lagos. You can also browse and follow their social media pages – Twitter: @InspiroGaleria ; Instagram: inspiro_galeria.  If you’re visiting, remember to say I tipped you, who knows, a nice discount may just be yours 😀

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I managed to workout twice while I was in Lagos but i’m pretty sure all the stuff I ate cancelled it out. I’m not even ashamed to admit that I misbehaved. Just look at some of my choices…. But is there fitfam in heaven? This life that we are living, ees only one *Mama Peace voice* iChop!

 

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**Abuja…. You need a sushi bar, why you dey slack so badly? hiss**

Besides stuffing my face, the rest of my trip was spent doing my waka waka rounds, seeing everyone I planned to see and taking endless selfies/pictures while at it. Y’all know i’m vain… Not sorry 😛

         

Anyways, I’m back to normal programming now and while Lagos was plenty fun, I’m so happy to be back to my life. My bed. My routine. Lagos can take a toll on one, everything is so damn fast and I find that many of the interactions/people can be quite bougie. I like that we tend to take things easy here in the Buj, definitely more my vibe. I never want to have to live in Lagos permanently.

I’ve juiced two bottles of orange juice, made a mango/greek yoghurt smoothie and re-stocked the fridge with veggies. Then I had this for dinner yesterday, in atonement for all my sins of gluttony. Dear god of fitfam, please receive your humble servant back in the fold.  We’re back in business!

Gubernatorial elections are here – Saturday, in light of which you may find some of the stuff in here helpful. Please stay safe out there guys.

So how did you spend your Easter holiday? Gimme gist 😀

Peace and love.

Cheers xx

S.


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