April 5, 2018 Zeta

It’s no news that a blissful day for me consists of being curled up in bed with a good novel. If you had no idea, you can read about me here. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother will tell tales of how I’d leave my math lesson teacher and hide under my bed so I could read my new book of the time. Adulthood took over and I realised that reading took a back burner. I changed that narrative last year and stuck my nose in more novels. I focussed on…

April 1, 2018 Zeta

Meeting Chinedu Okeke and Oriteme Banigo—popularly known as Chin and Teme—at the Eclipse Live office was a very interesting experience. Watching the pioneers of Gidi Fest converse and relate, it dawns on you how two people with contrasting personalities can come together to achieve similar goals in a seamless fashion. While Chin is more expressive, jovial and outgoing, Teme has a calmer and more reserved demeanour to him. Still, the chemistry between them is effortless! It’s no surprise that they have been able to achieve so much in the short time that they have worked together. I had a chat…

March 28, 2018 Zeta

The first time I watched this episode of South Park, I remember thinking of Ribena and laughing from the depth of my stomach. The member berries episode stuck, so here goes mine. I remember the first time I beat Precious and Ivana on the track. God knows I felt like a different human being. Those seconds changed my life instantly. Why so dramatic you ask. Not at all, before this day, I was the third fastest runner in school, and track asides from academics was the only thing I was good at. I believe whatever you’re good at serves as…

March 21, 2018 Zeta

This autobiography by Maya Angelou will continue to give hope to the black woman one stage and chapter at a time. Through her life, you feel like you can do almost anything! It is the third book in Angelou’s seven-volume autobiography series. As revered as this American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist was, this was my first time reading anything from her that wasn’t a quote. Regardless of starting with her third book, I didn’t feel like I had missed out on much. I believe I started just at the right place for me which was awesome…

March 18, 2018 Zeta

For someone who is quite hesitant to do interviews, Omoyemi Akerele exudes an aura that puts those around her at ease. Akerele, a woman widely regarded as a driving force behind the burgeoning Nigerian fashion industry, is the founder and artistic director of Style House Files (SHF), a creative development agency for Nigerian and African designers. With the belief that “some of the most important things in life are purpose and passion-driven, combined with a deeper need to contribute to something meaningful”, Akerele made the decision to revisit what she felt most passionate about. Her career in fashion started about…

March 14, 2018 Zeta 10Comment

There is always love on the bus.   It starts with the school kids who have come to an agreement on saving their money or they simply don’t have as much to take them to school and back. They ‘lap’ their siblings and friends in the most uncomfortable of positions. There is love and excitement in their eyes as they chat about homework and cool stories that happened in school.   Ever seen the couple who can’t seem to remember that anybody else exists in the bus save them? They pay their fare and chat animatingly from the time they…

March 12, 2018 Zeta 3Comment

Can I say how awesome you are for using your data to click on this link? Yes you! You’re awesome and I’m just pretty excited to start this online journey. Welcome to my website! On this site, you will be privy to a lot of the things that interest me. I hope they are insightful and fun for you. Here’s a brief tour on all the categories you can find on the home page. Around My Website in 2 minutes  I love reading. As of last year, I was lost in the world of African literature. You can read about…

March 11, 2018 Zeta

When Austen-Peters returned to Nigeria after working with the United Nations as a lawyer, there was a yawning gap in the Nigerian arts space begging to filled. She says, “As an expatriate, you tend to visit a lot of touristic sites and destinations when you’re abroad. Typically, I used to take my children, we’d go to art centres, we’d go to galleries, we’d go to museums. And I recognised there was a lack of that in Nigeria.” Asides from that, she also saw the need to teach the language which she believes is pivotal to the identity of any country….

March 4, 2018 Zeta

The moment I stepped into the Culinary Academy and Tarragon in Ikoyi, I knew that Tiyan Alile was going to be a very interesting woman to meet. Every inch of the space was designed to create an ambience that was both soothing and aesthetically pleasing. There were beautiful paintings, an array of empty wine bottles by a window refracting light in the most elegant fashion and a lovely grand piano. Her teaching space pushed my curiosity even further. It was evident that whoever ran this space was very organised. With every equipment and utensils in its proper place, you can’t…

February 25, 2018 Zeta

As The Guardian team walks into The New Afrika Shrine located at the capital of Lagos, time stops as this space generates its own life and feels like it can survive on its own without the interference of the outside world. According to Femi Kuti, The New Afrika Shrine packs 1000-1500 people every Thursday and 800 people on Sunday, it is also one of the greatest tourist attractions in Lagos. Regardless of his family emergency during the time of this interview, Femi Kuti speaks to Guardian Life about his 10th studio album which will be released today titled One People,…