Friday, May 25, 2018

Processes

Hey there it's been quite a while, life has been happening and I've been a student learning all I can in the process. Something I learned is what I'll be discussing on this post and in subsequent ones...

Monday, May 21, 2018

What If I Told You? - Poem Video



A short poem video involving animated text sequences, made by Jamike Ekennia-Ebeh. You can check out short poetry pieces by following him on instagram at @ekenniajam.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Give Me Some Accolades. Please. Abeg.

 [4min Read]




There's this thing that I've noticed about blog readers.
A lot of people don't really comment - and by a lot, I mean 98% of people.
....

Okay, I must confess...
I'm twisting the figure. It's actually more like 99.9999%

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Teach Our Boys to be BOYS

[4+ min read]



It is a common saying on most, if not all social media platforms that "Men are scum." Well, personally, I know quite a number of men who are not scum. For various reasons men have become scum to women or rather the entire female populace. I do not disagree with the men are scum theme song actually; personal experiences and very true life stories have made me believe at several intervals that men are indeed the scummiest of the scum. But the problem is that everyone can be a scum at any given time, but that is a story for another time.

By default, or design, the male gender always has the upper hand in any race, while the women have been treated as second-grade humans. Women have had to dress in a certain way, behave in the ‘right manner’, talk in the ‘right manner’, one which shows that she can be wife material of uncountable yards, so that the ‘right man’ can find her and, if she is lucky, marry her. In many relationships and marriage, the woman or lady is supposed to count herself lucky if her partner stays faithful to her, she is supposed to count herself lucky if he provides for the family, if he comes home to his family, if he does not take ‘long business trips’, if he does not make babies out of wedlock. I often see mothers and other womenfolk who tell women to be glad that the said husband or partner has not brought the other woman and her children home in the cases of infidelity.

We call our women strong because they have endured a lot in the marriage, because they have stayed faithful to the unfaithful man; we call them strong because they have learnt to build a tough skin against abuse – emotional and physical. We see their strength in their children and how well they turned out to be. In my culture, the successful child is the father’s and the failure is the mother’s (see why we can call men scum?)

Speaking of some male children in a mixed family, the girls have to learn how to sweep, wash plates and clothes. She is supposed to be able to cook very well and not be bitter when her elder and or younger brothers behave inappropriately and get away with it. Mothers would tell you: he is a man, you cannot expect him to do such, you are the girl, you should not be shouting and raising your voice at your brother; this kind of behavior would not be accepted in your husband’s house.

Many women have lived with the mentality of male superiority and frankly, we are sometimes the authors of our own problems. We train our young boys to believe that they are entitled to some things because they have a penis, and most of them grow up with this mentality. They see the way their fathers treat their mothers, and they see the way their mothers sit back and take whatever accolades their fathers desire to dish out to them. They see the way their mothers scold their sisters in relation to men-matters. They see their mothers and sisters bending over backwards just to please them and they believe that all women around the world should do the same.
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So they said

Do you see mothers that you have built scums? Fathers, can you see your reflection in your son? Hey Sister, can you see that boy you babied treating ladies wrongly?

If culture is what we are blaming for the issues, and we choose to allow our boys grow up to be scummish, then sit back and enjoy the scum. Parents, nip it in the bud, catch them young! Teach our boys to be BOYS, teach them to respect women, teach them to respect their female siblings, teach them to respect women of any age and color. Teach them to recognize and respect a woman’s gender equity. Give both your male and female children equal opportunities and punishments. Teach your daughters to be independent and your sons to be respectful of the opposite sex. Build up gentlemen and ladies. Be exemplary examples of the kind of change you want to see outside; charity they say begins at home and for the present youthful generation, start adding that to your future parenting ideas.

If you must go to religious affairs, do not drag only your daughters, drag your sons as well, the Church is not built for only girls. Nowadays, there are a lot of women conferences, teaching women how to be good mothers and wives; let’s organize male conferences as well, let’s teach our boys how to be good fathers and husbands.

Together, let us all build our utopian society from our homes and our children.

Oh and the inspiration to write this came from a session of Girls’ Night Out.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Plantain Frittata

(4 mins)
Hi Everyone!
Welcome to the month of May.

Believe me you'll love this. Plantain is that food item that never goes wrong. If you don't like plantain, like are you even from this planet? Okay just kidding but as a matter of fact, plantains are close to the heart.
      Personally i love them in any form; boiled, fried, roasted, pottage form (if you want to know how this is made, drop hints in the comment section 😁) ,chipped, baked, burnt. Okay scratch out the last part, if you burn my plantains, we are over.
       A common favourite breakfast idea in this part of the world is fried plantain and eggs. It's a combo that is just meant to be, a quickie and tasty as well.
       However, today we'll be learning a more nutritious, tantalizing, surprisingly lighter and tasty form of this meal. This is the plantain frittata. Even the name sounds tasty.. Lol.
                 



INGREDIENTS
  • 2-3 ripe plantains
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper diced 
  • ½ red/green bell pepper thinly sliced in strips
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh thyme or any other herb
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 -1 cup sausage chopped.                                                                                            INSTRUCTIONS.                                                   
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10- inch baking pan or muffin pan, set aside.
  • Using a knife cut both ends off the plantain. Slit a shallow line down the long seam of the plantain, peel only as deep as the peel. Slice the plantains into desired shape and size
  • Place them on the baking sheets in a single layer; spray oil lightly over the plantains and bake, turning over slices, after 8 minutes for about 12- 20 minutes or till golden brown, depending on your oven.
  • While the plantain is baking, heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat and drizzle with 1 Tablespoon of oil. Add the onions, tomatoes, green pepper and cook for about 4-5 minutes. (i.e sauté it)
  • In a large bowl whisk eggs, add sauté vegetable mixture, season with salt and pepper according to preference.
  • Pour mixture into the greased 10-inch baking pan. Layer the baked plantains.
  • Bake in the oven for about 30-40 minutes; until mixture is firm in the center.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes; Ready to eat😁
   

So that's it! Please drop comments if you've tried this meal before and did not get it right, might have some hints or if you'll just be trying it using this recipe, feedback would be appreciated.

Food fact #2- The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000 and takes 72 hours to make. (woohoo)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Switch Summer Camp Promo - 1


Check out the Switch Summer Camp coming up this year in Ibadan, Nigeria. Got kids? Nieces and Nephews? Make sure they attend!! You can't afford to let them miss this. It's just too much. Go! Go! Go!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Unpopular Opinion: IDGAF

[3 min read]


Be nice to everyone you meet, they are fighting a battle you know nothing about
- Unknown


Maybe... instead of telling people they are flawless, and perfect the way they are, we should tell them that they could be better.

I've seen quite a great number of people who are self-obsessed with their own opinions, especially with positive reinforcement from online quotes about how you should not care what anyone says about you, and how you should not give an "F" word.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

DEFEATED NOT - EPISODE 2


[3 min read]


I knew Mrs. Hadiza was lying when she told us months before about the economy’s recession in the country, and how it was difficult for most families to get by, and that was why the ration of food served to us reduced virtually by half and we ate more of egg - how I hated boiled egg. I hoped I would not have to eat boiled egg anymore when I got to my new home anyways. 

My suspicions were however confirmed when Miss. Bola called me aside one day after lunch. I did not know what to feel actually because whenever anyone was called aside after lunch it meant the person had done a bad thing and must read a chapter of the Bible while writing down whatever she learns from the chapter and not only that, but gets to discuss during the night devotion whatever it was she learnt, so there was no escaping it. I really did not like reading the bible, because it was complex to understand. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

BANKSTATEMENTS POST 5

[3 mins read]


RIGHT  DOWN THE MIDDLE


Hi @bankstatements18.

I'm in a long distance relationship with a guy that really loves me but then I don't think I know what love is.

First and foremost, we are of different tribes and denominations.. I'm Catholic and my dad is strongly against me moving to another church.. Worst of all, marrying into this particular tribe he's from will be a big problem.

Where Were You?



WHERE WERE YOU
Kelechi Nwa-Uwa

Where were you when she needed you?
When she cried desperately for your attention?
When depression reared its ugly head?
When you were all she had left?

Did you even hear her call out for you?
Did you care?
Did her gradual withdrawal even occur to you?
Did you notice the tear streaks? Red eyes?
The cracked voice? The broken spirit?

Monday, April 23, 2018

PUTIN PUTS OUT, KIM GOES TO CHINA AND YOUR OTHER POLITICAL TALES

[7 mins read]

Attention on deck boys and girls, the Captain of your favorite political column is reporting for duty. Gather around under the moonlight and let’s find out what these big babies who suckle at the mammary glands of political power have been up to lately.


Monday, April 16, 2018

That day in the Summer



That day in the cold
Stood Annie anything but old
Spirit as sharp as knife
Soul fearless with no strife

The women three.
Came and told fate to little Annie
And though frightened she was
They echoed death that would be all

So little Annie ran home and with pen and paper wrote
As the witches had echoed
Death will come for us all
One day in the spring winter or fall