Now that Atilola has had her fun, let me have mine lol. Ladies and Gentlemen, five things you might wanna know about her:
#1. Atilola is tiny. Lol. Don’t be deceived by the giantess that towers in her ‘Spoken word’ videos..lol. I have been told I am smallish. Tall but cause I am slim…small. If I am small, Atilola is tiny. See pix here
#2. This lady loves Chinese. Hates Pizza and Oyibo food. Grin** Her train had arrived after 4pm so I was thinking late lunch/hunger with a capital H. Oya lets go find food. I first offered Pizza hut (easy to locate – I am still an MK newbie) I was also longing for their buffet salad options. But Atilola gave me the eye and twisted lips ‘Pizza’? Lol I had to quickly think of alternatives – Nandos? Harvesters? Chinese? *smile* Jackpot!!.
Red Chilli house it was which served a buffet of Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Japanese food. New discovery for me and It was actually better than Zen Garden Chinese Restaurant (the popular one which was closed). 90minutes after, satisfied guest and I left for home. Thank God.
**for the rest of her stay, she ate like a sparrow.
#3. Atilola is Super observant. It took her pointing out the ‘weird titles’ of the books on my shelf for me to realize that I either had a weird reading taste or I am attracted to books with ‘interesting titles’ lol.
#4. Atilola is a Superwoman. In case you don’t know Atilola has published two books. She is the creator of the African Naturalista hair blog. She produces her own branded hair products for sale. And she runs that blog as well as Atilola Writes. At 00.25am while I was struggling with sleep, this babe was scheduling blog entries for November on the Naturalista blog. While I was chatting and lolling on Whatsapp, she was making business calls to Nigeria - Importing/exporting. Babe is a dynamo. I dedicate D’banj’s Igwe to her. O si na nwata buru ogaranya, Someborri say Amii!!
#5. Atilola is shy. I don’t know how the dynamo, super-smart and shy maid cohabit, but they do so perfectly.
Lastly, Atilola actually reads my blog or I guess this is linked to super observant quality above. Her first comment to me at the train station was – ‘You are not as dark as you say you are joo’. *smiles*
Toinlicious, you fell my hand seriously :'(. Blog with Spicy name linked to bread. Complexion woes. And you still came up with Cherry. Send me cherry-bread when you see it o! lol. I still love you shaa.
Honeydame come and take five please.
Phew. I know i am unknown but I had faith in my small community of friends na.
It was a pleasure to finally meet you Atilola. Hope to see you again soonest. We didn't get to see Milton Keynes famous concrete cows. Next time :)
|MK's concrete cows. Dont ask me its history. Idk!|
Ahh, I nearly forgot. I have one beef with Atilola.
So I reserved my yarn braid loosening till she came around :p. It was heaven to have another hand on my hair. We did short work of the braids within 1hr, what would have taken me the better part of a day if done by myself.
But there was actually an ulterior motive, I haven’t retouched my hair in 8months and I wanted ‘expert advice’.
Me - Atilola, what do you think of my natural hair.
Atilola - ‘You are not serious, Ginger (after running hands through my hair). This is not even natural hair. (surprised face me) You see where the nappy part ends? You need to cut off all the retouched bits above it, only then can you say you’ve gone natural.
Deflated Me – Ok ..in a very small voice.
Didn’t stop me from trying to rock the hair shaa with scarves ala natural-laxed hair lol. My natural hair loving work colleague was ecstatic that I hadn’t succumbed to the devil’s white cream as I had threatened to.
|Cheapest braids i had done. 3 packs of Wool = 3 pounds|
I had initially planned to rock my hair for the foreseeable fortnight but plans changed after I saw DBF. Note: this is the first time he was seeing my hair la natural, the look on his face was priceless ….like what has happened to my Ginger braids. Lmao!! I was like ‘I am real like
Jlo Indie Arie’. Original African Queen like me berra watch it.
For lack of a stronger/local sounding Igbo name in his limited vocabulary, he dubbed me ‘Obianuju’ as opposed to ‘Mgbeke (apologies Original Mgbeke).
|My Tiwa Savage inspired braids|
Anyway, in 72hrs, I had had enough of painful hair combing and shedding hair like an Afghan dog on the pillow. I braided up my hair pretty as you please. Phew.