Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy November and What Ginger Did Last Month

Hey Blog family

God bless you all. I’m back J

Happy November to y’all. The year is briskly marching to the end isn’t it? How do you feel about the last quarter? Got any plans you are working through to ensure that 2013 ends with a hurray? God’s blessings on your effort, Amen!!

I thought of challenging myself to 30 days of blogging last month but instead ended up without a post all month. Sigh…Prism and Okeoghene I am following your lead oo!
November is the National Blog Posting Month – NaBloPoMo, so watch out!

Nigeria was 53 years a month ago. Did you celebrate it? My sister said I should try and join the activities in Nigeria house  *confused face*. For what na? To eat jollof-rice or what? Another time biko. But I did offer a prayer for my country. E must better!!

My eldest sis was in the UK this past month. Half of it with spent with me in Milton Keynes. It was a wonderful wonderful time for catching up on family and personal gist. I must admit that I was quite surprised at the renewed bonding. I have been a disappointment to her for so long (she isn’t happy with my career progress etc) that I dreaded her visit.
But rather than it being a period of recrimination, we actually got to understand each other better. We shared some of our challenges which improved understanding and cleared some long term friction that had built up (mostly on my part. I don’t think she noticed, just playing her big sister role lol).
We had fun mostly - except for the times I had to spend calming her paranoia. She has been so groomed by all the news and stories she reads about psychopathic neighbours, murderers in the wood, etc, that I spent an inordinate amount of time calming her fears about my neighbours lol. I also loved cooking for them and in turn loved coming back from work to meet a ready meal or some treat.

Big Sis used to get irritated at my ‘thankful politeness’ to sales persons, cab drivers, bus drivers, seeing it as a sign of ‘colonial subservience’ I think. I tried to make her see that it was just UK culture. Yes, I know I paid for the service but I am thankful that it was a mutually satisfying experience/exchange. She, on the other hand is a product of Nigerian culture where thanks and gratitude are usually one directional - from the bottom to the top.

My Sis loves shopping, especially the flexible refund policy. 60% of clothes bought get to be returned the next day. After showing her the way to the shopping malls in Milton Keynes central and Bletchley, I happily excused myself. Shopping is exhausting abeg!

I loved showing them around Milton Keynes or Ginger’s little village as they called it. It was an opportunity for me to get to know my way around MK too. We went to the Cinema on take two Thursday and saw Les Miserables (first time for her, second time for me). And yes, I cried again. My tears greatly amused her ‘like maka why lol.

The Sisters and DBF got to meet. And because DBF’s mom was around, they got to meet too. Mini introductions?? Lips sealed.

In other news, it was alarming if not depressing to hear about Boko Haram’s fatal attacks on school students again. The last one is the 3rd one in 4months if I am not mistaken. GEJ’s response to this issue leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT!!
I would also wish that Media houses and Journalists put more about putting faces to these tragedies. Don’t these children have faces photographs? This number business just dehumanizes them. Let the Nation and President Goodluck be looking at the faces of the lives lost to his inaction. Maybe it will make him think of his own sons.

The recent Air tragedies and the way they are being handled leave a lot to be desired from the Aviation Ministress and all stakeholders.  
May the Souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.

Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA Ministries has it seems, proven that Silence is Golden. He is still winning with his congregation while Ese Walters will be remembered as the woman who dared to call a Man of God to order. Only in Nigeria.

What’s with Naija celebrities and ‘vacation picutres’? Thanking God the spate of vacation picturing is over!! The thing tired me o. When you want to copy, copy well na. I look at Beyonce’s vacation pictures (beach/swimmimg/fun) and I look at Ini Edo (pix inside plane, on the stairs of some non-descript hotel). Seven Up!
No it’s not about the luxury of a yacht. It is the fact that you see a couple actually having a holiday. Letting their hair down. Doing fun things. The glorious sea background only added to it.

Still on celebrity gossip, Ive not been able to get Omotola Jalade’s interview with Sunday Telegraph’s Stella Magazine off my mind. Talk about damning with faint praise. I’m torn between chuckling at the interviewer’s use of words and feeling bad for her. Then again, any publicity is better than none in the celebrity world so my sympathy might not be needed.
The saddest bit was her not realizing she was being had...there was this gauche innocence/pseudo confidence in her responses…..or maybe it didn’t seem like that during the interview
“The biggest film star you never heard of scores a zero on the Hollywood richter scale”.
“Big body, big hair, big personality, big laugh..she comes across like Oprah’s sister”
About Nollywood movies – “histrionic acting combines with often ludicrous plot lines”
Plots “akin to half cooking food to feed impatient mouths and the results feel like first drafts”
And her simpering – “I actually got scared and nearly called the police” at her near mobbing in a nearby Tesco (In Peckham maybe?). I have no beef with her being recognized but that mention of Tesco was soo not de riguer. Lol. Why not at Harrods? Okay I am a wannabe snob. Sue me.
I noticed the interviewer mentioned that Omotola kept em waiting ‘the big superstar delay’. Bingo. Me thinks that is why he served her up on a hot dish. Most Western journalists are not nice to celebrities who don’t respect their time. Anyway, its still a feather in her cap so Congratulations. It isn’t easy.

A big shout out to BlogMom Linda Medrano (hope you get well soon), Style Enthusiast, JustJoxy, Angel’s beauty, Atilola, Congratulations to new Mom Lucidlilith and her cute baby boy Turtilla (named by me), Belated Birthday wishes Myne (thumbs up on your dedication to raising Awareness about domestic violence in October!), Nwunye, Toinlicious (please no pounded yam stories this month lol), latest New Yorker MsTizzle, Meg of Nanny Goat in Panties (her recent post reminds me of how a blogging enriches lives), Jayne, Harry Itie, Cherry Chatter, Sisi Yemmie (pls lets help her and Yomi win My big Nigerian Wedding with our votes), Good Naija Girl (Congrats on another year of Naija Blog awards), Oroque, Le Proffeseur (where is he?), Da-Grumbler, Air Mecca, my followers both the old and the latest members, THANK YOU!!

19 comments:

  1. Welcome back sounds one main, in my opinion. It's like the person is rying to make you feel guilty abi ki lo feel? Lol. You were missed (that sounds better right?) and your sister? Lol... Initially I used to be like why are people saying thank you to the bus drivers in Nottingham. Then I realised I actually felt good when I said thank you to them.

    As for Omotola's interview... CRINGE!! Did they really write all that? Chai!

    It is well with Nigeria o. I shall pray and do my own part in any way I can.

    I've never attempted the 30-day blogging. PeRRaps I should.

    Happy new month hunnie!

    Shout out from New York, New York :D

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  2. Missed you girl, and it's so sweet catching up. My shout out was icing on the cake, grinning. So sister met mama? Gist dey o, ke mgbe o bu na? Give us the date! LOL...

    Glad you enjoyed your October and your sister's visit. Happy November.

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  3. I was just getting ready to send out the blogsville search party lol.

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  4. Shout out to you too. And don't disappear again.

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  5. Welcome back Hun
    Was quite an eventful October :)

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    1. I'm having issues posting comments on your site miss Janyl

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  6. hehehehehhehehehehe....Why did I think you were married?!
    I am yet to see this Omosexy interview o, In fact, I am reading about it for the first time.
    Welcome back, Swaggerlicious Ginger!

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  7. You've got the latest gist on lockdown jor. You didn't miss a thing but i missed you sha. You apparently had an eventful month.

    So families are meeting ba? Gens gens. How did your first meeting with DBF's mom go? You owe plenty gist o and your sister sounds like a trip :D

    “The biggest film star you never heard of scores a zero on the Hollywood Richter scale” Ouch! That interviewer is tres mean!

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  8. And thanks for the shout outs sweets. I'll erm try not to do more pounded yams :D

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  9. Welcome back Ginger!! I missed you! Mehn, the Pastor Bimbo and Ese Walters thing tire me. I had such a huge argument with a colleague who attends COZA about it. He was just brainwashed to be the pastor's Voltron like all the other COZA members.

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  10. Glad to see you, Ginger...I can't even believe a whole month went by like that—God help us! I'm glad that you ended up having a good time with your sis because um, well, it could have been a very long two weeks! ;)

    Your explanation of why some don't thank those providing a service is interesting—I never thought of it that way; I just labeled them as rude! Like you I thank people for a service I'm paying for...though if they don't provide good service I may not thank them.

    One odd thing: I read your blog in Feedly, then come to your site to comment. On Feedly all your place names like the UK and Milton Keynes are not included—they get completely removed! Odd right?

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  11. I was about to give a robust response to the shout out but since I'm oscillating on a different level of grace, I'll stick to saying OSHE!

    My friends who come to visit from Naija can't fathom the "tipping culture" either. "Why do I have to tip him/her? I never pay for the service? Abeg shift jor..."

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  12. Welcome back! Ooooh... off to search this whole "Omotola interview thing"; you've got me so intrigued!

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  13. I must read Omotola's interview, it must really be that bad.
    ps: didn't really do much for Independence day, Just basically said a prayer for the country. It is well :)

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  14. Realised I didn't comment on here. Thanks for the shout-out. How now? Pastor Fatoyinbo deserves to be tarred, feathered and defrocked, in my opinion. We need to catch up o, this sporadic messaging thing ain't working for me. Take good care of you.

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