#InnocentReflections

Hi Sis…

It’s been hectic these past few weeks…busy as a bee, running personal errands all through my annual leave, didn’t get time to rest.
It was during of one my running arounds that I came in contact with thsese little ones, whilst driving towards the outskirts of Lagos; I saw a group of kids in school uniform cleaning the surroundings of a dilapidated building with a teenager who was with a cane supervising them, and my curiousity got the better of me.

I parked off the road, and decided to go ask some questions.
I approached the teen, introduced myself, and told him I wanted to ask a few questions, he said no problem.

From my findings, I gathered that the dilapidated structure was a school, Glory Nursery and Primary School, in Ile-Ero, Agbado-Ijaye, Ogun State; and the teen who goes by the name Tope, was a teacher, he teaches Nursery 1 and 2 classes. He started in September 2016 after he finished High School, he took up this teaching job so as not to be idle at home, while preparing to write exams for University admission.

His experience teaching the young ones according to him was interesting though stressful because the kids can be quite a handful. The reason they were out cleaning was part of the teaching programme, to inbibe in the kids the culture of clean and healthy environment, which they do during break periods. He is quite a reserved young kid but very determined to pursue his dreams, and I wish him all d best.

The kids!? πŸ˜‚ Oh my, oh my!! πŸ˜† so boisterous and quite a handful. They were in different classes, and one of them stood out, his name is Malik. He had on his ear a bluetooth which he made out of a notebook leaves, when I inquired about the phone, he smiled with such swag, I knew he was gonna break hearts when he grew up. They were happy cleaning the surroundings, but not without mischief and some yelling from their teacher. That interaction left me with a nostalgia of my primary school days and growing up with a lot of mischief.

I was pained though 😒 due to the school building. It’s such a shame that the government is falling the people at all levels, and private individuals who want to give quality education are constrained by bureaucracy, limited infrastructure, exorbitant collaterals and what have you, that they have to make do with the limited resources available. On the other hand, not everyone has to build a school just to make profit or make ends meet, when the resources and necessary infrastructure that would aid children in receiving quality education are found wanting.

Here are a few pictures I took with permission from the teacher (told him also that I would blog about our interaction) and of course the kids who were all grinning from ear to ear 😊😊.

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Hey Sisi,

Sorry for my late reply ooo…I can relate to you being a busy bee though. November was one busy month! But it was good busy! The kind of busy I won’t trade for anything, on all fronts. That is,work, family, friends and love.

But you know the downtime to being so busy is finding time for yourself to woo sa! I’m sure you had the same experience as I did. But right as it was, I did manage to squeeze in some me time. Can’t lose that. Now, if I can just make yoga in the next week! I will be totally balanced out and zen. 

I love your find with that elementary school ooo…I’m going to ask you what I’ve Bren asking daddy. All the money our president has been seizing, where is it hiding??? Shouldn’t that money be going exactly towards things like dilapidated schools, unsafe roads, drinking water and regular electricity? I honestly don’t understand why a place of learning for our youngest minds and the future of our country and continent, doesn’t get more attention. 

I want to say we will keep hoping for the best. But I’m tired of hoping. I think it’s time for our generation to take serious action. Get on the streets and protest. I am beginning to realize we must force changes if we desire it. 

Anyways, I hope you have a great weekend and an awesome week ahead. I miss and love you. Talk to you soon. 

XOXO

WUNMI

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#InternationalWomen’sDay

The United Nations adopted March 8 as International Women’s Day in 1975 which was mainly celebrated by the communist countries and socialist movement prior. It celebrates the movement for women’s rights. This year’s theme is ”Time is Now: Rural and Urban activists transforming women’s lives”.

With the hashtag #PressforProgress action via social media to call attention to gender parity and influence other to as well press for progress, IWD marks the economic, social, political and cultural achievements of women.

A great deal of milestones have been reached for women since a century ago: with Saudi Arabia now allowing women to drive and go to sports matches, full women’s suffrage in some countries and even in Nigeria where women are achieving great things and also breaking the glass ceiling.

With the #MeToo and Time’sUp movement, women and even men are making loud conversations around pay inequality, harassment and a lot more, and they are calling for action.

Although, women are still faced with sexual harassment at work, girls are being abducted in Nigeria, cases of female genital mutilation continue to be on the rise, but working towards the goal of guiding and bringing about collective action is what the IWD campaign theme is about.

Additional sources: Wikipedia, guardian.ng, internationalwomensday.com

 

#Soaring

It’s been an amazing experience and a wonderful time out with you sisi, bro, the family and friends with my stay in God’s own country. As a frequent flier that I am now πŸ˜†, the US was and is much more than I imagined growing up envisioning and seeing bits through Hollywood movies (people, no dollar picking on the roads or trees ohh 😯), it is a beautiful country with great infrastructure and different construction going on in every states I visited which in turn boost employment rates, even though I didn’t get to tour the 50 states (bucket list things πŸ˜‰).

The notion of dollars just flying everywhere is not true, as a lot of Nigerians who have visited various countries would know, one has to work their asses off to get a dollar. The roads are clean and yes, there are potholes in America (which I was told were caused majorly by salt used in clearing of snow) just not as bad as Naija, and they get worked on.

I visited a lot of places, had the chance to try out different cuisines of different continents…. Oh, how well I enjoyed sushi at the diner you took me to. Not forgetting tacos bro ensure I had. Miami is truly the Flash City, the flashy cars (thought, I was a fast driver with my fast car, I can dream on now) with Lewis Hamilton wanna be’s drivers, yet they obey the traffic rules. Also, saw the Upper East side (Manhattan, the Gossip Girls Tv show made me long to visit there) in the city that never sleeps, New York City, though briefly, I intend to see the Lady of Liberty statute on my next visit. The view of NYC at night from the waterfront in Hoboken, New Jersey is a sight to behold.

A lot of contrast to Naija’s day-to-day living I must admit.
From the weather (winter time and I had to gear up in winter wear, the cold show me something ohh 😨😲), constant un-interrupted power supply (PHCN, “see una life outside nah”), road users obeying traffic, no queue for fuel whatsover, no one-way taking, a long line of cars staying on their designated lanes (danfo drivers and unruly private road users should take a cue 😩), clean unlittered roads, roads signs to show detour where construction work is on-going and one-way (unlike Naija, where no signs are put up, but govt officials and the police lying -in-wait for one to take the route and extort money from innocent road users), beautiful citadel of learning edifice, the police obeying traffic rules and actually waiting in line for the traffic sign to change from red to green,workers walking very fast to their places of work, the well organised train stations and bus terminals, neat beaches, historical sites, to others people need to experience themselves πŸ˜†.

As much as the contrast is as night to day, so are the similarities like sesame twin, it is not rosy. There are homeless people on the streets of America, from New York, Miami to New Jersey. I don’t have the facts and figures of the economy, but then the Trump administration isn’t favored by a lot of the American people, going by what those who even voted for him had to say when interviewed, especially those in Iowa who voted massively for him, when I listened to the news on CNN; similar to us here who voted this present government in (didn’t cast my vote for Buhari though).

Also, paying of taxes is like breathing, more than half of paycheck go to the IRS, I was amazed at how everything even meals was being taxed; Sis was just laughing at me. Like @Subomiplumptre tweeted on Twitter that ”so many of our prayer points are caused by infrastructural inefficiencies” i.e when you are abroad you pray less, whereas corrupt leaders continue to be the bane of our country.

Night life is fun, thanks to bro who ensured I enjoyed most of my evenings. Slightly different from Nigerian night scene, nonetheless similar (no peppersoup, asun, peppered snail and the likes though, miss that alot, and of course Naija music wasn’t played by the DJ 😈), to the wild nights we have. Places like The Wharf is a nice hangout to be, Wynwood Walls (Arts Museum) where one can appreciate arts and artefacts. I went cruising at Star Island,Β  Miami, where some CrΓ¨me de la CrΓ¨me like Dwyane Wade have luxury houses.

So, I intended to work out, but the fats in me do not want me to aspire to be a supermodel, I just checked out the gym 😀. I could go on and on, the experience was really worth the while. Thanks to you, bro, dad (had a great time with him, seeing the places he worked and resided years and years ago),  your wonderful friends and everyone (my very good friends over there as well, Moe, Moji, David) who made my visit a memeorable and an enjoyable one; not forgetting the nice get-together you had in my honour and the gifts from your friends.

To our readers and visitors, thank you for journeying with yours truly. Will give more recaps in subsequent post, as I intend to soar higher 😎✌.
Enjoy the sights from the US of A.

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#GoingPlaces

Sisi…

I think it’s safe to call myself a frequent flyer now 😲. ..as bro would say, we are a family of travellers. My journey towards seeing you guys in your abode after years and years of waiting is certainly worth the while (as frustrating as the waiting period was ) and boy, am I glad I did? Certainly yes!

News of heavy snow β›„and cold in major cities of the world, excluding Naija (though the harmattan haze was a bit much in Lagos this year, which was somewhat strange) due to climate change, wasn’t going to deter me from my quest of seeing you guys, even with the sinus not giving my nose a breather, a constant reminder that cold or the idea of it isn’t my forte.. I’m just gonna take it all in.

Take it I did at Heathrow Airport in London. That was the first thing my nose took in before the body reacted, even with the sweater, turtleneck top and a thick jeans (I came prepared πŸ˜†) with my scarf wrapped warmly around the neck region, I got a feel of the famous London cold weather…

Met a cute little man on the plane, not more than the age of six, who occupied the seat in front of me, with his mum. He offered me his cheese and we struck up a friendship. I asked him his name and he replied Micheal; told him mine was Mary, and he went on to gist me about one of his class teachers who was also named Mary, how cute…😊

I think my calling is visiting places and just taking in the sights and sounds..what do you think? Can’t wait to see you and feel what your weather would say to me.

 

#MyDXBExperience

Hallos Sisi..
My Dubai experience was as exhilarating as it was an eye-opener. It is a beautiful city. As much as it is a conservative city due to its rich religious and arabian cultural heritage, tourists and working foreigners were not made to feel uncomfortable. The locals are friendly, though the women who are religiously garbed do not mingle with tourists.

I noticed a lot of Indians live in Dubai, and from my tour guide, I learnt that they form the highest percentage of the population. They also contribute to the economy due to being employed on a large scale. Met quite a few on my sight-seeing which was beautiful by the way. I visited the Dubai Museum, the famous Aquarium at the Dubai Mall (could not really go in due to the fare, as I was on a tight budgetπŸ˜†), the Deira market (which reminds me of Yaba market for Naija), Burj Khalifa view, amongst other exciting scenery. The Dhow cruise (boat cruise/sight-seeing) which came with a buffet dinner was one of the tour packages I enjoyed. Met an American couple, who were friendly and warm, we swapped stories. They promised to visit Nigeria in the nearest future.

Mosques are beautifully sculpted and no unnecessary noise that disturbs the whole neighbourhood during call for prayers unlike what we have in Nigeria (‘na we pray pass’…both Christians and Muslims are guilty of this. .SMH).

Dubai city is clean, littering is a punishable offence (wish my Naija peeps can take a cue from this 😀). Good and accessible roads, neat beach, affordable transportation system (for both metro and taxi), edifices, and development are top-notch. Thought South Africa was my model for doing the right things, obeying traffic rules and the law, Dubai took it further (and for the fact that democracy isn’t practiced there, while we do…go figure!).

For a city that was built out of the desert, I am ashamed of our leaders who go to Dubai to spend tax-payers hard earned money for their leisure and pleasure and refuse to replicate or even do more of what they see over there. The tour guide took a jab at me as per being a Nigerian, that the reason why Dubai is that great and a global tourist attraction is due to great visionary leaders, no crime and no corruption, unlike some countries like Nigeria, while looking at me with a smile on his face….well, couldn’t argue with him there , he was spot on.

During the Desert Safari -which was an experience I would love you to have, exhilarating and crazy fun- I would advise one watches out for the Safari guides..One almost groped my butt and was trying to kiss me ohh, all in the name of picture taking, he made it look like an accident, and when I voiced out and gave him the eye..he was like sorry, but you are very beautifulπŸ˜•πŸ˜‘. When women come out to shame men of despicable behaviour like what is happening in the US, women are termed attention seeking and that they asked for it. I did not ask for it neither did I encourage such behaviour. We were all having fun alongisde other tourists, obliging the guides for pictures isn’t bad, but they should please behave themselves. Will include his picture (the ‘groper’ is the one with the white head scarf with yours truly in the white dress) , so that anyone going for the Safari should be wary of him and others who exhibit such acts.

Be that as it may, I enjoyed my stay, short as it was, I had fun. I can’t really put in to words every experience, hope the sights I shared fill in the gap. I would gladly go again and this time, would like you and bro to be in tow..πŸ˜„…. wishful thinking? I guess notπŸ˜†πŸ˜‹.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Vacation

Hi Sisi…

I had the pleasure of visiting Dubai for the first time for my annual leave.
The journey right from Lagos was a pleasant one. The Nigeria Vice-President, in the person of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has tried to rid the Murtala Muhammed International Airport of the over-zealous and ‘bribe-asking-give-us-something’ customs and other officials, who make the traveling experience a gruesome one which one won’t encounter in the destination country.

Some did still ask, but in a very covet way and people were not harrased when they didn’t obliged, me inclusive.
The airport is undergoing some nice changes, hopefully, we get the standard right and maintain it. A shame though that Nigeria do not have a national carrier..😑

The trip down to Dubai was quite nice, free of turbulence, aside the small bump here and there. The airline (EgyptAir) was superb, went through Cairo. Aerial views of Cairo and Dubai which were well lit had me thinking of my dear Naija, a very glaring contrast with darkness welcoming one.

Well…this is day 1. I intend to make the most of the few days I would be spending here. Can’t wait for us to vacation together…😊😊

 

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Hey sisi!!!

Yes, I️ cannot wait to vacation with you and yes! Have all the fun allowable on this trip. I️ will be watching with delight. Β My advise – do most of your shopping at the night market. I️ find things to be cheaper when you buy on the streets than in stores. Seem to be the story with every place I’ve visited. And indulge in the local cuisine. Enjoy…will await more pics!!!

XOXO

WUNMI