Thursday, 10 May 2018

WEDDING MESSAGES HAVE TO CHANGE

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I was at a wedding recently and as usual, was frustrated with the wife-centred message that came from most of the preachers at the event.

A couple of things stuck out like thumbs dipped in palm oil and I knew I just had to talk about it.
First, one of the preachers - someone you can tell is old fashioned - spoke a lot about the role a wife should play, which, if you attend many weddings, is submissive. I was not surprised by his message; I had heard it one too many times. What surprised me was a statement he made as he rounded up his message. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A WAKE UP 'KONK' ON MY BIG HEAD

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Ramat (AKA the Crazy One)

I woke up this morning and as usual, I went online to get a sense of what happened in the hours that I slept.

As I scrolled through Twitter, I basked in more stories about Beychella, was super proud of K.Dot's Pulitzer, lost my cool at hearing of Cole's album – which drops on April 20, 2018 – and got shocked out of my shoes by the fact that Joe Burden put his pettiness aside to compliment Nicki's Chun Li.

You can say I had a roller coaster morning.

It was as I was going through these emotions that I stumbled on a tweet that made me bolt upright.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Here is Why You should Subscribe to My Channel…Even though it is a Mess Now


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My Vlog. Sigh.

I started my video log in early 2016 as a way to put a face to my online persona and hopefully reach more people. But it wasn’t until I got a rude awakening at the end of 2015 that I began to think of my vlog.

Settle in. I’ve got gist.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

THE BIRTH OF A PODCAST

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Crystal Starr with a Microphone



February 7, 2013. Time, 5:25pm.

I was in the ‘corpers’ lodge thinking of what I was going to have for dinner. I was low on cash and had been pretending I was on a fruit diet. That day however, I knew I couldn’t eat one more piece of fruit without going stark raving mad.

As I pondered on whether to get Indomie or go to another corps member’s room to stylishly ‘beg’ for food, my phone rang.

‘What are you doing?’

Friday, 2 February 2018

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

SEEKING VALIDATION OUTSIDE MYSELF

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It has been a little over 40 days since I last put up any content on my blog, podcast or video log. In reality, it has been longer than 40 days since I wrote anything for my blog and even longer since I had a new video on my YouTube channel.

So what was the problem? Why did I abandon my babies for more than 40 days?

Monday, 4 December 2017

Love on the Brain and Everything We Didn’t Do Last Week


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Hey you!

Last week was super slow! I mean, snails achieved more than we did last week. But…thing were uber tight at our 9 to 5 and we just couldn’t deal. 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, QUEEN LATIFAH’S U.N.I.T.Y AND CLOSING LONG DISTANCES


Hey Roommates!

This past week has been…extra! We almost wanted to hide under a rock for a few days. Of course we couldn’t find a rock that would serve us breakfast in bed, with strawberry dipped in chocolate and masseuses kneading all the knots and kinks out of our very weary shoulders and body. So…we worked!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

LONG DISTANCE (THE FINALE)

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Two people in a long distance relationship are trying to find each other. An unexpected turn of events tear them apart when they finally do. And it keeps pulling them apart until…they find themselves here. This is the final story. There were three others before this. (Read here, here and here to understand the story...or continue on here 👇)

Adon Kato heard the loud voices as she gradually slipped out of consciousness. Where was she? And why were they yelling?

‘You were my best friend! Why on earth would you ever think this is okay?!’

‘Oh! So it is okay for you to leave her and be with someone else and I can’t be with her? In fact…what the hell are you doing here? Why are you here?!’

Adon could tell Isaac Okiemute’s voice, but who was the other person?

Monday, 20 November 2017

On Bad Fathers, Body Shaming and Eminem’s New Song Featuring Beyoncé


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Hey hey!
 
So this is coming a bit late in the day but it is here! 

How was your week? We hope it was as full and fun as ours was? ‘What did we do?’ you ask. A lot…even if we say so our self.

Monday, 13 November 2017

ON GETTING OLDER, FUTURE FAMILIES, CREATING RECORDS AND ADAPTING TO CULTURE SHOCKS

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Hi people!

How have you been?!

So starting this week, we want to try something. Thing is, we tried before but got quite lazy and it never hit the ground running. We know; shame!

Anyway, starting today, we will be doing an overview of all the posts we shared the previous week and what the new week will feel like.

Excited?! So let’s get to it.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

RUNNING WITH A PURPOSE 2017

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We are excited to announce that we will be attending the second Running With a Purpose Conference organized by Save our Women (SOW) Foundation in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Monday, 23 October 2017

UNSUNG HEROES: TRASH COLLECTORS

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A while back, I wrote a series of tweets addressed to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Environment about a refuse dump at a community in Abuja called Karu.

Monday, 16 October 2017

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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Dear Friend,
I need your help and I would appreciate it if you took time to read this post. So…thank you in advance for obliging me.
I was seated in church – The Diplomats’ Centre in Kaduna – a few days ago when I noticed some people close to me.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

SMOKE SCREENS AND FIRE

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Have you ever had a false rumor spread about you? I have. Twice that really hurt me. And it wasn’t good.

The very first time was when I was in Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

INCREASING NUMBER OF AGBEROS IN OUR COMMUNITIES

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‘Nyanya here! Nyanya one person!’

‘Ikeja along, Mangoro, Iyana Ipaja, Igando! Ikeja along, Mangoro, Iyana Ipaja, Igando wole wole!’

‘Yola, Yola, Yola! Shiga da changey! Yola, Yola, Yola!’

‘Sabo! Sabo! Sister come enter this bus. E done full!’

‘One chance to Enugu! Come enter direct moto go Enugu!’

These are some of the calls you hear when you are at motor parks in many cities in Nigeria. For the most part, these calls are not made by bus conductors as they are popularly referred to. They are made by young men – agberos if you may – hanging around such parks.

So…here is the scenario.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

TCS Consult Presents ‘Proficiency Certificate Training’

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TRAINING DESCRIPTION

TCS Consult is a consulting firm headquartered at Yola, Nigeria, with special interest in human capital development.

The firm utilizes platforms such as Masterclasses, Transformational Hubs amongst others to teach individuals and organizations on practicable strategies in attaining peak performance in their endeavors.

For the very first time in Yola, TCS Consult has organized a Proficiency Certificate Training in the following Programs:

Monday, 21 August 2017

QUICK SAND ON A PLATEAU


She always knew she wanted to be rich and famous; she wanted the world to know her name, girls to aspire to be her and boys to want to marry her. She wanted to leave a legacy of strength, ambition, love, change, power and wisdom. She knew it was conceited but she wanted people across the globe to know her name…for her principles, her drive and her humanity. She didn’t want to die without having left a mark in the sands of time. And best of all, she didn’t want the want the fame or money for just herself; she wanted it for everyone she knew.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Review: THINK LIKE A MAN


When you put the eccentricity of Kevin Hart, the sexiness of Meagan Good, Michael Ealy and Romany Malco, feistiness of Taraji P. Henson and Jennifer Lewis, relatability of Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall and Lala Anthony, a list of basketballers, a happy white guy and the goofiness of Chris Brown, what do you have?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The Review: GOODBYE (SLAUGHTERHOUSE)


One of the greatest things you can expect from underground rap artists is the content of the song. They always have a message that is deep, strong and powerful.

This is why we were so excited when Yusuf ‘Y10’ Ma’aji from Abuja, Nigeria, requested that we review Slaughterhouse’s ‘Goodbye’.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Don’t Be a Menace


Rated 29% by rotten tomatoes, you will expect the movie, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Sipping Juice in the Hood, to be a bumbling flop. But alas, that was not the case. It had its moments and for those who love slapstick comedy, it was a blast.

So what was it about the movie that got movies goers to pay a gross sum of $39.2 million to see?

We look discuss this on THE REVIEW today.


Listen here.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Review: CROOKED SMILE (J. COLE)


The Second Single off J. Cole’s second album – Born Sinner – was Crooked Smile. As a song, ‘Crooked Smile’ had an impact message, which stays true to the hip hop artist’s persona.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

THE REVIEW: PRETTY HURTS - BEYONCE



Hello you!

As promised, here is the first episode of our new show – SHADES OF US: THE REVIEW.

ANNOUNCING…SHADES OF US: THE REVIEW

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Shades of Us is designed to address social issues affecting Africa, Africans and people of African descent, and because of that, we had a struggle defining how we wanted our platform to work. This is because we love entertainment here at Shades of Us; music, movies, poetry, dance, radio, television, production and all things entertainment. So we did any and everything and we were at sea for minute. This is especially because we didn’t know how to marry the serious stuff and entertainment.

But…we solved the problem!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

DO SEX WORKERS DESERVE TO BE ABUSED?


Disclaimer: This post has lurid details of sex.

I was scrolling through my timeline on Facebook when I stumbled on a post which, under other circumstances, would have thrown me off. The thumbnail was a naked black girl on all fours with what I could deduce was cum on her face. Normally, I wouldn’t watch such videos and would report it to Facebook to be taken down for sexually explicit content but the caption stayed my scrolling fingers.

‘Ghanaian girls are suffering abroad.’

Monday, 19 June 2017

HOW MEETING ATTAH SAMSON IGOCHE INSPIRED ME


As my taxi rolled to a stop in front of the building that housed Aiivon Innovation hub, I was a bit nervous. I was supposed to be meeting – for the first time – someone I had been chatting with on Facebook. I wondered what first impression I would be giving and more than that, what impression I would be getting. I was also nervous because I hadn’t done an interview in a long time and I hoped I still had my wits about me.

As I entered the building, I was awed by the sheer beauty of the place. My inhibitions began to ebb away as excitement swept over me. I suddenly became my old, fun and bubbly self. I was twirling around, taking selfies and being generally being goofy. I forgot that I was supposed to be professional and well put together. In my excitement, I didn’t know he had come up behind me. My only clue was the look his front desk officer sent past me. I turned and there he was.

Attah Samson Igoche.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

TONIA OREVBA ROBERTS: DROPPING HER PRETTY


I woke up thinking of Tonia Orevba Roberts.

Tonia is a beautiful actor cum model whom I met in 2016 at the Royal Arts Academy, Lagos. I had gone to brush up my directing skills and she had come in as an acting student.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

BASIC CHICK



Have you ever been hated or discriminated against?

I have!

Remimah: Ermmm...this isn't about Eminem, is it?
Ramat: No. It isn't.
Remimah: Right.
Ramat: Eminem just comes to mind as I write this piece. So let’s get to it, right?

Ladies, have you ever been called a 'Basic Chick'? You all know 'chick' isn't the term, right? It is more like a B with an itch.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

IDPs: SEEING BEYOND THE STATISTICS


A visit to the Internally Displaced People’s camp in Durumi, Abuja on May 28, 2017 was everything I expected it would be; emotionally draining.