Now get your favourite drink with you as you are about to read one interesting story you hardly hear me talk about.

For some who aren’t aware, I was born in Nigeria. Back in the days, we had this child star make waves in the entertainment industry in Nigeria with her hit song ‘Osemudiamen” pronounced Ose-Mu-Di-A-Me and this is where the story of me being deceived comes into play.

When the hit ‘Osemudiamen’ by the young ‘Benita came on, the kids in the street, including myself and my neighbours were in love with the song. We will sing to it every time and our favourite moment was when it comes up on our television screen as we loved to watch Benita perform. As I come from a different tribe from Benita, I obviously didn’t know the lyrics to the song but I ‘chew’ my mouth in tune anyway.

My big sister knew how much I loved Benita and longed to see her so she capitalised on this and then one day, together with our neighbours who were twin sisters, conspired [yes! I say conspire because she knew I love to go to bed early and wouldn’t stay up late at night with them so it was indeed].  to lie to me so I could stay up longer rather than go to bed the usual time I did.

Back to my story.

So my sister conspired with the twins to lie that Benita came visiting with her parents and when I wake up in the morning, this is how the conversation goes:

My Sis: Ah!! Nne, you missed o

By the way; ‘O or Ah’ are a few among many Nigerian clichés we incorporate in our everyday conversation. I mean you hear people speak to their bosses at work or lecturers in universities like “Ah, excuse me sir  I can’t handle this course o” lol.

Come to think of it, if you haven’t included ah, o, abi, shebi in your conversation (Especially with your fellow Nigerian), are you truly Nigerian? **Food for Thought**

Again back to my story, apologies, getting distracted.

When she says that to me in the morning, me with the sleepy eye and hungry tummy, trying to find food to eat ignorantly replied ”

ME:  What happened?’

MY SIS: Benita came here yesterday

ME: It’s a LIE!!

MY SIS:  Ok, then, ask the twins

On hearing ‘ask the twins’ my eyes  will lit up and I screamed like:

ME: ‘Oh my God!! why didn’t you wake me? *Already on the verge of tears *

MY SIS: I was trying to wake you but you refused. You said I should leave you alone so we (Herself, the twins and Benita) ate puff puff and she sang her song to us”

*Puff Puff is a Nigeria snack.

I would be so upset and I’d run to the twins. Their story was always the same. So I pleaded with them saying

ME: Please, when next she comes, wake me up

TWINS: Don’t worry, she (Benita) said she will come today, we will try waking you up

On the night of Benita supposed arrival,  I stayed up, fighting sleep until nature eventually called and I gave in. This continued until I figured they were playing tricks on me but we laughed it off. I stopped being gullible.

Now reflecting on this, I decided I will make my nephew and niece pay for their mum’s shenanigans by making them stay up late. Or would I? Since I really want to be their favourite auntie. I guess they won’t have to pay for their mama’s sin.

Moral of the story???

Why not tell me what you deduced from this story yourself?

Till I write to you again, enjoy reading and enjoy the video below.

Yayyyy Valentine is eventually here. February 14th. A day that holds so much and changed my life. That story is for another day.
So it’s valentines day tomorrow. I hope you were able to get your spouse or loved one a special gift from my list last week? It’s not late to check it out and get your last minute gift.

We all love Valentine, don’t we? The flowers, pink and red colours everywhere especially your tv screen, people celebrating, looking happy and bringing food to share. such a fun time.

Today being ‘valentines eve’- not sure if there is a word like that..anyway, I hope you are prepared for tomorrow. Personally, it will be a very long day for myself and a lot of others who have to hit the 5 pm traffic on the motorway just to get back and celebrate valentine. For others, Valentine’s day is the loneliest day of their lives as it is to them a reminder of what could have been or their inability to find someone. For another set of people and this is the painful bit, they aren’t single but it feels like they are because they long to be treated like a queen or a king on this special day but unfortunately, this is only a wish.

So for these categories of people, here are a few things I need you to bear in mind as you celebrate Valentine.

1. Don’t Stalk: I know you’re thinking, c’mon Nneka, this is one hell of a difficult task. I mean everyone will be posting pictures so refraining from stalking your ex is a dream.
Ok, I get it, if you can’t refrain from stalking, at least do yourself a favour by not comparing yourself to your ex’s lover.

And while It’s difficult to watch your ex show or express love to someone else other than you on social media, refrain from leaving salty or petty comments on their platforms.

2. Remember the theme of the Day-

You are already aware that Valentine is about celebrating love. (I am not saying there is or there should be a timeline as to when to express or show love) what I am saying is, since it is about expressing and showing love, what stops you from showing love to yourself? I know a lot of people especially the female gender struggle to treat and give themselves extra attention (You can imagine why). So why not use this opportunity to pamper and treat yourself. Read here to see a list of fun things to do on Valentine while single.

Lastly,
3. Enjoy Your Singlehood: Remember you won’t remain single forever. So while you are alone, treat yourself and be selfish to yourself because, when you eventually find the one, you will no longer worry about yourself alone but about ‘two people’.

 

I can’t believe Valentine is almost around the corner. I remember, in the past, I use to wonder what to get for the male gender so when I try to get gifts for my dad or brothers, I tend to go for the regular T-shirts or Shirts, Underwears- mainly clothing gifts.

I soon realise I wasn’t the only one who struggles with getting gifts for people. So since I’ve become somewhat a pro at getting gifts, I thought it would be nice to talk you through some gift ideas you could get your other half, mum, dad, brother, sister or friend this Valentine so here are a list of gift items I have written down that could appeal to both gender regardless of age.

Perfume: Who doesn’t love a good smell? No one could ever go wrong with a nice smell. I have got so many collections of perfume in my closet, you might think I’m vain:). Over time, I have learnt how to store my favourite perfumes to keep them smelling nice for a very long time. My go-to perfumes are eau de perfume as I believe they last longer in terms of smell as compared to eau de toilette.

Makeup Kit/ Make up Brushes: A lady likes to look good. So you could get this kit for your mum, wife or girlfriend. Just make sure you go for the right complexion. If you aren’t able to afford a kit, get her either a foundation, powder, brush set or a lipstick.  My go-to lipstick will be the ‘matte lipstick’. You can’t go wrong with it and it stays longer and sexier on your woman’s lips. However please do not buy one lipstick as a gift, switch it up with something else i.e some of the items already listed.

Dress or T-Shirt: Both for ladies and men, a lovely dress will suit her well or a nice jumpsuit. If you want to take your lady out on a nice romantic date, selecting the nice outfit does justice to the whole evening. You could also complement it with the right underwear and a beautiful pair of shoe.

As a female, you could get him a nice smart shirt that will make him look really cool. This could also complement for a date night or any outdoor event. This could be complemented with a boxer shorts ( you know what your other half puts on).

Gift Box: Just like the one below, it comes with different but lovely collections. Luckily, there are male and female gift boxes.

Piece of jewellery such as Wrist Watches/ Bracelet/Necklaces/ Earrings : 

You can get this as a pair or mix it up.

 

Video Game Console: Although this is slightly on the high side, none the less, if you are able to, some men love to have an Xbox or ps4. This is sure to blow his mind.

Fashion bag/ Shoe: You also can’t go wrong in this.

Inscribed Gifts: This could come in form of a mug or a sofa pillow with the person’s picture crested upon it expressing how much they mean to you.

Nail Polish Set: Every female likes to have her nails done. So why not?

Flower: I am not a huge fan but a lot of ladies love this. My mum loves flowers so for someone like her when getting a gift, it will be ideal to top it up with a bouquet of flowers. For others, it might be a love for chocolate or a nice wine e.t.c. These are additional top up’s you could add to their gift item.

So there you have it. Valentine is upon us, I hope you have a great one and spread love.

Let me know what gift ideas you have in mind and what you hope to get your partner, wife, husband, mum, dad or siblings and additional gift ideas you think I missed out.

 

Photo Credit: Me(Nikki’s Taking Shotz)

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