Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Naija Cartoon Network (NCN)

Now, tell me, who has always wished that Nigeria would have it's own quality Nigerian cartoons and animations like Disney, Dream Works and co? Me! Come on, Nigerians are very talented people. We've got great artists and great writers and even great animation artists.....The only thing lacking is "the inspiration".....but I guess that's about to change...........

Bumped into these two Naija Cartoons - "The O Twins" and "Coconut Island". Proudly Naija Cartoons,o! Done by Naija People, o!!!

THE O TWINS

This is about a typical Nigerian Family which consists of Tami, Temi, mum and dad. It portrays the life of a Nigerian family and the world around them as they see it. The O Twins is a 3D Animation Comedy created by Micheal Tokunbo Akindele.

COCONUT ISLAND

Coconut Island is a fun, happy place where Tuyo and his friends live happily…except whenever Koko the mad economist tries to come up with another insane, money making scheme for the Island. My favourite part in the trailer is "My name is KOKO not COCO" LOOL! Funny to me.

There is still hope for the Cartoon/Animation industry in Nigeria. My younger sister is planning to do Animations and am so encouraging her to do so. We need more of their kind, if you'd agree with me. So Naija can finally create "Naija Cartoon Network"!!! WOW! Can't wait to watch these cartoons.

What say y'all? Proud of Nigerians or what??? Very soon, our cartoons and animations would be like the likes of Disney and co....do you believe that?

See below their trailers. Funny.....lol!!!

"THE O TWINS" Trailer





"COCONUT ISLAND" Trailer


Breast Cancer - The Female Killer

I have been thinking for the past few days about writing on Breast Cancer. But I was thinking I was not ready to write about it. Today, I read on This Day Newspaper about a female lawyer who was dignosed with cancer and I freaked out. She is okay now, thank God....But it got me thinking again.....

Some months ago my younger sister was complaining about a lump on her breast and trust me...I freaked out! But thank God it was not what I thought. Unfortunately for me, she was thinking the same thing...Breast Cancer. That got us thinking of going for Breast Cancer check up...and even for HIV check up,too.

Just last week I was scanning through some old Genevive Magazines. It's good to know that Betty Irabor and her team are doing a good job in creating Breast Cancer Awareness through the Pink Ball event. I also like the way she gets people who have been involved with this dreadful disease either as victims or through loved ones to share their experiences with us. I have a very dear friend of mine who lost her mother to breast cancer. I mean they had to cut off one of her mother's breasts while going through therapy. It hurts me when I remember it.

I really don't have much to say about this dreadful disease that's killing my female counterparts. All I can advise is for every female to try and go for a check up. Prevention is better than cure.

If any of you knows where someone can have a Breast Cancer check up, do give us a contact or/and a link.

Stay Safe!

"STAND UP TO CANCER" got some famous female artist to do a song for their concert. When I hear this song, it makes me smile and also to want to help fight away cancer. Enjoy....listen to the lyrics....very inspiring....




"JUST STAND UP" by Various Female Artists for "Stand Up To Cancer" Concert.Featuring Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Leona Lewis, LeAnn Rimes, and Carrie Underwood.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The World Wonders

I have a dream that I must accomplish before I die (thats apart from my divine mission on earth). That dream is to travel the whole world!!!!! I MUST step foot on every continent...including Antartica and outer space, o!!!! Am serious!

When I was about 10 years old or so, my siblings and I went to a school bazzaar with our dad. My dad bought each of us a kind of play book - my brothers' books were about "Outer Space and Astronauts" while my sister's and mine were about "Countries and their culture". Those books inspired my travel dream!!!!

In primary school, I learnt about the then Seven (7) World Wonders (though there are more than that now)namely: The Big Ben (London), The Great Wall of China (China), Statue of Liberty (USA), Effiel Tower (Paris, France), The Great Pyramids of Giza (Egypt),Taj Mahal (India) and Colosseum (Italy).

My dream is to surely visit all these places....Yeah....some of you may have been to some or all of them and think it's no big deal. But to me, it is!!! I mean, God didn't bring me to this world to only explore just one place and not explore the other places, when He has created diverse beauties...NO WAY!!!

So let me tell you abit about these 7 World Wonders that I intend to visit....soon (*wink*).


THE BIG BEN (London, UK)- This is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Big Ben is the largest four-faced chiming clock and the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in May 2009 (the clock itself first ticking on 31 May 1859). Now, to alot of people, this monument is old fashioned. But to me, while growing up, it has been a must see for me.


THE GREAT WALL (China)- It was built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intruders and was rebuilt and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century. If there is any Asian country I must land and see it's great monument, it would be China! It's a great mystery if you look at how long the wall is. I mean, it's quite visible from the moon!!!!(So I read...lol!)


THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (USA) - Officially titled Liberty Enlightening the World, it was dedicated on October 28, 1886, as a monument commemorating the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, given to the United States by the people of France to represent the friendship between the two countries established during the American Revolution. It is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. For many years it was one of the first glimpses of the United States for millions of immigrants and visitors after ocean voyages from around the world. Atleast, if I land the USA, I have to see this....it's a legend monument.


EFFIEL TOWER (Paris, France) - This is an 1889 iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris that has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower, which is the tallest building in Paris,is the single most visited paid monument in the world. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World's Fair. Paris is one of my honeymoon destinations (*wink*). I hear it's got loads of romance in the air. How beautiful it would be when I reach the top of the Effiel tower shouting "BONJOUR, Paris!!!"


THE GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA (Egypt) - This is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. It is believed the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) and constructed over a 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC. The Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. Now, as an African, why shouldn't I visit this place??? I'll also include the Great Sphnix to my Egypt tour list.


TAJ MAHAL (India)- This is a mausoleum (is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or persons) located in Agra, India, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you read the history of this monument, you would probably to cry. Quite romantic. Am so going to visit this place where the tomb is described as "one tear-drop...upon the cheek of time". Pure romance....


COLOSSEUM (Italy)- This is an elliptical amphitheatre (an open-air venue for spectator sports, concerts, rallies, or theatrical performances) in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. I can imagine myself in the Colosseums and going back in time when the Gladiators used to fight there....scary!


There are more World Wonders which I would share with y'all soon. Meanwhile, start writing down the World Wonders you would love most to visit. Cheers!!!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Friday, June 18, 2010

Just Around the River Bend


This morning while heading to work in the staff bus, I was listening to some songs on my phone and wondering what I would share on my blog today. Then I heard one of my favourite Disney songs "Just Around The River Bend" by Pocahontas. And though I have listened to the lyrics times without number, for the first time it made so much more meaning to me (not that it never did but listening to it today stroke a cord in me).

So this is what I learnt from the song....

"To be safe, we lose our chance of ever knowing whats around the river bend...waiting just around the river bend"
Sometimes, we are so comfortable with where we are that we do not know that there is something better out there. I am an example. Not that I don't like trying new things...but sometimes am so bothered about what others would think or what I would lose by just moving a bit further or thinking "If I do end up moving further,would I like it?". I have learnt one thing from this verse, never be afraid to try something new because you never know what GOLD or GEM is waiting for you just around the river bend. It's good to try now than regret not trying in future.

"Should I choose the smoothest course....steady as the beating drum?"
This is another powerful verse....If you ask questions like this sometimes, say "I".
"IIIIIIIIIIIII!!!" LOL! I LOVE adventure! But sometimes...or let me be honest....most times I seek the easy part. But I have come to learn that the easy part is usually the most DANGEROUS part! Yes, it may look smooth and easy but the end result usually leads to disaster. Why? Because you didn't work for it....You didn't earn it! What you don't work for or earn would NEVER be appreciated. Sometimes, we have to choose the roughest part to get the best out of life. Like education...Cheating would lead you to pass but would not get you what you deserve because you didn't work for it. Look at diamonds and gold. They are dug out from muddy and rough places. And to bring out their beauty, they need to go though the processes of being refined. So what course would you rather choose? The smoothest course or the roughtest course?

Well, that's all I have for you today. Enjoy the video of "Just Around the River Bend" by my favourite Disney character - Pocahontas. Cheers!



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nene & the Chocolate Factory

I have one weakness.....CHOCOLATES!!!!! I mean you can buy me with chocolate.....ok...not true!!!LOL! But honestly I can eat chocolate as breakfast, as lunch, as dinner and of course, as a snack....he!he! my bad! just can't help it.

Recently I found some interesting information about our dear "Chocolate".

Chocolate has been a luxurious treat for thousands and thousands of years. Good news for Chocolate lovers: A recent study has proven that DARK chocolate is good for you and me!!!! (Notice that I highlighted on dark!lol!).

Dark chocolate is not only a rich source of flavonoids (Common plant pigment compounds that act as antioxidants. They enhance the effects of Vitamin C and strengthen connective tissues around the capilliaries) and antioxidants (A chemical substance, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, or beta carotene, thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation). Both can help reduce high blood pressure and diabetes. However, its main ingredient, Cocoa, is a good source of magnesium and iron. Cocoa even contains properties that help keep the good cholesterol (HDL), which can then keep the bad cholesterol (LDL) out of sight.
Joyfully (*wink*), chocolate is also linked to the release of serotonin (A molecule that controls your sleep, depression, memory, aggression, regulates eating and other neurological processes), which is a natural anti-depressant.

Though eating chocolates has its health benefits, it is still rich in calories and high in fat. If you enjoy a small square or two, you won't need to worry about the caloric content. It's the ingredients that matter. Make sure they are all natural.

Below are some of my favourite organic/healthy Chocolates -

THEO CHOCOLATE - Theo is organic and certified as fairly traded. The reason I like this chocolate is because they use loads of organic stuff to spice up their choco bars.

http://www.theochocolate.com/


VOSGES HAUT-CHOCOLATE -Exotic truffles infused with rare spices and flowers. This 'haute chocolate' boutique offers beautifully wrapped packages and gifts for any chocolate lover who is looking for a little zest. I love the way they use ingredients like becon and wine to spice up their chocolate collections....hmmmm...yummy!!!

http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/


RECCHIUTI CONFECTIONS - What I love most about this chocolate is the fact that they can customize the chocolate to your style. Thinking of recommending them to do chocolate gift packs for my wedding...what do think? (Hey...that reminds me, we have a chocolatier in Nigeria! Saw her interview on one of our popular Nigerian Magazines but can't remember which....anyone have an idea of the person?)

http://www.recchiuti.com/index.html

Though I would advise that you ban milk chocolate and white chocolate because the additional milk or chocolate liquor (all found in milk and white chocolate) actually nullifies the beneficial properties of the cocoa, I still can't help but love chocolates such as Snickers, Maltesers, Mars.....oya...continue naming them.lol! But honestly, its advised that we stick with dark chocolate. It's much healthier. Choose a bar that is made with at least 60% cocoa. The higher the cocoa percentage, the better the antioxidant properties, and the less room for fillers and preservatives.

Okay...enough about chocolates....am out of here to eat my Maryland Choc Cip & Hazelnut cookies...yummmmy!!!!

Simplicity & Fashion

Am not a fashion freak, but I love to wear pretty clothes and feel comfortable in them. Simplicity but catchy is my style.
I have fallen deeply in love with African materials: adire, lace, woodin, ankara, george, you name them. No matter how many times you use the same style on different African materials, they come out looking unique.

Came across Designer Janice Morrison's Afro-Chique collection and am loving her ready-to-wear styles! I love the simplicity but uniqueness of the attires. Funny enough, the styles are common but the beauty in them are the combination of the materials and the stlyes.

Check out her website: http://www.afro-chique.com/

Find below some of Janice Morrison's Afro-Chique ready-to-wear styles:






Tuesday, June 15, 2010

'FRO CRAZE!!!!

I don't know what has happened to me....but ever since I logged into "BLACK GIRL WITH LONG HAIR" blog, I have gone "AFRO CRAZY"!! Am so gona get an Afro!!!!
I have always loved my hair (even though sometimes I don't take good care of it like I should) and I get alot of attention because of it. From my craddle era, I have loved playing with my hair....trying one style or the other with my long,full,dark and thick hair. I have permed, used tread, fixed, braided...recently I did a fringe with my hair (*wink*)but I have never done an Afro. And am so dying to do one!

However, I have been making and I'm still making enquiries...because some people are gona kill me if I cut my hair totally...he!he! For your info, I don't have to cut my hair....I just have to stop relaxing it and let the roots grow natural till it gets to the length I want it.
Afro makes a cultural statement especially for African ladies (even guys). It gives the African woman an air of confident and pride. Some people may think Afro is 'old skool'...News Flash!!!! Old Skool stuffs are coming back!!!!

Let's learn to embrace our God given natural hair. Am not saying you can't perm or relax or even fix your hair and wear wigs. But once in a while I guess we could go natural....it's called "Adventure of the Hair"...lol!

Here is where I got my inspiration: http://bglhonline.com/

If you want to join me in my "'Fro Craze", check out: http://thekinkyapothecary.blogspot.com/

Find below photos of proud 'Fro ladies. Cheers!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Courtesy of Magdalena Woźniak

Was looking for a pretty photo that would go with my blog name and I came across Magdalena Woźniak's artworks called PERIDOT and BELLE and I was spell bound. As you go through some of her art works you would see the spirit of an artist in display. I love a good artwork when I see one. Enjoy.......

LINEN

FIRE FLY

CUPRUM

SUN FLOWER

SEA SHELL

See more of her works here : http://www.elrien.net/

Thursday, June 10, 2010

KE NAKO, AFRICA!!!!

If you are an African by birth or by choice, say "Africa! HA HOOO!!!!". "Ke Nako" is the FIFA 2010 World Cup slogan. It's a Sesotho word meaning "It's Time".

I'm so proud and happy that the World Cup is finally gona be played on African soil in less than some hours time. Am sooo excited. Unfortunately I would not be in SA to see it live. Would have really loved to go. But hey...I got mesef the Mobile DsTV Nokia Phone!!!! So I can watch the matches LIVE on three Super Sports Channels!!! And for FREEE!!!HA HOOO to MTN, DsTV and Nokia!!!!!

Have you heard the FIFA World Cup Official Anthem - "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)"???? Shakira and Freshly Ground did a good job. I love the video! It makes me Smile. The song is coined from an old Cameroonian song. Neat.

The World Cup Mascot is a leopard called "ZAKUMI". "ZA" is the country code for "South Africa" and "KUMI" is "Ten" in serveral African languages. So Zakumi means "South Africa 10".....lol!

Hope an African country wins the 2010 World Cup....It would really be a great historical moment for Africa.....I mean apart from hosting the World Cup.

Well.....those of you who are football lovers and not football lovers....Enjoy the World Cup on African Soil!!!!!

Watch the 2010 World Cup Official Anthem...."Tsamina mina eh eh, Waka Waka eh eh, Tsamina mina zangalewa,Anawa aa, This time for Africa." Enjoy!!!!



Meet "ZAKUMI" the FIFA 2010 World Cup Mascort


"WAKA WAKA (This Time For Africa)" Video by Shakira featuring Freshly Ground