Friday, October 22, 2010

My Twin Story

I hated reading session during my childhood. My mum would give story books to my siblings and me to read for a certain period, it could be a day or a week…depending on the volume of the book. At the end of the reading session, we were to summarize the book we read…verbally or by writing. The only part I loved about reading was looking at the colorful pictures (grinning). But trust my mum, if you did not summarize the book, the punishment waiting for you would be worse than reading the book itself! So of course I was compelled to READ! Today, I thank my mum for building that reading habit in my siblings and me.

My favorite childhood books were Mr. Men & Little Miss. Series (example, Mr. Happy, Mr. Grumpy, Little Miss Chatter Box, Little Miss Neat, e.t.c), Enid Blyton books and any nice children colorful, adventurous books. But one book stood out in my life and has influenced a decision that I made when I was 12 years old - Topsy & Tim series.

I first read Topsy & Tim when I was given an assignment in primary school to read and summarize a book. After reading more than one book, I fell in love with TWINS!! Since then I have been praying to have a set of twins – boy and girl!!!!

Reading is a good way for both children and adults to develop their creativity with life. Book publishing houses like Ladybird and Penguin have been one of my best publishers because they publish books that not only inspire children but also adults.
My advice, make sure you encourage your children to read even before they clock one (1) year! Am serious! It would develop their creativity and build a solid character in them. My plan for my twin children (And my other children!)is to build a good library for them. And I would make sure the books that positively shaped my childhood would also shape theirs too.

And don’t y’all worry, when I marry and have my twins (God willing), I would let you know. And they would definitely read Topsy & Tim.*wink*

Check out Topsy and Tim website

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chile: The Rescue Down Under

I got to know about the "Chile Trapped Miners Crisis" just about three days ago while watching CNN on my DSTv mobile phone, on my way home from work. Gosh! I felt scared for the 33 miners, who had been underground for about 69 days!!! Goodness me!

On Wednesday, 13th October, 2010, I watched on LIVE CNN, how the Chilean government rescued each of these men from the underground world. As each man came out, I was filled with tears as each of them hugged and kissed their loved ones, who have been waiting patiently for them.

I congrate the Chilean government for all their efforts. What impressed me the most was the presence of their President on the scene. He was there as all the 33 miners were rescued. And he made sure he gave each of them a warm greeting. Now, that's leadership!!!! Am really impressed with the Crisis Management scheme applied by the Chilean government.

I do hope other countries learn from this. The whole world watched and saw history being made in Chile. Go Chiiiiilleeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

P/S: A "UNIQWE" Aussie-Nigerian friend of mine claimed to be a Chilean citizen for 24 hours. lol!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Music & Arts: The Nexus.

A friend of mine and I were invited as guest artists for an upcoming Leadership program. For weeks, both of us have being cracking our brains for an inspirational song to sing on that day. So I decided to google something on leadership songs. And I came across India Aries' "Strength, Courage and Wisdom". As I was scrolling through youtube to see if I could find the video (that was my first time of hearing the song and I like it!), I bumped into Steven Lopez's video on "After Midnight 6: Inida Arie "Strength, Courage and Widom".

Now let me explain why this video caught my attention...the artworks and musical blending!!! The idea behind the video was while he was painting a particular artist, he plays one of the artist's song in the background. I was spellbound! I love how he picks his favourite part of each artists' song and writes it as the background. Neat.

Now you see why art and music have a bond! Talk about Fashion and music....that's an artistic bond, too!!! *wink*

Check out Steven Lopez website. Great artworks, I'd say.
Also Check Steven Lopez out on Artwork Magazine Online.

Well, enjoy Steven Lopez video of Inida Arie's "Strength, Courage and Widom".

After Midnight 6: India Arie "Strength, Courage and Wisdom"

Check Out some of the artworks of other Celebrity artists.

India Arie

Tina Tuner

Jill Scott

Erykah Badu

Minnie Ripperton

Naija @ 50!!

Nigeria aka the "Giant of Africa" turned 50 on the 1st of October, 2010. Just want to say "Happy Golden Jubilee Anniversary" to all my Naija people. We have gone through a lot as a nation, yet we still stand. It's a miracle! We are thankful to God for that. May God continue to see Nigeria through in Jesus name, AMEN!!!

I stumbled on Nigeria's old national anthem and fell in love with it. Please read:

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribes and tongues may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all are proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honored,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

Now tell me....doesn't this anthem speak a lot of passion for our nation? Ironically it was written by a British expatriate in 1960 and was in use until 1978. Sigh. I do love this anthem and wish we could use it instead. But hey..."Arise O Compatriot" still works magic when Nigerians sing it with all their hearts. We need to encourage schools to sing the national anthem and recite the national pledge. It would foster patriotic feelings amongst Nigerian youths.

Enjoy Naija Oldies by Bella Naija. They do bring nostalgic memories. Took me back to when I was still a teeny weenie thought to share it with you all.

Also enjoy one of Nigeria's classic songs of all time "Nigeria My Beloved Country" by Funmi Adams.

"Nigeria My Beloved Country" by Funmi Adams