Friday, July 13, 2012

GO D'TIGERS!!!


 “If anybody says he believed they could qualify from that tournament, the person is not being sincere,” the Chairman of the Nigeria Basketball Supporters Club, John Fanirans told The PUNCH.

Well, at the end of the day the Nigerian Men's Basketball Team, D'Tigers, made Nigeria proud on Sunday 8th July, 2012. This would be their first apperance in the Olympics. Go team Nigeria!!

From my research, I found out that "Nigeria has one of the largest exports of basketball talents in the world besides the United States of America and a few European countries. A lot of Nigerians have featured in the biggest basketball league in the world – the NBA – and many Nigerians are in the collegiate sports system. One of the most popular basketball icon, Hakeem Olajuwon, is Nigerian but the country has continued to be the nearly team on the continent of Africa. The failure of football to make the Olympics had denied the country of any major team event until basketball shot out from the blues." Culled from PUNCH online.

D'Tigers beat former European powerhouse, Greece in the quarter-finals, but were beaten in the semi-finals by Russia, who also secured their own place in the Olympics.

For the London Games in Group A are Lithuania, Tunisia, USA, France, Nigeria and Argentina. Group B has China, Great Britain, Brazil, Australia, Russia and Spain. 

GO D'TIGERS!!!! Make us proud at London Olympics 2012!! We dey hail una,o!!!!



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

GESSOMATE 2012 Art Award & Exhibition


Last weekend, Saturday, 7th July, 2012, my secondary school Fine Art teacher had invited my brother and I for GESSOMATE 2012 Art Award & Exhibition for Secondary School Students, which held in the Aina Onabolu Building at National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. This year's edition had its' theme as "Climate Change: The Effects on the Environment".

If you all recall, I mentioned GESSOMATE Art Award & Exhibition in my blog write up on Ambassador Olusola's tribute. He was a regular special guest and sponsor of the event, so you can imagine how sad it must have been for the Gessomate team to miss his presence in the 2012 edition.

My brother, who was their first (1st) ever winner for the madien award and exhibition was invited as a special guest. I felt so proud seeing him on the high table with top guns in the Art industry. The other special guests were Mr. Tunde Thani, DMD, Explicit Group who was the Chairman of the Occasion; Mr. Oliver Enwonwu, Chairman, Society of Nigerian Artists (Lagos Chapter) and Mr. Dada Adekola, Cartoon Editor, Vanguard Newspaper.

My brother, Arinze Uzowulu, Mr. Dada Adekola, Mr. Oliver Enwonwu & Mr. Tunde Thani on the high table

After singing the National Anthem, the President of Gessomate, who happens to be my Fine Art teacher, Mr. Femi Adeyinka gave his welcome speech. Then the Chairman, Mr. Thani, gave his message and declared the exhibition open. Guests were directed to the exhibition hall, where I was given the privilege to assist the Chairman in opening the hall by giving him a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon demarcating the exhibition hall.


I must say, I was quite impressed with the art works done by the students. Below are photos of some of the winners with their art works:
 Tunmininu Akinselure, Rainbow College, Ogun - Senior Category 1st Position

 Olatide Wright, Ifako International Sec. School, Lagos - Senior Category 2nd Position

Simisola Bello, Rainbow College, Ogun - Senior Category 3rd Position

Ben-Eboh Emmanuella, Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja - Junior Category 1st Position

 Chiedozie Eloka, Rainbow College, Ogun - Junior Category 2nd Position

Adefoluso Orimalade, Ifako International Sec. School, Lagos - Junior Category 3rd Position

Am proud to say that the 2nd Winner in the Junior category and the 1st and 3rd Winners in the Senior category came from my secondary school, Rainbow College. I also got to see some of my secondary school teachers whom I have not seen since my graduation in 2003. That's about 10 years ago!!! Time does fly, doesn't it?

 Arinze Uzowulu & I with the Rainbow College winners

 Ms. Seun Oduntan & I. She was my Christian Religion Knowlegde teacher in Secondary School

Mr. Femi Adeyinka & I. That's my Fine Art and favorite teacher in Secondary School 

All in all, the event was coloruful and inspiring. It reminded me of my secondary school days, how art shaped my life. I remember going for art competitons back then and winning awards for my school. I felt honored to be back ten years later watching students of my alma mata making the school proud. My brother gave a goodwill message encouraging students to use their artistic talents wisely. I felt so proud of him. *smiles*

 Ary & I infront of National Art Theatre

 I saw this artwork and fell in love! It was done by Akinsanya Oluwafunbi, Vivian Fowler Memorial College.

 I just had to take a picture infront of this lovely artistic building with African touch!

Nene & the Little Birdie

ART IS LIFE!!! One day, I would definetly share some of my secondary school art works with you all. Look out for that! *wink*

Acting Like a lady...but Thinking Like a MAN!

I normally don't talk about a movie unless it's that good and I learnt something BIG from it. This is a MUST watch movie for everyone....well not exactly everyone *shinning my teeth* It's PG 18!!!! So you know yourselves, o!

Went to see it with my sister at the Ozone Cinema, Yaba. From the beginning to the end of the movie, I kept laughing. It was so bad that I mistakenly kicked a guy sitting infront of me. My sister and I had to seriously apologize to the dude.


Would not give you a "sneak-peek" of the movie...that would spoil the fun. So go watch it asap!

Check out the preview....that's if you have not already seen it.


Also check out the sound track of the movie "Think Like A Man" by Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo featuring Rick Ross



P/S: My twinny, sent me the e-book of  "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man" by Steven Harvey. It was his book that inspired the movie *grinning* Am sure this guy's book is gonna become a "Best Seller" after people watch this movie.



Friday, July 6, 2012

Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes

Three Babies' Bum
Babies...babies...babies everywhere!!!!! Makes me want to be a MUMMY!!!! *smiling*

A few days ago, a friend called me and said "Nene, I want you to write a blog on babies" I said, "Babies???". And he said 'Yes', that he believed I would be the best person to write on a topic like that, and I just laughed. Well, here I am writing on BABIES!!! @Tunde Amoo - Happy now?

Funny enough, babies have been "hovering" around me since the first half of this year. Already about three of my friends have given birth and about three of them are pregnant!!! What a joy!!! Last year was weddings...weddings...WEDDINGS!!! This year is babies...babies...BABIES!!!

Coincidentally, just last week, my friend, John Oamen & his beautiful wife, Victoria gave birth to Royal Twins; a boy and a girl!!! What a miracle! The babies are beautiful!!! Congratulations to THE OAMENS!
The Royal Oamens

My friend, Tunde sent a link with babies...babies...BABIES!!! I believe that is where he got the inspiration for the baby write-up. Its a link to a website created by Anne Geddes, an Australian-born photographer. She is known for her stylized depictions of "babies" and "motherhood". Typical images show babies or young children dressed as fairies and fairytale creatures, flowers, or small animals. She has described herself as "a baby freak". I think I have finally found someone who is more freakish about babies than me. Infact, someone once told me if ever he is looking for his baby girl, he knows who kidnapped her....ME! And someone once walked up to me and said "You need to go have your OWN baby", while carrying someone else's. I just laughed. And I sure will! *wink*

Click and enjoy Anne Geddes' baby photos.

Check out my favorite baby photos of her work, I title it "The Three Babies":

 Three Babies in Tins

 Three Sunflower Babies

 Three Orange Babies

Three Babies in a Bowl

"To every expectant mother, trusting God for such beautiful 'Ten little fingers....Ten little toes, His discharged angels to bless you with them" Amen to that! That's a prayer specially written by Tunde Amoo to all expetant mummies like meeeee!


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bino & Fino

Bino and Fino is a home African kids cartoon produced by a Nigerian animator, Adamu Waziri.

I came cross this cartoon while reading OK! Nigeria's second edition yesterday on my way back home from work. Was really impressed. Like Waziri explained in his interview, there are no African cartoons that potray the African culture. Most cartoons children watch these days are American, Eurpoean and Asian cartoons. It's good to see an African cartoon that dwells on the African culture.

About Bino and Fino
Bino and Fino is a cartoon series about a brother and sister named Bino and Fino who live with their grandparents ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’ in a modern day city in Africa. Bino and Fino have many adventures where, with the help of their friend Zeena the Magic Butterfly, they discover and learn things about the world.

Bino and Fino was created to provide more ethnically diverse children’s entertainment. Especially for viewers from a Black African heritage globally, whether residing on the African continent or in Diaspora. Importantly, it is an inclusive series for all children of toddler and preschool age from around the world, from Africa, Latin America through to Europe, Asia and America.

The program is fun and educational. Bino and Fino help to teach children about counting, colours, animals and also help teach children major African languages. These are just a few areas and topics the cartoon is aiming to educate and enlighten children: African history,  African culture,  African maps,  General black history in Diaspora,  General educational content such as grammar and arithmetic, Life skills, African songs,  African Languages, Fun and games from all over the world.

I believe this is a must watch for everyone who wants to learn and understand the African culture. And for those who want their children to learn to appreciate their African roots.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Peaches n Cream - Massage Away!


Stress causes body pain....everybody knows that. So when I keep saying I need a massage or that I need a spa treatment, I am justified!

Last weekend, I dragged a friend to Peaches n Cream, a Spa Health & Wellness Lounge in Surulere, Lagos, for our first massage experience. And men was it a SPAlicious experience! I'm going to repeat it and I'd encourage everyone to do it once in a while. Living in a country and most especially a state plus also in a season/time where stress has become "part-of-our-lives", giving yourself that treat is a 'NECESSITY'. And hey, it's affordable.

I did a Full Body Massage, where my body was 'tendered' from head to toe for one full hour. After the 'treatment', I slept like a baby for almost one hour. If not that I recalled I came with someone and was sure the person was waiting for me, would have slept the more! *grinning*

I recommend "Peaches n Cream" as the place to go for your FULL BODY MASSAGE and your spa treatment!

Do you know that peach and cream is a body treatment? They say the mixture is perfect for skin in need of INTENSE conditioning! Hmmm...now I know the idea behind that name.

Click and check out their website and their contact details.

Peaches n Cream (Spa Health & Wellness Lounge)
136 Bode Thomas Street, Surulere.

Lagos. Nigeria
Tel: +234 809-PEACHES(732-2437),
+234 1 480 3034, +234 0802-313-1330
Email: askus@peachesncream.us; peachesncream_92@yahoo.com
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