Author - idolor

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Guess who is four today?
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The Brownie
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I came, I ate and I conquered…a food fear.
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Mcts: Monday came too soon
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A cry for help
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Sai Buhari: Memories of Collating Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential Polls Results
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The Second Best Thing You Can Do With Your Lips.
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Finally, it’s happening: Nigeria is deciding.
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Living, reading and setting goals
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Helping the Help

Guess who is four today?

May is the month for children, I have come to believe. Or how else do you explain the three holidays they have in the month? May 1st – Worker’s day (After which Chairman said school was over. Fat chance!) May 27th – Children’s day May 29th – Democracy day (in Nigeria) For Chairman, it holds a special significance. It’s his birthday month. Today, actually. May 11th. The yellow – faced, fat – cheeked, high – pitched voice commentator is all of four years today. On the ride to school this morning, I watched him play with the white ribbon used to bind a gift he had received earlier. So much had changed in the last four years, except that fair skin. From the quiet, peaceful baby I brought back home to the mischief – making, clear – prolonged – talking boy who, sometimes, uses my words back at me and can hold his own (to an extent) with his sister, and in a monologue while demanding you hear him out. From the almost daddy – look alike to a face that has now become his very own (his father’s nose is still unchanged though) look. From the shy, rather unfriendly,[…]

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The Brownie

I do not like meetings. The gathering.The deliberations. The arguments. The duration or dwelling on one particular issue that extends the meeting even further. The need to contribute or say something, anything as long as it casts you in an intelligent light. I do like one aspect of meetings though – the end of it. That part where we all get up, disperse and go on with our individual lives. I am not keen on group activities either. Three people (I included) can be too much of a crowd for me sometimes and I am content being in the background, the unobtrusive one, looking in. I have no trouble with that. What I write hereafter should come as no surprise; during all my years of formal school training I was part of no organization – voluntary or otherwise. I didn’t need gatherings or discussions to fill in the perceived spaces of my life. I couldn’t be bothered. It was different when I entered the workforce. I was obligated to attend meetings that concerned my job function. It was difficult to blend in with the furniture then especially when I had to contribute to the matters discussed or make a presentation[…]

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I came, I ate and I conquered…a food fear.

              For crying out loud, I learned to bake from the Food network Channel. Thank you, Ina Garten! So much so that my girlfriend Muimui gave me serious and lengthy advice on beginning a baking business. I felt no fear when I started trying out some of Avartsy.com’s recipes which have since increased my recipe repertoire. In fact, by the time I came across another fabulous cook, Dunni Obata (dooneyskitchen.com), I had grown in confidence and adeptness in following cooking instructions on the internet! So why, why did the mere thought of cooking my very own traditional Owo soup and starch leave me frozen? For one, it is no mean feat to cook this soup. The intense arm cardio it requires calls for stamina and proper preparation. This soup is not for the fainthearted. Then there’s the ‘entering your hand’ syndrome. A phrase I have heard my mum and several relatives refer to when talking about this soup. In other words, if you didn’t have it in you to make the soup a success in terms of taste, consistency, look and smoothness, it didn’t enter your hand. Naturally, I was afraid to attempt this[…]

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Mcts: Monday came too soon

Where did my weekend go? What happened during the weekend? Oh yes, elections. No vehicular movement. Ghost town. After that. Church. Chores. Chilling. And poof, like a flash, that’s where my weekend went. With boring bits flying out. No sooner did I lay me down to sleep than I’m here at 6.15am, tapping away at my laptop. The quiet of the morning, and indeed the house, a soothing companion to my early engagement. My head is uncluttered. My mind is free. My fingers fly of their own volition. I can hear myself think. I plan my day, my week. Collect my thoughts. Enjoy my company. Reminisce. This is one time I’m at my best. Before the dawn. Before the noise of another day. And definitely before my children awake. It’s always a ‘me time’ I look forward to. So even if I’m complaining about a short and uneventful weekend, I’m glad for the start of another work day, work week. Hello Monday, it’s good to see you. I have quite a list of things to do. So let’s get cracking!

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A cry for help

            I was halfway through making breakfast when the sound pierced the quiet of that Sunday morning. It was forlorn. Sad. Like the owner knew his/her fate was approaching fast and hoping to avert it with a desperate, last – minute appeal for mercy. At first, I ignored it and went about my food  task at hand. Breakfast was an untried recipe and I needed to get it right in order to add it to my repertoire of meals. There were also several hungry mouths waiting for it after expending energy in church earlier on. I couldn’t afford a burnt or under cooked meal or one that didn’t turn out well with the right blend of sweet and savoury tastes the recipe required. All eyes were on me and my (improving) cooking skills. So there was little or no time for distractions of any kind. I had just lowered the heat to allow the various components slow – cook to delicious goodness when the sound came again. This time  sustained for a longer period than the first. After that, coming at frequent intervals and for longer. As I put used kitchen items into the sink[…]

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Sai Buhari: Memories of Collating Nigeria’s 2015 Presidential Polls Results

            If you didn’t know this already, we have a new president – elect. All hail Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Yaaaaaaay! His fourth attempt and subsequent triumph at the polls over the weekend imply a number of things in Nigeria:   1. That Nigerians are beginning to make their voices heard and their votes count. 2. That an opposition party can trump the ruling one. 3. That Nigerians will and can vote out an administration they are unsatisfied  with and disappointed in. 4. That Nigerians want and demand change in the status quo of their daily lives.   Today, we are a happy people, a happy nation because of the results of the elections as well as the electoral process that produced them. However, on Monday March 30  at the start of collating the results from various states, the tension in the country was thicker than a highway divider. Channels TV, a popular news television station, had almost the entire nation(and their friends) glued to their screens watching the proceedings broadcast live from Abuja with Prof. Attahiru Jega, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), presiding over them. It didn’t help that the process lasted two[…]

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The Second Best Thing You Can Do With Your Lips.

          ‘I’d like to order for a cake.’ ‘What size?’ ‘What sizes do you have?’ She stoops low and brings out all the different sizes of baking pans from somewhere below where she sits. I hover over a  13 – inch rounded one. Undecided. ‘Character cakes. Do you have those? Maybe I can make a choice from there.’ ‘Which character do you want?’ ‘Bubble guppies.’ Blank stare. Silence. Then…’What is bubble…?’ ‘It’s a cartoon of sea creatures: mermaids, mermen, fish, crabs, etc.’ More silence and poker – faced. Then…’We don’t have that.’ ‘Which do you have?’ ‘Mickey mouse, Dora the explorer…’ I shake my head. ‘No, I don’t want any of those. She has outgrown them. What would you suggest for an eight year old girl?’ Silence. Shrug. I raise my brows in anticipation of an answer that never came. Then her colleague right next to her speaks up. Making suggestions. Showing me sample cakes and photos. From there, it was easy to decide on the size, colour and look of the cake. It was T’s birthday on Thursday last week, and bright and early on Wednesday morning saw me talking to a quite uninspiring, reluctantly[…]

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Finally, it’s happening: Nigeria is deciding.

        I am sooooooooo behind in blogging this month. My apologies. I have been under the weather and had to deliberately force myself to get enough rest to prevent a relapse. But I’m back now and stronger. It’s a good day to post as the country goes to the polls to decide on its choice of president for the next four years. Below is something I received a month ago and decided to share today: This election is not about North versus South nor is it Christian versus Muslim. It is about Nigeria and good governance. Don’t allow politicians divide us. When they share money, they don’t talk about religion. When they want donations from Aliko Dangote, they don’t remember he is a Muslim. When they enter an aircraft, they don’t ask the religious faith of the pilot. When their bosses are atheists, they don’t resign from their jobs. When an alhaji gives them contracts, they don’t reject it. They and their wives go to Dubai to spend money. Dubai is in United Arab Emirates but they have no problem buying houses there. Vote your conscience. If you want to vote for Jonathan, vote for him based[…]

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Living, reading and setting goals

                Two weeks ago, I joined an online book club. I’m hoping this move would help me read more books this year and improve on that achievement as I go on. We are a 21-member, all – female group called the bookshelf and I feel really good about it. A few days ago, I posted the article below on the group’s page: What is your reading target? 10 minutes a day? 30 minutes? An hour? A book a week? A month? Quarterly? Annually? One of my 2014 resolutions was to read two (or more) books a month. For someone who claimed to be a voracious reader, this , I admit, was way below my reading standards. But while I played with the idea of increasing my monthly book count, I also considered other areas of my life. I had to be realistic; that’s what the R in the popular S.M.A.R.T goals setting acronym stands for. Because setting the goals are easy. Achieving them…not so much. 2014 started off brilliantly. By the end of February, I had six books under my belt – Mastery, The Art of Speaking Well, Life’s a Pitch, Dreams from[…]

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Helping the Help

By now we would have had a president – elect/governor -elect/whatever – elect, all things being equal. But no, we had to go and postpone the elections by six weeks (starting February 14) because of Boko Haram. With the security agencies stating they’d defeat the insurgent within that period. I’d like to optimistic about their claim but is it really possible to achieve that? Maybe. Already some good news of the security agencies winning the war are trickling. They’ve reclaimed some of the towns taken over by Boko Haram and have also killed some of their members. Then again, maybe not. Shekarau, the head of BH, declared in a new video recently that they’d disrupt the elections on March 28 and April 11 while children suicide – bombers are doing their thing in every public place they find. So unless the insurgents are totally destroyed, wiped out, chances are their reign of terror would continue unabated and even more at the end of six weeks. God help us in this country! To totally defeat BH. To conduct credible and successful elections. And to experience some semblance of peace after both events. Amen. In my last post, I mentioned once having[…]

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