Friday, 30 November 2012

4) Aisha Shuaibu aka Keesha

Now if y'all thought I was gonna skip out on Keesha, you thought wrong! There are few people in this world that I am grateful I met and that list wouldn't be complete without Aisha.



I met Keesha at a party our mutual friends hosted. Before that all I knew was about her was well just her name cause we had mutual friends. So when she walked into the room we were getting ready in and I lay eyes on her I knew I had imprinted, JK I'm not a werewolf but really I was scared we wouldn't get along at first. But Keesha turned out to be one of those friends you meet one minute and feel like you've known your whole life. From that moment a lifetime of friendship began. From lunches to spa dates we were close to inseperable

Athletic, pretty and talented, Keesha knows what she wants and she knows how to get it. However summer of 2011 I saw a different side to Keesha. The side that wanted to change the world for less privileged kids. She and a couple others founded MGF; the Millenium Generation Foundation, a globally operated non profit charity organisation. To kick start their agenda, they hosted a fashion show in the city of Abuja. For some it was just another event to come socialise at, for others it was an opportunity to showcase their designs but for Keesha, Amos, Samira and the other founders it was an endless battle, day in day out, sleepless night to pull off an event that would help raise money to renovate a government primary school in Mararaba.

Have you ever seen such determination? (Yeah that's right I used a Ryan Leslie line, one of the other reasons why I love her) Waking up early, driving round town, jumping from meeting to meeting, client to client, approving/disapproving designers, attending model casting (typing it alone is exhausting) sometimes on an empty stomach. The one day I tried to help out and spend the day planning the event I chickened out at the end. I was so beat when I went home my mum couldn't stop laughing at how lazy I was and you can imagine doing that for days. Long story short, the lives of the kids in that school would never be the same all because MGF came to their rescue.

And bless her heart Keesha, I know she's going to do a lot more than that, she already has, organising sport tournaments for charity, spending days in an orphanage. What more could she give back to society? It's not enough to see the ad on tv about these less privileged kids, shake your head and thank God you're in a better place. No, you're in a better place because God wants you to bless those who aren't and I know for sure that Keesha and the MGF family are doing just that. I couldn't be more happier that I'm blessed with such a friend.

P.S She's taken, sorry boys :p

Contact Details
Twitter: @AfricanLaReina
             @TheMGF2010

Website: http://themgf.org/

3) Ibrahim Abdullahi aka Mr President

Vince Lombardi once said "Leaders aren't born they are made..." but I want to believe there's an exception to that rule and that is Ibrahim Abdullahi; a born leader and a man of excellence. And with each passing day an ounce of greatness is added to his life. A man of eloquence and of great humble spirit, Ibrahim is hope that there can still be change in my country.

And what better way to show you that than with proof of his numerous achievements? Starting at a young age, at 12, he was already on the Children's parliament. He went on to help start a global initiative to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all children along side eminent British Lawyer Cherie Blair (yes Tony Blair's wife). He is also co founder of Amandla Consulting and an international firm called The Whitenights Partnership Ltd that does business across Africa. He is involved in a number of charity works among other accomplishments.

You see I could keep on listing his achievements and it would go on and on but my point is from a young age he started being the change he wanted to see in his country and in the world. Do you know how easy it is to get carried away in the 21st century? And to see that despite it all he hasn't lost sight of his vision is amazinng, it's inspiring. And someday when I have sons of my own Uncle Ibrahim is who I'm going to tell them to look up to.

He's going places and has already won himself the title "Mr President" and you know what if he ever ran for President (which I hope to God he does) I'll get my entire village to vote for him. Because I know that with someone as philanthropic and focused as him, Nigeria would be a better place for my kids and future generations to live in. People like Ibrahim inspire me to not sit back, fold my arms and complain about how bad the world/Nigeria is but to get out there and start working towards the positive change everyone wants to see.

His Linked in profile could not have summarised his character any better:
Passionate about building a new cadre of leaders with the integrity, vision and capacity to make Nigeria a better place and contribute to Global Peace and Development.

To combine my legal and entrepreneurial skills in the development of an enterprise to provide efficient services and add value to individuals, groups and organizations. 


Twitter: @IbAbdullahi
Instagram: ibrahimabdullahi


2) Jatau Barde Jatau aka Sir Birrex

Ever heard the phrase "men are from mars, women are from venus", well that's the best way to explain Jatau. He comes from an entirely different universe, you've got to know him personally to understand what I mean.

I met Jatau on New Year's Eve two years ago, I can't really say for sure that was our first time meeting, our families are friends and we're basically neighbours. However we became good friends starting from that day when my friend Zayyad introduced us and to convince me that I wouldn't regret it he described Jatau as "good people". He couldn't be more right.

When you meet Jatau you know he's different. I mean who from this generation listens to Oumou Sangare, Fatoumata Diawara and Fela Kuti. I mean Fela I can understand but the others, I barely hear what they say *sigh* but that's Jatau for you. Weird music taste and outspoken. No one frustrates me more than this boy, engaging in an argument with him makes me want to slash my wrist slowly. But put that aside Jatau is well informed, politics, religion, sports, name it and he knows it. Which is probably why arguing with him frustrates me.

I've seen people come from good backgrounds and throw it all away as soon as they cross the Nigerian borders but Jatau, he knows where he's coming from and he knows where he's going. He's got a good head on his shoulders; a big one but how will we do now? He's motivational and he pushes you to do more for yourself than you can imagine, sometimes it's annoying but it's nice to know that someone believes you're capable of more and wants to see you achieve that. Did I mention he's kind and compassionate and his door is always open to everyone. Literally his door is always open, you can walk into his room and steal anything. But jokes aside he's a peoples person no matter where he finds himself he tries to engage people in mind stimulating conversations from his flatmates to even cab drivers. I always tease him for being a "famzer" but I wouldn't have him any other way.I believe it's his outspoken character that would take him places. There's home in his character, you can always find comfort with him.

Now Ladies if you want this man you can contact me and I'll arrange something for you *wink wink*. Anyways Jatau is a real person in a world full of counterfeits. I can't wait to see the changes he's going to make in Nigeria.

Twitter: @sirbirrex
Instagram: sirbirrex

1) Amma Indimi: CEO All Things Le Rouge

I remember the first time I met Amma, it was at Kings Cross Station, she had just come to London for the weekend and was going back. The funny thing is Amma and I had been 'BB Friends' if you know what I mean, I knew she had a clothing line and I liked her designs so my friend gave me her pin to place an order. However when I met her I totally didn't know who she was for a while... Not the point.


I've admired Amma from a distance, I can't say that I know her personally but I know this for sure she's a walking talent. Her designs are fabulous and her sketches, don't get me started on that. I see her Instagram pictures and it annoys me that one such person could have all these talent. I see a lot of people claim CEOs and Fashion Designers these days but not a lot of people let their actions do the talking. Shame

If you thought designing was all she could do wait till you saw her meals. Sometimes I question if she just orders food, takes a picture and claim she made it because there's only one word to describe her cooking; perfection. And I'm not just saying that cause she promised me a weekend of home cooked meals (._. ).


There might be no such thing as a perfect person but she's damn close to it. A perfect blend of Betty Crocker, Aphrodite beauty and Stella McCartney Talent. I have no doubt that her name is one name we'll be hearing a lot about in the future. Btw she is CEO of Le Rouge Couture but I have a feeling Le Rouge would be expanding to more business aspects (such as Le Rouge Kitchen which I have volunteered to be the head taster for) in the future hence the title CEO All Things Le Rouge.

The first thing that comes to your mind when you see Amma is beauty, you're struck at first (P.s I'm 100% straight) but I hope from this post you see that she is that and more. Amma is also an Architecture student and at this point i'm questioning if she's human. Balancing a course that hard while trying to make use of the talents she's been blessed with, *phew* talk about multi tasking...

Contact Amma for her designs on
Twitter: @Amma_Indimi
Instagram: Amma_Indimi
Blackberry/WhatsApp: Well you're going to have to ask her for that one :p



Salivating yet? There's more


Tell me life is fair -__- Ugh!
The CEO herself in one of her designs. Better get them orders rolling in. Thank me later :)    





10 Most Influential People I Know

Hey Hey, so I got bored in class and a post idea came to mind; hey why not write about the top 10 influential people you know of. People who would make a difference in our time, it could come as a confidence boost for some of them, to let them know you believe in them or not. Whatever. But I'm going with my guts and I'm blogging on 10 people; mostly my friends, that I feel are influential and would make a difference in this world.

Now if you don't make this list please don't unfriend me :( I'm pretty sure all my friends are influential in one way or the other or we wouldn't be friends in the first place. These people are the kind of role models I would want my kids to look up to. Not to swell any of their heads, they are not perfect either, they have their flaws. This is me appreciating all that you are and all that you do, have done and will continue to do.

For length sake I'll be doing each profile by post so it doesn't end up as one long ass lengthy post okay? AND IT IS NOT BY ORDER OF INFLUENCE!!!! RANDOM NUMBERING. Now if we have that covered I hope you enjoy the following posts. Oh and please don't start being nice to me so you can make the list, I already have my 10 people hahahahahhahahaa. I'm kidding I love you

Thank you,
B

A Girl's First Love

I remember the first night I met Jimmy.... Contrary to popular belief I had no butterflies in my stomach. It wasn't love at first sight. Infact I found him repulsive. You see he was the it boy, the type every girl wanted and boys secretly wished they were. He had it going for him, looks, charisma, the whole damn package. He could charm his way in and out of any situation. He walked the road of gold and took the saying "born with a silver spoon" to a whole new level. And he knew it, he knew damn well what he had going on for him. So why didn't I like him? Well for starters I didn't want to be sucked into the world of gooey girls doodling his name on their books in history class or find myself fighting for his attention. What's more, he looked like the heartbreaker. That's right the type who promised you the world and laid it bare at your feet only to snatch up the rug from under you and leave you in a mess. So imagine my surprise when I woke up one day and found myself right in the middle of this world that revolved around Jimmy. There and then my world changed.......

I wasn't the nerd neither was I the high school captain. My high school wasn't the stereotypical jocks, cheerleaders, nerd sort of school. Lets leave all that to the movies ey? But I was in a world of my own. I had my friends, I wasn't bad to look at and as far as socials go well I could say I was on the map. I was fine with my life till the day Jimmy stepped up to me. One fateful evening after a school event. Like I said it was never love at first sight or any of that rubbish but only time would tell

To be continued

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Hmmm



Five Stages of Break Up

Hey, I know I've been away for a while, the life of a final year student, I've been mad busy, not that anything new or exciting has happened except well....

Have you ever wondered if perhaps getting over a break up is similar to getting over the death of a loved one? It may not be the same thing in actual sense but you did 'lose' someone special right? So let me know if this applies to you:

Stage 1 Denial
You tell yourself you're happy or you're okay without them, LIE. Or you try to pretend that you can still be friends, especially if you really loved that person. Who you foolin? How do you think you're going to cope when the other moves on and is happy? Still think you can be friends with them? Don't cheat yourself. Or you go numb, I know I go numb, for a period I feel nothing, absolutely nothing. I call it my 'walking zombie' phase. A wise man once said "There is grace in denial. It's nature's way of letting in only as much as we can handle"





Stage 2 Anger
"All Men Are The Same" "I'm Through With Love" "Life Sucks" Sounds familiar? Now you're angry for no reason. Or perhaps you know the reason but you're trying to avoid confronting it. So you walk around being angry at the world or yourself cause you didn't try hard enough or because you even gave them a chance in the first place. Now the curse words just roll out your tongue and you find yourself telling the cutest puppy to get the fuck outta your face for no apparent reason. It's good to let the steam out, just don't say anything you would regret in this phase. Once I wrote the meanest angriest letter to an ex and tore it up after wards and I felt good. Another time I signed up for boxing classes -__- Different people different methods *shrug*




Stage 3 Bargaining
Now the "if only's" come to visit. The whole damn family, ma, pa and kids. You find yourself "if only I hadn't said that to her" "If only I tried to be sexy once in a while". Perhaps if we had done things differently it would be a different story? Yes? or God why me? Why do I always have to be the one getting hurt? I promise not to drink anymore if you just give me another faithful boyfriend. Alright I hear you. I hate this phase because then you begin to doubt yourself and there's nothing worse than a person with a low self confidence.



Stage 4 Depression
That's it! I'm gonna be lonely forever. Forever Alone; status changed, twitter bio changed. I'm going to die an old wrinkled woman. Then you find comfort in a tub of Magnum Vanilla and Chocolate Ice cream. *Sigh* Listening to depressing songs about love, hello Adele. Staring out the window, trying to imagine your life is a movie scene. You want to be left alone, don't want any company. Your RayBans become your bestfriend to cover up the multitude of sin that is your bulging red eyes. This phase sucks, feels like the world is going to end. I hate it. My blog started at this phase, not ashamed to admit it. After a bad break up this was where I came to pour out my sadness. It is an ugly phase but everyone's got to go through with it. Perhaps in your hurting you would find healing...



Stage 5 Acceptance
For some it takes weeks to get to this phase, for some it happens right from the break up. Everyone's got their way of dealing. But someday you've gotta accept it's over, toughen up, shit happens. I hate friends who try to get you straight to stage 5 and skipping the other stages. Excuse me, I'm not made of stone, I genuinely liked him can I atleast grieve him a little? ugh. Anyways at some point you learn to accept that he cheated or your love wasn't enough or it was simply not meant to be. Or a reality slap in the face such as seeing the other one moving on. However long it takes, you get to move on because regardless life goes on.

Like I said different people, different methods. You might start from stage 3 or no stage at all. A break up is hard but I believe most people go through at least 3 stages to finally move on life. Well my library break is over. Something to think about xoxo

P.S
I DO NOT BELIEVE IN REBOUNDS. That's just denying yourself of emotions but that's just me.