At Cara's Office in the boutique. 

 "Common babe, don't tell me you plan on celebrating it at work" Cara said taking a sip from her hot cup of tea. "At work? No that's definitely not gon'happen" Danielle said while typing and smiling at her phone. 

It was another Saturday where the girls had a link up, they discussed everything and anything. The link ups during the week were always rare and only due to an emergency. 

"But I don't know what plans Kelechi has on..." Amanda started and got interrupted. "Why should we be bothered about his plans? I mean it's your fucking 40th and we're going to party hard" Janet says surfing the Internet as usual. She was always on her laptop searching for more movie roles and new producers. 
"So she shouldn't involve her boyfriend because you want to party hard huh?" Olivia says looking towards Janet. "That guy is a party pooper mehn, he'll end up dulling all of our spirits, babe.." Janet says keeping her laptop on the table and turning to Amanda "if you really want to enjoy your day big time, tell him it's a girls thing." Janet says picking up her laptop. "Common it's my fiancé we're speaking of here" Amanda adds. "And so? The one that only puts effort into buying engagement rings? I hope he realizes you're turning 40 and finally ties the knot" Danielle says sounding crazy as usual. "I agree with Danielle though, you can't keep being caged. Have you even discussed marriage recently? Olivia says looking towards Amanda. As Amanda is about to speak, Cara mimics "we're taking our time". She beats Amanda to the usual line. "See Ama, they both want the best for you, I mean we all do" Cara adds going through her bag in search of her car keys. "Alright fine, I'll bring it up soon enough" Amanda finally says. 
"Girls! I've got to go now. I need to get acquainted with aiden's new school and all. His teachers keep complaining and he's been there for just a few months" Cara says standing up. "Sorry mummy, I can help if you want" Danielle says smiling. "Not a chance! I wont allow you spoil my son silly girl" Cara says playfully as she walks out of her boutique. 

Olivia
Hello journal, today wasn't bad Afterall. We had our usual link up and it was at Cara's boutique. We all decided to leave three hours after Cara left to settle her son's business. Poor Aiden, I wonder why he already had problems. 

Did I mention Aiden's father? 
Well, he has got none we know of. I mean Cara doesn't exactly know his father. I think she had a lot of run around while he was conceived. Bad girl! 
I'm about heading over to my office now... 

At Aiden's School.
"Goodday Mrs Coles, my name is Mr Adeolu. It's good you showed up as this is quite important". The teacher says closing a file on his desk. "Oh goodness! what went wrong? Is Aiden alright?" Cara asks immediately. "Yes, he's doing better now. He got into a fight again..." The teacher starts. "Oh no, was it very serious?" Cara asks. "Well, they're both injured and they don't look good. Your boy is a little aggressive for an 8yr old". The teacher adds. "Tell me what I don't know" she says tiredly and continues "he was never like this you know.." Cara says. "I think he needs more attention, probably fatherly support. He appears rather alone, sad and....". Mr Adeolu says before being interrupted. "Err, Mr Aaade..." Cara starts. "Mr Adeolu, Deji Adeolu ma." Mr Adeolu corrects. "Yes, mr Adeolu, I am a single mother and it's Miss Coles not Mrs, that's by the way. Are you a therapist or a teacher? I'll prefer if you quit being nosy and stick to your practice. Where's my son by the way?". Cara asks standing up. "I'm sorry Miss Coles, I didn't mean any harm. I just care about the boy". "How sweet of you. Can you show me where my son is now?". Cara asks unnicely. "Oh right away ma". Mr Adeolu says as they walk out of his office. 





Let’s talk very briefly about the boiling frog. The boiling frog is an illustration of death by a thousand cuts. Basically, the anecdote says that if you take a frog and put it in boiling water, the animal will jump out immediately. However, if you take the same frog and put in cold water, the frog will settle in the water. From then, you can slowly boil the water. The frog, being comfortable in the water, will not see the danger, and will, gradually, cook to death.

This is Nigeria for you. Nigeria is on a knife edge, and has been for a while. We have not come to a sudden crash, as we did in 1966 when young hotheads brought everything to a head. The memory of those days have ensured that those hotheads, having grown older, and in some cases wiser, kept a lid on things. The problem is this — 1966 was half a century ago. Many of those hotheads are gone. Those that are still kicking around, won’t be with us much longer.

Sadly these hotheads did us a major disservice in not telling us the truth of what they went through. Because of this, we will, in our own time, have our own crash. The problem is, given that we have had fifty years of a lid being kept over the water boiling, we have slowly cooked.

The signs are there.

Let’s take this Fulani herdsmen thing as an example. It is one of the things that my employer keeps a track of, and almost a year ago, we had a reporton this. Between 1997 and 2011, a period of 14 years, there were 18 incidents. Just over one per year.



In the four years between 2011 and 2015, the number of incidents jumped to 371, the vast majority of them, 330, relatively “small” skirmishes with less than 20 bodies left behind. It is important to note that in the four year period, we had just three incidents in which just about 100 people died. In the previous 14 years, we had just one of such.



In 2016 alone, there were 59 of such incidents, at least six of these incidents had fatality counts of more than 100 people!

Can you see how the frog is slowly boiling away?

Again, one dead body, without perpetrators caught, is one dead body too many. It increases the resolve of people to fight back.

A little story: in October last year, I was in a place called Katugal, doing what I tend to do and speaking with people. One of the people I spoke with told me that in his village, they’d gotten some arms to defend themselves. Then soldiers came into the village, went house to house, and disarmed them. A few days after I left, the man’s village was attacked.

Given that, is there anyway such a person will trust any statement coming from the authorities?

That is what we are facing. A breakdown of trust, which will lead people to come to their own conclusions. There are no prizes for guessing what those conclusions will be. Such conclusions lead to incidents like Ipiga, in Benue state. There was an attack there, a few days ago. More of the natives died, but this time there was a difference. There was a fightback, and some of the attackers, were killed. The people of that village, and others around it, are going to be more woke. It is going to get harder to have these “free” attacks, but asides from the “peace” of the villages, there will be an unintended consequence. The proliferation of arms will lead to more people turning such arms on each other.

It’s a closed loop. But we are, in many cases for reasons of asinine politics, refusing to look at it.

God help us and our children.


Olivia 

Olivia opened her multi colored book and began writing;
 "Hello journal and welcome to our world or rather our clique. You must be wondering why I chose such a quack title, there's no particular reason as I'm not exactly a writer. I do it leisurely. I guess it's rather exciting to express yourself to yourself. Hahaha, hope that made some sense. 

So now to the members of my clique: There's Cara Coles, Janet James, Amanda Johnson, Danielle Barnes, and not to forget yours truly Olivia Richardson 

We don't always get to practice what we study, everyone wants a professional course oblivious to what the future really holds. I studied mass communication and I was jobless for about two years. I had an aunt who was into interior decorations so I decided to join her, I was running mad from staying idle and daily tantrums from my parents. I later discovered interior decorations wasn't my calling so I begun event planning, it pays way better, bye aunt! 

So back to my friends, Cara, she's the prettiest amongst us and sure has her way around life. According to her, she lacked patience to graduate the university. And no, none of us attended the same university so I can't tell if it's true or not. Cara is plump, light skinned and has the right curves at the right places. She wasn't always plump until she had Aiden, such a cute little boy. Cara owns a boutique which she claims a certain politician set up for her, she really hit it big there. 

Janet, drama queen as we all call her is an actress. She's the sexiest of us all. Tall, slender and dark skinned, she had the right figure for a model as well. I guess being that hot got her major roles in movies. With the way her bank account glowed, I always wondered why she was still friends with us. 

You would agree that there's no clique without some craziness. Danielle is a psycho. Her stay at an asylum hangs by a thread, haha, that's a bit of an exaggeration. Danielle happens to be my favorite. She's fairly pretty, dark skinned, free spirited and has beautiful brown eyes. Danny like I love to call her is an artist, she never let a week go by without visiting the gym and having sex. Her hormones were out of this world, she goes to bed with any guy that tickles her fancy; age was never a barrier. I just hope she never gets attracted to little Aiden.

 Where the boys at?
You're probably pondering why I haven't mentioned any guys in our lives, well there are none. We're single asides Amanda, and just maybe she might join our league soon enough. She has been engaged for five years to Kelechi, haha at least it's not nine right? Amanda is also pretty, she happens to be the smartest and shortest amongst us. She graduated with good grades and is a renowned lawyer, our lawyer. Amanda isn't one to speak a lot but when necessary never lost an argument. Ama believes in having a proper family and holding on to one guy. Thumbs up babe! 

And nah, we aren't a bunch of twenty year olds who just begun life. We've seen it, lived it and loved it. We're all in our early 40's, well except Amanda who would be turning 40 in a few weeks. 

I didn't skip my description, I'm the writer so I needed to save the best for the last 😁. I'm light skinned, quite tall and fleshy. My weight loss comes and goes like the menstrual period. I stuff myself with all I can lay my hands on after a heartbreak, I've had the most heartbreaks and I never understood why. I allow every guy who seemed like a gentleman for a few weeks toil with my heart and leave me more shattered than the last. I always wanted more, and no one was ever willing. I guess I'm the dumbest and nicest in my clique. I always envied Danielle's lifestyle, she never fell in love and didn't have to cry every now and then. 

Well, I hope you enjoy the ride on our lives...


‘‘Nigeria, attaining a status of importance among the nations of the world, is confronted with its own domestic problem of finding a bond of unity to weld together a nation that must assume a place among the foremost nations in Africa. National unity is never easy to attain and in Nigeria it is a threefold problem aggravated by personal issues between different people speaking many languages, and by social and religious customs which often are bolstered by prejudice and obstinacy’’.[i]
The bitterness from countrymen expressing their utmost disappointment for attaining a new height of obscurity, hindering national advancement is palpable. It continues to be a worrying fuss that Nigeria still roam and ponder over getting away with conundrums despite change of governments. Perhaps, the old-age unimpressed status could be a decisive act of not wanting to be better: more often than not, the lack of accountability and undemocratic attitude of public officers makes one guess as such.
At this day, integration, development and global recognition of Nigeria shouldn’t be a discourse for national debate: involving countless speakers that are individually and collectively betrayed as citizens. Unfortunately, the country’s transformation is girdled, struggling to breathe in the hands of brutes that uphold the rotten intentional political-motivated idea, that, the hue and cry is a display of exaggerated misfortunes. They forget easily that no country is praised for treating its people unfairly.
Journeying back,‘‘what is now Nigeria is consisted of a number of large and small communities all of which were different in their outlook and beliefs. The advent of the British and Western education has not materially altered the situation and these many and varied communities have not knit themselves into a composite unit. Whatever, Nigerians may say, the British people have done them a great service by bringing all the different communities of Nigeria together’’.[ii]
From the year of independence till now, ours is a country of lumped nations. The refusal to solidify our unity is not a question of pre-independence. It is not a provoking thought blaming the masters who committed atrocities and departed untouched. It is a question of whether or not we contributed every bit to make the ‘‘whole’’ function. Nigeria is such a complex society where ‘‘parts’’ do not work together to promote solidarity and stability.
One element which could have aided a strong welding is: Politics – parties are always in disarray. The same tool, if used democratically, unarguably do us good. Rather than exploiting it to facilitate national integration, what we get is indirect disintegration through parochial methods. No thanks to the hugger-mugger politics.
Citizens who care now ask questions concerning Nigeria’s dissolution allowing the independence of different nations. Questions bordering on ethnic alertness instead of national consciousness.
Against the backdrop of having a particular group dominating others: (a)‘‘the composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct  of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few State or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or in any of its agencies’’; (b) ‘‘The composition of the Government of a State, a local government council, or any of the agencies of such Government or council, and the conduct of the affairs of the Government or council or such agencies shall be carried out in such manner as to recognise the diversity of the people within its area of authority and the need to promote a sense of belonging and loyalty among all the people of the federation’’.[iii]
While the State and Local Governments’ attitutde towards the achievement of the stated above fundamental objectives do seldom raise brows, it is not so for the federal government who gets fixated look from the citizens.
Upon the rightful application of this clause, as one out of the many means of sustaining unity, national disunity should be halfway tackled. However, its otherwise. The widespread belief of its ‘‘unfaithful’’ applicability questions the unity of Nigeria. Nigerian unity is continually weighed on scales of fairness in appointments.
Year in year out, Nigeria remain as an assembly of nations in a shaky grasp. Each administration is eclipsed with uncertainties threatening national integration.  When shall we cease from been a troubled country struggling to overcome political turbulence disrupting national progress? We have not come this far to say ‘‘No’’and this is not to call those who support dissolution, enemies of progress. Perhaps, they want it in another form.
The albatross around our necks is to achieve unity by maximising the potentials of diversity across boards. It should not be a case where ‘‘every one of us has a point of concern over one thing or the other militating against the realisation of this noble expectation of continued unity’’. ‘‘Everyone believes that we need each other. Everyone pray that we remain together in one big country, every Nigerian wants to see this greatest expectation translating into eterninty’’.[iv]
FAB Obisanya
[i] Pilkington F., 1956, ‘‘The Problem of Unity in Nigeria’’, African Affairs, Vol. 55, No. 220, p. 219. Available at <http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/content/55/220/219.extract>  last visited 20 September, 2016.
[ii] Sir Ahmadu Bello, during the 1953 Debate on the motion for Independence. Available at <http://www.wado.org/nigerdelta/essays/resourcecontrol/sagay.html> last visited on 20 September, 2016.
[iii] Section 14 (3) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (as amended).
[iv] Etakibuebu, ‘‘Mr President, Nigeria’s unity is Negotiable (3)’’ Vanguard Newspaper 28 July, 2016, available at: <http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/07/mr-president-nigerias-unity-negotiable-3/> last visited on 20 September, 2016.
OP-ed pieces are opinions of the writer and they do not reflect the opinions of Volts Africa.




Ever got stuck in Traffic with nothing to do? Here, we bring you tips to help you stay lit and wavy in Lagos Traffic.
Leave home early for appointment
If you have an appointment with anyone in Lagos, you should leave home as early as possible.  What you should simply do is to leave home early to avoid traffic. For an 8 a.m appointment, you should leave home 5 a.m. This is the daily routine of an average Lagosian who resides in the Ikorodu area of Lagos and works on the Island.
Don’t waste your time with Danfo drivers
It's a serious issue when they tell you to enter with your change and you don't have any change on you. Most conductors are very harsh with a little bit of "Igara Chicken". Just beg, don't raise your voices at them because you would end up regretting it. On this bullet point, this is where you practice the phrase, "Humility is Key".
Use your seat belt (If you drive)
Don't ever wait till you get caught by the LASTMA officials before you do the right thing. Often Times, these officials are seen prowling around in traffic looking for their "daily bread". Due to traffic stress, Motorists tend to ease themselves of the tight seat-belts, which leads into another story entirely! Don't be a Sule!
Buy Gala and Lacasera
What can we actually do without food? This combination has been rumored to be one of the best life savers in Lagos traffic. Bothered about where to get this in traffic, say no more! Just take a look at the nearest car window close to you and there it is! In various sizes, shapes and brands; Gala and Lacasera saves lives.
MUSIC Helps!
Music as they say is the food of the soul! Once you sense the traffic building up, Aunt, Uncle, Mummy and Daddy; bring out your earpiece and listen to Music. You would be amazed at how much it works. Well, just a tip to prepare ahead; Get your favorite music in a playlist and make sure to put each and every one on repeat!
Enjoy the traffic
Lagos traffic can be very boring and frustrating at times. Despite this, you will always find something that will make you laugh and lighten your mood. Is it the conductor fighting the passenger because of change or the Lastma official who jumps into of a moving car? This will help you worry less about the gridlock.



Why is it so hard sometimes to let go of those bad habits, relationships, attitudes that prevent us from moving forward? Most times we know for sure this isn’t good or healthy for us but we still continue in it anyway. My experience was that I was so comfortable, I could not imagine living without it.

Well I have learnt the devil would not tempt you with something that doesn’t feel good. For so long I struggled with letting go, I would leave, then go back, then leave, till finally, I forced myself to see the ugly side of what I was doing. We often try to paint our guilty pleasures with kind words. If it’s a relationship “but I love her/him so much”, if it’s an attitude “but this is who I am” but how can we love a person and not love God? yes! because if we love Him we would understand His love requires sacrifice, and how can we love God but our actions don’t reflect this?



YES BOO! gotta let go to move forward



Everyone wonders why Samson, in the Bible, kept going back to Delilah, Judges 16. I used to wonder as well till I realised I was doing the exact same thing. It was so obvious that Delilah was setting him up but he never left, it’s almost ridiculous to think about not letting go of that thing that wanted to destroy him badly. The funny (well not funny) is that we do the exact same thing as Samson, we hold on to that poison that kills slowly. Going back to that sin/person is equivalent to destroying what we have with God. God finally let Samson go and he learnt his lesson but it was too late.

The Bible instructs us to flee from temptation, 2 Timothy 2:22 because God knows once we go into it, it’s really hard to come back out. The hurt that comes after letting go makes you feel like running back but if only you would let that hurt make you cry out to God, not just pray but actual tears and let Him know you choose Him over and over, He will come through. Now don’t just cry out and go back to the same routines, switch it up. Fill up your day with other things! Crowd your schedule even if its long walks or whatever, get used to living without it/her/him.

It’s a gradual process, and the urge to go back might be persistent but I promise if you call on God sincerely and determine wholeheartedly that you won’t go back regardless, you will surely get over it. And if that doesn’t work, you need deliverance, LOL joking.



I can’t prescribe a better cure than this!




When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or your social media feeds? It is commonly said, if you are going to hide something from a black man, put it in a book. If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below.

Stress Reduction
No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.

Knowledge
"Knowledge is power" is definitely a quote you'd reckon with. Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

Additionally, here’s a bit of food for thought: should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else—your job, your possessions, your money, even your health—knowledge can never be taken from you.

Vocabulary Expansion
This goes with the above topic: the more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem. It could even aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (and more often) than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.

Memory Improvement
When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. That’s a fair bit to remember, but brains are marvelous things and can remember these things with relative ease. Amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways)and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as well as stabilizing moods. How cool is that?

Better Writing Skills
This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work. In the same way that musicians influence one another, and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others.

I'd leave you with Joshua 1:8 - This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.




In the light of the holiday season, why don’t we do a little investigation of the many facts about Christmas and add a little to our holiday experience.

Christmas as we all know is a day to celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior. It is a religious and cultural celebration done around the world most commonly on December 25TH. Other days celebrated as Christmas are, January 7 (some Eastern Churches), January 6 (Armenian Apostolic and Armenian Evangelical Churches), January 19 (Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem), etc.

Now here are the facts;


1. There are lots of controversies surrounding the spelling of Christmas as Xmas, some see it as offensive, materialistic and irreligious. But in actuality the X represents the Greek Letter Chi in the Greek word Xpiotos which means Christ. And so X has been an acceptable representation of that for over hundred years now. So Christian can also be spelled as Xtian.

2. The popular song “Jingle Bell” is not about Christmas, it was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh” and was meant to be played on Thanksgiving. But people liked it so much that they changed the lyrics and the title to benefit as a Christmas song.

3. There’s an island in the Indian ocean called Christmas Island. It got its name because it was discovered on Christmas day and there are four other islands around the world with the same exact name and in the US, there are three towns named Santa Claus.

4. In Germany, Heiligabend, or Christmas eve, is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking.

5. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

6. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.

7. Boxing day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor

8. In Greece, Italy, Spain and Germany, workers get a Christmas bonus of one month’s salary by law.

9. During the Christmas of 1914 (world war 1), a truce was held between Germany and the UK. They decorated their shelters, exchanged gifts across no man’s land and played a game of football between themselves.

10. Many years ago in England a traditional Christmas dinner included a pig head served with mustard.


In addition to these facts, we also need to know that Christmas symbolizes God’s love for the people of earth, Christmas was the day he came to earth in form of Jesus, and began the process of redeeming the world. And so we must learn to spend Christmas, not only by sharing love to others but by acknowledging God’s love for us. He is the reason for the season…

Alright guys. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year in Advance.



Seasons Greetings Readers!

With the holidays around and party season being in full swing.. Whether you enjoy partaking in big bashes or prefer the comfort and joys of home gatherings,it is always a good idea to brush up on manners before attending the next get-together.  Are you a good party guest ?
          Here are some party guest habits to adopt to ensure you'll be invited year after year.

- Bring a host gift :
          Show your host a little appreciation.  The Classic choices may include bouquet of flowers or a bottle of wine; but why go to a wedding reception or birthday party with either of that. That's more suitable for home get together. Get your host something that'll be of value.

- Be Punctual :
         Anyone who has ever hosted a party can confirm, the best guests are those who arrive on time. Try not to arrive more than 15 minutes after the stated time.

- Talk to people you don't know :
          Sure all or most of your friends are at the party. But these are people you'll see again - how are you gonna meet new people if you just stick with your group all the time ? Make an effort to talk to other guests.

- Enjoy Yourself ; Within Reason :
          Do not over indulge, be it on alcohol or food. Of course your host wants you to make yourself comfortable but you're still a guest at someone's party. This means not drinking so much alcohol or eating more than enough food to the point of becoming messy or an annoyance to other guests.

- Be Present :
          You might be addicted to checking your social media accounts every hour, or find another party guest on the real snooze, but that's no excuse to check your phone. Cell phones should be left off the table. Ringtones, vibrations and often lit up screens often cause distractions. In fact a good policy is to leave your phone-on silent mode-in a bag or jacket pocket, so it's not distracting. If you must be available for an important call, excuse yourself from other guests.

Importantly ;
- RSVP :
        The art of the RSVP is dead, y'all. The number one grip I hear from hosts is that people don't RSVP or they do and don't show up, so it's almost impossible to tell who's coming and how much food you need. Please let's learn to RSVP.

Hey guys...

It's that time of the season again, where you have to be with family and celebrate birth of our Saviour Jesus and the anticipation of a new year.

But for people like me who don't particularly have a plan, but are still trying to keep up the Christmassy feeling, we go in search of all the movies we can get our hands on, get a very warm blanket to go with the weather and for me nothing completes it like a cup of hot thick Milo (my replacement for hot chocolate).
And so for those of you like me, I'll be giving a list of the best movies to watch during Christmas, the ones sure to excite you through the Christmas season...

1 Number one on my list is none other than the greatest Christmas classic...Home Alone.


Christmas couldn't possibly get better than this

2 Because comedy and romance are two things that make a good Christmas....The Best Man Holiday


Too bad we're still single though.

3 for those animation lovers (me), this is a twisted version of Christmas eve...Nightmare before Christmas


Only if these things were actually real

4 Because Christmas is best spent with family...This Christmas


Where are your own family??


5 Again with the romance...The Holiday


Christmas is all about sharing the love


6 Another animation to celebrate this cold harmattan...Frozen


For those whose heart are covered in Ice...

7. Because laughter is the best medicine...A trip to America


Yh yh laugh off the lonliness...


8 This for those of us that spent majority of the holiday in a hotel....The Holiday Inn


Nothing sounds better than Christmas in a Hotel...


9. And this is well just because....The Huntsman (winter war)


This is still love related isn't it...


10. Because I love a good Christmas romance...Love actually


Santa send me a man already...


That's it for now... Enojy.

Oh and a Merry Christmas in Areas and a Happy New Year in advance.



Rock my boat

Roll it tight in the middle 

A pinch of pain deep in the center

Crack my boat, let my river consume your erogenous zone.

And now that you have drowned into my Pishon river, that flows through the golden land of Havilah

I have stolen your soul and locked it in a bottle

I have thrown it lost in the endless beauty of my river, hitting the onyx stones under.

I have created a new image in you, using my black ink and Bon mot...... Now you believe in this image, you cherish the canvass I draw on you

You believe in my spirituality, worshiping me not as a goddess but as a mighty god that I have made myself to be in you.......this is a pity I must say because when I leave, I would take my image with me, your soul still lost in my crystal clear fluss

So now I preach to you

You have been healed

Your iniquities washed away

Pure like the virgin quoted In the bible.....You have been redeemed from the pains caused by your poor taste in women.

You mere man has been blessed from the anointing of my extraordinary Jordan

I am a miracle you can never find again.

           
                                                                                                                                Annablle



Coors Restaurant, VI.  

 My friends & I happen to check trip advisor and read reviews every now and then on different restaurants in Lagos. Most were too popular or had ridiculous prices. I just wanted some where really calm, not too popular, good food and perfect lighting for snapchat. Then someone suggested Coors.  So last weekend, my friends and I decided to stop by and have lunch. Although, the location seems quiet popular the restaurant doesn't seem to have a catchy look. The restaurant just seems really dull and almost out of service. Expecting less , we decided to try it out. 

Down to the real gist! This restaurant deserves four star since my review is based on service, beauty, comfort and FOOD. In fact I received the best service I have ever received anywhere else in Lagos!  Every waiter smiled politely and was ready to serve or do his job. The seats are so comfortable, the restaurant was well air conditioned and beautifully decorated. 

The food was very good. It tasted healthy with enough ingredients and much expertise in its preparation. In my opinion the food tasted good. One couldn't expect much better for a main dish going at three thousand and higher. The food was garnished properly and served by competent waiters. 

In general , it was a good experience. The scenery, the location and the service were really good.  In fact I'm thinking of suggesting it for family get together.  I also think you should try it out. The food was really up to par. 

PS - I hope they work on the menu. The menu on the website is quite different from the menu there. As it hasn't been updated on the website. Also , the restaurant needs to be repainted.  I mean, I didn't expect so much from the exterior but as they say , Never judge a book by its cover. 



-Old Costumes : 
        Let it go. 

- Bridesmaid Dresses :
        This is a hard one. You paid so much money for it. And no matter how much you want to believe your bride friend that you'll totally wear that merlot-coloured riches bodice chiffon cocktail dress again, you won't and you know it. Let it go. 

- Things someone gave you as a gift but you never liked : 
       I can totally relate to this. My mother has the knack of buying me ill-fitting clothes that I only have like and never wear( Sorry mom! ).  These things just sit there occupying space because I feel like I'll be hurting my mother by getting rid of them. If you have the same affliction, take solace in knowing that whosoever gifted it to you probably doesn't remember giving it to you in first place. Let it go.  

- Your perpetual 'fix it' pile : 
       If you were actually going to take that shoe to get resoled or that dress to get hemmed; you'll have done it by now. Clothes that have been sitting around for close to six months waiting to get mended are probably not things you're eager to wear anytime soon.  Fix it this week or ; Let it go. 

- Tangled or Discoloured jewellery : 
       All those now black or green once gold jewellery.  Let it go. 

- Shoes that leave you limping ( even if they're super cute ) : 
        We all have those super high, super sexy shoes that we put on while we're getting dressed and feeling good. Shoes that leave your suffering from trauma from the last time you thought you could survive the day/night in them. Let them go. Your feet will thank you. 

- Those things you held on to the last time you cleaned out your closet : 
       If you're anything like me, every time you clean out your closet, a pile remains that you're not ready to part with. Then that same pile is there for about six month or a year later when you tackle the organising task again, only to find out you forgot about it, but still feel attached, for whatever reason.  Repeat after me. Let it go.   


    Letting go doesn't necessarily mean burning the clothes or disposing them.  It just means giving it to someone else or better still taking it to the orphanage. Giving is key. Let it go.  
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