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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from Ethiopia!

Wishing you all a wonderful and merry Christmas!

I'm currently in transit. A different sort if Christmas for me...

What's your ideal Christmas?

Love,

Katya

Monday, December 24, 2012

A new Nigerian airline

http://medviewairline.com/

An alternative to Arik and Aero.

Just saw their planes now as I'm about to travel to meet the barrister for Christmas. They seem reasonable. If you give them a try, holler back with feedback. 

To all my readers, have a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy kwanzaa and more! Safe journeys and travels to you all.

Sending you all love.

Katya

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Another great meal at chez victor

Still the best restaurant in Abuja.

Chez victor on Ganges street in minister's hill, Maitama.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dinner and games

Eba, magiri and ewedu

We went out for amala at Good Mother restaurant in wuse 2 on Monday...

Game night

Jide

My ladies at the market

Fulani singers

Palm wine shopping at Zimbabwe market

More Zimbabwe market photos

Zimbabwe market

This market is more of a ultimate bush bar, Fulani market, and market rolled into one. It's just past Masaka in Nasarawa state Nigeria. You can eat bush meat, such as: grass cutter, alligator, antelope, and more, they sell fish and chicken, yam chips, and palm wine...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Art exhibition at salamander

You are invited for an evening of Art, Music and Culture at Salamander Cafe on the of 30th November. The event will include Art by Laolu Senbanjo.

Laolu is a human rights lawyer, an artist and a musician. His style of art is called, 'Afromysterics' which simply means, 'the mystery of the African thought pattern.'

There will also be Art for sale along with locally made crafts by a cooperative of women.

What: An evening of Art, Music and Culture, featuring Laolu Senbanjo When: Friday November 30, 2012 Time: 6 pm Where: Salamander cafe, 5 Bujumbura street, Wuse 2

Call: 08092549901

www.LaoluSenbanjo.com


Art, Music and Culture Event

You are invited for an evening of Art, Music and Culture at Salamander Cafe on the of 30th November. The event will include Art by Laolu Senbanjo.
Laolu is a human rights lawyer, an artist and a musician. His style of art is called, 'Afromysterics' which simply means, 'the mystery of the African thought pattern.'
There will also be Art for sale along with locally made crafts by a cooperative of women.
What: An evening of Art, Music and Culture, featuring Laolu Senbanjo
When: Friday November 30, 2012
Time: 6 pm
Where: Salamander cafe, 5 Bujumbura street, Wuse 2
Call:  08092549901 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Miracle at the gas station

Last night, even though I wasn't feeling well we went to a very terrible concert. Keri Hilson was performing here in Abuja. A friend gave us free tickets, so we went. The only redeeming part was when Omawumi performed. She was fantastic. She performed four great songs and dazzled us all.

But the best part was at the end of the night when we went home and finally saw a gas station with gas and no line. This was truly a gift from God because we've been struggling with this for Weeks but it was just a mere accident and happenstance. So let's hope the gas lasts until the next free station... This gas crisis is becoming more stressful for us daily. Things need to change in Nigeria.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Salamander cafe

Some folks were asking for the address.

5 Bujumbura street, wuse 2, Abuja FCT
Close to mama Cass and the old Dstv office
Turn right of aminu kano crescent, into Libreville, just before mama Cass, it's opposite first bank, on the corner of Bujumbura and Libreville. Look for the yellow fence and mosaics.

Enjoy!

Salamander cafe

Salamander cafe will always be my favourite hang out spot and place to write in Abuja.

Recently they have had many changes, improvements and are doing some renovations.
I'm not sure what has influenced the changes but a big thumbs up to Sal and her people. Well done!

Afromysterics T-shirts Pre-Order

Hey Everybody,

If you have ever seen my Afromysterics t-shirt or want a Nigeria t-shirt, look no further!  In the next week, we will be selling them.  You can e-mail me here if you are interested.  They will be N7500.  If you need it shipped I will have to let you know personally the cost.

We will only have a limited number available so please, put in your reservation now now!

Cheers!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

BP and Israel

So tonight when I got home from a long day, I saw on tv that BP finally is having to pay a heavy settlement for the first time in what seems like...ever.  When I began to think about it, I realize that it was inevitable.  And I thank God that it finally happened.  What made me sad is that it's not being paid to Nigeria and to Nigerians.  BP and all the other oil companies don't really care what type of havoc they wreak on the land here.  Nigeria is blessed with so many natural resources, besides the human capacity it has.  However, the land has been raped, pillaged, abused, and stripped naked by Nigerians and foreigners alike. Yet, at the same time I wonder that if Nigeria was given a settlement where would it go, who would benefit???  And that scares me even more.  With all the resources Nigeria has it literally could be a super power instead of the insignificant overpopulated country filled with middle class highly educated youth who lack the ability to try to better their country and spend all day on their bb's tweeting.  

The world is changing.  Everyday something new happens.   Barack Obama has now been given a second term as the US President (someday say Hallelujah!).  

Israel has officially declared war with Palestine via twitter.  Ok.  What is this?  This should not be a trend.  I find this highly disturbing...  Both the twitter and the war.  Why can we not find a way to just get a long?  Sometimes, I am really scared for the world that I am choosing to bring children into.  I feel that I will someday leave it and it will be in a worse place than when I arrived.  This is not right.  

Yes, my child has a chance at becoming the US President but what will the United States of America have become by that point in time?  Will he or she rather come and live in Nigeria??  It certainly is food for thought.  I am constantly telling people that the economy here in Nigeria is far better than that in the US at this time.  And I truly believe this without a doubt.  

But somewhere, no matter how deep it is, I am hopeful of this world.  I am hopeful because I have not given up.  I think I still spend more time doing than complaining on my blog or twitter (or at least I hope do).  And I know that as long as we are discussing change...the possibility of trying to make change happen is always there.  

Good night.


Writing for Therapy

I haven't seen my sister in years.  We don't keep in communication as well as I'd like, mostly because I am too busy.  So when I was thinking of giving her a brief excerpt of what's going on in my life, in my head it went like this. 

"I work...and work...and work.  I am constantly working.  Why, I don't even know?  I guess mostly out of fear of losing my job.  Outside of my work, I am happy, so incredibly happy.  Life in Nigeria is not always easy but overall, I enjoy living in Nigeria..."  

That's a little bit of how it goes in my head.  I have so many details and stories to share with her because so many years have passed now...  

I am so stressed at the moment.  It's almost unbearable.  I don't even want her to know this because it's almost embarrassing.  I work so much and so hard and feel like I am not making any headway.  Sometimes I think it's Nigeria getting the best of me, other times I think it's my boss.  Lately, I feel like a slave.  I love what I do but I am so unhappy in my job at the moment.  I feel like it's swallowing me alive.  

But I know there is a brighter day ahead.  I know that the silver lining is coming.  

I have so much going on that is good in my life.  My husband is the rock that I longed for, searched far and wide for, and finally found.  We are starting a family.  This is something I have hoped for and dreamed about for years...  And now it's happening with a man who cannot wait to be a father.  It's a dream come true that feels like it's almost a miracle for me.  

So I just keep moving on, moving forward, reaching and grabbing for that brighter day ahead that awaits me.  

Good night.  

Fuel scarcity

The fuel/gas situation is getting worse in Nigeria.  This thing has been on and off for the past several months but it's beginning to reach whole new level these days.

Last week, on Friday, several of my parents at my School did not bring their kids because they had no gas in there cars...

My dry cleaner (named Success, who has improved my quality of life vastly) was supposed to bring our clothes last week on Friday.  However, we did not get them til this Monday morning because he did not have gas in his car to bring them.

 Most people have to wait in line for hours and then fight just to get a quarter of a tank of fuel or buy the black market that's readily available (of course).

We are given reasons for these shortages but the reasons are often flimsy and they don't hold up, or at least they don't to me.

It's days like this I miss the US.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The artist at work

Check out Laolu at www.LaoluSenbanjo.com
The founder and creator of afromysterics style of art...


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Missing Mango Season

     Soon, in a few days, the rains will end (and I shout a big Hallelujah!) and the dry season will be here.  Then comes the harmattan dust and wind.  Well, I say bring it.  I am missing the dry season, like seriously...  I have so much news and so much going on in my world but I won't be divulging that information to the world quite yet.
      I have been craving and missing mangos like mad.  I want one so bad and the juice or nectar won't do it justice.  I want to fly home stateside just so I can go to the grocery store and buy one that's been shipped from another part of the world.
      I am doing well and I am happy.  I hope all of you reading this are the same.

Cheers!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Omo Yoruba

This photo is from my schools independence day celebration a few days ago. I'm wearing traditional Yoruba Ofi.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Us

Barrister in the cathedral

CAKE!!!!!

Cool sculpture

And yet more cake

And more German cake

More German cake

Flowers for Jule

German cake

Playing for Grandma

Laolu

Playing for us during brunch.

Germany winding down

Our trip to Germany is slowly coming to an end, sadly.

Barrister

In the oldest house in Schwerin.

The view from Omi's

Sunday brunch

Here's the barrister and filmmaker singing at Sunday jazz brunch at the www.Hof-medewege.de

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rudi the pig

Sheep on the farm

Hofcafe guest house

Bff and barrister at the grotto

Germany travels

Today we visited the Schwerin castle. It's gorgeous with lush large grounds. We also went and had a shopping tour as well. Tiring day. Enjoy the photos...

Grotto

Barrister at the Schwerin castle

Me at the castle in Schwerin

Schwerin castle grotto

Ice cream with Sanddorn sauce

I want so fond of the sauce, it's an acquired taste I believe...

Another delicious meal at the Hof Cafe Medewege

Emmie

Jule at the Hofcafe

Baltic sea

Chilling in the Baltic sea

Us

Us in front of the Schwerin castle

Cows

Cows on the farm