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Friday, December 6, 2013

Check us out at Artsplosion this Saturday!



Check out Laolu and Afromysterics this Saturday December 7th at Artsplosion in East NY (Brooklyn).  We'll be selling limited edition mugs, calendars, bags, t-shirts, prints and much much more!  Don't forget to be there!

Please email with any questions afromysterics@gmail.com

Laolu performing at NYU tomorrow!

Laolu will be performing tomorrow at NYU in conjunction with the Yoruba Cultural Institute.  Please join us tomorrow for his performance of some of his songs that will be sung in Yoruba, also he'll be presenting some of his Art Works that have Yoruba themes, messages, folklore and mythology in them.

Also, there'll be a Nollywood film presented with some of the actors and directors there.  It's going to be a great event!  Please come if you are free at NYU tomorrow evening...

Please click on the link for more information!

http://blog.irokotv.com/2013/11/nollywood-study-break-in-nyc.html

Cheers!


Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving

This year was my first Thanksgiving being home (stateside) in several years. It was also my first NYC Thanksgiving and my first Thanksgiving as a mother. So because of all those reasons and because I had every intention of attending the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade, I cheated this year. Yes, I'm admitting it, I ordered 90% of our meal from freshdirect.com and therefore I had our entire meal ready in under three hours all while dealing with a crying fussy teething Naniya... And man, it was worth it! The food was great, nobody cared that I didn't make it all from scratch and it was a lot less less stress on my body, mind and spirit because of it. And because I ordered a slightly bigger meal plan we have loads of food ready to go for another meal... Also, I saved the time of carrying most if with my tired arms because it was delivered straight to my door during the delivery time. I really do recommend fresh direct and soap.com because when your busy like me sometimes its just easier to get it delivered than take the time to go to the store... Honestly.

You gotta love living in NYC!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, August 30, 2013

The dramarama going down at COZA

PCU

Those of you who know me, know I like to and CAN talk... So I'm about to unleash a deep lashing to the likes of both Miss Ese Walter and Pastor Biodun.

First off, Ese you were not abused. Abuse implies a malicious intent. I don't think pastor had anything other than enjoyment and pleasure in his mind throughout your excursions. Please don't go crying wolf, jare. Also, you claim to be a lawyer. Any Nigerian lawyer knows the meaning of abuse and would never abuse the term. Shame on you! Secondly, Nigerian lawyers are meant to have a certain decorum or have you and your big mouth forgotten?

Pastor Biodun, this is the last time I will call you by this name in this article because being a Pastor also implies a certain decorum which you obviously cannot deliver on either. So as I have always said, Pastors, whether they be a man our a woman, they are just people. They will make mistakes just like everyone else but you should fess up, correct yourself and move forward but like most Nigerian men you believe you can have your cake and eat it too. Most men can because they don't have the title Pastor, but you do! Most men can cheat on their wife and in the Nigerian culture we women are expected to look the other way. But you are a so called, Man of God.' I highly doubt that Ese is lying. She has scorned lovers syndrome. It's obvious you've broken her heart (not that I give a crap about that...) But I really doubt she's lying and I'm sure there's many more women, young and old that you've had flings with. You run your church like it's a business, I've waited and kept quiet about this matter for far too long. Your church is all about looks, money, glamour, vanity, fame, fortune but not about the word or truth. Sadly, you think this matter is about others trying to bring down the new church you are building. You are so pathetic to think such  nonsensical logic. If your word is strong people will come even if you are preaching outside. A Pastor is meant to behave like Jesus. Jesus was not flashy and never sought fame.

Sigh. Oh Biodun, you've made a mess of the good thing you had going on... Normally in these circumstances I'd feel for your wifey but sadly in this case I don't care o! She's just as fake as you. This church was never a church because it's all about profits and not prophets... Sadly the Pastor doesn't care about the word nearly as much as he does about business and money and that's exactly why everyone that goes to COZA will continue to go because COZA is known as the church to see and be seen in, a church where you don't dare wear a dress twice for fear someone might tweet about it or even worse think you are poor! Oh Biodun and your church of hypocrisy!

Now back to ESE... What did you think was going to happen when you sat on his lap? What did you think was going to happen after you slept together the first time? Did you think he was going to DIVORCE his wife and marry you? A Pastor divorce his wife for a small girl like you? Are you insane? Hello!!! Wake up, joor! Biodun!! Stop thinking with your dick, jare! You take a look at her and you know she's only going to bring you trouble. Was her pussy that good? It better have been to bring down your empire!

Good Lord, if anyone was doing jazz I would say it was Ese... Because you can be sure, no man with money and power in Naija has to look hard for a little action. Gaskiya ne. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity. I'm sure Ese will blow up as a talk show host, I'm sure Biodun will build his damn church, and money will flow from offerings because when you're in the business of faith...you are not seeking anything physical so...

Thanks for the drama that occupied my time for the past week...

This was all written while on the NYC subway by Kate Hallet. All words and opinions are solely hers.

By the way, kudos to the babe who refused Biodun. May you become a Pastor and lead women by example! Can I get an Amen?

Pastoral care unit dramarama

PCU

Those of you who know me, know I like to and CAN talk... So I'm about to unleash a deep lashing to the likes of both Miss Ese Walter and Pastor Biodun.

First off, Ese you were not abused. Abuse implies a malicious intent. I don't think pastor had anything other than enjoyment and pleasure in his mind throughout your excursions. Please don't go crying wolf, jare. Also, you claim to be a lawyer. Any Nigerian lawyer knows the meaning of abuse and would never abuse the term. Shame on you! Secondly, Nigerian lawyers are meant to have a certain decorum or have you and your big mouth forgotten?

Pastor Biodun, this is the last time I will call you by this name in this article because being a Pastor also implies a certain decorum which you obviously cannot deliver on either. So as I have always said, Pastors, whether they be a man our a woman, they are just people. They will make mistakes just like everyone else but you should fess up, correct yourself and move forward but like most Nigerian men you believe you can have your cake and eat it too. Most men can because they don't have the title Pastor, but you do! Most men can cheat on their wife and in the Nigerian culture we women are expected to look the other way. But you are a so called, Man of God.' I highly doubt that Ese is lying. She has scorned lovers syndrome. It's obvious you've broken her heart (not that I give a crap about that...) But I really doubt she's lying and I'm sure there's many more women, young and old that you've had flings with. You run your church like it's a business, I've waited and kept quiet about this matter for far too long. Your church is all about looks, money, glamour, vanity, fame, fortune but not about the word or truth. Sadly, you think this matter is about others trying to bring down the new church you are building. You are so pathetic to think such  nonsensical logic. If your word is strong people will come even if you are preaching outside. A Pastor is meant to behave like Jesus. Jesus was not flashy and never sought fame.

Sigh. Oh Biodun, you've made a mess of the good thing you had going on... Normally in these circumstances I'd feel for your wifey but sadly in this case I don't care o! She's just as fake as you. This church was never a church because it's all about profits and not prophets... Sadly the Pastor doesn't care about the word nearly as much as he does about business and money and that's exactly why everyone that goes to COZA will continue to go because COZA is known as the church to see and be seen in, a church where you don't dare wear a dress twice for fear someone might tweet about it or even worse think you are poor! Oh Biodun and your church of hypocrisy!

Now back to ESE... What did you think was going to happen when you sat on his lap? What did you think was going to happen after you slept together the first time? Did you think he was going to DIVORCE his wife and marry you? A Pastor divorce his wife for a small girl like you? Are you insane? Hello!!! Wake up, joor! Biodun!! Stop thinking with your dick, jare! You take a look at her and you know she's only going to bring you trouble. Was her pussy that good? It better have been to bring down your empire!

Good Lord, if anyone was doing jazz I would say it was Ese... Because you can be sure, no man with money and power in Naija has to look hard for a little action. Gaskiya ne. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity. I'm sure Ese will blow up as a talk show host, I'm sure Biodun will build his damn church, and money will flow from offerings because when you're in the business of faith...you are not seeking anything physical so...

Thanks for the drama that occupied my time for the past week...

This was all written while on the NYC subway by Kate Hallet. All words and opinions are solely hers.

By the way, kudos to the babe he refused Biodun. May you become a Pastor and lead women by example! Can I get an Amen?

PCU

Those of you who know me, know I like to and CAN talk... So I'm about to unleash a deep lashing to the likes of both Miss Ese Walter and Pastor Biodun.

First off, Ese you were not abused. Abuse implies a malicious intent. I don't think pastor had anything other than enjoyment and pleasure in his mind throughout your excursions. Please don't go crying wolf, jare. Also, you claim to be a lawyer. Any Nigerian lawyer knows the meaning of abuse and would never abuse the term. Shame on you! Secondly, Nigerian lawyers are meant to have a certain decorum or have you and your big mouth forgotten?

Pastor Biodun, this is the last time I will call you by this name in this article because being a Pastor also implies a certain decorum which you obviously cannot deliver on either. So as I have always said, Pastors, whether they be a man our a woman, they are just people. They will make mistakes just like everyone else but you should fess up, correct yourself and move forward but like most Nigerian men you believe you can have your cake and eat it too. Most men can because they don't have the title Pastor, but you do! Most men can cheat on their wife and in the Nigerian culture we women are expected to look the other way. But you are a so called, Man of God.' I highly doubt that Ese is lying. She has scorned lovers syndrome. It's obvious you've broken her heart (not that I give a crap about that...) But I really doubt she's lying and I'm sure there's many more women, young and old that you've had flings with. You run your church like it's a business, I've waited and kept quiet about this matter for far too long. Your church is all about looks, money, glamour, vanity, fame, fortune but not about the word or truth. Sadly, you think this matter is about others trying to bring down the new church you are building. You are so pathetic to think such  nonsensical logic. If your word is strong people will come even if you are preaching outside. A Pastor is meant to behave like Jesus. Jesus was not flashy and never sought fame.

Sigh. Oh Biodun, you've made a mess of the good thing you had going on... Normally in these circumstances I'd feel for your wifey but sadly in this case I don't care o! She's just as fake as you. This church was never a church because it's all about profits and not prophets... Sadly the Pastor doesn't care about the word nearly as much as he does about business and money and that's exactly why everyone that goes to COZA will continue to go because COZA is known as the church to see and be seen in, a church where you don't dare wear a dress twice for fear someone might tweet about it or even worse think you are poor! Oh Biodun and your church of hypocrisy!

Now back to ESE... What did you think was going to happen when you sat on his lap? What did you think was going to happen after you slept together the first time? Did you think he was going to DIVORCE his wife and marry you? A Pastor divorce his wife for a small girl like you? Are you insane? Hello!!! Wake up, joor! Biodun!! Stop thinking with your dick, jare! You take a look at her and you know she's only going to bring you trouble. Was her pussy that good? It better have been to bring down your empire!

Good Lord, if anyone was doing jazz I would say it was Ese... Because you can be sure, no man with money and power in Naija has to look hard for a little action. Gaskiya ne. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity. I'm sure Ese will blow up as a talk show host, I'm sure Biodun will build his damn church, and money will flow from offerings because when you're in the business of faith...you are not seeking anything physical so...

Thanks for the drama that occupied my time for the past week...

This was all written while on the NYC subway by Kate Hallet. All words and opinions are solely hers.

By the way, kudos to the babe he refused Biodun. May you become a Pastor and lead women by example! Can I get an Amen?

Pastoral care unit

PCU

Those of you who know me, know I like to and CAN talk... So I'm about to unleash a deep lashing to the likes of both Miss Ese Walter and Pastor Biodun.

First off, Ese you were not abused. Abuse implies a malicious intent. I don't think pastor had anything other than enjoyment and pleasure in his mind throughout your excursions. Please don't go crying wolf, jare. Also, you claim to be a lawyer. Any Nigerian lawyer knows the meaning of abuse and would never abuse the term. Shame on you! Secondly, Nigerian lawyers are meant to have a certain decorum or have you and your big mouth forgotten?

Pastor Biodun, this is the last time I will call you by this name in this article because being a Pastor also implies a certain decorum which you obviously cannot deliver on either. So as I have always said, Pastors, whether they be a man our a woman, they are just people. They will make mistakes just like everyone else but you should fess up, correct yourself and move forward but like mist Nigerian men you believe you can have your cake and eat it too. Most men can because they don't have the title Pastor, but you do! Most men can cheat on their wife and in the Nigerian culture we women are expected to look the other way. But you are a so called, Man of God.' I highly doubt that Ese is lying. She has scorned lovers syndrome. It's obvious you've broken her heart (not that I give a crap about that...) But I really doubt she's lying and I'm sure there's many more women, young and old that you've had flings with. You run your church like it's a business, I've waited and kept quiet about this matter for far too long. Your church is all about looks, money, glamour, vanity, fame, fortune but not about the word or truth. Sadly, you think this matter is about others trying to bring down the new church you are building. You are so pathetic to think such  nonsensical logic. If your word is strong people will come even if you are preaching outside. A Pastor is meant to behave like Jesus. Jesus was not flashy and never sought fame.

Sigh. Oh Biodun, you've made a mess of the good thing you had going on... Normally in these circumstances I'd feel for your wifey but sadly in this case I don't care o! She's just as fake as you. This church was never a church because it's all about profits and not prophets... Sadly the Pastor doesn't care about the word nearly as much as he does about business and money and that's exactly why everyone that goes to COZA will continue to go because COZA is known as the church to see and be seen in, a church where you don't dare wear a dress twice for fear someone might tweet about it or even worse think you are poor! Oh Biodun and your church of hypocrisy!

Now back to ESE... What did you think was going to happen when you sat on his lap? What did you think was going to happen after you slept together the first time? Did you think he was going to DIVORCE his wife and marry you? A Pastor divorce his wife for a small girl like you? Are you insane? Hello!!! Wake up, joor! Biodun!! Stop thinking with your dick, jare! You take a look at her and you know she's only going to bring you trouble. Was her pussy that good? It better have been to bring down your empire!

Good Lord, if anyone was doing jazz I would say it was Ese... Because you can be sure, no man with money and power in Naija has to look hard for a little action. Gaskiya ne. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity. I'm sure Ese will blow up as a talk show host, I'm sure Biodun will build his damn church, and money will flow from offerings because when you're in the business of faith...you are not seeking anything physical so...

Thanks for the drama that occupied my time for the past week...

This was all written while on the NYC subway by Kate Hallet. All words and opinions are solely hers.

By the way, kudos to the babe he refused Biodun. May you become a Pastor and lead women by example! Can I get an Amen?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Flowers by Laolu Senbanjo


Most followers of Laolu's music have heard his song, 'Flowers' before if they've been opportune to see him live, this is his latest Hit single that's making waves in NYC.  Written shortly after the loss of someone very close to him past on he was reminded of how short and sweet life really is. This song is perfectly crafted. Too me, it doesn't get much better than this. The melody, the beat, the instruments and the instrumentation, and that message: carpe diem... Live life to the fullest every minute if every day as if it were your last.
Growing up in Nigeria you can definitely become hard and apathetic to the importance of life. But this song reminds us that life is priceless and precious. Because before we all know it, it's gone, done, over, finished, the end! I love the line, as soon as a child is born their old enough to die. It's so true, and some thing we rarely think about as a possibility.
Laolu reminds us in this beautifully written and composed song that on one little black morning, one day we'll be gone. I think it's an important message to take to heart... This song was written, composed and produced by the singer-song writer and lawyer Laolu Senbanjo a Nigerian born artist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Also produced by Atta LeNell and Gospel on de Beatz.
Check out Laolu @laolusenbanjo @Afromysterics www.laolusenbanjo.com and on instagram and Facebook



-Kate Hallet for This Nigerian Life

Friday, July 19, 2013

Afromysterics tees available for sale

Afromysterics tees are available in Nigeria and the US for sale. Check out the sexy one that D is wearing below...

Price in the US is $35 (without shipping).

Please email Afromysterics@gmail.com if interested.

Get yours now! Be a trendsetter!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teju Cole

Afromysterics (@Afromysterics) tweeted at 8:47 AM on Tue, Jun 11, 2013: Stage 2. What has #Michigan #danfo #yearoftherabbit #16thcenturyDutchart #cancer got to do with @tejucole ? http://t.co/jdUU4Hi4p0 (https://twitter.com/Afromysterics/status/344435818770886656) Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download

Monday, May 27, 2013

What is happening to my Nigeria?

BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) tweeted at 2:25 PM on Mon, May 27, 2013: Nigeria: 'Cut off' under emergency rule http://t.co/0uMv1MQVKz (https://twitter.com/BBCAfrica/status/339009442072911874) Get the official Twitter app at https://twitter.com/download

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Live Performance Tonight! 25 May 13

Looking for something to do tonight in Abuja? Like live music? Missed the last performance?

Well tonight's your last chance to see the 'Fuchs' (at least with these members) and your last time to see Laolu and Atta LeNell live for awhile.

The details are below. It's free. It's a chance to mingle and check out the new Casalinda.

What: Live musical performance by The Fuchs

Saturday 25 th May, doors open

When:

7pm Where: The NEW Casalinda, 6 Tarkwa Cres, off Luanda Cres just around the corner from Exclusive stores

Free entrance!

Hey all Everyone’s favourite expat band, The Fuchs, are back to rock the house! And this time they’ve got a host of new rock and pop songs on the set list as well as some old crowd favourites... this will be a show that you’ll be glad to be wearing your dancing shoes to!

We're also very happy to announce that we'll be the very first band playing at the NEW Casa Linda, which is just around the corner from Exclusive Stores (further directions at the bottom of this email).

Doors will open at 7pm and the band will take the stage sometime around 8.30pm. And as always, they’ll be plenty of good food and drink available for purchase plus plenty of security to make sure your dancing antics aren’t interrupted.

It’s free entry and everyone’s welcome to come along... so do bring along your friends, we’re sure you’ll all have a fantastic time and a great night out.

This show will also herald an end of an era for the band... with the imminent departure of a few of the band members this will be the last time you’ll see this current line-up including Thomas, Annemieke and Jerrod... so you’ll definitely not want to miss this gig. And don’t worry that you’ll not get your fill of The Fuchs in the future... they’ll be back in a few months time with some great new musical talent to wow the dance halls of Abuja!

And if by chance you haven’t heard of The Fuchs before (because you’re either new to town and/or have been keeping yourself locked up in your compound!), there’s further info at the bottom of this email about the band.

We look forward to seeing you all soon! The Fuchs

Directions to the NEW Casa Linda The NEW Casa Linda is just down from the entrance to Exclusive Stores. From Ademola Adetokumbo Cres, turn onto Luanda Cres and instead of immediately turning right into the driveway of Exclusive Stores, keep going to the bottom of the hill for 100m and turn onto the road on your left and Casa Linda is 200m further up on your right. Here's a map with the location marked with a green arrow:

https://maps.google.com.maps?q=9.078557,7.487492&num=1&t=m&z=16

Who are The Fuchs Abuja’s 3rd most popular expat covers band, The Fuchs, are made up of passionate and breath-takingly brilliant musicians who hail from all over the place (including The Netherlands, the UK, Australia, Germany and the US). They play a variety of music styles and some of the songs from their gigs have included “Hotel California”, “Moon-dance”, “Mr. Jones”, “Valerie”, “Mr. Brightside”, “Mad About You”, and “Your Song”, just to name a few. They have come to work and play in Abuja and while they do have fulltime jobs, they’ve put this band together purely for the love of the music... a bit of glory... and of course the groupies, which apparently they’re still waiting for!

The Fuchs – The Name Actually, interesting story behind the name... many people are not familiar with the Nth Nigerian tribal instrument, the "fuch". It is a bow-like stringed instrument, approximately 6.5ft tall. It is not an easy thing to play… it requires the player to hold the bottom of the bow with their feet and the main shaft with their hands; the actual musical sound is made by plucking the string with the mouth – only men of the tribe are allowed to play the fuch, as it is deemed “unsavoury” for women to even touch the instrument. In the hands of an amateur, the fuch sounds like the unwanted b@stard child of a castrated Justin Bieber and a cat that's had a pitcher of hot oil poured over it. But when played well, it is an amazing thing to behold, especially when you have a field of 80 tribesmen at dawn performing a tribal ballad for your very own pleasure.

Tonight another

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cafe Bon

The other day I had a coffee and a blueberry muffin at Café Bon.  The coffee was great and the muffin was pretty good.

Nice place to sit and read the paper and enjoy coffee...

Close to NNPC station on Aminu Kano.

Cheese rolls

I am addicted to cheese rolls... These are from Casa Linda in Maitama Abuja.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Live Performance! 18 May 2013


LIVE PERFORMANCE!

What:  Laolu, Atta LeNell, The Handsome Fuchs, and King Fajj
Where:  Casa Linda, 8 Colorado Close, Maitama, Abuja FCT
Time: 7pm
When:  Saturday May 18th, 2013

Laolu is at it again with his collaborations!
Laolu will also be performing some new never heard before songs!

Laolu and Atta LeNell are performing live with the Handsome Fuchs and Featuring King Fajj this Saturday

The Handsome Fuchs are an all expat 'oyibo' band that play a wide variety of covers and some originals.  If you've never seen them or heard them live, this is your chance.

Atta LeNell is one of the best Acoustic guitarists that Abuja has to offer.  Come be amazed!

T-shirts will also be for sale.  If you want something special or in particular please make an advance order at afromysterics@gmail.com They are 6k each.

For further directions:  Minister's Hill is the Mississippi Street part of Maitama.
From Alvan Ikoku Way, go to Thames St which is the 1st left (just after Mississippi, it will be on your first right, so pass Mississippi)while on Thames, Colorado will be on your left.  It's 8 Colorado Close.  Park on the Street as there's little parking inside.

e-mail with questions at afromysterics@gmail.com

www.laolusenbanjo.com
www.afromysterics.com

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Afromysterics T-Shirts NOW AVAILABLE!

Fela design

Afromysterics mask design

Asiwaju Design


Yay!  Afromysterics T-shirts by Laolu Senbanjo are finally available!  If you are interested please e-mail afromysterics@gmail.com

Each shirt is N6000 (shipping excluded)
available for pick-up in Abuja, Nigeria

You can order by the color you desire and size (also women's shirts available)

More designs to come!

Order yours today!  

Limited availability!

European Film Festival currently going on at Silverbird

If you like movies, like I do, currently the European Film Festival is going on at Silverbird from May 1-14th, 2013 for FREE!

Please see the link for more details!

http://www.europeanfilmfestival-nigeria.blogspot.com/

This (not so-easy) Nigerian Life




Life has been…hard lately for me in Nigeria.  During most of March and April I had serious electricity and water issues in my house.  This makes a person completely desperate and makes them vulnerable to everything.  You feel like doing absolutely nothing because in some ways you can’t actually do anything.  You go to get yourself food and you can’t wash your hands, wash the food, you cannot cook (no electricity), all the food spoils, etc.  You can’t bathe, you can’t flush your toilet, and you are hot and sweaty because there’s no light (this is what we called 'electricity in Nigeria).  This seriously sunk my morale.  Up until yesterday, the water situation was so bad that I’d been taking bucket baths.  Something that I am so not used to doing at all.  And in my present condition isn’t even advisable or good for me. 

I am in limbo at the moment, trying to get things sorted out, fall into place and to come together.  I am really relying on God to see me through at this time. 

Nigeria is getting me down these days.  Not that life is ‘so bad’ or anything but everyone is so apathetic and accepts things as they are.  This can be so hard for me.  Things shouldn’t be this way, people shouldn’t just say okay, or just say, ‘well, that’s Nigeria for you…’  This apathy is exactly the reason why things just won’t change!  It makes me so tired and exhausted.  Abuja recently put in working traffic lights, but sometimes people refuse to obey them and then the whole thing is completely worthless.  You get these terrible tangled cobweb traffic jams that can take an hour to get out of for no reason.  Nigeria can and should be better.  Everyone at the top should be ashamed, everyone at the bottom should be screaming.  It’s no wonder that organizations like Boko Haram (no matter how crazy their ideals are to me) and MEND exist.  Sometimes, I wonder why there aren’t more problems and more outspoken figures and groups.  Sometimes, I wonder why the police themselves don’t rise up against and fight for their rights.  They are the ones that are on the streets supposedly ‘taking care of business’ and they are given enough power to frustrate the average citizen but not enough to make change and their own salaries are so small that they too must be corrupt and take from the average citizen to survive and feed their families… 
Something has got to give…  God help us all.  

Laolu and Friends LIVE in Concert!








Afromysterics Presents:  Laolu and Friends LIVE in Concert!
Live Performances Featuring:  Laolu, Atta LeNell, Pelumi, Dayo, Sam, Debbie and more!


Come enjoy a night of Acoustic music, Art, and more!
When:  Saturday May 4th, 2013
Starts at 7pm prompt
@ Casa Linda, 8 Colorado Close, Minister's Hill, Maitama, Abuja, FCT

Call 08092549901 or email afromysterics@gmail.com with any questions!

www.laolusenbanjo.com

Also featuring:  PUT, Pretty Ugly Things Art and T-Shirts

www.ourprettyuglythings.tumblr.com



See Laolu's latest video "Love Before" here: http://www.bellanaija.com/2013/04/29/must-watch-laolu-feat-lindsey-love-before-oro-ife/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrwutW2fkMA

Come on Saturday to see the Live Acoustic version featuring Atta LeNell


A little bit about Laolu:

Laolu Senbanjo is the creator of ‘Afromysterics’ style of art. This brain child of his was created in 2007 It transcends Art mediums and is also expression of the thoughts and mysteries into music, vocals, and sounds.
A self-taught visual artist (who’s preferred medium is charcoal, but not exclusively), singer-songwriter, and guitarist was born to Yoruba Parents in Ilorin, Nigeria in the early 1980’s. He is influenced by the likes of Fela Kuti, Sade, Sunny Ade and Twin Seven Seven.
He describes ‘Afromysterics’ as the mysteries of the African thought pattern.
Laolu’s passions are divided equally between his true loves of music and art. He oftens sings about his art or vice-versa, creates art based on a song.
His art is a visual narrative in the traditional African way, as it always tells a story. His current hit songs are 'flowers' and 'love before'
Laolu is also a practicing Human Rights Lawyer

follow him on twitter:  @laolusenbanjo




About Atta LeNell:  Atta is an incredible pianist and guitarist.  Recently he has opened his own production studio in Maitama, Abuja.  Also, he's working on his own debut album that will be coming out soon.



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"love before" video by Laolu

LAOLU FT. LINDSEY - LOVE BEFORE Afromysterics Presents, “Love Before” Music Video by Laolu featuring Lindsey. The video was shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, shot by Maxani Films and produced by Basik Media. The song was written and arranged by Laolu Senbanjo and produced by Atta LeNell and Gospel Obi.

This love song tells the story of how a couple fell in love. You see the couple remembering all the good times and memories they shared together. In the end, they go their separate ways on the train in hopes of a maybe working things out and trying it again.

Laolu is a Singer-Songwriter, Musician, Visual Artist and a Human Rights Lawyer. He’s the creator of the Afromysterics style of Art, meaning, “the mystery of the African thought pattern.” You can see his works on his website or in his gallery in Abuja. He divides his time between Abuja and the US.

Look forward to Laolu’s self-titled debut album that will be coming out soon.

VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrwutW2fkMA

Follow on Twitter: @laolusenbanjo @afromysterics Websites: www.laolusenbanjo.com, www. basikmedia.com, http://maxanifilms.com

Monday, April 29, 2013

Laolu's New Video "Love Before"





Afromysterics Presents, “Love Before” Music Video by Laolu featuring Lindsey.  The video was shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, shot by Maxani Films and produced by Basik Media.  The song was written and arranged by Laolu Senbanjo and produced by Atta LeNell and Gospel Obi.  

This love song tells the story of how a couple fell in love.  You see the couple remembering all the good times and memories they shared together.  In the end, they go their separate ways on the train in hopes of a maybe working things out and trying it again. 

Laolu is a Singer-Songwriter, Musician, Visual Artist and a Human Rights Lawyer.  He’s the creator of the Afromysterics style of Art, meaning, “the mystery of the African thought pattern.”   You can see his works on his website or in his gallery in Abuja.  He divides his time between Abuja and the US. 

Look forward to Laolu’s self-titled debut album that will be coming out soon. 

Follow on Twitter: @laolusenbanjo @afromysterics 



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Open Floor Uncensored: Artistic Show

Open Floor Uncensored: An Artistic Show
Featuring: music, Art, and poetry and more
Tonight
Saturday April 27th
6-10 pm
Casa Linda, Maitama Abuja

8 Colorado close, minister's Hill Music featuring Laolu Senbanjo and Atta Www.laolusenbanjo.com Free! Definitely gonna be fun!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tulip restaurant

We stumbled upon Tulip restaurant recently. It's a Lebanese restaurant, the prices are reasonable, and the locale is good...opposite Beer Barn on Aminu Kano in Wuse II and it's slightly hidden and cozy...

I recommend it. We had spicy seafood rice and jollof rice. I will attach photos here.

Give it a try!

Monday, April 15, 2013

My fave Jazz songs of All Time

If you know me, like really know me, like face-to-face, you will know that I love music and that I consider myself a connoisseur of music as well.  Now, I don't know a LOT about ALL types of music and I don't even know much about Jazz but, I do know that I really enjoy listening to Jazz.

So here is my list of top ten favourite Jazz songs of all time.  The first song happens to be a song that I love love love and I would consider it my favourite song of all time.  It makes me smile everytime I hear it.  Please  feel free to comment and share your own top ten!


Jazz songs of all time:
1.  David Brubeck Quartet, “Take That”
2.  Miles Davis, “So what”
3.  Duke Ellington and  John Coltrane “In a Sentimental Mood”
4.  Benny Goodman Orchestra "Sing, Sing, Sing"
5.  Thelonious Monk, "Straight, No Chaser"
6. Miles Davis, "Freddie Freeloader"
7.  Billie Holiday, "God bless the Child"
8.  Glenn Miller, "In the Mood"
9.  Louis Armstrong, "Stardust"
10.  Us3, "Cantaloop" (I consider this Jazz)

I'm sure over time, this list may change, I am after all, a young woman.  I am sure this list will also grow.  Now, I love love love African music as well and consider a lot of what I listen to 'Jazz' but technically the artists themselves might not consider themselves Jazz musicians, so I will work on an African song list soon.  

Happy reading!  Please do comment o!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fueling poverty: a film

Watch "Fuelling Poverty (2012)" on YouTube

Everyone please make time to watch this amazing documentary on the fuel subsidy issue that's ongoing in Nigeria.  I must admit it made me cry during it. Please watch this and let's keep this discussion open. We must change and make Nigeria better for all Nigerians and everyone.

Good night.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dominoes and cold stone in Lagos

This weekend I went to Lagos and we had spicy pepperoni pizza from dominoes and I had ice cream from cold stone creamery.

It was so nice. I highly recommend heading there. It's on Saka Tinubu street on VI.

Art exhibition in Hilton

Check out Afromysterics latest Art Exhibition, 'Living in Silence' in collaboration with other Abuja based artists. Proceeds support CEDRE, an Abuja based NGO that supports Deaf awareness.
April 3-5, 2013
Transcorp Hilton, 1 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja

Www.laolusenbanjo.com

Monday, March 25, 2013

California fusion treats

Peanut butter cookies, apple bars and coconut thingies from California fusion

Coconut thingies

Coconut thingies from California fusion in wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria. Quite tasty. Remind me of Girl scout samoas but without the chocolate...
500 Naira

Yogurberry

Yogurberry is located in wuse II in Abuja close to jevinik restaurant on Bangui street. It was either close to or was 1k for this frozen yoghurt with literally one oreo and one famous Amos cookie.

I'm not a fan of frozen yogurt to begin with. I love me some ice cream, the more rich, caloric and creamy the better, I am a real woman afterall... But this was a disappointment. They are stingy with the toppings and the selection/assortment of toppings were small. The fruit options are things I'd never put in frozen yoghurt, like: watermelon, apples and...I think that was the only option available.

I still prefer Chloe's cupcake heaven for locally made (I think) ice cream and dunes for blue bunny. But amigo's is my best bet because you can have a cone and it's very affordable...

As they say, never trusts skinny cook! I take my ice cream seriously...

Peace!

Yogurberry date

I went on a date with the kids...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Chili

My microwave hasn't been working lately so I warmed my Chili on the stove tonight. This baby is very American. He loves American food!

Cheese

Being preggers doesn't mean crazy combos for me. But I eat slices of white cheddar like this everyday! It remind me of when I first moved to Nigeria...

TAK restaurant Abuja

I ate chicken cordon bleu at TAK on Saturday. It was quite tasty.

My break-up with Nigeria

My life in Nigeria as of late has been quite tumultuous to say the least.  I am having serious issues with my employer, there's been almost no electricity in the past few weeks, being pregnant and my husband is not around, and storms with rain which is not supposed to be happening at this time of the year.  Each one of these things comes with its own problems in Nigeria and is special to Nigeria…

Working environments in Nigeria are so different than those in the US.  The way you interact with your boss or your employees is very different than in the US.  Also, the expectations your employees have on you as a boss are very different as well.  They put their burdens (especially financial) onto their bosses and as a boss you are expected to assist them.  As far as my challenges with my employer are concerned, they are typical of Nigeria and one of the problems of being under someone in Nigeria.  Respect is something most people are very obsessed with, micromanagement is very normal, and lack of appreciation is common.  These are all very difficult issues to deal with.  But I know that with time, patience and God, all things will work themselves out.

Since, President Goodluck Jonathan's interview on Amanpour on CNN a few weeks back, the electricity situation has gotten incredibly bad.  I mean, incredibly bad.  One of my blessings has been the area of which we live in Abuja, Wuse II, typically you get 24 hours of electricity provided by the Nigerian Power Company and not by generator.  However, after the interview, literally within hours, the electricity disappeared and was gone for over 36 hours, then was restored for a few hours and then another 24 hours, and again about 12 hours and then it went again.  These long lapses are very common now.  In fact, I am running my generator at this very moment.  In fact, I had to have my generator serviced, after I did this, it stopped working.  It's become quite 'moody' since I've had it serviced.  This has been another problem.  In Nigeria, when someone comes to fix something, you have to be watching over them and actually know a little bit about what they are doing to know what to watch out for, or they will likely screw you over.  Anyways, not having electricity causes so many problems.  You cannot sleep at night because it gets too hot or the mosquitoes disturb you, your food in your fridge/freezer spoil, you cannot charge your phone or other electronics, like your laptop.  It makes life generally annoying and miserable.  Even when you have a generator, lately we have still been having issues getting fuel, so no matter what, you still have challenges.  And with a generator you have the noise and the smell to deal with.  It's definitely making my life harder day-by-day.

I have finally found my partner in life, and thank God for him.  However, with him not being around, it makes my life here much harder.  I am lonely and dealing with the daily stress without him and a man it makes things harder.  Plus, the challenges of being pregnant, being ill occasionally, without his support of just being there to hug would make a huge difference.  I cannot wait for him to return.  Plus, it makes me sad knowing he's missing out of the different stages of our growing baby.

In Nigeria, we have two seasons, hot and dry and rainy.  Currently, it's the hot and dry season.  It generally runs from November through mid-March in Abuja.  However, in January we had three thunder storms with serious amounts of rain, thunder, lightning and wind.  This is highly unusual and so not normal.  Yes, I believe significantly in climate change, however, this is more than climate change to me.  In Nigeria, people believe in holding the rain or bringing the rain, juju/voodoo, and other things.  I have never seen anyone 'hold the rain' or 'make rain.'  But…  these storms that just occurred in January are making me see and believe things I have never seen before.  However, I still do not know the significance yet, but I do know there is some and I know that there is some sort of 'battle' or 'fight' occurring through this unusual weather we are having.  Yet, this past week, the harmattan has returned in full force and is causing my respiratory system great distress. 

Even considering all these things, I consider myself lucky and blessed anyways.  My pregnancy has been quite easy so far and the challenges have been few.  However, I cannot wait to meet the addition to our family… 

However, I must say that my love affair that has lasted quite a few years with Nigeria has slowly come to an end.  Nigeria and I have broken up.  It's official.  I need a break from him.  Lol.

Nonetheless, welcome to 2013!  The year of unusual blessings and surprises!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Creches in Abuja

I've been doing research on Creches in Abuja.  Other than my own School, Aduvie, these are some recommendations from people...


Creches in Abuja

 

Alderwood Land

#7B, Port-Novo street, Off Lingu Crescent, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

Email: alderwoodland@yahoo.com

08071829991

09-8761858

 

 

Call lizzy, she has a daycare located at number 5 Owo Close Area 10 garki abuja, (Saltz Daycare) 08076839527,08033147180

 

Kidazzle Playhouse in wuse 2! I have my kids there and am so so happy with the place. This is a place you will be glad you went to and you will thank me after your visit there. The ambiance is lovely, the staff friendly and it so reminds me of creches abroad in the States. They have both indoor and outdoor playing area.

They are located at 38 libreville street, off aminu kano crescent wuse 2. The School phone number is 0704 337 1625. And the administrator's phone number Mrs Chibuzor is 08033830100.

 

 

Cradle to Crayon and Springhall has a good creche. Our address is 37, Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama.

 

Noah's Ark in kado Estate..... their number.....08060976000

 

I have been going to a preschool in Wuse zone 4 called the Cuddle school; they also have babies…nice environment, good teachers and in general very nice.

I can recommend it.

It is located in Wuse, zone 4 Khartoum street .