So, I’m like the laziest human being that ever lived and it’s no surprise I take this attitude to a lot of things including fitness and working out. (I’m not lazy when it comes to work) I’m at this point where I really don’t care about being a certain way. Everybody is actually perfect. In the famous Nigerian twitter lingo “na fat I fat, I no kill person” and that’s about it. And it doesn’t even help matters that I love food too and my diet is primarily made up of carbs.
So hello guys!
Been long you all saw me here and I’m not even sure what I’m doing here now. Life has been great and all and we outchea struggling to make a decent living and not look like what we’ve been going through. It’s going on pretty well, in case you asked.
There’s been a lot going on and I will probably write about it. I was a year older in February, spent a fulfilling weekend at a beach, may or may not be seeing someone amidst other things. I will write about this. One of the major things that have been happening is this never-ending cycle of doing well and relaxing. Some days, you see certain people and you start to think of what you’re not doing right. And you try to be more serious and all, and end up not getting a callback or an email. Then, you just go back to lazing about and managing that which you own.
So, a lot of people (read my colleague at work ) have asked why I have stopped posting here and the answer is simple. It’s a breed of laziness and work. I’m really doing a lot right now and well, when I have free time, this space is the last thing that I think of. (That’s even if I think of it, y’all still important to me). Then, I’m always laying around so there’s that too. Anyway, it’s going to change. A few redesigns here are in the work and we move! (Am I not even tired of saying this?)
For one, my monthly good things will be moving to a Tinyletter. So I’ve toyed with this idea of having a tinyletter (a newsletter with random cool things I pick on the internet). I had the idea sometime last year but did nothing with it but well, I’m doing it now. So I’ll be moving the monthly things I love to the tinyletter and every other thing will likely appear on the blog if I post. It’s just super cool to say I have a Tinyletter I figure. (
Very excited about this one)
So if you don’t know what the monthly good things is about, it’s basically like a drop down of movies, TV shows, web series, music, photos, articles, books and places I’ve been to. Please drop your emails to get the first one when I send it at the end of this month – I think next Friday or Saturday (sometimes on the weekend when I’m lazing about)
New blog posts will probably come up after I’m done sorting out the newsletter iish!
It’s a few minutes after 12 on the 7th of July. I’m typing a June review in July. I’m honestly getting worse at this every day to be quite honest, but I console myself with the fact that I’m not giving up. I really want to look back at these entries some day and laugh, or whatever emotion comes to mind. Happy New Month guys! It’s three months to the end of service year and so I’m slightly happy. Maybe when next I write, I’ll do a little catch up on how that’s fairing (you can check the previous entry here)
While I’m happy that I’m finally leaving this town soon, I’m also sad because I’ve gotten used to the life of comfort here. I really don’t care about how long I stream stuff because there’s wi-fi and I don’t iron my clothes for the week because I know I meet power the next morning. Imagine me going to Lagos for the weekend and having to buy a power bank. Just a weekend.
Anyway, let’s move to gist with what happened this month.
I think I’ve been listening to the regular shit I listen to. My phone is kinda bad so I cannot access my full musical library. On my iPhone, I have just Beyoncé’s album and I listen to that on a regular. I watch the Lemonade visual album too and soak in the awesome poetry. The one at the beginning of Sorry gets to me all the time. I’ve been listening to Sia, Meghan Trainor and basically YouTube’s selection of pop lol. I think that works for me. I also found love in playing Catholic hymns on YouTube. Not to forget the amazing Johnny Drille. Totally love his song called My Beautiful Love. If it’s anything I made a list of musicians who are the new school you should listen to here.
Movies and TV Shows
So Game of Thrones came to an end last month and I still haven’t gotten to that point where I feel bad and wait for the next season. I actually want to start the season all over again but I feel there’s a lot more to watch. I think Jon and Tyrion were my favourite people to watch this season. I went through a lot with the girl who had no name, a lot that meant pausing the show at some point and praying that she doesn’t die. And Ramin Djawadi did a great job with the music. It has been on my YouTube playlist of last seen.
Also, I did watch a lot of movies this month, more than I’d normally watch. I saw the following
1. The Huntsman: Was fun to watch, thoroughly enjoyed the songs ‘Freeze You Out’ by Sia and ‘Colours’ by Halsey.
2. London Has Fallen: Very predictable, kept on asking if something like this hadn’t been done already.
3. Zootopia: Maybe I need to re-watch to feel what people felt, but it was just there.
4. Inside Out: Enjoyed this one. I have it stored somewhere on my laptop to watch another day. The whole people in control of your head was good for me.
5. Minions 2: First time watching a Minions movie. Quite hilarious
I’m still watching Wayward Pines and Devious Maids, House of Cards and Billions too. I started HBO’s new show called The Night is and it’s good. Also, I cannot wait for Sense8. Cannot
I’ve been so busy so honestly, no books. I haven’t finished any but sleep has been winning my battle with Helen Oyeyemi’s ‘Mr Fox’
Nothing happens in Ondo, sure we’ve established that fact. I was in Lagos for a weekend in June however. Stayed home and drowned in home-made good food and went out to meet people for the Socialiga thing. Had good small chops and someone gifted me a cake (from Cake Mayor). See, the cake was actually tasty tbh. If you have to get a cake in Lagos, just search Cake Mayor on Instagram and Twitter for me and call.
I’ve been real busy this month and I hope it’ll change in July, it hasn’t as at now but it’s too early!
Hello, guys! So for the next couple of months, I’ll be watching a lot of Nigerian TV shows and movies, basically, everything I can lay my hands on Iroko TV and I’ll be sharing what I thought of the movies. Understandably, these movies are so old – some of them from 2013 but you can always buy VCDs or go to Iroko or Ibaka TV to watch.
Anyway, first on the list is Confusion Na Wa
Set in a Nigerian city Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. At the heart of everything is a phone found by two opportunist wasters Charles and Chichi who, having read through its contents, decide to blackmail the owner Emeka. Little do they realize that their misdemeanors have set in motion a chain of events that will lead to their own downfall. Confusion Na Wa was the winner of the ‘Best Picture’ category at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards.
- Ramsey Noah as Emeka Nwosu
- OC Ukeje as Charles
- Ali Nuhu as Bello
- Tunde Aladese as Isabella
- Gold Ikponmwosa as Chichi
- Tony Goodman as Babajide
- Nathaniel Deme as Kola
- Yanchat Sankey as Doyin
- Lisa Pam Tok as Fola
- Toyin Alabi as Adekunle
What I Thought
The name caught my attention when I checked the “award winning section” of the website. I was also won over by the narration. I thought the narrator at first was really good at what he did.As the plot summary said, it’s a movie that connects a group of strangers. Two friends steal the phone of a man who turns out to be cheating on her husband. Now the said woman he’s cheating with is cheating on her husband too. So they try to blackmail the cheating husband and then it ends up bad for them. In the course of this, there’s also interaction with various people in the movie.
The movie highlighted one thing for me: the subject of masculinity. In the movie, a man thinks his son is gay because he missed football to help out in the kitchen and also some other factors he has concocted in his head. Now, to change this, he speaks to a weed seller who probably has a brothel of “nurses” to cure his son of being gay. Everybody has a story, a different way they behave. We aren’t the same, we have never been and we will never be. So we should create room for people to act the way they want to act. I should stop here.
One thing I liked also was the music. I felt there were times when they didn’t blend with the mood though but I’m a big fan of almost all the songs they played. The setting looked quite real for me too. There was this simplicity to it and I give them kudos for that. I wouldn’t forget the conspiracy theory that one of the friends had about the Lion King.
It was absolutely hilarious to listen to, as do many parts of the movie.
My only problem with the movie was with the acting. I felt they could have done a lot better with the casting. The scenes with the not so popular actors really felt like a boredom fest. It was almost like we were watching a good movie, and then something from nowhere just came and hit us.
But in all, it’s a good movie.
So it’s been a lot of bants without rants on this site and I’m deciding to turn the table today and ranting or venting a little.
From the topic, it’s clear what we want to talk about today. Customer service.
Wikipedia defines customer service as
the provision of service to customersbefore, during and after a purchase.
and goes on to add that
The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees “who can adjust themselves to the personality of the guest”.
Summary of this long talk is that customer service is basically rendering services to customers before, during and AFTER a purchase. Get that? After a purchase.
Now, I like to think I believe in doing things the right way and maybe it’s just me, but I’ve been very unfortunate when it comes to customer service here in Nigeria. I’ll discuss a few scenarios
1. Telecom companies – So I heard this network provider was offering a data plan that was better than the one I used and so I decided to try it
*inserts na me fuck up meme*
So I paid for the plan and tried accessing the internet but to no avail. I called customer care and waited for more than ten minutes and eventually when someone picked the phone, she told me to get a book and a pen. I got this and then she hung up. I was so shocked that day. And that was how my money went, never got to use the data plan.
This is not the first time a telecom company is stressing me, but at least it’s the latest of the likes.
2. Manufacturing companies – This one is the latest of my customer service woes and still annoys me every time. In short, it’s annoying me because I’m typing on this laptop as we speak. So in December, I got a new laptop. That was after I resigned from my old job (I was using the company’s laptop at that point and so I didn’t feel the need to get a new one). I walked into Spar at Maryland and got a laptop (I will not reveal the brand but if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know). Sometime in June, laptop stops charging and I try to contact the brand via social media. It took like two days and a lot of tweets to have them to follow me (I work with social media so it’s a shock how public businesses like that still don’t have their DMs open) And when I did, it took another two days before they replied me. Sent back another response and nobody has responded ever since then. But they tweet on a regular. So so confused.
3. Food companies – I just remembered this one. On one Saturday afternoon, I went to work (when I was still in Lagos) and then I ordered food from this eatery that has an online website. I sat in my office, waiting for food and then after an hour, I called and they said my food was on it’s way to me. One hour? Really bruh? Anyway, I was seriously hungry and I waited patiently. (Meanwhile, that was when I found out that their customer care line wasn’t free because my credit was taken). Thirty minutes after I made the call, I went to get something else to eat and I’m glad I did because these people never came. And then they emailed me four hours after saying whatever they said. Who does that? Really?
Anyway, that’s all the customer care drama I remember. Share your customer care wahala in the comments! I’ll love to read and more importantly, what do we do to curb this?
With every new month that passes, I come to the realization that I may be failing at this online diary thing. And it’s actually sad because I think I know what I want to say but the strength to type is just the problem. But see, whenever I remember, I have to update and try to hope that one day I would be better at it.
That being said, welcome to June! Heck, it’s been ten days actually. June hasn’t been the best of months but this is a May review so let’s stick to plans!
So a lot of shows I watch ended in May. Grey’s Anatomy ended and so did Jane the Virgin. The finales were good, I cannot remember what I thought about them really. But if you follow me on Twitter @FrankUgo_, I must have shared these at some point. Currently, I’m switching between Wayward Pines, Blackish, Billions and House of Cards. I watched Quantico too and it was good! I think there was a lot more that could have been done to give the show a premise for the next season but hay, I do not write for Quantico so it’s none of my business. Also, Ndani TV kicked off their shows in May. Not sure I’m hooked on the new one called ‘Rumour Has It’ but I’m here for ‘Skinny Girl in Transit’, when I remember to watch.
And Devious Maids is back. Adrian Powell is not dead.
Me when I found out:
I’m listening to a lot of Sia and Halsey. I also got to know of Yuna and I’m feeling her! And my jam on repeat is Soweto Baby by DJ Maphorisa.
Blogs, Tumblr and Instagram
When I’m not working, I’m reading Scoop Whoop and Huffington Post. I’m addicted to these sites now. Like everyday!
I recently finished Maya Angelou’s autobiography. Such great books! I think my favorite was Mom & Me and Mom. I have great respect for her now! I’ve moved my focus to Helen Oyeyemi for this month. I’m reading her book ‘Mr Fox’
Going to try to make this more fun next month!
Yesterday, it hit me that the only 2016 movie I’ve seen was Captain America: Civil War and I saw it simply because I wanted to see what the Lagos scene looked like and then slightly for Emily Van Camp and Chadwick Boseman in the movie. (I watch Superhero movies, but I’m not the biggest fan.) Anyway, I attempted to look out for more 2016 movies on the internet and that was how I found ‘How To Be Single’.
Now, I remember some people on the timeline being excited about the book being made into a movie. Didn’t read the book before now, so I have no strain of judgment on whether the movie followed the book like I did when I saw Half of a Yellow Sun here. Anyway, I won’t be reviewing the movie. I didn’t think it was all that but I’ll be sharing a few things I picked up from the movie (because I feel there are some gems in it)
1. You won’t die if you’re single
In the words of Alice, “the thing about being single is, you should cherish it”. After Alice had a few experiences, she got to understand that relationships aren’t the only way to be happy and embrace the single life with bold hands. As easy as it does sound, it’s achievable. If it’s anything, I think the rush to jump into a relationship may end up with you trying to salvage what wasn’t there before and well, that has never helped anyone.
2. You won’t die if you take out time to find someone
This is basically saying know what you’re looking for but don’t go overboard with it. Lucy in the movie had a list of a man she wanted. In a Nigerian setting, let’s say – rich, tall, light-skinned/dark- skinned, bearded, whatever tickles your fancy and well, she took a century to find him. And for some weird reason, she never stopped until she had a man that had all these things she wanted. Sometimes, we get so caught up thinking about relationships that we would accept anyone who came our way. Now this is a tad confusing because there’s room for likeability too (not sure that’s a word). You may decide to bend your rules or give a waiver as it pleases. But you won’t die if you take out time.
3. Shoot your shot
In the movie, there’s a character who shoots his shot at an older woman and well, he had to keep trying to meet his target. This one is more of a motivation thing – always be motivated to shoot it. Don’t waste any time. If you find it, reach for the bow and arrow and shoot it.
Anyway, that’s my two cents! If you’ve read the book or watched the movie, I’m interested in knowing what you think. And I’m sticking to these tips for today. Who knows tomorrow I may go back to wanting to be in a relationship so bad?
We’re in May guys! Like wasn’t it just January a few days ago? It proves one thing – the year isn’t waiting for you so go out and get what you want to get really. Always better for you. That being said, Happy New Month! May this month bring you all the good heart desires you have. With every new month, I come to talk about the past month and just drop one or two things here about the month and so I proceed.
TV Shows and Movies
As usual, TV shows are still key in my life right now and I spend about 30-40% of my time watching them. Currently, I’m following up on just Jane the Virgin, Grey’s Anatomy and Game of Thrones on a weekly basis. I think the writers on Jane the Virgin need to do much better really. The show is just blah and all over the place right now. I’m not particularly one of those people who like to leave shows halfway and that’s why I’m still following ardently. But they’ve lost me in real life. Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t really have any wow factor for me right now. It’s like it goes down with every weekly episode. Much work really, more plot twists. Game of Thrones still has about eight episodes to go so let’s see what they have. But Jon Snow is still alive and so all is well. I don’t like what’s happening to Arya but she’ll be fine.
I watched other shows this month like American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson and I must commend the writers. That show was amazing and it kept me on the edge of my bed for as long as I watched. I insist OJ was indeed guilty but the odds were in his favour – almost every piece of evidence against him had some solid plot twist attached honestly. I’m still on Suits Season 5 and I cannot fully comprehend that Donna left Harvey really. Not to forget that I re-watched Devious Maids and I cannot wait for the new season later this year.
I’m here for Beyonce’s Lemonade album. It’s a beautiful album to say but the least – the songs and the visuals. Top five on the album are Hold Up, Daddy’s Lessons, Don’t Hurt Yourself, All Night and Freedom. I think it was a far better album than Beyonce and I had no doubts accepting it, unlike her self-titled album. I also paid for Apple Music so I’ve been in music heaven. It was a mistake but it was one I enjoyed making. I bumped TLOP, Views and Anti and favourites from these are Famous, One Dance and Love on The Brain in that order. Still listening to them. I have like 1001 new songs I enjoyed but I’ll stop here. On the local scene, I really like Mama by Kiss Daniel, Kolewerk by Koker and Oluwa Ni by Reekado Banks (first song of his I really like). Tiwa’s video to ‘If I Start To Talk’ is pure art. You should see it really.
Blogs, Tumblr, and Instagram
My favorite blog may just be The Alaroro. I really like the cool images she makes on her blog and you should read it if you don’t. My tumblr is filled with black people and I really like it because they talk about the things that affect me most times. Instagram, nothing extra really
So I was in Lagos for a good part of April and I kept cancelling everything I was going to attend. However, I was at the Open House Lagos event for a day and I must say, Lagos is real pretty. One of our stops was Bogobiri and I got a shirt at the stall there. I was also at Asa’s concert and I was so mad my phone died. My iPhone 5c battery is bad and man is broke for now. But it was beautiful. One of my favorite people, Kaline was also there and it was worth it.
Not to forget that I went window shopping and came out of the shop with two bags filled up with clothes. So let me tell you quickly about it. I and a friend agreed to see Batman vs Superman (I think) at Ikeja City Mall for Easter. We got there and he was running late. Battery died (my phone keeps messing with me) and then I couldn’t find anywhere around to charge my phone. So I waited for a while, went downstairs to eat pizza and ended up window shopping. AND MY CARD WAS WITH ME! The rest is history. I’m trying to invest in things I can wear with other things though so it wasn’t a waste.
I read Trafficked by Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo and it was quite engaging. I didn’t like the way it ended, but well, there’s a reason for it. I also re-read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. You should read it really! Currently,I’m reading Odufa by Othuke Ominiabohs. (I made notes for CNA’s book so hopefully, I’d share that soonest)
I think it’s due time for another update about service year so yeah, let’s dive into it.
It’s been about four months since I resumed here and I’d say I like this place. I like that I’m staying alone. There’s freedom. I wake up when I want to, throw my clothes wherever, eat in small portions and complain about how noodles and cereal are my typical go-to-food and just do things my way. It’s fun. I have the constant power supply, quite steady WiFi connection, and good water supply so who knows? I may actually be applying for a job here after NYSC.
Lol, jokes abeg. I don’t think I want to remain here after NYSC. Don’t get me wrong, I love this place. I could really deal with it if I have to. But I know I have options. The social life for me here is dead. I’m not an overly social person. I like to go to places once in a while, feel the experience and all but here, all I do is stay indoors. The only time I go out is for PV signing to the local government secretariat and CDS at the corpers lodge near the police station. Oh, and there’s the monthly shopping at Akure with a driver from school. Normally, I go with someone else who wants to shop, so it’s not like I have the driver to myself or something. Apart from that, going to the mall (which I think is the only social place in town) is far and quite expensive. Not far but expensive. For some reason, they have endless cabs in this city and not direct straight buses. You would think that cabs are a good thing here but not when you’re sandwiched between people – two in the front seat and four at the back (I’ve always wondered why the police never charged them for overcrowding! ). So if I want to go to the mall, I’d take a bike to the junction, take a cab to FUTA gate, and then three more cabs to see a movie for 600 naira. Mind you, the transport fare is approximately the same price of the movie. I don’t have a lot of people here so please I’m fine at home. I have the Internet and power, so I don’t feel I miss out on a lot.
The guys from Batch A passed out last week and honestly, seeing them made me want to leave this place back to Lagos. I miss Lagos. Temidollface performed at Afropolitan Vibes last week. Just look at the things I’m missing out. Hopefully, when I’m rounding up, Lagos will sort their power supply because I heard it’s quite bad. Not asking for so much but power to charge my laptop and phones between 10pm and whenever I decide to fall asleep.
I’ve been thinking about what I want to do after service year and I’m happy I have some options. I’m still looking out for scholarships abroad – preferably in Microbiology or Biotechnology and if my science dream doesn’t work out, I may take a course in Journalism or Media. A study adviser called me the other day and it was so weird when I told him my options. He just went all “but these are different faculties”. Lol.
But just in case, I don’t get the scholarship, I’m looking for opportunities in radio and TV (radio first because we’re still slightly behind on the other). I also look out for more online publishing and social media roles. I hope I’m lucky enough to have dreams come true.
Nothing exceptional happens at CDs meetings and PV signing apart from a group of corpers together because they’re asked to come together. And I was made the publicity secretary recently so hopefully there’ll be more to tell you about that.
Hello, guys! Happy New Month to you all. As usual, I pray this month brings you the very best it has to offer. As it is the normal tradition here, I’m sharing titbits of what went down in the month of March. Generally, March was a good month just as the other months of the year have been. It marks the end of the first quarter of the year – how time flies really.
Movies and TV Shows
I think I’m slowly getting a hang of my love for television shows again. I’ve been doing a lot of watching, mostly after long hours at work and it’s been fun. Because they’re quite much, I’ll just list them out and say one thing I feel about them
Grey’s Anatomy: Somehow I’m still interested in knowing what happens here even after 11 seasons. So yeah, great job to Shonda for keeping the attention game. I’m not the biggest fan of Meredith’s new love interest and I don’t like Amelia Shepherd. If I had to kill someone on the show, it would be Catherine Avery. Last but not the least, I don’t think I like Penny being on the show. I love Alex Karev even more now and I feel bad for Jo Wilson.
Shades of Blue: A lot of people have called this show a bad show and one review I saw said “it’s the type of show you ask your enemies to watch” but I’m still liking it. I’m just looking forward to Jennifer Lopez and the secret guy she’s working with to hook up. I don’t think it would survive a second season, though. Looks like something that wouldn’t make sense if they don’t drag the storyline.
Sense8: After seeing a review on how good this show was, I decided to watch. The first three/four episodes were very confusing because I tried to place and place things together but it didn’t work. But when I got past these, I loved it! My favourite sensates are Lito, Capheus, Kala and Wolfgang. I still insist Sia would have made a good pick for the DJ girl and I don’t like the trans girl but I think her girlfriend is really hot. Oh, and did I mention the sex scenes/make-out scenes are so beautiful to look out? Not to forget the fact that the introductory montage is great. I also like the fact that the bad sensate looks like a good guy and vice versa.
2 Broke Girls: Love this show. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. For me, Max, Earl, Oleg, Sophie and Caroline. Ascending order of hilarity.
Jane the Virgin: Still #TeamRafeal but I feel this show is slowly losing it. I don’t know if they’ll come back. I’m just watching really to know who gets Jane in the long run and from the look of things, Michael is leading. I saw something that said they need to introduce a new love interest and that was what I thought Jane’s professor was till they kinda lost him. Hopefully, they make a big comeback for me.
Da Vinci Demons: I just started this. Two episodes in and I really like it. I like that Da Vinci is quirky and I like the premise. Hopefully, it stays the same when I decide to continue
How To Get Away with Murder: I keep saying this drama is fire because it just makes you look stupid. You have a plot or another plot and they just come and surprise you and you’re just like wow. The show is still good and I’m hoping they come back soonest!
The Voice Season 10: #TeamIngrid! I’m rooting for Ingrid
Currently, I have quite a lot of new music that rocked my playlist in March
- Reinfaltrator – Falana
- You Suppose Know – Bez
- Ferrari – Yemi Alade
- Femi – Mosa
- Gentleman – Ric Hassani
- Grateful – Kaline
- Sweetest Taboo – Sade
- There’s A Fire – Bez
- Drop in the Ocean – Omi
- Bad Blood – Taylor Swift
- All I Want is You – Banky W
- Ginger Me Slowly – Somi
- Omo Alhaji – Ycee
There are a lot of music videos obviously but I think you should see the following
- School Your Face – Temidollface
- Abule Sowo – Olamide
- Soldier – Falz
There’s a long list but yes, here’s where I remember to
I was in Lagos for my Easter break and I shared what I did and learnt while in Lagos here. I’m back to Ondo state and still in my apartment enjoying my space, peace and quiet.
I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and I’m currently reading Divergent by Veronica Roth
Until next month,