Hey guys! So I finally left my house on a weekend to somewhere that wasn’t my office. I got a flier last week when I was at the university cafeteria – one that said that the science student’s association were having their annual science week and part of the programmes listed included a trip to Erin Ijesha Waterfalls in Osun state.
Being the lover of nature that I am, I joined one of the lecturers assigned to go there and I had fun. The Erin Ijesha Waterfalls is in Osun state as I said earlier and we got to climb to reach the falls. That may be the highest I’ll ever climb in my life. With the place being a tourist attraction and all, I was expecting a better feel for the whole thing. The road leading to the site was very bad and the place itself didn’t look welcoming from the entrance.
We were charged N500 per head and I have to ask: where does all the money go to?
There was also no tour guide and all, so I don’t see any staff they’re employing apart from the gatekeeper/sales person. Anyway, enjoy the pictures (and my birthday is on Friday – look at my wishlist here)
Made three short videos for Instagram. You can follow me here to see them
Now if you have to go to Erin Ijesha, ensure you eat before going and take water with you when climbing – at least two bottles and if you can’t climb, just balance and feel the chilled water rushing from the falls.
I like to think of myself as someone who wants to see the world, who wants to travel around the world and enjoy, learn through pictures, sights and stories and basically try to relive memories in words and pictures shared to other people. Currently, I’m still very far behind but still I’m eager to learn and I’m starting up with my small Lagos – my very small happening city of Lagos. These were things I thought of on my way to the ancient city of Badagry last Saturday.
Badagry, according to the information on Google has over 200,000 inhabitants (which to me is very high). We went somewhere around Seme, past the Suntan Beach to see a close friend first before returning to Badagry. It looked like a village where everyone knew each other, where news would spread like wildfire, where people could fight one minute and share a fruit next minute. It had this serene feel to it, and I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Badagry Heritage Museum
Our first point of action was the Badagry Heritage Museum built in 1863.
The museum is open between 9 am and 5 pm daily and houses a lot of paintings, sculpture, pictures and monuments from the slave trade.
I saw the shackles the slaves had to deal with, ranging from the leg chains to the hand chains and even some for the mouth.
We were allowed to touch some of these and they were heavy. One thing that attracted me was the advertisement for sale of slaves.
According to the tour guide, 300 slaves were taken every market day (once in five days) in Lagos and 100 slaves in Calabar. So these able bodied men and women (or Negroes as they were called) were advertised via posters for sale. The ones with extra abilities had them indicated and were sold at more expensive rates. Another thing also that made me feel bad was the branding of these slaves before shipping.
These slaves were branded names of their masters with red hot items which must have hurt. We also saw the drinking gourd where these slaves had to drink water with hands chained and heads bent into the gourd.
Then looking at this, the slaves were packed in the lower deck of the ship sandwiched amongst each other.
The ones who decided to run away were either bitten by dogs or hung.
These slaves were mostly shipped to Brazil and hence, led to the integration of culture. (Yemanja/Yemoja).
The First Storey Building in Nigeria
From the heritage museum, we moved to the first storey building in Nigeria built in 1845. We saw the materials used in building and the tour guide was so good enough to show us how strong these materials imported looked, holding side by side, the ones we use in building today and clearly we could see the difference.
Then, we saw a picture of the Agia tree, which used to be the meeting point for dispersion of the gospel by the missionaries when they came.
Then, there’s this picture of the first Christmas celebrated in 1923 and according to him, even though Christianity had come in by then, you can see clearly that the blacks were still slaves without oppression to the whites.
The Agia tree, which fell on its own one night, was replaced with a monument (which we later went to see). Notable pictures we saw included:
Claudius Philips – who was the first teacher
Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther – who translated the English bible to Yoruba
Henry Townsend – who sowed the seed of Christianity in Badagry
Thomas Birch Freeman – who sowed the seed of Christianity in Badagry
G.A Gollmer – who built the house at Badagry
We also saw other things of interest at the first storey building such as this chair which has been there since 1915, still very strong and good as well as this bible room and the safe where collections from Sunday were kept.
From our view, we could see the residential home of Fredrick Lord Lugard which I think was really beautiful.
When we got downstairs, we saw the rear view of the house and the well, which supposedly has the cleanest water in the whole of Badagry – neatest, odorless and suitable for drinking at the point.
More pictures from the building!
Mobee Slave Museum
We went to the Mobee Slave Museum, much smaller than the other museum but had quite a lot inside. There, our tour guide told us the story of Sunbu Mobee of Badagry who didn’t like the idea of the slave trade, but had to live with it as he could do nothing.
There were also quite a number of pictures, paintings and sculpture, most of them things we saw at the other museum.
Notable of these is this wall carving of a castrated slave begging for forgiveness and this other one outside the museum of slaves chained with these heavy metals and working.
Point of No Return
On our way to the Point of No Return, we went past the barroom where these slaves used to be kept before shipped to Brazil or whatever part of the world they were going to. There were canoes at the river bank to transport people from the other end of Badagry to the point of no Return.
Now this was one of the highlights of my trip. I wore a life jacket and hopped on to the canoe.
It was a short journey; say ten minutes and we soon got to the other side welcomed by a white stairway kind of entrance. We met some craftsmen who had a small market there, and then moved on to the slave route.
According to our tour guide, it was called ‘The Point of No Return’ because when the slaves got there, there was no going back.
They would most definitely be shipped or kept in other places around – but never going back to the barroom. The view was beautiful, with tall palm trees under the scorching sun.
Then, traveler’s delight happened and I saw this cute calf and his mother. (I took a shot for you all).
We came across the attenuation well.
According to our guide, there was something in the water from the well that was given to the slaves to make them lose their memory and become less arrogant to their master. Now because none of them went back, they couldn’t tell their fellow slaves and know that most times, these slaves must be hungry and thirsty and would take this as an act of gratitude. After walking for a long while, we came across the last wall signal and we could see the water.
Then we relaxed at one of the beach huts, had food and drinks, played some board games and played some beach soccer. After about three hours, we then made the journey back – we had come to the island of no Return and we had returned!
I hope I get to visit another place before the year ends. I have my eyes on Ake and Calabar for the book festival and the Christmas festival this year!
I know it’s a Thursday and we’re looking forward to the weekend and I apologize for documenting about this so late. Last week was one of the busiest weekends I’ve ever had. Unlike the normal Franklin weekend, I had a lot of things to do. A lot of them clashing with each other. And so, some factors had to be put in place to choose where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing. Let’s start up with Friday
Friday was Afropolitan Vibes and it was a special edition because Burna Boy was to perform. Now unlike the normal editions, I was a bit late to the show and the whole of Lagos came out for the show (probably because it was the Felabration edition or because it’s Burna). We got in and there was live music from Yinka Davies, Gyedu – Blay Ambolley, Bantu, and his band as well as Burna Boy’s grandpa who came to give us some good songs from Fela (seems this music thing runs in them). Adekunle Gold came up to give us ‘Sade’ and ‘Orente’ and everywhere was bubbling. It was so beautiful. Then we had Burna! And he rocked. In short, I listened to all his songs on Youtube after his show. And did I tell you I got up on stage to dance? Yes. Afropolitan Vibes has the most beautiful audience who come up to show off their dancing skills. Edwin made me go up and I enjoyed every bit of it. When I wasn’t dancing up, I was with my cup of Orijin dancing or jumping excitedly. So if you don’t come for Afropolitan and you’re in Lagos, what are you really doing?
The busiest day of my weekend. I was a part of the Project Get Naked campaign 2015 and there was the campaign shoot happening. I met a lot of people and had fun (well for a good part) interviewing most of these celebrities for the shoot. (Now what was it the busiest? Because I had a bad headache from Friday. Because I had about two weddings and a conference to attend. And I skipped all of this. In the long run, it was good.
Sunday was church day. Went to church and relaxed. And then, I made lunch. We had the second day of the Project Get Naked shoot too, so I had to make way for that. Unlike Saturday, left early because I promised a friend I’ll make it to Elegushi. Now fast forward to say around 4 pm when I left the photoshoot, I got to Elegushi and a fee of a thousand naira was collected from me. What for? Hidden charges? These guys are surely exploiting our ‘natural resources’ as the case may be. When I got into the beach, I was expecting more from the Elegushi I’ve been hearing so much about. Honestly, I didn’t see anything that would make me come there again. The horses were all in my business smelling and all. Lol! And to think I actually proposed to a friend to have a little get together there. Even the quiet time I tried to get, I couldn’t get it. Anyway, we spent the evening bonding over peppered meat I brought and Star Radler, which is one of the few good things right now.
This weekend, I’m going to Badagry! And I’ll come with pictures. Supposed to get my NYSC call up letter and I don’t know what’s happening. Enough of me, what’s happening with you?
If anyone had told me my Sunday would be filled with this much laughter, I probably won’t believe. It’s the first Sunday of the month and these are normally reserved for sleep. Laundry, sleep and sleep. Until Vivian came along offering me a VIP ticket to an evening of great stage play, and music eventually.
It was London Life, Lagos Living showing and I had always wanted to see it. I missed a child dedication and a birthday party for this, just to show you how eager I was. Thank God my dad was in his very calm mood so there was no pressure.
The 3pm show started late, with eager members of the audience delayed downstairs and for a little while, in the hall where the play held. While ‘technical issues’ were being attended to, we were thrilled to music from Isaac Geralds. (Random – I don’t think I like people with two English names). Isaac came on stage bubbling with life, and easily won our hearts with his charming voice and his persona. Interacting with the audience even made us love him much more, and after his performance, the long awaited show kicked off. Here is a video of him performing the same song he did at Project Fame
The show, which starred Kate Henshaw, OC Ukeje, Lala Akindoju Funke Akindele, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Lami Philips, Debola Williams and Patrick Diabuah revolved around topics ranging from religion, to relationships, to common annoying things Lagos people say and then gratification from starters amidst others. These actors, came out individually and in a group to talk about these challenging problems and I must confess they nailed it! I could relate with the part where ‘This Day Style’ was referenced and how people would do anything to get on blogs and publications only to be called ‘guest’ or ‘ a friend of xxx’. I also could relate with Chigul when she spoke on musical chairs, and the ‘everybody is a winner’ line we got when you were sent off at an early stage. Tons and tons of things that I enjoyed. All these topics were trashed in a hilarious manner, with background music.
Now let’s talk about the acting. The acting was great! Favourite for me was Patrick Diabuah. I’m just seeing him for the first time and I was impressed. Then there’s Lami closely behind. It was when I read her profile I realised she was a trained actor. She good, all the accents she brought to live were hamazing. Lala Akindoju is such a star. Good actor, excellent vocalist and dancer extraordinaire. ( I wrote quite a lot about her here) These guys were awesome, all of them and they were directed by Kenneth Uphopho (remember I wrote about him here).
The play, which takes about an hour and thirty minutes also featured a lot of dancing and body movement, and these actors did good. I left happy and seeking water to quench my thirst. And also with a copy of Mania Magazine, not to forget the boneless chicken and small chops I ate.
Thank you to these guys for this great show! I have to send apologies now to everyone I missed their stuff. (but it was worth it!)
And thank you Vivian and Rita, for everything. Appreciate you all big time!
Oh, and here are a few pictures I took with my phone’s camera! There are better pictures on the internet if you check
Cheers to the freaking weekend! Yes, I’ll drink to that.
What’s up people? How far na? I have so many things in my head to write but time, work and laziness won’t let me be. Anyway, I’ll try to fix all this weekend hopefully (as I have no plans).
Last weekend, I saw a stage play at TerraKulture titled ‘Single in Gidi’. It was a stage adaptation of discussions and a lot more happening on the Single in Gidi blog curated by Miss Gidi. There were topics ranging from dating, relationship and love and and I tell you it was an amazing play! It was directed by Kenneth Uphopho, produced by Lydia Sobogun and featured the likes of Omoye Uzamere, Meg Otanwa, Leelee Byoma, Timi Charles Fadipe, Austine Onuoha and Tosin Oguntayo.
I also saw the beautiful Titilope Sonuga from Gidi Up, Wale Adetula of the Naked Convos and there was musician and songwriter, Bez Idakula and his pretty wife. (Bez even gave us special rendition of some of his songs, amazing stuff). The stage play covered topics rangng from aso-ebi, to the hidden truth behind jogging on the Lekkki Bridge, to weddings and single-married relationships. You should go see it this Sunday (it’s the final viewing) by 3pm and 6pm. Tickets are available at the venue.
This week, I learnt/ re-discovered some new stuff which I’ll share with you
Sleepwalking is a real thing – Came back home after work on Friday last week and I had to prepare a power point presentation for Saturday morning. Slept off early and forgot where I kept my laptop. Next morning, I was looking for the laptop and you won’t believe where I found it later.
Eargasms are a real thing – Basic headphones/headsets/earbuds are shit. Believe me when I say so. These new ones I got recently are the real deal. I feel the background beats and it’s so beautiful. Always so beautiful
Dancing is a stress remover – This week has been real hectic at the office. Hectic that I have considered resigning and just relaxing (I’m not). But to ease off the stress, I have taken consolation in dancing. I just come home and dance. (Quick tip: I think it’s better when you’re naked)
Don’t check movie ratings before watching – No seriously stop it! People who comment on the internet about movies are real rude movie buffs that can make you even hate the movie before watching. So just watch whatever you want to watch and then give your views later, in the future or whenever you decide to.
Sleep early – Yes, I started this week to sleep early and its fun. Really it is, I sleep early and wake up say 2, watch movies till 4 and then enjoy the best part of the morning sleep. Awesome stuff
Hello people of the internet! What’s good? I’ll show you in pictures, how I spent my last weekend . I was at an exhibition held by the Indomie Fan Club on Friday and then on Saturday, I went to the Lekki Town Beach alongside the guys from Beach Samaritans. You can find out all about what they do here
Friday: Indomie Fan Club Exhibition
Saturday: Lekki Town Beach
And then we improvised to take drinks!
And then the Awolowo museum!
And then on Sunday, I slept!
Here’s to hopefully a better weekend! (look, it’s almost here)
Weekends are amazing! And weekends are even more amazing when there’s an extra day of the week to add. That was the case this weekend for me. The occasion was Democracy Day and it fell on a Friday, so Friday, Saturday and Sunday all to me! Continue reading Weekend Vibes: TPL and Yaw’s ‘You’ Show
Yesterday, I went out to Rele for an art exhibition.
Let me start by saying I’ve always wanted to visit Rele after seeing the pictures being posted on social media. The art exhibition at Rele was tagged ‘Strip’
According to the information on Rele’s website, Strip seeks to showcase a collection of nudes in varying degrees by painters and photographers and thus amplify the body of conversation.
The purpose here is to strip bare, rediscover and reopen the discourse around the human form; to provoke keen engagement, investigation of anatomical information; to deconstruct myths and truths of power, shame, freedom, beauty (and more)- the different shades of attendant feelings that accompany an encounter with a naked body.
I went with Yewi and Roy and it was fun. I’ll let the pictures we took do the talking
Then of course, we had to take selfies
Then, we spoke to Reze Bonna, one of the photographers whose work was on display and he explained some of his pieces to us. He agreed to take this selfie with me too, cool guy!
We didn’t get a selfie with Kelechi Amadi Obi but he took his time, when he had it to tell us about the balance of the model in his piece. I also got to meet a whole lot of people. I should also learn to be observant seeing as I didn’t know the faces of most of the people who walked in, until Yewi told me and I’m like “oh xxx, the fashion blogger” “oh yyy,the musician”
The exhibition is still on till June 7th, so you can go over and see these pieces for yourself
Two days before this event, I checked on google what to wear to a Tedx event and read about some lady who bought a new dress and ended up not wearing it to the event. I was going to do native (thank God I didn’t) but at the last hour, I decided to wear a shirt I had received as a present from Shirts by Cynim Continue reading TedxUnilag + Afropolitan Vibes