June 2015

Hello guys, what’s up? Happy new month and welcome to the second quarter of the year. Make it work for you (Of course, I wish you the very best). June was a very challenging month for me really but hey, it’s gone. I’ll be sharing my favorite things from June and I really hope I get to recall a good number of them

TV Shows and Movies

Last month, I watched a lot of TV and movies. These were the things I did after work mostly and I must tell you, a lot of them were good. I watched Empire and How to Get Away with Murder (can’t wait for the sequels to these). There was also Game of Thrones which I wrote reviews for weekly on this blog and then, Gidi Up and Lekki Wives. Gidi Up was so good, I’m surprised it took me so long to see it (PS- Ikechukwu needs to concentrate on that acting career) and for Lekki Wives, it’s hilarious. I’m done with the first season and I hear there’s 2 and 3 (how to find these will be the big problem). There was also Alicia Florrick serving major goodness on The Good Wife and Jess from New Girl occasionally.

For movies, I’m not sure I have an accurate record of the movies I saw (They bore me most times now). But I know I saw Jupiter Ascending (liked the fact there was Channing Tatum in it). There was also 13 Lies too, lovely scary movie. Not to forget October 1st by Kunle Afolayan, the message behind the movie may have been mixed up but it was a good one! I also saw Brave, a 30 minutes video on YouTube featuring Adesua Etomi and King Wale Ojo. Very impressive!

Blogs, Tumblr and Instagram

I like to read and cyber stalk people (I mean this in a good way). The guys at Nik Nak are one of my favorite people on the internet (I am a big Pemi Aguda fan). I also love to read Lade’s blog and Black Fabulousity by Kachi and Uche. There’s also 10 and 5, a website that celebrates South African arts, love it! I follow Color the Future on Tumblr and they profile young artistes, really nice that there’s something of that sort. Also, there’s Ukpuru on Tumblr, awesome page!! I also loved this article on Ekene’s blog (you should read it!)

Yagazie Emezi’s Instagram is one of my favorite things, she takes amazing pictures (like Solange has it, she be taking amazing pictures unless she’s in them). Then, of course there’s Stylevitae on Instagram (I’m there for all the Lagos socialites and what they’re up to).

Music and Music Videos

As I write, Simi’s ‘Jamb Question’ is playing (and I can hear the dope beats because I use my Skullcandy earbuds I got as a prise, duh!) and the video is beautiful, just in case you’re still sleeping under a rock or something. Olamide’s ‘Bobo’ is the jam of the moment and I am practicing the dance steps for the next time I’m in public and hear the song. Tonye’s ‘Ari Belema’ is so beautiful; I can’t wait to see the video. I’m still suck on Asa’s ‘Bed of Stone’ album and Sia’s ‘1000 Forms of Fear’ album. They’re there for me always.

Places and Events

I was indoors for a better part last month. Major places I visited were the Lekki Beach which I wrote about here and Single in Gidi which I wrote about here. Speaking about Single in Gidi, I made a video of Bez Idakula singing (Watch here) and I’ll share with you some actual things I found funny about the stage play (couldn’t share earlier, because the play was still showing)

Ways to detect if He’s a Lagos Big Boy

  • He believes in packaging

  • He is a hustler – either he’s chasing one contract or the other or knows someone who knows someone

  • He is a spender

  • He is an event animal – attends all the big events in Lagos

  • He wants to know what you can do and how you can be of help

  • He is a KC boy

  • He doesn’t want liabilities – no young ones, no parents

  • He thinks the mainland is too far

  • He always showers you with gifts

  • He will show you off

(I missed out the last one, but I mean, if you fit 70% description, congratulations! You’re a Lagos big boy)

Books

I haven’t finished any books this month. I think I finished The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger last month or two months ago (not sure lol). My iPad’s screen is cracked and then the charger is bad too. Hopefully, when I fix those, I’ll continue reading my e-books.

In conclusion, July will be better hopefully. Got an email last week from a reader here and I appreciate, thank you very much! Also if you read here, I told you I kinda had big news I wanted to share. Okay, yes, I’m currently a contributor to a lifestyle and fashion website (Read here so yes, patronize me and go to the site to check what’s up. Meanwhile, if you think there’s anything I should check out (movies, books, music, places, websites etc.) please leave a comment, I’m open to suggestions

Peace, love and everything you wish for

Frank

Young grasshopper!!

And you can read about everything I wrote in June here

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Before 2010: 10 Nigerian Albums You Enjoyed

I was watching something on YouTube and came across some old songs. I still had the lyrics stuck in my head so I got to doing a little research. What were your favorite albums before 2010? I’m basically working with 2006-2010 here, so we remain on the same page. When I think of more, maybe I’ll do a sequel. For now, enjoy these:

Expressions (2006)

Styl Plus was the best. I am still convinced that someday they’ll make a comeback but let’s keep waiting. In 2006, they blessed us with an album called ‘Expressions’ that had us stuck to our televisions and radio set memorizing song lyrics. We had ‘Olufunmi’, ‘Imagine That’, ‘Run Away’ and ‘Iya Basira’

Curriculum Vitae (2007)

This is a compilation album of the then Mo’Hits guys featuring Don Jazzy, D’banj, Dr Sid, Wande Coal, Prince and Kayswitch. This album featured hit tracks like ‘Move your Body’, ‘Booty Call’, ‘Pere’, ‘Jasi’ and the classic ‘Why Me’ remix which used to be one of my favourites!

Game Over (2007)

Game Over is the third studio album by P-Square and reportedly sold a million copies within six days of release. This album was and is still a favourite because it’s amazing and has those lovey dovey tracks. Some of the hit songs on this include ‘Do Me’ which featured Waje, ‘No one like you’, ‘Ifunanya’, ‘Roll it’ and a host of others.

Grass 2 Grace (2007)

2Face’s second solo album came with 13 tracks to its credit and was well received by Nigerians and the world in general. Singles like ‘True Love’, ‘If Love is A Crime’, ‘My Love’ warmed our hearts while the rest ‘See Me So’, ‘For Instance’, ‘No shaking’ and others were on the DJ’s playlist for quite a while

Gongo Aso (2008)

For Abolore Akande, ‘Gongo Aso’ was that song that showed everyone what he was made of and that he wasn’t even here to play. With hit tracks like ‘Street Credibility’ which featured 2face, ‘Party Rider’, ‘Wedding Day’, ‘Photocopy’ and ‘Gongo Aso’ itself, this album remained on the lips of Nigerians for quite a while.

Gift and Grace (2008)

I loved Timaya back then! Listening to him gave me life. His album, released in 2008 featured songs like ‘Plantain Boy’, ‘I don Blow’, ‘If to Say’, ‘Yankulu’ and the ‘Dem Mama’ track.

 

Asa (2008)

Her self-titled album was amazing, taking fans on an unexpected journey. Asa won people over with this album which is fused with lyrical depth and rhythmic beauty. With songs like ‘Jailer’, ‘So Beautiful’, ‘Eye Adaba’, ‘Fire on the Mountain’, ‘Awe’, ‘Bibanke’ and a lot of others, why won’t you have loved this music album?

Mushin to Mo Hits (2008)

Mushin to Mo’Hits is the only album Wande Coal has to his credit and he sure brought his A game when he made this one. This album featured hit songs like ‘Ten Ten’, ‘Bumper to Bumper’, ‘Ololufe’, ‘Se Ope’ (in short, every song on this album is a hit song)

Danger (2009)

The guys from P-Square were big news then and are actually still big news really. Their fourth studio album was another big one with hit tracks like ‘I Love You’, ‘Trowey’, ‘Possibility’ and the one which attracted the Igbo guys ‘E no Easy’. As usual, the guys did well giving their audience the club bangers, the bit of romance and all what not. On this album, there’s a track dedicated to the fans called ‘Super Fans’

Undareyted (2009)

Undareyted was the beginning of my love for Darey Art Alade. Undareyted was beautiful, amazing and the best album maybe that came out in 2009. It featured tracks like ‘Style na Style’, ‘Not the Girl’, ‘With this Woman’, ‘Carry de Go’ amidst others. Featured on this album include Naeto C, 9ice and 2Face

So which was your favorite or favorites?

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5 Favorite Things This Week

I remember telling myself I was going to try to write on a weekly basis but sometimes, you say A and B happens. So here’s what I came up with, since I go through a lot on weekly basis, why don’t I try to be positive and tell you about my best things this week (some weeks, it might be worst things) but all the same, I get to express myself freely without any form of struggle humor or literary criticism.

This week for me, was quite stressful. Started out with a few hangouts and ended up with work. (And I was moved to a new office by the way) Anyway, in no particular order, here are my favorite things this week:
1. Scandal

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So this week, I got everything about Scandal in my palms. I hadn’t been following it up, but now I was ready to. Despite my busy schedule at the office, I was able to watch all episodes of Scandal and damn, I’m impressed. (I actually can’t wait for more, Shonda). First, I miss Harrison but anyway, I love that Aby and Quinn have more serious things doing. They used to be basically Olivia’s puppets all along. Then, I think I love Olitz rekindling (even though Olivia needs to stop that unnecessary serenre sometimes). I also love Cyrus and his new lover (they’re so cute!) And damn, Rowan Pope is the devil himself.

2. Tabula Rasa

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I like to say without mincing words that Brymo’s album is the best album of 2014. Best because probably I wasn’t expecting such from him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he can’t deliver or something. This album is the perfect mix of everything for me and at least, I play once a day just because I can. My favorite song is track 4, ‘Dear Child’

3. The guys at Stand to End Rape (STER)

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I totally enjoy my time hanging out (meeting) with the guys at STER. The last time, we went out to buy food and it was so funny because I actually just found out there was something sexual about ponmo. Like I was like, “Is your ponmo soft” and Ayodeji, Lade and Dasola pounced at me. I hope we get to hang out more! Oh, Olaomo and IJ are very cool people too (Before they slay me for not mentioning them)
In case you were wondering, Stand to End Rape Initiative is a non-profit organization which I volunteered for. As the name implies, we’re standing to end rape and we’re calling on everyone to join us in this cause.
4. These Words Expose Us: The Naked Convos Anthology

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I’ll probably do a proper review later on before the TNC event which holds on 21st December (I think) but for now, this should work. The book is amazing! The speed at which I finished it was alarming to me also. I loved the cover art by Tokunbo and I must commend the editing by Wole Talabi. A lot of great writers penned down in the book, so you should probably get yours and read. I must also famz that I talk to a few of these writers, and I will get autographs. My favorite story is ‘The Thing with Mr Lawal’ by Pemi Aguda. There’s something about that story, that made me love her. I had to actually search and read through her stuffs on BellaNaija. She’s good people!

 

5. Leopard People

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If you’ve read ‘Akata Witch’ by Nnedi Okoroafor, ‘Leopard People’ shouldn’t be a new word. But it means way more, because my book club goes by the same name. We had a meet up at Coldstone on Sunday and it was fun talking over beautiful cupcakes (which I managed to get home), ice-cream, drinks and glasses (yes, when I uploaded a picture on Instagram, someone said almost all of us had glasses.) We also had a book exchange and it was fun and we hope to do it again next month.

Peace, love and whatever you wish for!