It’s the ‘Embers!
Its got to be just us Nigerians that refer to the last four months of the year as ember months . Shebi? But October is not exactly ember sef. Oh well, sha Welcome to the ‘mba’* season (*guess which accent)
How was your first ember month?
My dear brethren do you pray for Nigeria? Please add some specific prayer points about each sector of our country including the health sector. Yes, sadly the strike is still on. Two months now and counting. It is paining me plenty,especially in my case where my study leave period is just counting and ‘wakaring ‘.
You may be wondering, or not, what I’ve been doing with my time. I didn’t feel the strike last month (August) cos I had lots of things to do and it was like a much needed time. But this month,my dear brothers and sisters..i’ve been doing nothing! Well, I’ve been eating, sleeping, eating, sleeping, eating, sleeping then, reading, watching movies, occasional outings or visiting, church events…Dazall!. I’ve also been thinking plenty…. Too much free time makes one think plenty. A few people have commented that I’m adding weight and I’m not that happy abourrit. It took me getting a meal plan and shaper( won it on IG during a giveaway) early in the year to loose my unwanted weight which I had acquired from unhealthy eating habits. I had stopped using the meal plan and shaper when I got to a size I was good with. But this new sedentary lifestyle is threatening that. I’m exercise lazy. So I need to go back to work (my gym 💪) . My petite frame doesn’t need any extra weight. Before I find myself registering for E’s next class .
Since I big chopped and went natural in April, I’ve been free styling with my hair and not really doing much styling to it. I had my first salon visit to a natural hair salon and I loved the results. I had two strand twists done. I’m not very sure what typing my hair falls under but it has two distinct patterns. I would say the front is 4a and the back 4c. The curl latter in front is so cool. It might even be type 3 sef.
First look who’s hair is growing. Slow and steady.
I had the pleasure of doing a hair dye job on my friends hair. And we both loved the results even Tho blonde/brown isn’t exactly my colour.
I saw this poster on instagram and I jumped. Something to take me out! And the speakers lined up. I knew I wouldn’t miss it. My friend also had a stand at the exhibition area. As an aspiring entrepreneur each session I attended made maximum sense! Especially those by Dr Anthony van Tonder, Fela Durotoye, Pastor Uche Onozie (the convener)……..
And it we all free.. No entry registration fees. The exhibitors however paid for their stands. I also got to know they hold monthly sessions/trainings. #Noted
God bless the Market Place Apostles Empowerment Foundation. Find them Here
I had defaulted on my reading. But with time o my hands I slowly picked up again. Both academic and non academic.
For October I would like to do more academic readings and then one or two Fiction. So help me God.
Did you have a piggy bank growing up? Well it was ‘saving box’ I knew it as back then. I had one as a child. It wasn’t pink and shaped like a pig 🐷…. It was a neat wooden box where my mum made me put the money I was ‘dashed’ that got to my hand. You know it’s not all money that a child is given that actually gets to their hands. I was passing by a carpenters shop in December last year and saw one. I bought it. N300. Covered it up in some Ankara Fabric. Afric-Saving box. I had a one year plan Dec-Dec. I also decided to put only 1k or 500..no lesser denominations. Got a plan online to follow. But life happened and I couldn’t follow it. So I just freestyled. Even if it was once a month. Any seemingly extra 1k entered there. And the box was such that once in, fogerrit unless you wanna break it. Someone told me she uses broom to still bring out the money. I had a good laugh! The opening on mine was very slim tho. I had no plans on what to use the money for, I didn’t tag it to a specific need. I was more curious about how much I would have saved by it. Occasionally I would shake the box, as though from the sound I can tell how much is in it. I must confess I wasn’t regular. I went weeks before remembering it sometimes. Fast forward to this month I needed to ‘spare’money to do some things. Enter saving box! I was very curious. Like when I was younger, my mum had the honours of breaking the box. She actually followed my steps and got one too early in the year. She’s still sticking to Dec to open hers.
Humour me and take a guess. The right answer will get a gift. A free e-book most likely. It’s reading season. The answer would be in my next post.
I got to take a train ride! It was from Port Harcourt to Aba. I had never been on one and just thought to do it and cut the bad roads and traffic I would have encountered. It was an experience indeed.
It was meant to be a two hours trip. But was a bit longer than that because there were many stops along the route. It really was an experience. This post already feels so long so might do a separate post on the trip.
Have you ever had a train ride here in Nigeria? What was yourexperience like? If you haven’t, do you think you might try it out some day?
It was independence yesterday. Happy independence to my country, Nigeria. My heart gets heavy each time I think of my country, and I pray more for her now than I ever did.
Whenever it seems like you’ve got nothing positive to think or say about Nigeria, just say a prayer for the nation. Or just recite the above anthem.
The year is really winding down. Feels so fast. Ready for December?
Do have a beautiful October.
Bubbles of love ,