Hello and welcome to the belated 1st birthday celebration of Good Naija Girl the blog! I’d like to thank you readers, new and old, for coming by and commenting when the mood or topic strikes you. I have enjoyed meeting you and reading the blogs of those of you who also blog (PS – you non-bloggers need to start up a blog already!).
I promised a giveaway, and thanks to some wonderful people, I will not be a liar. There will be two categories of prizes to be given away, each with its own rules, so please read carefully.
CATEGORY 1 – OPEN TO EVERYONE
Every single person reading this entry is eligible to win one of the following prizes:
Set of three (3) blank greeting cards, each with a matching envelope:
Made with love by yours truly.
Set of eight (8) glass marble magnets:
These magnets are about 3/4″ in diameter and look great on a fridge or other magnetic surface, and are also handmade by me.
Set of six (6) thumb tacks or push pins:
Use them to tack your calendar to the wall, or to tack things up to a bulletin board. The walls of some office cubicles are great surfaces for these wee things. Made from an ankara print from my last trip to Nigeria.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this entry. The three winners will be selected using this random number generator: I will simply count the number of comments and ask the random number generator to spit out three numbers, match them up with the commenter and those people will receive the prizes. The prizes will be distributed in the order that they are listed. Please: only one entry per person.
CATEGORY 2 – GRAND PRIZES
I was lucky enough to have some very generous people offer their talents and skills as prizes. These prizes will require some work from you before the winner is selected. The rules:
- Pick one or more (if you qualify â€” please read the descriptions below) of the prizes from the list below that you’d like to win.
- Write a short (no more than 40 words) paragraph about why you should be the lucky winner. Please make sure that your paragraph doesn’t include any identifying characteristics (like your name or your blog name).
- Send your paragraph to win[at]goodnaijagirl.com. This is important! Only entries received at the email address indicated will be considered for the prize. Please be sure to indicate which prize you are trying to win in each entry. Please note that each prize requires its own short paragraph.
That’s it! I will forward your entry to the person donating the prize you are trying to win and they will select the winning entry.
Fine print: one entry per person per prize please.
So what are the prizes?
Jewellery By Anne – One piece of jewellery made especially for you.
If you haven’t heard of Jewellery By Anne, you have seriously been missing out! Anne Mordi (featured in BHF Magazine here), is the Nigerian artisan behind Jewellery By Anne, and all you have to do is look at these gorgeous pieces to see what her work is about:
Anne makes bold, beautiful, eye-catching pieces that spark conversation â€” you could not possibly be ignored wearing one of Anne’s pieces. All her work uses high quality materials, including sterling silver wire, semi-precious stones, and African beads that come together to make pieces that in her words “seamlessly capture and incorporate African elegance with a western twist”.
But don’t just take my word for it: have a look at her past collections and if you find something you’ve fallen in love with, don’t wait for this contest to end before ordering. Contact her through her site and I’m sure she can hook you up with a unique piece of jewelry!
Tayo F of All Tayo.com – One custom blog header/banner image.
(Please note: you must be a blogger to enter this contest)
If your blog header is a boring Blogspot or WordPress one, or if you’ve just gotten sick of seeing the same image up there, then Tayo can help! Tayo is the web and graphic designer behind Triple W Creations and she has donated her time to help you create a custom header for your blog. Tayo is no amateur: check out her portfolio here (link removed because website no longer active). The lucky winner will have an opportunity to tell Tayo exactly what they are looking for in a header, and (within reason), Tayo will make their dreams come true. Tayo is a busy woman though, so make sure you’re somebody who knows what they want and can explain it well!
(And why wait for the contest to be over before you have a new header? Contact Tayo and I’m sure she can make you an offer that would be hard to resist!)
Ruthie O. Unaegbu – One pair of handmade earrings.
Ruthie O. Unaegbu is a blogger and actress-to-be who fully intends to dazzle us on the silver screen one day. While waiting for her big break in “the business” and with respect to what she studied in graduate school (Forensic Psychology), Ruthie recently discovered the art of jewelry making as a way to express herself creatively. A few of her pieces have already captured my attention, including the prize she has generously donated. Don’t be dismayed if the winner of her prize is me, though I suspect she’ll try to eliminate me on the grounds of it being nepotism or something! ;)
Seye Kuyinu – One custom blog header.
(Please note: you must be a blogger to enter this contest)
Poet, blogger and full time web designer, Seye and his company, Nysteria Solutions create beautiful sites. If you don’t believe me, check out their portfolio! Seye
has offered was coerced into designing a header for your blog (coercion needed only because of the volume of work he has). It seems like all these web design folk are busy sha, so please make sure you know what you want and communicate it clearly to him so he can make your idea come to life accurately. He will also give you any other information that you need to know with respect to working with him on a blog header design, and how much time he needs to get your design to you.
Anyone who leaves a comment on this post will be entered to win one of the first three prizes.
For the last four prizes, however, you need to send a 40 word (maximum) paragraph to win[at]goodnaijagirl. com, indicating which prize you want to win but not indicating who you are in the body of your email. The prize donor will pick the paragraph that appeals to them the most. You must write a paragraph for each prize you want to win, as long as you’re eligible for the prize.
And the important thing: the contest closes in a week, meaning at 11:59pm my time (EST) on Thursday February 26, 2009, the show will be over! The winners of the first three prizes will be announced on Friday February 27, 2009, and the winners of the grand prizes by March 6, 2009.
Good luck to all entrants, and thank you to my donors for their generosity and patience as I took my sweet time setting things up!
Last but not least: we need a secure way to get these prizes to contestants living in Nigeria or other countries in Africa, a way that won’t be too expensive for shipping purposes, yet will also guarantee they reach their recipient. Unfortunately this means that either the winner will have a wait a long while to receive their prize (because it will be sent through somebody), or another winner may have to be drawn :(. We’ll see what can be done sha.
If you have any questions or comments, or see some big gaps in my logic with this contest, please let me know in the comments or by emailing me at goodnaijagirl[at]gmail.com. Thanks!