New role in my local Nigerian community

My parents are one of the founding families of our local Yoruba association, which has been running for almost 10 years (it’ll be 10 years later this year). My dad actually had the honour of giving a (longish) keynote speech when the association launched and he served as president over the last year or two. The association meets every two months and their main activities as I can determine are a picnic in July, the end of year/Christmas party and the Yoruba school initiative on Saturdays for children up to the age of 13. For the last few years, my dad has been encouraging me to get involved in the association because without “young people”, the association will die. It’s true that the average age of those attending meetings is probably around mid-40s, and the picnic and end of year party are rarely attended by people in their late teens, … Continue reading

Sensationalist images on blogs

I grew up accustomed to censorship in the media, where polite reminders would be given when the evening news decided to show (rare) images of dead people on tv. As a result, any time I come across a grotesque picture on a blog by accident (I greatly appreciate bloggers who provide warnings of what is to come so I can leave beforehand), I feel physically sick. I’m referring to pictures of people who were killed and tossed into mass graves, people who were recently found suffocated, the woman in Lagos who was killed by her husband, and most recently the guy who committed suicide, pictures that have circulated this year, which thankfully I have avoided seeing for the most part. I understand that a picture is worth a thousand words and I know for some there’s a fascination or curiosity about seeing the aftermath of a tragedy but sometimes I … Continue reading

Thankful in August – Part II

August is a busy month in our family: my dad celebrated his birthday earlier in the month and my sister celebrated her 30th birthday last week! I’m very thankful for her life and that the entire family was around to celebrate her special day together, now that my dad is living in a different city. My sister has a very unique role in the family and things just wouldn’t be the same without her. My wishes for her are many, but continued good health and a really good job are at the top of the list. My parents are also celebrating 35 years of married life this month, today (August 25) actually! They are an extraordinary couple who exemplify what marriage should look like. They have truly taken to heart the idea of being there in sickness and in health, for better and for worse, and I look forward to … Continue reading

Thankful in August – Part I

It’s a lack of time rather than a lack of things to be thankful for that has stopped me from sharing a thankful post. Check out the following and tell me if you don’t agree: Today is my incredible father’s birthday. He has faced many challenges this year so I am thankful that he has made it to another year. Please pray for him, that this new year he’s entering would be one of answered prayers with regard to his employment situation, impeccable health, and freedom from those things that cause him stress. I will always consider it my extreme honour to have been placed by God in this family as my Daddy’s daughter. My mother celebrated her birthday last month. I’ve talked about her before, and asked for prayers for her before because she faces health challenges, but I’m regularly blown away by how she always manages to keep … Continue reading

Very small gist

Two entries ago, a few kind readers expressed interest in knowing more about the guy that my great-aunt set me up with, the guy I’m still talking to almost two years after our first rather uninteresting phone call. I don’t want to say much because the relationship is long distance. My sister was in a long distance relationship for two years and it had a very disappointing end; that is why I try to not to be in such relationships and why I’m not ready to say too much here. When things work out so we’re able to spend some in-person time together, I’ll provide you with more information than you want to hear. We started talking in October 2009, we met in October 2010 and it was after this in-person meeting that things really turned from “potential couple” to “I guess we’re a real couple” in my eyes. He’s … Continue reading

On customer service in (parts of) Nigeria

A friend of mine will be getting married later this year and she’s been sharing her adventures as she deals with various vendors in Nigeria. Between the tailor who told her that he decided to change the design they had agreed upon for one of her outfits because his own idea was “finer”, to an invitation designer who skimped on quality in order to put more money in his pocket, who is never reachable by phone, she’s been having fun. Needless to say the customer service she has received leaves much to be desired. Not all Nigerian businesses are dismal when it comes to providing customer service but I have to admit I wasn’t impressed during my last two trips to Nigeria. To be fair most of my experiences were in the market so that might be a factor. In Canada, customer service is a big deal: businesses invest time … Continue reading