Monthly Archives: January 2015

Photo Rehab #1

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Slain but still standing

Slain but still standing

Okay Lucile you win…

You really know how to pull me in. It’s no secret that I love pictures and yup I had withdrawal symptoms too but I guess I covered it up with other stuffs.

I took this picture with my faithful Samsung Duos phone (I love the pix it gives) when we went to Ife last year December. This tree is situated behind my senior sister’s home. I found it intriguing, as I noticed the tree had been cut down and burnt yet it was still standing. Also it seem each limb was struggling to rule over the other. But we will never know, if only trees could speak my language!

There’s another angle I took of it though…maybe I’ll add that in subsequent ones.

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday

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#Writer’sQuoteWednesday

For the l ❤ ve of Books and Words

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I’m not sure who really the author of this quote is, as I saw many “Andrew Wolfe”, hence I don’t have anything to say about him. Forgive me 🙂

But I truly loved it that he equated ‘words’ with LOVE. Thinking about it, it would not only be EMPTY, it would be boring and lifeless and every other word that signifies deadness. Knowing this, I choose my words carefully because if I feel love, I would want my readers to experience every emotion I felt in that state and if it was a kiss (and a glorious one at that!), you’d truly want to be kissed when I’m done writing about….

For me, the ability to make your readers feel everything you feel whilst writing, is a gift we writers should hold in awe!

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Ekpang Nkwukwo

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Humming … “I can only imagine”

Yes o! I can only imagine the multitude of people salivating at my topic. Well, that is relative and dependent on my crowd being mostly Nigerians and a few people outside Naija and Africa who know what I’m talking about.

My friends (FK and Lucille) and I had a discussion about a dish I could cook and I chose Ekpang Nkwukwo amongst so many more. To ensure it wasn’t just about something I picked up from the net and forwarded, I made up my mind to cook the main thing and send via web to them. I’m so looking forward to the time when you can cyber-taste food, so Lucille won’t have to travel all the way and neither would I.

Dear Dream Readers, here’s what I came up with and for your information, the Periwinkle is for FK alone as she plans to cook Ekpang Nkwukwo also, but can’t seem to find Periwinkle to add – so I’m sending her these. Hope it will suffice FK. *wink*.

I guess most of you would want to know the process and the ingredients to use, so I’ll suggest this link http://www.mybelledonfull.com/2012/05/18/ekpang-nkwukwo/ to you. Don’t tell FK I said this, but that’s where she’s learning to cook hers. LOL

Periwinkle aka Mfi

Periwinkle aka Mfi

Getting cooked with other ingredients

Getting cooked with other ingredients

As for the final thing, I can only give you a plate, as I have so many mouths waiting to enjoy it with me. Besides, I made mine a bit dry, so by the time you add enough liquid to get the porridge, it should go round everyone that wants to taste. I trust I made your evening pleasurable.

Behold...Ekpang Nkwukwo

Behold…Ekpang Nkwukwo

Pray tell, how did it taste, what would you like for me to cook for you next time?

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When Two Elephants Fight

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Nigerian MapI heard this saying when I was really young…I’m not that old either, but I have progressed steadily in the growth department for some years now, don’t let my looks deceive you… and it said “When two Elephants fight, the grass gets hurt.”

For the life of me, what prompted the Elephants to fight? Were they trying to share the forest and one laid claims to more lands than necessary, given the harvest his own end of the forest was bringing? OR Was it a case of wife-snatching? Just my ‘crazy’ mind doing what it knows best, thinking out loud, so as to hear another’s opinion. Not like I will take it o! But then who knows?

Thinking about it, are they not supposed to fight in a ring? Why on the poor grass? Who is their referee? Who organised the fight? All these ‘Whos’ you say, yes I need to know. What brought about the fight? Who stands to gain when the storm is over? Hmmm.

I have seen many DPs and appeal for and against the two main parties in the race. Some are really hilarious 🙂 and gets one thinking when all is said and done, what will we gain from all the bad-blood we have generated amongst ourselves. Why are we letting the Elephants use us to achieve their selfish/unselfish gains? If they are Men enough as they claim, let them speak for themselves. What do they REALLY have to offer us…we have had enough of bogus promises and no show. We’ve had enough of THREATS and actually TERROR. We want our GRASS back and GREEN the way it used to be before all of these madness (including those of years past). I think it is time the GRASS became slippery, so that by the time both Elephants fall and rise from fighting instead of focusing, they will acknowledge HER.

In the meanwhile, February 14th is on the way, what will your vote say? I rest my case…just for today anyway.

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