Thursday, October 28, 2010

And the beat goes on...

Just when I was getting ready to throw my hands up in the air and scream, "I'M DONE!!!" when I graduate in December, I've come upon other plans............. I'm continuing with school! I didn't think I'd do it, but I found an opportunity that I think is really worth it.

In December I'll graduate with my bachelor's in journalism. That's all well and fine. But I don't have a lot of the skills I want. Skills that I feel would really take me to the next level. I think I've gotten the basics of writing, but in today's world of journalism, you need more than that. So I'll be attending Specs Howard School of Media Arts when I graduate. I'm going to learn video production and editing, graphic design, and website design. Really cool stuff. If you can't tell already.....I'm excited!!!! The school is a hands-on kind of place and that's what I need. Theories and postulations annoy me. Give me some real life dealings!!! Lol.... The program is only one year, so I know that it will go by really fast.

P.S., I really, really, really love my friend Adora, who helped me figure out why I couldn't post pictures for a while.....I was in HTML mode!!! I guess Blogger switched the default up on me!  It's really the little things that mean something to me. A piece of candy. A phone call to say hello. A funny Facebook comment. Helping me figure out my blogging frustrations. Yeah.................. :) Thanks Adora!

Me and my awesome friend Adora!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Feeling Poetic

Today, for no apparent reason I'm feeling rather poetic. Maybe it's cause I just got out of my psychology class, where today's topic had to do with differences between males and females, sexually, emotionally, mentally and otherwise. That got me thinking about relationships...then love...which got me thinking about poetry because so many people write love poems...... But I usually don't. Lol. Anyways, here's a little somethin' somethin' that came to me.

The tide is turning,
a fire is burning,
it's getting hot
and pride is learning -
To give it up
and trust again,
If only I'd find
my long lost friend.

Games grow old
and I am told
that in good time
all things unfold;
the only question now is, "when?"
this long and drawn-out match will end.

Chidinma Ogbuaku 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sumo Wrestling in Nigeria?

I was on the Africa section of, a subsection of their World section, when I found this story. At first glance at the title I thought it was just speculation, but once I clicked on it I found out it was real: Sumo wrestling in Nigeria.

(For some reason I'm not able to post pictures or link a few words to another page at this time)

Anyways, what do you think? Sumo in Naija? Lol......

Monday, October 11, 2010

Naija people dey shine

Good day to ya! I haven't written since Nigeria's Independence Day, but I trust that all the Naija people out there had a lovely one. Frustration set upon me that morning as the video message I made refused to upload before I had to leave the house. My day was so busy that I never got a chance to do it, and to me, uploading the video a day late woulda been kind of tacky. October 1 na Independence Day. I no fit load am for October 2 and come with one kin tori. Lol.

Anyways, that day the Naija students at my school held a celebration for Nigeria's 50th Independence. It was a really great event (click here for pictures). My dance group, Igbo Cultural Dancers danced and a local Naija hip hop group, Darkshades Entertainment, rocked the house. We also showed a mini video of the country's history and had a game of Jepoardy, among other things. We had quite a few Americans and other non-Naija people at the event, so it was pretty cool.

I'm really developing a love for sharing Nigerian culture (the little that I know) with non-Nigerians. Almost three weeks ago the we danced at an event held by a group called the Afrikan Village. Most of the members in the group are black Americans who are interested in African culture. They loved our dance, and it was our first paid event! (Woo hoo!!!). On the 22nd of this month we'll be dancing in an American play. I'm really excited. :)

We can shine a positive light on Nigeria (and her descendants) by being positive examples of excellence wherever we go. Many around the world see Nigeria as a country of scammers and terrorists, plauged with poverty and instability. But when those of us who are working hard to reach positive goals stand up and be counted as Nigerians, the country can be associated with better things. My Naija people: we must to dey shine. You never know who's watching.

A friend of mine shared this story, 10 Things You Can Learn From A Nigerian, from the Atlanta Post on Facebook. Just goes to show my point. Naija people dey shine. :)

I leave you with this. Hot, ain't it?