Saturday, June 20, 2009

A lot of entertainment and a little confusion

Okay let me start this write up by saying I am a moderate fan of basketball and the reason I went from no-idea-what-the-rules-of-this-game-are to moderate fan is because some friends are huge fans and I often go to and watch a few games. A popular team is the Lakers so it is safe to say I know the faces of most of the team members and a few names in addition.

I was familiar with who D.J. Mbenga was on court but not off court as in where he is from and all that including how funny he really is.
Anyways I stumbled on the Jimmy Kimmel show last night and about 9 members of the L.A. Lakers team were on the show including Kobe, Fisher, Ariza, Gasol and Mbenga.
At some point the whole team was ribbing Mbenga on his accent; thats no problem, infact it looked like the whole team was friendly with each other and you know how guys tease each other, it was fun to watch.

But what confused me was when Jimmy Kimmel mentioned that he would like to hire Mbenga as a security guard on the show. Now I know he was being funny but I am hesistant to say stereotypical because I didnt know Africans were known to be security guards more than any other race?! On the other hand, I felt it was a bit confusing to mention that you wanted to hire him as a security guard because you didnt understand his accent or because he was funny?! I could be wrong, there might be no relationship but when I heard it, I frowned without even blinking and the rest of the interview I was a little angry at the statement.

I think I was more upset because I found Mbenga to be cute, charming, funny and seemingly a sweetheart. Had Kimmel said it to Lebron, I might not have cared. Anyways below is a clip of the interview, it starts at 8.25 if you can determine what he meant let me know and I will stand corrected.

With that said it was a completely entertaining interview especially for someone like me; I find the interviews more interesting than the actual

Well have a wonderful fathers day and God bless all our dads! I love you daddy!

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Saree Story

I read somewhere that it seems to be a controversial issue in Nigeria because we have politicians commenting on how much skin Nigerian women should show!

I honestly think it is a very attractive way to dress IF you do it right. I am concerned though that it might be a trend and like all trends, fade with time but if you put your own personal spin on it, you might be able to get away with it in any season.

It can work with most shapes. For instance, due to the multiple layers of fabric, a slimmer figure can acquire a fuller-looking figure and still be able to pull off the look successfully with a belted version to give the illusion of curves.
However, actually fuller figures might need to find a balance because those multiple layers of fabric can add bulk as opposed to flattering the figure; I wouls suggest a corsetted top and a full skirt(sort of like Linda's version).
The right style to rock would depend on one's figure and the occasion. A midriff-baring saree might not be generally appropriate for all occasions but thankfully there are lots of ways to wear it and still look elegant. You just have to make sure it works for you. The great thing is you can wear it with a longer top underneath to avoid showing too much skin. I love the idea of wearing it like a one-shoulder wrap, completely covered all over the body but still figure flattering at the same time with the extra fabric draped on your arm or alternatively pinned on your shoulder.

How to wear a Saree

Wrap Saree

Linda Ikeji in a Saree from her collection, see this blog post

If you have it, flaunt it.

How not to wear a Saree

Peace,Love and fabulousness

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blog Challenged-there is such a thing!

Ok I have been a blogger for a little over a year and today I am wondering why no one ever told me about 'following' a blog. I only just found out today cause prior to today I used to check out my favorite blogs everyday waiting on 'thought provoking' posts! But today it all changed! There is such a thing as blog-illiterate but today I was reeducated!

Now if only I could figure out how to put them on my blog?! Help, anyone?!

UPDATE: I figured it out!

peace, love and fabulousness.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Linda Ikeji has a new Saree line!

Blogger personality Linda Ikeji is now officially a designer with the introduction of her new Saree line. Check out pictures below and click the link for more pics. Congrats Linda!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Shell Oil Scandal Settlement after more than 12 years

Most of us who grew up in Nigeria remember the late activist and poet Ken Saro-Wiwa and the mystery surounding his execution along with 9 others in 1995. The involvement of Shell was always suspected by the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta region. Click the link below to read the full article that covers the $15 million settlement.

Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., the late activist's son has been outspoken about what this means for his family and the other families. Below is an interview he did with CNN shortly after the settlement.

(CNN) -- Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., the son of executed Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, spoke exclusively to CNN's Becky Anderson about Shell's $15.5 million payout to settle a lawsuit accusing the oil giant of complicity in the deaths of Saro-Wiwa and other activists. Following is a transcript of the interview.
Q: What does this settlement mean to you and the other plaintiffs?
A: Well, I think in the end it enables us to draw a line under the past and actually face the future with something tangible, some hope that this is the beginning of a better engagement between all the stakeholders in this issue.
Q: Would your father have been pleased do you think?
A: Yes, I think he was always a pragmatic kind of guy, someone who was always insistent that individuals should serve the collective at every point, and I think this is something that speaks to that.
Q: Why did you settle?
A: Because it offered the opportunity, as I said, to draw a line under the past so that we can move on with our lives and you have to remember there are 10 people involved in this plaintiff, all with varying experiences and aspirations.

For the rest of this interview, click on the link below.