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Tales of a banker

*opens window* looks out…. Nobody in sight. *sad face* Heads to the door. *opens door*. Cameras flashing…  *Deronk smiles* Psyches right? Hello world…

Your favourite blogger is back… More psyches. Oh well, ya all know I am a drama queen.

So yeah sorry for the very long break. In 2 days I have been accused of abandoning my blog twice. Not intentional. Blame it on the job. Yeah. Not sure I mentioned that I changed jobs. Or well, I got a job. The other was a temp thingy. So started in June and it has been a ball. Except the few times I had to work all through the night… YES!!! Slept (not sleeping in the real sense though) at work. And yeah, the late hours, and the forgetting to update my blog and the not being able to see people and…. Ok it ends there. Asides all of that, seriously, it has been FUN!!!!! I tend to lose track of time most times.  However, I know that as interesting as it is, it aint sustainable. So dear babes is still job hunting….

Tis wedding season again. Ya all remember my 2 brides? Yep! One got married yesterday. In Abuja. Sadly I couldn’t go. Went to Ibadan for another wedding. I kent stop loving weddings. God help me. Blame it on the job again. I couldn’t organize a bridal shower for her. *sad face*Well, bride 2’s is this Saturday. WE LOCKING IT DOWN FROM FRIDAY NIGHT. I hope we get any sleep before the wedding. EVERYBODY IS GONNA BE IN TOWN. Excited much. Couldn’t organize a shower for her too. So we doing our “parry” this Friday.

Interesting conversation I had a few days ago in my father’s house. A church member comes to ours with his family. I open up for them and this conversation happened.

Son 2: Do you live in this house?

Me: (in my head) Nah. (I say instead with a smile) Yes

Son 2: No you don’t. I have never seen you before (and he gives me this “who is she, what is she doing here, daddy we should leave here now look).

Me: (in my head) bin ba kan omo yi niko nisin wa ni mo buro (If I knock this boy’s head now they would say I am wicked).

Made me take a step back sha. I have over time gone home and even relatives give me the “who are you” look. A lot of them figure out who I am because I look like my mum. And frankly it never bothered me. Who wants to know them too? Well, now I think I need to go home more often. Before someone slams the door of my father’s house because he/she doesn’t know me.

That said, life is balanced again. Football season has started. Yeah, you heard right, it is well with the world again. Ladies listen up!!!! Best time to have your wedding? Between June and first  week in August. Anytime before or after that, OYO. If your husband no show for the wedding, no bi him fault. iKid. Tempted to switch. Since I kent leave Arsenal, I can move to another league right? Bundesliga here I come…. To support Bayern (more like Pep) or Dortmund (Jurgen Klopp)? Yeah, I am stalking both coaches. Sombori help me….

By the way, whatever happened to Daniel Bedingfield? I was at work yesterday and “If you are not the one” jumped at me.  #nowdownloading *sigh*

Cheers people. Have a lovely week. I won’t be away this long again.

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I have a dream

So I hit 100 posts and I went to sleep yeah? No bi so o. Between work, working on baby sister’s project, watching Scandal (and going to start Suits tonight, I barely even watch my regulars nowadays) and those that keep me awake till early hours the next morning (you know yourselves, 360 degrees side eye), I have had a full 3 weeks. At work 8:30am and might not leave till past 9pm at times, Monday to Saturday. Whew. I have suddenly developed some super woman skills I never knew I had. I have to find time to see friends, chat and all and still sleep in between all of this. And yet I haven’t broken down. You see… I am a super woman.

Back to post. Na, I aint MLK. Just got to work this morning and suddenly remembered one of the songs I sang with my school choir which was an adaptation of his speech. Well, the whole essence of this post sha and sha is that I remembered some songs and I want to share them with you. If you were fortunate to have Mrs. Amorelle Inanga or Joshua Saprong teach you music in school, I doff my hat. If unfortunately neither of them taught you BUT you attended a good school and used their music book, you try small. For those who didn’t have the fortune of being taught by either neither did they use the books or you schooled in Nigeria, I am sorry for you. You can’t be helped. Go back to your secondary school and collect change. I am sure you are one of those who like “your waist” and all the crap being sung in the music industry. Jokes people. Just glad I had a good teacher.

By the way, I hear Iyanaya served garden eggs as small chops for VIPs at his concert yesterday. Ndo o. He is just improvising. Trying to remind ya all tis Lent and as it won’t be proper to do Easter eggs now, he made do with garden eggs. Plus eating garden eggs is healthy na and economical. Compared to frying small chops.

So these three songs just came to mind. And as my dear school celebrates her 50th Anniversary later in the year, I wish somehow, everyone of us that passed through Mrs Inanga can come together and sing some of these songs.

N.B: it is coincidental that two songs talk about slavery, peace and freedom.

I have a dream

I have a dream, for all humanity

That we may know truth and dignity

That peace on earth (peace on the earth)

Becomes reality

And that one day we stand hand in hand, arm in arm

Yes I, I have a dream

A dream for all the people in the world

That peace, peace, hope and God’s freedom shall reign

Yes I, I have a dream

A dream that all nations shall celebrate

And every trace of fear would be gone

And we would join our voices in unity

And sing freedom’s song

This aint the fully song yo…

I can’t remember the title of this song so let’s just call it “Hope”.

Hope

Let my thoughts fly on wings swift and golden

Till they light on those hills so cool and restful

Fanned by breezes more tender and gentle

Than in any other land on the earth

Greet the dear banks of Jordan’s river

Those dark ruins of Zion’s fortress

Oh my homeland now distant forever

In my memory always enshrined land of my birth

Harp of gold, fateful harp of our destiny

On the willow now hanging in silence

In our hearts kindle flames of remembrance

Of the once happy days long before

Or in telling the world of our story

Strike your strings with lament and with weeping

Oh my God send our hearts upward leaping

With a song giving us hope yet once more

With a song giving hope yet once more

With a song giving hope yet once more

Giving hope yet once more.

I remember this song being played when I went to watch Carousel at the Barbican Centre and I was almost in tears. Listening to it with all the instruments and those voices was just…….. 

You’ll never walk alone

When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm

There’s a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of the lark
Walk on, through the wind

Walk on, through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone
When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of the storm

There’s a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of the lark
Walk on, through the wind

Walk on, through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your hear

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

She taught me this song too…. Can I be a child again

Nostalgia!!! Need to find my flute and start playing the piano again… *sigh*

Side note: Please read and comment on this blog.

Tada

Naija music

Well I aint got anything major to blog about. So I decided to talk about 9ja music.

I am really backward when it comes to Nigerian music. Don’t blame me, with the kinda crap most people (both local and foreign) I just switched off. I love me Tina Turner through to the TLC, Envogue, Destiny’s Child days jo. So most times I only get to hear about a song if I go for a friend’s party or on radio (and hearing songs on radio since I got here has reduced to zero anyways). So am left with the once in a while birthday parties I attend. And trust me, most of the songs I hear I just bone. Yes, “dance-hall” songs, loved by those who can dance and party and all, with little or no meanings. And you then wonder what the world has become. Lol. Am sounding serious right?

Anywayz, some songs that caught my attention recently include Azonto (I don’t know if that’s the title of the song, I know it is a dance sha; it is by one fuse guy), Ara by Brymo (apparently he is under them MI’s label; like the song but think the video is just there, so much of Olorioko’s concept), Chop my money (not sure about the morals of the song but I kinda like the video with Akon) and Flavour’s Oyi (it was the line of jollof rice that jumped at me *smh* and made me look for the song) and MI’s Action Film (I think the video did it for me). I still don’t get why people hype Wizkid (I hope that’s the spelling), D’banj (seriously after Mobolowowan; not sure I got the spelling right either, he hasn’t impressed me; oh well like he says I guess he is just being an entertainer and entertaining his way into millions right?) and Davido. Seriously I don’t get the hype but that’s me sha. 2 Face I used to like. Eldee and Banky W, I really don’t listen to. Didn’t help that Banky W came out singing his version of Umbrella, which I never liked. That kinda put me off him from the start and I always thought he was gay *covering my eyes*. I know he isn’t. I am homophobic. I hear Eldee does good songs sha. Never really bothered listening.

The whole point of this post was to say kudos to the Ibo musicians actually. I think have over-digressed sef. Anywayz, back to Flavour’s songs. Heard the my jollof rice song, sorry Oyi song (it is jollof rice song jo) and I just thought about how hard it would have been for him and other Ibo artistes to break into the music market. Some years back every Nigerian artiste wanted to sing in English, sing like R Kelly or rap like Eminem or Jay Z. And suddenly, we start singing in our language. A huge step and a step in the right direction. The Yoruba guys went far ahead and made so much and I can imagine it must have been a little hard for the Ibo guys to come in. I dunno. I am just thinking. I think the first Ibo artiste (he actually isn’t Ibo and am not sure he has even sang a song in his language like that) was Iyanya (he is either Calabar or Awka-Ibom I think). The first real song in Ibo I liked (well a mix between English and Igbo) was Obi mu by Obiwon. And I LOVE THAT SONG. Shoot me. It must be played when I get married. If I can get him to sing it sef I don’t mind o… *winks*. Plus ya all need to listen to the remix with Blaise and MI and some other guy. Great song.

Anywayz, that song made me very conscious of how good and lovely Igbo was. I do have Ibo friends but well speaking in Igbo and singing in Igbo are two different things. Singing in Igbo is on another level please. Much respect. Anywayz, now am hooked on Ibo songs and am looking for more lovely Ibo songs. Found some of Flavour’s songs but the videos and some lyrics aint doing it for me. Still like the Oyi song but am looking for more songs in the Obi mu mold. Please good people, send me links, and interpretations biko.

What was the aim of this post sef? Think I have lost plot. Time to sleep. Ndo if I confused anybody with this post. I am already dosing.

Btw, tis March. Yay me… Now I need the month to be as slow as it can be. Well from mid month sha.

Cheers people and have a great month. Hope this won’t be my only post this month. Working on improving my one post a month since the beginning of the year ish.

 

Tada.