This is just designed to blog on issues about life or issues that comes to my ever wondering mind.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Just Some Ramblings
I was reading a post today about how our one and only Baba Iyabo,OBJ did a public showdown on my guy Eedris Abdulkareem at a function when he sang one of my best naija songs till date "Jaga Jaga". The amount of Illiteracy been shown by OBJ does not befit a Nation like ours.I remember when he came to houston and did a press conference,a nigerian guy asked him a question about the way things are getting worse in Nigeria and guess what ur President said,he told the guy to shut up and how can he be asking him that kind of question.
Firstly, with the intensity and rate at which we pride education in our country,why is it that the qualification to become the President Of Federal Republic of Nigeria is a High School Certificate Diploma? With the rate of scholars we have in the country,why are will still been ruled by people that did not go to school?I know a lot of people will be like,you don't have to be educated to be a leader ... right.I agree to that as well,but leading a Nation like Nigeria is more than been just a leader.
I saw a book about The Nigerian Government since our independence with one of my friend's dad and was looking at the names of people that has been in government since independence and found out that we still have the same people that governed us in the 60's still running the damn show in the year 2006.How can a nation progress or develop when the same people are still making decisions for us in 2006 the same way they were making it in 1966.
Men it saddens me when I read about issues in Nigeria.The post AYOKE did just made me remember stuffs i saw when i went back home in December. I have some friends in Nigeria that are always like things is getting better in Nigeria and I always tell them that the only reason you are enjoying in Nigeria is because you have a job and hang out with people that doing ok too.What is the ratio of people suffering in Nigeria compared to the people that are doing fine and how do you generally put yourself in the path of doing fine in Nigeria?Right now in Nigeria if you don't know someone that know someone,you can't get a job after wasting your life in school with all the strikes and everything.
I guess I should just stop here ..lemme leave you with a joke I saw somewhere.
One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifice and gave up beans. Some months later, on my birthday, my car broke down on the way home from work. Since I lived in the countryside I called my husband and told him that I would be late because I had to walk home. On my way, I passed by a small diner and the odor of baked beans was more than I could stand. With miles to walk, I figured that I would walk off any ill effects by the time I reached home, so I stopped at the diner and before I knew it, I had consumed three large orders of baked beans. All the way home, I made sure that I released all the gas. Upon my arrival, my husband seemed excited to see me and exclaimed delightedly: "Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight." He then blindfolded me and led me to my chair at the dinner table. I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blindfold, the telephone rang. He made me promise not to touch the blindfold until he returned and went to answer the call. The baked beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming most unbearable, so while my husband was out of the room I seized the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go. It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck had run over a skunk in front of a pulpwood mill. I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously. Then, shifting to the other cheek, I ripped off three more. The stink was worse than cooked cabbage. Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, I went on like this for another few minutes. The pleasure was indescribable. When eventually the telephone farewells signaled the end of my freedom, I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin, placed it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself. My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned apologizing for taking so long. He asked me if I had peeked through the blindfold, and I assured him I had not. At this point, he removed the blindfold, and ... scroll down twelve dinner guests seated around the table chorused: "Happy Birthday!" I fainted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have a blessed weekend.
Monday, August 21, 2006
7 Reasons To Love Africa
Why not just jump in the pool to pick the thing that dropped into the pool.
I wonder if trucks in Africa are built differently?
Is that a sheep behind the guy or a baby dressed in halloween custume?
Did you notice where the power pole is?
Does this look familiar to any one?
Is this English or another language?
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Tell Me If This is Ridiculous Or Not
"It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny". – Jean Nidetch
Yeah I had the interview and it went fine.I was actually surprised at myself,because I was cool and calm during the Interview.It was with 2 people,a lady and a man.The Lady said she actually like the way I was answering the questions,but the guy kept bringing up the fact that I have only been with the company for just a year,cos I think the other people that are interviewing for the post has been with the company for sometime now.Anyway thatz their cup of tea,I know if God has that plan for me,I will get it.
Anyway back to the post for today.I know most of us always shout at the ridiculous prices of insurance premium and atimes you end up just donating money to the insurance companies without filing a claim and when you file a claim,they increase your premium.Have you ever thought about the insurance companies as someone's business and they are trying to make a living as well.
Do you know the insurance companies has what they call the "STELLA AWARDS OF INSURANCE CLAIMS",just like Grammy awards?Well they actually dd.Let me go ahead and share a couple of claims that were paid out by insurance companies and these are the winners for the "STELLA AWARDS OF INSURANCE CLAIMS" for 2003 and 2004 respectively.
The winners are from the 8th place position to 1st place:
#8: Stephen Joseph of San Francisco, Calif. Joseph runs a non-profit group whose goal is to ban the "trans fats" used in many processed foods and which are indeed very unhealthy. But to help gain publicity for his cause, Joseph, an attorney, chose one food that uses trans fats -- Oreo cookies -- and sued Kraft Foods for putting the stuff in the snack. The resulting publicity over "suing Oreos" was so intense that Joseph dropped the suit after just 13 days. He never even served the suit on Kraft, showing that he had no interest in actually getting the case heard in court. What real cases got pushed aside during his abuse of the courts to get publicity for his pet organization?
#7: Shawn Perkins of Laurel, Ind. Perkins was hit by lightning in the parking lot Paramount's Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio. A classic "act of God", right? No, says Perkins' lawyer. "That would be a lot of people's knee-jerk reaction in these types of situations." The lawyer has filed suit against the amusement park asking unspecified damages, arguing the park should have "warned" people not to be outside during a thunderstorm.
#6: Caesar Barber, 56, of New York City. Barber, who is 5-foot-10 and 270 pounds, says he is obese, diabetic, and suffers from heart disease because fast food restaurants forced him to eat their fatty food four to five times per week. He filed suit against McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC, who "profited enormously" and asked for unspecified damages because the eateries didn't warn him that junk food isn't good for him. The judge threw the case out twice, and barred it from being filed a third time. Is that the end of such McCases? No way: lawyers will just find another plaintiff and start over, legal scholars say.
#5: Cole Bartiromo, 18, of Mission Viejo, Calif. After making over $1 million in the stock market, the feds made Bartiromo pay it all back: he gained his profits, they said, using fraud. Bartiromo played baseball at school, but after his fraud case broke he was no longer allowed to participate in extracurricular sports. Bartiromo clearly learned a lot while sitting in federal court: he wrote and filed his own lawsuit against his high school, reasoning that he had planned on a pro baseball career but, because he was kicked off the school's team, pro scouts wouldn't be able to discover him. His suit demands the school reimburse him for the great salary he would have made in the majors, which he figures is $50 million.
#4: Priest David Hanser, 70. Hanser was one of the first Catholic priests to be caught up in the sex abuse scandal. In 1990, he settled a suit filed by one of his victims for $65,000. In the settlement, Hanser agreed not to work with children anymore, but the victim learned that Hanser was ignoring that part of the agreement. The victim appealed to the church, asking it to stop Hanser from working near children, but the church would not intervene. "It's up to the church to decide where he works," argued the priest's lawyer. When the outraged victim went to the press to warn the public that a pedo priest was near children, Hanser sued him for the same $65,000 because he violated his own part of the deal -- to keep the settlement secret. The message is clear: shut up about outrageous abuse, or we'll sue you for catching us.
#3: Wanda Hudson, 44, of Mobile, Ala. After Hudson lost her home to foreclosure, she moved her belongings to a storage unit. She says she was inside her unit one night "looking for some papers" when the storage yard manager found the door to her unit ajar -- and locked it. She denies that she was sleeping inside, but incredibly did not call for help or bang on the door to be let out! She was not found for 63 days and barely survived; the formerly "plump" 150-pound woman lived on food she just happened to have in the unit, and was a mere 83 pounds when she was found. She sued the storage yard for $10 million claiming negligence. Even though the jury was not allowed to learn that Hudson had previously diagnosed mental problems, it found Hudson was nearly 100 percent responsible for her own predicament -- but still awarded her $100,000.
#2: Doug Baker, 45, of Portland, Ore. Baker says God "steered" him to a stray dog. He admits "People thought I was crazy" to spend $4,000 in vet bills to bring the injured mutt back to health, but hey, it was God's dog! But $4,000 was nothing: he couldn't even take his girlfriend out to dinner without getting a dog-sitter to watch him. When the skittish dog escaped the sitter, Baker didn't just put an ad in the paper, he bought display ads so he could include a photo. His business collapsed since he devoted full time to the search for the dog. He didn't propose to his girlfriend because he wanted the dog to deliver the ring to her. He hired four "animal psychics" to give him clues to the animal's whereabouts, and hired a witch to cast spells. He even spread his own urine around to "mark his territory" to try to lure the dog home! And, he said, he cried every day. Two months in to the search, he went looking for the dog where it got lost -- and quickly found it. His first task: he put a collar on the mutt. (He hadn't done that before for a dog that was so "valuable"?!) After finding the dog, he sued the dog sitter, demanding $20,000 for the cost of his search, $30,000 for the income he lost by letting his business collapse, $10,000 for "the temporary loss of the special value" of the dog, and $100,000 in "emotional damages" -- $160,000 total. God has not been named as a defendant.
And the winner of the 2003 True Stella Awards: The City of Madera, Calif. Madera police officer Marcy Noriega had the suspect from a minor disturbance handcuffed in the back of her patrol car. When the suspect started to kick at the car's windows, Officer Noriega decided to subdue him with her Taser. Incredibly, instead of pulling her stun gun from her belt, she pulled her service sidearm and shot the man in the chest, killing him instantly. The city, however, says the killing is not the officer's fault; it argues that "any reasonable police officer" could "mistakenly draw and fire a handgun instead of the Taser device" and has filed suit against Taser, arguing the company should pay for any award from the wrongful death lawsuit the man's family has filed. What a slur against every professionally trained police officer who knows the difference between a real gun and a stun gun! And what a cowardly attempt to escape responsibility for the actions of its own under-trained officer.
The winners are from 5th place to 1st place and there was actually a tie for 5th place:
5TH PLACE(TIED): Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $780,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.
5TH PLACE (TIED): 19 year old Carl Truman of Los Angeles won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently did not notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal the hubcaps.
5TH PLACE (TIED): Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He could not re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The Jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.
4TH PLACE: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's Beagle dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been a little provoked at the time as Mr. Williams, who had climbed over the fence into the yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.
3RD PLACE: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier, during an argument.
2ND PLACE: Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a Night Club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out two of her front teeth. This occurred whilst Ms. Walton was trying to sneak in the window of the Ladies Room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.
1ST PLACE: This year's runaway winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new Winnebago Motorhome. On his trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly the RV left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the owner's manual that he could not actually do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new Winnebago Motorhome. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit just in case there were any other complete morons buying their recreational vehicles.
I am pretty sure most people will be like this can't be true,but it is and I was like this is crazy when I first saw the claims as well.So although the insurance companies get some people with their money,they actually pay it back in some ways as well.Could we say this has to do with the law of "KARMA"-what u sow,you shall reap?
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Eeewoo!!! ..Just got an email from my Manager that I will be having an interview tomorrow with 2 Managers from another department for a position from that department that I applied for like 4 weeks ago.
Which kain rush rush interview be this,less than 24hrs.I have to go home and read up on my interview notes this nite and get my lucky shirt and shoes ready.I am surprised they picked me for the interview o,cos I just clocked 1yr with the company last month.Anyway don't know what will happen sha,abeg pray for ya guy o.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Phew!!! Just got a break since I stepped into this place called "office" and "workplace" for my peeps who have been outside Naija for so long.
I got back Sunday evening from the wedding in MD and did not know I was that tired until I got up the next morning to go to work.Almost called in but I remembered I still have plans for the rest of my vacation days unless God bless me with a better and more paying job before then.AMEN O
Anyway the wedding I went for was interesting and was fun as well cos I got to see a lot of my family,as in my aunties that I have not seen for sometime and also saw a couple of friends I have not see in a while.The good thing about most of the weddings you go to in the USA is that you get to see friends,schoolmates(Primary,Secondary and University and Middle school,High school and College for my peeps thats been long gone from home,family friends and even cousins that you have not seen in a while or that you did not even know is in the US.
The only thing I did not like about the whole trip was that I had to get to the airport at 6am for a 9am flight and it took me 1hr 13mins to go through security after I had already checked in online just because some crazy and ignorant people decided that their life suck so they need to kill themselves along with some other people.I got to the airport and their was this double line extending out of the airport building unto the sidewalk of the building and people were been searched,shoes been put in some kind of scanner and the general one ..No liquids.
Finally made it to MD and went to eat at a Nigerian restaurant,forgot the name,but it is located in an Hispanic area of the town.We got there and met people that have been waiting for over an hour to get their order and almost decided to leave,but got our order after 30mins.From there rushed back to the hotel to change and go for the engagement which was by the way scheduled for 5.30pm which was again confirmed by the groom when I got to MD,but did not start till after I got there at 7.30pm.The engagement was fun,just like the normal yoruba engagement,making fun of the groom and the MCs collecting money before doing any small thing or before performing any small request.The engagement finally ended like around 11.30pm and I was planning to hit Baltimore for some club time from Laurel,but unfortunately my aunt(bride's mum) caught me and I had to help move all the bride's engagement returns in my car to her house.So I actually ended up not able to make it to Baltimore that nite,because we did not finish with the moving and clearing of the hall till like almost 12.30am and it wont make sense driving 30mins to Baltimore at that time and my peeps in Baltimore were even not picking up the phone.. only God knows what and where they were then,can't blame them though ..Thank God it is friday.
I decided to go to bed and thought it was a joke when I stopped at like 5 gas stations to get myself a 6pack of heineken to go relax with at the hotel and could not find beer in any of the gas stations.I was later told the next day by a friend that you can only get beer at liquor stores in MD and not even in grocery stores too.
Anyway the wedding went all smooth and it was really cool.The pastor got the church service out of the way as quickly as possible,even with the sermon and everything.The reception was held in DC which is only possible up North of the US.Having the church wedding in one state and the reception in another state,who born u for this side,you might probably be the only one at the reception except you have some homies in the other state.
The reception was the normal Naija reception with both families trying to outdo themselves on who can dance and spray dollar bills the most o.Well you kinda get carried away listening to the music by the band and when you see people dancing,because I also ended up spraying the couple and a few of my aunties sha.The reception was nice and everything,I was actually a bit busy trying to get some good pictures on the couple and get my grub on as well.It was nice to see my cousins and their friends trying to get their Mack on a couple of chics at the wedding party and it actually brought back some good old memories when you are trying to Mack down chics at wedding and stuffs.
I left the wedding party around 11.30pm and it was almost over anyway,because the couple already left but the families were still getting their dance on.I went to the hotel to change and drove like 30mins to Baltimore with one of my friends to go to a club in downtown Baltimore,think it's called something louge.I heard it is owned by an Ethopian and you have different rooms inside with couches and love seats everywhere and a dancefloor on one side as well.Was at the club for like an hour and was thankful to God that we decided to change our minds about parking in a building's parking lot.One dude that parked there got his car towed just when we were coming out of the club and he was literally trying to chase the towtruck.Left the club finally and the GPS in the rental car took me round downtown before I finally found my way back to I-95 to drive back to Beltsville like around 2.30am.
Left MD like around 1.30pm to go to Reagan Washington airport and was like 26mins late dropping the car off at the rental place because of traffic and the chic incharge of return vehicles was trying to charge me for another day,but got it resolve by one of the customer service people.The airport was not that crowded as I expected and going through the security check was not an hassle like it was when leaving Houston on Friday,but there was still a lot of security everywhere.
I have a couple of nice shots that I will be sharing on my photoblog as soon as I let the couple see them first.The trip was nice although it seems it was so short.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
You know the days when you are at work and you kinda feel like what are you doing here.I was just bored at work one day and looked out of the window and the scene reminded me of Lagos a lil bit,so I took the picture.
I got this jokes from one of my friends and could not stop laffing and decided to share it with the bloggers and see if they will humour you guys as well.
You might be a Naija Child of the 80's if:
The opening of your school was ever "postponed indefinitely due to
circumstances beyond their control."
You remember thinking that the 1 dollar to 4 Naira exchange rate was TOO
You didn't know that the name GRINGORY was actually the Naija
(mis)pronunciation of GREGORY.
You remember collecting comic inserts from "bazooka joe" bubble gum.
You know what to respond when someone says "Story, Story" ... "once upon a
You thought deodorant was just another perfume you could choose to use, or
not, depending on your mood.
You know all the words to the song "Sweet Mother".
You never thought that the "Ghana go home" crusade was proof that Naija
would always be better off than its neighbors.
For the ladies, you've actually read over 40 Mills & Boons or Harlequin
Romance novels and didn't notice any similarities.
You know who Barbara Soki is.
You still use "blue" when washing your white clothes.
You know you've been here (in the United States) too long when you say:
"Truck" instead of "Lorry"
"SUV" instead of "Jeep"
"Wuz up" instead of "How far now"
"Hood" instead of "Bonnet"
"Trunk" instead of "Boot"
"Stop making fun of me" instead of "Stop yabbing me" or "Stop abusing me"
"Gas station" instead of "Petrol Station"
"Fries" instead of "Chips"
"Big Mac, Chicken McGrill, * Pounder" instead of just plain "Burger"
"Crispy" instead of "Cripsy"
"Fireworks/Firecrackers" instead of "Banga"
"Soda/Pop" instead of "Minerals"
"Laundry Detergent" instead of "OMO"
"Dryer" instead of "Hang it in the sun"
"Service" instead of "Sa veece" (e silent)
"Cinder Block" instead of "Bricks"
"Concrete" instead of "Cement"
"Peugeot" instead of "Pe-geot"
"Trash Can" instead of "Dozbin"
"Shower" instead of "Bath"
"Power is out" instead of " NEPA has taken light"
"Traffic Light" instead of "Yellow Fever"
"Cab" instead of "Taxi"
"Security Guard" instead of "Gateman"
"Cafeteria" instead of "Canteen"
"Cookie" instead of "Biscuit" (Cabin)
"Pants" instead of "trouser/trousee"
"underwear" instead of "pant"
"VCR" instead of "Video"
"Movie" instead of "Film"
"Extensions" instead of "Attachment" (Hair)
"Lotion" instead of "Cream"
"Cornrows" instead of "weave"
"Weave" instead of "Weave-on"
"Suitcase" instead of "Box"
"High school" instead of "Secondary School"
"Grade school" instead of "Primary school"
"Wifebeater" instead of "singlet"
"Sneakers" instead of "Canvas"
"Soccer" instead of "Football"
"Motorcycle" instead of "meshin",
College" instead of "yunivasiti"
"Car" instead of "moto"
"Flipflops" instead of "silpas"
"Nail polish" instead of "Cotex"
"Braids" instead of "Bob Mali"
"gum" instead of "chin-gum"
"smoke" instead of "tab"
"Shower" instead of "Baaf"
"Hallway" instead of "Corridoor"
"Living/Sitting Room" instead of "Paalor
"Balcony" instead of "Varanda"
"Ballpoint" instead of "Buyro" or "Beek"
"VW Bug" instead of "Bittle"
"Arithmetic" instead of "Mats"
"Abroad" instead of "Oversis"
"Menthol" instead of "Veeks"
"Boss" instead of "Oga"
"Manners" instead of "Home training"
"Circle" instead of "roundabout"
"Apartment building" instead of "blok of flats"
"Flashlight" instead of "touch"
"Hoe ( not the digging instrument )" instead of "Ashawo"
"Knock knees" instead of "k leg"
"Eye infection" instead of "Appolo" ... cureable only by flushing eyes out
with sugar water
A politician in Nigeria was being interviewed many years ago.
Interviewer: "Nigeria doesn't have many minerals, does it?"
Politician: "Of course we do! We have coke, sprite, 7-up...."
Hope you guys had a nice weekend.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Not Too Proud Of Me In This Aspect
I woke up today and did not actually know what directed my train of thoughts to this issue about Nigerian Languages.
I started thinking about how many kids in the generation after us actually know how to speak their parent's language compared to other African countries.I actually know one of my friends sister's sons that can't speak their parents language just because the parents did not introduce them to it and it is only the last born that only understand the language because the grandmum was around when she was born and growing up.
Reminiscing about the issue for a while,I started thinking about our generation as well and start to wonder how many people can read and write in their native language even if you can speak and understand it.I can't write in my native language and can only read a couple of words which might take a while for me to really be able pronounce it very well,which I am not proud of anyway.
I tried thinking of where to place the blame on,is it our parents,the primary and high school went to(for people that schooled in Nigeria) or we ourselves for not been interested.For example,we were never for one day taught any Nigerian language at the primary school that I attended,but been bombarded with enough French classes and some Latin classes and on getting to high school,it was crazy.I remember in JSS1,I was the class captain and out yoruba teacher was one mean ass chic like this and I mean she was a chic...fine,curvaceous and sexy thang.She almost beat the living daylight out of me for flunking all the test we had then.I could not even read in yoruba.Well after struggling through JSS with help from classmates because they were looking for favor me excluding their names from noise makers and sort,got to SSS and the principal announced that,every student has to choose a Nigerian language to learn through SS1 to SS3 and you can not choose your own Native language.So if you are a yoruba,you have to choose either Igbo or Hausa.I was almost questioning God why he did this to me again since I thought I already escaped that phase in life.
Well I ended up choosing Igbo,because my deskmate'mum was Igbo and his dad is yoruba and he has a yoruba name,but understands Igbo very well.So both of us ended up choosing Igbo and that was when I found out that Igbo is not that had to write as yoruba is,because in yoruba you have to keep putting all the signs on top pf the letters for people to actually know what you are talking about.Anyway I ended up getting As in Igbo all through my SSS,God bless Mr Okoronkwo.
With all that said,I just thought about it today,because this past Saturday at a friend's house warming party,we were just discussing about sending our kids to Nigeria or Ghana for high school experience,because of the crazy high school system I think in my opinion they have in this country.
A couple of questions popped up in my head that,what if your kids now take an interest in your native language and comes to you for help,either to read or write,what will you do? Or what do you say to making sure your kids learn your native language and speak it to them as well.