King of Boys Review and How Kemi Adetiba Delivered

On seeing the trailer for The King of Boys in October, I honestly did not expect much from it because it was a Nigerian movie. Although I am Nigerian and a writer, our films can some times be heavily flawed. From weak movie plots to direction to actors not exactly fit for the roles they play. Saw King of Boys two weeks back and I just had to write a King of Boys review and how Kemi Adetiba delivered excellently.

The Wedding Party was the rave of the moment back then. I saw it in the third week it started showing at the cinemas and enjoyed every bit of it. This was the first film directed by Kemi Adetiba. I had to do a little bit of research about her and discovered she studied at the New York Film Academy after establishing herself in the media scene, no doubt a lady who knew her business. Kemi Adetiba as a producer, director and producer is a trailblazer in the Nigerian movie industry with her quality direction and storytelling. King of Boys still sits at the top of Nigerian movies in the cinema for five weeks now, raking in 160 million and passing the record for her first movie The Wedding Party.

King of Boys follows the story of Eniola Salami played by Sola Sobowale; a business woman, philanthropist who is also the kingpin of the underworld whose political ambition goes awry. Although there have been different opinions on the movie on social media, I saw mostly good reviews before I saw the movie and I was honestly hooked from the first scene of the approximately three hours movie. At first, I had been appalled when I saw the length of the movie. How could anyone possibly sit for so long for just one movie? Armed with popcorn and a drink, I found myself in Filmhouse Cinema Surulere screen 3 and so it began. I walked out of the cinema past 9 o’clock and could not get over how great the movie was.

king of boys review

The Casting and Acting

There is truly no one that could have killed Eniola Salami’s role like Sola Sobowale. From the birthday party scene, she was magnificent and such a natural. Her acting was comparable to that of The Wedding Party in which she plays the bride’s mother. She brought life to the role of The King of Boys. Her switch from gangster leader to emotional mother was simply beautiful. From being ruthless to breaking down in the prison cell, Sola deserve awards for her role in this movie.

Making their first acting debuts, the Nigerian rappers Reminisce and Ill Bliss captured their roles as well. I was skeptical about them delivering as acting is a different ball game from music but they did. Apparently, it took almost 8 months to convince Reminisce to play the role he did because of his work but Kemi was determined that she wanted no other person for that role. Damn! Like I said earlier, a lady that knows her stuff. On showing up to the movie shoot and seeing Sola Sobowale at work, Reminisce felt he could not match her energy. Reminisce as Makanaki makes being a bad guy look so good. That may have been his first movie role but he killed it. Looking forward to seeing him in more movie roles.

Photographer turned actress Toni Tones aced the role of a younger Eniola. Apparently, she had to add weight plus deliberately make her voice huskier for the role. If you ask me, it worked well. While I really want to say Adesua Etomi did a great job in the movie, her acting in this particular movie was just there.

Another character whose acting I really find commendable is Paul Sambo who plays Inspector Gobir. He deserves an award for his role as he was actively on his feet and yet dishing out emotions in his hospital scenes. He brought the Hausa flavor into the movie and totally blended it well into the Lagos based story-line.

I should mention it at this point that I may be developing a crush on the actor Demola Adedoyin who plays Eniola’s son in the movie. His role was cool, calm and collected, yet he delivered. He is a great actor too and so fineeee! I did not get why his character had to commit suicide though.

The Story-line and Plot

King of Boys starts with a birthday party scene obviously thrown by someone of affluence. Not only did Kemi Adetiba direct this movie, she also wrote the script. A what? A genius! I particularly loved the fact that the script had a different story, one not popularly approached by writers. Set in Lagos and covering several issues including crime, religion, siblings rivalry, politics and corruption in the system, the story-line was everything. The ending also leaves room for more as there is a what next feel attached to Eniola still being the King of Boys even after fleeing Nigeria.

From the part Makanaki challenges Eniola for her throne, I was anticipating what the next scene would bring. Most Nollywood movies are terrible in the sense that their ending is predictable right from the second scene. The plot was fast paced and there was no unnecessary drag popular with other movies. The flashback tool employed in showing young Eniola’s rise as the King of Boys perfectly blends with the present without leaving the audience confused. The problems associated with infidelity comes up in Chief Salami courting young Eniola as he loses not only his family but his life and consequently, seat at the table. There are a lot of lessons to derive from the movie.

Did I mention how mind-blowing the African proverbs and traditional references were? They were indeed something.

The Cinematography

I foresee an award for this movie in cinematography and direction because it was simply great. Both the angles and the setup of the scenes. The burning prison scene had me gasping. Expected actual fire but the lighting and smoke effect worked as well. I feel like there really is no other way the movie could have been better shot. I love the picture quality of the movie and it was topnotch.

Popular Nigerian musician KWAM1 makes a cameo in this movie at the beginning birthday scene and it promptly reminded me of his music which was a key feature of growing up in Nigeria. From the Lagos landscapes to hiding money in septic tanks to the costumes to the underworld portrayal, Kemi captured Nigerian lifestyle very well. Most movies do not capture night scenes well but this was not a problem in King of Boys at all.

The Flaws

There was an unexplained part with the judge’s family kidnapping. I still do not understand that part and the phone call Kemi made. The soundtrack was louder than the actors voices in some scenes, especially the birthday party scene. Sincerely, the story could have been a little bit more polished. The ending shows the ruthless kingpin turning weak when it came to fighting for respect in her own establishment when a worker gets harassed. Feminism could have been a strong point to make here. For a movie that started off showing how powerful the main character is, that move was awkward.

In conclusion, Kemi Adetiba no doubt did excellently on King of Boys and her work is laudable. To take on a project like that and create magic with the right cast and team is not easy especially in Nollywood. She is someone I would really love to sit and converse with. Could learn a lot from her and tap into her creativity.

If you are yet to see this movie, you really should and come compare notes. If you have seen it, do drop a comment below on what you think about it. The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. Cheers!

p.s I realized this post passed the 1300 words count and that is a first this year. Pheww! Also, you may notice the Guide to Getting Over Parents Separation and Friday Fiction posts are missing on the blog, this is due to a mistake I recently made and sadly, they cannot be recovered. I am really sorry about that.

Travelstart Nigeria And Uber Nigeria Announce Flight Partnership With Uberescape

Human existence is dependent on a lot of things, one of which is transportation and movement from one place to another. Nigerians are particularly people who are always on the go and can be found in most countries in the world. To make traveling super easy,  Travelstart Nigeria and Uber Nigeria announce flight partnership with Uberescape and this post will give you all the full gist about it. You stand a chance to win a trip of your dreams as well!

Travelstart is Africa’s largest online travel agency, with headquarters in Cape Town and a local office in Lagos. Founded in Sweden, Travelstart opened its doors in 1999, as the brainchild of travel visionary Stephan Ekbergh. Nearly two decades, plenty of learning, growth and one African immigration later, today Travelstart proudly employs a team of more than 200 staff with offices in Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey and other countries. The Nigerian branch opened in 2012 and has grown to close to 50 staff. The company provides access to more than 500 airlines flying to more than 11,000 destinations. Travelstart Nigeria is the 2017 winner of the Best Blog at the Nigerian Tourism and Travel Awards. Affordable flights can be booked now on www.travelstart.com.ng

Uber’s mission is to help people get a ride at the push of a button – everywhere and for everyone. Started in 2009 to solve a simple problem – how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Eight years and over five billion trips later, an even greater challenge is being tackled: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars.

Uber is available in thirteen cities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Joburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Nairobi, Mombasa, Lagos, Abuja, Kampala, Accra, Kumasi and Dar es Salaam). Overall, the Uber network is available in over 600 cities in over 75 countries including spanning 6 continents.

To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, or register for Uber at www.uber.com/go. For questions visit www.uber.com

Now the good news! Travelstart, Africa’s leading Online Travel Agency has announced the launch of ‘UberEscape,’ a collaboration between itself and Uber to allow customers book flights through the Uber app. Awesome right?

In September, customers will be able to book their flights by simply opening their Uber app and clicking on ’UberEscape.’ They will then be directed to the secure ’UberEscape’ website where they can access exclusive flight deals to some of their favourite destinations. These cheap flight deals are powered by Travelstart. The company is known for their cheap flights to Dubai, London, New York, Johannesburg and more.

The journey to ’UberEscape‘ will kick off on August 31 with an exciting competition on social media titled “Snap & Share.” During the competition, Uber riders will be asked “Where To?” Participants can pick from any flight route, snap a selfie and share it with Travelstart, UBER and their social media followers to win a trip to their dream travel destination. One lucky Uber rider will win two FREE Economy return flights tickets! The competition will end September 7, 2018 and the winner will be announced by September 14, 2018.

TRAVELSTART NIGERIA AND UBER NIGERIA ANNOUNCE FLIGHT PARTNERSHIP WITH UBERESCAPE

Here is how it works:

  • From August 31 order an Uber, where select cars will contain fill-in-the-blank “Where To?” signs.
  • Use the wipeable marker to fill in your dream destination in the “Where to?” section of the board.
  • Snap a selfie with it and post on twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #UberEscape #PoweredbyTravelstart
  • Make sure you tag @travelstartng, @ubernigeria and the person you will fly with.
  • At the end of the week, 1 lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive TWO return flight tickets to their destination.

Speaking about the partnership, Commercial Manager, Travelstart Nigeria, Bukky Akomolafe said “We are excited to partner with Uber to make flight bookings even more accessible. With this partnership, customers will be able to book their flights as seamlessly as ordering their next ride via the Uber app.” This reinforces Travelstart’s promise of making flight bookings even simpler for Nigerians.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to excite and create value for our burgeoning customers, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with Travelstart through the launch of ‘UberEscape,’” says Margaret Banasko, Country Marketing Lead, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber. ‘UberEscape’ allows Uber riders to book a flight to their next destination with just a click of a button.  “We are happy to be enabling even more options for their urban mobility needs” she added.

For more information on ‘UberEscape’, please visit www.travelstart.com.ng/uber. T&Cs apply.

TRAVELSTART NIGERIA AND UBER NIGERIA ANNOUNCE FLIGHT PARTNERSHIP WITH UBERESCAPE

Terms and Conditions of Competition

  • Travelstart is responsible for the cost of the return flight tickets up to a value of ₦700,000. All other expenses (hotel, visa, transportation) are not included in the prize.
  • Travelstart reserves the right to select the airline to the winner’s selected destination.
  • This competition is promoted by Travelstart & Uber and is open to Nigerian residents, aged 18 and above that live in Lagos.
  • Employees or agencies of Travelstart Web Logistics Ltd (“Travelstart”, “We”), Uber or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Competition may not enter.
  • The winner will be contacted via social media handle, mobile and/or email used to enter the Competition.
  • The winner must respond to the email within 24 hours to claim the prize.
  • Winner agrees to supply a photograph for publicity purposes.
  • Travelstart will attempt to contact the winners at least 3 (three) times, but if Travelstart is unable to contact the winners within 2 (two) days, such winner will forfeit his/her prize and Travelstart reserve the right to re-draw the prize.
  • The winner agrees to share photos/stories of their travel experience with Travelstart & Uber
  • Failure to comply will disqualify the entrant from winning, and a new winner will be picked. Entries close on 7 September 2018. The winner will be announced by 14 September 2018.
  • The winner may be announced in Travelstart & Uber’s newsletter, social media, print media etc.
  • By participating in this competition, you agree to all the Competition Rules set out above, without exception. Entry into the Competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances or causes beyond our reasonable control, Travelstart & Uber reserves the right to cancel this Competition, or to change the rules at our discretion, or to change the number or nature of any of the prizes at any time without notice to you.

The Competition Prize Includes:

  • Two free Economy class return tickets to the destination of the winner
  • Booking dates are from 15 September – 20 November 2018 and 01 February – 15 June 2019
  • Booking must be made 3 months from the date of announcement
  • Once selected the destination and airline cannot be changed
  • Tickets are issued by Travelstart Office in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tickets cannot be reimbursed, exchanged for monetary gains, transferred, renewed or extended
  • Blackout dates, change fee, no-show fee, cancellation charges apply
  • Tickets are subject to the selected airline’s terms and conditions

Competition sounds good to you? Join in and take off for your dream destination. Where would you love to travel to?

Living – Life After Graduation and Adulthood

Looking at the blog post calendar today, I realized how much time had passed since my last blog post. I was shocked, considering the fact that one of my new year resolutions is to post more this year. But really, navigating life after graduation and adulthood at the same time is not easy as I thought it would be.

There really isn’t a survival guide to this adulthood thing. If you happen to know someone who is a boss at it, kindly recommend so I can hit them up and learn too.

Read The Big Deal About Growing Up

What have I been up to? I obeyed the clarion call for National Youth Service in April and it has been a whirlwind since then. From moving to South-South Nigeria and having to adjust to a totally different environment from my beloved Ibadan. Language was a barrier and I was honestly not ready to learn. They have fairly different food too. I taught at a secondary school for about a month. It was a good experience I tell you. Just the disappointment that came from how little the interest students have in education these days, stemming from the fact that so many illegal things are paying big money these days.

I saw some of them wondering why they should go to school when they can become politicians and steal from the country. Needless say, their performance academically were majorly woeful. Majority of them in school could not even read nor write but yet, the school keeps them just for financial gains.

Anyway, I had to redeploy back to Lagos following an attack on our corper’s lodge by armed men. They were arrested after the incident but I could not wait around without guaranteed security. Moving back to Lagos has been blissful to an extent although finding a new workplace was a big problem.

It is dawning on me now the stress that comes with growing up – making decisions yourself, responsibilities, bills and having to work. The year practically sped by. Just a couple of months ago I was dealing with final year project and it seems like it was so long ago.

Read Birthday: Chronicles of the Twenties

Turning the big twenty one on Monday August 6! I have been posting a black and white photo series on Instagram which you can find right here . Follow me and check the series out. Each photograph is accompanied with a note about life. Why black and white? In black and white photographs, colors no longer distract and you can focus on the subject(s) of the photograph as well as emphasize emotions and details, establishing a stronger connection which might not occur in colored photographs.

playground media

I have quite a number of things planned out for the new birthday year and hope to share more on this blog. The first blog post went up December 2014, which means the blog turns 4 later this year. Not much to show for it as I have to admit, I have not been putting much work into creating content consistently.

On balancing friendships and relations, I am pretty much following the rule of reaching out when I can to those who really want to be a part of my life. I feel I have reached that point where I really don’t have to force friendships or remind people how to be friends. A close circle of people I care about would pretty much do it for me. Can you relate?

I do hope you’re living your best life and smiling wide. Keep it in mind that things could be worse and we all just have to be thankful. There is still so much that can still happen this year. How has life been so far for you? Do share below and your thoughts about this post.

Yoruba Culture x Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove

I grew up knowing the gods of the Yoruba culture just as I learned the language and part of what made knowing them great is the storytelling that came with each god. Sango being the god of lightning, thunder and fire that breathes fire when angry and husband to several other wives, Osumare the rainbow god, Yemoja the goddess of all living things and many others. It was educative hearing the tales in Yoruba class and personal research, some of which portray them as being almost as human as we are although they had superhuman abilities. The Osun Osogbo sacred groove happens to be home to Osun, the goddess synonymous to water and fertility.

The history of the Yoruba culture is one of the richest in Nigeria if the not the whole of Africa and is conveyed from generation to generation through word of mouth mostly. The Yoruba people themselves amount to over 40 million presently. The Yoruba tribe stems from Ile-Ife, the bedrock of Yoruba history. At the turn of the century, there have been major strides to preserve culture and the Yoruba culture is one whose preservation is very key.

My sojourn through life landed me in Osun Nigeria back in February and I made it down to the Osun Osogbo sacred groove and Nike Art Gallery, Osogbo. Pribodunke wrote about the Lagos branch of the gallery in her post here. Unfortunately, we were not permitted to take pictures there so I have nothing to show for that except the beautiful artwork in my memory.

The Osun Osogbo sacred groove is pretty easy to locate if you’re conversant with the Osogbo environs. For a visitor, Google Maps will come in really handy. Right from the gate of the groove, you’ll see one or two or a dozen monkeys swinging from trees. The place is a home to them apparently and some of them are friendly and will pose for the camera.

Reaching the main entrance of the groove, the ancient architecture will have you bedazzled. You’ll be directed to a sort of reception area where you pay to enter the groove. The gate fee for students is 200 naira and non-students is 500 naira while for foreigners is 1,000 naira. Phone cameras cost 1,000 naira to take in and digital cameras attract the charge of 2,000 naira. I must honestly say there isn’t much to do at the groove, but the sculptures and architecture will have you wowed as well as the history behind the place. A tour guide will accompany you and tell the story of the groove as you go from one end to the other.

tour guide at Osun Groove

Tour guide at the groove

 

Places to visit in Osogbo

There are various wood and stone sculptures to see. Most of the sculptures there were done by Susanne Wenger who is a late White artist that visited the Osun Osogbo sacred groove and fell in love with the place. She divorced her husband then and moved permanently to Nigeria, got married to a traditional drummer and became an Osun worshiper.

architecture sculpture by Susanne Wenger at Osun groove

Statures at Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove

Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove Nigera

goddess Osun

Sculpture showing Osun with children

There are certain paths in the groove visitors are not permitted to go through because they’re sacred. A section of the groove houses some Osun worshipers. Reaching that section, they will pray for you and you can choose to give them money as appreciation. Close to the huts is the riverside by which the Osun Osogbo festival holds. The water there is called “Agbo” that is “Herb” and it actually does not look like clear water. People come from near and far for this water as it is believed to have medicinal value and for those wanting children, the goddess Osun being the god of fertility will help bring forth children.

Agbo l’Osun fin wemo re ki dokita o too de.

(Osun treats her child with Agbo before the doctor’s arrival)

 

huts at Osun Osogbo Groove

Home of the Osun worshippers

Osun Osogbo Forest

River Osun Osogbo

The medicinal river called “Agbo”

From the riverside, you’d proceed to another section of the groove which has a bridge which used to be a passage to other side of Osogbo. However, it is not functional anymore to restrict movement in the heritage site. The bridge is rather quite shaky and one of the tourists in our group was jumping up and down on it at some point, having the rest of us pray the bridge would not give way under us.

Osun Osogbo Sacred groove

The Osun-Osogbo festival holds for two weeks in August every year and has multitudes from all over the world flocking to the groove to celebrate the goddess. It lasts for two weeks and starts with cleansing of the town followed by lighting of a 16-point lamp called “Ina Olojumerindinlogun”.

Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove Nigeria

Stature of the goddess Osun

The Osun Osogbo sacred groove is best visited with friends or family as it really is fun that way. It can be one of the fun places to visit in Osogbo. As I said early, there isn’t much to do there but to learn about and appreciate the history of the place. It is an experience everyone should have as it will really help with culture appreciation. What are some of your favorite heritage sites in Nigeria? Is culture preservation important or not? Do share your thoughts about this post below.

Note:

All the pictures from this blog post were taken by the owners of Lifeofdammy.com and may not be used by anyone or business or brand without permission.

Easy Everyday Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

Over the past year I’ve grown from a not-so enthusiastic fan of makeup to someone who sees the importance of looking good with as little makeup as possible. Some hacks come very handy on days I’m either dashing out to work or having a last minute outing and these are easy everyday beauty hacks every girl should know. Honestly, I only do full face makeup on special occasions. However, the essence of makeup cannot be undermined as makeup could have you go from looking extremely stressed to looking great in less than 10 minutes. Hacks are generally a faster and easy way to do something without the normal procedure or tools needed.

Carry a makeup purse with your essential makeup

Makeup bags and purses come in different sizes and styles these days which makes them easy to carry around in handbags. Have your concealer, powder, bronzer, eyeliner and lipstick in a makeup purse which you can create a look from or even touch up the makeup you already have on. Your makeup brushes can also go into the makeup purse depending on how large it is.

Easy Everyday Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

Zipper colorful honeycomb makeup purse

beauty products to have

Synthetic fiber makeup brushes

Curl your eyelashes with a spoon

You can make your lashes look fuller simply by placing a spoon on your upper eyelid and pressing your lashes against them. If you do not have mascara with you or lashes curler, this hack would come in handy.

Make your pencil eyeliner darker by heating it

This beauty hack works incredibly! Just hold your pencil eyeliner (or brow pencil) to heat for a few seconds and it will come out looking darker and almost gel like. For those that don’t know the difference between pencil and gel eyeliner, gel eyeliner is basically in a liquid like form which goes on more smoothly and pigmented.

Eyeshadow instantly improves your looks

Eyeshadow calls attention to the eyes and enhances beauty instantly. It’s important you know the colors that go well with your skin tone though. I am particularly a fan of subtle eyeshadow but some people like the smoky look and don’t mind loud colors on their eyelids which is fine. Loud eyeshadow colors should be complimented with subtle lipstick color. If you’ve got no time to spare, leave one for the other.

Eyeshadow palette for women

Mineral powder eyeshadow palette

 

Lipstick doubles as a blush

Get some of your red or pink lipstick depending on your skin color and dab a little on your cheekbones. Rub lightly and your cheeks will look pinker, creating the blush effect. Matte lipsticks won’t work for this hack though.

Use a business card for the perfect cat eye

Whether you’re trying to get the perfect cat eye shadow look or simply using liquid eyeliner, a business card, ATM card or any other hard card would help you get the perfect angle until you master drawing it. I learned how to draw a winged eyeliner with a business card.

Smudge your eyeliner to create a smoky look

So you have no eyeshadow palette on you but you’ve got eyeliner? Apply and smudge a little to create a smoky effect. I have turned a smeared mascara into a smoky look using this hack a couple of times and I got away with it just fine.

The few hacks above will have you looking great on days you can’t spare time for a full face makeup look or you’re in a hurry. This post features Zaful and there are more beauty items to shop from on their website. Head over there and check them out. They ship internationally and will have your makeup looking lit.

The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. What are your thoughts about this post? Are you a fan of makeup? Ever tried any of the beauty hacks above before? Ever been stuck in a makeup fix that you got out of with a hack? What makeup hacks do you do regularly? Do leave a comment below.

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Top Swimwear Designs Your Wardrobe Needs

It’s a free day for you and you finally have time to relax at the pool side but there’s a problem. Your swimsuit is not trendy enough! Relax, I am here to the rescue with trendy top swimwear designs your wardrobe needs. I might not be much of the swimmer but I do look forward to days I get to swim particularly the relaxing effect of the water and of course, photos that come after of the swimsuit. Who can relate?

Did you know swimming was discouraged in the Middle Age and there was no need for swimwear at all then? Swimsuits in recent times have shifted from the traditional body suit to two pieces and even women sexy bikini. Swimwear over the years have seen different designs and been made from different materials. Throwing on a kimono is a fashion trend commonly seen at the beach side or the pool now. Which type of bikini should you go for you wonder? Whichever you’re comfortable with. Being confident about your body makes it really easy to wear almost any kind of swimsuit. Some swimsuit designs to select from include:

Two Piece Bandeaus

There is a difference between a bandeau and a normal bikini. Two piece bikini come in two pieces, the upper piece and the bottoms. Bandeaus bottoms are designed to be more flattering for the legs. If you’ve got great legs, why not flaunt it? The strapless high cut bandeau made of chinlon with padded bra would look good for a beach day. The material is elastic, provides support and the bandeau is wire free.

bandeau bikini

One Shoulder Bikinis

So you’re not a fan of off-shoulder bikini or the bandeau bikini but still want to show off your arms? The one shoulder bikini would be great. The one shoulder bikini set is made of spandex and completely wire free. You can choose different bikini colors and even mix them up.

one shoulder bikini

Off Shoulder Bikini

An off shoulder bikini comes with the popular off shoulder cut and bikini bottoms. With the sudden trend and how great off-shoulder looks, this bikini is a must have for your wardrobe. It gives comfort and provides the extra sass you’d need at the poolside. Paired with sandals, you’re good to go.

offshoulder bikini

Traditional One Piece

I probably speak for myself and other millennials in saying we grew up knowing this type of swimwear. My first swimming classes had me clad in this type of swimwear. They come in the straight design you have to step into and different colours. Other swimwear designs are regarded as non-traditional. Modern day traditional one piece swimsuits now come in different cuts and some with catchy captions.

traditional swimswear

Crop Top Bikinis

Crop top bikinis basically have cuts that give room for the waist, navel and midriff to show, somewhat like a crop top. The wire-free padded bralette string bikini made of nylon and spandex comes with a scoop collar and strings to be tied by the sides. It is chic and a must have for your wardrobe.

Top Swimwear Designs Your Wardrobe Needs

There you have them! Top swimwear designs your wardrobe needs right now. There are various designs and styles to select from on the Zaful website and the best part? They’re affordable, available in variety of sizes and Zaful ships internationally even to Nigeria. Awesome yes? The colored words in the post are direct clickable links to shop amazing items.

This post is a sponsored post however all opinions are strictly mine. The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. What are your thoughts about this post? Is swimming your thing or not? Are you a fan of bikinis or traditional swimwear? Which of the swimwear is your favorite? Do comment below.

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Casual Street Style Featuring o21 Designs

One term that defines my type of style best is casual and if you randomly run into me in public, you can bet on me having jeans and a T-shirt on except on Sundays and special occasions. Through the course of being a student, having to go for lectures made casual style almost too convenient and I must say I have become used to it. Today’s blog post is about casual street style featuring o21 designs.

o21 designs is a Nigerian brand into graphics, corporate branding, customized T-shirts and creating creative solutions. They are based in Lagos Nigeria but however provide deliverable items. They make branded items such as mugs and souvenirs as well, on both small and large scale.

Custom T-shirts design started in the early 1950s when some companies in Miami started decorating T-shirts with the names of local resorts and other tourist attractions. Custom T-shirts in recent times are used as a medium of expression and passing information through which individuals can express their political and social views, advocate for causes, or just to amuse people.

Casual Street Style Featuring o21 Designs

Casual Street Style Featuring o21 Designs

Still journeying on the natural hair lane, this T-shirt had my heart with the caption. The quality is top notch and it is super comfortable. This caption says everything, answering questions from those moments I have been questioned on why my hair is not relaxed or why did I choose to go natural. I have been natural for over two years now and honestly, there are days being natural is blissful and other days it’s just plain annoying.

My hair shrinks a lot and can be difficult to maintain which makes me put it in protective styles most times. However, I discovered leave in conditioner is super great in softening it up. It is my choice to go natural after all and I intend to enjoy the process all the way even on its bad days. Trust me, I have had some of those days in which you try out a YouTube tutorial and it comes out like nothing you watched your favorite YouTuber do. Who can relate?

Casual Street Style Featuring o21 Designs

I styled the inscription T-shirt with track pants which was a trend last year and paired it up with sneakers because casual is the way. The sunglasses was last minute accessory. How cute are my earrings from Nigerian jewellery brand Zivanora? You can style the T-shirt with other pants or skirt color as white goes with everything. Plus the caption T-shirt is available in other colors. Other ways to style this T-shirt includes; with a skirt and flats, with a skirt plus a jacket with high heels, with jeans with flats or sandals and with dungarees and sandals.

As an advocate of supporting Nigerian brands, I rate this T-shirt 10/10 as I really love it and would gladly order more and so should you too. Side story, the pictures in this post were all taken by my dad and he had so much fun at it that it brought back memories of him introducing me to photography when I was younger. Could you tell the pictures were taken at Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos? The place is really cool and a great site for taking pictures although the bus station officials told us to keep our camera at a point.

Casual Street Style Featuring o21 Designs

 

You can find and shop from o21 designs here. The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments. What are your thoughts about this post? Are you a fan of casual style? What is your go to fashion outfit? What do you think about inscription T-shirts? Do leave a comment below.

Lagos Living || Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Over the past three weeks, I have been residing in Lagos Nigeria since completing my B.Sc. program at the University of Ibadan. Should have put up posts detailing my good and bad experience so far but I have been caught up with work and clearance for the Youth Service program. Got a freelance job on the Island and if there’s anything fellow Lagosians can relate to, it is the stress of living in Lagos and how important it is to take time out to relax on days you’re not working. Saw the launch pictures of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Nigeria a while ago and I had it in mind to try it out.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Ikeja review

Krispy Kreme Nigeria

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is an American doughnut and coffeehouse company newly launched in Nigeria and located presently in Ikeja City Mall. That happens to be the only branch in Nigeria. Apparently, Krispy Kreme is a brand existing in quite a number of countries, having over 1000 branches and they have been around since 1937.

My first impression of the place is that it looked great, haha like every other store in the mall though.  I love the aura of the restaurant and the music being played made the place lively. It took a while to decide what I wanted because there’s a whole lot of goodies present to choose from but the staff were really full of smiles and nice. Each table has a paper hat with the Krispy Kreme design.

I settled for the Caramel Kreme Crunch while my friend had New York Cheese Cake. Each cost N650 which is quite affordable. A certain bakery in Ibadan sells for almost the same price but plain doughnuts though. As much as I wanted to enjoy the doughnut I bought, it was rather too sweet at first. The doughnut was soft but the toppings had me cringing from the sugar in it. The Cheese Cake was much better though.

Krispy Kreme Nigeria review

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Diggin’ in!

Given that there are other doughnuts being sold, I have plans of trying almost everything on the menu someday. Going for the Original Glazed doughnuts and a latte next time. There are drinks available on the menu such as espresso, cappuccino and lattes. The doughnuts also come in a box of 3, 6 and 12 pieces as you may desire. If you can’t get enough, you could order a variety in a box which costs about N3000 and above.

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Nigeria review

 

 

I cannot say much about the calories level of each doughnut but hey, doughnuts are delicious. So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, looking for a cool spot to hang out with friends and keep your mouth busy with doughnuts, head over to Krispy Kreme and join in the experience.

What spots are you loving currently in Lagos? Do drop your recommendations as I’d love to try out as many places as I can. What is your favorite snack? What do you think about doughnuts? Are you a fan or not? What type do you love the most? Leave a comment below. The best part of posting here is getting your feedback and comments.

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