It almost seems like everytime I put up a post these days I'm apologizing for something.
Yesterday I was a guest on DSTV's Spice TV's talkshow On The Couch (hosted by Ariyike Akinbobola).
Have you heard of Ariyike's The Cost of Ours Lives? Guys this book is simply amazing and completely hilarious, look for it on Jumia.com or shopmagic.com. I started it yesterday and they had to tear it away from me.
It was a very very frenzied day. I never knew that production was this demanding, but also extremely exciting. Like, I never knew that about four or five episodes are shot in one day, I doff my cap to the people in that industry. You can imagine shooting several episodes in a day, after each one, you change clothes, change accessories, change makeup and hairstyles. There's also the need to clean up and reorganize the set for the next episode. And oh, the diary sessions! The AC has to be turned off because the sound my interfere and then with all those lights in your face, the heat! Yet, when there's as much as a drop of sweat on your face you have to cut, dab, reapply makeup and shoot the scene again. Oh boy!!!
The suit was swarming with very popular faces. Yesterday socialite and blogger; Olori Super Girl was around, popular Lagos DJ; DJ Big N was on set as well, the cute Sound City VJ Adams Ibrahim was present as well as fellow VJ; Pearl Cady. Popular Blogger Kemi Filani (www.kemifilanisblog.com) was also on set and in my episode, and a host of other people.
It was super exciting and a totally new experience. I got to meet some serious characters. Speaking of characters, Ariyike Akinbobola is an absolute character! The sexy mama of 2, is fun, feisty, witty and sharp, but most especially fun! I found myself laughing at almost everything she did or said and she reminded me of my childhood friend Jolade whom I used to envy for being so witty and funny.
One of the guys in my episode, a young budding politician (who came with his own image consultant to guide him through his scenes and speeches, and got me worried that I just came with my handbag and my thoughts...) turned out to be a very good conversationalist whom I spent a great deal of time chatting with. We both turn 30 next week, he just got married last month, after dating his wife for 10 years. LOL. I loved hearing him talk about his wife.
Another person that talked with so much fondness and affection about his wife was a fellow guest, comedian; MCiRock. He's a Yoruba boy married to an Akwa Ibom gal. He just confirmed that thing which we're all told about the women from that part of the country. He praised her hospitality, domestic and cooking skills. He said he's still shocked when he gets home every night and the babe has a plate of something very exciting waiting on the dining table. He said that since they got together he has not been able to eat outside because wifey's food is better than what any restaurant serves. He also admitted that having become accustomed to those rich Efik meals, his palate is more superior and now it's extremely difficult to swallow the comparatively bland ewedu, efo-riro and co.
Oh, Kemi Filani!!! You never know what to expect until you meet some people. Her blog is primarily a gossip blog and I've heard it said a number of times that a lot of the biggest gossip bloggers thief their gist from hers. She was so unassuming, very quiet and confessed to be very shy. I liked her instantly. I could tell that beneath the gentle smile and the soft eyes are lots and lots of observations and stories. (We quiet ones see the most).
Olori Super Girl as well has a great personality and I'm not surprised that she's at so many events. And Adams Ibrahim, the cutey with the two-toned beard, he is also a sweetheart. When he saw me he respectfully said "Good afternoon ma'am". It took a lot for me not to giggle but that politeness and warmth, even in the face of fame and popularity, really won my heart.
Yet, it wasn't all flowers and butterflies. One of the faces I'd seen on TV belonging to someone I always liked, someone I always imagined would be very real, down to earth and nice, turned out not to be all of those things. I remember looking at her and thinking you just lost a fan.
I was there at noon and I got home at almost midnight. I was frightened because of the robbery yesterday. Now, speaking of the robbery, our suit faces the waterside, just by where Dangote and Otedola pack their yatchs. You wouldn't believe that we saw the robbers escape on their speed boat but not knowing what happened, we wondered why two boats were running with such speed on a Thursday afternoon and then we thought they might be shooting a movie. It was only about an hour later when Linda Ikeji posted the news that we realized that those were the robbers.
Yesterday must have been a very sad day for many. My heart goes out to the families of the deceased.
Just two nights ago as I went home with one of our clients at work, she told me how when she goes to work on the mainland her doors are always well shut and carefully pinned down but on the island she doesn't bother at all because we all know how safe Lekki is. Then less than 24 hours later that terrible robbery happened and we now realize that Lekki isn't so safe after all.
Fridays are usually my off days but having taken yesterday off to go on set, I have to work today *sobs*.
There's so much that happened yesterday but if I try to fit it all in I wouldn't finish this post. I loved meeting the makeup artist, Joy, Toba (an extremely fun personality), Odeyin, Dorcas, Bisola and Ramat (who's a bundle of energy). I look forward to seeing you guys soon.
TTB readers, how's it been? Please bear with me, when I vacate Lagos on or after Monday I will return my full attention to Thelma Thinks.
And I cannot thank some of you enough! Those who actually called to say "I heard of the Lekki robbery, I hope you're fine?". Wow, you're too kind. I was and am fine, I wasn't in Lekki at the time. Thank you so very much.