Hey people! Who else is begging this Lagos sun for mercy besides me? So... The NEC is holding right now at Eko hotel and I just left there. I was a having a very good time but I had to cut the stay short. I went with my boss lady Ariyike Akinbobola and her very good friend, stylist/designer Abyke Domina. Once we got there though I left them on the red carpet and went straight in. I knew they'd both have lots of people asking to take their pictures and Ariyike had people requesting to interview her, so I went in to join the show.
When I got there an interesting conversation was going on, Eldee and his co-panelists had the chair and Zainab Balogun was moderating. Pretty girl, Zainab... Immediately that session ended dance queen Kaffy was on her feet, asking questions that affect her own (poorly represented) branch of the industry, dance.
The next panel had on it Chioma Ude of Afriff and Wunmi Obe. Another interesting one, I must say. Enlightening session but I listened half heartedly, it largely concerned people in the movie and movie industries.
The next Speaker also talked about movies and the movie industry but this time she had my full attention, Aunty Joke Silva. The woman is a gem! She's obviously multitalented and public speaking is definitely one of her numerous talents. To hear her speak was to watch her perform, or so it seemed. She had everybody spell bound, we all watch her with rapt attention and although she was basically talking about the importance of training (and decrying the Nollywood stars for failing to do little or no form of training to polish and perfect their skills. While you have people in other branches of the arts; Kaffy for instance, "I always see her on Instagram all the time, doing dance routines and keeping that body in shape". Our Nollywood actors do not do this and will only lead to mediocrity. Aunty Joke quoted someone who said that mediocrity is like carbon monoxide; you don't see it, you don't smell it, but slowly it kills you.)
When she was done speaking she was joined by actress, Kemi Lala Akindoju and a host of others, but just before they could start my two phones rang almost simultaneously. Ariyike had to head to the set to shoot an episode of her show and a client called to remind me that our meeting was to hold in an hour.
Reluctantly I grabbed my bag and bolted.
I parted ways with the beautiful ladies and headed on to meet my supposed client. We were meant to discuss a property deal and he had also mentioned that he wanted me to register two companies and a business name for him. Already he'd had me rejoicing at the cash I was about to make, enough to spoil myself a little next weekend, at least. Oh, I didn't even want to anticipate the pay from the property deal, if it pulled through. With deals like that, I just wait till they materialize before I plan or dream.
I prided myself on being early, I pride myself on being punctual, always. Mr client suggested we meet at some restaurant to discuss the dealings and I waited patiently. Handsome man, my client, but that's not what we were there for. However he seemed not to notice that. He started to talk about everything and anything, except the companies or property. Some minutes in I realized that the tone and setting were all too familiar, it had all the trappings of a date. Oh dear... silly me! This wouldn't be the first time that someone would dangle work or business before me as bait, but other times I'd somehow know not to take them too seriously. This time however, this guy seemed so professional and serious, and dare I say, almost out of my league, him being a member of the upper echelons and engaged...
Eventually I asked about the jobs and he mumbled something vague about still needing me for the job, but nothing being ready or certain at the moment. My fingers itched to have themselves wrapped around his neck and squeeze tight.
Anyhoo... I've come to the most important part of this post, at least, to me it is. I remember Amanda Palmer's TED talk I watched some months ago; The art of Asking. That talk had my interest because that is one thing I do NOT know how to do, ask. It's funny because I give very easily but asking makes me feel some type of way. So Err, where was I?
I love to write, I really enjoy it. But wouldn't you have enjoyed it more if I'd shown you beautiful colorful pictures of all the celebrities and socialites instead of talking your ears off (disregard that you read not heard this)? People I need a camera ooooooo! There's no point in attending all these events if I cannot take pictures and show them to you. I rubbed shoulders with some extremely impressive people today, and I realized that I don't care much to share their space with them or become one of them. For now I prefer to be behind the scene, observing, making notes, learning, taking pictures and then sharing.
So, if you know someone who knows someone that knows someone that can get me a very decent camera, the type where you stand twenty feet away from the subject and still take stunning pictures, not those ones that are all grainy and shiii, or if you yourself are bouyant and/or generous to gift me with this belated birthday Pressie, then biko get me a camera or the cash to get me a camera *bats eyelashes*. LOL.
How is your day going? Fantastic I hope?