My sister/friend/confidant, Bukky and I planned to spend a very relaxing weekend at her place. On Thurday night we went to the movies and then for dinner at Sao Cafe in Lekki phase 1. Friday we spent indoors then at night we went for a Praise concert at the Redeemed Church, Banana Island branch. Now, that was fun. Frank Edwards, Buchi, Tope Alabi, Onos and loads of other great gospel singers turned up for the Lord.
That ended at about 5am. We got home and started gisting instead of going right to bed knowing that we were to attend the Dabira Woman's Conference which was holding at Muson at 9am. Needless to say, we didn't make it. LOL. Instead we slept in late, woke up and ate a very heavy breakfast (the girl can cook for Africa) and then went back to bed. Woke up a few hours later to attend the Banana Island Cultural Festival with the estate residents and visitors.
We had loads of fun, countries from all the continents were represented, each one showcasing their food, and guess what, it was all free! I nearly died from overeating. I had chakalaka from the South African stand, Chapati from the Kenyan stand, roast pork from the Venezuelan stand, pasta with pesto from the Italian stand, pastry from the Jamaican stand, Mac n cheese from the American stand, cocktails from the Nigerian stand and so much more! There were loads of freebies too. Food Trolley handed me a bag with lots of freebies, Molfix gave me a hefty gift bag too. I got free cake samples, free lip balm, soaps and sweets.
I met many new people, one was all round youtube vlogger and blogger Sisi Yemmie. I was genuinely happy when she said she knows our blog, Thelma Thinks. Sisi and I had a great conversation, I asked her all the questions I've always wanted to ask ever since I found out about her some 5 years ago. One thing that stuck with me was when she said that many people see how she says she wants something (endorsement, brand ambassadorship, paid travel, paid appearances etc) and then weeks or months later, she somewhat magically gets it. People tease her and ask if she does jazz but what they don't know is that she is very strategic about her intentions and goals. So when she decides that she wants something she makes sure that everything she does or posts or says, is in line with that thing that she wants, outwardly it may look casual and ordinary, inwardly it's got a target.
Our discussion was often interrupted by fans coming to talk to her from all over. There were a few celebrities and socialites at the festival. The Big Brother Naija family were present, Eku Edewor was the host, yet I didn't see anyone get bombarded as much as Sisi Yemmie did. Fans, male and female, from different countries. I was talking to her once when some Asians who flew in from Durban rushed over to her to her have picture taken with them. Several people came to her to say "I learnt how to tie my gele from you", "I learnt how to make coconut rice from you", "it's you that taught me how to style my natural hair" and on and on it went. I noticed that she didn't have a single air about her, she was genuinely open and humble and friendly to everyone who came to talk with her. She's really very impressive. I'm looking forward to shooting a YouTube video with her.
On Sunday morning Bukky and I went to church and then I left for Banana Island and headed straight to Surulere, Ijesha specifically, Chidoz kitchen more specifically. I was hosting a 50th birthday party. Yeah since I started handling the running of the place, I've turned it into an event centre of sorts, for smaller events and parties in that locale. Most weekends some clubs host their meetings there, and there's the occasional Owambe. It does bring in more money as buying drinks from the Chidoz bar is the first prerequisite for using our space. The venue price is negotiable. I was able to take only a few pictures before the party started because once it was in full swing things got crazy. One thing I can say for sure is that Yorubas do know how to party! 😳
I left Chidoz at about 12am with a small bag of cash. Slept well when I got home and on Monday, we had the TTB hangout.
How was your weekend?