Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Williams Sisters in Naija!



I thought it was a joke until I saw the front page of the Guardian newspaper this morning. Venus Williams' face was the first thing that caught my eyes. Both she and her sister, Serena, who are both highly acclaimed International Female Tennis players and former World Number One Tennis Champions, are in Lagos, Nigeria LIVE! That's nice. My dad, who was a tennis player and lover, would have loved to see them.

The theme for the Williams Sisters' visit is Breaking the Mould (BTM) 2012. BTM is women’s empowerment initiative that recognizes and acknowledges the role that women play in shifting perceptions and encouraging development on all levels across the African continent.


While in Nigeria, the dynamic duo will inspire, motivate and mentor a broad range of audiences through a series of supporting initiatives which include; a lecture, a gala dinner and an exhibition match which will also be the first time the sisters will play against one another on Nigeria soil.

The Williaims Sisters' story serves to boost the morale of athletes and business people alike. Theirs is a tale of passion, determination, hard work and self-belief that has triumphed over many obstacles and circumstances to be champions on and off the tennis court. Their visit to Nigeria will help boost Lagos State as a destination for global sports tourism. The significance of hosting the Williams’ sisters in Lagos is positive bonus for the Lagos State Government especially at a time when the state is planning to host a major sporting festival. It re-affirms Lagos State’s visitor-loving personality and its objective to become a premium business, leisure, sporting and entertainment venue.

Serena & Venus Williams pose with the Ladies doubles championship trophies during Wimbledon 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

CU Kings & Queens of the Court!


First and foremost, I must say...am very proud of my CU Alumni B-ball Team (CABT)!!! We sure are the "Kings and Queens of the Covenant University B-ball Court"!

"Come all this CU basketball players we need to do reunion......like we need to go to that CU and play against that team...lets see what they have on ground now" - This was the message that got we ex-Covenant University B-ballers to start planning four (4) months ago for a novelty basketball match against the school's b-ball team during our Alma Mata's 10th Founder's Day this October 22nd, 2012. 

Am sad to say that even though I was one of the organizers, I couldn't make it for the event *sad* But hey! The good news is that the event went well and my CABT trashed the CUBT, the school team!! I mean, we showed them that even though "we old don't mean we out" as Funmi put it! *wink*

I want to thank Funmi Uju aka Fleau for 'waking us up' and making this vision a reality! Way to go, girl!

I also want thank Moyo Shomade for making our jerseys and making us look smart! *smiles*
My b-ball kit *smiles*

And last but not the least....I want to thank Francis Obiajulu aka Bigbro, for making the lovely posters *hugs*

Catch a gimpse of the event.....

 L-R: Dolamu, Seun (Afoxy), Fleau (Funmi), Moyo, Temi, Nneka, Ada, Buzor & Carol

 The CABT - Female Team!

 "Errr....what you doing there little boy??? This is for ladies,o!" LOL!

 And here they goooooooooooooo.........

Seun driving in.....

 Ada doing her thing, as always *wink*

 The Kings of the CU Court!!!!

 And we're readyyyyyyy!!!

And he drives in.....

Back then in CU....the Covenant University Female B-ball Team. We ROCKED and still ROCK!!!!

Once a "baller", always a "baller"

Monday, October 15, 2012

FINALLY Felix's Space Jump!!!


Felix Baumgartner finally jumped from space!!!! The anticipated space jump was to have happened on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 but due to "gusty winds" it was postponed to yesterday, Sunday October 14th, 2012. He broke both the freefall world record and the sound barrier by jumping from 23 miles above the earth.

FELIX'S SUPER-DUPER JUMP FROM SPACE

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger Kittinger, who held the previous freefall world record of 19.5 miles in 1960, was the only person allowed to communicate with Baumgartner while he was inside the capsule which carried him into space and while falling.
Am trying to imagine how it felt jumping from space *worried look* But I'm sure its an experience Baumgartner would never ever forget in his life time. Hmmm...so who is next? *shinning my teeth*

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Felix Baumgartner's Space Jump!

Felix Baumgartner, all geared up!

Yesterday, as I was searching for some information for my post graduate diploma project and I came across a link relating to some details about a guy who was going to jump all the way from space to planet earth. Of course, you all know me to be a Space fan and a Sky-diving freak. So I clicked away! *shinning my teeth*

Now before I continue, I want to say to Felix Baumgartner, "Dude, you're NUTS!!! But I have to agree that you are a very brave guy!" I mean this dude has jumped from the hand of the "Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!! What do you call that??? Crazzzzzy & braveeeeeee!!!! Now he wants to jump all the way from space to earth *straight face*

Felix Baumgartner (born 20 April 1969) is an Austrian skydiver and a BASE jumper. He is renowned for the particularly dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career. Baumgartner spent time in the Austrian military where he practiced parachute jumping, including training to land on small target zones. (Culled from Wikipedia)

In January 2010, it was reported that Baumgartner was working with a team of scientists, sponsored by Red Bull to attempt the highest sky-dive on record. The project, which is scheduled to see Baumgartner jump 120,000 ft (36,600 m) from a helium balloon, intends to make him the first parachutist to break the sound barrier. The jump was currently postponed after the scheduled launch yesterday, October 9, 2012 due to "gusty winds". (Culled from Wikipedia)



Red Bull Stratos is following in the footsteps of Project Excelsior, when U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger (at right in photo below) jumped on Aug. 16, 1960 from a height of 19 miles and barely lived to tell the tale. Kittinger is now Baumgartner’s mentor, the only man alive who can offer advice to the Austrian on a mission where the slightest error could cost him his life. (Culled from Redbull.com)
Felix Baumgartner & his mentor, U.S. Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger Kittinger


See below Baumgartner’s instruments that would help make his "Mission Possible":

A Zenith capsule suspended from a balloon in the stratosphere at an altitude of over 120,000 feet

El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th chronograph, Zenith Ambassador Felix Baumgartner's Skydiving watch

Felix Baumgartner's Space Skydiving Suit
 
Several critical phases during Baumgartner's ascent and freefall

Honestly, I wish Baumgartner's the best in his mission. I hope the next story I write about him would be a good report...Cheers Baumgartner!!!!!





Friday, October 5, 2012

Ayo, MTN Project Fame Dude!


In 2010, I went for MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 3 audition.

I remember seeing some of my Covenant university mates who also came for the audition that day. Ayobami Ayoola was one of them. We had both been auditioned and didn't make it to the next round. I remember how undaunted Ayo looked, like he was going to keep trying till he got in! Well, he didn't just get in two years later he became the winner of the just concluded West Africa Season 5. Way to go, Ayo!!!!

Ayo won a recording contract worth N7,000,000 in addition to a Toyota Rav 4 and a cash reward of N2,500,000.
AYO WITH HIS PRIZES
 
Congratulations Ayo! And thanks for showing us that when you have a dream, you go for it and grab it by the horn!