Wednesday, December 10, 2014

International Volunteer Day 2014


This year, I had a great awareness concerning special international days such as World Tourism Day, World Post Day, United Nations Day and many more. Now I just learnt about International Volunteer Day! Interesting!

The United Nations (UN), particularly the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) ensures that annually, on December 5, the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is observed.  International Volunteer Day (IVD), gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels with a grassroots mandate.

So how did I come about this? I have had the urge for a long time to go into social/community service. But I never really "dragged" myself to really look for that opportunity. So today, I just decided that I would search for a volunteer program in my state or locality and get involved. So I came about Volunteer In Nigeria. That's how I found out about IVD.

I really hope to take this volunteer yearning seriously. I mean this urge has been there like forever and I really want to make an impact, no matter how little, in my community. Besides with my Sociology and Community Relations educational background I should be really involved in community service.

I wish myself all the best and hope to share some of my volunteer service on my blog sometime soon *smiles*

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others. - Ghandi

Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others. -- Danny Thomas

I want to be that kind of person. What about you? *smiles*


 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lagos DWC 2014 - The Song and the Dance


Last year, my friend kept telling me how she had so much fun in the Lagos DWC 2013. I recall that another friend had told me she enjoyed Lagos DWC 2012. So I decided that I was going to attend the Lagos DWC 2014. Lol! I wasn't disappointed! *smiles*
 
Dancing With Christ (DWC) is a unique ministry to women, whose main aim is to minister to the “soul" in a peculiar way, through music, dance and merry making. The vision is culled from Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance”. DWC Ministries is known for hosting the annual “women only” dinner-dance: an evening of great food, fun and fellowship. We create an opportunity for elegantly dressed ladies to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere; away from house chores, worries and the day to day responsibilities of the day. It is a time to have pleasant conversations with old friends, make new ones, enjoy good food, and “let your hair down” while dancing to live gospel music. (Culled from DWC website)
 
Lagos DWC 2014 was held on Sunday 16th November, 2014. The theme was "The Song and the Dance". And boy did we sing and dance to the glory of God!!!! It was a lovely event. I, in particular, had so much fun that I won a gift for competing in a group dance competition! Trust me na! *wink*
 
I would l definitely go next year and I would drag along some sisters with me *smiles*
 
Enjoy a few photos.










 
 

Friday, October 24, 2014

United Nations' Day: Happy 69th Birthday!


Happy UN Day! United Nations is sixty-nine years old today!

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. (Culled from United Nations Website)

For the past years, United Nations has been recognized as an international body that:
...promotes human right;
...works for peace;
...works to prevent conflict;
...assists refugees;
...helps people in emergencies;
...fights proverty;
...combats climate change;
...vaccinates children;
...feed hungry population;
...work for primary education and
...promotes disarmament.

Let's celebrate and wish UN a Happy 69th Birthday!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

VBS 2014 - Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides & Provides


It just occured to me that I didn't share this year's VBS on my blog!!! I guess because I didn't participate this year. *covers face*

This year's VBS 2014 held in 11th to 15th of August, 2014. The VBS 2014 theme was WILDERNESS ESCAPE: WHERE GOD GUIDES & PROVIDES. The children time-travelled through the WIDERNESS and got an up-close "behind scenes" at the Israelites' journey under the leadership of Moses, as God guided and provided for them. Children explored the Israelite camp tents and visited Moses daily as they discovered more about Moses' adventure.

From what I was told, it was wonderful! Wish I was there...But am glad both the volunteers (adults and teenagers) and the children had loads of fun!

Sneak peep of some photos *wink*

Celebration Time!!!

One of the Teen Volunteers having fun during celebration time

The VBS 2014 Crew & Volunteers

VBS 2014 Family: The Children, Crew & Volunteers





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Black Ballerina Princesses

Pretty Black Ballerinas
 
Ballet has been something I wish I did when I was younger. I liked it so much that I use to pretend that I was a ballerina by trying to stand on my toes which ofcourse was difficult. Even when I used to play basket ball, my coaches would beg me to stop throwing the ball and standing on my toes like a ballerina.


  
Never really heard of a professional black ballerina until I read Michaela De Prince story. Very inspiring indeed. While checking more on her, I got to know about other professional black ballerinas like Misty Copeland, Lauren Anderson and many more.
 


 
I have always loved dancing. I can't hear a beat and not dance to it! Infact on my wedding day, I danced so much that I was nicknamed "The Dancing Bride". When I was little girl, if you asked me what I wanted to be, I'd say I wanted to be either a teacher, singer and/or a dancer.
 
Dancing is a magical thing. And it's nice to see how the concept of dancing has evolved over the years. I enjoy watching dance shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance", "Dancing With The Stars" and "Maltina Family Dance All". They give me an in-depth feel of what dance is all about. Most of these dancers have nothing else to live for but to dance. Some even say dance saved their lives!
 
So, let's dance & be merry!!!!!
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Celebrating World Post Day 2014

Way before e-mails, facebook, instagram and co, we had postcards!!! Someone asked me today, "Do people still write and post letters?" My answer is yes! I still post! Most times I send postcards. And I did so today! Sent a post card to my long time penpal/postcard collector, Fadhillah Norzahari. It's always fun sending and getting postcards to/from her.

Today October 9th, is declared WORLD POST DAY! The aim is for us to be "Celebrating the role of the postal sector in our everyday lives"

So send a post card or a letter to a loved one today...handwirtten ofcourse! Makes it much more fun! Happy World Post Day, everyone! *wink*

By way, if you are a post card lover like me, try joining Postcrossing. Just heard about it today....want to give it a try. Cheers! :)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Queen of Katwe: Phiona Mutesi

I have a colleague/friend, who is crazy about marathon races (Yinka, am still going to do the Disney Princess Half Marathon, o!) and he loves CHESS!!! He is always sending stuffs on Chess, which are really cool to read. But this one struck my interest.....PHIONA MUTESI!


Phiona Mutesi is a Ugandan Chess player. Her story is what you call "from grass to grace". Like Donald Miller the author of  'Blue Like Jazz' said, "It is always the simple things that change our lives...This is how God does things" *smiles*
 


CNN has carried her story. A book has been written about her. Disney is currently doing a movie on her. She is currently the youngest person ever to win the African chess championship. Who says the "under-dog" can't be the "Queen" one day? *wink*


Do take check out her website: Queen of Katwe

Monday, September 29, 2014

World Tourism Day 2014


World Tourism Day fell on September 27th, 2014. Honestly, as a tourism lover, am "ashamed" to say that I didn't know this program existed! *covers face*
 
Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27. This date was chosen as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. (Culled
From Wikipedia)
 
 
This year's theme was "2014: Tourism and Community Development" which held in Guadalajara, Mexico. Next year, the program is coming to Africa! The theme is "2015: Millions of tourists, millions of opportunities" which would be holding in Burkina Faso. I should think of attending *wink*
 
I did my university final year project on "Tourism and Development in Nigeria: An Examination of the Nexus". Tourism is one of the largest industries and the world's largest generator of jobs in both the rural and urban sectors. Though Nigeria is blessed with wonderful tourist sites that would help generate income, provide job, generate foreign earnings and improve the living standards of the people, the nation has failed to take advantage of it. (Insert from my project, 2007)
 
Well, am happy to say, Nigeria is improving in the area of building our tourism industry. But we can still do more. Watch a short video on Nigeria Tourism.



Well, HAPPY TOURISM DAY in arears! *smiles*
 
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Disney Princesses Songs

 
Snow White: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) - "I'm Wishing"



Cinderella (1950) - "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"



Aurora: Sleeping Beauty (1959) - "Once Upon A Dream"



Ariel: The Little Memaid (1989) - "Part of Your World"



Belle: Beauty & the Beast (1991) - "Belle/Little Town"



Jasmine: Alaadin (1993) - "A Whole New World"



Pocahontas (1995) - "Colors of the Wind"



Mulan (1998) - "Reflection"



Tiana (2009) - "Almost There"



Rapunzel: Tangled - "When Will My Life Begin"


Merida: Brave (2012) - "Touch the Sky"



Anna: Frozen (2014) - "First Time In Forever"


Elsa: Frozen (2014) - "Let It Go"



 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Nnenna's Travel Storybook: My Adventures

What early influences inspired your fire for travel? This question inspired today's blog write up!

Expedia launched its "storybook" campaign early this year which centres around turning travel ideas into reality. In conjunction with this, each of the Expedia Viewfinders were asked “What’s your travel storybook?” I read through lots of their responses and it took me back to what truly inspired my love for travel.

My daddy took my siblings and I to a bazaar one summer in my toddler days. And he bought each of us a Brain Booster books. These are books that develop and stir up children's enthusiasm in particular subjects or areas of interest. I got a book on culture and travels. While my brothers got a book on space and astronauts. These books inspired my love for travel and diverse cultures plus my interest in space!

BRAIN BOOSTERS - WORLD WIDE WONDERS

BRAIN BOOSTERS - OUTER SPACE ADVENTURES

So far, I have travelled far and wide. Well...not really sha! Still have the whole world to conquer alone and also with my family and friends. For my own personal travels, I have been to South Africa, Dubai, Ghana, Cruised to Italy, Greece & Turkey, Seychelles, London & United States.

My Travel Storybook in pictures:

SOUTH AFRICA
 
 
 
DUBAI

 
 
GHANA

 
 





 
 



 
 
UNITED STATES: DALLAS, TEXAS

 
 
So let me ask you, What early influences inspired your fire for what you love?
Would really love to hear your responses *winks*
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Motherhood: A Beautiful Experience

Motherhood is a beautiful experience. I just became a mother of a beautiful baby boy on April 5th, 2014. And men is he a hand full of love, curiosity, joy, blessing and a gift to our family *sheds a little happy tear*

Oluwadijimi Zinachidi Issac Fakoya-Smith

Being a mother comes with it's joys and tears (NOT sorrow,o!)

One of the experiences of motherhood is our change in body...inside-out. I have been trying to exercise (sit-ups), eat healthy (this is really hard, I tell you! I LOVE fooooood!) and to think positive and stay healthy so I can go back to my former size 8 from a "pregnancy induced" size 14. Am a size 12 now after birth. But honestly, it's hard! *sighs*

Came across the "4th Trimester Bodies Project" when I noticed a video on Facebook concerning #StopCensoringMotherhood. The video caught my interest so I clicked the hash tag and found this website. It's beautiful to see photos of women embracing their beautiful stretches, stripes, scars and all that pregnancy creates.

Well, if you're new to this world, like me, welcome to motherhood and the beautiful, crazy, great experiences it brings *smiles* And for those who have been a mother like "forever" (lol!), well done and keep up the good work *wink*



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kenyan Star: Lupita Nyong’o!

Hi guys! I know...I know...it's been way too long I blogged. Pardon me. Well today I've been inspired to write. Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan-Mexican born actress who recently won the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress is the inspiration.

Am quite impressed with her acting talent. She would go a long way in the movie industry as long as she's wise with the movies she decides to act in. Am so in-LOVE with her fashion sense! She sure knows how to combine BOLD colors. She reminds me of Mrs. Michelle Obama (one of my Fashion-lovers).

Congratulations Lupita Nyong' O on your 1st ever Oscar award and wishing you all the best!

Enjoy some photos of our dear Fashonista, Lupita Nyong' O.