I am woman.. hear me…


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You.Are.Amazing.

As. you. are.
Stronger than you know.
More beautiful than you think.
Worthier than you believe.
More loved than you can ever imagine.
Passionate about making a difference.
Fiery when protecting those you love.
Learning. Growing. Not alone.
Warm. Giving. Generous.
Quirky. Sexy. Funny. Smart.
Flawed. Whole. Scared. Brave.
And so, so, so.much.more.

Be Strong. Be Confident. Be You. ~ Copyright: Tia Sparkles Singh, 2011

I have been living and working in Lagos, Nigeria now for 18 months.  One of my favorite things about this country is how vibrant and strong the people are.  Specifically the women.  Talk about inspiring folks.  Every day there is a new surprise that faces me down.  In celebration of International Women’s Day 2017, my friend and I visited the Nike Centre for Art and Culture.

Every time I visit this gallery I find about 200 pieces I would love to buy.  The work covers everything from photography, to bead work, statutes of wood and metal, oils, fabrics, and really just everything you can imagine.  Well, this installation was possibly my favorite as it covered all of the artistic genres mentioned with a focus on the strong women who create the work.

What I love even more is the owner of the gallery.  Nike Davies-Okundaye – Nike Davies-Okundaye a.k.a. “‘Nike Davies'” a.k.a. “‘Nike Twin Seven Seven'” a.k.a. “‘Nike Olaniyi'” a.k.a. “‘Mummy Nike'”  – Wikipedia

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Talk about a strong woman.  I. LOVE. HER.  She is Nigerian.  She is strong. She is intelligent. She is kind.  She is an art piece all by herself.  What an amazing person.  So generous with her time and her ability to explain every piece of art in her gallery.  If you make it to Lagos, Nigeria and do not stop in to her gallery, you are missing a treat!!

The art presented that was specifically on display for Women’s Day was spectacular.  Created by women about women.  I did not take enough photos to really give it due respect.

My favorite pieces were so amazing!! They were huge though.  If I only had a place big enough to house them.

All of the other work was equally impressive and to be fair, there were many more “favorites”.  Even the work not specifically on display for Women’s Day, had a flair that I could not stop going back to.

For more Nigerian artwork that focuses on the Nigerian woman’s perspective, this book would be an excellent choice to get started.  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Travel theme: Woman

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Getting to the fashion …


Life’s too short to wear boring clothes – Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs

Life IS too short to wear boring clothes, but sometimes it takes a little more effort to get what you want.  It is one of my favorite parts of being in Nigeria.  From a traditional Nigerian look to rocking the 70s, the 80s, the 90s and even the current New York Fashion trends of today.  It all starts here.. or at least in places like this.  Come take a walk with me.. if you can get through the alleys, the trucks, the food stalls, and the other vendors.

Just  because you work in the fashion industry, it doesn’t mean you live your life in fashion. – Phillip Lim

My guess is my tailor is going to get overwhelmed with how much I am enjoying this journey towards fashion.  It has been a great way to meet local people and (I hope) bond with the folks I work with.  The style is energetic, frenetic, bright, vivacious, and at times, it appears that it just don’t give a shit.  Which is something I really like about the style here.  I hope you like the view and looking forward to sharing more.
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One thing I love about being here is our Friday traditional dress day!  The details that these tailors put into their clothes are amazing.  The buttons are covered with fabric, they stitch every single bead into an outfit, and add cute little doodads to every part they can.  It has been great fun to just give someone some material and say.. make what you will.  It’s quite the adventure.

So colorful, so bright, so fun.  The clothes match the personality of the folks here.  You gotta love it.  I have almost two more years of Fridays.  Looking forward to each one!

It’s about being alive and feisty and not sitting down and shutting up even though people would like you to.  –  Pink

 

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Quick Tour of Lagos


Last look at Lagos before I leave on Vacation.  Amazing place with an interesting history.  For our first stop on the tour, I introduce you to Tarqua Bay.

We took a boat underneath the Ahmadu Bello Way.  The entire trip to the beach was only about 20 minutes total.  After arriving at the beach, we were greeted by dozens of young folks who jockeyed for position to carry our coolers and give us tours.  We were able to walk to the lighthouse and climb to the tops which provided stunning views of the entire beach area.  After climbing the lighthouse we were able to visit the house next to it and partake in a refreshing fresh coconut. After taking a break, we passed old Lord Lugard’s house and met an old man enjoying his Sunday rest in front of his old colourful house – the only two story building remaining from the old days. We closed the tour with a stroll over the beach where we passed a shipwreck and other beach delights.  We finally ended this tour with a BBQ lunch and a dip in the bay to cool off.

 

The next and final stop on our tour will be of Lagos City itself.  Despite some of the amazing art on the walls of the Lagos Government Buildings, we were not allowed to take photographs of the buildings.  No worry, there were many other street level inspirations that caught my eye.  Our group spent about 3 hours walking through Lagos City Center.  I’m glad we started at 730 am because by 11 am, it was nearly too hot.

 

Thanks for stopping by.. I hope you enjoyed.

Another Cup O’ Joe- Nigeria


I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. T. S. Eliot

Coffee does indeed seem to be an obsession of mine.  Past coffee posts for which I sipped coffee while writing:

A Simple Cup o’ Joe – Venezuela; I have a confession to make – Venezuela; Morning Reflections – Everywhere ; Definitely a first world problemCosta Rica; Costa Rica – Land of... – Costa Rica; Fantastic Kids – Nepal:  Coffee Break – Turkey

I even have a favorite coffee compilation:  40Songswithcoffee

So here I go again down that road…

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So a coffee tour in Nigeria.  It was pouring down rain right before we left so I dressed accordingly.  I assumed it would be like my past coffee tours and I would be stomping through a coffee farm in the pouring rain.  I was rather looking forward to it.  Well, not so much.  It was a very civilized tour of a roasting facility.  We were able to look at some great photos, machines, hear about the history of how coffee was discovered, how it arrived in Nigeria and how it arrives today.

We were also shown how to grind, roast, taste and rate a variety of coffee bean varieties.  We sampled coffee from Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and a couple of other African countries.  It was delicious and informative.  I was very impressed with the baristas‘ knowledge about all aspects of coffee. It was also super impressive to see the many different ways you can roast and prepare coffee.  There were even folks who didn’t drink coffee on the tour.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and thanks for stopping by.

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“What do you want?”
“Just coffee. Black – like my soul.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

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