30 Days, 30 Blogs: Miafarradaily

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Miafarradaily is a blog about the life and times of a lawyer lady who describes herself as Nigerian/English. You know how I really love to see Nigeria through the eyes of Nigerians who have spent a lot of time away from here, especially when they write about their experiences!

One of my favourite posts on this blog is “Don’t Expose Your Laps”, a post written during her NYSC last year. I don’t know what kind of company or ministry she served with but she was so bored that she took to writing academic essays, a PhD proposal, and of course, observing peculiar Nigerian ways.

4. “Are you mobile?” means “do you have a car?” and usually precipitates a request to give someone a lift. It is just about okay to give an older woman a lift but it’s generally a bad idea to give men of any age a lift, no matter how bitchy that might seem (see 3 above) because if you do, you’ll get to work the next day and find an office brimming with gossip about how you “ride around town with men” and the car itself was probably bought for you by another man.

5. Long lunches are totally okay so long as you have someone in the office who will say “she just stepped out” to anyone who asks. “Stepping out” is code for anything from “she’s in the loo” to “she’s in an important meeting” to “she’s currently having a two course meal at Tulip Bistro, followed by a pot of froyo at Yogurberry, then a quick stop to get her brows waxed at B-Natural Spa.”

Isn’t she entertaining! The blog is mostly about true experiences, but she also puts up fiction on Thursdays.

The blogger’s real name is not Mia Farraday, by the way. Mia Farraday is the name of the female character in the first short story she wrote when she was nine years old. The Mia Farraday in the story was eaten by hungry dogs. While the blogger says she’s hoping for a slightly better outcome, I’m thinking, hers will be a WHOLE LOT better.

I’m rooting for her, and for every woman who is working hard to reach her goals, so I’ve put up a picture of my favourite lawyer lady. May we become all that we dream of becoming, and more.

30 Days, 30 Blogs: Fairy Godsister’s Blog

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If you love reading, please allow me to introduce you to the delightful pleasures of Fairy Godsister’s Blog.

Collaboration: If you like reading posts by good writers, you’ll love blogs that host writers regularly! You come most likely because you like to read what I write. What it you could read interesting pieces from various writers without moving from site to site? Fairy Godsister grants this wish via her 31 Days, 31 Writers series. The more the merrier!

Giveaways: She doesn’t do it often, but you want to hang around because when she does, it’s awesome; if you’re a bookworm, that is. If you’re not really into books and reading, you’re not likely to find a thrill here for now, unless you love…

Spiritual Food: The Fairy Godsister knows where good spiritual food is served, and she’s not stingy!

Sometime in February, I had a chat with a Pastor friend of mine, and what started out as me doing him a favor turned out to be the fulfillment of the perfect plan of God for him to mentor me. Apparently he had received this word as far back as 2009 but at the time we spoke (2014) the time was right. Don’t you just love God and the way He absolutely plans things?

Anyway, by the end of the evening (and we must have talked for a little under four hours), I was the proud owner of a beautiful Message Bible, and Rick Warren’s ‘The Purpose Driven Life’. Whoop!

I dug up a book by my Father in the Lord, Pastor Obi Goodheart Ekwueme which just has little pearls of wisdom for each day and so my devotion literally revolves around these two and a devotionals on my phone on the YouVersion App. This particular one is a 40-day Bible reading plan, created by Hillsongs (my home church), whoop!

So! I started on all three, and brethren (testimony mode), it’s been great! Some days I’ve been so excited with the new knowledge I glean that I call my Momma to preach it to her! PS – my Momma has prayed all three of us into loving the Lord, and am I grateful for that or what!

See what I mean? Go ahead and have fun!

30 Days, 30 Blogs: Random Musings

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This girl loves God. She loves music. She loves books. Why are we not sisters??? Oh wait! We are! Blood Sisters. Precious Royal Blood, no less. She talks to our Dad the way I talk to him, only she’s actually gifted after the manner of our big brother King David. She writes;

Abba, the hurt hasn’t healed

The band-aid has been ripped off

Uncovering years worth of love unrequited

The stitch is coming undone

The smile no longer holds the seam

Hurting people hurt people

Broken vessels don’t hold love

Or anything else

Fix me.

Make me new.

Heal me…

Random Musings follows Miss Anna Kovie Evi-Parker’s on her spiritual journey. Even her posts relating to life in general are also viewed through the eyes of a spiritually conscious young woman; as it should be for every true believer. See my review of the blog here.

A contemporary psalmist, is how I think of this blogger. Sincere, real, lyrical, authentic. Visit this blog to be refreshed and renewed. If you are lost, visit this blog to find your way back home to Him again.

30 Days, 30 Blogs: The F.A.B Sister’s Blog

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The joy of the lord. That’s the first thing I think of when I remember Eziaha. Her passion for Christ- to worship Him, love Him, serve Him and draw others to Him- makes me smile.

I have never met this blogger (I hope I do someday) but I consider her a sister. She blogs unabashedly about her faith, and in a most natural and sincere way! She also blogs about relationships, marriage, reading, culture, and lots of other things. I just ENJOY reading her. The first post I read on this blog was one where she was getting her hair done, eating Beloxxi crackers and wondering what her wedding night would be like. She’s just Ez like that.

And of course I can never forget her post about the list! Poor Ez cried when she saw the list her kinsmen presented her husband-to-be with. I could feel her pain. Thank God the young man did not run away!

I’m glad they made it through, and I was thrilled to see a photo of her husband 6 months after the wedding; the difference was amazing! What has she been giving him? God food and good sex, she says. Hehehee!

Note: this funny, warm, smart blogger has strong, Bible-based beliefs, values and opinions. She does not apologise for them. She’s living the Christ life on the F.A.B lane!

30 Days, 30 Blogs: …On Being a Young Wife and Mother

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One thing I’ve learnt about motherhood is that we, mothers, have tremendous power to comfort and encourage each other on this journey. One simple way to do that is to share our experiences with honesty, and that’s what Quirky Young Mom does.

I remember one episode in Season 1 of Desperate Housewives where the usually resilient Lynette, overwhelmed by the incredible pressure of trying to hold a home together with 4 kids and no help, broke down, dumped her kids with the neighbour (I always pitied her especially with those twin boys, gosh!) and drove off to a field to cry. The other wives met her there, and to comfort her as she lamented about being a bad mother, they also shared their own experiences- even Bree who always seemed to have it together admitted that she had spent many a nap time crying when her kids were younger. Lynette was surprised! “We should tell each other these things,” she sobbed.

Yes, we draw strength when we know we are not alone. The challenges you face as a wife and mother are shared by countless mums around the world, so be encouraged.

QYM writes honestly about her experiences and lessons learnt, in posts ranging from funny to very serious. In a note to herself she writes,

“Though you may be tempted to fit in the maximum amount of activities into every time slot you get during the day [e.g. those short naps before baby’s next feed], never forget to always do one thing first; EAT! Don’t try to shower or do laundry before you have eaten because you will regret it if baby wakes up and your body is clean but your stomach is empty.”

Don’t I know it?!

Enjoy!

30 Days, 30 Blogs: Aspilos

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I just discovered this blog today! The link that was tweeted at me led to a post that just blew me away. How many times have I longed for the spiritual zeal and fire of my younger days? Only a few months ago, I struggled through a 21-day fast and I could not believe what I had become! On a normal day I can stay without food till afternoon, but let fasting day come…wonderment. Na during fasting naim food dey scent pass o, chei!

It read like something I could have written. I gobbled it up, savouring every bite, and then quickly went on to check out as many others as time would permit me. Apart from her posts about her faith, she also writes fiction and non-fiction posts in different categories, on topics ranging from rape and health awareness to being Nigerian and making a difference.

Passion for God, passion for country (which does not attempt to deny sad facts!) and passion for purposeful living; what’s not to love? In fact, when I opened the page the first thing I noticed was a quote that resonated with me, because I believe there’s strength in numbers and when it comes to starting a revolution in Nigeria, we need enough people committed to doing the right thing!

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ~ Howard Zinn

Many Nigerians like to go to church and rant on social media but not actually DO anything to contribute to a better nation. Show Simi Olusola your faith without action, and she will show you her faith by her actions!

What do I love most about this blog? The fact that the blogger has an understanding that’s very important for every true follower of Christ: we do the things we do to please God not so that He will love us, but because He does.

See the mercy seat lifted above the judgement seat! Grace!

30 Days, 30 Blogs: How to Love Igbo Things (Or What You Will)

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I have always loved Igbo people and culture. I cannot count how many times, growing up, I said in my mother’s hearing “I like Igbo people” to which she would always reply “And you resemble them.”

I’ve tried to figure out why, and the closest I’ve come is the NTA series, Things Fall Apart, which I not only sat down to drink in as a child, but played and replayed, soaking up every nuance, thanks to my father who recorded every episode. My young mind, overdosing on all that delicious language and culture, most likely caught the bug that has refused to let go- Igbophilia.

So you can imagine my delirious excitement when I first stumbled on this blog which was created maka ihu n’anya ihe Igbo nile – for the love of all things Igbo! I just come here to satisfy my craving, and this blogger is so good! Her  intelligence, linguistic competence and humour make me giddy with delight.

She also has links to resources that can help you learn everyday Igbo words, including YouTube videos.

Sigh. I’m in love…