Friday, April 17, 2015

Saving Father - A Film by Ebbe Bassey Manczuk..............

Saving Father is an independent film that highlights the advent of HIV/AIDS in seniors.  The film is being produced by Ebbe Bassey an internationally acclaimed actress, producer, director who has featured in American series - NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Brooklyn Shakara (Vox TV) and numerous Nollywood movies which include Dr Bello (nominated for best supporting actress), Ties that Bind (nominated for best supporting actress), Turning Point amongst others.  Ebbe was a guest on "Off Center" and talked with Abdulai Jalloh in the video below about the film.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Challenge 100: Nigerian Family - The Amazu's At The North Pole


I was pleasantly surprised to read all about the Amazu's (Sir Og, Lady Joy, their daughters) and the Challenge they had set for themselves.  They arrived at the North Pole two days ago on April 13 2015 and completed a back-to-back sky dive and scuba dive.  I could not help but be amazed at their their feat. Not only did they get out of their comfort zone, their kids also shared this great feat with them.  They have planted the Nigerian flag firmly on the North Pole raising awareness for projects they are undertaking through their Challenge 100 project. 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Introducing Osawe and Clifford

Love is a beautiful thing - it all started 8 years ago when the eyes of an Isoko prince beheld a precious flower blooming in a university in the ancient town of Benin. Thus began a journey that sprouted in the ancient city and culminated in the dotted lines being signed 3,000 miles away in a leafy, affluent Enfield surburb when Prince Clifford asked his princess to be by his side forever.   Family, friends and colleagues all came out en masse to witness the joy being sealed between Princess Osawe and Prince Clifford.........

I don catch am - signed, sealed delivered......
Please  join us as we share pictures from Prince Clifford and Princess Osawe's wonderful day.......

Monday, April 06, 2015

Happy Easter!!

Happy New Month and Happy Easter to everyone!  As you celebrate Easter, let us not forget the reason for the season.  Christ died on the cross for us and let us reflect on this and his sacrifice as we delve into the plenty food and mede medes we have set upon our table.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

60 Funny Nigerian Election Memes

It is official - change has indeed come.  General Muhammadu Buhari has been declared the president elect of Nigeria.  Congratulations to him, APC, PDP and every other party.  It was a well fought battle.

The past 48 hours, everyone has been sitting on tenterhooks, waiting amidst  high tension and anxiety for the final results announcement.  The fact that there were so many breaks did not help matters at all.  However, Nigerians being who they are, found a way to relieve tension by entertaining the populace with hilarious jokes while displaying an avid sense of humour.  Like a certain lady says and I quote, "They have no chill when it comes to making jokes".  Below are some of the memes, jokes, tweets et all which have been flying around cyberspace in the past 48 hours.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Your Vote, Your Right, Your Choice


Fellow Nigerians,

Today is the day of reckoning.  The day we exercise our right and decide those who will guide and shape our country for the next four years. This is not the time for complacency.  This is the time to arise for the common good of our country.

Please head out to the polling unit today and let your heart decide.  Let your heart decide and not the bags of rice you may have received.  Not the face caps you may have received, not the party paraphernalia you may have received in the course of various campaigns for your vote.

Let your heart decide and choose the person who you think will actually delivered the diverse and immense promises made in the course of campaigning. Choose the individuals with the right manifesto.  Let us sieve the wheat from the chaff.

Please do not stay at home in complacency.  Go out and vote!  The entire world is watching us.  Shun violence in whatever form or shape.  Embrace peace.  Lay down your guns, matchetes and armour.   Exercise your vote in peace and in 48 hours our decision will be announced.


Friday, March 27, 2015

What Not To Do On Election Day



Saturday 28th March 2015 is the day of reckoning in the Nigerian political stratosphere.

Head to the polling unit where you registered to vote.  The polling units open at 8am and accreditation starts from then until 1pm.  Voting starts at 1.30pm and closes at 5pm.

Election Day - The Ten Commandments

All ye Nigerians out there - the time is nigh.  It is indeed hotting up.  The countdown has begun - tick, tock, tick.  You have a little more than 24 hours until the polling booths open and you go out to make a difference.  Your vote, your choice, your right.  Make it count!

I am appealing to all - vote with your conscience.  Who will make a difference?  What has been promised?  It is time to separate the wheat from the chaff.  Let us all turn out in large numbers and vote for those who we intend to elect to guide and shape our country in various capacities for the next four years.  This is not the time to be complacent or stand on the sidelines.

Friday, March 20, 2015

An Ode to my friend


I thought to myself a couple of weeks ago - surely you can multitask?  I had dropped out of blogosphere but could not help reminiscing about putting my thoughts down in the sands of time.  I asked my friend - Do you think I should go back to blogging?  Do what ever you like as long as you do not talk about me was her quick sharp retort.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Grilled Fish and Gizzard

My pal made some grilled fish and gizzard for mother's day and I as usual, tagged along, got in her way and generally assisted her.  At a certain point, our dear camera was whipped out to record the historic moments together.  Even though we forgot to take pictures at some points, here is a quick recap of how we prepared grilled fish and stewed(peppered) gizzards.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Calabar Gal Giveaway

It is our very first giveaway on Calabar Gal.  Yippee!! Inspirational Author - Yvonne Akpoveta is giving away 3 free ebooks to Calabar Gal blog visitors.  Absolutely no strings attached!!

Do you want tips on how to overcome life's trials?  Get the change you want!  All you have to do is send an email with the subject "Ebook Giveaway" to calabargal2@gmail.com. I'm also matching the offer and giving away an additional 3 ebooks...... What are you waiting for?  Look out for Yvonne's book signing events coming up at a town near you.....

Monday, March 16, 2015

Introducing Yvonne Akpoveta - Author and Inspirational Speaker



Calabar Gal supports individuals who strive to impact on others around them or in their chosen paths.  We will be talking to various individuals in the series who will share their story and our very first guest on the blog is a lady who has chosen to impact knowledge without any restrictions - Yvonne Akpoveta, a Change Consultant, Inspirational Speaker and Coach.  This is one lady who is not resting on her oars.  She is an author who is currently on a 3 city promotional book tour in Toronto, London and Lagos of her book - The Change You Want.  

Calabar Gal had a chat with Yvonne Akpoveta ahead of the London Book Signing event which takes place on Thursday 19th March at  Mayfair Exchange, 34 Brook Street, London W1K 5DN.  (Nearest station: Bond Street Station).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Mothers - what would we do without them? I have very fond memories of my mum and I'm sure you have fond memories of your mum too.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Quote Of The Day

"Education is your passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."  - El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcom X)

It is not only within the four walls of a classroom that you can get an education.  Education can be received anywhere and is not limited to certain places.  You can get an education on the roadside, the kitchen, a corner, even in the silence of your home.

It is not just learning what you did not know before, not just obtaining knowledge you did not have yesterday, an education is when you use that knowledge to better yourself.  Nothing is ever wasted.  Seek new knowledge and put it to use.  Make yourself better.  No ifs, no buts, no more sitting or standing on the sidelines and waiting for others to pick you up.  Pick yourself up and educate yourself - you'll never know if you don't try.  Prepare for your tomorrow today!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Child Safety

I witnessed a most disturbing sight this morning on my way to work.  This gentleman was on his bike smiling and riding away happily.  I do not begrudge him riding his bicycle about - in fact, if I could, I would ride a bicycle happily around this city and kill two birds with one stone - get fit and improve my mobility.  You see, the fact is that, I do not know how to ride a bicycle.  My parents never bought me one.  Infact, bicycles were an extremely scarce commodity in my area when I was growing up.  I had tried to learn when I finally came across a couple of bikes in my Uni days but balancing on two wheels was a herculean task I just could not figure.  I digress - back to the guy I saw today.  At least, he has gone  a step further than me as he can ride a bicycle and I cant.

Picture showing Top Tube the child stood on


My post is not about the fact that he was riding his bicycle past me with the wind blowing in his face.  My grouse is that he had a child, yes a child a four to five year old child standing, yes standing upright not sitting - standing on the top tube of his bicycle as he rode along.  They were both smiling as the wind caressed their faces and he paddled them along their route.  I could not believe my eyes.  Why oh why, would a full blown adult who should know better indulge a child and place her in harm's way?  Even if she had requested to ride his bicycle, there are specific child seats or he could have had her sitting on the top tube which even though is against the law, would have been safer than having her stand upright on his top tube.

Both of them were not wearing helmets.  He could have hit a pothole and both of them could have gone toppling down onto the hard road surface.  A horn could have been blown to startle them.  Anything could have happened.  Anything could have gone wrong.  I was so shocked I could only stare in astonishment at his carelessness.  At times like that you wish the authorities were near to knock some sense into his head.  I can only pray that they reached their destination which I presume could be her school safely and in one piece.

The saying is indeed true - common sense is  not so common.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMVCA 2015 - Mrs Osakioduwa

Is it just me that thinks pretty Olohi here should have a nomination for one of  'The AMVCA 2015 Controversial Looks'?


Photo Credit: 360Nobs.com

Monday, March 09, 2015

Self Esteem Issues

At one point in time or the other, we all have sought approval for one thing or the other.  Self Esteem issues are real - some of us just do not realise that what we are experiencing or playing out is lack of self esteem.  Does my bum look big in this?  I wish I was like you.  Etcetera, Etcetera.

For one four year old little girl out there, self esteem is on a high and not lacking in any respect.  Check out this facebook post on what she had to say when a little boy in her class said something rude to her:

Post


Never let anyone put you down.  Be confident in who you are.  Her mama taught her well and she passed with flying colours.  God bless you little girl for not running into a corner and hiding away because someone said something rude to you.

Have you been in a situation like this and given back as good as you got?  I'd like to hear all about it.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Weekend Kitchen: Ekpang Nkwukwo

I have fond memories of Ekpang Nkwukwo.  This is a delicious and legendary Calabar delicacy made from grated cocoyam and water yam wrapped in cocoyam leaves.  Ekpang Nkwukwo used to be the constant Saturday lunch when I was growing up and if we had our way, would have had Ekpang Nkwukwo everyday of the year.  I want to share with you and open your eyes to the delightful delicacy that is called "Ekpang Nkwukwo".

Queensley Bassey 
Our Guest in the Calabar Kitchen today is Queensley and she is going to take us step by step on how to prepare Ekpang Nkwukwo (also referred to as Ekpang).









Friday, March 06, 2015

Cinnamon Pancakes & Puff Puff

Pancakes - I love pancakes! I'm sure I could make them in my sleep (while I'm snoring away) if I tried.  I have fond memories (while growing up) of everyone being in the kitchen when pancakes were being prepared in my house.  You could not chase anyone away or get them to go and do another errand while those pancakes were frying.  Oh no - we all had to keep vigil over the frying pan and the pancakes so one person would not have more pancakes than the other.  The pancake vigilante was that serious because they were so delicious.

I was at my pal's place over the weekend and she had put in a request for some pancakes.  I made a mistake in the first couple of batches which came out hard because I forgot to put in eggs.  Yes, I admit it - we all are prone to errors even on good days. :)

Anyway, halfway through after tasting the pancakes we had fried so far (they were a little bit on the hard side) we talked ourselves through the steps and discovered that we had forgotten to put eggs in our mix. We got the eggs and included in the batter and the end result was a little bit closer to her expectations.  Here is a little run down of how we went about it.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Afang Soup


Those of you at home in Calabar know how fresh your Afang is.  I shiver just thinking of extra fresh Afang soup we throw down back home.  The fresher the Afang, the nicer the soup turns out.  You had better thank the lord for his mercies because ‘fresh from the backyard’ is an option not available to us.  The ones we buy from the shops are always too dry (Packaging and Processing factors) which results in us having to devise means of manipulating the ingredients so we can arrive at the same destination.  I was at my pal's place over the weekend and while I was there she made a sumptuous Afang.  I got in her way and on her nerves a couple of times being snap happy as she was somehow an unwilling participant but hey - what are friends for?  Shout out to you my darling for tolerating my shenanigans in your kitchen.  *kiss, kiss*

Here is a breakdown of how she makes her Afang - diaspora stylḗe (pronounced styley as in Ras Kimono).

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Happy New Month!


Happy New Month!! I can hear you say “4 days late na now your day dey break”?  You know what they say - better late than never huh?  Suddenly, there does not seem to be enough hours in a day.  At last, today I feel normal again.  I have only just recovered from a fun filled and jam packed weekend.  Phewww!!  Been dragging  myself about like a zombie since Monday and it took me till Wednesday to recover.  My blog has suffered a dearth of posts as a result.  Well, not anymore as thankfully, that phase is over and I’m blazing full speed ahead.   How was your weekend?

Monday, March 02, 2015

Thy Will Be Done - Nollywood Movie Review

I think I received an email from Iroko TV about the upcoming London premiere of  'Thy Will Be Done'.  I made a mental note to try and attend the premiere as it featured all my favourite people - Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson Okojie, Marry Remmy Njoku, Jide Kosoko amongst others. Disclaimer:  This review may not be as punchy as Joy Isi Bewaji's review of Being Mrs Elliot but I'll try my best.  Read at your own peril.

The movie is about Pastor Pius who got married to his first wife - Mary Remmy Njoku's character.  On their wedding day, something happened and she was abducted.  As the circumstances surrounding her abduction unfolded, she was eventually ordered to change from her wedding gown into another outfit and somehow set free and asked to run for her life without looking back.  She ran through the bushes but into the path of an oncoming car driven by a retired army general and ended up in hospital.  None of her relatives could be traced - it did not help that she had lost her memory completely.  When she got better and was due to be discharged from hospital, she was released into the care of the general who made her his maid.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Thy Will Be Done - Pictures from the London Premiere - 1

The star studded London premiere of Thy Will be done held at the BFI IMAX Cinema at Waterloo.  Here are some more pictures from the event.  Shout out to the crew at Iroko TV - you guys rock!




Friday, February 27, 2015

Thy Will Be Done - Nollywood Movie Premiere in London

Yesterday was the movie premiere for Thy Will Be Done - A Nollywood Factory Film in conjunction with Roks Studio.  The premiere was a first in Nollywood.  The first Nollywood moovie to premiere at the BFI IMAX Cinema at Waterloo.
Mercy Okojie & Obi Emenloye
Mary Remmy Njoku
Ramsey Nouah
Jason Njoku

 I was really looking forward to this movie - it featured all my favourite people - Ramsey Nouah, Mercy Johnson Okojie, Mary Remmy Njoku, Jide Kosoko and loads more.  Missing this premiere was not an option.  Thankfully I got there on time and met other pressmen (paparazzi to you) still setting up their equipment.  I joined them.  (Even if all I did was bring my camera out of my handbag, I still had to make sure the battery was ok and the SD card intact.  That was my own prep.  I shall not be left behind.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thy Will Be Done!

Ramsey Nouah - A man after my own heart.  I grew up with Ramsey Nouah.  That did not come out the way I intended - I'll rephrase that.  I grew up watching Ramsey Nouah.  Ah!! Fine boy no pimples.  I digress.  Back to the crux of the matter - His acting skills are a delight.

Mercy Johnson Okojie - a versatile and delightful actress.  Always ready to display her skills - be it as a posh lady or an agbero.  Mercy will deliver - never found wanting.

Mary Remmy Njoku - a sight for sore eyes.  I remember when she started her acting career and my attention was drawn to her performance.  Her performance in BB babes - pure joy!  But that is most likely because I love her anyways.    Give me Mary Remmy anyday - I will happily spend the entire weekend watching her. (Pun intended)

My favourite actor and actresses have the premiere of their latest movie - THY WILL BE DONE taking tomorrow - Thursday 26th February 2015.  The movie is produced and directed by award winning director Obi Emelonye (of Last Flight to Abuja and The Mirror Boy  fame) and Roks Studios.  The premiere is scheduled to take place at BFI Imax Waterloo in Central London.  The red carpet starts at 6pm and the screening starts at 7pm.  Ye all take note - no African time!

I cant wait to see this movie - the trailer has tantalised and gotten me extremely curious.  The movie is about a Pastor who is torn between standing with his first wife who had an accident and was supposedly buried but turns up at his home a couple of years after the burial  or staying with his current wife whom he married after the 'death' of his first wife.  The decisions a man has to make!  Both women vie for his attention and affection and who wins in the end will be revealed at the end of the plot!! To find out how it all ends, all you have to do is turn up at the movie premiere.  The effects of the car hitting Mary had my mouth open in an extremely wide 'O'.  Get your tickets now from Event Brite.  They are going fast!  See you at the premiere tomorrow?

Watch the movie trailer below.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Berrilicious Smoothies

New Years are synonymous with new year resolutions.  I did not make any this year and I do not think I have made any resolutions for a couple of years now - just a strong and silent determination to try and eat right and healthy.  Delving into smoothies is my way of achieving that goal.

Today, I decided to experiment some more.  I looked into the fridge and saw that I had some strawberries, blueberries and bananas.  I decided to throw them together and make a quick smoothie.  While I was at it, I remembered that I had some leftover oats in the cupboard and got those out too.  Did I mention I love roughage in my smoothies?  The oats would see to that.  Out came my processor and we are good to go.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

That means Happy New Year in Mandarin.  The Cantonese equivalent is 'Gong Hey Fat Choi'. The Chinese New Year is here once again and the air is agog with Chinese lanterns, food and camaraderie.  Each new year is associated with a symbol which has a significance.  This year is the year of the Sheep (or Goat?).  Well, I have read in certain quarters that there is some confusion whether it is the year of the sheep or the year of the goat.  It seems as if they are grouped together as they are seen to 'belong' to the same family so you wont be wrong if you say the former or latter.  We are still waiting for clarification regarding this from 'the horses mouth'.

I have attended a couple of celebrations and this year will be no different.  Today is the first day of the new year and everyone heads home to spend the festivities with their families.  The first three days of the year are usually declared holidays and some people take up to a week off work to to participate in the festivities.

Its not going to be any different over here and I bet Chinatown has been a beehive of activities the entire week.  There will be a parade on Sunday beginning north of Trafalgar Square, past the square and into China Town, there will also be the traditional lion dance and loads of dim sum and sushi for the uninitiated to try.  It will be a wonderful display of culture and a great way to spend the weekend if you are looking for outdoors activities.  

The clothing, the lions, the face painting, the Geisha, the dancers, the music, the drummers, the restaurants, the food, the paper lanterns, the souvenirs, - nostalgic!! I am so looking forward to the celebrations.  Culture is indeed a wonderful thing.  Below are some pictures to whet your appetite regarding the forthcoming celebrations.