#Keepmoving

Hello Folks,

So many people have wished you ”Happy New Year”, ”Happy 2015”. As the euphoria wanes, where do you find yourself? Are you planning to retrogress? stay on the same spot? or keep moving?

question smiley Oil prices are down, cost of things are going up, Boko Haram still operating, Elections looming. What do you really want to do? How best can you improve and forge on?

I am still cleaning out. I am just discovering that what I am doing currently and what I am supposed to do are two parallel things. So, here I am thinking on how to align my plans to meet my desired goals. I am strategizing on how to follow through on these plans of mine. Don’t be surprised if you notice a change in blog’s content or a new face to this blog. It’s all part of moving forward.

I expect to meet with obstacles, I expect to sometimes get carried away, I expect to sometimes feel down, I expect to sometimes feel like I am stuck in a rut. You, my dear friends will feel same but I believe that we should just keep moving knowing that each step brings us nearer to our goal and just remember that challenge is only a bus stop in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

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Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder

The caption of this post is popular. Another says, “the beautiful ones are not yet born”. A friend of mine jokes, if that is true, then are we all ugly?

What defines my beauty? Is it the color of my skin? The features of the tribe I represent? My body shape? The  clothes that I wear? Or the oils, cream that I apply?

A lady once asked me this question, have you ever felt unbeautiful?

Sitting at an airport, one can’t help but notice girls, ladies of all shapes and colors. And so I ask you, have you ever been overwhelmed or felt unbeautiful, when you look around and see beautiful(physically) women(ladies & babes)??

If I am ugly on the outside, have you bothered to check my inside? I am beautiful outside but my personality stinks, would my outward cover my flaws or would it give greater exposure?

If you looked closely at Africa, Is Africa beautiful or ugly?

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Re-blogging!

I love to visit blogs because I see them as windows to the unknown. It is another form of learning for me. When i visit my horizons are broadened and perspective sharpened.

I went through all posts and discovered that I had re-blogged back to back 4 to 5 times. Is this good? has my reason for re-blogging changed? or am I being lazy on research?

Why do people even re-blog? I re-blogged because I wanted to spread awareness on a particular issue, And then I re-blogged because I wanted to emphasize on the french content. And just maybe,

This blog was created because I had researched and discovered that a lot of people blogged about lifestyle, music, writing, events, beauty etc. I have a passion for the french language, culture and people. And so  I decided to go different.

I hereby pledge to blog, re-blog francophone related activities and information and never re-blog because I feel lazy to go original!

So fellow bloggers, Why do you re-blog?

Special thanks Timi of http://livelytwist.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/blogging-a-lot-like-running/

You rock Sistah!

The Francophone Christmas

The Francophone Christmas

It’s that time of the year when the streets begin to turn white with the snow in some parts of the world, and those in the West African continent begin to experience the Harmattan (a dry and dusty West African trade wind).

It is also special because it is a time in Africa deemed as special; a time of giving, a time of buying that special wear you have been eyeing al year, a time of eating some special meals reserved for special occasion, a time when kids are at liberty to demand for Christmas gifts from relatives, God help you, if you are broke during this period!

But how do the francophone spend their Christmas? What do they do? What are their expectations? Is it any different from the Anglophone, precisely, the English speaking? Let’s take a look at our francophone neighbors.

Do you know that Nigeria is surrounded by French speaking countries. Back to the question, how do they spend their Christmas?

In Cameroun, it is characterized by church services and worship, you also get to do what is known as “fait le tour” this means that you visit all your friends in their houses and you must eat and drink at each place.

In Congo, there is usually an annual Christmas pageant prepared by some groups. by a group of carolers beginning to converge on the house of worship. They return home to make final preparation of the clothes to be worn and offering for the Christmas service. People also have Christmas dinners after the service, preparing tables out in front of their home and inviting many of their close friends and relatives to join them in the feasting.

Even in some of Africa’s predominantly Muslim countries, Christmas is still marked for celebration. For example, in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, hawkers are happy to sell plastic trees and inflatable Santa.

 

In pre-dominant Muslim countries like Mali and Burkina Faso, there is a blending of the African religious practices with the Christian faith and they have created unique ways in keeping with the Christmas tradition. 

 

In Côte d’Ivoire and Benin, like in Ghana, Christmas celebrations mostly focus on the religious aspects of the holiday.  The commercialization is often absent.

Over 40% of the people in Togo are Christians.  French Christmas traditions are common.  Unlike other West African countries, Santa Claus and Christmas trees have become part of tradition.  Only the Christmas dish remains Togolese

Have I left some countries out? Fill me in @ comments ville!

 

Meilleurs vœux !
   Season’s greetings! Happy holidays …

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