Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016 !!!


Happy new year!!! It's gonna be 2016 in a few hours!!! Can you believe it? 2016!!!! It's like 4 years to 2020... How time flies. How time flies.

Of course I am so grateful to God for his blessings. Especially for Ryan aka The Orobostic Oroboski. And of course The Bunga. And the Boss (the hubby, not the office boss ooo)  And the Dad. And the Mom. And the sisters. And the brothers. And the in laws.  And the choir. And friends from work. And friends from church. And friends from neither work nor church....And... The list is endless. 

That's a thought. What if I use this opportunity to thank people (other than family) who has helped me become the woman I am today? I am sure it will be a long list... but it just may take me to midnight so I can literally say I was awake into the new year.

Ok... without further ado...here goes:

1) Uwa and Eghosasere- my seats mates in Emotan primary school for all the fond memories of childhood.

2) Ena-first and best friend in secondary school. Thank you.

3) Cynthia Ovuede, nee Amaize - thank you. For sticking by me. Drawing me out of my shell. You are probably the only one that can concur when I tell people I was a very shy and quiet person growing up. At a point we felt we were the only ones at home and everyone we knew 'got admission' into University.  I wanted to wallow in some self pity, but you were having none of that. You dragged my reluctant ass to Jamb lessons. You tried to give me a social life by inviting me to your house all the time. Thank you.
And many thanks to your dad. For believing in me all the time. I remember how I tagged along with you and him to Uniben and we discovered our names had 'come out' in the -only-God-knows-which-batch'list.

4) Sunny Okpodu. My sister's colleague who was instrumental in my admission into University.  Thank you.

5) My lesson teachers - sadly I cannot remember their names. They  started the love for Mathematics and for Chemistry. Special recognition to my maths teacher in Rivers State College of Arts and Science, where I went for my A levels (as I waited for Jamb). You were an amazing teacher who demystified Further Maths, and helped me to a flying start in University. Thank you.  

6) My Uniben #CrewforLife: Rachael Ofuya, nee Molokwu and Efosa Elahor. I remember the accident. And not being able to move around much when I came back to school.  I remember R.O doing all the chores, including lugging water up the stairs for both of us. I remember E.E tutoring me so I could catch up after missing so many critical weeks. I have never seen such selfless people. Thank you.

7) The good Samaritans post the accident. Benin - Lagos road. Top speed. Burst tire. Driver stepped on the brakes. I was sitting in front.  No seat belt. Car somersaults. I hit my head somewhere.  Long gash. Blood pouring. You know how you sometimes drive past an accident,  with the wounded on the side of the road; and you shake your head in sympathy?? Please don't. Stop and see if you can help. A guy driving a bus stopped, and whisked us away bleeding and all to a hospital some minutes away. Those were the days before social media or mobile phones. So I can't even remember the location. Thank you. And thank you to the doctors and nurses on duty. I didn't know then but the Doctor did a great job suturing my head. 20 stitches. On a lighter note, I was bald for an entire year. So if you ever have a bad hair day... just smile.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HELLO! ITS ME!

Hello Everybody, How do you do? This is a message from me to you. 
Seriously if you were not born earlier than 1980, you probably would not know that song. Instead you will immediately get the blog title, especially when I say -Hello.. how are you? I hope that you are well. 
  
So, to the burning question:- what made me disappear from the 'blogsphere' for an entire year? It is really a mixture of everything........... 

First, my payment for the domain expired and I did not set those alarm thingys  where it bills you automatically...and then one of them domain sharks paid for the domain name (ehizenek.com) - and wanted to resell it for $100!! 

Abegi, I be Linda Ikeji? Do I look like the blog bought me a house in Banana Island? (long drawn hiss). Blog that I write as a hobby, you now want me to pay for it? So we decided to wait it out until the guy tire. By we,  I mean myself and KM (my unpaid but overworked friend who set up the blog). 

The guy finally gave up some months ago, so I have reclaimed my domain name!!! Join me in saying hurray for victory! hurray!! - By the way, that was taken from another old movie. 


Second, - I got additional responsibilities at work, and just massively got crazy busy. My scope expanded to cover both Brand as well as Commercial functions. All in the month of November. That in itself was tough. Very tough. VERY VERY VERY tough. In fact it was the toughest year of my career. So many times I was tempted to give up, but then I remember the blog is not making money yet... so I dug my heels in even harder!!

Third- I became pregnant. So, here I am with a hectic new role, add to that pregnancy! And to borrow the line from the Incredible Hulk series - please don't make me pregnant, you wouldn't like me when I am pregnant.  Some people are all smiles, with shiny skin and an ethereal glide. NOT MEEEE!!! I am an absolute mess. I am a Vomiting Veronica, a Sweaty Susan; a Bloated Barbara, an Unsteady Ursula, an Irritable Irene and a Weepy Wilhelmina. Good news is that I had a healthy baby boy (indeed, the second one)- and we aptly named him Ryan (little king) Ejiroghene (God be praised) Ehimare (God has a hand in our coming to this world) Enekabor. True to type, his slew of nicknames include Baby Ranin and Oroboski.

Fourth: KM has been bombarding my emails with his awesome write ups and his recent one on condoms just blew me away, and made me decide to restart the blog. Hopefully I have enough material to keep going for a long while. (please click on condom link)

Soooo, what else have I been up to?
In the past year,  I  reconnected with two of the best people I have EVER worked with (TM, and UK) in Turkey; celebrated Christmas, New year, our 4th wedding Anniversary, the hubby's birthday, Easter, my birthday and of couse the Bunga's 3rd birthday. 


I also met Mo Abudu at the premiere of Desperate House Wives Africa (and while this does not add any funds to my bank account, permit me to say she called to congratulate me on the birth of Ryan!!- I have both her MTN and Etisalat numbers, so in case you want them... for a small fee...hehehe).

THEN!!! Who can forget the elections and ALL the drama that came with it???? GEJ making that conciliatory phone call, PMB being sworn in, the saga regarding the First Lady's wristwatch, assets declaration, drama in Rivers state, the devaluation of the naira, CBN's policies and of course the latest fines for MTN etc

Indeed it has been a busy, tough but exciting and fruitful year and I am extremely grateful to God for all his blessings.  I hope you also had a great year as well. Would be great to hear from you. 
One thing is for sure. I cannot WAIT to say goodbye to 2015, and welcome in 2016! 

Until then, stay blessed folks!

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