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 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.

8) Pastor Senne Aya Our fellowship pastor. Always praying for us. Making sure we kept the light burning even in school. Kept me grounded in all things spiritual.  Thank you.

9) Our drill master (Elder Ehiorogie) And our choir master (Elder Moses Ojieabu) The things one learns in childhood stay for ever. Thank you for all the time and work you invested in us when we were young.

10) PortHarcourt Connections. Starting from Wolems who introduced us to Nigerian films and numerous soups, to Winifred Aburimefor being a big sister during my IT in Portharcourt. Amazing what a good meal can do for an intern, living alone, far from home. My thanks to Cynthia Aburime for shaping my eyebrows and coloring my hair brown to match my weave. My mama almost killed me when I got home that Christmas.  Thank you dear Ugo.K (nee Hekerem); for inviting me home after church. Thanks to the Hekerem family. Thanks to the Nwosu family. If there was one thing I learned in Portharcourt; it was the art of Hospitality.

11) Rachel again.  And Ifueko nee Obanor. I remember freaking out because I had a job interview in Lagos and had nothing to wear. These ladies went shopping with me. And we picked out this cool black jacket/trouser combo. Guess it worked as I got the job!

12) Aunt Anne Oaiya She was kind enough to offer her place  in Lagos when I came for the interview. I remember she dropped me off at the office on her way to work.

13) Aunt Mabel. I can't begin to express my gratitude to her. She housed me for 4 good years when I was in Lagos, until I moved to my own apartment. And for my cousins - Linda, Mimi, Kombo who made me feel welcome, Thank you so much.

14) The Aunty in AMEGA, an off campus home in Ekosodin, within the Uniben environs.  (I cannot remember her name but she was like the caretaker). I haven't been back there since I graduated. I wonder how she is doing. She saved lives with her 10 naira moimoi.

15) Nnnena Madu nee Egbuta- friend of life. Drops everything and is by your side. She was the first one to welcome me in church in Lagos. She also encouraged me to join the Ministering In Songs singing group.  Always so supportive.  Never judging. Never a harsh word. What a blessed soul.  I remember how she went wedding dress shopping with me. Thank you so much. 

16) Oluchi Nwaokoma :The gentle voice that dispels anger and wrath. Thank you for being a sister.

17) Uzo Enemana: My choirmaster and voice coach of life. One of the most Hardworking and talented people I know. Thank you for taking me under your wing. Chinedu Egbulefu - for a friendship that is for sure closer than a brother. I remember travelling down from PH to Enugu to sing in 2000. Ah, the risks we took when we were young.  No idea how to locate your place. Just went by faith. But we had a blast. Thank you. 

18) Folasade Olashore:  The one who became my mentor. A mentorship that transcends work. Mentorship across every aspect of life. Knocks some sense into me when I am going astray. I remember once when I went into this cycle of bitterness and complaining. She patiently waited for me to finish. And kindly told me to shut up and stop comparing myself to others. Ok. Ok. She didn't say shut up like shut up shut up. It was more like -Keep quiet and listen to your whining self, and then she asked me to articulate what I  really needed. Thank you.

19) Godwin Harrison: Made work fun. Didn't start that way though!!! But we did have a blast. Double the business or die trying. What a team. I remember all our product launches. They were epic. The most poignant memory I have of our friendship is my inconsolable weeping on your shoulder during my brother's funeral.  Thankfully you didn't ask me to stop. You just let it run its course. Sorry about your shirt bro.Never did ask how you got back to work with tearstains all over.

20) The old brigade.  Some still in the company. Some charting new heights else where. We are becoming endangered species ooo. So many memories. I remember how we used to walk from Cadbury to Coca Cola so we would get a bus! And how we were so excited to get laptops!!! I remember how we started TGIFS at Goat hunters then kept graduating to more posh places. I remember how we attended weddings. Birthdays. I remember the year end events at IITA, Ibadan. I remember you guys travelling down to Benin to attend my sister's wedding. And travelling down to attend mine. Thank you - Noruwa (my first friend at work. Technically I can say you hired me). Thank you Cletus ( I remember our first boss Alex Davison. We had so much fun shooting ads). Bukki aka AAA, (I remember when I asked you to form a prayer chain for my sister when she had her first baby. And how you came to meet me in church when I was so overwhelmed with gratitude when she gave birth safely), Ijeoma Opene (I remember  first trip to Ghana. And all the Sikelele waka. And Gordon Spark), Odera Okoye (I remember how you and your wife took care of me in Belgium), Moyo Okoye (I remember your bridal shower. It was so much fun). Christy Essien (I remember how we created the tiering we use in the laundry category we use till this day).We have come so far. Thank you for always having my back.

21) The Geneva connection.
Sophie Reymond:  I remember asking you so many questions. And you translating everything for me. I remember how you took me to IKEA to shop for furniture. I remember how you offered to stay in the house so they could deliver the furniture.  I remember how you also got someone to assemble it. Thanks so much for befriending an overwhelmed Nigerian.
Tahir Malik: Truly the boss of life. For believing in me, and for your coaching. You remain an inspiration. Thank you.
For Larissa &Phillipe, Sherif &Amira, Arif &Salma, Miguel &Marta, Umar & Amnar, Ovais &Mehreen,  Amr Elkashashi, Ah Alkhulani , Abdullah Alharbi, Reda Taleb, Ben Dedecker, Stephane Leuba, Sandra Pomales, Deborah Garcia, Karim Elmasry, Tida S.. And many many more. Thank you for the trips. The barbecues. The spicy rice. The snow fights under the bridge. Running down my lawn covered in snow and shouting whee√®eeee. The konafa. The carrot cake. The desserts. The curries. Thank you for teaching me the meaning of true and selfless friendship.

22) Mama Pupa. Thank you for taking good care of me. For always ensuring that my 'zero coke' is cold.  And for protecting my ice cubes.

23) The new brigade (you know who you are). Thank you for listening to my advice... sometimes solicited, sometimes not.  Thank you for reminding me that age is nothing but a number. Thank you for looking up to me. I won't let you down.

What an interesting exercise. I never knew I had so many people to thank. And I am not yet done.
But since its almost midnight now, let me say one last Thank You to God. For life. And for the angels above that he allowed to cross my path through my sojourn on earth.

I am so excited because I know there will be many more in 2016 and beyond.

Happy New Year folks!!!! May all your wishes come true!!!



  1. Happy new year to you too

  2. Thank you so much. I so much appreciate being part of your life with a grateful heart. God bless you always.��


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