Monday, 13 October 2014

Update On My Drivers License Story


Last week, I wrote a story about my ‘quest’ for a drivers license. If you missed it, you can read it here. Below is a quick update on the story.

Thanks to Prince Segebee, the attention of FRSC Commander Kayode Olagunju was drawn to that blog post. He reached out to me to find out where I had applied for my license after which he sent me the number of his colleague - ACM Hyginus Foumsuk to follow up on the matter.

I spoke with the ACM at length. In summary, his assertions were as follows:

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Day I Decided To Get My Driver's License

My drivers license had expired forever ago. I wasn't keen on renewing because I heard the process was a nightmare. After dodging FRSC for too long; I got tired of the hide and seek. A friend gave me the number of someone who could help me work on it so all I had to do was show up for my 'capture'.

The guy had scheduled and rescheduled my 'capture' appointments more than 5 times before I thought, 'Naomi just do this thing and get it over with'. So we agreed for 7am on a weekday.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Age Aint Nothing But A Number

After sitting at the waiting area for a bit, a young girl walked up to me. This was at the salon where I was making my hair.
Aunty, can I ask you something?
Sure. Go ahead. I replied.
Can you please help me with my Ugo C. Ugo?
Huh? What's that?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

#DoingGood: Please Support This Back To School Project

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People, 

Eku holiday :)

So, one of my mentees is working on a back to school project for children in several schools within Lagos state. To make this happen, we need you help. Please read about the initiative below and donate 'as the spirit leads you'. :)

GENO Hope Alive Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization, is planning to kick off its Annual Back-To-School Campaign at the end of October as one of our initiatives in educating and empowering vulnerable children in our society.



At the beginning of a new school session, numerous children from disadvantaged homes resume to school unequipped due to the poverty ravaging their family and this has an adverse effect in their perspective towards learning. It is our joy to provide these children with the basic materials that will aid in bringing out their maximum potential academically.



Prior to the annual Campaign, 200 indigent children from vulnerable families will be identified and each will be provided with a comprehensive school kit made up of a school bag, water bottle, lunch plate, a dozen exercise books, stationery, crayons and mathematical set.


Proposed target – 200 children

Proposed date of Execution – October 2014

You can sponsor a child by donating the amount for a full kit as captured below:

1 School Bag Cost = 2,500naira
1 Biro Cost = 20naira
1 Mathematical Set= 170naira
1 School Sandal = 700naira
1 Rain Coat = 950 naira

Or as a corporate organization, you can donate cash or useful branded items like raincoats, notebooks etc.

For enquiries or donations, please send an email to olayinka_odumosu@yahoo.com or call Olayinka Odumosu (Project Coordinator, GENO Hope Alive Foundation) on 0809 733 7915
Thank you for your support.
©Naomi Lucas 
Image credit: http://www.clipartbest.com/cliparts/dT7/o55/dT7o55yXc.
 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Social Media Awards Africa Unveiling In Pictures

Earlier this week Development Dairies unveiled the Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA), a first of its kind continental initiative to recognize and celebrate excellence, creativity and impact of social media on human socio-economic development – through its tools and platforms, by individuals and organizations across the continent. The SMAA features 4 categories and 15 awards targeted at personalities, platforms, institutions and indigenous initiatives that have demonstrated the aforementioned criteria in digital and social media practice within Africa.

I was invited as a panelist at the event alongside other creative industry stakeholders. For those that couldn't attend, I've posted some pictures below just for you. Enjoy :)

P.s - Nominations are now open, please  feel free to nominate (Till October 27 2014) yourself, your brand or those you feel are deserving of the award categories. To find out more about the project, visit www.smaaafrica.com

©Naomi Lucas
Image credit: Development Diaries

Friday, 3 October 2014

MUST WATCH: #SpokenWord - The Ramblings of a Poet in Love by Dike Chukwumerije





Dike Chukwumerije (If you don't know who he is, you can read his bio at the end of the page.) just released his 2nd spoken word video. And he doesn't disappoint. To hear a guy say these words... it gives me hope that there really are good ones out there.

Ladies, you need to watch this and get your men to do same. Maybe they will finally get what we have been trying to tell them since :))

And for those who would rather read, please see below for the text of his video performance. If you like it, do share with your friends and loved ones.

Gracias.

©Naomi Lucas 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

#WorldTeachersDay: A Tribute To Professor John Sani Egwugwu Illah

I never wanted to study Theatre Arts. I wanted to study Law. I didn't have any reason. I just wanted to. When I got admission on merit through JAMB to study Sociology, I thought it was a cool enough course so I didn't complain. 

For some funny reason, I was told while trying to register, that I couldn't. I was offered English as a substitute. I refused. Somehow I ended up with Theatre Arts. I was devastated. I had never heard of the course and being the shy person that I was, didn't see any future prospects for  course like that. My first year was exploratory and I did okay. By the second year however, I had picked enough interest in the course to forget about my intention to change courses. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Happy Birthday Nigeria!


Today, I will think only good thoughts about my country (Oh yes!). As we celebrate our independence, I dedicate this poem by Meavescrete to the land of my birth.

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There is a land deep in the heart of Africa,
A land so fertile and enchanting,
Its strength rises from the deep waters of the rivers Niger and Benue.
It is the land of Nigeria.
A land with rich and diverse cultures,
Lush vegetation,
Intriguing landmarks
Refreshing tourism,
A bustling economy,
In tune with nature.
It is the land of Nigeria,
It is the giant,
The Heart,
Of Africa.


P.s - My fellow country men. I hear a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step; the journey is long but we have started it haven't we? 

Have a fantastic independence day :)

©Naomi Lucas
Image credit: Google

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

It's Your Turn

Don't worry, I'm not about to prophesy :)
Every Friday going forward, it will be #YourTurn on this blog. I intend to publish one piece of non-fiction or that odd fiction that catches my fancy. If you have something interesting you really want to say and know how to like they say, spin a good yarn; mail it to me. I'll publish it on my blog once it's been reviewed.

A few things to note however:
  • Keep your articles short and straight to the point
  • No APC PDP mud-slinging (I'm not suffering from apathy. I just can't)
  • No typos and grammatical errors (In other words, edit before you send.)
  • A little humour never hurt anybody
 If you are interested, send your articles to nlb.share@yahoo.com

©Naomi Lucas






Monday, 29 September 2014

A Tribute To All Mothers. Random Monday Thoughts

I was in/on (I'm not sure again) a plane yesterday evening sitting by the window.  On the aisle seat was a lady. The middle seat was empty. Ha…bliss. I thought. Too soon.