All posts tagged: money

Life: In Conclusion

In conclusion I am choosing to walk hand-in-hand with God and His purpose for my life. I am choosing, with His help, that in the coming year and years to come, I will start each day with my conclusion – my introduction and middle will eventually write themselves. “In conclusion…” That’s how most of my secondary school/GSCE essays ended. It was the beginning of the end, the part where I placed emphasis on the ‘argument’ I said I’ll prove in the introduction. The conclusion was also something we were usually told to write or brainstorm first – “think about how you’d like to end your essay, that tends to help with how you start your essay.” Most times, life is an essay and at this time of year a number of us are ‘proof reading’ our lives to ensure that all our A-grade points have been made and to be honest, it’s overwhelming. 365 days can often feel like the 2-hour GCSE Anthropology English exam in a dead-silent-smelly sports hall, on the hard plastic chairs, while …

Small Chops: The Text Message

Small Chops: A Nigerian term for Canapés, Hors d’oeuvres and the like. Small Chops: Quick thoughts of mine. A few weeks ago…that time I sent a text message about marriage… Just had a thought – marriage is more God’s doing and planning than it is ours. God has total control of our lives and we live to please him, our lives at the end of the day fulfil his promises, plans and purposes (that’s if we make him no. 1). How much more marriage? I think we forget that even the relationships we have (on all levels) are supposed to reflect Christ, and when we get caught up in the marriage hype, our prayers and desires for marriage become misaligned. In other words, why do we desire it? Our first answer should be “to demonstrate and minister the love of Christ to others and to each other (oko t’iyawo).” I read this commentary this morning: “As you go about your daily tasks, God is working in your life in ways you may not even notice. …

Music: The Vibe According To… Afro-Beats

This time last week Ice Prince made a fan out of me because of his verse on Di’ja‘s ‘Yaro Remix’ and in the same week he was close to losing me as a fan after he released ‘N-word Remix’ featuring AKA ~ let me just *side-eye* the song and the video. If it isn’t apparent already, I hold a soft spot for the genre of music otherwise known as AfroBeats. From old skool *Styl-Plus and their ‘Olufunmi’ saga and 2Face‘s ‘African Queen’ classic that had my 16 year-old self ask my friend to “bluetooth” the song to me; or the Christmas my aunt and I SCREAMED Lagbaja‘s ‘Never Far Away’ to each other in attempts to recreate the melodious duet (we failed). Today we appreciate Asa‘s Yoruba one-liner in her song ‘Be My Man’ while we connect iPhones to car stereos nodding our heads to the likes of Burna Boy‘s “island-influenced” flow. I have also suddenly found myself caught in the Wizkid fan-trap (still trying to understand how I got here ~ darn that ‘Pakurumo’ song) and oh there’s dimpled-faced Davido with …

Finance: Becoming Internationally Aware

As I write, I really miss the convenience of frequenting my local nail shop & having my nail technician back home do my nails [see below]. So being new and excited about New York, sometime ago I decided to get my nails done. I went into the shop, which looked really nice and made my enquiries. As there was a long wait I decided that it would better that I get my nails done the following day. The next day came, I walked into the shop smiling and left annoyed! In America you must learn that tax isn’t included in the price you see and there’s this notion that one must pay a gratuity tip of 15% – 20% of the price. Let’s do some maths: If my nails, according to the leaflet, cost $40.00, tax was $2.00 and tip was $6.10, how much money did @OlayideM regrettably depart with? Now this is what happened: So I greeted my technician, sat down and presented my DIY nails – this is when I should have been bold …