Life Lately: Lagos Living, Easter plans, my aso-ebi hack & more

Hi guysssss!!! It’s great to be back. It has been a roller-coaster period at work, especially since I started a new project and had so many other things going on at the same time. But we thank God for monitoring spirits (you know yourselves, lol) who did not relent in asking me the golden question – ‘when are we getting a blogpost?’ every single week! Now I am back to share what has been happening in my life over the last 6 weeks (chai, has it really been that long since the last post? Sorry my people, I will try to do better).

This is how the monitoring spirits were staring at me, lol

So, what have I been up to apart from work? A lot! In my last post, I shared a list of new things I wanted to do in 2018 and I am excited to share a progress update with y’all. The whole point of this is to inspire you to get MOVING on all your goals. I am sure they look nice on paper but they will look even better when you start living them out.

Snapshot of some 2018 goals from my last post


This is how I look at your goals list when you have not started doing any of them


I did (re)launch my modelling career with Karen Ubani Apparel  – this time I was not playing a Nigerian bride role, but actually a corporate boss lady (which I am indeed – amen!) in different work outfits. I absolutely enjoyed the photo-shoot even though it lasted many many hours and I had to model about 14 outfits. Pheeew! To be faking laughter is not a small work o, hehehehehe. Thankfully I had a lot of energy and I actually liked the outfits so it was quite enjoyable. And yes, I own some of those outfits now – to God be the glory!

Kem La Fierce 🙂

Speaking of modeling, remember the bridal photoshoot I did in 2016? The Oga who played the groom was the one who wove/weaved the aso-oke (the hand-woven traditional fabric used for special occasions like weddings in South-West Nigeria) that we used during that shoot. He (Ceomania Alaso-Oke), does incredible things with aso-oke and he recently gifted me a beautiful doll dress. I felt like an absolute baby-girl in that outfit. Thanks again for your generosity to me, Tobi! God bless you!

The beautiful aso-oke dress
Blast from the past with Tobi – the man in charge of CEOmania Alaso-Oke


I also started writing for ‘Women N Career’ and my first article went up a few weeks back – yaay! This article was focused on giving practical tips on how to get ready for a business trip like a pro and I really loved the fact that I was able to leverage on my passion for travel to add value to other working women. There are fewer things more delightful than a marriage of 2 passions!

I have not quite started my professional heels dancing class, but I started dance classes anyway at Bailamos Dance Company. We did a routine on my first class and I don’t think I did too badly. Watch out ‘Dancing with the Stars’, Kemolala is coming through shortly! In the meantime, I continue to ‘komole’ (a.k.a dancing squats) at every given opportunity, lol.

Oya, give them that komole (complete with the open mouth, lol)

I needed a new workout routine as I got bored of running, so I took up boxing at EliteBox Fitness. I have to say – it has been a truly amazing journey and the boxing community is pretty cool. If you are looking for cardio exercises that won’t hurt your knees, check them out.

As a boxing someborry, don’t mess with me o – ha ha


I usually sweat BUCKETS after my boxing classes!

What else? Swimming classes start in March, new website will be up in March, there’s another photoshoot loading and quite a few speaking engagements also coming up in March.

Being back in Lagos after a whole year of doing work out of town (January – May in Abuja and June- December in South Africa) comes with its benefits. I have been able to attend more programs (CU Grill Fest and Joy Masterclass being 2 of my favorite events so far), accept more speaking engagements and get more involved in church.

Hosting the musical chairs competition at the Grill Fest
At CU Alumni Grill Fest with the best girl – Dee

It’s wedding season o!!!! I mean, it is only February and I have attended 3 weddings already! I currently have 5 more weddings on my calendar between April and August, and I am sure there are more loading before the end of the year!!! It is just so beautiful to be able to share in the joy of my beloved friends. And since weddings are all around me, there is no way it will not fall on me, right? Hahahaha. I also just realized that I really love dressing up for weddings especially when there is a gele (head-tie) involved.

Wedding 1 with Ellen (happy wedding guests)
Wedding 2 – my baby sister Yewizzy 😍😍😍
Wedding 3 – my big sis Deelicious 😍😍😍

I have a love-hate relationship with aso-ebi and the associated expenses but I recently found a hack around buying expensive fabrics that I might not necessarily need. I just beg Mama Kemi for her old iro/buba fabrics and then I get the amazing Teethreads to convert it into a dress for me. Look what she did with this gold dress! If I did not tell you, would you even know it was a converted outfit? Hahaha!  Think about it – our mothers have tons of iros and bubas (wrappers and blouses) in different colors that they have acquired over the years and would be more than happy to give to us. It’s a win-win! This is my new hack – thank me later.

Fabric by Mama Kems; Design by Teethreads; Body by Jesus  😉
Another Teethreads production (this fabric is not by Mama Kems though, lol)

Now that Valentines is over (*coughs*), can we now start planning for the next real holiday? Easter is coming!!!! Yaaaay!!! Given how distracted people are on Val’s Day, don’t you think it would make sense to declare that day a public holiday? It also saves us single folks from the all tensioning that happens in the office, lol.  Plus, I think we could all do without the insane Lagos traffic on that day!!! Phewww. I gave my team a valentine gift of an early evening off work to ensure we did not sit in that miserable traffic. Abeg, make Vals day a holiday please!!! Okay, apologies for my digression.

That Feb 14 traffic got me feeling like this

Do you have any Easter plans? Just in case you don’t, might I interest you in this absolute gem I found in Ghana a few weeks back? It is a lovely resort located in Akosombo, about 90mins drive away from Accra. The resort is just divine! I was attending a meeting there for only a few hours and did not even get to sleep there but I walked around and I was blown away by what I saw.

Senchi views

The Royal Senchi is a beautiful resort along Lake Volta and I hear there are lots of water-based activities you can do there, including kayaking. There is also a cool hiking trail if you just want to wander around in the bush. The rooms are also very lush, so you can sleep all weekend (even though we all know I am not a big fan of going abroad to sleep, lol)

#KayakingThinz (see why I need to learn how to swim? In case of incasity, lol)

I am definitely going back there on holiday (and not for work) as a reward for some goals I have set for myself. This is my way of motivating myself to put in the work required to achieve those goals. I have also told about 3 of my friends so I am sure when I say I am going to Ghana, they will ask me to provide evidence that I have achieved those goals. Accountability and rewards are powerful tools to motivate yourself to achieve your set goals.

I will be going back for more coconut water in Ghana

What plans do you have for Easter? How are you doing with achieving the goals you set for the year? How do you motivate yourself to achieve those goals? Do share with me –  I look forward to reading from you.




  1. Jay February 26, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Kemsco of Destiny…
    Modella, dancer, boxer/ professional wedding letter reader (you didn’t add that part of the weddings) thanks to instalive for the update..
    Good to see you’re back here… As usual a wonderful read and those picture captions are HILARIOUS….

    If you have plans for that resort in Ghana, Abeg involve me Ooo. I might be interested.. And for the asoebi Hack, only God will bless you, now rushing to my mummy’s box to excavate old iron and buba s.

    Till we read again from u
    Xoxo darling ..

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Jay ma gurrrrl,

      Monitoring Spirit Number 1!! Thank you for the push and for making the time to preview.

      That Ghana resort is definitely on my mind – it would be so cool eh! I need to go and find out costs and all but I doubt I will be ready by Easter (my waistline is not that responsive, hehehe)

      Amen to God blessing me for the hack o! Please don’t take all of mummy’s clothes though, lol. Leave some for her to continue to do shakara for her bae 🙂


  2. Bisi February 26, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Royal senichi is a hidden gem!!! Nice one

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 26, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      It is indeed!! So you knew about it and did not share with the brethren 👀👀👀

      Anyway, the secret is out now and we will go and enjoy the enjoyment you have already enjoyed, lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting B. 😘😘

  3. Chidi February 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Very beautiful story….asoebi hacks are pretty interesting but i barely buy asoebi excrpt she is loved and sometimes i still dont…. (pele i can be cheap like that ) i usually kust do all kinss of support that they end up jist thanking me plenty.

    Goals! Goals!Goals….i dont even k ow what to say in that department. I can do better and i’m trying to do better.

    I travelled alot while single and do sincerely miss the joy and freedom but definitely planning a trip this year. My boys will just have to manage.

    I enjoyed every bit. Youbare a constant reminder that we can be of many parts and i really should justbstop carinf or being afraid.

    Well done babe

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 26, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Chidi – you really did leave a robust comment o!

      Lol @ being cheap! My sister, wisdom is profitable to direct. You are still doing goals o – I mean, I saw a video of you on stage recently so you are definitely on track to living out all the different expressions within you. Shaa, don’t stop!

      And I can’t even imagine you being afraid – YOU??? Bold daring you that was already hanging out with big madams when I was still trying to figure out what I Wanted to do with my life. No fear o, maybe small shyness but no fear at all! I believe in your ministry DIE!

      Thanks again for reading and for dropping a comment. 😘

  4. Chidi February 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Pls pardon all the typos….

  5. Tokunbo February 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm


    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 26, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      😘😘😘😘😘😘 right back baby! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Toyin Akinlade February 26, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    You are such a breath of fresh air Kemi. I need to adopt this method of giving myself a reward for goals achieved as I am so kind to everyone but myself. Thanks once more for a beautifully put together piece with the right doses of inspiration.

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 26, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Awwww, sis T! thank you so much.

      You definitely need to reward yourself o! If you don’t take care of you, who will? (I know Uncle F will, but yeah you get the point!)

      So what is the next goal and what is the reward going to be?

  7. Davies Motolani February 26, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Kemolala! I eagerly wanted to read this,glad I did. The Aso-ebi hack is everything right now….mummy Tolani is in trouble oooo between this new hack will cause fight.😂😂😂.
    Please lemme know about the Ghana trip if you have plans. Hmmm it might just be my first trip outside naija.

    Thanks for this it brightened my day.
    Luv always

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 26, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      T, thanks a lot for being patient while I cooked this post and for enjoying it!

      Chai, take it easy on Mummy Tolani o! No be only you she born – she is also Mummy Esther too, lol.

      You will definitely know about the Ghana trip when it is ready – will investigate costs and co soon.

      Cheers hun!

  8. Ruth February 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Reading your post for the first time and I totally love it. Pls follow me back so I can be getting notifications from you. So much to learn from especially how you express your thoughts and share your experience in words.👏👏👏👏👏

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 26, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you Ruth and welcome to the family! Not sure I even know how to follow back on the blog (*covers face in e-shame) but the upcoming revamped site will have a means to ensure notifications are sent regularly.

      Stay tuned! And thanks again for joining us here 🙂

  9. Rachael February 26, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Ok i read all twice! I do not reward myself per say for goals achieved i just go straight to the next one. I have travel on my list this year especially with the sons, i deserve it , we deserve. It on my vision board o ! Lol.

    I put my heart to achieve and what has really helped is creatively visualizing it, it pushes me because its so colorful and achievable when i visualize it. I motivate through creative visualization and i so much want what i see!!

    You are a blessing Aunty K. I love you so much i pray for you!

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 26, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Aunty!!!!! Missed seeing you on Saturday but as I said, I will be back!

      You read it twice? Ese o!

      I know your type – Team ‘On to the Next Goal’ and I admire your motivation levels o. Twale Mama! Some of us need extra ginger to keep going, lol.

      Yessss to travel this year – as you have put it on your vision board, I know it will be actualized.

      Thank you for the prayers – I am definitely feeling the love.

      Love yah!

  10. Olanike February 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Yayyy!!! It was worth the wait. Thank you Kemi. There is always something to learn from you. Looking forward to your next blogpost.xoxo

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 28, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Senior Niks, thanks a lot for the kind words. Chai, there is already pressure for the next blogpost, pheew! The Lord will ensure we come correct for you, lol.


  11. Esther Adegunle February 26, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing dear Kemi.
    I also put swimming as one of my goals for the year, still looking for a “covered swimming trunk” lol. But i really need to start next month ooo.
    Yeah at taking materials from my mum, I have been doing it for a while; blessed to be the only daughter, now I have sisters in law *smiling*. My mum gladly gives me the aso okes but not the laces.
    I hope to be in Ghana this year too!!
    No plans for Easter just yet!!
    Beautiful March ahead.

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 28, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Lol @ covered swimming trunk. You don’t want to tension us with your body eh? Thank you for being so considerate, hehehehe. Let me know if you need recos on where to get swimming costumes, will be more than happy to hook you up. My swimming instructor only works with women and children so that helps put folks at ease.

      Mama Esther for the girls dem! She will soon give you the laces, don’t worry 🙂

      Yes to being in Ghana! Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

      Amen to a beautiful Mach – wish you the same sis.

      1. Esther Adegunle March 3, 2018 at 11:44 am

        Thanks Kemi dear,
        Pls hook me up for the custome, I have been on it for over a month ooo
        I plan to learn in my estate and its only male instructors, so one needs to protect the bride price lol.
        Appreciate it dear

  12. Dammytej February 26, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Kemolala, thanks for the constant reminder on pursuing goals to fruition. Set a few delivery targets this quarter, but trust me, keeping up is a challenge with the level of intensity/ details required. No excuses jare. I will try not to beat myself too hard. Taking things in my stride. Unfortunately I have really got no accountability partner, so I account to myself. You’re the most photogenic fellow I know, pretty for real, still amazing in the pictures. Guess you have more than 24 hours per day abi? With all you pack in. Well done babes

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 28, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Helloooo – why am I in your life if I cannot harass you about your goals? Ehn!!! You just got yourself a free accountability partner 🙂

      Keeping up is areal challenge though, I slip up on some but I make sure I never stop trying. God will give you grace in Jesus name.

      Awww @ being photogenic, thankoooo!!

  13. Tomi February 27, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Gosh. I need to be on a fitness regime back again. Chai. Well done girl

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 28, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Thanks sis!!

      Let’s start with 100 jumping jacks and 50 burpees daily, lol..

  14. yevandy February 27, 2018 at 9:23 am

    thanks for the tip about converting our mums iro and buba.s.. to think my mum has some old ones she wants to giveaway….. you just save me alottt of money..
    Ive been to the royal senchi.. and its was amazing…. to think i have a half written review somewhere that i forgot about..
    its so nice to see you achieving your goals…. giving us ginger to achieve ours…
    Thanks Kemi..

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 28, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Yeva of the Most High,

      Haha – re the tip, you are most welcome! Tag us in your slay photos o!

      I think I am the last person to know about Royal Senchi! Oya go and dust out that review, finish it and post. I will be looking out for it.

      The Lord is the real ginger giver o! We thank Him for strength to keep on keeping on.

      Thanks again for my purse – a loveeeet!

  15. Kemi Motayo February 27, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Lovely post. U have so much going apart from just work!! Ure a living example of some of my future goals😍.God strengthens u to continually be fab!!!..i will admit the year is flying past already and I’m dragging on my goals.but I’ve achieved one at least and that is connecting with you. One trick I’m still yet to implement which will help me in achieving my goals is breaking it down into the easiest bits and plastering it all over so I’m constantly reminded to do these little things, make the little moves which will eventually lead to the big GOALS!!!

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 28, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Yaaay – one goal down, many more to go! It was lovely to meet you Kemi.

      Please start implementing ASAP – you already know the rip, you know the power of visualization, what are you waiting for???

      Amen to strength! Thanks dear.

  16. Bola_zarala February 28, 2018 at 7:08 am

    My dear, you write so effortlessly!
    Been on that asoebi hack for a while o, but my mum can be so ijebu with her laces (she’s actually ijebu, lol).
    Im embarrassed to say my goals, I struggle with and I’m still checking why…I think I just get caught in the everyday hustle, and I lose sight… Any practical tips on staying atop your goals?..
    Thanks for your refreshing tips always

    1. Kemi O - Site Author February 28, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Sis! Thank you so much..

      Ha! So Mummy G has been supplying you all those your fine fabrics and you no tell us! Wawwwu, lol

      Practical tips on goals that I use is 1) being realistic about my goals (e.g., I will only blog once a month because I know the demands of my job/life) and then 2) try to be accountable to 1-2 people (hence the monitoring spirits who keep asking me about it to the point where I know that if I want to be great, I better do it) and 3) I reward myself for achieving some of my goals (a trip, a massage, some retail indulgence etc). Final thing is this – I pace myself with the goals. E.g., I tried to do dance and boxing and swimming at the same time and it was impossible. So I moved swimming to Q2 and proper dancing classes to June, so that way, I don’t overwhelm myself and fail on all 3. Achieving one goal gives me energy to work on the next one and so on. So pace yourself!

      Congrats on the upcoming launch – that is one goal about to ticked off the ‘to-do’ list!!!! Yaaay!!!!

  17. mizfeddie February 28, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Wow! Kemi, you are a huge inspiration and reading your blogpost reminds me of how much more I can do with my life. Thank you for sharing with us. Wishing you even more strength to smash all your goals. Going on to utilize the “ginger” I have just received from you. lol God bless you! xoxo…

    1. Kemi O - Site Author March 1, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Amen to strength o – amen! I pray the same for you too!!!

      Use that ginger well and do come back and share your testimony o, you hear?

      Bless you!


  18. Ojay March 1, 2018 at 3:38 am

    What an awesome read !!! Kemolala … Your sists are freaking gorgeous … Mamakems fabric was the most stunning … And that Senchi at Kosombo, already on to do list … You inspire me each day cousin !!

    1. Kemi O - Site Author March 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

      My long-distance cousin!!!!! 😘😘😘

      Thanks for your comment bro! Glad that I can inspire you this already over-performing somebody!

      See partiality o – so the fabric I paid money for is not as fine as MamaKems own eh? What a life!! Lol

      Let me know when you go to Ghana so I can live vicariously through you.


  19. Bukky March 1, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Good read. I love the coconut water. I take it almost everyday when I’m in Ghana. Not doing too badly with my goals. Your posts are always a push! Thank you. 😘😘

    1. Kemi O - Site Author March 1, 2018 at 10:19 am


      So happy to hear you are doing good on your goals – keep it up o!

      Coconut water is bae.. The next best thing is actually eating the soft flesh after, not the hard Lagos coconut that can break your teeth, lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting dear. 😘

  20. dipoe March 1, 2018 at 10:45 am


    1. Kemi O - Site Author March 2, 2018 at 5:18 am

      Thank you Dipo 🙂

  21. Seun Alley March 3, 2018 at 5:05 am


    Modella, boxer, professional aso-ebi hacker, beautiful, intelligent… Endless list. The way I keep up with by your posts ehn. Because there is always something to learn.

    Thank you for all that you so and I’ll love to be a part of this Ghana trip biko.

    1. Kemi O - Site Author March 6, 2018 at 12:12 am

      Awwww, thank you sis! It is sweethearts like you that encourage me to keep writing – God bless you sis!

      I will announce when Ghana is ready..

  22. BE March 8, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    As always great writing!

    Firstly, you nailed all them clothes! 12/12. Looking real good. Modelling looks good on u.
    Eskis me ma, ewo ni boxing? Person vex you? I do dey give you gap o. Hahahahahaha. My teeth is fragile.

    And yes, wedding will fall on you too. I will display my full version of Shaku Shaku there. Great dance routine you got there.

    You are such an inspiration. Your blog gives me that push that makes me look at my goals again, though intimidating, makes me realize it can be done.

    Plans for Easter, ermmm, none yet. Goals for the year, first month was excellent, second month slipped up. Catching back up this month though.

    I subscribe to the reward philosophy as a motivation too. I reward myself for all milestones achieved along the way. Cos life is not about the destination. It is about the journey. So if the destination you see is blissful, why not enjoy the journey too?

  23. BE March 8, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Oops. That was a speech. Hahahahahaha


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