Life Lately: November highlights and the December Giveaway

Hi guys!! I am so excited about December – I can’t even keep calm. It has been a very busy period at work but that has not made my excitement about December wane one bit! But before we get into December matters, let me do a quick recap of my November.

  1. Going on a digital detox. I took most of the month of November off social media (yup, second digital detox for the year) and it felt so good. On some days, I felt a little left out of whatever was happening on Instagram, especially the celebrity weddings that happened (you know I love LOVE *insert dreamy eyes*) but on most days, I was just content with living the simple life with Whatsapp, lol. The jury is still out on whether Whatsapp should be considered social media but until the jury decides, I will be sitting quietly on my ‘Whatsapp-is-just-SMS-on-steroids’ lane 😊
  2. Meeting Sir Richard Branson! Yes!!!!! I met The Original Virgin Oga in person and even though I took a picture, it still feels like a dream.
    With the Oga himself

    I was chatting with a friend in the lobby of a hotel and just saw Sir Branson walk past casually. At first, I thought I was ‘seeing double’ because he was alone and I did not see any hefty bodyguards or security personnel hovering around the area. He was just taking a break from his dinner and going to the bathroom – no fanfare, no paparazzi. Although we waved ‘Hello’ to him on his way to the bathroom, we spent some time debating if we should/could ask for a picture with him. We asked nicely and he obliged us!!!!!!!

    I wish I had engaged him a bit more in some light conversation (not sure if he would have had my time sef) but it would have been great to just hear him spill wisdom in his British accent, lol.

    What makes this interesting is that I had received 2 of his motivational videos via Whatsapp earlier that week and I had spent some time reflecting on the content of the messages so he was in my consciousness. Bumping into him ‘by chance’ that evening did not feel like a random coincidence.

    Moral of the story: Be very deliberate about the things you allow into your mind and consciousness. You become what you think. You attract what you think. I don’t know how else to say this but it is so true and it has been proven time and time again.

  3. Seeing John Legend in concert: Continuing in the theme of seeing famous people, I also got to attend a John Legend concert in Johannesburg. Wow! John Legend is truly amazing. He is a fantastic performer and his voice is rich, silk and goosebumps-inducing. He performed for 2 solid hours and kept the whole crowd engaged. Of course, he did his usual move of getting a girl from the crowd on stage and then serenading her. Oh boy, the girl almost passed out from excitement, hahaha. And to end the show, there was no shame in the game as we all raised our hands/phones while singing ‘All of Me’ like it was a worship song, lol.

    Many shades of Legend
  4. Officially learning how to edit videos and vlog: On my trip to Zimbabwe a few weekends back (yes, I went to Zimbabwe when Mugabe was still President), I was unable to do my IG stories because of the digital detox so I decided to take short videos of my trip and do a short vlog on the entire experience. Doing the research about what tools/apps to use for my amateur movie launched me into the deep world of multimedia and video editing and honestly, I know this is not my current calling in life. I am happy to be in front of the camera trying to speak phonetics (hahaha) but all the gymnastics that happens in the production, post-production etc are still well above my paygrade for now. I promise to push through and finish this particular ‘vlogpost’ (what is the video equivalent of a blogpost?) which I will share with you all shortly.

    Zimbabwe highlights – for more details, wait for the vlog!
  5. Doing my last adrenaline-rush activity for the year (or ever!!): 2017 was definitely the year of adrenaline for me. I went zip-lining in March, skydiving in April and now, I just went gorge-swinging. Up until a month ago, I had never heard of gorge-swinging but it is essentially the older brother of bungee-jumping. There is no need to talk too much about this one. You will see the video on the vlog 😊
    My power pose after doing the gorge swing… Don’t be deceived,my knees were still shaking here

    p.s – the scarf on my head was to make sure the wig didn’t fall off, hahahahaha!

  6. Finding the ‘30 billion’ that Davido has been singing about. I found it plus some extra change for the road, hahahahaha.
    50 Billion in the account!

    No moral of the story here. I am just excited to announce that I am now a billionaire! Yaaay! Hahahahahaha.

Note: That bill is no longer legal tender in Zimbabwe and was worth only $1. Please o, don’t come looking for me, lol.

Alright now – December is upon us and I am very excited to announce the Kemi’s Christmas giveaway scheduled to run from the 1st – 24th of December.

The Christmas Giveaway

I announced this on Instagram a few days ago and the comments on that post were HILARIOUS!!! I think the most hilarious response to the giveaway announcement had to be from Mama Kemi. She called me and told me that she is not interested in any of the gifts in the giveaway but she was creating her own gift category and I had to make sure she was the one who won it. I was just weak, hahahahaha.

So why this giveaway? First, we all know that the essence of Christmas is giving – God gave us His Son, Jesus and so the best way to celebrate is by giving. Secondly, in my last post, I told you all how Ofe (my cousin) was such a big giver and since her relocation to heaven, her legacy of giving relentlessly has been top of mind for me. I had been thinking about what/how to give and once I made the decision to spend this Christmas in Lagos, I knew that my December travel fund was to be put to good use.

The original plan for the giveaway was to gift 12 of my favorite things (ranging from boli/grilled plantain & fish to an all-expense paid international trip) to one of my Nigerian Instagram readers/followers, every 2nd day between the 1st and 24th of December. However, since the announcement, a few more people have reached out to me to say they want to donate gifts to the giveaway. Isn’t that just beautiful? Now, we are up to about 18 gifts which will be won EVERY DAY from the 1st of December!!! I am hoping we get to 24/25 gifts and end with a bang on Christmas day! BOOM!!! Or maybe even have gifts every day till the very end of the year – now that would be EPIC!!!!!!

The giveaway is being hosted on Instagram and to participate/qualify to win, you have to follow me (so that you can actually see the different gifts every day), follow the specific vendor for the gift you want to win and like the post announcing the gift you want to win. That’s all. Everyday winners will be randomly selected from the list of folks who like the post and follow the vendor. SIMPLE!

The side-eye I am giving anyone who tries to do ojoro in this giveaway

You don’t need to repost, you don’t need to create a hashtag, you don’t need to comment, you don’t need to beg all your friends and family to like your comment (it is not a popularity contest). All you gotta do is, Follow the vendor, Like the post and Pray to God for favour so that your name is randomly selected. I can only imagine how many prayer requests are sent up to heaven now– thank God He has capacity to listen to all of us at the same time, hahahaha.

That’s all for now folks! I encourage you to look for ways to give and be a blessing to people around you, no matter how small, because ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’.

Hugs and Christmas cheers,

Kemi

p.s – Look out for the vlog on my trip to Victoria Falls – coming soon to a YouTube screen near you 😊

 

 

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Kemi O

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38 thoughts on “Life Lately: November highlights and the December Giveaway”

  1. Great! Can’t wait for your vlog
    Did you get Kaza visa for your trip?
    Also which country should one go to for the best Victoria Falls experience, Zambia or Zimbabwe?

    ~’T

    1. T for Tosin! Happy belated birthday and congrats again on your skydiving experience (yup, it is a real achievement that deserves congratulations o, lol)

      I applied for both the Zim and Zam visas but I only got the Zimbabwe one so that’s the side of the Falls I was at. Most activities are the same on both sides but there are a few ones specific to either side (e.g., the Devil’s pool is only on the Zambia side).

      However, only the Zimbabwe side has the Falls active all year round. In the dry season, you don’t see no falls in Zambia, lol.

      The summary of my long story is – The Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side is open for business all year round 🙂

  2. First to comment on here just to show you how much I’m on top of my game for this giveaway. I am genuinely going to pray to God for favour; This giveaway will not pass me by 🙂
    Looking forward to the vlog!

  3. Hmm Kemi, you get mind oo, Gorge Swinging? this is the first I am hearing of it.. Went to research it sharp sharp *hahaha*. After bungee jumping, zip lining and skydiving, I might as well try this one (not sure if there is one available here in the US 🙁 the closest to it, is a ride that swings you about 1300ft above the Colorado River). Maybe when next we have an African vacay 🙂
    As far as your Christmas giveaway, I must win something oo, if not, we will sanction you. I know the next question will be “but how will you get it or whatever”. You don’t worry about that, I know people who know people and I just might in turn gift it to someone somewhere 😉

    P.S – It’s always a delight to read from you. I particularly love what you said about being conscious of ones consciousness. It can never be over emphasized.
    **here’s to feeding our consciousness right and emitting positive vibes only**

    Love always,
    Fallie

    1. Fallie mi atata, always lovely to read from you too. I always look out for your comments. The day I don’t see it, I know I am in trouble, hahaha.

      Eh ehn, I did not know you were a honorable member of the ‘adrenaline’ gang o – wehdone Ma!

      When the good Lord shines His favor upon you and you win, then we will discuss logistics. Don’t start threatening me yet, lol.

      And yesss to feeding our consciousness right!

      xoxo

  4. Absolutely lovely read. What we allow into our minds matter a lot. Keep enjoying your life! I’ll be like you when I grow up.

  5. Thank God for people like you who always make sure there’s something new to learn in every post.
    Have a splendid holiday Miss K.

  6. Another chance to get into your life by creatively visualizing it via your story and its amazing!!!

    Thank you Aunty K

    Give away ready!!!

    1. Thanks Diusor! Your blog is already finer than mine naa…lol

      Keep striving girl – I see you going places. How far with our 25 by 25?

  7. I kept thinking how casual Sir Branson ‘appeared’ in that photo. But we all know it ain’t casual. Can we just applaud that? Lol

    So sorry to learn of your cousin’s relocation to heaven. I’m sure she’s having the best time ever!!!!!

    Loved how you documented your trips and I’m sure the vlogposts will be amazing.

    Please keep that wig stayed on, lol.

    We need to be mindful of what we’re allowing to enter our minds – love that.

    And Merry Christmas in advance.

    1. Thank you OpeWalker. Glad that you believe in my vlogging ministry already – thanks love.

      Yes yes, that wig is going nowhere o!

      And I completely agree with you on being mindful of what we allow into our minds.

      p.s the 50 billion was normal o – nothing special! so disappointing, lol.

  8. Great post again. Wait, you saw Richard Brandson?? My official mentor? Did you tell him I knew you??? Ejo pls epp my career.
    Oya the adventure(skydiving, bungee jumping etc) haff do. Hope you know many people like you sha.

    1. I agree – it haff do! I officially retire from air sports. Next stop is ‘water sports’, lol.

      Chai, and I forgot to tell Uncle Richie about you o! So sorry – I will remember to mention you to him when next I speak with him 🙂

  9. So I think this is my first comment on the blog (covers face)… it’s a serioux something…. As a lawyer I jest (just) want to clarify some of the terms…
    When you say Nigerian Friends do you mean friends in Nigeria (i.e resident in Nigeria) or friends of Nigerian Nationality, If it’s the former what if the friend is resident in Nigeria beht (but) just away for that particular time…lool..

    Then under this side eye pinshure (picture) there’s a spelling mistake on the word this, it was spelt as rhis… (does this candidate get an extra bonus for spotting this) loool…. runs away

    1. Toyosi oooo!! I can’t deal abeg! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      Thanks for spotting the typo – it has been duly updated 🙂 Your reward is in heaven, hahaha.

      Please come and carry your law wahala away from here o. It’s because of people like you T&C documents are so long, lol.. But to answer your question, I am loosely referring refers to someone living/currently present in Nigeria who can take possession of the gift immediately. Like who eats 2-week old boli & fish, ehn? You get my drift?

      I rest my case!

  10. Sisterly Kemi! It’s always an interesting and inspiring read from you. Thank you for taking my mind through your many trips; I am sure when I visit these places they will feel familiar; Just like you met with Richard Branson in your “sub-conscious”, you engaged him through the videos and it became a reality (conscious event).

    The video editing tho; sincerely vloggers are trying hard. I’ve been stocked with one all day usinng viva, but the achievement is far from 30%… Waiting seriously to watch the vlog…and also the giveaway…lool

    1. Sisterly!!! Thanks a lot for always reading, for coming with me on these journeys and for commenting! Thank you so much!

      Mehn, I have major RESPECT for vloggers o! It is not a small work. I am using KineMaster – it seems fairly easy. Check it out, okay?

      Vlog is coming – giveaway has come!!!!

  11. Wow!!! Kemi you are the real MVP
    I enjoyed reading the blog as usual. Now you are tempting me to add gorge swinging to my bucket list… sigh!

    1. Thanks Dara! Please quickly do this gorge swing and let’s get it over with. Hahahaha. Stop sighing and get swinging!

      Can I come with you on your curated Lagos tour this Christmas?? Pretty please *batting eyelids*

      Thankooooooooooo

  12. Kemsco, Ajala special.. Well done on your trip… See that I m giving you side eye and you know why? Publishing in the middle of the night? Nes time wake me up… That said.. I love love Richard Branson. Correct, wise Briton…

    I love me some adventure, bungee jumping n Co, but this plus size will not let someone be great.. On the way to lekpadom sha, we ll branch by when we get to a comfy weight.

    Vlogging bah??? Yes Ooo. We wait for it and you see that your ‘abroad ‘ giveaway, I m winning it.. The Lord has crafted the ticket in my name… I love that you are inspired by Ofe'(rest her soul).. Okay. Lemme run. Thanks again for today… Bless ya

    1. Oya sorry naa! Shebi I have begged you in private and now I am begging you in public too.

      Lekpadom and all the adventures on the other side are waiting for you – is 2018 the year you will answer them?? Say YES!!

      That vlog matter is a different ministry but I am working on it. Right now, its the giveaway that’s front and centre of my mind. Does your Executive Editor work extend to vlogs too? 🙂

  13. You just have to love Kems. Fantastic on every side. Merry Christmas in advance Kemi and thank you for making me feel chrismassy this morning.

    1. Thanks Seun!!! Have you started singing carols in that your sonorous voice?

      Merry Christmas in advance to you too and may your joy overflow in Jesus name!

      hugs!

  14. Kemolala! I’m part of the side-eye gang hoping for ojoro 😄 Always a delight to read your posts, there’s always something to learn plus this way Semilore gets to see your face 😂 I love Richard Branson and I’m glad you got to meet him, I have photoshopped my face into the picture too, lol! God bless you dear for all you do, so much love from me and the boys.

    1. Hahahaha! I know my people! I knew it was important to drop that side-eye in the post, hehehehe.

      Aww, Semilore reads too? That is so cool!! Thanks for sharing it with my baby boy.

      Photoshop away girl – if you can see it, it will happen eventually.

      God bless you too hun and hope to hang with you and the boys over Christmas 🙂

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