Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Nigerian Educational Cartoon Program - Bino & Fino



I have often seen people wonder about why we don't have any known animated show. I was contacted by a representative from EVCL companies who produce this series - Bino & Fino. It's basically an animated show created by Adamu Waziri, a Nigerian animator and produced by his Nigerian based animation company EVCL, Bino and Fino is an African educational cartoon about a brother and sister who live in a modern day city in sub- Saharan Africa. In each episode Bino and Fino, with the help of their friend Zeena the Magic Butterfly and their family, discover and learn things about the world. The show is for children mainly between the ages of 3 and 6. The series shows aspects of African history, culture and languages to children some topics addressed are Nigeria's Independence Day and Colonialism. It definitely fills the void for parents either back home or in diaspora looking to introduce their children to aspects of their culture.

If you are interested in learning more or watching a few of the episodes:

Youtube page - http://www.youtube.com/BinoandFino

Website - www.binoandfino.com

The DVDs can be purchased on the website. Also if you visit their youtube page, you can see little educational vinaigrettes on the side that include bino and fino counting in African languages and showing different maps and flags of different African countries. I think this will come in handy for parents who have been looking for something like this. Kudos to the team behind this.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Friday Randoms

Man, this week is crazy. As I type this, I am hearing there was an earthquake in California and a bridge in Washington State collapsed, cars and people in the water. Add the terrible tornado in Moore, Oklahoma and the poor soldier who was hacked to death in Woolwich. Sheesh. That's a lot in one week. We've barely gotten over the Newton shootings, West, TX explosions and the tornado in Cleburne, TX. This is the part where people start screaming end of the world theories. My own concern is that my heart goes out to everyone affected by these tragedies in any way because it's always one of those things you always think "happens to other people" but really it could happen to anyone. We thank God for his mercy on us and hope he grants Grace and Strength to those affected. Amen.

Thank you to all of you who nominated me for a Liebster award. I promise I am gonna do it. Thank you!

Oppa Random Time!

Oh before I start, I think I have been doing randoms so long that I am gonna start repeating my randoms. There are a few I think I have mentioned before but I am not sure.

I wonder how the first blow job and anal sex came about.

For people who know me, it takes a lot to get me mad (irritation is a different thing) but yea it takes a lot to get me mad. But this week, I got so mad and I was so angry at something someone said I actually cursed the person and didn't feel bad about it.

But really, how does someone get over the loss of a parent?

If twins are born and one dies while they are still babies. Will the surviving twin feel incomplete and always feel that something is missing?

I have never been to a spa.

I had always wanted to have a pen pal and I found one in Nigeria. I have to say writing a letter was so weird. and hurts! man, we are so spoiled in this generation. I can't believe we used to write loads and loads of notes in secondary school.

The fact that child birth still kills in Nigeria saddens me...a lot.

Speaking of child birth, if my gym teacher who works out almost everyday can't get her belly flat after giving birth, what hope do I, a mere mortal have? sigh

Chimamanda's book spoke about race and she said something interesting about the difference between being  Jewish and being White. People are more prone to say, he's Jewish first before saying he's White. But a catholic white guy would be just a white guy. Interesting.

If someone who has a had a lot of plastic surgery, like say Nicki Minaj. Can you still call her a strong, self confident woman? or are the two mutually exclusive? I am not talking about like 1 nose job or 1 tummy tuck. More like excess surgery and a drastic change to your appearance.

"If you did not grow up in Nigeria, you are not Nigerian. Just Nigerian by descent" I would REALLY like to hear your thoughts on this. What defines your Nigerianness?

I notice that whenever I see these screen capture/screen grab thingies. It's always with AT&T and the battery is never fully charged.

I envy well put together women aesthetically. You know like women who are always done up from hair to makeup to their clothes coordination. Like they put thought, time and effort into it. As much as I envy it, it's just not my thing.

Aite folks, that's all I got for ya. US Folks. Yippee! to Friday and for it being a long weekend. Have a fabulous time and as always be safe!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Americanah

Chimamanda Adichie's most recent book. I just finished it and I feel so empty. I loved this book like I LOVED this book. I am not one of the Chimamanda stans who thinks she walks on water and is some demi god. At all. I only just read Half of a Yellow Sun late last year and I know I read Purple Hibiscus but I can't remember it.

Where do I start with this book? I didn't read any reviews about it before I started and I didn't even know what it was about. Basically, it seemed like Chimamanda had a lot to get off her chest about being an immigrant and being black overseas. She found a brilliant way to express these thoughts with a plot about two lovers their beginning and in between from Nigeria to the U.S to the UK all while touching on sensitive topics - racism and immigrant living.

The realness of this book was too much. Like it was just honest, no bobbing and weaving and trying to be politically correct. Even I, who isn't so political took a second to ponder about the topics discussed. I didn't feel like I was being yelled at as I often do in some write ups. I will say I shrunk a little at the topic of natural hair, my thought process more of "haba, it's not by force let's not be extreme". If you can't tell by now, I am trying hard not to give anything away. If you were an immigrant who came to this country alone, trying to adjust to the huge culture shock, wondering how you would pay your fees or bills or wondered about your status you will so relate to this book. Even if you didn't go through this, Adichie's recounting of characters in high school was so nostalgic for me because it was so apt. The simplest things, in one chapter she goes to braid her hair and chooses color 4 and the braider tells her no, it's a dirty color. I laughed so loud at that because that has happened to me verbatim. Just her description of the braiding place alone you will find yourself saying "yes! so true!". Even the description of a returnee..i need to stop gushing and just type.

Overall, I'd recommend this book to everyone. My one not quite a gripe was I kept trying to place what time period/year she was writing about and had to do it by the events mentioned. All through, I could envision most Nigerians relating to this book, I kept wondering and wishing I could be in a Non American's head and see how they would receive the book with the pidgin english, igbo and naija slangs that were thrown in there. I remember reading Junot Diaz's "this is how you lose her" and he like Adichie had a bunch of cultural mentions and spanish that I didn't quite relate to and I probably wouldn't see the same way as if a Dominican was reading it. I have to say I didn't like how the book ended, I wish it were more closed ended than as open ended as it was, it just seemed abrupt kinda like Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" (which made me so angry! grr) I am in awe of the way she wrote in this book, she seamlessly changed "voices" while going through the various groups/countries/situations just as we often do when we are with our people vs work people. She must have done a heck of a lot of research. I love how Adichie wears her Nigerian-ness with pride and you can tell by the Igbo names she gives her characters. They are never the typical Igbo names. Just lovely, deep, hmm haventheardthatbefore names. So many quotables but I would be here all night if I typed them, but the two I remember:

"Her relationship with him was like being content in a house but always sitting by the window and looking out"

"Many of us didn’t marry the woman we truly loved, we married the woman who was around when we were ready to marry" 

So anywaysssss, go get this book, read it and come back and tell me what you thought of it. Happy Reading!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Friday Randoms

I feel like I don't post anything on here anymore except for Friday Randoms. I need to do better. Sometimes, I have posts but I write them in my head and never transfer them to a computer. Hows everyone doing? Hope all is well as we are about to approach the 6 month mark of the year. I've been irritable all day. I just finished watching the Scandal finale. I have to say it's much more fun watching it with fellow twitters. Funny enough, a fellow tv addict and friend of mine were discussing Scandal and we put it in our category of "empty calorie" tv. It's entertaining and fun but it's definitely not in my Top 5 of shows, mostly because it's fluffy, soapy tv. Speaking of finales, I am so glad this is the week of finales cuz I get to have a break from my suffocating tv schedule and can catch up on shows that are on my to-watch list. Before I random, since I bitch about comment stinginess, I think it's only fair I thank yall for your comments. So thank you for taking the time to stop by, read and comment! Okay let's random.

I met someone who just went through a divorce (she's 34). I asked what went wrong. She said they just weren't compatible. She married someone that was a "good guy" compared to the previous guys she had dated and it wasn't till marriage that she noticed that maybe they weren't so compatible (ironically they dated 4yrs married a year and a half). Got me thinking about when people say choose a "good guy", while I get focusing on the important qualities, I don't think people should go so far deep and deviate from qualities they find attractive.

Something I noticed the lady above mentioned above is "we didn't live together", she seemed to think that was a big factor. I noticed a lot of Americans think it's a bit strange to not live together before marriage.

Was watching a show and a gay nale couple said they always have exciting sex whenever they are out of town and I wondered how exciting can male gay sex be? Are there different moves and actions like hetero sex? Is doggy their missionary?

As much as I think I am open minded, I gotta tell you if my kid came to tell me that they were transgender I really think I'd be so devastated. Dunno how I will handle it.

You know who is winning? People who don't have to work but live the good life. Latest gadgets, labels, vacays etc. That's the good life right thurr.

I wonder if flight attendants that fly the Naija routes get paid extra. We are a handful.

When the topic of marrying someone your parents don't approve of comes up I have had the same stance for a while but most people don't seem to believe me. My parents have to give me a valid reason why they don't approve for me to reconsider but best believe if it's something petty like tribe, traditional beliefs, religion etc. I will thank my parents for the years we have had together and do what I need to. My mindset is, parents have led their lives, it's time for me to live mine. It's their choice to not get over it. If you do choose to do their bidding and you are unhappy, God willing they are supposed to die before you. When they pass then what? I'd rather take the chance and even if it fails it was my choice and it's their job to love me and be there for me. Plus, do you know how hard it is to find someone you click with? then i will now say ok bye cuz you are hausa or something like that. And just in case I am close to my mom so it will def hurt if I am ostracized. What do you think?

"Do yall know what self-esteem is? Olivia Pope has a lot of it. Her piss poor love life decisions does not mean she sees herself poorly" someone tweeted that. and I disagreed. I feel self esteem plays a part in it but a friend of mine disagrees. I do think that it makes a difference if you consider what Fitz and Olivia have as love. This girl right here does not believe that is love at all at all.

Another tweet I saw "Treat and Pepa were the best hip hop couple minus the alleged beating" Things like that remind me of when people make arguments and say minus xyz. That's a pretty huge factor we are minusing. It doesn't disappear.

How would you define the American Dream?

Is it chunk the deuces or chuck the deuces?

It irritates me when people think they are the authority on what guys should or shouldn't watch. Oh you watch Scandal or Housewives or Love and HipHop then you are not a real man. ok.

Where did this "shalla" thing come from? Is it new or has it always been around?

Ok have a pleasant and wonderful weekend guys. Love this song to bits.



Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Randoms

Howdy folks. Happy friday to ya. Can you believe it's May? It's May and spring is still playing peek-a-boo with us. I walked out my house yesterday and it was like 48 degrees and oh so windy. Had to grab a jacket. Sigh. It's been a long week and I am so tired, I need a vacation for real. I have had this nagging headache wondering if it's my new glasses. Speaking of glasses, I wish I had the balls to undergo Lasik, but I am a bit scared of it. I am so tired of wearing glasses and contacts. Ah well, enough of my woes. I don't have many randoms today but una go manage. Less go.

You know the concept of a Naija buffet restaurant is a little puzzling to me. I mean, what do you eat? Most of our foods are so heavy that I wonder if maybe that's the genius of it? I mean after you eat one wrap of fufu or eba, will you now have space for fried yam or rice or add beans to it. Quite interesting.

Jennifer Lawrence is quite popular and all right now and the media says she's every girl's girl. I was just thinking while i do like the girl, I don't think she's like hot. She seems normal. Speaking of hotness, Gwyneth Paltrow as People's most beautiful woman in the world is quite hilarious. My picks - If current relevance (no movies/music or anything out at the moment) doesn't matter, I would have picked Charlize Theron and if relevance mattered, as much as I don't care for her, Sofia Vergara would have been a good pick. Her iron is quite hot now.

Man, have you watched the Central Park 5 documentary that aired on PBS? A doc on 5 teens who were wrongfully accused of raping a woman in Central Park and were sentenced to life. It eventually came out that they were wrongfully charged and were released. I hate injustices man. I still haven't finished it. These kids were like 14. I mean, how do you get those years back?? Ugh.

Yesterday, was talking to one of our vendors who just had a kid, I asked if he planned on having more and he said he has no idea but if he never does he is still content. He was told that he'd never be able to have kids and chances were low and he still can't believe he has one and is so grateful for that. That really touched my heart. The little blessings we take for granted and also a reminder by God that ultimately it's his call, no matter what Doctors say.

Speaking of kids, a bunch of my friends are in baby phase and boy have i heard my fill of baby/pregnancy stories and it's all different. Was talking to a friend of mine about cramps and she said she hadn't had one cuz she is still breastfeeding. I was like whaa? (her kid is about to be 3). Oh that's something else I just learned through "baby phase", didn't know as long as you're breast feeding you get no period. Yes i am clueless. Anyways, back to the matter I know I wouldn't want to still be breastfeeding my kid when he is 3 but as she explained her reason, I remembered what one of my friecnds told me. She said having a kid made her realize the competitiveness among moms, whether consciously or not. She said it sometimes feels like they try to one up or think they are better cuz they did xyz as opposed to xyz. So i pushed out any judgemental thoughts I might have had about my friend still breastfeeding cuz ultimately everyone has their styles and just like relationships, its whatever works for you.

Ok so, I may or may not get heat for this but I don't get the concept/term - bisexual. I'll explain. I get the meaning and what it is, I just don't "buy" it. I think people are born gay or straight. I don't think people are born bisexual. That's a man made choice. A bisexual person is someone who doesn't care who they love or have sex with, man or woman as long as they get love. I also think anyone who identifies as bisexual has a stronger leaning to either being gay or straight.

The whole Jason Collins announcement was interesting. If someone comes out as gay and supports gay movement - they are applauded but if you speak about your beliefs and how it doesn't align - you are condemned. Now don't get me wrong,  I am all for acceptance but if someone like Chris Broussard did speaks against homosexuality as being a sin etc but isn't being hateful about it just being honest, I don't see why he should be vilified. I remember one of these beauty contests, the contestant was asked about gay marriage and she gave her answer as a christian. No hate or nothing and comments were that she gave the "wrong" answer.

There's always something in this life. Imagine being the healthy sibling/twin to a sickly sibling/twin. I mean, it's great to have your health but it sucks being the neglected child and everyone else is fawning over the sick child who would probably trade anything to be healthy.

This whole Plan B pill being available OTC for kids 15 and up is weird. I think it should have been done at like 18 and if under 18, there should be parental consent.

There is a high increase in auto correct errors (even from me) and it irks me.

Umm so oops, I guess I did have a number of thoughts, hehe. You guys have become miserly with your comments :( but if you can, I'd love to hear what you have to say or your thoughts on these. Lengthy comments welcome. Have a wonderful weekend, be safe and stay blessed!!!

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This new Wizkid song is my jam!! I just want Sarz to be my friend but noone wants to hook it up.