Armpit Hair Is Now A Movement For Women? No, Thanks

Armpit Hair

Like Igwe always says, the problem with people who start or join movements is that dem don chop belle full (they have eaten to their fill). When you have to go to bed hungry, the last thing on your mind will be whether to grow or shave your armpit hair. What is that??? So, yeah, it's a movement - although not a new one. Women are refusing to shave their pits and they're taking pictures and posting them on social media. Why? Because this progresses the cause for women. And I wonder: how Continue Reading

Let Me Tell You About This Yoruba Girl, Tolu

African Woman - Tolu - Verastic

Firstly, she isn't my neighbor (Kemi is my neighbor). Secondly, I had a mental battle about whether to first tell you about my Oyibo (White, for the non Nigerians) neighbor, Chandler or whether to tell you about my former coworker, Tolu. I chose to tell you about Tolu because I am not done collecting data on my Chandler, and frankly because Tolu's story is much more entertaining. Clearly, I'm only blogging about her today because I have long since stopped working at that job. I don't even Continue Reading

2015 Summer Is Vera’s Summer To Discover It!

Russia - Verastic

When it comes to travel, photography, and being anal, my mommy is my muse. My mom is a world traveler. She has always loved traveling (and taking pictures everywhere). When she tells me of places she's been to and things she seen and done, I'm always so jealous because I have been a late bloomer. I am still catching up on discovering places, and there is so much to discover! In the United States alone, there are 50 States, and I have been living in one for 15 years. It's not that I am in the Continue Reading

Journal #5: May 2015


Welcome to June. We are in the 6th month already! I'm not going to complain about how fast the month has gone because I have come to accept and expect it. Every month always flies by. It's like life is in a hurry to make me a senior citizen. Still, I rise! April was heavily soiled with the aftermath of the accident I had on March 31st, but May - especially toward the end - was a lot more organized. It was a bit busy - business wise - here on the blog, which I love, but I feel bad Continue Reading

How To Eat Your Cake And Have It Back With Sparking ICE Water


Everyone has some food or drink that they just love. Some people like eating a particular food, and some people like a particular snack, or a particular fruit, or maybe even a particular cocktail. For me, I just always want to drink something sweet, but I don't want to drink all the sugar. And I love the fizz that comes with sodas. So how do I get everything I want and none of anything I don't want? Sparkling ICE waters!I discovered Sparking ICE at Walmart one day. I was busy minding my Continue Reading

I Met A FIERCE Igbo Lady!


I was at Giant the other day, standing in line to pay for my one loaf of African bread - the crown top one. Igwe loves it, so I buy it on Tuesdays because that's the day they deliver it there, but this time it was a Wednesday because I forgot to go there on Tuesday. I noticed the lady in front of me. She looked to be about 40, was about a size 6 or 8, and was dark in complexion. She had on an afro wig, a fitting red dress, a black and red motor jacket, and a lovely pair of red sandals with Continue Reading

Whose Virgin Mother Is This?


Something is wrong with this picture. Well, technically, there's nothing wrong with the picture. It's the description of the person in the picture. Sometimes, you stay home so much that you don't get the memo about how it's now possible to born pikins and still be a virgin.   When I first read it, I tried to justify it by saying that perhaps, the three children are her adopted children, so she never gave birth and possibly never had sex. But the last part says she's hoping to Continue Reading

I’m Inspired By My Future


When I was a child, I had very big dreams. I grew up as an only child, so I never knew what it was like to have siblings. I didn't have competition, and apart from my parents, I didn't really have anyone else to look up to or be inspired by. I wanted so many things. I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to own a clothing store. I wanted to be medical doctor. I wanted to be a fashion designer. I wanted to own several cars, especially a red convertible car. When I used to dream as a child and even as Continue Reading

Dope Movie Reminds Me Of My Own Coming Of Age

Dope Movie

Have you heard of the DOPE movie? You must have. It's been getting my attention for a long time. And when I heard that Pharrell Williams and Forrest Whitaker were part of it, too, I became even more interested. I regret that I haven't seen the movie yet [does not come out till June 12th, unless you have connection to the powers that be, and unfortunately, Oprah hasn't called me yet]. It's written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa - yes, a Nigerian American. But before we give him a Nigerian passport Continue Reading

Thanks To Burpee Home Gardens, You May Now Call Me The Gardener


When I was in school in Nigeria, Agriculture was one of my worst subjects! I hated anything that had to do with planting. Although, ironically, I used to plant beans in my play pots for fun. And when it sprouted, I'd admire it for a while, and then I'd pull it off and start all over again. When it came to gardening, that was as far as I was willing to go. But here in America, I see all the ads about gardening and I am a little curious, but never curious enough to actually try it. I can say that Continue Reading