Journal #7: July 2015


Welcome to August.   I was anxiously waiting for July to be over, so I'd be able to gist you about it. July was quite exciting for me. Apart from the heat, which has been a thorn in my flesh, I'd say that July has been a pretty darn good month. Speaking of July - AKA the hottest month of the summer - my air conditioner wasn't working properly and I didn't know it. We were both hot and sweating, but we both thought it wasn't maintaining the cool temperature because it was so hot Continue Reading

Dear American People, About Cecil The Lion

Cecil The Lion

The biggest news around the world last week was that a beloved Zimbabwean lion, Cecil was killed for sport by an American dentist from Minnesota, Dr. Walter Palmer. Palmer left America and flew down to Zimbabwe where he allegedly paid $50,000 to some hunting locals to help him acquire the right permit(s) to hunt. They lured Cecil out of the national park with a carcass, shot him with a bow and arrow, then tracked him and killed him. And beheaded him, too. The world - and by that, I mean America Continue Reading



You know I love recommending TV shows every now and then, right? So, while I was at the BlogHer15 conference, I had the pleasure of being invited to watch the first episode of GRANDFATHERED on FOX. The show premieres this September. To prepare myself, I watched the preview first, and I loved it before I watched because John Stamos! You know John - yes, I call him John  like we know each other - is in the league of Men-Who-Get-Finer-With-Age, so this was the perfect role for him. John Stamos Continue Reading

Summer Is For Alize Cocktails!


I don't know about you, but I am just about done with this summer. It. Is. So. Hot. And I have told you many times how I don't care to be in a 90 degree weather, much less 100 degrees. But you know what I'm always here for? A cocktail, just the way I like it. I am usually very afraid of mixing drinks because I'm not a bartender, so I never know what to mix or how much to mix, but with the Alizé Passion, because you can practically drink it from the bottle, you can't go wrong. For the purpose Continue Reading

Let Me Tell You About The Nigerian Girl I Met On The Empty Chair

Image source: NY Magazine

Four days ago, NY Magazine published a post with a powerful picture: a picture of 35 women, all Bill Cosby's accusers and an empty chair. Depending on who is looking at it, the empty chair could mean so many things. It could stand for the woman who is afraid to speak --- or the woman who cannot even speak --- or the woman who is yet to come out with her story. Or something else. First of all, I'm one of the people who was doubtful about the women who accused Bill Cosby of rape. I did not Continue Reading

BlogHer15 Recap: My Best Blog Conference Yet


Considering that this is only my second conference, I know it's hard to explain, but let me try to explain. First, let me tell you about last year's conference. Let me tell you the difference between Vera circa 2014 and Vera circa 2015: Circa 2014: When I went to the BlogHer14 conference last year, it was my first time and I did not know what to expect. At all. I did not have any friends or acquaintances, and I did not know if I would even make any friends. I went there with a ton of business Continue Reading

Nigerians Have Been Arrested For Fraud — AGAIN

Identity Theft

This just in from Tuesday, July 21st. I wasn't going to even blog about it because it's not like we don't have enough bad things being said and written about us, but the more I thought about it, the angrier I became. These people are making it bad for the rest of us! This time, the names listed are three young Nigerians, all right here in my 'hood (Maryland). And no, I don't know any of them. Their names are Omolaja Terry Iginla, age 25, of Laurel, Maryland; Mayowa Olabiyi Towobola, age 24, of Continue Reading

The Root Published A List Of Where Black People Can Move To, And Africa Isn’t On It


I was browsing the web the other day when I came across an article on The Root titled, 5 Places Black People Can Move to When They've Had Enough of America. I clicked on the link immediately because I had been thinking about putting up a satirical post about where Black people could move to, so I honestly thought that this post might be like mine. But it was different. Here are the 5 countries that were listed, in the order they were listed: Thailand, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Continue Reading

iCook: Epic Chin Chin Fail

Nigerian Chin Chin

It's been a while I did one of these food posts. I was craving chin chin the other day and I decided to make some (my very first time ever). Let me rewind: Igwe and I attended a Nigerian-Cameroonian wedding on Thursday, July 2nd in Columbia, Maryland. I did not eat any food there, but I did eat the chin chin like it was going out of style. It was sweet and soft but crunchy, just the way I like it. It was not the kind of crunchy that would give you a surprise root canal. So I ate and ate with Continue Reading

Vera Goes To New York, New York (For The BlogHer Conference)

What to pack for a blog conference

It's that time again!!! As you read this, I might already be in New York for the BlogHer (BlogHer15) Blog Conference. Last year was my first time, and I'm going again this year. This year, though, is already different from last year. For starters, I'm not as clueless as I was last year. Secondly, this feels like I'm going on a vacation where I get to work at the same time. Honestly, I regret that I don't have a close blogger friend to tag along for these things. Solachi, Uju, and Funmie have Continue Reading