Why Didn’t They Teach Me About Biafra In School?


I was going to title this post, "Why didn't they teach US about Biafra in school?" but I realized that I cannot speak for everyone. Maybe you were taught, but I wasn't. This past Saturday - January 24th - it was my grandma's birthday, so Igwe and I bought her a yummy cake and took her out to dinner. While waiting for our food, we somehow started talking about politics. We talked about upcoming election in Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari, what Nigeria used to be, and then, Biafra. Grandma Continue Reading

Verastic Is 9 Years Old – Ask Me ANYTHING

pink balloons

My blog is 9 years old today, y'll! I still don't know what emotion to be feeling right now. One day you're a rookie blogger who has a blog because you want to share the random thoughts in your head and the next thing, your baby blog is 9 years old. My baby is all grown up! Where did all the time go and what have I been blogging about? Amazing. Both I and Verastic have grown so much, and you all have been here to witness it. My life for the past 9 years has literally been chronicled Continue Reading

When Did It Become Uncool To Use Sony Laptops?

Sony VAIO laptops discontinued

Or has it always been uncool and I just didn't know? Blame it on my parents who swear up and down that the best electronic company is Sony. With the exception of our JVC record player, every other entertainment equipment in our house in Jos is a Sony: television, DVD player, etc. My first laptop ever was a Compaq (are they still in business? Didn't they get bought by another company?). After that, my mommy bought me a white Sony laptop, which I loved. Now I'm using my second Sony laptop, Continue Reading

Who Needs A Baby When You Have A Husband?


My Igwe has been "sick," and he's not been afraid to tell me. He's been huffing and puffing and trying to tear his nose off his face. In fact, if he sneezes one more time, his nose might just fall off. Let me tell you all about it. On Sunday morning, we didn't go to church because Igwe was feeling worse than he was the previous day, so we rushed off to Patient First. Patient First is like the emergency room ... it takes forever. So after sitting there for hours, Igwe finally had a diagnosis: Continue Reading

About My Birthday (And What I Wore)


First, thank you so much for all the birthday love! I am so very grateful. You guys are the best, walahi. Now, let me tell you how my birthday went. This year, I decided to take pictures for my birthday because I had never done so before. So we took the pictures on Sunday (January 11th 2015), but we didn't calculate our moves very well. We went out there (Downtown Baltimore) all confidently like we we had our weather destiny in our hands. Wrong. It was so freaking cold! And to make it worse, it Continue Reading

I Don’t Understand American Pedestrians


When I was little in Nigeria and my parents gave me the lesson about how to cross the road, it seemed like the lesson wouldn't end. Look left, look right, then look left again, then look right and left --- and then again. When I crossed with my parents - my mom especially - she would clutch my wrist as if I was at flight risk and she didn't want me to escape. And even with all the security measures, I wasn't even allowed to cross the road alone, so really, the lessons were pointless. In Continue Reading

Happy Birthday To Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Birthday Girl

Yope. Yope. Yope. Hefery bodi hafta parry ... whoa whoa whoa. It's my birthday today, and I am too happy. As you can see, I even took the time to take pictures! This is something I've never done before. But there's always a first time, and today seems to be a perfect day. If I was still having my party, I would have used pink, black, and white balloons. But since the party won't be happening, I decided that I still deserve to have my balloons. I always put birthday posts for others where Continue Reading

Home Away From Home With Egg Stew

potatoes and egg stew

One thing about being away from home is that any little thing that reminds you of home is an instant cause for celebration, and any time you get together with your fellow "country men," food is a big part of that coming together. In fact, there cannot be a coming together without food. Nigerian food. It's funny because living away from home, I go to American, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and all other kinds of restaurants to eat, and I enjoy their food. When I visit an American (or non Continue Reading

Vera, When Are You Having A Baby?

Baby Bump + Pregnancy

I have been wanting to blog about this for a while, but I couldn't blog about it because I hadn't blogged about our marriage yet. Now that I have [see here], let me tell you the immense and incredible pressure that I and my womb have been under. Before I got married, the pressure was to be married. One mention of a friend or acquaintance getting married, and the next question is, Vera, when are you getting married? When are we going to come and eat your own rice? As if I even promised to serve Continue Reading

Note To The Brands That Want Me To Work For Free

brands + blogging

First of all, I want to express sincere gratitude to the brands that have found me worthy and given me a chance to write about their brands. Thank you. You have done more than buy me new shoes; you have also validated me and given me a ladder to stand upon and to ascend in this career of blogging. For the rest of you brands, however, since this is 2015, I am taking the time to tell you in the beginning of the year that I am not interested in working with you for free or for exchange of your Continue Reading