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

Journal #6: June 2015


Welcome to July. I almost forgot to type a journal for June. The end of June just came too fast, but it's all good. My June consisted of some very hot days. Literally hot! I live on the third floor, and heat does not go well with third floors in the summer. For reasons beyond the heat, I am desperately and eagerly looking forward to Fall. Nice weather, burnt orange and ruby red trees, among many other things. I spent a lot of time thinking about Verastic in June. I have been blogging Continue Reading

Top 9 Reasons Why Nigerians Should Detest Homosexuality

Top 9 Reasons Why Nigerians Should Detest Homosexuality

Long before America made gay marriage legal across the country, Nigerians have always detested the entire concept of same-sex marriage and sex, and have always looked at America suspiciously for allowing it. It's not as if America is the only country where gay people exist, and even within Nigeria itself, there are gay people, but Nigerians do not wear it like a badge of honor because it is in fact a detestable thing. How can a man be attracted to a fellow man? But there are many valid reasons Continue Reading

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Is Allegedly Pregnant And Nigerians Are Dragging Her By The Brows

That chair!

In defense of Nigerians, not all of us are dragging her by the brows. I, for one, am certainly not doing so. How can I? She's a friend in my head. She might even be my BFF. If not my BFF, then a very close second. So anyway, there's a picture circulating Twitter, taken of Chimamanda from her side, clearly without her knowledge or permission, and it says she's pregnant. Obviously, since I no follow her carry the belle (and since I'm not a busy body like Funmie), I cannot confirm or deny Continue Reading