What Feminism Means To Me — Because I’m Just A Girl


When I was a child growing up in Nigeria, I knew nothing about feminism. I knew that men were more powerful than women because it was what I had observed, but I had never heard of feminism. Ironically, I attended an all girls’ high school. Then I came to America as a teenager, and one of the first classes I took in college was Women’s Studies. That was when I learned about feminism. And at first, it sounded like a great idea. I might have even considered myself a mini feminist. But the Continue Reading

Dear Sweet Potatoes, I Need Connections!


My mom always says that it's only an open mouth that gets fed, so today I'm opening my mouth because I want to get fed. I'm talking about getting fed with connections. I've been blogging for nine years now, and its been great. Oh, my God, nine!  I am so grateful that among many other things, Verastic is now also financially rewarding. From sponsored posts to sidebar ads to reviews to videos, I have been doing them all. However, now I want more. I take my time a lot when I want to do Continue Reading

Finally … My Video Response To All Your Questions


My Sweet Potatoes! Firstly, thank you so much for all the questions you asked on my anniversary post. And secondly, I'm sorry it took so long, but I can explain. We actually recorded the video three times. The first time we recorded it was about a week after the post went up. We recorded 20 minutes (and I was speaking so fast because I didn't want the video to be too long), and then, his royal highness, Igwe mistakenly deleted the video. We recorded the video a second time, but I didn't Continue Reading

Journal #1: January 2015


Welcome to February. Last year, I did as I always do at the end of the year: I sat down and thought about my life and Verastic. I wrote down a long to-do list for Verastic that I hope to accomplish before 2015 is over. Some of the things are quite easy, like changing my profile picture on my about page (done), while some other things are more intricate and complicated, and will take a lot more time, creativity, and patience. But I'm happy that I'm working on them. One thing I'm also doing Continue Reading

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

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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?

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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

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