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

About The Nigerian Woman In The Leaked Sex Tape


Last week on Nigerian Twitter, it was all about the leaked sex tape featuring a Nigerian woman. Allegedly, she's a married woman, a mother of five children, and a Registered Nurse in the DMV area, and the man whose penis she's sucking and who she's sexing doggy style is an African-American man who works as a janitor --- and is not her husband. I don't know how popular this story is off Twitter, but I live in the DMV area, so due to geographical location, the story is hot off Twitter Continue Reading

She Asked Me If Nigeria Was On Another Planet

Questions About Nigeria

At the closeout party at the BlogHer Conference, Rev Run was on the 1s and 2s, and it was just wonderful. Did I ever think the day would come when "Tricky" would be booming through the speakers and Rev Run would be rapping along, right in front of me? No, but it happened anyway, and I enjoyed every bit of it. After he left, we still had about 45 minutes to network and chat among each other. I was sitting and chatting with a blogger with whom I had made an acquaintance the day before. And Continue Reading

So Igbos And Yorubas Hang Out In America?

Fear of lipstick is the beginning of wisdom

Igwe and I were at Morgan State University on Thursday last week for a dinner held by the Engineering Department. It was called the Graduates and Parents Reception.  Igwe's baby brother, Dayo was about to graduate, so that was the dinner celebrating the graduates (and the family that helped them get there). While Igwe and I were trying to get our meals, there was a Nigerian man behind us. We knew he was Nigerian because we had heard his voice and accent. Eventually, he asked us if we were Continue Reading

Why I Have Not Participated In The #BringBackOurGirls Social Media Campaign


It was only two days ago that I told you why I don't blog about Nigeria. I woke up yesterday morning to find my Instagram feed over flooded with pictures like the ones here and hash tagged with #BringBackOurGirls. I found it sweet, especially the posts from the international community. Several celebrities - whose names I cannot now remember - put up a picture demanding that our girls be brought back. And then, just as I expected, there came posts about marches and protests. Here in my Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Blog About Nigeria Often


I am very much aware of the things going on in Nigeria. I know that there are over 200 girls missing, and I know that Boko Haram is still going ham on us, and I know that our leaders have not gotten better, and it is exactly for these reasons and more that I don't blog about Nigeria much. Every time I think about the problems we have in Nigeria, a deep anger resonates within me. A few years ago, the plan was to move back to Nigeria. I knew I'd experience culture shock in my own country, Continue Reading

Being Nigerian: The No-Light Edition

Being Nigerian - Tea light candles

This actually happened a while ago, but I forgot to blog about it. So I jejely woke up in the morning to take a shower and go to work, only to realize that we had no light. It had been raining heavily the night before. I knew as soon as I woke up that there was no light because the cable box wasn't showing its orange time-telling digits as usual and the digital clock on Igwe's side of the bed wasn't showing time either. So I thought to myself, I'm a Nigerian girl nah ... I will not be fazed Continue Reading

Elijah Adeoye: He’s One Of Us, And He Needs Our Help


Funmie sent me this information. While I have never met Elijah, Funmie knows his personally. Funmie didn't tell me to put up this blog post, and I did not even tell her that I'll be putting up this blog post, so when she sees it, she'll do in usual Funmie fashion and call me to scream on the phone. Those of us who went to school here (or are still going to school here) know that the man called school loan is a beast and a freak of nature. Elijah wants to pursue a master's degree course in Continue Reading

If Missing Malaysian Flight 370 Were Nigerian …


By now, even people who live under a rock must have heard about the Malaysian Flight 370 that literally went missing on its way to Beijing. And the question on every logical person's mind is, which native doctor did they use to make the plane disappear, and what else can he make disappear? Can he disappear pot bellies? Can he make my ex's new flame disappear into thin air - or better yet, turn into a tuber of yam? Can he make my debt just go away? I wonder. I have watched with interest - Continue Reading

Giveaway: N3000 Worth Of Phone Credit [Nigeria ONLY]

Win N3,000 credit from MTN, glo, etisalat, and airtel

Verastic turned 8 on January 26th 2014, and this is the second giveaway in celebration of this milestone. I don't know yet if there will be a third giveaway for this celebration, but I can guarantee that there will generally be more giveaways down the line. My Nigeria-based readers have always supported me, and I have never been able to include you in my giveaways because sponsors are never willing to ship to Nigeria. And who can blame them? Even I am never willing to ship to Nigeria. The Continue Reading