A Day in the Work Life of: Ufuoma Okumagba - Business / Communications Manager

A Day in the Work Life of: Ufuoma Okumagba - Business / Communications Manager

If you stumbled on Ufuoma's Instagram page, you may be likely to think she doesn't have a day job but rather travels the world carefree and without a hassle in the world. Afterall she's just got back from her 25th country! But you wouldn't be alone in thinking same. Someone recently left a comment on one of her photos, 'advising' that she use her money for more important things.

But Ufuoma has a day job that she loves - working and grinding like many other people. As a business/communication manager in one of the world's most recognisable global technology companies, Ufuoma has to juggle many balls and often has her hands full.

I'm particularly inspired by her journey to securing this role as an immigrant in Canada.  I know first-hand how difficult and seemingly impossible that can be. But again she's done it using one of the free tools that everyone has access to, but yet we often overlook!

She shares a day in her work life with us. Her responsibilities, best moments, the myths about her job and what other career she's genuinely curious about. No surprises on that last one - it's very much related to travelling!

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My Scariest Experience Ever

 My Scariest Experience Ever

I’m not sure why I’m inclined to write this. But it’s been at the forefront of my mind that I’m going to imagine the universe has a need for it to be told. It’s not one I’ve told a lot of people - but I recently had to tell it again to a younger friend of mine to re-iterate the fact that sometimes we all make mistakes. 

Without trying to sound modest, I think I was a pretty good kid. And that continued right up to University. I had friends of both sexes but particularly wouldn't hang out alone with guys I didn’t know, and my close friends and roommates would often know were I was and who I was with. 

So it was quite surprising that this happened. And I often laugh and say to myself that I must have been hypnotised - or just plain silly; or more likely made a mistake.  

I don’t particularly remember the finer details of how I met this young man while in my second year at Uni.  It must have been on the streets close to my hostel accommodation. But we probably chatted for a little while. He was well built and mentioned that attended one of the private universities in Nigeria. He wanted to chat further, but I had to run. He asked for my phone number and suggested we meet up later. I called out the digits and ran off.

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How It Feels to Be a Twin - Adaugo & Ugonna Sam-Oburu

How It Feels to Be a Twin - Adaugo & Ugonna Sam-Oburu

I'm pretty curious about twins. Especially identical twins. Especially identical twin girls. From Ruth & Raquel in the Brazilian drama series - Secrets of the Sand, I wondered how two people who looked exactly alike were yet so different (I obviously now realise both characters were played by the same person). From TV to real life, I think I may have met my first identical set of twins while in high school  - couldn't tell them apart. They seeemed incredibly close and rumour had it that they shared one phone & one email address.

So I wonder about seemingly mundane things like the twins' names and pranks they played. And I know I'm not alone. Just this morning while scrolling through Instagram, someone posted that it was her twins' - Chris & Chris 3rd birthday. A lady politely asked if she called them Chris 1 and Chris 2, to which she responded that they were actually Christian & Christopher. Cool huh?

But this is all from third party perspective. How do twins themselves feel? Are they really psychic? Do they often get compared? Are they best friends?

I decided to stop wondering and just find out! I'll be sharing the responses of select twins - identical & fraternal on alternate Tuesdays this October & November. Let's call it #TwinTuesday shall we?

Kicking off with Adaugo and Ugonna today! They've just turned 21, and live in Lagos, Nigeria. While Adaugo is a law graduate who enjoys reading, Ugonna chose to go the Accounting route. She enjoys dancing, but her twin thinks she's a terrible dancer! They share their experiences with us today on a lot of things you've always wondered about. 

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Weekend Notes x Links From Around The Web #13

Weekend Notes x Links From Around The Web #13

Hey people!

Welcome to October. And to the last quarter of the year. How's it been for you? I'd admit that for some reason I already feel like the year is winding down and there's that temptation to just slow things down and hopefully pick up next year. But there's no time like the present so I guess we'd just keep pushing.

It's weird that I'm writing this post just after mentioning on my Instagram stories that I may be taking a blog break because I got tired of promoting the posts. But within a few seconds lots of people messaged me saying I should take a break if I felt like it, but should always remember that they're people who read even without any blog promotion! And they look forward to posts. That was heartwarming. Secondly within the same time frame, I received a few responses to one of the blog columns and I knew that I'd just have to share - so guess not much of a blog break then. 

Last week, I finally saw the dentist and he said everything was pretty much fine, but to brush twice daily! I know that's the ideal and all, but do you all really brush your teeth two times a day? I'm curious.

 

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To Couple Twin or Not? ( + a JORD Wood Watch Giveaway)

To Couple Twin or Not?  ( + a JORD Wood Watch Giveaway)

A friend Wumi recently tweeted that she was going to be so extra for her pre-wedding, wedding and her pregnancy photo shoots. I replied her tweet saying I didn't know how to be extra even I wanted to. Then she said "... but you know you're low key extra with your husband". Another mutual friend Nims replied saying, "more like perfect key".

I was about to contest Wumi's opinion but then thought, "well she qualified it by saying low key extra", so that's probably correct. For example I'd always prefer an usie photo to a selfie or personal photo, and I love all those super cute things couples do that can be somewhat cheesy. But I don't think I'll go over the top.

Take the issue of twinning and matching outfits for example. High key extra is where couples wear the same kind of outfits often - especially where it's the same fabric or design of clothing.  Uhmm. I'm definitely not into that. But then I do often like the idea of a subtle twinning. So perhaps like wearing somewhat similar colours. Or Christmas jumpers, like we did in this post. Or again, like wearing the same watch!

So when JORD watches asked if I would love another watch, as the low key extra wife that I am, I asked if I could have a masculine one for Tee instead!

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5 Top Nigerian Food Bloggers & Business/ Life Lessons to Learn From Them

5 Top Nigerian Food Bloggers & Business/ Life Lessons to Learn From Them

Just yesterday, October 1, Nigeria celebrated her 57th Independence anniversary. Pretty sure you know what that means but just in case anyone doesn't, it's the 57th year since Nigeria gained her freedom from British colonialists, and became a recognised sovereign nation.  

I'll like to say that this post was planned to tally and commemorate such celebration - after all our food is one thing most Nigerians agree is amazing.  But it's actually just a coincidence. It's been on my draft list for ages and well my fingers finally decided to write it today.

If you've been anywhere in the Nigeria social media space recently, you may have seen a photo of a couple on board an air plane who had their own large tray of home cooked Nigerian style meat-laden-oily-tomato-definitely-spicy stew; and proceeded to serve themselves on white paper plates. Ofcourse the reactions were epic. While some people ooohed and aaahed, others wondered how on earth they could take that past security. Another group of people admitted that it could be done and was not illegal. Rather surprisingly a tiny percentage of people seemed to think it was inconsiderate of them and the aroma would inconvenience other passengers. 

One thing was certain though. Nigerians love their food. And personally I'll take that over the meals often served in the plane.

Okay, back to the crux of this post. I follow a ton of Nigerian food bloggers. Perhaps too many - and at my own detriment as their food photos always make me very hungry. 

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6 (+1) Reasons to Watch Korean Drama Series / Telenovelas

6 (+1) Reasons to Watch Korean Drama Series / Telenovelas

As opposed to movies or TV, I like to escape the tediousness of life through books. That not withstanding I have to admit that I might be obsessed with Korean drama series. When my family and friends found out, they were shocked, and dare I say, a bit scandalized. The usual line was "how can such a no no-nonsense person like you like Korean dramas?"

I, like most people I know, found Korean dramas in secondary/high school where girls were giggling over how lovely the guys were to look at.

But I really disliked the cheesy storylines. At first.

Then I was hooked.

And after my explanations below, you're likely to get hooked too (yes, even if you're a no-nonsense person as I supposedly am).

1. Drama. Drama. More drama. Infinte drama.

If like me, you have a rather boring or uneventful daily life, Korean dramas are for you. I lead a boring life by choice because I just can't deal with the complications and complexities of an otherwise active one. With Korean movies, you get a bit of excitement with no complications and/or consequences.

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We Interview: Bola Onada Sokunbi (Clever Girl Finance) - Money & Finance Expert

We Interview: Bola Onada Sokunbi (Clever Girl Finance) - Money & Finance Expert

I love talking about money. I love budgeting and knowing where every last bit of my money goes to. And ofcourse, I absolutely detest being broke. So when I stumbled on Bola of Clever Girl Finance (CGF), two things attracted me to her Instagram page. First was probably the beauty of the page. Her message was conveyed in text and in such pretty fonts. Second was ofcourse the money wisdom she was dishing out. She was certainly filling a need and I knew that some day I'd love to meet, interview or have coffee with her.  When I realised a couple of weeks ago, that CGF had only just turned two, my enthusiasm was tripled. Her success has been outstanding and I couldn't wait to ask her a few questions.

It's often such a pleasure when someone is not only smart but actually nice and warm in real life. Curious about the apps she used to create her images, I slid into her DM about a year ago, and she graciously answered all of my questions. And when the time came for this interview, despite her tight schedule, she made it work!

Bola is a certified financial consultant providing tailored money advice to women - helping them ditch debt, budget, save and build real wealth! From her one on one coaching, accountability group to money journals, worksheets and e-books, it's obvious how much effort she puts into her business and how much she knows her onions! I've got so many money tips off her page it's amazing.

She often shares how she saved $100,000 in 3.5 years, while earning $54,000! Recently someone doubted this and it was absolutely hilarious when she pulled out the receipts and evidence.

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6 Helpful Tips in Furnishing a (New) Home or Space

6 Helpful Tips in Furnishing a (New) Home or Space

We've spent the past couple of weeks trying to buy some decor items for our home. Not a lot of huge items, but those little things that often just make a difference. Like throw pillows, picture frames, mirrors, a wall clock and indoor / garden plants. 

There's still a lot to be done but I'm glad we picked up momentum again. Because after the initial house move and set of furniture we slowed down on decor, which is understandable and even advisable. Although with that, you run the risk of just leaving some spaces undone or incomplete, it actually helps you take a step back to realise what's missing and what you absolutely need.

Interestingly, I recently came across the note book where I had written furnishing ideas and timelines. A lot of the ideas remain the same thankfully, but the time line was hilarious. I had included a completion date of July 31 meaning that by then we should have finished it all. It obviously hasn't quite worked that way. I've realised with furnishing because sometimes you don't get find the right piece (and also probably don't have the spare funds at all once).

Like with most people, I've had fair bits of furnishing experiences. For most of high school and the first three years of Uni, there wasn't much to be done as students basically had just a little corner. In my 4th year of Uni however, my three friends and I pretty much got a two bedroom apartment and had to furnish from scratch. It wasn't fabulous, but it was exciting. 

Being married, this is the second house we're furnishing from scratch as the first was rented totally unfurnished.

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A (Humorous) Guide to the Perfect Instagrammable Vacation Photos

A (Humorous) Guide to the Perfect Instagrammable Vacation Photos

I considered whether it was worth writing this post at this time of the year, when technically in the UK, summer is over and peak travel season is gradually reaching its end. But then my Instagram feed seems to be telling me otherwise, as travel photos are continuously popping up and people seem to be constantly jetting away for short breaks and late summer holidays. I know for a fact that of these 9 Female Travel Enthusiasts we previously featured, at least 4 are on holiday at the moment, and of course Chiamaka - Nigeria's Social Prefect is currently planning a tour to Benin Republic! But whether or not you have any travel plans in the imminent future, this post should help a ton. 

For the people around me, travelling seems to be one of the new cool things to do, and even I have definitely been bitten by the bug - experiencing a few hilarious travel mishaps along the way. On holidays and vacations, there's often a desire to take photos, and record the lovely (perfect?) times. Also thanks to the social media world we live in, there's a high sense of "if you didn't take a photo, did it actually happen?". 

But much more than just taking boring old travel pictures as in times past, many people seek to get the perfect travel shots capturing a mix of excitement, nature & adventure. They often make your Instagram feed look gorgeous, get a ton of likes and are handy ones for a "Throw Back Thursday #TBT" or "Flash Back Friday #FBF".

However if you're anything like me, there's the dilemma of 'what sort of photos do I take exactly?'

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