How It Feels to Be a Twin - Edem & Efi Andah

How It Feels to Be a Twin - Edem & Efi Andah

One fascinating thing about Edem & Efi is that they're named after both of their parents - that is very cool!  

As noted in the past features, being a twin makes you selfless and imbibe a spirit of sharing. However I'm not quite sure these ladies loved the fact that they had to share a cell phone while their younger sister got one to herself!

Edem & Efi both doctors in the UK happily share all of their experiences with us. From ditching the concept of wearing the same clothes, being compared, telepathy & the truth about twins as best friends.

In addition, they've shared two of their terribly cute baby photos! And while it does seem that they looked much more alike when they were younger, you will see it's still not that easy to tell them apart. Or is it?

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Pregnancy Diaries: 1st - 3rd Trimester!

Pregnancy Diaries: 1st - 3rd Trimester!

Tee suspected first that I was pregnant. That's because my body pretty much works like a clock, and well he knows the settings. So when it seemed slightly off, he raised it. 

But I knew that I was 99% pregnant the day I craved sushi! I mean, sushi. I'd probably only eaten it twice in my life and I wasn't a huge fan. But not only did I crave it, I stopped at the restaurant on the way home from work, ordered sushi, sat alone and ate it.

Throughout all of the pregnancy this was probably the only craving I had, and just that one time. 

Anyway, we finally decided to do a test after my sushi craving. I took the test right there in Tee's presence (made me think about over-familiarity in relationships, but for me it wasn't a big deal) so I didn't have to tell him in any fancy way.

Well well, the plus (+) sign came on and it read 5+ weeks pregnant. That was the most specific the test could tell, and we'd require a blood test for any further details.

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Life Quotes & Lessons from Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime"

Life Quotes & Lessons from Trevor Noah's "Born a Crime"

I bought Trevor Noah's Born a Crime to read during labour and while in the hospital to have my baby. Everyone said it was an easy and funny read, and I figured it'll be a good one to delve into in the midst of contractions. I ended up reading it way too quickly before any contractions. But then, I started typing up this post when the first set of contractions hit... 

I haven't read that many books in recent times, but this one is right up there for me. It's funny, yet deep. I hardly underline or highlight books when reading; but if I did, I'll have come close to underlining a whole lot of it.  

I didn't know that much of Trevor Noah (and still don't!). So it's not because I'm a personal fan that I found this book fascinating.  Apparently he's a comedian - so yes, it is funny. But it's so much more - filled with quotable quotes and life gems. Pegged as a love letter to his mum, it addresses a whole bunch of matters: racism; equality; domestic violence; poverty & crime; marriage and relationships; friendships.

The writing brings each character to life and you can almost clearly visualise each one. I'm not about to review the book though because I'm not sure exactly how to. What I will do, is point out some lines that I couldn't help nodding constantly to. And thinking "true words there Trevor; true words..."

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38 Weeks, a Pregnancy Tag + Bump Photo Shoot!

38 Weeks, a Pregnancy Tag + Bump Photo Shoot!

Pregnancy is an interesting yet totally in-explainable journey - even after one has gone through it. At the time of writing this, I'm officially 38 weeks, and full term. According to all of the pregnancy apps I follow, all of the baby's organs are fully mature and set for life outside the womb! Not much is set to happen in the next couple of weeks.

It's been such an amazing journey, one that I'll hopefully try to share in detail / from the day we found out to when baby arrives. At the moment, it's a waiting game and I might have to go to the hospital any time now - to come home with a third person that we would be responsible for forever. Huge shoes if you ask me. Exciting yet filed with so many questions ahead.

I've seen these pregnancy tag questions around, and they seem like a fun way to discuss the preliminaries in a light hearted Q & A way. So I decided to go for it...

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For the Laid-Back Traveller / Non-Adrenaline Junkie: 6(+1) Activities You Can Truly Enjoy in Dubai 

For the Laid-Back Traveller / Non-Adrenaline Junkie: 6(+1) Activities You Can Truly Enjoy in Dubai 

My mum has to be the least travel enthusiastic person I know. Especially when it comes to air travel. I don't particularly think it's a phobia, it's just a case of zero interest. She’d over-rationalise in her head whether she really has to go. She's definitely one of those people who would not understand how these 9 female travel enthusiasts just pack up their bags and (solo) travel! And when she does eventually have to make a trip, the number of people at the airport constantly surprises her, and you'd be sure to hear the question "where are they all going?

You're probably thinking she's really old. No - she's just in her 50s. Like isn't that prime time to travel the world? And please do not mention the words stop-over to her. As long as there's a straight flight, that’s her preferred option. Recently when she was coming over to visit, I suggested a stop over at Dubai. Understandably that's double the flight time, but it would have given her an opportunity to explore Dubai. But you guessed right, she wouldn't hear of it.

LOS (Lagos) ---> LHR (London Heathrow) it had to be.

So yes, my mum has surprisingly not been to Dubai. I say surprisingly not because it's a must see destination, but because for Nigerians in Nigeria, it's usually one of the first places they choose to explore. Or have a destination wedding. Or a honeymoon.

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How It Feels to Be A Twin - Kehinde & Taiwo Omotosho

How It Feels to Be A Twin - Kehinde & Taiwo Omotosho

When I reached out to Kehinde, and explained that I was fascinated with twins and would love to feature them on here, she jokingly responded "No worries, we are fascinated with you mortals too". Oh dear. I guess we mere mortals just have no idea how twins are slightly above mortals eh?

The names Kehinde & Taiwo are common names for twins from the Western part of Nigeria. There's an interesting explanation regarding who is older, and who comes out of the womb first. I often think I know this clearly in my mind, and then when I try to explain it to someone else I get confused.

These lovely ladies are in their late twenties, and they have two 'mere mortal' younger brothers. Kenny has a degree in English but is currently studying nursing in Indianapolis, having previously worked in the media industry for two years as a TV producer and newscaster. She is an irrevocable sanguine and loves to write funny poems, read, dance & cook!

Taiwo is also a nursing student who enjoys dancing and acting. She says she can wake up from any kind of deep slumber just to have her mum's akara (Nigerian meal made of fried ground bean paste).

They share their experiences with us! But first - according to them, an unspoken rule about twins is that "you never ever intervene in our fights, arguments or quarrels. In a twinkle of an eye, we will settle, and pounce on you".

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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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