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MY FIRST HIKING EXPERIENCE

I know its been a long time coming.

So here it is, whew!

I went hiking for the first time in my life, and this was huge for me.

Firstly, I’m so sacred of heights! My first airborne transport journey wasn’t any easy, (I’ll share that later) so it happens with heights. I literally prayed to God for this one, for help, in my widest dream never thought I’ll ever go hiking but I did thanjs to my college friends!

I sat in the driver’s neighbor’s seat after successful meeting up with Portia, who had little patience for my mis-track of time. I didn’t want to go, was told its a big rock, I left the kids at home sleeping, they said we’ll finish before the sun comes up, it would be fun, they said; all these and many thoughts filled my head as I put my hands in between my legs out of anxiety. What if I fall, ah! Who will I say that sent me…

I left out a silent gaseous release from my bowels, I perceived it and it didn’t disappoint me, so I knew it won’t embarrass me. You have paid the 1k, I said to myself don’t let it waste o, after all they said you can stay at the entrance of the mountain so don’t worry. I smiled to that affirmation, not knowing what lay ahead.

“Are you for the hiking?”, a man asked when we approached our destination. I noticed my water poured on Portia’s car mat, kai, maybe this is a sign, take your things and go back home, but I couldnt retire in defeat. I had come and I was going to see the end of it all.

We got to the feet of the mountain and as I looked up I knew I was definitely making a wrong bold move. I swallowed my fear and followed. A mountain climber had come down to help us up, and I was thankful because Portia had gone ahead of me I couldn’t even see her break light, how could she be so fast and betraying! To have left me all by myself. I beckoned to tge other ladies who had come minutes after us and I got a very polite “agba”, they didn’t want to yab me at the same time they did, I’m sure they’d be like – see this girl o, me that I have not finished holding myself I would now add your fat body to mine!

I got to a point where the mountain climber left me with some hot dudes! 
Yup 😍

Not just one or two but three heavy macho black niggas worthy of being a companion. In my heart there was this leap of joy…. I weighed them with my eyes just incase I fall, let me be sure they can deliver; 6 packs fit check, strong check, energetic check, willing to help check; okay that settles it! I told myself I wouldn’t move an inch from their sight, no way!

They really helped me a lot, especially this one dude – he was so helpful ehn that I wanted to give him a big warm hug after jumping and telling him to carry me all the way 😂😂😂. Nonsense girl!!!

My eyes started rilling and my tummy started acting funny, this was the time I knew I might embarrass myself. I held onto a stick as I was told it helped and tries to puke but it was fruitless, thank heavens.

The guys broke out into a conversation, apparently they were connected somehow, and they talked well enough for me to forget my fears then I joined in about my university but that was it, I couldn’t go further as I was reminded of my fears.

We reached a certain height where I thought was our final destination because I saw two fat ladies taking a selfie. I was excited, so I asked and my fears were once again reconfirmed – the mountain top was still up ahead. 

This isn’t happening!

I felt helpless…. I just allowed myself to be helped, I wasn’t gonna do any feminist thing here, I’m strong yes, bold yes, fierce erm yes, not too fierce though but on this mountain these dudes gotta help me out. As we approached the top, I saw my people – the ladies i was supposed to start this journey with, I saw Portia teaching yoga, aah Portia you left me abi? She’s like what is she supposed to do. I’m like how did you even move so fast…….

Okay let’s get back down…

I looked back in shock – you say? Like I just reached here, I’ve not even taking a selfie not to talk of a picture. At this point I had left tue dudes that saved my arse and ran over to gist with the girls, kai, I need to go back to them o because I’ve been told that coming down is more intense that going up….

And so we started down, and you know I was the “second to the last” lady that made it down, if that’s any consolation!

I almost fell! I looked up from the top, my fears won’t let me appreciate the sight but it was beautiful….

My outfit was a total mess but I was glad there was some zobo and puff puff waiting for me. You may say after all the climbing, I’m still eating Puff puff, well, what can I say, I cannot come and kee myself

It was a fun experience I would never forget because it taught me a lot about approaching the fears and conquering them.

So would I like to go hiking again? You already know!

My next fun adventure task would be to ride on a power bike…. My help during the climb has one, I might just volunteer for a tour!

Yipeee….. 

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My Top 5 Natural Hair Products / Meus Top 5 Produtos para Cabelos Naturais

A Reblog || Faira Mesquita

I know, I know

We are still in June, halfway through the year and I’m already going on about my top 5 products. You guys should know by now that I’m always trying out new products, especially if I cannot seem to find products that suit my needs. Lately I noticed that I calmed down a bit with that once a month new product craze.

So I will introduce you to the products that have managed to calm me down a bit.

Eu sei eu sei

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DON AND DEYON STEPHENS

I am a lover of reaching out and giving out. When I first heard about Africa Mercy – I was overly delighted. I couldn’t bring my human understanding to phantom how a group of individuals would leave their comfort zone and travel far and wide to give out help selflessly!

I got to read about their founders and was even more inspired. Having a child with autism didn’t limit The Stephens instead they are using their pain to cause a change for others…. I honestly wish they can come to Nigeria, it would be such a delight to work with them!

So…….

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FITNESS DRIVE

Hey.

Honestly, this is not my style, writing fitness and talking fitfam but i always have an “ebb and flow” fitness motivation here and there.

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Six years ago, I was involved in a violent experience which caused me to struggle with severe pains around my hip/waist region. The hurting affects my emotional state because it leaves me resisting growth. I know the Lord would use that pain for my good, because I am so tired of hurting and thinking of how the pain would go away and not cause any harm! Had tummy crisis years back too, so it also affects my ability to do intense tummy exercises, i really wanna try new fitness goals out but then i think of my tummy and i’m weak, whew!

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STRIVE AND DANGOTE

May 05, 2018 

Strive is one of my mentors I admire so much. He and Aliko Dangote spoke about Entrepreneurship in Africa, and more….

In his words, “In Earlier today, I was with Aliko Dangote in Singapore and I am really excited to share with all of you this video of our Fireside Chat together! Please tune in and watch if you want to hear our discussion about almost all my favorite subjects:  entrepreneurship, tackling corruption, growing large businesses, the need for vocational skills, and more!

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VEGGIE CASHEW CURRY LETTUCE WRAPS

13. 04. 2018 || Food Friday

Hey guys

One of my favorite bloggers posted about a dish she made, and I’m like why not re-blog it. So here is a yummy tasty dish of Veggie 

This delightful dish is soooo GOOD.

Enjoy.

Crispy romaine leaves stuffed with spicy and flavorful, wholesome ingredients, all in a fun, interactive meal that will get your kids begging for more veggies!

Crispy romaine leaves stuffed with spicy and flavorful, wholesome ingredients, all in a fun, interactive meal that will get your kids begging for more veggies!

It’s Gluten Free, Vegan and Specific Carb Diet friendly. And it can be easily adapted – you can add some chicken or white fish on top for the carnivores at the table to add to their wraps. Or to make it fully SCD, sub riced cauliflower for the grain!

Speaking of grain, this particular recipe calls for millet, which is an ancient Gluten-free grain from Africa, that is actually in the seed family. It has a deliciously sweet and nutty flavor and is incredibly high in protein. But the best part is that it literally cooks up in 20 minutes!

But you could also sub quinoa or rice for the millet, if you’ve got those in the pantry.

Here’s What you Need: (Serves 4-5)

1 cup millet cooked in 2 cups vegetable stock (Or rice/quinoa) (SCD: Sub riced cauliflower)
1/2 head of cauliflower, broken into florets and steamed
1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed, and chopped
2 large carrots, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp fish ginger, grated on amicroplane
1 heaping Tbsp curry powder
1 cup vegetable stock
Juice of 1 lime
14 drops pure liquid stevia – or 2 tsp honey/agave
1/2 can of coconut milk (light or regular)
Romaine lettuce leaves – about 3 per person
Cilantro, chopped
Green onions, chopped
Chopped cashews or almonds

Tools:
Sauce Pan
Steamer Basket
Non-stick frying pan
Microplane Zester
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)

Directions:
Cook the millet per package directions, until it absorbs all the liquid, about 20-25 minutes. When it has absorbed all the stock, fluff it with a fork, and add salt to taste.

Meanwhile, prep the veggies and steam the cauliflower for about 5 minutes, until the florets are somewhat tender, but not fully cooked. Remove steamer basket, and shock them by rinsing under cold water. Set aside.

Then, in a big pan, sautè the onion and carrots in 1 Tbsp EVOO, salt, pepper, and curry powder. Allow them to cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, until the onions have softened. Next, add the asparagus, and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Then, stir in the peppers. Let them cook for about 2-3 minutes. Then, stir in the garlic, ginger, and steamed cauliflower. Let those cook for about 4 minutes. Pour in the vegetable stock, lime juice, and stevia drops. Let that warm through. Finally, stir in the coconut milk and let it warm through.

Serve by filling a lettuce cup with millet (or grain of choice), your veggies and sauce, and garnish with cilantro, green ions, and chopped nuts. I also served a little extra sauce on the side for dipping. YUM!!

This meal was fabulous! Crunchy, fresh, spicy, cooling, slightly sweet – just perfect!

These Curry Lettuce Wraps had a lotgoing for them. Not only were they beautiful to the eye, but they were also really flavorful! There was a warm, sweet-heat from the ginger and curry, which was compliments do beautifully by the cold and crunchy lettuce cups!

And the millet was nutty and wonderfully chewy. It soaked up the sauce brilliantly. I’m telling ya – I made this for my family, and they joked that they could drink the sauce, it was so good! Creamy and luxurious – just how a curry should be!

The touch of fresh cilantro and crunch of the cashews finished the dish stupendously!

And any leftovers would be superb in a omelet in the morning for breakfast, or as topper for a salad or grain bowl for lunch, too!

OK – time to do a face mask and get ready for bed!

See ya tomorrow!

What are you watching on Netflix right now?

For more recipes, you can get my e-cookbook here, or visit my food blog,GlutenFreeHappyTummy!

NO SUGAR CHALLENGE

Hi guys!

I’m excited and not about this.

So i opted in for a no sugar challenge on instagram with a lady who owns a detox business called Dazzle Fresh Nigeria.

It’s been amazing o! How everything just fits to my goals. She has this detox drink that’s a sugar detox but the challenge is that she’s in Lagos and I am not that committed to have it delivered to my location.

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VEGGIES

13. 04. 2018. || Food Friday

Vegetables are certain parts of plants that are consumed by humans as food as part of a savory meal – Wikipedia
Most vegetables are grown all over the world as climate permits, and crops may be cultivated in protected environments in less suitable locations. China is the largest producer of vegetables and global trade in agricultural products allows consumers to purchase vegetables grown in faraway countries. The scale of production varies from subsistence farmers supplying the needs of their family for food, to agribusinesses with vast acreages of single-product crops. Depending on the type of vegetable concerned, harvesting the crop is followed by grading, storing, processing, and marketing.

Vegetables can be eaten either raw or cooked and play an important role in human nutrition, being mostly low in fat and carbohydrates, but high in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Many nutritionists encourage people to consume plenty of fruit and vegetables, five or more portions a day often being recommended.

Turnip
Broccoli
Cauliflower

Vegetables can be categorized into Leafy and salad vegetables (Water spinach, Cabbage, Spinach, Pumpkin leaves, etc), Fruits (Pumpkin, Tomato, Avocado, Cucumber, Pineapple, etc), Flowers & Flower Buds (Cauliflower, Broccoli, etc), Podded Vegetables (Okra, Soybean, Pea, etc), Stem and Bulb Vegetables (Garlic, Celery, Onion, etc), Root & Tuberous Vegetables (Beetroot, Carrot, Cassava, Ginger, Potato, Carrot, Turmeric, Tunip, Tigernut, Yam), Sea Vegetables (Sea Grape, Sea Lettuce, etc).

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HEALTH FOR ALL

I am a rare advocate of fairness.

I really do not like seeing people being discriminated, owing to the fact that their present condition makes them vulnerability.

And I do not like being in such instances.

But I was, and I have been.

Today is World Health Day and this concentration this year is on Health For All, not just for senators or Governors, or rich and influential people in the society  but for the ones that have been tagged “less privileged” etc.

The other day, i really needed to use the Hospital so i started out on this epic journey with my colleague Oby, we got to the Hospital amidst the unavailability of our cards called our HMO and finally got through.

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50 YEARS REMEMBRANCE

AN ICON

Bells were tolled in cities across the US and rang out 39 times – one for each of Dr. Luther’s years on Thursday, to mark the moment 50 years ago that civil rights leader Martin Luther King was gunned down by a white supremacist in Memphis, Tennessee. People gathered across the country and worldwide to honor the civil right icon.

 

On Tuesday night at Memphis’ Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, where he gave a speech the night before he was killed, Dr King’s daughter the Reverend Bernice King spoke about the difficulty of publicly grieving her father. On Wednesday evening’s Memphis event, one his sons, Martin Luther King III, said dramatic progress had been made in race relations, but America was nowhere near where it needed to be.

 

She told the audience: “One day we’ll all be able to join with Martin King and say ‘Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty we are all free at last'”.

Performers, activists, and faith leaders took to the stage and individuals gathered it was a form of re-commitment to nonviolent social change. One pastor told the crowd that this commemoration is not about yesterday or about sentimental dreams of the future, that today was about the present struggles. Carrying on King’s work, continuing his legacy has been the theme of the day with the central question, where do we go from here?

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