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The Travelers’ Tales Featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee

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The Travelers' Tales Featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee

The travelers’ tales featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee is the first interview of the Travelers’ Tales series. Seeing the need to give travelers a platform to share their experience while traveling, the good and the bad. I started an interview series called The Travelers’ Tales: which will feature various adventurers sharing their travel experience here.

I met Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee on LinkedIn at a point I needed help with my blog and was feeling unmotivated. He was kind enough to check my blog and gave me some advice. He has been really supportive since then and was kind enough to answer all my questions when I told him about the series.

Here are the questions, I hope you learn one or two things from here like I did.

The Traveler's Tales Featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee

  1. Kindly tell us about your brand?

More Cream Than Coffee® is pretty new, it is just a couple of months old. My travel and travel writing experience predates my company. I worked with Afro Tourism WA Ltd for four years and two months, and I have been privileged to travel several places on the African continent. I guess the only region I have not been to is North Africa.

  1. Why did you start?

I wanted to do something more with travel media.

  1. What motivates you?

The urge to excel in what I do.

  1. The biggest lesson you’ve learned?

People are more friendly to strangers than what is usually reported.

  1. Your worst travel nightmare?

Traveling without a socket adaptor.

  1. Your best trip?

Hard to say. I loved my first trip. It was to Senegal and I arrived Dakar around 2am! Good thing, I made a friend on the plane who was Senegalese. So he helped me get to my hotel easily. Uganda was fun and I got a pleasant surprise on my birthday from the Uganda Tourism Board. My first trip to Zimbabwe was so much fun and I made lots of friends in the industry. Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Benin, The Gambia, Ghana, etc were all fun.

RELATED ARTICLE: MY FIRST TRIP BY AIR.

  1. Your worst trip?

I cannot think of any.

  1. What you could have done to make it better?

Well, the truth is every trip can be made better, because you always learn something. For instance, my first trip to Zimbabwe in 2016 was in June, and that is winter in Southern Africa. I was not adequately prepared with temperature dropping to as low as 8 degrees in the evenings, but that did not make my trip bad. I survived with my jeans jacket. Now, if I have to travel there again in winter, I will be better prepared.

  1. What advice would you give to intending travelers?

Go out there and explore! Of course do your basic due diligence. Have your proper travel documents and all.

  1. How rewarding is traveling?

Traveling is an education.

I hope you enjoyed reading the travelers’ tales featuring Mr Niyi David of More Cream Than Coffee as much as I do. Thank you Mr Niyi for taking out time to answer my questions. You can get social with him on Instagram Morecreamthancoffee.

Did you enjoy this series? Please let me know below. Considering this is my first time interview, what do you think about the questions? And if you have any questions you want me to ask the next adventurer that will be featured here, please drop your questions below. Thank you!

 

10 Top Events In Nigeria.

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10 TOP EVENTS IN NIGERIA

Ain’t no party like a Lagos party cause a Lagos party we don’t bother anybody. Scratch that and put ain’t any events like an event in Nigeria.

All year long, there are usually lots of events in Nigeria to promote art, culture, and generally the Nigerians lifestyles.

Here are 10 top events you must attend in Nigeria:

  1. Art X Lagos

Art X Lagos is a West Africa’s premier yearly international art fair, designed to showcase the best and most innovative contemporary art from the African continent  and it’s Diaspora.

Since it’s debut in 2016, ART X Lagos has welcomed over  15,000 visitors to see the works of 120 leading and emerging African Artists, drawn from more than 15 countries around Africa and Diaspora. Now in it’s third year, ART X Lagos has become a cornerstone of the Lagos Art calendar, drawing local patrons and a host of international collectors, curators and critics, thus contributing to Lagos’ position as a fast-emerging and exciting cultural hub.

The 2018 edition of ART X Lagos will take place from Friday 2nd November at the Civic Center in Victoria Island, Lagos.

  1. Calabar Carnival

Calabar carnival is the largest street carnival in Africa. It is an annual popular cultural festival that displays African culture and heritage by means of music, drama and other cultural displays.  The carnival displays the cultural heritage of the people in their various costumes. The carnival attracts over two million spectators from various part of the world.

Calabar carnival is not meant for only Calabar indigenes, it is meant for everyone who loves cultural carnival. The carnival is organized by the Cross River State Carnival Commission and is scheduled to  hold from  Decemeber 1st – 31st 2018.

I have never spend December far from home but I intend to this year. I’ve been looking forward to attending Calarbar carnival for so many years now.

  1. Musical concerts

What’s an event in Nigeria if you did not watch the like of Davido, Wizkid, Olamide, Falz, Tiwa Savage etc perform live on stage? A Nigerian event is not complete without a yearly concert from our favorite music icons. The concerts are usually between 1st of December to 31st yearly.

  1. Felabration

Felabration is an annual one-week-long  music festival started in 1998 by Yeni Anikulapo Kuti in memory of her father Fela Kuti. Fela Kuti is a musician known for pioneering Afrobeat genre of music and a human rights activist. The festival usually attracts visitors from all over the world and has been considered as an official tourist destination by the Lagos State Government.

This year Felabration will begin on the 15th of October and ends on 21st October.

  1. Lagos Fashion Week

I know at this point, you’re thinking everything happens in Lagos lol. This is not far from the truth. Lagos is the heartbeat of Nigeria.

Lagos fashion week is an annual multi-day fashion event held in Lagos Nigeria and founded in 2011 by Omoyemi Akerele. LFW provides a platform for buyers, medias, and fashion enthusiasts to view collections from leading designers from Nigeria and across Africa.

As a leading fashion event on the African fashion calendar, LFW leads the way with initiatives that supports, strengthens and develops the fashion industry. Beyond the runway, the annual event provides a platform that’s gradually re-positioning fashion as a useful tool for commerce and creativity in Nigeria.

The 2018 edition of LFW will take place from October 24-27, 2018.

 

  1. The Experience

I was at the Experience last year and there’s no way this yearly gospel musical concert wouldn’t make the list as part of the top ten events in Nigeria. The crowd was so much; I was scared I will get lost. I couldn’t meet up with two of my friends because we couldn’t find each other. That’s how crazy the concert was.

Convened and hosted by Pastor Paul Adefarasin. The Experience is an Interdominational gospel concert that features some of the best-known musical talents of our time. The event, which debuted in December 2006 with over 70,000 persons in attendance rapidly gained momentum at it’s second outing with a quantum leap in attendance of well over 700,000 people. The Experience has now become known as the largest musical concert in Africa.

The Experience usually takes place at the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS lagos, every December

  1. Ojude Oba

Ojuede Oba means ‘’Festival in the King’s Court’’. It’s  a yearly festival which aims to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Ijebu-Ode { a town in Ogun State}  people. Ojude oba festival holds annually, typically three days after the start of Eid-el-Kabir. Usually, two days before the Ojude-Oba festival is for Muslims to mark the Eid with their families, friends and well wishers. Then on the third day, Christians, dignitaries, tourists and visitors join them at the Awujales’s palace.

RELATED ARTICLE: 10 PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018.

  1. Afropolitan Vibes

Afropolitan vibes is a monthly live music concert which exists as a platform for alternative music: a place where music lovers congregate to watch contemporary singer-songwriters and musicians perform mostly original works that are firmly rooted in African musical origins of Afro-beat, Afro-funk, Afro-hip-hop, Afro-pop and Highlife music.  The show is held every third Friday of each month.

I’ve attended the show once at Freedom Park and it was really fun and great that’s if you enjoy good music. You should attend at least once in a year.

  1.  AY Live

Ay live is a comedy and music concert by comedian Ayo Makun. It’s an event that takes place every Easter and it’s usually sold out.

  1. AMVCA

The African Magic Viewers Choice Award {AMCVA} is a yearly award that recognizes outstanding achievements in television and films. This is like a MET Gala in Nigeria. Celebrities come out with their stylish and beautiful outfits to collect awardsand support their collegues for their recognized work in the movie industry.

The 2018 edition has been scheduled to hold September 1st.

Note that some of this events, you will pay to be part of it, while some are free and the award show is strictly by invitation.

I definitely look forward to Calabar carnival, which event do you look forward to attending?

If it’s your first time in Nigeria and you want someone to take you around or you’re in Nigeria and will love to attend one of this events, you can book a private tour with me via this email: Busayoblog@gmail.com.

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The Resort Experience At Omu Resort.

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The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

Omu resort is a place of endless fun especially for kids and family day hangout. I was part of hangout buddy the resort experience at Omu Resort on the 16th of June. I didn’t want to write about it because I was not able to complete all the activities at the resort. But I kept getting questions on my trip there and I decided to answer the questions in this blog post.

The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

 

I took over Wilsonsjuiceco Instagram story (you can view the story at the takeover highlight on Wilson’s page) during the tour as a representative of hangout buddy team and that got me really busy but I was still able to have fun because issa awa work oo lol.

The Resort Experience At Omu Resort

Related Article: 6 Things you can do at Lufasi park with Hangout Buddy.

Omu resort is located at Bogije Town, Almost opposite Lakowe Lakes Golf Course, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos. Omu Resort is set in a rainforest environment. It allows quests experience and be inspired by the wonders of nature. The resort is open Monday to Saturday: 9.00a.m to 6.00pm and Sunday: 12noon to 6.00pm. There are quite a lot of things one can do at Omu resort for fun such as:

Things you can do at Omu Resort

  • Amusement Park: there are different rides for fun at Omu Resort such as hully gully dip, tilt a twirl, chair swing, space ship, pirate ship and many more. I was only able to go on the pirate ship and chair swing. The chair swing was such a thrilling ride I didn’t want it to stop. Have you ever been scared and excited at the same time? That’s exactly the way the pirate ship ride was to me.
The Resort Experience: Omu Resort
The thrilling and scary pirate ship ride.
  • Sea world: As seen on Omu Resort’s website “The seaworld is the first of its kind in Nigeria showcasing Nigeria’s rich possession of fish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. And that is a fact. Some of the exhibits on display are Abadin, Longnose, Shortnose, Roundnose, Dolphin, Marble Knife, Whalenose, Electric fish, Africa lung fish, Feather back, Butterfly fish, African pike, Seven pointer, Blue diamond and more”.

 

  • Wax museum: According to Wikipedia, “Wax museum usually consists of a collection of wax sculptures representing famous people from history and contemporary personalities exhibited in life like poses, wearing real clothes”. I was not able to see the wax museum but I know there is one at Omu resort.
The Resort Experience: Omu Resort
Wax Sculpture:
Photocredit: Omu Resort
  • Archery: involves shooting arrows at a target for accuracy from a distance. I was part of the cheer leading parties for the buddies playing archery.

 

  • Mini golf: I didn’t go near the golf because I can’t  play golf, only good at cheering people on.

 

  • Wave pool:is a swimming pool with artificially generated large waves like that of an ocean. It was so painful I didn’t go with a swimming suite but it was a joy to see the kids playing and happy in water.

 

  • Paint balling: I was really looking forward to paintballing; it’s been on my bucketlist for long but Omu Resort didn’t open the arena for paintballing the day we went there. I don’t know about now.

 

  • Zoo: The resort has a big zoo with different animals like monkeys, snake, lion etc. We were opportuned to see a lion fed live. It was a scary experience for me the way the lion killed it’s prey.

 

  • Quad bike: I only took pictures, couldn’t quad bike because my ticket didn’t cover it.

The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

 

  • Kayaking:It’s been on my list for so long to go kayaking and I was so happy to pay N500 to go on this thrilling experience at the resort. It was my first time kayaking and I was lost on what to do for the first few minutes but I got help from the boat guys and some of the buddies with me.

The Resort Experience at Omu Resort

There are still more activities you can do at Omu Resort. These are the few ones I noticed.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OMU RESORT:

  • Foods and drinks are allowed but corkage will be charged (Corkage is the fee restaurants charge customers for bringing their own wine).
  • There are shops that sell drinks and food.
  • The resort is children friendly; with many fun activities for them to engage in.
  • Wear what you will be comfortable in; no heels please; unless you’re not going to play the thrilling games.
  • The access fee into the resort varies.
The Price list at Omu Resort.

 

The Resort Experience At Omu Resort
Don’t forget to grab some buddies on your adventures.
The Resort Experience At Omu Resort
Till next time lovies!

Thanks to Hangout Buddy for such a fun day and Streetshots for all the banging pictures.

Have you been to Omu Resort before? Which of the activities did you enjoy? If you’ve never been there, which of the activities do you look forward to? Please comment below. I will like to hear from you lovies.

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How I Travel On A Budget.

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While posting pictures of my trip to Badagry, I got a question from a follower of mine which says “How do you get funds to do this? I don’t get. ”

HOW I TRAVEL ON A BUDGET

 

I have a list of topics I want to talk about on the blog but in due time which ”How I travel on a budget” is part of it. I thought I’ve not gotten to the stage I can talk about this, but this guy is not the first person to ask me this. I’ve gotten this same question from quite a number of people. It’s high time I talk about this.

Everything is perspective. Traveling and adventure is cheap and not cheap is a conversation that has been going on for long in the travel blogging niche.

I can write quite a number of places you can go to in Lagos and have fun with just N5000 and also quite a number of places you can go to in this same Lagos and spend more than N50,000.

I’ve not been to most of the places on my list but I’m starting from somewhere. I’ve not gotten to that stage where I can get sponsored trips from brands but I found a way that really works for me to go on my adventures within my budget.

I know y’all might be wondering, she’s just a student. How did she sponsor her trips?

You don’t even know the odd jobs I do. Apart from been a student, and help from my elder sister at times, I do quite a number of jobs to get money.

I’m a social media manager, I design graphics,I do ushering jobs,  I help people to register their business name, I help people to plan tours, I cover tours for tour companies.

All of this jobs are seasonal most times and I might have a trip with a gaping hole in my pocket if I didn’t do the things I’m about to share with you. This tips have worked for me since I started traveling.

TIPS ON HOW TO TRAVEL ON A BUDGET.

  • Join a clan of traveholics

There’s nothing greater than joining a group of like minded people. I was lucky enough to join a group with people with the same interest as mine, some of them have been to the places I’ve never been to and I can always call them anytime I need to know about their journey to help me plan my own and also have an idea of the cost.

If you can’t find a group like this, just find people with the same interest as yours on Instagram, twitter or Facebook and send them a Dm. Some people are so nice to reply you and help with whatever you need while others might not reply their DM’s (in this case, send them a mail).

  • Invite people on your adventures to cut cost.

I usually put it out there each time I’m traveling if people would be interested in joining me, so that if it’s a place we will need to lodge, we can cut cost by sharing a room and some other fees.

Besides, who will take those cool pictures for you? Ahhhhhh just kidding.

how i travel on a budget
Invite people on your trip to cut cost like I did here.
  • Save towards it.

If you’re really passionate about it, you will save towards it. Draw up a saving plan. Set aside certain amount of money monthly towards your adventures. I have plans to visit a place I’ve never been to monthly which I save towards. If you ain’t so good with keeping money by yourself, you can use savings Apps like Cowrywise, Piggbank etc.

I use Piggybank and it’s so cool you can lock some of your savings away till when you need it.

  • Collaborate with a tour company.

The two times I have ever been to Lufasi park was through two tour companies. If you have a platform as mine, reach out to them.

Note that you must be able to offer value before someone can let you on their trip without paying. You can offer value to them either through taking over their social media page during the tour, posting about the tour on your social media, writing about your experience during the tours (Read: 6 things you can do at Lufasi park with my hangout buddy and Exploring Lufasi park with thebourgielife) etc.

  • Start from somewhere.

I want to be able to travel around the world someday but I don’t have the money now and I’m touring the places I can afford. If it’s Ibadan or Abeokuta you can afford to tour, please do. It’s all a gradual process, I know there’s a day I will be able to travel around the world.

  • Travel to a place you have people there instead of lodging in a hotel.

When I traveled to Portharcourt, I stayed with some friends I wrote about HERE. That’s saving cost. When I have friends in Portharcourt, why do I have to lodge in an hotel. If you have relatives or friends staying in a particular place you will like to travel to, stay with them to save money.

  • Attend tourism events.

It’s not all events you will attend, but sometimes attend events to network with people in the same industry as you. You don’t know who you will meet. I could remember I met Lola of hangout buddy who I went to Lufasi park with to cover her tour at an event and I still have an upcoming tour to cover for her. I’ve never been to this place I want to cover for her. That’s an all expense paid content for my blog.

I’m the queen of shyness and I’m still trying to get over this shyness but attending events with the same people that has the same interest as mine has given me opportunities.

  • Support locals.

Each time I travel, I eat from the local food vendors. I have nothing against fancy restaurants, as a matter of fact, I love them but remember we are trying to travel on a budget. Though you have to be careful with the local food vendors. My travelhollic friend comemakewego have a hilarious tale from eating at a local food vendor which you can read HERE.

  • Spend on experience rather than things.

I will rather go on that trip than buy that hair. I prefer spending my money on new adventures than buying new bags or clothes. This is when you have to prioritize things.  The last two asoebi I bought this year is only because they are families. If not, I will spend the asoebi money on new adventures.

  • Be open minded.

Lastly, be open minded. Expect the best and the worst. That’s why it’s called adventure. There should always be tales to tell.

And remember, for everything you want from life, you have to work hard for it. Nobody will give you anything on a platter of gold.

Cheers to when we can all travel around the world like we want.

How I travel on a budget
Cheers to more adventures fam!!

 

Are the tips useful? If they are, please drop a comment and if you have some tips to add, please feel free to. 

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Exploring Badagry: All You Need To Know.

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Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.
Enjoying the boat ride.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know. I wrote about the the ten places I want to visit this year in my previous post, the journey started from Badagry.

I didn’t want to go alone and I posted on my Instagram story if anyone is interested in touring Badagry with me. Tonye who is also a blogger showed interest and we fixed a date.

We met up at first gate and took a bus from there to Badagry bus stop which was about two hours from first gate, the road was really bad, but the adventure was worth it.

On getting to Badagry roundabout, we took a bike to the first place to tour on our list; the first story building in Nigeria.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.

Exploring badagry: all you need to know

Entering the first story building compound, we met a young man who we bought tickets to tour the building from. He showed us the miracle well which has never dried up since it was dug up.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.

We toured inside the first story building, the history about the building were all in a frame on the wall and we just looked round reading them without needing the tour guide.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.

 

After touring the building, the tour guide was kind enough to take our pictures and also helped us with a boat to the point of no return.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.
Infront of the first yoruba Bible translation in Nigeria by Bishop Ajayi Crowther
Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.
views from inside the story building
Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.
With Tonye: photo taken by the tour guide

The point of no return: now point of return. 

To get to the point of no return, we took a boat at the port.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.
Enjoying the boat ride.

After getting down from the boat, we had to trek for 30minutes or more to get to the point of no return.

 

This was what we called endurance trek, it was pretty far and we got easily tired, but the trek was worth it. You will need a bottle of water for this trek. Almost getting to the point of no return, we passed through a well and the tour guide told us anyone who drink from the well will lose his or her memory. A myth or truth? I don’t know.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.
By the side of the attenuation well.

The point of no return is apparently a beach leading to the Atlantic ocean. The view was just breathtaking and I could imagine in a way how the slaves felt then which will be scared, imagine going to a place you know you wouldn’t be able to go home again to your family.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.

We didn’t spend more than thirty minutes there because the time was far spent and I thought we could still tour the seriki abass slave museum. We took the boat back from  the point of no return (now called point of return because we returned lol) to the boat port.

Exploring Badagry: all you need to know.
Lord Lugard’s house.

We toured Lord Lugard’s house which is right beside the first story building and meant to be the second place we tour after leaving the first story building but the security guy was not there. The house was under construction and we couldn’t really see what the house was like while Lord Lugard was living there (Nigeria government needs to do better when it comes to this things).

It’s amazing how much time run fast while you’re having fun. We couldn’t tour seriki abass slave museum which is right on the same street as the first story building and Lord Lugard’s house. I was pained but it’s past 7pm already, if we didn’t leave at that point, I would get home 12am that day.

How to get to Badagry:

Depending on where you’re coming from, there are different ways to get to Badagry. I passed through oshodi, took a bus from oshodi to mile 2, from there to first gate to meet up with Tonye and from first gate we took a bus to Badagry busstop.

You can also go through Orile (which is easier for me because I was coming from Yaba but I didn’t really know the way), from Orile take mile 2, from mile 2 you can get a bus to Badagry.

 

Budget breakdown of my trip:

From oshodi to mile 2: N200

From mile 2 to festac: N100

From Festac to Badagry: N300

To tour each site except Lord Lugards house which is free: N200

Boat ride to and fro to the point of no return: N1000

Nb: you can just budget N5000 if you’re planning a trip there so as not to get stranded.

My budget for the trip was N7,000, I was surprised I didn’t spend more than N4,000

Feeding:

I wanted to try a local dish but the food at Badagry is just like the local food we eat in Lagos. The tour guide told us there’s no special dish.

Language:

No language barrier here, everyone we interacted with was either through Yoruba, Pidgin or English language. I was scared at first because I heard Awori and Egun people are mostly among Badagry people which is true. But language was not a barrier.

General Assessment:

Nigeria government are trying when it comes to tourism but they need to do better. The point of no return and most tourist center in Badagry are part of Nigeria history, they are really not that well preserved, like the beach, everywhere was littered with dirt. Please help us take care of this place for our children, grand children. Thank you!

Ps: If you need help with planning a trip to Badagry or you want a private tour of Badagry, please contact me via Busayoblog@gmail.com.

 

Have you ever been to Badagry? What was your experience like? Please share below and if you have never been to Badagry, will you like to visit? 

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World Busayo’s Day!! Happy birthday to a Phenomenal Woman.

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World Busayo’s Day!! Happy birthday to a phenomenal woman.

On the first of June 1994, a beautiful young woman was given birth to whose name is Busayo. Today is my birthday guys and I’m honestly just happy for everything that I am and I’m becoming. God has been so great!

World Busayo’s Day!! Happy birthday to a phenomenal woman.

 

To think about a month ago, I was very depressed about the things I don’t have, the things I’m yet to become and really scared of what the future holds.

I thank God always for the strength He has given to a small girl like me to carry on.

This past year has been full of lessons from adulting slowly creeping up on me, to living towards achieving my dreams, and my blog flourishing with amazing readers.

Who’s a phenomenal woman?

Wondering what i meant by happy birthday to a phenomenal woman?

According to Amazingwomenrock

“A phenomenal woman is purposeful and passionate. She is driven by her thoughts and makes her thoughts a reality.
A phenomenal woman has imperfections. She is phenomenal for what she does with her imperfections;
she is phenomenal because she is true to herself.
A phenomenal woman can be any shape or size.
Creed, religion, age, sexual orientation, the family she was born into, or the colour of her skin do not matter.
She is strong yet weak; she struggles with her own identity from time to time,
but she understands that is all part of the game.
She is true to her voice and to her inner self. She is resourceful and honest.
She is brutal at times, forcing her way into the world’s reality. 

I have become a phenomenal woman because I am surrounded with phenomenal women who have left an imprint in my life.”

I am a phenomenal woman because of the reasons listed above.

World Busayo’s Day!! Happy birthday to a phenomenal woman.

What’s  a phenomenal woman day without some life lessons?

I’ve written about some life lessons learnt in life HERE, but what’s life without trying to pick some lessons from whatever we go through in life?

  1. GOD above all things: in whatever I do, God above all things. His will first before mine! His direction and His path I will always follow.
  2. Spend on experiences rather than things: I will rather spend my money on new experiences rather than things. I will rather go to a place I’ve never been to than buy that designer bag. I just believe doing things you’ve never done is refreshing.
  3. Volunteer: help people no matter how little especially NGO’s
  4. Read more: read about all things. Never stop learning.
  5. Be kind: in your words and your deeds, be kind!
  6. Be fearless with your dreams: don’t be scared to pursue your dreams.
  7. Do something you’ve never ever done before once in a while: you’ve never take yourself out? Do it! Is there a place you’ve never been to and you wish to go there? Please do.
  8. Take risks: afraid of starting that business? You wouldn’t know the outcome if you don’t take that risk.
  9. Always ask for help when you need help: nobody goes through life without needing other people’s help, whenever it seems  you can’t handle things yourself anymore, ask for help.
  10. Be grateful: above all, be grateful always for all you have, what you’re yet to have and what you will have.

 

Happy birthday to me once again!!! Thank you guys for always been here, my life is more purposeful with this platform I have.

 

 

 

The Royal Wedding: the most anticipated wedding of the year.

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The Royal Wedding
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle; Image source: BBC news.

The royal wedding is one of the most talked about wedding in the world.  I’ve been following the love story of the royal prince Harry and Meghan Markle, because I’m an hopeless romantic and I get excited when I hear people’s love story especially that of the royal family. I can’t be the only one interested in their love story, y’all my partner in crime have to know about them.

So I will be sharing with you everything you need to know about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, their love story, guest lists for their wedding, code of dressing, the date and venue of the most talked about royal wedding. Join me on the roller coaster ride of the sweetest love story ever.

WHO IS PRINCE HARRY?

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Prince Harry ; Image source: Bigwig Wiki

He was born in London, England, on September 15, 1984, Prince Henry of Wales, also known as Prince Harry, is the second son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Princess Diana. He’s currently fifth in line to the England throne, behind his father, older brother William and William’s two children.

His mother once described Prince Harry as “very artistic and sporty”. At an early age, he developed an interest in riding and hunting. While the family lived in Kensington Palace during the week, they often spent the weekends at Highgrove house, their family estate in Gloucestershire. Their mother strove to give both her sons “as normal a life as possible ” despite their privileged position in British society. To this end, Prince Harry attended Mrs. Mynors’ nursery school in London’s Nothing Hill neighborhood. Princess Diana also took Prince Harry and His brother to amusement parks, fast food restaurants and other places frequented by other children their age.

In 1989, Prince Harry enrolled at the Wetherby School, where his older brother William was already a student. He then followed his brother to the Ludgrove School, a boarding school in Berkshire, in 1992. Around this time, he was reportedly informed of his parents’ impending separation, which was officially announced that December. The couple divorced in 1996.

After the separation, Prince Harry and Prince William spent their school holidays dividing their time between their parents. They spent time at Highgrove with their father, enjoying outdoor pursuits, as well as going on official trips and vacations abroad. With their mother, they engaged in a variety of activities from going on tropical holidays to visiting AIDS clinics and homeless shelters.

After enduring the death of his mother in 1997, he occasionally acted out and found himself in the tabloids for embarrassing events. Prince Harry embarked on a decade-long stint in the military in 2005, seeing active service time in Afghanistan, and is involved in numerous charitable causes.

In 2003, Prince Harry graduated from Eton. He spent some time traveling through Australia, Argentina and Africa after finishing school. An avid polo player, Prince Harry participated in the Young England versus Young Australia Polo Match Test in Australia. He became involved in charity work while visiting Lesotho in southern Africa, working at a home for orphans of AIDS victims. To promote awareness of the problems there, he created a documentary called The Forgotten Kingdom: Prince Harry in Lesotho. The film helped raise approximately $2 million for the British Red Cross Lesotho Fund.

WHO IS MEGHAN MARKLE?

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Meghan Markle; Image Source: Famous People

Meghan Markle was born on August 4, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Doria Loyce Ragland, a social worker and yoga instructor, lives in View Park–Windsor Hills, California. Her father, Thomas Markle Sr., who lives in Rosarito, Mexico, is a Daytime Emmy Award winning retired lighting director, whose profession resulted in his young daughter often visiting the set of Married… with Children. Markle’s parents divorced when she was six years old. She has two older paternal half-siblings, Thomas Markle Jr. and Samantha Grant.  Meghan Markle pursued a career as a screen actress, appearing in a number of TV series before landing the recurring role of Rachel Zane on the USA Network show Suits.

Markle grew up in Hollywood. She was educated at private schools, beginning at Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse. At age 11, her successful campaign to get a company to change a national television commercial she viewed as sexist was profiled by Linda Ellerbee on Nick News

From 2014 to 2017, Markle was founder and editor-in-chief of lifestyle website The TigShe derived the name from the Tignanello red wine. One of the Tig features was Tig Talk. Some of the women profiled in this column were Jessica Alba, Gail Simmons, Ella Woodward, Daphne Oz, Elizabeth Hurley, Lauren Bush Lauren, Ivanka Trump, Dianna Agron and Jessica Stam. In April 2017, she closed The Tig.

THEIR LOVE STORY

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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle engagement potrait; Image source: BBC news.

According to Wikipedia ”The two met while Harry was attending the Invictus Games in Toronto, where Suits is filmed. Much speculation ensued about the direction of their romance, with Markle becoming the most Googled actress of 2016 as a result of the relationship. Yet some of the scrutiny was toxic, with Kensington Palace issuing a statement calling for the couple’s privacy to be respected and pointing out the indecency of racist and sexist online trolling directed at the actress”.

On November 27, 2017, Markle and Prince Harry revealed that they had secretly gotten engaged earlier in the month. Among the congratulatory messages, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, said, “It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

A few weeks later, Kensington Palace announced that the royal wedding would take place May 19, 2018, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The news came shortly after Google’s announcement that Markle had topped the year-end rankings for most searched actress for the second year in a row, finishing only behind fired TV personality Matt Lauer for 2017’s most Googled person. On December 21, fans found another reason to hit their search engines with the release of the couple’s official portrait photographs.

In January 2018, it was confirmed that Markle was adhering to royal tradition by shutting down her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Through Kensington Palace, Markle said she was “grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years.”

On February 10, more details about the royal wedding emerged: After the marriage ceremony, scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. U.K. time, the newlyweds will ride in a carriage along the High Street through Windsor Town, before returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. Later, following an afternoon break, Prince Charles will host a private evening reception.

It will be great to visit London as a tourist during the royal wedding (May 19) and watch the newly wed ride along the High street through Windsor Town. Thankfully, Travelstart has cheap flights from Lagos to London. A great day to be a tourist in London.

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THE CELEBRITY GUEST LIST

Here are the list of celebrities who will be attending the much anticipated royal wedding on May 19th:

  • Serena Williams
  • The cast of Suits
  • Misha Nonoo
  • Millie Mackintosh
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Cressida Bonas  and Chelsy Davy
  • Foo Fighters
  • Sir Elton John
  • Priyanka Chopra
  • Roland Mouret
  • Prince Seeiso of Lesotho
  • Daniella Timperley
  • Nacho Figueras
  • Survivors of Grenfell fire
  • 2640 members of the public: Harry and Meghan haven’t forgotten about us normals for their big day. They’re also inviting 1,200 members of the public “from every corner of the United Kingdom” (who will be nominated by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices), 200 people from charities they’re associated with, 100 students from local schools with close ties to Windsor Castle (The Royal School in Great Park and St. George’s School), 610 Windsor residents and members of St. George’s Chapel, and 530 members of the Royal Households and Crown Estate.

Guest list gotten from Harpersbazaar. You can read more on why they were all invited to be part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle big day on Harperbazaar website.

CODE OF DRESSING TO FOLLOW

ONE of the most exciting aspects of any wedding, especially a royal one, is the fashion. Watching what people wear, ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ over the hats is almost as good as watching the tiny little flower girls and page boys waddling down the aisle.

But with attending a royal wedding comes a great restriction. The most outlandish thing will likely be a hat given the plethora of codes and rules that one must abide by if they’re attending. After all, a royal wedding is built around tradition and decorum, and so you don’t want to be caught in a hat past 6pm (tiara time), or God forbid you wear wedges.

In honor of the most exciting day of the year (May 19) fast approaching, here are the rules that are strictly followed:

  • It’s compulsory hats should be worn in church.
  • The wedding dress will be made by a British designer to showcase local talent and give the economy a boost.
  •  Meghan’s bouquet will have MYRTLE aka “herb of love” in it.
  • Prince Harry will be in a military garb.
  • Nail polish must be neutral
  • No wedges
  • Nude tights should always be worn.

Don’t forget you can book cheap flights from Lagos to London via Virgin Atlantic airline on Travelstart website to be part of history. Book for two though *winks*. Let’s make history together.

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Ps: This article was sourced from different websites, below are the links to the websites:

 

If you’re interested in joining my upcoming tour to badagry and other tours mentioned HERE, please send a mail to info @explorewithbusayo.com. Till next time lovies!

 

10 Places I want to visit in 2018.

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PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018

There’s something great about writing places you want to visit on your  travel list, but you know what’s greater? Accountability!!! There are 10 places I want to visit in 2018. I know this is coming in so late, this is first quarter of 2018 already but to me, the year isn’t gone yet, it’s a new quarter with travel goals.

I was talking with my vision partner recently and he gave me a vision exercise. He told me to get a vision room or a book, put up pictures of where I want to go to and call them forth. I will be using this blog as my vision room and book  and I also have my accountability partner in you lovies who keep coming back to read my contents.

So I will be sharing ten places I will like to visit this year hoping y’all will be my accountability partner and hopefully travel partner.

Let’s do this!!

  • Badagry

Badagry has been on my list for a very long time, because I do not only what to hear about the histories I was taught in high school but I want to see the place. I want to visit the first story building in Nigeria, the slave trade, Badagry beach and every great tourist destination I can visit in Badagry. Thankfully, I have a tour guide already, plans are already in place to visit after Exams.

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018

  • Kajuru castle

Kajuru castle is a medieval style at Kajuru village Kaduna. I just want to visit this old architectural beauty. I love reading novels as a kid and I’m most interested in Historical novels, you see where I got my interest in old buildings?

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PHOTO CREDIT: TRAVEL WITH A PEN
  • Calabar

The only reason why I want to visit Calabar is because of Calabar festival. I’ve been interested in attending the Carnival for a very long time, I actually used to imagine myself wearing the carnival costumes. Calabar carnival usually takes place during the festive season, December. No plans has been made yet but it’s top on my list of to do things in 2018.

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018

  • Ado Awaye

Hands up for my country Nigeria, we have the second suspended lake in the whole wide world. Yeah that’s right! And it’s right in my home town, Oyo state. I can’t wait to visit here, write about it and be part of history.

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018
PHOTO CREDIT: TVP ADVENTURES
  • Dubai

Who doesn’t like Dubai? lol. This is top on my list of countries to visit. Considering I’ve never been out of the country before, this will be the first country I will like to visit.

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018

  • Benin Republic

I had plans of visiting Benin Republic to buy thrifted clothes in bail and sell. But sincerely, I will like to go as a tourist as well. I will like to visit pythons temple, though I can’t for the life of me hold a life snake. The place of no return and every awesome destinations in Benin Republic is on my list. I can’t wait to explore.

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018

  • Abuja

It’s the capital city of my country!! I want to explore the national mosque and the city generally. Any reader from Abuja? Coma be my tour guide oo.

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018

  • Ilorin

I want to explore Dada pottery Ilorin. Wondering what’s special about this place? It is the largest traditional pottery making center in the country managed by women.

I will also like to go on the canopy walk in university of ILorin

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018

  • Ijebu ode

I only want to visit Ijebu Ode in Ogun State because of Ojude Oba Festival. Apart from Calabar Carnival, this is the only Carnival I’m looking forward to attend.

PLACES I WANT TO VISIT IN 2018

  • Morroco

Magical Morroco!! Instagram has been on fire with peppered pictures of Morroco since last year and it’s been on my wanderlust list since then. Funny thing is I just want to visit the desert, don’t ask me why lol.

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Where will you like to visit among the places mentioned above? Drop a comment below let us know ourselves and in case you’re interested in been my travel buddy, you can send a mail to busayoblog@gmail.com or send a Dm to me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

6 Things you can do at Lufasi park with Hangout Buddy.

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LUFASI PARK

There’s something about seeing a place you’ve been to before from a new perspective. And I’m glad I was part of Hangout Buddy Easter trip to Lufasi park. I’ve written a blog post about Lufasi park, but my narrative today is about what you can do with Hangout Buddy when you go on a hangout with them.

 

LUFASI PARK

But you have to know about the people you want to have an hangout with first right? So let’s dive into who they are. Hangout buddy is a community where people can be connected together to socialize, build long-lasting relationships, they organize group tours and connect people together.

Hangout Buddy

I was invited to cover the tour when the founder read my blog post of Lufasi park (you can read HERE). By the way, I snap most of my pictures with my iPhone 5, but I couldn’t take many pictures because my phone decided to go off and my power bank was bad. Not to worry, my creative eyes captured most of the moments.

These are six things you can do on a tour with Hangout buddy:

  • You get to meet amazing people: that’s why they are called Hangout buddy right? lol. You guys know I’m all for connecting with kindred spirit. It was great to meet new people, the founder Lola had to ask if I know someone before the hangout. That was how strong the connection was. I got myself a new friend we chat constantly after the hangout.
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my new buddy
  • Body paint art: if you’ve been following this blog for long, you know by now I’m crazy about artworks. An highlighted icon on my Instagram page is dedicated to art. There was an artist around during the tour to give us all kind of artworks we want on our body. With all my love for art, I’ve not gotten to the stage I can boldly paint my body. But it was great to see cool art on people. I give them all the kudos.

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  • Games: there were different kind of games like ludo, puzzle, ayo, dancing around the chair game. Someone won a free US visa processing from Candyztravelandtours who were part of the hangout. I was like why didn’t I go out to play.Anyways, I stayed in my lane playing my favorite ludo game but I met my bosses, I was beaten press down. Everyone who played a game had something to win. That’s what a great hangout should be like.
  • Great food/ drinks: The food was great. There was ofada rice, small chops, chinchin, and chocolates. There were different drinks like palm wine, red wine, coke, Pepsi, Fanta etc. I wanted to form big girl and take palm wine but I took a sip and dropped it. I stayed in my lane and drank coke jeje lol. I have a light head, I cannot come and use my head to walk home.
  • Souvenirs: candyztravelandtours joined the anniversary to celebrate their fourth year anniversary and there were souvenirs like card holder, travel pillow, and cooking spoon. Who doesn’t like a tour with something to take home huh.
  • Tour around the park: hangout buddy tour group were large, we were about 40 people. We were assigned a tour guide to take us around the park. Because I’ve been around the park before, I was skeptical about going on the tour with them, but I’m glad I did. I learned something new about the park, I got to know Lake Nora was named after the founder’s (Mr. Lucas Majekodunmi) mother. And we also met an icon, the legendary Majek Fashek. See why you need to go on a hangout with Hangout buddy.
Hangout Buddy
Hangout Buddy
Hangout Buddy
Can you spot the legendary Majek Fashek?

With all the fun we had during the last Easter hangout, tell me why you will not join Hangout buddy next hangout on the 28th of April. The next hangout is at Takwa Bay, I’m excited about it because though I’ve been to Takwa Bay several times, I’ve never written about it.

The details of the Takwabay hangout is on the flyer below. Until next time lovies.

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Life Lately, March Recap + Going back to school.

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life lately, march recap + going back to school

Hi everyone! It’s been ages I know. I saw a post on Cassie Daves blog where she shared a recap of the month and that inspired this post. What better way to let you know what I have been up to since the beginning of March, why I have not been consistent with blogging, how I felt about going back to school, getting and losing a job, and everything that has been happening in my life basically since the beginning of March till now.

My life has been eventful since the beginning of this year but the month of March was for learning, failing, and finding myself. Here’s a recap:

Grateful: for everyone I have around me. Going back to school has not been easy especially when the sponsorship I was expecting failed me. And God raised people for me. I was so amazed by where my help came from. God is so good. His mercies are new every day. Great is His faithfulness.

Wondering: why I can’t seem to do things at a set time. Procrastination has become a serious problem I’m battling with. Writing this post took me a whole long ass day to complete. I’ve come to a point I need help. If you have any idea what I can do please drop a comment. Ps: no book recommendations please I’ve tried that several times and it’s not working.

Failing: is something I’ve always been scared of. But I know better now. It’s okay to fail, but what happens at the end of the day is the true success. Am I going to let my failure stop me from believing in me? Hell no! I know you’re wondering why I’m going all philosophical on y’all . I’m back to school like y’all know and I stopped my full- time job January ending. I started another part-time job with school February ending. I had about three weeks to re-strategize and all but I can’t just seem to get a hang on the new job. Truly it’s something I’ve always wanted to do but it seems hard getting it. I tried everything I could but I just can’t seem to get the job done properly.

Something is always stopping me from doing well, my phone screen getting damaged and having to repair it, bad phone battery, no light. I lost the job March ending. I’m devastated but I’ve learned my mistakes, what I could have done better and the proper way to go about doing things.

Exploring: a new angle to my write up. I’ve come to see myself as an influencer in a sort of way. I get asked a lot of questions on places I’ve been to and that got me thinking I should write more about places I’ve been to and I should also collaborate with brands to review their brands like hotels, restaurants and private beach. I will be working on that.

Reading: nothing. It’s surprising how much of my reading habit I’ve lost. I used to be a bookaholic (any word like that? Lol). And I’ve totally lost it. I haven’t picked up a book since February. How can I go from writing about a well-read woman is a dangerous woman HERE to not picking up a book in two months? I need my reading habit back. Thankfully I discovered a place at Sabo, Yaba called American Corner where I can sit and read books. A free laptop and free wifi can be given if you request to use the internet at CCHUB. (I might write a post about the CCHUB because I know it’s going to help a lot of people.)

Balancing: things together is a struggle am dealing with currently. I need to find a balance. How will I cope with school, getting a job and blogging? Am open to suggestions if you have any for me.

Developing: my brand. This blog is my baby and there have to be some changes for me to see the kind of results I want. So I will be changing my blog theme and logo because for a very long time now, I don’t like them. When I asked my digital marketer friend about my blog for constructive criticism, what I’ve noticed was confirmed, so this coming month, I will be making some changes so as to make the blog more readers friendly.

 

Focusing: on school for now. After I lost my job, I realized I need to be able to find a balance between work and school. And that can only happen when I face school for now. After my first semester exam, I can go back to looking for work. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be posting on the blog. A weekly post will be up on the blog every Friday.

Learning: ways to improve my blog. I was glad I went to the bloggers’ advocate workshop where I learned major things about blogging and I know everything will be put in place to improve this blog.

photos from the bloggers’ advocate workshop.

March recap

Networking: is a major struggle for me. I need help on how to actually put myself and my brand out there. Help a shy girl in ways not to be shy.

Preparing: for exams. My exam is starting on the 30th of April. This is the first exam I will be writing after a very long time (2 years). Wish me luck guys.

Lusting: on all the major tourist destinations in Nigeria I want to visit this year. I have a long ass list. I will do a post on it. They are places that should be on your radar as well.

Listening: to lots of Adekunle Gold Songs. The guy is a breath of fresh air in Nigeria music industry. It’s great to listen to songs with deep meanings. I do not listen to songs that much but once I like your songs, I’m a fan forever. His new single, IRE has been on repeat on my phone since I downloaded it.

 

How has March been for you so far? I will like to know in the comment section.

 

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