June 30, 2008


Why does the plaza smell like fish???

How was your weekend? Hope all was well and dandy. Didn’t do much ‘cept for tidy up my room. I still have a decent bulk of tidying up to do but its all good. So I’ve been looking for an apartments and it is quite frustrating I tell you. But forget about the whole nine of looking for the apartment that suits you…get a load of the scams. Criagslist is the new haven for scam artist. I have gotten two scam emails in less than a week. Check this out:


Hello Dear ,
It is a great pleasure that to you are interested in my Apartment. Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Galler Smith, the owner of the house you are making enquiry of. Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only dauther before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the (West Africa,Nigeria) and presently my house is still available for rent for $900  per month including the utilities like hydro, Electricity, Stove, Refregerator, Laundry – washer and dryer and security. Pls i want you to note that, i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money that is the main problem that is why is cheap but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up. i do that once in a while. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATIONS FORMS BELOW RENT APPLICATION FORM

 Also,Pls let me get this answer.
 1)Your Full Name 
 2)Your Full Address & Phone Number 
 3)How old are you?
 4)Are you married?
 5)How many people will be living in the house?
 6)Do you have a pet?
 7)Do you have a car?
 9)What is your monthly income?
 10)How soon will you be moving in?
Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you or come and see you in person,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

Address: 30 RIVER RD APT 5K
City: New York
State: NY
Zip Code: 10044
Close To: Manhattan – Midtown
Sq. Footage: 635 
Amenities: 24 Hr Concierge; Free Gym; Laundry; Dry Cleaner; Access To On-site Swimming Pool


 Thanks and you are welcome



random ramble

June 26, 2008

It’s been an overwhelming minute. How are you all? I missed sending you those emails that alert you when I have a new entry. Enough has happened since our last “meeting”. For one thing, my little nephew grew his first 2 teeth – tiny things sticking out of his gum. It is official that Aunty Edede is getting old. I am going to ramble on today. Hopefully i make sense at the end of this post or better still you will make some sense of what I will end up talking about. Structure shouldn’t always be encouraged. I for one need a little chaos in my life (I think). But I might be wrong. Who knows?


The other day I decided that I wanted to learn to ride a bicycle. My brother messed up my tricycle when i was a youngin’ and its been a wrap since then – hopes and dreams of graduating to a bicycle went out the window. People always wonder how I come up with these “ridiculous” ideas. “Why do you want to ride a bicycle?”…”what entered you today?”…Well I don’t know, I guess I’m just random like that. No. Maybe I do know. Maybe if people started using less fueled means of transportation, gas prices will go down. How can the national average of gas be over $4 a gallon? Isn’t that ridiculous? High dependence on gas hasn’t done the US any good…Nigeria is a different story (‘cause I don’t understand my people).


Allow me to shed light on Brazil for a quick second. In Brazil ethanol is widely used to power vehicles. Ethanol can be made from sugarcane and maize. Brazil is one of the major growers of sugarcane.  So what did they do? They used their foresight and resource to avoid the present debacle in the oil and gas industry. Genius! (Get more info from this link ).


A lot can be learned from Brazil.


Fun Fact: Andorra, a land locked country right on the borders of France and Spain, has the highest life expectancy rate at an average of 83.5 years. I didn’t know there was a country called Andorra until today. Stay informed peeps!


informative article

June 16, 2008

Nigeria: Return of Tenure Debates


THERE may be debates about who Senator Saminu Turaki, former Governor of Jigawa State, speaks for, but the fact is that he has spoken. His most distinguished contribution is the suggestion that President Umaru Yar’Adua’s tenure be extended to seven years.

He was not through — Yar’Adua should have two terms. Turaki wants 14 years of Yar’Adua. Whether as an individual or as a senator, Turaki cannot be denied his right to air his view on the proposed constitutional amendments. However, the bases for his proposals could be important if we are to avoid the mistakesof the previous attempt to amend the Constitution.

 The past effort ended ignominiously for proponents of tenure extension. Theirs was not anything as ambitious as 14 years for the President. The cost of that exercise remains unknown. The larger cost was the other 116 proposed amendments to the Constitution that died with it.

Why were the other amendments not discussed? The basic truth is that those constitutional amendments were the necessary platforms to get in the only important item, an extra tenure for the President. Once that item was thrown out, the emergency patriots considered the other provisions irrelevant.

Since the 2006 tenure extension debacle, hints of constitutional amendments have been laced with suspicion of the Executive’s unwholesome interest in the matter.

The interest would be denied to the point of throwing the country into confuted tension to the joy of leeches, who raise delegations to convince the President.

The tactics vary. The delegations could be from different professional groups, then geo-political zones before each of the 774 local government areas have a go at impressing the President to acquiesce.

Whatever the tactic, the message is usually to convince the President, who pretends he is a victim that without him the country is doomed.

For a President like Yar’Adua, a believer in the rule of law — which includes freedom of expression, freedom of speech, rights to hold ideas and convert others to them — he is unlikely to deny these groups access to him. He could in fact be accused of discrimination if he refuses to receive groups that want him to do all in his powers to be President until 2021.

A tenure that zeroes into 2021 would ensure the President superintends Nigeria’s ambition of being among the world’s top 20 economies by 2020.

This sort of noxious reasoning will soon make the rounds to convince us of the patriotic content of tenure extension.

Turaki, an enthusiastic recent convert to the PDP, may be fishing for relevance, yet his proposal could provide another round of distractions for a nation that its operators consistently invent ways of taking off course. If tenure extension returns to the fore, the proposed constitutional amendments would suffer worse fate than the 2006 attempt.

For the quality of service we received in the past eight years, most Nigerians would be wary of having anyone around for 14 years, even if he is the meek and mild Yar’Adua.


June 9, 2008

I have a bad headache and its just 8:16am. I knew that I had a bit of tushness in me when I started having constant headaches in Naija (aka heat wave attack syndrome). The same seems to be resurfacing here o, in NYC of all places. It’s quite hot in the city. Freaky high of 95 this past weekend, I wanted to lock my self in the fridge – but I am quite big so that didn’t look too feasible. O well, summer or no summer I’m going to make the best of this time of year. My weekend was cool and fast that I didn’t have time to do things that I usually do on my weekends – laundry and sleep. Honestly, I am missing those boring days a bit. I think that’s what I’ll do next weekend, relax. Enough about me; how was your weekend? Maybe one day someone will be bold enough to answer me – have you noticed that I always ask in hopes of getting some kind of response from y’all.


Not much is going on yet. Yes, yes, everyone should know about Obama’s democratic nomination by now, so that’s not news. Speaking of news, there is an invention that Gizmulberry shared with me last week. It has more of a male focus though but everyone is welcome to admire such genius :D. If you are a guy that plays/ would like to play golf, this might be a good one for you…


Hasta Pronto!

some beef stew

June 8, 2008


My beef with boomerang (O! you really weren’t expecting stew now).

What’s the boomerang? Remember that saying, what goes around comes around? Ehen, that one! What is the deal with that? Alright let me break it down a little. You know when you vex your mom and she says something like, “be careful, all these things you are doing, your children will do it to you o”…as in, what? Doesn’t that also means that it’s what she did to her mom that I am doing to her? And if that is the case wasn’t it bound to happen anyways? Will the circle ever end? Can it be broken? It doesn’t “bo si” for me. Another brain fart. Bear with me. I’ve been thinking about the sentence of late.  


Anyways, Hope your weekend is wonderful sha…mine is.




June 4, 2008


Leke leke refused to give me fine finger so I took matters into my own hands. There was no cortex, so correctional fluid had to suffice. Ultimate refused to feed me well so I took refuge in Mama Burkina and Iya oni ewa goin. GCI refused to provide good toilet systems so, of course, considering the dire circumstances I had to ‘shot put’ on occasion. It doesn’t end here. I know that I will not always be handed the things I want, even the things that I need, but dire times call for prompt measures. What is edede talking about again? I’m talking about everything that matters; grabbing the bull by the horn; striking goliath with your little pebble; taking chances and daring to succeed. It can be quite scary doing what you want to do. The biggest worry for most people is the “failure” factor. Not all initiatives turn out to be huge successes, true, but often times than not, the experience gained is of treasured value. So, I am taking my own advice.


I leave you with an unrelated quote that I find revealing: “Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.” – Thomas Fuller




June 3, 2008

So what’s been happening in our world of late?

  • A new tribe found between the borders of Peru and Brazil. It is believed that this tribe has had no contact with the “civilized” world.
  • The US Government has released X files of UFOs dating back to the early 20th century. Files include testimonies of sightings of space ships and aliens from “outaspace”. (I hear some Dr. Who music playing in the background)
  • It has been reported today by Leadership News Abuja that Nigeria has lost 3.5 trillion Naira to corruption. Personally, I think that it’s more than this but I’m grateful that someone attempted to estimate (very balzy of you).
  • While the US has placed high taxes on the price of cigarettes (watch out NY), it looks like Lagos will ban smoking in public areas. To skeptics I say, it can definitely work. No one thought that smoking could be banned in NY clubs and restaurants, yet it was. It creates a much healthier environment.
  • It looks like shell will be laying-off about 2000 Nigerian employees and will be retiring 1000. I wonder why, considering price of gas is a smashing $4 per liter (and counting).
  • Lastly, a new phenomenon is coming to town. Stay tuned for Milestone INC. 

That’s all the updates for now folks. Be informed, drive change.