My five (5) favourite Nigerian love songs

•February 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Hello there friends of Omonaij! I hope you had an awesome Valentine’s Day yesterday! Enjoy these Nigerian songs that give me the warm, fuzzy feelings all year around whenever I listen to them. Feel free to share any of your favourite love tunes in the comment section!

5. Flavour Ft. Tiwa Savage – Oyi (Catch cold)

4. Felix Libarty – Ifeoma

3. Kcee – Limpopo

2. J Martins – Fine fine Love

1. Wizkid – Love my baby

 

BONUS

Tiwa Save Ft. Leo Wonder – Ife wa gbona

Advertisements

5 signs your transition to natural hair is going well

•January 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

5 signs your transition to natural hair is going wellCongrats, you’re on your way to a more holistic approach to hair health! The journey might be a little bumpy at first, but things will get better over time, especially once you’ve fully transitioned to natural hair and you’ve created and mastered regular routines that work for you and discovered healthy natural hair products you can even make yourself (KA CHING! That’s money saving right there.). If at this point you’re only thinking/researching about transitioning to natural hair and haven’t exactly started the transition yet, that’s OK too—it’s all part of the journey.

I’ve been wearing my hair un-relaxed since 2003/04. No, that doesn’t mean my hair is as long as Rapunzel’s by now. What it means is that I’ve had my share of the famously known ‘the big chop’ and I’ve improved over the years in the way I care for my hair. Not only do I rock my hair un-permed, I also use only pure, natural products on it, staying away from harmful chemicals you find in most commercial hair products. I make my own natural hair care products that work for me, and I have a regular routine that help me manage and keep my hair healthy and happy.

Whether you’re already on your way to being a naturalista or simply thinking about it, here are some things that let you know you’re moving in the right direction.

  1. You feel good and more comfortable in your own skin

There are a lot of pressures from society about what beautiful is and means. Unfortunately, we’ve been made to believe that kinky, coily, natural hair is not beautiful. We see this in the media (TV shows, ads, movies, books ect) all the time and even worse, we may hear friends and family talk that way too about natural hair. Heck, there are people who don’t want to date a woman who embraces her hair in all its nappy glory (their loss, not yours). For these reasons, some people may feel embarrassed about wearing their hair natural. If you ever felt that way in the slightly bit but not anymore, that’s how you can tell you’re getting the hang of this whole naturalista thing. Congrats on this new found confidence!

  1. You put less chemicals in your hair

For me, having natural hair means many things, but most importantly it means that: 1) I don’t relax my hair or do anything to it that tamper with its natural state, and 2) I use only pure/natural ingredients and products in my hair that are free of harmful chemicals. If you feel the same way, and you’ve done your research and/or started incorporating more chemical-free products into your hair routine/regimen, then you’re doing just fine. Being a true naturalist is about strong healthy hair, length is secondary.

  1. You see a positive change in your hair and its health

I’ve experimented a lot with my hair, which is why I’ve had about three big chops since I’ve been natural (since 2003/04). But once you find a regimen, routine and products that meet your needs, it’s worthwhile to stick with that and you’ll begin to see results. For me, a number one priority is that my hair is healthy at all times. These days, my hair is full, lush and healthy and has a nice sheen to it. It always looks like it’s being hydrated and fed well. My hair looks strong and vibrant, not dull and withered.

  1. You find it’s getting easier to manage your hair everyday

Like most things in life, being a naturalist takes patience and practice. If your primary goal is length (which isn’t a bad thing) you might exhaust your patience quicker than if you focus on overall health (you may achieve length, but it doesn’t necessarily mean your hair is healthy. If you achieve health, your hair is bound to grow). With some practice, you’ll learn to create a natural hair regimen/routine that works best for you.

  1. You take advantage of the countless number of hairstyles you can rock

This should be the least of your worries, whether you have teeny weeny afro (TWA) or hair down to your butt. But how to style natural hair is actually most people’s concerns (especially hairstyles for work). There are many resources out there you can tap into for hairstyle like YouTube and Pinterest. If you’ve found a way around this problem that’s a headache for most people, then you’re definitely on your way to being a naturalista.

I hope this blog post gives you some boost to not give up on the natural hair journey—whether you’ve already started or thinking about it. If you have other ways to measure how your transition to natural hair is going, share your thoughts in the comment box.

3 ways to prep your hair for protective style

•January 18, 2015 • 1 Comment

I love protective hairstyles, especially with braids/extensions. My go-to protective hairstyle for the winter months are single braids with Marley Braids. I use Marley Braids (a lot) to do mainly short and long medium-size two-strand twists, chunky twists/Havana Style and cornrows. When I’m not going coo coo for Marley Braids, I use X-pression braiding hair. Those are my two go-to braiding hair brands. I tend to keep my braids in for three to four months. That is perfect enough time to give my hair a break from combing and styling and help it grow. But before I put my hair in a protective hairstyle for such a long period of time, I make sure my hair is well cared for and gets all the nutrients it needs before it goes into hiding.

My routine is simple, and I never miss it whenever I install a new protective style.

  1. Clarify

My clarifying mix consists of 50% shampoo, 30% baking soda, and 20% water. I mix it all together, apply to my hair, leave it in for no more than 10mins, then I rinse with lukewarm water. This removes all the buildup from my hair and leaves it squeaky clean. When your hair is squeaky clean, it makes it easier for deep conditioner or LOC to penetrate every single strand deeply because there is no build up or other chemicals surrounding the hair strand.

  1. Deep condition

Almost all the products I use for my hair are natural/home remedies and I make them myself (except for shampoos). I have a few choices for deep conditioners, depending on what I’m trying to achieve (protein, strength, fight dryness etc). My all-time favourite is 80% honey (heated in hot water or for 10-15 seconds in a microwave) with 20% extra virgin olive oil. Simple. This mix gives my hair strength, helps it retain moisture and keeps it soft. I mix the two ingredients together, apply to my hair, leave it in for as long as I want, then rinse with warm water. Most of the time, I apply this honey and extra virgin olive oil deep conditioner to my hair in the morning on a weekend and then I go about my day doing house chores or errands, and then I rinse it out later in the evening.

  1. Do the LOC method (liquid, oil, cream)

Once I’ve deep conditioned my hair and I’m ready to start the protective hairstyle, I moisturize my hair and keep the moisture in by following the LOC method. I do the LOC method in sections as I braid my hair because adding water to each section I part for the braid makes it easier to comb/manage. I part my hair into four big sections. As I work on each section, I part the amount of hair I need for each braid, apply “LO” (from my spritzer of 70% water and 30& oils), comb, apply the “C”, then add the braiding hair and start braiding/twisting.

It’s just that easy, and you can do it too. Give your hair the nutrients it needs, especially before you put it in a protective style for a long time.

Happy New Year!

•January 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I like to laugh, smile and fill my mind with positive, optimistic thoughts. Most importantly, I like to share these good feelings with others. The New Year message below was shared with me recently and I couldn’t have said it better myself. Enjoy it—and HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!!!!!

Happy-New-Year-2015_Nigerian-blogger_Jan4Happy New Year!

The Boarding on Flight 2015 has been announced. Your luggage should only contain the best souvenirs from 2014. The bad moments should be left in the garbage if it exceeds 3 ounces of liquid tears. The duration of the flight will be 12 months but the next stopovers will be: Health, Love, Joy, Harmony, well-being and Peace.

The captain offers you the following menu, which will be served during the flight:
A Cocktail of Friendship
A Supreme of Health
A Gratin of Prosperity
A Bowl of Excellent News
A Salad of Success
A Cake of Happiness
All accompanied by bursts of laughter and hugs.

Now, fasten your seat belt for take off ladies & gentleman. You’ll be able to move around your cabin momentarily as we climb even higher beyond your wildest dreams. Ready for take off? Let’s Go!!

Wishing you all an enjoyable trip on board flight 2015.

Happy holidays from your Nigerian blogger

•December 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Happy-holidays-from-your-Nigerian-blogger

Thanks for passing through my blog. It’s been a busy December and I’m not posting weekly on Sundays like I normally do. But I’ll be back on schedule come the New Year so make sure to stop by regularly then. In the meantime, all my old posts are here for you to enjoy.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Discovering the little gems in Edmonton #4 – Ribbon Rouge gala

•November 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I can’t believe there’s just one month left in 2014—which mean I’m almost done my “Discovering the little gems in Edmonton” project. Early this year, I promised myself to get out more and enjoy the many great things and happenings my city has to offer. There are tons of things to do in Edmonton, but sometimes life gets in the way. You find that you’re either too busy or you simply take your city for granted.

This month, I attended Ribbon Rouge’s annual gala, something I’ve been meaning to do since I found out about the foundation through my brother. The gala raises money for HIV and precedes go to HIV Edmonton, The Stephen Lewis Foundation and UNAIDS program. It’s a great cause I really wanted to support. I was impressed and inspired by Ribbon Rouge when I first heard about it, especially the fact that a young female founded it, someone whose vision I could relate to. Her name is Moreneke (she also goes by Nikki) and she’s been organizing the annual event for seven years now. I first met her in 2013 through my brother when she volunteered to help us with African Cultural Night 2014.

The gala was good. It started at 6 p.m. (no “African Time” with this one). I got to enjoy Sierra Jamerson sing, check out an art exhibition focused on the “Phenomenal Woman” theme, and bid on a few silent auction stuff while the show got ready to really kick off. Later on, a dance performance followed by a fashion show set things in motion. Dinner started making its way around after that while we watched the Sangea African dancing/drumming jam up a storm and got the crowd to join in on the fun too. Afterward, Medgine blessed the crowd with fierce, unapologetic, heartfelt spoken word. After that, it was dance dance dance for the rest of the night.

I really enjoyed Medgine’s spoken word and the Sangea dancers. Plus I got two of the three stuff I bid for in the silent auction. It was an expensive night, but it was worth it. Like Nikki, there are many young people in Edmonton making a difference everyday. I’m always happy to be a part of that experience and contribute whenever I can.

How to make your own superfood smoothies

•November 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

superfood smoothiesThere are two things I learned from the health-conscious people around me that I’ve always wanted to try: a detoxifying cleanse and veggie smoothies. I tried a body cleanse in October 2014 and I hated it (you can check out the post I wrote about the experience here). Before the cleanse, I started a very healthy love affair with superfood smoothies (no pun intended) in July. Ever since, I’ve been creative with my smoothies and enjoying every sip. And you can do the same.

It took me a while to actually take the plunge and try a superfood smoothie. I have staple veggies I can’t get enough like spinach, kale, and carrots. But in general, I don’t like veggies. I’m a fruit gal. Secondly, I didn’t think I’d like the combined taste of raw veggies and fruits plus a mix of other ingredients in a liquid form. But once I put all that aside, I definitely wasn’t sorry when I prepared and had my first smoothie. I liked it instantly and I only wished I had tried it sooner.

And the interesting thing is I started my superfood smoothie journey while I was on vacation. It was an impromptu act with a family member, and I kept up with it daily for the whole two weeks I was on holiday. Who starts a ‘healthy’ diet while they’re on vacation? If anything, my healthy-eating habits normally go down the drain when I go on vacations. What can I say, I do things in reverse sometimes—and there’s something about an unplanned decision like this that’s secretly rewarding. It’s the kind of feel-good-feeling you might get if you suddenly decided to start a healthy lifestyle in October and maintain it throughout the Christmas holidays instead of starting it AFTER the holidays like you had originally planned.

Rambling aside, you should consider these three things before you make your first glass of superfood smoothie:

  • Use healthy, whole foods ingredients that are in their most natural state instead of processed ingredients (for example, raw almonds instead of roasted, salted almonds).
  • Invest in good equipment. From a blender to measuring cups, make sure you have the right smoothie equipment you need. It could be the difference between having to chew half of your superfood smoothie because your blender doesn’t have a strong setting that can grind/blend to pure smoothness all the ingredients you dump in it.
  • Consider incorporating superfood smoothies into your diet. You can have a healthy smoothie more regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle regimen or just something you enjoy every once in a while.

Now let’s get started.superfood smoothies

Some people are very specific about the order in which they put their smoothie ingredients into the blender. I’m not one of those people. Here are the things you’ll need for your superfood smoothie.

Equipment: Get all your equipment together and ready to make the smoother such as a blender, measuring cups, and all the ingredients you’ll be using.

Liquid: I often use only water and sometimes water plus coconut milk. You can try other options like almond, flax, hemp milk or even cooled tea. Measure whichever liquid you choose and pour it into the blender.

Superfoods: Flaxseeds is a staple ingredient in my smoothies. I like to buy it in bulk, blend a lot of it at a time and store it in a container for use when I’m making my smoothies or to sprinkle on a yogurt parfait and things like that. I also add to my smoothies raw nuts and seeds like pumpkin, sunflower and almond. I recently started to also add chia seeds and I’m getting used to the taste it adds. You can try other superfoods like acai and goji berries or plain cocoa powder.

Veggies: Spinach and kale are my go-to veggies. I could eat them all day no matter how you prepare them. You could also try arugula, romaine, collards or Swiss chard.

(Frozen) fruits: I love berries! I buy a bag (about 1.75-2 kg) of frozen berries and it normally lasts me a whole month. I don’t need to use a whole lot each time I make a smoothie because my superfood smoothie is packed with many other ingredients. Sometimes, I add a banana or an avocado too. If you don’t want to buy a frozen fruits bag with preselected fruits, you can buy the fruits you like individually (mangoes, peaches, cherries), dice them if/as needed, toss them in one big or smaller Ziploc bags, and store in the freezer for use. Viola, you’ve got your homemade frozen fruits.

Protein powder: I haven’t been adding protein powder to my smoothies but I think I’m going to start doing so for exercise purposes. I’m working out three days a week this winter and adding protein powder to my smoothie would be a good way to help out my body. Also, protein powder is good for thickening a smoothie, making it creamier.

Ice: I normally don’t add ice to my smoothie because I don’t like cold drinks, especially in the winter. But if you like ice, you could try something other than water ice cubes. Instead, freeze almond or coconut milk in ice cube trays and use those.

How to blend a smoothie

Depending on the kind of blender you use, it may not matter how you blend. I don’t have one of those high-end smoothie blenders. I use a regular one instead and I find that my smoothie is more consistent and I’m not chewing un-grind seeds or leafy greens when I start from low to high (my blender has numbers 6 through 10, 6 being the weakest and 10 the strongest). I press #6 for about a minute, #7 for about half a minute and #10 for another one minute. That often does it.

I hope this blog post helps you out if you’re considering trying a superfood smoothie or if you’re looking for ways to boost your current superfood smoothies recipes. Remember, you can get creative and change up the ingredients however you like. At the end of the day, you’re the one drinking it, so make sure it’s a darn good smoothie you can put up your feet or curl up to while enjoying every little sip.

 
The pretty looks

voice of a Nigerian abroad

The Bougie Life

voice of a Nigerian abroad

omonaij

voice of a Nigerian abroad

African Remy

UK natural - Me and my Nigerian hair :)

Shanscapes!

Escape with me to the world of Fashion, Travel, Cinema, and all things Natural

HERMAJESTY_M

All Things Natural

Musings of a Crazy Nigerian

Ramblings of a 419er/Dictator/Oil-rich Madman

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Happy Wives Club

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Farafina Books

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Writer Official Site

Klassy Kinks

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Coily, Kinky, Curly

My Natural Hair Journey

lexa's journal

Living authentically... while trying to balance my career, a healthy lifestyle, and my family. "A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination, prepared to be herself and only herself." - Maya Angelo

Afrophire Magazine

Your Brighter Life Guide

Amirah B Free Blog

Author * Singer * Life Coach * Yoga/ZUMBA Instructor * Naturalista * Mom

Wild Hair Beauty

voice of a Nigerian abroad

The Natural Mane

voice of a Nigerian abroad

Mingo's World

voice of a Nigerian abroad

%d bloggers like this: