Eky's 2Cents

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Hello my beautiful reader,

Good afternoon. I trust you have been having a great week. I have, except that I feel like a farmer who is in planting season. This Lagos eh, na wa. I have been arriving home at 10pm or later, every night for the past 2 weeks and am in dire need of a massage (TAKE NOTE, HE WHO KNOWS HIMSELF).

Anyway, today am just going to describe briefly a few people I know and their favorite expressions. There is this lady, who is like a big sister to me. She loves watching Tyler Perry movies.....and loves MADEA.......anytime I hear or see Tyler or a Madea movie especially "Hellurrrrrrrrr" , I think of her. Entreaty; Tyler, come to Nigeria oh, your wife is waiting here.......

I used to have a boss who always told my former colleagues "Its not rocket science" and would scratch his face 3 or 4 times afterwards....... This expression eventually became annoying, because it usually meant that someone was getting a dressing down; most likely in public.

I spoke to my cousin today; he is quite dear to me and I used to have a crush on him when I was younger...... I always laugh when we talk cos he would always say " we are looking for money for 'kpokpo garri' and 'bonga fish'...... Once I mentioned bread, and he responded, "we have not graduated to bread yet". Today he added a new one;"I am looking for creche dues." Hustle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is this father I have; am glad to have met him. Anytime you talk to him, you understand why there must be a God in heaven; who loves us in spite of all our wrongdoing. He is also more funky than you young ones, who think going clubbing is the height of having fun; one day in church, while illustrating something, he suddenly goes "Laid back" a la Snoop Dogg........... Imagine how much fun church is with him and God @ the helm of affairs.

I am amazed at how much I remember and just realized that I will have to serialize this post......okay back to the regular programming. There's this very nice young chap I know, intelligent, unique and a good guy; a geek who isn't geeky. He loves horror movies and has a serious distaste for reality TV; anytime you scroll past the E channel on DSTV, particularly if  'Keeping with the Kardashians' is on, he will go "5 brain cells just died".....

Oh, my friend and sister from secondary school; how could I forget her? We have come a long way and she has seen me through life`s many different kettles of fish that I have been in. Recently, it amuses me to hear her say "its not easy for shizzy"......... but I definitely know where she`s coming from.

My dearly beloved mum. The best woman in the whole world. Anytime I hear someone say, "are you alright?" my mind flashes back to childhood; usually you heard that just before you got a sound whipping. Your butt would give you a report even 3 days later..... Tough love.

Since am pressed for time, this is the last person in today`s episode that you will meet through my eyes. He-who-shall-not-be-named. This one? has a repertoire of expressions, he can pass for a rapper with many punch lines. And the voice is amazing, I might add "Success banishes insults." "If you are not self sufficient, you can't afford to be arrogant" "What makes a man are his word and his balls". The others? Well, let`s say they are for my consumption only. Before you girls out there, ..............................................*smiling mischievously.

That`s all folks (for today). Do share your experiences in the comments box. 

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Character Assassination

Yhello there,

I trust it has been a great weekend and beautiful beginning to your week. Mine has been exhausting, yet exhilarating. Don`t ask me what I have been doing, can not spill the beans here....... Maybe in private...*winks

Unto something more serious. I had an encounter recently that made me ponder about the hows and whys of character assassination. Yes, it happens. What is more, a lot of us are guilty of it, without even realizing it. Classic example; you repeat Sister A`s tale about Sister C to Sister B, without ascertaining the other set of facts. As he who must not be named says to me, there are 3 sides to every tale; your side, my side and the TRUTH. Now Sister B begins to walk past Sister C with her nose upturned in the air.
 Most of the time, we are oblivious to the ripple effect of our speech (you may refer to it as gossip, gist, yarns, treating their f*@# ups, etc; we mean the same thing). We forget that we may create the wrong impressions about others with the things we say about them. Other people begin to look at them and refer to them in the same way; all because of a "supposedly-harmless-statement or conversation". People have been wrongly branded, even incarcerated based on hearsay.

It may not mean much to you; not until you find yourself at the receiving end of being assassinated by someone`s mouth. Even the Good book tells us that "the power of life and death is in the tongue". So the next time you find yourself in a corner of the office or school or church or party or market or club with someone/a group of people and are tempted to say, "So Esther told me that Lawrence bla bla bla bla..........." remember that you might just be killing someone. And HOLD YOUR TONGUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Capisce?

 Have a fabulous evening everyone and stay out of trouble.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Heart Break Hotel!!!!!!!!!!

Since he left Adele’s someone like you has become your favourite song, probably on permanent repeat on your playlist. Since she left you have been singing that Boyz II Men’s song ‘doing just fine’. 

The heart break hotel is surely not a nice place to be. The food here is tasteless, it doesn’t matter if you have got a good bed because you still have sleepless nights, sentences become empty, words are just letters, movies are just pictures and voices are unwanted noise. The toilet paper is finished not because it isn’t enough or you have a bad case of dysentery but because of the many tears you have shed. Nothing really makes sense in this hotel. 

You trust no man that says the three words to you ‘I love you’ and you trust no woman who cares too much. It could have been 1 heart break or a series of bad relationships. Love has dealt you heavy blows and left a sour taste in your mouth. Now you are hemorrhaging from your heart. Your heart is shattered beyond repairs or so you think. You have been asking yourself; how, do I start all over again? We were perfect or so you thought.

Six months after, your life’s philosophy is based on your past experiences. You have made the resolve to look better and improve on yourself. Your prayer is for your ex to see you and realize how much he made a mistake by leaving you. Then you will have the opportunity to tell her that it’s too late. So you think? Well, sadly a lot of people wish or pray for bad things to happen their EXs because of the pains they had been through but unfortunately it does not happen all the time. You may never get that opportunity for you to make your EX feel bad because they left you.

He broke your heart, she broke your heart, I broke your heart, you broke my heart…and so? It may have been the first time and it may not be the last time. You aren’t the first neither will you be the last. I really don’t mean to sound this mean but truth is while we seek self improvement to make someone feel bad or jealous, it creates a heavy burden in our hearts and puts us under unnecessary pressure. Nothing wrong with aiming for success, in fact aim for the zenith of all your endeavors but do it because it’s a necessity to succeed in life and not a point to prove. 

Free your mind of every grudge against your ex, forgiveness is key here. You will turn out happy and will meet new people and actually find out that hey! He/she was not the best thing that happened to you after all. Then time will heal all wounds only if you allow it to. Adele practically sang her album titled 21 from emotions from her heart break and it was a major success. That’s because her emotions were channeled to music not necessarily to get back at anyone but to express herself. Do not do the right things for the wrong reasons.

 Become a better person because you have to. Sometimes the reason for the heart break is evident when you know you have to work on certain areas of your life. Pick up the pieces and move as every man is a work in progress and trust me, time will tell if you have learned a lesson from it and have become a better man or you are living each day to prove why he/she shouldn’t have left you. Heart break only makes you a stronger person if you let it.

Thursday, April 04, 2013


Unusual Cuisine is a unique, upscale restaurant that specializes in traditional, African delicacies: served with a touch of class and style. The ambience and decor, is done such that it could be a Chinese, Thai, Italian or French deli. It is contemporary, yet fused with traditional pieces such as bamboos, that contribute to the warm, 'home-away-from-home' feel.

They boast a variety of dishes on their menu. From Starch and Banga, Owo, Ofada rice, Banga rice, to the more regular kinds of food such as jollof rice, egusi soup, to the varying meat and fish delicacies, the Unusual Cuisine menu ensures that there is something for everyone.

For those who like to mix business and pleasure, the access to Wireless Internet ensures that you do not miss out on any mails or transactions that go on while you stepped out of the office for your lunch. For those too busy to go out, all you need do is place a call to the dedicated number and your lunch will be delivered to you free or for as low as N200; depending on the time.

Unusual Cuisine is located on No 46 Saka Tinubu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. So, why wait? Check out the website 
www.unusualcuisine.com. Like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/TheUnusualCuisine and follow us on twitter @unusualcuisine. Call 01-8447066 for further inquiries.

See you there