#THROWBACK THURSDAY: THE BEST OF MO’HITS.

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I remember when I first heard about the Mo’hits split back in 2012, I literally gave up on Nigerian music. Back then, they were like the pivot of the music industry (along with 2face and P-square) and it broke the heart of music lovers everywhere to say goodbye to the hottest crew in music. And though it seems like we’ve all moved on ever since, some of us will forever remember Mo’hits when we think of the good ‘ol days. That moment when you heard ‘It’s Don Jazzy again’ and you practically jumped off your seat to the dance floor because you just knew it was about to go down.

In the spirit of throwback thursday, let’s go back in time to reminisce on our favourite songs from the Mo’hits crew comprising Don Jazzy, D’banj, Dr. Sid, D’Prince, Wande Coal and K-Switch .

WHY ME.
Fi le! And she no gree… This song was a turn up anthem back in the day. And it wasn’t just complete without the popular ‘Yahooze’ dance.

SUDDENLY
This song was my jam for days! Like you have no idea. Just watch the video for yourself.

YOU BAD
One of my all time favourite Wande Coal songs. I wasn’t a fan of the video though. It didn’t do justice to the song.

BUMPER TO BUMPER
Oya follow me bumper to bumper! There was no hotter party jam between 2008 and 2009. This song was everywhere literally.

GIVE IT TO ME
This is a very playful song with a mad beat. Plus the concept of the video was really cool too.

PERE
With Don Jazzy’s signature vocals on this one, no surprise it made the list. Great song.

BOOTY CALL
This song! This is one song that brings back memories for me. I remember when some boys from my high school mimed to this song back then. It was the coolest thing trust me.

OVER THE MOON
Best song off his ‘Turning Point’ album. Great and funny video too.

ENDOWED
I’m so endowed… Totally love this song and the remix with American rapper, Snopp Dogg. The video was so dope!

FALL IN LOVE
My favourite D’banj song any day anytime. A break away from which usual style, this love song fast became a wedding favourite and even our parents couldn’t resist digging it on the dance floor. When the kokomaster fall in love, you no say water don pass garri…

What was your favourite song from the Mo’hits golden era? What other songs do you think should have made the list? Sound off in the comments section!

I WAITED FOR YOU BY JANETTE…IKZ.

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Last month I shared a beautiful poem titled ‘I will wait’ by spoken word artist, Janette…IKZ and from my blog stats, I could tell that you guys really loved it so I decided to post the sequel. ‘I waited for you’ was Janette’s vow to her husband Matthew at their wedding back in September 2014. It’s pretty long so it’s advisable you watch the video here.

Here are some excerpts that I particularly love;

…For some strange reason you felt like heels click three times. I was a relentless unpredictable storm. I guess those other men were made of hay because I huffed and I puffed and the spirit of your big body howls wouldn’t go down. I hated the way my heart became a defiant teenager and listened to you instead of me.

…Stay close. And just let me inhale your exhale. Even when I punch you with my words, stay close. Even when I cut you with my fears, stay close. Look at my chilling eyes and remember, look at my bleeding knees and remember, I fell for you and it took my thirty three years to let that pain die so that new hope and new life could resurrect.

… I could make a millions promises with a long list of what I could vow, but we are flawed human beings. So today I’m going to let my yes be my yes and my no be my no. I vow that sometimes I will fail you. I vow that sometimes I will fall short. But in failures and shortcomings I won’t tap out, I won’t give up. 

… I vow not to buy into false romanticism, saying things like “you complete me”, because you don’t. In Christ I have already been made complete, the head over all. So I vow not to attribute glory to you that only belongs to God. To you and only you today I commit, 
to you and only you I submit, with an attitude…
The attitude of Christ Jesus.                              

…God loved me enough to give me you, and so I vow to you my last breath.

What are your favourite parts of Janette’s vows? Share with us in the comments section!

FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ‘DIFFICULT’ TO LOVE BY WARSAN SHIRE.

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You are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
prettier
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.

SISTER SISTER! BALMAIN’S LATEST AD CAMPAIGN.

Fashion powerhouse, Balmain Paris just released a sneak peek of its Fall/Winter 2015 ‘Unconditional Love’ collection. The Parisian brand shared photos from the fab editorial which features famous sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Joan and Erika Smalls on their Instagram page yesterday. 

Olivier Rousteing, the creative director of Balmain said in a statement, “This season’s Balmain campaign was inspired by a brief, key moment that happened while we were shooting our last campaign. While I watched Mario capture a kiss last fall, I was struck by the love and emotion that I was witnessing in front of me. Starting with a determination to once again focus on the beauty of an intimate connection, my team and I quickly concluded that a celebration of the unique and unconditional love of siblings is a natural progression from the spirit of last season.’

The 80’s inspired ad campaign was shot by famous photographer, Mario Sorrenti. Check out the glamorous shots and let us know what you think. Which one is your favourite?

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Gigi and Bella Hadid
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Kendall and Kylie Jenner
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Joan and Erika Smalls

I MISS YOU.

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This is an original piece written by one of my very good friends. Ever since I first read it, I haven’t been able to get over it. It’s so real and honest. I’m sure most of us have been here at some point. Happy reading!

I must admit that I miss you. For once in a very long while, let me ruminate on the memories. I miss you. Every single thing about you. How you make me smile. How you make jokes about almost anything. Missing you is hard and what makes it worse is that you are mad at me. I couldn’t enter your car the other day because it would only bring back memories. I miss sitting next to you and watching you drive. Remember how you always said ‘I’ll kill you o’ especially when I forgot to put on my seatbelt. How I was always quick to recline the seats as soon as I got in and how I never stopped complaining about the your car’s cooling system.

I wished you had loved me a bit more. You should have waited for me. You should have at least fought for us. I said the things I said for the sake of honesty, I didn’t mean to push you away. It just became difficult not to share given how close we had become. It wasn’t supposed to come between us. It wasn’t.

I miss being responsible to call. Having to recount my whole day to you. I can’t help but imagine you listening to someone else now. I really miss you. I miss you always calling me fat. I miss those Saturdays when we had breakfast in your car. I miss cooking for you. I dreaded when distance was created. I thirsted for things to go back to the way they were but it didn’t. You didn’t want anything more than friendship anymore. Even a compliment from you became rare. I remember asking myself why you were being difficult. Why were you making it harder to choose you?

I’m sorry I didn’t keep quiet about my dad.
I’m sorry I didn’t keep quiet about the other guy.
I’m sorry I didn’t sense your hurt, I was just being me.
I fell in love with you without even realising…
And this is where it has brought me
I miss you!

PS: If you have any piece you’d love to share here, email me at memoirsbymide@yahoo.com.

IT’S ALWAYS YOU AGAINST THE WORLD.

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I’ve learnt a lot of valuable life lessons in the past one year. Some I learnt passively while others I learnt in a really hard way. One of the hard ones is that “In life, it’s always going to be you against the world.”  This one was particularly hard because I’m a people person. I love to have people around, partake in group activities and all that kind of stuff. So the realisation for me was quite tough and it came with a lot of hurt.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in any way advocating a solitary life. The need for true love and valuable friendships can never be overemphasised. I agree. But when relationships become the pivot of your life, then there’s a problem. You’re not only setting yourself up for a string of heartbreaks, betrayals and disappointments, you’re also slowing yourself down on your life’s journey.

I’ve learnt to primarily befriend myself and cherish my own company. As crazy as that sounds, it’s the truth. I’ve learnt how to take care of myself, encourage myself, motivate myself, consult with myself, make plans with myself, pamper myself whenever I feel like without having to wait for anyone to do it for me. And frankly, I believe that’s the way it should be for everybody so that we can all save ourselves the stress and unnecessary drama that comes with being let down by people you counted on. If you have to depend on external motivation for everything, you will almost not get anything done. I know this cause I’ve been there.

I remember when it felt like everyone was taking turns to disappoint me and until I decided to look inward for my own strength, the cycle never broke. Don’t get it twisted though, I have friends. Amazing one-in-a-million kind of friends but what I’ve also come to have is emotional independence. And believe it or not, that strengthens friendship like nothing else. We need to reach that point where we are enough for ourselves so that any relationship we form will be a plus and we can easily walk away if it becomes detrimental to our personal growth. You are the most important person to yourself. Never forget that.

While there’s always a place for people in our lives, my whole point is to know where to draw the line! Know when you need a girls night out or a ‘you day in’, when to seek the opinion of others or when you need to consult with yourself, when to share your plans and when to keep it to yourself. In the end, this is life and everyone is looking out for themselves ultimately. Do not be deceived waiting on a train that will never move. If you want to accomplish anything, get up and get going. Be your own drive. Keep it moving. Don’t put your life on hold for anybody. If they want in, they’ve got to keep up. And if not, you are better off without them anyway.

Bottom line is you came into this world alone. It is YOUR life. It will become what you make of it and no matter how it turns out in the end, it will be YOUR cup of tea. Don’t keep rolling in cliques and neglect investing in your own life. People come and go but you’re always going to end up with you. Make it worthwhile!

10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME.

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Happy new month my lovelies! I can’t believe we are halfway through the year already. The way time flies though. Anyway, I’m excited that July is finally here and that’s because my birthday is the 15th.
Today’s post is a personal one. I’ve been blogging for over a month now so I feel like it’s time you guys got to know me a little more. So I’m going to be sharing 10 things about me you most likely didn’t know before. Let’s get right into it.

1) My full name is Ayomide Christiana Ololade Oluwafunbi Ogundipe. I’m the first of 4 children- 2 brothers and a sister.

2) I’m a CHRISTIAN. I believe the bible. God is my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t get it right all the time though but I’m a work in progress.

3) I talk to a lot of people but I actually have just a few friends. I try to keep my inner circle small and tight because I’ve learnt that you can’t be friends with everybody.

4) I’m very opinionated. I know because I’ve been told. If I believe in something, it’s going to take a lot to convince me otherwise.  It’s both a blessing and a curse.

5) I’m a hopeless romantic. Like you have no idea! I’ve literally recited my vows a gazillion times in my head. Yes I’m that mushy. :-D

6) I’ve been in love just once in my life but sadly it didn’t work out. Life happened. I still get sad about it sometimes.

7) I’m always on my phone. It’s a bad habit of mine. So if I’m not texting you back then the probability that I’m ignoring you is 120%

8) I’m very particular about etiquette and I can’t stand ill-mannered people. I get easily irritated when people make too sexual jokes.

9) I love almost anything Italian. Italian clothes, Italian shoes, Italian food, Italian men… You name it and I’m in. Italy is always a good idea to me. 

10) I love to dress up. Any opportunity to glam up and I’m jumping right at it. Clothes, Hair and Makeup, Shoes and Bags in that order. Looking good is very important to me.

And that’s it. 10 things you didn’t know about me. Do we share any similarities? Let me know by dropping your comments.

PS: I love you guys. You make blogging worthwhile and I can’t thank you enough for reading. Your comments, they mean the world to me. So keep them coming!