December Note: Reflections, THE WOMEN.

I promised I was gonna do this in bits, and here’s the second part. Among the very awesome women that made my 2014 stand out, the very first that comes to mind over and over will be AMITY.

1. AMITY: She is an embodiment of awesomeness. I call her my god- sister in my head, but she’s more. She’s a friend, an e-mother, a motivator, an inspiration, and every good thing that can possibly come to mind. I met her on a BBM group through a friend, and through all of this time, she’s been a much needed blessing in my life. For all the times you kept me in mind, spoke kind words to me, got angry because I wasn’t the best I could be, prayed for me, lent an advice or two, understood the phases I was passing through, forgave me over and over again, I say GOD BLESS YOU AMITY. Words can’t describe how wonderful I feel having you as a friend, bhet I can swear it’s a beautiful feeling. Thank you for everyday. Thank you for speaking sunshine into my life. Thank you for making me feel good about what I do. Thank you for being my friend.

2. MAMA (MARGARET): I am not sure she’ll ever get to see this, but if she does, ALOHA MAMA! I met MAMA during my NYSC days. She makes one hell of a homely and lovable woman. There were times we disagreed on certain things and went days without talking, but in the end I would learn one or two beautiful lessons. She was a blessing in disguise. And for every thing you taught me MAMA, and everytime you thought well of me and did good for me, I say GOD BLESS YOU and KEEP YOU! Thank you.

3. LAWAL RODIAT (AKANKE): She’s not the typical kind of girlfriend that promises you chatty times at first sight, but a minute with her gets you cracked up. She’s an awesome lady, that would lecture you on just about anything from Finance to Business to Sports to Politics to Music or even Fashion and have you hanging your mouth wide open at how one person can be that versatile. She condoned me, and accepted me without reason; and went ahead to make my last few months @ Jos memorable, and for that I wanna appreciate you girl. For all the times you brought laughter into my life, I wish you immense happiness and good cheer!

4. ZAYTA KAMAL: This awesome lady I met on NAIJA STORIES made sure to keep in touch through my service year and that thoroughly warmed my heart. For that unexpected call on that night (I forget what day of the week it was), and the many times you hollered to drop a warm thought, I say GOD BLESS YOU. I feel honoured that you have me in mind, it means a whole lot.

There are many more people to appreciate but as I drop my pen today at this Juncture yet again, to all of you, I say THANK YOU for 2014. GOD BLESS YOU.


© The Short Black Girl, 2014.


December Note: Reflections, THE MEN.

Hm. So it’s that time of the year again where we sum up the summables, and draw up our books. ‘M sure we’ve all had a fair share of the varying shades of life in these 365 days, and ‘m particularly grateful because despite the overwhelming times, there were moments when I laughed till my belly ached; times when I felt so loved and in love; times when it didn’t matter what I was going through because there were people that made me see the light in every one tunnel and it’s because of these people that ‘ve decided to make a December note.

I met a lot of new faces during this year, made some new friends and relations, kept on with a lot of old acquaintances, and strengthened some fickle lines along the way. But despite the sea of memories and people, some stand out distinctly.

Today, I write about four men that made my 2014 wholesome the most they could.

1. Su’eddie Vershima Agema (The god- brother): I met Su’ on NaijaStories some years back and ever since, he’s been a shelter for the rainy days, offered a shoulder to rest my fragile frame, a diary for my worrisome thoughts, and a friend in need and in deed. He might not know how much he’s done by being a part of my life all this time, but then again, he just might be aware of how awesome he is because sometimes he never fails to flaunt that awesomeness in my face. Su’eddie Vershima Agema, I know ‘m all grown now, and you’re quite the grandpa yourself, here’s just appreciating you for every second of the day that you’ve made my happiness and safety your concern; and wishing that Aondo does the very best for you for that’s just what you deserve. Words fail me on the best things to say to you, but I am certain Aondo understands even my unspoken sentiments. God bless you brother!

2. Ayokunle Ogundare: I call him my brother on some days, and my boo on others. He has been a very supportive and wonderful friend all this time, and his belief in me even at times when I doubt myself has been overwhelming. We don’t see too often, but when we talk I feel the sincerity in every word; and how much he’ll do to help me be my best is beyond words… And for this, I appreciate you Ayokunle Ogundare and I wish the very best for you today, tomorrow and always. God bless you padi!

3. Adeyinka Adewuyi: Ah. My chicken, fish, crayfish and everything in between. There’s so much to tell about him. He would be that extra spice that God gifted me with in 2014, for all the laughter he brought into my life with his mere existence. Adeyinka Adewuyi, thanks for keeping in touch and staying in touch, thanks for putting up with my constant mood swings and hanging around for that moment when I become sweet again. Thanks for being so cool, fun and lovable, and thanks for all the inspirations you gave me when Marvin was still very much around. God bless you dear! You are awesome.

4. Jibola Bakare: Hm. This one friend I don’t know how to place really, but he inspired some of my best works in 2014. Ego, January Flash story, The fall, and a whole lot of others. He’s an exquisite artist, and some crazy guy. Jibola Bakare, thanks for the times you made my day, and most importantly, inspiring me on days when I was short of inspiration with your art, words and being. God bless you real good.

Of course, there’s a whole lot more I want to write and rant about; so many more people I want to recognise, but I guess I’ll do this in bits.

To everyone that made my 2014, I say thank you, and you mean so much to me.

© The Short Black Girl, 2014.