Why I Love Cape Town.

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Travel the world and you will find few cities as beautiful as breathtaking as true to your imagination as Cape Town. Blessed with the perfect climate, spectacular vista and some of the most productive farmlands on earth, Cape Town at first glance appears to be the most spectacular place on earth, and it is.

But dig a little deeper past the picture postcard images and you will also find a buzzy urban decidedly multicultural city. Let me be clear, this is a complex city, this is a contrasting city, this is Cape Town, Welcome my friends to the mother city.

But Cape Town remains a conquered city, predominantly white, 95% maybe 99….with blacks on one side and whites on the other. But yet again we live in a conquered world.

Cape Town and South Africa as a whole have a troubled past….NO denying it, NO ignoring it. But how its people are not defined by the choices their country made generations ago, the effects of those choices are still felt are still seen and are still being reconciled today.

District 6, today what appears to be a quiet innercity residential area was once the ground zero during the apartheid regime in Cape Town. An almost entirely black neighborhood throughout the 19 and 20 century, in the 1950s….the government began segregating communities based on the color of their skin. AKA The Group Areas Act of 1950.

I would go on and on and on….but I might be right to say, Capetonians are a good people. Black, White, Coloured e.t.c Here, they are living the best way they can.

Cape Town is Now, Just Now and Now Now. Modern, natural and buzzing also cool calm and peaceful is what this city is….beautiful city surrounded by nature, mountains, beaches, kind of the best of all worlds.

When you come to a city like Cape Town, it’s easy to flip between luxury hotel, beautiful sandy beach, tourist traping a,b and c…without ever seeing any of Cape Town, if that’s your jam fine. But you are missing out on a city that has a thousand stories to tell.

So dig a little deeper, embrace your sense of adventure and this city will reward you like no other. Despite the troubled past that is far from being resolved, there is the beauty in the sense of pride, the sense of community, the pure positivity, radiating from every South African.

A lesser people would have buckled under the weight of its troubled history, but South African arent your average people, they are tuff, they are proud, they are committed…they keep smiling, and I think that says a lot about this country.

Past Present Future.

That’s why I love Cape Town.

Singles Awareness Day

Red hearts everywhere. Red clothing in all shades and styles everywhere you turn. Blink and you just wont miss that fire engine red lipstick. Nothing brings home the truth about being alone more than Valentine’s Day.

Other days seem to be geared towards culture, tradition and family, but Valentine’s Day? I beg to differ. The celebrations have been narrowed down from showing all types of love, to just the one between a couple, as if that’s all Saint Valentine had in mind. For someone who has enjoyed being one half of a couple for a while, the loneliness hurts, so I would rather call it “Singles Awareness Day” than “Valentine’s Day”.

I’m learning to be alone, but sometimes the loneliness hits me like a ten-tonne truck. This particular year, I got to notice the adverts all over the place, because I am trying to use this same season to promote more giving and charity in my sphere of influence.

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I had to actually tune into all the messages and ads around, so that I could also come up with something nice enough to increase sales and ultimately make a sizable donation to the Initiative. It seems every company and entrepreneur has one form of sales or the other for this period. I am encouraged by the high number of sales tied to charity, motherless home donations and scholarships. Boosts my heart.

If you are like me, without a significant other today, I encourage you to do what I have planned: Touch someone else’s life today – be it a random stranger, or a friend that you have not reached out to check on, for a long while. Depression is eating away at everyone in our society today, and all the hype about love will only make it worse. Let us add to the other side of the equation: show love to someone that cannot expect or even afford it, today.

Above all, celebrate your achievements. Love yourself today. Give yourself a big treat – do you know how many babies were born on your birthday that did not make it to their fifth? Do you know how many others did not get to be a teenager? So many people went through just one-tenth of what you have been through to get here, yet they are gone. Count your blessings one by one.

Be grateful. I know I am.

Warum benutzt du Instagram?

Warum benutzt du Instagram? Zwei Leute, die ich persönlich kenne, haben angekündigt Instagram zu verlassen. Mit einem der beiden habe ich kurz über das Thema in WhatsApp (!) gechattet. Ich schlug als Alternative zu Instagram Pixelfed vor. Die Antwort beschäftigt mich nun seit ein paar Tagen. Der Auslöser Hier der Screenshot aus dem WhatsApp Chat. […]

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Single and Ready to Mingle?

Where did January run to? It feels as if December was just a few days ago. I guess the days are flying by because of the upcoming elections here in Nigeria.

Today is the first day of February, recognized as the love month worldwide. As the coming days roll in, expect to see a lot of vivid red colour, on cars, in buildings, and even on people. There will also be a lot of romance in the air, with many babies getting conceived this month. And definitely, expect the invitations to begin landing in your mail, especially if you are single.
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One such program is the Valentines Meetups for Professionals which will hold at Eko Atlantic, on February 14.
Bonus: People who pay through the website get a taxify code for N1100 off 3 rides.

Are you in Lagos? Are you a working professional? What are you waiting for?