Another Voice is born

Ruti Olajugbagbe
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Another Voice is born - For the second year in a row, a Nigerian has won The Voice UK.
The winner of The Voice UK 2018 is 18 year old Ruti Olajugbagbe. The chubby beauty has such a pure voice, and an open personality, I would have screamed murder if she did not win.

Its not like I follow these stuff religiously, but I stumbled on her voice on Instagram and fell in love. Her voice is like a cross between Adele, Enya, Beyonce and Fergie. Its so fresh and new, I could listen to her all day every day.

What I love most about her is that she has her father's love and obvious support. She's grounded in family. Its an added bonus that her father is Nigerian, and from my part of the country, Yoruba too.

Many Yoruba fathers (mine included) do not have good track records for this generation. This man doesn't look all classy and fly in any of the clips I have seen of him cheering his daughter on, but you can see the joy and love and pride in his face, in his enthusiasm, in his eyes. This one did not force his child to read medicine or law and practically leave her to fend for herself if she did not follow his dictates. This one let the child shine through. Ruti appears so calm in all I have seen. I am proud of her, and not just because she's half Nigerian.

Here are the lyrics to her debut song, Dreams. It kind of describes where I am right now - hit me at the right spot, and with that voice (hear it here), I can only smile and get tearful every time:

Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It's never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

I know I felt like this before
But now I'm feeling it even more
Because it came from you
And then I open up and see
The person falling here is me
A different way to be

I want more, impossible to ignore
Impossible to ignore
And they'll come true
Impossible not to do
Impossible not to do

And now I tell you openly
You have my heart so don't hurt me

You're what I couldn't find
A totally amazing mind
So understanding and so kind
You're everything to me

Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It's never quite as it seems
'Cause you're a dream to me
Dream to me

Good Deed – Writing a Resume

One of my nieces came over for the weekend, and I was so entertained by her. She has developed into a full woman, and I kept thinking about what I must have sounded like, at her tender age of twenty-three. She is in her final year of the university, and I was shocked to find out that she did not have a CV or resume. I took the time out to help her with drafting one. We started off by visiting Google Docs, so that she could choose from the long list of free templates - using Google Docs was a new experience for her too. Then we drafted her information, which included her skills, competencies, educational background, work experience, and interests. I told her to finish off the document, then send it to via Google Drive, so that I could review. The next step would be to start applying for jobs that would enhance her career in Human Resources. I feel good knowing I helped at least one young person kickstart the search for a good job. Good deeds do that to me :)

MSG in Quick Bible finally!

Since I discovered I could actually read a bible on a mobile phone, I have been an avid fan of mobile bibles.
I think the first one I tried was from Olivetree,  before I moved to YouVersion. The latter was not so satisfactory however, because one had to stay online to actually use it. Back then data was really a high end commodity so I once again went in search of another option.
Then I stumbled on Alkitab, also known as the Quick Bible app, on Android, and fell in love.
I could choose the versions I wanted, bookmark sections, add notes and basically use it offline. The app kept getting better, with the addition of hymns and even devotions. The best part was the fact that it was open source and developers encouraged others to contribute. Then the developer added a way for you to sync your bookmarks in the cloud so you could have a backup when you changed devices.
All in all it was great, until I heard the Message translation for the first time. The language was very modern, I wanted it on my app immediately. Unfortunately it was not listed in the versions available. After over a year of waiting for it on the list I gave in to the urge to hunt for it myself and if possible, actually do the conversions needed to make it compatible.
That hunt began over four years ago. Im glad to say it ended some mornings ago, when I found this goldmine from 2011.
Some angel decided to create the YES files for various versions including the Message translation. The download link for that translation had been unproductive and was just updated recently. I am happy to report that it's working now and I have imported the version into my app. Hoorah!

Good Deed: WordCamp Lagos 2018

In January, a friend suggested I attend the WordPress Meetup in Lagos, since I was in the city. I thought, "What harm would it do?" and decided to go. Little did I know that just that one day would change everything for the next couple of weeks. I discovered they had a conference coming up. Not just any conference by the way. It's a WordCamp, the first in Nigeria. WordCamp Lagos 2018 promises to be a day filled with lots of talks, and workshops. We have several sponsors backing the event e.g JetPack, WordPress  (of course), Woo Commerce and more. There will also be a workshop for teens (discounted ticket, only 20). And there's the Happiness Bar, which is a desk that WordPress developer can approach with their challenges and get help. So what was my Good Deed? Well, since I heard about the event, I volunteered to be part of the organizers. I applied to speak as well. I was taken up on both offers. Since joining I have had a nice time working with other WordPress enthusiasts, who give their all to make things move forward in the community . I'm happy to be a part of this new family.

Good Deed: Social Media Week Lagos

Social Media Week image from Eventbrite
Social Media Week Lagos is an event I have always heard about. Every year I would see adverts about it online, and once again wish I was back in Lagos, so I could attend at least one day of the week-long event. That wish came true this year. Turns out that not one, but two of my close friends were to be part of a panel in Social Media Week Lagos 2018. Abosede Sobodu, CEO of Octavia Informatix and Ibrahim Ganiyu, CEO of Imperial Creations Studios were on the panel titled "Being a Change Maker".
Being A Changemaker is a meetup that celebrates the power of people and the resources available to individuals in Lagos to do something that effects change in their own lives, this city and country and eventually the continent of Africa. Unemployment is on the rise and young people in secondary schools and universities need a plan. We will meet to network and chat about the power of the volunteer, the power of the collaborator, and the power of the creator. Participants will be broken up into various groups that will focus on making an idea a reality by collaboration, team work and creativity.
The panel was being hosted by Shola Ajayi of UR4Africa, an initiative that
teaches content creation and produces unique, educational, content about Africa in collaboration with youths and women to inspire the masses.
Everybody has a story to tell.
What was my Good Deed for the day? Well, I might have missed it again this year, if not because Abosede (Who I fondly call "The Boss") asked that I come along so I can help stream the session live on Facebook. I agreed. I'm not skilled as a cameraman, and I had power and internet speed issues, but I tried my best. You can view their videos here. The whole event took place at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island. The setting and decor was beautiful - I was too busy to take a lot of pictures, but I did jam my friend Mary Job there and we took a selfie. I also saw some old friends, some that I had not seen for a decade. All in all, I had a beautiful time, and look forward to attending more Social Media Weeks in future.

Another MSG-free Sundaylunch served

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Another #MSGfree #Sundaylunch served. Thanks @abosede.sobodu and @seuntaylor for the inspiration. That #goatmeat sauce though...wish I could lick the pan without raising eyebrows 😂 #FastRepost from @abosede.sobodu by @fastrepost_app ••• Feeling a little under the weather today but that didn't stop us from having an awesome lunch of crepes with some goat meat sauce. Thanks @jibirises . Join us pls.... #crepes #lunch #sunday #foodie #brunch #sunday #goodfood #goodafternoon #pasta #healthyfood #foodlover