Songs that made my 2017.

Jinmi Abdul’s Music
I discovered his music on the internet and I enjoyed it a lot this year. His songs will most likely dominate my most played songs on sound cloud ! My favorites include Tinuke eko and Linda highlife.

Eri ife’s music
So, I know Eri Ife from church and was first introduced to one of his rap songs a long time ago (under the name Calderon) by a friend, and I enjoyed it a lot. He however took his alternate music game to another level. He released Eri Ife (the EP) this year and I enjoyed listening to it a lot. Starlite , Upside down are among my favorites. I also felt black minstrel was tooooo short but maybe that’s part of her beauty – (I mean black minstrel’s beauty ūüėĄ)

Nonso Amadi’s music

I first took note of Nonso Amadi’s tonight at a programme and I loved it immediately but I did not know it’s Title. I tried to google “run to your mama mp3” but it did not yield any valuable results ūüėā. Imagine my Joy when I finally discovered the song. I eventually discovered Radio too and I absolutely loved it. Radio’s video is also really good for a low budget video. I can’t wait for more of his music come 2018.

Nigeria’s Afro popular music

This year was massive for Nigerian music worldwide. We had Wizkid and Drake. Davido and C.ronaldo ūüėā Maleek berry (Eko – Miami) !!!! It was a good year.

It also seems it saved it’s best for last. With the release of songs towards the end of the year like Jeje – Reekadobanks, likedat – Davido, even Wizkid’s – Manya.( In my opinion, his only Naija-centric Jam this year) .

Davido had a decent year with the release of IF, Fall, FIA etc. I enjoyed them, but not as much as I am enjoying like dat at the moment.

Wizkid also “came closer” to his dream of becoming a world wide icon.

Wait…… I almost forgot JUICE by YCEE ft Maleek berry!!!!!!! I’m not sure it was a 2017 release, but it sure made massive waves in 2017. There are a lot of songs from this genre that I enjoyed this year

Nathaniel Bassey – Wonderful wonder

I’m not sure when Nathaniel Bassey released this single, but I just came across it this year and I totally fell in love with it. It has a sublime rhythmic progression you cannot but fall in love with. I listened to it a lot during baths this year.

Tatiana manaois’ music
I also discovered this songstress in 2017 also and I’m glad I discovered her music. Her “like you” made massive waves ūüĆä in 2017 even though it was released much earlier. Her music is very calm and she won herself a fan from my very first listen to her music. I have since enjoyed many of her songs.

There you go. Those were my favorite songs this year . Do you have any songs you believed I should have listened to this year? Drop it below in the comment section, and I will most definitely hunt it down.

cheers to the new year ūü•āūüćĽ

(disclaimer : All images from Google Images except my feature post).

One score and two years

Time

Regularly, I still put on the uniform of scholars belonging to Albert Einstein’s school of thought, ¬†who believe time is only an illusion.

We all have our various theories and reasons, and here is mine.

We currently, measure time by seconds, which run into minutes , minutes become hours, and hours finally make up  days. A day Рwhich is defined by dawn and dusk.

But then, ¬†the concept of dawn and dusk is¬†simply a make believe. Sun rises and Sun sets are a beautiful illusion created by the rotation of the earth around it’s axis, ¬†so if the earth decided to stop¬†rotating or slow down a little, ¬†our entire idea of time comes crumbling.

I therefore see time as a GIFT that was created  for us to make sense out of our world.  Imagine if we did not have sun rises and Sun sets,  how would we measure time?  the entire world would not even make sense.

When I think about time,  and think about sun sets and Sun rises,  it only affirms by believe that there is a God РThe creator of and master mind of sun rises and sunsets,  the creator of time.

Time is a gift from God. A gift that allows us to count our moments here on earth and give our lives meaning. (I would share a complete exposè on my theories about time and all in a future article.)

Today , I want to reflect on God’s gift in my life – time.

I’m one score and two years old (Twenty and two years). Yesterday, ¬†I turned 22.
This means our earth has revolved around our sun 22 times since I was birthed. ūüėÉ

I love birthdays, ¬†not because I feel they are “special” compared to other days , ( ¬†my understanding of time doesn’t help much ) but because they help me appreciate the gift of time, and reflect on moments¬†in the last revolution of the sun.

The year gone past consisted of several beautiful HIGHs¬†and also a few lows to remind me that this is Life and it’s not a bed of roses.

I met several amazing people during the course of the year, ¬†I also strengthened a lot my past relationships , but some them also waned (well life ūüôĀ ) .

I made amazing new friendships. I graduated from school,  published an online anthology ,  travelled out of the country, it was wonderful.

One of the highs  would definitely include my experience with the Unilever Africa idea Trophy, which offered  me the opportunity to meet a lot of amazing people and have such a wonderful time , it offered a lot of learning  and it would be really difficult  to have me trade this experience for anything.

Let me use this opportunity to also talk about the Global finals I mentioned we were to attend in a previous post.

We eventually couldn’t go in person or rather, ¬†in “people” ūüôā , ¬†because our visas were denied, ¬†we however tried competing virtually, ¬†and left a remarkable impression on our judges.

I am immensely grateful to all the stakeholders¬† and everyone¬†who supported us and¬†tried to ensure our success at the competition. My only wish was that ¬†we had the opportunity to deliver our best and to have seen it’s results,¬†however, be assured that we did Nigeria proud. ūüôā

I am also thankful to my team mates for such a wonderful experience together.  We entered the contest as friends,  but came out brothers.

Also, during the last revolution of the earth around our sun, I put out my debut collection of poems (Love diary) . It was a promotional collection, and it’s results amazed and really encouraged me.

I was really thankful for the¬†support I received from everyone around me. I was even pressed to release it in paperback, ¬†which I plan to do in earnest, ¬†God willing. ¬†ūüôā

During the past year, ¬†I also bagged my bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering :). It marked an end to five years of¬†University life, five years that helped shape the person I am today.

Somewhere between my freshman and sophomore year, ¬†I set a slightly ambitious target CGPA, in the end, ¬†I came as close as one could ever come and ended up with an excellent result. which reminds me of a quote from my physics teacher in secondary school, ¬†he always said, ¬†“aim for the stars, ¬†maybe you will land on the moon”. By the way, the moon, is a pretty nice place to land.

So guys, ¬†if you have any construction works to be done, ¬†a qualified engineer is just a dial away ūüėä.

The University also offered me an avenue to make awesome friendships, friendships I would deeply miss and forever cherish!

During the course of the year, ¬†my laptop and phone also got stolen. If you have been following me for a while , you¬†would already be familiar with this sort of happenings, I’m praying for it to stop however. ( When it’s not that I’m some magnet that is always attracting thieves ūüėÄ.

This was going to set me back, as I lost a lot of important stuff on my devices,  I lost my documents,  pictures,  short stories,  poems,  CAD designs, vexscheworld related docs etc.

But I have decided to use it as a spring board . I have made a commitment to bounce back stronger. Turn the bad¬†vibes to good ones, ¬†and so far, ¬†that’s been working out fiiine.

All in all,  this year gone past has been a great year.

Moving forward,  I look forward to an exciting period serving my country,NIGERIA on the National youth service Corps (NYSC)  scheme, Concentrate on writing more beautiful stuff, grow the @vexscheworld brand,  experiment more with my music, plan for the future etc.

I am forever thankful for the kind of friends and family God has blessed me with. ¬†They always make me feel like a rockstar everytime it’s my birthday and did just that this time around. ¬†God bless.

Bye… Till my next post, ¬†which would be soon (hopefully) .

Kolade Pelumi.

The story behind this sonic drawing

I still fondly recall an incident that occurred while I was growing up. I think I was in primary 2 or 3. A boy in my class brought a beautiful drawing and said his big brother drew it for him, it was a picture showing a basketball player ¬†slam dunking into a net (I think it was the picture that used to be on the milo tin )I don’t know if it still there.

This picture was so fine and everyone in the class gathered round to admire his big brothers artwork, and I wished my big brother could draw one for me. But I did not have a big brother, as I am a first child and I longed to show off a drawing to my friends too. I then remembered I had an uncle who was an architect, so I decided to ask him to draw me a basketball player slam dunking.

Being an architect, and obviously oblivious of the gravity of my plight, he just took a few seconds to sketch me a line drawing of a boy throwing hoops. I was not satisfied in any way , but I appreciated his effort. I did not show my friends in school though, because really it was just a quick sketch.

Fast forward to almost  a decade plus half a dozen years later,  my nephew (not blood relative Р a family friend ,but he calls me uncle) asks me  to draw him a sonic drawing  he had seen on my phone saying he wanted to show his friends. Nostalgia floods my head as I quickly recall when I was around his age and I longed for a similar thing. I painstakingly took my time to draw the beautiful piece you see above.

What makes this story special is that¬†even if my uncle did not totally understand my plight some 16 , 17 years ago, I had the experience to understand my nephew’s plight.

Morale : Do to others what you would have loved to be done to you, and sometimes when people don’t meet your expectations still appreciate their effort ūüėä .

I hope you enjoyed my story! Drop your comments below

HOW WE “DABBED” OUR WAY TO LONDON

HOW WE “DABBED” OUR WAY TO LONDON

(THE INNOVATUS STORY)

Written by Kolade Oluwapelumi.

 

Laolu informed me sometimes in June, 2016 about a contest he wanted us to enter into as a team. He explained to me about how the Unilever Ideatrophy works and that you could enter individually or as a team of two or three. He further explained that he and another friend of ours (Feranmi) had entered individually for the 2015 edition but did not make it past the first round. He believed we stood a better chance if we entered together as a team. He also tells me that for the first stage we would be required to write an essay of not more than 250 words about an idea for a close up advert, and seeing that I write, I was saddled with that responsibility. He gave me the idea he wanted for the essay piece and I was to put it into writing as soon as possible.

I was battling with a photoshop tutorial  on a calm evening when I heard my phone buzz , Laolu  tells me through BBM that  we were moving closer to the deadline set for the essay submission  and I had not delivered on my end  of the bargain. I made a mental note to draft something out the next morning. As soon as I woke up, I constructed our entry essay but struggled to keep it down to 250 words. I eventually sent him 300 words and asked him to get it down to 250 words and forward it to Unilever along with our details.

( A few weeks later ) .BUZZ, BUZZ . Feranmi sent a message to us informing us that we had made it to the second round and the email had been lying in our spam for a few days.  As it was, we had less than 3 days to make a video advert depicting our 250 word essay. I asked him and Laolu to come over to my place the next day so we could discuss how we could go about it!

The next day was a Saturday.  At that time Dotun (a good friend of mine ) and I were taking  the Vexsche music beginners’  guitar lessons every Saturday.  Laolu and Feranmi walked in on the class and I went out to see them to discuss about the technicalities of the video when it occurred to me that we already had our cast for the video advert in the students of our guitar class.  I went in and explained our situation to our students (who were also mostly our friends).  Also, I  had another friend (Keke) who was good with video editing and directing, so we asked him to help us. We all decided to meet after church the next day.

We shot the video clips we intended to use with our mobile phones, we also all contributed in building the story for the video advert. During the shoot, I figured our idea was too elaborate for a 40 second video edit and I decided that a picture story would be more appropriate to tell our story perfectly.

The crew that produced our Unilever entry advert

I got home and collated our video clips and started to extract relevant pictures from them. Laolu was there to help me and we worked overnight, by morning we had produced the beauty below.

We submitted our video, and for some reason we were confident and full of faith that we would make it to the next round. But then, we started seeing other videos from students all over the country so we knew there was good competition. Anyway, we still believed we would make it through.

Alas!! We got another mail a few weeks later; we had made it through to the boot camp!!!  We were given a brief which basically stated that we were brand managers for close up at Unilever and we were to come up with a marketing plan for the re-launch of close up.  Also, mentors were assigned to us.  Our mentor was in Russia at the time and would not be physically present, but she gave us all the help she could through e-messages and mails.

We worked with our brief for several days before our boot camp. We conducted surveys and drafted a word document which detailed heavily the intricacies of our marketing plan. We drafted what stroke us as a pretty decent PowerPoint presentation filled with numbers, figures and charts.

After we were done with work, we were again very confident that we had what it took to do extremely well at the boot camp.

The Nigerian boot camp was awesome, we met all these amazing personalities, and I must confess, I developed cold feet within the first few minutes of meeting all these vibrant youths. ¬†I thought to myself, how would we compete with all these outspoken and confident lads. But then, I was here right? Something had to be in me too ūüôā .

Since our mentor was not physically present, we had to attach ourselves to a Unilever staff. We approached Mr Demola , who was visibly very tired after a very stressful day of receiving all the 36 students from all around the nation. We pleaded with him to take a peek at our work, and thank God he did! He took a quick glance at our work and told us that our business plan would be ¬†awesome for winning a contract and not a competition, and then he left us with these simple words. ‚ÄúTell a story with your presentation‚ÄĚ. Those were all the words we needed to hear.

That night, we thrashed our previous plan. Also, I had gotten a glimpse of how cool the presentation design and layout¬† of some other guys at the boot camp , and I knew if we would stand any chance at this thing, we could not use a simple power point design !¬† I knew I had to call on my ‚Äúphotoshop‚ÄĚ skills. We worked all night, every night on perfecting our presentation and story till the day of the semi-finals.

We gave a brilliant semi-final presentation, and when we finished, we were confident we  had made it to the finals!!! We could read it on the faces of all the Judges.

For the finals, Laolu had suggested earlier that we do the ‚Äúdab‚ÄĚ for our introduction. I was not fully for it at first, but after seeing its warm reception earlier at the boot camp when we did creative team introductions, I had a change of heart.¬† So we went on with it, and the reception we received after the dab gave us confidence to give another super presentation (video ¬†below). We eventually went on to clinch second place behind Team Adobe from the University of Ibadan, and we were crowned best presenters of the competition. Cool yh ?????? As second placed team, we also qualified to represent Nigeria at the African regional finals in Johannesburg.

Unilever’s Human Resources Director. Ms Eniola Onimole (left), with team members of Team Innovatus . after the presentation of prizes
Members of team Innovatus and their friends at the Nigerian finals in Lagos, Nigeria.

We soon received another brief, a more technical brief. We quickly came up with an idea for the presentation within a few days after reading the brief, but continued polishing it up until the finals. We also had a fantastic team of Unilever staff assigned to us as mentors who guided our ideas every step of the way. Our idea required quite a bit of graphic editing and ‚Äúphotoshopping‚ÄĚ and I could not be more thankful for the tutorials I took myself through a few months ago.

The Unilever IdeaTrophy gave me my first experience away from West Africa. I had already been to the republic of Benin, Togo, and I had  been to the border of Ghana too. Also, I had only been on a plane for a total of about two hours, the Unilever Ideatrophy took my total flight time tally to a little over 20 hours.

We met beautiful and creative minds from all over Africa, and also had a lot of fun carrying out different fun activities, and learning about each other’s cultures. We had a lot of fun exploring a new country. We were lodged in awesome hotels and got to visit cool places like Nelson Mandela’s house in Soweto, The hard rock café in Sandton, etc.

Members of team Innovatus and Team Adobe in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The semi-finals and finals held at the Gibson Institute of business science, University of Pretoria. (This campus resides in Johannesburg) . We were to come up with a limited edition close up variant with two flavour options geared towards solving a problem obstructing closeness among youths in Nigeria.

We gave a good semi-final presentation and again, we were confident we would make it to the finals. We did , and did our ‚Äúdab‚ÄĚ again, received a good reception and followed through with an awesome presentation (see video below).

We came second ūüôā and get to represent Africa as team Nigeria , at the global finals in London, later in may this year!

L-R Kalesanwo Ayobami, Kolade Oluwapelumi, Yaw Nsarkoh (CEO Unilever Nigeria and Ghana), Muraina Oluwaferanmi, Rachelle Harmsey – Unilever leadership Development Director for Africa.

Thanks to Unilever for an awesome opportunity to realise resources we did not know existed within us, and above all, I am grateful to God for seeing us through.

A fresh round of the competition comes up shortly. If you are an undergraduate, I have got one word for you……………………………. APPLY !!!!!

Love Diary by Kolade Pelumi

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Love diary by kolade pelumi


This project consists of 15 poems and 10 pictures. It was released under a licensing agreement with Vexscheworld on the 28th of January, 2017.

It garnered over 400 downloads after 15 hours of it’s premiere on Vexscheworld.

Download this free e book via the link below

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