Monthly Archives: April 2009

Live long and prosper

It is much to my chagrin that I am unable to give the Vulcan salute. I have tried, believe me. But for all of my twentysomething years on this planet, I cannot overcome my genetic inability to create a space between my middle and ring fingers. Sigh. My disappointment at my lack of dexterity has […]

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Tales of the Orango-Mango Tree And Other Stereotypes

When I was a kid, there was a TV show called Tales by Moonlight. In it, a woman identified only as ‘Aunty’ (more of her in a later post) would call out to nearby children, inviting them to come and sit at her feet, so she could tell them folk tales. Lots of the stories […]

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YorubaGirl's Brief Encounter

I’m wearing a pair of indigo skinny jeans, a blue embroidered t-shirt and black low top Converse. My hair is in a ponytail with a side fringe and I am wearing two of my most froufrou rings. I’ve a leather satchel slung across one shoulder, and a canvas tote containing my laptop on the other. […]

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I want to ride my bicycle, BI-CYCLE!

I belong to a seemingly exclusive club. Most people tend to react with surprise when they find that I’m a member and many think I’m joking. Only a few confess haltingly that, they too, are members of my club. My name is YorubaGirl, and I can’t ride a bike. Altogether now: “Hello, YorubaGirl.” I had […]

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Running for your life

“We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” ~ Will Rogers Yesterday, the sun was shining again (we could get used to this!) and saw more than 35,000 people take to the streets for the 28th annual London Marathon. These people, from all walks […]

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YorubaGirl + Obalende Suya = UNALLOYED JOY

I haven’t been to Nigeria since 1998, so from time to time, I get nostalgic and seek to suround myself with Nigerian things. For example, my YouTube viewing history is mostly full of items like old Nigerian TV commercials (Super Visco Static, anyone?) and the opening credits to the shows of my youth – Ripples, Checkmate, […]

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Simple Pleasures #57 – Dinner with A Friend

Today, I did something I haven’t done in a long, long time. I had a leisurely home-cooked dinner with a friend, and it was just splendid. There was a time in the late 90s, and early 00s, when it was fashionable to hold dinner parties – think acid jazz, Dido or Jamiroquai on the stereo, […]

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Ile la n’wo ka to somo l’oruko*

I was lucky enough to be schooled in both the UK and Nigeria, and so got a taste of the different ways subjects are taught in both countries. Thankfully, one subject that was not an option at my East London secondary was Yoruba. It was easily my most hated subject at school. I remember pretending […]

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You wait ages for one bus…

The sun is shining and so the newspapers are once more proclaiming how much warmer it is in London than Rome. Of course, they’re conveniently forgetting the other 50 weeks of the year when this is not the case, but why spoil their fun? The consensus is that we’re ushering in bikini season. The evidence […]

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YorubaGirl's Interview – The Verdict

It appears that come September, I shall be reprising my standard student uniform of jeans and hoodie, because… I WAS ACCEPTED ONTO THE MASTERS COURSE!!! I am trés excited by these developments, as you can imagine, and have been telling everyone – complete strangers among them – of my good fortune. I am chuffed. Like […]

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Who likes short shorts?

If you’re in London, you’ve probably been enjoying the last few days of glorious sunshine. Suddenly, it feels like summer is on its way. Whenever I take a deep breath outdoors, I am rewarded with the heady, musky scent of fresh pollen, and the world seems lighter, brighter, and filled with endless possibilities. Did that […]

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YorubaGirl and the Long-Haired Comedian

My friend J offered me the pleasure of his delightful company as well as a ticket to see a comedian at the O2 Arena in London. I was only too happy to accept his invitation – I am in a social funk at the moment, and was beginning to feel like a pariah, plus I […]

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You Can't Choose Your Family…

For my birthday last November, my friend K gave me the Mary S. Lovell book, The Mitford Girls. I began reading it right there in the pub. Like many, I was only peripherally familiar with the Mitford family, mostly due to the infamy of Diana, the prettiest middle child, who had an affair with and […]

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Putting A Ring On It – Naija Style

I lazed around the house today, making the most of the benevolence of the Easter Bank Holiday. Between eating my weight in junk food and washing my hair, I came across this video on Facebook. I don’t know if it’s because of the high sugar content in my blood, but I’ve been chuckling to myself […]

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YorubaGirl & The Inappropriate Crush

So I just got back from seeing 17 Again. It feels wrong to even type that sentence. I, a woman in her mid-twenties, just went to see 17 Again. Three days after it’s release. At the cinema. We can glean some information from this raw data. I like movies. I like comedies. I like age-swap […]

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