I spent most of last week in Lagos, Nigeria, away from Husband, TE, TK and Bomboy. While there, i attended the Future Leaders Seminar which was hosted by the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI) and moderated by Dele Olejede and Reuben Abati. It was a wonderful and jam packed 3 days of discussions, planning and new friendships. I got to meet so many Nigerians that i have only previously read about and others who are doing incredible things.
My only regret is that I did not have enough time to do certain things such as go to parts of Lagos I have not seen in years. If I were to confess how long I had been away from Lagos, well, let is just say it would be embarrassing. Due to the long seminar hours, I never managed to eat suya. That was something I was looking forward to, but thankfully I can get suya over here. But, palm wine! Sweet, sweet palmie which was sent down to mere mortals by the gods - now that I cannot forgive myself for failing to imbibe. *sigh* Chapmans, on the other hand, were flowing like water.
What I did manage to do, and don't tell Shine Shine (heehee) is make my way to a club. Jetlagged, sleep deprived, tired and all, but I still went to Marquis with friends. There, I heard Tuface's 'Implications' for the first time and that will forever remain my theme song for my NLI trip. =) I also got to go to Southern Sun hotel which used to be Ikoyi Hotel. Na wa for Lagos, oh! Lagosians with money live well, sha. We had brunch in the bar section and honestly, I completely forgot I was in Naija. The service, the quality of the food (at least according to those who ate) was excellent. I had mimosas, which many of the others I was with had never had before. They are now fans.
Anyway, as is typical, I had to share a story about some embarrassing moments involving the kids. I had to confess to a new friend, Oyinda, that I had allowed my children to well, 'relieve' themselves in some of the most interesting places. She found my confession funny and since I am still in a confessing mood, who better to share with than you all? Okay. One of my children once had to pee behind some bushes at a park because we were too far from the public restrooms. My bad, but a mommy has to do what she has to do. But, what has to be the most embarrassing thing is that another child told me that he needed to doodoo while playing at the playground, once. Now, there was no toilet nearby and as I saw my child hop from side to side in discomfort I knew I had to do something. So, I made him poop in the bushes. Yes, I confess! It was my fault, not his! I placed some leaves in a little formation upon which he relieved himself. Then, I had to run to the car, grab wipes, and a plastic bag. After cleaning him up, I put the dirty wipes in the plastic bag, then, used the plastic bag to grab up the ceremonial leaves, tied up the bag and tossed it in the trash. Oh, did i say that some guy came to the play ground to talk on his phone while this was going on? Yes, embarrassing, but what was I to do? Allow my child to be constipated, or poop on himself or worse? Moral of the story? No matter how organized a person you are, there will come a day when you permit your child to do the unthinkable.
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See you all on Friday for another TTTEC installment and stay blessed!