Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I got a comment and tweet from the good folks at the Nigerian Blog Awards and guess who got nominated in Category B?

Yup...me! heehee

I have to say thanks to everyone for showing little old me some love oh! I truly appreciate it. Congrats to all the other nominees as well. I wish everyone the best of luck.

Now, whoever wants my vote must campaign for it this time oh! Yes. And by campaign, I mean Naija-style campaign. Oh yes! No voting without jollof rice...goat meat...um, no assorted meat for me oh, so you can give the shaki and kpomo to somebody else. Ehen, where was I? Yes, jollof rice...goat meat...abeg, don't give me chicken and definitely no turkey. Ah, I keep getting side tracked, where was I again? Hmm, yes, jollof rice...goat meat...suya...palm wine...and okin biscuit. By Okin biscuit, I mean the square one oh! My God, I cannot believe I was in Lag and didn't chop okin biscuit.  BTW, people, do they still have okin biscuit? How much is it now sef? And why am I flashing back to boarding school provisions and eating contraband on the field at Queens College?

Clearly, it is time for me to get some sleep.

Anyway, don't forget to feed me for my vote oh! And as to what I will give in return for votes for myself...well let's just say,

*in hoity toity, official voice*"I, OluwaomobabaSolomonSydelle, shall not stoop to the levels of those offering 'comprehensive bribery packages' like Sugabelly or Verastic or others who shall remain nameless.*posing over.

Whispers - "shayo dey plenty! Anyone wey una want. Just name it!"


Voting commences on Monday, July 5th! See you this Friday for an update on TTTEC: Sister-In-Law Trouble.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Someone, please, biko, help me understand.

I stumbled upon a couple Youtube videos and to say that I am disturbed is an understatement.

Why do young men and women think that it is their job in life to do the raunchiest things on film and then upload them to the world wide web? And, no, these kids do not have a career in the sex industry. At least not yet. They just think its cool to show their 'goodies' online to random strangers.

Whatever happened to decency, subtlety and morality?

I am not saying that people should not enjoy themselves, but haba, must you let the whole world know that you are some sort of 'sexual' superstar? This goes for boys,girls, gay, straight and everything in between. What is going on and why the need for such excessive exhibitionism?

Take a look at the following clips. Help me understand, because as a mother of young children who only get to watch an hour of PBS programming (i.e. Sesame Street, Berenstein Bears, Caillou) a day, I am nervous about the world outside my home, or rather on the internet.

Don't get me wrong, I am sure that many of us ladies wish we could dance like this young man here. In fact one could argue that he dances better than most women. But, is all this really necessary? Na wa oh! I will definitely have filters on my computer once these kids get a little older. Matter of fact, I should put it up now, since TK and TE have discovered the fun of clicking on random things on the computer. I no want wahala.

Anyway, more power to this man's elbow oh!

And it gets worse -

Um, really? When did young ladies forget to be classy? And, why, for goodness sake? And, believe me, clips like this are all over Youtube. Dear, Lord!

Do you agree with such exhibitionism? If so, please educate me. I personally think it is getting a bit excessive and thank God it isn't in my face everyday, but, I am still a little perturbed that people feel the need to do this and even worse things online.

Friday, June 25, 2010


Someone, let's call her Sola, needs some relationship advice. I hope we can give her some constructive advice.

When I moved to Maryland 4 months ago, I met a guy at a friend's party. Dan is handsome, funny, has a great job and I enjoy spending time with him. We have gone out a lot and we talk on the phone all the time. He just asked me to be his girlfriend and therein lies the problem.

Dan has a really, really, really bad reputation in the Nigerian community over here. Apparently, when he first came to the US, he slept with a lot of Naija babes and broke many hearts. I have asked him about his reputation and he has confessed that he treated girls unkindly in the past, but is now a changed man.

I want to believe him, but no matter where I go, I have people, sometimes random people, asking me about my 'relationship' with him. The other weekend, we went to a club with a whole bunch of people and I spent the night dancing and acting silly with Dan. Later on, I went to the bathroom only to have these two girls come in and start 'warning' me about Dan and how he's a player and I should be careful. I told them thank you and walked out but things like that tend to happen and it all involves Dan.

He wants me to be his girlfriend but I am unsure. What should I do?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


So, I love food. Really, I LOVE food.

I eat all sorts of food, but not that Tapas stuff from Spain. Granted you can get some good stuff, but it just doesn't do it for me. Nor does Tex Mex and any foods that lack spicy goodness. Sorry Southern Africa and much of East Africa.

Because I love food, I love eating out, which can be very expensive. Consequently, I try to learn how to make my favorite dishes. For that reason, one of my hubby's many Indian friends came over and taught me how to make Indian food and I have never turned back.

But before I met Husband, who doesn't quite like Chinese food, I used to make various stir fry dishes and was quite handy with my Sesame sauce, soy sauce, wasabi garlic sauce and other Eastern ingredients. However, I have gotten back to business and below in my Asian beef a la SSD =)

Here are the ingredients I used:

And some more ingredients:

(That McCormick's Salt Free Garlic & Herb seasoning is the truth, people!)

I also used fresh basil leaves, fresh spring onions, fresh coriander, and sliced onions (which are, unfortunately, not pictured).

I cleaned my beef strips, seasoned them with the ingredients in Picture 2 and my fresh herbs and onions. I also poured in some soy sauce (not too much), oyster sauce, teriyaki sauce and 3 tablespoons of chili garlic sauce (the red plastic container in Picture 1).

After they sat for approximately 30 minutes, I poured some oil into a wok, let it heat up and threw the seasoned beef in. I tossed it around until all the beef was nice and brown. Then, I threw in some frozen pepper strips and frozen mixed vegetables.

And, voila!

I hope it looks as yummy as it tasted, folks! I have since modified the recipe to include broccoli, which I love. This meal on some rice (usually cooked with chicken stock and turmeric seasoning) is a quick and easy way to get vegetables in the kids and manage to have a non-chicken meal. You guys know how I feel about chicken. =)

Monday, June 21, 2010


If I may just say, I do not like being chased by a dirty diaper wielding three year old.

Nope. I don't like it at all.

But because this child knows that I do not enjoy being in close proximity with his used diapers, he opts to terrorize me with them.

One day, I will get my mommy-revenge.

Yes. I will.

He will bring a girl home and I will send her to this post about his poop on the wall, this post about his poop in his crib.

Yes. I will.

And when he brings home the woman he wants to marry. I will bring out pictures of him, his dirty diaper and his poop in his crib.

Yes, I will.

*evil grin*

PS: y'all know who this is about. I don't even need to explain. Feel free to fill in the blanks for anybody wey no sabi. I need a vacation from diapers....

Friday, June 18, 2010


Here's this week's TTTEC installment. I hope we can offer this lady some sound advice on how to tackle the issue she is dealing with.


My husband and I have been married for 4 and a half years and I just had our second son. The pregnancy and delivery were very difficult for me, much worse than the first time. In fact, my doctor recommended that I consider not having anymore children because she did not think my body could take another pregnancy.

When our last born, Dami, was born, my husband was very scared for our lives. We soon discussed whether or not we would have anymore children. I told him what my doctor had told me and he simply said not to worry that we would discuss the matter later once I had recovered.

Well, now we are trying to discuss the matter and there is wahala. We talked to my doctor during our babies last checkup and she recommended that my husband, Wale, get a procedure so as to prevent future pregnancies. She said that it was easier for men to get the procedure versus women for whom getting their tubes tied is a serious surgery.

Upon getting home, Wale announced that he would not do it. He also said he will not use protection so as to limit the possibility of a pregnancy. I tried as best as I could to talk to him but he ended up shouting at me and saying, "What if I want to have more children, nko?"

That comment has changed everything for me. I cannot believe that he would say that to me knowing fully well that me having another child is practically impossible due to the risks. So, is he telling me he will have a child with someone else? I have never felt this insecure in my marriage before and I do not know what to do about it. Please help.

My take: I like to think that Wale was just feeling nervous about his 'crown jewels' when he made his insensitive comment to his wife, Alice. However, Alice confessed that she wondered during her last pregnancy about his faithfulness. Anyway, I'm turning this over to you guys. By the way, I just got word on what happened with last week's TTTEC. Many of you will be happy, but I think the consequences might be considerable. Anyway, I'll save that for next week pending any other issues that might arise in the meantime.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Hey folks!!!!

I haven't been able to properly thank everyone for taking the time to nominate and vote for this blog in the Nigerian Blog Awards. So, thank you all so very much because It Was So Much Easier When I Only Had One... won the Best Parenting Blog category. Yay!

Thanks so much.

For those of you who didn't vote for this site, no problem, just line up to chop koboko, lol!

And, for those who kindly voted for the site, here is your prize. Simply send in you mailing address to receive it hahahaha

And gentlemen, don't laugh, the prize can be used by guys and/or the women in their lives. =)

Thanks guys!!!!

PS: Confess, how many of you want these 'booty pop panties'? Na wa oh! For years people made fun of booties and now everyone wants to look like a video vixen. Well, as for me, I like my itty bitty booty, you hear me? =)

PPS: I think I scared Rayo (@janglelegjones) during the Nigeria v. Argentina match. She saw a side of me that I only unleash when Nigeria is playing =) @ikedot wasn't scared sha. Nice hanging with you guys again oh!!!! BTW, folks please go read what Rayo wrote about poop at a bank. Hillarious!!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Hey everyone. Today's TTTEC installment was intended for last Friday, but I was instructed to hold off for a week. Hence, you only get to chime in on this problem today.

Okay, read on, people...

My younger brother Taiye and I are ten years apart. His twin, Kehinde, died when they were 12 and that tragedy brought Taiye and I very close. Despite all my efforts and advice, Taiye has consistently chased and dated the wrong type of women. And, now, he is about to marry a woman that he has no business being with.

He met Glory at a wedding when he came home for Christmas 2 years ago. He fell head over heels for her immediately and when he asked my opinion I made sure to give it. I told him about Glory's reputation. She is a former UNILAG girl who somehow manages to spend all her time in Abuja and knows many members of the National Assembly. Married women in Lagos, myself included, know of her and do everything we can to keep our spouses as far from her as possible. I told this to Taiye, but somehow, Glory convinced him that people were just jealous of her and creating stories. Within 8 months of long distance dating (Taiye likes in the UK), Taiye told me that he was going to ask for her hand in marriage. At that point, I simply asked him if he was sure that she was the one to marry and he said yes. So, I did everything I could to organize the 'knocking' and the eventual traditional ceremony. It required my spending a lot of time visiting her family in Abeokuta where her family lives.

It is now 3 months to the wedding and certain things have surfaced. Taiye called me from the UK in the middle of the night telling me that Glory had cheated on him multiple times. He again asked me what he should do. I told him to think hard and pray about whether he could stay married to someone he does not trust. He told me he was not sure and after we talked for some time I thought he would call off the wedding. Instead, I got a rude email from Glory informing me that she did not want me to attend 'her' wedding. It took 3 days for me to reach my brother who informed me that he told her I didn't like her and that that is why she doesn't want me at the wedding.

Now, my mother is asking me why I have not sent out messages about the aso-ebi. But, I promised Taiye much earlier that I would not tell our parents about all the wahala in his relationship. If I tell my mother anything, the story will unravel because momsy has been suspicious of Glory for a long time and if she gets even a hint that something is wrong she will chase it down and it will only complicate things.

I honestly don't mind going to the wedding, really. I don't respect Glory and am fine not being there. But now, Taiye is begging me to come, my mother suspects something is wrong and I can't keep avoiding her. I feel that I am in a tough position and do not know what to do.

Any thoughts?

Monday, June 7, 2010


I generally do not get embarassed. After all, life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes you will do stuff that is silly and well, you just have to get over it, is my opinion. As a consequence, I never would get embarassed even by the craziest things I did or that those around me did.

But, all that changed with kids. From my son, TK, smacking random ladies backsides to all 3 of my kids telling the world the color of my underwear, there has been no shortage of embarassing moments with my wee-ones.

With all of that, you would think I would have gotten used to their antics. Unfortunately, Bomboy managed to take things to a whole other level the other day.

Now, let me give you a little backstory. Bomboy has been a flirt for a very long time. Well, while I was in Lagos, husband took the kids camping. He informed me that while hanging out with the kids, Bomboy would ask him, "Daddy, isn't she pretty?" whenever a lady walked by. Upon hearing this, I promptly asked Husband what he said to his son and whether he chastised the boy. Husband instead informed me that he was too shocked to react and could only manage to mutter a stunned "Uh huh!". I warned my Husband that the next time such happened, he should simply make Bomboy recite his ABCs. After all, the only thing a 3 year old needs to know is his alphabet, not whether women are pretty or not, shebi?

Well, why was my son toasting grown women, in my presence the other day? My goodness!!!! I was looking at a couple things in a store and next thing I knew, Bomboy, armed with a bag of Doritos, looked some lady up and down as she walked by and told her, "You're so beautiful!"


And, he didn't stop there oh! As another lady walked by, he informed her "She (referring to the first lady he had toasted) is so beautiful!" Then he paused, checked this second lady out, and informed her, "Oh, you are beautiful too!!!" Of course, all the women standing around chuckled and smiled at him and all I could think to myself was "OMG!!!!" (yes, I say OMG, but only in my head!).
I had to get my son's attention because he had started to follow the object of his attention (lady number 1). We had a brief conversation in which I explained to him that it was inappropriate for him to approach women that way, especially since he is only 3. The guy barely heard a word I said.


I know, you guys are going to find it funny, but my mother has always said that of all my children, Bomboy was the most Nigerian of them all. I can't help but worry that the boy picked up my father's genes. Far be it for me to speak ill of the dead, but let me just say, the man 'appreciated' women, haha. It seems Bomboy is showing a similar appreciation! My brother's son once toasted a girlfriend of mine. His opening line was "Hey baby!" He was 4 at the time and my friend said that had he been older, he would have gotten a nasty look, but she couldn't help but be intrigued by my nephew and so sat with him for hours, engaged in all manners of conversations.

Oh my goodness! I can only hope that  if Bomboy ever tries to toast babes in my presence, I will react proactively and in a way that encourages him to either
  1. toast babes his age, or
  2. not toast any women his age!
God help me with this character you sent to me. I love him greatly, Lord, but you have got to help us raise him well so he doesn't end up a rascal. Amen!

Well, I hope you are all well, people!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


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.

Ah, okay, folks, please vote for my blogs, It Was So Much Easier When I Only Had One... and Nigerian Curiosity in the Nigerian Bloggers Awards, please I am begging!!!!!! I am seriously honored to have been nominated and thank everyone who made that happen. I am getting requests for votes and frankly, honored them. But, it's all so exciting!!!!!

See you all on Friday for another TTTEC installment and stay blessed!