Tuesday, 22 January 2008

rio carnival in santa teresa and botafogo, Nigeria vs. Ghana and...

So Afrobabe has been on my case- its not like i have forgotton blogosphere, i was tagged to do the 7 weired things post by Nneoma and gueirre.... i started but cant think of any more.



carnival started yesterday. finally brasilians are winning me over. its just one big party. imagine the whole of lagos in a drunken haze, dancing on the streets , wierd costumes, and believe me i have seen enough breasts on display to make babies understand those things make adults happy too.










this isnt the main carnival o, just a street party.





a woman was throwing down biscuits and chocolates to the delighted crowd


thats me. i and frank lagging behind with his friends ahead and you bet your ass he is wearing a t. shirt. it was a long walk down santa terésa which is on a hill.



so 7 wierd things about me( i stopped at 3 though)


  1. for a nigerian, i always think about the negatives first. you know how people dont want to think of bad things, or say 'God forbid' first as if that cancells it out? i dont understand this. like once i was like -'' dady u need to take a new portrait picture because when u die we need to have a picture of u to use for the funeral.





  2. i have a thing for bad smells. i always want to know where they come from. Sorry but i wont elaborate.





  3. my other thing is finger nails. im very vain about my nails. i really have nice nails(not the clawy type), just really nice french manicure-ish nails. i think my emotions are connected to my nails, if i break a nail, i wonder whats wrong in my life? as i child, i used to make other children line up and i'd clean thier nails. I HATE DIRTY NAILS. Now i only have frank's nails to clean( we have agreed i cant do it in public any more, no matter how much it irks me.)


I am about to post this but the Nigeria - Ghana match has started. we know we are @#$% ups but who knows?

Yesterday was Iyemanja's day too and like one or two people noted, true true na mammy water. i wanted to see the ceremony but we couldnt get back to copacabana beach in time.

Its my birthday tomorrow so yay!!

just remebered one more wierd thing.

4. I poo poo only once a week.

thats a nice way to end the post i think.

Afrobabe- hope you are happy now ?

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Too hot to be cool

Apparently 2008 is my year of fat.
I am officially no longer a size 0.

Frank and i finally met another Nigerian couple, so Brazil isn't so bad anymore. There is nothing like finding your own and relaxing in Nigeria-speak.
Unfortunately they are away on vacation and wont be back for another 3 weeks. Before they left, we went to a club downtown and actually had fun, then had another part for four that was awesome listening to old Naija hiphop like Azadus and Remedies.

I just remembered i didn't tell the story of the first time i went to a club here.
IT WAS TERRIBLE.
You guys know I had a friend over last year, she wanted to go to a club so I went online looking for an ok club. There was a lot of noise about a place called Baronetti in Ipanema.
If u see hype eh?
It's supposed to be the 'biggest' club in Rio and I believe one of the reviewers words were ''only for the coolest people, if you aren't cool, stay home and read a book''.
heey!
book ke?
me i am cool o.
over cool dey worry me sef.

Na im i wear my best baffs finish, only to go there and ... hissssssss.
Nonsense!
First of all, many still wore their precious havaiana slippers, that we in Nigeria call bath room slippers. The look was still Brazilian casual which is the lowest level of casual.

Even Frank added to the hype. He said he had been there once before and saw Naomi Campbell and Ronaldinho .

Cowbell
I felt like an aunt at a party for teens. There was the longest queue ever, so get in I had to speak English and play the foreigner card.
VIP had more people in it than a molue bus, and they played only techno through out the night.
Who on earth listens to that crap?

We waited till two am when it was confirmed that was the only music genre that would be played.

I don't care what anyone says-Techno is so not cool.

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

New year in Rio de Janeiro

Happy New year people.
The year started with sparks for me with fire works at Copacabana beach. It was really beautiful. I'd heard so much about about new year in Rio but almost couldn't be bothered to leave the house.
Frank was being all Franky and scared we would be mugged, so we left home with only bare necessities. This translates into no jewellery, just enough money for a taxi and some drinks and good old 'cork and shoot'. Unfortunately it refused to 'shoot' this time so we ended up without any pictures. the pictures here are not mine but 'borrowed' from other sites.


I keep forgetting to explain that new year is celebrated here with a festival to the born in Nigeria, but now Brazilian goddess YEMANJA. According to http://www.brazilmax.com/news.cfm/tborigem/fe_carnival/id/7, Iemanjá, also known as Yemoja or Janaína, is one of the deities called orixás(orisha) which have spiritual dominion over elements of nature that include fire, wind, thunder, stones, marshes, and rivers. Orixá worship predates Christianity by thousands of years but it was prohibited in Brazil until recently. (The practice of making offerings to Iemanjá for the New Year was illegal until the 1950s.) African slaves who were forcibly transported from their homelands were persecuted or killed by the Portuguese landowners for following their religion. To protect themselves, they syncretized each orixá to a particular Catholic saint. That way, they could say they were worshipping Jesus or the Holy Mother or Saint Anthony when their masters interrupted their religious services.
For example, Xangô(sango), the god of fire who also rules justice and the courts, became St. Barbara. Oxalá, also known as Obatala, or God the Father, was syncretized with Christ the Redeemer whose statue stands atop Corcovado. Oxum,(osun) who is called Ochun in the Caribbean, is a manifestation of the Holy Mother of Charity (Caridade). The original symbol of Iemanjá depicts her as a buxom African woman but in most of Brazil and the Caribbean, she is depicted as the Virgin Mary sometimes called Mary of the Miraculous Medal, standing in the sea with her open hands extended. She is also presented as a seductive mermaid.


Everyone wears white as a symbol of purity and they throw in roses(usually white too) into the sea to appease the goddess. we saw some offerings on the road side during our walk. we heard how some people drink the offerings left by believers, in Nigeria we wouldn't dare. i remember once a huge traffic jam just before a bridge in Lagos, cars were looking for alternate routes and people behind couldn't understand why until they all drove ahead and saw some serious looking juju. nobody needed to be told to find another route. nobody was going to mess with that shit talk less of drinking sango's schnapps. Ha! (and here i mean the real yoruba ass kicking Sango)











but i digress...



Of course most tourists and Brasillians are not interested in this part of the ceremony but any reason to get drunk and grind hips is welcome. The roads were brimming with people making the long walk to Copacabana. Brazilians really know how to have a good time. There was dancing in the streets, parties in apartments and hotels by the beach. Girls rolling hips in ways that kept conjuring the word 'ashawo', men appreciating every swing of the female anatomy and finally amazing fireworks at mid night that made the long walk really worth it.





The part i loved most about the new year was finding a cab to take us home. What can i say? I was tired jare.

Anyways,hope you all have a wonderful 2008.



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