I'm originally from Hungary and my husband and I decided to spend a few days in the country this year. We were quite busy to see my old friends but we made sure we had time to see a bit of the capital, Budapest. Budapest is truly one of my favourite cities in Eastern Europe. This city on the banks of the Danube River has a rich and colourful history, an amazing array of architectural styles, stunning monuments and many atmospheric nooks and corners. 

We only had a short day to see "everything" so we started with the Margaret Island (in Hungarian Margit sziget). The Island is located in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest. It's mostly covered by landscape parks, and is a popular recreational area. Its medieval ruins are reminders of its importance in the Middle Ages as a religious centre. The island spans the area between the Margaret Bridge (south) and the Arpad Bridge (north).

(Margitsziget) called the playground of the city, this island, it is forbidden for cars, has everything you need to enjoy a day of relaxation. There are a sports stadium, numerous tennis courts, swimming pools outdoor, open-air theater, a rose garden and a Japanese garden, the remains of the early Middle Ages, two hotels with thermal water and shelter for the beer.

When we got there soon we discovered that we can rent bicycles, roller blades, electric cars and motors there. We cycled an hour on the Island and I must say we had a beaaaaautiful day and got to see a lot of things that we probably wouldn’t have got to if not for the bikes.

We also managed to go to the most beautiful square in Hungary, Heroes' square! There is a collection of statues of famous Hungarian leaders. As my husband said they have certainly put a lot of effort into showing off these statues. There were a lot of people already visiting when we went but the place is so big that you can still read all about who these statues a dedicated too. Located at the end of Andrassy Avenue it is well worth walking from the town, down the avenue and ending at Heroes' Square.

At the square we bought ticket for a sightseeing cruise on the Danube that was cruising from the Vigadó Square to the Margaret bridge, then to Hotel Gellért, and back again to the Vigadó Square, guided by the two parts of the city "Buda" and "Pest" telling us the stories and curiosities. We ate Lángos what is a Hungarian food speciality, a deep fried flat bread made of a dough with flour, yeast, salt and water. (no diet this time:)).

All in all our holiday was great ! My husband loved being in Budapest. We enjoyed the sun and long walks to discover the city. I would recommend to anybody either you are married to a Hungarian woman or not.:)


If you are married to a Nigerien man you probably know a lot about your husband's country, however, I would still advise you to read further. Never know, you might just learn something.
My husband always says Nigeria is a very interesting country and it is very culturally diverse. Nigeria has a number of attractions for visitors, including interesting historical sights, colorful festivals and a vibrant nightlife.

Nigeria is a country located in the western region of Africa, with over 140,000,000 populations as at the last census. Nigeria is majorly a black African nation, blessed with numerous mineral resources, especially the black crude oil, found bountifully in the south-south, and south-east regions of Nigeria. Nigeria comprises of so many tribes, but the major tribes or dominant tribes in Nigeria are: Ibo, Hausa, and Yoruba.
(see my last post about Nigerian men)

Nigeria was colonized by Britain, and as a result, its official language is English, with other local dialects. Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba, as the major dominant local dialects.

Religion: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, and indigenous beliefs 10%.

Nigeria officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a Federal Constitutional Republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north.
The name Nigeria was taken from the Niger River running through the country.
The British colonised Nigeria in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and Nigeria became independent again only in 1960.

List of cities in Nigeria and their population:

Lagos 7,937,932
Kano 3,848,885
Ibadan 3,078,400
Kaduna 1,652,844
Port Harcourt 1,320,214
Benin city 1,051,600
Maiduguri 1,044,497
Zaria 1,018,827


  1. Anambra
  2. Enugu
  3. Akwa Ibom
  4. Adamawa
  5. Abia
  6. Bauchi
  7. Bayelsa
  8. Benue
  9. Borno
  10. Cross River
  11. Delta
  12. Ebonyi
  13. Edo
  14. Ekiti
  15. Gombe
  16. Imo
  17. Jigawa
  18. Kaduna
  19. Kano
  20. Katsina
  21. Kebbi
  22. Kogi
  23. Kwara
  24. Lagos
  25. Nasarawa
  26. Niger
  27. Ogun
  28. Ondo
  29. Osun
  30. Oyo
  31. Plateau
  32. Rivers
  33. Sokoto
  34. Taraba
  35. Yobe
  36. Zamfara 
The flag of Nigeria was designed in 1959 and first officially hoisted on October 1, 1960. The two unique sea-green bands represent the forests and abundant natural wealth of Nigeria while the white band represents peace.




Another video where I'm speaking Yoruba. My husband and our little one took their time to be with me there, even though the weather was horrible, freezing cold on that day. hope you appreciate it! :) 
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Thanks to my husband, Gbenga I was able to take part in a photo shoot with Kickin' it with the Kinks. The organisation which was founded by Cynthia Butare, a Swiss Ruwandan documentary filmmaker who is working hard on promoting natural beauty particularly among women of African heritage.



On the train to Budapest my sister and I decided to learn a Yoruba song. ENJOY!


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To give you a basic understanding of the Nigerian man, I will classify them in three, based on the three major tribes- Ibo, Yoruba, and Hausa.

The Ibo Man

The Ibo man is from the south-eastern region of Nigeria. An Ibo man loves business, trade and anything that will make him to be in constant contact with money. The Ibos pay less attention to education than e.g. Yorubas.

Some people say Ibos are the prime movers of the Nigerian economy. They are ambitious and they love financial prosperity more than any other thing in life. They are similar to a Chinese man in terms of- money consciousness, creativity, and craftsmanship.

The Ibo man of today dislikes polygamy, and he has his immediate family (parents and siblings) at heart, If you want to win his heart fast, and maybe get him running after you for marriage, you must show a committed interest in his immediate family.

The Yoruba Man

The Yoruba man comes from the Yoruba tribe, found in the south-western part of Nigeria. They are also found in Haiti, Togo, etc. The Yoruba man loves partying, celebrations and ceremonies.

The Yorubas are the most educated tribe in Nigeria, and it has been a popular saying in Nigeria that in every Yoruba family, there is a professor. The Yorubas of the ancient times are known with agriculture (cocoa farming, rubber, etc). They are the pioneers of Nigeria’s legal sector, and they are very good in that aspect. The Yoruba man loves peace a lot, and he is ready to part away with his money to make peace.

The Hausa Man

The Hausas are found in the northern part of Nigeria, and they have certain things in common with the North African nations, maybe as a result of their religion. In fact their most valued treasure is their Islamic religion.

They are known with agricultural activities in large scale- farming. Honestly, Nigeria. They are polygamous in nature, and it is also traditional for a Hausa man to marry more than one wife, if he so desires.

The Hausa man is peace-loving without his religion (Islam), he is generous, in fact, he is the most generous man amongst all Nigerian tribes, he’s not so conscious of money, and he’s ready to die for his religious belief. If you are not an Islam, it might be impossible for a Hausa man to marry you.

The above information is the result of my research and personal experience. But please keep in mind 140,000,000 people live in Nigeria!!!!!!!!!! Generalization is not automatically guaranteed!!!!!!!


Yorubas have a complex about the left hand, owó osì. They believe it is the dirty hand used for dirty jobs like wiping after easing yourself. If you give someone a present with your left hand, especially an old person, he or she will give you an evil glare and refuse the gift. Accepting things with your left hand is taboo too. Always shake with your right hand. Yorubas have respect for the right hand as the hand you eat with and do other important jobs. The left hand gets no respect. Two of the students on our program are lefties and eating in public always brings many questions. This is not to say all Yorubas are right handed. Lefties exist, but they are not too common. In an effort to revive the use of the left hand and improve its reputation, Yorubas call it owó aláàfià, which means hand of peace. For the record, I am a righty.