It's been two days since my father in law, Chief Joseph Olayiwola Afolabi died, at the age of 80. We received a phone call on Monday morning at 7.00am from Nigeria that my husband had lost his dad.

Unfortunately I and my son never had the chance to meet him and my husband felt really hurt at the news. My husband told me a lot about his father. He told me how great his father was in business and that he was a very prayerful Christian man. I wish I had the chance to meet him but unfortunately I didn't. My husband was planing to go to Nigeria this year because he wanted to talk to his father about several things which he wasn't chanced to discuss. 

The Late Chief Afolabi had a very busy and eventful life. He was an entrepreneur extraordinaire who strove from the depths of poverty to great success.  My husband was always seeking his attention as a child but rarely got it, however, he has learnt many positive lessons from his great father. Chief Joseph Olayiwola Afolabi was an astute businessperson who owned several businesses such as Ogo Oluwa Kitan Records, Ogo Oluwa Kitan Oil, Ogo Oluwa Kitan Motors amongst many others. He is credited as being one of the pioneers who helped develop Nigerian music.  He at one point promoted the likes of King Sunny Ade, Late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Dele Abiodun, Late Fatai Olowoyo, Ayinla Omowura, Pastor Joseph Adelakun aka Ayewa and many others.

But I don't just want to write about his success in his life, I think the Nigerian newspapers and other news websites have done that. I just want to say Good Bye to this great man whom I nor my little boy never met. I know that my little boy will learn so many virtues from the life of this great African icon.

May his soul rest in perfect peace!

Chief Afolabi and his son Gbenga Afolabi, London 2008


I don't think my Nigerian husband could survive without white rice for a week and I have to admit  in spite of my hard work he would not want to change to brown rice.

Is brown rice even better?

1 cup of cooked white rice contains around 205 calories,and brown rice contains 216 calories in 1 cup. Rice also serves as a good protein source. The difference in the protein content between brown rice and instant white rice is 5 g for brown rice and 3.3 g for instant white rice. Brown rice contains slightly more fat.

The bottom line is that both brown and white rice are nutritious options which can be eaten as part of your healthy diet. They fit into the same nutritional category as potatoes, pasta and bread so use them to add variety to your diet without worrying too much about certain types being "healthier" than others.

Most of the calories in rice come from carbohydrate; brown rice and white rice have around 44 g of carbohydrate per serving.
So why all dietitians push you to eat brown rice instead of white rice?

Refined white rice has a higher glycemic index than brown rice, meaning it breaks down into glucose much more quickly after being eaten than brown rice. Foods with a high glycemic index can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Brown rice takes longer to break down because it contains more fiber. A Harvard study showed that eating five or more servings of white rice per week increased the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 17 percent, while those who ate two servings of brown rice per week reduced their risk by 11 percent.

So brown rice contains so many nutrients that get removed during the whitening process. It contains tons of vitamins, tons of minerals, iron (women take note), and fiber. Some of these minerals have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, like colon and breast cancers, and even diabetes.

Will it be easy to make the switch?

Heck no! If you have been going the white route and want to switch to the brown route (no pun intended), it will be difficult mostly because, frankly, white tastes better than brown. I mean, no one would go through the process of getting the brown out if it didn’t actually taste better. But we’ve laid out the benefits above, and if you’re health conscious, which hopefully you are since you’re reading this article, you would slowly make a shift back to the original. And you know what they say: Once you go brown, you’ll stick around. No? Yeah, I agree, that doesn’t work.


My husband introduced me to the music of a Nigerian Musician, Asa (pronounced Asha) a few months ago. I like the sound of her voice and admire her talent. I watched a few interviews from her and found out that she is from the same place as my husband, in fact she speaks the same language, Yoruba.

The story of Asa begins in Lagos, Nigeria where she started to sing at a young age and she was inspired by the sounds and messages of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. She was studying in Paris that she truly formed her musical style. She was listening to songs from Erika Badu, D'Angelo, Rafel Saadiq, Lauryn Hill and Angelique Kidjo.

Her first album (2008) has two stand-out tracks: Jailer, a song about "the irony of oppression, the one that operates in everyday life" and Fire In The Mountain. Asa's album met recognition worldwide and the artist engaged in an extended tour including Europe, North America, Africa and Japan. Asa gained global recognition as a charismatic songstress with a trademark husky voice, unafraid to tackle serious issues with intelligence and confidence. "This Nigerian singer-songwriter might actually be a twenty-first century Bob Marley" — BBC Music

Her second album came out in 2010 called Beautiful Imperfection. Enjoy the well shot music video below. I couldn’t help but get on my feet and dance to the song.

Full bio:

Fire on the mountain


Why can't we

The way I feel


The Place to be

No one knows

So beautiful

Eye Adaba

Eyin Mummy





Iya - Asa ft Keziah Jones



"Manchester Attitude" Exhibition (Part 1)

"Freedom means being able to say YES but being allowed to say NO."

My husband has been involved in this project of Manchester Arts Gallery in 2007. The event took part on 25 March 2007 marked two hundred years since the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act in Britain. To commemorate this Manchester Art Gallery has been working partnership with seven museums and galleries in Greater Manchester. Together they were exploring lasting legacy of transatlantic slave trade across the region. Viewing their collections from new perspectives, they hoped to build a better understanding about the past and what makes Manchester the place that it is today.

Through events, community projects and new displays people have uncovered different stories and opinions about the collections. You can see my husband's responses by following the links below:

You want to read more go to :

"Manchester Attitude" Exhibition (Part 1)

'Manchester Attitude' Exhibition - Benga Voxpop (Part 1)

'Manchester Attitude' Exhibition - Benga Voxpop (Part 2)


Day 1: Analyze your eating

A food diary is a great tool in increasing the awareness of how much we eat, how often we eat, and exactly what we eat. Seeing your habits in black and white will give a true idea of the cause and effects in your diet. This is a vital step to switching from a mindset of dieting to a focus on lifestyle change.

A good food diary should record more than just calorie intake. Use it to record the emotions, situations, and triggers that cause you to overeat or make poor food choices. Once aware, reviewing a food diary will allow you to plan alternate activities to eating before the eating behaviour or situation arises again.

Day 2: Feed your cells

Our bodies have trillions of mitochondria— components of our cells that crank out adenosine triphosphate, the molecule essential to all metabolism and energy creation. To keep them “fat and happy,” try to eat a diet high in the B vitamins (including B6, B12, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine).

Most people consuming a varied and balance diet of whole-grains, meat, chicken and fish will be consuming enough B-vitamins.

Day 3: Sip it good

One of the corner stones of a healthy diet and clean system is good water intake. Toxins building up will contribute inflammatory responses. Aim for at least 8 glasses (or 2L) of water per day. You can drink water with slices of lemon or orange and fresh mint leaves for a refreshing drink, or add lemon juice to a cup of hot water in the cooler months.

Day 4: Start strong

Eating soon after you wake up will awaken the body and kick start your metabolism for the day. Start the day with a well balanced breakfast of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats for sustained energy levels.

Good options:

Oat based cereals - without sugar - with milk and pumpkin seeds or nuts

scrambled egg on whole meal bread

berries and plain yogurt sprinkled with some nuts and seeds
Day 5: Eat regularly

Eating more frequently is generally beneficial for a number of reasons. Eating more often helps maintain a steady level of blood glucose levels which helps give us steady energy levels throughout the day.

Steady energy comes from steady intake of foods. I usually recommend 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. However, those consuming higher calorie counts may choose to divide their calories equally over 5 to 6 meals.

For example, a person consuming 2000 calories per day may prefer to eat 5 meals consisting of 400 calories each rather than eat three enormous meals and have 2 smaller snacks.

Day 6: Cut back after 7pm

If you know that you tend to eat a lot in the evening hours, even if you're not very hungry at the time, it can be an effective weight management strategy to set a "cut-off" time for yourself. For more personalized diet advice, speak with your physician.

Day 7: Just brew it!

Recent revelations about the power of green and white tea are impressive. One of the most useful properties of the surely is the relaxing effect as stress can spur on the inflammatory effect. Furthermore, it is loaded with antioxidants which fight against free radicals, all the bad guys present in an inflamed body. Even when you are using it just for comfort, don’t hold back.


Another Asa song in Yoruba - translation is below English 

Bimpé n ba mi wi Bimpe is mocking me
O f’owó sinu business mi She’s meddling in my business
Èmí re kò lè gbe She can’t handle me
O kan saájú mi bímo ni She just had a baby first
Mo gbó pé o mo mi loju I heard you glared at me
O n nla gboa nipa business ni You’re gossiping about my business
Òrò èmí rè kò le ni You can’t take me
Ègbón rè fé mi ni It’s your older brother who wants me
Ègbón rè tó n fé mi lowo ni o Your older brother is the one who loves me
Mo tí ya fún I’ve chosen
Ègbón rè, ègbón rè haa Your brother
E ba mi so fun baby yen Tell this babe for me
Fún baby yen For that babe
Tó n wole yen Who is coming in
E ba mi kílò fún Warn her for me
E kílò fún ya Warn her
E ba mi so fún sisi yen Tell this chick for me
Fún sisi yen For this chick
Tó kun atike Who wears talcum powder
E ba mi kílò fún Warn her for me
E kílò fún ya Warn her
Bimpé rí mi fín Bimpe disrespects me
O n huwá omo laisimoyé She’s behaving like a child without wisdom
Mo ronú pìwàdà I’m thinking deep about this
Omo inu mi lo n ba mi wi That a younger person is talking to me this way
Ilé ana mo re l’Oyó
Wa kúkú yen si mi
Irè ò l’aponle You don’t have appreciation
O de fé ki ènìyàn fe e silé And you hope someone will marry you
Ègbón rè tó n fé mi lowo ni o Your older brother is the one who loves me
Mo tí ya fún I’ve chosen
Ègbón rè, ègbón rè haa Your brother
E ba mi so fun baby yen Tell this babe for me
Fún baby yen For that babe
Tó n wole yen Who is coming in
E ba mi kílò fún Warn her for me
E kílò fún ya Warn her
E ba mi so fún sisi yen Tell this chick for me
Fún sisi yen For this chick
Tó kun atike Who wears talcum powder
E ba mi kílò fún Warn her for me
E kílò fún ya Warn her
Ègbón rè tó n fé mi lowo ni o Your older brother is the one who loves me
Mo tí ya fún I’ve chosen
Ègbón rè, ègbón rè haa Your brother
E ba mi so fun baby yen Tell that babe
Fun baby yen to n wole ye That babe who is coming in
E ba mi kílò fun Warn her
E kílò fun yeah Warn her
E ba mi so fun baby yen tó gbomo pon, tó ku atike Tell the girl who backs a baby and wears makeup
E ba mi kílò fun, e sòrò fun yeah Warn her, tell her
E ba mi so fun baby yen Tell the babe
Kó fo sòké, kó fi mi le She might as well just jump up and down, and leave me alone
Ti kò ba wo, kó la rí mo lé She can smash her head against the floor [go to hell]
E ba mi kílò fún Warn her
E kílò fún yea Warn her
E ba mi so fún baby yen Tell the babe
Kó fo sòké, kó fi mi le She might as well just jump up and down, and leave me alone
Kó rin lòfá She should walk away
E ba mi kílò fun Warn her
E sòrò fun yea Tell her


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! :)