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Lagos Living || Top Six Places/Things To Do.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Picture by @chikadbia
Asides from sharing my style and every other thing I find interesting, I also like to feature people with knowledge I know will be beneficial to both myself and my readers.
Related : This guest post on how to network more effectively at events.
So when I saw some of the really dope pictures of places Karina had been sharing on instagram from her trip to this our Lagos, it immediately hit me that I can get her to share some of these places as a sort of review with us and I was thrilled when she accepted to do it. I mean, I'm forever looking for new places/things to do so I was really hoping she'll say yes.

Its the weekend in a bit and I hope you plan to live it up!
Here are six places/things to do as experienced by our guest blogger, Karina Karunwi who is a Civil Engineering Student, Photographer and Creative Enthusiast.
 Karina Karunwi

Having been brought up in Lagos for nine or so of my twenty-something years, one would think I would’ve explored the lively city. However, this is not the case, ladies and gentlemen.
This summer, I promised myself I would not allow traffic, lack of funds or-of course-driver struggles hold me back. I saved up and came prepared with a list of ‘places to visit in Lagos’ in my notes on my trusty iPhone and I’m pleased to say that with the tremendous help of the blessing which is Uber in Lagos, I was able to get through most of my list and I’m excited to share some of my experiences in this post.
So here, ladies and gentlemen, are six must visit places in Lagos, Nigeria.

Chop at Bogobiri: 

If I had a penny for the number of times people who know me have said to me ‘Karina, you have to go to Bogobiri-you would love it!’... This place is so bomb! I’m not sure what won my heart first-the feels, the menu (dude, give me a plate of yam pottage and dodo and I’m yours) or the fact that there was art hanging everywhere! I visited Bogobiri on a calm Saturday evening. 
There was a group of friends deep in gist on the couches and a couple in the corner enjoying their love in the incredibly relaxed, cosy environment. There was a tinge of anticipation in the air as the guest musician of the evening was to arrive any second and begin to set up for his live music set.
The food was very reasonably priced, didn't take forever to come and was delicious-nothing like legit Naija food! After dinner, we wandered around taking photos, looking through the colourful merchandise being sold at the little market and generally admiring.  I woud recommend calling in before you go, to see which evenings live music would be on- why not treat yourself?

Catch some rays at Atican Beach: 

Now I had never heard of this beach till some good friends of mine made me aware of it and bless them for that.
Far from the hustle and bustle of Lagos, this beach was serene, raw beauty. I had one of those 'wow, Lagos is so damn beautiful' days as I took it all in. I would recommend going at about 4pm so you can enjoy some of the sun. I mean, what's the beach without a bit of a tan and also be able to take in the majestic view of the sunset. 

See a show after lunch at Terrakulture:

One word - Vibes!
From the authenticity of palm wine in calabashes to the thatched ceilings, this place screams Naija. I was so impressed by how they were able to put a classy spin on our rich culture and food while still keeping it 100.
To accompany the food, there was a shop which sold colourful accesories and artwork, an art gallery upstairs, a terrace where you can enjoy your Sunday lunch (as we did) and to top it all off, plays are performed at terrakulture as well!
That Sunday afternoon after lunch my mum, sisters and I saw Wole Soyinka's Mad Men and Specialists (splendid!)
Whether it's on your own or with friends/family, Terrakulture is a must visit!

Happy Hour at Sailor’s Lounge:

Apparently, this is a rather popular spot (from what friends have told me) so not too much introduction is necessary. 
(Cassie here and I'm just interjecting to say that this is my first time hearing about sailor's Lounge)
Sailor’s lounge is a restaurant and bar in Lekki, with seating right on the waterfront. We visited on a weekday afternoon so it was very quiet and relaxed but of course, it gets lively as it gets busy in the evenings and on weekends.
Being a cocktail kinda gal, Sailor’s Lounge’s cocktail menu hit the spot. I do have to say, many of the options on the menu are on the pricey side i.e. eat before you visit sha.
It’s the sort of place you go just to hang and chill with friends after a day filled with Lagos’ wahala - unwind at the waterfront.

Wander through Art Galleries :

There's  something so calming about moving through spaces filled with the creative processes of others.
With Nigeria's popping art scene, I had to explore a few of these galleries. During this visit I was able to visit two - Art21 at Eko Hotel and The Red Door Gallery in V.I.
Art21's open white space showcased contemporary artists not just from Nigeria, but from all over. An all round beautiful exhibition with such a positive ambience.
Check out my own experience at art twenty one here 
The Red Door Gallery in VI also boasts the sculptures, paintings and more of contemporary Nigerian artists such as Alimi Adewale and Oma Cyril. Although the environment could have been more welcoming as it wasn't great having gallery assistants hovering over us while we tried to enjoy the artwork in order to make sure we didn't take any photos, it was a gallery I'd be willing to visit again.

Indulge at Ice Cream Factory:

I’ve left the very best till last - dessert! The staff here were absolutely lovely-patient and cheerful, giving the place an all round happy feel as it should have.
I mean, ice cream gets everyone excited-right? With a menu not only limited to ice cream but also offering waffles, muffins, grilled melts and drinks there’s something for everyone. There’s a little terrace outdoors with a few tables surrounded by simple but welcoming outdoor deco, where a scoop or two (or three, like I had) can be enjoyed in the (almost) always perfect weather for ice cream. My personal favourite flavour-the red velvet ice cream! Call me a bush girl, but it blew my mind that there were actual (very generous) chunks of red velvet cake in the ice cream. In-cred!
Thank You Karina for this great post!
I hope this was helpful to someone?
I know it was helpful to me because I went to bogobiri last weekend after reading this write up and have plans to go check out Atican beach too.
I'm young and just trying to create experiences and live a bit you know?
Paintballing is another thing I really want to try out.

Have you been to any of these places?What was your experience like?
Also if you have any extra "must do/visit things or places in Lagos" Please share in the comment section. :D

Connect with Karina: Website || Instagram

 P.S - I'll just add a few more places.
- Jazz Hole
- Lekki Conservation Center
- Cafe Neo
- Re.Le Art Gallery.

P.P.S - Karina and I were featured in the stylehq's #TheNewNigerians Post and although I added it to my "In the press" page, here's a direct link to the post.


A Guide To Networking Better At Events.

Friday, 10 July 2015
This post was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend a while back. We were trying to decide on if to attend a particular event that weekend and talked about how almost meaningless it was going to these events anyways, because we never seemed to achieve much out of it.

I mean, every time I accept an invitation to a store launch or some other fashion event, I do it with the mind that I'm going out there to 'network', mingle, maybe meet people and get somewhere from there but do I end up doing any of that? No, not really! So why bother huh?

I also realized from talking with other people that I definitely wasn't alone in this boat.
I'm a bit of an introvert but there has to be a balance and maybe a cheat score for people like me to get this networking game in the bag right? Right! 
So I decided to call in someone I know who has a lot of experience in this department to school me and share some of her tips for aceing this networking thing. It helps that she is a PR person, so these things are right up her alley.

For me and everyone out there who is a bit socially inept when it comes to networking at events, here's a quick guide from fashion PR girl and fellow amazonian ( team 6ft and above. he he) Cynthia Lawrence Nwaru, on how to get it right

Doing this feature, I immediately thought to myself I should write down everything about going out to events I wish someone had told me three years ago.
As a publicist it is imperative in my line of work to be up to date with my industry and find events that would not only be entertaining but be a good opportunity to network.

I would like to note for this article, according to the dictionary; Networking is associating with individuals of common interest, forming to provide mutual assistance, helpful information or the like of it.

It isn’t a lot about just heading out to an event with only one intent to Network, after my first few events where I mostly stood around (hopefully with a drink) and people watching with my best friend who I made to go to these things with me just so I didn’t feel like I was in the wrong room when I didn’t know anyone. I realized there are certain questions I needed to answer before I walked out the door.

-Who am I and what do I do?

-What type of people am I trying to connect with?

-What do I have to offer?

-Who is going to be at this event?

-What is my end goal?

-What do I wear to this event?

Answering these questions could help with conversation starters. For example knowing the type of people you would like to connect with, helps narrow your room work.
Knowing who you are and what you do is the most important question next to what do I wear?
If you are still trying to figure out what you do and who you are.
My advice is to know the type of people you are trying to connect with, you can do some research on them and if you spot them at an event the trick is to Brave contact! - Walk up to them and congratulate them on a recent achievement, outfit choice or just glad to meet them because you’ve been meaning to- and when it’s your turn to offer an introduction play it cool and be as honest about yourself as possible- They might be the one to put you on track to knowing more about yourself.
What do I wear to this event? - Outfit choices might gravitate people towards or away from you. I always try to keep it simple but interesting enough. Outfits can be great conversation starters, be sure to pay people compliments at events and be very receptive when you are paid one!

What do I have to offer? Personally my job revolves on leverage so I always like to be aware of openings, opportunities I can share with people who I feel are a fit and I find that people in return try to share opportunities they feel would be of interest with me. Making recommendations and endorsements where you can would definitely make networking at events worth your while. Some go to events with the hope of hearing about an opportunity and others are there just so they can have a good time, It is important to know how to stir conversations without seeming intrusive and/or desperate, maintaining eye contact and paying attention to body language makes all the difference.

No matter what the end goal is, appearing confident is always the best look. Stand up straight, and remember you belong in the room so work it, have fun with the conversations and if you find yourself just standing in a corner, remind yourself you could have stayed at home and been a lamp post!!!

That should get you into the mood to mix!

Always exchange contacts and stay in touch, so when you run into them at another event you are already a familiar face! Importantly have a good time doing it all! Xo

Thank You Cynthia for this great post! I hope this was helpful to someone?
Let me know your thoughts on networking at events and any extra tips you have to share in the comment section. :D

Connect with Cynthia : 

P.S : Want to see more from my events category? Click here

What I Learnt From The Live Your Dreams Africa Event

Thursday, 28 May 2015
Oh no no, not me!
Some of you might remember me going on in this post about how I missed the live your dream Africa event.
Well, my sister went (Oh that's my big sister up there) and I got her to share her experience and some of the lessons she went away with.
Let's dig in!


Being at Live Your Dreams Africa was one of the best decisions I've made in a while now. Every single story threw me into a trance, I was literally living my dreams there and then, (in my head tho). The event was huge and amazing, every adrenaline in my veins where pumped up, it was truly inspiring.

The event was convened by Bankole Williams and there were lots of amazing speaker's from various works of life : Uche Nnaji, TY Bello, M.I, Basket Mouth, Adenike Ogunlesi, Bankole Williams, Ehime Eigbe, OC Ukeje and Fela Durotoye who inspired us with stories, struggles, pains and determination.
Every speaker did a wonderful job, but sincerely basket mouth's story sent shivers down my spine. It takes a lot to smile in the face of bad days and I'm not talking about #badhairday kind of bad day, his where major!
Fela Durotoye ended the event with a sensational prayer for everyone present and Nigeria as a whole.

Now the paramount question is, do you have a dream? YES?  Then good, never let go of it, not a day should pass by without you advancing the cause of your dreams. So many of us must have gotten to a point in our lives where our dreams  actually choke us.....what does that tell you? It’s time to start living it.
Moving on, I would love to share the few pointers i learnt from the LYDA event:

- You do not need everything to be in place before you start something.

- Be persistent, fight for your dreams.

- Put all you have into achieving your dreams.

- FOCUS: Because every time you focus, you create blindness to the irrelevant. (Dives)

- Every gift (talent) is a blessing when its of value to someone else.

- It takes GUTS.

- If mere challenges can stop you, then you are certainly not ready to live your dreams.

- Don’t be frustrated by your frustrations, be inspired by them.

- Procrastination as we all know, kills.

- If you cannot die for your dreams, your dreams cannot live for you.

I'll love to end with this amazing scripture - Habakkuk 2:2-3....this is particularly for those who think it’s never going to come through, it will......just keep fighting!

               Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.


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