Friday, December 19, 2014

ABUJA PHOTOS: She Poems, a delightful combination of dance and poetry

The Spanish Embassy in Nigeria, in collaboration with the Nigerian Television Authority, presented SHE POEMS, a unique show combining dance and poetry, on 12th December at the NTA Arena in Garki, Abuja.

SHE POEMS (Ella Poema in Spanish) featured Spanish dancer Aïda Colmenero and Irene Omoha from Nigeria, who presented a contemporary dance piece called No Light inspired by the poem of Spanish writer Paloma Serra.

Among those who watched the performance, the last cultural activity to be organised by the Spanish Embassy for this year, were His Excellency Alfonso Barnuevo Sebastian de Erice (Ambasssador of Spain to Nigeria), Mr. Guillaume Monfort (Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Spain), and Mrs. Eugenia Abuja, (Executive Director of Programs, NTA.)

The Spanish Embassy in Nigeria organises a series of cultural activities throughout the year, including the week-long Spanish Cultural Week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PHOTOS: Christmas carols and tree-lighting event at Sheraton Abuja Hotel

Sheraton Abuja Hotel held a Tree Lighting Event & Christmas Carols at the beautiful Obudu Garden on 10th December 2014. Guests were treated to lovely music from various choral groups. The Christmas Tree was officially lighted by the General Manager, Mr.Boris Bornman, assisted by his Deputy, Mr. Emad Rizk, as well as by Lola Banjo (Director or Marketing) and Nanji Tyem,  Manager of Public Relations.

PHOTOS: 3 Women entrepreneurs exhibit their works in Abuja - and I think you should meet all of them!

On 6th December in Maitama, Abuja, a good friend of mine, Yacine, invited several women to her lovely home in Maitama for a little get-together. In her email, she said: “I am hosting three fantastic women entrepreneurs for an exhibition of their works. You may know some of them already.”

The women entrepreneurs she was referring to were:

1) Adjara Tapsoba (from Burkina Faso), also known as the “jewelry lady” whose colourful creations include not just pieces of jewelry but also home and office decorations, most of which are handmade and using locally available materials. (I had earlier featured Adjara on this site, so you can read more about her HERE.)

2) Bellindah Doukpolagha (from Nigeria) who makes very colourful multi-purpose fabric accessories such as bags, purses, jotters, tablet cases, bed sheets, table cloths, etc.

3) Lynette Johnson (from South Africa) of House of Mosadi, a line of African-print inspired colourful pieces. She makes the most magnificent clothing items and matching fabric accessories.

It was a lovely day and even though I had another commitment to attend to I was able to catch up with the ladies just in time to take some photos of the event. In the meantime there are plans to have more of these exhibitions in the near future.

From left to righ: Bellindah, Adjara, and Lynette

Photos by Bellindah

Monday, December 15, 2014

Appeal for help to find sixteen-month old girl who was abducted in Abuja since December 8 2014

Sixteen-month old Ary Oladimeji, pictured above, was abducted in Abuja on the night of 8th December 2014. 

Any information that could help bring her home safely to her family would be highly appreciated.

I personally know Ary's grandmother, Christine Oladimeji. I join the Oladimeji family in appealing to all to help find Ary by creating awareness. May God protect her and bring her home soon.

Thank you.

- Araceli 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Today, December 12, is World Music Day at the French Institute, Wuse Abuja

You are all invited to a very special event to be held at the French Institute of Nigeria on Friday 12th December from 10am to 11pm.  Full day event celebrating World Music Day with a free concert at 7pm and an all-day art market in the gardens. Below is the schedule of activities:

10am-7pm : Christmas Market / Exhibition for creative people to showcase and sell their products. Let's encourage young and creative minds! To book your stall please call 0909 393 007.

As well, there will be food stands with samosas, spring rolls, mini quiches, sausage rolls, alloko, peppered chicken and so on... Drinks available.

7pm to 11pm : World Music Day Concert with more than 18 performers/bands! You don't want to miss it!

Performances will be by: Julietta (Queen of Pop),Blaqboi, Mike Wonder, Oso Onidirin, Maxsteel, Jayson Gold, Noel Empraw, Bem Sar, Bullet T, Lady Ucha, Akawo D Tax Collector, Root Boy Panama, Lady Joy, Igbom Kuta, Diamond Star Band, Bartho and his Band, Lawrence Llyod Benson, Papa Kosa, I Rep Diamond Crew, MC-Maquine (Ray power FM).

FREE ENTRY to all the events !!!

The Annual World Music Day Concert Celebration hosted by the French Institute of Nigeria could not hold successfully this year June 21st, 2014 due to weather condition. But not relenting, the French Institute of Nigeria in collaboration with Diamond Music Entertainment is still in the festive mood aimed at providing a platform for the appreciation of music to remind music lovers about the World Music Day.

The idea of the World Music Day was born in France, where the first all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice took place in 1982 in Paris. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries.

"La fête de la Musique" is above all a free popular music celebration that allows the expression of the styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a large audience,working to popularize musical practice for young and not so young people from all social background. It gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music.

Institut français du Nigeria
52 Libreville Street, off Amino Kano Crescent,
Wuse 2, Abuja (beside Mr Biggs)

For more information, please call 0903 160 6690.

Unveiling of Saifi Crown Residences at BluCabana today, December 12, 7pm

Wrothams Windsor Company is having an event at BluCabana today, December 12 from 7- 10pm, to showcase a new project in Beirut, Lebanon. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

PHOTOS: Christmas carols and lighting of Christmas Tree at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja

The festive season kicked off at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja with the lighting of the Christmas Tree by the General Manage on 5th December.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PHOTOS: Abuja expats meet for Sushi - and I get permission to post these pics

 Close to 20 members of Abuja Expats met for sushi on 26th November 2014 here in the FCT and the Administrator of the group - everyone knows him by his first name, Saf - kindly gave me permission to post these pics. For those who are not very familiar with Asian food, here's a short description I found on the internet: (See more pics after the cut...)

Monday, December 8, 2014

PHOTOS: Embassy of Japan holds reception in Abuja to mark 81st birthday of Japanese Emperor

The Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria His Excellency Ryuichi Shoji, his wife, and members of staff of the Japanese Embassy, along with invited guests celebrated the 81st Birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on Wednesday, 3rd of December 2014, at the IBB International Golf and Country Club.

Friday, December 5, 2014

PHOTOS: Sheraton Abuja Hotel Social Hour

Sheraton Social Hour is exactly what it says it is - an hour (or maybe three?) of socialising while having drinks and some food. It takes place regularly at different Sheraton hotels all over the world and is an initiative by Sheraton that encourages their guests to mingle and engage in great conversations while enjoying wines from different places. (More pics after the cut...)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Contemporary art exhibition to take place in Abuja on December 7

The 10th Art in the House, an exhibition of contemporary Nigerian artists, will be held at BluCabana on 7th December 2014 at 3pm.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Minding Her Own Abuja Business: Lizzy takes care of your beauty needs from head to toe

Armed with a degree in Economics and a winning smile, Lizzy started her mobile spa and beauty business in Abuja in March of this year. Prior to that she had a work experience of 5 years in a spa in Saint Petersburg (Russia) during which she discovered her passion for all things related to beauty and health.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Araceli dined at the Chef's Table, Luigi's Restaurant, Sheraton Abuja Hotel... and it was lovely!

The setting was the Luigi´s Restaurant, Sheraton Abuja Hotel. The mood was informal, friendly. The Chef´s Table with the ‘Reserved´ sign looked inviting and beautifully set. The date was 13th November 2014 and there were bottles of wine and sparkling glasses and silverware. There were nuts and breads and biscuits (baked by the chefs at the hotel) to start with. The invited guests (bloggers and members of the press based in Abuja) and hosts (the Manager of Public Relations, Nanji Tyem, and the Director of Marketing, Lola Banjo) engaged in animated conversation as questions were asked and answered regarding the reason for the night – to have a taste of Italian dishes specially prepared for us by Sheraton Abuja Hotel´s very own Chef Olufunke Victor and Chef Timothy Amadi. (Top photo left: Araceli with Chef Olufunke, Chef Timothy and Nanji. Right: Nanji and the chefs with members of the press. Bottom pic: Lola, Executive Chef M. Falk, Raliyat of Metropole, Nanji, Araceli, and Chef Nicolas).

See aunthentic Italian meals that you can get only at Luigi's Restaurant, Sheraton Abuja Hotel

Chicken Salad with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

Fresh Egg Pasta with Comodoro sauce

Fish with Candied Tomatoes

Hazel Nut Cake

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pakistani Meena Bazaar in Abuja, November 22

There will be a Pakistani Food and Cultural Bazaar on Saturday, November 22, at 3pm to 8pm, to be held at the Pakistani High Commission, Opposite the EU Commission, CBD, aBUJA.

Free entry.

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