Friday, March 20, 2015

Another exciting event is coming up at Sheraton Abuja Hotel this weekend... and this is something you don’t want to miss!

Abuja is one beautiful city full of health-conscious people.

You can´t help but make this conclusion when everyone you meet these days is involved in one heart-pumping, sweat-inducing, muscle-toning activity or the other. Yoga, zumba, pilates, hiking, horse-riding, salsa, tai chi, tennis, jogging... name it, they do it here in the FCT. One lady I know actually goes swimming every day for an hour early in the morning before going to work! That means she´s at the pool from 5am to 6am!

Well, if you really want to stay healthy and feel good about yourself, you´d do anything. 

So it´s a welcome news that, as a tribute to all sports enthusiasts in Nigeria and particularly in Abuja, Sheraton Fitness in collaboration with Combat Sports Promotion presents SHAPE UP ABUJA on Saturday, 21st March 2015 at 9am to 1pm.

According to the General manager of Sheraton Hotel Abuja, Mr. Boris Bornman, SHAPE UP ABUJA “promises to bring everyone of all fitness level a unique opportunity to experience the biggest fitness carnival in Nigeria as they participate in several events such as a) Zuma Training Certification from South Africa´s top Zumba expert Abdulla Bayett, b) Cardio fitness competitions, Health, sports and nutrition talk sessions, c) Martial Arts session…. and more.”

He adds that Sheraton Fitness and Combat Sports Promotion “are looking forward to welcoming participants to join us this Saturday.” He also says that children will not be left out because they have special Taekwondo and Karate Competitions for kids.

And if you have what it takes, you could be the last man or woman standing in the non-stop, high intensity combination of push ups, squats, sit ups, plyometric exercises, aerobics, and more.

There will be lots of exciting prizes to be won and new friends to meet and make, so don’t be left out!

For more information or sponsorship enquiries, please Call/SMS 08070602323, 08023103967 or email:

See you there!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Nigeria's foreign wives to hold their Annual General Meeting in Abuja on March 21

Nigeria's foreign wives (popularly known as Nigerwives) are set to hold their Annual General Meeting  this weekend here in Abuja. Expected to attend are members of the association from different parts of the country. The Annual General Meeting was last hosted by the Abuja branch in March 2010. 

Nigerwives Nigeria is an association of foreign women married to Nigerians who reside in Nigeria. The association was registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission in 1979. The aims of the association include, among many others, the smooth integration of foreign wives of Nigerian citizens into Nigerian society and to strive for the establishment and implementation by the government of a firm, just and consistent legal policy for such women. The association has branches in Abuja, Abeokuta, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Ibadan, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Calabar, Kaduna, Warri, etc.

Abuja Nigerwives having a meeting 
Nigerwives Abuja branch was founded in 2001 and currently has 33 registered members coming from different countries like Australia, Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Liberia, Philippines, USA, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine. The branch holds monthly meetings in members’ houses where matters like immigration, employment, housing business, transportation, food and culture are discussed. Members are available to advise newcomers, wherever possible, on relevant issues. 

One of the aims of the group is to establish or assist in social projects that benefit the communities where they live. To this end, they have established a Braille Book Production Centre in Lagos where Braille textbooks are printed and sold at an affordable price to visually impaired students. The Abuja Branch works closely with the Primary School of the Blind in Jabi. Besides this they also engage in other charitable works when required.

All women married to Nigerian citizens are welcome to join at any time. Some of the members have lived in Nigeria for decades while others are newcomers. They hail from diverse educational and economic backgrounds and represent a myriad of occupations. What binds the Nigerwives together is their being a foreign wife of a Nigerian and living here in Nigeria, acting as extended family to each other while sharing your joys and sorrows as they attend meetings and ceremonies such as naming ceremonies, graduations, weddings birthdays, traditional ceremonies, funerals etc.

To register as a member of Abuja Branch, newcomers are required to pay a one-time registration fee of 500 naira and a monthly contribution of 400 naira. Registered members are regularly informed of the venue of meetings and activities. For additional information, please contact the association via email:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

PHOTOS: Abuja bazaar organised by Pusong Pinoy Filipino Association which took place at the JBN Abuja Shooting Range on March 8

A bazaar organised by Pusong Pinoy Filipino Association (PPA) in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs Ladies Foundation (Philippines) was held at the JBN Shooting Range, in Jabi, on 8th March 2015, bringing together not only Filipinos based in Abuja but also guests from other countries.

Monday, March 9, 2015

22 PHOTOS at the launching of International Women's Month, organised by Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Kalahari and Pandora

Celebrate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day for a whole month at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel.

Here’s how
On the 4th of March, Sheraton Abuja Hotel, in collaboration with Kalahari (a range of world-class skin and body products) and Pandora (markets hand-finished and modern jewelry made from genuine metals at affordable prices and founded in 1982 in Copenhagen, Denmark) launched the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MONTH at the poolside of the Sheraton Abuja Hotel. The fun-filled evening (food and drinks by the poolside, raffle draw in one of the hotel’s suites, and fashion show at the Lobby Bar) was attended by a select group of women including the wives of the Ambassadors of Denmark, Greece, and Lebanon. (More photos after the cut...)

Friday, March 6, 2015

You are invited to the International French Language Festival, from March 9 to 21, at the French Institute, Abuja

To celebrate the French language and the francophone cultures, the Embassies of Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun (High Commission), Canada (High Commission), Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, France, Niger, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Switzerland and Chad are very pleased to invite you to The International French-Language Festival // Quinzaine de la Francophonie

From Monday 9th to Friday 20th March, EVERY NIGHT at 7pm, a country will present a movie or a show followed by a "verre de l'amitié" (refreshments).

2 weeks of French language cinema with English subtitles. See the program below.

Saturday 21st March from 9am to 10am - French-Speaking Day!
The fortnight will climax on Saturday 21st with the Francophonie Day.  Abuja Schools Presentations, Photo exhibition, Conference on French teaching in Nigeria, Food Fair with 14 countries presenting their traditional dishes (starts at 12:30pm, come early!), Singing Competition, French Poetry Competition, Dictations for Francophone and French learners, the Lab Citoyen Competition (win a trip to France!) and a Musical Concert All In French with the Abuja International Choir and the Nigerian band ♫ JUST JAZZ ♫ !

Thursday, March 5, 2015

IN ABUJA - Shades of unity, Women make it happen! A visual art exhibition by the Female Artist Association of Nigeria

What: A visual art exhibition by Female Artist Association of Nigeria (FEAAN)
When: Opening on Saturday 7th at 5pm prompt
Where: Transcorp Hilton Abuja, 1 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Abuja

Since 2013, the Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FEAAN) in collaboration with the Embassy of France in Nigeria has given the women the opportunity to exhibit their works every year. In 2013 it was Plights of Women, 2014 was Women in National Development. This year's theme is Shades of Unity, Women Make It Happen! is in line with the UNESCO theme for the 2015 international Women day which we are marking.

FEEAN was setup with the primary aims of identifying talented Nigerian Female Artists and using them and their skills to bring about positive social changes and developments in the society, to foster a sense of pride and achievements among the female creative professionals, to promote the dignity of women, and to encourage the members to continue practicing. Membership cuts across all the ethnic groups in Nigeria.

The exhibition will then hold until Saturday 14th March 2015.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Grand Bazaar to hold at the Abuja Shooting Range on Sunday, March 8

A Grand Bazaar being organised by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs Ladies Foundation and the Filipino Pusong Pinoy Association will be held on 8th March 2015 at the Abuja Shooting Range (see map below) from 9am to 5pm. There will be booths, games, raffle draws, and other fun activities for everyone.

Children (and children at heart) are much welcome to enjoy the bouncing castles and slide.

Entrance: 200 Naira

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Krump Dance Studio presents The Art of Dance in Abuja

Abuja's foremost dance studio The Krump will present a night of creativity and an exhibition of the art of dance on Saturday, 8th February, at 3J'S Hotel at 6pm.  Tickets are sold at N5000. 3J"s Hotel is located at No. 31, Pow Mafemi Crescent, Utako, Abuja.

#Abuja, #dancestudio

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The French Institute in Abuja and Thought Pyramid Gallery present 3 Photographers and 1 Nigeria on February 5

Three professional photographers, two Frenchmen, Sebastien Godret and Jean-Pierre Elie, and a Nigerian man, Anre John, combine their talents to examine the diversity of Nigeria and its inhabitants. Sebastian Godret and Jean-Pierre Elie visited Ibadan in March 2013 at the invitation of IFRA - Nigeria.  There they found a particularly inspiring area such as the remarkable architectural heritage of the city, its great diversity of styles coming from the 30’s to the 80’s, and the way people have appropriated and used the space. Their photos will rotate in the Alliances françaises during the year 2015.

Opening on Thursday 5 February, 2015 at 6pm, the exhibition will be running until Sunday 22 February, 2015.

Venue: Thought Pyramid Art Centre, 18 Libreville Street, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Opposite old DSTV, Wuse II, Abuja


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5th Eurochannel Short Films Tour starts Monday January 26 at the French Institute in Abuja

You are invited to  the 5th Eurochannel Short Films Tour  tagged And God Created European Women ...

Monday, January 26, 2015 to Saturday, January 31, 2015
7:00 PM daily at the French Institute


The Eurochannel Short Film Tour is a unique event inviting viewers to an exclusive journey into Europe through short films. Every European country is present in the Tour with at least one short movie, broadcasted in its original language and subtitled in English. With the Eurochannel Tour the viewers will discover Europe, visit its countries and listen to all its languages.

Young directors and new talents are put in the spotlight; for some, it is the first step of their international careers. In this fifth edition, Eurochannel presents portraits of women seen by numerous directors - through the lenses of their cameras they give life to and honor all women.

Between 5 and 8 short movies per night.
Follow the updates and check the full programme on :

Mon. 26th Jan 7pm
From Women With Love - Part 1

Tues. 27th Jan. 7pm
Women on a Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Wed. 28th Jan. 7pm
What Women Want

Thurs. 29th Jan 7pm
From Women With Love - Part 2

Fri. 30th Jan 7pm
Portrait of a Lady

Sat. 31st Jan 7pm
All About my Mother

Thursday, January 8, 2015

ABUJA EVENT - An exhibition called Too Young to Wed opens on January 14

The Canadian High Commission in partnership with Thought Pyramid Gallery invites the public to a viewing of 'Too Young to Wed'... An exhibition highlighting the worldwide human rights issue of child, early and forced marriage.

Date: January 14 - 15, 2015
Time: 10 am – 3 pm daily 
Venue: Thought Pyramid Art Gallery
No. 18 Librevillre Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent
Wuse 2, Abuja

For more information please contact the team a t

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria H. E. Alex Lamadrid sends New Year message, lists mission´s accomplishments in 2014

The Philippine Ambassador to Nigeria H. E. Alex Lamadrid in a message dated 31 December 2014 expressed his best wishes to all Filipinos and friends of the Philippines on the occasion of the New Year. In his message, H.E. Lamadrid listed a number of major accomplishments by the Philippine Embassy in 2014, including the Ambassador’s Presentation of Credentials to Sao Tome and Principe, Republic of Benin, and Cameroon, and the relocation of the Chancery from Maitama to Gwarinpa. While thanking the Embassy officers and staff for their hard work and cooperation, he also commended Filipino organizations in West Africa, such as the Abuja-based Pusong Pinoy Association, for their works. Photo above shows H.E. Lamadrid and Embassy staff on the occasion of the Philippine Independence Day held at the Chancery in Gwarinpa on June 12.

Insidetrack Abuja wishes His Excellency Alex Lamadrid and his staff at the Philippine Embassy in Abuja a Happy New Year and congratulates them for their hard work and for a job well done.

Below is the full text of Ambassador Lamadrid´s message:


“Dear Fellow Filipinos and Friends of the Philippines:

“As 2014 comes to a close, we at the Philippine Embassy express our best wishes to all Filipinos and Friends of the Philippines on the occasion of the New Year. Manigong Bagong Taon!

“The year 2014 has been a fruitful one for the Philippine Embassy in Abuja. Despite the obvious challenges posed by the external environment and the scarcity of certain human and other resources, the officers and staff of your Embassy have achieved numerous accomplishments, many of them done by the Embassy for the first time.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Photos during a film showing at the Italian Ambassador's residence in Abuja

One of the last activities I attended in 2014 was the screening of an Oscar-winning Italian film called “NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO” , held at the residence of the Ambassador, His Excellency Fulvio Rustico, on December 20 at 7pm. The photo above shows Ambassador Rustico (right, facing camera) and Mr. Angelo Fanutti talking briefly about the film.

It was quite a long movie (2 hours!) but I definitely enjoyed every minute of it. I wish to mention here that the Embassy of Italy in Nigeria (Abuja) organizes several cultural events every year, which include painting exhibitions, film showings, concerts, and others. 

Cocktails were served before and after the movie.

Cocktails before and after the a film showing at the Italian Ambassador's residence

Ambassador Rustico with the guests

Mr. Angelo Fanutti with Ambassador Rustico (top left)  and some of the guests. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Shopping in Abuja: 9 Supermarkets to suit your needs

Various supermarkets in Abuja
In Nigerian language supermarkets usually mean a department store or a grocery store, with household items, meat and frozen foods, electronics, bakery products, fruits and vegetables etc. all under one roof. While Abuja is relatively a new city, almost anything you need (or a reasonable substitute) can be found here. The only challenge is that, at times, you may have to do a little supermarket-hopping to get all what you need or want, meaning that Supermarket A may have cheaper prices, but their bakery products are not as fresh or good as Supermarket B. Or Supermarket D may be easily accessible, but parking space could be a challenge, so people do not mind driving all the way to Supermarket F, which is not within the city centre but has practically everything you need under one roof.

In the past, Abuja residents did not have many choices, therefore business monopoly was the enemy of many consumers, but nowadays, thanks to the recent openings of big supermarkets such as Exclusive Superstore or Shoprite or Next Cash and Carry and Spar, in addition to the hundreds of medium-sized shops scattered around the city, shopping has become a bit more convenient.

One thing I can say is that if there are more supermarkets, then monopoly is eliminated and hopefully prices become lower. Wishful thinking?

Here’s a list of major supermarkets in Abuja, arranged alphabetically:

Amigo Supermarket (Wuse)
Dunes Restaurant (Maitama)
Exclusive Superstore (Maitama)
Grand Square Supermarket (Central Business District)
Next Cash and Carry (Kado)
Park and Shop (Wuse)
Sahad Supermarket (Garki)
Shoprite (Apo)
Spar Supermarket (Central Business District)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

'Truly there are so many tears this Christmas' - Pope Francis


Pope Francis focused his concern on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others suffering in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine as he prayed for hope and peace Thursday.

Anguish for children who are victims of violence, including in the recent terrorist attack on a Pakistani military school, tempered the pontiff's traditional Christmas Day message, which he delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. Tens of thousands of Romans and tourists crowded into St. Peter's Square to hear Francis deliver the “Urbi et Orbi” message. (Latin for “to the city and to the world.”)