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The Stark Experience

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I came across Bemyoda while interning with Alternative Music Nigeria. What struck me from the very first song I listened to is Bemyoda’s unique sound and the fact that he dares to be different and stay true to sounds that inspire him.  His well-crafted lyrics remind you of life’s conditions which is an inexhaustible topic. The wait for Stark was a very long one but it was worth it. The first single released from the album is ‘’I Told’’ I had the song on replay for days, it reminds me to cast fear aside at my lowest point and instead choose to embrace the light and the truth. The album listening for Stark was over the long Democracy weekend, it was a multimedia experience of photographs and the beautiful songs on the album. My sister Olaoluwa and Bukky, my Lagos partner in crime, went to the album listening at Red Door Gallery in Victoria Island. The gallery is such a beautiful space and the decoration and art pieces transport you to a different place where things are beautiful and sad…

Raining Season Reading List

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I don’t enjoy raining season. I hate that my nose and chest don’t function right once the season starts and how this lingers till the dry season. Because of my poor nose and chest, I hardly go out so this leaves me with the burden of entertaining myself. On the plus side I get to binge watch series and read a lot of books.  I love reading and each book takes me on a different journey and they have a way of staying with me long after I am done with the book. The emotions in the books linger and this makes me see the people around me differently understand and appreciate their struggles. I am subscribed to a number of Reading Blogs and they release their ‘’Summer Reading List’’ about the same time the Raining Season starts. But for me it isn’t warm days where I get to go to the beach, I am curled up in bed reading and letting the stories take me on exciting journey. I was making a list of the books I have read in 2017 and I thought why not share my list and get my book-lover friends to sh…

Ore's Playlist July 2017

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For the most part of this month, I have listened to the Starlight album by Bethel Music on repeat. The album is really beautiful, it reminds me of the closeness of God, the fact that God is involved in every aspect of our day to day lives. It is also a reminder to show love and look for the beauty in the world regardless of all the hate and bitterness. So there are two songs from the album on this month’s playlist. The next song on this month’s playlist is a song of submission to the process and letting God change us from the inside and not getting discouraged when we seem to be fail. The next is a song that tells of God’s beauty, and for the duration of the song you just enjoy singing along. The last is a song that will make you question why we love God, our reason for worship and service.
King of My Heart by Steffany Gretzinger and Jeremy Riddle (Bethel Music)For The One by Jenn Johnson (Bethel Music)Working on Me by CalledOut MusicMost High by Nosa and Nathaniel BassyMake Jesus Fam…

Letters To July I

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Dear Kike, Why don’t we have any cute photos together? I realized this when I finally sat down to write this letter, we have one that we took at my graduation but I don’t think it counts. When next we see we will have to rectify this.   Kiks, I am writing because I miss you, I miss having you in the same time zone - now I have to look up the time whenever I want to text or call and it is stressful. I miss painting our nails to match our moods, black nails for weeks we were unhappy, red nails for weeks we were excited and all the colours in between, my brain can’t remember what each colour stood for. Every now and again, I am transported to that summer we spent together. It was the summer you graduated from University and your mum’s latest shop attendant was discovered to be stealing so she was fired. You became the shop attendant and I became your assistant. We sat in the shop and talked about your budding relationship with “B” and how my relationship with ‘’Do Not Call’’ was doomed, y…

Happy 100th Post!!!

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I published the 100th post on The over Thinker a few weeks ago, I had something planned to celebrate this milestone in my blogging/writing journey, but what I had planned didn’t feel right. So I skipped it. In place of what I had planned I will be appreciating those that have contributed to the blog over the past three years, those who have encouraged me, helped me edit and create content. So shout out to Mr, Johnson, thank you first for being my friend, for reading my poorly written initial drafts for many of the post on the blog, for assisting in fine-tuning my ideas and ensuring I stay true to the vision of the blog. Happy 100th Post. Thank you to Pelumi Kayode for editing posts and ensuring the world isn’t subjected to my poorly punctuated write ups. Michael for taking photos, designing posters and giving me my first lessons in Canva. Thank you to Oni for always reading the blog, to Gbemi for believing in me long before I had the courage to share my work with the world. To Derin and…

Mid-Year Review: Lessons From 2017 so far…

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We all know how I love making lists and sharing them, so this is list of what I have learnt in 2017. I really hope you find something you can relate with. Let’s do this review together, let me know in the comments below what your lessons from 2017 are.
1. Try things you are 100% sure you will not love; it just might turn out fear of the unknown led to your dislike of those things. 2.   Visit your friends; make out time, no matter how busy your schedule is, to build your relationships with the people in your life. 3.   Find a fellowship that is a group to study the bible with, share life experiences and pray, this will lead to you not feeling alone in your daily struggles. 4.   Go on a date with yourself, you deserve to be celebrated. 5.   Remember to buy your parents a gift; I am sure they will appreciate it 6.   Buy books for your friend’s babies; this will solidify your role as the bookish aunty or uncle plus it is never too early to start reading. 7.   Visit Café Neo and order a Pennine.

Hear No Evil Speak No Evil Week Six (About Make Music Lagos) By RepJ 360

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Make Music Lagos was essentially Lagos' celebration of World Music Day, like Make Music New York. It happened on the 21st of June and will happen again next year (if you missed it), God willing. It was a very enjoyable event. Quick side note, this year the organizers were able to pull off 12 small concerts simultaneously at 12 different locations whilst also setting up for a grand finale, among other kinds of events. The smaller concerts had a plethora of varied acts, which my band was part of. It is this smaller events I am referring to. It was an entirely enjoyable event, like I said, especially when you consider the scale and the fact that it was free. As we prepared to take the stage, several other acts presided us, all of whom were Christian acts. I am for affirming your beliefs and using opportunities to evangelize, I mean my band name is RepJ360 (the 'J' standing for Jesus) so it is clear that I am unashamed of my faith and wear it boldly. So, imagine my shock, surpri…