Jan 21, 2008

Happy New Year / Bloggers Party update

Happy new year! Yes, a little time has passed, a lot of stuff has happened and the year has changed since I last updated this blog. I've been involved in lots of stuff including (but not limited to) writing a major exam, the bloggers party, future awards, and several events, etc. This also marks one year of active blogging for me. Having opened this blog in Feb., 2006, I didn't start blogging actively until Jan. 20, 2007. Within the past two weeks, I've met enough bloggers to last lifetime! I've met Favored girl, Princesa, Bobby Taylor, Manda, Jaycee, The Scribe, Toni Payne, Overwhelmed Naija Babe and a few I had previously met eg, Laspapi, Comrade, Omoalagbede, Linda, etc. OK, before you guys start wondering, let me give a quick update on the Bloggers party. First I'd like to shout out to Bobby Taylor who unfortunately couldn't make it to Nigeria for the party. I'd also like to thank Twayne, who volunteered to help out in organizing (she actually did more than help!). Ok, so here's the update ...

It was the first Saturday in the new year, and the holiday feel was still in the air. Traffic was light and few people were in sight. On Saka Tinubu Street, Victoria Island existed an exquisite bar/lounge named "No 10" - rightfully after it's owner, Jay Jay Okocha. This was where the Bloggers party went down. Expected time was 5 pm but with African time in mind, the meeting time was fixed for 4 pm.

On my way to the location while trying to get there before everyone else, I had a small problem with my car. You know those small problems that take a while to fix? Well I had one of those so I branched at a mechanic in Ikoyi and finally got to the venue at about 4:30 and ... (un)expectedly, nobody was there. Not even Tope my co-organizer (although she had earlier called me to tell me she would be late) "Na wa o, thank God for African time" I thought as I sat and waited. If nobody showed up, ehnnn? Would I hang out alone?

After 10 minutes, I was starting to get bored. Suddenly the boredom faded, as four people walked in. I recognized Princesa, and she introduced Manda, Obi and a friend who's not a blogger. The arrival set things rolling. I got a call from writefreak informing me that she was outside the doors. When I went to lead her in, I met favored girl and writefreak's hubby who she talks about so much on her blog. Others started pouring in after this: Comrade, The Scribe, Unnaked, Omohemi, Jaycee, Tomi, Toochi, Fantasy Queen, Chakams and Babs were some of the bloggers who came in.

Other people in the lounge soon became conscious that there was something going on. While Princesa and Favored Girl mischievously took pictures, Tope led an "introduce yourself" session and got everyone excited. We spoke about several things, jointly and disjointly, took pictures, ordered drinks and talked about everything from blogging to the internet. I silently wondered why Fantasy Queen, Unnaked, and Omohemi were being so quiet and shy. Their blogs are far from shy now. Aren't they? Soon Tomi had to leave, then Princesa, Manda and Obi left as well. Omoalagbede came in and we received a call from Laspapi saying he was on his way. After waiting for what seemed like hours, Laspapi showed up. Out of the blues, Overwhelmed Naija Babe showed up too. Alright, so I had to leave. On our way out, we met, Simply Nuttie and two other bloggers. Talk about real African Timing! They joined the crew and brought the number of guests to 28. It was a wonderful evening of networking and fun, and I'm glad we had it.

Pictures




Aren't bloggers good looking people?


I don't really do new year resolutions, but I hope to be able to blog more often this year. I hope more old time bloggers won't leave blogsville this year - We've already lost too many. This is a shout-out to Cheetarah, Pink Satin, Baba Alaaye, Pseudo, T.Minx and all others who have resigned from blogging. You are highly missed, and I hope things are going well with you.

Many things happened last year. A significant thing being the handing over of government from a civilian president to another civilian president. I believe this is the first time we will ever experience such. Nigeria has come a long way, and so have we.

Looking back, I can say last year was better than the previous. I pray this year will be a better year for us, our homes, our families and our Country.
Welcome to 2008!
Happy new year!

25 comments:

cally said...

Don't mind unnaked and fantasy queen pretending to be shy. I betcha they are WILDCATS during the...err..throes LMAO!!!

Happy new year as well (for the millionth time? heck when in the year do people stop saying happy new year?)

Glad y'all had fun.

Stay cool.
xxx

omohemi Benson said...

we should do this again,
it was fun!

And for the record T,I wasn't shy.lol

Favoured Girl said...

Finally, you updated your blog! It was nice meeting you and all the other cool people at the Blogger Party. Like Omohemi said, we should definitely do it again. Although since I met you, you've been nothing but trouble! I kid, I kid....

Toochi said...

about time too.

been waiting for this.

picture of me is a bit dark though.
i've got better.
want em?

Rayo said...

Nice pictures, beautiful people...wish I could had been there.

TWayne said...

Now why on EARTH do you not have a better picture of me ehn? I will fight you o!

But yah the day was really cool. We should do it again sometime. I'm still trying to get the pictures up on FB. It's a conspiracy I tell you... Keeps telling me pictures not loaded after beefing my data bundles.... :-( Will keep trying though.

You have a brilliant 2008!

Tayo said...

@cally, lol, i guessed so too! Happy new year. Wildcats? I no know for them o
@omohemi, hmmm ... no comment!
@favoured girl, yes o. Trouble? hmmm, why didn't you tell me now? I would have reduced the trouble

Tayo said...

@toochi, abeg send me the pictures. I couldn't get a clearer one
@rayo, thanks for the compliment. I'm sure there'll be a next time soon.
@twayne,abeg upload those pictures sharp sharp before they become stale.

Jaycee said...

Finally Tayo updated his blog...

It was really nice meeting u Tayo, and everybody else too...lol. We shd do it again sef!!! Love the pics! Lol.

darkelcee said...

finally

You have updated!phew! Thank Goodness

Hmm, you guys sure had a blast!

there must be another parri ok?

Walahi i must not miss it

Uzo said...

Glad u had fun...

truth said...

Tayo happy new year.
Ahah na wa for you sef? I hope you put "consistently keeping your audience satisfied" on your resolution list.

Take care though and good thing you had fun at the event.

fantasy queen said...

I WAS NOT SHY(definately murder for that staement)unnaked was,and being the sweet girl i am i stuck by him...
but seriously u thought i was?

now u've got cally thinking thots.

Tayo said...

@jaycee, yes o! I updated. Come to think of it, this ur avatar actually bears some uncanny resemblance to you .. hmmmm.
@darkelcee, I no want make you beat me o! That's why I updated. True, you must not miss the next one o
@uzo, thanks. Why were you not there?
@truth, same to you o. I'll try to add that one to my resolution list... I'll try, i'll try
@fantasy queen, abeg. You people were shy, I no know for una. lol

cally said...

So tayo and fantasy queen, you lot have brought your love affair from facebook to continue here shey...lawling *mischievious and naughty laughter*

Omo Alagbede said...

yes, i know i've stopped blogging, and i arrived at the party very late, but if i come back here and i don't see my photo displayed prominently, osama will visit blongville o...

a sentence is enough for the wise (blogger).

princesa said...

'Twas a cool party with even cooler people.
How you dey bros?!

Tayo said...

@cally, na wa o! I have no idea what you're talking about at all. Don't know if Fantasy Queen has an idea though ...
@omo alagbede, why you no bring that your new camera come the event? You no serious!
@princesa, I dey o, thanks.

2ndCorin5:17 said...

it was great meeting u too!!!

Cheetarah said...

Awwh Tayo thanx for the shout out! I still wonder about the atmoshp of blogsville leaving comments so im not lost yet..lol!
Im glad you had fun and hey maybe next time i'll pop in:)

Tayo said...

@2ndCorinth, it was great meeting you too!
@Cheetarah!! Where on earth are you? Abeg send me a mail > me [a] tayoodukoya.com

Anonymous said...

good to have you back.how waz he exam.happy new year.this year is going to be great for you.i like your blog.keep up the good work.

1stpet2v9 said...

i c ur on yahoo.. and i want 2 chat.. but i can't cos my job doesn't allow chattin... gooosshhhh! how have u been anyways?

darkelcee said...

so when is the next update?

Omotayo, Olutayo, Adetayo!!!!!!! lol

Tayo said...

@anon, Thanks a lot. The exam was great, I passed excellently.
@1stpet2v9, lol, you're not the only one whose job doesn't allow chatting. Guess we'll find a way round.
@darkelcee, since you're now my official time keeper, I have updated o! BTW, contact me when you can, I have a message for you.