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Journey of a growing woman

Month: December, 2016

10 best moments of 2016

So this year was entertaining to me in a lot of ways. I find laughter and happiness in a lot of things and I thought I would share them with you guys.

10. THE MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE

I know this is over and done with already but I really loved this challenge. I remember the first one I saw and I thought ‘Wow’. It was definitely my best challenge of the year.

This was the very first one I saw and I loved it so much. My friend, Abiola and I just kept sending each other different challenges and just basking in the loveliness of each one.

Of course, this post would not be complete if I did not include the Nigerian edition of the Mannequin challenge which I thought was phenomenal.

9. LEMONADE

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I mean, need I say more? I am not a member of the Bey Hive but even I cannot deny the greatness that is Beyoncé. The woman just doesn’t stop. I admire the fact that she doesn’t relax even though she is at the top. Lemonade was amazing for me because it showcased the pain that black women go through. We get hurt but we don’t get to stop. We have to keep going and Beyoncé highlighted our strengths and I couldn’t be more grateful.

8. TRUMP PHONE CALLS & TREVOR NOAH 

Okay, so no.8 is a tie for me because I just couldn’t pick and I know that when there is a tie, there really shouldn’t be a no.7 but sorry, that’s not how I’m doing it. Lol.

Anyway, to begin with, most of you know that even though I am not American, I was very vocal about how much I did not like Trump. Call me naïve but I did not expect him to win. I mean, I knew there was a chance but I just did not want to believe that a man like that would be elected. But he was so I found my solace in laughter. Conan O’Brien, who I think is the best late night show on TV created these ‘leaked phone calls between Trump and Obama’ which I find hilarious.

Another moment that I loved was when Trevor Noah annihilated Tomi Lahren.

I do not like Tomi Lahren. Okay. Scratch that. I do not like the things that she says. In my opinion, she spits foolishness and I don’t think she even believes most of the things she says. So, when Trevor Noah interviewed her, I was smiling throughout. This is just a bit from the interview.

7. DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

So, Kiefer Sutherland returned this year with an amazing new show called ‘Designated Survivor’. I have loved him since 24. So, I was so excited to watch this show which is really good. Call me weird but I smile every time I see this opening sequence. It really made my year.

6. THE MCCLURE TWINS & JULIANNA’S COMPASSION

Okay, so another tie. Lol.

To begin with, The McClure Twins. I fell in love with this twins this year. They are just so cute and amazing and they are half Nigerian. Lol. They captured the hearts of so many including me and I just love watching them.

Aren’t they adorable?

So, another kid that won my heart was Julianna. Julianna is the daughter of Judy and Benji who blog daily on their youtube channel ‘It’s Judy’s Life’. I have been watching them on and off since 2013. This year, Judy posted this video of Julianna that touched my heart in many ways. I cried like a baby and I just thought that I have to share this with you all.

5. DESIIGNER

You guys, I love Desiigner. He just emits so much happiness and he  makes me smile every time. This video of him singing ‘The Addams family’ is EVERYTHING. Lol

4. OOH BABY, WE LIVE

Just watch and laugh!. Lol

3. ITS ROX

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You all may not know Ms Roxanne but she is a Youtuber who reviews reality shows and some other TV shows. I have been watching her for I can’t even remember how long but she always brings light to my life. She is funny and no matter what is going on in my life, for a moment I forget when I am watching her. So, Ms Rox, Thank you so much for being who you are. You are blessed. Her channel is 4itsrox on Youtube if you are interested. You won’t regret it.

2. TOKE MAKINWA’S BOOK

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Source: Kemi Filani

This book made my year. I already reviewed it on this blog but I just have to say that this book pushed me back to God. It’s funny because it is not a spiritual book or anything like that but just her experiences made me see that I need to find peace in God once more and so for that I am very grateful.

  1. BRUNO MARS

Those who know me know that I am absolutely obsessed with Bruno Mars. I love the guy so much and when he dropped his album the weekend before my birthday, it was like a birthday gift to me because I have been waiting for a new album for close to 4 years. Thanks for making it worth it boo.

So, that’s it for me. The 10 (well, more like 12) best moments of 2016. What was yours? Let me know 🙂 Love you all and a Happy New Year

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A Year of Tremendous Growth

Hi you all,

Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone. I know that this year I haven’t been the best at updating this blog but I will do my best to ensure that next year is not the same. Towards the end of every year, I make it a point of duty to reflect on the year and what I have learned from it. I have to tell you, this year has been a year of tremendous growth for me and I am so grateful to have experienced it all.

This year was not in any way easy. I experienced some good times – I graduated, I started and finished my master’s program, I took a trip to Tanzania by myself and I found my way back to God again – and some bad times – My boyfriend of three years and I broke up and it has been painful, I got into an accident and a bunch of mini situations. However, I learned so much from it all. I grew. God has been exceptionally good to me and I am grateful. I found myself having so much strength that I never thought I had.

This year, I realised how courageous I am as a woman and I would not trade my life for any one else’s. I am special and unique and I think I experienced more happiness this year than I have in a long time. Finding God again has been the highlight of my year. For the last couple of years, I was in limbo. I was not sure where I fit in as a Christian or if it was worth it but I am learning everyday who God is and I am grateful to still be alive and to have this chance to know Him.

I want to thank you all for reading this. I have not written a lot this year because I have not had confidence in my writing. I have been trying to move in a different direction but I’m not sure what direction that is. It’s hard for me because this is supposed to be my outlet but I have lost confidence in it. I am trying to get it back so I plead with you to be patient with me. Thank you for being here and for reading when I posted. I know I can be unreliable but it feels good to know that there are people who still think that I am worth reading.

Thank you so much. On my next post, I am putting down the 10 best pop-culture type moments of 2016 for me. I hope you read and enjoy. Have a Happy New Year guys. I love you all.

My thoughts on Toke Makinwa’s book

Hey guys,

So I wrote a review of ‘On Becoming Toke Makinwa’ by Toke Makinwa on an upcoming Nigerian digital magazine called Metrolife, which is owned by an amazing friend of mine. Metrolife mainly focuses on Nigerian news and entertainment. This includes features, reviews, opinions and commentary and a wonderful Spotlight section which celebrates young Nigerian entrepreneurs and artists.

I decided to share my review on here as well (which was edited by the Editor of Metrolife), but please check out this magazine as it is amazing and gives you latest news and interesting articles to read.

“Sisters, we need to pray against the spirit of Maje Ayida in our lives”. 

I wrote this on Snapchat last night after reading Toke Makinwa’s book. I sat down and read the book in three hours and throughout, I found myself praying constantly to banish any potential Majes in my future. As a 21 year old now, I realize that marriage is around the corner. I’m not looking to get married tomorrow but I do admit that the time has come to start thinking about these things – not just about the white dress and the cake and fairy tale aspect of it but of the marriage itself.

The story of Toke Makinwa’s relationship with Maje Ayida in general is one that has been played out in the media and we have all seen it and we have all judged and had our opinions. In fact, Toke Makinwa has been a person that has been highly criticized by social media in recent years.

Most people know Toke as an on-air personality and a TV host but honestly I did not even know that Toke was a radio personality until I read her book yesterday. I’d always thought of her as a socialite because I always saw her going for so many events. It even got to a point that I started to ask: “Won’t Toke sit down somewhere?”

I also knew her as a vlogger who gives relationship advice on Youtube. Her relationship with Maje was also one of the things I knew about her because it was always covered on the blogs. I remember reading about how she had been dating Maje on and off for 8 years and also about his relationship with some other girl named Anita Solomon. I used to wonder: “Isn’t it Toke who gives relationship advice on Youtube?”

A lot of us thought the same thing too. Read the rest of this entry »