Tuesday 7 December 2021

(Updated 07/12/2021)

phobia is basically a persistent fear of a situation of an object, a person or anything really. There are different phobias that people suffer from. These phobias in most cases have a link to an unpleasant or scary situation that may have happened in the past. 

I have a few phobias myself but one of these phobias was something I never really felt comfortable speaking about. You see, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I love to cook, I have a cooking show and I’ve even published my own cookbook. The tagline of my culinary exploits is Zibby Can Cook. It’s become part of my brand and identity so for me, it was rather embarrassing to admit that I had a phobia of a very common Kitchen object.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been terrified of pressure cookers. As a child my mum would always warn against going near that pressure cooker, She would talk about how dangerous it was and it got stuck in my head, all these years.

I developed an intense fear of pressure cookers, so bad that I would never even touch one even if it was in its original packaging. I would never wash a pressure cooker that had been used to cook, I just never wanted to touch it. I never ate beans, as it was perhaps the only dish the pressure cooker in my home was used to prepare.

As a microbiology student and later graduate, I did spend a lot of time in a laboratory and watched different types of agar being prepared using an autoclave which is very similar to a pressure cooker. 

I was always terrified whenever agar was being prepared, and right before the plates were put into the autoclave I would literally run for my life. No one really understood it but I just couldn’t imagine being that close to a bigger and more powerful pressure cooker.  

Many years later, I’m proud to say I’ve conquered my fear of pressure cookers. How did I do it?

My dad teased me about how long it took me to cook beans he said it would take him about 15 minutes using the pressure cooker. I forgot to include that as a teenager, I’d thrown my mom’s pressure cooker away because I was terrified every time I saw it. If anyone noticed the big pressure cooker suddenly vanished, no one said anything. 

Because Dad knew I was terrified of pressure cookers, he would cook it himself when he had time. My dad is the best beans cook in the world, so once he’s in the mood, everyone lets him enjoy his chef moment. 

Recently, after observing him cook a few times, I decided to try it out for myself. I was terrified but I was determined. Thanks to watching my dad, watching videos and doing a lot of online research, I’ve now used a pressure cooker a grand total of four times. 

Am I still scared? Slightly, but not as much as I used to be. Does the sound of steam escaping still bother me? Yes, it does, but not so much. (Okay I leave the kitchen once the hissing starts)  But my confidence in using the pressure cooker has grown. 

I’m very excited to see I conquered my phobia of the pressure cooker. I had to take a picture of the beans I cooked a short while ago, using the once dreaded pressure cooker. 

Do you have a phobia?  If you do, remember you can conquer that fear - it might not be easy the first time, but it will get better. 

And when you try, don’t forget to pat yourself on the shoulder. And when you overcome the fear, reward yourself. In my case, my reward is a gorgeous plate of beans and plantain. 

Update: About 12 hours after this article was originally posted, I had a mini incident with the pressure cooker. I didn't beat myself up and learned from my mistake. I tried again 3 hours later and it was perfect. I also stayed in the kitchen with the hissing sound and wasn't too bothered, especially after the first incident. Bye Bye Phobia! 

By Zibby

Saturday 19 September 2020

After years of making cuisine from all over the world and eventually hosting her own cooking show Zibby Can Cook, Zibby finally published her first cookbook!  

The EP cookbook teaches you to make those gourmet meals, with very easy to follow steps. The amazing part is it also has a fusion of music in it. 

In the interest of making a difference in society, 50% of all proceeds have been donated and will continue to be donated to people struggling financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It costs just £2.99 or N1,500 (Nigerian Naira)

The book is available to purchase on Amazon’s Kindle Store and is also available for purchase by email. PayPal is also accepted for international orders.

To buy on Amazon, please visit https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zibby-Can-Cook-EP-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B0872FHMBT

Or Email zibby@zibbyworldmedia.com to purchase book and receive direct to your email. 

Wednesday 4 March 2020

The passing of Kobe Bryant at 41 has deeply saddened millions of people from all over the world, basketball fans and non basketball fans alike. Even more tragic is the death of his 13 daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, a rising Basketball star who played for Mamba Academy and had plans to play in the WNBA.

Known as Mambacita, a play on words of her famous father’s name “Black Mamba, Gigi was a star basketball player coached by her superstar father. Just a month before this tragic helicopter crash which killed the father and daughter along with 7 others, Kobe had filed paperwork to trademark the name Mambacita. The plan was to brand the name on merchandise like sweaters, jerseys, pants and hoodies.

As a rising sports star, with the backing of an NBA legend, the Mambacita line would have easily been a success, and set the young Gigi on her way to being a millionaire possibly even before her 15th birthday. It

While socialites like the Kardashians and Jenners have made a profitable career from posting nude pictures, and questionable relationships, it would have been refreshing to see a young, black girl build a career as a superb athlete and a business mogul.

It is devastating that such a bright light was cut short in such tragic circumstances, depriving the world of the greatness and impact she would have undoubtedly made.
Having her father and Grandfather there to guide her on her journey would have made a beautiful story to inspire millions of young people around the world.

May her soul rest in peace, along with everyone who lost their lives on that sad day.

Monday 27 January 2020

28 year old Damini Ogulu popularly called Burna Boy is at the moment, probably one of the biggest artistes to have come out of Nigeria. 

With a style of music that incorporates Dancehall, Afrobeats and Rap, Burna Boy dubbed The African Giant has taken not just Nigeria and Africa, but the world by storm. Born in Port Harcourt, his family showed a huge appreciation for good music, with his grandfather Benson Idonije, a well respected journalist who managed the career of the legendary Nigerian singer Fela Anikulapo Kuti. 

In 2002, his breakout track “Like To Party” became a nationwide hit and a party anthem played in clubs all over the country. Ever since then, Burna Boy has been on a steady rise although not without some controversy. Starting out with Aristokrat Records and an album produced by the very talented Leriq, Burna Boy stayed true to his style and didn’t try to move into the more commercially acceptable sounds other Nigerian artistes were part of. 

Read full post HERE

Sunday 26 January 2020

Without a doubt, the biggest night of the music industry is the Grammys. All the A-list stars affiliated with music, movies and TV walk the red carpet amidst the glitz, glam and flashing lights. 

This year the Grammys are holding on the 26th of January and will be hosted by singer Alicia Keys. 
Some of the nominated artistes had an amazing run last year. Topping the charts and gaining world wide acclaim, from their music. These 3 artists stood out and will be the centre of the ceremony. 

Read full post HERE

Just about a week ago, the world was  shocked to discover that a new virus had caused a wave of infection in the Chinese City of Wuhan. Not too much was known about the virus, but a few days later there were cases of fatalities reported. 

As at today, there are 41 confirmed fatalities, with 945 confirmed cases worldwide. France has just confirmed it’s first three patients. 

China and Nigeria have very close business ties, with thousands of travellers commuting between the countries weekly for business and personal reasons. With the cases of the Wuhan virus reported in other countries across Asia, the US and France, Nigeria is at risk. 

Read full article HERE

Thursday 23 January 2020

Natacha Akide popularly referred to as Tacha, the Queen Of Titans can add serial entrepreneur to her list of titles. The 24 year old super influencer has just released a new line of clothing called the Titans Collections. The line was scheduled to be released on the 18th of January, and shortly after Midnight today, the collection was launched.

Read full post HERE 

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Eminem or Marshall Mathers according to his government-issued ID, is, without doubt, a talented rapper. He has sold millions of records all over the world including owning the privilege of being not just a Grammy-winning rapper, but also an Oscar winner and the first hip hop artists to be so honoured. 

Also known for his acting role in the movie 8 mile in which he plays a fictional version of himself, he is also one of Hollywood’s most proficient trouble makers. With his quick wit and his lyrical prowess, he’s taken shots at other big names in the industry using his music and raps as his weapons. 

Read full post HERE


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