Thursday, 30 June 2016

I woke up to the very sad news of the passing of Captain Elechi Amadi, my favourite writer in the world. After the initial disbelief, I was numb with shock as I realised it was true. It's still a bit hard for me to gather my thoughts at the moment.

I had read Elechi Amadi's Concubine probably before I was 8 years old. I have always loved to read and got no greater joy than reading African literature. I remember my elder brother and his friends talking about the book, and trying to figure out who got the answers right in a test they had written. I laughed when I realised they'd all gotten the answer wrong when I told them the right answer - which I remember was Ahurole. I'll never forget the shocked expressions when they realised I was right and they were all wrong.

That book was so amazing and I don't know anyone who ever read it and didn't fall in love with it.

In 2006, I was surfing the web, trying to find out as much as I could about Elechi Amadi and I found his website. There was an email address listed on there, so I sent an email asking if I could speak with him. He graciously responded to my email and even included his phone number. I was overjoyed. I actually made my dad print out that email for me just because I wanted a hard copy of it. I called him and he was very nice. He told me that when ever I was in Port Harcourt, I should inform him and that's I had an invitation to come to his home at notice. I couldn't even believe it! This legendary writer had just given me an open invite to his home!

Captain Elechi Amadi


Took almost 2 years before I was able to take up that offer. I was in Port Harcourt, and I called him to ask if it was okay to pay him that visit. He said it was okay and he sent me directions to his home at Aluu. Of course, my mum was my designated driver so we set off on a Sunday. Took a bit to find it but he was still so patient on the phone, giving descriptions and finally we got there.

I was so nervous, like I was walking into the home of a legend. A man I had admired forever, whom my parents had admired, whom millions of people looked up to. And little me, was an invited guest to his personal home. He looked so tall, so brave but once I saw his kind smile, I knew I was going to be just fine.

He welcomed us in, offered us drinks ( I barely touched mine cos I was so engrossed with looking at him, listening to him, absorbing as much of his aura as I could) He was so lovely. It was so easy to speak with him. He answered all my questions, he gave me a lot of info. I told him I was a writer and was inspired by him. He gave me a lot of tips, ideas and encouragement. And then he gave me one of the best gifts I've ever received, He gave me a copy of his book "Sunset In Biafra". He autographed it personally and wrote a message "To Ngozi, who has made us really proud". When I saw what he had written, i got a bit teary. But I couldn't imagine what I had done to make him proud, but maybe he saw something I didn't see at the time.

His introduced us to his wife, Dr Piriye Amadi and we had a conversation about Fmr President Obasanjo's positive role in the civil war. After a while, it was time to leave. He said I was welcome to his home at any time, and told me about some writing classes he had held. I was so happy and I was basically floating on air. I told everyone about it, in fact I was floating through the skies with joy.

In 2014, I called him up again because I wanted to interview him. We spoke about it and because I got swamped with so many things, I never really had the chance to push for it and possibly get it done. I thought about paying him another visit last year, and again somehow I never got round to doing it. I feel terrible today because I procrastinated and lost a chance to speak with and meet this amazing man again.

Captain Elechi Amadi was a man who was known for his integrity, his honesty and dignity, all the years of service in the Rivers State government and in his community.

Captain Elechi Amadi - a teacher, a poet, a soldier, a father, a hero, a survivor, an inspiration - a legend.

Thank you for everything.

As we say in Ikwerre; "Lekwaru Anya".

Friday, 24 June 2016

It's a very kinky world out there. While some people find culinary pleasure in eating exotic meals in fancy restaurants, a company has taken the food market to An crated level. This company is opening a coffee house where in addition to coffee, 5 minute blow jobs are also on the menu.

For a whopping 60 Swiss Francs (it's hard to convert this to Naira, thanks to fluctuating exchange rates) Customers get a tasty coffe and the extra fellatio treat. According to the company in charge of this very interesting concept, the idea was taken from Thailand which I like to call " Sex capital of the world". Little wonder a large percentage of the world's perverts love that city.

If this sounds like your thing, well grab your passports, pack your bags and have a very pleasurable holiday.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Is any one else tired of all those text messages from the banks and the crazy deductions? I definitely am. Every time I do a transaction or a text comes through, I'm thinking "dang, I just lost some money. Okay so it's not a large amount, It's rather small. But guess what? Those small amounts add up to a lot of money! And I've decided I'm going to save those little amounts which will add up and give me big savings.

In my home, my dad calls me "Dutch girl" as I'm VERY careful with my money. Not tight- just very careful :) I don't see any reason why money that I can save for myself should be gotten by my bank.  I've come up with a few tips that can help your save money from going into your bank's pockets.

1. Do you really need those SMS alerts for transactions? If you have a smartphone, tablet or PCs with regular internet access, NO. Chances are you have an active data subscription or access to wifi at home or at work. Subscribe for email alerts instead - they are free. You should get an email once a transaction Indonesia on your account.

I have more than 1 personal account. A few actually. I was shocked at how much I was spending on those messages coming from different banks to my phone. For each bank, I have 2  personal accounts (savings & current) multiply that by a few different banks ( no money laundering, I promise) business accounts with 2 different banks and dom accounts with 2 different banks.  I opened those accounts not because I have a lot of money, but just for convenience.

2. Sending money online to a different bank includes some charges. I hate those charges. I don't see why I need to pay for a transaction that takes little effort. Those charges range from N70 - N100 per transaction depending on your bank. 5 transactions monthly cost N500 with one of my banks. So if I need to send money to someone, I ask if they have an account with any of my banks. Chances are they might or know someone who does. Simple

3. Cash machines are a source of irritation. The queues, the heat, security concerns and worst of all  rude and impatient people - gosh! Definitely not something that should be done too often. And then include the N65 per withdrawal. Some cash machines are designed to extort, giving just N10,000 and still charging N65. I think people should be allowed to withdraw up to N100,000 at once and pay just once. Cash machines in the UK allow you to take up to £300 about that in Euros too in other European countries. Like most services in Nigeria, it is designed to rip citizens off.

Use cash points at your bank branches. There is no charge for that. Take out as much as you need for a couple of weeks to avoid all that cash machine hassle. To avoid the queues at the cash points, you could use the fast track system inside your bank to avoid queues and get as much as you want. Some banks have a limit. Find that out.

4. Let's talk about that stamp duty. I don't understand it, probably never will. I don't even care to understand it. Zibby is NOT paying for that N50. Apparently this stamp duty does not apply on transactions done via savings accounts. So if i need to do a transfer online, I transfer from my current to my savings (no charge) and then from my savings to the other account I'm sending to.
It's just N50 but it's my N50 and it deserves to be in my account.

5. Do you really need a card for all the accounts you have? The answer is NO. First you have to pay for the card, and then the ridiculous card maintenance fee. If it gets missing, you need to pay for a new one. Seems like Nigerian banks keep taking and give nothing back. You can have a card for one, maybe 2 depending on how many acts you have. You don't even need cheque books. Open a savings account and get your online banking. Transfer to your bank account that has a card or use a withdrawal slip in the banking hall that's free.

I've saved myself between N7,000 - N8,000 monthly combined from all my accounts. Depending on how many accounts you use and amount of transactions, you could save either more or less.  Save the money and treat yourself, or maybe even someone else. It is your money after all.

Let me know how much you are able to save.

Zibby :)



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