Body Magic: What You See, Not What You Get





I’ve been getting a series of broadcast messages advertising body shapers aka body magic. All of them assuring the buyer the hourglass shape of her dreams. A figure that’s guaranteed to make a man swoon. Because, it’s all about what the men want. Right? The law of demand and supply.

Things I don’t Want to Hear Now That I’m 30




I recently turned 30. The big 3.0. You know what that means. Female. 30. Unmarried. Cue in the concerned citizens and members of the marriage and procreation society. Armed with their unsolicited remarks and advice. 

Ekpang Nkukwo

Ekpang Nkukwo

One of the things I love about being Efik is the food. We’re known for our mouth-watering dishes and their elaborate preparation process. I like to think that most Efik women (and some of the men) can cook. 

For us, food is much more than a means of sustenance. Food is a way of life, meant to be savoured. That’s why we take great care in the preparation, using a variety of rich ingredients.

Why I’m Skinny And Still Exercise

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By Naija standards and certainly that of my Efik roots, I need more flesh in the right places to boost my selling point. But if you’re judging based on a fitness perspective, I’m well within the normal BMI (Body Mass Index) range.There’s a common misconception that people who are slim shouldn’t exercise. 

New Year's Resolutions. All Talk No Action

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We’re well into the first month of the New Year. Most of us have gone back to our daily hustle. It’s time to gather and recoup from all the expenses and profligacies of the holiday period. For those that went to the village and “made it rain,” you better start planning now for another big showing. It’s common practice for a lot of people to make New Year’s resolutions. 

To New Beginnings

I’ve been meaning to start this blog for a while now. But I kept procrastinating. Tomorrow. No, next week. Maybe in another month. On and on I went. Truth is, I was terrified of putting my thoughts out there. I’ve been writing mostly for myself. It’s safe. I didn’t want to be criticized. Or judged.

I held on to my silly fears. Made all the excuses in the world and kept pushing the idea of blogging further into the future. I call them silly fears now because I thought way too hard about it. But then again, I'm my own biggest critic.

A few months ago, death dealt a blow close to home. It became very important for me to live. You see, life is not a guarantee. There’s no point just dreaming and making plans without taking the necessary steps toward fulfilling them. I thank those friends who have constantly reminded (and hounded) me to take the plunge. 

So, here’s to living. One day at a time. A toast to new beginnings. To lording over my fears.

Here, I write about life as I see it. The things that inspire me. The fun stuff. Efik culture. Food. Fitness. Natural skincare and everything nice…

I hope you would follow me on this journey of self discovery…



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