Friday, November 28, 2014

In which I sing Majek's " Send down the rain" Soundlab Sessions

Had loads of fun singing what I believe is one of the greatest songs ever. Send down the Rain was a Nigeria 80's hit for Majek Fashek. Rumour had it whenever it was performed rain would fall! My brother is on the keyboards and this is the start of his live acoustic session series. We decided to strip it down and rearrange it a bit to take it from jaunty to defiant and poignant...Enjoy

Thursday, January 2, 2014


This address by my sis Funmi Iyanda sets the tone for 2014. Brilliant.
Civilisation is neither westernisation nor exclusive to other climes. It is building a society on values and institutions designed to protect not the strongest but the weakest as we are only as strong, as honourable, as respected and valued as the sum of our weakest parts.

OPEN LETTER TO A NEW GENERATION – keynote delivered by Funmi Iyanda at ThinkOyo 30under30 awards 21/12/13.

The thing about age is, it is catching. It’s like a hysterical jester lying in wait for the fool.

I want to tell you about Mrs Okoro. Before l turned nine, school was a vaguely irritating distraction from the pursuit of happiness in play and adventure. Every school day, I’d wear my red checked dress and burgundy beret uniform and passively submit to school. l was not a rebellious child. I was a bored child who daydreamed through classes until lunch when the school served asaro and chicken with bananas and ground nuts as snacks. That was until l got to Mrs Okoro’s class.

 Mrs Okoro made letters become words, words which became stories, stories which became my life. I loved her dearly, perhaps it was transference as l’d recently lost my mother but at nine, l started going to school because she was there. One day walking out the gates after school, l saw Mrs Okoro getting into a bus ahead of me so l ran across the road to get into the same bus. I didn’t bother checking for traffic. The next thing l remember is thinking heaven looked rather like Akoka road. I had been hit by a car and was staring up at the concerned faces of Mrs Okoro and others. The driver was distraught; he was a student at Unilag and in the moment before pain cut through my adrenalin, l remember being happy l had been hit by a grand university student not some infernal danfo bus driver.

He took me to the university health centre where the nurses gave me a large cone of ice cream to comfort me before treating me and putting me in the big university bus home. My heart was swollen with pride as the shiny big bus drove down our dirt street in Bariga. Not a dime was exchanged, no one called my father at work, there were no mobile phones and we had no phone at home. There was no need; the system took care of me.  It was Nigeria 1980.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A letter to Amaechi: the Rochas/Ngige example

Dear Governor Rotimi Chubuike Amaechi,

This is not embattled PR appropriate... oyibo suit... guilded chair... na! I like the calm expression though
In light of your recent victory may I take the liberty of referring to you as Double Governor? Maybe not? Ok I'll get on with it. Enough niceties.

The happenings around you and your state recently have given me great cause for concern. In fact I was so embarrassed concerned I temporarily changed my name from Pamela Diepriye Braide to Arit Nkechi Fynelegs Babatope. Go figure.  I'm not here to talk about loyalty, geography, desertion or ambition; I'm here to talk about a real opportunity for radical presentation and possible mentors.
I recommend you ban all visitors and outside help for now and look inwards. E.g. Those Governors that were "greeted" at the Port Harcourt International airport by some boys should henceforth express their solidarity for you face to face at NGF1 or NGF 2 meetings. You really have few friends right now. I am sure you realise this.
I have noticed the most repeated problem people have with you isn't really non performance but arrogance. Hmmm. This is what you must urgently address. I have good news; its "doable".

Immediately consult  your colleague Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for coaching on appropriate PR to suit your embattled times. Borrow liberally from his playbook of roasting corn by the roadside, baby sitting for market women and going to schools kitted in complete uniform (shorts preferably). Pease do not try the red outfit he wore, Rochas is an expert but you can't carry it off convincingly. Stick to Khaki.

 Can you call Gov Rochas arrogant here? This could be you Gov Amaechi'...

You may wish to consult Ex Governor Ngige (now of the Senate where I hear you are headed) and Governor Oshiomole (a better potential Rivers State visitor than the last lot) on where to purchase comrade friendly khaki outfits for the days ahead.
This is the time to mingle with us. Those thirteen thousand teachers you just hired... why haven't you had a televised breakfast with them and older educationists? Akara and ogi will do. Cassava bread would be the ultimate PR touch.  Those 250 schools you commissioned.... meet with the PTA's! With cameras of course. The health centres? As soon as you have an emergency or toothache like Rochas did head STRAIGHT to one of them... put the video on youtube. Dress the beds and help the nurses. Doing enemas for babies will warm the heart of even the most hardened mom.
I recommend at least a one week crash course with Rochas. Also ask Ngige about how to wear hard hat and climb scaffolding of projects and appropriate embattled persona attire. Sartorial choices can strongly influence outcomes.


Behold! Ngige at a commisioning in accessible khaki shorts... can you call this man arrogant? Who would believe you? Gov Ameachi please take inspiration.
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You may feel this is a soft approach that doesn't match the magnitude of your travails but again speak to Rochas. Address those allegations of arrogance with a well positioned baby on either hip at  a busy market while roasting yam and see if your support base on the ground doesn't leap. Just make sure you also abolish some tax and attend at least one market leaders meeting since you don't have any daughter to make market leader to raise the cynics.  

I wept when I heard you struggling for the right to lead street protests. Maka why?! Roasting fish is more powerful than a million protests. With cameras please.
Behold as Gov Rochas roasts corn AND holds a baby. Can you call him as pictured here arrogant? No! Gov Amaechi... e fit be you. enough said.

As for those writing against you... leave them for God and remember they are very flexible people. Check what they were writing just 6 months ago and 6 months before that and put it into context. Don't waste one second replying them. How many times has Rochas ever replied critics? Like him, take to the streets with well publicized acts of what I term "every  day common manness" or "womanness". 

Now I am done with my heartfelt advice. I wish you all the best and I have added some pictures to aid your revamp. Thank me later.

Yours sincerely
Pamela Diepriye Braide
(Arit Nkechi Fynelegs Babatope persona temporarily in hibernation... pending)

p.s. The Mace wars have not been addressed in this piece. In my opinion the mace swinging champion Chidi needs to reflect on his deeds in jail. But then again we have the law to process such. Ciao!

Monday, May 27, 2013

NGF tinz... my random thoughts

for background read here
Ok I have laughed and joked about the Nigerian Governors Forum fiasco. First Ill say the debacle is a political analysts wet dream. So opportune, so revealing and yet so unaware or uncaring of its nakedness.
My very random thoughts...
1. Leadership in Nigeria is determined at a very small tip of the pyramid. No one cares about 99% of the bottom. We can laugh, jeer and rant all we want at this charade but they won't care because we do not matter. Or rather our concerns and actions(lack of) do not necessarily translate to nominations and electoral victory, appointments and retaining public office.
2. Second term Governors are not very malleable.
3. Do these guys know the words re-strategize, fallback, re-direct? It was like watching a locomotive doing a slow motion crash into a rock face.
4. ACN is bound by araldite.
5. Fault lines also indicate interest lines. In this case not as clear cut or as simplistic as our current North South obsession.
6. PDP is still very dominant but clearly fracturing. They will need to address this.
7. The NGF is dead. No camp can use it to advantage. For whatever purpose each Governor has to be courted (or *fill in the blank*) individually.
8. Demystification as an aim is like wielding a double edged sword.
9. If 3 people will stab you in the back be rest assured that 10 more are doing so and will do so in ways not confined to a forum election. At least you know where the wind blows. Fix or fight.
10. Social media gives us ringside seats.... it's going to be one long reality show. and it's not actually free. we are paying premium.
11. Isn't it just easier to do a good job? From L.G.A. to State to FG... TALK TO US AND SERVE US... it makes life so much more dignified.
12. This does not just portend 2015... it's a back view of why we are where we are now.
13. Look at all the past recent positions of the NGF especially over LGA autonomy. Therein lies abundant answers.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ebo Element wants you to "Feel your flow"

To listen to " Feel your flow" by Ebo Element click here

Its and electrosoul dance driven track from Meeka and BraideO of Ebo Element a SA/Najia duo working on thier 1st album.
Visit the link for more...
and yes BraideO is a relative :-) my brother.