Monday, October 5, 2009

On the Nigerian Independence Day Activities...

I spent 24 hours in the NJ/NYC area. Literally. Hopped on a 'red eye' bus at 6am, got there at 9am and managed to squeeze in a mini discovery of Ulta, Brunch in the city, a few naps caught here and there, a trip to the Apple store on 5th avenue (Freaking MADHOUSE), The Indy day parade and the craziness that was the after party before finally rolling into bed at 4am, and hopping on the next bus back to MD at 11am.
Sidenote:- I get energy o! I guess these bones aint that old. :-D
As we speak, I NEED to be sleeping but ask me why I am blogging and watching a Nigerian movie on OnlineNigeria.com. I do have Monday off, so best believe I will be making up for lost sleep.

Oooh guess who I met at the parade? Our one and only Nigerian Wendy Williams...Kemberly. I spied her from afar and proceeded to walk over and introduce myself. Best believe, she was very nice and warm in person, as she is on her blog and girl, my friend wanted to know the 411 on your fabulous hair. She told me that YinkusLoLo was in the building too...Yinks, I just might have walked past you o. Hehehehe...
Zena, what happened to you, you be no show? *side eye*

So, I am no stranger to the Nigerian Indy day activities that are held in NYC every year. In fact unlike the Nigerian Reunion, I believe that one can never get too old to hit up the Indy day parade. It's always fun to hang with your friends and eat some good ol' Suya while you give blank stares to all the foolywang looking individuals up in that piece, and lawdy lawd...the foolishness is always to the max. LMAO, as in no offense to my BK folk but ummm did the American Embassy specifically issue visas to all the extra razz people and assign them to Brooklyn, New York? My gawd! As in, you can just point out all those BK characters, it's quite funny. Every year, I always find some reason to crack up at someone's expense.
Abi you wan talk about the people that take the essence of rocking our country's colors to the next level? In one particular instance, a certain culprit was spotted wearing an oversized linen white suit, a white bowler looking hat, green and white chuck taylors and a green tee-shirt. It was quite heelar!
Foolishness aside, it honestly is a lot of fun to just hang with our people plus any chance to eat Suya is cool in my books. I'm saying...those Suya vendors must have made a killing charging $3/stick with that extra long ass line. I'm talking about a 30 minute wait time for 10 sticks of Suya. No be small thing...in fact next year, I dey buy table to sell my own suya, abi I fit roast plantain and corn for man pikin? Those vendors dey make moni o!

On to the freaking after parties. Yeah, as a seasoned Indy day pesin, I know enough to hit up the actual parade and stay away from the yeye after parties. Trust, I've been burned plenty times. The first time I ever went, they tried to squeeze 1 million people into a closet in Brooklyn and sho 'nuff the popos shut that ish down quicker than a speeding bullet. The 2nd year, something equally foolish happened and then I got the hang of things (add that to my other random experiences of partying in Brooklyn) and I decided to totally avoid any party that has a BK address and zipcode and stick to the Manhattan based after parties, which wasn't that much better. Still a ridiculous long line with some razz folk (not as razz as the BK parties, but still razz), over priced cover charge and some hella unnecessary hassle just to get your party on for a few hours.
So, this year I was really not fixing to go for any of the after parties...the 2 official ones were at C-PAC in BK and the Boulevard in Manhattan. (And then there were some misc wannabe after parties that I was told had like a total of 10 people in attendance...lmao). As in, I don fix mind say I go just stay in NJ and possibly hit up someone's ges togera but it turned out that someone that we knew was also having a birthday something at the Boulevard and wanted us to come through so we come pack our load and waka'd there.
Numero uno, as soon as we landed and saw that ridiculously long line, we almost walked back to the car but we con tok say okay, we don came up from Joisey, let's hang in there and chekirrout. As in, folks had been standing in line for ages just to get into the darn party. Luckily for us, we knew some people in power and so we were in real quickly, plus we didn't have to pay either... as in a big heck no to the $30 cover charge. Jay-Z dey thia? I mean, Wale the rapper was there but say who die?
As soon as I walked in, I was like 'is this what people are packing their selves outside for?'...the place take style resemble a freaking can of sardines. It was extra packed and it seemed that some people didn't get the memo about deodorant so my poor nose suffered for a bit until I safely made it over to the 'beche' side with the more correct looking people. :-p
Let me not bash too much sha, I mean it wasn't that terrible but still, if I had paid $30 to enter I for vex sha. Like, folk couldn't even dance without being bumped and abeg if I am paying $30 to party then I had better enjoy my $30's worth and get my party on.
Then again, I've realized that a lot of parties in this day and age appear to be for the 'stylers and profilers', as in those 'I didn't come to this party to dance, I came to walk up and down 10 times to see and be seen' kinda deal but that is another post for another day.
Long story short, we bounced after 1 hour and I have decided that for real, for real...that will be the LAST micki frickin' after party that I will be going for. I don't care if my BFF dey do birthday for there. I could have used the time spent going back and forth to the NYC to just jejely happily curl up and catchup on those Zzzzzs for real but it is what it is.

Oh and before I go, can I just send a quick PSA to my ladies:- PUT SOME DARN CLOTHES ON, LADIES. YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR ASS AND YOUR TITTIES. Absolutely killing me with the 'I must be sexy by force' outfits that y'all be putting together. E remain small and I will see a nipple all in the name of looking hot and sexy. But you know what? I no too get the energy right now, I will bring this to y'all in a proper post. :-D

P.S- Nicey m my love. Dem born me well to abandon you for this blogger? Lai lai. I have found my blog mojo...welcome me back.
Thanks to all who checked up on me, I really do 'preciate it. I am bizackkk. Gosh, I don't wanna think about the catch up that I will have to do...eventually.

Alriight, tori don finish. Good night honeys.

42 comments:

miss.fab said...

Firstttttttttttttttt baby take that take that take that!!!

Yinkuslolo said...

i see ur wkend was popping.

like seriously, I must have walked past u. or maybe not, that place was jam-packed with pple.

when I was at the parade, I decided not to go for the after-party for obvious reasons.

miss.fab said...

Lmao! I see I didn't miss much. That party sounds absolutely atrocious. I've never been to the NY for the independence events but thanks for the heads up, I will NOT be attending the parties! The parade sounds fun though.

'Beche'... lwkmd. I haven't heard that word in years hahaha

uNWrItten* said...

toooo much fun..i jealous oo..u right bout the girls..some babes are determined to look like ashewos tho..lol

Controversy said...

Wow 30$ to get into the party? mehn for wetin? Serious talk @ Jay Z dey dia.
Wow and ppl paid that much to get in? That's serious triflin lol..

iphyigbogurl said...

30 dollars to enter party??? maka why nu??? lol

seems like u had an eventful weekend...

girls in TX wear a lot worse nowadays too.......dem go talk say na the heat dey cause am...lol

leggy said...

i went to a green and white party which was maddddddddddd fun.

Rita said...

No wonder you said you were celebrating Independence Day...

$3/ stick of suya? That's good business...

The Nigerian Fetish said...

hmmmn.. sounds nice. I always wanted to go up there and see the activities..

but down here in Atlanta was moderate. I dont believe we had a parade.. hmmn.. but yup

Zena said...

Ummm Aunyt Mgbeks, you did not respond to the comment now???wat was I supposed to do? lol I ended up not going for the parade jare, I helped my girl on Allen&Fifth and bounced,

abeg, I suppose dey dress up for school, will be back

mizchif said...

Next year, just prepare ur bole and fish to go and sell, make u follow make money too.

Was checking out pissures 4rm that BLVD parry and yea it was packed.
That your PSA is so needed, like serzly, sistas, it is not that serious. JEEZ. The worst is when the size 'L' ones go and buy up all the size 'S' dresses *smh*

Sugarking said...

'I didn't come to this party to dance, I came to walk up and down 10 times to see and be seen' Shizus!!! I tot I was the only dat noticed!! Nice post gyal!!!

ablackjamesbond said...

Mgbeke...long time! I see u r still doing u thang. Missed u plenti. How have u been?

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

looks like you had fun over the weekend! Suya...yummmmm

Ladies were naked ehn? Well, I guess it is their right, but as a male friend once told me, it is their right to...

Let me stop,loL

Ms.O said...

LOL that party looked packed tho and kinda looked fun! I want to come for the parade!!!!

my Indy wekeend=AMAZING!

Enkay said...

You sure did have fun!

As for that Suya Spot, I even fit organize some of my mallam friends to trave to NYC just for the 'indy' celebrations.

Abi how u see am?

Nefertiti said...

As my lil cuzin (lil like 23yrs old) Just told me... 'Aunty, u can't hang' lol... Yah, I think I'll leave the after parties for the spring chickens who feel they got something to prove. SMH @ all the 'selzy by force' chics... just wrong! and they know they's wrong too. Bloody heifers!

Reverence said...

LOL.. i have definitely missed you around here.

Odunayo said...

Lol!!!

Brooklyn and Manhattan don't differ anymore...the lines between are BLURRED...it's good too see that you went!

Thanks for coming out to 24 on Friday...really appreciate it!

akaBagucci said...

lol @ Neffie and the spring chicken who have sthng to proove.. Na una groove the independence o.. Was me and my laptop hammering football manager o!

chayoma said...

$3 suya....na the one wey catch my eye. That na correct buzness.
Mad fun huh?

Tinu said...

U had a blast this weekend!
Suya *gasps* i miss!

Kemberly said...

Mgbexxxs!!!

It was so nice meeting you at the parade! About all the foolywang that was on display that day...my dear, the story no get part 2 oh! If I wasn't so busy with my nephew, I would have gone around taking pics of the ridiculousness!!! You were at BLVD? I was there too, the place was too packed! I think I only stayed an hour and bounced!

As for my hair, I'm gobsmacked that anybody found my hair appealing????! Does she want to know about my hair from my blog pics or the hair from that day?! Chineke! Lol! Well, my stylists name is Muoy and her number is 9172925719. Lemme know if she has any other questions!

As I said at the parade, you're a very beautiful girl! Come out of the closet! (Not in the gay way!!!)

XOXO

K.

Myne Whitman said...

I envy you gals, no party over here :( LOL @ some of your descriptions, parade, after party and all. Have a nice week and look forward to seing you over at mine now you're back.

Anya P said...

E be like say all the NYC/NJ peoples had tons of fun. Hmm...here in Toronto, we just roast o. the Independence party at Eagle Haus Night club in T.O was pretty crappy... atleast I didn't enjoy it. But what else is new?! LOL.. I'm beginning to seriously outgrow this clubbing thing. Too much hype, no real partying/dancing nuttin.
I'm glad you didn't have to pay ish...shiidd.

SouLBoutiQue said...

Yes I've missed you on blogville! The razzness in BK can't compare to the reazzness I saw in ATL one summer (06 I believe) for Naija Reunion! I wan say who are these Nigerians. I swear some dey embarass us oh! and lmao at the girls not wearing deodorant! We call it teen spirit! sigh. you mad me laugh. It feels good to be back...ttyl.
AG

Tay-mee said...

Lol at least you still had some fun.

I'm used to seeing them charge up to 40 box sef in canada for equally rubbish parties. It amazes that people never learn.

Ps you would have taken pictures of that outfit oh, I need something to laugh about..hehe

Geebee said...

While most Nigerians still believe there's nothing worth celebrating about Nigeria at 49, I think it's still okay to appreciate the fact that we owe our identities and nationality to this same country, a reason why we need to be a little more patriotic no matter how absurd it looks. I'm glad some people outside the shores of the country deem it fit to celebrate still, although i really wonder if they would do thesame if they resided right here. I guess it's okay to assume all's gonna be well someday.

Nice Anon said...

My darling leave me for my father o! Ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa@ everything! Nne wetin you wan make dem do na? Na to rep naija abi?

LOL No worry I go follow you roast that corn and coconut so we can make our own money too. Let me know what the deal is. I full ground!

J'Adore Fashion said...

been awhile here... seem like you had a blast! funny experience about the BK lol!

Kate said...

lmao @ Mgbeks acting like the razzoids you saw in NY no follow you enter bus from MD :) teehee!!
glad you had fun in NYC..where is my SUYA!!!!! :mad:

David.фаворит Бога номер-один said...

mgbeks...them talk say you fine
hmmm...???
you sha had fun which is good
and you got in for free so
quit complaining...LOL!

muyiwa said...

i can feel the enjoyment galore and the excitement,Na you

Tori said...

*Writes down Kemberly's stylists info furiously*

Missfoxxii said...

I had loads of fun. Dont know what the complaints are about. In NYC, ANY official after party is going to have crazy lines, crazy cover charges (learn to hang with the who is who to avoid them) and hoochies. The place is bound to be packed! I was annoyed at how the young men were elbowing their way through the crowd- completely hitting women- to go kiss Wahala, I mean Wale's ass. Male groupies! SHAME.

All in all, it was fun. VIP was poppin. Naija people came out looking good-oooo!!! Gotta love it.

Jamzy said...

lol. u are funny, umm yeah parties these days are just to be there, I knw I didnt dance! haven't been to a after party in 3 yrs what was I thinkin , U know I was sittin there dozin off woke up, saw a guy bout 2 take a pic of me on his phone sleepin, I just used my friend's sweeater to cover my faCE, and was out!! shulda caught me zzz's in my bed!~

BSNC said...

lol seems like you had fun o. I wanted to go to NY, but... but what sef. why i no even go NY...lol


Maybe next year..

kmplx said...

welcome back! people-watching! loves it.

olu said...

$30 for a party? Hello Economic boom!

Welcome back!

And don't telling the ladies to keep their clothes on.*smiles mischievously*

Enoch said...

:( @"PUT SOME DARN CLOTHES ON, LADIES. YOU ARE MORE THAN YOUR ASS AND YOUR TITTIES."

Abeg, don't preach that gospel too much oh. B4 they hear you and take it seriously.

Besides, everybody has to do their bit to avert Global-Warming.

Proud Prick A.K.A Enoch

Nice Anon said...

LWKMDEAD! So proud Prick na Enoch? Otile!

The- Damsel said...

@ jamzy lmao I was there too and I was even fallin asleep i finally packed my load n hauled my ass out. dat after party na wa o...never again... the girls did look cheap tho...the champagne sucked and the dj did too..i even wanted to go to cpac