NYC Pride!

Ahhh! Pride march! You’ve been missed! I’ve been absent from the scene for a minute, busy giving birth and rearing two babies! Some of you sent me emails asking when I’ll be returning to my parade coverage. Alas! I bring to you the Pride March photo coverage. As always NYC never disappoints. This year had a bit of an international flare. Perhaps the blockbuster Black Panther movie had something to do with it. A lot of revelers felt more proud than ever to show off their heritage in traditional garbs from Bollywood to Nollywood. Kids were equally prominent alongside their parents, some of which had political messages about keeping families together. Politicians such as Gov Cuomo to hopeful Cynthia Nixon were crowd favorites. Gun control activist Emma Gonzalez debuted at the pride aboard the Stonewall float. Legendary Tennis icon Billie Jean King held was honored as the Grand Marshall.

Click here to see how Nigerians boldly and fearlessly celebrated at the march, a first for any African nation.

Nigerians represented for the first time

Here are some of my favorite sightings from the march. Be sure to visit my Facebook page for more images.Sign up for my newsletter on the right side of the site. You never know what might come through your email.

Gun control activist Emma Gonzalez

Gov. Cuomo

Cynthia Nixon

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Black Panther…Wakanda Forever!!!

Unknown-8 Never have I felt so proud to be an African than now! Thanks to the Hollywood blockbuster by Marvel Studios for igniting the flame! Never mind that the Black Panther movie depicting the high tech nation of Wakanda as fictional. The movie gives a very strong message about pride and unity like I have never seen before. It was definitely worth the effort made dressing up to see the movie in theaters. One of the Wakanda citizens was actually wearing the exact same South African Ndebele ring necklace I wore to the theater. Special thanks to my beloved friend Tori for accompanying me! He looks dashing in Nigerian Aso oke agbada!

About dressing up for Black Panther. People talk of it being a fluke or “costume” for a day. Don’t be foolish. I for one I’m a proud Nigerian and have been WOKE for yrs. Look through my page to see me wearing various African garbs right here in NYC from time to time. It’s no dress up for me but an actual pride & joy and do intend to continue!

If you haven’t seen it yet, please do yourself a favor and go!!!

Wakanda forever! 🙂

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Alas! The Terrible Two!

20180107_163902-01xxx (1)_wmWhen a kid turns 2, they say the parents are to get ready for the terrible two phase. We’ve been experiencing it with my boy @dagoldchain since he was about a year and half! I guess today makes it legit. I can’t believe my little man is now officially a toddler! It feels like only yesterday when he came into this world and here he is gradually growing into a man. Standing tall looking like a gentleman in custom design Dashiki agbada by Omode. It’s hard to believe he is only 2, typically mistaken for a 3+. His 3 month old sister @Ladynoaofficial, is also growing up so fast, one look at her picture below you might mistake her for a 1 year old (was 2 mos old in that pic). She’s been holding up her own neck since birth.

20171228_110048-01_wmBoth kids have changed my life for the best. Motherhood is never easy and I am not here to paint it rosy either. However, it is the best thing that can happen to anyone, no matter the stage in life. The good outweighs the bad (sleepless nights, attention, etc). I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. 20180107_164237-01xxx

@Dagoldchain, I am so overjoyed and blessed to be your mother. I do wish you a happy sweet birthday and will forever cherish the day you came into our lives. Your dad and I love you soooo much! Happy birthday dear! 🙂9 copy


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Child Molestation… SADLY ME TOO!

20171117_135054I stumbled upon this image while browsing on Instagram. Immediately I found my voice on this issue. It hit a certain nerve that I had been suppressing for decades! Child molestation is VERY real my dear friends! I would know because I too was almost a victim. I have never had the courage to address this issue publicly and have only told my mother and husband. Since becoming a mother to two adorable kids, son @dagoldchain and daughter @ladynoaofficial both less than 2 yrs old, the guilt to speak up has been a hard one to suppress any longer. I now have 2 little angels to watch over and certainly feel the need to speak up to warn other mothers of predators in our very midst! I was well under  10 years old in Nigeria when a FAMILY MEMBER made an attempt but was saved by my grandmother when she walked into the room, completely oblivious to what was about to happen. Another would be in my late teens when another FAMILY MEMBER had his wandering hands on me while claiming to “look for signs of malaria” right here in the US! Who gets malaria in the US? I should be thanking my God it was only his hands wandering and nothing more. I can’t say the same for my cousin who was also a victim.

I don’t know if I am suddenly now finding my voice because of all the sexual allegations sweeping through Hollywood right now…a la Harvey Weinstein and all. I am certainly encouraged as a result of my babies now in my life. My number one goal and job is to protect them. I would hope that all mothers out there would do the same for their loved ones and not make the same mistake my own folks did with family members preying on kids within the very walls that was supposed to protect us. God help us all.

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Baby #2? Yeap! Meet Lady Noa!!

20171010_054949-01xxxMany of you probably noticed my sudden “disappearance” from social media and updated blogs, postings, etc. I was busy gestating my second baby! This summer has been one of the most excruciating season ever. It wasn’t easy waddling about in the summer heat while tipping the scale at almost 200 pounds, the heaviest I have ever been in my life! And it certainly wasn’t easy caring for my 21 month old baby while heavily pregnant with a second. My hats off to all the ladies out there who have mastered this. I wish I could pop out kids every year without thinking twice about  it. My hubby and I felt the need to provide a much needed sibling for our older baby @DaGoldChain whose arrival can be seen posted at “motherhood” early last year. When he met his sister for the first time, he gave his approval by kissing her on the forehead, completely taking us all by surprise!

20171007_160525-01x 20171007_174418xAs a proud mother of 2, I feel totally alive and rejuvenated. I never thought I would be a mother at all much less to two beautiful kids!

Without further ado, please join my family & I in welcoming Lady Noa! She weighed 7 lbs 10 oz, 20 inches long, born on Oct 9, 2017.

You can follow her life in pictures on her newly created instagram page @LadyNoaOfficial


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Watch Me Nae Nae on Times Square!

Dance like no one is watching just got a whole new meaning. Ammon and his sister Larene came all the way to New York City from California to do just that. The pair lit the crossroads of the world by dancing their hearts out to Silento’s hit song “Watch Me” on Times Square while waiting for the ball to drop to start the New Year 2017 at midnight. Considering their prime real estate spot, front row center in a very crowded Times Square, it’s safe to say they must have been standing there from 5pm well into the night to get prime spot! It definitely paid off because I watched in real time as Ryan Seacrest and other news media outlets placed the pair on TV dancing their hearts out to every classics and hits that came on! Their happiness and free spirit was contagious! Keep it up! Happy New Year! 🙂

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New Year on Times Square

img_2316To celebrate or not to celebrate? That depends. If you’re a tourist longing to visit New York, Times Square is the ultimate destination for many new comers to ring in the New Year. Sending off 2016 was no different. I sashayed into the heart of the world just after 9am to take in the view and energy of eager revelers waiting to see the crystal ball drop on Times Square. As expected security was tighter than a tortoise behind. New York wasn’t going to leave anything to chance like what happened in Nice during their independence day celebration last year leaving many innocent people slaughtered. Times Square NYE celebration was a success…as usual.

As you’ve come to expect me to transport you to the event through my photography work. Without further ado…images are below for perusing. Have a wonderful and prosperous Happy New Year dear friends!

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Ryan Seacrest hosting the evening


Ryan Seacrest

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Halloween Has Cometh!

14753317_2144781459081196_2000510707291030387_o14721671_2143183685907640_6561495317240624700_nAs usual, New Yorkers came through! The parade was lit as expected and no disappointment at all. It would also mark my baby @DaGoldChain‘s first Halloween celebration where he got to dress not once but trice! First as Winnie The Pooh, then a rockstar before finishing it off as a baby Giraffe for the parade. He was perched up comfortably on my shoulders giving people the impression that I was carrying a baby doll as my costume! It wasn’t until he moved that they realized to their amazement the “baby doll” was an actual baby! Alas! I will let my photography work from the parade shown below do the talking! We had loads of fun!

Until next year…God willing!

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Myself and DaGoldChain at his first Halloween parade


We’re obviously having so much fun!

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Traveling With Babies! OY!


First test of the folding stroller in NYC subway

I just for got back from my trip to the UK. My first time flying with a baby in tow. It wasn’t bad at all. A lot easier and FUN than I thought. My baby @DaGoldChain turned 9 months on this trip. Most mothers are not aware of flight bassinets readily available for babies under 24  pounds. No matter the class you fly, you will automatically get the bulk head seat IF you request for the in-flight bassinet! That is because the wall in front of you will be used in hooking up the bed!

Some of you sent me inbox/emails asking how he got around with his usual regular leather stroller seen all over his social media pages. Fret not, I managed to get my hands on the world’s smallest folding stroller long before it made it’s way to the states during my first trimester. I knew instantly I had to get have it when I saw it in Asia where it was actually invented. That was spring of 2015. I was able to put it to good use on this recent trip to the UK but not before testing it out here in NY (as seen in the subway picture above). You can imagine the flight attendants’ (and fellow passengers who insisted on knowing where to buy one) faces when I suddenly started folding the stroller and shoved it right into my bag at the gate! That took away the need to have to wait to check in the stroller at the gate and having to wait to retrieve it at the final destination! I literally rolled my baby out of the aircraft when we landed.

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Now imagine getting around in the underground in London. Absolutely no handicap/elevator access at most stations! A nightmare for mothers with bulky strollers! Luckily this only weighs 9 pounds and was foldable where it needed to be done and carry the baby by arm up the stairs or baby in the stroller. A life saver!


His usual leather stroller in NY


In-flight bassinet


Stonehenge UK

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West Indies Parade Delivered!


Mayor De Blasio showing his support for the Caribbean community

New York City’s true and finest, all races, ages and nationality from far and wide came out in full force to celebrate the West Indies parade in Brooklyn in real Caribbean fashion. The Eastern Parkway was lined with the best Caribbean cuisine and finery money could buy. Everything from jerk chicken to collard greens were on the menu long before the parade itself was underway. Participants of the parade usually spend months and quite a few quid preparing their costumes for the big day. They did not disappoint! Did I mention they now have vendors selling vegan caribbean food? As a proud vegetarian of 6 years, I was in my element!

Without further ado, featured below are some of the images I managed to capture before I myself soon found a plate full of baked cabbage and collard greens to binge on! To see larger format of the pictures, simply click on it. All rights reserved!

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Puerto Rican actress Rosie Perez stopped by with Governor Cuomo


1952 FDNY fire truck made an appearance

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