My Sunshine Blogger Award

21:31 Naija girl next door 10 Comments

Hello everyone! How's it been?
     This is a post for the sunshine blogger award, which is simply a way to let readers and other bloggers know a little more about me. It's my first and I'm glad.
     I was nominated by four bloggers that absolutely relax and educate me when I read their posts:
Abena of,,
The petite diva of,
Yvette at
      Thanks for all the love ladies.

     The rules don't specify what to do when you're nominated more than once. Even though I would love to answer all the fun questions asked, I think the best thing will be to answer the questions of the first blogger who nominated me; and that is the comely Abena of

  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger with a link to the website. Thanks ABENA!
  • Share 11 random facts about myself by answering the questions the nominating blogger has created for me
  • List 11 bloggers I believe deserve some recognition (I can’t nominate the blogger who nominated me.)
  • Let the 11 bloggers know I nominated them.
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers I nominate to answer
So, here are my answers to Abena's questions
1. How did you come up with your blog name?
I always knew that I would write regularly about anything as 'naija girl'- be it a column or a blog- because that is what I am, a Nigerian girl who loves being that.
   I also see myself as a girl next door. I think (and hope) that I am approachable and relatable (big pageant smile here). Turns out my friends think so too because I ran a couple of 'naija girl' combinations by them and they picked naijagirlnextdoor, which was also my fave.
2. Do you have a favorite quote?
A couple. One is presently my bbm personal message- "If two of us are the same, one of us is unnecessary" - Why you should embrace being an individual and not try to fit in. You're the best at being you.
From Shakespeare' s sonnet 94, "They that have power to hurt and will do none... they rightly do inherit heaven's graces"- Reminder to never retaliate. 
3. What is your favorite hobby besides blogging?
Can I mention more than one? Pretty please? ;;) 
Reading just about anything, cooking; especially food I've never tried before, playing my favourite songs and screaming along, or dancing in my room.
4. If you could live anywhere in the world other than where you currently live, where would it be?
Definitely near lots of clear, blue water where I would go diving often eg the Maldives. 
Also, the south of France for it's rich cuisine (in case you can't already tell, I love food). The southern coast also has diving destinations with clear blue water so win-win huh? One can only dream...
5. Are you a morning person or night owl?
Night owl. I don't sleep much at night, early morning is when I do not want to be disturbed or else! (I'm a morning monster).
6. Favourite drink?
I'm also loving fruit-only smoothies right now.
7. Favourite food?
Hardest question ever. I like too many to have a favourite. I get mad cravings so if I get whatever I'm craving at the moment, it's pure joy.
8. If you could be a character from a book, who would it be?   
Hmmm, someone fun in a fantastical book... the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland perhaps? Or Catniss from The Hunger Games.
9. What celebrity would you most like to meet?
 It would be amazing to meet Emma Stone. She's funny and goofy on tv. 
10. One gadget you can't live without?
My Samsung Galaxy Note. I live on this phone. Besides the regular uses, I read, draw, write notes (in actual handwriting), watch movies, keep track of recipes. Now if it could only hold a conversation...
11. Who inspires you the most?
It's hard to find just one person who embodies everything because there's so much I want to do.
 When it comes to writing, J.K Rowling inspires me. To create another world that is so real to all us Harry Potter nerds, that's brilliant. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I admire for her mastery of storytelling and fearless honesty about being a woman.

I'm nominating (assuming they haven't already been):
1. Adeola at
2. AB at
3. Hadassah at
4. Candice at
5. Fola at
6. Adaora at
7. Yvonne at
8. Sandeey at
9. Khayla at
10. The lovely ladies over at
11. The lazy natural at

My questions for nominated bloggers:
1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
2. What's the most touching thing you've ever watched/read/heard/seen?
3. What genre of music do you listen to the most?
4. What was the movie/cartoon of your childhood?
5. When you're out, are you the sitting dancer or the queen of the dancefloor?
6. If not your present career choice, what else would you be doing with your life?
7. What best describes your style/fashion sense?
8. What's your dream car?
9. How many languages do you speak?
10. When someone upsets you, would you a) stew silently and later forget about it, or b) air it out quickly and be done with it
11. Would you compliment a total stranger?

I hope I get to read theirs soon.


  1. Nice read..I would so be Katniss as well. If two of us are the same, one of use in unnecessary..i love that. This is so fun and refreshing, we really get to see more of the person behind the blog.

    1. Thank you :) I'm still in awe of your 4 languages besides English. That's why included a language question in my list of questions

  2. Sandra!!! A question from your relaxer days. You know when you apply the conditioner to protect the relaxed ends before relaxing, doesn't it make your hair wet? I've relaxed only once since I started my HHJ so I coated my strands before going to the salon and when I got there, the lady said I can't relax wet hair so she took a dryer to the hair first before applying the relaxer. That doesn't sound right. So, does your hair get wet & do you wait till it's dry before you start relaxing or you relax anyway?

    1. Hi Noelle! I never used conditioner to protect on relaxer day. I didn't think it would create a good enough barrier as mine generally sink into my hair.
      I'd wash, protein treat and dc a week before, then leave it alone except to moisturise and seal daily.
      To protect on relaxer day I wanted my strands impenetrable so I used shea butter or castor oil (it's viscous) or petroleum jelly (which otherwise is taboo for me), on my relaxed ends and on my scalp. I found petroleum jelly most effective at being a barrier. It gets washed off after touching up so no worries. And none of these options left my hair wet. I hope your next one goes better

  3. Thanks a lot.. Got my next relaxer session scheduled for next week, so I'll try the tips.. This hair has gotta grow long and stay long.. P.s. I got my very own bottle of palm kernel oil.. Can't wait to get these braids out and start applying my mixables..

  4. Thanks for the nomination! I will write my post soon. I love the hunger games, but the movies scare me lol. Great read!

  5. Emma Stone is the best!! Woman Crush Number 2. I'm always happy to see her :)
    Since I already have a Sunshine award, do I get to accept another? LOL where's the rule book?
    I'll get to it soon enough
    Thank you

    1. Somebody bring out this rule book ooo.
      Who's your woman crush number 1?