Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having an amazing holiday season with your loved ones. So remember that time when I started this blog and actually knew what the word “consistency” meant? Yeah it’s a distant memory for me too *hangs head in shame* And the icing on top is the fact that even spammers have picked up on it and leave messages like “it looks like you’re struggling to put out new content” or “your blog is great but it’s been a while since you updated”; why thank you so much Captain Obvious.
My excuse is that I started grad school in September *cue loud praise sounds* and time management has been an uber elusive and non-existent concept to me. Unsurprisingly, it’s right up there with commitment on my list of goals for the New Year. But back to Grad School- if you had told me at the beginning of the year that I’d be getting my Masters degree I would have probably just laughed at how slightly ridiculous that sounded. And yet here I am with one semester of grad school done with so many maturing, amazing, you name it experiences to share #God’sweirdyetutterlywonderfultiming. To make up for my absence, I have a ton of pictures below that will attempt to fill you in on what I’ve been up to!
This picture and the one at the beginning of this post were both taken at the beginning of the semester when I didn’t have a care in the world; I clearly had no idea of what was in store for me. Getting your Masters degree in one year is awesome because it’s almost like you blink and you’re done with your degree but a whole lot is jam packed and crammed into that blink. I’m maintaining the glass half full not empty perspective of course, one of the key lessons that has been emphasised for me in this period.
This is from a girls’ night out earlier in the semester when I had some of the best food ever since being in London. I had been a slightly annoying and harsh critic of most of the food I’d eaten since being here but my taste buds got an amazing surprise that night! I was also holding it down for Team Ghana in this Naija invasion.
Since attending She Hive London , I’ve been on the hunt for similar, girl boss empowerment themed events and WCAN (Women in the City Afro Carribean Network) Women in Innovation conference event didn’t dissappoint. We heard from savvy entrepreneurs like Ade Hassan of Nubian Skin , Princess Onitilo of Tress Free as well as boss ladies like Anne Marie Imafidon of Stemettes and Marieme Jamme of I Am The Code kicking butts in the male dominated STEM world. This event inspired my decision to add a coding language to my skillset in 2017 but more on that in an upcoming post.
Annnnd here are a bunch of pictures from the Business School’s Welcome Reception at the Natural History Museum. Yep you read that right, we partied with dinosaurs! This night was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the semester, I mean who cares about getting a degree right?
On a random side note TK Maxx (Yep TK not TJ, weird UK switch) came through for me! I love being fun-sized and all but finding a jumpsuit that fits is like Mission Impossible so imagine my delight when I randomly found this jumpsuit there. Extra points for it being super affordable as well.
For the first time ever, I actually dressed up for Halloween. I decided to go for our course’s Halloween party at the last minute so I scrambled to put together this Beyonce formation look. It’s more believable in the boomerang on my instagram I promise.
Team work is a big part of this degree but we all know how those can go sometimes. Luckily, my syndicate team was an amazing bunch and I learned so much from them. Above is the poster we worked on for Global Operations and Project Management module which covered the “The Three North Shelterbelt Program aka the Great Green Wall of China”, the world’s largest afforestation project. The project’s aim is to plant over a billion trees by 2050 to stop the expansion of the Gobi desert which will reduce sandstorms, improve land conditions for farming etc.
We also worked on the promo video above for a doctor subscription service aimed at millennials called MediText for our Marketing class. Check it out to hear yours truly’s narration 🙂
The girls and I decided to have a mini dinner of our own around Thanksgiving time aka an excuse to eat as much as we possibly could. We had a feast filled with jollof, mac and cheese, pork, wings, salmon, a salad no one touched, cheesecake, cornbread, delicious cocktails etc. I can’t wait to hopefully do it again.
I also got the incredible opportunity to attend the annual TedXEuston event which was nothing short of amazing. This year’s theme was “Refuel: Vision to Reality” and featured speakers like my new shero Lucy Quist CEO of Airtel Ghana, an amazing boss lady whose talk on creating a bold, new normal for Africa was nothing short of change inducing. Jorn Lyseggen, a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Ghana, made me ask myself many hard questions like the one in the tweet below after his talk on how he accidentally become a philantrophist.
— Nana (@allthingsnana) 12 November 2016
The only video up so far is British Congolese comedian Eddie Kadi’s talk that had us in stitches; go ahead and treat yourself to it!
Central London at night with the Christmas Lights
Suffice to say it’s been a busy couple of months and I’m so thankful for it all and to you all for being a part of it! Cheers to better consistency and commitment for the amazing year ahead 🙂