The Original T-Payne

Ramblings of a Young Female Entrepreneur

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Home Videos

my new found love for home videos has no bounds o.. infact i have to watch at least one a day, maybe its the story line, or the acting, or the comedic fact that when someone gets shot either blood doesnt come out or a splatter of blood comes out and nothing more. I guess naijas are internal bleeders.. hahaha... anyhoo I find them very interesting and would love to direct one someday. Reminds me of a movie I was working on with a friend like 8 yrs back, we had the story line, etc but it just never happened. Anyhoo, Im already starting to have fav actors and actresses, like now if I see a title with Jim Iyke, im inclined to watch cos he cracks me the hell up.. Never really seen much of his movies till now, saw one the other day where he was in love with this chick(kate henshaw) that was being paid by his father to set him straight, anyhoo he would bring her water everyday, sit outside her gate etc etc.. nice movie. and my fav till date was one where he had inherited his fathers wealth and he was just a nasty person character wise, his fiancee dumped him for the house keepers son and he went bizzerk!.. lol.. good actor anyhoo, Oh and now I know who Ini edo is, cute girl. and oh, I came to the conclusion that if there should be an award for best tear shedder male and female it would go to Mike Ezerunyo (not sure of his last name) and Nkiru Sylvanus. Crying in movies seem to be their strong points. there is this actress I also enjoy her roles, i think its Mercy Johnson, in fact Ill start memorizing their names now.. lol.. thanks to AfricaMagic, Im getting my needed fix.. One thing i wonder though is how do they make money with all the pirates everywhere, ha! its not fair sha cos its not like music where you can do shows etc. i hope a solution is found to piracy soon.

Anyhoo. b4 i forget, congratulations to my one and only darling, the suga in my my inspiration, my ace, on his Nigeria Youth Merit Award for outstanding contributions to youth development in Nigeria. Olenu.. many more to come.. I see an outstanding role model in him, growing up i always figured all musicians where the same. You know they have this bad reputation attached to them but he proved the stigma dead wrong. Now we all know you don't have to be overly flashy, smoke, drink, carry tons of women and pimp around to be successful in the music business. I learned through him that music fans appreciate you for your work and not other things we have been brainwashed to believe. i know the day is coming very soon when some white kid from Arkansas will google the meaning of gongo aso, or adigun hell, even i have gone back to the old folks in my fam to find out more about my language and roots because of him and trust me i am about as valley as a valley girl can be. Im proud to see a lot of younger folks excited about going back to old school yoruba, that i never even new existed. All we need now is a dictionary and a full translation of his lyrics and we are with that said, have a blessed week yall..

ps: has anyone seen the mummyIII movie? if so, how was it? We were supposed to see it last weekend but we ended up having a very full weekend... I gotta catch that and Zohan. BTW, whats the best theater in lagos, Silverbird, Numetro or City Mall. We really only go to one but it sucks that their seat arms dont come up if you need it to :(

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

So Surreal

First of sorry ive been MIA, men this internet thing is discouraging, plus i really did not have much to blog about except sappy stuff, and lord knows I wouldnt do that to in seriously, the internet connection here has to be like the slowest ever. Its sooo slow its past frustrating. sometimes I sit here and literally feel like pulling my hair out waiting for one page to load. Kinda leaves me wondering how hard it would be to bring down the same technology used for broadband connections, I dont mean all this fake so called broadband that load like dial up. I mean the real deal, im sure people would pay for it too, sure beats loading a page, going down to cook dinner, eating, gisting, watching half a flick, coming back and the page is still This gives a new meaning to NAWA!..

Anyhoo these past few weeks have been a bit busy, working on plans for next year, im looking at 09 as the year of a fresh start, even thinking about repackaging and rebranding. I had a series of meeting regarding the entire line and where its going. Its funny how some folks dont know that TP is a full range cosmetic line, plus the clothing plus other things. The surprised look followed by the girl what is your problem, why are you not everywhere look always cracks me up. Im a firm believer in Gods time and taking your time to do your homework before coming on full force like that because once you do, you can't take mistakes back, plus my hope is to be there long term, not just a fly by night this is what is reigning line. Im looking at brand loyalty, you know, once you go TP, you never go back sort of thing.

I remember with my first project, i made a good amount of mistakes and i enjoyed learning from them only because there was no pressure. anyhoo, enough of that talk, lets just say we will be doing a full launch in the coming months, ok more like early next year just to give time for planning, I had december in my head but then I figured too many events around that time so that will more than likely wont work.. I guess the launch is long overdue, but God willing it will be done properly, the way i have always envisioned it in my head with little or no that it seems Ive been coaxed into becoming ero naija. I hope the ride will be fun, 2009, is looking like a productive year already, we are working on a few family projects coupled with my TP stuff and his Alapomeji Stuff. Based on some of the things we have discussed and almost finalized I am very excited, I dislike being idle, so keeping busy 24/7 will do me a lot of good. Plus I get what I have always wanted for myself a true family oriented business lifestyle, being very involved in each others work..

Anyhoo let me not bore you, before I forget, thanks to everyone for the congrats, wells wishes, prayers, advice and support. Very encouraging and i appreciate it a whole lotta! Being married to an exposed individual is quite interesting some have asked me, in fact most people have asked how I cope and i honestly tell them with 100% sincerity, there is no such thing as coping. I have always enjoyed my better half and still do, I get enough love to support 10 households so which one is coping hehehehe naija!. Now for some preaching!!!! yeah yeah im trying my hands at being a motivational speaker.. shey ko da ni? lol....Ive learned that knowing who you have, having faith in your relationship, trusting in yourself and your spouse and being confident in yourself will always superceed anything that comes from outside. Word of advice to those coming after me, learn that as a woman, you own your home and it is whatever you make of it that it becomes, if you want a dabaru home, thats what you get, if you want a peaceful loving home, thats what you will get.

I know with my husband even if they dont start right away, people will try, I will hear a gazzilion things that he dint do, he will hear a gazzilion things that I did not do but ive realized the most important thing is having faith in the love we have for each other, even when the devils advocates try to put doubt in your mind, when they whisper in your ears things they did not use their two eyes to see, that love and faith is what will see you through and give you a better understanding of life, people, and motive. even married folks that are not in the limelight can testify to this, believe you me, that will come, enemies of progress will come, bad belle people will come, gossip toters and rumour mongers will come, so far you have a good thing going, you almost can't avoid it, it could be your neighbour, friend or even sister or even worse some irrelevant twat. its true o, either that or Ive been watching too many home na for real! There really are people like that out there who hate to see a good thing and people who will swear to the heavens they know more about your relationship than you do when in reality they do not know didly squat!

It takes a strong and understanding woman to be wife, yeah that plus knowing what foundation you have layed, knowing who you are with and what they are capable of, knowing where you started from and where you are going, being with whomever for the right reasons (VERY VERY IMPORTANT), (I say very very important because when challenges come that is what will fight for you, I know for a fact when you are genuine and love for the right reasons, God will always stand by you) and most especially realizing that all other things don't matter. When you look back and forth, you realize once you take those vows, the outside world really doesnt matter anymore, it now becomes about you and that person, there is no such thing as my decision, its now our decision.. shit!! its a whole different ballgame dudes, and it can be loads of fun if you want it to be. My brother in law said to us the other day, after God comes your wife, and after God comes your husband. Simple but deep words and these simple words and what married couples should adhere to, no pastor can pray for you like your spouse can, believe that!!!. haha ok i sound like a preacher. and one last thing, even if you are just dating someone, whatever happens within your relationship, should always stay within your relationship, you never know what intentions the listening ear has, and trust me, not everyone who pretends to care or listen, do, be vigilant without overdoing it and sort things out amongst yourself and communication, I cant stress it, is key....

Anyhoo, enough of that talk, I had fun dating my man, I enjoyed being engaged to my fiancee, and I am having a wonderful time being married to my husband. PS: ladies if you are planning to get married, hint hint, lets say ur boyfie/fiancee is 99% nice and loving, your husband becomes 999% Good luck to all in their respective unions, for those still searching, God will give you a man of your own and not someone elses. Amen. and eheem, to my lovely homegirls U and A, that just God married, you know yourselves The way God has blessed you with your respective husbands, he will continue to do so till your dying day, you will not be a statistic in Jesus name, and he will bless you with lovely, well behaved kids that can come over and play with my kids..hehehehe.. and eheem, pictures o. Im waiting for pictures dammit, and resize b4 u send jor..!!!!!! Sooo now I can confidently not blog for another 2 months.. haha!

FYI: A friend said to me, that they were having a discusion and someone was arguing that its unlike me to have a private affair, lol. well, i am happy to see that i am not as predictable as people think i am, and I plan to keep it up. Sometimes, you just have to grow the hell up and do things accordingly, and contrary to speculations, there was nothing "secret" about our union, after careful consideration, we just opted to have a private more intimate affair and I enjoyed every second of it.. simple as ABC. hey, if JayZ and Beyonce can do it so can we and we pulled it off with flying colors, btw; I'm very proud of me cos I have to admit even till the last few weeks I was dying to blog about it.. and after my whole "hall saga", i dont even know who opts for huge nuptuals anymore, this was soo much more peaceful. anyhoo if I could do it all over again, I wouldnt change a thing, well except for more time on the dancefloor.. shit I was ready to dance till