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The Naija Spirit: @thatlagosgirl (Fadekemi)

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I went through a breakdown earlier this year (2018) that was birthed from me questioning my nationality. Frustrated about my Nationality and asking God why he didn’t create me in another Nation. Nothing good came out of it, just despair. By the time, that breakdown wore off my system, I felt like a different person. Loving my Nationality like never before. Loving the people in it and the people doing right in it and despaired by the people doing wrong in it.

Nigeria is a country filled with diverse, resilient, intelligent, amazing, creative and terrific people. I want to celebrate that. I want to celebrate The Naija Spirit.

So on this Category, The Naija Spirit, I’d be having a conversation with Nigerians, whether they are in Nigeria or Not about themselves or about other topics including Music, Art, Football, Books, Pop Culture, Patriarchy, Politics, Religion, Friendship, Tribes, Buhari, Jollof Rice and all.

Stay glued and breathe in The Naija Spirit.

On The Naija Spirit, I have Fadekemi, (@thatlagosgirl on Instagram) . A pharmacist fashion designer, lifestyle/book blogger from Lagos state.

Q: Your instagram feed is everything ?, photography, art, books. And you are a pharmacist, how do you combine all of this?

FADÉ: Pharmacy is my profession but there is so much more to me than being a pharmacist, being a creative and book lover is a lifestyle, it’s a part of me, a lifestyle, not a “job”
I read in my free time, in transit, anywhere, that’s why we have ebooks.
I see beauty/art everywhere, even in the seemingly little things, I can be dispensing and something around catches my attention, I can always take of picture with my phone there and then or some idea drops in my mind, I write it down somewhere and develop it later.

It’s who I am, it can’t be separated.

Q: You recently just organized a group hangout (By the way, I’m still pained I wasn’t in Lagos). What inspired that? The concept?

FADÉ: Okay. I love going out, visiting new places, meeting people but I only do that in my head most times. The cost and thought of going alone puts me off. So, I thought why not organize something that is affordable. I know that there are people that feel same way I feel. That was how the hangout was born and I hope to make it a continuous thing.

Q: You are an avid reader, did you grow up reading or is it a hobby you consciously chose?

FADÈ: I grew reading. I remember when I’d use lantern to read into the night just because I wanted to complete that particular book and pick another one the next day.
Although, Pharmacy school took that away from me because I had to study hard, there was no time for other books but I picked up the habit after after school because old habits die hard. (Laughs)

Q: What’s your favourite book at the moment?

FADÉ: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.

Q: What do you love most about Lagos?

FADÉ: Lagos is Home.

I love that there is a lot to do in Lagos, so many beautiful places to visit, so many events to attend. Lagos is a fun place.

Q: How Nigerian are you?

1. My accent is ? Nigerian.

2. No matter the situation, I still thrive. That’s a strong Nigerian spirit.

Q: Describe good music with the name of a Nigerian artist.

FADÉ: Adekunle Gold.
That’s good music.

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An interesting and enjoyable read! . A story of a polygamous home; a “successful” man and his four wives, the bitterness, competition amongst them and their complex histories. . Sounds cliche right?! Don’t assume just yet, the story is everything but predictable. . — It’s a well written story, non sentimental, unpredictable and enlightening. . — Quote: “A real woman must always do the things she wants to do, and in her own time too. You must never allow yourself to be rushed into doing things you're not ready for”. . — Have you read it? Who’s your favorite character? . Book 20/50 Link in bio to read short reviews on my 2018 read. . . . . . . . . . #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagramNigeria #booklover #bibliophile #goodreads #bookcommunity #Nigerianbooklover #booksofinstagram #currentlyreading

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Q: What do you think of Feminism. In Nigeria.

FADÉ: Feminism is what it is but I think that in Nigeria, most people don’t know what it means and even some that claim to be feminists, don’t really understand the concept. Feminism is not Anti-men!!!

Q: In your opinion, what do you think is the reason ‘most people’ don’t understand the concept?

FADÉ: I really can’t say, I don’t know if the word “Feminism” just gives them the idea that all about women against men or the fact that women stand up for themselves and their right in this age of gender inequality means (to them) that it’s a fight against men.

Q: One advice for Nigerian Youths? ??

FADÉ: Dear Nigerian youth,
1. Please READ.

2. Nobody owes you anything, quit feeling entitled, get up and WORK and watch God bless the work of your hands.

Did You enjoy this post? Don’t forget to catch up on the next episode of The Naija Spirit next month.

You can also Follow Fadé on Instagram @thatlagosgirl.


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Azeeza Adeowu

Azeeza Adeowu is the curator of The Zyzah.
She's a Blogger, Storyteller and a Ranter.
If you don't catch her reading, writing, seeing movies or listening to a podcast, you will definitely catch her fangirling or stalking beautiful people on Instagram.

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