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Here Comes The African Emojis :-)

Talk about diversity  in the digital world as a company called OjuAfrica launches Afro Emoticons aka Emojis of the negroid race 🙂 OjuAfrica is a division of an African mobile manufacturer called Mi-Fone. Mi-Fone is said to be the FIRST AFRICAN Mobile Devices Brand, and has been reinventing the mobile market in Africa since 2008. They believe that it is a necessity, and not a privilege that the people of the African continent have access to education and technology thus the tag line of the company goes:

“Together we can create Aspiration…Within Reach.”

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More on MiFone at http://www.mi-fone.mobi/

Emoji; is the Japanese term for the ideograms or smileys used mostly in Japanese electronic messages and webpages. These small images are starting to appear more and more outside Japan. Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji literally means “picture” + “letter”. .Wiki

It started off with this  conversation  : What Does Apple Think About The Lack Of Diversity In Emojis? 

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An article by MTV journalist Joey Parker, who flagged the fact that there are no (or barely any) non-white emojis in the basic range within most text-message apps used by Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Parker contacted Apple’s CEO Tim Cook about the issue and, remarkably, received a reply. It wasn’t from Cook himself but from Katie Cotton, VP of worldwide corporate communications for Apple.- arstechnica.com/

Now we are here. I guess this idea is simile to the evolving case of barbie dolls and little brown girls. Human beings with more melanin will be able to also relate to these smileys and feel more “at home” using them in chat spaces? Feel free to leave a comment, when  you see the original smileys, do you see race?

Take a look at the first set  of the Afro Emoticons by #OJUAfrica  (OJU means “Face” in Yoruba, Nigeria, West Africa). The new black emojis have been designed for Android, but they will also be released on iOS. Search ‘Oju Emoticon App’ on Google Play. What do you think? 😀

Creative director Eserick Fouché says, “We follow global trends but we are differentiated by our authentic African voice. So as a brand we wanted to do something that only Africa could pull off, something that could become so iconic that it would have the world talking. I believe what we have created will ensure that every African on the planet won’t be able to help but love it!” –  wired.co.uk interview

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Winking backachtya LOL 😀

Beautifully Dreaming.. Positively Doing..

xoxo

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WORD OF THE DAY – Have you heard this before?

Happy end of the week to you all.

I love words, poetry, art, beauty, fashion, music, culture, language, unique creativity so when my sister sent this word ‘‘KINTSUKUROI’  my way, I knew I had to research it some more and oh what beautiful discoveries I found.

Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold – Wiki

It literally means “to repair with gold.”; not to make broken things as good as new but even better than new, this reminds me of a spiritual truth:  God can still make something ‘goldenly’ beautiful out of our broken ‘human nature’ pieces. The Japanese art of Kintsukuroi or kintsugi, which also means “golden joinery,” is all about turning ugly breaks into beautiful fixes. How precious!

“My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9).

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Watch this.

Kintsukuroi and the beauty of being broken | Fanon Fanatic
Kintsukuroi and the beauty of being broken | Fanon Fanatic

All hope is not lost …

Beautifully Dreaming…Positively Doing..

xoxo

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You’ve got to see this:::Flash Mob – Naija Style At The Lagos MMA2 Airport

Proudly African, Proudly Nigerian!

Have you heard the saying “Naija no dey carry last” as in …while there is no perfect country, Nigeria has its own great highlights and talents doing the country proud and they would not ‘be last’ doing it.  Let’s enjoy this choreography/dance flash mob (which is getting quite customary in pop culture these days) This will be the first flashmob at an airport terminal in Nigeria.  It consists of a mix of professional dancers, cleaning company staff and the Bi-Courtney Aviation Services employees. The CEO, CEO’s wife and COO of the airport also participate at the end.Great way to close the year and keep the traveling public happy. Try to ignore the background comments of the mobile videographer (which is comic relief in itself) 😀

Enjoy!

If you’ve never been to Nigeria, here is a view of the kind of food/snacks you’ll see on a road trip.

(These pics are courtesy of Dapo Taiwo from his recent trip from Lagos-Abuja, thanks for sharing)

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Suya – Meat and oh so spicy pepper
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More Suya
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Grilled Plantains and Fried Yams (Dodo at Dundun)

Are your taste buds activated? If you are based internationally, Do Visit Nigeria sometime.. All the entertainment celebrities have already seen the light, Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean and J Moss just left 🙂

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

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Yay! My Photo Made It To The Essence Magazine Photo Challenge Favorite!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!

Hope you all enjoyed your thanksgiving day ( Friends in the US Diaspora) So I did the Essence Photo Challenge for Tuesday’s “Someone you are Thankful for” and Thursday’s “ThanksGiving Dinner Table” on Instagram. Out of the overwhelming multiple entries, my  instagram photo made the 1 of 4 Essence fav picks for the ThanksGiving Dinner Table challenge. How cool is that?

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Here is the winning photo, menu list under the photo on my Instagram. While you are at it, follow if you will. 🙂

Thank you Essence Magazine!

In other random thoughts,  don’t make faces at other peeps’ dogs in parked cars

Ha! Ha!

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Be Safe,

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing..

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Do You Know You?

¡Hola!

Have you ever done a personality test? I read a book as a teen about personality types (not the Type A, Type B stuff )  and No, this is not the DrPhil one that’s making the rounds. :&  this is a personality test of the four Ancient Greek temperaments: choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic, sanguine categories. So do you know what you are? Knowledge is power. Knowing what you are will probably help you to understand YOU and how you relate with others. So feel free to try it and get on that journey to self discovery.

Click on the graphic below to take the test. It’s quite simple and straightforward and should take less than 5 minutes. The theory has never been scientifically tested. Some find its descriptions useful however. The result may be a dominant trait with an element of another one present.

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My results say I am dominantly ‘Melancholic’ Hmmm.. So what was yours? Feel free to drop in the comment section.

And hey, I thought this was informative and interesting about colors and their interpretations too

Stay true to YOURSELF

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

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Cute African Commercial

Look at this healthy and robust baby in this cute commercial… I daresay its the “No” sss that kept him looking the way he is , the ones that the parents didn’t catch. I stand corrected LOL

Fast foward 0.30seconds to see what I mean. Now , this is the Africa that is being seen. Click Play.

Beautifully Dreaming, Positively Doing…

xoxo

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